#R3COMM3ND3D2021 The After Show Party #BookBlogger #Author #Bookstagram #writingcommunity #bookcommunity #Publishedin2021 #MustReadBooks #booktwt #WhatToRead #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #amreading #amreviewing

Hello bookish friends and welcome to the social highlight of the year (🤔), the #R3COMM3ND3D2021 after show party! The annual-ish recap of everything #R3COMM3ND3D where we get to gaze fondly upon the books that were chosen by forty-eight brilliant bookish types (plus me) and announce the winner or…*audible gasp*…winners!

Of course, if you’re new to the blog you may be wondering what #R3COMM3ND3D is, so allow me to explain. It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2021.

Waaaaaay back at the start of November book blogger Nicki of Nicki’s Life of Crime kicked things off for us with three cracking recommendations. By the time the feature finished on 23rd December fifty-three days had passed and forty-eight brilliant bookish folk (plus me) had recommended the grand total of 130 books. One hundred and thirty book recommendations is pretty epic, right? And all just in time for Christmas 🎅

So, let’s gaze upon the beautiful #R3COMM3ND3D2021 covers in all their splendiferous glory. Aren’t they gorgeous?!

A thing of beauty, I’m sure you’ll agree! If you took part in #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and the book(s) you chose aren’t here then please get in touch.

But let’s talk winners and find out what the most #R3COMM3ND3D book, or books, of 2021 were. There were seven books with two votes each. They were…

Two books received three votes each…

 

And two books received four votes each making them joint winners of #R3COMM3ND3D2021…

Huge congratulations to Will Dean (Hodder & Stoughton) and Catriona Ward (Viper Books) for having the most #R3COMM3ND3D books of the year 🎉 One of these beauties I’ve read, the other is going straight to the top of the reading pile. Have you read either of these cracking novels? What about the other top books of the year? How many do you have on your TBR?

The biggest of thanks to all of the book bloggers, bookstagrammers and authors who took part in #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and whittled their favourite reads down to three (an impossible task, I know!). Thank you for all of the likes, retweets, shares and comments – every single one is always appreciated.

#R3COMM3ND3D may be taking a short break next year (I’m undecided at the moment – I honestly can’t imagine not running it and get a little panicky when I think about it!) but hopefully it won’t be for long if it does. Enormous thanks again for the support this year, book community. You absolutely rock!

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #Author Joy Kluver (@JoyKluver) #JoyKluver #DIBernadetteNoel @bookouture #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello bookish friends and welcome to the penultimate day of #R3COMM3ND3D2021. It feels like only yesterday we launched the series with three cracking books. Now, fifty-two days and forty-seven posts later, we’ve amassed 124 individual recommendations across multiple genres, written by a bevy of brilliant authors! What a blast it’s been. But it’s not over just yet! We still have three recommended reads to discover from today’s guest (and three more tomorrow!)…

Joining me today to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2021 picks is a brilliant book blogger turned awesome author, it’s the very lovely Joy Kluver. Joy writes the fantastic DI Bernadette Noel series published by Bookouture. Currently there are two books available (Last Seen and Broken Girls) with the third book in the series, Left for Dead, set to be published on 10th January 2022. I am a huge fan of Joy’s writing. If you’re a crime fiction fan, this is a series not to be missed!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2021. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2021 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Joy recommends…

Black Reed Bay by Rod Reynolds
I’ve loved all of Rod Reynolds books but there’s something particularly special about Black Reed Bay and it’s Detective Casey Wray. After reading only a few chapters, I felt as though I’d known Casey all my life. Tough but empathetic, Reynolds puts her through the wringer in this book but somehow she’s still standing at the end.
Joy’s Review of Black Reed Bay

The Colours of Death by Patricia Marques
This is my favourite debut for 2021. Set in Lisbon, we follow Inspector Isabel Reis as she investigates the death of a high-ranking official. But Isabel is no ordinary detective. She’s Gifted. The Gifted are a group of people who have extraordinary powers – either telepathy or telekinesis. Perhaps not surprisingly, they are viewed with suspicion by Regulars or ordinary people. When I first heard about this aspect of the book, I wasn’t too sure whether it would work. But it does and brilliantly so. By the end of the novel, it felt completely natural to have the Gifted around. It’s a very clever way to look at prejudice and stigma and how fear propels control.
Joy’s Review of The Colours of Death

Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
I loved Laura Shepherd-Robinson’s debut Blood & Sugar and Daughters of Night is even better. Laura’s depth of research comes across well and I felt completely submerged into Georgian London. But if you’re expecting a Jane Austen Georgian view, then think again. Yes, we have the aristocracy and the wealthy but we also have the underbelly of London’s streets. There are three main narrators – Caroline Corsham, wife of Harry Corsham from Blood & Sugar; Peregrine ‘Perry’ Child, former magistrate now turned thieftaker; and Pamela, a young maid who wants more out of life so decides to auction her virtue to the highest bidder. Definitely not Jane Austen!
Joy’s Review of Daughters of Night

All three are going to the top of the wish list! Thanks so much, Joy, for sharing these fabulous books 😍

About the Detective Bernadette Noel Series by Joy Kluver:
Last Seen (book #1)

I can see her, laughing as she swings as high as she can, her beautiful blonde curls flying out behind her. My little girl. If only I’d listened to my gut. Then maybe she’d be safe here with me…

When five-year-old Molly Reynolds is snatched from the park in the small village of Otterfield, Detective Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Noel throws herself into the search, sick with worry for the quiet, sensitive little girl and her distraught mother.

