The Belch Park Field Trip by Andrew Mackay

The Belch Park Field Trip

(Chrome Junction Academy Series book 3)

by Andrew Mackay

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Synopsis:

IT’S A JUNGLE IN THERE!

Henry Williams has never been a leader.
Or stood up to the bullies.
Or kissed the girl of his dreams.

In fact, he’s never stood out from the school crowd.

Mind you, he’s only twelve years-old.
And a foot shorter than his classmates.

All that will change today, though.

The school inspectors are visiting Chrome Junction Academy.
The principal needs to get rid of the cream of the cr@p!
He would have preferred to send them to another galaxy far, far away…

Instead, the obnoxious, high-on-energy-drinks brats are off to…

BELCH PARK!

Roller coasters! Mega-drop towers! Ghost trains! Ferris wheels! Bumper cars!

No end of opportunities for fun, thrills and spills!
The perfect place to run rampant and enjoy themselves…

But wait!

South London’s notorious Our Lady of Sacrifice Roman Catholic school is also there.
They’re Chrome Junction Academy’s natural enemy.
Oh bugger

NOW IT’S WAR!

Limbs will break…
Dares will result in irreparable damage…
The innocent will be caught in the crossfire…
Even the park may not survive

Henry’s destiny awaits…

Chrome Junction Academy’s underdog must step up… and grow a pair.

He’ll have to ensure the safety of his friends.
Fend off the bigger, badder kids.
and get them out of Belch Park in one piece!

The thoughts of Veilys Reviews

What first attracted me to this book? Well clearly, the cover. Bright, eye-catching and amusing. A definite crowd pleaser.

I fancied this as a bit of a change, i wanted a break from the darker stuff (it’s often needed as i’m sure you’ll agree) And this fitted the bill.

It’s a fun and frank read, no holds barred, nothing is out of bounds. An easy writing style is enough to draw you in and keep you engrossed. or just plain grossed in general… I haven’t actually read the first two in this series, however, it doesn’t affect the readability of it, i found it worked fine as a standalone anyway.

The school inspectors are due at the school. As with any and all schools, the last thing the Head and school board want the inspectors to see are THOSE kids. The trouble causers. jokers and downright despicable human beings who are in actual fact a stain on humanity. So what do you do with them? Easy…get them out of and as far away as possible from the school. In this instance, the unfortunate venue is Belch Park, an amusement park full of white knuckle rides and (for these kids) opportunities.

Throw into the mix another school on a field trip there, and all hell lets loose. To be honest, even the devil would run from this lot! As war breaks out, we are given dares & injuries galore, in full and glorious technicolour. After reading this, you are sure to never look at a roller coaster in the same way again.

Well written in the authors own distinctive and inimitable style, it’s gross nastiness and honest words wont be for everyone. If you are easily offended, don’t have a sense of humour or are of a weak constitution, then this is definitely not for you. For the rest of you weirdys, like me, then go ahead…fill your boots and enjoy! I shall be going back to read the first couple of books now, get to know these characters better. Yes, i am THAT brave.

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About the author

Andrew Mackay

Some authors are afraid to cross the line.

Me? Oh, I’m glad you asked! I make “the line” my starting point…

My brand is satire.

I hop between genres like madman on crack because my razor-sharp literary knife is hungry for political and social commentary. One genre just can’t cut it (if you’ll forgive the pun.) I’m obsessed, I tell you!

I write straight-up humor and farce, horror, crime, romance… all under the banner of satire.

My novels often contain a ruthless commentary on society, delving into the darker machinations of modern life. They can be uproarious, funny, outrageous and shocking. Make no mistake, though. They are this way for a reason, and always come equipped with a sense of humanity and wit.

My influences include John Cleese, Tom Sharpe, Kurt Vonnegut, James Patterson, Hunter S Thompson, Douglas Adams, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Michael Frayn, Chris Morris, Jerry Sadowitz, Christopher Hitchins, Bill Maher, George Carlin, Jordan Peterson, Pat Condell, and writer/director Larry Cohen.

