In support of Marie Curie Nurses…. Together Behind Four Walls compiled by Francis H Powell @Dreamheadz — Bowen’s Book Publicity

Looking for a good read whilst also supporting a very worth charity? Together Behind Four Walls Compiled by Francis H Powell With the sudden arrival of Covid 19 and the introduction of a lockdown, many people might have wondered how they would spend their time. Writers, poets, and artists decided to express their feelings in […]

In support of Marie Curie Nurses…. Together Behind Four Walls compiled by Francis H Powell @Dreamheadz — Bowen’s Book Publicity

#Giveaway The Scarlet Forest: A Tale of Robin Hood by A. E. Chandler 

Hi, I have a fabulous giveaway for you today!

You are invited underneath the great greenwood tree to hear how a young man became a hero, and a hero became a legend. When Robin takes a shortcut through Sherwood Forest, the path he chooses leads not to Nottingham’s archery contest, but to a life on the run from the law. Unable now to become a knight, and joined by his childhood friends, Robin Hood leads the most infamous outlaw band ever to evade the king and his sheriff.

Giveaway….

For your chance to win a signed copy of The Scarlet Forest: A Tale of Robin Hood, a Robin Hood tote bag, a signed bookmark, and bonus sheets with book club questions and medieval outlaw bios, Follow the link….

https://kingsumo.com/g/lepzqr/win-a-signed-copy-of-the-scarlet-forest-a-tale-of-robin-hood-plus-gift-pack

**The giveaway will be open until 5th October 2021. The winner will be chosen on the 6th**

Good luck!

Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas @Dougieclaire #BookReview

Do Not Disturb

by Claire Douglas 

Do Not Disturb is another excellent read by Claire Douglas. I have read a couple of her books now and I love her writing.

When we meet Wales born Kirsty she has been living with her husband and two daughters in London. However, her husband hasn’t been well, so they decide it’s time to start a new life back in Wales. They buy a guest house to run as a family, along with Kirsty’s mother.

Before they are even open to guests her Mum asks if Kirsty’s cousin, Selena, can stay with her sick daughter. Kirsty is reluctant. They haven’t spoken for years after a massive fallout. Does she need the extra stress in her life? However, her mother had pretty much decided for her anyway, and Selena arrives. It isn’t long before something feels off though and then a tragic accident (or so it seems initially) leaves them all in shock. Serious questions are raised and what we discover as the story progresses is shocking and heart wrenching. I’m not sure how I would handle the situation they are faced with. I can certainly understand Kirsty as a mother.

There is so much going on in this story. So many complex characters. So many back stories and secrets to be revealed (and kept). It’s full of surprises and it certainly held my attention from the first page to the very last. I highly recommend!

**Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via NetGalley. I am working my way through my list slowly but surely**

Available now….

ICYMI….

https://chataboutbooks.blog/2016/08/29/local-girl-missing-by-claire-douglas-review/

https://chataboutbooks.blog/2018/12/23/the-text-a-short-story-by-claire-douglas-dougieclaire-bookreview/

A Home in the Sun by Sue Moorcroft @SueMoorcroft #BookReview

A Home in the Sun

by Sue Moorcroft  

A Home in the Sun is a lovely read and one which deserves the fabulous reviews it is getting.

When we first meet Judith, she is loving life in Malta with her younger man. That is until tragedy strikes, turning her world upside down. I can’t even imagine how devastated she must be, especially given the unusual circumstances of their relationship. My heart truly went out to her. When she moves back to the UK not knowing if it might be temporary or permanent, I felt for her as she faces an uncertain future. She is only in her early 40s and that is no age to have to start all over again, especially after already being divorced from one man, but she has little choice.

I really liked Judith and I was rooting for her throughout this story. I did want to shake her at times, but I could understand her being torn between her life in Malta (it sounds so beautiful) and the possibility of happiness back home in the UK. I just felt for those on the receiving end of her indecisiveness. It’s difficult to say more without spoilers. If you’ve read it already, I’m sure you’ll know what I mean.

