Letter T on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today it’s letter T on the A to Z Challenge. My book is “The 20′s Girl, The Ghost and All That Jazz” by June Kearns. Genre: Romance

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Book Title: The 20’s Girl, the ghost, and all that jazz

Book Description:

1924. The English Shires after the Great War – all crumbling country houses and no men.

When her jazzing flapper of an aunt dies, Gerardina Mary Chiledexter inherits some silver-topped scent bottles, a wardrobe of love-affair clothes, and astonishingly, a half-share in a million-acre cattle ranch in south-west Texas.

Haunted by a psychic cat, and the ghost voice of her aunt, Gerry feels driven to go and see this for herself.

Against a backdrop of big sky, cattle barons and oil wells, she is soon engaged in a game of power, pride and attraction with the Texan who owns the other half.

Available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle viewbook.at/The20sGirlKindle

June Kearns

Author Sites: website: www.junekearns.com

Twitter: @june_kearns

 Blog: www.newromantics4.com

Facebook: June Kearns

I shall be reviewing this book here on the blog in June along with a guest author interview.

Here are some randomly selected links to other bloggers who are taking up the challenge, please find time to visit them too.

http://inkwellandpaper.wordpress.com/

http://darkcreekfarm.com/blog/

http://www.alexanazzaro.com/category/blog/

http://valeriestorey.blogspot.co.uk/

During the challenge we are asking people to comment on as many blogs as possible, all supportive comments are much appreciated, thank you.

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Letter S on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today is letter S on the A to Z April blogging challenge. My book today is “Silk, Spice and Furry Dice” from Andy N Robinson. Genre: Travel

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Overlanding in Central Asia with a film crew

by Andy N Robinson

Silk, Spice and Furry Dice

Andy N Robinson has spent the last decade taking groups on tour all over the world, working for many of the big names in the adventure travel industry. On this occasion he dragged himself and his well-travelled furry dice out of retirement for ‘one last trip’.
He often wondered what on earth he was thinking.
Silk Spice and Furry Dice is an amusing and unique account of the challenges faced when filming a documentary abroad and supporting a Japanese film crew on an epic journey along the Silk Road from Istanbul to Beijing. People from different countries and cultures collided for a one off project and proceeded to make life as difficult as possible for themselves.
With refreshing honesty Andy recounts life on the road, looking at not only his own wayward actions, but the inner workings of the film crew, the relationships simultaneously forming and crumbling around him as well as painting a painting a picture of the magical world that is Central Asia.
As Andy soon found out there is a lot more to making a documentary than meets the eye and far more to travelling overland than seeing the sights…

Silk, Spice and Furry Dice will be published both in print and eBook by Black Frog Publishing on the 30th August 2014

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Andy and his partner Kirsty were guest authors here on the blog back in November click on the link to find out more about them and travelling http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2RV

Andy is also the co-author of ‘It’s NOT a Holiday! The A-Z Guide to Group Travel’, ‘Go Hard or Go Home: The Little Book of Overlanding’ and ‘Overlanding: How, What, Where and Who With…?’

All books are available to buy via Amazon and all major eRetailers
You can also order limited signed paperback copies of all books at www.blackfrogpublishing.com and browse the travel resources as well.
You can follow Andy @FlagonOfCider and @TheFrogFather as well as on Facebook at Black Frog Publishing.

I met Andy and Kirsty here on the A to Z tour last year and we have become firm blogging friends, I have read and reviewed two of their books and recommend them to anyone.
Here are some randomly selected links to other bloggers who are also blogging their way through April. Please find the time to visit them as well.

http://melissajanda.wordpress.com/

http://www.kimgraff.com/blog/

http://eliseabram.com/

http://www.oliviawaite.com/blog/

http://theegetawaygal.com/

During the challenge we are asking people to leave as many comments on blogs as possible, all supportive comments are much appreciated thank you.

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Letter R on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today’s letter on the April A to Z Challenge is R. My Book is Red Clay and Roses by S. K. Nicholls. Genre: Historical, Life & Relationships.

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Red Clay and Roses by S.K. Nicholls

Book description-

A fictionalized true story of life in the Deep South during the time of Jim Crow Law, and before Roe vs. Wade. Women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant. The discovery of an old ledger opens a window into the dynamics of the 1950s-60s. Unspoken secrets are shared between Beatrice, The Good Doctor’s wife, and Moses Grier, their black handyman. The Grier’s daughter, Althea, suffers a tragedy that leaves her family silent and mournful. Her brother, Nathan, a medical student, looks for answers from a community that is deaf, blind, and dumb. A summer romance between Nathan and Sybil, an independent, high-spirited, white woman, leaves more unresolved. Nathan is thrust into the centre of the Civil Rights Movement. Sybil is torn between living the mundane life of her peers, or a life that involves fastening herself to a taboo relationship. Witness social progress through the eyes of those who lived it!

