Cuttin’ Heads by D.A. Watson #BookReview & #Giveaway ~ Supernatural Horror @davewatsonbooks @rararesources #TuesdayBookBlog

I’m delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for Cuttin’ Heads by D. A. Watson, with a review and giveaway. 

Aldo Evans, Ross McArthur and Luce Figura, otherwise known as Public Alibi, are a rock trio gigging in their spare time. They’re good and over the past year they’ve been getting some decent engagements considering they’re an unsigned band. After being fired from yet another mind numbing call centre job, Aldo has no idea how he’s going to pay for his expensive new guitar. Not to mention child support and paying the rent. 

Ross plays bass guitar and works as a hotel porter. He grows his own cannabis, loves Countdown and Blockbusters and isn’t opposed to using his special skills to subdue the more vocal, overbearing people who find their way into A&E.

Luce teaches music students, and at the moment her unrewarding task is ensemble lecturer. She is the drummer in Public Alibi and takes her music very seriously. Her students have been bribed into attending their gig at a small bar in Glasgow, so they were at the least assured of some sort of audience. When they’re approached by the smooth talking Gappa Bale of Easy Rollin Records after their set, it seems their luck might just have changed. Bale makes them an offer they can’t refuse.

“How many tickets do we need to sell?” Ross says. Aldo was about to ask the same thing. That was how you made the money.

“This will not be that kind of arrangement, Ross,” Bale answers. “Easy Rollin Records value and pay you for your musicianship, not for your abilities as sales people. As such, your remuneration will not depend on ticket sales. In point of fact, the event is already sold out. Your band will be paid a fee of three thousand pounds for the show.”

Aldo can’t contain a burst of laughter. “Aye, right you are, pal! Three grand for one show?”

Right from the start there’s a feeling of strangeness about Bale—the way he almost hypnotises when he talks. He’s far too smooth and has an answer for everything. But this offer is everything Aldo, Ross and Luce have ever wanted. A chance for success and fame. Music is everything to them, especially Aldo. But even so, Luce has doubts about Bale. Perhaps Aldo and Ross shouldn’t have been so quick to dismiss her concerns.

Extremely well defined characters and great writing drew me in straight away. Aldo, Ross and Luce are immediately likeable and sympathetic. All are dealing with events which have shaped who they’ve become. Luce and Ross with events from their childhoods and Aldo is struggling with juggling his responsibilities as a father with his desire for a career in music. As the storyline progresses and gets ever more creepy, the horror aspect becomes all too apparent. That, combined with details of the music industry, make for a riveting read. You can’t help but worry and wonder what our three heroes have let themselves in for. And more to the point, how are they going to get out of it, as it becomes obvious they’re in deep trouble.

Aldo Evans is a desperate man. Fired from his job and deeply in debt, he struggles to balance a broken family life with his passion for music.

Luce Figura is a troubled woman. A rhythmic perfectionist, she is haunted by childhood trauma and scorned by her religiously devout mother.

Ross McArthur is a wiseass. Orphaned as an infant and raised by the state, his interests include game shows, home-grown weed, occasional violence and the bass guitar.

They are Public Alibi. A rock n’ roll band going nowhere fast.

When the sharp-suited, smooth talking producer Gappa Bale offers them a once in a lifetime chance to make their dreams come true, they are caught up in a maelstrom of fame, obsession, music and murder.

Soon, Aldo, Luce and Ross must ask themselves: is it really better to burn out than to fade away?

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Goodreads

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Prizewinning author D.A. Watson spent several years working in bars, restaurants and call centres before going back to university with the half-arsed plan of becoming a music teacher. Halfway through his degree at the University of Glasgow, he discovered he was actually better at writing, and unleashed his debut novel, In the Devil’s Name, on an unsuspecting public in the summer of 2012. Plans of a career in education left firmly in the dust, he later gained his masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling.

He has since published two more novels, The Wolves of Langabhat and Cuttin’ Heads, a handful of non-fiction pieces, several short stories including Durty Diana, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016, and the Burns parody Tam O’ Shatner, which in 2017 came runner up in the Dunedin Robert Burns Poetry Competition, and was a competition winner at the Falkirk Storytelling Festival. 

He lives with his family in Western Scotland.

“The Christoper Brookmyre of horror. Readers will be very very afraid.”
– Louise Welsh, bestselling author of the Plague Times trilogy

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I chose to read and review Cuttin’ Heads based on a copy of the book supplied by Rachel’s Random Resources and the author/publisher. 

The Ghost In You: A First-Hand Account from Beyond the Grave by Katrina Mountfort #SupernaturalFiction @curlykats #YA

Author: Katrina Mountfort

Published: February 2018 by Elsewhen Press

Category: Supernatural, Romance, Fiction, Book Review

What do you do if you’re dead but haven’t ‘moved on’? 