My obsessions include (and are essentially limited to) obscene amounts of: smoking, drugs, alcohol, caffeine, sex, debating, daydreaming and writing about himself in the third person.

To find out more about this author, and to keep up to date with whats going on, just click on the links below:

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COVER REVEAL

Good morning all. Today on my blog I have a cover reveal for what is shaping up to be a fabulous novel! The book is;

Amy Cole has lost her mind

By Elizabeth McGivern

So……without further ado, here is the awesome eye-catching design (drum roll please…. 🥁)

p.s. Keep scrolling for details on how to enter this authors fab competition!

Now, after seeing this I’m sure, like me, your next thought is “fabulous cover! What’s it about?” Wait no more, here is the synopsis;

The Synopsis

Amy Cole is a stay-at-home Mum and a woman on the edge. After a very public breakdown and failed suicide attempt, Amy finds herself trying to make it through her everyday life as a high-functioning Zombie.

Elle De Bruyn is a force of nature, ready to shake Amy back to life whether she likes it or not.

After a fortuitous meeting, the two embark on a journey together which will change them both and help them find out exactly what they’re capable of when rock bottom is just the beginning.

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About the author

Elizabeth McGivern is a former journalist turned hostage-in-her-own-home, surrounded by three men and a horrible dog named Dougal.

In an effort to keep her sanity, she decided to write a parenting blog after the birth of her first son, so she can pinpoint the exact moment she failed as a mother.

In an unexpected turn of events, the blog helped her find a voice and connect with parents in similar situations; namely those who were struggling with mental health issues and parenting.

It was because of this encouragement-and wanting to avoid her children as much as possible- her debut novel, Amy Cole has lost her mind was born.

Elizabeth lives in Northern Ireland although wishes she could relocate to Iceland on a daily basis.

To witness her regular failings as a parent you can find her on;

www.mayhemandbeyond.com

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Competition

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Tess and Tattoos by H.A. Leuschel

Tess and Tattoos

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Tess and Tattoos

by H. A. Leuschel

The book blurb:

A suspenseful and emotional novella exploring whether we can ever be free from our past mistakes.

In this story, the reader is taken on a compelling journey into the human mind where genuine friendship offers the key to inner peace.

Meet Tess, an elderly lady living in a care home apartment in the outskirts of Edinburgh, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision. She meets Nurse Sandra, a warm and bubbly single mother of three, who is instantly intrigued by Tess’s personality and the mystery that surrounds her.

‘Tess and Tattoos’ is one of five gripping stories in HA Leuschel’s story collection Manipulated Lives centred around psychological manipulation.

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The thoughts of Veilys Reviews:

Tess and Tattoos is a short story taken from the book, Manipulated Lives, by the author Helene Leuschel.

We start in the setting of Sheltered housing, where we meet Tess. An independent Octogenarian, who has lived in her one room in the home for three years. Tess has no friends and her only family is her son, Daniel, who lives on the other side of the world in Australia, with his wife and four children. Tess has a set routine, that runs virtually to the second every day. Tess is a lady who has such inner strength and stoicism, that shows throughout this book. She is however lonely. As the nurses come in each day she tries to stretch out and make the most of the time she has with them. Anything to keep them with her a few minutes longer, to stave off the emptiness that she knows will consume her the minute they leave the room. Trapped in her own world, in that room, her mind wanders to the past and her secrets. Oh such deep, dark secrets thats she’s carried around with her for years, a weight on her elderly shoulders.

Life goes on much the same, until the day a new nurse starts at the home. Sandra is a recently widowed Lady, who has found herself a single parent, having to cope alone and now take on this new job to provide for and make ends meet for her children.  Sandra is bubbly, effervescent, and soon forms a close relationship with Tess. There’s something there that gives them an unexpected but welcome bond.

It all changes one night, when for the very first time, Tess has to give in and call for help. Stuck in the bath in the middle of the night, she’s no choice but to press the buzzer and get a nurse to help. It’s at this point that Tess’s past secrets and sufferings are exposed for an outsider to see.

