Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Saturday Spotlight with Lucie Novak and Giveaway of A Woman with no Strings Attached


Welcome to the Saturday Spotlight, a weekly feature that shines the light on Indie and Debut authors. This week I have the pleasure introducing readers to:

LUCIE NOVAK
~Author of A Woman with no Strings Attached~


About Me
by Lucie Novak- 2014

  Jan Hus Statue- Prague
My name is Lucie Novák. I come from a secular Jewish Czech family- I am a Jewish Czech, not a Czech Jew. I grew up in Prague. Prague is a nice place, it used to be a nice place even in the communist times. Not nice enough for me not to emigrate, though.

I live in England, working as a full time family doctor, a GP. I love my job and all those secrets people tell me. Every patient coming through my door is a puzzle. Why are they here? What are they worried about? How can I find out what is wrong? What can I do about it? What if I am wrong?

I love England, although I will always be an alien here. “Where is that lovely accent coming from?” people say. I speak five languages, all of them with a strong Czech accent. Well, the accent is me, it probably shows even in my writing. But I do not think I want to change it.

I taught myself how to read when I was four and most of my youth was spent reading, sometimes in classes, too, with a novel on my lap.

I always liked to read, and I was toying with the idea of writing a book for a long time. But whatever I tried to write in the past was not good enough, so I stopped. I did not write any more until my life changed. I divorced, fell in love again, and changed my life.

My first book, “A Woman with (no) Strings attached”
is a memoir of a sort. The reader can guess what is true and what is fiction.

The book describes the journey of Lucie, a Czech doctor who after spending decades putting everyone else around her first, discovers her true self with the help of her long distance lover. The unusual part of it is the fact that her American partner Tom, who, most unusually, is not the sexually jealous type, not only allows her, but encourages her to explore her sexuality with several lovers and break many taboos on the way. Lucie finds that knowing more about sex makes her a better doctor for her patients.

It is a story of bold moves, adventure, and despite of those extramarital affairs, honesty and love.

It is also about “Life does not end after 50”.

I published my book on 30th June 2014.

This is my first book, but I am already writing the sequel. Writing is fun. I have many more books in my head. This is just the beginning of my writing career.


**Due to Lucie Novak writing under a pen name, photo and bio have been withheld**


GIVEAWAY

Today I have one copy of Lucie Novak's A Woman with no Strings Attached. Everyone is welcome to enter in for a paperback or eBook copy. Please just fill in the form.




After a lifetime of boring, conventional sex with her husband, the 58 year old family doctor discovers an entirely new side to her personality. 

Thanks for being on the spotlight today Lucie. To read the full synopsis and find out more about this author please check out:



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**Prague photo courtesy of my own personal collection from our trip to the Czech Republic in 2013~

**Please note: Tinasbookreviews does not endorse adultery, internet dating or erotica books. Saturday Spotlight is strictly for Indie author promotion only.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Saturday Spotlight Featuring Georgi Bond and Giveaway of Wide Awake in the Dreamscape

Welcome to the Saturday Spotlight, a weekly feature that shines the light on Indie and Debut authors. This week I have the pleasure introducing readers to:

GEORGI BOND
~Author of Wide Awake in the Dreamscape~


Children's Literature
by Georgi Bond- 2014

I started writing my first novel when I was 12 years old, and whilst I never finished that story, I knew that I would write a novel one day. Since university I've worked as a technical writer, copywriter, content writer and copy editor. But I never felt creatively satisfied. My mind kept wandering back to the idea of fiction writing, so I took a career break and dived straight in. Five years and multiple re-writes later, and after much editorial training and guidance from professionals, I was finally finished and satisfied with the end product.

I’m an avid reader of children’s fantasy fiction, so it was natural for me to write for this genre. I've never been comfortable with gritty or character-based adult themes, and writing for adults felt much too serious and restrictive for me. I much prefer to immerse myself in a younger fantasy world where my imagination can run free. It’s infinitely more fun and exciting!

I’ve always been interested in dreams, spiritual and paranormal ideas, supernatural powers and sorcery, and these themes fit perfectly into children’s stories. With Wide Awake in the Dreamscape, I wanted to create a modern, fast-paced fantasy adventure, something fresh, colorful and vivid. I felt that young readers would be interested in a story which successfully integrates modern themes such as online gaming and chat rooms, with traditional fantasy themes such as magic and monsters. 

I also wanted to touch on issues very relevant to young people, such as friendship and sibling relationships, bullying and its consequences, and finding the inner strength and courage to continue when everything seems hopeless. I would love for children to feel exhilarated and excited by my story, whilst also feeling inspired and motivated to feel brave and courageous in their everyday lives.


Georgi Bond was raised in rural Devon, England before going on to study archaeology and conduct postgraduate research at Durham University. Bond has worked as a technical writer, marketing copywriter and copy editor.

Her current home is the one she built for herself in Riga, Latvia, where she lives with her family.




GIVEAWAY

Today I have one copy of  Wide Awake in the Dreamscape to giveaway to one lucky winner. Paperback or ebook. Everyone is welcome to enter. Please fill in the copter for an entry.




Unlike her brother Alfie, 12-year-old Lily is not at all interested in video games. But when she wakes up in the middle of the night trapped in another world where monsters from nightmares are real, Lily has no choice but to immerse herself in a world far different from anything she knows. Lily must learn the rules and play the game. An unsuspecting Lily is suddenly transported into the Dreamscape, which is overrun by monsters from Colony, the latest online gaming craze which Alfie is entranced by. 

 Why does this shimmering, digital dreamland feel equally familiar and strange to Lily, as well as extremely dangerous? Inside the Dreamscape, Lily meets twins Felix and Serena, who are also prisoners of the game and have lost their brother to Colony. The threesome learns that Colony lures players in and takes over their minds, filling them with horrifying nightmares. Their brothers are possessed by “dreamons”, cunning and evil monsters from Colony. Lily realizes that it might be possible for video games to shatter the boundaries of time and space in order to invade the deepest recesses of the human mind. If Lily and the twins can’t find a way to defeat the dreamons, millions of Colony players, including their brothers, could soon find themselves enslaved to the game they set out to enjoy.

Thanks Georgi for being on the spotlight today. To find out more about this author, check out:

 www.GeorgiBond.com. 
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Review~Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey


Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
June 10, 2014 by Harper
Hardcover: 320 pages
Review Copy (TLC Book Tours)
Warnings: Dementia, violence, mild language
5/5 Stars- (18&up)

In this darkly riveting debut novel-a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging-an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

Maud, an aging grandmother, is slowly losing her memory-and her grip on everyday life. Yet she refuses to forget her best friend Elizabeth, whom she is convinced is missing and in terrible danger.

But no one will listen to Maud-not her frustrated daughter, Helen, not her caretakers, not the police, and especially not Elizabeth's mercurial son, Peter. Armed with handwritten notes she leaves for herself and an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth needs her help, Maud resolves to discover the truth and save her beloved friend.

This singular obsession forms a cornerstone of Maud's rapidly dissolving present. But the clues she discovers seem only to lead her deeper into her past, to another unsolved disappearance: her sister, Sukey, who vanished shortly after World War II.

As vivid memories of a tragedy that occurred more fifty years ago come flooding back, Maud discovers new momentum in her search for her friend. Could the mystery of Sukey's disappearance hold the key to finding Elizabeth?


Thoughts

Does anyone remember the movie Memento? A story about a guy who has short term memory loss and writes notes to himself to remember things...trying to remember why his wife is missing...and why this weird guy is following him around. I kind of felt like I was diving into a very similar story when I started Elizabeth is Missing, one that involved an unsolved mystery of the disappearance of a loved one, one that collided with the past and present and one that dealt with the loss of memory, only in this case our protagonist is suffering old age dementia and not brain trauma. On one hand this book is a great mystery weaving a past and present tale together with flawless effort, but at the same time its a heartbreaking look into dementia, leaving readers with thought provoking questions and a dreadful sadness over this life robbing disease.

Taking this journey with Maud put all the frustrations of characters disease front and center, when she was upset, I was upset, when she was nervous, I felt nervous..and that's what fascinated and terrified me about this book; I truly felt the chaos inside Maud's head but I was able to piece it together, the thought of having to go through dementia without the rational of my mind intact would be horrible.

Those with family members or close ones going through this might find it difficult to read Maud's story, but I would certainly recommend it for its insightful glimpse into dementia and incredible discussion for readers afterwards.

An absolute brilliant book.


Emma Healey holds a degree in bookbinding and an MA in creative writing. Elizabeth Is Missing is her first novel. She lives in the UK.


Find out more about Emma at her website and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.




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Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Harper for review copy

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Chatting with Authors featuring Beth Hoffman and Giveaway of Looking for Me



Today Im super excited to welcome author Beth Hoffman to Tinasbookreviews for a fun chat and giveaway of her new book Looking for Me.


Hi Beth, welcome to the blog, to get things started please tell us how did you come up with the idea for LOOKING FOR ME?

I was sitting at my desk going through stacks of old photographs. The more I sorted, the more I thought about my family and my childhood on the farm—how simple and uncomplicated life was, how much I missed the old barn and the fields that backed up to woodlands.

I stared out the window and relived those days, and while I was caught up in the nostalgia, something flashed in my periphery. I turned to see a red-tailed hawk land on a tree branch. The morning light glaze across his pale chest, and just before he settled, he spread his rusty-red tail feathers. And then …WHAM! I had the beginning of my story.

Your book has dual settings of Charleston and Kentucky. What was it about those two settings that inspired you?


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The atmosphere of the story I want to create determines the setting. I need to feel connected to a location’s history and culture, and I love to explore opposites. The juxtaposition of Charleston’s refinement to Slade, Kentucky’s rugged wilderness intrigued me. Red River Gorge is wild and mysterious while Charleston is known for its gorgeous architecture and gentility. Historic downtown Charleston was the perfect place for Teddi to reach for her dream while Kentucky was ideal to hold her roots.


LOOKING FOR ME touches on the power of objects—through them we remember our past and face our future—what are some objects that have held meaning for you in your own life??

I treasure photographs, letters, and the old jewelry that’s been passed down from the women in my life. By nature I’m a neat-nut and about as opposite to a hoarder as anyone could be, so I’m not inclined to keep things unless they truly have strong meaning to me. I do think it’s important to keep things that hold memories like family heirlooms, books, photographs and letters, but there’s a fine line between keeping what is precious or sentimental, and overloading my basement and attic with stuff.


What do you love to do most in your free time?

My greatest joys are simple—spending time with my husband and our four-legged fur-kids, studying nature, working in the gardens, and reading. I also love to go antiquing with girlfriends, and just recently I’ve taken up photography. 

~Thanks Beth for stopping by today and chatting with me.


Beth Hoffman is the internationally bestselling author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and Looking for Me. Before beginning her writing career, she was president and co-owner of an interior design studio. Beth lives, along with her husband and their four-legged fur-kids, in a historic Queen Anne home in Kentucky. Her interests include the rescue of abandoned and abused animals, nature conservancy, birding, historic preservation, and antiquing.

You can visit Beth’s website at: www.BethHoffman.net or Facebook: Twitter: @wordrunner

GIVEAWAY

Today I have one copy of Beth Hoffman's Looking for Me. To enter please fill in the copter. Open to all US residents. 



Teddi Overman found her life’s passion for furniture in a broken-down chair left on the side of the road in rural Kentucky. She learns to turn other people’s castoffs into beautifully restored antiques, and eventually finds a way to open her own shop in Charleston. There, Teddi builds a life for herself as unexpected and quirky as the customers who visit her shop. Though Teddi is surrounded by remarkable friends and finds love in the most surprising way, nothing can alleviate the haunting uncertainty she’s felt in the years since her brother Josh’s mysterious disappearance. 

When signs emerge that Josh might still be alive, Teddi is drawn home to Kentucky. It’s a journey that could help her come to terms with her shattered family—and to find herself at last. But first she must decide what to let go of and what to keep.

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