A Balancing Kind of Love by Joanna Cates Independently published 28th September 2021
Kirsty Young, a 40-year-old single woman, is at a crossroads in her life. She works hard and enjoys socialising, especially with her best friend Henrietta Green and the rest of the gang. However, something is missing. Has she left it too late to meet Mr Right and become a mother?
With life-changing decisions to make, she packs her bags and travels off to Ibiza and Cyprus on a six-month sabbatical.
Max Bright, now in charge of the family business, Brightside Hotels, is emotionally exhausted. All the travelling and keeping an eye on his mother and playboy brother is taking its toll. He is unhappy with his lifestyle, and he wants balance. Is there room in his life for romance?
Max and Kirsty’s paths cross and it isn’t love at first sight. Fortunately, they head off in different directions. When fate and a little help from their friends intervene, they meet again. Is there such a thing as a second chance?
As soon as I received this book through the post I started reading it. When I looked at the envelope I thought oh wow! wow! Joanna Cates doesn’t live far from me, and I often go shopping for clothes in her home town.
A Balancing Kind of Love is book 2 in the Love is Crystal Clear Trilogy.
I loved reading A Balancing Kind of Love as it is a lovely relaxing novel, one that I recommend specially if you love opening a book and reading hot romance, with laugh out lines.
Single forty year old Kirsty Young, is finally ready to grow up. She isn’t happy with her life, all she wants to do is meet somebody, fall in love, and perhaps have a baby.
Kirsty packed her suitcase, with a Crystal dildo, and set off to stay with friends in Ibiza. She can’t wait to just sit by the pool and relax.
While at the airport she loses her cool with an inpatient man, but little does Kirsty know that soon she will meet him again and his mother.
Let’s talk about sexy romance!
Kirsty’s steamy adventure, is a page turner.
At Kirsty’s friends house she is left all alone. Kirsty’s fun is hotting up. In the heat of the sun with Kirsty in a bikini, she has sex with the pool man.
For the love of my favourite fun filled character Kirsty, I couldn’t wait to see if she would finally find romance.
If you love watching Emily in Paris TV series, you will love reading about Kirsty in her holiday destinations Ibiza, and Cyprus.
I would like to thank zooloos blog tours for very kindly inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for the author sending me a lovely paperback ❤️
About author Joanna Cates
Joanna Cates is married to a patient and kind man and is a mum to four children. She has a vivid imagination and is a born romantic. Although Joanna spent her working life as an accountant, she’s always felt far too creative for mere numbers—for which she blames her beloved mother, who introduced Joanna to Catherine Cookson and Stephen King at an early age.
Joanna loves photography, travelling, reading, health & fitness, and socialising with her friends & vodka. Easily distracted, Joanna visualises many of her tall tales while doing the housework.
Two years ago, Joanna decided that she wanted to write a book, oh and also to have a new wardrobe. She’s still waiting for the wardrobe.
Love is Crystal Clear is Joanna’s debut romance novel.
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The Captain’s Daughters by Doreen D. Berger
Paperback published by Polaris Print Books 17th April 2021
For most adolescents, growing up is hard enough when one has both feet planted firmly on the ground. But for mischievous twelve-year-old sisters Diane and Robin,life is complicated further by the fact that their father, Captain William Marsh, is the commander of the Starship Polaris. Living among the stars provides a never-ending realm of creatures possibly for the free-spirited girls pranks and adventures.
When aliens on profit and revenge kidnap Diane and Robin, only their indomitable spirit, ingenuity, and a common love of trouble allow the pair to escape the alien vessel. Finding their way home seems assured until the sisters realise they have been taken further from home than they could ever have imagined, and that they must evade an enemy who will stop at nothing to get them back into his evil clutches. Blocked by interstellar battles, malevolent creatures, and overwhelming obstacles, the sisters fear they may never find a way to return home and to the father they love.
The Captain’s Daughters is the perfect book 9 to 12 year olds.
Twelve year old, sisters Diane and Robin had been brought up on a horse ranch. Just like young twelve years olds today Diane and Robin aren’t afraid to tell their dad Captain William Marsh, they don’t need his help anymore.
This author has a splendid imagination, who is just right for entertaining her audience of young teenagers to read into the life of characters Diane and Robin growing up and their adventure. But to say this first novel by Doreen Berger is aimed at young teenagers, I loved it, because I could fully imagine all of the characters and everything inside the spaceship.
Chapter 4 was my favourite with Diane and Robin waking up inside a spaceship. This glorious paperback is very easy to read, with wonderful exciting 36 chapters of adventures, and fantasy. What pleased me more is that Captain William Marsh shares the same name as my late father and my surname. Im so much looking forward to Diane and Robins next adventure in the second book, Reach for the Stars.
About author Doreen D. Berger
The Captain’s Daughters is Doreen D. Berger’s first novel in a series about the adventures of the Marsh sisters, Diane and Robin. Doreen, known to her family and friends as Diane, has based the series on her relationship with her lifelong friend, Robin, and their spirited childhood escapades. Doreen lives on Long Island with her family and pets.
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BREAKING FREE BY EVA JEAN
Independently Published 26th September 2021
Breaking Fee by Eva Jean is about recognising and surviving controlling behaviour.
If you are suffering from domestic abuse you must read this book. It will show you how to safely escape. I know you will think it’s impossible to leave your husband or partner but in truth you can.
Some women think that domestic violence is kicking you, grabbing you, strangling you, but Eva points out in her book there other forms of control.
There’s social control, medical social control, and more extreme social control. There’s financial control. Then there is where you have been treated badly through sexual control. Being controlled is really emotional. I know all about it I have been through it. I lost a lot of weight, weighing just 5 stone, through my ex husband demands and controlling. The best thing I ever did nearly 40 years ago was I made a plan how I was going to escape from him with my baby. I have been very lucky to have fallen in love again with my wonderful partner who I have been with for 29 years, who I’m relaxed to be around.
This book helps you to seek outside help. It lists all the people you can talk to.
If you are in need of someone to talk to please, please, contact email@example.com who have a online chat service 7 days a week, from 10am to 6pm.
My thanks to the book network for inviting me to take part in the blog tour .
A LINE TO KILL BY ANTHONY HOROWITZ
PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY CENTURY 19th August 2021
There has never been a murder on the tiny island of Alderney.
But as writers gather for a brand new literary festival, a killer lies in wait.
As Island full of secrets is about to become an island full of suspects.
Private investigator David Hawthorne and the writer Anthony Horowitz, have been invited to the festival to talk about their new book. Very soon they discover that dark forces are at work.
Alderney is in turmoil over a planned power line that will cut through it, desecrating a war cemetery and turning neighbour against neighbour. And the visiting authors seem to be harbouring any number of unpleasant secrets.
When the festival’s wealthy sponsor is found brutally murdered, Alderney goes into lockdown and Hawthorne knows he doesn’t have to look too far for suspects.
There’s no escape. The killer is still on the island.
And there’s about to be a second death.
A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz is the brand new Detective Hawthorne mystery, where on a small island everyone’s a suspect. A line to Kill is the third in a series of crime novels starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne, and follows on from The Word is Murder and The Sentence is Death.
Inside the novel A Line to Kill, to help readers find their way around the island of Alderney, there is a map at the front of the book, and 24 chapters in total.
I haven’t read a murder mystery before where the writer puts themselves into the story. I thought this story was really a clever idea from Author Anthony Horowitz as he writes himself in this murder mystery book that he has written.
Anthony Horowitz is always one step ahead with his skills in writing, and with adding himself in this story just goes to show how skilful Anthony Horowitz writing abilities are with ideas of plenty.
He created the teen spy Alex Rider series that I love reading and watching the TV series. He has also written for the TV series Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War.
ABOUT AUTHOR ANTHONY HOROWITZ
Anthony Horowitz, OBE is ranked alongside Enid Blyton and Mark A. Cooper as “The most original and best spy-kids authors of the century.” (New York Times).
Anthony has been writing since the age of eight, and professionally since the age of twenty. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books, he is also the writer and creator of award winning detective series Foyle’s War, and more recently event drama Collision, among his other television works he has written episodes for Poirot, Murder in Mind, Midsomer Murders and Murder Most Horrid.
Anthony became patron to East Anglia Children’s Hospices in 2009.
He regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines on subjects ranging from politics to education.
He was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in January 2014.
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SLEIGH BELLS RING BY RAEANNE THAYNE
Paperback published by Mills and Boon
THE PERFECT HOLIDAY ROMANCE
Angela’s View manager Annie McCade though her niece and nephew could join her for Christmas with her absent employer being none the wiser. But when the ranch’s new owner, Tate Sheridan, shows up out of the blue and ready to host Christmas for his family Annie’s plans are upended.
As Christmas approaches Annie must help Tate as he prepares to throw a traditional family Christmas. But when it benefits them both to pretend to be each other’s long lost love to appease his interfering family, can real love be far behind?
As soon as I read page one I fell in love with story and couldn’t stop turning the pages.
Sleigh Bells Ring has a magical Christmas to remember.
Annie’s family were the original owners of the land, and her father was the ranch manger but now, Annelise McCade has been hired to be the caretaker of Angel’s View, by Wallance Sheridan, Tate Sheridan’s grandfather.
Annie has her twins nephew and niece staying with her in the caretaker apartment at the horse ranch in Western Wyoming.
During a snow ball fight Annie, and her nephew Henry and niece Alice are having lots fun, and laughing throwing snowballs at a each other, when one snowball accidentally hits the ranch owner Tate Sheridan, in the face. Tate is not happy being hit by the snowball and to make Tate even more angry he doesn’t know who Annie is. He demands to know who Annie is and why she and the children are having a snowball fight in the middle of his property ?
Let’s talk about romance
Tate didn’t know the first thing about throwing a traditional family Christmas, but Annie comes to Tate’s rescue.
Although this story has a Christmas theme, it can be read anytime of the year.
I have read about 3 other books by RaeAnne Thayne and this one is my fourth.
I have to say I’m real sucker for Christmas theme stories and Sleigh Bells Ring is my favourite book by author RaeAnne Thayne, it touched my heart with Annie with her twins nephew and niece, who have all gone through a lot of heartbreak.
RaeAnne Thayne has written so many books I’m sure that all readers will find a one of her novels to read, and I will start of recommending Sleigh Bells Ring.
ABOUT AUTHOR RAEANNE THAYNE
I’m not one of those people who knew from birth she was destined to become a writer. I always loved to read and throughout my childhood I could usually be found with a book in my hands. To the disgust of my friends, I even enjoyed creative writing assignments that made them all groan. But I had other dreams besides writing. I wanted to be an actress or a teacher or a lawyer.
Life took a different turn for me, though, when my mother made me take a journalism elective in high school (thanks, Mom!). I knew the first day that this was where I belonged.
I had no idea how to put these people on paper, but knew I had to try — their stories were too compelling for me to ignore. I sold my first book in 1995 and now, more than 30 books later, I’ve come to love everything about writing, from the click of the computer keys under my fingers to the “that’s-it!” feeling I get when a story is flowing.
I write full-time now (well, as full-time as I can manage juggling my kids!) amid the raw beauty of the northern Utah mountains.
Even though I might not have dreamed of being a writer when I was younger, now I simply can’t imagine my life any other way.
I love to hear from readers. You can reach me at my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
WHILE NOBODY IS WATCHING BY MICHELLE DUNNE
PAPERBACK PUBLISHED BY BAD PRESS INK 13TH JUNE 2020
A SEMI–INFLATED FOOTBALL AND A CURIOUS LITTLE GIRL
They called it peacekeeping. For Corporal Lindsey Ryan it was anything but.
It’s been three years since that bright day in the Golan Heights and the explosion which killed two and changed the survivors forever.
Now Lindsey deals with the many problems of the city’s troubled youth, to distract her from her own. But as damp days turn to night the kids return home, or somewhere like it, and she returns to her own private war. One that exists solely for her.
Certain that she’s being watched and certain that she’s losing her mind, Lindsey battles with the demons of post traumatic stress, while a very real threat edges ever closer until she finds herself face to face with someone who wants nothing more than to finally help her to die.
And it’s the last person she ever could have seen coming.
Blue helmets and blurred lines – While Nobody is Watching delves into the dark world of PTSD and a battle scarred soldier struggling to find a place in her new world
I have had this crime thriller book for quite sometime sitting on my bookshelf and have decided it’s time I read it.
Well what I can tell you all is this creepy story was fast paced and the author kept me guessing who was behind this twist.
