This was the first time I had ever given a live talk on a subject around writing, I do not claim to be an expert but I am on the learning journey and enjoyed sharing a little of what I have learnt so far.
I hope that in the future I will get to do more of these types of things, and any feedback will be gratefully received as long as it is constructive.
Eric despised his manager’s seedy approach to stripping but he guessed it was better than no job at all. How wrong he was.
With no job, no restrictions and no girlfriend – thanks to finding her on her knees in front of someone else; Eric finally pursues his dream of setting up his own stripper troupe which would be all about the tease rather than the sleaze.
With nothing left to lose, Eric throws himself into creating the Naked Nights. It wasn’t always fun, and it definitely wasn’t easy but somehow he made it happen.
When you immerse yourself into the book world you meet some amazing authors, you also meet some fabulous people you love to bits but their books don’t do anything for you. Let me be perfectly honest, deciding to read a book by an Indie author I admire and respect is not something I do lightly but, having read one of her previous books, and enjoying it before I met her, I decided to give this one a go while it was free over the weekend.
The first thing I have to say is that I became aware very quickly that this was more of a prequel to her Naked Nights series and was a little concerned that the lack of prior knowledge of the characters would detract from my enjoyment but I needn’t have worried.
While the plot does develop at a fast pace, you still find yourself being engaged by the primary characters. You find yourself rooting for this seemingly doomed perfect romance while completely understanding the motivation behind both Eric and Christy’s reluctance to face the fact they are falling in love.
The secondary characters are well written and although we only see a brief glimpse into their lives there is just enough to leave you wanting more. Each character is well thought out, from the polar opposite dynamics of Tiny’s relationship to the dance past of Alex, and the rest of the newly formed troupe, you know that there will be plenty to engage within the following books if they are as well written as this.
I thoroughly enjoyed the fact this was a story with some red hot sex scenes thrown in, not some sex scenes with a rough plot holding it together. I found myself laughing at some of my own experiences in pubs and clubs during ‘Ladies Nights’ knowing exactly the types of sleazy strip routines to which the author was alluding.
If I had a criticism it would be that I wanted more, however, I accept that not having read book 1 I am not in a position to know what had already been revealed, well not yet anyway as I am pretty certain the next book will be making its way onto my new kindle.
I have no qualms about giving this a 5 out of 5-star review, I read it in one afternoon, once I started reading I didn’t want to put it down. If you would like to find out more about the author you can find here here
In all things there must be a balance, light can only shine if darkness exists, good can only be realised if there is evil with which to compare it.A young woman born to fulfil an ancient prophecy is trapped by fate into a world of violence, lust, love and madness. Can she sacrifice herself to save her way of life and the lives of those she cares for, even if it means betraying those she loves most?*The book does contain scenes of sexual violence and torture which some readers may find disturbing*
5.0 out of 5 stars Can I please give this more than five stars?
24 December 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is not the type of book I would usually read as I’m not a fan of fantasy stories as a rule but I met the author at a book signing and being as she was a new author to me I was intrigued to read some of her work and boy am I glad I did. The story is stunning, each word creating a visual in the mind that is breath taking. The characters are wonderfully thought out, each being strong in their own way, the story is well placed and seriously well thought out, there was a perfect balance between the action in the story and the peaceful moments that lead you perfectly throughout the intricacy of the web that this author wove. Gah I’m not even sure I’m making sense right now, that is how much this story has blown my mind. My only advice would be to read it and see just what I mean. Brilliant absolutely brilliant!
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable
28 June 2018 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Well, what can I say about this book? It really felt like I was being transported through time and space to another world far from my own. I was able to delve into the world that this author has built up very easily and quickly found myself immersed in this book. Extremely well written and the world-building was incredible. I really cared about the characters and followed their lives as though I was really there. Remarkable.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and unsettling
15 May 2018 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is fantasy set so dark ages and magic aplenty.
It is not for the faint hearted mind or those with triggers of abuse.
