Blog Tour Blitz: A Justifiable Madness by AB Morgan {Guest Post}

Today I have a Guest Post from AB Morgan for the Blog Blitz Tour for the novel A Justifiable Madness hosted by Bloodhound Books.

Guest Post

Writing Style:

 It’s not accurate to say that I write like I speak, because I swear far more in real life than any of the characters in A Justifiable Madness. However, I do believe that my sense of humour and fascination with the way people interact and demonstrate their personal traits does define my writing. ‘Unpretentious’ would probably describe my style. I try to produce a story that is easy to digest and one that readers would be driven to turn each page to find out what happens to all the characters, not just the main players.

As I write I inhabit the characters, I see and hear the story in my mind as a real-life performance, as if it were on screen. My intention is for readers to have the same experience by using dialogue to its best advantage, and I try not to overload with too much added detailed description.

The best advice I’ve been given is to read out loud what I have produced on the page. This is invaluable. I can hear the mistakes. My latest approach to editing involves making a voice recording, so that the story comes alive when I play it back. If it sounds flat then it is flat and needs attention, and the process also helps with those moments when the right words fail to appear, or have arrived in the wrong order.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Path To The Key by April Canavan {Review}

I received this book from Seraph Book Reviews.

​Wow, Wow, Wow. Let me start by saying this is not your average Vampire story. Path To The Key is incredibly unique and full of twists and turns that even seasoned readers will not see coming.

The book sucked me in right from the start. Every single character that was introduced was fascinating and interesting whether it was the main character Sarah or the Villan Alex.

Each character held their own and had great character arcs despite some only been background characters. Each personality fed into the story and plot in such a fitting way.

I loved the mix of supernatural and vampire, the way they blended together in such an unusual fashion which worked so well. I really like how the author describes the way that magic works within a Vampire and doesn’t just expect the reader to guess at possible issues.

While sex does feature in the book its not done in an in-your-face manner and fits perfectly with the story.

I adored the character of Winter, I’d like to think if I was a Witch I would be as powerful as she is and Jack is adorable. The use of having a child as part of the main story in what could be quite a dark book works really well and doesn’t feel forced or out of place.

Sarah was such a unique main character. Faced with making life altering decisions and the reality that she cannot do the one thing which she lives for really shows how people can overcome adversity and become stronger than they initially thought. This definetly isn’t your average weak girl becomes strong style story. It runs much deeper.

The plot was filled with emotion and really led you to care about what was happening to everyone in the book not just the main players.

The writing style flowed beautifully, it was so easy to read and get sucked into. The Imagery used was realistic enough to allow your mind to create scenes and pictures from the writing.  The style of the story could so easily have become confusing but everything was written so well that I never ended up confused by what was going on.

My favourite quote is from a part where Winter is discussing her relationship with Jonathon and she says;

“I chose power over love, and there is nothing worse than that.”

I feel this is relevant even in our non-fiction real life world.

April Canavan has written an amazing book and I would urge everyone to read it.
Massively impressed I eagerly await the follow up. This book has huge potential to be one of the greats that people talk about for generations. It’s definitely a page turner that I couldn’t put down, I throughly enjoyed every moment, even when I almost missed my bus stop because I was so engrossed. If in doubt just know that the main part of the book is set in a magical bookstore…now who wouldn’t love a story like that?

Star Ratings;

Plot 5/5
Character 5/5
Heat 5/5
Writing Style 5/5
Overall Rating 5/5

Thanks for reading. You can also see a copy of this review and others over at Seraph Books

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Deadly Burial by Jon Richter {Review}

Good Evening and welcome to today’s Book Blog Tour for Jon Richter’s Deadly Burial.

Blurb

When DI Chris Sigurdsson is assigned a grisly murder case on remote Salvation Island, he knows that it might be his strangest yet.


A forgotten wrestling star of the 1980s has been poisoned whilst in the ring, and amidst the slippery lies of his dangerous opponents, unravelling the victim’s murky past is almost impossible.


And as a storm threatens to cut Salvation Island off from the mainland, the race is on for Sigurdsson to find the ruthless killer before he strikes again…

Review

Deadly Burial was a very different sort of crime thriller. The storyline regarding the wrestling community was hugely different to anything I have read previously.

I particularly liked the excerpt chapters which came between the main chapters from the dead characters point of view, they made a fantastic contrast to the main chapters from the main character DI Chris Sigurdsson.

What also was refreshing to see what the weakness that came with Sigurdsson in regards to his anxiety. It’s unusual to see but makes him much more relatable.

Overall I thought that this was an interesting book and I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars, definitely worth picking up if this is your genre of interest.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: The Law of Attraction by Rosie Cooper {Review}

Today I have the book The Law of Attraction by Rosie Cooper.

Blurb..

Amanda Bentley has always dreamed of being a barrister…

But as a platinum blonde bombshell from the wrong side of town, with a perfect tan and sleek high heels, she doesn’t exactly look the part – or fit in with the brash public school boys and cold posh girls of Newcastle Crown Court’s robing room. Amanda’s never been one to back down from a challenge, and so when she wins a prestigious pupillage following law school, she’s determined to make the most of her chance – and make all her dreams come true.

Only three things stand in her way: Sid Ryder – the sexy, irresistible barrister who she absolutely cannot, under any circumstances, sleep with. At all. Marty Gregg – her smarmy law school nemesis, who she’s in direct competition with for the top job. And her big, dark secret that could jeopardise everything she’s worked so hard for.

Who said that following the laws of attraction was going to be easy…?

Perfects for fans of Legally Blonde, Lindsey Kelk and Joanna Bolouri

Review

Well where to start?! This book reads a bit like my life. The author is from a town local to me and the story itself is very similar to my life, with the exception of sexy Sid.

Amanda is a great character, she is charismatic, funny and knows what she wants. There is that human element to her with the self doubt most of us experience. I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It had everything you want in a funny romance. Was a perfect read for me as I am just about to embark on my Masters in Law. As a massive fan of Legally Blonde I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves the who inspiration behind the stereotypical ditzy blonde.

Roxie’s storytelling is great and flows really well and her style of writing is extremely relatable.

I would rate this 5 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: The Collective by R.S Williams [Book Review]

Grab your Pirate Hat and your eye patch because today we are going on a Pirate Adventure with The Collective by R.S Williams.

Blurb:

Matilda Gregson never knew a world outside hers existed, that is until Harvey comes along and shows her something beyond her imagination. All that is on Tilly’s mind is finishing her dissertation, getting her degree, and spending time with her friends before the end of the school year.

But everything changes when she meets Jenny, an agent of a secret society, and nothing prepared either of them for the adventure they are about to endure. Under the pressures of surviving, their friendship grows and they find friends in the most unlikely of places, and betrayal just around the corner.

Will they both be able to stop him before he tears Jenny’s society to the ground?

Review:

I was really excited to read this, I love a good fantasy. Within the first few pages I was sucked in. I found Jenny more of a likeable character than Tilly at the beginning. The whole Collective thing definitely had the upper edge however, as the story progressed we started to see a new side to Tilly which was endearing and started a potentially great character arc. 

Without giving much away the villain was played perfectly, I didn’t suspect it either until something he said.

I really liked the concept of the plot, the time-travel, Pirates, Loot! It had everything. I’m intrigued to see where it will go, hopefully there will be a sequel.

I would give this book 4/5 stars, it has everything you need from a good fantasy that gives you a place for your mind to escape.

Thanks for reading. 

Emma-Louise x

Blog Blitz: Elephant and Pinky Moon by Lilac Mills [Guest Post]

Today I have a guest post for you from Lilac Mills as part of the Elephant and Pink Moon Book Blog Blitz.

Blurb

Twenty-eight-year-old Nina lives a quiet, unassuming life, happy (ish) with her job, maybe not quite as happy with her non-existent love-life (but who has everything) and content to trundle along with her nice, predictable daily routine.

That is, until her octogenarian grandmother talks Nina into accompanying her on holiday.

Nina envisages sedate walks along the promenade, afternoon naps by the pool, and bingo in the evening. What she actually gets is too much vodka, adult games of “pin the tail on the donkey” and dancing on a bar whilst flaunting her knickers – and that’s just her gran!

