On Wilder Seas The Woman On The Golden Hind Nikki Marmery Blog Tour


On Wilder Seas The Woman On The Golden Hind by Nikki Marmery 

Paperback published by Legend Press 16th March 2020

April 1579: When two ships meet off the Pacific coast of New Spain, an enslaved woman seizes the chance to escape.

But Maria has unwittingly joined Francis Drake s circumnavigation voyage and he s about to set sail on a secret detour to find the fabled Anian Straits in the far north.

Sailing into danger, fog and ice on the Golden Hind, a lone woman among eighty men, Maria will be tested to the very limits of her endurance. It will take all her wits to survive and courage to cut the ties that bind her to Drake to pursue her own journey.

How far will Maria go to be truly free?

My review 

Although On Wilder Seas by Nikki  Marmery is  a work of fiction it is built upon the bare facts of Francis Drake’s circumnavigation voyage. Inspired by a true story, this is the tale of one woman’s  Maria , uncharted voyage to freedom. Nikki has spent 10 years researching the novel. It’s powerful and heart-wrenching historical fiction. This novel will coincide with women’s history month.   Some lines that authors think of I become warned to them . And Nikki Marmery has me loving some of words throughout. I had many favourite lines while reading this book. One of my favourite Yes. I will fight for these treasures too, because only a fool sees the sun and does not ask why it is there. I liked the line And I must be quick about it, for soon  we sail. The bell of the Cacafuego rings out from the harbour.  It’s easy to step in the flow of this work of this emotive historical fiction. If you like Hannah Kent, Jessie Burton, Philippa Gregory you will enjoy On Wilder Seas  The Woman On The Golden Hind by Nikki Marmery.

My thanks to 

I would like to thank Legend Press for sending me the paperback On Wilder Seas to read and review and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour today.

About author Nikki Marmery.

Nikki has been shortlisted for Myriad Editions First Draft Competition and the Historical Novel Society’s New Novel Award. Nikki lives in Amersham with her husband and three children. She previously worked as a journalist at Incisive Media.

You can find Nikki on Twitter @nikkimarmery

Zodiac by Anamaria Lonescu @ami2ro @CorylusB @Lovebookgroup #Lovebookstours 



Paperback published by Corylus Books

When investigator Sergiu Manta is handed the investigation into a series of bizarre murders, he can’t sure what he’s getting involved in as he has to work with regular detective Marius Stanescu, who has his own suspicions about the biker he has been told to work with, and wants to get to the truth. The twists and turns of their investigation takes them from the city of Bucharest to the mountains of rural Romania, and back.

My Review 

An excellent short novel. I loved every page. Zodiac is a Noir novel from Romania. I wa well into this book with four murders in four different locations, with one thing in common they were all born in a little spa town of Voineasa in Romanian sub- Carpathian region. I was immediately suspicious of who murdered Sebastian Modrogan a government official in his hotel suit.who poisoned him and why? It could have been his younger fiancée. He had also put an end to his twenty-five years of marriage. Maybe his ex wife could have poisoned him. With other deaths occurring, there’s definitely a feel of of whodunit? 

All crime readers will love this short crime book.


I would like to say a special thanks to Kelly @Lovebookgroup for sending me excellent short novel to read and review and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour today.

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Corylus Books

Corylus Book is a new venture aiming to publish fiction translated into English. The people behind the company have very different backgrounds, but what brings us together is a deep appreciation of crime fiction and a strong interest in books from countries that so have been under-represented in English.
It took a while before it turned out that everyone’s thoughts had been on similar lines – that we wanted to take a chance on presenting some of the great European crime fiction that wouldn’t normally make its way into English. With a mixture of language, translation and other skills between the four of us, it seemed the logical next step to take.
The first Corylus books are a pair of Romanian crime novellas, Living Candles by Teodora Matei and Zodiac by Anamaria Ionescu.
There’s more to come in 2020 – starting with Romanian novelist’s Bogdan Teodorescu’s Sword, a powerful political thriller that has already been a bestseller in Romania and in its French translation. Sword will be available in May and will be followed later in the year by the first of two books by Icelandic crime writer Sólveig Pálsdóttir. The Fox will be available in the second half of this year, followed by Shackles in 2021.
And there’s more to come, with a novel by Bogdan Hrib set partly in Romania and partly in the north-east of England, a second novel from Teodora Matei, and we’re talking to more exciting writers from across Europe about what we can do together…

@ami2ro @CorylusB @Lovebookgroup #Lovebookstours 

Paint The Sky A. R. Baldwin


Paint The Sky By A. R. Baldwin 

In truth there has always been some obstacle and maybe this time I should take the risk.


