Island of Secrets by Diane Demetre @DianeDemetre #BlogTour #Interview @rararesources

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Interview with Diane Demetre…..

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

I’m a contemporary fiction author and I love writing stories about empowered women who live life on their terms.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

They all beam in, mostly when I least expect them.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

I think there is a little of someone I know or have met in all my characters.

How do you pick your characters names?

Their names beam in as well. If I try to change their names, they won’t let me.

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

I endeavour to write every day, seven-days-a-week. Most times I do, but there is another thing called life which sometimes gets in the way 😊

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

There are too many to just name five, but probably my all-time favourite is Agatha Christie.

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

I’d probably like to chat with Nora Roberts about her writing regime.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes. I loved to read.

When did you start to write?

Like any child, I started to write when I was young and have continued in one form or another since.

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

I would never want to change anyone’s ending. Each ending is perfect for the story which the author was inspired to write.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Nothing comes to mind.

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

I have written my autobiography. It’s called Whispered Words of Wisdom, and I’m looking for a publisher.

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

I’d love to have coffee with Hercule Poirot, but of course, I would allow the great detective to choose the venue.

What are you working on right now?

I’m writing the Diana Daniels Murder Mysteries series. It’s Jessica Fletcher, from Murder She Wrote meets Prof Reinhart from The Murder Games and morphs into Diana Daniels; a smart, sassy, recently-widowed woman, whose sixth sense and rekindled love of adventure lands her in all sorts of trouble.

Do you have a new release due?

Not yet.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I normally take a little time off to relax, sit and contemplate on how fortunate I am to do what I love.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Through the usual platforms..

WEBSITE                   www.dianedemetre.com

BLOG                         https://dianedemetre.com/blogposts/

FACEBOOK                https://www.facebook.com/dianedemetreauthor

TWITTER                   https://twitter.com/DianeDemetre

GOODREADS            https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14418461.Diane_Demetre

AMAZON                 https://www.amazon.com/Diane-demetre/e/B015P878H4/

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

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Book Blurb

Island of Secrets

A captivating story of love, mystery and hope

Two love stories separated in time. Two women following their dreams. In a paradise littered with painful secrets, will love turn the tide?

1973. Cecilia “CiCi” Freemont has a restless soul and the voice of an angel. Leaving her privileged upbringing behind, she chases her dreams to the sandy beaches of an unspoiled Hawaiian paradise, Harbor Island. But life takes an unexpected turn when she falls for the island’s young heir-apparent and her newfound adventure becomes too much to bear…

2017. Investigative journalist Tina Templeton has dedicated herself to the pursuit of truth. But when she inherits Harbor Island, her career plans take a confusing twist. Managing the sprawling island estate is tough business even with the help of aging cabaret singer, CiCi Freemont. Especially when a massive ecological disaster threatens to destroy her beautiful beaches—and the responding coast guard captain steals her heart.

As the investigation into the disaster reveals a 40-year-old mystery that could change their lives forever, will Tina find love among the secrets, or will CiCi’s painful past dash her dreams on the rocks?

Island of Secrets is an epic love story. If you like generations-spanning drama, characters with hidden pasts, heart-warming romance and intrigue, then you’ll love Diane Demetre’s powerful romantic mystery in paradise.

Publisher Luminosity Publishing Llp

Ebook ISBN 978-1-9993066-0-1

Paperback ISBN 978-1-9993066-1-8

386 pages

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About the author…..

Diane began her career as a school teacher before moving into the entertainment industry as a choreographer, director, event manager, dancer and actress, working in television and live theatre, and managing multi-million dollar productions.
Following her onstage career, she spent many years as a stress & life skills therapist, keynote speaker and presenter, appearing on national radio and television.
When she launched into a writing career, Diane’s debut erotic romance series, the Dance of Love was voted Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Best Books and Best Covers for 2015 and 2016.
Her romantic suspense, Retribution won the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award 2017 for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Diane loves to write genre-busting stories with a twist. Her works are packed with emotional punch and feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest, much like the author herself.

Behind the Scenes

In this moving tale of love lost, love found and love eternal, award-winning author Diane Demetre makes us believe in the power of love — a love that is timeless and ageless.

In 1973, when wild child, Cecilia Freemont flees her privileged upbringing in San Francisco for sex, drugs, and adventure, she finds herself embroiled in the local superstition and secrets of Harbor Island, an unspoiled paradise off the coast of Maui. Against her better judgment, she falls in love with the island’s young heir-apparent, Dickie Reginald. But the odds are stacked against them, and Cecilia must make a heart-wrenching decision that will change her future forever.

Forty years later and under the saddest of circumstances, investigative journalist Tina Templeton and successful cabaret singer, CiCi Freemont find themselves involved in another of the island’s secrets. Despite being strangers, Tina, now the new owner of Harbor Island must work with CiCi to solve the mystery of Origin Beach which threatens to devastate the island. But when the US Coast Guard is called in, past and present collide with the arrival of Captain Jack Holmes. He brings with him a new mystery. One which may unearth the island’s deepest secrets.

