Friday, September 23, 2016

Guest Post


Hello,
Please welcome to As The Page Turns British crime writer April Taylor. Thank you April for stopping by and telling us about your book.


British crime writer APRIL TAYLOR


DEARLY RANSOMED SOUL

Genre – Cosy(ish) crime. Not exactly cosy, but not gritty either.

Early-music soprano Georgia Pattison is hired for the prestigious Three Choirs Festival in Worcester, England, as a last minute substitute for a sick singer. She is very excited at being part of at such a celebrated music festival. Until another singer, Ariana Staithes, is found murdered immediately after the end of the opening concert.

Chief Inspector Michaela Hamilton knows nothing about the music scene, but she does know the murder was carefully planned and executed. She also knows Georgia, having been a late recruit, is innocent.

Hamilton, completely against all police regulations, uses the lure of suspecting one of Georgia’s oldest friends to persuade her to help the investigation. Suspects are numerous. Nobody liked Ariana, pushy, opinionated, prone to blackmailing people and using her physical attributes to garner favours. Most people are glad she is no longer around. Then a close friend of Georgia’s is attacked and left for dead. Her lukewarm attitude to the investigation turns white-hot, but she realises the evidence is so sparse she must put her own life on the line to trap the killer.


I started my working life in Worcester City Library working with the music librarian. She introduced me to the Worcester Festival Choral Society and with them I sang before the Prince of Wales and the Queen Mother, in various festivals and at the Royal Albert Hall. Later I became a soloist for smaller choral societies. It is a milieu I know and understand.

I chose to make Georgia an early-music singer (mostly Baroque) because she has the same voice quality as me (described as a silver Handelian voice by one of my critics). Early- music singers have very pure tone with little vibrato. A brilliant example is Emma Kirkby.

Georgia is a true opera diva, capable of holding her own in the world of classical music but insecure and craving affection. She tends to go headlong into situations without thinking things through using her verve and waspish wit to get her out of trouble.

All the titles in the Georgia Pattison series are musical quotes. The introductory novella, Whistles After Dark comes from Kipling’s Smugglers Song. Dearly Ransomed Soul is a direct quote from The Dream of Gerontius by Elgar, the oratorio chosen for the opening concert in the book. The second book, which will be out in spring 2017 Laid In Earth is from Dido’s Lament by Purcell. The third, currently in progress, is Say Goodbye Now from The Marriage of Figaro.


Watch the YouTube video for Dearly Ransomed Soul here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEDzYbq68GI

The introductory novella to the series, Whistles After Dark, is free on Smashwords and Barnes & Noble. (Amazon hasn’t caught up yet). You can find it here:

Whistles After Dark on Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/607994


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Monday, September 19, 2016

Gaudi Facade Review





The Gaudi Facade  by J S Raynor

Genre: Romantic thriller

Publisher: Dolman Scott Ltd

Source: Sent by author for review

Book Description:

In 2012, Architect, Adam Sheldrake visits Barcelona for a holiday, where, by accident, he meets beautiful Italian artist, Caterina Fonteras. With a common interest in Antoni Gaudi, they visit the Sagrada Família and are drawn into a world of violent fanaticism, leading to their imprisonment. This romantic thriller reveals a major threat to the Catholic faith and some extra-ordinary revelations.

Review:

I enjoyed this book with its twists and turns and intrigue. If you like romantic suspense then you'll enjoy this book. If you are a fan of the architect Gaudi, then this is a book that will certainly appeal.

Adam and Caterina are thrown into a conspiracy that they have no idea was going on. They are kidnapped, shot at, and nearly killed, but in the end love prevails and all is well.

Thank you to J S Raynor for sharing this exciting story with me,

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Masked City Review






The Masked City(The Invisible Library series)  by Genevieve Cogman

Genre: Fanstasy

Publisher: Roc

Source: Won from Good Reads

Book Description:

Librarian-spy Irene and her apprentice Kai are back in the second in this “dazzling”* book-filled fantasy series from the author of The Invisible Library.

The written word is mightier than the sword—most of the time...

Working in an alternate version of Victorian London, Librarian-spy Irene has settled into a routine, collecting important fiction for the mysterious Library and blending in nicely with the local culture. But when her apprentice, Kai—a dragon of royal descent—is kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble.