A five letter word

With different meanings for different people 

For those who know it

It is filled with meaning 

For those who are yet strangers

It is yet but a word 

A five letter word


Paint The Sky is a short book of prose of words of short poetry . Readers who don’t like reading long books will benefit from reading this little thin book of poetry. Also book clubs would have an adventure talking about the meaning of some of these little short poems.

Here one page of a short poem that I see a meaning to and I’m sure you will all agree it has a meaning.

Some people claim to be your friends 

They are the ones for life’s happy moments 

You can talk and laugh 

But don’t expect to ever really know them

And if you look for them when the way is steep

Why, they’re nowhere to be found 

Some people act like your friends

They are the ones you can trust

You can be yourself and show yourself 

And in the hard times

They are right beside you.


Abilene Baldwin is an aspiring author, who is 22 and a full time English Student. Paint The Sky is Abilene’s first poetry paperback. 


Ten Seconds Lucian Lupescu

Ten Seconds by Lucian Lupescu 

The ten loosely interconnected stories in this collection in flash fiction and one short story focus on small moments of everyday life. Overall, the book tries to present, metaphorically, a human life, from birth to death. 

In Ten Seconds are 10 short stories, with different topics like for example a Birthday short story and a Perfect Marriage short story plus a short story about Ten Seconds, with many other wonderful short stories. All though the outline of this book states 9 flash fiction short stories I found them not to be flash fiction but rather as short stories. However I for one was glued to the short stories. This book is absolutely ideal for anyone who can’t read long books and an interesting short book for many readers that just love reading all types of books. I think that this short book would be a good source to discuss at book clubs.

My thanks to Lucian Lupescu for sending me a copy of Ten Seconds to read and review. 

About Lucian Lupescu 

Lucian Lupescu is an English/French/Italian/Romanian freelance translator since 2008. He did some independent forensic linguistics research, after studying with Dr. John Olsson. Sometimes he writes fiction. Bylines in “Philosophy Now” and “Translation Journal.” Blog: https://asynonymforrambling.wordpress.com

The Scoop Cat Walker Blog Tour


The Scoop Cat Walker

Paperback published by Red Door

Casey Jone’s Life is a mess. Her job bores her, her parents confuse her, and she has repeated nightmares about her ex-girlfriend. In a moment of madness she packs in her job and plans an adventure with her school friend, long-time lad Danny. What she didn’t plan for was an extra passenger, in the shape of Danny’s  estranged twelve-year-old son, Ari who has troubles of his own. 

The three of them are thrown together for an intense rollercoaster ride in Alice a converted bright pink ice cream van through some of the most beautiful and dangerous places in the world, from Tulse Hill to Tibet.

A wonderf tale of journeys, both geographical and emotional, that will keep you entertained at every turn Cat Walker is a brilliant story teller.

My review 

I couldn’t put this book down! I was entertained for days reading The Scoop by Cat Walker.

Casey’s  best friend, Danny probably thinks Casey is having a midlife crisis. With Casey being a lesbian she didn’t really get her parents and they most certainly didn’t get Casey.

Casey, thought about quitting her job most of the time, but never did. As the years went by she had enough, and emptied the full contents of her desk drawer in one swoop straight into the bin. Something tipped her over edge after fetching coffee to her team for twelve years without so much of a thanks. And within that moment Casey walked out of the office. She planned never to return. But on the HR phoned her and asked why she hasn’t been in. The unplanned thing was that Casey didn’t know that she could sued without working out her notice. But Casey has an ambition. 


I would like to say a huge thank you to Lizzie at Red Door for sending me some chocolates with a bright pink van sticker on along with my beautiful paperback.

Cat Walker was born and raised in the sunny seaside town of Scarborough in Noth Yorkshire. She is a grown up eternal student, with many various jobs under her belt, and a passion for travel, which has seen her wandering the globe in search of the truth. The Scoop is her debut novel. Cat Currently lives in Brighton with her wife and baby son. Cat Walker is not having a mid-life crisis.



How to Build a Boyfriend from scratch Sarah Archer Blog Tour 


How to Build a Boyfriend from scratch By Sarah Archer

Paperback published by Harper Collins
Meet Kelly. 

A brilliant but socially awkward robotics engineer desperately seeking a wedding date…

Meet Ethan. 

Intelligent, gorgeous, brings out the confidence Kelly didn’t know she had and … not technically human. (But no one needs to know that.)

With her sister’s wedding looming and everyone in the world on her case about being perpetually single, Kelly decides to take her love life into her own hands – and use her genius skills to create Ethan.

But when she can’t resist keeping her new boy toy around even after the ‘I do’s’, Kelly knows she needs to hit the off switch on this romance, fast. Only, when you’ve found (well, made) your perfect man, how do you kiss him goodbye?


