#CoverReveal #boomervillehotel @CarolineJames12 @ChocLituk @RubyFiction @rararesources

The Best Boomerville Hotel cover reveal

Today I have the pleasure of joining in with Caroline James’s cover reveal for The Best Boomerville Hotel! 🙂

Many thanks to Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources.

Let the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel …


Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

About the author…..

Caroline James

Caroline’s new book, The Best Boomerville Hotel is being described by early reviews as ‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel – a fabulous read!’ and will be published on March 13th 2018 by award-winning British Independent Publisher, ChocLit, under their new imprint Ruby Fiction.

Caroline James spends her time writing romantic comedy, climbing mountains and running a consultancy business. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association a Feature Editor for an online magazine. Caroline writes short stories and contributes articles to many publications.

Her debut novel: Coffee, Tea The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England in a country house hotel at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair. The book went straight to #3 on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a finalist at The Write Stuff, London Book fair and the judges commented that, “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.” The book is a Top Recommended Read by Thomson Holidays.

Coffee Tea The Chef & Me takes a light-hearted and often hilarious look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune – described by one reviewer as: “AbFab Meets MasterChef in a Soap…”

Caroline’s novella, Jungle Rock, follows handsome chef, Zach Docherty as he steps into a TV reality show – will he survive and be crowned Jungle King?

Reviews for:

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me

“Caroline writes quite beautifully – very readable conversational style, great descriptions, vividly drawn characters, sparkling humour, a touch of real sadness – and this book was the quite perfect escape…”

“A thoroughly enjoyable read that takes you from the loneliness of single life in the wet UK through to the magic of the Caribbean! An indulgent feast of the best things in life – sun, rum, fun, love and laughter!”

Coffee Tea The Chef & Me

“A fabulous Story, it made me shriek with laughter and I loved every twist and turn!” Valentina Harris, Author, Chef and International Cookery School Host.

“I was made aware of this book via Twitter and was drawn to it as I work in a shopping telly environment where we have ‘celebrity chefs’ as guests and I thought it would be a hoot. I was not wrong. Caroline James has spun a tale (I would say ‘come up with the ingredients’) that is enjoyable, funny, charming, believable and page-turning…” Nigel May, TV Personality & Author

“You’ll go NUTS about this book!” Andrew Nutter, Celebrity Chef.

Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me

Ebook of the week – The Sun:

“A strong plot with likeable characters make it a great read.”

Chicklitgirls.com :

“Caroline James has a real gift for writing and done an outstanding job with her debut novel. Keeping it real she has brought in facets of life that we all have to deal with, everything needed for a satisfying read for women – amusing, colourful and even tear-jerking at times.”

Contact Caroline:

website: http://www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk
twitter: @carolinejames12
blog: http://www.carolinejamesblogspot.co.uk

Now for the cover reveal you’ve been waiting for…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Boomerville Hotel cover

How fabulous is that! Love it 🙂

Pre-order your copy…..

Enjoy!

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#AuthorInterview with @AishaTritle

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Aisha Tritle to Chat About Books 🙂

Aisha Tritle

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

Hi! My name is Aisha Tritle. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, but currently live in Los Angeles. I do a lot of things but writing novels and plays is my true passion! My day job is in marketing for tech startups, and I act as well. I’ve been writing for almost as long I could read.

My novel, “Occidis,” is a Young Adult Adventure. It’s about a girl, Sophia, who was recruited at the age of ten to train as an assassin by a Danish tech billionaire, Norbert Alexander. The story starts when Sophia’s seventeen and suffering from panic attacks. She’s kidnapped when on a job and told to take down the program she’s been in for nearly half her life; and she overcomes her confidence issues to do that.

In addition to writing books, I also write plays. My one-act comedy, “The Misfortune of Lionel Schlüsselberg,” was published by Lazy Bee Scripts and performed by the Northumbria Drama Society. I also have another one-act comedy, “Christopher Goes Through a Breakup,” that I’ve signed with Off the Wall Plays for – hopefully that will come out soon. I have two dark comedies out on submission currently: “Death by Kombucha: The Story of a Hipster Murder” and “Sugar Babies Anonymous.”

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Everything gives me ideas! For Occidis, Norbert was partially inspired by someone my dad used to work with. He was very powerful and I always wondered what would happen if he decided to use that power for evil.