Kai’s abduction could incite a conflict between the forces of chaos and order that would devastate all worlds and all dimensions. To keep humanity from getting caught in the crossfire, Irene will have to team up with a local Fae leader to travel deep into a version of Venice filled with dark magic, strange coincidences, and a perpetual celebration of Carnival—and save her friend before he becomes the first casualty of a catastrophic war.

But navigating the tumultuous landscape of Fae politics will take more than Irene’s book-smarts and fast-talking—to ward off Armageddon, she might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear....

Review:

This was a great read. Even though, it's the second book in the series, you need not have read the first to enjoy this one. The writing is beautiful and the story is a fun romp with dragons, fae and magic.

Irene is a strong woman who can take care of herself. She is the mentor to Kai, a dragon prince, who needs her help after being kidnapped and taken to the land of high chaos.

I loved the adventure and the twists and turns in the story. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good adventure.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Guest Post for The Secret Broker by Simon Crane

Please welcome Simon Crane to As the Page Turns to talk about his upcoming book The Secret Broker. Thank you Simon for stopping by.






The coming about of Luca Voss: The Secret Broker and his girlfriend JJ

The idea for The Secret Broker came about in the most extraordinary of places – a hospital. A convolution of personal history, events, people, a health issue and a vivid imagination conspired to bring about my exhaustingly fast pace tale of conspiratorial mystery, espionage and intrigue into my mind. It is quite possible my story outline was agitated by anaesthetically induced dreams. The story kept growing with every anaesthetised recovery hour.  I had the opportunity to fill far too many of these recovery hours, following a blood clot complication, contemplating the roles of my hero Luca Voss and his incredibly smart, equally talented, gorgeous, sexy accomplice JJ, in a conspiratorial world evolving under the silent hand of the Seven Families, who possibly rule the world.  Interestingly the characters of my villains Butakhan and Picardie, seeking to do the rest of us great harm, were incredible easy to visualise and despise. Isn't that always the way? 
Where I had the greatest fun was in defining the limits of Voss and JJ's relationship. Voss had to be an orphan given his life expectancy, incredibly gifted - smart, numerate and super fit. A world class diplomat capable of out-broking world governments and their ambassadors. Then I had the view that anything Voss could do, JJ could possibly do better, or at least just as well. Rather obviously JJ had to be the sexy one, more adventurous in the bedroom games that she is prepared to entertain and perhaps more importantly, somewhat more demanding. 
We think we live in a well-ordered world, ultimately controlled by democratically elected politicians and governments. That's not entirely true, never has been, but I will let you make up your own mind on that. I enjoyed writing the novel, but the most fun was had making teaser trailer, which really brought my characters to life.

Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/176592113
Visit: Lucavoss.com



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Saturday, September 10, 2016

What's On the Reading Table



WHAT’S ON MY READING TABLE

I want to share what’s on my reading table. I hope you’ll want to play along with me and share what’s on your reading table with me .

The Geographer's Library by John Fasman

Jon Fasman’s dizzyingly plotted intellectual thriller suggests a marriage between Dan Brown and Donna Tartt. When reporter Paul Tomm is assigned to investigate the mysterious death of a reclusive academic, he finds himself pursuing leads that date back to the twelfth century and the theft of alchemical instruments from the geographer of the Sicilian court. Now someone is trying to retrieve them. Interspersed with the present action are the stories of the men and women who came to possess those charmed—and sometimes cursed—artifacts, which have powers that go well beyond the transmutation of lead into gold. Deftly combining history, magic, suspense, and romance—and as handsomely illustrated as an ancient incunabulum—The Geographer’s Library is irresistible.

The Masked City(The Invisible Library Novel) by Genevieve Cogman

Librarian-spy Irene and her apprentice Kai are back in the second in this “dazzling”* book-filled fantasy series from the author of The Invisible Library.

The written word is mightier than the sword—most of the time...

Working in an alternate version of Victorian London, Librarian-spy Irene has settled into a routine, collecting important fiction for the mysterious Library and blending in nicely with the local culture. But when her apprentice, Kai—a dragon of royal descent—is kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble.