You can read my review of the book here http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4Ge and find out more about the author from her guest post. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4Hp

Find a copy of this book here;

Amazon US:

Amazon UK:

Amazon CA:

Smashwords:

Barnes and Noble:

Apple:

Kobo:

Find out more about S.K. Nicholls here;

S. K. Nicholls

Blog: http://redclayandroses1.wordpress.com/

Facebook author site:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/SK-Nicholls/352131918230990

Here are some links to other bloggers who are taking up the A to Z Challenge, please find the time to visit them too.

http://authorsusankoenig.wordpress.com/

http://alex-hurst.com/

http://www.claredavidson.com/blog/

During the challenge we are asking people to leave as many comments as possible on blogs, and supportive comments are much appreciated, thank you.

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Completed a Year of Doing Good Deeds

 

I’ve made it! A whole Year of Doing Good Deeds!

On 16th April 2013 I began reading A Year Of Doing Good by Judith O’Reilly, from the very first few pages I decided to see if I too, could do at least one Good Deed a day. A year sounded an awfully  long time, and I was half way through the 2013 A to Z Challenge, so I kept quiet and challenged myself to make it to the end of April. I would then assess how I had done and how hard it might be to carry on. I made it to the end of the month and decided to write posts about my deeds, that way I was a little more committed to following through with the challenge. Weekends were slow for blog views, so I decided to post a weekly round-up on a Sunday. I was amazed that within a couple of weeks I had people following my deeds and also being inspired to do their own challenge. I’ve made a great friend in Harula at Words that serve, she lives way up in Scotland, but each week we look forward to reading each others posts and we’ve built up a great supportive relationship.

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Let me ask you a question or two;

What are you doing with your time here on earth?

Why are you here?

Recently I’ve read Saving our Pennys Roy Dimond and Jeff Leitch. There’s a little scene in the book during a lesson that I’d like you to think about. You could be lucky enough to have 36500 days of life if you live to be 100. So how many of those have you lived so far? And what have you done with the days that you have has so far that have made you proud? If, like me, you had a little shock as to the number of days that have already gone by, then I urge you to think about what you’ll do with the days that you have left (An unknown number for most of us, I assume) Use your days, be sincere, be genuine, take nothing for granted, treat others well, treat yourself well, BE GREAT.

I couldn’t agree more with the following lines;

Slow down, make choices, have a purpose in life.

Ask not “What are you going to do for me?” But “What can I do for you?” It’s much more rewarding to ask the second question.

It took me 322 days of this 365 day journey to find out why I was doing this. The answer came in Roy and Jeff’s book.

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Judith O’Reilly said of her own experiment to do a “Year of Good Deeds”, that it didn’t work. BUT IT DID! It inspired me and others like me, and every single deed she did had a ripple effect in the universe, caring is all it takes, caring and deciding to make a difference.

So what did I achieve in my year?

This year I have reached out and touched so many lives, I have read and reviewed books, promoted authors and writers, provided guest interviews. I’ve picked up litter, baked cakes, sent letters, given flowers. I’ve donated books and clothes to charity and I have given my money to many good causes. I’ve made visits and helped people, I’ve made time for others, I’ve invited people into my home and I’ve provided food, peace and a listening ear.

So what will I do now?

Well……. I’m going to keep on doing it all! And I’ll continue to record my Good deeds because for every person I reach out to, I make a connection and cause a ripple effect.

I need to write down my deeds to keep me going, I am not a saint I am still a child of the Universe and I make mistakes, I stumble and fall, I have my days when I need to off load, I find myself moaning, but if I have learnt to be aware of the words that come out of my mouth, and if I am reminded by my cause, then I can choose to change and keep making a difference. I will be on that rollercoaster of life because I interact with society, I have a family and a job, and I, inevitably, will succumb to the speeding ride of life. But I know where the brake is and I know I can choose to pull that brake and step off the ride, slow down and live in the moment. I have the potential to keep making a difference.

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Will I have your support for the rest of my journey? Have you been inspired by this post or by any of my weekly posts during my challenge? Do you think I should carry on? Do you think I’m making a difference to the world?

 

Good Deeds Week April 13th – 19th my 52nd week.

Welcome to my weekly roundup of my year long challenge to do one Good deed a day for a year. This challenge began back in April 2013 and is still going strong, I’m now entering my 52nd week. My inspiration came from reading “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. Here is what I’ve been up to this week.

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April 13th – Still going strong promoting #OperationMallory to help a fellow author out who has Cancer, see my post and PLEASE share as much as you can, or even better, buy his books. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-55W

Posted reviews for Johnny Nothing by Ian Probert, my review will appear on the blog in a few weeks time a long with an author interview for you.

