#bookreview for Counterfeit by Elizabeth Ducie @ElizabethDucie #medical #crime #mystery #Africa

Counterfeit

I have been wanting to get to read a book by Elizabeth Ducie for a long time. I knew she had a new book coming out and knowing I couldn’t start mid-series (for only chaos can come out of that) I had to get cracking on Counterfeit first, and I was so glad I did.

Suzanne Jones is on a mission to stop the counterfeiting of medicines in Africa. Through the story we meet the people she works for in the UK and the team that helps her in Africa as well as her sister, Charlie. Suzanne puts herself in danger as she tries to get to the source of the fake drugs and people die around her as the net tightens in this well written thriller. Ducie keeps the reader guessing throughout and I was as surprised as the characters with one particular twist in the tale.

Ducie is an accomplished story teller and gains your confidence in her writing very quickly. I liked her characters and their relationships. Her knowledge of Africa, and the pharmaceuticals industry, is clear as the settings and technical detail all feels very real. This novel is well paced throughout and there is a terrific ending which finishes this book perfectly while setting it up for the next in the series. Highly recommended.

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#NewRelease – #romantic #crime #thriller Parallel Lies – It’s finally here!! Yay!

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 ‘My name is Madeleine, Madeleine Ross. It is a name chosen with thought and because it is classy, and that is what is needed here…

Madeleine Ross has life exactly as she planned it.

Cosy cottage, friendly village, satisfying job.

Company… when she wants it.

It’s an enviable existence for an independent young woman, and one she’s keen to protect.

Enter Daniel – strong, dependable and a danger to everything she’s built. He’s not something she was looking for, but hearts can’t be controlled and maybe, just maybe he might be worth letting into hers.

But, all is not what it seems. Because Madeleine is hiding a lifetime of secrets. Deep secrets.

And they never stay buried for ever.

Her darkest secret returns, like the proverbial bad penny. He is her first love, shadowy, dangerous, the baddest of bad boys. No matter how far she runs, or how well she hides, she can never escape him.

Or her past.

Here he is, on her doorstep, with a proposition she is powerless to resist but which could devastate the future she hoped to have.

Can Madeleine satisfy the old love while keeping the new?

You can’t always get what you want but, desperate to preserve the life she has worked so hard for, Madeleine is willing to risk everything to prove that she can.

*****

Initial feedback has been promising, and there have already been reviews. Some are on Goodreads, others have been on blogs and will hopefully be appearing on Amazon today. Here are some tasters that I hope might just whet your appetite for more:

‘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

‘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

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

‘…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

‘There are complexities and twists in abundance as the tale gathers pace so that by half way, I was definitely hooked.’ Julie Haiselden at Whispering Stories

‘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

‘Parallel Lies is very well written, measured and steady to begin with in keeping with village life, with suspense and tension building progressively as the story unfolds.’ Between the Lines

 

You can get your very own copy of Parallel Lies by Clicking Here

(and you can feel the warmth of my virtual hug if you do :-))

But wait! There’s also a Giveaway for you to enter, should you wish!

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It’s time to meet Madeleine…

Madeleine Ross

Thank you for reading and have a great day everyone 🙂

Georgia x

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#Bookreview for Tipping Point by Terry Tyler @TerryTyler4 #postapocalyptic #dystopian

Tipping Point

It has always shocked me how quickly a community, of whatever size, can succumb when put under pressure. How neighbour can turn on neighbour when they’d previously lived contentedly side by side, how a population can lose its humanity and atrocious deeds can be carried out in the name of peace keeping or self-preservation. Tipping Point covered all this, and more, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading how life in Shipden, and then everywhere else, unravelled.

The story is told mostly from Vicky’s point of view and I have to say that she really grated on me to begin with. Her boyfriend, Dex, was heavily involved with an underground group, Unicorn, who had whistle-blower type connections and were investigating the possibility of some sort of Armageddon like scenario. However, the self-obsessed Vicky was totally dismissive of his warnings being more concerned about the fact that he didn’t want her, or her daughter Lottie, joining the latest social media platform, Private Lives, and she was also convinced he was playing-away.