Guest Post

You want me to write a “what”?

You’d think, as an author, your writing commitments would stop at writing the story, wouldn’t you? I certainly did, when I was young and naïve (okay, maybe not that young!). My idea of being an author, before I joined the real world, was that you wrote a novel, sent it off somewhere, someone would jump up and down with glee when they clapped eyes on it, and you’d merrily dance off into the sunset to write the next one, your job done.

Hmmm. That’s not exactly how it works in the publishing industry, as many of you already know, especially my writer friends, who are all too aware of what goes on behind the scenes. Aside from the numerous drafts, the editing, and the proof reading, which all are all part of getting a book published, there are things which an author needs to do which aren’t quite so obvious.

Firstly, there’s the synopsis, which all books should have when they are sent to a publisher/agent for consideration, and let me tell you, they’re tricksy little blighters. My first attempt was nearly as long as the darned novel itself, and cutting my lovingly constructed story down to a couple of dry sides of A4 felt sacrilegious – and not to mention, impossible.

Then let’s don’t forget the introductory letter to said publisher/agent. I had no idea how to sell myself, how to pitch my story to a total stranger, so I Googled some advice. “Tell them what else you’ve written, what awards you’ve won, or any writing accolades”, the advice says. Er…shopping lists, birthday cards, an annoyed email to complain about poor customer service? Somehow, I didn’t think any of those things counted. Under the Cherry Tree was the only thing I’d written. Not much to put on a CV, was it? And as for winning anything, I once won a mountain bike… Accolades? Sorry, no.

Then what about the blurb, eh? Those captivating words on the pack of the novel to entice readers to buy your book? Yeah, that gets written by indie authors themselves – something else I didn’t realise until I decided to self-publish. A few short sentences, with the sole purpose of grabbing a reader’s attention? Hmm. Not as easy as it sounds. Worse than the synopsis, in fact!

But the list doesn’t stop there – emails to reviewers, posts on my website, guest posts on other people’s (like this one!), question and answer sessions, twitter and facebook posts…

For a writer, I can sure run out of things to write about very quickly.

I don’t know about other authors, but I’m not the most gregarious person, and when I research suggestions on what to write about when doing a guest post, my heart sinks. Do readers really want to know about the ins and outs of my rather boring, slightly frantic everyday life?  How do I make myself sound interesting? Is it actually possible? It’s the people in my head who are interesting – after all, they lead much more exciting lives than I do!!

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x


Book Tour: 37 Hours by J.F Kirwan – Review

Blurb

After two long years spent in a secret British prison, Nadia Laksheva is suddenly granted her freedom. Yet there is a dangerous price to pay for her release: she must retrieve the Russian nuclear warhead stolen by her deadliest enemy, a powerful and ruthless terrorist known only as The Client.

But her mysterious nemesis is always one step ahead and the clock is ticking. In 37 hours, the warhead will explode, reducing the city of London to a pile of ash. Only this time, Nadia is prepared to pull the trigger at any cost…

The deadly trail will take her from crowded Moscow to the silent streets of Chernobyl, but will Nadia find what she is looking for before the clock hits zero?
Review

This is the first book I have read by J.F Kirwan. The book previous to this is called 66 Hours  which I havent read and will pick up.

37 Hours was jam packed full of tension, action and interest. The main character Nadia is a kick ass female who has vulnerabilities which make her real. The other characters that feature in the book are equally as intriguing and easy to follow. 

The content of the book can be quite graphic in places so that is something that some may or may not find a problem, I certainly didn’t and found it added to the overall atmosphere of the book.

Overall I enjoyed this and will pick up the first book in the series. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: The Queen of New Beginnings by Therese Loreskar

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Today I have a blog tour for you for the novel The Queen of New Beginnings by Therese Loreskar.

Blurb

Kajsa lives in a large house in Stockholm along with her three children and their dog. Since coming clean about lying on her popular blog she no longer has any work. Not only that but she has kicked her husband out because of his sex addiction.

 While her husband is in rehab trying to fix his little problem, Kajsa’s mother in law is thrown out of her retirement home and comes to live with her daughter in law.

 Then Kajsa receives an unexpected offer to move to a fashionable part of London. But having to look after her mother in law makes life complicated.  

 Can Kajsa rid herself of her baggage and make a fresh start with her children in England?

 This laugh-out-loud comedy looks at the daily struggles we all face with our families and asks if starting again is ever really possible. 

Review

The Queen of New Beginnings is the second book in a series, the first The Queen of Blogging I have not read. I still enjoyed this book and I didn’t really need to read the first but it would have given me much more insight into Kajsa and her situation.

Despite the lack of background the book fills you in on the basics of everything you need to know. I really enjoyed reading about it. It took less than 24 hours to read this as it was such an easy read. You felt sorry for poor Kajsa who doesn’t seem to get a break and ends up forced into situations where she has little to no control. 

Even her happy ending doesn’t particularly go to plan and there are more bumps in the road. There are some funny and sweet moments and I just thought it was a delightfully easy book to read that was well written with interesting characters.

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and I’ll definitely be catching up with the 1st book.

Author Bio

Therese Loreskär started her carrier in 2010 as a Swedish author. She self-published her first novel which was very well received and quickly sold out!

In 2014 she signed up to a publishing house. Her novel called “The Queen of Blogging” was released and the feedback was overwhelming! People referred to the book as a modern “Bridget Jones” and couldn’t get enough of the main character, Kajsa. The next book “The Queen of Blogging 2” was released shortly after to all the reader’s delight.

Therese has since then published 4 bestselling children’s books as well. She often does tours at different schools and talks about her books. The children love her visits and Therese always enjoys talking to her little readers.

“The Queen of Blogging 1 & 2” have also been recorded and launched as audiobooks in addition to paper backs in Sweden. Her biggest dream is to have “The Queen of Blogging series” made into films, and she secretly keeps a list in an old drawer of presumptive actors that would do the characters in her books justice.

Her never-ending energy for writing and entertaining people with her characters is her biggest trait.

Therese lives in the countryside along the west coast of Sweden. She has a rather big and busy household, with (one) husband, two children, one deaf cat, five hamsters and a grandmother.

When she’s not busy making up stories and writing silly things, she enjoys the nature, people, history, redecorating the house without asking anyone for permission, and all other kinds of creativity.

You can purchase the book here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-louise x

Book Tour: Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett

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Today I have a review for the book Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett.

Blurb

A second chance by the sea?
When Kiki Jackson’s marriage falls to pieces, there’s only one place that she knows she can escape to – her sister’s little guesthouse in Butterfly Cove.

But she’s worried that turning up on bride-to-be Mia’s doorstep, especially with her two adorable children in tow, will spoil her sister’s imminent wedding plans!

Luckily, handsome neighbour Aaron Spenser offers to share his new cottage with Kiki until she’s back on her feet. And as the wedding draws closer, Kiki realises that Butterfly Cove may be offering her little family more than just a new home…

Maybe this is where her new life begins…?

An uplifting and heartwarming read, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd

Review

Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove is the 2nd in a series. I have not read the first and it doesn’t effect the story at all. If you want to find out more about Mia and Daniel then I would recommend you do read this one, I will pick it up when I have a spare minute:)

The book opens with Kiki and we get a glimpse into her life with the children and her husband, who as it turns out is a bit of an arse (understatement of the century). As the book continues we get introduced to an array of bright, funny and great characters that completely revolutionalise Kiki’s life. We also see character development with how Kiki responds to situations from the beginning to the end of the book.

The story itself is uplifting and interesting. There are many aspects to keep you wondering what will happen and even though it has the ending you want, it doesn’t particularly reveal itself in how that will happen. I am not usually a big fan of soppy romances but this manages to be enjoyable, light and not too cheesy and predictable.

I would recommed this book for a light summer read for those who need a little love in their lives.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Author Bio

 Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

 

Author Links

Facebook – www.facebook.com/SarahBennettAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Sarahlou_writes

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Bennett/e/B01N6J6ZE1

Buy Links

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wedding-Bells-Butterfly-Cove-Book-ebook/dp/B01MS885PW

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Bells-Butterfly-Cove-Book-ebook/dp/B01MS885PW

Amazon CA   https://www.amazon.ca/Wedding-Bells-Butterfly-Cove-Book-ebook/dp/B01MS885PW

Amazon AU  https://www.amazon.com.au/Wedding-Bells-Butterfly-Cove-Book-ebook/dp/B01MS885PW

Kobo UK  https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/wedding-bells-at-butterfly-cove-butterfly-cove-book-2

Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wedding-bells-at-butterfly-cove-sarah-bennett/1125488370

iBooks https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/wedding-bells-at-butterfly-cove-butterfly-cove-book-2/id1203772409?mt=11

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Book Tour: Transition by Jo Huey [Excerpt]

 

Book Excerpt.pngToday I have an excerpt for you for the book Transition by Jo Huey.

Blurb

An autobiography of Jo’s life from the trauma and unpredictability of living in an alcoholic home, through self-development transformation to the more content, happy and successful business woman she is today.

Jo shares her many insights into alcoholism and the effects on the family. An honest and brutal account of Jo’s experience with her father’s addiction to alcohol, she shares the highs and lows of life with an absent father and busy mother.

After life hit an all-time low in adulthood she decided to turn her life around and start a journey of self-discovery. Jo transformed herself through therapy, self-help books, groups, events and more which she shares in the book.

If you have experienced the challenges of living with someone’s drinking, then you’ll relate to Jo’s experience and feel the connection with her story.

If you are interested in an inspirational and motivational story, then you won’t be disappointed. Within the book, Jo shares several techniques you’ll be able to learn and use in your life if you really want the change you seek.

Jo Huey is an inspirational & motivational speaker, coach and author.

Jo gets up every morning wanting to help those with experiences like hers, those affected by someone’s drinking. She connects the dots to form a new picture using practical tools & techniques with the aim that they would genuinely feel better about themselves and live a calmer and chaos free life.

Excerpt

Living in such an unpredictable environment made it necessary for Daisy and me to be independent and know the practical things, because we ended up having to support Mum every day. My dad was not present in more ways than one. That meant we had to be responsible at an early age and help around the house and do chores.

Mum wasn’t the strongest of characters and struggled to stand up to my dad because he was quite intimidating, I didn’t really understand at the time why she wouldn’t speak up and felt very let down by her. I needed her to protect me and stand up to my dad when I wanted to go to a school event or have friends over, but she didn’t feel comfortable doing it a lot of the time so we ended up missing out on things.

A lot of the time Mum was very busy managing the house, students, working and raising Daisy and I so time was a limited resource to her. I really felt deprived of attention because Dad wasn’t there and Mum was too busy. I understand that she had a lot on her plate but at the time I just wanted her to be available more.

Because of some of the situations that occurred at home I felt that as a parent my mum was the one to fight my corner as it were, unfortunately this wasn’t something she found very easy to do. I’m a strong person and have really struggled to get my head around this. I have a whole lot of expectation and morals about how a parent should behave and treat their children and I guess that is very idealistic and we are all imperfect.

With my feelings of anger, sadness and hurt I punished my mum for most of my life. I think a lot of these emotions were misdirected at her instead of my dad. What I never appreciated until very recently was that she too was a victim. When I realised this, I cried so hard my tummy hurt, I hadn’t cried like that in a long time but I just felt such guilt for being so horrible to her. I will go into more details later in the book as to why I had such strong feelings about my mum.

About The Author

Jo is an inspirational speaker, coach and author. She is also an adult child of an alcoholic and shares her personal story of living with an alcoholic father for 16 years and how that has impacted her adult life.

Jo is brutally honest about her experience, explaining how she coped as a child in an alcoholic home and the self-development journey she took in her twenties to overcome the trauma.

If you’ve experienced the impact of living with a heavy drinker, someone’s addiction or mental health problem you’ll relate to Jo’s story. For those of you that haven’t experienced what an alcoholic home brings it will give you an insight into the damage it causes to the family.

Jo shares her story for two reasons, the first is to connect with those that have been affected so they know they aren’t alone and the second to educate and inform others about this very hidden problem.

Purchase Link: Transition by Jo Huey

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x