G is for Glamour

Today, I want to share one of my favourite books ith a title beginning with G. It’s Glamour by Louise Bagshawe.

Here’s a synopsis:

The internationally bestselling author of Sparkles is back with an irresistibly juicy novel about three powerful women—once best friends, now deadly rivals
Texan honey Sally Lassiter, English rose Jane Morgan, and exotic Jordanian beauty Helen Yanna meet at an exclusive girls’ school in L.A. and vow that nothing will ever tear them apart. But when catastrophe strikes, two of the young women find themselves grieving and penniless, and the third will be forced into a fate she could never have foreseen.
In their struggle to rebuild their lives, Helen, Sally, and Jane come together to create a high-end department store called Glamour. But as money and recognition rocket them into the spotlight, they quickly discover what happens to promises when money is no object, lust has no bounds, and glamour is worth everything in this seductive rags—to— riches saga.

If you haven’t read or listened to this, I’d highly recommend it.

Buy at your favourite place to buy books.

Audiobook Blitz: Love Loss and Life Inbetween; A Short Story Anthology by Suzanne Rogerson

About the Book:

This collection of short stories gives a glimpse into life, love, loss, and the inexplicable in between.
Including themes of grief, finding hope and second chances, facing the consequences of your actions and getting help from the unlikeliest of places.

· As Cecilia helps the dying, she questions what happens to their spirits. But is she ready to find out?
· Can a mother’s race through the New Forest save her son?
· Will visiting a medium bring Christina the closure she needs?
· Can an intruder help an old lady with her loneliness?
· Will the start of another wet and miserable Monday morning end with Maeve’s happy ever after?

This anthology includes the prize-winning flash fiction story – ‘Spirit Song’.

Judge’s critique – ‘Unusual, emotional, warm, surprising — a warm, unusual story. It moved me when I read it.’

Full story list:
Spirit Song
Goodbye Forever
Garden Therapy
Starting Over
A Cat-Shaped Hole
The Phone Call
Knocked Off Her Feet
Not Just For Christmas
A Mermaid’s Tail

From the author of fantasy novels Visions of Zarua and ‘Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy’, this short story collection features multiple genres including romance, supernatural and thriller.

About the Author:

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her husband, two teenagers, a crazy cocker spaniel and an adopted cat that thinks she’s the boss.

Suzanne’s writing journey began at the age of twelve when she completed her first novel. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Now an author of four novels including the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and her debut, Visions of Zarua, Suzanne hopes the dreaded ‘W’ word will never rear its ugly head again!

She loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles and old ruins whilst being immersed in the past. She likes to combine her love of nature and photography on family walks, but most of all she loves to escape with a great film, binge watch TV shows, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

Contact Suzanne:


My Review:

After having been on the blog tour for the eARC, I was happy to receive the audiobook.

I already knew the book was well written and emotional. I will say the same about the audiobook version, that each word is carefully chosen to give maximum effect and make the reader feel.

A quick-paced collection of wonderful little stories that are all so different and capture the difficult task of moving on after loss and tragedy. There’s a message that runs through them all: whatever happens, you have to do your best to move on and be strong. The book will teach you about resilience, strength and hope. The attention to detail in every story is great.

Having the audiobook made the writing come to life even more.

I think from this collection, that the author is talented in this genre, and I would love to see more full-length women’s fiction novels from her.

Thanks to Suzanne Rogerson and Rachel’s Random Resources for my eARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

5 sparkling stars.

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Unhackable Soul: An Interview with Maureen Sharphouse

After my audiobook review of Maureen Sharphouse’s novel Unhackable Soul, I am so excited to post my author interview with her.

Thanks for the interview, Maureen!

1) Unhackable Soul gripped me from the start until the end. I thought it had great pacing. How did you decide on the pace of the book, and do you have advice for me on pacing in a book?

I wanted Unhackable Soul to be easy to read, have a sense of flow, and not overwhelm a reader. I know how difficult it can be when living with a disability and pain to read or concentrate for any length of time. And so, I consciously kept the text concise and uncomplicated- each sentence leading into the next split the journey I take the reader on into 30 ‘days’ – with each of the 30 ‘days’ having a natural rise and flow, be an entity in itself – and yet smoothly transitioning into the next … It was a mixture of keeping the pace flowing from start to finish (with sentences looking back as well as forwards) , for a reader who wanted to keep reading. But each ‘day’ with the ability to stand alone so that the reader can go back and dip in and out or read a doable chunk at a time.

