Monday, 30 April 2018

Review of 'The Purrfect Pet Sitter' by Carol Thomas

Review of Carol Thomas 'The Purrfect Pet Sitter'

Buy the novel here: http://amzn.eu/9iTAPtu

Introducing Lisa Blake, the purrfect pet sitter! 

When Lisa Blake’s life in London falls apart, she returns to her hometown rebranding herself as ‘the purrfect pet sitter’ – which may or may not be false advertising as she has a rather unfortunate habit of (temporarily) losing dogs!

But being back where she grew up, Lisa can’t escape her past. There’s her estranged best friend Flick who she bumps into in an embarrassing encounter in a local supermarket. And her first love, Nathan Baker, who, considering their history, is sure to be even more surprised by her drunken Facebook friend request than Lisa is.

As she becomes involved in the lives of her old friends Lisa must confront the hurt she has caused, discover the truth about her mysterious leather-clad admirer, and learn how to move forward when the things she wants most are affected by the decisions of her past.

My review

This is a great feel-good novel about moving on with your life. Although light-hearted, it portrays a depth of self-discovery which the author delicately weaves into the plot. Lisa's life has fallen apart so she returns to her hometown to rebrand herself. But going back rekindles all sorts from her past that she thought she'd left behind.  Can she move forward from her past?

From the moment I opened my kindle, I was swept away into this lovely novel. Lisa is engaging and I loved to have a novel including my favourite thing, pets! Some great laugh-out-loud moments, this book will keep you smiling until the end. A great summer read that is very enjoyable.Struggling with her new job as a pet sitter, Lisa is a likeable character and I really rooted for her as the story deepens. The style of the author is immensely engaging and you'll be wanting to read more from this author after you have finished. A summer read to make you smile that I would recommend to pack for your holiday!


The blurb:
   
Introducing Lisa Blake, the purrfect pet sitter!

When Lisa Blake’s life in London falls apart, she returns to her hometown rebranding herself as ‘the purrfect pet sitter’ – which may or may not be false advertising!

But being back where she grew up, Lisa can’t escape her past. There’s her estranged best friend Flick who she bumps into in an embarrassing encounter in a local supermarket. And her first love, Nathan Baker, who, considering their history, is sure to be even more surprised by her drunken Facebook friend request than Lisa is.

As she becomes involved in the lives of her old friends Lisa must confront the hurt she has caused, discover the truth about her mysterious leather-clad admirer, and learn how to move forward when the things she wants most are affected by the decisions of her past.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Ruby Fiction, the new imprint of Choc Lit

Buying Links
  

View the book trailer: http://tinyurl.com/TPPS-booktrailer

About the author:
   
Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively young Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in primary schools for over fifteen years, before dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and people watching and can often be found loitering in local cafes working on her next book.



Carol writes contemporary romance novels, with relatable heroines whose stories are layered with emotion, sprinkled with laughter and topped with irresistible male leads.



Website and Social Media Links: 
  

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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Review of 'Stop the World' by Sherry Mayes

Review of 'Stop the World' by Sherry Mayes


Buy the novel http://amzn.eu/1flJIe2
 
 Inspired by a true story:

SHE THOUGHT HER LIFE WAS OVER ... BUT IT WAS JUST BEGINNING

Jody Angel Taylor believes her life is all mapped out: Glamorous, clever and popular, and due to marry her handsome boyfriend, she has it all. Until one night she has a devastating car crash, ending up paralyzed — and her perfect world collapses.

Committing media suicide and publicly blamed for her own accident, everything around her falls apart. She becomes a lonely recluse, feeling she’s lost everything including her legs — her boyfriend to her best friend, her father to an affair, her mother to depression — but above all she fears losing her mind. What she doesn’t know is that someone across the globe is about to throw her a lifeline. Can she find the courage to take it? Determined to love again and clear her name, she embarks on a new adventure that will transform her life beyond all expectations.

If you like 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green and 'All the Bright Places' by Jennifer Niven then you'll love Sherry Mayes' inspiring novel.

My review

What an interesting and thought-provoking read. I liked the character of Jody from the outset, despite her perfections and successes in life she is written with depth and realism. The situation that arose after the car accident was shocking. The reactions of others from the crash and subsequent paralysis were realistically portrayed. You jump in straight at that point and literally, the book has you gripped. Everything has fallen apart and you're totally with Jody through this. It leads you to think, how would you react if that happened? Would people you know react like Jody's friends and family did? Would you if you were them? Totally addictive, I found this novel to be a complete page-turner and I read the novel engrossed from beginning to the end.  