My imagination has always been very active, and I grew up with a lot of homeschooled genius children. Also, I was obsessed with spies! I seriously wanted to be a spy well into my teens. So, I always daydreamed about what would happen if prodigious children were recruited as spies. The premise of Occidis is essentially that, but altered a bit.

How do you pick your characters names?

I love picking names. Most of the time I’ll have names stuck in my head that I think are particularly pretty or strong, but sometimes I do something as simple as scrolling through baby names online. If I base a character off a real person, I normally ask them to pick the name of the character.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

I try to write every day. On the weekdays, I’ll spend an hour or two typing away in the late afternoon or early evening. On weekends, I usually spend mornings and afternoons writing.

I like to outline everything first – personally, it makes everything quicker and easier. Plus, when you have an outline to look over, you can check and make sure all the details in your story line up. I learned the hard way about outlining. Occidis was written completely from the hip, and I definitely wish I’d outlined the story first.

The consumption of coffee is also a very important part of my writing process. I’ve recently taken to cold brew.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, and Anthony Horowitz.

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Agatha Christie! I’ve always found her fascinating. I would ask her what she would consider the single most important thing for a writer to know.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes! I was homeschooled, and would try to get all my schoolwork done so I could just go read. My mother and I went to a lot of used book sales when I was growing up, and we ended up acquiring bookshelves upon bookshelves of classic literature that I hungrily devoured.

When did you start to write?

Shortly after I began reading. I still have a notebook which I filled with stories when I was about six years old.

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

Oh heavens, this is a hard question. I really can’t think of any book endings that I’d like to rewrite. It’s hard for me to think about changing someone else’s story.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. To be capable of writing such a masterpiece would be an amazing thing.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

Haha! “Aisha Tritle: Author and Cookie Fiend.” I’m not sure. I’m really bad at coming up with titles! It’s actually the only part of writing books that I really dread.

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

I would invite Mr. Darcy to the cafe down the street for some cold brew or tea.

What are you working on right now?

I’m about to move into the editing phase of a vampire novella. It’s called “Vamp” and is the first in the Quimby Bay series. That will be coming out in either May or June. I’m also halfway through writing the sequel to Occidis!

Tell us about your last release?

My last release was Occidis. I was so excited! It’s my first proper novel that’s been sent out into the world.

Do you have a new release due?

I don’t know exact release dates yet, but Vamp will be coming out in May or June. “Christopher Goes Through a Breakup” should be out soon from Off the Wall Plays. The sequel to Occidis will be coming out later this year.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I drink Guinness, eat a big burger, and dance.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I’m very active on social media. I’m on Instagram as @aisharebekah, and on Twitter as @AishaTritle. I also have recently become extremely active on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17207184.Aisha_Tritle

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Please do follow me on Goodreads! I love interacting with readers. If you enjoy Occidis, I would greatly appreciate a rating or review on Amazon or Goodreads. Thank you!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Aisha 🙂

Occidis cover

At the age of ten, Sophia was offered a choice: join Program Occidis and train to become an assassin, or let her mother die.

Seven years later, Sophia’s life serves one purpose: to do the bidding of the narcissistic Danish billionaire who controls her, Norbert Alexander. But her panic attacks keep getting in the way of her job, and when she witnesses the death of another Member, Sophia knows her time of sanity is running out.

When the handsome new member of Occidis, Ilya, kidnaps her while on a job and tells her she’s been chosen to take down the man she’s served for almost half of her life, Sophia reluctantly accepts. Things start to unravel, however, and Sophia finds herself fighting to balance her attraction and distrust when the details of Ilya’s mysterious history come to light.

With her life threatened at every turn, Sophia goes on a transatlantic mission to destroy the man responsible for the deaths of so many.

Enjoy!

#reader #writer #events in #StokeonTrent @SoTLibraries @SoTCityCouncil @sot2021

Thanks as always to Emma at City Central Library for keeping us up to date with events coming up over the next few weeks.

If you live in, or around, Stoke-on-Trent then please so support these events.

Stoke-on-Trent Poet Laureate

Calling all poets! Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Stoke-on-Trent Libraries are now taking applications for the two-year post, which will see the successful candidate writing poems to commission, reading or performing poetry in public and working with local poetry and community groups. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and above who has a passion for poetry and lives, works or studies in the city.

 The deadline for applications is January 31.

For full details including submission guidelines, visit www.stoke.gov.uk/poetlaureate.

