WINNER and Runner-Up of the Fantasy Sci-Fi 2015 Book Award #wwwblogs

Winner Fantasy Sci Fi

The 2015 Fantasy Sci Fi Golden Rose award went to

Barb Taub and her Book One Way Fare

Barb and one way Fare

Meet Barb

In halcyon days BC (before children), Barb Taub wrote a humor column for several Midwest newspapers. With the arrival of Child #4, she veered toward the dark side and an HR career. Following a daring daytime escape to England, she’s lived in a medieval castle and a hobbit house with her prince-of-a-guy and the World’s Most Spoiled AussieDog. Now all her days are Saturdays, and she spends them consulting with her occasional co-author/daughter on Marvel heroes, Null City, and translating from British to American.

Catch Barb on Twitter @barbtaub or follow her blog for some brilliant posts.

One Way Fare published by Hartwood Publishing

Superpowers suck. If you just want to live a normal life, Null City is only a Metro ride away. After one day there, imps become baristas, and hellhounds become poodles. Demons settle down, become parents, join the PTA, and worry about their taxes.

Null City is the only sanctuary for Gaby Parker and Leila Rice, two young women confronting cataclysmic forces waging an unseen war between Heaven and Hell. Gaby and her younger brother and sister are already targets in the war that cost their parents’ lives. Should they forsake the powers that complete their souls and flee to Null City? Meanwhile, Leila has inherited a French chateau, a mysterious legacy, and a prophecy that she will end the world. Gaby and Leila become catalysts for the founding and survival of Null City.

It just would have been nice if someone told them the angels were all on the other side.

Find a copy here from or

The Silver Award went to John Privilege and his book The American Policeman

John and The American

Meet John

Not one to shout about himself, John hails from just out side Belfast, there’s very little to be found about John, but you can find him chatting on Twitter as @BeardyJohn

The American Policeman

After everything, there is peace. The Collective took London away from the gangs that terrorised the city after the plague and the slow terror of the Breakdown. The blood on the streets has dried. There is food, water and good housing. Everyone has work. But the meek have not inherited the earth. On a bitterly cold night a woman is brutalised and murdered, shattering the fragile calm of the city. The investigation of London’s first murder in two years falls to Inspector Timothy Conlan and the District team of the New Metropolitan Police. Tim ‘Con’ Conlan serenely navigates the harsh new London. He is dedicated, conscientious and smiling. Around him society is broken. People are traumatised, fearful and wracked with guilt. Now the dark, empty spaces of the city are being stalked by a monster. Con must find and catch a killer who seems to know his every move. At the same time, there is something rotten at the core of the new government. In the very heart of the Collective, massive lies are being spun. There are rumours of war, whispers of betrayal. The Collective is harsh, relentless and utterly unforgiving. The problem for Con is simple: find the killer; stay alive.

Find a copy here from or

Final Congratulations to all our nominees in this category

Dylan J Morgan with THE SICKNESS

C.S Boyack with WILL O’ THE WISP

Rewan Tremethick with FALLEN ON GOODTIMES

Celine Jeanjean with THE VIPER AND THE URCHIN

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Alison reviews Fallen On Good Times by @RewanTremethick #wwwblogs

Today’s team review comes from Alison, she blogs at

Rosie's Book Review team 1

Alison chose to read and review Fallen On Good Times by Rewan Tremethick


Fallen on Good Times by Rewan Tremethick

Fallen on Good Times successfully melds two worlds – the world of 1920s Noir with its hardboiled, smart-talking PI Laslo Kane and the urban fantasy world of ghosts, werewolves and vampires. It’s a clever idea and a clever book, full of humour, action, mystery and witty one-liners from the hero Laslo, a man whose ineptitude as a ‘normal’ PI has brought him into a world where the rules don’t necessarily apply. Add to this a case that sets him against the Mob and an ex-girlfriend he’s still in love with and Tremethick has gathered together all the elements of a fast-paced, exciting and unusual read.

The settings work really well and are as authentic as a twenties city under prohibition and awash with ghosts, trolls and vampires can be. It works because the author uses great subtlety with these supernatural elements. They are referred to and written about almost as though they are run-of-the-mill, and this makes it easier to suspend reality.

The writing is smooth, clear and sharp, perfect for the genre. Dialogue is natural and believable and the main character is well-developed and likeable. However, some of the action scenes were a little too drawn out – I lost what was happening at times. I also felt that some aspects were a little skimmed over – there were characters I wanted to know more about and I felt that the case was solved a little too quickly and too easily.

That said, this is an extremely well-written, enjoyable book and I’ll definitely be looking out for more from this author.

Four out of five stars.

Find a copy here from or

June #BookReviews for local Magazines @FleetLife @EHDirectory

Here are the books which are featured in the June issues of Fleet Life and EHDirectory.

