Ouija by Zoé-Lee O’Farrell – Book Review

Title – Ouija

Author – Zoé-Lee O’Farrell

Genre – Horror

As the title suggests, Ouija offers a spook-fest set around a Ouija board. A perfect pick alongside the Halloween season, debut author Zoé-Lee O’Farrell doesn’t disappoint at all. The novel moves across dual timelines. In the past, the prestigious Rayner High School is met with a scandal involving its principal, following which a teacher massacres several of his colleagues and students. In the present, six friends decide to hold a séance in the now derelict school, hoping to find out what happened all those years ago. Only, they encounter someone (or something) that isn’t one of the victims of the incident. The motley group is now bumped off one by one, and they need to complete the game for the killings to stop. But how do you end the game when the spirits refuse to say ‘Goodbye’?

The Ouija board is a common trope in horror books and movies, and I was curious how the author would approach the subject. I liked the fast-paced narrative – the story picks up from the first page itself, and keeps the reader on the edge of the seat all through. The alternating timelines do not distract, and the author seamlessly blends two different stories, bringing them together in the end. The characters are well developed – each of the six primary characters is a protagonist in their own way; their backgrounds and personalities well defined. It was refreshing that the author didn’t introduce numerous characters just to have more to kill off, but has actually spent time in carving each character. Ouija doesn’t read as a gore fest, and the writing is atmospheric and chilling. The mythology of demons, supernatural occurrences, spirits out to help, entities seeking destruction, haunted dolls, mirrors trying to communicate, the rules of the board – Ouija fells like watching a horror movie with all the tropes done right.

Ouija is a commendable debut novel. It has been marketed as YA, but it reads as adult horror and is recommended to all readers who enjoy the horror genre. Kudos to Zoé-Lee O’Farrell for a well conceived and written first book. I look forward to reading more from her.

My rating – 5/5


Zoé O’Farrell grew up in Watford but left the town life to live by the sea down at the White Cliffs of Dover.
She spends her days working with numbers before escaping in the evening to the world of words and movies. Her go-to relaxation is watching a scary movie or reading a terrifying book!

She is a book blogger and tour organiser just to keep her extra busy. When she is not reading or writing, you can usually find her watching Watford FC or at a gig. Failing that she can be found rolling her eyes at her husband as he acts the same age as her spitfire of a Mini-Me whilst separating her two cats.

Ouija is her debut novel.

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Literally Dead – Book Review

Title – Literally Dead: Tales of Halloween Hauntings

Author(s) – Multiple

Editor – Gaby Triana

Genre – Horror, anthology

Literally Dead is the first book in the holiday hauntings series, set around Halloween. Nineteen horror writers come together to create a collection of spooky tales for the Halloween season. There are stories about haunted dresses and shady bookstores, real life monsters and costumed creatures, murder victims and ghostly insects, soldiers of war and civilians affected by war. There are monsters in refrigerators, and serial killers disguised as ghosts; suspicious postcards, and corn fields that harbour more than corn. We read about scavenger hunts to collect ghosts, and ghosts that teach us how to get rid of ghosts; physical entities and demons of the mind. The crew of esteemed authors in the horror genre brings to us an assortment of stories under the theme of hauntings.

With such a narrow theme, I wondered what new ideas the writers would present for Halloween. But each one is outstanding in its own way. The collection covers a range of subjects from war to folklore, including genres of crime and contemporary fiction, with tones ranging from humor to out-and-out horror. Literally Dead brings together common Halloween tropes of haunted houses and spirits to beware of, costumes and candy, memories associated with October 31st that have nothing to do with Halloween, and presents these well worn concepts into a rich anthology of holiday horrors. I loved the touch of Chinese, Ukrainian and Welsh folklore and customs associated with Halloween, contemporary social issues and significant historic moments, nostalgia and beauty associated with a season of darkness.

