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Looking for #BookBloggers please!

Looking for #BookBloggers please!

As a bookblogger myself, I am frequently contacted by Authors, publishers and PR people. Every mail I get from book related people is a compliment to me and my little blog. When I started reviewing books here, I never expected it to last as long, be as enjoyable or to be so successful (success is subjective, to me my blog is successful for what I wanted). 

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Some of the people who write to me have read my review policy HERE! and know what kind of books I like to review and some just send blanket mails which are not specific to me or any other blogger or book lover! Regardless, I read all the mails and read the blurbs of the books I am being asked about. I then reply to the sender (not always the blanket senders!!) telling them whether I can or cannot read and review their book. Each time I write a mail declining, I feel a little bad that I am saying thanks but no thanks. It has to be done though, some of the books are just not to my taste and sometimes I just don’t have the time to take anymore books on. 

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I have thought many times, especially when the mails are particularly nice, that it would be good if I could point the sender in the direction of bookblogger who would love to review that particular kind of book. 

So, I decided that I should do that! In order to do that, I will need a list of people who will want to be contacted for book reviews, and although I know a lot of bookbloggers, obviously I can’t just hand out details as I please.

So, if you would like to be on my list of bookbloggers that would like to be contacted for book reviews, please leave your details in my comments section, or if you would like them to be more private then you can email me or private message on twitter. (amandalerryn@yahoo.com    /   @chocolate_pages). 

To be clear:

I will send your details to Authors who contact me if I am not interested in their book, they may or may not then contact you asking if you would like to review their book.

Therefore, I will need:

  1. Your name (first only if you like).

  2. Your blog url.

  3. Your preferred genre.

  4. Your email address.

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The bookblogging community is a lovely community to be part of. We all love books and reading, so why not share the love even more. I hope that I get a lot of people who want to be on this list, and if you decide that you want to be, then I hope that you find some amazing books from it.

Happy reading 

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Posted by on July 9, 2017 in Books, events, Uncategorized

 

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#Festive Book Review: Christmas Evie, by Nicola May.

#Festive Book Review: Christmas Evie, by Nicola May.

This is the time to enjoy really festive books, to curl up on the sofa with mugs of hot chocolate with cream and cinnamon, and for me some spiced chocolate gingerbread and of course a festive book. Today, I’m reviewing a short story by the brilliant Nicola May.

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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?

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Published August 31st 2015 by Accent Press

My Thoughts:

This is a fantastic Christmas short story that will warm the hearts of even those who don’t love Christmas. Evie has been cheated on, and is expecting the worst Christmas ever. But she meets Greg who invites her to help the homeless over Christmas. There are just enough characters in this story so that we get a good taste for all of them. 

Bea, Evie’s wacky friend who is always on hand for a laugh and a sherry. Greg the handsome man who helps the homeless. But the stand out from all the rest character is Yves. Evie meets Yves and spends a little time with him. 

Through Yves, we the readers and Evie are shown a side of Christmas that many of us forget. Christmas doesn’t need to be expensive, or hectic or anything we don’t want it to be. 

“See, you don’t need money to do things that make you feel good.” says Yves. This is one of the best festive reads I have read in a while. It really encourages the good in people and allows positivity to flow from the book, and encourage us to be grateful for what we have in the present.

Yves is a spirtual soul and gives Evie some wonderful quotes, one particular from The Prophet by Khali Gilbran, which let me see the wonderful thoughts of the Author also mirrored in her previous book ‘The SW19 Club‘. 

This is a festive easy reading book filled with hope, beauty and positivity. This is the third book I have read by Nicola May, and although I knew before how talented she is. This book made me realise that Nicola May, in the words of Anne Shirley is a “kindred spirit”

*Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery.

 

 

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Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/nicolamay1

www.nicolamay.com

 

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Jungle Rock, by Caroline James.

Book Review: Jungle Rock, by Caroline James.

