Friday, 30 December 2011

Fire and Ice by Mary O’Sullivan


Fire and Ice is an intriguing and intense story about sixteen year old Jack Cantor. Jack is an extremely bright boy, he is doing really well at school, so much more that he has been moved up above his year group. Jack could be headed for a really bright future. But something is going on with Jack, something is not quite right. Ingrid the housekeeper knows she feels uncomfortable around Jack. She found some horrible literature in Jack’s room, really violent reading material showing cruelty to humans and animals. It would seem that Jack is more interested in death than life.

Jack’s mum Ruth is a busy career woman. Ruth knows that her son Jack is lacking in social skills and is not a good mixer and that he is unwilling to interact. She brushes Jack problems off as shyness and to Jack being too bright and a high achiever. Sometimes thoughts drift into Ruth’s mind that something was not quite right about Jack, but she sends these thoughts far away to the back of her mind. Besides she has other things on her mind when she finds out that her job is relocating to America and her husband Garry is content to stay in Ireland set in his ways running his book shop. Garry knows that Jack’s behaviour has gone beyond a phase and that he was becoming more and more arrogant and aggressive. But he has failed to discuss his fears with his wife Ruth.

Is it too late for them to find out what the problem is with Jack?

Does Jack just want to make a stand for his independence?

Just how far has Jack’s behaviour got out of control?

Fire and Ice is the outstanding brand new novel from Mary O’Sullivan. The reader gets a good insight into a family’s life and the suffering, damage and devastation that can be caused when issues are not addressed or go unnoticed. The storyline is very cleverly played out and keeps the reader engrossed throughout. This book is a lot different from the other Mary O’Sullivan books that I have read and is just as good and well written. I really recommend this book it is a compelling read.

Irish author Mary O’Sullivan is a wife, mother and writer. Mostly she muddles along in a welter of multi-tasking eating chocolate and painting in times of crisis!

For more information on books by Mary O’Sullivan visit their website http://www.maryosullivanauthor.ie/ 

For more details on how to purchase the book, click here http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006O3JBMA

Friday, 23 December 2011

Knowing me Knowing You by Mandy Baggot


Kate Baxter is finding life a struggle both financially and emotionally. Eight months ago her husband Matthew walked out on her and their young toddler daughter Bethan. Not wanting the responsibility of being a husband or a father and cruelly claiming it was not what he ever wanted and that he was pushed into it.

Finding making ends meet hard she has returned to work at a firm of solicitors as a legal executive. When Kate finds she needs a date for a work function. Kate employs the services of a male escort service to accompany her to the work function. The escort turns out to be the handsome and gorgeous ex model Joel Brown.

Finding they have been set up by one of Kate’s work colleagues to enter into a televised competition called Knowing Me Knowing You which is like Mr &Mrs and having no choice but to enter they find themselves somehow through to the next round in the competition.

When Kate finds out that the winning price is 100,000 pounds. Kate knows having that sort of money behind her would be the answers to all her problems. Especially now Matthew is refusing to pay any contribution towards Bethan. Kate sees this has her chance to be financially secure and she will not have to depend on anyone financially anymore.

There is only one problem to Kate’s plan. Can she convince escort Joel to enter the rest of the competition with her when she can not afford to pay his escort fees and she needs to keep most of the prize money for herself?

Knowing me Knowing You is another great love story from Mandy Baggot. You can’t help cheering Kate on from the start of the story wanting and willing her to change the desperate situation she has found herself in. This is a romantic feel good read that’s got an excellent storyline, great humour, and a superb cast of characters. You can count on Mandy Baggot’s books for an entertaining and enjoyable read.

For information about the author visit their website http://mandybaggot.webs.com/ 

 

Friday, 16 December 2011

Haunted Southampton by Penny Legg


Haunted Southampton is the expertly put together collection of real life ghostly tales. They say that Derby is the most haunted place in the UK but after reading this book I think that maybe it could be Southampton with its ghostly sightings and haunted happenings. They include the sighting of a grey lady in the Royal Victoria Park which used to be the site of a former military hospital. The Brushmaker Arms that has got a long history of phenomena and of things going bump in the night and a mysterious person on a railway platform and much, much more. You could not ask for detail any better than what Penny has provided. The people who are sharing their experiences are named and each stories history and past is well researched and photos are provided of the places and there are also some spooky pictures for the reader to observe. There are also some interesting interviews with people who work in the paranormal field including a ghost hunter and Britain’s youngest medium.