2) I loved how there were quotes throughout the book. I have a memoir and would like to include quotes here and there. Do you have tips on selecting the best quotes and where to put them?

When it comes to quotes, trust your intuition and use the ones that feel best fit to you and resonate with you, and either lead in with them (ie put them at the start of your chapter or section) – or use them at the end of a chapter or section to tie together/sum up the theme of what you have been sharing in the preceding text. I tend to do a google search for quotes related to the specific theme of any piece of writing I am working on- read them out loud – and see which resonate with me/speak to me at an intuitive level/FEEL the best fit – and work them in from there…

I also occasionally use quotes within the body of writing pieces if they give a valuable perspective on what I am about to share. “Echoing the words of…” I have found a good way to lead into the person’s name the quote is attributed to and then into the quote itself.

3) What was the hardest thing to write about?

Sharing some of my own personal journal extracts in my book was probably the hardest. It takes courage to share your own private thoughts, emotional state, weaknesses, and vulnerability, especially when you know your family and loved ones are likely to read what you have written once your book is published. There is, however, real power in sharing your own vulnerability and letting your reader into the authentic ‘you’. It can connect you with your reader at a deep level and ‘speak’ to them directly.

4) What was your favourite part of the book?

To pick one part of my book as being my favourite is quite difficult – so many stand out for me. However, if I have to pick one, the parting story ‘Light the Dark’ which I share with the reader at the very end of my book is about a truly magical evening I had with some of my grandchildren looking into the black sky at the stars- and always reminds me how precious life is, and makes me smile.

5) I found the audiobook relaxing to listen to and liked that you narrated it. This made it even more powerful than it is already. As a person with multiple severe disabilities, I identified with lots of things although my diagnoses are different to yours. I think you portray your life with courage and grace.

Thank you.

I like how you intertwined everything in your memoir and how I still felt I got an understanding of your conditions.

6) Do you have any tips for me on combining information about my life and disabilities in such a way that it’s as interesting as your memoir was for me?

Best tip would be to remember that whilst you want to share your story, the book is not all about you- but about what your reader takes away from reading your story. Think about the purpose behind your book, and what you would want your reader to take away from reading it that will stay with them… Speak directly to your reader, connect with them and transport them into your world, so that they experience an internal shift of some kind in their own life because of what you have shared. What is the message you want to give them? Stay connected with that….

7) Do you have ideas for another book?

I have several books cooking in me at present- including a follow-up to Unhackable Soul, and some children’s books – and am finding myself jotting down chunks of writing that naturally flow through me and land onto the page. I am sure in time by trusting the creative process they will find their perfect place! I write better when I think less and feel more. So at present I am in creative cooking mode and trusting the process!

8) Any tips on coping with the “bad” days where pain is concerned?

I share a lot of pain management techniques in my book that can help when the going gets rough, and also on my website at http://www.maureensharphouse.com, including breathing exercises, visualisations and meditations. Fighting and battling against a ‘bad’ day and pain flare will only bring more feelings of fighting and battling and keep fueling the pain flare. It’s important to remind yourself the moment you are in will pass, as do all moments, whether good or bad, and consciously putting loving arms around yourself, treating yourself with kindness and compassion, and doing all you can to craft calm within the storm. Remind yourself you got through the last moment, and so you can and will get through this one and the next one. Focusing on your pain will only bring more thoughts and feelings of pain- and so, consciously breathe into your pain, acknowledge its presence, and then do all you can to consciously nourish your soul and spirit and steer your mind elsewhere. On the ‘bad’ days, do all you can to craft calm within your storm and hold yourself in arms of love and grace.

My First Ten Books of 2023

The first book I listened to this year was It Gets Easier! . . . And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers: A Fun, Practical Guide to Becoming a Mom by Claudine Volk.


3.5 stars: A good giode but a little patronizing in some parts

Next up was Sunrise with the Silver Surfers by Maddie Please. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62312008-sunrise-with-the-silver-surfers

4 stars: nteresting backstory and great attention to detail.

Perpetual West by Maren Mesha


4 stars: Interesting journey

Moonrise over New Jessup by Jamila Minnicks


4 stars: Atmospheric with great attention to detail. A time period I knew nothing about.


Berlin Calling by Lilo Moore

4 stars: Eurvision and great songs, would have liked lyrics.

Blinded Me With Science by Tara September


4 stars: A quick pace with great attention to detail and hot romance at times. Relatable. Excellent narrator in the audiobook version.

My Sister’s Secret by Diane Saxon


4 stars: Sisters and secrets. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this and love books about sisters.

The Pocket Guide to Neurodiversity by Daniel Aherne


5 stars: Short but excellently explained and I identified with some things and learned more about others.

The Perfect Girl by Kelly Golden


4.5 stars: Dark in some parts, gripping and mysterious

Tilly’s Tuscan Teashop by Daisy James


5 stars: Daisy James’ style shines through in this book located in Tuscany. Amazing start to a new series.

Boldwood Books Readalong Event One Last Day of Summer by Shari Low Day 2 #BoldBookClub #OneLastDayofSummer

I’m enjoying this book so far. I’m on chapter 6 and it’s very heartfelt and true-to life. I have the NetGalley eARC which I am listening to via iPad VoiceOver.

The photo challenge question for today was “what would you pack for a holiday?”

Here’s my flatlay:

Flatlay: “What Would you Pack for a Holiday?”

Photo Credit: Various Websites

These aren’t items I own but are the closest to them that I could find I don’t own sunglasses but if I did, these would be them. I do own clothing in these colours. I’d have lots more makeup and skincare products in my case than this, (and more sandals) but this gives you an idea of what I’d bring with me.

The book club question was “whose back story did you find most interesting?” Bernadette’ and Hayley’s.

I’m looking forward to finding out how many chapters I can listen to today

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Day 2 Progress: April 2022

I finished Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. and started Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. I’m 12 chapters into Crenshaw.

Here’s my Mid-Event Survey:

What are you reading right now? Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
How many books have you read so far? 1
What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the readathon? Crenshaw and any others
Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Only to eat, shower. And sleep
What surprises you most about the readathon, so far? How quickly it’s still going

14:00- The Readathon is over. I woke up at 9.20AM so have listened to my book for around three hours today. I’m still listening to it.

It’s been another very enjoyable weekend. I’ll post my closing survey as well as reviews of the books I’ve listened to during this readathon as soon as I can. This year, there was no closing survey on the blog like there would be every year, so I hope to have my answers to that for you soon.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Day 1 Progress: April 2022

It’s the Readathon again. This time, it’s a welcome break for me and I didn’t take long to decide what I wanted to listen to.

Here’s my listening list:

14.00 It’s kickoff time! I completed the opening survey on the Dewey’s Readadathon website

What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Madrid, Spain
Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Both of them, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult and Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chocolate
Tell us a little something about yourself! I love purple (even my powered wheelchair is purple)
If you participated in the last readathon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first readathon, what are you most looking forward to? I’ll just use the time for much-needed relaxation.

It’s 24ºC but stormy.

I’m starting Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. It feels good to be listening to one of her books again.

15:45- I’m three chapters into Nineteen Minutes.

17:00- Taking a break to eat. Chicken tikka masala and rice.

18:00-I’m on chapter seven. I’m going to keep updating and am so far really enjoying the Scribd audiobook.

19:29-Chapter 8 and I’m still going strong.

21:35- I’m doing the hour 8 sprint and I’m hoping to get more chapters in before bedtime.

Overall, I’m pleased with how today went and is still going.

Audiobook Review: Megge of Bury Down (Bury Down Chronicles Book 1) by Rebecca Kightlinger

After having reviewed the ARC of Megge of Bury Down during the blog tour, I was recently contacted by Rebecca  Kightlnger who offered me the chance to review the Audible audiobook. 
I enjoyed the ARC so wanted to give the audiobook a listen. 

As with the ARC, the audiobook was captivating but having person   narrate it  instead of my iPad’s VoiceOver made the plot, characters twists and turns come to life even more. It’s wonderfully visual. 

A very recommended audiobook. 

Thanks to Rebecca Kightlinger for this review opportunity. It was great to get an idea of Megge of Bury Down in a different format. 

Imzadi by Peter David

Review of Audible Audiobook (Abridged). This has been my favourite Star Trek TNG book since I was 11 years old and discovered I loved Star Trek. Peter David is one of my favourite Star Trek authors, and the way he intertwines Troi and Riker’s relationship with alternate realities is pure skill. The pace of the writing never falters, even in this abridged version of the book. Shame it wasn’t longer. The sound affects really add atmosphere to an already great narration.

I also have the paperback so I can read the more detailed version of the story. Will Riker and Deanna Troi as characters and their relationship have always fascinated me. I personally think they are the cutest couple in Starfleet!

Five stars.