Out Now On Pre-Order + Excerpt: Who- Dun-it?

Evening all, I do hope you’re well, and that you had a wonderful weekend and Valentine’s? I turned thirty-eight! I had a nice ‘socially distant’ birthday. It’s finally half-term break yeah! A break from homeschooling. If you’re on ‘vacation’ like me have a wonderful week. This week book #2 and #3 of the Unsolved Mysteries Series are on pre-order. Check out the next installments below. I hope readers are enjoying book #1 The Note. As always thank you for reading!

Book #2 The Red Light Girls…Amsterdam, Europe.

The Red Light Girls is book two of the Unsolved Mysteries series of stand-alone, mystery, and thriller stories. Set in different locations around the world.

Amsterdam a fun and exciting city is set on edge, when women linked to the Red Light District turn up dead on Amsterdamse Bos woodland area, or reported missing. Madeline Sloane a ballsy journalist for one of London’s tabloid papers is bored with her job and surroundings, she finds herself in Amsterdam working for the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Her new job becomes her obsession and determination to help Detective Janssen close in on the person responsible for fates of the Red Light Girls. She reports on the city’s events, and forms a plan of action of her own once her intuition guides her to a suspect. There’s only one person standing in her way of finding Amsterdam’s serial killer, not everything is as it seems in Madeline’s world.

Awww let’s meet our female sleuth character, shall we?
Enjoy the excerpt
(Note: these are real places in Europe and the spelling of  the locations have not been changed to English spellings.)

