Creating bloggable content

Hi There, My name is Steph and this is my first post on WordPress, but not my first blog piece EVER.

I started my first blog a couple of years ago when I was a mum of none and when my world didn’t include early morning routines, school runs or dedicating time to my little rascals. My posts lacked character, they had no flow and I didn’t make a lot of sense at times. I rambled for a lot of the posts that I wrote. I also never did any socialising or engagement with other bloggers so my blog was never read…or if it was then I never knew about it. I managed a few weeks before I switched my mind to my other love, photography (which I speak about in my ABOUT ME section)

10 years later, 2 kids heavier and full of life experience that I wish I hadn’t got, I have decided to give it another go. I have now got two blogs, 1 on Blogger and 1 on here. I wanted to keep both separate.

My Blogger account (https://stephgearycreativejuice.blogspot.co.uk) is more of a personal accounted diary with stories of my lovable tear-aways, my husband and our 11 week old pug, Harry.

Whereas my WordPress Blog will be more for my creative writing content. I will post short stories, poems and reviews of books and films. I know a lot of bloggers aim to gain money from their blogs (not that it wouldn’t be nice) but I do it more so I can get my work out there. I have enjoyed writing for as far back as I remember and I am having such a good time thinking about what content to create next.

I am not saying that I am great at writing short stories or poems for that matter and I am sure some will think that they are a bit rubbish (that is me letting my un-confidence break through a little) but I am going to put my work out there anyways. Any positive critic is very much welcomed, I am learning all the time – whether it is based on my blog or on my writing. 😀

My WordPress Blog is definitely a working progress. I will learn and tweak it as I go.

S x

 

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Book Review: Costa Del Churros by Isabella May #Blogtour @RachelsRandomResources

Blogtour – Wednesday 19th September

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Hi all,

Its been a while I know, but I have been super busy reading a mass of books by some wonderful authors. I will share all of these books with you in due course, but lets start with this charming little number. A big thumbs up must go to the wonderful blog host as always who invited me on this tour. I am so glad that I took her up on it. And also, I must thank Isabella May, the author for bringing this story to life. 

Rachels Random Resources – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/

Isabella May – www.isabellamayauthor.com

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I love a good book cover; and this one had me almost salivating over the churros! And let me tell you, the story itself is just as delightful. But before I tell you more about the story and leave you with my review, lets find out a bit more about the author.


The Author

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Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains.

When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).

She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

www.isabellamayauthor.com

Twitter@IsabellaMayBks
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/
Instagram – @isabella_may_author


About the Book

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The rain in Spain doesn’t mainly fall on the plain…

Brits abroad Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina need more than the sweetness of churros with chocolate dipping sauce to save them from their unsavoury states of affairs.

Cue Carmen Maria Abril de la Fuente Ferrera, the town’s flamboyant flamenco teacher!

But can she really be the answer to their prayers?

One thing’s for sure: the Costa del Sol will never be the same again.

Purchase Link – mybook.to/costadelchurros


My Review

The life of a British Ex-Pat isn’t always rosy and filled with fun, as we find out when we read about the lives of four women living in sunny Spain. The background is beautiful in this story, but all is not well within the lives of Belinda, Laura, Georgina and Julia. I loved how we read from each point of view; how each character was different in personality and lifestyle and how they all came together.

From page one of this book, I was intrigued and eager to see how the story panned out. I loved the fiery-ness of Julia, the ambitiousness of Laura, the un-happily married Belinda and gorgeous Georgina. Each has a past; each had a reason for coming to Spain and each is looking for something more than what they came for. The book touches on some interesting topics and made for a very wonderful read. I loved the interaction between characters; the dialogue was well written and believable, making this a very enjoyable read.

I was more and more gripped with each chapter that I read; I didn’t want to put the book down and read it quickly over a couple of days. Sometimes friendships come from the most unlikely of places; and this book brought four women together who were brilliantly relatable. 

If you have a sunny holiday planned somewhere; add this beauty to your suitcase! You will not be disappointed.


My Conclusion

From the likeable characters to the beautiful setting, this book was enchanting from the start. I stayed up late reading this book as I couldn’t put it down.

Worth a read! Give it a go!

My Rating – 4 out of 5 stars!

