Happiness ~ The Inside Job by Matt Pepper #Blogtour

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Synopsis

One thing which every person on the planet desires is to live a fulfilled and happy life. So why does happiness seem to elude so many of us? Are you fed up with thinking ‘I’ll be happy when…’ but who knows when that will be? Are you done with continually changing your circumstances believing this will lead to a happy life, only to find that you don’t feel any different? How can we simply ‘get happy’ when the pressures of jobs, mortgages and relationships are upon us all?

Enter Matt Pepper, who has spent twenty years researching, learning and practising the tools and techniques he has discovered which have enabled him to help his clients live a happy and fulfilled life. In Happiness: The Inside Job, he has collected all of this knowledge together into one place with each and every chapter filled with insights,  case studies and quirky illustrations, which will give a new understanding of how to enjoy life. Matt’s concepts are so simple to grasp and apply, you’ll wonder how you never thought of them yourself! So the question is, are you ready to be happy?

Putting the power back into our own hands and equipped with his Happiness Barometer, Matt shows how you can find your inner happiness and keep hold of it —no matter what is going on in your life. Divided into seven sections, Matt firstly introduces the tools to ‘Fire up your own happiness,’ where we are invited to explore different life scenarios and our reactions to them depending on where we are on The Happiness Barometer. Matt also reveals how we can expose our Ta-Daa, becoming the person we know we can be, by getting rid of any alter egos we may be holding on to —whether it’s at work or in social situations — before moving on to share tips on how to tend to our Emotional Garden in order to create an abundance of positive feelings.

Then, after we’ve weeded out our negative emotions it’s all aboard the Groovy Train of Thought, where we’re taught how to fill our mind with positive and happy thoughts and listen to our gut instinct —because it’s what’s inside that counts. Matt then explores how we can ‘Turn our muck to luck” showing that by changing our mindsets, we can learn how to bounce back from tough times and jump over life’s hurdles instead of getting bogged down in the darkness. Finally he looks at how we can ‘Pimp up our purpose,’ and by following what feels right we can point ourselves in the right direction. By providing tools and tips to gain perspective on whatever life can throw at us, we will find out that true happiness really is an inside job.

A light-hearted and accessible approach to self-development, Happiness: The Inside Job is the perfect read for those of us looking to find their inner happiness and keep hold of it, no matter what is happening in our lives and transform into ‘A Happiness Generating Machine.’

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Firstly i’d like to thank Rachel’s random resources and Matt Pepper for allowing me to take part in this blog tour, I’m looking forward to reviewing Happiness the inside job later in the month.

Today I am hosting an extract from this inspiring book.

Make feeling good

the cornerstone

Feeling good should be the most important aspect of our lives. In fact what I realised is that feeling good should be the cornerstone of our lives because it influences everything that we are and do.

Feeling good improves our ability to deal with stress, our levels of health, our mind-set and our ability to see things more clearly, which in turn shapes our future, enabling us to go for what we want in life. It is fair to say that all aspects of our lives are improved when we are feeling good… it is the best place to be.

Here are some of the benefits of feeling good:

Life runs smoother

… We have more energy

… Things don’t get to us as much

… Life’s niggles just bounce off us

… We don’t concern ourselves with what is not important

… We let others get on with their lives … We feel more carefree and more able to have fun

We get inspired

… Our mindsets are clearer

… We have more clarity with better ideas and actions

… We see the best in ourselves and others

Our family lives are better

… Our relationships are easier and more fun

… Our relationships with our partners, siblings, and children are more loving

… We are more engaged and happier with family life

We are happier at work

… Work ideas and creativity flow more freely and are more enjoyable

… We are more engaged with others

… We are more productive

… We are less stressed and more resilient

… We can listen more easily

… We get in our “zone”

Our health improves

… Our sense of wellbeing is improved

… Our stress levels reduce dramatically

… Health problems decrease

… We are more connected to our friends, family and society in general.

All about Matt

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Matt Pepper has been working within the health and personal development industry for over twenty-years with clients ranging from artists and film directors, to chief executives and their workforce, civil servants and students. A passionate speaker, Matt also lectures on happiness and wellbeing for medical teams including those at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He loves giving his ‘PeppTalks’ where he shares the essence of this book, motivating groups and organisations from all walks of life. Based between Oxford and London, he lives with his wife Tash, their three children and two cats.

