March Movers and Shakers for Fleet Life and EHDirectory

Here are the books which made it to the March Issues of local magazines.

Fleet Life has the following books on page six of it’s magazine, for the online version go to http://www.fleetlife.org.uk, load the online directory and turn to page 6

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The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan

I Listened To My Heart by Rosemary Gallagher

Motherlove by Thorne Moore

The Haunting Of Secrets by Shelley Pickens

The Song of the Cypress by Tonia Parronchi

Elvetham Heath Directory has the following books on page of it’s magazine, for the online version go to ehd.org.uk, load the online directory and turn to page 6.

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S.C.A.R.S by Julia Ibbotson

The Broken Angel by Monica La Porta

Just Two Weeks by Amanda Sington-Williams

White Horizon by Jan Ruth

Mind Over Murder by Cary Allen Stone

Good Deeds Challenge Year 2, Week 44

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 am into my second year.

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

February 15th – A lovely sunny day, I went out in the fresh air tidying the front gardens on mine and my neighbours house.

February 16th – Today I’ve been reading A Single Step by Georgia Rose. Just had to close my review list, I have around 50 books to review and I need time to get them done.

February 17th – Walked to the post box and saw a neighbour had left her keys hanging in her car door that was parked on the road, so knocked on her door to let her know. Today I read Humming by Rachel McAlpine A book set in New Zealand one of my favourite countries.

February 18th – Finished reading The Long and The Short by Jan Ruth picked up litter on my walk and at the supermarket.

February 19th – Read Septembers by Christopher Prendergast and posted my review on Amazon, it’s a debut short novel which I described as noir fiction.

February 20th – My lunchtime walk and litter picking today, plus I finished reading Destroyed by L.A Starkey, book 2 in the Soul Keeper YA Greek Gods series.

February 21st – Exciting news Terry Tyler’s sequel to Kings and Queens is out today, so I’ve sent out some tweets to help promote Last Child.

I’ve been reading Loved and Lost by Allison Christie.

White Horizon by Jan Ruth

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The essentials of life; having someone to love, having something to do and something to look forward to,” advice that Daniel Woods would probably agree with on his wedding day but words which he wouldn’t actually understand until circumstances force his eyes wide open.

White Horizon is a contemporary family relationships/ romance set in and around Snowdonia and Manchester. Dan and Tina are about to get married, a regular Bonnie & Clyde in their youth, they are finally tying the knot.

With money behind him from a lucky inheritance and hard work Dan has bought Crafnant Hall and is turning it into a hotel. He’s worked really hard on getting it all set up and is looking forward to running it with Tina alongside.

Fellow guests at the wedding include old school friends Linda and Victoria, as Dan and Tina begin their married life Linda and Victoria both take a look at their own marriages and don’t like what they see. With Dan and Tina’s turbulent relationship everyone is in for a bumpy ride as Dan finds that he’s surrounded by needy people who all want a part of him.

Racing through life at the speed of the Porsche he drives Dan finds that there are some people you can’t live with nor can you live life without them. Another good book in a familiar setting from Jan Ruth.

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

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Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT Alison reviews Dark Water by Jan Ruth

Today we have a review from team member Alison, she blogs at http://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/

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Alison read Dark water by Jan Ruth, the sequel to Wild Water

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Dark Water – Jan Ruth

I loved Jan Ruth’s ‘Wild Water’, the first book in this series, and was really looking forward to re-joining Jack Redman and following more of his trials and tribulations. I had high hopes, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The story begins with Jack once again trying to please everybody, to do the right thing, and failing. Torn between being with Anna, whose independent nature prevents her from committing, and trying to do the right thing for his children, Jack unwillingly creates a situation that jeopardises his happiness and his future. And to make things worse, daughter Chelsey’s real father arrives on the scene. Unstable and disturbed, Simon Banks poses a real threat and this storyline gives a much darker thread to the story that prevents this (as does the skilful writing) from being chick lit or light romance. There are dark, threatening twists and turns that add another layer and that, in my opinion, make this novel far more accomplished and more interesting than ‘Wild Water’, as good as that is. That said, there is still plenty of humour and lots of lovely lighter moments that make this a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Once again, the characters are believable, empathetic and well-drawn and the settings and events bring a realism to the narrative that anchor the story in both time and place. This is a great read, a lovely way to escape on a miserable post-Christmas chilly evening and is definitely recommended.