If you liked reading my review, why not see what other bloggers in this blogtour are saying!

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Thanks for reading all.

S x

Book Review: Gods Forsaken by David Brevik

Hi All.

Another book review for you; I have been busy this month eh? 🙂 And still much more to come. But for now, let me introduce you to a newbie author. I always love being approached by new authors, people who can create new worlds and new characters. This book was no different. 

I was approached by David Brevik to write a review for his new book, God’s Forsaken. I love a good supernatural, mythological, thriller. Something that will take me to another world and completely enrich my imagination. 

David did very well bringing new characters to life; people who I were believable and enjoyable to read. 

Before I say more about my review, lets see a bit more about the Author.


The Author

From his own words:-

Hello Internet, I’m David E. Brevik, aspiring author.

I have spent most of life traveling around America and seeing new things. I have no hometown, but who needs one when the world is such an incredible place to be in?

I started writing at thirteen and have kept on going ever since. I graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in anthropology. I’m still trying to find a way to use it.

I write two thousand words a day to bring life to new worlds; for me, mythology provides plenty of places to find new ideas.

I hope you enjoy my works!


About the Book

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Michel is the Angel of Death, feared and revered by all. Nobody dares cross his path, until he meets Vipa, a strong-willed huntress who will not take no for an answer.
Forced into a deadly and reckless mission to destroy the forsaken God Tragun, Michel must learn to get along with Vipa and her team: a vampire and a humanoid lizard. With Lady Luck fighting against them, will they accomplish the impossible?

What secrets will they uncover along the way?

UK:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BC71ZQV
US:  https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Forsaken-Guilty-Ones-Book-ebook/dp/B07BC71ZQV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535910770&sr=8-1&keywords=God%27s+Forsaken


My Review

The pace of this story was written quite well, which helped to keep me intrigued from the beginning. I am always a fan of supernatural stories and this book appealed to me a lot. I loved the mix of characters and the interactions. The dialogue was well put together and it helped to build a bigger picture.

The story flowed really well and I enjoyed the drama that unfolded between the ‘unlikely’ team as they battle to take out the Forsaken God, Tragun. I loved the edginess of Michel, he was dark yet dependable. Definately someone I would want on my team! This was a fun read, I enjoyed reading the comical parts as well as the dramatic.

This was a good read from a new author. Give it a go, and leave the boy a review so he can see his work reaching an audience! This book deserves to be read!

Rating – 4 out of 5

 

S x


 

 

Book Review:

Hi All,

Welcome back to my blog!

It isn’t very often that I agree to books that are anything other than make-believe, but I was drawn in when I was invited to review this book Kate Tilton Author Services (www.katetilton.com)

The subject matter was something that interested me from just the summary; I have often struggled to look after my mental wellbeing so I was keen to find some way to improve that aspect of my life. The fact that Mike Veny is recognised within the Healthcare Industry helped convince me that he would know what he was talking about.

So, I am pleased to introduce you to this thought-provoking read.

Transforming Stigma – How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero

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About the Writer

mike veny

https://www.mikeveny.com/

Mike Veny is one of world’s leading mental health speakers and a high-energy corporate drumming event facilitator. He’s the author of the book Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero.

He delivers educational, engaging, and entertaining presentations to meetings and conferences throughout the world.

As a 2017 PM360 ELITE Award Winner, Mike is recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry. He starred in several OC87 Recovery Diaries documentary films, two of which were featured at the 2017 Reel Minds Film series.

Mike is fiercely committed to wellness, suicide prevention, and helping people work together more smoothly. If you are looking for a proven speaker who can address the stigma surrounding mental health and deliver a corporate drumming event, then you have come to the right place.

With 15 years of experience electrifying audiences and making meeting planners look good, his mission is to help people heal emotional pain and discover meaning through simple ideas that empower wellness and healthy relationships.

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39996692-transforming-stigma

Amazonhttp://amzn.to/2py3T28


My Review

Mike Veny is recognised as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry; and after reading through his book then I can see why.

Like many people around the world, I struggle at times with my mental health and I find it difficult to speak to other people about it. There is a stigma around mental health and it is often covered up as people find it uncomfortable to talk about.
Cancer they can understand; AIDS they can understand, but mental health is almost hidden. This book opened up to me in a way that no other did. I found myself reading along with wide eyed wonder; and I asked myself, What superhero would I be?
It was very insightful to read more about Mike Veny and his own battle with his mental health. The flow that this is book is written in makes it such an easy read; I didn’t feel like I was bogged down with too much information; instead I felt like I wasn’t getting enough. It was thought-provoking, enthralling and surprisingly enriching.
I would recommend people giving this book a go! It really is a fantastic read!

S x


 

Book Review: I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford #Blogtour

#Blogtour – Saturday 1st September

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Hi All

Welcome to my latest review!

And let me tell you guys….this one is pretty special!

I was invited to this #blogtour by the wonderful, Rachel (Rachel’s Random Resources) and a big thanks has to go to her and the wonderful author, who created this ‘gem’ of a story, SarahJane Ford (www.sarahjaneford.com)

If I could choose 5 words to describe this book; they would be beautiful, charming, emotional, heart-wrenching and tragic.

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I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster with this story and held on tight as I was thrust from moments of humour to moments of despair. I felt the pain that Alice felt; I shared her feelings of loss as her body started to betray her; and I recognised the love she felt for Alex. 

Before I tell you more, let me introduce you to the wonderful creator!


About the Author

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SarahJane is the debut author of ‘I Give You My Heart’ which is due to be published on September 1st 2018.

SarahJane was born in Scotland but grew up in the Cheshire countryside, which is home to her. After a few years living in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where she went to secondary school, she has now settled back in Cheshire in a quirky flat surrounded by trees, birds and rolling fields.

A marketing professional since finishing her formal education, SarahJane is delighted to be following her writing dream. She still works part-time as a Marketing Manager, whilst furiously penning her second novel.

Harbouring an adventurous spirit, SarahJane loves to travel, be surrounded by the wilderness or be riding Cornish waves.

SarahJane loves to read (ideally by the sea!). She was raised on the greatest love stories, which is where her romantic soul comes from. She is in love with love…Mr Darcy’s brooding looks in Pride and Prejudice; Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s arresting chemistry in Runaway Bride; the intensely emotional Titanic; going weak at the knees for Danny Zuko in Grease; Cecilia Ahern’s heart-breaking P.S. I Love You and Patrick Swayze’s mega moves in Dirty Dancing.

Social Media Links  –  www.facebook.com/sarahjanefordauthor/
Website:   www.sarahjaneford.com 

Giveaway to Win signed hardback of I Give You My Heart with a personalised message (UK Only)
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About the Book

𝗔 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘀. 𝗔 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲-𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲. 𝗔 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁.

Alice Richards looked forward to watching the seeds of love she and her husband planted bloom and grow well into their old age. But her plans for the future shrivel up and die when she learns she has an inoperable brain tumour.

Determined that she won’t die in vain, she decides to become an organ donor. With a few precious months left, Alice begins documenting her fairy-tale romance; from their first meeting to the children they dreamed of having.

She’ll pass on every detail to her heart’s next owner… along with careful instructions to send her husband reminders of her undying love. Before her time runs out, Alice must find the perfect candidate to guide her husband through unimaginable grief and hold the memory of their love in her heart.

I Give You My Heart is an emotional romantic fiction novel with an uplifting message. If you like strong-willed women, undying love stories, and honest portrayals of coping with a terminal illness, then you’ll love SarahJane Ford’s heart-warming epic.

An unmissable love story full of warmth, beauty and with a huge, beating heart. Perfect for fans of Cecilia Ahern’s ‘P.S. I Love You’ and Jojo Moyes’ ‘Me Before You’.

Purchase from Amazon UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Give-You-My-Heart-ebook/dp/B07G3LHX7P/


My Review

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Let me start by saying that I LOVE ALICE! She is gutsy, adorable and honourable. Eventhough she is facing death with her incurable illness, she still looks at helping others and ensuring her partner is okay after her passing. This book was wonderfully written, it was honest and open with a funny energy running through it. Although the story was around about a sensitive subject, the writer had a enchanting way of bringing humour to the pages at the same time.  It wasn’t all doom and gloom; and that is what made it a much easier story to believe. There were some difficult parts to read and I didn’t come away from this without tears! In fact, I had a shed-load towards the end. Sat in my doctors receptions reading the final pages was almost too difficult, but I managed to hide my glistening eyes from the others around me.

