Sunday, 23 July 2017

NOW LIVE & ONLY 99c FOR TODAY ONLY!!!! Margaret McHeyzer, New York Times Bestselling Author of UGLY and MISTRUST brings you THE GIFT. @givemebooksblog @MargaretMAuthor


I have something people want. I have something they cannot take or steal. I have something they’d kill for.
The something I have, isn’t a possession, it’s more.
Much, much more.
It’s a gift.
It’s part of me.


The Gift (The Butterfly Effect #1)The Gift by Margaret McHeyzer
Kat's rating: 3 of 5 stars

REVIEW #3 stars out of 5 - Enjoyable but I would describe it as a suspense YA book with a hint of Paranormal. - But Readers of Margaret McHeyzer books will love it I am sure.

So I finished this book Thursday, and I took a day to reflect on how I was going to review this book.

SO most of my followers will know Paranormal is my Top Fave Genre, I will also point out that I have read UGLY and Dying Wish which I loved and gave 5 out of 5 stars.

But this book did not hook me in like those two books.


So I will start with the GOOD

My favourite line was the one where Lexi mentions one of my favourite shows Star Trek...

“Did I just open Pandora’s box? Should I ask Scotty to beam me up?”

The writing is good, the story flows and I LOVE the cover.


The Character age gap:

This book has two main characters 'Lexi' 16, and 'Jude' 25 - Jude's profession and he is definitely the mean heartless persona that his profession is known for. Now due to the VAGUE Blurb, and me not giving Spoiler Reviews, I can't really say much more... But this is the one area that I was uncomfortable with.

The Genre choice:

When Margaret said that she was writing a paranormal book, I was excited to see what she would bring, but for me personally, I felt this was not a paranormal book. I know that it is correctly classified as Paranormal, don't get me wrong as I have googled to see what classed as this genre before I wrote this review. but the only thing that is paranormal is the 'GIFT' part, if you took this away and replaced it with say a 'bargaining chip' that would make Lexi worth something, and Jude wanted you would still have a great story, but it would be straight YA.

SO I am mentioning this so other #ParanormalJunkies realise up front this

I have already signed up to review the second part of this duo-logy and I look forward to seeing how the author ties up Lexi's story, and I will see if the 'Paranormal' takes off in book 2.

*** I voluntarily reviewed this book, I gained no monetary incentives nor was I specifically requested to review the book, these are my honest ramblings and I hope you enjoy ***

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Recently I was fortunate in obtaining New York Times best selling status on my YA/NA book - Ugly, and my YA book - Mistrust.

My last three books have been YA and I'm completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and stories.

My writing genres all differ, but the one thing I keep consistent is my heroines. All my female lead characters are strong, gutsy and not the 'perfect' woman. While my books all have romantic elements in them, they aren't just about the romance. They're about finding strength, acceptance and making life long connections.

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I have while writing them.


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Saturday, 22 July 2017

REVIEW: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine @GAILHONEYMAN



Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.
Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.
One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.
Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?
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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely FineEleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Kat's rating: 4 of 5 stars
***I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book for my honest review & I thank the publishers Harper Collins NZ***

I reviewed this book and the cover is different to the one here in NZ, my cover is like the hardback.
my book cover

This book was one recommended to me, and the story at first had me thinking what was I reading, but as you peel away the layers of Eleanor you will find the most innocent of characters, who finally is growing into the woman she was supposed to be.

This book deals with the result of children put into the social system, and although Eleanor had all her basic needs met, her emotional needs were failed miserably.

This review is going to be short, because I want readers to go into this book as I did, without expectations, to turn each page and explore the ups and downs Eleanor experiences as she finally begins to open up to the world.

Raymond... I wanted to say a few words about Raymond. he was so nondescript but such a good guy. The book ends with an ambiguous future for Eleanor but in my heart, I hope that she finally ends up with Raymond.

Thanks to Kelly Bold for recommending this book - it was a book that helped me escape a troubling month.