Lindsey Ryan lives with her dog who runs from room to room barking when he hear something or is her dog warning Lindsey that someone is there at the house?
Home for Lindsey is a one bedroom cottage which looked like it belonged to countryside, instead of Cork City.
Lindsey had the feeling someone was watching her, then the scary things start to appear.
The fourth note in many weeks that she found stuck to her front door that each word was made up of individual letters cut out of a magazine that said LYING BITCH.
Things start to get a bit creepy with a wreath leaning up beside her front door with a card saying Rest in Peace.
While Lindsey is at work four photos have been sent to her office with the words on the back of each photo OH SO CARING BITCH.
I couldn’t rest until I knew why these notes were left for Lindsey Ryan to find and why?
Michelle Dune was born in Cork Ireland.
While Nobody is Watching is Michelle’s third book, which draws from her military experiences and the types of relationships that form within its ranks.
Here is the crime book buy link from Amazon
HOPE AND LEARNING Our Journey With Schizophrenia Linda Snow-Griffin
Published by Cherish Editions 30th September 2021
When her son was diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Linda Snow-Griffin, a psychologist in private practice, felt devastated and overwhelmed. There were thousands of questions going through her mind: How can I help him? What does he need to get better? Will he be able to get better?
This book combines personal experience with schizophrenia with substantial data to create a heartwarming and informative resource.
Hope and Learning narrates the 20-year journey Linda and her son embarked on, as they navigated their way towards recovery and a better understanding of what it is like to live with schizophrenia.
I have heard of the word schizophrenia, but haven’t fully known the meaning of the word and what someone would go through with schizophrenia.
Reading this book has educated me on this subject of schizophrenia.
This is the biography and autobiography personal memoir by Linda Snow Griffin ph.D.
It’s a brave decision for Linda Snow-Griffin to tell her story about her son’s schizophrenia.
It was 20 years ago that Linda who is a psychologist discovered that her son, Jacob, was suffering from schizophrenia. Linda first found out that her son, Jacob had schizophrenia by looking at Jacob’s notebook with the words written on it, My Schizophrenia Notebook.
At first she was in denial that her son had schizophrenia, after reading them words on Jacob’s notebook.
Jacob had the classic signs of schizophrenia hearing numerous voices in his head telling him what he had to do. The most upsetting thing here is if Jacob disobeyed this voice, he would get headaches. To block out the interference of the voices he would listen to music.
When Jacob was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Linda found it difficult to come to terms it. I think think that any mother at first would be shocked knowing their child is suffering from schizophrenia.
In the past if someone were diagnosed with schizophrenia, they could expect months, if not years of hospitalization. Now thankful medical and psychological research, medications and treatments have improved.
I would like to thank literallypr for sending me this book for an honest review and for very kindly inviting me to take part in this special blog tour.
ABOUT LINDA SNOW GRIFFIN
Linda Snow-Griffin, Ph.D. has recently retired after thirty years from her private psychology practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. She worked with children and adults and specialized in hypnosis, trauma, and cognitive interventions. She has been active in the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the Cincinnati Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is a member of the Cincinnati Academy of Professional Psychology, Ohio Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association. She served for seven years on the Butler County Mental Health Board. Prior to living in Ohio, she directed the counseling center at Eckerd College and was a staff psychologist and EAP Director at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVE MONSTER A CHILDREN’S GUIDE TO WRITING BY ANDY JONES
ILLUSTRATED BY OLAF FALAFEL
Published by Walker Books
Do you want to sharpen your story skills, add bite to your writing, and give your creativity claws? Then you have come to the right place.
This book contains the essential skills for storytellers, the secret weapon of successful authors, and over 50 prompts and exercises to inspire young writers.
Step inside and
Unleash Your Creative Monster.
Im going to highly recommend this book as I believe it will help children in class write better stories.
Unleash Your Creative Monster is the best ever children’s books that helps children how to write the best stories.
Andy Jones explains it all for children in the most easiest way for any child to understand with fabulous illustrations by Olaf to help children follow.
Inside it is split into sections in training your creative monster.
There are six different sections. Here are just some of the clever points for children, to help them.
Starting with level one that includes things like an introduction how to plot, and importance of conflict.
Level 2 includes things like essential skills for storytellers, with building emotion into your writing, writing great dialogue, sense of tenses,
Level 3 secret weapons of the wordsmith that includes points like, allow your characters to grow, add variety to your sentences.
Section two, there are some points like avoid mixing metaphors, how to keep your story moving.
Section 3 When your monster gets stuck, has things about Find a theme and let it guide you.
Section four Feeding your creative monster different ways to tell stories and much more.
What has been said about this book by David Almond, intelligent, inspiring and lots of fun.
ABOUT AUTHOR ANDY JONES
Andy Jones is the author of five novels for adults, and two picture books for young readers.
His latest project is also his first non-fiction book. ‘Unleash Your Creative Monster – a children’s guide to writing’ will be published by Walker books in October 2021.
In the pipeline are two novels for middle grade readers – look out for a genie, a dog-thief, time travel and zombies.
Andy lives in London with his wife and two little girls. Chances are, he’s writing something.
Follow Andy on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram where he posts as andyjonesauthor.
Or visit his website to read his ramblings, tips, prompts, and various lists.
PLEASE NOTE: Andy has not written any books about American presidents, farts, burps, pub quizzes, barefoot girls called Helen, or risk management. Those were written by a bunch of other Andy Joneses. (It’s a popular name.)
ABOUT ILLUSTRATOR OLAF FALAFEL
Hi I’m Olaf and I’m an author, an illustrator, a dad and a stand up comedian – my real name is Derek Chickpeas.
I’m the current holder of ‘The Funniest Joke of The Edinburgh Fringe’ and I’ve created and performed several stupidly named comedy shows including ‘Olaf Falafel and The Cheese Of Truth’, ‘There’s no i in idiot’ and ‘The Marmosets Of My Mind’.
As well as trying to make people laugh on stage, I draw a lot and try to come up with funny ideas for kid’s books. You might have seen my ‘Heard A Parp’ books or maybe ‘It’s One Giant Leek For Mankind’, a very silly tribute to the 1969 moon landing.
While you’re still here, I also have an Art Club on Youtube where I teach kids (and adults) how to draw and we also learn a bit about famous artists – I’m working on an Art related book at the moment.
As well as entertaining (and sort of educating) children of all ages online, in 2019 I got to spread silliness in person by visiting 100 schools in 100 days and when I was done I put my feet up and had a cup of tea.
Link to buy Unleash Your Creative Monster A Children’s Guide To Writing
EVERYONE SANG A POEM FOR EVERY FEELING COLLECTED BY WILLIAM SIEGHART ILLUSTRATED BY EMILY SUTTON
HARDBACK PUBLISHED BY WALKER BOOKS 7TH OCTOBER 2021
Poems to delight, to inspire, to calm, console and uplift a poem for every feeling, for readers of all ages.
I absolutely love poetry and was over the moon with inside this beautiful large hardback, the delightful illustrations by Emily Sutton and lots of brilliant poems written by lots of different writers. Some of the writers you may have heard of while some you may not have never heard off.
There are poems for everyone. On page 78 there is the famous children’s poem The Owl and the Pussy Cat written by Edward Lear.
Although this book is for children the first poem in the book is for parents, grandparents or caregivers to help us remember what’s really important. It’s a wonderful poem.
The book is set out in different sections with Poems to Inspire You. Poems to Make you Smile. Poems to Move You. Poems to Calm and Control You. If you love reading poetry there are 170 poems in this book, I loved many of the poems and had several favourites. This poem about a library became one of my favourite.
Don’t Go Into the Library
The library is dangerous.
Don’t go in. If you do
You know what will happen. It’s like a pet store or bakery.
Every single time you’ll come out of there
Holding something in your arms.
Those novels with their big eyes.
And those no- nonsense, all muscle. Greyhounds and Dobermans,
All non-fiction and business,
Cuddly when they’re young.
But then the first page is turned.
The doughnut scent of it all, knowledge,
The aroma of coffee being made
In all those books, something for everyone.
The deli offering the civilisation itself.
The library is the book of books,
It’s concrete and wood and glass covers
Keeping within them the very big,
Very long story of everything.
The library is dangerous, full of answers.
If you go inside,
You may not come out
The same person who went in.
Written By Alberto Rios