The Flip Side by James Bailey @jbaileywrites @MichaelJBooks @midaspr @benmccluskey #TheFlipSide #blogtour #bookreview

The Flip Side written by James Bailey, publisher Penguin, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

It’s love . . . what could go wrong?

When Josh proposes in a pod on the London Eye at New Years’ Eve, he thinks it’s perfect.

Until she says no.

And they have to spend the next 29 excruciating minutes alone together.

Realising he can’t trust his own judgment, Josh decides from now on he will make every decision through the flip of a coin.

Maybe the coin will change his life forever.

Maybe it will find him find the girl of his dreams . . .

To buy links:

amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2W3qmol

Waterstones: The Flip Side by James Bailey | Waterstones

Bookshop.org: The Flip Side: ‘Utterly charming, funny and very relatable’ Josie Silver (bookshop.org)

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 James Bailey’s debut novel: The Flip Side. Well, what can I say about this novel by James Bailey? I’d say it’s brilliant, an accomplished debut and I think it might be my favourite read of 2020! I bloomin’ loved it!

Josh is our hapless, quirky, down on his luck but ever hopeful lead character in this romcom written by James Bailey. I fell in love with Josh’s character right from the start when his heart had been broken and he was left literally hanging in a bubble of uncertainty. Josh had not only had his heart broken, he’d lost his job, his home and Jeremy! Jeremy was a a cheeky sidekick for Josh and I think he could be the lead in his own books.

With the new year looming Josh decides to take life by chance, by flipping a coin to decide on decisions in his life.

Struggling with his loss of the life before the coin Josh plods on but when a chance encounter with a beautiful girl leaves him star-struck he feels like he’s found the one but no sooner as he’s found her than fate intervenes and he’s lost her. With limited knowledge of who she is we follow Josh on his attempts to find her again.

James Bailey has written a wonderful romantic comedy with the emphasis on the male lead character. The author navigates Josh through life with skilful writing making you laugh out loud a plenty. However, when life leads you to a serious side there’s sensitivity and poignancy but the sad scenes are soon brightened with great comedic timing making life that bit more bearable. I loved the sub-characters in the storyline they all supported each other through life’s hurdles and it was wonderful to read.

The Flip Side is so funny, so sweet, so charming, so sad and so hopeful. I laughed and cried and laughed again. I truly did not want this story to end. I’m really looking forward to following this new author in his literary career.

About the Author

Born in Bristol, James Bailey began to dream of a writing career following a top mark in a Year 8 English exam, and he soon pursued journalism, starting a student newspaper and a sports website, interviewing athletes including Usain Bolt and Rafa Nadal. This burgeoning career was halted however, when he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a cardiac arrhythmia. Following two operations, James supported the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, carrying the Olympic Torch, running the London Marathon, speaking in the House of Commons, and appearing in BBC1’s Lifeline appeal, alongside pop star Pixie Lott.   

Upon moving to London for university, during which time he avoided high rent by living in a Travelodge, James juggled studying Spanish with working as a red carpet reporter, interviewing stars such as George Clooney, Emma Stone and David Beckham.

Following his graduation, he travelled the world, journeying through twenty one countries looking for himself, and hopefully love. Having found neither, he returned home to Bristol, where he founded a walking tour company of the city and began working on his debut novel, having been selected for Curtis Brown Creative’s Six Month Novel Writing Course.

The Flip Side is his debut novel. He can be found on Instagram @JamesBaileyWrites, and at www.JamesBaileyWrites.com.

Saving the World by Paola Diana blogtour excerpt

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Saving the World written by Paola Diana, publisher Quartet Books, is available from 2nd May 2018 in paperback format.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://goo.gl/Tdf6x3

Product Details (as per amazon page)

A passionate call for international gender equality by a leading entrepreneur; this smart, accessible and inspiring book makes the case for why all nations need more women at the top of politics and economics. `The status of women is a global challenge; it touches every human being without exception. How is it possible that countries where women have achieved political, economic and social rights after exhausting struggles remain seemingly indifferent to the egregiousness of other nations where the status of women is still tragic? The time has come to help those left behind.’

Saving the World

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Saving the World by Paola Diana.

Paola Diana has kindly offered a great excerpt to share on my blog today:

Saving the World by Paola Diana
History of the female condition: a history in half

Until recently, nobody ever, to my knowledge, wrote history books presenting the past from a female point of view. As an academic subject, history has always been the preserve of men, who over the centuries have told the past in their own way. There have been remarkable women – queens like Elizabeth I, for example, who brought prosperity and stability to their nations – but on the whole the history of mankind is full of wars and acts of violence perpetrated by male rulers.

Imagine if, from the Middle Ages to the present day, half the nations in Europe and Asia had been led by strong and emancipated women; never oppressed by cultural and religious dictates, able to express their natural wisdom and humanity. Would there have been the same wars? The same slavery? Would millions of people have been exterminated? Obviously, these women would not have limited power to themselves: they would have appointed other women to senior positions in all fields, from law to art.

90 per cent of the world’s ambassadors are men. Yet it is generally agreed that the female gender is more skilful at diplomacy than the male. And it goes without saying that a woman who gives life does not knowingly carry a child only to see it die in war a few years later. This is not her mission in the world! History would have been very different if women had from the outset been given the opportunity to leave an imprint on international politics. In the words of Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, ‘War has a male perspective. However, during a war we continue to live: eating, sleeping, going to school, working. And it is women who guarantee all this. The female perspective is the only one looking at peace.’

The English philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill describes very well the status of women throughout the centuries. At the end of the nineteenth century, Mill demanded to know how it was possible to establish from birth that women could not be employed in jobs that were legally open to stupid and cowardly members of the opposite sex.

This enlightened man, unsurprisingly married to feminist Harriet Taylor, explained how the millennial injustice suffered by women, like forms of discrimination based on religion or ethnicity, damages the cultural and economic development of a society, impoverishing the whole of humanity in the process.

If we think about women of the past, compelled to be subservient, fist to the father and then to the husband, deprived of the right to study, work and vote, we see a vitiated society, where the privileges of the male caste are maintained through a social and political system that justifies all sorts of abuses. History does not necessarily repeat itself. Humanity needs to evolve and, for this to happen, it is necessary for women to stop being considered daughters of a lesser god.

To learn more about the author please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.paoladiana.it/

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

 

 

Drift Stumble Fall by M. Jonathan Lee blogtour book review

drift stumble fall

Drift Stumble Fall written by M. Jonathan Lee, publisher Hideaway Fall Ltd, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/uWbhna

Product Details (as per amazon page)

The author of five novels, M Jonathan Lee is a tireless mental health awareness campaigner, working closely with organisations including Mind, Time to Change and Rethink and blogs regularly for Huffington Post. Having personally experienced anxiety and depression during his life, Jonathan draws on his experiences to inform his writing.

Richard feels trapped in his hectic life of commitment and responsibility. From the daily mayhem of having young children, an exhausted wife and pushy in-laws who frequently outstay their welcome, Richards existence fills him with panic and resentment. The only place he can escape the dark cloud descending upon him is the bathroom, where he hides for hours on end, door locked, wondering how on earth he can escape.

Often staring out of his window, Richard enviously observes the tranquil life of Bill, his neighbour living in the bungalow across the road. From the outside, Bills world appears filled with comfort and peace. Yet underneath the apparent domestic bliss of both lives are lies, secrets, imperfections, sadness and suffering far greater than either could have imagined. Beneath the surface, a family tragedy has left Bill frozen in time and unable to move on. As he waits for a daughter who may never return, Bill watches Richards bustling family life and yearns for the joy it brings. As the two men watch each other from afar, it soon becomes apparent that other peoples lives are not always what they seem.

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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 M. Jonathan Lee’s latest novel, Drift Stumble Fall.  My initial reactions at the end of this captivating story was that I felt emotionally spent.  Once again M. Jonathan Lee opens your eyes, hearts and minds to the realities of life.  One minute the author would have me laughing out loud with his wicked sense of humour and as a parent myself I so got where his wit was taking me but then the next minute I was completely gob-smacked by the sudden shift in emotions.  My heart felt pulled from joy to shattering heartbreak.  M. Jonathan Lee has written a very honest, witty, poignant story about life in it’s real raw state.  No sugar coating and no special filters to prettify the image laid out across the pages.

Drift Stumble Fall is about one man Richard, a husband and father of two young children, who is having abit of a midlife crisis.  The endless routine of life is getting to him and he wants to escape.  Looking out of his window and into his neighbour’s house, an elderly couple, who he believes have such an idyllic peaceful existence, he dreams of swapping places with them.  It’s an almost enviable emotion he is feeling.

The story takes on a seven day journey of enlightenment for Richard.  He’s planning in his mind his escape route and as each day goes by his family are non the wiser and the routine of life continues to flow around him.  Across the road at his neighbours life has stood still for over 30 years since an event that left a crack in their family, a crack that has never been healed.  Their life has felt like it has been frozen waiting for the crack to heal or for it to completely shatter.

We all drift through life and stumble and fall at unplanned hurdles but it’s the getting back up that is the crucial factor.  What we see through our windows into other people’s lives is not the true realisation of what we decipher.  We all live in our own bubble, each hoping to be in a brighter one but what we don’t always appreciate is that the brightness of our own bubble is there already.

Captivating, honest and very poignant.

To learn more about M. Jonathan Lee and his work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.mjonathanlee.com/

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

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JonathanLeeAuthor