Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland

Willow Watts lives in the small and very quiet village of Belcherton in the UK, having moved back there from living a good happy life in London, where she had graduated from a prestigious flower school in Knightsbridge after doing really well and landing a great job in Liberty’s. She had made the decision to return to Belcherton to be there for her father who since her mothers death seems not to be coping too well and Willow finds out his business is in debt. She is living a quiet life in the village where nothing much happens.

When Simpson Dyer the head and only member of Belcherton’s tourist board is making a film to promote Belcherton and attract more visitors he films Willow dressed up as the icon Marilyn Monroe and he puts the film on You tube with a grey image of the real Marilyn’s face floating in the background. Willow finds herself an instant internet sensation when the post gets thousands of hits and starts trending due to a comment a fan of Marilyn posts claiming it to be the ghost of Marilyn! Thousands of fans follow suite and after the clip is shown in the media fans of Marilyn start descending to the usually quiet Belcherton, even going as far as to setting up a campsite. Even after seeing Willow in the flesh they all go on believing that she is the essence of Marilyn.

Jay Bellamy introducers himself as a hot shot London agent who wants to sign Willow to work and earn good money being Marilyn and Willow sees this as the answer to helping clear her fathers debts.

Betts Johnson is a massive Marilyn fan who is unhappy with her life she flies over to Belcherton from America to come in search of finding her idol.

Will Willow lose her own identity and become Marilyn?

Is Jay all he claims to be?

Will this not only change Willow’s life but the people who are closest to her?

A fantastic funny read that is entertaining from beginning to end. A brilliant storyline.
Watching Willow Watts is one to watch out for!

For more information on books by Talli Roland visit her website

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi

Birdie Kaminsky is a petty thief, she as no family who care about her. When she was a child, her mother used her in her scams to con people. Birdie decided to stand alone from the age of sixteen.

Underneath Birdie has got a good heart and she wants her life to change and to be able to live a good honest life. Tales of a secret treasure that have been handed down through her family going back to the civil war era when one of her relations a plantation owner sets free the slave woman who he loved called Justice Postell and sent her north with the treasure. With this knowledge and a clue left by Justice, she travels to the small town of Liberty, Ohio in search of the treasure.

Hugh Schaeffer is a reporter who arrives in Liberty the same day, looking for a scandal story to report on to save his job at the newspaper he works on. With Liberty been such a small town and having no hotels and with nowhere to stay Birdie and Hugh find themselves thrown together and end up having to share a room. When they get to know one another better Birdie confides in Hugh the real reason why she is in Liberty and then Hugh digs into her past and decides to write and print the story about why Birdie is in the town and all about her past. When Birdie wishes nobody to know she feels betrayed because there is a romantic attraction between the pair.

Add to the story lots of fun and interesting characters in this small town that are all in some way connected and you have a really great story, that is filled with mystery and romance and some humour.

Will Birdie find her treasure? Will it be all that she expected to find? I recommend you read this book and find out! 

For more information on books by Christine Nolfi visit her website

Musings of a medium by Richard Holmes

Richard asks the reader to read this with an open mind and an open heart and he goes on to say you will find that it opens doorways for you. As long as the doorway to your heart is open then you are on the right track.

This is Richards own personal account and views of spiritual insight. This spiritual book contains Richard’s spiritual wisdom and collection of inspiring interpretations and covers topics of reincarnation, personal responsibility, spiritual law and karma. Richard gives advice on how through is own self-discovery he guides us how to make and get the best out of ourselves.

For more information on books by Richard Holmes visit his website


Three Dimensions, Three Voices by Richard Holmes

Richard came up with the idea of a three-way conversation between three beings from three different dimensions.  The conversations are between Richard, his brother who passed away ten years before Richard was born and one of his celestial healing guides Gideon, The book is a record of those conversations.

This is Richard’s unique way of communicating with the angelic realm and asking questions to learn more about the third and forth dimensions. It is written in a simple and easy to understand way and can be read in one sitting. The book is an interesting read for those who have an open mind and those prepared to take a leap of faith.

 For more information on books by Richard Holmes visit his website

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Murder at Blue Falls: The horse found the body by Maggie Bishop

Jemma Chase lives with her parents in their guest ranch in Boone, North Carolina.  When dogs are poisoned in the area, Jemma is interviewed by Detective Tucker when she becomes a suspect. Then, when there is an arson attack and several thefts in the area and Jemma and her horse discover a body when out on a trail ride. Jemma is determined to prove her innocence. She is a fan of the television show CSI so she decides to use her knowledge from watching the show to do some detecting on her own. She knows not to disturb the evidence and she is already a great photographer so she uses these skills to help herself. Can she solve the mystery to the escalating crime? Is it all connected?  Can she change Detective Tucker’s mind about her being a suspect?  Is she getting in too deep and putting herself at risk?

