Book Review: #GalaxyGirl by @BevSmith612 @rararesources #giveaway #middle-grade #Debut

Book Review: #GalaxyGirl by @BevSmith612 @rararesources #giveaway #middle-grade #Debut

#GalaxyGirl

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You hate school. Your family is beyond annoying. Your only friend comes from a different planet, and she’s about to leave.

What’s a girl to do?

Fed up with life on Earth, Esme stows away on the spaceship taking Stella back to Planet Kratos.

So begins Esme’s adventure into a world beyond the stars. A world of strange creatures, thrilling journeys, heroic rescues and instant fame.

Oh, and school. Lots of school.

Along the way she discovers that friends may be greener on the other side, but they still can’t be trusted.

Millions and billions of light years away from Earth, she sets in motion a plan to escape. Unfortunately for her, they aren’t about to let their prize exhibit leave anytime soon…

Our Thoughts

I really enjoyed reading this book to my children at bedtime. Though they are both a bit to young to understand what a blog post is, (I am not even going to attempt to explain that) it has meant that the chapters are relatively short which is a godsend when you are reading before bedtime!

The book is very imaginative and I loved all the characters and the settings. I enjoyed how Galaxy Girl often referred things that were happening to her on the alien planet back to her family at home and her mother’s ex partners.

I was also fascinated by the planet earth exhibition and how someone would put something like that together if they weren’t from earth. Also the lengths of time that are short but when you are waiting for something to happen they can seem like a life time!

Alex (9): really likes that the girl goes to visit another planet. he also likes that she is documenting her journey in a blog post. (maybe he does know what one is)

Melanie (5): loves the bit about the pooh! choo-choo!

(note this happens at the beginning of the book and she still remembers is now! After everything else that happens.)

If you are looking for a book to snuggle up and read to your child at night this is no doubt one to look out for. I also hope that it finds it way into some schools and read out at the end of the day for storytime… As I know the kids will love it! As much as my two do!

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Bev Smith has been a secondary school teacher, saleswoman, waitress, wages clerk, youth worker and holiday park entertainments manager. She has scuba dived the Barrier Reef, lived in a village in Namibia, worked for a charity in Thailand, flown over Victoria Falls and paddled in the sea at Bournemouth.

Having single-parented her three daughters, she’s been ferociously playing catch up with this writing lark.  She recently completed a Masters in Writing for Children at Winchester University. #galaxygirl is her debut middle-grade book.

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Happy Insecure Writer’s Day! @TheIWSG #IWSG

Happy Insecure Writer’s Day!

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ISWG is kindly run and organized by Alex Cavanaugh and his super team make sure we are all sticking to the rules and keeping IWSG going! Why don’t you pop along and join the blog hop! 

No real writing news from me. My wip is with my aunty being checked through for spellings etc. So no movement there she has almost had it for two weeks and im still waiting…
Writing life is pretty slow and borring. Though i did pass my insurance exam and now qualified to do bugger all! So it seems.
Ive applied for another mentoring programme… I’ve been joining in with some of the hashtags on twitter notable #writerstable and #organicwip

 

And ive been reading away on blog tours…
Question of the month:
What are the five objects we’d find in your writing space:
1: Mainly a pile of papers my husband needs to go through

2:Cuppa tea or such like beverage

3:Biscuits or chocolate depending on my mood

4:Note book if i’ve made notes that i need to work on pretty borring really.

5: Rubbish odds and ends

I’ll attach a picture of the mess!

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Wish I still had a laptop then things would be organised as it’ll be just my table with still the food and drink just less mess.
Or if I’m writing at work then its a totally different set up. As I’m supposed to be working haha
I hope everyone is well x

Book Review: The Christmas Play Rehearsal @JayJayBus @rararesources #Christmas! #childrensbook

Book Review: The Christmas Play Rehearsal @JayJayBus @rararesources #Christmas! #childrensbook

The Christmas Play Rehearsal

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It is Christmas time, and the school has been getting ready to perform their Nativity play.

With lines learnt and songs to be sung, it is time for the dress rehearsal. The teacher knows there might be a few problems to sort out, but at least they will know what to improve on or change along the way.

Our Thoughts.

I really enjoyed reading this book to both of my children Alex (9) and Melanie (5). The is short and snappy. The pictures in the book are bright and colourful and reading it as an adult you just know that this it’s almost a memoir. I wonder if I should take this in to my kids school and give it to the teacher’s currently organising their Christmas production.

Alex: I liked that things kept going wrong (??)

Melanie: I liked the whole thing especially the assembly

I almost had the chance to meet up with the author after finding myself in town of Burgess Hill recently. Sue comes across as very friendly and approachable and it is a shame I ran out of time to meet up but maybe next time…

The Christmas Play Rehearsal here

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Sue tells us about herself…..

I am a teacher and an author and have currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.