Some of my favorites were The Ghost Cricket by Lee Murray (a touch of Chinese folklore with a noisy cricket that refuses to be quiet even in death), The Ghost Lake Mermaid by Alethea Kontis (the ghosts of murder victims discuss racism and the law, when the color of your skin decides if your corpse gets justice), Ghosts of Enerhodar by Henry Herz (the ghosts of Ukrainian folklore feature against the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine war), Halloween at the Babylon by Lisa Morton (a theatre patron tries to prevent other guests from becoming ghosts like herself), Ghosts of Candies Past by Jeff Strand (a quirky, sugary fest of long-eaten Halloween treats that return to haunt), Soul Cakes by Catherine McCarthy (the living and dead collide at a special time of the year, under the veil of Welsh folklore), Always October by Jeremy Megargee (about a ghost hunter on the look out for her replacement).

Editor Gaby Triana has done a fabulous job in curating this anthology. A wonderful collection for the spooky season that keeps the reader wanting to read more. It feels like nineteen stories aren’t enough and thirty-one would have been just right – one for each day of the Halloween month. The cover has an old-fashioned vibe with costumed trick-or-treaters and pumpkin baskets, and I love how the book emphasizes the nostalgic aspect of Halloween. There’s a brilliant piece by the cover artist that makes for an equally good read, like the rest of the stories.

Some quotes:

-He didn’t believe in ghosts and haunted houses. Maybe they believed in him.

-You weren’t supposed to run up the stairs of a house that was disproving your assertion that it was not haunted.

-Thoughts crash into my head now; everything falls into place, a well-ordered avalanche.

-An old ghost once told me that if my story faded, I would fade with it.

-The ghostly insect set up a mournful song, the wistful notes as pure and sharp as a mountain stream.

-Are you running from ghosts, or are they running from you?

-Even death couldn’t tame her – if anything, it only seemed to make her more defiant.

-This tradition isn’t to appease her ghost. It’s to keep the ghost in her place.

-Alex had always been a ghost. Long before he died.

-I’d counted twenty-five casseroles. I wondered if they were some kind of charm, or talisman. Bringing something not just to feed the grieving family, but to appease the ghosts.

My rating – 5/5

From the Deep – Book Review

Title – From the Deep

Author – Kateri Stanley

Genre – Literary fiction

A small fishing community faces frequent attacks from animal rights activists, who despise their actions of killing fish. The fisherfolk try to make them see reason that fishing is their source of food and livelihood. As fishermen are mysteriously found dead, the activists are blamed for the murders which are portrayed as accidental deaths while fishing. Who could be killing them off? Is an outsider trying to deliberately increase the rift between the locals and tourists? In a small town where everyone knows everyone, how much do the residents actually know one another?

From the Deep takes the plunge into fishing, whaling, activism, and activities and animals associated with water bodies, interspersing them with myths and folklore about mermaids and sea creatures. It was an interesting premise into the profession of fishing and providing seafood for human consumption, while also addressing environmental concerns linked to cosmetics manufactured from marine life. We learn about mythical sea creatures from different cultures of the world, their place in each culture’s literature, and also how they blend into contemporary stories.

I liked the storyline of From the Deep, but it fell short on delivery. The mermaid’s identity is made clear from the beginning itself, and the reveal towards the end doesn’t come as a surprise. The flashbacks and dream sequences drive the narrative forward, but do not come together as a whole. They seem like isolated sections that don’t lead to any final outcome. The points of view of narration keep changing from the different characters. While this is an interesting feature to learn each character’s perspective and motives, the narrative frequently changes from first person to third person, past and present (when the same character is speaking), making the reading experience chaotic. One needs to go back and forth to figure out if something was missed. I also felt there should have been trigger warnings for animal abuse and abuse of female characters – the depictions are quite gory and not reader-friendly for all.

An intriguing novel, worth a one time read.

My rating – 3/5


Kateri Stanley is a pseudonym for the multi-genre fiction writer. Since being a child, Kateri has been inspired by the wondrous mediums of books, music, TV and film. After working in the healthcare industry for eight years and studying for an Arts and Humanities degree, she made the decision to move cities in the West Midlands and live with her ever-suffering partner and her cat. Her debut novel Forgive Me was published by indie press house, Darkstroke Books in 2021 and it reached #1 in the US Horror Fiction charts on Amazon.

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Thanks to Zooloo’s Book Tours for having me on board the blog tour, and for sharing a copy of the book.

