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Blog Tour: Book Review: It Will Be Quick by Karl Drinkwater

Today I am sharing my review of It Will Be Quick by Karl Drinkwater: This book is made up of a variety of short stories.  There will be something for everyone here!

Book Description:

A single decision can save – or ruin – a life.

An opportunistic baby theft by a young woman in pain. Two strangers shipwrecked on a lifeless rock, unable to speak the same language. An isolated cycling holiday descends into terror. One woman seeks the courage to destroy her life. A miracle unites a community, and teenagers take a stand against hypocrisy.

Karl Drinkwater presents characters to root for – and characters to dread – in sixteen tales of humanity, endurance, and spirit.

It Will be Quick
Author: Karl Drinkwater
Published: November 1, 2020

280 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 6-14, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Jessica’s Review:

This collection of 16 short stories has something for everyone! All these tales center on a decision that is made and the story varies depending on that decision.  These stories will bring a variety of emotions to the reader, and each reader will have a favorite depending on how they feel at the time of reading It will be Quick.  My preferences are thriller focused, so my favorite story was FileKiller.  I was intently reading it and there was no way I could do what Trina did: I got anxiety just by reading this one!

The stories can range in length from a few pages to the longer ones.  Drinkwater also included notes at the end of the book on how and where each came from.  This adds to each of the stories and I enjoyed that.

Purchase Links:
All links here
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About the Author:

Karl Drinkwater writes thrilling SF, suspenseful horror, and contemporary literary fiction. Whichever you pick you’ll find interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

Karl has lived in many places but now calls Scotland his home. He’s an ex-librarian with degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science. He also studied astrophysics for a year at university, surprising himself by winning a prize for “Outstanding Performance”. Karl is an active member of the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).

When he isn’t writing he loves guitars, exercise, computer and board games, nature, and vegan cake. Not necessarily in that order.

Contact Karl:
Website
Twitter @karldrinkwater
Instagram @authorkdrinkwater
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Blog Tour: Let’s Talk About Cats by Anita Kelsey

As a part of the blog tour, today I share my review of Let’s Talk About Cats by Anita Kelsey.  As a mommy to three kitty furbabies, I was excited to read this one!  There is also a giveaway going on on Facebook.

Book Description:

Let’s Talk About Cats: Conversations on Feline Behaviour features 16 unique in-depth conversations with devoted feline experts, each chapter answering a question about our cats. An abundance of catty conversation points which provide many useful takeaways for cat owners to improve their own every-day connection with their cats.

This book, the first of its kind, presents the combined wisdom of experts from all over the world on the psychology, behaviour, diet and training of cats, in a relaxed and conversational style. Contributors include Jackson Galaxy, star of My Cat From Hell, and composer David Teie, whose ground-breaking album, Music for Cats, was released by the Universal Music Group.

Each illuminating chapter exudes a love for cats and a wealth of fascinating insights.

This book is packed with helpful advice, guidance and true stories from the author’s own professional experience of cat care topics, explaining the most important cat concepts, giving food for thought and expanding on all the most important issues and debates in the cat world.

Let’s Talk About Cats: Conversations in Feline Behaviour
Author: Anita Kelsey
Published: November 28, 2020

276 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 2-14, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Let’s Talk About Cats is a nonfiction book by cat expert Anita Kelsey: She has a degree in Feline Behavior and Psychology, is a cat groomer, and more.  Needless to say, she knows what she is talking about.  She is based out of the UK, so the spellings of certain words are UK based (which I never have an issue with) and some of what is discussed would apply to UK readers more than US readers, but it is still a very well written book and I learned some things as well (I have only been a cat momma for 5 years and still constantly learning.) 

Let’s Talk About Cats is 15 chapters of learning and one chapter of a ‘bookend’ telling us about The Cat Man of Aleppo.  Despite being in the UK she does talk with US based experts including Jackson Galaxy who hosted the television show My Cat From Hell. Each chapter of the book deals with a certain question that cat owners/guardians may have. There is a discussion with an expert of the question presented and also summary of what you have just read at the end of the chapter and there are also real life case situations that apply to the chapter.  Chapters include Why Does My Cat Scratch Furniture, What Should I Be Feeding My Cat, touching and giving cats attention, all the way to dealing with elderly cats and euthanasia. 

