Friday, 17 August 2018

Review of Restless Storm by Jamie Summer

Imagine losing everything you loved. Could you go on?


After her father’s death in an unexpected storm, Madeleine Core knew she needed to leave her home behind. The island of Crystal Cove, surrounded by the very element that killed her only family, reminded her too much of the things she lost. Not even one special person could convince her to stay. Now, two years later, a devastating phone call changes everything.

When a storm threatens to destroy the only place that feels like home, Jake Barron knows he needs to do everything in his power to protect the people who saved him. Including Maddy, the one who left him—and everyone else on this island—and never looked back. Seeing her again after two years brings back painful memories for both of them, the betrayal and hurt as fresh as the unresolved feelings they have for each other.

Maddy is forced to go back to the one place she vowed to never see again—and face the person she left behind without so much as a word. As the deadly storm moves on Crystal Cove, Maddy and Jake try to find a way to fight their fears and doubts. Sometimes two people determined to stay away from each other need a push, but what if their second chance is just as restless as the storm blowing in?

My review: 5 stars
I have fallen in love with the way Summer tells a story. I picked this up because I'd read her other works and loved every part of them. The same can be said for this, a heart-breakingly tender love story that comes from a place of pain, recovery and just plain love. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book, wondering if Maddie and Jake would be able to make it work. The book is told from dual POV and I loved every second of it. Highly recommended!

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

From Joey's Instagram


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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

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Monday, 13 August 2018

The Trials Of A Crime Writer: Awkward Conversations


AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS

This has been a piece sitting on my to-do list for a while, but it's really only been recently that I've had a chance to think about firstly what it means, and secondly, how to transfer that into text. It feels like something best left to talking, but I am a writer, and therefore I've decided to keep trying to transfer what I mean to the written word. As a crime writer, I've had a lot of awkward conversations, and I'm betting that you can probably guess the majority of them. Writing life is a whole hashtag on Twitter and along with Writer Problems, you can find some good snippets of what it means to be a writer and what it means to have people ask what you do for a living.

I'm sure you've all been there, while dinner parties aren't really something my generation does, we do have the formal and informal get togethers where you start talking to strangers and they ask what exactly it is you do for a living. Now I have the added bonus of having to avoid answering the question that usually precedes that and I'll leave that for a whole different blog piece. For now I'll focus on the conversation that comes along when you say you're a writer. I'm sure you've all been there. It usually goes something like this.

THEM: So what do you write about?
YOU: Generally I stick in the crime genre
THEM: Oh, so like serial killers and the macabre. Things like that?
YOU: Yeah, the darker side of humanity and all of that jazz.
THEM: *makes a face* doesn't that get rather depressing?
YOU: No, I actually enjoy thinking up new ways to commit crimes and get away with it. It's quite fun actually.
THEM: *nervous laughter*
YOU: Plus, it's all about putting the pieces together. I'm not actually committing the crimes after all. I'm picking up the pieces afterwards.
THEM: *stares at you*
YOU: But anyway, do you read crime?
THEM: Yes, but I could never enjoy it! *backs away slowly*.

I'm sure you can work out just how many different ways this conversation can go. I've done it multiple times. People either get really interested and actually look at you like you're interesting, or they look at you like you just suggested cannibalism and acting out various crimes right there and then. That's the thing when you're a crime writer, you think about crime. Whether that's about, as I said above, how to carry it out and get away with it, but also how to catch someone. Where the mistakes can be made, how to weave in plot points and bring around the ending that you want. You have to think not just about the crime itself, but the pathology that goes into it. It's a dark subject yes, but as I've said before, it's something that needs to be written about.

So, if you're like me, you'll find that the majority of your friends and family avoid talking about work. That's for those who them who don't want to know about the weird and wonderful ways your brain makes the connections, and then there's those who just don't want to be thinking about the dark sides of fiction. Now I personally love a good crime novel. I've grown up reading them from a young age and they always appealed to me. These days if I'm not thinking about crime, I'm reading it. But I guess what I'm trying to get across here is that it's normal to have those awkward conversations. It's part of being a writer.

There are, of course, the other group of friends and family who actually completely get why you love the genre and you can often be found huddled together at these kinds of gatherings discussing the many different ways to commit a crime and get away with it. It's great when you find these people. I often find myself drawn to those who also love a good mystery because we're like-minded and we completely understand that while crime itself isn't always a good thing, there's something to be said for telling a good story. Even when that story involves death, destruction and all those dark features. It's part of the human condition and I'm happy to admit that I'm a bit of a crime-addict. Not ashamed of it either. Your mileage may, of course, vary.

What about you? Do you have any awkward conversations to share? Let me know in the comments below!
 
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Sunday, 12 August 2018

From Joey's Instagram


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Saturday, 11 August 2018

From Joey's Instagram


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Friday, 10 August 2018

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Happy #Authorversary Joey! 🎉🎉 #Blackout ✨ was first published on this day in 2005. Thirteen years later and thirteen books published! Top photo is now and bottom was taken at my release party! Here's to the next thirteen! 📚📚📚 #Authorslife #authorsofinstagram #indieauthor #amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #books #thirteenyears
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Review of Waiting On Forever by Taylor Delong

Brayden Tanner wasn’t my first love, but he should have been my forever. Until one night that ruined it all.

Falling in love with Brayden was easy, despite the tragedy we faced that brought us together. My life was all planned out, or so I thought.

Now, home for a town wide celebration has me dreading a guaranteed encounter with the boy I left behind so many years ago. Knowing I can’t escape him nor the memories of what happened between us, I’m forced to confront the truth of why I left.

The spark that ignited years ago never dimmed, but are we too late? Does our relationship deserve a second chance or will we still be waiting on forever?

My Review: 5 stars
I picked this book up thinking it would be a great romance, and it delivered! I loved the dual POV, with Claire and Brayden both delivering a different feel to the story. I was urging them on from the first few chapters and found it a brilliant read. I loved this book and loved the way the story was told. Brilliant love story and overall just amazing. Recommended

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