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Info: Santa’s Little Helper by H.D Gordon

I don’t usually post about books that I have been asked to review, but I think that this one looks worth sharing!

Now, while the title suggests something sweet and aimed at children, it definitely isn’t! Santa’s Little Helper is, in fact, a horror story.

Synopsis:

He shows up in a white box, with a bright red book under his arm… He wears a jolly grin and hat, a suit with gold bells and green yarn… He watches you for Santa, or so his red book claims… But though his grin in jolly, he’s not here for fun and games….

The children have been chosen, such precious souls they are… And may the Gods be with them, if they wish to make it very far… For Santa’s Little Helper does not say, but knows important things… He knows when you’ve been bad or good, and what monsters stalk your dreams… He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake… He’s picking out his presents… He’s got some souls to take…

Creepy, huh? I know it’s technically a Christmas book but I think it fits Halloween, too!

I’ll be reviewing closer to Christmas, but here is the information if you want to read it today:

Here’s the book trailer.

Where to buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US

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Thursday Quotables: Blind Justice by M.A Comley

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Thursday Quotables is a weekly meme that requires you to post a quote or an extract from your current read or something that you have read during the week, in order to entice others to read it.

Today’s Thursday Quotable features ‘Blind Justice’ by M.A Comley, a novella in the Justice series, featuring Lorne Simpkins.

Here is my extract:

Lorne looked at her partner and cringed. How the dickens could one man be so addicted to a certain chocolate bar? “Pete, I fear I’m going to be repeating myself when I say this, but, hon, you have a real problem. And I think you need to get some professional help.”

His chubby cheeks moved vigorously as he tried to finish his mouthful quickly in order to reply. “Right, like you don’t like the odd chocolate bar yourself.”

“Yes, the odd bar is fine, but Christ, man, you get through at least five bars a day. That’s unhealthy by anyone else’s standards. Do you actually look in the mirror when you get dressed in the morning?”

His eyes flickered shut, and his mouth puckered obstinately. “Nope.”

“You know what, big man? I can totally understand that. If you did, maybe you’d see that expanding waistband of yours and shudder like I do every day on your behalf. Here’s something that’s gonna make your day.” Lorne threw him a directive she’d received from the DCI that morning and waited for him to explode.

“Well, they can go and bloody get knotted. You won’t find me doing a hundred press-ups down at the gym.”

“You’re going to have to get into shape, Pete. Read the end paragraph – it virtually says either you have to shape up or ship out. They’re clamping down on fitness at long last. Tell me, when was the last time you actually chased a criminal?”

“I chase criminals every bloody day of the week,” he shot back, grinning.

“On two feet, I mean. God, you’re beyond belief at times. I think if someone cut you open, you’d have the word frustrating running through you. Let’s just say you frustrate the hell out of me.”

He winked at her. “Yeah, but you love me, too.”

What do you think? Does it make you want to read more? Let me know!

Where to buy: Amazon UK  (Currently FREE! A great taster for the Justice series)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books/Movies for Halloween

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Topic: Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

I’m going to be using a combination of both books and movies to make my list. They aren’t in any particular order, just the order that I thought of them!

1) The Lost Boys [Movie]

Love, Love, Love this! One of my favourite movies.

2) Fright Night [Movie – 1985 version]

3) Ginger Snaps [Movie]

4) Saw [Movie]

Any in the franchise is acceptable, but I chose the first movie as a starting point.

5) Friday 13th [Movie]

This is from the 2009 version, but any is acceptable.

6) Dracula by Bram Stoker [book]

7) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [book]

8) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving [book]

9) Gremlins [Movie]

My go-to halloween movie when I was little!

10) Halloween [movie]

This is the movie poster for the 2007 version.

So, that’s my list! It was really difficult only choosing 10 and I could easily have done more!

What did you think? What’s on your list? Let me know!

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Cover Reveal: ‘Books for Boobies’ Event

As part of the Books for Boobies event that I recently posted about, I was chosen to take part in a cover reveal for A Lil’ Less Hopeless by Tara Oakes.

This book is a little different from the stuff I usually post about, as it is described as not suitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to adult content. Therefore, to keep my blog suitable for everyone, I have included a ‘read more’ link, where you can view the details of the book.

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Review: ‘Crossfire’ by Andrea Domanski

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Paranormal
Length: 280 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 3 stars.

Summary: Mirissa Colson hasn’t seen her mum since she walked out on her and her father. So, when her mum sends her a birthday present on her eighteenth birthday, she is, understandably, confused. However, she wasn’t prepared for this present to turn her life upside down. Thrown into a world that most people think exists only in stories, Mirissa quickly has to learn how to defend herself. What is this family secret? Why did her mum leave? Who does she have to fight?

Review: I found this book to be a largely enjoyable read. There was plenty of action and the plot was interesting. I enjoyed reading about the world that Mirissa had been thrown into. I also found Mirissa’s father, Steve, to be a greatly lovable character. However, I felt that the main character, Mirissa, was too accepting of the situations she found herself in. As this book is the first book in the Omega Group series, the story was, for the most part, set up well.  Also, I felt that some things could have been explained better. I did think that the writing flowed nicely, though, so I would recommend this book.

★★★ – an interesting idea that I found largely enjoyable to read. I found the main character to be too accepting of situations and thought some things could have been explained a little more. The writing flowed nicely, so I would still recommend it.

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Review: ‘Blind Justice’ by M.A Comley

Genre: Crime
Length: 83 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this short story 5 stars.

[This short story is a prequel to Cruel Justice, the first instalment in the Justice series, staring Lorne Simpkins.]

Summary: When the body of a young girl is found decomposing in a wooded area not far from her place of work, DI Lorne Simpkins and DS Pete Childs are called in to investigate. When the body is identified as Jenny Bartlett, Lorne and Pete head over to inform her parents, who are understandably shocked, thinking that their daughter is out of the country. Digging into Jenny’s past, they realise that all evidence points to her ex-boyfriend, Simon. Lorne’s gut instinct is telling her that he’s innocent, but how can she ignore the evidence?

Review: I don’t want to give anything away, so I will keep this brief. This was an enjoyable read and took me an afternoon, due to it being a short story. The story was fast paced and interesting, though I did guess who was to blame. This did not make the story any less enjoyable for me, though. It felt a little odd being taken back to the start of the series. However, it was great seeing Pete again; an extremely lovable character who is obsessed with food.

★★★★★ – an enjoyable short story. It was weird being taken back to the start of the series, but great to catch up with old characters again, particularly Pete Childs. Highly recommended!

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)