Wasting no time, Bernie finds a small green cardigan under a bush in the park. It still has the smiley face sticker Molly won that week at school. It’s the first in a chain of clues – and Bernie can’t shake the feeling that it was left deliberately, as a message.

But Bernie encounters a wall of silence. Otterfield is a close-knit community, yet no one in the village has anything to say about the missing child. And Bernie is sure there is something Molly’s mother isn’t telling her either. Why?

And then she makes a chilling discovery: twenty-five years ago, another little girl went missing from the area. Her name was Sophie, and all they ever found of her was her teddy bear, hidden under a bush, just the same as Molly’s cardigan. Now Bernie knows she’s in a race against time to save Molly’s life.

Bernie’s team work round the clock to find a connection between the two girls – but when they find their proof it comes at the price of a shocking tragedy that strikes right at the heart of the case. Molly’s family have been hiding a secret, and now their little girl is in greater danger than ever.

Then Bernie makes one deadly mistake that places her right in the hands of the most dangerous criminal she’s ever faced. She was willing to go to any lengths to solve the case – but will she stay alive long enough to do it?

A completely addictive crime thriller with mind-blowing twists that will have you reading late into the night. If you like Val McDermid, D.S. Butler or Angela Marsons, you’ll love Joy Kluver.

Purchase Links: | amazon.co.ukamazon.comWaterstones |

Broken Girls (book #2)
Brambles catch her dress, scratch her legs, pierce her feet. To escape, she’d had no option but to go barefoot. They’d been laughing together a few minutes before, but things can change in the blink of an eye…

The woman is dark-haired and young, judging by the short red dress. Any other signs of her identity have been erased during her long wait to be found, but it’s clear she was strangled: this was a passionate and personal murder.

D.I. Bernadette Noel knows that every second counts if she is to catch this killer, but she has no leads – until the discovery that the dead woman’s rings match a stolen property report, and the rings’ owner mentions Rosa, her missing nanny.

Just when Bernie and her team think they’re getting somewhere, a shocking discovery about Rosa – and the news that another young girl has been abducted – changes everything the team thought they knew about the case.

Laura is only twelve, and her parents are beside themselves with worry – but Bernie has an additional fear. Laura’s home is right next to the woods where their murder victim was found: are the cases connected?

When Bernie notices similarities between descriptions of the man last seen with Rosa and someone Laura was messaging online, these fears grow stronger. But they still have no clear leads as to the identity of the culprit.

With few options left, and time running out, she makes a desperate plan to trap the predator. But any mistakes will mean another innocent life lost…

A gripping crime thriller with a nail-biting climax. If you like Angela Marsons, Val McDermid or Cara Hunter, you’ll love Joy Kluver.

Purchase Links: | amazon.co.ukamazon.comWaterstones |

Left for Dead (book #3)
The sun is rising over the deserted park. Spring shoots have burst through the frozen ground, framing the woman’s broken body in green and gold. Their surge of relief at finding her alive quickly dissolves into fear: the man who did this is still out there. His next victim might not be so lucky…

The first time Detective Bernadette Noel sees Keira Howard, she is lying in a hospital bed fighting for her life. The police assume that she has become the latest victim in a series of brutal attacks, and after weeks of fruitless searching, they think the evidence found in Keira’s case will finally lead them to their man.

When a suspect is caught the case looks closed, but Bernie isn’t convinced. Keira may have the same markings as the other women, but she doesn’t meet the profile – the random attacker let his victims go. Keira’s attacker had intended to kill. The witnesses – Keira’s closest friends – are all telling different stories, and the discovery that Keira was hiding a secret pregnancy suddenly makes everything a lot more complicated.

When a crucial witness goes missing, Bernie’s gut instinct is proven right – so why won’t her superiors let her investigate? They may have caught a guilty man, but a potential murderer still walks free. Then when their prime suspect is suddenly killed on police watch, Bernie’s situation becomes much more dangerous.

The closer Bernie comes to discovering the truth, the more she is putting her life at risk. And the only people she can rely on to make it out alive might be those she can no longer trust.

An utterly compelling crime thriller full of twists and suspense, perfect for fans of Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and Cara Hunter.

Pre-order links: | amazon.co.ukamazon.com |

About Joy Kluver:
Escaping the madness of motherhood through writing crime novels. Author of the DI Bernadette (Bernie) Noel series set in Wiltshire – Last Seen and Broken Girls with book 3 coming January 2022.

Joy’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Joy KluverTwitter @JoyKluverFacebook |

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2021 are now closed (posts will be running until just before Christmas so we’re not quite done yet). Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you all to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be a giggle, where we can cast our eyes over the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2021’s books. We will also crown 2021’s winner (or joint winners, if that’s the case). So I expect it to be a jolly good ol’ knees up! Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish loveliness heading your way ❤

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #Author Jon Ford (@_Knightingale_) #TheBalladOfTheSongbird #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. It’s Wednesday which means we’re halfway through the week and thankfully one step closer to the weekend. Hoorah! It’s also day 42 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and so far a staggering 110 individual titles have been #R3COMM3ND3D. I only have one week’s worth of posts left to share with you now, plus the after-show party. The last month and a half has flown by! Has your favourite 2021 publication been chosen yet?

Joining me today to talk all things #R3COMM3ND3D2021 is a brilliant author, it’s Jon Ford. Jon writes The Ballad of the Songbird series which is a multi-character supernatural fantasy series. With two books published earlier this year – Hunters and Blood to Earth – and a further five, possibly SIX according to Jon’s website, books planned, this is a series readers can really get their teeth into. You can find out more about Jon and his writing further down the page.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2021. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2021 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

Here are the three books Jon recommends…

The Wild Court by E.G. Radcliff
I’ve just finished this last book in Radcliff’s ‘Coming of Aed’ trilogy, and it was the perfect resolution to an amazing series. It’s a fantastic book (and series) unlike any I’ve read before. The world building is subtly done, over the course of the first book (The Hidden King) and built upon in the second book (The Lost Prince), so by the time you’re reading ‘The Wild Court’ you’re fully immersed. But it’s the characters that REALLY draw you in. Each of them is struggling with an internal conflict and vulnerability, which gives you as the reader something to really lock on to. The character of Aed in particular is exceedingly compelling. A broken character both physically and emotionally who is trying to come to terms with loss and the discovery of who he truly is. Honestly, this is one of the best fantasy books I’ve read in years. Absolutely recommended.

Acts of Closure by NT Anderson
I’m not generally a romance book reader, but this one piqued my interest. I loved the hook of going back and sampling the path not take. I think everyone has thoughts of ‘what could have been’ when it comes to past relationships. The main characters, Natalie, was interesting, and I really enjoyed following her emotional journey. I also loved the inset DMs that break up the narrative, but always feel relevant and tell a second smaller story buried within the main one. It’s something I’d never seen before. If you like a little spicy romance in your life, with a kind of bittersweet feeling, then this is the book for you.
Jon’s Review of Acts of Closure

Fallen Angels (Behind Blue Eyes #2) by Anna Mocikat
This it the BEST in cyberpunk. It has everything you could want. Amazing world building, compelling kickass characters, mystery and intrigue, and some of the best action set-pieces committed to print. This is the second book in the Behind Blue Eyes series, and both carries on from the first book, but also kind of resets the arc in an unexpected way. It’s definitely a book that keeps you guessing. Additionally, the two main characters are utterly compelling. Neph is more than just a proto-typical kick-ass female heroine, and Metatron is more than just a dastardly villian. There’s much more to them than meets the eye, and the deeper into this story you get the more you ask questions as to where, ultimately, it’s going. It has definite Ghost in the Shell vibes, so if that’s in your wheelhouse then you can’t do any better than this.
Jon’s Review of Fallen Angels

Three super recommendations, thanks so much Jon. This is the second time we’ve seen The Wild Court by E.G. Radcliff which puts it in joint third place with The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle by Matt Cain, When the World was Ours by Liz Kessler and You Need Me by Sharon Bairden!

About The Ballad of the Songbird Series:

Book one: Hunters by Jon Ford
Welcome to the new age…

In a world where Vampyrii, Werewolves and other creatures of myth and legend now live side by side with the remnants of the Human race, conflicts are inevitable.

Gayle Knightley has been fighting all her life.

As a Fae/Human hybrid, a quirk of her birth ensured she was destined to be a warrior. A Hunter. One of the best. But now she’s broken and grieving. Her team and her friends brutally taken from her. Gayle will need to overcome her grief and join the fight once again. Her first steps on the path to redemption take her back to London, and the Human Fae Academy where it all began.

Where she learnt to be a Hunter.

Yet on the eve of a historical global summit, an enigmatic manipulator threatens to shatter the fragile peace. In Werewolf controlled Canada, a girl is abducted by a monster. In Vampire occupied America, a lone Vampyrii forges an alliance with an enemy to try and correct history.

How are these things all connected?

And more importantly…who hunts the Hunters?

Hunters is a story as complex and deep as Game of Thrones or The Expanse, yet set in a modern urban fantasy setting.

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

Book two: Blood to Earth by Jon Ford

In the aftermath of tragedy, when the past is laid to rest, blood returns to earth…

When catastrophic events in Nexus City tip the scales, skewing the balance of power in New Victus and forcing Lyssa Balthazaar to accelerate her timetable for revolution, she struggles to find allies in her time of need while wrestling with an impossible decision – Follow her heart or her commitment to family.

A vacation in Rio takes a sudden turn for Alexa Reynolds when an unexpected job connects to her recent past and leads her to untangle a mystery. A mystery she follows from Rio, to the Bahamas, and to Venezuela before she discovers a shocking revelation in the Pacific Ocean.

In London, Gayle and Allyson Knightley are coping with both loss and love. While Allyson is driven to find justice for the victims in Nexus, Gayle is faced with a stark reminder of her past. It is a discovery that will drive her to risk it all to uncover the truth of Bloody Valletta.

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

About Jon Ford:
Jon Ford lives in Worcestershire, UK with his awesome Wifey, their lovable puppy Reflex, and under the watchful gaze of their cat-overlords, Lana and Gale. He has far too many hobbies for one man to sensibly hold down. In between his hobby-juggling, you’ll find him working as an Implementation Consultant by day and burning the midnight oil to bring you The Ballad of the Songbird saga — an epic seven-book series.

