Author, Book Blog, Edinburgh Event, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Event Review

The Heart’s Invisible Furies @john_boyne @DoubledayUK @edbookfest #EventReview


Day 2 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017, the highlight of the day for me was the John Boyne event, chaired by Janet Ellis.


Held in the Spiegeltent the event was sold out and I felt incredibly blessed to be attending. Joanne Baird from Portobello Book Blog was the first person to introduce me to The Heart’s Invisible Furies. It was one of Joanne’s top reads of 2017.

John Boyne has a fascinating stage presence and with inciteful and probing question from Janet Ellis, it made for an interesting and engaging hour.  Mr Boyne was there to talk about his new book The Heart’s Invisible Furies. Which centres around the main character Cyril and his life in Dublin. The book is written in seven-year increments.  John Boyne explained that he writes his books from the start to finish and that he needs that process.  Where as his friend and fellow Author John Irving starts his novels by writing the final sentence first.  The book covers many hard hitting topics such as adoption, identity, the Catholic church, honesty and being a gay man growing up in Dublin.

John Boyne said that although he has had some cracking opportunities such as being on the movie set for The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas his passion and excitement truly is embedded in his love of writing and having that first box of books of arriving is a pure joy and delight.

John Boyne is a truly fascinating gentleman with a genuine love and passion for all things bookish which shines through in abundance.


Book Jacket 

Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.

In this, Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.

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Book~Reviews, Harper Impulse

*New Cover Reveal* Summer with the Country Village Vet @ZaraStoneley @HarperImpulse #Review

june 29, 2016

Hello, today I have the new cover for Summer with the Country Village Vet. I do like it, I think it suits the book and it has great appeal, what do you think?

Kelly xoxo


Back Of The Book

When Lucy Jacobs is made redundant from her inner-city teaching job she fears her career is over. Teaching is all Lucy knows and she’s determined to get back in the classroom as fast as she can.

Except the only job on offer is at an idyllic village school in the middle of nowhere – Lucy’s idea of hell. Where are the disadvantaged kids who need saving, where is the challenge?

But as Lucy finds herself welcomed into the warm-hearted community of Langtry Meadows, she begins to realise new challenges await – like frogs in the classroom, a rather difficult donkey, and a very brooding local vet…

Local boy Charlie Davenport has his own issues about living in the close-knit village of Langtry Meadows. His private life is already fuel for the well-meaning gossips and the very last thing he needs is to get close to the new school teacher…no matter how lovely she is.

But as summer days drift away Langtry Meadows weaves its magic, Charlie and Lucy both get the chance to turn over a new leaf and start anew…maybe with each other?

A fun, romantic story to make you smile and long for your own country escape.

My Review

The Cover

I love the cover, it’s bright and inviting. It really stands out and if I saw it on the shelf I would pick it up.

My Thoughts

So my preconceived notion that the book would a quick easy enjoyable read, was incorrect. Yes, it was enjoyable but it wasn’t the quick read I expected, in fact, it was so good I didn’t want it to end.  I loved the country village of Langtry Meadow, I would move there tomorrow.

The book although light-hearted at times with an array of jovial animals and adventures actually covers some deep rooted issues.  Zara Stoneley, has a marvellous way of weaving a story. In the Summer with a Country Village Vet, we learn about Lucy and Charlie and their fight to battle life’s troubles and the past, that continue to haunt them. Will they succeed? You will have to pick up a copy of the book to find out.

To summarise my review, I would start by saying  I would recommend this book to my friends and family. I enjoyed the writing style and I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another novel by Zara Stoneley. The only thing I didn’t love, was the title. It didn’t speak to me and I felt the book had so much more than the title makes you expect.  But that’s just a personal feeling.  The book takes you on a varied path of mixed emotions. One minute I was laughing out loud the next a trickle of tears rolled down my face. Everything you could possibly want from a book. A story with a beautiful core. I am hoping there will be a sequel. I definitely want to visit Langtry Meadow again and again.

To order and have a sneak peek, please use these handy links.


Thank you to Zara Stoneley and Harper Impulse for having me this wonderful tour and for my advanced ARC.  

