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Book of the Week - How I Wonder What You Are - by Jane Lovering
30 August 2016

I LOVED this book. A little slow to drag me in at the start - most are. But once I realised how witty some of Jane's writing is, it had me yearning for more. Some of the clever inventive turns of phrase made me laugh out loud when listening to this, driving along in the car. Melody Grove the narrator has a good comic delivery too - refreshing when too many narrators just don't get the comedic element which is enormously frustrating sometimes. But not with this one.

Jane is a fellow Choc Lit author and has several books to her name so I will be buying more for sure and it's no surprise that she is an award winner. 

I love that her hero is not a typical alpha - he is a geek with a PhD in astrophysics and a tortured past that is a match for heroine Molly's own disastrous love life. The secondary characters are compelling too, and the twists and turns in the romance were believable. Really entertainingly written and highly recommended. Others think so too hence lots of good reviews.

Next on my list is the one with which she won the Romantic Novel of the Year 2012 award. Fabulous!

A Top 500 reviewer on Amazon says -

This is a light romance set in Yorkshire with much of the wit that I am coming to appreciate in this author's books.

Molly is riding her horse Stan across the moors when she comes across a naked man (as you do). She takes him home to sort him out and from there develops one of those love stories where every step forward seems to be marched with a couple towards the rear. I usually get very frustrated with stuttering love stories because the protagonists could usually sort everything out if they only talked to one another but in this novel the author relates all their issues to their characters and what has happened to them in their past - this makes the story much more likely.

Molly is a deeply hurt woman who has come to Yorkshire to escape and has only her friend Caro for company. Phinn has inherited a semi-derelict cottage and has taken up residence in order to get away from his world too - he is a physicist and more than slightly nerdy which is nice and unusual. Phinn's friend Link has his own issues too. These wounded people recover in the Yorkshire landscape and begin to forge new relationships. This process is great fun as we are engaged with the characters and also because the author has some great lines - this book is written with a lot of wit and humour which raises it above the average.

This is a quick and engaging read. It uses the Yorkshire landscape to its best advantage and is full of humour and amusing moments. The characters are flawed but human and the author wraps it all up in a very satisfying manner

Go here to see it on Amazon.

other news -

- ten classic novels as if they were marketed today. more here. Funny!

- How to hit the USA Today bestseller list - Joanna Penn again hits the nail on the head with this guide - click here - interesting.

- Dead Dog Day is now on audiobook! Jackie Kabler's first novel is now on audible - am delighted! The second one is due out soon too!)

 

Off to Historical Novelists Association weekend.

this weekend I'm off for a writing workshop and to meet a lovely agent who represents a friend of mine, about a saga I'm writing. I began writing it with a pal three years ago believe it or not. This year it will get finished. Will keep you informed! HNS here.

 

Beginners’ Guide And if you’re a complete beginner and want to self-publish, my basic guide can be found here - beginner's tips for self-publishing - a summary of info, sites and links to help you on your way. Including my guest blog on prestigious industry website, TheCreativePenn.com, Go here to read more.

Archives Don’t forget to check out the other archives (to the left) for even more fabulous hints, tips, links and blogs. 

Best wishes

Debs

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My books - For the full list of my fiction and non fiction novels, novellas, short stories - info and links to buy them just go here. or see below.

As usual, here’s the round up of my own titles! I’d appreciate a review on Amazon (go here) and Goodreads (go here)! Enjoy! x

eBooks  - all available on Amazon – paperback or eBook (kindle or kindle app or kindle on PC or Mac)

paperbacks – five fiction titles all available in paperback – via Amazon – see below.

 

 

  

 FICTION

HAWAIIAN TRILOGY (2013/4) – romantic fiction in either steamy or PG options!

Book 1 Hawaiian Escape Steamy or Hawaiian Escape PG, the prequel to Hawaiian Affair - is now available on Amazon in eBook or paperback in both PG original and steamy (just released last week!).

Book 2 Hawaiian Affair Steamy - now called Take a Chance on Me, with Choc Lit publisher  available on Amazon. Paperback coming to shops Dec 2015! yay!

Book 3 Hawaiian Retreat - Helen's Story - Just click this link to see steamy version. Paperback also available

  DIARY OF A WANNABE SHOPPING CHANNEL PRESENTER – a stand alone story – Bridget Jones meets Alan Partridge meets Eddie Murphy in ‘Holy Man’ –click here to buy Ebook on amazon, and click here to buy paperback

 

SHORT STORIES

 ‘When Dreams Return’ (2014) – spooky romantic short story – when Chelle’s pal Sara gets her to conjure up her ideal man with a full moon magic spell, she gets more than she bargained for… also appears in Hocus Pocus anthology.

The Valentine’s Surprise (2010) is a short story proving it’s never too late to find your Sir Galahad!

And Work in Progress, a compendium in paperback of Dairy of a Wannabe plus the two short stories in one volume.

 Also – for Hallowe’en – an anthology of short spooky stories by 13 authors including many new shorts and my When Dreams Return in paperback! Hocus Pocus ’14 – ebook or paperback.

 'Battle of the Exes', written for Valentine's Day 2015, features in 'Roses are Red' anthology of six short stories on Amazon ebook and paperback too.

  NON-FICTION

 Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet - is my semi-autobiographical weight loss book – updated for 2014 to include the latest thinking about nutrition. Learn how to eat like slim people do.

 Go here to get Till the Fat Lady Slims 3.0 – Tips and Tale to Inspire on amazon

Go here to get its predecessor (read 2.0 first) Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the When diet on amazon

 

 

 

 

 

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