I loved the writer's style. Fresh and simple, which bonds you with the characters immediately. As Jody's perfect life falls away after the accident, you wonder what is truly important in life. Written in a light-hearted manner, with a great understanding of teenagers, I was left rooting for Jody. I won't give away the ending, but I was pleased the author was able to leave me satisfied and with hope. I'd love to read more from this talented author.


About the author



Sherron, also known by her nickname, Sherry, has worked as a journalist for over twenty years. She has also written two self-help books, which were both published as paperbacks in January 2003 and 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton.

Her first YA novel, STOP THE WORLD was inspired by a true story.

Originally from Somerset, she currently lives in Berkshire, United Kingdom. 


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT STOP THE WORLD

'Poignant, Compelling, Unputdownable. Sherry really touched my heart with this uplifting story, revealing the comedy and pain behind the main characters challenging circumstances.' Daily Mail

'This book is for anyone who wants to read something that is in turns inspiring, emotional, gritty, heartwarming and funny. Currently, I'm thinking this is one of the best books I have ever read and if I could give 6 stars I would.' Phil Leader, reviewer and blogger.

'I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming story about a girl coming of age and succeeding against all odds. Beautifully written and very addictive – Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop until I finished. The characters are all so beautifully drawn and they still haven’t let go of me.' Renita D'Silva, author of 'The Forgotten Daughter.'

'This is a well-written, feel-good story with just the right ingredients to keep you in suspense, make you cry from the good and bad, and also make you laugh. If you liked John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars”, you’ll love Sherry Mayes’ “Stop the world.” This novel is about triumph and disaster, and as in Rudyard Kipling’s “If,” treats those two imposters the same. The story is seen through the eyes of main character and beauty queen, Jody Angel Taylor. Although Jody is/was a beauty queen, she is the prototype flawed and beautifully crafted protagonist.' John Darryl Winston, author.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Carol Thomas - Author interview Q&A - 29th April

 The Purrfect Pet Sitter - Author Interview!

Delighted to be on Carol’s blog tour for her fabulous new novel ‘The Purrfect Pet Sitter.’ I will be sharing a review of the book with you early next week, but today I’m sharing an author interview with Carol and some more information on her new novel. I am a huge pet lover so this novel was right up my street and I'm sure will appeal to lots of readers.




Introducing Lisa Blake, the purrfect pet sitter! 


When Lisa Blake’s life in London falls apart, she returns to her hometown rebranding herself as ‘the purrfect pet sitter’ – which may or may not be false advertising as she has a rather unfortunate habit of (temporarily) losing dogs!

But being back where she grew up, Lisa can’t escape her past. There’s her estranged best friend Flick who she bumps into in an embarrassing encounter in a local supermarket. And her first love, Nathan Baker, who, considering their history, is sure to be even more surprised by her drunken Facebook friend request than Lisa is.

As she becomes involved in the lives of her old friends Lisa must confront the hurt she has caused, discover the truth about her mysterious leather-clad admirer, and learn how to move forward when the things she wants most are affected by the decisions of her past.
   

Author Interview


What inspired you to write The Purrfect Pet Sitter?
  
I like the quote, “sometimes all you need is a second chance because maybe time wasn’t ready for the first one.” In my story, I wanted to explore the idea of second chances in friendship and love. Add to that, my daughter is a pet sitter, it’s a great job for meeting people, and pets who, like children, add a certain amount of unpredictability – giving rise to great opportunities when writing romantic comedy.

What are your favourite pets?
  
I am a dog lover, with a big soft spot for Labradors. My dogs get about a bit, inspiring the Labradors in my stories and appearing on my social media pages. But I have also had resident guinea pigs in my lounge on and off for over twenty years. They make great pets, being friendly, chatty, entertaining and, unlike my Labrador puppy, they don’t steal socks and tea towels in an attempt to get my attention when I am writing.


Are you anything like your protagonist Lisa?
  
The short answer to this is, no. Lisa has travelled, she doesn’t have children and as time has gone by she has lost touch with those she once felt closest to. Her character, personality and most of her experiences are quite different to my own. Now if you’d said Felicity, Lisa’s once best friend, I would have been confessing to more similarities.

