‘Buy books for Syria’ campaign


Many high profile authors and publishers are selling their books in Waterstones for the ‘Buy books for Syria’ campaign from the 1st October. 100% of the money is going to Oxfam to help support refugees in Syria.

Authors taking part include David Walliams, Ian Rankin, Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson, plus many more!

Each Waterstones store will have a dedicated table for this cause. Books taking part in the project will be on sale from the 1st October and will have a ‘Buy books for Syria’ sticker.


Review: ‘Melophobia’ by James Morris

Length: 265 pages (approx.)

I have awarded this book 5 stars.

Synopsis: Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.

The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished. Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.

Can love survive in a world without music?

Review: I’d like to begin my review by saying I love the cover for this book. Simple but portrays the subject of the book brilliantly!

At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of this book. The synopsis screamed ‘Footloose’ at me, which I love, so I wasn’t sure if this book would be for me. I’m so glad I gave it a chance though! I was definitely wrong.

I loved the concept. It was well thought out and interesting, with elements of humour injected in. I really loved the characters, especially Merrin; we really see her grow throughout the novel. There were plenty of twists and turns throughout the novel that I honestly didn’t see coming. Very clever writing! I look forward to reading more.

★★★★★ – A well thought out and cleverly written novel. Plenty of twists and turns and great characters. Highly recommended!

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


Review: ‘Extra-Curricular’ by Marc Nash

Genre: Anthology
Length: 129 pages (44 short stories)


I have awarded this collection 5 stars.

Synopsis:Marc Nash’s fifth collection of flash fiction and his most daring and innovative yet. Tales of Military Bands, Flea Circuses, Dying Languages, Witch Trials, Drones, Gumshoes, Bedroom Physics, Death Squads, Blind Lovers, Junky Angels, Poker Tics, Thermal Imaging Voyeurism, Recycling Etiquette, Plastic Surgery Zombies… 44 tales they didn’t teach you at school but should have been on the curriculum.

Review: I’ve been lucky enough to interview Marc Nash in the past and his sense of humour was brilliant. When this collection of 44 short stories was released, I knew I had to have it! I wasn’t disappointed.

I absolutely loved this collection. It was such a fun and clever read! Nash’s creativity shines through as this collection deals with just about every school subject imaginable but definitely not the way that they were taught in school! It’s difficult to name a favourite as I enjoyed them all!

I honestly cannot recommend this book more highly! Grab a copy now!

★★★★★- A fantastically clever collection of short stories. Very highly recommended!

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


Book news: ‘Extra-Curricular’ by Marc Nash

I don’t write posts like this very often, but as I started my PGCE last week, this collection of stories caught my eye! I can’t wait to read it!

The collection is called ‘Extra-Curricular’ by the wonderful Marc Nash, who you might remember from my author interviews (Silly & Serious). Marc’s sense of humour is great, so I know these stories will be, too!

Here is a little about the book:

“Extra-Curricular” is the 5th collection of flash (very short) fiction and 9th book in all. 44 flash tales arranged around a school timetable of subjects, plus 9 ‘extra-curricular’ stories, the tales swapped behind the bike sheds! Themes range from military bands, a rebellious secretary, dying languages, obsolete technology, a junky angel, Medieval village life, a witch trial, an alien life drawing class with human sitter, a blind lover and human flea circuses among others.


Extra-curricular will be released on the 18th of September.

You can pre-order on Amazon here.


Review: ‘Falling for Chloe’ by David Stearman

Length: 160 pages (approx.)
Genre: Romance / Contemporary Romance

This book was previously titled ‘HOT’.

I have awarded this book 4 stars.

Synopsis: A total life do-over, that’s what Jake needs; a chance to unmake his past mistakes. Because in his zeal to fulfill his beloved dream of wealth and fame, Jake lost Chloe, the one he loved above all else. First he betrayed her. Then came the drugs. And in the real world, opportunities to undo things like that just don’t happen. Or do they? Could a paparazzi-induced traffic accident actually provide an opportunity for Jake to restore his ruined life? Set against the glitzy backdrop of the recording business, Falling for Chloe tells the story of a young man’s dream to restore the dream he lived before his dreams came true.

Review: Narrated by the protagonist, Jake, Falling for Chloe gives readers an insight into the music industry – both good and bad!

I enjoyed reading this. To begin with, I liked Jake as a character. As the story went on, I was interested in how far Jake would push himself and his friends before everything crumbled around him. It was also interesting to see what lengths Jake would go to in order to obtain the fame he desires. Very thought provoking! I wonder how many artists do this?

I enjoyed the creative way that Jake came up with to turn his life back into what he wanted. I would recommend this book.

 – A story about the highs and lows of being famous. Creative and thought provoking. I would recommend this.

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