Guest Post with Author Jenny O’Brien

I am so pleased to welcome Jenny O’Brien, the author of 4 self-published ebooks to my blog.

Welcome to my blog Jenny …

Jenny O'Brien

Thanks for inviting me on to your blog.

When did you start writing? Or have you always done so?

I’ve been writing for seven years now. While I always wanted to write a book I never really thought any more about it, that is until I came up with the name Dai Monday, the main character in my children’s book Boy Brainy. It took me a year to get the courage to put pen to paper and another six to have the courage to release my words to the unsuspecting public.

Have you written other novels/works that have not been published?

I’ve published 4 books and have about another four running around in my head. I’ve also dipped my toes into non fiction and have had articles published in medical journals.

What inspired you to write Ideal Girl and Boy Brainy?

Boy Brainy was inspired by my own experience of school bullying. Ideal Girl from something I heard on Chris Evan’s Radio Two show about how the Ideal Girl was meant to be a dark haired Irish nurse.

Do you appear in any of your stories?

Certainly not! I’m far too boring to be in a book. My life is the same as millions of others out there, the only difference being my hobby is writing about the random characters that seem to live in my head – perhaps I need to see a doctor!

Does the bullying issue in Boy Brainy reflect an experience close to heart for you?

Yes. I think all adults can equate to being bullied at some time in their life. I’m not an expert, but I have seen the damage it can cause at first hand.

You write about hospital romances in your Irish Girl Trilogy, is this a true reflection of hospital life?

Well no, I write fiction. The media portrayal of hard working healthcare professionals with little ‘off time’ is the true one. Patient care is far too important to warrant the batting of eyelashes! There simply isn’t the time! My writing is more a satirical view of what happens, not the reality.

You set your stories in unusual settings?

I like to write about places I love and, as I was born in Dublin it does crop up frequently. I also used to live in Wales and we go camping in France so these are easy places for me to include. I won’t be able to write about Australia or even the USA, unless I set a story in Miami airport, but Tom Hanks has already played that part.

What is the overall impression you hope readers will take from your books?

That they’re funny, but not comedic. That they’re dark but not oppressive and finally for my medical romances – that they’re clean, or innocent if you like. There’s lots of innuendo and hinting but barely a kiss.

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Thank you so much for joining my blog today.  I’d like to congratulate you on the release of your 4th novel, Unhappy Ever After Girl.  You can find my review of this beautiful, emotional story here.

To celebrate the release of Unhappy Ever After Girl and to thank her loyal readers Jenny has reduced the price of the first two books in the Irish Medical Romances:

Ideal Girl

Ideal Girl is FREE to download for 5 days.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ideal-Girl-Irish-Romance-Book-ebook/dp/B014RQAGVA/ref=pd_sim_351_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=51jVXYseTEL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_UX300_PJku-sticker-v3%2CTopRight%2C0%2C-44_OU02_AC_UL160_SR106%2C160_&refRID=PH936ZVJ2E1NBG2RYZNS

Girl Descending

Girl Descending is at the special price of 99p.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B019CZUSG4/ref=series_dp_rw_ca_2

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To find out more about Jenny O’Brien and her books please visit the following links:

https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JennyOBrienWriter/

https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB

 

The Flower Seller by Ellie Holmes book review

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The Flower Seller by Ellie Holmes is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The book is also part of the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flower-Seller-Ellie-Holmes/dp/0993446302/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1464851472&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Jessie Martin believes that when it comes to love there are three types of people: the skimmers, the bottom dwellers and the ones who dive for pearls.  Jessie is a pearl diver. She had thought her husband William was a pearl diver too. But when William leaves her for a much younger woman, it’s not just Jessie’s heart that is broken, her ability to trust is shattered too. All Jessie wanted was a love she could believe in. Was that so much to ask?  Loyalty it seems has gone out of fashion.

Refusing to retire from the battlefield of life, Jessie resolves to put her heartache behind her. She doesn’t want to be that woman who was too scared to love again. There has to be another pearl diver out there; all she has to do is find him.

Urged on by her sassy best friend, Anne and her daughter Hannah, Jessie makes three New Year’s resolutions: get a divorce, get a promotion, get a life. Enthusiastically embracing her new start, Jessie sets about making all her resolutions come true.

When fate brings handsome flower seller Owen Phillips into her life, will Jessie have the courage of her convictions? Can she take her heart in her hands and give it away again? Hope springs eternal they say but a bruised heart needs to time to heal. Will Owen have the patience to understand? Will Jessie be brave enough to take that leap of faith?

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I really enjoyed this debut full length novel by Ellie Holmes and I am truly thankful to Ellie for the arc of her book in return for an honest review.

I have to admit I was initially drawn to this book by the gorgeous cover.  The two tone effect of the earthy greens with the pop of pinks is very striking and befit to the story.

The story is based around the year in the life of Jessie Martin, we begin in January with Jessie going on her first blind date following the break-up of her marriage to William.  Jessie and William had been happily married for 20 years but when William recently revealed he’d found someone else, someone a lot younger than Jessie, and was leaving her, Jessie’s world had become shattered.

Jessie was struggling with her new single status but a chance meeting with local flower seller, Owen Phillips, brings much needed friendship into her life which soon blossoms into more.  During a romantic weekend away in Wales with Owen, they bump into someone that appears to recognise Owen but calls him by another name.  Owen shrugs off this encounter and Jessie and Owen carry on enjoying the first flush of a new relationship.  However, during the rest of the story you are left wondering who is Owen Phillips?

William’s new relationship isn’t the bed of roses he was expecting and he realises he has made a dreadful mistake but following a revelation he is now feeling trapped.  William and Jessie are battling with the financial implications of the divorce but does William have an ulterior motive for stalling the proceedings?

The last few chapters of this story left my heart pounding as I wasn’t sure which direction the story was going to unfold.  The whole story kept me gripped and intrigued with this wonderful tale of love and mystery. I can’t quite believe this is Ellie’s first full length novel, her writing style flowed well and her portrayal of the characters and setting along with the storyline kept me thoroughly entertained.  I look forward to more from Ellie Holmes.  5/5*

I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the novel:

“The china was so fine it was almost translucent.  It hardly seemed robust enough to hold scalding liquid and yet clearly it was stronger than it looked.  And that’s how I must be.  Robust.”

Ellie has written a bonus chapter for The Flower Seller which is available to all readers that sign up to her newsletter here

To find out more about Ellie Holmes and her books please visit the following links:

http://www.ellieholmesauthor.com/home/4591357902

https://www.facebook.com/EllieHWriter/?fref=ts

The Aftermath by R.J. Prescott book review and blogtour

 

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The Aftermath by R. J. Prescott, publisher Piatkus, is available in ebook format NOW and paperback format from THURSDAY 2nd June 2016.

To buy/pre-order link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aftermath-Hurricane-2-R-Prescott/dp/0349411328/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1464257919&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

When you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose. But what happens when you have everything you ever wanted? You fight to keep it.

Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell’s star is on the rise. Billed as the most promising young boxer of his generation, his new career is taking him to places he never dreamed. But O’Connell only needs one thing in life: his wife. In her final year of college, Em cannot follow him around the world but together they make it work.

Just when everything they ever wanted is on the horizon, the past resurfaces to haunt them and O’Connell realises that justice might not be a part of his happy ever after.

He couldn’t protect Em once before, but in the aftermath of the hurricane, he will make sure that never happens again.

*The paperback edition contains exclusive brand new bonus content*

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting The Aftermath and would like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

Oh where do I start with this review? … The Aftermath was all I was expecting and more.  After reading The Hurricane back in March I was ‘hooked’ into the lives of Em and Cormac.  We left Em and Cormac in The Hurricane recovering from the terrible, traumatic  ordeal Em endured under the hands of her stepfather.  The Aftermath follows on were we see Em having to take the stand in court against her stepfather, having to rake over all her past nightmares and the most recent one.  Whilst the court case is on we are also seeing Cormac O’Connell (aka The Hurricane) train for the biggest fight of his life in his career.

Cormac is fighting with his mind coping with his worry over Em and the court case.  He wants justice for her and it’s taking all his strength and willpower not to act upon his anger against her stepfather.  I loved the advice that Father Pat gave Cormac and one of my favourite quotes from the book is from him …

“would you give up your vengeance for a lifetime with her?”

We follow Em’s journey in court and how it unfolds and on the flipside we follow Cormac on the brink of the fight of his career.

Can the young couple cope with all the emotional and physical strain and stresses life is putting on them?

This story was so intense and dramatic.  I was gripped and eager to find out the outcome.  Amongst all this drama we were treated to some wonderful tantalising, breathtaking scenes and some beautiful moments of pure love and heart ache.

A brilliant, irresistible two book series that I devoured.  I hope R.J. Prescott will write more stories from the wonderful array of sub characters we’ve grown to love in The Hurricane and The Aftermath.  5/5*

To find out more about R.J. Prescott and her books please visit the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/rjprescottauthor/