Black Canvas by Laura Rossi


★.•°*💔 𝐁𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐊 𝐂𝐀𝐍𝐕𝐀𝐒 💔*°•.★


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“𝑰 𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒎 𝒐𝒇 𝒘𝒂𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒖𝒑 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒃𝒆𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒆𝒍𝒔𝒆—𝒎𝒚 𝒉𝒂𝒊𝒓, 𝒎𝒚 𝒆𝒚𝒆𝒔, 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒗𝒐𝒊𝒄𝒆, 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒅𝒊𝒇𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒕—𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒆𝒂𝒄𝒉 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝑰 𝒈𝒐 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒊𝒓𝒓𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒄𝒌 𝒎𝒚 𝒓𝒆𝒇𝒍𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒆𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆, 𝑰’𝒎 𝒉𝒆𝒓. 𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆. 𝑯𝒆𝒓. 𝑰𝒕’𝒔 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒓𝒆𝒇𝒍𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒔 𝒃𝒂𝒄𝒌 𝒂𝒕 𝒎𝒆, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝑰’𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒍𝒔 𝒊𝒕. 𝑰’𝒎 𝒊𝒏 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒍, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕’𝒔 𝒆𝒙𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒍𝒚 𝒘𝒉𝒚 𝒊𝒕 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍𝒔 𝒔𝒐 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅. 𝑰 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒍 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒎𝒆; 𝑰 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒐𝒍 𝒃𝒐𝒕𝒉 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔—𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒔—𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑰 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒎𝒐𝒔𝒕: 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒍𝒐𝒐𝒌𝒔, 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒔, 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒊𝒂𝒈𝒆. 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆’𝒔 𝒏𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒍𝒆𝒇𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒆, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝑰 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒕. 𝑶𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝑰 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒎𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆, 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒎𝒆 𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒆𝒄𝒕 𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒄𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒏, 𝒊𝒕’𝒔 𝒎𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒔𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒕, 𝒔𝒎𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒅𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒆𝒚𝒆𝒔. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒉𝒊𝒎. 𝑯𝒆’𝒔 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒆—𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒘. 𝑰’𝒎 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒐𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒚𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆. 𝑰’𝒎 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒆 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅𝒔.”

𝑨 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒎𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒖𝒆 𝒘𝒆𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐𝒈𝒆𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒔𝒐 𝒅𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆, 𝒔𝒐 𝒔𝒖𝒃𝒍𝒊𝒎𝒆. 𝑨 𝒎𝒖𝒔𝒕-𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅. 𝑨 𝒎𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒑𝒊𝒆𝒄𝒆. 𝑨 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒍𝒍. 𝑬𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒏𝒐𝒓 𝑳𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒅-𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔

🖤 Book Links 🖤

Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

🖤 My Review 🖤

I finished reading Black Canvas a week ago and it has taken a few days to organise my thoughts and feeling into coherent sentences for this review.

Black Canvas is dark and twisted from the beginning. This book will play with your mind, it will have you guessing and questioning what you read, it might even make you question your own level crazy too.

I found that Laura Rossi’s writing style captured my attention from the beginning and held it until the very end. Even the times when I had to put the book down, I found I was still thinking about Aria, Ivy, Max, Mattias, Gabriele, Lilliana, and Claudia. I was constantly trying to piece everything together, trying to guess what was coming next.

I managed to work out the link between Aria and Ivy, as well as the link between Gabriele and Max too, but I did not quite have the reason that linked them to each other. I did not know for certain if I was right until later in the book, so there were still times when I questioned my own thoughts.

Black Canvas shows a whole new level of twisted darkness that is inside Laura’s mind! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and gaining an insight into that darkness. I hope that this is not a one-off, I would love to see more dark twisted stories from this incredibly talented author.

I do not think that my review of Black Canvas will ever do the book the justice it deserves without giving away too much of the story.

That said…

If you like psychological thrillers that are dark and twisted, then I honestly think that you will enjoy reading Black Canvas and becoming immersed in Aria’s disturbing world.

🖤 About The Author 🖤

My name is Laura Rossi and I am a dreamer, the kind that walks around all day and likes to go back and forth, from the real world to her own little world.

I have two kids and a fantastic partner. We work together in our little pharmacy in Italy.

After travelling around the world with my family and living abroad a few years, I graduated in Criminology and Psychology in London and worked with juvenile offenders for two years, before moving back to Italy.

I’ve been writing since I was thirteen but never published any of my manuscripts until 2016, when I completed Counterpoints book 1 after many happy, sleepless nights.

I am allergic to staticism, I cannot sit still. I love to travel and meet new people. When I am not busy working or being a mommy, you can find me at a car race event (I am a big Formula one fan) or at a rock gig, or on the beach fantasizing about new character and new stories I’d like to write.

🖤 Places To Find The Author 🖤

Website | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads Author Page

The Takers by Robert Enright

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫


A Missing Girl. A Ticking Clock. A One Man War Against Crime.

