Book Review: Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett

The weather in Yorkshire has been glorious the last few days, giving it a holiday feel on the run up to this Easter weekend. The sunny days suited a summer read so I’m pleased to share my review for Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett. This is the first novel I have read from this author but it won’t be the last. Scroll down to see why.

Book Review: Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett

Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett

Title: Summer Kisses at Mermaids Point

Author: Sarah Bennett

Publisher: Boldwood books

Release date: 25th March 2021

Genre: Romance

‘Delightfully romantic and touching.’ Phillipa Ashley

Laurie Morgan runs a café in the small seaside community of Mermaids Point, named after the beauties rumoured to live in the waters a few miles off the top of the point. When a hazy image is posted online of what appears to be a mermaid, the café and the village are soon full to bursting with curious sightseers. 

The most eye-catching of the new arrivals is handsome author, Jake Smith, who has rented a cottage for the summer while he works on his new book. Or so he says. In fact, he is a journalist, burned out and disillusioned with life, whose editor has sent him on a crack-pot hunt for mermaids…

Jake quickly finds himself drawn to village life, and to the gorgeous woman who runs the local café. But he soon suspects there’s trouble lurking beneath the idyllic façade, and when it looks like Laurie’s family might be involved, Jake faces a difficult choice. Pursue the truth, or protect the woman he’s beginning to fall in love with…

Warm, escapist, feel-good and altogether brilliant story-telling from bestselling author Sarah Bennett. Perfect for all fans of Trisha Ashley and Milly Johnson.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2Lokynf

My Thoughts

This is a beautifully written romantic novel that takes you to Mermaids Point, a small coastal town that is suffering from the lack of tourists visiting. It is a stunning location. The detailed descriptions capture the atmosphere of the town perfectly and drew me into the story. I fell in love with the setting and all the characters especially Laurie and her family. Jake was rather swoonsome too. The mention of cake and other tantalising food made my tastebuds zing, and I felt homesick for the family Sunday dinners from my childhood. 

With a relative simple plot about an investigative reporter searching for mermaid, it shows you don’t need complex story to give you hours of pleasure and pure escapism, just wonderful imagery, well written prose and delightful characters blended with romantic chemistry.

Would I recommend?

Yes. It is an uplifting, and emotional novel which is full of warmth. It was like going on holiday while curled up under the duvet. I didn’t want to leave Mermaid Point behind and am happy to see another is on the way in October.

Author Biography

Sarah Bennett

Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas. The first book in her new Mermaids Point trilogy for Boldwood will be published in Spring 2021.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahBennettAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sarahlou_writes

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahlbennettauthor/

Bookbub profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/sarah-bennett-b4a48ebb-a5c3-4c39-b59a-09aa91dc7cfa

Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for inviting me to this tour and providing an advanced copy for me to review and give my honest and unbiased opinion.

Hope you all have a lovely Easter. Happy reading and stay safe!

Love

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Book Review: Miniskirts are Murder by Des Burkinshaw

I’m pleased to share my review for Miniskirts are Murder by Des Burkinshaw. This is the second investigation with Porter and The Gliss who I discovered during the Dead and Talking blog tour a couple of years ago. It is an investigative series with a difference so I was thrilled to be asked to catch up with the characters again by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Miniskirts are Murder by Des Burkinshaw

Title: Miniskirts are Murder: A Porter & The Gliss investigation: Book 2

Author: Des Burkinshaw

Publisher: magnificent!

