Blog Tours, Book review

Book Review and Blog Tour: An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson.

I am excited to be part of the blog tour for Kiltie Jackson’s new release An Artisan Lovestyle and share my review.  Her debut A Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle was in my best reads of 2017 list so I have been eagerly waiting for this book to be released.

An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson

 

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Title: An Artisan Lovestyle

Author: Kiltie Jackson

Genre: paranormal romance

Release Date: 28th June 2018

Purchase Linkhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D23TM38

Blurb

Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree 
to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of 
finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

My thoughts

This is Kiltie Jackson’s second novel and though it includes the stars of her debut, A Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle, Sukie and Pete, it is brilliantly different. It may follow on from the first book but it can an easily be read as a standalone without losing any enjoyment.

I love this book for its unusual premise, humorous, and honest writing.  I instantly connected with both Elsa and Danny making me eager to read the next chapter to see what happens next. With Danny being a Mr. Nice Guy and Elsa being a grieving widow the book could easily have fallen into the trap of portraying Elsa as a damsel in distress waiting to be rescued as often seen in romance novels but Kiltie Jackson excels in creating strong female characters. Though they are floundering Elsa and Danny both have an inner strength they need to complete the three tasks to survive. It was lovely to catch up with the characters from  her debut novel Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle , and to see snippets of references to the previous book scattered into the story but I enjoyed meeting the new ones.

The introduction of Death is inspired. The plot lends itself to an angelic intervention as seen in the films  I loved as a kid Heaven Can Wait (both versions) and of course, It’s a Wonderful  Life so he is a  refreshing addition and a fantastic memorable character. His outlandish antics and scenes with Harry and William will stay with me and continue to make me grin for a long time. He links the two threads of Elsa and Danny stories perfectly. I was kept guessing throughout the book as the plot unfolded and twisted.

Would I recommend?

Yes. Kiltie Jackson is an author but also a natural storyteller with a distinctive voice which makes me want to read more.  I could happily reread this book on sunny days in the garden or curled up under the duvet with a hot choc on wintery nights.

Thank you Rachel Random Resources and Kiltie Jackson for inviting me on this fun blog tour and allowing me a sneak read before the release date.

Happy reading!

 

P.S For more Kiltie Jackson magic, catch up with other bloggers on this tour to read a three-part prequel to the Lovestyle series and thoughts from the author. Links can be found on her page Kiltie Jackson daily as the tour continues.

Also do not forget to scroll down to enter a giveaway to win an Amazon gift voucher worth £40. An ideal prize for a bookworm with an extensive TBR list.

Author Biography

An Artisan Lovestyle Head Shot Piccie
Kiltie Jackson

Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland,
This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life.

When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then,
after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are
finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband.
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having
plenty of moggies, there are no towers!
The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the
condition they keep paying the mortgage!

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles.
She really dislikes going to the gym!

Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job
and write her stories for a living.

Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won
a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017.

She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved
it as she didn’t think it was very good.

In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun
her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished
manuscript and finally finish what she had started.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing.
‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series.

Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series)
in the Summer of 2018.

She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a
fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and
the ideas still keep on coming.

Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

To connect with Kiltie Jackson

Website www.kiltiejackson.com
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/kiltiejackson
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/KiltieJackson

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Book Review: The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney

This book was not the typical crime novel I would chose to read  but the title spiked my interest and the blurb lured me in to read. Thank you NetGalley and HarperCollins UK for giving me an advanced copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Book review for The Quaker
The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney

 

Title: The Quaker

Author: Liam McIlvanney

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Genre: Crime

Release Date: 28th June 2018

Blurb

His name fills the streets with fear…

In the chilling new crime novel from award-winning author Liam McIlvanney, a serial killer stalks the streets of Glasgow and DI McCormack follows a trail of devastating secrets to uncover the truth…

A city torn apart.
Glasgow, 1969. In the grip of the worst winter for years, the city is brought to its knees by a killer whose name fills the streets with fear: the Quaker. He takes his next victim – the third woman from the same nightclub – and dumps her in the street like rubbish.

A detective with everything to prove.
The police are left chasing a ghost, with no new leads and no hope of catching their prey. DI McCormack, a talented young detective from the Highlands, is ordered to join the investigation. But his arrival is met with anger from a group of officers on the brink of despair. Soon he learns just how difficult life can be for an outsider.