What do you love the most about the writing process?
  
I love it when the writing is flowing, and ideas are coming so fast you can barely keep up.

How have you found the publishing process?
 
Getting my contract and working with the lovely people at Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction has been a great experience; one I hope to be able to repeat in the future. Having self-published my first contemporary romance novel, Crazy Over You, I’ve had to get used to not having the final say on things like title and cover. But they are small concessions in return for having achieved a publishing contract and being part of such a great team.

Has it changed you?
  
No, I don’t think so. But it may have made me busier, as I am feeling I don’t want to let my publisher down by not doing enough promotion or publicity. I want the book to do well for them as well as me. And I am putting more pressure on myself to write the next as I would love for that to be published by Ruby Fiction / Choc Lit too.

Have you any other books on the go?
  
Yes, two contemporary romance novels and a children’s book, as a Christmas sequel to my first, that I haven’t quite finished writing or mentioned to my illustrator.

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
  
Write and write often. Keep notebooks and note down interesting sentences and snippets you hear. For different bits, you are writing study the work of those you think do that aspect well, analyse what works and why.

Just for fun

What is your favourite ice cream?  

Mint.

Would you prefer to have endless free chocolate or free wine for life?
  
Hmm, I very rarely drink so chocolate would make sense but that really wouldn’t be good for me (my children’s Easter stash is too much of a temptation as it is). I’d have to say wine; I am sure I’d have a few relatives and friends who would like benefiting from that.

Where is your ideal holiday destination?
  
Canada or the Alps in France, I like big landscapes and changing seasons.

If you could own any pet in the world, what would it be?
  
Could I have my chocolate Lab Benson back? I was blessed to have him for almost sixteen years and miss him every day. Don’t tell my children I said that, and I passed up the opportunity to have a tiger, giraffe or unicorn!

Don't miss out on reading this fabulous novel. Find out more about the book and Carol below... 


The blurb:
   
Introducing Lisa Blake, the purrfect pet sitter!

When Lisa Blake’s life in London falls apart, she returns to her hometown rebranding herself as ‘the purrfect pet sitter’ – which may or may not be false advertising!

But being back where she grew up, Lisa can’t escape her past. There’s her estranged best friend Flick who she bumps into in an embarrassing encounter in a local supermarket. And her first love, Nathan Baker, who, considering their history, is sure to be even more surprised by her drunken Facebook friend request than Lisa is.

As she becomes involved in the lives of her old friends Lisa must confront the hurt she has caused, discover the truth about her mysterious leather-clad admirer, and learn how to move forward when the things she wants most are affected by the decisions of her past.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Ruby Fiction, the new imprint of Choc Lit

Buying Links
  

View the book trailer: http://tinyurl.com/TPPS-booktrailer

About the author:
   
Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively young Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in primary schools for over fifteen years, before dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and people watching and can often be found loitering in local cafes working on her next book.

Carol writes contemporary romance novels, with relatable heroines whose stories are layered with emotion, sprinkled with laughter and topped with irresistible male leads.

Website and Social Media Links: 
  

Blog:



Tuesday, 17 April 2018

17th April Blog Tour review of Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella

Blog Tour - 17th April 2018

I am delighted to be on the blog tour for Manhattan Millionaire's Cinderella.

Review of Manhatton Millionaire's Cinderella by Sun Chara

Will their wedding night be a one-night stand or a merger for keeps?
Global real estate mogul, Cade Sloan should've listened to his own advice: trust no one, and never a woman…especially not his 24 hour bride gone AWOL with his millions. Nina, mousy secretary turned sexy vixen, will repay every penny with interest…
When Cade gears up for a takeover, there's sweet hell to pay. Nina owes her husband a wedding night and he’s hell bent on collecting… his way, his time, his pleasure.


My review

I found this light-hearted and fun book tricky at first to review as could see the appeal and it would be the type of novel that many would enjoy but it isn't the usual type of book that I would pick up. However, the plot was intriguing and I found myself gently pulled into the storyline. The pace did increase suddenly and not let up until all at once the book was already over! I wished it was longer. I did find the novel a little confusing in places, due to the characters misunderstandings of each other, and often had to go back and re-read as was confused as to what was happening. Think I was confused as the characters about the situation unfolding! The one problem was that the protagonist wasn't that likeable to me. He's the tall, arrogant, rich type that would make many readers swoon and therefore I think other readers of this novel would engage with this story more than I did. If you're a fifty shades ‘Grey’ fan then you’ll love Cade!