SarahJane has done a brilliant job at bringing a story to life; one that had me loving the characters wholeheartedly! I loved the dialogue between the Alice and Ryan! Some of the scenes between them were both hilarious and adorable to see. It is evident that they share a very real friendship and I could relate to how they connected.

I enjoyed reading about the romance between Alex and Alice; it was gushy in parts and had me wanting to roll my eyes, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a fan of a good romantic read. I was heartbroken that they didn’t get a happier ending, but delighted with how this concluded, even if I did have tear stained cheeks at the same time! 😀


Conclusion

If you are looking for a romance with a difference, something that will get you 100% in the gut! Then take this book on! It is beautifully written and very raw at times, but it is an enjoyable read! Just have the tissues ready!

Rating – 4 out 5

If you liked my review and would like to read more about this book, please go check the other bloggers who are included in this blogtour!

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Thanks All

S x

Book Review: #Blogtour – The Bespokist Society Guide to London @rachelsrandomresources

Blogtour – Thursday 9th August

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Hello All

Welcome back to my blog; I love introducing you all to the new books that come my way; whether it be hard hitting drama or a sexy romance. This book that I received thanks to the lovely blog host;

Rachel – (Rachels Random Resources – www.rachelsrandomresources.com)

This tiny gem of a book was funny from the very first page; I admit I was drawn in completely from the start and I really did believe that there was a store dedicated to ‘clothes hangers’. It was funny, witty and very entertaining.

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A little bit about the Author.


The Author

The Bespokist Society Guide to London is a work of fiction written by born and bred Londoner, Jeremy Liebster. Somewhat surprisingly, Jeremy is also a city lawyer – formerly at DLA Piper and now a General Counsel within a large private equity group. Jeremy is utterly obsessed with travel books and although he might poke fun at urban fads, hipster fried chicken is his guilty pleasure. He also has an unusual interest in clothes hangers.


About the Book

“sparse… some glaring omissions” FoodPorn London

“only page 23 is of mild interest” http://www.londonpetlover.com

“Wow!!! A genuinely bespoke city guide!!!” Tommy Sponge, Chairman, The Bespokist Society

You have in your hands one of the most curated city guides ever created. As the first travel book produced by the hugely influential Bespokist Society, this handy guide takes you to a London you’ve never seen: a London of challenging Etruscan restaurants, edgy branding parlours, emoji hotels and hidden Icelandic communities; a London where 8-ply toilet paper is a thing.

On the way, meet an eclectic band of inspiring Londoners – from scriveners to socialites via urban wordsmiths and coffee preachers – and see why London is now the global epicentre of Bespokist consciousness, community and culture.


My Review

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This book is very cute in appearance; perfect for fitting in any handbag. The content is brilliantly inventive; and creates fantastic reading material. I laughed out loud at most of the content in this book; it was witty, intelligent and had me howling in laughter! I was almost disappointed that I couldn’t visit somewhere to solely pamper my bottom!

If you love or loathe London then you still find this book enjoyable. It is entertaining form the very first page and I recommend to anyone who wants a light, funny read.


Conclusion

Give this book a read; it is inventive and full of fun! I whole-heartedly recommend this book! 🙂

Rating – 4 out of 5

Check out the other reviews from some fellow bloggers

 

Thanks All

 

S x

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Book Review: The Second Footman by Jasper Barry #Blogtour #rachelsrandomresources

Blogtour – Tuesday 31st July

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A big hello to all you followers! Thanks for coming aboard this stop of this fantastic blogtour. 

When I opened the ‘jiffy-bag’ to see this book enclosed, my eyes almost popped out of my head!

The vast amount of pages almost had me running for the hills….’how on earth was i going to get through this book in the time that I had between blogtours and reviews that I had scheduled??’

I needn’t have worried though, as two or three chapters in and I was hooked. I love the fact that it is set in 19th century France and enjoyed the rich, deep descriptions which enriched my senses and allowed me to immerse myself completely in the aristocratic world that pours from the pages.

