Blurb: To celebrate Aurora Metro’s 30th anniversary as an independent publisher with 20% of profits to go to the Virginia Woolf statue campaign. Includes essays, fiction, poems and interviews with top female writers. This is a special edition of the indie publisher’s inaugural publication which won the Pandora Award from Women-in-Publishing. Inspirational in its original format, this new edition features literary works and exclusive interviews with over 30 women writers, both emerging authors and luminaries of contemporary literature. In her foreword to the book, publisher and managing editor Cheryl Robson, describes the development of Aurora Metro Books to becoming a leading indie press and saw the company named a finalist in the 2019 IPG Diversity in Publishing Awards. Includes the original writing workshops plus quirky black and white illustrations.
Review: The absolute joy of taking part in a blog tour is being introduced to books that would have most certainly passed me by. I must admit when I first started reading this I honestly wasn’t sure I would continue. It wasn’t what I was initially expecting although like any good reader I continued. This collection of women’s writing was varied and informative featuring Sexism, Racism, LGBT, Trans, motherhood,essays, Q&As and a number of joy only positive but also literary quotes.
I really enjoyed the Q&As they broke up the writing as some of it was informative heavy and some pretty historic which was interesting but the light heartedness of the questions kept my attention. I was also truly moved by the talk of Virgina Woolf even if her story wasn’t totally what I was expecting.
If you’re a wannabe writer there are lots of hints tips and advice along the way in this collection. This book can be read in one or could be read as snippets and there is biographical information on each writer so if there are any you would love to hunt out again all the information is there for you.
This book has shown me that every once and a while I really should read more out of my comfort zone and expand and broaden my mind some more.
Thank you once again to Kelly @lovebookstours for invitingme onto this tour.
Seeing as we are halfway through 2020 I’ve seen so many people taking part in mid year tags and talking of what they have read so far, and how they are fairing against Good Reads challenges.
Thank So it got me thinking about my reading journey in the craziest year of my life. So my target for the year is 100 books which for a book blogger should be easy but life often gets in the way. I’ve generally always got at least one book on the go – sometimes if I’m reading more than one it takes me longer sometimes it makes no difference.
During lockdown to date I’ve read 47 books and I’m currently at 62 out of my 100. So lockdown well and truly has helped my reading mojo. I’ve downloaded and took advantage of the Libby app supporting my library from afar, and I’ve got back into audiobooks. Following my issues with my left ear I had cancelled subscriptions and had mostly stopped listening to audiobooks I’m loving having them back.
So 47 lockdown reads and 15 prior to that….I’m feeling pretty darn good about that. Woah it’s a long and a late one…can you imagine if I had the other 15.
Another week has flown by. It was a bit of a weird one for me few things I had to do and help sort out where possible, and I was a bit headachey. So after finishing Call Me Joe last Sunday I started…
So this week I haven’t finished a book since last Sunday I should finish my audiobook today and hopefully get back on track with my Jaimie Admans read and my buddy read which is my very first Santa novel – I do own a few others so watch this space.
Running seems to be my newest addiction that has stuck. Monday and Wednesday saw runs 2 and 3 of week 4 and wow the pace is definitelyhotting up.
Friday was the start of week 5 and wow it has increased again with three runs of 5 mins and wow!!! My persistence and resilience shone through and I’m so so proud of myself it was the hardest but my most rewarding and fun.
Now I don’t know who said it or where I read it but someone said about having motivational songs or songs you love. I made a playlist of a few upbeat songs of Westlife and a Mr Ronan Keating and my it helped especially on my final run I was feeling it and hearing a Ronan track live from 2013 was the motivation I needed to not give up and to keep on running no matter how much I wanted to walk and it sure did work. I have a new aim for my next run. Week 5 is definitely a change in tempo and where we usually repeat the same format each of the 3 runs is different with Monday’s having two 8 min runs that’s two and a half songs right?? Those of you on my Twitter will see I regularly update my run info almost instantly but as ever I will keep adding it to my weekly Update.
