Tuesday, 27 November 2018

The Adventures of Billy Bog Brush #Review #BlogTour #BillyBogBrush


The Adventures of Billy Bog Brush

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for The Adventures of Billy Bog Brush.  My thanks go to Faye at Authoright for my spot on the blog tour. 


About the Book

It is a lovely day in Billy Bog Brush's neighbourhood. Billy is wondering what to do with himself, when he hears his neighbour, Mrs. Brown, screaming for help. Billy springs into action! Billy races to the scene where he finds Mrs. Brown’s house is on fire and she is locked out. Billy must use creative thinking to find a key. Will Billy manage to get the key before the fire brigade arrives? In this sweet children's story about courage and helping others, Billy learns how much fun it can be to be a hero!

Review

Today I have a review from Amelia and myself for this book. 

Amelia’s review

Billy Bog Brush is a nice short story which I read with my mum and is aimed at children aged between 4 and 6.  This book can be used as a nice bedtime story for parents to read to their children, or for children to read by themselves if they are able to.

This books is a lovely book about caring for others and thinking straightaway about plans for situations.  

My review

This is a children’s book and I would say it is aimed at children aged 5+ who can either read to their parents or have this read to them. 

It’s a book about Billy Bog Brush and the brave thing he does in rescuing the grandson of his neighbour Mrs Brown.

We are treated to how Billy goes to the rescue after hearing cries for help and how he manages to get into the house of Mrs Brown. 

There are a few pictures that help the story but not many, but what there are colourful and help the story for that younger reader. 

Amelia and I read this book together one evening before bed and took us just over 10 minutes to read.  We found this story interesting and one that shows bravery and courage.

At the end of the story there are quite a few blank pages where the authors Ian Campbell and Tim Constable want you to draw a few pictures of the images you have conjured up as you have read the book, which is a lovely idea.

All in all a lovely book and one I would recommend.       

About the Author


Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell is a senior storeman for the MOD. Born into a military family, he has lived in Germany, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom. His first book, A Walk with God, was published in 2011.



Tim Constable


Tim Constable works as a data analyst. He is also a musician, in the Coventry Cathedral choir as a boy, then later composing and playing in his own rock band. As a graphic artist, he has designed logos and flyers for various organizations.





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Monday 26th November                                Donna’s Book Blog

Tuesday 27th November                                Reading For Pleasure

Wednesday 28th November                          Splashes into Books

Thursday 29th November                              Bound 4 Escape

Friday 30th November                                    Fantastic Feathers

Saturday 1st December                                  Jazzy Book Reviews

Sunday 2nd December                                    Obscurity of Life

My thanks to the authors for providing a copy of this book, the publishers #ClinkStreetPublishing and also Faye Rogers @ FayeRogersUK for my spot on the blog tour.  


Monday, 26 November 2018

Rage has a Hold on Sammy by Angela Wiggins #RageHasAHold #BlogTour


Rage Has a Hold on Sammy

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Rage Has a Hold on Sammy by Angela Wiggins.  My thanks go to Faye at Authoright for my spot on the blog tour. 



About the Book

Rage Has A Hold On Sammy is the story of an eight year old boy named, Sammy. He and his father are very close, even though his parents are divorced. Then one day, his grandmother calls; Sammy's dad passed away. After the initial shock, Sammy's behaviour changes into a defiant, disrespectful child. How can he get over this terrible feeling that has a tight hold on him? Children that experience the loss of a parent have a difficult time? Some of those children become angry and hostile like Sammy. This book will help children in the same situation realize their not alone.

Review

Today I have a review from Amelia for this book.  We normally read these books together but parental duties have been chaotic this week so Amelia has read and reviewed this all by herself. 

Amelia’s review  

This is an amazing book to help kids going through tough times and that getting angry and upset will not help to solve the problem.  This book will help people to understand how to solve problems and maybe you can talk to people / friends about your problems. 

My review

Rage Has a Hold on Sammy is about Sammy who at the tender age of 8 has a very close relationship with his father despite his parents being divorced.   Sammy learns from his mum that his dad has passed away and the grief that Sammy is feeling spills over into his every day life.  He is not the usual happy child that he was (which is understandable) and doesn’t really care that he is getting himself in trouble at school and at home. 

His mum and teachers don’t know what to do with him until he is made to see the school counsellor who sits and listens to him.  He doesn’t pretend that things will be easier overnight but encourages him to come to terms with his grief and focus on the present day.

