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Review: ‘Fake Kate’ by David Wailing

Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Psychological
Length: 397 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Summary: Brenda and her sister, Kate, look like twins, but they couldn’t be more different. Kate is fun, confident and loved by everyone. Brenda tends to go unnoticed.  However, everything is not as it seems. When Kate goes missing, Brenda sees no other option but to pretend to be her sister, going on dates and hanging out with her friends, in order to find out where she has gone. Things go from bad to worse when Brenda finds out more than she bargained for!

Review: I enjoyed reading this. Brenda was a likeable character who obviously cared about her sister. I really liked the way that the story was written and how the author gave me Brenda’s thoughts and feelings, like I was being given inside information. The story was interesting and funny which made me want to keep reading when I should have been sleeping! I also thought that the extra images (dating profiles and extra bits of information) were a great touch. I found all of the characters to be well developed and likeable (for the most part) and greatly enjoyed the twists and turns throughout the story.

I gave four stars because I didn’t like the ending, which might be a little unfair, but it didn’t work for me and this impacted on my overall enjoyment of the book. Without giving too much away, I found the ending to be a bit sudden and the characters to be too understanding of this development. Having said that, I would still recommend this book as it was a refreshing approach to a familiar storyline.

★★★★ – An interesting story. The only problem I had was the ending. Extra information and images slotted into the story were a great touch! 

Where to buy:
Amazon UK (Kindle)
Amazon US (Kindle)

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter TBRs

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[Hosted by: The Broke and Bookish]

 

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

In no particular order…

Christmas with Billy and Me

Wally the Warm-Weather Penguin

Doesn’t this just look gorgeous?

Santa’s Little Helper

The Man from U.N.D.E.A.D.’s Christmas Carol

I really enjoyed the Halloween / Bonfire night story, so looking forward to this!

Few are Chosen

Nothing particularly winter-y, but this has been recommended to me so much that I’m looking forward to starting it

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I’ll add more as I think of them

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Reader Interview: Michelle!

Hey, Michelle! Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed.
Before we start, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Michelle but I also go by Spiderg1rl. I balance my reading with plenty of TV and games. When not doing those things I’m probably at work or relaxing with my husband.

Brilliant, thanks!
So, where have books made you want to visit?
Narnia, I would love to visit Narnia. There are tons of real and non real places but I always come back to Narnia, especially the beauty from when it was being created. Wouldn’t you want to see the birth of a world?

It would be pretty magical to see!
Is there anything you won’t read?
Not that I’ve really come across yet. Like anyone there are some books I don’t really go for compared to others favoring some genres over others. My to read list is so long I’ve not really breached a topic I found I couldn’t read.

Which book character would you most like to meet?
I don’t know really. To be fair that answer would probably change fairly regularly but I would love to meet Peter Parker, yes Spider-man. Not a big surprise given the first question but I would probably have a new person I want to meet every week. Last week I wanted to meet Sally just so I could help her. This week I’m reading about a girl turned into a vampire but I would like to meet one of the vampires that have been around through much of our histories that could tell me stories we would never find in the history books.

Where is your favourite reading spot?
Either sat on the sofa or on the bed. I do often read at work or walking home but it’s never as good as when actually at home.

I find that I can’t get lost in a book like I can when I’m home!
What is the worst book you’ve ever read?
Now that is a tough one. I don’t know because I’ve either purged it from my head or naturally it’s been forgotten by some truly amazing books.

Do you eat or drink when reading? If so, what?
All the time. If I’m really into a book I even eat dinner or lunch when reading. 90% of the time it’s snacks, fig rolls, crisps, chocolate and some diet Pepsi. After all I need to keep my energy up for all that page turning.

Do you listen to music when you read or prefer silence?
I rarely listen to music anymore but the TV is pretty much always on. Being raised in a house with tons going on I find myself able to keep up with both a book and a show/movie at the same time. It’s a skill and I have no idea how I can help others gain it. I’m sorry 🙂

I, too, possess this skill! Very useful, isn’t it?

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So, we’ve done the bookish questions. Now it’s time for the silly questions!

Would you rather having to say everything on your mind or never being able to speak again?
I think for my families sake I would say never speak again. I already tell my brother he drives me crazy sometimes he doesn’t need to know how much lol

What is your biggest fashion regret?
I am like Andrea in the Devil Wears Prada, fashion means little to me so I’m actually probably screwing up on a daily basis. If only I looked like Anne Hathaway then all would be forgiven anyway.

