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June 17, 2018

Book Review. Dead on Arrival

Dead On Arrival (Laura and Gerry Mystery #1) Dead On Arrival by Karen H. Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Laura Hamilton literally stumbles over a dead body on her living room floor one day, she soon finds herself embroiled in a whole lot of trouble.

The dead man was very unpopular in the local community and, there are many people with reasons to want him disposed of, so how did he end up in Laura’s apartment?

With Detective Gibbons and Police Officer Janice on the case, there isn’t a stone left unturned in the investigation.

Laura finds herself temporarily homeless, jobless and on the slippery slope to flipping moose burgers for a living. But, while dodging bullets and explosions, she also discovers what it feels like when good friends turn into so much more…

A must read for fans of murder mystery!

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Published on June 17, 2018 01:52 Tags: book-review, humour, murder-mystery

April 5, 2018

Book review. Tainted by Colin Griffiths

Tainted Tainted by Colin Griffiths

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Colin Griffiths has a real talent for developing characters who are extremely creepy and, who behind their ‘normal’ exterior, have dark undercurrents simmering to the boil.

As a child, Jenny is involved in a car accident which claims the life of her best friend, Lily. Then, at the age of seventeen Jenny learns that she has a gift she’d rather not possess – that of seeing dead people…

Suddenly her life is spiralling out of control. Her father is convicted of a terrible crime and she finds herself on the road and looking for a fresh start, followed closely by her toxic stepfather who will stop at nothing to try and satisfy his perverted desires.

Will Jenny ever find peace in her life and return to the people who love and care for her?

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Published on April 05, 2018 02:57

March 11, 2018

Angela Gascoigne's review of The Boy Next Door by Danielle Lee Zwissler

The Boy Next Door: Best friends to lovers romance (Falling for You Book 1) The Boy Next Door: Best friends to lovers romance by Danielle Lee Zwissler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Keri leaves college to return home after receiving some devastating news, she finds comfort in her best friend, Payton, the boy next door. They both soon realise that something between them has changed and, when they share that first kiss it feels so right.

Once back at college though, Keri starts to feel that things are moving too fast and leaves Payton devastated when they agree to go back to being besties.

Can this loved up, jumbled up couple ever get their heads sorted out and get on the right road to romance?

Well, there’s only one way to find out: read the book! It’s guaranteed to leave you wanting more!

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Published on March 11, 2018 10:42 Tags: book-review-romance

February 28, 2018

Spring’s Amber Embrace. Angela Gascoigne

Spring’s Amber Embrace

Shivering under a blanket of white
You kiss me, bring me back to life.
A tangle of limbs, fatigued from slumber
Reach out as you draw them upward.

Silvery drops plop like diamonds
From a rooftop where shards of light dance,
Dappling the land below.
Earthy shades of green and brown peer through.

Sunshine breathes life into frigid air.
A trail of delicate footprints, no longer there.
Drenched in life force energy the word prepares to wake,
Enveloped in spring’s amber embrace.

Pink noses and glossy buds emerge from the ground.
Brand new life appears all around.
Spring – a time for new beginnings.
Or, maybe not…

A thundering of footsteps on compact ground.
The bark of a dog and a child’s laughter sound.
Ruddy cheeks and, eyes as black as coal gaze down before,
Plump fingers pluck me from the earth and I exist not more…
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Published on February 28, 2018 02:35 Tags: new-beginnings, poem, snow, spring

January 26, 2018

Book reveiw: Everything Happens for a Reason by Tina-Marie Miller

Everything Happens for a Reason Everything Happens for a Reason by Tina-Marie Miller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everything Happens for a Reason is a sweet romance with a generous helping of sentimental and heart breaking moments. I have to confess the story had me in tears on many occasions.

Poppy is a sweet, clever and incredibly strong main character and I found myself praying for her happy ending.

There were some interesting twists and turns throughout the storyline which flowed beautifully.

I loved this book and look forward to reading more from this talented author.

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Published on January 26, 2018 07:06 Tags: book-review, romance

December 3, 2017

Meet The Characters: Holly Dineen. In Another Life.

Hello book worms! And thank you for visiting my blog today.

It’s been a long journey, fitting my writing work in between my job and other commitments but, I’m excited to say book number ten is due to be released soon!

As a little taster of what’s to come in my new novella, In Another Life, I’d like to introduce you to my main character, Holly.

I’m sure you’ll grow to love her just as much as I do, and I hope you’ll be eager to read the new book when it’s released.