Genre: General fiction, paranormal

Release date: 14th March 2021

Blurb

Porter Norton, his friends and his sarcastic spirit guide, The Gliss, are on the trail of a young actress who went missing in Soho, London, in the Swinging Sixties. Still recovering from their last adventure in the battlefields of WW1, the gang are confronted by a transatlantic conspiracy.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Miniskirts-are-Murder-investigation-Investigations-ebook/dp/B08THXTBGB  

US – https://www.amazon.com/Miniskirts-are-Murder-investigation-Investigations-ebook/dp/B08THXTBGB

My Thoughts

I fell in love with the Porter, The Gliss and others in Dead and Talking so it was a joy to catch up with them again. This book had a different feel to the previous one as it leapt from bringing justice for soldiers from the First World War to digging into a missing person’s case from the 1960s. The Gliss took a back seat as the talents of the other four characters stepped forward to solve the case and I missed him. He is there with his sarcastic humour but there is less supernatural this time for him to get his teeth into (if he had any). That said, this case allowed the friendships between the members of the unlikely team to grow and the reader to discover more about them. Each one has their own issues to contend with and by coincidence, these themes fit with the recent events trying to make streets safer for women, the #MeToo and the Black Lives Matter protests. The people who the team meet highlight the racism and misogyny rampant in the 60s and how it is still seen today.

There is humour throughout the narrative and banter between the character’s which breaks up the complex storyline that twists and turns. This global investigation deals with the era of spies, the Cold War, gangsters and the film industry, so there are many threads to keep the reader guessing.

This novel could be read as a standalone because there is a comprehensive recap at the beginning, but I would recommend you read the first one for the joy of it.

Would I recommend?

It is a highly enjoyable, topical read from a talented author with memorable characters. Like Dead and Talking, I can imagine it would translate well to the screen.

Author Biography

Des Burkinshaw

Des, 52, is a former Times journalist/BBC TV producer. Miniskirts are Murder is the second in the Porter and The Gliss Investigations series, following Dead & Talking in 2019.
Des likes to live out as much of the stories as possible and spent 3 months in the US researching this novel. He runs a film school in London and has just been commissioned to write a limited season TV series intended for Netflix. He is also a keen musician and through work has jammed with people like Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson and Jeff Lynne. He is married with 1 daughter.

Social Media Links

www.desburkinshaw.com  

twitter.com/DesBurkinshaw,

facebook as Des Burkinshaw 

Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to this tour and the advanced copy so I could give my honest and unbiased opinion.

Happy reading and take care!

Love

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Book Review: All You Need is Love by Jessica Redland

I’m happy to share my review for All You Need is Love by Jessica Redland which combines my favourite things bears and the sea. Scroll down to see what I thought of this romantic novel set in an unique place a shop specialising in bears.

Book Review: All You Need is Love by Jessica Redland

All You Need is Love by Jessica Redland

Title: All You Need is Love previously published as Bear with Me

Author: Jessica Redland

Publisher: Boldwood Books

Genre: Romance, Women’s fiction

Release date: 11th March 2021

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2XgHkjt

Blurb

When you’ve loved and lost, how do you find the strength to let love in again?


Jemma thinks she’s found the love of her life. Scott is everything she ever dreamed of and she can’t wait to begin the next stage of their life together. But just as she is heading for her happy ever after, a shock revelation shatters Jemma’s life as she knows it. Left to pick up the pieces, Jemma’s friends and family rally round to help her find the courage to move on.

Sam think he has his future all worked out. A thriving career, lovely home and an amazing fiancée. But when tragedy strikes, he finds himself alone, far from everyone he cares about. Did he do the right thing by running away and trying to rebuild the tatters of his life alone?

This is the story of Jemma and Sam. Two lost souls, desperately trying to find closure and happiness. When a chance meeting brings them together a friendship is formed, but the guards are up. 

Will it finally be their turn for a happy ever after? Or will the secrets from their pasts prevent them from moving on?

Escape to Whitsborough Bay for an emotional, uplifting story of love and friendship from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland. 

This book was previously published as Bear With Me.

My Thoughts

As you know I have read and reviewed several books by Jessica Redland but this is my favourite one yet. Not only does it have Jessica Redland’s classic warmth and depth, it has bears. Lots of bears and as a fellow actophile I enjoyed Jemma’s enthusiasm for them and longed to spend time with the hugs in the museum and shop. Besides books, they are one of my favourite things. Before dystonia hit, I used to make miniature bears and began selling them with dreams of becoming a famous bear maker like Julie, so this story was always going to have an extra special place in my heart. The Bear Pad is the ideal setting for a love story.

