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“Um Livro de Caca – As Aventuras do Zé” Review

Olá meus queridos amigos!

Finalmente venho partilhar a minha review completa deste livro. A minha quick review encontra-se no meu Instagram, post publicado no início deste ano.

Um Livro de Caca – As Aventuras do Zé“, escrito por Francisco Ramalheira, é um livro humoristico, publicado a 5 de setembro de 2020 por Edições Velha Lenda.

Quero agradecer à editora Edições Velha Lenda por me terem gentilmente fornecido este livro. Todas as opiniões expressas nesta review são completamente minhas.


Sinopse

Sentes-te em baixo? Achas que a tua vida é um valente cocó? Ainda não alcançaste uma boa parte dos objectivos que tinhas definido para a tua vida adulta quando eras uma criança pura e inocente?

Apresento-te o Zé, o português comum mais comum de todos a quem acontece todo o tipo de calamidades e cujas aventuras mais ou menos apaixonantes vão fazer-te lacrimejar de empatia, enquanto se forma um ligeiro sorriso sádico no rosto. Afinal de contas, todos nós apreciamos muitíssimo desfrutar da desgraça alheia.

O livro que trará a paz à alma de todos os Zés, encherá de vergonha os grandes clássicos da literatura e se assumirá como a grande referência mundial dos livros de auto-ajuda.

Links de Compra: Edições Velha Lenda | Bertrand | Wook


Sobre o Autor

Francisco Ramalheira nasceu a 22 de Julho de 1988, em Lisboa. Licenciado em Ciências da Comunicação, com um Mestrado em Economia Social e Solidária, é o fundador da disciplina de Responsabilidade Social – um projecto pioneiro -, da qual é actualmente professor.
Foi chefe dos escuteiros e tirou ainda um curso de Escrita Humorística nas Produções Fictícias.

Tem como paixão a escrita e a literatura fantástica, tendo já integrado uma colectânea e lançado o seu primeiro livro dentro do género.

Mais importante ainda é o seu site ‘Caca Gambuzinos’, onde partilha através de textos bem-humorados a sua visão do mundo e divertidas críticas sociais.

A sua mais recente obra é ‘Um Livro de Caca – As Aventuras do Zé’, uma obra humorística baseada nas suas ‘Crónicas do Zé’, que conta com o prefácio do talentoso humorista David Cristina.

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A Minha Review

Quando muitos de nós ainda estão a viver a quarentena e o isolamento, a arte (em qualquer forma) está presente para nos ajudar. E o que melhor para alegrar o dia que um livro humorístico que não só nos deixa a rir como a refletir…

#somostodoszé e esta Jé não escapa. Essa é a minha piada graças ao meu nome ser Jéssica (sim, como acento no E). Mas a verdade é que efetivamente este livro estabelece ligações com qualquer um de nós, comuns mortais.

O início traz-nos um diário de quarentena, as reflexões do Zé durante um curto tempo da pandemia. O quanto me senti ligada ao livro por causa dessa sessão inicial. Era quase como se o autor, Francisco Ramalheira, me tivesse escutado e escrito sobre o assunto.

O Zé fala-nos nas obras que os vizinhos estão a fazer. Eu tinha (e continuou a ter) de ouvir quase todas as noites, às 21h em ponto, uma das crianças do prédio a praticar os dotes musicais com uma flauta. Uma autêntica criança prodígio para o barulho. Se sonhei com orquestras de instrumentos de sopro… sim. Foi a banda sonora dos meus sonhos sobre ideias para escrever na manhã seguinte. Quando não era a banda sonora de pesadelos, a la Hitchcock.

Para além da conexão que senti ao ler o livro, existe depois todas as gargalhadas que me provocou. Não só por me rever nelas, como por conseguir compreender o ponto da narrativa. Houve, claro, histórias que me fizeram rir mais que outras, mas mesmo as que não rir tanto, achei interessante.