I was very happy to hear that one of my favourite Authors has published a new book. I have read all Caroline James’ previous books in the Coffee, Tea range. I have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment with Jo and Hattie in Boomerville which is due to be published in spring 2017. So, when I heard that Jungle Rocks, a fantastic novella was out, it immediately went to the top of my ‘must read’ list. 

This is a stand alone novella, but it has many of the same characters from the previous books. I have included links to all my reviews of Caroline’s previous books. 

Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and MeMY REVIEW! 

Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me – MY REVIEW!

So, You Think You’re a Celebrity…..Chef – MY REVIEW!

 

But now for the star review in question today, we have  romantic comedy novella
by Caroline James Jungle Rocks. 

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Description:

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

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Published November 21st 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company

My Thoughts:

Jungle Rock is a brilliant story with a varying range of characters. Zach has broken up with Fiancee Poppy, and about to enter Jungle Survival. Of course this makes us all think of ‘I’m A Celebrity’ in the Australian jungle, and whether or not you are a fan of this programme, it doesn’t matter. If you like easy flow reading with drama, excitement and great characters, I think you will love it.

We hear about the rest of Zach’s family based in the UK, which gives us more of a picture of the type of character that Zach is. Jo and Hattie feature in Caroline’s other books, so for me it was wonderful to catch up with them again. I think if you read this as a standalone book you too will want to hear more from Jo and Hattie. Hattie is such a lively, doesn’t give a hoot kind of character. She is certainly my favourite. I even have a picture in my mind of what she looks like. Now, that is a good Author for you, if she makes you picture the characters in your head!

The story doesn’t focus too much on the trials, but there’s just enough to get your imagination running and your stomach creaking! 

“I’d eat an antelope’s anus, I’m so hungry”.      

There is perfect descriptions of Australia, with great names – Mount Wumbah! I wonder if this is real or Author’s artistic licence. Also, the Christmassy feel of West Marland. This is a festive novella that doesn’t ram Christmas down your neck, but will make you laugh with its humour, drama and array of intriguing and engaging characters. I loved it. 

Links:

Twitter/CarolineJames12

www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Goodreads

 

Author Caroline James:

AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

Caroline’s debut novel, Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity… Chef? has been described as wickedly funny: AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap…’ Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me, an Amazon best-seller, was a Top Ten Finalist at The Write Stuff, London Book Fair 2015 and the judge’s comments included: Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing. Her next novel, Boomerville will be published spring 2017.

Caroline has owned and run many catering related businesses and cookery is a passion alongside her writing, combining the two with her love of the hospitality industry and romantic fiction. As a media agent, Caroline represented many well-known celebrity chefs and her TV script, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity Chef? was runner up at the Winchester Writers Festival 2016.

She has published short stories and is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for an online lifestyle magazine. She is a founder member of The Cheshirati and is available for inspiring and entertaining talks on anything related to the hospitality and publishing industry.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2016 in Books

 

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I See You, by Clare Mackintosh. Guest Review.

I See You, by Clare Mackintosh. Guest Review.

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting a brilliant review from a beautiful lady who has been an amazing support to me over the last few months. And the bonus is, she loves all the same books as me! Here is Lynne’s review of I See You, by Clare Mackintosh.

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Description:

You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you’re going.

You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

 

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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Love Me Tinder, by Nicola May.

Book Review: Love Me Tinder, by Nicola May.

When Author Nicola May asked me if I would like to read and review her new book, Love Me Tinder, I jumped at the chance. The title itself, just oozes comedy. I was sure it was going to be good. I have read only 1 of Nicola May’s books before and that was The SW19 Club. I loved the way that this was written, and it was a book that made me both laugh and cry. I was hoping Love Me Tinder would just make me laugh…..and it did. I loved it. I am also happy to know that there are quite a few more books by this Author that I have yet to read. Always a good thing after enjoying one of a talented Author’s books. 

Description:

Dull security or risky freedom – which would you choose?

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.