Fleet Life online version can be found here., click on the online directory, and find my reviews on page 45.

New June FL

James Bone and The Italian Job by Frank Bell

Someone Else’s Conflict by Alison Layland

Imminent Danger: And How To Fly Straight Into It by Michelle Proulx

Before The Morning by Zee Monodee

Pattern of Shadows by Judith Barrow

EHDirectory can be found here, click on the online directory and then find my reviews on page 20

New June EHD

Reality Is In A dream by Lauren Mayhew

The War Before Mine by Caroline Ross

Fallen On Good Times by Rewan Tremethick

Cupid’s Way by Joanne Phillips

Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster 

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Fallen On Good Times by @RewanTremethick #UrbanFantasy

Today’s team review comes from Cathy, she blogs at


Cathy chose to read and review Fallen On Good Times by Rewan Tremethick


Laslo Kane, a paranormal detective living in 1920s Pilgrim’s Wane during prohibition, is broke, down on his luck and minus his girlfriend. Not renowned for solving regular cases, Laslo deals with the supernatural and his two worlds overlap making solving crimes that much more difficult. And as most of the residents of Pilgrim’s Wane are oblivious to the vampires, werewolves, trolls and demons inhabiting the city, they tend to think of Laslo as incompetent. When an old lady asked Laslo to find her missing cat and was told it had been eaten by a sabre toothed tiger ‘she tried to have me committed.’ Laslo still bears five large claw marks and to add insult to injury he didn’t even get paid.

While contemplating a career change Laslo gets a job offer from Darius Targar to investigate the murder of his business partner and bank robbers who are putting money into his account. With the promise of a huge fee which would get Laslo back on his feet and then some, and a down-payment of more than he’s earned in the last four months, Laslo is hooked. The huge downside is the fact the most powerful criminal organisation in the city is involved. The Pottellis, lead by the fearsome Adamar Pottelli, also have vampires, the undead and a werewolf available to them whenever they wish.

Laslo enlists the help of his friend, journalist Rita Orbit, his go to person for information and to ‘chin about a tricky case’, now that his former girlfriend and the love of his life, Kitty, is no longer in the picture. As he connects the threads between several murders the clues lead him to the Pottellis and Laslo receives another, much larger offer placing him in an untenable position. That’s nothing new to Laslo, though…’This was my life. Whatever I tried to do, things always seemed to get deadly.’

An original and very entertaining book with an unconventional and extremely likeable protagonist. The story is narrated in the first person by Laslo with lots of humorous wisecracks, and mixes the paranormal with mystery and intrigue. All the characters are fleshed out, individual and compelling. Misty Joe, the ghost medium who didn’t realise he was dead, Rita, Kitty and her parents. Even the villains are great characters and they’re all fundamental to the plot. Hardboiled/Noir is a favourite genre of mine and the paranormal aspect of the story adds an interesting and innovative layer. Great pacing, impressive action sequences, especially at the end, and skilfully written, it’s hard to believe this is a debut novel. I love it and look forward to the next book.

Find a copy here from or

Fallen On Good Times by @RewanTremethick #UrbanFantasy

Fallen on Good TimesFallen on Good Times by Rewan Tremethick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fallen on Good Times is an Urban Fantasy. It mixes the American style city of Pilgrim’s Wane in a prohibition like era, similar to those years between 1919 and 1933, with a paranormal world.

P.I. Laslo Kane is a lousy detective, his business hit rock bottom, his girlfriend left him, a friend has been murdered and the only clients who will touch him are not of this world.He’s like to get out and have an ordinary job, something easy like bar work, in a non-alcoholic bar of course. But with prohibition in force and speakeasy’s abundant bar owner Jeanette is rightly suspicious of a detective wanting a job and sends him forcibly on his way.

So when Investment businessman Darius approached Laslo with a very well paid job request he can hardly turn it down. Someone has been depositing money into Darius’ bank account at gunpoint, his latest client has also been murdered and fingers are pointing to The Mob, known as the Pottellis.

Laslo must find out what links recent murders across the city, with the help of reporter Rita Orbit, friend Marcus, a man who can weigh up all the odds and Misty Joe a ghostly medium.

I enjoyed this book, the prohibition setting, and language used for the era were very good. I wanted more answers, I wanted to know who or what was the mystery ally who came with the summons of a dog biscuit. I wanted to know more about Misty Joe and his ghostly adventures and I was sure that Darius was going to be much more sinister in his part in the storyline. So perhaps it’s the sign of a good book if I’m left begging for more from this writer?

