Blog Tour Book Review – Dark & Fluffy: Volume II

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Dark & Fluffy: Volume II by Janet Stock

The Blurb

Following on from Dark & Fluffy, this collection is a further nine short fiction pieces. The title Dark & Fluffy II, reflects the general styles of the stories/prose in the book. Some are a bit darker, and may be a bit uncomfortable to read, Death by Testing and The Broken Arrangement fall into this category. Others are happier, feel good pieces like The Disney Club. Whatever your preference, I’m sure you’ll find something that will grab your attention.

What I Thought

Where To Buy

Amazon UK

Amazon US

Author – Janet Stock

I am married with one teenage son and have always been a keen reader and writer since being young. I was born in Lancashire but have lived in Lincoln for over 30 years.

Several years ago I decided to take my writing seriously. I completed an OU course in creative writing and a Writers Bureau course. Initially I concentrated on short story writing, and when I turned fifty this year, I self-published my first book, Dark and Fluffy.

I love writing short stories, but my main goal is to have a novel published. Ten years ago, I started the first book of a trilogy of novels called The Little Servant (The Wait’s Son). I am still working on this, but now I have a serious intent to get this finished this year.

My favourite genre is medieval fiction, Bernard Cornwell is my favourite author. I also like to read Edward Rutherford, Stephen King, and Dean Coontz.

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Thankyou to Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on this blog tour. I received the book in return for my honest review. Check out other reviews at the following blogs

Blog Tour Book Review – Today South London, Tomorrow South London

Today South London, Tomorrow South London

Genres: Humour, travel, fiction and, confusingly, non-fiction


The Blurb

The book South London deserves… finally.
A new book, to be published late October 2018, aims to put South London on the map once and for all. London is one of the most written about cities in the world. Some of London, anyway. South London has been a slum, a resort and a neglected annex of the capital. But only now in the 21st century has it forged its own identity and purpose. And only now is this wonky wonderland going to get the book it deserves, the first book about South London since 1947.

Andrew Grumbridge and Vincent Raison, the slacker storytellers at Deserter (see below), are to publish their unique portraits of life below the river in Today South London, Tomorrow South London, published by Unbound. The authors, under their noms de plume, Dulwich Raider and Dirty South, record offbeat days out and half-remembered urban adventures featuring pubs, cemeteries, galleries, hospitals and pubs again, often in the company of their volatile dealer, Half-life, and the much nicer Roxy.
Part guide, part travelogue, this book is a collection of these tales with the addition of new material that their publisher absolutely insisted upon. South London, that maligned
wasteland where cabbies once feared to drive, can no longer be ignored. The South is risen!
“The ultimate reprobates’ handbook to God’s own side of the river – your liver may never bethe same again… Wonderful.”
– Jenny Eclair
“Of all the books about South London since 1947 this has to be the best.”
– Jay Rayner
“If a man is tired of London he should read this book.”
– Bruce Dessau (London Evening Standard, Beyond The Joke)
“Deserter’s panoply of wastrels throw up the odd genuine revelation… [an] historical, cultural or psychogeographical treasure. They may not mean to educate, but they do.”
– Ned Boulting, broadcaster and author

What I Thought

Not sure I would feature this as a travel guide – this is a hilarious recollection of drunken frivolities by two brilliant characters.

I thought this book was fab – a laugh a minute and I think anyone with knowledge of South London will enjoy it even more.  Although during their ‘research’ they ponder some of life’s big questions, they do not take anything too seriously and the book is a enjoyable and witty read.  Chapter’s are relatively short and the book flows at a good pace.

I loved the character’s and the banter and I am sure you will too.  Highly recommend a read of this one!

Where To Buy

Amazon (Kindle and Paperback)

The Authors – Andrew Grumbridge and Vincent Raison


Andrew Grumbridge said: “The support of our readers has ensured the publication of this book – they are real heroes of this story. Although they didn’t have to stay in all summer writing the ruddy thing, did they? So, think about that for a bit, yeah?“

Vincent Raison said: “By sharing these tales of bunking off early and drifting through the
city on perfect unplanned pub crawls, I feel I have finally made my contribution to society, though I admit, it’s hardly Children In Need.”

