Book Review: The Bronte Book Club for Hopeless Romantics, by Laura Briggs.

Book Review: The Bronte Book Club for Hopeless Romantics, by Laura Briggs.

You may remember that I took part in a book spotlight for this book on its publication day.  You can see the post HERE!

I did promise my review was on its way, so today I bring you my thoughts on the newest book by the lovely Laura Briggs“The Bronte Book Club for Hopeless Romantics”.    It is based in a library, so what better gif to use than Belle’s wonderful library!

belles library


Quaint Lewis Cove is home to the charming three-story Victorian manor known as the Alice Wilshire Lending Library and its plucky librarian Peg Turner: the current hostess of the weekly Bronte Book Club, better known as the ‘Hopeless Romantics’ of all ages. Nurse Annette has been too busy working for love; mechanic Tim has missed the boat somewhere in his past; art student Sophie comes off as too unique, while tech geek C.J. has fallen—hopelessly—for the too-cool-to-care Llourdes. With her vacation plans indefinitely on hold for the summer, Peg has decided to transform the ‘Hopeless Romantics’ into hopeful ones. But while she’s trying to help her fellow readers find romance, she’s avoiding her matchmaker friend Caroline’s latest blind date—only to see her best friend Cam, the ruggedly-cute-but-sometimes-curmudgeonly coffee shop owner fixed up instead. And that’s something Peg isn’t sure she likes. Questions about love and last chances on her mind, and way too many books piled on her desk, will Peg succeed in finding romantic hope for anyone, including herself?

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My Thoughts:

This short novella book is a little happy bookish read that made me smile on a rainy afternoon in Scotland. 

Firstly, the cover and title is sweet and totally made for book lovers. You just know from the picture that this will be a book that talks about books within the story, and it does. Peg ( Paige) works in a library and also runs a book club. The members of the book club have not had a lot of luck romantically but is this about to change? And what about Peg’s love life? 

You can get an idea of Paige when she gives advice to one of the ‘ hopeless romantics’ 

“Modern- day princesses fight their own dragons…but they appreciate being recognised as a princess, even if they don’t wear a crown”    – if that isn’t a bookish romantic, I don’t know what is?! 

My favourite character in this book is Cam , Peg’s friend who brings her coffee and treats from his cafe. Like I said this book has all the best ingredients for an easy happy read, and this includes the foodie parts: 

“Strawberry tarts, mango coconut lime bars, and lemon custard drops”

I loved the book club chat and I could imagine myself there with them talking about books and characters.  

The ending of this novella didn’t end as I was expecting, but I have seen that book 2 is due out in September. So I am now intrigued and looking forward to seeing more of Paige and her library pretty soon. 

This is a lovely read, which made me remember the authors style of writing from a previous book ‘Boyfriend By The Book’ which I reviewed HERE! . I like how the author brings in classic books into her stories. I am sure that Laura Briggs, myself and a few other bookbloggers could make a lovely book club

I did enjoy this book. Laura Briggs has a talent for making simple plotlines brilliant with her mixture of characters and enthusiasm for classic books. For me reading  ‘The Bronte Book Club for Hopeless Romantics” was an afternoon well spent. I look forward to ‘The Miss Marple Reading Circle for Mystery Lovers’





Twitter, Laura Briggs/@PaperDollWrites







Posted by on June 18, 2017 in Books


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Detox: with Green Diet and Kundalini Yoga: The 40 Day Program for Cleansing, Weight-loss and Radiance. By Mariya Gancheva.

Detox: with Green Diet and Kundalini Yoga: The 40 Day Program for Cleansing, Weight-loss and Radiance. By Mariya Gancheva.

Its always a nice surprise to receive a different kind of book review request from an Author. So when Mariya Gancheva asked me to read and review her book on yoga and detox, I was intrigued. And as I’m always open to any ‘life enhancement’, I was willing to give this a go.

yoga garden


Book Description:

Are you ready to Transform?
When I first started on my self-discovery journey, I was easily swayed in different directions. I was feeling helpless and confused. I knew I needed to change something, and quick, as my health was deteriorating, my body was growing weaker and heavier. I could not gain control over my emotions or eating habits. I needed an answer, a quick and definitive tool to restore my balance. And so I threw myself relentlessly into a search for one.

I wrote this book to share with you my journey. This is not a diet book but a real-life journey and a manual of how to transform based on practical and ancient wisdom of the yogis.

You will learn about the basics of nutrition, toxins, detox, lifestyle, and supplements. You will also learn exercises, meditations, and breathing to increase your awareness and control your mind and emotional states.

