My Week In Books (w/e 20th Oct) #bookstuff #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome once again to my weekly round up of books that I have read.

It has been one of those “uneventful weeks” if I am being honest as far as life in general goes. Me and He did have a wander out between showers, I do love our Cornish country lanes in the autumn, It’s a chance to see a little bit more now the leaves are starting to fall and the saying “you can’t see the wood for the trees” does seem appropriate!

Here are a few photo’s as they were taken, no faffing or filtering 🙂


So now to the books I read…

Last week seemed to have a few festive, Christmas themed books, this week it seems that I have gone all hist/fic 😯😁

Revolution by Piet Hein Wokke

This was a really good historical fiction that was set in the Middle East starting in the 1940’s. It is a tale of three boys and follows their very different journeys as they become men in a country that is seeing the start of a transformation. A really interesting read that is full of corruption and conspiracy as well as loyalty and honour. Even though it reached a conclusion where all the immediate questions were answered it also has left a lead in to another book.


Fire Queen – The Tale of Ophelia by Joanna Courtney

This is another hist/fic novel and is the second in the Shakespeare’s Queens series, I have not read the first one and I didn’t need to as they are stand alone stories. But after reading Fire Queen I will probably look up the first one. This is “Joanna Courtney’s new trilogy unearths the real women behind Shakespeare’s most infamous queens.” A great read that was gritty and full of interesting scenarios, Ophelia is a warrior and one of the men. Not wanting to be seen as weak or wanting to be wed and being beholden to her husband, she is a real tough lady. I really enjoyed this one.


The Secret Santa by Trish Harteniaux

The Secret Santa is definitely not a nice cosy Christmas read, in fact it is a murder mystery! An isolated setting gives a good backdrop to a story that has intrigue, mystery and secrets. This is a book I read for an upcoming blog tour, so keep your eye for a review soon.


The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

This is an absolutely beautiful story aimed at younger readers. It is the story of Yank a girl who is a little different from other in her village and so she sets out on a journey to discover her roots. I loved the folklore, fairy tale style of this story and the descriptions are stunning. A story that has a dragon, bears, an elk, a lone wolf and a house with chicken legs! I know this is aimed at young readers but, never mind them enjoying it I loved it and read it in one sitting.


Currently Reading…

Until We Meet Again by Rosemary Goodacre

I say “Currently Reading” I am due to start this book later today so I can’t let you know what it is like yet! It is for a Blog Tour in a few weeks so keep you eye out.

Currently Listening to…

Mythos – Narrated by Stephen Fry

I am really enjoying listening to this, Stephen Fry is a brilliant narrator and I decided that I would rather listen to this than read it. It is so full of so much stuff and a lot of things are explained with their modern connections in language. His pronunciations of names is very different to how I would say certain names and this is where it is good to listen. I will definitely be getting the next audio-book “Heroes – Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures.”


Well that is it for books this week. My Goodreads tally is creeping ever closer to my target of 200 for the year. As I write this post I only have 23 books to go 🙂

Hope everyone has a great week and I wish you all the best

Yvonne xx

Many thanks for reading my post 🙂 xx

My Week In Books (w/e 11th Aug) #BookNews #MeAndMyBooks

Welcome once again to another round up of bookish news. I do want to say a HUGE thanks you to those who shared my midweek Blog Tour review, it was greatly appreciated. Me and He have both been off work for the week so social media definitely took a back seat. I will sort out a separate post with photo’s of the places we went a bit later in the week 🙂

So let’s have a look at the books I read shall we?..


In last weeks post I was still reading The July Girls, well I finished it and WOW! In case you have not seen it this is what it is all about…

The July Girls by Phoebe Locke

Every year, on the same night in July, a woman is taken from the streets of London; snatched by a killer who moves through the city like a ghost. 

