The Whispering House extract

This episode takes place early on in the novel. After her first, mysterious encounter with Byrne Hall, Freya feels drawn to see the place again: 

I nearly missed the entrance to the drive. It was only because I stopped to shake a stone from my shoe that I noticed two mossy gate-posts, half hidden in the undergrowth. On top of each post there was a stone raven – one headless; both badly pocked and weather-stained – and to one side, underneath a fringe of ivy, a shabby sign that read, BYRNE HALL. NO TRESPASSING. 

Ravens on the gate-posts and an encroaching thunderstorm: Stella would have laughed. I would have laughed too, if I hadn’t been alone. 

The thunder sounded strange as I set off into the woods, like a bass note coming up out of the earth, and nothing to do with the sky at all. The trees that arched over the driveway met in the middle, so I was protected from the rain when it began spotting the leaves with fat, heavy drops. The faster the rain fell, the darker and cooler it got under all that greenery, but my jacket was in my suitcase, and I’d left my suitcase by the gate. 

It seemed silly to turn back, when the snaking lane kept luring me around another corner, and another, until the house began to appear through the trees in flashes of white, and the woods began to thin, giving way to shrubberies and lawns. I kept imagining I was being followed, and with every little noise – the snap of a twig, the chuck-chuck of a pheasant, the clatter of wings in a beech tree – I would turn and wait a moment, half hopeful, half afraid, just to be sure. 

What of the family that occupied Byrne Hall? What would they make of me and my questions? I hadn’t given enough thought to that; I’d spent too much time fantasising that the house would be vacant. It was a long shot – I knew it was a long shot – but what if the owners were away? What if they only lived at Byrne Hall now and then? It was August, after all – holiday season – and it had looked pretty empty, the other weekend, despite all the fuss about privacy. It hadn’t felt like a home. What if I could sneak inside and have the emptiness to myself for one night – maybe two? I could picture myself so clearly in a high-ceilinged bedroom facing the garden, my notebooks spread out on the floor. There would be dust dancing in a shaft of sunlight, and the sound of the sea outside my window, and words would find me in the stillness, the way they always used to do. 

I emerged on to the edge of the gravel, pumps muddy, clothes wet. My eyes strayed from window to window and round the pillars of the porch, and I noticed that all the blinds were lowered, as they had been at the wedding, except for one on the ground floor which was half raised. The pale smudge of someone’s face was visible for a moment, pressed up against the glass, and I swore under my breath. 

There was no doorbell, as far as I could see. The rope with the STRICTLY PRIVATE sign had gone, but the double doors were firmly shut. I knocked, but the sound didn’t resonate. 

‘Hello?’ The doors changed the timbre of my voice, making me sound faint and frightened. 

I pushed the wet hair out of my eyes and looked back across the lawn. The wedding marquee was stark white against the black sky, its ropes and canvas panels flapping in the wind. Some of the fairy lights had come unhooked from the trees and swung in drunken loops a few inches from the ground. 

I knocked again, but nobody came. 

Not my usual reviews

As the title says not my usual review now lets talk about beards. During this whole end of the world pandemic/crisis whatever you want to call it I’ve decided to let mine grow out. I do usually have some form lf beard. I no when it gets too long my Mrs complains that much that I end up trimming it and shaving it off. So I thought I’d look around and see about how to actually look after this face rug of mine. Ao obviously my first place to look was YouTube and found a channel called beardtube who without knowing has helped me alot. Please go and check his channel out it really is brilliant. I think I’ve watched all his videos then got quite confident in trimming my own beard so it doesn’t look like a birds nest on my face. So now on to looking after the face rug. Naturally when on YouTube most of the videos of are from America. So some of the products they review are also American. So when checking prices to get delivered to the UK obviously the price is nearly the same price as the item your buying.

So now Google comes into play. I checked many websites and reviews and kept coming back to a company called the Brighton Beard company. They have a good range of products and read the reviews on their website. I read all the product descriptions especially when it comes to the ingredients. As you should only be putting natural products in your beard as you don’t want any nasty chemicals on you beard. I did end up buying three products from them and I was abit apprehensive as I don’t like buying from websites/companies that I don’t know.

