#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #Author Heleen Kist (@hkist) #InServitude #damppebbles

Hello! How was your weekend? I hope it was chock full of some fantastic books. It’s Monday which can mean only one thing – time for another fabulous #R3COMM3ND3D2018 post! Today I am delighted to welcome a brilliant author to the blog, the lovely Heleen Kist. Heleen’s debut novel, In Servitude, was published last year and if you would like to find out more then scroll on down to the bottom of this post.

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 is a chance for bookish types to share the book love. If you could pick any three of your favourite books to shout about, what would they be? Any author, publisher or genre. #R3COMM3ND3D2018 has one rule though. That rule being the books must have been published in 2018.

Here are Heleen’s three choices…

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Corrupted (Charles Holborne Legal Thriller #4) by Simon Michael
Loved the 1960s setting, which opened my eyes to historical crime fiction, and the mix between the real-life Cray brothers and the fictional story worked extremely well.

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Perfect Silence (A DI Callanach Thriller #4) by Helen Fields
It’s the fourth in a series of strong police procedural. This one is particularly gruesome but you still get a warm feeling from the will-they-or-won’t-they nature of the relationship between the two main characters.

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Stoned Love (Sam Batford #2) by Ian Patrick
I loved the opening of this book – rats and drugs! – which set the scene for a hard-boiled tale of undercover corruption. This is the second in the Sam Batford series, but I read it as a stand-alone.

Brilliant choices, Heleen. Thank you. Both Perfect Silence and Stoned Love have been chosen before so they’re both going on the terrifying TBR!

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

| Corrupted by Simon Michael | Perfect Silence by Helen Fields | Stoned Love by Ian
Patrick |

About In Servitude:in servitude.jpg
When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory was indebted to a local crime lord and laundering money through her café. What’s worse, Grace is now forced to take over.

Defying her anxiety, Grace will stop at nothing to save herself and those Glory left behind from the clutches of Glasgow’s underworld. But her plans unravel when more family secrets emerge and Grace is driven to question everything she believed about her sister – even her death.

IN SERVITUDE is a gripping roller coaster of family, crime and betrayal. Perfect for lovers of page-turning suspense.

amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones

About Heleen:
Heleen Kist is a Dutch businesswoman who lived all over the world while growing up and for her career. Then she fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow.

Her debut psychological suspense novel ‘In Servitude’ won a silver medal for Best European Fiction at the Independent Publishers Book Awards 2019, was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019, and was shortlisted for The Selfies 2019, the UK publishing industry’s first award for self-published authors.

She was selected as an ‘up and coming new writer’ and awarded a Spotlight at Bloody Scotland 2018, the International crime writing festival.

Heleen’s Social Media Links:
| Twitter @hkist | Website | Facebook |

If you’re a book blogger, author or you work in publishing and have three books published this year that you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)

#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 #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 #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:

#R3COMM3ND3D2017: The After-Show Party #BookBlogger #Author #Publishedin2017 #MustReadBooks #damppebbles

So, that’s it for 2017.  Earlier today I published my very last #R3COMM3ND3D2017 post of the 2017 series (my thanks to the fabulous Gordon Mcghie of Grab This Book for rounding the series off so beautifully).

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 has become such a big part of my life over the last few months (since 16th November when the lovely Noelle Holten of CrimeBookJunkie kicked proceedings off in style with her recommendations).  Since then, I have published 52 #R3COMM3ND3D2017 posts, highlighting a total of 132 individual booksONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-TWO BOOKS…WOW!

I guess the question is, do we have a winner?  A book which was recommended more than any other?  We do!  Actually, we have two winners, both with four votes each.  They are….

Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys & Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I must also mention the brilliant second place runners-up, both of which had three votes each…

All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker & The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen

And here are the rest of the glorious books recommended by the most fabulous authors and dedicated book bloggers as part of #R3COMM3ND3D2017 over the last couple of months…

Wowee, there you go.  Aren’t they gorgeous?!  If you took part in #R3COMM3ND3D2017 and the book you chose isn’t pictured above then please let me know as I was going a little cross-eyed getting them all together (and I do want the above montage to include every book – call me silly, hahaha).

So that’s it, then.  Well, that’s it until November 1st when we start all over again but with this year’s books.  I, for one, cannot wait.  Will there be a runaway leader?  Will it be a plethora of completely different books?  I’m excited, I hope you are too.

If you would like to take part in #R3COMM3ND3D2018 then the form is ready and waiting for your book recommendations.  Although it may be a smidge too early to pick your three now (fourteen days into January….).  Bookmark THIS page and make sure you pop back when you have your three.

My thanks to each and every one of you who took part this time around.  You turned a small idea into something huge and I’m so grateful for your input.  Thank you for making #R3COMM3ND3D2017 something special.  I hope you’ll all join me again later this year for #R3COMM3ND3D2018.  Until then, have a glass of bubbly on me 🍾.

