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Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling By Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Once, Twice, Three Times An AislingThe fabulous Aisling is back for a third time with the latest book by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen called ‘Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling’.

What the back cover says –

Aisling is thirty, flirty and frazzled.

But – just when she should finally be feeling all grown-up – she’s floundering.

Because when you’re recovering from a broken heart as well as struggling to keep your café as sizzling as your award-winning sausages, it’s hard to feel you’ve really made it as an adult.

Which is just the moment for the unexpected to strike and complicate everything.

Now is not the time for a delicious new man to show up, her best friend to demand the hen do of the century and a surprise celebrity appearance.

But Aisling, never one to worry about having too much on her plate, rolls up her sleeves: she’s got this.

Until she discovers that being a proper grown-up means you can’t do everything.

Sometimes you will let someone down.

But will it be those she loves, or herself?

Can’t wait to see the return of our favourite Irish heroine!

You can pre-order ‘Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th September 2019.

Johnny Ruin By Dan Dalton

Johnny Ruin‘Johnny Ruin’ is the latest book by Dan Dalton.

Haunted by the idea that he is somehow broken, the narrator – a depressed, heartbroken, thirty-something writer – embarks on a journey through his own mind with his spirit guide, Jon Bon Jovi, for company. From the redwoods of California to a crumbling New York City, they travel the highways of our narrator’s memory, an imagined America, where his thoughts are tangled with fragments from the songs and movies that shaped him, and where he can’t help but replay scenes from his doomed relationship. When his ex-girlfriend turns up demanding that he forget her, he must decide whether he’s ready to let go…

I must admit this book is quite the turbulent and roller coaster of a story as a man reflects on his life and how he can go forward with only Jon Bon Jovi for company on this epic adventure.

It’s quite the heartbreaker of a story as Johnny tries to move on with his life, having never fully recovered from the break up from his relationship and he’s struggling to make sense. On this journey, we see him narrate him through his life story, of the relationships, the regrets and the dramas that have made into the character that he has become.

The story is frank and honest and really pulls on the readers heartstrings, as he addresses issues of mental illness and alcoholism. It’s a reflective and quite funny story and the strange inclusion of the Jon Bon Bovi and his career path and words of wisdom does add some humour to raw and bittersweet tale. It flows seamlessly and creatively across decades of narrative and adventures and Dan paints such a vivid landscape of the clubs that he stumbled out of, the motorways that he drove across as well as the imagery characters along the way.

Join one man on his quarter life crisis as tries to find some worth in his life, ‘Johnny Ruin’ is a honest and compelling story about loss, the heartbreak of relationships break ups with witty moments and tender scenes that really made for memorable reading.

You can buy ‘Johnny Ruin’ from Amazon.

Gone By Leona Deakin

Gone‘Gone’ is latest book by Leona Deakin in Dr Bloom series.

Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read: Your gift is the game dare to play? The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic, and psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom is persuaded to investigate. As she delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all. And that something makes them very dangerous indeed. As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the puppeteer. But is she playing into their hands?

I started this book a couple of days ago and have been hardly able to put it down, cleverly written with twists weaved throughout, this is a gripping thriller with a capital T.

In this story we meet psychologist Dr Augusta Bloom, who’s been called into investigate the disappearance of individuals who disappear after receiving a card asking them whether they want to play a game, as her and her colleague Marcus Jameson investigate the disappearances they find themselves delving into something a lot more dark and sinister than they ever expected.

This is a fantastic introduction to a thrilling heroine, Dr Bloom is a strong lead, clever with an intriguing personality and character, I found myself latching onto her as the story progresses and she worked tirelessly to solve the crime. The story is seen from multiple narratives giving interesting insight into the situation as well as keeping the reader on their toes, as they too also tried to solve the mystery.

Fast paced with twists and turns throughout, ‘Gone’ is an engaging and thrilling story that pulls the reader and leaves them hanging onto every word.

You can pre-order ‘Gone’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 3rd October 2019.

Jake Woodhouse Writers Tip

The CopycatJake Woodhouse is the Sunday Times bestselling author of ‘After the Silence’, ‘Into the Night’, ‘Before the Dawn’ and ‘The Copycat’ is the fourth book in the ‘Amsterdam Quartet with Inspector Jaap Rykel’series.

Today Jake shares his writing tips for aspiring authors.

There’s an oft-quoted but of advice which is something along the lines of, write what you know. This is terrible advice. Write about what you don’t know, and learn something in process.

Read more about Jake and his writing journey

The Darkest Lullaby By Jonathan Janz

The Darkest Lullaby‘The Darkest Lullaby’ is the latest book by Jonathan Janz.

The old house waited. For years there had been rumors that the owner, Lilith Martin, had been part of an unholy cult. People spoke of blasphemous rituals, black rites filled with blood, sex…and sacrifices. Then Lilith died and the house sat empty. Until now. Lilith s nephew, Chris, and his wife, Ellie, are moving in. Ellie isn t happy about living in such a dark, foreboding place, but she wants to get pregnant and this house has a lot more room to raise a baby than their apartment. Unfortunately, she and Chris will soon learn that Lilith has other plans.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a really good horror that really terrifies me and it’s fair to say that ‘The Darkest Lullaby’ hit the spot. It’s unsettling narrative and creepy location brought me right back to my teenage years reading the chilling ‘Goosebumps’ series when I couldn’t have the book in the same room as me when I went to bed in case the characters somehow managed to come to life. Yes, it’s really that creepy.

The book is seen from the perspective of couple Chris and Ellie who move to Chris’ old homestead hoping to start a family and recover from old debts, but it’s not that easy.

The old house is creepy and riddled with reminders of Chris’s aunt who never liked Ellie and there’s a presence that they’re not alone in the building. Meanwhile, there’s the woman and man that appears to the couple, freaking them out as well as the rumours of there once being a cult on the land.

The story is reminiscent of ‘The Shining’ and ‘The Wicker Man’, with the cult rumours and the character development as the story progresses. Cleverly written and unsettling throughout, ‘The Darkest Lullaby’ is a wonderfully old fashioned horror story with fills with wit and gore and terrifies the reader to the core.

You can buy ‘The Darkest Lullaby’ from Amazon.