So what was on the blog this week??
On Sunday I posted my thoughts on The Girl on The Train film and you can read it Here.
As ever I apologised for double posting and then pretty much double posted on both Monday and Tuesday but I’m pretty proud of all four of them posts with a few blog tour commitments kept.
Up first was a blog blitz for Shalini The Defence Of Exeter Station can be read Here. I had also agreed to a blog tour via Red Door and they have been pretty good to me and their books have often taken me on journeys I would never have chosen you can read my thoughts on Call Me Joe Here.
Tuesday was another unique day following last weeks Top Ten Tuesday this weeks prompt got under my skin so here is a Top Ten Tuesday brimming with my favourites and you can read it Here. I’m a sucker for a cover reveal and having already posted I came across this and had to share the gorgeous Hit List by Holly Seddon Here.
I welcomed July with what I read in June and you read that again Here. Not as impressive as May but still not a bad effort.
There wasn’t a post on the Thursday and I didn’t want to post something half hearted. I’ve prided myself on being more organised and posting when it’s sufficient. So yesterday I posted my July TBR (although I rarely post these so let’s see if I can actually read all these and a few more shorts) hoping I haven’t jinxed myself. You can read it Here.
Feeling headachey hasn’t helped hoping lots more fluids and stuff will help and I can smash my reading goals and keep the blog consistent. As ever I’m always looking for inspiration and feedback so if you would like to see more of something and less of something else do get in touch. I may add books I’ve purchased or loaned from the library?
Sorry for the MIA yesterday it was a weird one and I had had an on/off headache but today I’m feeling a bit brighter so I’ve been thinking more and more about this post.
I rarely post a TBR (to be read) as more often than not it jinx’s me rather than spurs me on.
Following my final June read I started this one and thought I would have been a little further along.
Netgalley and general wants to read…
Well I think that’s all my commitments there are also a few more library audio-reads that I hope to get to. I’ve also downloaded a fair few 99p reads that I hope to get too haha. Last month I managed a few shorts and I would like to do so again this month.
I hope I haven’t forgotten anything that I’ve promised to do. I’m loving reading more and keeping the blog more consistent. As ever I am always open to what else you would love to see from me.
The environment, society and mankind itself are facing extreme challenges in a world that is both more connected, and yet more divided than ever before. Fear and confusion seep into all parts of everyday life now, more than ever, the world needs one voice, one guide…
One day the Earth is plunged into darkness and when light appears again so does a man – call him Joe – claiming to be the son of God.
Can Joe bring the world’s most creative thinkers and leaders together to tackle the ills of mankind?
Can he convince us all to follow him before it’s too late?
In this compelling and prescient novel, Martin van Es and Andrew Crofts highlight the key concerns of our time and imagines a future where we, at last, all work together to ensure the future of our world and all the life that calls it home.
Review: Firstly, I have to once again thank the team at Red Door publishing for inviting me onto this tour, and for yet again ambushing me with a book that would have most likely passed me by. It’s actually pretty ironic that I’ve read and am now reviewing a book that’s about the fact the world could end if people do not look at their actions whilst we’re embracing a pandemic.
Thanks to Red Door I’ve read a book from Andrew Croft before in Secrets of the Italian gardener and you can reread my thoughts on that Here I enjoyed that so wholeheartedly said yes to this one.
As I said it’s not the sort of book I would have chosen myself but I do feel like it had a profound effect on me.
I read this novel over a few days and wow it was a truly empowering read showing that humanity needs more kindness and thought for others and less greed and selfishness. As I say in light of the world we are living right now it was pretty apt. As I’ve mentioned before I’m not religious but I have always been interested in other cultures and in what’s out there and my curiosity was well and truly piqued during reading Call Me Joe.
I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect – the drama unfolds quite quickly when the sun seemingly disappears. I really warmed to Sophie and her kind nature – she acted completely selflessly right from the off. As much as I would like to think I’m a kind hearted soul I don’t know if I could have put myself in that sort of danger unquestionably.
