Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT Joyful Trouble by @PatFurstenberg #KidsLit #SundayBlogShare

Today’s team review is from Chris, she blogs here

#RBRT Review Team

Chris has been reading Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg to her children


Joyful Trouble:

Cute and bubbly, this is book for little ones is all about friendship.

When Ana and Tommy go to a parade, their Grandad starts to narrate a story of his encounters with a Great Dane, Joyful Trouble, and the adventures they get up to together.

The story was sweet and the message strong. There were moments of comedy and verve sewn into the writing, and the book itself was a fun read. The narration structure was, however, a little overwhelming for a children’s book, so that my young readers lost the threads of the story. A straightforward narrative or a less alternating narration may have suited the book better and kept the story at the forefront of the writing. Overall, a good read.

Book Description

A humorous read about an incredible dog and how he had found his true, yet unexpected calling.
A dog. A friendship. A purpose.
When a Great Dane arrives in a navy base nobody expects him to win everybody’s hearts, although breaking some rules along the way. But things soon turn sour as somebody threatens to put him to sleep. Who will stand up for this for-legged gentle giant? Tackling universal themes and voicing animal rights and the importance of fighting for what is right.

About the author

Patricia Furstenberg

Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. She usually writes at her kitchen table, early morning while the kettle hums or in her car, while she waits for her children to come out from school. “When I write, I write,” she usually says. When she’s not writing she likes to read, listen to music, dance and bake.
One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat’s home.
This Romanian born writer is living happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT DANGEROUS by Ian Probert @Truth42 #Boxing industry #Memoir

Today’s team review is from Chris, she blogs here

#RBRT Review Team

Chris has been reading Dangerous by Ian Probert


An unexpected read that delves deep into the issues that athletes and fans face when things go wrong in sport.

A few decades after leaving the sport behind following a rather harrowing event, ex sports journalist Ian Probert returns to investigate boxing and all the changes that have occurred since his last foray into the sport. And change it has…

Based on the blurb, I was expecting a book on boxing but, instead, I got a memoir punctuated by meetings, memories, and the good (and bad) that the sport brought out in the author. This was an interesting story that delved into the depths of the human psyche, and charts the effects that wins, losses, and retirement can have on fighters and fans alike. It is not always comfortable or indeed pleasurable reading, but it is a very interesting memoir cum investigation that makes you think about the sport in very different ways.

*Thank you to the author and to #RBRT for my free review copy.

Book Description

A quarter of a century ago journalist and author Ian Probert decided never to write about boxing again. His decision was prompted by the injuries sustained by boxer Michael Watson during his world title fight with Chris Eubank. Now, in common with so many fighters, Probert is making an inevitable comeback. Dangerous sees Probert return to the scene of an obsession that has gripped him from childhood. In the course of numerous meetings with a number of leading figures in the fight game, including Herol Graham, Steve Collins, Michael Watson, Nigel Benn, Ambrose Mendy, Rod Douglas, Frank Buglioni, Kellie Maloney, Glen McCrory and Jim McDonnell among others, Probert takes a look at how lives have changed, developed and even unravelled during the time he has been away from the sport. From an illuminating and honest encounter with transgender fight manager Kellie Maloney to an emotional reunion with Watson himself, Probert discovers just how much the sport has changed during his absence. The end result is one of the most fascinating and unusual books ever to have been written about boxing.

About the author

Ian Probert

Ian Probert has been scribbling down words ever since he learned to spell the phrase: ‘Once upon a time…’. He is the author of Internet Spy, Rope Burns and a bunch of other titles. Internet Spy was a bestseller in the US and made into a TV film. Rope Burns is a book about why books shouldn’t be written about boxing. Ian has also written things for a shed load of newspapers and magazines. When Ian was a student he used to write lots of letters to the bank manager.

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Who can refuse an #Author / #Blogger Meet up? #MondayBlogs @kimthebookworm

What does a gal do when invited to spend an afternoon talking about books?

She says YES!

A quick e-mail on Friday evening had me heading to London on Saturday, to meet up with a group of bloggers and authors, and talk about books for an afternoon, who couldn’t resist?

We met in the @Canal125 Bar, Restaurant- overlooking the Regent’s Canal in Islington near Kings Cross, London (Bizarrely just a little further up the road from the Bloggers Bash venue back in June for those readers who met there)

The idea is to meet up with a selection of authors and bloggers at an Author/Blogger Shenanigans

Event organisers; Kim Nash @kimthebookworm and Holly Martin @hollymartin00  run these events alternating between London and Birmingham.

Here’s a little gallery of pictures thanks to Chris and Susan for the photos

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So who else was there? My chance to name drop with abandon…