Find a copy here from or

View all my reviews on Goodreads

Good Deeds Challenge Year 2, Week 52

This will be my last Good Deeds post, I’ve completed a 2 year challenge, enough to make Good Deeds a regular part of my day for the rest of my life.

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I almost finished my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

April 12th – Had a big afternoon setting my Mum up with spreadsheets and a Facebook account. Am reading Fallen On Good Times by Rewan Tremethick.

April 13th – It’s still the school holidays so no volunteering at school this morning, had a lunchtime walk and picked up litter instead. Washed loads of crockery and chinaware ready to take to the charity shop.

April 14th – We are into the third week of the A to Z Challenge, made a big effort to visit lots of bloggers today and give my support.

April 15th – Delivered 3 boxes of items to the charity shop. Read Going Through The Change by Samantha Bryant

April 16th – Picked up loads of litter on a morning walk. Today I’m reading Cupids’ Way by Joanne Phillips.

April 17th – We have friends coming over this afternoon, so I’ve baked a cake and nagged the kids to help with housework. In fact while I nipped into town and pocked up litter on the way home, they’d cleaned and tidied the lounge. Am reading Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster, book one in a new NA series.

April 18th – My friend asked me to help out with a book review and I read James Bone and the Italian Job by Frank Bell a children’s book about secret agent animals. Began reading The Family Trap by Joanne Phillips last evening.

This is it, my final post to end my challenge, which began two years ago as a two week test to see it I could take up the challenge, then it moved to a year and then two years. It’s been an amazing experience and opened my eyes to wonderful everyday opportunities to make my world a better place to live in and to send out ripples into the lives of others who touch mine with friendship or as strangers.

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Barb reviews Fallen On Good Times by Rewan Tremethick

Today we have a review from team member Barb, she blogs at


Barb chose to read and review Fallen on Good Times by Rewan Tremethick


My Review: 5 stars out of 5

The movie version of Fallen on Good Times would have to be in black and white, or at least that kind of “color” involving dark shots with only the occasional shock of red. Of course, there would be a monologue voiceover, delivered in a pack-a-day gravelly monotone. In this debut novel, author Rewan Tremethick builds an urban fantasy that rests comfortably on the solid shoulders of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. His hardboiled, prohibition-liquor-swilling detective, Lazlo Kane, does indeed speak in metaphors and occupy the requisite sleazy office/residence where “A mixture of rickety old furniture and messy paperwork made it look like a librarian and a scrap merchant had fought to the death.” And Rewan Tremethick pays homage to other genre requirements:

  • Rewan (not pronounced 'Rowan') Tremethick is a British author who was named after a saint. St. Ruan was invulnerable to wolves; Rewan isn't . Rewan is a fan of clever plots, strong women who don't have to be described using words like 'feisty', and epic music. He has dabbled in stand-up comedy, radio presenting, and writing sentences without trying to make a joke. He balances his desire to write something meaningful by wearing extremely tight jeans. Rewan (not pronounced ‘Rowan’) Tremethick is a British author who was named after a saint. St. Ruan was invulnerable to wolves; Rewan isn’t . Rewan is a fan of clever plots, strong women who don’t have to be described using words like ‘feisty’, and epic music. He has dabbled in stand-up comedy, radio presenting, and writing sentences without trying to make a joke. He balances his desire to write something meaningful by wearing extremely tight jeans.

    Femme fatale: we all know about her—she’s called a “dame” and she has “gams” that defy nature. “It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.”–Raymond Chandler,Farewell My Lovely. Only, Lazlo calls them “dolls” and when we meet him, Lazlo is asking one for a job (with near-fatal results):

“Jeanette seemed to have the wrong impression of me. She was imagining your typical private cop: smoking cigarettes so fast it would seem to a disinterested bystander that the first one burnt for hours; pinning two-bit thugs up against walls and grinding his teeth as he issued threats; using his notepad as a way of getting the dolls into bed…”

Lazlo, however, has very few delusions about himself.

“But that wasn’t me. An apartment so old even the rust on the taps had rust on it, the mould was mouldy, and the walls visibly ruffled if you coughed too hard. I had less money than I could fit in my mouth, an ex-girlfriend who I missed more than words allowed me to say, and a steady stream of desperate wackos with nowhere else to turn and stories so ludicrous no one else would give them a second’s thoughts. Unluckily for me, they usually turned out to be true.”

  • Set up to take the fall: Lazlo, and everybody else around him, sees it coming. He knows he’s probably going down, but just doesn’t know how to be the kind of person who behaves any differently. What he is, though, is pragmatic about how to face the coming doom. “I was no hero—I was aware of that—but I was a survivor. Considering the number of heroes that live into their old age, I’d say I’d made the better life choice.”
  • Friendly villain: the real monsters in Pilgrim’s Wane are of course the local mob, the Potellis. Everyone, Lazlo included, is aware that there is no way to take them on and live, let alone win. Scariest of all is their leader, Adamar Potelli, a monster in almost every way possible, but still a friendly guy.