Kai’s abduction could incite a conflict between the forces of chaos and order that would devastate all worlds and all dimensions. To keep humanity from getting caught in the crossfire, Irene will have to team up with a local Fae leader to travel deep into a version of Venice filled with dark magic, strange coincidences, and a perpetual celebration of Carnival—and save her friend before he becomes the first casualty of a catastrophic war.

But navigating the tumultuous landscape of Fae politics will take more than Irene’s book-smarts and fast-talking—to ward off Armageddon, she might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear....



The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu: and their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer

To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven.

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world’s greatest and most brazen smugglers.

In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu. They imposed Sharia law, chopped off the hands of accused thieves, stoned to death unmarried couples, and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts. As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali.

Over the past twenty years, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara’s heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali’s—and the world’s—literary patrimony. Hammer explores the city’s manuscript heritage and offers never-before-reported details about the militants’ march into northwest Africa. But above all, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism.

That's what's on my table, how about yours? What's on your reading table.
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Clockwork Angels Review






Clcokwork Angels  by Kevin J Anderson & Neil Peart

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: ECW Press

Source: Purchased

Book Description:

Now here’s a high-concept idea: a novel based on the new album by Rush, the popular rock band. Writer Anderson and Peart, Rush’s drummer and lyricist, have been friends for more than two decades. Anderson takes the themes of Rush’s songs and turns them into a very entertaining, elegantly written story of a boy on the cusp of manhood, living in a seemingly perfect society (thanks to “our loving Watchmaker,” who controls, well, everything). The boy discovers that some dark truths lurk just beneath his world’s perfect surface. Firmly planted in the steampunk subgenre, the book tells an epic-scale story, following young Owen Hardy as he leaves the village of his birth, travels to the legendary Crown City, and gets caught up in an adventure that shows him a world he never knew existed. Syme, who’s designed album covers for many bands, including Rush, contributes several beautiful illustrations that capture the dark undercurrent of Anderson’s story. This is a fine piece of dystopian fiction, and it will appeal to readers young and old.

Review:

What a beautifully written adventure. I loved this story and the way curiosity led a young boy on a life altering adventure. It shows how powerful your imagination can be and the wonderful things you'll discover.

It's a coming of age story, but it also is a story about learning to trust yourself and making your own destiny. Owen dreams of what life is like in Crown City and when a stranger comes along and entices him to hop a steam liner to the city little does he know what's in store for him. The Watchmaker has laid out what the world will be like and the Anarchist sees it differently. When Owen is pitted against the two, that's when he discovers himself and what his happiness really is.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is curious and likes to dream big.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

On the Reading Table




WHAT’S ON MY READING TABLE

I want to share what’s on my reading table. I hope you’ll want to play along with me and share what’s on your reading table with me .

Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson

Now here’s a high-concept idea: a novel based on the new album by Rush, the popular rock band. Writer Anderson and Peart, Rush’s drummer and lyricist, have been friends for more than two decades. Anderson takes the themes of Rush’s songs and turns them into a very entertaining, elegantly written story of a boy on the cusp of manhood, living in a seemingly perfect society (thanks to “our loving Watchmaker,” who controls, well, everything). The boy discovers that some dark truths lurk just beneath his world’s perfect surface. Firmly planted in the steampunk subgenre, the book tells an epic-scale story, following young Owen Hardy as he leaves the village of his birth, travels to the legendary Crown City, and gets caught up in an adventure that shows him a world he never knew existed. Syme, who’s designed album covers for many bands, including Rush, contributes several beautiful illustrations that capture the dark undercurrent of Anderson’s story.

The Ark of Fire by C.M. Palov

Nonstop action and clever plotting power this thrilling debut. When freelance photographer Edie Miller witnesses a brutal murder and the theft of a sacred relic, she knows her life is in danger. She contacts former MI5 agent and scholar Caedmon Aisquith, one of the victim's colleagues, who thinks Edie is crazy until someone tries to kill them. When Edie and Caedmon discover that the Warriors of God believe the artifact will lead them to the Ark of the Covenant and kick off an epic war, they must decipher clues and travel the globe in a race to find the Ark first. Palov makes even the most arcane biblical, historical and mythological knowledge intriguing and accessible, tossing in just a hint of romance and politics. Fans of Dan Brown and Steve Berry will be enthralled.