Jon’s Website and Social Media Links:
| Website | Twitter @_Knightingale_ | Facebook | Instagram @jonfordauthor |

👉 No #R3COMM3ND3D2021 post tomorrow as I have a review to share instead but #R3C will be back on Friday! 👈

Sadly submissions for #R3COMM3D3D2021 are now closed (posts will be running until just before Christmas so we’re not quite done yet). Shortly after the last post I will be inviting you all to attend the virtual after-show party, which should be a giggle, where we can cast our eyes over the marvellous and majestic beauty of 2021’s books. We will also crown 2021’s winner (or joint winners, if that’s the case). So I expect it to be a jolly good ol’ knees up! Until then stay tuned as we have lots more bookish loveliness heading your way ❤

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #Author and #BookBlogger Zoé O’Farrell (@zooloo2008) #ZooloosBookDiary #Ouija #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

It’s the weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekennnnnnnnnnd! At last, time to turn the pace down a notch and reward yourself, after a busy week, with some quality reading time. You deserve it! 😉 It’s day 25 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021. I’m not entirely sure where November has gone but gone it has. December is on the horizon and the big question on everyone’s lips is ‘will the kids manage to get to 1st December before opening the first door on their advent calendar or will the pull of chocolate be too strong?’ 😂

Joining me today is a brilliant book blogger and now, also a brilliant author! I am delighted to welcome the fabulous Zoé O’Farrell to damppebbles today to talk all things #R3COMM3ND3D2021. Zoé published her debut novel Ouija earlier this year and it’s received some rave reviews on the ‘zon. You can find out more about Ouija further down this post. Zoé also blogs at Zooloo’s Book Diary so make sure you follow her if you don’t already!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2021. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2021 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

As this is the fifth year of #R3C, things are going to be a smidge different this year. There’s a scary deadline involved *shudder*. The #R3COMM3ND3D application form will only be open until midday (GMT) on Wednesday 1st December. If you would like to take part in #R3C this year (and I would LOVE you to!) then please get your three choices in sooner rather than later. Any posts scheduled for later in December will be brought forward and I will close the series early if I’m not able to fill all of the available dates. The form is at the bottom of this post if you fancy taking part.

Here are the three books Zoé recommends…

It’s Not Never by Louise Gregory & N.G.K.
OMG this book broke me. I was reading this whilst I was at my daughter’s swimming lesson and thank god I had my face mask on to mask the tears. It is such a beautiful story of friends and their journey into Space. This a beautiful tale of love, forbidden love, family, friendships and all the bonds. I laughed, cried the ugly tears, and I lived in fear with all the characters.
Zoé’s Review of It’s Not Never

Blackhaven by Kyle M. Scott
This has EVERY thing I love in a good gory and gruesome read! It reminds me of Richard Laymon of old. It was action packed, there is no preamble and the action starts from the opening pages. I LOVED it!! This book is an absolute blast to read and the author really does NOT hold back!
Zoé’s Review of Blackhaven

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean
This book, well just WOW! It is a cold cold book. It is brutal and there is sense of complete hopelessness. It is a powerful story but a dark and heavy story. It is an unnerving, chilling, powerhouse of a book. It draws you in, short chapters to entice the need to keep reading. The need to set things right.
Zoé’s Review of The Last Thing to Burn

Thanks so much, Zoé. Three great choices. This is the third time The Last Thing to Burn has been chosen which means it’s now in first place! Can it hold onto it’s lead until #R3COMM3ND3D2021 finishes in a few weeks time? I can’t wait to find out!

About Ouija:

The only thing for certain is the deaths were no accident.

Rayner High School once a prestigious school stands in ruins after such a terrible event.

A year later, a group of friends return to the abandoned school and their nightmare begins.

Something wants to get out and won’t take NO for an answer…

Ouija is Book 2 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine.

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About Zoé O’Farrell:
Zoé O’Farrell grew up in Watford but left the town life to live by the sea down at the White Cliffs of Dover. She spends her days working with numbers before escaping in the evening to the world of words and movies. Her go-to relaxation is watching a scary movie or reading a terrifying book! She is a book blogger and tour organiser just to keep her extra busy. When she is not reading or writing, you can usually find her watching Watford FC or at a gig. Failing that she can be found rolling her eyes at her husband as he acts the same age as her spitfire of a Mini-Me whilst separating her two cats. Ouija is her debut novel.

Zoé’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Zooloo’s Book Diary | Twitter @zooloo2008 | Facebook | Instagram @zooloosbookdiary |

If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/pHinvKCHGP89wumn9)

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #Author Rachel Sargeant (@RachelSargeant3) @DarkSkiesPub #EverydayKindness #KindnessAnthology #RachelSargeant #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello you and welcome to damppebbles. It’s day 11 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and it’s the weekend. Things are already looking up, right? So let’s add something else to the mix to make it a truly special day. Not only am I delighted to welcome brilliant author Rachel Sargeant to share the #R3COMM3ND3D book love with us but today also marks the publication of Everyday Kindness. Everyday Kindness is a collection of short, fictional stories of kindness written by some of today’s very best writers and edited by L.J. Ross. Rachel has a story featured in the anthology and all proceeds from the sale of the book go to Shelter, a charity that helps millions of people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness. Click the link above to purchase a copy and help support a brilliant charity.

