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The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert- review, blog tour

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Title: The Start of Something Wonderful

Author: Jane Lambert

Pages: 364 (audiobook)

 

 

My review:

The Start for Something Wonderful was a great journey and experience for me because it was one of a few audiobooks that I ever listen to. I spent nine hours listening to a pleasant narrator’s voice and enjoyed the story. This past period was very busy and confusing for me so it helped that the book was audio format so I did whole domestic work while I listen and went at work safe and sound.

The story is about Emily forty years old stewardess who decides to give resignation to have more time with her boyfriend. They live together and she has everything which one woman could wish for a pilot man beside her, she travels to every exotic place on Earth and wears designer’s wardrobe. Has she?

Right after he broke up with her she quits her job and she becomes jobless and homeless. Emily is desperate and desperate times call desperate measures. She chooses to follow her dream to become an actress. Subsequent to that the story gets better and better.

I am grateful because I have a chance to read this book in such a busy period for me. I easily related to Emily cause I am in my early forty as her, also I give resignation and find another job and have to learn everything from the beginning as Emily. The other thing that keeps me listening till the end is the captivating and funny story. Sometimes I hope that my life is funny as Emily’s and I could laugh to my defeats as I did on Emily’s.

Emily is funny and caring but a very insistent person, I like how she deals with the situation and how persistent she is. In those acting classes, her thoughts seem so important and loud in my mind.

The writing style gives the right way to this story especially Emily’s path through her new career really gives the sense of chick lit story.

 

The Start of Something Wonderful
It’s never too late to follow your dreams….
Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a
glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with
her…
Catapulted into a midlife crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside down,
quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!
Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too
late to reach for the stars?
Purchase Links:
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Start-of-Something-Wonderful/dp/B07FGWSDBJ
US – https://www.amazon.com/The-Start-of-Something-Wonderful/dp/B07DY8SDPW
Author Bio

Jane taught English in Vienna then traveled the world as cabin crew, before making the
life-changing decision to become an actor and voiceover artist in her mid-thirties. She has appeared
in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, “Deathtrap”, and most
recently “True West” in London’s West End. She has recorded audiobooks for BBC AudioGo, Isis
Publishing and HarperCollins. She is currently adapting “The Start of Something Wonderful” into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.

Social Media Links – Twitter: @janelambert22

 

 

 

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Christmas Spirit by Nicola May – review, blog tour + giveaway

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Title: Christmas Spirit

Author: Nicola May

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Fiction

Pages: 58

 

My review:

The jolliest time of the year is Christmas, but not for everyone.

Evie broke up with her boyfriend Darren. Their two years relationship and living together is gone because Darren cheated her. Setting in the bar with her friend Bea, Evie meets Greg who invites her to help at a homeless shelter. There she assembles Yves a tramp. He is young and very wise.

Christmas Spirit is the book about Evie, and her journey of a spiritual awakening guided by Yves. I enjoy reading this book especially sensed the Christmas spirit in it. It is a delighted and profound novelette which is read about an hour and so.

Evie is a funny girl and a good person. I like it how Yves guides her through all those things that really matter and make her forgive her past actions which led her to disastrous relationships and unhappiness. I get pleasure from reading about their meetings and those cards painted with water-colors make me shivered.

“I can’ believe just how kind everyone is.’ Evie placed the final gift out the huge box that Greg had handed her.’ It’s embarrassing to admit that I have never done anything so charitable in my whole life. To tell the truth I don’t even like Christmas Day.”

“I hope Santa falls down the chimney and squashes you both to death.”

This made me sob because I lost my mom three years ago and these days the Orthodox gives a respect to death people going on graveyard:

“Celia Harris had died when she was just thirty- five, of a sudden hemorrhage, and it had been the single most horrific event to date in Evie’s whole life. She was so glad that Celia had had her when she was just seventeen, as it had at least given her eighteen glorious years with her mother. She still missed her every single day.”

Wonderful thoughts:

“Once everyone was settled, it was the loudest silence she had ever experienced.”

“Never say or think of negatives, Evie. Positivity breeds positivity.”

“Let him go, Evie, let him go with love. We should all let go of the negative people in our lives as they do not help us move forward. If someone has hurt you in the past, you don’t have to forgive them to their face, but in your heart. Thank them for the experience they gave you and let it go.”

“Devine sparks are embedded in everyone. It’s up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather them and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new.”

This poem was read on Princess Diana’s funeral by her sister, written by Henry van Dyke, the American poet. I like it and it easily could be my motto:

“Time is too slow for those who wait,

Too swift for those who fear,

Too long for those who grieve,

Too short for those who rejoice,

But for those who love, time is eternity.”

Purchase Link:

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Spirit-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B00GG2O66U

Amazon US –  https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Spirit-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B00GG2O66U

 

Nicola May – Biography

Nicola May lives near the famous Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.  Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks – and, naturally, enjoying a flutter on the horses.

Nicola likes to write about love, life and friendship in a realistic way, describing her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick’.

She has written eight novels, with Christmas Spirit being her first novella.

Follow Nicola May

Website – www.nicolamay.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/nicolamay1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/

 

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Till it Stops Beating by Hannah R. Goodman -review

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Maddie is anxious seventeen years old girl. She is missing her ex and at the same time not so ex-boyfriend Justin. But she discovers that it is not the only problem in her life when her grandmother calls her and tells that she has cancer. How to deal with that, it is too much?

Firstly, Maddie thinks that her only preoccupation is a feeling of missing Justin.

“Three weeks ago, today… we were kissing underneath the giant oak tree in my back yard… five months and four days ago we were in my car, holding hands, reminiscing about a sophomore year when we were together…One year and nine months ago we were breaking up on my front lawn”

Maddie will try to find out how to resolve her worry, but it will cost her very much. This is the moment when she gets the first anxiety attack:

“It’s like I’m free falling from a cliff only nothing is happening. Nothing is happening, everything is happening… I’m losing it…dying…going insane…rolling out the door and into the hallway…”

Maddie has cor dynamic relationship with her friends, but emotional she is in crisis

“I’m telling you that everyone has a bottom and you seem to be hitting yours.”

Justin, even absent physically but his presence was in the air all the way while I’ve read.

“God, I love it when he would do that. Shove his hands in his pockets. Adorable, with his silky black hair falling over his blue eyes.”

The story is completely realistic and exceptionally relevant to this world today. The author gives me a perfect visualization of all the characters and the scenes, so I have feeling that I watched the movie.

Despite not having read other parts of this series I smoothly enter into the story.

Till it Stops Beating is an interesting read that young adults will most likely love and related with it.

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Purchase Link:

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/1684330807/‬‬  

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1684330807/‬‬

Author Bio –

Often referred to as “the teenage whisperer”, Hannah R. Goodman’s twenty-year career working with teenagers includes the titles teacher, tutor, coach, and, more recently, mental health counselor. Hannah has written essays about mental health for various online publications. Her work has appeared on MindBodyGreenOC87 Recovery Diaries,  Zencare.co, and The Mighty. Though she has previously earned the title author with her first three books, the last was released in 2009 and all were self-published. This time around, indie publisher Black Rose Writing released her novel Till It Stops Beating this summer.

Hannah’s  first YA novel, My Sister’s Wedding, won the first place award for The Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Contest, 2004, children’s book division. She published the follow-up, My Summer Vacation, in May 2006, which went on to win a bronze IPPY in 2007. The third Maddie book, Fear of Falling, was released in the fall of 2009 and was praised by teachers and readers for tackling subjects like homophobia and coming out. She’s published young adult short stories on Amazon’s Shorts, in an anthology entitled Bound Is The Bewitching Lilith, and in the journal Balancing The Tides. She also has written columns for The Jewish Voice & Herald. Recent, previous projects include Sucker Literary, which features emerging YA authors and All The Way YA, a group blog of writers telling the real deal about writing and publishing YA fiction. 


