Time will tell – Eva Jordan

Writer, Lizzie Lemalf, and her loving but somewhat dysfunctional family are still grieving over the loss of a much-loved family member. Lizzie is doing her best to keep her family together but why does the recent death of a well-known celebrity have them all in a spin? The police suspect foul play; Lizzie and other family members suspect one another.

Lizzie begins searching for answers only to find herself being dragged back to the past, to 1960’s London to be exact, and to the former life of her father, that up until now she has never been privy to. Every family has its secrets but how can the past hold the key to a present day celebrity death? They say the past comes back to haunt you. Surely the truth will out? Maybe, but only time will tell…  

 

 

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Well, would you Adam and Eve it!

By Eva Jordan

Time Will Tell is the third and final chapter in the trilogy concerning Lizzie Lemalf and her madcap family, but like the previous novels in the series, 183 Times A Year and All The Colours In Between, it can also be read as a standalone. However, unlike its predecessors, which for the most part are set in the present day fictional fenland town of Great Tossen, Time Will Tell also takes a step back in time to the East End of London during the 1960s. This is where we meet a much younger version of Lizzie’s father, Salocin Lemalf, and discover how he meets Lizzie’s mother, Ellie.

Salocin and brother Teddy, like Ellie and best friend Marie, are Cockneys. Generally speaking, a Cockney is considered to be a working-class inhabitant of the East End of London. This means, strictly speaking, they were born within the sound of the Bow Bells (St Mary-le-Bow Church in Cheapside), an area that includes the City of London, Bethnal Green, Stepney, Mile End, Shoreditch, Whitechapel and Hackney. Therefore, for the sake of authenticity, Lizzie’s parents, especially Salocin, use a Cockney dialect and Cockney rhyming slang when they speak, more so in Time Will Tell but also in the previous two novels. Most people will be aware of what Cockney rhyming slang is and will probably use some of the more popular phrases that have escaped London, like “use your loaf” (loaf of bread – head), but for those of you that know little more than that, here’s a few interesting facts.

Cockney rhyming slang is believed to have originated in the mid-19th century among the predominantly Cockney population who are well known for their characteristic accent and speech patterns. Typical features of Cockney pronunciation are vowel lengthening and dropped Hs, as in “you’re ‘aving a laarf” instead of “you’re having a laugh”. Others include using the letter “v” for voiced “th” sounds, as in “bovver” instead of “bother”, and pronouncing the voiceless “th” sound as “f”, as in “faas’nd” instead of “thousand”. The slang phrases derive from an expression that rhymes with a word, then that word is replaced by the expression, but, more often than not, the rhyming word is omitted. For example, the word “look” rhymes with “butcher’s hook”, however, any Cockneys reading this will be having a “butchers” not a “butchers hook”. Cockney rhyming slang often includes humour too, for example, “trouble and strife” (wife), “plates of meat” (feet), “brown bread” (dead), and “china plate” (mate, friend).

The reason Cockney rhyming slang developed still remains a matter of speculation. Some suggest it was a linguistic accident, or a game where market traders, costermongers and street hawkers could facilitate collusion, which in turn meant customers and outsiders were not privy to what they were actually saying. Others believe Cockney rhyming slang developed as a cryptolect, used by criminals as a thieves’ cant (secret language) to confuse the police. Whatever the reason, I used it, in part, as homage to my lovely Dad, who is a Cockney (although he moved out of London many years ago). Many of my family members hail from London’s East End

so I am naturally drawn to, and fascinated by the place and its history. However, I also used the Cockney dialect and slang as a literary device. Dialect is a very powerful and common way to aid characterisation, elaborating the geographic and social background of a character. So, whether it’s an older version of him in the first two novels, or the younger version in Time Will Tell, when Salocin speaks, the reader is left in little doubt whose voice they are listening to. Whereas with Lizzie’s character, I would argue it is her internal monologue that distinguishes her from the other characters, and with Cassie it’s the way she always says, or uses the wrong words, her continual spoonerisms and malapropisms.

