The Barn of Buried Dreams – Chrissie Bradshaw

Erin and Heather Douglas are struggling. Their mother’s death has left a void in their family and everyday life has side-lined their dreams.

Erin has buried herself away in the family home and left her stage career. By hiding away, she is evading the pain of returning to London and the acting world where her ex-fiancé is enjoying success and a new relationship. When she meets charismatic Texan Jackson McGee, she wrestles with her feelings for him. Should she trust another man?

Heather is juggling babies, work, a rocky marriage and running on wine. An overheard conversation makes her ask, would Mark cheat on her?

Can the sisters help one another to face their fears, dust off and revive those dreams and find joy in life?



My review

This is such a wonderfull story. I was captivated from the start and I wanted to keep on reading and reading.

The author knows how to fill this book to the brim with emotions. It really pulled my heartstrings and a few times I wanted to yell : Noooooooo!

Last night I want to go to bed but at that moment I started a certain chapter. I could not put the book away until I knew what the outcome was. People who have read the story will know what I am talking about. I hope I made the others curious enough to dive into the book as well.

The story is about grieve, love lost and found (again), family, friends, about dealing with your problems and not letting other people walk all over you.

I loved Erin, I could have kicked her brother and sister sometimes and you simply had to let Jackson into your heart as well.

In my opinion this was a very fluently written work of art. If you are looking for a book you can loose yourself in, this one I would certainly recommand.

Thank you, Chrissie Bradshaw and RachelsRandomResources.


About the author

Chrissie, 2016 winner of the Romantic Novelist’s Elizabeth Goudge writing trophy, is a seasoned tea drinker and a tenacious trainer of her welsh terrier, Oscar. She has always loved match-making a book to a reader. Writing the kind of book she loves to read takes this a step further. When Chrissie is not writing or reading, you will find her walking Oscar on the beach, trying to avoid the gym and spending time with her family and friends.

Her new release, THE BARN OF BURIED DREAMS – when will they see daylight?, is a contemporary story about two sisters who are struggling after the death of their mother. It starts in Dunleith, the same Northumbrian setting as her debut novel ‘A Jarful of Moondreams’, and some characters cross both books. Readers can enjoy either book as a stand alone

Chrissie enjoys tweeting to readers on @ChrissieBeee Her instagram account is chrissie_bradshaw_author Her blog is and she has a Chrissie Bradshaw author page on Facebook. She would love to hear from readers


The janitor and the spy – S.W. Ellenwood

Baby wipes are not the best at cleaning up blood or what happened to Thornhill in Amsterdam.

They told Thornhill it would be a simple spy mission that he was more than eager to take on, but of course, it wasn’t.

It didn’t take long after meeting the contact for Thornhill to question if he or anyone else connected to him was going to be able to make it out of Amsterdam alive. Passing strangers on the streets became potential hitmen and dinner with criminals became safe heavens as Thornhill seeks to find answers from an old man named Golay.






3. Thornhill could see them slowly walking toward him on the other side of the street. A tall black man with sunglasses, wearing an FC Barcelona jersey a size too big, walked between two shorter Caucasian men; one wore a gray hoodie, which obscured his face, while the other was clad in a black stocking cap and a long-sleeved Miami Heat shirt.

“Can you get anything on them, Mallory?” asked Jones.

“Working on it now,” replied Mallory.

“You see, my story is a long and sad one,” Golay continued. Thornhill kept his ears on Golay and his eyes on the three men approaching the coffee shop. “But I wish to tell it before they find me.”

Mallory chimed in. “They’re small-time criminals, been in and out of prison for theft and drug possession.”

The man wearing the stocking cap walked into the coffee shop, quickly glancing at his mobile phone as he entered. The other two men stayed outside.

“One’s entered the building,” said Jones. “He has a cell phone open.”

“That’s very interesting,” said Thornhill to Golay. “What else can you tell me about your book?” Thornhill locked his eyes on Golay, but was still able to see the man approaching them trying to conceal the pistol under his large shirt.

