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Review: The Friendships Online Series Parts 1&2 by Anne John-Ligali

The Friendships Online series is a three part novella series and the blog tour for the third has started. I am part of the blog tour for The Dinner in the Sky, with my review being on June 13th. To prepare for Dinner in the Sky, I read the first two novellas of the series and I will be sharing my review for them today. The Dinner in the Sky was released yesterday, May 31st.

Books in the Series:
The Big Event
The Weekend Spa Break
The Dinner in the Sky


The Big Event
Published: November 30, 2017
28 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: May 16, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action.

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.

A Gorgeous Venue, A Room Full of Friends, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Jessica’s Review:

The Big Event is the short story beginning to John-Ligali’s Friendships Online trilogy series. Constance is a writer and has been online friends for years with several fellow authors and finally has a chance to meet them at a party!  But things don’t go quite as she expected, in good and bad ways.  This short story introduces us to a variety of characters that we are sure to get to know over the course of the series.

The Big Event also shows how much of a hindrance social media has become in our world. Do we really need to be sucked into our phones all the time?

This is a short read at 28 pages and can be read in less than an hour. Do read it and get to know Constance and be ready for the second in the trilogy: The Weekend Spa Break.

Purchase Links:
**This one is FREE!**
Amazon US
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The Weekend Spa Break
Published: April 30, 2018
148 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 19-23, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.
Sparkling water on tap.
And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

Jessica’s Review:

The Weekend Spa Break is the second in the Friendships Online short story trilogy. Weekend picks up where The Big Event Ends. We are with Constance and Estelle and they are having a wonderful spa weekend relaxing and getting to know each other better and discovering how much they actually have in common!  And who is this hottie that Constance keeps seeing around and exchanging glances with?

Every woman needs a spa break getaway with her girlfriends. After reading this I found myself thinking how much I really could use one!  This is an enjoyable story that goes in an unexpected direction that wants you  to start the next in the series: Dinner in the Sky to see how this story ends!

Social media is still an integral part of the story and really makes you think how much should we really be sharing to and who might be seeing our updates?!?!?!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Blog Tour: After Jessica by Morgen Bailey

Today I get to help end the blog tour for After Jessica by Morgen Bailey! I share my review of this novella.

Book Description:

Jessica is an ordinary girl who comes across extraordinary circumstances and pays for them with her life. As well as identifying her body, her brother Simon then has to wind up her affairs but gets more than he bargains for. Who is Alexis, and why are Veronica and Daniel searching for her? Why is there a roll of cash in Jessica’s house, and what’s the connection between his sister and Alexis?

Author: Morgen Bailey
Published: September 20, 2016
172 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 4-10, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

After Jessica is a short novella written by Morgen Bailey that pulls you in from the beginning and we have multiple mysteries throughout.  The chapters are extremely short and the story is fast paced.  You will want to keep reading to see what will happen!

The chapters are from multiple points of view (a favorite of mine!) and they start out disconnected, but as the novella progresses, they all wind up interconnected. Readers of thrillers/mysteries will most likely figure out the connections early on, I did.  But it did not end my enjoyment of the novella.  I wanted to see how these characters figured out the outcome. I liked and was invested in these characters, even the ‘unlikable’ Daniel, but you can understand his reasoning!

Reader beware: After Jessica ends on a cliffhanger!  Ms. Bailey, I am ready for the continuation of this novella.  I really hope you are planning to continue the story and I want to know what will happen next: Because ‘After Jessica’ is just the beginning!

After Jessica is recommended.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an E) is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online), Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker, and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the BBC Radio 2, BeaconLit, and Althorp Literary Festival children’s short story competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-word competition. 2018 events include talks and workshops at Troubador’s Self Publishing Conference speakers, workshops and panels at Delapre Book Festival, interviewing and workshops at BeaconLit, and NAWG Fest with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course. Morgen can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and many others. Her blog is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, and email address morgen@morgenbailey.com.

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Blog Tour: Christmas Spirit by Nicola May

Today I share my review for the novella Christmas Spirit by Nicola May.  This is an enjoyable one that will help get you into the Christmas Spirit! There is also an international giveaway going on!

Book Description:

It’s two days before Christmas – and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.
Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London landmarks.

A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way . . . but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?

Author: Nicola May
58 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 31-November 1, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

This was a quick read to get you into the spirit of Christmas! Christmas can be such a crazy time and we can forget what the true meaning of Christmas is about: Helping others.  This story focuses on the helping of others while helping Evie to grow herself. She starts off the story without a job and left by her boyfriend.  She feels pity for herself, but the invite to volunteer at a homeless shelter was just what she needed.  (And yeah, ok, Greg is nice to look at too!)

Evie meets a homeless man Yves who she helps and in return he helps her!  This is a great short story that has a happy ending. This will be sure to help you get into the Christmas spirit! 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Nicola May lives near the famous Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.  Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks – and, naturally, enjoying a flutter on the horses.

Nicola likes to write about love, life and friendship in a realistic way, describing her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick’.

She has written eight novels, with Christmas Spirit being her first novella.

Contact Nicola:
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Twitter @nicolamay1
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