#bookreview for Silent Night by Wendy Clarke @WendyClarke99 #RBRT #Christmas #shortstories

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Silent Night

I don’t generally set out to read feel-good or Christmas stories but just recently I’ve only felt able to tackle something short and I’ve needed that, I know it’ll be all right in the end, guarantee of a satisfying conclusion to make me relax and enjoy the read. So I was delighted to have Silent Night as my book of choice when I went on a weekend away.

From the struggles of a bereaved father trying to make Christmas just like it had always been in Project Christmas, to the difficulties two couples face in breaking from the old routines of their friendship in Together for Christmas, this is a collection of solid, well-written stories from an experienced author who knows exactly what she is doing.

The tales vary in length and cover different aspects of relationships and the interactions that happen between people at a time of the year that manages to cause so many stresses. My favourites were Silent Night, A Christmas Present called Abbie and Cancelling Christmas but I’m sure other readers will find their own preferences. A great collection for a winter afternoon when you want to tuck yourself away from the world and read some feel-good fiction.

I have given an honest review of this book, which I received from the author, as I am part of Rosie Ambers Book Review Team.

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#bookreview for L.A. Punk Snapshots by Brenda Perlin @BrooklynandBo #punk

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L.A. Punk Snapshots has been available for a while as a paperback but I was delighted to see it released as an eBook and having enjoyed Punk Rocker, reviewed here, and L.A. Punk Rocker, reviewed here, I was keen to download and read.

I liked the format for this book. It is photo and illustration heavy, each picture alternating with a short paragraph, or two, about the punk music scene during the 1980’s. Many are written by Perlin herself but there are also several from friends as well as quotes from some members of the bands themselves.

It would be difficult for today’s youngsters to imagine a time when we didn’t all carry a camera with us wherever we go. They won’t appreciate this authors efforts when as a sixteen-year-old she became a punk rocker and, preferring to be behind the lens, spent her time recording the people and bands she saw. There was no taking many shots until you got the perfect one or being able to view them there and then and delete the ones that didn’t work. You wouldn’t know what you had got until they were developed. There was no digital uploading then either and no saving your photos securely in a cloud. This collection has been kept safe in a box for over thirty years, and cherished, which shows how important they were to this author.

This book is an interesting collection which even if you were not involved in that scene brings many reminders of the way people looked and dressed then. It is made more personal by the addition of so many insights from people around at the time and would be enjoyed by anyone who grew up in the 1980’s or who is interested in music history.

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#bookreview for medical mystery, A Kiss before Killing by Keith McCarthy #RBRT

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A Kiss before Killing

There is plenty of death in this medical mystery with a higher than expected rate of patient deaths at the hospital, which alerts Dr Claire Woodforde to the fact that something’s wrong, and then the first body is found in an empty house. A torso, minus its limbs and a head.

DCI Beverley Wharton leads the investigation with her new sergeant, Tom Bayes, enlisting the help of Dr John Eisenmenger, a pathologist, along the way. My favourite characters were Eisenmenger and Wharton and I enjoyed whatever it was that was going on between them. They’d had a relationship in the past, it was over, but there was that lingering connection that made for some interesting interactions.

There were a few things that were a little off for me with this story. There was a lack of emotion throughout and I couldn’t really work out why Lambert, Wharton’s superior, was quite so antagonistic towards everything and anything that went on in the investigation. It seemed out of proportion. I also felt it could have done with another edit and proofread.

There will be some for whom the level of description of the bodies will be too gruesome but it didn’t bother me at all. I loved all that detail and it was clear the author knows what he is talking about so I had great confidence with his descriptions and the medical detail. This book will therefore please those readers who are not squeamish.

I received a copy of this book from the author as I am a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

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#Discounts on #Romantic #adventure #thriller’s Before the Dawn & Thicker than Water #Kindle #ebooks

It feels like forever since the last time these books were on any sort of discount, but then I guess there has been a lot going on!

So, down to business…

The second and third parts of The Grayson Trilogy have been discounted to 99p/99c until the 14th October 2017 (those among you with astute mathematical minds – and the knowledge that A Single Step is always 99p/99c – will know that means you can get all three books for a staggering £3/$3!! Amazing word to penny/cent value!!)

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Before the Dawn

‘…he moved closer and slowly ran the point of his blade along my jaw line as he spoke softly, intimately, to me.
“So, you are Trent’s woman. Now that is very…appealing.”
I glared back at him silently.’