 Postcard Poets

Saturday 3 March, 11am-12noon

City Central Library, Hanley

You may have seen some of the beautiful poetry postcards, produced by Poetry On Loan and available in libraries. We’re very pleased that three of the poets whose work is featured on these postcards  – Jonny Fluffypunk, Simon Fletcher and Dave Reeves – will read and perform at City Central Library. With their variety of performance and poetry styles, this will be an enjoyable and entertaining start to our Spring programme.

Free admission; no need to book

 6X6 Reading Café

6x6 March

Tuesday 13 March, 7pm

City Central Library

As the ever-popular 6X6 Reading Café enters its third year, six more writers will read their work for a maximum of six minutes each.

If you’d like your work to be considered, you can find submission details and writing guidelines at https://6x6writingcafe.wordpress.com/ .

Everyone is welcome to come and listen at this free event (places can be booked in advance).

Tel: 01782 238455

Email: central.library@stoke.gov.uk

#magicofstars #CoverReveal @JackieLadbury @rararesources

Magic of Stars cover reveal

Hiya! I am delighted to be joining in with Jackie Ladbury’s cover reveal for Magic Of Stars 🙂

Many thanks to Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, for the opportunity to take part.

The Magic of Stars

Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone. In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

About Jackie Ladbury

Jackie Ladbury

Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

Social Media Links –

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jackie.ladbury

Website – https://jackieladbury.com/

The Write Romantics – https://thewriteromantics.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JackieLadbury

And the cover you’ve all been waiting for…..

 

 

 

 

 

Magic of Stars cover

Purchase from Amazon UK –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Stars-feel-good-heavenly-romance-ebook/dp/B078BF91XS

Enjoy!

ICYMI:

Air Guitar and Caviar by @JackieLadbury #BlogTour #AuthorInterview #Giveaway @rararesources

 

Shadows On The Grass by @MishaHerwin #LaunchDay #BookReview @penkhullpress

Happy launch day, Misha Herwin 🙂

Shadows On The Grass

My review…..

Shadows On The Grass is a fascinating read.

Set in the 1960’s, in Bristol, it centres around cousins Marianna and Mimi as well as Hannah, Mimi’s daughter. Born in to the same Polish family, but with very different upbringings, Marianna and Mimi have a love/hate relationship. Marianna had everything Mimi craved; wealth, status and especially the love of her mother. They are close throughout their lives, but there’s an underlying resentment between the two of them and I was keen to find out why.

Mimi is quite distant with Hannah. I really warmed to Hannah and felt quite sorry for her. She craves the love of her mother, never really ever feeling good enough, and it seems a shame that Mimi didn’t learn from her own mothers mistakes and try to be different with her daughters. As the story progresses though we start to learn of Mimi’s difficult past which goes some way towards explaining why she is how she is. At first she kind of comes across as a cantankerous old madam, but I guess it goes to show that we never know what people might be going through or have gone through which has shaped them into who they are.

The story regularly flashes back to the ladies childhoods where family secrets are revealed along the way. Some I expected, others not at all!

Most of the characters fascinated me throughout this story. Hannah’s daughter, Kate, especially. She is studying for her A Levels and is torn between her catholic upbringing and the desire to rebel. Not quite sure if she believes or not, but almost frightened not to. Pretending not to care much about her family, when she obviously does, more than she probably realises herself.

This is a story of family, love, loss and secrets. I love how it ended. It highlights how we all see things differently. Also how our ambitions and expectations of each other can be worlds apart.

Full of emotion, it is brilliantly written with some beautifully descriptive language. A captivating tale and one I am more than happy to recommend.

Many thanks to Misha Herwin for my ARC.

Description…..

Every family has its secrets. In the nineteen-sixties Bristol, seventeen-year-old Kate is torn between the new sexual freedom and her rigid Catholic upbringing. Her parents have high expectations of her. She, however, is determined to lead her own life.

Mimi, her grandmother, is dying. In her final hours, Mimi’s cousin, the Princess, keeps watch at her bedside. Born in the same month, in the same year, the two women are bound by their past and a terrible betrayal.

Meanwhile, caught between the generations, Mimi’s daughter Hannah struggles to come to come to terms with her relationship with her mother, and struggles to keep the peace between her daughter and her husband. She too must find her own way in a land foreign to her, in a new post-war world, where the old certainties have gone and everything she knows has been swept away.