I managed to read this book in a few minutes and found that it was quite a touching book to read, dealing with the death of a parent to a very young child, a child who has probably never experienced the death of a close family member before.  The pictures are encouraging and can reflect on some of the story but the overall concept of the book enables children to deal with the repercussions of the death of a close family member. 

About the Author

Angela Wiggins was born and raised in Massachusetts. She now lives in Connecticut with her two children.

She attended Everest University in Tampa, Florida, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She then went on to have a successful career in law enforcement before taking up her current role as a teacher.

Now, Angela has turned her writing hobby into something that will help others. Her first book, Rage Has a Hold on Sammy, was inspired by real-life events and is based on her son who at eight-years-old lost his father. His struggle with the grief and the anger he felt after the loss compelled Angela to act in meaningful ways. She hopes this book will help other youngsters to deal with, and come to terms with, their own grief.


Angela loves to spend time with her children. She also loves travelling, reading, writing, and music. She also found great fulfilment in the volunteer work she did at Suffolk Juvenile Domestic Court in Suffolk, Virginia.

Angela's hope for the future is to become a well-known author of children's books. She's also a passionate believer in the quote, "A dad is a son's first hero and a daughter's first love."


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Monday, 12 November 2018

The Failsafe Query - Michael Jenkins #BlogTour #Guestpost #Giveaway


The Failsafe Query – Michael Jenkins



Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for The Failsafe Query by Michael Jenkins.  My thanks go to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources


About the Book

The Failsafe Query is a gripping thriller set in the contemporary world of modern British espionage.

Sean Richardson, a disgraced former intelligence agent, is tasked to lead a team to search for Alfie Chapman, an Intelligence officer on the cusp of exposing thousands of secrets to the media. This includes a long lost list of Russian moles embedded since the Cold War, one of whom remains a public favourite in the British parliamentary system.

The action moves with absorbing pace and intrigue across Central Asia and Europe as the puzzle begins to unfold through a deep hidden legacy.

Tense, fast paced, and insightful, The Failsafe Query twists and turns to a satisfyingly dramatic finale. 

Author's Thoughts

Today on my blog, the author Michael Jenkins joins me to tell me all about his writing journey. 
 
Many of my friends and family were quite surprised when they eventually learnt that I had written a novel – so much so, that I was inundated with texts, calls and e mails inquiring how on earth I’d done it. You see, in the military, we were all used to crafting detailed reports and assessments based upon rules. The rules of military writing. They are as precise as you’d ever imagine, strict, formal, and very much rules based. 

I remember being coached in the art of military writing, receiving brutal critique and feedback, but ever so slowly learning to become what is known as a staff officer – a commissioned officer serving on the staff of a commander, service, or central headquarters.  An officer who is clinical in writing reports and intelligence assessments based upon those rules.  There was very little scope for creativity, but as a counter terrorist and intelligence officer, I did have scope to create my own justifiable ‘assessments of the situation and threats.’

So, to move from rules-based writing, to creativity and telling a story was a long, long, journey. And I’ll be forever grateful to the first editor I dared show my manuscript to. His name is David Thorpe. And he’s a novelist, screenwriter and comics writer from Wales. We met in Baker street, London, where I lived at the time, and he delivered the hammer blow right there and then over coffee. It was crap. From a reader’s perspective of course. The reader would hate it. Really good story though he said.

You see, I had been conditioned, trained, and driven to write in a military style. It was too much like report writing he said. Great story, fascinating career you’ve had, he said. But thankfully he was brutal and to the point. ‘Go away and learn how to write creatively.’

It was a bright summers day in Baker Street, and I felt pleased he had been forthright with me. I like clear and unambiguous feedback. I was brought up with it in the military, and that often helped us all reflect on our own failings, making sure we learnt quickly.

David and I had a bite to eat and he told me of how he plans his novels, uses his creative mind, takes himself away from real life and into a journey of his characters. I listened intently, eager to learn, and he listened intently to my own stories of service in the Balkans, the Middle East, and across the globe. He was fascinated with my stories.

His earnest feedback, accompanied by a 27-page editor report was just what I needed. A kick up the backside, and a nudge from a coach from to escape my rules-based world I had lived in for nearly three decades.

