Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT #Christmas #Shortstories Silent Night by @WendyClarke99 #fridayreads

Today’s team review is from Jenny R

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Jenny has been reading Silent Night by Wendy Clarke

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Short Stories

4 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Full of short stories which are easy to read, each and every one of them well written.  The theme is Christmas and includes the stress, fun, excitement and endearing moments that all come with the festive period. I am sure that we are all able to relate to the situations in every composition that Wendy Clarke writes about in this book.

It made a delightful change to be able to pick up a book and read a whole story in 10-20 minutes. This is a book that you are able to fit in with household chores, coffee breaks at work, on the daily commute or simply when you have a little free time.

Every festive tale in the book is different. They range from endearing, sad, funny and inspiring.  It is such a marvellous idea to write a book with a variety of short stories.

I recommend this book completely

Book description

‘Silent Night’ is a collection of thirteen Christmas stories by Wendy Clarke, a regular writer of fiction for national magazines.

All of these stories have previously been published in either ‘The People’s Friend’ or ‘Take a Break Fiction Feast’. If you like stories with emotional depth and a satisfying ending, then this collection is for you.

About the author

Wendy Clarke is a full time writer of women’s fiction. She started writing when the primary school she taught in closed down and after completing two creative writing courses, began writing short fiction for magazines. Since then, she has sold over a hundred short stories and her work regularly appears in national women’s magazines such as The People’s Friend, Take a Break Fiction Feast and Woman’s Weekly. She has also written serials and a number of non-fiction magazine articles.

Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not writing is usually dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food!

Wendy Clarke

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Modern day ‘Emma’ I Could Write A Book by @KarenMCox1932

Today’s team review is from Jenny R

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Jenny has been reading I Could Write A Book by Karen M Cox

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Chic Lit, Drama

4 stars

This book has been written well and truly in the style of Jane Austen’s ‘’Emma. A modern take on the classic tale, which works well.  There are plenty of characters that are all distinctive and they all add something to the flow of the story.

Once a character has been introduced into the drama, it does not take long to get to know each one and it is easy to visualize how they appear in your minds eye, from what they are wearing to their facial expressions.

If you have read Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, then you may find that this story is far too similar, therefore you can anticipate what is going to happen and may well get bored with it. However, there is a good momentum to each chapter and this did help engage me and capture my imagination.  I have no doubt at all that Karen has accomplished what she set out to do with this story in making it work in a modern world.

Book description

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich…”
Thus began Jane Austen’s classic, a light and lively tale set in an English village two hundred years ago. Yet every era has its share of Emmas: young women trying to find themselves in their own corners of the world.
I Could Write a Book is the story of a self-proclaimed modern woman: Emma Katherine Woodhouse, a 1970s co-ed whose life is pleasant, ordered, and predictable, if a bit confining.
Her friend George Knightley is a man of the world who has come home to fulfill his destiny: run his father’s thriving law practice and oversee the sprawling Donwell Farms, his family legacy in Central Kentucky horse country.
Since childhood, George’s and Emma’s lives have meshed and separated time and again. But now they’re adults with grown-up challenges and obligations. As Emma orchestrates life in quaint Highbury, George becomes less amused with her antics and struggles with a growing attraction to the young woman she’s become.
Rich with humor, poignancy, and the camaraderie of life in a small, Southern town, I Could Write a Book is a coming of age romance with side helpings of self-discovery, friendship, and finding true love in the most unlikely places.

About the author

Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of novels accented with romance and history: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, Undeceived, and I Could Write a Book. Other published works include an ebook novella, The Journey Home, “Northanger Revisited 2015”, which appeared in Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer, “I, Darcy,” a short story in The Darcy Monologues, and “An Honest Man”, which will appear in the upcoming anthology, Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentleman Rogues.
Originally from Everett, WA, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, where she works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter. Like Austen’s Emma, Karen has many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but like Elizabeth Bennet, she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker.

Karen M. Cox

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT #HistFic Everybody’s Somebody by @berylkingston @EndeavourPress

Today’s team review is from Jenny R,

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Jenny has been reading Everybody’s Somebody by Beryl Kingston

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Book review by Jenny Reeve

Everybody’s Somebody by Beryl Kingston

Chic Lit, Drama, History

This book deserves 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  There are so many historical accounts incorporated into the story, some of which I was unsure if they were true facts or fiction, so I literally Googled the accounts only to find they actually happened! I had a few excellent history lessons while having the pleasure of enjoying a good book. This made the story even more interesting and exciting.

