Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Last stop on blog tour - The perks of being a book seller

Join 'The perks of being a bookseller,' for my guest post on the last stop of my blog tour for Letters to Eloise. With many thanks to Kimi for hosting me on her blog today. Read my guest post below.

http://theperksofbeingabookseller.tumblr.com/post/157815382037/the-importance-of-books-for-the-reader-and


Monday, 27 February 2017

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Advance review of 'The Little Teashop of Lost and Found' - Trisha Ashley


Review of 'The Little Teashop of Lost and Found' - Trisha Ashley



I was delighted to be given the opportunity to read this fantastic novel before its release day. The title intrigued me and the blurb provoked my curiosity. What a lovely heart-warming story with loveable characters and warmth that stretches all the way until the end.

Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home.

So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.

Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?

This novel is available for release on March 9th - preorder now!
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Alice is a truly likeable character. The witty, wry narrative gives an immensely enjoyable aspect to the story, however interwoven is a more complex plotline with Alice struggling to find out where she belongs. This combination makes a fascinating story with plenty of twists and turns. Nile, her Grecian god-like neighbour, has great humour and provokes interest throughout the novel to keep the pages turning hungrily. Other characters, throughout the novel, are memorable and cleverly brought to life. Alice is a strong female lead, and her down to earth manner is very appealing.

The teashop aspect, I found, to be extremely interesting and the mouth-watering recipes make me wish I could visit it myself! I enjoyed the local links to the story and mentions of specific areas that I am familiar with. The only aspect that I found difficult to enjoy were the snippets of story that Alice was writing, her dark fairytales, so I found myself skipping those bits but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the actual story plot.

Overall, a very satifiying and warm story that provides enough intrigue, laughs and compassion to make it a truly lovely novel to recommend.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Fifth stop on tour - Swirl and thread

Thank you to the fantastic Mairead Hearne for welcoming me on her blog for my fifth stop on the Letters to Eloise blog tour. It's been a great week so far and all the book bloggers have been so welcoming. Please see the link below for my guest post on the blog 'Swirl and Thread.'



Thursday, 23 February 2017

In the newspaper for Letters to Eloise

 Article in the Worthing Herald and the Oswestry Chronicle to celebrate release of novel Letters to Eloise! Links to read articles coming soon!


Fourth day on Letters to Eloise blog tour!

Thank you so much to Beth for having me on her blog for a Q&A session. Please find out more about me and my debut novel 'Letters to Eloise' by following the link below to Beth's blog!



Author Interview: Letters to Eloise by Emily Williams Blog Tour 
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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Enter goodreads book giveaway - Letters to Eloise!

Enter my goodreads giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of my book!

Goodreads Book Giveaway


Letters to Eloise by Emily  Williams

Letters to Eloise

by Emily Williams


Giveaway ends March 16, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.


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Second stop on Letters to Eloise blog tour!

Many thanks to Marlena for having me on her blog for author fun facts! Please see my fun facts on Marlena's blog from the link below! Thank you so much for having me!


Monday, 20 February 2017

First stop on the Letters to Eloise blog tour!!

I'm delighted to be stopping on my first stop on the Letters to Eloise blog tour! Please see my author interview on Beth's blog 'words from a reader' below. Many thanks to Beth for hosting me on her blog, thank you!

http://wordsfromareader.weebly.com/blog-tours/letters-to-eloise-blog-tour



Friday, 17 February 2017

It's publication day!!!!

It's publication day of Letters to Eloise! Please support my new novel and buy on amazon:

Available in paperback and on kindle!!


Order now at:
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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Read with Mummy - review 'Thats not my dinosaur...'

That's not my dinosaur ... by Fiona Watt and Rachel Wells- Usborne touchy feely books

  


When my son was a baby (he's now two) we discovered these touchy feely books in the library. They became a firm favourite with him as he could touch and feel different parts of the picture, with a catchy story that I could read too. The general gist is that there are pictures of animals etc and they don't belong to the narrator, so you continue the story until you can find the correct one. Although a bit simple of a storyline for him now, he still loves the picture element of the books and now he can join in along with the text. 'His teeth are too bumpy.' For his little sister, the pages are bright and colourful and shes just beginning to pay attention to the pictures rather than trying to eat the book! I guide her hand to the textured parts and soon, like Elliot, she'll learn to do this for herself.

