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book review: All The Beautiful Girls ~ by Elizabeth J. Church

This title was rather kindly sent to me by the publishers, HarperCollins / 4th Estate Books. This review is also being published to NetGalley, GoodReads, Amazon, LinkedIn, and all my social media accounts. the synopsis: The dazzling, powerful story of a gutsy showgirl who tries to conquer her past amongst the glamour of 1960s Las Vegas – finding unexpected fortune, friendship and love. In the summer of 1968, Ruby Wilde is the toast of Las Vegas. Showgirl of the Year, in her feathers and rhinestones, five-inch heels and sky-high headdresses, she mesmerises audiences from the Tropicana to the Stardust. Ratpackers and movie stars, gamblers and astronauts vie for her attention and shower her with gifts. But not so long ago Ruby Wilde was Lily Decker from Kansas: an orphaned girl determined to dance her way out of her troubled past. When she was eight years old, Lily survived the car crash that killed her parents and sister. Raised by an aunt who took too little interest in her and an uncle who took too much, dancing …

blog tour: book review & excerpt of Jessica Strawser’s new novel, Not That I Could Tell

This title was rather kindly sent to me by the publishers, Hodder & Stoughton. The present review is also being published to my accounts on NetGalley, GoodReads, Amazon, LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media .  I’m delighted to be taking part, this morning, in the blog tour for Jessica Strawser’s second novel, Not That I Could Tell, which was published by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK on the 5th of this month (Kindle, £6.99 and paperback, £14.99), and is being marketed as a general fiction title. On the U.S., the hardcover was published on March 27th ($26.99, St. Martin’s Press), but the novel is being marketed as women’s fiction. Courtesy of the publishers, I am bringing you an excerpt which, though small, is very mysterious and intriguing and will, I am sure, go a long way in spicing up your curiosity about this novel. My own contribution to the blog tour will be, as usual, my full review of the title. the synopsis: Ever wonder what your friends really think of you? Drinks in hand, a …

my first guest on The “Indies” Corner: John Hindmarsh answers The 39 Questions

    Today is a double special day ~ it’s not just the day The “Indies” Corner first goes live, but the day I introduce you to my very first guest, writer John Hindmarsh, an Australian-born writer of thrillers and sci-fi, who used to be an ICT consultant and who just may have been around the globe more than once in his lifetime… Between long-term and short-term assignments, John tells me he has worked in about a dozen different countries worldwide, and visited another dozen or so as a tourist. The list of countries he’s been to is truly enviable, and includes such places as Amsterdam, Istanbul, Singapore, Bangkok, Moscow, Athens, Copenhagen… In the last five years of his career, John sub-contracted with IBM, working with banking clients at a senior level. He has now settled in the California mountains, in the company of his Japanese American wife. And John added about himself: “[I s]topped all that [sub-contracting] at the end of 2012. I turned 79 at the beginning of this month [Feb]. I have …

Interviewing the Author: Kaela Coble

  It is my pleasure today to welcome to my blog lovely author Kaela Coble, whose début title Friends and Other Liars has just been published in the US market by the nice folks at Sourcebooks Landmark. I would also like to thank her profusely for her time and, most of all, for her patience and perseverance in the face of a mountain of questions from me, and apparently as many problems with her wayward computer. To begin with, here’s her short bio: Kaela Coble is an author of women’s fiction, represented by Stephanie Kip Rostan of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. Friends and Other Liars was published by Sourcebooks Landmark in the U.S. and Atlantic Corvus in the U.K. under the title Friends and Liars. She is also passionate about helping people to develop professionally, whether that be as a writer or in any other career. This enthusiasm for career development led her to launch a coaching business in 2016. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer through the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and …

Book Review: Friends & Other Liars by Kaela Coble

The title was rather kindly made available to me by the publishers, Sourcebooks Landmark. This review is also being published to NetGalley, GoodReads, LinkedIn, and my social media accounts. About the novel Friends and Other Liars: Sometimes the secrets we keep are more dangerous than the ones we reveal… When Ruby St. James returns to her hometown of Chatwick, Vermont, it’s under the worst circumstances. It’s been ten years since she’s been home, and she tells herself the solitary life she’s built in New York City suits her just fine—at least well enough to avoid slicing open the scars left by her first love, Murphy, or her bipolar, recovering alcoholic mother. But when one of her estranged childhood friends commits suicide and another compels her to attend the funeral, guilt draws her right back into the tumultuous world she escaped from a decade ago. Her plan—to hightail it out of town the minute the last rose hits Danny’s coffin—is delayed when her former friends are called together for a reading of Danny’s last words. Their hopes …

Blog Tour ~ Kaela Coble’s Friends and Other Liars: Book Review, Excerpt, Bio & Interview

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming to my blog Kaela Coble, as I participate in the marketing blog tour for her debut novel Friends and Other Liars, branded rather appropriately as a novel “exploring the secrets among friends… and other liars“. As usual, I’ll be bringing you my book review, but also a book excerpt, and a short bio and interview with the author. The title was rather kindly made available to me by the publishers, Sourcebooks Landmark. This review is also being published to NetGalley, GoodReads, LinkedIn, and my social media accounts. About the novel Friends and Other Liars: Sometimes the secrets we keep are more dangerous than the ones we reveal… When Ruby St. James returns to her hometown of Chatwick, Vermont, it’s under the worst circumstances. It’s been ten years since she’s been home, and she tells herself the solitary life she’s built in New York City suits her just fine—at least well enough to avoid slicing open the scars left by her first love, Murphy, or her bipolar, recovering alcoholic mother. …

And so it is…

  And so it is that I’m going live again. My writer has just ticked the little circle thing on the reading settings, and hey, presto! here I am for all to see. In the time that I was away — well, not away away, really, I’ve been here all the time it’s just that I was under wraps — my writer eventually gave me a most comprehensive makeover: I’ve got a new theme, new menus, new widgets (a-hem, there’s one widget malfunctioning and still a few that are missing, but the cats say the writer is only human and time is definitely money), a new a review policy, a Rules of Hauissh (whatever one of those is), a new bio page… and a tagline! I’ve got a new tagline!!! Yiiipee! Without one, I must confess that I felt like I was going to the races without a hat! Or to a ball without crystal slippers! Or… well, let’s not get too carried away, you surely get my drift. The writer says that it’s a …

hello again! we’re back.

Hello, and welcome to Nina’s scribbles, my brand new, erm… brand newly refurbished blog home. It’s got new clothes, a new hairdo… everything. It was a complete, very thorough makeover. How do you think it’s looking? It’s still very much work-in-progress, of course, as no doubt you, my patient reader, have already been able to establish. Some of the bones and braces of the thing are still missing, though in the process of being forged. But please don’t despair: it’ll soon be whole and navigable — or as nearly as possible. And over time, too, all those posts that it used to house will be returned here, with feature images tailored to fit. In the meantime, my infamous TBR (to-be-read) pile is slowly progressing towards a deeply satisfying, though immeasurably smaller, HBR (as in, has been read) pile, which might be my second favourite state for books, at least as far as this blog is concerned (the top being, of course, HBRR, i.e., has been read and reviewed). However, and as far as the aforementioned reviews go, there …