Chris Donlan’s Debut Novel – Visionaries!

Today I’m really excited to showcase the debut novel Visionaries by Chris Donlan! As well as having a look at the book I have a bit about Chris as well as some of the already awesome 5 Star Reviews!

Visionaries is not your typical SciFi adventure, like star wars or some other kind of ‘alien shoot em up’. It blends action, history, intrigue, conspiracy and above all a hope for humanity in the present day. It has very strong female characters and will appeal to adult readers of a wide range of genres. 

This is a book that is currently available on Amazon (paperback and ebook) as well as being free on Kindle Unlimited. (I am really loving my Kindle Unlimited at the moment)

Interested readers can also visit Chris’s website and order a signed/dedicated copy. They can also read the opening 10 chapters, get an insight into how the novel came to be created and get a glimpse into the work in progress on the sequel, called Planetary Union. A third novel currently entitled The Magdalene Years will complete the trilogy.

https://www.visionariesthenovel.com/

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I have to say that I really love the cover for this and it sounds like a really interesting SciFi book, with the added bonus of being the first in a trilogy!

Synopsis

An immortal race of people called the Xethanti are plagued by an evil criminal underclass known as the PiruNostram.

The civilisations of neighbouring galaxies live in fear for their lives. Janithillon can put an end to it all, but he has to overcome Nemesis, the PiruNostram’s fiercest gang leader.

​His incredible journey will eventually bring him to our world in the present day, where he will meet Magdalene, who has been living and roaming amongst humanity for 2000 years. Together they will change everything we ever knew about ourselves just so they can bring a change to the way of life on their home world. This amazing story is fraught with hidden dangers and conspiracies from each side of the universe.

If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘What would an alien race make of what we have achieved here on Earth’ or ‘Are we alone in the universe’ then immerse yourself into Visionaries to discover some answers.    

Visionaries is part of a planned trilogy of gripping, thought provoking and ingenious novels which invite the reader to explore amazing civilisations which have influenced humanity’s development  as well as reflecting on our failings and weaknesses, affording us all with hope in the face of despair.

5 Star Reviews

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The book is written in an excellent way with perfectly balanced action keeping readers in unceasing tension. It is apparent that the writer put immense effort into preparing the background information for the book since it demonstrates the detailed knowledge of our civilisation’s history. What is more, it reflects weaknesses and strong points of people as the inhabitants of the blue planet.  My take on the book is that it sends a deeper message than an ordinary interplanetary story, but I will leave it for you to decide yourselves.

Fantastic work from Chris! I would definitely recommend the book to read.   

Just excellent!! A masterful combination of no-nonsense science and a well-paced narrative, which while keeping the reader turning the pages at a furious pace, also explores some deep historical and cultural themes.  The author has managed to create and introduce the reader to a complete intergalactic society equipped with some of the very contemporary issues which we find mirrored in our own. The detailed descriptions, a story line which strays elegantly into historical and in some cases philosophical themes and the twists and turns in the plot leading to an ending that I wasn’t expecting make for a very good read.

The only bad thing about this is that the sequels aren’t out yet. Get this and read it, you won’t regret it.

I attended a function where Chris read a few passages from this book, and before he had finished reading I had jumped on the amazon website and purchased the kindle version of this book. As an avid sci-fi and fantasy book reader (Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett etc.) I found it difficult to put my kindle down until I had read the complete book. Chris has obviously put a great deal of effort into making the plot seem as plausible as possible, and the way it ties in with current and past events is great. If I have one criticism it is that the story hooked me so much and then it was over. Hurry up and get those two more books published Chris, as soon as they are available for pre-order I will purchase.

Absolutely brilliant, couldn’t put it down can’t wait for next book, the whole book is explained in a way everyone can understand I normally won’t read sy fi but this is quite believable. A must read.

All About Chris

I originally hand wrote the essence of my first novel back in 1976, as you would back then when desktops, laptops or notepads weren’t even invented and frankly that’s as far as I got with it at the time.

It was going to be another 40 years before I finally got around to scratching back through my memory of the story and began to type it using Word on my laptop. The first 10 chapters emerged quite quickly, but it was sometime before the other 18 were formulated to the standard I was striving for.
With the hindsight of life’s experiences and the amazing research capacity with the Internet, I was able to hone and polish the raw story into something much more appealing and readable – well I hope I have anyway!

