Today I am helping get the word out on the final part of a three part novella series that I have really enjoyed. It is bittersweet as the journey is over, but this is a novella series I really do recommend you read! I will be sharing my review for it today.
Nothing lasts forever … Gary’s time on earth seems to be coming to an end. His visits are less frequent and his visibility is fading fast. But he still has a mission to accomplish, which involves Hattie and her ability to pass on a heart-rending message.
Best friend Cat’s ex-husband is determined to prove that he deserves another chance, but do leopards really change their spots?
Times are tough for Hattie’s mother Rachel, but where there’s life, there’s hope …
Meanwhile, is there someone already in Hattie’s life who can help her move on when it’s finally time to say goodbye?
Get your tissues at the ready – both for laughter and tears – with the final installment of a trilogy that has been hailed ‘brilliant’, ‘hilarious’, and ‘a great feel-good read’.
The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Three
Author: Audrey Davis
Published: July 23, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 18-22, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Haunting of Hattie Hastings is a three part series that has been released little by little since last year. Audrey Davis has done a superb job of bringing this series to us and pulling us into Hattie’s life. And Gary just keeps showing up! He is so entertaining. But what is Gary’s mission and what part will Hattie play in it? I have become attached to all the characters and after Part Two’s cliffhanger I was more than excited to read this final part of Hattie’s story. You MUST read the first and second parts before reading Part Three. It is a complete story that you cannot just drop into.
This whole series will make you laugh. This final part I did shed a few tears. I was sad to see the end of the story, but I was also happy as it is a complete story. In addition to the humor there is also seriousness to the story.
Davis has done a splendid job with this series and I look forward to reading more novels by her.
The Haunting of Hattie Hastings series is highly recommended.
About the Author:
Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the West coast of Scotland. Rubbish at science but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option. Probably wise. She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time to offer a journalism course.
Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire. Duties included interviewing farmers about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies. She persuaded her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the odd celebrity – or just the downright odd. From there, she moved to the loftier rank of senior reporter back in her home patch. Slightly more money, fewer farm animals but a higher crime rate. As Taggart would say: ‘There’s been a murrrrder!’
After a stint in London on a video magazine – yes, she is that old – Audrey moved to Singapore with her fiancé. She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat, humidity and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which was banned by the government for ‘artistic’ use of naked men’s bottoms.
Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of Number Two. Still, she loved the Aussie way of life – BBQs, beaches and bring your own booze to restaurants – so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back to the UK. Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn’t bode well …
Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers), got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again. Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists. Then, hubby drops another bombshell. Switzerland. As in – it’s packing time again. Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny, tiny issues. Like driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and speaking a foreign language (French). The former was conquered fairly quickly (we’ll skip over the wall demolition in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless. At least she provides amusement for the local workforce.
It wasn’t until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took a bit longer than nine months from conception. A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break – followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two is published on 21 March 2018, with the conclusion following in July. After which she might have a wee lie down …
Today I am on the Promo Blitz for Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer. It is about an ordinary 13 year old girl until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays. **There is also a giveaway going on!**
Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays. Whilst staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.
Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.
The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.
Buy Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer here.
About the Author:
Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also star in the Josie James series. She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.
Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local places and even her old school in her stories. Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.
Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.
It’s time for a….GIVEAWAY!
1st Prize – Signed copy of Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer (UK Only)
2nd Prize – E-copy of Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer (International- This is us USA)
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Today I am interviewing LV Hay on the blog tour for Do No Harm! The publisher is Orenda Books.
Till death do us part…
After leaving her marriage to jealous, possessive oncologist Maxwell, Lily and her six-year-old son have a second chance at happiness with headteacher Sebastian. Kind but vulnerable, Sebastian is the polar opposite of Maxwell, and the perfect match for Lily. After a whirlwind romance, they marry, and that’s when things start to go wrong…
Maxwell returns to the scene, determined to win back his family, and events soon spiral out of control. Lily and Sebastian find themselves not only fighting for their relationship, but also their lives…
Chilling, dark and terrifying, Do No Harm is a taut psychological thriller and a study of obsession, from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.
JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room): Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! I’m Lucy V Hay, also known as ‘LV Hay’ (a wily disguise, I’m sure you will agree). I’m a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers. I live in Devon, UK with my husband, three kids, five cats and a bunch of African Land Snails.
JRR: Nice to meet you LV! (Yes, the name is a brilliant disguise! 😉 ) Did you always want to become an author?
