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“A pantheonic love story with several twists on the theme, I can highly recommend this first novel by this author. Her style of writing makes reading this effortless and relaxing, just what you want when unwinding with a good book and the story just added to the “I don’t want to put this book down”ness of it all. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I have no qualms about recommending you do too. I look forward to more from this author in the future. “

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“A lovely début effort. Perfect easy reading and thoroughly recommended. I would not normally read this genre, but this was a pleasurable break in habit”

“A pantheonic love story with several twists on the theme, I can highly recommend this first novel by this author. Her style of writing makes reading this effortless and relaxing, just what you want when unwinding with a good book and the story just added to the “I don’t want to put this book down”ness of it all. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I have no qualms about recommending you do too. I look forward to more from this author in the future. “

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“A lovely début effort. Perfect easy reading and thoroughly recommended. I would not normally read this genre, but this was a pleasurable break in habit”

“A pantheonic love story with several twists on the theme, I can highly recommend this first novel by this author. Her style of writing makes reading this effortless and relaxing, just what you want when unwinding with a good book and the story just added to the “I don’t want to put this book down”ness of it all. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I have no qualms about recommending you do too. I look forward to more from this author in the future. “

#RRBC

So, a couple of months ago I started noticing the same hashtag appearing in my twitter timeline. Over and over again – alongside promotions for book and authors I saw this hashtag #RRBC, and before too long I had to find out what it was all about. It seemed to be everywhere… but what or who was it?

It didn’t take too much effort to discover the origins of RRBC and I quickly landed upon the website of Rave Reviews Book Club.

RRBCAh… so it was a book club… cool! But not JUST a book club. Yes the members read books but really that is just scratching the surface of it… This bookclub is (on a very basic level) by authors and for authors – cause as we all know (or painfully learn) writing the book is actually the easy part. Then you have to get people to buy it – but why would they when they’ve never heard of you?

This is where RRBC really excels.

It gets people names and books out there. No, there is no guarantee of any results – but what you can be sure of is one hell of a lot of support.

What’s the catch you may ask. It’s very simple – you get out what you put in.

If you want the support from the club then all you have to do is offer your support to the other members… let’s face it – why should anyone promote your work if you’re not willing to do your fair share of promoting back?

It took me a week or so of visiting the RRBC website before I decided to take the plunge and sign up and it wasn’t very long before I was seeing my book appearing in my twitter feed with #RRBC alongside it.

Now it’s early days and I’m not going to claim I’ve become a best selling author overnight (I wish), but I can certainly see the benefits of membership and who knows – one day I might be awarded one of the coveted spots of Member of the Month, or Book of the Month, or one of the other ways authors get an extra boost from time to time.

So if this little post has made you wonder if Rave Reviews Book Club is for you – well if you want help promoting your work and you’re prepared to help others do the same then yes it is! If you want to sign up with no intentions of putting some work in to share the work of fellow members then this probably isn’t the place for you – but you’d certainly be missing out!

Now… how about going to buy my book… but if mine doesn’t appeal to you why not check out the others listed on RRBC site – and keep an eye out for #RRBC on twitter – it could be telling you about your next favourite author!!

The Toy Boy – John Lennon

So I’ve had this poem taped on the inside door of my wardrobe for I don’t know how many years… and it’s probably been just as many since I last read it but today I did stop and read and it made me want to share. It’s a fun little thing and a clever use of words – something John Lennon was very good at.

Maybe someone else will enjoy reading it too 🙂

THE TOY BOYBY JOHN LENNON

“I don’t believe a word of it,
I think it’s too absurd of it,
It’s just an Old Wives’ Tale, I bet,
The silliest and softest yet.
Imagine, if it walked and that,
Surely it would crush us flat!
It’s such a giant thing, you know.
All in all, it goes to show
How stupid can you be?”

This was Ralph the Elephant,
Talking loud and eloquent,
Bossing all the Bears and Cats, .
All the Dogs and Policemen’s Hats,
Shouting down the Wise Old Shoe,
Who said that what he said was true.
“I don’t care what you say to me.
I’ve been on his foot, you see?”
And he had.

“I’ve heard it squeaking,” said the horse.
“Though I can’t be sure! of course—
I could have sworn it climbed on me
When I was asleep, you see!”
“What nonsense!” Ralph replied at length.
“Do you think it has the strength?
I call this meeting to a close.
All in favour—raise their nose.
We’ll take a vote!”

“Unfair, unfair!” the Toys all said.
“Shoes and Hats have got no head!”
“How can they vote, I ask you now?”
Said the ‘Brown but friendly Cow.
“We’ll wait until the break of day,
To prove the truth of what we say.”
“Agreed, agreed!” said Sydney Shoe,
Who felt he was the one who knew.
He probably was.


