All I Want For Christmas – Amy Silver

SUNDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2012

All I Wnat for christmas.jpg2Continuing on from my Christmas themed reading, I have just finished Amy Silver’s enchanting All I Want For Christmas.

The story follows Bea, Olivia and Chloe as we count down through the twelve days of Christmas. I love the way this is written as it is in diary form using the days as Chapter headings, with little sub headings throughout of times throughout the day and whose life we are peering into and at what time. It is cleverly written, with the character of Bea written in the first person and Olivia and Chloe in the third. They are three very different characters whose lives interestingly intertwine.

Synopsis

Twelve days and counting…

 It’s Bea’s first Christmas with her baby son, and this year she’s determined to do everything right. But there is still so much to do: the Christmas menu needs refining; her café, The Honey Pot, needs decorating; and she’s invited the whole neighbourhood to a party on Christmas Day. She really doesn’t have time to get involved in two new people’s lives, let alone fall in love…

 When Olivia gets knocked over in the street, however, Bea can’t help bringing her into The Honey Pot and getting to know her. Olivia’s life is even more hectic than her own, and with her fiancé’s entire family over from Ireland for Christmas, she shouldn’t be lingering in the cosy warmth of Bea’s café. Chloe, on the other hand, has nowhere else to go. Her affair with a married man has alienated her friends, and left her lonelier than ever.

 But Christmas is a magical time, and in the fragrant atmosphere of The Honey Pot, anything can happen: new friends can be made, hearts can heal, and romance can finally blossom…

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A lovely Christmas read to curl up by the lights of the Christmas tree too with a mug of hot chocolate.

All I Wnat for christmas

Get your copy here.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Best Indie Book Festival – Winners Announced!

THURSDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2012

After the Festival Frolics of the past two days, I am delighted to announce the winners!

WINNERS of the gift cards were:
$10 Jim Linschoten
$20 Bruce Ellis
$50 Gale Adkins Nelson

Thanks to all the lovely Author’s, who were finalists in this Festival, for participating so enthusiastically with the Blog Interviews. Also, a huge thanks to Melissa Fosters Awesome Support Team #GoTeamPIF for making this event truly spectacular and for allowing me to be a part of it – I have loved every minute of it!

And finally, a massive thanks to you – the reader – as without you reading these fabulous books they would be no Best Indie Book Festival. Thank you for your continued support of Indie Authors.

Love Missuswolf xxx

Beautiful Blogger Award

 

MONDAY 27th AUGUST 2012Back on the 13th August, the fabulous blogger, A Mummys View, nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award.

Her kind words were:

A wonderful, friendly and aspiring novelist who already has a fabulous book, The Ruby of Egypt which you must check out

Now I must nominate six bloggers and tell you ten things about myself that you didn’t know.

Therefore, I nominate:

Michelle Betham – Romance Author an inspirational Indie Author from the North East of England who has successfully self-published five romance novels within the past year.

Kerry-Ann Richardson – What to Write…. A lovely work colleague and a lady who is also on a journey writing a crime novel.

The Fabulous Moms Guide –    a fab lady who has a beautiful blog on parenting with some yummy recipes thrown in the mix too

E.M Tippetts – a wonderful blog from a Chick Lit and YA Author who has just released her new book Castles on the Sand. I have just viewed her media footage for her new book and it’s fantastic.

I am woman campaign –  a great blog that’s about using our voices to help other women, publishing flash fiction aspart of their fundraising strategy which also supports us authors.

H.C Elliston – Fab  and friendly writer,  a lovely lady whose books include that of fast action paced Think Fast Die Last

TEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT ME

1) When I was about 7 I was the Princess of a local Shopping Centre…The Keel Row in Blyth! I got to go and cut ribbons at shop openings and parade with Santa around the centre!

2) I am Woman Campaign are have kindly accepted a submission of my flash fiction which they will be featuring in their next anthology eeek.

3) I started to learn how to play the guitar when I was about 11. My poor parens got me a guitar and I went to lessons at school but promptly got bored and put an end to that fad.

4) I used to go to dancing classes on a Saturday morning from the age of 5 til I was 9, doing ballet, tap and modern. I received numerous awards for my capers.

5) I was born in Nottingham but then moved up to the North East when I was 3

A piccie from a walk along Druridge Bay on a rare sunny day this summer

6) I LOVE Geordie Shore, it is my guilty pleasure

7) I visited Mother Shiptons Cave for the first time this summer too and really enjoyed it

8) I have been dog sitting my mother in laws dog a few times this summer and have had some wonderful walks at Druridge Bay with her

9) Went to the Baltic in Newcastle today for the first time. I will most definitely be returning.

