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Super Nutrition by Terry McIlroy plus giveaway

I have received a free e-copy of the cookery book Super Nutrition by Terry McIlroy to review.

Super Nutrition by Terry McIlroy

Here is the book blurb.

We have all uttered these phrases at one time or another:

“Your health is your wealth.”

“You are what you eat.”

Deep down, we all know, that what we choose to eat and drink has a massive impact on our health.

Confused about your nutritional needs? Not anymore! With a clear focus on sourcing the right ingredients, including condiments, herbs, spices & organic produce, we can all take advantage of, and unlock thepowerful nutrients within them, to try and ensure that we are not insufficient or deficient in any given vitamin, mineral, macro or micro-nutrient, whilst tryingto reduce our toxic load, thus easing the burden on our body’s natural ability to detoxify itself and restore homeostasis/balance. This book gives you the tools and knowledge to structure your diet and help you strive towards optimal health, with totally unique, delicious, health giving recipes, so you can enjoy the ride.

Start your new journey to health and happiness here NOW! Grab a copy of Super Nutrition today and take control of your health once and for all, shed those unwanted pounds, balance your blood sugars and heal your gut with nutritional therapy

Terry McIlroy has taken well-known, popular dishes and transformed them into nutrient dense powerhouse meals, just by making a few ingredient swaps with modern twists, such as his New Dehli Fritatta, Carrot Cake Smoothie, Mixed Mushroom, Almond & Tarragon Soup, Curried Quinoa Taboulleh Salad, Proper Spelt Bread, Southern Fried Chicken, Millionaires Shortbread and of course Fish ‘n’ Chips.

I’ve always loved recipe books, but I found that this book is much more than just recipes. In the introduction, we find out how some simple dietary changes cleared up life-long mouth ulcers and acne for the author, who was already a qualified chef, inspiring him to next enrol on a nutrition diploma. He has created nutritionally balanced recipes which can benefit everyone.

The author shares his top 10 health tips. Some great advice here. I’m certainly going to focus on choosing organic where possible.

There are sections on Epsom salts, pink Himalayan salt, apple cider vinegar and raw honey plus we are reminded of the importance of planning and preparation, before we reach the recipes. However I have to say although raw honey sounded excellent, I am none the wiser as to what is raw honey and what is not raw honey. I’m guessing that the honey I usually buy from the supermarket falls into the latter category. It does say that raw honey is not suitable for children, but again doesn’t say why.

The book also includes an extensive list of cooking equipment, although I have to say even with a large kitchen, I think I would struggle to find room for 6 different types of juicers / mixers!

A great selection of recipes for juices, breakfast, smoothies, salads, soups, breads, lunches, snacks and dinners along with a rainbow of photographs that certainly got my taste buds watering.

However I was a bit mystified by the weekly meal planner proformas at the back of the book as to why there were two as they were both blank. One entitled example weekly meal planner and one entitled my weekly meal planner. Was the example planner supposed to have been filled out. Would be good if it was, as that would be extra helpful.

Super Nutrition is newly published on Amazon today, currently priced at £17.99 in paperback or £5.99 in Kindle format. A great cookery book which is so much more than just recipes.



Of course I had to test out one of the recipes. I decided that I would try my hand at making some tortilla wraps, a staple in our household but something I’ve never made myself before. Here is a copy of the page from the book. Click on the image to enlarge.

Tortilla Wrap

I had been meaning to buy some spelt flour for ages to try out, so I added that to my shopping list. And pink Himalayan salt is another new ingredient for me. The book lists plenty of health benefits of pink Himalayan salt, recommending that you switch plus I learnt that regular table salt is heavily processed.

ingredients for tortilla wraps

Wow I never realised that wraps could be quite so simple to make. Okay mine don’t look very professional as they are not pristine circles. But I frequently buy wraps and lately I have been feeling guilty as I haven’t been able to find wraps without plastic packaging. Although unfortunately the recipe does say to wrap the dough in cling film. A single-use product that I’m trying to avoid. Shame to see single-use products mentioned in a new book.

tortilla wraps

tortilla wraps

tortilla wraps


About the author

Terry McIlroy is a Professional Chef with over 27 years experience within the culinary industry. He is also a Nutritionist/Nutritional Therapist, specializing in the field of Naturopathic Nutrition. He has inspired many with his passion, knowledge, creativity and flair in the kitchen, As an Executive Head Chef, whilst running several businesses. During his clinical experience he transformed the lives of all of his clients, giving them Nutritional, Supplemental and Lifestyle protocols to follow, all of whom reported dramatic improvements in their health and wellbeing, after implementing his bespoke diet plans, and lifestyle changes.

