Make India your Home?

Coming Home Book Cover Coming Home
Fern Britton
Womens' Literature, Romance , Women's Fiction, Humour
February 19, 2018

*Preorder the gorgeous new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author and TV presenter, Fern Britton.* When the only place you want to be is home... When Ella's beloved grandmother dies, she comes back to the beautiful Cornish coast to heal her heart. There she finds her home again and discovers a new life, and new love ... But she also opens a treasure trove of secrets. Sennen left Cornwall a young single mum but unable to cope. She left her children, her family and part of her. She's spent the years hiding from her past, hiding from herself. Now it's time to come back. To Cornwall. To face her mistakes. To pray for forgiveness. To hope for a future with her daughter.

I did find this a somewhat sentimental book but was warned before I started by the blurb and for some it will bring on tears.
I did like it though and enjoyed the read but did wonder if Fern had been to India as I have, as saying tuk-tuk rides were expensive is absolutely not true – they are very cheap indeed and can be made even cheaper by sharing and cramming in more people than you could ever imagine!
Certainly, the markets are very cheap but also very unhygienic – vegetables probably would be OK to eat but don’t touch the meat or fish!

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Heather Christie gives advice

What The Valley Knows
Heather Christie
Romance, Young Adult
January 25th 2018

Millington Valley is a quintessential small Pennsylvania town: families go back generations. Football rules. Kids drink while adults look the other way. High school is a whirlwind of aspiration and rivalry, friendship and jealousy.

When smart and pretty Molly Hanover moves to town and attracts the attention of the football team’s hero, Wade Thornton—a nice guy with a bad drinking habit—longtime friendships are threatened and a popular cheerleader tries to turn the school against Molly.

The young couple’s future is shattered when Wade, drunk, wrecks his truck and Molly is thrown through the windshield. She wakes from a coma to find her beauty marred and her memory full of holes. As she struggles to heal, she becomes sure that something terrible happened before the accident. And there is somebody in the valley who doesn’t want her to remember.


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by Heather Christie

I thought the hardest part of writing a book was going to be writing a book. During my MFA program, I remember toiling through revisions, attempting to create perfect sentences, craft fast-paced scenes, and nuanced characters. I believed my huge publishing contract was just around the corner. There were fantasies of agents fighting over my novel. My book would go to auction and I’d have to quit my job as a real estate agent because I’d have a new career as an author. Oh, how naïve I was.

As I was crafting my novel, I should have been spending equal amounts of time building my writer’s platform. Little did I know how important it would be in my search for an agent/publisher search.

My advice to budding authors is to build an audience BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE! Even if you are considering self-publishing, you would be wise to first create a rabid group of readers who can’t wait for you’re next word. If you can boast a true following, and you’ve written a wonderful book, your quest to secure an agent or a publisher, OR launch a successful self-published novel, becomes increasingly more attainable.

Here’s a list of simple, first-steps,  platform-building MUST DO LIST to get started:

  1. Create your writer identity/pen name and claim it across cyberspace. Heather Christie wasn’t available (apparently there’s a famous model with the same name), so I chose Heather Christie Books. (
  2. Set up a writer page on Facebook, not a profile, which caps your followers at 5000. You can find me on Facebook @
  3. Pick two other social media platforms (three is about the maximum most people can manage without becoming overwhelmed) and create writer accounts. For me it’s Twitter (@hchristiebooks) and Instagram (@heatherchristiebooks).
  4. Now, post regularly . . . even it’s only once a week. Pick a schedule and stick to it. Share writerly meme, poems, inspirational quotes, excerpts from your WIP, recipes, word puzzles, riddles, anything that will engage people and reflects who you are.
  5. Start a blog. Write about anything (parenting, your pets, your job, your favorite books, politics)—show people you can write and what you have to say is interesting. Your blog readers will be the people who will line up to BUY your book one day!
  6. Connect with other authors. Join Facebook groups, follow other writers on Twitter, figure out who the Bookstgrammers are in your genre and then—ENGAGE. Write reviews for other authors on Goodreads and Amazon (5 stars), comment on their posts, share, tweets, build up other writers . . . create lots of good, sincere mojo—the kind of stuff you want coming back at you when your book is published.

Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)

A signed copy of What the Valley Knows, a 30″ inch sterling silver necklace, and a What the Valley Knows mini book charm


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Heather Christie grew up in rural Pennsylvania and, at age seventeen, took off for New York City in hopes of becoming a movie star. Flash forward several decades, a couple degrees, a bunch of cats, two kids and one husband later, she’s back in Pennsylvania writing her heart out and chasing dreams again. She loves to read, run, drink tea, and make Sunday dinner. Follow her blog at and say “hello” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Sometimes you are not your best self

Not Perfect Book Cover Not Perfect
Elizabeth LaBan
Womens' Literature, Romance , Women's Fiction, Humour
Lake Union Publishing
(1 Feb. 2018)

From Elizabeth LaBan, the acclaimed author of The Restaurant Critic’s Wife, comes a captivating and very funny novel about a wife and mother’s fall from grace, and why keeping up appearances is not her biggest secret.

Tabitha Brewer wakes up one morning to find her husband gone, leaving her no way to support herself and their two children, never mind their upscale Philadelphia lifestyle. She’d confess her situation to her friends—if it wasn’t for those dreadful words of warning in his goodbye note: “I’ll tell them what you did.”

Instead, she does her best to keep up appearances, even as months pass and she can barely put food on the table—much less replace a light bulb. While she looks for a job, she lives in fear that someone will see her stuffing toilet paper into her handbag or pinching basil from a neighbor’s window box.

Soon, blindsided by catastrophe, surprised by romance, and stunned by the kindness of a stranger, Tabitha realizes she can’t keep her secrets forever. Sooner or later, someone is bound to figure out that her life is far from perfect.

An interesting novel but not really up to the humour I expected.

I also got rather irritated by Tabitha who a: did not pawn her husband’s cuff-links but used them as tips – if they had value why not use them? And b: for someone who was supposed to know how to cook she really didn’t try.

Does no-one in NY go to a market – not a foodie market but a real market – at the end of the day, when all the fruit and vegetables etc are being sold cheap? I used to go and get crates of tomatoes and peppers etc which made wonderful soup. Add some lentils (dirt cheap) and you have a filling and healthy meal! And it seemed to me, that if she was going to steal, then get something useful – like packets of beans to soak and cook for a protein rich meal…  with peanut butter all the better!

That said.
I did have some sympathy for Tabitha being abandoned like that with no warning and no idea of where the money was going to come from – but again, why didn’t she go back to the carer agency after spending the afternoon with the client and ask for money from them for the work she had done, and start working properly – even take on the receptionist job?

Oh well. Tabitha was a pampered wife with no sense of the real world and how to live in it clearly…

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What Happens After

After You Book Cover After You
Jojo Moyes
contemporary, romance, womens'fiction
June 30, 2016

Lou Clark has lots of questions. Like how it is she's ended up working in an airport bar, watching other people jet off to new places. Or why the flat she's owned for a year still doesn't feel like home. Whether her family can ever forgive her for what she did eighteen months ago. And will she ever get over the love of her life. What Lou does know for certain is that something has to change. Then, one night, it does. But does the stranger on her doorstep hold answers Lou is searching for - or just more questions? Close the door and life continues: simple, ordered, safe. Open it and she risks everything. But Lou once made a promise to live. And if she's going to keep it, she has to invite them in . . .

What comes next, in life, and love, after the death of someone you love deeply. And can you move on?

A nicely judged follow-on from the best-selling ‘Me Before You‘ which left you sobbing when he when to Dignitas.

So Louisa is still struggling with her grief and this quote exemplifies her feelings.

