Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Jam Tops the Fonz and the Pursuit of Cool: A Rockin’ Retro Rom Com for the Hair Gel Generation! By Kris Lillyman

Its 1978 and  nerdy teenager Gordy Brewer decides it is time to pack away the toys, stop being a Sci-Fi fan and become cool. Gordy knows this is the only chance he has for cool chic Pippa Wilson to turn her attention away from super cool boyfriend Steve Cool (Yes his real name) and for her to notice him. Gordy uses The Fonz as his mentor to come up with a list of what is needed to be cool.

Daisy Flynn also longs to be in the cool crowd, she has a secret crush on Steve Cool.  When she spends a summer working with Gordy in a record shop she immediately knows she has found a kindered spirit in Gordy, and a shared interest in music. Something magical happens when Gordy and Daisy work together they become cool.  But summers do not last forever and Gordy is still in pursuit of Pippa and chasing his dreams.
Will Gordy be still playing it cool when he releases that the girl of his dreams is not at all what he expects her to be?

This is a book that will take you back to the good old days of 1978 with its constant referrals to all that is nostalgic about this era, which makes this a book if you grew up in the 70’s and 80’s a story that you can easily relate to from the start, adding this with a fantastic, and funny romantic comedy that will have you laughing out loud from beginning to end, this is a not to be missed read.  I will look forward to reading more books by the author Kris Lillyman.

Kris Lillyman is based in Northamptonshire, England and has worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for over twenty-five years. He is married with two grown up children. In addition to adult novels, he also writes and illustrates children’s books.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Mistletoe Mansion by Samantha Tonge

Kimmy Jones dreams of running her own cupcake business, boyfriend Adam thinks she has her head in the clouds, and that she needs to find what he thinks is a normal, sensible nine to five job. With Kimmy still happy to chase her dream she soon finds herself single and homeless just a couple of weeks before Christmas.

When she sees by chance a housesitting job at Mistletoe Mansion she manages to get herself the job, and finds a temporary solution to her problems. Also she hopes to make use of the house’s superb kitchen facilities to get her baking business going.

She soon is mixing with the elite celebrity neighbours and all is looking well, until haunted happenings start to begin in the house. Using all the paranormal skills Kimmy has learnt from watching Most Haunted, can Kimmy communicate and help not only a ghost move on, but herself too.

Although this book does have a very Christmassy title, you could actually read this book all year round, as the theme of Christmas is only a backdrop to the story. With its crazy cast of characters the story is a nice, easy  and a fun read, packed with humour and hilarious one liners, such as ‘It’s the first and last time anything from Primark touches my sofa’   A wonderful, warm and witty read that I really enjoyed and it entertained me. I look forward to reading more books by the author Samantha Tonge.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Nobody’s Fault by Terri Tyler

When Nick announces he is leaving his family to go and live with another woman, a woman called Adrienne he has only known a week. Nick leaves his wife and teenage daughters unexpectedly having to begin a new life.  For Nick and Adrienne it is love at first sight, they know they are soul mates and that they belong together, forever.  Whatever fate has in store they have no control over their desires or their destiny.

The story is told from most of the characters view points in the book, so you get first-hand knowledge of the effect and impact that the love affair has on the whole family.  What I liked about this book is that not only is it a powerful and dramatic plot with all that is going on with the break- up of a marriage, but the story builds up with twists and turns in the plot to a suspense and spectacular and surprise addition to the storyline that makes this book a remarkable and unpredictable read from beginning to end.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Lucky Girl How I Survived the Sex Industry by Violet Ivy

Violet Ivy is a licensed international sex worker in Australia, and in her book she does not hold back and shares the intimate and personal details of her job. Has you would expect the book is for adults only as it does contain graphic stories of sex and sexual exploits, we learn how Violet made the transformation from her ‘normal’ life into the highs and lows working in the  world of sex and prostitution. 

This is a very interesting and fascinating read. Violet Ivy manages to break down all taboos that people may have about this line of work, and present a truthfully honest account of what it is like to be an international sex worker; the stories are shared with good humour. 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Falling Angels Among us The Complete Series by Linn B Halton

Ceri has a gift, she can see Angels, and they appear to her as apparitions helping Ceri to save people and keep them safe. Ceri also has some psychic ability. Ceri attends a workshop to try and understand and learn about her gift. She works with a medium and develops her gift and learns much more about herself than she ever thought was possible.

Ceri works with Alex, there is a strong attraction between them. Alex is a good support to Ceri. Ceri becomes more confident with her abilities. Ceri and Alex fall deep in love but they soon learn that their love is forbidden and that they must find a way to live apart.

Coming to terms that they cannot be together Ceri and Alex try to live their lives apart. Finding it hard, but trying to accept that this is their destiny. However does fate have other plans for the couple that could change everything forever?

At last all three books in a complete collection. No waiting to find out what happens next; you can now read all of Ceri and Alex’s story in one great read. Linn B. Halton writes a rollercoaster of emotions in all her novels. They are full of romance, drama and just add that touch of a psychic mix to make the characters have extra depth and edge. This is one of those remarkable stories that will leave you thinking, and stay in your thoughts for a while after reading.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Transforming Pandora by Carolyn Mathews

Finding it hard to come to terms with her husband’s sudden death, Pandora visits a spiritual church where she is given a message encouraging her to meditate. Pandora finds that during meditation she can communicate with a wise old spirit, and with spirit awakening in her, she reflects back on her life in the past, to lead her to move forward with her life in the present.

This is just one of those really beautiful, touching and delightful stories, that draws you in from the very beginning and keep you enchanted until the very end. Pandora is a fifty-one year old woman, who is at a crossroad in her life, and she gets guidance from a divine being. However what is wonderful about this book is that the spiritual side is only touched on very briefly, allowing the plot to flow around Pandora’s life, telling a remarkable tale about life and love.