I really enjoyed reading this book even though Jemma is meddling and should be leaving it to the detectives. I wanted her to do well with her amateur sleuthing. A great mystery story by Maggie Bishop with some great characters.

For more information on books by Maggie Bishop visit her website

Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard

Rose Leonard moves to the remote Gaelic speaking island of North Uist, off the west coast of Scotland. She wants to embrace the silence and solitude of the island and be alone, she wants to escape from her past and have a fresh start. Rose is an intelligent and very creative woman. She occupies her time by making textile art from leftover scraps of material. This is what Rose does to relax and she tries to use this to help heal her self from the past. However, her memories and the past she is trying to escape are haunting her.

She meets Calum who lives on the island a published poet and climber who is now working as a teacher. They become friends and there is an attraction between them. They decide to work on a project together. When Rose’s daughter arrives to stay, we learn more about Rose and her past. Calum cares deeply for Rose but he has his own demons to exorcise from the past. Can they put the past behind them and move forward with their lives?

Emotional Geology is a great read; it has two great characters that really pull you into the story. I read the book from cover to cover. What I like about this book is the way that poetry is used throughout the story, this really helps you to get inside Rose’s head and help you to understand how she is feeling and thinking. The characters are interesting and the more the story unfolds the more you learn about their pasts. A really great storyline that is written in a honest and sensitive way that I am sure many readers can relate to the issues that come up in this story. Another great story from Linda Gillard.

Emotional Geology is available to buy now as an e-book.

For more information on books by Linda Gillard visit her website

Sunday, 21 August 2011

House of Silence by Linda Gillard

Gwen is working as a wardrobe assistant filming on set in Sussex when she meets aspiring actor Alfie. They begin a relationship and when Alfie tells Gwen that he is going to visit his family for Christmas, Gwen is more than happy to go with him. Gwen comes from a dysfunctional family who are now all dead, so she sees this as an opportunity to have a normal traditional family Christmas she is really looking forward to meeting Alfie’s family and getting to know them.

As soon as they arrive at Creake Hall a Tudor manor in Norfolk Alfie’s family home and she meets Alfie’s eccentric family of older sisters and his mother Rae who is an established successful children’s author who is reclusive and likes to stay in her room. She notices that Alfie begins to act differently and when she sees an old childhood photograph of Alfie and the boy in the picture is playing cricket with his left hand and she is certain that Alfie is right handed. She then discovers letters that have been sewn into a postage stamp quilt which provide her with more clues that something is not quite right. As she begins not to trust Alfie she finds herself drawn to Marek the family gardener who provides a sympathetic ear and listens to Gwen.

What is going on?  Can Gwen unravel the truth?

A thoroughly, grippingly great mystery story that really makes you curious to what is going on. All though some of the characters are slightly odd you cannot help but like them all. A really enjoyable read.

For more information on books by Linda Gillard visit her website

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Sometimes it Happens by Pauline Barclay

Sometimes it Happens is set on location of the posh and luxurious millionaires resort of Villas Bonitas. The story is about a lovely character called Doreen Wilkinson who after a big lottery win is holidaying on the resort with her daughter Tricia. Doreen is a great character she is not from a privileged background and the win has changed her life. She is from the East end of London and all her dialogue is written out just how she would talk in a cockney type slang which brings her more to life and is quite funny at times.

This is a new start for Doreen, who in the past struggled for money and now she has it by the bucket load.  When she arrives at the Villas, she causes a stir because as some of the other guests might say she is from a different class from the people who would normally stay there. Some of the other guests are Jack and Sheila Hoskins. Sheila is a complete snob, who looks down her nose at Doreen and she could make things unpleasant for her during her stay. Jack her husband is not all that Sheila thinks him to be and is keeping secrets. Simon and his partner Chicky who work as barristers. Add to that the staff who take care of the running of the Villas and you have got a great mix of characters, each with their own secrets. When Pat Greenwood, Doreen’s ex shows up unexpectedly, is he all that he appears to be or is he just after Doreen’s money?