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Audio Book, Book Blog, Book~Reviews, Kelly Talk, Orenda Books

Deep Down Dead By Steph Broadribb @crimethrillgirl @OrendaBooks #LoveAudio #Review #Giveaway

Hello Lovelies,

Today I have the pleasure of sharing my review of the Audio copy of Deep Down Dead By Steph Broadribb, published by Orenda Books. In celebration of the #LoveAudio week, I will be reviewing a few Audio books this week on the blog.

I also have the opportunity for you to win your own Audio book of Deep Down Dead, courtesy of the team at Orenda Books.

Kelly xox

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Book Jacket/Audio Sleeve

Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that’s when things start to go wrong. The fugitive she’s assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori’s former mentor – the man who taught her everything she knows … the man who also knows the secrets of her murky past.

Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida’s biggest theme parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where ‘bad things never happen’, but he’s also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they’re ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal.

Breathtakingly fast-paced, both hard-boiled and heartbreaking, Deep Down Dead is a simply stunning debut from one of the most exciting new voices in crime fiction.

My Review ~ By Kelly 

Well, I was super excited to be amongst the book bloggers who were invited to review the audio books for Orenda Books. I really enjoy audio books, they are a welcome break away from PC, TV and Tablet screens. When my eyes are tired but my ears are not.  They are my guilty pleasure.

So kick starting our #loveaudio reviews, I have Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb. First up it’s read by Jennifer Woodward, who is a well- versed voice actor. I have listened to a few audio books in the past by Jennifer and she is clear, precise and very good at changing her voice to fit each character.

With Deep Down Deep, it is spoken in a southern style drawl.  The storyline is superb, fast paced and sitting on the edge of your seat thrilling. But Jennifer keeps her pace perfect, never rushing.

Steph Broadribb just rose to the top of my list for best reads of 2017. From page one to the end I was hooked.  I actually had to stop ironing and sit on the bed. In my head, I was cheerleading for Lori the main character.  The story comes alive right before my ears, in this case, it plays like a movie. I could feel the heat in the car, the dust on the road.  Every detail is carefully placed.  Well written by Steph Broadribb, we have the roots of a hugely successful series. One I can see moving to the big screen very soon.

It ticks every available box and then some for top crime fiction. It’s a refreshing read with heart racing moments and gritty conclusions.

I thoroughly recommend it to you, it’s available in Audio, eBook and Paperback

You can order yours now and read a sneak peek, use the links below.


Win ~ Audio Book ~ Deep Down Dead By Steph Broadribb


UK Only ~ Closes 24/7/17


Thank you so much to Orenda Books, Steph Broadribb and Anne Cater for the opportunity to review.

Before you go, why not check out our interview with Johana Gustawsson author of
Block 46. 

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Edinburgh Magic Festival Review #Blogger
Edinburgh Event, Event Review, Kelly Talk

MagiFest Gala: Levitations ~ #Review @Magicfest @LanyardMedia

On Saturday night I attended the closing gala for the Edinburgh Magic Festival.  It was a superb finish to a wonderful week of tremendous talent and breathtaking shows.

@kevinquantum was the host for Saturday evening at The Festival Theatre, Edinburgh.  He was engaging, funny and had the audience in his hands for the whole event. 


The evening featured the following magicians ~

Edinburgh Magic Festival Review #Blogger



Cubic Act


Le Chapeaux Blancs


Aaron Crow


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Bertox Magician


Alan Hudson

The night’s entertainment was out of this world. It would be impossible to pick a favourite as they all brought something superb to the show. A fabulous end to the Magic Festival. I am already excited for what 2018 festival will bring!


Please check out their websites, give them a follow on Twitter and if they come to your area I wouldn’t hesitate to pop along to their shows.

HUGE muckle thanks to Gary @LanyardMedia for the opportunity to review.

Check out your Twitter page this week for an awesome international giveaway from author David Videcette.  Go to ~ Twitter and check out the pinned post!






