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

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

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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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RISE SISTER RISE by Rebecca Campbell @rebeccathoughts #NonFiction #SundayBlogShare

Rise Sister Rise: A Guide to Unleashing the Wise, Wild Woman WithinRise Sister Rise: A Guide to Unleashing the Wise, Wild Woman Within by Rebecca Campbell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four Point Five Stars

Rise Sister Rise is a non-fiction guide for those ready for change in their life circumstances, whether at a crossroads in life, a desire to stand up and be heard, or a need to follow a dream.

Rebecca Campbell firmly believes we are at a crucial point in our world development, ending thousands of years of oppression and darkness caused by religion and power hungry world leaders. Our planet is dying under current human abuse; people are lost, hurt and angry.

This book is “a call to arms for women to rise up, tell their truth and lead using their innate powers and wisdom.”

They can do this through the support systems and strengths of sisterhood. There have always been wise women, healers, medicine women, priestesses and visionaries. Campbell sees women all over the world awakening to what has been locked and hidden away inside them. Courageous, encouraging, passionate, compassionate, confident, self-assured, radiant women.

In this new high speed electronic world, we have forgotten to listen to the planet we inhabit, to work with its seasons and the cycles of the waxing and waning moon. Each season of the year has different components; spring is full of new life and energy, winter is for sleep, rest and recuperation. But many of us try to live our whole year at high-speed with maximum energy output and it is unhealthy for us, we fill up with stimulants and are constantly exhausted.

Campbell suggests remembering what makes us women, celebrating the strengths being a women brings and getting back our passion to change things in our worlds for the better.

This isn’t a book just about feminism, it is about reclaiming ourselves and saving the world.

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Book Description

Rise Sister Rise is for the women who agreed at soul level to be here at this stage in history to lead this global shift that the mystics of all of the ages have predicted: the return of the mother and the rise of the feminine. It is essentially a call to arms for women to rise up, tell their truth, and lead.
Most women have spent much of their working lives “making it” in a man’s world, leaning on patriarchal methods of survival in order to succeed, dulling down their intuition, and ignoring the fierce power of their feminine. They have ignored the cycles of the feminine in order to survive in a patriarchal linear system – but now the world has changed.

Rise Sister Rise is a transmission that calls the innate feminine wisdom to rise. It is about healing the insecurities, the fears, and the inherited patterns that stop women trusting the Shakti (power) and wisdom (intuition) that effortlessly flows through them. It’s about recognizing all of the ways we have been keeping ourselves contained and restrained in effort to fit into a certain archetype of woman. It’s about co-creating a whole new archetype of woman – a woman who does not keep herself small in order to make others feel more comfortable. A woman who knows like she knows like she knows that she is not her body weight, her sexual partners, or her career. A woman who deeply respects the wise woman in her life and cultivates her own wisdom every single day.

Full of tools, calls to action, contemplative questions, rituals, and confrontational exercises, this book teaches women that it is safe to let Shakti rise, safe to trust their intuition, and safe to take leaps of faith – because in healing ourselves we are healing the world.

About the author

Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell is a Hay House author, grounded intuitive, spiritual mentor, six sensory teacher and co-creator of The Spirited Project.

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NUMEROLOGY by Michelle Buchanan #NonFiction #Metaphysical #TuesdayBookBlog @NZNumerologist

Numerology: Discover Your Future, Life Purpose and Destiny from Your Birth Date and NameNumerology: Discover Your Future, Life Purpose and Destiny from Your Birth Date and Name by Michelle Buchanan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four Point Five Stars.

Numerology: Discover Your Future, Life Purpose and Destiny from Your Birth Date and Name, is a non-fiction book.

I chose to read this book on the eve of the New Year and use it for a lighthearted look at where I am currently in life and what the new year holds for me.

I don’t regularly follow astrology and star sign predictions, but I always feel pulled to such things at the start of a new year.

Using very easy to follow instructions and numerical addition, readers can find numbers pertaining to their; life path, soul, personality and birthday date. There are also sections on forecasting for the year, month and even days ahead.

The idea behind it is to use the information to blend with your everyday life and to see just how numbers might appear and affect you on a daily basis.

