#Blogtour #GuestPost: A Degree of Uncertainty by Nicola K Smith @NicolaKSmith @rararesources #Giveaway

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Today I am thrilled to be hosting a stop and guest post on the blog tour for Nicola K. Smith’s debut novel A Degree of Uncertainty. As someone who a) lives in a small town and b) works at a university that is aiming to double it’s student enrolment over the next decade I found everything about this book to be particularly timely and relatable. But, you don’t need to be as entrenched in these worlds as I am to enjoy Smith’s debut – it’s funny, complex, and utterly real.

Check out her thoughts on small towns and finding inspiration on your doorstep below!


A Degree front coverTitle: A Degree of Uncertainty

Author: Nicola K Smith

Publisher: Compass Publishing

Publication Date: 14th November 2019

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Themes: Community, Small Towns, Societal Shift


About the book…

A Cornish town is slowly fracturing under the weight of its growing university…

Prominent businessman, Harry Manchester will not stand by and see his beloved hometown turned into a student ghetto — and many residents and students are relying on him.

But Harry’s stance sets him on a collision course with Dawn Goldberg, formidable Vice Chancellor of Poltowan University, who is set on doubling its size and cementing her career legacy.

As Harry’s marriage falls apart, his business comes under threat, and fellow traders accuse him of halting progress, Dawn is battling her own demons, not least the need to live up to her late father’s expectations and erase the memory of his tragic death.

There can only be one victor in this battle for the soul of a close-knit community…

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Degree-Uncertainty-Nicola-Smith-ebook/dp/B0825Y8PTS

US – https://www.amazon.com/Degree-Uncertainty-Nicola-Smith-ebook/dp/B0825Y8PTS


Guest Post

Why small town communities are alive with drama…

Small town communities have often lent themselves well to fiction. Think of Anne Tyler’s numerous dramas in the US suburbs, Per Peterson’s tales from small Norwegian towns, Jon McGregor’s stories from the UK’s ancient Peak District, and the darkness of Twin Peaks. Not to mention TV’s Tin Star, telling of an unhinged London police chief who has decamped to Little Big Bear in the wilds of Alberta…

As McGregor has said about small rural towns, they offer writers “ a defined network of characters, a knowable landscape, a community of shared knowledge.”

My debut novel, A Degree of Uncertainty is set in the west of Cornwall, in England’s far south west, in a fictional town called Poltowan. Cornwall has the longest coastline in England, a meandering coast path that continues to surprise, countless pretty fishing villages, expansive beaches, hidden coves and wild moorland.

It also has one university town. Falmouth, which I adopted as my hometown 15 years ago, is on Cornwall’s south coast, and its university has exploded over the last 10 years or so, with its student population now topping 5,000. In a town with around 22,000 residents, that is quite a shift in dynamics.

As you can imagine, such a shift has also caused unrest. Many of us feel threatened by change, particularly when our very community, our home, is at risk of disruption, and everything we know starts to look and feel different.

Poltowan is inspired by Falmouth, taking its framework of change — more students, a growing economy, transient neighbourhoods, a younger population —and peopling it with characters who feel variously that the university’s rapid expansion is either progress of ruin.

But A Degree of Uncertainty isn’t about the university per se. It is about the human condition. It is about a small town community that is on shifting sands. And when change occurs people often feel exposed and vulnerable. It makes us defensive. And while some see its growth as a positive evolution, a way of putting a relatively remote community on the map, many feel it heralds an end to everything they know.

The story has two protagonists. Harry Manchester is Poltowan born and bred, a successful businessman who feels a responsibility to fight further expansion of the university and preserve Poltowan for residents and future generations. He will not stand by and see his town taken over by fly-by-night students. He wants to be the people’s hero.

His key adversary is Dawn Goldberg, the ruthlessly ambitious Vice Chancellor of Poltowan University, who is hell bent on making it a defining point in her career.  As we learn more about her, we start to understand why she has made this her mission, and why she is determined to achieve her goal regardless of her unpopularity among many in the local community.

It was a story that demanded to be written. A small community harbours all sorts of mysteries. It is a seething mass of secrets, lies and forbidden desires — indeed it is a microcosm of the world — and when people feel imperiled, it brings out the worst in them.

Poltowan is inspired by a real place but is very much a work of fiction, yet like many writers before me, I have found a compelling story on my doorstep.

Nicola K Smith (A Degree of Uncertainty)


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About the Author

A Degree Author Nic-1Nicola K Smith is a freelance journalist contributing to a number of titles including the The Times, Guardian.co.uk, BBC.co.uk, BBC Countryfile and Sainsbury’s Magazine. She lives in Falmouth, Cornwall, a town which inspired A Degree of Uncertainty, although it is set in the fictional Cornish town of Poltowan.

