#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Katherine Sunderland (@katherinesunde3) #BibliomaniacUK

It is my great pleasure to welcome to you the blog today and to Tuesday’s #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  I can’t believe we’re already 13 days in and have had the grand total of 35 books recommended so far.  Truth be told, we’ve only scratched the surface so far as we have another 45 days to go! If you’d like to take part in this years #R3COMM3ND3D2018 and you’re a book blogger, an author or a publisher then you do now need to get a wriggle on as there are only FIVE spaces left.  When they’re gone, they’re gone!

I am delighted to welcome another of my favourite bloggers to damppebbles today to share their #R3COMM3ND3D2018 with us.  Katherine Sunderland is the driving force behind the mighty BibliomaniacUK.  If I ever get a fraction as good as Katherine at writing reviews then I will be a very happy woman.  If Katherine recommends a book (even if it’s not a crime title) then I tend to want to buy it.

If you’re new to #R3COMM3ND3D2018 then welcome along.  Take a look back at the posts we’ve had so far and (hopefully) find your next favourite read.  #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite book bloggers, authors and those in publishing to recommend three must read titles.  Any genre, any author, providing the book was published in 2018 (there’s always a catch, huh?).

Here are Katherine’s choices…

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Lullaby by Leila Slimani
This book is a slim, short read but packed with so many unsettling and haunting passages that it’s unforgettable. Brave, bold, original and unnerving, for me this was a stand out read. A challenging and thought provoking topic with characters are fascinating as much as they are unlikeable and prose which is measured, taut and exceptionally good.
https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.com/2018/01/lullaby-by-leila-slimani.html?m=1

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Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys
This book is just gorgeous. Rich in description, imagery, atmosphere and with well crafted, vivid characters it was just a wonderful read. Echoes of Du Maurier and Christie but with a freshness and originality, it was just a fantastic read. I loved the mystery, trying to solve the puzzle, the dynamics between the characters and the setting. A perfect read!
https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.com/2018/07/fatal-inheritance-by-rachel-rhys.html?m=1

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The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton
I love an unreliable narrator and a character who you love to hate – a character you can’t quite believe takes the risks and makes the decisions they do, but equally you just can’t stop reading about them! This book is a brilliant example of an unreliable narrator and a perfectly executed psychological thriller. It’s a real page turner and a fantastic debut. Captivating and hugely enjoyable!
https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.com/2018/03/bibliomaniacs-book-club-perfect.html?m=1

Excellent choices, thank you Katherine.  I have The Perfect Girlfriend on my TBR along with the first Rachel Rhys book, Dangerous Crossing, which was hugely popular on #R3COMM3ND3D last year!

If Katherine has managed to tempt you with her choices, or if you would like to find out more about them, please see the following links:

Lullaby by Leila Slimani | Fatal Inheritance by Rachel Rhys | The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton |

About Katherine:
Always reading, always recommending! I’m a book blogger who loves reviewing crime fiction, psychological thrillers and contemporary fiction. I also organise book events in my local area and am involved with a local book festival.

Katherine’s Social Media Links:
| BibliomaniacUK | Twitter @KatherineSunde3 | Facebook | Instagram |

If you are a book bloggers, authors or publisher and would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 this year then please complete the following form:

 

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#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Linda Hill (@Lindahill50Hill) #LindasBookBag

Welcome to damppebbles.com bookish friends.  I know, it’s Monday…ugh.  But I hope I can lift your mood and start the week off on the right foot with another cracking #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  I am delighted to welcome one of the loveliest people you could wish to meet to the blog today to share their #R3COMM3ND3D picks, the fabulous Linda Hill of Linda’s Book Bag.  Linda’s blog was one of the first I followed when I started blogging and I had the pleasure of meeting her in person at a blogger ‘do’ back in 2016.  She really is the loveliest person in the book blogging world, without a doubt.

What’s #R3COMM3ND3D2018, I hear you cry?  It’s an opportunity for those in the book world to share three titles they LOVE.  The only stipulation being, the books must have been published after 1st January 2018.