This book might interest all those who have an interest in numbers, or who find they have a lucky number or a number which reoccurs in their life. It could also be useful for all those who feel they have reached a cross-roads in their life and are looking for a new road to take them forward.

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Book Description

Discover the fascinating metaphysical system of numerology, and how it can support you to understand yourself better and make the right choices for you in every area of your life.
This book explores:
how numerology can help you
how to read a chart
your personality numbers – your Life Path, Destiny, Soul and Birth Day numbers – and what they all mean!
your forecasting numbers and how you can use them to look at the year ahead and the energies it holds for you
Hay House Basics is a new series that features world-class experts sharing their knowledge on the topics that matter most for improving your life.

About the author

Michelle Buchanan

Michelle Buchanan is a numerologist, speaker, teacher and writer who has studied numerology for more than 20 years. She is the author of the Hay House title The Numerology Guidebook and the creator of Numerology Guidance Cards. Michelle provides personal readings, workshops and seminars to clients all over the world. She is also a talented singer/songwriter and dedicated mother of two based in Auckland, New Zealand.

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#NewRelease MOTIVATE ME! by @ShelleyWilson72 #Affirmations #Spiritual #TuesdayBookBlog

Motivate Me!Motivate Me! by Shelley Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Motivate Me is a non-fiction happiness and wellbeing book. Just 64 pages it offers the reader the opportunity of some fun inspirational guidance in the form of positive affirmations.

Two ways to read the book are: Firstly you could work your way through it choosing one page per week, or you can think of a question or problem and allow the pages to fall open randomly to give you their wise words. Either way works well.

Taking inspiration from her own life and teaching, Shelley has produced a beautiful book which would make an ideal gift for anyone wanting to open themselves to positive experiences.

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Book Description

Your weekly guide for happiness! Designed to give you a weekly boost of motivation, this sixty- four page guidebook will offer you a positive dose of inspiration throughout the year. Listen to your inner voice, pick a page, and then take meaning from the message you receive.

About the author

Shelley Wilson

Shelley divides her time between writing non-fiction titles for the self-help and personal development genre, and developing characters and worlds for her young adult fantasy fiction books (written under S.L. Wilson).

A single mum to three teenagers, she enjoys reading a wide variety of genres, cooking, running and arts and crafts. She is an avid list maker and pizza addict, enjoys going out for coffee with friends, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, and reading in a beautiful garden. 

She would love to live in the Shire but fears her 5ft 10inch height may cause problems.

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HOW TO WRITE & SELL FICTION TO MAGAZINES by Douglas McPherson #NonFiction #WriterTips

How To Write And Sell Fiction To Magazines by [McPherson, Douglas]How To Write & Sell Fiction To Magazines is a non-fiction book offering lots of tips and advice to writers who want to get paid for their short stories. The book is split into easy to read chapters, each begins with a short piece of advice, with examples and ends with one of the author’s own stories for you to read.

Examples of the chapters are; Turning real life into stories, Tags for characters, updating a fairy tale and giving the market what it wants.

As the author says, women’s magazines offer a great market for paid writing, this book offers an inside look at writing for magazines and dealing with their editors. Research into current story styles is important as is checking the length of stories a particular magazine currently uses. Good advice is to stick to a three word catchy story title to grab the attention of the editor and then the readers.

Sound advice for anyone starting out down this road.

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WORLD OF BRITANNIA by Richard Denham & MJ Trow @britanniaseries #NonFiction

World of Britannia: Historical Companion to the BRITANNIA SeriesWorld of Britannia: Historical Companion to the BRITANNIA Series by Richard Denham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

World Of Britannia is a non-fiction companion book to the Roman Britain historical fiction series called Britannia. I would recommend having this along side as you read the Books in the Britannia series, in order, as this will provide details like maps, place names and character information to secure the plot lines firmly in the readers mind.

This book takes you through timelines, locations, Roman buildings, Gods and more about how the Roman Britain interacted with the local people and shaped the future.

I was particularly interested in the parts which were local to where I live. I’ve been to the Roman remains at Silchester several times and once during Reading University’s summer archaeological dig, and I accompanied a school on a trip to Fishbourne Roman Palace which I think I found more interesting than the children.

