New Podcast Episode Out Now!!

Episode 3 of Speaking LITerally Podcast is now live. We had so much fun with this one as we interviewed military veteran turned self published author, C T Ortega. It was an inspiring interview and definitely worth a listen.

CT Ortega retired from his 20 year career from the military last May and has since been juggling fatherhood to two teens and writing. In fact he has already written 10 novels, one of which I previously reviewed which was The Writer and The Throne, which is the first book in his Warfare of the Gods series.

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Book Review – From Here to Eternity (Travelling the world to find the good death) by Caitlin Doughty (Audiobook)

Did you know that one of the traditions in Japan is to gather around the cremated remains of their dearly departed, and using chopsticks to pick up bone fragments and placing these in the urn, leaving the hyoid bone to last?

This is just one of many interesting facts on this audiobook. If you are interested in learning more about death and different culture’s traditions with funerals and burials then this is the book for you.

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Book Review – The Writer and The Throne by Caleb Ortega

To mark the recording of our next podcast episode of Speaking Literally Podcast today in which we interviewed, fantasy author, C.T Ortega here is my review of his first book in the Warfare of the Gods series, The Writer and The Throne.


Welcome to Saggilmut, a heavenly realm that is all but serene, torn from thousands of years of feuding between the gods. Mythologies clash as Odin, King of Asgard, will stop at nothing to achieve his fate to rule, while Zeus, Lord Shiva, Osiris and other gods great and powerful have their own contradictory agendas.

Join 19 year-old Aaron, the first proclaimed Writer, as he journeys to uncover the truth of the impending war, traveling the supernal world, learning which gods can be trusted and which have been lying to mankind since the beginning.

In the end, only one of the gods can be proclaimed as the Ruler of Gods. But first, they will have to survive the Warfare of the Gods.

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Book Review – The Mismatch by Sara Jafari

This was another Netgalley review, however this book is out now. As always, I was gifted a free copy in exchange for an honest review.


For a young woman who just wants to get her first kiss out of the way, a rugby player seems like the perfect mismatch. But a kiss is never just a kiss. . ..

Now that Soraya Nazari has graduated from university, she thinks it’s time she get some of the life experience that she feels she’s still lacking, partly due to her upbringing–and Magnus Evans seems like the perfect way to get it.

Whereas she’s the somewhat timid, artistic daughter of Iranian immigrants, Magnus is the quintessential British lad. Because they have so little in common, Soraya knows there’s no way she could ever fall for him, so what’s the harm in having a little fun as she navigates her postgrad life? Besides, the more she discovers about her mother’s past and the strain between her parents, the less appealing marriage becomes.

Before long, Soraya begins to realize that there’s much more to Magnus than meets the eye. But could she really have a relationship with him? Is she more like her mother than she ever would have thought?

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Book Review – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

I last read this book two years ago, I borrowed it from the library but last Christmas my amazing fiance, bought me the whole series so I thought it was time to reread it so I can finish the series (I only read the first two last time)

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Book Review – The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst

Its time for another Netgalley review, this time its The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst which is out tomorrow (22nd July)

The Lock In is mostly set over one day, or to be exact one consecutive period of time when a group of housemates (and one of the housemate’s date) becomes locked in the attic after the door handle breaks off. Did I mention that the house is also flooding due to a leaking pipe in the kitchen? With no signal and no access to WiFi the group try to come up with creative ways of getting help. However, in between their planning drama occurs and secrets are revealed which threaten to tear friendships apart.

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Cover reveal – Dancers in the Wind by Anne Coates

In collaboration with Red Dog Press I am honoured to give you the first sneak peek at the cover for Anne Coates’ new novel, Dancers in the Wind, coming out August 10th.


She is hunting for the truth, but who is hunting her?

Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess, and police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan.

When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognisable, Hannah has to make some tough decisions and is drawn ever deeper into the world of deceit and violence. Three sex workers are murdered, their deaths covered up in a media blackout, and Hannah herself is under threat.

As she comes to realise that the taste for vice reaches into the higher echelons of the great and the good, Hannah realises she must do everything in her power to expose the truth …. and stay alive.

You can preorder the novel here-



For most of her working life in publishing, Anne has had a foot in both camps as a writer and an editor, moving from book publishing to magazines and then freelancing in both.

Having edited both fiction and narrative non-fiction, she has also had short stories published in a variety of magazines including Bella and Candis and is the author of seven non-fiction books.

Telling stories is Anne’s first love and nearly all her short fiction as well as Dancers in The Wind and Death’s Silent Judgement began with a real event followed by a ‘what if …’.
That is also the case with the two prize-winning stories: Codewords and Eternal Love.

Find her on twitter @Anne_Coates1

Book Review – The Troubles With Us by Alix O’Neill

What do you get if you mix Sex and the City with Derry Girls combined with the humour of Mrs Brown’s Boys? Well you get something like The Troubles With Us.

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Book Review – Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

I read this as part of a buddy read and it is one I have wanted to read for a while. I read Of Mice and Men as part of my school studies many many years ago and I found I really enjoyed it and liked Steinbeck’s writing style so I thought I would give this a go.

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Book Tour – review of Far From The Tree by Rob Parker

I love a good thriller and I must admit it has been a while since I have read one. So I was honoured when Red Dog Press invited me to take part in this book tour.

Far From The Tree is the first novel in Rob Parker’s Thirty Miles trilogy and is set in Warrington, a small town where murders are a rare occurrence. But when 27 bodies are uncovered, vacuum packed, wrapped in plastic in a woodland trench, DI Brendan Foley finds himself  assigned as Senior Investigating Officer. But then as details unfold and bodies are identified he realises that this case a little too close to home, things get too personal and when feelings are involved, things get messy. Working closely with DS Madison he has to choose between solving the case or protecting his family? As a career driven, man this is potentially the biggest case of his life, but at what cost?

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