I am so glad I did. I ended up buying a beard balm and oil and also their beard conditioner. WOW so glad I did. The scent is amazing I bought the lemon and jasmine which is unreal. As soon as you open the product it hits you like a mike tyson right hook but in the most nicest way possible. The packaging that it came in was beautifully presented and wish I had took a picture.

They also put in a handmade note which I thought was really cool and personal. I also bought a beard conditioner. My beard has always been dry and feels like stroking a cactus. So thought something has to be done as oils weren’t cutting it. I decided to buy the conditioner (wish I bought the shampoo also) I’ve been using this nearly everyday and boy have I noticed a difference. My beard doesn’t feel like it had. It now feels amazing to the point where my Mrs actually likes stroking my face (it is quite therapeutic) this conditioner with the oil and beard balm has made my beard go from feeling like a cactus to feeling like stroking something magical.

So if you do have a beard or are thinking of growing or knows someone who has one then please direct them to this website

You won’t be disappointed in the fact that everything they make is homemade with natural ingredients and right here in this beautiful country of ours.

We Ride The Storm

In the midst of a burgeoning war, a warrior, an assassin, and a princess chase their own ambitions no matter the cost in Devin Madson’s visceral, emotionally charged debut.

War built the Kisian Empire. War will tear it down.

Seventeen years after rebels stormed the streets, factions divide Kisia. Only the firm hand of the god-emperor holds the empire together. But when a shocking betrayal destroys a tense alliance with neighboring Chiltae, all that has been won comes crashing down.

In Kisia, Princess Miko Ts’ai is a prisoner in her own castle. She dreams of claiming her empire, but the path to power could rip it, and her family, asunder.

In Chiltae, assassin Cassandra Marius is plagued by the voices of the dead. Desperate, she accepts a contract that promises to reward her with a cure if she helps an empire fall.

And on the border between nations, Captain Rah e’Torin and his warriors are exiles forced to fight in a foreign war or die.

As an empire dies, three warriors will rise. They will have to ride the storm or drown in its blood.

I cannot believe how lucky I was to get this book through the post. As soon as I opened the package I immediately started reading it. I never put it down until I was forced of the Mrs to spend some quality time with her (apparently that is important haha) anyway I did finish the book and wished there was more. I hopefully will get my hands on the next instalment.

Anyway you are here for my review and not my ramblings. If the intro didn’t get you intrigued about the book then hopefully my review will. If you like fantasy books or deciding to get into them then I suggest this one will have you hooked from the off. You are immediately dragged into a world that time forgot. The book follows three charactters all from thier point of view. Which I thought would be difficult to followe but Devin has written this book so well that you forget about the three different stories and are all merged into one.

The chcarcters and world buildong have been really well written. You become immersed and attached to this story. The characters in the book have been so well developed they could probably all have their own spin off series.

Cassandra is my favourite of the three. She is basically a whore and an assassin (not a job you would want to mix up) She seems to have someone else with her in her head. Which had me amused throughout.

Princess Miko who is basically trapped in her castle is not allowed to leave to save her kingdom but her resourcefulness finds away to become a legend.

Captain Rae is what you expect a captain be like. Basically hard as nails that nobody wants to mess with.

There is some politics in the book which don’t drag on too much. I always perked up when Cassandra and her friend came onto the scene. She made this book for me. Definitely one of my favourite characters of all time.

I would definitely give this book 4.9/5 and would definitely recommend everyone to read it.

Lost Solace By Karl Drinkwater #repost

Lost Solace (cover)


Sometimes spaceships disappear with everyone on board – the Lost Ships. But sometimes they come back, strangely altered, derelict, and rumoured to be full of horrors.

Opal is on a mission. She’s been seeking something her whole life. Something she is willing to die for. And she thinks it might be on a Lost Ship.