For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.

I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued.

This story has now been followed by five more picture books.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.

The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.

Sue’s other books:

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Book Review: The Hollow Sky by @mseancoleman @rararesources #review #competition

Book Review: The Hollow Sky by @mseancoleman @rararesources #review #competition

The Hollow Sky

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Jane Hewitt had been miraculously healed—cured of a terminal cancer that had been eating away at her body for months. After one meeting with an incredible young woman, Jane rose from her wheelchair and walked out, believing that her lifetime of devoted faith had been rewarded.

The next day, Jane died in her husband’s arms, devastated that her God had deserted her. Her husband, Ian, blames her hastened death on the faith healer she visited. But that faith healer is a teenage girl called Megan, who has been in a coma for five years, and has no say over how her gift is used.

When Ian is arrested after being accused of breaking in to Megan’s house and trying to tamper with her life support, he turns to the only person he knows can help clear his name, and stop this family deceiving any other victims—Dr Alex Ripley, the so called Miracle Detective.

Fascinated by Megan’s case, and needing a distraction, Ripley finds herself on Holy Island, off the coast of North Wales, caught up in an investigation that will prove more sinister and dangerous than she could have imagined. Ian is not the first person to complain about Megan and her supporters, but he seems to be the only one left alive. For now.

A Hollow Sky is the second Alex Ripley Mystery

My Thoughts

M Sean Coleman is one of my new favourite authors, hot off the release of The Cuckoo Tree comes The Hollow Sky. Another thrilling ride with Dr Alex Ripley investigating a young girl who is in a coma but she is said to possess the power of heeling sick people.

Dr Ripley is contacted by someone she recently met filming a television interview to promote her new book “Leap of Faith.” Ian’s wife Jane visited Megan and got up from her wheel chair and walked away from the house cued only to die days later in Ian’s arms, understandably Ian wants answers and is later arrested for tampering with Megan’s life support machines.

There is so much more to this story, As part of this same blog tour I read something by the author in regards to the small town mentality and this novel is no different as the town comes together to protect Megan and her gift. Though the deeper Alex looks into it the more she finds out that everything is all but what it seems with Megan and the people who are really behind what is going on.

I am loving how the author manages to get all the characters from a small town exactly right, the local police officer/s, The pub landlord, the town busy body, the church community and the town’s leaders. All these personalities make for exciting character’s going forward.

Though Alex is going from almost one case to another, I am glad to see we are slowly learning about Alex’s past and her missing husband who may have phoned her and appeared in a hallucination.

This book is beautifully written and I can’t understand why the author hasn’t been picked up by one of the big publishers or agents.

My review for The Cuckoo Wood can be found here.

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Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.


He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.


He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

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Book Review: Failsafe Query @FailsafeQuery @rararesource #Giveaway #spythriller

Book Review: Failsafe Query @FailsafeQuery @rararesource #Giveaway #spythriller

Fail Safe Query

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The Failsafe Query is a gripping thriller set in the contemporary world of modern British espionage.

Sean Richardson, a disgraced former intelligence agent, is tasked to lead a team to search for Alfie Chapman, an Intelligence officer on the cusp of exposing thousands of secrets to the media. This includes a long lost list of Russian moles embedded since the Cold War, one of whom remains a public favourite in the British parliamentary system.

The action moves with absorbing pace and intrigue across Central Asia and Europe as the puzzle begins to unfold through a deep hidden legacy.

Tense, fast paced, and insightful, The Failsafe Query twists and turns to a satisfyingly dramatic finale.

My Thoughts

There is no way this book was written from beginning to end, more like the other way around! The amount of planning that has gone into this book and how everything is connected is INTENSE! When you are like me and have elements of the MI5 in your WIP, reading this book has made me come home and write, and I mean seriously write so my novel can be as half as good as this! This book reminded me a lot of my other favourite MI5 thriller author David Videcette and our other unsung hero Jake Flannagan.

At the beginning of the book, we are transferred between different places and dates as we get to know our main character Sean Richardson and his life as a top intelligence agent until his wife dies and it his life starts to spiral out of control. One bit of advice I would give anyone reading this is to pay attention because events that happen at the beginning of this book directly affect the ending. See why I don’t think this was written in order?

Sean is tasked to find Alfie Chapman who is threating to reveal government secrets while trying to protect Melissa a newspaper journalist who is a key witness. She doesn’t realise she could be key to where Alfie is and what it is exactly he knows.

This is a VERY fast pace book and really hard to put down and remember to get off the bus in time, as I read it, I kept wondering how much that is in this book is how things really go down on these spy missions.

I loved everything about this book, I hope some of Sean’s team return in future novels, and that hopefully Sean has learnt not to put the job before his family and doesn’t lose someone else he loves again.

Go read this book!

