#BlogTour: The Beltane Choice by Nancy Jardine @nansjar @OcelotPress @rararesources #TheBeltaneChoice

Book Synopsis:

The Beltane Choice “…combines a very human and personal story with a very believable vision of Late Iron Age society in Northern Britain.”

AD 71 Northern Roman Britain
Lorcan of the Brigantes knows that unity of the northern tribes is essential when the Ancient Roman legions advance northwards to Brigantia. Yet, everything comes at a price. Using his captive, Nara, as a political bargain with the Selgovae comes with impossible stipulations. Battle at Whorl – Iron Age tribes against the Romans – is inevitable.

Will Nara have her Beltane choice?

The adventures of the Garrigill Clan begin…

The Beltane Choice is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started this book but it definitely wasn’t what I found between it’s pages! This was a fantastic historical novel with a wonderfully engaging romance at its centre.

The story is set in Roman Britain which is a period I always enjoy, especially as it’s so broad a subject. I hadn’t read much about when the Romans threatened the Celtic culture so found learning more about this very interesting. The author has obviously done a lot of research and I enjoyed the in-depth details that the author includes as it helped to set the scene vividly in my mind.

The two main characters in this book are wonderfully evoked and I enjoyed reading about their progression throughout the book. Nara starts off as a fierce warrior who would rather die than submit to the enemy, however by the end she has become a much softer, emotional person which was great to see. Lorcan also changes a lot going from a horny warrior to a man conflicted by demands of love and honour that are expected by his tribe.

This book starts of fairly slow but a twist early on helped to keep my attention and the book soon picked up pace as the story continues. I so enjoyed watching the story develop and felt sad when the book ended.

Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Nancy Jardine writes contemporary mysteries; historical adventure fiction and time travel historical adventure. She regularly looks after her grandchildren so her garden can sometimes look quite creative. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Scottish Association of Writers, the Federation of Writers Scotland and the Historical Novel Society. She’s published by Crooked Cat Books and has delved into self publishing.

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#BlogTour: My Name Is Eva by Suzanne Gold ring @SuzanneGoldring @bookouture @sarahhardy681 #MyNameIsEva

Book Synopsis:

You can pay a terrible price for keeping a promise…

Evelyn Taylor-Clarke sits in her chair at Forest Lawns Care Home in the heart of the English countryside, surrounded by residents with minds not as sharp as hers. It would be easy to dismiss Evelyn as a muddled old woman, but her lipstick is applied perfectly, and her buttons done up correctly. Because Evelyn is a woman with secrets and Evelyn remembers everything. She can never forget the promise she made to the love of her life, to discover the truth about the mission that led to his death, no matter what it cost her…

When Evelyn’s niece Pat opens an old biscuit tin to find a photo of a small girl with a red ball entitled ‘Liese, 1951’ and a passport in another name, she has some questions for her aunt. And Evelyn is transported back to a place in Germany known as ‘The Forbidden Village,’ where a woman who called herself Eva went where no one else dared, amongst shivering prisoners, to find the man who gambled with her husband’s life…

A gripping, haunting and compelling read about love, courage and betrayal set in the war-battered landscape of Germany. Fans of The Letter, The Alice Network and The Nightingale will be hooked.

My Name Is Eva is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase a copy of both using the link below.

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this compelling dual time line novel about a part of the second world war I didn’t know much about.

Firstly I loved the brilliant main character Eva who is a clever, brave and intelligent woman. The author does a great job of letting this characters personality shine from the page. I really enjoyed the fabulous descriptions of her trying to deceive everyone at the retirement home and of her life during the war. I’d never heard of The Forbidden Village before so enjoyed learning more about it.

The bravery shown by ordinary people during the war is always incredible to read about and the fact that this book is based on the author’s family history adds weight to the story, making it more gripping to read about. I enjoyed following Eva on her high risk mission which made the book very difficult to put down.

I’ve read most of this author’s books and always find them to be fantastic, atmospheric reads. I am really looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Bookouture for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

About The Author:

Following an eventful career as a public relations consultant, specialising in business and travel, Suzanne Goldring turned to writing the kind of novels she likes to read, about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Two of her novels have been placed in the Winchester Writers’ Conference First Three Pages of a Novel competition. Her novel The Way We Lied, can be read as a serial on her blog site, suzannegoldring.wordpress.com. She is currently working on a novel about delusion,deception and death, set in Corfu.

