We’re Back!! First January 2018 Issue Live! #CTM #amreading

That was painful, we have been offline for three whole issues! With technical errors.But we’re back. Great writers, no brilliant writers. Interesting articles covering everything from Mind, Body & Soul, parenting and family, LGBT, Black and Ethnic News, Fashion and Beauty, Sex and Relationships, Bookish News & Reviews. Honestly, there’s something for everyone. Check us out.

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Did You Request An ARC Of A Stranger In France? If So, Please Send Me Your Email Address…. I Can’t Gift You Some Addresses Are Wrong!#amreading

Thank you to those who requested a read and review copy of A Stranger In France, I have tried to gift them, one address came back as not recognised from Amazon. Please could you contact me here.  and resend your email address to gift too. I’ll resend an Amazon gifted copy again.

Thank you!

FREE DOWNLOAD! 12-14th January: REUNITED By Best Selling Romance Author Tammy Tate! #amreading @tammytateauthor @authortammytate

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Grab yourself a freebie…… I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THIS AUTHOR’S WORK! I have read and reviewed her books with delight. I’ve got my copy grab yours, links are below.

About The Book

Ten years ago, Tara and Ryder were high-school sweethearts. After graduation, Ryder asked her to marry him but before the wedding he disappeared. Devastated, Tara left Key West and relocated to South Texas to begin a new life. She put herself through law school and landed a job with a prestigious law firm in Corpus Christi.

Ten years have gone by. Life is good. Tara purchased a red Corvette. One that she’s has always wanted but could never afford until now.

Mindy, her best friend from high-school talks her into coming back to Key West for a ten-year class reunion. Within minutes of arriving at her beach house, Tara learns that Ryder, now an ex-Marine, will be attending the same reunion and sleeping under the same roof…

They haven’t spoken in ten years. Sparks will fly!

Do you believe in second chances?

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Book Review: Pure Hollywood, Ten Short Stories By Christine Schutt 2 stars.

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About The Book:

The sensational new story collection from one of our sharpest, most original, and daringly cinematic stylists, National Book Award finalist and O Henry Prize winner Christine Schutt.

In one eponymous novella and ten stories, Pure Hollywood brings us into private worlds of corrupt familial love, intimacy, longing, and danger. From an alcoholic widowed actress living in desert seclusion to a young mother whose rejection of her child has terrible consequences, from a newlywed couple who ignore the violent warnings of a painter burned by love to an eerie portrait of erotic obsession, each story is an imagistic snapshot of what it means to live and learn, love and hurt.

With Pure Hollywood Christine Schutt gives us sharply suspenseful and masterfully dark interior portraits of ordinary lives, infused with her signature observation and surprise. Timeless, incisive, and precise, these tales are a rush of blood to the head, portals through which we open our eyes and see the world anew.

Release Date: March 2018

My Review: 2 stars

Thank you to NetGallery for an advance copy to read, in exchange for an honest review. First of all, I have to say I got 33 % through  this short novella, with an hour and a bit left to read, before I decided to stop. In these cases when I can’t finish a book (which is hardly ever I hate starting and not finishing), I never leave a review, if I did not finish. However, as a professional  book reviewer for NetGallary they are expecting  a review  either way so here goes….

*sighs* I wanted to love this anthology of short stories, in fact I was so sure that I would. The first story was engaging to start, and very interesting,  I loved the diversity of  the character line up as I read. But as a reader  (for me personally) it is the writer’s writing style and general writing that I found hard to read. Some sentences did not make sense, I had to re-read three or so times to be sure of what I had read and understood, the writing it chopped and changed with no warning or build up. At one point I was convinced a character had been shot dead, but then on the next page it appeared that she was alive… I could not make head nor tail of what was going on.  This is a real shame, as the cover and blurb really appeal to me as a reader.