Lottie was a typical teenager, only interested in the present moment and without the same regard for life that you gain with age. One day, she and Vicky spent the day eating cheesecake and watching DVD’s as the world as they knew it was collapsing around them.

Gradually I started to soften towards Vicky, not because of her whining about Dex leaving them to cope alone but because of her naivety. Despite Dex’s warnings she had the same slow dawning that I think would come across most of us should something like this happen. Things clicking into place as small moments seem unbelievable but eventually enough of them happen to make you wake up to reality.

The rapid breakdown of society was very well covered. I have long been sceptical of online data collection, of being ‘watched’ by social media and Big Brother like surveillance. I was fascinated by the control of the media, of government manipulation over what was aired and I was so involved in the storyline at this point it came as something of a surprise to watch the news and not find some ‘reassuring’ message on there about Shipden as the equivalent of the plague struck it. Even though I knew Shipden was fictional!

Vicky eventually wakes up to the new reality, not a moment too soon, and fortunately for her and Lottie Dex has prepared an exit plan for them. They meet up with others and soon learn a new way of living. This part of the story slowed a little for me as I guess life would and it’s not long before the group start to get restless and look to move elsewhere. But they are not the only ones, and there is a particularly volatile character, Wedge, who could prove to be an interesting person for them to have to get along with. I shall be looking forward to that.

The ending leaves you with a satisfied feeling while plenty of threads remain to be continued in the next book of the series. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys well written character led fiction.

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#Giveaway of Books, Notepads and Treats to launch Parallel Lies – Cover, Blurb and #Bookreviews

I am thrilled to be able to tell you that my latest novel, Parallel Lies, is now available to pre-order. Here is the cover…

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The Blurb…

‘My name is Madeleine, Madeleine Ross. It is a name chosen with thought and because it is classy, and that is what is needed here…’

Madeleine Ross has life exactly as she planned it.

Cosy cottage, friendly village, satisfying job.

Company… when she wants it.

It’s an enviable existence for an independent young woman, and one she’s keen to protect.

Enter Daniel – strong, dependable and a danger to everything she’s built. He’s not something she was looking for, but hearts can’t be controlled and maybe, just maybe he might be worth letting into hers.

But, all is not what it seems. Because Madeleine is hiding a lifetime of secrets. Deep secrets.

And they never stay buried for ever.

Her darkest secret returns, like the proverbial bad penny. He is her first love, shadowy, dangerous, the baddest of bad boys. No matter how far she runs, or how well she hides, she can never escape him.

Or her past.

Here he is, on her doorstep, with a proposition she is powerless to resist but which could devastate the future she hoped to have.

Can Madeleine satisfy the old love while keeping the new?

You can’t always get what you want but, desperate to preserve the life she has worked so hard for, Madeleine is willing to risk everything to prove that she can.

*****

You can pre-order Parallel Lies by Clicking Here

But wait! There’s also a Giveaway for you to enter, should you wish!

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There are already reviews in for Parallel Lies which I’ve linked to below if you’re interested:

Lindley Reviews

Christina Philippou

Elizabeth Ducie on Goodreads

If any of you are able to support me by clicking on the ‘Want To Read’ button on Goodreads then the page is right here. Thank you.

Many thanks for reading and have a fabulous weekend everyone 🙂

Georgia x

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#Gozo 2017 – Day 9 – Fish and Final Days

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It’s hot but breezy today, a nice combination. We have last day laziness and don’t want to do too much so we head off to Hondoq Bay.

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It’s shallow getting in the sea here with loads of rocks around for interest. I always see plenty of crabs in this bay. Not big edible ones, these are small bodied with long spidery legs which splay out across the rocks. Their front pincers then sweep across the surface of the rocks I assume gathering food.