Sam Pope is back, in the explosive sequel to The Night Shift. As his mission against organised crime rages on, Sam Pope finds himself the target of a dedicated task force led by a tenacious young inspector. In the midst of a gun fight with a violent street gang, he finds a desperate father venturing into a world he doesn’t understand, searching for a daughter he will never see again.

Realising that the net is tightening and the clock is ticking, Sam burns a hole right through the under belly of London to find the missing girl, finding himself in the cross hairs of some of the most dangerous people in the city.

The Takers is a brutal, action packed thriller that will delight fans of Lee Child, Mark Dawson, Vince Flynn and Rob Sinclair.

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

This is the second book in the Sam Pope series, and it continues in an epic way.

Sam continues with his one-man fight against the organised crime in London. The problem is whilst he is hunting the organised criminals the police are hunting him.

Whilst Sam is taking down another organised gang a desperate father walks in looking for his daughter. Sam agrees to help him find his daughter.

The hunt for the missing girl put Sam right in front of the task force who are hunting him and right in the middle of some of the most dangerous criminals in the country.

I have loved reading more of Sam Pope’s adventures The Takers is an action-packed thriller that had me glued to every page! I was hooked from the very beginning. I was glad to be back alongside Sam.

It’s clear from reading The Takers that Rob has spent a lot of time and energy researching, planning and writing this novel. Rob’s writing style fits this book so well. Rob feeds his readers everything that is needed to piece together the events and to feel a part of this story, it’s almost like following a breadcrumb trail.

✫.•° About Robert °•.✫

I am a thirty-year-old man child with aspirations of writing bizarre stories for a living!

Writing is my life and since I can remember it is something I have naturally done, be it silly stories at school or role-playing games during my teens. I was about 16/17 when I designed my first comic book series and since then have swung from idea to idea.

Then in March 2015, I released ONE BY ONE with the sole intention of getting one five star review. It far exceeded that and since then I have written DOORWAYS, which was signed up by Urbane Publications in September 2015 and released in October 2016. Again, the response has been overwhelming.

I saw my books hit the Waterstones charts but the end goal soon changed. I have since reclaimed the rights to Doorways and am now taking the Bermuda Jones series down the Self-Publishing route. It’s an exciting time.

I dream up rugged anti-heroes or crazy worlds on a fairly regular basis and I have promised myself they will all be committed to the written word. Believe me!

As always, you readers are more important than you know and I hope you will continue to read and enjoy. Also, make sure you sign up to the Reader Group!

✫.•° Places To Find Robert °•.✫

Website | Facebook Page | Facebook Reader Group | Amazon | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram

Unsilent Grief by Tony Millington

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

A man is murdered in a pub carpark.

DS Watson and Monteith are finding it difficult to catch a killer.

Three more bodies are found.

The two detectives are on a roller-coaster ride to find out if they are all connected and why.

The Unsilent Grief of one man spirals into murder and mayhem.

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

I was fortunate enough to meet Tony at an author signing in Peterborough, where I purchased a signed paperback copy of Unsilent Grief.

Unsilent Grief is Tony’s first book and I feel that it shows potential. The storyline has clearly been thought through. The events flow well from one to the next. Tony includes enough details to allow the reader to be able to imagine clearly the events as they happen and to feel a part of them as they happen.

The characters are good, they work well together and interact well. Each one has their own traits and personalities which help to make them more multi-dimensional and realistic.

Tony’s overall writing style is good. It shows the potential to be really good as his work continues and he gains more confidence and experience. As I was reading the book, I did notice some mistakes with spelling and punctuation, nothing that would detract from the overall book but something that I feel could be polished out with a good proof-reader.

I enjoyed reading Unsilent Grief and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this author.

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

Tony was born in Warrington Cheshire in 1967, but moved to Rutland in 1981 with his family.

Attending Uppingham Community College, Rutland sixth form and later attending Stamford College.

He has done various jobs, including a lifeguard, white van man, and temp work but working at RAF Wyton as a civil servant for the MOD for many years was his most loved career sadly ending in redundancy due to all the cuts to the civil service.

He married his wife in 1996 and his son was born a year later. They live in Cambridgeshire UK with two mad cats. His son attending University at present.

Tony has always wanted to write a book and this is his first, deciding he really needed to do it as he had time on his hands. His second book is with his publisher now. And he is working on book 3.

✫.•° Places To Find The Author °•.✫

Facebook | Goodreads Author Page | Amazon Author Page | Twitter

Interview Part 2 and In The Mood… For Murder by D.E. McCluskey

This post is spotlighting In The Mood …For Murder by  DE McCluskey and Tony Bolland. There is also the second installment of the 3 part interview with David.

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

Liverpool in 1946, post war and swinging…

The Rialto theatre is a hotbed of the Big Band Swing scene, with bands playing most nights to full crowds of youngsters looking to forget the drudgery of everyday life, rations and the ruins of the blitz.

