The Divine Pumpkin by Hemmie Martin

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Forensic Nurse Paloma Parker seems to have her life in order. She is a successful career woman who is intelligent and confident in her abilities, but she just can’t seem to have a meaningful romantic relationship. Her newest patient, an incarcerated juvenile named Ella, has a connection to her that is fully realized when Paloma’s family secret is revealed. As Ella yearns for inner peace and Paloma searches for love, these two women may just hold the key to each other’s very different kinds of freedom.

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

Paloma Parker is a forensic nurse working in a Young Offenders Institute. Her latest case is Ella Cavendish. Ella has been convicted of a terrible crime, one that anyone would find hard to forgive.

The Divine Pumpkin looks not only Ella’s journey of dealing with the ramifications of her crime, it also looks at Paloma’s work and personal life too. As we follow this story it becomes apparent that Paloma and Ella have a lot more in common than first meets the eye.

I’m not saying more with regards to the plot because I don’t want to post any spoilers.

This book has been written extremely well. It’s clear to see that Hemmie Martin has put a lot of time, care and attention into her writing. The way the counselling sessions are written show the knowledge that Hemmie has from her own time doing that job and for me that adds another layer of believability to this book. Hemmie’s writing is incredibly informative, it allows a clear image to be formed in your minds eye as your reading, but at the same time leaves you guessing as to how and what will happen next.

The characters growth and progression is gradual, they seem to learn from the events they face. These characters are well thought out, they have depth, emotion (except maybe Daniel) and are realistic.

The overall storyline is interesting, gripping, emotional and a little bit dark in places. He grabs a hold of your attention from the very beginning and pulls you further in the more you read.

Hemmie has a knack of bringing you a book that will make you question certain aspects of your own life as you read about her characters and stories.

The Divine Pumpkin is a gripping, enjoyable, thought-provoking tale!

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

Hemmie Martin spent most of her professional life as a Community Nurse for people with learning disabilities, a Family Planning Nurse, and a Forensic Mental Health Nurse working with young offenders. She spent six years living in the south of France. She now writes full time.

Hemmie created the DI Wednesday series, featuring DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox, set in and around Cambridge, with fictional villages. There are four books in the series so far.

Hemmie has also written a psychological thriller, Attic of the Mind, and three contemporary women’s fiction, The Reluctant Mother, The Divine Pumpkin and Garlic & Gauloises. Mental health often features in her novels due to her background in forensic mental health nursing.

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Blood Slave: Made Of Scars by Eden Wildblood

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Freedom is such a simple thing.
Something so readily taken for granted, but only by those who have theirs.
And for Wynter, even a glimpse was enough to make her want more. To make her want to run…
But her vampire boss won’t allow it, and he has shown just how far he’s willing to go to have Wynter back in his clutches.
His threats are far from idle ones, and she knows it.

Can she escape him?
Is she strong enough?
Or is she doomed to live out the rest of her life as nothing more than Marcus’s plaything?
His Blood Slave…

***This series in intended for mature readers and is not suitable for those under the age of 18***

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

This series is getting better and better! The first 2 books were incredibly good but this book… WOW… it truly blew my mind!! What a mind fuck!!

Blood Slave: Made of Scars takes Wynter’s tale to the next level. The twists and turns in this book are so unexpected; there are no warning signs, no clothes, they just creep up on you leaving you feeling… speechless, shocked and utterly mind blown!

I’m not going to say more about the plot/story as I feel it would give away too much!

Eden Wildblood’s writing style is fitting this series perfectly. There is emotion present throughout, it’s informative, and allowed a clear picture of events to form in my mind, so clearly that I felt a part of this story. Like I could reach out and touch the characters. The story is gripping from the beginning and has kept me reading and wanting more.

I cannot wait for Book 4!

I also can’t recommend this series enough. If you want a twisted vampire books this series is for you!

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

Up and coming #darkfantasy writer. #amwriting my first #vampire series! Lover of all things #dark and mysterious with a touch of #gothic #magic

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Blood Slave: Round 2 by Eden Wildblood

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Wynter has made herself a powerful new ally. One who has readily offered her the life she had once so desperately wanted, but for a dangerous price.

Her vampire master desires her blood so much he won’t ever let her leave him, and even after everything he has offered her, Wynter is desperate to fly free of his cage.

