2019, Author Love, debut novel, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton By Anstey Harris

Blurb: Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music.

Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace’s own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace’s life upside down, and the music seems to stop.

It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the world as she had once thought, that no mistake is insurmountable, and that the quiet moments in life can be something to shout about …

Review: Honestly I don’t know where to start. Before reading this truly gorgeous book I was struggling with my reading, nothing would hold my gaze even though I was reading good stuff it just wasn’t what I needed, and then I picked this up and everything changed.

On my train journey I quite easily had devoured three chapters and was already left with a few OMG moments. It’s safe to say The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton snapped me out of my reading slump and left me with the most unexpected book hangover. What Anstey Harris has created is a truly unique book that will stay with me forever, when I read that final line and closed the book I knew just how special this was.

I really liked Grace from the beginning even though at times she frustrated me a hell of a lot. I loved being on her journey and seeing her realise she deserved the best of life and she wasn’t getting it. I loved seeing that dramatic change in her it made me whoop for joy for Grace and for everyone woman with a dream.

I’m so sad to not be at the launch event of this beautiful book but I haven’t been well and I was in urgent care until late last night and had to work today so it was just unfortunate timing.

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2018, Author Love, debut novel, Guest Post, New Author to me, Uncategorized

Author Guest Post: Eliza Scott speaks social media…

Today here at Hayley Reviews I’m pleased to have Eliza taking over for me. I was part of the blog tour for The Letter- Kitty’s story and was overjoyed when she agreed to guest for me. She’s talking about getting to grips with social media – something I love and also hate at times.

Cover Reveal

Blog Tour: The Letter – Kitty’s story

So without further ado….

When I first decided to take my writing seriously and to actually do something about it – i.e. think about getting published – I realised I was probably going to have to get my backside into gear as far as social media was concerned and build myself a platform. At that point, the only thing I knew about this on-line world was the snippets I’d overheard from my daughters’ conversations – I hadn’t been tempted by Facebook, which even my most technophobic friends had. You could say I was a little late to the party.

So, one afternoon, and with a determined look in her eyes, my eldest daughter sat me down and fired-up my laptop with threats to have me social-media savvy by the end of the day. I have to say I was a dreading it; I couldn’t imagine enjoying spending time tweeting about this, that and the other, or posting pictures on Instagram. And I was convinced I’d make a hash of everything! But, with assurances that I’d be absolutely fine, my daughter and I ploughed on and sure enough, by the end of the day I was signed up to more social media than you could shake a stick at! I even had my own blog – heaven only knew what I’d post on that!

I have to say that, being a bit of a chatter-box, I took to Twitter pretty quickly, and was happily tweeting away in no time.  And it was this platform that introduced me to friendliest, most supportive bunch of people I know: the book community. From book bloggers taking the time to post detailed reviews of books they’d read, authors promoting other authors’ work and readers tweeting about how much they loved a book, it was a real eye-opener. The kindness and generosity of spirit was heart-warming, especially after hearing so much about what my daughter referred to as ‘trolling’. This very definitely changed my opinion of Twitter.

For me, social media was a Narnia-like doorway to another world. One that introduced me to a whole host of fabulous new authors, such as Caroline Roberts, Jules Wake, Linn B Halton, Helen J Rolfe and Sam Tonge to name just a few (the full list is rather lengthy!). I had no idea that such great writers were either signed to digital first imprints of the big publishing houses or were successful indie authors. At the time I was a strictly physical-copy only reader and wouldn’t entertain a Kindle. I quickly changed my mind and bought one, and boy am I glad I did! Since getting my hands on one I’ve read some fantastic ebooks.

Twitter also introduced me to York’s Festival of Writing, run by the Writers’ Workshop. I booked myself a place on the course and came away inspired. Indeed, it was here that the first seeds of self-publishing were sown in my mind.

