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When a psychic tells Natalie Nixon her life is about to be upended by a mysterious stranger, she laughs it off. After all, she has everything she’s ever wanted—a successful bakery, the perfect boyfriend, and the keys to her dream house.

Who could possibly make her want to throw all that away?

Then Miles Haas comes back to town.

But he’s no stranger—they’ve known each other since grade school. Plus, he’s only around for the summer, he’s still a shameless playboy, and he makes a living writing articles for a men’s magazine with titles like ‘Should You Bang the Boss’s Daughter? A Flowchart’ and ‘Butt Stuff for Beginners: A Field Guide.’

Except he makes her laugh like no one else, smells like heaven, and wears those panty-melting glasses. But he’s not the man of her dreams, and she’s not about to abandon everything she’s worked so hard for just for a little fun.

She’s not that crazy…or is she?

**SOME SORT OF CRAZY is a full-length, standalone contemporary romance.**



Steven Paulsen Spotlight.



Shadows on the Wall contains the very best of Paulsen’s dark and weird tales, plus stunning new fiction written expressly for this volume.

Glimpse a future where population controls force families into terrible choices. Visit Colonial British India and experience the awakening of an eldritch horror. Walk the steaming jungles of Vietnam alongside the spirits of the forest. Light an ancient oil lamp but beware, the shadows on the wall. Steven Paulsen’s stories have appeared in award-winning anthologies, and have been published around the world. Cover art and frontispiece by Acadamy-award winning artist, Shaun Tan.

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The spotlight is on Steven 


When did you know you wanted to be an author?

In my head, I have always been a writer. I wrote and illustrated my own homemade “books” as a child and gave them to friends and family. I wrote at secondary school, of course, but unlike most of the kids I went to school with I enjoyed doing it. I went to a Technical School designed to prepare boys to either take up a trade or go on to study practical things like mechanical or construction engineering. No one was more surprised than me when I topped the school in English. I began writing seriously in 1979 while travelling from Kathmandu to London. There were long distances of open road, particularly crossing desert landscapes, so I passed the time by reading and writing. I kept a journal of the trip, but I also wrote my first short stories. They were derivative and clichéd, but it was a start.


What is your favourite thing about being an author?

I love making up and telling stories. I always have. But the real buzz is when something I have written entertains someone. That’s my favourite thing.


Have you been inspired by other writers if so who?

I get inspired every time I read a good book or story. I admire the work of J.G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, Connie Willis, Brian Aldiss, Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joe R. Lansdale, Stephen King, Peter Temple, Isobelle Carmody, Garry Disher, William Gibson, Lois McMaster Bujold, Kim Stanley Robinson, Kij Johnson, and Gene Wolfe. I know that’s a long list, but I had trouble even drawing the line there.


What is your favourite book by another author?

Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun (it’s four books, really). But if you ask me tomorrow I’ll probably name a different book.


Do you have a set number of words to achieve in a day or are you flexible?

I am flexible. I write whenever I can carve out some time and I get as many words down as possible. I tend to be a slow writer, so some days it might only be 100 words but I once managed to write almost 5000 words in a single day.


Have you experienced writers block and if so how did you overcome it?

Yes, I have experienced writers block. Writing just kind of slipped away for a while. So, I let it go and did other things until I felt ready again. Maybe I should have tried to force it, to make myself write, but I’m not sure that works anyway.


If you could meet one author, alive or dead who would it be?

I’ve been lucky to have met a lot of writers I admire, and I hope to meet more yet. If I focus on writers who lived before my time, I could easily say Shakespeare, but that might sound a bit glib. Hemingway comes to mind too. And Arthur Conan Doyle. But I’m going to say Mary Shelley.



Do you prepare an outline or do you write as you go?

For many years, I was what is called a “discovery” writer or “pantser” rather than a “planner”. That means instead of having a plan or outline, I would start writing based on a character or setting or “what if” idea and see where it led me. Using this method, I wrote some successful stories but I abandoned more manuscripts than I finished. So, these days, I do a bit more planning. I like to have a rough outline in mind before I start, and an idea of how the story will end. Then, when I have finished the first draft, I look at the structure to see how the story holds up.


Do you carry a notebook to jot down ideas?

Nowadays, I tend to jot notes on my phone. I’ve never really carried a notebook, but I probably should have because I’m notorious for scribbling ideas on whatever comes to hand; be it the back of an envelope, the power bill, or a supermarket docket.


Do you listen to music while writing and does it inspire you?

I love music and I certainly get inspiration from it, but I don’t play it while I’m writing. I like to have a quiet space to write without distractions.


What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?

The Godfather, based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo. Although The Silence of the Lambs is by Thomas Harris is a close second.

Favourite movies based on shorter works, would probably be Stand by Me, or The Shawshank Redemption. Both are based on novellas by Stephen King, The Body and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

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Rating: 3.5 stars. 

Shadows on the wall is an anthology style short-story book, covering a variety of creepy horror. The stories are nicely broken up by short poems or quotes that are relevant to the story, which I found to be a very thought provoking touch. As someone who finds short stories fitting for my busy and on-the-go lifestyle, it was an easy read which was still very much able to keep me hooked and  on my toes.

The beginning story, Ma Rung, is set during the Vietnam War (1955-1975) in a thick and swampy forest. I sort of felt disconnected to this story at the start as I’m in my late teens and a very anti-war sort of person, however I sat up in my seat when the meaning of ‘Ma Rung’ was explained. Spirit of the Forest. This very much piqued my interests, and as the story went on it just got better and better and then it got grittier. Towards the end of this story our character is found in a difficult situation and the description of this unfortunate happening is so well written that I found myself holding my breath until the end of Ma Rung (fortunately for me it wasn’t too long until I could breathe again) and the ending left me with a hollow feeling.

The sensation’s that I experienced while reading Ma Rung followed me throughout the rest of the book with every roller-coaster of suspense, surprise, shock and thrill that came with the stories.

Steven Paulsen’s writing style left me with goosebumps on my skin, leaving an open ended ending to his stories which leaves the imagination to run wild.

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Reviewed by Megan

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The Lido by Libby Page. Review

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Lido: Noun, British A public open-air swimming pool or bathing beach.

Origin: Late 17th century: from Italian Lido, from lido ‘shore’, from Latin litus.

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“The next Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.”—The Independent (UK)

“Heartwarming.” —Good Housekeeping


Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life but everything is changing.

The library where she used to work has closed. The family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the lido, an outdoor pool where she’s swum daily since its opening, is threatened with closure by a local housing developer. It was at the lido that Rosemary escaped the devastation of World War II; here she fell in love with her husband, George; here she found community during her marriage and since George’s death.

Twentysomething Kate Matthews has moved to Brixton and feels desperately alone. A once promising writer, she now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. That is, until she’s assigned to write about the lido’s closing. Soon Kate’s portrait of the pool focuses on a singular woman: Rosemary. And as Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate, both women are nourished and transformed in ways they never thought possible.

In the tradition of Fredrik Backman, The Lido is a charming, feel-good novel that captures the heart and spirit of a community across generations—an irresistible tale of love, loss, aging, and friendship.

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Rating: 4 Stars.

The Lido by Libby Page is a heart-warming tale. Rosemary Peterson has watched a lot of her local area of Brixton in London change drastically over the years but one constant has been the local Lido where Rosemary loves to swim and socialise. Now, like many of the local, traditional shops and amenities, it is threatened with closure.

Kate is a new to the area, reporter tasked with reporting on the plight of the Lido and in doing so encounters Rosemary. As the two women talk Rosemary opens up to Kate and a wonderful friendship blooms.

I loved this book from the very first chapter.  It was like a birds-eye view of the market and the passing interaction between Kate and Rosemary was a fabulous way to start the story. Following Rosemary as she goes about her shopping excursion and meets up with her friend Hope. With whom she had worked in the library for years prior to its closure.

This first chapter cleverly tells us quiet a bit about Rosemary and the area in which she lives. It is an example of the strength of writing maintained throughout this moving tale. I could almost see, hear and smell the market and this was a feeling that continued throughout much of this story.

The Lido is such a beautiful story and I enjoyed every single page of it. It is well written with true feeling and an understanding of the importance of friendships old and new. Kate is in her 20’s and Rosemary is in her 80’s but as Rosemary and Kate spend time together and fight to save the Lido their friendship grows. Through Rosemary, Kate learns a lot and grows as a person.

This book also highlights the impact that the closure of social amenities like Lido’s and libraries is having on the people that have spent years enjoying them.

Considering that this is Libby Page’s debut novel it is an outstanding, heartfelt tale.


I was kindly given a copy of this book by the Publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Dragon God by Ava Richardson. Audiobook review.

Author: Ava Richardson

Narrator: Tiffany Williams

Length: 8 hours 49 minutes

Series: The First Dragon Rider, Book 1

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Released: Jan. 2, 2018

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

The new world is calling….

Niell Torvald is desperate to prove himself – his father’s kingdom depends on him. When a vicious attack on the way to the Draconis Order monastery nearly kills him, it becomes clear that grave trials await him on this path. Joreth, the wise monk who saves his life, advises caution upon entering the sacred halls. His mission is to learn arcane magic from the monks that will help to cement his father’s power, but Niell will need more than magical arts alone to navigate the challenges before him.

Ava Richardson writes epic page-turning Young Adult Fantasy books. She creates lovable characters and drops them into intricate worlds that are barely contained within your eReader. Her current work is the ‘Return of the Darkening Series’, which features Seb, Thea and their shared dragon, Kalax.
She grew up on a steady diet of fantasy and science fiction books handed down from her two big brothers – and despite being dog-eared and missing pages, she loved escaping into the magical worlds that those authors created. Her favorites were the ones about dragons; where they’d swoop, dive and soar through the skies of these enchanted lands.


Narrator Bio

Tiffany Williams is an Audible approved narrator who has been narrating audiobooks since 2013. Tiffany graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s in Theatre with an emphasis on acting and directing, plus a minor in psychology – so watch out! She may just analyze YOU! Tiffany has been working professionally since 1993 as an actor; director; producer; costume, sound and prop designer; stage manager; technical assistant; box office assistant; board member; business manager, production manager and college professor for theatres such as the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Dallas Theater Center, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Undermain Theatre, Project X, Theatre Britain, Audacity Productions, and Collin Theatre Center; and has pursued additional studies at the Kennedy Center, Folger Theatre, the National Stage Combat Workshop and Fairfax Public Access. She also provided voice-overs for plays, phone messaging services, and training videos. Tiffany is the author of the children’s play, The Great Texas Treasure Hunt. She is an eight-time winner of a Collin Theatre Center Award and received the 2004 Unsung Heroine Award at Collin College. She has directed numerous productions of The Vagina Monologues which raised monies for Hope’s Door, Victims Outreach and the Dallas County Sexual Assault Coalition. Since moving to Virginia to be with the man she has loved since our sophomore year in high school, she has been narrating audiobooks. Working with her husband and being home with the kids has been awesome! That is until the youngest refuses to nap.


Story: 4

Narration: 4

Overall: 4

I really liked this book. The beginning threw me off a bit due to the fact that a lot of fantasy-esque terms were used that hadn’t been introduced or explained, however they come into play further within the book. I’m not all too familiar with the fantasy genre other than Lord of the Rings, so I didn’t know quite what I was in for with this book but given that I really enjoy Dragonheart I was interested in what this book had to offer.

I won’t go too much into detail as I don’t want to spoil this book, but it has some really tense and thrilling chapters! Once I had moved past my initial confusion (which if you’ve read my other reviews I’m quite good at being confused by things) the book really began to draw me in. Whilst Neil Torvald is the adventurous and somewhat stubbornly loyal protagonist type, I was amazed to find that he wasn’t written to be some stereotypical good-at-everything-he-does leading role! Don’t be put off by this concept though – I found that it added more depth to the character, showing us the hardships and accomplishments that went along with all of the difficulties in learning new skills. It also paved the road to introducing new characters, instead of slotting them into the immediate role of sidekick.

The pacing of the book is easy to keep up with, I didn’t find myself getting bored at any point and I could easily see this as a story that would become a film. The introduction of dragons happens in two different contexts, one being personal introduction and another being scholarly. These two contexts really introduces the listener/reader to the different ways that dragons are treated in the book and also the conflicting personalities of certain characters.

I came to really enjoy the narration! Tiffany Williams narrates each character incredibly well, reflecting the personalities into her voice. Each characters voice was significantly different and it was easy to distinguish which character was speaking without context clues. Williams mirrored the suspense of the story itself in her voice which added a really impressive atmosphere to the audiobook.

-Reviewed by Megan.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ava Richardson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Q&A with Narrator Tiffany Williams
  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • A good friend who started narrating audiobooks (Vikas Adam) recommended I try it, too, as I was looking for work I could do from home. Since my husband is an audio engineer and I am an actress, it seemed like a good fit. So, I auditioned, got cast, and here we are, five years later, doing audiobook production full time with our business, Airbending Media Productions, LLC.
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • Performance training is essential for audiobook narration, especially fiction. Having experience in theatre, improvisation, storytelling, etc. helps make a better narrator. You know how to analyze the characters and come up with the right voice for them.
  • What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    • Narrating in different genres helps keep it all fresh for me. I’ve had the pleasure to narrate in genres like fantasy, cozy mystery, sci-fi, romance, self-help, business, kids, memoirs, and more. It’s been great being introduced to new authors, and subjects (especially the business books) that have influenced my life.
  • What about this title compelled you to audition as narrator?
    • I was interested in narrating in the fantasy genre, so when the first trilogy, Return of the Darkening, was up for auditions, I jumped at the opportunity. I was fortunate enough to be cast, and was thrilled to be selected for The First Dragon Rider series, too.
  • How closely do you prefer to work with authors?
    • I love working with the authors. They can give extra insight to the characters which helps me bring more depth to them. I always pre-read before starting a book and ask follow-up questions, if necessary, to make sure I “get” the characters. Sometimes I need clarification on an accent or age, so being able to reach them, either directly or via the publisher, is wonderful.

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Always. Two Hearts, One Soul Duet, Book 1 by London Saint James. Audiobook Review.

Author: London Saint James

Narrators: Tor Thom, Charley Ongel

Length: 11 hours 3 minutes

Series: Two Hearts, One Soul Duet, Book 1

Publisher: LSJ Romance

Released: Sep. 14, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

International best-selling author London Saint James’ first installment from Two Hearts, One Soul Duet is the epic tale of abiding love, heart-wrenching loss, and an astonishing bond that will find a way to endure.

Winter Perri never truly understood love until she met Austin Carlyle – the man who would rock her world to its foundations and give her something to believe in. But the night before they were to be married, the fairytale shattered.

Thirteen years later Winter is pulled out of her seclusion only to have a painful past confront her, and when it does, she’s left questioning reality, because the impossible is looking back at her with the face of a destroying angel, and piercing eyes in too familiar shades of blue.

London Saint James has lived in many places, but never felt “at home” until she met the real-life man of her dreams and settled down in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. London lives with her husband and their fat cat who thinks he owns them.

As an award-winning, international bestselling author, London is living her childhood dream. She knew all the scribbling she did, that big imagination of hers, and all those clamoring characters running around in her head would pay off someday.


Narrator Bio

Tor Thom and Charley Ongel are a happily married couple who have been narrating and producing audiobooks for the past year and a half.


Overall Rate: 4

Performance Rate: 4

Story Rate: 4


Always is a well constructed romance (Book one of a duet) initially focussing on the blossoming romance of Winter and Austin. Their love story begins in college, and after several years of dating they are about to be married when an accident changes the path of  Winter’s life.  Winters story is then set 13 years in the future (In the present time). Winter receives a call that makes her past, present and future collide.

Tor Thom and Charley Ongel work really well together (This was my first experience of their work) and they do a good job of keeping the story and emotion flowing throughout. They differentiate the different characters and their personalities well. One criticism that I do have is that the English accent wasn’t great but with that exception it is nicely narrated.

One thing I really disliked was the sound effects. I don’t think they are necessary and they do interrupt the flow of the story.

This is a well written, emotional story, a second chance romance with a difference. I look forward to the story continuing in part two of this duet.

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by London Saint James. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.


Q&A with Author London Saint James

  • Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing?
    • Yes. When I write I am very conscious of turning the story into an audiobook. In fact, I use specific software during my editing processes that actually reads the MS for me so I can hear how the story translates from written word to listening.
  • How did you select your narrator?
    • I worked with Tor and Charley on a past project and knew I wanted to work with them again. So, when it was time to turn my Two Hearts, One Soul Duet into audiobooks, it was a no-brainer for me. A quick, “Hey, you guys want to do this project with me?” e-mail and the selection process was done. *Smiles*
  • Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
    • When it comes to this duet, my inspiration came from a question to myself after seeing a documentary about kids who clearly remembered events, people, and places they shouldn’t have known about and the belief of past lives.
      What was the question(s) I asked myself?What if there was such a thing as soul mates? One person you were meant to love? From there came, what if we met our soul mate, lost them, and found them again years later? Is soul transfer or reincarnation a possibility? Can love conquer death?Now, it’s your turn to ponder. Is it possible? Do you believe in soul mates?
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
    • I take some ‘me’ time by doing relaxing things like taking a bubble bath, listen to music, read, listen to audiobooks, enjoy the outdoors and sunshine. Go for walks. Watch movies. Yoga. Take a drive.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Yes, very much so. There is just something special about listening to some of your favorite book characters come to life off the page and be given a voice. Or at least, in my opinion, there is, and I think that is what draws me to audiobooks.
  • If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles?
    • Henry Cavill as Austin/Cayden
    • Scarlett Johansson as Winter
    • Gerard Butler as Chandler
  • How did you celebrate after finishing this novel?
    • Did a fist-pump, had a glass of wine, went out for dinner with my very own sexy man, and then came home and started on the next writing project.
  • Have any of your characters ever appeared in your dreams?
    • Actually, yes, I have. For writers, our characters are very much real. And while writing, for me anyway, I ‘see’ my characters, how they look, their mannerisms and even ‘hear’ them, the way they talk and interact with each other.
  • What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?

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You Were Gone, by Tim Weaver.

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Release date May 17, 2018.


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Rating: 5 stars.

I will be sharing my full review closer to release day but I wanted to share my star rating to give you an idea of whether I would pre-order this book. So, would I? Oh Yes!!


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Happy Release Day to Rochelle Paige. Fortuity.


Fortuity, the first in the all-new, emotional and romantic Fortuity Duet by Rochelle Paige, is LIVE!

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The only kinds of luck I knew were bad and worse…until my life hung in the balance. I finally caught a break in the form of a second chance.

I vowed not to let it go to waste.

To make a difference.

But I didn’t start really living until I met him.

Dillon Montgomery.

My complete opposite—except for our matching tortured souls.

I couldn’t resist him for long.

How could I when his smallest touch made my heart race?

When it felt like we were destined to be together.

But sometimes luck and sorrow are intertwined…


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Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of more than twenty books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she’s written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.

She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.



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