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The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice by Katarina West

I have received a free advance PDF copy of the book “The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice” by Katarina West  to review. I was looking forward to this, having read Katarina’s previous novel “Absolute Truth For Beginners” back in 2015. To find out more about the author you may visit her website or blog.

The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice by Katarina West

Here is the book blurb.

Meet Irene Nylander, a frumpy housewife from Finland… and a yo-yo dieter. She feels trapped in an unhappy marriage, looking after her domineering mother-in-law and living vicariously through romantic movies.

Meanwhile, in Florence, Mimi Kavanough’s star is rising. She has the body of a Barbie princess, the iron will of an army sergeant – and Hollywood in her sights.

On her fiftieth birthday, Irene discovers her husband is having an affair. Devastated, she prays for a way out: she wants to die.

In heaven, a mischievous angel called Aaron hears her prayers. He decides to make Irene and Mimi swap bodies.

How will the two women cope with their unexpected, and very different, second lives? And will Aaron’s meddling get him evicted from heaven?
What will happen if he has to transform into a human being and live on Earth?

This book is set over the course of a fortnight commencing 23 June. It starts with Irene heading to Helsinki for a night out to celebrate her 50th birthday with her best friend Saara after more rudeness from her mother-in-law Horrible Harriet. But Saara doesn’t show, giving an excuse about working late. Irene decides to go to the restaurant alone, but then she spots her husband Henrik, who is supposedly on business in Stockholm. Instead he is having a cosy intimate meal with Saara. Irene rushes out and back to her car, just praying to die, as her life is so unhappy.

Meanwhile up in Little Heaven, prankster punk angel Aaron has already caused havoc that day by pretending he spotted a demon. Now he realises Irene needs help and he says Jump as her car is just about to crash.

At the same time, Hollywood star and model Mimi is enjoying herself on a yacht near the Italian island of Monte Cristo when she hears a voice in her head saying Jump. It makes perfect sense to her, as she jumps into the sea.

And just like that Irene and Mimi swap bodies. But what will happen to Aaron, since angels are not permitted to meddle with humans like that. And how will Irene and Mimi get on in their new lives? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

This book is available on Amazon and is currently 99p in Kindle format. I loved this book with its mixture of fantasy and chick-lit. It is the first story in the Angel Aid series, so I’m really looking forward to book 2.

And the author is hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway 10 Amazon Kindle copies of The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice. Open worldwide.

a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice by Katarina West

I’m participating in the book tour and you may like to check out some of the other blog stops on the tour.

13 June, Tuesday

Rocksprings Crafts

14 June, Wednesday

The Cosy Dragon

Creative Misfit

15 June, Thursday

Hall Ways

The Writing Desk

16 June, Friday

Joyful Antidotes

Mademoiselle Women

17 June, Saturday

Linda’s Book Bag

18 June, Sunday

Novel Gossip

19 June, Monday

Yet another blogging mummy!!!

20 June, Tuesday

Sarah Smiles

Leila’s Bookshelf

Kraftireader

22 June, Thursday

Hello Booklover

Katarina West

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The Embers of Enchantment by S D Davieson – book 2

Regular readers of my blog may remember that when son1 reviewed the first book in The Embers of Enchantment series in April, I mentioned that we had also received a free copy of the second book. My son has now read this too.

The Embers of Enchantment by S D Davieson

Here is the book blurb.

Darkness has awoken once again within the shadows. Three unlikely Welsh teenagers and a young dragon fall mysteriously into each other’s lives as destiny is forced to intervene. Dylan and Heulwen discover they have abilities not heard of in centuries. Emyr now has his own personal demon to battle. Seren falls, literally into Dylan’s, Heulwen’s and Emyr’s lives.

Will the legendary prophecy of The Chosen Five come to pass?

We can all only hope.

Without them, creatures of darkness will have the power to destroy us all!

The Embers of Enchantment by S D Davieson

This is what son1 had to say.

This is the sequel of EMBERS OF ENCHANTMENT. I rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It is another good book where Lizzie-Ann discovers the chosen 5:
Dylan, Heulwen, Seren, Emyr and Emyr’s unhatched dragon egg 🐲

Come and get it now 🎁

Once again he has kept it brief, so I’ll add some more details. The first chapter begins with a recap of the last chapter of book 1, but continues to reveal Emyr discovering that his mother was a black witch. Dylan and Heulwen experience a weird mental connection and transfer on the way to see Emyr, that hasn’t been heard of in centuries. They then all become friends with Seren and have another strange magical experience with orbs of light. Heulwen senses danger with regards to a stranger but Seren protects them with a spell. Emyr hating magic, runs off. The others then head to Lizzie Ann’s cottage but are chased by something menacing. Lizzie Ann reveals that they are part of the chosen 5 and conjures up more magical orbs of light which seek out the 5, the 5th being Emyr’s unhatched dragon egg. The next day they commence their magical training with Lizzie-Ann beginning by entering a stone circle and vanishing in thin air.

To be continued. I’m eager to read more, but parts III and IV haven’t been published yet.

The Embers of Enchantment Destinies Entwined Part 2 is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. Both son1 and I enjoyed this book.

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The Embers of Enchantment by S D Davieson

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Embers of Enchantment Destinies Entwined Part I by S D Davieson for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

The Embers of Enchantment by S D Davieson

Here is the book blurb.

Darkness has awoken once again within the shadows. Three unlikely Welsh teenagers and a young dragon fall mysteriously into each other’s lives as destiny is forced to intervene. Lizzie-Ann the white witch of Mwmbwls is already aware of the impending threat they face, but even she doesn’t have all the answers. Dylan attempts to train his dragon Heulwen. Seren receives a gift from nature that no other magical being has received in centuries and Emyr uncovers a dark secret that has been kept from him his whole life. Let’s just hope they have enough time to prepare for what is to come. We all now depend on them! Including you!

The Embers of Enchantment by S D Davieson

This is what son1 had to say.

I’m reviewing a book called the ‘Embers of Enchantment’.
I quite liked the book and rated it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It’s quite a multi mix of characters and so there isn’t really a main character.
The main characters are:
-Dylan and his pet dragon, Heulwen
-Emyr, son of Lord Deheubarth
There are other main characters but none more main than them.

Short and to the point, but I also read this book, so I’ll add my comments. This book is set in the Mumbles, Swansea area of South Wales. 14yr old Dylan has his own baby pet dragon, Heulwen, hatched from an egg who he is trying to teach to fly. Then we meet 15 yr old Emyr who lives in Oystermouth Castle. Also white witch Lizzie Ann with her large dragon Ysbryd. And Seren whose father has forbidden her to practice magic, but who has just received a wand whilst hiding in a bush. Versus Bartholomew, captain of the pirates searching for treasure in Oystermouth Bay.

An eclectic collection of characters who have just begun interacting when we reach the end of part I, with Emyr in a secret chamber he never knew existed in the castle. The reader is definitely left wanting to jump straight into part II, which was published last month. The book is being released in 4 parts, so you’ll have to wait for parts III and IV.

The Embers of Enchantment Destinies Entwined Part I is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. Both son1 and I enjoyed this book. We have also received a free copy of Part II, so son1 will start reading that soon.

The Embers of Enchantment by S D Davieson

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Tom Thorneval by Cornelius Addison

I have received a free e-copy of the childrens’ book Tom Thorneval by Cornelius Addison for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit his blog.

Tom Thorneval by Cornelius Addison

Here is the book blurb.

This rippingly entertaining anti-fairytale follows the misadventures of a half-fairy Dreammaker hoping to make it big in the world of men. Unfortunately, Tom Thorneval’s plan has drawn the ire of Fate, and the little merchant is robbed of all his dreams shortly after setting out on his grand adventure. With his loyal (if slightly insane) stoat Wix, a devastated Tom battles on through a series of horrifically funny misfortunes as he makes his way towards what he hopes is the Grand Goblin Fair, only to draw farther away from it in the process. This innovative literary event that races middle-schoolers through a Pythonesque world of music, color and wild adventure. Readers are invited to listen to the three songs from the tale with their smartphones and can even learn the author-composed melodies at the Addison’s Tales channel on MuseScore.com. With its philosophical turns, innovative digital additions and fable-like qualities, Tom Thorneval is a modern twist on what it’s like to be a little dreamer in a very big world.

Tom Thorneval

Son1 decided to write his review this time, rather than his usual video style. This is what he had to say.

I’m reviewing a book called Tom Thorneval
I didn’t actually like the book but you might like it. I rate it ⭐️⭐️
It’s all about a half-fairy called Tom Thorneval who sets off on a journey to sell his dreams at the Grand Goblin Fair. But he suffers a lot of trouble while he tries to get there. It comes with music 🎶. If you get it on IBooks or Kindle then it comes with music 🎶 but if you buy the paperback then you have to scan the QR code to get music 🎶.

Tom Thorneval is published by Wivern Digital and is available on Amazon, currently priced at £7.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. Son1 didn’t like this book, but it is a prize-winning tale, so just not to his taste.

I had a read of it as well, to try to determine why it didn’t hit the spot for son1. Tom has plenty of adventures on his journey involving trolls, a male witch, a goat-man, a toad, fairies and other creatures. The reader also gets to make a choice at one point as to whether takes the left or right path at a fork. All sounds good so far for a young boy to enjoy, but what may have put him off, is that Tom often mentions Mary, his true love. And this is where the book featured music. I really enjoyed listening to the music, but boys of my son’s age tend to dislike anything to do with love. So I feel although a nice story in my opinion, Tom talks about his true love too much for some of the target readership.

And finally here’s a fun link aimed at the children to interactively discover more about Tom Thorneval and other Cornelius Addison characters.

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The Fortress by Faye Carlisle

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Fortress by Faye Carlisle to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

The Fortress by Faye Carlisle

Here is the book blurb.

Nargassus is in trouble from the evil Sinisters. A prophecy says that a boy who is able to control the four elements of earth, fire, air and water will be able to restore peace to the land and defeat evil.

Cameron has these extra-special abilities and is sent on a mission to find the Sinisters with his two friends Anna and Sam. Anna is able to see visions of the future, and Sam has navigating powers.

The children’s search for the Sinisters leads them to a fortress where they meet Electro. Can they win against his lightning powers?

Here is son1’s video review.

The Fortress is available on Amazon, currently priced at £4.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. It is the first book in the Kodo children’s fantasy series and is aimed at age 7 to 10. Son1 enjoyed this book.

The Fortress by Faye Carlisle

I’ve mentioned previously that fantasy is not one of my favourite genres, but I read it too. Three keys have been stolen from the king and hidden by the Sinisters and young Cameron has been picked to retrieve them where experienced soldiers have previously failed. Two of his school friends, Sam and Anna accompany him on the dangerous mission. Later another child, Jenny who is untrained also joins them.

As the reader, I initially assumed that the book would encompass finding all the keys, but no, it ends shortly after finding the first key, leaving you all fired up to read the next book in the series,

The book is illustrated by Sunil Kalbandi. I always feel it is great for a child’s book to be illustrated but in this instance, I didn’t really care for the style of illustrations.

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Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr

I have received a free e-copy of the book Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr

Here is the book blurb.

It’s the last week of school. With sunny days ahead and no more tests or bullies, life for Max Hamby is about to get a lot better…..until he crashes into an odd exhibit at the local museum.

Strange things begin to happen.

When Max’s mother disappears, he’s left in the care of his eccentric neighbour where lawn gnomes come to life and a bird meows. Mrs. Pitt shows him that magic is real and not all like the fairytales
he once knew.

The discovery leads him to Merrihaven, where even stranger things await, including a dwarf, a troll and a couple of pixies.

He quickly finds himself at the center of a battle between good and evil.

Someone has resurrected the Shadowstone to free the evil imprisoned inside. Max must summon the courage to find seven magical stones to save his mother and stop the evil, before it’s too late.

Here is son1’s video review.

Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.02 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. It is the first book in the Max Hamby children’s fantasy series. Son1 gave this book a resounding thumbs up.

Max Hamby and the blood diamond

I took the opportunity to read this book too. Fantasy is not one of my preferred genres, but I do like to keep abreast of what the boys are reading. There are a lot of characters to meet, some of whom I assume will be developed further in subsequent stories in the series. We have humans, dwarves, gnomes, a friendly troll, pixies to name but a few of the heroes versus a very nasty witch and her entourage. I would say it is aimed at age 9+ as some parts are quite scary. There is lots of magic including seeing Max learn the extent of his magical powers that he was totally unaware of at the start, when he was the victim of the school bullies. It definitely ends leaving you wanting to read book 2 to find out what happens next.

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The Fell Hound of Adversity by Parker T. Geissel

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Fell Hound of Adversity by Parker T. Geissel to review. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

The Fell Hound of Adversity by Parker T. Geissel

Here is the book blurb.

Hard-boiled Suspense! Two-fisted Romance!! Bare-knuckle Thrills!!!

A down-and-out line cook gets mixed up with a beautiful federal agent and a sinister plot to destroy the city in the run-down, hard-luck town of Adversity, battling criminal thugs, crooked politicians, and something even worse that stalks the violent streets.

The author described it to me as a pulp/noir style thriller with a culinary theme. However I didn’t realise it was also going to be fantasy, which is not a genre that I am keen on. Most of the books that I have previously read with a culinary theme have been light romantic comedies.

I really struggled with this book but persevered to the end. It is set in the Charmed City of Adversity. Colonel Dashenka Ivanovna Stavrogin and her team have been sent by the Inland Revenue from the capital to carry out an audit but they seem to have a violent way of going about it. At the same time there are murders going on, with the bodies being found in a horrific dismembered state. Are the murders down to the local crime boss, The Princess of Darkness or perhaps the Fell Hound beast?

Meanwhile Rudimental Quince used to be a sous chef at a top restaurant but now scrapes a living helping at a sandwich bar. His downfall apparently due to falling out with his best friend, Blazing Buck Cortez, another chef. And Rudi’s brother Lenient is into dodgy dealings which get him captured. So his neighbour Marlene gets Rudi to try to rescue him.

All the politicians of the city like the Council Chairman Tinpot and Chief Auditor Leland Cue seem to be up to no good. Almost every character the book is violent or corrupt. And nobody dares venture into the West Side of the City due to rumours about the beast.

Even romance between ill-matched characters. And so on. There just seem to be too many threads intertwined in this book. Not for me, but if it sounds like your cup of tea, then give it a try.

The Fell Hound of Adversity is available on Amazon, currently priced at £9.99 in paperback or £2.28 in Kindle format.

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