Rachel Sargeant is also the author of The Perfect NeighboursThe Good TeacherThe Roommates and Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty and I am delighted to have her join me today to share three of her top reads published in 2021.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2021. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2021 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

As this is the fifth year of #R3C, things are going to be a smidge different this year. There’s a scary deadline involved *shudder*. The #R3COMM3ND3D application form will only be open until midday (GMT) on Wednesday 1st December. If you would like to take part in #R3C this year (and I would LOVE you to!) then please get your three choices in sooner rather than later. Any posts scheduled for later in December will be brought forward and I will close the series early if I’m not able to fill all of the available dates. The form is at the bottom of this post if you fancy taking part.

Let’s find out which three books Rachel recommends…

The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor
I never thought I’d read something classed as ‘Horror’ – way too much blood and silliness, I thought. But I took a chance on this one and it was terrific. As well as the mounting creepiness and gore, there was a stunning plot that featured two rounded, engaging protagonists.
Rachel’s Review of The Burning Girls

Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift
My interest in dystopian novels took a bit of a hit last year. (Wonder why?) But one author managed to publish a virus novel in February 2021 that actually made me laugh. The premise is that the last survivor of a deadly plague is a woman who channels her inner Bridget Jones rather than Lara Croft. It’s worth having a read and a chuckle even during a worldwide crisis.
Rachel’s Review of Last One at the Party

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard
This is a well-plotted thriller set against the backdrop of the pandemic in Ireland. It is so much more than a nod to modern times where characters socially distance and gad about in masks. The international situation is integral to the plot. The two protagonists make the fateful decision to move in together when the first lockdown is announced and set in motion a devastating chain of events.
Rachel’s Review of 56 Days

Sold! Although, to be honest, I’ve read The Burning Girls already (and I loved it!) but the other two are definitely going on the wish list. They both sound so good!

About Everyday Kindness:
Everyday Kindness is a charity anthology of short, fictional stories of kindness, edited by LJ Ross. These uplifting tales of hope and of small, everyday kindnesses are intended to support wider, positive mental health goals and foster wellbeing through the act of reading tales of goodwill inspired by others. Featuring authors across the spectrum of literature, some international bestsellers and award-winning writers amongst them, this is a unique collection of words.

All proceeds from the book will be donated to Shelter, a charity that helps millions of people a year struggling with bad housing or homelessness.

Authors include: LJ Ross, Adam Hamdy, Alex Smith, Alexander Gordon Smith, Alison Stockham, Anne O’Leary, Barbara Copperthwaite, J.D. Kirk, C.L. Taylor, Caroline Mitchell, Chris McDonald, C.K. McDonnell, Claire Sheehy, Clare Flynn, Darren O’Sullivan, David Leadbeater, Debbie Young, Deborah Carr, Emma Robinson, Graham Brack, Hannah Lynn, Heather Martin, Holly Martin, Ian Sainsbury, Imogen Clark, James Gilbert, Jane Corry, Jean Gill, J.J. Marsh, Judith O’Reilly, Kelly Clayton, Kim Nash, Leah Mercer, Liz Fenwick, Louise Beech, Louise Jensen, Louise Mumford, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Marcia Woolf, Mark Stay, Marcie Steele, Natasha Bache, Nick Jackson, Nick Quantrill, Nicky Black, Patricia Gibney, Rachel Sargeant, Rob Parker, Rob Scragg, S.E. Lynes, Shelley Day, Casey Kelleher, Sophie Hannah, Victoria Connelly, Victoria Cooke, Will Dean.

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About Rachel Sargeant:
I grew up in Lincolnshire, taught English in Germany and now live in Gloucestershire with my husband, our children having flown the nest. I’m the author of three books published by HarperCollins: The Perfect Neighbours, a psychological thriller set in Germany; The Good Teacher, a police whodunit; and The Roommates, a suspense mystery set at a university during freshers’ week and inspired by my return to uni for a research degree. Alongside my studies this year, I’ve been pleased to contribute a story to Everyday Kindness: A collection of uplifting tales to brighten your day, edited by bestselling writer L.J. Ross with all proceeds going to Shelter. I am book mad and love discovering authors I haven’t read before.

Rachel’s Website and Social Media Links:
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If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/pHinvKCHGP89wumn9)

#R3COMM3ND3D2021 with #Author Anne Coates (@Anne_Coates1) @RedDogTweets #AnneCoates #HannahWeybridgeSeries #StageCall #BookRecommendations #publishedin2021 #booktwt #whattoread #damppebbles

Hello and a very happy Saturday to you! It’s the weekend at last. The nights are drawing in and there’s a definite chill in the air (here in the UK anyway!) so what better way to spend the frosty November nights than curled up with a good book. And we’ve got some cracking reads for you today!

