Blog Tour – Pseudotooth by Verity Holloway

Today I am shining the spotlight on Pseudotooth by Verity Holloway, one of the semi-finalists of BBNYA 2021!

Publisher: Unsung Stories
Publication Date:
16/03/2017
Length: 286 pages
Genre:
Horror | Fantasy | Magic Realism

Blurb


“The malaise continues. Today, I begin a rigorous programme of exercise to cleanse body and soul.”

Aisling Selkirk is a young woman beset by unexplained blackouts, pseudo-seizures that have baffled both the doctors and her family. Sent to recuperate in the Suffolk countryside with ageing relatives, she seeks solace in the work of William Blake and writing her journal, filling its pages with her visions of Feodor, a fiery East Londoner haunted by his family’s history back in Russia.

But her blackouts persist as she discovers a Tudor priest hole and papers from its disturbed former inhabitant Soon after she meets the enigmatic Chase, and is drawn to an unfamiliar town where the rule of Our Friend is absolute and those deemed unfit and undesirable disappear into The Quiet…

Blurring the lines between dream, fiction and reality, Pseudotooth boldly tackles issues of trauma, social difference and our conflicting desires for purity and acceptance, asking questions about those who society shuns, and why.

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The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez

Publisher: Granta Books
Publication Date:
01/04/2021
Length: 187 pages
Genre:
Horror | Translated Fiction | Short Stories

CW: graphic body horror, graphic body mutilation, self harm, suicide ideation, cannibalism, sexual assault, child abuse, child death, paedophilia, brief homophobic language, brief transphobic language, brief racist language, drug use

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Welcome to Buenos Aires, a city thrumming with murderous intentions and morbid desires, where missing children come back from the dead and unearthed bones carry terrible curses. These brilliant, unsettling tales of revenge, witchcraft, fetishes, disappearances and urban madness spill over with women and girls whose dark inclinations will lead them over the edge. 

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Blog Tour – Shadowless by Randall McNally

Today I am shining the spotlight on Shadowless by Randall McNally, one of the semi-finalists of BBNYA 2021!

Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date:
06/12/2017
Length: 499 pages
Genre:
High Fantasy

Blurb


What if the gods themselves wanted you dead?

A young boy lies on a beach on a warm summer’s day. While trying to block the sun from his eyes Arpherius makes a shocking discovery; he has no shadow. Confused and bewildered he asks his uncle why he is shadowless. What he learns is a terrifying secret that will change his life forever.

Set in the Northern Realms, Shadowless is a fantasy novel about individuals born without a shadow. Spawned by the malevolent deities of this world these children of the gods are persecuted at every turn. Hunted by the high priests who carry out the wishes of their gods, hunted by the Shadow Watchers; armed soldiers who are assigned to each temple, and hunted by the gods themselves.

Part-mortal and part-god, the Shadowless live for centuries and face a battle for survival, constantly on the run or hiding in far-flung corners of the Northern Realms.

Soon their lives and fates become intertwined, expedited by the mysterious monk Amrodan. Driven by a series of visions Amrodan travels through the Northern Realms, seeking out the Shadowless and trying to enlist their help to take a stand and fight back against the gods.

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The Listeners by Jordan Tanahill

Firstly, a huge thank you to Fourth Estate for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Fourth Estate
Publication Date:
08/07/2021
Length: 272 pages
Genre:
Contemporary Fiction | Speculative Fiction

CW: references to sexual assault

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One night, while lying in bed next to her husband, Claire Devon suddenly hears a low hum. This innocuous sound, which no one else in the house can hear, has no obvious source or medical cause, but it begins to upset the balance of Claire’s life. When she discovers that one of her students can also hear the hum, the two strike up an unlikely and intimate friendship. Finding themselves increasingly isolated from their families and colleagues, they fall in with a disparate group of people who also perceive the sound. What starts out as a kind of neighbourhood self-help group gradually transforms into something much more extreme, with far-reaching, devastating consequences. 

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Blog Tour – The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

Today I am shining the spotlight on The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson, one of the semi-finalists of BBNYA 2021!

Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date:
15/06/2017
Length: 360 pages
Genre:
Fantasy | Young Adult

Blurb


The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel. With the Kalayan people turning their back on magic, can Tei help the exiles find their new Sentinel before it’s too late?

Kalaya is controlled by the Assembly – set up to govern but now intent on persecuting those who have magic, many of whom have taken refuge in the Turrak Mountains.

Tei has been raised to hide her magic, until her father is visited by an old friend who tells them to flee to the mountains.

On the journey, an enemy attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He sees her into the care of two exiles, Rike and Garrick, and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession that changes Tei’s life.

Tei must put her trust in these strangers, especially when mysterious Masked Riders seem determined to stop her reaching Turrak.

Struggling with self-doubt, Tei joins the exiles in their search for their lost Sentinel. But the Masked Riders want the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

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Blog Tour – The Knight’s Daughter by S.H. Cooper

Today I am shining the spotlight on The Knight’s Daughter by S.H. Cooper, one of the semi-finalists of BBNYA 2021!

Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date:
30/03/2020
Length: 271 pages
Genre:
Fantasy | Young Adult | Middle Grade

Blurb


Fourteen-year-old Mary McThomas is being raised a lady, but she knows she was born to be a knight. It’s an impossible dream, one that almost costs her father his life. After an ambush on their village leaves him gravely wounded, Mary is willing to do anything to save him, even if it means following a mysterious fae far from home. Accompanied by her older brothers, Mary plunges into a world of magic, danger, and an ancient grudge seeking to spill new blood.

But while Mary hunts for the cure, someone else is hunting for her. And he will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.

With evil closing in from all sides, Mary will have to trust in her warrior heart to rescue her father, her family, and her world.

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Today I am shining the spotlight on The Knight’s Daughter by S.H. Cooper, one of the semi-finalists of BBNYA 2021!

Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date:
30/03/2020
Length: 271 pages
Genre:
Fantasy | Young Adult | Middle Grade

Blurb


Fourteen-year-old Mary McThomas is being raised a lady, but she knows she was born to be a knight. It’s an impossible dream, one that almost costs her father his life. After an ambush on their village leaves him gravely wounded, Mary is willing to do anything to save him, even if it means following a mysterious fae far from home. Accompanied by her older brothers, Mary plunges into a world of magic, danger, and an ancient grudge seeking to spill new blood.

But while Mary hunts for the cure, someone else is hunting for her. And he will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.

With evil closing in from all sides, Mary will have to trust in her warrior heart to rescue her father, her family, and her world.

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Today I am shining the spotlight on The Knight’s Daughter by S.H. Cooper, one of the semi-finalists of BBNYA 2021!

Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date:
30/03/2020
Length: 271 pages
Genre:
Fantasy | Young Adult | Middle Grade

Blurb


Fourteen-year-old Mary McThomas is being raised a lady, but she knows she was born to be a knight. It’s an impossible dream, one that almost costs her father his life. After an ambush on their village leaves him gravely wounded, Mary is willing to do anything to save him, even if it means following a mysterious fae far from home. Accompanied by her older brothers, Mary plunges into a world of magic, danger, and an ancient grudge seeking to spill new blood.

But while Mary hunts for the cure, someone else is hunting for her. And he will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.

With evil closing in from all sides, Mary will have to trust in her warrior heart to rescue her father, her family, and her world.

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