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HORSEY MERE by David Blake

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The remains of a 17th Century witch, an MP found hanging above a five-pointed star, and three girls with powers beyond anyone’s control.

As DI Tanner and DS Evans endeavour to make plans for their big day, the chance discovery of Norfolk’s last known witch, tried and hanged by Norfolk’s infamous Witchfinder General, sparks a chain of the most horrific events, none of which Tanner seems able to stop.

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Totally gripping 
The discovery of a politician hanged above a 5 pointed star leads DI Tanner and his team into the world of witchcraft after if it is found that the politician was related to the last Witchfinder General of Norfolk 
This story is set mostly from Tanners point of view and I must say that I’m not sure if I liked him or not, whilst he is very focused and dedicated to his job but he also gets tunnel vision which can cause issues at times although he is very good at what he does 
This book caught my attention right from the start and had me wondering what would happen next as things started to become stranger but more addictive to read
This story had me twisting and turning so much and I didn’t see the final twist coming so it was a surprise but also made it more compelling and explained everything which has made me what to read more by this author as this was brilliant storytelling which connected to me emotionally and I felt invested in the characters and what would happen
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy crime dramas that will catch your attention and have you rushing to keep up
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

David Blake

Consistently ranked within the top 30 most read authors on Amazon.co.uk, David Blake is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written eighteen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his nineteenth, The Wherryman, which is the next in his series of crime fiction thrillers after Broadland, St. Benet’s, Moorings, Three Rivers and Horsey Mere. When not writing, David likes to spend his time mucking about in boats, often in the Norfolk Broads, where his crime fiction books are based.

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Let Me Love You by Lasairiona McMaster

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Jilted by the only woman he’s ever loved, Jeremy Lewis is a man on a mission to be a renowned player – both on and off the ice. Who needs monogamy anyway?
But when he falls during a game, Jeremy finds himself laid-up with a potentially career-ending injury and his support network, suddenly gone. His best friend, AJ, is busy in a new relationship, his teammates are pursuing their own dreams of hockey stardom, and Jeremy is left frustrated, broken and alone.
Will their friendship survive AJ’s new relationship? Are Jeremy’s feelings for Chelsea truly a thing of the past? And can he persevere through his recovery to get back on the ice?

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Jeremy is a college ice hockey player who wants to be a star but he has an accident in the first game of the season that may scupper his chances

I’m not quite sure why but this book was strangely addictive. It’s written entirely from Jeremy’s point of view which I liked but at the same time I would have loved to hear from Chelsea as she is such an important person in his life 

A lot of this book looks at Jeremy’s rehab from his injury and although I enjoyed reading his story, I did at times want to punch him! I mean I was totally routing for him to be back skating but he would then go and do something stupid which would annoy me and it was a while before he redeemed himself with me again 

This book also looks at some of the emotions people can go through when not everything is going as they want it to, this pulled me in and I became emotionally attached to Jeremy, having felt some of those myself 

I have gone through such a rollercoaster of emotions with this book and have gone from love to hate back to love again multiple times, which is something that would make me recommend it to so many people but especially those who enjoy stories about hockey, friendship and falling in love 

AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio

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Lasairiona McMaster writes sassy, classy and badassy women and strong, yet vulnerable men. She challenges reader’s expectations by openly dealing with mental health issues, often exploring tough-to-handle topics and ‘taboos’ and books with a whole lotta heart.

She can either be found enjoying a gin and lemonade by the Irish sea, or baking sweet treats in her kitchen while singing at the top of her lungs. When she’s ‘home’ in Texas, and isn’t eating fresh-popped popcorn while buying things she has absolutely no need for in Target, she can be found at Chuys eating her body weight in chips and queso and washing it down with a margarita swirl. She loves to make friends out of strangers.

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Blog: http://www.lasandcolgotexan.com/

Twitter: @QueenoffireLas

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Reformed Dreamer by Deborah King

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She’s wreaked havoc in everyone’s lives. Can she find forgiveness… even from within?