It’s day 5 of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 and joining me today is an author whose books I love. It’s the lovely Anne Coates who writes the brilliant Hannah Weybridge series, which is currently being republished by the fabulous Red Dog Press. If you’ve not picked up one of Anne’s books yet then make sure you change that ASAP (purchase links for Dancers in the Wind – book one in the series – are below). Anne also has a new book titled Stage Call out in January so make sure you look out for that too.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2021? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2021. To make things interesting there are a couple of teeny, tiny rules; 1) the book must have FIRST been published in 2021 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉

As this is the fifth year of #R3C, things are going to be a smidge different this year. There’s a scary deadline involved *shudder*. The #R3COMM3ND3D application form will only be open until midday (GMT) on Wednesday 1st December. If you would like to take part in #R3C this year (and I would LOVE you to!) then please get your three choices in sooner rather than later. Any posts scheduled for later in December will be brought forward and I will close the series early if I’m not able to fill all of the available dates. The form is at the bottom of this post if you fancy taking part.

Let’s find out which three books Anne has chosen for us…

No Honour by Awais Khan
Not an easy read but No Honour is a book not to be ignored. Explores the tradition of honour killings but wrapped in love and ending on a high note.
Anne’s Review of No Honour

The Killing Kind by Jane Casey
A compelling legal thriller told in the first person. Casey skilfully weaves fear and trepidation into small, everyday acts; doubt and despair into commonplace as well as extraordinary situations.
Anne’s Review of The Killing Kind

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward
Brilliant narrative told from the viewpoints of Ted, Lauren, Olivia and Dee. Each narrator has their own agenda but can you rely on any of their memories of what has occurred and what is happening?
Anne’s Review of The Last House on Needless Street

Wonderful choices, thank you Anne. I’m yet to read two of these but they sound so good they’re going straight on the wish list. This is the second time we’ve seen The Last House on Needless Street and we haven’t even been going a week yet! I doubt it will be the last too…

About Dancers in the Wind (Hannah Weybridge #1):
Dancers in the Wind (Hannah Weybridge Series Book 1) by [Anne Coates]SHE IS HUNTING FOR THE TRUTH, BUT WHO IS HUNTING HER?
Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess, and police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan.
When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognisable, Hannah has to make some tough decisions and is drawn ever deeper into the world of deceit and violence. Three sex workers are murdered, their deaths covered up in a media blackout, and Hannah herself is under threat.
As she comes to realise that the taste for vice reaches into the higher echelons of the great and the good, Hannah realises she must do everything in her power to expose the truth …. and stay alive.

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About Anne Coates:
Author of the Hannah Weybridge crime thriller series currently being republished by Red Dog Press. New book Stage Call out in January 2022.

Anne’s website and social media links:
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If you’re a book blogger, bookstagrammer or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/pHinvKCHGP89wumn9)

#R3COMM3ND3D is back! #R3COMM3ND3D2021 #BookBloggers #Authors #Bookstagrammers #Publishedin2021 #MustReadBooks #booklove #booktwt #bookrecommendations #damppebbles

I can’t believe it! It’s nearly here! #R3COMM3ND3D20201 starts on Monday and I’m giddy with excitement. If you missed my post at the start of the month then please read on to find out what it’s all about and for the form. There’s still space available but you only have until midday (GMT) on 1st December to submit your three books, eek!

Hello bookish friends and a very happy Friday to you. I don’t have a review to share with you today but I do have some exciting news, which probably won’t come as a massive surprise if you’ve been following damppebbles over the last few years!

#R3COMM3ND3D IS BACK!

Woohoo! Because I flipping love it and, from the feedback I’ve had, you rather like it too! #R3COMM3ND3D (in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2021) will start on 1st November! And, here’s the big news….#R3COMM3ND3D is FIVE years old this year 🥳. Reason enough to take part, I think, if you’ve never participated before!

If you’re new to damppebbles then allow me to explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about.

#R3COMM3ND3D is where I ask book bloggers, bookstagrammers and published authors to recommend three ‘must read’ books the rest of us should really make a point of picking up. Three titles you love and want to shout about. They don’t have to be your top three books of the year – just three books that have knocked your socks off and you think others will enjoy. Any author, any genre, traditionally, indie or self-published. Sounds easy, right? There is one catch – they must have been published in 2021 (and I will check!). There are a few other teeny tiny rules (such as reissues and special editions don’t count, authors CAN’T recommend their own books etc but we’ll gloss over that for now…).

The feature will run from 1st November until 30th December, excluding 24th, 25th and 26th December. All other dates are up for grabs. And if there is a specific date you would like then you only have to say and I will do my best to accommodate it. I’m more than happy to schedule your #R3COMM3ND3D for a date to coincide with a book release, a special promotion or an anniversary/blogiversary. And if you’re a published author, I always include information about your latest book in the post too (here’s an example).

There are 57 slots available and I hope to be able to fill them all. However, unlike in previous years, I have decided to put a definitive end date on the sign-up form. The form will close at midday (GMT) on Wednesday 1st December. If I haven’t been able to fill all 57 dates and you’ve selected a later date then I’m afraid I will bring your #R3COMM3ND3D forward and conclude the 2021 series early. Hopefully it won’t come to that. Hopefully all 57 dates will be snapped up 🤞

Tempted? Go on, you know you want to 😉. If you would like to take part then all you have to do is fill in the form below with as much information as possible. Really sell the books to us, make us want to read them too.

A final plea before I sign off. Please, please, please, please check the publication date of all formats on all three of your books before submitting your form. Often the hardback, audio and digital editions are published a full year before the paperback makes an appearance. I love #R3COMM3ND3D but it takes a long time to set each post up. If I then have to contact people and ask them to change one or more of their books, it takes even longer. I hope you understand why I’m asking you to be 100% sure this year.