Achei interessante porque provocaram reflexão. Sim, porque este livro humorístico não é apenas um conjunto de histórias e eventos com o intuito de nos provocar risos. É igualmente com o intuito de provocar reflexão. E por isso merece um aplauso.

De uma forma geral, é um perfeito livro para oferecer. Não só se lê de uma forma fácil, como pelo género e contexto atual, seduz muitas pessoas, leitores ávidos ou não. Era quase como que escutar loucuras realistas que acontecem a qualquer um, e consigo ver alguns membros da minha família (e eu também, se for honesta) a relatar estes eventos.


Não se esqueçam de comentar, não sejam estranhos.

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Love,

Jess

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“As Luck Would Have It” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you guys are having a good start of August. Today I bring youthe first review of the month.

As Luck Would Have It“, written by Zoe May, is a Romantic Comedy novel, published 4th July 2019, by HQ Digital, HarperCollins.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Zoe May for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Synopsis

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Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!

So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.

Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever…right?

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Author Bio

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Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Social Media Links – Website | Instagram | Facebook


My Review

This isn’t the first book I have read of Zoe May, and I enjoyed it.

I love stories that sweet and fun, that have a good amount of romance and humor, because those are the books that are perfect for a sunny day. A good escape from the daily life we are having.

As we follow Natalie through this adventure, we are taken on a journey. Especially with all the hilarious moments and that takes Natalie and Will on the trip. I loved it!

I also loved the interactions. The fact that Natalie and Will already knew one another, gave the story a deeper understanding and the relationship was real. Which is fantastic because I love when there is a background story and have to learn about it as we read page after page.

Overall, it was funny and sweet, a good book for a summer day, and if you enjoy rom-coms this may be a good book for you.


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“The Start of Something Wonderful” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you two reviews, and the first one is a review of a audiobook that I had the pleasure of listening while doing some painting. Amazing ten hours, listen throughout a couple of days. But I will tell you guys more about this experience in a sec.

The Start of Something Wonderful“, written by Jane Lambert, narrated also by the author, and published by HQ, Harper Collins.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jane Lambert for the Audiobook file of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Start of Something Wonderful


Synopsis

The Start of Something Wonderful CoverIt’s never too late to follow your dreams….

Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…

Catapulted into a midlife crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!

Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Jane taught English in Vienna then travelled the world as cabin crew, before making the life-changing decision to become an actor and voiceover artist in her mid-thirties. She has appeared in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, “Deathtrap”,  and most recently “True West” in London’s West End.  She has recorded audiobooks for BBC AudioGo, Isis Publishing and HarperCollins. She is currently adapting “The Start of Something Wonderful” into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.

Social Media Links – Twitter


My Review

I love audiobooks. I find them very useful, specially since I’m always looking for something to have as a companion during some tasks; in this case, I found that I quite enjoyed listening to this particular novel while making some painting in wooden. It was a fun story to listen too and not hard to follow.

In this novel, we follow Emily Forsythe, a forty-year-old air stewardess, as she goes on a self-discovery journey provoked by unexpected  and heartbroken changes in her life. And that’s life for you guys! Sometimes things happen and we have to decide what we are going to do next. That’s what we follow in this novel. We get to see how Emily, the main character, deals with all that is going on and find explore the freedom she has now gained.

I loved the interactions between Emily and all the people she encounters in this new adventure while following her dreams. Many strong, funny, colorful personalities, with different background stories and aspirations that make us connect with them as much as we do with Emily.

It was also interesting to listen to the narrator – in this case, the author herself – go through the different accents and tones that made each character feel real in my mind. Actually, I felt like I was there and was just at the corner of the room, watching and listening. Because, although I didn’t felt as I was part of that world, I still felt like I was listening to someone tell me her story, letting me know all the interactions she had and all the good and bad moments in her life.