Former drug addict Melinda desperately wants to make amends for years of misguided aggression. Fresh out of rehab and in control of her type of bipolar disorder, she’s grateful to have a secure job and a safe homestead for her long road to recovery. Welcomed by a glorious cliffside sunset and her handsome rancher host, she’s surprised by their instant attraction.

Determined to excel at her work, Melinda does her utmost to display kindness and forges a healthy connection with the horses. And when her dedication warms the heart of the steeds’ drop-dead gorgeous owner, she starts to believe in the possibility of unexpected love and a new future.

Can Melinda truly conquer the demons of her past to find redemption?

Reformed Dreamer is the fourth and final book in the sweet Inspiration in Cologne women’s fiction series. If you like hard-won second chances, surprising romance, and rising above mental health hurdles, then you’ll love Deborah King’s touching story.

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Melinda has had some serious mental health and drug addiction problems and she has just come out of rehab but she needs to live with someone for a year who can administer her medications and keep her on the right path and that ends up being Darius, the owner of a local horse farm 
 
I loved Melinda, she is a strong woman who wants to do everything she puts her mind to but she also has a vulnerable side which makes her more human. She is also determined to get over her past addictions and manage her mental health, something I know can be tough, but she does so well and her struggle feels real to me
 
Darius struggles with people but he opens his home to Melinda to help her and his patience with her as well as his teaching her about horses, something he knows so much about, had me gripped. He is a strong character who knows what he wants but he has his own struggles which made him feel more real to me
 
I loved how their relationship developed, almost at the same pace that Melinda gets more confident with the horses and herself. They take time to get to know each other but they work so well as a pair, seeing each other’s strengths and weaknesses and supporting each other 
 
Mental health problems and addiction can be a hard topic to write about but it comes across really well in this book, not at all patronising or stigmatising which can happen at times. I also loved how the horses worked as a bit of animal therapy for Melinda, something that people may not consciously be aware of but is another way for people to learn to cope 
 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book with strong main characters who have to overcome a lot to be the people that they become 
 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

Reformed Dreamer Author

Deborah King is a spirited woman who was inspired to pursue her dreams due to her mother’s death from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She has the unique ability to read people and tackle life’s hardships.

Deborah is an acclaimed, distinctive new voice in romantic women’s fiction. After raising two children, working with a not-for-profit wildlife rescue organization, and reading too many books to count, she retired from her personal training and weight management business to follow her dream of writing.

She is extremely grateful for having the opportunity to work with many different people sharing and teaching what inspires her, which you’ll catch glimpses of in her books.

Deborah’s lived in several diverse areas in her city as well as three years in a rural setting. She lives in Missouri with her supportive husband, two rescue cats, who believe they’re dogs, her mini fitness store, and her eclectic collection of books

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The Bone Jar by S W Kane

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This book was so not what I expected but had me gripped totally
Set in an old asylum in London it starts with the murder of a nurse and looks into the secrets and lies that surround her and the building
The main characters are Connie, an archivist at an architectural drawings office and Lew Kirby, the main detective investigating the murder and Raymond, a former patient of the hospital who now lives in the grounds 
The main focus of the story is the secrets that surround the building and the people who used to be in it with the investigations that Lew and Connie conduct the conduit that allows the story to work. Without Raymond the story would have been odd and not flowed properly, he knows more about the building and its secrets but he has secrets of his own 
I will admit that some things I guessed but my guesses weren’t confirmed until much later on but the ending was a twist that I didn’t see coming! 
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy crime thrillers with so much intrigue that it could make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck (or at least it did mine!) 
AM 🐾 x

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Fighting for the Trauma Doc’s Heart by Rachel Dove

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A well written book that looks at the difficulties that people can face
Michelle and Jacob are trauma doctors both vying to be the head of the new trauma centre but both have their own secrets. Michelle is battling PTSD as a result of her overseas tours and Jacob has an autistic daughter that he needs to protect 
I loved both Michelle and Jacob and their stories work so well together. He is the one who gets her to even consider therapy and she is the person who he isn’t sure he can live without (blurb extract not a spoiler!) 
They are both so human and well written that you can feel the leaping off the page and you can see the intensity and drama that is the backdrop to their story. They both, but especially Michelle, develop so much in the story and the issue of mental health isn’t hidden but is instead treated respectfully and in an honest manner which I liked 
Set in a busy trauma centre in Surrey the medical details flow and work so well but may not always be suitable if you don’t like a lot of detail in what has happened to people (uk readers think 24 hours in A&E)
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a well written medical romance with lots of drama and characters who are so real
AM 🐾 x

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Coming home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne

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Elizabeth suffered from severe postnatal depression and left her family believing it would be better for them, she was involved in a terrible car accident and ended up with a traumatic brain injury causing amnesia erasing who she was and her life as well as various other injuries. Even when the memories started to come back she thinks her family would be better off without her and that her husband has met someone else.

What she doesn’t realise is that the town all think her husband murdered her, now 7 years later Luke is here to bring her back to prevent his arrest on a murder charge thanks to a new DA. Once he learns her story he is more understanding of why she left but can he trust her now?

I really enjoyed this book, it took me a while to get into it but when I did it kept me reading, I didn’t realise how far I was through it until my kindle flashed up a low battery warning!

Elizabeth is portrayed sympathetically and I believe that a lot of research would have gone into traumatic brain injuries and the changes that they can cause to people which has come across really well and will hopefully help the reader to understand some of the difficulties some people may have to live with. It’s not a topic I have really seen in a book before but it really worked for Luke and Elizabeth’s story

I will admit that parts did make me cry a bit which doesn’t happen very often for me which I think reflects the emotions that come out through the pages to the reader.

This books isn’t your normal romance but I think that it stands out and will appeal to a variety of readers, all of whom I would recommend it to!

AM 🐾 x

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Meant to Be Yours by Susan Mallery

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Love love love!

Renee is a wedding planner in a town that has a major focus on weddings, it’s their main business. Jasper is a crime writer who needs help writing a love interest for his detective…

I loved Renee, she is independent and will fight for what is right, she won’t let Jasper push in or take over when he asks for her help by following her around

Jasper takes time to process what is going on but after a troubled start where I struggled a bit with him and how to relate to him I found him a loveable character, although I’m not going lie, it was a bit odd reading a book where the main character is writing a book in the book!

Their story grabbed me and sucked me in to the extent that I stayed up way later than I should on a work night to finish it. Bit of a spoiler alert here but there is a bit of sex near the beginning so I hope that the man I was sat next to on the train whilst reading it didn’t mind too much and wasn’t really offended when I skipped though a little bit to make my journey a bit easier 😳

Both Jasper and Renee had their difficulties and this book looks at how they may overcome them to become stronger people whilst not losing who they are

I would recommend this book to so many people, but especially those who enjoy a wedding and a story with a crazy twist I so wasn’t expecting!

AM 🐾 x

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Outreach by Shelly Berry

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When Emily was offered a new job in London, she was sure that her life was about to change – new friends, a career in the big city and the boyfriend she always wanted.

Her new life turns out to be more complicated than she expected. Her flat mates don’t understand her. Her colleagues mock everything about her. Even her father doesn’t support her. The only person who offers her any encouragement is David.

He’s married. He’s her manager. To Emily it’s clear that they have something special. As their relationship develops, everyone seems to want to sabotage their chances.

But some things are meant to be…

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This book was so not what I expected when I first picked it up, I’m normally typically a romance reader and this so isn’t a typical romance. Emily is in her first proper job in support services and it’s a steep learning curve for her

There were so many unexpected twists in this book and it made me think about my perception on life and how those around me perceived me

I’m not going to lie there were times when I didn’t really like Emily, but it in other ways she reminded me of me. She is incredibly insecure and anxious and I think this will resonate with other readers the way it did with me. She also really struggled with adjusting to her new life in London, something that will be familiar to those who like me are from the countryside! I only go to London when I have to and it’s so urban but it does have its positives which Emily finds out

Emily’s interaction with her service users is also something that caught me, it made me think of the appointments with people I had to see, even when I felt well (although was clearly not!)

I would recommend this book to people who have had their own struggles with life and work as this will give you a link to Emily

AM 🐾 x

Purchase  Links

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Author Bio

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Shelly Berry lives in Waltham Forest, London. Having gained a BA Joint Honours Degree in Visual Art and Sociology at Keele University and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, she has since worked in the public sector with vulnerable adults and children – including those affected by mental illness, drug and alcohol misuse, disability, criminal behaviour, homelessness and domestic and sexual abuse. During this time, Shelly developed and nurtured her love of writing. As well as writing fiction, she has previously written for a number of blogs and now writes for the Waltham Forest Echo.

Social Media Links – twitter @ShellyBerryUK

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Author Photo credit Bianca Kirby.

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BPD and Me – Spider Diagrams

You may know already that I have Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) which is a serious mental health condition when I experience intense emotions, fear of abandonment and a multitude of other issues

Well, I have been on a group therapy programme so far and that helped me meet others with BPD which was nice. It’s validating to know that you are not the only one and that others are finding things as hard as you are

I think one of the best things I got out of that group therapy class was relaxation techniques and a realisation that I actually quite enjoy doing art, although I seem to be more abstract that anything else! (I’ll look at this in a later blog post)

My current therapist is an amazing lady who has helped me an awful lot, she was one of the leaders in the group and has been able to assist me in going through some of the things we covered in more detail and making me understand it better (it was a 20 week course all at one go so very full on)

We were encouraged to do something called an emotional intensity continum where you write about an incident and then rate you various emotions, thoughts, feelings actions and filters (the rose tinted glasses were we all see the world differently, you will have some of your own without realising) and put them into a worksheet with 5 columns. I’ve got to be honest, this really wasn’t for me. I struggled to get everything out, work out how it was linked and where it should go on the worksheet, so my therapist came up with a fantastic idea and suggested I mind map/spider diagram the issue so I could get it out of my head and written down, this could then be developed to show more linkages with thoughts and even a way to solve the problem/come up with coping strategies

Reader this was a moment of breakthrough and it is the best way I can get my thoughts out and sorted. It gives me time to think and work things out. It even helped me figure out the route of all the issues that were causing the extreme emotions for that event (not what I originally though but issues behind that)

I know you as a reader probably don’t have BPD but can I suggest to you that maybe something like mind mapping might be useful to you when you are anticipating a stressful situation or are already in one as a way to get your thoughts out and to give your mind a rest? Once you start to write, the emotions, thoughts, feelings and action urges can come out and you can figure a solution out that can help you

Think about it, even if not now then maybe sometime in the future

AM 🐾 x

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Well I should probably tell you something about me…

Apart from enjoying reading, my life is far from perfect

I live in a world where at least around me mental illness is accepted, or at least some of them are. I have borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar disorder among other things which people seem to understand and accept.

At least with bipolar disorder they have heard of “isn’t that the one that Stephen Fry has” one that has documentary’s about it. BPD not so much. The thought of a personality disorder is scary enough for me, let alone all those out there who see borderline personality disorder or its other name “emotional unstable disorder”.

How scary is that? What’s wrong with my personality? Can I be relied upon and trusted if my emotions are so unstable? These are some of the thoughts that run through my head let alone other people’s!

The one that no one seems to talk about though, the one I’m not sure I’m ready to talk about yet is bulimia. An eating disorder, not anorexia, not the one that has loads of documentaries made of it, but one where you can look completely normal on the outside. Maybe when I’m ready I will be able to talk more freely about it

Bit of a long and heavy blog post but it’s the truth as I see it at the moment, at some point I will tell you about how I cope, what the therapists tell me to do but not yet

It’s bedtime here so sleep well

AM 🐾 x

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