There are testing times ahead for Grayson and Trent as trouble threatens Melton Manor. When an attack is made against those on the estate, Grayson gets caught in the middle finding herself and those around her in terrible danger. Terrified when she thinks tragedy has struck again she fights to protect those she now views as family and, suffering bloodshed and pain, confronts her fears – both brought by the enemy and by the one she loves.

You can get Before the Dawn for only 99p/99c by clicking on this link!

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Thicker than Water

There are tough times ahead for Emma Grayson in the final part of these mysterious and romantic adventure stories as she struggles to move on from her old life.

‘Vaguely aware of the tremor in my hand I ran my fingers up through the thick locks of his dark hair. Fear clutched at my heart as I sensed the icy tendrils of grief reaching for me once more.’

As the overseas action steps up a gear for Trent, Emma has her own challenges to face. Loyalties are tested and vengeance sought when she attracts interest from an unwelcome source.

Because someone is coming. Someone who has Emma in their sights.

Someone who will turn her life upside down… forever.

You can get Thicker than Water for only 99p/99c by clicking on this link!

Thank you!

Georgia x

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#Romantic #crime #thriller Parallel Lies is on sale at 99p/99c from 1st to 7th Oct #kindle #discount

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These are just some of the wonderful words that have been written about Parallel Lies:

‘Parallel Lies is an intelligent, entertaining read which I devoured greedily in a few days. If you are looking for a thriller with a dark edge then I can’t recommend this novel highly enough.’ Lindley Reviews

‘I loved this book and read it in just a couple of sessions. The writing is good and the characters, especially Madeleine, are well-drawn. The storyline is original and the level of suspense kept building. A great new book from Georgia Rose, highly recommended.’ Elizabeth Ducie

 

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‘I really enjoyed reading Parallel Lies, a beautifully written mystery with more twists and turns than a rattlesnake. Maddy is not your typical heroine, she comes with all manner of faults and failings. Some you won’t approve of, but you will understand them.’ Anita Dawes

‘If you are any kind of romance reader, or like a light thriller with a bit of drama and a bunch of suspense, you’ve got to get your hands on this book!’ Behind the Willows

 

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Meet Maddy…

I also loved that Maddy is no victim and is clearly a strong character that does not need a man to come save her. She handles her business!’ Ms Circumspect

‘There are a lot of things going on in this book. It is well written and keeps your attention throughout.’ Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

‘Mystery and romance peppered with a lot of attitude, this is a thrill of a read.’ Christina Philippou

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‘I gave a big round of applause for the way in which the mystery unfolds; the information is fed to the reader at the right time, in exactly the right amounts, to hold the reader’s interest and make them wonder what’s round the next corner.’ Terry Tyler

‘…it’s a cracking good read, a mixture of mystery and crime with an overlay of romance.’ Judith Barrow

‘This is a book which surprises and intrigues the reader with an unusual but likeable heroine who will win your loyalty. A highly recommended read.’ Lizanne

‘For those who admire character-driven thrillers, who can handle brief but shocking violence, and who enjoy beautiful writing’ Barb Taub

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If any of that has whetted your appetite for more Parallel Lies has been discounted to 99p/99c from 1st October to 7th October, and you can get it right here…

getbook.at/ParallelLies

Thank you!

Georgia x

 

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#Author Interview with motivational self-help wise woman Shelley Wilson @ShelleyWilson72

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Some of my most creative thoughts happen when on a dog walk, as do my best conversations with my dog-walking buddy. So I thought I’d invite some of my author friends along to join me and my Ruby and see if I can find out a little more about them and the book they’ve just released.

Ruby as a puppy

Joining me today as part of her blog tour is Shelley Wilson who stretches herself by writing both fiction and non-fiction and has just released How I Motivated Myself to Succeed, a self-help/memoir. (You can read my review of this book by clicking on the title throughout this post, Ed)

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Shelley Wilson

Shelley Wilson divides her writing time between motivational non-fiction for adults and the fantasy worlds of her young adult fiction.

Her non-fiction books combine lifestyle, motivation and self-help with a healthy dose of humour, and her YA novels combine myth, legend and fairy tales with a side order of demonic chaos.

Shelley is an obsessive list maker, who loves pizza, vampires, and mythology, and may also have ‘crazy cat lady’ tendencies.

She also writes a motivational lifestyle blog which was the basis for her bestselling non-fiction book, How I Changed My Life in a Year. In June 2016 she won the Most Inspiring Blog Award.

