Missuswolf’s Makeover – Brand New Book Cover Reveal – The Ruby of Egypt

FRIDAY 18th JANUARY 2013

The moment is here!

I am so happy and proud to reveal my new book cover, created by the fabulous Carl Harvey, for my children’s book The Ruby of Egypt.

Ruby of Egypt Cover 2013

Not only has the cover had a makeover, the story has as well and is freshly back from it’s round of proof reading and edits by the lovely Dale Cassidy.

Ruby pf Egypt back cover 2013

Second Edition due out late January 2013

Love Missuswolf xxx

Jody Gehrman – Audrey’s Guide To Witchcraft

SUNDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2012

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Today I finished my Halloween themed-read, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman, a Young Adult novel about a seventeen year old witch in training.

Missuswolf Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft bookcover

Synopsis

Falling in love, baking a magical cake, fighting an evil necromancer–it’s all in a day’s work for Audrey Oliver, seventeen-year-old witch-in-training. When her mother goes missing and her mysterious “cousin” shows up out of the blue, Audrey knows something’s gone horribly, dangerously wrong. Now it’s up to her to get her own magical powers up to speed before everyone she loves is destroyed by the sorcerer intricately connected to her mother’s secret past.

Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft is more than just a novel; it’s a book of spells, a collection of easy recipes, a charming coming-of-age tale, an enchanting romance, and an action-packed adventure. As Audrey overcomes her insecurities and learns to protect herself against the wicked black magic of her nemesis, she grows into a heroine we can root for–a witch who knows that true power comes from deep within.

A great piece of fantasy

that is poetically written.

What I appreciated the most was the poetic style of writing that the author has, her descriptions and use of language really caught my attention. I loved the flow and rhythm of the sentences which were so beautifully described, the author really has a way with words.

Examples are:

The sun had set but enough light remained to stain the splotchy clouds a beautiful orange (36%)

Buttery moon (41%)

And one of my favourites – totally fab desc:

We looked out over vineyards aflame in red and gold, brilliant fiery swaths of colour draped over rolling contours. The scene radiated peace. I sipped my water and watched the starlings swoop like a team of tiny acrobats. There were so many of them they formed a cloud in the air, one that changed shape and undulated constantly (43%)

Veins throbbed as if filled with ground glass (93%)

There is a great fantasy storyline carried by vivid character’s; such as cheerleader Dallas, who you love to hate, as well as Audrey’s adorable best friend Bridget. I particularly loved the contrast of Audrey’s younger sister Meg to that of her own character.

There is a sequel to the book so the end is left on a pleasant cliffhanger and I look forward to reading more books by Jody Gehrman. Her writing style reminded me of that which is similar to Rosemund Lupton.

Get Your Copy Here  Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft: Volume 1

Visit her website here.

Love Missuswolf xxx

The Fall of Billy Hitchings (A John Reeves Novel) – Kirkus MacGowan

SUNDAY 28th OCTOBER 2012

I finished reading The Fall of Billy Hitchings (which was a Top 5 Finalist in the Best Indie Books of 2012) yesterday morning all snug in bed whilst the rain washed away the previous nights sprinkling of snow.

Yup – for my international readers the North East of the UK was dusted with a very thin layer of snow on Friday night. Now I do love to sit all cosy with my Baileys and my Cinnamon candle lit and watch the snow fall and I love how picturesque it. However, I do not like trying to drive to work in the damn thing (luckily I didn’t have to). Maybe if one day I could work from home…..

Back to the book –

here’s a synopsis for you to take a peek at:

John Reeves, an ex-Marine, drives to Myrtle Beach hoping to repair a damaged relationship with his fiancée. Instead, he finds her unconscious in the hospital, the victim of an unexplained explosion at a local restaurant.

Reeves meets Billy Hitchings, a teenager who knows more about the explosion than he should. Their questions lead to an ancient legacy best left alone.

Pulled into yet another crossfire, John Reeves fights to protect his friends and keep a primeval power from falling into the wrong hands.

