Angel’s Rebellion by Estelle Maher book review

 

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Angel’s Rebellion written and self-published by Estelle Maher is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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On a doomed flight home from New York, Sean Allister is heading for a destination and a destiny far beyond his ordinary life. Hell is breaking loose in Heaven and the consequences for humankind and angels could be catastrophic. With faith and hope at risk of being destroyed, it seems secrets, bureaucracy and fear are not the sole preserve of the living. With Sean, we see the return of the warm-hearted, whisky-swilling Crowley, now promoted to Spiritual Guide. Can this odd couple be the only hope to bring balance to Heaven and Earth as the battle for power drags them into a struggle that even the archangels are unprepared for?

purple angel wingsI 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 don’t read many paranormal/spiritual contemporary fiction novels but I took a chance on Estelle Maher’s debut novel, Grace and the Ghost, back in June 2017 and I was pleasantly surprised.  I was also thrilled that I took this chance to open my eyes and fill my heart with a new genre and author book love.

Angel’s Rebellion is the sequel to Grace and the Ghost (you can find my review for this novel here), I would thoroughly recommend reading Grace and the Ghost prior to reading Angel’s Rebellion to get the full reading experience and enjoyment of the story.

Once again author Estelle Maher drew me into her storyline and in particular the characters.  The characters are written with such warmth that you instantly feel a connection with them.  I fell in love with Sean back in Grace and the Ghost and he has the star role in Angel’s Rebellion and he justifiably deserved the role.

From the action and drama in the first chapter, which leaves you with thoughts of ‘what if’ you are given the groundworks to a storyline were life, fate and a helping hand from a spiritual guide have a purposeful journey.  Along the way to Sean’s destiny he has a little fun and meets up with some great new characters that will have a lasting effect on his life.

Whilst reading the novel I could sense an important event was imminent but my emotions were not fully prepared so when it did arrive I was so consumed with emotion I needed to take a breather.

Angel’s Rebellion is a very unique story, a story of humankind, a story of love, life and spirituality.  Author Estelle Maher has a great sense of humour and has woven this beautifully within the novel.  Storytelling with a difference that will break your heart but will leave it with a satisfied warmth at the end.

About the Author

Estelle Maher was born in the heart of Liverpool, England. After spending her teens in rural Dorset, she returned to the North of England and now resides in Wirral with her husband, 2 children and 2 dogs.
Her career has been varied, working in shipping, insurance and finance. But in her spare time, she’s quite at home with a paint brush upcycling furniture. She also writes a blog in her spare time, The Secret Diary of A Middle Aged Woman, a humorous snapshot of random thoughts.
Estelle has been writing on and off for a number of years and writing the blog was her first step in writing for an audience that was wider than her and her husband.
However, throughout her life, Estelle has experienced lots of ‘inexplicable moments’ which inspired her first debut novel, Grace & The Ghost.

Website: https://estellemaher.com/

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

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

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The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 3 by Audrey Davis blogblitz Promo Post

 

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The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Three written and self-published by Audrey Davis is available in ebook format from today, 30th July 2018.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Nothing lasts forever … Gary’s time on earth seems to be coming to an end. His visits are less frequent and his visibility is fading fast. But he still has a mission to accomplish, which involves Hattie and her ability to pass on a heart-rending message.

Best friend Cat’s ex-husband is determined to prove that he deserves another chance, but do leopards really change their spots?

Times are tough for Hattie’s mother Rachel, but where there’s life, there’s hope …
Meanwhile, is there someone already in Hattie’s life who can help her move on when it’s finally time to say goodbye?

Get your tissues at the ready – both for laughter and tears – with the final instalment of a trilogy that has been hailed ‘brilliant’, ‘hilarious’, and ‘a great feel-good read’.

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 3

I’m so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day blogblitz for Audrey Davis and her third instalment in The Haunting of Hattie Hastings series.  Happy Publication Day Audrey Davis.

About the Author – Audrey Davis

Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the West coast of Scotland. Rubbish at science but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option. Probably wise. She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time to offer a journalism course.

Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire. Duties included interviewing farmers about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies. She persuaded her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the odd celebrity – or just the downright odd. From there, she moved to the loftier rank of senior reporter back in her home patch. Slightly more money, fewer farm animals but a higher crime rate. As Taggart would say: ‘There’s been a murrrrder!’

After a stint in London on a video magazine – yes, she is that old – Audrey moved to Singapore with her fiancé. She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat, humidity and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which was banned by the government for ‘artistic’ use of naked men’s bottoms.

Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of Number Two. Still, she loved the Aussie way of life – BBQs, beaches and bring your own booze to restaurants – so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back to the UK. Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn’t bode well …

Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers), got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again. Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists. Then, hubby drops another bombshell. Switzerland. As in – it’s packing time again. Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny, tiny issues. Like driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and speaking a foreign language (French). The former was conquered fairly quickly (we’ll skip over the wall demolition in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless. At least she provides amusement for the local workforce.
It wasn’t until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took a bit longer than nine months from conception. A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break – followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two is published on 21 March 2018, with the conclusion following in July. After which she might have a wee lie down …

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The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice by Katarina West book review/blogtour

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The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice, written and self-published by Katarina West is available NOW in ebook format.  The book is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Meet Irene Nylander, a frumpy housewife from Finland … and a yo-yo dieter. She feels trapped in an unhappy marriage, looking after her domineering mother-in-law and living vicariously through romantic movies.

Meanwhile, in Florence, Mimi Kavanough’s star is rising. She has the body of a Barbie princess, the iron will of an army sergeant – and Hollywood in her sights.

On her fiftieth birthday, Irene discovers her husband is having an affair. Devastated, she prays for a way out: she wants to die.

In heaven, a mischievous angel called Aaron hears her prayers. He decides to make Irene and Mimi swap bodies.

How will the two women cope with their unexpected, and very different, second lives? And will Aaron’s meddling get him evicted from heaven? What will happen if he has to transform into a human being and live on Earth?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Katarina West’s new book series Angel Aid with book 1 in the series out now titled; The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice.

This was such an extraordinary read that has left me feeling quite inspired and hopeful.  The story is unlike any other I’ve read, it’s about real life emotions mixed with fantasy, make believe, or is it?

We meet Irene Nylander in Helsinki about to celebrate her 50th birthday.  She is fed up with her existence, fed up of being ignored by her husband, fed up of having to forego her dreams.  After being stood up in the restaurant by her best friend she makes a startling discovery that shocks her to her core.  She dashes heartbroken and crushed from the restaurant and driving through a blur of tears she crashes her car.  When she next awakes she is in surroundings unbeknown to her, the room exudes wealth and she soon realises she is on water and in a cabin of a wealthy yacht.  She also realises to her alarm that her body is not the same.  Many miles away we meet actress Mimi Kavanagh waking up in strange surroundings, a hospital none the less in a strange country due to the accents she is hearing.  To her dismay her body has aged and doubled in weight.  The two women from totally different backgrounds and lifestyles have woken from a trauma to find they have switched bodies.  Millions of miles away in another world a mischievous Angel called Aaron is in shock, of all the pranks he’s done in his life this one of transferring human bodies is the most extreme.  The Angel community and hierarchy are in uproar and Aaron is immediately shunned for his actions.  His thought process behind was purely good and he only wanted to help.

The story follows the journeys of Irene and Mimi confronting their new lives and of Aaron’s desperate attempt to make amends.

I have to admit I loved the idea of this story but I did get slightly lost and confused with the hierarchy in the Angel Kingdom and all the different rules but saying this at the end of the story I felt inspired and eager to continue the story with part 2 of Angel Aid.

The storyline is full of relatable characters with a Cinderella-esque tale; from rags to riches, from beauty to beast.  The ladies facing the body switch were given a wonderful opportunity to reassess their lives and pick out the best from their body switch personas.  It had gorgeous idyllic sunny settings and also awe inspiring Icelandic panorama.  The author Katarina West interwoven the storyline with wonderful wit and humour spreading lots of warmth throughout.  Romance blossomed and grew and hearts were once again filled with compassion.

A wonderful fantasy fuelled romance leaving you exhilarated and optimistic 4/5*

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

Yes this is an educational dream with a message.  And the message is, it’s never too late to live again.  To make your dreams come true.

Katarina West has kindly offered to give away a kindle copy of the book.  To enter please click on the rafflecopter link below:

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To find out more about Katarina West and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.katarinawest.com/

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Grace & The Ghost by Estelle Maher book review

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Grace & The Ghost written by Estelle Maher, publisher Team Author UK, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The book is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Is our life dictated by us, fate or divine intervention? On her way home from the office, thirty-year-old Grace Hammond stumbles across a tramp named Crowley who is found dead in her village the following day. Crowley soon returns to Grace looking for her help so he can cross over.  He just needs to complete a task that will have a positive effect on her life. Unfortunately, neither knows where to start! Help comes in the form of her landlord, her elderly neighbour, her gay best friend, a good looking American and Frank Sinatra! Can Grace help Crowley be with his family? Can she get her own life back on track?

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Is our life in the hands of fate or destiny?  This was such a wonderful debut novel by Estelle Maher that I feel quite privileged to have read.  The cover is strikingly simple and perfect for the storyline and is quite mesmerising with its swirls and tones of blue.  I do love a good romance and this was such an unusual storyline for a romance, a storyline filled with paranormal activities that are utterly charming in a quintessential way and I was hooked from the start.

Grace Hammond on her way home from work comes across a tramp called Crowley and has a brief conversation with him.  The next day he is sadly found dead but Crowley returns to Grace looking for assistance from her to help him carry on in his journey.  Grace is quite alarmed but seeing Crowley all cleaned up and dressed impeccably she is soon charmed by him and a friendship of trust and companionship is soon formed.

Grace and Crowley’s journey helping each other is filled with much emotion.  Estelle Maher has cleverly interwoven wit and humour with sadness and your tears  are soon dried out with a heart full of warmth.  You feel yourself falling in love with Crowley, his history is so heart breaking but he is taking this new journey in his life in his stride and is literally having a ball.  The connection he has made with Grace is beautiful and you feel that destiny has definitely pulled them together.  Along the journey we meet Grace’s friends the cantankerous Mrs Mortimer who is now in her 80’s and has lived in the village a good while.  Grace has formed a wonderful friendship with Mrs Mortimer and they share many happy times over a cup of tea.  Mrs Mortimer was to provide Grace with many positive attributes for the future including her very handsome American nephew Todd.  I adored Sean, Grace’s gay bff, he was vivacious and irresistible also I believe every village should have their own Big Mick and Patsy duo act.  The small village that Grace lives in sounds very charming and idyllic with it’s mix match of characters who all become united when one of their own is in need of help.  This soon becomes evident and it was really humbling to read about this community spirit.

This was a truly wonderful debut story and had me laughing and crying and left me swooning over a ghost called Crowley.  I look forward to more from Estelle Maher in the future.

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

To find out more about Estelle Maher please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://estellemaher.com/

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

Facebook:  /www.facebook.com/estellemaherauthor/