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Guest Review: 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross.

Guest Review: 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross.

Today, I am really delighted to be able to host my very first Guest Reviewer. One of my lovely readers Florence has written her first review EVER! and I am the lucky blogger who gets to share it with you. So please welcome and show how friendly we all are to my guest reviewer Florence.

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Henry Steadman is a successful Florida plastic surgeon on his way to deliver a keynote address at a conference when his world falls apart. Stopped by the police for a minor traffic violation, the situation escalates and he is pulled from his vehicle, handcuffed, and told he is under arrest. Several other police cars arrive and the questioning turns scary, but after it subsides, and Henry is about to move on, the officer is suddenly killed in his car and there is only one suspect: the very person he was about to arrest not ten minutes before. Henry! When a second friend turns up dead, Henry realizes he’s being elaborately framed. But in a chilling twist, the stakes grow even darker, and he is unable to go to the police to clear his name.

15 Seconds is a story of how even the best of lives can be destroyed in just an instant– and of an innocent man, framed for murder, who has to save the person he loves the most, and who cannot go the police to clear his name.



Florence’s Thoughts:

Dr Henry Steadman is a well regarded plastic surgeon living in Florida.   On his way to a conference to deliver a keynote speech he is pulled over by traffic police accused of speeding.  This minor violation escalates when the arresting officer is brutally killed causing Henry to run for his life.  His position grows increasingly worse and he realises he is being set up and has to figure out why. 

His only way out of this situation is to find someone who believes his story, someone he can trust –  his attempts keep backfiring putting him under more pressure and further developments make it impossible for him to contact the police.

His face is on every newspaper, he is top news and he becomes a fugitive unable to trust anyone.

A truly gripping read, I really enjoy a good mystery and that is exactly what ‘15 Seconds’ is.  With little twists throughout the book it is definitely one of those ‘cant put down’ books.






Thank you Florence, I must say the book sounds fantastic and I shall be putting it on my ‘to be read’ list. I hope to feature more of your reviews as you read more books and process your thoughts.

If any other of my readers would like to feature on ChocolatePages as guest reviewers, then please contact me via comments or TWITTER

Happy Reading.

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Posted by on December 13, 2015 in Books, Uncategorized


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Book Review: Dangerously Dark by Collette London

Book Review: Dangerously Dark by Collette London

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy of this book. The chocolate and mystery idea just rang straight to me that this would be a book that I would enjoy. Here are my thoughts.



Chocolate-whisperer Hayden Mundy Moore has just arrived in Portland, Oregon, where she’s about to scarf soufflés and sip cacao-based cocktails at her friend’s engagement party. Fresh from nabbing her first candy-covered killer, the last thing Hayden wants to do is mix her love of chocolate with criminal mischief again. But then the groom-to-be turns up dead before beginning his renowned Chocolate-After-Dark tour. . .

Hayden’s friends insist that Declan’s death was a freak accident, but she knows there’s no mistaking the bitter after taste of homicide. In the midst of habañero hot chocolate and mocha-chunk gelato, a choco-crazed killer waits to strike again. Hayden will need to use more than her extraordinarily gifted taste buds to bring this murderer to justice, but she just might have bitten off more than she can chew in the process. . .


My Thoughts:

Thought I would really love this with all the chocolate talk and the murder mystery parts, but unfortunately I didn’t love it. I liked all the different kind of chocolate talk and all the chocolatey descriptive words. But what I didn’t realise before I started the book was that there was a book before this one. This second book makes a lot of references to the first book. At first it made me wish I’d read the first book, but then I found myself thinking if I had read the first, I probably wouldn’t have read this one.

I thought there were far to many references to the previous book. The main character I thought was a bit silly. I was left thinking for the first half of the book, has there been a murder or not. I don’t know if this was what the author intended? but I didn’t like it.

I prefer a murder mystery to be gritty, thrilling and a page turner. I like my romantic comedy chick lit books to be easy reading fun. This I think was supposed to be a mix of the two which in my opinion didn’t work well. It wasn’t gritty and it wasn’t easy reading fun.  For me, it didn’t work.

I don’t like to write completely negative reviews for books, and as I did finish this book, the positives for this book were all the delicious chocolate references, which sounded so tasty.

“grilled brioche sandwiches filled with melted chocolate and sea salt..”

And some strange sounding delectable too!

“a bacon-y take on a Snickers.”

There were also nice recipes at the back of the book too. Below are links for the Author and the book. I’d love to hear from you if you have read this or any of Collette’s books and what your thoughts are.

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Posted by on December 12, 2015 in Books


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Blog Tour: FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA by Stacy Juba & Giveaway.

Blog Tour: FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA by Stacy Juba & Giveaway.

I am very happy to have my stop today at the blog tour for brilliant new book out by Stacy Juba, ‘Fooling Around With Cinderella’. Hosted by Tasty Book Tours, they are also having a lovely giveaway. See about this fabulous book and enter the giveaway at the end of this post.


Read all the other fabulous bloggers posts and follow this tour – HERE   



What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom. First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.



Author Information:

Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. She has had a novel ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers), or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series, Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty.


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Book Review: The Food Dare, One Thing You Can Do Everyday to be Healthier. by Lindsey Banks

Book Review: The Food Dare, One Thing You Can Do Everyday to be Healthier. by Lindsey Banks

When Author Lindsay Banks approached me and asked if I would like to review her book, I was hopeful especially because of the title of the book. ‘One Thing You Can Do Everyday to be Healthier’, one thing a day didn’t sound to bad, and if it could make me feel healthier I thought, why not give it a go.

This is how it went……  



The Food Dare provides a day-by-day guide to improve the way you eat, and will ultimately allow you to experience the health transformation of your entire life in just one month.

Healthy eating and dieting can be restrictive and boring. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. The Food Dare provides a day-by-day guide to improve the way you eat, and will ultimately allow you to experience the health transformation of your entire life in just one month.

The Food Dare is a 30-day challenge where you will be adding healthy new eating habits into your diet, in three phases. This dare is not about deprivation or restriction. It is about adding to your life to make your food choices healthier and more nutritious.

In each phase you will practice each new healthy habit so that it can become a lifestyle, not a diet. This dare is about making small changes, not big sacrifices, so that you can maintain it long after you have completed the dare.

Whether you are overweight and discouraged or healthy and strong, The Food Dare is a dare you should take. It’s time to learn the keys to a healthy diet and a healthy life.

Stop dieting and start making a healthy lifestyle change. I Dare You.

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My Thoughts:

I liked the way this book started, straight away the Author says we need to consider why we want to accept this dare. I like that she put it as a dare. It makes the idea of becoming healthier more like a challenge that someone else will be following with us. If we quit, we are letting ourselves down. Lindsay Banks starts the book by getting us to ask ourselves why we want to take this challenge, so once you have told yourself why you are doing this, you should keep that in mind throughout the dares. If I started to weaken, I would remember why I started in the first place.

The whole ‘Dare’ process takes 30 days, each day we take on another healthy habit. It is a really good idea for a ‘get healthy’ book. It is motivating and not that hard at all. At least, I didn’t find it that hard, as some of the things we had to do, I was already doing anyway. I almost felt like I had a head start on others following the challenge. 

The book has note space in it, for you to write down how you doing and conclusions after each day. I thought this was a great idea. I only had the ebook version, so if you were going to get this book, I would highly recommend the paperback version. I think it would keep the motivation up if you were writing in the book as you go along. There is also a Facebook accountability group that the Author has set up, so you can have group encouragement. I don’t use Facebook, so I didn’t join this, but I can see how having a group of you doing this together would be really helpful. 

There was a quote for each day, which was encouraging. 

“Every new day is another chance to change your life” – Unknown. 

“If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen” – Unknown. (I liked this, I thought it was amusing.  😉

The back of the book includes some healthy and easy recipes, like cauliflower crust pizza and strawberry banana green smoothie. 

While reading this book, I got myself a fruit infusion water bottle, whereby you can add fruits in the middle to flavour the water healthily. My favourite fillings were lemon and lime, and cucumber and mint.

Overall, I found this book easy to follow, motivating with the quotes and really not to hard to complete. 

Check out Lindsay Banks on Twitter HERE





This book would be a lovely Christmas gift for you or someone who wants to start the new year healthily.

Let me know what you do to keep healthy, and if you decide to get this book, I’d love to know your thoughts. 



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A Country Practice by Judith Colquhoun. Blog Tour & Competition

A Country Practice by Judith Colquhoun. Blog Tour & Competition

Today, I am very pleased to be taking part in A Country Practice Blog Tour, which also hosts a fantastic giveaway!!! 

For the first time, I am featuring SoundCloud on my blog, so you can listen to an excerpt of the book. My review will follow soon for this book. In the mean time, have a read below where you will find the links to the book, an excerpt and a brilliant competition where you could win an Amazon TV Stick!!!! Wow, wishing I could enter my own competition!!

A Country Practice by Judith Colquhoun

A Country Practice Book 1 by Judith Colquhoun

heart-warming, poignant and engaging tale about the doctors, nurses and patients of the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital, and their friends and neighbours.

A Country Practice follows the dramas, loves, secrets and dilemmas of the people in an Australian small country town. There is romance, humour and tragedy for the medical staff of the local hospital, and the rural community it serves.

A desperate woman arrives at the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital in the final stages of labour. Can Dr Terence Elliott overcome his demons to save both mother and baby?

Simon Bowen, the newest doctor in town, is frustrated at being seen as an outsider by the tight knit country people. Will he succeed in winning them around ‒ especially young vet Vicky Dean?

Vicky’s mum, Sister Shirley Dean, is courted by widowed police sergeant Frank Gilroy. But is he the man for her?

Young married couple, Brendan and Molly Jones arrive in Wandin Valley. Are they prepared for the realities of country life?

Meanwhile, a teenager in love clashes with her father and a serious car accident reveals a surprising secret about two of the town’s residents.

Based on the award-winning, international hit television serial A Country Practice, this new series of novels follows the lives and loves of the rural community of Wandin Valley, South-Eastern Australia. Set in the early 1980s it is a nostalgic look at country life, yet with all the same joys and problems we face today.


The A Country Practice series of novels set in sunny Australia are perfect for curling up with on a cold winter’s day or evening! And to celebrate the release of the first two books in the series, Corazon Books is offering you the chance to win something else to keep you entertained on a cosy night in! One lucky UK-based winner will receive an Amazon Fire TV stick* – which lets you stream loads of TV programmes, films, games and music through your TV. To be in with a chance to win simply answer the following question, and send your answer to by midday UK time on December 11th 2015. The winner will be announced on December 14th at

Q. What is the name of the young married couple who have just moved to Wandin Valley?

PLUS Please state the name of the blog where you read about the competition – all visitors’ names from each blog on the tour will be put into a hat and the first name pulled out for each blog will win paperback copies of the first two A Country Practice novels!

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*This competition is organised and run by Wyndham Media Ltd. Judges decision is final. Amazon Fire TV Stick only available for UK residents. If the overall winner resides outside of the UK they will receive instead a bundle of Corazon Books paperbacks to the same value as the UK prize. Entrants details won’t be kept or shared with third parties. Good luck!




To give you more of a taster of this book, I have included an excerpt for you to read. Then you can swiftly go to the links above and download your book from Amazon! 😉


In the car park at the hospital, a black Mercedes eased in beside the yellow one. ‘Well I never,’ said Miss Bird, peering through her window, ‘are we being honoured by a visit from royalty?’ Brendan, who was now in uniform and had been giving her a backrub, confirmed that it was not Prince Charles who alighted.

It was in fact a weary and rather rumpled-looking Bernard Myers. He was met at the hospital entrance by a less than friendly Judy Loveday and taken to Marta’s office.

‘Mr Myers, Matron. Here at last.’ Marta gave her a look that would freeze hell over.

‘Thank you, Sister, I think that’s Miss Bird wanting attention, is it not?’ Judy vanished at speed. Marta held out her hand to Bernard.

‘Mr Myers, I’m Marta Kurtesz, we spoke on the phone. What a trip you’ve had. Please do sit down.’

‘Thank you. I’m sorry I look so dishevelled, I haven’t slept since I found she’d gone. Phone calls to everyone I could think of, hospitals, police, I even rang the morgue. And then I went to see her friend in Newcastle, I was out of my mind, I –’

‘Please – there’s no need to apologise.’

‘How is she? And the baby, a little girl, you said. Can I see them?’

‘My Myers, you can see your little girl in just a moment. But your wife – that’s a different matter. Sandra won’t see you or the baby. She says she wants nothing to do with either of you.’

He sat there in stunned silence. He had not expected this and it took some time to digest. He loo

looked completely shattered, Marta thought. She couldn’t help feeling some sympathy for him.

‘Me, I can understand,’ he said finally. ‘I’ve treated her so badly. But the baby?’

‘I think, in her mind, the two of you are inextricably linked. You wanted a girl, isn’t that right?’ He nodded. ‘You got what you wanted, she sees it – and I don’t think she’s being quite rational, we’re not always, when we are hurt – as just another example of you getting your own way.’

‘If I could just have a minute with her. A chance to explain.’

‘Not until she says so. She’s feeling very unloved.’


‘She says you have found someone else.’

‘But it’s not like that at all!’

Marta wondered what it was like but he just sighed and shook his head and asked if he could please see his daughter and she took him to the nursery. Like all new fathers, he looked at the little red bundle in wonder and awe. He asked about the humidicrib, was she okay, and Marta explained about the prematurity and her tiny lungs, she’d be out of there and on her own tomorrow most likely, she was doing really well.

‘She’s beautiful, just like her mother.’ He turned to Marta. ‘I’ll get a room at the motel. I’ll stay until Sandra agrees to see me. I have to see her. I want to apologise. I want her to know that I love her. That there’s no one else, no one at all. I did one stupid thing, Matron, and I’ll do anything I can to make up for it. Can you tell her that?’

‘I’ll do my best,’ Marta said.

She hoped for the baby’s sake that she had the necessary skills for her new role of marriage guidance counsellor.

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Posted by on November 15, 2015 in Books


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Book Spotlight: Down the Wormhole by Ana Franco #freebook

Book Spotlight: Down the Wormhole by Ana Franco #freebook

I was recently contacted by Author Ana Franco. Ana has written a mythological book called ‘Down the Wormhole’. I wanted to share with you all that this book is available for FREE at the moment. I have downloaded the book myself and am looking forward to reading it.

My review will follow soon, but in the meantime, see the links and information below and grab this book while you can.


Medusa is a nice girl, Aphrodite is empowering, Loki vanished on thin air, Isis doesn’t have a memory and Anubis is the only sane one. Join them all in an adventure that mixes the styles of ABC’s Once Upon A Time and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson. What this can possibly mean? Why, chaos, of course!


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If you download the book and read it, please share your thoughts with me and Ana either here in my comments sections or contact me by TWITTER. As always, I’d love to hear from you.

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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in Books


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Book Review: Death by Dangerous, by Olly Jarvis.

Book Review: Death by Dangerous, by Olly Jarvis.

I would like to thank Author Olly Jarvis for gifting me a copy of this book. After speaking to Olly about his book, I had a feeling I would be hooked and was looking forward to diving right in. This is an Author with a wealth of knowledge that makes this book so gripping and really dragged me right into the story. I absolutely loved it.

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Death by Dangerous is a compelling legal thriller set in Manchester and Bradford.

John Anderson is one of the North West’s most dedicated and successful prosecution barristers. His career is going from strength to strength and he is on the verge of becoming Queen’s Counsel. But the life he once knew suddenly comes crashing down following a fatal road traffic accident…

“They’re saying it was your fault. Someone died.”

Recovering from his injuries, he has no memory of the collision. Was he responsible for the death of a child? Who was his female passenger? Facing charges of causing death by dangerous driving, the professional and personal life he once knew now lies in tatters. Depressed and taking refuge in alcohol, Anderson refuses, in the face of so many unanswered questions, to accept his guilt. He becomes convinced that the gangster he was prosecuting at the time of the crash is in some way involved.

The mystery deepens as his search for the truth draws him into Manchester’s sordid criminal underworld. Shunned by his former colleagues, Anderson finds help from an unlikely source, enabling him to confront his prejudices and re-evaluate his past life. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery and, ultimately, the path for his own redemption.

Anderson knows that defeat means deliverance to a prison full of violent criminals he has prosecuted over the years. He now has to find the strength to fight the most important trial of his life.


My Thoughts:

Let me tell you straight off, I absolutely loved this book. It is amazing, thrilling, gripping and just simply fantastic. What a talented, knowledgeable Author. 

Each chapter of this book brought intrigue and interest. You can tell by reading this that the Author has a wealth of knowledge of legal issues. It is written in a way that was totally understandable to me as a lay person, but also from the character’s professional view point that made it so believable that I was drawn into the world of John Anderson, his family, friends and his enemies. Throughout the book we see how relationships change, develop and how confusing this would all be for the main character John. Who does he trust? Who is out to help him? And who is out to destroy him? This book is so cleverly written. I just can’t rave enough about it.

The first page of this book seems to be almost separate from the main story, and its only towards the end that the pieces all come so nicely and clearly together. I was left guessing throughout the book about what the outcome was going to be. I like a book that is not at all predictable, and this one certainly isn’t.

One of the reasons this book appealed to me before I started it, was that it is based in Manchester and surrounding areas. A lot of the thriller books I have read are based in America and it was nice to read about a place I am familiar with. The book even mentions Gregs the bakers. 🙂

I would say from the second chapter of this book, I started to tell my family how amazing the book is. (I also raved on Twitter, you might have seen). I think now, my Mum and Husband might be wanting to borrow this book……. I want it back though!!!!  ♥  I definitely recommend this book to you all, its got intrigue, twists, excitement, and I loved the cleverness of the legal tale.

Olly Jarvis has now been added to my list of favourite Authors, and he is very close to the top!!

Author Details and Links:

Paperback, 300 pages

Published July 28th 2015 by Troubador Publishing Ltd





Have you read this book? Do you want to? Let me know your thoughts? As always, I’d love to hear from you?

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Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Books


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Book Tour: Fracture, by Ryan Mark.

Book Tour: Fracture, by Ryan Mark.

Today, I am delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour for new book FRACTURE by Ryan Mark. Fracture is the sequel to dystopian young adult book TREMOR. 

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Fracture could be read as a stand alone, but I would highly recommend reading Tremor first, as it is amazing!! You may remember I reviewed and raved about Tremor a while ago. You can refresh your memoryHERE

 I was so very happy and honoured to be asked to join this blog tour. As I really loved the Author’s first book, I was sure that Fracture was also going to be amazing. I wasn’t wrong!!

My review of Fracture will follow soon, but today I want to share the details of Fracture with you. 

I was also lucky enough to be able to interview one of the characters from the books. But before that, here are the details of Ryan Mark’s books:




ISBN: 1906954836

 The life William knew has gone. His world has been left devastated by the Fossil War. All major governments have been wiped out and the land is now under the control of the company Terrafall. Although Terrafall’s intentions seem honest, William wonders if the company will live up to its promises and stop the tremors, which have been plaguing the Earth since the end of the war. And can Terrafall really find out who is behind the recent wave of abductions?  

 When someone close to William disappears, he decides it’s time to take matters into his own hands. But in a land that is on the verge of tearing itself apart, is it a life worth fighting for? If your world was falling apart, how far would YOU go to save it?

If you want a reminder of my review of Tremor, you can read it:  HERE




ISBN: 1910565393

The Earth is starting to recover from the onslaught of destruction left behind by the tremors and Terrafall. William’s life is settling and he has finally found a place where he feels he belongs. With the opportunity to flourish, the Haven Development has been able to secure the future of its lands and people, bringing forth a period of peace and stability.  

Yet something sinister quakes beneath the surface, hiding in the shadows, unknown to William and the Haven Development. Not a tremor, but a new enemy who threatens to tear apart everything William and his friends have fought so hard to protect. The peace is about to fracture…



Now that you are totally gripped, here is my lovely interview with one of the characters from both books, I introduce to you Igraine

What do you remember about life before the tremors began?

Fond memories fill my heart when I think about this question. Memories of my husband, memories of my youth, memories of a time less tragic than this one. Oh how lovely it would be to go back in time and live those years again! However, although I hold these memories close to my heart, I do appreciate this new future, and I will not take what I have now for granted. Life is getting better, and I’m glad to be a part of this new world.

What does an ideal world look like through your eyes?

 A world where everyone can live in harmony with the planet would be outstanding! I believe a bright and comfortable future can be achieved with hard work and cooperation, and the Haven Development is a testament to this!

What is your greatest fear?

Seeing my husband’s death, yet again.

Have you any regrets in life?

 That I couldn’t save my husband, couldn’t stop Terrafall when I watched them rise to power. I had the chance to look into its management during its early days, but I was naïve and too wrapped up in my own problems. I regret this every day of my life.

Are you and Branimir close?

Of course, I am his deputy and will always stand by his side. He has done a huge amount of good for the survivors of the war.

If you could go back in time, before everything happened, what advice would you give yourself?

I would’ve looked into the rulership of Terrafall, would’ve tried to prevent my husband’s death. But that is a fleeting dream, one which I cannot succeed on. This question, though good, fills me with a sense of melancholy.

Are you proud of what the Haven Development has achieved?

Oh of course, what has been achieved is wonderful! The Haven Development is trying to show that there is hope, that all is not dark and miserable. We have built a future out of the destruction, and are trying to show that we can live with the Earth in harmony. I will always stand by what we have done, and I will protect it with my life if I have to. We need a future.

Thank you Igraine and Author Ryan Mark for this lovely and heartfelt interview, I appreciate your honesty and wish you all the best of luck for the future.

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 Links for TREMOR and FRACTURE for you to grab!!


Fracture on Amazon UK

Fracture on Amazon USA

Tremor on Amazon UK 

Tremor on Amazon USA


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 Ryan Mark: Author Bio 

Ryan Mark lives in the rural county of Cumbria, on the outskirts of the Lake District. He is the author of The Tremor Cycle, a Dystopian series that takes place in a world devastated by war. His published works to date include:Tremor (2014), and its sequel, Fracture (2015). Ryan has worked within the education sector for several years, with his most recent position being in a pre-school, caring for children before they take their first big leap into primary school.

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Posted by on October 20, 2015 in Books


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Book Review: The Things We Don’t Say Out Loud by Rochelle Walters.

Book Review: The Things We Don’t Say Out Loud by Rochelle Walters.

Thank you very much to Author Rochelle Walters for my copy of this book. When Rochelle approached me with this book, I was very intrigued mainly due to the fact that the leading character was a psychologist. I love learning about the mind and I hoped this was going to be an interesting book. Here are my thoughts:

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Rising star, Sheila Burkes, has a new position as the resident psychologist/radio talk show host at Memphis’s premier Black radio station, WRLM. With this new venture, she seeks to heal others by helping to guide them through their subconscious, mental blocks and into their greater possibilities. There’s only one problem. She has her own deep-seated secret that she is desperate to keep hidden; but, when all is said and done, she may have to deal with it on someone else’s terms. Will Sheila’s secret come out? If it does, will she be able to overcome the shame or will she be taken down a hopeless, dark road of no return?

My Thoughts:

As I mentioned above, I was initially attracted to the sound of this book by the fact that the main character was a psychologist and also by the great video trailer of the book. You can watch that above.

The first chapter gets us straight in to get to know the main character Sheila, a radio presenter, a psychologist, a black lady who has had a hard life and has tried her best to make it good. Sheila is likeable and intriguing. One of the first things that hit me with this book is the language. I knew when I started the book that it was Africa American genre, but as I haven’t read a book of this genre before, I was really surprised with the language that the Author used.

“…when I say I wanna know something, Negro, I want to know”

This was not taken as racist language, this was the language used between friends. Sheila and her friend Charlie call each other ‘My Girl’. The language took a bit of getting used to, as there was colloquial language used too. However, it did set the scene straight away that this was an African American tale.

I did enjoy the psycho talk that came from Sheila, however I would have liked to hear more of her insights and delve deeper into the minds of the issues that arose and hear more of her callers from her radio show. One of the nice quotes that Sheila says on her radio show is:

“…often through their talking they can one day come to their own resolution….”

“….forgiveness being the tool they used to get to the other side of anger into joy.” 

As we learn about the different characters within this book, we learn that they all have secrets and the second half of the book leads us to a tangled web of how these secrets and characters intertwine with each other. This book was in no way predictable and for my first African American book, I enjoyed it. 

I found that I was reading this book a bit differently from the way I usually read. Usually I get so engrossed in the books that I feel I am living the story with the characters. With this book, it felt like the Author was telling a tale of other people’s lives almost like she wanted us to get a moral from the story. I don’t want to say what I found the moral to be as I think it might serve as a spoiler, but if you have read this book or are going to, I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Overall I felt that Walters was telling a story to try to help her readers. I thought that Sheila was a great and intriguing character, and one that I would like to go for a coffee and a chat with.

I would like to thank the Author again for widening my genres of reading with her book. 

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Posted by on October 17, 2015 in Books


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Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin.

Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin.

I was taken by this book just by the title! I love bookshops, and this one sounded so quaint, I just knew it was going to be good.



Who said that only real heroes could be found in fiction?

Sarah Smith had an addiction – she was addicted to romance novels. The meet-cute, the passion, the drama and the gorgeous men! Now this wouldn’t have been such an issue if she hadn’t been the owner of the only bookshop in Ashford, Connecticut.

Ever since her close friend Lil, from The Gingerbread Café, had become engaged she had been yearning for a little love to turn up in her life. Except Sarah knew a good man was hard to find – especially in a tiny town like Ashford. That was until New York journalist, Ridge Warner stepped into her bookshop…

Love could be just around the corner for Sarah, but will she be able to truly believe that happy-ever-after can happen in real-life too!

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My Thoughts:

This book was just comfort reading at it best, curled up on my sofa with a cup of tea and a supply of chocolate I just devoured it.

The main character Sarah is just a darling, I want her to be my best friend. She works in a bookshop, loves her books, her friends and her village. The book is based in the village of Ashford, which is where Rebecca Raisin’s other books of ‘The GingerBread Cafe’ are based. I haven’t actually read any of these yet, but they are on my tbr list. The books all speak of the same characters as far as I know, so I am positive that they will all be fab books too. 

Anyway, back to this book, it is short story based around Sarah and her friends. Sarah is contented with her life and her bookshop, believing that she has her romance in her books, but then comes along Ridge. Wow, now he is my new book boyfriend!! ♥ ♥

The descriptive work of Rebecca Raisin really puts you in the life and heart of Ashford and Sarah. The way Sarah speaks of books, it was so captivating. This is a book that I think all booklovers will relate to.

“….my theory was that books chose us, and not the other way around.”

“Some stories consumed you, they made time stop, your worries float into the ether…”

Sarah even starts a book blog! Now you see why I want her to be my best friend, I’d even move to Ashford!!! ♥ Sarah’s blog gets a lot more followers faster than mine, she gets over 3000 followers within a month!!! Wow, she must be good. I would like to read her blog too. The way she speaks of her blog, you can tell the Author is a fan of bookblogs too.

“…a community of bookbloggers who were supportive and funny, and felt like real friends”

There are so many quotes I would like to tell you from this little tale, it is wonderful, captivating, takes you to another world of book loving heaven. Read it, love it and then come back and tell me you agree its fantastic and Rebecca Raisin is an Author who can transport us to a land of enchantment and bliss….with the addition of a new book boyfriend!! ♥


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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Books


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