***I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book for my honest review & I thank the publishers Harper Collins NZ***

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Author Bio

 While Gail Honeyman was writing her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. It has subsequently sold to almost thirty territories worldwide, and it was chosen as one of the Observer's Debuts of the Year for 2017.

Gail was also awarded the Scottish Book Trust's Next Chapter Award in 2014, and has been longlisted for BBC Radio 4's Opening Lines and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. She lives in Glasgow.


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Friday, 21 July 2017

Spotlight: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading @kittyhawkworld

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Note: - I will be reviewing this book in the next few months as this book was sent to my Grandson Cole, he is only 11 and found the book a bit hard to get into, but said that his Sister Lilly - 7 was keen to read it with me.
So with me heading back to the UK in August ( The blog will be a bit quiet that month due to me being offline) We will read the book together.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain Reading. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations. 

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales, Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada. As the plot continues to unfold, this spirited story will have readers anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves. 

There are currently five books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (book 1), Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (book 2), Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (book 3), and Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (book 4), and Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (book 5). Each book can be read as a standalone.

“In the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series the heroine finds herself in a new geographic location in each book. The series will eventually have a total of 13 books in it (maybe more) and her flight around the world will be completed in the end,” says Iain. “The books are sequential but one could definitely read any of the later ones before reading the earlier ones.”

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Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Release Day Review of Revolt (Resistance #4) by Tracy Lawson @TracySLawson #Dystopian #Series #YA


The Final in the series is finally here...


The Explosive Conclusion to the Award-Winning Resistance Series To Deny Freedom is to Deny the Human Spirit. Fugitive Resistance fighter Tommy Bailey has come out of hiding to help rescue Careen Catecher from the clutches of the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense, where she’s been held and interrogated for information about the rebel group. The OCSD is poised to launch the Cerberean Link, a security device that will put all minors under constant surveillance under the guise of protecting them. Fearful that OCSD director Madalyn Davies’s bid for control won’t stop there, the Resistance puts its own plan in motion to sabotage the Link and oust Madalyn from the directorship. Just when everything seems leveraged in the Resistance’s favor, treachery, lies, and long-held secrets threaten to derail it all. Will even a life together on the run be impossible for Tommy and Careen? Or will the Resistance’s efforts convince the public to put their fears aside and demand freedom? Through it all, Tommy refuses to believe Careen’s loyalties have shifted away from the Resistance, and he’s willing to assume any risk to reconnect with her. Will they be able to trust each other when it matters most?


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Revolt (Resistance, #4)Revolt by Tracy Lawson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*** I voluntarily reviewed this book, I gained no monetary incentives nor was I specifically requested to review the book, these are my honest ramblings and I hope you enjoy reading them - kat***

This is the conclusion to the story of Careen, Tommy and the rest of the resistance who are fighting the OCSD
They are trying to stop the Cerberean Link, The tracker that Atari the Tech head designed, he is working for both the Resistance team AND the OCSD! OR does he have his own agenda???? You will have to read the book to find out.

The storyline as it went was a slow burn but I was still glued to my kindle right to the very end.

As a conclusion, I think Ms Lawson did a good job of wrapping up the storyline, BUT with scope for maybe some further stories - Once you were linked it was permanent, so who knows what could happen!

What I found the most compelling about this series is that it's not so unbelievable - and to be honest America seems to be on the precipice of a big shift with the current administration, it starts small... taking away your rights one at a time, and before the country knows, its media is controlled and so are your liberties.... sound familiar (scarily so in my opinion)
But let's not get into how I feel Trump is beginning to sound scarily like Madalyn Davies!!!!

Ms Lawson's writing style is really enjoyable, it flows well, is fresh and interesting but at the same time modern and fits with the Dystopian genre.

This series will suit any reader that enjoys YA dystopian novels.

