6/17/21

The Love Island Bookshop - Kate Frost

 


4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -

A dream job, two handsome men, one destructive act. Will Freya’s opportunity of a lifetime end in tears?

When Freya leaves her publishing job in London to be a barefoot bookseller in the Maldives, it’s the push she needs to move on from her sadness and reignite her passion for life.

While resort owner Zander is charming, it’s handsome dive instructor Aaron who befriends her when she needs it most. But all is not what it seems and there’s trouble brewing in paradise.

Taking a chance on happiness is harder than she imagined. Can Freya let go of her heartache and allow herself to fall in love again?

Purchase Link - http://getbook.at/theloveislandbookshop

Amazon - HERE


ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

Kate Frost is the author of best-selling romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach Retreat, A Starlit Summer, The Greek Heart and The Amsterdam Affair), character-driven women’s fiction (The Butterfly Storm series and Beneath the Apple Blossom), and Time Shifters, a time travel adventure trilogy for children. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates.

Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, young son, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Frodo. As well as writing novels, she’s also the Director of Storytale Festival, a new city-wide children’s book festival that she co-founded in Bristol in 2019 with the ethos of making books accessible to all and encouraging children and teens to read, write and be creative. Kate feels incredibly lucky to spend her days writing and being immersed in books. 

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katefrostauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katefrostauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katefrostauthor

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVhcSLhVZrTwDq9OteyFmHA

Website: http://kate-frost.co.uk/


MY THOUGHTS -

My very first thought was - tropical island, bookshop... SCORE!!

Freya is a very likable character. I fell in love with her instantly. She had a very real, relatable, personality. Zander, the resort owner, seems perfect! But, is he too good to be true? 

So... you see an advertisement for a job running a bookshop on a tropical island! Interested? What if you didn't have any real connections (besides friends) holding you back, now are you interested? Would you at least apply, just to see what happens? Hmmm, I would have to say - even though I am happily married - I probably would! LOL just to see...

Of course I love reading any book set on the beach, one of my favorite settings? This one was very well done. It took me away from my "just outside the city" home to this beautiful place with Freya as my friend. :-) A very needed (virtual) vacation for me! I love books that will "take you away" and this one did just that.

This ended up being a delightful read that offered a romance, fun, and  little excitement. This was a Kate Frost first for me and I would definitely read another!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources -  Thank You!!


6/10/21

Impermanence by Ren Powell (Poetry)

 


5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -

We are the stories, and our bodies books… 

This project began with meditation on the idea of impermanence. And with this image, with the body-as-story slowly losing shape. With our narratives falling apart, becoming loose elements that can/will be rearranged in another story. Which is what history is, after all. 

The bust was made of plaster and paper mache and was photographed in various locations in the J√¶ren landscape of Norway. It was supposed to break up slowly in the waterfall during filming. However, it was taken by the current and slipped under an old mill house - trapped by the torrent of water, the wooden beams, and the rocks. 

But, well, this is what happens when we try to plan our stories. Isn’t it?

Ships from Norway. http://madorphanlit.com 

Paperback facsimiles available at https://www.blurb.com/b/10652707-impermanence for 15 USD plus shipping. (link includes preview)



ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

Ren Powell is a writer and teaching artist. She is a native Californian – now a Norwegian citizen settled on the west coast of Norway. Ren has been a member of The Norwegian Author’s Union since 2005 and has published six full-length collections of poetry and more than two dozen books of translations with traditional publishing houses. Her poetry collections have been purchased by the Norwegian Arts Council for national library distribution, and her poems have been translated and published in eight languages. Ren is currently focusing on handbound poetry collections and mixed media experimentation as Mad Orphan Lit.

Website - https://renpowell.com/

Face Book - https://www.facebook.com/renkatpowell

IG - @madorphanlit_poetry

MY THOUGHTS -

This book of poetry blew my mind! I loved it so much. So many of the poems spoke to me personally. And a couple of them brought tears to my eyes. 

I have always loved poetry. When I was a teen I couldn't get enough. I would bring home stacks of books from the library. One of my favorites - Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe, beautiful!

I have always loved trying to "figure them out". Especially ee cummings LOL! That's half the fun of poetry. Every person gets something different out of it. It speaks to everyone differently. 

This book is a double win! As well as the poems there are photographs which are just as amazing as the poems. 

As an artist myself, this poem spoke to my heart! Couldn't have said it better. That is exactly how I feel when I paint! I am dancing and singing in my heart which flows out to my hand and then the paint brush. I love it!


