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‘Baggy Pants and Bootees’ by Marilyn Chapman + Competition

Baggy Pants and Bootees

‘Baggy Pants & Bootees’ is Marilyn Chapman’s debut novel.  Out in eBook, it was recently published in paperback.

 

Book Blurb

When war baby Sophie joins the macho world of 1960s journalism she’s determined to prove that she’s ‘one of the boys’. Her career is threatened by a phone call from her estranged mother setting Sophie on a quest to uncover the secret of her birth. Was her father the all-American soldier she dreamt of when she was a child, or someone far more sinister? This is the story the ambitious reporter was destined to write. Helped by the charming but mysterious David, Sophie uncovers the story of a heartbroken wartime orphan, a GI romance and a terrifying rape that leads to an innocent man’s court martial – and finds clues to her own unhappy childhood. Torn between her secret love for Steve, the newspaper’s most eligible bachelor, and her desire to know who she really is, Sophie follows David to search for her father. Only when faced with the startling truth can she accept the tragedy of love, loss and betrayal, and begin a very different kind of future.

 

‘Baggy Pants & Bootees’ is available to buy from Amazon:-

Paperback – http://amzn.to/1rheyX5

Kindle Edition – http://amzn.to/1DBnuOS

 

Competition

One very lucky person has the chance to win a signed paperback copy of ‘Baggy Pants & Bootees’.  To enter just leave a comment telling me what books are on your wish list for Christmas.

 

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 2nd November 2014.

Winners will be notified within 7 days and their details will be passed on to Marilyn Chapman who will send out the prize.

 

Good luck! :-)

‘Beneath the Moon and the Stars’ Competition

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‘Beneath the Moon and the Stars’ by Amelia Thorne is now out.  To celebrate the launch, Amelia has a fab prize bundle to giveaway.  You could win these gorgeous hand carved wooden necklaces, a £15 iTunes voucher and a £50 theatre ticket voucher.

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All you have to do is copy one of the pre-prepared tweets below, tweet it and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw to win this prize bundle. The more you tweet, the more times you’ll be entered.

You can even make up your own tweet about the book, just as long as it has the book link to amazon, (http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw) the hashtag #BeneathTheMoon and Amelia’s Twitter name @Amelia_Writes in the tweet you’ll be entered into the draw.

The competition will run until midnight (UK time) on Sunday 26th October and the winner will be announced on Tuesday 28th October so plenty of time for tweeting.  Every time you tweet, you’ll be entered into the draw.

 

Tweets

Beneath The Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes is out now, a gorgeous story of love, friendship and secrets http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw

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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes has it all; beautiful men,a feisty heroine and a gorgeous lovestory http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw

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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes has it all; 3 gorgeous men,2 adorable dogs, 1 beautiful love story http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw

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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes is a gorgeous story of love, secrets and misguided revenge http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw

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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes has secrets, revenge, a diamond thief & a beautiful love story http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw

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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes has 3 gorgeous men, 2 weddings and a whole heap load of secrets http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw

 

‘Beneath the Moon and the Stars’ – Final Chapter

Beneath_the_MoonOver the last two days I have shared the first couple of chapters of Amelia Thorne’s debut novel.  Today, you can exclusively read the third chapter.  ‘Beneath the Moon and the Stars’ is out tomorrow.

Beneath the Moon and the Stars – Chapter 3

I hope you have enjoyed reading the first three chapters of this book.

 

‘Beneath the Moon and the Stars’ – Another Chapter

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Yesterday, readers of my blog got the chance to read the very first chapter of ‘Beneath the Moon and the Stars’ by Amelia Thorne which is now out on Saturday 18th October.  Today you can read the second chapter.

Beneath the Moon and the Stars – Chapter 2

 

Enjoy! :-)

 

Blog Tour – ‘Pets Aplenty’ by Malcolm D. Welshman

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‘Pets Aplenty’ is Malcolm Welshman’s third novel, published in August of this year by Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd. I love reading about animals so it was a real pleasure to be given the opportunity to review this book.

 

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Paul Mitchell is a novice vet working at Prospect House Veterinary Hospital. His days there are never exactly dull.  He finds himself treating a variety of animals including a vicious miniature donkey and a farting dog.  Even when he’s not at work Paul finds that he can’t get away from them.

