Good Deeds Week January 26th – February 1st

Welcome to my weekly roundup of my year long challenge to do one Good deed a day for a year. This challenge began back in April 2013 and is still going strong. My inspiration came from reading “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. Here is what I’ve been up to this week.

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January 26th – A Good Deed completed and a Good Deed received all in one today. I was invited to write a post for a new feature on Words Unlimited called High Five, where guests talk about their top 5 in any subject. I’ve just sent off a draft all about books I’ve recently read, and of course they get a mention here on the blog. Good Deeds all around.

January 27th – My morning helping out at school today, Good Deed ticked off.

January 28th – Whilst at work this morning a friendly young man came in to the office. He represented an animal feed merchant. He explained he’d been to agricultural college, graduated,this was his first job and he was driving around his patch looking for new business. I gave him the contact details of the relevant farm partners rather that brushing him off because he was one of the lucky ones and had a job, so I wanted to give him a chance.

January 29th – Met a friend for coffee and treated us both. Stopped off at the charity shops on the way home and bought some books.

January 30th – Here in the UK some supermarkets use a system for the trolleys (carts) where you need a £1 coin or similar sized token to release the trolley for use. As I was returning my trolley to the trolley bay I was able to help an elderly gentlemen release his £1 coin which was stuck in the lock, a quick tweak and the coin was released.

Good Deeds received had an amazing write up from John Howell on his blog as a thank you for hosting his new book promotion “My GLR“. Here is a link to his post

January 31st – The February Issue of Fleet Life is online today with my page of book reviews. This months books and authors are; “The Omega Paradox” by Richard Kellier, “Nine Lives” by Terry Tyler, “The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning” by Hallgrimur Helgason, “The New Granny’s Survival Guide” by Gransnet and “Twelve Days” by Jade Reyner. Go to, click on the online directory and find my reviews on page 26.

February 1st – I can’t believe it’s February already. I have 14 confirmed letters booked in my A to Z Challenge and 2 more that may get booked by the end of the weekend. Many of the harder letters are left to fill. If you know someone who may have a book I could use please get them to contact me. Today I’ve accepted 3 more books to read and review. I shall start on them once I’ve finished my little self indulgent re-read of Twilight.

Today I met up with a lady that I last saw 6 months ago. At that time she had just had a grand-daughter born, who was very ill in hospital undergoing major surgery after just a few days of being born. I didn’t know if the baby had survived, and it was a difficult question to ask, but I’m glad I did. The baby survived.

Bless you all.

February Issue of Fleet LIfe – Rosie’s Good Reads

The February edition of Fleet Life is now available and this month you can find my reviews on page 26. My paper edition hasn’t arrived yet, so here is a shot from the online version. Go to, then click on the online directory and click to page 26 where you can read the magazine in a larger format.

Feb 14 Fleet Life

Featured books for February are below with links to my review posts from the blog where you will find further links for purchasing options;

Nine Lives by Terry Tyler

The Omega Paradox by Richard Kellier

The Hitman’s Guide to House Cleaning by Hallgrimur Helgason

The New Granny’s Survival Guide by Gransnet

Twelve Days by Jade Reyner

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.

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Good Deeds Week 22nd – 28th December

Welcome to Christmas week of my Good Deeds weekly challenge. My own challenge to do one Good Deed a day based on the book by Judith O’Reilly called “A Year of Doing Good”


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December 22nd – I’m really excited, Judith O’Reilly the author of “A Year of Doing Good” has been good enough to agree to be our gust author on the blog. Today she has sent me her interview answers and I have scheduled her interview post for Sunday 5th January. The first Sunday in January to coincide with my weekly Good Deeds round-up. On with my own Good deeds, today I’ve finished 2 books and written reviews which I’ve posted on Goodreads and Amazon, they will both appear here on the blog in January.

December 23rd – Donated some money to a local Odiham charity that were collecting whilst I visited the Newlyns Farm Shop it was really busy with everyone collecting their fresh turkeys, but I had time to spread some calm amongst the busy workers while I picked up the paperwork for my work session.

December 24th – Have invited a friend over for a cup of tea, we swopped gifts and caught up on all the news. Remembered how hard others work at Christmas and gave the postman a Christmas present.

December 25th – We are hosting Christmas lunch for my In-Laws today. Good deeds received; Had some wonderful gifts and in return brought happiness to others with my own gifts.

December 26th – Boxing Day here in the UK, a quiet family day, but I’ve made biscuits to take out with us as we go to tea with the In-Laws. Good deeds received; My mother-in-law who doesn’t do computers or social media asked me all about my writing, my blog and my monthly reviews in Fleet Life, she was really interested and supportive, an avid reader herself she surprised me with her enthusiasm. Had a scary moment when she admitted she’d read my book whilst staying with our Aunt (who had it on Kindle) hope she didn’t recognise Sophie’s mother-in-law!

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December 27th – Today I posted a book review on Goodreads and Amazon for a dear friend Jade Reyner, who I’ve met over the internet. Jade took part in our Romancing September tour and recently took part in the successful “Read Tuesday” event run by Chris McMullen. I’ll be featuring Jades book “Twelve Days” on a post in January. Good Deeds received; Had a lovely e-mail from Jade thanking me for her review.

