Teaser Tuesday: Silent Woods

I’ve been a bad blogger! Meaning I haven’t done shit in ages. But, today is the day that’s gonna change. I blame the lovely weather we’ve had here in Sweden these last weeks and my garden for stealing me away from the screen – I go voluntarily I should add. Few things make me happier than staring at the leaves of my Habanero Dulce or smelling the flowers on my lemon tree. My husband thinks I’m insane, and he might be right.

But, I’m not writing today to talk about my garden – though, I could go on for ages (my Ophelia mini aubergines are bearing fruit! LOL I had to buy them since they were named Ophelia).

The reason I’m writing is that it’s Tuesday and now when we’re getting close to midsummer I wanted to do a post on Silent Woods.

I’ve written a couple blog posts about the Silent Woods before, but the last one was back in 2016, so I figured I’d do it again. In Silent Woods we meet The Neck, a male water nymph from the Scandinavian folklore who is as his strongest around midsummer. Beware…

A married couple with two kids go camping, but what lurks in the woods is not what they’d thought they’d encounter. There, in the middle of a lake, is a man who can make the forest go quiet simply by being, and he can control you merely by playing his violin.

The wet spider webs and the light mist that could be seen between the trees should’ve made a beautiful picture, but the glade didn’t feel as it had the day before. It felt closed off, like someone had put a giant glass bubble over us. The woods were silent, no rustling winds, and no tweeting birds. The eerie stillness that surrounded us was almost oppressive. I couldn’t help but whisper as I turned to Anders, “Is it always this quiet in the mornings?”

Anders frowned a little. “I’m sure the birds will start to sing as soon as I make my way out of here.” That did not make me feel any better. “Probably just means that there isn’t anything close by to alert them.”

I didn’t buy that. Birds sang in the morning. And I could tell he only said it to comfort me—his gaze kept searching the tree line, and he had a little crease between his brows. He lit the mini stove, gave me what I’m sure was supposed to be a reassuring smile, and headed out of the campsite.

I couldn’t shake the unnerving feeling, and it only grew more intense the longer Anders was away. It wouldn’t take him more than twenty minutes or so to cover the distance. He was a practised runner, and this little round was nothing compared to what he normally ran in the mornings. Still, I found no comfort in that. I tried to distract myself by preparing breakfast on the stove.

24779481Do you believe in myths and ancient creatures?

Daniel has never felt the need to leave the city behind, so when his husband suggests a camping trip for their holiday he agrees with reluctance. Even before they step out of the car, Daniel has the feeling of something being wrong. Something about the forest is turning his stomach into knots.

He wants nothing more than returning to the safety of their home, and when their five-year-old son goes missing his fears turn into full-blown panic. What awaits them in the depths of the forest is far more sinister than anything Daniel ever could have imagined. Will they be able to find their son before it’s too late?


Friday Reads | Free Falling

Free-FallingI saw Free Falling by S.E. Jakes in my list of ebooks and thought ‘yeah, I’ll read me some Tom and Prophet’…make that Mick and Blue. I’ve read this before and yet I can’t remember it. I always remember books I’ve read – or so I thought. And it’s not that I don’t enjoy it, so I really should remember it.

Mick is a former CIA agent working for EE and Blue is a thief. Things turn tricky when Blue is drugged by drinking from a glass meant for Mick. There are bad guys, drugs, and then there is Prophet – you got to love Prophet, it’s a rule.

When I went to check what books I had read by S.E. Jakes I realised that one, they were more than I thought, and two, there are others I don’t remember. What’s up with that?! For example, I remember Mal and Cillian from Prophet and Tom’s adventures but I can’t remember having read their story…apparently I have.

If you like stubborn men who are a lot more emotional they want to let on, who kill bad guys and make stuff explode, you should read the books in the EE Ltd. Universe.

51oigfjwmelFrom New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Tyler, writing as SE Jakes….

Sometimes falling in love is the most dangerous thing of all.

Blue is a thief who lives for adrenaline and danger. And when he meets Mick, a mercenary, he’s hit with a buzz of attraction like the rush of a high-rise job without a safety rope. But after making plans to get together, Mick leaves him hanging, and Blue vows never again.

A year later, Mick watches helplessly as Blue stumbles into the middle of one of Mick’s jobs. Risking his cover and their lives, Mick saves Blue and cares for him as he recuperates, but neither man has any idea how to handle the intimacy this forces them into.

Once Blue is safe, Mick redoubles his efforts to take down the drug lord responsible — and disappears. Blue goes after him, determined to return the favor and rescue the man he loves, no matter the cost.

Friday Reads | Oskar Blows a Gasket

OskarBlowsAGasketToday isn’t just another Friday, it’s the release day of Oskar Blows a Gasket by Claire Davis and Al Stewart.

Now, if you’ve read anything by this duo you know you’re in for a ride, this time to the tunes of Duran Duran, A-Ha and other bands from the 80s. What did you expect when one of the main characters is the secret love child of Simon Le Bon – no it’s true, it’s such big secret, not even Simon himself knows it LOL.

Oskar Braithwaite is a sassy kid who wears his makeup as armour and spins his lies like a pro – everything is better than the reality, right? There were so many times I wanted to strangle Oskar because while I started out really feeling for the kid (he has a lot of baggage to carry around), he is just plain mean at times.  And I know he’s just a kid, but I couldn’t quite forgive for how he treated Bear.

Bear is the sweetest person, but the lies Oskar is making up aren’t far from Bear’s reality. Not that he wants the attention, all he wasn’t is Oskar.

I love the language and the character development in this story, both Oskar and Bear come out different from how they started – they are stronger, more mature, and in love. I’ve read all Davis & Stewart books, most of them make me cry rivers, this one didn’t, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an emotional read. Neither Oskar nor Bear has had an easy life, and sometimes you have to do what you have to do to survive…and if that means that you have to pretend you’re Simon Le Bon’s kid, then so be it.

Don’t miss it, it’s…. Bodacious!

39461426Oskar Braithwaite is bold, brash and gorgeous. Just ask him.

Armed with designer backpack full of make-up and retro music galore, Oskar sets off for college. And, with attitude even spikier than his heels, nothing is going to hold him back. Except maybe one thing…his past is shouting louder than the 80s songs he adores and it won’t be ignored. Behind the effervescence are secrets, lies and sadness. Try as he might, not even Oskar can hide forever, and one day it isn’t only pop icon Simon Le Bon who’s going to catch up.

Who is writing letters? And why is a spy secretly following?

Enter Bear, with dancing eyes and secrets of his own. Bear’s kindness sparkles brighter than Lycra leggings, and everyone knows Oskar loves shiny things. Like every prophecy, their fates seem inevitably linked. As the walls of Oskar’s defence crumble, Bear shows his hidden strength, but will it be enough to save them?

Find out in this far-out, zany tale of fame, first love and retro DJs.