My Review of Currents of Sin by Arleen Alleman for #RBRT

Judith Barrow

I was given  Currents of Sin by the author, as a member of #RBRT and on the understanding that I gave an honest review.

I gave Currents of Sin 3.5* out of 5*

The Blurb:

In downtown Las Vegas homeless teens are disappearing from the streets, and Darcy fears that runaway teen, Pammie Fleetfoot, has succumbed to human traffickers. After Darcy befriends two young prostitutes, their pimp is brutally murdered, but they refuse her offer of help to leave the streets. She finds that they have fallen under the influence of a dubious, self-styled preacher. When she confronts him, her activities draw the attention of brutal Asian gang members, and an old nemesis with a deadly agenda.

When an attack on Darcy and her friend, Sid, brings life-changing consequences, Darcy doubles her effort to end the violence, stop the human trafficking, and finally determine Pammie’s fate. When clues lead to a strip…

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My Review of Currents of Sin by Arleen Alleman for #RBRT

 

I was given  Currents of Sin by the author, as a member of #RBRT and on the understanding that I gave an honest review.

I gave Currents of Sin 3.5* out of 5*

The Blurb:

In downtown Las Vegas homeless teens are disappearing from the streets, and Darcy fears that runaway teen, Pammie Fleetfoot, has succumbed to human traffickers. After Darcy befriends two young prostitutes, their pimp is brutally murdered, but they refuse her offer of help to leave the streets. She finds that they have fallen under the influence of a dubious, self-styled preacher. When she confronts him, her activities draw the attention of brutal Asian gang members, and an old nemesis with a deadly agenda.

When an attack on Darcy and her friend, Sid, brings life-changing consequences, Darcy doubles her effort to end the violence, stop the human trafficking, and finally determine Pammie’s fate. When clues lead to a strip hotel with links to their past, Darcy and husband, Mick, join forces with local law enforcement to free girls who’ve been forced into prostitution, only to find themselves caught between two vicious criminal factions.

My Review:

I was drawn to the cover of this book; it intrigued me and, together with the blurb ,I was looking forward to the read.

The subject matter is dark; human trafficking, teenage runaways, enforced.prostitution. It’s hard to read because of the themes and because of the depth and intensity  of the writing. Which is to be admired. It is obvious that the author has researched extensively and she brings all that knowledge to the story..

The depictions of the settings and the atmosphere they evoke are strong, well described, well detailed. Las Vegas is revealed to have an underbelly of corruption and danger

The characters are well drawn, especially the protagonist, Darcy. The reader learns a lot of the background, her family, her previous life,  former encounters, her friends and her enemies. The portrayal of the abduction of Pamela, Darcy’s adopted daughter, the way she is conditioned into prostitution is written with confidence. I had no difficulty believing the hopelessness of the situation.I know though, I should have read at least one of the former books to have been able gained more empathy with this character.

The plot is complex and interwoven with the history of all the characters’ lives and the  multifaceted  subplots they bring to the story.

But reading  Currents of Sin reminded me how difficult it is to write a book that is a sequel, or a follow on to a series of books. The danger of telling rather than showing- or of information dumping – is difficult to overcome.  I found myself having to read and re-read certain parts to understand how the characters fitted in. Some of the explanations – although necessary in the main to bring an awareness to the situation – slowed the action considerably. I was constantly drawn away from the plot to appreciate and realize where and how, characters and situations were connected.

Yet, as I always say, this could be me and the way that I read. After writing this review I looked for the book on Amazon to find an image of the cover (which  still think is brilliant, by the way). There were many good comments on other reviews. There were quite a few five stars. Whenever I see this I start to doubt myself as a reviewer. So I spent a few more  hours re-reading. It did become easier but I still don’t think Currents of Sin could be read as a stand alone; there are too many referrals to the plots of the former novels for me.

But if read as a final book in a series I can see that all the threads would be pulled together. It is a good psychological thriller.

Buying links:

Amazon.co.uk:http://amzn.to/2bsg0Ig

Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2c0M8AI

 

My Review of Bedsit Three: A Gripping Tale of Murder and Love for #RBRT

Judith Barrow

Bbedsit three

I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review and as a member of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

I gave Bedsit Three 4* of of 5*

The Blurb: (I actually like this blurb; it makes for intrigue without giving anything away)

A girl has been buried in a shallow grave. Rain starts to wash away the earth covering her.
Why have Ignatius and his girlfriend disappeared from Bedsit 3 in dingy Vesey Villa?
Why has he left behind a used pregnancy test and a scrap book about a woman’s suicide in a cardboard box?

Ignatius is desperate to get the contents of that box back and, after the mysterious loss of both his mother and his girlfriend, he’s searching for someone else to ‘love’ in his own special way. The events that follow devastate several lives …

Every mother tries to do her best…

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My Review of Bedsit Three: A Gripping Tale of Murder and Love for #RBRT

Bbedsit three

 

 

I was given this book by the author in return for an honest review and as a member of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

I gave Bedsit Three 4* of of 5*

The Blurb: (I actually like this blurb; it makes for intrigue without giving anything away)

A girl has been buried in a shallow grave. Rain starts to wash away the earth covering her.
Why have Ignatius and his girlfriend disappeared from Bedsit 3 in dingy Vesey Villa?
Why has he left behind a used pregnancy test and a scrap book about a woman’s suicide in a cardboard box?

Ignatius is desperate to get the contents of that box back and, after the mysterious loss of both his mother and his girlfriend, he’s searching for someone else to ‘love’ in his own special way. The events that follow devastate several lives …

Every mother tries to do her best for her child. But sometimes that ‘best’ creates a monster. You decide whether the evil within Ignatius is nature or nurture.

Bedsit Three is a tale of murder, mystery and love. It won the inaugural Wordplay Publishing/Ian Govan Award and was shortlisted for both the Silverwood-Kobo-Berforts Open Day Competition and the Writing Magazine/McCrit Competition.

Michael Barton, Founder and Managing Director of WordPlay Publishing said of Bedsit Three, “This novel is well-constructed and well-written. But it’s also far more than that. It’s a book that elicits emotional reaction, drawing the reader into the story and placing him or her in the middle of the action page after page. Be prepared for a sleepless night, because you won’t want to put it down until you get to the end.”

Bedsit Three is set in a fictional part of north Birmingham in the UK. It is a thrilling why-dunnit which twists and turns its way to a shattering finale! No one knows what goes on behind closed doors or in the darkest corner of our minds. Sometimes the threat is too close to home …

My Review:

 I really enjoyed this novel, it’s a good psychological thriller that steadily builds in tension until the end. 

Sally Jenkins’ style of writing is easy to read without being cosy. Her words take the reader steadily through the plot without revealing too much, yet there is also subtle foreshadowing. .

The main characters are well portrayed: the single mother, Sandra, with a young daughter, the new occupant of bedsit three, Ian, a middle class, unemployed man, separated from his wife and son, desperate to be reunited with them. And then there is the former resident of bedsit three;  the mentally disturbed  Ignatius Smith, evicted and living nearby in his car. The author gradually reveals the actions and thought processes of each of these people. And  I liked how the two”off the scene” characters associated with  Ignatius Smith were revealed.. And, no, I won’t say any more about that!

 My only disappointment in the whole of this book was with the dialogue. Sometimes, with all of the characters, I thought the dialogue was stilted (perhaps a little contrived?) and didn’t fit their portrayed personalities. Every now a then a section of speech felt as though it was there, not so much for exposition, but for explanation to the reader. Hmm, does that make sense? .

The main setting is Vesey Villas, an old house separated into cramped bedsits. The descriptions of the building are evocative and gives a good sense of place; of seedy, uncared-for rooms. In fact each setting that the characters move around in is well depicted

Bedsit Three has a good, progressive plot, the story is equally shared between the three main characters and was gripping enough to  keep me reading almost in one session. Personally I was a little disappointed with the ending. But this wasn’t because of the writing or the way the plot evolved; it was because I wanted a different ending. I need to stress this was purely personal and gives credit to the writing of Sally Jenkins. So ignore what I’ve just written. You could always find out what I mean by buying this great book.