The 40 day program combines yogic lifestyle, nutrition and practice that will enable you to completely master your digestive system, remove toxins, and give a youthful appearance to your skin. It will reinvigorate and reboot your entire body. You will wake up feeling refreshed and full of energy, focused, driven and happy. Your body will be lean and light. In short, you will feel pretty amazing.

Challenge yourself to change your habits from self-destruction to self-love and happiness. Let’s begin transforming from within!

Here Is A Preview Of What You’ll Learn…
Sustainable Yogic Diet Detox Basics The Miracle of Detoxing and Fasting Detox Enhancers The Science of Conscious Eating The Green Diet Kundalini Yoga For Detox The 40-Day Detox Program Breaking The Fast Resources Much, much more!


Published April 25th 2017

My Thoughts:

40 days of yoga and detox diet! OK, truth be told, I didn’t follow the book word for word, but I did read it and take advice from it. 

The book has a great layout, I was slightly concerned when I downloaded it from Amazon that it would be text heavy and hard to follow because of this. But I was very pleasantly surprised that the e-version of this book includes pictures of the correct yoga positions and are easy to copy. I have heard of a lot of the yoga poses before, as I have attended classes in the past. The book was a good reminder of how helpful yoga can be for a calm mind and a more flexible body.

The detox part of the book wasn’t really for me, as the food you can and can’t eat is quite specific and you would need to be dedicated to following it. I think if you can give yourself the time and inclination to follow this detox and yoga programme properly, you will certainly feel the benefits after the 40 days and will feel healthier and more enthused to continue this healthy way of life. 

There is a lovely Chinese proverb quoted in the book. If you have read my previous posts, you might remember that I have already mentioned that I like this quote.

“The journey of a thousand steps starts with but a single step”


In fact, the Author slotted in a quite a few very appropriate quotes and it made the reading a little lighter and gave it a positive feeling.  

Within the book, the Author gives a website where you can either enrol and pay for videos, or you can join up and there are some free videos whereby you can copy their yoga moves.

As yoga and healthy lifestyle books go, this is a really good one. If you are dedicated to it! As the Author says ‘you can change your habits from self-destruction to self-love and happiness’.




About the Author
Mariya Gancheva is a transformational leader, teacher, and full-time investment banker in London. She is the embodiment of a modern woman who has managed to integrate the wisdom of the East into the fast-pace lifestyle of the West, while also dedicating her free time to helping and elevating others.



Posted by on June 18, 2017 in Books


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#FREEBOOKS, Yes free for YOU, this weekend!

#FREEBOOKS, Yes free for YOU, this weekend!

We all love a freebie or two don’t we, so here are some amazing recommendations that you can download for free this weekend.

First, Nicola May has made ALL 8 of her books free on Amazon!! So prepare for your tbr’s to grow rapidly!


With her marriage in pieces, shy Cali Summers is faced with this decision and hits the world of fast love on an internet dating app.

Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating ‘lair’, she opens herself up to a world of sex, lies, deception, as well as personal discovery and passionate love.

With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards.

My Review:

Love Me Tinder Book Review.

Link to buy FREE:






Tired of looking for love Amy Anderson decides that an astrological dating agency is the only way she is going to meet the man of her dreams. Star Fish follows Amy’s hysterical search for her ‘sole mate’ as she dates her way through the twelve signs of the zodiac. So who will finally woo Amy? Will it be Ted the Arian photographer with a passion for ice skating, or maybe Laurence, the Libran IT whiz kid who likes to get behind the wheel of a fast car? Or, how about Capricorn Christopher, the owner of Starr & Son, the dating agency? You’ll be kept guessing until the very last page!

Links to buy for FREE:



At 3.10 pm every weekday, parents gather at Featherstone Primary to collect their children. For a special few, the friendships forged at the school gates will see them through lives filled with drama, secrets and sorrows.

When Yummy Mummy Alana reveals the identity of her love-child’s father, she doesn’t expect the consequences to be quite so extreme. Ex Czech au pair Earth Mummy Dana finds happiness in her secret side-line, but really all she longs for is another child. Slummy Mummy Brenda’s wife-beating husband leads her down a path she never thought possible, and Super Mummy Joan has to cope when life deals her a devastating blow. And what of Gay Daddy Gordon? Will he be able to juggle parenthood and cope with his broken heart at the same time?

Four very different mothers. One adorable dad. And the intertwining trials and tribulations that a year at the primary school gates brings.

Links to buy for FREE:



better together


A page-turner… a terrific read’ Susan Sallis “A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters” – Publishing News Past Remembering – Book Six of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier 1941. In Pontypridd, Ronnie Ronconi has returned home from war-torn Italy. The family are certain he will once again take charge of the family in his own forceful way, but Ronnie’s escape from Italy has left him a much changed man. He accepts the rights and freedoms of his younger siblings as he never has before, and even finds time to help others, particularly Alma, whose husband has been sent on a most dangerous mission. After the loss of his beloved wife, Ronnie is certain he will never look at a woman again; he certainly doesn’t expect to fall in love – particularly with the wife of a friend… Diana is locked in an unhappy marriage – but can Ronnie and Diana put their own personal happiness ahead of that of an entire family?

Links to buy for FREE:



Ruby IS BACK and never expected to be starting over…but after a shocking bereavement, she begins to question whether or not she will ever be happy again.
A chance encounter with handsome author Michael Bell throws her fragile heart into turmoil. Plus, a dark family secret and completely unexpected love interest add to her confusion.
Encouraged to face her demons, she volunteers at The Bow Wow Club – (Boyfriends of Widows, Wives of Widowers).
In this charming sequel to Working it Out you will laugh and cry along with a myriad of eccentric characters as Ruby searches for her inner peace. But will she let love win? Or allow her past to continue to haunt her

Links to buy for FREE:


sw19 club

‘This book will twang your funny bone – and your heartstrings. I totally loved it. Nicola May is a talent to watch!’ Milly Johnson

‘A funny and fast-paced romp … thoroughly enjoyable’ Deborah Hughes, Woman

‘The kind of special book that only comes along once in a while’ Miranda Dickinson

What would you do if you were told you could never have children?

Faced with this news, Gracie Davies is at an all-time low. But with the support of some new Wimbledon friends, an unorthodox therapist, her hippy-chick sister Naomi and Czech call-girl Maya, she sets up The SW19 Club and begins her rocky journey to inner peace and happiness. Add in a passionate fling with handsome landscaper Ed, a fairytale encounter with a Hollywood filmstar and the persistence of her adulterous ex, life is anything but predictable…

My ReviewThe SW19 Club

Links to buy for FREE:


woking it out

It is January 1957 and Helen’s husband Jack returns from National Service. Happy to be reunited, they resume their life together. Their friends, Lily, pregnant and married to Jack’s brother Martin, Katie, pregnant and married to Helen’s father John, and Judy, engaged to policeman Sam, form part of their everyday life. Then Helen is utterly shattered when Jack tells her that a brief fling with a sergeant’s widow has left the woman pregnant. Helen can’t have children so handling her friends’ pregnancies has been difficult enough; this is more than she can bear. She starts divorce proceedings but their fierce love for each other cannot be extinguished. Finally she has to make a decision which requires courage but could be the answer to their differences.

Links to buy for FREE:



It’s two days before Christmas and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.

Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London.

A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way … but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?

My Review: Christmas Evie Book Review

Links to buy for FREE:




Ben Whittle’s father, a private investigator, has been taken captive by a cult whilst investigating the case of a missing girl. When Ben receives a desperate call from his father asking for help he is drawn into a dark underground world.

As Ben retraces the last known steps of the missing girl he discovers his only option left is to join the cult and rescue his father from the inside.

The leader of the cult, Edward Ebb, is a psychopathic egocentric who uses his position to control his small group of followers in The Sons and Daughters of Salvation. When he initiates Ben into the group it soon becomes apparent how sick and twisted Ebb is.

Ben must find his father and the missing girl, but the odds are stacked against him and time is running out.

Can Ben rescue his father and the girl and escape with his life?
And what is the gruesome secret concealed in the Revelation Room?

The Revelation Room is the first in a new series of psychological mystery thrillers

Links to buy for FREE:



So, there you go!! A lovely weekend treat for all who want to download some brilliant books for free. Let me know which ones you choose and what you think of them. 








Posted by on June 10, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books, Giveaways


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Book Review: One Dark Lie, by Clare Chase.

Book Review: One Dark Lie, by Clare Chase.

Clare Chase is one of those writers, that when she writes a new book, I know I’m going to love it, without even reading the blurb. So, when One Dark Lie came out, I wanted to grab a copy straight away. After getting my copy, (and reading the blurb), I was excited to see that it followed on from her previous book involving Ruby and Nate. I thought Ruby was a brilliantly inquisitive character in the last book ‘A Stranger’s House’, so was looking forward to seeing what she had gotten up to next.  (My review of ‘A Stranger’s House’ is HERE)

I was very honoured to have my quote published on a postcard for ‘A Stranger’s  House’



The truth can hurt, and sometimes it leads to murder

After becoming embroiled in a murder investigation, Nate Bastable and Ruby Fawcett have decided to opt for the quiet life. But crime has a habit of following them around.
When her work dries up, Ruby finds herself accepting a job researching and writing about Diana Patrick-John, a colourful and enigmatic Cambridge academic. Simple enough. But then there’s the small fact that Diana was found dead in suspicious circumstances in her home – the very place where Ruby has now been invited to stay.
As she begins to uncover Diana’s secret life, Ruby’s sleuthing instinct kicks in, leaving her open to danger and retribution. But can she rely on Nate to support her? Especially when his behaviour has become increasingly distant and strange, almost as though he had something to hide



Published December 13th 2016 by Choc Lit

My Thoughts:

This book can be read as a standalone, although I recommend that you read A Stranger’s House first. 

One Dark Lie tells the story of the very inquisitive Ruby Fawcett, who is an Author. Ruby is asked to write a biography of a recently murdered woman Diana Patrick-John. However Diana’s brother doesn’t want Ruby to concentrate on the demise of Diana, he wants her to write about her brilliance as an academia and what a success she was. He also wants her to stay in Diana’s room in his house! As you can imagine, Nate (Ruby’s boyfriend) is not so keen on this idea.

Ruby is a brilliantly rounded character that I could see has developed since the first book, and continues to develop throughout this book. The chapters alternate between Ruby and Nate. I liked this touch as we could understand how each of them felt, and see the story from both sides. (I liked and agreed with Ruby!, although I did think her rather crazy at times!

“OK, so I know you think I work to the Famous Five school of detection..”

Ruby is inquisitively wonderful, but I often felt her too impulsive at times. I think the Author gave a good impression of the characters’ journalistic instincts and hotheadedness to get the scoop and find out what is going on, just as Ruby was in the other books. Although this makes her love-able, it also made me want to yell, ‘Ruby, use your sensible head!’ She does, however come up with some very clever thoughts, and this is one I will keep in mind:

“Recognising something as precious shouldn’t be a cause for anxiety; not unless you know it’s under threat”.

Ruby pulls out all the stops to find out as much as she can about the work she wants to write about. This involves meeting other people which are small characters in the book, but add a lot to the overall impression we get of Ruby. She is great at giving advice, and shows us the strong independent woman that she is:

“….you can make a great future, but because of who you are inside, not because of whether someone else believes in you”

I had mentioned in my review of the Author’s previous book that Ruby’s best friend could be better and more supportive,  and this time she was much better and I grew to like Steph much more than I did before.

Cambridge, where the book is based, seems like a lovely place with a lot of hidden secrets and gems. as the Author has mentioned in one of her interviews, Cambridge is a great setting for a murder mystery. I would very much like to visit one day, and on that day, I would be thinking about Clare Chase and her stories.

One Dark Lie is not a hard dark murder, it is more of a steadily paced sleuthing mystery, it kept me gripped, but wont give you nightmares – unless you decide to stay in a house which has had a murder in it!

I totally recommend One Dark Lie, and will again be reaching for Clare Chase’s next book, again without needing to read the blurb. I just know it will be brilliant!









Posted by on June 3, 2017 in Books


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Book Review: Kim vs the Mean Girl, by Meredith Schorr. (Stand alone YA, prequel to Blogger Girl).

Book Review: Kim vs the Mean Girl, by Meredith Schorr. (Stand alone YA, prequel to Blogger Girl).

You know that feeling when you are super excited that a book has a sequel coming out, and you are hoping with everything crossed, that it will be as good as the first. Well, that happened after I read ‘Blogger Girl’, by Meredith Schorr. I read ‘Novelista Girl’, and ….. for the first time EVER! loved the sequel more than the first book. I did a little squeal when I heard that Meredith had written a prequel! This meant, more Kim Long, more great friendship chat with bestie Bridget, and typically more Mean Girl Hannah. My excitement was worthy of ‘Kim vs The Mean Girl’. It is typically Meredith Schorr brilliance. I loved it and read page after page finishing it in record time. 

In case you missed it, here is my review of Blogger Girl

And here is my review of  Novelista Girl

And to follow are my garbled thoughts of why I enjoyed ‘Kim vs The Mean Girl’ so much. 

tv in your head


High school sophomore, Kim Long, is no stranger to the “mean girl” antics of Queen Bee Hannah Marshak. When Hannah steals Kim’s diary and in front of the entire class reads personal (not to mention humiliating) entries Kim wrote about her crush, Jonathan, Kim vows to enact revenge.

Kim and her loyal best friend, Bridget, come up with the perfect plan to put the evil Hannah in her place once and for all. But will their scheming have the desired effect of getting even, or will Hannah emerge more celebrated by her peers than ever?

Kim vs. The Mean Girl can be read as a young adult standalone novel, but it is also a prequel to the popular Blogger Girl adult romantic comedy series and is set in 2000. Told in the duo perspectives of teenage Kim and Hannah, fans of the series will get an inside look into Kim’s early passion for reading, writing (and Jonathan) and find out why Hannah is so darn mean.

“In Blogger Girl we meet the irrepressible Kim Long and her nemesis Hannah Marshak. Kim Vs. the Mean Girl takes us back to high school with Kim and Hannah 101 in this delightful prequel. I gobbled it up in one byte…er, I mean bite (this is the era before a cell phone was in every backpack). When Kim declares war on Hannah, it takes some unexpected, and at times amusing, turns, and though the enemies don’t emerge as friends, or even frenemies, they each come away the better for it. A fun read for all ages.” Eileen Goudge, New York Times best-selling author


kimPublished April 20th 2017 by Meredith Schorr


My Thoughts:

Kim and Bridget made Blogger Girl and Novelista Girl for me, their friendship is amazing and makes for great reading, so I was intrigued to find out about them while they were in high school. Saying that, this book can definitely be read as a stand alone. But I think if you haven’t read the other 2, reading this will make you want to read them for sure! And personally I liked that I had read the adult version of them first. Its a very clever idea of the Author to write the character backwards. (Adults first, then teenagers). For many there would be too many ways to slip up, but Meredith managed this perfectly, allowing us to see how they became the adults that they did. 

The story is very ‘young adult’ and high school orientated. It would make a great film. ( Think Mean Girls, but better). 😆 

We get a good impression of how Kim and Hannah were brought up and this gives us a good insight of why they are as they are in Blogger Girl.  I loved the plans that the girls come up with, and how we feel their high school emotions, self awareness and teenage angst. I also thought it was brilliant how we see Kim’s love for reading (and writing) while she is still in school. Mean Girl Hannah gives Kim a ‘mean compliment’ where she says:

“Kim Long without a book to read is like a dog without its chew”.

There is the usual teenage crush talk between the friends. And we even get a very surprise peek at Nicholas. ( from Blogger Girl).  The Author has really got into the heads of these characters. I read an interview with Meredith where she said the girls almost felt like her daughters. So she really does cherish her characters and this shows in the deep care that Meredith gave to ensure that the characteristics given can be seen in their high school time and then how this has influenced them in their adulthood. 

The Author has not only given great thought to the plot and the characters, but she also made the timeline exactly right as there are mentions of Brad and Jennifer! And Kim speaks of reading ‘The Perks of Being A Wallflower’. Meredith has thought of everything.

This was a lovely, easy read. For me, the main reason I enjoyed it was because it was a prequel to two books that I loved so much, and I had already fallen hook, line and sinker for Kim and Bridget. I think this book would appeal to teenagers, adults who like YA and everyone who loved Blogger Girl. 

Meredith is a hugely talented writer, and I am eagerly awaiting her next book. 😍






Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Books


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Tales of Greed, Scandal & Mayhem from Colin Goodwin. – ‘Don’t Get Mad, Get Even’.

Tales of Greed, Scandal & Mayhem from Colin Goodwin. – ‘Don’t Get Mad, Get Even’.

Tales of Greed, Scandal & Mayhem from Colin Goodwin.

Today, I am showing a spotlight on two great sounding books from Author Colin Goodwin. The books are set in the fictional English town of Throttle, where there is scandal, greed and disruption. Colin’s books have already had 5 star reviews, and I’m sure that I will be adding to that list of raving reviews. Here are the details on the two books, and if they sound like your kind of read, you will find the links below. The titles alone appeal to me, ‘Don’t Get Mad, Get Even’!! – mmm, yes often goes through my mind…. 😉 . And ‘When in a Hole, Stop Digging’Good advice!


Don’t Get Mad, Get Even 

Published by 2QT Publishing ISBN 978-1-910077-60-3


As the cricket season starts, so do the shenanigans…

Life is tranquil in the quintessentially English village of Throttle – until the local cricket team receives a devilish demand.
When industrialist and landowner Sir Alfred Bullock is laid up, his devious son Roland, devises a get-rich-quick scheme. He gives an ultimatum to the cricket club: win a trophy by the end of the season or we take back the ground you play on and sell it for development.
In a desperate attempt to win games and hold on to the pitch, the club enlists the help of a professional whose skills – to the delight of the local ladies – extend far beyond the cricket Field. Roland, together with an unscrupulous estate agent and two dodgy builders, hatches malicious plans to ensure the team loses its games. Meanwhile, village residents whose houses are devalued by being on the perimeter of the pitch take matters into their own hands to ‘fix’ the club’s failure…
Greed, scandal, tragedy and farce ensue as the cricket club fights for survival against increasingly dangerous sabotage…

five pink stars

When in a Hole, Stop Digging.

Published by 2QT Publishing ISBN 978-1-910077-80-1



An ordinary day in a sleepy village deteriorates into chaos. Livid boat owner Albert vows revenge after a humiliating event, and shocked residents of a brand new housing estate mysteriously find fish in the plumbing. A heartless double murderer on the loose and a gun-toting farmer send shivers through the town of Throttle as two amateur sleuths try to make sense of it all. Meanwhile a pair of sixties throwback detectives attempt to piece it all together, but in reality make matters worse. The local free press needs a story fast, but the novice reporters get a shock as they enter a world far beyond their capability. Finally, one resident, pushed to the edge by a marital issue, sinks to a new low. The mayhem continues….

Author bio

Colin Goodwin enjoyed a successful career as a welding and fabrication engineer, working in the aircraft industry and welder training for the oil industry. For the past twenty years he worked in further education, where he also taught stained glass window making.

In the late 80’s he built and fitted out a 40 foot steel narrow-boat, but sold it because it was not fast enough. He maintains an active lifestyle and has completed London marathons and Great North Runs. Both Colin and his wife now prefer to go on long distance cycling holidays. Retired 6 years ago, Colin continues to indulge his creative side by repairing anything mechanical, motorbikes (Harley Davidson, BSA, Royal Enfield), cars (1951 Ford Anglia) and model steam engines.

The books are available through Amazon, all good book shops and from under the counter at The Hardware Store, in Padiham. The last in the trilogy ‘A Likely Story’ is currently nearing completion.


Links:’t Get Mad, Get Even. in a Hole, Stop Digging.’t Get Mad, Get Even. in a Hole, Stop Digging.




Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Book Spotlights.


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SunTag – The Mystery Blogger Award.

SunTag – The Mystery Blogger Award.

Thank you very much to Donna at Chocolatenwaffles for tagging me in this Suntag post. I haven’t done a tag post in ages. So it will make a nice change to my review blog posts, and hopefully show a little bit more of myself in this post, aside from just the books I like.



         Here are the rules:

  • Put the award logo/image in your post.

  • List all the rules.

  • Thank whoever nominated you and leave a link to their blog.

  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

  • Nominate 10-20 people and notify them.

  •  Link back to the creator of the award.

  • Ask nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with a weird or funny question.

  • Share the link to your best/favourite post of yours.


Three things about myself.

1.  I’m at a stage in my life where things are going to change soon. My saying at the moment –  “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, it is important that step is in the right direction”


2.  I’m a little bit scared of crabs, as they remind me of spiders! Yuck.

3. When I started ChocolatePages, I loved sweet, happy, romantic comedy chick lit books. Now I love a gritty crime thriller with murders and dark themes! I wonder what that says about me???!!! 

shocked face


Now for Donna’s questions. Donna was very imaginative with her questions. This is what prompted me to do this tag, she made it interesting. I was also challenged to make my questions a little different and hopefully interesting. 

#1 Which finger of your right hand is your favourite?

This is one of the strangest questions I have ever been asked.  I think probably my fore finger as it is most useful. I like my little one as it is the best looking. But I’m going for practical over beauty for this one! 😎


#2 You have 5% of battery left on your phone and on your Kindle, only one electric plug and 30 minutes to use it before you are stuck for hours with no electricity. Which device do you charge?

Well that would depend if I had any Wi-Fi availability? If there was Wi-Fi I would charge my phone. Then I could tweet, email and phone / text. 

If there was no Wi-Fi and I didn’t need to phone anybody for help, then I would charge my kindle as I would enjoy spending 30 minutes reading with no interruptions while I wait whatever I am waiting the 30 mins for. 

I actually enjoy a bit of waiting time when I have my kindle or book with me. Good question from Donna. 

place to be

( I will have to think hard about what I will ask to match these great questions). 

#3 Have you congratulated yourself this week for anything at all? If the answer is no, find something, anything you did, and congratulate yourself, you deserve it.

I tend to congratulate myself quite often usually for small things as they happen more often than big things. I agree with Donna that self praise is a good thing and can improve our self esteem and confidence.  Sometimes I even say to myself ” well done for coming this far” (when life has given me raw blows).  It gives a bit of strength to go a bit further. 

It’s something I recommend ( and I think Donna would too). If you haven’t tried it, find one thing to congratulate yourself on and see if you feel even a little better for it. 

jolly good


#4 Salty and sugary snacks?

Can I have both??? If I had to choose I would choose sugary  ( chocolate of course). But one of my favourite chocolates is sea salted milk chocolate. 

I also like to eat crisps and chocolate together!   😉

choc crisp gif

#5 What’s your favourite tree?

Cherry Blossom tree for sure. They are so beautiful, and here in the UK, a sign that summer is well on its way. 

Spring: abundance of Japanese cherry blossoms



And now for my questions! For anyone that wants to follow on from this post, I look forward to your answers. Leave your links in the comments or just tell me your answers in the comments. 

1. What is your favourite day out of the whole year? 

2. If you had to stay somewhere alone for a week would you choose a white sands beach or a green forest?

3. What would you ‘last meal’ request be?

4. There has to be a bookish question, so what is your all time favourite book?

5. Where is your favourite place in the whole world?


My favourite/best post

I have chosen this post because the organisation is wonderful, and it is something we could all do that would mean a lot to somebody else.

Help a sick child with PostPals.


The Nominees:

No pressure to do this, but anyone who wants to, I would love to read your post. Thanks to Donna for tagging me, and here are a few lovely ladies whose answers I would love to read. Plus they all have amazing blogs, so go check them out. 

Irena BookDustMagic








Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Awards., Tags


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Book Review: Watch Me, by Angela Clarke. (Social Media Murders #2).

Book Review: Watch Me, by Angela Clarke. (Social Media Murders #2).

Thank you to Joanne at MyChestnutReadingTree and Avon Books for my copy of his book which I won in their competition. I really really wanted to read this book, as I had so enjoyed the prequel to it ‘Follow Me’ which I reviewed HERE! (Follow Me, Book Review)

I gave ‘Follow Me’ 5 stars on Goodreads, and I will be doing exactly the same for ‘Watch me’. As social media murder books they are brilliant. 

Although ‘Watch Me’ can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading ‘Follow Me’ first as its amazing. 




The body of a 15-year-old is found hours after she sends a desperate message to her friends. It looks like suicide, until a second girl disappears.

This time, the message is sent directly to the Metropolitan Police – and an officer’s younger sister is missing.

DS Nasreen Cudmore and journalist Freddie Venton will stop at nothing to find her. But whoever’s behind the notes is playing a deadly game of hide and seek – and the clock is ticking.


watch mePublished November 3rd 2016 by Avon


My Thoughts:

My anticipation for ‘Watch Me’ was very high, as I had enjoyed ‘Follow Me’ so much. If you haven’t read ‘Follow Me’, it is the first social media murder book from the very talented Angela Clarke. The social media in the first book was Twitter, which I know and use regularly. The second book ‘Watch Me’, uses Snapchat, which I knew very little about. This didn’t matter as the police force trying to find the criminal didn’t know about snapchat either, so we learnt together, with lots of help from Freddie Venton.

Freddie is a brilliantly developed character, she isn’t part of the force but Nasreen wants her advice on this case, as Freddie is so good with technology and social media. We see the relationship progress between Nasreen and Freddie in the most natural, but complex way and we see the changes in both girls as they find themselves so engrossed in the case of  trying to save the life of the latest victim. 

The police and medical knowledge that Clarke has spoken about in the book has clearly been very researched to get it exactly right, and I have learnt things from this book, while also being taken on a thrilling ride full of twists and fast paced action.

I have to admit the last book ‘Follow Me’, made me suspicious of the wrong people, and I was grateful to be wrong in who I thought was the criminal. I think it shows the sign of a very talented writer in that I can suspect characters and when the true criminal comes to light, it totally makes sense.

The time line in this novel was amazing, it made me want to read faster and turn the pages to match their 24 hours. (Life gets in the way and I can’t read a book in a day, but I loved that the timing was realistic in the way they did things).

When I finished the book I visited Angela Clarke’s Twitter page and almost did a whoop outloud as I saw that there was a third social media murder on the way. My expections are sky high for the next dose of Freddie and Nasreen. Thank you Angela Clarke for sharing your incredibly imaginative mind with us. I loved ‘Watch Me’ and can’t wait for Trust Me. (released in June 2017).










Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Books


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Book Review: Two Graves by Zoe Kalo.

Book Review: Two Graves by Zoe Kalo.


(TWO GRAVES is a short novella, about 70 pages. It is volume #1 in Zoe Kalo’s psychological suspense “Retribution” series.)

A Dante-ish descent through a sinister world of decadent shadows and woeful souls…

Seven years ago, he shattered her life. The town eventually forgot the headlines and the nightmares. But 23-year old music student Angelica hasn’t forgotten.

For the past seven years, she’s contemplated payback with as much intensity and unwavering faith as she puts into her violin playing. Finally, all the pieces are in place. Over the course of one night, disguised for a masquerade ball, Angelica orchestrates a journey of revenge.

two graves


Published August 31st 2016 by Createspace

My Thoughts:

This short novella was packed full with  emotion and intrigue. The main character Angelica is seeking revenge for something that happened to her seven years ago. We are not told what is it that happened, but we can tell from the intensity of dialogue and emotion that Angelica is very angry, bitter and in my opinion confused. At the same time she is so clear thoughted in her aims and what she has to do.

I like that this revenge was ready to play out in a masquerade ball, it gave the tale mystery and I could really picture the characters hidden behind the masks, the music and the anger. The Author writes with brilliant descriptive and emotive words which flowed across the pages. 

“..the flames licking my face as not one but two bow hairs snapped, unhinged, in the brutal, infernal storm that was my heart”

This book was hugely character driven, I could feel Angelica’s emotions and feelings, which the Author very cleverly described within her music. Angelica plays the violin and there is plenty of music descriptive talk, which lead us guessing what angelica has planned.

“Vivaldi’s ‘Summer’ 3rd movement, spilled out of me like a torrent of vomit”

There was a certain sense of hopelessness within Angelica, but also a determination and strength in her plot for revenge.

“When there’s nothing to lose, there’s no fear”.

I enjoyed this novella, but not in the way I usually enjoy books. There wasn’t a huge plot or many twists within this tale, I enjoyed this for the brilliant descriptions and the strength of the Author’s writing to bring out the emotions of the main character. Zoe Kalo has the natural talent of a writer and I think I would enjoy her full length novels, where there will be more opportunity for plot aswell as her brilliant words.








Posted by on April 13, 2017 in Books


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Book Review: Around the World in 80 Tales by Dave Tomlinson.

Book Review: Around the World in 80 Tales by Dave Tomlinson.

When Author Dave Tomlinson asked me if I wanted to review his book based on travelling around the world, the travel bug in me raised its very interested head. I love the play on the title, and was very keen to get stuck in to his tales.


80 Stories, 25 Countries, 5 Continents, One Heck of a Ride!

Come with me on a journey of captivating true travel stories from around the world. This fascinating kaleidoscope of people, places, history, food and culture will inspire, amuse and even amaze. Experience the challenges, rewards and fun of budget travel without leaving home!

80 tales

Published August 16th 2016 by Amazon Kindle

My Thoughts:

In this book Author Dave Tomlinson tells us tales of his travels around 5 continents, as the title suggests there are 80 mini stories here. Each tale is no longer than 500 words, so its the type of book that you can either read all in one go, or delve in and out whenever you feel the pull! 

Dave also has put a photograph after every tale, so even if his wonderfully descriptive words don’t evoke amazing pictures in your mind then you can see them in actual colours after you have read each story. One of my favourites was the picture of an early morning boat trip to the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. This is somewhere I haven’t been put it is on my bucket list of places to go. Very kindly, the Author has allowed me to share this photograph with you. Isn’t it amazing!? Now I really really want to go there.


I loved the mixture of different experiences, with food, culture and people that Dave met along the way. There are bits of history about some of the places he visited which was also very interesting. I think to be able to travel to all these wonderful places and then write about them would be an amazing experience, Dave has shared this with us in the best way available.

Some of the places written about, I have been to and gave me lovely memories and many more of the places are ones that I would love to visit, so reading about them made me want to go even more. 

I loved the dedication page in this book, as the Author acknowledges and thanks all the many kind people he met while travelling. I think the people you meet along the way will always make a big difference wherever you go, and I liked that Dave mentioned this.  

This book was a wonderful read, perfect for those with the travel bug and perfect for those who love to read about different places and cultures.  Thanks to Author Dave Tomlinson for allowing me to read and review and also sharing his wonderful experiences and photographs with us.







Posted by on April 8, 2017 in Books


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