She has promised herself she’ll do whatever it takes, even if it means blindly following a path that could lead her to more danger. But with freedom as her reward, Wynter is willing to take that risk…

The Blood Slave series in intended for mature readers and is not suitable for those under the age of 18

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

Blood Slave: Round 2 continues from where book one left off. We re-join winter in her plight to get free of Slave and her vampire master. Blood Slave: Round 2 is once more a fast-paced plot with plenty of twists and turns. The pace and action keep you gripped and wanting more.

Wynter continues to show her feisty, rebellious nature, she’s very likeable. The things that Wynter is forced to enjoy at Marcus’s hands/desires would break a lesser human.

Marcus is even more dark and twisted. He’s hot but oh so evil. He plays his vampire master role perfectly.

Eden Wildblood has woven a fantastic dark and twisted vampire tale that is completely different to other vampire books. It’s clear that Eden Wildblood has given her work a serious amount of care and thought. Her writing style is thought-provoking, informative and draws you into the centre of the world that she has created.

Blood Slave: Round 2 is a great continuation of this series and I honestly am intrigued to see what is in store for us in book 3. My review of that can be found here.

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

Up and coming #darkfantasy writer. #amwriting my first #vampire series! Lover of all things #dark and mysterious with a touch of #gothic #magic

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Blood Slave: The Beginning by Eden Wildblood

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When Wynter walked into her favourite nightclub one fateful night, she never thought she’d leave with the opportunity of a lifetime at her fingertips.

Desperate for her life to change, she’s offered a way out of her rut, but behind the warm welcome lies a dark and sinister world.

A world that quickly ensnares her…

And all at the behest of a vampire who soon takes over every aspect of her life.

Because when something seems to good to be true, chances are it is!

The Blood Slave series in intended for mature readers and is not suitable for those under the age of 18

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

As the title suggests this is the beginning of a series. What a beginning it is!!!

Blood Slave is a vampire tale like no other that I’ve read. It is a compelling read from the very start. It’s got action and emotion at every turn. The characters fit the story perfectly. Winter is a feisty female, she has a strong personality, that is clear to see. Marcus is a vampire at the head of an Empire. I found Marcus to be the kind of vampire you’ll either love or hate. Personally, I kinda liked that he was mean, arrogant, moody and closed off to others; maybe that’s just my twisted inner self poking through!

The plot is dark and twisted. It takes you back to how vampires should be; cruel and bite-y, even though they do drink from willing donors/slaves. It draws you in and keeps your attention captive until the very end, and leaves you needing more. It’s clear that Eden Wildblood has put a lot of time, effort, care and emotion into this book, for me it was well worth it.

I’ve loved each and every word and cannot wait to devour book 2!

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

Up and coming #darkfantasy writer. #amwriting my first #vampire series! Lover of all things #dark and mysterious with a touch of #gothic #magic

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Asylum 1 by Sian B Claven

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Hans is a brilliant doctor, sent to an Asylum in the middle of nowhere to continue his post-world war experiments on the insane.

Karen is a bubbly nurse whose sole intention in the world is to do good and help those that cannot help themselves.

Good intentions cross into power hungry mania in this horrific tale of how all their failed experiments come back to haunt them, and how the Asylum holds its own secrets.

“Asylum makes your hair stand on end. This is creepy and dark, yet incredibly fascinating. To delve into the mind of the ‘scientist’ at this asylum is to find sheer madness roiling in those depths, as well as utter self-delusion. The very stones of this madhouse is drenched with horror … a clever and twisted MUST read!” Elaina J. Davidson.

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

This is the first book by this author that I’ve read. The question I have now is why? I’ve known that Sian is an author for a while but for some unknown reason I’ve never read one of her books until now. I’ll definitely be going back and reading more!

Asylum I is a freaky, psychological, creepy and dark read! It’s written in a diary form, so it’s clear to see the timeline of events that happened. And what a string of events they are! I’m not going to discuss them for fear of spoiling the surprise for those of you that are yet to read this.

Sian’s writing style grabbed my attention from the beginning and pulled me further and further into the world that she created. Sian’s writing is clear and informative, giving you the details needed to picture each and every scene in your mind, so clearly that you can believe it’s real and you’re there!