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Published July 31st 2016 by Accent Press

My Thoughts:

Well, this book was a bit of a eye opener for me to the world of online dating! Cali was cheated on by her Husband and decides to put herself out there on Tinder. Before I read this I knew nothing of Tinder, after reading this I can see how it could bring love and it can bring laughter, mix ups, disappointment and fun! For Cali , it brought a novel load of laughs and a few experiences that she won t forget! 

There was a brilliant side line character called Lady P, who is an African Grey Parrot. He would say the most inappropriate things at every opportunity and you can just imagine the things a fictional parrot could say when a young lady enters the world of Tinder. It’s brilliant.

Nicola May’s writing style flows easily and well. I think this Author  must have a brain full of imagination as she has written quite a few books and all get amazing reviews. She writes fictionally  about characters that you can empathise with, you can laugh and cry with. She writes stories that could be true, but you are glad you are not embroiled in all those mix ups and  craziness. 

Will Tinder work out for Cali?? You will have to read to find out. But prepare for a good read, some laughs and some cringes along the way. 

Cali enjoys her Tinder fun in Room 102 .  If I ever stay in a room 102 again, I will always think of Cali and Nicola May. This is definitely a  book I recommend to all chick lit lovers and especially anyone who has any experience of Tinder. If like me you haven’t then I still recommend this book to you for the amusement it will give you. 

A funny easy read with great characters and a lot of Love Me Tinder- ing! 😉

Links:

Goodreads

Twitter/NicolaMay1

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

NicolaMay.com

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Chances, by Jaime Scarfuto.

Book Review: Chances, by Jaime Scarfuto.

This book was given to me to read and review. I read it and had to have a good think before I wrote this review. This is not the kind of review I usually write, but it is written and I hope I have written it fairly and clearly. I would be interested, as always if anyone else has read this book and what their thoughts are on it. 

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Description:

In high school, I thought I’d end up with James. In college, I thought I’d end up with Alex. As the years went on being with Alex wasn’t what I wanted anymore. I wasn’t being loved and cared for, I was being neglected and forgotten. After the final straw I had enough and started my life over. Being alone for the first time in almost six years. Little did I know, my high school reunion was right around the corner and maybe a second chance to be with James too. But was that what i wanted? Who doesn’t want to end up with their high school sweetheart? or is there someone else out there for me?

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Published March 13th 2016 by Jaime Scarfuto

 

My Thoughts:

This was a very  easy reading book. It follows the main character Jeanie as she decides she no longer wants to be with live in boyfriend Alex, so breaks up with him. Soon after she finds out its her ten year school reunion and we learn about her past ‘relationship’ with James.

This was not a favourite read of mine, and the reason for that is I found it very hard to relate to the main character. She seemed to me to be so self absorbed and extremely naive. When reading books, even books with bad guys, killers etc, I always feel I can understand why they do things a bit. I feel that takes a talented Author who knows people. 

I found Jeanie to be annoying and a bit selfish. Although this spoiled it for me, as credit to the Author, she did make me feel this.

At many points, I was tempted to not finish this book, but I did as I wanted to see what happened, if Jeanie got less self absorbed and to see what happens to her and her friend.

Although, I didn’t much enjoy this book, it is easy reading and if you like books about friendships, relationships and taking ‘Chances’, then you might enjoy this book. 

 

Links:

GOODREADS

AMAZON.CO.UK

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Twitter/Jaime_Scarfuto

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Gamer Girl, by Glynis Astie.

Book Review: Gamer Girl, by Glynis Astie.

Thank you to Author Glynis Astie for inviting me to read and review her new book ‘Gamer Girl’. Glynis told me that another Author Tracie Bannister had recommended me as a good bookblogger, which I was very flattered by. So, thank you to both Tracie and Glynis. Now for the book….

Description:

Struck by tragedy at an early age, Meri Palmer escaped into the only world she understood. Within the virtual realm of online gaming, she lived a life filled with mythical creatures and thrilling adventures, where she was strong, powerful, clever, and beautiful—everything she believed she wasn’t in real life. As the years went by, her desire to cling to her cherished fantasyland only grew stronger.

