#BookReview The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

Title: The Devil’s Lieutenant

Author: Shervin Jamali

Category: Supernatural Thriller

My Rating: 4 Star

 

The Devil's Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali
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My Review:

I enjoyed this novella. Although it’s written using short, snappy sentences the flow works incredibly well and substantiates the distracted, grief-stricken pain of the main character, Michael. Continue reading “#BookReview The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog”

#BookReview Cursed Love Blues by Kate Wickens #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT

Title: Cursed Love Blues

Author: Kate Wickens

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Cursed Love Blues by Kate Wickens

My Review:

Cursed Love Blues has it all; gods and goddesses, lots of sex, music, and even vampires! The author doesn’t hold back with her descriptive prose, and this novel is, therefore, far from a clean read. Continue reading “#BookReview Cursed Love Blues by Kate Wickens #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT”

#BookReview Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis #YA #TuesdayBookBlog #Dystopian

Title: Gathering Frost

Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Rating: 4 Star

Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis

My Review:

Gathering Frost was a pleasant distraction from real life, exactly what I was searching for in a young adult fantasy book.

Following an earthquake, New York City merges with a fairy tale realm when a castle and its magic splinters through into the real world. Queen Deidre casts a spell over the land, feeding off the inhabitants emotions while keeping them subdued and, in effect, turning them into moving statues. Continue reading “#BookReview Gathering Frost by Kaitlyn Davis #YA #TuesdayBookBlog #Dystopian”

There’s Something About Cornwall #TuesdayBookBlog #GuestPost by @daisyjamesbooks

First of all, a huge thank you for featuring my brand new release – There’s Something About Cornwall – on your blog. My pleasure, Daisy 🙂

 

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Location is always very important to me when I’m writing. It’s almost as though it’s another character that requires just as much attention, just as much crafting, as any other. My first novel – The Runaway Bridesmaid – was set in New York. I enjoyed an amazing trip there a couple of years ago, for a milestone birthday, except, instead of spending five exhilarating days taking in the sights, because of Hurricane Sandy we ended up being there for eleven. Everywhere was closed, even the Broadway shows, so I grabbed a pen and some paper and started writing and my first published novel was born.

When I began researching my fourth book, I wanted my characters to have a fabulous backdrop for their story, so it had to be Cornwall. The scenery is so beautiful and diverse, not to mention the fact that the sun always seems to be shining. There’s Something About Cornwall follows Emilie Roberts, a food photographer, who takes a culinary road trip around the whole county as she works on a photoshoot for a celebrity TV chef working on her next cookery book.

Emilie’s epic journey starts in Padstow where she meets Matt at a beach party. He becomes a last-minute replacement driver for an orange-and-cream vintage campervan they’ve nicknamed The Satsuma Splittie. There’s plenty of stops along the way and lots of baking and tasting of the delicious Cornish food that is being photographed.

I wanted to showcase not only the local recipes, but also the wide array of artisan beverages that Cornwall is famous for. So, in Truro, they visit an apple orchard where Emilie photographs the Cornish Cyder Cake and Apple and Caramel Loaf, but they also indulge in a few pints of the local Scrumpy.

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Apple & Caramel Loaf

During my research, I was amazed to find that vineyards flourish on south-facing slopes and fabulous white and rosé wine is produced in Cornwall. The county is also the only place in England that grows tea – Tregothnan Tea – it offers a whole new meaning to the label English Breakfast tea!

I also came across the Southwestern Distillery, run by Tarquin Leadbetter, which produces not only Cornish Gin but also Cornish Pastis. The pastis is a modern take on the classic French aperitif and the first of its kind created in the UK. It is made with gorse flowers foraged from the Atlantic clifftops and fresh orange zest finished off with a touch of liquorice root. Tarquin also grows his own Devon violets for use in his Tarquin’s Gin.

I hope readers will enjoy escaping to our southernmost county when they read There’s Something About Cornwall.

For a chance to win a book on the history of the much-loved, iconic camper van, a mug and a coaster, just follow Daisy James and retweet the pinned tweet. The prize will be drawn on 31st March 2017 (UK only).

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The What, Why, and How of Self-Publishing #TuesdayBookBlog

On Wednesday 8th March it is International Women’s Day, and what better day to attend a Women in Business Conference where I get to listen to influential speakers from a variety of backgrounds and businesses.

