Human-animal relationships Auto-Biography non-Fiction
January 30, 2020
The Sunday Times top ten bestseller 'Lost Dog is already one of my books of the year. Spicer writes like a dream...You will love it.' India Knight, Sunday Times 'Sharply observed and deeply funny, it's one of the best, most enjoyable books of 2019 so far' British Vogue What did Fleabag do next? One morning, you wake up and wonder what has happened to your life. Then you realise: you happened to yourself. Kate is a middle aged woman trying to steer some order into a life that is going off the rails. When she adopts a lurcher called Wolfy, the shabby rescue dog saves her from herself. But when the dog disappears, it is up to Kate to hit the streets of London and find him. Will she save him, as he has saved her - or will she lose everything? As she trudges endlessly calling his name in the hopeless hope she may find him, she runs into other people's landscapes and lives, finding allies amongst psychics, bloggers and mysterious midnight joggers. Trying to find her dog tests her relationship, and her sanity, to its limits - and gets her thinking about her life, and why things have turned out as they have for her. A brilliant, life-affirming memoir, Lost Dog is a book like no other about the myth of modern womanhood.
The thing that I liked most about this book is the honesty.
There is no glossing over the drugs and drink to make them seem glamorous, just the truth of a dysfunctional life.
I’ve never had a dog, but we did lose a cat once – for about a week. He crossed a main road and lost his scent markers on his territory and yes there is great sadness and ‘hopeless hope’ as the posters go up, and the notices. We found him – or rather he was recognised as he begged for food and was safely returned.
Black Water Magic
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Leslie Scott Fantasy
Publication date: January 12th 2021
Teagan Blackwater’s biggest problem used to be hiding her relationship with a demi-demon from her grandmother, Nola, the most powerful witch in all of Florida.
When Nola is murdered, Teagan learns how insignificant her secret really was. And how rare it is she only had the one. Firewater Springs is a small town, and every one of its residents seems to have secrets of their own. Including the friendly cop Teagan had a crush on in high school and the Demi-demon she’s been sleeping with.
But the person with the most secrets was Nola herself, and Teagan needs to unravel them to break a curse and solve Nola’s murder. It’s no secret Teagan doesn’t feel up to the task, but she is the new Swamp Witch of Firewater Springs, so what choice does she have? Everyone is counting on her.
This is a magic tale with a difference as the magic is ‘white’ but the power comes from the swamp and thus can be called a little contaminated perhaps.
As the story begins, we have a witch coming into her power and not yet fully trained. So far, so trope.
We have a lover who is a bad boy – in this case half demon and member of a motorcycle club. 2 dips into the trope. But nonetheless, very helpful to our witch. We also have a really good friend who helps with the magic. Sometimes this is a girl, but in this case a gay friend. Again we see trope.
So, whilst the setting is unusual and we have a Nile crocodile lurking around and a magic room behaving as a TARDIS, the trope is fully formed. The writing is quite nice but the storyline about finding out who killed Grandma and another set of ‘bad’ witches etc and her being a Protector, all play into a trope. Which is unfortunate as this could have been a good series to follow. Sadly, I will not be reading more.
Once upon a time there were a series of books about women living in the Regency period who dared. Who dared each other to do something somewhat scandalous in that period of time. There are 12 books in this series – and another series just starting about their daughters. [You should be aware that due to timing of babies and that one marriage had 8 children, daughters were being born just as the oldest daughters were being married – not that wasn’t unusual in those days, it happened to my own grandmother!]
The books are of course rather feminist in tone and include women who dare to break the conventions – to begin with because the original set of ladies were unconventional – bookworms, unmarriageable due to birth circumstances, and so on. So they formed a club – The Peculiar Ladies. Note that birth circumstances in that time included being Irish or Scottish as well as partly Indian, illegitimate, without a dowry etc etc and definitely including having some intelligence and showing it. Remember, this was a time when the law made women effectively chattels. Once married they were ‘owned’ by their husbands. There was no law to protect them from any abuse, their property was controlled by their husbands unless it was legally tied up before their marriage as some fathers did, and opinions were things they should not have. Some men went so far as to forbid their wives to read because it meant they might form their own opinions rather than accepting his.
Now 12 books is too many to review. Suffice to say they are all fun, include some naughty Bridgerton scenes, and I shall indicate by an image for each one, the denouement or a keen clue.
I thought I would just add a rider about marriage and the 3 ways you could marry in Regency times.
According to the Marriage Act of 1754 you could:
Call Banns in a church where you were a congregant. as now.
Have a Special Licence – which enabled you to marry in haste. Archbishop of Canterbury and allowed a marriage to take place anywhere, not just within a place of worship licenced for marriages. A handful were granted each year, usually to members of the upper reaches of the aristocracy. See Jane Austen’s London for more details of Marriage in Regency times.