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Michael Jenkins served for twenty-eight years in the British
Army, rising through the ranks to complete his service as a major. He served across the globe on numerous military operations as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.
His experiences within the services involved extensive travel and
adventure whilst on operations, and also on many major mountaineering
and exploration expeditions that he led or was involved in.
He was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical
Society for mountain exploration and served on the screening committee
of the Mount Everest Foundation charity.

He was awarded the MBE on leaving the armed forces in 2007 for his services to counterterrorism.

The Failsafe Query is Michael’s first novel. He has started work on
his second spy thriller, The Kompromat Kill, and hopes to publish it
the spring of 2019.

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Cover Reveal: The Rigel Affair @lmhedrick @rararesources @brwpublisher #coverreveal

Cover Reveal: The Rigel Affair @lmhedrick @rararesources @brwpublisher #coverreveal

The Rigel Affair

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Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.

Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees her family’s stifling expectations for a new life in Auckland.

After the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Charlie sets sail for Auckland aboard the USS Rigel. And there she is, the girl of his dreams. Mattie is everything that Roxy isn’t—sophisticated, tender, and patient. But the war intervenes… Rigel embarks for the Pacific war zones.

Charlie’s letters are sporadic. Mattie is tormented by doubts; did he truly love her, or was it only a dream?

The Rigel Affair produces a rip-roaring wartime romance and chilling danger unknown to most.

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This isn’t my usual cup of tea, but since my son has been learning about the War at school I was excited to do a cover reveal.

I love this cover, the blue background and the character’s are real people which I think makes this book feel more authentic. Also the scenery is historically correct and isn’t full of craft that would be found in modern day warfare.

This would probably be the type of book my nan would read and is perfectly themed for the older generation.

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Lynette grew up listening to her mother Mattie’s stories about her WW2 love for US Navy Diver Charlie. She used Mattie’s 30 letters from Charlie, and together with her insightful editor/advisor husband, Bud, they completed extensive research to give reality to The Rigel Affair. Lynette has published multiple short stories for NZ magazines.

Both Lynette and Bud have completed numerous Creative Writing courses at Auckland University. Lynette is an accomplished expressionist Artist, with works sold internationally.

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Book Review: The Cuckoo Wood – @mseancoleman @rararesources @RedDogTweets #TheCuckhooWood #Competition

Book Review: The Cuckoo Wood – @mseancoleman @rararesources @RedDogTweets #TheCuckhooWood #Competition

The Cuckhoo Wood

The Cuckoo Wood

A THRILLING, MELODICALLY CREEPY MYSTERY.

Samantha Jaynes took her life in the cold lake. Now Rosie Trimble has done the same. Both claimed they had seen an angel. And they’re not the only ones.

A spate of teenage suicides rattles the rural community of Kirkdale, in England’s Lake District. Before they died, each of the girls talked about seeing an angel. Is this collective hallucination, or is something more sinister leading these young girls to their deaths?

That’s a question for Dr Alex Ripley, the so-called Miracle Detective. Brought in to help the police, she finds a community rooted in fear and suspicion, bound by their strange faith, unwilling to help, unable to forgive.

Because the people of Kirkdale have buried their dark past once, and they’re not about to let Ripley dig it up again.

The Cuckoo Wood is the first Alex Ripley Mystery

My Thoughts

The Cuckoo Wood is the first book in the Alex Ripley series and I can’t wait to read more!

The story starts on Midsummer’s eve when Samantha Jaynes lays dying in a cold and dark lake, until the Kirkdale Angel comes to her rescue but it’s to late. In the next chapter Rosie is drawn to the same lake with a group of her friends and is seemingly drawn into the lake where she later drowns, there are people are out looking for Rosie but they are late. We are then introduced to Dr Alex Ripley “The Miracle Detective” as she prepares to take part in a television show to promote her new book “A Leap of Faith.”

A Friend on the police force asked Dr Ripley to investigate the apparent suicides of both Samantha and Rosie, as she believes that something else is afoot. But the town is try desperately to hide something that happened at that same lake many years previously ao it won’t be easy.

This book beautiful Atmospheric will have you feeling like you are right there in the story. As Dr Ripley searches for the answers to what is really going on in this deeply religious town.

The description in this book is so intense, I really believed in what Dr Ripley experienced when she was “tripping” and her husband was actually there with her.

I felt drawn to Dr Ripley and hoped she would end up a relationship with the towns PC Daniel Cotter. Though Dr Ripley has her doubts there are parts of this story which she can’t explain and we are left wondering if she saw a ghosts.

Having received a copy of the Author’s next book “A Hollow Sky.” I am really looking forward to learning more about Dr Ripley and who knows maybe PC Cotter will return.

This book is now THE BOOK I am recommending to all my friends!

I would like to thank Rachel from Random Resources and the author for an advance copy of this book in return for my honest option.

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He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.
He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

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