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I loved finding out that this book is the first of a trilogy! I look forward to reading more about Max and Armand de Miremont, who despite the differing worlds they occupy, find themselves drawn to one another.

A big Thank you must go to Rachel’s Random Resources and Jasper Barry who invited me on this tour!

Every bit of me wants to tell you what I truly thought of this book, but first lets see a bit about the talented author who brought these characters to life. 


The Author

Jasper Barry graduated from Cambridge with a degree in English and has worked in
advertising, then in journalism. Jasper lives in London with too many books and three
obstreperous cats.

Social Media Links –

http://jasperbarry.co.uk

https://twitter.com/jasperbarry2?lang=en

https://www.facebook.com/jasper.barry.1


About the Book

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Nineteen year-old Max is the duchesse de Claireville’s second footman, but he does not intend to endure the indignities of service for long. He has a plan-to find an aristocratic patron who will become his unwitting accomplice in an audacious fraud. It is true that in 1880s’ France, despite nearly a century of revolution and social turmoil, the aristocracy is still firmly entrenched in privilege, and the gulf between the salon and the servants’ hall is as wide as ever.

But Max is handsome, quick to learn and confident of his abilities as a seducer of both men and women. Whether ladling soup into noble plates beneath crystal chandeliers, or reading biographies of the great generals in his squalid footman’s dormitory, he is planning his strategy.

He, Max, is the man of the future – ruthless, above morality and sentimental attachments. Yet, when, after a couple of false starts, he at last acquires his patron, he finds himself ambushed by instinctive longings-for friendship, for affection-that threaten his grand plan. ‘Be true to yourself…’ the saying goes. But to which self? And what is ‘truth’?


My Review

This book pulled me in from the very start…from the rich dialogue, interesting characters and fantastic setting, I loved every page that I read. It was deep and beautiful in the way that it was written and I adored the aristocratic feel. Everything about the text was interesting and enthralling. I enjoyed reading about the mysterious Max; delving deeper into his personality as I read further; and I especially love the deep connection he develops with the ‘older’ gentleman, Armand de Miremont.

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The love scenes between these characters were delicately done and came across quite sweet as the two characters tried to keep their feelings for one another under wraps. A romance between two gentleman in this era was not unheard of but was most definitely frowned upon and this book touched on the subject with sensitivity. I felt and believed the connection that they had and enjoyed the deep dialogue that was swapped between them both. 

I don’t want to give too much away about this book, even though I want to. Lets just say that even though on first sight this appears to be a very long book, then I found I wanted more once I turned the last page. The next of these books will definitely be added to my TBR list! I look forward to seeing how these characters progress. 

This was a very beautiful, creative and interesting read. It was heartfelt in its approach and I loved the storyline. I would very much recommend this book.


Conclusion

Put down what you are reading and come and give this one ago! It is a fantastic read and really pulls you deep into the middle of 19th Century France! A Great read!

Rating – 4 out of 5 stars!

Thanks for reading all.

If you would like to see more reviews about this book, please check out the other blogtours below. 

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Thanks

S x


Review: Unshackled by Rachael Stewart #Blogtour

Blogtour – Friday 27th July

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Hi All

A big welcome to my stop on this hot-smoking blogtour.

A big special thanks and mentions must go to the blog host and author who invited me to take part.

Rachels Random Resources – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/

Rachael Stewart – www.rachaelstewartauthor.com

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The cover of this book screams sexiness, which helps to pull the reader in. But delve deeper into this story and you will see that there is a dramatic, must-read story hidden within the debauchery and sex scenes. This story packs a hell of a sexy punch!

Before I tell you more about this book and lead you further into my review, lets get to know the author a bit better…


The Author

Rachael Stewart

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.rachaelstewartauthor.com
Twitter: @rach_b52
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rachaelstewartauthor/


About the Book

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Unshackled is a thrilling ride of sexual awakening, love, money and corruption…
Trying to escape the evil hold of her stepfather, Abigail becomes a player in a wildly debauched world that has her body hitting a plethora of sexual highs, while her heart clings to her new-found love and the desire to be free. But can she break away and keep it all—the money, her freedom and the girl?

Or will she lose everything?