Hannah is a member of  ARIA  (Association of Rhode Island Authors) as well as a graduate of Pine Manor College’s Solstice Program in Creative Writing where she earned an MFA in Writing For Young People. She resides in Bristol, RI with her husband, two daughters, and black and white cat named Zoe

Social Media Links –

You can find Hannah:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/969127.Hannah_R_Goodman

Twitter: @hannahrgoodman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tillitstopsbeatingnovel/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tillitstopsbeating/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-goodman-76b9596/

Amazon Author Central: https://www.amazon.com/Hannah-R.-Goodman/e/B002BLU56K

Website: https://www.hannahrgoodman.com

 

 

Audrey Davis, book post, fiction, review, romance, romantic comedy, women's fiction

The Haunting Hattie Hastings I, II, III by Audrey Davis- review

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 3One late night Hattie and Gary come home and tragedy hits them. Gary is dead Hattie is heartbroken and devastated maybe he was driving her crazy still she loves him very much. Cat Hattie’s best friend is near Hattie in the difficult time supporting and consoling her. Only the showing of the spirit of Gary could find the way to back Hattie in the right path however she has another problem to convince the others that Gary is back.

My first impression of the first pages of this book was Come on! It’s supposed to be a romantic comedy how death gets into it but after a few pages and many tears, I understood. Gary past away and I was sad and felt like Hattie because I know how it is to lose someone close.  The pages turned away I laugh so many times. The story went perfectly smooth I liked Hattie and Cat’s friendship also when Gary was showing up the situations were humorous.

When the first part ended I couldn’t hardly wait to read the second part and then the third one. How pages went on the whole situation become interesting and fun with all the characters Hattie, Cat, Gary’s spirit and Hattie’s mother. Every one of them had something to deal with.

This book is for this summer relaxing days fast, fun with emotional edging, when you read it, make sure that you have enough tissues for crying.

 

Synopsis part three:

Nothing lasts forever … Gary’s time on earth seems to be coming to an end. His visits are less frequent and his visibility is fading fast. But he still has a mission to accomplish, which involves Hattie and her ability to pass on a heart-rending message.

Best friend Cat’s ex-husband is determined to prove that he deserves another chance, but do leopards really change their spots?

Times are tough for Hattie’s mother Rachel, but where there’s life, there’s hope …

Meanwhile, is there someone already in Hattie’s life who can help her move on when it’s finally time to say goodbye?

Get your tissues at the ready – both for laughter and tears – with the final instalment of a trilogy that has been hailed ‘brilliant’, ‘hilarious’, and ‘a great feel-good read’.

Purchase from Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunting-Hattie-Hastings-Part-Three-ebook/dp/B07DT2P5Q3

About Audrey Davis

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Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the West coast of Scotland. Rubbish at science but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option. Probably wise. She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time to offer a journalism course.

Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire. Duties included interviewing farmers about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies. She persuaded her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the odd celebrity – or just the downright odd. From there, she moved to the loftier rank of senior reporter back in her home patch. Slightly more money, fewer farm animals but a higher crime rate. As Taggart would say: ‘There’s been a murrrrder!’

After a stint in London on a video magazine – yes, she is that old – Audrey moved to Singapore with her fiancé. She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat, humidity and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which was banned by the government for ‘artistic’ use of naked men’s bottoms.

Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of Number Two. Still, she loved the Aussie way of life – BBQs, beaches and bring your own booze to restaurants – so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back to the UK. Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn’t bode well …Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers), got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again. Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists. Then, hubby drops another bombshell. Switzerland. As in – it’s packing time again. Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny, tiny issues. Like driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and speaking a foreign language (French). The former was conquered fairly quickly (we’ll skip over the wall demolition in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless. At least she provides amusement for the local workforce.
It wasn’t until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took a bit longer than nine months from conception. A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break – followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two is published on 21 March 2018, with the conclusion following in July. After which she might have a wee lie down …

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Twitter- https://twitter.com/audbyname

 

 

 

 

 

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Greek Millionaire, Unruly Wife- review+ blog tour + giveaway

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My review:

When Julia finds her husband with another woman that is the end no matter how rich or how handsome he is. But Michalis Leonidis a Greek tycoon doesn’t share the same meaning with her. He wants revenge and he is furious. It is not about a billion dollar deal broken or his marriage but he can’t pass through the secret Julia hides from him. So, Michalis gets big vengeance on her.

The story is typical romance there is everything that one good romance book could have two persons in love but they hate each other, one big secret which leads the tale ahead, hot- cold situation and many things which I love.

I like Julia because she knows what she wants. She is an independent woman who doesn’t have only beauty but also has other qualification to be great female.

“Not long ago, she’d owned countless such designer gowns, shoes, jewellery, and had the man- the life- to go with it. A sound gurgled in her throat, and the girl cast her odd look. Julia swallowed and turned away, blinking back the tears pressing against her lids.”

One of the we-are-enemies scenes:

…when he shifted his eyes to her, his tender look became eclipsed…

“Don’t look at me like that,” she’d said between her teeth.

“Like what?”

“Like I’ve committed some great sin.”

He scratched his cheek with the pad odd his thumb. “Conscience nipping at you?”

“No,” she hissed. “ It’s not my conscience that’s guilty, it’s-“

I recommend this novel to everyone who wants easy romantic story especially to read on the beach.

 

Synopsis:

A tempestuous fling…a marriage…a betrayal?

When Michalis Leonadis’ bride jumps ship at the first sign of rough waters, he’s annoyed. When she costs him a marriage and a billion-dollar deal, he’s furious; but when he discovers she ditched him whilst harboring a secret…he’s out for revenge.

Ex-model, Julia Armstrong gave up everything for Michalis but when she catches him with another woman, crushed, she jets out of his life. The proud Greek blasts back into her world seeking retribution—in exchange for a divorce, he demands she relinquish the one thing she cannot. Her daughter. Only one other bargaining chip remains…Julia herself.

Purchase Link – http://hyperurl.co/a5rm8c

Author Bio 

Sun photo-1.JPG  Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance for HarperImpulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella launched her writing career, spinning the ‘global millionaires’ series’. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With a Masters Degree in Education, and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making everyday a celebration!

Social Media Links –

https://facebook.com/suncharaauthorpage
https://twitter.com/sunchara3                                                                                     

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The Letter – Kitty’s Story by Eliza J. Scott – blog tour, giveaway + guest post

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The Letter – Kitty’s Story

Thirty-four-year-old Kitty Bennett is trapped in a loveless marriage to criminal barrister, Dan, who’s gradually isolated her from her family and friends. Until the day she (literally) bumps into her first love, the handsome and easy-going Ollie Cartwright – someone she’s done her best to avoid for as long as she can remember. Looking into Ollie’s eyes awakens feelings for him she thought she’d buried deep years ago, and he clearly feels the spark, too. As she walks away, Kitty can’t help but wonder what might have been…
Dan senses that his marriage is on shaky ground and knows he needs to win his wife round. He turns on the charm, skilfully using their two children, Lucas and Lily, as bargaining tools. But Kitty’s older brother, Jimby, and her childhood best-friends, Molly and Violet, have decided enough is enough. For years they’ve had to watch from afar as Kitty’s been browbeaten into an unrecognisable version of herself. They vow to make her see Dan for what he really is, but their attempts are no match for his finely-honed courtroom skills and, against her better judgement, Kitty agrees to give her husband one last chance. But, all-too-soon, a series of heart-breaking events and a shocking secret throw her life into turmoil…
Will she stand by Dan, or will Kitty be brave enough to take the leap and follow her heart to Ollie?