Addie has a secret. On the morning of her tenth birthday, four bombs were detonated across the capital. That night her dad came home covered in blood. She thought he was hurt in the attacks – but then her sister Jessie found a missing woman’s purse hidden in his room. Jessie says they mustn’t tell. She says there’s nothing to worry about. But when she takes a job looking after the woman’s baby daughter, Addie starts to realise that her big sister doesn’t always tell her the whole story. And that the secrets they’re keeping may start costing lives…


Next up…

A Fever In The Blood by Oscar de Muriel

This is the 2nd in the series and is feels different to the first. It is more mysterious as the duo of McGray and Frey are involved in a chase that has personal connection for McGray as they end up in Lancashire at the notorious Pendle Hil! A mystery that oozes atmosphere and is set in 1889. This is number 11 of my #20Books of Summer reading list, and I really must get my arse into gear and get the reviews wrote up!


Next is a book that is not on my summer reading list, but I could not resist it…

My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas

Last year I read my first Jo Thomas book and that was Sunset over the Cherry Orchard and I absolutely adored it. This was why when I saw My Lemon Grove Summer I had to buy it and read it. Sicilian sun, stunning setting, lemon groves… aaah take me there! A fabulous summer read.


I was very fortunate to win a Signed copy of my next book as well as an Audio CD and it has sat on my shelf for far too long…

The Good Doctor of Warsaw by Elisabeth Gifford

What can I say about this book! It is a beautifully written and absolutely heartbreaking read. I am still trying to find the words to describe what a wonderful read this was. If you have not read it yet, then please consider getting a copy!


I am currently reading a book that was sent out via the publisher for me to review…

Raven’s Wind by Steve Hutton

I am only a few chapters in and I’m really enjoying this… here is what the synopsis says…

Raven’s Wand sees two opposing secret societies waging a war of belief behind the skin of Victorian Britain. One uses magic to heal the world, while the other twists it into abominations and war machines. It is 1886 and a battle is about to be waged; Knight Superior Krast of the Illuminata is prepared for victory but fate is not wholly on his side. Many years later, the survivors of that dreadful day will meet again. Kolfinnia has a great task set before her and, with the aid of the Raven wand, she dares more than she ever dreamed possible. A tale of two clashing worlds. The world of Kolfinnia and those who wish to eliminate her and all of her kind. Raven’s Wand is Book 1 in The Dark Raven Chronicles. Book 2: Flowers of Fate will be published Autumn 2016.


Well that is me done for this week, hope you all had a great reading week.

All the best, Yvonne xx

My Week In Books – (w/e 23/6/19) #MeAndMyBooks

Hello again!

Welcome, this week I have had quite a good week for books read. I finally got round to using my library card to sign up to BorrowBox so I can borrow e-books and e-audiobooks online from my local library. In the past I have also used Librevox. Do you have any favourite sites?

Borrowbox is such a great service to use, and I am using it for audiobooks at the moment. I decided to put my Audible Account on temporary hold while I try Borrowbox, and while I like the idea of being able to borrow audiobooks and support library services, it doesn’t quite match Audible. I like the sync feature of Audible and also the continous running. While with BorrowBox I am finding i have to listen to each chapter individually, or am I missing something here! Is there a way to listen to chapters continously?

So what have read and listened to this week…


Cold As The Grave by James Oswald

OH WOW!!!! I am so glad I signed up to the Blog Tour for this book it is abso-flamin-lutely awesome! Yep, I might have liked it more than a little bit 😁😉. Talk about edge of the seat stuff, I didn’t want this one to end…

Review as part of the Blog Tour later this week.


Blackberry & Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

I have had this on my kindle for a little while now and decided that instead of choosing one of my #20BooksOfSummer I decided I fancied this instead…

A fabuolous and wonderful Historical Fiction book that has a story as stunning as the cover. I adored this one so much, again another one I didn’t want to put down. I might just purchase the hardback copy of this book becasue the cover is absolutely gorgeous!


I Looked Away by Jane Corry

I have been a fan of this authors previous books and when I saw the chance to hop onto the Blog Tour for this book I was messenging straingt aay. I have to say I might have just read my favourite book by this author. This is yet another edge of my seat read that I found so absorbing, and emotional on so many different levels. This author tends to tackle mental health issues and this one is no exception. Her research is impecable and with I Looked Away she completely had me from the first few paragraphs.


