2018, Blog Tour

Blog Tour: The Little Gate-crasher By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

This evening on Hayley Reviews I’m here to talk to you about The Little Gate-crasher..

Mace Bugen might have been an achondroplastic dwarf, 43 inches tall with an average size head and torso set on small, twisted legs—but that didn’t mean he was an idiot or a pushover. In truth, he was smarter than most; over the years, he learned to effectively turn what society in those days called a handicap into a powerful tool he could use to his advantage.

“When I was a kid,” he once said, “I’d ask myself, Why is that guy on the football team? Why can’t I be on the team? Why didn’t God give me the height so I could be the hero?”

“Then at some point I figured it out: I gotta do something special to let ’em know I’m me.”

In The Little Gate Crasher: The Life And Photos Of Mace Bugen, I remember my amazing great-Uncle Mace Bugen through his journey as a first-generation Jewish-American kid in working class Philipsburg, NJ to becoming the first celebrity selfie-artist—way ahead of his time.

Featuring vintage photos of Mace with his exploits, The Little Gate Crasher captures three decades of American pop culture, seen through the unique lens of Mace and his gate-crashing exploits.

Underneath his antics, we meet a complex man who continually defies others expectations and meets life on his own terms. Mace becomes a successful businessman and devoted son to his aging parents. But in his gate-crashing antics, we best get to see Mace’s unique combination of guile, cunning and sense of entitlement, which he used to engineer photos of himself with some of the biggest celebrities of his day. If people were going to stare at him all of his life, he would give them something to see.

The Little Gate Crasher features over 50 vintage photos of Mace with celebrities, athletes and politicians, including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Muhammed Ali, Richard Nixon, Jane Russel, Joe DiMaggio and more.

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Little-Gate-Crasher-Life-Photos-Bugen-ebook/dp/B01EH101EC/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Gate-Crasher-Life-Photos-Bugen-ebook/dp/B01EH101EC/

Author Bio – Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer is an experienced educator, author and speaker. At Jewish Learning Venture, she works as Director of Whole Community Inclusion and leads disability awareness programs for the Philadelphia Jewish community. Her most recent book The Little Gate Crasher, a memoir of her Great-Uncle, who overcame society’s prejudices about dwarfism to lead a remarkable life, was one of the national book selections for 2017 Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month. Gabby writes for and edits The New York Jewish Week’s The New Normal: Blogging Disability and is also a featured Philly parenting blogger for WHYY’s newsworks. Gabby holds a B.F.A. in theatre and creative writing from Emerson College and an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Social Media Links –

www.gabriellekaplanmayer.com

@gabkaplanmayer

https://www.facebook.com/littlegatecrasher/

If I’m brutally honest this is not a book I would usually pick up but it’s interesting, the celebrity photos were my favourite.

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2018, Fitness, Off Topic, personal, Uncategorized

If in doubt Fight it out….

I had a number of options for blog posts today and I never expected it to be this. I also never expected it to be this late in the evening. I promise no complaining and bookish goodness tomorrow. I have some gorgeous guest posts that I cannot wait to share with you.

I had a fabulous holiday and considering I was only by the seaside the weather was pretty good, and it was great to spend time with my family including my four week old niece and nephew alongside their big sister. I’d hit my Slimming World target on the Monday before I left and I expected there to be some changes. I hadn’t been a complete pig but the scales upset me last night. I don’t think it helped that I’d had a strange work day and since returning from holiday I’ve had an awful sore throat cue me feeling extremely sorry for myself.

Today I have had a good and organised food day. I’m starting to cough up crap (sorry tmi) and I’ve just finished an awesome Fight Klub class. This class has me well and truly addicted, I’m hooked and I hate missing it. I’ve even got to the point I’m now changing my plans to fit in another session tomorrow. In that hour I let out some aggression and hopefully sweated out this awful bug that I feel I have.

This is the definition of Fight Klub that is stated on the group I attend in Bexleyheath and Falconwood.