Suzanne drew on her experiences of living in a timbered 14th century house, where she raised two daughters and a variety of livestock, to write Powerless. All her other novels are pure fiction and any resemblance to any persons living or dead is purely coincidental.

#BlogTour: Degrees Of Guilt by HS Chandler @HSCinkpen @Tr4cyF3nt0n @TrapezeBooks #DegreesOfGuilt #5stars #mustread

Book Synopsis:

When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale.

Maria is on trial for attempted murder.

She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.

Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.

She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.

You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.

You will be wrong.

A gripping, sexy and twisty novel for readers who devoured ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL, APPLE TREE YARD and HE SAID/SHE SAID.

Degrees Of Guilt is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

I thought this was a fast paced, gripping book that was a fantastic read!

The reader is pulled into the story from the start with an intriguing introduction to Maria and the crime she has just committed. From this opening the reader soon ascertains that this case will not be straight forward and there is more to it than meets the eye.

The story is told in alternate chapters from the point of view of Maria and Lottie who is serving on the jury. This means the reader is able to see both sides of the case and therefore draw their own theories which I always enjoy. Despite the circumstances in which we meet her I actually warmed to both women quite quickly and found myself sympathising with them. On the surface the two woman seem quite similar and it was interesting to find out more about them as the book develops.

This is the first book I’ve read which describes a court case in so much detail which I found quite fascinating. The reader is is taken through the case exactly as it would develop in a court case which made me feel like I was there watching everything unfold. As well as being able to assess all the evidence alongside the jury, we are also given an insight into Maria’s thoughts and feelings which was fabulously done. I found myself constantly changing my mind about what had happened and my opinion on the case throughout the book which I always really enjoy. I found this book quite hard to put down because of this as I really wanted to find out what had really been going on.

Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Trapeze for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

About The Author:

HS Chandler is the pen name of Helen Fields. AS HS Chandler I write psychological thrillers and legal thrillers. With a background as a criminal and family law barrister, I now run a media company and write the Callanach crime series.

#BlogTour: The Shadow On The Lens by Sam Hurcom @SamHurcom @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #AShadowOnTheLens

Book Synopsis:

The Postmaster looked over my shoulder. As I turned to look I saw a flicker of movement from across the street. I felt unseen eyes peer at me.
He walked away without another word. I watched as he climbed onto his bicycle and sped away down the street. I turned back and looked over my shoulder.
Someone had been watching us.

1904. Thomas Bexley, one of the first forensic photographers, is called to the sleepy and remote Welsh village of Dinas Powys, several miles down the coast from the thriving port of Cardiff. A young girl by the name of Betsan Tilny has been found murdered in the woodland – her body bound and horribly burnt. But the crime scene appears to have been staged, and worse still: the locals are reluctant to help.

As the strange case unfolds, Thomas senses a growing presence watching him, and try as he may, the villagers seem intent on keeping their secret. Then one night, in the grip of a fever, he develops the photographic plates from the crime scene in a makeshift darkroom in the cellar of his lodgings. There, he finds a face dimly visible in the photographs; a face hovering around the body of the dead girl – the face of Betsan Tilny.

A Shadow On The Lens is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

A Shadow On The Lens is a creepy, atmospheric and supernatural thriller that I really enjoyed. It’s the type of book that would be great to curl up with on a cold winters night, though might make you jump at every noise you hear!

The author does a great job describing the village in this book so it was easy to imagine what it was like living there. The small village mentality with its fear of strangers and anything new helped add to the unease I felt whilst reading. Every character there seems to have a motive for the murder and this, along with the creepy village description, adds to the tension in the book. It also ensured that I had no idea who the murder was so I enjoyed trying to work it out alongside Thomas.

This book starts off fairly slow but soon picks up pace so do stay with it. I enjoyed learning more about forensic photography and the equipment involved as well as finding out more about what life would have been like in 1904. It is a supernatural read so is quite scary in places, though I felt the historical elements of the book balanced it up nicely.

This unbelievably is the author’s debut novel and I’m excited to read more from him in the future.

Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Orion for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

About The Author:

Sam Hurcom was born in Dinas Powys, South Wales in 1991. He studied Philosophy at Cardiff University, attaining both an undergraduate and master’s degree. He has since had several short stories published, and has written and illustrated a number of children’s books. Sam currently lives in the village he was raised in, close to the woodlands that have always inspired his writing.
A SHADOW ON THE LENS is Sam’s debut novel.

