October Editions of Fleet Life and EHD #Bookreviews

I am lucky enough to write a set of book reviews for two local magazines both with on-line versions.

Oct Fleet

This month’s books in Fleet Life can be found at http://www.fleetlife.org.uk click on the on-line directory and turn to page 6 where you’ll fine the following books;

The Shell by Tony Riches

Wild Water by Jan Ruth

The Road To Yesterday by Randy Mixter

Round and Round by Terry Tyler

Beneath The Surface by Mike Martin

Books featured in The Elvetham Heath Directory with it’s online version at http://www.ehd.org.uk , click on the on-line directory and turn to page 6 for;


The Mystery Box by Eva Pohler

Reckless Recon by Rinelle Grey

My GRL by John Howell

The Scrolls of Scion by TJ Therien

Manic Mondays by Michaela Weaver

Guest Author – Michaela Weaver


Today our guest is Michaela Weaver, author of yesterday’s book Manic Mondays. Here is a link to the post if you missed it. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5sJ

Michaela Weaver

Let’s find out more about Michaela.

1)      Where is your home town?


I moved around quite a lot as a child. I was born in Berkshire, and then moved to London before moving to the west coast of Wales. I now live about ten miles outside Cardiff in the countryside, and a couple of miles from the Bristol Channel beaches. I always wanted to live in a city, in the country, by the sea, (and even wrote a song about it once) and that’s exactly where I am.


2)      How long have you been writing?


Writing is something that has always come back to me even though I turned my back on it several times. I loved English at school, and won a short story competition in a national paper when I was in my teens. I then went to university to study engineering (honestly, I did!) after doing science A levels. I’ve always made up stories in my head….what if that, and they did that, and he said that…what then? I found myself on a creative writing course about 15 years ago, and I dabbled a little with writing again. It was always on my mind, but people’s attitude put me off… why do you want to do that? What makes you think you’ll be any good at it? Some people laughed. Then one day I decided to write Manic Mondays. I was like Forest Gump. When I started I didn’t stop. It took me five months to write the first draft. I’ve now written several short stories for my own pleasure, two of which have been published, I’ve studied Creative Writing at MA level, and am now running my own courses on novel writing to inspire others, and to show them that ‘they can’. I am working on my second novel now. I may have walked away from writing several times, but it always kept up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder once to often to be ignored.


3)      What was the one idea which sparked Manic Mondays?

I suppose the over-riding ‘one’ idea that sparked it is work-life balance; the ‘second’ was a message that family values can transcend different kinds of break-ups – it can work; the ‘third’ idea was another message – people can lose and still win, and the ‘fourth’? Well, that was to do all this in a year of Mondays. Funnily enough, it is the second spark which I think will be a theme in my writing for the future. It’s such a big issue in our society, and one that people so often mess up.


4)      Where in the country did you envisage Catherine and James’ country house?

I envisage Catherine and James’ house to be somewhere like the Peak District, or the Lake District, or even the Brecon Beacons. All are areas where I have walked and enjoyed adventures and rural peace.


5)      Tell the readers why Catherine loved Mondays before the dreaded August day.

Catherine was the archetypal workaholic before she had her daughter, Madeleine. The arrival of Madeleine starting a shift in Catherine’s thinking, but only sub consciously…the dreaded day in August was the big catalyst. Catherine loved being busy and the sense of achievement that running a business gave her, new clients, new business, new Mondays. Unlike a lot of people, Catherine loved Mondays because it meant she could go back to work!


6)      How does Catherine fill her days once she first moves to town?

When Catherine moves to the new city, she doesn’t know what to do with the once busy Mondays, and she is floundering. She goes to the park, drives around the city, goes to the shop…anything to have something to do. Mostly, her days aren’t full, and that’s the Monday problem she tells Mike about.


7)      Catherine turns to counselling for help, does this help?

Funnily enough, the counselling did help Catherine because the counsellor was so miserable herself, and so bitter about her own husband walking out over twenty years ago, that it made Catherine determined not to be the same. Going to see the counsellor was a minor turning point for Catherine and one where her strength and resolve kicked in.


8)      Tell us about some of Catherine’s friends who are also single or single parents.

There are several people whose relationships evolve and change along with Catherine’s. He neighbour, Grace, is an unlikely friend, because of age and class, but they become firm allies. Through the novel Grace’s story develops portraying an unfulfilled young woman who has lost touch with her closest relative, her grandmother. Catherine helps Grace to make her own life-changing decisions and to build bridges for the future. Steve is an old university friend of Catherine’s, and a confirmed bachelor. His own values are challenged dramatically when he finds out he has a teenage daughter the other side of the world. Annie has been raising her daughter alone for a few years, and beneath her hippy and bohemian exterior is a mother who doesn’t always find it easy being alone. A significant transformation in Manic Mondays takes place with Catherine’s mother and father, career-minded and judgemental, it isn’t difficult to see where Catherine’s work ethic has come from. But they too are forced to re-evaluate what is important in their lives.


