#TuesdayBookBlog #bookreview for The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by P D James #murdermystery #crime #shortstories

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories was my latest pick from our mobile library.

I love murder mysteries and short stories so this was a perfect choice for me. The title story is about a strained country-house Christmas party and has a nice little twist at the end. A Very Commonplace Murder is about an illicit affair that ends in murder, then there are two cases for detective Adam Dalgliesh. I particularly enjoyed The Twelve Clues of Christmas.

This was an enjoyable read and even though they cover murder they are set at a more innocent time when crime solving required nothing more than an astute policeman with an eye for a clue. Well written and cleverly plotted these are highly recommended.

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Georgia’s Paperback Giveaway has started! Enter to Win the paperback of your choice

I have set up a new giveaway on this site for all those who prefer paperbacks to ebooks!

Good Luck!

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#TuesdayBookBlog #bookreview for #newrelease Corruption by Elizabeth Ducie @ElizabethDucie #medical #crime

Having read the first two books in this series, Counterfeit, which I reviewed here, and Deception, which I reviewed here, I was delighted to receive an advanced copy of Corruption to review.

Corruption is the third book in the Suzanne Jones series. The Prologue gets right to the heart of the issue that’s going to be dealt with in this story, and it’s a tough one. I then loved the opening to Part 1 all about the change in Francine Matheson’s life, and how that led onto becoming involved with the pharmaceutical industry in Russia.

Life has similarly moved on for the Jones sisters. Suzanne has married a vet and has gone on an extended honeymoon in South America. Charlie is expecting a baby with her partner, Annie. However when Francine gets in touch with Charlie about her concerns Charlie is only too willing to come to her assistance.

As help comes from an unexpected source friends and foes reappear in this well thought out plot that culminates in a thrilling climax. We also get to see more about Charlie’s background which was a bonus.

I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with these characters again and I’m sure readers who like well-written crime novels filled with strong characters and interesting storylines would love this series. They could be read independently of one another, but why wouldn’t  you start at the beginning?

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A Single Step is FREE everywhere for the first time! #freeebook #kindle #kobo #nook #iBook #GooglePlay

A woman wracked with grief. A man with a troubled past. Will trust build a bridge between them or will it be destroyed by dark secrets?

Shattered by her daughter’s death and tormented by her husband’s infidelity, Emma Grayson seeks refuge in solitude. As she slowly re-enters the real world, she takes on work at the sprawling Melton Estate’s stables. Initially distracted by her painful healing process, she realizes that the property’s handsome manager carries his own sadness…

When Emma is thrown from her horse and badly injured, Trent provides tender, selfless care. She doesn’t want to appear ungrateful for the lonely ex-RAF man’s support, but her anxiety keeps her silent. After his secretive past surfaces and events take a dramatic turn at the estate, she can’t help but feel violently unsaddled all over again.

Will Emma ever find inner peace and love again, or is she destined to live with only heartache and pain?

A Single Step is the first book in the Grayson Trilogy, a dark romantic suspense series. If you like wounded characters, slow-building romance, and page-turning twists, then you’ll love Georgia Rose’s powerful novel.

Download A Single Step, for FREE by clicking this great big link, to uncover a heartbreaking English tale today!

Thank you!

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Plundering the Romance Novel by Ionia Martin #spoof definitely #fakenews #humour

I have recently started adding the reviews I’ve written to BookBub by taking them straight from Goodreads, a few at a time. I thought as I could no longer add them to Amazon.com this was a good way of sharing them with a, mostly, US based audience. As I’ve been adding them I’ve been reminded of some terrific reads which lead me directly onto this…

throwbackthursday

Renee at It’s Book Talk began the Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing. I have seen posts on Between the Lines and  Alison Williams Writing and I shall be sharing old favourites using this hashtag.

Plundering the Romance Novel

Plundering the Romance Novel, very honestly subtitled – A really awful, truly terrible, very, very, bad romance – is a delight to read, enjoy, and being a parody take none too seriously. Check out the catchy quote on the cover too – excellent!

Our hero, Stormy Raven Steel Vanderbilt Von Devreaux, Captain V.D. for short, is taken aback when the (obviously stunningly beautiful) woman aboard his pirate ship is not behaving as he expected from all he had read in the romance heroine handbook. Rather than being aloof and appearing not to be interested in him she is actually flirting and denying him his conquest…and that is just the start.

This is a joyful read full of pointless exposition and inconsistencies aplenty that will have you chuckling along one minute and nodding wryly another as Martin astutely exposes every romantic cliché there is. Here’s a snippet…

‘”My eyes!” he wailed, “my beautiful eyes of some unidentified and yet sexy colour that drives women mad with desire! They shall never recover!”

The old man wrapped himself in a bed linen that was conveniently placed nearby and surveyed his unusual guest. “I see you have returned by boy. I don’t blame you.”

Captain V.D. raised his eyebrows. “Sir, she is a woman. This is your daughter that I have returned. For this kind act of mercy, I expect you shall reward me handsomely,“ he demanded, with a glint of whatever causes glints in his eye.’

Whichever bit I chose can’t do justice to the humour that runs throughout this short and entertaining book that I really enjoyed. Chapters 4-6 and 11-12 are inspired and after the epilogue you of course get a peek at the sequel which is of course completely different from this book.

To find out much, much more click on a link….

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#WordlessWednesday ~ Things I Like ~ Walled Gardens… it’s the wall I like, not necessarily the garden :-D

Some images from Pixabay

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#TuesdayBookBlog ~ How to post your reviews to Bookbub #Bookbub #bookreviews

I can only approach this from an author account basis as that is all I know about. My knowledge of BookBub is that is it a place built for readers. However it seems in recent years to have been making itself more and more author friendly, allowing authors to have a profile and list their books as well as wanting reviews and recommendations to be posted on the site.