The Downswing Seven are The Rialto’s house band who are in the need of a new singer, much to the annoyance of George Hogg, the drummer. His disability had prevented him from seeing active service during the war, and now it’s preventing him from fulfilling his dream of fronting the band as the lead male vocal.

Are somethings worth killing for? George certainly thinks so…

In The Mood… For Murder is a period thriller, set against the backdrop of war time Liverpool.

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

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✫.•° Interview Part 2 °•.✫

LH: On to the writing-related questions.

What made you want to write?

DM: Right… One Christmas Eve night when my daughter was three, I was lying in bed with her reading The Night Before Christmas. Because I’m a boring reader, with little or no inflection, she was well asleep by the time I finished (if she hadn’t gone, I was going to tell her jokes). When I finished I thought to myself I can do that… So, quite literally, I did.

On Boxing Day, when I finally got a little time to myself, I sat down at my computer and bashed out a story that had been churning through my head for, what I found out then, was years… it just fell out.

It was a short rhyming tale about Father Christmas (Santa Claus) coming to visit a small boy. But, the twist was that this small boy was a wrong ‘un, and he was on Santa’s Naughty List (It’s true, he does have a list, and he does check it twice. He knows exactly who’s been naughty, not nice) So this visit of Santa isn’t the nice experience that Clement Clark Moore wrote about.

It went on from there, and I produced my first comic. Interesting Tymes… six short horror stories, written in rhyme, for children. I found an illustrator and away I went…

LH: Do You have a set writing routine? Will You share what it is?

DM: I’m an early riser. I usually get up about half five, sometimes I go for a run, other times I sit and write until I have to get ready for work. Then I write in my dinner hour and in any downtime I have.

I don’t seem to get much writing done in the evening, my brain is too frazzled, or I might have a comedy gig and not get home till after midnight.

Sometimes I get full days to myself, alone in the house, but I tend not to get much done there, I do some of my best writing in chaos. I love sitting in busy coffee shops, looking like the pretentious tw*t I am, sat at a table typing away. McDonalds is another good place. I seem to work well in mad, busy places.

LH: Where do you get your character inspiration from?

DM: I have killed many many many of my work colleagues off in a number of my books, comics and short stories. I work as an IT engineer, I like the people I work with but hate the job, so when anyone rings me, for anything other than a gab about the football or the weekend, if their email isn’t working or some software is malfunctioning, then I am already planning their demise…

LH: Are any of your characters based on real people?

DM: Oh yeah…

Surprisingly, I can’t say that any of the main characters are, but peripheral characters!!! My ex-wife, my boss, some people I have met along the way in all my walks of life…

LH: When you’re writing do the characters talk to you? Do they tell you what they want to happen?

DM: Most definitely… I remember trying to convince a friend when I wrote the first draft for one of my upcoming titles, that one character did something that I didn’t expect, therefore changing the whole story, slightly.

He was unconvinced. He was like, they are essentially you, you tell them what to do, you created them. I told him that when their personality is written down, then they have to stay true to that personality… sometimes, the things you have planned for them wouldn’t make any sense due to their personality…

He’s still not convinced, so I killed him off in the next story I wrote… that taught him.

LH: Do you outline the whole story before you begin writing or just roll with the flow?

DM: This sounds like, so obvious, but I usually come up with the start, find something in the middle I can anchor to, then conceive the ending… Everything else is left to flow on its own. What I do now, is I use the NOTES app on my phone and write a short synopsis… then I sit down and fluff all the middle bits until it looks and sounds like a story!!!

LH: Who is your favourite character to write or that you have written and why?

DM: My second novel, In The Mood for Murder is based in Liverpool in 1946 and it has, as the main protagonist, a character called George Hogg. George is a drummer in a swing-band. He is a fantastic drummer, and he also has the singing voice of an angel. But, he suffered from polio when he was a child, and therefore he has a club foot, walks with a limp and a bad posture. Because of this he is overlooked when the band need a new frontman.

This guy has absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He is nastiness through and through…

He was a pleasure to write.

LH: Do you listen to music when you write? If yes do you have any particular favourites?

DM: Oh yeah… I don’t tend to do anything without music in my life.

As I mentioned before, mostly hard rock/heavy metal, but I also love the likes of early INXS, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC… whatever dings my dong at that particular time.

LH: How do/did your family feel when your first book was published?

DM: Wow… It was like I had been given the keys to the city, or a knighthood by the Queen. I have two older sisters who are so supportive, and my mum couldn’t have been more proud. Everyone was shocked as the writing came from nowhere. One moment I wasn’t an author the next moment I was…

Also, being from Liverpool I have approximately seven hundred thousand cousins, and they have all been supportive too.

LH: Can you share a snippet of your current WIP?

DM: Yeah… My WIP right now is a zombie novel called ‘Z’: A Love Story.

