Book launched: Charming Mr Stewart

Hey hey hey, like promised, here is Charming Mr Stewart, now available for you to buy, read and love it this Valentine’s Day.

To all the lovers and dreamers out there, remember, everyone deserves to love and be loved, just like Elle Grace!

Grab you copy!

And goes without saying, thank you for the support. 

  

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EBook cover Reveal ahead of book release

EBook cover Reveal ahead of book release

Absolutely delighted to share the ebook cover for ‘Charming Mr Stewart’ with you guys. A proud yet nerve wrecking moment for an author, any author. The cover courtesy of a friend of mine, Catherine Jane! So brilliant, I can’t stop smiling when I look at it. 

The book is releasing soon, and when I say soon, I mean most likely less than a day! Can’t wait to have it go live so you can grab a copy and get reading. I’d welcome reviews. Feedback always helps!

Stay tuned: will announce release once the ebook goes live!

Xx

 

Charming Mr Stewart 

What does a writer do in the course of a typical day you think. Well, I’d tell you, but I’m not quiet sure myself! Today, this unusually warm winter Sydney day, I went dress shopping with a friend to a town we both had never been to (Hail GPS for that!). Then meandered through a mall never before been to either, wearing heels mind you (ouch right there). Then killed a couple of hours for a film screening to begin by sitting in a darkish corner of a chocolate house (Max Brenner for those who know). I love those Crunchy waffle ball things they have, so had one of those and wiled away the minutes by reading things on Facebook and then Pinterest, then back to FB. Bored a little.

Before long I actually remembered I had bought a notebook to keep me entertained so finally, after my drink went cold and I had nothing else to do, I pulled the book out and mulled over a book blurb (in anticipation for my next release come Christmas!!!!!!). So I wanted to share this with you and maybe get your opinions. 
I’ve been mulling over a new title I wanted to try, and a new direction for the blurb. So here goes. Oh it’s a romantic genre for those interested. 

Charming Mr Stewart
When Ellenor Grace first meets the unrelenting Mr Stewart it was warning bells at first sight. Her palms sweat, her heart skips a beat, or maybe it was the heat of the day. Either way, the danger is present. Love. 



For someone who never wants to love again, it’s not an easy decision to make, to cover or not to cover the wedding of the year. Taking on the job is half her problem; her real problem is Mr Stewart who insists on being called Dean, his snobbish mother, and a woman hell bent on letting Elle know Dean is hers. If Elle wants to make it to the other end of it in one piece, she must keep her heart. Hard to do when Dean attempts to steal it every chance he gets. 


(Eeeee. How did it go? Come on, give me honest opinions. I’d like to make this as good as it can be. I hate writing blurbs!! Lol)

Next Book Review book found

I’ve read halfway through Cecelia Ahern’s Ps I love you.  However, due to circumstances I no longer remember and the fact that I had watched the film before reading, I never really finished the book. Thanks for the Memories will be my attempt at reading from start to finish a Cecelia Ahern book.

I don’t know when I’ll finish the book as I am currently working on my own novel due to be released, but either way, this will be my next book review. Looking forward to it! 

 

‘Becoming Scarlett’ by Ciara Geraghty: Book Review

‘Becoming Scarlett’ is not my first rodeo when it comes to reading Ciara Geraghty work. Previously, I’ve read ‘Saving Grace’, which I absolutely loved everything about. However, in saying that and in remaining true to an unbiased review, I did struggle to finish Scarlett. One of the main reason was that I simply couldn’t connect with the protagonist in any way. Felt a lot of barriers in trying to get over that fence.

So how did I find the book?

Story:  the story is from Scarlett’s POV. About this young woman who suddenly realizes she can’t hold onto any of her life plans. Should have been a topic most young adults can connect with, but with the main theme of unexpected pregnancy that weaves the story through, it felt like there were opportunities that weren’t made use of due to restrictive narration. The other characters from a reader POV were at regular intervals more interesting than the main. The whole story of Scarlett’s transformation from this anal individual to someone who is more lucid felt like a long trajectory that took its time to get to.