Once I’d got my manuscript finished – or once I’d convinced myself I had to stop tweaking it to within an inch of its life! – I submitted it to a couple of the imprint publishers (I decided on only two as I still felt compelled to self-publish) and received one rejection and no response from the other (a flicker of self-doubt made me wonder if my writing was so bad, it didn’t warrant a response!) This made me take a long, hard look at my manuscript, which at over 150,000 was a bit of a hefty brute, and I decided a serious pruning session was in order. This I did and managed to discard over 20,000 words. Phew! My next step – and here’s where the internet and good old Twitter come in again – was to find an editor and book cover designer. After a good sniff around, I decided I liked what freelance editor, Alison Williams, offered and sent my manuscript off to her.

As far as a book cover was concerned, I’d decided early on that it had to be professionally designed, and I had the very designer in mind: Berni Stevens, whose book covers are just delicious! I’m thrilled with the one she designed for my novel; it captures the essence of the story’s location perfectly – in fact, I think I fall a little bit more in love with it every time I look at it!

Next up was marketing! Again, I knew who I wanted for this: the fab Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources. First off, I enlisted her help with a cover reveal followed by a whirlwind of a blogtour – it took my feet a while to touch the ground after that, I can tell you! I’m eternally grateful to Rachel for her slick organisational skills and for helping to launch my novel into the marketplace and introducing my book to the generous book bloggers who offered an unknown author a spot on their blogs.

I owe Twitter a big ‘thank you’, for helping me find all of these awesome people!

So, you see, after being sniffy about Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and co, I’m a fully-fledged convert, fan and user – though I’m still a little behind on some forums, but I’m doing my best to catch up!

My first novel, The Letter – Kitty’s Story, which wouldn’t have been published without my introduction to social media, is available on Amazon in digital form and pretty soon it will be available in paperback. If you fancy a read, the links are:

UK:  www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DMKKM89

US: www.amazon.com/dp/B07DMKKM89

You can also catch me on:

Twitter: @ElizaJScott1

Facebook: @elizajscottauthor

Instagram: @elizajscott

Blog: www.elizajscott.com

You can find me on Goodreads, too.

Please feel free to get in touch – I always love to hear from fellow readers, authors and bloggers. Oh, and before I go, if you read The Letter – Kitty’s Story and like it, I’d be so grateful if you could pop a little review on Amazon. Thank you so much.

Eliza xxx

Thank you Eliza for taking the time to talk to me. I am hoping to do a Q&A with Eliza soon so if you have any burning questions then please leave them below. I must admit I haven’t read this yet but it’s on that ever increasing pile.

2018, debut novel, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend By Karen Hamilton

What a gloomy Monday we are having….so I was on a blog tour for this beauty and I couldn’t properly honour my spot due to illness. Yesterday I finally finished this tale and my oh my what a treat. I honestly cannot wait to read more from Karen Hamilton what an obsessive thriller. If you know a Juliette/Lily stay on her good side. This is also your last chance to enter the competition….what are you waiting for…Happy Monday all.

Blurb: Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight

attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing.

Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend.

And she’ll make sure no one stops her from

getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

Review: When a debut novel is that thrilling – I literally cannot wait to read more from Karen Hamilton. Juliette is a compelling character – let’s just say you wouldn’t want to get on her bad side. This woman knows no bounds – just when you think she couldn’t possibly get any worse she does.

Juliette/Elizabeth has had a hard life, her younger brother Will was often in her care as her Mum Amelia liked to drink. On her watch her brother Will had a tragic accident and I believe this was the stem of her madness. That and a case of mean girls at boarding school. All she ever wanted was to fit in and be accepted- because of that she managed to get herself into a number of comprising positions thinking it would aid her social status. Sadly, all it did was add to her turmoil.

This is where her revenge starts – Nate the love of her life..she believes they are truly destined to be with each other and that fate will get them back to where they should be. Although saying that she gives fate a huge helping hand by applying to work on the same airline as him. Give her her due she bides her time until she thinks Vegas could be their perfect reunion. I won’t ruin any of the finer details but I will say Juliette goes out to get what she wants. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and all that.

I’m saddened that due to tiredness and sickness it has truly taken me a while to devour this gorgeous debut but my it was worth the wait. My mum doesn’t read but I was updating her along the way. She had a theory that was wrong although in some ways her killer instincts were correct – just with the wrong victim.

As well as Nate there was Bella.

Bella is Nate’s sister who Juliette/Lily went to school with and the mean girl who she desperately wanted to befriend. It’s remarkable how small her world really is but strange that Nate and Bella were clueless to their mutual nemesis.

There’s not much else I can actually say without ruining the ins and outs of this obsessive tale. Juliette is an intriguing character with issues but her confidence and can do attitude is also kind of inspiring. A tale that will stay with you long after the final page, an obsession that knows no bounds and each setback is the opportunity for a new start….

I’m so excited to see what Karen does next…this thrilling, obsessive novel is exactly what you must read this year get it Here. As I hadn’t finished this on time my blog tour post was a giveaway this is the last call on that check it out Here

Blog Tour, debut novel, New Author to me, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: Reading Between the Lines By Jo Merrett

Blurb: Read Between the Lines of this debut novel and savour shameless shades of sexy

Woking, Surrey – Ballsy reporter Kate Cleaver doesn’t wait for things to happen. A modern woman with a voracious sexual appetite she takes life – and men – by the balls – and makes things happen! Sassy Kate wants to leave cat shows and council meetings behind her and hit the glamour of national journalism – but not before she gets her hands one particular exclusive: the delicious but elusive Chief Reporter, Aidan Tindall.

Reading Between the Lines is a rollercoaster of sexual freedom and angst-ridden rejection, office flings plus desire and ambition and 2am gin soaked confessions.

Former Mirror features writer turned stay-at-home mum of two Jo Merrett’s first book takes her early days as a journalist and spins them into an erotic chick lit, where ambition and sex rule. Acting on an idea that had pole-danced around her head for a decade, 44-year-old Jo finally got creative after watching Fifty Shades at the cinema.

She said: “I was halfway through watching the first film and thought, ‘I can write erotic fiction, what am I waiting for? I started writing it that afternoon! Reading Between the Lines is a book every woman who is in or has been in her 20s can identify with. Kate’s ambitious and confident but isn’t immune to the hurdles life throws at her. You will laugh, cry and cringe – maybe all at the same time!”

Today here at Hayley Reviews I am sharing with you an extract from Between the Lines thanks to Kelly at Love Books Group….

Fuck! Fuck! Fuck! You idiot, Kate.

I swing the car into a space, grab my bag, and run as fast as humanly possible in four-inch heels. I hate Mondays. Thank God that Boots is only downstairs from the office. I leg it to the make-up section, grab the red tube of Maybelline and take it to the till. How the hell have I managed to leave the house without mascara on?

After waking up yesterday morning with the mother of all hangovers, the result of spending Saturday night at a London cocktail bar, followed by a third session of very nice sex with Mark (the second was on Saturday morning, in case you were wondering), I’d gone to bed at 8pm last night and had a full eleven hours in bed, so I couldn’t blame lack of sleep for this colossal oversight.

In the two and a half years I’ve worked at the paper, I have never turned up without a full face of make-up. Not wearing mascara is the worst. My eyes are a decent blue and they’re quite a nice almond shape, but without mascara they’re nothing.

I’ll never forget asking my mum when I was sixteen if she thought I was pretty and she answered: “You’re not typically beautiful, but there’s something quite attractive about you when you’re made up.” And she’s absolutely right. No man has ever told me I’m beautiful in my whole life.

In my late teens, I spent the night with a lad I’d had a huge crush on for ages. As the sun came up, I was wearing just his half unbuttoned, oversized denim shirt. I asked him what he liked about me, to pay me a compliment, if you will. Such was my gauche inexperience around men.

After studying my face for a couple of seconds, then in panic looking me up and down, he said finally: “Um, your legs are nice. Long, like.”

So, I may not be a beauty, but with make-up I look pretty damn good, which is exactly why I need an emergency stop in the ladies before I even step foot in the newsroom. I didn’t forget because I’m tired. I forgot because I’m distracted and shitting myself. Painting my lashes, I notice my hand’s trembling and my heart’s beating a tattoo in my chest.

Breathe Kate, breathe.

After my little chat with Gemma on Friday night and two days of rather satisfying sex, I’ve decided to knock this Aidan obsession on the head one way or another by talking to him at lunchtime, and the notion is scaring me witless. But when I set my mind to something…

Lashes up to par, I step out of the loo and into the office the dowdy receptionist is already at her desk, watering her spider plant.

“Morning, Jenny,” I smile woodenly, and out of courtesy.

Boring cow.

About 19, she was one of those girls who dresses like her mother and looks down her nose at women like me: women who know what they want and will do anything to get it. I turn the corner to my desk, snatching up today’s Sun and head for the staff room. I need coffee.

“Morning Kate, those fêtes go alright?” Pete’s on my case nice and early, keep smiling.

“Yes, all done.” I say brightly, “We got a load of great pics and you’ll have copy before lunch.”

Pete runs a hand through his thinning hair and leans smugly back in his chair before continuing:

“Clive tells me you were a bit worse for wear Saturday afternoon. Threw up in the bushes round the back of Frederick Furnivall Primary School?”

“I did no such thing,” I deny indignantly, tossing my fringe out of my eyes. Bloody sneak.

Clive Reed has been chief photographer on the paper for the best part of thirty- five years and loves lording it over the younger members of staff, despite being one of the laziest people I know. Trust him to drop me in it. “I had a bit of a headache and felt a little dizzy so I nipped around the back of the beer tent to sit down in the shade for a few minutes,” I lie. “I think it was the heat.” “It was a beautiful weekend,” drones Pete, “I got a bit of golf in, and the wife and I drove down to Barton-on-Sea for a walk along the coast. Lovely views of the island from there…”

Nodding and feigning interest, I edge away a centimetre at a time. Pete’s phone rings and I take my chance to scoot off, dumping my bag on my desk en route to the small kitchenette.

I flick the kettle on and dig my ‘Shopping’s My Drug’ mug out from the pile of freshly washed crockery. Anna’s already there and she’s just made herself a cuppa, judging by the used teabag and dirty teaspoon sitting in a puddle on the work surface. I raise my eyebrow, pointedly eyeballing the mess but Anna doesn’t even notice, so I give up, flopping down on a grubby orange plastic chair. She grins at me, sipping her tea.

“How was Fête-gate?”

Queue an eye roll.

“Same shit, different day. I can’t believe I ever enjoyed it.” A year ago I was lapping it up, getting out in the local area, proudly introducing myself as the Chertsey and Weybridge reporter. Now I’m feeling thoroughly disillusioned. I just want something a bit more challenging out of the job.

Anna wanders back into the newsroom and I flick absent- mindedly through e Mail glancing at the headlines.

I’d felt rough as a butcher’s dog by the time I got to the third fête on Saturday afternoon. A night of drinking, lack of sleep and passionate sex, followed by brilliant 27°C sunshine and a eld full of screaming kids was more than I could handle. I’d needed to scoot into the bushes and throw up the iced latte that had been swimming around my stomach since late morning.

Three pints of water, a bacon sandwich and a nap later, I felt a hundred times better and headed into London for another night of partying with Gemma, Mark and some city friends.

We’d enjoyed a fabulous evening. After some great tapas at Salt Yard on Goodge Street, we headed to a trendy little basement bar, the London Cocktail Club. I hammered the margaritas all night before catching the last train home and fucking Mark until the sun came up.

Thoroughly spent, I slept the sleep of the dead. It was gone noon before I surfaced from bed. Even then it took two Alka Seltzer, a generous squeeze of milk thistle, a hot shower, a full English and a bag of mini Dime bars before I felt vaguely human. When I’d woken up, I had the bed to myself; Mark had clearly headed off home. He hadn’t drunk as much as me. Not judging by the rock hard erection he’d displayed so spectacularly when we went to bed, and the fact he’d climbed behind the wheel of his camper van to head down the M4 before I was even awake.

Spooning instant coffee into my mug and pouring hot water on top, I add a splash of cold water and leave the staff room.

He’s here.

Sitting with his back towards me, Aidan’s square shoulders hunch over his desk and stop me dead in my tracks. My stomach lurches. I feel sick as my pulse begins to race and adrenaline oods my body.

Considering I see him five days a week, I should be used to this by now, but every time is like the first. A crazy thrill rushes through my veins and I feel light-headed.

Today though, knowing what I’m going to do later, I feel like turning tail and running as fast as I can in the other direction. Instead, I force one foot in front of the other and concentrate on steadying my breathing.

If the extract excited you enough to want to order this exciting debut then here it is.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B078NT54QZ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1520336402&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=reading+between+the+lines+by+jo+merret

2018, Author Love, Blog Tour, debut novel, New Author to me, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Appetite By Anita Cassidy

Blurb: Because everyone hungers for something…

Food and Sex: two appetites the modern world stimulates, but also the ones we are expected to keep under control. But what happens when we don’t?

Embarking on an affair, lonely wife and mother Naomi blossoms sexually in a false spring while David, the fattest boy at the local comprehensive and best friend of her son, struggles to overcome bullying and the apathy of his divorced mother.

David finally starts to learn about the mechanisms of appetite through a science project set by his intelligent but jaded teacher, Matthew. David’s brave efforts to change himself open Matthew’s eyes to his activist girlfriend’s dangerous plans to blow up VitSip, a local energy-drink company where Naomi works.

At the mercy of their appetites, this exciting debut novel shows that some hungers can never be satisfied…

About the Author

Having enjoyed a successful career in recruitment and advertising and begun to raise her children, Anita started to write in 2012 during NaNoWriMo. She divides her time between London and Kent and is currently writing another novel focusing on the intersections between work, love and life, covering issues such as commercialisation of the charity sector, family and self vs community, BDSM and polyamory. Her writing both challenges and entertains.

Review: Firstly, I hope that what comes out of my mouth can convey how amazing this book is. I feel bad that I started reading this in January even though I had received it much earlier as my blog tour date was nearer the end of January. Due to work, life, feeling unwell and simply frazzled it did not happen for me. Although I did share a piece from David.

Appetite is split into three sections focusing on three characters – David, Naomi and Matthew. I must admit as much as I liked all three of them for separate reasons it wasn’t until later on in the novel that I really understood and appreciated Matthew as a character but I will come back to that.

David became my favourite early on which was why when I couldn’t honour my review I wanted to share a hard hitting piece from him.

This is what I shared https://hayleyreviews10.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/blog-tour-appetite-by-anita-cassidy/

I have to admit at times David’s words were hard to read. I have felt some of his struggles but not to his extent. I must say in seeing him make positive changes for himself with no help, only his own will power and determination that was extremely inspiring. A proper enlightening moment where I felt truly happy for him and as if a light bulb moment had happened for me.

I won’t be ruining anything but what happened as David took his defining moment for his presentation no one could see happening and it just goes to show appearances can be deceptive. I really liked that twist in the story even though I felt like I was reading on autopilot as I just needed to know what happened next.

Naomi is an interesting character, I didn’t always agree with her actions but from an early age in discovering her body she was criticised for her actions. That alongside having to grow up extremely quickly in learning of loss and suffering- when she should have been playing and exploring.

I do think our life experiences change us and I can see why Naomi made those choices. On the outside she looks like the perfect 40 – something a good job – where she’s successful and climbing the ladder, a husband and a young son who is a good kid – Naomi’s story showed me just how deceptive appearances can be.

I don’t want to say too much but in what she lacks in her home life she more than makes up for in her fantasy life. But does this come at a cost? I truly loved the many twists that came with Naomi’s story and her words have also made me think. There really is no point settling in life – but sometimes what we crave also isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

Matthew – at times I found myself speed reading Matthew’s sections as Naomi’s and David’s had a much larger appeal for so long. I loved the early parts of how inspired he felt after returning from Brazil. His longing made me sad, I can safely say I understand that feeling of being completely lost and at times I do still feel that way. When he met Polly I could see he was being influenced by desire rather than being actually interested. His happiness here was short lived and I can see why his actions weren’t completely honourable.

At times this was hard to read – when he had a moment with a friend and then his lightbulb moment came from David, really being truly inspired by his teacher and his initial passion. That was when I was like yes Matthew that’s all that you needed to see your worth.

Anita takes the reader on a journey of various self discoveries that we all as individuals have. I loved the concept of the differing ages yet they were all lacking something in their lives and they were all linked.

Anita has really opened my eyes and I’m definitely a fan of her writing and her way of explaining subjects and there interlinking subjects. She has a way of informing and enlightening and I’m truly excited to read more from her.

If you’re looking for a book that will not only open your mind but also your heart and your true potential then look no further. I’m open to sharing my copy as I have thought about writing a message and my Twitter handle in mind and leaving it in a coffee shop or something along those lines. But if one of my lovely readers is desperate to feel empowered then do leave me a comment below and I will still write you a note.

2018, debut novel, New Author to me, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Perfect Match By Zoe May

Blurb: Can you ever find true love online?

Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…

After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.

Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?

Review: What a truly brilliant debut novel from the lovely Zoe May. I believe I first saw this advertised on Twitter and I was immediately intrigued and my interest was well and truly piqued.

Having struggled to read lately thanks to piercing headaches – this was the perfect anecdote to get me back into my reading mojo after finishing a short read on Saturday night I then dived into this – giving Zoe regular updates on Twitter. I love being able to connect with the author almost instantly. It often adds to the fun.

Sophia and Kate are such adorable characters that easily feel like friends from the off. From time to time I really did feel for Sophia – I often feel like that friend that everyone keeps asking about when I will find a man. Although unlike Sophia I haven’t trawled through online dating apps. I loved the scenes when Sophia jokingly said to Kate her ideal man for her new and improved online site – seeing as the other 71 hadn’t worked. It was humorous to see the results including what she least expected to find…

I loved the tales of her interesting dates like how do you do polite with a guy that’s waffling on about tube station geography and battle games. But what you learn from this gorgeously witty read is you never can judge someone by one date or even a first impression.

Every girl out there wants their perfect man to surface but Sophia’s Robert Pattinson lookalike seemed like the real deal. I won’t be spoiling it but there are some twists and turns that will really make you think completely differently about what you want and what’s important in life – as in, in a relationship and what you want for you too.

I loved that Sophia and Kate live in Lewisham – I haven’t lived far from there for my whole life and for the past few years I have worked there which made this book even more humorous. Lewisham sure is an experience and I think Zoe depicts it well and with humour.

I loved the friendships in this novel especially that of Sophia and Kate, Sophia and Tom, Sophia and Sandra – the most unlikely working friendship that just works, Sophia and Lyn – a 75 year old lady with sass rocking one of my old karaoke favourites in I Will Survive and of course the university crew.

I wasn’t sure what I would think the ideal outcome would be but I well and truly loved how this played out and Sophia’s man sure was a keeper in the end.

Sometimes the perfectly imperfect love of your life is there when you least expect it and if it’s meant to be it will be. No matter how long it takes for you both to realise.

I loved this gorgeous book and I look forward to what Zoe does next.

Blog Tour, debut novel, New Author to me

Blog Tour: The Note by Zoe Folbigg


Blurb: The note changed everything. . . One very ordinary day, Maya Flowers sees a new commuter board her train to London, and suddenly the day isn’t ordinary at all. Maya knows immediately and irrevocably, that he is The One. But the beautiful man on the train always has his head in a book and never seems to notice Maya sitting just down the carriage from him every day. Eventually, though, inspired by a very wise friend, Maya plucks up the courage to give the stranger a note asking him out for a drink. Afterall, what’s the worst that can happen? And so begins a story of sliding doors, missed opportunities and finding happiness where you least expect it. Based on the author’s true story, The Note is an uplifting, life-affirming reminder that taking a chance can change everything. . .

Firstly I want to say I’m sorry I feel like a huge failure today. From the minute I heard about this book I wanted to devour it. I wanted to read it as close to my day and thanks to headaches and crazy work schedules I’m not finished. In between work I have been reading as much as I can but I’m still not finished what I can say is Zoe has written an amazing story that keeps you hooked. The perfect book to keep my reading up, The Note is inspiring and it’s real.

Seize the day….you never know it may work out for you. I’m hoping my next post will be my full review sorry Zoe. Right bath for me and then I’m back to my 📖. 

A side note a great friend in Catriona reached out to me today as I have been quiet, work is pretty crazy with Stand Up To Cancer but I am getting organised and hope to be back to my normal self. Ankle is in agony today. 

Blog Tour, debut novel, New Author to me

Blog Tour: The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club part one Diving In By Katherine May

Blurb: In the gorgeous seaside town of Whitstable, brokenhearted Deb begins to swim each day and gathers a new group of friends around her. But can the magic of sea heal the hurt of the past? Or will family ties drag her underwater again?

A heart-warming, funny and poignant story of romance, friendship and second chances. It’s also a song to the author’s home town of Whitstable, where the sea is smooth, the shingle is painful on bare feet, and the air is full of possibilities.

Review: Firstly, better late than never it’s been a crazy few days for me….When I first saw this advertised I instantly pre ordered it knowing it would ping through to my Kindle shortly after returning from a week at the seaside. I wasn’t in Whitstable I was in Dymchurch but I knew this would be a welcome treat for the holiday blues. What can I say I loved this seaside treat. The main ladies are awesome there’s the loveable Deb full of drama but a lonely soul, Maisie is a dark horse but she’s the sofisticated older lady who ends up chairing the club and Ann a hapless wonder who is also extremely lonely. They form an unlikely friendship from their love of the sea or the high tide swimming is there go to well Ann doesn’t swim much but you will discover that yourself when you download this treat.

Part one gives you the low down and gets you to fall in love with the characters and the sea. I won’t say too much but the ladies go to is under threat and a planning talk and a Facebook page change a lot.

I have been so busy so this took me a lot longer than expected but I honestly will demolish part two. 

If you are intrigued get stuck in it’s a bargain of 99p well spent cheaper than a coffee or an ice cream. 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whitstable-High-Tide-Swimming-Club-ebook/dp/B01N5VM7YG#productDescription_secondary_view_div_1504294646301

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Book Review: Our Little Secret By Darren O’Sullivan

Published 28th July 2017 by HQ Digital 

Blurb: A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches.

Chris is ready to join his wife. He’s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadn’t factored in Sarah.

So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes he’s just had too much to drink. What she doesn’t expect is to stop a suicide.
As Sarah becomes obsessed with discovering the secrets that Chris is clearly hiding, he becomes obsessed with stopping her, protecting her.
But there are some secrets that are meant to stay buried…

Review: Firstly wow!!!! I honestly don’t know how to do this beauty of a debut justice. Darren O’Sullivan I’m literally such a fan and I’m ready and waiting for what’s next from you. So much so I will drop everything, sorry to whatever book I am reading at that moment. To read whatever you bring out next. That’s how much faith I have in you after devouring this creepy treat. 