Terry has combined his Culinary and Nutritional Expertise to produce his inaugural Book ‘Super Nutrition’ which is set to inspire and transform the lives of millions. He offers, (never before seen in one piece of work) unique Health & Wellbeing Advice, Tips and Recipes, Arming the reader with the tools to take control of their health, and live a vibrant, happy life.


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Super Nutrition by Terry McIlroy

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Meddle in a Marquess’s Affairs by Tammy Andresen

I have received a free e-copy of the book Meddle in a Marquess’s Affairs by Tammy Andresen to review.

Meddle in a Marquess's Affairs by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

Rakes make the worst husbands…

Not that Rex Baluster, the Marquess of Highwater would want her anyway. But when he arrived at Lady Camille Ducat’s door shot and near death, she didn’t hesitate to help him. She had no reputation to preserve after all. She’d given that up when she ended her engagement to another rake. And though her heart beat wildly every time she looked at Rex, she knew that to involve herself with such a man would only lead to heartache.

When the Duke of Longley asked him to help right a wrong, Rex agreed without question. He wasn’t like most lords, having grown up as a street urchin in London’s notorious Docklands. He talked best with his fists. Nor was he afraid when he was wounded. Somehow, Rex had always assumed his end would be as violent as his beginning. What he didn’t expect was for a beautiful angel with the gentlest touch he’s ever known to nurse him back to health. If only he were the type of man who could be a good husband to Lady Camille.

The more time Rex spends with Camille, however, the harder it is to deny his feelings. Can they put their pasts aside? Rakes, after all, make the BEST husbands.

Meddle in a Marquess’s Affairs is book 2 in the How to Reform a Rake series featuring the Ducat sisters, but works fine as a stand-alone read too.

However I do recommend that you read the introductory “How to Reform a Rake” novella first, especially as it is available for free. It helps put later stories into context.

The story starts with Rex, Marquess of Highwater getting shot in the stomach by Lord Michael Ralston, Lady Camille Ducat’s ex-fiancé. Camille, with her reputation already in tatters since the end of her engagement, insists on nursing Rex back to health herself, against all advice. However Rex is still a rake, even if seriously injured. Where will this all head?

Meddle in a Marquess’s Affairs is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.28 in Kindle format. Once again, Tammy delivers another nice short romantic story.

Here are the links to my reviews of the prequel and book 1 in this series.
How to Reform a Rake
Don’t Tell a Duke You Love Him


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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Vaccine Science Revisited by James and Lance Morcan

I have received a free e-copy of the book Vaccine Science Revisited: Are Childhood Immunisations As Safe As Claimed? by James & Lance Morcan to review. You may find out more about the authors on their website.

Vaccine Science Revisited by James and Lance Morcan

Here is the book blurb.

An unbiased, neutral, fact-based investigation that simply allows the science to do the talking on childhood vaccinations. Written by father and son investigative journalism/research team Lance & James Morcan, with a foreword by medical laboratory scientist Elísabet Norris, VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED is possibly the most well-referenced work yet to explore this contentious healthcare subject.

This exhaustively-researched book avoids all rumor, conjecture and anecdotal evidence, and steadfastly focuses on what the latest medical studies actually reveal about vaccines listed on the immunization schedule. One by one the ingredients of the vaccines being manufactured today are put under the microscope by comparing peer-reviewed, published studies.

By collaborating with a professional medical advisory team and utilizing investigative journalism methods, the Morcans have painstakingly sifted through the world’s best scientific research papers. They analyze the most reliable and untainted studies in order to uncover true and accurate data on vaccine safety.

No matter your level of education or experience – whether you are a doctor, layman, scientist, nurse, med student or new parent – be prepared to be surprised by many of the medical research findings in VACCINE SCIENCE REVISITED: Are Childhood Immunizations As Safe As Claimed?

I was surprised to receive this book, as I hadn’t requested it. However I set to reading it with high expectations as I had previously really enjoyed Silent Fear, a fictional thriller by father and son duo, Lance and James Morcan.

I’ve always been aware that childhood vaccination is a contentious topic, particularly with regards to the MMR vaccine. Every so often it hits the news headlines with possible links to autism and other health issues. We decided to vaccinate both our sons as per UK guidelines. I think I thought at that time, they would then be immune to these illnesses forever, having had mumps three times myself as a child. Of course I subsequently found out this was not the case for son1, so we repeated all his vaccinations back to those from babyhood, starting about 6 months after he finished chemotherapy.

Chicken pox is one illness that is not routinely vaccinated against here in the UK and son1 caught this when he was age 3. Luckily his immunity prevailed every time there was an outbreak at school whilst he was on chemotherapy. But it meant yet another needle to check his immunity, every time he was exposed. When I found out that chicken pox is routinely vaccinated against in some other countries, it did cause me to question why not in the UK, each time he had to undergo this test.

So with all my personal experiences, I thought that this would prove to be a very interesting topic to gain some insight from this book. However the book is divided into parts with what I was hoping to read about towards the second half of the book. The start of the book after an interesting forward seemed to focus on smallpox in the 1700s and Dr Jenner whom I remember learning about at school. I was just about coping with this section but when the book moved on to focus on cells, I began to switch off. It was getting too technical and not holding my interest. I was not even 15% through the book yet.

Unfortunately there were no hyperlinks for the chapters, so I couldn’t attempt to fast forward to see if part 2 would prove more interesting. In the end, I’m sorry to say I just gave up on this book. A shame as I could tell that the authors had invested a huge amount of research into this topic. I’m sure it is probably a must-read for those in the medical profession.

Vaccine Science Revisited is available on Amazon, currently priced at £1.99 in  in Kindle format. Unfortunately too complicated for me.

Update – The e-version of the book I received was a PDF copy. I have since been assured that the kindle version contains chapter hyperlinks in the index.

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Kilted Sin by Tammy Andresen

I have received a free e-copy of the book Kilted Sin by Tammy Andresen to review.

Kilted Sin by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

All’s fair in love and war. Now they just have to decide which this is…

Laird William Sinclair is a good man. Like all his brothers he helps those around him, takes care of the less fortunate. So why does Gemma McClaren think she can take advantage of his kind nature and just ride off? He’s good but he isn’t a saint. And he’s certainly not above teaching that tricky little imp a lesson she’ll never forget.

Gemma McLaren has learned the hard way that men are scum. She won’t ever fall prey to one again. Yet, even she feels a little guilty when she steals a handsome laird’s money and horse. He hadn’t actually done a thing to harm her…yet. Her guilt quickly evaporates when he tracks her down with two small children in tow and demands she repay him by becoming nanny to the children. If she doesn’t, he’ll report her to the authorities.

What choice does she have? Except Gemma hasn’t the first clue how to care for children or handle a very large and angry laird. And honestly, she didn’t’ come to the Highlands to play with wee bairns no matter how cute. Nor does she want to notice how her heartbeat quickens every time Will steps into the room. She’s got a debt to settle and a life to reclaim.

Kilted Sin is the third story in the Brethren of Stone series which I have been reading. It is set in the Scottish highlands in the late 1700’s. And I have to say, this is the first one which I feel Tammy can actually justify her usual style of cover design showing Laird William’s bare torso.

This is because it starts with Will stripping off, about to take a swim in the loch when a strange female turns up cheekily calling out “I didn’t expect to see the moon so early in the day”. He manages to grab his shirt as she approaches nearer. She is very saucy, mesmerising him with her words and touch, before she pushes him backwards into the loch. By the time he has the water out of his eyes, he sees her riding away on his horse, holding onto his trousers, which contained all the money he had left. Personally I was surprised it was trousers, not a kilt. All that remains for modesty to walk home, is a sopping wet shirt and his boots.

So that was our introduction to Gemma McLaren, a widow who has come to Aberdeen from Kirkaldy in order to claim her inheritance from her late husband Sean who had abandoned her 3 years ago.

Meanwhile Will arrives home to find 2 very young orphans, Fiona and Ewan have been dropped at his door. They don’t want him to send them back to the orphanage. What a day!

So how will things turn out, when Will next encounters thief Gemma? What will happen to Fiona and Ewan? And what is Gemma’s inheritance?

Kilted Sin is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.31 in Kindle format. Yet another nice short romantic story from Tammy.

