Why Mummy Doesn’t Give a ****! 5
General Fiction (Adult), romance, family, women's fiction
27 Jun 2019
I’m wondering how many more f*cking ‘phases’ I have to endure before my children become civilised and functioning members of society? It seems like people have been telling me ‘it’s just a phase!’ for the last fifteen bloody years. Not sleeping through the night is ‘just a phase.’ Potty training and the associated accidents ‘is just a phase’. The tantrums of the terrible twos are ‘just a phase’. The picky eating, the back chat, the obsessions. The toddler refusals to nap, the teenage inability to leave their beds before 1pm without a rocket being put up their arse. The endless singing of Frozen songs, the dabbing, the weeks where apparently making them wear pants was akin to child torture. All ‘just phases!’ When do the ‘phases’ end though? WHEN?
Mummy dreams of a quirky rural cottage with roses around the door and chatty chickens in the garden. Life, as ever, is not going quite as she planned. Paxo, Oxo and Bisto turn out to be highly rambunctious, rather than merely chatty, and the roses have jaggy thorns. Her precious moppets are now giant teenagers, and instead of wittering at her about who would win in a fight – a dragon badger or a ninja horse – they are Snapchatting the night away, stropping around the tiny cottage and communicating mainly in grunts – except when they are demanding Ellen provides taxi services in the small hours. And there is never, but never, any milk in the house. At least the one thing they can all agree on is that rescued Barry the Wolfdog may indeed be The Ugliest Dog in the World, but he is also the loveliest.
I loved this series so far, and this book didn’t disappoint.
It is written in such a way that you can hear her voice and understand her
emotions as they are exposed. And Simon having an affair was just the icing on
the cake Ellen didn’t need.
And then there is the issue about the lasagne. The lasagne
that Simon loves. That Ellen has struggled to make even though it is
complicated (the béchamel sauce, the mince sauce, the layers, the cheese) and
that Simon thinks is easy to make.
And finally all the various bad, and good things that
happened over the year, between the not so chatty chickens and the wolf puppy
and Ellen’s marriage problems. All of which are etailed and explained in a
somewhat ‘foul’-mouthed way with great humour and insight.
Whilst I hope, that not many of us have had years Like Ellen’s,
most of us have had some parts of it – including the lasagne!
(A Magnus Blackwell Novel, #3)
Alexandrea Weis, Lucas Astor
Genres: Adult, Supernatural
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: March 26th 2019
Lexie Arden has a loving husband, a thriving business, and consults with the New Orleans Police Dept on murder cases. Kalfu has given her everything she desires, but challengers to her authority are closing in. Her dark secret remains hidden from everyone except Magnus. He sees the evil growing stronger, changing her, and hurting her marriage. If Lexie doesn’t rid herself of Kalfu’s influence soon, the consequences will be irreversible. When she unexpectedly inherits a cottage in the swamp, she uncovers a library of rare books on voodoo. Their spells can reverse the dark lord’s hold and set right the balance between darkness and light. But such magic requires a great sacrifice; one Lexie isn’t willing to make. With the shadow spirits and raging voodoo gods vying for her attention, Lexie is on the verge of losing everything—her husband, her power, Magnus, and possibly, her life. The battle for control of the mambo’s soul is about to begin.
Questions for Authors: choose from list
Can you tell your readers something about
why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about
it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique? The Magnus Blackwell Series began as a
short story by Lucas Astor. Alexandrea Weis took the topic and expanded it
adding her details of New Orleans and her knowledge of voodoo. What appealed to
me was the element of ghosts and the potential to take the characters to a
variety of settings. What makes this series unique is the way New Orleans is
seen, from the perspective of someone who grew up and lives there, and the
topic of voodoo. I believe it is the most unique voodoo/ghost story out there.
How long do you think about a topic before
deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a note book where you
write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this
time? I never take long. I may make
a few notes, but in general, I just start writing.
long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book? Since I grew up in New Orleans and lived
next door to a voodoo priestess, there wasn’t a lot of research involved. Most
things in the story were well-known to me.
What resources do you use? In general, and for the last book that you
wrote? I use a variety of resources on the Internet and in old books whose
content isn’t available online. Some of the best research any writer can do
takes place inside the pages of a physical book. The older volumes that have
not found their way to the internet are the most useful for any research.
How helpful do you find authority figures
such as the police when you say you want to write about them? Is there a good
way to approach them in your experience? I know several local police officers and approach them when needed.
many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or
before this book was accepted? I
have received several rejections from publishers and agents, but this novel was
accepted right away from the publisher because of its unique storyline.
Did you need to self-publish on e-books
before a publisher took you up? I am
a hybrid author and published several books, e-book and paperback on my own. I
also had another publisher before I came to Vesuvian.
Would you recommend self-publishing and
building an audience before approaching a publisher? If
so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist? With the way the publishing world is today,
self-publishing is an education every author should go through. Publishers are
more willing to work with self-published authors because they know what it
takes to get a book out, and they have the readers behind them.
writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before
this happened? Never depend on
writing for an income. Many writers do not make enough to live on. Just plan on
not making anything and indulge your passion and you will never be disappointed
in your royalty checks. This is not a business you do for the money.
What is your favourite genre? Paranormal and Thrillers
Have you ever tried to imitate another
author’s style? And if so, why? No.
I think every author should develop their own voice, not recreate another.
What have you done with the things you wrote
when in school? I have turned many
of those short stories into novels and series.
Which of your books are you most proud of? My upcoming release in May 2019, Realm. It
is the story of the wife of Alexander the Great and was meticulously
researched. It is a story I wanted to write since the age of sixteen when I
first learned about her life. She is one of the forgotten women in history who
lived an extraordinary life in an exceptional time in history.
Do you have an unusual hobby? I am a wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana
Wildlife and Fisheries. I do not get paid, but take care of orphaned and
injured wildlife because of my love for animals. When I am not writing, this is
my other passion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals. Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.
He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.
Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.
One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)