Famous fictional Cockney characters include:

George Bernard Shaw’s Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion

Spike and Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Brick Top in Snatch

Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses

Warren Mitchell’s Alf Garnett

Famous (real) Cockneys include:

Michael Caine

Barbara Windsor

Ronnie and Reggie Kray

Charlie Chaplin

Danny Dyer

Mickey Flanagan

Ray Winstone

Adele

Thank you, Eva Jordan and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

Eva Jordan is a published writer of several short stories and Time Will Tell is her third novel. Eva lives in a small town in Cambridgeshire with partner Steve and three of our four children, who are a constant source of inspiration – they are all teenagers, need I say more! Eva’s career has been varied, including working in a Women’s Refuge and more recently at the city library. However, storytelling through the art of writing is her true passion.

It Started With A Note – Victoria Cooke

One lost letter. A chance to change her life!

Superhero single mum Cath always puts other people first. But now that she’s seen her son safely off to university (phew!), life seems a little, well…empty. So when Cath unexpectedly discovers some letters written by her great-grandfather during the First World War, she decides to take herself on an adventure to France to retrace his footsteps. Cath expects to spend her holiday visiting famous battlefields and testing out her French phrase book. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her tour guide, the handsome Olivier, will be quite so charming! Soon Cath isn’t simply unearthing the stories of the past – she’s writing a brand new one of her own, which might end up taking her in a very unexpected direction…

 

 

Q&A

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1. When and where do you prefer to write?

I have a desk in the orangery where I do most of my writing, however, when it’s cold, I’ve been known to write whilst snuggled up in bed.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

Yes, my morning usually starts with a brisk walk with the dog, then coffee, then copious amounts of faffing followed by more coffee. Then I do some social media faffing and finally, a bit of writing before picking the kids up from school.

3. Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?

I always have to have coffee, water, and some sort of snack. Usually, that would be crisps, but recently, and because it’s the start of the year, I’m on a health kick so I’ve been quite virtuous in choosing a piece of fruit. I’m sure I’ll be back on the crisps soon though.

4. What is your favourite book?

I don’t have a favourite book. I read so many genres that I have a few favourites within those genres or sub-genres but not one overall. I’m really indecisive so I’m terrible with having a favourite anything.

5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Yes. I love romance, particularly romantic comedy, but I also love YA dystopian, thrillers and fantasy. I’m currently writing a YA that I’m really excited about but it’s too soon to say any more.

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Not really, but I do take elements from their personalities and exaggerate or manipulate them. I do like to play around with my protagonists and have them differ them quite a bit from book to book.

7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I try to, but I often forget so often tap notes into my phone. I have notes everywhere, in fact, if I found them all, I’d probably be able to knit together a first draft.

8. Which genre do you not like at all?

Science fiction. It’s just not for me and I don’t know why because I haven’t really read any. I’ve just never really enjoyed those kinds of movies.

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I’d love to write a romantic comedy with someone who I know would make me laugh, someone like Marian Keys would be perfect, though I’m not sure what benefit I’d be to her, lol.

10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

Travel is a key theme in my books and I’ve used a lot of my travel experience in my novels which mostly span America and Europe. I haven’t ever been to Canada, but I know the scenery is stunning and would make the perfect backdrop for a novel, so we’ll see what the future holds.

Thank you, Victoria Cooke and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of her career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in her hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first romantic comedy novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016. Cooke’s third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.

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Death Comes to Call – Clare Chase

Frost sparkles on the bare winter branches, as night falls over the quiet country lanes bordering the fens. But nestled beneath an ivy-covered bough, a body lies pale in the bright moonlight…

When a promising local artist disappears, the victim’s brother begs Detective Tara Thorpe to take the case. It seems there’s no evidence of foul play… he simply disappeared without a trace.

 Tara agrees to do some digging… never mind that her unorthodox approach to policing has got a few of her colleagues’ backs up. Amongst them is her former supervisor Detective Patrick Wilkins… he’s had enough of Tara calling the shots and will do anything to knock her down. She must be careful.

At least she has an ally in their boss, Detective Garstin Blake. He’ll always back her hunches. If anything, they work together too well… at least, that’s the rumour around the station these days.

