Archive for June 21st, 2018

This Little Piggy by Rob Ashman

Kevin Palmer is a regular sort of guy, or he was until his life fell apart. His wife, his money, his business and his reputation are all taken away from him. He tries to fight back and ends up in prison.

There he concocts elaborate fantasies to wreak vengeance. He is sent to work in an abattoir and the final piece of the jigsaw falls into place with chilling consequences. Then a cruel twist of fate changes everything.

DI Rosalind Kray is battling her own demons having returned to work following a brutal attack. She finds herself on the trail of a sick and twisted killer and cracks the macabre pattern of murders. But her boss is unconvinced.

Kray has Palmer squarely in her sights. But he has other ideas …

Can Kray break him in time to save the final victim?

Time is running out.


Author’s Bio

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.

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Guest Post

Writing This Little Piggy was a journey of discovery for me. Anyone who has read my previous four books will realise that my villains are psychotic individuals with a pre-disposed urge to kill. But when I wrote about Kevin Palmer, the protagonist in This Little Piggy, he was nothing like that and it threw me completely.

I found when I sat down to write about him I could not find his voice. I had the story that wrapped around his character but not him. So, I did what I normally do when faced with a writing problem, I shared it with my long-suffering wife. Having first poured her a large glass of wine.

I described the situation to Karen and she said, ‘Well, maybe he’s not who you think he is.’ And that was it. That was the sum total of her wisdom. Rubbish advice I thought and took back the wine – joke, that’s a dangerous thing to attempt.

The following week we were out with friends and out of the blue Kevin started talking to me. His first words were, ‘This is not a story about a psycho, Rob, this is a story about revenge.’

As usual my wife was right, Kevin was not the guy I was trying to portray. His motivations were different to anyone I had ever written about before.

Once I had that straight in my head Kevin came to life and did some eye watering things, some of which even made me wince.

Kevin Palmer stretched me as a writer and I hope readers will enjoy his character.

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Dig Two Graves


Dig Two Graves by Hend Salah

In the blurred lines between good and evil – who will win?

Jezebel White is a court-appointed psychologist who runs an underground human trafficking empire.

In order to justify her nefarious actions to her conscience, she selects victims based solely upon whom she deems immoral.
Now, she finds herself being framed for a crime she had only intended to commit.

A detective has placed a target on Jezebel’s back, and the time to catch her predator is quickly running out

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My Review

4 Stars

Jezebel White is a court-appointed psychologist that is supposed to be helping people. But her real job is as a human trafficker and she uses her patients. But to justify it in her mind, Jezebel only picks those that really deserve it and won’t be missed. But then Detective Asher Wilson shows up looking for a missing girl, Athena Elias. He has Jezebel in his sights and is trying to prove she killed Athena. Jezebel on the other hand is being framed for Athena’s death and must figure out who I after her.

This is a cold and brutal story. Jezebel clearly has issues and is not a likable character at all, I mean she is a human trafficker. But there is way more to this story than just Jezebel getting framed or Athena’s death. Jezebel is cold and manipulative and clearly doesn’t care for anyone but herself. But she has her own past and will make you question her behaviors.

This was a good yet brutal psychological thriller. It makes you question that fine line of if Jezebel is really a brutal killer when she is taking care of those that have clearly done wrong.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Sherri Rosen Publicity for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Astounding Antagonists by Rafael Chandler

Dr. Agon, a megalomaniacal inventor with an arsenal of lethal gadgets. Motley, a wisecracking jewel thief with nothing left to lose. Chillpill, a cryogenic drug lord who just wants a normal life. Baelphegor, a demonic psychopath with an ugly score to settle.

They’re the most dangerous supervillains on Earth, and they’re about to pull off the perfect crime. There’s just one catch: if they succeed, they might accidentally save the world.

From the skyscrapers of Apex City to the gates of Hell itself, the Antagonists are pursued by violent superheroes and billionaire vigilantes. But as loyalties are tested and old hatreds are rekindled, the line between friend and foe begins to blur…

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“The writing in the book is superb… It’s a beautiful thing when a writer can pull together humor, sadness, euphoria, and dismay all into one book, and Chandler does just that.” (Fanboycomics.net)

“It was fun, it was deep, it was snarky, it was diverse, it was complex, it was poignant and it was epic and horrific and amazing.” (Fangs For The Fantasy)

“It all culminates in a brutal street brawl with lots of accusations, recriminations, and payback. It’s like a giant crossover event scribbled on a napkin by James Robinson and Marv Wolfman.” (Superheronovels.com)

“I appreciate a book that can bring some knowledge and insight to their plots while keeping the characters believable. It is hard to do, and this book does it well… I completely recommend this book.” (Black Nerd Problems)

“This is an ensemble piece with a large cast so unique, so different from each other and all so loveable flawed in their own way that every single person who appears is memorable.” (Ghouls, Gryphons, and Gadgets)

“The best capepunk novel since Soon I Will Be Invincible. I’ve read a lot of books in this genre in the past few years, and discovered many gems among the dross, but Chandler’s is the first since Grossman’s to give me this much of a visceral, emotional and literary thrill. His characters are so strong, uniquely voiced, understandably motivated, and genuinely engaging I found myself fearing for their lives and well-being with every turn of the page.” (Stephen T. Brophy, author of The Villain’s Sidekick)


Author’s Bio

Rafael Chandler writes novels (Mask Beneath Her Face, Hexcommunicated), video games (Dark District, SOCOM 4, Final Eden, MAG), and tabletop role-playing games (Teratic Tome, Lusus Naturae, ViewScream). He’s a metalhead, a kaijuphile, and a gorehound.

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My Review

5 Stars

This is a super hero story told from the villain’s view point. Doctor Agon, a super inventory learns that the super heroes are going to be launching a satellite into space that can track everyone on Earth. With the help of other villains, he plans on stopping the little, pompous twerps in their tracks.

With super heroes and comics/graphic novels becoming so popular, we are starting to see more super hero stories. And where there are heroes, there are villains. But what really defines a villain? What if they are the hero of their own stories? Are the heroes really heroes? This story makes you think twice about the typical villain.

Now, there are a couple things that did annoy me about the story. The whole political and economic views did make this story drag. They just kept going and drug away from my enjoyment of the story.

I loved the stories that twist the approach and make you think twice about the norms. I previously read Renegades by Marissa Meyer and enjoyed that book. I could see some of that in The Astounding Antagonists. If you like the super hero stories you should check this one out. You might enjoy it too.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank Reads & Reels for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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