Sunday, 28 July 2013

The 1950’s Look - Recreating the Fashions of the Fifties by Mike Brown

This is a fantastic book which covers all aspects of fashion and accessories from the 1950’s. We get to look back to the look of the 1950’s. Topics covered are men, women’s and children’s fashions including clothes, shoes, hats, scarves, gloves, belt, spectacles, jewellery, watches, bags, cases, umbrellas, hairstyles and make-up.

Accompanied by brilliant pictures, photo’s, interesting and fascinating information; my favourite was learning that many men finding out to their cost the slippery properties of the nylon pyjama/sheet combination waking to find themselves on the floor! That made me smile.

There are so amazing advertisements from this period and fashion tips from popular magazines of the time Men Only and Woman’s Weekly.

The book ends with a nice price guide to show a typical price guide, so we can see how much things cost back then.

For someone like myself who was not around in the 1950’s and who is interested in fashion, I found this book a very enjoyable and entertaining read.  I liked how the book also included instructions how to make items and I really liked looking at all the pictures.

Each page in this book is busy, packed with interesting information that helps us create in our minds the look of the 1950’s.

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Monday, 22 July 2013

How Do You Voodoo? by Janice Horton

Nola Nichols is a top model. She had broken free from her humble beginnings in Glasgow and turned her life around and was now a national icon, who models for the top UK designers, make-up manufacturers and prestigious car companies.

Nola’s life is great, until on a flight back to the UK from the Caribbean, she is rude to a fellow woman passenger, angry words are exchanged. Not long after this incident things start to go wrong for Nola, she begins to lose her looks when strange happenings occur.

Could be that the woman on the plane Nola exchange words with as put a Voodoo curse on her?

With less than a week to a big important photo shoot, Nola must act fast to find the woman and have the curse removed. Will she find a lot more than she is looking for?

A superb novella from author Janice Horton an interesting storyline about a character who thinks she as it all but learns there is something missing. I really enjoyed the story and I thought it was really well written and very entertaining too. The book can easily be read in one sitting. This the first book by Janice Horton I have read and I look forward to reading more.

Janice Horton lives in Scotland. She writes fiction with humour and heart with a hint of tartan. Look out for her Amazon Kindle bestselling eBooks ‘Bagpipes & Bulls hot’ and ‘Reaching for the Stars’ as well as her magically romantic novellas ‘How Do You Do Voodoo?’ and Voodoo Wedding.

Janice is a regular blogger and you’ll also find her on Facebook and Twitter. When not writing novels, Janice writes lifestyle articles and has had work published in national and international magazines and regional newspapers. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s ‘Write Here Write Now’ She is a member of the Romantic Novelist Association and also a featured author and editor of Bookshelf Reviews at the innovative magazine style website Loveahappyending Lifestyle.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The Jelly Bean Crisis by Jolene Stockman

Poppy Johnson’s life has all been mapped out for her. As she reaches the end of her school education she is expected to follow her families legacy and study investment banking at Columbia, following in her father’s and his father before him footsteps.

When she wins a school scholarship and it looks like all is falling into place and for her to continue on her set out destiny, Poppy has a crisis, a jelly bean crisis.  Since age ten Poppy always eats her favourite red jelly beans last, working her way through the ones she is not so keen on first, and this has become her theory for the way she deals with decision making in her life.

Much to her parent’s horror, Poppy decides to take some time out. To try out and make her own decision about she wants to do career wise with her life. She is about to step off from her perfect pathway into the unknown. Will she learn there is more to life than she ever expected?

A coming of age and a fight for independence story, that is written in a fun and lively way that is funny in parts. This is a great story and I know when I next eat jelly beans I will not look at them in quite the same way again, but much deeper!

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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Shattered Dreams by Kristen Stone

Shattered dreams, tells the remarkable story of Tony Walker, who was left disabled after a road accident in his teens. The story is told from the present day and also in the past at the time of the accident. So it is like you have two parallel stories running side by side being told, which makes this book really interesting. We learn about Tony’s accident and how he as to adjust to life with the injuries he sustained in the accident back in 1992. Then we read about what is life is like in the present day. It is an emotionally moving story with love and tragedy, so have the tissues on stand-by!

Author Kristen Stone is not afraid to tackle and write about difficult issues in her book. Her books are true to life and this book really is worth the read. It is one of those great books you just cannot predict the outcome and you really do feel for the leading character and want him to have a happy ending. Another great read from Kristen Stone.

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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

DayStalker by Kristen Stone

When a number of bodies show up all with the same distinguished bite marks to the neck, DI Morrison is on the case. It soon becomes clear that this is not the usual serial killer they are dealing with; in fact there is something rather unusual about this case.

All Robert wants to do is feed and there are plenty of victims around for him to give into his craving.  When he meets Mandy her low confidence allows him to manipulate her and to take control over her, because he has big plans for Mandy.

The thing I do like about Kristen Stone books is that she does not seem to stick to one genre; therefore all her books are completely different from one another. I would say this book was an erotic horror story, there are some steamy scenes and it is a very dark book. It would usually be a book I would shy away from due to some of the graphic scenes, but the author writes so brilliantly that you are compelled and gripped to read on and it is a book you could easily read in one sitting. The only thing I did not like about this book was that it does come to an abrupt end, but it certainly got me thinking. This book would only be suitable for adults. All in all it is a good read to get your teeth into!

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