 

 

 

 

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Jonathan Mark (@jonmark1956) #TheLastMessenger

I am delighted to welcome the author of The Barnabas Trilogy, Jonathan Mark, to damppebbles today.  The first book in the trilogy, The Last Messenger was published in 2017 and is an action-packed historical thriller.  Jonathan has kindly agreed to share his #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads in the penultimate post of the series.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is an opportunity for book bloggers and authors to share and shout about three must-read books.  The only requirement, the books must have been published in 2017.

Here are Jonathan’s choices…

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Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak
A fascinating exploration into the nature of faith and friendship from the perspective of three young Muslim women. One is a devout Muslim and one breaks all the rules. Peri the central protagonist is stuck in the middle, confused about her faith. She falls in love with an Oxford professor who leads the three friends to question everything including God, Life and Islam.

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
The Booker prize winner has done it again with this charming love story about Anjum who is a member of the Old Delhi Hijara (transgendered) community. It is funny and heartbreaking in equal measure and gives a wonderful insight into the complexities of the Indian tradition and culture.

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Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore
The final novel of Helen Dunmore before she died is probably her best. Set in Bristol at the time of the French Revolution, she captures the style of writers of that period and tells the story of a wife who is caught under the spell of her husband who stands to lose everything he has worked for in Bristol’s housing boom in Clifton. It is a historical psychological thriller.

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Great recommendations, Jonathan and thank you for joining me today.

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

Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak | The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy | The Birdcage by Helen Dunmore |

About Jonathan:
After nearly forty years working in finance in the City of London, he retired early to pursue his long-held ambition to write novels. He lives in Essex with his wife Lin. He also spends long periods in Cornwall where the restless seas and wild coastline provide inspiration for many stories, just as they did for Daphne du Maurier. To kick-start his writing career he completed an MA in Crime and Thriller writing at City University London. At the time, this course was the only creative writing MA in the country which focused on commercial crime fiction. The Last Messenger was the novel submitted to complete the MA. It is a story which evolved from a novel collecting dust in his desk drawer for over twenty years. Literary Agents advised that there was no longer a demand for conspiracy thrillers. Therefore, it is with a streak of bloody-minded and perhaps misguided optimism that he’s published this book.

About The Last Messenger:
the last messenger.jpgCRETE 1941 – A LOST SECRET IS DISCOVERED

During the German invasion of Crete, an air raid destroys a church revealing an ancient Christian scroll buried under its foundations. It is discovered by Callidora, a young Cretan shepherdess. She meets Hans, a German paratrooper who helps her understand the significance of the scroll. Callidora’s family accuse her of collaboration with the enemy and disown her. While Hans’ commanding officer, Captain Wolfgang Kohlenz, will stop at nothing to force Callidora to reveal the scroll’s secret.

LONDON 2005 – A GLOBAL CONSPIRACY

Richard Helford, an MI6 analyst caught up in the London bombings, helps Masood, a Muslim dying from injuries sustained by the bomb on the Piccadilly line. Masood appears to recognise Richard, who wonders whether they’d met in Iraq when he’d worked there during the occupation by Allied forces. Richard had returned to London, traumatised after his SAS bodyguard was killed by a suicide attack. The London bomb begins to trigger his recollection of the incident in Iraq which had previously been lost in his memory. As Richard searches for answers he discovers a family secret which draws him into a conspiracy of global significance.

What is the connection?

If its secret is revealed, it will invoke the terrifying predictions of the Book of Revelations. The book that predicts the end of the world. Arab terrorists want the prophecy revealed but the CIA, Mossad and MI6 want it destroyed.

What is the conspiracy of The Last Messenger?

amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Goodreads |

Jonathan’s Social Media Links:
Website | Twitter |

My thanks to Jonathan for joining me today.  Make sure you stop by tomorrow when I will be welcoming one of my favourite bloggers, Gordon Mcghie of Grab This Book.  Plus it’s my blogiversary!

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Tracie Delaney (@tracie_delaney) #PassionateAboutBooks #WinningAce

I am delighted to welcome Tracie Delaney, author of the Winning Ace series of novels and blogger over at Passionate About Books, to damppebbles today with her three recommended reads published in 2017.  The latest book in the Winning Ace series, Mismatch, is published TODAY so many congratulations Tracie!  Have a wonderful publication day.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where book bloggers and authors choose three MUST READ books published since January 1st 2017.  Not necessarily their top three, just three standout reads.  And they don’t have to be crime reads either.  I’m open to suggestions in any genre.

