‘Ambrosius: Last of the Romans’ by Tim Walker


Ambrosius: Last of the Romans

In a time of myths and legends, Roman tribune Ambrosius Aurelianus returns to Britannia on a secret mission. With the Roman influence on the island quickly fading, the people have fallen back on their tribal roots. Along with his adoptive brother, Uther Pendragon, Ambrosius sets out to lead the Britons against King Vortigern and his Saxon army.

This is an interesting book, mixing historical fact with myths and legends to create a story that’s not quite history, but not quite fantasy. The attention to detail is accomplished and adds to the sense of realism, although I did feel at times the proliferation of ‘facts’ got in the way of the plot. There’s a lot to take in, and with a cast of characters whose names don’t exactly roll off the tongue, I sometimes had to re-read passages a couple of time before moving on. Nevertheless, it’s a rollicking good yarn with plenty to get your literary teeth into.

This is book 2 in Tim Walker’s ‘A Light in the Dark Ages’ series, and will delight anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a generous helping of Arthurian adventure.

 
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Guest Post: Why Serial-Killer Fiction Isn’t Going Anywhere

Guest Post by Carolyn Arnold


 

Years ago, a rumor circulated in the writing community that books about serial killers were passé. I didn’t buy it, though. Had any of these writers picked up a mystery book or watched popular shows on television? Serial killers were everywhere! And still are.

The truth is, many people have a morbid fascination with serial killers and want to know what makes them tick, to try to understand them. While people certainly have sympathy for the victims, this addiction to serial-killer fiction, if you will, is similar to that of a motorist who can’t stop looking at the car crash on the side of the road. They are drawn to watch, and let’s face it: death connects all of us. That may sound morbid, but we all face death and loss eventually.

We also know that serial killers exist in the world around us, and the threat is real. In fact, a former chief of the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit noted, “A very conservative estimate is that there are between twenty-five and fifty active serial killers in the United States” at any given time. The truth is, you may even be in contact with one without knowing it. And as it is with any piece of fiction, books involving serial killers take us into the world of the what-if. But it goes further than that: it plays up our fears and triggers the primal instinct of survival.

Maybe it’s all related to the adrenaline rush we get on a roller coaster, maybe it’s not, but one thing is certain: serial-killer fiction isn’t going anywhere. This is one reason I decided to start the Brandon Fisher FBI series and why I continue to write it today. Each book in the series involves the hunt for a serial killer, and not only do I provide readers with the viewpoint of the investigators but I tap into the psyche of the killer, as well. It’s a dark place to be, but as I said, it’s a real and intriguing one.

In the latest book in the series, Remnants, FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team are called to Savannah, Georgia, when body parts belonging to three separate victims are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River. As the case takes one creepy turn after another, Brandon finds himself embroiled in a psychological nightmare.

Even though Remnants is part of the Brandon Fisher FBI series, it stands alone, so you can pick it up without having read the previous books. But let me ask you this: will you be brave enough to join the hunt for this serial killer?

Remnants is available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover formats from popular retailers, including the following:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Apple iBooks

Kobo

Google

 

Remnants Book Overview:

All that remains are whispers of the past… 

When multiple body parts are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River in Savannah, Georgia, local law enforcement calls in FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team to investigate. But with the remains pointing to three separate victims, this isn’t proving to be an open-and-shut case.

With no quick means of identifying the victims, building a profile of this serial killer is proving more challenging than usual. How is the killer picking these victims? Why are their limbs being severed and bodies mutilated? And what is it about them that is triggering this killer to murder?

The questions compound as the body count continues to rise, and when a torso painted blue and missing its heart is found, the case takes an even darker turn. But this is only the beginning, and these new leads draw the FBI into a creepy psychological nightmare. One thing is clear, though: the killing isn’t going to stop until they figure it all out. And they are running out of time…

 

About the Brandon Fisher FBI series:

Profilers. Serial killers. The hunt is on. Do serial killers and the FBI fascinate you? Do you like getting inside the minds of killers, love being creeped out, sleeping with your eyes open, and feeling like you’re involved in murder investigations? Then join FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team with the Behavioral Analysis Unit in their hunt for serial killers. 

This is the perfect book series for fans of Criminal MindsNCIS, Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Dexter, Luther, and True Crime.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning.

 

About the Author

Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark, POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™. 

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‘The Magician’s Dream’ by LeAnn Mathis


The Magician’s Dream

When Franklin goes to sleep each night, he dreams of a different world – a world where people are equal and where everyone respects each other. Unfortunately, living in the Sixties, life isn’t like that for a young black guy and all he can do is hope things will get better. However, when the girl from his dreams appears in the real world, Franklin wonders if she’s having the same dreams…

This is a delightful fantasy story set in two different worlds, where the heroes learn about acceptance and honesty, as well as the truth about their own relationships. The plot moves along at a fair pace, ensuring I was never bored. LeAnn Mathis has a nice way with words, creating an appealing tale with a thoughtful and clever take on racism. At around a hundred pages, it’s an easy read and the underlying message doesn’t get in the way of the story.

An exciting tale that hits the mark.

 
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Which Twitter Are You?


Warning: Rant Alert!

As much as I like Twitter, there’s one thing about certain other Twitterers that bugs me. Let’s begin with a rundown: as far as I can tell, there are six types of folk on Twitter (seven, if you count the Porn Brigade)…

What’s-This-For?
The folks who set up a Twitter account then realise they don’t know what to do with it. Three Tweets later, it all peters out…

Grabbers
Individuals who follow everyone and everything, irrespective of content. They’re the numbers-obsessed people, whose only aim is to amass millions of followers. They RT stuff they think will get them new followers. End of.

I-Don’t-Really-Know
These are basically nice people who have no particular theme to their Twitter account, they like what they like and RT stuff that fits loosely under that heading. They’re good at sharing. Mostly.

Helpers
These are lovely people who aren’t obsessed with how many followers they have, they just want to share stuff that’s interesting or helpful. Often there’s a theme – novels, for instance, so lots of RTs about writing, books, authors. If I share their stuff, they share mine.

I-Love-Me-Who-Do-You-Love?
The folks who rarely RT anything originating from any other living being. They’re interested in themselves, their own shit, anything that relates to them. So they RT their own Tweets, Tweets that mention them, and Tweets originating from their own Blog/website.

I-Love-Everyone (But Mainly Myself)
People who are very happy to RT stuff that interests them, but (as above) mainly stuff that relates directly to them. You share my stuff – I share my stuff (mostly).

So what’s my point?

I’m basically a nice person, so I RT items I think are interesting and that might interest my followers. This means I Tweet about my own books, other author’s books, book reviews, blog posts, newsletters and stuff like that. I also Tweet stuff from newby writers who don’t have much of a following. What irritates me, however, is when I share someone’s work, and the originator of that Tweet/blogpost/Website, simply RTs it. Yeah, thanks for that.

To me, Twitter is mainly about sharing stuff, so those individuals who don’t seem to want to do that, aren’t going to get their shit shared any more. Enough’s enough, folks. Be nice, or go screw yourselves. 😉

‘Chase: The Hunt for a King’ by Thomas Dellenbusch


Chase: The Hunt for a King

With Scotland on the brink of independence, the country’s government plans to establish its own king. However, the new monarch’s lineage isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and when a protector of the impending royal family is murdered, the action prompts one of the surviving sons to contact an old friend. As Jerome and Chen Lu of the CHASE team began their investigation, they soon learn there’s more to solving this case than simply getting rid of the bad guys.

Translated from the original German, this is another one of Thomas Dellenbusch’s theatre-of-the-mind novels, intended to be read in the time it takes to watch a feature-length movie. This time round, the plot concerns ancient legends and lost manuscripts relating to the heir to the king of Scotland. With echoes of ‘The DaVinci Code’ and the like, the story centres on unravelling ancient documents and finding clues that reveal the identity of the true king.

While the story itself is entertaining and generally rips along at a fair pace, it feels like it’d work better as a full length novel. The explanations of the fifteen-hundred-year-old mystery interrupt the action and slow things down a bit, though as in the first book, the characters are believable and nicely drawn.

A quick and exciting read, with an interesting take on recent political events.

 
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‘The Horse’s Arse’ by Laura Gascoigne


The Horse’s Arse

Ageing artist Patrick spends his time running art classes in his garden shed, while working on his pet project – a large-scale series of paintings called The Seventh Seal. When his son comes up with a plan to earn his dad a few grand in return for knocking out copies of old masters, Pat agrees. But the deal isn’t all it seems.

Laura Gascoigne’s large-cast comedy is a hilarious take on modern (and less-modern) art and artists. There are more painterly references than you could shake a Royal Academy stick at, and the author’s appealing tongue-in-cheek style delivers a clever and well-observed tale that centres on the British attitude to works of art.

The characters are a fascinating lot, including a bevy of would-be artists, wheeler-dealer gallery owners, investigative reporters, the Police Arts and Antiques Unit and (of course), the Russian Mafia. Part crime-thriller, part cultural commentary, you won’t need a degree in art history to appreciate the wit, the humour and the clever references, and if you’re not careful, you might catch yourself considering the future of modern art.

A thoroughly entertaining read that’s as different from anything else as it’s possible to get.

 
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