#BlogTour! #Review – Practice Makes Perfect by Penny Parkes @CotswoldPenny @simonschusterUK

#BlogTour! #Review – Practice Makes Perfect by Penny Parkes @CotswoldPenny @simonschusterUK

Check out the book, Practice Makes Perfect, by Penny Parkes, from The Writing Garnet blog

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Penny Parkes

‘If dishy doctors, cute dogs, hilarious OAPs and idyllic country settings are your thing, you’re in for a treat with this second novel set at a GP practice in the village of Larkford. Funny, moving, romantic and full of characters you’ll love – it’s perfect in every way’ Heat

The Practice at Larkford has suddenly been thrust under the spotlight – and its nomination as a ‘NHS Model Surgery’ is causing the team major headaches. Dr Holly Graham should be basking in the glow of her new romance with fellow doctor, Taffy – but she is worried that the team is prioritising plaudits over patients, and her favourite resident, the irreverent and entertaining Elsie, is facing a difficult diagnosis. Add to that the chaos of family life and the strain is starting to show.

Dr Dishy Dan…

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Charlie Laidlaw #AuthorInTheSpotlight @claidlawauthor

Author Charlie Laidlaw is in the spotlight in this post on the Portobello Book Blog

Portobello Book Blog

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My author in the spotlight today is Charlie Laidlaw whose latest novel, The Things We Learn When We’re Dead, was published by Accent Press in January. I don’t know about when we are dead but I have learned from Charlie that the City of Oz in The Wizard of Oz was inspired by Edinburgh Castle! As he encourages us all to buy from bookshops while we still have them, I am almost reluctant to give you an online buying link. However, if you would like to buy an e-copy of the book, you can do so by clicking here.

Welcome Charlie and thanks for joining me. First of all, would you tell me a little about yourself?

First of all, I’m the author of two novels, The Herbal Detective (Ringwood Publishing) and The Things We Learn When We’re Dead (Accent Press).  Assuming we don’t experience nuclear Armageddon in the…

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Launching a Book? Why You Should Start Building an Email List Today

Launching a Book? Why You Should Start Building an Email List Today

How To Ebook

Launching a Book? Why You Should Start Building an Email List Today


One of the most inconvenient truths many writers come to realize when launching a book for the first time is that tactics like social media marketing, blogging, and podcasting, don’t necessarily result in book sales. That’s a harsh and deflating reality when all you’ve imagined is publication swiftly followed by bestseller status and impressive royalty checks.

Here’s the thing: while there’s no doubt these marketing activities are an integral part of a successful launch, you must know how to translate them into book revenue. After all, what’s the benefit of having thousands of people reading your blog and following you on social media if you can’t turn them into active prospects and eventual book buyers?

So, how do you do that


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Anglesey Blue by Dylan H Jones

Anglesey Blue by Dylan H Jones

Check out the book, Anglesey Blue, by Dylan H. Jones, as featured on the Booker Talk blog


Dramatic cliffs that drop down to small bays. Sandy beaches unspoiled by over-development. A few ancient monuments and megalithic tombs left behind by early settlers and Druids. The island of Anglesey in North Wales sounds like an idyllic spot doesn’t it? One rather famous couple certainly thought so, making one of the island’s farmhouses their first home when they could have chosen to live in a castle (the family has a few of them going spare). Prince William and his bride Kate lived there for three years declaring when they left, that Anglesey had a special place in their hearts.

Detective Inspector Tudor Manx, the protagonist of Anglesey Blue by Dylan H Jones has a rather more complex attitude to his homeland.  He remembers some of his youthful experiences with great affection, especially summer holidays spent at the seaside and the year he worked at the fairground. But that was also the…

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…another beaut from the pen of the amazing Matt Hilton…

Meet author Matt Hilton and here about his new book from Seumas Gallacher’s blog

Seumas Gallacher

…one of the really good guys in the authors’ community, my pal, Matt Hilton, has his latest Joe Huntercrime thriller, MARKED FOR DEATH,  launching soon… here he shares some of that arduous journey that leads to what’s laughingly called ‘being an overnight success – after decades of hard slog!’… I salute you, that man…

Rocky Road Blues (or My Path To Publication)

For more than almost three decades I aspired to be a published author, and in any spare time I had between working and raising a family, I would be working on my next book, short story or article. Other than a few articles in ‘Combat’, a monthly magazine dedicated to the martial arts, I had no success in placing any of my work with a publisher. I started writing early, penning short stories as a child, and even completed my first novel – a coming…

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Review: The Forgotten Girl by David Bell @DavidBellNovels @BerkleyPub #giveaway

Check out this review of the book, The Forgotten Girl, by David Bell, courtesy of the Novel Gossip blog


Release date: October 7, 2014

Publisher: Berkley NAL

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


If you liked Gone Girl, don’t miss this twist-filled thriller…

The past has arrived uninvited at Jason Danvers’s door…

…and it’s his younger sister, Hayden, a former addict who severed all contact with her family as her life spiraled out of control. Now she’s clean and sober but in need of a desperate favor—she asks Jason and his wife to take care of her teenage daughter for forty-eight hours while she handles some business in town.

But Hayden never returns.

And her disappearance brings up more unresolved problems from Jason’s past, including the abrupt departure of his best friend on their high school graduation night twenty-seven years earlier. When a body is discovered in the woods, the mysteries of his sister’s life—and possible death—deepen. And one by one these events will shatter every expectation Jason has…

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT Fractured Memories by @EmilyPageArt23 #Dementia #Memoir

Check out the book, Fractured Memories, by Emily Page, as featured on the Rosie Amber blog

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Today’s team review is from Brittany, she blogs here https://brittthereader.blogspot.co.uk/

#RBRT Review Team

Brittany has been reading Fractured Memories by Emily Page


My rating: 4 stars out of 5

Fractured Memories: Because Demented People Need Love Too by Emily Page is a profoundly raw account of one family’s experience of caring for a father with frontotemporal dementia (FTD).  The story is told from the perspective of an adult daughter (the author) who is caring for her father along with her husband and her mother. The book has three parts.  This first part of the book is much like a traditional memoir, with the author’s experience recounted in a narrative.  The second part of the book reads a bit like a series of journal entries, raw and largely unedited recounts of caring for her father.  The author is an artist, and the third part of the book is a series of paintings she created out…

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