Opal has stolen Clarissa, an experimental AI-controlled spaceship, from the military. Together they have tracked down a Lost Ship, in a lonely nebula far from colonised space.

The Lost Ship is falling into the gravity well of a neutron star, and will soon be truly lost … forever. Legends say the ships harbour death, but there’s no time for indecision.

Opal gears up to board it. She’s just one woman, entering an alien and lethal environment. But perhaps with the aid of Clarissa’s intelligence – and an armoured spacesuit – Opal may stand a chance.


If the blurb doesn’t want you running out to get this book then go give your head a shake and read it again 🤣  but seriously if you like reading science fiction books you will love this.

Reading through the book it did kind of have a Aliens vibe to it. Opal the did remind me a bit of Riply (sigourny weaver) in this book. As she is hard faced takes no shit from anyone and will take anyone on even if it’s unknown beings or really hardcore supreme marines.

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Opal is on a mission with her stolen ship which she’s named the AI Clarissa. They need to discover what is on this lost ship that. As Opal gears up she sets off not knowing what or who is on the lost ship. The suit she wears is very technologically advanced. Clarissa is in the suit with her so Opal has help throughout her journey into the unknown.

Opal has to traverse throughout the ship all by herself. Yes it’s very spooky (I never got scared though 😢) The ship hasn’t any power. So the only light Opal has is from her helmet. Casting shadows every time she moved her head. Constantly second guessing herself if she seen something out the corner of her eye. Asking Clarissa if there is in fact any life signs on the ship. Clarissa constantly scanning and informing Opal that there is nothing else on the ship with her.

Opal doesn’t believe it and is on constant guard. As she has a feeling that she is being watched.

As opal goes through the ship on the constant look out and the hairs on the back of her constantly prickled. She goes through each section of the ship she notices that it looks like every got up and left in a hurry. Tables/chairs strewn everywhere. Food that’s been left that long that it has mould growing on mould.

Opal goes through each section of the ship on discovering what she thought might of happened to the ship and the people on board.

What she discovers is…………READ……….THE……….BOOK…………TO…………FIND…….OUT.


What she does discover will change her life forever. Opal has now made a decision that only sets her fate onto one unchangeable path.



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Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He’s a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.

He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you’ll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

When he isn’t writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.


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One by One by DW Gillespie #BlogTour #repost

Warning you now do not read this book in the dark or before you go to bed. I was shitting myself if I’m honest Not many things put me on edge but this book managed to do it. Now this isn’t my normal genre of books that I read (I need to read more like this recommendations are welcome)

So we start off with a family moving into there new home. In a creepy old derelict place. The dad had the bright idea of fixing it up and selling it on for a huge profit.

Obviously alarm bells are ringing for me straight that this sounds dodgy 😂

Anyway. They move in. They move in and father have these bright ideas on how to fix it all up to hopefully sell on for a profit. He does keep mentioning it that he got it for a steal. Which peaks the interest of the little girl in the book called Alice. Who is way smarter than she should be for a girl her age.

She ponders for abit thinking that something must’ve happened here for them to get the house cheaply.

So they move in and obviously your first night in a new house is always abit creepy. So your imagination is going to be running wild. Thinking what could be making all these strange noises amd sounds around the house (or is it just me?)

Before going the bed Alice notices what seemingly looks like a freshly drawed picture on a wall (picture is the cover of the book)

Alice wonders how it got there and what it means. It looks like it’s her family and her cat. Already creeping me out at this point (this is why I don’t read books like this 😂)

Alice goes to bed and can feel something in her room staring at her but is too scared to look. Curiosity got the better of her and there’s something in the room with her and shit hits the fan. She begins to scream her family come in to make sure everything is ok.

Now this is where things get even more weird. The cat dissapears (did I mention the cat?) Alice notices there is a cross on the picture of the cat on the wall with fresh paint. Now everyone gets suspicious of who do it and where the cat has gone off to.

Strange things begin to happen within the house and the family that are living in it. It’s upto little Alice to figure out what’s going on and how to save her family from immediate danger. Can she do it? Or will this little girl struggle with the situation she has been put in?

