#TuesdayBookBlog #bookreview for #shortstory Call Drops by John F Leonard @john_f_leonard #mystery #horror #RBRT

I chose to read Call Drops, a short story, by John F Leonard as part of Rosie’s Book Review Team and received a copy direct from the author. This does not alter my review in any way.

Call Drops is the story of Vincent Preece, a self-made man, who now in retirement has everything he could want for materially but is bored and lonely, his wife and daughter having left him long ago.

Vincent loves browsing for second-hand stuff and one day at a car boot sale he finds a mobile phone, a very special one and one like nothing Vincent has ever seen before. And he knows his phones, they were how he made his fortune.

Thinking it had nothing more than an aesthetic beauty to offer he bought it and took it home. Shocked when first it rang. Trilling like an antique. The message he received was equally shocking but essentially good news, or would be eventually, for Vincent at least. The second call… well, that was something entirely different…

I love the way Leonard writes, it’s as simple as that. Although in shorter form it reminds me of one of my favourite authors, Mark Barry. Descriptions are sparse and yet luscious, Vincent, and his life, captured in every carefully chosen word. I’m a fan of short stories anyway and at the moment they are mostly all I can read so if you’re a fan too, and even if you’re not, give this a go, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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Retro-fitted #bookreview for What it Takes by Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4 for #TuesdayBookBlog #romance #suspense #familylife

When I started this writing caper I decided to review everything I read. I posted those reviews to Amazon in the UK and US (you could in those days without having to spend $50 with them first! #JustSaying!) and Goodreads. It didn’t cross my mind to post them on my blog… duh! As I’m aiming to stick to a blogging schedule – oh, how we laughed! – and as I read desperately slowly I shall add in these retro-fitted book reviews when I don’t have a current one to post.

What it Takes

Highly enjoyable though heartbreaking at times the realistic storyline in What it Takes has enough twists and turns in it to hold your interest. It also keeps you guessing as I couldn’t be sure where the story was going to go next and it had a satisfying ending – what more could you want. I loved the way the story was written from the point of view of several well developed characters and in fact everything about Tyler’s style of writing. I’m already looking forward to reading more of her work and would recommend this book to all who like to read something unpredictable.

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#TuesdayBookBlog #bookreview for #shortstory Doggem by John F Leonard @john_f_leonard #fantasy #RBRT

Doggem, is a short story from John F Leonard and is a tale of a toy dog and dark deeds. I chose to read this as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team and received a copy from the author but that has not effected my review in any way.

In a bid to encourage literacy Mrs Snady encourages the pupils in her primary class to take the class toy dog, uninspiringly called Doggem, home for a week at a time. The child who has him in their possession is meant to document his time in their care. George Gould, age 5, is chosen to take him home for the whole of the summer holidays.

George’s parents, Cath and Tom, are taking him, and Doggem, to stay with his grandmother in her cottage in Jordemain Wood. However, it is clear that all is not well with the relationship between his parents and the grandmother, but she has asked to see her grandchild so the trip is on.

And this is where the story takes a darker turn as while Cath and Tom cook up a plan, a level of perception has been brought to Doggem by George’s abilities which, while hidden from his parents, have been spotted from afar by his grandmother.

Doggem gets to see and hear things he probably shouldn’t because no one suspects a toy dog and after what happens in the holidays things take an even more sinister turn when Doggem returns to school and life gets creepy for Mrs Snady as his powers increase.

This short story is very well written, thoroughly enjoyable and I’d highly recommend it to everyone who wants a fairly quick read. Excellent!

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The Audio Book version of Parallel Lies is now live! #audiobook #audible #iTunes #FindawayVoices #playster #scribd #estories

I am delighted to finally be able to share the news with you that Parallel Lies is now available as an audio book. Yay! Before I tell you about how you can get to listen to it for free though, let me introduce you to the narrator, Henri Merriam. Although I have distributed Parallel Lies via Findaway Voices I found the narrator myself. She is local to me, only a village away actually and we met via one of my Three Shires Publishing clients.

Henri Merriam

Henri is an actor and has done a terrific job of producing this audio book for me. As you can see from her page on Spotlight she is also a woman of many talents!

It is difficult to simply hand over your book to someone, ask them to narrate it and expect to enjoy the end result. But I did not have the time to micro-manage the production so I was delighted when Henri took on all the responsibility of the organisation and I am also truly delighted with the result. To be honest I gave her very little direction at all but she read Parallel Lies first and I think she has done a brilliant job with the voices of the characters.

I would love to hear what you think.

Here is a little taster for you…

As I said above I have distributed this audio book via Findaway Voices and it takes a while to roll out to all the platforms but so far it is on Audible (links via Amazon below, or direct), Apple iTunes, Estories, Scribd, Playster, Kobo, Audiobooks and Google. Others will be following like Storytel and I will add those links as I get them.

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/parallel-lies-you-think-you-know-me/id1448914574?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Estories: https://www.estories.com/audiobook/257003

Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/audiobook/395781064/Parallel-Lies-You-think-you-know-me

Playster: https://play.playster.com/audiobooks/1001800000001001244/parallel-lies-georgia-rose

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details/Georgia_Rose_Parallel_Lies?id=AQAAAEBMJTFlbM&hl=en

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/audiobook/parallel-lies-13

Audiobooks.com: https://www.audiobooks.com/audiobook/parallel-lies-you-think-you-know-me/367627

So, you can go and buy it in all of these places but how do you get to listen to it for free? Well, if you don’t already have an account with Audible you can set one up (via Amazon or direct with Audible) and listen to it for free with a 30 day trial.

Alternatively, and I’m really sorry for my readers/listeners elsewhere, but this is only for those in the US and Canada, I have some giveaway codes that I’m happy to send out to you if you email me on info@georgiarosebooks.com. These will be given out on a first come first served basis and the details for their usage are as follows.

As soon as you, the recipient of the Giveaway Code, redeems the code at Authors Direct website, you’ll be able to listen to your audiobook on Findaway’s free Authors Direct mobile app.

Here are a couple of considerations if you would like to put one of these Giveaway Codes to use:

  • Authors Direct is currently only available for users in the United States and Canada on iOS and Android (non-Kindle) mobile devices.  We cannot support direct MP3 download, playback via desktop computers, etc.
  • The following retailers will allow your listeners to leave a review without having bought the book there: Apple, Google, Amazon (but not Audible), Kobo, Scribd (with free trial) and Downpour, in addition to standard review sites like Goodreads.

And this is my big ask I guess. Please, if you listen to my little book, Parallel Lies, in whatever way, firstly, thank you, and secondly, would you consider leaving a review for it? You don’t have to say much, just how it made you feel. Reviews are really important as they help other readers/listeners decide whether or not to pick up this book.

Reviews can be left on all the places above or on Goodreads.

Thank you, and happy listening!

Georgia xx

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#TuesdayBookBlog #bookreview for Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims – The struggles of an exasperated mum

Why Mummy Swears was given to me by someone special as a Christmas present and is a really fun read. Written in the the form of a diary it tells of the hectic life of Ellen as she attempts to combine family life and motherhood along with going back to work now her children are old enough.

I have to admit that I am a little passed the stage of life that Ellen is doing battle with, but that didn’t matter, as it brought back many memories of what life was like way back then. All that juggling; family, children, dog, school, as well as the demands of the PTA (shudder…) and all while trying to present yourself as a functioning adult in a new job.

If you don’t like bad language don’t get this as the clue is in the title. But otherwise this has laugh out loud moments in it, as well as many only to recognisable family situations, all written with the honesty the freedom of a diary gives you. Recommended for all those seeking a good fun read.

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#TuesdayBookBlog #bookreview for Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst #psychologicalthriller

Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst is a book I borrowed from the mobile library. This psychological thriller tells the story from the points of view of close friends Karen, Bea, Eleanor and one other unnamed character.

Karen is a psychiatrist and sees her role as a friend who fixes problems. A new client, Jessica, turns up one day who knows things about Karen, her life and her friends, which unsettles Karen who wonders if she should have let her in.

Okay, I don’t want to give anything away so I will tread carefully, which probably means I can’t say too much so will say how it made me feel instead. I liked the writing and the combination of friends with their different lives and problems. I thought it was well plotted and I enjoyed the way the story unravelled but I just wasn’t as gripped by it as I’d hoped I’d be, or as clearly a lot of other readers are. I’d still recommend it though. Those who like psychological thrillers should certainly give it a go.

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#TuesdayBookBlog #bookreview for I Am Death by Chris Carter #serialkiller

I Am Death by Chris Carter is a book I borrowed from the mobile library. I’ll be honest and say that when I started reading I nearly stopped because of a writerly tick that I won’t bore you with as it’s personal and I wouldn’t want it to put anyone else off. However, I didn’t and in the end I was glad of it.

