The Spirit of the Horse by Pam Billinge @pam_billinge @Blackbird_Bks #blogtour #bookreview #equine #therapy

The Spirit of the Horse written by Pam Billinge, publisher Blackbird Digital Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

When Pam follows her dream to a farmhouse with five acres in northern France, she is able to live alongside her horses for the first time. Here, in the heart of nature, deeper insights are revealed into the healing connection between horse and human and the incredible power of presence to transform. Might it be that learning to honour and communicate with another species helps us to reframe the way we perceive each other, as well as how we might see ourselves? A pioneer in embodied horse-led therapy and leadership development, Pam’s story is interwoven with those of inspiring individuals and groups she has supported: from people experiencing relationship breakdown to large organisations looking for culture change; from the bereaved or lonely to the confused wishing to explore what next. Steeped in simple wisdom, the stories offer the reader a pragmatic, mindful template for personal transformation. ‘It is with grace that horses lead us gently to a place where forgiveness is possible and self-compassion takes the place of contempt. They draw us into a non-linear dimension where we can sink into the infinity of the moment and know deep peace and harmony.’ – Pam Billinge

To buy links

The paperback is £9.99 and available to order from Waterstones, all good bookshops and the usual online platforms. smarturl.it/spiritwaterstones

The ebook is £3.99 and available on:

Amazon  smarturl.it/spirithorse

iBooks  https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1550335216 [US link..]

Kobo  https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-spirit-of-the-horse

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Pam Billinge latest book: The Spirit of the Horse.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was approached to read Pam Billinge The Spirit of the Horse. I’m not a lover of horses in general but I appreciate their beauty. However, this is not a book about horses, far from it. It’s a book that opens your eyes, heart and mind giving us the insight of recognition why people react with situations, themselves and to others. Also it’s about how animals pick up on our emotions and how they can change feelings and atmospheres around us.

As an animal lover I understand how having a pet in your life can bring lightness, companionship and contentment. What Pam Billinge shows us is that there is an animal that can do all this and more and that is the horse. A humble animal that for centuries was used as a tool to move objects and transport people but now Pam with her expertise and patience brings to light a remarkable quality of the horse.

The Spirit of the Horse is a memoir of Pam’s plight to have her own equine centre for not only herself to appreciate these wonderful creatures but a centre to invite others to learn from the horses spirit and intelligence. This book journeys through years of struggle for the author to achieve her goal and she also talks through many and varied case files as a therapist she has witnessed.

I found myself thoroughly enraptured by this book and know I will pick it up often and re-read through a few cases when I feel my heart and mind needs a lift.

Pam Billinge has written an insightful, inspiriting, comforting and hopeful book.

I’d like to thank the publishers for bringing this book to my attention.

About the Author

Pam Billinge is a therapist, coach and author who specialises
in embodied horse-led learning. This unique approach relies
entirely on the emergent relational process between horse
and human. At her bases in the UK and in France, Pam
supports people of all nationalities, ages and walks of life with
their personal and professional development. Through her
workshops and her writing Pam wishes to share the healing
wisdom of horses whilst advancing the cause of this
sometimes much-misunderstood species. She hopes also
through her work to reconnect us with the natural world from
which we are too often separated.
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Website: Pam Billinge- Be the person you want to be – Horse-led coaching, therapy, retreats and practitioner development

Twitter: @pam_billinge

Facebook: The Spell of the Horse | Facebook

Only Human by Diane Chandler @Dchandlerauthor @Blackbird_Bks #blogtour #bookreview #authorpower

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Only Human written by Diane Chandler, publisher Blackbird Digital Books, is available in ebook format from the 8th September 2020.  The ebook is currently at a special pre-order price of 99p.

Book Blurb

Every betrayal has a consequence… one family… one summer… one woman

The Bonds are, seemingly, a tight family unit, until one fateful summer when the temptations of lust and love come for them all

Tiger mum Anna, who gave up her career to build the perfect home life in London’s leafy Chiswick, is shocked to the core when she discovers that her husband of 20 years is having an affair.

Her daughter meanwhile is transforming into a tricky teen chopping at the apron strings.

Then Jack walks into their lives. Sophie’s first boyfriend is a breath of fresh air for the whole family, and Anna gradually discovers new purpose for herself.

But when more deceit creeps in, tensions soar, and Anna is propelled through a tangled web of secrets and lies towards a devastating climax.

This tale of love & betrayal, by the winner of the 2016 People’s Book Prize for Fiction and longlisted for The Guardian Not The Booker Prize 2020, is the perfect novel for you if you enjoy intelligent, elegantly-written, novels by authors like Jodi Picoult and Louise Doughty.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://amzn.to/2YQDTRV

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Diane Chandler’s latest novel: Only Human.

This is the second book I’ve read by Diane Chandler and what I’ve appreciated with her writing is that she delves deep into the lives of people.

As one cog in a family’s life becomes broken cracks start appearing all around until it reaches a point of no return. A story about one family when human instincts, reactions, emotions start a tumbling effect of actions. Human interaction can be percieved in so many different ways. What one person believes is an act of good others can see it totally differently.

Anna has been happily married for nearly 20 years to Ollie and they have a 15 year old daughter. When Anna makes a startling discovery she’s not sure life can ever be the same. Was it her fault, did she become complacent when she gave up her career to become a full time mother? Now her daughter is older Anna is starting to feel redundant with her life and now with this latest discovery she’s wondering whether she should do more to fulfil her life and that of her family’s.

When she befriends an elderly gentleman it gives her a different outlook on life and she soon relishes this time with her new friend. But when her new friend starts to display health concerns Anna tries to think of ways to help.

As new opportunities open up Anna finds herself juggling her commitments resulting in devastating consequences.

An interesting page turner of a read that delves into the lives of people and also sensitively touches on a health concern that effects many.

About the Author
4-DianeChandler-AuthorDiane Chandler was a political lobbyist in Brussels and then worked at the European Commission for several years, where she managed overseas aid programmes in Ukraine just after the fall of communism. Back in London, she joined the Department for International Development (DFID) on the Ukraine and then Africa desks. Her first novel, The Road to Donetsk, draws on her experience of managing overseas aid programmes, and won the People’s Book Prize. Her second, Moondance, tackles the emotional impact of IVF fertility treatment on a loving couple. Only Human, her third novel, is about a woman struggling to find meaning in life after her husband cheats on her and her only daughter is about to fly the nest. Published 8th September 2020. Diane co-runs Creative Writing Workshops London with Stephanie Zia of Blackbird Digital Books, and also coaches aspiring writers. She is the host of chiswickbuzz TV Book Club, Words with Wine in W4
Twitter:  @Dchandlerauthor

Moondance by Diane Chandler book review and blogtour

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Moondance written by Diane Chandler, publisher Blackbird Digital Books, is available in ebook and paperback format from 1st November 2016.

To pre-order/buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Moondance-Could-Create-Destroy-Marriage-ebook/dp/B01K0LA8KU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1477250870&sr=8-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

How can you long for someone who doesn’t exist?

Cat has always been in control of her life. Happily married to Dom, but flying high as a political lobbyist, she dismisses his desire to start a family … until she herself is ready.

But what if it is then too late?

Complex and selfish, intelligent and open, if she is to succeed in having that elusive child, Cat must battle through gruelling fertility treatment and the emotional strain it places on her marriage. By her side, Dom, easygoing and ever the optimist, finds that he too risks being run ragged by their journey.

Both are forced to come to terms with their longing for a baby against the blitz on a relationship tested like never before.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating the launch of Diane Chandler’s new novel, Moondance.  I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book and would like to thank the author and publishers for this.

This was a very moving story of two different loves.  One love so desperate it’s depth and desire could destroy the other.

This is a story of one couple’s journey with their desperate bid to have a child through the IVF process.  It is a fictional story based on the emotional and physical impact of IVF.

Cat and her husband Dom have been happily married for nearly 10 years.  They are both highly successful in their city careers which take them overseas at times.  Cat isn’t particularly maternal and didn’t want children to stand in the way of her career at first.  When the couple do decide to try for a family nature is not kind for them and IVF seems the only option.  The author, Diane Chandler, takes you on quite a raw, honest journey with the couple and one scene in particular shook my heart into pieces.  The author was very clever as she swept you away with the two love stories; the desperate, needy love for a child, at times became obsessional but I can only imagine that if I was in Cat’s shoes I would be the same.  We are then given glimpses and throwbacks to Cat’s past when she first met Dom and how their love developed.  I really enjoyed hearing about Cat and Dom’s history, a chance encounter changing the course of their future.  The location and circumstances of this encounter sounded so romantic but it wasn’t plain sailing from thereon.

I’ve never read a story based around IVF before and initially you would imagine it to be quite depressing but Moondance was an altogether different story.  Diane Chandler has created a masterpiece in wrapping a highly sensitive, emotive storyline with scenes of warmth and humour.  This raw, honest story will tug at your heart and will never leave your mind.  5/5*

Blackbird Digital Books and Diane Chandler have kindly offered 3 digital copies of Moondance for my readers.  To enter the giveaway please click on the rafflecopter link below:

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About the Author (as per author website)

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I was born and bred in Derby, England, and my family still live there. After studying French and German at Salford University in the early 1980s, I then skittered off to live abroad. First off, I spent a year in Osnabrueck, Germany, which is twinned with Derby. As the so-called ‘Derby Envoy’ my job was to expand the twinning links between a myriad of organisations – schools, sports clubs, choirs, women’s groups, all of which which was huge fun and a fabulous initiation to the world of work. Inspired, I then took myself off to Brussels, Belgium, where I worked as a political lobbyist before joining the European Commission in 1990. My youthful desire to change the world landed me a job on the regeneration of coal and steel communities throughout Europe, and then later onto my real passion for overseas aid. I was lucky enough to spend some years designing and managing aid programmes for the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union, developing along the way a deep affection for Ukraine and also for Moldova. Homesick in my mid thirties, I then secured a secondment to the UK’s Department for International Development and spend a few happy years working on similar programmes there. After a short stint in the Africa department, I then left to focus on the next stage of my life. When my daughter was born, I was able to snatch a few hours here and there to write my first novel. And so it continues.

To find out more about Diane Chandler and her books please visit the following pages.  Please also stop by the other dates on the blogtour.

Website:  http://www.dianechandlerauthor.com/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/theroadtodonetsk/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/Dchandlerauthor

Valentina by S. E. Lynes book review

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Valentina written by S E Lynes, publisher Blackbird Digital Books is available in ebook and paperback format from Friday 1st July 2016.

To pre-order/buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Valentina-Hauntingly-Intelligent-Psychological-Thriller-ebook/dp/B01EVRUUMU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1466964653&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

When Glasgow journalist Shona McGilvery moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, they believe that all that lies ahead of them is happiness.

But with Mikey working offshore, the frightening isolation of the Aberdeenshire countryside begins to drive her insane…

That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina.

She has the perfect home, the perfect man, and a charismatic new best friend – or does she?

As her fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood becomes the least of her fears…
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I’d like to thank Blackbird Digital Books for an arc of this novel in return for an honest review.  I’d also like to thank them for encouraging me to open my eyes to a different reading genre.  My preferred genres are women’s contemporary fiction and romcoms so opening up an intelligent, psychological thriller is a whole new group of words for me to dive into.

This story however, was more than a psychological thriller, it was a play with relationships and personalities.

Shona is a journalist for the local rag in Glasgow when she meets Mikey, a University Graduate in Engineering, a whirlwind romance blossoms.  With the unexpected news of Shona’s pregnancy Mikey lands himself a ‘proper job’ working for an oil company offshore off the coast of Aberdeen.  Mikey moves his girlfriend Shona and their 4 month old baby girl Isla to an idyllic cottage in the Aberdeenshire countryside.  Life is looking rosy for the young couple; new baby, new home, new job.

Mikey’s job takes him away two weeks out of every four and Shona is soon feeling very isolated in this little cottage with just her baby daughter to keep her company.  Until one day she bumps into another young mum, Valentina, a striking red head with so much charm and confidence it was difficult not to enjoy her company.  Valentina and her son Zak’s appearance in Shona and Isla’s lives was perfect timing.  Shone and Valentina hit it off straight away, it was as if they had been made for each other.

However, small cracks started to appear in Shona and Valentina’s friendship and Shona was soon doubting herself and panic and paranoia sets in.  Shona was still very vulnerable with her new life in the country and didn’t want to upset her friendship with Valentina so any concerns she had she kept to herself for fear of losing the only friend she felt she could confide in.

The unease from her friendship with Valentina starts spilling over into her love life with Mikey.  Shona starts going out of her mind with different scenarios running through her head.  She doesn’t know who or what to believe anymore.

The story takes lots of twists and turns that keep you gripped and guessing to the very end.  To read a book in a genre I don’t normally read and to be gripped by the complexities of the characters and storyline is the sign of a great author.  A very promising start to a debut author’s career.  I’m so pleased I stepped out of my comfort zone … 5/5*

To find out more about S. E. Lynes and her writing please visit the following links:

 

Homecoming by Tanya Bullock book review

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Homecoming by Tanya Bullock, publisher Blackbird Digital Books, is available in ebook format from FRIDAY 1st April 2016.

To pre-order/buy link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Homecoming-Quite-Possibly-Strangest-Romance-ebook/dp/B01AIPUDTE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458988630&sr=1-1&keywords=the+homecoming+tanya+bullock

Product Details (as per amazon page)

All that mattered to Rosie, all that had ever really mattered, was that she loved Tom and he loved her

Rosie and Tom belong together.
For too long, war and its devastating aftermath have kept them apart.
Now that Tom has finally returned home, Rosie hopes that they will be able to put the past behind them.
But when a mysterious sequence of events unfolds, their love is put to the test once more
With a shocking secret hanging heavily over their relationship…
With circumstances conspiring against them at every turn…
Rosie and Tom find themselves caught up in the biggest battle of their lives.
Will their demons ultimately consume them?
Or will love conquer all in the end?

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

I don’t know where to begin with this beautiful love story. This is a short story and I devoured it in one sitting and my heart felt completely shattered afterwards. A short story that packed such an emotive punch.

It’s a very unusual premise for a love story and not one that I’ve read before. It’s set in two time frames: just before the war and at the present day. We hear the story of love blossoming for Rosie and Tom and then we hear about a different love between Rosie and Tom as they are now.

I don’t want to reveal too much about the storyline but the author broached a difficult subject with such sensitivity. From the first few lines I was hooked with the beauty of the author’s writing it was quite simply stunning and poetic. There is a twist in the tale at the end and my heart was aching for the lost love.  5/5*

To find out more about Tanya Bullock and her books please visit the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/tanyabullockwriter/

https://twitter.com/tanyabullock15