#Extract from White Lion @BooksOnTheHill #QuickRead #DyslexiaFriendly #Fantasy #QuickRead #LoveBooksTours @igbooktours #BlogTour

Extract/Excerpt from White Lion

Today I am taking part in the blog tour for White Lion, thanks to Love Books Tours. I have been specially given a little extract from the book to give you a sneak preview of what you can expect from this fantasy. White Lion is a Quick Read book and is Dyslexia Friendly. Discover the blurb and then find out a little about the atmospheric, tense part – The Lion At Bay.

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Blurb 

In war-torn Acre, a different sort of battle is being fought as Tancred of Antioch, the White Lion, plays a desperate game of cat-and-mouse against those who would see the kingdom of Heaven in shambles. But, as armies inch ever closer, the question remains: who does the White Lion serve, Cairo or Jerusalem?

THE LION AT BAY

It was the soft scuff of booted feet that caused the man to whirl, one sinewy hand dropping to the hilt of his long knife. The sound of pursuit did not bode well in the tight warren of alleys that was at the heart of ancient Acre – sandwiched between the Venetian Quarter and what had once been the district of their ancestral enemies, the Genoans. But, the solitary man did not pause to see who it was who shadowed him. Not here; this no man’s land was not the place for confrontations. He spun and lengthened his stride.

By the moon’s fulsome light, he descended rough-hewn steps until he emerged into a crude square where four crooked alleys met. The Piazza di Lazaretto, it was called – the Lepers Square – for here is where the afflicted stopped on their way to the leprosarium of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem. This evening, however, the place was deserted.

Awnings of slatted wood protruding from mud brick facades, some mere frames hung with tattered canvas, spoke to the square’s use in the past. Nothing moved in the silver-shot gloom. No lepers seeking shelter. No street corner fences hawking stolen wares; no strumpets on the prowl or pimps looking for fresh meat; no dagger-men lounging in the shadows, seeking to hire themselves out for a dishonest night’s

work. Only a soft dry breeze reeking of dust and antiquity. In its rustle, the fellow heard the stamp of feet and the panted curses of his pursuers.

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#BookReview By Lou of Local Gone Missing By Fiona Barton @figbarton @penguinrandom #CrimeFiction #Thriller

Local Gone Missing
By Fiona Barton

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Everyone's a suspect when a local goes missing

I am on the penultimate day of the blog tour today for Local Gone Missing By Fiona Barton. A small town with intriguing secrets enveloped within, until the seal breaks…
Thanks to Random T. Tours and Penguin Random House for the invitation to review.
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Blurb

THE TENSE AND COMPELLING NEW NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WIDOW AND THE CHILD.

Everyone watches their neighbours.

Elise King moves into the sleepy seaside town of Ebbing. Illness has thrown her career as a successful detective into doubt, but no matter how hard she tries to relax and recuperate, she knows that something isn’t right.

Everyone lies about their friends.

Tensions are running high beneath the surface of this idyllic community: the weekenders in their fancy clothes, renovating old bungalows into luxury homes, and the locals resentful of the changes. A town divided, with the threat of violence only a heartbeat away.

Everyone knows a secret.

This peaceful world is shattered when two teenagers end up in hospital and a local man vanishes without trace. Elise starts digging for answers, but the community closes ranks, and the truth begins to slip through her fingers. Because in a small town like this, the locals are good at keeping secrets…

Everyone’s a suspect when a local goes missing.

Review

Fiona Barton takes readers to a quiet town, which is so sleepy and unassuming, except there are secrets that have been buried for quite some time and rifts and divisions that bubble up to the surface, and the simmering of tempers can no longer be contained and boil over, especially when a local goes missing. The whole town is shaken up and things get very dark as tensions become more to the fore and life in the town is about to become more twisted; which makes for a compelling and tense read.
The case leaves DI Elise King with a meaty case to handle, now that she has returned to work after cancer treatment and she is an interesting character to get to know, as are the rest of the residents as more gets revealed.

The story itself, is set in 2019 and introduces the town well, and fools you into thinking it’s cosy, so there are elements of cosy murder within it, and then bam… it becomes gritty as certain events happen and revelations start to emerge; so what readers get are two atmospheres and tones, which makes it interesting as it mixes things up. There are many strands that have a resolution in the end, so it is worth sticking with it.

