#BookReview Midnight Sisters by @saraheboucher #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT

Book Review #RBRT

 

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Book Title: Midnight Sisters

Author: Sarah E Boucher

Category: Myths and Fairy Tales

My Rating: 4 Star

My Review:

I’m unfamiliar with the original fairy tale that this novel is based on, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, so I can’t comment on the uniqueness of this re-telling. However, I can say that it is a thoroughly enjoyable book in its own right. I did keep expecting the sisters to disappear into a magical land but I think this was down to the book being placed under the myths and fairy tale category. I think it would be better suited in young adult romance.

I liked Jonas from his first appearance. He is a fully rounded character with a nice sense of humour. The interaction he has with his supervisor, Gregor, and his friend, Braden is quite heart-warming. Continue reading “#BookReview Midnight Sisters by @saraheboucher #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT”

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Loving the Life Less Lived by @GailMitchell42 #BookReview #Anxiety

Loving the Life Less Lived

By Gail Marie Mitchell

My Rating: 5*

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My Review:

My thanks to Anna at RedDoor Publishing for a copy of Loving the Life Less Lived by Gail Mitchell in return for an honest review. Loving the Life Less Lived is out TODAY. You can order a copy HERE.

I’m a great believer in things happening for a reason. Having struggled with depression and anxiety for some years, it’s only in the past twenty-four months that it has significantly affected my lifestyle, relationships, and career. I was always able to ‘get on with it’ for the most part, which I’ve discovered, is not conducive to your well-being. When I received Gail’s book I was almost relieved to be able to read about someone else’s journey, and I settled down to read in the hope I would learn how I could fix myself. Continue reading “Loving the Life Less Lived by @GailMitchell42 #BookReview #Anxiety”

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Interview with Author @MortonSGray #TuesdayBookBlog #ChocLit

I’m delighted to welcome Choc Lit author, Morton Gray to chat about her writing, winning Choc Lit’s Search for a Star, and her new book, The Girl on the Beach which is out TODAY! Happy Release Day, Morton 🙂

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

I was born in Birmingham, U.K., but lived for most of my life in the West Midlands. I moved to Worcestershire when I married my husband, but still consider myself to be a Black Country lass and have the family history to prove it.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

There was never a clear career path in my mind, so I tried to keep my education quite general. After a business studies degree, I joined a large organisation and enjoyed being moved around the company. I worked in administration, committee services, training and management development. After sixteen years, I decided to train as a therapist and worked as a clinical hypnotherapist and Reiki Master for several years. I’ve always written as part of my job, be it press releases, reports or training materials, but found novel writing much later in my life.

List three words to describe yourself. Continue reading “Interview with Author @MortonSGray #TuesdayBookBlog #ChocLit”

#TuesdayBookBlog Numerology: Discover Your Life Purpose #BookReview

Numerology: Discover Your Future, Life Purpose and Destiny from your Birth Date and Name. My original book review for this title was published on my motivational blog, Motivate Me! but this book was so fascinating that I thought it deserved another share.

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When Hay House brought out their ‘Hay House Basics’ series, I jumped at the chance to add their version of Numerology to my growing collection. Numerology: Discover Your Future, Life Purpose and Destiny from your Birth Date and Name by Michelle Buchanan is just one book in a growing catalogue of back to basics mind, body, and spirit books ranging from Angels to the Qabalah, and Astrology to Tarot. Continue reading “#TuesdayBookBlog Numerology: Discover Your Life Purpose #BookReview”

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Happy New Year #SundayBlogShare A Year of Blogging Fun

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Another year comes to a close, and we all breathe a sigh of relief. 2016 was a tough one, for many reasons. We lost far too many icons from the stage and screen, as well as family and friends who left us with a hole in our heart.

On the positive side, we are all still here, relatively healthy (not including the festive over-indulgence!), happy, and hopefully determined to make 2017 a better year.

Blogging is a huge part of my life, and I’m looking forward to sharing more valuable content over the next twelve months. Many of my blog readers will know this blog well and, I hope, enjoy my book reviews, the author and blogger interviews I’ve shared, as well as the random musings of my mind.

The most popular features for 2016 were my Reader Spot interviews where I invited the incredible book bloggers I’ve met online to share their passion for reading and reviewing. You can read all the interviews HERE.

My Monday Muse feature was also well received and gave me an opportunity to share some of the outstanding women and characters who have inspired my writing. You can read all the Monday Muse posts HERE.

I was honoured to appear on a host of blogs and websites this year, as well as featuring in Writers’ Forum Magazine. You can read all my interviews HERE.

I’m not sure if many of you are aware that I also write another blog, Motivate Me, which is celebrating its fifth birthday today and 133,000 page views! I neglected this platform a little in 2016, but I hope to focus more on my motivational blog over the coming months. I’d love for you to pop over and join me for an inspirational boost, a holistic look at health and wellbeing, and to share your lifestyle goals.

2017 is going to be a positive year, full of joy, good intentions, incredible books, and new friendships. I’m so grateful that you have joined me on my blogging journey and I look forward to sharing a prosperous future with you all.

Thank you for the likes, comments, and shares. Your interaction is hugely appreciated.

Happy New Year xxx

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My Top Ten #YA Reads #amreading

 

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The Goodreads Choice Awards were announced recently, and I was happy to see YA author, Sarah J. Maas scooped another win in the YA Fantasy & Science Fiction category, this time for A Court of Mist and Fury (great book!). In 2015 it was her Queen of Shadows novel that secured her win, however, this year she was able to amass an astounding 57,000 votes!

The fact that I’m 44 years old and a huge YA fantasy fan has never seemed odd to me. I’ve been a fan of this genre for many years and plan to remain a loyal YA reader for a long time to come. I know I’m not the only ‘oldie’ who likes to read young adult tales and I see this in the number of likes and comments I receive on my blog posts when a young adult title is featured. Continue reading “My Top Ten #YA Reads #amreading”

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In the blink of an eye… #family #gratitude

In the blink of an eye…

Life is precious. I’m not sure we really understand just how much until it’s either threatened or taken away from us.

At this time of year my family always remember my cousin, Lee who died on the 12th December from SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death from Epilepsy), he was twenty-four. My aunt, uncle, and cousin started a charity in his name called Lee’s Smile, and they have achieved incredible things with the money they’ve raised.

For obvious reasons, my aunt and uncle no longer put up a Christmas tree or do the festive things; they prefer to book a holiday and take in the sunshine, returning to welcome in another year. It was six years ago that we lost Lee and yet every Christmas the emotions bubble to the surface for all of us. In the blink of an eye, we lost a good-looking young man with a wonderful soul, and an unforgettable smile.

Last week our family dynamics were threatened once again when my dad was knocked off his bike by a lunatic driver doing 80mph down a 40mph road. At sixty-nine years old my dad is probably the fittest bloke I know – he’s certainly fitter than me at my sprightly age of forty-four! He is a member of a cycling club and goes out for a club run four times a week. These guys can cover over two-hundred miles some weeks. Unfortunately, they have lost far too many club members to road traffic accidents, and my dad came incredibly close to being added to the list.

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My brother was able to get to the scene quickly, and he supported our dad as the ambulance arrived and dealt with his injuries. He accompanied dad to the hospital and even took graphic photographs of him being stitched back together (I’m really hoping he doesn’t prepare a slide show for viewing after Christmas dinner!)

I’ve been up to the hospital with my mum each day to check on dad’s progress, and I’m delighted to share with you that he is doing well. This is a miracle when you consider what he went through. He broke five ribs, his right knee, and shattered his ankle.

Chatting to him yesterday, he was able to tell me all about the accident and what happened when all hell broke loose. He remembers people running in all directions and lots of shouting. He remembers people crouching over him to check he was breathing, he remembers the sickening bang as the car hit him, and he remembers his eyes flying open as he hit the floor.

The driver, a young man in his twenties who was driving a powerful car, hit my dad then swerved into the oncoming traffic and hit another car before crashing into a brick wall. We are hoping to get him banned for life. The other car he hit had young children inside on their way to football practice. Fortunately, they were relatively unharmed aside from receiving cuts from the flying glass and being understandably shook up.

I’ll never forget that phone call from my brother to tell us what had happened.

Once we all knew he was alive and being looked after by the incredible ambulance crew and staff at A&E, each of us, my mum, brother, sister-in-law, my children, and I had our ‘what if’ moments. What if he hadn’t survived? In the blink of an eye, our family could have been altered forever. In the blink of an eye, my heart would have been broken in two. In the blink of an eye, four grandchildren would have been shattered beyond repair. Life is precious.

We hope to be able to bring dad home at the end of the week as he is making a satisfactory recovery. This is in large part to his level of fitness. His broken ribs are causing him a tremendous amount of pain, but this is being managed with medication. He can’t put weight on his ankle for six weeks, so we’ll be making sure he is comfortable and getting him anything he needs. Fortunately, my dad has a great sense of humour and an inner strength that I’ve admired all my life. He is my dad, he is my hero, and he is alive.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all the incredible messages of support we have received, not just from our family and friends, but from the online communities. I posted on my Facebook page how grateful I was that miracles do indeed exist and my post received one-hundred-and-forty-two comments. My dad read every single one, and he was so moved by the support and love (although he now thinks he’s a viral sensation!!), so thank you.

I wish you all a happy, safe, and joyous Christmas and urge you to hug your family, friends, and even a stranger if the need arises! Be kind, be caring, and be safe.