My Review The Rebels of Cordovia Author Linda Weaver Clarke.

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My Review The Rebels of Cordovia

Author Linda Weaver Clarke.

Wow The Rebels of Cordovia is a very gripping, suspenseful and romantic period romance… I loved this book and couldn’t put it down for long until I’d read the end. Robin is a strong and brave woman fighting for the rights of the people around her after the king had taken their rights and treated them horribly…

The story itself follows Robin and her rebels group as they fight the good fight, taking money from the taxman and helping the people around them to be able to live. While they try and work out if they should go it alone and battle the king when the time comes or join forces with the Freemen  group, led by Daniel who wants to recruit them so they can fight together to bring an end to the depression fallen over their land. Will Robin’s Rebels join force? Will they bring about a better life for those around them and go up against the king? Read this book to find out.

I loved Daniel and Robin’s connection throughout the book, they are both well-rounded strong characters  that are great to follow thought-out the story. I think Linda did a great job in creating a strong female lead and some of the scene were really emotional, it reminded the reader exactly why Robin had to keep going with the hopes she’d succeed.

I also loved the end… After finishing this book I wanted to read it all over again. If you love book where good try and win over bad. Strong women who are not scared to stand up for what is right.. And a lot of heart running thought  the character in this story. Then, you’ll love this book. I would highly recommend it.

Amazon link The Rebels Of Cordovia (The Rebel Series Book 1)

My Review Of War Of The Heart Author Jenna Victoria

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My Review of War Of The Heart

 Author Jenna Victoria

War Of The Heart is a real touching story about Louise Martin as she travel to discover the truth of what happened in her family long before she was born and plans to set right the wrong that her father claimed on his death-bed never happen. I loved this book and found it really hard to stop reading once I’d started. Time rushes by when you’re stuck reading a fantastic story.

The story itself sees Louise Martin  and George Walker who owns a bed and breakfast that Louise finds herself staying at. Travel through the magic of  Christmas back to  London, December 1940 where they have a limited time to discover the truth and mend the bridge between their families.. Will they get to the bottom of what really happened and maybe find something more along the way? You’ll have to read this book to find out.

I found that Louise was one of my favourite characters because she’d put her life on hold to take care of her father even though a part of her dream of adventure and finding a life of her own. She was a very likeable, one that was easy to relate to in some ways through out her journey.

Jenna Victoria does a fantastic job of painting a picture in the reader’s mind of what it was like in London 1940 in wartime and the emotion that time period invokes inside Louise and George. I will be looking out for more books by this author in the future.  

This story is heart-warming and full of hope and a bit of festive magic with the guidance of gods strength along the way. I would recommend War of The Heart to anyone who loves a story with character to root for and some travel back in time to set right the mystery between two families. You’ll love this story.

Link to War Of The Heart

Holly’s Summer…

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Holly’s Summer…

I’m Holly, the house cat and sometimes helps my human with her blogging. Well tonight I’ve been chasing a new toy one that jingles as it rolls across the floor. I’ve been playing the long game, waiting for the ball to move then I’ll pounce and capture it in my paws.

However, as fun as my new ball sound it’s been very hot here, and therefor I’ve stayed right near the buzzing breeze maker. Smokey tells me he’s heard our human call it a ‘fan; and I’ve listened to my human’s rhythmic tap, tap, tapping on her laptop. And the soothing squeaking of her reading the latest book she’s come across. It’s been a hot summer. If you’re a fur ball like me be sure to drink from your magical never-ending water bowls, even request an ice-cube or two if you just wanna be super cool. And sleep in the shade or on humans phone and kindle all cool places to catnap.

Smokey has been his normal hyper self and been causing mayhem for our human. Only the other day he took over her kindle and called one of her close humans on Skype. He’s such an attention seeker for his age of 8 boy fur balls never  grow up do they?chair 123

In other news, I was shocked when I wandered into my humans room and heard grumble, Grrr, I thought she’d adopted us a gremlin or something. I looked and there it was moving around making noise. I wasn’t sure if I liked this, but I crept closer putting one paw on its soft black body. then ran away. And when I returned it was still there, but much quieter. Then my human placed me on  top of it. The Horror  and it moved. But after a few words with it…. I found out it’s our new study/ massage seat. I soon mastered it and got comfortable. I just might turn him into my cat-napping chair.

Smokey and I have also been catching up with our purrfect fur ball friend over the summer, happy hearing about all their adventures. If any fur ball would like to share some of their summer adventures comment in the comment place. Love to hear all about it.

Well now it’s almost midnight here, best post this and replace human laptop before she returns.

Have a purrfect summer all furry friends..