I felt exhilarated moving from one chapter onto the next, desperately wanting to read more of Rosie’s life. There are many up’s and downs folded and blended into the tale and the way in which Beryl Kingston writes is very sympathetic to each situation. She writes with affection, thoughtfulness and care using words to create such heartfelt feelings, bringing the book to life completely.

The relationship between Rosie, her husband Jim and Gerry the artist is captivating. I thought I knew where the story was going but then there would be another unexpected turn and I was taken on a different route.

Wonderfully written, beautifully perceptive.  I loved this book.

Book description

“Life’s for real an’ you got to get on with it.”

Rosie Goodison is not one to shy away from life’s problems. Whether it’s finding work or challenging injustice, Rosie squares her shoulders, sets her chin high and faces it full on.

Born at the end of the nineteenth century, in the rural south of England and sent into service aged just twelve, Rosie quickly discovers that many good people spend their lives toiling for very little reward, whilst others ‘have it all’.

She decides it won’t be like that for her. Why can’t she ride in a car? Why can’t she work when she’s pregnant? Why can’t she live in a nice flat? Why can’t she be an artist’s model?

Whilst working as a housekeeper for two upper-class boys, Rosie starts to learn more and more about the world, gleaned from overheard conversations and newspapers left lying around. This triggers an ongoing thirst for knowledge, which shapes her views, informs her decisions and influences her future.

Rosie aspires to have a better life than that of her parents: better living conditions, better working conditions and pay, better education for her children, to be able to vote, to be able to control how many children she has…

Without realising it, this young woman is blazing a trail for all those who are to come after.

Whilst working in London, Rosie meets her sweetheart Jim, but the The Great War puts paid to their plans for the future, and matters worsen afterwards, as she, along with the rest of society, tries to deal with the horrors and losses.

This heart-warming story follows the events of the early twentieth century – the impact and horrors of WW1, the financial crisis and the rapid social and political changes that took place.

All that remains of Rosie now is a quartet of paintings in an art gallery. The artist, now famous but the model, unnamed and forgotten; nobody of consequence.

But everybody has a life story. Everybody leaves some kind of mark on this world.

Everybody’s somebody.

About the author

 

I was born in 1931 in Tooting, and when I was four was enrolled at a local dancing school run by a lady called Madam Hadley, which I attended until I was eight when the war began. Because of the war my school career was – shall we say – varied. I was evacuated twice, the first time to Felpham which is near Bognor Regis and the second to Harpenden in Hertfordshire, and consequently went to ten different schools. I ended up at Streatham Secondary School, an LCC grammar run on the Dalton system, which offered a few lessons as sparking points and then required pupils to be responsible for their own learning, either in study rooms with their teachers on hand to help and advise, or on their own in the library or the school hall. It suited me to a T. Then to King’s College London, where I read English and enjoyed myself a lot, but wasn’t particularly distinguished, having other things on my mind by then.

I am proud of the fact that I was in Tooting for the first four months of the blitz, and only left it to be evacuated again when our road was bombed and our house was uninhabitable. I spent the middle part of the war in Harpenden and returned to live in London again at the end of the war at the time of the V2’s, this time without my family.

When I was just sixteen I met the love of my life, who arrived on my doorstep in Air Force blue one February evening in the coldest winter on record. Despite heavy opposition from my parents, we married three years later during my first year at King’s and spent the next 53 years 11 months and 6 days living more and more happily together. We had three much loved children and five much loved grandchildren and once I’d embarked on my career as a novelist, researched all the books together, which was great fun. We finished work on ‘Gates of Paradise’ six weeks before he died. So this publication is special to me.

I have enjoyed two careers in my life – as a teacher from 1952 to 1985 (with ten years off to bring up my family, which some might consider a third career) and as a published writer from 1980 to date. I am also, although it sounds immodest to say it, an easy and charismatic public speaker, usually unfazed by any audience no matter how big or how small or what questions they might throw at me.

