#BlogTour #Review She’s Bad News by Elle Spellman @rararesources @capesandcorsets

Title: She’s Bad News by Elle Spellman.

Date Published: 29th November 2017

Genre: New Adult/Women’s Fiction


What would you do if you woke up with super powers?

For Bella Brown, life hasn’t gone according to plan. She’s almost thirty, still living in her uneventful hometown, and her dreams of becoming an investigative reporter have fallen by the wayside.

That is, until she wakes up one morning to find she’s been gifted with some amazing new abilities. What’s a girl to do with heightened senses, super speed and the ability to lift a truck one-handed? Bella quickly discovers that her new powers can easily help her land front-page leads at local newspaper The Hartleybourne Gazette.

Soon Bella’s out every night chasing down local criminals for stories, while keeping her powers a secret from everyone besides flatmate Chloe. But when a burglary-gone-wrong accidentally turns her into the mysterious Hartleybourne Heroine, Bella finds herself on the front page for the wrong reasons. Her secret becomes harder to keep as she tries to track down the source of her powers, and especially when crime reporter Matt Gilmore is intent on unmasking the town’s new vigilante…

Suddenly, having an extraordinary life is far more dangerous than she ever imagined.

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UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0784ZKW1Y

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Bella Brown dreams of nothing more than being a top investigative journalist but it hasn’t quite worked out for her. She back in her home town of Hartleybourne working for the local paper rehashing recipes and advertising for the Better Self column while having every idea she pitches shot down by her boss Layla.

Then suddenly after trying a diet pill she’s gifted with super powers that she begins to use to help the people of Hartleybourne and land herself the front page scoop.

But where did these powers come from and why?

The superhero fan in me really enjoyed reading this book! It’s light-hearted, funny and full of action and little bit of romance.

As someone whose life has not worked out in the way I’d hoped, I completely identified with Bella. She’s sweet, funny and down to earth which made me really root for her and hope that she gets everything that she wants. As a superhero, she like a chunkier version of black widow with a bum bag (The use of the bum bag had me in absolute stitches and reminded me of the nineties I used to have a bright pink one.)

The storyline is pure escapism, a little bit over the top and silly but enjoyable right to the end. I also hope there’s a sequel, I want more!

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

She's Bad News - Author Photo ESElle Spellman is a writer and comic book geek living in Bristol, UK. She’s been writing since a very young age, spending her childhood afternoons penning stories about fictional adventures, and illustrating them too.

Now, Elle tends to write contemporary fiction with kick-ass heroines and a little bit of magic. She’s Bad Newsis her debut novel, and she’s just finished working on her second. Her other interests include running, wine, red lipstick, the paranormal, and all things Batman.Social Media Links –

Twitter: @capesandcorsets

Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17378224

Blog: http://ellespellman.blogspot.co.uk/

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#Review Bia’s War by Joanna Larum #HistoricalFiction #WWI

Title: Bia’s War by Joanna Larum

Date Published: 7th August 2014

Publisher: Self Published

Genre: Historical Fiction


Who is Simon? Why does this frail old lady search for him by night, wandering the streets in her nightdress, unable to remember who she is and where she lives.
Her tale, told to her granddaughter when she is in possession of her wits, paints a picture of dark and dastardly events on the home front during the First World War.

The Inspiration Behind Bia’s War:

The lady on the front cover is actually my Nana Lymer in 1919, my maternal grandmother. My mother was the 17th of 18 children. My Grandad Sam was married twice as was Nana Lymer. Sam had 14 children to his first wife and 4 to my nana, although nana Lymer didn’t have any children to her first husband. I often wondered why not. Doing family history research I found out that my nana’s first husband died in 1917 and that he had been a soldier in France, although he died at home (presumably from wounds) Nana then married Sam, two years later. I wanted a reason why her first marriage was childless and the whole story dropped into my head one day. I changed her first husband’s name but kept the names of Sam’s children.


I was offered a free copy of this book by the lovely Joanna Larum in exchange for an honest review.

Bia Lymer is found wandering during the night looking for someone called Simon. Concerned for her health, her granddaughter Victoria offers to sit with her. Nana Lymer begins to tell her a story of her young life in Middlesbrough during the first world war.

Well this is not usually the type of book I read but I’m fascinated by the First World War, as didn’t learn that much about it in school like I did with WWII.

The story has two narratives, Bia’s recollections from the war and the 1970’s when she’s an old lady talking to her granddaughter Victoria. Having the story told to me by felt a bit like when I was little and my mum used to read me stories, which I enjoyed.

Nana had some fantastic sayings too. One in particular that stands out was, a lazy wind, it’s doesn’t go round you, it goes straight through you instead.

I loved Victoria, she really develops through the story, becomes stronger to stand up to her overbearing and rather nasty mother (also called Bia, a little confusing but lots of fathers name their sons after themselves so why can’t mothers do the same too?).

I also admired Bia, he husband goes off to war leaving her with no means of support. She manages to open her own shop, and with a lot of hard work and help from good friends she makes it a success. But not everybody is happy with this and faces a lot of opposition, even from her own husband!

This is a very emotional story, which had me teary eyed in places, especially when you find out who Simon is and what happened to him (I won’t spoil that for you, you’ll just have to find out for yourself). The only thing that I would have loved was instead of being told the story by Bia, maybe have actually gone back to that era, seen it up close, if that makes any sense.

It is a fairly long book (just over five hundred pages!) but if you love strong female characters and an emotionally engaging story this book is for you.

Rating: 3/5

You can buy your copy here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bias-War-Joanna-Larum-ebook/dp/B00KQRA82W/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1521996119&sr=1-4About the Author:

When I was a little girl my big sister used to read me stories, but she always stopped reading out loud when the story got interesting and I was left hanging waiting for the end of the stories. Ijo went to school to learn to read and when I could read, I left, thinking I could learn everything else from books (and finish all the stories!). Unfortunately, my mother didn’t agree and took me back!

I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was 8 years old and I started straight away, but I was always too scared to show anyone what I had written. It took me nearly 40 years before I dared show anyone my stories!

I worked in the Library Service for 25 years but had to take early retirement after an accident at work. That was when I started to write and I brought out Bia’s War on Amazon in 2014. Since then, I have self-published 5 more books, all set in my own corner of England during WW1.

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#BlogTour My Sweet Friend by Helene Leuschel #Excerpt @shanannigans81 @HALeuschel

Title: My Sweet Friend by Helene Leuschel

Publication Date:December 6, 2017

Genre:Contemporary Fiction/ Women’s Fiction

A Note from the Author:

Lying is a symptom shared by the most convincing, cunning and ruthless individuals such as psychopaths and narcissistic manipulators. They have an invincible sense of self-importance and an addictive urge to project an image of power and perfection at all cost which are fuelled by the rewarding tools of charm, diversion and … clever deception.

Like anything in life, whether the skill is morally laudable or not, skills require training, effort and hard work. The danger lies in the brain progressively adapting to the dishonest behaviour and the longer the lies, the harder it would seem to be able to change the conditioning of one’s sensitivity to telling the truth. The truth and nothing but the truth or at the very least the intention to do so most of the time therefore appears to be a basic requirement for any interpersonal trust.

In my new stand-alone novella, I explore the idea that when crossing the line between truth or lie too often, it becomes a curse the person is eventually unable to shed …


A stand-alone novella from the author of Manipulated Lives

A perfect friend … or a perfect impostor?

Alexa is an energetic and charismatic professional and the new member of a Parisian PR company where she quickly befriends her colleagues Rosie and Jack. She brings a much-needed breath of fresh air into the office and ambitiously throws herself into her new job and friendships.

But is Alexa all she claims to be?

As her life intertwines with Rosie and Jack’s, they must all decide what separates truth from fiction. Will the stories that unfold unite or divide them? Can first impressions ever be trusted?

In this original novella, H.A. Leuschel evokes the powerful hold of appearances and what a person is prepared to do to keep up the facade. If you like thought-provoking and compelling reads with intriguing characters, My Sweet Friend is for you.

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I was brushing my teeth the next morning when Alexa called, crying over another nasty phone call from her ex. I was running late as it was but was unable to stop her barrage of insults against a man I didn’t even know the name of.

He’s driving me absolutely insane. I’ve really had enough,’ I heard her shout, the heels of her shoes clicking on the pavement. She was clearly on her way to work while I was only slipping my feet into my shoes. It had been her second frantic call that morning.

Listen. Alexa, calm down. I understand you’re upset but I’ll be late if you don’t stop.’

I’m there for you when you need me but when I’m the one in need for once, you fob me off. Great, really nice, thanks.’ She hung up, leaving me in an angry sweat. I was her polar opposite – organized and calm – but lately I felt out of kilter myself. I’d missed out on seeing my mum because, for one reason or another, Alexa managed to ambush my attention.

When I eventually rushed through the office door, Alexa was looking up at me indifferently, in deep conversation with Jack, who tapped his watch with pursed lips and raised eyebrows. I lowered my eyes, my stomach heaving with repressed fury. Alexa had crawled under my skin yet I couldn’t pinpoint exactly why and how it had all come about.

I hid in the ladies’ toilets, panic rising to my throat, and utterly lost for words. I realised that if it had been Alexa running off, I’d have made sure I was giving her moral support, coaxing her back to work. Where was she now that I needed her? Was I getting hysterical, losing the plot?

Goodreads Link:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36678713-my-sweet-friend?ac=1&from_search=true

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About the Author:

Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Photo - Helene editedCommunication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches yoga.

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#Review Jennifer Brown’s journey by @angielangley0 @JenBJourney

Title: Jennifer Brown’s Journey by Angie Langley.

Publication Date: 17th May 2017

Genre: Women’s fiction/Humour


Five feet one and full of fizz, Jennifer Brown lights up the room. She has a gorgeous partner, a wicked best friend, and a boss who doesn’t mind that she’s the worst typist on the planet. She’s loyal, generous and irredeemably ditzy. Everyone loves Jennifer Brown. But can she learn to love herself?

When her world caves in, she needs every ounce of her steely core to step back from the abyss and take charge of her life, reinventing herself first as cook and housekeeper to a saucy sexagenarian, then as manager of a tumbledown country estate with sensitive secrets. Peopled by a battalion of hilarious characters from the caustic, cross-dressing confidant to the besotted ex-boyfriend with a barmy ex-wife, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a heartwarming, thoughtful, often poignant portrait of the trials of life as a thirty-something woman. Jennifer Brown champions the importance of self-belief, and the value of a bucket-sized glass of wine in a tight spot. And, always in the background, there’s the quiet man with the warm eyes and the velvet vowels.

What on earth is Jennifer Brown going to do about him?


Jennifer Brown is not happy at her job, has a dead end relationship and a mum who is going a little doolally. It takes the break up of her relationship to make her go out and find what she really wants from life.

Jennifer Brown certainly goes on a heck of a journey! I loved her character, a bit ditzy and fun. I also admired her as something always seemed to go wrong for her but she picks herself back up and carries on!

There were a few stereotypes, like the gay best friend Will for example, but he was a good well rounded character character with a fun personality and not just there for the sake of having an LBGTQ character in it.

There were moments in the book I couldn’t help snorting with laughter. A memorable one is when they were telling stories about Jennifer and she’d managed to put her thong on backwards and ended up with a bit of a limp the next day.

It was also quite poignant in places too. Especially with her mum who takes in every waif and stray she can find but has trouble remembering things and gets very confused.

I won’t lie, I kind of did wonder where the story was heading most of the time, I didn’t realise until the end that this is just the first book in a series. I can’t wait to read more about her next journey!

Overall a light-hearted and funny book perfect to cheer up these cold windy nights.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

Angie Langley has a background in entertainment and venue management and she’s worked with artists in the US, the UK and Europe.angie

She grew up in Somerset and has lived in the south west of England all her life. Nowadays home is in the beautiful Woodford Valley near Salisbury, on the banks of the river Avon. A tiny piece of heaven and a true writers paradise. When she’s not writing, Angie is a keen photographer and is currently working on a book of poems for children all about the local wildlife who live along the riverbank.

Writing Jennifer Brown’s Journey was a labour of love as most of the book is based on her true-life experiences, enhanced by a furtive imagination which takes over as humorous characters and situations are brought in to provide the chapters with the emotional balance. Many of these humorous elements are the result of everyday observations.

Jennifer Brown’s Journey is her first book, inspired by the highs and lows of a distant past that has given her the strength to tackle each day with a smile.

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