Will Harbor Island’s legacy topple or will love triumph and transcend time?

If you love stories rich in emotion and fueled by intrigue, Island of Secrets will make you laugh, cry and capture your heart. An epic love story not to be missed.

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I remember vividly when the idea for this book came to me. My husband and I were out in our boat on the Broadwater on the Gold Coast in Australia. It was one of those magnificent boating days—calm, sultry and cloudless. Having just completed Retribution, I’d been waiting on the inspiration for my next book. Nothing yet had beamed in. As someone who is willing to wait for inspiration rather than forcing my creativity, I was enjoying a couple weeks off from my writing schedule.

While we were relaxing on the Broadwater and lapping up the beautiful weather, an old Huon pine cruiser drove past us. Like a bolt out of the blue, Island of Secrets landed in my consciousness. The story arrived well-formed, with characters I immediately visualized.

I’d visited Hawaii a couple of years earlier, and Maui, with its volcanic geography, lush vegetation and captivating sea life lived up to its name of the Magic Isle. It was the ideal location for Island of Secrets.

Immersing myself in the island’s history, I grabbed a copy of James A. Michener’s epic tale, Hawaii. In discovering how the missionaries came to the islands and their impact on the indigenous population and culture, I gained a deeper insight into this special place. An insight I’ve woven into Part One of Island of Secrets.

Told across forty years, the story begins in the heady 1970’s. Having been a teenager during this time, I drew on my experience, as well as researching this amazing decade. The early 1970s saw the world undergo exponential change. With a sense of freedom coursing through our veins, we viewed the planet’s evolution with passionate optimism, seeking out opportunities to make the world a better place. It was an empowering time of enthusiasm, peace protests and free love; all bubbling forth from the post-civil and equal-rights era and the women’s liberation movement. With this as her backdrop, Cecilia launches into her big adventure. And like many young women of that time, she is fired in the kiln of life.

In Part Two, we meet her again. Now in her late sixties, she is matured and polished, but her essence and loyalties remain the same. She becomes the reflection character for Tina, who must deal with her own personal and environmental issues to save the legacy of Harbor Island.

At its heart, Island of Secrets examines the lives of not just Cecilia and Tina, but all the empowered women—Leilani, Victoria, Beatrice, Loretta, Silly Suzie et al. Women from different times and cultures who face similar challenges and find the courage and strength to overcome them. It is an exploration of how we view the fundamentals of life. Is it love or money that motivates us? Where does loyalty lie in the equation? What moves us to make the decisions we do? And no matter the dilemma we face, there comes a time when we must acknowledge that love is the ultimate answer.

Excerpt

The engine rumbled to life and Smith’s eldest son, Andrew, cast off the ropes from the jetty, while Cecilia sat on the aft seat. Shoving on her sunglasses and straw hat, she disguised some of the emotion but couldn’t totally hide it. Harbor Island II pulled out from the ramshackle jetty, setting a slow course across the harbor. Just over seven months ago, she came to the island with a young woman’s fantasies of adventure. She’d arrived seeking independence and freedom from her previous life. Filled with determination and dreams, she’d launched into a new job, a new family and a new life. Now, as she returned to Maui and then to the mainland, she took stock of what that desire for adventure had cost her. So, this was your adventure, Cecilia. To fall in love and then lose love?

From the shore drifted a lilting melody sung by a familiar blend of voices she’d heard many times in the Sunday service.

She rose and stuck her head in the cabin. “What are they singing, Smith?”

It’s a traditional song of farewell. It wishes you love and success on your travels with the hope that one day you will return.”

She moved to the guide rail, clasping both hands to her breaking heart. The crystal waters of the bay lapped against the gleaming hull of the boat as Smith steered it toward the reef break. Memories flooded back to the day she arrived and her embarrassment at being so seasick, how Beatrice had interrogated her in the Local Store and how she’d been saved by Victoria, her new best friend. A nostalgic smile tipped her lips as the ghosts of her recent past revisited. Watching the people she’d grown to love raise their voices in goodbye, she ignored the hot tears streaking her cheeks.

I hope one day to return too,” she said aloud.

With mournful voices raised and arms waving white handkerchiefs, they sent her on her way. She would not forget these wonderful people or this place, or the soulful melody which was now etched into her memory.

Not until they became tiny specks on the shore did Cecilia finally sit down. Smith turned and waited for her instruction. She nodded, and he pushed forward on the throttle. Bright and new, Harbor Island II cut through the ocean waves. Long accustomed to the rolling and pitching of the waves, she no longer felt squeamish. She’d matured. For neither the ocean nor life’s challenges held sway over her. Like Harbor Island II forging toward Lahaina, Cecilia was unstoppable in her purpose. Once more she turned away from the past. With jaw set, she faced into the stinging, salty wind, her chin lifted high, and like the cruiser, powered into her future. This will not break me. I am more than this.

