Mouth of the dark review and blog tour. Also Q&A with the author.

Mouth of the Dark Blog Tour PosterTim WaggonerThe Mouth of the Dark Cover Image

 

The Mouth of the Dark by Tim Waggoner
• Paperback: 240 pages
• Publisher: FLAME TREE PRESS; New edition edition (6 Sept. 2018)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1787580121
• ISBN-13: 978-1787580121

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mouth-Dark-Fiction-Without-Frontiers/dp/1787580121/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533287801&sr=1-1&keywords=the+mouth+of+the+dark

BLURB: Jayce’s twenty-year-old daughter Emory is missing, lost in a dark, dangerous realm called Shadow that exists alongside our own reality. An enigmatic woman named Nicola guides Jayce through this bizarre world, and together they search for Emory, facing deadly dog-eaters, crazed killers, homicidal sex toys, and – worst of all – a monstrous being known as the Harvest Man. But no matter what Shadow throws at him, Jayce won’t stop. He’ll do whatever it takes to find his daughter, even if it means becoming a worse monster than the things that are trying to stop him.
ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
http://www.flametreepublishing.com/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tim Waggoner’s novels include the Nekropolis series of urban fantasies and the Ghost Trackers series written in collaboration with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of the Ghost Hunters television show. In total, he’s published over twenty novels and two short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among others. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program.
Visit him on the web at http://www.timwaggoner.com/
Twitter @timwaggoner

My review if you’ve made it 😂 now this is definitely not my normal genre I’m more sci fi fantasy type. I’m actually gutted that I’ve never read more books in this genre. (I’m open to suggestions) now the author Tim Waggoner has done an amazing job writing this and has been awarded accordingly for his work.

The story starts with Jayce who is frightfully searching for his daughter. Jayce think she’s been kidnapped and doesn’t know where to start. Jayce discovers a side of something he’d never thought as he’s seen this before when he was a child. Something called shadow which is a world within our own world. Where Jayce has to delve into which in some situations he finds himself in some awkward places. Jayce is guided by the mysterious woman called Nicola who helps him through this tough time. I did get the creeps abit which doesn’t happen very often 🤣 also there’s a few sexual references in this book. Some of them were really awkward and I found them a bit off-putting.

In this book has one of the coolest characters I’ve read for a while called the harvest man. People fear him and for all the right reasons. I’d give the book a 3.9/5 so definitely worth a read but definitely not for the faint hearted. If you like horror stories then you will definitely enjoy this book. Please read the Q&A below.

 

 

Q&A YES MORE BLOGS: TIM WAGGONER
Share a little about yourself.
I’m a lifelong fan of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. I’m in my fifties, live in Ohio, have two adult daughters, am an English professor at Sinclair Community College, and I’ve published around forty novels and five short story collections. I write both original fiction and media tie-in fiction. I’m a high-functioning dysthymic, which means I experience constant low-grade depression, but I do my best to work through it. Writing fiction helps!
What’s your thought process when writing a book.
I spend a lot of time gathering ideas in the normal course of my day-to-day life. I jot them down using the notepad function on my phone, and when it’s time for me to write a new novel, I go through those notes, looking for any ideas that jump out at me. I’ll usually put several seemingly unconnected ideas together to form the basis for a story. Then I start working on an outline, and during this process I name characters and places. When the outline is finished, I begin writing a draft. While I’m working on a book, I’m constantly picturing scenes and imagining dialogue, so when it’s time to put the words down, I’ve already visualized sections of the story. I try to write stories that aren’t predictable, stories that could only have come from my imagination and no one else’s. I’m very aware of readers on the other side of the page, and I do my best to provide an interesting, entertaining, and hopefully surprising story for them.
If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?
I’d probably be dead. Writing is as natural and necessary to me as breathing. It’s hard to imagine my life – my very self – without it. But I suppose if I had to pick something, I guess I’d be a psychologist. I’m fascinated with the way people’s minds work, and I love to help people (which is why I also teach writing). Psychology would be a good alternate profession for me, but I still think I’d find a way to write even then!
Describe your new book.
The Mouth of the Dark is a horror/dark fantasy novel about a man whose adult daughter has gone missing. In his attempts to find her, he discovers that she’s been lost in a dark realm called Shadow that exists alongside our world. Shadow is a nightmarish version of our reality, and many, many dangerous things lurk there, hunting for prey. My main character must learn the ways of Shadow – and survive there – if he’s to have any hope of finding his daughter.
The core idea of the novel is almost a science-fictional one: what if horror had an ecosystem? I had a lot of fun exploring that concept.
What interests do you have away from writing.
I’ve mentioned teaching and psychology already. I love movies, but I see that as an extension of loving stories in general, which goes along with writing and reading. I have a pair of dachshunds I’m crazy about, and I enjoy watching true crime TV shows. They’re great inspiration for story ideas and provide insight into how humans are affected by tragic events (the true crime show, not my dogs).
Favourite book.
Right now, my favorite book is The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. He’s a wonderful writer. I love his use of language and his intricate plotting, and I especially love how he takes genre, tropes – in this case home invasion and end-of-the-world stories – and puts his own unique spin on them. I can’t recommend his work enough.

