Monday 26 February 2024

Cover Reveal - Take Any Chance by Brenna Aubrey

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Take Any Chance
(Gaming the System, #10)
Author: Brenna Aubrey
Publication Date: April 30th, 2024
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
In the game of life, Mia Drake has leveled up like a pro. Just out of medical school, she’s landed her dream job—a medical residency at a prestigious hospital. She has a beautiful home and an amazing husband. But there’s one more achievement she’s determined to unlock: becoming a mother.

In the business world, Adam Drake is a beast. He can face any threat. Conquer any boardroom. But when Mia issues the challenge to start a family, Adam will have to take up a sword to fight the ultimate boss—his own fear.

The path forward is clear, but are Adam and Mia truly ready to embark on this epic quest?

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About the Author
Brenna Aubrey is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture. Her debut novel, At Any Price, is currently free on all platforms. Her books are on over a million e-readers worldwide, have been translated into German, French, Italian and Dutch. They've also been adapted as an interactive app game. Look for the brand new POINT OF NO RETURN series and her extremely popular GAMING THE SYSTEM series.

She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover’s heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. She currently resides on the west coast of the US with her husband and children (both human and furry).

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Sunday 25 February 2024

BOOK REVIEW: Busy This Evening? Yarns of a London Minicab Driver by Chris Bastin

Busy this Evening? Yarns of a London Minicab Driver
Author: Chris Bastin
Publication Date: 25 July 2023
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Humour

Book Description:
Inspired by the author’s own work and personal experiences, Busy This Evening? presents a humorous and often tongue-in-cheek insight into the life of a London minicab driver, through the eyes of the sincere and endearing Thomas Buckley.

This dip-in style book covers many aspects of the job, such as minicab etiquette and notable passenger encounters, but also shares Buck’s innermost thoughts and his amusing insights into situations, people and relationships as he goes about his daily business, and is complete with a smattering of his favourite jokes along the way.

Readers will find it easy to relate to a great deal of the subject matter in Busy This Evening? It is an amusing, uplifting and original read that will make them not only see minicab drivers in a whole new light – but life itself.

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Busy This Evening?: Yarns of a London Minicab Driver introduces readers to a humorous and insightful portrayal of the life of Thomas Buckley, a London minicab driver. Through Thomas's experiences and interactions with a diverse array of passengers, the book delves into various aspects of his job, from minicab etiquette to memorable encounters with passengers. Thomas reflects on his own life, including his long-standing marriage to Helen and their three children, Toby, Charlotte and Mathias. The book captures the essence of Thomas's daily experiences, offering amusing anecdotes and observations that shed light on both the quirks of his passengers and the broader tapestry of life itself.


This book offers an engaging glimpse into the world of a London minicab driver, presented with wit and charm by Bastin. Thomas Buckley emerges as a relatable and likable protagonist, whose interactions with passengers provide both entertainment and moments of reflection. The book's strength lies in its ability to draw readers into Thomas's world, where every fare becomes an opportunity for humour, insight or unexpected connection.

I particularly enjoyed the diverse range of characters Thomas encounters, from the friendly and congenial to the irritable and eccentric. These interactions not only showcase Thomas's versatility as a driver but also underscore the rich tapestry of human experience found within the confines of a minicab. The humour throughout the book is well-executed, with scenes like the Michael Jackson vs. Elvis Presley exchange adding levity and charm to the narrative.

Overall, this book is a delightful read that offers both entertainment and a fresh perspective on the lives of minicab drivers. It's a book that resonates with authenticity, drawing from the author's own experiences to create a compelling and enjoyable narrative. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a light-hearted yet insightful exploration of human nature and the everyday joys and challenges of life behind the wheel.


Rating: 4 Stars
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BOOK REVIEW: Catastrophe in the City by Stephen Baer and Arlo Baer

Catastrophe in the City
Author: Stephen Baer and Arlo Baer
Publication Date: 19 January 2024
Pages: 35
Genre: Children's Picture Book

Book Description:
Catastrophe in the City is a children's book that follows the escapades of Catastrophe, an inquisitive cat, as he explores the city, inadvertently leaving a trail of chaos in his wake. Young readers will find humor in Catastrophe's blunders, which are cleverly depicted by contrasting Catastrophe's innocent appraisal of each situation alongside visuals of complete turmoil caused by his decisions.

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In Catastrophe in the City readers are introduced to Catastrophe, a curious cat whose escapades in the city lead to chaos and mayhem. After being locked away during a dinner party mishap, Catastrophe escapes and embarks on a series of adventures, unwittingly causing havoc wherever he goes. The book follows Catastrophe's innocent exploration juxtaposed with the chaos he leaves in his wake, providing young readers with humour and entertainment.