  
 A touchy-feely board book with simple, repetitive text, tactile patches and bold illustrations suitable for babies and toddlers. A little white mouse appears on every page, for children to spot.
 
That's not my dinosaur... is one of his favourites as hes a massive dinosaur fan! There are many other different stories to suit all tastes. The books are made very robust and withstand a lot of handling/touching/stroking etc. Great for learning different adjectives and textures in very easy to read sentences.
  
Elliot's verdict - he loves these books and now although he feels that they belong to the 'baby' he is still eager to read them! His favourite mouse to spot is the snorkeling mouse!
  

Buy this book on amazon: http://amzn.eu/2aL2MpK

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Advance Review coming - The Little Teashop of Lost and Found

 Advance review of The Little Teashop of Lost and Found by Trisha Ashley - coming soon!

 The Little Teashop of Lost and Found - Publication date March 9th 2017

Alice Rose is a foundling, discovered on the Yorkshire moors above Haworth as a baby. Adopted but then later rejected again by a horrid step-mother, Alice struggles to find a place where she belongs. Only baking – the scent of cinnamon and citrus and the feel of butter and flour between her fingers – brings a comforting sense of home.

So it seems natural that when she finally decides to return to Haworth, Alice turns to baking again, taking over a run-down little teashop and working to set up an afternoon tea emporium.

Luckily she soon makes friends – including a Grecian god-like neighbour – who help her both set up home and try to solve the mystery of who she is. There are one or two last twists in the dark fairytale of Alice’s life to come . . . but can she find her happily ever after?
  

I am enjoying this novel so much that I can't wait to finish and write the review, and yet I don't want the book to end! Have you ever had that feeling??! I am in love with her neighbour Nile and his dry sense of humour, and want Alice to find her happy ever after and to discover her heritage so she feels like she at last 'belongs' somewhere.

Trisha Ashley was born in St Helens, Lancashire, and gave up her fascinating but time-consuming hobbies of house-moving and divorce a few years ago in order to settle in North Wales. She is a Sunday Times bestselling author.
  
The advance review is to come very shortly, watch this space!
  
Pre-order now on amazon -  http://a.co/2u2LAUP



Read with Mummy. Review - Dear Zoo

Review of Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  
Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old -- and still as popular as ever!
And with an updated look, this classic children's storybook about a youngster loooking for a perfect pet is sure to delight a new generation of readers!


This is a fantastic children's book. I can't believe that it is 25 years old! The simple sentences are so familiar that I could recite the whole book to you now, with my two year old joining in. The flaps of the book engage the reader as they discover the pets sent by the zoo. Elliot loves to say the animal behind each flap along with the animal noises, which leaves him giggling. This book has been enjoyed so much, it is our second copy, the first becoming a little ragged! We opted for the board book version the second time around, which I would recommend once your child gets to the stage of opening the flaps themselves. There was a lot of sellotape in the first copy!
  
Elliot's verdict - he LOVES this book. Any animal book is a huge winner for him and this would be high up on that list. Although we have changed the ending, and reject the puppy, I think Elliot would prefer the Lion!

Buy the book on amazon:http://a.co/jdh9EdZ

Authors Bio:

 Rod Campbell makes books for babies and toddlers, the best known being Dear Zoo, which has sold over two million copies worldwide. All his books have simple text, often with repeating phrases, ideal for the pre-reader. He uses flaps and touch-and-feel elements when appropriate.





Thursday, 9 February 2017

Author interview with Olivia Mason-Charles

 
Author interview - Olivia Mason-Charles

Many thanks to Olivia Mason-Charles for joining my blog today. Olivia shares with us her novel ‘Paper in the wind’ and some thoughts from the writing process of this novel. We are delighted to have you here today Olivia.

