A #GuestPost by #Author Carol Roberts @authorRobertsC & #Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Carol Roberts to Chat About Books 🙂

Carol Roberts

Guest post…..

I have always been fascinated by the Atlantis-myth, the story of an advanced city about 9000 years ago, that mysteriously disappeared. In more recent years, researchers, including the National Geographic Society, have taken a new look at these stories, mapping possible locations of this lost land. But to me it was more the question of why and how, that intrigued me, rather than the where and when.

I started to write Atlantis in my late twenties. It was a culmination of my travels to destinations like the Himalayas in India, and the Andes in Peru, that once were home to cultures and traditions no longer existent. As a free lance writer I was keen to dig deep into the question of why some cultures simply disappear, and the undying mystique they leave behind.

The Atlantis-myth, like the stories of other such lost civilizations, tells of a culture more knowledgeable than others, with highly developed skills, that are perceived as the cause of their own, eventual undoing. They were said to be fine-tuned to the power of energy and light, able to use it for various purposes, only to ultimately abuse it.

For me, it was the speculative nature of the myth that kept me inspired, and as a consequence Atlantis was written in many different stages over the course of several years. But still I was not satisfied, until I realized that if I wanted to find my own answer to the question, I had to look within. What could be so important for such myths to survive? Could our collective psyche try to preserve something not in our current awareness, yet lying deep within, buried beneath layers of time?

If so, then I had to look back in time, at other literature preserving knowledge as to the nature of man, and when I finally arrived at the story of creation, I could see new meaning, like a new light shining upon contexts of old. It was all there, the challenge of our own evolution exposed; the implications of polarity and the consequent outcomes of individual as well as collective destiny. It was at that point that I could finally complete Atlantis.

Atlantis cover

Many thanks for taking the time to write a guest post for Chat About Books, Carol 🙂

Here is the blurb

When Alanthea, high-priestess of Atlantis, connects to a woman in her dreams, she becomes haunted by a mystery. Compelled to trace the other woman’s life she finds coded poems that hold clues to the predicament of her people. Now she has to venture ever farther into forbidden territory to link past and present, and understand the real danger threatening Atlantis.

Arakon always thought of himself as an orphan, a loner without any real belonging. But after a strange encounter his life changes, and he is drawn into events beyond his control.

They move parallel in their search for answers until their destinies converge, and the weave unravels. Yet what they finally uncover lies deep at the heart of collective evolution, and what has been set in motion cannot be undone.

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Carol Roberts is an author and member of the Visionary Fiction Alliance. She writes visionary/metaphysical genre cross fantasy. She is also a free lance writer with particular interest in cultural myth. Originally from Vienna, she has spent all of her adult life in the Far North of New Zealand. Her work took her to several different countries, where she indulged her fascination with stories, particularly those dealing with the creation of man. ‘Atlantis’ is her first full length novel; speculating on concepts of the human condition, the meaning of individual and collective destiny, and choices.


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

I am absolutely OVER THE MOON to be joining in with Mark Tilbury’s blog tour for his new release, The Key to Death’s Door! 🙂

Mark Tilbury is easily one of my most favourite authors (whose books will always jump to the top of my reading list)!

The Key to Death's Door cover

If you could discover the murderous truth of a past life and seek justice in this one, would you?

Teenager Lee Hunter doesn’t have a choice when he nearly drowns after spending the night at a derelict boathouse with his best friend, Charlie Finch. After leaving his body and meeting a mysterious light that lets him to go back to the past, Lee finds himself reliving the final days of another life. A life that ended tragically.

After recovering from his near death experience, Lee begins to realise that he is part of two lives linked by the despicable actions of one man.

Struggling against impossible odds, Lee and Charlie set out to bring this man to justice.

Will Lee be able to unlock the past and bring justice to the future?

The Key to Death’s Door is a story of sacrifice, friendship, loyalty and murder.

My review…..

