#Recensie @vbku @HoutekietBoeken : De Ongewenste Gast #DeOngewensteGast – Bettie Elias @BettieElias

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De auteur :

bettie2015Bettie Elias schreef meer dan 30 jeugdboeken en werd daarvoor meermaals bekroond. Met haar eerste psychologische misdaadroman Het tuinfeest won ze de Schaduwprijs 2020 voor het beste thrillerdebuut in Nederland.

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Korte inhoud :

coverAlexander is tevreden met het leven dat hij leidt samen met zijn vrouw Marte en hun twee kinderen. Als anesthesist heeft hij een succesvolle carrière uitgebouwd en hij staat op het punt een gegeerde promotie te krijgen. Naast zijn gezin heeft hij een kleine vriendenkring die hem na aan het hart ligt. Niemand weet echter dat hij een vreselijk geheim met zich meedraagt.
Tot Brent onverwachts op het toneel verschijnt. Op een geraffineerde manier dringt hij binnen in de entourage van Alexander. Al snel wordt duidelijk dat hij niet zonder reden plots is opgedoken. Kan Alexander aan de druk van Brent weerstaan? Onverwerkte jeugdtrauma’s komen boven water, oude wonden worden opengereten.

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Mijn mening :

‘De Ongewenste Gast’ is mijn eerste kennismaking met Bettie Elias en ik kan het niet anders omschrijven dan een prettige ervaring.
De auteur schrijft aangenaam vlot en heeft best sterk uitgewerkte personages, zowel in het heden als in het verleden.
Ze laat, zoals het in een goeie psychologische thriller betaamd, het grote geheim van haar hoofdpersonage Alexander mondjesmaat binnensijpelen en houdt ons door regelmatig afwisselen van heden en verleden gekluisterd aan het boek.
Omdat het zo supervlot leest, vind ik het ideale lectuur om te lezen op vakantie aan het zwembad of de komende winter gezellig thuis onder een dekentje!
Ondanks dat ik wel degelijk enthousiast ben over het boek, moet ik toch aanstippen dat ik sommige overgangen van scène naar scène nogal abrupt vond, waardoor ik soms eens moest herschakelen.
Niet tegenstaande vond ik het, zoals reeds gezegd, een fijne ontmoeting met een, voor mij althans, onbekende auteur en zet ik haar andere boeken graag op mijn ‘te lezen’-lijst.

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#BooksOnTour @bookouture / #PromoPost : Murder at the Wedding (A Miss Underhay Mystery Book 7) #MurderAtTheWedding – Helena Dixon @NellDixon

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Today I’m on the ‘Murder at the Wedding’ blogtour, organized by Bookouture.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

DSC_7063 copyHelena Dixon was born and continues to live in the Black Country. Married to the same man for over thirty years she has three daughters, a cactus called Spike, a crazy cockapoo and a tank of tropical fish. Helena was the RNA winner of the Romance Prize in 2007 and Love Story of the Year 2010.

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murder-at-the-wedding-cover’Till death do us part may come sooner than they thought…
1934. Kitty Underhay steps out of the battered Rolls Royce and onto the gravelled driveway of Thurscomb Castle in deepest Yorkshire. She’s honoured to be a bridesmaid at her cousin Lucy’s wedding to the reluctant Lord Rupert Woodcomb, but as family and friends gather for welcome drinks, Kitty dodges intrusive questions about her own marital status by taking a stroll about the castle grounds. As she passes through the manicured gardens, a fatal shot rings out…
The valet, Evans, is dead. And Kitty can’t help but notice how rattled the man standing next to him seems. Could Rupert’s best man, The Right Honourable Alexander ‘Sandy’ Galsworthy, believe the speeding bullet was meant for him?
When she discovers that Sandy has been receiving blackmail notes, Kitty suspects that one of the assembled guests has plans to make good on their threats. The local constabulary won’t act on Kitty’s hunch, so, busy with her bridesmaid’s duties, she asks her beau, ex-army captain Matthew Bryant, to help.
The ceremony passes without a hitch. But when an anxious Sandy slips away during the dancing, Matt follows, only to make a hideous discovery: Sandy is dead, flattened on the terrace by some falling masonry.
Now the duo are sure that there is a murderer within the castle walls. But can they untangle Sandy’s final hours and catch this killer before they strike again, or will the wedding bells be replaced by a death knell for Kitty herself…?