You keep finding yourself back where you died, with very little control over when; sometimes you can be away for days, weeks or even months, and then you’re back. Between times, when you’re ‘away’, where do you go, what do you do? You’ve seen some other ghosts asleep at their graves, but you don’t even know where your own grave is.

After an accident which left her with terrible facial scars, nineteen year old Rowena spends most of her spare time helping others. Two of her favourite people are her landlady, Marjorie, and her best friend, Kirsty, who is waiting for a bone marrow transplant.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Infamous by Suzanne Brockmann #AudioBookReview @SuzBrockmann #Supernatural #Suspense

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

This week I’m revisiting Infamous by Suzanne Brockmann. The audiobook was released in 2010 by Brilliance Audio and the narrators are Patrick Lawlor and Angela Dawe. 

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Marked: An Irish Paranormal Thriller by B.E. Balfinny ~ the Kerry Horrors Book 1 #BookReview for #RBRT #FridayReads


 

Author: B.E. Balfinny

Published: November 2017 by Oakwood Press

Category: Supernatural, Thriller, Horror, Book Review

When freelance writer Kate Murray’s Great Aunt bequeaths her a cottage in remote south Kerry, she is overcome with the peace and beauty of the little stone house. Set high up a hillside overlooking the ocean, even David, her architect husband, falls in love with it. 

The short first chapter telling of an old woman gathering items together before leaving the house to complete a task she wasn’t looking forward to, but something that had to be done, is a great hook and gives the immediate sense that something untoward is in the offing.

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Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage by @LinnBHalton #BookReview @BrookCottageBks #Extract #Giveaway #TuesdayBookBlog

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Christmas at Bay Tree Cottage, a contemporary holiday romance by Linn B Halton. Published by Harper Impulse and released on November 3rd 2017.

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US

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The countdown to Christmas is usually a magical time, but Elena James is fed up with living on a building site! The renovations on her beautiful cottage – like her heart – have been frozen in limbo ever since she was unexpectedly widowed.  Elana calls in a professional, Luke Stevenson, to help finish the cottage, so her little girl can send letters to Santa up the newly-repaired chimney. Luke’s kind, capable and sexy – but he’s also ten years younger than Elana. So why has her heart decided it’s finally time for a thaw?

The perfect read to curl up by the fire with … for fans of Rebecca Boxall.

Elana James and her young daughter, Maya, are approaching their second Christmas without Niall, Elana’s husband and Maya’s father, who was killed in a tragic road traffic accident. Bay Tree Cottage is a work in progress, which isn’t actually progressing much at the moment as Elana was left mortgage free but without the funds to tackle all the renovation work needed. And more bad news comes from her good friend and next door neighbour, Eve. Both their chimneys needs urgent repointing which means Elana is unable to light the fire in her cottage and Maya is desperate to send her wishes up to Santa, via the chimney, as they always do.

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Perfect Responses by Margaret K Johnson #Contemporary #Fiction @Margaretkaj

  • Author: Margaret K Johnson
  • Published: July 2017 by Earthy Works
  • Category: Contemporary, Supernatural, Book Review, Books, Reading

Three women are about to face the biggest challenges of their lives.

Janet has been mistaken for a sex tourist after being abandoned by her fiancé in Africa. Debbie is hell-bent on a hopeless affair with Adam, her married boss. Pregnant Kate has just married the love of her life only for him to turn into a distant stranger overnight.

Janet, Debbie and Kate – three women whose responses to the events in their lives will determine the fate of Corrinne Walker. Corrinne, a self-help writer, who failed to live by her own life plan advice, is being judged in the afterlife. Janet, Debbie and Kate have been chosen as guinea pigs to put Corrinne’s book to the test. If it works within thirty days the charges of not following her own advice will be dropped and she can pass on. If not, Corrinne will be confined to Limbo forever. Continue reading

#ThrowbackThursday ~ Eli’s Coming by @DarciaHelle #Supernatural #Suspense

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

I’ve chosen Eli’s Coming for this week’s Throwback Thursday. It was published in 2015. The menacing cover caught my eye initially and I’m still hoping for a sequel 🙂 Continue reading

Afterlife by Marcus Sakey #BookReview #TuesdayBookBlog @MarcusSakey **Release Day**

  • Author: Marcus Sakey
  • Published: July 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
  • Category: Thriller, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Book Review, Books, Reading

Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless manhunt through two worlds…and an unforgettable love story.

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion—a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave.

He wakes without a scratch.

The story opens in 1532 as Edmund killed an apprentice and took his place aboard the Persephone, sailing to the new world. Two weeks into the return voyage a violent storm lashed the ship. The cargo and all provisions were lost and the men who survived on the battered ship resorted to desperate measures to stay alive, until only Edmund was left. He died just shy of a mile from land. Continue reading