Overall, I really wanted her to be happy. My mom is in her late forties and I want her to do whatever she wants and that makes her happy. And I felt hat kind of connection with Emily, because I was listening to a woman’s voice narrating the novel, I felt like I was listening to Emily herself and that made me think of all the women in my life that are in her forties and every women that isn’t by has suffer a major change in her life… So I honestly wanted her to have a good time and accomplish her goals.

Accomplishing or goals, never giving up, discover ourselves everyday… I loved all of that. And I do believe we can be, and we are, resilient and we will get up and try again, even if it’s something entirely different from what we have been doing for the past years. So that’s a good message.

About recommending this book… Listening to audiobooks is always a different kind of experience and I know not many people enjoy it, so I recommend it to those that love listening to audiobooks.


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“Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Cursed Serpent” Review

Hello Friends!

I have a new review for you guys! And you may know the authors name and the series.

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Cursed Serpent“, written by Columbkill Noonan, is the third book in the Barnabas Tew series. Published by Crooked Cat Books on 2nd April.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Columbkill Noonan for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Cursed Serpent


Synopsis

Case of the Cursed Serpent cover“For Queen, for Country, and for….Uncle Rabbit?”

Just when Barnabas and Wilfred thought the world was safe at last, along comes a new threat: the Mayan Lords of Death have hatched a plan to overthrow the natural order of things, involving a cursed serpent god, two untrustworthy sets of twins, and a dead bunny that must be resuscitated at all costs. Only Barnabas and Wilfred can possibly unravel the convoluted plot, but they face danger after danger as they attempt to do so. If they fail, up will be down and down will be up, and the evil Lords of Death will take over the heavens.

Do Barnabas and Wilfred have the courage, skill (and luck!) to save the world yet again?

Purchase Links – Amazon US | Amazon UK


Author Bio

ColumbkillNoonanPhotoColumbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.

In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website, on Facebook or on Twitter.

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My Review

Barnie and Willie are at it again! And this time they are dealing with Mayan Lords of Death, so… Ancient Mayan civilization here we go!

Columbkill Noonan is quite an amazing author, with an incredible imagination. This entire series is so funny and awesome! With each new book and new adventure is just amazing and leaves me speechless for most part.

In this book Barnabas and Wilfred have to deal with a new set of Gods and creatures related to the ancient Mayan civilization. The world is in dangerous and these two Victorian men have to safe it. And if you read the first two books your know how crazy they are.

A witty, fun, full of action and with brilliant and vivid descriptions, this novel is a good addition to the series. The characters are well developed and with each book my connection to Barnie and Willie grows. I just feel like I’m their friends that’s why I call them Barnie and Willie, those are my nicknames for them, because it makes me giggle, and their attitudes make me laugh.

On another note, I have always been fascinated by ancient civilizations and cultures, including Mayan culture. So imagine my excitement when I saw the synopsis of this book… And I loved the way that the author used the mythology to create an adventure for Barnabas and Wilfred to go on.

Overall, I loved this book. And it actually mad me appreciate the series even more. I highly recommend this series (because I think you should read them in order so you can learn everything about the main characters). If you love mysteries, mythology, Victorian detectives and humor, this is the book for you. It certainly is mine.


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“The Best Boomerville Hotel” Review

Hello Friends!

How are you guys doing this raining Sunday? And yes, it’s raining a lot here in Portugal, so I hope you are all safe and sound at home.

Today I bring you my review of “The Best Boomerville Hotel“, written by Caroline James. This standalone Contemporary / Romantic Comedy was published 6th November 2018.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Caroline for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

The Best Boomerville Hotel


Blurb

TBBH high res coverLet the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel …

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

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Author Bio

CAROLINE JAMES (PROMO SHOOT 26.06.2018)Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications.

Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair.  The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.

So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light-hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon best-seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.

In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook


My Review

This is my introduction to Caroline James’ books and writing style. From the title to the blurb, from the plot to the characters, “The Best Boomerville Hotel” was a unique contemporary romantic comedy that was amusing and delightful to read.

