Flash Fiction – New Shoes

New Shoes

I wished there was more I could do for the old man as he walked the streets.

His shoes worn and weathered, being held together with sticky tape.

I wanted to take him to the nearest shoe shop, but would they be willing to help?

He claimed he didn’t need a new pair, as they wouldn’t last as long as these had.

He didn’t have time to break in some new shoes; he had many more miles to travel before he reached his destination.

I lead him to the shoe shop all the same, hoping to find a perfect fit.

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The piece above was written as part of Friday Fictioners, which I have sadly not taken part in for a while. A Big thank you as always goes to Rochelle for hosting :).

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Book Review – The Things We Need to Say – @bookish_yogi @rararesources

Book Review – The Things We Need to Say – @bookish_yogi @rararesources

The Things We Need to Say

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Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.

Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.

Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the ways things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.

As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.

Perfect for fans of Katie Marsh, Amanda Prowse and Sheila O’Flanagan

My Thoughts:

I consider Rachel Burton to be an online friend and mentor, so when the opportunity arose for me get an advance copy of “The Things We Needs To Say” I jumped at the chance and I was blown away. I also cried lots and lots at the story of Fran, Will and the minor characters who pop up in order to carry to story forward, so be warned you will need tissues and lots of them and maybe hugs to.

The story is told in two main sections, we learn the story of Fran and Will’s relationship and how they have got to the point they are at in their relationship. Rachel uses these revelations help us understand what is going on now in their lives and what has made them live the way they are.

At the beginning of the story we learn that Fran is going to Spain to lead a Yoga retreat for her current students and friends. Fran and Will have planned everything out to the last detail of her stay as she travels abroad alone for the first time. The night before Fran is due to leave we are hit with the first plot twist that leaves Will begging Fran not to go to Spain and for her to stay at home. They are both now alone in two different countries needing each other but at the same time wondering if the love they feel for each other is enough.

Yoga features quite heavily in this story with every character being on a journey and Rachel uses her passion and enthusiasm for yoga to show us that by having the time to reflect and relax almost everything can be worked through and out.

As the story progresses Rachel’s attention to detail makes you wish that you were either there with the characters or remembering the last time you rode down the hill on a bike or past holidays in the area.

As we learn about what Fran and Will’s story, you’ll want to be there to comfort the character’s, I personally cried enough tears for two fictional characters and the circumstances they found themselves in. Though at times I also wanted to be there to smack them round the face and tell them to pull themselves together.

Rachel cleverly puts other characters into the story that makes the decisions that Fran and Will are making even harder. The Ex who appears out of the blue, making you remember how things used to be or the person that stands and listens to you when you thought no one else would.

I can honestly say that I haven’t cried this much at a book since “I Let You Go” by Clare Mackintosh and I having never read in this genre I am glad that I gave it ago.

Go out buy this book, have a good cry and then go back and read more.

I would like to thank Rachel, Netgally and Rachel from random resources for giving me the chance to read and review this book.

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Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down.

After graduating with a degree in Classics and another in English, she didn’t really know what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a paralegal and a yoga teacher.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Her debut, The Many Colours of Us, was an Amazon Kindle bestseller. Her second novel, The Things We Need to to Say, is released on 11 May 2018. She is currently working on her third novel in which the heroine follows the love of her life to live in a city in northern England. It has no autobiographical elements at all…..maybe.

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Book Review – Dead Blind @RebeccaJBradley

Dead Blind

One of my most favourite crime writers and fellow Nottingham author is back with her new novel Dead Blind.

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“How do you identify a ruthless killer when you can’t even recognise your own face in a mirror? 

Returning to work following an accident, Detective Inspector Ray Patrick refuses to disclose he now lives with face blindness – an inability to recognise faces.

As Ray deceives his team he is pulled into a police operation that targets an international trade in human organs. And when he attempts to bring the organisation down, Ray is witness to a savage murder. 

But it’s a killer he will never remember.

The pressure mounts as Ray attempts to keep his secret and solve the case alone. With only his ex-wife as a confidant he feels progressively isolated.

Can he escape with his career and his life intact?”

My Thoughts:

What would you do if you work up from a serious accident and couldn’t recognise anybody? Further more desperate to return to a job you love and you witness murder only feet in front of you, but you are unable to identify the killer?

Hot off the tails of “Fighting Monsers” Rebecca Bradley’s latest novel “Face Blind” throws us into a game of cat and mouse, only the other side have an advantage.

The latest outing from Rebecca introduces us to a new characters and moves away from Nottingham and into the capital.

We are dropped straight in the action as DI Ray Patrick and his partner DS Elaine are in hot pursuit through the streets of London which ends in tragedy.

We zip forward six months and DI Patrick is returning to work, though he is physically and mentally fit he is hiding a secret diagnosis that threatens to end his policing career. He is suffering from a condition called Prosopagnosia or Face Blindness which means he doesn’t recognise anybody.

Like a school teacher at the beginning of every year he creates a desk plan of where everyone sits and their identifiable markers, to help him recognise his team. Which works until someone sits in a different place.

While Ray has been away his team have been investigate a case of illegal organ donation. When a young boy approaches them with an offer they can’t refuse, taking them straight to the head guy. The DI has his concerns about the meeting but is carried along by his colleagues with the promise of success and bringing a network down. But tragedy strikes and Ray witnesses it all but is unable to identify the killer.