A killer who hunts in the shadows.
When another woman is found murdered in a tenement flat, it’s clear the case is by no means over. From ruined backstreets to the dark heart of Glasgow, McCormack follows a trail of secrets that will change the city – and his life – forever…

 

My Thoughts

Set in 1960’s Glasgow the author descriptions took me into the heart of city and East End. I have no knowledge of Glasgow and my knowledge of the 1960’s and the police is a mish mash of the television programmes Call a Midwife, Heartbeat and vague recollections of Inspector George Gently and a hint of Life on Mars but Liam McIlvanney made it real. I could taste the whisky,  smell the cigarette smoke and hear the music of the dancing halls as he took me into the slums and condemned buildings and murky criminal underworld.

The story follows DI McCormack as he deals with the backlash and resentment from murder team after he arrives because they have been unable to crack the case. He is deep, thoughtful and has is own secrets. I enjoyed the tension and relationship between him and Goldie who takes the role of his antagonist.

Liam McIlvanney wove the threads murders, backstories and gangsters together to produce a novel I struggled to put down. It may not be fast paced like some crime novels where action follows action but the strength of character and plot made me want to read one more chapter. He produced twists I did not see coming which left me wanting to read more of his work and I truly hope this book will not be the only time I meet DI McCormack.

Would I recommend?

Definitely if you enjoy a crime whodunit novel with strong characters and powerful imagery.

Book review

Book Review: How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan

I have read many of Sarah Morgan’s books including Moonlight over Manhattan so I was pleased to receive her new release from NetGalley and HQ  in exchange for a honest unbiased review.

How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan

How to Keep a Secret cover

Title: How to Keep a Secret

Author: Sarah Morgan

Publisher: HQ

Genre: Romance, Women’s fiction

Release date: 14th June 2018

Blurb

The much-loved Sarah Morgan is back with her most emotional novel yet. A feel-good read full of drama, romance and laughter, this is a story about family, being brave and opening up to new love.

Praise for Sarah Morgan:

‘An absolute delight’ Veronica Henry

‘The perfect book to curl up with’ Heat

Three generations of Stewart women, all with secrets to keep…

Matriarch Nancy knows she hasn’t been the best mother but how can she ever tell her daughters the reason why? Lauren and Jenna are as close as two sisters can be and they made a pact years ago to keep a devastating secret from their mother – but is it time to come clean? Lauren’s teenage daughter Mackenzie masks her own pain by keeping her mother at a distance. Her mother, aunt and grandmother keep trying to reach her but will it take a stranger to show her the true meaning of family?

When life changes in an instant, the Stewart women are thrown together for a summer and suddenly they must relearn how to be a family. And whilst unravelling their secrets might be their biggest challenge, it could also be their finest moment . . .

My Thoughts

I have read many of Sarah Morgan’s books and find they are ideal to curl up under the duvet with a warm drink in the winter or read outside in the sun in the summer. This novel is no exception.

From the start I had a connection with the two sisters as they sneak out as children to witness something that will impact the rest of their lives. As adults they have different lives; Lauren with her rich husband in London and Jenna with her more modest lifestyle in Martha’s Vineyard, America. I loved them both and as the story developed enjoyed the interaction between the two. Mack, Lauren’s daughter took me back to my own teenage years and the emotions that went with it. Nancy, her grandmother was the hardest character to connect with but as secrets were revealed it was easy to understand her actions and she grew on me. This novel felt more involved and the relationships had more depth than Sarah Morgan’s previous novels so was a pleasure to read. The characters were more real and it had a greater sense of place. I have fallen in love with places described by her in other books such as Manhattan, Puffin Island and the Snow Crystal resort but Martha’s Vineyard is something else. I wanted to sink my feet into the sand on the beach and walk through the rooms of The Captain’s House.

It is a tale about sisters, the secrets they share and those they keep to themselves and how secrets keep people close but can tear them apart. It made me think about the relationship between my own sister and made me want to pick up the phone just to say hello. It is emotional with its heart break but also uplifting as strength of the characters shines through.

I was disappointed to reach the last page because I did want to leave them and the house behind.

 

Have you read any Sarah Morgan’s books or this one? I would love to hear your thoughts below.

Happy reading!