Shelley was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire but raised in Solihull, West Midlands, UK, where she lives with her three teenagers, one eleven-year-old fat goldfish and a black cat called Luna.

Some of her favourite things include:

Pizza
List Writing (yes, it’s a thing)
Anything supernatural or mythological – especially Vampires.
Johnny Depp!

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Staring up at the moon
Chocolate – in large quantities.

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How I Motivated

How I Motivated Myself to Succeed: Top Motivation Tips for Life, Happiness, Changing Habits, and Releasing Fears.

Book Blurb:

If you’ve ever felt like life is passing you by at a startling rate, or you just exist day to day rather than living life to the full, this book will share honest, straightforward, and realistic techniques to help motivate you to make powerful changes.

From setting goals and organising your life, to freeing yourself from fear, Shelley shares the unique story of how she planned, prepared, and executed the year of challenges and life-changing events brought about by her motivational, award-winning blog.

How I Motivated Myself to Succeed is full of practical tips, exercises, and real-life stories of success, including advice on how to trust yourself and celebrate achievements, as well as manage your time and balance your life effectively.

Shelley’s first book, How I Changed My Life in a Year, became a bestseller in self-help and memoir as it struck a nerve with the thousands of women looking to make a difference and be the best they could be. (You can read my review by clicking on the title, or book cover, Ed)

How I Changed My Life In A Year

Welcome Shelley I hope you’ve had a good journey here and you’re ready for a hike across the fields of sunny Cambridgeshire?

Hi, Georgia! Thank you so much for inviting me to join you as part of my blog tour. Unfortunately, my black cat, Luna, wouldn’t let me put a lead on her so it’s just me today 😉

I’m not sure how well Ruby would cope if a cat joined our walk so it’s probably just as well. Now that you’ve got my undivided attention, Shelley, this is your chance to tell me all about How I Motivated Myself to Succeed and convince everyone to buy it and move it up their to-be-read list?

No pressure! 😉 After my first book, How I Changed My Life in a Year, came out in 2014 I was overwhelmed by the response it got. This was a book based on fifty-two New Year Resolutions I set myself to complete in twelve months. Women from all over the world left me messages of thanks as they embarked on their own set of challenges, or made changes to their lives. It was incredibly humbling to be a part of the journey for so many wonderful people. Together with the inspirational messages I received, there were also many questions. Readers wanted to know how I decided on the fifty-two challenges I took part in for the first book. They were also interested in how I brought up three kids on my own, ran a business, and still had time to do the challenges and blog about them (and then write the book!). When I was still getting asked the same questions a year later I thought it might be a good idea to collate all my motivational tips, lifestyle hacks, and organisational tools together in one book.

Life can be so rushed at times and we often feel like we’ve been busy but never achieved anything. Having a background in holistic health and personal development means I’ve learned so many tools to help me organise my life. I wanted to share this with my readers in the hope that they can also streamline their lives and free up time to achieve their dreams, have fun, and be happy.

I believe you’re a hybrid author Shelley, with some books traditionally published and some self-published so can you tell me more about your publishing journey? We all need help at various stages of writing and I’d like to know more about the team you have behind you. Who helps you pull your books together until they’re ready to be published?

When I wrote my first book I knew straight away that I wanted to self-publish. It never crossed my mind to submit it to a publisher, I just knew I wanted to do it myself. Of course, it might be the control freak in me that opted for this route! I do outsource editing, cover design, and formatting. I love writing but I’m hopeless at the creative side and technical bits (my grammar is a bit dodgy too if I’m perfectly honest!) The majority of my non-fiction books are self-published with the help from my lovely friend and fellow self-help author, Peter Jones from Soundhaven.com. Peter has designed the covers and done the formatting for me on almost all my non-fiction work and I love working with him. He knows me well enough to read between the lines and pull my personality out onto the cover design.

Self-publishing gives me the freedom to chop and change as I go. I love having control over the design elements as well as the launch, price, and promotions. Having said all that, if a publisher was interested in taking on my books I certainly wouldn’t say no! Penguin Random House got in touch a few years ago looking to acquire my first book, How I Changed My Life in a Year. While nothing came from this meeting, I still grin with pride when I remember getting that email from them and sitting in the PRH offices in London.

My young adult fiction is published via BHC Press who are based in Michigan, USA. They are a wonderful team to work with and I always squeal when they send me the cover design for my YA books. It’s a fresh company with big plans and I’m so excited to be a part of their journey.

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If you could choose to be any character out of any book you’ve written, who would you choose? And why?

Ooh, that’s a great question! My latest YA book, Oath Breaker, came out in June and has received fantastic feedback. I poured a lot of myself into the main character, Mia. However, I’d quite like to be Miss Ross as she’s the lethal werewolf hunter who trains Mia. When I was writing this character I pictured Halle Berry in my mind as she’s so pretty and athletic – yes, I’d definitely like to be like that!

A few quick fire ones.

India or Iceland?

I’ve always wanted to visit India as I love reading about the culture. Blogger, Barb Taub visits quite often and I love the posts and books she writes about her trips.

The Beatles or The Stones?

100% The Beatles as I grew up on their music.

Which superpower would you like to have? And Why?

I’m a huge Marvel fan and after watching Wonder Woman three times at the cinema the week it was released I’d love her Amazonian powers. Not sure I could pull off the awesome outfit though but I’d love the knee high boots!

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What piece of advice would you like to give your 16-year-old self – if you were given the opportunity to use a time machine!?

Oh blimey, how long have you got? I wrote a blog post about this once because there were so many things I wished I’d known when I was younger. Of course, we would never grow as individuals if we had all the answers at a young age would we. I think the one piece of advice that I would offer (and have given my fifteen year old daughter many times) is to never compare yourself to others. Comparison leads to insecurity and that can haunt you for eternity. Be carefree, confident, and unique.

I believe that perfect days are unplanned, BUT if you were to plan your perfect day what would it look like?

I totally agree with you, Georgia, ‘going with the flow’ is a favourite mantra of mine.

I have to take my mummy hat off to answer this question because my perfect day is hugely selfish ha ha.

I’d wake up in a beautiful cottage overlooking the sea, take a walk on the beach then pop to a cosy coffee shop for breakfast. I’d then sit out on the deck of my house to write (the sun would always shine in the UK on my perfect day!). Lunch would be a picnic with friends followed by a boat trip on the lake and a dip in the water (because the water would also be clear and warm in the UK on my perfect day!). I’d then spend an hour answering all my fan mail 😉 A tall, handsome chap would then whisk me out for dinner and a movie. I’d go to bed with happy memories, a full belly, 10,000 words better off, and maybe even a snog or two!

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I’ll leave you with the man, Shelley – you can thank me later 😉

Thanks for joining me Shelley and I wish you every success for the sales of How I Motivated Myself to Succeed.

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Thank you so much, Georgia. I had a lot of fun answering your questions and I must say, Cambridgeshire is lovely this time of year 😉

You can find Shelley, and her books, at all of these lovely places:

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073QXLN4H

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B073QXLN4H

Author Website: http://www.shelleywilsonauthor.co.uk

Author Blog: http://www.shelleywilsonauthor.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shelley-Wilson/e/B00G5KPMJI

Personal Development Blog: http://www.motivatemenow.co.uk

Facebook (Personal Development): http://www.facebook.com/MotivateMeBlog

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ShelleyWilson72

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7362789.Shelley_Wilson

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#bookreview for practical self-help book, How I Motivated Myself to Succeed by Shelley Wilson @ShelleyWilson72

How I Motivated

I’ll be honest and say that generally self-help books don’t form part of my reading but after picking up How I Changed My Life in a Year (click on the title for my review of that book) out of curiosity, and finding it useful, I was keen to download How I Motivated Myself to Succeed when it was released recently.

Whereas How I changed my Life in a Year was written as a memoir type self-help book rather than an instruction manual How I Motivated Myself to Succeed is the practical guide which tells you how this author took on, and conquered, her 12 months of challenges.

Following reading her first book I had tackled one particular problem area in my life but having now read the follow up I’ve realised that I was lacking focus with what I was attempting. This book has shown me how to set a goal and go about achieving what I set out to do and I feel much more in control, now that I know where I am headed. I shall definitely be applying this to other challenges I want to set myself.

Shelley Wilson is not perfect; she makes that clear in her books. She is honest about the times she has failed, about the things she has struggled with and the days she has not felt positive and upbeat. This is what makes her books so relatable. She is not some super-woman able to have and do it all, but she has spent a lot of time working out how to get the best out of her life, and is willing to pass on what she finds works for her in a clear, easy to follow way that just might motivate you to take on some challenges of your own.

Highly recommended for all those who have stuff to do, and who actually want to get it done!

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#bookreview for Bright Sparks, an #anthology by the students at #Nottingham Central College

Bright Sparks

The students of Nottingham College are a prolific lot and each course produces an anthology. Bright Sparks is the tenth, which is no mean feat given the extremely short length of the course and the amount of work that’s needed to meet deadlines. As always there is a mix of prose and poetry.

Shampagne Lifestyle, Lemonade Budget by Emma Cooper – an enjoyable tale of Katie, who has moved back home with her parents following a relationship breakup and the loss of her career. In the doldrums with a ‘make do’ job and her idiot of an ex contacting her she has a gift for general knowledge and might just have found a way out of her situation. I loved the description of Jonathan-but-call-me-John – haha!

Stationary at Work by Alex Day is the story of Richard Benson, his tedious work life and his addiction to stealing the office stationery. He overhears a conversation he shouldn’t, gets into a position he’d rather have avoided and just at the moment of reprieve is let down in the most mortifying way. I really enjoyed Benson’s attitude to work in this one and the confusion over the employees by Simon and Denise.

Conjugal Visit by Susan France is the well thought out story of a prisoner, with an escape plan. I won’t say much here because I don’t want to give anything away but I really liked the dénouement and actually would have liked it to have been fleshed out a little more so the reader really felt it.

No More Tears to Cry by K. C. Brier is a terribly bleak tale of a thirteen-year-old girl who has already been abused and has turned to a life on the street and of prostitution and drugs to escape her home. Unsurprisingly this is a harsh story and portrays just the start of what life is like for far too many people I expect.

Keiry by Paul Sinkinson and Keiry, the alien, meets Chris Brown, a boy from Montauk. But while they are eating pizza they are unaware of the military investigations into the UFO sighting and of the cover up that will follow. I don’t read sci fi stories usually but feel that this one could become a much longer work in time.

Of the Sea by Aidan Parr is set in Ireland and is the story of a boy remembering family visits there, of family jokes and tales that had gone into family folklore in the way these things do. I could hear the accent in the writing and feel the embarrassment of the boy with the things that were said about him and his first taste of Guinness went just as I would have imagined.

There is then a lot of poetry to enjoy from Annaka Whiteman, Biancamaria Maniscalco, Janet Anne Winn, Clark Brundle and Aidan Parr.

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Interview with Carla Eatherington @dystopicworlds #Author of #Freeebooks Utopia #YA & Feline Cognition #cats #psychology

Some of my most creative thoughts happen when on a dog walk, as do my best conversations with my dog-walking buddy. So I thought I’d invite some of my author friends along to join me and my Ruby and see if I can find out a little more about them and the book they’ve just released.

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Ruby, enjoying the last of the summer sun

Carla Eatherington is my guest today. She wrote her first full-length novel, called Utopia, whilst working in Malaysia during the second year of her PhD. Utopia represents the culmination of two of her biggest passions, YA fiction and psychology! Carla also writes scientifically-based non-fiction and has recently published a short book called Feline Cognition which summaries the evidence for cat intelligence and provides suggestions of how to test this at home with your cat. Outside of writing, Carla is passionate about travel and will soon move to Italy, but currently lives on a boat in the beautiful English countryside.

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Hi Carla, you’re not from too far north of me so I hope you’ve had a good journey and are ready for a hike across the fields of sunny Cambridgeshire?

I’ve got my wellies and my raincoat on – it is summer after all 😉 (Good decision, Carla, it turns out is it piddling down today… Ed)

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Now that you’ve got my undivided attention Carla, you have written two very different books and this is your chance to tell me about one, or both, of them and convince us all to buy them and then move them up our to-be-read list?

Thanks Georgia! I’d never make a saleswoman, unless a long unfiltered stream of consciousness is what sells books, but here goes. I might have to whisper so Ruby doesn’t hear though because today we’re going to talk about C.A.T intelligence.

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Like you said, it was certainly very different from my first book which was a dystopian YA novel. Feline Cognition is a short non-fiction book which brings together all of the scientific evidence for feline intelligence in its various forms, and puts it into simple language.