When a body of a young woman is found frozen near the fens, Tara’s evidence suddenly becomes key to solving a high-profile murder. Is their missing artist still a victim… or in fact a clever murderer with a deadly plan?

 

 

My review

When you are reading a series you enjoy, it’s always counting down the days until you can finally get your hands on the next part. A pity sometimes that writing does not go as fast as reading LOL, but on the other hand it would be rather difficult keeping up with all the ones you want to devour.

So it was back to Tara who is being Tara, which is a good but quite dangerous from time to time not only for herself but for other people as well. I like the way she is so committed but she seems to forget that she is part of a team now.

In this book the author gives us the chance to follow the investigation as usual, but she adds a bit more focus on Tara’s and Blake’s lives. By doing this she opens a door or keeps the door open to a blast from the past and/or new dangers forcing them to watch their backs.

The author leaves us with a nice cliffhanger which made me already start crossing the dates on the calendar even though this one is not even published when I write this up.

The book kept me entertained with its unexpected outcome and Tara is of course, once again, the star of the show. 5 stars.

Thank you, Clare Chase , Bookouture and Netgalley.

Book received courtesy of publisher/author.

 

About the author

Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries and recently signed a three-book deal with Bookouture for a new crime series set in Cambridge. The opening book, Murder on the Marshes, is available for pre-order and will publish in July 2018. The mystery follows investigative journalist Tara Thorpe as she teams up with Detective Garstin Blake to solve the murder of a young female professor at Cambridge University. The case takes them through the dark underbelly of Cambridge and in to the murky fens that surround the centuries-old city. The second and third books in the series are scheduled for publication in late 2018/early 2019.

After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

Clare’s debut novel, You Think You Know Me, was shortlisted for the Novelicious Undiscovered Award 2012, and an EPIC award in 2015. It was also chosen as a debut of the month by Lovereading.

You can find Clare’s website and blog at www.clarechase.com

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A Little Hotel in Cornwall – Laura Briggs

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance. When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined. Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too. Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

 

 

Cover reveal

I hope you like what you see.

Thank you, Laura Briggs and Rachel’s Random Resources

 

About the author

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

Social Media Links – Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

 

Consuming Fire – Catherine Fearns

What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen… Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening. A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously. Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things? Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library. In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….

 

 

Q&A

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1. When and where do you prefer to write?

Anywhere and everywhere! I have four small children and I also work part-time as a music journalist, so I have to be extremely flexible because it’s impossible to dedicate large swathes of time to novel-writing. If I do have a few hours to myself, I tend to go out and write in a coffee shop, because I don’t have a nice desk space at home and I get distracted by domestic tasks and the internet. I take a notebook everywhere, I text ideas into my phone while I’m out and about, and then I make sure to type it all up before I go to bed. Somehow it all comes together! But I do dream of one day having a lovely home office and whole days to myself…

2.Do you have a certain ritual?

Not really, although perhaps I will develop one in the future. I just have some little rules for myself, such as Stop researching, you know it’s just procrastination now! And Stop checking twitter and Facebook! My writing philosophy is pretty much to Get It Down. I don’t worry too much about constructing the perfect phrase or sentence when I’m drafting, I’d rather get 2000 words of something, anything, under my belt in the knowledge that I can fix them up later.

3.Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?

Coffee!

4.What is your favourite book?

That’s a very difficult question but I think I would say The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. The subtlety and restraint of his writing is so heart-breaking. It’s exquisite. One of the few books I have read several times. Ishiguro is the master of the unreliable narrator.

5.Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Yes. I think I ended up in crime fiction by accident. My degree is in history, and I really enjoyed writing the nineteenth and seventeenth century pastiche excerpts in Consuming Fire, so I am feeling inspired to write some historical fiction. I have a couple of ideas for stories. At the same time though, I’m loving my Liverpool series of books and if people still enjoy them I’d like to continue the journeys of Darren, Helen and Mikko.

6.Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

No, that would be very dangerous! And quite wrong I think. I suppose there are inevitably elements of people I know in my characters; in particular their voices actually. I find it very difficult to think up names, and the mistake I made with my first novel, Reprobation, was that when I couldn’t think of a name I just assigned characters the names of my old teachers and schoolfriends. I didn’t imagine it would get published! So I had to go back and change all the names and hopefully I haven’t missed anyone!

