Category: Blog Tour

Blog Tour: Tails of Friendship

Today I am part of the blog tour for Tails of Friendship, which was photographed by Sally Grace. This is my first photography book I have reviewed and I loved it. Any animal lover will love this collection of photos!

Description:

A collection of beautiful black and white portraits illustrating the loving relationship between dogs and their owners. Each photograph is accompanied by a famous quote or by a quote from the dogs themselves.

Sally Grace is a professional photographer and specialises in working with children and dogs. Sally works from her photographic studio in Surrey.

Tails of Friendship
Photographer: Sally Grace
Published: November 2, 2017
124 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Today I am reviewing Tails of Friendship. This will be different from my other reviews as this is a photography book of black and white photographs of dogs and their owners. This work is perfection! It really shows the unconditional friendship and love between dogs and their owners. You see the love shown in the owner’s eyes. The personalities of all photographed truly come out.

In addition to the black and white photo, included are the owner’s name and the dog’s name(s) and breed(s). There is also a quote from a famous person or from the particular dog photographed. You really get a feel for the dog’s personality when they are quoted. I tried to pick a favorite picture from the book unsuccessfully. They are all that good.

This is the perfect book for any dog lover. Grace masterfully captured the saying that a dog is man’s best friend. This would also be a great coffee table book and with Christmas around the corner, I am sure everyone has that special someone who really loves their dog who would appreciate this book. In fact, that person will most likely wish they and their beloved dog were in this collection!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

About the Author:

Sally Grace is a professional photographer of over twenty years specializing in portraits of children and pets and a mom to five children. She works out of her studio in Surrey. In her youth, she was a prolific tennis player, winning a number of tournaments as a junior player and competing for the national team of Great Britain. This is her first collection of photographs

Contact Sally:
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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

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Blog Tour: Clipped Wings

Today I am one of the two blog stops on the blog tour for Clipped Wings by Jennifer Gilmour. Today I will be sharing my review. The publication date for Clipped Wings was October 30th.  This is a very powerful and at times hard to read book of true accounts that survivors of domestic abuse bravely share.

Book Description from Amazon:

The silent chorus.

Just imagine you thought that you had met the man or woman of your dreams. This person was charming and you thought they were the one or perhaps that this was fate; it was just meant to be.

But as the months go by things start to change. Their behaviour towards you isn’t the same, they are more critical, more particular about your appearance, what you do, how you do it, who you see. Time goes by and you feel isolated from your friends and family because that behaviour has now changed to threats, maybe violence and you feel that your identity is all but gone. But still you stay. Where would you go? Who would help you? You are not worthy.

But you are.

A group of survivors have spoken about their own experiences. In their own words they show that survivors do have a voice and that it needs to be heard. They show that abuse isn’t unique or strange but that it is, unfortunately, a surprisingly common problem in today’s society.

The message of this book is one of courage, as with courage comes awareness and an ability to understand what has happened to you and take the steps needed to become a survivor yourself.

Clipped Wings: Hear Some Stories of Survival
Author: Jennifer Gilmour
Published: October 30, 2017
148 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 30- November 3, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Clipped Wings is survivors of domestic abuse sharing their stories.  One in four women and one in six men will become victims at some point in their lives.  We hear from many women and one man as we read Clipped Wings. Some of the survivors share their stories in their own writing while others are interviewed.  Jennifer Gilmour opens and concludes Clipped Wings with her own words as she also shares her personal journey of domestic abuse.

This is Jennifer’s second book, the first was her semi-autobiographical novel Isolation Junction.  She continues the path she is on to increase awareness on all forms of domestic abuse with Clipped Wings.

This is a very personal journey that these survivors share and I commend them on their bravery. Clipped Wings is very difficult to read.  It’s hard to comprehend that these are true stories.  It is a shame that people have to experience these situations.  This is a book you might have to read in spurts, you can only handle so much at once as you read.  These are all very strong survivors and I hope they all continue to have better lives and that this book helps them in their journey of recovery from abuse. I also hope this book helps those out there who currently face abuse to realize that there is a way out.

Clipped Wings is recommended.

About the Author:

Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children. In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business.

From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write this first novel ‘Isolation Junction’. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.

Since the publication of her debut novel Jennifer has continued to be an advocate for those in abusive relationships through her blog posts, radio interviews and Twitter feed. Jennifer also gained a qualification in facilitating a recover programme for those who have been in abusive relationships.

Jennifer continues to publicly support those who are isolated and struggle to have a voice. Jennifer hopes that ’Clipped Wings’ give’s a voice to survivor’s experiences and raise’s awareness further of the types of unacceptable behaviour which fall into the category of domestic abuse.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Contact Jennifer:
Website
Facebook
Twitter @JenLGilmour

 

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