This is a fantastic funny read. The characters really come to life and the interaction they have with each other is well written and done with great humour. When we all go on holiday, you never know what kind of people you are going to meet and this is what the story is about, a group of people who have ended up staying at the same location. What is great about this story is, that it has a moral that no matter how much money people have that they can still be the worst mannered and have no respect for others and that it is important to respect everyone no matter what their background is. It is about the person that you are and how well you respect and treat other people.

Sometimes it Happens put me in the mood for a much needed holiday and when I go I hope I have packed a book that is as good as this one! A great holiday read or it will brighten up a rainy day stuck indoors.

For more information on books by Pauline Barclay visit her website 

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Sonnet of a Housewife and other poems by Vickie Adair

Vickie Adair over the years wrote poems for herself more as a means of therapy than for publication, recently she was persuaded to release them to her publisher. Lucky for us poetry lovers she decided to share them because here we have a nice collection of poetry.  Some of the poems capture raw human feeling and emotion and you can really sense the essence of mood in which is captured beautifully in the poems also when she is tapping into memories of the past when she was writing her poetry.  Some of the poems are really moving and some are funny. It is poetry about living, about been human. Some of the topics she covers are age, death, tragedy and loneliness. There are some wonderful photographs of nature that go along side the poems.

A great little book of poetry even if you are not a great poetry lover there will be a poem in the book, which you can relate to.

Vickie Adair teachers writing and works as a freelance writer. Her first publication was an illustrated children’s book called Once upon a Tooth . . . A Fairy’s Tale.

For more information on books by Vickie Adair visit her website

That Day in September (A personal remembrance of 9/11) by Artie Van Why

We can all remember where we were on the fateful morning of September 11th 2001. Even those of us who were not in New York witnessed the horror of what happened on the television. Artie was present in New York on that morning at work across from the World Trade Centre and he describes in detail what he witnessed, from the moment he hears a loud boom in his office, to the horror he witnesses on the streets outside. Artie tells us what it was like to be in New York City that day and in the weeks and months that followed.

It is hard to believe that we are fast approaching the tenth anniversary of September 11th. Artie’s account is an important part of history. We must not forget what happened and remember all those who lost their lives. This book gives us a greater understanding of what it was like to be there and have to have experienced what was happening. It is such a powerful account that will transport you back to the horrors of that day.  While I was reading this book, I had to keep pausing from reading to reflect, it really moved me, emotionally, because we all deeply care about the loss of lives and what people experienced that day. This book will stay with you a long time after you have read it. It really makes you think about how lives are still, affected by those who were there like Artie on that terrible day.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

The Tapestry of Love by Rosy Thornton

With her divorce now in the past and her two Children Lexie and Tom now grown up Catherine is now free to make a fresh start, so she sells her house in England and moves to a tiny hamlet in the C’evennes Mountains. She plans to set up in business as a seamstress and do something she enjoys.  She slowly makes good friends with her neighbours and meets the mysterious Patrick Castagnol, who we learn lots more about as the story goes on.

Catherine finds that her plans do not go how she expected when she has the French Bureaucracy to contend with about the plans of running her business.  She comes to really love the French Countryside and the people, but what will she do now her dream of running her own business may be over and what about her family that she as left behind in England. Has she made the right decision?

This book really takes you on Catherine’s journey she is a very kind and sensitive character who comes to care deeply for her neighbours.  The story centres on Catherine with the rest of the cast in supporting roles to her. The other characters are interesting and you really feel with this book. It is a deeply written novel that is written at a slow pace but gets you interested and makes you want to take in every word and you really feel like you are there with Catherine and can easily imagine the scenes in the book.

I have not read any of Rosy Thornton’s books but after reading The Tapestry of Love I will be adding more of her books to my collection.

For more information on books by Rosy Thornton visit her website

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Discovery at Rosehill by Kathryn Brown

Imagine moving into a house that is haunted. This is what happens to Medium Camilla Armstrong when she is led to the Rosehill country estate after communicating with her deceased Grandmother. The house is an old Georgian manor that is in need of some care and attention and the life putting back into it.

When Camilla first visits the house, she senses tranquillity and a gentle atmosphere and she feels an aura of warm colours around its walls. For her it is the missing piece of the jigsaw, the piece she has searched for all her life it is her dream come true what she feels she as been looking for so she decides to move in “your world you have to discover” her Grandmother tells her. It is not long after moving in that she experiences some paranormal activity and she tries to contact the spirits. She goes on to discover that the house contains a dark secret that will change her life forever.