DAMSEL IN DISTRESS
 
 
 One Afternoon, in Amsterdam…
 
“Shit, I can’t believe this.” Madeline pounded the steering wheel with her fist, then rolled her eyes. Her car came to stand still on a deserted road. “Arggh, I really don’t need this today,” she whined.
 She narrowed her eyes to try to see through the heavy sheet of rain, that pounded against the windows. Her view was blurred, the open woodland and trees were all she could see, this was not good news. She closed them then rested her head back, to block out the nightmare she had just entered.
“Could this day get any worse,” she asked herself. “I should’ve stayed put in London, this move better be worth it.”
  Come on, get it together. Madeline leaned over to the passenger seat, reached into her bag, and fished her mobile phone. With hesitation she stepped out of the car and slammed the door. To shield herself from the rain she pulled her thin jacket around her.
 The bullets of rain drummed against her with a heavy thud. “Arggh!” she cried out. “Give me a break will you, I’ve just had my hair done!”
 With a shaky hand she pushed away a few loose strands plastered to her face. As she rubbed her eyes to free them from the rain, her mascara smudged in the process. She noticed the make-up stains transfer to her fingers, as she attempted to unlock her phone.
“Jesus. Great, just great,” she muttered.
The only sound she heard was the rain beating against the body of her car, and the wind as it rustled the trees. There was not a soul in sight.
 After three months life was no easier for her, her decision to up and leave London was not an easy one but a necessity. Her job as a journalist in the UK’s capital no longer excited her. She accepted a sabbatical placement with the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, as a last resort to revive her love for the profession.
Her employer back home, The Sun newspaper, offered a number of placements to exchange with international papers around the world. At the time it sounded ideal to her, however which destination to apply for baffled her. One night she opened an atlas after one too many glasses of wine. She stuck her finger on the map and it landed on Amsterdam. The decision was made, that’s where she’d try her luck with falling back in love with being a journalist. Lucky for her, a Dutch newspaper was included in the list of media sources taking part in the exchange program.
Madeline walked around the car then bent down to the wheel. She ran her hand over the visible damage. She shook her head at it.
“Great, punctured.”  
Pulling herself up she glanced up and down the quiet road in search of help. There was no one around. She gave up on anyone passing by that could help her. Instead she dialled the number on the windscreen sticker, for the car breakdown service.
“Hello, my name’s sorry excuse me. Hallo, mijn naam is Madeline,” she said to the call handler. There was a silence.
“Hello, hello,” she yelled.
Madeline tutted at the blank screen, her battery died. She groaned loudly and shoved the device into in her pocket.
The bitter wind whipped around her, while the rain assaulted the thin material of her coat. She started to shiver and cursed even more. She leaned on the side of the car, and tears welled up in her eyes then spilt over onto her cheeks.  She noticed a dog bark somewhere in the distance. Her eyes darted toward the woodland area.
“Hey, hello is anyone there?” she called out into the darkness.
Her voice echoed back as it bounced around the open space. Overcome with fear she hurried away and jumped into the driver’s seat. She locked the doors, and prayed someone would pass by and help her. With the weather as bad as it was, she wasn’t optimistic about it. Why would anyone be out on foot in this? She wondered. She could only hope a car would drive by. She heard the dog bark again, her heart pounded against her rib cage. She narrowed her eyes and could just about make out in the distance, a man jog from out of the woods with a dog behind him.
 Madeline lowered the window then called out through the rain, “hey, excuse me.”
The dog barked again in her direction. From what she could see through the heavy rain and hail stones, it looked as if the man glanced toward her.
 “Excuse me,” she yelled out again. “I have a flat tire can you help me?” What the hell, he probably speaks no English, God help me.
Madeline stepped out of the car, then waved her arms to beckon the man to come over. Once she had his attention she pointed to the tire. Through the rain Madeline noticed the man  jog in her direction. She let out a breath and counted her blessings he appeared.
“Are you okay, what’s up?” he asked.
He removed his ear phones and doubled over to catch his breath. Madeline’s heart fluttered, she was happy he spoke English.
“My tire’s flat,” she said.  “I don’t have any juice on my phone, can I borrow yours?”
Impatiently she waited as  the stranger moved he’s gaze over her car, then he pulled out his phone.
“Sure.” He handed her his phone. “Do you have break down cover?”
“Yes, thank God that’s one thing I do have.”
Madeline took his iPhone then quickly redialled the breakdown service.
“Yes, hello it’s, oh I’m sorry,” she said then paused. Madeline tried to recall what Dutch she could given the situation.
“Here allow me,” the man said. “I speak fluent Dutch.”
Madeline’s attention moved back to the stranger. Through the rain from under his hood he looked down at her, his face was partly obscured. He held his hand out for the phone and she passed it to him.
He nodded toward the car and said, “get in, it’s pouring out here.”
“Thank you, my name’s Madeline Sloane. I just need someone to change the tire that’s all.”
“Do you have a spare?”
“I don’t know. I guess so, probably.”
The man laughed at her then placed the phone to his ear under his hood. He spoke in rapid Dutch to the call handler. Madeline hopped into the car to shield herself from the storm, and the dog that yapped at her feet. Damn dog, move. She kicked at the mut as she took a seat, then slammed the door. The man tapped on the window, she rolled it down.
 “Okay let’s take a look in the boot,” he said.
“The boot?”
“Yeah, for the spare.”
“When will they get here to­­—”
“Don’t worry,” he cut her off, “I’ll handle it, it’s just a puncture.”
“Oh okay, but it’s raining.” Madeline looked up at the dark grey sky.
 “It’s just water, I’m Chris by the way.” The man chuckled at her again.
Slightly pissed off at his sarcasm, Madeline pressed the release button to open the boot. Yeah right, just water, she thought. Then smoothed a hand over what was her sleek, bone straight hair now back to its natural curly state.
Thirty minutes later with a fresh tire change Madeline started the engine, then turned to Chris.
 “I really don’t know how to thank you,” she told him. “You could’ve allowed the breakdown service to handle it, and be home by now, you’re soaked.”
“No problem, you’d still be waiting if I did that.”
Shyly, Madeline looked away from Chris’ gaze, she focused on the road ahead. She glanced back to him. He was stood in the rain with is hoodie up shivering.
“Let me give you a lift home, it’s the least I can do,” she called out through the window.
She watched Chris’ expression, it was as if he mulled over her offer while he glanced up and down the road.
“Okay thanks. Which way are you heading?” he asked.
“To Amsterdam Centraal, what about you?”
“Same.”
“Hop in, let’s go.”
Chris rounded the car to the passenger side, he moved the chair back, then whistled for his dog to jump in. “I’m sorry if he leaves mud on the seat, I’ll  clean it off,” he said.
Madeline cringed at the thought of dog hair and mud all over the chair, then forced a lazy smile across her lips. Once Chris and his dog were on board, she placed the car in gear and slowly took off. She navigated her way through the storm toward the city centre.

