New Project teams up 16yr autistic artist with cyberpunk author, Matt Adcock @Cleric20 #BookProject #Kickstarter

I have something a little bit different for you today….

A new book is launching which is a collaboration between young new Letchworth artist India Nobel and Hitchin sci-fi author Matt Adcock. The two met when India’s mother Liz painted the cover for Matt’s debut novel Complete Darkness which has topped sales charts and was picked as one of Den of Geek’s books of the year.

Now Matt has written a fun cyber-story called Battlemages Don’t Clean Their Teeth, it is based on a much-loved children’s book Pirates Don’t Clean Their Teeth and tells tale of Cleric20, a lowlife but loveable Battlemage who sets off on a highly adventurous assassination mission in London2.

Bryan Talbot, comic artist of Batman, Judge Dredd, Sandman & Luther Arkwright said:

“Be sure to buy Battlemages Don’t Clean Their Teeth, not only to support this fledgling artist but also to make lots of money by selling this future collector’s edition after India Noble becomes a world-famous anime star!” 

Published by Burton Mayers Books, this is a tale of futuristic daring-do featuring characters from Matt Adcock’s novel and comic Complete Darkness. It is a book designed to encourage interactive thought and play and be neurodivergent friendly. The main characters are left black and white so readers can colour their outfits – colouring has been shown to help mental well-being… Which was important to India as she wanted it to be enjoyable and fun for all – and for autism not to be a barrier to having an element of ownership of the story.

Artist mother and daughter team Liz and India Noble created the visuals to go with Matt’s words. India is just 16 and autistic – she’s very excited to have the chance to show her art to the world. 

If readers take pictures of their colouring, Matt will upload their designs to an online gallery too – to inspire others.

The project is currently in Kickstarter funding mode until 06 Jan ’23, people are backing the campaign to bag an advance copy and one of the options allows backers to get a manga style portrait of themselves drawn by India too.

Find out more at:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/cleric20/battlesmages-dont-clean-their-teeth

Danny Pearson, comic book writer and author of over 40 books for children and young adults said:

Battlemages Don’t Clean Their Teeth – A fantastically surreal read that feels like it could easily inhabit the pages of 2000AD. Cyberpunks, a world not too far away from our own with delightfully wicked words, and imagery, that marry together perfectly… it’s all here. Be sure to pick up a copy and support a very talented collection of humans.”

The book has been endorsed by US cyberpunk podcast L0wL1F3 who said:

“A delightful tale of contract killing and proper dental care. For children of all ages!”

There will be a launch event in Hitchin bookshop ‘Next Page Books’ on 04 Feb ’23 where the winner of the pre-release colouring competition will be announced and cyber-goodie bags will be given to the first 20 customers to turn up.

Be sure to find and follow @CompleteDarknessNovel on Facebook for more details.

In Cases of Murder (A Bunch Courtney Investigation Book 4) by Jan Edwards @Jancoledwards #BookReview

When the body of Laura Jarman is discovered crammed inside a steamer trunk and dumped on a Brighton railway station platform, her wealthy industrialist family is shouting for answers, but their reluctance to co-operate with the investigation arouses suspicion. Shortly after, a second body – Laura’s flatmate Kitty – is discovered in similar circumstances. What links Laura and Kitty to the private gentlemen’s parties held in a country house on the edge of sleepy Wyncombe village, and what is Laura’s family so desperate to conceal? Bunch Courtney and DCI William Wright find themselves racing along a convoluted trail through munitions factories and London clubs to a final shocking end.

In Cases of Murder (A Bunch Courtney Investigation Book 4)

by Jan Edwards

In Cases of Murder is an excellent addition to the Bunch Courtney series. Honestly, if you haven’t read these books yet, you don’t realise what you’re missing out on!

Rose (Bunch) Courtney is a brilliant character. She does make me smile. However, this book is tinged with sadness given how poorly her mother is. This aspect of the story showed a softer side to Bunch as she’s a ‘tough old bird’, given the pressures of being a single woman, working with the police, in what was still very much a man’s world during the war.