I’m always excited about a ‘new-to-me’ author because I get to learn about his/hers writing style. In this book, Caroline gave us an engaging book with funny characters, each with their own stories and personality traits that made it novel diverse and interesting. Plus, it actually made me wish I could book a vacation at that hotel so I could me them.

Of course there were some entertaining moments that made me laugh and others that were cute and happy. Despite all that, and despite being a romantic comedy, it still had some deeper subjects, that made me think about made me emotional for and with the characters.

Overall, this novel made me happy and I’m glad I got to read it and find a new author with an amazing writing style and the ability in creating characters that make me wonder and curious about their lives and stories.


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“Christmas Spirit” Review

Hello Friends!

I have been busy today, running around and yesterday I started a new novel. Speaking of which… I was planning to do a post yesterday about NaNoWriMo, but I will wait until next week so I can show you  guys a chapter of the story.

Nevertheless, despite the busy month I will continue to post reviews. And now that Halloween is over… Christmas books are in! That’s today’s book… a Christmas-y book. Christmas Spirit” is a Romantic Comedy standalone novella written by Nicola May.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Nicola for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Christmas Spirit


Blurb

coverIt’s two days before Christmas – and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.
Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London landmarks. 
A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way . . . but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?

Purchase Link: Amazon UKAmazon US


About Author

LowRes_DSC6798Nicola May lives near the famous Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.  Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks – and, naturally, enjoying a flutter on the horses.

Nicola likes to write about love, life and friendship in a realistic way, describing her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick’.

She has written eight novels, with Christmas Spirit being her first novella.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

P1070010This book was a quick and sweet novella that made me think about life, and it has the perfect storyline for a Christmas book. It was my first Nicola May’s book I read, but I quite liked how she wrote this novella.

We first meet Evie, and she’s not having a good start of Christmas, but things seemed to be getting better once she met Greg. As the story starts to unfold you learn a little bit more with each page that we read. Plus, although it’s a novella, we get to see some character development, and that’s always great to see, and it made me connect with Evie.

P1070020.JPGIt was a Christmas novella with a message, and that’s always appropriate, no matter the time os the year. So I quite like that it was thought-provoking and sweet, with all the lovely moments and romance beginning.

Overall, from the characters to the subjects that it talks about, this novella really does talks to our hearts and ask us to go in this fast-paced journey with a great flow, love, friendship, message, and I really recommend it because I truly believe people should read this book and reflect about life and the Christmas Spirit inside of each one of us.


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“No One Cancels Christmas” Review

Hello Friends!

Is it too soon for a Christmas book? I don’t think so! So here it is a review of a fun book.

No One Cancels Christmas” written by Zara Stoneley, is a Romantic Comedy released today! So… Happy release day!

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Zara for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

No One Cancels Christmas


Blurb

41769750_2042596159190028_6009613159340441600_nIt’s the most magical time of the year, and for travel agent Sarah it’s also the busiest! But this year one man threatens to ruin Christmas for Sarah’s customers – Mr Grinch, Will Armstrong.

The Shooting Star Mountain resort is a magical place, and Sarah has fond memories of Christmas here as a little girl – visits to Father Christmas, husky rides in the snow and hot chocolate by a roaring fire. But as the resorts new owner, Will refuses to play snowball or to deck the halls with anything remotely resembling tinsel!

With customers complaining their Christmas is ruined, Sarah decides it’s up to her to convince Scroogey Will just how magical Christmas can be….

But getting Will into the Christmas spirit is hopeless – he is Bah Humbug personified! But as Sarah gets to know him better, she realises that underneath all the gloom is a man struggling with a pain of his own.

With the big day approaching, Sarah realises that the magic and sparkle can wait. This year, she’s going to spend Christmas day with someone special her very own Mr Scrooge…

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Author Bio

ZaraStoneley authorpicBorn in a small village in Staffordshire, I wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when I grew up. After many years, and many different jobs, my dream of writing a bestseller came true. 

