Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties by Andy Rausch @writerrausch1 @rararesources #BookSpotlight

Riding Shotgun: And Other American Cruelties

RIDING SHOTGUN AND OTHER AMERICAN CRUELTIES is a unique collection of quirky, Tarantinoesque crime novellas, representing three very different sub-genres. In the first story, “Easy-Peezy,” a band of elderly Old West bank robbers return to their wicked ways robbing banks in the 1930s John Dillinger era. The second story, “Riding Shotgun,” is a bitter tale about a man pushed to the limits of human endurance and forced to take up arms to protect those he loves. The third tale, “$crilla,” is an urban crime fantasy in which a fledgling hip-hop group kidnaps a record mogul in the hopes of finally making the kind of loot they’ve always dreamed of.

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Author Bio – Andy Rausch is a a freelance film journalist, author, and celebrity interviewer. He has published more than twenty books on the subject of popular culture, including The Films of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, Making Movies with Orson Welles (with Gary Graver), and The Cinematic Misadventures of Ed Wood (with Charles E. Pratt, Jr.). His work has appeared in Shock Cinema, both Screem and Scream magazines, Senses of Cinema, Diabolique, Creative Screenwriting, Film Threat, Bright Lights Film Journal, and Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture. He has written several works of fiction including Mad World, Elvis Presley: CIA Assassin, Riding Shotgun and Other American Cruelties, and the short story collection Death Rattles. He has also worked as a screenwriter, producer, and actor on numerous straight-to-video horror films.

4.5 Beautiful Stars🌟 The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young @authorSamYoung @HarlequinTEEN @InkSlingerPR #BookReview

The heat is on! It is supposed to be 114°F today in lovely Southern California!☀️ good thing reading is an indoor activity!

Delighted to be on the blog tour and share my review for this emotional book from Samantha Young😍

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Impossible Vastness of Us and the On Dublin Street series comes a heartfelt and beautiful new young adult novel, set in Scotland, about daring to dream and embracing who you are. Order your copy of THE FRAGILE ORDINARY today!


I am Comet Caldwell.

And I sort of, kind of, absolutely hate my name.

People expect extraordinary things from a girl named Comet. That she’ll be effortlessly cool and light up a room the way a comet blazes across the sky.

But from the shyness that makes her book-character friends more appealing than real people to the parents whose indifference hurts more than an open wound, Comet has never wanted to be the center of attention. She can’t wait to graduate from her high school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where the only place she ever feels truly herself is on her anonymous poetry blog. But surely that will change once she leaves to attend university somewhere far, far away.

When new student Tobias King blazes in from America and shakes up the school, Comet thinks she’s got the bad boy figured out. Until they’re thrown together for a class assignment and begin to form an unlikely connection. Everything shifts in Comet’s ordinary world. Tobias has a dark past and runs with a tough crowd—and none of them are happy about his interest in Comet. Targeted by bullies and thrown into the spotlight, Comet and Tobias can go their separate ways…or take a risk on something extraordinary.


My Thoughts

4.5 Beautiful Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Samantha Young can write charming relatable characters like nobody else…. I know any time I pick up one of her books I am in for a treat…. she also has done an amazing job with the transition to young adult books… both books I have read from her in this genre have been wonderful and true to the genre…. Samantha writes beautiful emotional books filled with remarkable characters living relatable lives…

This book is aboutComet an intelligent, delightful, introverted girl that would rather be home reading a book then at a party with college boys… now Comet and my teenage self weren’t terribly alike (I would have preferred to be at the party with the college boys) but whether or not you can see yourself in her doesn’t matter, you will find her engaging and somebody you will absolutely want the best for…. her struggle to figure out who she is will pull at your heartstrings and remind you of being a teenager…

This book was more of a coming-of-age story than a romance, but of course there is a boy… Tobias is the stereotypical hot new boy… A little bad boy, a little tragic, just begging to be saved…. even though Tobias was pretty cliché I found him perfect for Comet… he really had a soft sweet side that I found so endearing… also the relationship between these two was perfect… just the perfect blend of friendship and romance… and bonus it was slow burning always love that! Comet also had two delightful BFFs… what I really liked about this friendship was the girls were all there for each other and yet they all were typical selfish teenagers and so sometimes they weren’t the best possible friend they could be….

Comet also had some pretty dreadful parents… seriously, I try not to judge, but these two should not have been allowed to have children…. not sure if Samantha Young had some parent issues, but the parents in both this and her previous young adult book were pretty darn selfish…. some of the things said to her by her father in particular left me wanting to reach through the pages and give her a big hug… indifference not a good quality when it comes to parenting! But the good news is that Comet was a remarkable young lady in spite of it!