Twitter: @NicolaKSmith

Instagram: Nicolaksmith740

Facbook: @NicolaKSmith74


Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this tour.

#Blogtour #Review: Legacy of Light by C. D. Tavenor @tavenorcd @rararesources

Legacy of Light

Today I have the pleasure of taking part in the blog tour for Legacy of Light by C. D. Tavenor. Weighing in at just 132 pages, this little baby packs an action packed punch, so don’t let it’s size deceive you. Filled with high stakes drama, unique and interesting peoples, and a load of action, if you’re looking for a gentle entry into a new and exciting fantasy world this might just be the one for you.


MsZ_NnPwTitle: Legacy of Light

Author: C. D. Tavenor

Publication Date: December 3, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Themes: Family, War, Survival, Slavery, Oppression

Features: N/A


Synopsis

If only they knew us as more than accursed.

The Holy Empire hates the People of Light. Maripes, arriving in its capital, seeks to save his people from certain destruction. The Inquisition seeks theocratic justice, and it will stop at nothing to rid the world of those it considers evil.

Still, Maripes must try. For if he fails, doom will certainly befall his people. Standing in his way? The High Inquisitor, the Empress, and a million subjects all indoctrinated to believe he is evil incarnate.

Should be an easy task.

Otherwise, his son Mono, a soldier in the legions of their people, will face the fight of his life . . .

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My Review

I’ll be upfront in stating that when I dove into this read I was expecting a punchy little novella that set the foundations for an exciting new fantasy world. And while Tavenor certainly delivered in that regard, I was surprised that this was laid out as three complementary episodes – one for each of our heroes – that cover a heck of a lot of ground when it comes to world building. And the best part? Heroics seem to run in the family! We have a grandfather who tries to negotiate a peace against all odds, a father who leads his people in an epic last stand against an invading force and saves his people, and a daughter who sacrifices herself in order to find the path of Light. The only question is where will this path take Ermo, and will she be able to lead her people home to redemption?

The three generation format works incredibly well, as when it comes to laying the foundations for a new world it offers plenty of entry points that can be expanded on in the future. Through Maripes we’re introduced to the magics of sunsteel and moonstone and the ancient peoples, that came before with the power to forge them, the deep seated feud between the Holy Empire and the People of Light, and an equally generational series of villains. Through Mono we’re given insight into the second wave of wars, the ways of the People of Light, and given some delectable tidbits regarding the flora and fauna of this mystical place. And through Ermo we see how the people have survived (on either side of the chasm) since the last great battle, how the Lord of Light acts through people, and what new obstacles are arising to threat the Empire and People alike. Basically, there’s everything here to build one hell of a world!

My only complaint is that Tavenor offers just a taste for all of these aspects and I want more – more back story on the wars, on the ancients, on the slaves living in the mines, and more about the world as a whole. I know that everyone is all ‘show don’t tell’ these days, but honestly I’m not that picky when it comes to my fantasy world building. I’ll take it almost any way I can get it so long as it flows. And the parts that offered here were more than enough to catch my interest! I’m looking forward to seeing this world and the characters in it explored further as more books are added to the cycle because there are so many interesting places it can go.

Legacy of Light is exciting, action packed, and so very promising! Filled with interesting and diverse characters, imaginative creatures, and legitimate conflict that provokes thought on real-world issues Tavenor offers a veritable feast for the engaged reader. Check it out fantasy lovers, there’s a little something for everyone.


About the Author

gloRIbBQC. D. Tavenor is a science fiction and fantasy author based in Columbus, Ohio and the Director of Editorial Services for Two Doctors Media Collaborative!

He’s excited to tell stories that engage readers beyond a desire for entertainment, whether through philosophical inspiration or social inquiry. And he’s a firm believer in connecting every piece of fiction to reality, whether through their themes or their settings.

When not writing, Tavenor enjoys the more than occasional board game, his favorite being Eclipse.

To stay in touch and receive some great free books, go here: https://mailchi.mp/a6b48c582759/welcome-to-two-doctors-media-collaborative

Social Media Links –

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https://www.bookbub.com/profile/c-d-tavenor


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Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this tour, and for proving a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

#Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May #YAFiction #YAFantasy

Back before the start of summer I out a call for fantasy recommendations featuring faeries and badass leading ladies, and the lovely Danielle Jensen chucked this baby my way. It may have taken me a few months to get around to reading The Falconer by Elizabeth May, but I’m delighted to say that I absolutely loved it and will most definitely be reading the rest of the series in the months to come. If you like action, imagination, and drama so think you can taste it in your YA Fantasy this is most definitely one for you!


falconerTitle: The Falconer

Author: Elizabeth May

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Fiction, Steampunk

Themes: Faeries, Survival, Invention, Societal Expectations, Inter-dimensional Wars

Features: N/A


My Rating: 4.5/ 5


Synopsis

Taken from Goodreads…

One girl’s nightmare is this girl’s faery tale

She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.