But when Meri meets Morgan, equal parts gorgeous and goofball, she begins to wonder if the time has finally come to rejoin the so-called real world. Channeling the bravery of her fairy warrior alter ego, Meri slowly lets Morgan beyond the protective walls she’s built around her heart. Just as she finds a comfortable groove in an uncertain world, Morgan succumbs to insecurities of his own, leaving her lost and confused. Through her battle to regain her equilibrium, Meri will discover that even in reality, things aren’t always what they seem.

Will Meri win the battle raging in her heart and summon the will to rescue her knight in shining armor? Or will she give in to the fear and find her game over?

 

Tikinou Publishing (31 May 2016)

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My Thoughts:

I liked the initial blurb when I was offered to read and review Gamer Girl. It actually reminded me a little of Sophie Kinsella’s ‘Finding Audrey’. I think that this idea of mine mixed up my thought processes of the book initially, as I was imaging Meri as a teenager. However, she is actually in her 20’s. So my ideas of what to expect were wrong. 

Once I got into the book, I grew to love the main character Meri. She has had a tough time growing up, and now living with her Grams. (brilliant character, funny, caring, the kind of Grams I’d like to have myself!). The story follows Meri as she alternates between her virtual fairy world and her reality of work, life and the struggles that it always brings.

I am not a gamer, I don’t know anything about the gaming world and don’t have an interest in it. It didn’t matter in this book. The gaming part of the book is the way that Meri is showing her fears and insecurities. It was very cleverly done.

I liked how it’s not only the female character that has insecurities. When we meet Morgan, he seems pretty perfect for Meri. He gets her Yoda obsession. (Something I think is close to the Author’s heart too, I suspect?!)  😉     But as Morgan’s character develops, we learn he is not so perfect, and he has secrets and insecurities too.

He is cute at the beginning when he comes to Meri’s birthday party, Morgan gives her a Yoda pendant necklace, and says:

“This Yoda can stay with you through all kinds of weather. Not just the bad stuff.” 

Meri as a character is so relate-able, she is insecure, but despite her insecurities she has a passion and as we read we see how Meri strives for her passions. She is stronger than she thinks. Meri is also very funny in a relate-able way too. Between Meri and her best friend Declan, there are certainly quite a few chuckle worthy moments in this book. Before an upcoming tennis match, Declan tells Meri:

“Besides the catastrophic danger you face in these situations – of injuring both your pride and your body – you do realise you’re going to sweat.”

Sometimes in a book its the small things that are not really hugely relevant in the story line, but these small things make the story so much more real and pull the reader in to the involvement of the characters lives. For the first half of the book, we don’t know what ‘Meri’ is short for. She doesn’t tell Morgan, as she thinks its a weird name. I didn’t guess the name, but it kept me wondering. That’s what I mean by the smallest parts of a story line. Her name is very fitting by the way. You will have to read to find out what it is!

I love how Authors can bring to live imaginary characters that you can’t help but fall in love with, and are so memorable and distinct that they stay with you, almost as friends you are waiting for your next catch up with. I really enjoyed Astie’s smooth writing style.She developed amazing characters in Meri, Declan, Grams and a couple of other brilliant sideline characters. I recommend this book, and I look forward to more from Glynis Astie.

Overall, this is an enjoyable book, with love, friendship, laughter and a good old bit of Gram’s ‘phelgm speak!’. This is funny not disgusting! You will need to read it to find out what I mean by this! 

Links:

Goodreads.

AMAZON.CO.UK

AMAZON.COM

Twitter/GlynisAstie

Facebook/glynisastieauthor

www.glynisastie.com

 

 

Glynis never expected in her wildest dreams to be a writer. After thirteen years in the Human Resources Industry, she decided to stay at home with her two amazing sons. Ever in search of a project, she was inspired to write the story of how, in only six short months, she met and married her wonderfully romantic French husband, Sebastien. The end result became her first novel, French Twist. As this was just the beginning of their epic love story, Glynis continued to chronicle their adventures in the sequel, French Toast, and the final installment in the series, French Fry. After she finished milking her life story for all it was worth, she decided to write straight-up fiction with Gamer Girl, which infuses her beloved chick lit with a hint of fantasy. When Glynis is not writing, she is trying to keep the peace amongst the three men and two cats in her life, finding missing body parts (Lego pieces are small!), supervising a myriad of homework assignments and keeping a tenuous hold on her sanity by consuming whatever chocolate is in the vicinity.