I write about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hope that my tales make you cry a little, laugh a lot, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

I now live in a Cheshire village with my family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

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My Review

This is the first Zara Stoneley’s book that I’ve read and it was such and adventure. I sometimes don’t feel like reading a RomCom, because I have to be in the mood, but when I read the blurb and saw the Christmas-y touch, I know I had to read this book and celebrate the release day with my honest review.

P1060946That been said, it was a love story, but it was also this fun journey with so much humor and funny moments between characters that it made the book enjoyable to read. The kind of book I would read anytime after a long tiring day, in bed with Nala (my cat) as a my reading companion, and some warm blankets around me. And that’s what I did, actually.

Despite all the fun I had with the interactions between Sarah and all the other characters (especially Will), there was some mysteries and twist and turns that made the book unexpected and not just a romance comedy. And that unexpected element of the book was what made me even more intrigued.

So, yeah… It was a book about love, loss, searching for ourselves, our happiness, but it was also this interactive book in a way. Sarah was relatable and real character that made me feel like I was involved in the story. Well… the author’s writing style was what made it possible for me to get involved in the book and story, and really cheer for the characters and wonder about their secrets and their future.

Do I recommend the book? Yes! Let’s start this Christmas-y adventure and by doing that, let’s get more Christmas related book… and more of Zara Stoneley’s books so I can laugh some more, and fall in love with the stories and characters like I did in this novel.


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Extract “My T(r)oyboy is a Twat”

Hello Friends!

Today is a special day for me. Why? Because I have some fun posts for you guys, starting with some promo and extract from Paula Houseman‘s books.

Let’s start with the blurbs of “Cupid F*cks Up” and “My T(r)oyboy is a Twat“.

Cupid Fcks Up and My Troyboy is a Twat


Blurb

Cupid F*cks Up

Cupid Fcks up ebook coverRuth Roth is a straight shooter. Pity Cupid’s not.

Smart-mouth Ruth is an inspirational humour columnist for a popular women’s magazine. Recently divorced, she has found the love of her life. Without any help, mind you, from the little fat love god. Ruth has decided she herself is her one and only.

And she’s in a comfy place. Why wouldn’t she be? No need to yell ‘Put the bloody toilet seat down!’ No need to hoover toe-nail clippings off the carpet.

But then a silver-tongued Prince Charming fronts up in his shiny Merc and tickles her discarded, little-girl fantasies. He tells her their love is written in the stars.

It must be a misprint.

A romance with this particular PC is not so PC! Still …

Ruth’s life plays out more like ancient myth than fairytale. And what hot-blooded woman can resist forbidden fruit?

There’s a problem, though. Ruth does not have a hot-blooded mum. Ruth has a pain-in-the-arse mum whose squawking disapproval cranks the taboo up a notch.

All the more reason to take up with the stud! But it means taking on the harpy.

Tensions mount, and even Ruth’s man can’t protect her from the trash-talking voices in her head. It looks like he can’t muzzle his own either. When an earth-shattering revelation causes him to give her grief, it makes her feel like she’s dating her mother.

Taking the kind of advice she doles out to her readers is not so easy, and Ruth wonders if this love can survive. More to the point, is it worth the trouble?

Purchase Links – Amazon UK | Amazon US


Blurb

My T(r)oyboy is a Twat

Cupid - My Troyboy is a Twat ebook coverLove, romance, marriage, and a dark little secret. Shh … Small things let loose can grow out of hand.

Ruth Roth’s new husband can’t keep it in. If only he had all those years ago, things might be different now.

His big mouth sends every family member into hell. Except for Ruth’s late mother. She blows in from there. Seems the woman just won’t die. Or let up. Faaaark!

As if Mama’s earbashing isn’t enough, everyone else needs a scapegoat. Ruth is it. Somehow, this mess is her fault.

With everything falling apart, she feels overwhelmed. Until a hunky celebrity pants man—who clearly wants to get into hers—befriends her and makes her feel all warm and fuzzy. At the same time, an educated silicone seductress has designs on hubby.

Temptation abounds. But it’s overshadowed when a startling discovery throws Ruth and her man into uncharted waters, and life comes crashing down.

Ruth has survived plenty with the help of her friends. And as a writer, her wry wit, dirty muse, and a bent for ancient mythology have sustained her. This, though, might be her undoing.

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About Author

photo copy – Version 3Paula Houseman was once a graphic designer. But when the temptation to include ‘the finger’ as part of a logo for a forward-moving women’s company proved too much, she knew it was time to give away design. Instead, she took up writing.

She found she was a natural with the double entendres (God knows she’d been in enough trouble as a child for dirty wordplay).

As a published writer of earthy chick lit and romantic comedy, Paula gets to bend, twist, stretch and juice up universal experiences to shape reality the way she wants it, even if it is only in books. But at the same time, she can make it more real, so that her readers feel part of the sisterhood. Or brotherhood (realness has nothing to do with gender).

Through her books, Paula also wants to help the reader escape into life and love’s comic relief. And who doesn’t need to sometimes?

Her style is a tad Monty Pythonesque because she adores satire. It helps defuse all those gaffes and thoughts that no one is too proud of.

Paula lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband. No other creatures. The kids have flown the nest and the dogs are long gone.

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Extract – My T(r)oyboy is a Twat

I was standing next to the dining room table at one o’clock the next day with a mouthful of shortbread, when I heard the key in the door. Ralph walked in carrying an unfamiliar, caramel-coloured Louis Vuitton duffle. He placed it on the floor, said, ‘Hi,’ and held the door open for his colleague.

Sweet merciful crap! I stopped chewing.

Having assumed someone who was sex-savvy would have breasts that hung like flapjacks, bat-wing arms and a worn-out vagina, I expected to see a woman in her sixties, medium-sized, average height, salt-and-pepper hair cut into a neat bob and black-rimmed multifocals. I’d envisaged her wearing a tailored navy skirt, a loose, off-white, elbow-length, lightweight top in a marled-knit fabric, a single strand of pearls and sensible pumps.

I was not expecting a sex kitten.

Anthea was tall, model thin and well stacked. Probably in her mid-to-late thirties, she had a lustrous brown mane, waist length and side parted. She wore a red scoop neck, painted-on jersey dress that hugged her bod, sheer black hose and black patent stilettos. Anthea probably wore a lacy suspender belt to hold up her stockings. Anthea probably wore no knickers. And Anthea, no doubt, had a well-worn vagina.

Ralph introduced us. ‘Anthea meet Ruth; Ruth meet Anthea.’

Ruth. Not, Ruthie. Not, my wife, Ruthie.

I gawped at this hoochie, my cheeks bulging with cookie as she sashayed towards me, not a single body part of her wobbling, no breast jiggle. She extended her ice-cold hand, with its pristine French manicured nails, and warmly shook mine, with its unfiled, unvarnished nails.

‘How lovely to meet you, Ruth,’ she said in a smoky voice and with a smile that didn’t quite make it to her eyes.

I swallowed most of my biscuit, left the rest stuck to the roof of my mouth, and lied: ‘Thame.’

Even without my contact lenses, I’d seen how beautiful she was when she’d stepped through the doorway. Now, close up, I noticed her dark brown, almond-shaped eyes with their long, sooty false eyelashes, her flawless olive skin, her Eva Mendes jawline, Angelina Jolie lips, and straight white teeth. Her face was perfection. It looked sculpted by Michelangelo, or maybe a Dr Michel Angelo, Plastics?

My eyes were drawn down to a Yin Yang pendant.