10) I love good old British Classic comedies, Fawlty Towers and Only Fools and Horses to name a few.

So thanks to A Mummys View for my nomination:-)

Have a great evening

Love Missuswolf xxx

Galaxy Quick Reads – The Little One – Lynda La Plante

TUESDAY 22nd MAY 2012

Woah – what is that yellow thing in the sky???

It is fab to finally see some sunshine and even fabber for it to get into double degree figures, never mind tipping the 20 degree scale! Woohoo! It instantly puts you in a better mood.

Even at work.

Today, due to some rearrangements regarding a meeting, it meant I had an earlier lunch than usual. Luckily for me I had already snaffled a bacon and egg sarnie that saw me through so I was spoilt for choice on what to do on my lunch break.

Taking advantage of the glorious weather, I was planning on going for a walk – until my colleague magically produced a ‘Galaxy Quick Read’ ( a campaign launched in March by Galaxy promoting Quick read books for people to discover the pleasures and benefits from reading) from her bag.

Brand new as well – I feel so privileged (and I LOVE a brand new book, ummm it’s like a whole bar of, well, Galaxy to myself!)

Not only was it a Brand New Book and a Quick Read – throw into the mix a Lovely Lynda La Plante Little One and hey! you have yourself a nice little treat.

So I sat and mused through a few chapters in the courtyard at work in the sun, not being able to put the book down.

The story is of a lady called Barbara who is a bit depressed to say the least at the moment being newly single and having lost her job.

She moves in with her friends Alan and Kevin and, not one for missing an opportunity, manages to invite herself to a birthday bash being held for Margaret Reynolds; an old work colleague (not to mention former Soapstar) friend of Alan’s. I don’t want to give too much away – all I will say is that Barbara ends up staying at Margaret’s Manor House and a chain of events leads to a chilling conclusion.

A fab little read – I perched myself in the garden straight after work to finish this little gem.

Thoroughly enjoyable, I loved the storyline, the idea behind the characters – especially revolving around Margaret’s background. Well thought out and an interesting concept.

I got the same fix from reading this as I get from eating a WHOLE bar of Galaxy. To myself. Yum.

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

TUESDAY 03rd APRIL 2012

Good Afternoon all!

Whilst getting ready for a ten hour shift at work and seeing the gloomy rain and wind outside the window (that I have to venture out into in order to get to said job) I was thrilled when I received that oh-so-familiar ping! of the mobile phone indicating an exciting new email!

On investigating further, I was overjoyed to see that I had been nominated by the lovely amummysview (fab blog sharing her experiences/advice/products/classes – you name it!) for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Look what I got:

So a huge big ‘Thank You’ soooo much to amummysview!

Now here are the conditions of the award:

1. Thank the blogger who has awarded you and link back to them.
2. Share seven things about yourself
3. Pass the award along to other newly discovered blogs
 
Here are my seven things:
 
1.) I was a runner up twice in the ‘Press Packers’ competition, when I was about 12 years old, following articles I had written and submitted to their comp. As a part of this, I had to audition in the Blue Peter Garden and also in The News Round Studios as a reporter. Unfortunately, I did not win but enjoyed my trip to the BBC studios and having a stint in front of the cameras! (And also to see the Blue Peter Garden)
 
2.) I wrote and self published my first children’s book ‘The Ruby of Egypt’ last year and it is such an amazing feeling to see your words in print and it’s a bonus when other people enjoy your work.
 
3.) I work shifts and I must be a night owl as I love night shift! More down time to read I suppose 🙂
 
4.) I am going to be an Auntie in October and I can not WAIT! I have no children of my own and I will definitely be taking tips from amummysview blog
 
5.) I love jazz music, I could quite happily sit in a jazz café all day and sip champers (however there is work to be done!)
 
6.) Has a fear of flying yet I insist on watching Air Crash Investigation in a bid to tease myself and also understand why crashes happen (?!)
 
7.) I love reading! I’m addicted to it, I get bored easily and always have to have a book/My Beloved Kindle nearby to fend off boredom.
 
Enough about me…over to you! I nominate:
 
 
Love Missuswolf xxx

In The Shadow of Death – Jeremy P Bowen

SUNDAY 01st APRIL 2012

in-the-shadow-of-deathGood Afternoon and Happy April Fools Day!

After returning back on shift today, I would like to bring you all up to date with what I read on my last set of Rest Days; In The Shadow of Death by Jeremy P Bowen.

The book is well written and the idea and concept behind it is a clever one.

The opening scenes tease the reader with such curiosity, the first Chapter opening with such intrigue as it sets the scene of a man who seems to have no memory and a huntsman by the name of Ted.

Spring forward a few pages and you are introduced to young Kera in the most harrowing scenes imaginable; my heart was pounding in fear as well as anticipation for her to bravely battle for survival.

At this point in the book I was frightened; I was experiencing the terror and the turmoil of the characters and I was genuinely scared to read on for fear of what else I may find. My thoughts at first were that it wasn’t my usual type of read, however , this book left me wanting more –  and certainly did not disappoint. I am pleased that I am broadening my reading horizons – I get to experience different author’s work and besides, if I did not, I would miss out on beauties like this.

It is well written in that the descriptions, the dialogue, the action propels the book into life and makes you experience every step of the way with these characters, I could imagine this book being made into a film.

I love how the storyline unfolds and cleverly intertwines, the conclusion briefly satisfying a reading craving yet leaving you hungry for more…which is a delight as this is the first book in a series; the second installment is titled The Ghosts of the Arad.

You can purchase In the Shadow of Death here and you can also follow the author on Twitter @Ginner_B.

I highly recommend this be added to your ‘To read’ list.

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

A. Vogel Bedtime Story Competition

SUNDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2011

A.Vogel have a competition to write a short bedtime story between 1500 and 3000 words.

I have been working on this the last couple of months. This was the one where I wrote a thousand words in a very creative half hour on a very ‘wild’ Friday night.

I have been tweaking it the last couple of weeks and I am very surprised at the direction those first thousand words have led me in; to a conclusion of a short story consisting of 2995 words that I am bit wary whether it meets the criteria of being ‘suitable’ for a bedtime story.

Unfortunately, I can’t share Good Deed Gone Bad with my Littlewolves until the competition has finished. The closing date is 28th October with winners to be announced early 2012. A nice little incentive for writing follows below:

 

 

The Prizes are:

1st = £500

2nd = £300

3rd = £100 (2 prizes)

It would be lovely to win however I certainly enjoyed writing the story and again, needed a deadline to write for.

This has been emailed off today….

Love Missuswolf xx

 

Stephen Booth – Scared To Live

THURSDAY 13th OCTOBER 2011

After a fairly successful evening at a pub quiz (meaning our team didn’t come last) I returned home to the dread of going back to work on Early shift. I can never sleep anyway so I thought I would open up a new book: Stephen Booth’s ‘Scared to Live’. I have never read one of his before so I am excited about this. I managed to get a few chapters in before the land of nod. Already the author has us guessing as to what is going to happen to one of the character’s in the first chapter (and more to the point how is it going to happen) as well as how did the house fire start that killed three fifth’s of a family unit? With a few other little seeds planted along the way for other stories. The author chops between the stories, which keeps the intrigue up as I am always thinking ‘ahhh now back to them, ooh I wonder what’s going to happen!’

MONDAY 17th OCTOBER 2011

I am nearly two hundred pages in and the story still has me wanting to know more; the investigation of Rose Shephard’s death intertwining with the Mullens House Fire is proving for intriguing reading; the author cleverly not giving too much away to keep me wanting more.

The investigation of Rose Shephard takes the detectives down to Matlock Baths and this book has certainly inspired me to visit there. I did go to the Heights of Abraham when I was younger, however I don’t think I appreciated it as much as I could have done and would love to return to Matlock for the weekend.

TUESDAY 18th OCTOBER 2011

I had to add this update in as I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts on it.

A few more pages in and I reach the last few pages of Chapter 18, in which is a snippet about three and half pages long in italics of the thoughts of one of the characters …but which one is it?? My guess (I think it is an obvious one so I think I may well be wrong) is the brother, John Lowther.

The author has a very captivating way of mixing different scenes from different characters perspectives throughout  a chapter, keeping the reader interested.

THURSDAY 20th OCTOBER 2011

I am managing to soak up the plot quickly, by reading a good hundred pages on night shift, then another hundred or so when I woke up after night shift today. It’s all coming together and getting quite topical the further through the book I get. It is an interesting slant and all the links are starting to tie together.

I won’t give too much away for future readers. I had an idea towards the end about something, which I couldn’t wait any longer to see if I was right; so at bedtime I read the last hundred odd pages.

I was right about one thing (I will not divulge so as not to spoil it) however I was pleasantly surprised at the ending as whole.

Onto my next book …

Love Missuswolf xxx