Testimonials

Amazon 5 Stars

A lovely intergenerational family drama set in an untouched paradise – Avid Reader

This is the second novel I’ve read by the author and, though very different from Retribution (which I loved), this novel has its own strengths. It’s the saga of a🌺 Hawaiian family dynasty, but focused on two generations of strong women and their❤ romances. Cecelia ‘s young love is poignant and doomed, Tina’s second chance love is sudden, healing and, ultimately, an ironic conclusion to an old family drama. Cecelia was my favorite character. She is full of life, a sense of adventure, and an optimism about life’s possibilities; she’s also ready to sacrifice big time for the place and people she loves.

The descriptions of the natural beauty of the fictional Harbor Island are vivid and lyrical. Otherwise, the prose is simple and straightforward. I got so involved with these characters that I could not stop reading! I really liked the inclusion of several mysteries that take a while to solve. Although the minor characters who reside and work on the island seemed a bit stereotyped, all in all it’s a lovely read with some tearful moments and well worth considering. I will be looking forward to more stories from Ms. Demetre.:-)

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I love, love, love, this book! – Tasha Thomas

This book was so good! It jumps over a span of about forty years. It has everything in it. From first love to first discovery. It has suspense, love lost and love gained. It also has a friendship that stood the test of time, and sibling rivalry. If you read another book this year, this is the one! I highly recommend this wonderful book!

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Entertaining – Kim F

Extremely entertaining, captivating, and interesting read. I could not put it down. Wonderfully written with strong and intriguing characters. I want to read more from this author.

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Captivating – Debbins

The story was told in several points of view about life on an island. It was captivating and original. The characters draw you in and carry you right along with their journey through time. Highly recommend this great mystery.

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Good story of true love – C. Sasser

This is a heart wrenching love story that covers a lifetime. It is not the traditional happy ever after but it still does end that way. It was an entertaining, easy to read love story with wonderful characters. It had some very emotional moments. It was a great story.

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Island of secrets – Angie Anderson

This book is so good. It’s two generations of love. I loved all of the characters. The ending is wonderful. I suggest Kleenex being handy.

Amazon 4 Stars

An enjoyable story – Misty

An enjoyable well written book with good engaging characters. Interesting with Cecilia’s character as she developed relationships with the islanders and Tina easily resolved conflicts. Story jumps in years and held my interest with a special ending.

Amazon 5 Stars

A sweet story of redemption, family and enduring love – Ltwin

I’m a little late with my review because it took me a few days to stop crying. This is wonderful story about 2 strong women separated by a span of years, yet very connected. CiCi is a free spirit child of the 70s and it is her story that draws the reader into the book. Tina ties the present with the past and has her own journey to love and family to travel. There is a bit of family dysfunction and mystery that is sprinkled throughout that enables the reader to see many facets of the characters.

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Heartbreaks and Triumphs – Sahar’s Beaded Creations

At first I was not sure what to think, but the story pulls you. There are some heartbreaking elements, but there is also love and redemption. I definitely shed a few tears reading the story. The island held many secrets and heartaches. The story had lost love, finding love, and in the end, a sort of homecoming. It spanned two generations.

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Family – Renee Strauss

I don’t know where to start. It was a flashback to the 70s and life then. We follow the journey of Cecelia at first. Harbor Island is where she ended up. There she found herself and the love of her life, but she had to move on. Her love inherited the Island and upon his death everyone reunited. Including the new addition to their family. There were fights and criminal activity which in the end turned out to be a happy ending

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With thanks, as always, to Rachel.

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There’s Something About a Cowboy by Rich Amooi @RichAmooi #BlogTour #Spotlight #BookPromo @rararesources

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There’s Something About a Cowboy

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Rule #1: No Dating Cowboys.

A fake fiancé doesn’t count, right? Oh boy . . .

Amy Weaver is tired of her dad meddling in her love life. Fed up, she hires an actor to play the part of her fake cowboy fiancé when she goes home for her grandpa’s ninetieth birthday. Sure, Luke Jenkins has got looks, charm, and muscular legs, but this is business, pure and simple. Things are fine and dandy until she finds out he’s a real cowboy, not an actor. Now, she’s stuck between a rock and his chiseled jawline, falling faster than a sack of horseshoes. How the heck is Amy supposed to ignore the sparks between them and stick to her rule of not dating cowboys? All bets are off.

Purchase Links –

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07JQ5ZT4C

Author Bio:

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Fun, Quirky Romantic Comedies from a Guy’s Perspective. Rich Amooi is a former radio personality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.richamooi

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RichAmooi

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/richamooi

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Beneath The Bay Bridge by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor #ShortStory #BookReview

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Well, what a lovely little story this is. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It is offered Free when you sign up to Holly Martin’s newsletter. As it’s a short story I thought I’d give it a go in-between reads and I’m so glad I did.

Rosie is a very likeable character and it’s obvious she’s taken for granted by Leon, who quite frankly would drive me nuts. She’s a braver woman than me, jumping on a plane from London, alone, to meet him in San Francisco, especially given his tendency to forget plans. However, what she finds when she arrives at Leon’s temporary address certainly makes her wonder why she is wasting her time with him.

When we meet Cameron it’s obvious there is instant chemistry between the two of them and I totally couldn’t blame Rosie for having her eyes opened! He sounds very appealing! I was really hoping they would get together.