 Bedsit Three is for anyone who enjoys a well written contemporary  psychological thriller. 

Buying links:

Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/2bOZQYY

Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2c5OrG4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today With Firefly Press

Judith Barrow

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We’ve met all twenty-seven authors who will be at the Tenby Book Fair,http://bit.ly/27XORTh, the first event of the Tenby Arts Festival http://bit.ly/24eOVtl 

There are many genres and many books to browse over. And twenty-seven authors to chat to about their writing. The winners of the three writing competitions will be announced on the day and the prizes given.

 And just a word of thanks here to the three publisher who will be donating the prizes:

 http://www.fireflypress.co.uk/  A collection of  their books for the Children’s competition.   Cambria Publishing Co-operative  is sponsoring the YA Flash Fiction prizes and  http://honno.co.uk/  also a collection of their books for the Adult Short Story Competition 

And I’ll be sharing a post from the brilliant http://showboat.tv/ Who always video and share our Tenby Book Fair.

Please feel free to check out all our authors and their great books. 

Rebecca Bryn: http://bit.ly/1XYWbtF

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Today With Firefly Press

c392a-tenby2bheader

We’ve met all twenty-seven authors who will be at the Tenby Book Fair,http://bit.ly/27XORTh, the first event of the Tenby Arts Festival http://bit.ly/24eOVtl 

There are many genres and many books to browse over. And twenty-seven authors to chat to about their writing. The winners of the three writing competitions will be announced on the day and the prizes given.

 And just a word of thanks here to the three publisher who will be donating the prizes:

 http://www.fireflypress.co.uk/  A collection of  their books for the Children’s competition.   Cambria Publishing Co-operative  is sponsoring the YA Flash Fiction prizes and  http://honno.co.uk/  also a collection of their books for the Adult Short Story Competition 

And I’ll be sharing a post from the brilliant http://showboat.tv/ Who always video and share our Tenby Book Fair.

Please feel free to check out all our authors and their great books. 

Rebecca Bryn: http://bit.ly/1XYWbtF, Thorne Moore: http://bit.ly/1P6zDQh  Matt Johnson:http://bit.ly/1RUqJFg , Christoph Fischer: http://bit.ly/1svniAr , Sally Spedding: http://bit.ly/1VNRQci, Wendy Steele: http://bit.ly/1PMoF8i ,Kathy MIles: http://bit.ly/1twN3Bg , Graham Watkins: http://bit.ly/2aEgwRv , Carol Lovekin:http://bit.ly/1Y2z6HT, Colin R Parsons:http://bit.ly/1tvBc5G , Lisa Shambrook: http://bit.ly/28NMI5v:  ,Alex Martin: http://bit.ly/28VLsQG ,  Judith Arnopp:  http://bit.ly/290cJMl , Sharon Tregenza:http://bit.ly/29frGPq    Juliet Greenwood:http://bit.ly/29jylrM , Nigel Williams:http://bit.ly/29racfO , Julie McGowan:http://bit.ly/29CHNa9 , John Nicholl:http://bit.ly/29NtdtX  ,Tony Riches:  http://bit.ly/29y3a8k:  ,Wendy White: http://bit.ly/29TMCpY  ,Angela Fish:http://bit.ly/2a5qY2U  David Thorpe:http://bit.ly/2a9uG0V , Eloise William:http://bit.ly/2aoZk1k , Phil Carradice: http://bit.ly/2aYINV5 , Jo Haammond:http://bit.ly/2b7nMqf  and Sharon Jones: http://bit.ly/2bhZ9sa .And thanks to Thorne Moore for interviewing me: http://bit.ly/1VTvqGq 

As promised I’m now showcasing the three publishers who will be with us. They’ll be happy to chat with anyone during the book fair and each will be giving short talks to prospective/ future/ authors and anyone interested in the process of getting published. The room they’ll be in is only small so it will be on a first come first served, I’m afraid. If you want to book a ‘free’ place please contact me: judithbarrow77@gmail.com. Thanks.