Here are Linda’s choices…

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Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile by Alice Jolly
I have a horrible feeling this will be a book that goes totally unrecognised and it is the most remarkable book I’ve ever read.
https://lindasbookbag.com/2018/06/11/mary-ann-sate-imbecile-by-alice-jolly/

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You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac
I was so emotionally touched by this book that it will resonate with me for a very long time. I loved it.
https://lindasbookbag.com/2018/02/18/you-me-everything-by-catherine-isaac/

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Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
Joanna Cannon has the ability to see into her characters’ souls and make the reader see what’s there too.
https://lindasbookbag.com/2018/01/03/three-things-about-elsie-by-joanna-cannon/

Thanks for your choices, Linda.  The second appearance for Three Things About Elsie, will it be this year’s top pick? We’ll have to wait and see.

If Linda has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more information about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile by Alice Jolly | You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac | Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon |

About Linda:
I’m a very middle aged book lover who lives in the back of beyond in South Lincolnshire with my husband. I have terrible sight which meant I was a late reader so it feels as if I’ve been trying to make up for it ever since. I’m self-retired (I just decided to stop working but don’t quite get my pension yet) from education. I was an English teacher, local authority adviser, an educational consultant and OfSTED inspector. I’m an aspiring writer (and by that I mean fiction – I don’t count the 18 or 19 non-fiction books with my name on!) and have 26000 words written so far. Apart from books I love chocolate, my husband, travel, cats and gardening but not always in that order.

Linda’s Social Media Links:
Linda’s Book Bag | Twitter @Lindahill50Hill | Facebook |

If you’re a book blogger, author or publisher and would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018, please complete the following form:

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Eamonn Griffin (@eamonngriffin) #EastofEngland

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re all having a relaxing weekend full of the things you love the most (be that books, family, something else…). I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to today’s #R3COMM3ND3D2018. Joining me on this fine Sunday is author Eamonn Griffin who is on the brink of releasing his second novel, East of England, which is set to be published by Unbound on 24th January 2019.

If you haven’t come across #R3COMM3ND3D before then allow me to explain. #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite bookish folk to choose three must read books to recommend to the rest of us. The sky is the limit, providing the books chosen were published this year in 2018. Maybe the sky isn’t the limit after all…..

Here are Eamonn’s choices…

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Jackrabbit Smile by Joe R. Lansdale (Hap and Leonard #11)
This is the 11th of Joe Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard series of comic East Texas thrillers, and the quality control is as good as ever. It’s a pleasure to revisit our luckless anti-heroes, and this newest adventure has plenty to please fans of the series, and of the recent TV adaptation.

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The Outsider by Stephen King
After a local teacher is arrested for the rape and murder of a boy he couldn’t possibly have committed, an investigation begins. King’s a master craftsman, and this book, which although stand-alone, connects in ways to his recent Bill Hodges trilogy and delivers mightily on the promise of those three predecessors.

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The Anomaly by Michael Rutger
Rutger is a nom-de-plume of Michael Marshall Smith, who also writes as Michael Marshall. In whatever name he’s writing, he’s an expert at delivering finely-crafted genre entertainment, and The Anomaly is no exception. The story concerns a camera crew and presenter on a journey to the Grand Canyon to film a documentary about unexplained phenomena. When on the trail of a Victorian-era explorer who left behind tantalising clues of a great mystery, the crew find something potentially earth-shattering. To say more would do the book a disservice. The Anomaly is cracking entertainment, and well-recommended.

Thanks so much for your great choices, Eamonn. I adore Stephen King novels but I haven’t read one in a long time now. All three of your choices sound great so they are all going on the wishlist!

If Eamonn has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more information about the books he recommends, please see the following links:

| Jackrabbit Smile by Joe R. Lansdale | The Outsider by Stephen King | The Anomaly by Michael Rutger |

About Eamonn:
Eamonn Griffin was born and raised in Lincolnshire, though these days he lives in north-east Wales.

He’s worked as a stonemason, a strawberry picker, in plastics factories (everything from packing those little bags for loose change you get from banks to production planning via transport manager via fork-lift driving), in agricultural and industrial laboratories, in a computer games shop, and latterly in further and higher education.