A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton

Alex McKnight is a retired Detroit cop living in Paradise, Mich., on disability with a bullet next to his heart. He rents cabins to hunters and has recently taken out a private-detective license at the suggestion of Lane Uttley, a local lawyer. The book begins fast, with a lot of background deftly woven into the narrative. At a local bar, the lawyer's former investigator accuses Alex of stealing his business. Later, Edwin Fulton, the scion of a wealthy Detroit family and a compulsive gambler, calls Alex from a nearby motel where he has found the murdered body of his bookie. After Edwin's strong-willed mother hires Alex to protect the family, another local bookie is murdered and Edwin disappears, prompting Alex and the lawyer to start a search of their own. Meanwhile, Alex receives letters and calls that appear to be from the Detroit man who shot him and whom the then-cop had helped send to prison for life without parole 14 years ago. Hamilton cleverly joins the plots, leaving but one disappointment: how long it takes Alex to learn to place his trust in others with care.

That's what's on my table, how about yours? What's on your reading table.
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

On the Reading Table








WHAT’S ON MY READING TABLE

I want to share what’s on my reading table. I hope you’ll want to play along with me and share what’s on your reading table with me .

The Templar's Code by C. M. Palov

The greatest secret in the history of mankind is a secret worth killing for...

During the Middle Ages a rumor was born about a mysterious and sacred Ancient Egyptian text. Known as the Emerald Tablet, it was said to contain the secret of creation.

But the greatest secret of all is who wrote it...

Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the author of God,No! by Penn Jillette

Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don't believe it? Well, consider this: For non-believers, every day you're alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike. Whether he's contemplating the possibility of life after death, deconstructing popular Christmas carols, or just calling bullsh*t on Donald Trump's apprentice training, Jillette does not fail to shock and delight his readers. And as ever, underneath these rollicking rants lie a deeply personal philosophy and a generous spirit, which find joy and meaning in family, and peace in the simple beauty of the everyday. Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! is a hysterical affirmation of life's magic from one of the most distinctly perceptive and provocative humorists writing today.


That's what's on my table, how about yours? What's on your reading table.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Insidious Review






Insidious (An FBI Thriller)  by Catherine Coulter

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Gallery Books

Source: Sent by publisher for review

Book Description:

Insidious is the twentieth thriller in #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter's FBI series. FBI agents Savich and Sherlock must discover who is trying to murder Venus Rasmussen, a powerful, wealthy society icon. They soon find out that the danger may be closer than expected.

Venus Rasmussen, a powerful woman who runs the international conglomerate Rasmussen Industries, believes someone is poisoning her. After Savich and Sherlock visit with her, someone attempts to shoot her in broad daylight. Who’s trying to kill her and why? A member of her rapacious family, or her grandson who’s been missing for ten years and suddenly reappears? Savich and Sherlock must peel away the layers to uncover the incredible truth about who would target Venus.

Meanwhile, Special Agent Cam Wittier leaves Washington for Los Angeles to work with local Detective Daniel Montoya to lead the hunt for the Starlet Slasher, a serial killer who has cut the throats of five young actresses. When a sixth young actress is murdered, Cam comes to realize the truth might be closer than she’d ever want to believe.

With breakneck speed and unexpected twists and turns, Coulter’s Insidious will leave you breathless until the shocking conclusion.

Review:

I loved this thrilling book. I hadn't read from this series in years, but still enjoyed it. There are two story lines, but you are able to keep them straight and both are exciting and will keep you guessing until the end.

If you enjoy FBI thrillers, then you'll love this book, even if you've never read any of the other books in the series this one will make you want to read the others in the series.

The characters are believable and the story is well developed and exciting. This would be a perfect beach read or in the colder months sitting in front of a fire.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Taking a break



Hello,

  I've been receiving a lot of review books that I'm overwhelmed. I'm taking a break for a while to read some of my TBR list. I'll still post reviews, but taking a break from accepting requests from indie authors. I applaud what you're doing and wish you luck. You might want to check out the Book Blogger List for other bloggers accepting books.

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