Cielo – Book Review

Title – Cielo

Author – Jane Markland

Genre – Thriller

A former drug addict gets a job as a gardener for a millionaire. Cielo is the house owned by Max, his brother Tom, and sister-in-law Stacey. Max is an alcoholic with a dark past, who has now turned recluse and doesn’t step out of his mansion. Tom is a wine maker who neither drinks alcohol, nor sells his wines. Stacey potters around the house, cooking far too much than the number of residents. There’s something off about Cielo and its inhabitants, which Nathan the gardener tries to unravel.

Books about haunted houses are captivating for the secrets they hold and their mysterious occupants. I liked the concept of Cielo, that blurs the lines between thriller and horror, mystery and supernatural. There’s an eerie atmosphere to the mansion, with its buried motives and hidden agendas waiting to rise to the surface. Having a gardener as protagonist and amateur detective was an unusual take, and the descriptions of the vegetables and flowers as Nathan tends to his garden were the highlights of the book. The relationship between Nathan and Max was also well explored.

The book falls short in not developing the other characters as much, considering there are only four of them and all four influence the story. Several portions dragged on and were not relevant to the plot at hand. I felt this story would have better suited a novella – it has an interesting storyline, but not enough for a novel. The secondary tangents do not fit into the main plot and digress, causing the reader to lose interest. A more compact narrative would have made for an engaging read.

My rating – 3/5

Thanks to Zooloo’s Book Tours and Spellbound Books, for having me on board the blog tour, and for sharing a copy of the book.

Palimpsest – Book Review

Title – Palimpsest

Author – Caitlin Marceau

Genre – Horror, short stories

I was introduced to Caitlin Marceau’s writing through her short story, Gastric, from Blood & Bone – a body horror anthology, where she addressed fatphobia. In limited words, Caitlin created an impact with her take on body shaming and the horrors of superficiality. When I heard the same publisher, Ghost Orchid Press had signed Caitlin on for a collection of contemporary horror, Palimpsest was immediately put on to my to-read list.

With a mixture of prose and poetry, Caitlin takes the reader across the Canadian wilderness, local canals and bridges, frozen landscapes, and frosty tales that chill to the bone. The stories range from diseases of the mind and body, encounters with demons and ghosts, bullying and domestic violence, werewolves and shapeshifters, ice hockey and distance running. Caitlin’s prowess as a writer illuminates every page of Palimpsest, with every story different and outstanding in its own way. You know her settings are local, but her stories have universal appeal.

My most favorite from the lot was Stuck – the perspective and narrative were just brilliant. There’s absolutely nothing happening and everything happening. It reminded me of Shirley Jackson’s covert style of horror, where the real terrors are what happen between the lines. Jackson’s wry sense of humor also finds its way into some of the stories. A few of my other favorites were Infected (about ill people in denial of their illness, only to go around spreading diseases in their stubbornness), Conqueror (an ode to video games and online players, and the threats of the person behind the avatar), The Midas (the supernatural world is no match for the real world, as a deep sea diver faces off nature’s watery inhabitants), Hunger (very real horrors of cabin fever, frostbite and hypothermia).

The stories and poetry have all been featured in other anthologies, magazines, and performed live over the years. Besides Gastric, I hadn’t read any other works from Caitlin, so I was thrilled that she put together this collection of some of her finest writing. I usually space out anthologies and collections – reading a story or two between other novels. Palimpsest is one of those books that keeps the reader hooked throughout. You want to spend more time in Caitlin’s world, with its horrors and everything she offers the reader. Every single story warrants its own review. They’re all so good! And the cover is stunning, too.

Some quotes:

~He braces himself for his vision to slowly turn to black, sound to be suddenly muffled, and his light extinguished from the world.

~His words are rushed away by the wind before they can be heard.

~His bones hurt from the ice he’s convinced has begun to grown on them.

~”I really am sorry”, he says, voice anything but sincere.

~The human in me is unable to look away and the monster I’m becoming not wanting to.

~I’m going to be buried in a dress I hate, with caked-on foundation. If I was alive, I’d probably die of embarrassment.

~It looks me in the eye, and even though cats can’t smile, I’m sure it’s smiling. It looks too happy to be doing anything else.