There are always shoals of fish to see as well. I don’t have the wherewithal to take underwater photos so these images from Google (free to use and share of course!) are like some of the fish I have seen.

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You only have to put ‘fish in the Mediterranean’ in to Google though to make you wonder if you should venture in again…

These I fortunately did not see…

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Yikes!!

I finished off the trip with ice cream and after a lazy lunch and afternoon we went out for dinner ending that with a delicious chocolaty pudding…sigh…

As usual when heading home from holiday I have a head full of plans for what I’m going to do on the blog, and in the lead up to the release of Parallel Lies, convinced that this time I shall manage to fit it all in when I’ve never managed to before once the day job kicks in…ho hum.

I’ve added in here a few sites about Gozo you might find useful as a source of no doubt more coherent information than I’ve given you here:

www.gozo.gov.mt

www.visitgozo.com

www.ecogozo.com

www.gozochannel.com

www.transport.gov.mt

Tomorrow we travel home and I shan’t be writing about that but I have done an update on my list below as to what I actually achieved on this break.

Holidays since becoming an independent author are not the same as they once were and mine now wouldn’t be complete without a few challenges. So I decided to set myself some stuff to do, what with the new book on the horizon and all that. Here goes.

List of goals for the week:

Blurb and back matter to write – totally my most important task! – Done!! Yay!!

No. of books to read – 12 (okay so I am being ridiculously ambitious here but these are what I have on my seriously-I-have-to-get-to-these-right-now list!) – No. actually read, 7, so not too shabby.

No. of book reviews to write – 12 (hahaha! Although it does stand to reason) – Reviews mapped out ready for posting on my return – 7, of course.

No of blog posts to write up for lead up to publishing – 14 (based on the list of ideas I’ve had, though not all may make the final cut!) – Result – notes made on 5, so a lot more to do, unfortunately as that launch kicks off in a few day’s time…eek!!

Keep a diary each day so I can do a series of posts on my return – Done, although it did peter out from sheer inertia towards the end.

Interviews to plan questions for – 5 – Done!

Clearing emails out of Inbox – no. at start of holiday – 4967! No. at end of holiday – 5,396!! Good grief, I shall have to dedicate some serious time to getting through all of these 🙁 (Apologies if I haven’t replied to you!!)

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Here are my farewell feet as they leave the sea for the last time…

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Thanks for reading

Georgia x

My posts from 2015!

#Gozo – 1st Day – Winding Down in Westworld!

#Gozo – 2nd Day – Cars and Cliff Tops!!

#Gozo – Day 3 – Baggy Bits and Beaches!

#Gozo – Day 4 – Sea, Snorkelling and Shoals!

#Gozo – Day 5 – Fireworks, Festa’s and Fish!

#Gozo – Day 6 – Rosinas and Relaxation!

#Gozo – Day 7 – Fabulous Finds and Farewells

 

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#Gozo 2017 – Day 8 – Disappearing window and charcoaled remains…

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We headed over to the other side of the island today, to visit two of our favourite places.

Xslendi: where I snorkelled, bought dresses and ate ice cream. Xslendi is a lovely small town in a bay, we feel very much at home there. It has great places to eat and shops selling summery dresses and loads of knitwear. I just need to come at the right time of year to try some of that on as I really can’t face it in the heat. Knitting is obviously a big thing on the island as I’ve seen it in several places.

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Dwejra: where the Azure Window (what the Gozitans call Tieqa Zerqa) once was. Sadly, earlier this year it collapsed into the sea after a storm. The natural arch, eroded over millennia by wind and water had supposedly got firm and solid sides but the top was an increasingly thin and fragile layer of fossilized sea creatures and was best not walked on. The authorities thought it would last another six years or so. Unfortunately, not.

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How it once was…

As it was, it was the pillar that collapsed, taking the rest of it down too. However, whenever we have visited before there have always been people standing on the top of it, despite warning signs up telling them not too, and it is a miracle that it collapsed early in the day before any sightseers had clambered up that far. I picked up a couple of postcards this year that show just how rough the seas could be around there – difficult to believe in the summer.

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Nearby is a 20m high outcrop called Fungus Rock. This acquired its name because of the rock’s fungus like vegetation. The plant is known as the Maltese sponge and was believed to be a natural blood clotting medicine as well as a supposed remedy for dysentery. The Knights of Malta outlawed its collection except for their own use. A guard tower was built and they devised a primitive rope and pulley system to access the rock. Subsequent research showed this to be a futile endeavour when it proved the fungus possessed no medicinal qualities.

An Inland Sea has also been created here. A land-locked sea-water pool with a natural tunnel in the rock through which short boat trips can be taken.

In light of the disappearance of the Azure Window we wondered what we’d find when we visited this year as a small gathering of market stalls would set up each day to capture the attention of the increased density of tourists.

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Where the Window no longer is…

We need not have worried – the place was still busy with many people apparently coming to see where the Window wasn’t…

We had lunch at the lovely restaurant, overlooking the Inland Sea and got back to our villa late afternoon.

We ate in this evening, which has begun to suit me more as I don’t have to get dressed up. Which makes it sound like I normally do – ha! But you know what I mean – going out means having to put a bra on, and possibly something less comfortable than I’d prefer, particularly when I might have put on an additional pound or three over the last week…ahem… it also might mean to some, make up, but to be honest I’ve given up on anything more than a lick of mascara.

This was the evening I cremated the ribs. I don’t just mean they were a little singed, no, no, no – one side had actually become charcoal. However, never to be deterred by a cooking setback I chipped away at the blacked section and attempted to pass off the rest as something yummy for dinner – haha!

I finished the second book in The Eyre Hall Trilogy, Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray and you can read my review by clicking on the title or book cover.

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Holidays since becoming an independent author are not the same as they once were and mine now wouldn’t be complete without a few challenges. So I decided to set myself some stuff to do, what with the new book on the horizon and all that. Here goes.

List of goals for the week:

Blurb and back matter to write – totally my most important task!

No. of books to read – 12 (okay so I am being ridiculously ambitious here but these are what I have on my seriously-I-have-to-get-to-these-right-now list!)

No. of book reviews to write – 12 (hahaha! Although it does stand to reason)

No of blog posts to write up for lead up to publishing – 14 (based on the list of ideas I’ve had, though not all may make the final cut!)

Keep a diary each day so I can do a series of posts on my return.

Interviews to plan questions for – 5

Clearing emails out of Inbox – no. at start of holiday – 4967!

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Thanks for reading

Georgia x

My posts from 2015!

#Gozo – 1st Day – Winding Down in Westworld!

#Gozo – 2nd Day – Cars and Cliff Tops!!

#Gozo – Day 3 – Baggy Bits and Beaches!

#Gozo – Day 4 – Sea, Snorkelling and Shoals!

#Gozo – Day 5 – Fireworks, Festa’s and Fish!

#Gozo – Day 6 – Rosinas and Relaxation!

#Gozo – Day 7 – Fabulous Finds and Farewells

 

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#Bookreview for Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray @LucciaGray #Victorian #Historical

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The start of Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall finds Michael at sea and not caring if he lives or dies and Jane miserable and alone at Eyre Hall. She is now married to the odious Mr Mason who drinks too much and sexually exploits the staff during his mercifully infrequent visits to Eyre Hall.

Jane finds solace in the companionship of Nell, daughter of one of the servants. Michael’s sister, Susan, is in trouble and after his heroic deeds at sea he is promoted to lieutenant and sent on leave to see her, which brings him back to Eyre Hall.

I don’t want to say too much about the plot as it will give too much away suffice to say there are relationship dramas, of the type that always seem to fill the lives of the gentry at that time. Mystery and intrigue, when Michael is sent off on a mission for Jane, death, kidnapping and mysterious strangers arriving with ransom demands.