This book finds Bunch and Wright investigating the brutal murders of two women. There are no particularly gory details though which makes these books suitable for all murder mystery lovers, in my opinion. It’s full of suspense with brilliant characters and ticks all the boxes for me.

I find the fact that it’s set during the war fascinating. I know this author does a LOT of research and I love reading books set in this era. I love the language especially. I was instantly transported to that time and place, despite not being old enough to remember those times of course.

I love the obvious, and often subtle, differences in police investigations between now and then. So much has advanced in such a short time. I do love reading how things were done in ‘the olden days.’

I was completely absorbed in this story. It kept me up way past my bedtime on more than one occasion. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

All the stars for me!

**Many thanks to Jan Edwards for my review copy**

Treat yourself

I.C.Y.M.I

Happy reading! 🙂

#FlashbackFriday December 2022

Hi, and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature 🙂

On the first Friday of each month I like to have a look back at the books I was reading during the same month in previous years, since starting my blog.

Please do join in, if you have the time!

Here are my reviews from December 2021 (clicking the cover image will take you to my review) + a link to previous December FBFs –

Have you read any of the above?

#OutNow In Cases of Murder by Jan Edwards @Jancoledwards #BookPromotion @BoBookPublicity

When the body of Laura Jarman is discovered crammed inside a steamer trunk and dumped on a Brighton railway station platform, her wealthy industrialist family is shouting for answers, but their reluctance to co-operate with the investigation arouses suspicion. Shortly after, a second body – Laura’s flatmate Kitty – is discovered in similar circumstances. What links Laura and Kitty to the private gentlemen’s parties held in a country house on the edge of sleepy Wyncombe village, and what is Laura’s family so desperate to conceal? Bunch Courtney and DCI William Wright find themselves racing along a convoluted trail through munitions factories and London clubs to a final shocking end.

In Cases of Murder (A Bunch Courtney Investigation Book 4)

by Jan Edwards

OUT NOW!

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The Shadows of Rutherford House by CE Rose @CazEngland #BookReview #BlogTour

Darkness lies at the heart of this family…

In 1959 Milly starts her new life as a housemaid at Rutherford House, working for the aristocratic Rutherford-Percy clan. Entranced by her new mistress, Vivienne, she becomes deeply embroiled in the household and the keeper of dark secrets the family conceals beneath the mansion’s grand exterior.

In the present day, Christie is working as a psychiatric nurse when she meets troubled patient Lillian Percy, Vivienne’s granddaughter and heiress to Rutherford House. They soon bond over the loss of their mothers
– Lillian’s died when she was a child; Christie’s mysteriously disappeared over twenty years ago – and Christie finds herself increasingly fascinated by
Lillian’s family and their imposing ancestral home.

As Christie learns more about the Rutherford-Percys, she finds a shocking clue that could help her uncover what happened to her own mother. Desperate for answers, Christie puts her job, her family and even her very life on the line. But how much of the truth does she really want to know?

The Shadows of Rutherford House

by CE Rose

my review

Wow, this is a story and a half!

CE Rose is the pen name of Caroline England and I have loved every book I’ve read of hers, so far, including The Shadows of Rutherford House.

There are quite a few characters to keep track of throughout this book which did make me wonder, at first, how they could possibly be linked. I was easily hooked and couldn’t wait to see where the story would lead.

I love that the story is told from the perspective of different people in different decades, from Milly in 1959 and Christie in the present day. I really enjoy books where each chapter is a different character. I think it adds to the suspense and builds tension. I found this book very difficult to put down at night. I was reading way past my bedtime!

If you love a well written mystery, which is full of intriguing characters with fascinating stories to tell, then you will love this book. This is a very character rich novel, and I could happily chat about them all day. I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone though. You’ll just have to buy it and find out for yourself. If you’re anything like me it will keep you guessing until it’s jaw dropping conclusion.

An easy five stars for me!

**Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy**

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A Common Woman @a_commonwoman by @MaryRensten directed by @margiebarbour @KingsHeadThtr #Play #Theatre #December

A Common Woman

by Mary Rensten

Directed by Margie Barbour

Kings Head Theatre Club, Upper Street, Islington

Sunday 18th and Monday 19th December at 7.00pm.