I am definitely going to look into more by Ren Powell. Thank you for writing these poems just for me!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Poetic Book Tours and the author - Ren PowellThank you! 




6/8/21

One Snowy Night - Patience Griffin

 

4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -

A woman struggling to raise her daughter alone in a small Alaskan town finds her simple existence upended when the father of her child returns. . . .

Sweet Home, Alaska, was once a thriving, idyllic town, where A Stone's Throw Hardware and Haberdashery and the Sisterhood of the Quilt were the cornerstones of the community. Then, in one fatal moment, two young lives were cut short, and everything changed. Now the Stone family businesses have closed, the diner is in the red, and the population has dwindled to 573.

After the tragic accident that took her sister's life, Hope McKnight discovered she was pregnant, and gave up her dreams of college to raise her daughter. When Donovan Stone returns to sell his family's properties and to cut final ties with Sweet Home, he's shocked to find Hope still there--and a single mother. The pull between Hope and Donovan is as powerful as ever. But so are the secrets and lies stemming from that long-ago tragedy. Will they be able to overcome the past, or will the heartbreak of bygone days destroy their love again?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

Award-winning author Patience Griffin has been writing and sewing her whole life but didn't discover her love of quilting until her late thirties. She decided the best way to acquire her first quilt was to make one for herself. At nearly the same time, she started commuting three and half hours a day for her dream engineering job. To pass the time on the long drive, she got hooked on audiobooks--especially books with love stories. Within a couple of years, she was writing stories of her own. It was no surprise to her family and friends when she combined her love of quilting, her small town roots, and her obsession with Scottish romances into novels.

She has gained some recognition with her September 11th Story Quilt which has toured the country as the property of the Pentagon. Her first book, To Scotland with Love, received a Publishers Weekly *starred reviewed, won the New England Readers' Choice award and Golden Quill for best first book and was also a double RITA® finalist. Patience's Kilts and Quilts series takes place in small town Scotland and set around a group of quilters. She loves to write about home, heart, and community.

MY THOUGHTS -

A nice sweet read. This was a quick easy reading, sweet and clean romance (just the way I like them).

I love the well thought out characters. Hope was great, definitely someone I could be friends with. Her daughter, Ella, had her issues, but I liked her too. Donovan was a great leading man. I fell in love with him instantly. There were also two minor characters, Piney and Sparkle (yes, that was really their names LOL) a mother and daughter. And I really loved them, especially Piney. I kind of want to know what happens with Sparkle and Rick, Donovan's business manager. It doesn't look like book two has totally different characters. That's my problem - I always fall in love with the characters and want the story to go on. I always want to know more!

I really liked this author's nice gentle style of writing. This was a first one for me. But I really think I will be reading more.

Thank you Berkley Books for sending me this book for my honest review!

5/27/21

Invisible - Lindsay Woodward

 


5 STARS!!!

Alice Bloom has shut herself away from the world for years. But all that changes when three men come into her life. Firstly there's the rather disgusting Karl, who has the key to her problems but turns her stomach. Then there's smooth and sexy Ethan, whom Alice falls head over heels for, but she just can't seem to get time alone with him. And finally there's her lovely, supportive friend Dan, if only they could ever actually get to meet. Because the biggest problem of all is: Alice is invisible.

The complications become more and more hilarious as Alice tries to steer her way through her conflicting emotions and find her way to happiness. Will she succeed or will life always get the better of her?

Purchase Links

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Invisible-Lindsay-Woodward/dp/1999585542/

US - https://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Lindsay-Woodward/dp/1999585542/

Author Bio –

I'm a British author who lives in Warwickshire with my husband and cat. I've had a lifelong passion for writing, starting off as a child when I used to write stories about the Fraggles of Fraggle Rock.

 

Knowing there was nothing else I'd rather study, I did my degree in writing and I've now turned my favourite hobby into a career.

 

I write love stories with a twist, always leaving readers guessing right until the end. They're far from your normal romance stories, but a love story runs through the heart of all my books, with a sprinkling of something weird thrown into the mix.

 

When I’m not writing novels, I’m a Marketing Consultant specializing in copywriting, so words really are my world!

 

https://www.lindsay-woodward.com

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MY THOUGHTS -

This book was absolutely delightful and probably one of the most original stories I have read. It was so fun and refreshing I couldn't tear myself away from reading it. I ended up reading it in one day (and I don't do that often).

OK, at first I thought invisible was just a metaphor, that she felt "invisible"... nope! She was actually invisible, as in, no one could see her! But not in a superhero kind of way, sadly. Although I think if I was invisible I would totally use it to my advantage. She does use it a couple of times but not as much as I would have! LOL Clearly she is a better person than I.

I loved Alice! She was real. Like the kind of real that we are all embarrassed to admit. She has had a rough life and it gets rougher with her invisibility. But she starts to grow, and learn, and gain confidence that changes her. Changes her inside and out and... makes her visible!

She meets three leading men who couldn't be more different from each other. She takes something away from each relationship, but will she find her forever man? 

This book is amusing, quirky, and fun, but also very heartwarming.  A great summer read! Going on my list of favorites for 2021!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources -  Thank You!!



5/26/21

Aftermath by Terri Blackstock - with a GIVEAWAY!

 May 10 - June 4, 2021 Tour

4.5 Stars!

Aftermath by Terri Blackstock

ABOUT THE BOOK -

This gripping new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Terri Blackstock will leave you on the edge of your seat.

A devastating explosion.

Three best friends are at the venue just to hear their favorite band . . . but only one of them makes it out alive.

A trunk full of planted evidence.

When police stop Dustin with a warrant to search his trunk, he knows it’s just a mistake. He’s former military and owns a security firm. But he’s horrified when they find explosives, and he can’t fathom how they got there.

An attorney who will risk it all for a friend.

Criminal attorney Jamie Powell was Dustin’s best friend growing up. They haven’t spoken since he left for basic training, but she’s the first one he thinks of when he’s arrested. Jamie knows she’s putting her career on the line by defending an accused terrorist, but she’d never abandon him. Someone is framing Dustin to take the fall for shocking acts of violence . . . but why?

Praise for Aftermath:

“In Aftermath, Terri Blackstock plumbs the depth of human emotion in the face of devastating tragedy, grief, and loss. Yet, she still manages to give readers her trademark suspenseful story, sweet romance, and hope for the future. From gut wrenching scenes in a cancer patient’s hospital room to seeing the world through the eyes of a young woman with a debilitating mental health disorder, Blackstock pulls no punches about human frailties. Does the end justify the means? Romantic suspense lovers won’t want to miss Aftermath.”
—Kelly Irvin, bestselling author

“Justice may be blind but that doesn’t keep it from facing mortal danger. In Aftermath, expert storyteller Terri Blackstock ratchets up the suspense in a novel that delivers on every level. Conflicts rage and loyalties are tested to the ultimate limit. Set aside plenty of time when you pick up this book—you’ll not to want to take a break.”
—Robert Whitlow, bestselling author

Book Details:

Genre: Suspense
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: May 11th 2021
Number of Pages: 320
ISBN: 0310348587 (ISBN13: 9780310348580)
Series: Aftermath is a stand-alone novel
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Christianbook | Goodreads

 

Read an excerpt:

Aftermath

Chapter One

Taylor Reid’s phone flashed as she snapped the selfie with her two friends, their heads touching and their backs to the stage. The shot from the third row, with the lead singer in the background and the three of them in the foreground, was perfect. No one would believe their seats were so close.

They turned around to face the band, dancing to the beat of the song they’d been listening to in the car on the way to Trudeau Hall.

Taylor quickly posted the pic, typing, “Ed Loran targets nonpoliticals for his rally with band Blue Fire. Worked on us!”

She put her phone on videotape and zoomed onto the stage.

“I don’t want it to end!” Desiree said in her ear.

“Me either!” Taylor yelled over the music.

“Maybe they’ll play again after his speech,” Mara shouted.

The song came to an end, and the crowd went crazy, begging for one more song before the band left the stage.

But an amplified voice filled the auditorium, cutting off the adulation. “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the next president of the United States, Ed Loran!”

The crowd sounded less enthusiastic as the band left the stage and Ed Loran, the Libertarian celebrity magnet, made his entrance. Taylor kept cheering and clapping, letting her enthusiasm for the band segue to him.

It happened just as the candidate took the stage. The deafening sound, like some confusing combination of gunshot and lightning bolt, a blast that blacked out the lights and knocked her to the ground. Smoke mushroomed. Screams crescendoed—shrieks of terror, wailing pain, shocking anguish . . . then sudden, gentle silence, as if she were underwater. A loud ringing in her ears filled the void.

She peered under the seats, choking for breath as dimmer lights flickered through the smoke. Even from here, she could see the fallout of whatever had happened. Blood pooling on the ground, people hunkering down as she was, feet running . . . What was happening? An explosion? A crash? She looked around and couldn’t see her friends.

She clawed her way up and looked over the seat. Smoke and fire billowed from the stage into the crowd, and heat wafted over her like some living force invading the room. Muffled, muted sounds competed with the ringing.

Get out! Now! She dropped back down and crawled under two rows of seats until she came to someone limp on the floor. She felt herself scream but couldn’t hear her own voice. Scrambling to her feet, she went to her left to get to the aisle, but her foot slipped on something wet. She grabbed the seat next to her to steady herself, then launched into the frantic crowd in the aisle. The room seemed to spin, people whizzing by, people under her, people above her, people broken and ripped and still . . . She stepped and fell, crawled and ran, tripped and kicked her way to the bottlenecked doorway, then fought her way through it.

The ringing in her ears faded as she tumbled downstairs, almost falling into the lobby below. The sound of crying, coughing, wretching, and the roaring sound of pounding feet turned up as if some divine finger had fiddled with the volume.

She set her sights on the glass doors to the outside and pushed forward, moving through people and past the security stations they’d stopped at on the way in. She made it to the door and burst out into the sunlight.

Fresh, cool air hit her like freedom, but at first her lungs rejected it like some poison meant to stop her. At the bottom of the steps, on the sidewalk, she bent over and coughed until she could breathe.

After a moment, the crowd pushed her along toward the parking garage until she remembered that her car wasn’t there. She had parked on the street, blocks away. She forced her way out of the flow of people and ran a block south. Where was it?

She turned the corner. Her car was here, on this block. Near the Atlanta Trust Bank. Wasn’t it? Or was it the next block?

Sweat slicked her skin until she found her silver Accord. There!

She ran to it and pulled her keys out of her pocket, wishing she hadn’t lost the key fob. Her hands trembled as she stuck the key into the passenger side lock and got the door open. She slipped inside on the driver’s side, locked it behind her. Instinctively, she slid down, her head hidden as if someone were coming after her.

What just happened?

One minute they’d been taking selfies and videotaping the band, and the next they were on the floor . . .

Where were Mara and Desiree? She hadn’t even looked for them! Should she go back for them?

No, that would be insane. She could smell the smoke and fire from here. They would know to come to the car when they got out.

Call the police!

She tried to steady her hands as she swiped her phone on.

“911, what is your—”

“An explosion!” she cut in, her voice hoarse. “At the Ed Loran rally at Trudeau Hall!”

“Where are you now?” the woman asked in a voice that was robotically calm.

“I got out. There’s fire . . . People are still in there. Please send ambulances!”

“Ma’am, did you see what exploded?”

“No . . . the stage area, I think. I don’t know where my friends are. Please . . . hurry!”

“We’ve already dispatched the fire department and police, ma’am.”

She heard sirens from a few blocks away and cut off the call. She raised up, looking over the dashboard for the flashing lights. She couldn’t see any, but the sirens grew louder.

She knelt on the floorboard, her knees on her floormat and her elbows on her seat, and texted Desiree.

I’m at the car. Where are you?

No answer. She switched to a recent thread with Mara and texted again.

Got out. At car waiting. Where are you?

Nothing.

She dictated a group text to both of them.

Are you all right?

They were probably running or deaf, fighting their way out like she had. She tried calling them, but Mara’s phone rang to voicemail. When Desiree’s phone did the same, she yelled, “Call me! I’m waiting at the car and I’m scared. Where are you?” She was sobbing when she ended the call.

***

Excerpt from Aftermath by Terri Blackstock. Copyright 2021 by Terri Blackstock. Reproduced with permission from Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio:

Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. She’s the author of If I Run, If I’m Found, and If I Live, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, Moonlighters, and the Restoration series.

Visit her at:
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Instagram - #terriblackstock
Twitter - #terriblackstock
Facebook - @tblackstock

 

 

MY THOUGHTS -

This story centers around one horrific event, an explosion at a political rally. We then follow two different sets of characters.

Taylor - A young adult who was only there with her friends for the band. Taylor suffers from serious OCD. I loved her character and thought it was portrayed very well. Sadly we watch Taylor fall victim to her illness as she takes it upon herself to seek out the accused and try to avenge her friend's death. Her sister steps up to help and protect her. Unfortunately she annoyed the heck out of me! I know she was just being a great sister and she was concerned, but seriously, let her breath.

Dustin - Co-owner of a security firm ends up being a suspect in the explosion. Dustin is a very likable guy right from the start. I knew he didn't have anything to do with it, but... who did. He calls his estranged childhood friend/lawyer, Jamie. 

Jamie - A lawyer who ends up defending Dustin. This case brings back a lot of old memories for both of them. But Jamie is a great lawyer and investigator. She askes all the right questions and is smart enough and brave enough to prove his innocence.

Travis - Dustin's friend and co-owner of the security firm. His wife is in the hospital with stage four cancer. 

I loved how the author developed the background of each character so well. I really felt like I knew all of them. This was a story that definitely started off with a bang then got really in-depth and full of emotion with everyone's story. All this led to a great ending! A tiny part of me did suspect the end but I really wasn't sure - very well done!

Woohoo great job, again Terri Blackstock! I have been a fan of hers for years and this story was right up there with all the others.  A definite must read! 

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5/13/21

Until I Find You by Rea Frey - With a GIVEAWAY!

 


5 STARS!

The Set-Up

Soon, Rebecca Gray won’t be able to see. Diagnosed in her twenties with a degenerative eye disease, each day her world grows a little darker. She’s moved to the suburbs to raise her son, Jackson. In the wake of her husband\'s death, it should be a quieter, easier way of life. It won’t be.

The Moment That Changes Everything

When Bec awakes after fainting in the park, she makes promises to start taking better care of herself. When her son begins to cry, she approaches the crib. Reaches in. Picks him up. But he’s not her son.

The Search

There’s nothing Bec won’t do to find Jackson. But she’s a blind woman in a world where seeing is believing. The police think she’s confused. Her friends don’t see any differences. Relying on the conviction of her instinct and the power of a mother’s love, Bec must push the limits of her world to uncover what happened to her baby boy…and bring him home for good.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Goodreads

 


REA FREY
is the multi-published, award-winning bestselling author of three suspense novels and four nonfiction books. She’s been featured in US Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Popsugar, Hello Sunshine, Marie Claire, Parade, Shape, Hello Giggles, CrimeReads, Writer’s Digest, WGN, Fox News, Today in Nashville, Talk of the Town, and more. She is also the CEO and Founder of Writeway, where aspiring writers become published authors.


To learn more, visit reafrey.com or writewayco.com.

Catch Up With Rea Frey:
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BookBub - @ReaFreyAuthor
Instagram - @reafrey
Twitter - #ReaFrey
Facebook - @reafrey


MY THOUGHTS -

Fantastic story! I loved this book from beginning to end. What drew me to this one was Bec's "degenerative eye disease". I was an asst. teacher for years in special ed. I had several blind children in my classes and ended up having two friends, one blind and one "legally blind" as a young adult. So this sounded very interesting to me. Well, it was a WIN! I thought it was done perfectly. The writing was great. It felt very real and the character development was expertly developed.

I loved Bec and her circle of friends. Bec was kind of quiet, to herself, but a strong woman. She didn't want a lot of help from others. I think she wanted to prove to them, and herself that she could do it. Yes, she was cold at times, but a lot of people are. Again, this part felt very real to me.

When she knew "the baby" was not hers and no one would believe her - for a second I thought "Noooo, that wouldn't happen, would it?" But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I probably wouldn't know if my friend's baby was hers or not. It's not like I see her everyday. And the author clearly stated that her friends hardly ever held Jackson. So, not only did this begin to also feel real but... her friends were starting to piss me off that they didn't believe her and support her. Or if they did it was fake. It took someone who was not a close friend to finally stand up, believe her and get things rolling.

This book really made me think how hard it must be to be blind and have a baby. I have two grandchildren. My daughter does a fantastic job parenting. But what if she were blind. Being a mom is hard enough, and scary at times with out the added stress of having a disability.

Very well written, interesting, sad, heartfelt book. This one not only had me on the edge of my seat, but also had my heart pounding!   It really made me think and take another look at motherhood in general and how challenging even the simplest tasks can be.

Well now I am putting all Rea Frey's books on my wish list!!! 

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Partners in Crime Tours -  Thank You!!




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5/5/21

Wayward Voyage - Anna M Holmes

 

4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -

Anne is a headstrong young girl growing up in the frontier colony of Carolina in the early eighteenth century. With the death of her mother, and others she holds dear, Anne discovers that life is uncertain, so best live it to the full. She rejects the confines of conventional society and runs away to sea, finding herself in The Bahamas, which has become a nest for pirates plaguing the West Indies. Increasingly dissatisfied with her life, Anne meets a charismatic former pirate, John 'Calico Jack' Rackham, and persuades him to take up pirating again, and she won't be left onshore. The Golden Age of Piracy is a period when frontiers were being explored and boundaries pushed. Wayward Voyage creates a vivid and gritty picture of colonial life in the Americas and at sea.