This novel deals with heart-breaking subjects of death, relationship breakups and the life-changing illness, Parkinson’s disease in a sensitive manner. As a spoonie, it was refreshing to read about chronic illness in a way that is part of the grander plot and seen as part of life rather than inspiration porn. The more we see disability in books like these, the better because it raises awareness and normalises things. It also helps readers see the character’s daily challenges behind the ‘I’m fine’ facade many spoonie present to the world.

Jemma is someone I could spend hours talking to about bears and life. She is honest, friendly and well-rounded. Like all Jessica Redland’s books, I slipped into a friendship group where I felt I belonged. There was chemistry and warmth between Sam and Jemma who both want a relationship, but the obstacles mean the risk is high.

Would I recommend?

Definitely. It is one for my forever shelf, and when I get a physical copy, it will be well thumbed with rereads. This emotional romance deals with grief and heartbreak surrounded by bears and is a joy to read. It provided a wonderful relief from lockdown’s loneliness, is highly visual with plenty going on to keep you turning the page. It would make a great film. So, grab your favourite bear to cuddle, a cup of tea and escape to the coast. Just keep your tissues handy.

Author Biography

Jessica Redland

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough, she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaRedlandAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaRedland

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jessicaredlandauthor/

Newsletter Sign Up Link: http://bit.ly/JessicaRedlandNewsletterBookbub profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jessica-redland

If you want to know more about this book why not visit other blogs on this tour.

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Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood books for an advanced copy of this book so I could give my honest and unbiased opinion.

Happy reading and take care!

Love

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Book Promo: A Prescription for Madness by Linda Fawke

It’s a new week and I’m happy to be part of a one day blitz tour for A Prescription for Madness by Linda Fawke.

A Prescription for Madness by Linda Fawke

Book cover for A Prescription for Madness by Linda Fawke

Title: A Prescription for Madness

Author: Linda Fawke

Genre: Book club fiction

Release date: 9th September 2018

Blurb

When successful business-owner Kate Shaw realises she is pregnant, after a fling with a previous lover, she has life-changing decisions to make. She needs to be in control of her life. Pregnancy in her fifties was never part of the plan. It becomes her secret.
The risks of having a baby at her age are clear but she struggles with the idea of an abortion. No-one understands her increasingly erratic behaviour as the preoccupation takes over her life.
Her marriage is precarious; the relationship with her former lover uncertain.
Is this the way to madness?

This is a gripping story about dark choices, gnawing discontent and the uncertainties of love.

Purchase Link

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07H729JLR/

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H729JLR/

Author Biography

Linda Fawke


Linda Fawke is an arts person who studied science but always wanted to write. Now retired, she indulges this passion, writing fiction and non-fiction, even occasional poetry, preferably late at night. She has now written two novels, ‘A Taste of his own Medicine’ and its sequel, ‘A Prescription for Madness’ using her background in pharmacy as the setting of both. These are easy books to read, suitable for Book Club discussions. ‘ A Prescription for Madness’ is more serious than the first book, dealing with such issues as pregnancy in later life and Down’s Syndrome.

She has been a winner of the Daily Telegraph ‘Just Back’ travel-writing competition and has published in various magazines including ‘Mslexia’, ‘Litro’ online, ‘Scribble’, ‘The Oldie’, ‘Berkshire Life’ and ‘Living France’. She was a finalist in the ‘Hysteria’ short story competition.

Linda blogs at http://www.linimeant.wordpress.com where her ‘Random Writings’ include a range of topics from travel to ‘Things that pop into my head’.

If you would like reviews or discover more about this book why not visit others on this blog tour.

Happy reading and stay safe!