Life is anything but peaceful in the chocolate-box pretty village of Lytell Stangdale, where life unravels, and hearts are broken. Full of heart-warming moments, this book with have you crying

tears of joy, laughter and sadness.

Purchase Link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Letter-Kittys-Story-Life-Moors-ebook/dp/B07DMKKM89/

 

Author Bio –   I live in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with my husband, two daughters and two black Labradors. When I’m not writing, I can usually be found with my nose in a book/glued to my Kindle, or in my garden. I also enjoy bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off with a visit to a teashop where I can indulge in another two of my favourite things: tea and cake.

Social Media Links –

Blog: Eliza J Scott – elizajscott.com

Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1

Instagram: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscott

Facebook: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscottauthor

 

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THE HARDEST PART OF WRITING A BOOK

Hi Books Are My Life, thank you so much for taking part in the blog tour of The Letter – Kitty’s Story and for giving me a space on your lovely blog. I thought I’d share with you what I find to be the hardest part of writing a book. Here goes:

Coming up with ideas for a story has never been a problem for me – I’ve got A4 notebooks full of them! In fact, my head sometimes feels like it’s brimming over with them all trying to spill out at the same time! Anyway, once I get an idea, the main characters fall into place almost instantly – from their hair colour to their personality and traits. The setting follows, including what the protagonists’ home is like. I love this part; getting to know the characters, good or bad. Admittedly some sub-characters pop into my head once the story is in full flow, but that’s okay, there’s usually a space for them.

Finding the time to squeeze in a bit of writing when you’re in the middle of a property renovation, have a lengthy school run to contend with twice a day and keeping on top of a large, but messy, garden has been a bit of a challenge. Actually, it’s been a lot of a challenge! But when I’d decided to knuckle down and get my book finished, and because writing is my happy place, I was determined to do what I could to fit in a little bit of scribbling every day, no matter how small.

Self–editing my manuscript for the first time was pretty tricky as I just wanted to keep everything in it. I didn’t want to say goodbye to Lytell Stangdale and its inhabitants, but it dawned on me that I could move some of the excess story from The Letter – Kitty’s Story and redistribute it into Molly’s Story and Violet’s Story. That made so much more sense – although the manuscript was still a hefty whopper! Thankfully, my wonderful editor, Alison Williams set me on the right path and I managed to streamline the book significantly.

Formatting and all that techie stuff it involved, was something that was niggling away at the back of my mind, and I wasn’t looking forward to tackling it. But with determination and learning through (lots of!) mistakes, I managed to get it done, relieved to know it will be easier next time.

So, while all of the above were without doubt challenges during my writing process, nothing came anywhere near to being as blimmin’ difficult as writing the blurb! Argghhhh! Oh, boy, did that make my head ache! How on earth do you condense thousands and thousands of words into a few hundred and make it sound so catchy it jumps off the page at potential readers? It took me days and had several incarnations (the blurb, not me!) until I reached something that I was happy with. In fact, I had to force myself to stop tweaking it as I could have gone on fiddling away with it forever. And I’m not so sure it’ll be easier next time I have to do it.

So, as you can see, there are many challenges involved in writing a book but what, on the face of it, can appear like the easiest thing to do, actually turns out to be the hardest!

 

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Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Ozborne – blog tour and guest post

Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay.pngComing Home to Ottercombe Bay

Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

Purchase Links

Amazon – http://mybook.to/OttercombeBay

KOBO – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/coming-home-to-ottercombe-bay

Author Bio –

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. She’s now written four romantic comedies and been shortlisted twice for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year.

Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you.

She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s dog. When not writing she’s usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

For more about Bella, visit her website at http://www.bellaosborne.com or follow her on Twitter – @osborne_bella

Social Media Links –

Twitter – @osborne_bella

Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/BellaOsborneAuthor/

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We have Bella Osborne here with a guest post.