He’s taught and lectured in subjects as diverse as leisure and tourism, uniformed public services, English Studies, creative writing, film studies, TV and film production, and media theory. He doesn’t do any of that anymore. Instead he writes fulltime, either as a freelancer, or else on fiction.

Eamonn has a PhD in creative writing with the University of Lancaster, specialising in historical fiction, having previously completed both an MA in popular film and a BSc in sociology and politics via the Open University. He really likes biltong, and has recently returned to learning to play piano, something he abandoned when he was about seven and has regretted since.

About East of England:
Dan Matlock is out of jail. He’s got a choice. Stay or leave. Go back to where it all went wrong, or simply get out of the county. Disappear. Start again as someone else. But it’s not as simple as that. There’s the matter of the man he killed. It wasn’t murder, but even so. You tell that to the family. Especially when that family is the Mintons, who own half that’s profitable and two-thirds of what’s crooked between the Wolds and the coast. And who could have got to Matlock as easy as you like in prison, but who haven’t touched him. Not yet. And like Matlock found out in prison, there’s no getting away from yourself, so what would the point be in not facing up to other people? It’s time to go home. East of England blends a rural take on the noir thriller with a fascination with the British industrialised countryside that lies east of the Wolds, between the Humber and the Wash. Unlit byways rather than the neon-bright and rain-slicked city. A world of caravan parks, slot machines, and low-rise battery farms. The flatlands of the east coast; decaying market towns and run-down resorts, and the distant throb of offshore windfarms. Where the smell you’re trying to get out of your clothes is the cigarette taint of old phone boxes and bus shelters, and where redemption, like life, is either hard-earned or fought for, one way or another.

| amazon.co.uk | amazon.com |

Eamonn’s Social Media Links:
| Website | Twitter @eamonngriffin | Facebook | Unbound |

If you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 then you need to get a wriggle on. At the time of writing, there are only 10 places left for this year. Here’s the form, don’t delay!

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Rachel Sargent (@RachelSargeant3) #ThePerfectNeighbours

It’s the weeeeeeeeeeekend! Happy Saturday, one and all.  I hope you have lots of bookish plans in store.  It’s day TEN of #R3COMM3ND3D2018 and I am delighted to welcome another author to the blog today, Rachel Sargent.  Rachel has kindly made a welcome return to damppebbles and to #R3COMM3ND3D after taking part last year.  If you would like to see what Rachel chose last year then please click HERE.

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 is an opportunity for book bloggers, authors and publishers to shout about the books they love.  Any three books (providing you didn’t write or publish it!) providing they were published this year.  That’s right, all three choices must have been published on or after 1st January 2018.

Here are Rachel’s choices…

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The Disappeared by Ali Harper
As well as being a cracking mystery story featuring likeable but vulnerable sleuths, it will make you smile with its quick-fire humour. It was bliss to have a laugh while reading a feisty crime novel.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2407004485?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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Shadow Man by Margaret Kirk
A few of the crime bestsellers in the last 18 months have been good but gimmicky. It was refreshing to read a straightforward police procedural that stood its ground on the strength of plot, character and setting.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2488795811?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

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Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley (DI Kate Fletcher #2)
I liked the smooth combination of police procedural and psychological thriller.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40119811-merciless

Thanks for your great choices, Rachel.  I have Shadow Man on my TBR and have been wanting to read it for some time now.  Your other two choices also look very appealing and will be added to the wishlist.

If Rachel has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about her choices, please see the following links:

The Disappeared by Ali Harper | Shadow Man by Margaret Kirk | Merciless by Heleyne Hammersley |

About Rachel:
I grew up in Lincolnshire, spent several years living in Germany where I taught English and now live in Gloucestershire with my husband and children. My latest novel, a psychological thriller, The Perfect Neighbours became a Kindle top ten bestseller. My next book, a police procedural, will be published by HarperCollins Killer Reads in January 2019. I self-published Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty, a novel inspired by the diary of my husband’s grandmother, a nurse at Gallipoli. I am book mad and love discovering authors I haven’t read before.