Purchase on Amazon…..

Misha Herwin

Misha Herwin is hosting a launch day Facebook party this evening and I’m sure she would be over the moon if you could pop by and say hello – https://www.facebook.com/events/1048995815243501/

Any shares would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Previous posts on Chat About Books featuring Misha Herwin and her books…..

Picking Up The Pieces by Misha M. Herwin #BookReview @MishaHerwin @penkhullpress

#AuthorInterview with @MishaHerwin

My 5 🌟 reads of #2017 📚📚📚

 

 

The Bulletproof Proposal by Rebekah Louise @RebekahBe4 #GuestPost

Today I welcome back Rebekah Louise 🙂

Rebekah Louise

I am very excited to share this post with you. As some of you will be aware, I published my latest book ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ in November.

This is my second book and I decided to write a novelette. I love the idea of a short story, the reader can enjoy it in one or two sittings, fitting it in around their hectic lifestyles.

The idea for ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ came when a close friend of mine was waiting for her partner to propose. I thought about what someone might do in that situation and I think most people would try and gain control, giving rise to the idea for my new book.

This story was an exciting piece for me to write. I took on Lisa’s character with ease as she was fun to write about (I think I could also see some of myself in her). Authors will tell you to write about a topic that you would want to read yourself and this is a book that I would want to snuggle up with. I also love the cover, which I had great fun designing. I am guilty of choosing a book by its cover, so I hope it will attract you too. My wonderful husband put together the book trailer and I think it is a wonderful teaser of what’s to come.

One of the things that I love about writing a story is the creativity that surrounds it. For ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ I designed a mood board on Pinterest which allowed inspiration to flow and gave me some lovely ideas for when Lisa is planning her proposal. I also had great fun in creating a YouTube video trailer for the book. This isn’t something I had done before but I’m glad I did as I feel it brings the book to life and adds another dimension. If you’d like to check both these out please see the links below.

My hope is that you’ll enjoy reading ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ as much as I loved writing it. Please leave a review if you liked it, on either Amazon or Goodreads, and tell your friends and family about it, it would be much appreciated.

The Bulletproof Proposal

Book Blurb:

After five years of dating, Lisa is anticipating that all-important question, ‘Will you marry me?’

Impatient, Lisa decides to take matters into her own hands and proposes to Matt, after all, it is the 21st Century.

Only she takes it one step further and with the help of her best friend Mandy, she prepares the ultimate proposal.

What she doesn’t know is whether this will be the beginning of her happily-ever- after or the beginning of the end.

Social Media and book links:

http://www.rebekahlouiseauthor.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebekahLouiseOffical/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RebekahBe4

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebekahlouiseauthor/

YouTube book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tKtKxxh7L8

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/rebekahlouiseauthor/wedding-story/

To read a free sample of the book: https://read.amazon.co.uk/kp/embed?asin=B0772MPBW8&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_7PwkAbQC9PBS7

Purchase ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’:  myBook.to/TheBulletProofProposal

 

Thanks for joining me on Chat About Books again Rebekah 🙂

Previous post featuring Rebekah Louise…..

Q&A with author, Rebekah Louise @RebekahBe4

 

Heavenfield by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyanMysteries

Heavenfield

My review…..

Well, I didn’t see that coming!

Heavenfield is another cracking read in the DCI Ryan series. I loved books 1&2 and I think the series is just getting better and better. I was hooked from the very first page, which didn’t surprise me at all having read the first two books. LJ Ross has a way of drawing you in immediately and, so far, I have been treated to three excellent stories, all of which follow on from each other.

The series is set in a beautiful part of our country which I wish I was close enough to visit more often.

If you haven’t read any of this series as yet, then I would recommend you read them in order. They may work well as standalones, but the characters’ stories do progress throughout the series and I love how we get to know them that little bit better as you go along. The cases they are working on do link back to previous cases also.

DCI Ryan is a very likeable character. If you’ve read these books yourself and/or seen other reviews then I’m sure you’ll agree he’s a very charismatic character. I think I might have a little crush on him! I know I’m not the first and I’m sure I won’t be the last! He’s described as tall and dark, tough, but with a soft side, an exceptional detective who is loyal to his team and fiercely protective of those he loves. What’s not to love? He has his flaws though, of course, but these just make me warm to him more. I love how is relationship with Anna is progressing. Both have seen tragedy in their lives, but it has brought them closer together.