This is Chapter one… (unedited)


The alarm clock buzzed and buzzed and buzzed. The annoying, horrible sound was his life, heralding in another dull, grey, Monday morning. Kevin gritted his teeth and looked at the figures on the clock. For a while they danced around in his eyes, green illuminated blobs jumping around on a black surface. He closed his eyes for a couple of seconds, exhaled a large, uninspiring breath and then opened them again. They were now behaving themselves. Eleven minutes past six, Monday the tenth of February.

How utterly depressing!

All the Christmas frivolities and fun seemed a million miles away, and any summer fun that he might be having, might being the operative word! he thought, felt like at least two million miles away.

                Valentine’s Day was the next big thing in his calendar. He had huge plans for this one. As it was a Friday, he was planning to treat himself to a curry and a couple of bottles of beer. Then he was going to taking the next, huge step in his relationship. He was going to order that television programme streaming service everyone in work was talking about.

                He had been toying with the idea for some time now. Everyone in work had been raving on about some of the box-set series that they had been watching on it recently, and he thought it was time that he joined in those conversations about dragons, serial-killers, and zombies.

                Kevin was longing to be a part of something, of anything. If it was conversations about knights in shining armour rescuing damsels in distress, or about the whole population turning into cannibalistic walking corpses, then so be it. He needed to fit in.

                He had moved to London a little over ten years ago, and in all that time he had worked in the same company. Battling his way up the corporate ladder from lowly office junior, to the lofty, coveted senior purchasing ledger officer. It was a role with many responsibilities, not one of which were even remotely interesting to him, never mind any potential friends or lovers.

                He always thought of them as potential friends and lovers as, in the whole ten years he had lived in the big city, he still didn’t consider anyone as a close friend. There were people in the office who he liked and who liked him in return, and even one or two of them who he didn’t mind going out for a drink or two with every now and then, but no-one who he would call a close friend.

                With this depressing reality still lingering in his head, he flung the warm, comfortable bed sheets off him and dragged himself out of his king-sized bed, running his hand through his unkempt hair. It was still dark outside; therefore, it was dark inside too. He leaned over, felt around his little table for the wire that had a small switch on it somewhere along the way. After much fumbling and a little swearing, he found it, and snapped the lamp on.

                The dull, yellow light from the energy-saving bulb he’d been pressured into buying after watching a million stories about saving energy, in the lamp illuminated his drab, sad existence. The other side of his bed was empty. As he sat on the side of the bed he glanced over at it and breathed a deep breath before releasing it slowly out of his nose. He wasn’t expecting to see anyone there, go to bed alone, wake up alone, he thought. ‘Well, hopefully!’ he laughed, spooking himself a little with his own voice.

                The large bed had been his first purchase when he had moved into this flat, all those years ago. A king-sized bed with a memory foam mattress. It had cost him a small fortune, but he thought, at the time, that it was worth the investment. London was brimming with single women and any one of them would be lucky to sample the delights of his boudoir.

                Sadly, the only action that the mattress had seen in the ten years since he’d purchased it, had been solo action!

                He pulled himself away from the comfort and warmth of his pit, and made his way across the cold, laminate flooring of his flat. Slippers, he thought, I need to get myself some slippers. That thought alone was enough to send him back into the deep doldrums of depression.

                He made it to the bathroom and turned on the shower. Almost instantly the small room steamed up and, by the time he had finished him morning ablutions, he had to wipe the condensation off the mirror to even see himself.

                Kevin was thirty-five, his dark blonde hair was now receding, and as he leaned forward to inspect, he inspected a few grey hairs that were sprouting around his temples. He blinked slowly, shaking his head. I can’t believe I’m going to go grey, or bald, before I ever have another meaningful relationship. This thought depressed him too.

                He wasn’t fat, in-fact he was rather buff; three times a week in the gym had gotten him a decent physique. By his own admission, he was no Arnold Schwarzenegger, but then he never wanted to be. He looked at his face in the mirror, dark brown eyes, tinged with loneliness, a large nose, solid chin. ‘Are you gay, Kevin?’ he asked his reflection as it began to fog back over. ‘I mean, there’s nothing wrong with that if you are, especially in this day and age!’

                He was mimicking a conversation that he had had with one of his colleagues on the last night out, a week or so ago. The guy had gotten a little drunk and felt the need to ask Kevin why he had never seen him with a lady. He’d known that the conversation was not meant to be malicious, but the question had cut him to the quick.

                Maybe I am gay! he thought, that would be just my luck, because I really don’t fancy men!

                He shook his head, removed his pyjamas, and jumped into the steaming hot shower.

                Fifteen minutes later, and he was feeling in a much better mood, ready for whatever the day could throw at him. He combed his hair in the mirror and looked at himself. ‘New week new you, Kev. You’ve got this, fella!’