I will give out a little warning though that this book is gruesome in places, makes for decidedly uncomfortable reading in others and has a predator in it of the scariest sort: one who appears perfectly normal. Shudder.

Chris Carter writes serial killers and his main character, Robert Hunter, catches them. Although that takes a while. He reads a lot, and you’ll find out what that means should you read this.

Anyway the main thing I wanted to say in this review is that there is a terrific twist that I did not see coming until right at the last second. Cleverly done it then it has you scrabbling at the pages to find out how and why. Recommended for those with a strong stomach.

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Retro-fitted #bookreview for The Reluctant Jesus by Duncan Whitehead @DuncanWhitehead #TuesdayBookBlog

When I started this writing caper I decided to review everything I read. I posted those reviews to Amazon in the UK and US (you could in those days without having to spend $50 with them first! #JustSaying!) and Goodreads. It didn’t cross my mind to post them on my blog… duh! As I’m aiming to stick to a blogging schedule – oh, how we laughed! – and as I read desperately slowly I shall add in these retro-fitted book reviews when I don’t have a current one to post.

The Reluctant Jesus

I took up the offer of reading and reviewing this book in exchange for a free copy. I was a little dubious at first wondering how I was going to get on with it as it is not the sort of book I would usually choose but I didn’t need to be. I loved Whitehead’s character descriptions throughout and he couldn’t have portrayed Seth as being more average if he had tried before pronouncing him as the new Messiah, albeit a reluctant one.

For me this book wasn’t ‘laugh out loud’, apart from the bit describing God’s wrath which probably says more about my sense of humour, however it was very entertaining. Whitehead’s dry wit is effortless throughout his writing and I found his observational humour brilliant. I would also add that at no time did I find this book offensive so well was it written. This would really have got a 4.5 stars from me had I the option and I would recommend it to anyone with an open mind.

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#TuesdayBookBlog #bookreview for The Indie Author Mindset by Adam Croft @adamcroft #writing #amwriting

The Indie Author Mindset: How changing your way of thinking can transform your writing career.

I read this book recently as I felt my writing career, and I, needed a kick up the backside. Who better to turn to for advice than the hugely successful writer, Adam Croft. It wasn’t always that way though and Adam makes it clear that a lot of work and time has gone into him becoming what appears to be an overnight success – but isn’t that always that way?

This book is easy to read, is written in manageable chapters and is full of common sense and good humour. It covers the professional, visionary and business mindset needed looking at the problems you will face – encountering doubt, overwhelm and burnout – as well as the positives of how, where and when to publish.

The Indie Author Mindset talks about short v long term thinking, when to listen and when not to listen, wide v exclusive and the power of a mailing list. It also covers data, and its importance. This is an area that I have been extremely poor on in the past, barely managing to get a promotion together let alone analysing whether it was effective or not. So I found this section particularly useful and I know I will be returning to it again and again.

I think this book would be useful for writers of all levels of experience because it gives a lot of information to guide those who are starting out as well as being full of useful reminders plus new learning, of that I am sure as things change all the time, for those of us who’ve been doing this for a while. Highly recommended.

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Thicker than Water: Book 3 of The Grayson Trilogy, a series of mysterious and romantic adventure stories is now just 99p/99c everywhere!

‘This third book in the Grayson trilogy is my favourite, a superb ending to an emotional and thriller roller coaster series which just got better and better.’ Amazon Reviewer

A Life to Die For

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A woman beginning a new life. An assassin with a highly personal target. Will her mysterious past lead to a fatal conclusion?

Emma Grayson is loving married life at Melton Estate. Even though the manor’s secret relationship with MI5 prevents the quiet day-to-day routine she’d prefer, she wouldn’t trade what she has with Trent for the world. But when a joyful surprise collides with a staggering discovery, old wounds threaten to rip her happy existence apart.

As she tries to cope with her new reality, British intelligence agents deliver frightening news: someone is out to kill her. Can Emma use her newfound strength to defeat a determined assassin, or will her tragic past stamp out her bright future?

Thicker than Water is the thrilling conclusion to the Grayson Trilogy romantic suspense series. If you like engaging characters, dark twists, and heroic finales, you’ll love Georgia Rose’s captivating climax.

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