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Book Review: Loving Ordinary Life by Anastasia Petrenko. #SelfHelp

Book Review: Loving Ordinary Life by Anastasia Petrenko. #SelfHelp

Thank you very much to publishers Identity Publications for sending me a copy of this book, all the way from America! 

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Description:

Loving Ordinary Life is written for us: living, emotional people.

We all want to live a happy life, but we can easily fall into a state of despondency. We prefer to smile, but more often we frown.

We like being inspired, but most likely, we can’t recall the last time when we were.

There are many books and courses about self-motivation and inspiration. You might have heard hundreds of platitudes and affirmations. Each of them sounds valid but their utility is limited when you actually find yourself stuck in a pit of pain and despair.

Loving Ordinary Life is meant to make a functional difference. It’s not a treatment for depression. It is about living a life where depression has no place.

Loving Ordinary Life is your guide. It is designed so that you can open any page and find the inspiration to act and improve your life when you’re feeling down. 

Each chapter in Loving Ordinary Life is a tool for moving from a negative idle state to a positive proactive state. It displays to you the art of being present, free, and genuine every day.

If you want to be more fulfilled and enjoy life more, if you’re open to quality changes, Loving Ordinary Life will become your loyal companion.

Everything is within your power. You are the master of your life. How you experience it depends only on you. Take the lead.

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius

 

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Published October 12th 2017 by Identity Publications

My Thoughts:

While I was waiting for this book to arrive through the post, I was expecting it to be a kind of self help book that you sit down and read through it all page by page, and while you could do that, I was pleasantly surprised that this book was exactly as its tag line had suggested. It is a kind of self help book for those fed up of the usual kind! Perfect! 

I found this book very easy to read, and its the kind of book you can carry about in your bag, (its quite small) and you can open any page at random and you will find something inspiring there. 

The layout of the book is really good, as it has writing in short paragraphs, but it also has cartoon like illustrations. ( Praise to Illustrator Rina Kapustina here), and quotes which are written larger more prominent on the page. This is a cute book for motivation and inspiration.

The information isn’t really anything that you wouldn’t be told by someone helpful trying to inspire or make you feel better. Its the kind of hints that we should remember every day, and if we did and could live by them, I’m sure the world (or at least the ones who follow the advice) would be happier people.

No self help book, or advice given is a magic wand to make us happy, but some useful advice written in an easy to read, light hearted way is a good a way as any if you want to gain a little inspiration or encouragement to improve your state of mind to make the most of what you have. 

I enjoyed the read, and it is a book that I will keep handy for days when I feel like a  few encouraging words would be helpful.

 

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Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk   

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https://identitypublications.com

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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in Books

 

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Guest Post and #Freebook. ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ by Rebekah Louise.

Guest Post and #Freebook. ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ by Rebekah Louise.

Today, I am excited to share with you a guest post by a lovely and talented Author – Rebekah Louise. Rebekah has written two books. (both reviewed and loved here on ChocolatePages!). I reviewed ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ yesterday where I told you that today the book will be available for a free download! It sure is, so get downloading now. 

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Thank you Rebekah for this guest post and offering us this free download.

I am very excited to share this post with you. As most of you will be aware, I have published my latest book ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’.

This is my second book and I decided to write a novelette. I love the idea of a short story, the reader can enjoy it in one or two sittings, fitting it in around their hectic lifestyles. 

The idea for ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ came when a close friend of mine was waiting for her partner to propose. I thought about what someone might do in that situation and I think most people would try and gain control, giving rise to the idea for my new book.

This story was an exciting piece for me to write. I took on Lisa’s character with ease as she was fun to write about (I think I could also see some of myself in her). Authors will tell you to write about a topic that you would want to read yourself and this is a book that I would want to snuggle up with. 

I also love the cover, which I had great fun designing, and I am guilty of choosing a book by its cover, so I hope it will attract you too. My wonderful husband put together the book trailer and I think it is a wonderful teaser of what’s to come.

 ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ was published in November 2017, and my hope is that you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it. Please leave a review if you liked it, on either Amazon or Goodreads, and tell your friends and family about it, it would be much appreciated.

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To Download The Bulletproof Proposal for FREE (14tFebruary only) click HERE!

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Here is the book blurb & trailer.

After five years of dating Lisa is anticipating that all-important question, will you marry me? Impatient, Lisa decides to take matters into her own hands and propose to Matt, after all it is the 21st Century.

Only she takes it one step further and with the help of her best friend Mandy, she prepares the ultimate proposal.

What she doesn’t know is whether this will be the beginning of her happily-ever- after or the beginning of the end.

 

 

Download the book for free today only.

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Book Review: ‘The Bullet Proof Proposal’ by Rebekah Louise. ( A Novelette).

Book Review: ‘The Bullet Proof Proposal’ by Rebekah Louise. ( A Novelette).

Rebekah Louise is the Author of a previous book of short stories that I have reviewed HERE!. Rebekah wrote a book which included 5 short stories called ‘Love, Life and Dreams’. I enjoyed Rebekah’s first book so when she asked me to read and review her new novelette, I was very pleased to do so. The Bulletproof Proposal is a short but packed story. I really enjoyed the escapism reading of it. Thank you Rebekah for my copy.

If you like the sound of it, (and why wouldn’t you!), then its your lucky day because tomorrow (February 14th 2018 ), especially for Valentines Day, Rebekah is offering free e copies of The Bulletproof Proposal. I have a guest post from the Author herself tomorrow, so watch out for that and the links to get the book.

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Description:

After five years of dating Lisa is anticipating that all important question, will you Marry me?

Impatient, Lisa decides to take matters into her own hands and propose to Matt, after all it is the 21st Century.

Only she takes it one step further and with the help of her best friend Mandy, she prepares the ultimate proposal.

What she doesn’t know is whether this will be the beginning of her happily ever after or the beginning of the end.

My Thoughts:

What a fun and easy to read story. This was perfect for reading after a hard day at work. It is short enough to read in one sitting or like me, you could break it into two.

Lisa takes a gamble on her relationship. Being the impatient modern woman that she is, she doesn’t want to wait to be asked that all important question. She wants to know they will be together forever now. So Lisa prepares to most extraordinary proposal that you can imagine.

Between Lisa, her best friend and her Mum, they make and prepare a plan that sounds crazy at first ( and for quite a large part of the planning of it). But this is the fictional world that Rebekah Louise has created for our entertainment and she does it so well.

I had no idea if this spectacular plan was going to work for Lisa? But it was enjoyable to watch it play out and see where it would end.

Will Lisa become a happily married? Or will her plan bring egg on her face? Read The Bulletproof Proposal to find out.

You can find a copy of the book and details of the Author in the links below.

Links:

www.rebekahlouiseauthor.co.uk

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Posted by on February 13, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Boyfriend Swap, by Meredith Schorr.

Book Review: The Boyfriend Swap, by Meredith Schorr.

Thank you to Author Meredith Schorr for my copy of The Boyfriend Swap. I fell in love with Meredith’s writing from when I first read Blogger Girl. I had high expectations for this book, and I wasn’t disappointed. 

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I want ALL of Meredith’s books! 


Description:

Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure.

Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve. 

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flakey actor beau.

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.

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Published November 7th 2017 by Henery Press

My Thoughts:

The Boyfriend Swap is a really entertaining escapism fun read. The two main female characters Robin and Sydney are taking their boyfriends home for Christmas and both are dreading it because of what their parents will think of their chosen partners. So a crazy idea to boyfriend swap is activated! Yes it does sound like a totally crazy idea. Pretend that another girl’s man is your man and take them to Christmas dinner with your parents!!  Sounds like a perfect recipe for Meredith Schorr fictional fun! 