7.Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

Yes! It was a revelation to discover that I do my best writing long-hand. Somehow it brings out a different way of thinking about words. So I have become a notebook aficionado. I found some beautiful gothic ones in Venice last year which I am gradually filling. Fortunately

I am a very fast typist so I transcribe everything onto my laptop at the end of every day just in case I lose the notebook.

8.Which genre do you not like at all?

I wouldn’t say there’s anything I don’t like, but I very rarely read romance, western, fantasy or sci-fi. I’m trying to branch out though, because you never know. I read a couple of romances by fellow Crooked Cat authors last year and I really enjoyed them.

9.If you had the chance to co-write a book, whom would it be with?

Either Stephen King or Val Macdermid. A girl can dream!

10.If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you choose and why?

So far my books are all set in Liverpool, a place I know exceptionally well. And Consuming Fire has a chapter set in Geneva, where I live now. So I haven’t done any exotic research trips yet! But one of my favourite characters, Mikko Kristensen, is Scandinavian, and I am planning to develop him further in future books so perhaps I’ll make a trip to Finland.

Thank you, Catherine Fearns and RachelsRandomResources

 

About the author

Catherine Fearns is from Liverpool, UK. In previous incarnations she was a financial analyst, a cocktail pianist and a breastfeeding counsellor, but nowadays she likes to write. Her first novel, Reprobation, was published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in several categories. The follow-up, Consuming Fire, is currently on pre-order and will be available in early 2019.

Catherine writes for music website Pure Grain Audio, and her music journalism has also appeared in Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction pieces have been published in Here Comes Everyone, Toasted Cheese, Offshoots & Metal Music Studies. She holds a degree in History from Oxford University, a Masters from the London School of Economics, and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association.

When Catherine is not writing, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band, mainly to annoy her four children.

Social Media Links – Twitter: @metalmamawrites

Dark & Fluffy II – Janet Stock

Following on from Dark & Fluffy, this collection is a further nine short fiction pieces. The title Dark & Fluffy II, reflects the general styles of the stories/prose in the book. Some are a bit darker, and may be a bit uncomfortable to read, Death by Testing and The Broken Arrangement fall into this category. Others are happier, feel good pieces like The Disney Club. Whatever your preference, I’m sure you’ll find something that will grab your attention.

 

 

Q&A

I hope you enjoy the interview.

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1. When and where do you prefer to write?

I prefer to write in the early morning before anyone else is up. I like the idea of being alone while I’m writing so that it’s just me and my words. Although this is the ideal, I do also spend a lot of time writing in the evenings. I try to write most days, and some days I will hand write pieces rather than type them straight onto my computer. I tend to do this when an idea comes to me quickly, so that I don’t lose the thread of the idea in between getting up and logging on. I have a spare room at home where I work.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

No, no rituals, I just sit down and write. I trust myself to write something worthwhile and don’t put any pressure on myself. It doesn’t have to be perfect first time.

3. Is there a drink ofr some food that keeps you company while you write?

Always a pot of coffee.

4. What is your favourite book?

My favourite book is A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula le Guin.

5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Yes, I don’t only write in one genre. I have written historical fiction, horror, fantasy and general fiction. I would like to try writing children’s fiction in the future.

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

I think most of my characters are based on people I know, either consciously or sub-consciously. The main character in the novel that I am currently working on reacts to some situations in the same way I think I would have done at a younger age. I have a couple of teenage characters in my short stories that have reacted the same way my own teenage son would.

7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

Yes, I always have a notebook with me, and I have numerous notebooks around the house as well!

8. Which genre do you not like at all?

I don’t like anything too graphic and I certainly don’t consider myself to be a poet. Chick-lit frustrates me, as I don’t seem to have the ability to think of ideas that would fit into this genre.

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

David Walliams. He seems to me to be the modern day Roald Dahl. Hopefully I could contribute something to a co-written book after bringing up a child!

10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

I would either go to France to do detailed research about the medieval period or go to America and immerse myself in small town life and hope that it would provide me with loads of ideas for future dark stories. Just like it seems to do for Stephen King.