The Clock struck eight, as clocks will do,
At eight o’clock—that’s nothing new
Except that this clock never could,
Unless you asked it if it would.
The clock obligingly conferred,
“I will not chime unless I’m heard!”
He was an artiste, so you see—
He didn’t like to chime for free!
You know how it is.

As it struck, the room went dead.
A little voice came from the bed.
“Is anybody there?” it spoke.
“Or is this someone’s kind of joke?
I could have sworn I heard a voice-
Perhaps me grannie made the noise,
Her early-warning coughing fit
As she gets her ciggie lit—
But I doubt it.

“I’m sure it came from over there,
From my toys, beneath the chair.
I can’t believe it—but it’s true
Somebody has moved my shoe!
The one I got from Uncle Tom,
Who said he only needed one.
And Elephant and Carol Cow,
They must have moved—I wonder how?
It’s most peculiar!

“I think I ought to tell my dad.
I have no secrets,” said the lad.
“And Mother, she’s a right to see
All this nonconformity.”
So he went and told them all,
And suddenly he felt so small,
Because they took him in the car
To see that awful Doctor Parr,
Who certified him.
There you are.

Planet Purgatory – Book Review

It is time for me to once again tell you about a recent read that I have just finished and enjoyed… if you’re fancying trying out a new author (after you’ve read mine of course 😉 ) you could do a lot worse than give this guy a go.

Planet Purgatory by Benedict Martin

Book Blurb: It’s not every farmer who can claim to have been killed by a whale falling from the sky. Fewer still can say they were brought back to life. But David Eno can.

Impossible? Not when you’re in purgatory. Of course, no one else calls it that. Not even David’s parents. They believe they’re colonists on an alien planet. But David knows, and that’s why he’s made it his mission to find a way out.

It won’t be easy; purgatory is teeming with demons. Fortunately, David has a pair of good-luck charms up his sleeve: a canine companion that’s more grizzly bear than dog, and a rifle that never runs out of bullets. But as he soon discovers, sometimes the worst demons are the ones dwelling in our past, and it’s only after revisiting a childhood tragedy that David can truly begin the difficult task of setting himself free.

PurgatoryRating: 5/5

My thoughts:  This is the second of Benedict Martin’s books that I have read, (the other also reviewed on this blog), and they really couldn’t be more different. Thankfully this one was equally as enjoyable as the first.

So what’s it all about? Well simply put (not that there is much simple about this tale) the lead character David Eno lives on a strange alien planet with his parents and a creature described as a dog but it is so much more. As if living on an alien world wasn’t weird enough David is convinced that he, and those around him, are not actually on any kind of planet but are, in fact, living in Purgatory!

As well as being inhabited by humans the planet, or not-planet as the case may be, is also home to a selection of strange and wonderful creatures. Whales that live under the ground, demons that aren’t actually very demonic, aliens that prove a very real and constant threat and imps that are mischievous to the point of annoyance.

When David’s home is faced with a new threat he sets out on a mission to save them all, and possibly himself, as long as the cheeky imp Flea doesn’t get in his way.

So, does David save them? Does he find out if he really is living in Purgatory? You know there is one way to find out… read it!

This was a well written, fun, and often strange tale that only left me dissatisfied in one respect… I wanted more! I could happily read more stories set in this strange land, especially if they involved the adorably crazy Flea.

I have to also mention the occasional illustrations that dotted this story, bringing the strange inhabitants of Planet Purgatory to life that little bit more.

A brilliant read by a brilliant author.

The importance of a review

Hello again my friends, how have we got to September already?? I don’t know where the time goes sometimes – it really does fly by.

So today I thought I would just share a few words on the importance of leaving reviews. It doesn’t matter if you read one book a year or one a week taking those FeedaWriter
couple of minutes to leave a quick review really does matter – especially when you’re reading work by an unknown and/or indy author.

If you think about it in the most basic terms – you’re looking for a new read – you’ve been drawn in by the title or cover or maybe a recommendation, then what? Chances are you’re going to look at the reviews – if a book has just the one or two people are going to assume they were written by friends or family (if they are good reviews of course), but the more reviews are posted the more of a genuine and rounded picture of the book in question you can get. If one person hates it but another twenty are raving about it then you’re going to feel more inclined to give it a go.

So next time you get to the end of a book on your kindle and it does that “before you go” thing where it asks you to leave a review why not do it? It costs nothing but a few seconds of your time but to the author it can mean the world.