In Heavenfield the team are faced with another brutal death and DCI Ryan finds himself the prime suspect. His team are obviously desperate to prove his innocence, but have to by following the correct procedures which can prove frustrating. When other members of ‘The Circle’ are found dead the investigation picks up pace and certain colleagues’ involvement begins to become clear. They can’t be allowed to get away with their crimes.

This is another fast-paced mystery with shocks and surprises along the way. Whenever I thought I had it sussed another twist would throw me off and see me questioning everything all over again. As the reader we do know some of what’s going on before the team and I found myself willing them to see what is seemingly staring them in the face. It’s very cleverly written and I loved it!

There is an excellent mix of characters who I’m very much looking forward to catching up with again in Book 4.

My reviews for books 1 & 2…..

Holy Island (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 1) by @LJRoss_author #Review

Sycamore Gap by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyanMysteries

You will find all of LJ Ross’ books on her Amazon Author Page HERE

Enjoy!

 

The Captain’s Disgraced Lady #BlogTour @CatherineTinley #Promo @rararesources

The Captains Disgraced Lady banner

Many thanks to Rachel for the opportunity to join in with Catherine Tinley’s The Captain’s Disgraced Lady blog tour 🙂

The Captains Disgraced Lady

The Captain’s Disgraced Lady

The Captains Disgraced Lady cover

Who is Captain Harry Fanton?

When Juliana Milford first encounters Captain Harry Fanton, she finds him arrogant and rude. There’s no way she’ll fall for his dazzling smile! Her visit to Chadcombe House was always going to prompt questions over her scandalous family, so she’s touched when Harry defends her reputation. She’s discovering there’s more to Harry than she’d first thought…

A man so plagued by the demons of war, he’s sworn he’ll never marry, no matter how tempted…

Purchase –

About Catherine Tinley

Catherine Tinley

Catherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency love stories. She has loved reading and writing since childhood, and has a particular fondness for love, romance, and happy endings. After a career encompassing speech and language therapy, NHS management, maternity campaigning and being President of a charity, she now works for Sure Start. She lives in Ireland with her husband, children, and dog.

Website http://www.catherinetinleycom

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/CatherineTinleyWriter

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/CatherineTinley

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Blogger Recognition Award, nominated by @ginstweeter

Blogger Recognition Award

I am delighted to have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by @ginstweeter  over at https://rosepointpublishing.com/. Thank you so much! Make sure you check out this wonderful blog!

So what’s this Award about?

Blogger Recognition Award

Once you are nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award, if you wish to accept your nomination, you must follow these rules:

  • Generate a post about the award.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a brief story about how your blog began.
  • Provide two pieces of advice to newbie bloggers.
  • Select 15 blogs to nominate.
  • Comment on each nominee’s blog and provide a link to the post that you created about the award.

How my blog began…..

I started Chat About Books in October 2015.

I had joined Netgalley a few months previous to starting my blog after author, Mel Sherratt, recommended it to me. I had written short reviews on Goodreads and Amazon for a long time before, but joining Netgalley made me think about my reviews a bit more and I gradually started to write more detailed ones. Starting a blog seemed like a natural progression, but I had no idea just how much I would enjoy it and how many lovely people it would put me in contact with. I love it!

My reviews are still generally fairly short (although I do ramble on with some of them!). It really does depend on the book and how much I can say without giving too much away. I’m not a writer, so they’re far from eloquent, but I hope each one conveys my enjoyment sufficiently and if only one person buys a book based on my review then I’m happy as hopefully that will cause a ripple effect, leading to more sales as more people read, enjoy and recommend.

I am a fairly slow reader, so I also enjoy hosting author interviews and promotional posts in between reviews. I’m always happy to help to spread the word!

Advice to newbies…..

Am I still not a newbie myself? I’m not sure how long it is before we’re no longer a newbie, but I think we all learn from each other every day.

I guess my two main pieces of advice for anyone starting a book blog would be –

1 – Follow and make friends with fellow book bloggers. They are awesome people! All the ones I know are lovely, welcoming and supportive.

2 – When posting (positive) reviews tag the author (most have a twitter handle). You might just make their day 🙂

I nominate…..

https://keeperofpages.wordpress.com/

https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/

https://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/

https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/

https://portobellobookblog.com/

About

https://josbookblog.co.uk/

https://bytheletterbookreviews.com/

https://noveldelights.com/about/

http://whatsbetterthanbooks.com/

https://damppebbles.com/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/

https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/

https://brizzlelassbooks.com/

https://thesecretlibrarysite.wordpress.com/

I follow lots of lovely book bloggers, these are a few of my favourites 🙂

#AuthorInterview with GITA V REDDY @GitaVReddy

I have the pleasure of welcoming Gita V Reddy to Chat About Books today 🙂

Gita Reddy

(Photo via Amazon.co.uk)

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

I live in India. I’ve been married for thirty years and have a grownup son. I worked as a bank official for twenty-six years before taking early retirement in 2011. My first book was published in 2013 by a publisher. Around that time I discovered the ease and the freedom of indie publishing and plunged right in. Today I have more than twenty books in different genres. I also write under the pseudonym, Heera Datta.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

An idea may come from anywhere. Outside the Magic Circle is the result of an article I read. It was about Charles Dickens forcing a separation on his wife after twenty-one years of marriage and ten children. My Middle Grade novel, Tara and the Giant Queen, grew out of a short story I made up for my nephew. Hunt for the Horseman appeared as a flash out of nowhere.

How do you pick your characters names?

Naming my characters is very important for me. Many of my books are set in India. India is a vast country and each region has its own culture. My character names reflect their ethnicity and it helps in fleshing out the characters.

Genre also plays a role. I have to be extra careful while writing historical fiction. For children’s books, I go for easy-to- remember names.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

After getting a story idea,

Step 1: Brief outline

Step 2: Research

Steep3: Character Sketches

Step 4: Writing

Step 5-10: EDITING.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

(Not in order of preference)

Agatha Christie, P. G. Wodehouse, Thomas Hardy, Munshi Prem Chand, Pearl S.Buck.

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Margaret Mitchell. I read somewhere she wrote the last chapter of Gone with the Wind first and other chapters randomly. I would like to hear more about that.

Were you a big reader as a child?

I read beyond my age. It didn’t matter if I didn’t understand some of it!

When did you start to write?

I used to write for the school house magazine, and also take part in creative writing competitions. I also made up impromptu stories for younger cousins. Later, as a mother, I created stories for my son. Because he was a stickler for accuracy and wanted each retelling to be exactly the same, I started writing them down.

Twelve years later I quit my job for full time writing.

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

I first read Gone with the Wind when I was fifteen. I wasn’t interested in the Civil War or its related social issues. It was an epic love story and I was very disappointed that it hadn’t ended happily.

I would love to change that and go back in time and read it with the revised ending.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Jungle Book.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

The Write Thing to Do.

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

Miss Marple, and it would be for a cup of tea at home. You see, I suspect there’s something going on in the house across mine.

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on two books. A collection of short stories set in India, to follow my earlier books, A Tapestry of Tears and The Vigil and Other Stories. The second is a novel for middle graders. I’m also toying with a plot around Madame de Florian’s Abandoned Apartment but I want it to be historical and not speculative.

Tell us about your last release?

Set in the early nineteenth century, A Tapestry of Tears is about female infanticide, and the unmaking of tradition. If a woman gives birth to a female child, she must feed her the noxious sap of the akk plant. That is the tradition, parampara. Veeranwali rebels, and fights to save her offspring.
The other stories span a range of emotions and also bring to life the varied culture and social spectrum of India. Woven into this collection is the past and the present, despair and hope, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Excerpt

But can you imagine what courage it takes to pour those two drops into the mouth of a babe? And the child you have carried yourself, one who is a part of your own body, whose heartbeat was a resonance of your own? Just as a man is not allowed to show fear on a hunt, women are not expected to waver in snuffing out that tiny life. Does a man remember the look in the eyes of a dying deer? Perhaps he does. A woman does not forget the face of the dead child. The child lives on as a phantom, clutching at her heart, and troubling her sleep.”

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Nothing much. I did celebrate my first book, also the second. Not sure about the third.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I hope your readers will follow my Amazon Author Page, visit my website www.gitavreddy.com and connect with me on Facebook and Twitter

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I like dabbling with art related apps. In fact I enjoy it so much that I illustrated two picture books: The Ant Thief, and Hop and Chomp.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Gita 🙂

Thank you for having me on your blog.