Month: November 2017

Publication Day Push: The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One

Today I am helping get the word out on a new novella. It is the first part in a three part trilogy: The Haunting of Hattie Hastings. I will be sharing my review.

Novella Description:

Some people just won’t take death lying down …

Part one of a fun-filled trilogy about life, death and letting go.

Hattie Hastings is happily married, even if husband Gary drives her up the wall at times. When tragedy strikes, she is left alone and heartbroken, with only an assortment of family and friends to prop her up.

Struggling to cope, she is left reeling when her deceased other half returns, popping up at the most inappropriate times.

Hattie can’t convince anyone that Gary has returned. Not even best friend Cat – now free from the cruel and controlling Stewart – will believe her.

Why has Gary returned? And what will Cat do when her slimy ex-husband tries to worm his way back into her affections?

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings will make you laugh, cry and count down until Part Two …

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One
Author: Audrey Davis
Published: November 24, 2017
90 pages in Kindle

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 20-23, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Hattie’s husband Gary tragically dies.  Hattie doesn’t really know what to do next then Gary reappears as a ghost….  Without warning…. And he keeps reappearing… He can’t control this…He has interesting timing in his appearances….

This is the part one in a trilogy of novellas. After finishing this first part I am looking forward to reading part two. I want to see where this story goes next.  You can’t help but like these characters. This is a comedy that is filled with great one liners.  I won’t say what he said but Gary mentions the first thing he noticed about Hattie since his death and well…. Just read this!

The only ‘negative’ I can say is that just when The Haunting of Hattie Hastings really gets going you have that cliff hanger.  I NEED the second part now!  If you download this, be prepared!  You’ll want the second and I’m guessing the third parts to read all at once.

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings is recommended.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Scottish-born Audrey studied journalism in Edinburgh more decades ago than she cares to admit. She cut her writing teeth on provincial newspapers (using a typewriter) and a London-based video magazine (another sign of her advanced years).

Engagement to her now-husband Bill took them to Singapore, Australia and Buckinghamshire, England, before they settled in Switzerland in 2002. Along the way they had two boys, both all grown-up and living in the UK.

Her journey to becoming a published author began with an online Writing Fiction course. It took well over a year but, in June 2017, Audrey published her debut romantic comedy novel, A Clean Sweep. It was quickly followed by a shorter and darker prequel, A Clean Break.

The idea for The Haunting of Hattie Hastings came from nowhere, just a random title that popped into her head and from there grew into Part One of a trilogy. It comes under the same genre, but has some poignant scenes and – hopefully – lots of laughs! Audrey admits to being a worrier, and has always used humour as a defence mechanism, as her friends will attest.

When Audrey isn’t writing, she loves shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Strictly Come Dancing (a strange mix, she knows). Her interests include cooking (and eating pretty much anything apart from oysters), travelling and going to the gym. OK, the last one is mainly to compensate for her passion for food!

Audrey would describe herself as a ‘pantser’ rather than a ‘planner’, preferring to run where a story takes her and scribble copious notes along the way. She’d love to write a page-turning thriller, but fears her natural tendency to see the comic side of life might be an obstacle.

Contact Audrey:
Website
Facebook
Twitter @audbyname

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to those in the USA. I hope your holiday season is a good one!  Enjoy that huge meal we will all eat today, then I suppose shopping comes next for some of you… I’m going to try and enjoy this four day weekend, I hope to get some blogging, reading, relaxing, and maybe catch up on a little tv.  But who knows what will actually happen. I can’t sit still much!  Too much to do and never enough time!

-Jessica

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! I’ve been dreaming about the turkey sitting my fridge, for weeks now and I’ve been baking up a storm, so I promise you there will be no healthy eating today. Both my and Ivan’s family are coming to my house and I have 4 different bottles of wine to help get thru the day! Ivan is finally off this year and today will be filled with loud conversations, football games, lots of food and lots of napping. And of course, a lot of reflection on all the blessings that have come into my life this year. A special thank you to Jessica for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions on her blog! Everybody have a great day and hopefully you’ll find some time to relax with whatever book you’re reading!

-Kim

 

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And guess what?!?!  You guys get a review today!  This is today’s review Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie

Book Title: Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces
Author: Dawn Davies
Expected Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Date Sample Read: 11/22/17

Some women are born mothers, some achieve motherhood, others have motherhood thrust upon them.

Dawn Davies, a six-foot-tall divorcée, couldn’t care less about anyone’s potty training progress, and doesn’t care to share her own children’s milestones with people who don’t love them. But even if she has never fit in with other moms, she has raised three children with her own particular brand of fierce, unflagging love.

In pieces that cut to the quick, we see Davies grow from a young girl who moves to a new town every couple of years, to a misfit teenager who finds solace in the local music scene, to an adrift twenty-something who summons inner strength as she holds the hand of a dying stranger, to a woman dealing with difficult pregnancies and postpartum depression. And in her powerful titular story, we see Davies struggling with the weight of knowing that her son is deeply troubled.

Mothers of Sparta is not a blow-by-blow of Davies’s life but rather an examination of the exquisite and often painful moments of a life, the moments we look back on and say, That one, that one mattered. Straddling the fence between humor and, well, not humor, Davies has written a book about what it’s like to be a woman trying to carve a place for herself in the world, no matter how unyielding the rock can be.

Jessica’s review:

**Please note that this is not a review of the whole memoir, just the sample that Flatiron Books released.**

Flatiron Books advertised on their Facebook page about the Mothers of Sparta sampler: A Piece of Pie just in time for Thanksgiving.  This sampler of Dawn Davies’ upcoming memoir was published on November 21st and is 18 pages long. This is the perfect time for this sampler to be released as it deals with a new mother dealing with her infant’s first Thanksgiving and the chaos that ensues.  All she wants to do is bake a pie!

Davies perfectly captured her experience and the story gives people who are not parents an idea of the craziness that new moms go through. I’m sure the parents that read this will laugh and understand where Davies comes from.  Flatiron Books accomplished their intention of offering this sample for free: I want to read the rest of this memoir!

Pre-order links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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Words in Deep Blue

Author: Cath Crowley
290 Pages
Published: June 6, 2017

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 Stars

Description from Amazon:

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

Kim’s Review:

Well that certainly was a doozy of an emotional roller coaster! I don’t think I’ve cried like that during a book since Wonder! And it started from the very first page. Rachel exudes a hopelessness that I have never experienced in my life. Her brother died very suddenly in the place that they both felt confident and comfortable, the ocean. So now that she both hates and loves her home by the sea, she decides to move back to her hometown to live with her aunt to hopefully get through her grief. Even aside from Cal’s death, the boy that she confessed her love for through a letter, completely ignored her and stayed with someone else. I was sad while reading all this! It actually put me in a weepy mood!

Henry, unfortunately started out as an annoying teenager who thinks he actually knows what love is and that his whole world has ended because his high school girlfriend dumped him yet again. That is the only reason I gave this book 4 stars. His insistence that Amy is absolutely his soulmate while she claims that she loves him, but also loves someone else, got really irritating really fast!

What I loved about this book was the appreciation of secondhand books and bookstores! Being able to find the lives and memories of others in the pages of used books is such a beautiful thought and Crowley captures it perfectly! Watching Rachel work through her grief in the midst of the memories from so many people brought tears to my eyes. George, Henry’s sister, is the one who tore my heart out of my chest and stomped on it! I can’t give much more detail without giving away the ending of the story, but I had tears coursing down my cheeks because of the regret and love that George has to live with. I wish I could put into words all the things that I felt while reading this book! Overall, this was a quick read, but an emotional one. There is some language and some adult themes, but definitely ok for older teens. I would recommend this to book to anyone who has lost someone, or wants a beautiful story of love, or just wants an interesting read.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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