FIGHT KLUB® is the boxing and martial arts inspired workout scene sweeping the nation! Using FIGHT KLUB®’s uniquely designed punch bag, the workout is formed of structured combinations of authentic boxing, kick boxing and Thai boxing moves. Suitable for ALL levels of fitness and set to Drum & Bass and House music, the workout hits all major muscle groups in the upper and lower body. Participants benefit from improvements in cardiovascular endurance, core strength, weight loss and muscle tone.

I literally cannot imagine life without this class, so much so I’ve even started thinking about becoming a trainer. Not that I think I’m anywhere near as awesome as Maxine and Sarah are. So through some crap stuff this week I have found my strength and determination thanks to friends, family and Fight Klub. If in doubt fight it out. HOW MANY??

https://ravingklubbers.com

2018, Author Love, ebook, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Evie’s Little Black Book By Hannah Pearl

Blurb: Is hunting down every man you’ve kissed the answer to finding Mr Right?

When Evie is invited to the wedding of the guy she’d fancied throughout her teens, it’s the final straw. What’s wrong with her and why can’t she keep a man?

In between consoling herself with ice cream and chocolate, and sobbing her heart out to her cousin Chamaine, Evie has a brainwave – and it all centres around her ‘little black book’ (well, more floral patterned notebook really) – which contains the details of every man she’s ever kissed or dated. Perhaps the cure for her disastrous love life has been nestled within its pages all along …

Does Evie’s little black book really hold the answers, or will she learn that exes are exes for a reason?

Review: Following reading The Last Good Day I was overjoyed to read that Hannah’s first full novel would follow shortly after.

Evie is a loveable character from the outset and her lack of faith in herself and whether she’s the issue to her single status really did hit home with me. As it’s something I would say, and my friends would scold me for.

When you hear the words little black book it’s often used in a derogatory term for former conquests, yet in Evie’s case there’s sooo much more to it than that. Although her book isn’t black in the slightest it’s floral and it’s a walk down memory lane for Evie with much amusement from her cousin Charmaine.

Evie’s journey through her past is a learning curve for her and as a reader it will make you stop and think. Seeing Evie meet up with her former conquests sure was a rollercoaster ride and in seeing her put the pieces to the puzzle together was enlightening.

This is a story of love, life, naivety and exploring who you are. Evie is a bubbly girl but she has lacked confidence in herself for a long time and in this trip down memory lane she learns a lot about herself and of those around her. She also learns that each guy she was ever intimate with, taught her a lesson in something. There are many twists and turns along the way, the first two guys in her book are laugh out loud, oh my god what was she thinking. Each and everyone of us has a few of those skeletons in our closets but we don’t necessarily hunt them down.

Seeing Evie blossom, shine and change into the woman she was always destined to be is heartwarming. There’s not a lot I can say without ruining a few twists but sometimes you need to go on a journey to work things out in your head. On this rollercoaster Evie found herself, saw what might have been and became happy in her own skin.

Hannah Pearl won the HeatSeeker short story competition last year and then was snapped up by Ruby Fiction for a three book deal. I truly loved the Last Good Day and you can read my review Here

Once I had devoured that I was overjoyed to read about Evie’s Little Black Book a story that will stay with me. Of late I have finally felt a lot more confident in me and in reading Evie’s story I could relate with a lot she was feeling.

Hannah is a remarkable writer and in the note to readers you realise just how much reading and writing has helped her, amongst everything she has written two fabulous stories and I cannot wait to see what else she does I am well and truly a fangirl. Thank you Hannah, for writing the story I needed to read whilst on my very own quest in life.

2018, Six for Sunday

Six for Sunday: Books that have….

Today’s offering is books that have been on your to be read pile forever.

Now as I said last Sunday I love Six for Sunday and try and take part when I can. I was away last week and I had the best of intentions in already drafting this post…that didn’t happen but I’m pleased with the blogging I did last week. I still have lots up my sleeve for this coming week so watch this space for author guest posts, reviews and quite possibly a few more personal post amongst anything else that pops up or inspires me to put pen to paper in a digital reference.

I usually have lots to say on my choices but this week I’m feeling rather under the weather. I started getting a sore throat at the later end of my holiday and when I got home the temperature was colder and I’ve felt worse.

