Top Ten Tuesday

Five-Star Predictions From My Unread Shelf

This is my first post since I have followed Top Ten Tuesday, but today’s topic, Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads, caught my eye. As I participate in The Unread Shelf Project 2020, I find myself thinking a lot about the books on my physical to-read shelf and trying to figure out which ones will be worth reading.  The books I have included on this list all seem likely to be favorites for me – I hope I’ve guessed right!

Have you read any of these? Did you give any a 5 star?

What is one book you think is going to be a 5 star?

Tell me below, or drop your own TTT link!

Bella R.M Francis Cover Reveal

 

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I’m so please to announce a cover reveal for Bella By R.M.Francis 

Blurb
A spectre has haunted Netherton for generations.

Everyone has a theory, no one has an answer.

The woods that frame the housing estate uncover a series of heinous acts, drawing onlookers into a space of clandestine, queer sexuality: a liminal space of abject and uncanny experience.

 

A question echoes in the odd borderlands of being, of fear-fascination, attraction-repulsion, of sex and death…

 

Who put Bella down the Wych-Elm?

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R. M. Francis is a writer from Dudley. He completed his PhD at the University of Wolverhampton for a project titled Queering the Black Country and graduated from Teesside University for his Creative Writing MA.

 

He’s the author of four poetry chapbooks, Transitions (The Black Light Engine Room Press, 2015), Orpheus (Lapwing Publications, 2016), Corvus’ Burnt-Wing Love Balm and Cure-All (The Black Light Engine Room Press, 2018) and Lamella, (Original Plus, 2019).

 

Follow Rob on Twitter @rmfrancis

@Wildpressed

@LoveBooksTours

@rmfrancis

 

Hiding in Plain Sight By: Eoghan Egan #IrishCrime #Fiction

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HIPS JPEG (1) (1)A vicious serial killer roams the Irish Midlands… with his sights set on the next victim. A successful businessman has found the perfect recipe for getting away with murder. No bodies, no evidence.No evidence, no suspect.High art and low morals collide when graduate Sharona Waters discovers a multi-million euro art scam in play. She delves in, unwittingly putting herself on a direct trajectory with danger as the killer accelerates his murder spree. When Sharona gets drawn into the killer’s orbit, she peels away his public persona and exposes the psychopath underneath. Suddenly, the small town has no hiding place…

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/2QGm9oD

 Connect with Eoghan Egan

Twitter handle: @eoghanegan

 www.eoghanegan.com

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Eoghan Egan

A native of Co. Roscommon, Eoghan studied Computer Programming in college, works in Sales Management & Marketing, but his passion for reading and writing remains.

Eoghan’s work got shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Short Story Prize, and Listowel’s 2019 Bryan McMahon Short Story Award Competition. His novel was a contender in literary agent David Headley’s opening chapter Pitch Competition, and during March 2019, Eoghan’s entry won Litopia’s Pop-Up Submission.

A graduate of Maynooth University’s Creative Writing Curriculum, and Curtis Brown’s Edit & Pitch Your Novel Course, Eoghan’s novel Hiding in Plain Sight – the first in a crime fiction trilogy based around the Irish Midlands – will be available in paperback and audio on January 11th 2020.

My Review

 This is the first book that I have read by this author.

I enjoyed this psychological thriller and the different storylines throughout book.  I read it in about two days.  I loved how the author and several storylines and how they seemed to relate to the others.  I loved his style of writing.  I will be looking to see if he has any others.

I would like to thank – @eoghanegan and  @LoveBooksTours, https://lovebooksgroup.com/ and the publishers for the ARC of this for my hones review.

 

Weekly Wrap-Up

01/26/2020

This week has been quiet not much reading. I’m feeling exhausted after coming down with the flu.  I am slowing in back into the swing of things.

Thanks to everyone who has followed and commented on my posts recently – I’m sorry that I haven’t managed to reply.

I have finished The Fathers, The Sons and The Anxious Ghost Blog tour, and The Longest Farewell by Nula Suchel this past week.. Not My usual amount of books this week.  I hope that next week will be better.

TV wise this week I’ve been really enjoying Ozark on Netflix.  It’s about money laundering.

It’s been a slow week on the blog this week as I’ve only posted a few times.  I hope to blog more next week.  I am planning and scheduling some new post next week.  I am also looking into remapping my blog, maybe a fresh look.

How has your week been? I hope you’ve had a lovely week and had time to do some reading. If you’ve shared a wrap-up post please feel free to leave your link before and I’ll make sure to visit your post.