                He dressed in his normal suit, ate his usual bowl of cereal, put on his usual winter coat on and left his flat at the same time he did every week-day.

                He caught the same bus, sat in his usual seat next to the same old woman who smiled at him as she did every day. He always smiled back before getting his mobile phone out of his pocket and looking through his piles and piles of junk email.

                He wasn’t one for watching television, and he wondered quite often to himself, why he even bothered to pay his TV Licence as the large flat-screen LCD Smart TV that he had bought about six months ago, had very seldom even been turned on. Streaming will put an end to that, he thought with a sad smile.

                The man sat next to him stood up to get off, as his usual stop, leaving behind him a rather dog-eared copy of The Metro, the transport system’s free newspaper. He looked at the headline.


                It was headlines like this that kept him from reading newspapers or watching the news on the TV. If he needed any news or any information, he could get whatever he wanted from the internet. But just lately, he hadn’t even bothered with that. Every time he logged on he was bombarded with sex, sex, sex, and more sex. He had gotten bored with internet porn, as he thought that most single blokes must eventually do. He had grown disillusioned with football. The greedy, grasping players with their agents, not to mention certain TV companies had ruined that for him too. So, most nights he immersed himself in the world of books. He loved the classics. They transported him away from his sad, lonely existence where a property tycoon madman, somehow elevated to presidential levels, was fighting with an impudent, spoilt child. Neither of them had any place ruling a country, never mind overseeing large nuclear arsenals.

                The headline chilled him, but it was all so far away.

All he was concerned with was getting into work, earning his money, and going home to find out if Victor von Frankenstein was actually going to fulfil the monster’s demand, and build him a woman.

                I sometimes wish I could build me a woman, he thought sadly as the busy bus edged its way through the overcrowded streets of London.

LH: That concludes part 2 of my interview with Dave. Thank you again, I’m looking forward to our final session.

Join us on Monday, October 8th for the concluding part of Dave’s interview. In the meantime here’s a little more about Dave and the places that you can go to stalk him.

✫.•° About The Author °•.✫

I began writing in 2011, mainly for my own enjoyment. I began by making up funny, rhyming stories, with a horror-based theme running through them. I wrote them mostly for my daughter who was only four years of age at the time.

These rhymes where popular with my friends and family and someone mentioned that I should get them down in a book. That’s when the idea for a comic sprung into mind.

I scoured the internet and met a fantastic illustrator. I then commissioned him to illustrate this comic and Interesting Tymes was created. This is an anthology of short horror stories, all written in rhyme, but suitable for children to read too.

This was so popular with friends and family and further afield, that I decided to make another. Interesting Tymes X 2 continued where the first one left off, with Edward D’Ammage introducing another six horror tales.

From then I got the bug. I began to expand my series of rhyming tales, taking the original themes, and making them into longer stories. Using a different illustrator, I wrote, commissioned, and produced my first, short, horror comic. Wooden Heart.

I then began to write a zombie serial called The Few, we are currently on # 3 of what will be seven. #4 is currently in production.

I then embarked on a more ambitious project. My first graphic novel. Doppelganger is over 100 pages long and is a dark psychological tale of a man descending into madness.

Next up came DeathDay presents. This is a 4-part comedy tale about three demons in Hell who forget about Satan’s DeathDay. It has a 15 rating as the imagery in the back is rather graphic and gory, while the interactions between the demons is comedic and light.

Then I wrote and produced another full graphic novel. This one is called Olf. This is a children’s tale about Fr Christmas and his reindeer. I wrote this as I wanted to balance my brain between the darkness of Doppelganger my desire to wrote something that my daughter could read.

With a love of sci-fi and the old-style Flash Gordon type cliff-hangers, I wrote a series of tales about an adventurer called Mace Masoch, and his sidekick Miss Ninetails. The style of this comic was adult orientated, with buxom women and muscular men. #2 is currently in production.

After Mace, I went back to the list of my old rhyming tails and selected a longer, rhyming tale to produce in the same style as Interesting Tymes. This was to be a vehicle for my leading character Edward D’Ammage to run with his own titles. Edward D’Ammage Presents: The Wedding is in the same vein as Interesting Tymes although it has a different illustrator.

After this I did a collaboration with leading ‘extreme horror’ author Matt Shaw to serialise his best-selling novel, Sick B*stards, into a graphic novel. This has been a successful venture up to now, even though only #1 is available yet. #2 is currently in production.

I produced a short zombie inspired short horror comic, working with the illustrator I used for Wooden Heart, and produced Three Days in the City. This is a zombie-esque tale set in Liverpool. It’s a one-shot story and sells really well in conventions, mainly due to the location.

Bringing back my love of Christmas and my love of old comics like The Beano, I partnered up with a fantastic artist called Joe Matthews, and we produced one of my proudest pieces of work. We undertook the mammoth job of re-writing Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, completely in rhyme. Joe did the artwork in his fantastic Beano-esque style. This has been my best seller to date.