Today I’ve had a chilled day getting back to my SW food choices and reading and chilling as well as leaving comments on gorgeous blog posts.

Tomorrow is bank holiday and I’m back to work sadly, but the good thing is it’s a shorter day, which means I can ease myself in gently before I head to Slimming World to see how I fair my last weigh in was before my holiday when I hit target. Which was one of the greatest feelings I’ve had this year. Spending the past week with my niece and my newest niece and nephew has been pretty something.

Onto my Six for Sunday choices.

Have you taken part in this weeks Six for Sunday? I would love to see your choices.

Have you read any of my choices if so where should I start when I can make the time?.

2018, Book Tag, Uncategorized

Book Tag: The Three Book Tag

Today is my last full day at the seaside and before I embark on the walk into town I thought I would get in early and get a post up. I posted late yesterday so if you haven’t already seen that you have a double whammy.

The lovely Nicki at The secret library site tagged me in the Three book tag. I always have the best of intentions and there are a few tags I need to finish and post so with this one I instantly put it in my drafts so I would get it done.

Three read once and loved

Three titles watched but haven’t read

Two of these are controversial I know. I’m a huge Nicholas Sparks fan and in discovering a lot more genres my reading in some parts has slipped. I have The Lucky One and Me Before You sat on my shelf. I’ve loved 13 Reasons I’m a little way through the second season and I’m hoping to listen to this on Audible.

Three characters you love – choosing only three is super hard.

Ed is one of those bookish boyfriends who will always linger…I loved having him back in I’ll take New York.

I’m in the midst of this as we speak and I’m truly a fan of the loveable Evie.

Jess needs a mention I just loved how she found herself in such a weird situation yet came out so much better for it.

Three series binged…

Although I still haven’t read Mockingjay as I didn’t want it to end so I lent it to a friend…I guess I should now.

Three unpopular bookish opinions

1. I have only read the first Harry Potter book.

2. I’m seriously behind on the I heart series I believe I heart Paris is the next one I need to read.

3. I like to form my own opinion on hyped up books. This will be my next read.

Three current fave book covers

Three goals for the year

1. To be better organised with my blog and reading – this has kind of started to happen.

2. To continue and maintain my healthier lifestyle and fitness. I’ve been away this week and I sure have missed my Fight Klub session more than anything else.

3. Get my finances in better shape.

I nominate Fabbookfiend

Bookish coffee blog

What’s better than books

And to anyone else who would like to join feel free and tag me in so I can see your answers.

2018, a letter to..., personal, Uncategorized

A letter to my 12-year-old Self….

I had always said that I would pen this when football came home. I was so certain that on Sunday 15th July 2018 Gareth Southgate’s England team would be crowned winners of the World Cup 2018 and so many years of hurt and wanting would be redeemed.

Sadly we crashed out in the semi finals but that is an impressive run that hasn’t been done since 1990.

Euro 96 was the first real competitive competition that I remember as a child that was my first real connection with the England team and my love and passion for the beautiful game.

During this time I discovered that I loved the game and loved sharing my thoughts about it through conversation and the written word. This changed a lot for me. I had an article published in a column for the Daily Star Sport about Terry Venables and the England team. This was where my love for all things media stemmed from.

My belief was so strong in each and every game I had passion and hope. The England v Holland game of 96 still remains my favourite game to this day. Watching Shearer and Sheringham gave me so much joy. A prolific goal scorer and a truly remarkable footballing brain combined was a winning combination. And it wasn’t meant to be – losing on penalties to Germany killed me and that heartache still sits heavy on my heart.

Fast forward to 2018 – Gareth Southgate may have been one of the unlucky penalty takers who missed but he’s so much more than that. I truly loved each and every player from the Euro 96 team and I was saddened by the abuse Gareth and Stuart Pearce endured and I’m so pleased to see Gareth being a truly amazing manager. What he has created with this young team is truly inspiring. I haven’t felt this passion and pride since Euro 96 and the whole way through this tournament I’ve felt that passion and hope. I have loved seeing a seemingly inexperienced England team flourish and gain experience as they progressed through this World Cup. I won’t sugar coat it ultimately I’m still as heartbroken by our ending but I’m also extremely proud. Watching England win on penalties was the most stressful yet rewarding thing to do.