In the two schools where I was head of the English department, I deliberately covered the full range of age and ability, believing that as I was paid the largest salary I should carry the heaviest responsibility. My work was filmed by KCL Education Department for use in their PGCE course and I have given talks at various colleges and schools on a variety of educational subjects, from teaching poetry to ‘tackling’ sex education. I have never subscribed to the Gradgrind theory of education which is current now, but always believed that the job of a teacher is to enable her students to learn.

I have always been a political animal, taking part in street demonstrations, walking from Aldermaston to London, involved in the 1945 election despite the fact that I was only fourteen, taking to the streets again, along with a million others, to protest against the Iraq war when I was 72.

And as a last and rather lighter touch, I was a beauty queen in 1947. It wasn’t all protests!

Beryl Kingston

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT #RomCom Jennifer Brown’s Journey by @angielangley0 #wwwblogs

Today’s team review is from Jenny R

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Jenny has been reading Jennifer Brown’s Journey by Angie Langley

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Book review by Jenny Reeve

Chic Lit

I liked the sound of this book when I read the introduction.  I had visions of the story being filled with humour, a book that would easily make me giggle and smile throughout.  Well, I was very wrong on that score.  But that is not a bad thing; so don’t go jumping to the wrong conclusion here, on the contrary.

The beginning of the book did have me giggling, there are some very funny moments and Jennifer Brown made me think of myself quite often, her reaction to certain circumstances is how I would have reacted. Jennifer’s description of certain work colleagues in the office had me curled up!   The character is so good and the author gently took me by the hand and led me into the world of Jennifer Brown, a world that I could easily understand and grab a hold of.  We see the character change as the story unfolds. We witness her grow from a young lady with a carefree life into grown woman with responsibility and substance.  As Jennifer’s world moves from one-step to the next, each step becomes bigger than the last.  I found myself wondering if she had chosen the correct path to take. I felt each and ever thought and emotion that Jennifer felt.  This is the response that any good author needs and hopes to achieve.

The final sentence in the book had me gripped. Now I NEED to find out which number Jennifer dialed. Which step she chose to take.  I do hope it is the one I would have taken……..

I recommend wholeheartedly.

Book Description

Five feet one and full of fizz, Jennifer Brown lights up the room. She has a gorgeous partner, a wicked best friend, and a boss who doesn’t mind that she’s the worst typist on the planet. She’s loyal, generous and irredeemably ditzy. Everyone loves Jennifer Brown.But can she learn to love herself? When her world caves in, she needs every ounce of her steely core to step back from the abyss and take charge of her life, reinventing herself first as cook and housekeeper to a saucy sexagenarian, then as manager of a tumbledown country estate with sensitive secrets.Peopled by a battalion of hilarious characters from the caustic, cross-dressing confidant to the besotted ex-boyfriend with a barmy ex-wife, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a heartwarming, thoughtful, often poignant portrait of the trials of life as a thirty-something woman.Jennifer Brown champions the importance of self-belief, and the value of a bucket-sized glass of wine in a tight spot.And, always in the background, there’s the quiet man with the warm eyes and the velvet vowels.What on earth is Jennifer Brown going to do about him?

The first in a series of three, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a story of female self-empowerment and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of challenges that many women will recognise. Lighthearted and poignant, the story gives readers a very real sense of a woman, initially rather ditzy, maturing into a redoubtable, self-possessed individual who faces her many challenges with developing aplomb.

About the author

Angie Langley has a background in entertainment and venue management and she’s worked with artists in the US, the UK and Europe. She’s also a lyricist who collaborates and manages the talented Scottish Composer & Musician, Tish Tindall.

Angie also works as a TV producer with Avant-garde Films where she brings her extensive portfolio of creative expertise to bear behind the camera, creating projects across a range of programming that includes factual, reality, feature drama and drama serial. Jennifer Brown’s Journey is her first book, inspired by the highs and lows of a distant past that has given her the strength to tackle each day with a smile.

Angie is fortunate enough to live in a delightful 17th-century thatched cottage on the banks of the river Avon in Wiltshire, which not only provides her with inspiration to write, but also enables her to pursue her other passion, photography.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT @Jennykreeve reviews #Thriller Shadows by @ThorneMoore

Today’s team review is from Jenny R.