A completely charming and unputdownable cozy historical Golden Age murder mystery! Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss.

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#Recensie @HarperCollinsHL : Gezicht Van Het Kwaad #GezichtVanHetKwaad – Chris Carter

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De auteur :

Chris Carter werd geboren in Brazilië en groeide op in de Verenigde Staten. Hij studeerde psychologie en bestudeerde in zijn baan als forensisch psycholoog gedrag van criminelen. Tegenwoordig is hij fulltime schrijver. Zijn reeks rondom profiler Robert Hunter wordt in meer dan 20 landen uitgegeven.

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De nieuwe nagelbijtend spannende pageturner van internationaal bestsellerauteur Chris Carter.
Op de traptreden van een kerkaltaar wordt het bloederige lichaam van een priester gevonden. Forensisch rechercheurs ontdekken dat in het bovenlijf van het slachtoffer het cijfer drie is gekerfd.
Eerst denkt profiler Robert Hunter dat het om een rituele moord gaat, maar als er meer lichamen worden gevonden, moet hij zijn mening bijstellen. Na onderzoek blijkt dat ieder slachtoffer is geconfronteerd met zijn of haar ergste nachtmerrie, die werkelijkheid is geworden. Hoe kan de moordenaar dit zo precies weten? Robert Hunter en zijn sidekick Carlos Garcia worden zelf ook geconfronteerd met hun grootste angst in hun zoektocht om deze moordenaar te stoppen…

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Mijn mening :

De boeken van Chris Carter staan al eventjes op mijn ‘te lezen’-lijst, dus toen ik de kans kreeg om ‘Gezicht Van Het Kwaad’ te lezen, greep ik deze met beide handen aan, ook al is het reeds deel 2 in de serie.
Ik kan meteen vertellen dat ik het mij absoluut niet heb beklaagd en dat ik dus met reden deze auteur al in mijn vizier had.
Korte hoofdstukken zorgen niet alleen voor de vlotheid tijdens het lezen, maar hebben ook steeds mini cliffhangers waardoor je aandacht blijvend is en je gewoon door het boek dendert op kruissnelheid.
De personages zijn reeds goed ontwikkeld en ondanks dat ze al een verleden hebben in een voorgaand boek heb ik nooit het gevoel gehad dat ik iets mistte.
Integendeel, door subtiele verwijzingen, verweven in het verhaal, kreeg ik toch wel de goesting om ook deze te gaan verslinden.
Iets wat ik zeer zeker binnenkort zal doen, net als alle andere delen in deze ‘Robert Hunter’-reeks, want ik hou niet alleen van deze auteur zijn schrijfstijl, maar ook van zijn hoofdpersonages en de toch wel pittige moorden.
Aanrader voor iedereen die houdt van een verslavend goeie thriller met moordpartijen om u tegen te zeggen!

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Flight of the Shearwater (The Sturmtaucher Trilogy Book 2) #FlightOfTheShearwater #SturmtaucherTrilogy – Alan Jones @alanjonesbooks , A #GuestPost

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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but I’m sharing a guest post written by Alan Jones, author of ‘Flight of the Shearwater’ to promote this book.
Before I let you read it, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Alan Jones is a Scottish author with three gritty crime stories to his name, the first two set in Glasgow, the third one based in London. He has now switched genres, and his WW2 trilogy will be published in August 2021. It is a Holocaust story set in Northern Germany.
He is married with four grown up children and four wonderful grandchildren.
He has recently retired as a mixed-practice vet in a small Scottish coastal town in Ayrshire and is one of the RNLI volunteer coxswains on the local lifeboat. He makes furniture in his spare time, and maintains and sails a 45-year-old yacht in the Irish Sea and on the beautiful west coast of Scotland. He loves reading, watching films and cooking. He still plays football despite being just the wrong side of sixty.
His crime novels are not for the faint-hearted, with some strong language, violence, and various degrees of sexual content. The first two books also contain a fair smattering of Glasgow slang.
He is one of the few self-published authors to be given a panel at Bloody Scotland and has done two pop-up book launches at the festival in Stirling.
He has spent the last five years researching and writing the Sturmtaucher Trilogy.

