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ThrillWriting: Growing Up as a Cop’s Kid: Information for Writers and Curious Minds

ThrillWriting: Growing Up as a Cop’s Kid: Information for Writers and Curious Minds
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Book Review: “The Iron Pendulum” by Eloise de Sousa

Read the latest review of The Iron Pendulum by Christoph Fischer, author and blogger at CFF Books.

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The Iron Pendulum by [De Sousa, Eloise]I’ve met Eloise at the Blogger’s Bash last week and was intrigued as to what kind of books she wrote. I opted for an adult rather than a children’s book, as I was in the mood for a thriller.
I’m glad to report that I picked a rather stunning thriller full of suspense and susprises. The opening scene sets up a great sense of intrigue as we discover along with the detectives a very strange crime scene that leaves the polive guessing. Soon, another crime scene is discovered, similar, but this one even more bizarre and puzzling. You simply can’t help wondering what has happened and will want to know where the story is going. There are two people missing. We learn a little later on where the missing people are, while the detectives are still in the dark about this. It’s hard to describe this thriller further without risking…

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Book Tuesday

Hi and welcome to Book Tuesday.
Last year I had the privilege of assisting a fellow blogger launch his book, Knitting Can Walk. As the year has worn on, I’ve decided to revisit my old post and update it a little, giving you a refresher on a great book. Lance Greenfield, who will be attending the Bloggers Bash this weekend, has written a variety of books that set an easy, enjoyable pace to his stories which are based on true life events.

The story follows the adventures and misadventures of a teenage boy growing up in Hong Kong in the early ‘seventies. There is plenty of mischief, but at the centre of his story is the greatest achievement of his life. 

Capturing the spirit of a boy surviving the split of his parents, Lance describes Calum McDougal’s adventures in south-east Asia with his best friend James. 

Being parceled off to each parent every couple of months has its advantages as we find out when the boys discover various ways of making money, which brush the lines of legality with sometimes humorous consequences.

Lance translates the emotional hiatus of trying to belong in a foreign world as a British boy discovering himself.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it took me back to the seventies when foreign families lived in exotic places, sometimes becoming pillars of good within the communities and sometimes taking advantage of their status to the detriment of themselves and those around them.
In the book, our likeable rogue, Calum, is a mixture of good and evil and partakes in some whacky adventures with his friends to make easy money from unwary soldiers looking for a good time. With his quirky personality and naughty streak, he lands himself in trouble many times, giving the reader hilarious pranks to enjoy and solicitous behaviour that is somehow seems excusable in him.
As the road darkens and Calum discovers that there are some things you can’t take back, we see his life turn to a more positive storyline which leaves the reader feeling uplifted, if not a bit tearful!
If you’re looking for a book that has bits of romance, loveable characters, adventure and suspense mixed with a good back story, this is the book for you.

Knitting Can Walk is available from Amazon. Click on the pic to order your copy. As always, please leave a review of the book for the author so that they know you care.

Thanks.

 
 
 

Monday Coffee

Tonight, we are sitting on a wet log near the warbling stream, keeping an eye on the wet, grey blanket of skey above us. It’s cold; it’s muddy; however, for those of you who prefer the creature comforts of home, I’ve brought some black coffee with a dash of brandy to warm your cockles.

To be honest, I needed the air and an escape from the confines of domestic bliss. Losing us in the frosty embrace of the shadows of the forest felt like the best way to do it. Option B was tequila shots off a hairy barman’s chest until we were drunk enough to use him as a salt lick. I think you’ll be happy with my choice of Option A.

nominated blogThere are only a few days left to the Bloggers Bash in London this weekend and I’m a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Meeting new people in an unknown setting talking about books and blogs might sound appealing, but the fact that I have to hold conversations for a whole eight hours feels excessive. My only consolation is that this will be a meeting of many introverts, so I should be able to slip into a corner every couple of hours for some quiet time if necessary.

Hats off to the great committee/organisers of this event. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of blood, sweat and tears they have shed to make this event even bigger and better than last year. Plus, to top it all, Fahrenheit Press is sponsoring the event with prizes and goody bags for winners and attendees. Now that’s what I call an unexpected bonus!

As if the weekend ahead isn’t exciting enough, I have a radio interview booked for tomorrow with the lovely Annette Rochelle Aben, internet radio show host and author of Angel Messages. Since it is my first radio interview, I am very excited and can’t believe my luck! Finding a great host to interview you is always an advantage to any public speaking event and I’m sure after you’ve followed a few of her podcasts, you’ll understand why I feel as though I am in safe hands.

IMG_3718.PNGNow, before we finish off the flask of coffee, I need to push my agenda again: book reviews. Last week, I sent out a message on my Book Tuesday blog asking my readership to send in their reviews of my books. So far, I have found a few on certain sites, but there are many more readers that have not given feedback on the books. If you feel unsure about voicing your opinion, please don’t worry. Whether it is good or bad feedback, I would like to hear from you. It also helps other readers to find my books – otherwise they tend to disappear into the ether where books go to die. I’m a terrible marketing person and this is about as good as it gets, so please, if you do enjoy reading my work, leave feedback!

On that note, the weather is taking a turn for the worse and I can see your fingers are turning a tinge blue. I don’t want you getting sick before the Bash on Saturday. Watch your step as we slip through the darkness, back to the house at the edge of the forest.