In all the time writing, I had also written several short horror stories. I took the decision to bring these together into another anthology, and teaming up again with the illustrator for Doppelganger, I produced Short Sharp Shocks. Six short horror/thriller tales all introduced by a skeletal game show host.

My next project is still in production. It’s a graphic novel about a female super-villain with a good side to her. Its called DreamCatcher. Originally, I was going to produce this as three parts, but decided that I would wait until all three parts are complete before bringing it out as a full graphic novel. Parts 1 & 2 are complete, while 3 is just about to be commissioned.

Writing graphic novels, I found long and laborious to do. I have no talent for drawing, but I do see the panels in my head and am very good at articulating them to the illustrators. But, I found myself increasingly at the mercy to how fast the artist work. I am a fast writer, and I wanted the artists to work as fast as I did. It was also proving costly, as good artists do not come cheap. I was working with a good illustrator friend on a graphic novel I had written called Thirteen. She had produced ten pages of top-notch work for me, but she was worried about the length of time it was taking her to complete the pages. She loved the story she was working on, so she convinced me to turn it into a full-length novel. She told me that the scope of the graphic novel would probably bankrupt me anyway. So, I converted the comic script and produced my first full novel. I changed the name of it to The Twelve and it is currently selling well on Amazon, and from me via my Facebook page.

Stirred on by the success of The Twelve, I teamed up with a local musical historian who I used to work with back in the days of playing in bands around Liverpool. We came up with a concept about a historical tale about the old Liverpool music scene. He did a load of research into the swing music scene in Liverpool after the war, and my second novel came to life. In The mood… For Murder was released, to excellent reviews. Bit things are in the pipeline for this book, least of all, a sequel is in the works.

Next up came my third novel, CRACK. This is a brutal story about one mans descent into addiction after a road traffic accident that wasn’t his fault. This is a specialised tale and is not always everyone’s cup of tea. Although it is selling well, the reviews, although good, are slow in coming.

Next up I am hoping to release Z: A Love Story by Christmas (or shortly after). A zombie tale inspired by one of my rhyming stories in Interesting Tymes X 2. Then I have written and am currently editing a sci-fi Jack the Ripper inspired tale entitled Timeripper. I have also written and am also editing a trilogy of books; Glimmer Trilogy. This is three books set in a fictional land, with magic and swords. I have written this for the YA genre. Lastly, I have re-written my Olf graphic novel into a children’s novel, I am currently getting illustrations completed for this, with a look to release it for Christmas 2019. This will be the first in a series of 5 novels, all set in the same land.

In my spare time, I work as a computer engineer, I am a full-time father to my daughter Grace (who will be bringing out her own children’s book in 2019, entitled The Hangry Hamster), I also do stand-up comedy around the north-west of England.

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The Night Shift by Robert Enright

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫


Sam Pope was one of the UK’s finest soldiers, serving over a decade as an elite sniper. After a near fatal shooting brings an end to his career, Sam returns home to his family and a potential new career in the Metropolitan Police. When disaster strikes and his bond with his family is broken, Sam takes a job as an archive officer within the Met, hunting down criminals that have beaten the system and delivering his own brand of justice.

When a terrorist attack at the London Marathon shakes the city to its core, Sam decides to open his own line of investigation. Venturing into the world of organised crime and police corruption, Sam soon finds himself as the number one target…and faces a race against time to expose the truth.

Fans of Lee Child, Mark Dawson, Robert Ludlum and Vince Flynn who are looking for their next action hero, will be thrilled by The Night Shift.

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

I finished reading this book on Tuesday, now it’s Wednesday and I’m trying to write my review. This is going to be a hard review to write!

This book totally blew me away. It was amazing from start to finish! The plot flows from scene to scene with ease. Sam Popes past and present are all intricately woven together throughout this story. The Night Shift is extremely well written, it was clear to me Mr Enright has put a lot of time, love, energy and research into the details and events in this book.

The style of writing that the author uses to show the past events works well and adds to the overall plot, it helps to create a level of understanding about how Sam’s past is affecting his present. Mr Enright’s writing style allows me to create a very clear image in my own mind of the scenes that I am reading. It is very easy to feel like part of the story, as though everything is unfolding around me. I love how Mr Enright manages to create a world which feels so realistic.

The characters are all well developed and multidimensional, they all interact and grow as the story progresses. All the characters in The Night Shift play key roles in the story. Sam Pope has survived so much, and his life just seems to get more and more complicated. I cannot even begin to understand how he has survived and come through the other side of the things he has endured.

I have thoroughly loved every single page, I am incredibly pleased that Mr Enright gave me the opportunity to read this book before the rest of the world. I cannot wait to see what is in store next from Mr Enright.

If you want a gripping, thrilling, action-packed story, I strongly recommend grabbing yourself a copy of the night shift.

