Dear Emmie Blue Lia Louis Blog Tour

Dear Emmie Blue 🎈 By Lia Louis 

Paperback published by Trapeze Books  8th August 2020

Emmie Blue has a secret 

A long time ago, Emmie Blue released a red ballon 🎈 with a secret message hidden inside and against all odds, across hundreds of miles of ocean, it was found on a beach in France by a boy called Lucas.

Fourteen years later, on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, Emmie hopes that Lucas is finally about to kiss her. She never expected him to announce that he was marrying someone else!

Suddenly Emmie dreams are shattered and the one person in her life she can rely on is slipping through her fingers. But what if Lucas isn’t her forever? What if her love story is just beginning.


This is my first book that I have read by Lia Louis.  Dear Emmie  Blue 🎈 is absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed every word. This is definitely one Story I will never forget. Lia Louis has written a about a very unusual theme, that tugs at the heart ❤️ rooting for the best for Emmie Blue. 

My favourite line was the first line: I was ready for him to ask me. So ready I was Practically beaming. 

Once I read this very first line it set me in full swing that I couldn’t put the book down. I can see that Dear Emmie Blue is going to be a big seller with everyone talking about this beautiful love story, that we all love to escape to.

To my surprise Emmie Blue used to live in Ramsgate, that I don’t live far from. 

When Emmie Blue set off her ballon with a message inside,it made its way over the ocean over 100 miles away.  It was 16 year old  Lucas Moreau who lives in Le Touquet who found her ballon on a beach near Boulogne-sur-Mer, and from that moment their friendship blossomed.

Now Emmie is thirty, she and Lucas have been best friends for fourteen years, and now has come the time when Emmie wants nothing more than for Lucas to kiss her and become boyfriend and girlfriend.

My heart sunk, at a French restaurant, Lucas tells Emmie he is getting married to a woman he loves. A woman that isn’t Emmie and he wants Emmie to be his best woman. Emmie agreed to be Lucas best woman at his wedding because she loves him. He is her best friend. What makes it really sad is that Lucas is her only best friend. The boy who found her ballon fourteen years ago. 

Although Emmie is heartbroken and keeps crying that Lucas is marrying another woman and not her. Over the last thirteen years they had a special best friend relationship where they talked about everything, but now Emmie feels very sad she never thought something would finally come between them both. I felt really sorry for Emmie Blue, with Lucas wedding to his wife to be to be and a broken heart in the mix. 
And to make matters worse for Emmie Rosie her work mate thinks that Elliot will propose to her.

Throughout the storyline it weaves it’s way through Emmie school days and parents, with issues here with another heartbreaking part of Emmie’s life. Nothing seems to go quite right for Emmie Blue, that it made feel really sorry for her.

Why I 100% recommend Dear Emmie Blue 🎈 is that it just what it says on the front cover Funny, clever and romantic. You will all love it!

I would like to thank Alex Layt for sending me an early proof paperback and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour today.


Lia Louis is a writer from Hertfordshire, where she lives with her partner and three children. Her first novel Somewhere Close to Happy, was published to critical acclaim. In 2015 she won the ELLE magazine’s annual talent competition with her contemporary love letter, #RelationshipGoals. Lia’s fascination with letters doesn’t stop her writing she also has a varied collection of old letters which are a source of inspiration to her. 

Lia can be found tweeting at @LisforLia


Crime Dot Com

From Viruses to Vote Rigging, How Hacking Went Global


By Geoff White

Published by Reaktion Books

10 August 2020

Hardback, £18.99

ISBN: 978-1789142853


A thrilling, insightful and entertaining account of hacking past and present – a subject that should concern everyone – from a leading voice in the world of cybersecurity.


On 4 May 2000, an email that read ‘kindly check the attached LOVELETTER’ was sent from Philippines. Attached was the first global virus that would go on to paralyse banks, broadcasters and businesses worldwide.


The age of Crime Dot Com had begun.

Please keep a look out as my review will coming shortly once I have received the book that I’m so excited to read and review.

In the first book covering the whole of cybercrime past and present in a digestible way, investigative journalist Geoff White explores the astonishing development of hacking – from its conception in America’s hippy tech community in the 1970s, through its childhood among the ruins of the Eastern Bloc, to its coming of age as the most pervasive threat to our digital world. Drawing a well-informed, intelligent and easy-to-understand picture, he takes his readers inside the workings of real-life cybercrimes, revealing how the tactics employed by high-tech crooks are being harnessed by nation states to target voters, cripple power networks and prepare, even, for cyber-war.


