Tuesday, 23 January 2018

It's cover reveal day for Rafferty Lincoln Loves...!!

 Cover reveal for Rafferty Lincoln Loves...

So pleased to finally be releasing my cover reveal to the world today! The novel is available to pre-order on Amazon ORDER IT HERE!! and is for sale on the 14th February 2018.

All the proceeds will be donated to the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

The blurb of Rafferty Lincoln Loves…

Rafferty Lincoln doesn't like horses. Not one bit. But when the popular high school girl of his dreams, Liberty Ashburn, pulls him into a world of lead ropes and horse brushes, who is he to say no?

Except this isn't any old horse. This is the missing racehorse, Profit's Red Ridge. The horse Rafferty and three of his friends are hiding from the world. And Liberty Ashburn isn’t just any ordinary high school girl. How far will Rafferty go to win her over?

An intense, witty and powerful coming of age story with startling consequences.

Advanced reviews of ‘Rafferty Lincoln Loves…’

‘A heart-warming and emotional story that will stay with you long after you’ve read the final page. With one of the most beautiful writing styles I’ve ever read, an emotionally charged story and brilliantly created characters – this book is sure to stay with you for a very long time.’ @MegsTyas Between the Pages

‘A story full of heart, this took me by the reins and left me breathless.’ @hayleylipsquid Lipsquid Bookblog

About the charity ‘The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre’

The proceeds from the novel ‘Rafferty Lincoln Loves…’ will be donated to The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

BTRC is dedicated to improving and promoting the welfare of rracehorses horses through education, retraining and suitable rehoming in order to ensure that our Thoroughbreds have a rewarding and valuable life after their racing careers have ended.

Each year thousands of horses leave racing, some because they reach the natural end of their career and others through injury or lack of ability. Established in 1991, The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre was the UK’s first charity dedicated to retired racehorse welfare, retraining, rehoming and protection for life.

‘I am thrilled to have written this novel for the BTRC and to be donating the proceeds to such an important and dedicated charity for the welfare of retired racehorses.’ Emily Williams

Author Bio

Emily Williams lives by the seaside in West Sussex with her family and a menagerie of small pets. After graduating from Sussex University with a BA in Psychology, Emily trained as a primary school teacher and teaches in a local school.

Rafferty Lincoln Loves... is her first YA novel after the success of her debut adult novel, Letters to Eloise, released in 2017.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Shadows on the Grass - Misha Herwin

Book review of 'Shadows on the Grass' - By Misha M. Herwin
Publication 8th January 2018

Every family has its secrets. In the nineteen-sixties Bristol, seventeen-year-old Kate is torn between the new sexual freedom and her rigid Catholic upbringing. Her parents have high expectations of her. She, however, is determined to lead her own life.

Mimi, her grandmother, is dying. In her final hours, Mimi’s cousin, the Princess, keeps watch at her bedside. Born in the same month, in the same year, the two women are bound by their past and a terrible betrayal.

Meanwhile, caught between the generations, Mimi’s daughter Hannah struggles to come to come to terms with her relationship with her mother, and struggles to keep the peace between her daughter and her husband. She too must find her own way in a land foreign to her, in a new post-war world, where the old certainties have gone and everything she knows has been swept away.

My review of 'Shadows on the grass.'

This story is a fascinating read. Set in 1965 the story follows three generations of women from the same family. I found this story to be gripping and well-written. I read this story many weeks ago and couldn't wait to talk to people about the storyline. There is intrigue dripped into the story as it progresses as it explores the relationship between Hannah and Mimi and why their relationship is so strained. The novel shows that there is always more to the eye than you think. Hannah is a lovely character but Mimi really stands out as having secrets to share about her past. The story is well researched into the setting and is rich with descriptions and cultural references that make the novel really authentic to read. This family have so much deep within them that you wouldn't know from the surface. 

Fascinating and thoughtful. Great read. Would love to read more from this author.

Review of 'Ruby and the Magic Key' by Lu Thomson

Review of 'Ruby and the Magic Key' by Lu Thomson

Ruby wants to be an explorer like her Dad, but there's a problem.  Ruby doesn't think that she is big enough, strong enough or brave enough to explore.  Then one day, Ruby's Dad gives her a magic explorer key and she decides to give it a try...
A beautifully illustrated children's story which focuses on the life-lesson of limitations only existing in our minds.
Perfect for any time reading, this book includes parent and child activities.
Review of ‘Ruby and the Magic Key’.

My son absolutely loved this book. He loves exploring and going on adventures like Ruby so he thoroughly enjoyed this story. Just like Ruby he liked to collect up things in a backpack to take outside and explore and for weeks after reading this book he would do the same and make sure he had a sandwich and apple to take with him! He always chooses this story to read at bedtimes. This story would help children that have anxiety and need extra confidence in certain situations to understand that it is within themselves to be brave.

A delightful read which promotes independence and explorers in little people.

More about the author

Lu is a children's author who has been making up stories for as long as she can remember.

As a child, she learnt to read extremely quickly and absorbed books like they were going out of fashion. She spent many an evening reading by torchlight under the covers, listening out for footsteps and pretending she was asleep when her parents came in to check on her.

As the older sibling, Lu started as a writer making up stories for her little sister on demand. Years upon years of creating fiction on the spot, being given a topic and having to quickly build a made-up world for the listening pleasure of her sister equipped Lu with a fantastic imagination and a love for storytelling.

Lu's books for children are mainly centred around tackling childhood worries and concerns, providing positive messages and encouragement, and boosting confidence. Her aim is to encourage children to engage with her books on another level. To think about them long after they have been read and to cherish their message. She also wants to help parents and guardians to talk to their children about the story – and as such each book contains an activity to compliment it. Lu's stories aim to touch the hearts not only of the children who read them but also the adults who help them.

Like and follow Lu on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/LuThomsonAuthor
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Slow start to 2018 and NEWS!

I want to apologise for the slow start of 2018. I am behind with my blogging, reviews and posts. I have suffered ill health over the last few months and a poorly Christmas, but hopefully on the up now!


Rafferty Lincoln loves... will be released in a matter of weeks on the 14th February. Please contact me if you are a book blogger and would like an ARC MOBI or PDF to be sent out. I am also doing a cover reveal on the 23rd January. Busy month ahead! Keep tuned...