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Flight of the Shearwater: Book 2 in the Sturmtaucher Trilogy, a powerful and compelling story of two families torn apart by evil.
Flight of the Shearwater_Final CoverWith Poland divided between Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Union of Soviet Republics, the increasingly confident Third Reich flexes its military muscles northwards into Denmark and Norway, while the rest of Europe watches anxiously over its shoulders.
General Erich Kästner, in his key role in the Abwehr, is fast becoming aware of the mass expulsion of Jews and other minority groups from Germany and from northern Poland, to the new ghettos of the Generalgouverment area of southern Poland, and has an inkling of what the National Socialists’ have in mind for Europe’s Jews.
As Holland and Belgium fall, and the British are routed at Dunkirk, barely escaping across the channel, the seemingly impregnable France collapses under the Wehrmacht Blitzkrieg, sealing the fate of millions of Jews, now trapped under Hitler’s rule.
The Nussbaums, thwarted in their attempts to escape to Denmark, desperately seek other routes out of Germany but, one by one, they are closed off, and they realise they have left it all too late…

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THE REMARKABLE STOLPERSTEINES

Stolpersteine, German; stumbling stone or block.
I first came across these during my research for The Sturmtaucher Trilogy in early 2017. They are brass plaques installed in the pavement outside the last known address where a victim of the Holocaust lived, before being ‘taken’.

Afbeelding1Conceived in 1993, by Artist Gunter Demnig, the first Stolpersteine was installed (without permission initially) in 1997 in Kreuzberg, Germany. During the last 25 years, Stolpersteine have been placed all over Europe; in at least 1200 places in Germany, as well as in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine. On 29 December 2019, the 75,000th Stolperstein was installed in Memmingen in Bavaria.
On the Kiel municipal site, every Stolpersteine in the city is listed along with photographs of the plaques and a biography of the victim, collated by the city’s schoolchildren in a project designed to be part of the curriculum. It is in German, but using the ‘translate’ page in Google allows you to read it in English. There are 270 in all.
When I visited Kiel as part of a research trip to Germany and Denmark in the Autumn of 2017, I made a point of visiting five or six of the addresses where Stolpersteine were installed, to pay my respects to the victims whose biographies had given me so much insight into the lives and deaths of the Jews of Kiel, who fell victim to the National Socialists’ Final Solution.
I stood watching for a while as passers-by walked over them, oblivious to the sad history they were treading on but, then, on occasion, someone would glance down, and stop, examining the object which they had tripped over, or felt through the soles of their shoes, or caught sight of in the rain-washed sunlight on the pavement ahead. They would turn and read the plaque, ignoring the stream of pedestrians flowing around them while they took in the stark, brutal, details; a date of birth, a name, the year of deportation and a place of death, more often than not at one of the Nazi’s concentration camps.
There is one plaque for each victim at each address. On the website, there is an explanation.
‘Stolpersteine commemorate individuals. The National Socialists wanted to exterminate people, turn them into numbers and erase their memory. Demnig wants to reverse this process and return individual names to places where people once lived.’
In whatever German or European city you visit, take a minute to look up the local list of Stolpersteine and perhaps pay a visit to one of them. Someone lived there once; a Jew, most likely, or a Sinti or Romani Gypsy. They were probably hauled out of their beds and placed in a truck, then a train, in a cattle car, and delivered to a ghetto in Poland, or Latvia, or elsewhere in Europe, or directly to a death camp like Chelmno, or Auschwitz-Birkenau, where they were murdered.
As I stood on Wilhelminenstraße, in the centre of Kiel, I studied the plaques commemorating Moritz Schnell, Herta Schnell, and Else Schnell, who were deported to Riga ghetto in 1941, where they perished, the bleak sadness of it was tempered by the knowledge that they were remembered.
I returned to my hotel. And I started writing.
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#Recensie #UitgeverijVerhalenNinja : Keltir De Verleider #KeltirDeVerleider – Ninja Paap-Luijten

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De auteur :

48355323_2195265200733897_5551691696225386496_nNinja Paap-Luijten (1986) is een echte Schrijfninja. De jarenlange ervaring die ze als auteur heeft, neemt ze mee bij ieder nieuw verhaal dat uitkomt. Schrijven doet ze dagelijks, met heel veel plezier.
Hoewel het soms lijkt alsof haar verhalen eenvoudig in een hokje te plaatsen zijn, is dat niet altijd zonneklaar – Ninja’s high-fantasy is altijd net even anders dan de andere verhalen. Met veel verbeelding en subtiel schrijfwerk neemt ze je mee naar een wereld die enorm vertrouwd aanvoelt.
Haar korte verhalen zijn vaak vingeroefeningen waarbij ze experimenteert met wat allemaal mogelijk is bij het schrijven.
Heb je ook Facebook, en wil je graag de laatste teasers en schrijfnieuwtjes lezen? Kijk dan op https://www.facebook.com/DeVerhalenNinja.

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Korte inhoud :

550x825Tijdens een overnachting in een jachthut vertelt Vesaljev een oud verhaal over een groep edelen die verdwaald raakt in een bos. Aanvankelijk lijkt het feit dat ze de weg kwijt zijn voor de edelen hun grootste probleem, tot er steeds meer vreemde dingen gebeuren.
Ze komen erachter dat er iemand op hen aast …
Keltir De Verleider is een fantasyverhaal uit de wereld van Oragayn en Marrah, maar is los daarvan te lezen.

Keltir De Verleider informatie:
Publicatiedatum: 19 mei 2021
Gepubliceerd door Uitgeverij Verhalen Ninja
Deel 3 van De Koninklijke Garde (maar ook prima los te lezen)

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Mijn mening :

‘Keltir De Verleider’ van Ninja Paap-Luijten is een fijn kortverhaal, ideaal om in het komende seizoen te lezen bij het haardvuur.
Het is redelijk kort, maar zeer zeker magisch, spannend en een leuke teaser voor wat nog komen gaat.
Opnieuw een ijzersterk bewijs dat de auteur echt goed is in wat ze doet, nl. werelden creëren die origineel zijn en waar je graag uren in wil ronddwalen.
Ik kijk dan ook uit naar ‘Fyria’ dat vermoedelijk uitkomt in 2022 en waar dit verhaaltje een connectie mee heeft!

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#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : A Nun For The Viking Warrior – Lucy Morris @LMorris_Author @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Today I’m on the ‘A Nun For The Viking Warrior’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

A-Nun-Author-IMG_3403-scaledAs a little girl, Lucy Morris was obsessed with myths and legends. She regularly escaped into the adventures of her imagination, with characters who were strong and fierce. Now fully grown she finds she can’t forget the stories plaguing her mind and has to write them down. A book by Lucy Morris will sweep you away on a historical adventure filled with vivid characters haunted by their pasts. Her books will have you flying through her pages, desperate to reach her characters passionately romantic happily ever after.
She lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, two young children, and two cats. She has a massively sweet tooth and loves gin, bubbly and Irn-Bru. A member of the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association, she was delighted in 2020 to accept a two-book deal with Harlequin after submitting her story to the Warriors Wanted submission blitz for Viking, Medieval, and Highlander romances.
Writing for Harlequin Historical is a dream come true for her and she hopes you enjoy her books!

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a-nun-for-the-vikingForced to wed the warrior
Falling for the man…
Noblewoman Amée Évreaux had pledged her life to God, until her father promised her in marriage to thundering Norseman, Jorund Jötunnson. After escaping her overbearing father, Amée vows never to fall under another man’s thumb, but her resistance to being Jorund’s wife turns to desire as she gets to know her intriguing new husband. For beneath his fierce exterior she’s glimpsed an unexpectedly pure heart. If only she can penetrate the fortress that surrounds it…

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#BlogTour #ZooloosBookTours @zooloo2008 / #Excerpt : Butterfly Assassins #ButterflyAssassins – Steve Walsh #SteveWalsh @wifiofdreams #RedLiteraryAgent

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Today I’m on the ‘Butterfly Assassins’ blogtour, organized by Zooloo’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

For twenty years Steve Walsh honed his skills in prose as an advertising copywriter; the ‘ideas’ man in a Manchester based marketing agency that carried his name.
In the late 1990’s he stumbled into the world of the dotcom entrepreneur and his claim to fame is as the creator of the hotel booking service, laterooms.com and the first car insurance comparison site, easycover.com. So, the birth of Meerkats, a Welsh opera singer and being confused.com might be considered as down to him, for which he apologises.
He now uses his vivid imagination and gentle Mancunian wit to write visionary fantasy novels with bold concepts. Wilson indeed, the first book in his trilogy The WiFi of Dreams takes the reader on a richly imagined, fact meets fiction adventure story to which we can relate and feel we can touch. A whimsical interrogation of the inexplicable and fundamental tenets of our lives – the role and meaning of dreams, the nature of the hereafter, hard and soft science, a love story – what more can you want?
Butterfly Assassins, the second book in the trilogy, will be published in Summer 2021.
In a recent survey, 85% of people said yes to the question: “Do you believe there are things out there that science can’t explain?”
If you’re one of those 85%, you’ll love The WiFi of Dreams series.
Born and bred in the north west of England, Steve Walsh has three children and likes to fly fish in his spare time.

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Butterfly AssassinsSally Bennett was an orphan and an only child. Incomprehensibly, at the age of ten, both her parents died in quick succession. Proof that fate deals our cards blind. One can be dealt three buses in a row, a run of traffic lights on red, or a pair of deaths; it all depends on the shuffle. Destiny was playing its hand and having led with a heart, the face card of her mother, Sally had no other option but to follow suit.
When Wilson and Daisy play with the Tetris blocks of the future, problems soon stack up. Butterfly Assassins is the sequel to Wilson indeed and takes us back to Sally Bennett, the car accident, shared dreams, and a divine intervention outside Davenport train station.

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247 Chapel Street is a building at a crossroads, quite literally. The four-storey property sits at the junction of Quay Street and Chapel Street; a wolf whistle from the fashionable Spinningfields district and within staggering distance of the Rover’s Return on Coronation Street.
In recent years, 247 has begun to feel like the last man standing; a stubby old tooth in the smile of gleaming progress. Noisy neighbours and families of giants have moved into the area. Blocks of towering concrete, the shoebox homes for workers in tech start-ups and the gig economy are shooting up and creeping in on all four sides and their eagerness to squeeze out the elderly citizen in their midst is almost palpable.
Built in 1870 for mixed office use, 247 Chapel Street has Grade II listed status on account of the front elevation, which according to Salford Planning Department, ‘incorporates fine architectural features of the Victorian era, including sandstone scrollwork and gingerbread’. Frog-eyed gargoyles, their chiselled features disfigured by acid rain, glare down on visitors from the cornice at first floor level. Four, foot-worn steps lead up to the original, solid oak entrance doors. To the right, three name plates, barely legible beneath layers of traffic grime identify the commercial occupants as follows:

Balthazar Smith. Dealer in coins and antiquities. Ground Floor.
The Manchester Lepidopterist Society. Floor One.
The Savants’ Club. Floor 3b.