It was suspended on a fine silver snake chain around her neck, and rested a little above her implanted-looking mammaries, which bulged like a pair of orbs spilling out of her décolletage.

Yin and Yang, like a pair of single opening and closing quotation marks mating, were set into a small round silver disc: Yang was mother of pearl inlaid with an onyx dot; Yin was onyx inlaid with a mother of pearl dot. I knew these signified the opposing and complementary forces of female and male. But, the spiritual symbolism seemed to be at odds with Anthea’s apparel.

Or, maybe not.

Personally, I thought it was unprofessional and improper to be dressed to the nines when you counselled sex addicts. But in light of the way she was tarted up, this symbol complemented her fuck-me threads. The way I saw it, it said I am into sixty-nines.

As Anthea’s eyes flicked over me, I became more self-conscious. I wore fuck-off-I’m-writing threads—old black parachute pants, a three-quarter-sleeve black tee, black moccasins.

Shit.

It occurred to me that it resembled the way Sylvia used to dress—always in I’m-a-grieving-widow black (even before Joe died). My relationship with Ralph, being what it was at the moment, might have been the reason I’d chosen this outfit. A far cry from almost ten months earlier, when, filled with life and passion, I dared to don a wicked, sexy red wedding dress. Ralph had loved it so much on me, he couldn’t wait to take it off me.

I didn’t know Anthea, but I didn’t like her. And I didn’t like that she was getting on a plane tonight with my husband.

Ralph asked if I minded them working in the dining room; if I minded doing my writing in the study this afternoon.

You bet I mind! This is my working domain.

You’re a difficult child, said Sylvia’s voice.

‘No. I don’t mind.’

I closed my laptop, gathered up my notepad, relocated, and kicked myself. That need for the approval of the rejecting ‘parent’ had taken over. It was a pointless struggle that would never bear fruit. And even worse, it felt like I was being punished. Sylvia had often sent me to my room when I was a child because I’d behaved childishly.

I sighed and plopped myself down on the chair, sat staring at the screen, but wrote nothing. My mind was in the adjoining room where Ralph and the tramp were conferring. A lot of muted laughter came from there. Ralph had a resonant laugh. It was the first time I’d heard it in a while.

In my world, even though everything had the potential to be funny, I wasn’t happy that Ralph was enjoying himself so much with this woman. I’d never been the jealous type and it irked me that this distasteful side now had me eating out of its hand. It irked me even more that I fed it. I got up and opened the door a crack to eavesdrop. I was about to close it because they weren’t saying anything, but then Anthea spoke.

‘You know, I find it so easy to relate to you. I feel like I’ve known you since forever.’

I froze. It was more like adolescent-speak between besties than adult-talk, but it bothered me.

‘Mmm. Mmm. Same here. Same here.’

Ah, yes. Repetition. This OCPD symptom was fine in the confines of his home, but in a professional setting, it would be problematic. He was supposed to be a presenter, not a cautionary tale. Show, don’t tell was good for someone in my line of work, not his.


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Jess

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“Christmas on Lily Pond Lane” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Wednesday. Today I bring you now only a story I work way back to share with you guys, but I also bring you a review. Right now!

Christmas on Lily Pond Lane” follows The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane Series, written by the amazing Emily Harvale, you will remember some of the awesome characters that gave me and all the other readers such a fun time, and now of course you get to enjoy a special novella with that same tone,

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Emily for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Christmas on Lily Pond Lane


Blurb

Lily Pond Lane CHRISTMAS-VAL-DAVID-1 AUG-2 ##FINAL##Snow is falling in Little Pondale, lights are twinkling and the smell of pine trees and roasting chestnuts fills the air …

But Mia Ward is in a bit of a jam. She’d planned to rent out Corner Cottage for Christmas but thanks to best friend, Ella Swann, it’s double-booked. Now Mia’s got to let one ‘party’ down, or find another cottage – fast.

