10 Statements – James Schofield

I have worked in Europe and Asia for various organisations and now live in Munich, Germany. As well as writing material for magazines, educational publishers, websites and myself, I’m a qualified business coach, trainer and moderator.

I write short stories for various magazines including Business Spotlight, Spotlight (Germany) and Speak Up! (Italy). Some of these stories you can also listen to on my podcast ‘Behind the Bottom Line’ in which I read my magazine stories and explain something about their real life background:

I’m working on a thriller set in Munich, Zagreb, Venice and London.

I’m married and we have seven children, three dogs and a sinister black fish that lives in a small tank in our bathroom. It scares the shit out of me.

Find me…

Short story podcast:  https://anchor.fm/dashboard
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jrtschofield
Author pages
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B0034OVZOE

My personal motto:

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” (Woody Allen)

10 statements
  1. A typical (work) day begins with… letting the dogs out into the garden while I make myself some tea.
  2. I lose track of time when I have a story idea that works as I get it onto paper.
  3. I have always… wanted to be a champion ballroom dancer.
  4. I have never… visited the US. I feel like I’m one of the few people left who hasn’t.
  5. Home means to me… good tea.
  6. I am inspired by… deadlines.
  7. I would like to meet… Jane Austen.
  8. My worst character trait… I care too much what people think of me.
  9. My best character trait… I try very hard to keep my promises.
  10. The best advice I was given… “You don’t have to be someone. It’s enough to just be.”

Fractured by Elizabeth Antonucci #BookReview @AntonucciAuthor

Cover: Fractured
by Elizabeth Antonucci

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

(by Goodreads)

From the outside looking in, Elizabeth had the perfect life. She had a family who loved her, numerous friends, and a successful career. No one knew the hurt, pain, and angst she hid inside, struggling to keep herself small so those around her would still like her.

It all came to a head on October 23, 2007, when her parents received a call that she was lying lifeless in the ICU in a hospital in Utah — “You better get out here, your daughter is not going to make it.” Fractured: My Journey Back from Death and the Lessons I’ve Learned Along the Way is the memoir of Elizabeth’s recovery, spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is about her deliberate decision to begin the hard work of finding and using her voice and the struggle to break out of the box that society tried to keep her in.

​This is the story of what happens when one woman stared death in the face and decided to make a conscious choice not to go back to sleep, but to wake up and live the life she knew she was meant to live.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Nonfiction > Self-Help > Eating Disorders & Body Image
> Health, Fitness & Dieting
> Health, Fitness & Dieting > Mental Health > Eating Disorders
Series: n.a.
Length: 258 pages
Release date: 2017-07-17



The one thing that I was still really struggling with was why David had to die. He was younger than I was. “It is just so unfair that someone so young had to lose their life. He didn’t even get to experience everything he was supposed to while he was here on earth,” I told Julie.

Staring straight into my heart with those piercing blue eyes, she told me, in her sweet, calming Julie Walker voice, “Even though David is not physically here in this realm, he will still be able to do all that he was supposed to do on this earth, just on a different plane. He will always be there if you need guidance or anything from him.”

My Opinion

This memoir introduces you to Elizabeth Antonucci, accident survivor and discoverer of her true self.

With Fractured, Elizabeth Antonucci has created a memoir about how an accident changed her life. She tells the readers about more than the accident and her way to recovery: She shares her insights on issues like group pressure, the urge to please, and how she tried to adapt – not only before the accident. It has certainly taken a lot of courage to write this memoir, even more so in breaking long-term behaviour patterns. Kudos to Elizabeth Antonucci – she has really learnt her lessons.

This is a book for you if you like memoirs with thought-provoking insights.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters n.a.
Mood Hopeful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (appropriate)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)


About the author

Elizabeth Antonucci is the founding director of the non-profit company Step Up Chicago Playwrights and is on its advisory board. Through her charitable and non-profit work, speaking engagements, and her book Fractured: My Journey Back From Death and the Lessons I’ve Learned Along the Way, she aims to share her experiences, promote acceptance and self-love, and help others find their authentic voice. Originally from Chicago she is a huge Cubs and Bulls fan.

​Elizabeth currently lives in Clovis, California, with her loving husband Brian and their incredibly hyperactive, digging addict, toy-destroying puppy Walker. She volunteers at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California and is a Realtor with Guarantee Real Estate.