Out Now On Pre-Order

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Book #3 ‘Till Death Do Us Part

What’s in store….

When a convicted murderer confesses to kidnapping a depressed wife Mariya Crosby twenty years ago, but in the present day the evidence clears him of the crime, who would you believe–the evidence or a convicted murderer on his death bed? 

Detective Dominic Ruiz is under pressure to close in on the truth, and fast. The problem is Ruiz has one confession, one witness, and one devoted husband with a different version of events in the lead up to Mariya Crosby’s disappearance twenty years ago in Florida. The more Detective Ruiz follows up with leads the more things don’t add up. He has one of the biggest mysteries of his career to solve. The question has been unanswered for twenty years, what really happened to Mariya Crosby the day she never made it home from work?  

Out Now On Pre-Order

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International Best-seller: Thank you

Good morning guys, I took to Facebook to thank readers who pre-ordered The Note. Less than a week before release day I have hit the best seller’s list in my home, the United Kingdom and internationally in the USA and stayed there. Thank you. But, I am a private person and someone close to me is about to die. I’ve not said, it could be weeks, days, or months we’re all just waiting. The person said, ‘don’t tell us’ especially me. I guess in fear that we’d worry and I’d maybe lose focus with writing or even stop. I’ve known for two weeks and they were right, I have not been able to write. I tried to today as usual when I got up at 6.00a.m to give it a go, I never got out of bed.

Then I checked the charts, and seeing your support really pushed me to get up and try. In 2020 when I achieved number 1 best seller status I thought it was all a fluke, I did it twice UK and internationally but I never imagined I could enter a chart again based on sales. The ‘International Thriller and Mysteries’ category is dominated by house-hold name authors. King, Balluci, Child, Brown, Rose, Grisham, Mosley! We don’t even need to say these house-hold author’s first names! We know them! We love them! I love them all and read them all, we all do they are super talented and dominate the charts with their books alone! So this is so uplifting to see that there’s support for my work as a little fish. While I don’t need to be number one like these guys always are, I’m just so pleased to make the top 100 best-sellers in such tough area. Especially when I all want to do is write! Because I love it and can, not really money or status.

As a writer we all have dreams, personally mine has always been just to write, find a good publisher, and hope to gain a readership anything else is a bonus. If you have supported me as a reader of mine I appreciate you, I am so grateful for your support thank you I say this humbly. I needed to see these charts this morning, as right now as I have found it hard these last two weeks to keep myself going and just get out of bed, let alone write. When the person I love finally passes, I know I will fall to pieces, but this support has helped me to open up my laptop this morning and try again, and try to keep getting out of bed. Thank you.

Look after the people you love, life is short.

Kim

Book Tour : ‘A Pale Faced Lie’ (True Crime Memoir) @SJonasBooks @author_crow @lovebooksgroup

Memoir – True Crime 

ABOUT THE PALE-FACED LIE

125,000,000 copies sold! 

A violent ex-con forces his son to commit crimes in this riveting memoir about family and survival

Growing up on the Navajo Indian Reservation, David Crow and his siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee regaled his family with stories of his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies—even murder.

A shrewd con artist with a genius IQ, Thurston intimidated David with beatings to coerce him into doing his criminal bidding. David’s mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn’t protect him. One day, making good on his threat to “get rid of their crazy mother,” Thurston packed up the house and took the kids, leaving her nothing. Soon he remarried, and David learned that his stepmother was just as vicious and abusive as his father.

Through sheer determination, and with the help of a few angels along the way, David managed to get into college and achieve professional success. When he finally found the courage to stop helping his father with his criminal activities, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a showdown with Thurston Crow.

With lives at stake, including his own, David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life.

The Pale-Faced Lie is a searing, raw, palpable memoir that reminds us what an important role our parents play in our lives. Most of all, it’s an inspirational story about the power of forgiveness and the ability of the human spirit to rise above adversity, no matter the cost.


Amazon
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David Crow

David Crow spent his early years on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and New Mexico. Through grit, resilience, and a thirst for learning, he managed to escape his abusive childhood, graduate from college, and build a successful lobbying firm in Washington, DC.

Today, David is a sought-after speaker, giving talks to various businesses and trade organizations around the world. Throughout the years, he has mentored over 200 college interns, performed pro bono service for the charitable organization Save the Children, and participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. An advocate for women, he will donate a percentage of his royalties from The Pale-Faced Lie to Barrett House, a homeless shelter for women in Albuquerque. David and his wife, Patty, live in the suburbs of DC.

Book Review: The Game of Life, and How to Play it (NonFiction/Metaphysical) 5+ Outstanding Stars!

The Game of Life and How to Play It by [Florence Shinn, Sarah Shockley]

Book #22 of my #100BooksChallenge and WOW, WOW, WOW. I bought all this author’s books from this one read. Originally published in 1925, this is not the original cover but I love it and she died in 1940. Florence Scovel Shinn is such an inspiration. I read the audio book with a fantastic narrator then had to add the books to my shelf. 5 outstanding stars! Another spot on recommendation via YouTube for me to listen to, so glad I did.

About The Book:

The classic self-help guide, full of timeless wisdom

Florence Scovel Shinn’s The Game of Life and How to Play It first appeared in bookstores in 1925 and is now considered a classic in the self-help genre. The author’s insights into achieving meaning, happiness and success are just as relevant and effective today as they were nearly a century ago, hence its reissue as part of the exciting Capstone Classics line.

This collectible, hard-back edition of The Game of Life and How to Play It includes an insightful introduction by series editor and self-help expert Tom Butler-Bowdon. Tom is an authority on classic self-help texts and adroitly connects the content of this book with the concerns of modern readers.

  • Enjoy the colourful anecdotes of 1920s New York that have made Scovel Shinn’s book a cult classic
  • Discover the original “life hacks” for advancing in every area of your life, from health to wealth to love
  • Succeed by attuning yourself with the unchanging principles that govern the universe

With the release of this Capstone Classics edition, we finally have an authoritative, collectible version of The Game of Life and How to Play It. Find out why The Game of Life and How to Play It is one of the defining self-help guides of the 20th century.

Five plus stars from me, I found this to be engaging from the very first chapter. Keeping in mind that I read the original, not adapted version from Florence’s original wording and old style formal use of English. I still found it easy to digest, comforting, and so inspirational. The book covers some short ‘universal truths or laws’ that are helpful to help one manifest the life they wish, reduce what they don’t want, and be happy. Florence refers to life as 1. perfect health 2. perfect wealth 3. perfect expression 4. connection to the higher self. Like a square you could say to help one feel complete. I found as I read if you take the guidance or her thoughts and apply it to today’s context it could serve you really well! I was so inspired and felt so good after I read The Game of Life and How to Play it. In addition I found it so inspirational that she was the first female metaphysical, new-age, ‘woo woo’, spirituality whatever you want call it writer , I liked that. Overall I recommend this as a read to everyone male or female– you’ll gain so much from it, if you allow yourself to open up to the possibility of what the author proposes. Five plus outstanding stars from me!

Book Review : 111 Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection. 3 Stars- Not Bad

111 Journaling Prompts for Self-Reflection, Self-Discovery, and Self-Care by [Leila Kalmbach]

Book #.21 of #100BooksChallenge So this is a free download and for that I am forever thankful for but it didn’t hit home with me when I read through, but for a freebie on Amazon I can’t complain.

About The Book

Journaling can be a great way to work through challenging situations, figure out what you truly want out of life, and discover how you got to where you are. But just staring at a blank page, unsure what to write about, won’t get you anywhere.

That’s where journaling prompts come in. This brief e-book contains 111 prompts to inspire you to put pen to paper and get started looking at your life and goals in new ways. It also includes a few quick ideas to help hold yourself accountable so you can take what you’ve discovered off the page and into your everyday life.

This book contains prompts about:

  • Your past, present, and future
  • Relationships
  • Family
  • Work
  • Goals
  • And more!

If you’re looking for an in-depth guide to journaling, this book isn’t for you. But if you’re ready to get started NOW and just need some prompts to encourage new insights and ways of looking at your situation, you’ve come to the right place.

I love journal writing, I always have and always will. As mentioned this was a free download but I wonder if that is the downfall? And why I failed to connect with this author’s work. I found the prompts lacked depth to them, and that they were rushed, I found the whole eighteen paged book to be rushed! The promise that the blurb showed personally I didn’t find in the pages. Self-reflection should be about pondering things that are under the surface, from the 111 options, I found about a handful that would really make me reflect and pick up a pen. Overall, it’s not bad and free so you can’t complain. But, if you’re looking for something that will really push you to think, and reflect deeply and maybe even learn something new, personally I could not find it here. Three stars.

Reincarnation: Exceptional Cases of Past Life Memories (NonFiction) 5 Wow stars!

Reincarnation: Exceptional Cases of Past Life Memories by [Eirik Leivsson]

Book #.20 of my #100BooksChallenge wow is all I can say, after Amazon recommended the last book this one popped up. I could not pass it up, it’s a quick read and the cases in here are so eye opening!!

About The Book

Reincarnation: Just another religious myth, or an actual, real phenomenon?

While such esoteric concepts are near impossible to prove under controlled conditions, there does actually exist compelling evidence which suggests that we do live more than once. “Exceptional Cases of Past Life Memories” gathers bits of information from a plethora of different sources, including: scientific papers and journals, old documentaries and news articles, as well as numerous radio and TV interviews — and distills it all into a number of coherent, easy-to-read stories of past life memory.

During the course of this book, we will explore 13 cases where people remembered moments from another time, another life, another them. Whatever your beliefs may or may not be, one thing is certain: At the end of it all, the idea of many lives will appear more real than ever before.

We will take a look at:

  • An Indian boy who claims he got shot, and whose birthmarks match the bullet wounds of his previous body.
  • An English boy who is haunted by the echoes of his 1940s German past.
  • A woman whose sexual anxiety is explained through her past life memories.
  • A little Finnish girl who swears she used to be a grown man, before she was ran over by a bus.
  • A young girl from Myanmar who claims she’s actually her own grandmother.

Man, I could not put this down! I read it all in one go in a few hours. The stories of people and their experiences with loved ones who have ‘come back’– as an incarnation of another child, and the evidence that the child’s soul is the loved one that passed away is out of this world. No way it could be faked. The book is well written, informative, easy to digest, and really was just a pleasure to stumble across this author’s work. The next book I did download, as he left me really wanting to know more. Wow, just wow. I recommend this book as entertainment yes, but also for the element of seriousness on this issue. Reincarnation is much more widely accepted outside of the western world. I honestly feel that everyone should read this book just to open your mind to the possibility of it. Five stars!

Book Review: Life after Death, Powerful Evidence You’ll Never Die 4 Stars

#100BooksChallenge book #19! Wow what a book that was recommended to me by Amazon. I really enjoyed this. I’ll read anything on this subject matter, esoteric, metaphysical etc. It was the title that pulled me in so glad I read it.

About The Book

What happens when we die? This new edition of “Life After Death” adds to powerful evidence consciousness continues the author presented in his 2015 release. He spent two years gathering information that demonstrates this and along the way interviewed more than a hundred experts in a number of different fields. Among them were parapsychologists, medical doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, quantum physicists, and researchers into the true nature of reality. Specific examples are presented that indicate what happens when we die, for example that memories can be formed and retained despite a subject’s brain having been shutdown and the blood drained from it. Questions such as whether or not you will be able to communicate with living loved ones after death are addressed, if it is possible to be reborn, and what might be missing from reproductive theory to explain the various phenomena indicated in the many case histories and scientific investigations presented.All of us will someday cross the border to what Shakespeare called “The undiscovered country.” As long as we must make that trip, wouldn’t it be smart to find out where we are going and what to expect when we get there?

This is such a well researched and powerfully written book, I am someone who actually does believe in life after death as a possibility. But, after reading this it was so hard to disregard the possibility. The author uses powerful case studies, real life accounts, and goes into a lot of detail about how the mind is separate from the brain, therefore that’s why it’s possible to still have a conscious presence once a person passes. The brain is the organ, the mind and thought are the spirit of a person, and this can live on. He has used scientific evidence as well as and real life accounts to back up all his reasons that make life after death very possible. What I really enjoyed about this book is that the author has used so many different angles to approach the possibility of life after death. It’s not all straight forward, the evidence will make even the most doubtful reconsider. Four wonderful stars, I would read more from this author, and feel that anyone who has an interest in this subject matter should check this out. Or anyone who is worried about a loved one who is near the end of life stage could find great comfort in this book.

Free Download! ‘ Search For Maylee’ by Didi Oviatt @Didi_Oviatt

Grab a free Amazon download today, a free by by my co-author Didi Oviatt!

Since Maylee was abducted from her high school the very month of graduation, her Aunt Autumn has never lost hope in finding her. It’s been three years. Autumn has finally reached inside herself and found the courage to track down an old lead, and travels across the country to find more clues about Maylee’s disappearance. But will she be able to pry Maylee’s case back open, and what will she uncover in the process of searching for Maylee? It’s a cold, dark world we live in, and Autumn is about to find out just how cruel it can be. But strength and determination are on her side, and she will do whatever it takes to deliver justice.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Search-Maylee-Didi-Oviatt-ebook/dp/B074TM3JVB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Search+for+Maylee+didi+oviatt&qid=1615285012&sr=8-1

Book Review: Kissing Lying Down 4 Stars ( Women’s Fiction/Short Stories) @lovebookstours.

Book #18 for my #100BooksChallenge. Thank you to Love Books Tours for my free review copy, all opinions are my own.

Blurb 

Gordon knows what Gabby wants but he hates to do what he’s told; Chrissy stalks the internet to find what her fiance wouldn’t give her; three friends reunite during a heatwave and their evening gets better and better, until it doesn’t.

In these relationship tales, many are burned by their pasts while scanning their horizons… A woman wonders if passing strangers have a better sex-face than her boyfriend; a birthday meal goes sour at the offer of no-strings dessert.

Navigating the on and offline worlds of pairing up, this spiky collection of short stories delves deep, with dark humour, into what it takes to strap on a smile through thirty-something failure and make human connections in the modern age.


Amazon
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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37658478-kissing-

Four Bold Stars!

From reading the blurb I was really keen to get stuck in, I didn’t really know what to expect. The author has a very distinct writing style, I had to get into it to connect with the characters and stories. Once I did it was a smooth, entertaining, and refreshingly different read. I also was convinced that she is a British writer, from the way the characters spoke and the banter, but the first story I felt was set in the USA from reference to things. Either way none of this mattered it was just nice to ‘get’ the sense of humour and banter, the first story was laugh out loud funny for me. It was a good start to the book! Each story is different in terms of the journey you go on with the characters, generally I enjoyed them all and would recommend these short stories to all those who love women’s fiction. In particular stories around falling in and out of love, and the rocky and sometimes amusing road of dating, from a female point of view. Four stars, I really enjoyed the refreshingly different themes and characters.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kate Tough is a fiction writer and visual poet.

Her novel, Keep Walking, Rhona Beech (Abacus, 2019) is available from all usual outlets. It’s the retitled second edition of, Head for the Edge, Keep Walking (Cargo) which has had five stars on Amazon since 2014. The book is a funny and moving account of how a thirty-something office worker in Glasgow, with a clumsy tendency to speak her mind, puts her life back together after it spectacularly falls apart.

Readers have noted that the novel reminds them of a book about someone called Eleanor Oliphant, although Kate’s novel appeared prior to that one, in 2014, when it got good attention in the Scottish media. It’s great that readers can enjoy both books and a bonus that people who like one character have an opportunity to discover the other one.

Kate’s poetry pamphlet, tilt-shift, was Runner Up in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award, 2017 and her piece, ‘People Made Glasgow’, was selected as a Best Scottish Poem 2016. Recently, her work was included in Makar/Unmakar: Twelve Contemporary Poets in Scotland and she’s an invited poet at STANZA in 2021. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow.

Last year Kate adopted a cat with very long tail who shares his name with the Prime Minister of Britain – the rescue centre gave him that name – but now that she knows him better (the cat, not the Prime Minister) she’d have chosen the name Rocket, because of the way he shoots from underneath furniture at unbelievable speeds.

Kate understands that life isn’t an easy ride and she lives in perpetual awe of her fellow humans; getting out of bed each day and getting involved. On a general basis, if she sees the sun rising and swims lengths in a tide pool, then its not a bad day.

For occasional updates from the author about new work, writing tips and audio clips, subscribe via the button on Kate’s website at www.katetough.com


Amazon
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Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37658478-kissing-

YA New Release: ‘Necropolis’ by Bethan Evans @lovebooksgroup @_BethanEvans_ #Necropolis

Blurb 

Wyn is a sixteen-year-old who has been brought up in the care of the Sisters, members of the religious community called The Old Collection. Between their lifestyle and the oppressions of society—which is trying to regain control through segmenting cities, bringing in a gender divide and restricting freedom—Wyn is desperate for adventure and excitement.

Author Bio
Bethan Evans is a YA author with her debut novel, NECROPOLIS, due for release in February 2021. She draws inspiration from experience working in health and social care as well as in the academy for the local fire service, where she assisted with training scenarios; often as a casualty being cut out of cars or doing special effects make-up.
An only child, born in Wales and raised in the South of England, she has always had an active imagination and been an avid reader, often living with her head in the clouds. She has dreamt of being an author since she was six and has the childhood stories to prove it – including one that consists of three pages of the word ‘very’ repeated, just to make it the longest story she had ever written (although I’m not sure how she thought nobody would notice).
With a passion for not only writing but anything to do with the theatre and spending time with friends and family, she is also an advocate for mental health and hopes, in the future, to use her writing to help others, reduce the stigma around mental illness and normalise the conversation around mental health.

Book Links (Amazon, Goodreads etc.): 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55818343-necropolis

Amazon UK:

https://amzn.to/3ff7Ge4

Amazon USA:

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Book Review: Find You a Real One (YA / Coming of Age Romance) by Tanisha Stewart 5 ‘Incredibly Touching’ Stars

Yes, incredibly touching is all I can say. Book #14 of my #100BooksChallenge. I have said this before, I can struggle with the YA genre due to my age and being so much older, it can be hard to connect. Of late I have found two authors who have sucked me in from page one, with distinct characters that I’ve found hard to forget. Find You a Real One for me, as I read, I felt like I was not reading YA with characters under the age of twenty– purely due to the plot. I quickly checked I had already pre-ordered book 2 when I finished! From what I understand the author wrote this when she herself was in high-school, all I can say is damn! Wow

About The Book:

Shorty is cool with almost everyone she encounters. She has her heart set on Marcus, but Reggie is feigning for her attention.

Elida is not the most popular girl, nor does she feel like she’s the prettiest. She’s got her eyes on a few guys but the feelings are never mutual.

Shorty and Elida connect and forge a friendship that is surprising, unlikely, and rejected by Shorty’s day one, Janie. Is Janie simply harboring innocent best friend jealousy, or is there something deeper beneath the surface?

Follow a story of friendship, heartache, growth, and betrayal in this sweet, yet poignant two-part Friends to Lovers Romance series.

Five stars!!

I’ve read this author’s work before and I became a fan in around 2019/ early 2020. I’ve found that she has a Midas touch when it comes to developing characters that you really feel drawn to, and have a very strong presence in the story. By this I mean the characters (for me) just seem very real. From the way they talk, act, and even if there are a lot of them ( this author tends to have a large character line up in her stories), you can always without a doubt tell them apart and they differ so they stand out. I really enjoy this, and in Find You a Real One she did not disappoint. The characters even though they are young are very well developed and like-able. The story-line was just to die for, for me as a reader. This is because it touched on soooooooo many issues from family dynamics, relationships, adult ones with parents, as well as the actual characters, abuse, friendship, and much more. There were parts that were touching to read in a sense that I could not imagine the life situation ( no spoilers), for the characters. Especially a very touching one that one character– ‘Shorty’ was going through. Then there was the story-line for the boys and how they were moving forward, and a very special character I became fond of Elida. I’m really not one for spoilers so I won’t say too much, but I will say that if you enjoy books with a touch of romance, reality, a strong element of ‘coming of age’ themes, and you’re cool with an urban setting I’d really give this a read. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited to at the time of this review. I totally enjoyed every ounce of it, I read it in just two sittings, it was hard to put down. 5 touching stars from me. I’d say that this author is a very talented story-teller with the YA and ‘coming of age’ genres. I would not hesitate to read them, even though I personally find them hard to crack, sometimes!