Well, Mark Tilbury’s books never fail to draw you in from the very first page! They’re not easy reads in regards to some of the subject matters and if you’re easily offended by violence then they probably won’t be for you, but if you like a dark psychological thriller then you will LOVE them. Mark Tilbury has a knack for creating the most evil of characters, who will make your skin crawl, but also very likeable characters who I always warm to and find myself praying for as their stories progress. Having LOVED all of Mark Tilbury’s other books I couldn’t wait to read The Key To Death’s Door and I was hooked, as always, from the start!

We meet Lee Hunter who is just 14 years old, living a normal life, like a normal teenager until he nearly drowns in the river whilst out with his friend, Charlie. In fact, Charlie saves his life, but not before Lee experiences the last few days of a previous life. A short life where he meets a devastating end at the hands of one man. One man he soon realises he still knows now, 30 years later! This man, who is not really worthy of the title, is a totally sick character. The filth that comes out of his mouth and the things he puts this family through are nothing short of horrific! It’s not pleasant reading at all, at times, and being an animal lover too he absolutely turned my stomach. I would have wanted to kill him myself. Lee and Charlie are determined to bring this man to justice, but how will they find proof. Who is going to believe he regressed to a past life when he was drowning?

Lee is a lovely character. He obviously loves his mother, and he respects her rules, but he can’t help being swayed a little by Charlie. Lee and Charlie are like chalk and cheese, with VERY different upbringings, but the banter between them is great and quite amusing at times. They have a strong friendship. It’s absolutely heartbreaking what Charlie has to contend with at home and Lee does his best to support him, but he’s torn between helping out his mate and not wanting to upset his mother. Eventually they hatch a plan to gain the evidence they need to put this monster down for good, but nothing is ever straight forward and they find themselves in a very dangerous situation with seemingly no way out.

I absolutely loved the supernatural aspect of this story and I find the idea of some of us having led previous lives fascinating. When my son was about 3-4 years old he used to talk about when he used to be a runner, when he used to be older and he used to win all of the races!! He talked about this a lot, for a good few months and when I asked him what he meant, he was insistent that he used to be older and he used to win all the races he ran! I’m convinced he was remembering a past life, but he never mentioned anything as he got older.

This is a totally unique story which flows perfectly from page one. The twists and turns are shocking and unpredictable. Although it’s very much plot driven the characterisation is immensely strong. They are very real people and their story is totally believable, which makes it all the more scary!

Mark Tilbury certainly knows how to write a compelling story! He is easily one of my most favourite authors. I get on very well with his writing style and I know I’m in for a treat whenever he has a new book out.

I can’t wait for the next one!

Many thanks to the author and Bloodhound Books for my ARC. I highly recommend!

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Author Bio:

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Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.

After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.

He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have his fifth novel, The Key to Death’s Door published along with The Liar’s Promise, The Abattoir of Dreams, and The Ben Whittle Investigations relaunched, by Bloodhound Books.

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar, and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.







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Previous posts on Chat About Books featuring Mark Tilbury and his books…..

The Abattoir of Dreams by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #BlogTour #BookReview #AuthorInterview

The Revelation Room #BlogTour #BookReview @MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook @sarahhardy681

The Eyes of the Accused #BlogTour @MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview @sarahhardy681

The Liar’s Promise #BlogTour Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor #BookReview @Bloodhoundbook

#FlashbackFriday with @KFrenchBooks @mjamesfiction @TillyTenWriter @Helen_Bridgett @ChristieJBarlow @MTilburyAuthor



#RebelliousSpirits by Ruth Ball @eandtbooks #BlogTour #Extract & #Giveaway @alisonmenziespr

I have something a little bit different for you again today.

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Audacious Tales of Drinking on the Wrong Side of the Law


Publication date: 19 April 2018

Price: £9.99 paperback

A delicious history of Britain’s secret, exciting and often dangerous love affair with booze

From the first Malt Laws in Scotland and the restriction on gin in Hogarth’s London to the bootleggers of the Second World War and the modern speakeasy, Ruth Ball charts our enduring relationship with illicit alcohol.

A former bartender and founder of the bespoke liqueur company, Alchemist Dreams, Ruth’s flair with spirits can be seen in the many recipes, both traditional and modern, that pepper the pages of Rebellious Spirits, inviting you to drink along as you discover the true taste of the past.