Tess and Sandra spend more and more time together and Tess gradually expels her past. A woman who has known suffering, pain and love. All of this the author has written with such sensitivity and care. This is a beautifully written story that i read in one sitting. A stunning setting and the author has a brilliant, descriptive way with words. For a short story it is certainly packed with an emotional punch. Such characters, so well written and relatable. A good depth of personality that immediately connects with the reader. The writing flows and ebbs and carries you along like flotsam on a wave. A fabulous little read. In fact the more i think about it, the more i feel this would be fantastic as a full length novel. There’s so much here that the author could expand and with Helene’s magical touch, i’m positive it would be as much of a success as this is.

 

Author Bio –

Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

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http://www.heleneleuschel.com

 

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The Last Laugh by Tracy Bloom

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The Synopsis:

Jenny discovers her days are numbered at the same time she discovers her husband is having an affair…

Frankly, her life was tough enough already. Two tricky teenagers, her mother’s constant complaints, friends who aren’t up to the job and a career which has been spiralling downwards since she won ‘Sunseeker Tour Rep of the Season’ twenty years ago.

And now this: a cheating husband and a death sentence.

Enough is enough. Jenny vows to keep both catastrophes a secret. She takes her life – and death – into her own hands and decides to live as she did when she was happiest… in 1996. She plans a spectacular 1990s themed party in place of a wake that she herself will attend. But will she be able to keep her secrets for long enough to have the party of a lifetime?

From No. 1 bestseller Tracy Bloom, The Last Laugh is both hilarious and heartbreaking, a book about how to find happiness and live your life as though every day is your last. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes and The Kicking the Bucket List.

The Thoughts of VeilysReviews;

This book has it all. It’s funny, it’s lively, it’s heartbreaking & emotional.

We meet Jenny on her birthday. She’s out with her husband and two children for her birthday meal yet feels like she’s on her own. Her other half can’t leave his phone alone, and the two kids are the same. Glued to their screens. Not one of them pick up on the panic and worry that Jenny is carrying around with her and desperately hoping to forget. Forget about the life changing, life ending illness she has.

It’s a monumental kick in the teeth sort of a day. Jenny finds out she has terminal cancer. Nothing can be done. So she goes to the one person she feels she can talk too. The one person in the whole world she needs right now, her husband of 20 years. What she wasn’t expecting to see was his bare backside shagging the blonde over his desk. What can she do but shut the door quietly and walk away, keeping this secret hers alone.

After all the god awful things that have happened she starts thinking about the past, her happiest ever times. 20 years ago, 1996, when she was a holiday rep in Corfu and she met Mark. After chatting to her friend Maureen. One of the oldies in the Shady Grove nursing home where she works, and confiding in her, Jenny decides to recapture this happy time and give herself the best party ever! A living wake if you will, so she can see and enjoy her family and friends enjoying themselves one last time as Jenny. Normal, pre-cancer Jenny. Cue a new hairstyle Geri Halliwell, spice girls circa 1996. Cue sumo suits and foam guns & bouncy castles. Food and drink flowing, friends old & new, reunions in abundance.

Jenny is a really strong leading lady. An independent woman who holds her head high and doesn’t let this terminal disease bring her down. As she doesn’t tell anyone until after the party she has to cope with all her emotions floating around her head. Every time i thought “why do you not tell anyone? ” something happens that lets me know why. her husband being unfaithful, her mother completely ignoring her, putting her down and always with a disparaging remark. her brother Antony who conveniently, is nowhere to be seen when it comes to helping look after their father who suffers with dementia.

The book explores Jennys thoughts, feelings and emotions as she wonders about what will happen when she’s gone. How will her two teenage children cope? What will happen to Mark? She wont see her daughter get married, or her grandchildren born. Now you see where the emotional part comes into it, and yes, at times it did make my lip tremble as i thought, ‘What if that was me?’ It made my stomach clench and chest tighten as i began to question my own life whilst reading this. If nothing else it gets the message across, life’s too short. Grab it while you can and be happy. This is what i will take away from this book.

Extremely well written and well balanced. This is obviously not an easy subject to tackle and is especially hard when you add humour to this serious situation. Tracy Bloom however, has managed it perfectly. It’s a book i will definitely be recommending.

