Friday, 27 April 2018


Everybody works in sales-Niraj Kapur  5* non fiction
Sales. Why ever would you want to read a book on sales?
Bear with me- and you might be more interested than you imagine.
 We either love them- shopping in them, or loathe them. Just put
“person” after the word. Those phone calls that you either don’t
want or the person on the other end cannot deviate from a script
and so can’t answer your question. We have all suffered this so
many times. You, yes you reading this, think you have nothing to
do with sales. Did you try to get your children/significant other/friend
to do something for you recently- go out maybe or a favour?
Welcome to the world of sales- you sold an idea to them without
even knowing it. Did you debate/argue/discuss something to put
across your point of view? You were selling an idea/thought/whatever.
This book is all about that. It gives Niraj’s life through his successes
and failures, jobs, hobbies and experiences his views on the world
of sales in every aspect. There are some wonderful quotes:
“People rarely leave a bad company- they more often leave a bad boss”.
 My favourite has to be Einstein- “ definition of an idiot- someone who
does the same thing over and over expecting to get a different result”.
In other words- Do what you’ve always done- get what you've always
got. An easy read, a book to learn from (I spent most of my working
life in sales and found this a very interesting read). Guess what- you
reading this- this is sales pitch, so is watching the ads on TV- you
don’t always know you have been sold to. Humming a tune? That
TV ad worked better than you ever knew!
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Everybody Works in Sales We all work in sales. If you work for somebody, you earn a living by selling their product or service. If you are self-employed, you earn a living by selling your product or service. When you buy from Amazon, they always recommended other products similar to the
ones you are purchasing or have already purchased - that’s selling. When you download a song, movie or TV show from iTunes, they always recommend
more similar products. That’s selling. When you register for most websites, they sell their products or services to you through
a regular email. When you attend an exhibition at the NEC, London ExCel, Olympia, Manchester or
even a local market, everyone is trying to sell you their product. We all work in sales, yet few people know how to sell. Until now. Containing 27 valuable lessons, plus 17 interviews with experts, Everybody Works
in Sales combines unique storytelling and personal development to ensure you
have the tools you need to do better in your career. Purchase from Amazon: About Niraj Kapur ​ Award-winning executive, Niraj Kapur, has worked in corporate London for 23 years. From small businesses to a national newspaper to FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies,
he’s experienced it all and shares his insight, knowledge, big wins and horrible failures. Containing 27 valuable lessons, plus 17 interviews with experts, Everybody Works in
Sales combines unique storytelling and personal development to ensure you have
the tools you need to do better in your career. Niraj has also had several screenplays optioned, sitcoms commissioned, kids’ shows
on Channel 5’s Milkshake and CBBC. His movie, Naachle London, was released in
select cinemas across the UK. He’s working on his next book while advising
companies and coaching individuals on how to improve their sales.


The Pursuit of Ordinary- Nigel Jay Cooper 5*  
Another brilliant book from Nigel Jay Cooper- one you won’t forget- for good reasons. Joe was involved in a car accident whilst walking with his wife,  but he sees the scene and is able to walk away. He sees his wife cradling a man who is obviously dead.  Little by little he realises he is in another man’s body-Dan. Dan is homeless and has mental issues such as bulimia. Slowly Joe talks to Dan and gets him to pass a note to Joe’s wife. What transpires is rather unusual to say the least. This is a wonderfully creative story with all the depth of character that Nigel writes with ease. A tale of the unexpected, a tale of hope and despair and life. Of smiles, and tears , ups and downs. Friends, lovers and relations. A brilliant concept,beautifully written and a highly enjoyable read.

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Dying to see you - Kerena Swan-4*  
Sophie is a single mum to two girls. She keeps having that feeling that she is being
watched and maybe followed. The bus stop across the road from her house has
shadows and she can’t quite work out if it is her imagination or not. Max is an
estate agent with an elderly mother. His mother although needing care is not
quite what she seems and has her moments- in more ways than one could imagine.
When Max meets Sophie and they take to each other their lives change, at least for
one party. The other has even more secrets to keep. This is an interesting read.
Some is written in the first party which took me a little while to get into, however
once I did it kept me enthralled. You just know that something is going to happen
and you might even think what. But was I right? I won’t spoil it. An enthralling read.
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Monday, 23 April 2018

The Kindness of Strangers: The gripping new suburban thriller from the author of Beware the Cuckoo