About the Author

Fiona Barton Author PicFiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been published in 36 countries and optioned for television. Her second novel, The Child, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Cambridge, Fiona currently lives in Sussex and south-west France.

Previously, she was a senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday, where she won Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.

While working as a journalist, Fiona reported on many high-profile criminal cases and she developed a fascination with watching those involved, their body language and verbal tics. Fiona interviewed people at the heart of these crimes, from the guilty to their families, as well as those on the periphery, and found it was those just outside the spotlight who interested her most
Twitter @figbarton

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#Review By Louise of The Extraordinary Adventures of Alice Tonks By Emily Kenny @Emilie_London @emilykennyauthor @rocktheboatnews #ExtraordinaryAdventuresofAliceTonks @RandomTTours #BlogTour #ChildrensBook #MiddleGrade

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alice Tonks By Emily Kenny

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Today I am on the blog tour for the entertaining, mysterious, adventurous middlegrade book of The Extraordinary Adventures of Alice Tonks. Thanks to Random T. Tours and publisher Rock The Boat for inviting me to review and for the book. Find the blurb and review below.

Blurb

“It’s not your chips I’m after, Alice Tonks,” the seagull said sternly. “We’ve got a job for you.”

After a rather strange encounter with a seagull on her first day of boarding school, Alice Tonks is left with a lot of questions.
Why does the bird need her help? And WHY can she talk to seagulls?
Alice is used to being by herself but she can’t solve the mystery alone. With new friends behind her, can Alice harness her magic powers and become the hero she never imagined?

A story about finding your voice, friendship and unlikely heroes, for fans of A Kind of Spark 

Review

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alice Tonks tells the story of an 11 year d autistic protagonist who is in Pebbleworth Boarding School and there’s a beach. She hates both! From there is a big adventure and a discovery of magic and powers. There’s quite a bit of humour in what is a great setting where there’s plenty of action and mystery and strangely disappearing animals.

The story is fresh, with elements of the familiar. It’s entertaining for 8 years plus, with lots to solve and get gripped by.

#Review By Lou of The Poet By Louisa Reid @LouisaReid @DoubleDayUK @RandomTTours #ThePoet #BlogTour

The Poet
By Louisa Reid

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Poet by Louisa Reid, nikita gill, manjett mann, poetry, poet

The Poet is powerful with current and universal themes told in ways readers may not expect. Check out the blurb and my full review below. First, thanks to the publisher – Double Day and organiser – Random T. Tours for gifting a copy of the book and for inviting me to review.

Blurb

The Poet Cover (1)Bright, promising Emma is entangled in a toxic romance with her old professor – and she’s losing control.

Charming, cruel Tom is idolized by his students and peers – and he thinks he holds all the cards.

In their small Oxford home, he manipulates and undermines Emma’s every
thought and act. Soon, he will push her to the limit, and she must decide:
to remain quiet and submit, or to take her revenge.

The Poet is a portrait of a toxic relationship, about coercive control, class
and
privilege: it is also a passionate, page-turning tale of female solidarity and survival.

Written in verse and charged with passion and anger, The Poet is a portrait of a deeply dysfunctional relationship, exploring coercive control, class and privilege. It is also a page-turning tale of female solidarity and survival.

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Review

The Poet gives a unique perspective as to how a story about life can be told, in that it is presented in verse inside its evocative cover. It’s a book that may prompt/provoke strong feelings to come to the fore.

There’s rawness, strong emotion, the harshness of life being challenging with a relationship being toxic and coercive control, with a softer tone of something beautiful in nature, a cat and female solidarity.
It looks great on a page, the way the words are set out to get their point across, but I also think it would be great being performed like “street/performance poetry”. There are elements that I imagined would sound great being said aloud, with its light and dark, with the shades inbetween.
The book is powerful, thought-provoking, sometimes soft, sometimes fierce with rage in its universally current themes.
There’s the idea of love, of how things could be for Emma in her relationship with Tom, then comes the searing reality of how the so called romance actually is, with a distinct creepy chill that is sure to run down any reader’s bones to see how his charm changes and turns bad, which has consequences and effects as the writing shows what someone coercing a lover can do and what happens next as a result.
There are places where it turns a corner, into how to survive and female solidarity that has some strength to it.
Overall it is an exquisitely written book.