Whether you are a new cat parent or experienced one, you will learn something from this book. Let’s Talk About Cats is for every cat parent and cat lover out there! 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US

Amazon UK

My three furbabies with Let’s Talk About Cats. They are in charge and do whatever they want!

About the Author:

Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita, a strong advocate of a vegan lifestyle, is based in London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza.

Her debut bookClaws. Confessions Of A Professional Cat Groomer was published by John Blakes in 2018 and her second book Let’s Talk About Cats, Conversation On Feline Behaviour is due out November 28th 2020.

Contact Anita:
Website
Twitter @catbehaviourist
Instagram @cat_behaviourist

Giveaway

If anyone would like the chance to win a free copy of Let’s Talk About Cats plus some fun cat toys from Purrs In Our Hearts and 4Cats then join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/letstalkaboutcats

There will be 5 fun cat photo competitions posted on 23rd Nov With the entries closing 4th Dec. **Rules and how to enter on the page. **

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Blog Tour: The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog tour for The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh. The cover of this one is just gorgeous! 

Book Description:

RACHEL, saved from an attack twelve years before by a faceless stranger, never got to thank him, never knew his name.

Despite the devastation she chose to rise above it to help others from their pain by becoming a psychologist…. Her only issue now is that she’s an expert at fixing everyone else’s problems, and blind to her own.

After a long relationship with her boyfriend WILL starts to go south, she turns to her best friend AMELIA for guidance.

Suddenly her world is turned upside down when tragedy strikes and she’s left with no one to comfort her but Will’s rude older brother RUARI.

Paralyzed by fear, she struggles to take grip of her life, until the day when anonymous letters begin to appear from the stranger who saved her twelve years before.

The Secret Letters
Author: Taryn Leigh

Published: August 9, 2020
241 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: July 24-August 1, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

The Secret Letters This is one that covers a lot of themes: romance, various relationships, trauma and survival, unfaithfulness, with a little bit of mystery thrown in.  It is also a fictional tale based on a real life attack.

Twelve years ago Rachel was attacked and then saved by an unknown person.  In the aftermath she begins to receive letters from her ‘hero’ to try to help her to come to grips with what happened  and help her heal.  He never makes himself known to her and eventually the letters stop.

Since surviving the attack, twelve years has passed and Rachel has become a psychiatrist and truly wants to help others face their issues. She has a boyfriend of 11 years and lately things have become stagnant.  She also meets an older gentleman she wants to help named Mr. Lemon. His story is just as important as Rachel’s and takes shape in the novel as well.  There was just something about the two of them that resonated with me.  I adored him and need a Mr. Lemon in my life!

Then tragedy happens to Rachel a second time and her life is turned upside down again for a variety of reasons…. Then the letters start coming again.

This is a novel that covers so much emotion and you cannot help but become fully invested in the story.  I did figure out who the mystery letter writer was at relatively early on, but that did not take away the enjoyment of the novel.  I just sat back and enjoyed the story and waited to see how Rachel would react to everything.

The story is based out of South Africa where Leigh is from and she is very descriptive in her writing; she makes you feel like you actually are in South Africa:  I would love to see a zebra in the ‘real world’ living its life like a deer does here in Georgia!

This is a powerful read that deals with very heavy subjects that are difficult to handle, but also about overcoming those tragedies.  Add a little bit of mystery and a sweet and possible developing romance and you just about have everything covered!

This is one I definitely recommend.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Taryn Leigh is a South African Author, who spent her childhood with her nose buried in books. Her love for reading transpired into her ambition to become an Author.

Taryn Leigh’s first book, Perfect Imperfections, is available in Paperback, eBook and AudioBook. She lives in Pretoria with her husband and son.

Contact Taryn:
Website
Instagram:@tarynleighbooks
Twitter: @tarynleighbook

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