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Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: The Moment She Left, by Susan Lewis. #Giveaway

Book Review: The Moment She Left, by Susan Lewis. #Giveaway

I am very happy today to bring you my stop on the blog tour for the brilliant new Susan Lewis book ‘The Moment She Left’. Thank you to Louise Page for gifting me a copy of the book  which I very much enjoyed. Below I will tell you why I loved it and also I am thrilled to be able to offer one of my lovely readers a free copy of this wonderful book. See the rafflecopter section at the bottom of the post, and if you love the sound of this book then enter away.

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Description:

Kesterly-on-Sea is full of secrets.

Some are darker than others; many are shameful. One is even deadly.

Andee is an ex-detective whose marriage is breaking up. So when a young female student disappears without trace, she throws herself into the search.

Meanwhile, the town’s beloved Rowzee Cayne has just discovered that she is terminally ill, and doesn’t want to burden her family and friends with the news.

Andee and Rowzee don’t know it yet, but their journeys are going to help them uncover a secret. One that is going to affect them more than they could ever imagine.

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Published July 28th 2016 by Cornerstone Digital

 

My Thoughts:

This is actually the first Susan Lewis book that I have read, and now knowing that she has written over 30 novels, I am very happy to say that my ‘want to read pile’ has just grown a lot bigger! My Mum and my lovely bookblogger friend Irena both recommended Susan Lewis to me, so when the opportunity came up to take part in this blog tour, I jumped at the chance. (You can read Irena’s review of this book  HERE!

The first chapter is the setting of this book, where we hear about the girl who has gone missing Jessica. After that first chapter, we hear from all the other characters who all have their own separate stories but as the book continues, you see how they become linked up.

From the description on the front cover of this book, you read “Sometimes the truth is best kept secret”. This book is a lot about secrets and should we keep things to ourselves, is that the best way to protect others or protect ourselves. It is a book that makes you think. In a way the book kind of reminds a little bit like Jodi Picoult books. And I am a big fan of Picoult, so this is indeed a compliment to Lewis.

The book tells the story of Jessica’s family and those who love her, their grief and need to know what has happened to her. Then we have Andee, who is having family problems, but is the detective who has been asked to try to find Jessica. Then we have Rowzee and her sister Pamela. They both have secrets of their own. So with this big mix up of characters, secrets, lies and loss, Lewis has developed a brilliant novel which will keep you up late reading, and intrigued as to what happened to Jessica, what about the other secrets, will they come out or will they stay with the owner until death parts them?!!

Rowzee was definitely my very favourite character in this book, she is kind and generous to a fault. Even when she finds out terrible things about people she is still the person who says they should be given chances and understanding. Is she generous and caring to a fault? You will have to read and see for yourself. 

A quote that is quite prevalent to this whole story is said by one character who shall remain nameless until you read it yourself:

“It goes to show that you never know anyone as well as you think you do….”

 

 

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Links:

Twitter/@susandlewis

SusanLewis.com

AMAZON.CO.UK

AMAZON.COM

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Also published in paperback on July 28th was another of Susan Lewis’s best sellers, ‘The Girl Who Came Back’. This already has over 50 fantastic reviews on Goodreads, which you can read HERE!

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But now for the much awaited giveaway! You know what to do, follow the rafflecopter link and do what it tells you too. Good luck, and I hope to hear your thoughts on this Susan Lewis book and any others of hers you have read and can recommend to me. 

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Susan Lewis was born in Bristol in 1956. Her father Eddie, was a Welsh miner, a poet, an engineer and an unashamed communist who loved to write. Her mother, Eddress, one of thirteen children, was a fiery, indomitable woman with great aspirations for her young family. Susan and her younger brother were brought up in a spanking new council house on the outskirts of town; money was tight, but they were a happy, lively family.

Susan was nine and her brother five when her mother died of breast cancer at thirty-three; Susan’s father was thirty-seven and he never married again. Sending Susan to boarding school was thought to be ‘for the best’ but Susan disagreed. No one listened to her pleas for freedom, so after a while she took it upon herself to get expelled. By the time she was thirteen, she was back in the little council house with her father and brother.

At eighteen, Susan got a job at HTV in Bristol and at twenty-two moved to London to work for Thames Television. She moved up the ranks; from a secretary in news and current affairs, to a production assistant in light entertainment and drama. It was whilst she was at Thames that she started writing fiction. Thirty-six novels later, Susan is one of the UK’s bestselling fiction writers. As well as fiction, Susan has written two moving memoirs about her childhood in Bristol: Just One More Day and the sequel One Day at a Time.

Losing her mother at such an early age had a profound effect on Susan’s life, which is why she is a long-term supporter of Breast Cancer Care, the only UK-wide charity providing specialist support and tailored information to anyone affected by breast cancer, and Winston’s Wish the charity for bereaved children.

After years living abroad in LA and France, Susan returned to England in 2009 and now lives in a beautiful converted barn in Gloucestershire with her husband and two dogs.

For further information about Susan Lewis visit www.susanlewis.comSusan Lewis is available for interview and feature writing. Contact Louise Page PR on 020 8741 5663 or email louise@lpagepr.co.uk .

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Posted by on August 12, 2016 in Books, Giveaways

 

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My Favourite BookBloggers.

My Favourite BookBloggers.

Today I am going to share with you some of my favourite bookbloggers. I started ChocolatePages after reading many other bookblogs, until I decided that I could and wanted to write one too. I love sharing my thoughts about what I’ve read, what I’m going to read and many other bookish thoughts. But I also love reading other people’s thoughts too. So, here are ten of my favourite bookbloggers. Not in any particular order, they are all amazing. 

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So, lets get started:  

*Each picture belongs to the blogger I speak about.

Irena from BookDustMagic.Wordpress.com is fantastic.

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Irena and I did a buddy read when we first ‘met’, and I have been a firm fan of hers ever since. Irena enjoys the same kind of books as me, and I find her reviews brilliant. Irena is a blogger that I will easily take book recommendations from. Plus she regularly has excellent giveaways on her site. 

 

Kat from perksofabooknerd.com is a really charismatic blogger.

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Kat tends to review more fantasy and YA books, but there is a variety of genres there too. Kat has a brilliant youtube channel, and I am subscribed so that I can watch all the vlogs that she makes. I love hearing about her travels to all the book conventions. Her youtube channel is kat TheBookNerd

 

 

Rayna from  ReaderRayna.com is so talented and imaginative.

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Rayna has a fantastic blog, my favourite part of her blog is her many discussions. There is so much to read on Rayna’s blog, from her weekly meme’s to book hauls, to of course her fabulous reviews. Rayna has a wide variety of genres that she reviews, so there is always a good recommendation coming from her corner of the net.

 

 

Donna from Chocolatenwafflesblog.wordpress.com  is brilliant.

 

I immediately knew I would love Donna’s site, when I read her name. Chocolate and waffles! Now she and I have a lot in common, chocolate and books, and I can always go a waffle or two. Her blog is so beautiful, and I love that she does ‘This Week in Books’ nearly every week, so there are always great books to learn about, and what Donna thinks of them. 

 

 

Claire from ClaireHuston.Wordpress.com puts all my favourite things together, books, chocolate and cake!

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I love Claire’s blog. There is a always a delicious new recipe to try, and a brilliant book review to read. Claire has also written her own novel which sounds like a great read to me, so publishers – look out for this talented lady! Claire’s blog is a fabulous place to go to enjoy some indulgent ‘me time’.

 

Rachel from ConfessionsofaBookGeek.com is amazing.