Yes! I absolutely did. My mum had a big bookcase on the landing in the house where I grew up. I had to go past it every time I went to the loo. I saw everyone’s names on the spines and thought it must be the COOLEST thing to have your name on the book. I still do! Sometimes I look at my bookcase and see my name there and I still can’t believe it.
JRR: And look at you now: You have written several books! I’m sure your younger self would be so excited at what you have accomplished!
Who was the most influential author you read when you were growing up? Did his/her writings influence you to want to become an author?
I was a big Enid Blyton fan growing up. She was massively prolific, but I feel fairly safe saying I read all of her books, even the obscure ones like The Six Bad Boys. Though I didn’t know why at the time, having studied the craft since, I understand now what I loved about her books: 1) her tight and polished plotting. The set ups and pay offs are seamless and 2) her larger-than-life characters. Mallory Towers was my favourite series of hers and even though I read the books twenty five years ago, I still remember them all: our heroine, Darrell; Sally, Darrell’s level-headed best friend; Felicity, Darrell’s younger sister; Gwendoline, the form’s spoilt martyr; Alicia, who is sharp tongued, competitive and intelligent (and my fave!); Mary-Lou, small and timid, but very kind-hearted; Irene, scatter-brained music and maths genius; Belinda, scatter-brained artistic genius; Jean, shrewd and straightforward, and Wilhelmina (Bill), completely horse-mad. It was so great to read such an eclectic mix of female characters!
JRR: Who is your favorite author as an adult? Who inspires you?
Oh goodness, I couldn’t decide on just ONE! I love domestic noir, so authors like Paula Daly, Sharon Bolton, Belinda Bauer and Gillian Flynn are way up there for me. I also enjoy the work of horror masters like Stephen King, Clive Barker and Joe Hill. I also really enjoy literary fiction, so have been loving the work of Celeste Ng, Matt Bondurant and Kit De Waal lately. Really, I love a good story, well told and am up for finding it.
JRR: There are too many authors to choose from! What inspires you to write?
I don’t know if I am inspired to write so much as COMPELLED. I have actually tried giving up writing many times, only to find myself creating stories whilst washing up or cleaning the loo. I just can’t help myself!!!
JRR: It’s beause that is what you are MEANT to do! It’s your calling! Now, what does your writing process consist of?
I try not to write, because I am a writer and therefore it’s more difficult for me than most people! No seriously, I always believe one’s best writing is done by thinking. This means I like to research – A LOT! If I am not researching, I like to go for long walks and make notes on my phone as I go; I will listen to music at the same time. I live in Devon, UK so there are plenty of beautiful places to do this. Trees help me write. Thanks trees!
JRR: What made you choose to write suspense/thrillers? What is your favorite book and/or movie of this genre?
I actually write in lots of different genres/styles, but I chose suspense thrillers because it’s ultimately what I love to read. I read more mysteries – especially those set in or around the home – than any other kind of book. Like many writers, it was Gone Girl that prompted me to try my hand in this genre. I love Gillian Flynn’s writing and the renewed interest in the domestic setting made me think about what I could bring to the storyworld through my love of diverse characters and social media … So I came up with my debut, The Other Twin!
JRR: Where did the idea for Do No Harm come from?
Like Lily, I was a single mother ‘back in the day’ and I had many friends who were single mums, too. Finding the ‘right’ new partner when there is a child in the house is no mean feat. Add an ex-partner into the mix who does not want to let go makes it EVEN more difficult! I have experience with this, as do some of my friends and let’s just say that most of what happens stem from REAL events, stitched together!
JRR: Did you base any character off anyone you know? Or maybe because of the type of novel it is this is an answer better left unanswered…
Haha yes, no thank you! 😉
JRR: If you could have dinner with three people (living or dead) who would they be and why?
Ooooh goodness, again – so hard to choose. I think Maya Angelou, because she was a great inspiration to me when I was a teenage mother. I think I would also like Clive Barker at this dinner party, because his writing really kept me going as a teen and of course Prince, who is an utter genius and whose music I listen to every single day.
JRR: Good choices! Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?
Secret History by Donna Tart. Everyone seems to have read it except me! Ooops …
JRR: I havent, so you aren’t the only one to not read it yet! 😉 What’s the best advice you have ever received?
‘Ignore all advice … except for the good stuff. You’ll know it when you hear it.’ I wish I could remember who said this to me, or where I read it, but it’s GOLD!
JRR: Thank you so much for your time with this interview!
About the Author:
Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Do No Harm is out now and her crime debut for Orenda Books The Other Twin, has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books, here.
Here is the entire blog tour: