Book Giveaway For Wife Maintenance Quarterly!

Via the lovely people at Goodreads, you can win a signed copy of not only Wife Maintenance Quarterly but also Wife Maintenance Quarterly IIWife Maintenance Quarterly is a satirical comedy self-help book 🙂

SYNOPSIS
Do you have a wife?

Yes, you went ahead and did it, took the plunge and got married. And now, it’s too late to give her back and you’ve realised what an unmitigated disaster the unattended woman makes of everything.

Never fear

The marriage guidance writers of the world renowned Institute of spousal correction, Wife Maintenance Quarterly, are here to help. Whether you’ve got a fat frau, an insolent missus or a lazy wretch of a little woman, we’ve got just the right insider knowledge on which nuts to tweak to get your capsizing marriage ship-shape and tight as an au pair’s briefs.

Wife Maintenance Quarterly is primarily intended for new husbands, but it is also of use to old hands looking for tips on how to train and how to get the best out of their wives, singletons who’ve heard bad things and are afraid of making the plunge and, of course, women themselves looking for advice on how to be the best little wives they can be.*

Whatever your marital situation, make room for Wife Maintenance Quarterly on your bookshelf!

*Statistics show that at least 1 in 3 adult women can read.

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Wife Maintenance Quarterly II - front

The last 5 books I added to my Goodreads ‘to read’ list

One of the most excellent things about blogs is finding out about books that are out there that I haven’t read yet. These are the last five books I added to my ever expanding ‘to read’ list on Goodreads!

Click on the book cover to go directly to the Goodreads page. Each synopsis is taken from the relevant Goodreads page. Enjoy!

The Cat Who Came in from the Cold by Deric Longden
The little cat Deric Longden saw sitting forlornly on an upturned bucket belonged to the neighbours, but somehow when it began to rain it seemed only natural to bring him inside. Once there he slipped so easily into Deric and Aileen’s lives that there was an unspoken agreement that he had found his real home. Little did he know that he had entered the Longden world, in which the unexpected (almost) always happens. . .

Aileen being Aileen, it was probably inevitable that sooner or later the kitten would be trapped in the refrigerator. And Deric being Deric, the obvious way to thaw him back to life was to make a little coat for him out of a shrunken thermal vest. Thus the cat who came in from the cold got his name – Thermal – and joined the wonderful cast of characters in the ongoing Longden saga.
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The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there’s just one another resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.

When Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother she finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna’s and Luke’s families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them.
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Within This Frame by Lindy Zart
It comes in the mail—a beautiful invitation that promises humiliation and horror. Unless Maggie Smiley, former child celebrity and now overweight recluse, gets her courage and motivation in check, along with her health.

The phone call offering fitness expert Lance Denton a chance to work with Maggie Smiley promises retribution. He messed up a lot as a punk kid on the too-fast road to stardom, and how he treated his co-star never left him. It is that—and a long list of secrets she doesn’t need to know—that has him show up at Maggie’s doorstep.
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Jenny Lopez Saves Christmas by Lindsey Kelk
Jenny Lopez has had a crappy twelve months.

Determined to turn her festive frown upside down, she plans a super winter getaway for her nearest and dearest: ski cabin in Vermont, the best Christmas tree the world has ever seen and more bottles of champagne than is possibly legal to transport across state lines.

But nothing goes to plan and before she knows it, Jenny’s awesome super funtimes Christmas has turned into a dry, dull couples’ retreat. But this is Jenny Lopez. She’s going to have the best Christmas known to man and she’s not prepared to accept anything less, even if it means snowshoe-ing to the nearest store and dragging a turkey three miles in the snow. Even if it means chopping up her beloved Christmas tree to start a fire. Even if it means standing up a hot, wealthy doctor (a doctor, people!) to make sure everyone gets the holiday they deserve.

With her best friends, Angela and Erin, by her side Jenny Lopez is determined to save Christmas. Whether it likes it or not.
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Every Time a Bell Rings by Carmel Harrington
An angel gets its wings…

Belle has taken all the Christmas decorations down. This year they won’t be celebrating.

As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They’ve loved them as if they were their own. They shouldn’t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can’t bear the loss.

Hence, Christmas is cancelled.

So when Jim crashes his car one icy December night, after an argument about Lauren, Belle can only blame herself. Everything she loves is lost. And Belle finds herself standing on The Ha’Penny Bridge wishing she had never been born.

But what happens to a Christmas wish when an angel is listening…

Will Belle realise, before it’s too late, that her life is the most wonderful life of all?

Inspired by the timeless tale of beloved Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, Carmel Harrington’s next book tells the story of Belle, a young woman and foster carer from Dublin who faces the hardest decision of her life this Christmas on The Ha’Penny Bridge.

Full of Irish charm, magic, and the warmth of the festive season this is an emotional, heartwarming story that will stay with you long after you’ve reached ‘The End’. Perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern & Jojo Moyes.