She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.

She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.

She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.

The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.


My Review

I love discovering new authors, so you can imagine my joy when I discovered that Elizabeth May not only writes fabulous fantasy, but that shine can combine steampunk, faeries, and kick-ass heroines with the skill of a freaking ninja. Now make that heroine a young lady who bucks the expectations of society, add in a detached and ambivalent father, and a problematic romantic arc and I’m skipping household chores to read by the fire. Oh, and I did I mention that The Falconer is set in Edinburgh just streets away from where I used to live? Ding ding ding! You have a new series fan. I mean seriously, I couldn’t help but waxing all nostalgic at the most unexpected moments – it was pure magic.

But the thing that really made this steampunk fantasy stand out for me was May’s exquisite attention to historical detail. I loved how she slipped in that the waltz, which is now viewed as a dance that epitomizes elite society, was originally viewed as lewd and indecorous as partners maintained a body contact that was far too close to be considered proper. Or how houses used to be subject to window tax rather than property tax, ever walked through some historic neighbourhoods and wondered why all those beautiful windows were bricked in? Whelp, no you know why. Or that high society was governed by a close debutant code, that dance cards were more than just a figure of speech, and that the slightest transgression (whether intentional or otherwise) could ruin both reputations and families. Having all of these details so well founded in reality really made the more fantastical elements pop. Flame throwers and orinthocopters? Magical thistles and daemons rising from an inter-dimensional prison buried beneath the city? I AM SOLD.

And if you know me at all, you know that adore scandalously independent female characters. Aeliana fits this mould perfectly with her dangerous activities after dark, her persistent desire to invent anything from weapons to transportation, and her blatant disregard for finding a suitor and settling into married life. The only thing that worried me about her character was that she fell into the trap of being  a bad-ass lady that hated wearing dresses, I feel like it’s been done a lot lately, even if fashion in the 19th century was incredibly restrictive. But, her lack of fashionability is balanced out by an incredibly proper and supportive best friend so I can’t complain too hard. But more than anything I liked that Aeliana is both a balanced and flawed character. She’s capable of saving the world but she still grieves the loss of her mother and has PTSD meltdowns flashing back to her murder, she’s skilled and intelligent beyond all measure and yet she’s still susceptible to the failings of pride and arrogance. She’s witty, intelligent, and hilariously off-key funny, and every now and then you still want to smack her in the mouth. She’s pure gold.

Oh, and the fae aren’t half bad either. Okay, maybe they’re 99% evil and hell-bent on vengeance, but Derrick and Kiaran make for some incredibly compelling allies. And let’s just behest here, if I could have a little pixie living in my close and mending my destroyed clothes for the occasional bowl of honey, I would be so there! Even if that said pixie had more sass than any one person could handle, and could hold grudges like nobodies business. Derrick honestly reminded me of a lush, male, Tinkerbell because I would be all over that. And all over Kiaran too, because snarky dark heroes drowning in secrets are totally my thing. He’s killing his own kind, is training Aeliana to do the same, and has been banished from the faerie realms. Good people, gimme the popcorn and wine.

I won’t go too much into the plot and (serious) non-ending because I’m not a big fan of spoilers but you should know the action is available in abundance, the the drama thickens with the turn of every page, and that every character has layers that when discovered will throw you for a loop. The writing is spell binding, expertly paced with a superb balance between plot and explication, and it will most definitely leave you wanting to dive straight into the next book in the series.

If you’re a fan a spellbinding fantasy, some serious steampunk vibes, and a whole host of irreverent and independent characters then pick up The Falconer – you won’t be disappointed!


I purchased this book as a result of blogger and reader recommendations, all opinions are my own.

#Blogtour #Review: The Daughter’s Promise by Sarah Clutton @sarahmclutton @BOTBSPublicity @Bookouture

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For my first post of the year I am over the moon to be taking part in the blog tour for The Daughter’s Promise by the amazing Sarah Clutton. This deeply evocative read will take hold of your heartstrings and lead you on a slow burn journey of loss, grief, trauma, recovery, and incredible resilience and discovery. Grab the tissues, your favourite cozy blanket, and a bottle of wine because this one needs to be read in a single sitting.