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I can’t remember really planning to write this book, I just took a week holiday off work and it sort of came out. I was brought up around cats and owned several myself (of varying degrees of intelligence!). I had also applied for a job investigating canine cognition and brushed up by reading a few books on ‘dognition’, but was surprised to find that the same didn’t exist for cats? So I wrote one…

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Available from Amazon here

(I MUST ADD IN HERE THAT BOTH OF THESE BOOKS ARE FREE TO DOWNLOAD, SO TAKE EVERY ADVANTAGE AND CLICK ON THOSE LINKS 😀 Ed)

Utopia

Available from Amazon here

Are you planning any other non-fiction work? I know Ruby would be very interested to hear if there is a similar book testing the intelligence of dogs in the pipeline.

Ha ha ha, well like I said there are a few books out there already on canine cognition, but the difference with my book is that it provides simple ‘games’ to try out what you’ve just read on your own cat. Incidentally, I should point out that all of the tests would work on dogs too, and Ruby will be pleased to know that dogs reliably out-perform cats on anything that requires social skills. I often think of cats as autistic children, completely absorbed in self.

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I found the theory Utopia was based on to be fascinating. I know you are doing a PhD in Psychology so are we going to be treated to further works of a similar type in the future?

Oh, I really do hope so because this is the stuff I like to read too. If a book doesn’t have sound theoretical grounding then I lose interest very quickly. That said, I’d also like to write a book that incorporated my love of travel, probably around South East Asia or somewhere like that. Or, maybe I could set one in Italy because I’m moving there in a couple of weeks *excited*.

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Which part of the writing process do you find the most satisfying? Getting that first draft completed, editing or finally getting to hold your published book in your hand?

The first draft doesn’t mean too much to me because my writing is so incoherent that I’ve still got loads of work left to do on it. Strangely, I quite like entering my manuscript into the Createspace website and checking that all of the formatting is good. But I guess nothing really compares to holding your paperback for the first time and seeing the printed cover!

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A few quick fire ones.

India or Iceland?

Oh, that’s a tricky one! It’s hard to imagine two places that are more different from each other, but both have massive appeal. It’s definitely on my bucket list to see the northern lights for myself. Beautiful, powerful, destructive – I wonder if that’s how my ex thinks of me? But I’d also love to experience the hustle and bustle of an Indian market, to smell the spices and see all the colours! However, never is the difference between the two countries more obvious than the price. So if you’re paying, we’ll visit Iceland, but if I’m paying, India here I come!

Red or white?

I’m assuming we’re walking wine, in which case neither. Is there any cider on offer? Okay, Okay, colour. I have to say red, like my hair at the moment – but that could have changed by the end of the week. It changes very often.

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I’m sure I can come up with some cider, Carla 😉

Which superpower would you like to have? And Why?

I’m not sure that it’s a superpower, but I’ve always thought that being able to slow or stop time would be great. The sad thing is that when I think this, it’s rarely when I’m doing something fun, instead it’s because I’d like more time to revise for an exam or something equally nerdy 🙂

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This is what you need, a Time-Turner – I’d love one as well!

What piece of advice would you like to give your 16-year-old self – if you were given the opportunity to use a time machine!?

I think I’d go back and tell myself that it gets better! And not to waste my time trying to be popular, it won’t get you extra UCAS points and it sure as hell won’t make you interesting.

I believe that perfect days are unplanned, BUT if you were to plan your perfect day what would it look like?

It kinda worries me that I don’t know the answer to this. No wonder I’m hard to please. Hmmm, I think I’d be in an airport waiting to board an international flight. I love travelling and therefore I associate airports with good things happening. Also, who doesn’t like reading and watching films whilst people bring them food at regular intervals?

Thanks for joining me Carla and I wish you every success for the continued sales of Utopia and Feline Cognition – I loved reading both of them and you can see what I thought of them on the links below! 😀

Review for Utopia

Review for Feline Cognition

DON’T FORGET – BOTH OF THESE BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FREE FROM AMAZON!!

You can find Carla here

https://www.facebook.com/CarlaEatherington/

https://www.facebook.com/UtopiaCarlaEatherington/

https://www.facebook.com/Feline-Cognition-Carla-Eatherington-1554529411276518/

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A Happy Publication Day #Author Interview with Elizabeth Ducie @ElizabethDucie

Some of my most creative thoughts happen when on a dog walk, as do my best conversations with my dog-walking buddy. So I thought I’d invite some of my author friends along to join me and my Ruby to see if I can find out a little more about them and the book they’ve just released.

