Beach Reads Blog Tour 2015 Day 14 #BeachBooks @TerryTyler4 #SundayBlogShare

 

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It’s our final day of our holiday beach reads tour, time for a last ice-cream before packing our bags.

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Today my guest is Terry Tyler.

Beach Reads

I’ve got the last day of the holiday fortnight, the one in which you’re desperately trying to make the most of every last minute!

Where would I be? I hate being overheated and dislike crowds of people, so no holiday hotspots for me. My ideal destination would be a Scottish or Scandinavian island, somewhere really barren and beautiful, where I could walk for miles on deserted beaches/over hills/through woods, then go back to a wonderfully cosy cottage or log cabin. I think late spring or September would be fine. Now that I’m fast becoming a grumpy old hermit, I’d like it to be within a couple of miles of a small town/village so I could go to stock up, but mostly I’d prefer it just to be me and my husband, with perhaps a visit from a couple of friends for a day or so. I want to go there NOW….!

A Fun Read 

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For my ‘fun read’ I’ve chosen Knife Skills by Carrie Ann Lahain – I’ve bought this for my Kindle recently and plan to read it soon. I always loved working in restaurants and reading books about that life. I’m not much of a one for ‘fun reads’ generally, but I do like the look of this! Here’s the blurb:

It’s all burners on high for Chef Molly Price, about to start her first restaurant job on her aunt and uncle’s Long Island vineyard. They took Molly in as a child, and she’s determined not to let them down. But it’s hard to focus on the perfect bread pudding with a no-good ex who won’t leave her alone and a best guy friend who’s as cranky as he is kissable. Molly soon learns that, though her sauces never break, the same can’t be said for her heart.

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

A book you’ve been meaning to read for ages 

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I am so looking forward to having the time to listen to Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle. It’s a historical novel about Katherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII. I have an unquenchable thirst for anything about the Tudors, and when I was researching my novel Kings and Queens I discovered that Katherine interested me almost as much as Anne Boleyn; more so, in some ways, because I knew less about her. I’ve got it on audio book, and I would love to listen to it while striding along the aforementioned deserted beaches, early in the morning!

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

A book from your favourite genre 

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I’m mad on post apocalyptic drama, zombie or otherwise, so I think that, to go with my deserted holiday location, I would choose to re-read (on my Kindle) Future Perfect by Katrina Mountfort. I recently read this for Rosie’s blog (review coming soon) and LOVED it. It’s set in year 2185, when the world has gone to pot and selected citizens of the UK now live in controlled ‘Citidomes’. But what of those who still exist in the outside world? I thought it was like a modern version of ‘1984’, and it’s all scarily feasible… it’s actually a YA book, but it would definitely appeal to all ages.

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

 

A book you could truly escape with 

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I had a long think about this, and eventually decided on three books that I first read in one hardback – The Suffolk Trilogy, or The House at Old Vine, by Norah Lofts. The first two are The Town House and The House At Sunset. It’s an incredible saga about a house, first built by one Martin Reed in the 14th century, and takes the reader through to the 1950s. Of course it’s not about the house so much as the people who lived in it, but in each one you are given glimpses of the past, and an insight into sociological changes. Fascinating, wonderful stuff; I’m currently re-reading the first part, holiday or not!

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

Own book 

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Rosie says that we can suggest one of our own books, so here’s Round and Round! It’s novella length, only 36K words long, and is probably the ‘lightest’ of my books. The plot in brief: Sophie Heron is approaching her fortieth birthday, and becoming obsessed with a time, sixteen years before, when she had the choice of four different men. Unhappy in her current relationship, she can’t help wondering what might have been … and, as luck would have it, she just happens to have a guardian angel who helps answer her questions. Yes, and I’d probably read it on holiday, too – I read one of my own books every few months and still enjoy them. I’m not sure if that’s weird or not!

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

Time to go home, then, back to the dead plants, the pile of junk mail on the mat, and four loads of washing! Thank you, Rosie, for inviting me to take part in Beach Reads 2015.

Should you be interested, this is my blog, on which I write about reading, television, clothes, relationships, shopping, social networking, and miscellaneous moans 🙂

http://www.terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/

and my book review blog:

http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

Bon Voyage! If you are off on your own summer holiday’s soon – perhaps you’ll be taking some of the books from our Beach Reads book Tour with you – what ever your choices – HAPPY READING.

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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.