This book offers a delightful and engaging story for young readers, filled with humour and excitement. The authors, Stephen and Arlo Baer, skillfully weave together Catastrophe's misadventures with vibrant illustrations, capturing the essence of his curious nature and the chaos he inadvertently creates. Children will undoubtedly relate to Catastrophe's innocence and curiosity, finding joy in his mishaps while also learning about the consequences of his actions.

What sets this book apart is its ability to entertain while subtly teaching valuable lessons about responsibility and the importance of considering others. Catastrophe's obliviousness to the chaos he causes serves as a gentle reminder for children to be mindful of their actions and the impact they may have on those around them.

Overall, this is a charming and well-crafted book that will captivate young readers with its engaging storyline and lovable protagonist. It's a perfect choice for storytime sessions and will surely become a favourite on many bookshelves.


Rating: 5 Stars
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Monday 19 February 2024

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Catch and Release by Tracy Solheim

Catch and Release
(Milwaukee Growlers Football Romance, #3)
Author: Tracy Solheim
Publication Date: February 26th, 2024
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance / Sports

Book Description:
A second chance, enemies-to-lovers football romance.

He’s the pro athlete everyone wants to be.
Quarterback Trey Van Horn didn’t become the league’s MVP by accident. Years of self-discipline and iron-clad control have made him the envy of everyone in and around the game of football. But when he comes face-to-face with the one who got away, his tightly managed life is turned upside down. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to score the greatest comeback of his life.

She’s tired of being every guy’s doormat.
London Headley is on the verge of having the career she’s always dreamed of. Too bad the path to her promotion runs through the guy who broke her heart a decade earlier. So what if everything about the Milwaukee Growlers QB sets her panties on fire? She’s determined to keep things professional. Life has taught her that men will always choose something—or someone—over her. It’s going to take more than a Hail Mary to get her to buy into the fairy tale.

The only problem? Her lips don’t seem to want to follow the game plan. Not when Trey is executing an all-out blitz to prove he’s worth a second chance.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway - Dirty Saint by Tabatha Vargo

Dirty Saint
(Sons of Sinister, #2)
Author: Tabatha Vargo
Publication Date: February 21st, 2024
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Koah Saint
Son of Sinister. Drug dealer. The number one stunner on The Strip and a BIG FAT LIAR.
They bow to him like he’s the holy grail, but I know he’s really the devil.
Since the day he was dropped on our doorstep, I’ve wanted him out of my life.
He’s a black stain on my memory and the one who put my father away.
Because of him, I’m flipping burgers instead of lying on beaches. To say he ruined my life would be an understatement.
Ten years later, I still can’t stand the guy, but even I can admit he’s sexy beyond belief. I won’t fall for his lusty looks and boyish charms. There’s nothing he can say or do to me to make me believe he’s anything but a lying playboy.
Or is there?

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Sunday 18 February 2024

BOOK REVIEW: AH, NUTS! The Crumbelievable Adventures of Peanut & Jelly by Max Beaudry

AH, NUTS! The Crumbelievable Adventures of Peanut & Jelly
Author: Max Beaudry
Illustrator: David Perry
Publication Date: 3 January 2024
Genre: Graphic Novel

Book Description:
With the laugh-out-loud humor of Spongebob and Dog Man, this slapsticky adventure is stuffed with action, friendship, heart, and a heaping dose of food puns!

Every morsel falls into place within the Foodtopia Pyramid. Well-peeled fancy folk reign from the TOPPINGS, average doughs make up the FILLING, and at the bottom, the odd-foods-out form the CRUMBS. This is where we find PEANUT and JELLY. They may be lowly employees at the Crumb Dump for now, but these ride-or-fries are determined to rise to the coveted upper crust. But when they accidentally unleash a Crumb Feeder into the city, their plans look shakier than an uneven soufflé! This tale has steaks, artichoke heart, and of course, is ripe with comedy!

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Step into the whimsical world of Foodtopia with "AH, NUTS! The Crumbelievable Adventures of Peanut & Jelly" by Max Beaudry. Reminiscent of Ferris Bueller's mischievous antics blended with the camaraderie of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this book serves up a delectable concoction of humour, action and heart, garnished with a generous helping of food puns.

In Foodtopia, where social hierarchy is dictated by the Foodtopia Pyramid, we meet Peanut and Jelly, two lowly employees at the Crumb Dump with aspirations to rise to the coveted upper crust. However, their plans take a hilariously chaotic turn when they accidentally unleash a monstrous Crumb Feeder into the city, setting off a series of slapsticky adventures.