I’ve only been a member of the Socially Shared Member’s Group for a short time, and yet I’ve learned so much and met some incredible ladies. I can’t imagine a better way to spend my day than in the company of like-minded individuals.

To add to the excitement, I was invited to run one of the workshops during the afternoon sessions on self-publishing. Having published seven books with a further two titles due out this year, I should be able to fill my forty-five-minute slot quite easily. However, get me talking about books and writing, and you might have a problem shutting me up! Continue reading “The What, Why, and How of Self-Publishing #TuesdayBookBlog”

#TuesdayBookBlog Twelve Lessons by Kate Spencer #NewAge #Romance #BookReview

Title: Twelve Lessons

Author: Kate Spencer

Category: Contemporary Romance/New Age/Personal Transformation

My Rating: 4*

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My Review:

Having brought my own life back from the brink on several occasions, I felt that Kate Spencer’s book, Twelve Lessons would be a perfect read for me.

It’s very cleverly written as it fits into the personal development genre and yet it’s disguised as a contemporary romance. Stephanie Slater’s life falls apart at the seams, with one disaster after another landing at her feet. She attends a party where there is a Tarot reader who tells her that certain hardships are coming her way, but she refuses to believe such a charlatan. Stephanie is fine. Life is fine. Nothing could ever burst her bubble – could it? Continue reading “#TuesdayBookBlog Twelve Lessons by Kate Spencer #NewAge #Romance #BookReview”

#BookReview Luna’s Adventures in Petlandia #TuesdayBookBlog @petlandiapost #PictureBook

Personalised Children’s Picture Book

My Rating: 5*

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If you follow me on Facebook, you will notice the abundance of posts I share about my crazy black cat, Luna. Since she exploded into our lives a year ago, we have been captivated by her personality, love, and character. Having never had a fluffy pet before (you can’t cuddle a goldfish!) I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much joy we have experienced since Luna arrived.

I’ve read about the meditative benefits of owning and caring for a pet, but until Luna became a part of our family, I hadn’t realised just how beneficial it was, not just for me, but for my children. Luna is a tonic for the mind, body, and soul.

So, when I spotted a sponsored thread on my Facebook feed just before Christmas, to have your pet immortalised within the pages of a book I jumped at the chance. The only fault I could find with this product is the inability to add more than one ‘owner’ name. As I have three children, it was a tough decision as to who I chose to be the star of the book alongside Luna. In the end, and to ensure there were no festive tantrums, I decided to treat myself and used my name! Okay, okay, I probably should have purchased three books!!

Petlandia allows you to choose a pet (cat, dog or rabbit) and customise to suit your needs, including fur colour, eyes, pattern, and collar. You can then input your pet’s name, the owner’s name (or child’s name), and the town you live.

Once ordered you can sit back and relax and await your personalised delivery. The story is written by Steve Cleverley with illustrations by Katja Hammond, and the duo make an impressive team. I was delighted with my finished product. In my version, Luna dreams of going to Hollywoof to become a star. She leaves home and flies halfway across the world where she achieves her dream of becoming an online superstar with 50 million views on her YouChew channel. But in the end, Luna misses home and her owner (that’s me!).

Jumping into Shelley’s arms Luna cried with joy,

then Shelley squeezed the squeaker in a squishy, squashy toy.

Since my three children arrived at the interesting teenage stage of their development, I’ve missed reading picture books. I was, therefore, thrilled with my personalised book, Luna’s Adventures in Petlandia which took me back to when the kids were younger. The story is told in rhyme with stunning illustrations. The tale (no pun intended) is heart-warming and even got an ‘aww, that’s gorgeous’ out of my fourteen-year-old daughter.

I can’t recommend this product enough. If you have a child who adores their pet, or if you are, like me, a self-confessed crazy cat lady, then I urge you to get your own version of this book.

Here are what the critics are saying…

“Woof woofity woof woof bark bark woof!” The Hollywoof Reporter *****

“Meow, meow, meow, meow…PURR!” Mew York Times *****

“A truly pawsome read!” Rex Growl *****

Blurb:

Welcome to Petlandia.

A crazy world where any pet can become a star, including YOURS!

From Mew York to Hollywoof, Hamsterdam to Barkelona, this pawsome place is the dream destination for starstruck pets everywhere!

Visit Petlandia’s website to input your pet details and order your unique book.

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