The bathroom scene is hilarious, it actually made me laugh out loud! Brilliant!

If you’d like to read the story for yourself you can subscribe to Holly Martin’s newsletter here – https://www.subscribepage.com/hollymartin?fbclid=IwAR3eSAa1kxLm-E_LzZnFhG_B4YGivZdaspITP7aIY29khD25wTOh3QJnS1E

I’m ashamed to admit that this is the first time I’ve read anything by Holly Martin, although I do have some of her other books on my TBR list. They will be being bumped to the top as soon as possible now!

About the author (Via Amazon UK)…..

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PLEASE NOTE. Holly is not the author of Princess (The Johnson Family). That book is by a different author with the same name.

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books

Follow her on Twitter @HollyMAuthor

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Longstone: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 10) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

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Well, what can I say? I know my review will never do this book the justice it deserves. I felt the same after reading every book in this series. I just love L J Ross’ writing and this series just gets better and better. I can’t tell you how excited I am when there is a new book out! It really is like catching up with old friends.

If you haven’t read any of this series yet, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. I would recommend reading them in order, as I prefer to do. You could read this without having read the others, but then you wouldn’t have the pleasure of getting to know some of the main characters along the way. Their stories have really developed throughout the series.

DCI Ryan has to be one of my most favourite detectives ever! I do have a teeny tiny crush on him 😉 He is a no-nonsense detective and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. We do see a softer side to him though with his relationship with Anna and with his friendship with Phillips. The banter between Ryan and Phillips is quite hilarious at times. They’re like a comedy double act and I think they get more amusing with each book.

This story involves murder (of course) and the mystery of a possible Viking shipwreck. Could history be in the making and would one of the locals really be capable of killing for some possible treasure buried at sea? When the body count rises it’s soon apparent that there is more to this story than meets the eye.

This is brilliantly written, as always. A fast-paced murder mystery which kept me guessing right to the very end, with excellent characterisation and an intricate plot with plenty of surprises along the way. There is also a bit of romance and humour and it’s set in such a beautiful part of the country which I hope to visit as soon as possible.

I have absolutely loved it and it goes without saying that I am happy to recommend to anyone and everyone!

A big thank you to L J Ross for my review kindle copy and my beautiful signed paperback 🙂 x

Via Amazon UK…..

FROM THE #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF HOLY ISLAND AND THE HERMITAGE

Between the devil and the deep blue sea…

Viking treasure is discovered beneath the icy waters of the North Sea and local historian Doctor Anna Taylor is called in to help catalogue the most exciting hoard in living memory. But when a shipwreck diver washes up dead, she’s soon out of her depth. Luckily, she knows just the person to call…

When DCI Ryan arrives at the picturesque fishing town of Seahouses, he’s faced with an impenetrable wall of secrets and lies. As he juggles marine archaeology and the cutthroat world of shipwreck diving, another murder blows the case wide open. To uncover the truth, Ryan must delve deeper into the hearts of those around him to find what lies beneath…

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

“LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” – The Times

“A literary phenomenon” – Evening Chronicle

“LJ Ross is the Queen of Kindle” – Sunday Telegraph

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About the author…..

Louise Ross

LJ Ross is the author of the #1 international bestselling series of DCI Ryan mystery novels and her books have sold more than three million copies since 2015. She has released ten full-length novels, seven of which have reached number one in the Amazon UK Kindle best-sellers chart. They are available to purchase in e-book, print and audiobook narration on the Amazon store.

Her eleventh novel, ‘The Infirmary’, is a prequel story which will be available in e-book and print on 10th February 2019. It is already available as a major Audible Originals drama starring Tom Bateman, Kevin Whately, Hermione Norris and Alun Armstrong.

Louise was born in Northumberland, England. She studied undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law at King’s College London and studied abroad in Paris and Florence. She spent much of her working life in London, where she was a regulatory lawyer for a number of years before taking the decision to change career and pursue her dream to write.

Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Northumberland. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

If you would like to connect with LJ Ross, she would be very happy to hear from you:

https://www.facebook.com/LJRossAuthor
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http://www.lovesuspense.com
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Eat Less by Jeremy and Georgina Jackson-Sytner @UrbaneBooks #JustEat #BlogTour #BookReview #NonFiction #Lovebooksgrouptours

Hi, I have something a little bit different for you today. I don’t read/review a lot of non-fiction, but this one grabbed my attention as soon as I saw the blog tour invite!

Welcome to my stop on the Eat Less blog tour with Love Books Group Tours 🙂

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My review…..

Eat Less is a no-nonsense, practical guide to eating better without being on a diet. We all know fad diets don’t work and the main reason for that is that they are generally difficult to maintain for a lifetime. This books contains a lot of common sense about how to eat well and enjoy food (and wine!) whilst losing/maintaining a healthy weight in the hope of avoiding serious illnesses, the risk of which can be increased by obesity.

This book doesn’t tell us anything we don’t already know really, but the way it is written makes it all sound so straight forward and achievable. I’ve found it to be very inspiring anyway. It’s the perfect guide for reading in one sitting (as I did) or for dipping in and out of for reference (as I will do).