The Kindness of Strangers- Julie Newman- 4*
Helen has just lost her husband and is trying to get back to normal life, whatever that
means. She comes across a locked cabinet. Once opened it reveals far more than she
ever thought possible. Secrets and lies are not a good start to being a widow. Martin
is homeless. He left the army and has struggled with his memories of Helmand.
He has PTSD and needs a new start. With an helping hand he finds somewhere to
stay and a job, but what he wants more than anything is to put things right with his
wife and children who are now rather fearful of him. Charley is a teenager who stands
on her own two feet as her Mother takes life lying down- in every sense of the word.
When a thin blue line appears and Charley’s boyfriend joins the army, her life takes
on a very different turn. This is a well told story that draws you in from the start.
Characters that you take to even if you don’t particularly like (if that makes sense)
and wonder how they are going to come together. We like it when people are kind.
Generous perhaps, not always in a monetary fashion, but with time and effort and
care. However some of these people may have their own hidden agenda.
This is the story of three people  inextricably linked but don’t yet know it.
Expect the unexpected. A comfortable read to begin with but then….
I won’t spoil it, but I didn't expect what happened. An interesting memorable
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PUB DATE: 19th April 2018 ISBN: 9781911583769 PRICE: £8.99 EXTENT: 360 Pages DIMENSIONS: B format paperback CATEGORY: Women’s fiction, thriller BIC CODE: FA, FH REGIONS: World

“'Lies, deceit and dark secrets - this is a wonderfully addictive read' --Sheree Murphy, actress and television presenter 

Secrets and lies abound in Julie Newman's breath-taking new novel. When Helen's chance at happiness is threatened what lengths will she go to in order to hide the truth? Deceived by her husband and desperate for a ‘perfect’ family life, Helen will do everything she can to get the life she wants. Following the gripping and controversial 
Beware the Cuckoo, Julie Newman’s new novel lifts the lid on family secrets, and the dark past that haunts a seemingly happy household… 
• Beware the Cuckoo was an Amazon bestseller, reaching no1 in the women’s fiction kindle charts • Planned launch at the Essex literary festival 2018
 • On Beware the Cuckoo - ‘A fabulous debut novel, compelling, a real page turner. It was great to read a modern novel that wasn't formulaic or predictable. I would thoroughly recommend this book.’ 

Julie Newman was born in East London but now lives a rural life in North Essex. She is married with two children. Her working life has seen her have a variety of jobs, including running her own publishing company. She is the author of the children's book Poppy and the Garden Monster. Julie writes endlessly and when not writing she is reading. Other interests include theatre, music and running. Besides her family, the only thing she loves more than books is Bruce Springsteen

Sunday, 22 April 2018


Flip Flops ,Fiesta and Flamenco - Donna Hepburn 5*
Abby has had enough. Enough of her ex-husband and his conniving girlfriend.
Enough of her two grown up sons who take her for granted, and enough of the
English weather. When her long time friend Lou offers her the chance to live in
Spain(which has always been her dream), it doesn't take her long to make her
decision. This is the story of the beginning of their adventures in Spain. Think
All creatures great and small meets El Dorado mixed with all the wonderful,
colourful cultures of the true Spain. I loved reading this. From animal antics to
conmen and larger than life characters whom we have all come across in one
form or another. It made me smile several times along the way (and sad at one
point too). When you come across Santos you can;t help but smile!  For anyone
who loves life, animals and a laugh then I think that this would be a wonderful
holiday read wherever you may be. Love, love , love it
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Author Bio

I live in the North East of England with my partner and two beautiful boxer dogs; Floyd
and Freya.
From a very young age my head has always been full of stories and I’ve been wanting to
write a book since way back when, well forever really but finances (running my own
 business,) procrastinating, and self-doubt have conspired to hold me back.
Dithering about what to write was another stumbling block, my reading taste is so eclectic;
Vampires, Serial killers, Dystopia, Vikings, Witches, History, Travel, Autobiographies,
the only genres I don’t really read are Spy Fiction, Westerns or Chick Lit Comedy.
Oh, I know I’ll write a Chick Lit Comedy!
Anyway, I digress. After my Eureka moment I decided to scrap all my almost finished,
 half-finished, ten chapters, first page attempts, concentrating on actually finishing my
first novel.
Flip-Flops, Fiestas, and Flamenco is the first in a series of three novels, I am currently
writing the second. I’m on a roll!
When I’m not writing I enjoy reading, travel and cooking I’m passionate about animals
 and consider myself a bit of a Gin connoisseur.