Purchase Links

• Amazon UK amzn.to/2Fh8hZ3
• Amazon US amzn.to/2Fer3Ak
• Barnes & Nobile bit.ly/2KfGLyS
• Kobo bit.ly/2HNnhTT
• Smashwords bit.ly/2r05E91


My Review

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One of the things I loved the most about this book was the believable character interactions. The rich, dramatic dialogue created fantastic reading material. I loved the rugged, hot tension between Abigail and the lady who controls her desires; the one woman who has shown her what true passion can really be like.

There were some difficult scenes to read though and I loved to hate her step-father who created a protagonist in Abigail’s quest to move away from all the pain and humiliation that he fills her life with. And despite how he made me feel, I still felt gripped by the dramatic moments that were instilled on the pages in front of me. 

Yes, this book was Hot!

Yes, this book was steamy!

But it also had an enjoyable, dramatic read that had me turning quickly from page to page!

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Conclusion

This was a very fun, enjoyable read, one that was very steamy and dramatic in equal measures. I would recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of ‘fire’ in the books they read!

Rating – 4 out of 5!

If you liked my review, why not take a look at the other bloggers who have taken part in this blogtour and see what everyone else is saying. 🙂

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Thanks for taking the time to read my review guys!

S x

Review: The Afterlife of Walter Augustus by Hannah M. Lynn #Blogtour

Blogtour – Thursday 19th July

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A big special thankyou must go to the wonderful author, Hannah Lynn who invited me to read her book in exchange of a review. I jumped at the chance to find out more about this book and was so excited to be included on the blogtour for it, because I am psyched to share this amazing find! Every once in a while, I am amazed by a book I read and this is one of those books! 

If you are looking for a seriously beautiful and well written story, then look no further. This book got me 100% in the feels, it was wonderfully imaginative, deeply enchanting and a real page-turner.

I am so looking forward to telling you more about this book, but first, lets hear more about the lady who brought the story to life. 


About the Author

Hannah Lynn was born in 1984 and grew up in the Cotswolds, UK. After graduating from university, she spent ten years as a teacher of physics, first in the UK and then around Asia.

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It was during this time, inspired by the imaginations of the young people she taught, she began writing short stories for children, and later adult fiction.

Her first novel, Amendments, was published in 2015, her latest novel, The Afterlife of Walter Augustus, is out July 2018. Now as a teacher, writer, wife and mother, she is currently living in the Austrian Alps.

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/HMLynnauthor

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/HannahLynnAuthor

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13830772.Hannah_M_Lynn

Books

Amazon.co.uk – Amendments

Amazon.com – Amendments

Amazon.co.uk – The Afterlife of Walter Augustus

Amazon.com – The Afterlife of Walter Augustus


About the Book

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Walter Augustus is dead. His current state of existence has become a monotony of sweet tea and lonely strolls and after decades stuck in the Interim — a posthumous waiting room for those still remembered on Earth — he is ready to move on. Only when he is forgotten by every living person will he be able to pass over and join his family in the next stage of the afterlife. At last the end is tantalizingly close, but bad luck and a few rash decisions may see him trapped in the Interim for all eternity.

Letty Ferguson is not dead. Letty Ferguson is a middle-aged shoe saleswoman who leads a pleasant and wholly unextraordinary life, barring the secret fortune she seems unable to tell her husband about. However, when she takes possession of an unassuming poetry anthology, life takes on a rather more extraordinary dimension.


My Review

Sometimes you read a book that is so beautifully written, so imaginative and enthralling; a book that keeps you mesmerised from the very first page. And ladies and gents! Let me tell you, this book is one of those books!

The story flows brilliantly from the very first page. The subject is imaginative and yet believable. I felt myself drawn to the characters, especially Walter who has spent many years stuck in the interim, a place which resides between Life and Afterlife. I willed this story along and enjoyed the dialogue which helped to create a brilliant feel for each of the characters. I loved Walter, a true gent who finds himself willed into chasing away the one connection he has with his past, the one connection that keeps him tethered to the interim.

I connected well with the characters, some I really liked, some I really didn’t like.

The story was ended beautifully and I felt content once I turned the final page.