“Adamar laughed again. At least he had a sense of humour—I’ll give him that—and none of the arrogance that one usually associated with a criminal mastermind. He could laugh at himself, although, to be fair, he did have the knowledge that a little while later I’d be a puddle of bone shards and blood on the floor. I guess that kind of knowledge makes it easier to laugh when someone insults you.”

  • Girl Friday: For most hard-boiled detectives, an assistant is out of the question. A lucky few like Maltese Falcon’s Sam Spade, though, do have the “office wife” to shelter, mother, and cater to their every whim. Lazlo? Not so much. His former (and still much beloved) girlfriend Kitty used to fill that role, we’re told, but no longer.
  • MacGuffin: This could be anything—Jason’s Golden Fleece, the LOTR rings, Indiana Jones’ Arc of the Covenant, and especially hard-boiled detective Marlow’s Maltese falcon statue—an object that moves the story along without actually being important in itself. Luckily for him (and his readers!), Lazlo Kane understands that there are MacGuffins and there are also MacGuffins-that-might-yet-be-useful. (Not-too-spoilery hint: keep an eye on those “bombs”…)
  • Bittersweet ending? I’ll let you decide!

Although he nails almost every point of the genre, though, this is homage with a twist on the detective noir, because in his little town of Pilgrim’s Wane, Lazlo Kane straddles two worlds—the noir world of the hard-boiled PI, and the even darker world peopled by beings from a hostile, horror-filled world. On the one hand, Lazlo is a hopelessly bad detective. On the other, he sees a world hidden from his neighbors, peopled by a universe of werewolves, demons, trolls, and goblins. Because he sees them, they come to him for help. And, as George R. Martin points out, when urban fantasy combines genres, you get to break rules.

‘The heroes of urban fantasy come out of the hard-boiled mystery, while the villains, monsters, and antagonists have their own roots in classic horror . . . but it is the combination that gives this subgenre its juice. For these are two genres that are at heart antagonistic. Horror fiction is a fiction steeped in darkness and fear, and set in a hostile Lovecraftian universe impossible for men to comprehend, a world where, as Poe suggested, death in the end holds dominion over all. But detective fiction, even the grim, gritty, hard-boiled variety, is all about rationality; the world may be dark, but the detective is a bringer of light, an agent of order, and, yes, justice. You would think this twain could never meet. But bastards can break all the rules, and that’s half their charm. The chains of convention need not apply.’
— George R.R. Martin (Down These Strange Streets)

I’ll say it right now. I loved this book. I loved the perfect pace, the gritty genre homage and mix, the complex characters. In addition to anti-hero Lazlo, there are terrific three-dimensional support characters such as intrepid reporter Rita Orbit, his go-to source/pal/closest thing to family. I loved the humor in almost every part of the story, the perfectly built world pictures, and yes… the monsters.

“I like goblins,” I said. “Mostly.” I’d gotten drunk with one once. He’d been a great laugh. Of course, he’d stolen everything apart from my socks and my overcoat (goblins have this thing that no single garment should have more pockets than you have hands), but that was to be expected. It was in his nature.

Do I have any complaints? As an American living in the UK, I found it occasionally jarring that the setting is American but the language is often British. Walls are “mouldy” instead of “moldy”, the noir is consistently “grey” instead of “gray”, funny things are full of “humour” instead of “humor”, etc. Some of the slang is peculiar– “bunny” seems to mean stupid, and “eel juice” to refer to liquor. But overall, Fallen on Good Times does a perfect job of providing thrilling, often funny, and always unexpected entertainment. Its story arc was exactly long enough, wrapped up neatly but leaving plenty to explore in the next book. I, for one, can’t wait to find out what Lazlo gets involved in next. Five stars, of course, and well-done!

Find a copy here from or

Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Karen reviews Fallen On Good Times by Rewan Tremethick

Today we have a book review from team member Karen, she blogs at


Karen chose to read and review Fallen On Good Times by Rewan Tremethick


My Opinion

This book introduces you to paranormal detective Laslo Kane and his cases in the 1920s; prohibition being in full bloom.

With Fallen on Good Times, Rewan Tremethick has created an unconventional combination of a paranormal crime series with a humorous touch in the 1920s. Fallen on Good Times is the promising start of a series. You can’t help getting to like Laslo more and more as the story develops. He is quite a character, he made me shake my head, hold my breath, urge him on – you can see I was drawn into the story. It is a fast and entertaining read. This is for you if you like paranormal crime and a character you don’t easily forget.

Laslo Kane is addictive!


Find a copy here from or