It took me around 2 years to completely finish the novel and finally bring it to fruition as the published article you can see today; which is not surprising when you consider that I was and still am, holding down a full-time job as a consultant for a software house.

I’m very grateful to my partner, Jane as a much needed and helpful adviser and critic and to several friends who read the inaugural drafts and provided me with useful feedback which enabled me to refine and craft the story as I went along.

One of the most inspiring things for me to have come out of the process of writing Visionaries was the realisation that I could develop the story into a trilogy, by inventing a prequel as a means of exploring more about one of the key characters, as well as developing a sequel so that the readers can get a chance to see what happens next.

I hope to have both of these novels ready over the course of 2018/19 so please keep an eye on my profile for more details. You can also follow developments by visiting my website www.visionariesthenovel.com

If SciFi is your thing definitely have a look and check it out!

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Since I started this book blog I have been introduced to all the awesome ways available to be able to read arc’s, new releases, books from indie authors, it has resulted in so much more reading, discovering new books and finding new authors!

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Thread of Hope by Rachel Bonner – Cover Reveal @rararesources

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Today I am really excited to bring you the cover reveal for ‘Thread of Hope’ by Rachel Bonner, the second book in the choices and consequences series. I really love the artwork for this cover, it just has that little bit something different to make it stick out! Hope you enjoy it too!

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Synopsis

Honesty is the best policy. Isn’t it?

What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

Prospero is prepared to tell Leonie most of his past – if he can find her – but one of his secrets could send her running again. Another could destroy any future they might have. And one could kill her. Dare he risk it?

Leonie is terrified of the consequences of sharing any of her past with anyone. But not even Leonie knows the secrets that her very existence contains.

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie and they could tear the world apart. Who does he turn to, and who should he share them with? If he tells the wrong person he could seal not just Leonie’s death warrant but those of millions more.

And no one has told Leonie the mystery of her necklace. When she discovers that, will she sacrifice everything and risk all that Gabriel has been working for?

Purchase Links:

Amazon Kindlehttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NBH7J2T

Other ebook retailershttps://books2read.com/threadofhope

In addition, book 1 Strand of Faith is on special offer for a limited time at 99p for the ebook,

A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice. When the choice is between life and love, who can possibly decide? And who can be trusted for advice?

Strand of Faith Purchase Links

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GKZT8LF

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Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rachel_J_Bonner_Strand_of_Faith?id=bQyBDwAAQBAJ&hl=en_GB

Author Bio

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four-book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance. Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books or shooting things with her local archery club. Target shooting only, honest. Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary. It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

Twitter name – @racheljbonner1

Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/racheljbonnerauthor/

Websitewww.racheljbonner.co.uk

Cover artist Twitter name – @oliverpengilley

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Cover artist websitehttps://www.oliverpengilley.co.uk/

An Impossible Thing Called Love #bookreview #blogtour #giveaway @rararesources

Synopsis

Don’t miss the new delightfully uplifting book from the author of A Recipe for Disaster!

A second chance at love…An Impossible Thing Called Love: A heartwarming romance you don't want to miss!

When globe-trotting Emmy first fell for first-aider William on a freezing New Year’s Eve, she really believed that their love would go the distance.

But when she returns to Australia, her letters start to go unanswered and her emails bounce back unread, Emmy decides it’s time to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and start afresh in London.

So she’s shocked when William walks in on her very first day at her new job! Even worse, he’s hotter than ever. But why did he disappear for so long? What has he been hiding? And could this really be their second chance at falling in love…?

Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.

Review

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I went into reading this not sure if I was really in the mood to read a romance book and ended up emerging a few hours later after being completely captivated by the story of William and Emmy!

This is such a sweet charming story that moves at a relatively quick pace, I’m not always a fan of the sort of instant-love plot lines but I felt like this one was able to work quite well as although it was a bit of a love at first sight sort of story, the characters did then communicate for quite a while before losing touch and finding each other again. I also loved that there was a chapter with there letters detailing the time that was passing as well as of course what was going on in their lives at the time. I did get a tad confused with the timeline at points as it did move quite fast but it didn’t take to much to figure out again. This was a book that I had guessed most of what would happen before it did but still I found it to be a really enjoyable, feel-good read.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

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Author Bio –

Belinda Missen is an award-winning and best-selling author, screenwriter, and freelance writer from Geelong, Australia. She lives with her car-obsessed, but wonderful husband, two loopy cats, and more books than she cares to count.