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Nature of the Witch by Helen Norwood

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Nature of the Witch by Helen Norwood

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The Synopsis:

Many years ago, magic prevailed in Britain. It was a time when chosen women followed a path forged by Mother Nature herself; a time of witchcraft, of the brotherhood of the Gwithiaz and of the terrifying Creatures.

This has all passed from memory a long time ago. But now, magic has returned. Kiera is the first witch the world has seen in centuries, while Jack must learn the ways of the Gwithiaz. They must not only master their crafts, but also overcome their differences and work together if they are to survive the dark enemy that lurks in the shadows.

In the rugged Cornish landscape where it first began, the two face the dreaded Kasadow: an ancient evil that has awakened and is ready to destroy them, and their magic, once and for all.

The thoughts of VeilysReviews:

It’s been a while since i’ve read anything fantastical, involving witches/wizards and the like. So i was extremely excited when this one showed up in my inbox for a blog tour. Of course i was going to say yes! The cover alone caught my eye ( i do love a bit of purple!)

So, where do we start? The book is set in Cornwall. A lot around Tintagel, and i’ve never been to either. However, it didn’t take much to imagine the beautiful beaches, lush grass and sparkling seas by the time this author had finished. Excellent descriptions transport you there.

We start off approx 20 years before the main story takes place, where we meet Jack and Kitto. The last of the Gwithiaz. A race that died out centuries before when their services were no longer needed. And their service i hear you ask? The Gwithiaz were protectors of the Witches. Specifically a coven known as The Daughters of the Earth. The last true coven. They were to protect their wards from the Kasadow, the only thing known to be able to kill them and the most horrific of ways. So if the Witches, Kasadow & Gwithiaz died out, why are they here now? Why have they been brought back? This is where, 20 years later, we meet Keira.

Keira is a twenty something year old woman. Recently moved to Cornwall to fulfil her last promise to her beloved Dad before his death. Taking a walk around Tintagel castle on her birthday, she has a strange and bizarre experience. Little does she know the real reason for it, and boy, is she in for a shock when she finds out what it all means. Meet Mags, a little old lady who comes to her door and, after a brief visit, they both end up leaving together as thanks to Keira, neither she nor her neighbours have anywhere to live. There will be more mistakes and mishaps along the way, but this is a real doozey!

The story revolves around these four main characters. Keira learning to control her new powers, whilst coming to terms with what she’s discovered about herself. As well as dealing with her fathers death and contemplating her life in a then and now way.

After a while Keira is introduced to Jack, her own Gwithiaz. It’s fair to say it’s not love at first sight. But they each are resolved to get along for the sake of their mentors. Their relationship is explored and developed as the story goes on. And as their fates become more intertwined so do their complications and feelings. Jack is a strong character, steady and sure and definitely someone whom i would want looking after me. Kitto is lovely! I really did like the image portrayed by Helen here. A slightly eccentric elderly uncle who loves life. Keira is a lonely figure. Orphaned, alone, no friends since her move. She appears quite reserved when we first meet her. Fixated on the past and more importantly, her father. She finds the transition into her new life a welcome distraction, but it doesn’t quell her desires altogether.

I thought the book had a great pace. An extremely interesting storyline, and a unique take on the whole witch story. something different. I don’t know how many of you have seen or watched a tv show called Once upon a time… but if you have, this is without a doubt THE book for you! It just reminded me of that whilst i was reading. It’s fun, quirky, good story. well paced and has characters that come alive. I particularly love the idea of tree sprites. I so want them to be real…. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves a bit of fantasy fiction, witches, guardians & magic. A great story that has been well executed and i cannot wait for the sequel.

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Author Bio:

Helen lives in the UK with her husband, two children and one diva-like cat called Tiger. Helen, like many others, was captivated in her childhood by books from the likes of Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton and any books which took her to new worlds and showed her places of magic and mystery. She has enjoyed writing and creating her own magical worlds from a young age. She is currently writing the second book in the ‘Nature of the Witch’ trilogy which will be out soon.

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