The characters are cleverly thought out. Hans is… um… what’s the word I want… oh yeah… crazy, a madman, I suppose it’s a mad scientist/doctor. Sian has created Hans as the doctor who wants to cure the insane. Personally, I think he’s as crazy as his patients! His methods are… different! Hans plays his roll extremely well.

Overall, I loved this book, the plot, the characters, everything! The creepy, disturbing darkness of it appealed and called to the darkness within me, so much so I’ve pre-ordered Asylum II!

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

Hailing from Johannesburg South Africa, Sian B. Claven has enjoyed stories for all her life, whether she was reading them or making them. She has written for as long as she can remember, but Ensnared is the first book she decided to publish. Moving towards writing more for the horror / paranormal thriller genre, Sian has subsequently published the first two books in The Butcher Books series, Tatum and Kallista. When Sian isn’t thinking of ways to terrify people, she enjoys writing science fiction stories, poetry and rather long and gushy birthday wishes. When she isn’t working on her writing you can find her knitting, scrapbooking, reading, or playing Xbox. Sian previously reviewed for The Blithering Bibliomaniacs and still reviews in her private capacity. She clearly doesn’t know what the words rest and relaxation mean, at least not in the traditional sense.

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Destination Redemption by Toya Richardson

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The Secret of Redemption Lies in Love…

Erin Munroe’s trust in men is zero. After grieving for the loss of her stillborn son, she leaves her life behind and moves to the sleepy seaside town of Cromer. After the trauma her ex put her through, men are the last thing on her mind. But a chance meeting at her favorite restaurant brings Erin and Levi together and she can’t resist his soulful eyes.

Levi Sanders is a man with a tragic past. He blames himself for the loss of his family. When he helps Erin choose a favorite dish from a restaurant he frequents, they form a friendship born of mutual respect. Being with Erin chases away his black moods, depression and his dark days seem to lift. But the voices of this dismal past wait in the shadows to bring him down.
Recognizing his insecurities, Erin fights for the man who could be the love of her life. In doing so she battles for her own self-worth. All the while, Erin and Levi’s demons threaten to drive them apart.

Destination Redemption is the third standalone book in The Beach Reads Romance Series of passionate contemporary stories. If you like loveable characters, charming coastal settings, and sizzling-hot chemistry affairs, then you’ll love Toya Richardson’s sweet beach read.

Buy Destination Redemption to find love in a small town today!

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

Destination Redemption is the third instalment in the beach reads romance series by Toya Richardson. That said it could be read as a stand-alone novel without any issues.

In destination Redemption we meet Erin and Levi, it follows how these two begin, how they deal with their pasts that are still having a big effect on their presents and futures. Erin and Levi have both experienced emotional and traumatic pasts for very different reasons. They are both now dealing with the aftermath of those events. Each has their own demons to face and put to rest.

The question is can they help each other and themselves at the same time? Could Erin be the answer for Levi and vice versa?

Destination Redemption is a story of two tortured Souls, two characters finding their feet, finding their worth, learning how they really feel. It’s a story of friendship, self-discovery. It’s emotional, raw, heartfelt, heart-breaking and heart-warming all-in-one!

These characters show real courage and strength. They show development and growth with every page and everything they deal with. Erin and Levi’s backstories give these two a level of depth I’ve not felt for awhile. It takes both of them time to start to show each other how they really feel. They’re emotions are raw and palpable.

Toya’s writing style carries with it all the emotions needed to make the reader feel every ounce of it. Toya has created a world that draws you in, it grabs a hold of your attention and heartstrings and keeps a very firm hold until the very last word. I couldn’t help feeling like I was there with Levi and Erin (I think I was there cuddling Fiddy most of the time), watching these two as they changed and grew throughout the whole story.

Destination Redemption is an emotional story of love, friendship and learning to cope with past demons. It is full of heartache, deep emotion, fun, love and steamy moments that will have you glued to each and every page.

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

My mum read to me from an early age and encouraged me to write my own stories. She was positive I could become a published author. Unfortunately she passed before she could see my dream come true. I still miss her love and friendship. It was the catalyst for me to start writing seriously. I now have 10 books published. I have recently signed with another publisher for a series of Beach Read romances. The first, Destination Love, is out 1st June 2018. My main genres are contemporary and paranormal romance.

When I’m not writing I enjoy reading, cinema, live gigs, theatre, keeping fit, travel, Formula One, darts and spending quality time with friends.

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