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Sunday, 11 November 2018

#CoverReveal The Rigel Affair by L M Hedrick #rachelsrandomresources #TheRigelAffair

You know how much I love a Cover Reveal! Well I'm delighted to be able to share another one with you today! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!!

The Rigel Affair

Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.

Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees her family’s stifling expectations for a new life in Auckland.

After the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Charlie sets sail for Auckland aboard the USS Rigel. And there she is, the girl of his dreams. Mattie is everything that Roxy isn’t—sophisticated, tender, and patient. But the war intervenes… Rigel embarks for the Pacific war zones.

Charlie’s letters are sporadic. Mattie is tormented by doubts; did he truly love her, or was it only a dream?

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About the Author

Lynette grew up listening to her mother Mattie’s stories about her WW2 love for US Navy Diver Charlie. She used Mattie’s 30 letters from Charlie, and together with her insightful editor/advisor husband, Bud, they completed extensive research to give reality to The Rigel Affair. Lynette has published multiple short stories for NZ magazines. Both Lynette and Bud have completed numerous Creative Writing courses at Auckland University. Lynette is an accomplished expressionist Artist, with works sold internationally.

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Saturday, 10 November 2018

#Unboxing Reading In Heels Subscription Box - November 2018

Time to look away if you're subscribed to the fabulous Reading In Heels as I just received their November box full of more treats!  

So here's a look at what I've got to enjoy this month!

Nemi Chai Tea
 A London based company @nemiteas

Honeyrose Bakery Brownie@HoneyroseBakery
Yum, Yum and Yum again! This may have already been scoffed!!

Korres Bergamot and Jasmine Body Milk@KORRESuk
This smells amazing and I can't wait to use it!

Bespoke Postcards
 These are fabulous with literary quotes on them! 


And the book for this month is

States of Passion by Nihad Sirees

'Captivating' - Observer

The world is so strange, The strangest things are the stories you overhear.

When a hapless bureaucrat finds himself stranded in the countryside during a raging storm, he seeks refuge in a grand yet isolated mansion, inhabited by only an elderly gentleman and his unwelcoming servant.

The tale of family secrets he encounters while sheltering there begins with a faded photograph in yellowed newspaper, of a beautiful woman stepping off a train at Aleppo station many years ago. It transports him to Syria's golden age, to the heart of the mysterious, unconventional banat al-ishreh – the infamous women who live, dance and play music together – and into a tangled web of forbidden love.

States of Passion is a beautifully spun, playful novel about what it means to live within a memory of the past - and about the many faces of a city that might have been.

Sounds just like my kind of book! Have you read it? Interested to hear from people who have!


My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up - Week 44 2018

Hello!! Another week flies by!!  And there is no escape the onslaught of Christmas now when you're out and about.... so very scary!!  How many of you are busy writing your list to Santa?! Seems to be a few books on my list.... if I've been good enough for a visit of course!!

Been a fairly relaxed, bookish week here! Made the mistake of visiting NetGalley so have 4 new additions from there, a few arrivals in the post but have managed to finish 3 books this week, and in the middle of 3 others so progress is being made.... slowly but surely!

Here's a look back at my week!



First to the NetGalley haul! Next time anyone sees me there, please tell me off.....

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
Published by HQ - out May 2019

“Mother knows best” takes on a sinister new meaning in this unsettling thriller perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.

A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley―to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies.

Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.

Compulsive, creepy, and inspired by some our darkest fairy tales, Little Darlings will have you checking―and rechecking―your own little ones. Just to be sure. Just to be safe.

The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts
Published by Raven Books - out Jan 2019


The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose. 

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again...

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
Published by Thomas Nelson - out May 2019

Amid literature and lattes, three women come together and find that sharing one's journey with best friends makes life richer.

