Book Review

Blinded Me With Science – Tara September

Today, I am taking part in the blog tour for Blinded Me With Science by Tara September. Many thanks to Tara for providing me with a copy of the audiobook, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour.

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Opposites attract like a magnet to steel, or in this case, Emerson to Steel.

Emerson Powers has been so focused on obtaining her science degree that she’s neglected the more social aspects of college life. With the new start of her junior year, she’s determined to fix that with a real hands-on lesson in biology. The assignment is simple enough—teach the rock star’s son how to be good, while he shows her how to be very bad. Two objectives, one outcome … will the lesson be love or heartbreak?

Steel is no longer the bad boy Emerson knew from prep school, and he’s set to prove it by helping Emerson complete her secret list of desired college experiences. And if he can convince her that they are meant to be together along the way, even better!

While teaming up on experiments, both in and out of the classroom, Emerson discovers a new side to Steel. Leaving her to question everything she thought she knew. Still, is it enough to forgive the past or just mere chemistry?

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REVIEW:

My second review of the day couldn’t be more different than my first, and in actual fact is a real change from the norm for me. For one, it’s a romance, which is a genre that I don’t review often, and secondly, I “read” this as an audiobook – something I also don’t often review, as a narrator can make or break a book for me, no matter how good or bad the story is.

On the subject of narration, I think I would have preferred the audio to have been read by two authors for the dual perspectives of Emerson and Steel. I will admit that I struggled a little with the female narrator attempting a male voice for an entire chapter at a time. However, once I got past this minor irritation, Steel was a character who was hard to resist. He is exactly the kind of damaged bad boy (trying to be good) that I always fall for in books.

Bookish, serious Emerson is delightfully awkward, and I found I could easily relate to her attempts to discover her inner party animal and really live the full college experience. If I had been in her shoes, I would have been putty in Steel’s hands, but, at that age, equally scared to admit it.

I think I would have preferred getting to know some background characters a little more, to really get a feel for Emerson and Steel’s lives, but I can see how this may not have worked with the writing style which often takes the form of each of the characters’ internal monologues.

Despite being a bit too heavy on the romance and a bit too light on adventure for my personal tastes, this was a light, enjoyable read/listen that I am sure romance fans will adore. (Word of warning – don’t listen to this book if anyone else can hear what you are listening to. There were a couple of instances that saw me scrabbling for my volume control!).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Fueled by an IV of green tea and Prosecco, Tara September is a multi-award-winning contemporary romance author of bestselling sassy & steamy love stories filled with banter. Based in Southwest Florida, Tara holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, a B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, as well as attended college courses at Queen’s College in London, U.K. She is also the proud mom to identical twin 10-year-old boys and three cats.

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Book Review

The Gifts – Liz Hyder

I have a glorious historical fiction novel, with a sprinkling of fantasy, to share with you all today in the form of The Gifts by Liz Hyder. Many thanks to Liz for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour.

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A young woman staggers through the woods. Something is happening deep inside and as she’s thrown to her knees in agony, the world around her stops. When she comes to, she is astonished at the sight of her shadow – it has wings.

Meanwhile when rumours of ‘fallen angels’ cause a frenzy across London, a surgeon desperate for fame and fortune will find himself in the grip of a dangerous obsession, and the women he seeks in the most terrible danger . . .

THE GIFTS is the astonishing debut adult novel from the lauded author of BEARMOUTH. A gripping and ambitious book told through several female voices and set against the luminous backdrop of nineteenth century London, it explores science, nature and religion, enlightenment, the knife-edge roles of women in society and the dark danger of ambition.

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REVIEW:

Liz Hyder’s The Gifts is an absolute delight of a book. Part historical fiction, part fantasy, and littered with beautiful illustrations, it really is a joy. The rich descriptions really brought 1840s London to life, with the sights and sounds experienced by the characters becoming totally absorbing – no mean feat when some of the addresses where the characters lived being more recognisable to me as being choked with traffic and full of office blocks.

The cast of characters are wonderfully varied, some of whom I loved and others I loved to hate. Mary was a particular favourite of mine with her passion for life and refusal to be held back by what society expected of her.

Told from a number of seemingly unconnected viewpoints, I loved seeing each strand twine together and build to the conclusion – one which, I have to say, I found distinctly satisfying. I look forward to reading more of Liz’s writing in the future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Liz Hyder has been making up stories for as long she can remember. She has a BA
in drama from the University of Bristol and, in early 2018, won the Bridge Award/Moniack Mhor Emerging Writer Award. Bearmouth, her debut young adult novel, won a Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Branford Boase Award and was chosen as the Children’s Book of the Year by The
Times. Originally from London, she now lives in South Shropshire. The Gifts is her debut adult novel.

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Book Review

Altered Helix – Stephanie Hansen

Today I am joining the blog tour for Altered Helix, the first book in Stephanie Hansen’s Altered Helix series. Many thanks to Stephanie for providing me with a copy of her book, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour.

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I didn’t want to take the traditional path. First, I wasn’t ready for college. Second, I was going to live with my best friend, Tiff, and work at the Haunted House. Third, did I mention the hot guy Josh that works there too?

The most exciting thing about Austria’s new job, at a local haunted house, was the fact that the toughest looking people screamed the loudest. But when she meets the boy without a home, Josh, Austria’s life takes intriguing and eventful turns. Up until now, Josh has managed to hang with his Street crowd, but they’re in danger, and so is Austria, the girl Josh recently fell for. The group finds themselves joining forces with previously considered enemies who also now find themselves in danger.

Deeply compassionate and full of twists, Altered Helix captures the struggle of polarized people that must work together for the greater good.

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REVIEW:

I picked this book up to read whilst in the middle of a humongous book hangover (I’m looking at you Amy Beashel) and I will admit to feeling a little concerned that it would mean it might get a bit of an unfair shot – I always feel a bit sorry for my recovery books, but I needn’t have worried. Altered Helix was just the cure that I needed.

I scare easily, especially when it comes to books and my overactive imagination, but I do like to read slightly spooky books around Halloween, just so I don’t feel left out. A book about a haunted house that might actually be haunted seemed like just the ticket. That said, Altered Helix was darker than I expected, with the real, human threats facing the characters proving scarier than any of the scenes they were acting out.

It took me a second to get to grips with the setting – nothing in the blurb (apart from the title, which just did not click with me for some reason – I am blaming COVID brain) suggested an alternate reality, so talks of telepathy and a dissolved government threw me off but only momentarily. Once that little detail had fallen into place, I found that I quickly became completely engaged in the story, and I romped through it in no time.

Short enough to read in one sitting, Altered Helix is full of rich, atmospheric detail and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stephanie Hansen is a PenCraft and Global Book Award Winning Author. Her debut novella series, Altered Helix, released in 2020. It hit the #1 New Release, #1 Best Seller, and other top 100 lists on Amazon. It is now being adapted to an animated story for Tales. Her debut novel, Replaced Parts, released in 2021 through Fire & Ice YA and Tantor Audio. It has been in a Forbes article, hit Amazon bestseller lists, and made the Apple young adult coming soon bestsellers list. The second book in the Transformed Nexus series, Omitted Pieces, released in 2022. Her next novella, Ghostly Howls, releases 2/7/23. She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community so she tries to incorporate that into her fiction.

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Book Review

Love, Loss and Life In Between – Suzanne Rogerson

I am delighted to be welcoming Suzanne Rogerson back to my blog today with her latest collection of short stories, Love, Loss and Life In Between. Many thanks to Suzanne for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour.

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This collection of short stories gives a glimpse into life, love, loss, and the inexplicable in between.

Including themes of grief, finding hope and second chances, facing the consequences of your actions and getting help from the unlikeliest of places.

  • As Cecilia helps the dying, she questions what happens to their spirits. But is she ready to find out?
  • Can a mother’s race through the New Forest save her son?
  • Will visiting a medium bring Christina the closure she needs?
  • Can an intruder help an old lady with her loneliness?
  • Will the start of another wet and miserable Monday morning end with Maeve’s happy ever after?

This anthology includes the prize-winning flash fiction story – ‘Spirit Song’.

Judge’s critique – ‘Unusual, emotional, warm, surprising — a warm, unusual story. It moved me when I read it.’

Full story list:

Spirit Song

Goodbye Forever

Garden Therapy

Starting Over

A Cat-Shaped Hole

The Phone Call

Knocked Off Her Feet

Catalyst

Not Just For Christmas

A Mermaid’s Tail

From the author of fantasy novels Visions of Zarua and ‘Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy’, this short story collection features multiple genres including romance, supernatural and thriller.

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REVIEW:

As you know, I love Suzanne’s writing, and Love, Loss and Life In Between certainly lived up to my high expectations. In a move away from her usual fantasy stories, each short story in this anthology is different in tone to the one before, and they take you through the whole gamut of emotions. In fact, I was surprised at just how much emotion Suzanne managed to inject into each of these small but perfectly formed tales.

My personal favourite stories were Garden Therapy and (perhaps unsurprisingly for those of you who know me) A Cat-Shaped Hole, both of which were heartbreakingly touching. I am sure though that everybody who picks this book up will have a different favourite, and a different story that speaks to them and their experiences.

I was delighted to get a hint of a new series in A Mermaid’s Tail, and I am very much looking forward to discovering that world in due course.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her husband, two teenagers, a crazy cocker spaniel and an adopted cat that thinks she’s the boss.

Suzanne’s writing journey began at the age of twelve when she completed her first novel. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Now an author of four novels including the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and her debut, Visions of Zarua, Suzanne hopes the dreaded ‘W’ word will never rear its ugly head again!

She loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles and old ruins whilst being immersed in the past. She likes to combine her love of nature and photography on family walks, but most of all she loves to escape with a great film, binge watch TV shows, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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Book Review

The Fashion Fix – Lexi Rees & Eveyjoan

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SuSTYLEability (noun)

The art of making small changes to the way we dress in order to make big changes in the world.

If you love fashion, this activity book will help you create a wardrobe which reflects your personal style AND is mindful of the impact the fashion industry has on the environment and human welfare.

  • Learn the shocking facts about fashion
  • Make better choices when shopping
  • Develop your own unique style
  • Get creative with friends and family
  • Discover fun ways to upstyle and upcycle your wardrobe
  • Be crafty with recycling garments and fabrics

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REVIEW:

I have been a keen crafter for many years now, and I love sewing, but I have only recently made attempts at making my own clothes and I have also become more conscious of trying to make my sewing more sustainable. As such, I am sure you can imagine how excited I was when I heard that the latest activity book to come from Lexi Rees was based on a subject so close to my own interests. I couldn’t wait to get started reading it when it landed on my doormat.

The Fashion Fix is full to the brim with ideas for the budding designer or eco warrior, championing ways to make the most of your wardrobe through upcycling, accessorising and more. There are ideas for things to do with clothes once you no longer want to wear them or have grown out of them, from turning them into soft furnishings to arranging a swap shop with your friends.

Informative without being preachy, The Fashion Fix contains details about the fashion industry that you may find surprising, and that will certainly help with making more ethical and sustainable decisions when buying clothes.

Eveyjoan’s illustrations really bring the ideas in this book to life in ways that would make Joseph’s Dreamcoat look dull. It really is a joy to behold, and there are hours of fun to be had completing her beautiful activity pages.

Although this is an activity book for young people, there are ideas for breathing new life into your wardrobe that I am just dying to try! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lexi was born in Edinburgh and grew up in the Scottish Highlands, although she now lives down south. When she’s not writing or tutoring, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats, She’s usually covered in sand, straw or glitter.

 

Eve is a London-based illustrator and digital designer. Her quirky, creative style is characterised by bold colours and lively lines. Eve’s unique background as a tattooist means her work spans from print, to digital, to people – and her ethos of sustainability is significant throughout her work and is echoed by her love of slow fashion.

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Book Review

The Silent Oath – Michael L Lewis

Today I am joining the blog tour for The Silent Oath, the fourth book in The Oath series by Michael L Lewis. Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part, and to Michael for providing me with a copy of the book.

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The Silent Oath is the fourth in The Oath series that depicts life at Blackleigh Public School, and also serves as a stand-alone novel.

1958. Jonathan Simon, 17, is in his fourth year at Blackleigh. Self-conscious about his appointment as one of five Prefects in Trafalgar House, he’s apprehensive as to whether he has what it takes to carry out his responsibilities.

Jonathan knows: 1) The school code of conduct mandates no snitching on anyone. 2) The student Prefects have absolute power to discipline. 3) Mr. Phillip Temple the new Headmaster is determined to revise the school admission policy to achieve a more even playing field in education.

The pressure mounts in an unforgettable school trip to Paris, prejudice spreading through the school and to the school’s Board of Governors as they ruthlessly oppose the new Head. They will stop at nothing to get their way. In his effort to strive to support the Headmaster’s goals, Jonathan will have to overcome far more than an oath of silence executed by his enemies to prevail…

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REVIEW:

Another year at Blackleigh sees Jonathan Simon face new challenges as he tries to assert himself in his new role as prefect. With a forward thinking headmaster in place, a strong head boy, and the arrival of girls at the school, could this finally be the term that real change comes to Blackleigh? Of course not. If anything, the plotting and intrigue are even more disturbing this time around, as the elitist element take a more planned and considered approach to rid their school of the students that they deem to not be good enough to walk their hallowed halls.

Whilst it was nice to see the return of some much loved faces, I enjoyed the new element of the girls hall very much, not least because Jenny brought her own methods for dealing with bullies to the school – methods that the boys had never encountered before.

Given how this book concluded, I am looking forward to seeing what comes next for Jonathan and his friends (and foes) in the next instalment of this series.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michael L. Lewis was born and raised in England. After preparatory school in London, he was educated at Stowe School, Buckingham. This is the fourth novel in the Oath series, taking readers on a journey through the lives of three dynamic schoolboys between the ages of 13 and 15. Michael now lives in Los Angeles, California, has a law degree, and writes full-time. He was on the Board of Trustees for several schools and has been a member of the same book club for twenty-five years.

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Book Review

The Wedding Cake – Isabella May

A huge welcome back to Isabella May and the latest in her delectable Foodie Romances. Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour, and to Isabella for providing me with a copy of The Wedding Cake.

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One summer in Spain.

One accidentally double-booked eight-tier wedding cake that needs to put in a same day appearance at a rustic countryside finca AND a beachside villa.

Two brides.

Two grooms.

Hundreds of hungry guests.

Freya Ashcroft, owner and culinary whizz at Marbella’s five star bakery, is going to need a miracle to ‘save the date’. If only that was her sole dilemma – as luck wouldn’t have it, she’s also fallen head over heels in love with one of the aforementioned male clients…

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REVIEW:

It’s no secret that I love Isabella May’s books, and I devour them just as quickly as I would the delicious food that is always a character in its own right in each book. The Wedding Cake delivers everything you have come to expect and love from Isabella May – delicious food, gorgeous locations, a sprinkling of humour, and as an added bonus, the return of some familiar and much loved faces.

Filled with characters that you will fall in love with, and others that you will love to hate, The Wedding Cake is an absolute delight. I have to say the finca sounds like the setting for the wedding of my dreams, whilst the villa wedding is more the stuff of nightmares! From start to finish, I was rooting for Freya to find happiness, both professionally and personally, and for one or two characters to get what was coming to them! Without giving anything away, there are one or two characters that I would love to see pop up in future books so I could find out what happened next for them – but then you all know that once I get attached to characters, I find it very hard to say goodbye to them at the end of the book.

The Wedding Cake is the perfect summer holiday read, and had me counting down the days to my long awaited return to Spain!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. She grew up in Somerset on Glastonbury’s ley lines and loves to feature her quirky English hometown in her stories.

After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!

All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her romcoms.

Isabella is also a Level 4 Pranic Healer and a stillbirth mum.

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Book Review

Please Remember Me – Florence Keeling

Way back in 2018, I had the privilege of being part of the blog tour for Reflected Destinies by Florence Keeling. Well, now, this wonderful book is back with a brand new title, cover and blurb. You can read my original review HERE but before you do that, here are all the updated details.

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Inheriting a run down house from a stranger isn’t exactly the present Laura had expected for her 30th birthday. Especially when the house in question holds memories of a frightening encounter from her prom night fourteen years ago…

So when a man starts appearing in the house her first thought is that she must be dreaming. But Ben is very real indeed and somehow linked to an antique mirror and another life in 1942.

As their friendship blossoms, Laura learns more about the house and its history…and even discovers some surprises about her own destiny.

With her future foretold, Laura must find a way to alter destiny. But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I was born in Coventry but now live in Nuneaton. I married the love of my life over 20 years ago and we have two almost grown up children. We share our lives with two mad dogs as well.

Writing is a great passion of mine, that one day I hope to be able to turn into a career but until that day comes, I will continue working in accounts and payroll.

I also write for children as Lily Mae Walters.

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Fantasy Short Stories – Suzanne Rogerson

I am delighted to be welcoming Suzanne Rogerson back to my blog today with a collection of short stories. If you aren’t familiar with Suzanne’s previous books, you can read all about them here and here.

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A collection of short stories featuring favourite characters from Visions of Zarua and the Silent Sea Chronicles, plus a glimpse into the new series, Starlight Prophecy.

The Guardian

With an assassin picking off wizards one-by-one, Kalesh visits Cassima, a former student, hoping to persuade her to re-join the Royal Wizards and use their protection to keep her family safe.

Kalesh’s newest charge, Paddren, has strange visions which link to a past event known only to a select few. The knowledge hidden in Paddren’s visions is invaluable so Kalesh must guard the boy at any cost.

Can Kalesh keep his students off the assassin’s radar long enough for his order to stop the killer?

Garrick the Protector

Fifteen-year-old Garrick is helping at his uncle’s farm when his cousin’s illegal use of magic threatens the family’s safety.

Mara is in immediate danger from the Assembly who deem all magic as a threat. The only safe place for her is the Turrak Mountains where exiled mystics have found sanctuary alongside the island’s Sentinel.

Can Garrick get Mara to safety before the Assembly catch up with them?

War Wounds

Conscripted to fight off raiders, Calder finds the months of bloody battle unleash a sixth sense buried inside him.

Finally released from duty, he travels home and encounters a mysterious woman who insists his life is destined to serve a higher purpose. Calder rejects her claims, wanting only yo return to a simple existence with his wife.

But can Calder pick up his old life when the powers within him have been stirred? And why does he feel such misgivings about his return?

All three stories give readers a tantalising glimpse into the fantasy worlds created by Suzanne Rogerson.

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REVIEW:

It has been a while since I first discovered Suzanne’s books, and honestly, I had forgotten just how great they are. Suzanne is a master world builder, and this collection of short stories featuring fascinating insights into much loved characters made me want to go back and read her entire back catalogue again.

Each story in this collection is just enough to whet your appetite for Suzanne’s full length novels. They are perfectly crafted stories in their own right, but I am sure you won’t be able to resist looking for more.

Consisting of short stories and excerpts from Visions of Zarua and the Lost Sentinel (plus an exciting sneaky peak at her new series), this book is the perfect introduction to Suzanne’s writing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her husband, two children and a crazy cocker spaniel.

Her writing journey began at the age of twelve when she completed her first novel. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave Suzanne the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Now an author of four novels including the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and her debut, Visions of Zarua, Suzanne hopes the dreaded ‘W’ word will never rear its ugly head again!

She loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

Suzanne collects books, is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles and old ruins whilst being immersed in the past. She likes to combine her love of nature and photography on family walks, but most of all she loves to escape with a great film, binge watch TV shows, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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Book Review

The Write Balance – Bonni Goldberg

Happy Blog Blitz Day to Bonni Goldberg and The Write Balance. Many thanks to Bonni for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the blitz.

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Bonni Goldberg’s The Write Balance introduces you to alternative perspectives and motivation for lasting creative fulfillment. This companion book to the beloved bestseller, Room toWrite is filled with encouragement, tools, examples and exercises.

Through years of teaching writing in workshops and in classrooms, Bonni has seen that the writers who are most passionate and grounded in their Writing Self embrace three aspects of the writing process: nurturing ideas, revising to best communicate those ideas, and completing the writing cycle by going public.

In this powerful guide, Bonni invites you to explore these creative stages which are essential to satisfying your Writing Self.

Use The Write Balance to:

  • Find Fulfillment as a Writer
  • Explore Creative Writing
  • Add to Your Writer’s Toolbox for Perspective
  • Overcome Writer’s Block
  • Teach Creative Writing
  • Inspire Your Writing Group
  • Give as Gifts to the Writers in Your Life

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REVIEW:

This book came into my life at a time when I had lost my way with writing. In fact it had been months since I had written a single word. The Write Balance helped me to reframe how I view my writing and reignited my passion for it. It almost felt as though the book gave me permission to enjoy writing and take the pressure off of myself.

While reading, I was struck with an idea for a new novel, in a different genre to my existing drafts, and I found that I was excited to get pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard) for the first time in a long time. As I work through this new project, I know I will be putting Bonni’s ideas and exercises into practice. I am very much at the percolating stage at the moment, but I can already see that the chapters on revisions and going public will be a great help to me.

The Write Balance is jam-packed with exercises and ideas. Not all of them will be for you, I am sure, but I am confident that there is something for every writer within the pages of this book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bonni Goldberg is the author of The Write Balance: How to Embrace Percolation, Revision & Going Public, the companion book to the best-seller Room to Write: Daily Invitations to a Writer’s Life. Bonni is an award-winning poet and writer. She is the creator of the 2 Minute Journals™ series. Both traditionally and indie published, her books include non-fiction for adults and fiction and non-fiction for young readers. Her essays and blog posts can be found in numerous print and online publications.

Bonni teaches creative writing at colleges and leads writing workshops internationally for all ages. She knows everyone is creative, and she supports people to discover and share their authentic, meaningful and imaginative experiences through words. Whether through her writings or through teaching, her methods and perspectives continue to empower thousands of adults, families, and children.

Bonni is also a Jewish educator. She speaks, writes, and leads workshops on Jewish topics such as Jewish identity, rituals and antisemitism at Jewish women’s events, JCCs, and conferences. 

Bonni Goldberg lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner in life, and some creative projects, artist Geo Kendall.

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