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Absolute truth, for beginners

I received a free advance PDF copy of the book “Absolute Truth, For Beginners” by Katarina West  to review. It is Katarina’s second book, following her debut novel Witchcraft Couture. To find out more about the author you may visit her website or blog.

Absolute Truth for beginners by Katarina West

Here is the book blurb.

Elisa Mancini is a Nobody. Painfully insecure, more at ease with books than with people, at twenty-three she’s a university dropout living at her aunt’s, drifting from one day to another, and waiting for something big to happen.

Judith Shapiro is a Somebody. Arrogant and eccentric, she’s a superstar of mathematics, the subject of scientific articles, and the undisputed ruler of the world around her.

In a trillionth of a trillionth of a second, Elisa falls madly in love with Judith Shapiro. For sixty-eight days she is the mistress of an internationally acclaimed mathematician.

But loving Judith Shapiro is like running a marathon in a war zone. As days pass, Elisa’s wild infatuation takes on a suicidal bent, and the world around her starts to go to pieces. Just as everything is about to blow up, the moment of truth comes.

Absolute Truth, For Beginners is a story about truth, time and love. Or about identity, positive nursing, degrees of happiness, Baroque art, scientific theories, homosexual lovemaking, arrogant television producers, and becoming who you really are.

I haven’t read Katarina’s first novel so I had no pre-conceptions of what to expect with this book, but the title draws you in. The book starts with Elisa the main character arriving at her new workplace, The Shapiro Foundation but unable to get an answer on the intercom so wondering what to do next. You get an insight into her character and immediately pick up on her insecurities. Later I began to make comparisons between Elisa and her cousin Linda. Neither of their lives are going according to plan and although each sees what is wrong for the other, they can’t spot their own faults.

Elisa falls in love with Judith, the head of The Shapiro Foundation, a brilliant mathematician, but one who is struggling to prove her next theory. But the relationship seems very one-sided with Elisa giving her all and getting very little in return. There is also a big age-difference with Judith being over 30 years older than Elisa. I won’t say anymore. I’ll let you read it for yourselves.

The book is a different genre to what I would usually choose, so I was somewhere outside my reading comfort zone. For instance I’ve certainly never read about a mathematician before. However Katarina has included some controversial topics within her novel and dealt with them brilliantly.

Author photo Katarina West

This book is available on Amazon and is currently on a special promotion at £1.99 until 15 January 2016. The normal price will be £3.99

And the author is hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway 10 eBook copies of Absolute Truth, for Beginners. Open worldwide.

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

And you may see my other giveaways here.

Absolute Truth for Beginners book launch

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

6 December
Rocksprings Crafts http://www.rockspringscrafts.com/book-reviews#
7 December
Oksiblueberry http://oksiblueberry.blogspot.gr
The Book Harbor Reviews http://thebookharborblog.blogspot.it
8 December
Sarah Smiles http://www.sarahsmilesxxx.co.uk
Small Town Blogger https://smalltownfashionblogger.wordpress.com
9 December
Lovely Reads http://serenityslovelyreads.blogspot.com
Emma Jessica Chatter Box http://www.emmajessica-chatterbox.co.uk
10 December
Coco Butter Blog http://cocobutterblog.co.uk
Abigailjessicax http://abigailjessicax.blogspot.it
11 December
The Sparkle Nest http://thesparklenest.com
The Cosy Dragon www.thecosydragon.com
12 December
Reading Shy With Aly http://readingshy.blogspot.ca/p/contact-and-review-policy.html
Outback Review http://www.outback-revue.com
13 December
Consort http://consortpr.com
14 December
TNBBC’s The Next Best Book Blog thenextbestbookblog.blogspot.it
15 December
The Writing Desk tonyriches.blogspot.com
Mademoiselle https://mademoisellewomen.wordpress.com
16 December
Just Sammthing http://www.justsammthing.com
Yet another blogging mummy!!! https://blogmumjd.wordpress.com
17 December
Hall Ways http://kristinehallways.blogspot.com
Bitches n Prose http://bitchesnprose.blogspot.fi
18 December
The Sparkle Nest http://thesparklenest.com
Missntalks http://missntalks.weebly.com
19 December
Ishtyle Awhile http://www.ishtyleawhile.com
Anita’s Diaries https://anitasdiaries.wordpress.com
Mrs Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
20 December
A Beautiful Abode http://abeautifulabode.co.uk
21 December
Doodles, Doodles Everywhere http://gopaintbrush.blogspot.it
Up Your Vlog http://www.upyourvlog.com
22 December
It’s All I Say itsallisay.com
27 December
Books Are Love hello-booklover.tumblr.com
28 December
That’s What Sophie Did http://sophiedidwhat.blogspot.it
29 December
My Bookshelf Is Yours http://mybookshelfisyours.over-blog.com
30 December
The Librarian Talks https://thelibrariantalks.wordpress.com
Purple Curiosity – Color the Mundane http://purplecuriosity.com
31 December
Simply Being http://simplybeinggreat.net

You can find Katarina West on social media as follows:-
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And look out this afternoon for a guest post on my blog by Katarina.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.


Micah Seven Five – book review and giveaway (open worldwide)

I received a free copy of the book “Micah Seven Five” by Howard Robinson in Kindle format to review. This book is published by Inspired Quill.

Micah Seven Five

This book is a murder mystery with a twist as it also follows the issues going on in the personal life of the investigating police officer Detective Inspector Jack Munday.  An unnamed corpse is dumped outside a local charity shop in a bin bag amongst the charity bag donations. I really enjoyed reading this but I don’t want to give the plot away, so won’t say too much.

Set in the capital shortly after the Lloyd’s insurance crash, Micah Seven Five follows Detective Jack Munday’s hunt for a killer among the corrupt elite. Far from innocent himself, however, Munday must confront his own demons if he is to have any chance of finding his man. As he struggles to separate his ever-entangled professional and personal lives, he uncovers the terrible past of an unlikely group of acquaintances. Aimed primarily at lovers of crime fiction, Micah Seven Five takes a long hard look at the nature of friendship, and the motivations that blow it apart.

It is the second book by Howard Robinson. To find out more about the author you may visit his corner of the internet at http://www.howard-robinson.com/

Although the boys have read a few e-books, this is the first time I’ve read an e-book rather than a paper copy. I borrowed my other half’s ipad and found it very simple to download onto the Kindle app. It is also very easy to bookmark the page you’ve read up to. Initially it took me a couple of days to work out where I had stored it on Kindle, resorting to re-downloading each time I wished to read a few more pages. But then the penny dropped. I had only been looking at the titles stored on Cloud. A quick click and I found my e-book on the book shelf.

And best of all, I could zoom to a large font and clearly read the book. I was really struggling last month to read the paperbacks I took on holiday. I’ve always been short-sighted, but I’m now starting to lose my near vision. I need to decide whether the way forward is reading glasses in addition to continuing to wear my contact lenses or to give up with lenses and swap to bi-focal glasses.

Micah Seven Five

This book is available on Amazon at £7.99 in paperback or £3.55 for the Kindle edition. Well worth a read in my opinion.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a paperback copy of this book to one lucky winner plus e-book versions to two more winners. So three prize winners in total. This giveaway is open worldwide, but only UK residents may win the paperback copy. Anyone may win the e-book versions.

a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter. And come back and tweet about the giveaway every day for more chances to win!

And you may see my other giveaways here.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.