Doll Face by Dylan H. Jones #BlogBlitz @Bloodhoundbook @tudormanx


Book Description:

Three months after solving his last case, DI Tudor Manx leads a harrowing investigation to catch a killer terrorizing the Isle of Anglesey. 

After the body of the first victim, Sian Conway is found, the suspicion quickly falls on her boss, Kimble McLain, and her volatile ex-husband, Liam Fowler.

The autopsy soon reveals Sian was eighteen weeks pregnant and when the coroner finds a religious text hidden in the victim’s liver, Manx suspects this could be the work of a serial killer.

The case takes a shocking turn when footage of Sian’s murder is discovered.

With a twisted killer on the loose and a rising body count, Manx’s personal life hits rock bottom when an old colleague from his past hits him with a bombshell revelation

Why does Kimble McLain have links to each of the victims? 

And what is the killer’s real motive?

In a race against time to reveal the killer’s identity, Manx will face his toughest case yet.

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My Thoughts:

Doll Face is the second book in the DI Tudor Manx series. I actually felt it read quite easily as a stand alone so definitely not essential to have read Anglesey Blue (the first book) before reading this one.

As with Manx and the rest of the team, it wasn’t long before I was totally flummoxed as to who on earth was behind the murders. The murders are brutal and probably not one for the faint hearted but it had me well and truly hooked and I couldn’t turn those pages fast enough.

There is a certain amount of camaraderie through out the book which I thought worked really well giving some light relief at times from what is mainly a dark and compelling read. Manx is one of those characters that grows on you the more you read about him.

The story is set at a steady pace with relatively short chapters that keep you turning those pages. As with a lot of crime books, as they start to close in on the killer you can feel the tension mounting whilst the pace picks up dramatically. The outcome was extremely satisfactory with some surprises and literally had me on the edge of my seat.

Doll Face is a great addition to the DI Tudor Manx series. With plenty to thrill and excite the reader, this is a book that crime lovers will certainly struggle to put down.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Doll Face is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)


Author Bio:
If you’re looking for Dylan, you’ll more than likely find him at one of his favorite Oakland cafes writing, people watching or chatting with the local characters.


A native Welsh speaker, originally from the Isle of Anglesey, Dylan lives in Oakland, California with his wife Laura, daughter Isabella and their tireless Tibetan Terrier, Chloe.
Even though he didn’t begin writing his debut novel until 2012, Dylan has always steered his career to match his creative passions.
He was a producer at the Welsh TV Channel, S4C before taking on a creative director position at Channel 4, London. 
In 1999, Dylan moved to California where he worked a copywriter in LA, writing movie trailers and TV ads.
His debut novel, Anglesey Blue, shot to the #1 Best Seller spot in Welsh Crime and was long-listed for the Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize’ 2017. 
The follow up, Doll Face, is released by Bloodhound Books in March 2018.


Now, a resident of Oakland for over 12 years, Dylan runs his own video content agency, Jones Digital Media, and pens the best-selling Tudor Manx Mysteries set on the island of Anglesey.

Beneath The Whispers by Jim Ody #BlogTour @Jim_Ody_Author


Book Description:

Genevieve Deboise is too good for Scott Dean. He’s always known that. It isn’t a shock to learn she is cheating on him.
What is a surprise is bumping into his childhood sweetheart in the woods where he’d planned to take solace in his heartbreak and bruised ego.

But running into Mary-Ann Jennings isn’t exactly the fairy tale it might seem.
Instead, his first love needs his help finding a USB stick that has fallen into the wrong hands. Now in the cellar of Genevieve’s new lover, Scotty must confront his feelings for both women in order to retrieve the missing USB stick.
On a quest to confront his past and locate Mary-Ann’s property, he journeys through the whispers that have always surrounded him.

Love will make you do crazy things.
But is it enough to get beneath the whispers?

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My Thoughts:

Beneath The Whispers is a story that will capture the reader fully. For a novella, it is highly entertaining whilst not losing anything I would expect from a full length novel.