Blog Tours, Book review

Book Review and Blog Tour: We Other by Sue Bentley

Those that know me know I love folklore and faeries so I was extremely happy to be involved in this book tour for Sue Bentley’s young adult book We Other. Thank you for inviting me Rachel Random Resources

 

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We Other Book Cover 

Book Title: We Other

Author: Sue Bentley

Publisher: Endeavour Venture

Release date: 6th June

Blurb

Family secrets, changelings, and fairies you never want to meet on a dark night.
Jess Morgan’s life has always been chaotic.

When a startling new reality cannot be denied, it’s clear that everything she believed about herself is a lie. She is linked to a world where humans – ‘hot-bloods’ – are disposable entertainment. Life on a run-down estate – her single mum’s alcoholism and violent boyfriend – become the least of Jess’s worries.

My Thoughts

This book is pure magic. It lured me in like a faerie charming me into stepping into their faery kingdom. Sue Bentley has woven traditional folklore,  real life, well-formed characters and imaginative descriptions of her faeryland into a lyrical masterpiece. I have been spoilt this year with wonderful books that I could talk about for hours but this novel blew me away.

It is deliciously dark: you do not want these fairies at the bottom of your garden. Jess Morgan’s life in the real world is not easy as the daughter of an alcoholic and it does not shy away from the emotional impact that has. All the prominent characters are believable with their strengths and flaws;  they made me feel as if I knew them.  They immersed me in the story so I didn’t notice this novel was an epic 560 pages. In fact, I did not want it to end.

 

 Would I recommend?

Don’t wait to order this book if  dark fairytale twists are your  thing. It is classed as a YA book but it is mature and could easily fit on an adult shelf. I am enchanted by this book. Before I had finished I made my daughter order it – HINT:  it is on offer if  you pre-order. This is novel is will be on my forever shelf to be reread because I am sure I will discover new things in the details I may have missed the first time round.

Purchase from Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/We-Other-Sue-Bentley-ebook/dp/B07D19PRGL/

Purchase from Amazon.comhttps://www.amazon.com/We-Other-Sue-Bentley-ebook/dp/B07D19PRGL/

Author Bio

 We Other - Sue author pic 5

Sue Bentley discovered a love of books at an early age. She worked for Northamptonshire Libraries for many years, while teaching herself the craft of writing. She is the author of the worldwide bestselling Magic Kitten, Magic Puppy, Magic Ponies, Magic Bunny series for age 5-9 years. She also writes for children and adults under various pen names. A lover of English Folklore, her books often contain elements of the otherworld and the darkness within the everyday. Her books have been translated into around 20 languages. We Other is her first book for Young Adults.

Social Media Links 

 https://twitter.com/suebentleywords

  https://facebook.com/suebentleyauthor  

https://instagram.com/therealsuebentley 

https://www.suebentley.co.uk

https://Goodreads.com/suebentleyauthor

 

Happy reading and if you do read this book please let me know your thoughts below.

Blog Tours, Book Covers

Book Cover Reveal: An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson

Last year, I placed Kiltie Jackson’s debut Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle in my top reads of 2017 so I am thrilled to be able to reveal the cover of her upcoming novel An Artisan Lovestyle. I loved her style of writing and the characters in her last book so am looking forward to reading this one. The blurb has grabbed me already.

Blurb 

Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr. Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree

to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December

to fulfill their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail, however

An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of

finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

Pre-order Link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D23TM38

Book Cover

So without further ado, this is An Artisan Lovestyle’s book cover

An Artisan Lovestyle - Hi-res
An Artisan Lovestyle Book Cover 

 

AUTHOR BIO

Head Shot Piccie (1)

Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland,
This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life.
When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then,
after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their
way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband.
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers!

The cats kindly allow her and Mr. Mogs to share their house on the condition
they keep paying the mortgage!

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles.
She really dislikes going to the gym!

Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job
and write her stories for a living.

Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won a

“Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017.

She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved
it as she didn’t think it was very good.

In November 2016 when having read more on a best-selling author who had begun
her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished

manuscript and finally finish what she had started.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing.
‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series.
Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series)
in the Summer of 2018.

She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a
fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.

Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

 

Website www.kiltiejackson.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kiltiejackson

Twitter – https://twitter.com/KiltieJackson

 

Thank you Rachel Random Resources for letting me have a sneak preview of the cover and good luck Kiltie Jackson with your new release.

Happy reading

 

Blog Tours, Book review

Book Review and Blog Tour: The Things We Need to Say by Rachel Burton

It is publication day for Rachel Burton’s  The Things We Need to Say. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this emotional, gripping novel in and I loved it.

