Hour 9 – Summer Book Recommendations

Being host for Hour 9  during this session of the Reverse Readathon was amazing!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Summer Book Recommendations

Hi, It’s Katherine here from https://justkatherineblog.wordpress.com and I’m so happy to be your host for hour 9.

Summer is a time to relax and do what you love. If you love reading then there’s no doubt you’ll be looking for some book recommendations.

Here are some of mine from those I have reviewed:

One Summer Sunrise by Shari Low

The Orange Grove, The Villa and Bay of Secrets by Rosanna Ley

The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan

Summer at the Château by Jennifer Bohnet

The Promise of Summer by Bella Osborne

My Greek Island Summer, One Last Greek Summer and Staying Out for the Summer by Mandy Baggot

Summertime Guests by Wendy Francis

A Summer on the Italian Lakes and Summer in Andalucía by Lucy Coleman

That Summer in Maine by Brianna Wolfson

She’s Faking It by Kristin Rockaway

The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge


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Dewey’s Summer Reverse Readathon Progress

Since the Readathon began so late for me (2AM) and books count towards progress only if read/listened to/ finished during the event, I was listening to another book beforehand.

During the Readathon, I managed around half an hour of Summer at the Little French Café by Karen Clarke before I got sleepy.

I woke up at 11AM this morning, had breakfast, and, after my morning routine, continued with this book. I only finished one book this time but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I recommend Karen Clarke’s books and have reviewed three or four of them. they are relaxing and iconic for summer time given their beach locations. The others I have are located in the UK and bought back memories of the beaches of my childhood.

Summer at the Little French Café stirred up memories of vacations to France, and of discovering somewhere new.

I started the first few pages of Summer Island Book Club (Friendship Beach #1) by Ciara Knight and picked this as I love the theme combination of summer, a book club and a beach.

I found myself wishing that the beaches in my chosen books were wheelchair accessible and that I could go in real life. I would recommend Karen Clarke and Ciara Knight’s ability to create atmosphere and reel the reader in through an easy relaxing writing style but where I was anticipating twists and eager to find out what was going to happen.

I’ll review these books in more detail on my blog, Goodreads and Amazon.

Since snacks are a big theme of any Dewey’s Readathon, I really just ate what I always do at this time of year, fresh fruit (melon and peach), kept hydrated with water and green tea.

Dinner was my favourite dish, Chicken Tikka Masala.

The treats I had were prawn crackers and chocolate ice cream.

I had so much fun being Admin for hour 9 and it was also fun coming up with my ideas for the post even though it was quite last-minute.

Thanks to Andi and the Readathon team for making the Reverse Readathon possible this year. I loved being able to get to books that weren’t for blog tours and revisiting Karen Clarke’s writing as well as discovering Ciara Knight as a new-to-me-author.

Looking forward to the October Readathon.

My Dewey’s Summer Reverse Readathon Listening List, August 2021 Plus I Am Blog Co-Host (Admin) for Hour 9

I am so excited again that tomorrow is the Dewey’s Summer Reverse Readathon. I have taken part since 2018 and have experienced some great books and a fun, yet relaxing event.

It’s a long time since I completed my Goodreads 2021 Reading Challenge. My goal was 50 books and I have listened to 152.

My picks for this summer reverse Readathon session are:

Summer at the Little French Café by Karen Clarke.

Summer Island Book Club (Friendship Beach #1) by Ciara Knight.

Both books are NetGalley ARCs that I have been saving for this event.

I am not only a reader this time, but I am the co-host on the Dewey’s Readathon blog https://deweysreadathon.wordpress.com for hour 9.

Have a great Readathon if you are taking part. It starts at 8PM EST tomorrow and ends at 8AM EST on Saturday.

Start time equivalents where you are are on the website. For me, it starts at 2AM so I’ll do what I can for the challenge after I get some sleep.

As always, there are plenty of other things to do besides read during the event. Enjoy your books too.

Cover Reveal: Camp Death by Jim Ody and Ouija by Zoé O’ Farrell @Jim_Ody_Author @zooloo2008

Camp Death by Jim Ody:

About the Author:

Jim writes dark psychological/thrillers, Horror and YA books that have endings you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written over a dozen novels and many more short-stories spanning many genres.
Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife, three beautiful children and two indignant cats in Swindon, Wiltshire UK.

Contact Jim:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JimOdyAuthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jimodyauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jim_Ody_Author
Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jim-Ody/e/B019A6AMS

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Camp-Death-Question-Mark-Horror-ebook/dp/B0999JVT1F
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Camp-Death-Question-Mark-Horror-ebook/dp/B0999JVT1F

About the Book:

The place had a gruesome past that nobody wanted to talk about…Camp Death is now a great place to spend the summer. Ritchie soon finds a group of outsiders like himself. Teenagers who ignore the organised activities, and bunk off in the old abandoned cabins deep in the woods. The cabins that have a history.The campfire monster stories were meant to just scare them. Nobody expected them to come true. Then one of the teenagers disappears in the middle of the night.Something is watching them. It hides in the woods and hunts at night.Ritchie will have to uncover the secrets of the camp and understand his own problems in order to survive.

Camp Death is Book 1 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine.Check out Book 2 – Ouija by Zoe-Lee O’Farrell

Ouija by Zoé-Lee O’ Farrell

About the Author:

Zoé O’Farrell grew up in Watford but left the town life to live by the sea down at the White Cliffs of Dover.
She spends her days working with numbers before escaping in the evening to the world of words and movies. Her go-to relaxation is watching a scary movie or reading a terrifying book!

She is a book blogger and tour organiser just to keep her extra busy. When she is not reading or writing, you can usually find her watching Watford FC or at a gig. Failing that she can be found rolling her eyes at her husband as he acts the same age as her spitfire of a Mini-Me whilst separating her two cats.

Ouija is her debut novel.Follow her at:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zoelee.anthony
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zooloosbookdiary/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/zooloo2008
Website : https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/

About the Book:

The only thing for certain is the deaths were no accident. Rayner High School once a prestigious school stands in ruins after such a terrible event.A year later, a group of friends return to the abandoned school and their nightmare begins.Something wants to get out and won’t take NO for an answer…

Contact Zoé:

Follow her at:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zoelee.anthony
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zooloosbookdiary/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/zooloo2008
Website : https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/

Where to Buy :

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0997CPK3J
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0997CPK3J

Ouija is Book 2 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine.Check out Book 1 – Camp Death by Jim Ody

Promo Day Push: Reawakened by Rachel Stewart @rach_b52 @Harlequin @rararesources

About the Book:

In the latest superhot tale from reader-favorite author Rachael Stewart, business owner Olivia Carmel is embracing her wild side, and PR expert Valentine Boretti has been hired to rein her in. But instead, Olivia is driving him wild…for her!Seeing a client naked is no way to start a working relationship—especially when that client is stunningly sensual Olivia Carmel. When she invites me to watch her BDSM session in London’s most hedonistic sex club, she thinks I’m a stranger, not a PR expert sent to rein her in.Watching Olivia awakens a hunger I can’t allow myself to feel. There’s no way I can work with her! But when she crashes her luxury car, I can’t sit on the sidelines and wait for her recklessness to turn fatal. She may kill me when she recognizes me…and when she learns a man sixteen years her junior has been hired to curtail her bad behavior.I’m here to reawaken Olivia’s careful, rational nature. But instead she’s reawakening my desire…showing me just how well we work together in and out of the bedroom. As we fulfill each other’s naughtiest fantasies, and share our deepest longings, I realize I’m feeling more for my wayward client than lust. But can I convince Olivia to take a chance on love?

Where to Buy:


About the Author:

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Contact Rachel:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rachaelstewartauthor/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/rach_b52
Website – https://rachaelstewartauthor.com/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rachaelstewart3/

My Review:


CEO Olivia Carmel is grieving for her husband and getting lots of PR attention. Valentine Boretti works in PR and needs to help Olivia get her public image back.

This book is very hot and steamy. The characters are well-fleshed out. Will Valentine be able to help Olivia in the way she needs?

I have reviewed a lot of Mills and Boon books, but not one from the Mills and Boon Dare series and I found this pulled me in and kept me there.

Fans of 50 Shades of Grey will love this.

Thanks to Rachel Stewart, Mills and Boon Dare and Rachel’s Random Resources for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

4.5 stars

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Sunday with a Sassy Shopaholic: Free Kindle Book Haul

When I checked my email, I was happy to find an email from Sylvia Price, an author whose class I loved on the recent summit by Emma Dhesi.

With it being Mother’s Day in the US and other countries, she’s offering her book The Crystal Scent Inn free on Amazon today. I immediately downloaded it.

Then, I searched for free books in the Kindle section of Amazon.

Here’s what I downloaded by category:

Self Help

Shyness: How to Overcome Shyness by Sofia Price . I was a shy child and now as a confident adult I am curious to find out what this is like so I can post it on my blog and help others.

Overthinking: How to Stop Worrying by Johnathan Lee Mindset Editions. I am a terrible over-thinker, so got this.

