Letter W on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today we celebrate the letter W on the A to Z April blog Tour. My book choice today is What it Takes by Terry Tyler. Genre: Contemporary Romance

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W – What It Takes by Terry Tyler

A tale of three sisters…Karen Kavanagh has spent her life feeling like Cinderella in reverse – the plain youngest sister of two Scandinavian sauna babes. Her two elder sisters, domestic goddess Ava and salon owner Saskia, are mini versions of their mother, a gorgeous Danish beauty. Karen has inherited her father’s droopy, dull brown hair and long nose.
Danny Alvarez doesn’t see her like that. He thinks she’s wonderful. Lots of women want Danny, but Danny just wants Karen. What It Takes is about the lengths to which people will go to win the heart of the one they love…

Opera – [Amazon.com: What It Takes eBook: Terry Tyler: Books]

Opera – [What It Takes eBook: Terry Tyler: Amazon.co.uk: Books]

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Links to other my other sites:

Blog

Opera – [Terry Tyler’s Blog]

UK Arts Directory Literary Blog

Opera – [Terry Tyler Blog — UK Arts Directory]

Twitter

Opera – [Terry Tyler (TerryTyler4) on Twitter]

Goodreads

Opera – [Goodreads | Terry Tyler (Author of You Wish…)]

Facebook

Opera – [(65) Terry Tyler, author]

Fans of Terry’s books might like to know that she released her new book Kings and Queens yesterday.

Here are today’s randomly selected links to other bloggers who are taking part in the challenge, please finds the time to visit them too.

http://historysleuth.blogspot.co.uk/

http://lindacovella.com/

http://rscottamsbaugh.com/

http://thewayofwytch.wordpress.com/

http://judithteweswrites.blogspot.ca/

During the challenge we are asking people to leave as many comments as possible on blogs, all supportive comments are very much appreciated, thank you.

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Letter Q on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today’s letter on the A to Z Challenge is Q. My book today is Quentins by Maeve Binchy. Genre – Contemporary Fiction

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Is it possible to tell the story of a generation and a city through the history of a restaurant? Ella Brady thinks so. She wants to film a documentary about Quentins that will capture the spirit of Dublin from the 1970s to the present day. And Quentins has a thousand stories to tell: tales of love, of betrayal, of revenge; of times when it looked ready for success and times when it seemed as if it must close in failure. But as Ella uncovers more of what has gone on at Quentins, she begins to wonder whether some secrets should be kept that way…

In Maeve Binchy’s magical QUENTINS you will meet new friends and old: the twins from SCARLET FEATHER, the Signora from EVENING CLASS, Ria from TARA ROAD – and a
host of fresh faces. There is Monica, the ever-cheerful Australian waitress, and Blouse Brennan, whose simplicity disguises a sharp mind and a heart of gold. Presiding over Quentins are Patrick and Brenda Brennan, who have made Quentins such a legend. But even they have a story and a sadness which is hidden from the public gaze.

Find a copy here at Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Here are some links to randomly selected bloggers who are also taking part in the challenge, please find the time to visit them too.

http://www.yvonneventresca.com/blog.html

http://www.margokelly.blogspot.co.uk/

http://hammlington.wordpress.com/

During the challenge we are asking people to leave comments on blogs, any supportive comments are much appreciated thank you.

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Letter P on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today I bring you letter P on the A to Z Challenge. Today my book is The Potter’s Daughter by Daniel Arthur Smith. Genre: Life Story Romance

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The Potter’s Daughter is a slice of life story about Abby Bellen and her father Will.

After a promise to her dying mother, Abby Bellen, the estranged daughter of an aging ceramic artist, feels obligated to return to her home on Willow Lake to put her father’s life in order. Years have passed since Abby fled the home of her youth and a past she would rather forget. Now Abby has no choice other than confrontation as the long buried rift that exists between the two surfaces and they must together face the failures of their misspent relationship as she discovers, with the help of new romance Mitch Carlson, what she needs to make herself whole.

E-book

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Potters-Daughter-Literary-Daniel-Arthur-ebook/dp/B00CNUWJ2W/

US http://www.amazon.com/Potters-Daughter-Literary-Daniel-Arthur-ebook/dp/B00CNUWJ2W

AU http://www.amazon.com.au/The-Potters-Daughter-Literary-Series-ebook/dp/B00CNUWJ2W

Print

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Potters-Daughter-Daniel-Arthur-Smith/dp/0988649314/

US http://www.amazon.com/Potters-Daughter-Daniel-Arthur-Smith/dp/0988649314/

US http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-potters-daughter-daniel-arthur-smith/1115323521

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Links to your author sites

Author Pages (Amazon)

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daniel-Arthur-Smith/e/B00A7IO4MK/

US http://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Arthur-Smith/e/B00A7IO4MK/

Author Twitter

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/authordasmith

Author Website

http://www.danielarthursmith.com

Facebook

http://facebook.com/danielarthursmith

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893816.Daniel_Arthur_Smith

Serial Sites

http://pottersdaughter.com

http://thecatharitreasure.com

Here are some randomly selected links to other bloggers who are taking up the A to Z Challenge, please find the time to visit them.

http://irenewaters19.com/

http://sabrinagarie.com/

http://northofandover.wordpress.com/

During April we are asking people to leave as many comments as they can on blogs, any supportive comments are much appreciated, thank you.

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Letter N on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

 

Today is letter N on the April A to Z Challenge. My Book choice is Nobody’s Fault by Terry Tyler. Genre: Contemporary

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N – Nobody’s Fault by Terry Tyler

The Cranston family is torn apart when Nick, married to Ria, meets Adrienne and moves in with her after just one week.  Nobody’s Fault tells the story through the eyes of Adrienne – and also Tara, Nick and Ria’s 15 year old, very confused daughter

Drama, mystery, romance: a family with secrets… Adrienne is the love of his life. Nick is the love of her life. Six days after meeting her, Nick leaves home. He has no choice; they can’t live without each other. Nick’s wife Ria and eldest daughter Cat find various ways of working out their anger and resentment, while fifteen year old Tara is caught in the middle. And then there is Nick’s cousin Caroline, with her own axe to grind when it comes to marital affairs… When tragedy strikes, they are all looking for someone to blame.

Meanwhile, lonely and trusting Sharon, seeking love and friendship on internet dating and social networking sites, has no suspicion of the part she plays in the drama – or that the people she meets in cyberspace might not be all that they seem…

Amazon links:

Opera – [Nobody’s Fault eBook: Terry Tyler: Amazon.co.uk: Books]

Opera – [Amazon.com: Nobody’s Fault eBook: Terry Tyler: Books]

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Links to other my other sites:

Blog

Opera – [Terry Tyler’s Blog]

UK Arts Directory Literary Blog

Opera – [Terry Tyler Blog — UK Arts Directory]

Twitter

Opera – [Terry Tyler (TerryTyler4) on Twitter]

Goodreads

Opera – [Goodreads | Terry Tyler (Author of You Wish…)]

Facebook

Opera – [(65) Terry Tyler, author]

Here are some randomly selected links to sites of other bloggers who are taking part in the challenge, please fins the time to visit them too.

http://www.daydreamertowriter.blogspot.co.uk/

http://writingreadingandlife.com/

http://paulamartinpotpourri.blogspot.co.uk/

http://jwright823.wordpress.com/

http://premraostoryteller.com/

During the challenge we are asking people to leave as many comments on blogs as possible, all supportive comments are greatly appreciated, thank you.

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Letter D on the A to Z April Challenge

Today is letter D on the A to Z Challenge. My book today is “Derek’s Revenge” by Mac Black, Third book in the Derek Series. Genre: Adult Humour

Let’s meet Derek, he currently works as a newspaper reporter, but his life’s ambition is to write a best selling book.

Name: Derek Toozlethwaite.

Objective: To write a factual best seller.

At long last a great idea for the book – about a rock band that made the big-time in the USA.Dereks' revenge

RABID REVENGE – and they came from Newingsworth UK – his town!

In the USA they made their name,

Top gee-tar-ists in the ‘Hall of Fame’

Wow, they’re celebs – from Derek’s town.

Trust TOOZLETHWAITE

He’ll track them down.

They’ve had their glory

Their time at the top

They’re older now,

They’ve had to stop.

Rabid Revenge – rockers, acting tough

But they’ve made their money,

They’ve had enough.

Will he let them settle? He will not!

There’s a book to be written!

And DEREK’S …hot!

Read about his escapades, if you dare, and become a ‘Derek’ fan…

Mac Blacks books

Derek Toozlethwaite’ series:

Please…Call me Derek. Derek travels from child to confused adult, from reporter for the local paper to any job available, doing everything he thinks he should, but doing it his way. Pursuing life and employment leads Derek to fling himself into the sort of sticky situations he won’t want to have to explain to his friends or his family. With determination, gritting his teeth, doing everything for the best, how could anything go wrong.

Derek’s in Trouble.  As funny as ever and as unlucky as always, Derek is going through another unexpected crisis in his life. A local reporter with the partner of his dreams, his life is all set to be perfect. So, how will he explain his foray out in his wife’s dress? Then, there’s the leggy lady intent on making a lasting impression …on top of that, there are everyone else’s problems to sort. Is his Gran, the secret Radio agony aunt, capable of helping anyone?

Derek’s Revenge. Derek has not had much success getting his first great novel started – in fact, the research it requires has nearly cost him his marriage and ruined several pairs of his wife’s tights. All he needs is a better topic, maybe he should be writing non-fiction, he is a journalist, after all… As is normal for Derek, things go pretty rapidly and hilariously downhill from there!

Derek’s Good Relations. Relations and Relationships – poor Derek has far too many of both – he has a book to write – a mother he has only just met – a wife about to give birth and a poodle who hates him. Life had been so different a year and a half ago. Back then it had been a life before ET and Mom and a heap of other people interfering with his good intentions.

Derek’s Secrets (out soon)

Available from:

Amazon.co.uk (paperback/kindle);

Amazon.com (paperback/kindle);

Waterstones (paperback)

Barnes and Noble (paperback);

Mac Black contacts:

Email: macblack.author

Facebook: facebook.com

Goodreads

Back in January, I reviewed the first book “Please Call Me Derek” http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4nZ and Mac was also my guest author for the day. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4oJ You can also read my review of “Derek’s in Trouble” here. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4Y1

Mac BlackHere are some randomly chosen links to blog from others taking up the challenge, please find a few moments to visit their sites too.

http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.co.uk/

http://rhymetime24.blogspot.ca/

http://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.co.uk/

http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.co.uk/

http://asoutherngypsy.com/#sthash.ql9BPF5C.dpbs

During the challenge we are asking visitors to leave comments on as many blogs as possible, all supportive comments are much appreciated, thank you.

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Derek’s In Trouble by Mac Black

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Derek’s in Trouble is the second book in the Derek series of witty humorous tales about newspaper reporter Derek Toozlethwaite. Derek is surrounded by a cast of delightful characters who add to the chaos and calamity which is Derek’s life.

The book opens with recently married Derek caught dressing up in his wife’s clothes as part of research for a newspaper article. However wife Sally doesn’t see the funny side of her best pair of shoes being ruined and takes off to stay with her parents while her temper cools down.

Meanwhile there is so much else going on; Derek’s Granny gets a secret slot on the local radio as Granny Wisdom. Poor Hamish Macintosh is forced to sell up his farm. Aunt Thelma wants a motorbike and the lovely Sophie Clerkenwell-Brown wants to sign up the author of The Big Squeak, the mysterious Ivy Bloom. Then there are Arthur and Charlie, gardeners who are training for the Marathon and looking for sponsors and finally what is growing on Hamish’s old farm now being run by Tipsicorus International?

Just how much trouble can one man get himself into? You will have to read it and see, and like me, become a fan of Derek.

Come back and find out more about the Derek series in my April A to Z Challenge. Mac Black’s books will be featured on Friday 4th April.

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

View all my reviews on Goodreads.

Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is like marmite, you either love it or hate it. I liked it, I liked the intense romance between Jacque and Fane, it was like a delicious bar of chocolate.

Fane is a foreign exchange student from Romania but when he moves to Coldspring Texas he finds his soul mate lives just across the road. There’s more to Fane than meets the eye, much more. He’s a werewolf, in fact he’s Prince of the Romanian Greys, and in Jacque he recognises his future mate.

Jacque and her girlfriends are enjoying the last few weeks before returning to high school and are excited by the prospect of a hottie student moving in. Jacque’s friends Jen and Sally are viciously loyal and support her through the madness which descends upon their lives. Everything is moving too fast for Jacque and the girls need to be there for her when another wolf challenges Fane for Jacque.