Jordan Pickford for me came a long way and that penalty shoot out really was a challenging experience and I believe he played for the better from then on. I’m not embarrassed to say I cried when we won that game – for years everyone has always expected us to crash out on penalties but this time was extremely different. If any England manager was going to practice penalties to death it was always going to be in Gareth’s reign.

I truly believe this is the start of something beautiful for English football and I’m super excited for what’s next. Bring on Euro 2020.

Someone posted this pic below on social media and I felt nothing but proud and extremely happy for all that Gareth has achieved so far.

My final thoughts for my 12-year-old self is keep that passion and hope as the future looks extremely bright. In your lifetime you will see England win the World Cup and you will see our team flourish. My other words of wisdom will be set yourself goals and smash them you will feel amazing for it. Also never lose sight of what you love and what you’re truly passionate about.

Now on my Twitter last night there were three options that came up with mentions but something personal just tipped the scales. Which was a weird one for me seeing as I posted my fitness journey yesterday which still surprises me. I should have posted this back in July but for some reason this half written post wasn’t to be. It means a lot to me and it says a lot about me and my passions for the beautiful game and in sharing my thoughts. I can still remember that feeling in seeing my letter in the Daily Star Sport and I remember my mum buying loads of copies of it. It still makes me smile but it also has a tinge of sadness as in some ways I feel like I have neglected my writing.

2018, Me, Off Topic, Uncategorized, update

My Fitness Journey….

Hey welcome to Hayley Reviews, today I am going away from bookishness and talking about me.

In my younger years I was one of those girls who people said could eat anything and wouldn’t put on weight that soon changed. I’ve never minded fruit but I can honestly say I rarely smashed my five a day. As for vegetables – as a child I had a best mate whose mum would serve up all sorts of veg and expect you to eat it whether you liked it or not. To this day I blame her for Brussel Sprouts – I did try them again quite recently and I can honestly say I can live without them.

If at the beginning of this year you had said to me that I would one be trying to actually cook rather than throwing something in the oven and two that I would willingly want broccoli, spinach and cauliflower with my dinner I would have laughed in your face. Now I’m upset if I run out of spinach or Broccoli or if Sainsbury’s don’t have Butternut Squaffles in stock.

They do say your taste buds change every seven years and they really do. I have such a sweet tooth yet it’s been curbed quite a bit. Don’t get me wrong I still love a hot choc and I’m still impartial to chocolates just not to the excess I would have before. I have also learnt that a lot of the time it was merely through boredom or because it was there. In working in such a busy environment where there are often lots of people around it was often easier to just snack on crap. Fast forward to August 2018 and the thought of some of the things I would have gauged on makes me feel physically sick.

On 16th April 2018 I joined Slimming World – a number of people asked me why and a number of people also said I shouldn’t have. Having seen a number of friends do well from Slimming World I thought what the hell. What do I have to lose. In joining I took one look at the plan and was instantly thinking what am I going to eat. Natasha my consultant was super helpful- she told me not to focus on what I wouldn’t eat and to look at what I would. My first week was a little strange and I somehow managed to put together some odd meals. In that week I managed to lose 3lb but I hadn’t had much speed food.

What is speed food? I hear you say. These are fruit and vegetables that help speed up your metabolism – quite quickly I found a flow that I could enjoy. With my breakfast I often have Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries and Blueberries which are all speedy fruits and with meals it’s often Mushrooms, Carrots, Spinach, Butternut Squash and Broccoli to name a few. Before Slimming World I ate Carrots and Mushrooms but the other vegetables I hadn’t tried in a long time.

On 13th August 2018 I hit my target weight – this was a very good Monday for me, I had said to myself as I got closer that I wanted to be at target before my family holiday to the seaside and I made it. As you know I’m away as we speak and I’ve had a sketchy food week but I have had some fruit and Weetabix on a few mornings and some semi Slimming World friendly stuff. In town I found a gorgeous Mushroom Risotto which if possible I would love to sample again before we leave – it hasn’t happened so far.