Passenger 23 by Sebastian Fitzek

This is the Audible version of the book and I am sitting on the fence with this one a little bit. There are some hard subjects tackled in this book and while I think I would have been ok reading I had a really hard time listening. This is made harder as it is not just a narration, it is an Audible Drama, so has actors along with the narrator. I enjoyed the story and it would not stop me picking up something else by this author, but I think I may just stick to reading them in future.


Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan

This is another book that has sat on my kindle for a while now. I saw it during the Blog Tour and it had a good response from the reviews I read. I was unsure as it is focused around the film star/celebrity culture, not something I normally go for. But, I was proven wrong, I loved this stopry a huge amount. Just goes to show you can’t judge a book by it’s cover!!!


So I am quite pleased with last week especially as I am also working on Principles of Dementia Care course for work, really interesting and certainly useful, halfway through so far.

So 4 books read and 1 listened to. This takes my Goodreads up to 51% or 101/200. I am 7 books ahead of schedule, considering I had a bit of a slump I am still on course. As for NetGalley… least said the better 😬😕

I must get properly started on my #20BooksofSummer Reading Challenge, I’ve still only read 1 out of 20. I keep picking up books that I didn’t put on my list… no hope for some readers!

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Here is question… I like to use Gifs from Giphy. Does anyine know the protocol for using these? I just mention where the image has come from and include the link! Is this right?


What am I currently Reading & Listening to…

Hidden by Roger A. Price is for an upcoming Blog Tour.

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi is on loan from BorrowBox and an Audiobook.


Once again I seem to have a good mix of genres, I love to Genre Hop. For me it is as if I am coming back to something I love and keeps things fresh, if you know what I mean! 🤷‍♂️


It is Sunday afternoon as I write this post, it is wet and windly and generally bloody ‘orrible. Yesterday was t-shirt and shorts weather, today jeans and jumper! What’s it all about…

I’m off to read for the rest of the afternoon and wish you all the best, have a great week 👍📚💖

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#20BooksOfSummer #ReadingChallenge

I have been seeing various Book Bloggers signing up for the 20 Books Of Summer Reading Challenge and thought why not join as well!

Well the hard bit was choosing 20 books, it didn’t have to be 20 it could have been 10 or 15, if I wanted. But, and I know this is something many readers struggle with, trying to choose a small amount from the mountains of books on my TBR was tough… so 20 it was 🙂

This is a fun challange and the rules are not written in stone, in fact there are not really any rules.

If you wan to take part just choose your books and then link them back to Cathy @746Books. There is a Linky link so you can keep track of not only your own reads but also see others and how they are getting on.

Choose 10, 15 or 20 Books.

The Challenge begins on 3rd of June and finishes on the 3rd September.

So now to my 20 Books…

Now then, the eagle eyed amonst you will notice that there are several books that are the first in a series… yes this is me attempting to catch up with authors that I have been wanting to read for a while.

I think I have a good mix in there and a couple of long ones as well!!!!!

Eeeek wish me luck 🙂

My Week In Books w/e 24th March 2019

It has been a quiet week for me as far as blogging goes. I decided that as I was having a week off work then why not have a week off from Blogging and all that goes along with it. It has been very nice to get up in the morning and not reach for my phone straight away. I think it is something that many of us do out of habit rather than just to check on our various social media accounts.

A nice quiet coffee or two seemed in order as well.

So while I have been off, I managed to get out in the garden and finish weeding the flower beds and getting the veg plot dug over again. I’m still not willing to plant anything out at the moment as the weather can still change. so I’m erring on the side of caution. Something the rhubarb is not aware of at the moment as it’s shooting away.