Anne Williams @Williams13Anne blogging at Being Anne

Book reviewer Rebecca from @Ifonlyread blogging at If only I could read Faster

Book reviewer Karen @karendennise blogging from My Reading Corner

Author Annie Lyons @1AnnieLyons more from Annie here

Author Jessica Norrie @Jessica_norrie Facebook link here

Book reviewer Laura from @lozzabookcorner blogging at Lozza’s book corner

Author Fiona Wilson @FWilsonAuthor Facebook link here

Book reviewer Susan @Susanhampson57 blogging at Books from Dusk till Dawn

Book reviewer Joanne @jocatrobertson blogging at My Chestnut Reading Tree

Book reviewer Dawn @crooksonbooks blogging at Crooks On Books

Author Jan Brigden @JanBrigden Romaniacs link here

Author Sue Fortin @suefortin1 more about Sue here

Author Jan Ellis @JanEllis_writer more about Jan here

Book reviewer Rachel @Gilbster1000 blogging at Rachel’s Random Reads

Author Barbara Copperthwait @BCopperthwait more about Barbara here

Author TA Williams @TAWilliamsBooks more about TA here

Author Abigail Osborne @Abigail_Arthur more about Abigail here

Book reviewer Neats @lilac_hippo blogging at The Haphazardous Hippo

Author Christina Philippou @CPhilippou123 more about Chris here

Author Steven Hayward @stevieboyh more abut Steven here

Book reviewer Linda @LindaHill50Hill blogging at Linda’s Book Bag

Author Eva Holland @HollandEva more about Eva here

Apologies to anyone I missed. Do yell and I’ll add you in.

10 Things For #BookBloggers To Do During a Thunderstorm @CPhilippou123 @Urbanepub @lilac_hippo

Mad cows and …… no wait, perhaps it’s just me, the mad book blogger, who heads out when the sky is black and the thunder is rumbling.

10 things to do in a thunderstorm 

  1. Attend a book launch preferably before the storm really hits, then you have a new book to read.
  2. Read the book you got at the book launch, who can sleep through all that thunder?
  3. If the power fails, read by torchlight.
  4. Be too scared to get out of bed until the last minute even though you really, really need to pee
  5. Try to pee in the dark, as you are afraid to pull the light switch, hoping the lightening will show you the way, easier for women than men to pee in the dark.
  6. Brave the madness to make sure all your book blogging social networking is “saved” in case the storm knocks out the power.
  7. Consider using the hours you are awake during the storm to mentally draft up a blog post for the next day.
  8. Contact all your friends via social media who might also be awake and have a chat about the storm.
  9. Try putting in your ear phones and listening to music to drown out the noise.
  10. Get a drink and a snack and watch the lightening show.

And now back to the book launch.

Last evening I went along to The WeySide pub in Guildford (yes the sky was indeed black and the thunder rumbling)  to the book launch of Christina Philippou’s debut novel LOST IN STATIC a gritty tale set in a university. There I met Chris’s book publisher Matthew from Urbane Publications who was happy to talk about the work he does with authors, a genuine great guy I was pleased to hear that he has worked on getting Chris’s book placed in several book stores, Waterstones being one of them.


I also met a fellow book blogger Neats Wilson from the Haphazardous Hippo blog do go check out her blog, a voracious reader, she described her reading likes as eclectic. @lilac_hippo


If you missed my review of Lost In Static earlier this week here is a reminder.

Lost In Static is a gritty contemporary drama set in an English university. The main characters are four first year students and we follow their lives from beginning to end of that first year.

Ruby is a tom boy, and a huge football fan, she plays in the uni football team, she’s quiet and insecure at times, but popular.

Juliette is running away from home-life and its restrictions. A chain smoker from a strong religious upbringing, uni gives her an opportunity to push new boundaries.

Callum is the good looking one, but has his own secrets.

Yasmine; cold and callous, ready to use anyone for her greater good and will stop at nothing to get her own way.

As the students meet each other in their shared halls of residence, opinions are formed, friendships made, enemies engaged all with a heavy dose of drinking. Callum likes Ruby, Ruby is friends with Juliette, Yasmine hates Juliette, wants Callum and is jeolous of Ruby.

The book opens with one of these students being taken away in an ambulance after a serious accident. Divisions within the group have been split wide, but why? The story then turns back to the first day of term so that we, the reader, can learn of events which lead to the accident. It is built up in delicious layers where we are drip fed snippets and clues, so we too can build our own opinions.

Each student’s side of the story is cleverly told; Ruby’s narrative includes lots of internal dialogue, emphasising her lack of confidence. Callum tells us his version via e-mails to a secret contact. Juliette uses the fourth wall method of speaking to the reader, while Yasemine’s side is told through well known narrative.

The different POV’s are refreshing and move the story at just the right pace, I enjoyed seeing the slight differences in how events happened with each telling, just like any real-life perception of an event.

An excellent debut novel, showing a great strength of writing and could easily be enjoyed by a wide range of readers, although I wouldn’t recommend reading this just before letting go of your precious offspring for their first year at uni, leave it a couple of weeks at least!

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Matthew, Chris & Rosie

Matthew, Chris & Rosie

The #RBRT Reviewer Profiles – Chris Philippou @cphilippou123

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Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.

Chris Philippou

Chris Philippou lives in the UK.

You can find her at;

where she posts reviews of books which reach  4* and 5*s.

All her reviews can be found on Goodreads.

Goodreads profile.

You can also find Chris here;

Twitter (@cphilippou123) and Facebook

Chris likes reading; Crime, contemporary fiction, romance, nonfiction…

When reviewing for the team Chris prefers e-books in; Mobi (and anything easily convertible (ie not pdf)).

Hobbies & Interests? Sport and nature appreciation. And reading, obviously!

Reading Soft edge

I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?” Steampunk.

“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?” Sci-fi and fantasy, although I’ve read some brilliant books in both these genres.

“What do you look for in a book?” Character-driven or plot-driven, well-written, fresh writing, learning something new…

“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?” Short stories, dramas (epic or otherwise), biographies, anything depressing.

“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?” Yes, except biographies.