I know the embedded form doesn’t work for everyone so if that’s you, here’s a helpful link (which shouldn’t cause any problems): https://forms.gle/UqFYws11pWdGHA7n8

I am super excited about this year’s #R3C and I can’t wait to see what you pick!

#R3COMM3ND3D is back! #R3COMM3ND3D2021 #BookBloggers #Authors #Bookstagrammers #Publishedin2021 #MustReadBooks #booklove #booktwt #bookrecommendations #damppebbles

Hello bookish friends and a very happy Friday to you. I don’t have a review to share with you today but I do have some exciting news, which probably won’t come as a massive surprise if you’ve been following damppebbles over the last few years!

#R3COMM3ND3D IS BACK!

Woohoo! Because I flipping love it and, from the feedback I’ve had, you rather like it too! #R3COMM3ND3D (in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2021) will start on 1st November! And, here’s the big news….#R3COMM3ND3D is FIVE years old this year 🥳. Reason enough to take part, I think, if you’ve never participated before!

If you’re new to damppebbles then allow me to explain what #R3COMM3ND3D is all about.

#R3COMM3ND3D is where I ask book bloggers, bookstagrammers and published authors to recommend three ‘must read’ books the rest of us should really make a point of picking up. Three titles you love and want to shout about. They don’t have to be your top three books of the year – just three books that have knocked your socks off and you think others will enjoy. Any author, any genre, traditionally, indie or self-published. Sounds easy, right? There is one catch – they must have been published in 2021 (and I will check!). There are a few other teeny tiny rules (such as reissues and special editions don’t count, authors CAN’T recommend their own books etc but we’ll gloss over that for now…).

The feature will run from 1st November until 30th December, excluding 24th, 25th and 26th December. All other dates are up for grabs. And if there is a specific date you would like then you only have to say and I will do my best to accommodate it. I’m more than happy to schedule your #R3COMM3ND3D for a date to coincide with a book release, a special promotion or an anniversary/blogiversary. And if you’re a published author, I always include information about your latest book in the post too (here’s an example).

There are 57 slots available and I hope to be able to fill them all. However, unlike in previous years, I have decided to put a definitive end date on the sign-up form. The form will close at midday (GMT) on Wednesday 1st December. If I haven’t been able to fill all 57 dates and you’ve selected a later date then I’m afraid I will bring your #R3COMM3ND3D forward and conclude the 2021 series early. Hopefully it won’t come to that. Hopefully all 57 dates will be snapped up 🤞

Tempted? Go on, you know you want to 😉. If you would like to take part then all you have to do is fill in the form below with as much information as possible. Really sell the books to us, make us want to read them too.

A final plea before I sign off. Please, please, please, please check the publication date of all formats on all three of your books before submitting your form. Often the hardback, audio and digital editions are published a full year before the paperback makes an appearance. I love #R3COMM3ND3D but it takes a long time to set each post up. If I then have to contact people and ask them to change one or more of their books, it takes even longer. I hope you understand why I’m asking you to be 100% sure this year.

I know the embedded form doesn’t work for everyone so if that’s you, here’s a helpful link (which shouldn’t cause any problems): https://forms.gle/UqFYws11pWdGHA7n8

I am super excited about this year’s #R3C and I can’t wait to see what you pick!

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #Author Joy Kluver (@JoyKluver) #JoyKluver #DIBernadetteNoel #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello. How the heck are you? It’s been a few days since we last spoke. If you celebrated, how was your Christmas? I hope, despite it not being quite what many of us initially planned, it was a good one and you received bookish delights galore. Today marks day 53 of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 and the FINAL post of the 2020 season. It’s been a tough old year for many of us but the books have been outstanding and helped many of us escape what’s been going on around us. I have loved sharing your #R3COMM3ND3D2020 picks since 1st November more than ever. Thank you to everyone who has liked, shared, retweeted and commented on the posts. You make #R3COMM3ND3D something very special. But the show’s not over just yet…

Today I am thrilled to welcome a brilliant blogger and soon-to-be debut author to share three of their favourite books published this year. It’s the fabulous Joy Kluver who shares her love of (mostly) crime fiction over at Joy Kluver. It’s Joy’s birthday today so I would like to take this opportunity to wish her a very happy birthday 🥳. I hope you have a lovely day. Joy is also on the brink of publishing her debut novel with Bookouture in February next year so keep an eye out for the first book in the DI Bernadette Noel series. Personally, I can’t wait to read it and it’s high on my most eagerly anticipated books of 2021 list.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books Joy chose…

The Lost Lights of St Kilda by Elisabeth Gifford
The Lost Lights of St Kilda is a sweeping love story that will cross oceans and decades. It is a moving and deeply vivid portrait of two lovers, a desolate island, and the extraordinary power of hope in the face of darkness.
Joy’s Review of The Lost Lights of St Kilda

Body Language by A. K. Turner
Novels set in mortuaries have been around for quite a while but there’s a new girl in town and her name is Cassie Raven. With dyed black hair, piercings and tattoos, she’s not your average mortuary technician. And thank goodness for that. A.K. Turner has breathed fresh life into a setting that has to remain within the rules of science.
Joy’s Review of Body Language

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
This is my book of the year. Chris Whitaker immerses us in the lives of Duchess Day Radley and her younger brother, Robin. Aged 13 and 5 respectively at the beginning of the story, their lot in life is pretty bad. It’s an epic tale of revenge and redemption. The writing is utterly sublime and quite honestly, it’s not just my book of the year but one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Joy’s Review of We Begin at the End

Brilliant choices, thanks so much Joy. I am absolutely over the moon to see We Begin at the End on your list as that makes it the clear winner of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 with FIVE votes. Huge congratulations to Chris Whitaker and the team at Zaffre Books. A very worthy winner as, and I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, it’s my book of the year without a shadow of a doubt (😉).