Accent Press, Book~Reviews, Guest ~ Reviews

Skin Deep @ScorpioScribble @AccentPress #QA #GuestReview Kimberly Livingston

Skin Deep ~ Laura Wilkinson 
Accent Press ~ 15/06/2017


Laura Wilkinson ~ Q&A 


If you can tell us a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.

Liverpool-born, I’m a taff at heart. I’ve published four novels and many short stories. Some have made the shortlists of major competitions. Competitions have been good to me. My debut won one and a teeny tiny press published it. Sales weren’t great but the reviews were and I was signed to award winning Welsh press, Accent. My novel, Public Battles, Private Wars, was a Welsh Books Council Book of the month; Redemption Song was a Kindle top twenty. My latest, Skin Deep is published on 15 June.  Alongside writing, I work as an editor and run workshops on the art of fiction.   

Describe yourself using three words?

Passionate, kind, quiet.

What inspired you to write your first novel?

A newspaper article about a sixty-three-year-old Sussex woman who was having another baby. This was back in 2007 and since there have been older women still who have given birth in the UK. And as for other countries…  

What time of day do you like to write?  

I’m most productive and creative in the mornings, though I wrote my debut at night once my children were in bed.

How did you pick the title of your book?  

Oh, titles are hard. At least for me! I had four, maybe five, titles for the novel that is now known as Skin Deep. My editor and I came to it via the themes of the book: outward appearance versus inner reality; beauty and ugliness, and what this even means; from the saying ‘beauty is only skin deep’.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  

No. I never base characters on anyone I know in case I offend. Of course, like all authors, I draw on my experience of life, my observations of human nature, of those close to me and strangers, but alongside this, there is a heavy dollop of imagination

What’s your favourite word?


If you were a colour what would it be?  


Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?  

These days I’m more of a planner. At the start of my writing life, I was a pantser but I have learned that if I plan, I have to redraft less. I always know where the story starts, what the high and low points will be and where I feel it should end. My process isn’t rigid, however. Flexibility is essential to me and every book is different. Process alters depending on the book.

Who is your favourite Author?  

Way too many to mention here. I am constantly awed by the talent out there.

Are you working on a new project?

I am indeed but I rarely talk about my WIP. At least until the first draft is down and I’m not quite there yet.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

I’m appearing at a few events over the spring and summer, in Brighton, Frome, and North Wales. I’d advise members to check out the ‘Out and About’ section of my website.  

Author Links

Twitter – @ScorpioScribble

Facebook Author Page –  Laura Wilkinson Author

Instagram: laura_wilkinsonwriter

 Author Website –


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Art student and former model Diana has always been admired for her beauty, but what use are good looks when you want to shine for your talent? Insecure and desperate for inspiration, Diana needs a muse.

Facially disfigured four-year-old Cal lives a life largely hidden from the world. But he was born to be looked at and he needs love too. A chance encounter changes everything and Cal becomes Diana s muse. But as Diana s reputation develops and Cal grows up, their relationship implodes.

Both struggle to be accepted for what lies within.
Is it possible to find acceptance in a society where what’s on the outside counts for so much?

 Review Of Skin Deep By Guest Blogger Kimberly Livingston

I recently received a rejection letter from a publisher that read, “Although I like the concept, the sample wasn’t resonating with me”. As a writer, I, of course, wanted to know what I could do to make it resonate. After beginning the novel Skin Deep I now understand the publisher’s point. Not everyone’s writing will resonate with every reader, and thank goodness for that! There are so many different books out there, and, luckily, so many different readers. For me, Skin Deep was similar to going to see the much acclaimed movie Her directed by Spike Jonz. The critics loved the movie, whilst on the other hand, I had to leave only part way in. Admittedly, I’m more Pollyana than most. If you liked the movie Her and tend to love books that Oprah Winfrey recommends (The Glass Castle comes to mind), then Skin Deep is likely a book you will love. It received a 4.3 on Goodreads for being an intelligent, thought provoking novel, and with that reasoning, I agree.

The description of Skin Deep reads:

It’s what’s inside that counts…

Art student and former model Diana has always been admired for her beauty, but what use are good looks when you want to shine for your talent? Insecure and desperate for inspiration, Diana needs a muse.

