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Monday Coffee Parade

Today, you’re joining me upstairs, by my desk which overlooks the park across the road. Seagulls are parading for us, trooping their colours and performing aerial displays for our viewing pleasure. It might not be the coffee shop entertainment, but it does have its appeal on such a muggy day. Continue reading

Amazing Reviews: Rowling

For my Book Tuesday blog, I can’t resist sharing GTylermills’s reviews of Amazon reviews! Enjoy. ūüėÄ

Thinking Out Loud | gtylermills


This is a series where I’ll review the best, worst book reviews from Amazon

I started this new series out of a personal love for reviews. There are some that sound as though they were written by a prominent contributor of the New Yorker, while others sound like this is the first time they’ve written on anything outside a bathroom stall. Amazon reviews give a voice to all types of people and their words are nothing short of amazing.

I wanted to kick this off with a book that for many began a lifelong addiction to reading, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Storms of children raided bookstores when it was released. Fans re-read this classic every year. The movies went on to break millions of box office records. People everywhere loved this book, while a select few did not. Let’s hear from the few that didn’t. I’ll post a review, then my rebuttal.

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Book Tuesday

Come in! I’ve boiled the kettle and a fresh chocolate cake has been baked in your honour. Feel free to sit anywhere and let’s begin.

Tonight, we will be discussing a book I read quite a few years ago called Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz.


In the winter of 1919, a young mother named Mathilda Neumann drowns beneath the ice of a rural Wisconsin lake. The shock of her death dramatically changes the lives of her daughter, troubled sister, and husband. . . . Told in the voices of several of the main characters and skipping back and forth in time, the narrative gradually and tantalizingly reveals the dark family secrets and the unsettling discoveries that lead to the truth of what actually happened the night of the drowning. . . .

Now, to be honest, I was struggling to find a book to discuss at today’s meet, mainly because I have been focusing on writing a short novella for my subscribers to Hot Shot Updates. ¬†It’s the freebie I plan on giving to them with this month’s newsletter. ¬†So, while I was sitting here, trying to scratch my brain to think of an interesting book, I caught sight of Drowning Ruth on my bookshelf and remembered how good it was.

At first, I found it a bit odd, and had to get into the rhythm of the various voices telling the story from their points of view.  The way it was written is fantastic, and similar to my preferred style of writing.  Slipping backwards and forwards in time is always fun and the way the author kept a tight grip on the story-line, giving the reader an enjoyable ride into a suspense-filled story about a little girl and her troubled family.

The relationships between main characters bring a tear to my eye when I think of them as they evoke such an honest, plain look at human behaviour that is real and apparent in everyday life. The yearning of Ruth¬†to be loved, the little girl lost in the middle of this beautiful, twisted story, ¬†is very apparent in the whole plot. ¬†The author has a powerful way of depicting her characters with dark souls and secrets, hidden away behind a facade of good behaviour and morality. ¬†Of course, this slowly scrapes away as the history of the people in this small¬†town in Wisconsin unravels, exposing skeletons and the mystery of the death of Mathilda, Ruth’s mother.

If you like a good suspense and a challenge when it comes to following a string of main characters,then this is the book for you.


Thanks for joining me for another Book Tuesday. ¬†I’ll see you again, next week.

Have a great evening.



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 Carr√©.  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.  

Review of Eleven Miles by Lance Greenfield

We meet the main character, Boitumelo Hope Tumelo from Itlhomolomo village as she begins her journey to secondary school, eleven miles away from her home. The young girl and her best friend, Grace, take the reader on a journey through their years of education, the many events that shape their futures and friendships that influence their strength and maturity through their teenage years. Continue reading

Book Review – Echoes of Narcissus in the Gardens of Delight by Jo Robinson

To kick off the new year, I’d like to share a review of Jo Robinson’s incredible book, Echoes of Narcissus in the Gardens of Delight. This review by Sally Cronin of Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life, has encouraged me to put Jo’s book on my must read list! Enjoy!

#BOOK #REVIEW BY @ColleenChesebro OF ‚ÄúDeception‚ÄĚ @mello_elo

Review of Deception by Colleen Chesebro from Lit World Interviews.

A huge thank you to Colleen for taking the time to read my book and review it.

To order your copy of Deception, please click on the link below.


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Title: Deception
Author:  Eloise De Sousa
ISBN-10:  1291547955
ISBN-13:  978-1291547955
Pages:  234
Genre:  Adult Romance, Crime, Suspense

Note: Ms. De Sousa provided me with this book for an honest review and that’s what you will receive here following.

I immediately liked and felt a kinship with Amanda Glenson, and her five year old son, Zachary at the very start of the book. They live in London where she is a legal assistant at a prestigious law firm.  Amanda has a chance encounter with the sexy Alex Edwards, a consulting attorney, at work on Monday morning that left me wanting to see more of where their relationship was headed. Without warning on that fated day, Amanda is forced to confront the past she ran away from years before.

Amanda and Zachary travel to exotic Zimbabwe, the home of her birth, all the while clinging to the…

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Review of Spoilt Miranda by ReadersFavourite.com

Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

Spoilt Miranda
by Eloise De Sousa
Children – Concept
42 Pages
Reviewed on 11/06/2014

Spoilt Miranda by Eloise De Sousa revolves around Miranda and her tantrums that are driving her family mad. Miranda is a spoilt and sulky child, unlike her brothers and sisters. Her parents found it embarrassing to take her anywhere with them because she would sulk and pout – she thought no one could touch her, including the policewoman who comes to check on her. The family goes to Aunt Joan’s beach house on the Dorset coast for their summer family holiday. Miranda continues with her usual behavior, but for once Miranda finds herself on the other end of tantrums. She finds it surprising at first, and scowls and pouts to no avail. Will she realize her mistakes and change for the better? Or will she still be the same incorrigible Miranda?

It is a good story that tells kids about the disadvantages of being a problematic child and how one person’s tantrums can spoil everything for the other siblings in the family. The changes that come about in Miranda during their summer vacation are indeed inspirational for kids to rectify their behavior. The illustrations are good and they give a personality to Miranda and the rest of the characters in the story. Miranda’s character is relatable since many parents have kids like Miranda. It is a peppy story that kids will enjoy reading. Miranda and her dreams tell us how kids make a scary place for themselves. The terrible tantrums, summer holidays and the kids make this book a wonderful read.


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Female Focus Friday Book Review: DECEPTION by Eloise De Sousa

Book review on my book Deception by ronovanwrites.


I am not a professional book reviewer, if there really is such a thing. I have read books for more decades than I wish to reveal, and I have been writing for more than two of them. My mind knows the difference between a good story and a bad one.

I am not using a particular format from anyone, nor did I look for one. As always I decided just to jump in and do this my way and see how it turns out.


Title: Deception

Author: Eloise De Sousa

Pages: 236

Genre: Filed as an Adult Crime Romance

Formats: Paperback and ebook

Publisher: Lulu.com

Date of Publication: May 2014

Purchase: Amazon, Amazon U.K., Lulu.com

Author Website: EloiseDeSousa.wordpress.com

Author Twitter:

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Story:Deception is about Amanda Glenson who has a nice life in a law firm in London where she is raising her 5…

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