We’ve already had an introduction to the publishers:Gwasg Honno/Honno Press: http://bit.ly/2cfHkvO

Today I introduce Firefly Press: http://www.fireflypress.co.uk/

 

Firefly Press is an independent children’s and young adult publisher based in Cardiff and Aberystwyth. Editors Penny Thomas and Janet Thomas started the press in 2013 and brought out the first books in 2014.  Firefly Press publishes great stories for readers from 5 to 19 years old. Successes include Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare winning the Branford Boase Award 2016, Dottie Blanket and the Hilltop by Wendy Meddour shortlisted for the Tir na n’Og 2015, Lost on Mars by Paul Magrs being selected for the Independent’s ‘Best Summer Reads’ by two different people, and many others.
Janet Thomas, Firefly Editor, who will be at the Tenby festival, said, ‘It’s been a joy to be part of Firefly’s first three years. We look to find great stories — we love to publish great books set in Wales, but we’re equally excited to find stories set in other places (or other planets!). We’re very grateful for the support and advice we’ve had from the Welsh Books Council. We’re a small press and publish fewer than 10 books a year, so we select each book we do with great care and love, and I’m tremendously grateful to all our authors for trusting us with their wonderful stories. Firefly came alive for me the first time I saw children reading our books at our first live event — that was magical.’
Find Firefly Press here:

 

 

Gwasg Honno/Honno Press is an independent women’s press based in Aberystwyth. Honno is currently celebrating its thirtieth year, making it the longest standing independent women’s press in the UK. Honno was founded around a kitchen table with the aim of bringing forgotten women’s writing from Wales back into print. Welsh language publishing in Wales has always been a strength, but often Welsh women’s writing, particularly from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, was often in English and fell out of print. To raise funds shares in a non-profit mutual and provident society were issued and Honno Press began to publish in earnest. In subsequent years, Arts Council and then government funding through the Welsh Books Council allowed Honno to publish contemporary fiction alongside the Welsh Women’s Classics. Today the press issues seven to ten new titles a year, including Welsh and English language classics. Honno titles have had mainstream success in the bestseller lists and elsewhere – Thorne Moore’s A Time for Silence top ten ebook in the Bookseller – Lindsay Ashford’s The Mysterious Death of Miss Austen adapted for radio and television – Kitty Sewell’s The Icetrap sold in the US and translated in to 7+ foreign languages and shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year, winning the reader’s award… just to name a few accolades.

Caroline Oakley, Honno’s publisher who will be appearing at the Tenby Bookfair said: ‘Honno’s continued success in a cut throat business testifies to the strength and breadth of women’s writing in Wales and the support from readers in and beyond Wales. Honno operates an open commissioning policy and is happy to mentor women from their first attempts at writing to bestsellerdom. There’s nothing more satisfying than working on writing, marketing and publishing with an author who will bring pleasure to readers everywhere.

 Find Honno and all their authors’ books at: http://honno.co.uk/

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/honnopress/?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/honno

 

 

Let’s Talk About #Bookreviews Day 5 A Book Community

Rosie Amber

This August I’ve been helping support “Write a book review on Amazon” month. We’ve been encouraging readers to post a book review then, tweet the URL to the Amazon review on Twitter and use the Hashtag #AugustReviews Terry Tyler has been busy collating the review links and posting them in her Hall Of Fame  – catch up with them here  http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/

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My Book Community

Book Reviewing and reading is a big part of my life, a full time hobby, I do it because I love reading and it’s completely non paid work.

Over the years I’ve set up a book review team, where we offer the opportunity for multiple reviews for a book from one place, we’ll post to Goodreads, Amazon, reviewer’s blogs and I get a copy of each review to post on my own blog. This way a book and its author get a wide exposure opportunity. Posts…

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