Sally 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.
At the end of September, we stepped right back into step with Wilson and Daisy, but what did we think?
The tour kicked off today – 29th September
Extract at Everywhere and Nowhere, “A trade magazine once described her as, ‘taut like piano wire and as highly strung’. A compliment that not only caused Kay to buff her fingernails on the lapel of her jacket;”
Review by sambooka23 (IG), “Steve definitely has a brilliant imagination that allows not only his characters to come alive but his readers to visualise what he is writing about and, for me, I was able to picture the events happening perfectly – which is so hard to do.”
Extract at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, “Sally woke from fitful sleep to the sounds of muffled laughter and craned her neck to identify the source. Moonlight pouring through a skylight confirmed that all four roommates were fast asleep yet flurries of giggles continued to waft through the air like a giddy breeze.”
Extract at Jazzy Book Reviews, “Though the image was captured in the time frame of a lightning burst, Sally would never forget the detail. How the boy’s face carried a look of shock with his mouth and eyes open wide. The girl’s face, frozen in the moment, was set with the defiant stare the young employ to mask vulnerability.”
Extract at Over the Rainbow Book Blog, “Flashes from paparazzi cameras lit the scene in silent bursts of light. Even at her young age, Sally recognised the event as a visual metaphor for her suppressed emotions. This was a dream bearing a grudge.”
Extract at Portable Magic, “Wilson was propped up on pillows in his hospital bed and his upper body rose and fell almost imperceptibly with short, shallow breaths as he drifted in and out of sleep.”
Extract at Duckfacekim09 (IG), “Bradley’s parents quickly discovered his evil streak. As a baby he’d scream incessantly with nerve shredding intensity, but then smile and gurgle when the light to his room came on and his parents’ sleep had been disturbed.”
Review by Bonnie Reads And Writes, “The characters are so well done, and the story is clever and captivating, with many twists and turns. The fantastical Marketplace, its many inhabitants, and their complex schemes will keep you turning the page.”
Review by Sue Loves to Read, “An absolutely brilliant read. I love this series. So different to what I normally read. Great story and characters. I am hoping for a book 3”
Review by Sharon Beyond the Books, “I was again captivated by this highly original and unique series. Steve Walsh has clearly carried on with his exceptional character building to keep them fresh and memorable.”
b for bookreview puts Steve in the spotlight as we learn who he would co-write a book with, who he would like to interview, what he does when he isn’t reading or writing and so much more
Extract at Reading is my Remedy, “It was on the day of the drugs heist that Bradley Givens finally came of age. That was the moment he recognised the full potential of an amazing business opportunity; a franchise for a new kind of criminal activity with a modus operandi uniquely suited to him.”
Review by Fantasy Book Nerd, “As I said at the beginning of this review, these books have been a bit of a hit with me and they inhabit that place that Mark Lawrence’s Impossible Times Trilogy inhabit in my list of favourite books. I am so glad that I was introduced to these books and I sincerely hope that there will be more in this series.”
Review by lets_escape_with_books (IG), “I like the friendships this story has and the easy likeable characters, new and old. This is a different book to anything I’ve read, but Walsh makes it so unique and original and easy to read.”
Extract at The Magic of Wor(l)ds, “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.”
And that is well and truly a wrap!
Thank you ever so much to everyone who has taken part in the tour!
Until the next adventure xxx