 

 

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My July blog

Well my month of July blogging activity has been quite quiet. This has happend due to a few factors. It’s bloddy red hot in England, I can’t be bothered todo much due to the heat and also I’ve also been decorating the house before the Mrs pops. I’ve only done a few posts and have hardly interacted with anyone in the blogging. I do apologise. I’ve had the least amount of visitors to my blog since I started. It was just over 500 visitors. I still feel blessed that I got that many.

I’ve left links to my july posts I hope you all check them out. I also like to thank everyone who came to my blog and liked/commented. Also a special thank you to all my newest followers I welcome you.

Also another special thank you to PP she has liked/commented on my posts this month again for the second time in a row. I really appreciate it. You’re probably one of the coolest bloggers I know and everyone should go and check out her blog.

 

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I’ve obviously done more than I thought. I left the links origional way so you will have a suprise when you click on them 😂

Chasing black gold by Robert Stone book review. #Blogtour #giveaway

CBG -Getting ready to bury Kruggerands and money

Chasing Black Gold
ROBERT STONE was a serial entrepreneur – an enterprising individual, mostly on the wrong side of the law, who spent twenty-five years operating all over the world, before being arrested in Switzerland as a result of an international manhunt led by an Organised Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Over the course of his career, Stone earned and lost several lifetimes’ worth of fortunes, went to prison on three continents, used dozens of aliases, saw men die, and masterminded one of the biggest marijuana smuggling operations in criminal history. Fuel smuggling in Africa, trading fuel with generals, rebels and businessman, was both his career high and, ultimately, what brought him down.
Purchase Links:
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Author Bio:
Author Robert Stone first came to Aberdeen Scotland in 1973 as a pioneer saturation diver in the early dangerous days of the North Sea. Retiring from diving in the mid 80’s he became a serial entrepreneur –mostly on the wrong side of the law. He spent the next decade operating businesses all over the world from his Aberdeenshire home.
Stone earned and lost several fortunes, went to prison on three continents, used dozens of aliases, and masterminded one of the biggest marijuana smuggling operations in criminal history. Fuel smuggling in Africa, was only one of his many exploits.
His Scottish wife and young children knew nothing of the dark side of his life until the day they were all arrested in Switzerland as a result of an international manhunt led by an Organised Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/rstonecbg
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Giveaway – Win 10 x signed copies of Chasing Black Gold (Open Internationally)
*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

I did post this before the actual blog tour. Theres also a give away at some point in this post. I’m not going to put it at the bottom, so you cheeky bloggers will have to check my post 🤣

For two decades Robert Stone made his living on the high seas. A modern-day pirate, he was a pioneer saturation oil field diver, involved in fishing, treasure-hunting and, more than anything else, smuggling, which brought him more money than he knew how to spend. Stone spent the last ten of his smuggling years in Africa, where he traded in illicit fuel. The murky waters of the Niger delta were his place of business as he operated in the most corrupt regime in the world, a place ruled by money and guns. Protected by the military, he bought diesel directly from refineries and sold his black cargo to legitimate and illegitimate businesses all over the world, making millions of dollars in the process until his smuggling empire came crashing down thanks to a friend’s betrayal and the US law enforcement. Chasing Black Gold is the incredible true story of Stone’s African fuel smuggling adventure. It is a tale straight out of Hollywood, one which throws the reader into a world where suitcases full of millions in cash are flown around the globe on private jets, where the corrupt practices of Third World governments and military regimes must be mastered, a world of numbered bank accounts and countries of convenience where living under false IDs and money laundering are all in this book.

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This book should be put on a Hollywood film makers desk and make this into a movie.

I was lucky enough to receive this book of the author himself, which I’m really grateful for. This is an impartial and honest review.

This book isn’t usually a genre I’d read, but from the start of this book I couldn’t put it down. The book is very fast paced and may have you a bit confused at the start, but once you get to know the characters it all falls into place.

I don’t condone crime but the story sounded amazing, and what a life he must have had. But with everything in life the higher you climb the harder you come crashing down to earth.

The characters were really well written and makes you think your actually there in the action.

The places this man has been and where he’s travelled will have you in awe. He’s had houses, boats and everything else you can think of. He’s been around the world many time’s and always goes back to his favourite place back in Scotland.

We look through the world through a different set of eyes. We all think it’s cookies and rainbows (I couldn’t think of the saying 😂)

This book opens your eyes to the world where nobody wants to think is actually going on. I think anyone can pick up this book and get lost in it. I couldn’t add anymore without giving way parts of the book.

I’d give this book 4/5 and highly recommend it.

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CBG -Rob, Linda and Crew- Off Africa 1988

Star Jumpers: The Lion Roars review.

I’d like to thank Rachel for this opportunity and emailing me the book. Please go check her website and sign up. Rachel will email you and ask if you’d be interested in reviewing a book she’s managed to get from the author/publisher for a review. Please check out her webiste I’ve left a link below.

Onto the book review.

 

The author is Zoe Baxter and the book only has 128 pages so it’s not a long read, but don’t let that fool you. What Zoe had done with this book is unbelievable. You’re into the action straight away. What seemed to be a normal activity for these unknowing 4 teenagers going zip lining into the unknown.

That unknown is somewhere called Hadrixia (I know right cool name) which has been taken over by an evil tyrant and took all the magic powers of people a certain age and casted out all those without any magic abilities. This tyrant has taken nearly every child who possess magic powers to build his armies and take over our world (we will get to that shortly) So now the teenagers are in a land they don’t know and haven’t got a clue what is going on. All they have is a bag and a map. Where they have to find a special stone to take back to their home world.

The tyrant is also looking for these stones for himself so he can smash the portals defenses and bring his armies through and destroy everything that’s on the otherside.

What happens to our four plucky teenager’s. Will they make it through the treacherous foreign land that is Hadraxia?

Please give this book a read you won’t be disappointed.

Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Jumpers-Roars-Zoe-Baxter-ebook/dp/B079WY6T8Z/

 
Author Bio –
Zoe Baxter is the author of the Star Jumpers series, a fast-paced urban fantasy adventure set in the Dark Sky Park of Northumbria. An avid scribbler, she lives in a world filled with vicious and venomous creatures breathing down her neck, and has even been known to take the odd zip wire flight in the name of research.
Social Media Links –
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/zoe.baxter.79069
Twitter – https://twitter.com/zoebaxterbooks
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/zoebaxterbooks/

There’s also a competition how awesome is this. It’s UK only.

Giveaway – Win Star Jumpers paperback, bookmark and postcard (UK Only)
*Terms and Conditions –UK entries only welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Finally signed up to a library.

I didn’t intenionally go to the library to sign. I took my daughter to library as we usually do once a month.

My daughter likes todo some colouring in while I usually sit down and wait. Today though was different, I seen a book that I’ve wanted to read for nearly a year. So I looked at it and couldn’t believe there it was Robin Hobbs Assassins fate (I’m really excited.to read this book)

I went over and touched the book to see if it was real and ran back to the seat hoping nobody seen me. So I kept looking over my shoulder to make sure it was still there, and praying to the book gods that it was.

To my delight it was still there. So I thought to myself I better pick it up before someone else gets it. So I ran faster than Usain Bolt I grabbed the book and sat down to read it.

So now I’m thinking I’m going to have to sign up to borrow this book. I’m not going to have time to read 800+ pages in an hour. I needed to read this book and can’t wait to get stuck into it. So I thought I would sign up. It will probably save me a fortune (since borrowing books is free 😂)  the only problem now is that I don’t want to hand it back in as I have nearly all the other Robin Hobb books and this would look nice with it 🤣

Anyway if you’ve made it this far I thank you for reading my rambling 😂

We other by Sue Bentley.

I was given this e-book free for my honest review. Honestly I would’ve paid for it as it’s a great book.

Description

Product description

Jess Morgan’s life has always been chaotic. When a startling new reality cannot be denied, it’s clear that everything she believed about herself is a lie. She is linked to a world where humans-‘hot-bloods’-are disposable entertainment. Life on a rundown estate-her single mum’s alcoholism and violent boyfriend-become the least of Jess’s worries.

Review

Sue Bentley’s dark, sensual, magical story will catch you in the gut, move your heart and set your imagination on fire. It’ s unmissable. Thea Bennett, Radio Times. ‘This is a book to really immerse yourself in. By the end you won’t be able to help feeling that you know Jess, and that you have spent time in the world of Faery yourself.’ Helen Walters – Writing Magazine Columnist; ‘I haven’t been able to put We Other down. Good job I’m an insomniac. Thanks for such a fabulous read.I haven’t enjoyed a book this much for a long time.’ Ruth Webster;’I love the description in this book, also how the characters are coming together. I’m so excited to see what happens next.’ Bookseller Waterstones’

 

Now I’m a big fantasy books fan and starting to read alot more YA books. Which I never thought I’d get into reading them.

I never heard of the author before this book but I will now be keeping an eye out for her future releases. The cover of the book looks amazing aswell I really like it.

Now onto the review 😁 the first couple of chapters I had to push myself to read them. They weren’t bad, but constantly going backwards and forwards (my memory is terrible sometimes) but once I got into it I couldn’t stop reading it. I had to have my kindle forcefully removed from my hand 😂 the world building has been beautifully written and will get your imagination running wild.

The characters were the same and have been written really well. Jess is the main character and has been brought up by an alcoholic mother who had abusive relationships throughout her life. Jess starts to realise she’s different from everyone in the human world, and sets of a series of events that will change her life forever. She discovers she was swapped with a human child when born at the hospital. She now needs to discover who and what she actually is. I can’t write much more without giving spoilers (which I don’t want todo with this review)

Give this book a read if you like reading fantasy/YA you won’t be disappointed.  I would give this book a 4.5/5 😀

Chasing black gold by Robert Stone book review.

For two decades Robert Stone made his living on the high seas. A modern-day pirate, he was a pioneer saturation oil field diver, involved in fishing, treasure-hunting and, more than anything else, smuggling, which brought him more money than he knew how to spend. Stone spent the last ten of his smuggling years in Africa, where he traded in illicit fuel. The murky waters of the Niger delta were his place of business as he operated in the most corrupt regime in the world, a place ruled by money and guns. Protected by the military, he bought diesel directly from refineries and sold his black cargo to legitimate and illegitimate businesses all over the world, making millions of dollars in the process until his smuggling empire came crashing down thanks to a friend’s betrayal and the US law enforcement. Chasing Black Gold is the incredible true story of Stone’s African fuel smuggling adventure. It is a tale straight out of Hollywood, one which throws the reader into a world where suitcases full of millions in cash are flown around the globe on private jets, where the corrupt practices of Third World governments and military regimes must be mastered, a world of numbered bank accounts and countries of convenience where living under false IDs and money laundering are all in a day’s work.

