Letter I April A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Day 9 of the A to Z Challenge and my these is characters from books I’ve read, plus a little audience participation piece.

Letter I is for Isabella Lanchester from Last Child by Terry Tyler

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Last Child is the much anticipated sequel to Kings and Queens. It’s a modern day take of the loves and lives of The Tudor descendants of Henry VIII. Kings and Queens introduced us to Harry Lanchester, property developer and his six wives again in a mirrored modern day setting. With Last Child we read about similar mirrored lives of his children. Jasper – Edward VI, Isabella – Mary I and Erin – Elizabeth I written with a fictional take which brings these modern characters alive.

It’s a stand alone book but you would get so much more from it if you first read Kings and Queens because many of the characters return in this wonderful tribute. There is an introduction to set the scene and a link to helpful historical notes if it’s a period of history you are unfamiliar with. The book is written in three parts like the reign of the three characters from history and the chapters within are told from the points of view of many of the wonderful colourful players in the story.

With (King) Harry dead, twelve year old Jasper is son and heir to the Lanchester estates, Uncle Ned Seymour is appointed to run the company until Jasper is of age. Jasper and Erin are living in the care of their stepmother Kate who recently married Jasper’s Uncle Aiden. Within the business there are fighting factions, Jim Dudley is assisting Ned but doesn’t get on well with him. Erin and Isabella are divided in whom they support while Jaz, as he likes to be called is really just an out of control teenager raging against life and hormones.

Having lost both his parents Jaz finds it really hard at times to express himself and ex-nanny Hannah Cleveley suggests he uses a Dictaphone as a type of therapy. As a reader it’s a lovely way to reach inside the mind of a teenage boy and shows the pressures he feels life puts on him and how he copes.

When disaster strikes, the door to managing Lanchester estates is opened for Isabella to take over, we have a brief interlude when the storyline turns to the life and events which surround Raine Grey who in history was Lady Jane Grey who reigned for just nine days. I wanted to dislike Raine when we first met her but she became one of my favourite characters by the end.

During Isabella’s time as manager of Lanchester estates, she rules with an iron-fist and an unpopular one too. Desperate to find someone to share her life and to pour her love into she has a holiday romance with Philip Castillo who she meets in Spain. Everyone can see it’s a disastrous choice except Isabella who becomes so intense that it drives her to madness.

Waiting in the wings is Erin, a chestnut haired beauty who has worked hard and is valued by all those around her. A strong supporter of her family and friends, she’s not been left untarnished by the tragic events that surround her life. Seeing so many of those she loves die and aware of the disastrous trail of marriage break-downs that she has witnessed, she vows never to marry despite the constant companionship and on/off relationship she has with Rob Dudley.

I knew the end of the book was near but I wanted to shout NO when I reached the last line, I wanted more. When a book leaves you emotional and begging for more it’s definitely a sign of a brilliant read. Worth everyone of it’s five stars and more.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

For my audience participation piece I’d like you to think up book titles using the letterusing the picture below

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.

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Leave your answers in the comments below and I’ll be choosing my favourites.

Here are some randomly chosen challengers for you to visit today.

http://hungryenoughtoeatsix.com/

http://cjswriting.com/

http://2020hines-sight.com/

https://njmagas.wordpress.com/

http://lunaticpoet.com/

As part of the challenge we are asking readers to leave comments on blogs, thank you.

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Letter H April A To Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Day 8 of the A to Z Challenge and my theme is characters from books I’ve read, plus a little audience participation piece.

Letter H is for Rose Haldane from Ignoring Gravity by Sandra Danby.

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Ignoring Gravity is contemporary fiction, we meet Rose Haldane, a thirty-five year old journalist. She works for the London Herald and is currently working on a couple of projects; an interview with Nick Maddox from Biocare Beauty and an article on early menopause.
Rose’s sister Lily is married to William. Lily is trying for a baby to the point of obsession. Their mother has recently passed over and together they are sorting through all her belongings when they discover a set of diaries. Rose is left reeling when she discovers evidence that she was adopted. Her father is struggling with his own grief and is unable to offer Rose the support or the answer she needs.
Going into full scale research mode, Rose begins an adoption search process. She’s shocked when she is given a copy of her birth certificate and needs to find more answers to quench her thirst for her new extended family. Both Rose and Lily seek comfort and support as they go on a roller-coaster ride of life. Memories are dug up and old wounds opened and some are finally healed. The final piece of the puzzle slips into place just as Rose decides it’s no longer healthy to be so obsessed with her search.
Sandra did a fantastic job writing about all the adoption processes and emotions that would be involved for anyone wanting to find their real parents. I thought the articles that Rose was also writing for work played an important role too. They could have been just some of the reasons why couples adopt children. All in all a really great read.
Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
My audience participation involves thinking up a book title using the letter H for the picture below.

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.

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Leave your answers in the comments below and I’ll be choosing my favourites.

Here are some fellow challengers for you to visit today

https://theworkofbecoming.wordpress.com/

http://missdragonlady.blogspot.co.uk/

https://getonkimslevel.wordpress.com/

http://heatherswannabehomestead.blogspot.co.uk/

http://benchmark60.blogspot.co.uk/

During the tour we are asking readers to leave comments on blog posts, thank you.

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Letter G The April A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Day 7 of the April A to Z challenge and you are joining me for my book character them, plus some audience participation below.

Letter G is for Garnet Sullivan in The Devil, The Diva and The Deep Blue Sea by Margaret Jean Langstaff

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The Devil, The Diva and The Deep Blue Sea is a Garnet Sullivan mystery set in and around Punta Bella in Florida. It’s a high-speed explosion of words and action as Garnet tries to uncover the story behind two local murders.

Garnet is a reporter for The Indian River Times and has a nose for a tale as good as her very own dog Ringo, who is joined by Diesel after the demise of his owner. She shares her town house of dogs with the love of her life, people’s attorney Chester Dare who is currently defending an innocent grounds-man accused of the death of a fellow worker from “The Peaceable Kingdom”.

With a shocking second death, that of Uncle Tommy Covington and the more important loss of his famous barbeque sauce recipe it’s upto Garnet to sniff out the truth. But she’s up against a tight time schedule, a hurricane is battering the coast, sink holes are randomly appearing and everyone’s being told to evacuate. Plus she’s concerned about BFF Allison and her relationship with Sheriff Lance Dawtry, so much so that she seeks help from the completely insane Dr Fritz.

Margaret’s writing will take you to the edges of your literary prowess in what becomes an orchestrated oratory of words matching the Herculean force of the hurricane which pursues the galloping Garnet.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

For my audience participation I’m asking readers to think up book titles using the letter G for the picture below.

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.

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Leave your answers in the comments below and I’ll be choosing my favourites.

Here are some fellow challengers for you to visit today.

https://sjalexandreac.wordpress.com/

http://marcyhowes.blogspot.co.uk/

http://thebrillyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

http://tyreanswritingspot.blogspot.co.uk/

http://suzysomedaysomewhere.blogspot.co.nz/

During the tour we are asking readers to leave comments on blog posts, thank you.

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Letter F The April A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Day 6 of the April A to Z Challenge and my these is characters from books I’ve read, plus an audience participation piece.

Letter F is for James Finn from Business As Usual by E.L. Lindley

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Business As Usual is the first book in the Georgie Connelly crime series. Georgie is a documentary film maker, and we meet Georgie as she plans her next job to expose Gentleman’s Clubs.

Worried for her safety from a previous job, Georgie’s boss Eric, employs ex-marine James Finn to look after her, but trouble finds Georgie in several ways. Firstly she’s been found drunk and disorderly and forced to do several hours of community service at a local school. When one of her students, 16 year old Terri, goes missing, fingers point to En Vogue a high end of the market club run by Russian businessman Maxim Petrov.

Never one to listen to advice Georgie storms right in to Petrov’s world in an attempt to find Terri. Petrov definitely needs exposing but he is a dangerous man with plenty of influence in high places. Georgie’s documentary research leads her in to serious danger when her Maverick spirit takes her one step too far.

This was a great read with a storyline which kept me enthralled and wanting to know what trouble Georgie will get herself into in the next book.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

For my audience participation I’m asking readers to make up book titles using the letter F for the picture below.

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.

Bumble Bee

Leave your answers in the comments below and I’ll be choosing my favourites.

Here are today’s randomly chosen fellow blog challengers for you to visit.

http://www.gardenofedenblog.com/

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

https://wangiwriter.wordpress.com/

http://sheilascribbles.blogspot.co.uk/

http://memesandfiction.blogspot.co.uk/

During the challenge we encourage readers to leave comments on blogs, Thank you.

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Letter E April A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Day 5 of the April A to Z Challenge and I’m blogging my way through character names from books I’ve read, plus I have an audience participation piece below.

Letter E is for Emily Braden from Dreaming of Love by Melissa Foster

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Dreaming of Love is a great stand alone book, but if you love Melissa’s books then know that it is also 11th in the Braden book series and 19th in the Love In Bloom series. I’ve now read several books in both series and love how the characters all intertwine.

This book is about Emily Braden, she’s watched 4 of her 5 strong character brothers be knocked over with love for some amazing women and Emily wants to find someone for herself. She’s always fought her corner for a rightful place amongst her brothers and she loves them all. She’s an architect from Trusty, Colorado, she works hard and now it’s time for a rest. Her brother Wes has given her a ticket to Tuscany for a well deserved break in an area of beauty, she arrives clutching, as always her hopes of love.

She’s staying in a villa near Florence, the home of Adelina and her family. With just two rooms available, Emily soon meets the other guest and just one smouldering look has her pulse racing. Dae Dray is here for a work project, to assess a house for demolition, but it looks like he’s going to work some demolition in the romance department too.

A local villa, Casa Dei Desideri, the House of Wishes draws local women to it’s ancient olive tree who share their secret wishes. Myth has it that the tree has mysterious powers. Conflict occurs when Emily’s need to preserve family bonds of love go against Dae’s work project.

Melissa’s writing is full of passion and emotion, she has strong characters who reach out to the reader’s own emotions and take you on a roller-coaster ride.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

For my audience participation I’m asking you to think up a book title using the letter E for the picture below.

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.

Blue Lagoon

Leave your answers in the comments below and I’ll choose my favourite.

Here are some of my fellow A to Z Challengers for you to visit today.

http://www.geneviveangela.com/

http://karenjonesgowen.blogspot.co.uk/

https://postageandpost.wordpress.com/

http://lilicasplace.com/

http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.co.uk/

As part of the challenge, we are asking readers to leave comments on blogs, Thank you.

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April A to Z Challenge Week 1 Round-up #AtoZChallenge

So if you’ve been really busy and missed the start of the April A to Z Challenge 2015 here are links to my posts that you’ve missed.

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I’m blogging about characters from books I’ve read and doing a little bit of audience participation making up book titles for book from my photos.

Letter A http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-6sw

Letter B http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-6sy

Letter C http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-6sA

Letter D http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-6sC

I’d like to thank everyone who has been joining in the fun and thinking up book titles for my picture prompts. Yesterday we worked on the letter “D” and some of my favourite book titles were;

The Secret Squirrel, Darkness: A Forest Adventure, Digby’s Squirrelly Adventure, Dinner For One and Dam Squirrel Ate My Lunch.

Letter D The April A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Day 4 of my April A to Z Challenge, my theme is characters from books I’ve read, plus an audience participation piece.

Letter D is for Dermot Finnegan from Secrets Of The Heart by Adrienne Vaughan.

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Secrets Of The Heart is book three of The Heartfelt series, easily a stand alone novel, also a grand finale to the series. Set on a tiny island off of the west coast of Ireland, it has all the charm of Ireland and with a host of characters from movie stars to a flamboyant Post Mistress and a delightful West Highland Terrier called Monty.

Marianne Coltrane, once an adopted child, is now a grown woman, re-acquainted with her parents, who have just re-kindled their love. Soon after the honeymooners return, the island is attacked by a vicious storm which sets back the building of a bridge to the mainland. With no financial help from the government available, the islanders take it upon themselves to raise much needed funds.

There are plenty of willing helpers as famous people fly in from all over the world to buy a little piece of Ireland and help the cause, but lots of people have secrets on the island and there’s more than one that weaves it’s way to the surface with a little help from the Irish magic of Innishmahon. A magic which pulls people to the island much to the disgust of local resident Sean Grogan. I’ve really enjoyed all three books in this series and hope there’s more to come.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

For my audience participation section, I’d like you to come up with a book Title using the letter D for the picture below.

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.

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Leave your answers in the comments below and I’ll be choosing my favourite.

Here are links to fellow challengers for you to visit today.

https://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/

http://sydneyaaliyah.com/

http://www.storychanges.com/

http://rolandclarke.com/

http://clsmithbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

As part of the challenge, readers are asked to leave comments on blog posts, thank you.

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Letter C The April A to Z Blogging Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Day 3 of the April A to Z blogging challenge and my theme is book characters, plus some audience participation.

Letter C is for Charlee Montague in Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

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Lizzie Lamb’s characters are so lovable, Charlee became my buddy from the very first line. She was fiery unpredictable and quite honestly a delightful handful. Charlee Montague is an intern at “What’Cha” Magazine, the lowest of the low and given the worst jobs. But she has a passion to make it big and her feisty attitude nearly gets her in to BIG trouble at the book awards when she gives her honest opinion about photographs by high profile author Rafael Fonseca-Ffinch.

Next day instead of being fired she’s given the chance to redeem herself with a story about a young Royal playing away from home. But she has a partner and she must face Ffinch. Her best friend Poppy fills her in on Ffinch; kidnapped in Columbia by the Aguilas Negra, he was left to die, until he was rescued by an Amazon tribe. Now he’s putting all the proceeds of the book in to a hospital boat and Charlee must eat humble pie.

The short story piece is only the tip of the iceberg and Charlee finds herself going the extra mile to get her scoop. Faking an engagement and booking herself in to a Boot Camp for Brides, Charlee’s fulfilling the role, but what is it that Ffinch isn’t telling her? Frustrated Charlee threatens to find the truth herself and just how long will it take for her to also see what else is standing right before her eyes?

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

For the second half of my post I’d like you to create a book title using the letter C for the picture below

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.

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Leave your suggestion in the comments below and I’ll be choosing my favourite

Here are some randomly chosen fellow bloggers for you to visit today.

http://reviewsfrommyfirstreadsshelf.blogspot.co.uk/

http://missykirtley.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.talesofapeedeemama.com/

http://mybafflingbrain.blogspot.co.uk/

As part of the A to Z blogging Challenge we are asking readers to leave comments, thank you.

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Letter B The April A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to Day 2 of the April A to Z Challenge. I’m blogging about book characters from books I’ve read, then doing some audience participation.

Letter B is for Beynn Firehand who stars in Eyes Of The Enemy by Kelly Hess a YA fantasy series.

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Eyes Of the Enemy is the first book in the Blackmyst series of books. A Fantasy series suitable for middle grade children or early teenagers. This is a world with humans who live in Delvengard and the Sorak, a race with magical abilities who live underground. In a village in the Blackmyst forest, twelve year old Beynn Firehand lives with his father.

The villagers have just had the summer solstice celebrations when it is attacked by a band of Sorak rebels who seek Beynn. He escapes to his uncles’, but discovers he has powers of his own, confused and frightened, he discovers that his life has been a lie. The Sorak are seeking Beynn because he is DanShal, a boy of legend who will have great power for his people.

This is a popular style of storyline and should appeal well to this age group of readers. There are a lot of characters with unusual names to get your head around. The story continues in book two.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

For my audience participation I’m inviting readers to think up book titles around the letter B for the picture below.

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.

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Leave your answers below in the comments section and I’ll choose my favourite one.

Each day I’ve chosen other challenger bloggers for you to visit

http://raezryans.com/

https://storytreasury.wordpress.com/

http://littlestepsbigheart.blogspot.co.uk/

https://emilyruaux.wordpress.com/

http://www.virginialorijennings.com/index.html

http://leaningonthegate.blogspot.co.uk/

As part of the A to Z Challenge we ask readers to leave comments of blogs, thank you.

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Letter A The April A to Z blogging Challenge #AtoZChallenge

Welcome to the first day of this year’s April A-Z blogging challenge.

I’m blogging my way through characters from books I’ve read, then I have some audience participation going on.

 Letter A is for Anne Haddon the heroine of June Kearn’s book An Englishwoman’s Guide To The Cowboy.

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It’s 1867 and 9 people are squashed inside a stagecoach as it beats it’s way across the hot dust of Texas. Inside are English trio Annie Haddon, her cousin Charlotte and Aunt Bea. In true British aristocracy style the ladies are broiling in their layers of clothing, gloves and hats, but it is against strict etiquette to be seen in anything less.

The white man is sweeping across the states of America, bringing it’s railway and forcing the native Indians out. Tensions are high and stages coaches easy targets. When the stagecoach crashes in a typical hold up, Annie if left for dead. That is until Colt McCall rescues her.

With an Irish father and a Sioux mother, Colt has had a tough life. He learned to fight hard to get where he is today, he respects the Comanche Indians and hates the way that money and greed of the white man is killing off a way of life. Yet he’s not safe from either side, he’s a wanted man by the army, and he hasn’t much time for a prim and proper English lady.

In the time it takes to get Annie back reunited with her relations at Fort Mackenzie, she learns to like much of the wildness. Stupid and feisty, causing endless trouble for McCall, she’ll stick up for what she thinks is right, making mistakes but earning respect along the way.

I really enjoyed this book, a fan of the old cowboy movies, this book took me back to the old stories about the wild west, with an old fashioned romance. I felt I was watching a movie again and half expected Calamity Jane to walk on set at any time.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

For my audience participation I’m focusing on Book Titles, using the picture below I want readers to come up with book titles using the letter A

A book title and cover picture can often make or break a book sale. Is a book cover eye-catching? Does the book title appeal to the reader?

Have fun creating book titles from my own pictures, you might even think about a genre they could fit.

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Leave your answers in the comments below and I’ll be picking my favourites.

Each day I’ve chosen fellow challenge bloggers for you to visit.

http://www.fictionzeal.com/

https://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/

http://www.djsbookcorner.com/

https://metwriter.wordpress.com/

http://sylmion.blogspot.co.uk/

Throughout the challenge we encourage readers to leave comments on blogs, thank you.

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