#BlogTour #Extract: Appetite For Risk by Jack Leavers @jackleavers @damppebbles @BookGuild #AppetiteForRisk

Book Synopsis:

With Saddam Hussein deposed and an entire country in need of rebuilding, former Royal Marine John Pierce hears the siren call of adventure and opportunity. His fledgling UK business is struggling to support his young family and he has connections in the Iraqi capital – fate seems to point one way.

In early 2004, Pierce rolls the dice when he jumps into a taxi in Jordan and heads for the turmoil of postwar Baghdad to grab a share of the reconstruction gold rush. But when Iraq spirals into the hell of a full-blown insurgency, he must rely on his wits and his local friends if he’s to evade the rampant bloodshed.

As the action rolls across the blood-stained Iraqi landscape and embraces London’s seedy underbelly, Pierce tangles with the authorities at home and finds himself thrust into the heart of British and American covert operations against Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Having set out with little more than ambitious goals and an appetite for risk, can a determined ex-bootneck survive the mounting chaos unscathed and succeed in hitting the jackpot?

Appetite For Risk is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

Extract:


The opening scene from Chapter 1 is based on a similar incident that happened to me in identical circumstances. Soon after the events of that day, I vowed that it would be the opening scene if I ever tried to write a novel.

Chapter 1
Basra, Iraq – November 2004

‘Alpha Victor Two-One-Alpha: static vehicle right, six hundred metres, over.’
‘Two-One-Bravo: roger static vehicle right, out.’
I peered over the driver’s shoulder and spotted the car ahead through the heat shimmer rising from the tarmac. It sat alone at the agreed location: parked on the verge along a stretch of empty desert road between two shallow berms.
Our Land Rover approached with caution and rolled to a halt ten metres short of a black BMW saloon; the vehicle description and plate number matched my notes. The Two-One-Bravo Land Rover stopped twenty metres behind us and three soldiers emerged to scan the car and surrounding area through the magnified sights on their SA80 rifles.
We’d left the sanctuary of the large military base at Basra Airport a few minutes earlier, nipping out just before an inbound armoured patrol would have delayed our exit. This spot was out of sight from the base, but still close enough to sense an invisible cloak of protection from the resident British forces. Apart from the black car there were no other signs of life, and only the rhythmic rattle of the Land Rovers’ diesel engines disturbed the silence of the bleak desert landscape.
I waited until one of the BMW’s rear doors opened and a familiar figure appeared. He held up his hand in greeting and shielded his eyes from the sun’s glare.
‘Okay, here goes,’ I said through the headrests to the patrol commander up front, my long-time friend, Ian.
He turned to me with concern etched on his tanned face. ‘We’ll see you at Khor Az Zubayr this afternoon. Call me if you run into any issues. Be careful, John.’
‘Any issues’ might mean bad news for me, but Ian’s army officer career would also be at risk if his unofficial support for my activities was revealed, especially if the revelation came courtesy of my being kidnapped, shot, or otherwise compromised in downtown Basra.
Judging by the banter over the last week, his men thought it likely I was a spook of some kind. Ian’s last, familiar comment sparked interested glances in my direction.
‘Roger that mate, thanks.’
I nodded to the other guys, clambered over the tailgate, and dropped onto the road. When I neared the car, my eyes roved across the rough ground for any sign of IEDs before I stepped off the tarmac.
Clear.
A bead of sweat trickled past my left eye before I caught it with my sleeve. Admittedly I was apprehensive about the impending meeting, but it must have been over eighty degrees in old money, despite being November.
Ian’s young translator, Hassan, stood by the open door of the BMW wearing his usual smile. A slim, friendly graduate in his early twenties, he was dressed in polished shoes, black trousers, and a white shirt without a tie. Business casual – like me.
‘Morning, Hassan. Are we all set?’
‘All set, Mr John.’
‘Good. Let’s get this show on the road.’
After tossing a wave towards the two departing Land Rovers, I removed my sunglasses and slid into the BMW, taking a moment to adjust from the searing sunlight to the darker interior.
‘Gentlemen. John Pierce, good to meet you.’
Hassan climbed in and shut the door. The central locking clicked and an unexpected silence engulfed the car, putting me on edge and causing the smile to drop from Hassan’s face.
‘Are you a spy for the Israelis?’
Where the hell did that come from?
The dust cloud kicked up by Ian’s patrol grew smaller ahead as they raced off along the stark, black thread of road; my link with safety slipping away. Little sign of the invisible cloak of protection now. A shock of alarm pulsed deep inside.
Hassan on my right, a large stony-faced guy on my left. If this was an abduction, I needed to force my way out of the car, as fast as possible and as violently as necessary.
The fuse lit by the question burned.
Stolen glances round the car detected no obvious weapons, but impossible these guys were unarmed – no-one was in these parts. Not the friendliest-looking bunch I’d met either. I doubted they were unfamiliar with the sight of bloodshed or the use of violence. Useful if they were on my side, not so good if they weren’t.
The Land Rovers dropped out of sight once they passed the sandy berm. I tried to hold on to a composure wanting to disappear with them and focused on the forty-something questioner glaring from the front passenger seat. With a dodgy suit, shiny black hair, thick moustache, surly expression, and personal hygiene enhanced by a strong cologne, he was rocking the same look as stony face on my left and what I had seen of the driver.
A former bootneck, or Royal Marines Commando, I’d been around a bit myself, although accusations of spying were a first. Time to roll the dice: stay put or make a run for it?
Images fast-forwarded through my head: orange boiler suit, sharp knives, unwanted TV stardom – switching to a violent struggle, haring down the main drag, locals asking, ‘Why did the crazy Brit attack us?’ – switching again to questions, answers: ‘We’re so sorry, Mr John, but we had to ask.’ Hassan apologetic on their behalf.
The last option worked for me. ‘Stay put’ it was then. Best the old bootneck charm worked its magic.
With the silent tension needing to be punctured, I blurted out, ‘No.’
Not much charm there, not much composure either.

About The Author:

Jack Leavers is a former Royal Marines Commando with over thirty-years’ experience in the military, private security, corporate investigations, maritime counter-piracy, and risk management. His varied career has included numerous deployments to conflict zones around the world such as Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, trouble spots in Africa, and the Somali pirate-infested waters of the Indian Ocean.

He continues to work in challenging environments and has now begun to pen novels inspired by some of the more enterprising projects that got the green light, and other audacious plans that didn’t.

When knuckling down to write, he’s normally based in London, UK.

Website: jackleavers.com
Twitter: @jackleavers

#BlogTour: Living My Best Life by Claire Frost @FabFrosty @simonschusterUK @annecater #LivingMyBestLife #RandomThingsTours

Book Synopsis:

Recently dumped by her boyfriend of ten years, Bell is struggling to move on with her life – and surrender the fleecy pyjamas she’s been living in since January. Haunted by #blessed on social media, she can’t help but compare her life to those she follows online, wondering where she is going wrong . . .

In the world of social media, Millie is the successful online influencer @mi_bestlife. But in real life she’s just a regular single mum trying to make ends meet, while fending off the younger competition and tenacious internet trolls. Her Instagram feed is far more #BestLie than #BestLife, and soon Millie begins to wish her life was more like her filters.

It isn’t until Bell and Millie’s paths cross that they begin to realise what they’re both missing. Can Millie prove to Bell that life online isn’t always what it appears to be? And in return, can Millie learn that she needs to start living for the moment and not for the likes? 

Living My Best Life is available in ebook and paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

I thought this was a wonderfully uplifting, funny book which was hugely enjoyable.

I really loved the two main characters Bel and Millie who I enjoyed getting to know throughout the book. Their blossoming friendship was great to read about and I found it very heartwarming to see how much the relationship meant to the two women.

The story is given a bit of modern twist with the inclusion of social media and how someone who appears perfect online, might not be in real life. I feel this is quite an important lesson to learn so found it interesting to see this storyline develop. I think this could make a great book club read as it could lead to some important discussions.

Overall I thought this was a fun, heartwarming book that would make a great holiday read. It has all the ingredients I enjoy, with a wonderful female friendship, romance and laugh aloud moments which I tore through in record time. This is the author’s debut novel and I’m very excited to read more from her in the future.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Simon and Schuster for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Claire Frost grew up in Manchester, the middle of three sisters. She always wanted to do a job that involved writing, so after studying Classics at Bristol University she found a job in magazines. For the last 10 years she’s worked at The Sun on Sunday’s Fabulous magazine, where she is Assistant Editor and Books Editor. She can mostly be found at her desk buried beneath an ever-increasing pile of books or at home writing funny and heart-warming novels about love, life and social media.

#BlogTour: End Game by Daniel Cole @Daniel_P_Cole @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #EndGame

Book Synopsis:

A locked room. A dead body. A secret that went to the grave.