 

Book Tuesday

Hi and welcome back to Book Tuesday.

This week, I will be reviewing a Mills & Boon romance collection called Taken by the Soldier. Continue reading

Monday Coffee

Hot, sweet and tasty, wrapped up in a pretty mug, just waiting for you.  Come, join me.

Relaxing is the name of the game this week. I’ve managed to catch up with a few bloggers this week, namely Trent (who fell off a cliff and survived to tell the tale – and had a busy week last week!), Sarina (who has a lovely new baby to keep her busy) and Teagan ( who has something wonderful for you if  you take a look at her account). Hugh’s book is now ready to order from amazon and I have to say, some of the stories in there will make your hair curl.  I love it!

Grab a chocolate and let me tell you about my day.  Long story short: I relaxed. Yes, hard to believe (especially for my children who think I’m a robot sent to make their lives a living hell because I don’t sit down) – I chilled out today.  First the movies, then a little fun walking around the High street looking at the latest books (I call that fun, okay) and then, out of nowhere, the drop. I stopped at a local bookshop and as I trawled through the spectacular titles, I thought to myself – why are my books not here? Such a silly thought. Such a trivial little detail, but as the seconds passed, that thought grew into this big ugly thing.

It hit me. The reality of being an independent writer with the tripe of trying to cover the marketing of my own books and hoping, yes hoping, that one of my readers would actually follow through with a book review. I’m not good enough.  I couldn’t shake the feeling, a deep, resonant pain in my gut that ate away at the little self confidence I possess as a writer and screamed “FAILURE!”

The final cut was finding a book with a similar title to mine with a catchphrase on the front cover that described my book perfectly. So, this book was good enough to add to their collection but mine, apparently is not! I’m pretty ugly when I’m jealous.

You might as well pick your jaw up off the floor and drink your coffee. There’s nothing else to add to my day. Dinner was great.  I’m still unread, unloved and a failure in the literary world.  Oh, my the hubble tried to make me feel better. He told me that Vincent Van Gogh also waited for some sort of acknowledgement and it came – after he died. Thanks, Hubble!

I think I might swop out the coffee for Chardonnay.  All in all it was a nice day. How was yours?

 

If you feel like supporting this poor, unknown author, please leave a review of her books from whichever site you bought her book/s from and, if you haven’t bought her books yet, spare a thought for saving a writer’s sanity this Christmas and purchase one.  Thanking you.

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#BookReview. Echoes of Narcissus in the Gardens of Delight by Jo Robinson (@jorobinson176). Creativity and Friendship as Weapons of Liberation

Hi all: I’ve been catching on some of the books I had pending, and as I’ve finally got around to reading one by our fantastic Jo Robinson, I had to share. Here it is: Title:  Echoes of Narcissus in the Gardens of Delight Author:  Jo Robinson   ASIN:  B00RBRYMD6 Published:  21st December 2014 Pages:  230 […]

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Book Tuesday – Book Reviews

Hi!  Today, instead of sharing a story or excerpt from a book, I’m taking a look at book reviews I have done in the past.  The reason I’m doing this is I recently saw a book review of a friend and it reminded me of how much I enjoyed his book.

  

His name is Paul Stears, author of Faces Of A Small City. We met through Twitter and agreed to send each other our novels for honest reviews. At the time, we were both busy with other projects and life in general, but Paul took the time to read Deception for me and gave me a wonderful review. It was my turn to read his book and I enjoyed the escape between hospital runs with my mum. I thoroughly enjoyed his style of writing and the easy way he drew the reader into the plot. After sending through my review we discussed improvements on both our books and viewed to review each other’s books in the future. I’m looking forward to working with Paul again and hope he will have his next book out soon. 


If you haven’t read Faces Of A Small City, I highly recommend it. 

Here is a copy of my review on Amazon…

The setting of Canterbury lends a beautiful backdrop to this intricate tale of loyalty, love and the pursuit of happiness in a group of friends and their families. This contemporary romance follows the characters as their stories are gently woven together to create a wonderful drama that kept me in suspense till the very end. I loved Jakes, the key narrator in the story and I was left wondering if we would have the opportunity to meet him again in another romance by Paul Stears. A thoroughly enjoyable book with strong characters and well written backdrops that added to the sparkle of this Canterbury romance!

 It will leave you wanting to visit Cambridge to enjoy the scenery and lifestyle yourself! 

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The second author I am revisiting today is L.K. Brass, author of The Apocolypse Deal.  

 

Now this book was introduced to me through Goodreads when Mr Brass messaged me asking for an honest review. I was quite cheeky and asked him to send me a hard copy as I was curious to see if the cover looked as good in print as it did online! I was not disappointed. 

 

The Apocolypse Deal was originally written in Italian and translated by Elizabeth Wright.  The story itself has high octane action with touches of Clancy and Le Carré.  There was a no-nonsense attitude to the story which I enjoyed and I was not disappointed by the end.  If cyber espionage is your thing, then this might be your next best book to read!

Unfortunately I was not very fair to L.K. Brass as I did not leave a full review due to other distractions.  Yes, I do get distracted easily! I shall be rectifying that and linking my review Of The Apocolypse Deal  to his Goodreads account.  I do hope you take the time to read this book, as I feel it deserves its place on your bookshelf, maybe next to Faces Of A Small City, just to shake things up!

Thanks for joining me on Book Tuesday.