Carmel is the bestselling author of The Life You Left & Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, voted Romantic eBook of the Year 2013.

Book review: Cheryl: My Story by Cheryl Cole


Goodreads synopsis
For the first time Cheryl tells her full story, her way. Revealing the truth behind the headlines, this is the only official autobiography, giving the fans the true story they’ve been waiting for. Includes exclusive, personal photos.

The nation’s sweetheart, Cheryl has achieved unrivalled success with Girls Aloud, as a solo artist, a judge on the X Factor, a fashion icon and as the face of L’Oreal. However, the path to fame is rarely easy and for Cheryl it has been a colourful journey.

From happy but humble beginnings growing up on a tough Newcastle estate, Cheryl saw firsthand the damage that drugs and alcohol can do. But this feisty Geordie never gave up on her dreams of being on stage.

With success came a level of fame no one could prepare for. As Cheryl’s career went from strength to strength her personal heartache was played out in the national media. From her divorce to her battles with malaria, Cheryl’s every move was captured by paparazzi. There was nowhere for Cheryl to hide. However, a true fighter, Cheryl emerged from every challenge stronger.

Now it’s Cheryl’s turn to set the record straight. In this heartfelt account, she opens up about all of the incredible ups and downs of her life. Told with searing honesty this is Cheryl as you’ve never seen her before.

My verdict: this is the review submitted on the Goodreads website
I’ve been a big fan of Cheryl’s since she auditioned for Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. I voted for her each week, and I was so excited when she won a place in Girls Aloud. I’ve seen Girls Aloud live in concert and I loved her on the X Factor, so I couldn’t wait to read her book, My Story. I wasn’t disappointed! I loved hearing her side of the story on so many subjects: her marriage to Ashley, what happened in that nightclub toilet when she was accused of assault, when she was ‘fired’ from the X Factor US; when she had malaria, all of it. I liked her even more after I’d read the book, as the media had spun so many things in their favour against her and I hadn’t realised just how stressful her life has been. I would recommend this to any Cheryl fan, it was a really interesting and eye-opening read.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The last 5 books I added to my Goodreads ‘to read’ list

One of the most excellent things about blogs and the internet is finding out about books that are out there that I haven’t read yet. These are the last five books I added to my ever expanding ‘to read’ list on Goodreads!

Click on the book cover to go directly to the Goodreads page. Each synopsis is taken from the relevant Goodreads page. Enjoy!

Boy Band by Jacqueline E. Smith
Sam Morneau is Melissa Parker’s best friend. He’s also a member of The Kind of September, basically the hottest boy band on the planet.

After two and a half years, Mel is all too familiar with the day-to-day occurrences that come with being a member of the band’s inner circle, including hectic schedules, passionate fans, and gossip-mongering celebrity girlfriends.

Now, with the release of the group’s third album just weeks away, their lives have never been crazier and Mel is doing everything she can to keep up, all the while trying to cope with the ridiculous rumors that follow the band everywhere they go and pretending that she isn’t harboring a secret and hopeless crush on Sam.

It’s weird enough being in love with your best friend. It’s even weirder when the rest of the world is in love with him, too.
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The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden
A landmark work of graphic memoir and a cancer narrative that pulls no punches.

When Jennifer Hayden was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 43, she realized that her tits told a story. Across a lifetime, they’d held so many meanings: hope and fear, pride and embarrassment, life and death. And then they were gone. Now, their story has become a way of understanding her story. Growing up flat-chested and highly aware of her inadequacies… heading off to college, where she “bloomed” in more ways than one… navigating adulthood between her mother’s mastectomy, her father’s mistress, and her musician boyfriend’s problems of his own—not to mention his sprawling family. Then the kids come along… As cancer strikes three different lives, some relationships crumble while others emerge even stronger, and this sarcastic child of the ‘70s finally finds a goddess she can believe in.

For everyone who’s faced cancer personally, or watched a loved one fight that battle, Hayden’s story is a much-needed breath of fresh air, an irresistible blend of sweetness and skepticism. Rich with both symbolism & humor, The Story of My Tits will leave you laughing, weeping, and feeling grateful for every day.
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Waterski Girl Wonder by Shellie Blum
Escaping instantaneous death and paralysis from a hangman’s broken neck, and shattered right jaw endured in a horrific watersking accident is only part of this unbelievable life story.

Follow Shellie on her journey from the Ozarks to Egypt and even the back alleys of Hollywood streets as she perseveres through more than her share of grueling set backs.

You don’t have to be a waterskier to enjoy this inspiring true story told by the first female freestyle waterskier ramp jumper in the world!
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Delayed by Daniela Reyes
One delayed flight can change everything.

Olivia doesn’t like airports. To make matters worse, she’s forced to spend her forgotten birthday waiting for a flight that will whisk her away to the start of a miserable summer. Everything seems to be going to schedule, until she runs into a crying boy at her gate.

Nick thought he would spend one of the saddest days of his life alone in an airport, waiting for a flight he never wants to board. Then he crosses paths with a strange girl named Olivia.

A delayed flight brings them together for a day, and the two teens find solace in one another. They go their separate ways, thinking they’ll never see each other. Until, two years later, a delayed flight brings them together again. And the randomness of their first meeting, unravels into something much greater than either one of them could ever imagine.

Set over the course of ten years, this is the story of two strangers falling in love, and the journey they face in trying to find their way back to each other.
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The KD Shindig by Philip Musson
The novel opens with the wedding of Kristin Nicol and Darren Maundeville in a small, historic cathedral in Northern Ireland. The guests returning to England, the author follows this toxic soup of friends and relatives for a year, opening a window onto the peaks and troughs of their lives: Maggie and Richard Dearlove, a reasonably happily married couple; Joanna Centofani, a self-adoring actress; the green-eyed Rosemary Icthus; the steely Mr. Cameron Scattergood and his antithetic wife, Ruth; the love-loathe duo Johnny Nicol and Charity B. as well as various other interrelated characters. The reader will sympathise, agonise and be antagonised!

The dark humour is evident throughout the novel – and although there are some characters who have only one scene within the book, sometimes these are drawn with more verve and wit than many of the others. The timescale is not linear either, sometimes jumping back and dealing with different characters to keep the reader’s interest. Plus the underlying story of spying, double-dealing and outright underhandedness definitely makes this story worth a second read.

Book review: Another Man’s War: The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain’s Forgotten African Army by Barnaby Phillips

Goodreads Synopsis
At age 16 Isaac Fadoyebo ran away from his West African village to join the British Army. The Second World War was raging, and Nigeria’s colonial masters were desperate to find men to defend India and the Empire. He was taking breakfast deep in the Burmese jungle when the Japanese ambushed his unit and left him for dead. With the help of a Muslim family he survived, but in every other way Isaac was forgotten, all the more so as Nigeria struggled to come to terms with its newfound independence. Yet Isaac could not forget the debt he owed to the Burmese family, now trapped in a simmering sectarian conflict. In Another Man’s War, veteran foreign correspondent Barnaby Phillips shares the gripping, unforgettable story of a Burma Boy in the Second World War and the legacy of colonial rule.

My verdict: this is the review submitted on the Goodreads website
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I entered this giveaway on behalf of my husband Michael, and I was lucky enough to win. The below review has come from Michael:

I, like so many people in Britain, know very little (if anything at all) about the situations of Burma/Myanmar and Nigeria in the second world war and post-war period. This book certainly goes some way to begin filling in those gaps in knowledge. Quite some time ago, I had gotten to a stage where watching historical films and documentaries, and even reading books about the second world war, had ceased to tell me anything that I didn’t already know something about, but this book gave me much information that I had previously had no idea of at all. More than the story of one soldier, or even the West African divisions that fought for Britain in the Indian theatre of the war (something totally glossed over by many of the mainstream histories of the period), this book goes some way to describe the post-war realities of the places that it mentions.

Exceedingly well written and even in the slow parts, never dull, I would say that this book is a must-read for anybody interested in the British Empire, West Africa, Nigeria, India, Burma/Myanmar and the second world war. I had originally intended to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars rating, as it left so many more questions than it had answers for, but then I remembered that it’s not one author’s job to spoonfeed me information. This book is a 5 star book, and anything less would be an insult.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Short story review: Like and Subscribe by Jay Bell

Amazon synopsis
Remember that hunky guy on YouTube who caught your eye? The one with the awesome pecs and killer smile? I bet you couldn’t stop watching his videos. Just imagine if you had a chance to meet him and all your fantasies started coming true. There’s only one catch: Between you and your dream guy is his less-than-pleased boyfriend. They say that love conquers all, but can love conquer love? Like and Subscribe is a new short story by Jay Bell, the author of Something Like Summer.

My verdict
This is the first story I’ve read by Jay Bell, and after reading Like and Subscribe, I’m looking forward to reading more of his work. Like and Subscribe was well written, easy to read, funny and the characters were really likeable. I’ve found myself addicted to watching specific YouTube characters in the past, so I fully get where Evan is coming from with his interest in Tony. Highly recommended 🙂

The story is currently free on Amazon, so rush to get it!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Short story review: Breakfast In Paris by Graeme Cameron


Amazon synopsis

At a sidewalk café on a bustling Parisian avenue, a man awaits a rendezvous with the woman of his dreams. But as anticipation turns to dread, is he about to wake with a start?

My verdict
I have recently started reading short stories, and this is the shortest so far! It being short wasn’t an issue; it was well-written, entertaining and certainly left me wanting more from this author.

The book is currently free on Amazon 🙂

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars