Fearless in 2013

I’ve done my top reads of the year and I tend not to do new year resolutions, but to mark the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, I thought I would share my word for the coming year. A word that is going to be my mantra …

FEARLESS

I’m going to apply it to everything I do and my approach to it, particularly my writing.  2013 is going to be a good year, because I said so. 🙂

Before I sign off, I just want to thank everyone for the great books I’ve read, the support of my blog, my writing and me in general, with a special mention to Mandy Baggot, Nicky Wells, Sarah Tranter, all at Love A Happy Ending and, of course, my lovely Romaniac girls.  It’s been a fantastic year for lots of reasons, albeit with ups and downs, but that’s life. I am very much looking forward to the new year and the new challenges ahead where I shall be FEARLESS!

Happy New Year, may 2013 be truly wonderful!

Sue xx

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Unveiling Christmas by Gina Dickerson

unveling christmasA Novella of approximately 33,000 words

Families silenced by secrets, lost heirlooms and a ruthless killer…who can be trusted?

When Suzy Harte discovers on her wedding day that her bridegroom-to-be has been hiding a huge secret, jilting him at the altar seems the best option. What she didn’t anticipate was he wouldn’t ever make it to the altar either and being found in the church cemetery in her wedding dress with a bloodied knife dripping onto the snow really seals the day as her worst ever.

Suzy’s life picks up crazy momentum upon discovering her bridegroom found a lost diamond ring worth millions of pounds. The problem is someone else wants the ring and they’ll stop at nothing to have it, not even serial murder.

As the body count rises, Suzy races to unravel the mystery, stumbling across years of family secrets while the killer closes in.

Can Suzy unscramble the secrets before it’s too late? Will she find true love again? Or will the secrets which silenced many before her lead her to a grisly end?

My Thoughts

Suzy doesn’t have much luck, not only is her bridegroom murdered on their wedding day but a few others she comes into contact with meet an unfortunate end too.  It seems Suzy has got something a certain someone wants and will stop at nothing to get it.

The plot twisted and turned its way through this romantic suspense – I couldn’t second guess what was coming next, the tension being kept right up until the end.

Links for Gina Dickerson

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Blogspot : http://ginadickerson.blogspot.co.uk/

Website : http://www.ginadickersonwriter.co.uk/

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/ginadickersonwriter?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter : @GinaDWriter

AMAZON LINK TO BUY HERE

Public Property by Mandy Baggot

public propertyFreya Johnson is back and life is good!

Having sold her photography studio in the UK, she’s now living the American dream, engaged to Hollywood film star, Nicholas Kaden. Finally her past is behind her and the only way is up – as long as she’s regularly fed takeaway food!

But with a wedding to plan and a whole heap of charity work to organise, she could do without the reappearance of her childhood sweetheart, Jonny Sanders. He’s rich, he’s better looking than she remembers and he reminds her of all those times she’d rather forget.

When a flippant comment made during a hospital visit ends up as headline news, suddenly everything is in turmoil and Freya’s life is in danger!

Could her past be coming back to haunt her?
Who is sending her hate mail?
And where the hell are her ‘Wild Wednesday’ pants?

My Thoughts

Having read Excess All Areas earlier in the year, it was nice to catch up with Freya and Nicholas again. I was pleased to see the banter between the two was still there, which made me smile often and laugh out loud several times. It was also great to see that they were still very much in love.

The first half of the book built up a good picture of their relationship and gradually filtered in bits of information that were later significant to the plot. The pace increased as the plot developed and there were plenty of surprises along the way. Some I weren’t expecting at all and one was a complete surprise but an excellent one. The tension increased with every page right up until the end.

A great plot that builds up and really gathers pace with plenty of twists to keep me on the edge of my seat.

Links for Mandy Baggot

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Website : http://mandybaggot.webs.com/

Twitter : @MandyBaggot

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/mandy.baggot?fref=ts

Got A #Kindle? Here Are My 5 Star Reviews This Year

Not sure what to download to your e-reader? Well, here are the books that got a 5 star review from me this year, together with a few I would highly recommend (click on the book cover for link to Amazon) …

My 5 Star Reviews of 2012

Never Coming Home

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Sophie’s Turn

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Devils With Wings, Silk Drop

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Devils With Wings, Frozen Sun

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Shades of Appley Green

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Highly Recommend

The Silent Touch of Shadows

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Taking Charge

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Night Watcher

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The Wind Weeps

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Passenger 13 (a novella)

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How Do You Voodoo? (a novella)

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Thank you all for your support of my blog this year – much appreciated

Happy new year everyone and happy reading

Barbara’s War by Fenella J Miller

Barbara's WarAs war rages over Europe, Barbara Sinclair is desperate to escape from her unhappy home which is a target of the German Luftwaffe. Caught up by the emotion of the moment she agrees to marry John, her childhood friend, who is leaving to join the RAF, but a meeting with Simon Farley, the son of a local industrialist, and an encounter with Alex Everton, a Spitfire pilot, complicate matters. With rationing, bombing and the constant threat of death all around her, Barbara must unravel the complexities of her home life and the difficulties of her emotional relationships in this gripping coming-of-age wartime drama.

My Thoughts

Barbara’s War is a coming of age story about Barbara Sinclair, who we meet as a teenager and leave as a mature young woman.

Fenella Miller’s style of writing flows well and is easy to settle into. I could visualise the settings well and felt I really got to know and understand Barbara. The supporting characters were well written and added to the story.

Set in wartime Britain, I had expected it to be more war orientated but, in fact, the story is of Barbara’s own personal battle, her own war, to discover herself, not just who she is as a person, but also her background and heritage.

On the whole a gentle story, although it is punctuated by some darker moments that I hadn’t expected but felt added bite to the story.

Links for Fenella J Miller

Website : http://www.fenellajmiller.co.uk/

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/fenella.miller?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter : @fenellawriter

Amazon Link for Barbara’s War HERE

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One of The Guys by Jessica Strassner

one of the guysKate is helping her best friends Lucy and Jackson plan their wedding and is attempting to juggle a few romances of her own. 

Everyone is questioning when it’ll finally be Kate’s turn to walk down the aisle, but she can’t even manage to hang on to a boyfriend! She does have several options, though. There’s Chris, the smooth, sexy photographer. And then there’s Max, the boy next door “friend with benefits…” 

Kate can’t help but wonder – is it possible to date one of your guy friends? How about two? At the same time? Which one of the guys will she choose?

My Thoughts

I’ve read one of Jessica Strassner’s books before ‘The One Who Got Away‘ and very much enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to reading ‘One of The Guys’ which continues the story of the characters I had previously met.  This time though instead of focussing on Lucy and Jackson, it follows Kate’s quest for love.

And does she have a task on her hands, it’s not so much that she can’t find one, it’s just that she can’t find the right one.  Is it ever a good idea to date one of your friends, someone in your friendship group? Surely there are going to be tears – but just who is doing the crying?

During the novel I felt a lot of compassion for Kate but admittedly there were times when I wanted to give her a shake and say ‘What are you doing?’  In the end though I did feel Kate made the right choices.

‘One Of The Guys’ is a great read for when you need to relax and chill out, the style of writing flows easily and you really feel involved with the characters.

Links for Jessica Strassner

Website http://jessicastrassner.com/

Blog : http://jessstrassnerbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/jessica.strassner?fref=ts

Twitter : @JessStrassner

Amazon.co.uk  HERE

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The Choc Lit Selection Box

choc lit selectionA delicious selection of romantic short stories with sumptuous recipes to match, from the Choc Lit authors.

Perfect as a gift or an indulgent treat for yourself!

Authors include: Jane Lovering, Juliet Archer, Margaret James, Henriette Gyland, Christine Stovell, Liz Harris, Christina Courtenay, Sarah Tranter, Amanda James, LInda Mitchelmore, Kate Johnson and Sue Moorcroft.

My Thoughts

I’m imagining opening a selection box of luxury chocolates and all these wonderful authors in miniature size standing on a chocolate waving and calling ‘Pick me! Pick me!’  As I look at the leaflet inside, instead of telling me the flavour of the chocolate, it tells me the flavour of the short story.  They all sound so gorgeous, I just have to keep them all to myself.  And then there’s more; a second layer! A mouth watering recipe to go with each short story.  If short stories were yummy,  then these particular ones would be delicious. 

 

Amazon link for The Choc Lit Love Match Selection HERE

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