I watched  a TV series Humans about a family, who has a woman robot, helping the family.So when I read the outline of this book, it piped my interest. Just like some single women, who are looking for Mr right, Kelly is too, and she to find her Mr Right so she can have a boyfriend to take to her sisters wedding.  Kelly signed up for an online dating, after submitting all her details all she had to do was wait for the results to find her perfect match. If only it was so easy for Kelly to create a boyfriend out of thin air. And then Kelly had a plan. She was going to make a male robot. A story of not just only stretching out on the imaginary side, but is also a light hearted romance. 

My thank to 

I would like to thank Rebecca at Harper Collins for sending me exciting novel How to Build a Boyfriend from scratch to read and review and for most of all for inviting me to be part of the blog tour today.


Sarah Archer is a Black List Screenwriting Mini-Lab fellow who has had material produced for Comedy Central and published short stories and poetry in numerous literary magazines. After living in Los Angeles, where she worked in literary management and development on projects including House, Concussion, Roots, and Girls Trip, she currently lives in Brooklyn.

The Plus One was her first novel. 

The Identity Thief Alex Bryant Blog Tour 


 The Identity Thief by Alex Bryant 
Book one in the god machine series

Paperback published by K & M books

A shapeshifting sorcerer called Cuttlefish unleashes a terrifying wave of magical carnage across London. A strange family known as the River People move into Cassandra Drake’s neighbourhood. Are the two events connected?

✔ Good cover.

✔ Cheap. Seriously, the Kindle version only costs as much as about 3 mangoes. What would you rather have – 10 hours of gripping urban fantasy, or 30 minutes of biting into sweet, succulent mango flesh?

✔ OK, I shouldn’t have used mango, objectively the best fruit, as a comparison. But buying this book doesn’t stop you from buying mangoes, if that’s what you insist on doing.

My review 

I loved the authors imagination. I always love to know how an author came up with their idea.  Alex Bryant first germ of the idea for this novel came to him when he was just 16. He dreamt one of the scenes incredibly vividly and it survived almost unchanged into the final draft. It took Alex 13 years of delevoping this world and filling it with characters starting with shapeshifting and the manic Cuttlefish. 

 I can see that careful planning of this story has set some twists. I’m Being courteous here not to do a spoiler alert. Six similar magical attacks have been reported around London of victims phoning the police that they had a break in. Once the police have arrived each person has been found unconscious, with no signs of the perpetrator and with no theft being accounted for. In each case there is no clear motive for the break in or the attacks. Magical crime is on the increase. What home owners are being given is 10 steps to make their house magical proof. Well you don’t get magical crime books like The Identity Thief, that’s why I am today highly recommending The Identity Thief by Alex Bryant.  

My thanks to 

I would like to thank Kelly @LoveBooksGroup for  sending me The Identity Thief to read and review and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour today.

About author Alex Bryant

Alex has led a largely comfortable but unremarkable life in North London, and more recently Oxford. His main hobbies as a kid were reading and sulking.
When he’s not writing, he’s performing with his improvised comedy troupe, Hivemind Improv. And when he is writing, he’s procrastinating.

The first idea for The God Machine came when he was 19, shortly after falling off a horse. Or possibly shortly before – the exact chronology is lost to history. So is the horse’s name, in case you were wondering.

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Hypnos thriller Published by Clink Street Publishing 10th March 2020

What if the unthinkable became a reality? What if technology could be used against you?

 A software program has been stolen from the digital vaults of the CIA. It is capable of bridging the gap between A.I. and human consciousness, making a person do whatever the controller wants, creating a potentially terrifying new world. The organisation responsible has racist, right-wing views and a perverted desire to reduce population growth by culling it using the software. Only the rich and the powerful can be part of Asclepius. The software is uploaded to the brain via eye movement using a smartphone, leaving open the possibility for entire countries to be controlled remotely.

Alex Brown, newly-appointed to the B5 Intelligence cell of British intelligence while hunting for the serial killer Dale Broc who has kidnapped her daughter, has been assigned to the case and now has to choose. Will she save the country or her daughter? 

Hypnos is the second novel in the Alex Brown series. Author Jon Biddle brings extensive medical knowledge coupled with military and law enforcement experience that combines to produce an exciting sequel to The Harvester.

My Review 

Right now I’m into fiction about technology. What if the unthinkable became a reality? What if technology could be used against you? 

Errol had a pair of pliers still standing next to the smashed digits. I was shocked by what happened the previous week. Jamalhad been hacking American government files and came across a file marked, Gamma top secret. The details of the files were titled HYPNOS. Even more shocking Jamal’s cousin Salma worked in a bank as a cashier. She was instructed by Jamal’s to steal one thousand pounds secretly, in a way no one would ever know. This story certainly has plenty of OMG moment throughout. I recommend reading HYPNOS, specially if you are into when a software program has been stolen from the digital vaults of the CIA. 