This book will appeal to not just the people who live in the Southampton area, but to all who are interested in not only the paranormal but in history too. I have never been to Southampton but now thanks to this book, I now know some interesting places to visit and explore. This is a thoroughly fascinating read. I look forward to reading more of Penny’s work.

For more information about the author click the following link: http://www.pennylegg.com/






Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Increase your Confidence in one day…


And stay confident for the rest of your life!
By Olga Levancuka

If you are looking for help boosting your confidence then this will be a good book for you. A lack of confidence can hold many people back and prevent them from doing and getting what they want out of life. Olga Levancuka runs successful confidence workshops and seminars. She shares her experience in this book.

Although the book is only around fifty pages long it is not just a book you read through from beginning to end.  The book is set out like a work book, there are different exercises for the reader to try out that are simple and easy to understand and are very effective with no long jargon but a nice easy read that under Olga’s guidance will soon have you feeling confident in no time.

For more information about the author, click the following link http://www.2skinny2rich.com/ 

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Strings Attached by Mandy Baggot


George Fraser is a responsible, sensible thirty-four year old woman. She is successfully running her own buffet catering company. Right now she is happy on her own, she is in a good place, and she loves her work, finds cooking fun and adores the people that work for her.

When her company ‘Finger Foods’ is given the job of catering for Rock Star Quinn Blake’s after show party. George knows this will be the most important event that she has ever catered for. She wants to do a good job and be at her best if people like the food she would get more work from people recommending her and recommendations are the best way to bring in new business and George’s company is everything to her.

Things do not go the way George plans when she meets the gorgeous Quinn and he goes to great lengths to get to know her. Quinn is engaged to his record company bosses daughter Taylor Ferraro who is a beautiful actress. Quinn is living the rock star life; he has it all money, a beautiful fiancée, people at his beck and call. He is a star who could have any beautiful glamorous woman he wanted. He could not possibly be attracted to an ordinary jean loving, tom boy of a girl like George could he?

This is an engaging love story from Mandy Baggot that is a lively and witty read. About two unlikely people who are worlds apart been drawn to each other. I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot twist towards the end brings the story to the perfect conclusion. Mandy Baggot has created an impeccable love story.

For information about the author visit their website http://mandybaggot.webs.com/ 

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Reclaiming Ter Chadain by C S Yelle


Protector of Ter Chadain Book One

King Englewood thought that he had killed all the members of the royal family, but three year old twins Logan and Teah were hidden away.

Since the murders King Englewood reads the prophecy every day.

“If the true bloodline does not rule Ter Chadain, the protector should appear and reclaim the throne to the rightful queen.”

When the twins reach sixteen they can activate the magic spell that would make his worse fears a reality.

Logan and Teah will become part of the revolution to reclaim Ter Chadain and have a big part to play in its reunification.

Logan must keep to the path of the greater good and get support from the dukes and duchesses of Ter Chadain. Teah is trained by the Magus an order of sorceresses to enable her to claim the throne.

Can Logan and Teah overcome King Englewood and reclaim Ter Chadain and accept their destiny?

If you are looking for a fantasy book that takes you on an adventure that is action packed and a great story then this is the book for you. The characters go through so much and grow in this story and this is only the first book in the series, so it will be interesting to see how the story and characters develop in the following books especially due to the fact that C S Yelle leaves the reader wondering what will happen next at the end of the book too.

C S Yelle is a native of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA; he received his degree from Mayville State University, where he first fell in love with the world of fantasy. He is the father of four, grandfather of one and enjoys time with his family, friends, the finer points of baseball and golf. C S Yelle currently resides in a Minneapolis suburb with his wife Jennifer and their rat terrier Holly.

For more information about the author, visit their website http://p8.hostingprod.com/@csyelle.com/

 

Friday, 2 December 2011

Haunted Liverpool Volume Seven by Tom Slemen


Haunted Liverpool Volume Seven is a really great collection of Spooky and mysterious true stories told by Tom Slemen. Tom is well known for writing books on supernatural stories in the series Haunted Liverpool. Liverpool born Tom gets his stories from local people sharing their experiences, he then goes on to research the stories himself so that he can verify the facts and document them. This book is not only full of ghostly going ons but also covers the strange, the weird and the unexplained. The stories are told in a interesting way that intrigues the reader. With stories such as Haunted Office Block, which is a really scary story about a haunting that takes place when a woman is left working alone late at night and Notice of Death when a women dreams about accurate newspaper death notices. It is a fascinating read.

If you are interested in the paranormal you will not be able to put this book down. I would really recommend Tom Slemen books. If you are interested in finding out more about Tom Slemen and his work click on the link below for more information.



Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Dahlia’s Bouquet by Tammara Aguado


Daisy and Joseph have settled down, making their home on some land that Joseph won in a bet. They plan to grow a few crops and to raise a family. The future is looking good until one tragic night Daisy’s life changes forever.

Lilly identity is often mistaken. Sometimes the incidents were small sometimes there was a big commotion when people realised that the pale skinned Lilly has a black mother. When the depression hits and Lilly’s mother’s small dress business can’t survive the blow, Lilly and her mother take work amongst the rich doing domestic work.  Lilly’s mother encourages Lilly to leave to use her skin colour to get a decent life. To go to a place were nobody knows her parentage. Doing this she becomes friends with a socialite called Doris who introduces Lilly to Stewart who Lilly falls for and she looks to have her future secure and settled.

Will Lilly be able to keep her true identity hidden and be able to enjoy a privilege life?

Violet is going to visit her granddaughter who is going through a difficult time. She has not seen her sixteen year old granddaughter for ten years. At the reunion Violet reveals to her granddaughter about their families past of tragedy, secrets and bad decisions that had pulled the family apart.

This is the debut novel from Tammara Aguado. It is a really moving, powerful and emotional family saga. I found myself getting really attached to the characters and really caring about what happens to them. I would read more books by Tammara she is a wonderful writer. This is a five star book well worth reading.

For more information about the author, click the following link: http://www.tammaraaguado.com/ 

Hidden Earth


Volume 1
Maycly

By Janet Beasley
Illustrations by Dar Bagby

This is the first volume in a six volume series, of epic fantasy novels.

Iona has been happily married to Cole for the last five years. They live close to Iona’s parents Ann and Leonard. Over the past several months Iona had become the victim to several chronic health issues, so she depended on her husband and parents help. But when Iona’s family mysteriously go missing, Iona is forced to fend for herself. She has not been able to hold a job since the start of her illness and as time goes by she falls on hard times and loses everything. She has reached the end of her stash of emergency money and now she is about to be made homeless.

She had not given up on trying finding out what had happened to her family but she was becoming bitter. She had trusted SUL (Sorcerer of Unequivocal Leadership). SUL is a grand wizard creator of planets Earth and Maycly. Iona no longer trusts or believes in SUL.

When she is about to be evicted from her home a puppy called Wiskee is left on her doorstep. She becomes attached to the dog and keeps him. They are forced to sleep rough until a stranger offers them an apartment that they can stay in.

This is where the story begins to change and develop suddenly we go back to one hundred years ago and we learn all about Maycly. Giving the reader the background to what is Iona’s destiny. There is a fierce battle going on between good and evil.

Iona had longed for adventure but this was not exactly the adventure she had in her mind.

Will Iona discover what happened to her family?

Will she be strong enough to face her destiny?

Good or Evil which will prevail?

This epic book is packed full with action, adventure, twists and turns and recipes!
It is a bumper of a book over three hundred pages long. There is a lot of detail and characters to take in and to help the reader do this there are some beautiful full colour illustrations. This is a brilliant idea because the reader gets to see just what Maycly is like and there so many wonderful characters and creatures, that it would be difficult to keep up with all the information with out the pictures.

I liked the character Iona and I will look forward to reading the other books in this series and seeing how Iona’s character develops. Maycly is a magical book it takes you back to that lovely childhood feeling of when you still believed in the tooth fairy.

For more information about the author click the following link: http://www.jlbcreatives.com/ 

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Holiday Magic – The Gift of Love


A two story emotion – packed Christmas anthology.

By Laurie Ryan and Lavada Dee

This is a delightful book which is perfect for the Christmas holiday season. Holiday Magic – The Gift of Love contains two beautiful told stories about love and romance.

Healing Love by Laurie Ryan

This is the first story in the book.

Nicole Milbourne is on day six of her residency. She wanted to become a doctor because she has an interest in researching oncology. The reason why she selected oncology was due to losing her mother to ovarian cancer when she was just ten years old. Right now she needs to focus on getting through her residency and settling into her research.

Dr Damien Reed was respected by his peers and admired by all the women due to his good looks.  When Nicole makes a rookie mistake diagnosing a patient she expects Damien her boss to take her off the residency but he surprises her when he goes easy on her and she can’t understand why. Nicole is usually very good at the diagnosis part of her job she is doing really well. The part of her job that she finds hard is spending time in one to one conversations with patients. Nicole had a shyness that bordered on painful for years and she knows her people skills are lacking.