April 14th – Picked up lots of litter on my way to the post box. Am talking to author June Kearns about reading and reviewing a couple of books for her. Finished reading and wrote a review for Personal Alchemy: The Missing Ingredient For Law Of Attraction Success by Michelle Martin Dobbins.

April 15th – Had a wonderful delivery of 4 books in the post today, it felt like Christmas! So what will I be reading and reviewing for you? Tall, Dark and Kilted and Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb. The 20′s Girl and An Englishwoman’s Guide To The Cowboy by June Kearns.

Just hand delivered a birthday card and present and on my way back picked up litter.

April 16th – I woke up this morning and realised that I’VE DONE IT, I’ve completed a Year of Good Deeds! Blow up the balloons, pop the Champagne, how great is that? I am writing a big post to release on Sunday all about my year.

Helped out fellow author Sean Flynn with a bit of advice after he’d had a 1* abrasive review. Suggested he didn’t dive in with a rebellious reply, reminding him that he’d never win the argument, and just to let it go no matter how annoying. You’re never going to write a book that everyone will enjoy. He’d had plenty of good reviews, so I told him to hold his head up and move onwards and upwards.

Agreed to read and review two more books; Secrets of the Unaltered by Leti Del Mar , this is the second book in the series, I’d previously read and reviewed her first one, so I’m looking forward to this book. Also Irish Inheritance by Paula Martin. I love a book which has Irish mysteries in it, I’m sure there’s a bit of Irish blood flowing through my veins, although I’m hard pushed to find it on the family tree at the moment.

April 17th – Book review requests coming along like buses at the moment, all or nothing! I’m going to be reading and reviewing the first book in The Georgie Connelly series, Business as Usual by E.L Lindley, I’m super excited about this after featuring them under letter G of my tour. I’ve read some other books by this author and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I’m also equally excited to be getting my hands on the very latest book by Terry Tyler called Kings and Queens. (Due out very shortly)

Invited friends to join us at the park for some cricket. Looks like I’ll be getting my hands on some more books by author Cynthia Harrison too. It’s all happening!

April 18th – Hubby’s birthday today, so we are entertaining the in-laws with high tea (written especially to make certain readers salivate) Have finished reading Tall, Dark and Kilted and Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb and written my review. Went to the local market and bough some delicious homemade cakes for later.

April 19th – Kids sporting events clashing meant I was on cricket practise duty. Alternatively froze and boiled as the sun played cat and mouse with the clouds. Picked up litter. Got home to find some more books have been delivered for review. Today I’ve got The Hollow Heart and A Change of Heart both by Adrienne Vaughan.

Don’t forget to come and read my celebration post too.

Thanks to everyone who has followed and supported me during my year long challenge.

April A to Z Challenge Round up letters A – Q

The 2014 April A to Z Challenge, has now been going for three weeks, with well over 2000 bloggers taking part this year it is an awesome tour to get involved in. If you’ve not heard about it or want to know who’s taking part, nip over to the April AtoZ Challenge website after you’ve read this post.

My own tour is set around the theme of books, here are a list of books and authors who have featured so far on this tour.

A – A World Apart by Camelia Miron Skiba http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4yA

B -  Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lanb http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4yy

C – Coronado’s Treasure by Randy Mixter http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4yw

D – Derek’s Revenge and the Derek series by Mac Black http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4yq

E – Everlasting by Candace Knoebel. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4yn

F – Finding the Right Time by Stephanie Hurt http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4yl

G – The Georgie Connelly Series by E.L. Lindley http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4yi

H – Hidden Heart by Camelia Miron Skiba http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4yg

I – The Imdaland Series by Rebecca Etherington http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4ye

J – Jaded by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4yb

K – The Bench by Sue Koenig http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4xb

L – Legends of Windemere – Family of the Tri – Rune by Charles E Yallowitz http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4×9

M – My GRL by John W Howell http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4×6

N – Nobody’s Fault by Terry Tyler http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4×4

O – The Orphan and The Thief by M. L. LeGette http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4×2

P – The Potter’s Daughter by Daniel A Smith http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4×0

Q – Quentins by Maeve Binchy http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4wY

All through the tour we’re asking readers to leave as many comments as possible on blogs, all supportive comments are much appreciated, thank you.

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Letter Q on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today’s letter on the A to Z Challenge is Q. My book today is Quentins by Maeve Binchy. Genre – Contemporary Fiction

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Is it possible to tell the story of a generation and a city through the history of a restaurant? Ella Brady thinks so. She wants to film a documentary about Quentins that will capture the spirit of Dublin from the 1970s to the present day. And Quentins has a thousand stories to tell: tales of love, of betrayal, of revenge; of times when it looked ready for success and times when it seemed as if it must close in failure. But as Ella uncovers more of what has gone on at Quentins, she begins to wonder whether some secrets should be kept that way…

In Maeve Binchy’s magical QUENTINS you will meet new friends and old: the twins from SCARLET FEATHER, the Signora from EVENING CLASS, Ria from TARA ROAD – and a
host of fresh faces. There is Monica, the ever-cheerful Australian waitress, and Blouse Brennan, whose simplicity disguises a sharp mind and a heart of gold. Presiding over Quentins are Patrick and Brenda Brennan, who have made Quentins such a legend. But even they have a story and a sadness which is hidden from the public gaze.

Find a copy here at Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Here are some links to randomly selected bloggers who are also taking part in the challenge, please find the time to visit them too.

http://www.yvonneventresca.com/blog.html

http://www.margokelly.blogspot.co.uk/

http://hammlington.wordpress.com/

During the challenge we are asking people to leave comments on blogs, any supportive comments are much appreciated thank you.

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Letter P on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today I bring you letter P on the A to Z Challenge. Today my book is The Potter’s Daughter by Daniel Arthur Smith. Genre: Life Story Romance

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The Potter’s Daughter is a slice of life story about Abby Bellen and her father Will.

After a promise to her dying mother, Abby Bellen, the estranged daughter of an aging ceramic artist, feels obligated to return to her home on Willow Lake to put her father’s life in order. Years have passed since Abby fled the home of her youth and a past she would rather forget. Now Abby has no choice other than confrontation as the long buried rift that exists between the two surfaces and they must together face the failures of their misspent relationship as she discovers, with the help of new romance Mitch Carlson, what she needs to make herself whole.

E-book

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Potters-Daughter-Literary-Daniel-Arthur-ebook/dp/B00CNUWJ2W/

US http://www.amazon.com/Potters-Daughter-Literary-Daniel-Arthur-ebook/dp/B00CNUWJ2W

AU http://www.amazon.com.au/The-Potters-Daughter-Literary-Series-ebook/dp/B00CNUWJ2W

Print

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Potters-Daughter-Daniel-Arthur-Smith/dp/0988649314/

US http://www.amazon.com/Potters-Daughter-Daniel-Arthur-Smith/dp/0988649314/

US http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-potters-daughter-daniel-arthur-smith/1115323521

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Links to your author sites

Author Pages (Amazon)

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daniel-Arthur-Smith/e/B00A7IO4MK/

US http://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Arthur-Smith/e/B00A7IO4MK/

Author Twitter

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/authordasmith

Author Website

http://www.danielarthursmith.com

Facebook

http://facebook.com/danielarthursmith

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893816.Daniel_Arthur_Smith

Serial Sites

http://pottersdaughter.com

http://thecatharitreasure.com

Here are some randomly selected links to other bloggers who are taking up the A to Z Challenge, please find the time to visit them.

http://irenewaters19.com/

http://sabrinagarie.com/

http://northofandover.wordpress.com/

During April we are asking people to leave as many comments as they can on blogs, any supportive comments are much appreciated, thank you.

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Letter O on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Our letter on the April A to Z Challenge is O today. My book is The Orphan and the Thief by Melissa LeGette. Genre: Fantasy

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Book Title: The Orphan and the Thief

Author: M.L. LeGette

Description: Toad thought it’d be easy to steal from Mr. Edward P. Owl. Unfortunately for Toad, he isn’t the best of thieves. Caught in the act, he’s in more trouble than ever before. Now to save his hide, Toad must track down five rare potion ingredients for Mr. Owl. Or else.

All Melena Snead wants is her family back, but after the Miggens Street Fire, that isn’t very likely. Orphaned and miserable, forced to work in an apothecary, she’s determined to find Milo, her missing brother. No matter what.

When Melena finds Toad ransacking her apothecary, Toad gets a nasty shock: apothecaries don’t carry Mr. Owl’s ingredients. Luckily, Melena’s willing to help, for a price.

With Melena’s pet Spit-Fire dragon and Toad’s enchanted talking beer mug, they embark on a fantastical journey, traveling the country in search of the potion ingredients. But can they gather all of them in time, what with monsters, pirates, and axe-wielding thieves? And if they do, is there an even greater danger waiting for them at the end?

You can read my review of this book here; http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4KH

Where to purchase:

Amazon US:

Amazon UK:

Smashwords:

Barnes and Noble US:

Barnes and Noble UK:

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Author Links:

blog: http://mllegette.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/M-L-LeGette/119655051430835

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelissaLeGette

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1499928.M_L_LeGette

Here are some randomly selected links to sites of other bloggers who are taking up the challenge, please find the time to visit them too.

http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/

http://scribblinginthestorageroom.wordpress.com/

http://rosebfischer.wordpress.com/

http://lisavooght.blogspot.co.uk/

During the challenge we are asking people to visit and leave comments on as many blogs as possible, all supportive comments are very much appreciated, thank you.

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