Review: Give Me Love - Book #1 Give Me Series -Kate McCarthy - March 2013
One of my favorite things about book blogging and belonging to some awesome book pages on Facebook is the discovery of new authors and what better way to help support the Down Under authors of the world. As a cover lover, one of the things that drew me to purchasing it as the girl on the front reminded me of a young Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham. The second was the blurb as I love Rock N Roll Romances. Give Me Love features Evie aka Genevieve who along with some of her friends are in a band that is hitting up the Melbourne scene and of course the hot guy which is Jared - Jared's sister Mac is Evie's roommate and one of her best friends . Jared also owns a consulting business along with Evie's older brother Coby, their consulting business puts them in danger constantly and Evie wants safety in a relationship so she goes off to date other guys though her heart is all for Jared. Will Evie and Jared put aside their differences and finally make it as a couple or when tragedy hits and Evie is made a target for danger - will the pair discover that loving each other is too dangerous of a risk to take ?
Find out all this and more in Book #1 Give Me Love.
Today's book is received from The Cadence Group and if you love uplifiting stories and books like Chicken Soup for the Soul , then this is for you.
Review: The Spirit of the Heart - Ismael N. Nuno MD - October 2012
Are you a fan of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books ? Whether it be the children's stories , teen stories , stories for Scrapbookers, Coffee drinkers or Horse lovers ? You just love finding and reading uplifting and inspirational stories , tales of family love and hope , dealing with grief and finding forgiveness in hearts in order to move on with the healing process ? Written by a former heart-surgeon Ismael has spent a while collecting stories from people's lives all across the globe. As a surgeon, also included in the book are tales from behind the scenes of surgeries and some of them are pretty intensive. As one of America's
former leading cardiac surgeons, Dr. Nuno healed patients' hearts.
Fixing "broken" hearts gave him a unique and intimate view into the
power of the heart. Even coming face to face with death and losing
patients, there is a beauty that can exist even in loss. The Spirit of
the Heart is a collection of heart-warming stories that resonate at the
core of our humanness. He graciously offers the insights he has gained
from occupying a front-row seat at some of life's most real and raw
moments. These tender stories teach us about what it means to be human,
to be connected to others, to love, to live, to forgive.
The Perfect Gift for anyone whom you know loves to be uplifted every now and again.
Do you love Mystery novels ? Love reading about Mental Illnesses ?
Review: Notes from Ghost Town - Kate Ellison - February 2013
When I first picked up Notes from Ghost Town I wasn't sure what to expect , I had in mind that there would be a mystery aspect but other than that who knew. What I did get was an amazing story which covered not only ghosts, murder but also conspiracy and mental illnesses. The story starts with Olivia and her best friend Lucas Stern out playing and then they kiss , that would be the last time she saw him as the following week he would be dead and even worst her mother would be arrested for his murder. Ten months have passed , Olivia has been colorblind blind since the incident and is worried that she is catching her mother's mental illness - Schizophrenia. The novel then jumps to ten days before her mother's sentencing and she is met by Stern's ghost who tells her that her mother didn't kill him and that in order for him to cross to the other side , she has to help solve his murder. From there we read as Kate unscrambles a whole conspiracy and coverup and discovers that her mother is being framed. Who really killed Stern and why are they adamant to put Olivia's mum away for murder ?
Notes from a Ghost Town was a fast and enjoyable read and anyone who loves mystery novels will enjoy the chase that Kate Ellison develops .
Are you enjoying the New Adult categories ? I know I am , as my favorite type of books finally have a area to belong to rather than lumped in with Romance Novels etc.
Review: Cutest Couple - Book #2 Girls Most Likely to Series - Kate Davies - April 2013
Ten Years ago , Bree and Marc were voted in their graduating class as the School's Cutest Couple and then on the night of their prom everything turned to disaster as Marc had signed up for the army and Bree turned her back on him as joining the army to her was the worst thing ever as we discover Bree's father was in the Military. They drifted apart and he went off to Boot Camp and Bree discovered she was pregnant with his baby. Ten years have passed and Bree is a single mother to a nine-year old boy Ben and her ten year reunion is coming up this weekend. Bree receives a blast from the past when Marc walks in , she assumes he knows he has a son and has been ignoring her and Ben . Marc on the other hand has no clue that he is a father , let alone that the son is nearly ten years old. What happens when the pair meets and Marc discovers the news ? Will he walk away and act as it never happened or will he step up to the plate and take responsibility for his actions ten years ago ? Will the cutest couple become a family ?
The Cutest Couple almost finishes on what can be called a cliffhanger ending as it leaves the reader open to deciding for themselves what happens next , though of course we readers assume that it is a HEA ending.
Prefer a bit more suspense added to your romance ?
Review: Morgan's Law - Karly Lane - May 2012
Six months ago , Sarah Murphy was living the high-life in London when she received a phone call that her Grandmother had passed away. Trudging back home to Sydney, Sarah goes to pick up her Grandmother's ashes -attached to the ashes is a note to Sarah of where the ashes are to be scattered. At the "Wishing Tree" in Negallan - a small rural town out in the wop-wops. Respecting her Grandmother's wishes, Sarah heads to Negallan expecting only to be a couple of days but as soon as she arrives - she realises she in for the long haul from vehicle problems to the fact that nobody seems to know her Grandmother Eliza Jones or even remembers a "Jones" family living in Negallan. This is where the mystery begins as it turns out that Sarah's grandmother's real name was Rose Morgan and the Morgans are like Negallan Royalty and according to sources Rose Morgan vanished over sixty years ago when she was seventeen and no-one has heard from her since and assumed she had died or was murdered. What happened all those years ago for Sarah's grandmother to change her name ? The more Sarah hangs around town , the more that town secrets and buried truths and lies start to bubble to the surface. Morgan's Law is the perfect read for anyone who not only wants a good ol' Aussie Rural Fiction read but for someone who also loves a mixture of romance and mystery.
Review: Slated - Book #1 Slated series - Teri Terry - May 2012
Imagine if you were a nasty criminal or had a bad childhood ? Would you love to forget your past and become a new person - be "Slated" ? Kyla Davies has been slated and can only remember from the age of 10 when she arrived at the hospital. When she is given a new home and family, Kyla must learn to adapt but Kyla has always been different - once you are slated you are supposed to forget your past but Kyla remembers it in flashes . Who was Kyla prior to the slating ? Was she in fact a criminal or a somebody that someone out there is probably missing ? It's quite hard to write a review on Slated as it is a challenging read and you are thrown headfirst into a new society and I don't want to delve too much into the plot as it will give the story away and you will be left without that surprise element. So to finish, all I should say was that this book was surprisingly a really good read and that I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. So much enjoyed that I have the second book sitting on my bookshelf to read.
Thanks to Paula Phillips,
my favourite reviewer, for allowing me to guest post here on her blog, and to
writer Paulette Rae for inviting me to follow on from her own Next Big Thing: http://pbrae.blogspot.co.nz/
1: What is the working
title of your book(s)?
2: Where did the idea come
from for the book?
The story was inspired by my
friend Florence Bloise. Florence is a wife, an accomplished artist, a
self-confessed ‘gourmande’, and the over-indulgent mother of three gorgeous children.
Florence is also missing. For a decade now, the people left behind, those who
love Florence, have been waiting, hoping, for her safe return. I believe I
wrote Misplaced hoping to catch a
glimpse of my friend in the pages, or perhaps to uncover the elusive clue that
will ultimately bring her home.
3: What genre does your
book come under?
4: Which actors would you
choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Ooh, excellent question. Since
the story is set in New Zealand and my protagonist, Adam, and his friends (Skye,
Corey, Kieran and Simon) are typical Kiwi teenagers, I’d love to see them
portrayed by newly discovered young New Zealand actors, the way Keisha Castle
Hughes and Anna Pacquin were cast for roles in The Whale Rider and The Piano
respectively. I must remember to tell that to Jane Campion when she asks to
option the manuscript!
5: What is the one-sentence
synopsis of your book?
A teenager must cope when
his mother pops out and doesn’t return.
6: Is your book
self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an
The book is contracted to
the lovely people at Bluewood Publishing. Coming soon!
7: How long did it take you
to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About 8 months with breaks. For Misplaced,
I was fortunate to have won an NZSA mentorship with well-known New Zealand
writer, Graeme Lay, so the writing took a little longer than normal as we sent my
chapters back and forth to each other scribbling down new ideas and discussing
them. The book is certainly stronger for Graeme’s expert input.
8: What other books would
you compare this story to within your genre?
One of my beta readers
likened it to Lia Hill’s Beginner’s Guide to Living (Text).
9: Who or what inspired you
to write this book?
As I said earlier, the
story was inspired by my friend Florence, who went missing in France in 2003.
To distance the story from Florence’s real-life tale, I made my main character
a seventeen-year-old boy coping with all the normal teenager tribulations –
falling in love, getting picked for the athletics team - while also dealing
with ongoing uncertainty about his missing mother, the agonising hope and plummeting
despair. However, Misplaced also offers
a measure of optimism, with that element of ‘I get by with a little help from
my friends’ thrown in.
10: What else about your
book might pique the reader’s interest?
This image, entitled
Solitude, is a pastel by Florence Bloise.
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Ever wondered what it would be like to be surrounded by bodyguards all day ? Have a lack of freedom ?
Review: Overprotected - Jennifer Laurens - April 2011
All Ashlyn has ever wanted was a taste of freedom , after an incident that happened when Ashlyn was younger she has been surrounded by bodyguards and protected but not in a you can still have your freedom way but in a way that she is over-protected. Coming up to Eighteen , Ashlyn yearns for her freedom and for her parents to stop treating her like a little child and someone that needs protecting. When her first bodyguard gets fired , Ashlyn hopes that it is the last - but her enjoyment is outlived when her father hires a new one - but this new bodyguard has history with Ashlyn. His name is Colin and when they were younger , he used to make her life a living hell and now they are both attracted to each other. Can the duo keep their distance or is this fate's funny idea of keeping them together and bringing them closer together ? What will happen though , when danger and tragedy strikes and Ashlyn wishes at that moment she was protected ? Will she return safely or has someone finally achieved their goal and gotten rid of Ashyln for good - once and for all ?
I personally found it to be a bit slow for my liking , it started great and had a real good premise and then it just seemed to drag therefore I am giving it 3 stars rather than 4 stars.