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My guest today is a writer I’ve been wanting to read for a long time and I’m delighted to welcome Elizabeth Ducie to the ploughed fields of Cambridgeshire. I eventually got round to picking up her book, two of them in fact, and you can read the reviews for Counterfeit! and its sequel, Deception!, which is released today, by clicking on their titles.

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Elizabeth Ducie trained as a scientist and worked in the international pharmaceutical industry for nearly thirty years before deciding she wanted to make a complete change of direction. She gave up the day job, began studying the craft of creative writing, and has now writes fiction more or less full-time.

Hi Elizabeth, I hope you’re ready for a hike across the fields of sunny Cambridgeshire?

Hi Georgia. I certainly am. I live on the edge of a small town in rural Devon and am always saying I should do more walking!

Now that you’ve got our undivided attention Elizabeth this is your chance to tell everyone about Deception! and convince them to buy it and then move it up their to-be-read list?

Deception! is the second in my series of thrillers set in the sometimes murky world of international pharmaceuticals. The action takes place mainly in Brazil, although there is also a flash-back thread set in South Africa and Mozambique. Athletes fight for no apparent reason; a sprinter disappears. Is a new health drink to blame? Regulator turned investigator, Suzanne Jones, investigates and finds herself the centre of threats. Meanwhile sister Charlie is chasing counterfeiter Michael Hawkins. It’s Mardi Gras in Rio and danger stalks the streets. New friends. An old adversary. Faces and voices from the past. Will it all be too much for the Jones sisters to handle?

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Had you always intended on writing a sequel to Counterfeit! or did the story for Deception! come to you after the first one was completed?

I always intended writing a series. I am a great fan of James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club novels and I wanted to write about three strong female protagonists, with a different member of the team being the main focus in each of the books. So I started off with three stand-alone stories. But as I was drafting Counterfeit!, the closing line came to me in a flash, and I realised there was also an over-arching thread that would continue in Deception! and Corruption! (book 3, which is due out this time next year).

I know you’re an indie author Elizabeth, but we all need help at various stages of writing and I’d like to know more about the team you have behind you. Who helps you pull your books together until they’re ready to be published?

I’ve developed quite a structured approach to my novels and they depend on quite a large team of people. I work with my writing buddy, Margaret Barnes, on the initial couple of drafts. We are at similar stages with our novels and work through them chapter by chapter. When it’s pretty much ready, it goes to my wonderful beta team; a group of around eight readers – only one of whom is a writer. The final proofreading is done by Julia Gibbs. My covers are designed by Berni Stevens. And the printing is done by Hedgerow Print, Crediton. Plus, there are loads of people in this generous writerly community who offer advice, shoulders to cry on and general support.

If you could choose to be any character out of any book you’ve written, who would you choose? And why?

I think the character most like me is Suzanne Jones. She has had similar industry and travel experiences; she’s well-organised to the point of obsession, too pedantic on occasion, and always worried about not upsetting people. But the character I’d choose to be is Charlie Jones. She has a mysterious past, that we are starting to learn about in Deception!, she’s irreverent and knows how to kick ass when she needs to. I think it would be fun to be her.

A few quick fire ones.

India or Iceland?

India: I am a great lover of hot climates; you will never hear me say it’s too hot. I’ve been there a couple of times, but only to Mumbai. I would like the chance to see more.

Sunsets or sunrises?

Sunrises: I am a real lark and love sitting outside watching the sun rise when we are on holiday.

Which superpower would you like to have? And Why?

To be able to speed-read, really fast; and to keep the details of what I’ve read in my head. There are so many books out there I would love to read and it’s depressing to think that there’s never going to be enough time to do it.

What piece of advice would you like to give your 16-year-old self – if you were given the opportunity to use a time machine!?

Stick with it; it will get better. And just do everything the same way again. EXCEPT do not leave your suitcase unattended on the train from Paddington to Exeter on that Tuesday in October 2011; you’ll regret it if it gets stolen again.

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I believe that perfect days are unplanned, BUT if you were to plan your perfect day what would it look like?

A leisurely breakfast and a wander in the sunshine with Michael; followed by a long lunch with friends at Gidleigh Park; and a car to drive us home afterwards. That’s how we spent our Ruby wedding anniversary recently; and it really was the perfect day.

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Thanks for joining me Elizabeth and I wish you every success for the sales of Deception! 🙂

You can get you copy of Deception! here:

Amazon UK

Amazon US

And you can find Elizabeth here:

Website (home): http://www.elizabethducie.co.uk/

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