2019, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: I Can See The Lights By Russ Litten

Today I am pleased to be sharing a cover courtesy of Kelly @ Love Books Group. I must say I’m intrigued by this cover…

If like me you want to know more about this story…then look no further.

Blurb: The prose poems in I Can See The Lights are earthy and raw, but also incredibly sensitive. It’s pretty much guaranteed that more than one of them will bring you to tears. Characters are vividly brought to life, and stark but warm environments evoked in a down to earth, yet almost painterly manner by Russ Litten’s uncompromising voice.

Tales of home, of un-belonging, of strife at sea – of a northern city’s beating heart. Told in a mesmeric, stripped-down tone, this collection is a work of genius.

Author Bio:

Russ Litten is the author of the novels Scream If You Want To Go Faster, Swear Down, Kingdom and the short story collection We Know What We Are.

As one half of the electronic storytelling duo Cobby and Litten, he has released three spoken word/electronica albums My People Come From The Sea, Boothferry and Pound Shop Communism.

He has written for TV, radio and film and has worked as a writer in residence at various prisons and youth offender units. I Can See The Lights is his first poetry collection. 

2019, Self Care Sunday, Uncategorized

Self Care Sunday

Well it sure has been a while since I wrote one of these posts. Last Sunday I threw myself into work having said goodbye to my favourite Boyz on the Friday and having celebrated Halloween early on the Saturday by Sunday I was ready to work and not think about anything that might make me emotional.

I haven’t listened to anything remotely Boyzone since that Friday. Since starting in the cinema on the 1st October I’ve been well and truly loving life. Throwing myself into work being a team player and working lots of extra hours today I’m feeling kinda sleepy so it’s a coffee day, I came home and had a Baileys hot chocolate this morning I’ve been half catching up on the soaps alongside some family time coffee and Heidi Swain’s latest The Christmas Wish List which got me thinking of when we wrote lists to promote the novel.

I then explained what the lists were about to my 7 year-old niece and she’s started writing hers.

So far we have advent calendar chocolate, making gingerbread men and a good ole family roast. When my 4 year-old niece next comes over I will be getting her to do the same. It’s the start of November and this is my third Christmas book this year each of them have given me all the feels although this morning in my tired state I swear I could smell mulled wine in just reading it. My sister in law yesterday mentioned a plum & Cinnamon gin and that sounds like Christmas in a nutshell.

I’ve loved making a little time for me this morning- I’m honestly loving my job I do need to balance my sleep pattern ended up having the Baileys hot chocolate with an episode of 13 Reasons at the stupidest time this morning and I may have placed an order with Superdrug that I’m now on my way to collect before I get the bus into work. So very soon I will be back with Hattie and Dolly.

This is me trying to not look like a Halloween ghoul. If you love what you’re doing it will never be a chore.

How is your Sunday fairing? Tell me your plans are we reading, watching TV or films.

I also have one of these to enjoy later when on my break they are simply divine. Any of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know I love an Irish coffee or two.

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Ask Away….

Happy Monday all.

It’s the start of a brand new week and I hope wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, you’re happy and healthy.

A while ago I asked for questions on my Twitter in lieu of writing a blog post answering said questions and it fizzled out. So yesterday I asked again on my Twitter and Facebook account. So far I have two fabulous questions. I’m aiming for 10-20 before I can warrant sharing my answers.

2018, First Impression Friday, Uncategorized

First Impression Friday #1

So I’d seen this meme last week I believe and thought oooh now that could be fun if you want to know more about it do follow the next link to see Joe from Storeys of Stories explanation post First impression Friday.

So what is involved in First Impression Friday?

Based on your current read, give a few impressions
and predict what you’ll think by the end.

• Did you think you’d love and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right?

Then link back to Storeys of Stories.

So this week I was approved on Netgalley Sleep by C L Taylor. Having been at an event back in April hearing her speak briefly about this I was extremely excited and knew I want want to devour it. When she posted that it was up on Netgalley off I went and thankfully I was approved. I have almost finished chapter 8 and there are so many jaw dropping moments where I feel like I barely breathe. Cally Taylor has the knack of describing scenes that will have you on the edge of your seat and awake at night.

I really like Anna I’m empathetic to her and hoping she turns a corner.

I haven’t been disappointed by Cally before and I know I haven’t read everything she’s written but what I have had been amazing. I honestly cannot recommend her enough. I will be purchasing Sleep for my colleague as soon as it’s available as I know she will devour it promptly.

I’m pretty certain I’m going to love this book and seeing as it’s not out until next year.

Blog Tour, New Author to me, novella, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: The Big Event By Anne John – Ligali

Blurb: You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action.

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.

A Gorgeous Venue, A Room Full of Friends, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvCuVY2m538

Purchase from Amazon UK

About The Author

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

When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).

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

Social Media Links –

AUTHOR BLOG: http://annejohnligali.com/

AUTHOR TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AnneJohnLigali

AUTHOR FB: https://www.facebook.com/annejohnligali/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/booksnauthorsuk/

BLOGSITE:  www.booksandauthors.co.uk

BLOG TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BooksNAuthorsUK

BLOG FB: https://www.facebook.com/Books-and-Authors-UK-674729805905507/

Giveaway

Win Sparkly Afternoon Tea for Two at Vertigo 42 in central London and one e-copy of The Big Event.

To enter and for full terms and conditions, please follow the link for everything you need to know.

http://annejohnligali.com/651-2/

Review: Firstly, another massive thank you to Rachel for organising another fab tour I could be a part of. The Big Event may well have slipped through my radar otherwise but I’m so glad it didn’t. I love reading the odd novella and if they are written well enough you are left wishing, wanting and hoping for more, and Anne does not disappoint.

From the get go I felt myself going OMG yes. If I’m brutally honest my best friend always states how social media isn’t real life.

The Big Event – was an intriguing and real piece. In a world now obsessed by social media it makes sense to see more about it featuring in books. I totally get it, we are all in danger of falling into the social media trap over reality. This novella focuses on The Big Event- where a number of people who have been chatting on social media for years finally meet. It’s a funny story that shows how unreal social media can be. In some cases it’s great as you can keep in touch with people but in other cases there are a lot of egos.

I don’t want to give away what happens as it links to the next part in this series but I love how Anne has shown you can meet wonderful people online. Who cherish you and what you have done for them more than some of your real life friends.

The Big Event is a heartwarming, short treat that can be devoured over a glass of wine or a coffee. It will suck you in and have you smiling. Short but definitely sweet. I cannot wait to read more from Anne.

Rachel, thank you once again. Another pleasure.

Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: The Little Wedding Island By Jaimie Admans

When Jaimie Admans tweeted yesterday saying she would be revealing her latest cover I was intrigued the pink was a hint and I’m so chuffed with the cover. The strap-line on the cover says a gorgeously uplifting romantic comedy – and this cover screams uplifting whilst it’s getting colder in London town where I am, this screams sunshine and warmth which is what I want right now.

I have been out doing a spot of Christmas shopping and having a little me time today although I had an awful experience in Nero but the cake was good.

Anyway I wanted to tell you all about this gorgeous treat I wasn’t part of the cover reveal team but I literally couldn’t resist I have been thinking about this book since I saw the cover. I may have requested on Netgalley so fingers crossed.

Here is the blurb: ‘Will you… pretend to marry me?’

Bonnie Haskett loves everything about weddings. She loves her job at a national bridal magazine and even has a deposit down on her dream dress. The only problem? She doesn’t have a fiancé!

So when Bonnie is sent to Edelweiss Island, known as ‘The Little Wedding Island’, it’s a dream come true. She’s heard the rumours, every wedding that takes place in the tiny chapel ends in a happy-ever-after.

But there’s a catch! Investigating the story, Bonnie needs to pose as a blushing bride – and the only man up for posing as her groom is her arch rival (and far too handsome for his own good) journalist Rohan Carter…

This gorgeous treat is available to pre-order here Now and it’s out on 2nd March 2018 it’s definitely one I’m looking forward to. I loved The Chateau Of Happily Ever Afters and here is my review of that. https://hayleyreviews10.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/blog-tour-the-chateau-of-happily-ever-afters-by-jaimie-admans/

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Ebook Review: The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club part two Undertow By Katie May

Blurb: It’s a brand new start all over again for Deb as she finds herself at the centre of attention after planning a protest to save West Beach. What lies in store for The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club?

THE WHITSTABLE HIGH TIDE SWIMMING CLUB is a serialized novel told in three parts – taking you through a year in the life of Deb (ageing bikini, sunglasses) and Maisie (black wetsuit, swimming shoes, goggles) and the other high tide swimmers. This is Part Two.
Deb has finally cut her feckless husband loose, but in many other ways her life is spiralling out of control. With no home, no money, and a chaotic love life, she finds an unusual way to keep both body and soul together.
She’s not even sure of her friendship with Maisie anymore. But there’s still something that bonds the two women together: their determination to stop anyone building on their beloved West Beach. And yet, as they begin to mount their protest, they find themselves threatened and ridiculed, and must fall back on every ounce of their resourcefulness to keep going.

What would they do without the High Tide Swimming Club, whose intrigues, dramas and escapades keep them afloat in troubled waters?
A heart-warming, funny and poignant story of romance, friendship, new beginnings and second chances.

Review: I adored part one and now I’m here to say I totally loved part two and just before writing this review I pre-ordered part three. Now I never like to include spoilers but I do like to give an explanation of the story as best I can. 

Now at the end of part one we were left wondering whether Deb, Maise and The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club would save West Beach – what I will say is that’s still an unanswered question, but my was it a treat to read. 

Deb is an impressive and real character and in part two you see her at her lowest plus seeing her grasp some confidence back. Maise sent me on an emotional rollercoaster in this part I won’t reveal what her doctors appointment told her as I believe every reader should experience it just as I did. But I felt myself screaming at her to talk to Deb – thankfully that happened before the end of part two.

There was a touching moment with Deb and Brian – it was nice to see his character come to life more. I also loved a moment between Maise and Edith that was so touching and really made me think of the thankful last moments and memories we made with my Nan right near the end. 

I really do love a good short story and this is another treat. I do love swimming too although I haven’t been recently as I’ve been rather under the weather. 

If you want a short story that pulls at your heart strings, a protest for the people and just good characters then be sure to download this treat. You can get part two Here

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Audible Review: How To Be A Woman By Caitlin Moran

Blurb: It’s a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven’t been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain… 
Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby? 
Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.

Review: Here is another Fabbookfiend aka Catriona recommendation. I had been toying with the idea of reading this for a while. After reading my buddy read of Chase the Rainbow I had said I wanted to read more Non-Fiction and not just self-help books. 

As I have mentioned before I work for Cancer Research and we receive hundreds of books it came in and I thought it was a sign – until I realised that Caitlin herself was reading said book on Audible. So I was swayed by the audio and to be honest I’m so glad as I really enjoyed her trademark wit. As I got to the end I realised I would miss her voice and her humour. On the cover of this book it has a quote from Grazia saying ‘The book every woman should read’ and I must admit based on certain chapters I can wholeheartedly agree with that. 

Caitlin explores a number of topics that effect women including sexism, equality, shaving certain areas of our bodies – part of that made me laugh out loud, bearing in mind I listen to my audios mostly when traveling to work ha. Having children or not having children and abortion to name a few. I love that she’s tackled a number of hard hitting subjects with wit and clarity. I’m 33 and I sure as hell don’t have life sorted but sometimes we have to work with what we have.

Thank you Caitlin for saying everything most of us ladies needed to hear.

Have you read this book by Caitlin Moran. What did you think? If you have, have you read anymore from her if so what should I read next. 

My seventh and final book cover post will be up later today.

Book challenge, TeamSparkly

Book Cover Challenge day six – I had to mention this lady. 

So here I am on time with no catching up. As I have mentioned on a number of occasions Sunday’s are generally my guaranteed day off. Which is why from time to time I like to lazily sit. As I type I’m still in my pjs and my hair needs a good wash ha!!!! Listening to the football.

Without further ado….

Today marks day six of the book cover challenge, which I am going to miss after tomorrow. So I may have to continue this from time to time as I have really enjoyed it. 

I cannot do a challenge without featuring this lady. Miranda Dickinson is one of my favourite authors, her books let me escape my own reality, they give me hope, love and they really do put a smile on my face. If I’m having a reading blip she pulls me through. Not only is she a fantastic wordsmith she is a awesome and lovely human being who has given me a well needed boost on more than one occasion about a number of things. 

It Started with a Kiss was the first book of Miranda’s that I read. It opened the door for my love for Miranda’s way with words. Over the years I have been a part of #TeamNell and #TeamSparkly helping Miranda promote her books with the latest being one of them in Christmas In St Ives which has my heart well and truly – it links to her next novel Somewhere Beyond The Sea which comes out in June 2018 and can be pre-ordered Here. These characters are so adorable and you can’t help but fall in love with them. I look forward to spending more time with them next year, I’m pretty sure I shall be buddy reading with Catriona again too. 

I reviewed it over on Dark Readers you can read it Here. This year Christmas in St Ives has been my first festive read I will be finishing it shortly so it may well be a double Miranda post day. Watch this space. I can’t help but mention Fairytale of New York which is one of my ultimate favourites where my book boyfriend Ed came from and Miranda brought him back to me in I’ll Take New York. 

Book challenge, Uncategorized

Book Cover challenge catch up. 

I really wanted to post the last few days but the days seem to pass in a blur of work and tiredness, although I did manage to get this started yesterday…..So without further ado.

Day Three


I have such vivid memories of this book. It was one of the books we had to read for English Literature A Level and it was a book that wholeheartedly grabbed my attention. Ian McEwan had me wanting more and second guessing. This was a book I had to read as part of my studies but it was one that I wanted to read. We were given pages to read and I would read on and on further than my classmates. I remember when this was made into a film I was eager to see how it would be done. I enjoyed the film I always think of the book and the film as separate entities but this was one that I was happy with. The one book to film that I hated was One Day. 

Day Four


I know we are only in the very beginning of November but Christmas keeps getting mentioned now that Halloween has been and gone. I remember vividly receiving this book as a gift from Santa when we went to see him in Allders. (Yup that shop doesn’t even exist anymore.) Some kids would think getting a book was a bad gift but I loved mine and I really enjoyed reading this book. I can still remember unwrapping my classic and I’m pretty sure I wrote this book belongs to Hayley Thorpe inside….

I must say I’m going to miss doing this so I may produce an old favourite from time to time….

Day Five


I don’t remember how many years ago I purchased this gorgeous treat full of affirmations. I have improved in some ways and in others I have not so still to this day I open the book and turn to my daily affirmation. It also reminds me of things that my best friend would say and I often message her saying did you write this, as with positive thought she’s definitely on par with Katie.

Today’s offering is…


I love that Katie always makes me think. Today the weather is dull but I have put on my smile and got on with my tasks in hand at work.

How’s your day? What do you think of my choices? I would love to hear from you.