There are some spelling errors throughout but all told an interesting read, I look forward to the next in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book
22 January 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very well written and a good story line albeit a bit grusome at times, now waiting for the rest of the books to be published.
A collection of hard-hitting stories from some of the most talented of today’s authors, written for the Shenanigans @ The West Midlands Book Signing.Short stories that show the side of men which is all too often hidden.Based on subjects that include Survival, Depression, Suicide, Loss and Overcoming fear. Delve into a world that will open your eyes to the unspoken and forbidden lives of men.All proceeds will go to Calm. The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of forty-five in the UK. Surprisingly on average, in 2015 76% of all UK suicides were male – let’s work together to change this. https://www.thecalmzone.net/***Disclaimer- Some of the content in this book can cause triggers for some. Also, contains profanity, erotic scenes and only suitable for readers 18+***
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Anthology!
2 April 2019 – Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed this Anthology. The proceeds go to benefit Suicide in Men, and each story tells a different side of how a man feels when he doesn’t know how to go on, and how he deals with it. I found each story inspirational and highly recommend this Anthology.
Moral Compass – Martin Tracey
This is an enjoyable short about gangsters and mafia men and the detective who wants to bring them down. But this detective also has a bit of a kinky side. There is murder, mystery and lust scattered throughout.
Heart Mended – Manda Mellett
What an amazing story of second chances. Heart’s wife passed away years prior and he thought he would never get over her. He was despondent and depressed. Can a new love heal his broken heart? Will his deceased wife give her blessing? This story will give you all the feels and I loved each and every word.
Surviving Me – Sienna Grant
What do you do when you get in over your head? This story deals with Simon and Evie, a married couple with a young child. While Evie thinks everything is okay, Simon is dealing with some things he is afraid to tell his wife for fear of losing her. He knows he should talk to her, but he just can’t. This story is about taking on too much burden and dealing with that stress. I think many people will be able to relate to this story.
My Biggest Battle Yet – Jennah Thornhill
As everyone knows, PTSD is a very real thing and this short clearly and eloquently describes it to a T. Blake had been in the service, and some things happened to him and he feels is all his fault. After meeting Gabi, a doctor, he starts to think maybe his life is worth it. This story will definitely make you understand more about PTSD. A great read.
Crashing Together – TA Andrews
When an accident ends up with Jenson in the hospital, he felt he had nothing to live for. Until he meets Helen, a young woman also going thru pain from an accident. He is miserable and mean to everyone around him until she shows him life really isn’t all that bad. I really enjoyed the interaction between these characters and you will too.
Staring Into The Abyss – Paul Acton
This story really hits you in the heart. The story of Steve, whose upbringing left him scarred in the mind, is a compelling story of abuse. When Steve wants to end his life, he meets someone who changes his life. This story will keep you captivated from beginning to end.
Explosive Love – Toni Bolton
When Josh returns home from the service after being at war, he is angry and intense but doesn’t know why. He comes from a military family, and PTSD is not real according to his Father. When he meets Pat, a beautiful Veterinarian, he feels maybe they can have a relationship, but he knows he needs to get better first. This story tells a true depiction of a military person coming to terms that he needs to change his life. An enjoyable read.
5.0 out of 5 stars great stories
7 April 2019 – Published on Amazon.com
What a great book..Some of these Authors where new to me but now I have to read them all..And this is for a very good cause!.. Thank You all
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
2 April 2019 – Published on Amazon.com
What a great cause must of the authors are new to me except Manda loved Heart and Marc short Novella
The contributors were asked to write a poem based on the book cover image. Unsurprisingly, many of the poems featured are dominated by the elements. The writers touch upon various subjects, however and readers are sure to discover a flavour they will enjoy. All proceeds of this collection will be shared between homeless charities both in the UK and US, reflecting the international collaboration behind this project.
A stunningly simple idea to write a poem based on the cover image! Some amazing poems that called to my heart and I can’t wait to get the paperback copy!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A place to belong
15 February 2019 – Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This book was amazing! What caught my eye was that it was an anthology of poetry using the cover art as a prompt. And then, for charity! And the charity was homelessness! Wow!
There are a number of poems here that floored me. There are also some rather bleak drawings. However, there is one poem that I’ve return to repeatedly called “The Longest Road” by T.F.Webb:
“I walked the longest road
In rainy days and shadows
And misery paved the way
Drowning under grey cascades
Wading through tattered blooms
I dragged shredded feet
To the endless dirge of carrion caws
A bag of bones
Tinged green and aching
Silent and alone.”
Having worked in shelters in my career, I could just picture “D” or “J” working as a day laborer, trying to get beyond that financial fence that lay between them and more permanent housing, and I weep too.
Thank you Sarah Michelle Lynch for the courage to solicit these poems to help others. Highly recommended 5/5
5.0 out of 5 starsSimply Amazing!
17 March 2019 – Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As always Sarah brings together a list of authors worthy of a great collection. This anthology is not only a snippet of what each author can create, but a window into their feelings. Again, well done, hope there is more to come.
“A lovely collection I will read again and again. And for such a great cause is a bonus!” This anthology asks a lot of questions, and answers many, too. What wisdom would you impart to your younger self? Or would you not do anything differently? Is there anything to pre-warn yourself of? Or does everything happen for a reason? Hear from various poetic voices as they write to their younger selves. If only we knew then, what we know now. **All proceeds of this book will be donated to the MAKE A WISH UK charity**
There are many questions we ask ourselves as we go through life. One that frequently arises is ‘Would I change anything in my past?’ Whilst none of us can alter our histories we can all look back and ponder what we would have advised our younger selves carrying the knowledge we have now.
That is exactly what this anthology does from the point of view of all of the contributing authors. They have done an exceptional job of communicating a vast range of emotions. Each poem that I read inspired me. In some it was the sadness evoked, in others it was the familiarity with the subject matter involved; in all it was the strength and fighting spirit that the authors show as adults who have come through different experiences.
What this book proves is that we are not all so different; that we are all survivors that grow and show strength in many different ways. Although we can’t advise our younger selves on how to do things differently we can advise the next generation. I will be handing the copy to my children to have a read so they can see how strong we can all be.This book is a gem worth every single star.
The bonus is that the proceeds go to an extremely worthy cause.
Wow what an amazingly beautiful series of poems to your younger self. A note to myself I loved every single one of these and could feel myself agree with every Single one of them. It’s hard growing up and looking back we all wish we could tell our younger selves why we shouldn’t and to listen to what what we should have done instead of what we did do. I loved this and would recommend as a must read or a present to the younger self like a niece/nephew/godchild anyone younger to let them know it’s ok to feel different it’s ok to feel like that we all do at some point we just don’t share it widely. Go buy it now and you will be helping an amazing charity out as well.
I love anthologies, I especially love them when proceeds go to charity. The chosen charity for this anthology of poems is the Make a Wish Foundation UK, a most worthy cause. I love the topic for all these poems, and I love all the different takes on this one subject (it’s all in the title). Poetry books are not my norm, but a couple of my favourite authors have taken part in this anthology, hence I knew I would love it, and love it I did. 28 authors and 28 poems and I loved them all. Wonderful words. Wonderful cause.
This anthology is packed with heartwarming, inspiring and thought provoking poetry. Each writer has brought something new to the concept and after reading it from cover to cover you can’t help but wonder what you would say to your younger self. Beside being a wonderful read, this book is also helping to raise money for the make a wish foundation which is truly wonderful
I love a good poetry collection and this one is not to be missed!! There is not a poem in this book that will not tug at your own heartstrings and maybe make you recall a moment from your youth or teenage years. Well worth buying and all proceeds going to a great cause!!