Balthazar Smith’s private apartment occupies the second floor. As the address suggests, 247 Chapel Street is open all hours but has never entertained any of Manchester’s lepidopterists or any savants for that matter, well, perhaps one or two of the latter.
As he emerged from Salford Central train station, Balthazar turned left at the lights on Chapel Street and with a purposeful stride began the one-kilometre walk to his office; through the midst of what can only be described as a giant building site. The cold nip in an east wind bit through the layers of his raincoat and tailored suit and the dusty slipstream of a passing bus tried to lift the Panama hat from his head. A watery sun bathed the burgeoning, new-build apartment blocks in lukewarm light.

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#BlogTour #ZooloosBookTours @ZooloosBT / #Excerpt : Conspiracy of Cats #ConspiracyOfCats – B.C. Harris @BCHarris64

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Today I’m on the ‘Conspiracy of Cats’ blogtour, organized by Zooloo’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

B. C. Harris is a Scot who, at the time of writing, had just finished renovating a farmhouse in France.
A labour of love that began from first sight back in 2016. No sooner had the final length of flooring been laid and the last paintbrush dried, than disaster struck in the form of pandemic. France went into a strict lockdown and, with time to do more than simply daydream about writing books, a new project began to take shape.
Writing began as an escape from the fear and isolation that was soon affecting us all, and quickly flourished to become ‘Conspiracy of Cats.’ The global pandemic seems to be receding now, but the passion for writing has taken root. Find out more about B. C. Harris online.
You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Synopsis :

CONSPIRACY OF CATS… a supernatural murder mystery.
An apprehensive Jos Ferguson travels from Edinburgh to northern Tanzania to visit the house her Uncle Peter built before he died. But Peter isn’t as dead as he should be… he was murdered, and he wants his niece to help him exact revenge upon his killer. With a little Maasai magic and a conspiracy of cats, Jos sets out to do exactly that.
A beautiful house. A horrible death. A brilliant revenge.
Who knew death could be so lively?

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A shockwave passed through Jos rendering her entire body limp and her voice silent. She folded at the waist, and Joseph was then struggling to hold her upright so the laibon could keep their bonded blood above the flames.
The laibon began to sing. His song invoked the spirits of his ancestors. He called to them, pleaded for their guidance. Singing incantations and murmuring spells, the cadence of his voice rose and fell like the fire. But, as his voice grew stronger, the fire began to climb higher, licking at their hands. When his voice reached a crescendo, the laibon forced their joined hands down into the belly of the fire and held them there for a few seconds. When he retracted their hands, he relinquished his grip on the little sister’s hand, and Joseph laid her down.
Minutes later, the still unconscious Jos was curled up in foetal position close to the fire, her injured hand wrapped up in a clean piece of cloth. Joseph would tend to it as soon as he could, but before that he had to help with the summoning. He was on the cusp of becoming a laibon and had spent many years studying for the transformation, but he’d spent the previous three months rehearsing for this ceremony and he knew the song off by heart.
The summoning was a relatively unremarkable ritual.
The laibon began to sing again. A different song to invoke different magic. His voice was weak because his life was fading. Joseph also sang, his voice stronger, louder. The flames rose and fell once again, dancing in time to the cadence of this new spell, writhing and swaying, climbing higher and higher with the progression of the melody. Together the two men rose up onto their bare feet, the younger helping and supporting his elder. Their two voices continuing to sing, enticing the fire to grow, inviting the flames to dance higher. Their three elements united in invoking an ancient rite which would take hold of a free spirit, carry it across a distance to an intended destination, and then bind it with another.
Many years previously the laibon had performed a similar spell to gather his friend’s spirit from the border of death, so he could then bring it to, and bind it with the white house. Of course, the white house had no spirit of its own with which Peter’s could be bonded. But Peter
had already put enough of himself into the house he’d made so, when what remained of him was brought back, the laibon was able to fix it all in place long enough to complete the ritual. The rest… the years of remaining fixed in that place, were testament to Peter’s strength. Since that night, they had been waiting for Peter’s niece to set them both free.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : Murder at the House on the Hill – Victoria Walters @Vicky_Walters @HeraBooks

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Today I’m on the ‘Murder at the House on the Hill’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

