Showing posts from January, 2022

Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 - day 31

A first for the year but day 31 sees a Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 as the follow up book to yesterdays read, this is book 2 in The Black Petal series and see Dan Thompson bring us The Golden Lyre.  This is an author who is at the top of his game and bringing an adventure you really get into and at the end you simply want more. The Black Petal was just the beginning. Choices need to be made. The Seriburg Wastelands smoulder with ash, destruction, and bodies ... But two bodies stir beneath a phoenix. With all hope of getting home lost, Jack and Blake must learn to get along, to embrace their shared soul. Tricked by an oracle, Jack feels betrayed and embarrassed. Blake doesn't know how he feels. And Lucia is dead. Or is she? When a mysterious bottle reveals a message for Jack, he puts all notion of returning home aside. The Underworld beckons, with its crypts and cells and tortured souls. But if Lucia can be rescued, surely Jack must do all he can? Eliza the gypsy is still inten

Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 - day 30

Day 30 of our Feed My Reads recommended reads for 2022 sees us visiting The Black Petal (book 1 of The Black Petal trilogy) by Dan Thompson.  This is an author who is underrated and deserves to be talked about a lot more and with this book being a recommended read at under £1 on Amazon why would you not check it out? Acclaimed author of  Here Lies Love , Dan Thompson, returns with an epic fantasy being described as  A Game of Thrones for Teens! Come and Enter this magical tale of fantasy and myth, battles and warriors, and meet the host of memorable characters. Jack, a teenager from our present, and Blake, a Victorian assassin, are plucked from their homes and awaken in a new land; a realm of fantasy and myth. Drawn into a war between two rival races, they must each choose allies. Jack wants to get home. Blake wants revenge. An Oracle has persuaded the Amazon Queen that a black petal will summon a powerful god who can grant them victory. A prophecy told long ago tells of a boy from ano

Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 - day 28

Time for another of our Feed My Reads recommended reads of 2022 that the Feed My Reads community has recommended, here is Walking On Thin Ice by Robert Burns, as recommended by Caroline Rebisz. Junior reporter Rachel Drucker, desperate to break a big story, is drawn to the disappearance of five-year-old Julia Brown 20 years earlier. No arrests were ever made, a body was never found, and no new leads have surfaced in over a decade. The trail had gone cold. Not only does the case remain unsolved, but Rachel’s father and the lead investigator in the case, Detective Ted Drucker, died full of remorse unable to find Julia. The case became more than just a job to him; it was an  obsession  that directly led to his death. Rachel becomes haunted by the possibilities of what could have happened to Julia. At the same time, her father has started to appear in her dreams. She has so many questions surrounding why this case remains unsolved. With the help of Ted’s detailed case file and expertise, c

Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 - day 27

Time for Feed My Reads recommended read for 2022 that is from the Feed My Reads community, here is Tell Me You Love Me by Kathleen Stone and as selected by Barbara Avon. 2021 National Indie Excellence Awards Contemporary Fiction winner 2021 Global Ebook Awards silver medal winner 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards bronze medal winner 2021 Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorite What would you sacrifice to protect someone you love? In 1965 April Toulane’s life is turned upside down on her fifth birthday when her mother marries a man she’s known for only two weeks. The life she’d known is forever changed with the addition of a stepfather and a five-year-old stepbrother who terrorizes her on a daily basis. After a family tragedy the young siblings are thrust into the Hollywood spotlight, surrounded by people whose very foundation is based on secrets and lies. Struggling to grow up and find their way in a world where child stars are forever manipulated and exploited, the siblin

Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 - day 26

Day 26 of our Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 and a book I have only just finished but really did love, The Victim by Gillian Jackson.  This book is one I really enjoyed and found to be a great read but have seen criticised for the author not knowing police procedures fully but the book doesn't claim to be a police procedural and so I feel this is an unfair take from people and so recommend this book and going into it with the open mind it deserves. She’s killed her husband—and now she must convince the police that she is not the villain but the victim . . . Caron Rivers appeared to have it all. Lovely home. Loving spouse. Happy marriage. But behind closed doors, things were not what they seemed. Why did Caron snap and kill Bill? Now she finds herself at the police station, facing questions about exactly what happened and what led to the shocking event. With Bill dead, she is free to tell her story. But the police may not believe it, in this gripping novel of emotional and psycho

Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 - day 25

Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 day 25 and one that is different from my normal reads but I genuinely loved it and so I am pleased to recommend Tales from the Greenhills by Terry Melia. During the sizzling hot summer of 1976 in Liverpool, teenager Tommy Dwyer is rapidly approaching adulthood and dealing with the usual coming of age issues: temptation, gang violence, murder and helping to prevent the flooding of the streets with illegal drugs Review: The UK in the 70's was a dark place where there were job losses beginning to happen more frequently, dogs ran the streets freely, children did whatever they liked and society was heading for another change in how things worked, this is the setting for this amazing book which is based around the streets of Liverpool and truly captures the darkness and desperation of the time in the area it is set within. This story is all about surviving the streets as a teen moving into manhood and is really unique in that it doesn't just have one

Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 - day 24

Inherit by Cole Poindexter is our Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 for day 24 as this book shows an author debut of the highest standard. Struggling artist Parker Derrick faces the death of her mother - and the emergence of villainous family members when she's named the sole heir to her aunt's North Arkansas estate. Surrounded by new friends and enemies, Parker must decipher who is really on her help uncover a deadly secret. Review: When a family member who you never knew passes away and leaves a mansion house and a fortune to you it is going to always cause bad feeling in the family but how far would you go to keep what you have been given to inherit? This book is a really well written piece and flows beautifully.  There is a somewhat unusual feel as the home is very much giving a feeling of older grandeur and you feel like the book is set from a number of years ago until you read about a mobile phone being used.  For me this gives the book a feeling of charm and wa

Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 - day 23

For day 23 of our Feed My Reads recommended in 2022 we have an offering from the community, here is Fear and Fury (Adventures of a Villian-Leaning Humanoid #1) by Jamie Jackson, as suggested by Ginnine Josete. Meet Megaera, Meg for short. She’s like Deadpool, except for funner. For a girl with the power of fear the recruitment attempts from both sides are never-ending. A self-described not-a-hero, villain-leaning humanoid, Meg just wants to live her life, work her dead-end job and have everyone else (especially the heroes) leave her alone. But when a bigger fish who can turn superpowers back on their users enters the picture and threatens the person Meg loves the most (herself), she must turn to the last group of people she would admit she needs help from. Forced to team up with the heroes she despises (but won’t murder, because let’s face it, orange is not the new black), Meg will have to face the choices from her past that she won’t get therapy for. Self-centered, snarky, sarcastic a

Book review - The Victim by Gillian Jackson

Book - The Victim Author -  Gillian Jackson Rating - Review: When a young wife calls 999 to report her husband dead and that she stabbed him it seems like a pretty clear case but was it self defence or planned?  As more details emerge about the wife it is clear she was an abused woman but is everything ever really clear cut?  Evidence is at a premium and there are more than 2 sides to the stories being heard but can the police really get to the bottom of this case or will they just have to go with things being unable to be proven and so take it as being as it looks initially? This is the second book I've read by this author and she is a true talent.  This book felt like I knew what was coming at times but then it had another little twist to things whilst never feeling like the author was reaching for something that didn't make sense or fit. This is a great read and one I highly recommend.

Diane Billas interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW When did your love of books begin? My love of books began at a very early age. My mom would take me to storytimes at our local library and I was hooked.  I was the kid that always would check out from the maximum number of books.  When did you start to have the wish to become an author? I started writing and illustrating stories when I was six years old.  I distinctly remember looking in the mirror in sixth grade promising myself that someday I would become a published author.  How have you found the process for becoming an author? It’s harder than I ever imagined. Not only is writing a book difficult but then the querying process and the many rejections is overwhelming. But I’m still determined to one day be a published author! I’m currently querying the second book I’ve ever written while finishing writing the first draft of my third book.  What would you say to those wanting to become an author? If writing is something you truly love, keep going. Some days you aren’

Lothar Birkner interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW A little introduction: My name is Lothar Birkner. I live in Germany and have a very changeable life behind me, in which I did a masters in philosophy, worked as a finance manager, but also worked as a taxi driver. Literature has always been my great passion. I only started writing books myself a few years ago. When did your love of books begin? My love of books began already at primary school. I remember reading Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, first in German, later in English. Later I was enthusiastic about classics such as Goethe or Shakespeare. Even at school I began to write some simple short stories myself. But since I had so many interests – which is perhaps my weakness, but also my strength – I didn`t pursue this further at that time. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? I never decided to become an author. It was a spontaneous idea when I was over 60. Some friends read it and told me, it was a page turner and so I published it. Later I

Robert Walton interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW When did your love of books begin? When I learned to read When did you start to have the wish to become an author? When I started composing. How have you found the process for becoming an author? Difficult but, simple in some areas. What would you say to those wanting to become an author? If I can do it then anybody can do it. Tell us about your book/books: It's my first book of poems, a collection of over a 100 poems about my life experiences, struggles, and observations. What do you love about the writing/reading community? The freedom to write and expressing yourself. If you could say anything to your readers what would it be? Thanks for your support. Where can people connect with you? Facebook (Robert Walton) IG(Robert Walton 9244) Twitter(Robert Walton@48348512)

Your Feed My Reads Blog hits another milestone

Hi everyone and I hope you are all doing well. As this is your Feed My Reads community and your blog I wanted to give you an update on us having hit another major milestone, today your blog hit 30,000 views total since launching at the beginning of October. What have we delivered to the blog to get to this number? So far we have delivered 372 author interviews, 27 blogger interviews, 138 book reviews, 5 short stories, 10 authors interviewing authors, many authors and their book listings, dinner parties, holidays and so much more. This blog is something that we are always working hard to improve and expand and I personally want to take time out to thank all who have featured on the blog so far plus those who are reading our blog and sharing the word about it too.  We are a community of book lovers and each individually may not feel we can achieve much but the fact we are as a community being noticed and getting these kind of numbers is thanks to the fact we are getting known as a great

Teri M Brown interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW When did your love of books begin? I've loved books since I was a small child. One of my earliest memories is my mother reading Over in the Meadow to me in a sing-song voice. I also remember wanting to learn to read. My mom told me that I would learn to read when I started first grade. I was four years old when she caught me under the covers with a flashlight reading a book. I started to cry because I thought I'd be in trouble for knowing how to read before I started school! I loved mysteries as a child and read all the Trixie Beldon books before graduating to Nancy Drew - and I was not above reading a few Hardy Boys mysteries as well! I loved a book called Mrs Piggle Wiggle's Farm and then Are You There God, It's Me Margaret. Then I hit the romance phase followed by the sci-fi phase. Now, I read just about anything I can get my hands on that isn't horror or erotica. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? When I was in elementary s

Judy Campbell-Smith interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW When did your love of books begin? I fell in love with reading as a kid especially after getting my first library card. I loved getting lost in the stacks, but I also would go back to same spot over and over. The library had several different editions of my favorite book, Peter Pan. I checked out every single one because they all had different illustrations and I wanted to see them all. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? Even as a kid I loved writing my own stories. I filled notebooks with little picture books and cartoons. I have always had a dream to write a book and see it published. When my Peter Pan phase ended, I moved into a Little Women phase and wanted to be a writer like Jo.  How have you found the process for becoming an author? It's been very surprising! I may have always wanted to write and publish a book, but I didn't really consider becoming an author, if that makes sense. I have had other jobs and careers, and figured one d

Hermione Laake interview

AUTHOR INTERVIEW                                                   When did your love of books begin? I fell in love with books several times. I think the first time was when I discovered Zene Lion’s Harry the Dirty Dog series, then the very un PC, at the moment, Tintin , because of all the stereotypes; aged 11 when I read Anne of Green Gables , and then aged sixteen when I read my first novels by Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls , and then Agatha Christie’s novels, and again when I read Jane Eyre , and then when Michael Jackson wrote Thriller. What a story. Followed by Heart of Darkness , Wide Sargasso S ea, and Gaudy Night . There were several other close seconds along the way. I am hoping to fall in love again very soon. When did you start to have the wish to become an author? I had the seeds of a wish to become an author around about the age of ten when I went to my first tea party. My friend’s mum was a writer. The house was very q