RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • May's Moon
    S.Y. Palmer
    "I really enjoyed May's Moon because of the adventure and all the facts. It was really interesting and I learnt a lot of things about space from it. May's Moon has characters that I can relate to in my personal life and I really enjoyed it." Year 6 student, Benson C of E School.

    "It's a roller-coaster of emotions. I think the characters were perfect, especially at the end when Buddy showed the evidence to the main character." Year 5 student, Benson C of E School. ~ Benson Church of England Primary School, Oxfordshire, Year 5 & 6

  • Divining with Animal Guides
    Hearth Moon Rising
    This book is a jewel. It is much more than a book about the animal powers. It is a guide for how to open our perception to the world around us and broaden our ability to communicate with our co-inhabitants. It is so much more than a dictionary of totem animals. It will challenge you, make you laugh and invite you to step into “the moment of power, the instant when a door opens and one thing changes into another…” as Rising says in her Final Words to us. Divining with Animal Guides: Answers from the World at Hand is well-worth adding to your library. ~ PaganPages.org

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    A very thrilling fast paced read. I totally enjoyed it. Looking forward to upcoming books by the author. ~ Maha D, Goodreads

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    After friends raved so much about this book I thought i'd give it a go and found it very hard to put down. A total emotional roller coaster. Completely addictive, I loved it. 5 Stars. ~ L Spells, Amazon

  • Alchemy of Night, The
    Judy Hall
    Recommended if you want to read something entertaining.
    ~ Anna Maria Giacomasso , NetGalley

  • The Tragic Daughters of Charles I
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    This book is a great introduction to the woman of the period and the fascinating, but shockingly short, lives they led and has whetted my appetite for the period. ~ Emma Cannon, NetGalley

  • The Tragic Daughters of Charles I
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    If the description for this book seems a little short, that's probably because there isn't a lot you can say about the daughers of Charles I. None of them would live for long, and none of them would ever truly escape the political turmoil brough about by the execution of their father (and subsequent Republic under Oliver Cromwell). This doesn't mean there lives weren't interesting - they were - it's just you get the feeling they could have been so much more hand history not played them such a rubbish hand.
    I didn't know much about the Stuart monarchy, and knew even less about Charles I, when I started reading this book, but now feel like I've had a great introduction to a truly chaotic era. By focusing on Charles' daughters, I don't feel like I was overwhelmed with facts, figures and dates I won't be able to remember, making it a great way to start learning more about this period in my countries history.
    This was aided by Sarah-Beth Watkins' writing style, which I'm a big fan of. She makes history easy to read and engaging and has a great way of bringing female characters to life, even when she obviously as limited material to work with (history was, after all written by men who thought women weren't worth much more than to a good marriage). I can't recommend her books enough and woudl put this near the top of the list. ~ Emma Littlefield, NetGalley

  • Alchemy of Night, The
    Judy Hall
    I imagine that this will thrill readers who like their romance with a little mystery. The writer clearly seems to know her material regarding the mysteries of ancient Egypt, and what could more seductive than romance and nookie combined with a little ancient magic and esotericism? ~ Lynda Stevens , NetGalley

  • Afterlife of King James IV, The
    Keith John Coleman
    The Afterlife of King James IV is one of the best books this spring! Chock-full of information, and amazing detail. I initially thought I was going to be reading more of a ghost story, but the history in this book had me captured by page two.
    From Flodden Field to England, France and beyond - the legacy of King James was a hard one to live down. The idea that he lived beyond Flodden was something that was passed around and whispered. If this was true, then why would he have not returned home? There were so many questions surrounding this, but the author delved into each one with confidence and was able to satisfactorily lay the "ghost" of James IV to rest.

    ~ Rebecca Hill , NetGalley

  • The Tragic Daughters of Charles I
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    Sarah-Beth Watkins has done a great job writing a compact yet informative book. This is well written and the history just jumps out of the pages.

    ~ Heather Bennett, NetGalley

  • Magical Sexual Practices of Ancient Egypt, The
    Judy Hall
    The main inspiration for this book seems to be derived from the works of an African/American esotericism and medium called Paschal Beverley Randolph, who lived on the Nineteenth Century. I cannot either endorse or dispute the scholarship behind the ideas put forward here - at the time he is said to have been considered bold for being so explicit about his ideas forvsexual alchemy.
    Apparently the ancient Egyptian adepts of this path believed that monogamy was important for this kind of sexual soul work, in which the chakras are slowly opened and, as with tantra, orgasm delayed until the energy at the base of the spine, kundalini, has infused all of the chakras.
    Unlike the case with similar sytems from India, however, The Egyptian system is said here to recognise extra chakras at the base of the feet, as well as some places above the head. In addition, the Egyptians recognised several components of the human soul in addition to the more well-known Ka and Ba. This was important not only for their burial practises, but for their sexual alchemy mysteries too. According to this book, it was important for them not just to seek an ideal twin soul partner and to reach ecstasy together: the aim was for each individual to enjoy communion with their immortal component soul and beyond that still, with the ground of crestion: this was the sacred marriage.
    For those who also entertain such lofty aspirations to their love among, the author of this book, Judy Hall, prescribes crystals to go with each chakra as they are opened, with a commentary on each of the original instructions. Judy Hall makes it clear that she does believe in the efficacy of repetition.
    Rituals are also given for cutting the (karmic) ties that bind in any relationship that is past its sell-by date. The Egyptians may have believed that an original soul union might span incarnations to come, but it seems even they recognised when it might be time to move on.
    The rest would be up to the reader, to decide how far to take any of this

    ~ Lynda Stevens, NetGalley

  • Premonitions
    Daniela I. Norris
    Well, I am at a loss for words. All I can really say is I loved this book.
    I thought the storyline was well thought out and beautifully, hauntingly written. I fell in love with the characters right from the start. The storyline flowed seemlessly from one generation to another. I cannot wait for book three in this series.
    Well worth a read though I do have one suggestion. DON'T start reading this book while you are on a meal break at work!! You will find it impossible to put down like I did. ~ Sue Blanchard, NetGalley

  • Village, The
    Philip Duke
    I was extremely intrigued when i read the premise of this book. Firstly, set in wartime Crete. Now, i have to say that i've never really thought about Crete in a wartime perspective. I'm quite ashamed of this if i'm honest after reading such a brilliant poignant read.
    A story of varied different people in a horrible, terrible situation. A story of resilient, innocent people suffering.
    It's a great read. A good paced novel that unfolds in a variety of twists that will keep you, the reader, completely enthralled and fully immersed in this beautifully written tale. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will be recommending this to others. It's a story that will stay with me for a while yet.
    Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netgalley for my ARC. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. ~ Sarah Bird, NetGalley

  • You Are Not Your Thoughts
    Frances Trussell
    I am training to be a counsellor and i would buy all of my clients this book as i really think it can help people.

    It gives really good tips on how to achive mindfulness and nobody would regret reading it. ~ Beanie Luck, NetGalley

  • The Tragic Daughters of Charles I
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    The author is a great storyteller. This book made history come to life. Readers who saw the Versailles series on TV will like this book.

    ~ Cindy Coe, NetGalley

  • The Tragic Daughters of Charles I
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    Once again Watkins has delivered a solid book on another spect of European History. The daughters of doomed Charles I of England either died young or made marriages that were difficult to navigate,. The author provides straight forward a narrative that is a pleasure to read, I always enjoy reading about the royal houses of Europe and how closely they were all entertwined. Any reader of history and women’s history will enjoy this latest contribution. ~ Janilyn Kocher , NetGalley

  • The Tragic Daughters of Charles I
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    Being the first time I have read any of author Sarah Beth Watkins works, I have to say it definitely will not be my last. Written with historical facts, The Tragic Daughters of Charles I , was a page turner! The three daughters of King Charles I lived short, tragedy filled lives. This wonderful work of non fiction shows that the royal court is not all about parties and beautiful ball gowns. I highly recommend this informative and easy to follow book! ~ Angela Sanford , NetGalley

  • By the Feet of Men
    Grant Price
    I liked this concept. It’s a new take on how the world can be changed by the hands of mankind. The personality of each character is well developed. The characters learn to rely upon each other. It did take time for this to happen, Runners are known to be aloof. Their emotions were palpable to me. There is a wonderful correlation between how the drivers' health suffers and and how the land they pass becomes worse. Each driver also undergoes a personality changes which shows how each person is either gaining knowledge or taking a beating.

    The plot stays strong with no major changes. I enjoyed seeing how mankind is still struggling to keep itself alive and how far it will go. The world is well described and makes me glad that I was not there. Each driver also knows that this run could be their last, yet they decide to go anyway. They want the world to be healed so future generations can live a better life. If you love people showing how strong they can be when adversity strikes, if you also enjoy observing a stricken world and a different take on what happens when mankind harms the planet, then this is the book for you. ~ Long and Short Reviews, http://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/by-the-feet-of-men-by-grant-price/

  • The Tragic Daughters of Charles I
    Sarah-Beth Watkins

    Three princesses, three countries, linked together at a dangerous time for the House of Stuart. The opening pages of the book describe the beheading of King Charles !, setting the scene for the fate and fortune that would await the royal family. Sarah-Beth Watkins gives the reader an in depth understanding of the period with brilliant research, bringing to life the three heroines and the part they played in history. There are tales of flight, courage, marriages and battles, but most of all the love the siblings held for each other. A powerful and poignant read. ~ Jackie Maude, author of High Heels & Beetle Crushers

  • By the Feet of Men
    Grant Price
    "By the Feet of Men is a fascinating novel full of intriguing and engaging characters on a dangerous adventure through a stark and barren world. Not only does Grant Price's post-apocalyptic triumph warn of the very real threat of climate change, it keeps you guessing right to the end and provides thrills, trauma and a range of emotions as Cassady, Ghazi and the other runners face danger at every turn. The beautifully-described setting reminded me of Mad Max, and the dashes of philosophy add an extra layer to make the reader think about the story long after they've read the final page." ~ David Turton, author of The Malaise

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