Five out of five stars.

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

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Cathy reviews White Horizon by Jan Ruth

Today’s team book review is from Cathy, she blogs at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com

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Cathy chose to read and review White Horizon by Jan Ruth

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Daniel and Tina decide to cement their on-off relationship of twenty-five years with a marriage ceremony in the town they grew up in, near Snowdonia in North Wales. They start their married life living in the hotel Daniel is renovating. Things between the newly weds begin to crumble after just a few months. Tina is keeping an overwhelming secret and doing her best to deal with it in the only way she feels she can. Their old school friends, who haven’t seen each other for years, Victoria and Linda and their respective husbands, Max and Mike, are drawn into the resulting fall out which will affect not only those involved but their families as well.

Linda and Victoria are experiencing their own marital problems and all three couples find themselves in difficult circumstances and with friendships at breaking point. Their lives can never again be the same and each of them will face a future they couldn’t have imagined. The terrible culmination of Victoria and Max’s relationship breakdown is horrifying and dramatic, resulting in destruction and death which devastates everyone in the community.

The dynamics between the couples and their interwoven stories are written so well it’s impossible not to have a vivid picture of them, and be drawn in as they are ever more deeply involved in the developing story. Jan Ruth just seems to be able to get right inside the characters and make them totally real and believable, with well-developed and credible personalities. Their problems and emotions are handled sensitively and with honesty during the major life changes that affect them all. Serious issues, including spousal abuse and debilitating illness, are dealt with tactfully.

A really good mix of characters, Daniel stood out for me and Victoria, who was the most damaged by her awful experiences. Great writing and precise attention to details – such an enjoyable read. The scenic descriptions are beautiful and bring the area to life adding an extra element to the story. Mainly, though, this is about how the strength of love and forgiveness, having friends and family win out in the end.

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

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Vanessa reviews Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth

Today we have a review from book review team member Vanessa, she blogs at http://vanessawesterwriter.blogspot.co.uk/

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Vanessa chose to read and review Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth

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“The first book I selected to review via Rosie’s Book list was MIDNIGHT SKY. I don’t know if it was the cover or the blurb, or both, but something drew me to this one. I can tell you I was not disappointed! Five stars for my first read! I did not expect that.

It’s difficult to explain a story like this in a review, because it was so real! There were a lot of characters who I loved and a lot of issues discussed, which I consider really important. Also, the fact that I know so little about horses added an extra depth to the plot.
So, let’s start with the characters. Laura is a pretty, talented home designer who lives and works with a married man, who is now juggling the kids and his ex (but has yet to get a divorce). Simon is the married man and a rogue – he represents the male stereotype I dislike. But, he does seem to care about his kids so he is not a complete waste of space. Maggie, Laura’s older sister, has been in a stable relationship from a young age and is stereotypical of the stay-at-home wife, frustrated by her husbands lack of motivation to help at home. Finally, I have to mention Jess, Maggie’s daughter. A seventeen, going on eighteen, flirtatious and outrageous girl, who made me laugh many times!
There are other characters, but the one I have to talk about is the brooding (let’s think of Darcy or perhaps Mr Rochester) male hunk, James! James is heartbroken after losing his wife in a riding accident and I felt his pain on many levels. However, his patience and ability with broken horses and children won me over. When he also managed to be there for Laura when she goes through a traumatic experience he became my favourite!
However, without giving away any spoilers, this story is about how Laura, James, Maggie, and Jess confront and overcome their issues. It has a feel-good ending, which, in my opinion, opens the door for a sequel. I would love to know what happens next.”
Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Georgia reviews Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth

Today’s book review comes from team member Georgia, she blogs at http://www.georgiarosebooks.com

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Georgia chose to read and review Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth

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I would like to thank Jan Ruth for gifting me a copy of Midnight Sky which I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. I chose this book because of its countryside setting and its romantic and horsey themes. The main character in this story is Laura who is living with Simon and the guilt of breaking up his marriage. His ex-wife (though they are yet to divorce) is irritatingly demanding of Simon and his time and I wished both he and Laura would stand up to her more. Maggie, Laura’s sister, is very different in that she is married with rather challenging children, the middle one of which is the outrageously annoying Jess who works at the local stables where her younger, slightly autistic, sister is learning to ride.