Elaine realises there is something wrong with Ray but is heartbroken that he won’t share his problems and fears the worst. The only people who know the truth are Ray’s doctor and his Ex-wife Helen who still supports Ray even when he turns up at all hours and had left her because of the job he loves. Ray also has a new girlfriend who still seems to stick by him no matter how badly he treats her.

We meet a whole new range of characters in this book whose lives we get a sneak peek into, leaving me wondering if Rebecca plans to continue this series adding another string to her bow. Or is this the beginning of a new theme in Rebecca’s writing.

A well written book, showing us the lengths people will go to for a job they love when a medical diagnoses threats to end it all. A book whose main character I could relate to as I like anyone else suffering a chronic illness battle through our bad days for a job we love.

 

More on Prosopagnosia

Oliver Sacks explains Face Blindness

The author of “The Colour of Bee Larkins Murder”

Chris Pine’s struggles when people forget his name

Brad Pitt thinks he might be Face Blind

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Happy Insecure Writers Day!

Hey,

So it’s that time of the month again, where we all come around to support each other in our writing journey.

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This was the brain child of Alex Cavanaugh and along with his co-hosts, on the first Wednesday of the month we all come together to take part in a blog hop.

I am going to go straight into the question of the month:

It’s Spring! Does This Season Inspire You To Write More Than Others, or Not?

I think it’s nicer to write in the Spring because you can sit outside, or sit on the decking and write. Also when I am out walking the dog the scenery is nicer and so I guess inspires more. But Spring and Summer also brings summer holidays and children off school which then takes away time.

Having already posted about my submission woes I won’t bore you with them again!

Happy Insecure Writer’s Day and I hope it brings you all the clarification and support you need.

 

C

Rocky Road to Success

Hey,

So I have started to submit my novel to agents and publishers alike and truth be known I am kinda finding it stressful and it’s making me very MANIC!

After I entered that first competition and was like yeah here we go, I think it’s kinda a come down. I know it’s only since the 19th April when I started which isn’t even a month ago! I had this great idea of I would submit 5 of each and then wait till they all reject me and then try another five. But that idea has kinda gone out of the window. As I keep finding people to submit to, never mind whether they were on my list or not. I have also been trying to find people who are already publishing what I write….

I have had two rejections for agents and one rejection from a publisher out of the 12 (as of yesterday) I had sent out.

Book two woe’s continue, as I try and find information on immigration and asylum and try and find people to speak to. One person I had to defend my character to! As she wasn’t willing to help because she didn’t want my readers to think that people came to England to traffic drug. Needless to say I haven’t heard from said charity again! Though I have a great friend who is a social worker and she has been answering my general questions. You know what I think I need to just WRITE! and worry about getting it correct later!

I hope everyone else out there is doing okay 🙂

yours as always

C

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Needle Song by Russell Day Cover Reveal!!!

Needle Song by Russell Day

Question markSpending the night with a beautiful woman would be a good alibi, if the body in the next room wasn’t her husband.

Doc Slidesmith has a habit of knowing things he shouldn’t. He knows the woman Chris Rudjer meets online is married. He knows the adult fun she’s looking for is likely to be short lived. And when her husband’s killed, he knows Chris Rudjer didn’t do it.

Only trouble is the police disagree and no one wants to waste time investigating an open and shut case.

No one except Doc.

Using lies, blackmail and a loaded pack of Tarot cards, Doc sets about looking for the truth – but the more truth he finds, the less he thinks his friend is going to like it.

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Russell Day was born in 1966 and grew up in Harlesden, NW10 – a geographic region searching for an alibi. From an early age it was clear the only things he cared about were motorcycles, tattoos and writing. At a later stage he added family life to his list of interests and now lives with his wife and two children. He’s still in London, but has moved south of the river for the milder climate.

Although he only writes crime fiction Russ doesn’t consider his work restricted. ‘As long as there have been people there has been crime, as long as there are people there will be crime.’ That attitude leaves a lot of scope for settings and characters. One of the first short stories he had published, The Second Rat and the Automatic Nun, was a double-cross story set in a world where the church had taken over policing. In his first novel, Needle Song, an amateur detective employs logic, psychology and a loaded pack of tarot cards to investigate a death.

Russ often tells people he seldom smiles due to nerve damage, sustained when his jaw was broken. In fact, this is a total fabrication and his family will tell you he’s has always been a miserable bastard.

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This Time Next Year…

Hey,

So I started this blog to diary my road to my publishing dreams. I have attempted flash fiction, joined a blog hop, moaned about my health, attempted some book reviewing and even attempted a 5 year journal (and failed)

At my last mentoring session at the weekend Rachel said by the end of the week I can start contacting publishers / agents!

And as this weekend the nominations for Crime novel of the year have come out from Theakston’s Festival. I felt that it was only right to mark this occasion by saying this time next year that will be me!!! I need to go on Davina’s tv programme

I have submitted already to two competitions and the third will go in also by the end of the week. I have my list of five agents and five publishers who I’m going to approach first.

Then I will begin the waiting game….

So hold tight….

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