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The Piano Man Project ~ Kat French

Friends can be marvellous, can’t they? But do they always have our best interests at heart?

Reading Kat’s latest novel ‘The Piano Man Project’ reminded me why women hold their friends close and in such high esteem. They sometimes know us better than sisters we shared our lives with …

Honey has great friends but when life leaves her feeling jaded on the ‘honey’ front, can they help her?

Hal (who, inside my head at least, is most definitely Keanu Reeves) is the guy next door – is he a pianist? Will he fulfil the wish list? Well, you’re going to have to read the book to discover.  British, funny, pacey, full of intriguing characters, tissues required too – what more could you ask for?

Order it today by clicking the link to find out what happens … 
    


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Review: Something only we know – Author: Kate Long *** Warning – possible spoiler alert

Something only we know – Kate Long

Kate Long is no stranger to writing.  If you’re unfamiliar with her books, then please head on over to Kate’s website for the low-down here.

Rating 10/10

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Review:

Having little knowledge of Anorexia Nervosa except for remembering with sadness the likes of Karen Carpenter and Lena Zavaroni, I was unsure what to expect from Kate’s latest book.  However, it certainly gave me an insight into this cruel condition and devastating disease.  Kate dealt with the issues with sensitivity, any concerns the reader may have had about perhaps inadvertently promoting the practice to youngsters, served as a useful education of the condition.

The two central characters, sisters, ‘Jen’ and ‘Hels’ are polar extremes but despite their differences, sibling protection, love and caring still abound.  Immediately warming to them as they have a similar age gap to myself and my own ‘little’ sister – who are also opposites in nature and character.

I enjoyed the way that Kate crafted this book, easily immersing the reader in the centre of the action.  I really felt like a voyeur in the home of The Crossley family.  Secret witness to the changes in dynamics as we shift, beautifully, through the book.  I can remember thinking in the beginning what a self-indulgent prima donna ‘Hels’ must be and what devastating effects this condition must have had on her family.  As a mother of four, two of each, with the youngest two teenage girls – I couldn’t help but ponder on what life must be like for the mother in particular and couldn’t help but warm to ‘Mum’ even though at times she could be over-bearing and yes, I genuinely was concerned for the lynchpin in this family when she became ill.

‘Owen’ – well thank goodness in the end.

‘Ned’ – ditto.

Kate – thank you for writing yet another wonderful book, with believable characters – flawed but perfect at the same time.  A bit like all of us!  It takes a writer of great note to be able to express light and shade so beautifully, with honesty that allows us all a glimpse into the lives of others.

I look forward to reading many more of your books and following your updates.

You can find more information about Kate and her writing at her website.  You can also follow her on Twitter @volewriter

You can buy Kate’s book for Kindle on Amazon here or check out your local bookstore – if they don’t have it – ask if they’ll stock it … you won’t be sorry you did!

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No 63 bus …

Okay, okay – I know …. I’m a bit like the metaphorical #63 bus … either you don’t see one for hours or two turn up together!  You are right – and I have already blogged today after being sadly absent for a while.

 

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Currently, I am focusing on my own work and am trying really hard to allow myself time each day to just sit and write – whether what comes out the other end is a garbled mess of nothing remains to be seen.  I have been dreaming of my characters lately and when I wake up each day they begin to become a little bit more real, as if they are people that I meet in the local newsagents or coffee shop and say hello to.  I’m hoping this will inspire me to keep on writing because it is easy to get side-tracked (especially with a large, noisy family such as mine) but also to constantly re-read and tell yourself that it’s all rubbish!  I’ve been reading a lot about what published authors do with their work and one thing seems to resonate … just write!  Just go with a notebook, get on a laptop, whatever but JUST WRITE!!

 

So that’s what I’m hoping to do.  I’ll try and update you from time to time and also keep the book reviews coming – back catalogue to get through there too …

 

Dawn x


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The Story of You by Katy Regan

The Story of You by Katy Regan

About Katy Regan

 

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Katy was Features Writer and Commissioning Editor of Marie Claire before leaving to concentrate on writing fiction in 2007. Whilst there, she wrote a column And Then There Were Three … Sort Of about her experience of having a baby with her best friend (who just remained a friend). This proved so successful it ran for two years and now, ten years on, people still remember it.

When she’s not writing fiction, Katy writes features for the likes of Stella Magazine, Psychologies and Marie Claire. She is also blogging about her experience of writing her fifth novel on her website: www.katyregan.com. She lives in Hertfordshire with her son. The Story of You is her fourth novel.

About the book

 

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Your past will always be part of you, but does it have to define your future? Or can you rewrite your story?
I want to explain it all to you. How this happened. How that summer – the summer I was 16 – made me the person I am today.
I want to share my memories with you: the happy memories are like sunbursts, sparkling on the sea. But then, like a current dragging me under, there’s that summer of 1997.
The summer my life exploded.
The summer I had to grow up.
The summer you came into my life.
And so this is the story of you.

My review

This book was meant to be written and meant to be read and by so many people. This is just the sort of book that parents should give to their teenage children. Yes, children – not just daughters! Why? Because this story was written about relationships and they affect both genders. In this book we meet all sorts of characters – those that are caring, charming, warm, funny and sensitive – we meet the fractured, the frightened, the fearful – in equal part and equal measure … mainly because these traits are, from time to time, in all of us. This is a heartwarming story of life, love, loss, friendship and family. Of being the outsider whilst being at the centre of attention and so much more. Completely believable characters jostle each other for position and from time to time I almost wanted other characters to come forward and tell more of their own personal story – but I guess that’s for another day, another book as this one would’ve been the size of several London telephone directories had it contained all that my mind was willing for it.

Totally loved it. Thank you Katy for yet again producing a book that is now on my teenage children’s booklist as ‘one of those that Mum says might help us to be wholly rounded people’ …

You can find out more about Katy Regan on her website, Twitter stream and Facebook.

The Kindle download is now available for less than two quid!!!! Go buy it for yourself here!

Product Detail

ISBN: 9780007300785
ISBN 10: 0007300786
Imprint: Harper Collins
Book
Downloadable audio
Kindle

 

Images were sourced from Harper Collins (Author pic) and Amazon (book pic) with grateful thanks.

 

 

Dawn x


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Three Little Birds by Carol E Wyer

I know that sometimes I am the Mistress of Procrastination, halted in my plans by the devil that is the phrase ‘in a minute’ – or even better ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ – you probably can spot this in the sporadic nature of my posts – am I right?

Well, this lovely book by Carol E Wyer, is one that will pull you up by your bootstraps vowing never to procrastinate again. Carol has delivered yet again a message for the modern reader in her latest book, Three Little Birds. This message couldn’t be any clearer if you’d been slapped around the face with a giant chorizo sausage! Do it! Do it now! Don’t put it off! JFDI!

That goes for you too – head over and buy this little gem now and treat yourself to an indulgent weekend reading … then take out your pen and pad and start on your own list …

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