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Jenny has been reading Shadows by Thorne Moore

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Shadows, by Thorne Moore

Thriller

4 stars – review by Jenny Reeve

The ‘shadows’ haunt Kate; constantly they are nagging at her and taunting her. Kate feels death and the pain and suffering which those who die feel when their life is taken from them.  This is something that Kate needs so desperately to escape from.  Can the move to Llys y Garn resolve her tormented mind? Would renovating this old place with Sylvia and Michael help to take her mind away from the disturbing shadows?

The plot unravels very slowly and Thorne Moore has a skilful way of writing, which engulfs the reader. You are taken through every character piece by piece. I felt as though I were dissecting each and every inch of them, the way their minds work, the way they feel, think and the way that they grow, moulding themselves to your thoughts.

There are a couple of twists in the tale too. Unexpected and brilliantly constructed which make this story what it is; a good thriller.

The only criticism I have is that Thorne Moore could have enhanced the use of the ‘shadows’ more. This would have given rise to additional dark goings on in the house whilst the renovations were taking place.

I found the book a very good read and would recommend it to all that like a good thriller.

Book Description

A compelling blend of mystery and family drama with a gothic twist, by the Top Ten bestselling author of A Time for Silence

Kate Lawrence can sense the shadow of violent death, past and present.

In her struggle to cope with her unwelcome gift, she has frozen people out of her life.

Her marriage is on the rocks, her career is in chaos and she urgently needs to get a grip.

So she decides to start again, by joining her effervescent cousin Sylvia and partner Michael in their mission to restore and revitalise Llys y Garn, an old mansion in the wilds of North Pembrokeshire.

It is certainly a new start, as she takes on Sylvia’s grandiose schemes, but it brings Kate to a place that is thick with the shadows of past deaths.

The house and grounds are full of mysteries that only she can sense, but she is determined to face them down – so determined that she fails to notice that ancient energies are not the only shadows threatening the seemingly idyllic world of Llys y Garn.

The happy equilibrium is disrupted by the arrival of Sylvia’s sadistic and manipulative son, Christian – but just how dangerous is he?

Then, once more, Kate senses that a violent death has occurred…

Set in the majestic and magical Welsh countryside, Shadows is a haunting exploration of the dark side of people and landscape.

About the author

Thorne Moore

Thorne was born in Luton and graduated from Aberystwyth University (history) and from the Open University (Law). She set up a restaurant with her sister but now spends her time writing and making miniature furniture for collectors. She lives in Pembrokeshire, which forms a background for much of her writing, as does Luton. She writes psychological mysteries, or “domestic noir,” and her first novel, A Time For Silence, was published by Honno in 2012. Motherlove and The Unravelling followed, also published by Honno. She has also brought out a book of short stories, Moments of Consequence. Her last novel, Shadows, was published by Endeavour in 2017. She’s a member of the Crime Writers Association.

 

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT The Internet Never Lies by @JenAmmoscato #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s second team review is from Jenny R

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Jenny has been reading The Internet Never Lies by Jennifer Ammoscato

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The Internet Never Lies by Jennifer Ammoscato

Chic Lit, humour

Brilliant 5 Stars again.

This is the third of three books by Jennifer Ammascato, and all three have been a joy to read.

I feel I know our beloved Avery Fowler very well now.  This novel takes us through the heartache of longing for a baby as well as going through the hormonal challenges throughout pregnancy, before birth and after birth.  Oh, how poor Ryan suffers. But, he is Superman isn’t he? He knows just what to do to handle a hormonally challenged wife!  Avery finally launches her very first erotic novel, how does she cope with writing the book and the book promotions whilst trying to handle her pregnancy too.

I feel honoured to be let into Avery’s life, to join her for the duration of all three novels.  The reader is an onlooker to Avery’s highs and lows, they are drawn into her character and witness her grow as her life progresses.  Once again the story is filled with wit, laugh out loud moments, charm and occasionally sadness.

Jennifer Ammascato has put so much into this trilogy, and it has paid off. What a talented writer. Thank you Jennifer for such a wonderful set of novels. If you are wondering whether to write a forth…….well, it would be WONDERFUL!

I loved every second of the novel and recommend it heartily.

Book Description

“I’m turning forty tomorrow.

And, don’t tell me that “forty is the new twenty” because, if you do, I’m going to reach out from whatever device you’re reading my blog on, tear your beating heart from your chest, and pummel you unconscious with it.

