Monday, 23 January 2017

Book Review - French Legacy by Jennifer Bohnet - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #49

Amazon UK
Title: French Legacy
Author: Jennifer Bohnet
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Competition Win
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 18th December 2013
Rating: 3 Stars


Blackmailed into moving to France for the sake of her son Oliver's inheritance, Nicola buys a run down pépinère in the South of France. Full of reservations she leaves England and her long-term friend Andrew behind to begin a new life. As she struggles to renovate both the cottage and the land of her new home she also has to face up to Henri her interfering ex-father-in-law who is determined Oliver will live the kind of life he wants for him whatever plans Nicola has. Slowly life in France improves and Nicola realises she is happy - especially when Gilles Bongars is around. But when Andrew unexpectedly decides to join her wanting to be a part of her new French life, Nicola has another decision to make. Does she love Andrew enough to make the commitment?

French Legacy is one of Jennifer Bohnet's earlier books, and having read some of her newer releases, I know she has written better.  There is nothing at all wrong with French Legacy, and I did enjoy the story, but at the same time if felt like the book was missing some oomph. 

I got a real feeling for La Prouveresse, which was the farm that Henri, and the aunts Odette and Giselle live on. Henri has blackmailed Nicola into moving to the South of France, so that he can get to know his grandson Oliver better, after Henri's son, Oliver's father Marc died. 

When Marc died he was estranged from Henri, and divorced from Nicola, so there are all sorts of mixed emotions in the family, although Nicola and Oliver are trying to make a go of it in France. Nicola to try and get some distance from the family has bought a smallholding to do up, and has assorted decisions to make about her friendships with various men. 

Andrew is a friend from England who wants a lot more than friendship with Nicola, but Nicola seems to spend the majority of the time unable to make a decision, which really irritated me. 

French Legacy was easy enough to read, and I'm unsure whether its length is a blessing, or a shame, as if the book was longer, perhaps I would have felt like I cared about the characters more.  It's around 220 pages, and it feels as though a lot of plot points were put into the book, but that they just weren't explored in enough detail. 

As a fan of Jennifer Bohnet, I'm glad I had a chance to read one of her books before her publishing contract with HQ Digital, but I think I will stick with her newer books in future. 

Thank you to everyone that voted for French Legacy last time around. A few people commented it was a tricky selection as they had barely heard of any of the books, so I hope I can find space to feature a few more of them in the future, just so that we can all discover them together. 


Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #50


 
Thank you everyone for your input last time. The results of the last vote were:

1 Votes - His Sicilian Cinderella by Carol Marinelli
1 Votes -   Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
2 Votes - Upside Down by Lia Riley
2 Votes -  Dead in the Water by Ann Granger
10 Votes -  French Legacy by Jennifer Bohnet 

Well there was a clear winner last time, French Legacy by Jennifer Bohney, which I did enjoy, but I think I like her newer books more. I did get quite a few comments saying that it was a tough selection to pick from, as they hadn't really heard of any of the books, all I can say to that is these are books that I own, and it really is random what comes out in these posts, and at some point I do want to read them! 

Since January often feels like a time of reflection, I've decided this week I'll randomise from books published last year that I clearly haven't had time to read yet! 

Below is my initial theory for this feature, and then a bit further, what you are all waiting for... This weeks's vote! Enjoy!

I am also awful at deciding what book to read next, as I often have about 10 titles or authors jumping into my brain at any time, shouting at me to read them, and I tend to worry I have made the wrong decision while reading a perfectly good book. I am hoping this will save me having to make at least 1 choice a week, while possibly providing a review to the site of a book you all either love or are curious about yourselves. 

So what I am proposing, is my lovely loyal readers of Rachel's Random Reads, select one book for me to read a week, and I will post the review the following week. 

This week's random numbers are...

And the books these numbers correspond to are...


So the 5 choices with my gut feeling responses are:



27 - Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote - I've heard great things about this psychological thriller, and I recall receiving my copy in a goody bag at a Rooftop Book Club event! 
28 - The Cornish Guest House by Emma Burstall - This is the second book in the Tremarnock series and I really enjoyed the first book. 
49 - What My Best Friend Did by Lucy Dawson - I've read two books by Lucy Dawson and been impressed with both, which is why I have bought a few of her others
67 - Gigi's Island Dream by Rosie Dean -  Was scrolling twitter last week and spotted that Rosie Dean had a new book out, not read anything by this author yet, but this definitely looks like the sort of book I would enjoy
68 - The Other Sister by Rowan Coleman - Previously published as Lessons in Laughing Out Loud, which I never read, this is a book by a very good that author that I always tend to enjoy. 

This looks like there should be a book that appeals to everyone in this selection, from the psychological thrillers to the romance, to books set in Cornwall and at least three authors I have read in the past! I have a feeling that I am going to find the comments on this one quite eye opening and am thoroughly looking forward to seeing what will win! 

Pick your favourite or the one you most want me to review, or just the one you are curious about, and leave me a comment below, before midnight on Wednesday. 

I look forward to seeing what I will be reading over the weekend, courtesy of you all.

The explanation if you haven't seen the feature before. 


How is this going to work?

Every Monday, I am going to have a post like this, which is going to have some choices on it. I am planning on using random.org to select 7 random numbers, to coincide with my spreadsheet of unread books.  

I will from that produce a list of hopefully 5 books, I reserve the right to veto any books, and will give reasons for them, if it occurs.

I will take screenshots and post them, of the chosen books, and also give you my instinctive reactions to the choices (without checking blurbs or any other info about them, which could be interesting as there are probably many forgotten about books on my spreadsheet!). 

Your task is to post a comment on this post, with the book you would like me to read this week. At midnight on Wednesday I will take a tally of the votes and the book with the most, I will read and review for the following Monday, where you will also get a new choice post. 

In the event of a tie, I will chose which one appeals most, for the Monday review, and possibly try and read and review the other to appear when I can. 

I am hoping this will provide some variety to the books appearing, and will let me potentially read or discover some great authors that I have wanted to read but not got around to yet.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Book Review - Perfect Remains by Helen Fields - Fab Firsts - #AroundTheUKIn144Books #CityOfEdinburgh



Fab Firsts is my new regular Sunday feature, that is going to be highlighting books that are firsts. When interviewing authors, it will be about their first book, as well as other firsts in their lives. When reviewing books for this feature, there will be a mix of debuts, first books in a series, the first time I read an author, and possibly other firsts depending on what I can think of!

If you are an author wanting to take part in Fab Firsts then please do email on gilbster at gmail dot com and I'll whizz the questions over to you.

I hope you enjoy this look at a variety of hopefully fabulous firsts, while making some sort of dent in my review and paperback TBRs which are my current main focus!

This is Helen Fields debut novel as far as I'm aware, and is the first in the new DI Callanach series. 

Amazon UK
Title:  Perfect Remains
Author: Helen Fields
Format reviewed: Paperback 
Source: Publisher supplied review copy
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 26th January 2017 
Rating: 4.5 Stars

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

For a large part of Perfect Remains I found myself grimacing each time we had a chapter from the murder's point of view. The writing for what he has been up to was a bit too graphic for my liking and he is an immensely cruel man. However he is also very calculating and has been planning a lot of what he's been up to for a long time, and thus is very careful to cover his tracks. 

It was this calculating nature, which had me intrigued as to just how DI Luc Callanach would solve this case, as there was so little evidence. DI Callanach has only been working in his new job in Edinburgh for a couple of days when this news of Elaine Buxton's murder is discovered. 

However for a lot of the book it wasn't this case that had me continuing to read, although it was the main focus of the book, and I was thoroughly hooked on it by the conclusion. What I was most interested in was Luc's new friendship with the other DI in his department, Ava Turner. 

Luc and Ava provide each other with a great support to each other's cases and its from that, that I was hooked on discovering just what was occurring in Ava's current investigation. This was the secondary storyline, but possibly because it wasn't as graphic, I could cope with it better, although the subject matter is still tough and not exactly palatable. 

The writing is clear, concise and descriptive, and I really felt as though I was alongside Luc in this investigation. At the point that Luc reveals just why he has moved to Scotland from Lyon, I really felt sorry for him.  He is the the sort of detective that I will be happy to see in future books, as well as seeing just how the rest of his team get on. I didn't get a feel particularly for the others in the team, apart from Lively, who seems to have a problem with DI Callanch. 

A great start to a brand new series, and its one I will be keeping my eager eye on. 

Thanks to Avon for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Fab Firsts - Q&A with Morton S. Gray



Fab Firsts is my new regular Sunday feature, that is going to be highlighting books that are firsts. When interviewing authors, it will be about their first book, as well as other firsts in their lives. When reviewing books for this feature, there will be a mix of debuts, first books in a series, the first time I read an author, and possibly other firsts depending on what I can think of!

If you are an author wanting to take part in Fab Firsts then please do email on gilbster at gmail dot com and I'll whizz the questions over to you.

I hope you enjoy this look at a variety of hopefully fabulous firsts, while making some sort of dent in my review and paperback TBRs which are my current main focus!

Hi, I’m Morton S. Gray and I write novels for Choc Lit Publishing. I live in Worcestershire, U.K. with my husband, two sons and my little white dog, Lily. Thank you, Rachel, for including me in this new feature on firsts.

1) Can you tell us a bit about your first book?

My first book is e-published by Choc Lit on 24 January 2017, having won the publisher’s Search for a Star competition in March 2016. The Girl on the Beach is a contemporary romantic suspense novel based in the fictional seaside town of Borteen.

2) What was your original inspiration to become a writer, and to write your debut?

I won a short story competition in 2006 at a time when I was looking for a new direction in my life and the win made me explore and discover a love of writing novels. My debut was inspired by a friend running an art competition at my son’s high school and various news articles around the same time.

3) How long did it take you to write your first book? 

I began The Girl on the Beach in early 2014, with a few breaks the first draft was complete by the end of November 2014. After editing, I put the manuscript through the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme critique system in 2015 and submitted it to Choc Lit in October 2015 for their competition.

4) If you could do anything differently in retrospect, what would you change about your debut, or how you went about writing it?

Every time I begin a manuscript, I tell myself that I will write it chronologically, but that never seems to happen. I end a first draft with a muddle of scenes that takes ages to sort out, but I guess at least I’m editing as I sort out the story.

5) Was your first book self or traditionally published, and how did you go about making that decision?

My debut is to be traditionally published as an e-book. I was so pleased to win Choc Lit’s publishing competition as they are the publisher I’ve aimed for since taking my writing seriously. It was also special as my book was chosen to win the competition by a panel of readers.

6) Do you have any tips for other first time authors?

Learn your craft. Go to classes. Join an organisation for the genre of writing you want to write and talk to other authors. Submit your work to publishers and agents, even though it feels the scariest thing in the world.

Tell us about your first…

7) Book you bought

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen in my teens. It is still a favourite comfort read.

8) Memory

I think my earliest memory is aged about four. My cousins and I were sitting around my grandad’s feet. I don’t know what he was saying, maybe he was telling us a story, but I can still feel my adoration for the man who died as a result of a car accident shortly afterwards.

9) Person you fell in love with

A lad called Andrew Thompson when I was seven. We used to walk home from school hand in hand and share a kiss at each lamp post on the way. I was devastated when he moved south when I was eight.

10) Album you purchased

It rather gives away my age, but it was Headquarters by The Monkees and I still love the songs on it, even though it came out in 1967.

11) Sport you enjoyed participating in

This one is easy. I’ve never been sporty and hated always being the last one picked for teams at school.

12) Pet

Gulliver the guinea pig.

13) Toy that you recall loving

Two, my teddy and a rag doll that was as big as me aged four.

14) Dish you cooked

Lemon meringue pie in a domestic science lesson at school. I remember it particularly, because one of the girls in the class grated a plastic Jif lemon to put into hers. My pie was quite nice, but hers was like toxic scrambled egg.

15) Choice of alternative career if you weren’t an author

I’ve had several changes in my working life. I’ve worked in administration, committee services, staff development and training. I then left office work to be a therapist. I’m a clinical hypnotherapist, Reiki master, Tuina acupressure massage therapist and energy field practitioner. If I had to choose a new career now it would be as an artisan jeweller and I may yet train in this field in the future.

Congratulations on winning Choc Lit's Search for a Star, and I wish you a happy publication day for Tuesday. Thank you for taking the time to talk to us.

Biography for Morton S. Gray

Morton lives with her husband, two sons and Lily, the tiny white dog, in Worcestershire, U.K.

She has been reading and writing fiction for as long as she can remember, penning her first attempt at a novel aged fourteen, the plot of which closely resembled an Errol Flynn film. As with many authors, life got in the way of writing for many years until she won a short story competition in 2006 and the spark was well and truly reignited.

She studied creative writing with the Open College of the Arts and joined the Romantic Novelists’ New Writers’ Scheme in 2012.

After shortlisting in several first chapter competitions, she won The Choc Lit Publishing Search for a Star competition in 2016 with her novel ‘The Girl on the Beach’. This debut novel is published on 24 January 2017. 

Blurb For “The Girl on the Beach” by Morton S. Gray

Who is Harry Dixon?

When Ellie Golden meets Harry Dixon, she can’t help but feel she recognises him from somewhere. But when she finally realises who he is, she can’t believe it – because the man she met on the beach all those years before wasn’t called Harry Dixon. And, what’s more, that man is dead.

For a woman trying to outrun her troubled past and protect her son, Harry’s presence is deeply unsettling – and even more disconcerting than coming face to face with a dead man, is the fact that Harry seems to have no recollection of ever having met Ellie before. At least that’s what he says …

But perhaps Harry isn’t the person Ellie should be worried about. Because there’s a far more dangerous figure from the past lurking just outside of the new life she has built for herself, biding his time, just waiting to strike.

Author Links
Website - www.mortonsgray.com
Twitter - @MortonSGray
Facebook Page – Morton S. Gray Author - https://www.facebook.com/mortonsgray/
Purchasing links for “The Girl on the Beach” at http://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/the-girl-on-the-beach/

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Book Review - Love by Emme Cross - Back Catalogue Books



Back Catalogue Books is my new regular Saturday feature, focusing on books that are not the latest releases. There is going to be a mix of Q&As and also reviews, depending on what I have the space for. 

If you are an author wanting to take part in Back Catalogue Books then please do email on gilbster at gmail dot com and I'll whizz the questions over to you. 


I hope everyone enjoys this weekly look back at some of the slightly older books that are about but still great, and that I eventually make a dent in my TBRs as a result of it!

I've picked this as I promised a review for the book, and it's the first of an 8 book series, so definitely part of the authors back catalogue. 

Amazon UK
Title: Love (St. Barts Romance Series Book 1)
Author: Emme Cross
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Joffe Books
Publication Date: 5th June 2015
Rating: 4 Stars


Everyone says he's wrong for her, but she doesn't care
Sunny O’Hara young, pretty, and terribly innocent returns to her childhood home of St. Barts, an idyllic island in the West Indies. She meets Sven Larson, a movie star with a bad reputation for breaking women’s hearts. She falls in love with him and begins a journey of emotional and physical discovery. But has Sven really changed? Can a good woman redeem a very bad boy? 

This is the first book in the St. Barts Romance series by Emme Cross. Set on the island of St. Barts, eight square miles of gourmet restaurants, designer shops, yachts . . . and secrets.

You’ll love this sexy romance series, with many more books to come, dive in and get the first novel now

Love is the first of an eight book series, featuring the ups and downs of Sunny's relationship with Sven. There is something about knowing there are eight books before you start book one, that meant I could glance at all the blurbs, and can make certain assumptions about their longevity before I even start reading. 

Now although this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it has meant I'm happy to just stop at book one and imagine what happens next, and take this by itself as a beautiful novel of one woman's sexual awakening. Sunny has a certain naive charm to her, despite having grown up all over the world, certain aspects of her life are lacking, and to try and fix this she engages mentors. 

Sunny picks Sven to be her sexual mentor, as she is widely inexperienced with regards kissing let alone anything more, and the scenes where they start to become intimate were sensitively written but at the same time incredibly arousing. 