The-Daughters-Promise-Kindle.jpgTitle: The Daughter’s Promise

Author: Sarah Clutton

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication Date: January 8, 2020

Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Mystery

Themes: Family, Loss, Grief, Relationships

Features: N/A


My Rating: 4.5/ 5


Synopsis

Family is everything to Willa. Adopted at birth, her loving husband and son are her safe haven, and the ones she has clung to while numbed by the pain of a recent loss. When a letter arrives, it opens a path for Willa to re-engage with life: she has inherited a house halfway across the world, in a town she’s never heard of, from a woman she doesn’t know. Her only guess is that Lillian Brooks could have been her birth mother.

Travelling to the inviting shores of Sisters Cove, Willa in entranced by the dilapidated old house she now owns, perched high on a windy cliff within the Merrivale Estate. But as she begins to look amongst the dusty photos and sealed boxes of papers left to her, it becomes clear that the truth about who Lillian really was is not at all what Willa expected.

At Merrivale, social butterfly Annabelle is intrigued by Willa’s arrival. Unable to have children herself, she feels drawn to this fragile, younger woman and is inspired to help her mend the cracks in her heart. But as a friendship grows between the two, the dark truth that connects them is exposed, and both are forced to make choices about the risks they’ll take for family, love and forgiveness.

An emotional, powerful novel full of dark secrets and family drama. Perfect for fans of The Silent Wife, Amanda Prowse and Sally Hepworth.

Buy LINKS:

Amazon: https://geni.us/B0821GP4C2

Apple Books: https://apple.co/35JyLjH

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Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2KZIRVv


My Review

This is not the kind of book that is filled with seat gripping action scenes and swoon worthy romances, if you want to be thrilled into adrenaline overload look elsewhere. What The Daughter’s Promise offers is realistic and complicated relationships, fully developed characters, and intricately intertwined storylines that all come together into one epic and heart-wrenching conclusion. It’s full of mystery, suspense, and just enough drama to leave you angry when the story is over. That, and desperately wanting more.

And did I ever want more!

Although, that might have had something to do with the fact that I love it when a book starts in the aftermath of a major loss. It’s the perfect setting for some deep character discovery and allows ample space for a little suspense and thrill to seep into even the most emotional plots. Now add in two absent actors that do a fabulous job of driving the plot along and you have the perfect recipe for an exceptional read.

I’m not going to lie, in the beginning I had a hard time connecting with Willa’s character. But I’m going to chalk that up to the fact that Willa begins her journey completely incapable of connecting with herself. If you don’t immediately feel for her, give her time (and I promise it won’t take long)! As her story progressed I found myself  magnetically drawn to her journey of healing as she worked toward managing the grief that had held her hostage since the loss of her daughter while simultaneously exploring her mysterious connection to the Old Church and seeking out her birth mother. Ever page I turned drew me in a little closer, and before I knew it I was hooked.

However, I found sisters Sylvia and Annabelle compelling from the start. At first blush they present as the perfect dichotomy – one sister a healthy, minimalistic free spirit living a nomadic life and the other firmly rooted in a fancy house and set on perfecting her gardens. But there is so much more to both of them than the stereotypes that they present as. Both women are complicated, flawed, and stubborn toward each other in the way that only sisters can be. You feel their grudges and shared histories just as strongly as the love and protective instincts. Their dynamic was my favourite to read, especially Annabelle’s tool of a husband comes into play. If you want your drama, this is where you find it. Wowza!

Told in varying perspectives and frequently flashing back to major moments in the past, this dynamic tale will keep you on your toes. Clutton takes on some heavy topics but balances them beautifully with moments of horticultural splendour and perfectly timed humour. The writing is exquisite – it’s full of empathy, free from judgement, and expertly paced. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will probably fall in love with Tasmania.

The Daughter’s Promise is an absolutely astounding read, I can’t recommend it highly enough!


About the Author

Sarah-2588Sarah Clutton is an Australian author and former lawyer whose debut novel, Good Little Liars, mixes suspense and domestic drama with nuanced characters. Having majored in psychology in her original degree, Sarah is fascinated by people. How does the past shape us? Can we can learn empathy? What determines the outcomes when moral and legal boundaries collide?

Sarah’s work earned her the Dymocks/Fiona McIntosh Commercial Fiction Scholarship in 2018, a coveted national award run by one of Australia’s most successful commercial fiction authors and sponsored by Australia’s largest book chain. An alumna of the Australian Writers’ Centre novel writing course, and with a mostly-finished Master of Arts (Writing) that she has no interest in finishing because she prefers making stuff up, Sarah lives with her family in the very pretty tourist town of Bowral, near Sydney. She has lived all over Australia, and if she didn’t live in Bowral, she would live in Hobart, the most beautiful city she knows.