Obtain a Commons Licence. this was normally issued by one of the following – an Archbishop, an Archdeacon, the Minister of a named parish such as St Paul’s. You went to Doctor’s Commons in London for the Registry. There needed to be no impediments. You had to be over age of consent for marriage. Sometimes you had to provide a money bond. And in theory you needed to be resident in the Parish where you were to be married, for 4 weeks – but often ignored.
Kathryn S Rose
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: February 2nd 2021
On the day that 16-year-old Winter Starling had her life and dreams shattered by a sexual assault, she meets Kai, a boy from her high school obsessed with music. They develop a deep friendship, which comes to an abrupt end when Kai unexpectedly has to leave. Winter has no idea why he went or any way to contact him. Ten years pass, and Winter has constructed a new reality for herself. Now living in Melbourne, she has a successful career in advertising and is engaged to Liam King, a star player in Australian Rules Football. Winter has a perfect life. During a night out, Winter runs into Kai, now the lead singer of ‘The Stonevilles.’ Winter and Kai rekindle their friendship, and to everyone around them, their attraction is evident. With Kai back in her life, Winter’s past threatens to ruin her relationship with Liam and everything she has worked to achieve. But can she risk losing Kai a second time? Emotional and edgy, Beautiful Facade is about love, loss, healing, self-discovery, and the messy battle between one’s head and one’s heart.
This book looks at the somewhat fake life of a WAG and sports stars. The life that they lead is always geared towards what they would look like in the media and the clothes that they wear must reflect that, as el as the money that they spend on such things as weddings.
But what happens when the apparent beautiful life shatters? What part does the media play in the story and how ‘real’ is what hey tell the masses of their readers?
And of course, we do have a heroine who is hiding a secret from all except her therapist and a bot she used to know – who is hiding a secret himself. the secret that caused him to crash out of her life when they were still teeanagers.
the story does tell of the struggle it can be to overcome a traumatic event, but maybe more could have been made of it – and also it is not quite clear just exactly what happened. Similarly, the events that led up to the boy’s sudden exit could have been worth more than a brief para or two. these two things would / could, in my view, have made this a stronger story with some morality messages that would have enhanced its worth. for me, the lack of this element downgraded the book by a star.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathryn S Rose is a mum, wife, reader, writer, traveller, and food enthusiast. Writing a book was always on her bucket list, and finally, with Beautiful Facade, it has come into fruition.
Kathryn is interested in the study of human behaviour and obtained a Bachelor of Social Science, with a focus on Community studies and Welfare Work.
Since completing her studies, she has worked in several jobs, which have enhanced her understanding of social issues, human development, relationships, and lifestyle. Some of these insights are reflected in her writing and give her inspiration.
Besides books, Kathryn has many other loves. She enjoys listening to live music, relaxing at the beach, embarking on random hiking adventures, and indulging in too much food and wine with family and friends. When Kathryn and her family aren’t traipsing around the world, they can be found residing in Perth, Western Australia.
Vampires’ Last Dance:
Witch Island Brides #1
paranormal, vampire, romance, humour
Bayou Moon Press, LLC
(5 April 2018)
Introducing Love Spells - Get your Laugh Out Loud Paranormal here!
She’s a witch who carries a family curse, destined to never get her happily ever after. Felicia Patterson has come to terms with the fact that she’ll never get to be with her one true love… whoever he happens to be. But when the sexiest vampire she’s ever seen walks onto Witch Island, she can’t help her fluttering heart.
He’s a vampire who’s been burned before, destined to never love again. Christoph Parks has sworn off relationships. In the century that he’s walked the earth, he’s only known heartbreak and disappointment. But one smile from the island’s sassy florist has his icy heart melting. And now that the pair have been thrown together to save their loved ones’ wedding from imploding, can they also overcome a brutal curse, find a way to trust, and finally get the love that they deserve?
Set on an island full of supernaturals and a wedding destination. Our heroine, Felicia, is a florist and a witch, who provides flowers for not only the weddings but sometimes also the brides’ pre-marriage celebration called a bachelorette here – and this can well take place in a very raunchy nightclub where the strippers are either vampires or wolves! Either way, they have really good bodies and plenty of pizzazz and not afraid to show what they have! Our hero is the Best Man to the wedding around which this story is set, and he is a vampire – Christoph.
So, this is a cute, funny, vampy story starting with the dildo flower bouquet for the pre-wedding party, and carrying on in the like vein. Food that has spells on it (to make you high without drugs), food with spells on it counter the high or hangover potions, curses, and adventures.
Nicely written as a shortish story and a good start to a series.