Golay looked confused for a moment and then got the hint. “The title would be Trust. What do you think?”

“He’s looking at a picture of Golay,” said Mallory rapidly. “You’ve all been compromised!”

“Permission to open fire on the hostiles outside,” requested Jones.

The man slowly passed their table, first looking at Thornhill and then Golay. He slowed down as he stepped out of Thornhill’s view. Thornhill knew the man had found his target.

“Go for it,” said Thornhill. And Jones opened fire. A bullet ripped through the black, entering through the back of his spine and exiting a couple of inches above his belly button. He fell to the ground, dead. Thornhill immediately pulled out his handgun with his right hand and spun around to hit the man behind him, catching him right on the jaw with the butt of his gun. There was the snap of a jaw breaking. The man in the stocking cap fell to the floor, unconscious and bleeding. The third man ran.

Thank you, S.W. Ellenwood and RachelsRandomResources.


About the author

S. W. Ellenwood is thankful to have a close-knit family of two parents, a brother, and two sisters. A homeschooler who graduated college from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, Ellenwood loves all forms and genres of stories and was inspired by The Lord of the Rings films and his parents to write. You can find Ellenwood writing his next novel at the local coffee shops or playing table top games with his best friends.

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For Once in My Life – Colleen Coleman

This bucket list could change your life!
Twenty-nine-year-old Lily Buckley planned to be happily married and in her dream job by now. Instead she’s been single since being left at the altar three years ago, and works at her local paper, writing about two-foot-long courgettes at the summer fete and a dog who looks exactly like Chewbacca.

Not quite what she was dreaming of.

So when Lily’s given the opportunity to write her own column it’s exactly what she’s always wanted – except what she has to write about. She has to do one thing every week that scares her.

With encouragement from sexy colleague – and adrenalin-junkie – Christopher, Lily agrees. From sky-diving to haunted houses, Lily is going to be pushed to her limit. But Lily is hiding something – the thing that she fears the most of all…

Ever since her heart was broken Lily has been afraid of falling in love again. Will fear hold her back once more – or can Christopher help her to finally find happiness?



My review

Sometimes you don’t know how covers connect with contents with this one is a perfect choice. You can see that the main character Lily is on a long and very winding road. The question is : will she finds what she is hoping and looking for? The answer can be found in the book, of course, but I am not going to reveal it. You will have to find out for yourself.

This story is about thinking you had it all and being very disappointed. It’s about losing the ability to trust people and hiding yourself, about learning to live again and and letting go of the fear of getting hurt.

The book made me laugh out loud and made my heart melt. Love, laughter, sadness, disappointment are some of the emotions the story is build on. The author has a way of making you listen to what she has to say. I enjoyed it very much.

Thank you, Colleen Coleman, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Colleen Coleman is an Irish-Canadian novelist. She is the winner of the much-coveted Novelicious Undiscovered People’s Choice Award launched to find the next ‘chick-lit star’. She spent over ten years working as a teacher of English and Philosophy before finally taking a deep breath, scrunching her eyes shut, putting her pen to paper and vowing not to lift it again until she wrote the words The End. As a result, her first novel was born. Colleen lives between London, Ireland and Cyprus with her very patient husband and very, very chatty twin daughters. Don’t Stop Me Now is her first book and will be released in March.

Mavis and Dot – Angela Petch

A warm slice of life, funny, feel-good, yet poignant. Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship.Meet Mavis and Dot – two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there’s Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town. You’ll laugh and cry but probably laugh more.”This book is quirky and individual, and has great pathos…[it] will resonate with a lot of readers.” Gill Kaye – Editor of Ingenu(e). Written with a light touch in memory of a dear friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, Angela Petch’s seaside tale is a departure from her successful Tuscan novels.



My review

This was a heartwarming story. You could easily imagine the two ladies meeting and see how their friendship started to grow. They teach us that you are never too old to have fun, never too old to meet new people, never too old to live your life.

The book has funny bits and heartbreaking ones. It was fluently written and the few drawings put an even bigger smile on my face.