I was given the sample chapter of Still Me the next book in the series to read and whilst i liked it , there was enough to judge the book I thought, but must assume it is as good as this book.


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Legends and Lore Box Set: Mythology Multi Genre

Legends and Lore Box Set: Mythology Multi Genre
paranormal romance, fae, witches and wizards, sirens
Dec 2017

Enter the labyrinth of Legends and Lore and meet a host of notorious beings that will change the way you view the mythological world.

You know the names but you don’t know the incredible stories behind them. Minotaurs, descendants of monsters, demi-gods, and fantastic creatures, are just a few of the characters contained within these pages.

There are 21 short stories – some very short and others longer – in this box set.

I shall review in sets of 7 and give an average of stars per set.

  1. Two if by Sea

Ines Johnson

A novella about Vivi from her previous Nia Rivers series, who is a river magical creature, with a shoe fetish (she explains this as being because all she ever saw were people’s feet and the shoes they wore from her river bed).

So Vivi, who had been given a pair of enchanted shoes in the previous books so she could walk (she was crippled), goes in search of some up-dated shoes from the same designer. The new ones were coming out in his shop in Rome, only the ley line she travelled on dumped in in the Athenian sea at the feet of Poseidon. He introduces her to modern life and its small issues like cars and roads and hotels….

A good novella with a charming Vivi. 4 stars.

2. Well Loved

Emma Nichols

So here there are some twins with the smaller, and weaker twin being a girl.  She is very sick, probably dying and modern medecine can do little for her. Her father and brother are determined to find a way she can be healed and so research lores and legends finding Brigid, the Celtic Goddess and Catholic Saint in Ireland with a reputation for miracles.  Note: Holy Wells feature in this story.

3 stars.

3. Stealing Persephone: Isadora Brown

A story about Dream Walking that I couldn’t be bothered to finish. 2 stars

4. Mercury Rising: Rebekkah Lewis

Hybris is the goddess of Hubris and having a tempestuous love affair with Hermes – who is sad for the wood nymph that Apollo has stolen from the satyr Melancron, and is keeping chained up in his temple until she ‘admits’ to being in love with him. if ever…

A rather slow short story. 3 stars.

5. Hearts and Arrows: Natasha Larry

There is Venus, Cupid and Arrows plus Sirens and their daughters in this story. Do remember that Gods feed on the love of their worshippers – no love = no God and no Power. Hence Cupid is now living in a run-down trailer.

Not exciting. 3 stars.

6. How to Defeat a Demi-God: Nicole Zoltack

When a vampire-hunter goes to Italy for a change of scene and to hunt for serial killer, he doesn’t expect to find Medusa working out her revenge for a love gone bad.

Okay. 3 stars.

7. Cassie’s Curse: Liz Gavin

In Cassie’s family the women are descendants of the Delphic Oracle and obtain their gift of prophecy from Apollo – by being his worshipper – and lover. What happens when you reject Apollo?

Okay. 3 stars.

8.Goddess of Time: Monica Corwin

Morgana and Arthur and some enchanted islands. Didn’t enchant me. 2 stars.

9. Ovid’s Folly: Todd Skaggs

Medusa again but not an intentional serial killer. A modified curse but in some ways worse.

Quite enjoyable. 4 stars.

10. Hellbent: Tina Glasneck

11. Secret husband: Normandie Alleman

12. Water Warrior: Pauline Creedon

13. Gods and Monster’s: Jill Cooper

14. The Yaga Legacy: Debbie Cassidy

15. The Medusa Consiracy: Jackson Dean Chase

16. Hearth, Home and Havoc: RJ Blain

17. Tears of Stone: Raine English

18. In the Essence of Blood: Melle Amade

19. Aterion: Katalina Leon

20. The Fight of the Sorceress: Leona Bushman

21. Gods and Nymphs: Shannon Eckrich & Rebecca Hamilton

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