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Once upon a time, Tracy Lawson was a little girl with a big imagination who was obsessed with telling stories. Her interests in dance, theatre, and other forms of make-believe led to a twenty-year career in the performing arts, where “work” meant she got to do things like tap dance and choreograph musicals. A mid-life career change has yielded thus far Counteract, Resist, and Ignite in the YA dystopian Resistance Series, and a nonfiction history book entitled Fips, Bots, Doggeries, and More.
Tracy, who is married with one college-aged daughter and two spoiled cats, splits her time between Dallas, Texas and Columbus, Ohio.
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Saturday, 15 July 2017


Zeth’s back and it’s looking like another wild ride
Having taken a while to get to finally reading this book, I’m glad I finally got to it.



*** Zeth and Sloane are back alongside a cast of new characters in the new Chaos & Ruin series ***
You’re never really out until you’re dead. That’s what the mob bosses, gun runners and car thieves of Seattle will tell you, anyway.
Zeth Mayfair, ex-mafia enforcer, has other ideas. Since falling for Sloane, he’s managed to turn her life upside down. Now, he’s determined to give her a stable, happy and, most importantly, safe life. If that means he has to sleep with one eye open and one hand on a shotgun, then that’s what he’ll do.
Mason Reeves is just looking for a way to take care of his sick sister. Since their mother left, things have been hard, and they’re only getting harder. Prescription meds don’t come cheap, and working as an auto mechanic only pays so well. If he wants to give Millie the life she deserves, he’s going to have to earn it with his fists. And who better to teach him how to fight than the guy who took down the biggest gangster in Seattle?
You can try to get out…
You can try to be good…
You can steer clear of trouble…
But it’s only a matter of time before trouble comes looking for you.
Violent Things is Book 1 in this, the sister series to Blood & Roses.
You can read this book if you haven’t already read the Blood & Roses series! Upon delivery of the book, you will find an in-depth synopsis of the previous series, should you wish to jump straight into Violent Things but are yet to meet Zeth Mayfair & Sloane Romera.
Of course, Violent Things will be more enjoyable if you start their journey from the very beginning. If you choose to do so, the reading order for the Blood & Roses series is as follows:
But There’s a BOX SET!!!


Kat’s rating: 4 of 5 stars
Zeths back and it’s looking like another wild ride
Having taken a while to get to finally reading this book, I’m glad I finally got to it.
Callie Hart is one of my favourite contemporary authors. For a book to take you out of your comfort zone. Check out her Blood and Roses series then head into this one.
So I have had this book on my Kindle for a while, buying it when it was on sale. I felt like a change of genre and Zeth has been one of my favourite bad book boyfriends. You can never call Zeth good, but boy you would want him to protect you! Sloane is one lucky doctor, what can I say, is he addictive.
I have read the complete Blood & Roses series is as follows: Deviant, Fracture, Burn, Fallen, Twisted and Collateral.
Zeth Mayfair, is an ex mafia enforcer, who until he met Sloane was heading for an early grave… he may still get there but till that time, he’s determined to give Sloane the best life he can give, He’s running his Gym, and trying to stay out of trouble.
Young Mason Reeves comes under Zeth’s radar when he catches him breaking into the gym after closing to train.
Mason is not a thief, just a kid trying to find a way to earn more money legitimately as possible for his sick sister, the medication doesn’t come cheap, and his day job as an auto mechanic only pays so well.
When Zeth catches him and challenges him to fight, and Mason gives all he can, Zeth gives him a choice Mason never expected – to train with him, in open hours, and Mason knows its the best offer he’s going to get if he wants to give Millie the life she deserves, he’s going to have to earn it with his fists. And who better to teach him how to fight than the guy who took down the biggest gangster in Seattle?
Zeth thinks he is free to live life as he want’s and Mason thinks that a few fights are going to get him the extra cash he needs.
What both of them don’t realise is that there are people who haven’t forgotten about the past, and they will use whatever and whom ever they can to get Zeth to do what they want.
By the end of this book, we are left wondering if Mason has just made the biggest mistake of his life joining Zeth in his Gym and fighting for a living. And Zeth has both the Law and a Crime boss after his soul.
Book 2 will be the start of a wild ride if the title of the series gives the reader any clues – Chaos & Ruin, hopefully not for Zeth, Sloane and Mason! I guess I will have to get book 2 to find out