As Peanut and Jelly embark on a mission to contain the chaos they've unleashed, they discover the true ingredients of friendship and the importance of staying grounded in a world where social status reigns supreme. With its engaging storyline, relatable characters and vibrant illustrations, "AH, NUTS!" is a delightful read for readers aged 10 and above, promising laughter and valuable life lessons for the whole family to savour.


This graphic novel captured my imagination from the very first page. Beaudry has concocted a truly delectable story filled with laughter, heart and enough food puns to make even the pickiest reader smile.

I found myself drawn into the zany world of Foodtopia, rooting for Peanut and Jelly as they navigated their way through hilarious mishaps and heartwarming moments. The dynamic between the two protagonists is reminiscent of classic duos like Abbott and Costello, keeping the reader entertained with their witty banter and genuine camaraderie.

What I appreciated most about this book is its underlying message about friendship and the pursuit of happiness. Through Peanut's journey of self-discovery, we're reminded that true fulfillment comes not from climbing the social ladder, but from cherishing the relationships we hold dear.

The illustrations are a feast for the eyes, perfectly complementing the whimsical tone of the story. Each page bursts with color and energy, bringing Foodtopia to life in all its quirky glory.

Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend "AH, NUTS!" to readers of all ages. Whether you're a fan of food-themed adventures or simply looking for a good laugh, this book is sure to satisfy your appetite for fun.


Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Author

Monday 12 February 2024

Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway - The Golden Manuscripts: A Novel by Envy Journey

The Golden Manuscripts is inspired by the real-life theft of medieval manuscript illuminations during World War II.

The Golden Manuscripts: A Novel
Author: Evy Journey
Pages: 360
Genre: Historical Fiction/Women's Fiction/Mystery

    Book Description:
A young woman of Asian/American parentage has lived in seven different countries and is anxious to find a place she could call home. An unusual sale of rare medieval manuscripts sends her and Nathan—an art journalist who moonlights as a doctor—on a quest into the dark world of stolen art.  For Clarissa, these ancient manuscripts elicit cherished memories of children’s picture books her mother read to her, nourishing a passion for art.  When their earnest search for clues whisper of old thieves and lead to the unexpected, they raise more questions about an esoteric sometimes unscrupulous art world that defy easy answers.   Will this quest reward Clarissa with the sense of home she longs for? This cross-genre literary tale of self-discovery, art mystery, travel, and love is based on the actual theft by an American soldier of illuminated manuscripts during World War II.

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Sunday 11 February 2024

BOOK REVIEW - Depression: In My Own Words by Mahiraj Jadeja

Depression: In My Own Words
Author: Mahiraj Jadeja
Publication Date: 16 May 2023
Pages: 15
Genre: Self-Help

Book Description:
"Depression in My Own Words" is an introspective and compassionate exploration of the complex and often misunderstood world of depression. In this thought-provoking book, the author delves into their personal experiences, sharing their unique insights, struggles, and triumphs with unwavering honesty.

Through the power of storytelling, "Depression in My Own Words" takes readers on a journey that goes beyond clinical definitions and diagnostic labels. It delves into the depths of the soul, examining the intricate interplay between the soul (battery), hardware (body), and software (brain) that contribute to the onset and manifestation of depression.

With sensitivity and empathy, the author examines the various facets of depression, shedding light on the profound impact it has on individuals and society as a whole. Drawing from personal anecdotes, they explore the common threads that connect those grappling with depression while celebrating the uniqueness of each individual's experience.

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A profound exploration of depression through the lens of personal experience. With unwavering honesty, Jadeja delves into the complexities of depression, going beyond clinical definitions to examine its impact on the soul, body and mind. Through storytelling, the author navigates the intricate interplay between these elements, shedding light on the profound effects of depression on both individuals and society. Drawing from personal anecdotes, Jadeja celebrates the uniqueness of each individual's experience while uncovering common threads that connect those grappling with depression.


Having read several works by Mahiraj Jadeja, I anticipated a thoughtful and insightful examination of depression, and I wasn't disappointed. Depression in My Own Words stands out for its compassionate approach and its ability to translate personal experiences into relatable insights. What struck me most was the emphasis on navigating life in the face of depression, with practical advice on making decisions that serve to remedy rather than exacerbate the condition. This book isn't just about understanding depression; it's about empowering individuals to reclaim agency in their lives. Although I found the book to be well-written and insightful, I believe that it could have benefited from further exploration in certain areas to provide more depth.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of depression and a compassionate guide to navigating its challenges.


Rating: 4 Stars
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Monday 5 February 2024

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Drawn to Murder by Sarah Vernon

Drawn to Murder
Author: Sarah Vernon
Publication Date:  31st January 2024
Genre: Adult Cozy Mystery

Book Description:
Sam Green is a newly minted art school graduate, excited to attend her first artist residency. But the pretty, serene Vermont surroundings soon turn sinister.

