Blog Tour | Book Review: The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond #TheGoldenOrphans #damppebblesblogtours

Golden Orphans Cover Image

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Golden Orphans, a literary thriller by Gary Raymond. I must offer my apologies as my ‘official’ blog tour date was yesterday, so I apologies to Gary, to Emma (who organised the tour), and to you, readers, for making you wait an additional twenty-four hours to hear about this fantastic book!


Within the dark heart of an abandoned city, on an island once torn by betrayal and war, lies a terrible secret…

Francis Benthem is a successful artist; he’s created a new life on an island in the sun. He works all night, painting the dreams of his mysterious Russian benefactor, Illy Prostakov. He writes letters to old friends and students back in cold, far away London. But now Francis Benthem is found dead. The funeral is planned and his old friend from art school arrives to finish what Benthem had started. The painting of dreams on a faraway island. But you can also paint nightmares and Illy has secrets of his own that are not ready for the light. Of promises made and broken, betrayal and murder…

The Golden Orphans offers a new twist on the literary thriller. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: The Golden Orphans by Gary Raymond #TheGoldenOrphans #damppebblesblogtours”


Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King (The Shining #1)

The Shining - Stephen King

With a fancy new Halloween edition published this month, it was the perfect time to reread The Shining.


One of the true classics of horror fiction, THE SHINING is regarded as one of Stephen King’s masterpieces.

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny’s visions grow out of control.

As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217 and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel – and that, too, is beginning to shine . . . Continue reading “Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King (The Shining #1)”

Ramblings from my pages… #5

Welcome to the fifth instalment of Ramblings from my pages… – a weekly feature here on Keeper of Pages. This post was inspired by It’s Book Talk’s “5 on Friday: Things I’m Loving Lately” – it differs slightly, similar in that it will feature bookish and non-bookish topics, but different in that I will ramble about things I’m loving, hating, wishing for, links I’ve enjoyed, life updates – you name it, I may just ramble about it. The only staple feature of this post will be concluding it with a cool link I found around the web.

In this week’s ramblings, I’m talking about: Audiobooks, BookBuddy Pro, Lauryn Hill and Jhene Aiko. Whether you read the entire post or jump to the section(s) you’re interested in, I hope you enjoy my ramblings. Note: if it’s green, it’s a link, click it! Continue reading “Ramblings from my pages… #5”

Book Review: The Girls by Emma Cline

The Girls

As the summer of 2018 was coming to an end, I decided to live through the summer of 1969. But, I wasn’t alone, Beth @ Bibliobeth joined me, as our September buddy read was The Girls by Emma Cline.


Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat.

Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls.

And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.

Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever? Continue reading “Book Review: The Girls by Emma Cline”

Word-of-Mouth Bestsellers Evening #Quercus2019

Word-of_Mouth Bestsellers

A little over a month ago, I received an invitation from Quercus Books to attend their Word-of-Mouth Bestsellers Evening, a night of wine, nibbles, and books, so many BOOKS! It was my first bookish event, and the most amazing evening. The ladies who work at Quercus are some of the loveliest women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting; I also met the author of Blackberry & Wild Rose, Sonia Velton, and I got to meet several bloggers and bookstagrammers, some I had been conversing online with for months, so it was lovely to meet them in person. As you all probably know by now, I met Beth from Bibliobeth – I’m far too awkward to turn up at one of these events alone, so I’m so glad I got to experience it all with Beth!

The Quercus headquarters are amazing, books everywhere, and when I reached the Flat layroom where the event took place, I was blown away – the presentation, the thought that went into it, everything was fantastic! There were even two flat lay tables so bookstagrammers could do their thing – Quercus are setting the standard!

I took so many photos, but loads of them were blurry, maybe one too many limoncello cocktails! Although I have no excuse for the first photo I took, because that one was blurry and I hadn’t even had a drink yet, but picture The Lemon Tree Hotel on a table surrounded by lemons and limoncello cocktails, and let’s begin a journey through the night, in books!

THE LEMON TREE HOTEL by Rosanna Ley Continue reading “Word-of-Mouth Bestsellers Evening #Quercus2019”