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

Anna is originally from New Zealand and lives in the U.K. with her Dutch partner.

WAYWARD VOYAGE is Anna’s first novel. She has been fascinated by the lives of women pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, for a long time. Some years ago, she visualised this story as a screenplay before exploring and building their world more deeply as a novel. WAYWARD VOYAGE made a longlist of 11 for the Virginia Prize in Women’s Fiction 2020.

BLIND EYE an eco-thriller, will be published by The Book Guild in September, so this year, 2021, Anna will have two novels coming out. Her screenplay, BLIND EYE, is joint winner of the 2020 Green Stories screenplay competition. 

A documentary about pioneers of flamenco in the UK that Anna produced and directed was screened in Marbella International Film Festival and in London. This passion project ensures a slice of cultural history has been captured. It is available on YouTube and via a portal on her website.

She holds a Humanities B.A, a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and an M.A. in Dance Studies. Initially she worked as a radio journalist before a career in arts management working with U.K. Arts Councils and as an independent producer, dance history lecturer and she has run a dance development agency.

Anna is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and enjoys practising flamenco. Writing, dance, and yoga shape her life.

Social Media Links –

Website:             https://www.annamholmes.com

Facebook            https://www.facebook.com/AnnaMHolmesWriter     

Twitter                @AnnaMHolmes_


MY THOUGHTS -

Oh my goodness, what a fascinating story! I love historical fiction but have never read anything about Pirates. This book was raw and gutsy. The author does not try to paint a pretty picture here - she tells it like it is (or like it was).

This is a romance, of sorts, more of an adventure in romance! Anne Bonny certainly new what she wanted, or rather what she didn't want. She was... unsettled, bored and wanted more. And she set out to find it. Using any means and anyone she could to get it! I loved how the author made every character important as you got to know them all equally. Some I liked and some I didn't but that's what makes a book real.

A tad slow in spots but still didn't deter me from wanted to keep reading - it was just so interesting.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources -  Thank You!!

 

4/30/21

Starting Out - JE Rowney

 


4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -

Violet thought midwifery training was tough, but now she has to step out onto the ward as a newly qualified midwife. She’s standing on the edge of her new life, but taking the leap is harder than she ever expected.

Living on her own for the first time, while best friend Zoe starts to build a future with soon-to-be-husband Luke, everything is changing for Violet.

Can Violet adapt and adjust, or will anxiety get the better of her?

“Starting Out” – the new book from the world of “Lessons of a Student Midwife”.

Purchase Links

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Starting-Out-thought-student-qualified-ebook/dp/B08T5PDQ7C/

US - https://www.amazon.com/Starting-Out-thought-student-qualified-ebook/dp/B08T5PDQ7C/



ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

J.E. Rowney spent several years in the cold Yorkshire hills, but now lives on the south coast of England. She spent ten years working as a midwife before turning in her gloves to become an author.

She is an award winning poet, and also enjoys writing short stories. In May 2020 she was the winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.

"Charcoal", her first novel, was published in 2012 to wide critical acclaim, and was a bestselling novel on Amazon within days of release.

She spends lots of time writing in coffee shops, so if you see her, say hello.

Ms. Rowney says: "I always dreamed of being a writer, until I realised that I was. Then I started to write."


You can find out more about JE Rowney on her website at jerowney.com, or follow @jerowneywriter on social media.

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MY THOUGHTS -

Yay! I loved following Violet on her journey to being a certified Midwife. I read the first book in this series - Life Lessons in Aug. of 2020 and I enjoyed it so much that when this one came up for review, I jumped on it! Not totally necessary, but I do recommend that you read the first one before reading this. You will have a much better understanding of the characters and what they are going through.

This book is nice easy reading, flows, and is well written... but is also very interesting. The first book reminded me so much of when my daughter started college and in the same way, this one reminds me of when my daughter (and myself) had her first apartment. I actually facetimed her and we reminisced about her first one! LOL

I loved how this book was very much about becoming a midwife - the trials, the scariness, the apprehension, and the growth. But it was also about life and starting out on your own. So I think even if we are not all wanting to be midwives, we all can relate to our first apartment or our first real job.

This story has such real appeal to it, it was so enjoyable and heartwarming. I absolutely fell in love with Violet all over again.

This is definitely an author I am going to watch.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources -  Thank You!!