About The Perfect Neighbours:
the perfect neighbours.jpgThe perfect neighbours tell the perfect lies…
A dark and twisty psychological thriller from a rising star in the genre, perfect for fans of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR. When Helen moves into an exciting new neighbourhood, she finds herself in a web of evil with no escape.

Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret…
When Helen moves abroad with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to meet her fellow expat teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare…

As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace.

When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the community, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything…

amazon.co.uk | amazon.com |

Rachel’s Social Media Links:
| Website | Twitter @RachelSargeant3 | Facebook |

If you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 (hurry, spaces are limited!) then all you need to do is complete this form:

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Nicki Murphy (@nickijmurphy1) #NickisBookBlog

Thank Crunchie it’s Friday!  I hope you’ve all had a good week and that your weekend involves lots of R&R, by which I mean ‘reading’ and ‘reading’!  I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to another #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  Joining me today is the lovely Nicki Murphy of the brilliant Nicki’s Book Blog.  We’ll find out in a tick which three books Nicki has chosen but first let me explain what #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is…

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 (where have you been for the last week?!) is where I invite the best kind of people, book people, to shout about three must read titles.  They can be from any genre, written by any author and published by any means.  There’s only one stipulation and that is that the books must have been published this year, in 2018.

Here are Nicki’s choices…

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Stunning, compelling, educational. A read never to be forgotten.
https://nickibookblog.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-tattooist-of-auschwitz-heather.html

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Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon
A book that made me smile, cry and reflect all at the same time- which takes some doing.
https://nickibookblog.blogspot.com/2018/01/three-things-about-elsie-joanna-cannon.html

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They Don’t Know by Patricia Dixon
If you want to restore your faith in human nature then this is one of the books you should perhaps read. It takes you away to a wonderful place in your mind- a relaxing read to sink into whilst getting to know these characters that come alive on the page. Stunningly written this will be one of my books of the year. I fell in love with the characters, I enjoyed the plot and I really didn’t want it to end. A book I will remember for a very long time.
https://nickibookblog.blogspot.com/search?q=they%20don%27t%20know

Great choices Nicki, thank you.  My dad, who only ever reads legal thrillers, recently read The Tattooist of Auschwitz. I have never seen him so emotional or engaged about a book before.  He was completely taken aback by it and his passion made me add it to my wishlist.

If Nicki has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more information about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris | Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon | They Don’t Know by Patricia Dixon |

About Nicki:
Avid book reader and reviewer. Runner, animal lover and baker.

Nicki’s Social Media Links:
| Nicki’s Book Blog | Twitter @nickijmurphy1 | Facebook |

Would you like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018? Go on, you know you want to. Please complete the following form:

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Linda Huber (@LindaHuber19) #TheColdColdSea

A very warm welcome to the blog today and to another fabulous #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post.  Today I am delighted to welcome author, Linda Huber, to the blog to share her three recommended reads.  I had the pleasure of reading one of Linda’s books, Ward Zero, back in 2016 and you can read that review by clicking HERE.  But today Linda joins me to promote her latest release, The Cold Cold Sea.

If you’re new to #R3COMM3ND3D2018 then let me explain.  #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is a feature I run at the end of the year where I invite book bloggers, authors and publishers to choose three must read titles.  We all want to share the ‘book love’ so this is your opportunity to shout about the books that have made you sit up and take note.  There’s a catch though.  All three books you recommend must have been published this year; any genre, any author but published in 2018.

Here are the books Linda has chosen…

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After He’s Gone by Jane Isaac (DC Beth Chamberlain #1)
After He’s Gone is very different kind of police procedural, a case seen through the eyes of a Family Liason Officer. It’s tense, gripping, and the ending was a complete surprise.

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Deception Wears Many Faces by Maggie James
This is a taut read, the kind where you want to scream at the main character to stop, but of course, you can’t…

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Murder on the Marshes by Clare Chase (A Tara Thorpe Mystery #1)
This one’s a great mystery with a great sense of place, too, and the characters are fascinatingly different.

Great choices, thank you Linda.  I am a huge fan of Jane Isaac’s books and cannot wait for the second book in the DC Beth Chamberlain series which is published in December.  The other two are going on the wishlist!

If Linda has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the books, then please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

After He’s Gone by Jane Isaac | Deception Wears Many Faces by Maggie James | Murder on the Marshes by Clare Chase|

About Linda:
Linda Huber grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she turned to psychological suspense fiction, and has had seven novels published. Linda’s latest project is a series of feel-good novellas, set on the banks of Lake Constance, just minutes from her home in north-east Switzerland. She really appreciates having the views enjoyed by her characters right on her own doorstep!

About The Cold Cold Sea:
the cold cold seaThey stared at each other, and Maggie felt the tightness in her middle expand as it shifted, burning its way up… Painful sobs rose in her throat as Colin, his face expressionless now, reached for his mobile and tapped 999.

When three-year-old Olivia disappears from the beach, a happy family holiday comes to an abrupt end. Maggie is plunged into the darkest nightmare imaginable – what happened to her little girl?

Further along the coast, another mother is having problems too. Jennifer’s daughter Hailey is starting school, and it should be such a happy time, but the child has become moody and silent. Family life has never seemed so awkward, and Jennifer struggles to maintain control.

The tide ebbs and flows, and summer dies, but there is no comfort for Maggie, alone now at the cottage, or for Jennifer, still swamped by doubts.

| amazon.co.uk | amazon.com |

Linda’s Social Media Links:
Website | Twitter @LindaHuber19 | Facebook |

If, like Linda, you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 then all you have to do is complete the following Google form.  At the time of writing, there are only 15 spaces left so if you want to pick three recommended reads from 2018 then you need to be quick!

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Kate Noble (@TheQuietKnitter) #TheQuietKnitter

Hello you wonderful bookish folk.  It’s Wednesday, we’re halfway through the week and we’re one step closer to the weekend…phew!  Today I am delighted to welcome another of my absolute favourite bookish types to the blog to share their #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  Finding a hobby you love in life is a bonus.  Finding a hobby you love and then making some of the best friends you could ever wish for thanks to that hobby is the icing on the cake.  If you’re not already following Kate Noble’s fabulous blog – The Quiet Knitter – then we need to have words!  She’s a wonderful friend and if it wasn’t for this book blogging lark I don’t think our paths would ever have crossed.  Thank you book blogging.

I witter on too much, I know.  Anyway, if you haven’t come across #R3COMM3ND3D2018 before then let me explain.  #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite book bloggers, authors and publishers to share three recommended reads.  There’s a catch though (there’s always a catch, right?).  The books must have been published this year, in 2018.  Any genre, any title, any author but the publication date must be 2018.

So without further ado, here are the books Kate chose…

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The Story Collector by Evie Gaughan
This is a beautifully written tale that captures the heart and imagination of readers as it deftly weaves together two stories from different timelines that pull a range of emotion from the audience. Readers first encounter a hint of mysticism, folklore and sadness from the opening pages, setting the tone perfectly for what lies ahead.
https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/celebrating-indie-publishing-with-evgaughan-urbanebooks/

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Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone
Set in an Edinburgh with a difference, the reader is plunged into a world of volcanology and death. The fragility of human psychology is deftly explored, emotions are laid bare and the rawness of grief and the associated disbelief at events makes this such a powerful read.
https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/review-fault-lines-by-doug-johnstone-doug_johnstone-orendabooks/

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Keeper by Johana Gustawsson
Every now and again, there is an author who exceeds all expectations and writes a book that completely blows your mind, and I believe that Johana Gustawsson is one of those rare authors. The plotting is excellent, the characters are so realistic and chillingly authentic, this is a book that EVERYONE needs to read!
https://thequietknitterer.wordpress.com/2018/04/04/review-keeper-by-johana-gustawsson-jogustawsson-orendabooks/

Brilliant choices, Kate.  I remember when The Story Collector was released and the buzz around the book was wonderful.  Fellow bloggers were completely falling in love with it!  Fault Lines is on my TBR and Keeper has a strong chance of being my book of the year.

If Kate has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the titles she recommends then please see the following links:

The Story Collector by Evie Gaughan | Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone | Keeper by Johana Gustawsson |

About Kate:
My name is Kate, I’m mum to 1 human child and 2 canines. I’ve had a fascination with books for as long as I can remember and most of my spare time is spent either reading or knitting. I live in a wee village in the countryside which is a huge change for a city girl!

Kate’s Social Media Links:
The Quiet Knitter | Twitter @TheQuietKnitter |

If you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018, please complete the following form:

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Miles M. Hudson (@milesmhudson) #2089

Welcome, dear book friends, to the sixth day of #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  Today I am delighted to welcome the first author of the year to the feature and that author is Miles M. Hudson.  Miles published his latest novel, 2089, in September by Unbound.  If you’re a fan of dystopian novels then I suggest you give it a look.  I’m a die-hard crime fan myself but it sounds really interesting.  I’ll include the blurb and cover later on so you can have a look-see.

If you’re new to #R3COMM3ND3D2018 then where have you been?  #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite booky people to choose three must read titles and then shout about them to the rest of us.  The only proviso being all three books must have been published in 2018.

Here are the books Miles chose…

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Vicious Rumer by Joshua Winning
Despite being subject matter I wouldn’t normally read, the story just hammer blows you along with it!
https://mileshudson.com/is-it-just-a-vicious-rumer/

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A Murder to Die For by Stevyn Colgan
Just finished it – very humorous parody of classic whodunits.

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Sour Fruit by Eli Allison (The INC Trilogy #1)
It’s difficult to pin down exactly what I liked. Maybe read my review!
https://mileshudson.com/sour-fruit/

Thanks for your choices, Miles.  These are all new titles to me and all sound very intriguing.

If Miles has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the titles he recommends then please see the following links:

Vicious Rumer by Joshua Winning | A Murder to Die For by Stevyn Colgan | Sour Fruit by Eli Allison |

About Miles:
I’m a physics teacher/novelist. I’ve written many physics textbooks for schools and am now moving more into fiction writing. I currently teach on the secondary science PGCE course at Newcastle Uni., live in Durham, and play hockey all the time.

About 2089:
2089.jpgThe year is 2089, and technologists have developed a system for remotely tapping into the optic and auditory nerves of all humans. Everything that people see and hear is detected and this is published publicly online; nothing can be secret. It is the ultimate surveillance society. Jack Smith blows up the old GCHQ building in Cheltenham, destroying the surveillance computers. He goes on the run across post-apocalyptic Gloucestershire, with old friend Vicky Truva. The two are chased by a ragtag posse, including Vicky’s brothers, intent on bringing the apparent revolutionaries to justice. However, the fugitives have the advantage that the information and surveillance network is down….

Purchase here: | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com |

Miles’s Social Media Links:
Website | Twitter @milesmhudson | Facebook | Unbound |

If you would like to take part in this years #R3COMM3ND3D then all you have to do is complete this form:

#BlogTour | #Extract: Halcyon by Rio Youers (@Rio_Youers) @TitanBooks #Halcyon

halcyon.jpg“Nightmarishly compelling and flawlessly told horror for fans of Paul Tremblay and Joe Hill.

Halcyon is the answer for all Americans who want to escape, but paradise isn’t what it seems. A beautiful self-sustaining community made up of people who want to live without fear, crime, or greed, Halcyon is run by Valerie Kemp, aka Mother Moon, benevolent and altruistic on the outside, but hiding an unimaginable darkness inside. She has dedicated her life to the pursuit of Glam Moon, a place of eternal beauty and healing. And she believes the pathway there can only be found at the end of pleasure.

On the heels of tragedy, Martin Lovegrove moves his family to Halcyon. A couple of months, he tells himself, to retreat from the chaos and grind. He soon begins to suspect there is something beneath Halcyon’s perfect veneer and sets out to discover the truth, however terrible it might be, behind the island and its mysterious founder.”

I am absolutely delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to my stop on the Halcyon blog tour. Halcyon is written by Rio Youers and was published in paperback by Titan Books on 23rd October 2018.