When retired police officer Finlay Shaw is found dead in a locked room, everyone thinks it’s suicide. But disgraced detective William ‘Wolf’ Fawkes isn’t so sure.

Together with his former partner Detective Emily Baxter and private detective Edmunds, Wolf’s team begin to dig into Shaw’s early days on the beat. Was Shaw as innocent as he seemed? Or is there more to his past than he’d ever let on?

But not everyone wants Wolf back – and as his investigation draws him ever deeper into police corruption, it will not only be his career on the line – but the lives of those he holds closest as well…

The explosive new thriller from the Sunday Times and international bestseller, perfect for fans of Fiona Cummins and Helen Fields.

End Game is available in ebook and hardback now. You can purchase a copy of both using the link below.

My Review:

End Game was another fantastic book from this talented author and a fabulous end to a great series.

I thought this was a cleverly written book which somehow manages to be thrilling and funny at the same time! The characters were great to read about and I enjoyed following them throughout the book as they were very likeable. They provided the funny moments in the book with their sarcasm and banter which often had me laughing out loud.

This book gripped me from the start and the many twist kept me glued to the page. The author does a great job with tying up any loss ends so that the ending was very satisfying. I found I both wanted the book to end as I wanted to discover what happens but didn’t want it to as it meant saying goodbye to a hugely entertaining series.

Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Orion for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

About The Author:

Biography

At 33 years old, Daniel Cole has worked as a paramedic, an RSPCA officer and most recently for the RNLI, driven by an intrinsic need to save people or perhaps just a guilty conscience about the number of characters he kills off in his writing.

He currently lives in sunny Bournemouth and can usually be found down the beach when he ought to be writing book two instead.

#BlogTour: Blood Song by Johanna Gustawsson @JoGustawsson @OrendaBooks @annecater #BloodSong #RandomThingsTours

Book Synopsis:

The action swings from London to Sweden, and then back into the past, to Franco’s Spain, as Roy & Castells hunt a monstrous killer … in the lastest instalment of Johana Gustawsson’s award-winning series

Spain, 1938:
 The country is wracked by civil war, and as Valencia falls to Franco’s brutal dictatorship, Republican Therese witnesses the murders of her family. Captured and sent to the notorious Las Ventas women’s prison, Therese gives birth to a daughter who is forcibly taken from her.

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2016: A wealthy family is found savagely murdered in their luxurious home. Discovering that her parents have been slaughtered, Aliénor Lindbergh, a new recruit to the UK’s Scotland Yard, rushes back to Sweden and finds her hometown rocked by the massacre.

Profiler Emily Roy joins forces with Aliénor and soon finds herself on the trail of a monstrous and prolific killer. Little does she realise that this killer is about to change the life of her colleague, true-crime writer Alexis Castells. Joining forces once again, Roy and Castells’ investigation takes them from the Swedish fertility clinics of the present day back to the terror of Franco’s rule, and the horrifying events that took place in Spanish orphanages under its rule.

Terrifying, vivid and recounted at breakneck speed, Blood Song is not only a riveting thriller and an examination of corruption in the fertility industry, but a shocking reminder of the atrocities of Spain’s dictatorship, in the latest, stunning installment in the award-winning Roy & Castells series.

My Review:

I’m a huge fan of this author and her unique style of gripping, emotional historical fiction. I have to admit that I was a little nervous starting this book as I rarely read books involving children as I find them too emotional. While this was a highly emotional read I’m glad I read it as it’s about a period of history that I knew nothing about.

This book covers a very dark period in Spanish history which obviously makes some parts of the book very hard to read. The author cleverly manages to convey the horrors of what happened both by not shying away from what happened or making it too horrible. This makes it seem very realistic and more hard hitting as I could picture the scenes vividly in my mind.

This story was very gripping and I felt unfolded at a great pace which kept me glued to the page. The emotional side of the story made me want to continue reading as I desperately wanted to find out how everything ends up. This is definitely a story that will stay with me for a long time.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Orenda books for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in political science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She married a Swede and now lives in London. She was the co-author of a bestseller, On se retrouvera, published by Fayard Noir in France, whose television adaptation drew over 7 million viewers in June 2015. Her debut, Block 46, became an international bestseller, with Keeper following suit. She is working on the next book in the Roy & Castells series.
Follow Johana on Twitter @JoGustawsson

#BlogTour: The Love Child by Rachel Hore @Rachelhore @simonschusterUK @annecater #TheLoveChild #RandomThingsTours

Book Synopsis:

A young mother’s sacrifice. A child’s desperate search for the truth . . .
London, 1917

When nineteen-year-old Alice Copeman becomes pregnant, she is forced by her father and stepmother to give up the baby.  She simply cannot be allowed to bring shame upon her family. But all Alice can think about is the small, kitten-like child she gave away, and she mourns the father, a young soldier, so beloved, who will never have the chance to know his daughter.