Love

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Book Review: 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. II by Mariëlle S. Smith

Last year, I reviewed Mariëlle S. Smith gratitude journal here so was thrilled to be asked by Rachel’s Random Resources to review her latest journal, 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. II

Book Review: 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. II by Mariëlle S. Smith

52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. II by Mariëlle S. Smith

Title: 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. II

Author: Mariëlle S. Smith

Publisher: Indie

Genre: Writing Self-help

Release date: 21st Nov 2021

Blurb

‘With this book by your side, anything feels possible.’ Jacqueline Brown

Tired of not having a sustainable writing practice? You, too, can get out of your own way and become the writer you’re meant to be!

52 Weeks of Writing:

  • makes you plan, track, reflect on, and improve your progress and goals for an entire year;
  • helps you unravel the truth about why you aren’t where you want to be; and
  • keeps you writing through weekly thought-provoking quotes and prompts.

With this second volume of the 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, writing coach and writer Mariëlle S. Smith brings you the same successful strategies to craft the perfect writing practice as she did in the first journal. The only difference? Fifty-three different writing quotes and prompts and a brand-new look!

Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08P8SJ8FK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08P8SJ8FK

https://www.amazon.de/dp/B08P8SJ8FK

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08P8SJ8FK

A printable PDF is available through: https://payhip.com/b/0YgJ Get 50% off until 31 March 2021 by using the coupon code 52WOW during checkout.

My Thoughts

I’m in love with this journal and even though I’m only a few of weeks in, as long as I can keep reminding my grasshopper brain to keep filling it in, I know it will help keep me focused on my long-term goals of being a writer and encouraged to keep going. It will also help me explore and dig deeper into my writing and the reasons for doing it.

The journal’s objectives are clearly explained in the introduction and Mariëlle S. Smith is encouraging and friendly, making it feel you have someone on your side. I was excited to begin. I have the pdf version which can be printed out, but a physical copy is also available. The layout of the journal is clear and being purple, which is my favourite colour, it felt personal even before my stickers and coloured pens came out to personalise it some more.

As the title suggests, it covers 52 weeks and each week begins with a writing quote to motivate you and ends with optional writing prompts and exercises. Recently, I was introduced to general journaling and was amazed at how liberating and revealing it was to free write on topics. This is a superb extension of that. Some prompts will push my boundaries, not only in respects to my writing but my emotions around it. For example, the second week deals with fear. Fear is a large part of why I procrastinate, but exploring this helped put it in perspective, silence my inner critic and move forward even if I will need to be reminded about it again and again.

In the first week long-term goals for ten years, five, down to 3 months are set. This made me focus on where I wanted to be and gave me a boost to get cracking. The journal checks in on these goals every three months for you to reflect on and see if you are on track or need to adapt. The empathise is that these goals are fluid, which helps relieve some pressure I know as a writer I can put on myself which can end up being of being counterproductive. One failure at hitting a goal can snowball into nothing getting done because of guilt and emotion. The aim of this journal is to keep things realistic.

Would I recommend?

Yes, if you want something to keep your goals, thoughts and plans in place while being urged to explore your writing more. It would suit writers who love journaling. It provides a helping hand to keep things grounded and prevents you being overwhelmed.

Author Biography

Mariëlle S. Smith

Mariëlle S. Smith is a coach for writers and other creatives, an editor, and a writer. Early 2019, she moved to Cyprus, an island in the Mediterranean Sea, where she organises private writer’s retreats, is inspired 24/7, and feeds more stray cats than she can count.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mswordsmith

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mariellessmith/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtnYOpjmj83mvMM2L348F1w

Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for this advanced copy to review and give my honest and unbiased opinion.

Have you used a writing journal? How do you find them, let me know below.

Happy reading and writing!

Love

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Publication day: Photographed in the Writer’s Room by Michelle L.E Price

It’s Valentine’s Day, the day to celebrate love and their is a new romance book to enjoy with the release of Photographed in the Writer’s Room by Michelle L.E Price.

Photographed in the Writer’s Room by Michelle L.E Price Book Cover

Title: Photographed in the Writer’s Room

Author: Michelle L.E Price

Genre: Romance

Release day: 14th February 2021

Blurb

Former TV star Brandi Tyler’s big screen debut crashed and burned amid rumors of an affair with her married co-star… Now, she wants nothing more than to quietly slink away from Hollywood. When she’s offered an opportunity to get out of town and work on a project involving the photographer that launched her career, it seems like the perfect escape! Unfortunately for Brandi, her famous face makes hiding out even a huge city like Houston a little tricky.

When the celebrated photographer’s son offers to let her use his home for privacy, it seems like everything is falling into place. Little does she know that Michael Ames a gorgeous best selling author, and he comes with the package! As Brandi makes her way through old photographs and new scandals, Michael struggles with his next project, and they both fight the growing attraction between them.

Maybe a posse of new girlfriends, some Texas-sized boozy brunches, and a little private time in the writer’s room will help this leading lady find her path back onscreen. And, if she can just picture it, maybe this time she’ll even find love?

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08T6HGFG6

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08T6HGFG6

These books are now available on Amazon

Author Biography

Born in Montreal but raised in New England, author Michelle L. E. Price has been writing as long as anyone can remember. An avid reader who was on the verge of losing her mind as a mom to two small children, Michelle began writing her first book, Hidden in the Writer’s Room, as an escape… at least her characters would do exactly what she told them to do and she could always count on a happily ever after ending. She also enjoys wine, re-watching 90’s sitcoms and occasionally running, but heavily relies on writing to stay sane. Michelle is a firm believer that laughter and love are the best parts of life.

Social Media Links

Twitter: @MichelleLEPrice

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/michelleleprice/

Hope you all have a happy Valentine’s day if you are celebrating and happy reading!

Love

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Book Review: Locks: A Story Based on True Events by Ashleigh Nugent

Today I’m pleased to share my review for Locks: A Story Based on True Events by Ashleigh Nugent. The blurb caught my attention but so did the book cover. It is one of those illustrations where the more you look, the more you see and once you read the book, it takes on a greater meaning. Scroll down to see what I thought of the Locks.

Book Review: Locks by Ashleigh Nugent

Book cover for Locks by Ashleigh Nugent

Title: Locks: A Story Based on True Events

Author: Ashleigh Nugent

Publisher: RiseUp CIC

Release date: 17 Sept. 2020

Genre: fictional biography,

Blurb

LOCKS: A Story Based on True Events

“1993 was the year that Stephen Lawrence got murdered by racists, and I became an angry Black lad with a ‘chip on his shoulder’.”

Aeon is a mixed-race teenager from an English suburb. He is desperate to be understand the Black identity foisted on him by racist police, teachers, and ‘friends’. For want of Black role models, Aeon has immersed himself in gangsta rap, he’s trying to grow dreadlocks, and he’s bought himself some big red boots.

And now he’s in Jamaica.

Within days of being in Jamaica, Aeon has been mugged and stabbed, arrested and banged up.

Aeon has to fight for survival, fight for respect, and fight for his big red boots. And he has to fight for his identity because, here, Aeon is the White boy.

Purchase Links

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/LOCKS-Story-Based-True-Events-ebook/dp/B08JCZ9D71/

Orders also available from: www.newsfromnowhere.org.uk

My Thoughts

Some books you read, enjoy and put down to read the next one but others you put down and the story stays with you; the character drags you back to think about it and you long to talk to the author to know more. More about what happens next and the inspiration behind the novel. This book is one of those. I was pleased to see the Q and A with Ashleigh Nugent at the end to satisfy some of this lingering curiosity.

It is based in 1993, a year I remember well because it was a whirlwind of A-level exams, University interviews and flying the nest for the first time. The stark difference of my 1993 versus Aeon’s made this more poignant and eye opening for me when the first page threw me into an unfamiliar world as Aeon arrives in Jamaica. He is struggling to find his identity in England, where he is seen as Black and treated appallingly with racist comments and names thrown at him. He wants to embrace his differences and claim his Jamaican heritage by being more Black. Yet in Jamaica he is seen as White. He struggles with this clash of opinions and finds himself in trouble with stabbings, drugs, and prison where the conditions are horrific. The blurb told me where his attitude was leading him and I found myself wanting to yell at him to walk away and to not get involved. His chip on his shoulder and teenage cocky attitude made him difficult to like straight away but he grew on me and as a Mum, I longed to reach out and rescue him. He was so young to be faced with the decisions he was making and the consequences.

There is a mystical thread running through the story which grows towards the end which was a joy to read and makes me want to reread to see if it alters the reading experience.

The novel is told as the Hero’s Journey, which works well in this important coming of age story.

The book contains offensive language which jarred and made it difficult to read to begin with but appropriate to Aeon world and story. Don’t let that stop you reading this emotional, tension filled and honest story.

Would I recommend?

Yes! It is miles away from the comfortable escapism books I have read recently but it is one that I’m so glad I came across. It has affected me more than I was expecting and hard to put my finger on it but some of it is realising how much I need to learn about Black history and knowing the events were based on a true story. With the events of 2020 and the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests, diverse books have become more important than ever and need to be shouted about and read.

I would love to see how this story translate on stage and the impact it has.

Author Biography

Ashleigh Nugent has been published in academic journals, poetry anthologies, and magazines. His latest work, LOCKS, is based on a true story: the time he spent his 17th birthday in a Jamaican detention centre. LOCKS won the 2013 Commonword Memoir Competition and has had excerpts published by Writing on the Wall and in bido lito magazine. Ashleigh’s one-man-show, based on LOCKS, has won support from SLATE / Eclipse Theatre, and won a bursary from Live Theatre, Newcastle. The show has received rave audience reviews following showings in theatres and prisons throughout the UK. Ashleigh is also a director at RiseUp CiC, where he uses his own life experience, writing, and performance to support prisoners and inspire change.

Social Media Links –

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

Twitter – @LocksBook

Instagram – @locksbook

YouTube Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8TVrX7J2j4

Have you read Locks? I would to know your thoughts as well as your recommendations for more own voice novels. Why not pop to other blogs on this tour to learn more about this book and its author?

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Thanks again Rachel Random Resources and Ashleigh Nugent for a copy of Locks so I could review and give my honest and unbiased opinion.

Happy reading and stay safe!

Love

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Book Review: An Unusual Boy by Fiona Higgins

I am pleased to share my book review for An Unusual Boy by Fiona Higgins.

AN UNUSUAL BOY BY FIONA HIGGINS

An Unusual Boy by Fiona Higgins

Title: An Unusual Boy

Author: Fiona Higgins

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Boldwood books

Release Date: 20th October 2020

BLURB

MEET JACKSON – A VERY UNUSUAL BOY IN A WORLD THAT PREFERS ‘NORMAL’…

Julia Curtis is a busy mother of three, with a husband often away for work, an ever-present mother-in-law, a career, and a house that needs doing up. Her fourteen-year-old daughter, Milla, has fallen in love for the first time, and her youngest, Ruby, is a nine-year-old fashionista who can out-negotiate anyone.

But Julia’s eleven-year-old son, Jackson, is different. Different to his sisters. Different to his classmates. In fact, Jackson is different from everyone. And bringing up a child who is different isn’t always easy.

Then, one Monday morning, Jackson follows his new friend Digby into the school toilets. What happens inside changes everything; not only for Jackson, but for every member of his family. Julia faces the fight of her life to save her unusual boy from a world set up for ‘normal’.

An extraordinary boy. The mother who loves him. The fight of their lives.

Bestselling novelist Fiona Higgins returns with a heart-stopping, devastating, but ultimately uplifting story about loyalty, love and forgiveness.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2Xu0bsa

My Thoughts

What a beautiful, well written and emotional book. I fell in love with Jackson and his unusual ways as he tries to live in a world where no one quite understands him. It tells the story of a mother struggling to cope while a husband is working and Jackson who is neurodivergent faces his own daily struggles

Told in the perspectives of Julia, his Mum and Jackson himself, it highlights how people can interpret a situation differently from the truth based on their own experiences and perspective. It was heart breaking at times and I longed to jump into the story, grab and hold Jackson tight to take him away from situations especially when it veered in a direction I was not expecting. In contrast, there were moments of fun and uplifting emotions. The topics covered were dealt with sensitively and well researched.

I didn’t want to leave Jackson behind because I felt I knew the family as a friend and wanted to keep in touch.

Would I recommend?

Yes! It is a delightful, gripping and emotional book which will stay with me forever. On my forever shelf to return to and explore more from this talented author.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Fiona Higgins is the Australian writer of several bestselling contemporary novels including The Mothers’ Group and Wife on the Run. Her work has been widely reviewed, translated internationally, and described as ‘page-turning domestic melodrama for the social media age’. She lives with her family in Sydney and her first book for Boldwood will be published in October 2020.

Social Media Links

Twitter @https://twitter.com/fionahiggins101

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/fionahigginsauthor/

Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/fionahigginsauthor/?hl=en

Website https://www.fionahiggins.com.au/

Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood books for an advanced copy so I could give my honest and unbiased opinion.

Happy reading, stay safe!

Love

Book Review: Networking for Writers by Lizzie Chantree

I am a fan of Lizzie Chantree’s novels so was excited to read she was publishing a guide for writers to help with marketing, Networking for Writers. As you may know I’ve been writing my own novel for the last couple of years and write about my journey at Kate Kenzie Writes If I’m ever published I know I’ll struggle with marketing, putting myself out there is this introvert’s worst nightmare. This book promised to be a lifeline. Scroll down to see if it lived up to my expectations.

Book Review: Networking for Writers by Lizzie Chantree

Networking for Writers by Lizzie Chantree

Book Title: Networking for Writers A fun way to sell more books

Author: Lizzie Chantree

Publisher: Nielson

Genre: Non-fiction, matketing

Release date: 2nd October 2020

Blurb:

Are you swamped with book marketing and looking for a way to find new sales? Learn simple and effective networking techniques, to grow your readership and connect with other authors and book lovers, today!

Whether you are a new or experienced writer, self-published or traditionally published, this book will show you how to grow your readership and author network, through some of the most powerful of all marketing tools – word of mouth and recommendation. 

This book will show you:

How networking can help you sell more books.

Why author branding is important.

How networking hours work.

Specific Facebook groups for writers

How to utilise social media to grow your readership.

How not to waste valuable writing time.

How to make our marketing more effective.

Throughout Networking for Writers, we will explore running or attending book signings, hosting seminars, finding a writing buddy or mentor, author networking groups, social media planning and so much more.

Purchase Link – viewbook.at/NetworkingForWriters

My Thoughts

This book is all I wanted it to be. It is written in a warm, concise manner making it easy to read in one session or dip into and it is full of advice to find your readers and network with fellow writers. The topics it covers are how to use the different social media outlets, branding, prioritising your writing, and blogging. It has given me a lot to consider and has already made me think about how I should interact online to give the greatest impact with the least time spent, so I have time to write. Quality interaction is key to networking rather than haphazard long sessions on the social media platforms. I know from experience how warm and welcoming the writing community can be, and this book has helped me see how to be wise in my interaction to find my readers and keep them with me.

Lizzie Chantree herself is active on social media and her Facebook group is a delight and supportive. This book has given me a confidence boost and the belief that marketing and networking is not as horrific as I imagined.

Would I recommend?

Yes! It is an ideal book for writers or creatives who need help with networking and I know will be well used in the future and has a firm place on my forever bookshelf.

Author Biography

Lizzie Chantree

International bestselling author and award-winning inventor, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now works as a business mentor and runs a popular networking hour on social media, where creatives can support to each other. She writes books full of friendship and laughter, that are about women with unusual and adventurous businesses, who are far stronger than they realise. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. Visit her website at www.lizziechantree.com  or follow her on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Chantree .