“Gallops through the centuries with entertaining stories of smugglers, bootleggers, speakeasies and a host of other ne’er-do-wells devoted to avoiding the taxman and liquor laws. Historical recipes are woven through this refreshing read” Olive Magazine

“An engaging, witty and informative read for anyone interested in the colourful and exciting history of booze” GinFestival.com

“I love any book that teaches me new information or recipes. To find one that does so in such pleasurable and amusing way is a joy. You could treat Rebellious Spirits like a reference book and dip in and out of it from time to time but I defy you to put it down once you start reading it.” Comfortably Hungry’s blog.


‘Authentic’ Nassau Brandy Extract taken from Rebellious Spirits by Ruth Ball

With much to prove to his new subjects, William of Orange took the traditional approach of English kings: he declared war on France. His first act of aggression was to lay a cripplingly heavy tax on their main export: brandy. Britain had enjoyed a time of freedom and plenty since the demise of Oliver Cromwell and the end of the Commonwealth. Crops were good, food was cheap, towns were booming – and visiting brandy shops was becoming a popular pastime. Cutting off the supply of brandy was unlikely to be a popular move. Luckily, there was an alternative: cheap spirits made from British grain, which was growing in such plenty that farmers were in need of a new market.

These native spirits were usually used to make gin, the perfect spirit for the Dutch king to promote; and so gin was to become the new national spirit of England. Steps were taken to promote the new industry. Duty was dropped to almost nothing, and the sale of spirits was entirely deregulated. In London, even bakers couldn’t open a shop without going through a seven-year apprenticeship, but now anyone with a room or a wheelbarrow and a little spare cash for some cheap spirits could set themselves up as a dram shop (or dram barrow). It was one direction from the monarch that the people were happy to obey. The king said to drink cheap gin, and drink it they did!

While the poor were happy to take to the new drink, the rich weren’t satisfied with cheap spirits. They still wanted French brandy, and it was smuggled in for them at great risk and expense. But for every barrel of genuine French brandy there were half a dozen counterfeits. Why take the risk on the high seas in the middle of a war, when you could knock up a fake in your shed and make a killing? Even if the fake was spotted, there was little your customers could do once you had taken their money and left. They couldn’t exactly complain to the authorities that their illegal smuggled goods were fakes. The counterfeit just had to be good enough to make the sale. To make it more convincing, some counterfeiters would even load their fakes into boats in the dead of night and drop them out at sea. Then the next night, watched by their trusting customers, they would head back out and pick their cargo up as if it had been smuggled in from France.


For two gallons and a half: Take two gallons of British brandy, one in five, one pound and a half of Lisbon Sugar, six ounces and a half of prunes, four ounces of cellery, three ounces of kernels, two ounces of orange peel, a teaspoon full of essence of lemon, two glasses of rose water, and fill up your two and a half gallon cask with water.

P. Boyle, The Publican and Spirit Dealer’s Daily Companion, or, plain and interesting advice to wine vault and public house keepers, On subjects of the greatest Importance to their own Welfare, and to the Health, Comfort & Satisfaction Of Their Customers & Society At Large (Sixth Edition, c. 1800)


200ml vodka

Zest of ½ an orange

Zest of ¼ of a lemon

2 tsp apricot kernels

6 large prunes, roughly chopped

1 x 3cm piece of celery, sliced

1 tbsp rosewater

75ml water

Add all the ingredients except for the rosewater and the water into a large jar with a lid. Seal the jar and leave to steep for a fortnight, shaking occasionally. After a fortnight, strain through a sieve, and then strain again through a coffee-filter paper. Add a tablespoon of rosewater and 75ml of water, mix thoroughly and serve.

For real authenticity, fill your bath with salt water, seal your brandy into a small wooden cask, drop it in and leave overnight. Enjoy sipped from a brandy balloon with a fine cigar, while you think about how you got ripped off by those damn smugglers again. It’s quite tasty, but not at all convincing to anyone who has ever tasted real brandy.

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About the Author 

Ruth Ball is related to Admiral Edward Vernon, the man who invented grog as a way to serve the rum ration to the navy in 1740. She is a chemist and former bartender, and was the founder of Alchemist Dreams, a company dedicated to making handmade liqueurs blended to order for clients such as the British Library and the Science Museum Group. She is the author of Rough Spirits and High Society: The Culture of Drink (British Library, 2017). Having grown up in the Peak District, she now lives in London where she works at East London Liquor Company.


For your chance to win a paperback copy of Rebellious Spirits, courtesy of Alison Menzies PR, all you have to do is comment ‘Yes please’ on this post and I will choose a winner at random (UK ONLY PLEASE!)

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Many thanks to Alison Menzies for my paperback copy and for the opportunity to join in with the blog tour.

Rebellious Spirits paperback


#CoverReveal #TheSilentSister by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture

I am thrilled to be joining in with the cover reveal for Shalini Boland’s upcoming release, The Silent Sister! 🙂

THE SILENT SISTER by Shalini Boland – publishing on 16th July 

She used to be your best friend. Now she’s your worst enemy.

When Lizzy Beresford discovers a threatening letter addressed to her, the words on the old, tattered paper chill her to the bone. But who sent it? Living in pretty cottage in a quiet country village, Lizzy’s never made any enemies in her life…

Except her sister.

Lizzy hasn’t spoken to Emma in years. Not since the argument which tore their relationship apart. Would her sister really want to cause her harm after all this time?

As Lizzy receives more disturbing messages, she begins to doubt those closest to her – her boyfriend, her best friend, her neighbours.

Because the mystery sender seems to know everything about her. And after a series of malicious incidents, it’s clear they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed her life.

Lizzy knows she must confront her sister. But can she trust her? And will she realise the shocking truth, before it’s too late?

From the bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this utterly addictive psychological thriller will have you gasping at every twist and will make you question everyone you know. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.

The Silent Sister cover

Pre-order here…..


About the author: 

Shalini Boland

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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East Of India by Erica Brown @baywriterallat1 @canelo_co #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @ElliePilcher95

I am very pleased to be joining in with Erica Brown’s East Of India blog tour today 🙂

First of all, here’s the book info for you…..


East of India

Author Name:

Erica Brown

Previous Books (if applicable):

Daughter of Destiny, The Sugar Merchant’s Wife and Return to Paradise (Strong Family Saga)


Exoctic Saga, Historical Fiction

Release Date:

16th April 2018



Cover Image:

East Of India

Book Blurb:

India, 1940. When Nadine learns that the Indian woman she thought her nanny is, in fact, her mother, she rebels against her English father and he arranges for Nadine to be wed to an Australian merchant many years older. She whisked off to his plantation in Malaya but as the Second World War rages throughout the East, Nadine is taken captive by the Japanese. She is held at a camp in Sumatra with other women and forced to provide sexual favours for the soldiers. In the most unlikely circumstances, Nadine finds an ally and protector in a Japanese-American general, caught up in the war. The two bond over the conflicted identities and gradually fall in love. But can Nadine survive long enough to find happiness?

Don’t miss this emotional and powerful saga about a women’s determination to beat the odds, perfect for fans of Renita D’Silva, Dinah Jefferies and Julia Gregson.

Author Bio:

Erica Brown is the pseudonym of a very successful author of women’s fiction and crime. She lives in Bath and has one daughter and twin grandchildren one of whom is dead set on becoming a writer.

Author Social Media Links – Twitter:


Many thanks to Ellie Pilcher, at Canelo, for arranging the following interview with Erica Brown.


Where did/do you get your ideas from?

That’s always the first question when I’m giving a talk. The truth is I don’t know. They just happen like little fluttering butterflies that suddenly grow into eagles. A bit over descriptive I know, but that’s how it is. A brain full of butterflies!

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

Everyone in the world. I create a basic character then add on attributes that appeal to me (or don’t, depending on the character.) To avoid being accused of creating cardboard characters one has to go beyond basic description i.e. colouring, height and taste in clothes. How speech is delivered, how somebody walks, what is their attitude to children, men, animals or old people. Do they bury their noses in the perfume of flowers or are they forever staring at some far off horizon that nobody else can see. We all know people like that; it’s just mixing the bits we know up with the bits we imagine.

How do you pick your characters names?

I pick characters names to match the period of the story. i.e. I wouldn’t use the names Wayne and Tracey in a historical novel or one set in WW2. I’m also careful not to use names beginning with the same letter especially of close characters who appear in a number of scenes together.

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

Yes. Don’t worry about the grammar, punctuation, spelling or historical fact. Get on with the story and do all the factual stuff at the end.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Charles Dickens, H G Wells, C J Sansom, Neville Shute and Homer.

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

Homer. I would be interested in knowing more about the basis of Greek legends.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Hugely so. I used to curl up in a chair with a book and a packet of custard creams. My mother gave up buying me dolls for Christmas and settled for a mountain of books.

When did you start to write?

I wrote as a child, but began writing professionally about 25 years ago.

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

Gone With the Wind. I think the ending was a bit of a cop out. I get the impression Margaret Mitchell didn’t know quite how to wind it all up.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

The Shardlake series.

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

Me and Our Street.

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

The Mad Hatter. A wine bar. Chaos!

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a new series set in the fifties, plus a fantasy, plus a children’s book/script.

Tell us about your last release?

The Strong trilogy beginning with Daughter of Destiny, The Sugar Merchant’s Wife and Return to Paradise are set in the West Indies. Blanche is the daughter of a slave on a sugar plantation and one of the Strong brothers, conceived one drunken night. She’s taken to England where she thinks she will be accepted by the family, but instead is relegated to being a servant. Strong willed and defiant, she’s determined to discover the identity of her father. Some members of the family are hostile, especially Horatia, the strong minded daughter of the house. One in particular, a sea captain adopted as a boy, is in love with her, but marrying him is out of the question. Other decisions are made in order for her to establish a life in the sugar city of Bristol.

Do you have a new release due?

East of India comes out on the 18th of April and is a story about Nadine who finds out that her recently deceased nurse is also her mother. Angered that her father kept the news from her, she willingly marries the Australian owner of a Malayan rubber plantation and is in Singapore when it surrenders to the Japanese. From there she finds herself in the Bamboo House where, in order to survive, she dances as her mother taught her, entertaining the enemy officers. In time she is expected to do more than that. All the women there are doing all they can to survive, to live another day. It is here she meets a Japanese/American officer who has also been caught up in a war he wants nothing to do with. In time it becomes obvious that their lives are in danger and they must flee or perish.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

A glass of wine is usually in order.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I think I’m available via Canelo, and also as Lizzie Lane on Facebook and Twitter.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I appreciate hearing from my readers. Without I would have no one to share my stories with.

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

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Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella by Sun Chara @sunchara3 #BlogTour #Promo @rararesources

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Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella

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Will their wedding night be a one-night stand or a merger for keeps?

Global real estate mogul, Cade Sloan should’ve listened to his own advice: trust no one, and never a woman…especially not his 24-hour bride gone AWOL with his millions. Nina, mousy secretary turned sexy vixen, will repay every penny with interest…

When Cade gears up for a takeover, there’s sweet hell to pay. Nina owes her husband a wedding night and he’s hell bent on collecting… his way, his time, his pleasure.

Purchase Link –

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Author Bio –

Sun Chara

Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance for HarperImpulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella launched her writing career, spinning the ‘global millionaires’ series’. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With a Masters Degree in Education, and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making everyday a celebration!

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Boys and reading #GuestPost by Kaye Newton @kayenewtonbooks

I have a something a little bit different for you today.

I’m sure I’m not the only parent who has struggled to interest their child in reading for pleasure. My daughter loves to read, but I still haven’t convinced my gamer son, who is now almost 18, that reading is NOT boring! 

Kaye Newton offers her advice…..

Kaye Newton

Boys’ reading-comprehension skills are dropping faster than girls’. Here’s what we can do about it:

Every boy and girl is one captivating book away from becoming a reader. So what are the books that enthrall boys? Many boys enjoy action-packed stories with a male main character. On his Guys Read website, author Jon Scieszka suggests that we “let boys know that nonfiction reading is reading. Magazines, newspapers, websites, biographies, science books, comic books, graphic novels are all reading material.”

Start by building on what your son likes and let him choose what he wants to read. Here are some ideas:

For video gamers: Diary of a Minecraft Zombie, Ender’s Game, and Ready Player One are good choices. Nonfiction books like Game On!, which describes the latest video games and how to win them, and the Guinness World Records 2017 Gamer’s Edition can also appeal to the gamer in your life.

For preteen boys who like to laugh: Try the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, the Big Nate series, Roald Dahl books, Calvin and Hobbes, and David Walliams’s books like the Demon Dentist. Preteens also like joke books such as Jokelopedia. (Brace yourself for the impending onslaught of “why did the chicken cross the road” jokes.) Older teens may chuckle when reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books, and Good Omens. David Sedaris’s books and Dave Barry’s columns are hilarious.

For fans of Marvel comics and Star Wars: Does your son enjoy the movies based on Marvel comics, like X-Men? If so, try graphic novels with lots of action such as Batman: The Killing Joke or a paperback like X-Men Days of Future Past. Eighth graders and older teens may enjoy Brandon Sanderson’s unconventional superhero Steelheart trilogy. For Star Wars fans, check out visual dictionaries of the characters and planets as well as Timothy Zahn’s books like Star Wars: Thrawn and Michael Stackpoles’s Star Wars: X-Wing series.

For those that enjoy fantasy and adventure: Try Harry Potter; anything by Rick Riordan; the Leviathan trilogy, by Scott Westerfeld; the Ranger’s Apprentice series; and Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

For action and thriller fans: Check out the Alex Rider series, by Anthony Horowitz; the Maze Runner series; the Michael Vey series, by Richard Paul Evans; and Cherub: The Recruit, by Robert Muchamore.

For boys interested in history: Get Steve Sheinkin’s books like Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon; the young adult version of Unbroken; or Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, by James Swanson. Preteens enjoy the I Survived series, by Lauren Tarshis; the Horrible History series, by Terry Deary; and the Who Was? biography series.

In addition to enjoying books that reflect their interests, boys respond positively to male reading models. The British Parliament’s Boys’ Reading Commission stated in its 2012 report that in order to narrow the reading gender gap, every boy should have weekly support from a male reading model.

Author Jim Trelease agrees and points out that many dads focus on developing their sons’ athletic abilities rather than their reading skills. Fathers and sons spend hours together at the gym or soccer fields, but how about Dad also takes his son to the library or bookstore? How about they sit on the couch and read their respective books and magazines? While we all like to dream, it’s highly unlikely that our kids will play professional sports or receive a Nike contract. But they will need to read and write well to succeed in the workplace.

It’s not just dads who can mentor boys. Grandpa can read a few pages of the book his grandson is currently reading and talk to him about it. Or an older male cousin can read an article with your son. If Dad (or Grandpa or another reading mentor) lives far away or travels extensively, he can text, e-mail, and Skype about books and send links to articles.

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this encouraging guest post for Chat About Books, Faye. I’ve failed with my son, so far, but I still hope he will become a reader in his adult life.

Author Bio –

Author Kaye Newton loves to share valuable tips on how to get kids to put down their smartphones and pick up a book. Kaye spent over a year researching expert advice about promoting reading and then testing it on her three screen-loving children. Find out more about the result, How to Get Your Screen-Loving Kids to Read Books for Pleasure, and her other award-winning book at kayenewton.com. (http://kayenewton.com)

How To Get Your Screen-loving Kids to Read Books for Pleasure

What are your thoughts on this subject?

Do your children share your love of reading?


#CoverReveal The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John-Ligali @AnneJohnLigali @rararesources

The Weekend Spa Break cover reveal


Friendships Online Series

Part Two

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

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Anne John-Ligali

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

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A warehouse in Japan used as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. A distraught, young Japanese woman in dishevelled clothes sits on a box, holding her infant daughter. Ben, a US rescue volunteer, kneels in front of her offering comfort. They hug, the baby between them. The moment turns into an hour as the woman sobs into his shoulder; mourning the loss of her husband, her home, the life she knew. A picture is taken, capturing the moment. It becomes a symbol; of help freely given and of the hope of the survivors. The faces in the picture cannot be recognised, and that is how Ben likes it. No celebrity, thanks not required.