Over 300,000 words and 100 chapters! The entire Blood & Roses Series in one box set!
*Please note, this is a Dark Romance series and deals with themes including violence and murder.
Zeth Mayfair’s never been troubled by morals before. As one of Seattle’s most dangerous, feared men, he’s always carried out the jobs he’s sent on without a second thought. Drugs? Guns? Dirty money? They’re all fair game. But girls? Girls are another matter entirely. When Zeth’s employer decides buying and selling kidnapped women is a lucrative sideline, Zeth’s usually uncomplicated life suddenly becomes very complicated indeed. And his biggest complication goes by the name of Sloane Romera.
As a trauma doctor at St. Peter’s Hospital, Sloane’s finger is hardly on the pulse of Seattle’s underground crime scene. Her sister is missing and she needs to find her, yet all doors leading into the seedy world of human trafficking are firmly closed in Sloane’s face. She needs information. What she really needs is help…and help presents itself in the most unlikely of forms. Zeth Mayfair is terrifying, scandalously hot, and comes fully loaded with a terrible attitude and wicked smile. He also looks like he’s Sloane’s only hope. Can she work with the guy without getting herself killed, losing her job, or falling head over heels in love?
What happens in the dark never stays in the dark.
* At the end of this special edition box set, you can also read the first chapter in Violent Things, Zeth & Sloane’s brand new story! *
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Callie Hart is a USA Today bestselling author of dark romance novels. She is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. She loves to travel, and often pens her books when she’s on the road, drawing inspiration from her often unique and wild surroundings.
If she’s not writing, you’ll undoubtedly find her with her nose buried deep in a book, or binge watching Game of Thrones.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Release Review of Give Me Hell by Kate McCarthy @KMacinOz #NewAdult #Suspense


Title: Give Me Hell Series: Give Me #4 Author: Kate McCarthy Genre: Romantic Suspense Release Date: July 6, 2017
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Mackenzie Valentine is wilful, fiery, and determined to prove she doesn’t need anyone. Desperate to break free from the over-protective parents and three older brothers who dictate her every move, she runs away at the age of seventeen to hunt down the only boy who makes her feel alive.

Jake Romero has no choice but to leave the best thing that ever happened to him, taking him down a path that leads to notorious gang, the King Street Boys. When fate throws Mackenzie back in his life, he turns her away in her time of need, knowing he now lives a life in which she doesn’t belong. Except his decision has shattering consequences, leading to secrets, lies, and the ultimate betrayal. 

Years later, their lives continue to entwine, and when his past returns demanding retribution, Mackenzie intervenes and gets caught in the crossfire, leaving behind a devastation that no one sees coming. Can their relationship withstand the hell it’s endured, or is it too late for love? 

18+ Recommended. Contains adult language and themes.
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Give Me Hell (Give Me, #4)Give Me Hell by Kate McCarthy
Kat's rating: 4 of 5 stars

*** I voluntarily reviewed this book, I gained no monetary incentives nor was I specifically requested to review the book, these are my honest ramblings and I hope you enjoy reading them - kat***

I have books 1 to 3 in this series they have sat on my bookshelf waiting to be read, but life got in the way and I haven't had the chance. BUT I will be grabbing them to read once I get to the UK!

Book 4 I have read as the first and I had no problems with doing that, this is a sign of a good author.
Kate McCarthy has created the story with enough depth that I felt no qualms about jumping in at book 4.
Mac is the younger sister of 3 very over protective brothers and parents that want to wrap her in cotton wool, and turn her into a propper lady... but that is never going to happen as
Mackenzie Valentine is wilful, fiery, and determined to prove she doesn’t need anyone.

As a child she met Jake Romero and he left a lasting impression on her young heart.

By the time she is 17 she is fed up of her over-protective family so she runs away to find Jake.

When Jake first met Mac he was a traumatised boy and after years in the foster system he was thrown into circumstances that led him down a path that leads to notorious gang, the King Street Boys.

Fate and a dusty road throw the pair together, but Jake realises that his life is not the best place for Mac, and he breaks her heart by contacting her brothers, this one action leads to an event that Mac will never get over.

