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Help An Author: Hanging Tough by L M Bush.

Help An Author: Hanging Tough by L M Bush.

I mentioned in a previous post about a great website I have recently stumbled upon called BritainsNextBestSeller.

This website helps us readers chose and help Authors get published. If the Author gets 250 pre orders, then they get their book published. Well today, I want to give the biggest shoutout to new upcoming Author Lisa Bush. Her new book ‘Hanging Tough‘ is amazing. Watch this clip of her book trailer, and you will be asking me ‘Where do I pre order???’

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Description:

From a tender young age, Tony had to learn to fend for himself. Growing up on a rough East London estate shaped an innocent child into the fearless and dangerous man he was to become.

Follow the ups and downs that Tony has to endure to survive as he grows up in a world that threatens everything he believes in. A roller coaster of events unfold in this gripping drama. From a childhood tainted with sadness, to underworld violence and crime, interlaced with heart breaking true love.

With so many dangerous individuals around you, would you stay safe indoors and hide? Or would you fight your corner and never give up?

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Lisa tells us what inspired her to write this book?

Growing up in London, crime fiction has always captured my heart and my imagination. I have always read these books as well as being influenced by family and close friends. My stories are all fiction but based on true life events. And what amazing lives some people have. Having reached an age that I considered to be ‘now officially grown up’, I decided to dip my toe in the world of crime writing and my let my imagination run wild.

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Sounds pretty great doesn’t it? If you want to pre order the book, you can get it HERE!

Help make an Authors dream come true, and get yourself this fantastic new read.

Hanging Tough has been reviewed by The Crime Book Club, which you can see HERE

To find out more about this talented Author, here are her links:

FACEBOOK

LINKEDIN

TWITTER

Thanks for reading, let me know if you pre order this book and what you think of it! 

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Posted by on July 18, 2015 in author interviews, Books

 

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Guest Post: by Sue Webb – Author of ‘Sand in My Pants’

Guest Post: by Sue Webb – Author of ‘Sand in My Pants’

‘Sand in My Pants’ was released on 10th April, 2015. I read this book and really enjoyed it. Before I post my review up tomorrow, I have a guest post from the lovely author Sue Webb for you. 

Sue tells us all about her creation of Sand in My Pants, and why she chose Scuba Diving!

Thank you Sue, and here goes:

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The Creation of Sand in My Pants By Sue Webb.

People have asked me, “Sue, what is your book about?

It’s a great question…with no easy answer. Ostensibly, it’s a book about travelling the world, scuba diving. But,really it is more than just that….

I’m sitting on the patio feeling the warm embrace of the sun. The fountain softly gurgles; the mellifluous water compliments the melodic call of a meadowlark, atop an old oak. The faint flittering of a hummingbirds iridescent wings announces its arrival. It suspends itself in air, then dives to-and-fro extracting sweet nectar from its feeder.

The air is freshly scented with the fragrance of spring blooms, most distinctly, hyacinths. This is my world now; the world in my book is a different world.

It’s a world that most can’t relate to. It’s a bigger world- more exotic,lusher, more dangerous, and intriguing. It’s about parts of the planet – most will never travel to or be privy to. Having been fortunate enough to privilege the unexplored and underwater portions of our globe, I felt an obligation to share the beauty, the excitement, the discoveries and a bit of the knowledge I gained along the way.

My husband and I, spent over twenty years, exploring the globe. It enriched our lives in many ways. The places we visited, the people we met, the experiences we shared — all melded together — to provide me with an understanding of life, that otherwise I might have only dreamed of.

Comparing different countries, traditions and cultures proved insightful. Although distinct differences were apparent in people; overall people seemed to be pretty much the same. I saw people laugh and cry; express jubilance and sadness. I witnessed a variety of emotions among people, however their kindness impressed the most.

 I can recall many examples, I will share only a few for now. One rainy day on Tonga, out on a mountain bike ride —or push bikes, as the locals referred to them—we got stuck in mud about a foot deep.

Walking toward us, came a thin woman with two young children in tow. She motioned to them, saying something in Tongan; off the youngsters scampered. They soon returned, each with a stick in their hands. The frail female issued more instructions in Tongan. The young boy and girl, proceeded to use their sticks in an attempt to poke mud out from between the spokes.

As I stood there watching them, I thought, what can I possibly give them in return? I recalled I had stashed an orange pop in my backpack. As I pulled it out, the lean woman’s face lit up. “Never had a bottled soda.” I knew it would be shared.

I learned although we share many similarities as people—we are all individuals. Probably no two people who read my book will come away with the same impression. I wrote about what I found funny, intriguing, or of interest to me. The great thing about a book is, when you open it, you fall into it…and it becomes your world.

So then, I welcome you. Open the cover, and become members of our family. For what I discovered, and you might also after reading my book, we’re all members of the same family- the family of man.

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Sue’s- Why Scuba Dive?

1. 70% of the earth’s surface is water-covered.

2. Diving allows you to meet nice, like-minded people.

3. Gives you an opportunity to travel (to exotic locales).

4. Have a chance to enjoy various types of fresh seafood.

5. Have an opportunity to try unusual foods and experience new cuisines.

6. Provides you with a reason to spend a day outdoors, afloat, working on your tan.

7. Makes for fun-filled vacations with a good-time activity.

8. Allows the chance to observe a silent world of natural beauty, the only sound being the soft gurgle of a regulator.

9. It’s fun- being weightless in the water.

# 10. Schlepping your gear around helps create great muscles!!

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Sue Webb. (Author).

Thank you very much to Sue for writing this guest post and explaining to us the thoughts behind her book and her travels.

My book review of ‘Sand in My Pants’ will be up on my blog tomorrow, so keep your eyes out for my thoughts on this marvellous book.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in author interviews

 

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Interview with Author, Rachel Tetley.

Interview with Author of Guardian of the Underworld, Rachel Tetley. 

Congratulations on your new book Rachel. It really was very good and I would like to say what a creative imagination you have. I have a few questions that I think yours and my readers would like to hear your answers for, so here goes.

 Would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, even as a little girl, I was always someone who was ‘up for’ an adventure. My best friend was a boy called Billy Lang, who lived down the lane from me, and as a result, the adventures that we had, tended to be much more boysie than girlie. I think this fuelled my thirst for adventure even as an adult, leading me through a number of experiences as well as circumstances beyond my control, before eventually finding the space to be able to write an adventure for everyone to enjoy.

I started writing the story whilst I was pregnant with my first daughter Gaby, however I lost Gaby’s father in a car accident, followed shortly by my mother who had suffered with breast cancer in Gaby’s first couple of years. At that time, I didn’t really know what the story was going to be about. I had only written the first five pages and had set out to create a Blytonesque story for my daughter in a similar vain to The Magic Faraway Tree, but the five pages were filed away to allow me to concentrate on other things.

A couple of years later, I fell into the wrong relationship, having not given myself chance to truly get over the loss of Gaby’s dad and my mother, but decided to give it a chance despite my better judgement. I had always wanted to go to Oxford and study law, so I went back and studied some more a-levels, taking them in one year instead of two and was awarded my place at Oxford. In the meantime, I had my second daughter Charlotte.

Unfortunately, it became clear that Oxford wasn’t going to work for us at this time, so instead, I started my own catering business in Wiltshire whilst pursuing my second life-long ambition, to get to Badminton Horse Trials with my horse at the time ‘Pug’. The business became hugely successful over the five years that I ran it, however it was clear that my relationship with Charlottes dad was a destructive one, so I left with the girls and moved onto a Wiltshire farm. Shortly afterwards, I went to my father’s 50th birthday party and met the love of my life, Piers.

Piers already had two boys, Henry and William, who lived with him and were very similar ages to my two girls and as a result, got on with each other beautifully. We moved in together back down in Devon and Piers later proposed.

After running my catering business remotely for a year, I sold it on and at a similar time, Piers and I had our own little girl, Sophia. With Sophia sleeping for four hours a day, and the business sold, I came across the five pages of my story and decided it was time to finish it.

My daughter Charlotte, who is a very capable writer herself, had told me about a dream in which she had slipped into another world through a whirlpool. That alongside living in the most idyllic location in Devon surrounded by woodland with a river running through it, the rest of the story was born! I have now finished writing the next in the series, The Book of Light: Underworld Chronicles Book Two, which is currently going through the editing process, as well as working on a completely different type of story about a stowaway.

Apart from writing, I still enjoy eventing my horse, playing the piano by ear, Tennis, any extreme sports and of course baking. I like to try and make sure there is something homemade and yummy on the side every day, which little Sophia very much enjoys participating in! I have a website which I am in the process of putting together with some of my recipes called The Naughty Kitchen. I also enjoy baking our own bread.

Your storyline, characters and descriptions were so creative, how did you come up with the initial idea?

Well living with five children in the middle of a woods, as well as a dream which Charlotte had in which she had an adventure in another world having slipped into a whirlpool, were the perfect ingredients to put together the storyline for Guardian of the Underworld. Of course there are lots of elements of my childhood in the story and in particular, the characters are very much based on people in my life. For example, Grandpa was inspired by Piers parents, and Arianna-me!

What age range would you say your book is aimed at?

9-12

Did you design the cover and illustrations of the book yourself?

Yes, I love to draw and paint, so I really enjoyed the opportunity to try and bring the story alive with some of the images I had in my head whilst writing it.

 Your book is aimed at a young audience, is there a message or moral of your story you were hoping the readers would get? (Without any spoilers of course).

I certainly wanted to get across the importance of family, but also in particular, forgiveness.

And finally (and hopefully), is there another book on its way?

There certainly is! It is called The Book of Light: Underworld Chronicles Book Two, which is almost entirely based in the Underworld and talks about The Knights Templar. I hope to have it back from the editors and ready by April this year (2015)

Thank you for sharing your answers with us Rachel, it was lovely to speak to you and so interesting to hear how your book came about. I certainly am looking forward to your next book.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in author interviews, Books

 

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