27 Nov 2014



SOURCE: A proof paper copy received for review from Little Brown Book. A copy of their spring 2015 catalogue can be found here

PRESS RELEASE BLURB: Publishing: 4th June/paperback. Ebook out now.

A huge number one Kindle bestseller, Bite is a breath-taking ride of a novel, a high-concept conspiracy thriller about a virus outbreak and a man who will never give up the search for his missing wife.

Tomorrow should be the greatest day of Erica Stroud-Jones's life. In just 24 hours this brilliant young scientist will present her secret work to a conference in Amsterdam - research that promises to revolutionise the battle against a deadly tropical disease. Millions of lives could be saved; a Nobel Prize beckons.

Arriving to watch her are sceptics and rivals, admirers and enemies. Erica's own eyes will be on sculptor Max Carver, her American new love to whom she will dedicate her achievement.

Tomorrow never comes.

Erica vanishes during the night. Max desperate, terrified, sets out to find her, descending into a underworld full of malice and cunning. But even he is shocked by the dark terror he finds in the heart of the woman he loves.

Contains spoiler. Hi-light script if you so wish.

FIRST SENTENCE {Chapter 1}: August in New York.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 131}: The stand had plenty of visitors, threadbare scientists and scruffy doctors looking over the microscopes and diagnostic tests his company made, but no buyers. Parasites meant low budget hospitals, no corporate buyers and penny-pinching third world governments looking for freebies.

MY THOUGHTS: An enjoyable enough read however ....

The most gripping thriller you'll ever read? A big claim to make and, arguably not true, one that I'm sure will leave many readers disappointed.

With several threads to the novel, the two main ones of which, superb in there own right (though if forced to pick the African adventure, thankfully not written in quite the diary format as it purported to be, was probably my favourite), but put together they made for a novel I personally found a tad busy, the myriad of characters at times baffling.

Frighteningly plausible stuff and on more than one level. Harrowing and thought provoking, obviously well researched, the ethics of these big pharmaceutical companies almost equally as alarming as the thought of a global pandemic.

Well balanced, combined with an interesting twist at the end, Bite, with its mix of mystery, fast paced action, and a medical element, is a movie waiting to happen.

25 Nov 2014


Hmm! Not impressed but then its certainly no worse than these, 2014's top ten worst chat-up lines.

And way better than this ...

Trundling along in Madge (for those of you who don't know Madge is my electric wheelchair) one sunny afternoon a few years ago I was stopped by a young(ish) man who after engaging me in general conversation - presumably about the weather (well, I am English and as every body knows we are obsessed by the weather so I think it pretty safe to say it would have been mentioned) - he went on to ask me out on a date with these words ...

"So how about a drink. I've always wanted to date a crippled lass with her own wheels"

Hardly the most romantic proposition I've ever had, I thanked him for his kind offer but declined.

So, what is the best/worst chat-up line you have ever heard?

24 Nov 2014



SOURCE: A GoodReads win.

BACK COVER BLURB: Seven years after her parents' mysterious death, Uma is no closer to the truth. Why did Mum and Dad go to Peru? And what were they looking for?

When a stranger called El Jefe starts asking questions, Uma sees her chance to find out more. But El Jefe is dangerous - and Uma is in over her head.

So can Uma find out what happened to Mum and Dad? And will her friend, an invisible imp with attitude, be anything more than a handful of trouble?

Desperate for answers, Uma risks everything ... and uncovers a special secret of her own.

FIRST SENTENCE {Chapter 1: Shiny Knight}: A hand crept over the top of Uma's book.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 184}: Coloured lights popped, shot, whizzed through the air, high up and right in front of her face: red, orange, blue, magenta. The lights were bright, alive and vibrant.

MY THOUGHTS: Marketed at those aged nine years of age upwards. With the gift of certain magical abilities I suppose that Uma and Imp has something in common with the Harry Potter series and others of this ilk and yet I was concerned with the mention (no matter how fleeting it might have been) of a Ouija board.

Its always difficult reviewing children's book in as much as as well as having your own personal enjoyment to consider you are also having to take into account that here is a story for individuals many years your junior.

An adventure story suitable for boys and girls alike. Whilst I did quite enjoy the novel I'm sure it is one that will be far better appreciated by young readers.

22 Nov 2014


Yeah, something to brighten what has otherwise been a cold, dark and damp Friday, Charlie over at The Worm Hole has announced ....

What's In A Name 2015 logo

Running from January to December 2015, simply read and review a book from each of the below categories...

  • A word with 'ing' in it {'The Time Of Singing', 'Dancing To The Flute', 'Lex Trent Fighting With Fire'}
  • A colour {'The Red Queen', 'White Truffles In Winter', 'On Gold Mountain'}
  • A familiar relation {'Daughter Of Smoke and Bone', 'Dombey And Son', 'My Cousin Rachel'}
  • A body of water {'The River Of No Return', 'Black Lake', 'beside The Sea'}
  • A city {'Barcelona Shadows', 'Shanghai Girls', 'Under The Tripoli Sky'}
  • An animal {'Black Swan Rising', 'The Leopard Unleashed', 'The Horse And his Boy'}
Charlie's suggestions are in brackets, use them by all means but it is not necessary that you do so.
  • Books can be any format {print, audio, ebook}
  • It's preferred books don't overlap with other challenges, but this is not a requirement
  • Books cannot overlap categories {for example, to use Charlie's examples, Black swan Rising could be used for the 'colour' category OR the 'animal' category but not birth
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it's encouraged
  • You don't have to make your list beforehand, you can choose them as you go
  • You don't have to read your chosen books in any particular order
Further information including the posting of reviews and how to sign-up can be found here.

Uninspired as yet as to what books I might read for each category, as always I shall be using books I already have at the start of the challenge and will not be buying any to fit a category. TT