Captivating The Flames of Madness by Jeff Parsons #BookReview #BookBloggers #MustRead @BlackthornTours


This book’s title comes from the reality that – like a moth to the flame – we’re all just one event, mishap, or decision away from things that could change our lives forever.

What would you do if fate led you astray into a grim world where you encountered vengeful ghosts, homicidal maniacs, ancient gods, apocalyptic nightmares, dark magic, deadly space aliens, and more?
If you dare, why not find out?

Read for yourself the twenty-two gloriously provocative tales that dwell within this book – but be warned, some of my dear readers have experienced lasting nightmares…

✨✨My Thoughts ✨✨

This is not just one book but a glorious 22 short stories. I often find I have a few minutes spare every now and again in my hectic life this book is perfect to pick up and read a tale of weirdness.

To write a short story you must captivate your audience from the start. Parsons has achieved this perfectly. Each story is filled with great plot and character despite being short we still get everything we need. It’s basically punches you in the face hard.

Jeff Parsons imagination is overflowing with wackiness. And it’s all comes pouring out into this one great book.

This is a cracking book. A perfect coffee table book where you can pick up and read a short thrilling story in 5-minutes and being mesmerized by the ingenious talent of Parsons.

Thank you to Blackthorn tours and Jeff Parsons for allowing me to participate on this blog tour.

Jeff is a professional engineer enjoying life in sunny California, USA. He has a long history of technical writing, which oddly enough, often reads like pure fiction. He was inspired to write by two wonderful teachers: William Forstchen and Gary Braver. In addition to his book Algorithm of Nightmares, he is published in SNM Horror Magazine, Bonded by Blood IV/ V, The Horror Zine, Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Chilling Ghost Short Stories, Dystopia Utopia Short Stories, Wax & Wane: A Coven of Witch Tales, The Moving Finger Writes, Golden Prose & Poetry, Our Dance With Words and The Voices Within.


THE DAMNED BY TARN RICHARDSON @TarnRichardson @RedDoorBooks #BookReview #BookRecommendations #BookBloggers

1914. The Outbreak of War

In the French City of Arras, Father Andreas is brutally murdered and the Catholic Inquisition sends its most determined and unhinged inquisitor to investigate. Poldek Tacit’s mission is to protect the Church from those who seek to undermine it. At any cost.

As Tacit arrives, British and German soldiers confront each other across the horror that is No Man’s Land and a beautiful French woman warns Lieutenant Henry Frost that there is a dark and unnatural foe lurking underground more awful than even Tacit can comprehend.

✨My Thoughts ✨✨

This book is a mix of historical thriller and fantasy rolled into one. It may seem an eclectic mix of genres, but they work well together and blend to make a cracking edge of your seat read.

The darkest hand trilogy series comprises of The Damned, The Fallen and The Risen. If the Damned is anything to go by then I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.

Normally, I would have passed on a book like this after reading the blurb. However it was described as similar to Dan Brown. And that piqued my interest. I’m glad I agreed to be a part of this blog tour as it has opened my eyes and introduced me to a new author whom I had not heard of. And, like I said before I will be getting his other works.

It is clear from the outset that Richardson has done his research well as it comes across greatly in the book. The two battles featured in the book are based on real events and Richardson has used the accounts of real life people who fought in those battles.

This is a fantastic idea and it gives provenance to the writing. We get to sense the way it was for the soldiers. It took my breath away and was very emotional to read about the battles, because this is something that is not from the imagination of an author but has actually happened and it’s very heartbreaking.

The story then unfolds into a fantasy story with a thrilling edge to it. The action comes from all sides and each character is steeped with mystery.

I really enjoyed the character of Poldek. He is superb, and we see his development from a young boy into an instigator whose mission is to protect the church. But what or who exactly is the enemy that is among them.

The tension and action is kept up throughout the story, and was a very captivating read.

Thank you to Anna at red door books and Tarn for opening up my eyes to a new genre for me I loved it.


WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a meme sponsored by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. To take part, you just have to answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

This is my first time taking part in this. I’ve seen so many since I started my blog, but never had the time to do my own.

So here goes 😊

What are you currently reading?

I’ve just started Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard

Click the link for a description – Catherine Ryan Howard | Readers First

So far this book is great. There’s a little village with a host of weird and strange people. An Instagram star that has gone missing and a woman murdered in her bed. Can’t wait to find out the conclusion of this story.

what did you recently finish?

Gone | Leona Deakin | 9781784164089 | NetGalley

I was approved of this from @netgalley It was a fantastic concept for a story. People being selected to do a game of dares, why? Well you’ll have to read to find out why . I gave this book 3🌟 I did enjoy it but I had figured out the main thread and wasn’t quite keen on it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have quite a few e-ARCs to read from Netgalley and I am very looking forward to read Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Elevator Pitch | Linwood Barclay | 9780008331993 | NetGalley

i saw a trailer clip on Twitter that Barclay has done and he sums up that this book will give us the fear of lifts (elevators) the way Psycho gave us the fear of showers 😮 so excited to get to read this one.