When attorney Madeline Carter inherits her aunt's bookstore in a small town north of Chicago, she plans to sell it and add the proceeds to her nonexistent "investment portfolio." But plans change when Madeline discovers the store isn't making money and she gets passed over for promotion at her firm. She quits in protest, takes the train north, and decides to work at the store to prep it for sale. Madeline soon finds herself at odds with employees Jessica and Courtney; when she also finds herself attracted to an affianced man, it only confuses the entire situation.

After blowing up her marriage two years earlier, Jessica has found solace working at the bookstore and a kindred spirit within its owner, Maddie Cullen. But when Maddie dies and her niece, Madeline, barges in like a bulldozer, Jessica pushes at the new owner in every way--until she trips over common ground. Soon the women are delving into online dating and fashion makeovers, and Jessica feels the pull to rediscover her art, a love she thought long behind her.
After a night of bad decisions leaves the store in peril, Courtney arrives and tries to save the day. While she, too, found sanctuary in the little bookstore, she knows it's under-insured, in the red, and will never survive. When she discovers her teenage daughter has played a part in vandalizing the store, Courtney taps into strength she didn't know existed--or had long forgotten. The quietest of the three, she steps up and finds a way to save her family, the store, and the precious friendships that have grown within it.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by  Sara Collins
Published by Penguin Books - out April 2019

They say I must be put to death for what happened to Madame, and they want me to confess. But how can I confess what I don't believe I've done?

1826, and all of London is in a frenzy. Crowds gather at the gates of the Old Bailey to watch as Frannie Langton, maid to Mr and Mrs Benham, goes on trial for their murder. The testimonies against her are damning - slave, whore, seductress. And they may be the truth. But they are not the whole truth.

For the first time Frannie must tell her story. It begins with a girl learning to read on a plantation in Jamaica, and it ends in a grand house in London, where a beautiful woman waits to be freed.

But through her fevered confessions, one burning question haunts Frannie Langton: could she have murdered the only person she ever loved?

These 6 beauties were from Bookishly and part of a Sci Fi bundle that I got in their sale! I may now have a need for crazy sci-fi covers in my life!



I hope your reading week has treated you well! What's been your favourite read recently?! Would love to hear!


Friday, 9 November 2018

#BlogTour Another Cup of Coffee by Jenny Kane #bookreview #bookblogger @AccentPress

About the book

Thirteen years ago Amy Crane ran away from everyone and everything she knew, ending up in an unfamiliar city with no obvious past and no idea of her future. Now, though, that past has just arrived on her doorstep, in the shape of an old music cassette that Amy hasn’t seen since she was at university.
Digging out her long-neglected Walkman, Amy listens to the lyrics that soundtracked her student days. As long-buried memories are wrenched from the places in her mind where she’s kept them safely locked away for over a decade, Amy is suddenly tired of hiding.
It’s time to confront everything about her life. Time to find all the friends she left behind in England, when her heart got broken and the life she was building for herself got completely shattered. Time to make sense of all the feelings she’s been bottling up for all this time. And most of all, it’s time to discover why Jack has sent her tape back to her now, after all these years…
With her mantra, New life, New job, New home, playing on a continuous loop in her head, Amy gears herself up with yet another a bucket-sized cup of coffee, as she goes forth to lay the ghost of first love to rest…
Published by Accent Press

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An ode to mix tapes! Oh how I miss them!! And in this book it just shows you how the power of a song from way back when can stir up the emotions and set you on a different path when you least expect it!

And this is what happens to Amy who is in her mid thirties, living in Scotland, feeling lonely, stuck in a dull job with no local friends, until she receives a mix tape from her old friend Jack, who she'd not heard from in years. And it just makes her look back on her time with him and their other friends and has her wondering 'what if'.

And so she moves down South to see if her she can find her happy place again, reconnect with old friends and find out what she's been missing out on. It's a scary move for her but something she needs to do and soon finds friends and old feelings are difficult to shake off. 