I would definitely recommend this book! It is written by a fairly unknown author but it is one of those books that is a real hidden gem when you discover it! 🙂


Conclusion

This book was a magical, beautiful read. I am so glad that I was invited to read it by Hannah. She has created a wonderful story, something that will live on with me for a long time to come.

Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars!

Thanks for reading Guys!

If you want to find out more about this book, check out these other bloggers on the tour.

For the duration of this tour, the book will be on sale for only 99p! So crack out the kindles and give this beauty a go!

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Thanks for reading all

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Review: The Red Hand of Fury by R. N. Morris #Blogtour

#Blogtour – Wednesday 27th June

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Hi All

Welcome to my stop on this fantastic, thrilling blogtour. Many thanks go to the Blog Host, Rachels Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and the author who brought this story to life, R. N. Morris

A big thanks also goes to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of the book for review.

The time period setting in this book teamed with the dramatic, mysterious subject helped to make this an enjoyable and interesting read.

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Before I tell you more about this book, lets see a little bit about the author.


About the Author

R. N. Morris

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R. N. Morris is the author of eight historical crime novels.
His first, A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia.

He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger.

The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin House, The Dark Palace and now The Red Hand of Fury, published on 31 March, 2018.

Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris. He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes.

Social Media Links –

Twitter:@rnmorris

Facebook page for Red Hand of Fury:https://www.facebook.com/The-Red-Hand-of-Fury-217617635460794/

Website:rogernmorris.co.uk


About the Book

The Red Hand of Fury

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London, June 1914. A young man is mauled to death at London Zoo after deliberately climbing into the bear pit. Shortly afterwards, another young man leaps to his death from the notorious Suicide Bridge. Two seemingly unconnected deaths – and yet there are similarities.

Following a third attempted suicide, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn knows he must uncover the link between the three men if he is to discover what caused them to take their own lives. The one tangible piece of evidence is a card found in each of the victims’ possession, depicting a crudely-drawn red hand. What does it signify? To find the answers, Quinn must revisit his own dark past. But can he keep his sanity in the process …?

Purchase Links:

UK amazon (kindle)https://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Hand-Fury-pre-World-historical-ebook/dp/B07CWWQLLR/

US amazon (kindle)https://www.amazon.com/Red-Hand-Fury-pre-World-historical-ebook/dp/B07CWWQLLR/


My Review

If I was to have one complaint about this book, it would be that I hadn’t realised that this was the latest in a series of books including the same character. And although it has been read in the wrong order, I am 100% committed to obtaining the other books so I can read more about this very intriguing detective inspector.

Saying that, this reads very well as a standalone story.

Silas Quinn is a detective inspector based in London 1914 and I knew from the outset that I would enjoy reading about him. Although complicated and damaged, he is still very much fascinating. I felt the pain he experienced as he dove deeper into the case, the writing flowed wonderfully and I believed in Quinn’s character as his presence took shape on the pages in front of me. The almost grotesque way in which mental health was dealt with back in these times was harrowing to read, but it was handled very well.

I also liked the character interaction; particularly liking the dialogue between his colleagues, Macadam and Inchball. If anything, the banter between them helped to create a jovial element at times, which stopped the book from coming across as too sombre.

The style of this book is beautifully crafted; I love the fact that it is based in a past era and that the story has an almost ‘Sherlock Holmes’ feel to it. Although I love all genres, I have to admit that Crime Thrillers are one of my favourites. I love a gritty read, something that can pull me in from the very first page and this book did that. Reading about the gruesome details of the suspicious suicides had me lapping up every word. Although the scenes were difficult to read at times, they were delivered in a way that had me believing every single word. The story flowed quickly and I found myself not wanting to put it down until I had read it thoroughly. It was a very compelling and absorbing read.

Author, Morris has created an exceptionally intelligent, yet damaged character; someone who is also very likeable and believable. The story flowed really well and I lapped up each word as I wanted to know where the story took me. I was not disappointed with the climax of this book at all and I am just holding on to the hope that this is not the last that we will hear from Silas Quinn.


Conclusion

I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a good crime thriller. I have already added the first books in this series into my TBR list – I look forward to seeing more of Silas Quinn’s character.

Rating

4 out of 5 Stars

If you would like to hear more from people who have read this book, see my fellow bloggers who have taken part in this blogtour.

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Thanks for reading my review…

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