December 28th – Good Deeds received; Was thrilled to be contacted by author Mac Black who had seen his book “Please Call me Derek” on my Wish List Collection, he has offered to send me a copy which I will lovingly read and review for you all here on the blog. Had a lovely comment about my “Good Read Collections” from another author, I’m glad people are enjoying them. My oldest child is off for a sleepover tonight so I’m sending along bags of popcorn for their movie session.

Wow! I can’t believe I still managed to find Good Deeds during Christmas week, I had worried that opportunities would not show themselves this week, but I’m glad they did.

Romancing September author Jade Reyner (Day 19)

Day 19 on the Romancing September across the world tour meets author Jade Reyner. First we’ll talk to Jade here on the blog and then in a few hours you can catch up with her again at Stephanie’s blog where they will be looking at writing romance in today’s society.

Jade ReynerLet’s find out more about Jade;

1) Where is your home town?
I live near Swindon in Wiltshire, United Kingdom.
2) How long have you been writing?
I started a creative writing course about a year ago with the intention of writing a novel at the end of it. The idea for my first novel kept begging to be heard though and so I began writing that in February of this year. I am still trying to complete the course but my novel writing has kind of taken over!
3) ‘Twelve Days – The Beginning’ has a powerful book cover. Who designed it?
It was designed for me by a company called Spiffing Covers who are based in the UK. They have done a lot of the conversion work for me as well. I gave them the information and thoughts on colouring etc.. and they did the rest!
4) Could you place this book into a Romance sub-bracket such as thriller/modern/historical?
Yes absolutely. ‘Twelve Days – The Beginning’ and its sequel ‘Twelve Days – The Future’ are romantic thrillers.
5) Does the whole book take place over a twelve day period?
That’s actually a tough question to answer. The simple answer is no, it doesn’t – the book covers a period of approximately six months however ‘Twelve Days’, comes from a defining period of twelve days during which the course of the main characters’ life changes irrevocably. In essence Elise (the main character), meets Vaughn Granger much as you would meet any random stranger. The ensuing twelve days however, causes their lives to become entangled beyond comprehension and ensures that after those twelve days, neither of them will ever be the same again. Thus ‘Twelve Days’ has become the theme for this book and creates the identity for the sequel and the other books that I have planned in the series. Everything that happens subsequently started in those first twelve days.
6) How passionate is the character Elise? What influenced the way that she is?
Elise is your average girl until you begin to peel away the layers, and as the story develops you realise that underneath she is a very passionate woman who has never had the opportunity to fully express herself. She has been conditioned into behaving a certain way over a long period of time (I can’t say too much without giving the plot away!) and when she meets Vaughn, it awakens a part of her that she never thought she would be able to explore. She also realises that she is much stronger than she ever considered herself to be and she begins to experience the passion and value of true love and find the strength to change her life. Not that it’s that simple of course!
7) Will the main characters of Elise and Vaughn be seen in the whole series?
Elise and Vaughn are the main characters in the first two books, ‘Twelve Days – The Beginning’ and ‘Twelve Days – The Future’ as they are the books that follow their story. I have then developed the rest of the series to deliberately focus on the other characters who deserve their own story, so there will be a book for Cole, ‘Twelve Days – Cole’ and then there will be a book for Dale, ‘Twelve Days – Dale’. Both of these books will contain references to Vaughn and Elise but I have deliberately designed it so that with the exception of the first two books, the others can be read as stand alone books. I don’t want the reader to feel pressured to buy all of the books just to finish the story (although obviously I would love them to buy all of them!).
8) How do you plan to carry on the Twelve Days theme in the rest of the series?
‘Twelve Days – The Future’ is the conclusion of Elise and Vaughn’s story and the theme is carried through by virtue of this. With regards to the rest of the series, which at present includes two other books, the plan is for them to be written from the point of view of both Cole and Dale (two major characters) and covering the same twelve day period. This will be achieved by reflecting the events that occurred and their part in them but written from their point of view, so a completely different take on it. Readers have connected with these characters, particularly Cole, and it was clear from early on that he and Dale (and maybe a couple of other characters too) have their own story to tell and need their own book.
9) How have you written the sex in this book? Could I pass it on to my Granny?
Ha ha. What a brilliant question!
The sex scenes are detailed and they were immensely difficult to write – the hardest of all of the scenes to write for me. I wanted to ensure that the reader got right into the story and that required a certain level of detail, particularly with regards to Elise who is on a massive journey of discovery. I have tried to balance out the sex scenes though because the story itself was equally as important to me and I wanted the reader to engage with all of it – not just the naughty bits!
Can you pass it onto your Granny? Hmmm… depends how open minded your Granny is! All I would say is that I am certain I wouldn’t be telling her anything she didn’t already know!
10) Tell us about the next book in the series. When will fans be able to get a copy?
The next book is ‘Twelve Days – The Future’ and is the conclusion of the story of Elise and Vaughn. This expands the story further and moves their journey forwards as they continue to battle both their love for each other and all the negative elements in their lives. This is where all of the questions are answered and some shocking truths are revealed and is just as much of an emotional roller coaster as the first book (although without the cliff-hanger ending!).
I am currently finishing writing it and am hoping to get it published late October time. To keep up with release dates and news etc. then fans can follow my blog at
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I’d like to say and big Thank you to Jade for being our guest on the blog today and Good luck with the new book. Catch up with Stephanie’s half of meeting Jade here