We also get to see the story from the point of view of Jack, who has recently come out but has always seemed to struggle with his sexuality. And his friendship with Kit, a wife and mother who writes steamy erotic fiction, is also another complex aspect of his life. 

There are a number of characters in this book who annoyed the heck out of me at times, but that made it feel more relatable! Not everyone is going to be 'your cup of tea (or coffee!)', and they will often do things that annoy your or perplex you, but it's their decision and you can only be there to pick up the pieces or support them whatever they decide to do. It brings into focus the fact that many people are unhappy with how their lives are turning out, they just go with the flow until it is often too late and it takes a big leap of faith to change things and to try and get more out of life - be that changing jobs or trying to reconnect with old friends.

I loved the mix of personalities of this group of friends - they don't live in each others' pockets, it's not all rainbows and laughs, but when faced with a drama they are there to support those who need it no matter what. Many of them have very jealous personalities which can come across as quite petty at times, but that mirrors real life! Nobody's perfect.... are they?! The timeline also jumps around quite a bit which does keep you on your toes!

The songs mentioned throughout were a great blend and often had me grabbing an old CD or looking online to listen to them again as it really helped connect more with the story! An engaging and grown up piece of fiction.


Thursday, 8 November 2018

#BookReview A Christmas Secret by Kirsty Ferry #PublicationDay

About the book

A heartwarming fun read from Kirsty Ferry, perfect for cat lovers and fans of Kathryn Freeman, Lindsey Kelk and Jill Mansell. 

What if a secret from Christmas past was stopping you from moving on to Christmas future? 

When Hugo McCreadie steps into Isla Brodie’s pet portrait studio to get a ‘Festive Furball Photo Shoot’ for his sister’s cat Schubert, he does question his sanity. But he knows the photographs will be the perfect Christmas present for his eccentric sister, Nessa – and he finds himself quite taken with ditzy, animal-loving Isla Brodie, too. 

Will a Christmas secret from long ago prevent Hugo and Isla’s new friendship from going any further? Or will a certain big, black cat taking matters into his own paws lead them not only on a mad winter dash through snowy Edinburgh –but into each other’s arms for Christmas as well? 

Linked to Every Witch Way but can be read as a standalone novella. 


Published by Choc Lit

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If you are looking for  a purr-fectly (!) fun and festive read this Christmas, then look no further and hopefully you'll enjoy it just as much as I did!!  And prepare to meet a cat like no other in Schubert!!  There's nothing normal about him and it seems fitting that a cat photo shoot brings his cat-sitter - Hugo - into the Pet Portrait studio run by Isla.  Hugo knows how much his sister dotes on the lovely Schubert, so what better present than a kitty photo shoot!  

There is instant attraction between Hugo and Isla, so no surprise when they start to spend more time together.  Someone from Isla's past doesn't seem to approve of her new friend though, and there may be more to Hugo than meets the eye, which did add a deliciously darker twist to the story.  

But the star of the  show is Schubert and his antics are destined to keep you amused and wondering just what he will get up to next!  It seems he might have a career ahead of him as a matchmaker - who needs Tinder when you have a cat looking out for your lovelife!!  

Thoroughly enjoyed A Christmas Secret and hope there'll be more from Schubert in the future!


#BlogTour Where the What If Roam and the Moon is Louis Armstrong by Esther Krivda #BookReview #RandomThingsTours

Extremely delighted to be hosting the stop today on this fantastical Blog Tour! My thanks to the Author and Anne of  Random Things Tours for giving me the opportunity to be part of it all!


“Esther Krivda’s debut novel, Where the What If Roams and the Moon Is Louis Armstrong, is a special kind of book, the kind of book that warrants many readings and a future CliffsNotes edition. It is a long, heady emporium of a book. Krivda herself describes it as a modern psychological fairy tale. Indeed, there are fairies in this book. But her own description almost belies, or at least oversimplifies, the ambitious nature of this marvelous and virtuosic work. This is the kind of book that scares off publishers, intimidates readers, and announces a major literary talent. …” —★★★★★FIVE STAR CLARION REVIEW

Sophia Oomla leaves the talking world. When her teacher calls on her. When her classmates speak to her. But at midnight, when no one can hear her, no one can see her, she finds her tongue. In fact, she is the Star-of-the-Talking-World, and a vamp, too, who can strut and hold forth and thunder away in her very own clandestine Midnight Movie Star School. For Sophia Oomla only wants to talk in the Talking-World the way Movie Stars do, the way her Mother does. Because surely they are from the Land-of-the-Perfect, and not from the land that she comes from, the Land-of-the-Timid-Tongues. Because wordless-ducklings from that land get sentenced to see speech therapists for non-communication, like she’s been.

Eloquent in one place, but not another?
Do you smell a paradox, Readers?

The magical creatures sure did. They lived in our protagonist’s head and know all about minds and thinking, except why this girl could be so very confident in one place and so very faltering in another. Those creatures needed someone who not only understood the problem but who would write a book about it. Which lead their noses right smack to me, another falterer and a writer besides. Those sniffer-extraordinaires must've sniffed my own about-faces - like when my inside-me is dying to write but my outside-me can't type a word. So those tricksters drafted me to narrate Sophia's story. But those imps weren't finished; they knew that paradoxes were running amok in her parents', the Oomlas, minds as well and they insist I tell their story, too.

'Where the What If Roams and the Moon Is Louis Armstrong' wonders why somebody is one way on the outside, but inside, something else entirely. Can the Oomlas, can I, can we, live with our paradoxes? Or will each of us collapse like a house divided? And it wonders, too, about those nagging voices within, some of whom, in this story, take the form of magical creatures who wouldn’t leave the Oomlas alone (or me, either). Just who are those voices? Who is that interrupting us, haunting us, stopping us from going on our merry way? Who really is inside us calling our shots? Our parents, the universe? Where do they end and our true selves begin? And how can we be who we really are if there are so many others inside us? And just who exactly is that pest inside Sophia who keeps comparing her voice to her Mother’s? And who is that nagging voice within me that wouldn't let this writer write? Will Sophia ever stop believing it? Will I?


Esther Krivda has acted; studied ballet; worked as an admin in the movie studios in LA and in a talent agency in NYC; and loves to sing and draw faces. But she didn't discover writing til she took a course in Stop Motion Animation and soon found out her movie would need a script. And that’s when she got the idea of a little girl who cries out but only the man-in-themoon hears her. She never turned the idea into a Stop Motion Animation movie but she did turn it into this novel, her first.


Where to even begin?!!  This is no ordinary story and very difficult to review - in a good way! There's just so much going on that it's impossible to put it all into words! It's a huge beast of a book (over 650 pages!) and a little daunting when I first got my hands on a copy! BUT don't be scared!! Once you open up the pages and enter the world of Sophia you will soon fall under the spell and find yourself whisked away to a world of escapism, imagination and just a wonderfully fantastical place to be!

Sophia is the true star of this book.  She's the daughter of 2 very successful parents, and feels a little forgotten.  She finds that nobody really wants to listen to her true voice and only really shows herself at the 'movie star school' she sets up at home late at night.  She is smiten by old movies and the glamour, and it becomes her life and passion - falling asleep at school in class becomes a thing, and the response of those around her?!  She needs a speech therapist.  To her parents there's always a practical fix to problems that come their way when it comes to Sophia - throw money at a problem and it can be solved....

While Sophia is struggling with life, her parents are dealing with their own lives and the problems that brings their way.  Their daughter is missing out on their attention and she's paying the price of their success.   What will it take to make them see how their daughter is struggling?

