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Fat Chance

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Fat Chance by AB Morgan

A missing barrister, a severed thumb and fat chance of finding out the truth.

Ella Fitzwilliam’s world is about to spiral out of control. She’s not cut out to be a private investigator. With little or no aptitude for the job, she’s been sent undercover to expose the hidden lives of two men who meet nearly every week at Buxham’s – a private members’ club where portions are large and secrets are held in strictest confidence.

One of those men is Harry Drysdale, a defence barrister, and the other is Marcus Carver, an eminent surgeon with a tarnished past and much to lose. Ella knows he has unhealthy appetites, she’s sure he’s feeding his perverted habits and putting his female patients at risk but she has to prove it.

When Harry Drysdale goes missing, Konrad Neale TV journalist tries to reveal the truth behind the lies, but some of the secrets start to reveal themselves… and they are big.

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About the Author

Alison Morgan lives in rural Bedfordshire, UK, with her engineer husband and bonkers dog. Life is never boring and they are usually planning the next adventure. Alison spent several decades working on the front line of mental health services as a specialist nurse and latterly as manager of an early intervention service for first episode psychosis. However, when a heart problem brought her career to a juddering halt, she had to find a way of managing her own sanity, so she sat down to write some useful clinical guidelines for student nurses. Instead, a story that had been lurking in her mind came spewing forth onto the pages of what became her first novel. Since then she has been unable to stem the flow of ideas and writes full-time from a luxurious shack at the top of the garden. Alison writes under the name A B Morgan and. within her storylines, she continues to make good use of her years of experience in mental health services, where the truth is often much stranger than fiction.

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My Review

5 Stars

Ella Fitzwilliam has just lost another job when Val, a friend from the past talks her into getting her private investigator’s license. It seems easy enough but she is going to learn that she really isn’t cut out for it. She would rather model nude for artists. But Val is on the hunt for some people that have harmed and are known to hang out at the private club Buxham. Val sends Ella in for recon and Ella learns that this club caters to those that enjoys ladies like Ella.

But then one of the men disappears and TV reporter, Konrad has a show where he looks into different cases to expose truths that were hidden. So he decides to start looking into the one man’s disappearance. There are secrets that are hidden and they are going to come to light quickly.

Ella is a great girl with a personality big as her. I love her confidence as she is posing and working in Buxham. This was not where I thought this story was going but it was a great read that kept me engaged. Ella is kind of a bumbling and not what you would think of as a PI but she gets the job done in her own way. The two guys she are interesting and as the secrets are revealed I was not expecting the results.

This is a wonderful story and one I recommend checking out. I loved it and can’t wait to read more about Ella Fitzwilliam or other books from AB Morgan.

I would like to thank Jill at Books n All Book Promotions for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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Finders Keepers

Book Details:

Book Title: Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition by Russ Colchamiro
Category: Adult Fiction, 310 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publisher: Crazy 8 Press
Release date: October 17, 2018
Tour dates: Jan 7 to 25, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (A few f-bombs, and mild sex scenes + some casual drinking/pot smoking)

Book Description:

In the spirit of The Good Place, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, author Russ Colchamiro has gone back to the future to deliver his wildest, funniest novel yet–the updated Sci-Fi/Fantasy tale Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition.

When a jar containing the Universe’s DNA falls from Eternity, bumbling backpackers Jason and Theo find their loyalties–and sanity!–put to the test. Unaware that a motley crew from another realm is chasing them across the globe to retrieve that radioactive vessel, these intrepid new friends are forced to contend with passion, responsibility, and their own mortality–and the fate of the Solar System, which hangs in the balance.

Traversing Europe, New Zealand, and the backbone of Eternity, Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition ultimately asks one simple question: Is the life you’re living the life you actually want . . . or does the Universe have more to offer than you can possibly imagine?

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Meet the Author:

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space opera, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself.Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, Altered States of the Union, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, They Keep Killing Glenn, and Brave New Girls. Russ is repped by The Zack Company.

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My Review
4 Stars

Donald and Danielle decided to spend a little me time together on a new creation. But in their distracted state a container of Cosmic Building Materials (CBM) falls to earth. A pinch of this could literally destroy or build worlds so a lot of people go on the hunt for this missing jar.

On Earth we meet Jason and Theo, two backpackers from Europe and New Zealand that have gone on a trip across Europe. These two are complete opposites but seem to complement each other. They find the jar and not knowing what to do with it keep it. This leads to a crazy race to get the jar of CBM and one heck of an adventure.

This is a great, hilarious adventure. Jason and Theo don’t really seem like a great pair but that is what makes this a team as they cluelessly wander the world with such a powerful element tagging along with them. But you also have the scramble in Eternity as they missing jar of CBM is found. It doesn’t help that they think down on us.

This was a great story. It was funny and kept me reading to see what else Jason and Theo would get themselves into. I think anyone that likes fantasy and humor would love to read this story.

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

Guest Post

The Backpacker’s Guide to Books, Pets, and Car Accidents

By Author Russ Colchamiro

My new book Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition — a scifi backpacking comedy in the spirit of The Good PlaceHitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure — has a strange connection to my … pets.

I’ll explain.

Almost 25 years ago, while I was away on a backpacking trip through Europe — the trip that inspired Finders Keepers — my cat, Alex, got walloped by a car and needed emergency surgery. He busted his leg in four places and broke his jaw.

He had a long, tough recovery (mostly while I was overseas), with a permanent hinge in his left arm, a slightly misaligned jaw, and some lost teeth. During his recuperation phase, he was forced to spend several months holed up alone in my bedroom, with my family checking in on him.

But using up any number of his nine lives, for Alex, it was like the accident never happened. An adventurer and trouble-maker through and through, after several months he was back to his full cool-cat self and lived a long, full life, including him traveling cross-country with me. Twice. (He since died, but that was in 2009, at the ripe old age of 18).

Alex, was indeed, the very best.

Fast forward to 2010.

I was attending NY Comic-Con to launch the original version of Finders Keepers (to clarify… my newest book, Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition, is a re-issue of my debut novel that is shorter, tighter, cleaner, and updated to fit better with the sequels, Genius de Milo and Astropalooza).

Anyhoo, while I was at NY Comic-Con, my wife Liz was in New Jersey, visiting her parents with our twin ninjas (just two months old at the time), and our kooky dog Simon.

Well … while I was out promoting Finders Keepers, Simon decided that he was going to run out into the street and tackle a car, underestimating the power of a 4,000-pound vehicle, and the damage it could cause.

The result was that Simon suffered a badly broken leg (hmm… sounds familiar), with cuts and bruises all over him and enough staples throughout his body to put Frankenstein to shame (really familiar).

It took a few months, but Simon made a full recovery. Physically, anyway. He’s now almost 12, and crazier than ever.

But let’s recap:

Two pets. Two car accidents. Same book. The first pet accident occurred while I was out galivanting on an adventure that inspired Finders Keepers. The second pet accident occurred while I was promoting Finders Keepers.

So…what’s my takeaway? Should I not have any more Finders Keepers-related travel? Do I need to sit Simon down and explain the laws of physics to him? Is the Universe trying to tell me something more substantial I should already know?

I keep thinking there must be some cosmic meaning in these pet-related Finders Keepers misadventures of mine. If you happen to crack the code, I hope you’ll share. Because all these years later… I still haven’t figured it out.

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