I also managed to get a bit of reading done 🙂 There are 3 Blog Tour books that I wanted to get started on, one from my own shelf and also one that I am reading for a publication day review. Now I know I said I was stopping Blog Tours and was just finishing up the ones I had already committed to…but I may have snuck the odd one or two in over the past month 🙂

So let’s have a look see what I did read…


The Culmfield Cuckoo by Celia Moore –

This is the second in the series by this author, although the blurb states it can be read as a stand alone, I think it is better read in order. Maybe this is because its how I have come to this series. It builds on the characters and the story from the first book Fox Halt Farm. My review for this will be as part of the Blog Tour.


Maybe Baby by Carol Thomas –

This is another in a series book, and because I have not read any other books in the series, I can say this works very well as a stand -alone. I do have the first book on my kindle though 🙂 This is such a fun read, it has so many things that I loved. Pets, friends, old flames, moving forward and just a really good feel good read. Look out for my review as part of the Blog Tour.


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Arbitrage by Colette Kebell –

This is another book I read for the up coming Blog Tour. Now this is one I saw as I was passing through FB, and saw there was a space going on the tour, and decided it was one I fancied. This is a financial thriller, the world of Russian Mafia, money and deals. This is a fab read and one that I was a bit worried about. I though it might have been full of too much jargon, but this was not the case.


The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven –

This is one from my own shelf and it’s books like this that make me wish I could retire or win the lottery and retire so I could read all day. This is such a great story, the plot is yummy and dark, devious and twisted. But for me the real star or I should say stars were Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw. The contrasts between these two characters is outstanding and they have been worked so well into an amazing story. A cracking read. Review will follow soon.


The Feud by Amanda James –

I am delighted to be one of the readers to take part in publication day reviews for Mandy’s next book. If you have read any of her books before then you know you are going to get a great story, with vivid imagery and there is usually a twist or two along the way… I have not yet finished reading this book, but by the time this post goes live I will have (it’s sat afternoon at the moment 🙂 )


I also had some amazing book post this week…

I got an proof copy of I Looked Away by Jane Corry

I have read all of Jane’s previous books and really enjoyed them. This one is due to be published 27th June this year 🙂


Right then that’s me done for another week, I can’t believe that next Monday it will be April 😶. I may well do a ‘top reads of the month’ in the post next week and maybe some stats… but then maybe I won’t …🙄 😂

I’ll see what I feel like 😂🤣😅

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That’s all folks, have fun and read loads :)

My Week In Books w/e 3/03/19

Well, February flew by and it saw a few little milestones. My Blog and Twitter account had their 2 year Anniversary’s and I celebrated my Birthday. My Blog hit 500 followers and I am immensely grateful to all my followers who share like and comment.

The weather was kind towards us by the end of the month and allowed me a chance to get into the garden and start making inroads into the veg plot. The weather lulled us into a false sense of security as we now have a Yellow Warning for high winds, it is raining, and the fire is lit again.

So now to the books I read last week. They are a very mixed bag I have to say, I do like genre-hopping.

I received a copy of Now You See Her by Heidi Perks from the publisher and my review will coincide with the paperback publication day. This is a fabulous psychological thriller.

The Cornish Lady by Nicola Pryce is for the upcoming Blog Tour. This is now the second book by this author that I have read. What makes this especially nice is that the setting of Truro and Falmouth are just up the road from where I live. A brilliant read and I look forward to reading the previous ones in The Cornish Saga series.

One Law For The Rest Of Us by Peter Murphy, I had read a couple of this authors Walden series. I wasn’t sure about this one given the subject matter, but my god I am so glad I did. So very different from Walden in so many ways.

Sleeper by J D Fennell is the first book in the series. I won a copy of the second book in a giveaway last year and decided to actually read this in order. What a great action packed read.

Finally The Tattoo Thief by Alison Belsham, again another book that I won in a giveaway and one that I had bought for my kindle. I loved this book a lot, a dark atmospheric crime thriller.

Five books read last week takes my total up to 40 for the year so far. Apparently, I am 7 ahead of schedule in the Goodreads challenge. Quite pleased with that.

I have had a few books drop through the letterbox this past couple of weeks. With the exception of Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls, ( the yellow one), that was another giveaway win, the rest I have purchased myself.

Killer Intent by Tony Kent is the first in this series and having read book 2 first I definitely wanted to read this one.

The 12 Dragons of Albion by Mark Hayden is the 2nd in The Kings Watch series, this is more of an urban fantasy series and after the first book, I definitely wanted to read more.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is a series I have wanted to read for such a long time, so I decided on the trilogy book rather than individual ones.

Finally The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, I saw this on Janel’s @keeperofpages Twitter feed and it looked good so I thought let’s give that a go as well.

Well that me for another week.

Happy reading 🙂 xx

My Week In Books

I had this in my diary to post up yesterday but got sidetracked with Sunday Roast, reading and I did manage to watch a film on Amazon Prime.

I am hoping to make this a weekly thing, but I do tend to be a bit hit and miss on things like this.

I have been making an effort to get to some NetGalley reads that fall into the “older than 3 months” category. I have been quite successful with this and only have 2 more left to go. It has also boosted my feedback ratio to 90% that I am very pleased about. Also catching up with the physical review copies that have again been sat a little too long on my tbr.

So this is what have I read since last week…

Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson

Synopsis – The best friendships are worth fighting for…

It’s been fifteen years since Aggie’s friendship with Rosie Hughes ended abruptly. But now she’s heard from the village rumor mill that Rosie is off to war, she knows her best friend needs her more than ever – despite what’s happened between them in the past.

As Rosie faces a desert full of danger and Aggie falls further from the path to love she’ so wants, the two friends write each other letters.

The comfort in their shared words is an anchor to the life they knew before…and the only constant in a world as increasingly unpredictable as the wind.

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Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas

Synopsis – Could your dream home be your worst nightmare? 

After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family. 
And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.
Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.
It’s 17 years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life?
Is Selena running from something too?
Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

Because Kirsty knows that once you invite trouble into your home, it can be murder getting rid of it . . .

Review to follow soon 🙂


The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Synopsis – The long-awaited new novel from the author of the global bestseller and modern classic, The Shadow of the Wind.

As a child, Daniel Sempere discovered among the passageways of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books an extraordinary novel that would change the course of his life. Now a young man in the Barcelona of the late 1950s, Daniel runs the Sempere & Sons bookshop and enjoys a seemingly fulfilling life with his loving wife and son. Yet the mystery surrounding the death of his mother continues to plague his soul despite the moving efforts of his wife Bea and his faithful friend Fermín to save him.

Just when Daniel believes he is close to solving this enigma, a conspiracy more sinister than he could have imagined spreads its tentacles from the hellish regime. That is when Alicia Gris appears, a soul born out of the nightmare of the war. She is the one who will lead Daniel to the edge of the abyss and reveal the secret history of his family, although at a terrifying price.

The Labyrinth of the Spirits is an electrifying tale of passion, intrigue and adventure. Within its haunting pages Carlos Ruiz Zafón masterfully weaves together plots and subplots in an intricate and intensely imagined homage to books, the art of storytelling and that magical bridge between literature and our lives.

This is a series I have followed and read over the years and it was wonderful to be back reading this 800+ page book 🙂


Whisper To Me by Sherrie Lowe

Synopsis – A new wife and a vengeful ghost. Not a good mix. 

Letitia – Tish – Stanyer makes husband Theo promise never to remarry if she dies and he complies just to pacify her. She isn’t going to die. 

She does – and he does remarry. Tish isn’t happy. Her spirit cannot rest with another woman in her domain, sampling the delights of her husband. Theo belongs to her – Sheena will have to go. 

I won an e-copy of this book after entering the Giveaway during Sherrie’s Blog Tour 🙂


And my final book this week is…

The Winters by Lisa Gabriele

Synopsis – Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a spellbindingly suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that can’t be escaped

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman—alive or dead—to interfere.

As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets—the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.

I received a review copy of this at the end of last year and I really should have read it before now. It was a cracking read and another great book 🙂


So that was my reading week that was!

Have a great week folks and Happy Reading xx

My Summer Reading List.

Plans for my summer reading.

As some of you may be aware I am planning on taking a break from Blog Tours over the three months of the summer as work gets crazily busy, I work in a tourist destination and this means long hours and not much time for reading. Even though this was a tough call to make it was also the best call, this way I am not letting any organisers down if I struggle to meet a schedule, also it means I am not rushing to read a book and possibly not enjoying it as much as I should.

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As well as working I do like to get out in my garden, mainly vegetables and some flowers, walking around beautiful Cornwall gardens, coastline and hidden away places. I always have a book with me and my camera.

Then there are my two dogs Billy and Buster, I couldn’t resist putting them in this post. They alert me to the postman/woman arriving so I can intercept (this translates as hides some of the books hehehe) the books that I have bought or been sent 🙂

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So I thought I would make a list of the books that are at the top of my list from my TBR, I have photo’s “woohoo” so you see my physical books and then I will mention some of the books on my kindle. I am obviously not going to be able to read all the books that I am going to list, but it will be great to look back and see how I got on.

So here they are:

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Now to those I have on my Kindle:

I have managed to buy various book series on my kindle and the vast majority are from recommendations and reviews from fellow Book Bloggers. The series I really want to read are

Angela Marsons – DI Kim Stone series. I have heard so many good things about this author and I’m really looking forward to reading this series. ( I know I will get many “about time” comments about this lol)

Barbara Copperthwaite: I was over the moon to have won a copy of “Flowers for The Dead” and it is an amazing read. I have since bought all her other books and I am desperate to read them all.

I love the covers and the sound of Bella Osbourne’s “Ottercombe Bay” series and have quite a few of these ready for the odd sunny summers day reading that I may get.

I have been collecting Karin Slaughter books and as yet have not read any, so another new to me author that I am excited to read.

I don’t know if I dare mention that I have not read any Anne Cleaves (Oh I know the shame of it), my husband loves to watch the series Vera and I must admit to following it and cannot wait to get into these and the Shetland ones.

So as you are all responsible for this rather large Kindle (1,122) and also physical books (500+) it will probably be increasing rather than decreasing, as there are some fantastic books coming out. I have a couple of questions for you…….

  1. What book/ series would you start with ?
  2. What is not on my list that should be ? ( I cannot believe I am asking this as I know I will be adding even more to my groaning TBR 🙂  )

 

Any hows, I have to go to work ( surprise, surprise) and I will catch up with you all later. Have fun and read lots

Yvonne xx

#Extract : Exposition – Act II of the Forward to Glory Quartet by Brian Paul Bach : @ftgquartet @gilbster1000 @AuthorightUKPR

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Today I am sharing an extract from Brian Paul Bach’s book “Exposition : Act II of the Forward to Glory Quartet”.  It is available in paperback and also eBook format and is published by Clink Street.

Book Details:

  • File Size: 1459.0 KB
  • Print Length: 874 pages
  • Publisher: Clink Street Publishing (28 Nov. 2017)
  • Available to purchase from ~  Amazon UKBarnes & Noble

Synopsis:

Butterbugs is becoming somebody. He has come to Hollywood to act, and as an aspiring performer, so far, he is a survivor. His dream persists… though barely. But something’s coming.
He has had to endure nearly crushing challenges with a tenacity deserving its own kind of award. Perhaps simple luck is all that’s needed. It soon appears, from unexpected quarters. And starting there, his ascent begins. Butterbugs is about to be exposed – as actor, as talent, as star. A splash like no other will soon inundate Hollywood. In FORWARD TO GLORY’s guise as a four-part epic-noir-satire, EXPOSITION continues the grand procession commenced in TEMPERING. Proudly episodic, unabashedly sensational, it is a saga geared to a seasoned readership eager to embrace a daring narrative with determination and relish. As he advances, Butterbugs is gifted with the assistance of many: Vonda – the superstar, who literally picks him off the street; The Angry Black Priest – the super-artist, who, out of tragedy, teaches him wisdom; Sonny Projector – the super-agent, who sees something exceptional in this intriguing unknown; Old Atrocity – the super-technician, whose cinematic expertise perfectly compliments the actor’s unique persona; Cody, Saskia and Justy – women to love, who love him; Pepper and Prairie – whose very existence may be nothing more than shadows on a screen but whose power is projected upon him; and Heatherette – whose reappearance saves his life.
The FORWARD TO GLORY Quartet
I. Tempering – the Actor’s struggles
II. Exposition – the Actor’s rise
III. Apotheosis – the Actor’s climax
IV. Beyond Fin – the Actor’s legend

Extract:

Was Butterbugs at all tempted by the Dark Side of Hollywood?

Well, was he?

Or did ‘temptation’, in the classic sense, even enter into it? A sort of anonymous acceptance of the Side’s existence was necessitated by a set of experiences that proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that such a Side did in fact exist, with metaphysical certitude, and indeed, it flourished not a heartbeat away from the conventional infrastruc­ture of the city.

What, pray, was the Side, anyway?

The sun shines only half the time, so what was the other half, but Dark?

The innocuous civic fixtures which surround the citizen on all angles, such as wholesome street signs, thoroughgoing sidewalks and curbs, sodium-tinted streetlamps (of lollipop or even Peyton Place configuration – you know, backlot globes in public candela­bras of utmost propriety), and coolly-illuminated horizontal signs with white text on green background, marking the likes of Sweetzer Blvd and its countless mates, as well as the smoothly-paved and excellently-maintained street surfaces themselves, seemed to mask the surety of the eccentric corruption just at hand.

Inside the countless vehicles occupying this matrix of streets, behind the usually closed doors, and well in back of private hedges, lattices, rat cages, loose-boxes, and fences that provided screens of discretion, there, in back of it all – backstage (which was where anyone with any sense in LA would enact their own personal varia­tions of what they wanted their Dark Sides to be) – was the ripe but essential truth that was the exhibition of the community’s true soul.

In these times, innate Dark Sides merged with the generic, until a tremendously high percentage of the citizenry elected to contribute their creative say and deeds to the collective corruption kettle. True, LA was corrupt. From the start, right up to the unfinished present. True, most of the corruption and naughtiness were either conceived or enacted in private (sacred privacy!), but not always. The streets, and the sidewalks of the streets, were at once a setting and a green room for a certain school of acting-out life’s drama, and wherein a special kind of danger lay.

It was because of this easy setting that Butterbugs did indeed explore and experiment with his own exploratory version of the Side. Because, quite frankly, there was no getting around it – he was desperate. He found himself in the kind of dire situation that he had dreaded all along. He couldn’t drive (tank on empty: so said the dipstick he fashioned out of a diseased palm frond and Burkmart straws, in lieu of a withered and shorted-out gas gauge needle), so he took to drifting the streets, halfheartedly looking for ‘opportunities’.

He found them.

Opportunities there were, all right. Especially those to enact Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s theses on fear and loathing. They were there, right on the sidewalks, so remote and unbelievable from the pro­tected bubbles that floated by in vehicular suspension. As long as he was on the streets and vulnerable, how could there not be an encounter with both?

Fear is inherent. Loathing is learned.

About the Author:

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Brian Paul Bach is a writer, artist, filmmaker and photographer; he has worked across the entertainment business, in theatre, music and as an academic. He now lives in central Washington State with his wife, Sandra. His previous works include The Grand Trunk Road From the Front Seat, Calcutta’s Edifice: The Buildings of a Great City, and Busted Boom: The Bummer of Being a Boomer. He writes a regular column for Kolkata On Wheels magazine. The first book in the Forward to Glory quartet, Tempering, was released in March 2017.

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#Top3Reads ~ The TOP 3 Reads for Me and My Books in 2017

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If someone asks me what books I have read this year are memorable, there are several obviously, I decided on Some of my favourite Reads of 2017,they have been great reads for various reasons.  But my Top 3 are books that had that something that made an extra impact on me.  One made me cry so many times, another is a writer who has a style and a way of laying out his story that really appeals to me, and then there is the books that blew me away.  My Top 3 comprise of a series, a non-fiction,  and a trilogy, so not actually 3 books, but authors of the year.

 

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Blowback ~ The Blue Garou  ~ Can’t Stop The Funk ~ Ghosts and Shadow  ⇐click each title for my review.

Now I am going to introduce you to H.Max Hiller and his “Detective”Cadillac” Holland Mystery” series.  I just love this series of books, for me Hiram has a wonderful writing style.  These books are not all action packed, guns blazing at dawn books, they are more subtle than that.  The first three books use the aftermath of hurricane Katrina as a back drop to the stories, he highlights how the residents are coping and getting on with their lives.  Detective Holland and the other characters that include his sister, mother, best friend all have parts to play in the stories, I see these characters as friends, I am getting to know them and their individual quirks and their interests.  The books are laid out in a wonderfully logical way, but at no point do you work out what the endings are going to be.  It is great to be able to immerse into a well written and developed series, learning about the characters and their histories as you progress through the books.  Ghosts and Shadows takes a slightly different turn and includes a little of the authors love of food and cooking.  I just recently had the privilege of reading the first few chapters of the next book, and so my love for this series continues. These books are available in physical and eBook format from Amazon US ~ Amazon UK

 

NUMBER TWO

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“The Radium Girls” by Kate Moore ~ my review

I cannot believe this is a book that I read way back in March.  This book moved me to tears so many times, even when I tried to tell people about it I could feel myself welling up.

Kate Moore has done a superb job highlighting the working conditions and then the health implications of working with radium.  At the time no one knew what these implications were, and by the time the reader is told what is happening, a bond has already formed with the reader, so the emotional roller coaster begins.

I think this is a book that people should be aware of and take the time to read, Kate has done such a wonderful job of highlighting what these women went through and showed a warmth and an understanding when she told their story.  It is available in Hardback, eBook and will be released in March 2018 as a paperback. Amazon UK ~ Amazon US

NUMBER ONE BEST READ OF 2017 , is a Trilogy ! 

 

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“The Darkest Hand” Trilogy by Tarn Richardson absolutely blew me away, and then some.  I am a reader that starts a books, reads it and then moves on to the next one, when The Risen arrived in the post, I dropped the book I was reading immediately so I could begin reading this final instalment.

It originally started with “The Hunted”, a little 45 page prequel I was stunned by the time I got to the end, then moved onto The Damned and was amazed, then came The Fallen and was more amazed than before, then was furious as the publication date was moved back for The Risen. When I finally finished it I find few watery droplets falling from my eyeballs.

A brilliantly detailed, researched and written historical fiction and fantasy mash up. The Hunted is so action packed and fast paced, that when I had finished it, I thought there is no way this could be kept up for a full length book , never mind a trilogy.  Oh how wonderfully wrong I was. This has got the most brilliantly, elaborately thought out plot, with little, almost insignificant details in the prequel showing up in the last book.  Nothing in this book is there by chance, the characters have a role to play they are not mere bystanders.  In this series you will come across Poldeck Tacit a rude, blunt inquisitor of the unhinged variety, he will lead you across Europe and through wars, corruption and conspiracy within the church, with supernatural mixed in alongside old rites and rituals and oh so much more. The highlight of my reading year that wiuld appeal to Dark Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Fiction.

I just want to rave on and on about this trilogy,  they are that good, I still stand by my shout out that this trilogy is second only to Lord Of The Rings, and they are some of my favourite books.  Available in paperback, hardback and eBook from Amazon UK ~ Amazon US


I would like to thank all the wonderful fellow bloggers, authors and publishers that have made this year a great one from a literary perspective, the shares, likes and comments have been amazing.  I have have made some wonderful virtual friends and look forward to virtually meeting many more.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year xxx

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