My thanks to

I would like to thank Faye Rogers @fayerogerspr for sending me Hypnos to read and review and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour today.

About author Jon Biddel

Jon spends his days smashing out people’s hip and knee joints, and his nights writing medical thrillers.


A veteran and a medical professional who spends 45 hours a week in the OR, Jon brings considerable medical and military/law enforcement expertise to the crime thriller genre, evident by the attention to detail in his six books.


Jon’s writing is dark and eclectic, provoking and deviant. He surrounds himself in the white glow of pureness, with one foot always in the dark. The dark always surrounds us, but Jon has a knack of making his readers ask “Could this happen to me?”


There is nothing too dark for Jon to write about. He has no level, base, or filter, and will get into your head and “scare the living daylights” out of you.


Jon lives in the south-west of England with his childhood sweetheart, Sam, and two Springer Spaniels. With full-time medical responsibilities in his day job, Jon spends 15-20 hours a week writing for his growing online audience. His new medical thriller, The Harvester, was released in 2019 as the first of six books in the Dale Broc series.


Find out more about Jon Biddle, including his new releases and regular short stories, by going to http://www.jonbiddle.uk and joining the mailing list.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JonBiddle.author/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jonbiddle_author/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JonAuthor

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52244702-hypnos

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hypnos-Jon-Biddle/dp/1913136973


Gloves Off Louisa Reid


Gloves Off Louisa Reid

Paperback published by Guppy books


Lily is sixteen and feels utterly trapped.

Bullied at school, she doesmadeumade want to lay her unhappiness at her parent’s door they have problems of their own. When the kids at school finally go too far, Lily and her family must face reality and decide if she’s going to fight back or remain a victim. 

But is stepping up simply about getting revenge? Or about taking charge of her life once and for all? 

Pride in your body, courage and self-belief this is a knock out. 

My review 

I thought this book was actually a novel. But it is a kind of YA novel but told in verses. I didn’t realise that it was a book of verses, but as I love poetry, flash fiction, and books told in verses, I really enjoyed Gloves Off. I have also read and reviewed a crime book in verses. So in all Gloves Off was right up my street!

Everyone deserves a fighting chance.

Here’s a view of what the verses are like 


I turn my key in the door

and hear mikey’s voice

” she’s home, she’s home! Lily lil”

he runs towards me,

grabs my hand,

before I can escape upstairs,

and drags me into the sitting room 

where mum and aunty Clare are waiting 

with balloons,

and a fountain of silly string explodes.

“happy  birthday to you! “

they chorus 

in voices so loud 

the whole street will hear,

even the baby is bouncing

and cooing in time.

I crush the rest of the day inside my fist,

and smile. 

About Author Louisa Reid

Louisa Reid has spent most of her life reading. And when she’s not doing that she’s writing stories, or imagining writing them at least. An English teacher, her favourite part of the job is sharing her love of reading and writing with her pupils.

Louisa writes about things that she thinks is important to young people, and all people generally, really. Drawn to write about themes of female empowerment and personal freedom, GLOVES OFF is about bullying and body image, with some boxing thrown in too. Louisa hopes the novel will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had to fight for self confidence and self belief things which are, for many, very hard won.

Louisa lives with her family in the north west of England and is proud to calla place near Manchester home.



Daisy on the Outer Line by Ross Sayers @Sayers33 @cranachanbooks #Lovebookstours @lovebooksgroup 

Today I’m super excited to share a cover reveal for  Daisy On The Outer Line by Ross Sayers, with you a new book to be published in November 2020, that I’m eager to read ! 

 Life, Death and Time Travel on the Glasgow Subway…


When selfish student Daisy trashes her stepdad’s funeral, she gets blind drunk and wakes up on the Glasgow subway to find she has travelled back in time. To make amends for her behaviour, she must save a life—but she doesn’t know who, how, or where to begin. She’ll have to find out fast if she wants to make it back to her old life and avoid being trapped in

the wrong timeline forever.


This novel was awarded one of the first Scots Language Publication Grants funded by the Scottish Government and administered by the Scottish Book Trust.

 Publication Date: 5th November 2020


Paperback 978-1-911279-77-8

eBook 978-1-911279-78-5

About author Ross Sayers


Ross Sayers grew up in Stirling and now lives in Edinburgh. He’s still finding his way around. His debut novel, Mary’s the Name was released in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award. He’s currently working on a sequel to one of his books… You can tweet him praise or abuse @Sayers33