Rehearsed Reading with Lindsey Coulson, James Barriscale, Grace Coulson-Harris, and Frankie Golding.

Revival of original production to commemorate 40 years since Embrace the Base at Greenham Common.

*Followed by a 30-minute Q&A about the Greenham Common Peace Camp*

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE –

https://kingsheadtheatre.com/whats-on/a-common-woman

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The Kings Head theatre, and the area around the theatre, feature in ‘Her Almost Perfect Husband’, a novel by Mary Rensten.

Copies of the book will be on sale at the theatre on the 18th and 19th of December.

Can’t make the play? Buy your copy of ‘Her Almost Perfect Husband’ here –

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Almost-Perfect-Husband-Mary-Rensten-ebook/dp/B08V4LCQ2V/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2UQZ9AEMRQDOR&keywords=almost+perfect+husband&qid=1669224543&sprefix=almost+perfect+husband%2Caps%2C89&sr=8-4

Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up: A Thorough Primer for the Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction by @MarthaEngber #BookPromotion @BoBookPublicity

Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up: A Thorough Primer for the Writers of Fiction and Nonfiction 

by Martha Engber 

As Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up states, character development is the most important facet of any character-based book, whether fiction or nonfiction, because “readers won’t follow for long if they find the people you’re writing about dull, one-dimensional or unbelievable.” After listing the three attributes of a great character, the 248-page book takes readers through a step-by-step process that shows them how to develop their characters from start to finish.

A Must Read for all Writers….

As a Canadian, any book I order from the United States is subject to high shipping costs and exchange rates. Consequently, when I finish the book, the number one question is always: am I satisfied?

I read Martha Engber’s “Growing Great Characters From the Ground Up” in one day. By page 60, I had a pencil in my hand, a notebook on my lap, and knew without a doubt that I would come away a better writer for having read her book. Yes, I was satisfied!” – Amazon reviewer

Just awesome!

Delivers on the title’s promise “a thorough primer” by providing tons of practical advice, memorable examples, and images. Totally helpful and it’s actually fun to read!” – Amazon reviewer

“A must-have for fiction/nonfiction writers….

The most intimidating (and essential) part of writing a story is making your characters, however minor, consistent and believable. Setting the groundwork for each character’s role in a story is a daunting enough task to make even the most seasoned writer freeze up. Thankfully, Martha Engber has created an easy-to-follow step-by-step guide on how to painlessly develop characters. She gives organization strategies that help a writer to brainstorm, encouraging us to experiment in order to flesh out the people who will occupy our story. She offers up things like the “one-sentence test” along with other invaluable exercises, tools, and examples of how to create the best possible character for your particular story. “Growing Great Characters From the Grown Up” is written as if by a close friend offering up some pointers. Its easy style and readability is a huge plus as one will be inclined to refer to it over and over again.” – Amazon reviewer

“Know your characters….

Martha Engber advises the writer: Get to know your characters. How else can you write convincing dialog? How else can you make their responses fit situations in your story? Learn to make readers love or hate your characters. If you know your character, so will your reader, and he’ll keep on reading. Martha shows you how.” – Amazon reviewer

“Important Lessons for Every Writer….

Martha Engber’s book is insightful and inspiring. Ms. Engber instructs with practical exercises and examples, as well as humor. She suggests creating a Think Log to jot down thoughts prompted by your character’s development; what a fun way to emote about the daily challenges or triumphs when in the process of creating a character! There are many important lessons in this book. My favorite is how and why to introduce a character via his or her defining detail because “everyone has a reason for being who they are.” Which reminds me why I write: to know myself.” – Amazon reviewer

Available now….

Happy reading & writing! 🙂

See How They Run by Tom Bale (Audiobook – Unabridged)

It’s often said that when tragedy strikes, the victims were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. But not Harry and Alice French.

Assaulted by masked men looking for a mysterious package and a man named Renshaw, Alice and Harry manage to convince them that there has been a terrible mix-up.

But nothing prepares Alice and Harry for the web they find themselves trapped in after their assailants leave. Especially as Alice hasn’t been completely honest.

After Harry is approached by a woman named Ruth who seems to know more than she’s letting on, Alice and their baby, Evie, disappear. When Harry realises he’s become a prime suspect in their disappearance, he seeks refuge with Ruth and demands answers, knowing keeping out of police clutches is the only way he’ll track his family down.

But how safe really are Alice and Evie tucked away in Gloucestershire with the mysterious Renshaw?

See How They Run

Audiobook – Unabridged

Tom Bale (Author), Kris Dyer (Narrator), Audible Studios (Publisher)

my review

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Audible edition of See How They Run.

The story starts as it means to go on. Fast paced and full of suspense, it demanded my attention from the very beginning and held my interest throughout.

When we meet Alice and Harry, they are home with their new-born daughter adjusting to parenthood. They should be blissfully happy, and they are until they are confronted by masked men in the middle of the night. It’s seemingly mistaken identity but they are not prepared for the danger they will face in the days to come.

The story that follows is scary and disconcerting to say the least.

There’s an underlying tension throughout this book. I didn’t know who I believed, who I could trust, or where it was all going to lead. I loved it!

Brilliant writing and excellent narration. I very much recommend!

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happy reading/listening! 🙂

Winter Light by Martha Engber @MarthaEngber #BookPromotion @BoBookPublicity

2021 IPPY Gold Medal Winner in Young Adult Fiction

Winter Light

by Martha Engber

WINTER LIGHT is the story of 15-year-old Mary Donahue of suburban Chicago, a kid on the cusp of failure during the brutal blizzard winter of 1978-79, the end of a hard luck, hard rock era sunk in the cynical aftermath of the Vietnam War.

The language of WINTER LIGHT is simple and stark as Mary’s internal landscape. Though a smart, beautiful kid, she’s a motherless girl raised by an uneducated, alcoholic father within an extended family of alcoholics and addicts. Aware that she’s sinking, she’s desperate to save herself and so reaches out to an unlikely source, Kathleen, a nice, normal kid from English class.

But when the real storm hits, the full force of a harsh adult world almost buries Mary. Only then does she learn that the only difference between life and death is knowing when to grasp an extended hand.

AVAILABLE NOW!

Amazon universal link: https://tinyurl.com/2h33mdd9

Bookshop.org (independent bookstores): https://bookshop.org/books/winter-light/9781925965445 

indibound.org: https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=winter+light 

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/winter-light-martha-engber/1137293647

Google Books: https://books.google.com/books/about/Winter_Light.html?id=b76SzQEACAAJ 

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/winter-light-by-martha-engber 

Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/gr/book/winter-light/id1524375706 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gr/en/ebook/winter-light-4 

AUTHOR BIO 

Martha Engber is the author of WINTER LIGHT, a 2021 IPPY Gold Medal Winner in Young Adult Fiction, which enjoys 5-star reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. She’s also the author of THE WIND THIEF, a novel, and GROWING GREAT CHARACTERS, a resource for writers. She’s had a play produced in Hollywood and fiction and poetry published in the Aurorean, Watchword, the Berkeley Fiction Review, and other journals. A freelance editor, workshop facilitator and speaker, she lives in California with her husband, bike, and surfboard.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Website/blog: https://marthaengber.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/martha.engber.1 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marthaengber

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marthaengber/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martha-engber-a2a429a/

Facebook fan page (Martha Engber’s Creatives): https://www.facebook.com/MarthasCreatives/

GoodReads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/674291.Martha_Engber

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCISxGw4d3NVpr_ImzXzvZ9A?view_as=subscriber

5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliant book – a fully immersive experience” – Amazon reviewer

5.0 out of 5 stars Heart breaking and absorbing” – Amazon reviewer

5.0 out of 5 stars A must read…. an absolute education in complexity” – Amazon reviewer

5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute triumph!” – Amazon reviewer

“5.0 out of 5 stars – Warning: You won’t be able to put Winter Light down. Sleep will be missed.” – Amazon reviewer

“5.0 out of 5 stars – Realistic, haunting” – Amazon reviewer

“5.0 out of 5 stars – A fantastic book well worth the read” – Amazon reviewer