I found both Cade and Nina hard characters to engage with. When Cade asks his secretary to marry him to stop his company going bankrupt, she agrees, and then after overhearing something that makes her scares she bolts, taking the large sum of money with her. It was at this point I found that my dislike of Cade meant that I didn't really wish for him to find Nina and his money. When the complex storyline becomes clearer, I did find myself wanting to know what happens next. The author did keep me engaged and the pages turning with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. Despite not liking the unique characters much, they were definitely larger than life and cleverly brought to life by the author. Kind of a love hate relationship with them! There are many destinations explored in the jet-setting lifestyle of the characters that I could have read more about and the author could have used these to extend the story.

Overall, this novel is perfect for a quick light-hearted beach read this summer.


About the author:  



Sun Chara, a multi-published, JABBIC winner Manhattan Millionaire's Cinderella, keys sexy, hip 'n fun contemporary romance, high adventure historical romance, and any genre that knocks at her imagination. Globetrotting for lore while keeping tabs on Hollywood leads...she loves the challenge of creating stories for book and screen. Designer frappuccinos with whipping cream and sprinkles on top make everyday a celebration! - See more at:
http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/authors?title=s#sthash.JoJ6VbfL.dpuf
https://facebook.com/suncharaauthorpage


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Review of David Ahern - Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance

Published April 12th


Review of 'Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance' by David Ahern


"This third book in the Madame Tulip series is wonderful read, and David Ahern’s wry humour is a delight." - whisperingstories

"David Ahern never fails to bring laughter, intrigue and a kaleidoscope of colorful characters together." - tometender

A surprise role in a movie takes actress Derry O’Donnell to a romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands. But romance soon turns to fear and suspicion. Someone means to kill, and Derry, moonlighting as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip, is snared in a net of greed, conspiracy and betrayal.
A millionaire banker, a film producer with a mysterious past, a gun-loving wife, a PA with her eyes on Hollywood, a handsome and charming estate manager—each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.

As Derry and her friend Bruce race to prevent a murder, she learns to her dismay that the one future Tulip can’t predict is her own.

"I don’t hesitate to give five stars and say that I can’t wait for the next book." - barbtaub

"David Ahern's sense of humour blends cozy with sudden flare-up. His style is unusually entertaining."- booktaste

"I don’t hesitate to give five stars and say that I can’t wait for the next book." - barbtaub

"If you like your cozy mysteries with just enough of a mysteriously psychic spin to keep you on edge wondering what might be possible, then this is definitely a series you should check out!" - jillelizabeth

"This is the third Madam Tulip book, and my favourite so far!" - bookshineandreadbows


My review 

This is the second book I have read in the Madam Tulip series and although the first I read a while ago, it wasn't long before I sunk into a comfortably familiar feel with the writing and the great characters. The book stands alone well even if you haven't read any others in the series and despite missing out the second book, I fell into the plot quickly and with page-turning enjoyment. The filming in Scotland gives an interesting read and something different to the mystery. I enjoyed how Derry and Bruce find adventure wherever they go. The psychic element to the author's novels are both entertaining and fascinating.

There is such a diverse and wonderful array of characters in the book that you can't help but enjoy loving every minute of this read. A fantastic mystery novel with larger than life characters. The author has a great talent throwing you off the scent as the mystery unfolds for a surprising ending. A very enjoyable read that I would recommend.

About the author:



David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate but soon absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

Madam Tulip wasn’t David Ahern's first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’d ever had with a computer. He is now writing the fourth Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.

David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.

You can learn more about David Ahern and Madam Tulip on his website www.davidahern.info

Connect with David Ahern on Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidahernwriter
and Twitter: www.twitter.com/daveahernwriter

Review of Christopher Joyce, 'The Creatures of Chichester. The One About the Stolen Dog.'

Review of Christopher Joyce -
‘The Creatures of Chichester: The One About the Stolen Dog.’


It's the summer of 2012 and most of the Twolegs in Chichester, England, are having a good time but not Mr. Penfold, because someone has stolen his dog.
A little red-headed Twoleg was last seen leading the dog away - but that was days ago. Button and Stitchley, two intrepid spiders living in North Street, decide to get to the bottom of the crime.
They enlist the help of other creatures in the city to find out just who the vile dognapper is. But it's not easy; the cats hate the dogs; the mice are not too fond of the falcons, and don't even mention the bats!
Are you looking for a children's chapter book that is highly entertaining, great for bedtime stories, and part of a series? This children's storybook has it all! These stories are great for bedtime stories and great to listen to with friends and family.

My review: 

I had already read a couple of books in this series so couldn't wait to read the first book, which introduces all the wonderful characters that I had become so familiar with. This story doesn't fail to impress, with its entertaining storyline, fantastic characters and a mystery to solve. When Mr Penfold's dog, Streak, is stolen the creatures of Chichester all work together to solve the mystery of the missing dog.

All the creatures have fantastically wonderful names, which I know children will love. I only wished my two children were old enough to enjoy this lovely series. When a second dog goes missing an ingenious rescue plan is developed and I love the way that the creatures all work together, despite their differences at first. This book is such a lovely positive example to children and really enhances the reputation of spiders. A great series for all animal lovers and would also encourage children more nervous of animals to become animal lovers too. I can't wait to read more in this series.

About the Author:



Christopher Joyce, winner of the Cornish Writing Challenge 2017, is a Twoleg from Chichester in West Sussex, England.

He has been a teacher, marketing director, waiter; once made Venetian blinds, worked in a steel works and has run a garden design business.

He has written six books about The Creatures of Chichester. The latest book - the one about the golden lake is out now. For more information visit:
www.creaturesofchichester.com or keep up to date on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/creaturesofchichester/

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Review of Chatterbox Poems by Sandy Day

Review of Chatterbox Poems by Sandy Day


Discover a lyrical new voice in poetry. Sandy Day studied under great Canadian poets, bp nichol and Michael Ondaatje. Her influences include Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Pat Lowther.

Chatterbox is a collection of one hundred and ten poems, tiny tellings written during a year of marriage disintegration. The poems explore a world of bewildering emotions ranging from sadness and terror to anger and enlightenment. The reader enters a world conjured from fairytales and dolls, the Garden of Eden, and the Wizard of Oz; the pages abound with moths and mice, dogs and horses, roosters and crows, oranges and apples, the moon and the sun.

A creative force, exploding after decades of silence, inspires the Chatterbox poems. The poet struggles to attend to a Muse that wakes her each morning, urging her to capture a spirit igniting inside her. The poet observes her own life as it falls apart and fragments then miraculously turns her outward toward others.

Whose heart hasn't cracked open and broken? Do any of us withstand the pain and transcend to the other side? Can we leave betrayal and abandonment behind without bitterness and resentment? Can we move on and find our true soaring spirits? Chatterbox answers these questions with a resounding, yes.


My review

I really enjoyed this delightful book, packed full of an array of poems to suit any taste. My high school years killed my enjoyment of poems, from the endless analysis, but I must admit I enjoyed this book far more than I thought. Each poem tumbles off the page in a stream of consciousness. I read each one with fascination and the book certainly brought back my love of poems that high school had crushed. From tears of sadness to open mouthed surprise, I enjoyed every one. 

Thrust into a fairytale world, these poems are pure escapism and a hidden treat. I loved the use of animals in the poem and well as the clever use of emotions. I'd certainly recommend this book to anyone.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Review of Emily's Hour by James Morley

Review of Emily's Hour by James Morley



 Everything changes for the Simpson family when the dead body of an internet millionaire is found in Branham Lake and a close friend is falsely accused of murder. It is 2004 and Steve and Kirsten, the central characters in James Morley’s first novel, The Nemesis File are now married and have settled in rural Sussex with their children Emily 13 and John-Kaj 8. Steve runs the family nautical business near Chichester but teaches sailing at Branham Lake on the Surrey Hampshire border. When further deaths occur, a police inspector facing a mental breakdown is convinced of his suspect’s guilt. While Steve and Kirsten fight to clear their friend’s name they have no inkling of the nightmare that is to engulf them. When Emily, along with an elderly war veteran, is abducted by a sacrificial religious cult, the family become the centre of worldwide attention. Emily’s Hour is a tense thriller, with a background in sailing that will engage both adults and teenagers alike.