In late 2017, Belinda signed a six-book contract with HQDigitalUK (HarperCollins). A Recipe for Disaster was released in August 2018. An Impossible Thing Called Love appeared by magic in November 2018.

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A Rebel at Pennington’s by @RachelBrimble #blogtour #bookreview @rararesources

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Synopsis

One woman’s journey to find herself and help secure the vote. Perfect for the fans of thethumbnail_A Rebel Cover .jpg TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.

1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner, Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington’s Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women’s progression and will do anything to help secure the vote. Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harboring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.

When Esther and Lawrence meet their mutual understanding of life’s challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed. With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists’ determination to secure the vote.

Will Esther’s rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?

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Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Historical fiction is not something I tend to read very often but I am sure glad I tried this one! This is the second book in the Pennington series however this was something I found out after I had finished this book, so it can definitely be read as a standalone.

We start off by meeting Ester, a rather feisty young lady who is devoted to the suffrage of women. Even though she has been disowned by her father, she is determined to carry on the work of her mother and is fighting for women’s rights and their right to vote. Then along comes Lawrence and although she tries to fight it their romance blossoms. What I really liked was that the book itself seemed to be very well researched which just added depth to the writing and storytelling. It did take me a little bit to really behind all the characters but after that, I was hooked! An awesome 4 star read.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

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Author Bio – Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.

In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

Links:

Website

Blog

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelbrimbleauthor/?hl=en

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Brimble/e/B007829ZRM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490948101&sr=8-1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806411.Rachel_Brimble

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rachel-brimble

Book Review: Happy Ever …After by Seb Earl

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Synopsis:

When Emily wakes up in the middle of her bed, shaking and sweating from yet another Happy ever ... afternightmare, she knows it will not stop easily. The sexual assault she suffered eight years ago has left an enduring mark on her mind.

In the immediate aftermath, she moved back to live with her parents and, since then, they have happily provided sanctuary. But at what price? Emily is not free, and her inner doubt and anger are increasing their stronghold over her life.

Thrust into action by her best friend, Sarah, Emily finally finds the courage to move out and start a new life on her own. She soon meets Olivier, a charming French man.

As she realises how her future happiness depends on her ability to face the past, Emily begins the slow, and at times painful, journey to finding inner peace.

But can she truly put her ordeal behind her? And is everything exactly as it appears?

Review:

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Going into this book I prepped myself for a really hard hitting emotional read, as Emily faces her past and tries to move on with her life. Unfortunately, I felt that it just missed the mark. Now don’t get me wrong I did enjoy the story, while it was a bit choppy at times, I could see where the story was going, most of the reasons behind the decisions and emotions and I really liked the character of Sarah who just wants the best for Emily. Emily, on the other hand, I just struggled to like. I really couldn’t find the connection I wanted to really understand her as a character and she just kind of annoyed me at points.

The book itself was a slow start for me as I struggled through the first few chapters and while it did pick up I still never really found myself ‘lost’ in the story, there was definitely enough to keep me interested, just not enough to quite drag me in.

What I did like about the book was that it was able to show different aspects/personalities of secondary characters and I really liked how the author was able to add the next door neighbors as just that little bit extra to keep the story going. Also as everything ties up in the end and it just being a really satisfying ending I did feel it redeemed itself quite a few points. It just took a little bit to get there. While this is not a book I would read again, I would still be interested in reading any of the author’s other novels.

Rating: 3/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Maybe

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

How to Get ARC and Review copies of Books – All You Need to Know

I have re-blogged this before but it’s such an awesome resource for those starting or who are new with their book blog that I’m re-blogging again! Make sure to check it out!

Books and Readers

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Every once in while , I see an email from a blogger or reviewer asking about how I get ARCS and review copies .

Firstly , an ARC is a copy of an unpublished book . ARC= Advance Reader/Reviewer copy . But you probably know that already . Now the question is back to , how do I get it ?

I will try to answer that question and explain all the ways to get ARCS as best as I can . Here I will discuss all the primary ways and some extra ways to get both ARCS and Review copies .

Let’s start with simple things ,

Who gets an ARC / Review copy :

As said above , ARCS are advance reader copies . These are copies of books that are printed before the book is officially released and hits the stores . And as the name itself…

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