 

Book Review for The Things We Need to Say
The Things We Need to Say by Rachel Burton

Title: The Things We Need to Say

Author: Rachel Burton

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

Publication day: 11th May 2018

Purchase on Amazon UKhttp://amzn.to/2kLqSYL

Blurb

Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.

Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.

Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the ways things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.

As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.

 Perfect for fans of Katie Marsh, Amanda Prowse and Sheila O’Flanagan

My Thoughts

Poignant, honest and beautifully written, I instantly connected with Fran and Will as they stand at a crossroads in their once secure, loving marriage. This book made my heart ache with emotion as the story unfolded.  This book emphasises how important the things we do not say are and the importance of communication and connection in relationships even when trapped in dark depths of grief.

Fran and Will have had years of heartache with miscarriages when life gives them another blow to deal with. Fran goes to a yoga retreat to heal and make decisions. There she meets a collection of yoga students where secrets revealed and bonds formed allowing hope to form. Rachel Burton deals with the topic sensitively but honestly. Be prepared to cry and your heart to hurt.

Partly set in glorious Catalonia, Rachel Burton paints the landscape with her words. Her descriptions of yoga and the calm and emotional release it gives reminded me why I loved the exercise so much. It has given me a nudge to look into it again.

Fran may not be one for fate but this book arrived at the perfect time and once read  I felt I had been on the retreat myself;  I felt calm and the world was a little bit clearer.

Would I recommend?

Definitely but get some hankies first. I am now nudging her previous book The Many Colours of Us to the top of my reading pile as I love her reading style.
Thank you to Rachel Random Resources for inviting me on this blog tour and Rachel Burton for writing a touching and important book.

 

 

Author Bio

 

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Rachel Burton

Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down.

After graduating with a degree in Classics and another in English, she didn’t really know what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a paralegal and a yoga teacher.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Her debut, The Many Colours of Us, was an Amazon Kindle bestseller. Her second novel, The Things We Need to to Say, is released on 11 May 2018. She is currently working on her third novel in which the heroine follows the love of her life to live in a city in northern England. It has no autobiographical elements at all…..maybe.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or search Facebook for Rachel Burton Author. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/rachelburtonauthor/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/bookish_yogi

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bookish_yogi/

 

Blog Tours, Book review

Book Review: If I want you by Rachel Brimble

If I want you by Rachel Brimble is a romance/crime novel and I was instantly drawn to it because of its blurb. Thank you Rachel Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.

 

Cover (med)

 

Title: If I want you.

Author: Rachel Brimble

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc

Release Date: 8th Nov 2017

 

Blurb

When local journalist, Tori Peterson, fails to prevent a child abduction outside her niece’s school, her horror and guilt sparks a vow to do whatever it takes to get little Abby Brady home to her parents.

While Tori battles the vile memories of her own kidnapping as a child, she accepts the help of widowed father, Mark Bolton. As he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy grows…along with their fears for Abby.

Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she will let him hurt another little girl.

 

Purchase Links–

Amazon UK: http://amzn.eu/190CYmx

Amazon US: http://a.co/c5O5R7s

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/if-i-want-you-rachel-brimble/1127157672?ean=2940158911118

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/if-i-want-you

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rachel_Brimble_If_I_Want_You?id=E-g7DwAAQBAJ

My Thoughts

The suggestion by the blurb that this is a psychological thriller is in contrast to the cover with its predominantly sultry male protecting the heroine which gives away its romantic nature; though fiercely, independent Tori is not your damsel in distress who needs a knight in shining armour to rescue her.  It is a high tension romance entwined with a gripping crime.

Rachel Brimble throw you into the action from the first page when Tori witnesses an abduction that takes her back to own kidnapping as a child. Despite her traumatic experience, she is a strong, feisty character who is prepared to fight when she realizes the two events may be linked rather than cower away. This trait means it is a shock when she discovers her attraction to the overprotective father, Mark Bolton. There are twists and turns as the story unfolds and as a reader, like Tori, you are unsure who to trust.

This is a highly enjoyable, page-turning romance with the added excitement of its unusual thrilling premise. It is set in the UK. I had to double check because it has many Americanisms and I assumed it was set in America. In a way, this would have made more sense because in the UK with its smaller population, everyone would remember the name of a kidnapped child – my only gripe but it is easily overlooked as the suspense grows.