I know there are Slimming World recipes for this so this will be happening when I return home.

Alongside my food and my walking I started attending a number of fitness classes. I have been doing Zumba on/off for years and I still really enjoy it. I managed to get a few free passes to some Boxfit classes. I did Boxfit on Blackheath common and then I found Fight Klub. That’s another thing I wouldn’t have thought a boxing based fitness class would be my thing but I love it and when I miss it, I’m seriously annoyed. Last week I managed to fit in two sessions which I was also meant to do the week before but due to trainer sickness that didn’t happen.

What has surprised me….I’m now a target member- I’ve missed a weigh in week as I’m away but I’m intrigued to see how I fair. As I have relaxed a little this week I have been shocked at the changes. Back in April/May time I purchased this…

On the Friday night before we left home I decided my working week was done and my me time had started so I would sample this. I had two quite small glasses and found it super super sweet. I also realised that I can’t drink normal coke – I asked for a vodka and Diet Coke and was given a normal coke and yet again it was too sweet. I’m pleased to report my love of an Irish coffee and of fudge still stands but once again my body will tell me when I have had too much. I’m also noticing a difference to how I feel when I’ve eaten fatty foods.

The picture on the left was taken at a book event with friends on 30th April so two weeks into my SW journey and the pic on the right was taken in July around the World Cup. I’ve also had a number of non scale victories in the fact I need pretty much a new wardrobe and the stuff that used to be tight now fits.

Thank you to those who took part in my poll yesterday, meaning I actually finished writing this piece.

What would you like to see tomorrow? Book Review, Author Guest Post, or something different. You guys get first refusal on what tomorrow holds.

2018, Author Love, Uncategorized

Book Review: Oh Crumbs By Kathryn Freeman

Blurb: Sometimes life just takes the biscuit …

Abby Spencer knows she can come across as an airhead – she talks too much and is a bit of a klutz – but there’s more to her than that. Though she sacrificed her career to help raise her sisters, a job interview at biscuit company Crumbs could finally be her chance to shine. That’s until she hurries in late wearing a shirt covered in rusk crumbs, courtesy of her baby nephew, and trips over her handbag.

Managing director Douglas Faulkner isn’t sure what to make of Abby Spencer with her Bambi eyes, tousled hair and ability to say more in the half-hour interview than he manages in a day. All he knows is she’s a breath of fresh air and could bring a new lease of life to the stale corporate world of Crumbs. To his life too, if he’d let her.

But Doug’s harbouring a secret. He’s not the man she thinks he is.

Review: First off I have to say Kathryn Freeman not only has a fantastic imagination with slightly brooding males heavily featuring in the novels of hers that I have already devoured and loved. She also said some of the kindest words to me as a blogger going through a testing time wondering whether this was still for me.

As many of you know I work full-time for Cancer Research and have been working on my own well being and fitness. Reading is one of my greatest passions and first loves and I’m glad that I get to read when I can. Anyway I’m going off topic so back to it. I met Kathryn at a Choc Lit event a while back and at the time I hadn’t read any of her work but I instantly warmed to her and recently when I was doubting myself and my blog she informed me that I was the first blogger to take an interest and to share my love of one of her books – Do Opposites Attract. This made me feel happy yet also sad, I was so excited to be a part of the Oh Crumbs blog tour but my work/life balance wasn’t really very balanced and I was exhausted which meant my review turned into a spotlight.

As soon as I started reading Oh Crumbs I knew it had been worth the wait. Abby and the Spencer clan had me hanging on each and every sentence. Quite quickly the Spencer families life changed dramatically. Everything about Abby Spencer I adored, she’s very much family focussed, a hardworking woman and I just loved her get up and go. In her interview with Doug Faulkner I really wasn’t sure on him. Although I did feel for Abby everything that could have gone wrong for her did, but she proved herself to be a worthy candidate all the same.

I loved seeing Abby and Doug blossom and the changes that came to their relationship. There’s so much more to Doug and I want to say more but I don’t want to ruin the story and the way his vulnerable side comes to light.