There’s so much I want to say but this is a truly unique read that will have you thinking and questioning especially leaders like Prime Ministers and Presidents. It will also have you thinking of the simple things we take for granted in life. The underlying message is to treat others how you expect to be treated.
Welcome to another week…I know how quickly is this crazy year flying by. I know a few of you have said how you loathe double posting days and I promise I will do my utmost to keep them to the minimum.
Today I have two commitments to uphold this blog blitz and a blog tour review but as I say I will do my best not to get so many double days but I want to just say I do like to support publishers and blog tour organisers where possible.
So today I am taking part in a blitz thanks to Shalini and it’s for Thom Bedford’s The Defence of Exeter Station. This is available to purchase now as publication day was on 27th June and you can purchase it Here.
Blurb: At the turn of the twenty-ninth century, the Milky Way is on the verge of a galactic war. The Combined Systems Alliance continues to expand their territory—much to the displeasure of the Free Planetary Union who, until now, lacked the resources to halt the encroachment. In a bid to wrest control from the Alliance and retake their former colonies, Union agents throughout the Alliance Fleet organize a mass insurgency seizing countless assets. During the ensuing chaos, numerous ships are decimated and millions of lives are lost.
Retired Alliance Commander Tanic Sandorn finds himself stranded on a border station after the Union launches an all-out assault. Fighting against anxieties from the incident that pushed him into early retirement, Sandorn accepts being recalled to active duty and propelled to the front lines. This time, he will protect his crew and the inhabitants of the Exeter star system from any approaching threat—never again will he leave anyone behind.
But outnumbered, outgunned, and outflanked, Exeter Station is left running at a fraction of its operating capacity. Sandornand the Alliance officers on board must strategize quickly and carefully to hold their ground, or they will be forced to surrender the station, the system, and their lives.
About the Author: Thom grew up in suburban Cheshire, England with his parents and brother. During school he had a propensity for creativity, either writing, building models, painting, or programming. Every subject choice was motivated by creating and building, whether it be design technology, graphic design, programming, or creative writing.
After studying Computer Science at The University of Manchester, he started working as a Software Developer. Following in his father’s footsteps, he worked as a Technical Consultant in London for several years, then in Data Warehousing back in Manchester.
In his spare time, Thom still writes, build models, paints, and programs, but nowadays also listens to a lot of music, watches a lot of films, and enjoys playing computer games.
His love for science fiction comes from blockbuster films like Starship Troopers, Star Wars and Star Trek, as well as B-movies like Wing Commander, Pitch Black, and Iron Sky. Computer games like Homeworld, EVE-Online, and Stellaris, and books like Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series, Jasper T. Scott’s Dead Space series, and David Weber’s HonorHarrington series. In other words, sci-fi—particularly space opera—in any media.
Thom currently lives in Cheshire, England, with his wife, Helen, and their two cats.
I’m also extremely pleased to be able to share an extract with you today…
Every crew member aboard the Veloz ran from stem to stern working tirelessly to patch every hole in the ship. The damage was critical to the point that nearly half the ship had been evacuated. With so little power available, compartmental force fields were inoperable, leaving only a single fire door between repair crews and the vacuum of space in many areas.
Not a single deck was spared at least some devastation, for as the ship’s superstructure twisted and contorted under heavy firepower, panels came loose and circuits overloaded throughout resulting in debris littering every room and corridor. The floors weren’t only littered with discarded paneling and blown circuitry, but also injured, dying, and dead crew members. The initial unexpected surprise attack caused the most death and destruction, taking over a hundred lives. Then as the battle wore on, further loss of life was inevitable.
The victory was Pyrrhic, but it was a victory, nonetheless.
Happy Hump Day….it’s set to be a scorcher today so I’m up early to go for my run. Today I’m pleased to share with you a cover reveal thanks to Kelly @lovebooksgroup.
So before I go any further let’s tell you a bit about The Eliza Doll.
Blurb: Ellie can’t work out whether she’s running away from the past or towards a future she always felt she should have had. She left university and had baby after baby without even meaning to. But it was her third child she blamed for ruining her life.
Now her children have grown and Ellie is on her own. She shocks everybody by selling her home and moving into a converted van to travel the country selling handmade dolls at craft fairs.
It can be lonely on the road. Ellie has two companions: her dog, Jack, and the mysterious Eliza who turns up in the most unexpected places. At every encounter with Eliza, Ellie feels as if she’s standing again in the aching cold of a waterfall in Iceland, the sound of crashing water filling her with dread.
Ellie can’t change the past. But is it really too late to rectify the bad thing she did when Eliza was a baby?
She is also a poet and a visual artist. She has a Fine Art MA and a BA (Hons) Visual Studies. She has exhibited paintings throughout the UK (as Tracey Scott). She has a long career as a workshop facilitator with community groups and in schools.
Tracey is co-director of an up-and-coming small independent publisher, Wild Pressed Books, which has a growing roster of authors and poets.
Mother of four grown-up children, Tracey spends as much time as possible travelling the UK and Europe in a camper van with her husband and two dogs, writing and editing while on the road.
And now for the cover you’ve been waiting for…
It sure is an interesting cover and thank you once again to Kelly for including me in this cover reveal. If you want to purchase this beauty you can do so Here.
Have a good day and the rest of the week. If you have a burning question for me or would like to see anything specific here at Hayley Reviews do get in touch.
So another week has passed and it’s been a weird one. Not all good but not all bad either. This week has also shown me in an abundance that I have some truly awesome people in my life and I’m forever grateful to them.
This last week I finished week 2 of Couch to 5k and just yesterday I undertook week 3 run 1 and I’m so shocked at my progress in just 3 weeks. The 90 sec run that seemed hard previously I’ve paced well and as much as the 3 min runs were hard I got through them.
So what have I read this week??
So what’s been on the blog this week?
Last Sunday I posted my thoughts on the truly heart wrenching What Doesn’t Kill you? And you can read my thoughts Here.
Monday saw a blog blitz for the lovely @lovebooksgroup and you can read it Here.
Isabelle Broom is one of those authors who always manages to sweep me away and leaving me full of wanderlust you can read my thoughts on Hello Again Here.
Wednesday saw another blog tour post thanks to @lovebooksgroup and this sure is an interesting one. You can read it Here.
Thursday was dedicated to an exceptional lady in Victoria Walters and here I am showing you the gorgeous cover reveal of the third book in the Glendale series Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall.
I keep asking what your thoughts are on double posting on Friday I had another blog tour commitment and you can read that Here. I read and really loved Cathy Bramley’s free novella and wanted to share my thoughts you can read my piece on Rescue Me Here.
I am trying to diversify my reading so would love any recommendations. I’m also hoping to add more short reads to my reading. As I’ve said before if you would like to see any specifics on my blog or my update do get in touch.
Today I am pleased to share with you a gorgeous extract thanks to Kelly @lovebooksgroup and if you are blown away by what I share you can purchase Whatever It Takes Here.
Blurb: Set in Cork city, Detective Garda Collins is at war with the leading local criminal, Dominic Molloy. Unwilling to accept the human degradation caused by Molloy’s drugs, violence and prostitution. He has made up his mind to bring Molloy down, but just how far is he willing to go to make that happen? What is he willing to do and what fall-out will ensue for himself and his garda colleagues? This tense crime novel (the first in a series featuring Collins) tells the story of two immovable forces colliding. Something has to give. Running out of time before the murder of two teenagers becomes inevitable, and with a traitor in the garda station feeding information back to Molloy, Collins takes his battle to new heights. He is determined to win, whatever the cost, whatever it takes.