When the cover for Our Little Secret was shared by HQ Digital on Twitter I instantly wanted to know more. In reading the blurb my interest was hightened, I then went on to request on Netgalley and yay I was accepted. This was my initial post when I knew I had to read this book Cover Reveal: Our Little Secret

I wanted to read it as close to publication day as I could as I had always said my review would be up on that day. As much as I’m writing this earlier I’m sticking to that rule. Wow! What a rollercoaster of emotions but the thrilling ride is chilling and oh so worth it. For someone who never used to read thrillers let alone psychological ones I can safely say this is one of my ultimate favourites and another book that chills me to the core as I cannot pass it on to my Grandad Sam – I would have loved to have had a convo with him about this one.

The story is told by Chris the man on the brink of suicide – you also have Sarah’s points of view and background on her- who is on the platform on the day he decided it was time. Then there are diary entries from Julia, and then there is Steve – the best friend. I don’t want to delve into it too much as I want you as readers to discover everything that happens just as I did but I must say until very late on I hadn’t seen it coming. 

It’s funny as in some aspects of the story it made me think of the film psycho ( I am not spoiling) you knew that the situation was messed up but part of you was routing for him anyway there are parts of that with Chris.

I enjoyed that the story was in sections by date and time although with the occasional flashbacks showing how this had come about. As I got nearer and nearer to the end I felt like my heart was pounding too just like when the action comes to head in a dramatic film. 

Darren touches on loss, betrayal, friendship, love, loneliness and mental health all in one novel. I felt drawn to all of the characters even though I didn’t always like them they were easy to relate to and in some ways easy to read.

A heart pounding, rollercoaster ride that would make an epic film or TV show. I was right to be excited by Darren’s debut and wow what a way to begin I cannot wait to see what chilling story comes next I’m going to have to read something light next as I’m still in awe of Our Little Secret so much so I’m a little lost at where to go.

If you adore thrillers do not hesitate but download this beauty today it’s 99p well spent. Darren enjoy today everything that started with March train station has led to today publication day. What a read…..

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Your average Tuesday….Book Hangover and Netflix 

Today I finished reading what is by far the most thrilling book I have read this year.

Our Little Secret – Is out on Friday and my review will be up on publication day. I was tempted to cave and upload it almost instantly after reading the last sentences. 

I have mostly written it bar a few tweeks. Download it here You honestly won’t regret it it’s a rollercoaster ride worth travelling. 

I wasn’t sure what to say today here on the blog, originally I had an idea until I finished reading Our Little Secret I was left dumbstruck and completely overwhelmed – and as I said I want to honour putting my review up on publication day. Wow the book hangover is unreal right now – I have some other thrillers to read but now I need something different as I am still in awe of this debut novel. So for me it will be something light – it also meant I couldn’t finish a review of something else when this book had overtaken me.

Being at home resting my wayward ankle I then decided to catch up on last weeks Nashville UK time before deciding to try something new on Netflix. So I decided to start with 13 Reasons Why – apt after the book I finished this morning. I had seen this advertised loads on Netflix and people saying they had watched it but I always take reviews with a pinch of salt as I don’t always agree with others.


For those of you who haven’t heard of it here is a brief overview….

Newcomer Katherine Langford plays the role of Hannah, a young woman who takes her own life. Two weeks after her tragic death, a classmate named Clay finds a mysterious box on his porch. Inside the box are recordings made by Hannah — on whom Clay had a crush — in which she explains the 13 reasons why she chose to commit suicide. If Clay decides to listen to the recordings, he will find out if and how he made the list. This intricate and heart-wrenching tale is told through Clay and Hannah’s dual narratives.

I have watched the first episode and a little of the second episode and my oh my it’s gripping and it does make you wonder why people make the choices that they do in life.  Another Netflix original that I’m going to relish watching. 

Have you watched it? What are your thoughts? I’m looking forward to getting back to it, my beautiful niece took over the Netflix when she got home but in some ways it longs out my viewing.