Most of the advice given is what I have been doing my best to follow since being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (in March 2018). I haven’t tried fasting, but I think I might give missing breakfast a go, a couple of times a week (to start with) when I haven’t got to go to work, and see how I go. I do get quite jittery when I’m hungry sometimes which isn’t very practical when I’m busy. It’s all about what you get used to though. I eat a LOT less carbohydrates now, as well as leaving the sweet stuff alone (obviously) and this has helped me to lose a stone. I do need to lose at least another stone though in the hope of reducing my HbA1c level. Mine is 48 which is the point where diabetes is diagnosed, so there is still the chance to reverse it, in theory. I love to eat though and I do cook from scratch. I totally agree with the authors that food should be a pleasure and there is nothing wrong with enjoying food at all. Just making a few simple changes can make all the difference to maintaining a healthy balance.

This is a very eye-catching book and one I think would easily attract attention on the shelves of bookshops. The layout is very reader friendly and straight to the point without being at all preachy. It will be on my kitchen bookshelf within easy reach at all times.

Many thanks to the authors and publisher for my review copy and also to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours for arranging this fabulous blog tour.

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Blurb

EAT LESS
The easiest way to lose weight and keep it off for life
Jeremy and Georgina Jackson-Sytner

Eat Less is a revolutionary book designed
to help people lose weight and maintain a
healthy weight for life.
Eat Less is NOT a diet book. It doesn’t read like a diet book or
look like a diet book. Eat Less is an anti-obesity manifesto.
Eat Less is stuffed with bite-sized nuggets of information on the
benefits of eating less, advice on what to eat less of, and much
more. Informative and motivational, the underlying message is
very serious, but the manner in which it delivers those
messages is never preachy and easily digestible. Eat Less offers
practical advice on the life-changing benefits that simply eating
less food can bring.
· Eat Less really works. The authors are living proof
that the habit-changing lifestyle they set out could
help millions of people easily get to a healthy
weight and maintain it for life.
· Obesity rates have doubled over the past two decades,
and 63% of UK adults are overweight, according to the
OECD.
· Full PR campaign, including national newspaper
coverage and TV appearances, already confirmed

Buy Link

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About the authors…..

Following a long career as an advertising creative, Jeremy has turned a lifelong fascination with food, diets and eating into a personal mission. Eat Less is Jeremy’s and wife Georgina’s impassioned attempt to get people everywhere to think more about what they eat and how they eat. The inspiration for this book came soon after he lost 2 stone in weight, simply by eating less and removing sugar and grain from his diet.

Georgina is a certified group fitness instructor and runs regular mobile exercise classes in Battersea Park. Alongside this, she has developed a formula to help individuals lose weight, using a tailored weight loss management service and offering customised eating plans.

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Matthew Smith – matthew@urbanepublications.com

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#BargainAlert The Detective Kay Hunter Box Set Books 1-3: The first collection of the gripping Kay Hunter British murder mysteries by @RachelAmphlett #kindle

Did you know that Books 1-3 of Rachel Amphlett’s Detective Kay Hunter series are only 99p on kindle (for a limited time only)? I suggest you click now to make sure you don’t miss out…..

 

 

Download books 1-3 in the bestselling Detective Kay Hunter series in one box set of edge of your seat crime thrillers!

Here’s what you get in the box set:

Scared to Death

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.

With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun…

Will to Live

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

One to Watch

Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.

Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside. A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.

One to Watch is a gripping murder mystery thriller, and the third in the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Discover the Detective Kay Hunter series today

1. SCARED TO DEATH
2. WILL TO LIVE
3. ONE TO WATCH
4. HELL TO PAY
5. CALL TO ARMS
6. GONE TO GROUND
7. BRIDGE TO BURN (2019)

If you love the Vera series by Ann Cleeves, Peter Robinson’s DCI Banks, and Angela Marsons’ Kim Stone series, you’ll be hooked on the Detective Kay Hunter books!

Books 4-6 are available in a second box set collection.

What people are saying about Detective Kay Hunter

Thrilling start to a new series. Scared to Death is a stylish, smart and gripping crime thrillerRobert Bryndza, USA Today bestselling author of The Girl In The Ice

One of the top crime thriller series out there! If you like your crime thrillers with a twist of psychological suspense and a smattering of procedure and a hint of hostility and grudges, then Will to Live is one for you!” Chapter In My Life

“[One to Watch has] shades of Dame Agatha …matched the feel of a Golden Age crime story” Grab This Book

My reviews…..

(Previously posted individually)

Book 1

Why have I never read a book by Rachel Amphlett before now??

Scared to Death is a brilliant start to a new series. I warmed to Detective Kay Hunter immediately. There’s a back story there that hasn’t been fully explained as yet, which I find very intriguing. She seems to be up against her fair share of negativity at work, via certain colleagues, although others very much seem to have her back. We also get an insight in to her personal life and her relationship with her partner, which I like as it shows a softer side to an otherwise professional character.