Sophia isn't totally alone though - she has 5 fairies living inside her head... yes you read that right! And they are there to 'guide' her, while also causing trouble and creating their own merry havoc!  I told you this book was unique!! The way of storytelling does take a while for you to come to terms with, but it works! We get the story with interruptions from both the narrator and the fairies which adds a great sense of humour and fun and really helps to portray those 'voices' that we all have in our heads either cheering us on or holding us back!  They are full of wisdom and can see the real Sophia and try and get the rest of the world to see her too.

I am really struggling to put into words how this book made me feel - it's one of those stories that needs to be experienced! It's mad, imaginative, magical, endearing, touching, fantastical and just plain bonkers! While you are reading it takes you out of yourself - just what books are there to do!  It's not one of those you can pick up and read in one sitting!  I read it in stages of about 50-100 pages a day, and found this a great way to really enjoy my time with the characters and let me reflect on what I'd read before diving in again for the next crazy part of the journey!

It's quite a pertinent story for the times we live in - everyone has busy lives and it is easy to miss what is happening just under our noses, and spend time concentrating on the wrong things. There are so many important messages that come through over the storyline, from taking time to appreciate the little things, teaching children to be themselves and really shows just how powerful fairy tales are in helping children deal with the world around them.

This is a book to be enjoyed by those of all ages - not the very young though! - and I will never look at the moon the same way again!! πŸ˜‰


Wednesday, 7 November 2018

#NonFictionNovember Something of his Art by Horatio Clare #BookReview @LittleToller

About the book

In the depths of winter in 1705 the young Johann Sebastian Bach, then unknown as a composer and earning a modest living as a teacher and organist, set off on a long journey by foot to LΓΌbeck to visit the composer Dieterich Buxterhude, a distance of more than 250 miles. This journey and its destination were a pivotal point in the life of arguably the greatest composer the world has yet seen. LΓΌbeck was Bach's moment, when a young teacher with a reputation for intolerance of his pupils' failings began his journey to become the master of the Baroque

Published by Little Toller Books

Author on Twitter - @HoratioClare

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I found this to be the perfect Sunday afternoon read - whilst listening to Bach! I have to admit to knowing very little about him, or classical music in general other than listening to Classic FM to chill out, before I picked this book up but the way the author tied in his walk following in the footsteps of Bach, who made the journey to Lubeck in 1705, alongside his observations of the wildlife and changes in the scenery over the years was totally absorbing and has made me want to learn more about the composer.

The author went on this walk for a series that Radio 3 were putting together and this book helps you enjoy the journey with him - retracing the steps that the young Bach took in 1705 when he was disenchanted with the restraints placed on him when he was playing at his local church, so he set off to visit another composer in Lubeck to help him learn more. His family were all musicians but were happy to play by the rules - Bach wasn't!!

It gives time to look back at his childhood and the things he faced during his life - the good and the bad! 

The author also adds so much to the journey with his insights on the wildlife of Germany and how the sights have changed since the journey of Bach and some staggering statistics on the loss of wildlife in the area. The author also shares why Bach means so much to him in relation to his battle against depression and to get that background makes the journey even more poignant.

A truly fascinating read.

My thanks to the publishers for the copy they sent my way in exchange for a fair and honest review.


#BlogTour The Spectacular Vision of Oskar Dunkelblick by Hattie Holden Edmonds #BookReview

My thanks to Anna and the team at RedDoor for inviting me to take part in this tour and to share my thoughts on the enigma that is Oskar Dunkelblick!!

