(Blog Tour) Tropical Punch – S.J Jensen

What is it all about:

“Strippers, Drugs, and Headless Corpses…

All in a day’s work for Bubbles Marlowe, HoloCity’s only cyborg detective.

What do an anti-tech cult, a deadly new street drug, and the corrupt Chief of Police have in common?

It’s a question Bubbles can’t afford to ask. Last time she got curious it cost her job, a limb, and almost her life.

She vows to stay out of police business. But with a newly minted cybernetic enhancement, a semi-legal P.I. license, and a knack for asking the wrong kind of questions… Vows are made to be broken, right?

When a seemingly straightforward contract takes a dark turn, heads literally roll. Unless she wants to take the fall for the murders Bubbles needs to cut town on the double. Too bad she’s flat broke.

And now, she’s being hunted.

In a world where dreams can be made real for the right kind of dough, nothing is as it seems. One thing is clear, though. The dream is becoming a nightmare.

As the body count stacks up, Bubbles realizes she’s made a terrible mistake.

Can she figure out who is behind the murders before she loses her head?

Warning: Don’t read this book if you hate fun, glitter, sassy robotic pigs, or hard-boiled badassery. Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett are rolling in their graves, but this is all their fault.”

My Thoughts:

Hi listeners welcome back to another review, I must confess to you all I love cyberpunk in many shapes and sizes, and I’m very pleased to say this did not disappoint.

I loved everything about this story, the setting, the characters both good and bad, the simplicity mixed with the complexity of it all, like a beautiful dance of words.

Enter Bubbles Marlowe our sassy cyber nearly p.i, she is a brilliant character, someone I would happily have a drink with but not want to owe any money to.

Bubbles is larger than life and in this dark and weird world she inhabits thats important but even as she is so big, the cast of characters supporting this story shine equally as bright, each and every one is fleshed out and feel like they have an interesting back story.

Speaking of back stories I immediately wanted to know bubbles, her interesting personality kept me glued to the book and would love there to be an origin story at some point.

The scene setting and the emotions portrayed are wonderfully done, it makes me want to look more into this author who I shamefully confess is not known to me, but that will now change.

The narrator of this shiny cyber adventure is Jennifer Blom, who combined with Jensen’s exquisite writing together they make an excellent team and Jennifer’s narrative brings it all to life in living technicolour, I hope they work together again.

If you like all things quirky, this is for you, if you are a cyberpunk fan, this is for you, if you just want a fun story and then find the rest, then I highly recommend this, I will definitely be keeping an eye on this series in anticipation of book two.

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tropical-Punch-Bubbles-Space-Book-ebook/dp/B08WRD2LTY/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=bubbles+in+space+book+1&qid=1630359851&sr=8-2

You can follow S.C Jensen here: @scjensen_author or http://www.scjensen.com

Or follow Jennifer here: @jenblom or http://www.jenblom.com

Coopers promise – Timothy Jay Smith

What’s the story:

In the story, Cooper Chance, army sharpshooter and gay deserter from the war in Iraq, wants to go home, but can’t because he’ll be jailed and he’s acutely claustrophobic. He’s ended up adrift in Africa in a gritty world of thugs, prostitutes and corrupt cops. When the CIA offers him a way home without jail time if he carries out a risky high-stakes operation, Cooper balks until a teenage prostitute he’s vowed to rescue is trafficked and disappears. Cooper agrees to carry out the risky operation if the CIA helps find the missing girl.

My thoughts:

Hello everyone, I know what your going to say, I have been a way for far too long, but don’t worry I am back and I come bearing something that I hope will have you all saying “we forgive you”.

I was contacted by Timothy asking if I would be interested in reviewing his new book, this could not have come at a better time as I had been thinking of starting back up , so onto the book.

First thing that grabbed me about this book is that it’s set in a far flung place, I enjoy a good story especially one set in a foreign land and this fits very nicely into that box , set in an African country there is a lot of good things to say about this book.

First off. This book does contain mature subject matter, but it is done in a tasteful and respectful manner.

The writing style really grabbed me , as you all know I’m a very visual reader so the more I can imagine the better, and this story definitely didn’t disappoint, have never been to Africa but after this I really want to.

The hero of this tale is one Cooper Chance a brilliant name in my opinion he is quite a character, in fact every character had enough depth and substance to make them believable, which if I’m honest is something that brings the book alive for me.

This book left me wanting to know more about Cooper , his back story , the reasons he ended up where and how he did. You find out a-bit, which as I said left me really hoping there is a prequel.

Back to the writing style , the descriptions of people , places and things were just so cinematic I could see myself walking beside the characters through the dusty warm streets, so badly wanting ice water.

The narrator for this story is Ryan Brophy, his style is very easy to follow and the story is told in a way that it’a a pleasure to listen to.

I must mention the artwork it’s very interesting , I’ve come across very few books that show you what the main character looks like , it’s not a bad thing at all , there is so Much to picture in this book that it just works.

I loved this book, and I know we can’t really go anywhere at the moment, but if you want to take a trip without leaving the comfort of your couch then I recommend giving this a try.

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coopers-Promise/dp/B0933DHGHJ/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=timothy+j+smith&qid=1622178653&sprefix=timothy+j+&sr=8-3

you can find out more about Timothy here: @TimothyJaySmith and at: www.timothyjaysmith.com

(Book Tour) Son’s of Darkness – Gail Z. Martin

What’s it all about?:

“We are the Night Vigil.

We keep the Vigil, looking for the ones who can still be saved, the ones who aren’t too far gone. We’re the misfits and the muck-ups, unwanted by Heaven or Hell, given one last chance to atone for all the mistakes and missed chances, the pain we’ve caused others and ourselves, the good things we were afraid to do, and the bad things we embraced with open arms.

Unfinished business ties us to the mortal world, to make atonement, find absolution, satisfy retribution, get things right. You won’t find a sorrier group of halfway-house heroes. No illusions left – about ourselves, humanity, or what’s really out there in the darkness. Just a purpose, to go down fighting the good fight. Because this is our last chance.

One final chance to make it right, the thin red line of humanity against the evil that goes bump in the night, your best hope to make it through the hour of the wolf.

When a series of disappearances, suicides, and vengeful spirits cause havoc and death along a remote interstate highway, demon-hunting ex-priest Travis Dominick teams up with former special-ops soldier and monster-hunter Brent Lawson to end the problem with extreme prejudice”

My Thoughts:

After taking a rather longer than expected break from blogging, I am back and I bring you a book tour stop that I decided to take a chance on, and I can say i was not disappointed.

Welcome to the book one in an exciting new series Night Vigil. Not had much exposure to urban fantasy so this is a fairly new genre to me, so as little as i have to compare this too i really enjoyed this first in the series.

A fairly easy to follow storyline, mixed in with believable action and if there was music I could hear a rock soundtrack from start to finish

Both leading characters were troubled but very well written and although we find out a little about each man, I would love to know more and hope than we learn more back story as this series progress.

As you all know I’m a very visual listener and this was a journey , the scenes and locations all came alive in my imagination as I listened along.

Let’s talk about the artwork for a second, so vivid as you can see from the banner and picture, it’s a visual feast.

Let’s welcome the narrator of this fine tale , a new name to me but someone I will definitely want to hear more from, Jeffery Kafer, his tone and way he reads the story and characters, every word sets the scenes perfectly.

Gail is a new author to me , but I like her writing style is straight to the point and weather the research was real or fictional a lot of work went into the background and characters and creatures . If you are looking for something that bit different to distract you from wherever your head may be then I recommend this as a good starting point.

You can buy it here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sons-Darkness-Night-Vigil-Novel/dp/B08L43C7YV/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

You can find Gail here: @GailZMartin, and here: https://ascendantkingdoms.com/

Her Mother’s Daughter – Alice Fitzgerald

Book blurb:

“1980: Josephine flees her home in Ireland to start a new life in London – but can’t leave her traumatic childhood behind. 

Seventeen years and two children later, her sister calls: their mother is dying and wants to see Josephine. It’s a summons she can’t refuse…. 

1997: Ten-year-old Clare can’t wait for the summer holidays, when she will meet her grandparents in Ireland for the first time. She hopes this trip will put an end to her mum’s dark moods – and drinking. But family secrets can’t stay buried forever, and following revelations in Ireland, everything starts to unravel. Have Josephine and her daughter passed the point of no return?”

My thoughts:

Here is second review I am behind on and my tour of the uk takes me from Scotland onto England and Ireland, and this is a real heart wrencher. 

I keep having to remind myself that this is not a true story, it easily could be.

The main characters in this sorry tale are Josephine and her daughter Clare, lots of other minor rolls but this story revolves around them.

families are messy messy things and closure is a transparent and hard to grasp thing and all throughout this story, it’s something for both Josephine and Clare that seems to be just out of reach.

This might be a bit of a shorter review than normal, not because it wasn’t a good book, it was great but it was difficult subject matter with not alot of light at the end of the tunnel, I so wanted the best for all concerned, but it just never seem to happen.

The Narrator for this tale of woe is Caroline Lennon who does a fantastic job given the bleakness of the story she has to tell, the accents are spot on for every character and tells the story at a good pace.

So if you are looking for something bright and airy then this isn’t it, but don’t mishear me dear readers,for all the darkness contained with this story, the one thing I can say shines through brighter than anything is that Alice Fitzgerald and Caroline Lennon has managed to capture beautifully is the overwhelming humanity and frailty of everyone represented. A job that’s not always easy to do.

So if you want something not light and fluffy but something real then give this a listen.

you can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07HWY4KNT/ref=tmm_aud_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1547724634&sr=8-1

Follow Alice here: @AliceFitzWrites