Research

If you were to look at my recent Google search history it’s likely you’d be alarmed. Here’s an example:

  • Klu Klux Klan
  • Can you poison someone with Christmas dinner?
  • Pink Panther
  • What causes a heart attack?
  • Brummie slang
  • Can you see metal on an ultrasound?
  • Medieval gestures
  • What is the minimum amount of morphine needed to kill someone?
  • Free running
  • How to cause a car accident?

 

That was 100% all to do with book research – honest. And that’s what I’d tell the police if they ever popped round for a chat. As a writer you have to check your facts and different people do this at different stages of their writing process. I tend to do enough research at the start of the project to make me feel comfortable that I know what I’m talking about. When I was researching what it was like to be deaf I met with my local deaf club very early in the process so that I could really understand their perspective before I started writing the character. However, for other things I leave it later in the process.

Sometimes you’re not sure if a particular element will get cut or amended at the structural editing stage so as long as it’s roughly correct it’s probably not worth too much time and effort until you’re sure it’s staying in. Other things like the bats that plagued Daisy in Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay popped up part way through the story and as I knew diddly doo dah about them I felt I needed to investigate before I wrote that section. This is where Google is the writer’s friend. Where else could you discover that there is such a thing as The National Bat Helpline? And a local Devon Bat Group? Both of these introduced me to lovely, knowledgeable people who could answer my inane questions and steer me in the right direction.

The very big danger with research is that it’s only a few clicks away from watching kittens on You Tube and that’s when Google is not the writer’s friend. Because we all know that writer’s put the pro in procrastination.

 

 

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The Flowerpot Witch by Wendy Steele- blog tour, guest post + giveaway

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The Flowerpot Witch (A Wendy Woo Witch Lit Novel Book 3)

Lizzie Martin has chosen pottery to be her new career…

But the teacher from hell threatens to thwart her ambitions before she starts.

She has support from her best friend Louise and Evan, another pottery tutor, but Rowan, her fifteen year old daughter is restless, Josh, her ex-husband is colluding with her aunt and though her mother is alive, access to her is forbidden. When The Morrigan appears in her sacred circle, Lizzie knows she has a battle on her hands.

There is hope though.

Stardust the chicken brings a new creature into Lizzie’s life and a long awaited meeting with her Aunt Matilda brings Lizzie’s past into perspective.

Lizzie’s magic ventures beyond The Sanctuary, into the Welsh landscape and the realms of the fae.

Author Bio 

Wendy Steele is author, wise woman, goddess. She is writer, dance teacher, mother and healer.

Her passion is magic.

‘The Lilith Trilogy’ leads the reader along the paths of the witches Qabalah, following Angel Parson’s story of betrayal, retribution and redemption. Her magical story contains high magic as well as pagan ritual.

‘The Standing Stone Book Series’ focuses on the lives of three women linked together across time and space by the standing stone. The countryside is the focus of their magic, embracing the gods and goddesses, tree spirits, elves and fairies.

Her latest series, The Wendy Woo Witch Lit Series, begins with The Naked Witch. Lizzie Martin, receptionist, single mother and witch, is asked by her new boss to conform and embrace the corporate dress code. The reality of paisley to pin stripe, an unexpected stay in hospital, monitoring of her fourteen year old daughter’s latest crush, the search for the truth about her father’s death and two new men in her life, give Lizzie plenty of plates to spin. In the Orphan Witch, Lizzie is grieving while trying to find her real mother and the truth about her father and in the third book, The Flowerpot Witch, due to be published on 21st June, she embarks on a new career, thwarted at every step by those around her.

You can hear Wendy telling her short stories in Pan’s Grotto on her Welsh riverbank, on her YouTube channel, The Phoenix and the Dragon.

Wendy’s non-fiction title ‘Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles’ offers the reader 101 ideas to bring a smile to every day.

Wendy lives in Wales with her partner, Mike, and cats. If she’s not writing or teaching dance, you’ll find her renovating her house, clearing her land or sitting on her riverbank, breathing in the beauty of nature.

 

Social Media Links 

Website: www.wendysteele.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WendyWooauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/destinyofangelsnovel/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/WendyWooBooks

https://www.facebook.com/TheStandingStone

Amazon author: http://www.amazon.com/Wendy-Steele/e/B007VZ1P06/ref

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LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=216391838&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Goodreads author:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6548666.Wendy_Steele

YouTube channel: The Phoenix and the Dragon

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Why Magic?

I wanted to write a ‘new story’ for women. My fiction features strong yet vulnerable women. My stories show girls and women that they can be whoever they want to be. They can follow their hearts, trust their instincts, believe in themselves, even enjoy not conforming and most importantly, experience magic in their lives.

Witch Lit is contemporary, magical realism, where the magical and the mundane co-exist. The stories are gritty and believable while magic is sprinkled through the stories, offering the reader a new perspective on reality.  

We all experience magic in our lives. There is no need to be pagan or a practising witch. All you need to do is ‘be’.

We believe we live in the present, this time, now but often our minds have wandered to the past or the future and because of our lack of being rooted in the present, we miss the magic.

Sitting on my riverbank is magic…sunlight trickles through the leaves blessing my skin with the warmth of the sun…water rattles and skates over rocks and stones…dipper tips his wing and skims across the water.

Dancing in the rain is magic…clouds bursting their blessings on the earth…the wind blowing up the valley…music, friends and smiles.

 Time with my children is magic…catching up on news…sharing success and new ideas…supporting them taking adult steps into the world.

 Time with animals is magic… …snuggles with a rescued lamb…warmth and love for a rescued kitty.

Looking into the eyes of a newborn baby is magic. 

Dancing together to raise money for those in need is magic.

Sharing my stories is magic.

Decorating my home to welcome in the light at the Winter Solstice is magic.

Walking on the beach and paddling in the sea, whatever the weather, is magic…

I write about magic…real magic…the magic that fills our lives with moments of inspiration, hope, understanding, empathy and love.

People say to me, ‘But magic isn’t real though, is it?’ It depends what you mean by real. Are all those magic moments I listed real? Are they tangible, measurable and scientifically proven? No, but neither is love.

 Thank you, Wendy.

 

 

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My San Francisco Highlander by Aleigha Siron- blog tour+giveaway

 

My San Francisco Highlander

by Aleigha Siron
Finding My Highlander, #2
Publication Date: August 23, 2017
Genres: Adult, Time Travel, Contemporary, Historical, Scottish, Standalone, Romance

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A love three hundred years in the making — After being knocked out in battle, Angus Cameron wakes in a terrifying new world with flying beasts, horseless carriages, crazy music, and strangely dressed people. Has he gone mad? When Angel Adair discovers a man in 1975’s San Francisco Lands End park dressed in little more than a Scottish kilt, is he just a confused drifter or her dream-lover come to life?

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ABOUT ALEIGHA SIRON

My San Francisco Highlander is Aleigha’s second full-length romance novel in her Finding My Highland Series. Now, an Amazon best-selling author of Time-Travel romance, she is working on the third book in her Finding My Highlander Series as well as a collection of romance poems. She’s also working on early character sheets for a Regency Romance series.

After more than twenty-five years writing and delivering management and other training programs, Aleigha Siron turned her writing efforts to fiction and poetry. When not writing, you’ll often find Aleigha walking along the shore with her trusty four-legged companion, Strider. The whoosh of waves across glistening sand and the turbulent swell of the sea at sunset dissolves the noise of the day. If this fails to conjure the muses and stimulate her creative juices, she’ll sip a glass of wine and read.

Aleigha loves all forms of writing, but historical and romance fiction provide a favorite escape, especially those with time-travel themes. A firm believer that everyone secretly yearns for the romance novels’ essential HEA, she knew this was her genre.

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Eternal Mercury by Elaine Pinter-blog tour+$25 giveaway

 

Eternal Mercury

Eternal Mercury by Elaine Pinter

Chelsee Taylor has been in love with her boyfriend, Max, since they started kindergarten together. She has no idea that high school graduation will be the last perfect day of her life. After a tragic car accident, she refuses to accept Max’s death because she can still feel his presence. No one believes her and she is completely alone. But all of that changes the moment she meets Blake Andersen. It’s not just that he believes her . . . or even just that he’s so understanding . . . but why is Max’s presence so strong when she’s with Blake?

Eternal Mercury is two intertwined books in one. Book one follows Chelsee’s bittersweet journey and book two uncovers Blake’s story of redemption. In the end, it is Max who will inspire them both to trust fate, live life, and finish well.

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“Overall, this novel made me really think about how life can change so completely in the blink of an eye. It was an amazing, life altering story.”

“I loved this book. It made me laugh and cry but most of all it made me feel like there is always hope in this world.”

“I could not put this down. What an amazing story of love, tragedy, strength, triumph, and family.”


Guest Post: Eternal Mercury, Organ Donation, and Cellular Memory

When I first realized that I wanted to write a book, I knew that I wanted it to be different. Shortly after I began brainstorming for that unique idea, a car-crash scene on a mountain highway started playing in my head. Not only was I looking for a unique story idea, but I was also looking for a positive message. I began to wonder if, instead of something scary like a ghost, could something good be left after someone died? The answer became clear to me: organ donation. What could be more beautiful than that? And what could be more romantic than true love that could survive the boundaries of death? To my surprise, the idea turned out to be more realistic than I expected. Through research I discovered the phenomenon of cellular memory. Cellular memory is when people who receive transplants take on traits of people whose organs they receive. It’s rare, but when it does happen, it can come in the form of food cravings, changes in musical taste or hobbies, and sometimes even glimpses at other things about the donor.

Although the level of cellular memory I portrayed in Eternal Mercury is fictional, the need for organs definitely isn’t. It’s hard to think about death, and the common misconceptions about organ donation don’t help. But by understanding the facts and then making your decision known, you just might be able to bring something good out of the bad. That part of Eternal Mercury isn’t based on fiction.

Here are the facts:

Over 100,000 people, including kids, are in need of transplants. Over 20 of them die waiting each day.

One person can save up to seven lives by donating their heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, and small intestine. That same person can improve the lives of many others through the donation of tissues such corneas, skin, veins, tendons, ligaments, and bones.

You won’t receive less medical care if you decide to become a donor. Doctors and nurses make every possible effort to save their patients’ lives and will not even consider organ donation unless a person dies.

Income, social status, and race are not factors in deciding who receives organ transplants. You’ll be helping people who need it the most and your family will not be charged for the procedure.

Most major religions support organ donation. I’m not sure that there could be a more loving or selfless gift, but don’t be afraid to check with your spiritual advisor.

Almost anyone can be an organ donor. Age and/or medical history don’t necessarily disqualify you.

The most important thing you can do is let your family know whether or not you want to be an organ donor. No matter what you decide, telling your family will save them from the pain of trying to guess your wishes at a time when that’s the last thing they need. And if the choice is right for you, to let someone else continue on when you’ve reached the end down here, don’t think about what it means for you; instead think of the incredible gratitude you’d feel if someone did it for you or someone you love.

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ElaineAuthor Elaine Pinter

Elaine Pinter lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and son. When she’s not hanging out with them, she’s jotting down ideas for her next novel in the tattered notebook she carries everywhere.

Her writing journey began in June of 2012 when a reading spree set off an unexpected chain of events. After poring over the pages, her own ideas began to appear and she found herself glued to her laptop after her family went to bed every evening. The late nights continued until her first two YA romance novels, Eternal Mercury and Between the Starlight, were published.

She’s one of those hopeless romantics who believes love always wins and that the best stories are the ones that drag you through the tears and reward you with a smile when all the pieces fit together perfectly in the end.

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