Oh Crumbs is such an apt name for a biscuit company – with a PA who doesn’t swear and aptly says oh Crumbs during many bumbling incidents. The fact Abby talks like this shows her vulnerable and naive side but just watch her slay a room of executives with her ideas for the future. There is so much to this novel it’s hard to say too much without spoiling things. What I will say is appearances can be deceptive and manners really do cost nothing. Kathryn has written a novel that will suck you in as the characters are so real it could be someone you know. There are so many aspects to everyday life situations and scenarios and there are so many OMG moments that will have you second guessing the characters and most of the time you won’t be right at all.

Oh Crumbs is so much more than a tale of romance – if you’re undecided pick it up and get reading I promise you you won’t be disappointed. Although having joined Slimming World reading a book about biscuits was a bit of a test although my sweet tooth has curbed a lot which is good in the grand scheme of things.

It looks at a number of issues including families, loyalty and lies to name a few. Kathryn as I said to you I wasn’t too sure on Doug until said “you know sometimes When I look at you, my heart stops.” This line melted me….beyond belief.

Have you read a Kathryn Freeman novel and if so what should I devour next?

2018, Blog Tour

Blog Tour: A Recipe for Disaster By Belinda Missen

Happy Monday….to start the week I have a blog tour courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources. Now from the cover this book looks like a right treat.

Blurb: Meet Lucy, master wedding cake baker, idealistic school canteen crusader, and someone whose broken heart just won’t seem to mend…

Lucy is quietly confident that she has made the right choices in life. Surrounded by friends and family in a small country town, Lucy can easily suppress the feeling that something is missing from her life.

But when a blast from the past arrives in the form of her estranged husband, international celebrity chef Oliver Murray, Lucy’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble beneath her like overbaked meringue.

Is Oliver’s return all business or is it motivated by something more?

A Recipe for Disaster starts long after most love stories would have ended, proving it is never too late to offer someone a second slice of cake or a second chance.

Now without further ado….

After searching for a job, Lucy has come to the conclusion that her best option is to work with Oliver in some way. He’s got the public clout to get her brand on track, and he’s desperate for a top dessert chef to join the team. Now, all they need to do is bargain on a price. This scene sees Lucy at dinner with an old friend, Patrick.

In the bottom of my bag, my phone began vibrating wildly. A paper towel couldn’t appear quickly enough as I scrambled with slippery fingers to answer the call. The band at the end of the alley was, hopefully, starting to wind down for the night. Fingers crossed that lasted until the end of my call. After that, they could do as they pleased. All we had to contend with now was the racket of other diners and passers-by.

‘Hello?’ I shouted into the receiver.

‘Lucy? It’s me.’

‘Hello, me.’ I pointed to my phone and mouthed, ‘Oliver’.

‘How are you feeling about the job?’ he asked. ‘Have you had time to think about it this afternoon?’

‘I’m excited about it,’ I said. ‘I think consulting would work well.’

‘Yeah,’ he drawled. ‘I’ve been thinking about that.’

‘And?’ I hoped like hell he was on board with the idea, because anything less was a deal breaker, and left me firmly back at square one. “I’ve been thinking about that” was kind of along the same lines as: “We need to talk”. There was rarely good news at the end.

‘I think you might be right. It’ll give us a bit of breathing space, too. You know, you and me.’

I smiled in relief. ‘I like the sound of that.’

‘Me, too,’ Oliver said.

‘Have you thought about a wage?’

‘How does ninety sound to you?’ he asked.

A large table of people left the laneway, and it became noticeably quieter. Patrick watched on with concerned interest, his eating slowing as if it were impeding his ability to hear.

‘Can you repeat that?’ I asked.

‘Ninety thousand.’

I grappled for the pen and notepad in Patrick’s top pocket, scribbling the figure quickly and upside down.

Patrick waved his hands like crazy. ‘No,’ he mouthed. ‘One-fifteen.’

‘I was thinking something closer to one-fifteen.’ I pinched my face up and waited for the fallout.

‘Ah, no, Lucy.’

‘Bargain with me, Oliver.’

Over on the stage, the drummer tapped on a cymbal.

‘Have you checked your bank account today?’ Oliver asked.