When a young woman comes in with similar symptoms to what her mother was diagnosed with cancer Damien tells Nicole that she might find it tough and that she will be put in this situation a lot and that she will have to decide if she can handle it. To which she shows him her determination to go into research and find a cure for this dreadful disease.

Then when Nicole helps diagnose one of Damien’s patients they become closer and Nicole finds herself falling for Damien. Something she feels would complicate her life right now.

So what will she do when Damien invites her to spend Christmas with him?

This is a really beautiful, moving and inspiring read by Laurie Ryan. I wish there was more people in the world as dedicated and caring as Nicole Milbourne.

The second story in the book is Priceless Love by Lavada Dee

Taylor Hamilton is from a wealthy family. She appreciated all the advantages she had every material thing that you can imagine. She knows she lives what some might call a dream life, but she was not happy. Her father wants her to marry Frederick. He wants to announce their engagement and to make Frederick a full partner in the firm. In Taylor’s world she has to do what ever her father wanted and he wanted anything that benefited his firm. Taylor had spent her whole life trying to please her father. She does not love Frederick but she likes him and she knows if she marries him it would be good for her fathers firm.

When Taylor travels to help with her friend Caroline’s wedding she meets Caroline’s brother Gabe. Gabe has been a widower for the past three years. He has got a six year old daughter called Mandy. He feels lonely, he has not been out with any other women since his wife died and he feels lonely and misses sharing his life in a relationship. He has been thinking that it is time for him to move on and for him to find someone to have a loving relationship with. When Gabe meets Taylor he can’t take her eyes of her and Taylor is attracted to Gabe too.

Could Gabe ask her to change her life, give up the big city and her family for him?

Will Taylor find happiness for the first time in her life or will she decide to marry her father’s protégé Frederick?

An excellent read all about love, this is a truly wonderful story by Lavada Dee. I really enjoyed this book. It makes a nice change to have two completely different stories in the one book. This book is the perfect feel good read for the festive season.

For more information about Laurie Ryan click the following link http://laurieryanauthor.com/

For more information about Lavada Dee click the following link http://lavadadee.com/


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Build a Man by Talli Roland


Serenity Holland is working at her boyfriend Peter’s cosmetic surgery clinic on reception. It is not a job she is enjoying doing, it was only supposed to be temporary. Serenity had moved from America to London with all the ambition and determination to become a successful journalist and to land a job working in the tabloid world as a reporter. But six months later after trying really hard sending out many resumes and article pitches she is still working at the clinic. She’s got a successful man who cares about her, a great new life in London. Now all she needs is the job of her dreams and everything will be perfect.

While she is working at the clinic she meets Jeremy Ritchie who after a bad experience with love he decides he wants to have cosmetic surgery to make him more attractive to women. Serenity thinks that this would make a really good pitch by writing about Jeremy and the way he his prepared to go to extreme ways to change is appearance to attract women. So she pitches the idea to ruthless editor Leza Larke of The Daily Planet Britain’s biggest tabloid. Leza likes her pitch and wants Serenity to write a column all about Jeremy following his progress for a new health and beauty website. Serenity decides not to tell Jeremy that she is writing about him and to do this undercover, so all real names are changed and she writes the column under another name. If the column gets a lot of hits and she can keep up the pace Leza tells Serenity that they will then consider her for junior position on the staff. Serenity could be on the way to landing her dream job at last.

However when there are complications when Jeremy has the surgery and it goes badly wrong Serenity must choose between following her heart or her dream job.

This is the third and brand new Chick lit novel by Talli Roland. I have read one of her other books Watching Willow Watts which was excellent and this book is just as good. It is a fabulous, fun romantic comedy that’s got really great characters, a great story line and Jaffa cakes! 

Talli Roland has three loves in her life chick lit, coffee and cupcakes. Born and raised in Canada. Talli now lives in London where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and cupcakes) despite training as a journalist Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories complete with happy endings. Her debut novel The Hating Game was an Amazon UK best seller remaining in the top one hundred for over two months.

For more information on books by Talli Roland visit her website http://www.talliroland.com/ 

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith


When Alison suspects that her husband is been unfaithful to her, she hires a private detective agency to follow her husband for the next two weeks. When she has her suspicions confirmed. After destroying her wedding dress with a not so nice to put it polite leaving note to her husband she then goes to work for the very same detective agency that she hired. The all female Fitzgerald Bureau of Investigations in London where she works doing research and is given assignments.