Unmasking the hacker behind the first global virus in history, the Love Bug, whose identity remained hidden for 20 years, the book hit the headlines worldwide earlier this year. One of the most fascinating chapters from the book, where Geoff uncovers how North Korean hackers stole $81m from Bangladesh Bank, is currently being turned into a 10-part BBC podcast.


From Anonymous to the Dark Web, Ashley Madison to the 2016 US Presidential Election, Crime Dot Com is a thrilling, dizzying and terrifying account of hacking, past and present, and of what the future has in store and how we might protect ourselves from it.

About author Geoff White 

Investigative journalist Geoff White has covered technology for BBC News, Channel 4 News, Audible, Forbes online and many others. He has written and presented two major podcast series for Audible: Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe? and The Dark Web, as well as his own podcast series, Cybercrime Investigations. He is the co-creator of The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone, a live, interactive phone hacking stage performance which was a sell–out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, and has been performed at music festivals, political conferences and for corporate clients. For Channel 4 News he created the Data Baby project, a unique experiment which used a fictional online identity to expose how our personal data is being used – and abused – online.

Twitter: @geoffwhite247

Giveth and Taketh Blog Tour @TheMCRota @Wildpressed @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours


Giveth and Taketh by Rota

Paperback published by wild pressed books 17th May 2020

Was Donald Trump able to become President because God abandoned us? Are Jews white? Does Hell have better weather than Heaven? 
In Giveth and Taketh, Rota addresses all of these questions, discussing his own experience and political theology as a Jewish person in the Trump-era while also exploring broader issues of race, mental health and grief

My review 

The paperback Giveth and Taketh is a very short book of verses with just 22 pages. The collection of verses are all very different one being about a Jew white boy, Roland Regan, Christianity and more. I love reading poetry and verses and what I liked about  the paperback Giveth and Taketh is how Jewish author Rota is discussing his own experiences, throughout his verses. 

The first Verse on page 3

To the man at the wasps dinner party who told me I’d go to hell 

(if I didn’t embrace Jesus)

As if heat is punishment to a diaspora teeming with grandparents who retire to Southern Florida. Who left the desert to flee from Krakow to Brooklyn to Boca Raton Just to bask in the viscous summer air and describe 76 degrees as jacket weather. Hell! Where it’s never too cold for shuffleboard. Hell! Where we can always have a good schvitz. It’s like a sauna down here and the ovens can’t kill us. This eternal summer camp. This tropical birthright. Maybe I’ll meet a nice Jewish girl.

My Nana will be so dammed proud.

I would like to thank Kelly Lacey for sending me this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

About Author Rota

Rota is a poet and public interest lawyer living in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
His work has been featured by Button Poetry, Entropy!, FreezeRay Poetry, Alternating Current (February 2020), Jet Fuel Review, and elsewhere. He is a proud member of the MMPR collective and the Assistant Executive Editor of Knights’ Library Magazine.
By day, he supervises law students who provide free legal services to veterans. You can’t miss him. He’s the tallest Jew for miles.
Twitter handle: @TheMCRota

Buy Link

You Say It First Susan Mallery

You Say it First by Susan Mallery

Paperback published by Millis and Boon 

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool’s Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale 

Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue’s captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won’t let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he’s all in. 

Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can’t turn the floundering business around, she’ll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family’s bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn’t belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he’s right—where she really belongs is in his arms.


It’s camera lights and action all the way through, this book, and very excitingly You Say It First was made into a film. 

You Say It First is about wedding in a box that specializes in theme weddings with what ever a clients wants, the bride and groom will have, now that’s what I call a brilliant wedding planner. 

My favourite line: Don’t Take This Wrong, but I really need you to take of your shirt. This is the first line that impressed me and hooked me me into the story, and the shirt has to come off for a reason that will make you laugh.

When Nick Mitchell actually attends the company Wedding in a Box for an interview as they are in need of a carpenter he is put in a situation that he never in his wildest dreams thought would happen to him. 

The Wedding in a Box is in a desperate situation with less than just an hour Pallas Saunders who does themed weddings is a Roman soldier short, for a Roman theme wedding. 

With a slight mix up Nick Mitchell gets the faux tan, treatment, dressed in a togas, where Nick will Carry a palanquin with other men they will carry the bride into a room. 
Honestly what’s not to like here? 

Thinking outside the box will Nick Mitchell finally get his job interview for a carpenter?

I’m not going to reveal too much of the storyline as I don’t want to spoil it for any reader.

I must admit Wedding in a Box is the perfect fairytale place to say I do.

You Say It First is a wonderful adventure about wedding with a difference that you all will totally love.
Another wonderful romance escape novel by my favourite author Susan Mallery. 

I hope you all enjoy reading You Say It First as much as I did.

I would like to thank Mills and Boon for sending me this wonderful paperback to read and review and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour, which somehow I missed adding the blog tour on my website, but I have still used the blog tour banner. However at the time of the blog tour I did take part in the blog tour on Twitter @bookpage5


#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. She’s best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.

Critics have dubbed Mallery “the new queen of romantic fiction.” (Walmart) Booklist says, “Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling,” and RT Book Reviews puts her “in a class by herself!” It’s no wonder that her books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list.

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool’s Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Washington state with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Visit Susan online at 

The Sacrifice Indrajit Garai

The Sacrifice by Indrajit Garai

Paperback published 26th August Independent Publishing Format

In this collection meet Guillaume, who gives up everything to protect his child, young Mathew, who stakes his life to save his home, and Francois, who makes the biggest sacrifice to rescue his grandson.


The story The Move is a sad account about the hardship of farming. I couldn’t help feeling rather sad for Guillaume who had to hire young Hugo who was just a boy, who really should be playing with other boys, but Hugo had to work on the farm as Guillaume couldn’t afford to hire anyone to help on the farm.

The Sacrifice tells exactly the story of what the title states. Although this is a work of fiction with three short stories they are rather long in comparison to other short story collections books, which really helped me get into the stories more being that bit longer.

It was heartbreaking to learn that the milk from Guillaume’s farm market price was eight cents below the cost of his production per litre. My heart was torn he couldn’t even afford to buy new clothes for himself, but he would get by in the clothes and shoes he had but not his son. 

So much more happens in the story The Move. All the characters really come across as real people, leading real-life jobs and scarifies that the characters have to make, just like in real-life we all have to make sacrifices at some point in our lives. 

Without out question this story The Move was my favourite, it tugs at the heart really making you appreciate what you have. I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy to read and review.

The author Indrajit lives in France with his family. The Sacrifice is his first work of fiction.

The Secret of You and Me Melissa Lenhardt blog Tour


The Secret of You and Me by Melissa Lenhardt

Paperback Published by Mills and Boon

Remembering Sophie as I’d last seen her eighteen years ago, eyes downcast, cheeks wet from crying, apologising over and over. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

Nora any Sophie were best friends until the day Nora left town abruptly. Rumours hinted a love triangle between Sophie. Nora and Nora’s then boyfriend, Charlie.

18 years later, the death of her father forces Nora to return home to face Sophie and her past. A lot has changed in her small home town, but memories are long, and true love never fades.

The question is, will Nora get a second chance at love?


I have loved reading every single page of The Secret of You and Me, with lots of surprises set within the story that I didn’t realise was going to happen, and with interesting characters that author Melissa Lenhardt had written about stayed with me long after I finished. A page turning vibrant story not to be missed.

What keep me turning the pages, is a secret love affair with complications, one that I don’t want do any spoilers about.

Sophie and Nora vowed to be friends for life, they had their future all mapped out together. I could relate to that in a certain way, most best friends vow to stay best friends forever.

18 years ago Nora left Lynchfield, without any explanation as to why, and joined the army. There were two reasons why Nora, had left her fathers house.

Once Nora left Lynchfield, Sophie Elizabeth Russell, and Charlie sent Nora letters, with pleas for forgiveness, but Nora never read any of them.

Eighteen years later Nora has returned back to Lynchfield for her Fathers funeral. Once she has sorted out his house she will leave Lynchfield.

Sooner or later Nora will have to face everyone she left behind including Sophie and Charlie.

Before Nora returns to back to where she moved too and set a new life for herself in DC , it will now depend on what need to be done, then she can return back to her new home. Also there’s someone special that Nora needs to see.

An unexpected surprise is waiting for Nora to discover that Sophie, Nora’s best friend has married, Charlie, who was Nora’s boyfriend and Sophie has a daughter Logan, with Charlie. Nora’s can’t help but wonder what her life might have been like if she was the that had married Charlie.

Eighteen years is a long time since you have seen your best friend and your first love and lot changes in eighteen years, but can you pick up from a relationship 18 years on?

What’s to enjoy is so many secrets unfolding, and an relationship that sets the question if it can be reunited after 18 years.

I’ve really enjoyed my time reading The Secret of You and Me by Melissa Lenhardt and hope you all will do too.

My favourite line in the story was: I resent you. I miss you. I hate you. I love you. What could these. Words have meant? And to whom?

I would like to say a very big thank you to Mills and Boon for sending me an early proof paperback and for inviting me to be




Melissa Lenhardt is a women’s fiction, mystery, and historical fiction author. The New York Times called her sixth novel, HERESY, An all-out women-driven, queer, transgender, multiracial takeover of the Old West. When Melissa isn’t writing, she’s thinking. I really should be writing and eating Nutella or peanut butter straight out of the jar. A lifelong Texan, she lives in the Dallas area with her husband, and two sons, and two golden Retrievers, Hazel and Lucy who, let’s be honest, rule the roost. and Twitter@MelLenhardt

My Twitter @bookread2day

My Twitter #bookread2day



The Friendship List Susan Mallery 


The Friendship List by Susan Mallery

Paperback published by Mills and Boon 6th August 2020

One summer can change your life.

Single mom Ellen Fox  missed out on a lot, but she wouldn’t change a thing —until she overhears her son saying he can’t leave for  college because she needs him too much. If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convince him she’s living hers.Ellen’s best Unity vows to help, creating a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too, to support Ellen, but not because she need to change!

Both women The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they’re doing fine. But somewhere along the way Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, and filled with humor, heartache and perhaps the odd regrettable tattoo.


The Friendship List is a perfect feel-good read for anyone who has ever wanted the courage to change, or written a bucket list. This is the perfect book I recommend.

I first became a fan of Susan Mallery after watching a book that she had written that was turned into Christmas film, Marry Me At Christmas. After the film I read the paperback You Say It First. 

I thought that The Friendship List was absolutely fabulous reading about the friendship between two best friends.

What I liked reading is how the story is filled with heartache, humour and of course romance.

Why I adored reading The Friendship List it took me back when I was single parent, remembering how hard it is to pay for everything like school uniform.

Ellen Fox who teaches at a high school, is a single parent, who is struggling to pay for her son Cooper college fees. She is thinking of taking an extra job in the evenings to help her son go to UCLA. For a room and board at UCLA the total cost would be sixty -four thousand dollars. Ellen’s idea is marrying someone with money. If Ellen’s son Cooper goes to Stanford he might get a partial scholarship, that could go toward a room and board.

Widow Unity is Ellen’s best friend and she will help Ellen, as Ellen helped Unity, when she married Stuart, by sewing on glass beads by hand on Unity’s wedding dress. Since Unity’s husband died she is very thankful for her own business, as it gives her something to do every day.

With Ellen worrying over money she is determined to send her son Cooper to UCLA college, but she over hears a conversation with Cooper telling his best friend that he can’t go to college as his mom needs him and he should stay at home and get a job.

I loved the friendship between Ellen and Unity, they really help each other in every way that can. And that’s what best friends do they stick together no matter what.

My favourite line: Ellen hovered just to the side of the door, figuring she didn’t get all that much opportunity to eavesdrop….

My special thanks to @MillsandBoon for sending me an early proof copy ahead of publication. 💕 #gifted




My new Twitter #bookread2day📚


#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. She’s best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.

Critics have dubbed Mallery “the new queen of romantic fiction.” (Walmart) Booklist says, “Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling,” and RT Book Reviews puts her “in a class by herself!” It’s no wonder that her books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list.

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool’s Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Washington state with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society.

Find Susan Mallery on Twitter @SusanMallery

Visit Susan online at

Families of Spies Brian Landers 


Families of Spies by Brian Landers 

Paperback published by RedDoor 

Julia Dylan’s aunt vanishes while sailing from Kefalonia to Syracuse in Sicily. Julia’s uncle, the head of Defence Intelligence, asks M16 to investigate but M16 has high priorities. The CIA have uncovered a Russian soy at a NATO airbase north of Syracuse. 

Julia and her new husband Thomas abandon their honeymoon and join the search. In Syracuse they encounter a suspiciously well-informed detective who is investigating the murder of an Iranian journalist.

Could it all be connected?

And could the connection go all the way back to an infamous Mafia massacre in 1947?