 

Interesting storyline, where the characters get tangled in a web of excitement and adventure, at an enjoyable pace.
I loved how the book was written from different character’s viewpoints throughout; which was easily followed by the characters names used as headings.
It was made interesting by this clever technique as, particularly in the beginning of the book, the different characters and the different scenarios intertwining made for compelling reading.
The plot is an intriguing one surrounding an Ancient Legacy and there are some fast paced action-adventure scenes that really pull you in. The setting of the scene is clever with the character viewpoints changing and eventually connecting.
Congrats to Kirkus MacGowan as well for being a Best Indie Book Finalist.
Read  an Author Interview that was done as part of the Best Indie Book Festival over on the fabulous Sandra De Helen’s blog:
Download your copy from Amazon here
View his website here
Follow him on Twitter @KirkusMacGowan
Love Missuswolf xxx

Project Moses – Robert B. Lowe

SUNDAY 14th OCTOBER 2012

Good Morning Ladies and Gents! I finished reading this book, by a Best Indie Author Finalist, last Sunday.

Synopsis

project-mosesEnzo Lee, 37, a burned out reporter, has forsaken investigative reporting on the East Coast to churn out feature fluff in San Francisco. He likes his North Beach apartment, steps away from his Chinatown roots. Running, tai chi, great food, women who are attracted to his exotic looks. Life is good.

Then, Lee’s comfortable life is shaken when he is ordered to cover the unexplained deaths of a local judge and prosecutor. Intrigued by the connection, and the judge’s attractive niece, Sarah Armstrong,  Lee begins to uncover a bioterrorism scandal whose perpetrators – including government officials and Silicon Valley titans – will kill to conceal.

When Lee and Sarah become targets, the question becomes whether the pair can evade their hunters and piece together the story before their time runs out. Project Moses is set in San Francisco, New York and Silicon Valley. By a Pulitzer Prize-winnng author.

I loved the introduction to this book and the direction it takes you in, from the intriguing courtroom intro to the deaths and then the investigation that follows. It instantly grabs your attention and already clogs start ticking in your mind; why is that happening? How are things connected? Where is this going to go? A great way to open a book.
I liked the use of every other chapter slotted in italics, from some mystery character’s point of view, about what’s going on somewhere behind the scenes – great little teases dropped in that keeps up the suspense and intrigue into the story. I loved the technique of dropping them in every few chapters to deviate from Enzo Lee’s exciting escapade; just as you get swept up in the action, you’re pushed back into another character’s story and it puts the brakes on the pace and makes you stop and think. Very clever. I really enjoyed this book and I thought the theme of biotechnology conspiracies was a great one to tackle

You can read an interview with Robert. B Lowe that was done as part of the Best Indie Author Book Festival right here.

Get your copy of Project Moses here

Check out Robert B Lowe’s website here.

Take a peek at Goodreads here

Follow him on Twitter @AuthorRobBLowe

Love Missuswolf xxx

Thank You!

THURSDAY 19th APRIL 2012

Yesterday, I took advantage of a marketing opportunity with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Self Publishing. You have the option of up to 5 days free promotion; which can be used for consecutive days or it can be used independently.

I chose the one day option to promote The Ruby of Egypt [saving the other 4 days for future creations 🙂  ]

It proved successful in more ways than one. Not only has my book been downloaded across the world now, I discovered it prompted a few sales today of both e-books and paperback. Excellent!

However, Self Promo is exhausting and even I got sick of seeing my own tweets! 

So I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who downloaded my book, Retweeted my tweets, followed me and to those who went on to buy it today. I really appreciate it.

Now to reward myself with yummy food and vino….

Love Missuswolf xxx

The Ruby of Egypt – Kindle Promotion

TUESDAY 17th APRIL 2012

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had a fab weekend and the start of the week is being kind to you.

My weekend was great, despite the fact that I was working this couldn’t dampen my spirits as I spent some quality time with lovely friends and their family, as well as being delighted to discover that, on Sunday, I reached 1,000 followers on Twitter woohoo!

As a little thank you I am pleased to announce that any of you Kindle Lovers out there will be available to download my book The Ruby of Egypt for FREE from Amazon from Wednesday 18th April for one day only! (this will be from Pacific Standard Time which i thinks is 8 hours behind us so it should be avail from 8am on the 18th until 8am on the 19th – however I may be wrong – this Pacific Standard and GMT Time malarkey is not my strong point!)

So hop on over to Amazon on Wednesday 18th April to get your free copy and Happy Reading 🙂 xxx

Thanks again

Love Missuswolf xxx

Too Much Trouble In Paradise – Michelle Betham

TUESDAY 10th APRIL 2012

All snug in bed this morning listening to that awful howling wind outside, I escaped to sunnier climates as I finished the last couple of chapters of Michelle Betham’s Too Much Trouble in Paradise.

This story follows Molly and her turbulent journey battling with her head and her heart; mixing scenes from not only Tenerife but also the North East of England which, as a fellow Geordie, I found endearing.

It is a wonderful light read, begging to be read from a sunlounger; however it is a lovely little night-time read before bed – although the cliff hanger chapters have you rebelling way past your bedtime.

too-much-trouble

 

You can view her blog here – Michelle Betham Romance Author – following her journey on the character’s and scenarios she creates for her future novels.

Follow her on Twitter @michellebetham

A delight to stock up your Kindle with, especially for your summer read, available here on Amazon for £1.33.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

The A-Z of Me

THURSDAY 22nd MARCH 2012

I have been tagged  by the lovely author of the blog  Amummysview (a beautiful blog sharing not only useful information for mummys – but also sharing wonderful experiences that the author has with her daughter) and challenged to do an A-Z of Me.

After musing over this as I fell asleep last night,(ha that doesn’t quite make me sound exciting does it?) I found the answers came to me in between jobs at work today.

Missuswolf happy girl jump in air

Here goes:

A – AUTHORThis is what I aspire to be

B – BOOKS (you may have a slight incline) that I LOVE Books

C – CREATIVE WRITING I love to write and read others work. I attended two terms of an evening class of it last year and loved it.

D – DANCING Be it around the dancefloor or bopping around my living room, I love a good disco dance

E – EATING Oh dear – yes, I love my grub!

F – FAMILY & FRIENDS  I Wouldn’t be the person I was today if it wasn’t for them, they are my support network and I love them

G – GOLF WIDOW What I become mostly in the summertime – however it means I can  spend more time on my blog/reading/writing without feeling guilty of Husband Neglect

H – HUNGER GAMES As if there would be anything else at this moment in time (OBSESSED)!

I – INDECISIVE a huge fault of mine that I am very indecisive – I answer a question with a question doh!

J – JOB am so lucky to have one in this current climate despite having the odd moan I have accepted my position and I more than appreciate it now

K – KINDLE Who could forget My Beloved Kindle??!

L – LAPTOP Can’t live without it. May as well be merged with my lap and become a part of me

M – MOVE Would love to move one day, when the time is right, from The Little Flat to my Dream House

N – NIECE OR NEPHEW who is coming along in October making me a very happy Auntie!

O – OPTIMISTIC The attitude I have adopted and wear every day

P – PIZZAS – Yes, I am a Mahoosive Pizza Lover. I am partial to Asda‘s Create your own ummmm

Q – QUEST I am on one of these to become a writer

R – READING Love it – need I say more?

S – SUMMER  Longer days, warmer evenings, bbqs, walks on the beach – just that general happy, energizing, carefree spirit that it brings

T – THANKFUL for my life, my family, my friends, the lucky position that I am in in my life, working a good job and having time to indulge in my writing fantasy world.

U – UMBRELLA Always seem to be the one who forgets mine and ends up soaked!

V – VEGAS my future Home. Only kidding – just love the place. Went as part of my honeymoon, went again with the in-laws and will be going back for the hubby’s 30th.

W – WRITING Self explanatory really, I love to write (I initially wrote Wine in my scribbly notes at work and it just dawned on me as I typed that there was a more pressing ‘W’ I should be placing here ooops! But yeah, I like wine. In small doses, it falls out with my head otherwise)

X -XMAS I love it! Decorating the tree, spending the whole of December celebrating and getting excited, getting all snug and cosy.

Y – YEARN I yearn to work hard and one day be hugely successful in whatever I do, whatever path life ends up taking me down, but mostly I yearn to write and it’s a bonus if others enjoy it too

Z – ZEN A tranquil place I will eventually reach once I have achieved my #writing goal.

I now tag the following bloggers to do their own ‘A-Z’:

Michelle Betham @michellebetham

So Stacy Thought @SVerdickCase

Mariana Cotromanes @MarianaCotro

Missy Biozarre, Young Adult Author @MissyBiozarre

Love Missuswolf xxx

Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

SATURDAY 04th  FEBRUARY 2012

Yes, gasp-shock-horror, I have only just got around to reading the Twilight Series (I write this bracing myself from the wrath of my Die-Hard Twilight Friends – where I admit I have only seen two of the films eeeek!)Missuswolf Twilight

However, my excuse for not seeing all the films yet is that I want to read all the books first and then watch all the films back to back.

Not much of an excuse I know!

Now thanks to My Beloved Kindle and a portion of my birthday money (that was specifically allocated to Kindle books) I am downloading the Twilight Saga.

I finished ‘Twilight’ yesterday morning in bed (before psyching myself to get up for a gym induction)

I really enjoyed it, although having seen the first film I had that pictured too much in my head and I must admit I am someone who likes to read the book first and then see the film. I like to build my imagination on the book, however this sometimes leads to disappointment when I come to watch the film as it annoys me if films don’t do the book justice.

Well, this film certainly worked for this book and so far I haven’t been disappointed either way, the casting so cleverly done that Robert Pattinson and Kirsten Stewart were basically born to be Bella and Edward.

I thoroughly enjoyed Twilight and I am now starting on New Moon …

Love Missuswolf xxx

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

WEDNESDAY 25th JANUARY 2012

 

This morning all tucked up in bed, I finished reading the last 2% (weird, I know, getting used to percentages instead of pages) on My Beloved Kindle.

I must admit that, before I embarked on reading this classic, I was a bit apprehensive and that I would really struggle and therefore had it in the back of my mind that this book would be challenging. In a way, it was probably a bit of my own prejudice toward’s Austen’s similarly titled book. Perhaps due to the era in which it was written I was a bit frightened that I would struggle with the flow of the language.

Missuswolf Pride and Prejudice

However, 2012 is the year to open my mind and experience different genre and styles of literature.

It was not long before I discovered why it is popular among modern readers and that it continues to near the top of lists of ‘most loved books’.

The book was probably a bit harder to read than one’s that I have read recently due to the style of language that is used. However, I still felt that I read through it at quite a fast pace to what I at first presumed I would.

I love how you watch the character’s develop and how the society and upbringing molds them to who they become.

Based around the five Bennet sisters; Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia, the story opens with a Mr Bingley (a wealthy young man) entering the neighbourhood, who takes a shine to Jane. He is in company with a Mr Darcy who Elizabeth perceives to be proud and conceited.

Mrs Bennet’s  main hope is to see all five daughters married off and she carries this theme throughout the book, although her opinions of the men suitors she meets is not consistent and she is probably the most frivolous of the women, changing her thought dramatically to suit the surroundings. Her behaviour and favouritism to her youngest, Lydia, I think contributes to what becomes of Lydia.

I will not give too much more away but I did not find this book as much of a chore as I first thought, in fact not at all.

I think it is a very important piece of literature which everyone should read at some point.

What intrigued me the most was how the morals in courtship and society in this book are so different to the morals in society of today’s world; the stresses on not living together before marriage and how this brings shame on the family.

What a different world we now live in. In the book there is more emphasis on marrying for money and stability and who you’re family deem suitable. We still have a slight sense of that nowadays, however we have more freedom for who we choose,  and are more likely to live with them before getting married.

An enjoyable, yet educational read. The romance theme carried throughout the book and the emotions and uncertainty brought with it is still modern, it is just written in a different century with different morals and perception from society.

I now want to see the film and the TV series.

Love Missuswolf xxx