Dec 14 ~ Featured Book: ‘’Three, Two, One’ by Victoria Perkins.

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 14 is ‘’Three, Two, One’ by Victoria Perkins.

This looks like a gripping ghost story with some horror in it.  The author does state that it includes descriptions of violence that may be disturbing to some readers, so it might not be everyone’s idea of holiday reading, but if you’re looking for a break from Hallmark movies and Christmas romances, this might be just the thing. 

Victoria Perkins Three Two One

 

Cassidy Chapman knows she isn’t dead. Unfortunately, no one else does. After the mysterious death of her younger sister, Cassidy’s own identity is called into question. As she digs deeper into the accident that claimed the life of her sister, Cassidy discovers a far darker secret than she’d ever thought possible. Helped by the only person who believes her, new WU student Pacey Townson, Cassidy must find a way to solve Jessica’s murder and clear her own name–before it’s too late.

 

‘Three, Two, One’ is available at Amazon.

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Dec 13 ~ Featured Book: ‘No Rest For The Wicked’ by M.L. Sparrow

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 13 is ‘’No Rest For The Wicked’ by M.L. Sparrow.

This looks like an interesting fantasy story with a touch of romance and a holiday theme, too!
ML Sparrow No Rest For The Wicked

When a rich gentleman finds a beautiful young woman lying in the snow, on the brink of death, he takes her back to his house and, when she has recovered, employs her as a maid. Immediately Elira realizes that Anthony Luther is no ordinary man and nothing about the house she now lives in is as it seems, for Anthony is a powerful wizard.

Inexplicably drawn together, they begin a tentative romance, but it’s not just Elira’s uncertainties and the rules of upper-class society which drive a wedge between them; rivalries and a precious family heirloom, a priceless necklace of unforeseen power handed down through generations, threaten not only the couple’s happiness, but also their lives and the safety of the people around them.

‘’No Rest For The Wicked’ is available at Amazon.

Dec 12 ~ Featured Book: ‘Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons’ by Chrys Cymri

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 12 is ‘The Temptation of Dragons’ by Chrys Cymri. 

Bishop Nigel smiled at me. ‘Holy water doesn’t harm vampires. Which is just as well, as it would make it impossible to baptise them.’

Chrys Cymri Penny White and the Temptation of DragonsWhen I was asked by a dragon to give him the last rites, I never dreamed it would lead to negotiating with his cannibalistic family or running from snail sharks. Life as the priest of a small English village is quite tame in comparison. At least I have Morey, a gryphon with sarcasm management issues, to help me. And if all else fails, there’s always red wine and single malt whisky.

As if my life weren’t complicated enough, a darkly beautiful dragon named Raven keeps appearing where I least expect him, I’ve met a handsome police inspector who loves science fiction as much as I do, and my younger brother is getting into trouble for trying to pick up vampires.

That’s what happens when you’re dealing with an incredible and dangerous parallel world full of mythical creatures. And I have to learn to navigate it all without losing myself, or my brother…

‘The Temptation of Dragons’ is available at Amazon.

 

Dec 11 ~ Featured Book: ‘Daisy Chain’ by Mark Montgomery

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 11 is ‘Daisy Chain’ by Mark Montgomery

A powerful blend of mystery/thriller and erotica, ‘Daisy Chain’ is an adults-only trip back to the 1970s.

Mark Montgomery Daisy Chain

Alexandra ‘Alex’ Holman-Hunt and Dr Oliver Kane live in worlds, poles apart. Alex lives and breathes the new—fashion. She hopes to influence a modern generation of women. Help them shape the way they dress—a new look to take them away from the austerity of the Fifties and the excesses of the Sixties. A new look to better place them in a man’s world. Oliver Kane is very much buried in the past—the study of human history. He lives for what lies under the ground, sharing his passion with best friends; Linnet ‘Lunar’ Moon, a ‘hippy digger’, and a small black and white dog called Hector. He lives and works in academia, teaching his discipline, but also works with new enlightened Law and Order— new techniques to uncover bones and bodies—a new science; forensic archaeology.

Their story, set in Britain, France and West Germany, is played out to the rich sounds and sights of the Seventies; in a world shaped by a terrible world war, and a new world order dictated by new freedoms and new constraints, as communism and democracy fight a new cold war. The world holds its breath. London holds it breath too—a killer stalks, and Oliver is drawn into the intrigue surrounding a serial murderer. Alex is stalked too, by a shadow intent on harm. She fears for her life—who will help her? 

