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Fab Night In, lindsey kelk, Louise Pentland, Paige Toon

Fabulous Night In with Paige Toon, Lindsey Kelk and Louise Pentland.

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IMG_20170913_181155I still cant believe this has happened. When I saw this advertised I just had to go. A night in with three great authors. I love Lindsey Kelk’s books, I have a crush on Paige Toon her books are some of my favourite and it was lovely to met Louise Pentland and get to know more about her and her first bookIMG_20170913_170755.jpg.

The evening was set in Camden Market in London in an amazing place called Proud Camden. The building was beautiful. Horse stables converted into a club. This was my first time in this area of London so my husband and I spent some of the day exploring before the event in the evening. I was lucky enough to meet Lindsey Kelk and Louise Pentland on the way to the venue in Camden Market. Louise was very excited about all the glittering lights. Everyone needs a little of Louise in their lives.IMG_20170913_180659

IMG_20170913_182653.jpgThe stage was set with four red chairs, ready for the authors to be interviewed. It was all very exciting. Champagne or orange juice on arrival and canapés. As every one gathered and took their seats you could feel the atmosphere building. There was a lot of people there to see Lindsey Kelk who was over from sunny LA, trying not to be jealous here. The chatter was all about her and her I heart series. I love her books but I was a little more excited to see Paige Toon myself.

The organises from Harper Collins and from Proud Camden ran the event brilliantly. Waterstones were there selling the authors books too.

IMG_20170913_191255.jpgAs the authors entered the room and took their places on stage an almighty cheer went up. Each author was introduced to more cheers and applauding. The interview was great, so funny with the audience in stitches at points. Louise Pentland is hilarious. Her comment about writing and loving being a puppet master having control and killing people off whenever you can made everyone laugh. It was great to hear about their books, advice about writing and little bits about their life’s, they all have cats.

After the floor was opened for questions it was then time to meet the three lovely ladies and get books signed. That was by far the best bit.

IMG_20170913_211554.jpg I loved meeting Louise after getting to know her through the interview and hearing about her book and I am so excited about reading it. She signed my book from the puppet master to lol.

When I met Lindsey Kelk I got a little over excited and I think I repeatedly told her to keep doing what she’s doing and that she is great. IMG-20170914-WA0009.jpg

As for meeting Paige Toon, well what can I say it was magical. I got to thank her for kindly doing an interview for my blog and got my proof copy signed. She is such a lovely person and I will defiantly be keeping my eye out for another event with her. I adore all her books.

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I had such a fabulous time. Looking forward to the next event.

 

Here are the links to all of their latest books.

 

 

 

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Re-reading books

Re-reading books…?

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I have recently re-read some of my books and it got me thinking about your views on re-reading books.

I love to keep all my books and if I have borrowed one and love it I will go out and but it. So I have plenty that I can re-read.

However, I do think that a book to be re-read has to have certain qualities.

This is of course only what I think but I would love to hear what you think to? So please do comment below.

Here are the qualities I think a good book should have.

  1. Capture the reader’s imagination.
  2. Have characters that are relatable.
  3. A strong storyline that flows.

All books have to have these to be good but I think for a book to be re-read several times they really need to have them. They need to be strong in all those qualities.

Here are several books that I have re-read:

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 All these books have the 3 qualities in spades. These are defiantly books to read if you haven’t already. I can re-read these many times.

Jen Mouat

Summer at Bluebell Bank by Jen Mouat

Reviews heading (9).pngTitle: Summer at Bluebell Bank

Author: Jen Mouat

Blurb: Returning home is never smooth sailing . . .

Summoned by her childhood best friend, Kate Vincent doesn’t stop to think, instead she books a one-way ticket from New York back to Wigtown, Scotland and leaves her glittering new life behind. Scenes of idyllic holidays at Bluebell Bank with the Cotton family dance in her mind, but not everything has stayed the way it once was . . . Especially when her first love, Luke, returns to town, too.

Emily Cotton never expected one email, sent off in a wine-fuelled daze, to bring her old friend barrelling through the front door of her dismally failing bookshop. But life for the Cottons isn’t how it once was, Emily’s brothers are hardly speaking, her beloved grandmother isn’t quite the same and Emily . . . well, Emily is the one most in need of Kate’s help.

Kate has given herself until the end of the summer to stay in Wigtown. Can she bring the Cottons back together, and save the family who once saved her?

Publisher: Harper Collins UK

Review: This was a delightful book and I really enjoyed it.

Kate and Emily are our heroines. I can relate to both of them in different ways which I liked. Life for these women has changed but neither realises how much and what each other can do for each other. It’s a typically example of out of sight out of mind and thinking it will all be the same when they return.

The characters are really strong in this book and real. The story is full of family struggles as well as good times, romance and hope.

The cover of this book is bright and colourful and has summer written all over it. Also the fact that it is set in a bookshop enticed me as well.

Having never read a book by Jen before I didn’t no what to expect but I was not disappointed.

This is one to read.

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Children's Books

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Joe Rhatigan

Reviews heading (8)Title: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Author: Joe Rhatigan

Blurb: Each book in this wonderful series for young children begins with a classic nursery rhyme, then expands on it with more wacky rhymes and fun nonsense.

In this installment, Twinkle the star has some kitten admirers on Earth that will do anything to visit their star friend. The kittens build a rocket ship, a super slingshot, and other contraptions, hoping one of their ideas will get them closer to Twinkle.

Children ages 1 through 5 will giggle in delight as they read this new classic over and over again.
Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group

Review: A Classic start to a book then adding in extra elements. This is defiantly a book that would be great for nurseries to get the children exploring literacy and in turn adapting other rhymes’.

Great idea for a book.

 

 

Children's Books

The Children at the Playground by Tracy M Cox

Reviews heading (7)Title: The Children at the Playground

Author: Tracy M Cox and Dolores Costello

Blurb: The Children at the Playground is a fun picture book set to the rhythm of “The Wheels on the Bus.” Perfect for active story times or to read before, after, or during a playground visit.

Publisher: Xist Publishing

Review: Children are love rhymes and nursery songs. They are fascinated when the words change but the sound of the rhyme is the same. It is easy for them to catch on and join in.

This is a delightful story. It follows a group of children around the playground playing on equipment, eating and joining in with activities that are found on the playground until they fall asleep.

As a nursery practitioner this is a great book to read with children and get them to join in.

 

 

 

 

Children's Books

The Back Up Bunny by Abigail Rayner

Reviews heading (6)Title: The Back Up Bunny

Author: Abigail Rayner

Blurb: Everybody needs a backup plan, especially when you lose your favorite toy.

When Max loses his favorite toy—Bunny—his clever mom brings out the “backup bunny”—Fluffy—to save the day. Fluffy is thrilled to have the chance to play with Max, but is soon rejected by the observant child who notices that his ears are too new and perky. Can Fluffy find a way into his favorite boy’s heart?

The Backup Bunny will keep you laughing and inspire you to make room for another favorite story.

Publisher: North South Books

Review: The Back Up Bunny is a brilliant tale of that situation were a child looses their favourite toy and no other toy will do.

It is beautiful written from the bunny’s point of view. The bunny is left in the sock draw until needed and once he has a taste of freedom he really doesn’t want to go back but he also doesn’t like to see Max upset. So when he finds the first bunny off he goes back to the sock draw. Is there a happy ending….not going to give it away but it will really make a child want more toys in their lives.

A lovely book.

Link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Backup-Bunny-Abigail-Rayner/dp/0735842825/ref=as_sl_pc_tf_til?tag=chellsandbook-21&linkCode=w00&linkId=3fad0e3a7672553c9655c7e1233a91b9&creativeASIN=0735842825

Book Spotlights

Book Spotlight for The Girls of Mulberry Lane

Book Spotlight

Title: The Girls of Mulberry Lane

Author Name: Rosie Clark

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Genre: Family Saga

Release Date: 1st August 2017

Publisher: Aria

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Book Blurb:The Girls of Mulberry Lane - jacket

Love, marriage, birth, death and betrayal make up life in Mulberry Lane, perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries and Cathy Sharp.

Maureen Jackson is a prisoner of her father’s blackmail. Three years ago, she’d been hoping to marry Rory, the man of her dreams. However after her mother’s death Maureen was left to care and work for the overbearing father who claimed he couldn’t manage without her. Now Rory is back in London with a pregnant wife in tow and reminds Maureen of the life that should have been hers.

Janet Ashley is the daughter of Peggy and Laurence, landlords of the local pub The Dog and Pheasant on Mulberry Lane. With the war looming, Janethopes to marry her sweetheart Mike, but her father refuses to grant them his blessing. Going against his wishes Janet finds herself pregnant and Peggyis determined to hold her family together at all costs.

The Girls of Mulberry Lane is the first in a series set in London’s East End during WW2.

Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2um5o8l

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2ud4JWp

iBooks: http://apple.co/2tM4VL1

Google Play: http://bit.ly/2tPz3U9

Author Bio: Rosie Clarke was born in Swindon, but moved to Ely in Cambridgeshire at the age of nine. She started writing in 1976, combining this with helping her husband run his antiques shop. In 2004, Rosie was the well-deserved winner of the RNA Romance Award and the Betty Neels Trophy. Rosie also writes as Anne Herries and Cathy Sharp.

Find out more at her website: http://www.rosieclarke.co.uk

Author Social Media:

Website: www.ariafiction.com

Facebook: @ariafiction

Twitter: @aria_fiction

Instagram: @ariafiction

NetGalley: http://bit.ly/2lkKB0e

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Book of the Month

Book of the month August 17

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I had many books I could have chosen from this month. I have re-read the first three Harry Potter books which are amazing and have read a book about Princess Diana but this book by Danielle Steel stood out.

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Rushing Waters by Danielle Steel is my book of the month for August 17. I enjoy watching films about natural disasters. Not because of all the misery is course but the fascination with nature. Once I had read the blurb I was hooked. I have read some of Danielle Steel’s other books so new it should be a good read. I was not disappointed. I loved it.

There are a few main characters which the story follows through and after the hurricane disaster. It didn’t confuse and was easy to remember who was who. A great talent for a writer to have. I loved the mother and daughter relationship in this book, but my favourite character had to be Juliette Dubois an ER Doctor.

This book makes you think about all the life changing events happening in the world right now and I am sending a pray to everyone.

 

 

Children's Books

The Snake Who Baked A Cake by S. Afrough and S. Hough

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Pre-publication review:

Title: The Snake Who Baked A Cake

Author: S. Afrough and S, Hough

Blurb: Join Jake the snake in his Kitchen to find out how he bakes himself a big chocolate cake.

Publisher: Clink Street

Review: I was asked to review this as part of the blog tour. I am so glad that I did review this book as children who I look after enjoyed this.

It is a fun, bright book for children. With short sentences which rhyme throughout it is not hard to understand why the children love it so much.

It is about a snake who bakes a cake and children love to hear about funny things that really could not happen in real life. This made them laugh but they so believed in it too.

A fantastic book.

Here are some quotes from the children.

'A Snake who baked a cake!!!'(Lots of laughter) (1)'A Snake who baked a cake!!!'(Lots of laughter) (2)'A Snake who baked a cake!!!'(Lots of laughter) (3)'A Snake who baked a cake!!!'(Lots of laughter) (4)'A Snake who baked a cake!!!'(Lots of laughter)

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Children's Books

Daytime and Nightime All through the year by Diane Lang

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Title: Daytime Night-time All through the year.

Author: Diane Lang

Blurb: Animals are so busy! In daytime eagles dive for fish, lizards gobble insects, and tortoises dine on cactus flowers. When night falls, bats catch moths, crickets sing, and cougars prowl.  Engaging rhymes describe the action through the cycle of every day and night, as well as through each month of the year. An “Explore More” section provides teachers and parents with lots of ideas to expand on the seasonal and nocturnal themes.

Publisher: Dawn Publications

Review: A great book. It follows the months of the year and what happens for some animals during the day and night. Each month has a lovely rhyming paragraph with lovely pictures to accompany them. It was a joy to read and I can just hear the children in my mind finishing the rhyme as an adult reads it with them. This book offers learning for children in many areas.

Such a great book as a nursery practitioner I would recommend this one.