Yo unravel the mystery of Eveline Sadeghi’s death, Julia and Thomas Dylan must not just understand history, but families too, especially their own. 


Families of Spies is book 2, that’s another page turning spy, thriller fiction story. I read book 1 Awakening of Spies and was so impressed with this remarkable spy thriller I needed to read book 2. 

Any one of these spy thrillers can be read as a standalone, if you miss book 1 you can still read book 2. 

But following on from book 1 Awakening of Spies when Thomas meets Julia. When Thomas found himself working with Julia in Brazil he found himself a woman soulmate. Now years later Julia and Thomas are getting married. Julia’s families liked traditions, with morning suits, elaborate hats and a glittering reception in a marquee. The wedding feels like a top posh fairytale wedding with a glittering reception. 
I think it’s rather nice if the groom already knows one member of his brides family. Thomas knew Julia’s uncle Lord Grimspound as he was Thomas, boss. Lord Grimspound was appointed Director General of Defence Intelligence a year before Thomas joined. 

Now Thomas and Julia are blissfully happy married and on their honeymoon in Rome, with the sun shinin, what can possibly go wrong. In the hotel pigeonhole a message has been from Lord Grimspound was for them to phone him as soon as possible have changed your flights. Sadly when Julia phones her uncle she is told that her Aunt Eveline has disappeared sailing to Sicily and never arrived. Tragically Eveline Bunny Sadeghi’s was smiling happily as she sailed to her death. I couldn’t rest I had to know what really happened to Eveline. 

Plenty more in store for readers to discover inside this book, but I won’t say much more as I do it want to spoil your reading time.

It’s a really good experience choosing an author’s book that I have never heard of before and reading and reviewing their work , then finding out that with excitement I have a new author to look forward to reading in future. 

Families of Spies is absolutely brilliantly paced that grips you and thrills you from page one until the last page. 

 I have to recommend book 1 Awakening of spies and book 2 Families of spies as I never enjoyed a spy thriller set do much. And I know you will all become addicted to this spy thriller set as much as I have.



Intruders E. C. Scullion Blog Tour 



Paperback published by Red Door 18th June 2020

Breaking in is only the Beginning. 

There is a safe in a secure compound in South America.

Your job is to bring me the contents of that safe.

Disgraced security consultant Tom Holt accepts a job from a mysterious lawyer, on behalf of a client named Capricorn.

Holt’s team comprises Anil, safe – cracking ex- con, Ray, a disgruntled logistics man, and Becca, a fiery red-headed thief with as much attitude as she has talent for picking pockets. 

On arrival in the alluring Argentine city of Buenos Aires, Holt’s past swiftly catches up with him. As he begins to question the clients motives, he finds they are darker, more sinister characters who slowly loyalty to his employer.

Who is Capricorn? What’s inside the safe?

Tom Holt is about to discover how far he will go to expose the truth, even if it means risking everything, including his own life. 


It’s impossible not to like Intruders. The story is so tense and fast paced I give the storyline of Intruders one rule there’s no room for flicking through the pages. The story has a kind of feeling like a James Bond movie or Alex Rider, with all the action planning of a task set for Tom Holt. 

Lawyer Albert Denham has a job offer from his secret client, for ex military Tom Holt. The lawyer can’t disclose information who gave Denham Tom’s name & address. I found it quite creepy how the lawyer Denham knew everything about Tom and his whole life. 

There’s no question about it far as Denham is concerned Tom is the right man to do a top special job, as Tom speaks Spanish. Denham wants Tom Holt to break into a safe and bring its contents back to him. Without bringing back the contents Tom Holt will not get paid. 

The mission is that Tom will to go to Buenos Aires where a team is currently based and to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, then break into a safe and bring back all the contents of the safely back. Tom Holt knows all about systems people put up in place with locks, fences, CCTV, so he should be able to complete this mission. Although this task is illegal, Tom must sign a non-disclosure agreement of this project. 

Tom arrives in Argentine meeting up with a man named Anil, who is a safe cracking ex con, and with another man Ray Caulder, Rebecca Wylde who is fiery red headed thief.

It is the house of Sabina Cordero who’s compound that will be surrounded by a towering electric fence, and fingerprint recognition entry system, that Tom and his teammates are to break into Sabina’s  safe. But with inside information Tom Holt finds there is a big snag, Sabina wears her own key to the safe around her neck at all times. 