A beautiful emotionally charged character driven story that I recommend to people of all ages… now if you are a parent considering whether or not your child should read this book it does touch on some pretty heavy subject matter… including bullying, drug use, sex, teenage drinking, so perhaps it is a better fit for your more mature teenager 15+….

*** many thanks to Harlequin Teen for my copy of this delightful book ***

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“Endearing and relatable, Comet-the girl who is searching for her place in this world-will shoot through the sky and into your heart.”

— #1 New York Times bestselling author Erin Watt

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June 25thA Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt

Book Freak – Review

For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review & Excerpt

Garden of REden – Review

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

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Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt

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White Hot Reads – Review

June 27thA Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt

Book Bitches Blog – Review

Kindle Friends Forever – Excerpt

LoveFades – Review

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Smokin’ Hot Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Reading Faery – Review & Excerpt

June 29thAli’s Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt

Bookish Proclivity – Review & Excerpt

Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic – Review & Excerpt

Ficwishes – Review & Excerpt

Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt

The Bookish Sisters – Review & Excerpt

June 30thLisa Loves Literature – Review & Excerpt

Movies, Shows, & Books – Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

Pervy Ladies Books – Review & Excerpt

Read. Eat. Love. – Review & Excerpt

The Escapist Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

July 1stCrazy Chaotic Book Babes – Review

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Once Upon A Page – Review & Excerpt

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The Coffeeholic Bookworm – Review & Excerpt

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July 2ndAlpha Book Club – Review

Book Babes Unite – Review

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Naturally Nerdy Books – Excerpt

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Spellbound Stories – Review

The Book Dutchesses – Review & Excerpt

July 3rdAdventures in Writing – Excerpt

Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt

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KM Sultry Reads – Review & Excerpt

Relentless Romance – Review & Excerpt

Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt

July 4thBookaholic Confessions – Review & Excerpt

Margaux – Excerpt

Obsessive Book Nerd – Review

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Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review & Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

July 5thAfter Dark Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

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Literary Misfit – Excerpt

More Books Than Livros – Review & Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Excerpt

Romance Book Explosion – Review

July 6thAudio Killed the Bookmark – Review

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Romance Schmomance – Review & Excerpt

Sentranced Jem – Review

The Bookish Introvert – Review

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About Samantha Young:

Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us will be published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for HeroOn Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

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Thank you for stopping by and stay cool! Berit☀️✨

5 Perfect Stars🌟 The Perfect Friend by Barbara Copperthwaite @BCopperthwait @bookouture #BookReview

Happy Friday book lovers!

super excited to be part of the blog tour for this twisted psychological thriller! Many thanks to Noelle for making sure I was awake when she posted it so I could participate and to Barbara Copperthwaite for this brilliant book!😍

About the Book


She’ll do anything for you…

My name is Alex, and my world has been shattered.
My husband has left me.
My children won’t speak to me.
My friend Carrie is the only person I have.
She’s the only one I can trust to keep all my secrets.
She’d never do anything to let me down.
Would she?

This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed DoorsSometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated.



My Thoughts

5 Perfect Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

“I lie to myself all The time. But I never believe me.“


This book was quite the ride! Two unreliable narrators for the price of one, got to love that! Barbara Copperthwaite how in the world do you come up with this stuff, this was crazy! Also how long did it take you to learn to spell that last name? that last name is crazy long! Do you ever look at somebody’s last name and think… thank goodness I did not need to learn to spell that in kindergarten… my last name has a total of four letters so I was lucky! Nobody can pronounce it, but it’s easy to spell… but I digress….

Alex and Carrie met at a support group… Alex has reached rock bottom her husband and children want nothing to do with her, and she has developed adult anorexia… Carrie has terminal cancer… Alex and Carrie form a bond a tight friendship… they rely on each other… they need each other… and they trust each other implicitly… sounds lovely, right? The problem… both Alex and Carrie have a little problem with telling the truth…. this is the true brilliance of this book… I did not believe a single word that came out of either of these girls mouths…. and I thoroughly enjoyed trying to unravel the puzzle of what was true and what was a lie….

This was a book that had you second-guessing everything… finding suspicion in everything… there were twists and turns and just when you thought you had it all figured out… not so fast… BAM that final twist!

Absolutely recommend to fans of a twisty psychological thriller with two seriously unreliable narrators🤥🤥

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

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About the Author

Barbara is the Amazon and USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers INVISIBLE, FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD, THE DARKEST LIES, and HER LAST SECRET. Her latest book is THE PERFECT FRIEND.