Here are the links to my reviews of the prequel and books 1 and 2 in this series.
The Duke’s Scottish Lass
Scottish Devil
Wicked Laird


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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The Soul behind the Mask by Gail Wilson

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Soul behind the Mask by Gail Wilson. To find out more about the author you may visit her facebook page.

The Soul behind the Mask by Gail Wilson

Here is the book blurb.

On a cold December night, Kate returns to Edinburgh seeking refuge after a disastrous trip to Egypt, where troubling events destroyed her relationship with archaeologist David Young.

Kate and David shared a tragic past life. In the Victorian era, they were cursed by an Egyptian witch whose malevolence continues to cause conflict.

Determined to start afresh, Kate begins a new job as an events coordinator for the National Museum of Scotland. She excels in her new role but soon becomes the victim of malicious gossip.

Kate’s attempts to bury the past fail when David forces his way back into her life. They marry in haste but struggle to overcome the obstacles in their path. Their relationship is plagued by mistrust, resentment, and secrets. Harangued by the living, and haunted by the dead, Kate and David can find no peace.

Certain that his marriage is doomed, David returns to Egypt. In the inhospitable wilderness that was once Pharaoh Akhenaten’s metropolis, he must face the past, as well as the danger that prowls a land in political turmoil.

Can Kate and David learn from their mistakes? Will tragedy unite them, or tear them apart?

This is the third book in a trilogy and although I loved it, I did struggle with some references to what must have happened in the earlier two book, which I haven’t read, including the initial scene of a road accident in Cairo. So I would recommend that it is probably best to read them all in order, rather than to attempt this as a stand-alone read.

After opening with the road accident, the story begins with an unaware Kate fleeing back home to Edinburgh from Egypt, as she considers her relationship with archaeologist David Young to have failed. We discover that they had also known each other in a past life when they formerly met back in 1891 in Egypt too.

Kate was formerly Katherine Ford, her own great great aunt, who was married to Edwin Ford. Edwin has been haunting Kate’s dreams and she has now met a modern-day equivalent in Ethan Forbes, who just so happens to be David’s friend. Talk about a tangled triangle!

Meanwhile Kate tries to start afresh, by swapping roles at the National Museum of Scotland where she works. A mixture of new faces and old, some friendly and others hurtful. And then David returns to Scotland followed by Ethan.

Loads more to come in the story including an unexpected twist at the end. But very confusing when I hadn’t read the earlier books. Great from the point of view of encompassing Egyptology and genealogy.

The Soul behind the Mask is available on Amazon, currently priced at £10.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A great romantic story with plenty of mystery thrown into the mix, but I do recommend you don’t start with this book 3.

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Justice Gone by Nick Lombardi Jr.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Justice Gone by Nick Lombardi Jr to review.

Justice Gone by Nicholas Lombardi

Here is the book blurb.

When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down. A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase. Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers get there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture. Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge? Justice Gone is the first in a series of psychological thrillers involving Dr Tessa Thorpe, wrapped in the divisive issues of modern American society including police brutality and disenfranchised returning war veterans. N Lombardi Jr. is the author of compelling and heartfelt novel The Plain of Jars.

This book is dedicated to Kelly Thomas who was beaten to death by police in California. This event inspired Nick to write this novel which is set in 2006/7.

The story starts in Bruntsfield, New Jersey where a bar-owner doesn’t like the fact that there is a homeless man outside. In order to get him moved on, he gets his bartender to call the police and falsely suggest he is trying to break into cars. The homeless guy is Jay Felson, a decorated veteran of the war with Iraq. Two cops arrive and start giving Jay a hard time. They call for back up and ultimately, there are 6 cops who beat Jay to death.

Previously Jay had been attending a veterans trauma clinic in Manhattan for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) along with his best buddy Donald Darfield. Their counsellor there is Dr Tessa Thorpe, supported by Casey Hull. Tessa and team are utterly horrified when they see the pictures on TV. But then Tessa realises Donald has gone missing. And Tessa goes to see Jay’s father, Colonel Marshal Felson, to discuss how they will get justice for Jay.

Meanwhile Bruntsfield council are holding an emergency meeting and decide the best course of action is grand jury, no indictment rather than a long drawn out trial, as they believe the public will get tired and dust will settle. I had to look up the word indictment, and discovered no indictment means no formal charge. But wrong decision, the public outcry continues to grow, especially after footage of a protest after Jay’s funeral and of the huge bloodstain surrounded by flowers. Ex-chief of police, John Garson comes to see Tessa.