I look forward to reading more from this author. For one lucky winner, her backlist can be won – see giveaway below.

Would I recommend?

Yes, if you are looking for a high tension, steamy romance with a unique edge

Author Bio 

Author pic - Dec 2017
Rachel Brimble

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Jan 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press as well as writing several single titles for the Wild Rose Press.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

Social Media Links 

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Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Brimble/e/B007829ZRM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490948101&sr=8-1

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806411.Rachel_Brimble

Giveaway

Giveaway to win a PDF of any book from Rachel Brimble’s Back List (Open Internationally)

Rachel Brimble has a rather varied and extensive backlist,  and one lucky winner can win a PDF of a book of their choice from it.  Full backlist can be viewed here – https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Brimble/e/B007829ZRM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490948101&sr=8-1

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will be passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfillment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

 

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Happy reading and good luck in the competition!

Meet the Author S J Grigg
Meet the Author

Meet the Author: S L Grigg

I am currently reading Coffee Break Companion, a collection of short stories, poems, and work by S L Grigg. The title says it all – this book is ideal to read on a coffee break or those moments in the day when you can snatch a few moments to read.

Meet the Author S J Grigg

 

 

Author Biography

Meet the Author S J Grigg
Author S J Grigg

Sharon Grigg, who writes under the pen name S.L Grigg, made it her new year’s resolution to publish her book ‘Coffee Break Companion’ during 2018. After bouncing back from mental health problems following the death of her husband from a brain tumour in 2009, Sharon was struck down with kidney and other health problems, believed to be linked to having the Essure sterilisation device she had implanted back in 2008. In September 2017 she underwent major surgery to have a non-functioning hydronephrotic kidney removed at the same time as a full hysterectomy to remove the essure device.

Just two months after setting her goal Sharon launched the collection of dark, short stories and poetry on Amazon. Many of the stories were written during Sharon’s battle with mental health.

41-year-old mother of two, Sharon says “For me publishing was never about, money or fame. I just wanted to be able to hold a copy of my book and say, ‘I wrote this’ and now I can.”

Meet S L Grigg

I am pleased to say Sharon has joined me today for a natter and a coffee today to discuss her book, writing among other things.

Welcome to Duvet Dwellers Books.

What is your favourite book?

Oh, so many to choose from, I’m sure it changes all the time depending on what is my favourite of the things I have read recently. I don’t think I could choose just one all-time favourite. In that respect I kind of envy those who have a clear favourite like Harry Potter fans, or something. I have a few favourite series, like the OtherWorld Series by Kelley Armstrong and The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. I guess my current favourite book would be Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty, loved it and the show, and the soundtrack! Can’t wait for Season two of the show!

Who is your favourite author?

As above really, so many in addition to those mentioned I also love James Patterson, Adam Baker, Dean Koontz and many more

What is your favourite drink to have next to you while you write?

Whilst I am writing I will usually have water or tea (white, two sweeteners, must be the colour of He-Man to be right, don’t leave the teabag in too long, I don’t like it mashed!)

Is your writing influenced by the books you have read?

I guess it is a little, I like to write quite dark, thriller type stories with a hint of fantasy or sci-fi and I do read a lot of books with those types of themes. You would be hard pushed to catch me writing or reading and enjoying romance/chick-lit or historical, even the classics, I’m not a fan of overly elaborate writing, long flowery words and excessively heavy description put me off, so I wouldn’t write that way either.

Where is your favourite place to read or write?

Curled up on the sofa, with the family around, we might not be talking as we will often all be buried in our own reading, writing or laptops, but it’s nice to just be together 😊

When did you begin writing and how did being published come about?

I started writing as a child, at 11 I wrote my first full story (which features in Coffee Break Companion) and I also wrote a collection of illustrated stories based on the Puffalumps back then. Being published cam about as it had always been my dream to be able to hold an actual book and say ‘I wrote this’ so I set it as my New Year Resolution for 2018 (I don’t’ normally do resolutions) and within 2 months I had made it happen!

If you have a genre you write, how did you begin writing in this style?

As above, I write in a few and I think they are influenced by what I enjoy reading myself. I think if I would enjoy reading it, I can write it, and that’s generally what I do, write things I would enjoy reading.

Has being chronically ill influenced your writing and changed its direction?

