Archive | February 2017

2017 Book 17 ‘The Spirit Guide’

2017 Goodreads Challenge 17

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‘The Spirit Guide’

by Elizabeth Davies

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Rose Reviews The Spirit Guide’

I was sent this story quite sometime ago in return for an honest review, I loaded it upon my kindle but unfortunately forgot all about it. All the other books I kept on purchasing or being offered simply pushed it down the list but oh I wish I had read it sooner. A truly enjoyable read that had me on the edge of my seat.

Seren has an unusual gift – she sees spirits, the shades of the dead. Terrified of being accused of witchcraft, a very real possibility in twelfth century Britain, she keeps her secret close, not even confiding in her husband. But when she gives her heart and soul to a man who guides spirits in the world beyond the living, she risks her secret and her life for their love..

A wonderful story that had me continually turning the pages, a story that covers several genre from YA to the paranormal to historical romance. All genre are seamlessly blended together and now I want to do research to find the facts behind the fiction.

I give it a 3 Rose Rating as it was a real page turner

3 Rose Rating

Happy Reading

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Teaser ‘A Boy From The Streets’ by Maria Gibbs

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‘A Boy from the Streets’

This is the WIP (work in progress) of my lovely author friend Maria Gibbs which will be released next month.  She is just working on the final edits.

Here is the Blurb (not finalised) & excerpt:

Two babies abandoned at birth: one grows up in a life of privilege and the other in poverty.

Love, betrayal, murder, hopes & dreams

Twin boys are born on the 12 September 1981 in a hospital in Brazil and left as orphans to their fate. Jose is adopted by a couple and taken to England but the other isn’t so lucky, Pedro ends up on the streets left to fend in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Twelve years later Jose is brought back to Brazil where he inadvertently learns the truth about his twin and the adoption and runs away to find him, thinking his adoptive parents no longer want him. What happens next will shake and shape the rest of his life–if he can survive.

Pedro is offered an opportunity that is beyond his wildest dreams, but to keep it means betrayal of someone he loves. This proves to be a far greater challenge than he anticipated.

A boy from the streets will tug at your heart-strings as you follow the twists and turns this story takes.

Pedro

“Pedro, wake up.”
I felt a sharp kick to my side and couldn’t understand how Chico had got so close. On the streets we slept with one eye open, and yet, I had fallen into a deep sleep that could have resulted in me not waking up. Since losing Jonny and DC I’d been wondering what reason I had for going on, though. One couldn’t call this living. It was existing, and what did I want to exist for?
Sometimes I saw glimpses of another life, when I hung around outside the fancy tourist hotels or happened into an area where the rich frequented. There was a three-tiered system, the rich at the top followed by the working man, who was marginally better off than those of us at the bottom of the scale. They worked hard, long hours, and had a room over their heads, but the downtrodden look they wore told me that their lives were tough, too. Although I would have sold my soul to sleep in a bed without having to keep an eye open at all times.
DC had found a vacant house, abandoned when the occupant had died and left it empty for a few weeks. Jonny, DC, and I stayed there for five days, topping and tailing in the big bed. The soft mattress was the height of luxury. DC said it was one of the things he missed most about his former life. Jonny and I knew no different than the streets. We would often go to sleep with the sound of DC’s voice relating a story of his former life, beyond our comprehension, but not our imagination.
“Pedro, I have a job for you.” Chico’s whiny voice intruded on my thoughts.
I pushed myself into a sitting position, rubbing the ache in my back and the filth from the streets off my shirt simultaneously. “What is it, Chico?” I gave the impression of disinterest though I could not afford that luxury.
“Detective Inspector Martinez said there is an American family who have arrived at The Excelsior. Stinking rich. He wants you to liberate them of as much of their valuables as you can while they are here.”
“Why me, Chico? Why not you?”
“Everyone knows you are the best. He doesn’t want them to know it has happened at the time. If they don’t see the crime they can’t report it.” Pedro heard the jealousy infused in his tone of voice.
“What do you get out of it, Chico?”
“Me?”
“Yes, you, Chico. Don’t play stupid. I know you’ll get your share.”
“Then why ask?”
“I do all the hard work and take the risk, yet you and Martinez get the best cut.”
“You know the score, Pedro, you’ll eat for a week.”
“And if I choose not to?” I don’t know what got into me, pushing like this when we both knew I would take the job or I wouldn’t see the day out if I refused.
“I wouldn’t if I were you. Detective Inspector Martinez says he’ll arrange another drive-by shooting. We haven’t had one since Jonny and DC died.”