I went back and looked at this book’s blurb again and read the reviews on NetGallary, from the thirty odd reviews on NetGalley it was on an average of two stars, when I checked. It’s sad as I really wanted to enjoy this novella. Overall, I’m giving Pure Hollywood two stars based on what I read  of the novella,  as it’s  NetGallary policy is to review once you request a book and have been approved as a reviewer.  The two stars are for the colourful characters, and very original plot lines which I loved. I can’t say that I enjoyed the first story I read 100%, as the writing style made it hard for me to take it in easily. That said, from what I read it seems like this writer could knock out plots  that I’d like, from the blurb, so maybe I’ll read another anthology if she writes one, and hope that it’s a little easier to read and make sense of. Thank you for the chance to read your work.

Book Review: Snatch Girl, By L.J Kane – Thriller, Suspense. She Better Write Another One QUICK!! 4 STARS @L_J_Kane_Author

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About the Book:

Girl missing: What if you’re with her all the way through to the end…if it ends? Will Ellie survive? Would you?

The Shocking, Fast-Paced, Psychological Kidnap Suspense Thriller That Will Hook You From The Very First Line.

Snatched from her sadistic captor’s lair by his own getaway driver, eighteen-year-old student Ellie realises that she’s still kidnapped. As the enigmatic Darren Broderick drives off into the night with the terrified girl beside him, the sadistic Jon Braddon is not far behind.

Thrown together, on opposing sides, Darren and Ellie must stay one step ahead of Braddon’s twisted mind, and Ellie must resist Darren’s Aussie charms to the end. Darren Broderick needs the ransom, Braddon needs a victim. And he will fight to the death to get her back.

Warning: This book contains violent content, profanity, and sexually explicit scenarios.

My Review: 4 Stars

Thank you to LJ Kane for an ARC for a honest review. I interviewed LJ Kane last summer you can read that here, along with the first chapter of Snatch girl.

Oh! Wow, no time for foreplay let’s just get into this review!! First of all I have to comment on the author’s writing style,this is what gripped me the most. LJ Kane’s style is very descriptive, not ‘the door opened’… ‘the door opened slowly with a creak, the sunlight flood in across the dirty concrete floor’. She never wrote that by the way, it’s me explaining her style and what I mean. It’s not tell backstory descriptive,it’s place you at the scene so you see it and feel it for yourself descriptive. I personally loved it.  It’s for this reason I would say this thriller has an excellent thriller/ suspense feel, due to her style and execution, this author oozes flare when she writes.

The story line itself I must admit, at first I missed the main reason why Ellie is on the run, but I got it in the end. However, I would have loved to know more about the corrupt dealings going on, which she was caught up in. But it’s a great plot to follow in terms of build and suspense. What I also really liked about Snatch Girl is … it’s steamy in places! LJ  took it there ! There is sexual chemistry between Darren and Ellie. Personally, I really enjoyed the cross over into this area,  it was kinda surprising and made it more interesting to read. I was wondering if there will be a HEA, I won’t comment further on this and add spoilers. However, this is no romance make no mistake.

The characters for me I really liked Darren, he did the right thing in the end, and as a man I found his personality like-able.  Brandon the kidnapper arrrrrgh jez the author’s writing style like I said, places you in the scenes and I hated him. But I have a feeling readers are meant to dislike him, good job.

Overall, I’m giving Snatch Girl 4* because it is a fast paced, suspenseful thriller true to form, no bullshit.  I really went on a ride while reading and found it gripping, more so due to the author’s writing style.  PG readers stay away from this one, don’t disappoint yourself,  LJ Kane followed through on the warning she placed on the blurb. This author is my kind of thriller writer :),   if you  like it gritty,  don’t mind a bit of foul language, raw, and the sex steamy you may just enjoy Snatch Girl. I would read more from this author for sure again, write another one real quick!

 

Throwback Thursday! Craaaaaaaazy! #music #throwback

Nominated five times for a Grammy!  What an album this is who remembers this one from 2006? I loved this song as soon as I heard it. The beat is what hooks me every time. The full album is also really good, I’ve not played it in a while but I felt inspired to whip out my CD, dust it off and play it today. Get your dancing shoes on, nod ya heads it’s time for Gnarls Barkley…