Why shouldn’t you be able to be flamboyant or do something crazy when you are older? Life is how you make it and when you have friends and ‘family’ around you, it’s makes it all the more worthwhile.

Thank you, Angela Petch and RachelsRandomResources.


About the author

A prize-winning author, Angela Petch lives half the year in West Sussex and the summer months in a remote valley in the Tuscan Apennines. She recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture for her Tuscan novels and “Mavis and Dot” is a temporary departure from her usual genre. She has travelled all her life: born in Germany, she spent six years as a child living in Rome, worked in Amsterdam after finishing her degree in Italian, moved to Italy for her job, then to Tanzania for three years. Her head is full of stories and she always carries a pen and note-book to capture more ideas.

In May 2017, Angela Petch won PRIMA’S monthly short story competition and recently had a dozen stories published by The People’s Friend magazine.

“Mavis and Dot” was written in memory of a dear friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. All profits from sales of the book will go towards research into a cure for cancer.

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Tales from the Pays d’Oc – Patricia Feinberg Stoner

Twenty-one tales of life, love and laughter in the land of sun and vines.

What is Matthieu doing up an olive tree? Why won’t Joséphine ever eat pizza again? Who went four by fourth? And who rescued two hapless Americans at Armageddon Falls?

Travel to the Languedoc, feel the scorch of the sun on your shoulders, smell the dust and the lavender and the ripening grapes and follow the adventures of the Saturday Club and the regulars at l’Estaminet.

In this collection of stories, Patricia Feinberg Stoner revisits the territory of her memoir, ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc’ with a whole host of new and familiar characters.



My review

This is the story about life in a small French village. The ‘natives’ are mixed with ‘foreigners’. Some of those ‘foreigners’ live there as will, but will always remain ‘foreigners. Some of them only stay during the summer or come to visit their in-laws. You will get to know some of the villagers, their families and everyday adventures.

A small village means gossip of course and sometimes even jalousy and people falling out with each other. But on the other hand they also try to help each other when needed and are always in for a party.

Some of these tales will make you laugh, others are a bit sad, but not less fun to read. And what is a book without a little romance …?

You could sense the atmosphere, feel the sun and smell the wine and food. It was as if you were sitting in the café as well.

Thank you, Patricia Feinberg Stoner and RachelsRandomResources.


About the author

Patricia Feinberg Stoner is a former journalist, advertising copywriter and publicist. For four years she and her husband were accidental expatriates in the Languedoc, southern France. During that time she wrote a series of magazine articles which eventually became her first book about the Languedoc: ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc.’

Now back in the UK, she lives with her husband in the pretty West Sussex village of Rustington, where Michael Flanders encountered a gnu and the mobility scooter is king.

She spends much of her time writing short stories and comic verses. Her first book, ‘Paw Prints in the Butter’, is a collection of comic poems for cat lovers, and is sold in aid of a local animal charity. In 2017 she published her second book of comic verse: ‘The Little Book of Rude Limericks’.

In the autumn of 2018 Patricia returns to the locale of ‘At Home in the Pays d’Oc’ with a new collection of stories: ‘Tales from the Pays d’Oc’.

Patricia welcomes visitors to her Facebook page (Paw Prints in the Butter) and to her blog

You may occasionally find her on Twitter @perdisma.

The Killer Shadow Thieves – J.F Burgess

Widowed detective DI Tom Blake sets off a chain of events that change his life forever, when the brutal murder of an alcoholic skinhead, and arrest of a vicious Turkish loan shark, unwittingly disrupts an international gang’s daring plans to steal the world-famous Staffordshire Hoard.

In a cruel twist of fate, Blake’s daughter is kidnapped and the trail propels the bereft detective on a personal quest to Miami to save her life. Operating outside the law, he enters into an illicit showdown with a mysterious artefacts Collector, almost costing him his life.

As the body count rises, Blake and his team struggle to unravel the conspiracy of a shadowy killer who leaves no trace. With only circumstantial evidence against each of the suspects, they hit a wall, until twenty-six-year-old photographs linking them to the murdered skinhead emerge. It seems the victim’s depraved past is the key to identifying the killer.

Can the police uncover the truth through all the lies and deception, and crack the case before someone else gets killed? And will they recover a legendary national treasure, worth millions, before it’s lost forever?  



Guest post

I am happy to share a guest post written by the author. Enjoy!


Location for your book

When I read crime, I find it fascinating how authors describe their home towns and cities. It allows readers to build up a mental picture of a real place, making the whole reading experience more emotive, because they can engage instantly with the characters.

Where we grow up leaves lasting memories that have a profound effect on us. With this in mind, there’s a deep sense of place in my book. Stoke-on-Trent is what I call one of the many forgotten towns of the UK. Dozens of factory closures during the recession created large unemployment and crime surged. Neglected for years by local and national governments there are lots of decaying buildings and iconic bottle kilns from the turn of the century, scattered about the five towns.

I find dereliction intriguing; it inspires me to research how people interact with their environment over time. The pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent, with its dark smoky past, has helped me to create, believable characters people can relate to.

In contrast to my gritty hometown setting, some exotic locations also feature in the characters journeys. Love interest – Katrina Osbourne leaves Stoke and continues her red-hot affair with her illicit lover, ruthless gang boss -Ibrahim Benzar, at a high-end villa in Ibiza.

In a cruel twist of fate, DI Tom Blake’s daughter is kidnapped and the trail propels the bereft detective on a personal quest to Miami to save her life. Operating outside the law, he enters into an illicit showdown with a mysterious artefacts Collector, almost costing him his life. Whilst another key player drug dealer, Yusuf Benzar finds himself in Mumbai India.

Personally, I feel The killer Shadow Thieves is a little different from the usual type of cosy police procedural firmly set in one location. It has an international thriller flavour. Speedboats, casinos, drug dealers, raunchy sex and the daring heist of the famous Staffordshire Hoard are all intertwined with murder and kidnap in a post-industrial Midlands town harbouring secrets. All these elements make it an engrossing read that transport the reader deeply into the character’s world.

Thank you, J.F. Burgess and LoveBooksGroup.


About the author

I grew up in Stoke-on-Trent and spent many years doing less than ideal jobs in and around the Potteries five towns, before finally taking the plunge and quitting work to follow my creative side. As a keen horse-racing fan, I started off in 2007 self-publishing betting how-to manuals.

This is my main business, but my real passion is for crime fiction, both reading and writing.

Inspired by authors such as Mel Sherratt, Peter James, Val McDermid, James Oswald, Kate Ellis, Martina Cole and Ian Rankin, and in need of a new challenge, I decided to try my hand at writing crime fiction.

After months of hard slog and sheer determination, I finished my first novel: The Killer Shadow Thieves. This is the first in a planned series of gritty crime fiction books set in Stoke on Trent, involving charismatic DI Tom Blake and his larger-than-life sidekick DS Jon Murphy.

The follow up, The Deadly Legacy, is a cult serial killer thriller, with a 200-year-old secret at the heart of a plot full of unexpected twists, which push therelationships of a rich pottery family into life-threatening conflicts.

I write tense, gripping, crime fiction mysteries with a twist – or urban crossbreed, as I call it. My thrillers take you deep inside the criminal mind.

I live with my wife and family in Stoke-on-Trent, England. You can find out more about me at, or on Twitter at @burgess1012. 

What are you like – Shelley Day

These stories ask us: what are you like? Watch the characters grapple with what life throws at them, never quite sinking under the weight of it all. Shelley Day’s stories explore what we can’t quite grasp. They celebrate the uncertainties of language. The settings here are exquisitely imagined no-man’s-lands- at once strange yet oddly familiar. Here are worlds where the improbable becomes possible: a mother finds herself living on a library shelf, a diner finds words sliding from his menu into nothingness, a psychiatrist cracks up in front of his patient, and there’s a stain on the wall that won’t stop spreading. These extraordinary stories take us to the psychological hinterlands that make us who we are. What are you like? Do you know the answer?



Cover reveal

I hope you like what you see. The design is by OrnamentalConifer.

Thank you, Shelley Day and LoveBooksGroups.


About the author

Shelley Day is an award-winning writer, a European totally opposed to Brexit, a Geordie lass, a lapsed lawyer and academic psychologist. She was named as an Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature ‘emerging writer’ in 2013 and has since appeared at numerous literary festivals. Her debut novel The Confession of Stella Moon (Saraband, 2016) won the Andrea Badenoch Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize. In 2015 she won a Northern Writer’s Award to support this debut short story collection. Represented by Jenny Brown.

The Merest Loss – Steven Neil

A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris. When Harriet Howard becomes Louis Napoleon’s mistress and financial backer and appears at his side in Paris in 1848, it is as if she has emerged from nowhere. How did the English daughter of a Norfolk boot-maker meet the future Emperor? Who is the mysterious Nicholas Sly and what is his hold over Harriet? Can Harriet meet her obligations and return to her former life and the man she left behind? What is her involvement with British Government secret services? Can Harriet’s friend, jockey Tom Olliver, help her son Martin solve his own mystery: the identity of his father? The central character is Harriet Howard and the action takes place between 1836 and 1873. The plot centres on Harriet’s relationships with Louis Napoleon and famous Grand National winning jockey, Jem Mason. The backdrop to the action includes significant characters from the age, including Lord Palmerston, Queen Victoria and the Duke of Grafton, as well as Emperor Napoleon III. The worlds of horse racing, hunting and government provide the scope for rural settings to contrast with the city scenes of London and Paris and for racing skulduggery to vie with political chicanery. The Merest Loss is historical fiction with a twist. It’s pacy and exciting with captivating characters and a distinctive narrative voice




I am happy to share an extract with you. I hope you will enjoy it.


From Steven Neil, the author of THE MEREST LOSS

A story of love and political intrigue, set against the backdrop of the English hunting shires and the streets of Victorian London and post-revolutionary Paris.

Using newspaper articles

I like the idea of using different points of view to provide variety for the reader. The most obvious way to do this is by switching the narrator from, say, an omniscient third person narrator to a character narrator, in the first person. It is also possible to change the tense from past to present and back again. The challenge for the writer is to generate interest and variety rather than confusion. Sometimes it works well, but care needs to be taken. Another way to vary point of view is to use a device like a newspaper article, a review or an exchange of letters or notes to provide additional perspective. In chapter five of The Merest Loss I used a newspaper review of Harriet Howard’s acting performance, borrowing text from a real London Weekly Chronicle theatre review of the time, thus capturing the style and language of the age and giving the reader a break from the main narrator.

Chapter Five

Perfect Match

London and Liverpool, England


London Weekly Chronicle Saturday 23rd February 1839


This week we were fortunate enough to see the arrival of a startling new talent on the London stage, in Mr Macready’s new production of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, at the Sadlers Wells Theatre, which commanded an exceedingly large audience.

Miss Harriet Howard shone as Juliet and we forecast an illustrious future ahead of her. Seldom have we seen such a combination of vivacity and grace. She is young and charming and altogether presents a most elegant appearance. She was entirely believable as the innocent, star-struck lover of Romeo, but it was the poise and style of the performance that so captivated the audience. The play was throughout well performed and we must pick out for special mention, Mr Samuel Phelps, for his sympathetic and finely executed portrayal of Romeo and Mr Robert Walden, for a flamboyant interpretation of Mercutio. In addition, we should say that we were much pleased with the simple and judicious acting of Miss Kitty

Hopkins, as Nurse. Similarly, Mr James Roper, as Tybalt certainly gained a laurel, to which we hope he will have many additions.

The theatre has recently undergone an extensive renovation and this new production of the play was beautifully mounted, having had the advantage, accordingly, of new scenery and decoration.