The Night Shift has been an emotional, action-packed, thrilling and engrossing book from the very beginning.

Well done Rob and thank you for giving me this opportunity!

A huge 5 stars from me.

✫.•° About Robert °•.✫

Robert Enright was born and raised in North London and resides in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Working as a HR System Manager by day, he spends his evenings and weekends writing (or binge watching TV with his fiance).

After signing with a publisher in 2015, Robert decided to reclaim the rights to DOORWAYS and take Bermuda Jones down the self publishing route. Despite the many hours of research and marketing, he is absolutely loving it!

✫.•° Places To Find Robert °•.✫

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In The Light Of Madness by Hemmie Martin

This review has been a long time coming. Now I have finally gotten around to typing my review up! I also intend to spend a lot of time this year reading the signed paperbacks that I have collected and posting the long overdue reviews of those books. That’s enough waffle about my reading target for the year and onto my review of Hemmie’s book:

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

A murdered boy in a Cambridgeshire graveyard sets in motion an investigation into the local church and school, with suspicions of a cult murmured throughout the community. With their first case, DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox explore the various levels of desperation and malice that can stem from an unhappy or dissatisfied life, where no one takes responsibility for their actions. They quickly find that everyone harbours a secret which, left uncontrolled, can bring forth devastating self-destruction.

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

I am lucky enough to have met Hemmie twice now, both times at signings in Peterborough. So I read In the Light of Madness as a signed paperback! This is the second of Hemmie’s books that I’ve read. And I have loved this one as much as the last one.

In the Light of Madness is set in a close-knit village, where a boy is found dead in the graveyard. As in most villages, it sets the villagers talking. They have their own ideas on what caused the death and the events that follow, they range from speculation of a cult to possible people in the village who might have done it. DI Wednesday and DS Lennox are called in to investigate the death and to find out who or what is behind it.

The characters in this book are fantastic, they are extremely well developed and the slightly more personal details that the author has included helps to bring each one of them to life. The characters all interact together well and are incredibly realistic and believable. The characters all have private lives of their own as well as the main ones that we read about.

Hemmie Martin has woven a web of intricate details, lies and deceit that are unwound with every page that is read. The scenes are described in such a way that you can see what is happening in your mind’s eye and that also makes you feel a part of the story. You feel for the characters and become encompassed in their world until the very end.

I loved this story from the very beginning. The more I read and the more details I found out surrounding each incident the more I found I was trying to guess what was happening and who was doing what. I never got it right, I was kept guessing right up until the point that Hemmie wanted us to work it out.

Overall In the Light of Madness was an utter joy to read. If you like crime, thrillers, mystery or contemporary books then I’d highly recommend checking out In the Light of Madness.

✫.•° About Hemmie °•.✫

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.

✫.•° Places To Find Hemmie °•.✫

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Attic Of The Mind by Hemmie Martin

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

The time is right for Lilith Fields to seek revenge. Twenty-five years have passed since the sadistic abuser tortured the patients of the psychiatric ward, and now Lily has decided he must meet his final judgment.

As her plan unfolds she discovers she is not the only one with a dark secret. Now, only time will tell if Lily’s demons will be vanquished, and just how many people are really involved.

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

Due to life being an absolute bitch and getting in the way, it has taken me far longer than I would have like to get round to reading Attic Of The Mind, it’s also taken me a lot longer than usual to write this review. It’s a good job I make notes to refer back to as I’m reading 🙂

At the beginning of Attic Of The Mind we are in a psychiatric ward, not just any psychiatric ward it’s a ward run by a cruel and sadistic nurse Walker. Walker is abusing his patients on a regular basis. A new young Doctor; Nathan; joins the ward and he is understandably scared of Walker but Nathan discovers the abuse but decides to do nothing.

However, Nathan has never gotten over the guilt that ignoring the abuse has caused him. Ever since leaving Poplar Ward Nathan has been taunted by visions of a pair of eyes, the years of one of Walker’s victims. And now there are other things appearing leaving reminders of his time at Poplar.

The question is who is leaving him these reminders? Is it the cruel, sadistic Nurse Walker or is it of the cruelly treated patients?

This is the first of Hemmie’s books that I’ve read and it most definitely won’t be the last.

Hemmie’s writing style was fantastic. I was thoroughly engrossed from the beginning, I found I didn’t want to put this book down and tried not to unless it was a necessity.

The storyline was extremely well thought out. To cover a difficult topic like abuse can be hard but it doesn’t seem like it for Hemmie. Hemmie handled the abuse issue with a great level of sensitivity, only the essential details were discussed leaving the rest for the reader’s mind to piece together without having to read all the gruesome details. For me this approach worked fantastically well, it made things seem more disturbing.

The characters are great, I loved and hated them! The fact that we met Walker, Lilith (Lily) and Nathan 25 years ago at the start before catching up with them later means there is a depth to them. It allows us to see how they may or may not have changed in that time.