Five lives collide. Secrets are uncovered—death and discovery—murder and mutilation. A string of events unfold—a daisy chain.

Daisy Chain is a powerful, complex erotic thriller from the masterly pen of Mark Montgomery, author of the popular Borderer Chronicles. A tale full of rich characters, gripping story telling, profound thought and an affectionate nod to a different time—when innocence still existed in a pre-internet world. 

‘Daisy Chain’ is available at Amazon.

Book Review: ‘Father Winter’ by Eric Tanafon

This Yule story is fantastic in both senses of the word. In ‘Father Winter’, Eric Tanafon takes the reader on a magical journey to the Great White North in which ancient mysteries and secrets of life are revealed.

Eric Tanafon Father Winter

I chose this book because I enjoyed Tanafon’s ‘Robin Hood: Wolf’s Head’ so much. I was delighted to discover another gem that I could treasure. Once again, I found the author’s writing is so expressive and evocative that the story played like a film in my mind as I was reading, especially the northern night scenes.

The characters are beautifully crafted and seem to spring to life off the page. Connor is a troubled teen and Holly his younger sister who just wants Connor to be on Father Winter’s “good” list. Through their respective journeys, they encounter a variety of people and creatures who help them to discover and achieve what they need to, each in their own different way.

Golden Acorns

I can’t recommend this book highly enough for any day of the year, but especially for December reading.
I’ve given it a delicious Gold Acorn.

‘Father Winter’ is available on Amazon.

Dec 10 ~ Featured Book: ‘The 12 Terrors of Christmas’ by Claudette Melanson.

Book Squirrel’s Bookish Advent Event featured book for December 10 is ‘The 12 Terrors of Christmas’ by Claudette Melanson.

Like many of the books featured in this event, this is a new release – out today! It offers an alternative Christmas-themed read for those who like their  books to be as dark as their winter nights.

Claudette Melanson Twelve Horrors of Christmas

Award-winning author Claudette Melanson offers eleven new and original stories to make your skin crawl at any time of the year. This horror anthology also includes an original short by Amazon International Best-Selling Author, Lynn Lamb, titled “Bring Me Flesh and Bring Me Wine.” A special bonus story is also included by Melanson, “Mislead,” previously published only on the Halloweenpalooza blog. Grab a cup of cocoa and make sure the windows and doors are locked tight as you settle in by the fire to enjoy these tales of terror, but be warned…locks have never succeeded at keeping Santa from gaining entry. If you enjoy a slice of horror with your holiday cheer, this collection of Christmas horror shorts will satisfy all your dark cravings during the holidays…and beyond.

Vampires, ghosts, demons, elves, werewolves, serial killers and a rampaging Krampus are just a few of the monsters creeping amongst the pages of The 12 Terrors of Christmas. Are you brave enough to venture inside to experience the flip side of the typical Hallmark-themed Christmas?

Find ‘The 12 Terrors of Christmas’ at Amazon.

Dec 9 ~ Featured Book: ‘Blue Light Christmas 2: A Cry for Elf’

Book Squirrel’s Advent Event featured book for December 6 is ‘Blue Light Christmas 2: A Cry for Elf’ by Tobey Alexander. Tobey Alexander Blue Light Christmas 2

This is the second in Tobey Alexander’s Christmas books for kids that delivers profits to charity.

It’s another Christmas and what was supposed to be another normal shift for Constable Tim Tinsel. Fate, it would seem, has a different plan. Just about ready to leave for his shift, Tim finds himself needed once again to save Christmas. This time Santa needs Tim to come to the North Pole, and along for the ride is Tim’s daughter, Eve. Can they help save Santa?  Ultimately once again….Christmas hangs in the balance in a wild new adventure. 

All author profits will be donated to Care Of Police Survivors charity.

These stories were created to help create a face to the uniform. Tobey Alexander Blue Light Christmas 1
There are always those within the Emergency Services that have to work those key events, Christmas being just one of them, which is where the idea for the Blue Light books came from. Blue Light Christmas is a family story, to entertain and at the same time raise money for COPs charity.

Available in eBook and Paperback with pricing to match the same profits to go to COPs.

Find Blue Light Christmas 2 at Amazon.

Blue Light Christmas #1 is there, too!