Anna by Meghan Riley (Nov 14th)

AnnaAnna by Meghan Riley (Starseed series)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t know what to expect from this YA book, I was intrigued by the cover and the references to the stars in the sky. The teenage youth scenes and school setting were all very well written with plenty of descriptions which were easy to imagine. The storyline was interesting, Anna was brainy and interested in astrophysics. She had a realistic crush on the leader of the boy’s football team and I enjoyed the on/ off romance which they both shared. The suspense and star adventure built with the story, and I was guessing right up to the end between Jared, The Shadow and Steve. A cliff hanger ending had me wishing for more. Bring on the next book in the series.

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Becoming Anorak Nid – A Rude Awakening by Alix B Macey

A Rude Awakening (Becoming Anorak Nid Book Two)A Rude Awakening by Alix B. Macey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the adventures of Nid the ant. I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons which the lovely fairy gave Nid in his quest to change his life. At the end of the first book we are left on a cliff hanger as Nid must face his fears and help his friends. Once again the Author’s voice is heard as the narrator and often the voice of reason. Nid and his friends are loveable characters in this children’s book of garden delights.

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The Potter’s Daughter by Daniel Arthur Smith (Nov 1st)

The Potter's DaughterThe Potter’s Daughter by Daniel Arthur Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a lovely romance. Abby returns home to help her father when her cousin calls her with several concerns. She finds a sad man facing his demons and his guilt. Their relationship is tense and Abby tries to sort him out. Meanwhile her cousin introduces her to Mitch who likes the quiet life by the lake. He has his own past life which looms in sight as Abby returns to her home in the city. The pair must find a compromise where they can be together and a force of nature holds the key.

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Guest Author E.L. Lindley

Please Welcome E. L. Lindley to the Guest Author spot.E. L. Lindley Author

I recently read my first book by this author, here is my book review;

Don’t Look Back by E.L. Lindley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book that I have read by the author, a romance which also deals with adoption, broken marriages and teenagers. The book is set in Sheffield and Los Angeles, mixing up the cultures and different life styles of the characters. There is a lot of anger and strong emotions throughout the book for several of the characters and I particularly wanted to throttle Catherine at times. Catherine has a hard time dealing with many issues in her life and consequently hides from decision making or acts rashly then regrets it afterwards. I’m glad she saw sense in the very end.

See the book here on Amazon.co.uk and here on Amazon.com Don't Look Back

Now let’s find out more about our guest;

1) Where is your home town?

My home town is Sheffield in the UK, which is where Don’t Look Back is partly set. I left Sheffield to go to university in 1980 and didn’t move back until I was in my 40s. It’s a nice place to live because, although it’s the UKs fourth largest city, it doesn’t really have that big city feel. It’s been described as the UK’s largest village which I think sort of captures its essence perfectly.

2) This was the first book that I’d read of yours, how many other books have you written? Are they all romances?

I’ve written seven books in total and they all have an element of romance in them although they might not strictly be classed as romances. Apart from “Don’t Look Back”, I have written another romance called “Family Ties”, which is about a woman whose mother dies and her grief leads her to try and find her birth father whom she’s never met. I’ve written a thriller called “Dare To Lose” which is set in Brighton and is about an ordinary woman who finds herself making a stand against crime when one of her employees goes missing. It’s got a fair sprinkling of romance in it as well because she is thrown together with the missing girl’s father. I’ve also written a series of books called The Georgie Connelly Stories which are light hearted crime capers with lots of fun and romance. Georgie Connelly is a bit of a madcap heroine and she’s great fun to write.

3) What inspires you to write? Is it people you know? Situations you’ve been in or something else?

It’s definitely people who inspire me. I’m an avid people watcher and I’m always making up lives and stories for people. Sometimes I base my stories on people that I know or things that have happened to me but it’s usually exaggerated to such a degree that it becomes unrecognisable. At least I hope so – I’d hate to be sued for libel.

4) Do you carry out research into any of the situations that your characters go through?

I don’t do a lot of research because most of my stories are based around pretty universal issues such as love, grief, family etc which we all understand. For any factual information I tend to rely on good old Google.

5) In “Don’t Look Back” some of your characters visit a psychologist, was that hard to write or did you know how she would get the characters to open up to their deep issues?

Funnily enough, there’s a bit of a story here. I used the idea of a therapist in “Don’t Look back” as a plot device because I had to think of a way to try and break down Catherine and Bill’s barriers. However, it had quite an impact on my life as I became very interested in the idea of it. I have revisited the theme in the novel I am currently working on by making the main character, Maggie, a psychotherapist. I did quite a bit of research on it and ended up applying to study psychotherapy myself. I start my course in September so how’s that for life imitating art? (I’m very impressed! Good Luck with the course)

6) I particularly liked Catherine’s friend Jenny, she was always there for Catherine, yet she stepped in and contacted Bill behind Catherine’s back, was it for self preservation or friendship?

I think Jenny is probably the character most of us can relate to and the friend we would all like to have. She’s been with Catherine every step of the way and seen her make some disastrous choices. She knew that Catherine wasn’t happy and I think intervened out of love for her friend. We’ve all probably been in situations where we’ve agonised over whether we should interfere in our loved ones’ lives for the greater good. In real life, it’s often a disaster when we interfere but I think Jenny did the right thing. Having said that, she has her own family to think about so maybe part of her motivation for wanting to see Catherine and Bill sort out their problems was self preservation.

7) We never met Catherine’s father, was that deliberate? Or could Catherine have put one more ghost to bed if we had? 

I was very lucky in that I had settled childhood and a father who was dependable and supportive but I have friends who didn’t have father figures growing up and it’s had a huge impact on their lives. I’ve also worked with young people for a lot of years and seen situations where dads have gone off and had new families, leaving the old family behind. It’s almost like they want a fresh start and in order to do so have to somehow erase their old lives. The children left behind have so many unanswered questions and often end up feeling not good enough and adrift. I thought to have Catherine resolve her issues with her father would have been almost too neat and perfect. In real life, people more often than not, don’t get the answers they need or the sense of closure that Catherine might have had if her father had featured in the novel.

8) One reviewer suggested a sequel for us to see how the characters developed in their new life, have you considered writing that book?

I’d not considered writing a sequel until I read the review suggesting one. I didn’t want to make everything end perfectly because I didn’t think that would be in keeping with the characters. I suspect Catherine and Bill’s relationship is never going to be problem free but I sort of wanted readers to make their own minds up about what their future may be. Maybe I should just write the sequel though – who knows?

9) “Don’t look back”, is a popular title for a book, when I looked it up there were many other books with the same or similar title, how do you choose titles for your books?

In all honesty, I find thinking of titles harder than actually writing the books. I have no idea as I’m writing them what they will be called and tend to refer to them by the name of the lead character. So far a long time “Don’t Look Back” was simply called Catherine. Once they’re finished it’s never easy to come up with ideas and typically I try lots of titles out on friends. They hoot with laughter at my suggestions and the one that gets the least ridicule heaped on it is usually the one that sticks.

10) Are you writing anything at the moment for your fans?

I’m writing a novel about a woman whose sister goes missing. She’s a psychotherapist and she retraces her sister’s footsteps, so to speak, in the hope of finding her. It’s a thriller with lots of romance in there as well. My friend reads my novels as I write them, acting as my proof-reader, and she claims to have fallen in love with the leading man, who is a private investigator hired by Maggie to find her sister.

Brilliant! thank you so much for being my guest today, good luck with the new book, we look forward to reading it when it comes out.

The Desire to Love by N. Taylor

The Desire to Love (The Desire to Duology Book 2)The Desire to Love by N. Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another 5* review for this author, the ending was brilliant! If you like your romance, modern (and over 18), with twists and turns, a bit of a thriller and lots of characters that you can love or hate, then this is for you. This book is stand alone but is also a sequel to “The Desire to Touch”, written by a very talented new author.

You can meet author Nicola Taylor here on the blog when she was recently my guest author for the day. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2ml

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Guest Author Natalie Taylor

I decided to have a bit of a change in the way I interview guest authors, so without further ado let me tell you about Natalie Taylor.

Natalie Taylor Author

I recently read Natalie’s first book and reviewed it here on the blog. Here is a reminder of the review;

The Desire to Touch (The Desire to Duology Book 1)The Desire to Touch by N. Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book grew on me, I was a little hesitant at the start and thought the main character was going to be a spoilt brat, but then we started to get hints of deeper issues. The snippets of information became intriguing and more characters came into the scene, I wanted to know answers about the family just like Ellie. I’m glad the book ended on a cliff hanger, there were too many ends to tie up. The book does contain adult material which is handled well and I’m glad there is a depth to the story which I’m sure will continue in the next book.

Check out the book here on Amazon.co.uk or here on Amazon.com

Let’s find out a bit more about Natalie;

1) Where is your home town?
I currently live in Flintshire, North Wales – UK but I grew up in Surrey. I live in a nice little town called Flint, where on a good day you can see the River Dee but on rainy ones it’s mainly clouds – all the best bits of living on the side of a very small mountain. (Sorry I’ve just got to sing…Flintstones, meet the Flintstones…like you’ve never heard that before!) Sorry serious face back on, let’s carry on…
2) What inspired you to write “The Desire to Touch”?
For years I’d had this reoccurring fantasy of what it would be like to meet a certain movie star (no names mentioned lol). (Oh Go on we won’t tell anyone!) I ended up making the fantasy into a dream and thought to myself, ‘Well maybe this would make a pretty good book one day.’
3) Can you describe Ellie’s character, from your book, to our readers?
Ellie is a 24 year old girl, who in the past few years has had to deal with the most horrific circumstances of her life. She used to be loud, brash and outgoing but now she is timid, quiet and tries to stay out of the limelight. She over thinks everything and second guesses herself at every opportunity with the help of her “Angel & Devil” advisers  (which are her coping mechanism). Throw into the mix that she is clumsy – she’s your all round average girl.
4) Ellie has a hidden past which is hinted at throughout the book, did you plan the reveal or did it evolve with the book?
I always planned to reveal, I just wasn’t sure when. So in truth it was a bit of both, it was planned but the reason’s to when it came out had evolved with the plot line.
5) There is adult material in your book, I read an article once advising writers about getting into “The Zone” before attempting to write any form of erotica, do you find it easy to write or do you set aside a time and place to write those scenes?
When it came to the ‘naughty’ scenes I definitely had to be in the zone. Some times it’s easy enough for me to write it and others I have to go back to it when I can completely submerge myself into the mood. I have a son who tends to hang around me in the evenings so I can’t write anything until he’s in bed, having cartoons on in the background has an impeding affect on the thought process lol! So in the evenings I sit at my desk with my headphones in my ears and as soon as I find the right song, I put it on repeat until it’s written.
6) Do you think there is always room for more romance fiction? Why do you think women devour romance books?
I believe there is endless opportunities for the romantic fiction genre – its something that most women and men love to read, I just feel that it’s about making it more exciting for the reader. Personally I love romance books because I fall in love with the characters and dream of meeting the hunky, heroic man myself one day. The books are a great escape, if only for a little while, into a world that someone else has created for me to enjoy.
7) You said you started writing after you and your friends read “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “The Crossfire trilogy” I know of a couple of men who read “Fifty Shades of Grey” How do you think romance could be sold to more men?
I’m not sure, I guess each read is a case of personal taste, not everyone is going to like what the person next to them likes. Possibly more books from the male perspective?
8) Ellie’s story continues in “The Desire to Love”, are you planning your next book?
“The Desire to love” is now available on Amazon – which has been received well so far. I am currently writing another adult romantic fiction book currently called ‘Play me Away’ which I hope will be ready for sale in October.
If you are interested in “The Desire to Love”, follow either of these links; Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
A BIG thank you to Natalie for being my guest today and Good Luck with the new book, I’ll be posting my review of “The Desire to Love” in a few days time.

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Today we have a review from Louise

I've Got Your Number

‘I’ve Got Your Number’ – by Sophie Kinsella

Rating: 5/5

Bride-to-be Poppy has lost two of the most important things in her life; her engagement ring and her phone. The engagement ring has been in her fiancés family for 3 generations, and her future parents-in-law won’t be happy to see it missing; or to not see it, as it happens. As for the phone, when she stumbles across an abandoned mobile in a bin, Poppy can’t believe her luck and thinks nothing of using it as her own. Except the phone’s mysterious and smouldering owner, businessman Sam Roxton, has other ideas, and the pair get unwillingly tangled up in one another’s chaotic lives; sharing an inbox isn’t for the faint hearted.

This book was genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, with the loveably jumbled main character, Poppy, being the hilarious heroine of the story. We follow Poppy through the unfortunate events that precede her wedding day, and can’t help but fall in love with her bubbly personality and her unique way of dealing with some sticky situations. However, amidst the chaos there is romance, drama and mystery, adding an unexpected depth to this chick-flick. The story is continually unfolding, with drama around every corner, yet Kinsella still manages to maintain a fun tone to keep us turning the pages. ‘I’ve Got Your Number’ is both heart-warming and heart-wrenching, whilst at the same time I’m spitting out my drink laughing; a perfect balance and entirely unexpected.’

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Prodigy of Rainbow Tower by Charles E Yallowitz

Prodigy Cover Final

Cover Art Credit:
Jason Pedersen Website: http://www.jasonpedersen.com/
Legends of Windemere: Prodigy of Rainbow Tower will be debuting on July 31st on Amazon.
Book Description:The action-packed, humor-filled, dramatic sequel to ‘Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero’.Battling through a demonic assassin and an army of monsters, Luke Callindor has survived his time at Hamilton Military Academy.  Now, Luke and his friends must leave the safety of the academy to escort Duke Solomon’s heir down the L’dandrin River and into the safety of the city of Gods’ Voice.  Joining them for this journey is Nyx, a powerful caster apprentice of Rainbow Tower.  With her talent for combat magic and her short temper, Nyx will prove to be a challenge for Luke and all of their enemies.Who will survive the harrowing trip down the L’dandrin River?  And, who will be the one to break Luke’s trust?Goodreads Link for Prodigy of Rainbow Tower:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18171173-prodigy-of-rainbow-tower

This is the second book in the series, you can read my review of the first book Beginning of a Hero here; http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-1Zn
Previously Charles was my guest Author, come and meet the writer of these books and learn more about him; http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2fB
Here is a link to the first book; Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero:http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Hero-Legends-Windemere-ebook/dp/B00BL9GBU2

Beer Goggles by Sean Flynn

Beer GogglesBeer Goggles by Sean Flynn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a very funny look at a couple of British blokes who don’t mind laughing at themselves. They embark on an innocent day trip which gets more complicated as their day evolves. I loved the way the author gives you tiny pieces of information or characters which all get tied together nearer the end. Dave and Travis find themselves embroiled in a murder case when all they set out to do was pick up a set of golf clubs. The comedy of errors that follows is true British humour dosed with some strong language which may offend a few readers, but fits with the style of the book. This book was going to be a 4 star, but by the end I’d fallen in love with the characters and I’m going to give it 5 stars.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beer-Goggles-ebook/dp/B008ZF5SOU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1373571899&sr=8-1&keywords=beer+goggles+by+sean+flynn

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