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Founded in 2014 by Andrew Grumbridge and Vincent Raison, Deserter – an online guide to messing about summed up by their motto, Shirk, rest & play – quickly became essential reading for thousands of South Londoners looking to get more out of life by doing less.

Soon, along with its various social media channels, Deserter had its own beer, Deserter IPA, created with Southey Brewing, Penge and available again across South London from November 1st. Legendary social nights followed and their podcast,

Deserter Pubcast, was named 7th Most Essential Podcast of 2017 by Esquire. They are still not sure why.

The Publisher – Unbound

Unbound is a crowdfunding organisation which has published over 300 books by connecting authors with their readers. The company was founded by John Mitchinson, director of research for the British panel game QI; Justin Pollard, historian and QI researcher; and author Dan Kieran.
Unbound’s authors include Jonathan Meades, Amy Jenkins and Terry Jones.

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Thankyou to Random Things Tours for including me on this blog tour.  I received the book in return for my honest review.  Check out other reviews on the tour


Blog Tour Book Review – Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?

Can You hula Like Hilo Hattie?

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The Blurb

The aspiring detectives of the Triple Threat Investigation Agency take on their first official paying assignment: discover the secret of an elderly millionaire’s young wife.

It seems straightforward enough—until the wife is found dead in the sapphire Hawaiian oceanside. As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda strive to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters, they stumble across several secrets and fall over a few bodies.

Piecing together the puzzle detours the trio—to the domains of drug pushers, informants, and gangs. Serious game players, they play for keeps. Does the trio possess enough shrewdness and savvy to beat the odds and win the game?


#1 Sam, a homeless fellow in Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?, was inspired by one of several the author met during her trip to Hawaii.

#2 Xavier, the teenager with drug issues, was also inspired by that first trip. Anti-drug posters at that time were quite graphic, if not horrific, and certainly thought-provoking.

#3 The author set Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie in Hawaii because it’s a place she’s always wanted to live in; and because – in real life – the requirements to open a pi agency in Hawaii is less strict there than in the states.

What I Thought


Where To Buy


Barnes and Noble

The Author – Tyler Colins

Tyler Colins is a fiction writer and blogger, and a sometimes editor and proofreader (books, manuals, and film/television scripts). She’s also been known to create business plans, synopses and outlines, and film promotion documents.

Fact-checking and researching, organizing and coordinating are both skills and joys (she likes playing detective and developing structure).

Her fiction audience: lovers of female-sleuth mysteries. Her genres of preference: mysteries (needless to say), women’s fiction, informative and “affirmative” non-fiction.

She aims to provide readers with smiles and chuckles like the ever-talented Janet Evanovich and missed Lawrence Sanders, the “coziness” of Jessica Fletcher, and a few diversions and distractions as only long-time pros Jonathan Kellerman and Kathy Reichs can craft.

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Blog Tour Book Review – Sadie’s Wars

Good morning and welcome to the weekend!

Sadie’s Wars


An astonishing tale, spanning continents, where truth is stranger than fiction. This historical saga of an extraordinary Australian pioneer family continues into a new generation.

Sadie is brought-up amongst the vineyards of the Yarra Valley while her work-obsessed father reaps riches from the boom years before the Great War.

With post-war depression looming, Sadie’s only option is to flee from her disastrous marriage, seeking refuge in Cleethorpes, a small seaside town in northern England.

Years later, when her sons are in RAF Bomber Command, she receives a letter from her long-lost brother which forces her to confront the past and her part in her family’s downfall.

Can old wounds be healed? Will she find new love? Will this second war destroy everyone she saved?



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I worked as a librarian, mostly with young people, so books have been my life, ever since I first stepped into a library and found a magical treasure trove. My other love is social history. Retirement gave me the opportunity to travel to Australia where I discovered stories that deserved to be written. I found a new career as an author which gives me immense pleasure. I write for myself but am delighted that others enjoy my books.

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