I liked the input of the Romanian words and the way the author wrote about the relationship between man and wolf, the telepathy was fun too. I’m undecided if the story had too many echoes of Twilight or just coincidences. With this being the first book in a long series I’m sure it will take on more of its own persona in the next few books. I was sad when the book ended without the couple bonding but perhaps that would have left no room for the storyline to continue.

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

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Guest Author Susan Buchanan

Today our guest is Susan Buchanan author of yesterday’s book  The Dating Game. Click here for my book review if you missed it. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4pX

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Let’s find out more about Susan.

1) Where is your home town?

I now live in Hamilton, just outside Glasgow, but am originally from Kilsyth, a small town on the other side of Glasgow (I have moved around a lot though, living also in France and Spain)

2) How long have you been writing?

Since I was a teenager, but I only seriously took up the task about 12 years ago, when I started writing Sign of the Times – it took me 6 years to write it…

3) What made you decide to write a book about dating?

A friend of mine had joined a dating agency aimed at professional people who were short on time, and I thought ‘now there’s an idea for a novel!’

4) Can you tell readers about some of Gill’s disastrous relationships before she joins the dating agency?

Sure. She was married to Barry – a blip as she terms it now. They should have lived together first. Then she had a bit of a stalker boyfriend in Timothy – a bit too much Sleeping With The Enemy for her. Good old Colin, who unfortunately worked away a lot – wasn’t exactly handy – given that he was in Dubai most of the time. Clive had lied about his occupation…and when the truth came out it had turned Gill’s stomach. Iron-pumping, bore Graham, who was more obsessed with his own body than hers was the final nail in the coffin.

5) Tell us about Gill’s great Girlfriends and how they support her.

Her friends are great. Angela and Lisa are always at loggerheads. Angela is a single mum, relatively serious, but sticks up for her friends.  She’s also a feisty type. Debbie is really Gill’s first port of call. She’s a vet and married with a daughter, but she always finds time to meet up with Gill and be her sounding board. Lisa takes no prisoners and is a bit of a man magnet. She treats them mean and keeps them keen, but she’d do anything for her friends. A beautician, she takes it upon herself to ensure Gill looks her best for her dates.  The girls spend a lot of time together and are always there for each other.

6) The trip to Barcelona chapters were really good, have you ever been to the festival yourself?

Oh yes! Twice. Ironically I didn’t know about it when I lived there in the ‘90s and the first time I went a few years ago, I came across it by chance when I was out for a walk. I was meant to have been three times, actually, but a French air traffic control strike meant my flight was cancelled one year – end of trip. I was seriously piddled off, I can tell you. The festival is fantastic. And there’s a wine festival which ties in with it, too – just saying!

7) Of Gill’s dates which was your favourite and why?

When Anton took her to the concert hall to a classical music concert. It was so thoughtful of him and I love classical music, so if he had taken me there, I would have just about married him!

8) Tell us about your other books.

Well, my first book Sign of the Times, is a zodiac-themed contemporary romantic comedy drama (can I fit in any more descriptive words?!) where the twelve main characters (yes, 12 main characters) are based around the signs of the zodiac. They are, however, all linked. Each character has the traits of the relevant sign of the zodiac.

The Christmas Spirit, which was released in December, is a feel good, festive tale of one very special lady, Natalie Hope, who makes it her mission in life to instil Christmas spirit in those who for whatever reason aren’t looking forward to Christmas.

The story centres around the bakery café where she is temporary manager and charts the lives of the five people she helps. Rebecca has just split from her boyfriend, Jacob is still on the dole, Stanley’s wife died that year, and Meredith is a workaholic who doesn’t make time for family and is more interested in spread sheets and reports. Then, on the periphery, you have Sophie, who is also affected by the events which Natalie sets in motion.

9) What are you working on at the moment?

My fourth novel, What If. It has kind of become two storylines in one. On the one hand, you have Cameron, who starts to think ‘what if’ about several key decisions he has made in his life, but he has also made a startling discovery and this is integral to the novel, the direction it takes and the choices he makes for his future.

10) Do you have an expected publishing date?

I always have these crazy, ambitious targets, but let’s be a little vague and simply say Summer 2014! And on that note, it’s back to writing What If

The Dating Game

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

Thank you Susan, it’s been great finding out more about you and your work, good luck with the new book.

Guest Author Elaine Jeremiah

Today our guest is Elaine Jeremiah, author of yesterday’s book review The Inheritance, here is a link to the review http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4oH

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Let’s find out more about Elaine and her work.

1) Where is your home town?

I live in Bristol, UK but I grew up in Hampshire near Southampton.

2) How long have you been writing?

I’ve been doing some form of writing most of my life.  I always loved doing creative writing while I was at school as well as at home.  Unfortunately being in education for so long (I studied English at university) meant that for a while my creative writing was put on the back burner, as I was doing a lot of studying.  But since leaving university I’ve been able to concentrate on my writing again and now I’m writing more or less every day.  I’m writing more now than ever.

3) What was the inspiration behind “The Inheritance”?

Well question no 7 pretty much answers this one!  I was searching for inspiration for a story I could write.  I hit on the idea of retelling the parable of the prodigal son for a modern audience.  I thought it would be interesting to tell it from the point of view of two sisters and ‘The Inheritance’ was what I came up with.

4) Do you come from a farming or rural background?

No I don’t.  I had to do some research on farming as I don’t know a lot about it.  It was interesting to me to find out a little about how dairy farms are run.  I have always loved being out in the countryside in England though, and I know parts of Cornwall as I have a lot of family living there.  So using my knowledge of Cornwall and researching the parts I didn’t know seemed to work well.

5) Would you like to live in London as Emma did?

Again, no!  I like to visit London, I find it’s incredibly fascinating as a place, but I would hate to live there.  The reason being it’s just so huge and busy as well as being a bit impersonal.  My sister lives and works there and I have yet to visit her at her new flat, so I’m planning on doing that soon.  I think there are various sides to London; it’s incredibly big as I’ve said and you can have different experiences depending on where you live.  If you’re very wealthy as my character Emma’s best friend is that potentially affects how you see it, I should imagine.

6) Tell us more about Steven’s brother Dan.

He’s been difficult for Steven as a brother because he’s always on the wrong side of the law and trying to get Steven involved in his schemes.  He’s not really interested in Steven as a person, certainly not in a brotherly way.  He just sees him in terms of how he can be useful to him in his dealings with other criminals.  So not a nice man.

7) I’m not the first to mention that the story reflects the parable of the prodigal son, was this your intention?

Yes, this was my intention (see above).  But I wanted to put my own slant on the retelling of it, particularly by having it be about two sisters and set in modern England.  I hope I’ve achieved that.

8) What’s your favourite genre and why?

Oh that’s a hard one.  The truth is I don’t really have one favourite genre; I have lots.  I’ve read a lot of historical fiction, some crime, romance, thrillers…  I could go on.  I think for me to enjoy a novel when I’m reading it, it has to grab me and be gripping no matter what genre it is.

9) What are you working on at the moment?

My current work in progress is called ‘Reunion’.  It’s a romance about a young woman who goes back to her school for a reunion.  Her schooldays were not happy ones and she’s only gone because her best friend thought it might be good for her.  It’s about the consequences of her going to it and what happens to her as a result after that.

10) Do you have an expected publication date?

I haven’t set a specific date to publish it.  I haven’t finished writing it yet, but I hope to get it finished and publish it sometime this year.

The Inheritance

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

Thank you Elaine, it was great hearing more about your work, good luck with the next book.

Twelve Days – The Beginning by Jade Reyner

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Twelve Days is a contemporary romance which deals with domestic violence. All the action takes place in just 12 days. It suits the pace of the book by revolving around Christmas, a fast paced time of year when people often throw caution to the wind. I was appalled at the violent situation that Elise remained in, but I realise that there are many women in the world who do suffer from domestic violence. This book reaches out to them and if it gives just one person the strength to break free then the author has done a good job. Throughout the book I was undecided about the character Vaughn, I wasn’t sure if he showed signs of obsessive dominance which Elise was trying to escape from with Dale. By the end he had won me around and a cliff hanger ending left me wanting to know what happened to him. I’m glad there is a sequel for us to read the rest of the story of the relationship between the couple. This book does contain adult content.

Find a copy of this book here on Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

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