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My Review Of Tails Of A Country Garden Author Phil Janes

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Tails Of A Country Garden

Author Phil Janes

Tails Of A Country Garden I came across this book the other day and being a cat lover thought this book might be right up my alley to read over the weekend. It didn’t disappoint I was gripped by following Fleet, Strongclaw  and  friends as they commanded their human servants and explored their outside land. I loved how Phil really take his  reader in the mind-set of cats and other more wildly animals throughout the story…

The story itself  follows Fleet as he grows  from an in-house kitten to a free roaming cat as he’s released into his garden to explore his and  Strongclaw’s land. He meets many animals and new smells as he ventures further and further away from home. His head full of knowledge that his other cats from home had fed him of their adventures… However, one day fleet goes too far feeling the roar of noise and the thudding of fear as he becomes lost and alone. Will he make it home safe and sound? Read this book to find out…   

I loved Strongclaw in this book he reminded me of one of those cats who is  a bit grumpy and wants  all the land and food to himself..

This book is  really well written and a rather lovely story about cats and their thoughts and adventures. I would recommend this book if you love cats and want to go on an adventure with three very different and special cats as they feel their way around their land.

If you’d like to give this book a try it’s on Amazon..

Link:Tails of a Country Garden

 

 

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Today I’m excited to be interviewing Anne Allen about her novel Echoes of Time

Iphoto for emailToday I’m excited to be interviewing Anne Allen about her novel Echoes of Time

 Welcome Anne please tell us a little about yourself and your novel.

I’m a late-comer to writing, having only started in my, ahem, middle years, (assuming everyone will live to 100 from now on, yes?). I often had the ‘itch’ to write but was focused on my career as a psychotherapist and bringing up three children on my own. Then, some years ago I was a reluctant entrant (pushed by my mother!) into a writing competition run by Prima magazine. They wanted a True- Life story and I won the first prize of £500 ☺ Deciding that writing wasn’t such a bad idea, I then wrote my first novel, Dangerous Waters, a romantic mystery, published in 2012. Now retired as a therapist, I devote more time to writing, and have now written five books in The Guernsey Novels series.

‘Echoes of Time’ is a story set in dual time, something I haven’t done before, but thoroughly enjoyed writing. The focus is on two women; Olive, a young woman during the German Occupation of Guernsey; and Natalie who in the present time buys what was Olive’s old farm. Olive made a bad decision when she married Bill Falla, a coarse and violent man, as she found to her cost. Then a German officer comes into her life and…well, you’ll have to read the book!

Natalie has returned to Guernsey to escape an abusive ex-boyfriend and buys a beautiful cottage built on the site of Olive’s farm. She’s seeking peace and quiet after leaving a high-powered job in London, but the cottage is far from peaceful. Disembodied voices, moving objects and disturbing visions bring her to the brink. And then there’s her neighbour, Stuart, Olive’s grandson. Something else she hadn’t bargained for…

What inspired you to create your novel?

All my books have made reference to the Occupation, it having a long-lasting effect on Guernsey and the islanders. I lived there for many years and one of my sons still lives on the island and I came to know the island psyche well. With ‘Echoes of Time’ I wanted to write a more in-depth account of what happened during the war and tie it in to the present day. I was particularly inspired by Barbara Erskine’s book, ‘The Darkest Hour’, set partly in WWII and partly in the present. Thank you, Barbara!

What is your writing routine?

I write mainly from late-morning onwards, but it’s not a fixed routine. If the Muse decides to take a holiday then. As my own boss, sometimes it’s difficult to motivate myself, but if the writing flows then I’ll carry on until early evening.

What surprised you most while writing your novel?

How much I enjoyed writing about the historical part of the book. I felt really ‘there’ while writing those chapters.

Did you have to do a lot of research while writing your novel?

Yes, far more than for the others. I read several books written about the Occupation, quoting loads of facts and figures, and a couple of diaries kept by local women. Fascinating stuff! Also, I had to research the ghostly element to the story, which proved equally interesting.

Did you have a favourite place you like to write, while you were creating your novel?Echoes of Time 3D Cover

I tend to type straight to the computer, which ties me to my study. I’ve never been able to write absolutely anywhere like some writers. But I’ll jot down outlines of chapters, characters etc out in the garden or while travelling.

Describe what your Muse looks like to you in three words.

Mocking, smiling, playful.

What part of writing your novel did you most enjoy?

The chapters set around Olive’s story. She had such varied experiences and endured so much hardship during the Occupation, as did all the islanders.

Are you a planner or discovery writer?

A planner for the most part, but sometimes the Muse takes me by surprise and I end up leaving my planned path. It pays not to be too rigid, I’ve found.

Who are your favourite Authors?

Barbara Erskine, Erica James, Robert Goddard, CJ Sansom, Linda Gillard and several others. I love finding new authors!

What was the best advice you’ve ever had while writing your novels?

Keep going!

What projects are you working on next?

Not wanting to waste the extensive research I’ve done for ‘Echoes of Time’, I felt the need to write another book set partly in the Occupation. Called ‘The Betrayal’ it will be the story of a painting by Renoir, stolen from a Jew living in Guernsey who is betrayed to the Germans by a supposed friend. The modern part of the story deals with the fatal repercussions of the betrayal and theft. And there’s a love story too!

Do you have any advice for fellow writers who maybe undertaking creating their first novel at this very moment?

Write what you enjoy and don’t try to write what you think others might want to read. Write from the heart and it will flow better. And if you’re writing about real places, it pays to have some first-hand knowledge to create a true sense of place.

Thank you Anne for taking time to do this blog interview, It has been great to hear about  your novel. I wish you all the success with your novel and any other writing projects you may undertake in the future.

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The first 3 titles of Anne Allen’s books  are 99p/99c each between 12th and 19th August. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anne-Allen/e/B007R2XGJG/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Links:

Website :http:www.anneallen.co.uk

Amazon Author Page:  ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Link to Amazon for Echoes of Time: Echoes of Time (The Guernsey Novels Book 5)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anne-Allen-Author-176883759173475/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/AnneAllen21

My Review of To The Moon And Back…

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To The Moon And Back  PATRICIA ASEDEGBEGA NIETO 

Wow!!! To The Moon And Back is one emotional and gripping read, with relatable character’s who take you on a very personal and emotional journey that will leave your heart pounding, emotions running high and praying for things to work out for Anne and her life…

The story itself… Follows Anne as she collapses outside and is helped Adrian who see her bleeding and insists she goes to his hospital. He does tests on her and makes a heartbreaking discovery  that would change her life in ways she could never could have for-seen as she sit to write a letter to the man she loved to tell him all…. Will she survive her diagnosis  or will her fight be in vain for a life she longs for? Read this heart-warming  emotional and gripping book….

I thought Patricia did a great job a portraying how getting the worst kinda news and knowing that you don’t have the money yet to even begin to fight it…. I could feel Anne’s fear that her life could be over, that her marriage too. And there isn’t a thing she can do about it…. Even with time ticking away… I think a lot of the things mentions in this book is very real thought process that some women go through what Anne did.

I thought the ending was very surprising and left a few question in the  air  for another book with a lot of the interesting characters throughout.

If you like reading books with an emotional message and a journey of Anne as she faces some of the more emotional and hard times in her life. As well as follows lots of quirky and interesting characters along the way this books a must read. I couldn’t put this book down until I had read the end…

To The Moon And Back Is Out Now

Link. To The Moon And Back..

 

 

 

 

Guest post: The Adventures of Shifting Jack….

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The attraction of shape-shifters…

I’ve always been an avid reader of books about science fiction, aliens, shape-shifters and fantasy fiction in general. But I particularly love the idea of shape-shifters. I would love to be able to shape-shift, who wouldn’t, but since I can’t, the next best things for me, is to write about them!

Shape-shifters are loyal, honest, good people, all the characteristics I admire. Physically they are tall, muscular and good-looking, what’s not to like. They also have the advantage of regeneration, they live longer and heal quickly, all qualities which I’m sure appeal to us all.

I started writing about shape-shifters in my first novel, The Essence. It’s based on a planet called Nageena, where the inhabitants can shape-shift into various animals. My ten-year-old son wanted to know what I was writing and when I started to read him a section about the shape-shifters, he was mesmerised, his face lit up and he looked at me in awe that I could come up with something like that. That was when I thought it could be a subject for a children’s book and the idea of Shifting Jack was born.

Shifters can turn into various different animals, birds, bears, wolves, dolphins.  With each new book in the Shifting Jack series I intend to introduce a new type of shifter. I’ve started on the second story now, but I’m not prepared to reveal which one will be in this next book, people will have to buy it to find out!

As my family now live in Cyprus I wanted to base the book here. We are also environmentalists so I hoped to be able to raise awareness of environmental issues. Making children think about these things at an early age can only be a good thing. Hunting is quite big in Cyprus, so it seemed an ideal opportunity to raise it. My husband is quite heavily involved in the protection of birds here, so it seemed appropriate to have Jack shifting into a bird.

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About the book…

Jack has always known that he and his little sister, Lily, are different to other children, but he doesn’t know why – until the family moves to North Cyprus.

Jack thinks he’s going to like it here; school is okay, he makes new friends, and Lily is happy too. Then one afternoon, Jack and Lily are involved in an earthquake and their world is turned upside down. Jack not only finds out his dad isn’t exactly his dad, but that none of his family is exactly human either…

The whole family is thrown into danger, and Jack knows it’s his job to protect Lily, whatever that takes. In pursuit of illegal animal hunters, a strange school teacher, and the truth, Jack does his best – but he is only nine years old, will his best be good enough?

The Adventures of Shifting Jack: A New Home is available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01I5GAMNA