My rating – 5/5

Cryptids & Conspiracies – Book Review

Title – Cryptids & Conspiracies

Author(s) – Multiple

Editors – Dorian J Sinnott and Teresa L Beeding

Genre – Horror, urban legends, anthology

A fascinating anthology that features stories based on urban legends. Big Foot, Yeti, the Lochness monster, Muhnochwa, giant bugs, humans in feathers, flying children, alien abductions – an array of tales from around the world, set around conspiracy theories and monsters of myth and legend. What makes this collection interesting is that the contributing writers come together from different parts of the world, thereby presenting cultural lore and local legends. It was a fun reading experience to try and identify the known creatures, and learn about new monsters from various cultures. An enjoyable book for those interested in cryptid myths and legendary tales of the modern world. While many stories mention the creatures being written about, others only describe them without telling the reader what the legend really is. I wished all the cryptids had been identified or listed somewhere (within the story or in a separate list; by the writers or editors) for those unfamiliar with certain creatures, considering the tales are from and placed around the world. It’s a wonderful anthology nonetheless.

My rating – 5/5

The Wakening – Book Review

Title – The Wakening

Author – JG Faherty

Genre – Horror

A story spanning five decades, in search of an entity that shows no signs of being defeated. Paranormal investigators, priests, telepathic twins, possessed children, frightful adults, ouija boards, exorcisms, poltergeists, ghosts and demons – The Wakening is a smorgasbord of horror that brings together all the elements that make up the genre.

Fifty years ago, a young priest, Father Leo, banished a demon during an exorcism in Central America. It is back to seek revenge, bringing a now-retired Leo to confront his old enemies in the cursed town of Hastings Mills. In a series of interconnected events spread through each decade, children are possessed, spirits are called upon by reckless teenagers, and adults face their own inner demons, as secrets from the past threaten to unleash in the present. Just as the human characters are connected across place and time, the entities also forge a unique connection of their own. What has resurrected the demon? Who has followed it, and who is wreaking havoc in its name?

JG Faherty engages the reader from the first page till the last. The story doesn’t falter for a minute, even though the events of past and present alternate in an interwoven timeline. The narrative is easy to follow, leaving the reader guessing at every step of the way about the connections between the humans and non-humans. The points of view keep changing within chapters, and there are several characters to keep track of (in their childhood, adolescence and adulthood) through fifty years of the storyline. There’s a lot happening at every point, and a lot to take in for the reader. But Faherty maintains a smooth pace throughout – the story is easy to follow and never gets boring or confusing.

Faherty is a great writer and his descriptions of the various stages of possession are the highlights of the book. He transports the reader right in the middle of the inner and outer devastation. It’s almost like watching a movie. The novel is neatly balanced with research and imagination, and strikes the right blend of mystery, thriller and horror. With a range of themes that address domestic violence, child abuse, addictions and bullying, Faherty raises the question of who the real demons are. And this central arc serves as the standout feature of the novel – the coming-together of the supernatural world and the real world; each one more frightening than the other in the horrors they present.

My rating – 4/5


JG Faherty is the author of nine novels, eleven novellas, and more than seventy-five short stories. He has been a finalist for both the Bram Stoker Award (The Cure, Ghosts of Coronado Bay) and ITW Thriller Award (The Burning Time). He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), Science Fiction Writers of America(SFWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), and Mystery
Writers of America(MWA). He currently oversees the HWA’s Library & Literacy Program, sits on the Board of Trustees, and was recognized as the 2018 Mentor of the Year. He can be reached on Twitter @jgfaherty, on Facebook (facebook.com/jgfaherty),and on his website at jgfaherty.com.

Thanks to Flame Tree Press, JG Faherty, and Random Things Tours, for having Tomes and Tales on board the blog tour for The Wakening.

Project Gen-X – An Interview with Rebecca Rowland

I finished Generation X-ed earlier this month, and was blown away by the eclectic group of writers and range of stories in the anthology. My review of the book can be found here:

As a follow-up to my wonderful reading experience of the book, I interviewed editor Rebecca Rowland, for an insight into how Generation X-ed was conceived, created and curated.

1. Hi Rebecca, Congratulations on the release of your latest book. How would you describe the experience of working on a project with other writers, versus individually writing a book?

