Splinter - Joshua Winning

5 Stars!

‘All who stand against us shall perish’

The critically acclaimed Sentinel Trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion in this final instalment of the dark fantasy series.

The world is falling apart around Nicholas Hallow. Amid rumours that the Dark Prophets have returned, a deathly gloom pollutes England, unleashing a savage hoard of nightmare creatures. Fighting the tide of evil, Nicholas returns home to Cambridge, where an old ally helps him seek out the mysterious Skurkwife, who could help Nicholas stop Malika and the Prophets for good.

Meanwhile, Sam Wilkins unites the Sentinels against the forces of darkness, but with Jessica's sanity slipping, and Isabel suspicious of her shadowy past, it's a battle that could cost the Sentinels everything.

Joshua Winning is an author and film journalist who writes for TOTAL FILM, SFX, GAY TIMES and RADIO TIMES. He has been on set with Kermit the Frog, devoured breakfast with zombies on The Walking Dead, and sat on the Iron Throne while visiting the Game Of Thrones set in Dublin. Jeff Goldblum once told him he looks a bit like Paul Bettany.

In 2018, Joshua’s YA thriller VICIOUS RUMER was published by Unbound. His dark fantasy series THE SENTINEL TRILOGY was published by Peridot Press, and he also co-wrote ’80s teen horror CAMP CARNAGE. In 2015, Joshua’s short story DEAD AIR appeared in SPEAK MY LANGUAGE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF GAY FICTION.

Visit his website - HERE

Well Joshua did it again! He writes a fantastic ending to a very exciting series! I loved book one - Sentinel, I very much liked book 2 - Ruins, but, book 3 - Splinter was just brilliant, the best one yet. It took me back to what I loved about book one. When you keep reading a book because you just HAVE to know what happens - that's a great book.

The same fantastic characters, mmm except maybe even better. No matter how much bad-ass/save-the-world-from-evil fighting they do, they are still just people. Young adults that have been selected (or thrown) into this situation. I loved their "humanness", the sarcasm, the bickering back and forth, the quirkiness, and even their desperation and wanting to give up at times (after all they are only human). But still - they save the world in the end!
"The world is dying. The Dark Prophets have returned and they are seeking to claim the world for themselves." ~ Yep, that about sums it up!
And, surprise surprise - one of my favorite characters from book two that I thought was lost forever was back!!

Joshua has a way of painting a movie in your head with his descriptions. I could see it all happening even when it got a little crazy, OK a lot crazy! I was so in the mood for this book. I had just finished watching the series "Stranger Things" on Netflix. So I was well prepared for this story.

What a thrilling series with non-stop action! I can't wait to see what Josh has in store for us next. I will be standing in line!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from The author Thank You!
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Not Always A Bridesmaid collection - Showcase

4 Stories about Love, Laughter, and
Wedding Disasters.

The plot kept me captivated as a budding romance develops between Chasen and Skye, who seem to have the same vision and goals in life. I found the dialog to be open, honest and heartwarming and a few lines to melt the heart. “It looks like your journey brought you love.” “If you dream together, then it’s a reality.
I enjoyed this fast pace wedding novella with interesting characters. The plot kept the pages turning, and the dialog was entertaining. What happens when the wedding planner and her fiancé have a difference of opinion? A wedding is a girls dream, and she knows what she wants, but what if the groom is trying to rush things?

The Professional Bridesmaid
To help three co-workers coordinate their weddings, Skye Wilson must act as a bridesmaid for them. Skye dreams of becoming a wedding planner and needs to start somewhere and reluctantly agrees. Just when the wedding arrangements and her plans started going wrong, she meets Chasen Dantrell, a handsome limousine driver.
Chasen has a growing limo business. He loves his job but the long hours of waiting by himself wear on him. That is until a cute, blue-eyed bridesmaid named Skye stumbles his way.
As their two worlds become more and more entwined with each wedding they work, Skye wonders if she'll ever be a bride and would it be Chasen at the end of the aisle with a ring?
The Undecided Bride
When Steven, the man of Bridgette North dreams, proposes she automatically says yes until her fiancĂ©’s constant pressure for a speedy wedding has her questioning his motives and love. Now she is undecided whether she wants to marry him.
Mason is hired to trick Bridgette into marrying Steven quickly to ensure a promotion but ends up falling head-over-heels in love instead.
Can Mason explain his deceit and still win her heart?
And will Bridgette be willing to risk her heart one more time?
Red, White, and Bridesmaid
Jess Caldwell is the third in line to wear the mistletoe headband until she’s kissed. But it’s her best friend Kara’s wedding, Jess needs to keep her mind on designing the flowers and not on the fact that Kara’s older brother, Darrin, who she’s had a crush on for years will be there.
Darrin’s happy to be moving home, and what is even more of a pleasant surprise is seeing her again. Jess isn’t the geeky girl he remembered when he left. But after all the mean things he said in the past, will she give him another chance?
When things at the wedding go wrong, more than fireworks fly for this 4th of July wedding.
Will love be in the air?
The Reluctant Bride
Penelope Moore’s last boyfriend had no qualms about cheating even after he professed his undying love. As a wedding event planner Penelope has seen plenty of happily-ever-after. But with her terrible luck in the relationship department, she is reluctant to believe it will ever happen to her.
Ferguson enjoyed the freedom of bachelorhood until he met his last girlfriend. He considered her the love of his life until she betrayed him. Without his consent, she used his professional experience and knowledge as a private investigator to write and publish a best-selling novel. Ferguson couldn’t forgive her underhanded deceit and ended their relationship.
When Ferguson meets Penelope he is once again willing to risk his heart, but Penelope isn’t as trusting. Just when he is beginning to win the beautiful event planner’s heart, his ex-girlfriend arrives in town and causes heartache all over again.
Can Penelope and Ferguson trust each other and their hearts enough to get their happily-ever-after?
Available now on multiple platforms in eBook and paperback. Coming soon in audio and foreign language translations.


Whippoorwill - R L Bartram


Barely fourteen, Ceci Prejean is a tomboy running wild in the hot Louisiana summer. After breaking the nose of a local boy, her father decides to enlist the aid of Hecubah, a beautiful Creole woman, with a secret past, who takes Ceci in hand and turns her into a lady.

Now, eighteen-year-old Ceci meets and falls passionately in love with a handsome young northerner, Trent Sinclaire. Trent is a cadet at the West Point military academy. He acts as if he knows Ceci. They begin a torrid affair, even as the southern states begin to secede from the Union.

Only weeks before their wedding, the Confederate army attacks Fort Sumter and the civil war begins. Trent is called to active service in the north, leaving Ceci heartbroken in the south.

Swearing vengeance on the union, after the untimely death of her family at the fall of New Orleans, Ceci meets with infamous spy master, Henry Doucet. He initiates her into the shadowy world of espionage.

After her failure to avert the catastrophe at Gettysburg, Ceci infiltrates the White House. There, she comes face to face with Abraham Lincoln, a man she’s sworn to kill. Forming a reckless alliance with the actor, John Wilkes Booth, she is drawn deeper into the plot to assassinate the President of the United States. A Confederate spy in love with a Union officer, her next decision will determine whether she lives or dies...

With Historical Romance as his preferred genre, Robert has continued to write for several years. Many of his short stories have appeared in various national periodicals and magazines.
His debut novel “Dance the Moon Down”, a story of love against adversity during the First World War, gained him considerable critical praise, being voted book of the month by “Wall to Wall books”

His second novel “Whippoorwill” tells of a passionate affair between a young southern woman and a northern man at the beginning of the American Civil War.

He is single and lives and works in Hertfordshire.

This was a fantastic story of the Civil war through the eyes of a young southern girl. We get to see that young girl grow up to quite a woman! A very well written, fascinating read!

For me - this starts out like Gone with the Wind. It is very much about a young, naive, spoiled, southern girl who falls in love with a boy who goes into the war for ... The North! Gasp!!
But there is another half to this story. And this one I will call - the Mulan part. If you don't know the story of Mulan (watch the Disney movie - its great!) it is about a girl who dresses up as a man so she can enter the war (because women were not allowed). This is the exciting, edge-of-your-seat part of the story.

I love that this book has those two parts to it. I would have been happy with either one, but to have them both was quite a reading treat! Before reading this book I honestly had no idea that this kind of thing happened - women dressed up as men as spies! That is something I would not have been able to do for sure!

Excellent character development. I loved Ceci and especially Hecubah. They were quite the pair :-)
What a great job the author did showing us how Ceci matured into a young woman and how her personality changed and strengthened (and even hardened). Oh I just felt so bad for her at times, I did tear up a couple times.

A lot of twists - I even gasped in a couple spots, Ceci is quite entertaining LOL, and it is even a little sad in spots.  But the whole book is so very interesting, full of historical facts, and fun to read.
If you are into historical fiction, American history, or the Civil War,  you would love this book!

And don't you just love that cover!!!  This might be one of my favorite covers of the year!

Be sure to check out my review for Roberts previous book.
Dance The Moon Down (also 5 Stars from me) - HERE

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from The author Thank You!
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Clutch by Lisa Becker, Narrator - Suzanne Barbetta - AUDIO

4.5 Stars!

Clutch: A Novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.


Lisa Becker is a romance writer who spends her time like she spends her money - on books and margaritas.  In addition to Clutch: a novel, she is the author of the Click trilogy, a contemporary romance series about online dating and Links, a standalone, second chance romance readers call light, fun, sexy and smart.  As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone!

Suzanne Barbetta became a voracious reader when she realized the magic of books allowed her to become anyone, anywhere, and in any world. A storyteller and performer since age 5, she later apprenticed at 2 regional theaters and earned her Actor’s Equity card. She’s also a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, the Audio Publishers Association and the League of Professional Theatre Women. Audiobooks are a way to satisfy her pathological addiction to reading. Now based in NYC, she is also the voice of the Fierce, Funny, Fab Fangirls of the series Geek Actually for Serial Box Publishing.

A really super super cute story! This was very chick-lit-ish which I love! This one had a fun original idea - A different chapter for each man in her dating life each one labeled a different type of purse/handbag. Some of these (well maybe all) of these guys were real losers!!!!

The character development was great! I love the two main characters - Caroline and her BFF Mike. Even the "losers" were developed well. Great job!

Will Caroline find the true love she so desperately wants? You get to painfully follow her through guy after guy after guy when maybe the perfect one was right under her nose the whole time.

This was very predictable, but... I always say - I don't mind predictability as long as it ends the way I want LOL and it did! Great ending.

Super fun, romantic summer read (or listen).

AUDIO - I thought the audio was pretty good - about 4 stars. I liked her voice for Caroline. She was easy to listen to. Some of her other voices for the men weren't so great. But still - very good over all.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from The Audio Bookworm Thank You!
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Audio - HERE 


Beneath the Lighthouse by Julieanne Lynch - GIVEAWAY!!

Tour June 25 - August 31, 2018



SOME SECRETS ARE MADE TO BE UNCOVERED. Sixteen-year-old Jamie McGuiness’s sister is dead. Sinking into a deep depression, he frequents the lighthouse where her body was discovered, unaware of the sinister forces surrounding him. When an angry spirit latches onto Jamie, he’s led down a dark and twisted path, one that uncovers old family secrets, destroying everything Jamie ever believed in Caught between the world of the living and the vengeful dead, Jamie fights the pull of the other side. It’s up to Jamie to settle old scores or no one will rest in peace—but, first, he has to survive.
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Julieanne Lynch is an author of YA and Adult genre urban fantasy books. Julieanne was born in Northern Ireland, but spent much of her early life in London, United Kingdom, until her family relocated back to their roots.
Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she is a full-time author. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. Julieanne has several projects optioned for film.

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If its ghosts, creepiness, and lots of fun you are looking for - look no further!
I love a good ghost story, no matter how unrealistic it is and this one is pretty unrealistic. Now if you don't believe in ghosts you are thinking "Hmmm they are all unrealistic." But I do believe in ghosts. I guess that's why I love ghosts stories so much. This one is definitely full of lots of action!

This is not just a story about ghosts though.. it is a story of a family that is torn apart by abuse. It is rather sad in spots. I love the way Jamie stands up to his father (the abuser) to protect his mom (and himself). He is a very brave young man! Some might wonder why the mom stood for being a doormat for so long. You wouldn't understand unless you have been abused yourself.

Very good character development, even the ghost! LOL She definitely had a very strong personality.

This kind of has a false ending. Just when you think it is over... whoa - something even creepier starts to happen. I thought that part was a little over done - but still very good and I don't think I would change it because the actual ending was very good indeed!

So this book is definitely for those that like creepy, scary, and lots of ghosts action!

Pool Rating - 4 - if you like scary creepy stories by the pool - go for it. But I think this is more of an inside read until dark kind of book.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Partners in Crime Tours ~ Thank You!

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Burn One Down by Jeffrey A. Cooper - GIVEAWAY!!!


Retiring thief Jack Apple is offered a low-­risk, six-­figure payout to heist a medical marijuana dispensary from the feisty and impetuous Diane Thomas after Diane steals the robbery plans from her shady ex-­husband Alvin, hoping to beat him to the score.

Diane promises to stay out of Jack’s way but she can’t help interfering, forcing them to take hostages inside the dispensary when the robbery is interrupted by law enforcement, inciting a media circus that deteriorates into a full-­on urban riot.

To escape, Jack and Diane must negotiate the hostages, their agendas, an army of Sheriff’s deputies, the tenacious local news media, crooked deals, corrupt politicians, rioters, Diane’s shady ex-­husband Alvin, and their growing attraction to each other.

 Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Jeffrey A. Cooper lives in Los Angeles, CA. His previous novel, “How to Steal a Truck Full of Nickels” was published in 2015. Jeffrey has optioned several feature film scripts and co-­created two shows executive produced by Emmy-­award winning comedian Louie Anderson.

Jeffrey lives with his wife, daughter, two rescue dogs, a rescue cat and a fish who all get along famously.

Catch Up With Mr. Cooper On: Website, Goodreads, Twitter, & Facebook!

Who knew crime could be so much fun! Seriously - laugh out loud funny.
This book starts hilarious,very cheeky! I was Laughing out loud and therefore had to read parts of it to my daughter whom I was visiting at the time. I also, in a way, read it to my granddaughter, but I don't think she got it - she's only 8 months!!! LOL! A future fan.

Quite a lot of characters to keep track of, but each one has its place, and each one is important. Even the four different news reporters had fun, quirky, unique personalities and something to add to the story. I loved the melding of all of the different personalities. The author did a fantastic job with this. I especially loved the two main characters - Jack and Diane (a coincidence with the names? I think not! This author is very clever). I can't say that Jack and Diane worked well together - because they did not! But that was part of what made this so darn funny.

Sure this book is a wild and crazy ride but there's also meaning in here. It's not just a robbery gone crazy wrong it's also about protesting, equal rights, women's rights, marijuana being legalized (which I am all for), and so much more. Definitely my type of book!

I read this book easily in three days even with the distraction of my baby granddaughter! LOL A fun, quick, quirky summer read, but also one with a deeper meaning. I highly recommend this, especially if you are looking for something a little different.

Pool Rating - 5 Stars! A fantastic, fun poolside book!


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Tour Participants:

These are the stops on the tour as of May 28 and are subject to change. Please, let me know if you have any questions. 05/31 Blog Talk Radio w/Fran Lewis
05/31 Review @ Just Reviews
06/11 Interview @ BooksChatter
06/11 Showcase @ Aurora Bs Book Blog
06/13 Review @ Book Reviews From an Avid Reader
06/13 showcase @ Bound 2 Escape
06/15 Showcase @ Stacking My Book Shelves!
06/18 Showcase @ The Pulp and Mystery Shelf
06/19 Showcase @ The Bookworm Lodge
06/20 Review @ Cheryls Book Nook
06/21 Interview/showcase @ CMash Reads
06/22 Interview @ A Blue Million Books
06/23 Guest post @ Loris Reading Corner
06/25 Interview @ The Reading Frenzy
06/26 Review @ Wall-to-wall books
06/27 Interview @ Quiet Fury Books
07/04 Showcase @ The Book Divas Reads
07/11 Showcase @ Celticladys Reviews
07/13 Review @ tfaulcbookreviews 


A Premature Apocalypse - Dan Sofer - Spotlight

It's here!!! 
Book 3 in "The Dry Bones Society" series! 


Everyone knows Moshe Karlin is the Messiah. Except for Moshe Karlin.

As he wields his newfound political power to fix Israeli society, natural disasters—and some very unnatural disasters—devastate the Holy Land and turn his plans to dust.

World War III inches nearer and the planet’s fate dangles by a thread. With time running out until the End of History, Moshe must overcome unimaginable obstacles and diabolic opponents to fulfill his destiny… and uncover the shocking truth of the long-awaited Redemption!

Elsewhere in Jerusalem, a lovesick suicide bomber gets a lucky break, a reformed criminal makes a devastating decision, and a broken prophet defies death one last time.

For the next few days only, the FIRST TWO NOVELS in the series are ON SALE:

- AN UNEXPECTED AFTERLIFE (US, UK) - ONLY $0.99 (over 60% off)
- AN ACCIDENTAL MESSIAH (US, UK)) - ONLY $1.99 (over 60% off)


I read the first in the series - An Unexpected Afterlife and it was fantastic! 
See my review - HERE
I do intend on reading both books two and three! Sometime in the next two months - once my life is not so crazy! Does that ever happen???


Becker Circle - Addison Brae - GIVEAWAY!!!


My first and only boyfriend believed I was too gutless to leave. He was dead wrong. My name is Gillian. I graduated Harvard early and left his hot temper and everyone else behind for Dallas. Determined to make it on my own, I land a second job bartending at the neighborhood pub smack in drama central where most every jerk in the neighborhood hits on me—at a huge price.

A week into the job, the neighborhood’s very popular drug dealer falls to his death a few feet from the table I’m serving. The cops say suicide, but the hot guitar player in the house band and I suspect foul play, and I intend to prove it. We dig deeper, grow closer, and make a shocking discovery. We know the murderer.

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Addison Brae lives in Dallas, Texas on the edge of downtown. As a child, she was constantly in trouble for hiding under the bed to read when she was supposed to be napping. She has been writing since childhood starting with diaries, letters and short stories. She continues today with articles, video scripts and other content as an independent marketing consultant. 

When she’s not writing, Addison spends her time traveling the world, collecting interesting cocktail recipes and hosting parties. She’s still addicted to reading and enjoys jogging in her neighborhood park, sipping red wine, binge-watching TV series, vintage clothing and hanging out with her artistic other half and their neurotic cat Lucy. 