What will Tom Holt’s next plan be to be able to get into the safe and deliver its contents to Lawyer Albert Denham?

And what is the safe?

I would like to thank very Red Door for sending me a finished paperback Intruders, and for inviting me to the summer blog tour today. 

How the story of Intruders began.

In May 2016, the author Emma Sulllion, moved with her husband and two small children to Uruguay in South America, to work in the small but perfectly formed British Embassy in Montevideo. But she barley spoke any Spanish and had no idea what to expect. She lived on a secure housing compound known as Lomas de la Tahona, the basis for Aves de Las Colinas in this novel. The house overlooked the ninth hole of the surrounding golf course. A few months later Emma Scullion started writing Intruders. Almost all of the places in this story are real, from La Huella in Jose Ignacio, Lagomar Beach, into the vibrant streets of Recoleta and La Boca in Buenos Aires, to the apocalyptic playground on Costa Rica street in Carrasco Lagomar Beach and the dusty tracks of the Canelones landscape.


E.C. Scullion is British Author. She joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 2003. For the past eleven years she has managed to escape Westminster, working in British Embassies in Beijing, Bangkok, Panama City and Montevideo in Uruguay. She is a graduate of the Faber Academy and INTRUDERS is her first published novel. She now lives in Rome with her husband and two children.

You can follow her on Twitter @ECScullion or on Facebook @E.C. Scullion Author.

The Joyful Environmentalist Isabel Losada


The Joyful Environmentalist by Isabel Losada

Paperback published by Watkins Publishing 14th July 2020

‘I want to learn every single way possible to love our planet. And to do this wholeheartedly, energetically and joyfully.’ 

Finally! A book about saving our planet that is fast, funny and inspiring too. Isabel doesn’t bother with an examination of the problem but gets right on with the solutions. Her aim: to look for every single way that we can take care of the planet; how we live and work, travel, shop, eat, drink, dress, vote, play, volunteer, bank – everything. The feel-good book of the year for anyone who loves nature and knows that one person can make a HUGE difference. 

‘This is the joy we need in our lives.’ – George Monbiot 

‘She gave my spirit a lift and my feet somewhere to stand.’ – Sir Mark Rylance 

‘Practical and realistic as well as visionary.’ – Dr Rowan Williams 

‘A manifesto of brilliant advice offered with humility and good grace. A practical guide to empower us all.’ – Isabella Tree 

ISABEL LOSADA is the bestselling author of six previous books including The Battersea Park Road to Enlightenment. 


I started reading The Joyful Environmentalist, as soon as it landed on my door mat. I was so much into this book that I didn’t even notice the time had way passed my normal bed time and then finished the rest off the next day.

Isabel Losada is a radical environmentalist, who has been reading about the climate change. Isobel has written this book in a way that anyone who reads it will find ideas how to save the planet. This book has also been written as Isabel’s singled minded focus and with every solution she could find to stop using plastic,  and parts you all will find incredible funny. 

What author Isabel Losada, is not trying to do here is tell people to change the way you live and save the climate change. She is simply describing in her well written book how Isabel took the time to change the way she lives thinking about how she can do her bit to save our planet. 

I must admit the author Isabel certainly gave me many ideas and brought things to my attention that I hadn’t even thought about, for example we all have in our houses too many plastic biros, don’t we ?  but in fact we can all swap them piles of plastic pens for a metal pen. 

Another thing I hadn’t really thought  about is all the plastic cups we are given in coffee bars like Costa. You can take a small flask with you and get a coffee bar to pour your coffee into that.  Don’t take plastic crap from anyone is Isabel’s motto and now I couldn’t agree more. 

Now with the Coronavirus we are adding more plastic to our planet as we are told to wash our hands more and sanitizer more, both have plastic bottles if you use hand wash. 

The Joyful environmentalist is very educational and very worth reading, with plenty more reading about and discovering things you would never know about without reading this book. 

I also found at the back of the book the more interesting things that I have never known about such endnotes and further reading about if you want to increase your understanding of how climate change has been caused. Something that I found so important that there is a page about ten environmental charities. 

I would like to thank the author Isabel Losada and for sending a finished paperback me this most interesting book The Joyful Environmentalist. 


Isabel Losada is a British author who combines humour with a serious look at her subject matter. She has worked as an actress, broadcaster and public speaker as well as a comedian and author. Isabel remains committed to narrative non-fiction and swimming against the tide. 

You can find author on

Twitter @IsabelLosada