Freddie is without a doubt the star of this book. He brings a certain amount of humour to the story which was pleasantly surprising as not what I was expecting but made me enjoy it even more. The camaraderie between Scott and Freddie truly is priceless and I couldn’t get enough of it.

There is an air of mystery swirling around the story. It certainly got more suspenseful as it goes along and I really had no clue how it was all going to end, of which the ending was a definite surprise and certainly one that I was not expecting!

This is a gem of a novella by an author who deserves to be highly acclaimed. It’s one I can see being read and enjoyed in many years to come by new and old fans alike. Beneath The Whispers is a definite must read if you enjoy a compelling story full of mystery and suspense with a very unexpected twist.

My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Beneath The Whispers is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that the link used is an affiliate link)

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Author Bio



Jim was first published in an English School Textbook in 1987. He won a competition to draw a dog-walking machine. Having won an art competition the year before, he felt that at the age of eleven he had peaked and consequently retired from the world of art.


For 10 years Jim wrote for a number of websites reviewing and interviewing bands in his own unique way, as well as contributing dark poems and comedic features.


He writes dark psychological/thrillers that have endings that you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written three novels released through Zombie Cupcake Press and has also contributed to several anthologies. Coming soon is his psychological/mystery ‘Beneath The Whispers’ released by Crazy Ink. He also has short stories appearing in the following anthologies ‘War Paint’, ‘Crazy Fools’, ‘AWOL A.I.’ and ‘The End?’.

Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd.  When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife and three beautiful children in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Cruise with an Adorable Fat Girl by Bernice Bloom #BlogTour @rararesources @Bernice1Bloom #Giveaway


Book Description:

Mary Brown – our full-figured heroine – is off on a cruise. It’s the trip of a lifetime…featuring eat-all-you-can buffets and a trek through Europe with a 96-year-old widower called Frank and a flamboyant Spanish dancer called Juan Pedro in attendance. Then there’s the desperately handsome captain, the appearance of an ex-boyfriend on the ship, the time she’s mistaken for a Hollywood film star in Lisbon and tonnes of clothes shopping all over Europe.

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My Thoughts:

I met and fell in love with Mary in Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl. She is just an absolutely fabulous character and was so good to catch up with her again. You don’t have to have read any of the other books in the series as it easily works well as a stand alone as Mary is in totally new surroundings with all new friends.

One thing you should know about Mary is that nothing ever seems to go to plan. Her life is filled with chaos and hilarious predicaments. Mary is like most of us. She loves her food and finding herself on a cruise with the most delicious foods and all you can eat buffets is just a dream come true. I love how Mary has so much confidence. In fact I envied her. To go on a cruise on her own not knowing anyone. I couldn’t think of anything worse. Mary though takes it in her stride and it isn’t long before she meets a variety of people. My favourites had to be Juan and Frank.

Frank is just the sweetest old man whose life story I was just as eager as Mary to hear. It actually made for some emotional reading and it just fitted into the over all story so perfectly.

Cruise with an Adorable Fat Girl is just THE most heartwarming, funny and emotional read. It’s great to have a more real life heroine for a change who doesn’t have the perfect figure or any hang ups. If you want a realistic, laugh out loud and entertaining read, then you really need to read these fabulous books by Bernice Bloom.

My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Cruise with an Adorable Fat Girl is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)

Author Bio –

Hello, my name is Bernice Bloom and I am a writer (I write light-hearted rom-com style novels and also work as a magazine journalist and advertising copywriter) and jewellery designer. My recent series of novels is called ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ and it features a heavily overweight woman called Mary Brown. She is bright, funny, friendly and bonkers. She’s also fat. The books blend the comedy of her efforts to lose weight with a more serious backstory about what happened to her in the past that had led to the issues that make her prone to over-eating. I’m fascinated that there are so few overweight heroines in literature. Women can be manipulative, evil, even murderers in fiction, but not fat! Certainly not fat and beautiful with loads of friends! Then along came Mary and she’s developed quite a fan base of people who love the fact that the heroine is large. She gets lots of letters and I have ended up taking her on lots of adventures!

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Giveaway – Win a Daisy Bracelet and Earring set created by Bernice Bloom (Open Internationally).

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Watching You by Lynda Renham #GuestPost #Giveaway @Lyndarenham

I am delighted to be joined by Lynda Renham on my blog this evening. Find out more about her new novel, how she will be spending her time in the run up to publication day, oh and she is running a fab giveaway!


Book Description:

Ewan Galbreith is just out prison.

Libby Owen is scared.

Fifteen years earlier she saw Ewan murder her aunt and uncle with their own shotgun and now he’s coming for her.

Can she outwit him?

Watching You. An edge of the seat thriller with a stunning twist.

Now how good does that sound? So without further ado, over to you Lynda.

I’m delighted to be featured on Sarah’s blog to talk about new novel which is released on the 4th April but is available to pre order at 99p for a limited time.


I kind of disappeared off the social media scene for a while to concentrate on writing and I’m thrilled to announce that I also have another book coming out in a few months’ time. This will be a romantic comedy, definitely one with a difference. I loved writing it.

My latest psychological thriller ‘Watching You’ is a novel that I hadn’t intended to write at all. I was in the middle of the romantic comedy when the idea for ‘Watching You’ suddenly came to me one night in bed just as I was falling asleep. Me being me, I was far too lazy to get up and make notes and just hoped it would all still be there in the morning. Lucky me! It was.

So, I started writing that too. For several weeks I was writing both and then suddenly ‘Watching Me’ took over.

So, as publication day looms, what will I be doing? Biting my nails and eating lots of chocolate, I imagine. I will be that nervous. It seems like so long since I brought out a book. It isn’t really but it always feels like that.

To celebrate the release of ‘WATCHING YOU’ I’m having a giveaway of a signed copy of ‘FIFTY SHADES OF ROXIE BROWN’ and a signed copy of ‘CROISSANTS AND JAM’ plus an e copy of ‘WATCHING YOU’ to enter the giveaway simply follow me on my author page and post the comment ‘Looking forward to reading WATCHING YOU’.  I will then know to add you to the giveaway. I will randomly select the winner on the 4th April and announce on my author page. The giveaway is open to UK readers only.

I do so hope you enjoy this book. Please join me on my Facebook author page for more details of coming books. You can also connect with me on Twitter and of course follow my blog. Links below.

Happy reading

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Noir At Harrogate Library @nycclibraries @ImaginedThings @Bloodhoundbook @HarrogateTeaRms

So on Saturday the 10th of March 2018, I experienced my first time ever being a compere. I have to thank the wonderful Malcolm Hollingdrake for asking me as was a fantastic experience and thoroughly enjoyed myself. 


Noir at Harrogate Library was a fantastic event where seven very talented authors came and read from their books, talked about their road to being published, as well as answering questions from the audience. Sadly KA Richardson was unable to attend but the lovely Leigh Russell kindly stepped in. We also held a raffle where several lucky readers walked away with some great goodies.

Obviously all this was possible thanks firstly to the master mind behind it all, Malcolm Hollingdrake, as well as a huge thanks to Harrogate Library for allowing it to be held on the premises as well as the wonderful refreshments. The event was very kindly supported by Bloodhound Books  Imagined Things Book Shop and Harrogate Tea Rooms. A big thanks has to go to all the authors who gave up time in their busy schedules and did this event for free and kept us entertained with their wonderful readings as well as learning more about themselves and their wonderful books. So thank you Malcolm Hollingdrake, Danielle Ramsay, Leigh Russell, Eileen Wharton, Rob Ashman, Alan Wright and Liz Mistry it was greatly appreciated.

A big thanks to everyone who attended the event. It was great to see so many people of which some had travelled from as far as Scotland to see their favourite authors! It was also lovely to see such great feed back and to know how much everyone had enjoyed it. 

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Never been to a book reading before, will certainly come again. Thought all of the authors spoke well and were very interesting. I think you should have charged more.

Very interesting people! And a well-managed event

Splendid insight into the authors journeys to publication. I’ve made a juicy reading list! Thank you

Enjoyable. Lovely to see the faces and hear the voices behind the books.

Thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon – thank you for arranging and also thanks for price of ticket.

Excellent afternoon out. Some of my favourite authors.

Not having heard of any of the authors, I will definitely be reading their books.

The authors were very well prepared and all gave a good account of their backgrounds and introduction to writing.

Thoroughly enjoyed this. What a pleasure to hear both readings and personal journeys.

Very well organised and most enjoyable. Thank you

Very enjoyable. Good to hear of authors you may like to read instead of just going through the book shelves, and meeting the authors themselves.

Below is a slide show of some of the pictures that were taken.

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If you have never been to this sort of event before, I highly recommend coming to one. It is a great way to find new authors as well as get to know better, or meet in person, some of your favourites. There is a chance at the end to purchase any books as well as getting to chat with the authors. Hope to see you at another event soon.

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton #BlogTour @KJHAuthor @Wildfirebks


Book Description:

Juliette loves Nate.
She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight
attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.
The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing.
Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend.
And she’ll make sure no one stops her from
getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

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My Thoughts:

As soon as I read the description for this book I knew I had to read it. It just sounded right up my street and I wasn’t wrong.

Juliette is extremely determined to get her ex back whether he likes it or not. She is very meticulous in her planning and spends months of getting her action of attack sorted. You have to give her ten out of ten for determination. In a way I felt quite sorry for her as we have all been there and had our heart broken and events from her past have certainly had an affect on the person she is today. Thankfully most of us get over it and move on with our lives.

To a certain extent I felt sorry for Nate as well as another male character in the book but then to be honest, some times I actually relished in seeing them squirm as a lot of it they bring upon themselves. Men certainly are not portrayed in the greatest of lights in this book and I think it will have everyone wishing they had a little bit more of Juliette in them.

The Perfect Girlfriend is an absolute page turner of a read. I really could not get enough. Getting into Juliette’s head was dark and disturbing yet a wonderful place to be. It’s actually hard to believe this is the authors debut as it is just so skilfully written and determines that the reader wants to stick around to see whether Juliette gets her man or not. Readers will certainly not be disappointed.

My thanks to Anne Cater and the publisher for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

The Perfect Girlfriend is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that the link used is an affiliate link)

Karen Hamilton

Author Bio:

Karen Hamilton spent her childhood in Angola, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy,
and developed a love of travel through moving around so much. This led her to
a career as a flight attendant, and it was in the air that she thought of the idea
for her debut thirller THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND, which aims to explore not
only obsession, but also the true faces behind those who go to work in uniform.
Karen is a recent graduate of the Faber Academy, and has now put down roots
in Hampshire to raise her young family with her husband.

A Cold Retreat by Jim Ody #BlogTour @Jim_Ody_Author


Book Description:

As a child, Penny dreams of being a princess. She knows life isn’t exactly like fairytales, but she hopes it can be similar.
The future isn’t so kind to Penny. The princes in her reality turn out to be evil. Battered and bruised she hits rock bottom.

Years have passed but the past cannot be forgotten. Now someone is intent on making the men pay for what they have done.

This is a chilling tale of revenge that explores the impact of not being able to say no.

My Thoughts:

A Cold Retreat has quite a cast of characters. Throughout, the chapters swap between the different characters but it is done in a way that was easy to keep up with and I didn’t feel lost in getting to know the different people.

The nature of the book makes it quite a dark one. In parts it was quite emotional to read of some of the characters experiences. In a way I could totally relate to Penny. We are fed fairy tales from such a young age that sometimes it just does not prepare us for the cruelty that exists out there.

With the story also flicking between past and present, you get to know events for the characters past that have made them who they are today. In some cases it is quite pitiful and I had a lot of empathy for certain characters.

A Cold Retreat takes us on a dark journey of which I hope will make some think more about the effects of their actions and have more consideration for others. The story is shrouded with suspense as to what the out come is going to be and boy what an outcome! No way could I have ever envisioned how things would turn out in the end and boy did it get the adrenaline pumping. The author certainly knows how to end his books on a high.

My thanks to the author for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

A Cold Retreat is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that the link used is an affiliate link)