It’s a completely different animal. In the first anthology I edited for Dark Ink Books, I included one of my own stories; I haven’t done that since, despite selecting themes or subgenres for subsequent anthologies that I incorporate most often in my own writing. It’s too difficult wearing both hats: as an editor, you have to see the work through the eyes of the reader while simultaneously having the backs of the authors who have contributed to the project. With my own stuff, I just write what I like and rarely consider how readers might respond: I trust in the editor and the press owner to assess and dress it properly for public view. When I am writing, I am in a vacuum of sorts; as an editor, I am very conscious that how I shape and promote an anthology affects all of those authors involved. It’s much more exhausting to be an editor, unfortunately, but it’s even more rewarding on some levels as long as I know I’ve done right by those who’ve contributed their work.

2. Generation X-ed is a niche genre: horror stories set in the eighties and early nineties. How did the idea for the anthology come about?

A few years ago, I made a conscious effort to read and review more independent dark fiction. I also tried to break out of my (painfully awkward, typical writer-introvert-) shell and get to know some fellow independent horror writers. What I found was that more than three-quarters of those horror authors were my age: we shared the same formative experiences in media and music and culture. I was born smack in the middle of Generation X, a group I didn’t really understand the significance of until I was well into my thirties and forties. I recall being in college and having a house-sitting gig; the homeowners subscribed to Newsweek, and the cover story was “Generalizations X,” a deconstruction of the “slacker generation.” It was the first time that I saw myself as part of a group that was united simply due to birth timeframe, but I couldn’t get behind the analysis the article put forth. Now, I look at my generation and I realize, there are touchstones we share that helped shape us into the people we are as adults: the satanic panic, the latchkey phenomenon, the Challenger explosion (witnessed live in our classrooms), the emergence and disappearance of Mtv, and so forth. The Baby Boomers have theirs; the Millennials will have theirs. I happen to think our formative experiences are the most nefarious, which might explain the wealth of horror fiction that has sprung from Gen Xers!

3. The stories cover a range of horror sub-genres from psychological and paranormal, to comedy and sci-fi. Was this intentional, to feature stories across the horror spectrum?

The Renaissance of the slasher film occurred during Generation X’s childhood/early teens, and the birth of cable television and VCRs (coupled with a looser supervision by our parents), made access to hardcore horror relatively easy. When I first conceived the collection, I did imagine it would be focused on the splatter and gore of that subgenre: the X lends itself so well to that, visually and thematically. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that our influences weren’t limited to slashers. Each of the authors chose an individual (real or fictional) who had an impact on him/her as a horror writer: the list appears at the beginning of the collection. The range makes me realize I did the right thing broadening the parameters of the fiction I wanted to include.

4. All the writers belong to the latchkey generation and have explored their personal experiences with movies, books, music, political and historical events from the era. How did you gather stories and authors for this project?

I wrote up the call for stories, letting writers know the word count range and that we were really only requiring two things: that the writer be a member of Generation X and that the horror story include something (subtly or otherwise) specific to the generation. As the submissions came in, I was pleasantly surprised: the caliber of writing and the uniqueness in story arcs made whittling the final count down to twenty-two very difficult. There were definitely some stories that it pained me to turn away, but the ones I selected all had one thing in common: they were exceptionally well-written, and they stayed in my head hours or even days after I first read them. I wish I could give a more objective analysis of why these twenty-two ended up together, but my best explanation would be it’s part luck that these gifted authors chose to trust me with their creations, and it’s part my own gut reaction.

5. While readers born and growing up in the 70s and 80s would find resonance in the references, the stories are so well written and compiled to be enjoyable for everyone. Did you have a reader audience in mind while conceiving this anthology? As an editor, how challenging is it to cater to different reader tastes when curating a collection?

So far, I’ve been fortunate enough to curate collections where the focus has been something to which I am already drawn, and I know readers are going to choose a book based on whether its nucleus is something that already jives with their preferences. I know putting out a collection that appears age-specific is risky; however, one of the nicest feedbacks I’ve received from reviewers is my commitment to diversity in style and approach, and therefore, I’ve always kept that in mind when I am cutting down the “likely yes” pile to the final lineup.

