The Lion Tamer Who Lost by @LouiseWriter ~ Be Careful What You Wish For… #ContemporaryFiction @OrendaBooks #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Louise Beech

Published: September 2018 by Orenda Books

Category: Contemporary Gay Fiction, Romance, Book Review


Long ago Andrew made a childhood wish. One he has always kept in a silver box with a too-big lid that falls off. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn’t…

Long ago Ben dreamed of going to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally goes there, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben is fulfilling a long held dream, and a promise he made years ago, although he never could have envisaged the circumstances that finally brought the dream to reality. Nevertheless here he is, a volunteer at the Liberty Lion Rehabilitation Project in Zimbabwe and it seems he isn’t the only one escaping from love and life.   

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#BookReview ~ Take Me, I’m Yours by Lizzie Lamb ‘A Wisconsin Love Story’ @rararesources @lizzie_lamb #FridayReads

Im delighted to be joining the blog tour for Lizzie Lambs new book Take Me, Im Yours, courtesy of Rachels Random Resources.

My Review

A long standing family feud between the Buchanans and the MacFarlanes is threatening to destroy India Buchanan’s plans to restore her great aunt’s house to it’s former glory and run a tasteful guest house.

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris ~ Historical Fiction based on a true story #WWII #Holocaust #FridayReads

Author: Heather Morris

Published: January 2018 by Zaffre

Category: Historical Fiction based on a true story, Love Story, WWII, Auschwitz, Holocaust, Book Review

The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.

Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Tätowierer– the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is incredibly powerful and moving, all the more so for being the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov.

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#FridayBookShare ~ Dark Matter by Blake Crouch #Sci-Fi #Fantasy @ShelleyWilson72 #books #amreading

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share meme to help search for that ideal read.


Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Swan Loch

  • SwanLochAuthor: Randy Mixter
  • Published: April 2012 by CreateSpace
  • Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Mystery/Thriller/
  • Paranormal/Romance
  • five-stars

Danger has come to the peaceful New England town of Swan Loch, Maine, in the form of an elusive killer who strikes quickly and then vanishes after each murder, leaving no bodies behind…

Police Chief Chris Hayward, with the help of FBI agent Jake Stanton, tries to solve a crime that seems unsolvable, and now it’s personal. Hayward’s wife has become the killer’s latest victim…

When all hope seems lost a young girl wanders into Swan Loch. She claims the wind brought her there and she has a message for Chris Hayward. Your wife is alive and I know where to find her.

After finishing this book it took me a little while to gather my thoughts enough to write a review, this story elicited so many emotions. It’s a thriller, with suspense and a sweet and compelling love story threaded through, and blended with fantasy, the supernatural and a very dark evil. The concept of a parallel universe where everything is the same and yet not completely is a fascinating one. As is the ‘doorway’ between the two…as the quote (roughly) goes ‘There are more things in Heaven and Earth than are dreamt of.’ And I love the significance of the swans.

Bodies have been disappearing without trace over several years and judging by the pattern a serial killer is heading towards Swan Loch, a beautiful small town. Chris Hayward and Jake Stanton must work together and try to stop the impending disaster.

Chris begins to have vivid dreams as the evasive killer draws ever nearer, causing increasing feelings of dread and forewarning and giving rise to the question, who can predict or explain the power of the subconscious mind? 

The passages from the killer’s point of view are quite chilling…

The man with the dead eyes dragged the body across the barren field….This was always his favourite part, disposing of the body. It was so fast, so efficient…..He imagined the confusion on the detectives’ faces as they attempted to figure this one out. Let’s see, he was shot in the head while still in his car……Although a blood trail accompanied the drag furrows, there is no excessive blood where the ruts end….He did like the confusion it caused but it was a time consuming process after all, and it cut into his already short hunting season.

Randy Mixter has a singular and sensitive style of writing shown by the way the delightful relationships and friendships are brought into play. The characters are engaging, well-developed and real, the emotions created, happiness, pain, despair and love are all clearly apparent. Love begins and thrives, is lost and found again in the most curious and extraordinary circumstances which gives this story its strong appeal. It’s heart breaking, moving and uplifting in equal measure. Can love overcome any obstacle, no matter how seemingly final? The answer may surprise you.

I look forward to reading more by this author. 

Swan Loch may be purchased through Amazon US and Amazon UK