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Twitter:  @DonnaHepburn66


Donna Hepburn

Flip Flops, Fiestas, and Flamenco is the first in a series of three books about two best friends, their lives, loves, and adventures after moving to a small village in the Andalusian hills.
Abby and Lou have been BFF’s since the first day at Uni. Despite being opposites in both looks and personality they were drawn to each other, sharing a flat, dreams and a love of animals.
Through the ensuing years despite heartache and divorce, they remain as close as ever.
Abby would be the first to admit her life needs an injection of fun. Middle-aged, divorced and slightly overweight, she’s a mother/general dogs-body to two lay-about sons, a pink-haired Amazonian on-off girlfriend and an incorrigible British Bulldog named Chester. Her lifelong dream of living in Spain’s glorious sunshine has been long forgotten or has it?
Lou was stuck in her own rut, never fully recovered from a tragedy in her past. A long list of online dating disasters had left her wondering if she will ever find love again. Her cool ice-maiden persona is shattered along with her cat’s eardrums when she wins £400,000 on an online bingo site.
Could this be the answer to both their prayers?
Flip-Flops packed, they embark on their adventure, but it isn’t all sun and sangria. Warring pets, new neighbours, cooking experiments, scary wildlife and an escapee Donkey named Santos combine to make it an unforgettable Summer.
Can their friendship survive or will the Mediterranean dream become a nightmare?


Thursday, 19 April 2018


Godsend- J.A Marley 4*  crime
Danny is a lot of things to say the least. He has a good heart but also gets into trouble.
He starts this book by helping a store that is being robbed at gunpoint by telling the
robbers that they are doing it all wrong. See what I mean? When his old adversary
arrives on his doorstep by leaving “gifts” things start to get rather more serious.
This is a fairly light hearted read with a smile along the way. You can’t help but like
Danny even though he is a bit of a rogue, he is one you would like on your side
knowing that your back would always be covered come what may. The title comes
from a gospel outfit that are doing rather more than just praying to the Lord- they
prey on others too.  An entertaining read with a smile.
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Godsend blurb

It has been eighteen months since Danny Felix pulled off the robbery of his life.  His plan brought London to a standstill, but at a heavy price.

Now, living a quiet life running a charter fishing business in the Florida Keys, Danny is trying to come to terms with the death and destruction he had unwittingly unleashed. However, the low profile is beginning to wear thin and he soon starts to crave the adrenalin rush of his former criminal ways. 

Little does he know that three very different women are about to enter his life and turn it upside-down. Soon Danny finds himself right back in the action.

But why has he been chosen? And does he have the appetite to pull off another job where the stakes are so lethally high?

Author Bio:

John A. Marley’s writing career started with a poem about two brothers who both liked sausages…their names were Butch and Dutch and his Primary School teacher Mr. Murray liked it so much it made the main noticeboard at the entrance to Holy Child Primary School in West Belfast.  A little older but none the wiser, he ended up as a film journalist in his native Northern Ireland, contributing to local newspapers, BBC Radio Ulster and latterly writing as the main film critic for the glossy magazine, Northern Woman.

John’s love of good stories came from the Irish predilection for telling a good yarn and the fact that there was nothing quite like sneaking away his Dad’s battered paperbacks to read even though he knew they were meant for adults and not kids. And so pulp fiction such as The Edge Westerns by George G. Gilman, the adventure novels of Alistair MacLean and the thrillers of Jack Higgins all served to whet his appetite for a good story told at pace.

These days, his reading tastes still focus on thrills, spills and good plot and he can’t walk by a James Lee Burke or an Elmore Leonard without pausing to read a few pages…even if it is in a busy bookshop. 

John A. Marley is also a TV producer with a proven track record in creating and producing distinctive, original entertainment and factual programming and formats for both a UK and international audience. His eclectic portfolio of high-profile shows include Britain’s Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAFBritain’s Flying PastStaraokeBest of FriendsSkatoonyNoel’s House PartyThrough the KeyholeSMTV:Live/CD:UKHow Euro Are You? and live coverage of “The Oscars” with Barry Norman.

John runs his own production company Archie Productions which he launched in 2008. Prior to setting up his own indie, John enjoyed a wide and varied career in television will creative roles at Talent Television, Planet 24, Carlton Television and Walt Disney UK. John’s broadcast media career started in his native Northern Ireland as a radio host.

Godsend is the follow up to John’s debut novel, Standstill in which we first met master thief Danny Felix.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Uncommon Cruelty- Liz Mistry 4*
A couple arrive home to find not only has their teenage son had a party in their
weekend absence but he has gone AWOL. When two bodies are discovered at
the property this puts a serious twist on the party and who attended. Years
beforehand a house fire has claimed 5 lives. Why and who is behind them?
DI Gus is a lovable character (which I like in a main player). He brings leadership
and determination but also something of a rogue about him- especially when
he meets up with his father Angus who just happens to be a pathologist.
There is an excellent plot, wonderful characters (as always) and a little
humour along the way. Nothing to put you off your dinner, just an engaging,
very entertaining read. Gus is one of those characters you would like to
meet- and be glad that he is on your side. A wonderful series, a brilliant
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Friday, 13 April 2018

Murder at work- Faith Martin-4*
I really enjoy reading this series. Always assured of an interesting plot, excellent
believable characters and at least one undercurrent to add a little spice along the
way. DI Hillary Greene has handed her notice in and is set to retire in a few short
weeks. She is looking forward to taking the Mollern, her canal boat, along the
wonderful canal stretches of Great Britain. So why is she getting nervous about
it all? When a person is found murdered and the nightwatchman is her ex colleague
Frank, she hopes she can solve this one before she hangs up her boots for the
final time. Superintendent Vane is still worming his way around trying to discredit
both Hillary and Janine from the incident in the last book. This novel does stand
alone however some things won’t make sense unless you have read the others-
why miss out on some cracking good  reads?Another wonderful read from Faith
Martin and I look forward to the next ones.
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Thursday, 12 April 2018


A Home at Honeysuckle Farm-Christie Barlow- 4*   (Womens fiction/chick-lit)
Alice was taken to New York by her mother when she was eight. Her mother had
a falling out with her Father (Alice’s grandfather) and they left the next morning.
Grandie ran a dance school and dance has been in Alice’s blood for as long as she
can remember. Despite graduating from a school of dance and drama with flying
colours,her life in New York has been rather unsuccessful. When Grandie takes ill,
Alice decides to fly home to see him, perhaps for one last time. On arriving she
realises that she feels more at home than in the thirteen intervening years.
This is a heartwarming story and you can see where it perhaps will go but that
doesn’t spoil it in the least. A wonderfully uplifting read of relationships, family
and heartache. Of what should be done and what ought to be done. Those
sensitive situations we have all found ourselves in. A truly enjoyable read
with a smile.
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A Home at Honeysuckle Farm
A family secret
One shocking argument and ten-year-old Alice Parker’s world was turned upside down. Her peaceful life at Honeysuckle Farm in the quiet rural village of Brook Bridge swapped for the bustling metropolis of New York City. Alice’s life was changed forever…
A second chance
Now, thirteen years later, Alice’s American dream is over. With her life in tatters, there is only one place Alice wants to be… home at Honeysuckle Farm. So, when Alice learns her beloved Grandie is ill, she knows this is her last chance to heal the family rift.
A forever home?
But secrets still swirl in Brook Bridge, and Alice is no closer to discovering the truth. And for some reason her new friendship with local heartthrob Sam Reid seems to be making the locals tense.
Sick of the lies Alice knows it’s time to lay the past to rest once and for all. But could the truth ruin her hopes of ever calling Honeysuckle Farm home again?
About Christie Barlow

Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty's Countryside Dream, Lizzie's Christmas Escape, Evie's Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream and A Home at Honeysuckle Farm. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.

Christie is an ambassador for 
@ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.

She loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via her website Twitter @ChristieJBarlow and Facebook page Christie Barlow author


Tuesday, 10 April 2018


Another Mother - Amanda James-4*
Lucinda has a happy home life but isn’t happy in her work. On the day she
decides that she has had enough she arrives home to a life changing event.
This leads her to track down her birth mother which she had thought about
years beforehand but then decided that it wasn’t the right time. She travels
to meet the woman who gave her life and she of course wants answers as to
what happened thirty years ago. For the first half this is a family drama
scenario, but you have that feeling that something, just that little niggle that
you can’t quite put your finger on, isn’t quite right. This is a very well written
novel and you can’t help but feel for Lu. I love books where the writing is so
vivid about characters that you almost feel that you know them. A tense
drama for the latter half that only made sense in the final chapter- no way
did I guess the ending- the mark of a good book. A gripping, slightly chilling,
very entertaining read.

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Author Bio:

Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would
 be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from
 an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when
 her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after
many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short
 story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels
currently published.
Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in
Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her
 home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths.
Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea,
Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall
and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.
Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

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Another Mother blurb
Adopted at birth, for years Lu has secretly dreamt of finding her birth mother but childhood bullying has left her with a lack of confidence. When a tragic accident changes her life forever it sets her on a mission to get in contact with her birth mother and find out the reasons behind her adoption.
When she tracks down her mother in Cornwall there is an emotional reunion and the pair begin to form a relationship.
But is everything as wonderful as it appears or has Lu walked into a nightmare?

The Note

The Note- Andrew Barrett- 5* A short story written in the first person by CSI Eddie Collins. Eddie is the sort of bloke who calls a s...