If you’ve been with me for a while now you will know that I am a massive fan of horror novels. Yes, I am primarily a crime reader, but horror will always have a very special place in my heart. If I’m suffering from a dreaded reading slump (we’ve all been there) then I can guarantee reading a horror novel will reinvigorate my love of books. I don’t read enough really and I would love to immerse myself in more. I first saw Halcyon mentioned on another blog; it was this review of Abby’s over on Anne Bonny Book Reviews and I knew I had to read it. So look out for a review coming your way soon!

In the meantime, I have an extract to share with you today.

Shirley stood up from the top stair, where she’d sat for the last fifteen minutes listening to her parents’ conversation. She didn’t have to strain her ears, either; when Mom and Dad had one of their powwows in the kitchen, their voices— even if they whispered—carried into the hallway and swirled around the ceiling above the stairway. A cool acoustic quirk. Her music teacher once told her there was an area inside Grand Central Station where you could whisper into a corner, and no matter how much noise and kerfuffle there was around (and Shirley figured there was always a good deal of noise and kerfuffle at Grand Central Station), the person standing in the opposite corner would hear your voice like you were standing next to them. This was similar to the way Edith sometimes communicated with her—a direct, secret method, bypassing traditional routes. It was fun to begin with, but it wasn’t normal, and Shirley knew it had to stop.

No good could come from it.

Shirley eavesdropped on her parents until they started smooching—totally gross—then snuck along the landing to Edith’s room. She inched the door open and crept inside.

“Edith? You awake?”

The bedclothes shuffled and Edith sat up, her eyes bright and owl-like in the glow of the nightlight. She clutched Paisley Rabbit to her breast. He squeaked companionably. She was too old for Paisley, but he made an appearance every now and then. A comfort thing.

“They’re talking about us again,” Shirley said, and perched on the edge of Edith’s bed. “About you, mostly.”

“What are they saying?”

“That thing in Buffalo. The bomb. They think you saw it in your mind before it happened in real life.”

“Oh. That doesn’t sound good.”

“How much do you remember?”

“Nothing really.” Several shallow lines crossed Edith’s brow. “Just . . . ashes. Like trying to remember a dream.” They sat in silence for a moment, the only sounds coming from the other side of the blinds: the traffic coursing along Melon Road, a radio playing some catchy nerd-rock song, older kids shooting hoops beneath the lights in Oval Park Court. Just another cool spring evening in Flint Wood, New York.

“They’re worried about us.” Shirley looked at the wall where Edith had scrawled her symbols. Nothing there now but the fresh-paint tracks Dad had made with the roller. “Mom’s bringing in help. A specialist.”

“The Star Wars guy?”

“Not this time. It’ll be someone different.” She recalled her mom’s description. “Someone sympathetic.

Edith gathered Paisley a little closer. She appeared to take all this on board, and accept it, then her brow furrowed more deeply and her upper lip quivered, and all at once her face scrunched. Tears jumped from her eyes and she used Paisley’s floppy ears to smudge them away.

“It’s not my fault,” she sniveled, trying to keep her voice down. “I didn’t ask for this.”

Shirley shuffled closer, threw an arm around her little sister, and kissed her clumsily on the cheek. “Shhh . . . hey, I never said it was your fault.”

“You’re mad at me. I can tell.”

“No, it’s just . . . I told you, Ede, I can’t hold your hand anymore. Not up here.” Shirley pressed a finger to her forehead. “I thought I was helping you, but I’m not. I’m making things worse.”

“I was scared,” Edith moaned, mopping more tears away. “I know you said not to, and I tried, but it was too big.”

“Yeah, but we freaked Mom and Dad the hell out. They’re bringing in a specialist. There’ll be questions, examinations. I’m worried it’ll lead to more questions—smelly old men in suits digging through your brain.”

Edith’s jaw fell. “You think?’

“Maybe,” Shirley said. “ This thing . . . it’s not natural, Ede. It scares people.”

“It scares me.

“Right, which is why you need to control it. And I’m going to help you.” Shirley touched her forehead again. “Just not up here.”