I started reading ‘Pets Aplenty’ on Monday. I wasn’t feeling particularly well and wanted to snuggle up with a light-hearted book.  One of my favourite parts was the chapter where Paul, relaxing on his afternoon off, was confronted by a rather ravenous pig whilst he was in the nude sunbathing in a cornfield.  Hilarious!

I liked Paul as a character. I thought he was good with the animals and pretty brave.  I felt sorry for him regarding his personal life.  Though Paul was good at puns I do wish he hadn’t come out with quite so many.

I found ‘Pets Aplenty’ to be amusing, touching and a bit sad at times.  I thought the last chapter was brilliantly thought out.  If you like animals I recommend reading this book.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

Links

Website: www.malcolmwelshman.co.uk

Blog: http://www.malcolmwelshman.co.uk/blog.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malcolm.welshman.7?ref=ts

Twitter: @MalcolmWelshman

‘Beneath the Moon and the Stars’ by Amelia Thorne

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Beneath the Moon and the Stars is released on October 17th, the gorgeous new debut from Amelia Thorne. Here’s the blurb:-

Home, sweet home…

Joy Cartier has been to some of the most beautiful places in the world – but none of them have ever felt like home. So moving into a tiny cottage in the idyllic village of Bramble Hill, walking distance from her childhood home, seems like the perfect plan.

That is, until she gets there. The surly inhabitants of Britain’s Friendliest Village are anything but welcoming. Even her neighbour, reclusive Hollywood star Finn Mackenzie, takes one look at her and walks in the other direction. 

But when the village animosity steps up a gear, it is the infuriatingly brooding Finn who keeps coming to her rescue. Slowly Joy begins to realise that maybe a happy home isn’t about where you live, but who you’re with…

 

You can read a sneak peek of the first chapter here…

Beneath the Moon and the Stars – Chapter 1

Blog Tour – ‘The Strangler Vine’ by M.J. Carter

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This week we are celebrating M.J. Carter’s debut novel, ‘The Strangler Vine’, which was recently published in paperback by Penguin.

 

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About The Book

Calcutta, 1837. Young Ensign William Avery is tasked by his employers – the East India Company – to track down disgraced agent Xavier Mountstuart, lost to the jungle. Forced to take with him dissolute, disillusioned, errant genius ex-officer Jeremiah Blake, Avery is sure their mission is doomed. When their search leads them into Kali-worshipping, Thugee territory, survival depends upon trust. Fighting for their lives, the pair close in to their elusive quarry only to discover the horrifying truth behind their mission. With death and danger on all sides, is it too late to save themselves?

 

I was very kindly sent a copy of ‘The Strangler Vine’ to review.  I am currently reading this book and am enjoying it.  Through blogging I have developed a passion for historical fiction so am very interested indeed in this novel.  I like the way M.J. Carter writes.  She describes things so well that you can picture them.  I have the feeling that I will continue to enjoy ‘The Strangler Vine’.  The adventures have only just begun.

Look out for my full review.

 

About The Author 

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M. J. Carter is a former journalist and the author of two acclaimed works of non-fiction: Anthony Blunt: His Lives and The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One. M. J. Carter is married with two sons and lives in London.

 

Follow M.J. Carter on Twitter: @MJcarter10

Urbane Publications Limited

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Matthew Smith is the Director of Urbane Publications Limited.  He kindly took the time to write an article for me about his publishing business and how it all started.

 

THE THIRD WAY

I’m a very lucky chap, as I’ve been fortunate enough to work in and around books for 25 years (hard to believe I know, given my youthful good looks). I started as a bookseller, when readers bought books, and digital was a watch. And I’ve worked for publishers big and small over the years, building experience and trying to find the ‘right’ way to create and publish great content. There has been such enormous change over the last few years, but the essentials remain the same – talented authors producing astonishing content that we all want to engage with. And despite an emphasis on ‘issues’ in the industry, there is a huge opportunity for innovative, entrepreneurial publishers to grow and thrive – I just didn’t feel I could pursue those opportunities working for another company. I decided to be bold (read stark raving crazy) and create Urbane. So I could publish the way I think content should be published.

The aim for Urbane Publications is always to drive, and be driven by, collaboration. Collaboration with authors to produce books and content worthy of their vision and blood, sweat and tears; and collaborating with readers to build an ever-growing community of word lovers who engage with books, authors and each other. So far so good – six months in and the publishing programme is building quickly, and the feedback from readers on published titles has been reassuringly positive (and in some cases wonderfully flattering). Even the odd 1 star negative review has made sense (although I obviously cried for days over each one).

Collaboration. That’s not a word said lightly. It isn’t just marketing fluff. And this isn’t about providing a production service either. I could use my experience to take advantage of the self-publishing boom, set up a system and charge eager authors a healthy fee to throw their unedited words together between some covers. But I think there’s a better way, a third way, that combines all the benefits of traditional publishing (an engaged editor, script development, knowledge, design, route to market, promotion etc) but gives the author creative and commercial engagement during every part of the process. Every aspect of the project is a shared experience with shared goals, a genuine partnership. And that includes the sharing of the revenue, because every author deserves a fair return on their words.

Many publishers have forgotten that authors should consistently be at the centre of the publishing experience, from initial discussion and on throughout the life of the book. Every single project is unique and every author plays a key role in not just delivering a manuscript but bringing it to life. For too long many in the publishing industry have been treating authors as a commodity, a deliverer of content, part of a process not the key driver of the publishing experience. This seems particularly daft when so many talented and smart authors can just self-publish. I want authors to be engaged from day one – because they know they can be. The aim is shared goals from the outset – what do we want, how can we make it happen, how do we realise success. It makes for a lively, engaged and ultimately fulfilling publishing experience where both parties want exactly the same thing – a great book that sells like hot cakes.

And how and why will the third way work? It has to be through persistency and belief. There is still a rather entrenched perception of authoring and publishing a book that simply getting it produced means it will be read, that readers will immediately rush to grab a copy. There are absolutely no guarantees anymore, not even for those publishing with the big corporates. That’s why the opportunities for an agile and responsive publishing approach are so exciting! Discoverability is vital to a book’s success and achieving it is really hard work! That’s why I already owe a huge debt of gratitude to the bloggers and reviewers who are spreading the word – the strongest and most powerful marketing is still word of mouth, personal recommendation, an individual endorsement – and authors are key in making that happen as the word always begins within their network.

So all you budding authors out there, we want you to consider publishing with Urbane and partnering with us for an enriching publishing experience. When it comes to a great book and a valuable piece of content your words will always be the vital ingredient – let Urbane help you take those words to the right audience in the most effective forms possible, with YOU as the key driver in the process. The Third way – you know it makes sense :-)

 

For more information about Urbane visit http://urbanepublications.com

 

Blog Tour – ‘Vicki’s Work of Heart’ by Rosie Dean + Giveaway

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Rosie Dean brings you another quintessential romance to warm your cockles as the winter draws in! Stay tuned to catch the romantic comedy author visiting blogs-a-plenty over the coming weeks, with reviews, guest posts and a giveaway!

 

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‘What if you found yourself stranded at the altar, knee-deep in your absent fiancé’s gambling debts?

Vicki Marchant, humble art teacher and jilted bride, seizes her freedom by leaving teaching to paint – in France. It’s her time. Nobody is going to get in the way of her ambition – definitely not a man.

Vicki learns two things: some men are difficult to resist, and choosing the right one is not always easy.’

Click Here To Buy This Book – UK

Click Here To Buy This Book – US

 

Today Rosie Dean has dropped by my blog.

 

Where did Vicki come from?

Guest Post by Rosie Dean

Straight off the bat – thank you, Sonya, for inviting me to be a guest on your blog. If I can ever return the favour – my blog is your blog.

Let me introduce you to Vicki Marchant, humble art teacher and jilted bride, and the heroine of my latest romantic comedy, Vicki’s Work of Heart.

Since her marriage has now been blasted into the ether, she seizes her freedom and leaves teaching to paint – in France. It’s her time. Nobody is going to get in the way of her ambition. Definitely no men. Vicki learns two things: some men are difficult to resist, and choosing the right one is not always easy.

I have a huge soft spot for Vicki. It’s almost my story. Except that it isn’t.

