Guest Author Sharon Black

Please welcome Sharon Black to the blog today as she tells us about her debut novel “Going Against Type”

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1) Where is your home town?

I live in Dublin. I was born here and I now live in Sandymount, which is right by the sea.
2) How long have you been writing?

I’m one of those people who literally started writing as a child. I was always writing stories, filling copybooks, later on starting books which I never finished. After I got my degree, I trained as a journalist and I worked for national newspapers here in Ireland. I’ve also had some short stories published and I won a national short story competition a few years ago.
3) What was the one idea which sparked off “Going Against Type”?

When I was growing up, I adored the old Hollywood movies of the 1930s and 1940s on TV. My favourite romantic pair on screen, were Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey. In the film Woman of the Year, he plays a sports writer and she plays a high brow pundit. So I thought I’d see what would happen if the roles were reversed a bit. My heroine is a sports writer and my hero is a fashion writer who knows very little about sport. I actually make a reference to Woman of the Year in my book!

4) Where is your book set?

Going Against Type is set in Dublin.

5) Introduce us to Charlie.

Charlie is a single, Dublin born woman in her late twenties. She lives for sport, and actually tried to pursue a professional career in sport, until she was injured. She loves her job and she is great fun. She’s very feisty and doesn’t pull any punches. She’s also a bit vulnerable. She hasn’t had a lot of luck with men.

6) Please tell us all about Derry.

Derry is very good looking, droll and at ease with himself. He dates a lot of women but hasn’t had a serious relationship in a while. He has quite a high position in his paper, but he doesn’t talk about it. He’s originally from Cork and still has a very faint, lilting accent. He is attracted to Charlie because she’s very pretty, but also because she’s very different to the type of woman he usually dates. He finds her refreshing and challenging.

7) What type of things does Charlie write about in her new column?

As the only woman on staff in the sports department, Charlie knows she has to make her mark, or Side Swipe will be handed to one of the men. She is a bit of a purist when it comes to sport, so she just tells it how she sees it. For example, in one column she attacks highly paid soccer stars for wasting their time promoting underwear or writing their autobiographies. In another, she pokes fun at the women who make Ladies’ Day at the races, all about the designer clothes.

8) How does she come into conflict with a rival columnist?

As well as being a fashion writer, Derry writes a column called The Squire for a rival paper. He reads Charlie’s first column and decides to take Side Swipe down a peg or two. He actually thinks it’s written by a young guy, trying to make a name for himself. Both columns are written anonymously.

9) Where and when do Charlie and Derry meet face to face?

Charlie and Derry first bump in to each other at the Galway Races. Literally! By that stage, they have already had a few weeks of attacking each other through their columns. The attraction is instant but it’s not how they first get together!

10) Tell us where readers can find out more about you and your books.

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I am a debut author, so I don’t have any other books as yet, but I have a book page and an author page on the Tirgearr Publishers site.

They’re and

These pages will take you into my author page on facebook and my blog.

You can also find me on twitter @Authorsharonb

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Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT Heart And Soul by Maeve Binchy

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Rosie’s Avid readers are people who like reading and have a book to tell us about, they are the voice of a friend who says ” I just read this book….”


Avid readers’ thoughts.

Heart and Soul  by Maeve Binchy .  What a wonderful surprise! I found another Maeve Binchy,  written in her wonderful unique style. Whatever the problem there is always an answer, a good mix of characters from many backgrounds & yet they all work together for good.  Even some old favourites appear, places & people you just feel at home in Dublin.

Book description.

With the insight, humour, and compassion we have come to expect from her, Maeve Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland.

Dr. Clara Casey has been offered the thankless job of establishing the underfunded clinic and agrees to take it on for a year. She has plenty on her plate already—two difficult adult daughters and the unwanted attentions of her ex-husband—but she assembles a wonderfully diverse staff devoted to helping their demanding, often difficult patients.

Before long the clinic is established as an essential part of the community, and Clara must decide whether or not to leave a place where lives are saved, courage is rewarded, and humor and optimism triumph over greed and self-pity.

Heart and Soul is Maeve Binchy at her storytelling best.

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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Jessie reviews A Year In The Life Of A Playground Mother by Christie Barlow

Today’s book review comes from Jessie, she blogs at


She chose to read and review a book in conjunction with Brook Cottage Book Tours


I am part of a book club.  One of the many small groups of women who get together once a month, theoretically having all recently read the same book.  Of course, before we can talk about the book we have to pour some drinks, eat some snacks and catch up on the last month. And, yes, that can take most of our time, but we always get around to the book… eventually.

Reading this book, was like having a surprise guest at book club. She comes in though the door, wearing comfy clothes and monster slippers, which seems like a pretty good mark in her favour. Then she brings out her drink of choice which she brought to share – also a mark in her favour. The fact that it’s Sherry is a bit odd because I’ve never known someone to do anything other than cook with the stuff but, well, she’s from England and it’s not like anyone else in the group wants my bourbon on the rocks, so we’ll roll with it  Of course, then someone asks her about herself…

A long time later we have learned many things. First off, this new one is a bit of a conversation hog. I mean really, we asked how things were going and she gave us a whole year in review! But we’ve been giggling pretty constantly so I think everyone is ok with it.  Her stories are hilarious! At least I think they are hilarious, sometimes it’s hard to tell. One wouldn’t think you’d need a translator to translate English to English but I definitely feel I’m missing some things. The only unfortunate thing is that as time has gone on the sherry has kicked in. Arms are waving, stories are louder and while she is still funny there are few topics and phrases that she seems to think have gotten funnier as the night goes on. But we’ve all been there so when she wanders I take the moment to sip my own drink and let my mind drift and quickly come to a conclusion. Girls can be mean, moms can be meaner. And this new mom, despite her humor, is no exception!

Would I recommend it? I would have invited her back for another book club, but I don’t think she actually read the book…

It was a funny, quick read.

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Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT Getting it Right by Elizabeth Howard

Rosie’s Avid readers are people who like reading and have a book to tell us about, they are the voice of a friend who says ” I just read this book….”

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Today’s Rosie’s Avid reader slot tells about “Getting It Right” by Elizabeth Jane Howard.


Our Avid reader’s thoughts.

I don’t believe in recommending or reviewing a book by giving a detailed recounting of the story, but suffice it to say that this is the story of Gavin, a shy hairdresser who lives with his parents, and his friends, family and forays into romantic liaisons.
EJH is the master of ‘show, don’t tell’.  I’ve known her to give a complete description into a minor character who doesn’t even have any lines, just by his actions. This book contrasts the social pretensions of various English class types, and gives great insight into loneliness, emotional insecurity, anorexia, and a vast spectrum of feelings. I felt that all the characters were completely believable, and really felt for some of them when they were going through great turmoil.  Having said that, the book is overall very funny, and there are some scenes that I could and have read over and over again, notably Mrs Lamb’s Sunday breakfast.
I hope that anyone persuaded to read this book will like it too.  I’ve lent my copy out twice, and have bought it again after giving it away also!
Book description
Getting it right was not Gavin Lamb’s forte, at least where human relationships were concerned. In the hairdressing salon, he was an expert with the tools of his trade. But back at home with his mother, it was quite a different matter. He didn’t know how to deal with women since he was a prototype late developer. But after Joan’s party, he would never be the same again…
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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Dare To Lose by E.L. Lindley

Today’s book review comes from team member Cathy, she blogs at


Cathy chose to read and review Dare To Lose by E.L. Lindley


After being forced out of her job as a school teacher after upwards of 25 years and being on the receiving end of some nasty school politics, Nicola opens the cafe she’s always dreamed of and her life begins to turn a corner. That is, apart from having her mother as a permanent houseguest and until her young American waitress, Jessica, doesn’t show up for work one day and is nowhere to be found. As Nicola becomes increasing worried she phones Jessica’s family in the United States. Nicola has no idea how this will impact on her life.

Jessica’s good looking but very uncommunicative and aloof father, Jack Nash, arrives in response to Nicola’s call. The local police aren’t making Jessica’s disappearance a priority so, as he is a detective in Chicago, Jack decides to start his own investigation and search for his missing daughter. Nicola, Jack, Nicola’s mother and her boyfriend, Ron, find themselves embroiled in a situation they could never have envisioned and are drawn into something very threatening and dangerous.

It was the voice which caught her attention first and she felt her hands freeze as, knife in hand, she turned to find herself face to face with a large, scowling mass of a man. The Texan drawl left little doubt that he was somehow connected to Jessica, as Nicola put the knife aside and picked up the tea towel to wipe her hands.

There’s a lot of action and suspense throughout the story which held my attention fully. I can’t make up my mind if Nicola is very brave or very foolish. Maybe I’ll settle for a mixture of both. It’s a nice change for the main protagonist to be an older woman and Nicola is easy to like, and someone who puts others first. She’s also someone to rely on. All the characters are well drawn and easy to picture in the vivid scenes and places running through my mind.

Nicola and her mother have a complex relationship and they exasperate and comfort each other in equal measure. I like the role reversal, Nicola being the one shocked and embarrassed by what she sees as her mother’s irresponsible behaviour. In the end though, Nicola realises family, friends and dependability are everything, finding love is a bonus.

I enjoyed the story, the humour and E.L. Lindley’s writing style, very much.

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Holding On To Georgia by Courtney Giardina

Holding on to GeorgiaHolding on to Georgia by Courtney Giardina

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Holding on to Georgia is a light easy read traditional romance suitable for readers starting out in the romance genre.

Wesley Kade has moved away from Atlanta Georgia hoping to start a new life in Charlotte, North Caroline.

Rylan Bradley has lived in Charlotte for a few years and runs a dance studio. She meets Wesley in her apartment building and a spark easily forms between them. Both have heart-ache from the past and although they start to get together, letting go of the past is harder than they think.

It’s not until Rylan and Kade are both certain that they can move on from the past that they can stand a chance of happiness together.

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About Courtney                


Courtney Giardina is a women’s fiction author with Take Two Publishing. She was born and raised in Western, NY. After more than two decades, she decided to trade in the cold winters for hot and humid Charlotte, NC summers .Since then she’s been focusing on finally do all the things she said she would do someday. Even though she’s been spending countless hours preparing for the launch of her second novel, Holding on to Georgia, she still finds time to do other things she’s passionate about. Courtney is a regular blog contributor over at I Am That Girl and a middle school cheerleading coach. Along with writing, country music has also stolen her heart. Courtney’s favorite country song of all time is Rhett Akins “That Ain’t My Truck.” Her current would be “Cruise” by Florida Georgia Line. She runs a weekly country artist spotlight on her own blog, Girl Behind the Covers. She’s sincerely appreciative of all of those who support her writing and is getting ready to hit the keyboard again to begin novel #3!





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Rosie’s Avid Readers #RBRT The Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight By Thom Hartmann

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Welcome to a Rosie’s Avid Reader Post, here we feature books read by readers who love reading and want to tell us about a book they’ve just read.

The Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann.


Avid reader’s thoughts.
A wise friend recommended this book and I found it a very powerful journey through time and remembrance, connecting with ancient practices of sustainability and community and looking deeply and honestly at the world’s current situation. It’s not an easy read but ultimately I found it very empowering as it reignited my hope for humanity and gave me concrete tools with which to face and positively influence a challenging future. It’s a book that’s changed me, as only a handful ever have. Consider a Good Deed done, if you read it.
Book description
While everything appears to be collapsing around us — ecodamage, genetic engineering, virulent diseases, the end of cheap oil, water shortages, global famine, wars — we can still do something about it and create a world that will work for us and for our children’s children. The inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio’s web movie Global Warning, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight details what is happening to our planet, the reasons for our culture’s blind behavior, and how we can fix the problem. Thom Hartmann’s comprehensive book, originally published in 1998, has become one of the fundamental handbooks of the environmental activist movement. Now, with fresh, updated material and a focus on political activism and its effect on corporate behavior, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight helps us understand–and heal–our relationship to the world, to each other, and to our natural resources.
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Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Melissa reviews The Black Hours by Alison Williams

Today’s book review comes from review team member Melissa, she blogs at


Melissa chose to read and review The Black Hours by Alison Williams

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The Black Hours – Alison Williams

Good golly. Talk about intense. I had never heard of Matthew Hopkins until reading Williams’ The Black Hours. Learning that he was in fact an actual human being was almost more than I could stand. (I was having a hard enough time when I thought he was fictional.)

The book is aptly named. Serious dark hours will be before you, reader, you have been warned. We are talking injustice piled onto injustice, served with a heaping side of (you got it) injustice.

But if you’re fascinated by history — especially Witch Trials — you will find this to be a trip back in time. It’s clear that Williams took great care in her research. The characters are vivid (I liked that both the persecuted and persecutor told their views — made it all the more horrifying), and the writing is smooth. If you’re looking for a Halloween read, check it out. You’ll certainly get chills.

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You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

You Can Heal Your LifeYou Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read Heal your Body, I wanted to really look at changing my life to a more positive outlook. This book is a thought provoking read and really shows you ways to make serious changes to all aspects of your life to make your time on earth much more pleasant. This is a holistic book, and Louise has thousands of supporters all over the world who embrace her words.
I have set out all sorts of ideas to help myself and others heal their lives in fact I have passed this book to close friends so that they too can benefit from Louise’s advice and lessons.
This book is one to read and re-read over and over until you re-programme your own thoughts just as you might re-train for a new job. This new job is the rest of your life, live it and enjoy it.
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Good Deeds Challenge, Year 2, Week 26

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I an into my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

October 12th – This morning I had an extremely hard decision to make about a book, I was asked to read and review Obstacles by Chris Reardon after 14% I could read no further, for me the book needed to be seriously looked at by an editor, so I stopped reading and decided to write an appraisal of what I had written. I think this is only the second book I have been unable to write a review for. Looking on Amazon the book has a varied selection of reviews, several people gave similar thoughts to me, whilst others raved about the book. I do hope the author is open enough to consider the points I made.

Have taken on 3 more books to review today in my ever growing pile. Posted my review of Shared Skies by Josephine O’Brien, a YA fantasy set in the UK which I really enjoyed. Next up A Fairy Tale In New York for Nicky Wells who will be launching her book in December ready for Christmas.

October 13th – My morning helping at school, then a friend had some books she had finished reading and offered them to me, I took some for me and others to give away. Picked up litter on my way home.

October 14th – Launched my new feature Rosie’s Avid readers today. Reviews from real people who might say “I’ve just read this really good book…”.  Dropped some money into a Macmillan cancer collection box.

October 15th – Cleaned my house from top to bottom and threw out some old clothes. Am reading Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth and really enjoying it.

October 16th – Walked into town this afternoon, to borrow some books from the library and picked up litter.

October 17th – An overdue haircut this morning, left a tip. Launched The Friday Challenge with Shelley Wilson, inspiring people to try new things and change themselves for the better.

October 20th – Today I’m reading Craving by Sofia Grey A biker psychic and a girl who just might be his salvation. Now I do enjoy a psychic read so I have been snuggled on the sofa for most of the afternoon. Posted my review of Midnight Sky for Jan Ruth.