9)      Tell us about the charity that Mike Stone is a big part of.

Mike Stone is Chair of the charity Victims of Road Rage. The charity supports families who have been affected by dangerous and careless driving, and lobbies government and raises money to improve road safety awareness and to encourage alternative forms of transport, particularly in cities – hence Mike’s bike.


10)  Where can readers find out more about you and your writing?

You can follow me on Twitter @kaelaweaver, Facebook www.facebook.com/michaelaweaverwrites, and my blog www.michaelaweaver.blogspot.co.uk and the publisher www.Candy-jar.co.uk

Manic Mondays

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





Thank you Michaela and good luck with your writing.


Manic Mondays By Michaela Weaver

Manic MondaysManic Mondays by Michaela Weaver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Manic Mondays is a contemporary read. Catherine loved Mondays, she loved going back to work when most of the nation hated returning to work on a Monday. She loved being Managing Director of Marketing Matrix. But all that changed one Monday in August.

Husband and business partner James left Catherine and their baby daughter to shack up with the cleaner. At 36 years old he said he needed at break from them both. Shocked to the core Catherine runs away to the city. Alone and seriously depressed, each day is an uphill trudge.

Neighbour Grace has two young children and her own set of problems. Long- standing friend Steve reaches out a supporting arm when he’s not flying. But it’s Mike Stone who helps Catherine find a place at Dolly Daydreams Nursery for baby Maddy and then a part-time job at the University. He’d also like to get to know Catherine better, but she doesn’t want a relationship with a married man.

As the months pass Catherine builds her confidence and makes new friends. She buys a new house and gets a full-time job with a big marketing firm called Sirius, but James realises the mistake he’s made and wants her back. Should she go back to him? Maddy needs her Dad, or should she stay in her new home carrying on as a single Mum?

A great book about life as a single parent and the responsibilities it brings.

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

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Michaela will be our guest on the blog tomorrow do come back and find out more about her book.

Good Deeds Challenge Year 2, Week 12

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.

New Good DeedsDuring my week I’ll also being updating you on My Kindness Challenge which I’m also doing. I read about a new challenge to make the world a better place to live in. “Speak Kind Words, Receive Kind Echoes” see the inspiration on  The Kindness blog . During my learning process I’m donating money to charity for my slip-ups to make me work harder to achieve results. I earn no money from any of my book reviews, so having little to spare should focus my mind.

This week I’ve been doing the following;

July 6th – Busy drafting up book review posts as they come in from the recent Book Review Challenge and my Book Review Team. Added another book to the Book Review Team booklist. Don’t forget anyone can request to join up at any-time. There are no minimum  or maximum rules as to the number of books you read. All we ask is that you read a book within a month of receiving it and you write a review which you will post on at least 2 sites. These can include your blog, Goodreads, Amazon etc. Plus you send me a copy of the review and I’ll post it here on the blog with full recognition going to the reviewer. I have a badge you can use on your posts too.

Rosie's Book Review team 1

July 7th – My morning volunteering at the local school. Then more work on book review drafts. Having serious talks with Stephanie Hurt about this years Romancing September Tour. We will soon be announcing the details, the format will be the same as last year, 2 posts per day either side of the Atlantic, double posts, double exposure. Writers of romance should really put their work forward for this.

July 8th – Ran out of time at work today, but had plenty more work to complete, so brought the work home and finished it later. This will help keep us on top of things, well maybe! Drafted up my review of Manic Mondays by Michaela Weaver ready to post on the blog later in the month.

July 9th – Picked up litter, provided the cricket teas for this evenings game and picked up lots more litter at the cricket ground.

July 10th – Dug out the electric sander for my brother-in-law who needed to borrow the item for the house he is building. Sorted out books for the book review team. I’m reading “How to Promote and Market your book” by Madi Preda it is full of really useful tips, ideas, templates and case studies. Plus it gets you to think about promoting yourself, not just your book and looking at the whole process as running a small business.

July 11th – Today’s book post was for a book called “The Silence of Juliet Mann” by Joanne Phillips, all profits for the book are going to the British Stammering Association, please do check it out http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5h3

Caught up quickly with a good friend providing a well earned cuppa, raced off for more cricket and picked up more litter on the village green. Liaising with all the authors and book reviewers is pretty hectic, still I’m enjoying it all I’m just not getting much of my own reading done.

July 12th – Sent an author some advice about pitching her book to reviewers as it needed some work. Wrote a newsletter for the book review team to let them still feel loved. Am reading The Shell by Tony Riches a book about a kidnapping in Kenya.