Hemmie also gives us a glimpse into Walker’s childhood and his private life now which helps with understanding why he’s the way he is. It doesn’t by any stretch justify his behaviour but certainly clarifies things.

This is a book filled with twistedness, cruelty and suspense. Just when you think you know where things are heading they take an unexpected turn and lead you on another path. Attic Of The Mind keeps feeding you breadcrumb after breadcrumb so that you keep following the trail and thinking about what has happened or what may happen.

Overall this is a fantastic 5* read. If you enjoy a good psychological thriller I can not recommend this book enough. Great Job Hemmie!! 🙂

✫.•° About Hemmie Martin °•.✫

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.

✫.•° Places To Find Hemmie °•.✫

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Tommy’s Girl Parts 1 & 2 by Laura Morgan

✫.•° Tommy’s Girl Part 1 °•.✫

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫


I think I can handle his dark side


I can play his game of cat and mouse


What’s the worst that can happen?



Please note – This book is a thrilling crime story and is not suitable for those under 18 years old. There are numerous severe triggers and dark scenes.

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

This book is so different to the work I’ve read of Laura’s before.

This book is dark and twisted, it’s thrilling and will keep you captive and hooked from the very start until the bitter end.

Piper and Tommy me on set whilst filming. Tommy is fully immersed in his role and Piper doesn’t know if she has met the real Tommy or the character he’s playing.

Tommy is an incredibly messed up guy, he has many layers to his character and not all of them are nice. I think that we are only seeing the very tip of this guy’s character. Piper is strong and confident, she knows what she wants, and she isn’t afraid of hard work to get there. She also shows some of her weaknesses which is a sign of her humanity. Piper has no idea just what she unleashes within Tommy.

This story is so captivating, it draws you in with every page, the more I read the more I wanted to read. This was not what I was expecting Tommy’s Girl is twisted, dark and somewhat psychotic.

The story is incredibly well-written, and it flows almost seamlessly from scene to scene and character to character.

Laura’s writing style helps you to understand the events and you start to feel as though you have begun to work out what’s going to happen next, but then she throws in a curveball that knocks you right off that path and makes you start guessing all over again!

This book was so much better than I had first anticipated and I’m so glad I got to read it I’m also incredibly glad that I have Part Two already, and I can begin reading it straight away!!

✫.•° Tommy’s Girl Part 2 °•.✫

✫.•° Blurb °•.✫

The voices in my head won’t stop telling me what to do.

Take her…

Own her…

Hurt her…

Kill her…

She’s been a bad girl and needs to be punished…

Maybe It’s time I stopped trying to fight them?


Please note – This book is a thrilling crime story and is not suitable for those under 18 years old. There are numerous severe triggers and dark scenes.

✫.•° Book Links °•.✫

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✫.•° My Review °•.✫

This book picks up with Piper 3 months on. She’s happy, she is filming on location and seeing her new boyfriend, all in all, Piper appears to have put her experience with Tommy behind her. Tommy, on the other hand, has taken a whole new path in life. He’s not happy that Piper is no longer his girl and he wants her back!

I’m going to have to keep this review fairly short so that I don’t end up posting a spoiler by mistake.

Tommy is darker and more twisted this time if that’s possible! Piper is stronger and more determined, and jeez, does she need that strength. That’s as much of the storyline that I’m willing to discuss.

On to Laura’s writing and Style…

I’ve read a few of Laura’s books and both Tommy’s Girl Parts 1 and 2 are like nothing else of hers. I never realised just how twisted and warped she could be! This is so much darker than her other books but it is also extremely well written.

Her words flow over and around you so easily. I was sucked into Tommy and Piper’s world and held captive right alongside them. I could feel and experience their thoughts and emotions as if they were my own. I loved how I felt like I was a part of the story, a part of their story.

This book was one heck of a sequel and I was hooked from the beginning. I wasn’t prepared for just how good it was going to be!

If you want a dark twisted and harrowing tale of obsession and love, then Tommy’s Girl Part 2 is for you.



Well done Laura, an amazingly dark and twisted tales that I have adored from the very first word to the very last!!

✫.•° About Laura °•.✫

Laura is a self-confessed computer and gadget geek. She’s always had a wild imagination and a sense of creativity that often runs away with her, engrossing her for days in many a story that haunts her thoughts until it eventually makes it to the page. An avid rock music fan, she spends much of her free time listening to music at home or going to concerts with friends, and this love of music often makes its way into her creative writing. Laura loves edgy, gritty books that strip your heart and soul bare, and leave you with an epic book hangover at the end. That’s what she’s aimed to do with her novels, and her readers agree! At times they’re dark and controversial, but that’s also what makes them unique. You can find out more at her website:

✫.•° Places To Find Laura °•.✫

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