Thank you, Janet Stock and RachelsRandomResources.

About the author

I am married with one teenage son and have always been a keen reader and writer since being young. I was born in Lancashire but have lived in Lincoln for over 30 years.

Several years ago I decided to take my writing seriously. I completed an OU course in creative writing and a Writers Bureau course. Initially I concentrated on short story writing, and when I turned fifty this year, I self-published my first book, Dark and Fluffy.

I love writing short stories, but my main goal is to have a novel published. Ten years ago, I started the first book of a trilogy of novels called The Little Servant (The Wait’s Son). I am still working on this, but now I have a serious intent to get this finished this year.

My favourite genre is medieval fiction, Bernard Cornwell is my favourite author. I also like to read Edward Rutherford, Stephen King, and Dean Coontz.

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Hunter’s revenge – Val Penny

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until his friend’s death is avenged.

DI Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. He is shocked to find the victim is his friend and colleague, George Reinbold. Who would want to harm the quiet, old man? Why was a book worth £23,000 delivered to him that morning? Why is the security in George’s home so intense? Hunter must investigate his friend’s past as well as the present to identify the killer and identify George’s killer. Hunter also finds a new supply of cocaine from Peru flooding HMP Edinburgh and the city. The courier leads Hunter to the criminal gang but Hunter requires the help of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable, Sir Peter Myerscough and local gangster Ian Thomson to make his case. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller.

 

 

Q&A

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1. When you finish a new writing project, who is the first person you share it with?

The first person I share a new writing project with when I finish it is the person I share everything with first, my husband Dave. He is so supportive, but he does that first read-through forensically before anybody else reads my work.

2. What is the nicest compliment you’ve ever received about your writing.

I really respect Erin Kelly as an author and tutor. I found her psychological thriller ‘The Poison Tree’ one of the most gripping novels I have ever read. I read it in one sitting, which is very unusual for me, so I tease her that she owes me a night’s sleep. Therefore, I was thrilled when she was kind enough to endorse my debut novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ with these words:

“A gripping debut novel about power, politics and the importance – and danger – of family ties. Hunter Wilson is a compelling new detective and Val Penny is an author to watch.”

3. Everyone has bad writing days (or weeks, or months). What do you do when you start to hate everything that you’ve written?

When I cannot enjoy writing, I read or review something I have read to allow me to share it with others on my blog http://www.bookreviews.info . When I was first mentored by Peter Robinson (the Canadian author who writes the DCI Alan Banks novels), I asked him about writer’s block. He claims that it is an indulgence and doesn’t exist. If you are a writer that you write: whether it be your primary project or another piece of work, you write. I have taken this to heart.

4. We all cast our characters for that hypothetical film or tv deal. Which actor/s would you choose to play your main character/s?

I would choose Ewan MacGregor to play my main protagonist, DI Hunter Wilson but with DC Tim Myerscough, he is specifically described as very tall, 6’4”, so I think I would look to cast the Australian actor, Chris Hemsworth, but he may need a voice coach to learn to speak with Tim’s Scottish Accent.

5. What do you enjoy most in the writing process? What parts of it do you really dislike?

I enjoy the creation of a story. I like to tell a tale. However, the work of editing and revising is a real chore. It would be lovely to be able to skip that.

6. Research is a vital part of writing. What is the most memorable or interesting thing you’ve learned along the way?

I quite enjoy the research I have to do for my novels. The author of ‘The Real CSI’, Kate Bendelow, is my ‘go to’ person for forensic details. The most interesting thing I have learned is the vast number of items where fingerprints cannot be lifted and are of no assistance to the police in catching criminals.

7. What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

I have been lucky enough to receive some excellent writing advice. The best piece of advice I have received is from Chris Brookmyre. He advises that if authors write what they enjoy their

work will be better written. Brookmyre insists that authors should write what they are happy writing: not what they think the market expects. I enjoy reading crime thrillers and I hope that is reflected in my novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’.

8. Finally, in one sentence, tell us about your current project.

My current project is the third book in my Edinburgh Crime Mystery series, Hunter’s Force, and this is due to be published by Crooked Cat Books on 03.03.2019.

Thank you, Val Penny and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ and Hunter’s Revenge are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The third book in the series, Hunter’s Force, follows shortly

Sorry Not Sorry – Sophie Ranald

Is this all there is? I scraped the last dregs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream out of the bottom of the tub with my finger and licked it. It left a sticky smear on my phone’s screen when I typed into Google, “How to find love, sex and happiness.”

Charlotte has always been a good girl. But being good is getting boring…

She’s not just stuck in a rut – she’s buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of fairy tales. So when she stumbles across a popular podcast, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, which challenges women to embrace their inner bad girl, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Old Charlotte would never ask for a stranger’s number, go on a blind date or buy lacy lingerie… But New Charlotte is waving goodbye to her comfort zone (with a side order of margaritas). And it turns out that good things happen to bad girls…

 

 

My review

My first book by this author and I was utterly pleased. It’s a chicklit but not the dime a dozen one. Don’t get me wrong. I am a fan of the ‘normal’ kind, but it’s an treat when the author adds a little touch of something else like a bit of suspense. This is what happend here and it gives the story some extra pizzazz.

This book is about bringing the bad girl out in you and not feeling sorry about it. Honestly, why should you? There is nothing wrong with taking some steps to make you feel on top of the world as long as you don’t hurt other people.

This is what Charlotte is embracing with open arms and good for her! Go, girl!

A very entertaining story about looking at yourself from a different point of view, making changes and coming out on top, about old friends and new ones, about love and romance.

There is some humour in it and some ‘yes, why not indeed?’ comments popped up in my mind.

I hope there is a sequel in the making, pretty please? I have no problem in putting this one on my read-it-and-loved-it pile. 5 stars.

Thank you, Sophie Ranald, Bookouture and Netgalley.

Book received courtesey of publisher/author.

 

About the author

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and The Truth About Gemma Grey was released in summer 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat.

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The Migraine Relief Plan: An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health – Stephanie Weaver

In The Migraine Relief Plan, certified health and wellness coach Stephanie Weaver outlines a new, step-by-step lifestyle approach to reducing migraine frequency and severity. Using the latest research, her own migraine diagnosis, and extensive testing, Weaver has designed an accessible plan to help those living with migraine, headaches, or Meniere’s disease. Over the course of eight weeks, the plan gradually transitions readers into a healthier lifestyle, including key behaviors such as regular sleep, trigger-free eating, gentle exercise, and relaxation techniques. The book also collects resources—shopping lists, meal plans, symptom tracking charts, and kitchen-tested recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner—to provide readers with the tools they need to be successful. The Migraine Relief Plan encourages readers to eat within the guidelines while still helping them follow personal dietary choices, like vegan or Paleo, and navigate challenges, such as parties, work, and travel. A must-have resource for anyone who lives with head pain, this book will inspire you to rethink your attitude toward health and wellness.

 

 

Extract

I hope you can find some helpful tips.

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Searching for the answer

Here is how my brain works: I looked at the low-sodium sheet from Dr. X and the low- tyramine sheet from Dr. Y, and I knew that I could never make sense of the information without visually combining them. At the time I wasn’t thinking that I was going to write a book. I was dizzy and nauseated and my head hurt constantly. I was simply trying to make sense of what both doctors had recommended.

My first step was to create a Word document that I could work from, so I searched online for the tyramine sheet Dr. Y gave me, hoping I could cut and paste that sheet into a new document and then cross-reference all the low-sodium foods, ending up with one sheet.

I found the tyramine sheet on a website, downloaded it, and started to work on it. But something was off. The sheet looked like mine, but the wording was a little different. Some foods were in different columns. The recommendations had changed. In fact, it was less strict than the one he had given me. Why?

Further searching turned up the original version given to me by Dr. Y, which was originally posted by a headache organization in July 2010.17 It was updated between July and December of 2010 with slightly relaxed guidelines.

I called the headache organization’s office to learn more: Why had the sheet changed? What were the changes based upon? I called three times and emailed more than five times over a period of weeks, but no one ever responded. It was a dead end.

