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The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby #blogtour #review #Fascinating @annecater @novelcarolyn @noexitpress #TheConvictionofCoraBurns

A fantastic review from Lacyace…..

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Birmingham 1885

Born in a gaol and raised in a workhouse, Cora Burns has always struggled to control the violence inside her.

Haunted by memories of a terrible crime, she seeks a new life working as a servant in the house of scientist Thomas Jerwood. Here, Cora befriends a young girl, Violet, who seems to be the subject of a living experiment. But is Jerwood also secretly studying Cora…?

With the power and intrigue of Laura Purcell’s The Silent Companions and Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done, Carolyn Kirby’s stunning debut takes the reader on a heart-breaking journey through Victorian Birmingham and questions where we first learn violence: from our scars or from our hearts.

My Review

With thanks to Anne Cater for providing a copy of this book to review for this tour. 

I absolutely love the front cover of this book, it is vibrant and striking. The…

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Are You The F*****g Doctor by Liam Farrell – promo



“I love Liam and his writing for three reasons. One, he tells it fearlessly like it is, as he is, and not under some sheepish pseudonym. Two, just because he tells it like it is, doesn’t mean it’s true. Like all great comic writers, he polishes a grain of truth until it’s a pearl of pleasure and beautifully-crafted debauchery that still smells true. Three, unless he’s been lying to me, Liam is a deeply flawed individual with a heart of gold whose life is even more interesting than the stuff he makes up.’ Dr Phil Hammond, author of ‘Trust me, I’m a doctor’ and Private Eye’s ‘MD’ columnist’

A unique voice that combines insight, humour, and an often surreal style.’ Richard Smith, BMJ editor-in-chief 1991-2004′

Razor sharp wit and allure. His personal account of his addiction is one of the most compelling I have ever read.’Chris Smith, The Naked Scientist

‘General practice is the great unknown. We stand on the cusp of the beyond.Science takes us only so far, then the maps stop in the grey areas of intuition, imagination and feelings: here be dragons. Lurching from heart-breaking tragedy to high farce, we are the Renaissance men and women of medicine; our art is intangible. Anything can walk through our door…’

Family doctor, Irishman, musician, award-winning author, anarchist and recovering morphine addict, Liam became a columnist for the BMJ in 1994. He went on to write for many major publications, winning a series of prestigious awards; in 2005, he was the first doctor to win Columnist of the Year in the Periodical Publishers Association awards.

The book contains a selection of Liam’s best work, from his columns, blogs and short stories.Brilliantly funny, glittering with literary allusion and darkly wicked humour, this book is much more than a collection of stand-alone anecdotes and whimsical reflections, rather a compelling chronicle of the daily struggles – and personal costs – of a doctor at the coalface.

Dr Liam Farrell was a family doctor on the Irish border and is an award-winning writer and seasoned broadcaster. He was a columnist for the British Medical Journal for 20 years and currently writes for GP, the leading publication for general practitioners in the UK. He has also been a columnist for The Lancet, the Journal of General Practice, the Belfast Telegraph and the Irish News. He wrote the entry on sex for The Oxford Companion to the Body. On Twitter he curates #Irishmed, a weekly global ‘tweetchat’ on all medical issues.



This sounds like a really interesting and at times amusing read…..added to my To Be Read pile….

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Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski – Book Review




When children grow up, the parents must die

California gang leader Mary Lou has built a criminal empire while her adult children are desperate for their mother’s attention and love.

As her mental faculties wane, Alice and Frank Jr must acknowledge their mother is not the woman she once was and that they need to step up and take the helm, despite the stark differences between them.

But their sibling rivalry blinds both of them to their weaknesses which threatens the family when the Russian mob moves into the state. How can they fend off those attacks while fighting to decide who will lead the family now their dear Mama’s gone?




This is #4 in The Lagotti family saga….

Mary Lou started her crime empire with brains and not a small amount of violence. She is a force to be reckoned with that’s for sure.

Bobby is her adoring second husband, shrewd, a forward thinker and violent.

Frank, Mary Lou’s son…..he can do no wrong in her eyes, but he is trouble all the time…..he uses women like playthings and a prodigious drug user….she has to bail him out all the time.

Alice. Now Alice has brains….she is Frank’s elder twin, by 4 minutes but is slightly overlooked until she decides to join the family business…..she has a ‘protector’ Naldo, who will do anything for her…

When other ‘Families’ move into the area, the blood begins to flow with no one safe.

I didn’t find any redeeming qualities in any of the characters,(but that’s the point I’m sure)…..they are all scheming, conniving and violent… this incredibly dark, bloodthirsty gangster ridden page turner. A marvellous piece of mob  fiction by Leopold Borstinski…..I’ll be looking out for number 5…..

Thank you to DampPebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

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About Leopold Borstinski:


Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.

There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.

He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.

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Published in eBook format by Sobriety Press on 18th March 2019.


Cover reveal

The Greenmen by Linden Forster – COVER REVEAL


I’m about to reveal the beautiful cover to Linden Forster’s new novel…….but first !



The Greenmen – The Hero’s Arc

Aereon has found the Creators.

He’s crossed seas and mountains to find them, tangled with dwarves and ogres along the way, finally had to tangle with an irate yeti to rescue them and now they tell him that they really weren’t in any great need of help.

As far as they are concerned, they were getting on just fine before Aereon showed up. In fact, now they have King Victarian searching for them, all thanks to Aereon’s mouth.

The trio, along with two dwarves, Volris and Silvor who have joined their party, must move. Aereon must get the Creators back home and fulfil his duty. Local woodsman, Lars, has agreed guide them through Oak’s Wood, but even he cannot know what lies in wait for them within.

The Publication Date is 27th April…..not toooo long to wait….

While waiting for The Greenmen to become available, please do take a look at the first book in the series Divine Invention

NOW…….a bit about Linden….

Author Bio



Linden Forster began writing at the age of seventeen. Divine Invention was his debut novel and it took seven years from the idea conjuring at the back of an English class to reaching the page.

Since then, writing has become his dream and passion. The Greenmen is the second in his fantasy series, The Hero’s Arc.

He is a lover of nature and enjoys walks in the country and often ventures out armed with a notepad and pen.

AND FINALLY……TA DA…..her it is in all its glory…..the cover !



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