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 Fractured? Or – if you did not yet read Fractured – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂





Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French by Jordan Phillips



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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

Part travel narrative and part lifestyle guide, Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French is a must-read for anyone who’s ever dreamed about traveling to or living in France.

Author Jordan Phillips is a bona fide Francophile. Just show her a wedge of oozy French cheese or a slightly dilapidated Mansard roof, and she’ll swoon every time. Before moving to New York, Phillips lived in Paris, and she still travels to her apartment there frequently. But through these experiences, she learned that—as in so many things in life—fantasy is often better than reality.

Filled with historical tidbits, motivational nuggets, and honest insight, chapters such as “La Vie Est Belle,” “The Paris Syndrome,” and “Jacques-in-the-Box” reveal the truth of what it’s really like to live in the most beautiful city in the world.

Whether you’re headed to Paris next week or never make it there at all, this chatty and information-packed book will introduce you to the real City of Light—beyond the fantasy of the Instagram version.

Genre(s): Non-fiction > Travel > Europe > France
Series: n.a.
Length: 256 pages
Release date: 2016-07-04



Plus, if your instincts are on point and the place is packed with Parisians, I’ll bet your food is fantastic. No need to map it or Instagram it or photograph it; just live it. Eat, breathe, talk, and watch everything and everyone around you. If you learn to master this (whether on a trip or in your own day-to-day life), you will experience something that Parisians have enjoyed for hundreds of years.

My Opinion

This book is a fresh take on what life and living (or at least visiting) in Paris means.

With Inspired by Paris, Jordan Philipps has created a refreshing and enjoyable read about the French capital. It is a fun read with innumerable advice on experiencing a wonderful stay in Paris. The readers learn about the Parisians’ behaviour, gain insights in the art of letting the world go by, are lured to smell and taste, and dive into the world of French artists of any kind. Jordan Phillips paints a clear picture of Paris and its inhabitants – as well as of their culture and customs. Jordan Phillips’ love for Paris shows; she provides complex information in a light-hearted style, and the narrative has a really good flow.

This is a book for you if you like travelling, great experiences, good food, and a refreshing take on things.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters n.a.
Mood Thoughtful
Pace Steady
POV First person
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:


About the author

Jordan Phillips is the author of Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French Is Better Than Being French. She spends most of her time in New York City with her husband and daughter but enjoys escaping to her apartment in Paris as often as possible.

Jordan holds a master’s degree in fashion marketing and management from the École Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode (ESMOD) in Paris, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). She is also the author of Sustainable Luxe: A Guide to Feel-Good Fashion and The Lure of Luxe: Climbing the Luxury Consumption Pyramid.

For more information, and to shop for fabulous vintage clothing and accessories from France, please visit www.inspiredbyparis.com.

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 Inspired by Paris?  Or – if you did not yet read Inspired by Paris – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

10 Statements – Jordan Phillips





Ascending Spiral by Bob Rich



The author sent me a review copy (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Join us on an epic journey older than civilization itself
Dr. Pip Lipkin has lived for 12,000 years, incarnated many times as man, woman, and even as species beyond our world and senses. But he’s here for a reason: to pay restitution for an ancient crime by working to save humanity from certain destruction. “Ascending Spiral” is a book that will take the reader to many different places and times, showing, ultimately, that our differences and divisions, even at their most devastating, are less important than our similarities.

Reviewers’ Acclaim:

“Bob Rich powerfully evokes the wounded healer archetype in “Ascending Spiral,” taking readers on Pip’s painful and insightful journey through lifetimes that serve as a shining example of how to turn misery into virtue.”
–Diane Wing, author, Coven: Scrolls of the Four Winds
“Dr. Bob Rich’s “Ascending Spiral” is a true genre-buster, incorporating elements of historical fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, and even a hint of nonfiction to create an entertaining novel with an important message.”
Magdalena Ball, CompulsiveReader.com
“The way of karma rings true for many people, and this book is a very well written and thoughtful explanation of its message. It is also an exciting, historically accurate series of linked stories that will hold the reader in his chair for a single sitting. Highly recommended.”
Frances Burke, author of Endless Time
From Marvelous Spirit Press http://www.MarvelousSpirit.com
“Books that maximize empowerment of mind and spirit”


Genre(s):  Science fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction

Series:  n.a.

Length:  248 pages



What craziness am I talking about? When people ask me to introduce myself, I often say I am a visitor from a faraway galaxy. At home, I’m an Historian of Horror, so Earth is my favorite place in all the Universe. Where else do you find an organized game (called war) in which intelligent beings kill each other? Where else are child-raising practices designed to damage children? And best of all, where else do you see the entire economy of a species designed to destroy the life support system of the planet? For an Historian of Horror, that’s delicious.


My Opinion

This story introduces you to Dr. Pip Lipkin, often calling himself a Historian of Horror. His reincarnation through the ages leads you to the present, stirring questions about our reality. I cannot tell you more about the story as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.

With Ascending Spiral, Dr. Bob Rich presents us with a thrilling journey through some darker points in history. Each time passage and/or reincarnation has its own flow and length. I soon asked myself this burning question: “When will they ever learn?” (from ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’, written by Pete Seeger in 1955). I had a great time reading Ascending Spiral. It is a thought-provoking and chilling read, especially if you consider the above teaser – it is chilling because it is really ‘close to home’. This story is for you if you appreciate a well written combination of fiction and non-fiction and/or if you like thought-provoking material.



About the author

Bob Rich (with another author page for Dr Robert Rich) is an Australian storyteller. He has had 15 books published as at March, 2013. Four of them have won international awards.
These books cover a range of topics:
The “Earth Garden Building Book: design and build your own house” was the first, in 1986. The 4th edition is still for sale, at least in Australia. It came about because Bob had been sending “how to” articles to a wonderful magazine, “Earth Garden” since 1980. One day, he posted a letter to the magazine’s publisher, Keith Smith, suggesting they write a building book together. Then he checked his PO box, and there was a letter from Keith, with the same suggestion!
His second book was “Woodworking for Idiots Like Me,” which is a collection of autobiographical short stories that’ll often raise a laugh, with each story containing instruction on some woodworking task.
After this came fiction, with increasing success. You can find out about them all at http://bobswriting.com where you’ll also be entertained with free reading.
Bob is passionate about changing the world, so it is suitable for human habitation. This is because he is a professional grandfather.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://bobrich18.wordpress.com/

Amazon:  Bob Rich

Buy Link:



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 Ascending Spiral?  Or – if you did not yet read Ascending Spiral – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Ascending Spiral was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood by Kasia James (ed.)

My rating: 
4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

‘Mother’ is a word heavy with associations.

Becoming a mother is surely one of the biggest changes and challenges in a woman’s life. It is at once an absolutely unique experience, and yet one which is so common that it is often overlooked. Motherhood is intense, relentless and absorbing, in all senses of the word.

Popular culture seems to have a split personality when it comes to motherhood – at once holding it up as a sacred ideal, and yet being a little dismissive of women as mothers. A diverse international group of women have been brave enough to share their stories, poetry and artwork to encourage you to think and feel about this most influential of relationships in a new and enlightened way.

***Contains Reading Group Questions***

My Opinion

This book is clearly structured. Cover, Contents, and Introduction are followed by the short stories, collages, poems, and illustrations. The Contributors’ chapter introduces you to the authors, a very nice supplement. The Discussion Questions complete the book, really make it whole.

the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood is certainly not a fast read. Instead, I needed to absorb the story I just read before I could start reading the next one. Some stories are heart-breaking, all may make you contemplate your life from a different point of view.

The experiences made, differ from one story to the next. While reading, I could often relate. Reading also made me grateful. My family always believed in me and my decisions.

Congratulations to all who participated in creating this book! Reading the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood does not only mean time well spent. This book provides food for thought even before reaching the reading group questions.

the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood is a book to read again. The questions for discussion certainly ensure amazing insights.

About the editor:

Kasia James writes primarily science fiction, with forays into other slightly unreal realities, and is the author of the novel ‘The Artemis Effect’.

She reads widely and eclectically, in all genres from classics to mysteries to the occasional romance.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with a hydrologist and a big black cat called George.


My statement on reading is described 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 the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood?  Or – if you did not yet read the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood – are you now interested?


I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