I certainly used to be an art teacher and, like Vicki, I definitely knew the frustration not being able to exercise my creativity because I had no time or energy. Let’s not beat about the bush – teaching in a high school is completely knackering. As soon as I came home, I’d sit down in the armchair and conk out. Me! Surely, that was what old folks did – fall asleep in front of the Six O’clock News – not me.

So, in my downtime, I’d fantasize about moving to another country, where I could live cheaply on bread and cheese, washed down by cheap but warming wine, and spend my time painting. I’d have no responsibilities just freedom to pursue my art.

I would, of course, also be utterly stunning, with the kind of metabolism that would vaporize the calories from the Camembert and Pinot Noir. I’d be carefree, solvent and a complete man-magnet. However, I would be so into my artwork, I would swat these men out of my life and focus on my art. (Guess who’d also been in long-term relationships that hadn’t worked out?) No, my life would be much less complicated if I kept men at a distance. At least, until Mr-Utterly-Drop-dead-Gorgeous-and-Perfect-for-Me turned up. As he surely would.

So I built on that fantasy and started Vicki’s story.

I set it in France because the roots of Impressionism are there – which is my favourite artistic period. It’s a romantic country with beautiful scenery. The confections in their patisseries are beyond spectacular, and the men have the sexiest accents. No contest.

I also gave Vicki a positive, seize-the-day attitude because one thing I’ve learned is that making the most of the here-and-now is one of the best ways to keep going. But don’t panic! Vicki is no Pollyanna, she just learns how to dig into her little bag of grit when the going gets tough.

If you’ve ever dreamed about turning your back on the day job and following your dream, then you might just have something in common with Vicki too.

 

Author Bio

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I’ve been writing stories since I was a little girl, when I was especially industrious and produced dolly-dressing books, complete with a typed story, a dolly to cut out on the back cover, and paper clothing with tabs on. I even sold a couple.

After growing up, I studied ceramic design – gaining a ‘degree in crockery’ as the man-in-my-life likes to call it, which I once put to good use as an Art & Pottery teacher.

Deciding I didn’t want to spend my entire life in the classroom, covered in clay and paint, I escaped to the world of corporate communication, where I wrote training courses and marketing copy.

Now I’ve given it all up to write, full-time. When not writing, I love to cook and to read, I even read in the car (talking books) and have notched up countless unnecessary miles as a result.

Not one to spend hours in the gym or pounding the pavement, I prefer Yoga and Pilates, which means I can tone and tighten whilst watching TV.

 

Author Links 

Facebook | Twitter | Website

 

Giveaway

Win a paperback copy of the fantastic Vicki’s Work of Heart

Click on the link below to be taken to the competition:-

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Terms and Conditions

Prize will be gifted via Amazon. Rosie Dean and CandleLit Author Services reserve the right to cancel or amend the giveaway at any point and without prior notification.

‘The Destroyer’ – Blog Tour

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‘Created, The Destroyer’ is the first title in The Destroyer series.  Warren Murphy co-wrote this book with Richard Sapir in 1963.  The series is composed of 145 titles and has sold more than 60 million copies.  The books are now being republished.

 

9780751557978As part of this tour I was very kindly sent a copy of ‘Created, The Destroyer’ to read and review.

Remo Williams, a former police officer, has just lost everything. Sentenced to death for a crime he supposedly committed he is now counting down the hours until he is led to the electric chair.  During his last rites Remo is given a black pill and told to bite into it exactly before he is electrocuted.

Remo wakes up in a strange place and realises he isn’t dead after all. He soon discovers that he has been recruited by a secret government organisation who called themselves CURE.  Their aim is to defend the country outside the law.  Remo is to be their new assassin: The Destroyer.  He has to go through lots of training in preparation for his assignments, which as he finds comes  in very useful.  But is he able to fulfil his tasks?

Until recently I had never heard of The Destroyer series. This book sounded interesting so I thought I would give it a go.  It was enjoyable enough and it only took me a couple of days to read.

I quite liked Remo, but the things he said and did in those days he wouldn’t get away with now. I felt that Chiun, the man who trained Remo up was mentioned way too much throughout the story.  I also didn’t really get the foreword at the beginning.

I personally felt that this book was enough and I don’t plan to read any more of the titles. It’s not really for me but I’m sure there will be lots of people out there who do like this series.

I give this book 3 out of 5.

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