This book has some lovely characters (and some not so lovely!), all with their own story to tell and who all add depth to the story. It is a romance, but it is also much more than that.

It’s a story of love, loss, family, and finding new beginnings. I loved it!

**Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via NetGalley**

Available now….

Enjoy!

#FlashbackFriday September 2021 with @writermels @AuthorDThompson @MishaHerwin & @Dchandlerauthor #BookReviews

Hi, and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature.

On the first Friday of each month I like to have a little look back at the books I was reading during the same month in previous years, since starting my blog.

Please do join in if you have the time, I’d love to see your posts. Share a link with us in the comments.

Here are my reviews from September 2020 plus a link to previous September FBFs….

Have you read any of the above?

If He Wakes by Zoe Lea @zoeleawriter #BookReview

If He Wakes

by Zoe Lea 

I finished If He Wakes last night, and it most definitely gets all the stars from me.

Rachel and Suzie are friends and have started a business together. When we meet Rachel, she is concerned her husband is having an affair and follows him. What she sees is far worse!

When we meet Suzie, she is besotted with her photographer fiancé, Adam (who Rachel is yet to meet as he always seems to be too busy), but she is becoming increasingly anxious having not heard from him for a while and even more so after finding out her bank account is empty. That would have set my alarm bells ringing for sure, but Suzie is convinced there will be an innocent explanation. She trusts Adams implicitly. When she discovers where he is she is beside herself with worry, but nothing could prepare her for what she is about to discover.

There’s not much else I can say without spoiling it for those who haven’t read it yet, but I could happily chat about this book for hours!

The very moment I realised what was going on, and the way this story was leading, my stomach did a somersault. I can only imagine how Rachel and Suzie must feel. And Rachel’s husband. The devastation they face is heart-wrenching and I felt physically sick for them all.

This book is very cleverly written. I found myself completely invested in the characters. I was as desperate as they were to find out the truth, however painful. I could feel the emotion, the desperation, the anger, the sadness. It’s an extremely powerful and tense read. My heart rate increased on more than one occasion and I’m sure I was holding my breath at times.

An amazing debut novel! I highly recommend!

**Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via NetGalley**

(I’m working my way through my shelf, slowly but surely!)

Available now….

enjoy!

#AuthorInterview with JR Weaver @jrweaver0 #TheAddictionManifesto

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming JR Weaver to Chat About Books! His book, The Addiction Manifesto, is something quite unique and I’m sure you’ll agree, after reading the following interview, that it sounds like an inspirational read.

JR Weaver (Twitter profile picture)

Hi JR Weaver….

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

Hi Everyone, I’m JR Weaver, author of The Addiction Manifesto.  I am a person in long-term recovery from mental health and substance use disorders.  I am (or was) what you would have called addict or junkie, because I had let my addictions control my life.  For the last 27 years I led a life that took me to jails, prisons, living on the streets, I had burned my personal relationships in the pursuit of something that was destroying me.  I am a believer that we all have a story to share and I’m blessed to be able to sit here and tell the world my story in hopes that it will help the next person find their own way back from addiction.  Want to know why so many former addicts believe in God?  Because we have seen the gates of Hell in our addiction. 

Where did/do you get your ideas from? 

When I started writing about my addiction I was really surprised about what I had learned about it thru surviving it.  Maybe it thought it had controlled me enough to let me know its true motives and it’s those motives that I was able to put down in The Addiction Manifesto and how to prepare myself (mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually) to battle back against my demons. 

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

Yes, and here’s the crazy part, its about the 2 versions of myself, the good version and the bad version.  I’ve learned that we all have 2 versions of ourselves, and both gotta eat, so we’re faced with a lifelong internal struggle between the 2 versions, which side will you feed? 

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

I started writing in jail, facing 4 serious felony charges for burglary and they had all the evidence they needed to lock me away for 10-15 years (they had pictures).  Something inside me changed, I was really down and out, my life was a train wreck and I had to know how it got to this point.  I started writing and I had to deal with the elephant in the room, my addiction.  I spent about 90 days locked up but it was really a blessing in disguise because this was my absolute rock bottom, I had written about 77 pages that proved to me that my addiction was out of control.  I had written the premise for what I was calling my own personal ‘hope manual.’  Long story short, my new felony charges were rolled up into my drug court plea and I was released to the program.  I graduated the hardest program with no sanctions, I continued to write and The Addiction Manifesto was born.  If this book could save a guy like me then I knew it could save others. 

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Matthew Reilly, James Patterson, Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Mark Greaney

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them? 

Ryan Hampton (American Fix), how does he stay motivated to fight against a system that doesn’t want to hear our stories?

Were you a big reader as a child? 

I remember the first set of books that I read as a child, JRR Tolkiens Lord of the Rings. 

When did you start to write?

It’s ironic that I never really had the passion to write until my life depended on it, today I write to reach other struggling addicts with the purpose of bringing them back.  I want them to know that they can recover from anything and return to live amazing lives. 

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?  

Un’broken

Tell us a random fact about yourself

Army veteran that was stationed in Berlin when the wall came tumbling down.  And another random fact is that I am currently employed at the same hospital that I was once arrested at 😊 

What are you working on right now?

Book marketing, lol, who would have guessed that its tougher than the actual writing. 

Tell us about your last release? 

I had a free ebook promo last weekend that hit #1 in 2 of my amazon categories. 

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I cut the grass, I have learned to stay humble and focused on the long road ahead.   

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Facebook, twitter, Instagram, if I can help out anyone please drop me a message. 

Is there anything else you would like us to know? 

It’s a great book, it may not get the publicity that other books get because I do write about the dark side of life that society wants to ignore, but its really a book of hope and one helluva comeback story. 

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Jerry.

2020 International Book Awards Finalist for Health: Addiction & Recovery

“Some people won’t believe in you, and that’s ok, this journey isn’t about them. It’s about you.”

The Addiction Manifesto has been uniquely designed to provide you with a new perspective on recovery and will show you that anything is possible. In this deeply personal book, JR Weaver has crafted a raw insight into his life and how he’s been affected by substance abuse over the past 20 years. He details his recovery process and how he’s dealt with loss.
With this book he wishes to help people on their journey to recovery. His realistic approach details his journey to try to have a normal life again.

If you’re going through addiction recovery or want to help someone who is… This book allows you to gain a greater understanding of substance abuse and its many challenges.

available now on Amazon

All Her Fault by Andrea Mara @AndreaMaraBooks #BookReview

All Her Fault

by Andrea Mara 

OH. MY. GOODNESS!!

This is an absolutely cracking read. From the very beginning I was completely invested. I can’t imagine anyone reading the opening chapter and thinking ‘no, this isn’t for me’. It demanded my attention to the very last page!

As a parent, turning up to collect my child from a playdate to find that they had never been there in the first place, well, it doesn’t bear thinking about. Kidnap was always my biggest fear when my children were young. I can’t even imagine how I would cope with what Marissa is faced with. I’d be hysterical! My heart went out to her. I felt her every emotion throughout her ordeal.

I can’t begin to tell you just how cleverly written this book is. The characters, the tension, the emotion, the suspense, the twists (OH MY GOODNESS the twists!). Just brilliant, I LOVED it!

I can’t really say much more without giving anything away but, needless to say, I highly recommend!

**Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via NetGalley**

Buy yourself a copy….

enjoy!

The Addiction Manifesto by JR Weaver @jrweaver0

2020 International Book Awards Finalist for Health: Addiction & Recovery “Some people won’t believe in you, and that’s ok, this journey isn’t about them. It’s about you.” JR Weaver The Addiction Manifesto has been uniquely designed to provide you with a new perspective on recovery and will show you that anything is possible. In this […]

The Addiction Manifesto by JR Weaver @jrweaver0