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FROTH ON THE CAPPUCCINO by Maeve Haran #NonFiction #AlternativeHealth #Bookreview

Froth on the Cappuccino: How Small Pleasures Can Save Your LifeFroth on the Cappuccino: How Small Pleasures Can Save Your Life by Maeve Haran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Froth On The Cappuccino is a non-fiction delight about taking more notice and appreciating the good things in life. I picked this book up in my local library, I love going in on the spur of the moment and choosing a random non-fiction book, from my favourite section.

I bought a sandwich and some fruit and found a park bench in the sun to sit for half an hour pure reading pleasure. I think I managed a third of the book in that time, it was such an easy read. Maeve’s introduction talks about the fast world of change we live in which allows stress and unhappiness to prevail. Statistics say we are generally richer than ever before yet despite this, we are unhappier than ever.

Simple chapters follow which remind us of the tiny pleasures in life and how these small miracles and delights mean much more to us than money and power if we just stop and embrace them.

Here are some examples of my favourite chapters; clean sheets, a new magazine, drinking from your favourite cup, park life, white T-shirts, seeing your luggage appear at the airport, hot water bottles, getting invitations, holiday reading, being creative and pottering in the garden.

There are loads more magic moments which make you stop and think. This book would make a lovely gift.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT THEMSELF by James Kemp @greencoatboy #NonFiction

Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs at

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Terry has been reading Themselves by James Kemp


THEMSELF: Confessions of an Open University Creative Writing Student, by James Kemp

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

This is a sort of diary, originally produced via James Kemp’s blog, of some of his exercises from his course. It includes some pieces he submitted, and a few other random ones, and poetry. At the back there is some information on editing, self-publishing and promotion from James’s own experience.

This would be of interest to the absolute beginner, as some of the initial exercises are elementary, the sort of thing one learns at school. It’s nicely written and laid out, and James’s manner is honest, pleasant and helpful.

This book skirts the edges of the various subjects it explores, as James’s experience in such things as editing and marketing a book via Twitter is limited. The information is basic, but not unhelpful, though some is now incorrect (the minimum price to charge for a book on Amazon UK is now 99p, not 77p, for instance).

To sum up, this is a book for a novice or another creative writing student, and I’d describe it more as an anthology of pieces to dip into, as there are some of practical use and some pieces of fiction.

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Assertiveness For Earth Angels by Doreen Virtue #Bookreview #SundayBlogShare

Assertiveness for Earth Angels: How to Be Loving Instead of Assertiveness for Earth Angels: How to Be Loving Instead of “Too Nice” by Doreen Virtue
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Assertiveness For Earth Angels is a self-help book about spirituality. I’ve recently come across the works of this author and this is the first book I’ve read from her.

Doreen classifies an Earth Angel as someone that is highly sensitive who has been sent to Earth on a particular mission to defuse and reduce conflict. Linking with the belief of human re-incarnation where we return to Earth multiple times to work through past personal conflicts, Doreen believes Earth Angels have their own special instructions. However because of their highly sensitive nature they can often be knocked off path by people they try to rescue, such as drama queens. addicts and energy drainers.

Earth Angels are likely to be obsessed with other people’s happiness, are “Conflict-phobic”, will shoulder other people’s burdens and rarely ask for help. But if they are to achieve their Earth-bound goals then they must learn to protect themselves and learn to be loving without being a pushover.

I enjoyed many of the chapters which encouraged me to look deeply at my own life. Some were of less interest as I felt I had no contact with the people and situations it described, but it is all useful for the future.

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT THEMSELF by James Kemp @greencoatboy #NonFiction

Today’s team review is from Bev, she blogs at

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Bev has been reading Themselves by James Kemp




As a writer myself I enjoyed James Kemp’s experiences of following an OU course in creative writing. Apparently, these were published regularly on his blog and then integrated into a book, which means that there is sometimes repetition. But this doesn’t detract from the interest.


There are helpful pointers for inexperienced writers and useful reminders for those who have been writing for years. It was fascinating to follow the processes included on the course and to read how the author structured his various writing assignments, which include a number of different genres.


Instructive and entertaining.