Firstly, you need to go to BookBub and claim your author profile. If you go to their home page here and scroll right to the bottom you will see a list of things to do under the Publishers & Authors title – Claim an Author Profile is one of those. Once that is set up you will have the chance to add your books which, if they are not already, will then be added to the BookBub database.

When you then login to BookBub you currently get a ‘New For You’ page full of recommendations and suggestions. Your avatar will come up in the top right corner and you click on that to reveal a drop down menu the top choice of which is View Profile. Click on that.

Your profile page should look something like this:

I started adding my reviews to BookBub when Amazon.com wouldn’t allow me to post there anymore. I have since been adding all my past reviews (at a rate of three a day) and this is a work in progress.

If you squint at the photo above you can see below and to the right of my picture a row of titles. Click on the one called Reviews and you will get this page:

Adding a review is simple. Click on the green rectangle. A box comes up for the book title to be typed into and when you hit search a list of choices appears. If the book is there then great, click on it, fill in the details and click on the ‘Recommend’ button. You get to choose words to describe it – I do not do this. But at the bottom, in the (optional) review section, I copy and paste my review in there and click ‘Done’.

If your book is not in the drop down selection then right at the bottom is the I can’t find the book I’m looking for link. You can go via that to a place where you can put in the book details and your review and again click ‘Done’.

You can see in the image the blocks where the review is complete as it has a book cover showing. The grey blocks are where the book couldn’t be found in their database but, as I explained above, you can still put in the book name, the author and your review and click ‘Done’. At some later date I have found I get an email from BookBub informing me they have added the book I entered. However once you receive that your job is not yet quite done because you still need to recommend that book.

You do this by clicking on the link in the email BookBub sent you. That takes you to the entry you originally made, now with it’s book cover. On the right hand side there are 3 vertical dots. Click on those and you will get the opportunity to edit your entry and all you need to do then is click on the ‘Recommendation’ box that comes up, if of course you do recommend that book. BookBub are building a positive platform here so are really wanting recommendations rather than anything on the negative spectrum.

Lastly, I would make the point that it is terribly easy to get lost in the maze of BookBub, but, I have found that if I simply go back to my avatar and that drop down menu I can quickly get back to my profile again.

And that is it. I think I’ve covered everything but please feel free to contact me with any questions you have on this. Also you are welcome to add any further information to this post in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Parallel Lies is up for Cover of the Month… will you click to Vote?

Parallel Lies is way, way behind in the voting yet I can’t seem to just hold my hands up and say I’m done. There are a couple more days to go and who knows how many of you will be kind enough to cast your vote 😀

Cover of the Month

Parallel Lies

My book has been nominated for Book Cover of the Month on AllAuthor.com. It would be greatly appreciated if you could take a moment to vote.
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Thank you for your support,
Georgia Rose

 

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Accountability Post #20 ~ To Reach that Goal ~ #amwriting #selfpublishing

I’ll be honest, I’m in a bit of a pickle with my plot. I keep trying to work out how it can possibly work and  come together and I’m still none the wiser. I think that’s why it’s not progressing any faster, I’m backing away from the bits I don’t understand yet. I have got past the next milestone though so, yay!!

I do seem to have spent much of my week managing Giveaway stuff. That’s probably not even close to the truth, it just feels like it. I am delighted with the entry level though and I shall just drop this casual reminder in here that it finishes next Friday the 21st September 2018, so if you’ve been meaning to enter but haven’t managed it yet, this is where you go:

Mega-Giveaway Page

Parallel Lies has also made it through to the third (and I think final?) round of the ALLAuthor Cover Competition. It is also dropping down the rankings so could really use your vote…

Therefore, if you like this cover:

Would you be a star and go and give it your vote please?

Click Here!

Thank you x 🙂

I’ve decided that in order for me to get on with this next book I need to keep all the notes and paperwork out for it all the time. I need the constant reminders and for it to always be on my mind. That feels like quite a challenge at the moment but how else am I going to solve these plot issues? So my desk is a mess and I may have to involve the pin board again to vaguely organise it all. A job for tomorrow methinks! Anyway, I’m very late finishing this so I am heading off to bed and I wish you all a very peaceful Sunday.

Project B – Hill of Beans – previously 5532 words – still 5532 words.

Project C – Parallel Lies sequel – previously 27,046 words – now 30,128 words.

Have a great week everyone xx

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Carla by Mark Barry @GreenWizard62 #psychological

I have recently started adding the reviews I’ve written to BookBub by taking them straight from Goodreads, a few at a time. I thought as I could no longer add them to Amazon.com this was a good way of sharing them with a, mostly, US based audience. As I’ve been adding them I’ve been reminded of some terrific reads which lead me directly onto this…

throwbackthursday

Renee at It’s Book Talk began the Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing. I have seen posts on Between the Lines and  Alison Williams Writing and I shall be sharing old favourites using this hashtag.

Carla Final

Carla is a book that will stay with me for a long time*. The mark of great storytelling for me is whether or not I can leave the characters whilst I’m reading and my emotions after I’ve finished the book. If I say that I read this in less than a day and I didn’t want it to end you get the picture.

I rooted for John, I loved Carla, it made me cry and I was left feeling bereft (this is always a good thing!). The characters were wonderfully drawn and the detail of the darker aspects of John and his history so knowledgeable and assured I trusted Barry completely. Truly brilliant writing in a style I love and I shall definitely be reading more from this author.

*This it turns out is an understatement…I only have to turn to that opening page to want to read it all over again…and wish it was for the first time.

And because I know you’ll all want your own copy…

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