It is important for me to say at this point that this is not a detective genre or a mystery but an originally written literary novel about a memorable heroine coping with the complexities of life. The story is more about the wonderful characters in Alison’s personal life than her work at the detective agency. They include her eccentric best friend Taron who believes her mother is a witch, her boss Mrs Fitzgerald, Jeff her love-struck poetry writing neighbour, a psychic postman and a strange creature called a Shig!

I have never read a book like Alison Wonderland before, the story drifts you along in an almost daydream feeling pace keeping you entertained, intrigued  and a little baffled at times in a good way. The book as got a very odd mix of characters but it works making the book a likable and unique read. It is a quirky story about love and friendship. Written with deadpan humour that makes this book is an amazing read and just like the play on the title I think I may have just stepped through the looking glass and found a brand new genre.

Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright and the recipient of an Arts Council of England Award. In addition to Alison Wonderland she is the author of Being Light, The miracle Inspector and two children’s books. Her plays have been produced to critical acclaim in the United Kingdom. She has travelled all over the world and currently lives in London.

For more information on the author click the link: Helen Smith


Thursday, 17 November 2011

Total Blueprint for World Domination by Jolene Stockman


Total Blueprint for World Domination is a self-help book to inspire you to get the best out of your life. The book is written in a positive jolly, happy way with good humour that gives you tips in a step by step approach on how to turn your dream world into a reality by creating your own blueprint by finding out what makes you tick and why you do what you do. It encourages you to design your perfect world by setting goals and targets about what you want out of life and where you are going and by getting motivated and taking action, reading this book can bring you closer to your dreams by aiming to get what you want out of life. Helping you to face your fears and overcome them. It helps you to get on your own personal journey to find happiness and fulfilment in your life.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought the title really sums up what the book is about, how we each have to find our own place in the world and are indeed in charge of our own destiny. I was able to read the book in one sitting. It is an easy guide book to follow and gives you a chance to stop and reflect and even to take notes and make plans about the steps you wish to take with your life.

So if you want to change your life what are you waiting for? Get yourself a copy of this brilliant book and you will soon be smiling and you could soon be on the way to living your dream life.

For more information about the author, click the following link Jolene Stockman


Where the Rain is Made by Keta Diablo


Ethan Gray works as an assistant curator at the National Museum in Washington DC.  Ethan’s job provides him with the opportunity to see and touch everything he cherished, artefacts of the Cheyenne people.

Much to his supervisors joy Ethan is able to name and identify all the unidentified Native American artefacts in the museum. Ethan tells his supervisor he knows what the artefacts are because he has studied everything Native American and that the origin of his roots is Cheyenne.

The reason why Ethan can recognise and name all the artefacts is because he had used them in battle, ate with them and even played with them in past journeys because Ethan spends his time travelling through time to help his people, he becomes Meko leader of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. Sent back in time by the Sacred Council of Arrows he as always completed his missions successfully but while on his latest mission he kidnaps the beautiful Francesca Duvall and finds himself attracted to her will he win the battle of his heart? 

This is an erotic paranormal novel. A love story full of passion and there are some steamy scenes. Nice to have a story that’s got time travel and romance, together, making this a great story.

Keta Diablo lives on six acres of beautiful woodland. When she isn’t writing, she loves to read, garden and spending time at her local animal shelter trying to wrangle a way to bring them all home.

For more information about the author click the following link Keta Diablo


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Inside Out by Mary O’Sullivan


For the past twenty years Meg Enright has been married to John the couple met when Meg was on a night out with her best friend Lynn Rooney and the three have remained close friends ever since.

John and Meg now have two children who are now almost grown up and fully independent. Meg and Lynn are running a successful business together and John is running a storage company. John lives and breathes for his job, his whole life now revolves around his work and he is spending less and less time with his family.

When Carrie, Meg and John’s daughter seems to be missing while on a trip abroad and Meg becomes concerned about her daughter’s well being, she finds that she does not get the support she needs from John.  Not knowing that John had got his own concerns due to  the fact that the receptionist at the company that John is running Francine Keyes has accused John of sexual harassment and is now blackmailing John for her silence. So Meg turns to her oldest friend Lynn for help. But Lynn’s got things on her mind she has been keeping a secret for almost half her life,  she is in love with a man and living with the pain of knowing that her love will never be returned and must remain a secret.

Can Meg find the strength to cope when the truth begins to unravel without the people she thought she could count on in difficult times?

For those of you that read my blog regularly you will be probably be able to tell by now that I am a big fan of Mary O’Sullivan books. Inside Out is the fifth book I have read by this brilliant author and I can tell you that Mary O’Sullivan books do not disappoint each book is just as good as the last. All Mary’s books are completely different stories about peoples lives. Told by a fantastic storyteller that really makes you feel for the characters that she really brings to life. Each page of her words drawing you into the characters world that you almost feel you can reach out and touch them.

For more information on books by Mary O’Sullivan visit their website http://www.maryosullivanauthor.ie/ 



Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Ebb and Flow by Mary O’Sullivan


Since she had been involved in a car accident a year ago, life had not been the same for Ella Ford. Before the accident Ella had a good life running a successful auctioneering business with her husband Andrew.

Now a year since the accident Ella’s personality has changed. She is still withdrawn and depressed and is haunted by images of Karen Trevor the women who lost her life in the crash with her young son. The inquest had concluded that the accident was not the fault of Ella but she is finding it hard to come to terms with what happened and her husband is losing patience.

When Karen Trevor’s house is put up for sale and Ella is asked to take care of the house sale. She decides that by going to see the house that Karen Trevor lived in this would be her chance to confront her fears so she can start living again, but when villain Jason Laide decides he wants to buy Manor House and is prepared to go to great lengths to get what he wants and when her husband Andrew begins an affair with a supermodel called Maxine. Ella believes that it’s the Manor House that is the cause, affecting her life and the lives of the people closest to her.

Can Ella escape the nightmare her life has become and start living again?

A well written storyline that keeps you intrigued making it a book that you just can’t put down. All the characters are really strong forming a brilliant cast that make this book a five star read. 

For more information on books by Mary O’Sullivan visit their website http://www.maryosullivanauthor.ie/ 


Sunday, 6 November 2011

The Weeping Sands by John Wheatley


This historic novel is set in three different time periods the seventeenth century, nineteenth century and in the present day.

In the seventeenth century the story is set in the time of the civil war Thomas Cheadle takes up duties as Sir Richard Bulkeley’s secretary and agent of the Baron Hill estates. There were hardly any aspects of the estate business with which the capable Thomas could not be trusted. But Thomas Cheadle is in love with another man’s wife and what will become of Thomas when he his put on trial for murder?

In the nineteenth century Emily and her sister Isobel are going to stay at the remote Baron Hill, after Isobel formed an attraction to James Pennington an artist who was employed to paint her portrait. Knowing that due to their different social standing that they could not be together the couple had tried to elope to France but had been caught and stopped. Fearing for Isobel’s health since then it had been decided it in her best interest for her to travel with Emily to Baron Hill in the hope that the tranquillity and beauty of Baron Hill will be a suitable place for convalescence and recuperation for Isobel and for her to be away from the distractions and recent difficulties she as been through.

In the present day thirty-one year old Jenna Shaw who was a popular children’s TV presenter in the 1990’s and now is presenting the BBC’s Country Retreat agrees to take part in the TV programme “What’s my Linage” a reality TV show that traces ancestors of TV stars. This would bring Jenna great exposure on national television. One of the places she visits is an old ruin called Baron Hill what will she uncover?

Reading this novel is like reading three different stories each of which are equally as good. This is a really original way of writing a story. The flow between the different times is written so well that the reader does not become confused and the stories link together beautifully bringing the story to a satisfying conclusion with a few twists thrown in to make this novel a compelling read.

For more information on books by the author, visit their website: http://www.john-wheatley.blogspot.com/


Saturday, 5 November 2011

Food Solutions Eczema by Patsy Westcott


This is a really handy book to have if you suffer or know someone who has got the skin condition eczema.

The book gives really helpful advice on how to manage the symptoms of eczema. Looking at how lifestyle can affect the symptoms. The book covers self-help, orthodox remedies, complementary therapies and nutrition and much more. It gives tips on how to identify foods that inflame the skin. The book also includes sixty recipes for a healthy diet to help boost the immune system.

The book does not provide a cure for eczema because there is no cure this books purpose is to help eczema suffers manage their condition and to help keep their symptoms under control.

This book gives good practical advice. It is written in a nice and easy way no long medical jargon. A really useful book to read and to keep for future reference and for the recipes.


HOW TO DO EVERYTHING AND BE HAPPY by Peter Jones


Have you ever thought that you are not satisfied with the way your life is going? Would you like to do something about your situation and work to become happier?

If you are looking to improve your life and get the best out of it and to make life happier, then this is the book for you.

Peter Jones writes this self-help book in a simple easy to follow step by step guide. It is written with good humour that makes it an enjoyable read and learning progress thanks to the warm and witty words. It has some great visual aids that keep you interested throughout the book. Peter Jones teaches techniques in a practical down to earth way. The methods he uses are really unique and will have you walking down the yellow brick road of happiness in no time.