When I was suffering with my mental health writing was like therapy for me, I blogged like crazy at that time and wrote a huge amount about my personal experiences and understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder, it helped a lot in my recovery. I needed to understand my condition to overcome it. Many of my other health problems I’ve not written about much, but I think I will probably write more eventually. I have put much of my BPD writing together so I could publish that as a book if I can get round to tidying it up and finishing it off!

Book and contact  details

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07B4F4261

https://www.facebook.com/SLGRIGG76/

http://www.slgrigg76.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Sharon, for joining me today. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.

 

For more information about topics talked about today

BPD – https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/borderline-personality-disorder-bpd/#.Wr4o5KjwbIU

EDS-Hypermobility – https://www.ehlers-danlos.org/what-is-eds/information-on-eds/hypermobile-eds-and-hypermobility-spectrum-disorders/

Essure – https://essureproblems.co.uk/

Hydronephrosis – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Hydronephrosis/

 

 

Book review

Book Review: The Brighton Mermaid by Dorothy Koomson

I have been a fan of Dorothy Koomson ever since I read My Best Friend’s Girl so I was excited to receive an ARC from NetGalley and in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

The Brighton Mermaid book cover
The Brighton Mermaid

 

Title: The Brighton Mermaid

Author: Dorothy Koomson

Release Date: 17th May 2018

Publisher: Random House UK

 

Blurb

Brighton Beach, 1993

Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears.

Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was – and what happened to her best friend that summer.

But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust…

Fast-paced and thrilling, The Brighton Mermaid explores the deadly secrets of those closest to you.

My Thoughts

Dorothy Koomson’s books have become darker, deeper and more emotional books than her earlier ones The Chocolate Run and Best Friend’s Girl.  I love her style, ability to weave a story and her capability of making you feel the character’s emotions. With the location of Brighton, her books have always guaranteed a good read. The Brighton’s Mermaid does not disappoint.

I have only read one book that has touched me as deeply as this one. It is a story of secrets, fear and the complex relationships between sisters. The unexpected conclusion slammed my emotions and left me sobbing.

Would I recommend?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Throughout it was a strong 5-star rating but the depth of emotion and drama as it raced to the end will leave me reeling for days.

A physical copy will definitely be on my bookshelf to revisit.

 

Happy Reading!

Book review

Book review: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland.

Duvet days are continuing so I was appreciative to receive a copy of The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland to read. I loved her previous book Lost for Words so I settled down with a cuppa, jelly beans — my new favourite thing thanks to Sunflowers in February,  and Nigel snuggled next to me hoping to be equally impressed.

Book review for The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae
The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae

 

Title The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae

Author Stephanie Butland

Publisher Bonnier Zaffre

Release date 19th April 2018

Blurb

Loveday Cardew won everyone’s heart in Lost for Words, now it’s time for Ailsa Rae to live, love and be loved . . .

Ailsa Rae is learning how to live.

She’s only a few months past the heart transplant that – just in time – saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . .

Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point and she wants to find her father.

Have her friends left her behind?

And she’s felt so helpless for so long that she’s let polls on her blog make her decisions for her.

She barely knows where to start on her own.

Then there’s Lennox. Her best friend and one time lover. He was sick too. He didn’t make it. And now she’s supposed to face all of this without him.
But her new heart is a bold heart. 

She just needs to learn to listen to it . . .

My Thoughts

As a duvet dweller AKA Spoonie or someone with a chronic illness I  relate much to Ailsa thoughts and the emotions she expresses in her blog before her transplant and after as her health improves. She uses her blog to connect with people outside hospital bed as many do, raise awareness of the ability of transplants to change someone’s life and help make decisions with her life. I enjoyed the pleasant mixture of blog posts, email, and narration.

It follows Ailsa as she ventures into the new world of wellness, which means negotiating her close relationship with her mum and discover her well self. The book comes across as well researched and makes you connect with Ailsa. It is uplifting and made me want to get my dancing shoes on and dance. Or at least put the music on loud and sway imagining I was on strictly come dancing. As with her previous book Lost for Words Stephanie Butland has given me another character to love and remember.

Would I recommend?

Yes, for its humour, insight into the life of someone dealing with chronic illness and beyond as well as its delightful characters. This is one of those books I want a physical copy of for my bookshelf so I can indulge again in the future.

Thank you Netgalley and for sending me an advanced copy of The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae in exchange for an honest review.

 

Happy reading!