‘No. Should I?’

‘I made a deposit the other day, the one we spoke about. It should be through,’ he said. ‘Check your account now. I’ll wait.’

I popped him on mute and opened my banking app. With a few quick taps of the finger, I discovered I was $200,000 richer. Surely, he’d screwed up and added a few too many zeros. I mean, I know I told him he owed his share, but I didn’t seriously expect that much to come through. My next thought was that he’d use it as a bargaining chip to whittle me down in price. After fanning myself, I returned to the call.

‘You there?’ I asked.

‘Ninety-five.’

‘One-ten,’ I countered. ‘I’ve done my research. I know what I’m worth. I can do good things for you.’

Patrick shook his head and laughed.

Oliver puffed, hard. ‘One hundred, last offer. You have to remember, you’re not working for me full-time.’

‘I am a specialist, Oliver.’

‘Are you?’ he asked.

My mouth popped open in shock. ‘Don’t be rude. You know my skill set.’

‘You better prove that. One hundred. What do you say?’

I scribbled on the pad again. Patrick gave me the thumbs-up.

‘Lucy?’ he asked. ‘I’d really like an answer, so we can move forward.’

‘One hundred and one?’ I squinted.

Silence.

More silence.

Sweat ran down the back of my leg.

‘Okay, all right. One-oh-one,’ he said. ‘You drive a hard bargain, Lucy Williams for Murray’s.’

‘Let’s rendezvous during the week, shall we?’ I asked. ‘We’ll discuss arrangements going forward.’

‘Very professional.’ Patrick gave his seal of approval.

When I hung up the phone, I could barely register what had just happened. My weekend had been a whirlwind of breakups, barely there makeups, and rekindled friendships. Throw into the mix a resignation and, now, a job offer, and I wondered when the earth was going to stop spinning.

Purchase Links

Amazon: https://goo.gl/uee5hQ 

iBooks: https://goo.gl/1ZrjjH 

Paperback: https://goo.gl/PThsU8 

Author Bio –

Belinda Missen is an award-winning and best-selling author, screenwriter, and freelance writer from Geelong, Australia.

A reader from an early age, Belinda began writing her own stories shortly after her love affair with Steven Spielberg’s film Jurassic Park began. What began as fan-fiction soon took deeper root, and she was scribbling out strange little stories in empty notebooks she found laying around the house.

With qualifications in transport and office administration, and a combined career of fifteen years in these industries, Belinda decided to uproot everything in 2013 and return to her first love of writing. She now writes full-time, between cups of coffee, binge watching television, and feeding her cats and husband.

2018, Six for Sunday, Uncategorized

Six For Sunday: Books people always tell you to read.

Earlier today I promised you guys two blog posts and this is me delivering that promise. I’m a huge fan of Six for Sunday and where possible I try to participate, so without further ado.

I’m pleased to be back with a Six for Sunday – today’s offering is books people always tell you to read.

I have to say it again….I’m at the seaside having some me time with the family. Hoping to get a lot more reading and blogging done while I’m at Dymchurch, this morning I managed to finish Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman- which will be up on the blog on Tuesday.

This is one of those marmite books with mixed opinions. I had a good chat with a customer at work and she told me I had to read this. So I do own a copy of this but I haven’t read it as yet.

I know a little about this book and I feel like I’ve been gearing up to read it forever. I’m pretty sure I have a mates copy of it and it will happen soon but I know it will be an extremely emotional experience.

I have this as my next audible read and I’m hoping to get into this, this week. I know this will be devoured quickly and the second in this series is read by Anna Acton who I adore.

This Book is often on many lists of books you should read in your lifetime. It sounds intriguing and I definitely need more of these sorts of books in my life and in my reading.

The Alchemist is another of those life-affirming reads and I’ve actually had this sat at home for a while now.

This beauty needs to be devoured and I’m ashamed to say this has been on many of my lists for a while. I love the quotes and I purchased the hardback on an Amazon deal. After my holiday this book definitely needs some Hayley time.

Those are my selections for this Sunday? Have you read any of these books I’ve been told to read. What one should I start with. Bar the one I’m obviously going to start this week.