Now the whole book gets turned upside down and you haven’t got a clue what’s going to happen next. You need to read this book. Even if you don’t like this genre you need to read it and I’m telling you that you need to read it.

The way it’s written is in first person. So you kind of think you’re actually there in the same situations the family get themselves in. I’m not going to lie this book put the shitters up is a little bit. (I refused to read it at a night time incase they came to get me 😂😂)

That never happend I’m only joking 😅🤔

I will give this book a 4.8/5 really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down.



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D.W. Gillespie Publication date: Sep 2019 Publication date: Sep 2019
The Easton family has just moved into an old house and Alice, the youngest, is excited to explore the new place. Her excitement turns to dread as she discovers a child’s drawing of a family just like hers under the wallpaper. When family members begin to disappear, it is up to her to unlock the mystery before she becomes the next victim.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched recently in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
A fan of all things dark and horrific, D.W. Gillespie D.W. Gillespie has been writing horror, sci-fi, and fantasy for longer than he would like to admit. After years of daydreaming, he started taking it seriously in college after a creative writing class helped spark his motivation. After winning a local writing award, he realized that his path forward was clear.
In the years since, he’s been featured in many publications, both online and in print. He’s the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Toy Thief, Still Dark, and Handmade Monsters.
For One by One, Gillespie was influenced by his experience of moving houses often when growing up. One particular house was supposedly haunted (according to previous tenants) and became specially inspirational, and he knew he wanted it to feature in one of his books as a character in the story.
A lifelong native of Middle Tennessee, he still lives there today with his wife and two children.
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Smoking hot fairytail #repost

I won this book through a giveaway that The Bibliophagist was running through her twitter. I was the lucky one and won yay go me. I thought I’d leave a review of this book. Which everyone should go out and buy. I did give this 5/5 on Amazon and Goodreads so doing the same on here.

America’s population is slowly dying due to an epidemic, and Alexander, an ancient, immortal shaman, has medicine that can heal people. It has one small side effect-Alexander’s able to control the minds of anyone taking the drug, nicknamed “dust.”

Alexander plans to take over the country once dust is released to the general public, crushing anyone who stands in the way. He needs just a little bit more of a certain magical ingredient to make the medication work properly: fairy wings.

An intelligent, stunning fairy, Sabrina was also America’s sweetheart-until a video of a crime she was involved in surfaces, nearly destroying her. A year later, she’s finally ready to step back into the spotlight. Together with her bodyguard, Mira, a water spirit in human form, Sabrina’s prepared to start over.

Things are starting to look up until she meets Alexander in a club and goes from social outcast to tortured captive in the blink of an eye. Will she be able to escape the evil shaman and his mind-controlled slaves in time to save herself and everyone she cares about?

My review:

If you think that this book is about fairies and all things nice then your wrong but not in a bad way. You are thrown straight into the deep end of this book which is a good thing. The character build up is good as it moves along with the story nicely not jumping ahead to giveaway the story line as you don’t know what to expect. I literally couldnt put this book down from start to finish. (I’ve even told the Mrs to read it when she gets the chance to) The book is set in modern-day times and has a range of paranormal creatures who are living amongst humans.

There is four main characters in the book a fairy, vampire, mummy and a human. Yeah I know quite a different type of paranormal that wouldn’t usually go together but they make it work.

Action packed book from start to finish you wont be disappointed in this book at all. It leaves you wanting more and i cant wait to read the second book as it leaves you hanging for more. 

the charters in the book are so well written that I take my hat off to the author he’s done such a great job writing this book and look forward to his future endeavours.



Steel Heart: Reckoners #1 by Brandon Sanderson #repost

The main character is called David and really hates the epics as one of them killed his father that epic was called Steelheart. Does David get his revenge who knows?


Epics are superheroes who are evil. Yeah I no it’s a bit weird but 10 years before the book starts something happens in Earths orbit called Calamity. After this several people now had super powers and then turned evil. These evil superheroes are called Epics and rule the world the way they want to and nobody can stop them.

That’s until a band of humans without super powers want to take their world back from the epics. This group is called the reckoners. Which have studied and watched epics to try and find weaknesses to try and stop them. David knows a secret he’s seen Steelheart bleed.

The epic powers are just beyond belief. They can literally do anything with their powers. One of the epics can fire a gun with unlimited bullets.

There’s quite a bit of violence in this book but not much sexual references.

I don’t want to say much more but I highly recommend reading this book. Especially if you like Brandon Sanderson books. I still need to read the other books in this series. More books I’ve forgot to add to my forever growing TBR list 🤣🤣

Still around

Well hello everyone I’m still here. I’m like a bad smell that you can’t get rid of 🤣🤣 probably not the best way to describe it lol. I’m still floating around stalking people’s blog’s and Twitter posts. This is just making me sound even worse 🤣🤣 anyway I’ve just checked my drafts page and have 46 draft posts with another list aslong as my arm that I need to get through. I am actually going to start blogging again. I’m not going to lie I have missed doing it. My schedule lately has been jam packed that my little blog has kind of been on the back burner. My new job role is taking up most of my time with the extra paperwork and course I have todo along side it (yes I know more and more excuse there’s more to come) obviously doing all that aswell as my hours at work when I am off I just want to spend it with my family. Even though we are going through this tough time at the moment I can’t think of nothing better then going home after work and putting my pj’s on and just relaxing while reading a good book. That’s if my 2 daughters let me 🤣🤣 anyway enough of me rambling on. Probably the last thing you all want to read 🤣🤣 I forgot how good it felt to write on here again. Amyway watch this space and see you all very soon 😂

Singapore Killer by Murray Bailey #blog tour

Just WOW!! Where do I even start. This book literally Van Damme spin kicks you in the head yet your still wanting more.

Anyway onto the review. This is part of the Ash Carter series (book 5) but you can read this as a standalone book. To be honest I think I may have to read the others as if they are like this book then I know they will be brilliant.

This is the first book I’ve read by the author Murray Bailey. It definitely won’t be the last.

As I said you’re literally thrown in at the deep end. Full of action and twists that you never expect to happen. Your literally thrown all over the place trying to figure what is going to happen.

The way it has been written is really quite beautifully done. The writer describes it perfectly without taking it from what’s actually happening with the story.

Ash Carter is slowly starting to be one of my favourite characters kind of James Bond esc (who doesn’t like James bond)

A non stop page turner which kept me up for a few nights to early hours in the morning but that’s why we drink coffee 🤣🤣 (I’m not the fastest of readers so stop judging 🤣🤣)


I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy for an honest review.

Tooth and Blade #Promo

Tooth and Blade
Parts 1-3 of the legendary TOOTH AND BLADE series together for the first time!
Two worlds. One destiny.
Dóta has dwelled sixteen years among the trolls. She knows nothing but the darkness of her family’s cave. Her mother says humans are beasts who would slay them all. Yet the gods of Asgard whisper in the night: Dóta is a child of men, a monster unto monsters.
To discover her human side, Dóta must take up her bone knife and step into the light above. Secrets await her in the human realm—beauty, terror, the love of a princess.
Soon Dóta must choose between her clan and humankind, or both worlds will be devoured in fire and war.
A monster sheds no tears.
Norse mythology meets historical fantasy in TOOTH AND BLADE. Step into a realm of haunted meres, iron and magic.
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Author Bio – Julian Barr first fell in love with all things ancient and magical in childhood, when he staged his own version of I, Claudius using sock puppets. After his PhD in Classics, he did a brief stint as a schoolteacher, hated being called ‘sir,’ and dived into storytelling. Although he remains open to the possibilities of sock puppet theatre, historical fantasy is his passion. He has published scholarly research on Roman medicine and the gastronomic habits of Centaurs, but prefers to think of himself as an itinerant bard. He is also the author of the Ashes of Olympus trilogy.
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