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Review: A Forsaken Friend by Sue Featherstone & Susan Pape

About the Book

No-one said friendship was easy. 

Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband! Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help.

But then there’s Declan, not to mention Duck’s Arse back in Yorkshire…

It’s not as if Lee Harper set out to fall in love with her best friend’s ex-husband. But, for once, her love life is looking up – except for all the elephants in the room, not to mention Mammy’s opinion on her dating a twice-divorced man. Perhaps things aren’t as rosy as she first thought. And now with one family crisis after another, Lee’s juggling more roles – and emotions – than she ever imagined.

Maybe sharing her life with a man wasn’t such a grand idea.  

The FRIENDS trilogy, compared to BRIDGET JONES, continues in this heart-warming and hilarious hoot as two best friends navigate men, careers, family and rock bottom in this brilliant sequel to A FALLING FRIEND.


My Thoughts

Okay, so I cried… and snorted, and laughed. This is a terrific follow up from A Falling Friend (Book One). More of  Teri and Lee and their lives, families and friends. Teri is… Teri. Picking herself up from the bottom, she is on the look out for a new job (and a new man).

Lee, who now has Dan, has her own problems. Family problems.

I love that this book is written from deep inside the point of view of each character. Both sides told with the honestly and dishonesty of a person’s memory and flawed personality traits. The way we remember an event, the way our own mind tells us how something happened is shown so clearly in the opposing yet parallel stories. Deeply enjoyable, deeply satisfying. A Forsaken Friend is a great read.  If you read the first, definitely pick up this one.


Read my review of Book One here


Don’t look away (Friday Fictioneers)



“He’s still out there, darl.”

“Well quit starin’. He ain’t gonna go away with you starin’.”

“He ain’t gonna go away with me not staring. What’s he doing? Darl, he has a camera pointed at the sky.”

“Star gazin’? Lookin’ for lil green men?” His bellowing laughter filled the living room.

I snarled and stuck my head out from behind the white lacy curtain to glare at him.

“Come away from the damned window,” he said. The floor vibrated. A roar came from outside and the windows rattled. A bright flash. I ran back. “Darl, he’s gone. The camera too.”



This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

Word count : 100



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Review: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Review: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

About the Book

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.
It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.
My thoughts

Love it. Wow, what a world, Wow, what characters. Wow, what fun.

Morrigan Crow is the cursed girl who is destined to die. Jupiter North is the mysterious Patron who wants her to enter the Wundrous Society (and save her life)… but in order to do that, she must face and pass four trials.

This is a fun book that is fully adventurous, fully weird and fully magical. Giant cats, umbrella trains, witches, monsters and magic. A great read. Brilliant world building that any fan of Harry Potter will love. Morrigan is a brave, witty, persevering character who I happily championed. I want to see more of her. YA with heart and soul. I love the Deucalion – a hotel and a character in its own right. I want to stay there.

Unusual friendships, and dealing with bullies, there are many lessons within Nevermoor’s pages. I can’t wait to read it again.

Definitely get this one for yourself, then get another copy for your kids…



Cover Reveal: Laurie Bell’s “The Butterfly Stone” — Wyvern’s Peak Publishing

Love my publishers!! Amazing

Cover Reveal: The Butterfly Stone



Look at this. I am absolutely floored by how amazing this is.

Without further delay… The Butterfly Stone cover

The Butterfly Stone

Don’t look back (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook


Stumbling away from the big house, I ran. Bare feet bleeding, leaving footprints behind me. It’ll smell the blood. Track me. A howl pierced the air behind me. I panted, smoky breaths tickling my nose. Snot and tears mingled on my skin.

A voice shouted for me to duck. Without hesitation I hit the ground. A blast loud enough to scatter what was left of my brain cells rattled my body. Hands clamped over my ears I looked up. A woman in a long black coat held strange device. “Got him,” she smirked. “I need a partner in crime. Interested?”



This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

Word Count: 100

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Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

About the Book:

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

My Thoughts:

Loved it.  A terrific superhero story that I have ordered for my niece. Full of action, battles and self doubt, this is a great YA story about believing in your own worth. Despite Alia’s destiny, Diana is positive that together they can change it. Alia is marked, her DNA marks her a Warbringer – either she will bring death or will face her own. Diana refuses to let this happen, seeing another way out – to save Alia from her curse. There is trust, betrayal, anger, strength, love and truth. Diana wants to prove herself… as does Alia and her friends.

Leigh Bardugo creates a fabulous world, deep characters and gives us an insight into the young Diana and what makes her the fighter she is. A wonderful read.

Review: Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: Witch Moon by D.C. McGannon and C. Michael McGannon

Review: Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: Witch Moon by D.C. McGannon and C. Michael McGannon

About the Book:

Across an ocean the portal village of Drakauragh suffers under dark magic and vengeful gods. An ancient terror threatens our world once again. If the rising darkness has its way, the light of day will fail.
A plea has been sent to the Monster Hunters of Hunter’s Grove.
Hope is dim.
These are dark times indeed. The light is fading.
The Witch Moon rises.

My thoughts:

Loving this series. Book two is just as fabulous as the first. Now with witches and werewolves, and the surprise return of a much loved character. Charlie is stepping up as a leader and the Monster Hunters are faced with a new mission, more dangerous than they’ve ever faced before. This time they are forced to travel to another land at the behest of townspeople who are in desperate need of Monster Hunter help. But Lisa is still in mourning, and Charlie riddled with guilt. How can the team work together when forces from within are driving them apart.

D.C. McGannon and C. Michael McGannon have done what is often difficult. Following up a great first book with an even better second. Full of action, adventure, magic and scary monsters this is a great book for both the young at heart and the young. Girls and boys will really enjoy this story as will families too.

Do you know how to have fun? (Friday Fictioneers)

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Jenny skipped through the top layer of fresh snow sending swathes of it up in front of her. Didn’t have snow on Telter Seven. Her home planet was located close to their solar giant and muggy on even the coolest day. How amazing was this? Fingers pleasantly numb, face frozen, she danced in the street.

“Drunk fool!” A shout from the upstairs window. Jenny looked up and laughed loudly.

Shame about these Earthlings. They did not enjoy life enough. Who wouldn’t love this? She threw herself down in the heaped bank and giggled.

“I’m calling the cops!”

She snorted. Shame.



This is a Friday Fictioneers Prompt

Word count: 100


Happy 93rd Birthday Poppa!

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Review: Unclean Spirits by Chuck Wendig

Review: Unclean Spirits by Chuck Wendig

About the book


Five years ago, Cason Cole walked away from his wife and son and became a chew toy to an actual god. Now, as the being he both loves and hates lies dying at his feet, the explosion still ringing in his ears, Cason is finally free.

For the past thirty years, gods and monsters have walked among us, making us their pawns and playthings. But mortals aren’t the poor things they were in aeons past. It’s time for payback.


Someone has stolen Coyote’s penis. His quest to retrieve it—his latest victim, Richard Greene, in tow—will drag him into a terrifying conspiracy. Saving the world is going to take everything in his bag of tricks—and he’s suffering from the ultimate performance anxiety.

My thoughts

Gods, monsters, angels, demons. It’s a full gamut of creatures. And can I say, many of them are gross! And there were some explosions I was pretty pleased about. Lots of action in this god hunting story. And you get a freebie novella at the end that operates inside the same world (including one character from the previous story).

Poor Cason, he discovers humans are not alone in this world in the worst way possible, he is then roped into having to fix the mess his life has become. Cason is not exactly a likable character but you certainly root for him to restore his life after the gods snatch it away from him.  Unclean Spirits also includes a cast of extras that are just as interesting and entertaining. I loved Tundu the cab driver. The fighting is tough, violent, gruesome and gross. Chuck Wendig tells a great story with descriptive prose that makes it hard to get the imagery out of your head. If you like a story about gods who are basically a bunch of assholes then this book is for you!

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