The two girls are quite different. I liked Robin more, but both were great characters. The two boyfriends also are quite different. I think Will makes a pretty good bookish boyfriend, and this was added to by the fact that he was most against the crazy swap idea. Ah, I love these fictional tales that you can live through in the (approx) 330 pages and get delved into their worlds of messes, decisions, embarrassments and fun times, then lift your head up and realise that you are back in your bed and can choose to live on another chapter with Robin and Will, or Sydney and Perry whenever you like. I stayed in fictional world for quite a few nights! 

There is romance and Christmas in this book, but the festive talk is low grade, and not too traditional. the romance is there but its more a fun novel with small parts of romance. 

One of my favourite lines in this book, and I quoted this to the Author on twitter was:

“Wow. This is just wow. More exciting than when Nathan fell for Hailey in One Tree Hill”.

This doesn’t give anything away, as I won’t say what is so exciting, but I loved One Tree Hill, and I loved what this “excitement” was for.  

I have seen other bloggers reviews for this book, and many have mentioned how The Boyfriend Swap would make a great movie, and I have to say I totally agree. If Meredith’s books could be made into films, I would watch them all, and ask my friends to watch them all. But for now at least they are books, so I will ask all my friends and readers to read Meredith’s books. She has a talent for writing brilliant books. I’m looking forward to the next one already. 

Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/MeredithSchorr

www.meredithschorr.com

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Books

 

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Book Review and #Giveaway. The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali.

Thank you to Rachel at RachelsRandomResources.com for organising this blog tour, and thank you to Anne John-Ligali for my copy of this book. I did a cover reveal for this book at the beginning of the month, and mentioned at that time how excited I was to read it. I was right to be excited, it is a brilliant book. 


Description:

You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action. 

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes. 

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.

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My Thoughts:

This is a lovely easy reading short story. I think the cover does a great job of representing the inside story, the characters and the sparkles. Constance will be an interesting and friendly character to follow and I am already looking forward to seeing what she does next. 

The story feels like it is setting a base for more stories to follow, yet still being a very enjoyable read on its own. I think if you use social media yourself, you will be able to identify with the characters that Anne John-Ligali has created. I wonder how many readers will have particular social media users in mind when they read this story?

I have a feeling this Author will be very popular, and her books will be quite addictive reading. I can’t wait for the next instalment. 



I am already looking forward to the next part of this online friendship story, which is due out next year. 

GIVEAWAY TIME. 😊🍰🍵

And now for an amazing giveaway that suits this book so well. Sorry international’s but its UK only due to the prize location. You can win a Sparkly afternoon tea for 2 at London’s Vertigo42 in Central London, and an e book copy of the wonderful book The Big Event.


All you have to do is follow the link below where you see all the terms and conditions. Fill in the form and say why you would like to win the prize.

Follow the link HERE!

The competition closes on December 15th, and the winner will be announced on Anne’s social media pages and blog. So why wait, press the link and fill it in now, you could use the prize for yourself or give it as a special Christmas gift. 

Here is the link again, press it now and tell Anne why you want to win. 

AnneJohnLigali.com/why you want to win.

Good Luck!


And are some links where you can stay in touch with the Author and hear about new releases. 

Author Blog   /   Author Twitter / Author Facebook.  /  Instagram /   Booksandauthor.co.uk

Blog Twitter  /   Blog Facebook

And now to really tempt you into the lovely world of The Big Event is Anne’s trailer for the book. 

Author Bio.

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.
When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).
Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s ficton books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

 

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Books, Giveaways

 

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Jungle Rock by Caroline James. 1st Birthday Celebration! Guest Post and #Giveaway.

Jungle Rock by Caroline James. 1st Birthday Celebration! Guest Post and #Giveaway.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JUNGLE ROCK BY CAROLINE JAMES! 

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As followers of this blog will know, Caroline James is one of my favourite Authors. After reading my first book by this Author, I was hooked and have since read each book as soon as I could from when they were available.

Today, we are celebrating a year since publication of Jungle Rock, a brilliant story with characters that I knew and loved. (Perfectly fine to read as a standalone too though). So, with thanks to Rachel at RachelsRandomResources for organising this celebration, and huge thanks to Caroline for being the amazing Author of this book, lets proceed with the celebrations. 

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Description:

Handsome young chef Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper, his fiancée Poppy Dunlop has broken their engagement. Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and, when his agent suggests that Zach becomes a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy. 
Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King? Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away… 

Published November 21st 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company

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You can read my review of jungle Rock HERE!

And you can get yourself a copy from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

 

Caroline is not only a super Author, a lovely Lady, she is also a very talented baker. I am honoured today to have Caroline on ChocolatePages with a guest post, and a wonderful recipe. 

I asked Caroline about the recipes she features in her books, and also if she could share one with us. Of course as a Chocolate Lover, I was hoping it would involve chocolate…. 

 

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         Why I Feature Recipes in my Books Plus Recipe.

  • It’s great to be back on Chocolate Pages blog and huge thanks to lovely Amanda for hosting me today.

    My working life has revolved around food. From the early days of waiting table and washing pots to ultimately running my own hospitality businesses, I’ve always had a passionate interest in food and cooking. For many years, I ran a company that represented celebrity chefs, the cooks that you see on TV, and I sourced work for some very talented clients.

    From TV and media work to product endorsement, appearances at festivals and shows to recipe development and research. I had a wonderful time working in an environment that centred around food and I travelled extensively meeting some fascinating folk along the way.

    When I began to write seriously, about five years ago, I found that I naturally leaned towards placing my characters in the hospitality industry and as food became their life, if was fun to add in a recipe or two and readers often write to tell me how much they enjoy trying them out.

    Here is one of my favourite cake recipes and as we are on Chocolate Pages, it must be something seriously delicious with chocolate!

    Happy baking and happy reading, with love, Caroline

    Carolines Death by Chocolate

    This chocolate cake is moist and very fudgy and best of all, easy to make!

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    Ingredients:

    200g dark chocolate

    200g dark brown sugar

    200g caster sugar

    25g cocoa powder

    200g butter

    85g self-raising flour

    85g plain flour

    ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

    3 large eggs

    75ml milk

  • Ganache:

    200g dark chocolate

    284ml double cream

    Method:

    Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin and preheat the oven to 140C/ 160C/ Gas 3.

    Place butter and chocolate in a heat proof bowl above a pan of simmering water and melt, stirring gently.

    Mix flours, bicarbonate of soda, sugars and cocoa powder in a large bowl.

    Beat eggs and milk.

    Pour melted chocolate and butter and add egg mixture to the flour until

    thoroughly mixed.

    Spoon cake mix into cake tin and bake for 90 minutes (or until the top

    feels firm).

    Leave the cake to cool then turn out. When cold, slice the cake across into three layers.

    Make the Ganache:

    Lightly whip the cream until it just begins to stiffen. Melt the chocolate as before then combine with the cream mix, working quickly. Spread over cake layers and re-assemble, spreading remainder of ganache over the top and sides of the cake.

    Decorate with chocolate curls or decoration of your choice. Store the cake in a cool environment, in an airtight container, for up to three days.


    Thank you very much Caroline for that delicious sounding recipe, I will certainly be making that some time soon. Plus it does sound very easy to make.

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    Author Bio.

    Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry – a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK and spends her time writing, climbing mountains and running a consultancy business. Caroline has a great fondness for the Caribbean and escapes to the islands whenever she can. She is a public speaker, reviewer and food writer and loves cooking and baking, especially cake. Her next novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel is coming soon…

    To stay in touch or contact Caroline, you can find her here:

    Twitter – @CarolineJames12

    Amazon – Caroline James Author

    Facebook – AuthorCarolineJames

    Website – carolinejamesauthor.co.uk

    AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

     

    Purchase Link – HERE!


    And now for the GIVEAWAY!

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    Caroline is offering a very generous £20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. (Will you spend it on books?) 

    All you have to do is sign up to Caroline’s mailing list, and then Caroline will announce the lucky winner by email. The competition is open internationally, and not only do you get a chance to win, you will also receive great bookish news from this lovely talented Author. Competition closes on November 30th, so join up now.

    Sign up here to the mailing list.


     

    Thank you Caroline for the delicious sounding recipe, writing wonderful books, and for the generous giveaway. Thank you to Rachel for organising this birthday celebration. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs celebrating Jungle Rock’s birthday. 

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Book Review: The Accident by Glen Ebisch.

Book Review: The Accident by Glen Ebisch.

Thank you to Author Glen Ebisch for my copy of The Accident. When reading the blurb of this book, it sounded like the kind of murder mystery plot that I would enjoy. Also, the cover is beautiful and eery all at the same time….. Here are my thoughts.

 

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Description:

Karen Walker is an ex-homicide detective slowly recovering from the trauma of an automobile accident in which she was injured and her husband was killed when a drunk driver struck the car she was operating. After a year of surgeries and attempts to come to terms with her feelings of guilt, she finds herself living the narrow life of a semi-recluse. Her seclusion comes to an end when an old friend from college, Clarissa Hammett, asks Karen to help in the search for her missing sister, Justine. Karen agrees, and she goes to live alone in the family’s summer home on the coast of southern Maine, which Justine was occupying at the time of her disappearance. Karen even goes one step further and takes on Justine’s job as hostess in a local restaurant, hoping to learn more about the missing woman’s life from her co-workers. Conversations with the sister’s estranged husband, her present boyfriend, and a mentally disturbed young girl on the beach, lead Karen to believe that Justine’s disappearance was not voluntary and that, if still alive, she may desperately need help.

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Published July 3rd 2017 by Williams & Whiting

My Thoughts:

It was the blurb and the cover that led my interest in this book. When I read the book, I went back to examine the cover, (as I often do with good books), and I could see why the cover fitted the setting of the book so perfectly. The beach looks sparkly and beautiful in one light, but daunting and a little scary if you’re out there on your own at other times. 

The story sets off with us meeting Karen Walker, an ex detective. She is mourning for the loss of her Husband, and has become a little recluse-like. So when an old friend of hers asks her to help find out what has happened to her missing sister, Karen agrees. I suppose due to her circumstances, grieving and an ex detective, she has the skills but also I can imagine she felt she had nothing to lose! Karen actually moves into the missing girls house, in attempt to find out as much as she can.

I found Karen a brave and independent woman. I guess she didn’t have much choice in the matter. I’m going to add in quite a long quote (for ChocolatePages) and you will see why I liked Karen so much.

“Every time we turn away from correcting an evil we encourage the existence of a worse world. I didn’t know whether that was a solid argument, but I didn’t approach the problem rationally. I was guided more by anger – a fury actually – at what had been taken from me.”

I really felt for the character and the Author when I read that, as I felt it was really spoken from the heart. The grief is a big part of the main character, and I liked how we saw her deal with this as the book went on, and as the pressures of the missing girl, the clues, the suspects and all the other goings on impacted Karen. But she still helped her friend to find out what had happened to her sister. 

There were a few suspect characters that we met along the way, each with their own special attributes as to what they may or may not have done. I like a book that makes you think about the characters, their motives and their pasts. (and present of course). I didn’t guess what had happened until it was revealed, so the Author did a great job of adding in enough suspicious characters so that I could guess, but guess wrong. But when the reveal is made, it all makes sense and you can think back and say ‘ah, yes I see’ a lot of times! 

I hadn’t heard of Glen Ebisch before, but I would totally recommend as an Author to watch out for now. The Accident is a mystery book that keeps you guessing until the end, has an amazing setting, a fierce main character, and a missing girl who we don’t know if she has been murdered, kidnapped or just left of her own accord. It is a book that will keep you hooked until the end. 

 

Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2017 in Books

 

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Cover Reveal: The Big Event, by Ann John-Ligali.

Cover Reveal: The Big Event, by Ann John-Ligali.

Thank you to Rachel from RachelsRandomResources for inviting me onto this cover reveal for the very brilliant sounding new book by Ann John-Ligali. As I said to Rachel, my tbr is overflowingly huge at the moment, so I am hesitant to accept any new book requests at the moment! But this new book, The Big Event just sounds so good and a book that so many of us bloggers and tweeters will be able to relate to. I’m so looking forward to reading it.

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It will be published on 30th November 2017, and you can pre order it HERE!

But for now, have a look at this amazing cover, and tell me that you can see why I instantly wanted to add it to my toppling tbr. 

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Description:

You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action. 

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes. 

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.

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Does this sound familiar to my bookblogging buddies? It would be fabulous to meet up with friends we speak to here, but there is always the wonder….. what would happen? This fictional book is right up my street, and I can’t wait to see what happens. Isn’t the cover just so glamorous! I love it. 

There is also a trailer for the book, and today you can watch it right here!

About The Author

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Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeing other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s  fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

Links:

Amazon.co.uk

Twitter/@AnneJohnLigali

Twitter/@BooksNAuthorsUK

FACEBOOK      INSTAGRAM

Facebook – BooksNAuthors

www.booksandauthors.co.uk

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books

 

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Book Review: Dear You by Tessa Broad. #InfertilityAwarenessWeek. #NFAW17

Book Review: Dear You by Tessa Broad. #InfertilityAwarenessWeek. #NFAW17

Thank you very much to RedDoor Publishers and Tessa Broad for my copy of this book, and for giving me the honour to read, review and take part in this blog tour. This week is Infertility Awareness Week, and a condition close to my heart. When I read the description of this book, I knew I wanted to take part in this tour. My review is below, but be sure to check out the rest of the amazing bloggers on this tour. 

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Description:

Tessa Broad wanted children. At least two, possibly three but her body simply wasn’t playing ball. She embarked on the relentless treadmill of infertility treatment but to no avail. Tessa remained childless.

In this candid and moving memoir, Tessa writes to the children she never had. She writes to them as their adult selves with humour and honesty about her quest to have them, of the childhood she envisaged for them and the mother she believed she could be. Tessa shares what she lost and gained along the way and tells how she grew from a woebegone, wannabe mummy, to the woman she is now; childless but chilled, sailing through Mother’s Day with a smile on her face.

Despite this, we live in a world where women are still often defined by their fertility, and Tessa can still struggle to answer the simple question ‘Do you have children?’. The highs and lows, tears and laughter she describes in Dear You will give comfort and hope to anyone touched by infertility.

 

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Paperback, First, 288 pages

Published June 29th 2017 by RedDoor Publishing

My Thoughts:

What a brave and wonderful lady Tessa Broad is. I want to be her friend, I want her comfort and her positivity. Tessa wrote this book / letter to the children she imagined she would have had. 

The first part of the book tells us about Tessa’ s fertility journey, treatment and heartache. It is difficult to read. ( perhaps not so for the mothers of the world?). But for us non-mothers, it was hard, relatable and emotional. I could relate to all aspects of the way that Tessa felt. 

“…an overriding feeling that I am ‘less than’, as I can’t do the one thing that only women can do: give birth. It is a sad fact that women are so often defined by their fertility”

The reason I wanted to read this book was because of the description on the back of the book, where Tessa says she is:

“chilled but childless, sailing through mothers day with a smile on her face”

This shouldn’t be construed that Tessa is in anyway glad of her circumstance, just that she has made the best of the life that she has. She is happy, that was enough to convince me that this book needs to be read. 

There are tips and positives that Tessa shares with us, none that can compensate or make up for her imaginary children. But the Author gives hope in her writing that there is happiness after the tragedy of infertility. 

Tessa writes freely and openly. Dear You is an emotional read that any woman who has gone through or is going through the despair of infertility will be able to relate to. And for those that have been blessed with their miracles, Tessa’s words will allow you  see how lucky you are, but also how not to make us non mothers feel even worse than we already do. 

Infertility awareness week is a way to show the world that women should not be defined by their ovaries and in Tessa’s words. 

“We are not odd, we are not freaks….. and we are no less maternal”.

 

Links:

Goodreads

www.tessabroad.co.uk

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Twitter/@TessaBroad

Twitter/@RedDoorBooks

 

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Thank you very much Tessa for sharing this heart felt book with us. 

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Books

 

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Book Review: Grannie Panties are Under Rated by Gayle Erickson.

Book Review: Grannie Panties are Under Rated by Gayle Erickson.

Grannie Panties are Under Rated! What a brilliant and captivating title for a book. When I received the review request for this one, I was quite intrigued. Thank you to Author Gayle Erickson for my copy of this book, here are my thoughts on it. 

Description:

Elle Martin has it all. Handsome and successful husband. Check. Daughter and son attending exclusive private high school. Check. Privilege, status, and wealth. Check, check, check.

But there is more to Elle’s story. 

Already struggling to keep up appearances in a social set full of pretension and ultra-competitiveness, Elle’s facade of perfection is threatened when her husband makes an announcement that will force her to confront a dark past she has successfully hidden for years. 

What will happen when long-buried secrets are unearthed and haunting new revelations are discovered? Will Elle be able to find the happy ending she so desperately seeks?

Toggling between the early nineties and the present day, Grannie Panties Are Underrated captures the Gen X experience from latchkey kid to helicopter parent with keen insight and precision. A page-turner full of surprising twists, it is a must read for anyone who has struggled to reconcile the chasm between the person they once were, the person they have become, and the person they long to be.

 

 

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Published June 6th 2017 by Mile High Publishing House

My Thoughts:

It was most definitely the title that drew me to this book, it such a fun name for a book don’t you think? Then the cover, that is pretty spectacular too. It just drew me in.

I was pleasantly surprised when I began reading to see that half of the book is based in Japan. Elle, the main character has led her younger life by taking risks and not taking the best care of her body, her morals and her mind. However, she did have fun! We hear about this part while she is living in Japan. Japan is a country I am very intrigued about and would love to visit one day, so this part was interesting to me because of that, and also because Elle is a brilliant character, and lives her life without second thoughts while she is there. 

The later part of Elle’s life is when she supposed to be living a high society, “good ‘Mom’ and Wife type life” , tennis club and playdates etc! The 2 versions of Elle didn’t really mesh well, which in turn messes with Elle’s head. 

“Are you happy, Mom? Are you living your dream?”

The book was a fun read with a plot that I couldn’t guess where it was going. The underlying theme that I got from it was that Elle was a mixed bag of personalities, and she has to decide who she really is, how her past and present will define her future. The different knickers she wears will play a part too. The Author is really very imaginative in the different ways we see Elle. Gayle Erickson created the perfect way for her readers to really know Elle, sometimes even better than I imagine Elle knew herself. 

Elle speaks a lot about music references, and there is almost a play list that goes along with the book, so that you can relate to Elle’s state of mind at that time. I liked this idea a lot. 

“The song’s lyrics about a devil being on your back and not being able to leave the past behind certainly portended trouble”

The book is about adventure, life, friendship and working out who you want to be regardless of your past or present. The Author reminded me that the future You can be who you want Her to be! Elle went the very adventurous way around finding this out, I really enjoyed following the story that Gayle Erickson weaved for us and for Elle and the other characters in ‘Grannie Panties are Under Rated’.

 

Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

 

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2017 in Books

 

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