 

This book should be put on a Hollywood film makers desk and make this into a movie.

I was lucky enough to receive this book of the author himself, which I’m really grateful for. This is an impartial and honest review.

This book isn’t usually a genre I’d read, but from the start of this book I couldn’t put it down. The book is very fast paced and may have you a bit confused at the start, but once you get to know the characters it all falls into place.

I don’t condone crime but the story sounded amazing, and what a life he must have had. But with everything in life the higher you climb the harder you come crashing down to earth.

The characters were really well written and makes you think your actually there in the action.

The places this man has been and where he’s travelled will have you in awe. He’s had houses, boats and everything else you can think of. He’s been around the world many time’s and always goes back to his favourite place back in Scotland.

We look through the world through a different set of eyes. We all think it’s cookies and rainbows (I couldn’t think of the saying 😂)

This book opens your eyes to the world where nobody wants to think is actually going on. I think anyone can pick up this book and get lost in it. I couldn’t add anymore without giving way parts of the book.

I’d give this book 4/5 and highly recommend it.

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Liebster Award

I’d like to thank Saket for this nomination. I really do appreciate it. Everyone should go and check their blog out as you won’t be disappointed.

On to the post I was asked a few questions. Which I’m going to ask my nominee’s the same questions (yes I’m just being lazy 🤣)

RULES FOR ‘THE LIEBSTER AWARD’

  • Thank the person who nominated you and give a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions you are asked.
  • Nominate few other bloggers for the award and inform them.
  • Create ten interesting questions to be answered by them.

 

 

Questions for my nominees to answer, gonna keep it short :

  • Favorite movie/TV show/anime

Armageddon/Breaking bad and Dragon ball Z

  • Favorite book

My favourite book has to be Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.

  • Do you pour milk first or cereal ?

Definitely cereal first 😀

  • What’s that one thing you’ve been putting off for a really long time ?

Looking for a new job.

  • Your first name, and what would you change it to, if you wanted to

My name Graham nice to meet you all 😁 and I wouldn’t change it.

  • Link a post you liked a lot (can be your own, someone you follow or a follower’s)

I can’t think of one so here is my twitter @yesmoreblogs

  • One thing you wished you knew before you started blogging.

One thing I wish I knew was that I should’ve started it years ago.

  • The kind of pizza you order, or any other food item that you wanna make dinner out of, but you’re almost broke

Has to be a chicken kebab it’s kind of healthy 😂

  • Personal preference, car or motorbike ?

Car I’d love a motorbike but just don’t have the room for one.

  • Full moon turns you into a werewolf, yes or no ?

I can’t remember as I seem to have memory loss when it’s a full moon and all my clothes have been ripped like the hulk 😂

So here are my nominee’s

Bibi

The frozen mind

PP

Christina

Samantha

Ash Princess review.

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian this is the first book in the Ash Princess trilogy. This book does have a bit of a dark side but it does have a love trian7gle which you kind of expected.

The book starts with Theo (Princess) whose kingdom was taken over when she was a child. They killed her parents and kept her as a prize slave.

She gets told what to do and when todo. Now she is starting to get frustrated with the whole thing, and when a boy now man from her past it ignites her desire to take what’s rightfully hers.

Her kingdom is shattered and her people scattered across the land. She now has the desire and push she needs from a select few and maybe Prince charming.

I honestly thought I wouldn’t like it as the start seemed to take off quite slowly but glad I stuck with it. The book takes you to a beautifully written world as it sounds amazing.

The writing has been really well written the author deserves a lot of praise for this book and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

Also the cover looks amazing. I was really drawn to it.

Do you want to know what happens in the book? Then get yourself a copy. I got mine from Netgalley and I really appreciate it.