More importantly, she loves cakes, wildlife photography and, last but definitely not least, her two dogs, Scamp and Buddy (who force her to throw tennis balls for them for hours).

Having spent over twenty years as a national newspaper and magazine journalist, Barbara has interviewed the real victims of crime – and also those who have carried those crimes out. She is fascinated by creating realistic, complex characters, and taking them apart before the readers’ eyes in order to discover just how much it takes to push a person over a line.

When not writing feverishly, she is often found hiding behind a camera, taking wildlife photographs.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorBarbaraCopperthwaite

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BCopperthwait

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/author_barbara_copperthwaite/

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Keep an ion your friends!😉 Berit☀️✨

Blood Ribbon by Roger Bray @rogerbray22 @rararesources #CoverReveal

Blood Ribbon Cover RevealBlood Ribbon

When there’s more than secrets buried, where do you start digging?

When Brooke Adams is found battered, bleeding, and barely conscious, the police are at a loss as to who her attacker is or why she was targeted.

Then, PI Rod Morgan turns up convinced that Brooke’s attack is the latest in a string of unsolved disappearances dating back twenty-five years.

The police, however, aren’t convinced, so Brooke and Rod must investigate the cases themselves.

As secrets from the past start unravelling, will they find Brooke’s attacker before he strikes again, or is that one secret that will stay buried forever?

Blood Ribbon

Publication Date – 10th August 2018

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Author photoAbout Roger Bray

–  I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

Social Media Links –  https://twitter.com/rogerbray22



Needle Song by Russell Day @rfdaze @fahrenheitpress @damppebbles #BookReview


Thrilled to be part of the blog tour for this very unique crime thriller that I strongly encourage you to give a go!

Many thanks to Emma for my invitation and to Russell Day for his brilliant words🙃🙂

Book Blurb:
Spending the night with a beautiful woman would be a good alibi, if the body in the next room wasn’t her husband.

Doc Slidesmith has a habit of knowing things he shouldn’t. He knows the woman Chris Rudjer meets online is married. He knows the adult fun she’s looking for is likely to be short lived. And when her husband’s killed, he knows Chris Rudjer didn’t do it.

Only trouble is the police disagree and no one wants to waste time investigating an open and shut case.

No one except Doc.

Using lies, blackmail and a loaded pack of Tarot cards, Doc sets about looking for the truth – but the more truth he finds, the less he thinks his friend is going to like it.

My Thoughts

4 Unconventional Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Tattoos and voodoo and tarot cards… oh my! This was a crime thriller with a different vibe and I’d venture to guess you’ve never read anything quite like this before… and I mean that in the best possible way….Russell Day Took the traditional crime thriller and turned it on its head… creating an unconventional… unique… unputdownable story….

Told from the point of view of Yakky apprentice tattoo artist to Doc… the main character….Doc is an amateur detective who uses psychology, tarot cards, and instinct to solve crimes… he is also a huge fan of Miss Marple…. and there was a bit of an Agatha Christie vibe to the story with a huge twist….

The mystery in this book was well plotted and paced… but what captivated me most about this book was the characters… Doc and Yakky in particular… I found both of them extremely interesting and the Dynamics between the two of them even more interesting…. curious to see where the next book in this series takes us???

Absolutely recommend when you are in the mood for an unique crime thriller with some fabulous characters…

*** many thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book ***

About Russell Day:

Russell Day was born in 1966 and grew up in Harlesden, NW10 – a geographic region searching for an alibi. From an early age it was clear the only things he cared about were motorcycles, tattoos and writing. At a later stage he added family life to his list of interests and now lives with his wife and two children. He’s still in London, but has moved south of the river for the milder climate.

Although he only writes crime fiction Russ doesn’t consider his work restricted. ‘As long as there have been people there has been crime, as long as there are people there will be crime.’ That attitude leaves a lot of scope for settings and characters. One of the first short stories he had published, The Second Rat and the Automatic Nun, was a double-cross story set in a world where the church had taken over policing. In his first novel, Needle Song, an amateur detective employs logic, psychology and a loaded pack of tarot cards to investigate a death.

Russ often tells people he seldom smiles due to nerve damage, sustained when his jaw was broken. In fact, this is a total fabrication and his family will tell you he’s has always been a miserable bastard.

Russell’s Social Media Links:
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Purchase Links for Needle Song:

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Needle-Song-Russell-Day-ebook/dp/B07CR9SJ5T/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1526549901&sr=1-1

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Needle-Song-Russell-Day-ebook/dp/B07CR9SJ5T/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526549972&sr=8-1&keywords=needle+song

PS: I actually did break my jaw! And I always smile!😇 Berit