The writing is solid throughout and in keeping with the period in which the story is told and I like the way Gray doesn’t spoon feed her readers. Chapters are told from different characters’ points of view; however, these aren’t signalled but instead revealed by the writing itself.

If you enjoyed the first part of this trilogy this is a great sequel and I’m keen to see how the story will end in the third part.

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#Interview with expert error spotter Julia Gibbs @ProofreadJulia #Proofreading

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, watching out for todays guest 😀

Today we have something a little different for you though as my guest is not an author. She is, however, a big player in the writing community and is someone who provides a service that no author should consider publishing without using. My guest today is Julia Gibbs, or as she is better known on Twitter, Julia Proofreader.

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Julia Gibbs is a proofreader of many years’ experience, who mostly works with novels, but also short stories, novellas and nonfiction books of any genre.

Hi, Julia, I know I’ve dragged you away from your more usual haunt, gazing out at the sea from our Norfolk coast but I hope you’re ready for a hike across the fields of sunny, but somewhat landlocked, Cambridgeshire?

Yes, indeed – I’m always up for a walk, and I was born in Cambridge so I feel very at home here!

I know that you are very busy with proofreading jobs, Julia, but how did you get into that line of work and how long has it taken you to build up your business?

Looking for mistakes in written English is something that has always been ‘my thing’, I just enjoy finding them. I found that wherever I worked, people would end up asking me to correct company communications. At my last job (I worked for 9 years at a firm of architects), the boss decreed that no document should leave the office until I had looked at it. I remember thinking to myself – I should do this for a living, in fact I’d like to! I was already familiar with the world of self-publishing through my sister, author Terry Tyler , so I set about doing all the necessary admin that it takes to create an online business – 6 years later, here I am. I’ve been lucky enough to have always had plenty of work coming in after the first 3 months or so.

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I know that there is nothing you like more than finding a superfluous apostrophe, but as I struggle to concentrate on anything for more than a couple of paragraphs at a time, I wonder how do you manage not to lose concentration, and how often do you have to take breaks? Is it true that in order to proofread you have to read a book backwards?

Superfluous apostrophes/dangling modifiers/accidentally hilarious typos – I love ’em all! It’s a fact that one cannot concentrate on the written word for more than 90 minutes maximum at any one time, so I make sure I take regular breaks. If I ever become aware that I’m losing concentration, I stop immediately; there’s no point working on someone’s book if you’re not up to it. I must say, my work makes me feel very much as if I’m in the ‘right place’ – when I open up whatever document I’m currently working on, after I’ve done all the early morning admin, I experience a sense of calm and happiness. Call me weird if you will, it’s just that I love what I do. I am sometimes approached by people who would like to become proofreaders, and asked how to go about it. I say the most important two things are a) make sure you really capable of doing the job properly, and b) you’ve got to love it!

And as far as reading a book backwards goes – well, it wouldn’t work for me because I’d get no sense of continuity, and it would completely thwart my copy editing capabilities. But if it works for anyone else, I wouldn’t knock it!

I know that writing books can spoil your reading of them but what about you? What do you like to read in your downtime? And, do you still find reading relaxing or are your antennae always twitching in pursuit of a missing comma?

I was delighted to find that my work has no effect on my ability to read for pleasure, although to my annoyance I can’t help noticing proofreading errors – and you wouldn’t believe how many there can be in traditionally published books! The last book I read was Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. Try it, it’s perfect. I have a huge variety of books on my shelves, some I’ve had for decades and others new – they are the most consistent part of my world.

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

I think this is the point where I’m supposed to show off my highbrow reading habits, but in all honesty I’d like to be one of Jackie Collins’s heroines, because they’re all glamorous, financially independent career women who live in glitzy places – sign me up! I was privileged to meet Jackie at a book launch in the early 90s – see my treasured photo!

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A few quickfire ones.

India or Iceland?

Iceland – mostly because I can’t bear excessive heat! Also, I’ve visited Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and would love to see the beauty of Iceland.

The Beatles or The Stones?

Stones – all the way. When I was a little girl in the early 1960s, one had to choose in school, it was considered very important. One also had to have one’s favourite Beatle, mine was John.

Which superpower would you like to have? And why?

I’d like to be able to fly. Sometimes I dream that I can and it’s really easy, I just lift up my arms and go, and when I wake up, I really still think I can for a couple of minutes, and it’s no big deal. A bit like that time I dreamt that Tom Hiddleston was devoted to me – but I digress! (He certainly is a distraction! 😉 Ed)

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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!?

Listen carefully – the moment in the future that you hear about a company called Google on something called ‘the internet’ (trust me) – buy a lot of shares in it.

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

The ‘honest but a bit serious’ answer – I think that while I have my health, family, friends, and a source of income from a job that I love, there’s nothing I’d change apart from I wish my mum didn’t have Alzheimer’s, and that my dear friend Jacquie hadn’t died of alcoholism last year.

The ‘fun, flight of fancy, don’t think I don’t mean it’ answer – I wake in my beachside penthouse to find that I’ve grown 2 inches taller, lost 7lbs in weight, and appear 15 years younger. My personal assistant brings me breakfast, after which I spend the morning reading books and watching Netflix. After lunch I’m visited by my stylist, hairdresser and make-up artist, and at 6pm Tom Hiddleston shows up to take me for cocktails then dinner (he asked to take me for lunch, but I told him I need my alone time). Afterwards we have front row seats for an Aerosmith gig and a visit backstage. Yes, I really would like to do all this! And I’m not telling you the rest.

Thanks for joining me, Julia. I’m delighted you have Parallel Lies coming soon on your to-do pile and I just hope you don’t find it too testing!

Hey, I’m looking forward so much to reading it, I do enjoy your writing.

You can contact Julia via her Twitter page http://twitter.com/ProofreadJulia or email her with any queries to  juliaproofreader@gmail.com

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#Gozo 2017 – Day 7 – Flowers and Favourites! :-D

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Usually we would be getting ready to go home right about now so I am really appreciating the extra couple of days.

It’s hot and sunny again today although a strong wind started up around lunchtime. We went to one of my favourite bays this morning, Dahlet Qorrot, which we get to via Nadur. Usually we call this the City of Flags as huge flags fly from every other roof top but this year there are many empty flagpoles which might be due to the high winds.

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Dahlet Qorrot is accessed down probably the most verdant valley on the island.

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It is a quiet bay with a small area of beach.

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I was just getting in to have a snorkel when I was unnerved by a woman telling me there was a jelly fish a little way out. Concerned, because I rarely find they travel alone, I kept a good look out but went in anyway. After all I don’t believe chubby middle aged women are their food goal, though I don’t exactly know what is – small plankton and the like I would imagine. However, I still don’t fancy getting stung by one, I mean, you don’t do you? So I kept peering around for it them (as best as I could with my compromised eyesight) which rather hampered my usual relaxed fish watching but I never saw a thing. In fact, this year I didn’t see one jelly fish during the whole holiday – yay! 😀

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The flowers here are beautiful – stunning, vibrant colours that bake in the sun.. I don’t know the names of the plants (other than the bougainvillea) but here are a selection of those around our villa.

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I didn’t manage to finish another book today but I’m reading Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray and the review will be following on for that one.

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Holidays since becoming an independent author are not the same as they once were and mine now wouldn’t be complete without a few challenges. So I decided to set myself some stuff to do, what with the new book on the horizon and all that. Here goes.

List of goals for the week:

Blurb and back matter to write – totally my most important task!

No. of books to read – 12 (okay so I am being ridiculously ambitious here but these are what I have on my seriously-I-have-to-get-to-these-right-now list!)

No. of book reviews to write – 12 (hahaha! Although it does stand to reason)

No of blog posts to write up for lead up to publishing – 14 (based on the list of ideas I’ve had, though not all may make the final cut!)

Keep a diary each day so I can do a series of posts on my return.