Social Media Links –

Website: www.lizziechantree.com

Author page: https://www.viewAuthor.at/LizzieChantree

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Chantree

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LizzieChantree/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7391757.Lizzie_Chantree

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lizzie_chantree/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/LizzieChantree/pins/

FB Groups: https://www.facebook.com/groups/647115202160536/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/lizzie-chantree

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizzie-chantree-03006425/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnCop-RlAcGqggZG3JfE-Mw

Thank you, Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to this tour and providing me with a copy to read so I could give my honest and unbiased opinion.

Take care, stay safe and happy reading and writing!

Love

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Book Review: Murder It’s All in Your Head by Cynthia Hilston

Today I am pleased to share my review for Murder It’s All in Your Head by Cynthia Hilston. I was attracted to this because of unusual premise in the blurb and I needed to know more. Scroll down to see what I thought of this supernatural thriller.

Book Review: Murder It’s All in your Head by Cynthia Hilston

Murder It’s All in your Head by Cynthia Hilston

Title: Murder It’s All in your Head

Author: Cynthia Hilston

Genre: Psychological thriller, horror

Release date: 5th December 2020

Blurb

Someone has been getting away with murder for over 100 years in the small town of Hurston, Ohio. But the wrong person has been convicted of those murders every time. In 2018, Cassie Meadows is on her way to school when a bright flash comes out of nowhere, and she wakes in millionaire Randy Davis’s body with blood on her hands…the blood of Randy’s wife, who lies in a pool of crimson in the bathtub with her throat slit. Meanwhile, an old man everyone calls Jimmy Williams raves that he’s the real Randy Davis as he lives out his days in a ward for the criminally insane. In 1914, young Helen Hawkins is unloved and repetitively abused by her father, who is also the town’s pastor. Her only escape is in her dreams, where she wakes in others’ bodies, living other lives, but when her dreams turn out to be reality, the tables are turned on her father. In a story where no one is who they seem, how can Cassie, the latest victim accused of a murder she didn’t commit, end the cycle?

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Its-All-Your-Head-ebook/dp/B08CMBKSY2

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Murder-Its-All-Your-Head-ebook/dp/B08CMBKSY2/

My Thoughts

I’m attracted to books with a supernatural twists, and the blurb promised this and more. This book definitely offered something more than I was expecting; it is unique, creepy and at times disturbing, but the premise kept me captivated. I needed to discover how the plight of Cassie and Randy could be resolved.

Helen is an abused teenager who discovers she has an unique ability to hop into other people’s bodies, and what started off as useful way to cope with abuse takes a deadly turn and 100 year killing spree. There were times I was confused with who was who because of the body/soul swopping, but I soon began to instinctively recognise the distinct personalities of the characters. The horror of being in a mental institution and fighting against a system which believes you are insane when you are telling the truth were well written and believable in a surreal way.

Helen is a complex character and there were times I sympathised with her and others her cold, cruel nature scared me. It was an interesting take on mental illness and what circumstances can lead to someone become set on revenge.

The storyline touches several topics that could be a trigger for some including abuse, rape and miscarriage. It is gruesome in places so not for the faint-hearted.

Would I recommend?

Yes, it was a different, high tension read that made my mind think with little room to relax. It stayed with me for a long time and is not a novel I will forget. If you enjoy surreal thrillers that are on the edge of horror, it is worth exploring. I am looking forward to reading more of Cynthia Hilston’s work and see where her imagination takes me next.  

Author Biography

Cynthia Hilston

Cynthia Hilston is a stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married, and lives in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction. Visit her website at http://www.cynthiahilston.com for more information.

In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, watches Supernatural and Outlander, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, drinks wine or coffee with good friends, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.

Social Media Links – http://www.cynthiahilston.com

https://www.facebook.com/cynthiahilstonauthor

https://www.instagram.com/authorcynthiahilston/

http://www.goodreads.com/cynthiahilstonauthor

Thank you, Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to this tour and providing me with a copy to read so I could give my honest and unbiased opinion.

Take care, stay safe and happy reading!

Love

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