Laura and Simon are in business together running Dragon Designs, a property development company, and Simon, keen to expand overseas seems to show more interest in this, and his ex-wife’s demands, than he does in Laura. Through Dragon Designs Laura is brought into contact with the stables, and horse-whisperer James, who is still very much married to his wife, even though she died two years previously.

I very much liked the writing and excellent characterisation throughout this book. I particularly warmed to James who, still in mourning, worked hard amidst a life of disorganised chaos and I loved the descriptions of his house, dogs and relationships with the horses under his care. Laura and James become great friends drawn together by tragedy and Laura struggles as her relationship with Simon breaks down whereas James can’t see past the loss of his wife. Watching him as he tries to overcome his grief is heart-breaking but Ruth handles the progression of the relationships very well as they develop slowly throughout this story both for Laura and James but also for Maggie whose own family life is also in turmoil.

A lovely, easy read that I’m sure will be a joy for anyone who picks it up.

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

December Issues of @FleetLife and @EHDirectory featuring my #Bookreviews

Here are a list of books I’ve had featured in my local magazines for the month of December 2014, with links to the magazine on-line versions and Goodreads links to all the books.

http://www.fleetlife.org.uk click on the online directory and once loaded, find my reviews on page 36.

Dec FL

The Immortal Greek by Monica La Porta

Britannia Part 1: The Wall by Richard Denham

We That Are Left by Juliet Greenwood

Romancing My Love by Melissa Foster

BackPacks and Bra Straps by Savannah Grace

Dec EHD

Books that made it in to my reviews in the Elvatham Heath Directory http://www.ehd.org.uk. Click on the online directory and once loaded go to page 13

How I Changed My Life In A Year by Shelley Wilson

Echoes In The Darkness by Jane Godman

Fairy Tale In New York by Nicky Wells

Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth

Craving by Sofia Grey

Home For Christmas by Jan Ruth

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Home for Christmas is a collection of three longer short stories from Welsh Author Jan Ruth. All with a different Christmas theme. Rudolph The Brown Nosed Reindeer focuses on a Christmas corporate event for Rick Alderman just as his current girlfriend leaves him for a job in Florida.

Jim’s Christmas Carol really does take the story title to a fun end as the tables finally turn on Jim during an extremely memorable Christmas meal. While Home for Christmas has a cosy feel as Pip recovers from a recently failed relationship.

A quick read to get you in the mood for Christmas.

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

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Good Deeds Challenge, Year 2, Week 31

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 am into my second year.

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

November 16th – Day 16 of the Mystery November book tour and it was the turn of Tracy Lawson from Dallas, Texas and her book Counteract. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5OA

This afternoon we are hosting a birthday tea for the in-laws.

November 17th – My morning helping at school. The Sand Bluff Murders by C.M. Albrecht is today’s book on the Mystery Tour http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Nv

November 18th – Day 18 of the Mystery Book Tour and it the turn of Gregg Bell and his book Jamie’s Gamble http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5NG

Busy day today, My Mother’s birthday and my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary, my brother is travelling from his farm in Cornwall and we are taking them out to dinner this evening.

November 19th- Up early today and cleared out the lounge ready for delivery of a new sofa and chair, all ready for the 7am to 6pm delivery slot! Caught up on loads of paperwork and twiddled my thumps until 3.45pm, spent the evening trying out all the new seating positions, well you have to don’t you when it’s new!

Today’s book on the tour was Center Point by Robert Clark. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Ow

November 20th – Promised to help chase a payment for a friend when I next go to work. The book today on the mystery tour is Prime Deception by Carys Jones. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Np

November 21st – Finished reading The Gift Horse by Leslie Stilton and wrote out my review. Today’s mystery book was Steps into Darkness by Ben Woodard. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5S8

November 22nd – Read and reviewed Home For Christmas by Jan Ruth The mystery book today was The Haunting of Secrets by Shelley Pickens. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Qe