Structure:   main character POV. The story is divided into different time frames , some cover days, some weeks, with lots of huge jump in time. It covers a whole year in the life of Scarlett.

Ending: ending is strong but feels it could have been reached much earlier on in the work. 

Rating: 2.5/5 (I’m on the middle ground with this simply because I found myself skipping sentences  and sometimes paragraphs that felt didn’t move the story along).

Recommendation:for any one who loves reading pregnancy stories, about independent women, and in general, life putting its hands up, then this book is for you. Not every reader suits a book, nor a book suits every reader, so I leave this wide open for you to make you own decision about this particular book.

My next read: I have yet to pick a book out and probably won’t do another review till I publish my second book. So might be a couple of months for the next honest review.

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Title to attract.

Coming away from another worship hosted by the Sydney Writer’s Festival today, I’ve come away with a piece of advice that’s sticking like glue. You have got to get the book title perfect. It is a tool. To advertise. To entice. To convince you to read that piece of writing. 

Thus, as I’m on the cusp of starting submission rounds for my second book, I’m obviously wondering if the current title is the best. I am a biased person, hence the worst person to decide this very important question.   


So, I’m reaching out to you, my fellow writers and reader. I need your help! If you’re a ChickLit reader/lover, would you help me choose a title?


Which of the following would you stop for and have a read of the blurb at least? Choose one, or your preference numbers. 


Title options:

1) Rule of thirds

2) Suddenly Single

3) Picture Perfect

4) The Wedding Photographer

5) Charming Grace


Thank you. 

‘This Charming Man’ by Marian Keyes: Book Review

‘This Charming Man’ by Marian Keyes: Book Review

I don’t normally do a lot of book reviews, but I normally read a lot. Thought, as recently as last year drew to an end, that perhaps I should start doing reviews of the books I read and do a rating. I’m going to try and do an honest sort of review, not just the ones that add twinkle to a title. So here goes the first of many reviews to come. I will also rate a book out of 5, 5 being a perfect read. So here goes.

Truth be told, I don’t read books when they are trending in order to lower mass influence on how I find the book. I tend to read the blurb’s of books whose cover pique my interest, and if the blurb adds to that pique then I read the book.

I was a Marian Keyes virgin before reading ‘This Charming Man’ by the adored writer. I liked the cover, picked up the book, read the blurb, all in a book exchange store. It sounded interesting, hence grabbed the copy.

How did I find the book?

Story: it was interesting to read that the story though linear, was broken up between 4 female characters’ POVs and revolved around a periphery male character’s deeds. All these females somehow end up with their lives impacted by the one man. A violent ex-lover to a couple, an ex-friend/rival to others. The gist of the story is that events that occur in these women’s lives somehow orbits this one destructive yet charming man, whom I’m surprised to say we only see the surface of, even though he is the one that propels the story forward. It has scandal, affairs, love and lust for power, and the awkward situations that can take place.

Structure: the book is written in 4 characters, Lola, Grace, Marnie and Alison POVs as chapters I guess. A jilted naive stylist dumped by her ‘loving’ boyfriend; a friend from a past who knows too much to care and carries hatred; an teenage fling who is still hung up despite having a husband and kids; and a fiancĂ© who used to know the other two. I didn’t mind the split, but what I minded was that certain characters reveled in first person while others used the third person. One character’s chapter was so tediously slanged that some things might have been lost in translation, not to mention ill finished dialogue structure to support said slang, which really made me feel like I wanted to take my red pen and add the missing words.

Alas, the story begins to feel a little stagnated toward the second half, especially with Marnie as all her chapters soon after the middle, and till the end read almost the same – no change in scenery there.

Ending: the ending was long time coming but when it did, it was so swift and done so well that the moment lingered even when the book was finished.

Rating: 4/5

Recommendation: if you love reading an unapologetic chick lit that doesn’t try and shine romance, then this is one you’d love to read.

My next read: ‘Becoming Scarlet’ by Ciara Geraghty. A fabulous female Irish writer whose book ‘Saving Grace’ was an easy, humorous read one could easily fall in love with.

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