At the end of the play, the crowd made their affection known and the whole cast was warmly applauded by a house, equally overflowing in enthusiasm and numbers. Miss Howard herself excited extraordinary adulation and it was five curtain calls before her admirers would let her go. Even then the cheers rang on into the night. If you can find the means to obtain a ticket, we urge you to go and see this wonderful play, performed with much effect, for yourself. It is indubitably destined to be a decided, indeed a remarkable, success.

Thank you, Steven Neil and RachelsRandomResources.


About the author

Steven Neil has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the Open University and an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. In his working life he has been a bookmaker’s clerk, management tutor, management consultant, bloodstock agent and racehorse breeder. He is married and lives in rural Northamptonshire.

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Last Light – Helen Phifer

Lucy watches the pathologist leave, then turns to the nameless victim on the table. ‘I promise I will catch whoever did this to you,’ she whispers.

In charge of a new team, Detective Lucy Harwin is called out to attend the discovery of a woman’s body in an abandoned, crumbling church, and is quickly plunged into a case that will test her leadership skills to the limit.

With no leads except the crudely-fashioned crucifix the victim was displayed on, Lucy is at a complete loss. That is, until another body turns up: an elderly woman who devoted her life to the church.

Faced with a killer stalking the streets of her small coastal town, while also throwing herself into work to forget the love of her life, Lucy’s first case is turning into a nightmare.

Linking the killer to the church where her own teenage daughter volunteers, it seems the threat is quickly drawing closer to Lucy and those she loves. Can she catch this monster and prevent a tragedy that will tear her world apart?



My review

Although this is the 3rd book in a series, I did not have any problems picking the story up. Of course, you always wonder what happened before, but this story can be read as a stand alone.

The author tells us what is going on in the present and alternates it with the past of the killer. This way we know what he has been through without his identity being given away.

The book shows us how traumatic events can deeply influence ones mind and lead to severe consequences.

I have read this one in one go. It was very hard to put it down and I thought it was wonderfully structured. And than that climax … It brought tears to my eyes. 5 stars.

Thank you, Helen Phifer, Bookouture and Netgalley.


About the author

Helen Phifer lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children.

Helen has always loved writing and reading. Her love of horror films and novels is legendary. Helen adores reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own.

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The Story After Us – Fiona Perrin

If she tries very hard, Ami can remember when she used to have a dynamic and exciting career and a husband who she loved more than life itself, and who was equally smitten with her…

Now she has two children, a terrifyingly large mortgage, and no idea who she has become – or why she and her husband can’t even be in the same room anymore.

With life as she knew it in tatters around her, Ami is heartbroken, and in no way pulling off ‘consciously uncoupling’ like a celeb. But she’s starting to wonder if she just might come out the other side and be… happier?



My review

The story starts on a high in the lives of Lars and Ami. The author takes us through their marriage with ups and downs. But what will the outcome be? Will they be able to get their lives on track again?

This is a very beautiful and emotional story. I suppose a lot of people will be able to recognize some parts of their own lives or of those of loved ones in it. Is doing the right thing always the right thing to do or might it make you even more miserable? Or is doing the right thing what you have to do even if it does not really feel right? And what is the right thing? For whom is it the right thing? If you can answer these questions, you know what you have to do. Finally the most important thing is for everybody to feel good even if that means making hard decisions.

I loved the story. It was heartwarming and heartbreaking, but it made me smile as well. A very good mixture of excellent ingredients.  5 stars.

Thank you, Fiona Perrin and LoveBooksGroup.

About the author

Fiona was a journalist and copywriter before building a career as a sales and marketing director in industry. Having always written, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative Writing course before writing The Story After Us.

As a mother and stepmother to four teenagers while holding down a fairly full-on job, she wanted to write grown-up commercial fiction about messy, modern love and families – with all their heartbreak, humour and hope.

She grew up in Cornwall, hung out for a long time in London and then Hertfordshire, and now she writes as often as possible from her study overlooking the sea at the end of the Lizard Peninsula, back in Cornwall. She’s currently there, writing her second novel for Aria