This is all set to the most marvellous back drop of the Caribbean island of St. Barts, home to the rich and famous, You get a clear feel for the wealth of the island, but in some respects I would have loved to have seen more of the beauty of the location too. 

Sunny is a returning native of the island and is an incredibly intelligent young woman, she speaks many languages and seems to be skilled at anything she tries her hand at. Sven is a Norwegian actor, on the island shooting a film, and arguably against his most sensible judgments finds he is drawn to Sunny and after their first kiss, they can't stop thinking about each other. 

I really enjoyed the writing, and although I would have loved Love to have had more of a comprehensive conclusion, I can tell its the way it is, to make you want to read the next book, so see the next stage of what happens. 

I really enjoyed reading Love, and hope to find time at some point to read more of the series, or perhaps to see what else Emme Cross writes, as she definitely can write sexy scenes and enjoyable characters. 

Thank you to the author for this copy of the book which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Back Catalogue Books - Q&A with Carol Wyer - Blog Tour



Back Catalogue Books is my new regular Saturday feature, focusing on books that are not the latest releases. There is going to be a mix of Q&As and also reviews, depending on what I have the space for. 

If you are an author wanting to take part in Back Catalogue Books then please do email on gilbster at gmail dot com and I'll whizz the questions over to you. 

I hope everyone enjoys this weekly look back at some of the slightly older books that are about but still great, and that I eventually make a dent in my TBRs as a result of it!

I am delighted to interview Carol Wyer today. I have read a couple of her newer books and now we are going to find out even more about her work.

Thank you very much for having me here. I am Carol Wyer, a humorous blogger and writer who have recently gone over to the dark side and am now writing thrillers. However, I cut my writing teeth on comedy and a couple of years ago, took a crash course in stand up, so when I’m not writing, I do comedy talks. It’s going to be more difficult in the future, to get jokes about psychotic murderers into my routine.

1) Please tell me about your first book, and what started you writing in the first place

Once upon a time there was a woman, facing fifty with all that that entails, whose son had just flown the nest and whose husband had become retired and was under her feet all day. Her life had suddenly ended. She was no longer a mum used to ironing, cleaning, filling up the fridge and cleaning out a stinking bedroom, or a useful wife to a businessman, sorting out meals and dinner parties, or ironing crisp shirts every day.

The woman suddenly felt she had lost her identity. So she wrote a bucket list and had a go at some of the things on it. Top of the list was to write a book. She had already written children’s educational stories, but she wanted to tackle something that would resonate with men and women in their forties facing challenges of their own. So she did.

Her first book was about a woman facing fifty who lived with a grumpy, recently retired, man and a son who’d boomeranged back into the nest after failing at university. The woman, Amanda Wilson, turns to blogging as a way to release her frustrations and recount the ridiculous things that happen to her, then meets an old flame online and her world is turned upside down.  Based on me? (Coughs and moves swiftly on.)

I wanted to write a book that would appeal to a slightly older reader, not a twenty-something-year-old, and had intended it to be in diary format. I woke up one night and thought that would be boring so I wrote it in the form of blog posts – hilarious episodes that actually linked up to create a sensitive look at friendships, love and getting older. I had no idea what a blog was at that stage but in a weird twist of fate, I discovered my own blog, like Amanda’s took off and I made a whole new host of friends.

The star of the book was not the main character Amanda, nor her husband Phil, but her party-loving, chain-smoking, booze-addled mother, who was, I confess, based on my own. Amanda’s mum became so wildly loved by readers, I was forced to write a sequel. My own mother delighted in being the crazy character and in fact, became even more badly behaved in real life, which of course, gave me loads more material for the book.

The book was originally self-published but did so well, it and I were featured in Woman’s Own magazine as a best-selling author.

Although I had trouble thinking up a title, and for the whole year I wrote it, it was called A Twinkle in My Wrinkle, (I know!) I eventually changed it to Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines.

2) How many books have you written and what are they?


Amazon UK

I have just begun my thirteenth book, which is the third in the DI Robyn Carter series. All my books prior to that were humorous, with six fiction and three non-fiction titles. (Two are queued up at Bookouture for future release and one other is due out 19th January.)

Mini Skirts and Laughter lines was followed by Surfing in Stilettos, its sequel, set in France where I used to live. It follows Amanda’s adventures as she and her husband take a gap year that goes wrong. It is as one newspaper put it, “a bouillabaisse of wit and comedy”.

Just Add Spice is about a woman who joins a writing group (a mishmash of fun characters). She is advised to get into her main character’s mind. Her debut novel is about a leather-thigh-boot wearing; Lara Croft-a-like, far unlike her own character, and as the lines between reality and fiction blur, Dawn’s life changes dramatically.

Life Swap is, well, I can’t tell you what it’s about without spoiling the whole book. It has an ending you will never guess in a million years, and when we launched it on Twitter, it trended at number one, and my Twitter account was stuffed full with celeb comments, including some from Dawn French.
Take A Chance On Me is inspiring, uplifting and with some characters you want to live with you. I didn’t want it to finish. I still fancy bringing some of them back, especially Bert the Parrot.


Amazon UK
Love Hurts is a collection of short stories that are a mixture of light and dark stories and have a very gruesome tale to kick them off. These were my testing ground to see if I was capable of writing dark tales with twists.

My three non-fiction books are called the Grumpy series. They kick off with How Not to Murder Your Grumpy which is a humorous look at keeping a retired grumpy guts entertained by giving him a choice of 700 hobbies and activities, ranging from the totally crazy to outrageous. It will not only make you laugh like mad but will keep him out of your hair. It featured on Simon Mayo’s Drivetime Show on BBC Radio 2, and made a fleeting appearance on BBC Breakfast television when I was interviewed about my second book, Grumpy Old Menopause – a survival guide to that time of your life. Grumpy Old Menopause is intended to educate but mostly to make to have a darn good giggle, which in turn will help you get through this stage.

Grumpies On Board is an alternative guide to travel that will ensure you never spend another holiday besides a swimming pool reading – oh bother. Did you just say that’s what you enjoy most?

3) Yes Carol, I do happen to love spending my holidays by the pool reading, I may not read Grumpies on Board in that case! So, which book are you most proud of writing?

It was Take A Chance On Me but now I have to say Little Girl Lost because it has proved I am capable of writing in a genre I have always loved to read. I am ridiculously proud of the book and dare I say it? It is one of my best.

4) Which book was your favourite to write?


Amazon UK
The book I am currently writing is always my favourite. I must say, Take A Chance On me was dearest to me as it was written from my heart. I had to spend an excruciatingly long time in hospital when I was in my teens and twenties and at that time, we weren’t sure if I’d walk again. The book represents hope to anyone who is struggling with loss, life and health. It shows you that it can get better if you have friendship, a positive attitude and hope. One drunken night, Charlie and her best friend, Mercedes swap bucket lists, each promising to try all the challenges on the others. What follows is not just comedy, but an awakening as each character finds out about themselves. I actually tried out all the challenges on Charlie’s list including the one she is terrified of doing – the shark dive.

5) Who are your favourite characters from your books and why?

Mercedes in Take a Chance on Me. She may be wheelchair bound but she is sharp-witted, and has some of the best lines I have written.

I enjoyed Cinnamon Knight in Just Add Spice too. I got into character myself when writing about her and scared old Grumpy witless.

DI Robyn Carter because she is strong-willed but flawed and I have quite a few plans for her in the next few books. 

6) If you could go back and change anything from any of your books, what would it be, and why?

Although I am not happy with some of the language, grammar and feel my earlier books could now be rewritten, I wouldn’t change them. They show my own journey as a writer. They are what they are, warts and all. I’d rather concentrate on getting better at my craft than rewriting.

7) Which of your covers if your favourite and why?


Amazon UK
This is such a hard question because I had all my covers redone by talented Amy Coveney when my back catalogue got moved to Delancey Press. I really like them all. The cover for Surfing in Stilettos is beautiful and conjures up France so well, but Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines is striking. My favourite though is the newest cover for Little Girl Lost, created by Richard Augustus for Bookouture. I love this cover. Richard Augustus created some of the covers for Bernard Cornwell and Wilbur Smith’s novels. And that makes me feel very special.

8) Have you ever thought about changing genres, if so what else would you like to write?

I don’t think I’d try any other genres for the moment. I’m happily sticking to thrillers for now although don’t be surprised to see the odd RomCom appearing again. 

9) Looking forward can you let us know what you are working on next?

I’ve completed the second in the DI Carter series and am plotting book three. I can’t tell you too much as it is at the plotting stage and that will change many times before I am happy with it. What I can say is that DI Carter is going to be finding life a lot more complicated because her nemesis Shearer is promoted to DCI and becomes her boss.

10) I dare not ask for a favourite author, but is there any author’s back catalogue you admire and why?

Robert Bryndza. I’ve ‘known’ him since he first started writing, and I so wished I had written the Coco Pinchard series myself. They are hilarious. Then he also joined the dark side and I wish I had written Girl In The Ice!

11) Finally, is there anything else you would like to say about your back catalogue of books?

There is something for everyone – honestly. If you need a pick-me-up then those are the books for you. I am an observer of life and that’s what makes them relevant to everybody. I get hundreds of emails from readers who often say, you were writing about me! Of course I am. I write about situations that most people will come across in their lives. If you want a laugh, try them. After all, we should all try to smile while we have teeth.

I have loved hearing about your first book, and it's making me really want to try out your books from before you were published with Bookouture. I hope you had a wonderful publication day for Little Girl Lost yesterday and wish you every success with your new series. 

About Carol Wyer

Carol Wyer became a full-time writer in 2010 when she turned her attention from writing children’s educational books as a hobby, to the adult market.

Her first two novels Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines and Surfing in Stilettos won several awards for humour and much attention from the media. Since then, she has appeared on numerous BBC radio stations, several international radio stations, NBC television and BBC Breakfast television, and Sky television discussing age-related subjects such as ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Grumpy Old Menopause’. In 2015 she won the prestigious People’s Book Prize Award for Grumpy Old Menopause.

Carol has written articles for, and featured in several national women’s magazines, including Take A Break, Choice, Woman’s Weekly and Woman's Own who also wrote about her journey to becoming a best-selling author.

Author of ten humorous books –three non-fiction and seven fiction, Carol changed direction this year, and has written a series of psychological thrillers, and published by Bookouture, featuring DI Robyn Carter. The first, LITTLE GIRL LOST released in January 2017, has had some rave reviews and shows Carol has found her true niche. 

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Follow along with the Little Girl Lost blog tour. 



LITTLE GIRL LOST by Carol Wyer 

(Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 1) 


Out on January 19th:

A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told. 

A teacher is found dead, close to the school where he works. 

A millionaire is murdered at a local reservoir. 

For Detective Robyn Carter, there’s no obvious link between the victims. Apart from one thing. The bodies both have the same grisly trophy beside them - a bloodstained toy rabbit. 

As Robyn starts to delve into the lives of the two dead men, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number? 

But as Robyn starts to inch closer to finding the killer, Izzy is abducted. 

Unless Robyn gets to the twisted individual in time, a little girl will die …

Gripping, fast paced and nail bitingly tense, this serial killer thriller will chill you to the bone. Discover Carol Wyer’s new series – at a special launch price.

Friday, 20 January 2017

My top picks of the Valentines Kindle Sale

It feels like no time at all has passed since I posted about my top picks of the the 12 Days of Kindle Sale, but yet Amazon have already launched another sale and its one I always enjoy browsing, for Valentine's Day. 

There appear to be 150 books to choose from, and I can't wait to get stuck in to the browsing! 

Take advantage at these prices as they won't last forever! 

And to save you time, here is a link to the whole Valentine's Day Sale

Please note the sale ends on 19th February 2017, so if you are reading this after that date, then please double check the price, before you purchase, and since I am in England, this is the UK Amazon Valentines Day Sale, other regions may have different sales, and definitely different prices!

Top picks that I have reviewed




The Birthday that Changed Everything by Debbie Johnson  - 99p - 5 Star Review
The Canal Boat Cafe by Cressida McLaughlin - 99p - 5 Star Review
A Seaside Affair by Fern Britton - £1,49 - 5 Star Review
The Love of a Lifetime by Melisa Hill - 99p - 5 Star Review
The Girl From Lace Island by Joanna Rees - £1,19 - 5 Star Review
You Had Me At Merlot by Lisa Dickenson - 99p - 5 Star Review
The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling - 99p - 5 Star Review
The Heavenly Ice Cream Shop by Abby Clements - 99p - 5 Star Review
How to Get Ahead in Television by Sophie Cousens - 99p - 5 Star Review
Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas - £1,19 - 4.5 Star Review
The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline Roberts - 99p - 4 Star Review
Whatever Happened to Vicky Hope's Back Up Man by Laura Kemp - 99p - 4 Star Review
We'll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson - 99p - 4 Star Review
The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Even by Anna Bell - £1,39 - Review on 27th January, day after the book is published! 
From Rome With Love by Jules Wake - 99p - Review coming on 24th February as part of my Rome week! 

Top picks that I own and am looking forward to reading (eventually, when I ever find the time to!)



The Cornish Guest House (Tremarnock Book 2) by Emma Burstall - 99p - I really enjoyed book 1 of the Tremarnock series, just need to remember to read book 2! 
The Way Back Home by Freya North - £1,49 - I've always enjoyed Freya North's books, so have no idea why I haven't read this one yet. 
A Little Love by Amanda Prowse - 99p - Top quality author, this is one of the books I bought in a mass buying session of Amanda Prowse titles straight after reading my first book by the author, I just haven't read it yet!
The Royal We by Heather Cocks - 99p - Looked like a fun book, really should read it! 
Now That I've Found You by Ciara Geraghty - 99p - Have this in paperback and its one of those books that is just starting to taunt me, so I'm sure I will be reading it sooner or later, given my determination to read my paperbacks this year!
Doesn't Everyone  Have a Secret by Sue Shepherd - 99p - Review will be on 21st February as part of the blog tour. Just hope I enjoy the book as haven't quite got to this one yet! 

Books I've purchased from the sale..so with my current reading patterns may appear in a random vote feature at some point! 




The Hating Game by Sally Thorne - £1.99 - Don't really know much about this title but the blurb looks really good
The Trouble with Love by Rosemary Dun - 99p - Looks like the sort of book I would enjoy reading
Don't You Forget About Me by Alexandra Potter - 99p - I really enjoy this author from what I've read of her so far, so more than happy to buy another that I hope to read at some point! 
Don't Marry Thomas Clark by Celia Hayes - 99p - Well given her new book sounded good enough for me to download a review copy, I may as well buy the first book and hope I enjoy both of them! 

Books I read before I started blogging but really want to highlight at great reads (just don't ask me specifics as my memory isn't fabulous!)



First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan - 99p - First book in the Puffin Island trilogy, and I loved the whole trilogy. 
You're The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher - £1.99 - I love everything by Giovanna Fletcher, but this was the first book I read by her, so will have a special place in my heart! 
I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk - £1.49 - The book that started it all for Lindsey Kelk, who is one of my must read authors. If you haven;t read any of this series before, now is the time to start as the next book has just been announced for September this year! 
The Greatest Love Story of All Time by Lucy Robinson - £1,99 - Fabulous author and a really great book
A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff - 99p - Lovely romance that I'm fairly surely I read in Greece after losing my job, and it was a great pick me up! 
Falling In Love Again by Sophie King - 99p - Amusing romantic comedy
Getting Over Mr. Right by Chrissie Manby - 99p - Love Chrissie Manby's books and this was no exception,. 
From Notting Hill with Love Actually... by Ali McNamara - 99p - This was the first book in what turned out to be one of my all time favourite trilogies, with some immensely romantic moments
Do You Remember the First Time by Jenny Colgan - 99p - Another author where I love all of her books, and know I enjoyed this one

That feels like a lot of books, I hope there are some books in that selection that have captured you attention. I apologise in advance if you start spending money as a result! 

I would love to know your thoughts on the sale. Have I missed anything that I really should try? What are you purchasing? 
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