So without further ado, I’ll hand over to Tracie…

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Last Breath by Robert Bryndza (Detective Erika Foster #4)
I am a HUGE fan of Robert’s Erika Foster series. She’s everything I love about women protagonists; strong, fearless, passionate and, above all, flawed. Ever since I read Girl in the Ice, I wait—not so patiently—for the next in the series. In this novel, I think Robert broke the bar he’d set for himself with the previous novels. I loved how Erika had to fight for her place on the investigation team. And fight she did…tooth and nail. Robert’s writing continues to excel. I can’t wait to see where he takes this series.

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Over My Shoulder by Patricia Dixon
Oh my, but this was a difficult book to read. It reminded me of how I felt when I read Michael J Malone’s A Suitable Lie. The story follows Freya who falls under the spell of a very bad man. The menace builds slowly, and before she realises, Freya is in too deep to extricate herself. Patricia Dixon does a marvellous job of dealing with a very difficult subject. I actually found myself shouting at Freya to run, to get as far away from Kane as she could and that is the sign of a book that has me in its grip. Highly, highly recommend this novel.

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Forbidden Bonds by Lexi C. Foss (Immortal Curse series #2)
This novel is the second in a new PNR (Paranormal Romance) series. Now I’m a bit fussy about my PNR. In fact, very few authors excel in this genre. It’s one of those where you have to dig to find someone who does this well. J R Ward is the master, and I measure every PNR novel I read against hers. But with this second novel in her Immortal Curse series, Lexi C Foss has me desperate for more. The first novel was a little slow for me – but that often happens in PNR or fantasy where the author needs to build the world around the book, but in Forbidden Bonds, the world was established so the story could be told. Lexi is definitely a PNR author to watch – I can’t wait for the next in the series.

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Thanks so much for taking part in #R3COMM3ND3D2017 Tracie, and for your great suggestions.  If any of the books Tracie has recommended take your fancy or if you would just like to find out more. then here are the amazon.co.uk purchase links:

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza | Over My Shoulder by Patricia Dixon | Forbidden Bonds by Lexi C. Foss |

About Tracie:
Tracie Delaney writes contemporary romance novels that centre around strong characters and real-life problems with, of course, a perfect Happy Ever After ending.

When she isn’t writing or sitting around with her head stuck in a book, she can often be found watching The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or any tennis match involving Roger Federer. Her greatest fear is running out of coffee.

Or, for the latest news, exclusive excerpts and competitions, why not join her reader group (smarturl.it/lvtnjm) and those things will be automatically delivered right to your inbox, along with a special gift just for signing up.

Tracie lives in the North West of England with her amazingly supportive husband and her two crazy Westie puppies, Cooper and Murphy. Any tips on stopping them chewing the furniture would be gratefully received.

About Mismatch:
mismatch.jpgThe perfect life. A killer blow.

When playboy Rupe Fox-Whittingham wakes up in bed next to a dead woman, he’s charged with murder. His best friend, ex-tennis ace Cash Gallagher, arranges for frosty but brilliant lawyer, Jayne Seymour, to represent him.

Jayne swore off men after her husband’s terrible betrayal. She’s far too bright to make the same mistake twice.

Rupe wants her—and he always gets what he wants. Winning her heart won’t be easy. Still, he thrives on challenge.

When danger comes knocking, the mismatched pair are thrown together.

Can Jayne learn to trust again, before it’s too late? Or will fate step in to snatch her happiness away?

Mismatch is a fast-paced, suspenseful novel that can be read as a standalone. However, those who enjoyed the Winning Ace series will love catching up with old characters, and meeting fascinating new ones.

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My thanks to the lovely Tracie Delaney for joining me today.  Join me again tomorrow when I welcome Anne Williams of Being Anne… to damppebbles.  And it’s the last #R3COMM3ND3D2017 before the Christmas break so don’t miss it!

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Ross Greenwood (@greenwoodross) #FiftyYearsofFear

I am delighted to welcome author Ross Greenwood to damppebbles today.  Ross has written three books; Lazy BloodThe Boy Inside and self-published Fifty Years of Fear.  Today Ross joins me with his three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I ask book bloggers and authors to recommend three MUST read books.  The only stipulation is that the books must have been published in 2017.  Nice and easy!

Here are Ross’s choices….

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Friends to the End; The Journey of a Lifetime by Susan Tarr
This book is beautifully written about terminal sickness. The pace, and flow are rhythmic and would be a valuable read to someone going through it themselves.

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Decimation: The Girl Who Survived by Richard T. Burke
A slightly futuristic thriller about the possible end of civilisation. I loved it. Fast paced, and possible…

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The Eleventh Floor by Shani Struthers (The Haunted World #2)
It’s been so long since I read a proper horror book that I have to include this. Cleverly written, and even though it was a bit spooky, great fun.

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Thanks for joining me today, Ross and for three very different recommendations.  I am, of course, adding ‘The Eleventh Floor’ to the wishlist as I type!

