Crack Apple & Pop – Saira Viola @sairaviola @f13noir @fahrenheitpress @damppebbles

crack apple and pop
I think that’s a Braeburn. Maybe a Russet? No, too green. Certainly not a Granny Smith’s or a Pink Lady. Maybe it’s a crab apple? We need an apple expert here. Anyone? 


Backed up against the wall you sweat and you gibber

But despite what they say you ain’t no grass and you ain’t no fibber

Drawing his gun he points it straight in your face

In your chest your heart hammers at an accelerated pace

All of a sudden he squeezes the trigger

Your legs giving way in a slip and a jigger

But as the hammer comes down for your brains to disturb

Poking out of the barrel is a flag with a blurb…..


Tony is a handsome young boxer forced into a life of crime after suffering a vicious blow in the ring.

Seduced by the glitz and glamour of London and mentored by charismatic gang lord Don March he rises rapidly up the crime ladder until he spies an opportunity to start a semi-legit Natural Highs business.

Bankrolled by an eccentric British dandy and accompanied by a cast of starry misfits including a 3ft tall blue-haired money man, an Etonian drug mule, two dominatrix debt collectors, a dodgy lawyer and a host of demi-celebs, Tony carves out a roll for himself in a city where money creates its’ own morality.

All seems to be going well until in the shadows, a Bollywood mobster threatens to derail their plans.

Chaos ensues, of course it does – wonderful, beautiful, visceral chaos.

The deft wit of Hammett meets the vivid poetics of Chandler: Crack Apple and Pop is slick smart and razor sharp. A gritty and sometimes metafictive slice of London noir.

A city of artful dodgers, yardie gangsters, kinky aristos, cocaine dusted starlets and social thrill seekers where everyone’s hustling and everyone’s getting high.

Whether it’s law, finance, the music biz, or the boxing ring: money is king. And only the ones prepared to risk everything will survive…

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Crimson Siege (Blood Riders Book 1) – Jay Raven @jayravenauthor @rararesources

Crimson Siege


Hey you, yes you! No, not you….no, yo….you, you over there in the cape! Finally *tuts* Do you like horror? Do you like vampires? Do you like a rollicking good jailhouse siege (Yes, I’m talking to you now, yes you in the Elvis wig – I see you)? Do you like your story to be set in a dark, gothic, mountainous setting, preferably during the 19th Century?

What’s that? You do? Well, hurrah and break out the bunting (black, bat-shaped bunting, of course), because this could well be the book for you.

But, what if I said “NAY” to all of the above? What if we don’t like capes, or Elvis? What about us? Well, I say shut yer whining and open your mind, this may still be the book for you – and rethink you attitudes towards Elvis, man. Don’t worry about the capes, though.

edna mode no capes
Don’t mess wit da Mode, man!

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Creature – Hunter Shea @huntershea1 @annecater #blogtour

Creature Cover Image

Paperback: 288 pages

Publisher: FLAME TREE PRESS; New edition edition (6 Sept. 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1787580210

ISBN-13: 978-1787580213

Amazon UK: Buy here

My thanks to Anne Cater (Random Things Tours) and to Hunter Shea for my ARC and for having me on the tour 🙂

The piercing, blood curdling screams rebound off the trees and resonate throughout the woodland surrounding your tiny cottage. Terrified you pull the sheet tighter and tighter around yourself as if that will keep away and protect you from the creature outside. As the howling and caterwauling get closer and closer you begin to realise those unbearable sounds may actually be words, that the creature is actually trying to say something. Straining your terrified ears you listen intently, yes, yes those are words. It, it appears to be screaming….. a blurb:


The monsters live inside of Kate Woodson. Chronic pain and a host of autoimmune diseases have robbed her of a normal, happy life. Her husband Andrew’s surprise of their dream Maine lake cottage for the summer is the gift of a lifetime. It’s beautiful, remote, idyllic, a place to heal. 

But they are not alone. Something is in the woods, screeching in the darkness, banging on the house, leaving animals for dead. 

Just like her body, Kate’s cottage becomes her prison. She and Andrew must fight to survive the creature that lurks in the dead of night.

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