The Dark Place by Stephanie Rogers #BookReview #BlogTour

When you look at those you love, what do you see?

When Issy, young mother and beloved daughter, seemingly kills herself her family is devastated.

Believing she would never leave son Noah willingly, Jon and Mel determine to discover what really happened to Issy. As they and the rest of the family struggle to come to terms with tragedy, Jon and Mel start to realise Issy’s secrets come from a very dark place…

It's my pleasure to be hosting the blog tour for The Dark Place by Stephanie Rogers today. Many thanks to the author, Manatee Books and Tracy Fenton for inviting me and for my digital copy of the novel.

The opening chapter of The Dark Place briefly introduces the reader to Issy as she returns home following her first year at university. We learn very little about her here, other than she is the mother of a young son, Noah who is cared for by her parents and she seems to struggle to know how to relate to him. The moment when her life comes to a sudden and violent end is a shocking …

3 Hour Dad by Adam T. Hourlution #BookReview


What would you do if you were suddenly told you were going to be a mum or dad without any notice? How would you react? What thoughts would go through your head? You haven't prepared to be a parent, you've not made any arrangements and nobody in your family is aware.
Now imagine that not even the mum-to-be knew that she had been hiding a little person inside her tummy the entire time.
One day Adam, just your average, typical guy receives a call from his mother-in-law (to be !) summoning him to the hospital following his girlfriend being rushed in with suspected appendicitis only to discover that she is in fact having contractions and has been admitted to the labour ward.
This heart-warming and true story invites readers to step into Adam's shoes and experience what it is like to be a 3 Hour Dad.
A proportion of sales is donated to a random act of kindness fund.

I was delighted when Adam contacted me with a lovely email asking if I'd be interested in reviewing his short ebook about his very sudden transition to fatherhood. I tend to read a lot of dark crime or rather harrowing books on Hair Past A Freckle and so the occasional palate cleanser is a welcome change - particularly when it is a true story.
Adam's life changed beyond all comprehension when his girlfriend's mum phoned him in the night to tell him his girlfriend was in hospital having their baby. Just a few hours earlier his thoughts had been consumed by a eBay auction as he successfully bid on a vintage Star Wars figure, without the faintest idea that he was shortly about to become a father. Most of us who are parents have months to become used to the idea but Adam and Lyndsey had just a few hours. Only the weekend before they'd been on an activity weekend where Lyndsey had abseiled  - completely oblivious to the new life inside of her. I must admit to feeling a little envious here, I had hyperemesis with my first daughter and had to go into hospital twice to be put on a drip so the thought of nine months of normality rather than weeks of vomiting is something I can barely imagine.
That said, the emotional shock is hard to comprehend, let alone the practical considerations. Adam has a wonderful, self-deprecating sense of humour but his obvious pride and love for "his girls" really shines through. 3 Hour Dad is a quick read, I read it during a couple of lunch breaks and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this touching book. Adam uses a percentage of sales from his ebook to buy gifts for unsuspecting recipients so for just a few pounds you can treat yourself to a humorous and heartwarming little book and also help brighten somebody's day! Adam's little daughter is very lucky to have such a fun and loving dad who has clearly embraced his unexpected new role. I'd like to thank him for sending me a copy of his book and wish him and his family every happiness for the future.

3 Hour Dad can be purchased here.

About the Author
Adam T Hourlution is the founder of 3HourDad.com, 3HD was born from his love of helping and giving back to others. Adam loves meeting new people and his goal is to remind them of just how brilliant they are by spreading some cheer in a world which doesn’t always seem so colourful.
He aims to add value by making people smile through sharing his money-saving tips, showcasing
“awesome” items he has discovered and by encouraging many laughs along the way.  Sales of his short eBook (about his miraculous experience of becoming an unexpected Father in just three hours) is the lifeblood of 3HD as he uses money from the sales of his book to launch the 3hourlution! aka randomly selecting people to receive free gifts and sharing their reaction and testimonials. These people he calls “the chosen ones” receive a happy note and a random act of kindness present. Adam is certain that this will not only positively impact someones’ day but will leave an imprint on the world.
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  1. So blessed. Thanks so much. Will email you later :) Adam x

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    1. You're more than welcome, Adam. It was a real pleasure to read x

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