It is not long before she meets the local Vicar the Reverend Marcus Calloway and their friendship soon develops into a romantic relationship but can a relationship between a medium and a vicar ever work? Especially after Camilla has more spirit contact and she finds out that Marcus has his own guilty secret.

This is a really well written paranormal romance it is not a scary read, just a really nice gentle and realistic story about the paranormal. I really enjoyed reading this book. I could not wait to see what happened when Camilla moved into the house and communicated with the spirit people. Also to find out the mystery of the house and I was not disappointed. The story keeps you interested so much that you do not want to put the book down. There is some great dialogue too between Camilla and the spirit people not at all cryptic!  If you are into the paranormal, you will like this.

For more information on books by Karthryn Brown visit her website

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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Self’s Blossom by David Russell

This is a romance novel, the main character Selene is different from most of the leading female characters that you find in a romance novel. She is a strong women who knows her own mind, she has lots and lots of self-confidence, knows she is good looking, knows she is beautiful and that she has a good body that she looks after. Selene works as a journalist and she decides to go on holiday alone with a plan to look for a passionate adventure her plan is to go on holiday to meet someone for sex. She has a certain man in mind that she is looking for.

She goes on holiday to a place that she thinks would be a good setting for this to happen, the story is set in hot Central America with its beaches. It is not long before Selene seduces a young man on a beach. She knows this is not quite, what she was looking for so much to the young man’s disappointment she quickly moves on and does not dwell on her mistake and gets back on track with her plan. Then she meets Hudson, is he what she is looking for?

Right from the start of this story we know what Selene wants and as the story progresses we get to know Selene through her memories and that it is down to relationships that have been disappointing in her past that have made her the way she is.

A good read.

For more information on books by David Russell visit his website

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Astral Travelling, The Avatar And Me by Richard Holmes

In 2000, Richard’s life reaches rock bottom so the first part of the book tells Richard’s story of how he with a little spiritual help was able to change is life for the better. He takes us on his own personal journey of self-discovery. He shares with us experiences of astral projection from when he first discovered he could do this to how after gaining more experiences he can now be fully in control when he is having out of body experiences and is now used to it and now finds it enjoyable.

The second part of the book focus on Richard’s visit to Southern India in October 2009 and the spiritual journey he has when he visits Sri Sathya Sai Baba at his ashram in Prasanthi Nilayam (Abode of the highest place). Richard shares his experiences and shows us that he as an openness to learn and understand life and the lessons we learn from life.

I found this book really interesting. It is really well written and you just cannot stop reading it. Richard goes in to great detail when describing what happens to him when he is having an out of body experience.  When he talks about Baba it made me want to learn much more about him because until I had read Richards book I had heard the name before but was unsure who he was and what he did and after reading what Richard wrote about him he sounded so interesting I was googling away once I had finished reading.

Another thought inspiring book from Richard that makes you really want to open up your mind more and learn.

For more information on books by Richard Holmes visit his website 

Monday, 1 August 2011

Touched by the Light by Linn B Halton

This is a psychic romance story. In the story Mya knows she is dead although she cannot believe it she remembers a bright comforting light and she is now in the afterlife, she really wishes that she had read up on the afterlife because she is confused if this is the way it is suppose to be or if she is doing something wrong. She wonders whatever happened to the angels and the clouds, she asks herself wasn’t there someone who was suppose to greet her to show her the ropes?

Mya wants to talk to people and she finds that she can communicate with a girl called Laurel who has the gift of been able to talk to spirits. When Mya sees that Laurel is having problems in her relationship with her boyfriend Dan. Mya starts to think and believe that it is her mission to get Laurel and Dan back together, turning Laurels life upside down. Mya spends her time drifting between Laurel and Dan she is unable to control how and when she appears, and she no longer has any sense of time. When she is not spending time with Laurel she finds herself spending time with Dan, who she cannot talk to but Dan feels her presence, but because they cannot communicate, he does not know whom the presence is and he is already in a fragile state.

Will Mya bring Laurel and Dan back together?

Although this is a psychic romance, you do not have to be interested in the paranormal to read this book because it is not a ghost story, it is more about human emotions and feelings. What is different with this book is that through out the chapters the story is told by all the main characters from their point of view and this is really done well with excellent writing so you do not get confused or lose the plot in anyway. There are some unexpected twists in the story, which add to the story and make it an excellent feel good read.

For more information on books by Linn B. Halton visit her website