I found varying versions of the sheet everywhere on the web, from Northwestern University to Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Yet no one was accessible who could tell me where the information came from, who compiled it, or where you could find the data about foods containing tyramine, this mysterious compound that lurked in nearly all my favorite foods. Tyramine content wasn’t listed in the USDA database, so how did they figure out which foods contained it?

Since following the sheet would effectively prohibit me from continuing to eat a solely plant-based diet—which at the time I still believed was my healthiest choice—I wanted to be certain of the information and why it was recommended.

Following the handout to the letter would mean I could eat things that are cooked fresh, and leftovers the next day only.18 I would need to buy only a few days’ worth of fresh vegetables at a time, only what I could cook and eat fresh. I could freeze foods and reheat them later. This would completely change how I shopped, cooked, and stored food, as I normally shopped for at least an entire week’s worth of food at a time. My freezer was fairly empty; my refrigerator was packed with produce. And yes, in the past I would miss vegetables pushed to the back of the drawer, and they would spoil or be cooked far past their prime. Making this change was doable but would involve a ton more work—especially if the low-tyramine guidelines were combined with the low-sodium guidelines. The few canned beans that the low-tyramine sheet allowed, like pintos, garbanzos, and black beans, wouldn’t work for me unless I could find salt-free versions, so I would have to cook those beans from scratch.

I realized that I was going to have to be flexible about what I was willing to eat as I learned this new diet. I picked up some salt-free canned tuna and salmon, got some low-sodium goat cheese, and asked my neighbors who kept chickens for a few eggs. I read a lot of labels. Trips to the grocery store took at least an hour. I frequently came home discouraged.

I had to take three months off from writing my food blog, as I had no idea how to feed myself for the first few weeks, let alone develop recipes. At that moment I couldn’t envision what my food blog might become in the future: a low-sodium and migraine-friendly haven.

After weeks of trying to get information about the low-tyramine sheet, I finally decided that I should talk to Dr. Y. He had given me the sheet; I hoped he would be able to explain why he gave me that particular sheet and not the newer, less restrictive one. The thought crossed my mind that he might not know the sheet was outdated. I really hoped that wasn’t true, as I knew that meant he wouldn’t have an answer for me. While I knew he was the best doctor for me, and completely trusted his clinical skills, he had already told me that he didn’t have time to research nutrition.

After talking with his physician’s assistant, I learned that Dr. Y wasn’t aware the sheet had been updated. I know from consulting with doctors professionally in the past that they are all crazy pressed for time; the health care system is so broken that they don’t have time for the patient care they all want to do. However, just because he couldn’t research the topic more thoroughly didn’t mean I couldn’t. During one appointment, Dr. Y deputized me to learn as much as I could and report back to him what I was learning. He was (and continues to be) completely supportive of my work. It was at that point that something in me shifted and I stepped into an advocacy role, both for myself and for others.

Reprinted with permission from The Migraine Relief Plan by Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC, Agate Surrey, 2017

Thank you, Stephanie Weaver  and RachelsRandomResources.

About the author

Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC, is an author, blogger, and certified wellness and health coach. Her recipes have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Parade, and more. She lives in San Diego, CA.

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Thread of Hope – Rachel J Bonner

Honesty is the best policy. Isn’t it?

What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

Prospero is prepared to tell Leonie most of his past – if he can find her – but one of his secrets could send her running again. Another could destroy any future they might have. And one could kill her. Dare he risk it?

Leonie is terrified of the consequences of sharing any of her past with anyone. But not even Leonie knows the secrets that her very existence contains.

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie and they could tear the world apart. Who does he turn to, and who should he share them with? If he tells the wrong person he could seal not just Leonie’s death warrant but those of millions more.

And no one has told Leonie the mystery of her necklace. When she discovers that, will she sacrifice everything and risk all that Gabriel has been working for?

 

 

Cover reveal

I hope you like what you see.

Thank you, Rachel J Bonner and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance. Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club. Target shooting only, honest. Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary. It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

Twitter name – @racheljbonner1 Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/racheljbonnerauthor/ Website – http://www.racheljbonner.co.uk

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