Best friends and single mums, Cathy Cole and Christy Franks want their kids to have an old-fashioned Christmas. Ice-skating, carol singing, making decorations, and tobogganing are on their list of festive fun and Little Pondale is the perfect place. Especially as it has no mobile phone reception. That will make it harder for Cathy to be found.

City banker, Leo Hardman is wondering if renting a cottage for Christmas as an anniversary surprise for his parents, was such a good idea. Little Pondale may be where his parents met, but his mum doesn’t seem pleased to be back, and his brother, Hal isn’t happy that the village is so tiny and only has one pub.

Meanwhile, Jenny Lake is settling in at her cousin’s bakery, having left her (broken) heart in Florence, but Christmas was never her favourite time of year. And Reverend Glen Fox has taken over at St Michael and All Angels. He’s glad it’s a temporary post because village life is not for him.

But luckily, for locals and visitors alike, there’s a sleigh-load of Christmas magic heading for Lily Pond Lane; enough to put a sparkle in everyone’s festive season. Although Christmas may not go quite as each of them has planned.

Purchase Link: https://newbook.at/christmasLPL


Author Bio

EPSON scanner imageHaving lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

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My Review

Great addition to the series. For someone that always wants more books when I love a series (which was the case of this series for me), I loved that I could come back to Little Pondale and enjoy another fun and exciting book.

P1060830.JPGAs you probably know I followed this series from beginning to end and I feel like I’m a part of that town in a way. I feel like I know the characters and that made me connect even more with this story, despite some newcomers, because that just made it possible for the opportunity of all new tales in the wonderful village of Little Pondale.

This book still maintained the classic “Emily Harvale” style that I saw in the other books I have read. She put some funny moments, some romance, some of that small town feeling of everyone knows everyone and everything, and that sense of closeness that exists in a village, besides the fact that she still made the plot entertaining and the storyline engaging.

Of course, since this is a special book because of the Christmas theme, it was happy and full of holiday spice and snow. It’s the perfect escape for the holiday season. The funniest Christmas-y book that I have read in a while, and it made me want to go get some more Christmas’ books to read right NOW!


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Promo Post: “The Craft Room”

Hello Friends!

P1060715I hope you are all doing great this lovely morning. I have been waking up a lot early that usual, but that just means I have more time to work on posts before going on with the day and visit my family.

Today I bring you a promo post for a book called “The Craft Room“, written by Dave Holwill. This is a Crime Fiction / Black Comedy book released on 14th August 2017. So… let me tell you some useful information about this book and that way you guys can go get it.

The Craft Room


Blurb

NewCraftRoomSylvia Blackwell is tired. Her grandchildren are being kept away from her, and the expected inheritance that might finally get her middle-aged son to move out has failed to materialise – thanks to her mother’s cat. It is becoming increasingly difficult to remain composed. On a romantic clifftop walk for her 47th Wedding Anniversary, an unexpected opportunity leads to a momentous decision that will irretrievably change the course of her life. The Craft Room is a darkly comic tale of sex, crepe paper, murder and knitting in a sleepy Devon town, with a ‘truly original’ premise and genuinely jaw-dropping moments. What would you do if unexpectedly freed from bondage you never knew you were in? How would your children cope? How far would you go to protect them from an uncomfortable truth? You can only push a grandmother so far…

Purchase Link Amazon UK


Author Bio

AuthorHeadShotDave Holwill was born in Guildford in 1977 and quickly decided that he preferred the Westcountry – moving to Devon in 1983 (with some input from his parents).
After an expensive (and possibly wasted) education there, he has worked variously as a postman, a framer, and a print department manager (though if you are the only person in the department then can you really be called a manager?) all whilst continuing to play in every kind of band imaginable on most instruments you can think of.

His debut novel, Weekend Rockstars, was published in August 2016 to favourable reviews and his second The Craft Room (a very dark comedy concerning death through misadventure) came out in August 2017. He is currently in editing hell with the third.

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P1060658I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

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