Edith and Philip Burns, a childless couple, yearn for a child of their own. When they secretly adopt a baby girl, Irene, their life together must surely be complete. Irene grows up knowing that she is different from other children, but no one will tell her the full truth.

Putting hopes of marriage and children behind her, Alice embarks upon a pioneering medical career, striving to make her way in a male-dominated world. Meanwhile, Irene struggles to define her own life, eventually leaving her Suffolk home to find work in London.

As two extraordinary stories intertwine across two decades, will secrets long-buried at last come to light?

The Love Child is available in ebook and hardback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

This was a compelling, emotional but ultimately feel good book which I thoroughly enjoyed. The author has once again written a wonderful story which was beautifully written and has some quite serious themes running through it.

Firstly I always find it amazing to realise how different the attitudes toward women were less than a hundred years ago. The author has managed to portray all the emotion, heart break and confusion that I imagine giving a child away for adoption would entail. Being a mum myself I found the bits describing this quite hard to read at times and I found myself giving my kids lots of extra cuddles!

I thought this story had a lovely flow to it with the story unraveling at a good pace that seemed very realistic. The reader is given the chance to really get to know Alice and Irene as they discover what they want in life. The two stories came together brilliantly with perfect timing and I thought the ending was very uplifting.

Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Simon and Schuster for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons. Her previous novels are The Dream House, The Memory Garden, The Glass Painter’s Daughter, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Romantic Novel of the Year award, A Place of Secrets, which was picked by Richard and Judy for their book club, A Gathering Storm, which was shortlisted for the RONA Historical Novel of the Year 2012 and the latest bestseller, The Silent Tide.

#BlogTour: The Old Dragon’s Head by Justin Newland @LoveBooksGroup #TheOldDragonsHead

Book Synopsis:

Constructed of stone and packed earth, the Great Wall of 10,000 li protects China’s northern borders from the threat of Mongol incursion. The wall is also home to a supernatural beast: the Old Dragon. The Old Dragon’s Head is the most easterly point of the wall, where it finally meets the sea.

In every era, a Dragon Master is born. Endowed with the powers of Heaven, only he can summon the Old Dragon so long as he possess the dragon pearl.

It’s the year 1400, and neither the Old Dragon, the dragon pearl, nor the Dragon Master, has been seen for twenty years. Bolin, a young man working on the Old Dragon’s Head, suffers visions of ghosts. Folk believe he has yin-yang eyes and other paranormal gifts.When Bolin’s fief lord, the Prince of Yan, rebels against his nephew, the Jianwen Emperor, a bitter war of succession ensues in which the Mongols hold the balance of power. While the victor might win the battle on earth, China’s Dragon Throne can only be earned with a Mandate from Heaven – and the support of the Old Dragon.

Bolin embarks on a journey of self-discovery, mirroring Old China’s endeavour to come of age. When Bolin accepts his destiny as the Dragon Master, Heaven sends a third coming of age – for humanity itself. But are any of them ready for what is rising in the east?

The Old Dragon’s Head is available in paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below.

My Review:

I’m not entirely sure what I expected when I started this book but I really wasn’t expecting it to be such a diverse read that crosses lots of genres! This managed to be part murder mystery, part fantasy with some fabulous villians and heroes which were easy to get behind.

It took me a little while to get into this book and to get my head around all the characters but once in I was soon hooked. There is a lot of action and adventure which kept my interest which meant I soon found myself flying through the pages. The author clearly knows his history and I found it fascinating to learn more about the period. The author has included some information about Chinese culture, beliefs and superstitions which I didn’t know much about before reading this. I found it very interesting to learn more about this throughout the book.

I really enjoyed going on the journey with the characters and found the ending to be very intriguing as it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger so I’m hoping that there will be a sequel soon.

Huge thanks to Kelly from Love Books Tours for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.

About The Author:

Justin Newland writes historical and speculative fiction, often with supernatural and existential themes. His debut novel, The Genes of Isis, was published by Matador in 2018. Justin lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills in Somerset.