After a few months spent looking for the right project, Sam has landed a dream opportunity: three blissful weeks of working at a beautiful artist residency program in remote northern Vermont. But almost as soon as the residency begins, strange things start happening. Eager to settle into her work and make new friends, Sam tries to ignore the vaguely sinister feelings trying to warn her that something is afoot. But when a body is discovered, Sam can’t ignore what’s going on any longer.

If she has any chance of getting out of here – alive – Sam will have to figure out who the killer is.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway - Urbex Predator by Jens Boele

Urbex Predator
Author: Jens Boele
Publication Date: February 4th 2024
Genre: Adult Horror / Thriller

Book Description:
Abandoned Horrors. Deranged Souls. A Deadly Survival Story.

In the chilling new horror novel, “Urbex Predator,” by Jens Boele, a group of intrepid urban explorers embarks on what they believe to be a routine trip to an abandoned barracks in the middle of nowhere.

As a relict from the Cold War era, they are a popular destination for photographers, influencers, and adventurers. A place that is closely guarded and harbors a multitude of risks. But it’s not just the derelict buildings that pose a danger.

Nela and her friend Tess venture to the eerie ruins to complete their photography thesis, only to find themselves relentlessly pursued through the darkened corridors by a group of ruthless thugs.

Zander, Yelka, her sister Vivien, and her manager Damon set out on a photo shoot, only to be unexpectedly cornered by a gang of depraved youths. As night descends, the boundaries between life and death blur, and the group is forced to confront the darkest corners of their own souls.

In the face of danger, will they fall victim or rise as hunters in the shadows?

Inspired by early works from literary giants like Jack Ketchum and Richard Laymon, “Urbex Predator” promises readers a heart-pounding journey through the realms of fear and survival, where every turn reveals a new nightmare. Yet, this spine-tingling narrative is not just the product of imagination; it’s also a reflection of author Jens Boele’s real-life experiences as an Urban Explorer, who spent many years venturing into the very places he describes in his book.

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Sunday 4 February 2024

BOOK REVIEW - The Quelling: A Trilogy by C.L. Lauder

The Quelling: A Trilogy
Series: Book 1
Author: C.L. Lauder
Genre: Speculative / Fantasy
ISBN: 9781632997654
Publication Date: 16 January 2024

Book Description:

Befriend your enemy, save your friend...

When Kyjta accidentally brands herself with an alien fluid while plotting revenge, she knows her fate is sealed. As one of the Stained, her skin glistens star-bright, and the creatures sent by the Rhemans to scavenge for bodies will have no trouble finding her. One night, while sheltering during a raid, Kyjta forms an unexpected pact with a Rheman rebel to protect a young girl, Calipsie, who’s fallen into her care. Days later, when Calipsie is taken, Kyjta abandons precaution to go after her. Facing impossible odds and allied by a Rheman she’s not sure she can trust, Kyjta must not only rescue Calipsie, but also face the Rheman overlord who’s taken a disturbing interest in her.


Perfect for fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games! The Quelling is a captivating, dystopian fantasy about loss and love, oppression and rebellion, and delves into the power of the individual against a dominant evil.

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The Quelling thrusts readers into the captivating world of Aurora Saura, where our main protagonist Kyjta grapples with the consequences of branding herself with alien fluid. With her star-bright skin making her an easy target, Kyjta unexpectedly allies with a Rheman rebel to protect the young Calipsie. The narrative unfolds with themes of love, loss, rebellion and oppression, delivering a compelling story reminiscent of fan favourites like Divergent and The Hunger Games.


Diving into the book was a rollercoaster of emotions. The characters, especially Kyjta, Calipsie, and the mysterious Kranik, brought the story to life. Despite a hefty info dump early on, the world-building gradually unveiled a rich history and intricate societal structure that added depth to the plot.

The dynamics between characters, particularly Kyjta and Kranik, added layers to the narrative. Although the visual storytelling was a bit confusing at times, it beautifully depicted the characters' experiences. Kyjta's echoes of Katniss Everdeen contributed a familiar yet impactful touch.

The plot's premise kept me hooked, though there were moments of pacing issues and filler chapters. The transition between Merrick and Kranik showcased the author's skill in handling conflicting personalities seamlessly. While I occasionally had to backtrack due to the initial info dump, the story gained momentum, culminating in a satisfying conclusion.

In a nutshell, The Quelling blends dystopian elements with character-driven storytelling. Despite minor pacing hiccups, the book offers an imaginative and engaging experience. This is a great start to the series and a must-read for fans of dystopian fantasy.


Rating: 4 Stars
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