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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;

EHD Oct

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

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Alison reviews Round and Round by TerryTyler

Today we have a review from Book Review Team Member Alison, she blogs at http://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/

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Alison chose to read and review Round and Round by Terry Tyler.

Round and Round by Terry Tyler

Round and Round by Terry Tyler

Here is her review.

Round and Round

Sophie is feeling less than satisfied with her life and with her boyfriend who has developed an interesting new ‘hobby’ – one that she wants no part of. As her fortieth birthday approaches, Sophie thinks back to 1998, the year she received four Valentine’s cards and the year she had to make a choice – but did she make the right one? Feeling alone, now that her beloved Aunt Flick has died, her best friend is miles away and her mother is as being as judgemental and unhelpful as ever, Sophie questions her decisions and wonders what might have been. But Aunt Flick isn’t about to let a little thing like death prevent her from helping Sophie find the right path.

I’m a complete sceptic about things like life after death and guardian angels, but I found myself thoroughly enjoying this lovely book. Sophie is a great central character – I really cared about her and felt her frustration as she struggled to come to terms with the regrets she had about what might have been. Supporting characters are well drawn and believable – they develop along with Sophie. The romance isn’t sugary sweet and there are plenty of laughs too.

I recommend ‘Round and Round’ – having only read Terry Tyler’s short stories before in ‘Nine Lives’ (recommended too) I was impressed by this book and will definitely be reading more of the author’s novels.

5 stars

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

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Georgia reads Round and Round by Terry Tyler

Today we have a review from Book Review Team Member Georgia, she blogs at http://www.georgiarosebooks.com/

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Georgia has been reading Round and Round by Terry Tyler

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Here is her review.

Decisions….decisions….

I was ever so slightly apprehensive about reading this book as I tend to steer clear of anything of a paranormal nature but I needn’t have worried. Tyler gives that side of things a light touch as she tells us about the choices Sophie Heron made in her earlier life that, on the run up to her fortieth birthday, she starts to think about more closely. One Valentine’s Day, 15 years ago, Sophie received four cards from four different men and had to choose her way forward and, facing difficulties in her current relationship, she wonders if she made the right decision.

This came across as a very realistic story as I’m sure there are times in all our lives where we have thought back to the decisions we have made and wondered if we had done the right thing. Fortunately for Sophie she has her Auntie Flick to guide her in both seeing what her future might have been had she chosen differently as well as subtly pointing her in the right direction now. Don’t we all wish we had such a guardian angel!

This is a wonderful story told very well, as I have come to expect from this author and I’d recommend to anyone who enjoys well written romantic tales.

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

Good Deeds Challenge Year 2, Week 20

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I an into my second 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.

August 31st – A lovely sunny day for the last day of August, I went for a long walk and picked up litter along the way. Finished reading Dark Water by Jan Ruth. Am now reading Bend With The Wind by Suraya Dewing

September 1st – It’s the first day of Romancing September and I’m co-hosting the event with fellow author Stephanie Hurt. We are promoting 30 authors and their books in 30 days. We started off promoting Caroline Storer and her book The Roman. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Ee

Sent a letter to an aunt whom I haven’t seen for a couple of years, really feel I need to make the time for a visit. Sorted out another family visit, this one to my husband’s aunt.

September 2nd – Played tennis this morning and picked up some litter. Day 2 of Romancing September and it’s the turn of Sonya Loveday and her book The Summer I Fell. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5C8

September 3rd – Bought birthday presents for my God-daughter today. Day 3 of Romancing September and it’s Terry Tyler with her book Round and Round. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Ge

September 4th – Helped my Mum pick beans from her garden today. Had a big boost on the book review team and got lots more requests for books. Day 4 of Romancing September and it was the turn of Lizzie Lamb and her book Boot Camp Bride. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5CU

September 5th – Had a lovely chat with my hairdresser who have her little girl starting school for the first time on Tuesday, passed on little tips that I found worked for me and left her a big tip. Day 5 of Romancing September and it was the turn of Romanian author Carmen Stefanescu and her book Shadows of the Past,http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5EI we are really lucky and have authors spread across the world on this tour.

September 6th – A lovely walk this morning and I picked up loads of litter. Day 6 on Romancing September was Jill Steeples and Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Ey

Started reading The Immortal Greek by Monica La Porta

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 3

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Welcome to Day 3 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Our guest today is Terry Tyler. Catch up with more from Terry in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

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Round and Round by Terry Tyler

Where is your home town?

I live in Geordieland, but prefer not to give out anything more specific than that on the internet!

How long have you been writing romance?

Although all my books contain love relationships as a fairly central theme, I don’t think of myself as a writer of romance per se. I’ve been writing on and off for over 20 years.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

Historical, but not the Regency romance type ‘bodice rippers’; more those that illustrate eras of real history. Also what’s generally known as ‘romantic suspense’ – I like something with a bit of plot other than girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy back again. I like grand passion, rather than rom com flirtation – serious love and loss stuff!

Are you allowed to tell us about Sophie’s boyfriend’s new pastime?

Ha ha! No way – far too much of a spoiler! Suffice to say that after the research I did for it, I deleted the ‘cookies’ from my computer. To anyone who is reading this, I’d just like to say that Rosie wrote this question before she read the book, and laughed when I reminded her of it; I’m not sure what else to say – you’ll have to read it, too!

Is there a friendly ghost in your book?

Yes! She’s lovely. A guardian angel who only has Sophie’s best interests at heart – and maybe a little bit of revenge….

How does Sophie get to visit the past?

With the help of her guardian angel – I don’t want to give any more away or it’ll spoil the story.

Does Aunt Flick’s lovely character still have influence after she’s gone?

Yes! For it is she who is the guardian angel

Does Sophie see in her fortieth birthday feeling more positive about life?

No, she’s in tears. But she’s in a much better frame of mind by the end of the day…..

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

The sequel to Kings and Queens, which is called Last Child and I hope will be ready by about January.

Where can readers find out more about you?

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Here is my Amazon UK page http://www.amazon.com/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Twitter http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/

And my blog:

https://twitter.com/TerryTyler4

My Amazon.com page

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Terry-Tyler/e/B00693EGKM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Find a copy of Round and Round here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Find out more about Terry from Stephanie Hurt’s blog and all our Romance writers http://stephanie-hurt.com/

 

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Elizabeth reviews Round and Round by Terry Tyler

Today we have a review from Rosie’s Book Review Team member Elizabeth. She blogs at http://somerville66.blogspot.co.uk/

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Elizabeth reviewed “Round and Round” by Terry Tyler

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Here is her review.

Round and Round by Terry Tyler

Have you ever wondered what might have happened if you had done things differently, taken that job abroad, studied harder or married your first love? Well in Terry Tyler’s new novella, “Round and Round,” heroine Sophie does just that. As she approaches her dreaded 40th birthday she looks back sixteen years and wonders whether she made the right choices.

I warmed to Sophie very quickly. She is trying to make the best of her life but indecision in the past and the loss of her greatly loved Aunt Flick cause her to question her way of life. Looking back to 1998 when she had lost weight and made advances in her career, it seemed as though she would have a golden future but there were four men in her life and she couldn’t choose between them.

But this is not a lightweight romance. The story is set in the modern world, with concerns about career, home and family. Sophie’s mother Alana is an embittered, abandoned woman who wants her daughter to settle down with a reliable man. In contrast Flick is a woman of the 1960s who talks about karma and auras. She takes Sophie to the Angel tree, a special place where all cares disappear and life seems clearer.

The four suitors; cheerful, affectionate Chris, handsome, artistic Seb, carefree Kieran and Neil, the friend who shares her interest in the theatre, are believable, well-drawn characters who gradually change over time as their lives progress. Sophie is not naturally promiscuous, she is aware that each of them offer her the possibility of a happy, fulfilling future and she doesn’t want to hurt any of them; or herself.

What makes this book different is the way in which alternative life paths are shown. It raises the question, are we entirely responsible for the way our life turns out? And if things go wrong can we do something about it? Of course a little bit of magic or help from a guardian angel is always useful.

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

Rosie’s Book review Team #RBRT – Cathy reviews Round and Round by Terry Tyler

Today we have a review from Rosie’s book review team member Cathy – She blogs at http://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com

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Cathy chose “Round and Round” by Terry Tyler

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Here is her review,

A very apt title for this novella for, as Sophie’s discontent and unhappiness with the way her life is unfolding grows, the thoughts of what might have been are swirling round her head. With all her choices, had she made the right decision all those years ago? The ‘what ifs’ are questions most of us would, at least, give a passing thought to from time to time. It’s fascinating to accompany Sophie as she is indeed looked after and helped by her ‘guardian angel’ as she tries to work though and sort out her life.

Anything with even a hint of the paranormal is a hook for me and I loved the way Sophie was shown the different potential consequences of her possible choices. Ultimately though, the only one who can make the turnaround is the person themselves. It’s quite thought-provoking, the many different ways a person’s life could turn out based on decisions taken.

The characters are sympathetically written and engaging and I couldn’t help but sympathise, especially with Sophie’s dilemma. Brilliant ending. And wouldn’t it be lovely to have an Auntie Flick in your life. A great story.

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

Round and Round by Terry Tyler

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a special interest in the afterlife, so this book hit the spot for me. Sophie Heron is fast approaching her fortieth birthday and the future looks bleak. Aunt Flick who died a few years ago said “I’ll always be with you” and Sophie visits her special Angel tree where she talks to the departed Flick.

She reflects on her own life. Looking back to 1997, the year her friend Tallulah introduced her to a new slimming programme. The weight she dropped was fantastic, it gave her a confidence boost, a new job and four Valentine’s cards. One card from Chris White, safe, stable live-in partner. Another from Sebastian Charteris, posh-boy artist who understood Sophie’s creative side. The third was from Neil Raines, assistant Director at the theatre where she acted and the fourth was from Kieran Greenleaf, a musician who lived a carefree life in a VW Campervan.

Choices, choices, Sophie looks back longingly to that time when she had a choice of four men and wonders what life with each one would have been like and did she make the right choice? Aunt Flick moves in mysterious ways and I did have to smile when reading several chapters of this book, I was sat in my tiny garden and a pair of pigeons decided to join me. They sat extremely close to me on the fence and as I read of Sophie’s adventures they proceeded to kiss and cuddle. Pigeons, I believe mate for life and these two looked particularly content. Find out if Flick answered Sophie’s pleas of “Help me” yourself in this lovely book.

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

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Good Deeds Challenge, Year 2 Week 14

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I an into my second 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 20th – Had a lovely day at home, catching up with all my reading and writing reviews. Today I was reading Wild Water by Jan Ruth

July 21st – My last morning of the school year, volunteering. I wished all the children good luck in their new classes and Good Deeds received: Had some lovely gifts from the appreciative teachers.

July 22nd – Launched my side of the Romancing September Across The World Tour, a tour I co-host with Stephanie Hurt who is based in the US. We will be promoting Romance books throughout September. This evening had a long walk and picked up litter.

July 23rd – Donated money to a charity working to prevent hunger, who were cycling for charity. Had a really lovely comment today, my Good Deeds have making people aware of the Good Deed opportunities around, so much so that this wonderful human being said he felt I would be disappointed if he passed by a chance to do a Good Deed. Just one Good Deed a day will make our world a better place, let’s hear some more of your Good Deed tales.

July 24th – Romancing September bookings have been slow today, so e-mailed a few authors to ask if they would be interested. Delighted to hear that a  copy of Aesop’s Secret by Claudia White has arrived for a young reviewer who is going to read and review the book for us. Helped out a friend with cricket tea advice.

July 25th – Have finished reading Round and Round by Terry Tyler which was released this week.

Ok, what just happened? Romancing September in now completely booked! It was utter madness this afternoon, bookings were coming at me thick and fast. Authors from The Harper Impulse range found out about the tour and wham! It was fully booked. Great to have all the support ladies and gentlemen, yes we have a guy who’s promoting his book too! Day 21 Nic Tatano will be promoting his book It Girl

July 26th – The Kindness challenge has been up and down this week. I did have a good chat with both my Mum and Dad about concerns they have for my nephews. One has a girlfriend which they disapprove of, and my suggestions to leave it be and let it work itself out are falling on deaf ears. Another nephew has fallen in to a worrying depression, I don’t think my parents live near enough or have a close enough relationship with him, to throw in strong advice and accusations. These were some difficult conversations and left me mulling over possibilities and being very aware of the need to listen well.

This evening I felt in need of a de-clutter, school has finished for the summer and the house is cluttered with school uniform and school books that need sorting for next year. I discovered some Christmas presents which I’m grateful for, but will never use, so I will pass them to the charity shop when I next go. I even filed my tax return, lifting a weight from my shoulders.

So that is my week. What Good Deeds have you done this week? Do tell me below, I’m sure if you think about it you have. Being aware of your deeds will bring more to the forefront.

Rosie.