Interviews to plan questions for – 5

Clearing emails out of Inbox – no. at start of holiday – 4967!

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5Day 6

Thanks for reading

Georgia x

My posts from 2015!

#Gozo – 1st Day – Winding Down in Westworld!

#Gozo – 2nd Day – Cars and Cliff Tops!!

#Gozo – Day 3 – Baggy Bits and Beaches!

#Gozo – Day 4 – Sea, Snorkelling and Shoals!

#Gozo – Day 5 – Fireworks, Festa’s and Fish!

#Gozo – Day 6 – Rosinas and Relaxation!

#Gozo – Day 7 – Fabulous Finds and Farewells

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Photo Guide to Posting a Book Review in 3 Easy Steps

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This is going to be short and to the point to keep it as user-friendly as possible. Reviews are important, all authors know that, but I’ve been surprised at the number of people who have spoken to me about my books but when I’ve gently asked them if they could leave a review they look at me blankly and say they have no idea how to do that. It’s not the actual writing of the review – remember, it doesn’t have to be a full critique, just one or two lines to say you loved a book is just as welcome as a longer review (there’s a great post on Rosie Amber’s Book Review Blog right here to help with that) it’s the physical how-to-do-it bit that they’re finding a challenge. So, here’s a how-to-do-it guide in 3 easy steps!

How to leave a review on Amazon. (Apologies for the blurry photos but I’m no good at this editing malarkey!)

Step 1

Find the page on Amazon that has the book you are interested in reviewing on it. Scroll down that page until you get to the table of reviews that looks like this…

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See that big button at the side of the table with ‘Write a Customer Review >’ on it? Click on that.

If you are not already logged into your account Amazon will ask you to do that.

Step 2

You will be taken to this page.

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Select which star best expresses your feelings about the book by clicking on it. If you hover your cursor over each star (they will light up as you do) you will see they range from ‘I hate it’ to ‘I love it’ – not particularly sophisticated but it’s all we’ve got.

Step 3

A box will appear where you can write the review. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate – a few words to say how the book made you feel would be terrific.

I have usually written my review on a word document (because I’m going to post it in several places) so I copy and paste it into the box but you can just as easily write it fresh, right there and then.

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Add a title – I usually use a phrase from the review but you can put whatever you like here.

Click on the ‘Submit’ button…

That is all there is to it.

And you know what they say, practice makes perfect!! 😉

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Further notes:

I don’t review direct from my Kindle, even though you get that handy reminder when you finish a book, as I need time to formulate something. But if you are only going to leave a few words, go for it.

I am writing from my own experience here but obviously there are other ereaders, and sites to buy books from. All of them will take your review so just find the book on the appropriate site and the process will be similar to that which I’ve outlined above.

I always post my reviews to Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com and Goodreads. You go through exactly the same process on the Amazon.com site and in fact you can leave a review on any of the Amazon sites through out the world which is useful if you know your author lives in Australia!

If you are a member of Goodreads this is a great place to leave reviews and the process is much the same but the stars mean slightly different things and you don’t have to add a title. So if you mark the book you want to review as the one you’re ‘Currently reading’ when you want to review it click on ‘Update Progress’ and you will be guided through the process.

If you have a paperback, and even if you bought it direct from the author (or were given it as a gift) rather than from the site you want to review it on Amazon and Goodreads will still accept your review. The only difference is that if you bought the book from Amazon your review will have ‘Verified Purchase’ by it and while this adds to the strength of your review it is not essential.

Although this is about the posting of reviews rather than the writing of them, Paula makes a very good point in the comments – spoilers can be heartbreaking for an author. Less is more, and if you can say what you want without giving the plot away we would be eternally grateful! However, if you find you can’t without revealing something of the plot stick in a *Spoiler Alert* to warn future readers. Many authors would rather have a review with spoilers than no review at all.

Thank you for reading!

If any one coming to this page feels something should be added to these notes let me know in the comments or send me an email and I shall add it in.

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