What made you want to become a writer?
I never wanted to become a writer. Two months after my daughter was born I became extremely ill and was later diagnosed with lupus. As I struggled with my illness, the only joy that remained was motherhood. I was told that if my condition continued to progress at the current rate, I would be in a wheelchair in 5 years and in an assisted living facility in 10 years. 

At 18 months, my daughter was diagnosed with autism and another journey began. She is such a wonderful and interesting person and I was terrified that I was would not be around to watch her grow up. To combat my crippling fear I would image my daughter’s future. Almost 17 years later, I was still standing and my daughter was becoming an amazing individual. So I decided to write about my imaginary daughter’s journey.

What would be your advice to other indie authors?
Don’t be afraid to tell your story.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
For me it was two years.

Do your story ideas come to you easily?
My story was difficult to write because of what the story represented.

How do you select the names of your characters?
I choose some of my favorite names, including a variation of my daughter’s name and my husband’s name.

Can you tell us why your books storyline is important to you?
This story line gave my peace and comfort during some of the most challenging periods of my life.

Paper in the Wind is a compassionate and riveting story depicting a single father’s dedication to his daughter. In the midst of the overwhelming struggles that accompanied autism, he continues to persevere. Her father’s love enabled her to overcome insurmountable obstacles, discovered the power of love and embraced the gift of life.

Do you write alone or in public?
I wrote at home, because I was crying like a baby.


Where can we find you online?

Thank you so much Olivia for joining us today to share your story Paper in the wind and to tell us more about yourself. We were delighted to have you here and feel honoured to learn about how Paper in the Wind is such a special and personal story for you.




Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Read with Mummy - The Star of the Zoo - review

Review of 'The Star of the Zoo' by Daniel Howarth and Virginie Zurcher

Star of the zoo is a book which I love.  It has lovely colourful pictures of different animals, which Elliot loves too, especially the monkey.  The story follows a fallen star trying to get back into the sky with all the animals in the zoo helping unsuccessfully.  The book has a good team work moral ending. There are lots to point out within the illustrations and the story for my two year old is easy to follow.  He loved pointing out the little ant, which he is doing in the photo above. There are some useful guidelines at the back for parents about how to explore the book with their child.


Verdict
Lovely, engaging children's book with a beautiful and inspiring storyline. Fabulous illustrations which can be poured over again and again. Elliot has read this story more than once - he is definitely an animal lover! Little star of a book.


The Star of the Zoo (Storytime) by Virginie Zurcher et al.
The Star of the Zoo (Storytime)
by Virginie Zurcher et al.
http://a.co/hF5nxPH

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Read with Mummy - The Very Funny Fish - review

The Very Funny Fish - Jack Tickle
Review by Elliot and Mummy

As my son and I read so many books together every day, I thought it might be a good idea to review some of these picture books together.  Children, after all, are the harshest critics! They also love good stories and many become fast favourites often to be read over and over again. These picture books are obviously aimed at a child audience too, so who better to read the story with. Obviously, as he is only two, I will be writing an interpretation of his views and also from myself as the reader of the story, but hopefully he will soon be able to express these more himself!


The Very Funny Fish - by Jack Tickle

This book was bought originally to read to Elliot before a trip to the sea life centre, to immerse him with the sea life he might encounter whilst he was there.

Swimming through the warm blue sea where pretty corals grow. A pair of funny angelfish are darting to and fro! 

This book has amazing pop up illustrations to go with the story. Elliot loves the pop out pictures of the clams etc. He gets very excited when the pages turn, often joining in with the sound of the sea creatures. He delights in saying the creatures names out aloud as he points to each one.

The simple four line rhymes are easy to read and fit the story well. Elliot learnt the sea creature names quickly, guessing some of the others. Though he thinks a starfish is a spider! The pop ups are tough and sturdy. He will often read books himself and this has stood the test of time so far! I like to open and close the book as though the creatures are moving, which he loves and he likes to put his fingers inside the sea creatures mouths and pull back quickly before they snap! The anglerfish is a particular favourite and vividly coloured.



His little six month old sister is a bit of a chewer so has not been let loose on it yet. Elliot calls this book 'The fishy book' and it is a favourite when he is allowed to choose his own book at bedtime or nap times.




Verdict
Overall, a firm favourite that will be read for a long time to come. After the sea life centre visit, Elliot has continued to love the book and learning about sea creatures. I'm sure his sister will love it just the same.


The Very Funny Fish (Peek-a-boo Pop-ups) by Jack Tickle
The Very Funny Fish (Peek-a-boo Pop-ups)
by Jack Tickle 


Monday, 6 February 2017

Book trailer - Letters to Eloise out 17th February




Please support book launch day of Letters to Eloise. My debut novel is out on 17th February for both kindle and paperback.

Blog tour (updated list)

Please join and support the blog tour for my debut novel 'Letters to Eloise'. More dates available - please contact me!


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Interview with author Andrew French - Michael Prentiss series



Welcome Andrew French, author of the Michael Prentiss series to my blog. Thank you for joining us.

 Andrew French was born in Derby in 1964. Raised in the market town of Grantham in Lincolnshire he left school at 16. Following an interesting few years he became a Funeral Director. Qualifying in 1988, Andrew went on to become the Managing Director of a large independent funeral group. Andrew is married to Alison. They have five children and live in rural Leicestershire.

Following a period at home to care for his youngest son he wrote his first spy novel, Assassin's Run, in 2011 - the first of the Michael Prentiss stories which chronicles how a young man about to join the British Army is reluctantly drawn into the shadowy world of espionage and assassination.


Tell us more about your Michael Prentiss series. What inspired you? 
 
The Michael Prentiss series is a chronological series of six thrillers set in the 1980's. Assassin's Run is the first in the series and I suppose was the book I always wanted to write. I'd had the idea for the story for a while and when I found myself with time on my hands decided I'd try and write it. A year later it was finished and I sent to just about every literary agent I could find, all of whom turned it down saying although they loved the story and the characters, they felt a book set in the 1980's wasn't commercial enough. That was when I decided to go down the self-publishing route as I wanted people to read it.
Assassin's Run
It is May 1980 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. An undercover operator with a secret intelligence unit is murdered when he discovers that an American oil tycoon is about to fund the vicious leader of an IRA splinter cell. As the unit mounts an unofficial operation to kill the tycoon they are forced to recruit a most unlikely assassin. This is a story of murder, treachery and double-cross where not everyone is as they first appear.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I prefer to read traditional paper books rather than an e-reader. 
  
What book/s are you reading at present?
Currently I'm reading Icon by Frederick Forsythe but I also enjoy John le Carre's books.
  
Tell us about the cover/s and how it/they came about.
I design all of the covers myself as I enjoy the process and can be certain it reflects the story of the book.
  
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
As I sell nearly all of my books on Amazon kindle I think it's vital to have an eye-catching book cover with so many titles to choose from. If someone is scrolling down page after page of book titles, it's very often the cover design and an intriguing title that will make them stop and take a closer look.
  
How do you publish your book and why?
(*e.g. Indie, traditional or both)
As I explained earlier I am an independent author selling exclusively on Amazon. My books are available in both e-book and paperback versions although I find that 90% of my sales are through kindle.
What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
As far as I'm concerned the main advantage to being an independent author is I can get my books out there to be read. If I hadn't done so the series of 6 books would still be sitting on my laptop hard drive unread. To date the series has 225 reviews, the vast majority of which say some really nice things about them. The main disadvantage is with so many books out there, getting my books noticed is constant uphill struggle. Without a publisher or agent I have to do all the marketing and promotion myself which can be more time consuming than writing the books themselves. 
  
Have you always enjoyed writing?
  
I always did a lot of writing when I was younger. As a teenager I wrote freelance comedy for the BBC The Two Ronnies show. I then spent a long period not writing anything. That's the trouble with real life, it has this annoying habit of getting in the way. When I had an opportunity to sit down and write Assassin's Run therefore, I thought, why not? let's give it a go.
  
What were you like as a child?
 
Smaller and with more hair.
  
How do you fit in writing with family life?
  
I'm very much a night person so I tend to do much of my writing while everyone else is asleep. This way I get to spend time with my family rather shutting myself away for hours at a time. Fortunately, I only need 2 or 3 hours sleep a night so I can crack with a story without disturbing the rest of the family.
  
Do your family support your writing?
  
My wife, Alison is my harshest critic and most supportive fan. She reads everything I write before anyone else and isn't afraid to tell me if something doesn't work. That's really important as I need to know if something isn't any good. Honest criticism by someone you really trust is essential to every writer, it certainly is to me.
  
Do you have a day job?
  
I don't have a day job anymore. When my youngest son was born we discovered he had serious digestive problem and so need constant 24 hour care. At that time I was a self employed consultant so my wife and I decided that I should stay at home and care for him full time as she had a 'proper job' in London. After 5 years he became completely well and went to school. Unfortunately I found that a forty-something man can't take five years off work and then go back. After several months of trying I concluded that I was considered unemployable so I started writing.
  
What hobbies do you have?
  
I love film and theatre and just spending time with family.
  
Have your own hobbies/interests crept into your characters?
  
I was always advised 'write what you know' so when I was writing the 2nd book I made Michael Prentiss a funeral director. (I'm a qualified funeral director and bereavement counsellor) 
  
How you choose your characters names?
  
Character names are easy. They are often derivations of people I've known in the past or just names that sound 'right' to the character's personality.
  
Which is your favourite character you have written about?
  
I love writing about all the characters really. I particularly enjoy the evil ones. In addition to the three main characters, all of which I adore, there have been two strong female characters (Orla Duncan in Assassin's Run and Angela Lane in books 3-6). These two characters were an absolute joy to write and I love them both.
  
Do elements of yourself filter into your characters personalities?
  
All three of the main characters are elements of me. Anyone who knows me well knows this. 
  
You have many successful book reviews congratulations, is this something you've worked hard to achieve?
  
Pretty much straight away it started getting some really good reviews which I was both delighted and not a little relieved with. Although I never intended to write more than one book I really wanted to see what happened to the main characters next so I wrote The Ares File, set 4 years after the first book.
  
There are now six books in the series following the lives of the three main characters, Michael Prentiss, Richard Jordan and Colonel Charles Mabbitt. It all begins with Assassin's Run when Prentiss is almost 17 and about to leave school applies to join the Royal military Police in the British Army. During this process he is recruited by a secret intelligence army unit, the 14th Intelligence Company known as 'The Det.'
  
Have you made any marketing mistakes? What would you avoid in the future?
  
I don't think I've made any marketing mistakes as marketing was part of my course at university. Promoting the series is a struggle in a very over-populated market and making people aware of my books seems to have become an increasing part of my day.
  
What are you currently working on? 
  
I've just published book 6, Set A Thief so I'm really busy promoting that at the moment. it's been out for 2 months now and already has 13 5 star reviews on the UK Kindle page which I'm absolutely delighted with.
   
 
Set a thief
 
Having successfully left his secret life behind him, Michael Prentiss is once again reluctantly drawn back into the dangerous world of terrorism when a ghost from Richard Jordan's past returns from the dead.
  
Where can we find you online?
  
I'm all over the internet like a rash. You can find me on Twitter @AFrenchAuthor  On my Facebook page Andrew French-Author
  
Find Andrew French on Amazon:  
  
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-French/e/B007QK754Q/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 (UK)
https://www.amazon.com/Andrew-French/e/B007QK754Q/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 (US)
 
All 6 novels in the Michael Prentiss series, Assassin's Run,The Ares File, Personal Retributions, Rules of the Game, At All Costs and Set A Thief, are available in both Kindle edition and paperback. 
  
 
  
Thank you so much Andrew for taking part in this author interview and for your time.

Blog tour dates - Letters to Eloise

Letters to Eloise blog tour dates! Please contact me if you would like to join in too! emilywilliamsauthor@yahoo.com
 Blog tour starts on the 20th February - apart from an early ARC review.  Many thanks to all these lovely bloggers for taking part.