Learn how to take the control back in your life by turning wishes into goals.

For more information on books by Peter Jones visit their website http://peterjonesauthor.com/


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

All Because Of You by Melissa Hill


Tara Harrington is a life coach whose life is going really well. She has got the great job, the flash car and a nice home that she shares with Glenn. When her younger sister the troublesome Emma becomes pregnant and decides to keep the baby’s father’s identity secret from all. It is a mystery to who the father can be. Then when Emma starts to spend a lot of time with Tara’s best friend Liz’s husband both Tara and Liz become suspicious.

Natalie is a successful PR girl who works in London. Although she has a brilliant career she does not have much luck with her love life and finding the perfect man to settle down with and marry is all she wants to do. So she turns to Tara to life coach her, so she can hopefully have better luck finding and keeping the man of her dreams. However Tara is going to find that she has much more in common with Natalie than she thought.

A really enjoyable chick lit book that is full of twists and turns that add more drama and suspense to the story.


Renovation, Renovation, Renovation by Nell Dixon


Renovation, Renovation, Renovation is a thrilling tale all about Myrtle cottage which is owned by Kate and Steve. Now that their seven year relationship has come to an end they want to do up Myrtle cottage by undertaking much needed renovation work on the property so that they can put the cottage on the market and move on.

Kate never had a good feeling about the cottage. It was Steve who had bid on Myrtle cottage and bought it. She had an uneasy feeling about the place she always thought that the cottage had a strange atmosphere and weird things are happening that she can not explain like a creepy feeling comes over her when she enters certain rooms in the cottage and the temperature drops. She has heard strange noises like footsteps then goes to look and there is nothing there. Is the cottage haunted? Kate begins to think so decides to research the history of the cottage and also calls on the help of a local paranormal investigator to carry out an investigation on the cottage.

Will the paranormal investigation be able to help Kate and Steve to find help with their unfortunate happenings?

A haunting story, about life and death living together in an old run down cottage. Which is well written and the human spirit shines through to create a beautiful story.

For more information on books by Nell Dixon visit their website http://www.nelldixon.com/




Monday, 24 October 2011

Farsighted by Emlyn Chand


Alex Kosmitoras was born blind; he was now almost sixteen years old and has never known any different. He lives in the small town of Grandon with his parents. Alex’s mother runs a florist shop and his father is currently looking for employment. Alex attends the local high school where he feels to be an out cast and he is a loner until he makes friends with new girls Simmi and Shapri.

Shapri’s mother opens a psychic shop next door to Alex mum’s florist shop. When Alex pays a visit to the psychic shop Shapri’s mother  the eccentric Miss Teak tells Alex that he has got psychic abilities and that he should open up to his gift. Alex finds the experience weird and Shapri does not believe in her mother’s gift and claims to hate everything psychic.

Then when Alex starts to have strange visions that Simmi is killed by a mysterious man name Dax, Alex knows he must learn how to control his gift so he can sort out the clues and try to figure out how to protect Simmi before his visions of the future come true.

Is it a coincidence that Simmi, Shapri and Miss Teak have come into Alex life at the same time these strange visions have occurred?

Can he save Simmi from the awful fate that awaits her?

This is one of the best paranormal novels I have ever read. It is a thrilling and enjoyable read from beginning to end. I just could not stop reading. What is different about this book is the clever way the author Emlyn Chand involves the reader more by including at the start of every chapter, Runes and we the reader are invited to try out our own psychic powers by trying to predict what each chapter will hold based on the Runes and the clue provided. With me being the daughter of a medium I had to give it a go. I have to say I was surprised just how much I was able to tune in and it was nice to pause for thought between chapters. I just want to read more and more and really hope to see in the Runes a prediction of more adventures from Alex, Simmi, Shapri and the fabulously named psychic Miss Teak.

Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, when she is not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity.

For more information on books by Emlyn Chand visit their website http://www.emlynchand.com/


Sunday, 23 October 2011

The Love Academy by Belinda Jones


Journalist Kirsty Bailey is sent on an assignment to Venice by her magazine on an undercover mission to “The Love Academy” to find out if “The Love Academy” is all it claims to be a school for singles, teaching lessons on how to find romance and true love or if it is what her editor suspects it to be just another well dressed up escort agency.

Back home Kirsty love life and relationship with her boyfriend Joe is a big disappointment to her due to the lack of romance that Joe brings into her life. Kirsty feels that Joe takes her for granted. Kirsty dreams of more love and romance in their relationship but excepts now that is never to be.