I am drawn to read anthologies myself because of the variety: I don’t expect to love every entry, and I don’t expect readers of the anthologies I curate to love every story. However, I never want a reader to find s/he doesn’t respond to multiple stories in a row. That’s a death sentence for any collection, so careful arrangement of the tales is key. Even if the stories have a common thread, I take care to either follow one story with another from a completely different subgenre, or, if the subgenres are the same, make certain back-to-back tales utilize different points-of-view, or possess similar narrators who make very different choices. That way, there really is something for everyone. There are sly winks in Generation X-ed that will resonate specifically with those who are a part of the generation, but the heart of the collection, the things that creep and unnerve and scare the bejesus out of us no matter when we grew up, is what gives it life, so I hope everyone who enjoys good storytelling will take a look.

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Book Review

Title – It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Author – Dorian Sinnott

Genre – Horror

While the festive season is filled with cozy mysteries and charming Christmassy stories, this horror book brought a change to the usual Christmas reading fare. I had picked it up many months ago, and was waiting for the Christmas season to begin reading. On its surface, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear appears like a collection of short stories, each one named after the twelve days of Christmas, with a theme that follows suit. So, we have one haunted fir tree, two suspicious cats, seven screaming children, nine broken snow globes, eleven frightening whistles, and so on. Dorian Sinnott cleverly winds these seemingly unconnected tales into a novel of its own, as characters move across the different stories – a minor character in one being the protagonist in another. I loved this interweaving narrative that brought to mind Yoko Ogawa’s equally stellar horror Revenge, and Jane Borges’ cultural fiction Bombay Balchao.

A story within a story makes for an interesting reading experience, and Sinnott’s dark take on the Christmas season is absolutely magnificent. He presents the usual tropes of Santa, Mrs. Claus, Jack Frost, Elf on the Shelf, snow globes, naughty and nice children, and also brings in cultures and traditions from around the world with the Julbock and Krampus. We have a range of characters, both children and adults alongside animals and mythical creatures, as the reader is taken through ancient practices and historical events, contemporary rituals and Christmas parties.

The prologue and epilogue are written in verse, and Sinnott once again shines through as a writer proficient in both prose and poetry. I had read short stories from this author in anthologies, but this was my first full-fledged novel from him, and it’s unputdownable. A wonderful premise and very well written. Not a word or punctuation mark out of place. Definitely a writer I would want to read more from.

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear isn’t fluffy Christmas fare. It’s an out-and-out horror novel and recommended for horror readers. If you love horror fiction, do not miss this book. It’s a keepsake in the bookshelves.

My rating – 5/5

Eighteen by Paul Barrell – Blog Tour and Book Review


Title: Eighteen

Author: Paul Barrell

Genre: Horror

Set in the 70s, Eighteen is based on a true story of a séance gone wrong, when three teenagers play with an Ouija board. At first, they conjure spirits from the past and enjoy history acting out in front of them. But then the behavioral changes begin, and the trio can’t decipher whether they’re battling inner demons or something more sinister and vindictive outside. A particular spirit latches on and threatens them, making the youngsters distrustful of each other and their own minds.

I loved the concept of novelization of real events, especially connecting the supernatural with reality. Ghost-hunting, paranormal investigations, Ouija boards and cards that seek to tether our world with the ones beyond, make for fascinating reading about the energies that occupy different planes of existence. But that’s as far as Eighteen goes. There’s little in the book to hold the reader’s attention, besides the aforementioned “true story” synopsis. The story kicks off with the séance already being completed, and then meanders into the three main characters’ personal stories, family life and school life, but not really connecting these sub plots into the main plot. We don’t gain an understanding of the actual event and what happened in relation to it. The reader is told about spirits, fears, nightmares, demons, but the narrative isn’t coherent enough and all these fascinating individual elements fail to fall into place.

Eighteen has a brilliant premise that falls short in delivery. I really wanted to like this book – horror is my favorite genre in fiction, Ouija boards are an intriguing concept, and the story is based on factual events. But it was a struggle to finish the book because it doesn’t make for engaging reading. Recommended to readers who are new to the horror genre, and like exploring true events in fiction.

My rating: 2/5


Paul Barrell is a keen sportsman, and has skied all over the world. He is a serial entrepreneur and has owned restaurants, wine companies and is passionate about food and wine. He came to writing later than most,  and writes about real events and people that have shaped his life.  His first book Postcards from Pimlico is currently being turned into a screenplay for TV. He now lives in the Surrey Hills with his wife and rescue dog Lottie.

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