Women’s Fiction

Silent Cry by Jenny O’ Brien

The Obituary Society by Jessica L. Randall

Sisters (Sun Valley Sisters book 1) by Kellie Coates Gilbert

The House on the Beach by Linda Barrett

Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson

Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl book 1 by Bernice Bloom

The Second Chance Inn by Susan Hatler

Wind Chime Café book 1 by Sophie Moss

What Happens in New York by Kristina Adams

A Single Step book 1 by Georgia Rose

The Redesigned Ranch by Liz Isaacson

Elly in Bloom: A Novel by Colleen Oakes

The Davenports by Kelly Moore

Father Found: The Daddy School by Judith Arnold

Her Best Match: A Sweet Billionaire Romance by Tammie Dearen

After having finished a paranormal romance for Camp NaNoWriMo, I downloaded some paranormal books

Paranormal/ Cozy Mystery

The Imperfect Psychic by Ashley King

Wysteria Witches: Witch Cozy Mystery book 1 by Angela Pepper

Bakeries and Bones by Nic Roberts

Ghost Files by Apryl Baker

Science Fiction:

Girl from the Stars by Cheree Alsop

#CaptainTom100 Day 3: Listen to 100 Pages

Today is day 3 of the #CaptainTom100 challenge and I wanted a relaxing day, so I have started my next Advance Reader Copy book. I love Faith Hogan’s novels and have reviewed a few on my blog. The Ladies’ Midnight Swimming Club seemed like a perfect Sunday listen. I’ll be on the blog tour for the book on 17th May, so you’ll be able to find my review for this book on my blog then.

About the Book:

Three women, three different stages of life, united by one thing: the chance to start again.

When Elizabeth’s husband dies, leaving her with crippling debt, she must turn to her friend, Jo for help, who calls in her daughter, Lucy to run the village surgery. Leaving her city life, and past demons, behind, Lucy is determined to make the most of her fresh start. As life slowly begins to resemble something normal for the three women, Jo’s world is turned upside down when she receives some shocking news. In search of some solace, Jo and Elizabeth find themselves enjoying midnight dips in the freezing Irish sea. Here they can laugh, cry and wash away all their fears. As well as conjure a fundraising plan for the local hospice; to take a dip in the nip.

Synopsis courtesy of Aria and Aries and Head of Zeus

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2021: Day 1 Progress Update

It’s finally here!

The first thing I did was visit the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon group on Goodreads. There, they had a survey. Here are my answers:

Starting: I’m going nostalgic and am back in my teen years with College Weekend (Sweet Valley High 118) by Francine Pascal. I haven’t got many SVH books as there are so many but I love them. 

Snack? Apple pie 

Drink? Hot chocolate 

Read? I get iPad’s screen reader to read out all my books to me because of my disabilities. It’s relaxing. 

Format? Kindle ebook 

Reading spot? Tilted and Reclined in my wheelchair.

Reading buddy? Who needs one when you have books to keep you company. 

My first book, College Weekend (Sweet Valley High 118) is a nice return to one of my favourite series of my teenage years. An hour and a half in, and I have finished that.

Second up is I’ll be There for You: The One About Friends.

What are you reading or listening to? I hope your Readathon is going well!

Happy World Book Day 2021

Happy World Book Day (and Night!)

I have been very busy this month with CampNaNoWriMo and two virtual writing summits so I am feeling quite tired but proud of my progress.

The book I’ve chosen to listen to today will be the next NetGalley ARC I review here. Spring on Rendezvous Lane by Angela Britnel.


The full review post will be on my blog on Monday.

What are you reading or listening to today?

I am looking forward to a bookish weekend at the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon this weekend, it has come at just the right time.

World Read Aloud Day 2021

Today is World Read Aloud Day. It is a day to celebrate books and being read to. Many people can read but others cannot for various reasons. Here is where being read to can be helpful.

At a time where we have to social distance so much, books can bring comfort. They always do to me and although I review a lot of NetGalley books, I always find ones that I love.

With the visual and physical disabilities I have, reading is a challenge because it requires so much concentration and effort but with my iPad and VoiceOver screen reader, any book can be read out. I am currently about to start Her Dark Lies by J.T. Ellison and will be on the blog tour on 11th March, so look out for the post on my blog.

Looking for some ideas for today?

Read aloud to your kids

Listen to an audiobook

Host a virtual book club or writing group meeting and read aloud

Videocall a friend or family member and read aloud to them or they can read you something.

For young school age children: read aloud to your parents as you practise your reading

Older kids can video call each other and read aloud.

However you decide to spend today, make it enjoyable. And above all, stay safe!

Any time of the day is good. I like to listen to a book before bed and also whenever I have time during the day.