Um. I just re-read that.

Okay. I might be having a bit of difficulty coming to grips with this “milestone.”

Which sounds quite close to “millstone,” doesn’t it? Which, I suppose, is what another entire decade vanishing in the dust feels like around your neck. And on your slightly sagging ass.)”

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Avery Fowler is facing 40 with all the grace you’d expect of someone who once convinced herself that Cheetos were good for her because they’re the same colour as carrots. She simply hates admitting defeat.

Now a blogger and aspiring author, she hears the clock ticking on the deadline for her erotica novel, “Venetia: The Story of a Sized-16 Sex Goddess”, (erotica for the rest of us) as well as on the possibility of having a child.

As her world grows more complicated, some days, she simply doesn’t know where to turn. Should she chance renewing her relationship with Clementine, her Howto.com web advisor—available 24/7 for the low, low price of just $14.95 a month?

Or, should Avery trust her own instincts while searching for the answers to life’s latest challenges?

If you enjoy the Shopaholic series, or the charm and sass of Bridget Jones, Avery is right up your alley!

About the author

Jennifer Ammoscato

By day, Jennifer Ammoscato is an intrepid writer/editor. By night, she fights crime (not so much), the urge to organize closets and to stuff herself with salted chocolate caramels.

Despite her exhaustive to-do list, she’s written the Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy:

Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery (Book 1)
The Internet Made Me Do It (Book 2)
The Internet Never Lies (Book 3)

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Rosie’s Review Team #RBRT A Bed Of Brambles by @SamRussellBooks #Romance #TuesdayBookBlog

Today’s second team review is from Jenny R.

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Jenny has been reading A Bed Of Brambles by Sam Russell

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Chic Lit, Romance

4 Stars

Sam Russell definitely writes about what she knows best. You can tell that she has a passion for horses and that she has looked after them herself.  She writes this book with a passion and thoughtfulness that shines throughout the story.

The relationship between Hettie and Alex has a love hate feel about it, but you know that deep down they are simply made to be together, but getting there is a struggle, and this struggle makes for a very good read. Although they both often misread one another, they also know each other very well.  They have a complex relationship at times and I felt myself wanting to bang their stubborn heads together.

There is a mix of feelings within the story that keeps you wanting to read on.  Love, hate, passion, charm, suspense and fun.  You put the book down, only to pick it up between work and chores. I constantly wanted to continue with the read to see how it all pans out for Hettie and Alex.  The ups and downs and the twists and turns lead you easily through the book.  There are a couple of surprises entangled within a couple of the characters, this made for an even more enjoyable read.

This is a book and author that I would recommend to anyone and I would like to read more of Sam Russell’s novels.

Book Description

Hettie and Alexander are back, and this was never going to be a conventional love story. No bed of roses. Proud, passionate and wilful, they are alike in so many ways. That has to be a good thing doesn’t it? Or it could be a disaster…both carry scars, and old wounds have a habit of causing new hurt.
Physical attraction draws them together. Hearts and minds can be thorny, less easy to satisfy. One thing is certain, together or apart their lives will move on. Alexander and Hettie’s clashes of spirit will only be part of the story.
Second chances. New beginnings. The opportunity to make things right. Or to make the same mistakes all over again. Unless fate takes the future out of your hands…

About the author

Sam Russell

Sam Russell lives, works and writes from the family farm in rural Essex and describes herself as a “farmer by day and author by night”.
Proudly independent, she is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Alliance of Independent Authors.
Her passionate, contemporary romances are set in the countryside and she credits Jilly Cooper for inspiring her to write “hunks, horses, hanky-panky and hot-headed heroines.”
Sam has three grown up children and lives with her husband, two dogs and a cat.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT The Internet Made Me Do It by @JenAmmoscato #ChickLit #Humour

Today’s team review is from Jenny R

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Jenny has been reading The Internet Made Me Do It by Jennifer Ammoscato

The Internet Made Me Do It (Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy Book 2) by [Ammoscato, Jennifer]

Chic Lit, humour

Another 5 Star novel

This is the second of three books be Jennifer Ammoscato about the delightfully witty ‘would be erotic (with a difference) novelist’ Avery Fowler and her life with her boyfriend, family and friends.  I have to say that this novel is just as funny and charming as the first (Dear Internet, it’s Me Avery).

Avery does not rely on Clementine quite as much in this book, but when she does turn to her online advisor, the giggles simply come out of my mouth before I realise it.  I have had some rather odd looks from my family, when I interrupt their TV or movie viewing with a rather loud outburst of giggles or laughter when they are not expecting it.  But you cannot help it. Jennifer Ammoscato is a very witty writer and makes it so easy to relate to Avery and the characters in the book.

The relationship between Avery and Ryan Whiteford Becomes even more tantalising, and I keep picking up my kindle to see what happens next….it is addictive!  Ryan is lovely, funny and annoying. He seems to put his foot in it quite a bit. The trouble is, I kind of feel for both Avery and Ryan, but then think to myself ‘Ryan should know better, typical man’.  You will have to read the book to understand what I am saying, but I am sure it will be time well spent and you will have fun along the way.

I am really looking forward to the 3rd instalment ‘The Internet Never Lies’ I am sure I will not be disappointed.

Thank you once again Jennifer Ammoscato for such a fun and easy to read book.

Book Description

It’s been forty-three days, seven hours and twenty-six minutes since reporter Avery Fowler last consulted her favourite website, HowTo.com, for advice.

But now—her mouse finger’s getting itchy:

You see, after a year of highs, the lows are coming fast and furious.

Maybe just this one time, she can turn to Clem…

Dear HowTo.com: Is it hacking if it’s my boyfriend’s computer?
Dear HowTo.com: What’s in fashion for S&M: leather or lace?
Dear HowTo.com: Should there be icicles in my turkey?
Dear HowTo.com: Is the definition of “hooker” flexible?
Does Avery have an unhealthy Internet advice dependency? Probably.

But it would never steer her wrong—would it?

About the author

Jennifer Ammoscato

By day, Jennifer Ammoscato is an intrepid writer/editor. By night, she fights crime (not so much), the urge to organize closets and to stuff herself with salted chocolate caramels.

Despite her exhaustive to-do list, she’s written the Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy:

Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery (Book 1)
The Internet Made Me Do It (Book 2)
The Internet Never Lies (Book 3)

They are available on Amazon, Kobo, Nook, Indigo and other fine online retailers.

NEED A LAUGH? SUBSCRIBE TO HER BLOG AT: WWW.JENNIFERAMMOSCATO.COM/BLOG

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire @Compelled_Books

Today’s team review is from Jenny.

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Jenny has been reading The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire

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Review by Jenny Reeve

I give this book 4 stars

The Sleeping Serpent by Luna Saint Claire

Fiction

It took me a little while to get into the story. I felt that the feel and pace was somewhat slow to start with, but, once the characters began to unfold and their lives started to unravel before me, I relaxed more into the style of the authors writing and began to enjoy it more.

Not knowing much about yoga styles and its effects myself, a lot of the descriptive dialogue and explanations were hard to imagine and understand, but I tried and took it slowly trying to involve myself completely in the way that Kundalini yoga works and feels.  I think it helps to get to grips with the story if you know something about yoga.

Luna loves her husband Tyler, but feels she needs more in her life….but what is missing, why does she feel so lost? All the women in the story fall completely for Nico Romero. I cannot believe that these women come back time and time again after the way that this yoga guru treats them all, even if he is devastatingly beautiful and a sex god.  He definitely has issues, these are apparent quite soon into the story. Nico quickly turns from a likeable, charming, sexy man who is expert in his field, to nasty, manipulative and violent person at times.  Quite disturbing too, the way that he ‘cords’ his victims is compelling to say the least.

A lot of the book is erotically written and very descriptive sexually, so you will need to be quite open to reading this style.

I would recommend the book, especially if you are into your yoga and can really understand all the ‘ins and outs’ of what it all means.  It will keep you reading, you feel that strong urge to find out what happens and need to keep picking it up and read ‘just hat little more’.

I would have given the book 5 stars if I understood all the texts on yoga and its history.

Book Description

Whether by free will or fate, Luna’s encounter with Nico provokes a storm that shatters her perceptions of identity, duty, morality, and self-worth. The storm didn’t blow in from the outside. She was the storm. Its turbulence within her, forcing her to confront the darkness, uncovers her secrets and her pain.

Luna Saint Claire has a loving husband and an enviable career as a Hollywood costume designer. Still, something is gnawing at her. Bored with her conventional and circumscribed existence, she feels herself becoming invisible. When she meets Nico Romero, a charismatic yoga guru, his attentions awaken her passions and desires. Dangerous, but not in a way that frightens her, he makes her feel as if anything is possible. Infatuated, she becomes entangled in Nico’s life as he uses his mesmerizing sexuality to manipulate everyone around him in his pursuit of women, wealth, and celebrity.

Immensely erotic and psychologically captivating, The Sleeping Serpent is the compelling story of a woman’s obsession with a spellbinding guru and the struggle to reclaim her life. At its heart, it is a painfully beautiful exposition of unconditional love that causes us to question what we truly want.

About the author

Luna Saint Claire is a costume designer and author residing in Los Angeles with her husband, a philosophy professor. She loves blues rock and Indie music, often setting her Pandora station to Damien Rice. Her personal style can best be described as eclectic bohemian. Though she now enjoys running and yoga, she spent years of her youth in the ballet studio. Her part Native American heritage informs her work as a designer and influences her storytelling.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery by @JenAmmoscato #RomCom

Today’s team review is from Jenny R,

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Jenny has been reading Dear Internet: It’s Me, Avery by Jennifer Ammoscato

Dear Internet: It's Me, Avery (Avery Fowler 2.0 Trilogy Book 1) by [Ammoscato, Jennifer]

Book review by Jenny Reeve

Dear Internet, it’s Me Avery by Jennifer Ammoscato

Chick Lit, humour

I have to give this book a 5 star rating without a doubt!  Jennifer Ammoscato’s writing is modern and very witty.  I cannot wait to read parts two and three.

Avery, a rather modest journalist who is actually better than she gives herself credit for, has to face the wrath of the evil new boss, Victoria. Picture the wicked witch of the west, Cruella de Vil, your Mother in Law…….then you can visualise Victoria.  Everything seems to be going wrong for Avery this year.  After realising that her husband is having an affair, she is obviously devastated and turns repeatedly to Clementine (her virtual friend) from HowTo.com for advice in her topsy turvy life.

The relationship between Avery and Ryan Whiteford is brilliantly written. A nerdy, Clark Kent, Superman type of mix, Ryan and Avery surprisingly get to know each other and the blossoming relationship is a pure joy to read.

As the story unfolds, I found myself desperately wanting to find that ‘Me Time’ to pick up my kindle and continue with this fun filled book.  There is a Bridget Jones feel to the style and I could relate to Avery from the very beginning of the book. I felt that she could be a friend or a sister, I felt her pain, and her excitement and her witty lines had me giggling aloud.

If you are unsure about reading the book, take my advice and go for it. You won’t regret it.

Thank you Jennifer Ammoscato for making me laugh, smile and for writing this wonderfully witty book.

Book Description

“Oh, don’t judge me, people. We all do it.

Don’t try to tell me that you’ve never checked that weird mole on your thigh on WebMD. Or how to fold meringue on Epicurious. And, there’s no way that I’m the only one who clears her search history after looking up how to give a great bl— (Um, that last one’s not important.)”

When newspaper reporter Avery Fowler discovers her husband is having an affair, the online help site HowTo.com is where she turns to navigate this challenging stage of her life.

If the Internet is Avery’s information god, then HowTo.com is her Holy Grail. Its live chat option is like having a virtual life coach for the low, low price of $14.95 a month:

Add into the mix a new boss whose managerial style calls to mind the Wicked Bitch Witch of the West—or the Anti-Christ—and the poor girl needs all the help she can get! The stakes rise and hilarity ensues as our heroine struggles to take control of her personal life and topple her boss after she learns Victoria’s guilty secret.

With Clementine (virtually) in tow, our heroine tackles such tricky situations as dating after divorce, sex once nothing points north anymore, and how to cover attempted murder scenes (despite a paralyzing fear of blood) as the new and improved Avery Fowler 2.0.

About the author

Jennifer Ammoscato

By day, Jennifer Ammoscato is an intrepid writer/editor. By night, she fights crime (not so much), the urge to organize closets and to stuff herself with salted chocolate caramels.

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