Things get even worse after a video of the beating goes viral, so a public forum is scheduled for three days later. But before we reach that point, three of the cops are gunned down. Who has taken matters into their own hands? Prime suspects are the missing Donald Darfield and Jay’s father, Marshal Felson.

Darfield is tracked down and arrested. Is he innocent or guilty?

Justice Gone by Nick Lombardi Jr. is available on Amazon, currently priced at £12.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. An interesting read with a twist at the end, although somewhat confusing.


About the author

Author Nick Lombardi Jr. has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and he speaks five languages. An event in California in 2011 in which a homeless man was beaten to death lead Nick to write his newest novel, Justice Gone. Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Don’t Tell a Duke You Love Him by Tammy Andresen

I have received a free e-copy of the book Don’t Tell a Duke You Love Him by Tammy Andresen to review.

Don't Tell a Duke You Love Him by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

He was too dangerous to be denied…

The Duke of Longley was a rake and should be left well enough alone. At least that is what Lady Lily Ducat’s mother continually said. As far as Lily could tell, she was correct. His Grace had a devilish air about him and a brooding silence that no debutante should attempt to tame and certainly not grow an affection for. He was too much man and beyond redemption. Except once they are tossed together after a winter storm, she is dangerously close to declaring her love because in the dark of night, he was all Lily could see.

Maximillian Masters learned long ago to stay far away from dewy eyed maidens. He was too cynical, too experienced, and much too adverse to marriage for such a lady. Which is why he must never see the lovely Lily again no matter what some ridiculous gypsy predicted. Except, when he is stranded and at the mercy of winter, Lily is there and the more he sees her, the harder it is to deny temptation.

This is a standalone romance but is part of a five book series with a prologue:

How to Reform a Rake
Don’t Tell a Duke You Love Him
Meddle in a Marquess’s Affairs
Never Trust an Errant Earl
Never Kiss an Earl at Midnight
Make a Viscount Beg

This is the first main title in the “How to Reform a Rake” Regency series and I received it at the same time as the introductory novella, so having had my appetite whet, I was very pleased to be able to read it immediately afterwards.

The book starts with Max, the Duke of Longley parting on bad terms with his four best friends after a night with the fortune teller. He is fuming because they have inveigled him into a bet to claim a kiss from innocent Lily Ducat. He vows to avoid her. But his carriage gets stuck in the snow again, this time outside the Mayfield Canterbury estate, where lo and behold half the Ducat family are staying for Christmas, including Lily.

He is forced to stay, so ends up accompanying them all to fell a Christmas tree. But Lily falls into a stream, hidden under the snow. Max rescues her. Meanwhile Lily’s mother is eying him up, with another of Lily’s sisters in mind. Where will this all end?

Don’t Tell a Duke You Love Him is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.33 in Kindle format. A nice short romantic read, which although part of a series, works fine as a stand-alone read too.

However I do recommend that you read the introductory “How to Reform a Rake” novella first, especially as it is available for free.


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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How to Reform a Rake by Tammy Andresen

I have received a free e-copy of the book How to Reform a Rake by Tammy Andresen to review.

How to Reform a Rake by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

Five rakes and a brothel…

A rogue’s reform can have the most unlikely beginning. When a duke and his friends are forced to stay at the only available accommodations in a snow covered Canterbury, their lives take a dramatic turn. A gypsy convinces them to tempt fate and enter a bet.
The terms? They must each collect a kiss from one lady of worth. What could be the harm in that? After all, once a rake always a rake. Right? The trouble is, these ladies have rules and plans of their own.
How to Reform a Rake is a short prologue. Find out how fate ensares the Duke of Longley, the Marquess of Highwater, the Earl of Kissinger, the Earl of Clearwood, and the Viscount of Averstone in this five book series.

This is a very short novella to introduce the new “How to Reform a Rake” Regency series by Tammy and best of all, you can get it totally free.

The story begins with five inebriated friends deciding they are going to spend Christmas together in Dover. They set off with hangovers the next morning, but due to the weather only get as far as Canterbury that day. All the inns are full, so they decide to stay overnight at the brothel. There they enter a pact with gypsy Vadoma to each collect a kiss from a Ducat sister based on a deck of cards.

How to Reform a Rake is available on Amazon, currently for free. I read this in less than 30 minutes. It is just a very short taster, setting the scene to whet your appetite and leave you wanting to read the series.


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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The Ghost of Crow Cavern by John Wedlake and Norman Mounter

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Ghost of Crow Cavern by John Wedlake and Norman Mounter for son2 to review.

The Ghost of Crow Cavern by John Wedlake and Norman Mounter

Here is the book blurb.

A wave of delight and anticipation sweeps through a small community of red squirrels as they behold a vast fleet of boats carrying their distant cousins towards them. They will no doubt bring incredible wealth, wisdom and joy to the humble squirrels of Nutshaven. However, the dream soon becomes a nightmare. Their distant cousins soon turn out to be enormous and brutish bullies of an ever-expanding Grey Empire. Shadowtail – the brilliant but intensely evil Grey leader – announces that their lives are about to radically change: Your colony is now ours, and we shall endeavour to use you and your resources to enrichen the imperial spoils of conquest and world domination. With their entire way of life now under threat, will the wisdom of old Normsk, the wits of young Cheswick and the might of Brutenuts the Brave be enough to counter such a dark and dominant force?

This is what son2 had to say about the book.

I liked the Start, However, as it went on it got a bit boring, However, the End was alright.
I liked the concept of it Starring Squirrels. 🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿

I also read this book and was quite surprised how dark the storyline is for a children’s book. Amazon indicates it to be aimed at children age 6-10, but no way would I read this to a 6 year old. I would suggest this is much more suited to children age 10-13. Even the blurb hints at how ruthless the grey squirrels are. And the cute cover red squirrel looks quite scared indeed. However son2 seemed oblivious to the dark undertones.

Red squirrels used to be the only squirrels here in the UK up until the late 1800s. Grey squirrels were originally native to North America. I myself have never seen a wild red squirrel, although probably see grey squirrels in my garden most days. Take this theme and make it darker, then you have the measure of this tale.

The Ghost of Crow Cavern is available on Amazon, currently priced at £3.78 in paperback and is also available in kindle and hardback formats. A rather dark storyline for children. Son2 rates this chapter book 3star. He is usually an avid reader but this didn’t really hit the spot for him.

The Ghost of Crow Cavern by John Wedlake and Norman Mounter

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AntiAmerica by T K Falco

I have received a free e-copy of the book AntiAmerica by T K Falco to review. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

AntiAmerica by T K Falco

Here is the book blurb.

AntiAmerica stands at the center of the largest US anarchist uprising in 100 years.

When hacktivist group AntiAmerica hacks the nation’s largest banks, the financial industry is left teetering on the brink of collapse. Hacker and teen runaway Alanna Blake is forcefully recruited by the government to track down the only link to AntiAmerica, her missing ex-boyfriend Javier. She relies on every bit of her social engineering cunning to navigate a conspiracy of lies and deceit, which imperils both the lives of everyone closest to her and the secrets to a past she longs to remain locked away forever.

This book contains content surrounding drug abuse, mental illness, physical abuse, and suicide.

Although I love thrillers, I have to admit that I am not really into the cyber crime genre, but I was willing to give this book a go.

This book is set in Miami with the main characters being young hackers. Alanna’s ex-boyfriend Javier is missing and the story starts with Alanna going to check out Javier’s flat, having received a text saying “Alanna, I’m in trouble. Come find me”. Alanna is mainly into identity theft, but she turns her hand to picking the lock and finds the place ransacked but no sign of Javier. As she leaves, the FCCU (Federal Cyber Crimes Unit) arrive. She runs but they catch her. The Secret Service are also involved.

Turns out they have also searched her apartment and discovered evidence of her phishing attacks on her laptop. But it is Javier they are really after as they believe he has links to AntiAmerica, an anarchist group, who are hacking into banks. They offer Alanna a deal as an informant. She reluctantly agrees, but she has another plan up her sleeve.

The story continues with plenty of twists and turns, some of which I would never have guessed. A good psychological thrilling book, but just not one for me, mainly because I’m not particularly interested in cyber crime, but also I found it somewhat confusing. Perhaps it would appeal more to those who enjoy the YA genre too.

AntiAmerica by T K Falco is available on Amazon, currently priced at £1.99 in Kindle format and is also available in paperback and audiobook formats. A good cyber crime book for those who like that sort of thing.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.