If Ross has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he has suggested, please click the following amazon.co.uk links:

Friends to the End by Susan Tarr | Decimation: The Girl Who Survived by Richard T. Burke | The Eleventh Floor by Shani Struthers |

About Ross:
I was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until I was 20, attending The King’s School in the city. I then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.

I found myself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually when things had gone wrong. It was on one of these occasions that I met my partner about 100 metres from my back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. I’m still a little stunned by the pace of it now.

Lazy Blood book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then after working in sales management all my life, I randomly spent four years as a prison officer. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave me the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep I completed it in the early morning hours.

I’ve now written two further books. My second book, The Boy Inside, was picked up by Bloodhound Books, and now, Fifty Years of Fear is out. All my books are thought-provoking, and told with a sense of humour.

All three books are stand alone, however, some of the characters cross over, and you can see how at times, their lives overlap. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Please feel free to get in touch.

About Fifty Years of Fear:
fifty years of fear.jpgCould you forgive murder? What if it was something worse?

A childhood accident robs Vincent of his memories, causing him to become sensitive and anxious around others. His differences attract bullies, and he comes to rely heavily on the support of his family.

After the devastating loss of his parents, a remarkable woman teaches him to embrace life and, little by little, he realises the world is far more forgiving than he imagined. When fragments of his memory return, he begins to unravel his past.

Who was his mother? What kind of a man is his brother, Frank? And why does death surround them?

Fate is cruel. History is dark. Things are not as they seem.

Perhaps he should have stayed at home.

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My thanks to Ross for joining me today.  Make sure you pop back tomorrow as I welcome another of my favourite bookish types, the lovely Eva M. of NovelDeelights.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Rachel Sargeant (@RachelSargeant3) #ThePerfectNeighbours @KillerReads

I am delighted to welcome author Rachel Sargeant to damppebbles today.  Rachel has kindly agreed to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us but before we get to the nitty gritty, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Rachel and the team at Killer Reads a very happy publication day.  Rachel’s third book The Perfect Neighbours is released in eBook today with the paperback to follow in January, yay!

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite authors and book bloggers to shout about three reads they have loved this year.  The only stipulation being that they must have been published during 2017.

Here are Rachel’s choices…

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The Child by Fiona Barton
I adore the author’s no-nonsense prose. No overwriting in sight. Barton draws on her experience as a journalist not only in her writing style but also in her plot. London-based journalist Kate, the protagonist in Barton’s first novel The Widow, is back and on the trail of a human interest story, when the skeleton of a new-born baby is unearthed on a building site. There are no car chases or damsels in distress and our heroine Kate is an ordinary fifty-year old married mum. Bravo. This author is becoming one of my favourites.

Sweet Little Lies

Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear
I like a good police procedural but I’ve read so many that they are starting to seem the same. This one was a breath of fresh air. Young detective, Cat Kinsella, finds herself investigating a murder with current links to her father and also harking back 18 years to a holiday she had as a child visiting her late mother’s family in Ireland. The murder mystery at the heart of the book was perfectly paced with an excellent ensemble cast of wise-cracking police investigators at the helm. This is sure to become the first in a classic series.

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Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo
The dark opening chapter describing two soldiers’ desertion from an army that made them torch villages and kill the inhabitants leaves the reader in no doubt that dark times are ahead in this novel. However, from the moment these two characters set off on their journey to Lagos and hook up with three other runaways – a middle-class housewife, a vulnerable girl and a rebel without a cause – the author presents a warm, humorous and characterful tale of resilience, adaptability and vibrancy that still manages to be a realistic depiction of despair, corruption and violence. More than any other book I read this year, this one showed the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

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Excellent choices, thank you Rachel.  I really enjoyed Caz Frear’s ‘Sweet Little Lies’ and am really looking forward to more Cat Kinsella in the future.

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

The Child by Fiona Barton | Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear | Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo |

About Rachel:
I’ve been writing as a hobby for a long time and have just had my third novel The Perfect Neighbours published. I’m a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition and have been placed or shortlisted in various competitions, including the Bristol Short Story Prize. My stories have appeared in My Weekly and the Accent Press Saucy Shorts series. I spent several years living in Germany, teaching English and swimming, and I now live in Gloucestershire with my husband and children. When I’m not at work (as a school librarian) and not writing, you’ll find me swimming or reading, but rarely both at the same time.

About The Perfect Neighbours:

the perfect neighboursBuilds from a creeping sense of unease to a jaw-dropping climax and a denouement I defy anyone to see coming.’ Chris Curran, author of Her Deadly Secret

The perfect neighbours tell the perfect lies… When Helen moves to Germany with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to join the ex-pat community of teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare. Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret… 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 neighbourhood, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything.

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My thanks to Rachel for joining me today.  Tomorrow I am thrilled to welcome book blogger Helen of Baatty About Books with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 choices.