Hi, my name is Holly. I live in West Cork. And, how did I come to be settled in a beautiful country location in a picturesque (yet high maintenance) little cottage in Ireland? I fell in love – it was as simple as that.

Liam was the ultimate ‘older man’, a great big five years older than little teenage me. He was gorgeous, caring and… that Irish accent of his turned my legs to jelly every time he spoke. So, when he asked me to leave my family and friends in England and move to Ireland to start a new life with him, well, it was a no-brainer…
Unbeknown to me at the time, while my heart was bursting with love and the promise of an exciting future, I’d broken the heart of someone very special and, since then I’ve had to live with a shroud of guilt hanging around my shoulders.

So, excuse me if I’m a little unstable!

I love my job, working as a care assistant in the local community and, seeing the things older people have to deal with on a daily basis helps to put my own problems into perspective.

What my friends see on the outside, is a fun, bubbly and caring Holly (my good days) but, behind my vibrant hair colours and scatty personality, I have scars that run deep. What they fail to realise, is that there are dark undercurrents bubbling beneath my surface and a mad woman bursting to get out (my bad days).

Through the best and worst times in my life, there’s been one constant – Trudi.

BFF, that’s us! My best friend and neighbour since I first moved to Wren Cottage, she’s always been there for me through thick and thin. That woman is a tank and an angel rolled into one. She knows the ‘real’ me, warts and all, and has never turned her back on me.

Trudi’s had her fair share of trouble to deal with too, but she’s the strongest person I know.

I wish I could be more like Trudi but… some people are too fragile for this world.

And love? There was only ever one man for me –Liam, the love of my life – or so I thought until a cruel twist of fate sent my whole world crumbling around me.

There I was, left standing alone (or so I thought), my heart shattered into a heap of brittle shards at my feet.

This was when the nightmares returned, and I found my life once again on a downhill spiral.

I found myself wondering if a heart so badly broken could ever be rebuilt. I couldn’t see it in those black times, but now, I really do believe in the old cliché that time is a great healer.

Will I ever get back to being me? Maybe one day…

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Published on December 03, 2017 07:57 Tags: blog-post, book-release, book-teaser, contemporary-fiction, meet-the-characters, novella

November 24, 2017

Book reveiw: The Photograph by Grant Leishman

The Photograph The Photograph by Grant Leishman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When photographer, Tony finds an old film of his from years ago and decides to develop it, the story begins. Tony and his two sisters suddenly start to encounter the same disturbing dreams about their long-dead mother. A macabre tale begins to unfold and we are plunged into a story involving grave robbing and witchcraft.

The action starts right from the beginning and continues until the final chapter. And, as always, Grant Leishman had me in stitches at times with his unique sense of humour!

If you haven’t already checked books by this author, I can highly recommend you do!

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Published on November 24, 2017 00:17 Tags: book-review, horror

October 30, 2017

Book reveiw:

Claire's Embrace (Irish Hearts, #1) Claire's Embrace by Mary Tate Engels

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a funny and heart-warming story about family life in rural Ireland in the sixties.

Wanting nothing more than to see his daughter married to a good man who will take good care of her when he is no longer around, Claire's father sets out on a mission to find the perfect candidate. His daughter has her own thoughts on the subject.

A really nice read that I would highly recommend!

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Published on October 30, 2017 05:24 Tags: historical-fiction, ireand

October 13, 2017

Book Review: Someone Else's Dream by Colin Griffiths

Someone Else's Dream Someone Else's Dream by Colin Griffiths

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Matt Conner’s had a tough few years after the death of his young daughter, followed by the break-up of his marriage. Supported by antidepressants he decides it’s time to ditch them and start living again. He soon finds solace in writing after becoming infatuated by author, Carla Reid. Infatuation turns to obsession and unbeknown to Matt, without his medication, his mental state is soon spiralling out of control with devastating consequences. This is my favourite book by Colin Griffiths and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a psychological drama capable of keeping you awake at night. There are so many interesting characters and plot lines involved that I couldn’t wait to finish each chapter to see what would happen next.

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Published on October 13, 2017 08:43 Tags: book-review, pychological-drama

September 9, 2017

Book Review: A Wintered Heart by T.E. Hodden

A Wintered Heart (Threadbare Hearts Book 2) A Wintered Heart by T.E. Hodden

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

T.E. Hodden is such a fantastic story teller. I loved this book as much as I loved An Incomplete Gentleman, if not more. Fantasy spliced with reality made for a book I couldn’t put down and savoured until the very end.

I would highly recommend A Wintered Heart, and other books by this author, to anyone looking for their next great read!

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Published on September 09, 2017 10:57 Tags: book-review