But others believe that being identified as the person in the picture is their path to fame and fortune. Ben stands, unknowingly, in their way, but nothing a contract killing cannot fix.

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I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops. My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider. Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing. Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school. So here we are, two books published and another on track. Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

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The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by 📚❤ Nicola May ❤️📚 @nicolamay1 #TCSICB #AuthorInterview & #Giveaway @rararesources

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Nicola May

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

Hello and thanks very much for having me here on your lovely blog. I am Nicola May, I write romcom and The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay is my ninth novel.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

A lot of my ideas come from real life. For example, Star Fish is a about a Piscean woman who dates each sign of the zodiac to try and find love. I don’t think I’ve had that many dates… but I did have a stint of internet dating, hence also my novel, Love me Tinder, which revolved around the dating app of the same name.

The idea for The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay came to me from a picture my Dad painted.

I live near a village called Sunninghill, my dad is an artist and painted the little old shop that used to be on a corner there many years ago. It used to be a sweet shop but is long gone now. I thought back to the novel Chocolat, and suddenly thought what a great focal point for a novel, a seaside corner shop would be. On the book cover, the actual painting that my dad did, is incorporated into the illustration.

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

Yes, lots of my characters are based on people I know. In different forms, if that makes sense. For example, in Star Fish, Ruby, my heroine has a friend called Fi, who is the spitting image of a friend of mine Sarah, but I have made her an Irish character. All my heroine’s have a little piece of me in them. And, some of my not so nice characters are also based on people I’ve encountered along the way.

How do you pick your characters names?

I give my main characters short names as I must type them so much. These are some of the heroine’s names in my novels: Amy, Cali, Ruby, Rosa and Jess. The first names just usually come to me. With regards to last names, I tend to look at TV and film credits. I always check that the names are easy to say or read. There’s nothing worse than reading a book and you are not sure, even in your head, how to pronounce someone’s name.

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

I write in bed. And when a novel idea comes to me, that’s where I stay until I’ve finished! I can write for hours and hours. I get into the zone and find it easier that way as continuity is a big thing in novel writing. If I don’t write some days I have to reread the whole manuscript just to make sure I get everything right. Thank heaven for editors as when you are so close to something you do sometimes miss even obvious things.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Milly Johnson

Marian Keyes

Mary Wesley

Victoria Hislop

Patrick Gale

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

J K Rowling, I would love to ask her how she structured her novels in the first place and when she finished the first one if she realised what a massive hit she had on her hands. I would also ask her now that she is so successful, what fulfils her.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Oh yes. I used to eat Enid Blyton novels in chunks. Famous Five, Secret Seven and Mallory Towers, even Noddy; all massive favourites of mine. I had a cupboard in my bedroom full of books.

When did you start to write?

I didn’t start writing novels until I was 30. I had never had a great ambition to be an author, it sort of just happened.

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

I’m not sure about a book, but at end of Titanic I’d have made room for Jack on the wooden panel Rose was left floating on

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Yes, One Day by David Nicholls, such a simple plot, but so effective in its drama. I met him once at a screen event and he is a lovely down to earth guy.

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

This IS the one!

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

I’d hang out with Paddington Bear and go have marmalade sandwiches on a station platform

What are you working on right now?

I’ve had such a massive response to this blog tour that I’m actually blog writing nearly every day. I also have to create five videos so working on the storyboards for them.

Do you have a new release due?

Yes! The Corner Shop in Cockleberry launched on April 9 and I’m really excited about this book as so far have had a great response.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I’m self -published on this one again, so after a whirlwind on social media to get it out there, I shall probably just meet with some friends and have a glass or two of something fizzy.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I love to hear from my readers, so please look at the links below for Twitter and Facebook. I can also be mailed at nicola@nicolamay.com.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I am just about to apply to go on The Chase!

Oooo, exciting stuff!

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

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

by Nicola May

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Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

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Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

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