Website:  www.addisonbrae.com

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Chapter 1

Excerpt: I peek back at my butt in these loose-fitting jeans and all I see is sad. Remembering what my new boss said about better tips if I wear something a little sexy, I button a plaid shirt halfway up to show a little. I fasten one more and brush through my wavy auburn hair. Why did my apartment come with a full-length mirror in the bathroom? I’m nothing like my curvy new next door neighbor in that dress. Even though I had to borrow a can opener from her to eat lunch today, I’m prepared with every bartender’s necessity. A good bar blade. I dig out the one I used to open bottles during my forty-two days of bartending at the place on Harvard Square back in Boston before Connor made me quit and stick it in my back pocket so I don’t look like a total rookie. It’s one of the few utensils in my kitchen drawer. With the pink fuzzy scarf Lauren gave me for Christmas tucked inside my jacket, I message her before I talk myself out of going. “First night. Wish me luck!” I glance at the collage photo frame of our college memories she gave me before I packed up and left. Mixers, whisky brands, and vodka flavors run through my head down the six flights of stairs and on the short walk to the first shift of my new night job. My jacket shields me from the cold as I step through the circles of light shining on the dark red brick sidewalk. A couple jogs by totally into one another, and three guys who were probably high school stars toss a football near the fountain, yelling back for not throwing right. What am I doing? Am I invisible? Everyone’s with someone like I was. Taking the CPA job in Dallas seemed like such a great idea. It’s where no one knows me. Away from Connor. Before he had a chance to break me. Rule one of my new life—forget about what already happened. Period. Just as I turn the corner toward the tree-lined park, someone rams into me from behind. I gulp a breath as he twists me to the ground, dragging me along by the arm. The strap to my purse connects me to a guy who looks barely old enough to drive until he yanks it away. The purse holding the cash I have to live on until I get paid, my ID, one credit card, and proof I took an exam today. The purse Mom gave me for my eleventh birthday. “Stop!” I struggle to untwist my legs and sprint toward the strap dragging behind him. “No!” The distance between us widens. At the edge of the park, a well-dressed man jumps out of a shiny SUV and shoves the guy into the shrubs. He leans over as they exchange words. Then the man extends a hand to help the purse thief out of the bushes. I stop running to observe. The guy bolts without looking back and I still haven’t remembered to breathe. Then the man, who’s at least my dad’s age, walks toward me. With my purse. “Are you okay?” He hands it to me. “Thank you so much.” I nod and glance at the leaves caught in it and back at the man, not quite believing any part of what just happened and fighting back the anger that it happened to me. “But what the . . .?” “I understand. He has some problems. He won’t bother you again.” He bows his head like a nineteenth century prince and heads back to his truck. I shake off the soreness in my arm. Who was that guy and why would he rescue a purse for some stranger? The George & Dragon Public House sign creaks in the breeze. Smokers corralled on the patio by the black iron fence huddle around heaters, an occasional laugh rising above the steady hum of music and conversation. I walk through the door luckily ten minutes early. The smell of bleach mixed with mesquite from the fire lingers covering every secret that’s happened here. Clanking bottles drown out the low music. Steve’s bald head pops up from behind the bar, his ginger beard even thicker and longer than I remember. “There she is. We took bets whether you’d chicken out.”

Simply... I loved this book! Absolutely fantastic read. Just what I was looking for. It was very exciting and very suspenseful.
"Harvard honors graduate. Accountant. Bartender. Narcotics dealer"
Now doesn't that sound like fun!
I loved how this book revolves around the bar scene - so much fun so much excitement. Not to mention all the crazy (drunk) characters.

Excellent character development! I loved the main characters - Gillian, Jon, Kyle, Pinkie, Steve, etc. All great characters, and I even loved some of the minor ones.
Gillian was a rock star! She was just the right amount of kick-ass heroine without being cocky. And Jon is just a sweetheart! Awwww  :-)

This was very easy to get into and once I started I didn't want to stop! Very well done. I can't wait to read another one by this author. This has already gotten some great reviews on Amazon - so far not a single negative one! And be sure to watch the trailer! It will hook you for sure!

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