I cannot wait to get my hands on a printed copy of this book.

Happy Reading

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Blog Tour: Sealskin by Su Bristow

I saw this on another page a few days ago and being a big fan of myths and legends particularly that of the Selkie I added it immediately to my wish list. Very much looking forward to reading this 🙂

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img_1900Sometimes a book will come along that hypnotises you just so and holds you so much under its spell that when it comes time to even attempt to do it justice in a review that it becomes pretty much impossible to put into words just how bloody good it is and those superlatives that are known merely prove inadequate. Su Bristow’s Sealskin is one of those books.

Winner of 2013’s Exeter Novel Prize, Sealskin is based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people. More specifically the legend of a fisherman who, one night at full moon, witnessed nine seals who came to shore, took off their skins and became beautiful young women dancing on the beach. In Su Bristow’s novel that fisherman watches the women dance and, unable to contain himself, makes a terrible mistake. That mistake has ramifications for both him, the young…

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#WMVBSAB Past Book Signing Event

West Midlands Valentine’s Book Signing & 1940’s Ball

On Saturday 4th February Maria Gibbs & I took part in a wonderful fun  Book Signing Event in Telford. We shared a table as ‘Roses & Dreams’ it was lovely to meet so many wonderful new authors and rekindle old friendships.

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The Event was held HERE Saturday 4th February 2017

Casey’s Venues, Cordingley Hall, Telford, TF2 8JS

Here are a small selection of the photographs taken at the event.

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Our next event is The ‘UK Indie Lit Fest 2017’ Bradford West Yorkshire

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Watch this space or visit the website HERE

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2017 Reading Challenge Rose Rating

This is a reminder of how I rate the books I read, using a special Rose Rating with a 3 Rose Rating being the top and a real page turner for me.

Rose English UK

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So those of you that may have visited my blog before will possibly remember my Rose Ratings for my book, theatre and movie reviews. I will use the same rating again. So here is how it works. Maximum is a 3 Rose Rating.

3 Rose Rating

A 3 Rose Rating for me means a real page-turner of a book

Or something I really REALLY Loved

2 Rose Rating

A 2 Rose Rating is something I enjoyed

Pink Rose

A Single Rose Rating will usually mean it was OK, I got through it.

I do not like to give a review if I did not like something, I generally will simply say it was not for me.

Happy Reading 2017

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2017 Book 16 ‘This Side of Paradise’

2017 Goodreads Challenge 16

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‘Oakshot – The Complete Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald’

by F. Scott Fitzgerald & Oakshot Publishers

AmazonTo buy on Amazon.com click HERE

Rose Reviews ‘This Side of Paradise’

I read this story after watching an Amazon Prime TV series ‘Z-The Beginning of Everything’ about the author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald the first flapper in the era of Jazz USA.

Not really a great fan of the classics I thought I might like to give this a try there were some wonderful lyrical passages but being set in the US in bygone days it was difficult at times to understand their ways. Below is one of my favourite passages when the main character Armory Blaine is walking in the moonlight with a new love the wild Eleanor.

‘One night they walked while the moon rose and poured a great burden of glory over the garden until it seemed fairy-land with Amory and Eleanor, dim phantasmal shapes, expressing eternal beauty in curious elfin love moods. Then they turned out of the moonlight into the trellised darkness of a vine-hung pagoda, where there were scents of plaintive as to be nearly musical.’

I give this a 2 rose rating for this reason.

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If you are not familiar with this classic author as I was not, you might be interested to know that he was the author of ‘The Great Gatsby’ and also ‘Benjamin Button’

A First Edition copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’ sold in New York in recent years for an astounding amount of money a sum of almost £150,000. Below is the original cover.

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I will give this authors work another viewing at some point in the future.

Happy Reading

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2017 Book 15 ‘The Golden Acorn’

2017 Goodreads Challenge 15

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‘The Golden Acorn – The Adventure of Jack Brenin’

by Catherine Cooper

AmazonTo buy on Amazon.com click HERE

Rose Reviews ‘The Golden Acorn Book 1’

I have had this book on my kindle for a long time downloading it after meeting the author at a book signing event in Leominster, West Midlands UK.

Unfortunately being a big book lover I have downloaded lots after this and it got pushed down the list but I am so glad I found it again. Its aimed at young readers I would say around age 10 upwards. I am loving the fantasy and all the myths and legends surrounding the trees and ancient forests of Shropshire.

I keep breaking off to research the myths themselves. Very enjoyable.