Facially disfigured four-year-old Cal lives a life largely hidden from the world. But he was born to be looked at and he needs love too. A chance encounter changes everything and Cal becomes Diana’s muse. But as Diana’s reputation develops and Cal grows up, their relationship implodes.

Both struggle to be accepted for what lies within. Is it possible to find acceptance in a society where what’s on the outside counts for so much?

For me, the challenge with reading Skin Deep was not the concept. I immediately felt a connection to the story. The cover pulled me in. The writing is smooth, honest, and gritty. For me, a bit too gritty. There are mature themes here, deeper than just an ex model looking for respect beyond her beauty. These include drug use, child neglect, promiscuity, urban struggle, suicide, and the like. Not to say there isn’t a redeeming message. But a reader needs to be prepared that Skin Deep is not a surface novel.

You can buy your copy today here ~ Amazon UK

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Thanks to Accent Press and Laura Wilkinson for my ARC copy and being on my blog today. 



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Blogger, Edinburgh Event, Scotland

Launch VIP Ball @MagicFest @LanyardMedia #Edinburgh #Scottish #Event


Last night myself and fellow Love Books Group lady,  J A Warnock attended the VIP Magic Festival Ball in Edinburgh at Summerhall.

On arrival we had scrumptious, lemon, basil, gin, sherbet and prosecco drinks.  With wonderful floating magic trees decorating the room and live music. The excitement in the room was on a high.


The event features so much talent and there is something for every age.


The food stands were amazing, we tried the steak and fries combo, with a lemon, garlic and caper sauce.  From The Pitt stand, truly scrumptious and we highly recommend.


We had a fun evening, sadly we didn’t get access to the shows as it was so busy. But the atmosphere and being part of something so special was in itself magical!


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Book Blog, Harper Impulse

Summer at the Little Wedding Shop by @janelinfoot @HarperImpulse #Review


My turn on this fabulous tour for Summer at the Little Wedding by Jane Linfoot. I am so pleased to see so many of my blogger friends on the tour too.

Review By Kelly 

The book has a beautiful cover, it’s a perfect example of Summer, light and bright with flowers.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book. As someone who has not read the previous two books I was worried about not understanding story lines that may have come through from previous story lines, but at no point did that happen.  It flows easily, with lovable, funny and fuzzy characters.

I didn’t think my emotions would be tested but they were and at times I was reaching for the tissues and wiping a tear away. Other moments I was laughing out loud and smiling from cheek to cheek. To me that’s the ultimate test of a book, if it makes me connect and care.  If I am investing more than just time into reading the book and I find I begin to care what happens then that pleases me.

You will wish the characters and shop were real so that you could visit and try those delicious sweet treats.  But you can, in your own way,  you just pick up the book and jump in.

I will not hesitate to read the first two books and anymore adventures at the wedding shop.

You can pre-order your copy of Summer At The Little Wedding Shop ~

You can order Jane Linfoot’s other booksAmazon UK

jane-linfootBack Of The Book

When the owner of Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, offers Lily a job as their new wedding stylist, her first thought is – can she possibly pull it off?

Before she’s even sourced a fairy light or tasted a cupcake, Kip Penryn hires her services – but he’s opened an exclusive wedding venue in direct competition to her friend Poppy!

Lily feels like a traitor working for Kip, only everyone knows Penryn men are gorgeous but unreliable. All she has to do is sit back and watch him mess it up…doesn’t she?

Thank you to Jane and Harper Impulse for the opportunity to review and be part of the tour. 

Summer At The Little Wedding Shop By Jane Linfoot
Published By: Harper Impulse 29/06/2017
Review By Kelly L 

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Edinburgh Event, Musical, Scotland

Little Shop Of Horrors #Edinburgh #Review @TBCProductionsEdinburgh #The Studio #Edinburgh #Theatre

Little Shop Of Horrors 
The Studio Theatre, Edinburgh
Review: By Kelly 

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I was invited to review a production of Little Shop of Horrors at The Studio in Edinburgh, by TBC Productions.  I am a fan of the theatre show and movie, having seen it many times. I was looking forward to it. With it being a new amateur theatre group I did not know what to expect.

As the show began I was immediately struck by the professionalism of the cast.  No one slipping from character, all the accents on point. The audience were howling with laughter and totally engrossed from start to finish.  All the actors were tremendous but the stand out star for me was Fiona Dawson, in her role as Audrey, definitely one to watch out for.  From start to finish Ms Dawson stole the show.

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The set was out of this world. The effort that’s been put into it was apparent as soon as the curtains opened. The attention to detail was on point. I was very impressed.  The music was on magical and perfectly timed with the production.

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My overall impression after the show was how professional it was and that I would not hesitate to go to any show that this ensemble produced.  I walked away stuffed to the brim with happiness.  The best production I have ever seen of Little Shop Of Horrors.

©Sam Ezra Young

24th June at 7.30pm (2.30pm Sat matinee). Tickets are £19 (£16 Concession on Opening night and Sat Mat).

 Tickets available from




TBC Productions, Edinburgh’s first amateur theatre group to use exclusively ensemble casting, brings the cult classic musical Little Shop of Horrors to the capital next month. The group will be performing its pilot production at the Festival Theatre’s, The Studio, with a total of eight cast members.

Little Shop of Horrors tells the tale of Seymour Krelborn, a down-trodden floral assistant, who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers and nurtures an unusual plant. Seymour unwittingly names the plant Audrey II after his colleague and love-interest, but soon discovers that its nature far less sweet than that of its namesake. Soon Audrey II grows to offer him fame, fortune and love in exchange for feeding its unique appetite. Seymour has some difficult choices to make…

Based on the 1960s film, the rock comedy horror musical is one of the longest running off-broadway shows of all time. Having missed the capital on its UK Tour 2016, TBC Productions made it their mission to bring the show to Edinburgh audiences using the same casting structure as the professional Productions.

Thomas McFarlane, one of the group’s original committee members, explains “TBC Productions was initially formed in summer 2016 when we realised there was no one providing a platform for ensemble shows in Edinburgh outside of the Fringe. It was initially formed as a small group internally cast, however, the hope is to open our doors to the wider theatre community. Next year’s show will be announced very soon and we will be holding open auditions as well as inviting applications for those wishing to be part of the production team.

“With it being ensemble shows, as the professional shows were intended, we also wanted to bring the same quality to our productions. This is why we have chosen a high-quality venue and have opted for the new Broadway arrangements of the score for Little Shop.”

The cast of the upcoming production are well known across the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Fife amateur dramatics circuit, with credits in companies such as Bohemians, Allegro, Limelight Productions, Glasgow Live Productions, Theatre South Production and Captivate.

Little Shop of Horrors will be at The Studio from Wednesday 21st June to Saturday 24th June at 7.30pm (2.30pm Sat matinee). Tickets are £19 (£16 Concession on Opening night and Sat Mat).

 Tickets available from

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Blogger, Cranachan, Interview

Nailing Jess @TScullyWriter @cranachanbooks #Review #QA #NailingJess

Nailing Jess By Triona Scully 
Published By Cranachan Publishing  26/06/17
Article By Kelly 

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Well I am overjoyed to be kick starting the Blog Tour party train for Nailing Jess by Triona Scully.  It’s published on the 26th of this month by Cranachan Publishing.

The Real You Interview with Triona Scully 

Hello Triona, thank you so much for taking the time to be on Love Books Group, I do hope it’s the first of many visits.

Could you please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey  

As a first-time novelist, with no previous published work, I consider myself exceptionally fortunate to have been signed by my publishers, the wonderfully authentic Cranachan Publishing. I’ve always written, but before ‘Nailing Jess’ all my work was performance based- for the stage not the page. Writing and re-writing and re-writing some more has been a real challenge. Reading through a copy of ‘Nailing Jess’, and recognising how much better the book becomes with each edit is very gratifying. All those hours, trailing the floor, searching for yet another verb to describe the act of walking – you try it! It’s exhausting – have paid off, and before you me is a finished book. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Describe yourself using three words?

Kind. Curious. Easily distracted.

What inspired you to write your first novel?

The lack of over-weight, un-kempt, ill mannered, sexist role models for girls and young women has always been a source of concern to me, and with ‘Nailing Jess’ I have tried, in my own limited way, to redress the balance.

What time of day do you like to write? Morning.

What is your favourite book and why?

The Murder of Rodger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I re-read it every few years. I think it has the most perfect ending.

How did you pick the title of your book?  

Sadly, I can’t claim credit for ‘Nailing Jess’. The title was the brain-child of the lovely Anne Glennie from Cranachan. Anne felt that it was more in keeping with a crime novel than my previous more cryptic working title. And I agreed.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

No. Absolutely not. Even the slightest. Ever. For me, it’s really hard not to have some-one in the back of my head that I have met that’s working as an arch type, but because I have this, I start to re-shape the characters to make sure they are very different. Or, at least I try to.

What’s your favourite word?

 That’s an outstanding question! Metaphysical.

If you were a colour what would it be?  Aqua.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

With ‘Nailing Jess’ the first draft was flow and then I had to create structure.

Who is your favourite Author? Agatha Christie.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Miss Marple ‘coz she’s seen some living! The Mum from ‘We need to talk about Kevin’, I’d tell her it wasn’t her fault, he was always a bad ‘un! Heathcliff ‘coz I never get past the first chapter of ‘Wuthering Heights’, and he could tell me what happens. Lastly, I’d pick Tony Hill from the Val McDermid series, if I couldn’t make Kevin’s Mum feel better, maybe he could.

What book are you reading at the moment? The Power by Naomi Alderman

Where in the world is your happy place? Wherever my son is.

If you had one superpower what would it be? This is so tragic but I’d be a super-cleaner, and get all the housework done in five minutes.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose? I’d have to say Heathcliff 😉

Are you working on a new project?  Yeah, but I keep my cards close to my chest when it comes to un finished work.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?  ‘Nailing Jess’ is being launched by Blackwell’s, South Bridge Edinburgh at 6.30 p.m. All welcome.

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My Review of Nailing Jess by Triona Scully 

The Cover:

The cover stands out and I love the way it’s subtle yet impacting. 

My Thoughts:

This book is different from anything else I have ever read. Is that a good thing? Well it certainly made me sit up and pay attention. I started the book twice, I have to be honest and say from the start I had  some trouble grasping the swapping of genders.  But it certainly kept me on my toes and it was a welcomed challenge.
It is a genius plot idea and very well executed by Triona Scully.  To be such a unique book in today’s world is in itself to be applauded.  But having the added bonus that it is a well paced interesting read with memorable characters is the icing on the cake.
I wasn’t a fan of the  swearing, I do have to add that. But that’s my own personal preference.
I know for sure that Nailing Jess is merely the starter, all be it a tasty and tantalising one, of Triona Scully’s talents.  I do believe Cranachan Publishing have found a star!


Back Of The Book

Welcome to Withering, a small town with a big problem in modern, matriarchal Britain. Here the women wear the trousers, while the men hold the handbags. Literally.

There’s a serial strangler on the loose and the bodies of teenage boys are piling up on maverick D.C.I. Jane Wayne’s patch.

Wayne needs to catch ‘The Withering Wringer’, but it’s not going to be easy. Demoted for her inappropriate behaviour, she must take orders from a man—and not just any man—an ugly one.

Still, at least she can rely on her drug stash from a recent police raid to keep her sane…

Shocking. Funny. Clever. A gender-bending, Agatha-Christie-meets-Chris-Brookmyre, mash-up. Simply genius.

Scully’s debut novel takes classic crime and turns it on its head with a deliciously absurd comic twist.

You can preorder you copy today ~ Amazon UK

Thank you to Triona Scully and Cranachan Books for the opportunity to be on the blog tour.



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Book~Reviews, Giveaway Prizes, Impress Books

The Joyce Girl @annabelabbs ~ #Bloomsday @ImpressBooks1 #WIN #Signed Edition


To celebrate a year of publication Impress Books have given us a beautiful signed first edition of The Joyce Girl  and luxury chocolates to giveaway to one lucky reader of Love Book Group.

Here is the review we ran earlier this year, have a wee read and enter the giveaway at the end.

My Review ~ Spoiler Free 

Lucia Joyce

Today I have my review of The Joyce Girl By Annabel Abbs. The book is beautifully written. It’s very enjoyable to read and it flows easily.  Actors say when they make movie biographies and they spend so long learning about the character they play that they get a special unique experience. If that’s the case then I hope it goes for writers too. Because I truly want to believe that the spirit of Lucia Joyce, was with Annabel Abbs as she wrote The Joyce Girl. Looking on with pride and love for Annabel’s wonderful work.

Normally, I start my book and I try to read as much as I can over two or three sittings. As I began the book I realised my normal reading practice of forming the characters in my head would not work. As Lucia and her family were real people. So I googled for some photos, then I found a voice recording of James Joyce and so I had it in my head. This is not necessary for the enjoyment of the book. It was just a person thing of mine.

The book takes us through the avant-garde Paris to London and Zurich. I have been to Paris and it is a City with a heartbeat of culture and love. It is captured exquisitely in the book.

As I turned each page, I grew more and more in love with Lucia Joyce and her passion for dance and love. The characters and their journey are brought to life. Her unusual family lifestyle and living in the shadows of Mr James Joyce.

The book would have taken a lot of research and you can tell it was written with care and attention to details.  It covers an array of many topics. With so many strong characters.

The Joyce Family.
Lucia Joyce
The Joyce Family

This is a must read, even if your TBR pile is so high.  After finishing the book I wanted to learn much more about Miss Joyce. Lucky there are some wonderful links on Annabel Abb’s website.

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The Cover & Description



The Joyce Girl tells the fictionalised story of Lucia Joyce’s affair with a young Samuel Beckett and then a young Alexander Calder. The only daughter of Irish author, James Joyce, and Nora Barnacle, Lucia aspired to be a modern dancer. Talented and ambitious, she trained with many of the most famous dancers of her time. The novel switches between past and present as Lucia retells her story to the pioneering psychoanalyst, Doctor Carl Jung, who she was sent to by her father to take the ‘talking cure.’

A story of thwarted ambition and the destructive love of a father, The Joyce Girl is a true story but imagined where facts were unavailable.

Described by the author, Emma Darwin, as “a gripping and little-known story at the heart of one of the twentieth century’s most astonishing creative moments…researched deeply and brought to richly-imagined life.”

Profits from the first year UK royalties go to YoungMinds in memory of Lucia Joyce, who spent most of her life in an asylum.


About Annabel Abb’s 

Annabel Abbs

Annabel Abbs grew up in Wales and Sussex, with stints in Dorset, Bristol and Hereford. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of East Anglia and a Masters in Marketing from the University of Kingston. After fifteen years running a consultancy, she took a career break to bring up her four children, before returning to her first love, literature.

Her debut novel, The Joyce Girl, won the 2015 Impress Prize for New Writing and the 2015 Spotlight First Novel Award, and was longlisted for the 2015 Caledonia Novel Award and the 2015 Bath Novel Award. Her short stories and journalism have appeared in various places including Mslexia,  The Guardian, The Irish Times, Weekend Australian Review, Elle, The Author, The Daily Telegraph, Psychologies and the Huffington Post. She has been profiled in Writing Magazine, Sussex Life, Next NZ, Litro and Female First, Her blog,, featured in the Daily Telegraph in August 2015 and May 2016. She lives in London and Sussex with her family and an old labrador.




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Miss Lucia Joyce 

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Lucia Joyce

One of the last photographs taken of Lucia Joyce (Source: ) she died on the 12th December 1982, aged 75.

My heart is now etched with never ending compassion and love for  Lucia Joyce. Thank you so much, Annabel Abbs. I don’t think I would have gotten to know her if it hadn’t been for you. Much Love, Kelly xx