My review 

I found this novel to be a thrilling and exciting read from beginning to end. The novel is set around the sailing community in Sussex which enables the author's passion, expertise and knowledge for sailing to shine through the pages of the novel. A community is thrown into upheaval when the body of a millionaire is found. When further deaths occur, a local family is swept into the nightmare, with young Emily being abducted. This is a tense thriller, which will have you on the edge of your seat trying to unravel the mystery. Young Emily is a strong character in the novel, along with Steve and Kirsten. The author is able to create believable characters that you want to root for as the story progresses. 

I loved the use of Greta, the psychological profiler, which made for very interesting reading due to my own background in psychology. Emily, despite only just becoming a teenager, is a brave and fearless child/young adult and strives for a means of escape leading to a gripping story finale. A very enjoyable and exciting read, set within a charming background location. Well researched and written with love and passion, this novel will keep the pages turning until the end.

About the Author:



James known as, Jim, Morley spent forty years working in farming and forestry.
During that time he wrote for pleasure as well as short articles and pieces for his local press. On retirement in 1994 he turned to full time writing.
Jim uses the sport of sailing as a theme in five published novels.
In younger days he sailed and raced at international level winning the occasional race. Following an accident in 1970 he decided that, "those who can do and those who can't write about it". 

As well as his novels Jim has had five short stories read on local radio including Soldier on U.K. Remberance Day in 1999. His story, The Decision Wasn't Easy won an Ottaker Prize in 2005. In 2004 Jim founded his publishing imprint Benham's Sea Mysteries. He has five published mystery novels based in his niche market that have sold worldwide. Jim works actively with Sailability the UK organisation governing sailing for the disabled. His novel Olympic Nemesis follows a a man from a life changing moment to the winning of Paralympic gold. It was adopted by RYA Sailability in advance of the 2012 Olympics. Jim has also written two saga novels Song of Sussex and Life and Loves in Shinkley. He has also written two detective "whodunnit" books set in South Hampshire. And in 2016 Jim released his first romantic novel: A Summer of Law and Love. Not forgetting: Magdalena's Redemption a challenging thriller with an exciting episode on the United States West coast.

Jim is a member of the UK Society of Authors and is a keen supporter of his local book group as well as secretary of his writing circle. He is a widower living in an untidy house filled with books and computers.

My name is Nelson by Dylan Fairchild - Book review

Book review of 'My name is Nelson: Pretty Much the Best Novel Ever.'
By Dylan Fairchild



 From The Indie View: “A brilliant and unique novel…in terms of sheer storytelling mastery, it's one of the best books we've seen in awhile. We give 'My Name Is Nelson' five-plus stars and look forward to an equally well-written sequel...it's a tremendously entertaining storyline with rich characterization and cinematic action scenes. It's safe to say the author's crafted a potential bestseller -- and, possibly, a hit movie." (Don Sloan)

President Andrew MacIntyre was having a pretty good first year in the Oval Office. Suddenly, during what should have been a peaceful Christmas season, he's facing one of the worst national security crises in American history. And, it's being masterminded out of a sleazy, New Mexico strip joint? What the hell?

Is this a political thriller? Is it science fiction? A zany comedy? Perhaps it's a love story. Whatever it is, it's a riveting page-turner with a little sex appeal, and a lot of laughter. It's little wonder White House National Security Advisor Chet Addington * said this was, "Pretty much the best novel ever." **

* Absolutely, positively, not a real person
** He's been known to be wrong about stuff

Buy the novel here: My name is Nelson

My review

This genre of novel was new to me and I was interested to see if I liked the style. However the author was very engaging in writing style and it sucked me into the story straight away. I took a very lighthearted approach to the story and plot and thoroughly enjoyed the read. The author has well developed narrative between the colourful characters and this is definitely a strong point in the writing. On occasions, the style is confusing as unsure as whether the author intended it to be totally a comedy (due to the amount of humour) or thriller or the novel isn't even sure in itself, but, as I took it as the first, I was able to be swept along and enjoy the read and not take it too seriously.

The ambitious premise behind the novel, an underdog geek who works at Full Spectrum Kinetic Solutions aims to take things into his own hands and creates a weapon (UMEAD) destroy all the baddies, is a plot that can't help but draw you in! Troutman is a unique character and despite being the villain in the story, you warm to him. With an ending that you don't want to happen but totally suits the unique plotline, you'll be left thinking about it long after you have finished. An interesting and different read.