10 Statements – Lisa Manterfield

 

Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of A Strange Companion and I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. Learn more at LisaManterfield.com.

 

 

Find me…

Website:  http://lisamanterfield.com/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4475622.Lisa_Manterfield

Instagram:  @lmanterfield

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/lisamanterfield

Amazon:  Lisa Manterfield

 

My personal motto:

“Leap and the net will appear. If it doesn’t, flap your arms like crazy.”

 

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… Coffee…before anything else. I try to exercise in the morning, too, but some days I just want to get to my writing. I actually like writing in bed. With my coffee, of course.
  2. I lose track of time when I’m in a scene with my characters and I really understand what they want and why it matters so much for them to get it. When that happens, it takes a while to readjust back to the real world.
  3. I have always… been curious. My mum says I never slept as a baby in case I missed something. I’m interested in lots of different things. I’m definitely a jack of all trades.
  4. I have never… had a speeding ticket. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.
  5. Home means to me… wherever I lay my cat, that’s my home. I’ve always been “geographically flexible” and I’ve moved around a lot. As long as I can cozy up with my husband, cat, and a good book, I’m home.
  6. I am inspired by… nature. Being outdoors changes my whole demeanor and fires up my creativity. I especially love visiting my family in the UK and getting back out into the hills near where I grew up.
  7. I would like to meet… Sir David Attenborough. He has such a respect for the natural world and such a gentle, but inquisitive way of teaching. In another life, I might have followed in his footsteps.
  8. My worst character trait… time optimism. I’m a chronic over-scheduler. All these years and I still can’t seem to get a grasp on how long things take.
  9. My best character trait… tenacity. I am very determined about whatever I set my mind to. All sorts of talent deficits can be overcome by sticking with something for long enough.
  10. The best advice I was given… Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Just be yourself and forge your own path.

A Strange Companion

Kat Richardson isn’t running away from grief; she’s just hiding out in a gloomy Welsh university town until she’s sure it’s gone. Now, one year, nine months, and 27 days after the climbing death of her first love, Gabe, she thinks she’s ready to venture out into the relationship world again. And Owen—a cake-baking, Super Ball-making chemistry student—appears to be a kind, funny, and very attractive option.

But the arrival of Kat’s newly adopted niece, Mai, forces her home to northern England, where she runs head first into all the memories of Gabe she’s tried to leave behind—and discovers that Mai stirs up an unnerving feeling of déjà vu. Before long, Kat’s logical, scientific beliefs about life after death are in battle with what she feels to be true—that reincarnation is real and Gabe has come back to her through Mai. The question now, is why?

Taking on the topics of love, loss, and how we deal with grief, A Strange Companion is a twisted love triangle among the living, the dead, and the reincarnated.

Print length:  342 pages

Published:  2017-04-04

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10 Statements – Brent Jones

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. The Fifteenth of June is his debut novel.

Jones is working on his sophomore release from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, (mostly) vegetarian, the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex, and a devoted “Instagram husband.” Subscribe to his newsletter or follow him on Twitter.

Find me…

Website:  http://authorbrentjones.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBrentJ/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/authorbrentj/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AuthorBrentJ

My personal motto:

“You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take.”  (Wayne Gretzky)

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… A bike ride, a cup of coffee, and a bowl of sugary kiddy cereal. I tend to be most alert and creative in the morning, but for some reason, I often don’t get to writing until the afternoon. I need to change that.
  2. I lose track of time When I’m revising my own work. I’ll finish my first draft of a chapter, then lose track of the rest of the day going over it again and again, making small changes in word choice that no one but me will ever notice.
  3. I have always… Enjoyed playing the guitar, even if I only know like four songs, three chords, two scales, and have no sense of rhythm.
  4. I have never… Had any desire to jump out of an airplane, no matter how much fun my friends tell me skydiving is. I don’t like zip lines, either, for that matter. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure I’m just scared of heights.
  5. Home means to me… Funny, the concept of ‘home’ is a central theme in my second novel, which I hope to have published by August. Home, to me, is the place where we are set free.
  6. I am inspired by… Fantastic works of fiction. There are times when I will read a story and say to myself, “Wow. If I ever create something half as good as this, I’ll feel so accomplished.” That last happened to me reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I imagine the larger-than-life titles we hope to emulate vary from one author to the next, but it’s those humbling experiences that keep me writing. We never know how good our work might be until we put the proverbial pen to paper.
  7. I would like to meet… If we’re talking about authors, I’d love to have a chat with Stephen King. I would find it hard to believe that he’d ever be short on stories to tell in person—we’d have an interesting conversation, I’m sure. But if we’re talking about the general population, I think I might choose Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She’s an author, too, I guess, but I tend to think of her more as an outspoken activist and overall badass. Her story is incredibly inspiring.
  8. My worst character trait… I mean, I’m a bit of an arrogant know-it-all sometimes. I tune people out when they’re talking, although not on purpose. My mind wanders constantly and I’m a bit self-deprecating. And I have a bad habit of chewing my fingernails. Do I have to choose just one?
  9. My best character trait… I’m pretty driven. When I set my mind to do something, I keep working at it until I get it done, no matter how many times I fall down along the way.
  10. The best advice I was given… When I was growing up, my father often told me that “nothing is forever.” On the surface, it sounds a bit negative, right? But the thing is, I’ve come to understand what he meant—that life is full of opportunities to try something new, and that’s exactly what I’ve spent most of my adult life doing. Trying new things, turning new corners, and figuring this whole life thing out as I go.

The Fifteenth of June

Can we lose a loved one without losing ourselves?

Twenty-eight-year-old Drew Thomson is haunted by a troubled past. After struggling for years with alcoholism and antisocial behavior, he ends a stable relationship with his girlfriend and finds himself without a home, job, or purpose.

Just as he learns that his father is terminally ill, he meets a stranger who offers him a flicker of hope for a better future. But is he ready to bury the past?

Rich with dark humor and a keen insight into the human condition, this debut fictional release from author Brent Jones delves into life’s most pressing trials—destructive relationships, love, loss, and pursuing happiness.

Print length:  224 pages

Published:  2017-02-21

Buy links:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WVSFZHM/


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Skunks Dance by St John Karp

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Spivey Spillane’s grandmammy always said there were only two good reasons to kill a man — for cheating on a woman, and for serving drinks to a Yankee. She may have had a hand in winning the Revolutionary War, but even she never met the likes of Alabama Sam. Sam robs a bank under Spillane’s name, casts him in an obscene one-man play wearing only a pink tutu, and starts a betting pool on how many wieners he has. Despite the indignities Spillane suffers, he chases Sam across Gold-Rush-era California because Sam is the only one who knows the location of a hidden fortune buried somewhere in the hills.

Meanwhile in the present, seventeen-year-olds Amanda and Jet have rekindled an old childhood rivalry. Amanda is obsessed with finding the treasure of her infamous ancestor Spivey Spillane. Jet and Amanda’s feud comes to a head over an extended incident involving a broken window, an exploded car, and a charge of sexual assault with a candy Batman. Jet vows that he is going to find to Spillane’s gold before Amanda does, but it doesn’t take them long to realize that someone may have come this way already — someone who wants the past to stay buried.

Inspired by the rickety world of 1960s British-made Westerns, SKUNKS DANCE is a tale of revenge, greed, and men in tutus.

Genre(s): Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Humor & Satire > General Humor
Series: n.a.
Length: 231 pages
Release date: 2017-01-24

 

Teaser


Spivey Spillane – Teaser:

“Deputy, come on in. I was just readin’ Mr. Spillane here the crazy talk.”

“Hells bells! Where were you up to?”

“‘Crazy-ass,'” said the sheriff.

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Jet and Amanda – Teaser:

“Oh dear,” said Mrs. Ashwood as she secured the brass attachments onto her bra. “Do you have any more Wolverines?”

The chef coughed wetly into his hands and pulled a candy Batman out of his pants.

“No more Wolverine, but we got too many of these Batmans. Can’t get rid of them for love or money.”


My Opinion

This book comprises two plot lines, told in alternating chapters. One plot line (the times of the gold rush) introduces you to Spivey Spillane, hunting Alabama Sam who is pulling pranks in his name. The other plot line (now) introduces you to Jet and Amanda. Like her ancestor, Spivey Spillane, Amanda wants to find the treasure.

With Somewhere in the Skunks Dance, St John Carp has created a humorous mystery that left me with mixed feelings. I cannot say, that I cared a lot for Spivey’s part of the story, it was too bizarre for my liking; despite that, this plot line had its moments. Jet, Amanda, and Gina’s plot line often was pretty hilarious, sometimes a little bizarre as well. The relevant characters in the present plot line are of sufficient depth, and Jet’s little sister Gina is a gem.

This is a book for you if you like bizarre suspense, two alternating plot lines; and if you like unusual stories.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot Spivey Spillane: ⭐ ⭐ Jet and Amanda ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters Spivey Spillane: ⭐ ⭐ Jet and Amanda ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

I am a writer, historian, and ornamental hermit. I enjoy living close to things so I can not go to them, and I spend my time pining for my old age when I can shout at kids to get off my lawn.

I love books that are bizarre and exciting and ridiculous. There’s something so liberating about a book that makes you want to run up to the nearest person and describe the amazing thoughts that have just been put in your head. I love the authors so much who’ve done that for me, and the most I can hope for is to do that for someone else.

If I could travel back in time to any point in history, it would be the 1920s. The first question I’d ask is for directions to the nearest speakeasy.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Skunks Dance? Or – if you did not yet read Skunks Dance – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – St John Karp

 

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An Encounter at Longbourn (Longbourn, #2) by Margaret Lynette Sharp

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

At her parent’s request, Elizabeth brings both Darcy and Georgiana along to a family gathering at Longbourn. The eyes of the guest-of-honour, Hodges, are immediately and irresistibly drawn not to Catherine (who is smitten by him), but to Miss Darcy, whose sweetness and musical talent excite his sensibilities. What will be the outcome of this mutual attraction, which defies both the best-laid plans of Mrs Bennet and a social hierarchy in which Hodges, though a fine physician, is somehow viewed as wholly unworthy of Georgiana Darcy (except, it seems, by Georgiana herself)?

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Short Stories
Kindle Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Romance
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Classics > Historical
Series: Longbourn, #2
Length: 43 pages
Release date: 2016-10-22

 

Teaser


“You are very kind to make such a comment, Elizabeth.”

“Perhaps, but it is, in greater measure, perfectly truthful.”

Georgiana gave no answer, save to avert her eyes towards the floor.


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

With An Encounter at Longbourn, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created a nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice or watched the TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice special. It is a short read, taking you back to Longbourn and Pemberly to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and Longbourn experiences. Margaret Lynette Sharp took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice, fan fiction, classic reads, and classic reads’ fan fiction.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville ( in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’. To date, I have twenty-five published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about An Encounter at Longbourn? Or – if you did not yet read An Encounter at Longbourn – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Inside Moves (A Wainwright Mystery, #2) by Walter Danley

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

AMNESIA TOOK HIS PAST, THE MOB STOLE HIS WIFE. GETTING BOTH BACK MAY COST WAINWRIGHT HIS LIFE.

The cable gave Wainwright shocking news of his brother’s death. Garth and Lacey interrupt their honeymoon in Austria to fly home for the services. A tragic car wreck is the first in a chain of extraordinary events—no other person has ever experienced—that drive this heart-pounding thriller.

Waking in the hospital, from a month-long coma, Wainwright’s memory is erased by amnesia. He learns he has a wife who went missing from the crash. He must find those who took Lacey. Then he learns of her secret past, one she’s kept hidden from all.

Fate and circumstances propel an unlikely partnership with his arch enemy, the Assassin. Together they hunt international locations—but with very different goals.
Wainwright—to find his lost past and to rescue a kidnapped bride.

The Assassin—to kill those who hold her captive.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Murder
Kindle eBooks > Romance > Mystery & Suspense > Suspense
Books > Romance > Romantic Suspense
Series: A Wainwright Mystery, #2
Length: 298 pages
Release date: 2016-09-30

Teaser


“The police haven’t figured out all the details yet,” Tommy said, “but a sheriff’s deputy found you pinned against the steering wheel of your car and pretty beat up at the bottom of a cliff. He smelled gasoline, so they got you out of the wreck fast.”

“Which cliff? Where did it happen?”


My Opinion

This book reintroduces the readers to Garth Wainwright. He cuts his honeymoon in Salzburg short to attend his brother’s funeral.

With Inside Moves, Walter Danley continues his thrilling Wainwright Mystery series. It is a highly compelling read, with interesting characters – some already known and others newly introduced. Walter Danley paints a clear picture of the most important characters’ minds while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Garth and his experiences – an invisible friend and ally; learning with him that there are different kinds of bad guys. The characters are complex, believable with their flaws and virtues. Several plot lines are expertly woven into a thrilling experience – Inside Moves has a wonderful flow; it was easy to get hooked. I am looking forward to reading more.

This is a book for you if you like thrillers with believable and complex characters.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast, steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content 😳 – 😡

About the author

Walter Danley is a mystery and suspense novelist and the author of the Wainwright Mystery series, highly praised, fast-paced thriller novels to die for! As a former investment executive, Danley now writes mystery and suspense thrillers instead of living them every day.

The series protagonist, Garth Wainwright, is a character created from bits and pieces of the many people the author knew in business from that era. The conflicts, conspiracies and murders in these stories are all fiction from the author’s fevered brow. But the fraud, sex, and greed he’s written about comprised significant elements of the multi-billion-dollar real estate syndication business of the late 70s and early 80s. Danley used his years of experience in that industry to craft the Wainwright Mystery series.

Critics say that if you like mystery and suspense tales with exhilarating thrills, blind curve plot twists, and page-turning action, you will love Walter Danley’s novels. Walter lives in the Texas Hill Country and writes from his library overlooking the Cibolo Creek.

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Amazon:  Walter Danley

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Inside Moves?  Or – if you did not yet read Inside Moves – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  The Tipping Point (A Wainwright Mystery, #1)

 

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