Where to find Matt

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Prosecco Christmas …Pot Love 3 by Sylvia Ashby #Blogtour #Giveaway

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Synopsis

Family is where life begins.
And what better time to spend with your family than Christmas week?

Ashley and Giacomo go to Upper Swainswick, a postcard village ten minutes’ drive from Bath, to stay with Ashley’s mum and stepdad. It’s their last visit before the arrival of their first child.

But babies have a habit of being unpredictable.

So when Ashley goes into labour on Christmas Eve, three weeks ahead of schedule, it takes everyone by surprise.
She’s not ready! Her perfect Birth Plan is packed away in her hospital bag two hundred miles away, she has no going home outfit, and she has a live event planned for New Year’s Eve for her YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef. People have been signing up for it for weeks. She can’t possibly disappoint them on the last day of the year. What is she to do?

The tinsel gets even more tangled when Giacomo’s parents decide to fly from Italy to meet their first grandchild. Hotels are fully booked, so everyone has to stay under the same roof.

Would eleven people in the house, not counting the baby, turn out to be simply too much for Ashley?

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My Review

Firstly i’d like to thank Sylvia Ashby and Neverland blog tours for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

prosecco Christmas is the third book in the pot love series. It is a stand alone book and can be read independently from the other two. Although saying this I do now really want to read the first two and discover Ashley and Giacomo’s life leading up to the birth of their first baby.

Sylvia’s writing style is one that I thoroughly enjoyed. She has the ability to make you to feel as if you know the characters from the end of the first page!

The characters are warm, funny and relatable. Ashley’s Mum is hilarious and had me giggling throughout!

The chaos of having a newborn baby is so true to life, throw in Christmas and a house full of relatives, what could possibly go wrong!

A delightful post Christmas read to brighten any grey dismal day!

Where to buy Prosecco Christmas

Amazon UK

Amazon US

All about Sylvia

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Sylvia Ashby is fond of the written word: books, blog posts, recipes, even an explanation to the HM Revenue & Customs as to why she thinks skirts should be exempt from VAT – she’s written it all!

She likes travelling and has lived all over Europe – London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, she lives in Leuven, Belgium with her husband, daughter, son and a sparrow called Jack, who comes occasionally to peck the seeds she leaves for him on top of the garden shed.

 Where to find Sylvia

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There are 3 E-copies of Prosecco Christmas up for grabs, click here to be in with a chance to win a copy.

Fruit Woman by Kate Rigby #Blogtour #Review

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Synopsis

Fruit Woman is narrated by Helen Scutt, a quirky and naïve twenty-seven-year-old. The image of the Fruit Woman has appeared to Helen at important times in her life, particularly in relation to her own sexual and spiritual awakening. But only now, while on holiday with her extended family, does she get her first warning message from the Fruit Woman.

Set in the l980s, Helen returns with her extended family, after a twelve year break, to spend a fortnight at their favourite holiday destination in Devon: Myrtle Cottages. Due to join them for the second week of the holiday are: Helen’s old friend, Bella, Bella’s brother, Dominic, and Helen’s cousin, Les.

But shortly after the family have arrived on holiday, Helen’s mother announces that she has also invited along someone from church for the second week of their holiday: Christine Wigg, a friend of the family, and victim of a rape several years before.

In the context of the family holiday, where games of cards, scatological worries, and deep discussions abound, the story centres on Helen’s anxieties over the second week’s ‘guest list’. She’s not seen Bella for years, she’s attracted to Dominic in spite of his religious beliefs, and she thinks it a bad idea for her mother to have invited Les, who was originally accused of Christine’s rape by her in-laws. Helen’s concerns trigger off all sorts of childhood and adolescent memories, but as her anxieties mount, can she make sense at last of what happened years before?

My Review

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Firstly i would like to thank Anne Cater and Kate Rigby for allowing me to be part of this blogtour.

Fruit woman was quite a surprise read for me, it wasn’t what a expected at all, what a delightful surprise it was!

I found the book very idyllic and comforting. Helen and her family have returned to Devon to relive their summers of old. As the story unfolds Helen reminisces about long ago summers where her Mum, Dad and sister all join their extended family. They rent the same two cottages every year.

I laughed out loud as Helen explained the toilet dilemma of having a tiny toilet that was right next to the living room, where every little sound could be heard!

It becomes clear that during their childhood Helen and her sister Carol often feel isolated at school and the butt of some of their peers jokes. This is where they create their own little world, one that shields them from the unkind words and a coping mechanism so the outside world think they are ‘doing ok’

I fell in love with the whole family, it felt very reminiscent of the darling buds of may!

Fruit woman is essentially about a young girl becoming a woman, how feelings change and boys become more than just smelly members of the opposite sex. The relationships within the story are fascinating.

This is an enjoyable, interesting and engaging read.

All about Kate

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Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in the south west of England.  She’s been writing for nearly forty years, with a few small successes along the way. She is a hybrid author, having been traditionally published, small press published and now indie published.

She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip was first published in 2010 and it has since been updated.

However, she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones.

Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007).

She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011)

She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?).

She has re-Kindled her backlist of previously published as well as most of her unpublished work including:

Break Point (Awesome Indies Certified)

Seaview Terrace

Far Cry From The Turquoise Room

Suckers n Scallies (formerly Sucka!)

Down The Tubes (Underground Book Reviews Certified)

She Looks Pale

Tales By Kindlelight (a collection of short stories, many of them previously published or shortlisted in short story competitions and now available in paperback as She Looks Pale & Other Stories)

Savage To Savvy  (ABNA Quarter-Finalist 2012 and Awesome Indies Approved)

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The Dead Club

Where to find Kate

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The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James #Cover reveal

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PUB DATE:
13 March 2018
ISBN:
978-1-912550-00-5
FORMAT:
 eBook

CATEGORY:  Contemporary/Romantic Comedy
PAGES:
320 est
EDITION: Original

I am so happy to be on the cover reveal of The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James, it’s fabulous. I can’t wait to be on the blog tour with a review on the 22nd March.

I’d like to thank Caroline James,  rachel’s random resources, Choc lit UK and Ruby fiction for allowing me to take part in this cover reveal

Synopsis

 

Let the shenanigans begin at the Boomerville hotel …

 

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than it’s fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel! Book me in for Sharing with the Shaman and Clairvoyance in mid-life – this book is fabulous!’

Nikki Ashton, Amazon best-selling author

 

 

 

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All about Caroline

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Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications.

 

Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair.  The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.

So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light-hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon best-seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.

in her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Where to find Caroline

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Where to buy The Best Boomerville Hotel

Amazon

Kobo

Ibooks/Google

ITunes

Comments from advance copy readers…

‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel! Book me in for Sharing with the Shaman and Clairvoyance in mid-life – this book is fabulous!’ Nikki Ashton, Amazon best-selling author.

‘A lovely addictive read and one that I would recommend.’ Stephanie O’Neill, Ireland

‘Caroline’s characters shone their magic brightly and kept me hooked, evoking strong emotions. A triumph, I absolutely loved this book.’ Nicky Clifford, Author.

‘I really wish I could check into Boomerville and participate in the courses. I loved this book, it is a great read. Thanks to the author for bringing the crazy characters to life – I can’t wait for the next book.’ Ronnie Montgomory, London.

‘A coming of age book for those of a certain age.’ Ann Magbanua, Philipines.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good to read about middle-aged people falling in love and reinventing themselves. Highly recommended.’ Tracey Owen, Cumbria.

‘Boomerville gripped me from the start with twists and laugh out loud moments. I loved it and hope we see more adventures in the future.’ Lisa Stewart, Southampton.

‘Caroline is a wonderful storyteller and I felt enveloped in a cocoon while reading Boomerville.’ Therese Ferguson, Author, USA.

‘I need to go to a place like this! Quirky characters, right up my street, I really enjoyed the story.’ Cal Sleath, Birmingham.

‘Caroline’s best book yet. I loved the characters and the Lake District setting was gorgeous. Boomerville is a wonderful journey.’  Amanda Williams, Wales.

The Start Of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert

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Synopsis

Forty-year-old air stewardess, Emily Forsyth, thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…

Catapulted into a mid-life crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside-down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!

Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?

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My review

I’d firstly like to thank Jane for asking me to take part in her blog tour.

The start of something wonderful is an inspirational, uplifting & funny read.

I like the fact that it’s based on Jane’s life and experiences.

The story starts at a low point in Emily’s life as who she believes to be the love of her life ends their relationship.

Emily decides to take stock of her life and chase her dream….. at the age of 40!

She gives up her job as a air stewardess which means also giving up such luxuries as her designer clothes, her flat and her salary!

Emily is on a mission to open the door to her dream career, becoming an actress.

We then join Emily on her journey to stardom.

The start of something wonderful shows how it’s never to late to chase your dream, catch it and live it!

Click here to buy The start of something wonderful

All about Jane

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Jane was born in Yorkshire and brought up on the west coast of Scotland. She studied French and German at Stirling University, taught English in Vienna and travelled the world as cabin crew before making the life-changing (and slightly mad) decision to become an actress in her mid-thirties.

She has appeared in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, “Calendar Girls” and “Deathtrap” in London’s West End.

While hanging around as an understudy in draughty theatre dressing rooms and grotty digs on tour, she wrote her first novel, “The Start of Something Wonderful” and has now discovered her true path in life.

Where to find Jane

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Disturbing Works by Jon Richter #Blogtour #Excerpt

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I’d like to thank Jon RichterNeverland blog tours and Bloodhound books for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

Synopsis

The first volume of my Disturbing Works is a collection of twelve twisted tales perfect for people who like their stories dark, despicable, and deeply unsettling.  Containing fantasy, sci-fi, dark humour and a lot of deliciously nasty horror, it should have something for every reader that has a sinister side and nerves of steel…

This chilling volume (along with my Jon’s novel, Deadly Burial) is available now for your Kindle or eReader

Click here to buy Disturbing works

 

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Excerpt  (taken from ‘Something Waits’):

‘Heroes’, the townspeople called them.  Ailith wondered why they weren’t simply called ‘fools’.  Or, perhaps more accurately, ‘fodder’.  They had assembled in the city square, cleared for once of filth and beggars, the rapturous applause of the populace and their thousands of visitors reaching her ears as she sat brushing her hair that morning.  ‘You must make yourself presentable,’ her father had admonished.  ‘You need to look like a prize worth winning!’  The threat of his beatings had dulled over the years, and she knew that he dare not mark her face, not today.  But still she feared him, his sudden rage, his temper magnified by wine and grief.  Since her brother had died, taken by the sickness, he had become particularly unpredictable.

 

So she brushed her hair, she painted her face, she put on some finery, feeling all the while like a whore about to be paraded before the customers in a street brothel.  Still, she knew this was her duty; knew she had a kingdom to protect; knew that the Hunt was more vital than ever to their economy.

 

(A kingdom… ha!  More like a wretched, plague-infested den of thieves and murderers, dependent upon the charity of outsiders to sustain itself, the palace at the centre like a parasite feeding off its host’s rotting corpse.)

 

And maybe… just maybe… a true hero would arise.  A man she would be happy to be claimed by, to rule alongside, someone to overthrow her father’s tyrannical regime and become a beloved saviour to the downtrodden people with whom she was forbidden to mix.

 

How foolish.  She lifted her sad eyes to the mirror and beheld a dark-haired girl who seemed simultaneously young and old, her hardships revealing themselves not in lines and wrinkles but in her sallow cheeks, the grave slit of her mouth, her mirthless stare.

 

She tugged the brush through her hair with ever more severe strokes, as though punishing herself for her city and its sins.  Then she rose, as solemn and elegant as a grieving widow, and made her way to greet her subjects.

 

To greet the would-be suitors that would all soon be consumed by the labyrinth.

 

 

All about Jon

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Jon Richter lives in London and spends most of his time hiding in the guise of his sinister alter ego, an accountant called Dave.  When he isn’t counting beans, he is a self-confessed nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a good story.  Jon writes whenever he can and hopes to bring you more disturbing stories in the very near future.

Where to find Jon

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The Magic Of Stars by Jackie Ladbury #CoverReveal

I am so excited to be part of the cover reveal for the Magic Of Stars, and here it is……

I think you’ll agree it’s absolutely stunning!

Synopsis

Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.

In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

Buy The Magic Of Stars here

All about Jackie

Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.

Where to find Jackie

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