Release Day ‘Sins of the Father’ by Maria Gibbs

17th May 2018

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Sins of the Father


Maria Gibbs

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Having seen first-hand the results of starvation, abuse, and murder, Carlos Suarez knows all too well that the streets of Rio are no place for a child to grow up.

Because of his own history and subsequent rescue from that poverty at the age of fifteen, he makes it his life’s work to ensure opportunities are available to the future generations of Brasil’s homeless children—but no matter how many kids Carlos saves, it’s never enough for him.

Almost to the point of obsession.

Dedicated to his work, and haunted by his past, Carlos has never considered an intimate relationship with anyone, let alone another man, especially after that night. But when Fate throws him a curve ball, and his past comes screaming back threatening to destroy his future, Carlos will discover that redemption can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings, Sins of the Father is a story you won’t be able to put down.



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I write in many genres, my mind is alive with thoughts and ideas so I allow them free release on paper. Inspiration comes in many forms and I grab it with greedy hands. Writing has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. My most popular book so far is ‘A Boy from the Streets’ which is centred on twin babies orphaned at birth in Brazil, one baby is adopted into a life of luxury and the other abandoned into the poverty of the streets.

When I’m not writing, I like reading, listening to music or riding my motorbike.


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‘A Boy From The Streets’ by Maria Gibbs

In preperation of the release of Book 2 of the series ‘Children from the Streets’ by Maria Gibbs Indie Author, I am re-blogging my review of Book 1 from 2017 which is VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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‘A Boy From the Streets’

by Maria Gibbs

AmazonTo buy on click HERE

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The eBook is not released until Saturday 1st April  but there was a hiccough with the print edition which has lead to me being able to grab a copy before the official Release Tour.

Whoop Whoo!

Rose Reviews ‘A Boy From the Streets’

First let me say a big THANK YOU to Maria for asking me to read over this wonderful story pre-editing and then again for this, my 21st Book of the Goodreads reading challenge I was offered a copy to proofread. How lucky am I. This is a PHENOMENAL story. Check out the blurb and the inspiration behind the story on the following Teasers. Click the images to enlarge for ease of reading, opens in a new tab.


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I absolutely LOVE this book it packs a punch right from the start with us learning the terrible fate that befalls new-born twins sadly abandoned at birth. As if fate has not been cruel enough already, we soon discover that she has worse things in store for the boys. They are separated, one being adopted and taken off to England the other left in Brasil to become a Street Child and what a terrible life this child has.

The story is very carefully crafted, told through several different points of view. There are the harrowing events that lead up to the biological parents Leandro & Carolina having to abandon the babies, and how they barely survive living without them hoping and dreaming that one day soon they will all be re-united.

There is the underlying story of Christina & Fernando the couple who adopt one of the boys and take him to England.

Then there are the boys Jose & Pedro and how very different their lives are. It is like two different sides of a coin, and their lives are most certainly not balanced.

It is only after many years that the boys learn of each other. At the age of 12yrs they finally meet for the first time then the balance is redressed, both experiencing very briefly the life of their sibling.

Several other important characters are introduced gradually throughout the story and readers may find it a little confusing at times but it is all necessary. It will help you to understand what these families are experiencing. Whoever said ‘life is easy’ was way off the mark, and these families go through much more than any normal family would.

Below is a little teaser from each of the boys:-


The poverty we glimpsed shocked me but there was also a romanticism in it which drew me. Rich smells seeped through the closed windows of the car, causing my stomach to growl as though asking for a taste.

The hotel was a gilded prison. Everything I could ever want was here, yet what I really wanted was to go out and have a look around. I wasn’t an outdoorsy kind of boy, but I’d never left England before, and Brasil seemed exotic.


My stomach hurt so much I feared that I was dying. If I don’t get some food soon, I probably will. Starvation was a horrible thing. I thought about the emaciated body of my old friend, Jonny. It wasn’t his real name, just as Pedro wasn’t mine. We were pivetinho (Brasilian slang for Street Child), we weren’t given names, didn’t have identities. We couldn’t cease to exist because we didn’t exist in the first place.

This novel will most definitely tug on your heart-strings so have your tissues to hand. Like I mentioned some may find it a little confusing at times but bare with it the author is giving us the life experiences of all involved and it is a truly moving story. As you read on you will be drawn in and simply have to keep turning the pages to find out what is happening to everyone involved.

This is a truly beautiful story and is

Very Highly Recommended

A real page-turner hence I give it a 3 Rose Rating

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Happy Reading


17 Goodreads ‘The Toymakers’

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 17 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018

Absolutely loved this book a kind of fairytale for adults with reality of the First Great War rubbing up against the Long War played with wind up toy soldiers by the Godman brothers in Papa Jacks Emporium

Cathy finds herself in trouble and her family are not happy, they want to make changes that Cathy is not at all comfortable with. However, before anything can happen an advert in the paper catches her attention. This advert helps her to make up her mind and she runs away to the Magical Emporium in London. There she is given work for the winter season.

It is only a matter of time before someone finds out what kind of trouble Cathy has gotten herself into fortunately she has friends on her side to help her. A wonderful magical story one that I will enjoy reading again and again.

Very Highly Recommended.

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16 Goodreads ‘Poems to My Younger Self’

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 16 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018

I like a bit of poetry now and again, and this wonderful colletion was most enjoyable. What a fun idea to write a poem to your younger self. This was an eclectic mix of poems some happy and some rather sad.

For me Always be a Giraffe by Merlot Bookbinder was a big favourite.

Heed advice;
You don’t know best,
Despite what you might think.
You’re here just once
And life is quick
It’ll pass you in a blink.

This was wonderful especially as it was for charity with all proceeds of the book donated to the MAKE A WISH UK Charity

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Children of the Streets Series by Maria Gibbs

Oh my Goodness what GREAT NEWS, we cannot wait for the release of Book 2 in the series ‘Children from the Streets’ by my wonderful Indie Author friend Maria Gibbs. You really MUST read Book 1 in readiness (if you have not already) ‘A Boy from the Streets’. These books are inspired by true life events.

What are you waiting for GO, check out Maria’s Blog. #SundayBlogShare very HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.



Over two years ago I was doing research for a book series that I was working on at the time. One of my main characters was going to Afghanistan as a foreign correspondent and although I didn’t want to focus in any depth on what was happening there I did want to get a flavour of what life would be like for a foreign correspondent.

I bought and read Christina Lamb’s book “Small Wars Permitting: Despatches from Foreign Lands.” I didn’t only read about Afghanistan but she also revealed about her time in Brazil. I read about children who lived on the streets, hundreds of thousands of them, and they were treated like vermin. People stepped over these bundles which held human life as though they were unimportant. What the were, though was an embarrassment to the authorities and a major inconvenience to local businesses. My blood ran cold when…

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Cover Reveal ‘Bloody Ties’

Book Reveal


Title: Bloody Ties

Series: Bullets & Bloodlust

Authors: Claire Marta & Abrianna Denae

Release: Coming Soon

Genre: Dark/Mafia Paranormal

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Cover Designer: Ampersand Book Covers

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Power. Prestige. Politics.

As heir to the coven over New York, Damien Rochester is ruthless and not afraid to do whatever it takes to protect his family.

While attending a masquerade hosted by a business associate he meets a masked woman who captivates him like no other.

Spoiled. Naïve. Alone.

The daughter of a rival coven leader, Ava Carr only wants one thing—freedom.

A rare night out has her crossing paths with the sexiest man she’s ever met. The brief encounter leaves them wanting more. One rash decision has them meeting once again—only this time it’s not so amicable.

Finding herself deep in enemy territory Ava’s lost in a world of politics and family ties. Her hard fought freedom and sanity are on the line. She needs to decide if Damien can be trusted or if this is a battle she has to conquer alone.

Damien finds himself in a complicated situation: burdened with the girl, he’s thrown into a war he’s not all that sure he can win. Or if she’s even worth fighting for.

Together the two could be a powerful force. But, tying themselves to one another might be just as deadly as facing their enemies alone.

***Due to strong language, violence, and explicit sexual interaction this book is recommended for readers 18 and up***.

About the Authors

Claire Marta


Claire Marta writes hot, suspenseful Paranormal romance. A native Brit, she live in Italy with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, she enjoys taking photos of her adoptive country, tries to stay fit with running and reads amazing books while being a stay at home mother.


Her other books include The Hunter Chronicles: Frostbite, Dark Desires, Claimed By Magic, The Serpent’s Kiss, Twitch.
The Ceasefire Series: The Devil You Know.

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Abrianna Denae

Abrianna Denae is a twenty-one-year-old author living in Northern California. An English major, she has always had a passion for writing. Deciding to sit down and write one of the many stories that had plagued her mind for years was the easy part—finding the time to do it was a different story. Caffeine is her best friend, and sleep is her worst enemy. A lover of books that make the reader feel something, she tries to incorporate as much of her real-world views and feelings into her stories as she can.

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Other books written by Abrianna: Forever (Destroyed By Love, Book One)

Coming Soon: A Love Story

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#FolkloreThursday 06 Selkies

Today’s theme for #FolkloreThursday is the sea. My most favourite stories of all are those of the Selkie Folk ~ Seals who are able to shed their skin and walk in human form at certain times of the year. The most popular time being Midsummer. Selkie comes from the Scottish Orkney Islands meaning seal.

Orkneyjar – The Selkie Folk

There is a wonderful website to find out more about the folklore behind the Selkie Folk. Click the image below to go visit. (Opens in a new tab.)

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Image from the website

‘Seal Mother’ by Rose English


This is a work in progress #WIP The beautiful illustration on the cover was penned by the wonderful artist Abigail Ryder called ‘Daughter of the Selkies’

The text and background cover done by the wonderful JC Clarke visit her Etsy store Click HERE

I thought this little folktale finished, yet I find myself expanding the book. I have done this by adding a further story this time of a handsome selkie male. This is an old folktale from the Shetland Isles check the tune below on the video. Yet the jury is out as I am still unsure which way I want to take this little book.

‘The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry’

Here now follows a small teaser of ‘Seal Mother’ followed by my own little video from YouTube. Click the image to enlarge.


‘Seal Mother’ on YouTube

For this video I had special permission from the wonderful songstress Karan Casey & Friends to use a couple of short clips. Season’s my favourite track on the CD is composed by Ger Wolfe. The CD is called Seal Maiden: A Celtic Musical

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I do hope you enjoyed these little treats, I would love to read your thoughts please do drop me a line in the comments below.

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