Book Review: “Following Evan” by Elida May

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Following Evan

Summary:

Three years on from the sudden death of her husband Matt and a subsequent miscarriage, interior designer Laura is still lost in grief, hiding out in the smart London townhouse that was going to be her family home. On the encouragement of her best friend Carla, she signs up to a dating website and receives a message from a mysterious stranger, imploring her to visit him in New York because he has seen her face in his dreams. 

Meanwhile, Laura visits an art gallery and is captivated by a painting of a beautiful woman in a flowing dress. It seems to be speaking directly to her, beckoning her to take a leap of faith. 

These seemingly disparate events lead Laura on an epic journey to the bustling streets of the Big Apple and the desert landscape of Wyoming, where the clues to her future happiness are waiting to be discovered… 

Information about the Book

Title: Following Evan

Author: Elida May

Release Date: 16th June 2016

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Self-Published

Format: Ebook

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30508231-following-evan  

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Following-Evan-Danielle-Wrate-ebook/dp/B01GTUI2D6  

 

Author Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElidaJamesAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/elidamay5  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elidamay  

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Elida May was born in Albania in 1972. Growing up in a Communist country, where access to books was severely restricted, helped to nurture her love of the written word, and she avidly read whatever genre she could get hold of, including a lot of European literature. Today Elida lives in London with her son Elidon. Following Evan is her first novel, and she is currently working on her second, Diary of Michael Vica.

 

Bookworm1102’s Review

I was given a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review as part of Faye Rogers book tour.

Laura has been in a dark place for years after losing the people closest to her. With the help and encouragement of her best friend Carla, Laura starts getting out and meeting more people, even signing up on a dating website.

When a message from a mysterious man named David catches her attention, insisting that Laura visit him in the States, Laura is torn between staying in London and following her instinct and going to the States. What Laura decides changes her life forever.

Laura is such a relatable character. We have all experienced rough times in our lives and often, we just want to hide away and be by ourselves. I admire the way that Laura, with Carla’s help, dragged herself out of her downward spiral and slowly mingled with society again.

We all need a best friend like Carla, someone who refuses to give up on you and practically drags you outside at times when you feel like staying inside and doing nothing.

I really enjoyed this book. It was so well-written and I kept reading chapter after chapter, eager to find out what happened next.

Elida May is a talented author, and I would definitely read more books written by her.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

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Tour Schedule

Friday 17th June

What Danielle Did Next

Blabbering About Books And More

Saturday 18th June

Lily’s Book World

Sunday 19th June

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Monday 20th June

Emma’s Bookery

Howling Reviews

Tuesday 21st June

Married to Books

Wednesday 22nd June

Many Books, Many Lives

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Thursday 23rd June

Dual Reads

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Friday 24th June

Have Books, Will Read

From A Yellow House

Saturday 25th June

Delightful Book Reviews

Sunday 26th June

Confessions from Romaholics

Monday 27th June

Rachel Bustin

Tales of Yesterday

Tuesday 28th June

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Wednesday 29th June

A Daydreamer’s Thoughts

Thursday 30th June

Maisie’s Marvellous Reviews

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Guest Post: Resolution: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure by Andrew Joyce

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My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. Kirsty has been kind enough to allow me a little space on her blog to promote my new novel RESOLUTION: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure. I think it’s a good book, but what do I know? Anyway, I’m kinda shy about tooting my own horn. So I think I’ll turn things over to my dog Danny—Danny the Dog. He always has a bad attitude and usually does not speak highly of me. But please understand that we co-exist as the old Soviet Union and the United States once co-existed. We tolerate each other. So without further ado, here’s Danny.

I’m Danny the Dog. My human, Andrew, took me away from my favorite pursuit—chasing cars—to help him out here. For a person that works with words for a living, he has very little to say in real life. He wants me to tout his book for him, but I don’t think I will. Instead, I think I’ll tell you about our latest adventure. We’re always having adventures. I like to write about them and what I write is 100% true.

FREEDOM! At long last, I was free for a short while yesterday.

Every morning, I take Andrew for a walk and when we return, he ties my leash to the dock (we live on a boat). There is a bowl of water and the leash is twenty feet long, so I have no problem with that because I like sitting outside in the cool of the morning. To thank me for taking him for his walk, Andrew gives me a hotdog (yummy, yummy, my favorite!). As an extra bonus, I get to bark at Duke and Little Guy, the two dogs who live across the water on the other side of the marina. Can you believe this? Every morning they have the effrontery to come out of their boat and take their humans for a walk. In my marina!

Now on to The Great Escape.