Thanks for stopping by.

The Longest Farewell Blog Tour

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When Nula’s husband James, a British documentary filmmaker, becomes forgetful they put it down to the stress of his work. But his behavior becomes more erratic and inexplicable, and he is eventually diagnosed as suffering from Picks Disease, an early onset and aggressive form of dementia. Suddenly their lives change from comfortable middle-class creatives through inexplicable behaviour, the shock of diagnosis, coping with the ongoing illness, not coping with the illness, to the indignities of care home life. <br<br> The Longest Farewell is a moving description of James utter mental and physical deterioration, and the effect that it had both on him and on the people from whom he was involuntarily retreating, particularly Nula. Her life is completely taken over by James illness: her frustration at trying to cope, her guilt at having to hand over his care to professionals in England, are just part of her at times harrowing story.

With James in care and left with seemingly little to do but wait for his death, Nula meets Bonnie, another resident at the care home suffering from the same condition. In turn she meets Bonnie’s husband, the broadcaster John Suchet and the similarity of their positions becomes a bond between them. After the deaths of James and Bonnie, and some guilt-induced false starts, Nula’s story takes a bitter-sweet turn: they become partners, and eventually marry. The Longest Farewell is a heartfelt yet inspiring account of dealing with dementia, and of unexpectedly finding a happy ending.

Buy Link 

https://amzn.to/39ME7gC

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Nula Suchet was born in Ireland, part of a large family. After a difficult early life she became an interior designer who worked internationally in the UK, Europe and the US. Now retired, she lives in London with her husband, the broadcaster John Suchet, who she met in the care home where their spouses were being cared for with dementia. Her book, The Longest Farewell, on dealing with her husband’s dementia and the heartbreak that came with it is available now.

My Review:

This is my second time of reading a book that dealt with this disease.  It is sad to read and learn that there really isn’t much a love one can do except just to be there for their loved one.  I am not sure how I would handle this, or even if I could do all that she did for her husband before she had to get outside help.

There were times that this book had me in tears.  I am glad that Nula met another person going through the same as her and that they became friends and eventually finding happiness again in her life.  This was a great book.  Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours https://lovebooksgroup.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the book. This is my honest review.

 

The Fathers, The Sons and the Anxious Ghost Blog Tour

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Blurb

82c7958e-da93-47a8-be3f-228a4be47f5aThree guys in their thirties have something in common. Their children all go to the same school. One day a tragic event leads to them having to deal with a lurking aftermath which draws them into each other’s lives and causes them to rethink their attitudes to just about everything.

The children tell the second part of this story, ten years after the initial events. The dust seems to have settled until one of them uncovers information that throws everything back into chaos.

The third part… well that will have to wait.

Buy Link 

https://amzn.to/2QwTFh9

 

About the Author

Jamie is a teacher who has studied a geography degree back in the nineties because of his love of nature and the outdoors. He found environmental education especially important and soon became a teacher for the primary-age group. Jamie enjoys reading and watching all kinds of theatre productions, from high dramas to lively musicals. His love of writing shines through in everything he does.

After writing a group of short stories linked to romance, which he published as ‘Short Dates’ independently, he decided to write a novella centred around topical issues such as mental health, parenting and relationships.

My twitter is: jamieadstories and my insta is: jamielovestories

Thank you to Lovebooktours, the publishers and the author for the invitation to the tour and for my ARC copy of the book for my honest review.

My Review

If you are after a quick and short story book then check out The Fathers, The Sons, and the Anxious Ghost.  It has just the right blend of plotline and drama to make it a great book.  It touches on themes of friendships, forgiveness and mental health.  This book is a lovely little short story and it is told from the perspective of six connected men.

It was a very interesting and kept my interest throughout the book.

 

 

Happy Thursday

Hello Hello book lovers and welcome back to my little corner.  I hope that everyone is having a great day.  Its cloudy and raining here today in the Sunshine state, which we need and its way better than the cold weather we were having.  And now on to my review of ……..

SAY YOU LOVE ME (Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Book 4)

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Former FBI-profiler Eva Rae Thomas is back and embedded in a true nightmare reaching deep into her own family.

What would you do if your brother was accused of a horrible crime, and you were certain he didn’t do it?

Life is not done throwing Eva Rae Thomas curveballs.

A phone call turns her life upside down – once again. The call is from her father, the man she hasn’t seen in thirty-six years, not since he kidnapped her sister in a supermarket.

Now, he is back in Florida, and he needs her help. Her younger brother – who she didn’t know existed – has been arrested on Amelia Island. The boy is in a coma after being shot by an officer during the incident. But his father doesn’t believe the police, and he asks for Eva Rae’s help to prove it.

At the same time, a serial killer is planning one of the most horrific mass killings in history.

Will Eva Rae find it in her heart to help her father after what he did to her? Will facing him again set her free or pull her under?

SAY YOU LOVE ME is the fourth book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series and can be read as a standalone.

  • File Size:6355 KB
  • Print Length:418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN:1080962824
  • Publisher:BUOY MEDIA; 1 edition (September 30, 2019)
  • Publication Date:September 30, 2019

You can purchase it HERE

You can follow Rose on Social Media:

http://www.facebook.com/willowredrose

https://twitter.com/madamwillowrose

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4804769.Willow_Rose

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/willow-rose

My Thoughts:

Wow Wow and wow, I am loving this series and her books.

Another Willow Rose thriller in the Eva Rae Thomas series. Eva Rae is now ex FBI. Her brother, who she did not know she had, was shot while holding an assault rifle in the school cafeteria. Her father says Adam would never shoot anyone. A number of missing and dead as Eve fights against local law enforcement. The local police do not see the total picture. This is a thriller and a page turner.

I am really loving this series, but I only have one left to read.  But thank goodness she has others.  So On to the last of this series Let Me Go. 

 Thanks for stopping by and happy reading everyone!!

Until next time

 

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Happy WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Anyone can participate by answering the three questions below and then posting a link to your post from your blog on Sam’s website, or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

The three questions (Ws) are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

51coYyBn6xL._SY346_I am currently 50% through The Bond Woman. By: Janice Dembosky It’s good so far! The quality of prose is stunning and I am quite enjoying the premise as it unfurls. Growing Up in Pennsylvania makes this book more interesting. A little about the book.  When, at age fifteen, Hannah Miller goes to work “on the Outside” of her Old Order Amish community in Pennsylvania, she promises her parents that she will not be tempted by the fancy lifestyle of “der Englischer.” Two years later, she has kept that promise, but she is now admitting to herself that it is not the English lifestyle that draws her. It is her love for her employer, Abram Goodman.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

51Vx9gLoUXLSay You Love Me is a series of books by Rose Willow.  This is the fourth book in the series.  Former FBI-profiler Eva Rae Thomas is back and embedded in a true nightmare reaching deep into her own family.

 What would you do if your brother was accused of a horrible crime, and you were certain he didn’t do it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Final TrailThe Final Trail By: AA Abbott is 5 and final book in this series.  A little about the book.. Family feuds just got bloodier… A gripping thriller, and a great story of death, revenge and vodka.
To save glamorous Kat White’s life, Ben Halloran killed his gangster father. Now his brother wants to even the score.

The gripping Trail series of British crime thrillers reaches its dramatic conclusion in this compelling page-turner.

 

 

 

 

 

51mqKgOAwTLLet Me Go By: Rose Willow is the fifth book in this series.  I am looking forward in starting this and will be looking into her other books.  I have really enjoyed her books.

NEW RELEASE from multi-million-copy best-selling Author Willow Rose.

What if a stranger told you that she believed your child is about to be killed? What if that woman was an ex-FBI profiler with a disputable reputation?

Would you believe her?

Eva Rae Thomas is chasing down a vicious killer, but no one will believe he even exists. If there are no unexplained dead bodies or missing persons, then how can there be a killer on the loose?

What they don’t understand is that the perfect murder is the one that doesn’t look like murder.

Can Eva Rae convince local law enforcement to help her with this case before the killer strikes once more? Or will she have to take matters into her own hands – again?

LET ME GO is the fifth book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series and can be read as a standalone.  

Thanks for reading this week’s WWW on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? Have you also done a WWW on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

BOOK REVIEWS, CRIME THRILLER, FAMILY DRAMA

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The Final TrailThe Final Trail By:  A. A. Abbott Book Review

Blurb

Family feuds just got bloodier… A gripping thriller, and a great story of death, revenge and vodka.
To save glamorous Kat White’s life, Ben Halloran killed his gangster father. Now his brother wants to even the score.

The gripping Trail series of British crime thrillers reaches its dramatic conclusion in this compelling page-turner.

Buy Link 

https://amzn.to/2BJmoHg

 

About AA Abbott

Who doesn’t love a cracking crime story, full of twists?

I’m British crime thriller writer A.A. Abbott – known to friends as Helen – and I believe a good read is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

I write fast-paced suspense thrillers set in the British cities of London and Birmingham.

I would like to thank https://lovebooksgroup.com/, the publisher and author for an ARC copy of this book.

Twitter handles

@AAAbbottStories

@LoveBooksTours

My Review

This is the first book that I have read by this author and its #5 in the series, but I found it easy to read as a stand-alone, although you do miss out a little on the back story; but I didn’t have a problem catching up with getting to know the characters, I felt it was easy to catch up, I will be looking into ready the first one at least.  There are several main characters in this book, I loved how they were all used in this book.

Set in Birmingham.

Kat is the creator of Starshine Vodka and is in a business partnership with Marty, a shrewd businessman.

 Erik is Kat’s brother and is researching a cancer cure, he is also in a business partnership with Marty.

 Ben, who had shot and killed his gangster father, who had been planning on killing Kat, is in love with Amy, Eric’s girlfriend. Ben’s brother, Jon, wants revenge for his father’s death, but he’s in prison….!

 The story is a family drama, with plenty of action. There’s family betrayals, lies, love, politics and corporate dealings all set against the background of Vodka production. A fast paced, twisty, gripping and thoroughly entertaining read.  And who doesn’t have family drama in their family.  I can honestly say there is some in my family.

I loved the authors’ style of writing, and I will be looking for more from this author.

Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours https://lovebooksgroup.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and a free copy of the book. This is my honest review.

It’s Monday

I hope that everyone had a great weekend and had time to read.

Its Monday what are you reading? A place to meet up and show what you have been reading over the week.

It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.  So I thought I would try it and see if I could keep up with it and share what I am reading and planning on reading.

What I read last week: 

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Past events cast shadows you can’t outrun. Wayne and Phil knew that better than anyone, after Stevie died, way back when they were children. A pebble dropped in a pool. Ripples spreading outwards. Who knew where they would end?

Buy Link – https://amzn.to/2Mgg2EM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blurb

No one wants to think about getting older. It’s true. At any age, when things are moving along normally day to day and everyone seems fit and well, there seems no reason to think about future problems that your friends and relatives might (and probably will) come across as they age. In fact, it might even seem a little morbid to think such thoughts, or possibly even tempting fate?

Yet there will come a time when you must raise these issues and, ideally, this should be before any problems arise. The Essential Family Guide to Caring for Older People is the ultimate source of information and help for families with care responsibilities. Deborah Stone draws on her extensive experience working in elder care to offer practical advice on every aspect of the field in-depth.

Buy Link 

https://amzn.to/2Nf4PEk

What I am reading now: 

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Former FBI-profiler Eva Rae Thomas is back and embedded in a true nightmare reaching deep into her own family.

What would you do if your brother was accused of a horrible crime, and you were certain he didn’t do it?

Life is not done throwing Eva Rae Thomas curveballs.

A phone call turns her life upside down – once again. The call is from her father, the man she hasn’t seen in thirty-six years, not since he kidnapped her sister in a supermarket.

Now, he is back in Florida, and he needs her help. Her younger brother – who she didn’t know existed – has been arrested on Amelia Island. The boy is in a coma after being shot by an officer during the incident. But his father doesn’t believe the police, and he asks for Eva Rae’s help to prove it.

At the same time, a serial killer is planning one of the most horrific mass killings in history.

Will Eva Rae find it in her heart to help her father after what he did to her? Will facing him again set her free or pull her under?

SAY YOU LOVE ME is the fourth book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series and can be read as a standalone.

You can purchase it HERE

Up next: 

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When, at age fifteen, Hannah Miller goes to work “on the Outside” of her Old Order Amish community in Pennsylvania, she promises her parents that she will not be tempted by the fancy lifestyle of “der Englischer.” Two years later, she has kept that promise, but she is now admitting to herself that it is not the English lifestyle that draws her. It is her love for her employer, Abram Goodman.

Though she holds her love for Goodman as a secret in her heart, Hannah’s fantasy world collapses when Goodman takes a wife. Hannah seeks a way to pay him back for the imagined infidelity of which she accuses him. Her actions set forth a ripple effect that touches not just Abram and his wife but Hannah’s family and others in her Amish community.

The Bond Woman is not the typical “Amish novel,” in that it does not present the Amish in a pristine, idyllic lifestyle where the greatest transgressions might be coveting a piece of lace or loving music from “the Outside.” Nor is this is this a predictable love story; rather, it is a complex psychological drama that deals with Hannah’s dual conversion — both inward and outward. Like an irresistible light, the story line of The Bond Woman draws Hannah and the reader in unpredictable directions.

You Can Purchase Here