About the Author: Tadhg Coakley is from Mallow and lives in Cork city. His debut novel The First Sunday in September was shortlisted forthe Mercier Press fiction prize and was published in 2018 to much acclaim. His sports writing has appeared in The Irish Examiner and The Holly Bough. He has also been published in The Stinging Fly, The Honest Ulsterman, Silver Apples,Quarryman and the From the Well anthology. He is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing course at University College Cork. www.tadhgcoakley.com
Now here’s for the good stuff the extract– Watching…..
The house being used by the gardai as a lookout for Molloy’s pub was not derelict like the one in Clarke’s Drive, but the family had been relocated quietly to a house in Glanmire. It was two streets away from the pub, so that it required spotting scopes to watch the front door.
Collins took the stairs three at a time and entered what had once been a small bedroom. Detectives Tom Kelleher and Jim Murphy turned as the door opened. He knew them well. They had worked closely with him when he led the investigation into Molloy’s murder of Dinny Buckley a few years previously. An investigation that neither charged nor convicted anybody. They couldn’t even find his body.
The cramped room, the men, thewatching and the sense of purpose flooded Collins with memories. Itseemed to him right then that he had spent most of his working life just watching. Watching murderers, watching rapists, watching drug dealers, watching republican extremists. All that time he would never get back. All that time he could have been doing something with his life.
Murphy was drinking tea. Kelleher wastyping on a laptop connected to a large screen on an office table. A cable snaked from a small camera attached to one of the scopes to the screen. The screen showed the front door ofMolloy’s pub. Both men rose to their feet and exclaimed simultaneously.
Collins smiled at them and shook their hands.
Thank you once again to Kelly @lovebooksgroup for including me on this tour. I will be also undertaking the Instagram tour you can find me on there under HayleyReviews10. As ever be sure to check out the rest of the fabulous hosts on this tour.
There is also a post from my girl @fabbookfiend today 🙂 make sure you check it out.
Today I am pleased to be a part of the Worlds Apart blog tour and my oh my do I have a treat for you today.
Blurb: At just under six foot in his socks and weighing in at fourteen stone, Ronan Brady is a solid slab of rarest Roscommon meat. He has a natural tendency to throw himself about – some would say recklessly, others would say enthusiastically – into whatever he sets himself to. Ronan had a ‘normal’ childhood in Roscommon and knew by the time he was a teenager that when he grew up he wanted to play football for his county and become a teacher. Ronan had achieved his life ambition when he took up ‘Flying’ as a hobby. A hobby that transformed his life and took him to heights he never dreamed of, performing in the smash hit show Riot alongside Panti Bliss, and going on to tour the world. Worlds Apart is an open, humorous account of Ronan’s life journey.
I am over the moon to share with you some content from Worlds Apart….
had never, would never, have been able to foresee before I began this journey.The cost was that I was going to have to slowly rip out my internal wiring and reinstall it. I had preconceptions and biases and learned behaviours, a whole myriad of attitudes, all of which were completely normal for me back where I came from, but which were entirely inappropriate for this new world and these new people with whom I wascirculating.
As I drove towards the photoshoot for Thisispopbaby in this strange place with these strange people I was struggling with all of these things.
Because, and here’s the crux of the matter, a good deal of my discomfort stemmed from the fact that these were people that a past version of myselfwould not have liked. These were peoplethat a past version of myself would nothave associated with. These were people – a lot of whom grew up being mocked, bullied and largely led to feel excluded because of their differences – that a past version of myself would very likely have ridiculed for those same exact reasons.
Would I have bullied them? Probably. Did I bully them? Probably.
It’s hard to remember, but it seems safe to assume that I did; at the very least, I definitely did not stand up for them when other people did. But I don’t want to fudge it. I don’t remember bullying them because most likely it simply did not seem important enough for me to commit it to memory at the time.
Of course you would bully them. Why wouldn’t you?
About the Author: Ronan Brady is a physical performer, aerialist and hoop artist who is recognised internationally for his expertise with the Cyr wheel. He is a native of Roscommon, where he was a teacher and played intercounty football, before embarking on his stage career.