Fate is determined to bring them together again, but will the pair be able to find the right path to love?

Well I will let you find out.

What I will say is that it is a very tough road for both of them but love can conquer all if you give it a chance.

I enjoyed this book very much, I cried in parts, laughed a lot at Mac's Sassy attitude and as I said at the beginning, eager to read the other books as soon as I can

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Give Me Hell Teaser 2


 With a low chuckle I roll over on my bed to eyeball the stolen file that I’d slapped on my bedside table last night before crashing. I’m feeling rather pleased with myself until my gaze encounters Jake. My gleeful chortle dies a quick death.
He’s leaning against my bedroom wall, bare-chested, arms folded, and wearing nothing but a pair of black boxer-briefs and a furious glare.
My gaze drops to the bed where Jake has laid out the black beanie used to cover my pale hair, and the black leather gloves that kept my fingerprints from any surface I came in contact with.
Fuck. The sun is streaming in through the blinds and I know it must be late morning already. Clearly I’d forgotten to set the morning alarm. A rookie mistake. And now I need to get past the gauntlet that is Jake and somehow get the file to Casey before he enacts his own plan to retrieve it.
My eyes flick up, meeting his. “Morning,” I say coolly.
His jaw ticks. “Care to explain?”
Jake’s car keys rest on top of the report file and I know he’s seen them. Not only had I performed a break and enter last night, I had also added car theft to my criminal repertoire. Explaining that will likely cause my untimely death. I pretend to consider his question for a moment. “Not really.”
Jake pushes off from the wall and moves toward the bed, bringing him closer. “Well you’re going to.”
“No,” I say, casually sliding across the mattress and away from Jake. “Not today. I have things to—”
Putting one knee on the bed, Jake leans across and grabs the back of my long-sleeved shirt in his fist. He yanks and the distinct sound of a riiipppppp renders the air.
“My shirt,” I gasp as I fly through the air, landing on my back on the mattress with a hard bounce.
“I don’t give a rat’s fucking ass about your shirt,” he growls, straddling my body.
His hard thighs trap me in place and his hands pin mine to the bed. Moving will likely end with a cracked rib.
Jake leans his face down until I can’t look anywhere but in his eyes. “You can start with why you’re dressed like a thieving little bandit.”
“Because I stole your car.”
“Why did you steal my car?”
“Because I couldn’t get a cab.”
I actually considered calling for a taxi but then my movements would be on public record, easily placing me at the scene. I’d had to rule it out.
“Stop leading me in circles, Princess, and spit it the fuck out. What did you do?
I huff deeply, letting my frustration out. Jake isn’t going to just let this go. It leaves me with two choices. Lie or be honest. I chose door number two, because while I sometimes keep things from Jake, he doesn’t deserve outright deceit.
I spill out my early hours adventure, rethinking my choice of honesty as he sits back on the bed, his fury a slow-building thunderstorm.
There’s silence for a tense moment when I finish speaking.
“You committed a felony,” he says in a soft voice. I’m not fooled by the tone. His anger is a barely leashed lion. “And you used my car to do it.”
My lips press in a thin line. I hadn’t thought that particular implication through, and now I’m angry at myself. “I’m sorry.”
His expression narrows to one of vengeful retribution. “Oh you’ll be sorry.”
“I will?”
“When I paddle your fucking ass.”
“Shut it,” he growls, his voice rising. “You broke into a detective’s house. You stole her property. You—”
“Casey’s property,” I mutter.
“Don’t interrupt me when I’m explaining your stupidity to you.”


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Kate McCarthy is an Australian, living in the pretty sunshine state of Queensland with her two kids and two dogs, Rufus and Pete. She loves to bake sweet stuff and eat it too. With an exciting degree in business, she works as an accountant by day, and an author by night. In between family life, she is most often found in bed reading, or at the beach, still reading.


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Lexia The Deadwood Hunter Series

Check out the new video promo for Rachel M Raithbys PNR Novel Lexia, grab a copy free on KU

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