Kay and her team are faced with the difficult task of investigating the death of a local 17 year old girl who had been kidnapped whilst her parents were on a business trip. A ransom had been demanded, her parents had paid and not reported the kidnapping as requested, as they believed their daughter would be spared if they cooperated. When they arrive at her location, however, their worst fears are realised. Every parents worst nightmare. The way this poor girl met her end is nothing short of horrific and these parts of the story are very upsetting. Her killer is a very disturbed character.

When a second girl is kidnapped, Kay and her colleagues race against time to figure out where she is being kept before it’s too late and this time it’s personal. There is a very sick game being played which makes this a very dark crime thriller. Just brilliant!

Scared To Death is a very cleverly written police procedural with a tense and fast-paced storyline. There are many plot twists and shocks along the way. I was totally gripped and I’m very much looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you add this to your reading list. It’s definitely one I would happily buy as a gift for family and friends.

Book 2

I have to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed Will To Live (Book 2 in the Detective Kay Hunter mystery series). Having read, and loved, Scared To Death (Book 1) last year I am sad that’s it’s taken me this long to read this, but all good things come to those who wait as they say.

I love Rachel Amphlett’s writing style. She has a way of drawing you in from the very first page and this book is as gripping as the first. I know I am going to love the rest of this series.

Kay and her team find themselves facing an horrific crime scene which, at first, appears to be a suicide on the railway, until evidence of foul play is spotted amongst what little is left of the poor victim. I can’t even imagine witnessing anything so horrendous and hope I never have to. Thankfully (not for her, of course) in this case there was a witness who saw this poor soul lose his life and although she was unable to save him she was able to confirm that he was crying for help before the train hit him which casts further doubt about his death being a suicide. Who could be sick enough to murder someone in such an evil way (not that there’s a nice way!) and is it even their first time?

Will To Live is an excellent police procedural. The end of each chapter is written in a way that made me want to read on as I NEEDED to find out what was going to happen next. I think the short chapters help to create the tension that builds during this investigation. I thought I had it sussed on more than one occasion, but the twists and turns kept me guessing right until the very end. I was holding my breath at one point, panicking along with Kay! A fast-paced and at times an emotional read.

Kay has a back story, unknown to the reader, which I am still intrigued about. We are drip fed snippets of info throughout this book, but I’m still non the wiser, so I’m keen to find out more.

Kay is a likeable character and one I am looking forward to catching up with again soon. She’s professional and very real. I like that we have an insight in to her personal life.

I love that the pregnant Molly is featured in this story! There has to be some happiness in a world of tragedy and heartache.

Book 3

I am absolutely loving the Kay Hunter series! It has been a little while since I read books one and two, but having the upcoming blog tour for book six to look forward to, in July, has given me the perfect opportunity to catch up

Rachel Amphlett’s writing is just so easy to get on with, the stories are so gripping and the character’s (on the most part) are so likeable that I find I tend to read these books fairly quickly. The short(ish) chapters always end in a way that makes you have to keep reading.

In One To Watch, Kay and her team find themselves investigating the devastating and brutal murder of sixteen year old Sophie Whittaker. There are so many suspects, all with different motives, and it seems like they might never get to the bottom of what happened, but when they do, OH MY! A jaw dropping conclusion to an excellent murder mystery.

I feel like I get to know Kay Hunter a little bit more with every book. She’s a very committed detective and has the mutual respect of most of her colleagues. However, one seems to have it in for her and I still don’t really know why. This keeps me intrigued. We also see a personal side to Kay in her relationship with her partner and the fact that they are grieving for a baby she miscarried some months before. Kay is quite a private person and chose not to tell anyone at work, but it’s obviously something that’s never far from her mind and makes her all the more sensitive to this current murder investigation.

The family secrets revealed in this story are shocking. It’s quite scary the levels some people will stoop to, to get what they want! It makes you question if you can ever trust anyone, ever!

Brilliantly written. I highly recommend!

I’ve already started Book 4.

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Happy reading 🙂

 

#FlashbackFriday with @LJRoss_author & @MishaHerwin #BookReviews

Hi and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature 🙂

On the first Friday of each month I like to have a little look back at what I was reading during the same month in previous years, since starting my blog.

Here are links to my reviews from January 2018 and earlier…..

Heavenfield by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyanMysteries

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

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Angel by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book4

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High Force by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book5

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As you can see January 2018 was a bit of a DCI Ryan-a-thon! 🙂 If you haven’t read the series yet, you are seriously missing out!

#FlashbackFriday with @alisongaylin @danklefstad @saramegan @alisonbrodie2 @ava_mccarthy @A_B_Morgan Virginia Mcgregor & @ritabrassington #BookReviews

Have you read any of the above?

Feel free to join in. I’d love to see your posts!

Granny with Benefits by Marilyn Bennett @mbennett_author #BookReview

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Granny With Benefits has been a very entertaining read!