If Joy has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

The Lost Lights of St Kilda by Elisabeth Gifford
Body Language by A.K. Turner
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

About Joy Kluver:
I’m a blogger and soon to be published author! My debut novel featuring DI Bernadette Noel will be published by Bookouture in February 2021. But I’ll still be sharing the book love on my blog.

Joy’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Joy Kluver | Twitter @JoyKluver | Facebook |

That’s all folks! Well, for #R3COMM3ND3D2020 anyway. I’m off to write my ‘books of the year’ post now which I may or may not get whittled down in time to post before the end of 2020 😜. If I don’t, I hope you have a very happy New Year. Thank you for your support over the last twelve months. It means the world to me. You are AMAZING!

Don’t forget to start making a list of those 2021 releases as #R3COMM3ND3D will return towards the end of next year. It might not be exactly the same as the last few years – not sure in what way yet – but it will return in one form or another. Stay safe, stay bookish and keep reading. Love ya!

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #Author Terry Tyler (@TerryTyler4) #TheVisitor #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. It’s the final day of #R3COMM3ND3D2020 before Christmas and what a treat I have in store for you. Before I introduce today’s guest though I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful Christmas if you’re celebrating over the next week.

Today I am delighted to welcome author Terry Tyler to share three of her favourite books published this year. Terry’s most recent release – The Visitor – was chosen only last week by Sue at Sue’s Musings and is a compelling post-apocalyptic murder mystery set in a pandemic. Sign me up, sounds like my kind of book!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2020. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉

Here are the three books Terry has chosen…

The End of the Road by Anna Legat
This is my favourite sort of post apocalyptic story – shocking and bleak, and all about the characters. Each one is a story in itself.
Terry’s Review of The End of the Road

Nest of Ashes by G. Lawrence
I’m Tudor addicted, and Gemma Lawrence’s fictional accounts of the wives of Henry VIII are the best I’ve read. I can’t wait for Book 2!
Terry’s Review of Nest of Ashes

Plumas de Muerte: Tequila Journals and Dreams by Phil Motel
A memoir about a time when the author was living in a motel, working at a tedious desk job and drinking far too much. It’s real life, warts and all. One of those writers who can make the mundane fascinating to read.
Terry’s Review of Plumas de Muerte: Tequila Journals and Dreams by Phil Motel

Three really interesting choices and a few additions to the terrifying TBR. Thanks so much, Terry.

If Terry has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

The End of the Road by Anna Legat
Nest of Ashes by G. Lawrence
Plumas de Muerte: Tequila Journals and Dreams by Phil Motel

About The Visitor:
In 2024, a mystery virus ravages the entire world. ‘Bat Fever’ is highly contagious and one hundred per cent lethal.

A cottage tucked away in an isolated Norfolk village seems like the ideal place to sit out a catastrophic pandemic, but some residents of Hincham resent the arrival of Jack, Sarah and their friends, while others want to know too much about them.

What the villagers don’t know is that beneath Sarah’s cottage is a fully-stocked, luxury survival bunker. A post-apocalyptic ‘des res’.

Hincham isolates itself from the rest of the country, but the deaths continue―and not from the virus. There’s a killer on the loose, but is it a member of the much-depleted community, or somebody from outside? Paranoia is rife, as friend suspects friend, and everybody suspects the newcomers.

Most terrifying of all is that nobody knows who’s next on the list…

The Visitor is Terry Tyler’s twenty-second Amazon publication, and is set in the same world as her Project Renova series, while being a completely separate, stand-alone novel.

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About Terry Tyler:
Terry Tyler is the author of twenty-two books available from Amazon, the latest being The Visitor, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery set in the same world as her popular Project Renova series. She is a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team, and likes to read historical fiction (12th-16th century), fiction about the collapse of society and bleak dystopian futures, and non-fiction based on travel, sociological and anthropological subject matter.

Terry enjoys a TV binge – she is a Walking Dead obsessive, and also likes South Park, political/historical/crime documentaries, crime thrillers, and series that feature Travis Fimmel and Jason Momoa striding across barren landscapes. She lives with her husband in the North East of England.

Terry’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Terry Tyler Book Reviews | Twitter @TerryTyler4 |

#R3COMM3ND3D2020 is now closed. Fifty-four brilliant book bloggers and authors have shared three of their favourite 2020 books with us (I have one more post left to share on 29th December). I hope you’ve found a book (or five!) to add to your TBR. #R3COMM3ND3D will return next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2021 so start making a note of any cracking 2021 releases now and keep an eye out for the sign-up form from June onwards. Thank so much to everyone who has taken part, shared, retweeted and generally supported the feature. YOU make it something special ❤️