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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?


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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 […]


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! 


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.