18 Goodreads ‘Mary’s Monster’

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Book 18 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018

A very enjoyable read, a graphic novel with a lyrical undertone. A true work of art with all the beautiful illustrations a real treasure to possess.

So many beautiful passages but this one has got to be one of my favourites

‘She conceived me
I took shape like an infant
not in her body, but in her heart,
growing from her imagination
till I was bold enough to climb out of the page
and into your mind.’


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Very highly recommended.

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Release Day ‘Sins of the Father’ by Maria Gibbs

17th May 2018

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Sins of the Father


Maria Gibbs

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Having seen first-hand the results of starvation, abuse, and murder, Carlos Suarez knows all too well that the streets of Rio are no place for a child to grow up.

Because of his own history and subsequent rescue from that poverty at the age of fifteen, he makes it his life’s work to ensure opportunities are available to the future generations of Brasil’s homeless children—but no matter how many kids Carlos saves, it’s never enough for him.

Almost to the point of obsession.

Dedicated to his work, and haunted by his past, Carlos has never considered an intimate relationship with anyone, let alone another man, especially after that night. But when Fate throws him a curve ball, and his past comes screaming back threatening to destroy his future, Carlos will discover that redemption can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings, Sins of the Father is a story you won’t be able to put down.



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I write in many genres, my mind is alive with thoughts and ideas so I allow them free release on paper. Inspiration comes in many forms and I grab it with greedy hands. Writing has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. My most popular book so far is ‘A Boy from the Streets’ which is centred on twin babies orphaned at birth in Brazil, one baby is adopted into a life of luxury and the other abandoned into the poverty of the streets.

When I’m not writing, I like reading, listening to music or riding my motorbike.


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#EasterReading 2018

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Easter eBooks

Did you know that most eBooks are cheaper than chocolate? Rather than spend all that money out on a thin shell of chocolate, in a overpackaged box, why not treat a friend or loved one to an eBook. There are so many out there below are a selection of my favourites. If you click on an image it should take you to the amazon page. If you click the pc icon it should take you to the authors website.

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Maria Gibbs

Maria is my lovely Indie Author friend with whom I share a book table with at any book events we attend. A very talented author, with lots of ideas spinning around in her pretty head just waiting to be written. My favourite is ‘A Boy from the Streets’ and book 2 is coming real soon.

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Sherri Easter Reading

Sherri A. Wingler

Sherri is my lovely mentor and online author friend from the USA. Her books fall into the Young Adult / paranormal reads. The characters are truly believable and some you simply cannot help but fall in love with. Check out ‘Wings of Darkness’ and ‘Crimson Moon’ the first two books in seperate book series.

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Jenny Easter Reading

J.S. Burke

I absolutely love the ‘Dragon Dreamer’ Series all about Dragons and their fight for survival making new and very unsual friends for young readers and the Young at Heart like me.

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Deb Easter Reading

Deb McEwan

Deb has lots of books out and I love them all but I wanted to share ‘Unlikely Soldiers’ as I believe Book 1 is currently FREE to download for Easter 2018. Very Highly Recommended. Deb has a wonderful comedic book series about Aliens and also a wonderful children’s book ‘Jason the Penguin’ who has a Yorkshire Accent.

Find out about all Deb’s books by clicking the image above or visiting her website by clicking the logo below.

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UK Indie Lit Fest

Finally let me remind you I am also part of the UK Indie Lit Fest. A group of Indie Authors who gather at book events currently in Yorkshire. If you want to check out more Indie Authors & Poets then their twitter page is a great place to visit. They are often sharing the posts and exciting new releases of some great writers across all genre. Click the image above.

Happy Easter One and All

& Happy Reading


#WorldBookDay #ShareAStory

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My Indie Author friends and I at #UKIndieLitFest are all excited today as we are helping to celebrate #WorldBookDay we will be sharing stories throughout the day.

If you have a story to share why not post a link in the comments below. The day is mainly aimed at sharing stories with children and younger readers but we like to share stories with all.

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To find out more about all this year’s participating authors and poets why not visit the website. Click the logo below.

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Happy #ShareAStory Day


Spotlight of the month – Audrina Lane

#BooksWeLove Pop over to my lovely Indie Author friends blog to find out more about Audrina Lane.


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1. Do you write as a full-time author or do you have to squeeze it in around a full-time job or looking after the children? If you don’t write as your main job what are your aims for your writing?

I somehow squeeze my writing in around my full-time job working for the Library Service in Herefordshire. I’m sometimes not sure where I find the extra time but I can be found writing on the bus on my way to work or during my lunchtime. My aims for my writing are to continue working on my current 3 WIP novels. Hoping to get them all out at some point in 2018.

2. What inspires you to write?

I tend to write everyday type of characters who are either experiencing love for the first or second time around. Or equally about them battling their demons, such as abuse or…

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15 Goodreads ‘As Dreams Are Made On’

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As Dreams Are Made On by Maria Gibbs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 15 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018



(I have now read this several times but could not resist another one.)

OK being totally honest I was unsure about this little book when I first came across it. The title threw me off, not being a big Shakespeare fan I was unaware that it came from ‘The Tempest Act 4, scene 1, 148–158’ spoken by Prospero. When you know this and discover what he is talking about then this title fits the story perfectly.

Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d tow’rs, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

Life for Matty is one long deep dream, she is caught between the love of her husband and the love of a handsome stranger. I was hooked from the start. Yes it is like a kind of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ story but with a few unexpected twists and turns. I never saw the end coming at all and I am not ashamed to say I cried. I cannot say more without giving away the story, you will just have to buy your own copy and find out for yourselves.

Just as wonderful and exciting as the very first time I read this.

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Happy Reading 🙂

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11 Goodreads (ARC) ‘Beyond Possession’

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Beyond Possession by Deb McEwan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 11 of my Goodreads Challenge 2018


This series is Beyond Imagination

I originally was sent an advanced reading copy (ARC) of this book by the lovely Indie Author Deb McEwan who’s writing I am a massive fan of. All her books are well worth checking out. Click the PC icon to visit Deb’s website

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This is Book 4 in the ‘Afterlife Series’ and the series simply gets better and better. The author has certainly upped her game for this one. The previous three books had me so hooked I read them one after the other in just four days. This one is even more fast paced and had me on the very edge of my seat.

All our old favourite characters are here both good and evil with a few more thrown into the big mix. At times it is rather heart-breaking especially as we learn about the loss of a child’s soul into the ether. There are some absolutely horrendous images conjured up too, Sandy’s story really sticks in my mind, the torture that the poor soul has to endure made me put the book aside and do something else so as not to have nightmares.

The author for this series has gone way beyond imagination, the whole series is a real rollercoaster of a read one moment you are on a high laughing then you might dip down so low you end up sobbing your heart out (well if you happen to be a sensitive soul) Finally you may even reach a peek of being totally shocked and almost scared out of your skin. AWESOME I love it.

In the beginning of this book the author gives us a brief insight into the story so far. However, if you have not read the other books in the series I greatly urge you to do so, this by far helps you with the whole story experience.


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Afterlife Series

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