Our routine is this: I’ll sit on the dock until I’m good and ready to go in. Then I’ll give my one-bark command. Andrew will come out and unclip me from the leash. I then proceed to the back of the boat and go down the gangplank. It works for us, but this morning I had another idea. You see, on the way back to the boat, I had detected an enticing scent. It was some sort of human food. But Andrew would not let me get near it. And the day I can’t outsmart Andrew is the day I’ll turn in my membership card to the canine race.

What I did differently this morning was to smile at him when he unclipped me and then I laid down on the dock. I put my chin on my front paws; I looked sooo cute. It gets him every time. It looked like I wasn’t going anywhere, so Andrew told me he’d give me five more minutes and then I had to come inside. His big mistake was in not re-attaching me to the leash. As soon as the hatch closed, I was outta there!

I headed right for the scent I had discovered earlier. What I found was scrumptious. I don’t know what it was, but it was delicious. Then I thought to myself that as long as I was out and about, I might as well do a little exploring. First, I would go and visit my friend Beth. She always has a kind word for me, rubs my head, and best of all, she gives me a goodie. She must not have been on her boat because I did not see her. So next, I trotted a few boats up the dock to call on Lloyd. His treats aren’t as good as Beth’s, but he’s a good guy. He wasn’t home either. This was getting ridiculous! Where is a dog supposed to cadge a free treat? Then it hit me . . . Dave and Peggy’s. They live with Duke and Little Guy, so if I can let those two curs live in my marina, the least their humans could do is feed me. Maybe if I looked real cute and sad, I could con them into giving me something special.

No dice, no one home. Then I heard it, the voice of doom . . . “DANNY! DANNY!” It was Andrew calling me. I don’t know why he does that. I have never—in the entirety of our acquaintance—responded in any way, shape or manner to his calling me.

I saw him before he saw me and I ducked behind a car. I let him pass, still calling my name. Then I headed in the opposite direction. That was my big mistake; I should have stayed hidden. Andrew turned, saw me, and yelled in a very loud voice, “STAY!”

I don’t know what came over me, but for the first time in my life, I obeyed him. It must have been something in his voice. I think he was a little angry with me. I was re-leashed before I knew it.

Well, that’s the story of my career as an escapee. Andrew was a little ticked off, but I still got half a hotdog when we got home. What a sucker he is.

That’s about it for now. If I hurry, I might be able to catch a few cars before dinnertime.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot—check out Andrew’s new book on Amazon and make the old guy’s day.

This is Andrew again. On behalf of Danny and myself, I would like to thank Kirsty for having us over. It’s been a real pleasure.

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It is 1896 in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The largest gold strike in the annals of human history has just been made; however, word of the discovery will not reach the outside world for another year.

By happenstance, a fifty-nine-year-old Huck Finn and his lady friend, Molly Lee, are on hand, but they are not interested in gold. They have come to that neck of the woods seeking adventure.

Someone should have warned them, “Be careful what you wish for.”

When disaster strikes, they volunteer to save the day by making an arduous six hundred mile journey by dog sled in the depths of a Yukon winter. They race against time, nature, and man. With the temperature hovering around seventy degrees below zero, they must fight every day if they are to live to see the next.

On the frozen trail, they are put upon by murderers, hungry wolves, and hostile Indians, but those adversaries have nothing over the weather. At seventy below, your spit freezes a foot from your face. Your cheeks burn—your skin turns purple and black as it dies from the cold. You are in constant danger of losing fingers and toes to frostbite.

It is into this world that Huck and Molly race.

They cannot stop. They cannot turn back. They can only go on. Lives hang in the balance—including theirs.

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Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written four books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and forty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, RESOLUTION. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, YELLOW HAIR. 

If you are interested in reading Resolution: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure, you can find it in any of the links below.

Amazon

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Book Review: “Chasing Love” by Quang Ly

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I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Chasing Love is a book about unrequited love. Experiencing what he believes to be true love for the first time, the main character does everything he can to preserve the relationship with his best friend. By the end of the story, the main character is considering doing extreme things to keep the relationship between them.

This book is a good read. I could really feel the pain that the main character was feeling throughout the story. During various points throughout this book, I could understand the viewpoint of both characters, specifically during an disagreement.

The letters that were written were open and brutally honest. I was surprised at how little Luke cared at certain points in the story, especially after reading such honest letters from the author.

Quang Ly is a talented writer, and I would definitely read his books in the future.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

Coldplay at Wembley Stadium – 19th June 2016

For Christmas 2015, I bought my Dad (who is a huge Coldplay fan) tickets to their show in Wembley. Yesterday was the day.

2016-06-19 16.51.06 This was the view from our seats about 20 minutes after the stadium doors opened.

Coldplay were incredible! The atmosphere was electric, the wristbands (Xylobands) lit up the whole stadium and Coldplay themselves were fantastic! Every single fan was singing along during each song. “Fix You” was brilliant when the whole stadium sang the chorus!

2016-06-19 21.45.53 This was during one of the last songs. Every single light in the audience is a wristband.

It was a long and tiring day but well worth it! I would highly recommend seeing Coldplay if you ever get the chance!

 

Book Review: “Expand Your Personal Brand” by Carla Jenkins

Tour Information

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We’re scheduling a tour for business / nonfiction “Expand Your Personal Brand”. This tour runs from May 17 to July 17.  

We’re setting up book reviews, book excerpt posts, author interviews, promo posts and guest posts for during the tour.  

We have .pdf copies for reviewers.  

Please let us know if you’d like to host this tour, what type of tour stop you’d like to host and what dates you have available.  

About the Book

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Title: Expand Your Personal Brand

Author: Carla Jenkins

Genre: Business, Nonfiction  

I have written this book because I want to save you, the reader, time, money and agony. I have learned these 20 lessons after 10 years of trial and error. The topics I cover are financial, personal branding, marketing and time management. I have started out with zero dollars in my pocket and have worked many 6-figure jobs due to these lessons. ‘ Expand Your Personal Brand!’ kills the learning curve by giving you realistic answers and timetables to solve your personal and professional branding problems. These 20 stories are real because I have lived them. I wish you, the reader, unlimited success.            – Carla Jenkins

Author Bio

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 Carla Jenkins is a phenomenal expert specializing in project management and positive change management. She helps people capitalize upon all opportunities that positive change brings. Jenkins has received her BA in International Economics from Hiram College and her MBA from Cleveland State University. She also possesses 10 years’ experience in corporate America, a LinkedIn Pulse contributor and a certified project management professional. Ms. Jenkins is the host of Positive Change with Carla radio show focusing on positive change and project management.  

Having earned 4 promotions in 9 years, Jenkins has experienced and handled positive change management head on. Many people only talk about change in the negative, but change can be positive. No one talks about positive change, so Jenkins learnt how to manage this change through trial and error. You can check her out at http://carlarjenkins.com/

 Links

Author’s personal website: http://www.carlarjenkins.com/  

My book’s website: http://expandyourpersonalbrand.com/

Book Excerpts

Developing a personal brand strategy is essential towards career advancement. Even before you walk into the office for an interview, your personal brand proceeds you. – Personal Brand Strategy Tips chapter

There is many poor branding out there. Every day some talking head is mentioning personal branding.  No one talks about brand consistency; however, brand consistency is the way to stay memorable and relevant. Above all else, be consistent. Your effort will not matter if you aren’t. – 5 Steps to Brand Consistency

Now more than ever, it is imperative that any professional has a personal career brand. You can no longer just do your job and update your resume. The average person will have in between 7-10 jobs in his lifetime. You must actively manage your career to find the next job; hence, the importance of creating and maintaining a stellar personal career brand. – Employing The Three C’s (Clarity, Consistency and Constancy) to Improve Your Personal Career Brand chapter

Everyone wants to brush off their resumes and apply for the new jobs. The problem with this strategy is that you’re doing the same thing. Last check; insanity is the doing the same thing but expecting a different result. It is my responsibility to dispense truth and not sell pipe dreams to anyone here. Therefore, I am telling you that you need to develop your unique selling proposition in order to get a new job this year. – from developing your unique selling proposition chapter  

Bookworm1102’s Review

I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review, as part of the Enchanted Book Promotions book tour.

Expand Your Personal Brand is a non-fiction business book by Carla Jenkins. In this book, Carla explains her tips and ideas for helping people, in business mostly but it can also be used in your personal relationships, find and develop their personal brand.

I liked this book, it was well laid out, very clear and concise. I understood everything that was written and I have learnt some new ways to develop my personal brand. This book was very informative, and I really liked the exercises at the end of each chapter, encouraging the reader to stop and take part in a small exercise, to help towards developing their personal brand. There is also a bibliography at the back so readers can use the links in the bibliography to find more information.

I rate this book 4/ 5 stars!

Guest Post: Giveaway for The Corruption of Chastity by Frank Westworth

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Five signed paperback copies of Frank Westworth’s five-star crime-thriller, The Corruption Of Chastity, are up for grabs this month over at Goodreads. Imagine a close encounter between The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Jack Reacher and you’ll get the drift of this hard-hitting, gritty thriller…

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If this sounds like your kind of read, then click the link above to be taken to the Goodreads giveaway!

Guest Post: Marble Creek by Karen Charbonneau

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Amazon Kindle Scout – The Marketing of My Novel, Marble Creek

I thought being a trial lawyer was stressful, but compared to submitting my novel Marble Creek to Amazon’s Kindle Scout in the hope of obtaining a Kindle Press eBook contract, I was a well-prepared actor on a courtroom stage. Practicing law wasn’t personal, but this experience is akin to my first dive into a crowded swimming pool, knowing the other kids will see me if I do a belly flop.

If you’ve never heard of Kindle Scout, it’s no surprise. Kindle Scout doesn’t appear in any Amazon or any Kindle publicity. This Amazon platform handed out its first eBook contract November 27, 2014, and so far has awarded 186 more.  Kindle Scout describes itself as a “reader-powered publish[er] for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published…”  That means the author is responsible for herding potential nominators to his or her Kindle Scout book site.

Marketing my book?  That’s a new concept for me. I have two novels on Kindle and Create Space, The Wolf’s Sun and A Devil Singing Small, which I picture and maintain links to on my blog, Letters from Shenanigan Valley. Sometimes I remember to mention them on Facebook when I list the books for free on Kindle. The bottom line is that I just want people to read my novels. Marketing Marble Creek for nominations (votes) presented a steep learning curve.  How do other authors get those nominations?

It appears we begin our campaigns by badgering friends on Facebook to visit the Kindle Scout site and nominate our books (which means they’ll know if we fail to get a eBook contract, but if we want this badly enough, we will have to put up with that possible humiliation). We ask them to share our post with their friends. We send out emails to friends, relatives, and even acquaintances, asking them to pass along our begging blurbs to their friends and relatives.  We become anti-social with our spouses, shrieking that this is the most important happening in our lives “and why can’t you understand and be patient for the next month?” Every morning we check the statistics Kindle Scout shows to us once a day – how many views we had, what percentage came from Facebook and other sites such as Goodreads or the Kboard Chat; what percentage came from those simply browsing Kindle Scout.  Kindle Scout seems such a well-kept secret, only other authors seem to browse the site.

Maybe we pay for Facebook ads and discover more than 400 likes for the only book cover during a 2-day period (each like costing 50 cents), but that only 15 enter through the posted URL to view the book excerpt. Teenagers and the lonely seem to enjoy tapping ads. A fellow author went so far as to offer a $100 contest through Rafflecopter, which gave her several hundred nominations, a surer way to spend money for votes.

It all comes down to “the kindness of strangers,” those who take that great leap to https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1D4V6CAM4X7TA, who read the 5000 words excerpt, like it, and nominate the book. And by the way, if you nominate Marble Creek by July 3 and it wins a Kindle eBook contract, you will receive a free Kindle download of Marble Creek with a request to leave a review on Amazon. That’s a Kindle Press promise and it’s called marketing.

Karen Charbonneau, author of Marble Creek, The Wolf’s Sun, and A Devil Singing Small

 

 

Book Review: “And Never Let Her Go” by Nancy Glynn

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I received an ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Erin Donahue lives in a small town called Destiny. She is content with her quiet life with Sally, her camera. One day, an old face from her past, Slade Callahan, reappears with a letter and news that completely changes her life around.

I liked the chemistry between Erin and Slade. Erin is a really relatable character to me, she’s happy living a quiet life, much like me. She has such a huge heart, as shown with her interactions towards Judy, Mack and Harry. I really felt sorry for her when she revealed her huge secret to Judy and Nick, knowing that it caused her and Slade difficulties in their relationship.

Even though he was not in the story as much as Erin and Slade, I thought Jacob was really sweet. You could tell that he adored Erin from the moment he first met her, and that Slade saw Jacob as his own son, rather than his nephew.

I liked the fact that the contents of the letter left by Todd was drawn out. It initially caused some tension between Erin and Slade, and later on, Wendy but the letter ultimately brought Erin and Slade together.

I really liked this book. The story was told from two views, Erin’s mostly, but sometimes from Slade’s. The descriptions of the characters and their surroundings were so detailed that I could see everything clearly.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

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Book Review: “Supremacy” by Christin Lee

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I was given an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The release date for this book is 3rd June 2016.

Kate is an ordinary girl who has a special affinity with animals, and she has a photographic memory. Lucas is a foreign student who is studying abroad. Kate has never fallen for a guy before, but Lucas is different. She falls for him almost instantly. However, he is hiding a secret, and Kate is determined to find out what it is.

I liked Kate. She is a likeable character who seems to have the perfect life. Parents, brothers, best friends and pets. She also did really well in school without having to try hard, thanks to her memory. I was glad when she figured out Lucas’ secret, because then he could truly be honest with her.

I also liked Lucas. He was mysterious throughout the first half of the book, until Kate figured out what he was hiding. I was trying to guess what his secret might be! I like the fact that Kate can sometimes calm him down when he goes into a fit of rage, it shows that there is a connection between the two of them.

This book was very descriptive, and I felt as though I was seeing everything that the characters were seeing and feeling. The cover is incredible, and I can see the relevance of the cover in relation to the book. I cannot wait until the second book is out to find out what happens between Kate and Lucas.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!