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Friday, 24 February 2017

Book Promotion! Single Rider

Single Rider

First time author of Single Rider, Skye Leah Collett, refuses to concede that her debut novel is in any way Autobiographical.

Her ex-husband doesn't buy it.

He won’t shut up about the similarities between himself and the vibrantly likeable supporting character Dash. Unrelenting in his conviction that the imagined fellows resemblance is as unsubtle as the nose on his handsome face, he’s adamantly staked a claim in sharing any perceived future celebrity entitlements. He is also one of this author's biggest fans.

Author Bio - Skye Leah Collett

Skye is holding the bottle! Good girl! 

Sydney born but a devoted Brisbane girl for almost three decades, Skye’s stories centre on the lives and relationships of individuals living in modern suburban Australia. Their friendships, their increasingly overbearing families and of course their lovers.

Her father's dedication to waffling unapologetically long winded stories is a treasured family trait passed on through generations and Skye’s rich, colourful characters are painstakingly crafted to become people you wished you knew and become reluctant to farewell.
Skye spends an unseemly indulgent amount of time pinching herself as a reminder that she is indeed awake and very much a person who finished writing a novel.

Back cover book blurb is - 

This is a story about a woman named Kenzie.

A woman who knows what she wants and likes things just the way they are, thank you very much.

This is also a story about a man named Max. Max can be a real pain in the ass.

And finally, this is a story about Dash, ex-husband extraordinaire, who likes to get down to the Scissor Sisters and parties a little too much.

And Katie, the best friend who parties far too much and can expertly defend herself against sexual harassment accusations.
And Claudia, sister, mother and head of the school parent's association, long time tea drinker. The chalk to Kenzie's cheese.
And Michael, the one that got away.

Where can I buy it?

Visit here.


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Book Review: My not so perfect life

My Not So Perfect Life 
By Sophie Kinsella – Out now

 Sophie Kinsella is known for the hugely popular ‘shopaholics’ series but even  if you’ve never read another book by this author I can assure you there is no need. This is a stand alone book with a conversational, funny and relatable writing style that will have you rooting for the heroine.

Katie Brenner or ‘Cat’  as she prefers to be known has the perfect life  - she lives in London, has a top job and a fabulous Instagram feed to prove it...or does she? My not so perfect life is a story about perception and a life lesson of how what you see in front of you is not always reality.
My favourite quote from the book
Loads of people use coloured filters or whatever on Instagram. Well, my filter is the “this is how I’d like it to be” filter.”
Katie is an instantly likeable character and the book has a lot of comic moments that made me laugh out loud. It is all to easy to identify with her struggle to keep up with the Joneses and  most of all impress her lovely dad.
So when her boss Demeter fires her and she has to move back to the family farm to help set up a new business what will happen next?
This book is part love story, part work place drama and definitely a witty insight into our obsession with social media and the quest to be perfect. It’s a light hearted read you can dip in and out of with ease that will definitely have you hitting the ‘ like’ button.

Review by: Jennine (@sugarmousemama)

To buy: Visit here


Book Review: Who's there? Beware!

Who's There? Beware!

By Caterpillar Books

This was a Christmas present for my youngest (8 months old), but seeing as we still have 'joint' bed/story times I've put a score for each age range. 

Little Mouse is on his way to granny's house via the woods and it is nighttime. The darkness plays tricks on him, making  his imagination run wild with all the possible obstacles before him...will he get to granny's safely? 

The main focus of this book is it's interactivity, with flaps and sliding features accompanying the simple rhyming words to bring this short story to life. Both my children enjoy it and take great interest in grabbing the parts that move or change, the only reason I have scored it averagely is because in comparison to 'Oh no, Gerorge!' and other popular kids titles out there the lead characters do not grab enough of the kids attention and imagination to make this a real bed time favourite. Possibly because the story is so short...

It's a great addition to your children's short story collection but it'll by no means be a staple or overly repeated tale.

0-2 years: 


Review by: Rebekah (@bump2baby2)

To buy: Visit here.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Book Review: Oh No George!

Oh No George 

By Chris Haughton

Mums Review

As a parent it's hard to not judge a book from an adults perspective. Before writing this I did have to consider what did my opinion actually count for? It's not about me enjoying a story, it's how it captures the imagination of its target audience!  George is a dog, his predicament is simple: behave yourself whilst Harris your 'owner' is out. A tale true to toddler can I be good with all the temptations of the world around me and no one to say no?! 

On first reading I thought my 3 year old would toss this aside and reject it, as it didn't very complex and basic. 


What I missed is the responsibility it bestows on the young mind reading it, asking open ended questions throughout the story to let them have a say on what George should or shouldn't do as he battles temptation. With the ultimate of killer cliffhangers! 

Turns out the simplicity of the actions and morals within this book totally resonate with a young mind. It's bright, modern and does not patronise a child's ability to know right from wrong. Henry loves this story so much he enjoys reading it back to us (from memory) and portraying all the different emotions and feelings this book displays. 

Mum rating:  and I'd recommend it for 2-5 year old's.

Review by: Rebekah (@bump2baby2)

To buy: Visit here.


Book Review: Letters to my Fanny

Letters to my Fanny

Cherry Healey

Letters to my fanny is more than just a memoir it's  like a whirlwind of Cherry’s life. Warm, honest and heartfelt just as I imagine Cherry to be. Each chapter is a wash with funny stories, bags of honesty and the occasional piece of life advice thrown in for good measure.

First experiences of her body, love, heartbreak and motherhood including her childbirth story are all included. Cherry is like a lot of us and her struggle with accepting her body image is so honest, witty and inspiring that I often found myself nodding along in recognition and saying “me too”.

Overall Letters to my Fanny is like having a heart to heart over a cup of tea with your best friend. There are tears of recognition, lots of laughter but overall you come away feeling good and inspired to treat yourself better.

Review by: Jennine (@sugarmousemama)

To Buy: Visit here.

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