All posts tagged: book

camp’s over…

  Phew, have I been busy this month! I mean, it’s not as if I did not expect to be busy this April, even a bit, erm, well, somewhat busier than usual. After all, I did register for #CampNaNoWriMo and set myself a target of 25,000 of the frequently elusive little buggers we trade in. I thought it would be a perfectly attainable goal while still attending to all my other usual daily grind, and still keep up with reading and reviewing — and, most important of all, sleeping. In my bid to came to my decision more or less scientifically, I had looked at last November, earnestly, quizzically: it’s true that I had very little sleep, and that did next to nothing else, but I had managed to come up with over the required 50,000 words… So, can you follow my reasoning? Halve the goal, and the time you save will allow you to do half  of the everything-else you would otherwise neglect… plus sleep, and if you sleep then work will be, will come easier, be it with words …

book review: The Good Liar ~ by Catherine McKenzie, 5* review plus bonus author article

Hello everyone! Another day, another week, and, while we’re all waiting for winter to retreat and spring finally to hit us with its waves of pleasantness, here I am again with a brand new review, this time of Catherine McKenzie’s latest book, The Good Liar, which is being marketed as a GoodReads “Hottest Thriller of 2018” selection for fans of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies (Booklist), and one you’re likely to devour in one sitting (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Before I start, however, I have a couple of things I have to confess. Truth is, I had never read anything by Catherine McKenzie before. Unforgivable omission, I know. And I only became fully aware of her new book as something other than a vaguely potential read when I was contacted about my missing review by lovely Denelle Catlett, PR Manager for Lake Union Publishing. Then I remembered where I’d seen the book, and why I had requested it in the first place. It was definitely something I had very much wanted to read, for a host of reasons I …

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 …

Book Review: Serenity Engulfed by Craig A. Hart

So. Yesterday was launch day for Craig A. Hart’s new Shelby Alexander thriller, Serenity Engulfed, which we marked with a lengthy feature post including one fab interview with this author. Today, I’m starting a cycle of reviews of Craig’s two thrillers series, The Shelby Alexander Thrillers Series, and the SpyCo Series — with a review of his latest book. Here it is.   Edition details: File Size: 2680 KB Print Length: 190 pages Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1986153517 Publisher: Northern Lake Publishing (April 3, 2018) Publication Date: April 3, 2018 Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC Language: English ASIN: B07B4Y76HC the synopsis: When Shelby’s daughter, Leslie, fails to show up at his cabin for her long-planned visit to northern Michigan, he’s concerned, but makes excuses. When her car is found abandoned by the side of a tree-lined highway, he fears the worst. When her cellphone appears on his front porch, he knows something terrible has happened and that he is to blame. Enlisting the help of the new county sheriff, Shelby launches a search for Leslie, all the while dealing with a prostitute in fear for her …

Interviewing the Author Craig A. Hart on the launch day of his new title, Serenity Engulfed

    It is with immense pleasure that I bring to you today my next feature post on another indie author, whose work I have been closely following for a while now — in fact, since he published his first Shelby Alexander thriller series book, back in 2016. His name is Craig A. Hart, and it’s been a thrill for me to witness Craig mature and develop in his career as a writer. There have been 11 novels published in the meantime, between his Alexander and his SpyCo series (the latter which he has been co-writing with Scott J. Varengo since book 2), with another one scheduled to come out in the next couple of months. I asked Craig to supply me with a little bio of his (and maybe a little bit more, just to sate our terrible, cat-like curiosity), and to my dismay he was quite circumspect about himself and his achievements. Not that I don’t understand him perfectly — writing about ourselves is mostly akin to torture… Without much further ado, therefore, here is …

book review: How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton

This title was rather kindly sent to me by the publishers, Transworld / Doubleday (Random House UK), via NetGalley. This review is also being published on NetGalley, GoodReads, LinkedIn, Amazon UK, and my social media accounts. Acceptance of a copy for review is not binding. the synopsis: When Eva and Adam fall into bed one Friday night, tired and happy after drinks with friends, they have their whole lives ahead of them. But their story ends on page twelve. That’s no reason to stop reading though, because How I Lose You is a story told backwards – and it’s all the more warm, tender and moving because we know it is going to be interrupted. It’s a story Eva thought she knew – but as you and she will discover, it’s not just the ending of the story that she got wrong. advance praise: “Intriguing, poignant and totally absorbing. I had no idea where it was going, but found it thoroughly addictive. A masterful exploration of grief, relationships and the secrets that we keep from …

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 …

Review: The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton ~ Katherine Hayton

My copy of this book was kindly sent to me by the author, Katherine Hayton, in return for an honest review. The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton is the second book I read by indie author Katherine Hayton. The first one was Skeletal, which is described as a ‘supernatural thriller’, and relates the story of the murder of a teenage girl who is bullied at school and slowly descends into madness. I think I gave Katherine 3 stars for Skeletal, inasmuch as I’d love to have seen the protagonist’s mental illness differently explored. The title however stayed in my mind, as did Katherine’s name as an author of consistent promise. So much so that, when Katherine asked for readers for her new novel, I did not hesitate. I knew it would be a crime thriller, and I knew Katherine would not disappoint my expectations. And she didn’t. Hayton’s new book, The Three Deaths of Magdalene Lynton, tells exactly the story of its title. There is a teenage girl, Magdalene Lynton, who lives in a religious …