Six Floors from Somewhere by Rachel Terry – Book Review and Author Q&A!

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Book Review

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

A strong 3/5 stars for this lovely little book!

This novel is short, sweet, cute and a hell of an enjoyable read from start to finish; as soon as I picked it up I was immersed in the story.

The story follows Megan and her journey moving from Kansas to New York in hope to better herself and eventually acquire a paid publishing job.
We get to see the highs and lows of her journey as she discovers how far away from home she really is and her exploring her new surroundings
and friends. Her character development throughout the story is lovely to read as well as her new relationships building.

I think I enjoyed the story even more as it was all about books, reading and publishing and as a serious bookworm this was a major appeal to me.

If you’re after some light hearted, easy reading then this is the book to pick up!

Hopefully the sequel in the series will come out soon!

Author Q&A

When did you first start writing?
About a year after I graduated from college I picked up at book at the library called, “How to Sell More Then 75% of Your Freelance Writing.” Reading that book made me feel nervous and excited at the same time. I decided I didn’t have anything to lose by trying. I started freelance writing then for magazines, and I’ve been writing ever since. I’ve written fiction and non-fiction books, magazine articles, and short stories. I still ghostwrite for several business blogs in addition to my own writing.

How long did it take for you to complete writing Six Floors from Somewhere?
I first published the story as Sister WhoDat, NY Agent about four years ago. The story didn’t seem filled out enough, though, so I went through a major edit and added a couple of new characters and backstory. What resulted was Six Floors from Somewhere. The actual writing probably took 6 months the first go-round and another 4 months for the big edits.

Who did you base Megan’s character on (if anyone)?
I would say Megan is a combination of several people I know. One of my college roommates was very good at helping and protecting people, even people she didn’t know, and I wanted to incorporate that trait into Megan’s character. Megan looks like another friend of mine, and she has the tenacity of my husband (but he would probably feel weird about the comparison).

Will there be a sequel? If so, when are you planning on publishing it?
I’m working on the sequel right now and hope to have it out in early 2019. Megan meets a movie stuntman, who just happens to be the son of Nina Gilpin, the tech-challenged author Megan works with in Six Floors from Somewhere. Things get a little complicated with Owen, and Cassandra becomes a more dynamic character. That’s all I’m willing to commit to at this point. 🙂

What has been your biggest struggle so far in this industry?
The industry has changed enormously since I started freelance writing in the late 1990s. I worked for a traditional publishing company for a while and saw the difficulties surrounding traditional publishing methods: trying to predict print run sizes, managing distribution and returns from bookstores, etc. Print-on-Demand publishing has changed so many aspects of the publishing industry. I would say that most of the changes are positive. Personally, I struggle most with focusing on long-term goals. Ghostwriting is my bread and butter, so it can be hard to carve out time for writing my own projects, especially big projects like novels. But I think all that ghostwriting practice has helped me to develop my skills and keep my writing fresh.

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Book Review – Hidden City – Alan Baxter

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I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Easily 4/5 stars for this.

I haven’t previously read any novels by Alan Baxter, however as soon as I read the blurb I was interested in the storyline and from the first page I was hooked and flew through it once I got going!

The short chapters combined with the great writing made it incredibly easy to keep going ‘oh just one more chapter’ and eventually you’ve read double what was initially anticipated.

This novel is full of intriguing characters and a crazy storyline; an urban fantasy story that grips you throughout and I found the concept of the drug ‘Misery’ really intriguing.

I loved the solid but sometimes rocky and anxious relationship between the Abby and Hines – they had incredible chemistry!

Abby’s character was very reminiscent of one of my favourite Marvel characters, Jessica Jones, which I really enjoyed. Her badass personality and alcohol dependency definitely contributed to this! I also loved the character of Hines and seeing his powers and connection to Cleveport grow stronger as the story went on.

As a massive metal head, I can confirm that there is not enough heavy metal references in any of the novels that I read so I definitely appreciated them scattered throughout this book

The only slight criticism I have was that sometimes the characters didn’t seem so memorable, and I would end up forgetting their name and would take me a while to remember where they were in the story. Having said this, maybe it wasn’t the writing so much as my lack of concentration whilst reading it, but hey.

I would highly recommend this book to those who are a fan of the genre and I can’t wait to read more from Alan Baxter.

Blog Tour: Proof Positive by Lucy V. Hay

Proof Positive (Intersection Series Book 1)

On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose to do: stay out of it, or stand by her?

My Review

3.5/5 stars!

Proof positive is a refreshing yet heart wrenching story which delves into the possibilities that Lizzie is facing when she discovers that she is pregnant…and it definitely wasn’t planned.

The author takes us on a journey that explores how each person in Lizzie’s life could contribute to her final decision whether to keep or terminate the baby. The way the novel was written was highly engaging, thought provoking and full of deep emotions that you really felt along with the protagonist.

The nature of the story had every chance of ending up preaching for one side or the other however it didn’t once; it carefully identified all the options Lizzie and her boyfriend Mike were facing without suggesting pro-life/pro-choice was the only options that was right.

I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series and looking at reading further work by the author. It would be nice to see a lot more of Lizzie’s personality in the next book and more about how she has progressed with university and her career. A relatively short novel which you can inhale in a couple of days – highly recommended.

Purchase Linkhttp://mybook.to/ProofPositive

About the Author

Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts. Lucy’s also the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books, HERE.

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Book Review – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Eleanor-Oliphant-is-Completely-FinepI think I can say that this is one of my favourite books.

I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting from this novel when I started it, however I was not expecting to feel every emotion under the sun in such quick succession. If I wasn’t laughing hysterically I was tearing up or just totally crying my eyes out. I was definitely not prepared for everything that happened in this book and I was just as ‘fine’ as Eleanor was by the time I finished.
It was an absolute rollercoaster of a book and I loved every second of it.

Gail Honeyman did such a great job in developing Eleanor as a character; a socially awkward, blunt and incredibly witty woman.She felt so real and my heart ached for everything that happened to her. You couldn’t help but laugh at the strange and socially awkward situations she found herself in on a daily basis. I also couldn’t help but cry for her when we learned just how much she has gone through in her life.

I absolutely adored the relationship she had with Raymond and his mother, it was so heart warming to see a gap in her life somewhat filled. I wasn’t ready for this book to end, I was so engrossed in Eleanor’s life and I need to know what happens to her in the future….and with Raymond!

I’m not sure which genre I would put this in, but I feel like no matter what your preferred genre is, everyone would enjoy this heart warming/breaking story. I suggest picking this up immediately!

Quick Reviews – Wake – Lisa McMann

wakeThis dystopian novel has been on my TBR for as long as I can remember.

I’ve been in a massive reading slump lately and needed a relatively short novel to pull me back out of it and I definitely think this was perfect for it.

The concept of the story is definitely what drew me in and I think the author executed it very well.
Was definitely a little hard to keep track at first as to where things were happening in reality or the Janie’s dreams or other peoples dreams….however it was quickly cleared up.

My only real gripe with this book was that the writing was very choppy and kind of read like a series of bullet points at times, but apart from this, it was a solid 3 star read.

Although this wasn’t one of my favourite dystopian’s that I’ve read, I would like to think I will continue the series eventually.

Book Review – The Golden City (Threads Quartet #1) – Sharon J. Gochenour

the golden cityI recieved an arc copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited when the author approached me for review for her self published work as reading more fantasy is one of my reading goals for 2018 so thought this would be a great opportunity to work towards it.

I do think it’s neccesary to say that fantasy is a genre which I struggle with sometimes to become fully engaged with as it always requires a lot of focus when it comes to the world, characters and the plot.
Having said this, I think this is the primary reason I wasn’t able to fully engage with the characters and the plot and why i couldn’t finish it.
Immediately when you start reading the book you are immersed in the world and the plot escalates pretty fast without much world building or explanation of characters.
Perhaps someone who reads more fantasy than me would be able to engage with this straight off the bat, however I need a lot more background and explanation for me to grasp what is happening.

The structure of the writing sometimes felt very stagnant and it was hard to engage with and the lack of dialogue at points made me lose what was happening in the story and left me a little confused. It is clear to see that the book could have potential to be a great and exciting story with some editing.

Thanks to the author for providing me with an arc copy of this book.

Book Review – Bring Me Back – BA Paris

bring me backBA Paris has been one of my favourite authors ever since i finished Behind Closed Doors.
Her books always captivate me instantly and I fly through them faster than anything else.
As soon as you open this book it’s intriguing, fast-paced and completely addictive – it’s incredibly hard to put down and managed to finish it within two days.

I think the thing with BA Paris’s books are that you are certain you know what will happen, and you always get the right answer in the end, however she creates so much doubt around the other characters that for the whole novel you are still exploring different explanations and double guessing yourself the entire time.
I enjoyed this from start to finish with all it’s twists and turns and the eerie atmosphere that was created throughout.
I also really enjoyed the creepy element of the Russian dolls; I don’t know about anyone else, but dolls creep the s*** out of me so throw it in a thriller and yeah, I’m freaked out.

I highly recommend this author to anyone who is obsessed with mysteries and thrillers- you won’t be disappointed!
It’s safe to say I’m a fan and can’t wait for her fourth novel to be released.