About the book

'A delightfully twisted tale, full of sharp humour and keen observations. Oskar makes for a very memorable modern-day anti-hero' Mirror
'A dark, beautifully crafted and, at times hilarious, story about a young man's spiritual transformation. Highly recommended for young adults and grown-ups alike' Fiona Parker, former panellist on the WHSmith Childrens' Book Awards
Lemony Snicket meets His Dark Materials in this unforgettable YA crossover novel
Oskar is the ultimate teenage loner. He’s been living on the streets since he was a kid, he hates being touched and his eyes are always itchy from chronic conjunctivitis. To perk himself up, he paints the misery of mankind. After all, there’s so much of that about . . .
One day during a not-so-routine eye test, Oskar’s bleak perspective is blown apart when he tries on a pair of very unusual lenses. The world he glimpses is filled with love, light and wonder – and he is furious. But those lenses have opened his inner eye and much against his darker nature, Oskar’s perception and behaviour begin to change in ways that he could never, ever have imagined.
Publication Date - 8th November 2018

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I do love a quirky character in the books I read, and you'll have to go a long way to find one as quirky as Oskar!  He's described as a teenage misery merchant! He seems to revel in the misfortune of others, and uses that for inspiration for his artwork!  So you'll find yourself having very little sympathy for him as he makes his way to the village of KeineFreude, a grim little village full of people who seem to hate themselves and each other! But to Oskar this sounds like heaven! A perfect hotbed of bitter and twisted humans for him to exploit.  His motto 'Compassion is for losers' has stuck with him for many years

As you read more about Oskar and how he has treated  various people over the years, you do wonder why he has so much hate in his heart, but little glimpses into childhood reveal a lot and put things a little into perspective.  Some things he does though are very difficult to forgive!

As he settles into life in the new village he finds his outlook on life begins to shift after a visit to a strange little optician shop, and soon finds he's beginning to hate who he is becoming! He's seeing good in the world for the first time and finds himself doing nice things for others - totally against everything he has ever known!! But what is it about those glasses that have changed him?! And just why are so many villagers so  miserable?!  Maybe there's more to meets the eye behind some of the villagers and maybe Oskar can finally play the hero instead of the villain!

I found this to be such a fun and dark read!  There were a number of quirky characters and the message behind the story was quite perceptive and relevant to the times we live in now.  I had so many mixed emotions about Oskar and his behaviour but found myself warming to him - and his Nesquik addiction! - as the story unfolded.  This is aimed at the YA market but can also be enjoyed by readers of all ages as it does teach you about how having a different outlook can change you as a person.


#NonFictionNovember Unquiet Women by Max Adams #BookReview

About the book

Wynflæd was an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who owned male slaves and badger-skin gowns; Egeria a Gaulish nun who toured the Holy Land as the Roman Empire was collapsing; Gudfrid an Icelandic explorer and the first woman to give birth to a European child on American soil; Mary Astell a philosopher who out-thought John Locke.
In this exploration of some remarkable – but little-known – women living between between the last days of Rome and the Enlightenment, Max Adams overturns the idea that women of this period were either queens, nuns or invisible. In a sequence of chronological chapters, a centrepiece biographical sketch is complemented by thematically linked stories of other women of the time. A multi-faceted and beautifully illustrated study of women's intellect, influence and creativity, Unquiet Womenbrings to life the experiences of women whose voices are barely heard and whose stories are rarely told.

Published by Head of Zeus
Purchase Links  £13.79
book depository £18.70


I found this to be a thoroughly captivating look at some of the forgotten women of history, throughout the ages. 

The achievements of many were only really appreciated long after their deaths, and this book does a wonderful job of bringing their names and contributions back to life and to a wider audience.

When I read books like this it makes me mad that I never really appreciated history when I was back at school! I think all I can remember being taught about was about The Tudors, so to read these stories of such remarkable women from around the world, and from wide backgrounds had me enthralled and interested in searching out more about these women. So much has been learnt about them from archeological digs and that was another fascinating aspect of these stories. How important discoveries had been made over the years and how many interesting items had been buried alongside seemingly normal women, but through these objects it was made clear that they were highly respected at the time of their deaths.

There is a great range of subjects discussed, from impacts that women had on certain periods in time, the battles and barriers they faced while they were alive and how their determination saw them achieve their aims - even if it was only appreciated at much later times!

Highly recommend this as a wonderful read for women, and men!, of all ages - and the stunning cover just adds to the enjoyment!