Victoria Walters author pictureVictoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of the bestselling GLENDALE HALL series, which continues with its third book HOPEFUL HEARTS at GLENDALE HALL in September, as well as two other standalone novels – SUMMER at the KINDNESS CAFE, and THE SECOND LOVE of my LIFE. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for two RNA awards. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.
Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

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murder-house-finalOnce Upon A Crime…
Nancy Hunter and her grandmother Jane Hunter run the Dedley Endings Bookshop, selling crime, thriller and mystery books, in a small, quiet Cotswold village where nothing ever happens…
That is, until the wealthy and reclusive Roth family open up their mansion for the first time in twenty years, inviting the people of Dedley End to a lavish engagement party.
While everyone is thrilled to finally look around the mansion on the hill, the festivities are quickly cut short when beautiful Lucy, recently married to young Harry Roth, is found dead after being pushed over the first-floor balustrade.
But who among the guests could have been capable of her murder – and why?
Nancy and Jane decide to investigate – after all, not only do they own a crime themed bookshop, they were also both named after famous literary detectives – but soon wonder if they’ve taken on more than they can handle. Especially when it seems the killer has worked out that they’re hot on their heels…
Can they catch the murderer before the murderer catches up with them? Or will there be a deadly ending to this story?
Join the unlikeliest detective duo for the killer opener of The Dedley End Mysteries series, by a major voice in women’s fiction.

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#Recensie #UitgeverijVerhalenNinja : Doodswind (De elementen van Akiran #4) #Doodswind – Ninja Paap-Luijten

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De auteur :

48355323_2195265200733897_5551691696225386496_nNinja Paap-Luijten (1986) is een echte Schrijfninja. De jarenlange ervaring die ze als auteur heeft, neemt ze mee bij ieder nieuw verhaal dat uitkomt. Schrijven doet ze dagelijks, met heel veel plezier.
Hoewel het soms lijkt alsof haar verhalen eenvoudig in een hokje te plaatsen zijn, is dat niet altijd zonneklaar – Ninja’s high-fantasy is altijd net even anders dan de andere verhalen. Met veel verbeelding en subtiel schrijfwerk neemt ze je mee naar een wereld die enorm vertrouwd aanvoelt.
Haar korte verhalen zijn vaak vingeroefeningen waarbij ze experimenteert met wat allemaal mogelijk is bij het schrijven.
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Korte inhoud :

doodswindAls Tulin, Tess en Akiran aankomen in een kleine havenstad, vaart daar geen enkel schip meer uit. Dit heeft alles te maken met de doodswind, een mysterieuze storm die opsteekt zodra een schip vertrekt. Heel wat schepen zijn al vergaan. Het drietal besluit te helpen om de doodswind te bestrijden.
Kan de bron van de doodswind worden gevonden voordat het te laat is? Of is dit een opdracht die zelfs voor Tulin te gevaarlijk blijkt?
Doodswind is het vierde deel van De elementen van Akiran.

Doodswind informatie:
Publicatiedatum: 19 augustus 2021
Gepubliceerd door Uitgeverij Verhalen Ninja
Deel 4 van De elementen van Akiran (maar ook prima los te lezen)

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Mijn mening :

Eindelijk was het weer zover, een nieuw avontuur, met Akiran, Tulin en Tess, voor mij om te verslinden.
En dat heb ik dan ook, helaas veel te vlug, gedaan. ☹️
‘Doodswind’ was opnieuw genieten van een heerlijke episode in de reeks ‘De Elementen van Akiran’.
Vanaf het begin zat ik in een heerlijke flow van avontuur, spanning en natuurlijk een goeie portie fantasie.
Echt magnifiek hoe deze auteur mij kan vastkluisteren en meeslepen in haar avonturen, niet alleen met haar creaties, maar ook met haar vlotte schrijfstijl.
Hopelijk komt er vlug een nieuw avontuur van dit geweldige trio, want ik ben lichtjes boos op mezelf dat dit verhaal reeds uitgelezen is en dat ik ze alweer moet missen!

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