He told me to be a story teller. And he was absolutely right. Don’t worry about the prose he said, don’t be fluffy and feathery in your words and sentences. You have the experience to draw readers in and provide remarkable insights into your world. Write the story but be creative. Embellish the scenes, understand POV, know what the reader wants, give them suspense, a cliff-hanger on each chapter, and a story arc that will keep them entertained and wanting to turn pages. 

That first manuscript was obviously ripped up and I began again. I studied characterisation, plot planning, the growth of your main character, conflict, sub plots, switching POV, head hopping mistakes, the lot. All online. And then I read. I read loads of books, loads of thrillers, and then I tried as best as I could, as a debut novelist, to find my own voice.

I feel as if I’d been put through a mill and spat out the other end as a new person. A person that could now remove the shackles of rules-based writing and into creative writing. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope people continue to enjoy my debut story. For that is exactly what it is. A made-up story, written this time round with better structure that hopefully the reader can engage with. There are plenty more if people actually like it. I have always wanted the reader experience to be one of ‘wow,’ great story, really insightful, and up to date with topical events.

Of course, I was lucky to be able to draw upon my own experiences across a multitude of disciplines I was privileged to undertake in the military – and the characters are all based upon some real people I served with, with each character being formed from or a mix of all of their foibles, charisma, and gregarious nature.  They are all legends in my eyes, great men and women doing some incredible things for our country and the safety of ours, and other citizens.  As for the themes of the story, well, I hope they come out for the reader. It’s a mixture of politics, intelligence, treachery, reprisal, and ambition.  I do hope you like the story’s journey and its hugely colourful characters. It’s been some journey!

Well I don’t know what you all thought about my guest post from the author, but I found that very interesting.  Even better I have a lovely giveaway for you and all you need to do is click on the link and you could win a paperback copy of The Failsafe Query* (5 to be won in total) and there is also a spy linkage map (unframed).  This giveaway is open internationally.  Good Luck. 

*Terms and Conditions for the giveaway are below.  


 
About the Author

Michael Jenkins served for twenty-eight years in the British Army, rising through the ranks to complete his service as a major. He served across the globe on numerous military operations as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.

His experiences within the services involved extensive travel and adventure whilst on operations, and also on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that he led or was involved in.

He was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity.

He was awarded the MBE on leaving the armed forces in 2007 for his services to counterterrorism.

The Failsafe Query is Michael’s first novel. He has started work on his second spy thriller, The Kompromat Kill, and hopes to publish it the spring of 2019.


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The Green Viper - Rob Sinclair #BlogTour #Review #Ryker


The Green Viper 

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for The Green Viper by Rob Sinclair.  My thanks go to Emma Welton and Bloodhound Books for my spot on the tour, along with Rob for allowing me to read a copy of his book.


About the Book

I need your help. Call me.

 Ex-intelligence agent James Ryker receives a coded message through a secret drop point, a means of communication known only to him and one other person. The problem is, that person is his ex-boss, Mackie... and he’s already dead.

But the cry for help is real, and it’s a request Ryker can’t refuse.

Travelling to New York alone and without official sanction, Ryker has a single goal in mind, yet even he couldn’t have bargained for the violent world he’s soon embroiled in. Caught in the middle of a spiraling chaos, with the FBI on one side and warring underworld bosses on the other, Ryker must put all of his skills to the test in order to come out on top and keep his word.

In a world full of lies and deceit, loyalty is everything, and it’s time for James Ryker to pay his dues.

Review

Green Viper is the next thrilling instalment in the Ryker series.

This book centres around the return of Ryker following a cry for help note left in one of Ryker’s safe places which only Ryker and Mackie knew about.  Ryker knows is can’t be Mackie as he died so who can it be and what does this person want with Ryker?  Especially as he’s a civilian and no longer with the JIA.

We join Ryker as he travels to New York to help somebody very close to Mackie, someone who Ryker has known since he was  a child, Mackie’s son, Scott Campbell.   We follow Ryker as he goes about sorting out a small problem, who am I kidding, no problem is ever small that Ryker gets involved in!

Ryker becomes embroiled in the complicated world of narcotics and ends up also having to deal with the FBI as well, however in usual Ryker style we can expect him to make friends with one of them to sort the situation out, with lots of twists, turns along with the usual scenes of destruction that he brings to his way of dealing with things. 

This was a great read and I am so pleased Ryker is back.  We all need a bit of Ryker in our lives.     

About the Author

Rob is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy series and James Ryker series of espionage thrillers. His books have sold over half a million copies to date with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob's work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn. 

Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. Rob now writes full time.

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons



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