If you had a time machine, where would you go and why?
It would be so cool to go back in time and spend a day with each of my ancestors. I know so little of my past beyond my parents and grandparents but at some point my dad’s side left Germany or Austria for America it would be cool to know why. Also somewhere down the line on my mothers side a (I have no idea how many great-great) grandmother was a lady and gave up her future title and inheritance to marry a coal miner. It sounds like an interesting ancestry and that’s surely just the start.

Interesting!
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Lets see, funny…
I don’t usually get funny things happen to me, instead they are usually miserable. I can tell you however the last time I laughed quite hard actually. I was really nervous on my wedding day a few months back and my fella was trying to put my wedding ring on and well I must have had a warm hand because it just wouldn’t go on. I burst out into giggles and before we knew it the whole room was laughing, even the registrar was laughing. Eventually the room stopped laughing and my fella managed to get my ring on my finger. It certainly broke the nerves we were both feeling and thankfully everyone had a good day remembering the giggle fest in the middle of the ceremony.

It’s always good that you can both laugh at with each other!
If you were stuck on an island and could only take three things with you, what would you take and why?
I’d take my husband, he’s not a thing but I think we would both be happier if he was there… Actually he may not be but I would be. I’d take a Kindle with a full hard drive and I’d take some sort of crazy unending generator that would keep it going till it breaks or we get saved. Then I would hope the husband was given 3 things too so he wouldn’t go crazy whilst I’m reading all day.

How lucky are you and why?
I’m fairly unlucky really but I’m always hoping that will turn around one day.

What is the weirdest thing that someone has said to you while you’ve been reading?
My husband is always trying to get my attention whilst I’m reading. He usually says things that make sense to him and what he can see on his tablet but I have no idea what is going on.

Thanks, Michelle!

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To learn more about the lovely Michelle, please visit her Goodreads profile and her Blog

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Reader Interview: Rosemary!

Hey, Rosemary!
So, you have the honour of being my first victim Guinea pig interviewee!

Before we start, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
I was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Aberdeen, where I studied architecture. I’ve lived in North Berwick for twenty years. I work on building designey stuff with my husband, have a part time job in the plant area of a garden centre and I paint pictures. I am chair of the local in Bloom group, an RHS Britain in Bloom Ambassador and Community Champion. And I read a bit.

You sound very busy!
So, what genres do you like to read?
Basically, anything good!
What I’m trying to say is I don’t have any restrictions genre-wise, but I do find myself particularly drawn to literary fiction, crime and fantasy. I’ve found that being a member of a book group in which members each choose a book in turn has meant I’ve read novels I would never have even looked at – I thoroughly recommend going out of your comfort zone occasionally. It’s very easy to get stuck in a rut!

Is there anything you stay away from? Genres, plot ideas, etc.
Celebrity “autobiographies” (where’s that 10 foot pole?) and those misery childhood memoirs with monochrome covers.

I completely understand that! *shudders*
Where is your favourite place to read?
On the couch, feet up, stove on.

Which book character would you most like to meet?
DI John Rebus. I would have a whisky with him in the Oxford Bar.
Or… Sherlock Holmes, Sir Lancelot, James Bond or Jackson Brodie (especially if he really did look like Jason Isaacs) Or Toad from Wind in the Willows. Actually, can I have all of them at a dinner party?

That would be an awesome dinner party!
Do you eat or drink while reading? If so, what?
Generally no. But later on in the evening a wee malt goes down a treat. Though I do stand with kindle in hand stirring the pots while cooking!

Do you have a favourite book?
Really can’t narrow it down to one I’m afraid. But Lord of the Rings is up there (I reread it every couple of years). No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod and The Summer Book by Tove Jansson are also particular favourites.

What is the worst book you’ve ever read?
Hands down, by a country mile – The Famished Road by Ben Okri. Emperor’s new clothes or what?

Brilliant! Thanks, Rosemary!

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So, we’ve done the serious interview, now let’s have some fun!!

What would you rather – not being able to read ever again, or not being able to eat your favourite food?
That’s easy, giving up my favourite food. Actually I’d lie and give up something I don’t really like. “Oh, I just LOVE marmite…”

Sneaky! I like it!
What is the weirdest thing someone has said to you while you’re reading?
“What are you doing?”

If you were stuck on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring and why?
My kindle, a few cases of wine and Ray Mears. He could sort out the catering and lodgings.

Nice choices!
Do you believe in bigfoot and why?
Oh yes. There is bound to be some Gigantopithecus still kicking around.

How lucky are you and why?
Very lucky. That chimney pot missed me by inches.

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you?
Nothing funny has ever happened to me. I am very very serious.

Where would you go in a time machine?
The Roaring Twenties looked like a lot of fun. Plus I could totally carry off the flapper girl look. But only if it didn’t cause a major space/time continuum paradox.

Thanks for being my guinea pig, Rosemary!

Thank you for having me!

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Here is Rosemary’s Goodreads profile if you would like to check out what she’s reading and her reviews!

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Getting to know: David Hadley

Hello, David!

Well, that’s the serious interview out the way. Now it’s time to get to know the real you!

What were you like in school?
Mostly invisible, or at least I tried to be.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Large, amiable, laughing.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
Once when there was a wildlife documentary on the TV showing a male silverback gorilla being grumpy with its kids, one of my daughters pointed and said ‘Look, it’s dad!’. Mind you one of the other kids also said the same thing about a big male sea lion at the zoo. So that sort of thing, probably. Although, one of those male boss of the pride lions that sleeps all day would be good too. Basically, any animal that sleeps a lot and does bugger all would suit me.

Nice choices! haha
If you had to sing a song in a talent competition, what would you sing and why?
One of my few talents is an uncanny ability to remember song lyrics. Although no-one who values their sanity would want to hear me singing them. ‘Brown-Eyed Girl’ by Van Morrison would be my weapon of choice for clearing the room of all competition.

I’m sure it can’t be that bad!
Okay, so, there’s a zombie apocalypse and you only have the item to your left to survive. What is it and how long would you live?
To my left is an empty coffee mug. And I don’t fancy the chances of any zombie who gets between my empty coffee mug and a chance to refill it. I don’t know how long I’d last, I’d probably do something stupid and get overrun, or end up as the last man and that would be no fun at all. Zombies – as far as I know – aren’t renowned for their sense of humour, so I doubt we’d get on that well.

You could always throw the coffee mug at them! Though, that would only work once. Hmm. No, you’re probably right. Sorry!
If you had to pick two famous people to be your parents, who would you choose and why?
Ha. They’d have to be getting on a bit now. Both my real parents are dead. I think I’d like Eric Morecambe as a dad and someone like Dame Maggie Smith as a mum. I’d have to have people who make me laugh and likes a laugh.

Nice choices!!
What has been your biggest fashion regret?
I can’t say that fashion and I have ever really got on. I did try being a punk for a few months, but it didn’t take.
I just wear clothes until the holes are bigger than the remaining material, or the wife despairs and throws them out.

Brilliant! Thanks, David!

To learn more about David Hadley’s writing, please click here.

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Author Interview: David Hadley

Hello, David! Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed.
Before we start, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
Somehow I seem to have managed to arrive here at my mid-fifties without actually doing anything. By accident more than design I ended up spending most of my life as a stay at home dad, with three kids who seem to have survived my half-arsed attempt at parenting relatively unscathed.

Brilliant, thanks!
So, what made you become an author?
I remember sitting in a car park around my mid-twenties, reading Cement Garden by Ian McEwan and thinking I’d quite like to write something like that. By then I’d already failed to become the rock star I’d expected to be, so that seemed like the next thing to have a go at. One day I may even get there.

What has been your favourite thing to write?
So far it has to be my project currently in second draft – called In The Beginning – about a man with a universe in his shed.

Sounds interesting!
What advice would you give to other authors?
Don’t listen to me – I haven’t a clue what I’m doing.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My wife – she still puts up with me after far too many years.

When you begin writing, do you start with a book title or plot?
I rarely come up with good titles. Usually, it starts with one scene, which spawns another, then another, then I think about gluing them together in a way that makes some kind of sense, if only to me.

May I ask, if you don’t mind, What are you currently working on?
Ah. I usually have several things – at various stages – on the go at once.

Currently:
1st draft: Secret Affairs: a couple of reporters on a local free sheet investigating the disappearance of a local erotica writer and the odd financing of a local art gallery that no one visits (totally not in any way similar to The Public in West Bromwich).

2nd draft: In The Beginning. A man with a universe in his shed.

3rd and final draft: For once this one is not a (intentional) comedy: Dreamlands (needs a better title): A man keeps dreaming of a strange old Manor House. When he moves to a new cottage in a village he finds the house he has been dreaming of is there on the outskirts of that village and a woman he has also been dreaming of, steps out of his dreams and leads him into… well, another world.

They all sound interesting!
Finally, is there anything you would like to say to your readers or just in general?
To my readers – thank you, and I promise to do better next time.

Brilliant! Thanks, David!

To learn more about the great David Hadley, please visit the following links:
His Amazon author profile
His Goodreads author profile
His Facebook profile
His Blog