Tag: novella

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:
Website
Twitter @nicolamay1
Instagram

**International Giveaway!**

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Blog Tour: The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Two

Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Two by Audrey Davis!  This is the second in a three part novella series about a ghost that can’t or won’t keep away from his wife. I will be sharing my review today. This is an entertaining series that I can’t wait to find out how it ends!

In case you want to know about Part One before you learn about Part Two, my review for Part One is here.

Novella Description:

The story continues … 

Hattie is used to her deceased husband Gary dropping in and out of her life. His timing might not always be great, but at least he’s still around. Although – when Hattie tentatively tries a spot of dating – his interference isn’t entirely welcome.

Best friend Cat is lapping up her new relationship with teacher Jamie, but ex-husband Stewart isn’t prepared to fade into the background.

Hattie’s mother Rachel faces a daunting battle, one she doesn’t want to burden family and friends with. But there’s someone waiting in the wings who might be more than a shoulder to cry on.

Gary still doesn’t know what his mission on earth is, and spirit guide Clarence isn’t offering any clues? Will an encounter with another provide him with answers, or put Hattie in an impossible situation?

Prepare for more laughs and tears in the second installment of a trilogy which takes a darkly comic look at life … and the afterlife.

***Warning: Cliffhanger Ending***


The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Two
Author: Audrey Davis
Published: Today, March 21, 2018
95 pages in Kindle

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: March 12-18, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

I enjoyed The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One and was given the opportunity to be on the blog tour for Part Two. I could not wait to see where the story went next, so of course I said yes!

Part Two picks up where Part One left off which was a cliff hanger.  Hattie is trying to move on but Gary just keeps showing up! Gary has helped Hattie in both positive and negative ways.  He’s the ghost that just can’t or won’t stay away. Gary doesn’t know why he hasn’t moved on and what his purpose is, but he might be getting closer. These novellas will leave you laughing, but be prepared as they end with cliffhangers and leave you wanting the next novella now. Bring on Part Three!!

The lightheartedness is counterbalanced with some serious situations. I hope they have satisfying conclusions and I wonder what Hattie will do next.  When the description warns you that it ends in a cliffhanger, be prepared: You will want the third and final part now!

I have enjoyed these first two novellas and look forward to the third and final part. I am attached to all the characters and really care and want to know what will happen next. I can’t wait to see how Davis winds down this story!

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Two is recommended.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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, less 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 May/June. After which she might have a wee lie down …

Contact Audrey:
Facebook
Twitter @audbyname

Check out the whole tour: Coming to a blog near you!

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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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