Grace is 39 years old and meets Hol whilst collecting her Grandmother’s belongings from her sheltered accommodation. Unfortunately, he walks in just as she is trying on some of the clothes and he thinks she lives there so she tells him her name is Louise! I have to admit, I’m not sure how she could have looked THAT much older just by wearing different attire, but it does lead to an amusing tale of Grace trying to juggle two personas in an attempt to win Hols affections. It did remind me a bit of Mrs Doubtfire at times, but there were no fancy face masks being used here. However they didn’t all realise that Grace and Louise were the same person, as time went on, I don’t know.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Grace to begin with, but she did grow on me eventually, although her relationship with Hol did frustrate me at times. I’m not sure I found Hol all that likeable either to be honest. They are both quite childish at times, for their ages, but I guess we all can be sometimes. Things were very hit and miss between them and there are a lot of misunderstandings along the way and ignoring each other. It is a roller-coaster of a story though which held my attention as I was more than a little bit curious to discover how things would work out.

If you enjoy a romantic comedy with more than its fair share of drama then I think you will love this book.

Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via Netgalley.

(I am really, really trying to make a dent in my list!)

Via Amazon UK…..

Grace is thirty-nine and not remotely convinced that life begins at forty.

When her grandmother dies she volunteers to pick up her belongings from the sheltered accommodation. It is the last place she expects to have a chance encounter with the first man she has been instantly attracted to in a very long time, particularly as she is dressed almost head to toe in her grandmother’s clothing and accessories.

Grace’s granny alter ego elicits a conversation with the man about love, death and the universe, which she is convinced would not have happened otherwise. This inspires her to throw caution to the wind and turn what should have been a simple case of mistaken identity into a dating introduction opportunity for the real her. A decision which sets Grace on a rollercoaster adventure of lies, secrets and lust, making her thirty ninth year one she won’t forget, but might well regret…

Follow Grace’s next adventure in the sequel, Mummy With Benefits, available now!

Happy reading 🙂

 

📚 #MyYearInBooks #2018 #BookReviews 📚

Happy New Year!

2019!!

Okay, so, I love seeing other book bloggers’ top 10 posts at this time of the year, but I am incapable of choosing a top 10, so I usually do a ‘My 5 star reads’ post. However, this year I decided this was unfair on those books I rated 4 stars on Goodreads and Amazon, for whatever reason, so here is my year in books.

I very much recommend them all!

Heavenfield by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyanMysteries

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

Shadows On The Grass

Angel by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book4

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High Force by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book5

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Cragside by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book6

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Dark Skies by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book7

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The Hunt by Monica James @monicajames81 #BookReview 

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#SilentVictim by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes #BookReview #PublicationDay

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Will To Live (Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series Book 2) by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

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If Ever I Fall by S.D. ROBERTSON @SDRauthor #BookReview

If Ever I Fall

The Small Hand by Susan Hill #BookReview

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Manipulated Lives by HALeuschel @HALeuschel #BlogBlitz #BookReview #Giveaway @rararesources 

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Looking at the Stars by Lewis Hine @hine_hin @BlinkPublishing @bonnier_publish @friendfinder10 #mylifemybigprom #BookReview #lookingatthestars

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A Home at Honeysuckle Farm by Christie Barlow📚 @ChristieJBarlow @HarperImpulse #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources

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The Accident by CL Taylor @callytaylor #BookReview

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The Key to Death’s Door by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor #BlogTour #BookReview @Bloodhoundbook @sarahhardy681

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One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis @emmacurtisbooks @TransworldBooks #BookReview #Netgalley

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A Wild Kind of Justice by Alison Lingwood #BookReview

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Winning Ticket by Keith Bullock @AustinMacauley #BookReview

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The Next Girl (Detective Gina Harte Book 1) by Carla Kovach-Author @CKovachAuthor @bookouture #BookReview

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Seven Bridges: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 8) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

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One to Watch: A Detective Kay Hunter mystery, Book 3 by @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

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Hell to Pay: (Kay Hunter British detective crime thriller series Book 4) by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

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Call to Arms: (Kay Hunter British detective crime thriller series Book 5) by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

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My Mourning Year: A Memoir of Bereavement, Discovery and Hope by Andrew G. Marshall @andrewgmarshall @RedDoorBooks #BookReview

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Gone to Ground #KayHunter6 by @RachelAmphlett #BlogTour #BookReview #damppebblesblogtours

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The Summer Getaway by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #BlogBlitz #BookReview

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The Power Of Dog by Andrew G. Marshall @andrewgmarshall @RedDoorBooks #BlogTour #BookReview

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How To Mend A Broken Heart by Anna Mansell @AnnaMansell @bookouture #BookReview #Netgalley

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White Is The Coldest Colour by John Nicholl @nicholl06 #BookReview

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Unshackled by Rachael Stewart @rach_b52 #BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway @rararesources

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Raise The Blade by Tess Makovesky @tessmakovesky @caffeinenights #BookReview

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The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke @karenclarke123 @bookouture #BookReview

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Peppermint Park by Stephanie Harte #BookReview

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I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford @sjfordauthor #BlogTour #BookReview & #Giveaway with @rararesources

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The Trailing Spouse by Jo Furniss @Jo_Furniss #BookReview

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Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes @AmazonPub #BlogTour #BookReview

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Guess Who I Pulled Last Night? by Nikki Ashton @NikkerAsh #BookReview

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Their Final Act (DI Alec McKay Book 3) by Alex Walters @mikewalters60 #BlogBlitz #BookReview @Bloodhoundbook @sarahhardy681

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Without Rules by Andrew Field #BlogBlitz #BookReview @AFwithoutrules #damppebblesblogtours #WithoutRules

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The Black Hornet (James Ryker Book 2) by Rob Sinclair @RSinclairAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

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The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #BlogTour #BookReview

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#HushHush by Mel Sherratt @writermels @AvonBooksUK #BlogTour #BookReview

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City of Secrets (Adventures of Letty Parker) by Misha Herwin @MishaHerwin #BookReview @penkhullpress

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The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James @CarolineJames12 #BlogTour #BookReview @RubyFiction @rararesources

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The Hermitage: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 9) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

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#HerLastMove by @johnmarrs1 #BlogTour #BookReview @damppebbles @AmazonPub @EmmaFinnigan

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Twelve Christmas Crackers and a Boxing Day Treat by Keith Bullock #BookReview #Christmas #ShortStories

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A Reason To Grieve by Mick Williams #BookReview

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Home for Christmas by Jan Ruth @JanRuthAuthor #BookReview

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A Christmas Romance: A heart-warming Christmas story (The Little Perran Romances Book 1) by Lynda Renham @Lyndarenham #BookReview

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The Text: A short story by Claire Douglas @Dougieclaire #BookReview

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#ShortReviews for #ShortStories by #PaulFinch #JeffreyArcher #ZaraStoneley #HelenRolfe #KairaRouda & #ThaliaNewland

 

Have you read any of the above?

What are you looking forward to reading this year?

 

 

#ShortReviews for #ShortStories by #PaulFinch #JeffreyArcher #ZaraStoneley #HelenRolfe #KairaRouda & #ThaliaNewland

Hi!

Are you looking forward to bringing in the new year? What will you be doing to celebrate? What book will you be reading into the new year?

At the beginning of the month I realised I was still ten books away from achieving my Goodreads challenge and there was no way I could read ten full length novels in December so I resigned myself to not meeting my target this year. However, I mentioned this on my Facebook blog page and the general advice I received from fellow book lovers was to read a few short stories, so I took their advice and achieved my target this evening! 🙂 I do feel like I’ve cheated, but I have been assured that they still count.

2018 Reading challenge

Do I reduce my target for 2019 or go for 60 again??

Anyway, I thought I’d do just one blog post for the last few short stories I’ve read, as they only have very short reviews.

Short Story 1

This is a compelling short story which had me gripped from the very first page. If you’re a fan of crime thrillers and fancy a quick read then I highly recommend this one.

What seems like a stalking case quickly turns out to be a lot more sinister (as if being stalked isn’t bad enough). DS ‘Heck’ Heckenburg and his team find themselves in a dangerous race against time to catch a killer. A very tense and suspenseful story. Brilliant!

 

 

Short Story 2

A Wasted Hour is a clever little tale which was nothing like I was expecting it to be when I read the first sentence. A student hitch hiker is offered a lift by an old man and we join them on their journey as they share a very interesting conversation. I was as fascinated as the student and the ending really did make me smile. Intelligently written with a surprising conclusion. I Loved it!

 

 

Short Story 3

A Very Country Christmas was a lovely little festive read featuring Lottie, the love of her life, Rory and their family and friends. Lottie’s plans for a quiet, romantic Christmas Day, just the two of them soon turns in to them hosting a houseful which makes for an amusing tale, but one which is also quite heart-warming. There is a quite a lot of focus on horses within the story, which I think will appeal to anyone who keeps horses and/or lives on a country estate. I can’t say I related to that side of things but I still found this to be entertaining read and I have to say that Elizabeth was by far my favourite character!

 

 

Short Story 4

I absolutely loved Valentine’s Day at the Cafe at the End of the Pier. It is such a heart-warming read which is so easy to lose yourself in for half an hour or so. If you want a feel-good short story for your coffee break at work, or just whenever you fancy, then I definitely recommend you download this one. It’s easy to see why Jo jumped at the chance to move back to the coast to help her grandparents run their cafe at the end of the pier, it sounds like such a lovely place to live and run a business. Jo is a very likeable character, as are her grandparents which makes this a very pleasant read indeed.

 

 

Short Story 5

We meet three Mums and three sons, all connected by one tragedy. Sad, but very heart-warming.

 

 

Short Story 6

Norris is obviously quite fond of his neighbour, who he refers to as the Goddess. He is desperate to talk to her, but his anxieties hold him back. Seeing her every morning as they make their way to work is the highlight of his day though and he doesn’t dare imagine ever having anything more, until one day she falls down a hole and he is compelled to help her.

I thought this was a very cleverly written little story which I found quite sweet.

 

Have you read any of the above?

Are there any that take your fancy?

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy your New Year’s Eve, whatever you do to celebrate! Xx