About the Author

Louisa Reid has lived in Cambridge, London and Zurich, and now lives near Manchester. She graduated with a degree in English from Oxford before training as an English teacher at Cambridge University and she continues to work as a teacher. Louisa is the author of four novels for young adults: Black Heart Blue and Gloves Off were both nominated  for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

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Yes, I Killed Her By Harry Fisher @HFwritesCrime @HobeckBooks #CrimeFiction #ReadingCommunity #BlogTour

Yes, I Killed Her
By Harry Fisher

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

High on intrigue and chilling to the bone, I am delighted to share all my thoughts on the police procedural with a difference – Yes, I Killed Her By Harry Fisher on the blog tour. See more below…
Thanks, firstly to Hobeck Books for inviting me to review and for the book.

Yes, I Killed Her cover

Blurb

In the 21st century, is the perfect murder remotely possible?

Edwin Fuller is convinced it is. He’s cunning, calculating and chilling. He makes a plan. He carries it out. And he kills his wife.

His plan has worked; he’s got away with murder. Case closed.

Until he makes a big mistake.

Review

Set in Leith, Scotland, DI Mel Cooper and her team have their work cut out. They are a likeable workforce, with a bit of dark humour and prepared to do a lot of legwork to crack a case.

Yes, I Killed Her has suspense and becomes quite the page-turner as the unravelling of his master plan begins…So, you know the whom for the who committed the crime, there’s the confession right there in the title, but it’s interesting watching how Edwin Fuller is so chilling, so calculated and so convinced that he committed the perfect murder, he has the audacity to feel highly confident about this; as well as each piece of the deconstructed puzzle come together.

The sharp-writing keeps you hooked until the end. It’s certainly different already knowing who the murderer is in advance, but the how and direction and mindset is what makes this a fascinating read.

Adventure Caravanning With Dogs – It Never Rains But It Paws By Jacqueline Lambert @JacquelineLambertAuthor @RandomTTours #ItNeverRainsButItPaws #WorldWideWalkies #Dogs #Caravanning #TravelMemoir #Travelogue #NonFiction

Adventure Caravanning With Dogs
It Never Rains But It Paws
By Jacqueline Lambert

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Adventures and human and dog interest abound in Adventure Caravanning With Dogs. Thanks to Random T. Tours for inviting me to review this travelogue. Join these pooches on an adventure like no other… (a pic of cute dogs is included in this review).
Discover more in the synopsis and my review below.

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Synopsis:

Five years after giving up work to travel full time, Jackie and Mark race against time to leave the UK before Britain leaves the EU. If Brexit happens, their four precious pups may lose their pet passports, and will be unable to travel. But Brexit isn’t their only obstacle. A few months into their trip, the pandemic leaves them trapped in Europe’s No.1 coronavirus hotspot…

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Review

This, in many ways is a trip of our times and in years to come, will serve as a reminder of how things were during the pandemic. In all of its fun and hilarity it reminds, in someways, that trips, however long or short an adventure people go on, should not be taken for granted because anything can happen…
This is perfect for armchair travelling and perhaps inspiring bucketlists or for giving a picture of some hometruths when worldwide events happen and you have adorable pooches in tow.
The locations that feature are France and Italy.

Jackie Lambert with Fab Four Web Size ColourIt all starts rather well on a journey across to France by ferry, as the memoir turns into quite the interesting travel-logue, with some historic facts here and there, adding extra interest to the places, Jacqueline and her furry, pawed friends go to. Not everything is plain-sailing as she and Mark runs into some issues and the rainy weather doesn’t help matters. 

Mixed in with intrpid travels, are some politics about Brexit, although for a short spell, it gets a little heavy, it nonetheless doesn’t detract from the rest of the book as it then proceeds into the consequences to what had been unlimited travel around the European countries that are (at time of writing), still part of the EU, so for the main part, there is a point to bringing this up, as she navigates this.

It also documents some of the huge diseases the world had encountered, whilst travelling, including the global pandemic, brought by Covid-19, which Jacqueline encounters and ends up in a hotspot of in Italy, on her own, since Mark had to go back home to sort out a different sort of problem, beforehand, meaning they are separated more than what they may have been otherwise.

Even through, what was, at the time, unexpectedly hard times, there are snippets of some humour and some things that this couple have learnt along the way.

It goes to show that travelling, however well planned, isn’t always quite as smooth as it first seems, in this adventrous human story that is interesting and entertaining and emotional on many different levels. So, this is a book I recommend, so hop into this caravan from your armchair and join these pooches on their adventure of a lifetime.

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