Rachel’s site is brilliant. She has great bookish discussions always giving thoughtful points of view and welcoming conversational discussion points in her comment section. Rachel regularly gives us her ‘stacking the shelves’ round up of all her posts and reads, but she also tells us about lots of other blogger’s interesting posts she has read over the weeks. I always find new bloggers to follow and interesting posts through Rachel’s ‘Stacking the Shelves’ posts. And of course Rachel gives us great book reviews.

 

Suze and Anniek from WithLoveForBooks.com are lovely girls.

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WithLoveForBooks is an amazing site. Suze and Anniek can read so many books and write reviews at a fantastic speed. They have Author interviews and so many brilliant bookish giveaways. I was lucky enough to win a package of 8 amazing summer books a few months ago. They have new reviews and giveaways almost daily on their site. Plus the giveaways are usually international. 

 

 

Sharon from ShazsBookBlog.Blogspot.co.uk is inspiring.

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Sharon has very similar taste in books to me. We both like chick lit and crime thrillers, so I am always keen to see what Sharon is reading and what she thinks of the books. Shaz reads way faster than me, so my ‘want to read’ pile grows ever bigger after reading her reviews. Shaz has just done a ‘food and drink in books’ month. I love foodie books, so I really enjoyed this theme.

 

Jo from MyChestnutReadingTree.wordpress.com always give a thrilling read.

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Jo’s blog is the blog that makes my ‘want to read’ pile grow daily! She mainly reviews psychological or crime thrillers, just the kind of books that I love. The way Jo writes her reviews is fantastic, she tells us how the books make her feel, along with all the other reviewing skills. She certainly knows how to make me want to read read read.

 

AJ from ajbookreviewclub.wordpress.com, I loved her from the very start.

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AJ started her blog the same time as me, and ever since we have become firm bookblogging buddies. We love all the same books, I can always take great recommendations from her. Plus AJ does her unique #AJsCoolCoverChallenge, whereby each week she chooses a different topic of book, and a group of bloggers use her # to reveal what we are reading and their covers. I love AJ’s blog.

 

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So, be sure to check out these lovely bloggers, all their sites are linked into their names, so you can easily find them. Of course there are many many more fantastic bloggers out there, and I always like to hear great recommendations of new ones to read. So, if you can recommend some to me, or you know and agree with the bloggers I love, let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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Posted by on August 7, 2016 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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Interview with Rico Lamoureux. Author of Riker’s Calling.

Interview with Rico Lamoureux. Author of Riker’s Calling.

 Today I am very happy to be able to share with you an Author interview with Rico Lamoureux, Author to fantastic new crime thriller ‘Riker’s Calling’.  Rico’s new book is available for pre-order now. His publication day is August 4th. I shared my book review of ‘Riker’s Calling’ here on ChocolatePages. If you read my review, book description and Rico’s thoughts here, I’m quite sure you will be interested in the 25% off price that you can get the book for if you pre order.

You can read my review of Riker’s Calling HERE!

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Would you like to start by telling us a little about yourself?

Sure:) In a nutshell, I’m an American author who has been living in the Philippines for fourteen years now. Very long story short, I met the girl of my dreams and we fell in love. After knowing each other in person for only two weeks, (and a few letters over six months as pen pals) we got married. I was unable to acquire a marriage visa for her due to income restraints, and so unable to leave her for who knew how long, I decided to stay. 

My whole life ended up turning upside down, losing the comforts of a First World country and having to adapt to Third World harshness, but for true love, I did it. (Yeah, just as dramatic as one of my books, only this story is true!)

As an indie author I’m still trying to write my way back home. I don’t know if I’ll ever meet that income limit to reach such a goal, but I have no regrets, my main priority now being to at least be able to make enough as an author to where we can finally have the priceless gift of a child. I think after fourteen years of perseverance and patience we deserve such:)

I’ve read that you are classified as legally blind this must make writing much more difficult, but perhaps much more satisfying?

Yes, VERY difficult. And this is why I couldn’t get a ‘normal’ job back in 2002 to get that visa. I’m totally blind in my left eye and legally blind in the right due to Acute Retinal Necrosis. I just know that if I had 20/20 I’d feel like I had a super power, and be at least 100% more productive than I currently am capable of, but this was the card I was dealt, so I just have to make the best of it, pacing myself so as not to strain my remaining sight as I read and write with a magnifying glass held up to my eye. 

Riker’s Calling must have taken some imagination! to portray the mind of a serial killer. What was your inspiration or thought process for this novella?

With writing, as with anything else in life, I feel it’s important to be in alignment with truth, so as far as writing a serial killer, this means lots of research– to know their thought process, impulses, etc. And yes, then there’s the writer’s best friend– imagination. 

I believe a great story requires being true to all the characters. In other words, an author needs to care enough for each to understand them and do them justice. For example, an antagonist doesn’t see themselves as bad. In their mind they’re doing what’s right, so one has to capture such when writing. Walking that thin line between serving all involved and story is what’s crucial to great storytelling. 

I can imagine that ‘Riker’s Calling‘ would make a great film, would this be something you would be interested in?

I’m glad you were able to pick up on that! I have a number of publications out, but I believe the two most cinematic are Riker’s Calling and my dramatic horror story, The Mirrored Staircase. I studied screenwriting in film school, (one year before my eye condition affected my right eye, the left one having been affected eleven years prior and left totally blind.) 

I take an organic approach to writing, which is why each one of my novellas is truly different, the story idea of each telling me how it wants to unfold. So yeah, with Riker’s Calling, it really did come to life like a film, and if given the chance, I really believe it would do well up on the big screen.

Alex Cross…

Jason Bourne…

Riker could be next!

There is a nice quote from Riker’s ‘Niece’ Jaime in the story: 

“Treat your passion like a pastime, you’re a hobbyist. Treat it like it’s your life, you’re an artist.”

Is this how you see your writing, as an artist?

Absolutely! I studied a number of arts during my younger years, including a combat-oriented martial art, acting, and music. But the art of words is what I have been a practitioner of since childhood, and continue to be. Any artist knows that magical feeling of creation, and for me it’s writing. 

What’s next for you?

If Riker’s Calling does well out in the wide vastness of cyber space, which would be a feat in and of itself, I plan to release a companion book for it, revealing a lot of things behind the story, including a secret within the cover. 

I’ll also be releasing my autobiography soon, and maybe even a few more surprises no later than Christmas:) This will all be shared on my social media, and when it comes to twitter, I follow all who follow me, as I feel it’s the right thing to do. 

And whats next for Riker?

Riker has a natural instinct to protect, and with that kind of warrior’s heart he’s going to have to face The Ghostwriter, a disenfranchised writer who snapped and is now wreaking deadly havoc on the publishing industry. (His origin is told in the short story The Ghostwriter, which is now up on Amazon).

This is going to get really personal for Riker, because for the first time in a very long time he will open his heart to someone, The Ghostwriter a looming threat to such happiness.

 As a writer, I imagine that you enjoy reading too? Who are your favourite Authors?

I like to say that my four indirect literary teachers were Stephen King, Robert Cormier, Anne Rice, and Ken Follett. I’ve been trying to get King’s attention to see if he’d be a hero that would blurb The Mirrored Staircase, so if anyone out there knows him…LOL!

You’ve also been on another mission, haven’t you? One involving a tattoo?

Yep! If Riker’s Calling becomes my first bestseller, I’m going to get the cover of it tattooed to my forearm. (Prime real estate, as Jaime would say!) It’ll be my first, and I’m not a fan of needles, but such a milestone would be very important to me:)

Thanks for the great interview, Amanda!

 

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Links for Rico Lamoureux and ‘Riker’s Calling.

Twitter/RicoLamoureux

FACEBOOK/RicoLamoureux

GOODREADS

AMAZON.CO.UK

AMAZON.COM

 

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Posted by on August 2, 2016 in author interviews

 

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