Author Social Media Links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/sarahcluttonauthor/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/sarahmclutton


Many thanks to Sarah Hardy at Books on the Bright Side Publicity for inviting me to participate in this tour. All opinions are my own.

#Review: The Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi #YAFiction #YAFantasy #NorseMythology

Today I am delighted to be sharing a review for Elizabeth Tammi’s second Norse inspired novel The Weight of a Soul. This daring play on Loki, Hela, and the dawn of Ragnarok is a dark and heady read, but it offers so much to think about. This may not be the read for you if you crave an upbeat adventure with a happily ever after, but if you enjoy tension, drama, and a complex new plays on classical mythologies this might just be the one for you.


43517326Title: The Weight of a Soul

Author: Elizabeth Tammi

Publisher: Flux

Publication Date: December 3, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy, YA Fiction

Themes: Family, Arranged Marriages, Betrayal, Mythology

Features: N/A


My Rating: 4/ 5


Synopsis

Taken from Goodreads…

When Lena’s younger sister Fressa is found dead, their whole Viking clan mourns—but it is Lena alone who never recovers. Fressa is the sister that should’ve lived, and Lena cannot rest until she knows exactly what killed Fressa and why—and how to bring her back. She strikes a dark deal with Hela, the Norse goddess of death, and begins a new double life to save her sister.

But as Lena gets closer to bringing Fressa back, she dredges up dangerous discoveries about her own family, and finds herself in the middle of a devastating plan to spur Ragnarök –a deadly chain of events leading to total world destruction.

Still, with her sister’s life in the balance, Lena is willing to risk it all. She’s willing to kill. How far will she go before the darkness consumes her?


My Review

I’ll be upfront in stating that this book is not some happy, exciting adventure where the reader walks away feeling joyous and entertained at the end. Instead, it’s the type of book that dives head first into the deep end with some weighty issues such as loss, grief, murder, and healthy dose of mental instability. Tammi doesn’t pull any punches when she goes down the dark and twisty road, with the overall feeling of the novel mimicking the cold and oppressive trappings of Helheim. But with so much YA giving an issues-lite reading and a guaranteed HEA, I honestly didn’t mind the ominous tone.

I appreciated how honest Tammi is with her manipulation of classic Norse stories, claiming that at the heart of these stories is contradiction which leaves room to play. The core elements of Loki as the trickster, Hela as the goddess of death, the Valkyries as warriors, and Odin as the all-father are tactfully maintained while new layers of character and depth are created to suit the story. It is clear from the outset that Lena, Fressa, and everyone in the their village are nothing more than pawns in the gods master plans, and it’s difficult to watch them try and change their fates when there areas many factors beyond their control.

I enjoyed the depth of the bond shared by Lena and Fressa, and the lengths that Lena was willing to go in order to preserve the life and immortal soul of her sister. My only real complaint with their relationship is that a little bit more time could have been spent building Fressa up before her death as there wasn’t around long enough to really get attached to her and feeler loss as a character. Had this happened, it wouldn’t have taken anywhere near as long to get behind Lena’s mad-cap agreement with the goddess of death to retrieve her sister’s soul.

With that being said though, Lena’s grief and denial read as absolutely authentic. We’ve all done some pretty illogical things in the wake of a loved one’s death, it just so happens that Lena’s actions are in keeping with with viking setting and the prevailing beliefs of the time. Her descent into darkness is the kind of gradual that you don’t notice until she’s doing some absolutely horrible things, and all the while you can’t help but pity her and hope that she succeeds.

Amal too is an easy character to like. And maybe it was because Tammi made a point of acknowledging the diversity of Viking trade routes, and the reality of ethnic diversity during these times, but I instantly appreciated his presence in the story. He is calm, respectful, and overly logical about almost everything. His approach is the exact opposite of Lena’s which makes him an interesting ally in her quest and a subtle balance to her overwhelming grief. I really wanted him to fight more against their parent’s desires, but at the same time I understand and appreciate that my desires in this regard are not necessarily the reality of their situation.

Dark and gritty, the slow-burning action will carry you to other worlds and beyond. Lena’s world is magical, mystical, and meticulous wrought with details that you don’t want to miss. Guard you hearts though, because this is an emotionally brutal read that leaves little in the way of warm-fuzzier at the end. But, and I say this with great joy, this has all the makings of an incredible series with so much more left to come.

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! But maybe not when you’re looking for a pick-me-up experience…


Many thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.