But how will Kirsty feel once she attends “The Love Academy”? When she is surrounded by the love and romance she is craving in her own life. Will she give into the temptation and embrace the romance and send Joe packing when she returns home?

Belinda Jones writes fantastic chick lit that is warm and friendly, keeping the reader entertained along the journey in a fun packed read that sails you away in a gondola of love and romance in the delights of Venice.


The Sex Club by L.J. Sellers


Kera Kollmorgan works at the Planned Parenting Clinic; she is a trained nurse who is working as a health care worker giving confidential advice to women about contraception and sexual health issues. Some of her clients are young teenage girls. Abortions are carried out at the clinic and this has led to protesters standing regularly outside the building. So security is a top priority at the clinic.

However one quiet Tuesday morning a pipe bomb explodes in the clinic. Causing damage and badly injuring one person. Nothing like this as happened before in the peaceful town of Eugene, Oregon. Detective Wade Jackson has been a police officer for half his life and has the most experienced detective he is put in charge of the investigation to find the person responsible for planting the bomb.

Who would do such a horrible thing and what were they thinking?


Then when a young teenage girl who attended the clinic and was one of Kera’s clients, is found dead in a dumpster not long after sending Kera an unfinished email. Kera discovers that the girl Jessie Davenport belongs to a group called Teen Talk a group of Christian teenagers that meet up for a Bible study group. Kera discovers that the teenagers may have been using their free time to do something far more exciting than Bible study. Have they been rebelling against the strict religious upbringing their parents have forced on them and what lengths are they prepared to go to keep their club secret?

Another brilliant crime mystery story by L.J. Sellers packed with suspense and the unexpected.  A really well thought out storyline with a strong cast of characters that make this a not to be missed read.

For more information on books by L.J. Sellers visit their website http://ljsellers.com/


Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris.


When Harper Connolly is struck on the head by lightning, she discovers that she has the ability to find dead people. This becomes her job she gets paid to help people find the bodies of the missing.

Harper is an honest, decent and loyal person and she has to face the fact that most people do not believe in what she does and think that she is taking advantage of the bereaved.

Harper travels with her stepbrother to the Ozarks, to find a local missing teenager who is believed to be dead. They are made to feel unwelcome by most of the locals. Her stepbrother Tolliver ends up unfairly arrested and thrown in jail for no good reason and Harpers own life is put under threat.

Who would go to such lengths to want Harper and Tolliver out of the way to stop the truth from being revealed?

This is a great paranormal mystery. It only touches lightly on the paranormal so is not a scary or creepy story. The books main focus is on the main character Harper Connolly who comes across as a person who has come to terms with her unique ability, but has to deal with people who doubt it. It’s an interesting and original storyline that comes to a satisfying conclusion.


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?

8,000 Misguided Miles Around Britain in a Vauxhall Astra by Ben Hatch.


This is the true story of Ben Hatch and his wife Dinah and their two children Phoebe aged four and Charlie aged 9 months. It is a challenge to take two children under five out for the day, let alone taking them on the usual two weeks family holiday. Imagine that holiday is going to last for five months, which is exactly what Ben and Dinah did with their two small children, when they were approached to write a guide book about family travel around Britain. So they packed up their car with a carefully planned itinerary and everything except the kitchen sink, oh and their coats too!  

In this book we share their journey and experiences as they go from place to place visiting four to five different attractions in a day and sleeping in a different hotel every night, hoping that they will be child friendly. They visit some interesting places on their travels, from searching for Wallace and Gromit at the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre, to the circus at Blackpool Tower and much, much more. This is not the actual guidebook this is more their own personal account of what happened when they hit the open road.

I have not stopped smiling since I read this book. It is written with really great humour and is laugh out loud funny at times in parts and deeply moving in others. We share the highs and the lows of travelling with two small children.
This book has got personality and charisma that make it a fantastic read.

Ben Hatch lives in Hove, East Sussex. His first comic novel The Lawnmower Celebrity was one of Radio 4’s books of the year in 2000. His second, The International Gooseberry was published in 2001 and described as ‘hysterical and surprisingly sad’ by the Daily Express. Ben was on the long-list of Granta’s 2003 list of the most promising twenty young authors in the UK. With his wife Dinah he has also written three guidebooks – Frommer’s: Scotland with your family, Frommer’s: England with your family and Frommer’s: Britain for free.

ARE WE THERE YET? Is published by Summersdale and is available through internet book sellers (Amazon: http://goo.gl/uzqYw) and all good book shops (or direct from Summersdale)

For more information on books by Ben Hatch visit this website: http://goo.gl/X0qC1