A barking dog joined the evening chorus. It was loud and insistent. Shirley listened for a moment, lost in thought.

“I’m going to take you somewhere over the weekend,” she said.

Edith looked at her curiously. “Where?”

“My special place.” Shirley leaned closer, lowering her voice. “But don’t tell Mom and Dad. We’re in enough trouble as it is.”

“Okay.”

Shirley smiled. Not a full smile, certainly not a happy one, but better than nothing. She kissed her sister on the cheek again, then stood up and started toward the door.

“Shirl?”

She stopped, turned around. Maybe it was the way Edith’s eyes shimmered in the nightlight’s bluish glow, or the stuffed toy secured faithfully in her arms, but she looked so young. Five years old, not ten.

“This place,” Edith said. “Is it bad?”

Shirley bristled. She tried to keep her voice even, but it quavered just a little. “You need to stay out of my mind, Ede.”

Edith shook her head. “I didn’t, Shirl. I promise. I . . .” The rabbit in her arms squeaked. “I didn’t.

“Do you trust me?”

I can’t wait to read this book! I may even cheat and move it to the top of the TBR, just don’t tell anyone 😉.

Halcyon by Rio Youers was published in the UK by Titan Books on 23rd October 2018 and is available in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | BookDepository | Goodreads |

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rio youers.jpgRio Youers is the British Fantasy Award–nominated author of Old Man Scratch and Point Hollow. His short fiction has been published in many notable anthologies, and his novel, Westlake Soul, was nominated for Canada’s prestigious Sunburst Award. He has been favorably reviewed in such venues as Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and The National Post. His latest novel, The Forgotten Girl, was released by Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press in June 2017.

Rio lives in southwestern Ontario with his wife, Emily, and their children, Lily and Charlie.

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#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Eva Merckx (@noveldeelights) #NovelDeelights

Good morning bookish friends. I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to Monday’s #R3COMM3ND3D2018. Today’s guest is one of my very favourite people in the book world, the fabulous Eva Merckx of Novel Deelights. (Although she does push me to my limits by frequently trying to break the rules of #R3COMM3ND3D, and then changes her three choices on an almost daily basis (I exaggerate!). I’m sure she won’t mind me telling you this as she seems rather proud of herself, lol! Oh, and let’s not forget the squirrels…but that’s a story for another day!)

I digress. If you haven’t seen any of my #R3COMM3ND3D2018 posts before (where have you been for the last few days…?!) then let me explain. #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite book bloggers, authors and publishing folk to recommend three must read books. The only stipulation being that the books must have been published in 2018. Easy right? Apparently not, for some…..

Here are Eva’s final (can’t-be-changed-anymore) choices…

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Agatha Christie on crack! What’s not to like? Fabulously original, brilliantly written and utterly genius. A wicked and deliciously weird tale.
https://noveldeelights.com/2018/02/23/the-seven-deaths-of-evelyn-hardcastle-by-stuart-turton-stu_turton-bloomsburyraven/

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The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
Sharon is one of my go-to authors but this book?! Bloody hell! It is original, creepy, chilling and immensely addictive.
https://noveldeelights.com/2018/06/03/the-craftsman-by-sharon-bolton-mustread/

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The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes
Historical crime fiction inspired by true events with an exquisite Victorian era atmosphere and brilliant writing that just made me fall in love with books all over again.

Fantastic choices, Eva (even if it took us a while to get there 😉).  I also loved The Seven Deaths… and there’s a pretty strong chance The Craftsman will be featuring on my ‘top books of the year’ list in December.  I’ve also added The Murder of Harriet Monckton to my burgeoning wishlist!

If Eva has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the titles she recommends then please see the following links:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton | The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton | The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes |

About Eva:
I’m Eva, 40 something bookworm living in Belgium. I love books, boots and wine, though not necessarily in that order and I dream of living in beautiful Tuscany some day.

Eva’s Social Media Links:
Novel Deelights | Twitter @noveldeelights | Facebook |

If you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 (there aren’t many places left at the time of writing this!) then all you have to do is complete the following Google form: