Rosie’s Book Review Team (RBRT) – Booklist

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What authors are saying about Rosie Amber’s Review Team:

‘I rely on Rosie’s review team for honest and thoughtful reviews. I know they love reading and the reviews they post express both that love and their opinions of my (and other writers’) novels. Long may they continue. Their support has been invaluable.’  Carol Hedges, author of Victorian murder mysteries and YA

‘As well as introducing me to talented authors in other genres, I’m grateful to Rosie’s review team for helping raise awareness of my books to new readers.’  Tony Riches, Amazon best-selling historical fiction author.

‘Without doubt the best book review service I’ve used. Always a quick turnaround, always honest reviews, and as an author you can’t ask for more than that.’  Dylan J. Morgan, author of horror, Sci-Fi, dystopian and post apocalyptic fiction.

‘Rosie Amber and her team of reviewers/bloggers are professional, dedicated and fair minded. As an author, I know that I will receive a fair critique of my novels from them. I am happy to use them as go-to reviewers for any new novel I publish. I am also happy to recommend them to other authors.’  Lizzie Lamb, author of romantic comedies

‘Rosie’s team bring authors and readers together in the nicest possible way.  Reviewers who care about books – what more can an author ask for?  David Ahern, mystery author

“Smaller authors don’t have the same publicity budget as the big publishers and it is a struggle to reach potential readers. Rosie and her team provide an invaluable service not only with providing good quality reviews but also with sharing those reviews on social media to reach a larger audience.” Diane Febry thriller author

 

 

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Book Review Team Booklist

Below will be a list of books team members can request for review. Please read and write a review for any chosen book within a month of receipt. Reviews should be posted on at least 2 sites, these can be your own blogs, Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords etc.  Plus a copy of the review should be e-mailed to me and I will post it here on my blog with full recognition going to the reviewer.  I shall endeavour to keep this page as up to date as possible and match book requests to reviewers on a first come first served basis.

Members of the book review team and authors are spread across the world and it’s time zones so a little patience may be required at times.

All books will be in e-formats.

Team members should contact me via my e-mail to request their choice of book/ books and FORMAT. I will pass on their request to the author. Do check spam and contact me if you think you haven’t received your book after a reasonable 48 hour wait.

Once you’ve written your book review please send a copy to me via e-mail and also tell me where you will be posting the review. I will post the review on my blog as soon as is reasonably possible with full credit to the reviewer. Please provide a link to your blog if you intend posting the review there as I will pass this on to the authors.

New Book review Team members are always welcome, please make initial contact via the Book Review Team Tab at the top of the blog.

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The Book List

Moms Of The Missing: Living The Nightmare by Steffen Hou (262 pages) (ARC now for October publication)

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In ‘Moms of the Missing’ I investigate ten abduction cases. Through personal and heartbreaking interviews with the victims the book describes how parents maintain their hopes of one day finding their children—some of whom were taken by a stranger, a family member, or human traffickers. And two survivors tell what it is like to be held captive.

Moms of the Missing also describes the principal types of abductions, who the perpetrators are, and—not of least importance—who’s most likely to become a victim of the epidemic of missing children. All across America parents are searching for their missing children or—if the worst case scenario has come to pass—the person who killed them.

Genre: True Crime

Format: Mobi

EscapeFrom Behruz by Judy Meadows (208 pages)

Escape from Behruz by [Meadows, Judy]

Rashid will help Olivia and the royal baby she’s caring for escape the violence in Behruz, but he has to be careful. He can’t risk being hurt by her again.
Olivia has reasons of her own for keeping some distance between her and Rashid. If he learns that the baby is actually hers — and his — she’ll lose everything that matters to her.
Their escape involves traveling with a group of nomads across the mountains into Iran. As they trek together by day and sleep beside each other in a nomad tent at night, their old attraction comes back to life and grows ever stronger. Can Olivia survive the trip without losing her heart to Rashid again?

Genre: Romance

Format: Mobi

Intrigue & Infamy by Carol J Hedges (ARC of Book 7 of her series)

It is the end of a long hot summer in 1866 Victorian London, and the population is seething with discontent. Much of it is aimed at the foreign population living in the city. So when a well-reputed Jewish tailoring business is set aflame, and the body of the owner is discovered inside, Detective Inspector Lachlan Grieg suspects a link to various other attacks being carried out across the city, and to a vicious letter campaign being conducted in the newspapers.
Can he discover who is behind the attacks before more people perish?
Elsewhere, Giovanni Bellini arrives in England to tutor the youngest son of Sir Nicholas Haddon, ex-MP and City financier. But what are Bellini’s links to a dangerous Italian radical living in secret exile in London, and to beautiful Juliana Silverton, engaged to Harry Haddon, the heir to the family fortune?
Romance and racism, murder and mishap share centre stage in this seventh exciting book in the Victorian Detectives series.
Genre: Victorian mystery
Format: Mobi

Junglenomics: Nature’s Solutions to the World Environment Crisis: a New Paradigm for the 21st Century & Beyond by Simon Lamb (438 pages)

Junglenomics: Nature's Solutions to the World Environment Crisis: a New Paradigm for the 21st Century & Beyond by [M Lamb, simon]

For all the occasional good news stories, the inescapable fact is that the natural world remains in a spiral of decline. If our children are not to inherit a world decimated by the industrial excesses of our generation, then clearly something fundamental has to change, but what? The good news, Simon Lamb argues, is that Nature itself provides a clear blueprint. It shows us how to reorganise the economic domain to protect and benignly coexist with natural environments, halt species decline and benefit the poorest. Junglenomics is the result of 25 years of research and insight. It provides a new vision of a future world rescued from decline, gained through an understanding of the profound forces at work in modern economies.

Genre: NonFiction

Format: Mobi / e-pub

Echo Chamber by Rhett Evans (336 pages)

Mike is a Silicon Valley wunderkind who stood idly by while his company launched an addicting social media platform that made the world take a turn for the worse. He did nothing when an outrageous tech scandal pushed a polarized country to the brink of collapse. Then, after becoming trapped in a loop of his own memories, he is doomed to watch society fall apart over and over. Only by crossing paths with Charlotte Boone—once Hollywood’s up-and-coming royalty—does a kink appear in the pattern. With a daring heist in both the virtual and real worlds, Charlotte may hold the key to burning it all to the ground: the company, the lying pundits, and the echo chamber itself.

Genre: Thriller

Format: Mobi or e-pub

About Face by D.E. Haggerty (234 pages)

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My grandma is trying to hook me up.

To be painfully specific, my seventy-five-year-old grandmother thinks a little hanky-panky would cheer me up. Direct quote. Since I’m currently living with her, I can’t escape the endless line of grandchildren of friends who keep ‘dropping by’ for dinner. Literally, I can’t escape. I can barely manage the trek to the dining room at this point.

While Grandma’s determined to find me a husband, I’m determined to learn how to walk again so I can walk away from her matchmaking skills. Spoiler alert: She has no matchmaking skills.

But then I get a brilliant idea. I can fake date my physical therapist. Only he wants a real date. Gulp. A real date with me? Is he for real? I’m no longer the stylish girl with the glamorous job. Now, I’m a woman with a shattered leg and a scarred face.

If I’m going to learn to live with my new reality and give love a chance, my attitude needs to do an about-face. Easier said than done.

Genre: Romcom

Format: Mobi / e-pub

Hate The Game by Holly Hall (Arc now for Sept publication)

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My official title: Relationship Consultant. A modern-day, one-sided matchmaker. When I approach relationships like a formula, it’s simple really. If only I had the same success in my personal life.

My gorgeous neighbor turns me into a fumbling mess, and I don’t exactly match the leggy, model-types I’ve seen him with. Despite the fact that we’re total opposites, our chemistry is almost hot enough to convince me to give the dating game another try. (Not to mention, it’s totally off-brand to be a relationship skeptic.)

What could it hurt to practice what I preach? After all, Theo Hartley would be a fun specimen to practice with. And if things go south—which is my luck—I just have to remember what I tell my clients:
don’t hate the player…

Genre: Romcom

Format: Mobi

All The Love You Write by Donna Driver (ARC now for Aug 20th release) NB If you read Passing Notes this book encompases that story.

All the Love You Write by [Driver, D. G.]

A story about young love, first love, true love, timeless love, and the power of love letters. Mark and Bethany are two mismatched high school seniors in a new relationship.
It’s doomed to fail.
Mark has adored Bethany since middle school, and she’s finally giving him a chance. Only, he’s clumsy at romance and knows he’ll lose her because of it. Bethany thinks Mark is sweet. Only, she’s afraid to commit her whole heart to him because he’s going into the army and she’s headed off to college.
Fifty years earlier, a boy and a girl from the same high school shared an amazing love story. They have now returned as ghosts and are interfering in Mark and Bethany’s relationship.
Who are they? Why do they care what happens to Mark and Bethany?

Genre: Ya paranormal romance

Format: Mobi / e-pub

Citizen Armies by Beryl Kingston (ARC now for Sept 2nd Publication)

The Jackson family’s peaceful south London life is shattered when World War Two breaks out. Sixteen-year-old Mary is immediately evacuated and the rest of the family sets about combining daily life with war-time duties in the nation’s capital.

Genre: HistFic

Format: Mobi

The Western Passage: Exodus by Gina DiCarlo (335 pages)

A thousand miles of wilderness. Innumerable dangers. Uneasy alliances. A bond forged in blood. The odds are great, and survival has never been more uncertain.

Vampires and humans have always been bitter enemies, destined to push each other to extinction. But when a group of scientists develops a genetic enhancement meant to boost the effectiveness of human hunters, tragic results threaten to bring about the destruction of vampires and humans alike.

After the fallout of Year Zero and rise of mutated hybrids known as morphs, the remaining humans retreat into five fortresses.

All seems well until Easthaven is attacked in an assault that leaves only thirty survivors. Enter Marcus Warren, one of the most powerful hunters in existence. Reluctantly, Marcus assumes leadership and decides that the group’s only chance of survival is to cross a thousand miles of wilderness to Ashland.

Forced to trust a hybrid named Clio and a vampire called Aya, Marcus and the others set out. Dangers lurk everywhere, and enemies seem destined to destroy them…if they don’t destroy each other first.

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Sci-fi, Paranormal Thriller

Format: Mobi

Our Land by JJ Gaitan (487 pages)

Our Land: Everyday stories can change an election by [Gaitán, J.J.]

During an important election year in Europe, Ferosa, a successful American company, and a European government investigate the suicide of Manu Moretti, an employee who worked for Ferosa’s European branch.

Documents left by the victim expose the company´s bad management and financial secrets but also links his death to the growing far-right movement.

As the election year develops, an anti-immigrant sentiment that has been slowly stewing in the population is taken advantage of by the far-right movement, changing the balance of power. The revelations of the documents place the company in a political crossfire, which all sides exploit.

The suicide investigation continues as copies of Moretti´s documents fall into the hands of important figures, who decide to take matters into their own hands. The situation becomes complicated and after the election, things will never be the same.

Genre: Political thriller

Format: Mobi

A Prescription For Madness by Linda Fawke (258 pages)

A Prescription for Madness by [Fawke, Linda]

When successful business-owner Kate Shaw realises she is pregnant, after a fling with a previous lover, she has life-changing decisions to make. She needs to be in control of her life. Pregnancy in her fifties was never part of the plan. It becomes her secret.
The risks of having a baby at her age are clear but she struggles with the idea of an abortion. No-one understands her increasingly erratic behaviour as the preoccupation takes over her life.
Her marriage is precarious; the relationship with her former lover uncertain.
Is this the way to madness?

This is a gripping story about dark choices, gnawing discontent and the uncertainties of love.
It is the sequel to A Taste Of His Own Medicine.

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Format: Mobi

The Paperboy by Diana J Febry (199 pages)

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A stand-alone murder mystery featuring DCI Peter Hatherall.
A young mother brutally stabbed in a busy park in front of her son.
A paperboy shot in an isolated farmhouse twenty-four years previously.
DI Fiona Williams is baffled when her senior officer, DCI Peter Hatherall makes a connection between the two cases.
As details of Hatherall’s involvement in the old case emerge, her loyalty is tested to breaking point and she starts to question his decisions.
When the murdered woman’s son does missing the time for hesitating is over.

Genre: Mystery

Format: Mobi or e-pub

Human Flesh by Nick Clausen (116 pages)

Human Flesh by [Clausen, Nick]

During the winter of 2017, a series of strange occurrences took place in a small town of northern Maine. A rational explanation for what happened has still not been presented. Now, for the first time, all the available written evidence is being released to the public from what is commonly know as the Freyston case.

Genre: Ya horror

Format: Mobi / e-pub

WYRD: The Wild & Weird Adventures of A + B (Part 1: Japan) (240 pages)

A true detailed narrative about our crazy and, at times, unbelievable adventures backpacking around the world. Join Aleks & Boris on their magical journey around the world, as they meet interesting characters, get into crazy situations, and learn a little more about themselves and everything around them along the way.

Genre: Non Fiction Travel

Format: Mobi

Lost frequencies by Caitlin Lynagh (314 pages – ARC now for November publication)

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Lost Frequencies is a Sci-Fi Fantasy set three-hundred million years in the past, on Planet Iyeeka, but is connected to Earth and the human race, culminating in the birth of the human soul. The book follows thirteen wise individuals struggling with the demise of their planet, riddled with the climate issues caused unknowingly by its inhabitants over the centuries. They come together and journey to a town lost to the desert, following a mysterious woman who holds the key to the secrets of the past. They eventually reach the home of a scientist who prophesised the end of their civilisation and the beginning of a new one…

Genre: SciFi fantasy

Format: Mobi

It Came from under the High Chair: A Mystery by Karl Beckstrand (38 pages)

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(Humor/parts of speech) A picture book thriller for learning prepositions. Elena is a sensible child. Unlike her wacked-out brother Benjamin, she sticks to reason and facts-but not for long. Elena’s practical world is about to be turned on its ear thanks, in part, to her baby brother Ivan . . . and an unusual visitor. Kid’s activities include finding and counting “It” (see online SECRETS) and learning prepositions. Vivid illustrations by Jeremy Higginbotham aid comprehension (for ages 4 – 7).

Genre: Children’s fiction

Format: Mobi / e-pub

Embrace of the Shade by Amanda Muratoff and Kayla Mansur (280 pages)

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Unfathomable power can consume one’s morality and fan the flames of destruction. Within those embers, sometimes a tainted soul is reforged into that of a hero.

Kin expected this task to be like all the rest, but the Berylian Key shard has proven exceptionally difficult to find. He enters the Great Library of Capul intent on stealing a rare text that could aid him in his quest. Failure in completing his sworn duty holds greater risk than any prison. But Kin has never been one to pass up an opportunity to make his work easier, and when he meets a fellow thief, Amarie, he sees a chance to benefit off her.

If Amarie had known Kin pursued the same shard, she would have reconsidered the partnership in the library. The spark that ignites between them after a daring escape weakens her resolve to stay focused, in spite of the looming danger if he discovers the truth.

Kin struggles between his growing affection for Amarie and the darkness threatening to swallow him whole. He never saw another path for his life before meeting her, but she could change everything.

Amidst secrets and questionable pasts, Amarie and Kin’s fates continuously collide, but for a purpose neither can predict.

Embrace of the Shade is Book 1 in The Berylian Key trilogy, and Book 1 in the Pantracia Chronicles.

Genre: Fantasy romance

Format: Mobi / e-pub

My New Superjob by Anton Eine (45 pages)

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Did you ever want to be a superhero? The city’s defender against crime, violence, and all forms of sicko nastiness?
When one day she stumbled upon a strange help wanted ad claiming that the city was looking for a superhero, Samantha Washington, a former Ranger commander, was sure it was a joke. And she sent in her resume.
Will the ad turn out to be somebody’s dumb idea of a joke, a practical stunt, a cunning maniac’s clever trap, or… a real opportunity leading to a difficult and dangerous future occupation?
Now that she has let herself be drawn inextricably into the chain of events, Samantha will have to figure it all out on her own. And she’ll have to do it face to face with her own deepest fears.

Genre: Superhero short story

Format: Mobi or e-pub

 

Beneath Pale Water by Thalia Henry (248 pages)

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Set amidst the physical and psychological landscapes of New Zealand’s southern hills and grasslands, Beneath Pale Water is a social realist and expressionistic novel that follows a triangle of three damaged individuals – a sculptor, a vagrant and a model – who have grown calcified shells against the world. Their search for identity and belonging leads them into dangerous territory that threatens both their sanity and lives. As their protective shells crack they are left vulnerable – both physically and emotionally – to the high country winds and their own conflicts that, ultimately, might free or destroy them.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Format: Mobi / e-pub

Fat Boy by Joseph Cobb (329 pages)

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Way out west, in the tumbling greens of England, something’s going down. Two boys attempt an escape from the clutches of their poisonous parents… A good policeman fights to sidestep the corruption that blows like hellfire down his neck… A calamitous filmmaker and her witless lead actor scramble desperately to overcome their mucky pasts and make a Hollywood hit… A trio of nude-nutted nasties thrash their way through the picturesque countryside, collecting debts but finding more than they expected… Then there’s Captain Grubbe: the eminent, manipulative and falsely titled antichrist. He hosts a spectacular annual Christmas party, and this year’s is set to be even more extraordinary than usual.

Fat Boy is a treacherously fictitious rhapsody, taking a tongue-in-cheek look at the best and the worst of humanity and treating it with the disrespect it deserves – love and hate, corruption and extortion, car chases, gunfights and high jinks, all set against the “green and pleasant land” of the English countryside. It is ludicrous. It is raucous. It is a modern classic.

Genre: Dark comedy

Format: Mobi

Kill Code by Clive Fleury (220 pages)

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WHEN THE OCEANS RISE…THE TRUTH DROWNS
It’s the year 2031. Our future. Their present. A world decimated by climate catastrophe, where the sun’s heat is deadly and the ocean rises higher every day. A world ruled by the rich, powerful, and corrupt. A world where a good man can’t survive for long.
Hogan Duran was a good man once. He was a cop, forced to resign in disgrace when he couldn’t save his partner from a bullet. Now Hogan lives on the fraying edges of society, serving cruel masters and scavenging trash dumps just to survive.
But after four years of living in poverty, Hogan finally gets a chance to get back on his feet. He’s invited to join the National Security Council, the powerful paramilitary organization responsible for protecting the rich and powerful from the more unsavory elements of society. All he needs to do is pass their deadly entrance exam, and he’ll be rewarded with wealth and opportunity beyond his wildest dreams.
But this ex-cop’s path to redemption won’t be easy. The NSC are hiding something, and as Hogan descends deeper and deeper into their world, he starts to uncover the terrible truth of how the powerful in this new world maintain their power…and just how far they will go to protect their secrets.
In a world gone wrong, can one man actually make a difference, or will he die trying?

Genre: Dystopia

Format: Mobi / epub

By the Feet of Men by Grant Price (ARC now for Sept publication) 344 pages

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WANTED: Men and women willing to drive through the valley of the shadow of death.

The world’s population has been decimated by the Change, a chain reaction of events triggered by global warming. In Europe, governments have fallen, cities have crumbled and the wheels of production have ground to a halt. The Alps region, containing most of the continent’s remaining fresh water, has become a closed state with heavily fortified borders. Survivors cling on by trading through the Runners, truck drivers who deliver cargo and take a percentage. Amid the ruins of central Germany, two Runners, Cassady and Ghazi, are called on to deliver medical supplies to a research base deep in the Italian desert, where scientists claim to be building a machine that could reverse the effects of the Change. Joining the pair is a ragtag collection of drivers, all of whom have something to prove. Standing in their way are starving nomads, crumbling cities, hostile weather and a rogue state hell-bent on the convoy’s destruction. And there’s another problem: Cassady is close to losing his nerve.

Genre: Dystopia set in Germany

Format: Mobi / e-pub

Jennifer Brown Moving On by Angie Langley (290 pages)

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She’s back!
Five feet one and full of fizz, Jennifer Brown has learned to roll with the punches and adapt to whatever life throws at her. It’s thrown plenty in the past and she’s had to use her steely core to reinvent herself, first as cook and housekeeper to a saucy sexagenarian, then as manager of a tumbledown country estate with sensitive secrets. In Jennifer Brown On The Move, this Bridget Jones with knobs on is taking charge of her life again, showing the world she can move in the most exalted, high-power circles and lose not an ounce of her gutsy, down-to-earth charm. Her hilarious cross-dressing confidant Will is on hand once again, with pearls of caustic widsom, and her old boss Jonathan Dashwood-Silk breezes in and out of her life, still dripping charisma but still needing our heroine to dig him out of the odd hole. As she crosses continents and breaks bread with the world’s movers and shakers, Jennifer Brown finds her mind still troubled by thoughts of the quiet man with the warm eyes and the velvet vowels. Then that daydream is torpedoed when she’s invited to his wedding.
But you know Jennifer. She never gives up!

Genre: ChickLit

Format: Mobi / e-pub

Murder beyond the Precipice by Penny Goetjen (277 pages)

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An old New England inn in a sleepy harbor town on the coast of Maine may seem like an ideal spot for a summer wedding, but the inn’s dark side resurfaces as no one could have predicted….

The Livingston family is no stranger to tragedy. Losing both parents at a young age in what authorities ruled an accident, Lucretia Livingston, the sole heir to the estate, is left to pick up the pieces. But many locals question the circumstances surrounding their deaths and if the family’s wealth was an irresistibly seductive motive for crossing the line.

Elizabeth Pennington returns to her home state of Maine after receiving an unexpected wedding invitation. Hoping to surprise her friend, she arrives unannounced at the Livingston Estate-turned-inn, only to discover no one knows her whereabouts. Just as disconcerting is the disappearance of the innkeeper’s young bride, Lucretia. Frantic, Elizabeth digs for answers and becomes tangled in a tortured trail of deception, betrayal, love lost and murder.

Genre: Mystery

Format: Mobi / e-pub

The Work Of Art by Mimi Matthews (495 pages)

The Work of Art: A Regency Romance by [Matthews, Mimi]

An Uncommon Beauty…
Hidden away in rural Devonshire, Phyllida Satterthwaite has always been considered more odd than beautiful. But in London, her oddity has made her a sensation. Far worse, it’s caught the eye of the sinister Duke of Moreland—a notorious art collector obsessed with acquiring one-of-a-kind treasures. To escape the duke’s clutches, she’s going to need a little help.

An Unlikely Hero…
Captain Arthur Heywood’s days of heroism are long past. Grievously injured in the Peninsular War, he can no longer walk unaided, let alone shoot a pistol. What use can he possibly be to a damsel in distress? He has nothing left to offer except his good name.

Can a marriage of convenience save Philly from the vengeful duke? Or will life with Arthur put her—and her heart—in more danger than ever?

Genre: Historical Romance

Format: Mobi / e-pub

Picasso’s Revenge Ray Foulk (392 pages) Arc now for September publication

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In the early 1920’s, immaculate gentleman, Jacques Doucet descends into the world of anarchist art, the occult and the dark turmoil of his past – involving the death of his beloved Madame R.
A disastrous journey leads the couturier and patron of the arts to confront the celebrated bohemians of the city, including Max Jacob, Andr� Breton and Pablo Picasso. When troubled Doucet acquires the world’s most dangerous painting, it causes him to hack at the root of Picasso’s darkest secrets. Doucet showcases a fabulous art collection with such frenzied energy he destroys himself. Unwittingly in the process he discovers modern art’s incredible genesis.

Genre: Art themed historical fiction

Format: Mobi

 

There She Goes by Lynne Shelby (406 pages)

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When aspiring actress Julie Farrell meets actor Zac Diaz, she is instantly attracted to him, but he shows no interest in her. Julie, who has yet to land her first professional acting role, can’t help wishing that her life was more like a musical, and that she could meet a handsome man who’d sweep her into his arms and tap-dance her along the street…
After early success on the stage, Zac has spent the last three years in Hollywood, but has failed to forge a film career. Now back in London, he is determined to re-establish himself as a theatre actor. Focused solely on his work, he has no time for distractions, and certainly no intention of getting entangled in a committed relationship…
Auditioning for a new West End show, Julie and Zac act out a love scene, but will they ever share more than a stage kiss?

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Format: Mobi

 

Fool’s Gold by P. J. Skinner (302 pages)

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Indiana Jones wannabe finds adventure a little tougher than she expected.

It’s 1987. Geologist Sam Harris is a woman in a man’s world – naive and underpaid, but resilient and passionate. Desperate for her first job, she accepts a contract with a dodgy entrepreneur exploring for gold in the remote rainforests of Sierramar.

When she uncovers a clue to a treasure buried deep within the jungle, she is sent on an expedition to find it, but one of her colleagues is plotting to seize the hoard and will kill to get his hands on it.

Will Sam find the treasure or will her first adventure be her last?

If you like gutsy heroines, exotic locations, and complex characters, then you’ll love PJ Skinner’s thrilling novel.

Genre: Mystery / adventure

Format: Mobi

Winter Flower by Charles Sheehan-Miles (430 pages)

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A shocking and poignant story of a family on the brink of destruction and the transformational events that could bring them back together—or tear them apart.

Every day, Cole Roberts reminds himself that life wasn’t always this bleak. He was once passionately in love with Erin. Sam used to be an artistic and lively kid. They hadn’t always lived in a shabby two-room house in rural Alabama, where he runs a mediocre restaurant in the middle of nowhere.

That was before Brenna disappeared. It was before Cole lost his job and they lost their home.

Every day it gets worse. Erin drinks wine out of the bottle and spends her days with a tormented expression, searching the web for signs of their daughter. Sam hides in his room and rarely speaks. And Cole works himself to a stupor for a paycheck a fraction of the size of his old salary.

Until one day a phone call changes everything.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Format: Mobi / epub

Severed Knot by Cryssa Bazos (440 pages)

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Barbados 1652. In the aftermath of the English Civil War, the vanquished are uprooted and scattered to the ends of the earth.
When marauding English soldiers descend on Mairead O’Coneill’s family farm, she is sold into slavery. After surviving a harrowing voyage, the young Irish woman is auctioned off to a Barbados sugar plantation where she is thrust into a hostile world of depravation and heartbreak. Though stripped of her freedom, Mairead refuses to surrender her dignity.
Scottish prisoner of war Iain Johnstone has descended into hell. Under a blazing sun thousands of miles from home, he endures forced indentured labour in the unforgiving cane fields. As Iain plots his escape to save his men, his loyalties are tested by his yearning for Mairead and his desire to protect her.
With their future stolen, Mairead and Iain discover passion and freedom in each other’s arms. Until one fateful night, a dramatic chain of events turns them into fugitives.
Together they fight to survive; together they are determined to escape.

Genre: HistFic

Format: Mobi

Not Knowing by Donna Dechen Birdwell (Arc now, book due out July 20th)

When Meg was a little girl, Abuela María predicted she would travel to the moon. Now she’s an archaeologist digging up Mayan ruins in Belize while trying to keep her own past buried beneath hard work and pro­fessional responsibility. It isn’t working. The summer of 2022 seems destined to push all of Meg’s buttons—her deep-seated aversion to marijuana and guns and the unwanted pres­ence of a boy who reminds her of a certain horrific summer in Mexico. Digging deeper only unearths more questions. And then her husband buys a lottery ticket for the first tourist flight to the moon. What Meg doesn’t want to know may yet be her redemption.

Genre: Contemporary fiction

Format: Mobi

Suspicion by Brenda Guiton (224 pages)

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A lightning romance and hastily arranged marriage takes Holly up north to live at the heart of Nathan’s family business – a luxurious log-cabin park on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. She has everything to look forward to, but within days of her arrival she falls prey to a series of unsettling events. It is obvious that someone doesn’t want her there.
It all points to Kyle, Nathan’s surrogate brother, a deeply manipulative individual who shares a complex relationship with her husband. Suspicious of his motives and desperate for some answers, she starts delving into his past. An accidental discovery, concerning a mysterious disappearance, alerts Holly’s suspicions further and she is determined to find the key to it all. But things are not so straightforward and she is unprepared for the chilling revelations in store.

Genre: Suspense Mystery

Format: Mobi

Blood And Ballet by Melissa Mitchell (334 pages)

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“If only ballerinas knew what vampire blood could do for their dancing.”

In Anghor Manor, there is always a choice. When ex-ballet dancer Celine sees something she shouldn’t in the alleyway outside of Vienna’s hottest nightclub, Fluxx, owned and frequented by vampires, she is offered three choices. Each choice is as frightening as the next. Unable to make up her mind, Cece bides her time. She wrestles with memories of her old life, a life she was forced to abandon when a devastating injury ended her ballet career. Now she must pick up the broken pieces and move on, but moving on offers its own challenges, especially when Caius, lord of Anghor Manor, offers her something more precious than gold. Blood and Ballet is a young adult novel with a fresh take on vampires, blending together the world of ballet with age old ideas, while adding a dash of Roman history. Transport yourself to Anghor Manor nestled in the countryside just outside of Vienna, where vampires lurk, blood rules, and romance awaits.

Genre: NA Paranormal romance

Format: Mobi / e-pub

Henry’s Tale by David Pipe (220 pages)

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Henry Ford, the cutest Border terrier puppy, lives with his papa Alan and mama Jenny. Alan loves his job, playing golf and above all, Henry. Jenny loves designer clothes, handbags and shoes. She doesn’t love Henry. When Jenny insists on a week of high life on Majorca, Henry’s world takes a nosedive.

An attempted dognap and a traumatic stay in the veterinary clinic leave Henry a sad and confused puppy. Desperately lonely he sets off on an adventure with his friend Bully, a streetwise Essex bulldog, where he meets the beautiful Paula and for the first time experiences the heartbreak of puppy love.

Back at home, his mama and papa’s marriage is on the rocks – will Alan agree to Jenny’s ultimatum? Will he choose Jenny or Henry?

This story is about Henry, a freshly licked behind the ears Border terrier puppy. It’s about growing up; friendship, loyalty, a first love, his mama’s obsession with stuff and surviving. And Henry’s got it all to do. Life would be much simpler if humans would behave like dogs.

Genre: Humour

Format: Mobi

Love, Loss, and Moving On by Lorie Kleiner Eckert (344 pages)

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“Love, Loss, and Moving On” captures the universal truths about the risks and rewards of relationships when you’re a woman of a certain age. With a relatable style both hilarious and heart-rending, Lorie Kleiner Eckert shares her grief, loneliness, and curiosity as she processes her past to create a rich, fulfilling future for herself. Lorie comes to terms with the death of her longtime partner, coping with her uncertainties by connecting with good friends, writing to work through her emotions, searching the Internet, and eating her fair share of ice cream. (Oh, and there’s also the matter of falling head over heels for a certain handsome British actor known for his bespoke navy suits.) “Love, Loss, and Moving On” will have readers laughing, crying, and above all, nodding in recognition as they travel Lorie’s path with her, gaining strength and inspiration for their own journeys into what comes next.

Genre: Memoir / Self-help

Format: Mobi or gift from AmazonUS

Party Glass Kezia Cole

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Twenty poems from summers falling into autumns: long evenings lit by candles in colored glass, bricks still warm from the sunlight, wind-scorched beaches, and rain-washed asphalt painted by city lights.

party glass presents glimpses of soft nights and rain puddles splashed with neon; the tangles of friends, lovers, and changing hearts captured in one strange, small, breathless snapshot that seems to last forever.

Genre: Poetry

Format: Mobi / e-pub

 

Curses of Scale by S.D. Reeves (295 pages)

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Sixteen-year-old Niena wants nothing more than to attend an elite bardic college, but when the dragon that shattered the empire awakens again she finds herself on the run, through the fey realm of Fairhome, to the city where she was born. On her trail are her army veteran grandfather, thrown into a commander’s role he doesn’t want, the lord of the fairies, trying to steer her to his own ends, and the husband she won’t meet for fifteen years. If she kills the dragon, she’ll save everyone she holds dear. But if she kills the dragon, she’s cursed instead to become it.

Genre: Ya Fantasy written in an experimental style

Format: Mobi / e-pub

Bella Toscana by Nanette Littlestone (372 pages)

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An explosive yearning that can’t be denied
Disturbing visions from an ancient past
A mysterious stranger that somehow feels familiar

On the night of her fiftieth birthday, the comfortable ride of Toscana’s life takes an alarming plunge. Haunted by seductive visions, she tries to push aside the desire and focus on the husband who adores her. Then she falls for Flynn, a younger man with an eye for adventure and a heart full of romance, who leaves her doubting everything she’s believed about love and passion.

In Atlanta, Rome, and the lush scenery of Tuscany, Toscana searches for answers to the mysteries of her life while she faces her biggest question. If she listens to her feelings will she lose everything she holds dear, or does her heart hold the key to love and joy?

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Format: Mobi / e-pub

A Rhyme Of Dark Words by Jeremy Smith (ARC now for October publication)

A Rhyme of Dark Words is the first in a series of contemporary, magical fantasy stories for teens/YA and introduces Tilly Hart who is grieving for her mother when she moves to the ancient village of Witheridge. Finding friendship and love, Tilly also finds a place steeped in witchlore and the legend of a beast that stalks the moor. Supernatural events and a hidden diary guide her to a village lost in time, a place where magic exists and demons walk the land.
With her newfound friends and the deadline of Halloween drawing near, Tilly sets out to prevent an ancient evil destroying all she loves.
Being both the hunter and hunted, she discovers she can control magic. But magic is an addiction that can lead to evil.

Genre: Ya Fantasy

Format: Mobi

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  11. Hi Rosie,
    I have spotted 2 books that I could review within a week, if you want me to join your team. I filled in a form to apply, an hour ago.
    Titles in mobi or pdf I would be interested in.
    The Last Deception by DV Berkom
    Savage Isle by Beverley Scherberger

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