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4* Review of Non Fric.tion Morgan Parker

After 12 years, 4 months and 1 and 1/2 weeks of marriage, his wife packs up and leaves with their daughter. So he writes an Indie novel. And it becomes a bestseller. Well, sort of.

His fame brings him the lifestyle of a rock star, and he has the fan mail (i.e. female undergarments, probably clean) to prove it.

But seeing his fame, his wife suddenly believes in marriage counseling. Their homework: to create something beautiful for each other.

So he writes Our Story, his literary secret-weapon that will win his wife back. But in the process he discovers that true love is more than just ticking the right boxes on a checklist, it starts with…..well…..}i{

 

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I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Non Fric.tion especially since the author is a man who writes under a pen name adding an extra layer of mystery and anonymity.
The story’s concept deals with Morgan Barker’s survival plan when his marriage of more than twelve years ends after his wife walks out of the marital home taking his only child.
I found all the main characters very realistic. They were easy to imagine but not always likeable. Non Fric.tion is full of sharp observational humour which kept me turning the pages. The story reminded me of a literary version of a reality show.
Morgan Barker the ‘hero’ tells his own story and this makes it both cynical and poignant. The plot is complex and  the ending is unexpected.

I usually prefer my reading to have a heavy dose of escapism and this story didn’t give me this but it is compelling and appealing in a quirky way.  I especially liked the story within the story angle.

If you want something a little different Non Fric.tion is for you.
I received a copy of Non Friction from the author as part of his blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

Morgan Parker is the pen name for a shy and introverted banker. He currently divides his time between Toronto, Canada and his imagination. When he isn’t writing or working with clients or relaxing at Balzac’s with a medium non-fat cappuccino, Morgan Parker enjoys spending time with his family. And sleeping, preferably on a bed (the left side) but depending on the day, he can pretty much curl up anywhere. No, he is not currently accepting applications for cuddling partners. 
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 There is also a Scavenger Hunt during the blog tour. It’s US Only!
Make sure you stop by each blog’s stop and check out the fun facts about Morgan Parker they will be sharing. Some of the facts have clue’s to the message from Morgan Barker (Character of Non Friction) You must find the ones with Yellow writing and put them together to make the message. Once you have the message send it to verna_loves_david5104@hotmail.com 
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First person to get the message wins a Signed Paperback of Non Friction by Morgan Parker! 
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Here’s my interview with Morgan Parker:

Interview with Morgan Parker

How did you become a writer?

Writing has always been part of what I did for fun. The only difference now is that Amazon made it easy for me to share my silly stories with the world. So that how I did it. I allowed Amazon to convince me to be nice and share.

What would you like your potential readers to know about you?

I (still) have a wife and unlike the main character in Non Friction, I really don’t want you to send me fan mail or nude pictures (well…).

What inspired you to write Non Friction?

The idea of someone trying to find love while wrestling through the difficulties of divorce has always appealed to me, so I figured I’d try to write something fun despite the heavy and dark realities facing this “different” character.
 

Where do you create your wonderful characters and stories?

I have an office at home where I spent a lot of time doing things that inspire creativity. Okay, that just sounds pretty, doesn’t it? Honestly, I don’t know where they come from. I write in the office, but the stories are already created and completed long before I begin that writing process.

What is your favourite time of day to write?

I don’t have a favourite time, interestingly enough. I find I’m a lot less energetic at night, but that an hour or two throughout the day can yield much better results. If I could write first thing in the morning, I would… but time just doesn’t allow it.

Tell us a little about ‘Non Friction’.

Non Friction is a standalone novel that gives us insight into the life of Morgan Barker, a guy who becomes an Indie author after his wife leaves him. He makes new friends and fans and struggles with the meaning of love while writing a novel, Our Story, to win his wife back.
 

As an author have you any tips for new writers?

Think like a 4-year old. This world of indie authorship is changing. A lot. What worked in the past will not work the same way today. Even over the past 12 months, I’ve seen lots of change, so don’t be afraid to try something new, push the limits and have fun.

Have you written any other books being released soon?

I just recently released a novella titled Hope. It was a free story that I released as a way to thank my two or three readers. I had a few more than two or three downloads, and that’s fine because maybe the unplanned secondary purpose of Hope was also a way to attract new readers.

Where can your readers connect with you on social media?

Usually through Facebook. I’ll be trying to engage with readers more regularly on Twitter too, but I can always be found on Facebook.
 

Where can we buy ‘Non Friction’?

Non Friction is available exclusively on Amazon. Mostly because it’s easy to publish there and I’m too lazy to jump through hoops to offer it on other platforms.

Look out for my review of Hope by Morgan Parker.

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4* Review Emily Rose’s Day at the Farm Simone Da Costa

Emily-Rose's Day at The FarmEmily Roses Day at the Farm is a fun children’s book with bright pictures. Reading this book will help young children learn about respecting animals.

Emily thinks Grammie is being selfish not letting her feed the animals. When Grammie allows Emily to feed the animals by herself she learns about valuing the experience of older members of the family. The story describes animal behaviour and how much work is involved with looking after rambunctious farm creatures.

 A word search and match game is provided at the end of the book which reinforce the book’s message.

 I would have enjoyed reading this book to my children when they were young.

I received an arc from the author in exchange for an honest review. As a reviewer it is easier to review if the illustrations are part of the arc.

Emily-Rose’s Day at The Farm by Simone DaCosta

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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5* Review Five of Hearts Jennifer De Cuir

9781440579608 Five Hearts Jennifer De Cuir I was asked by Crimson Romance author Jennifer De Cuir to review her latest story Five of Hearts which is  a Scallops Shore novel. Here’s what the story’s about:
Being a celebrity had taught Dean that women only wanted him for his money and fame. They weren’t interested in him as a person. And they would use any sneaky means at their disposal to get what they wanted – including false paternity suits. Fed up, Dean moves to the other side of the country, to a small town on the coast of Maine. Surely he wouldn’t be bothered here.
Shannon has no use for men. Her father left when she was very little and her husband took off the minute the ultrasound revealed they weren’t having one baby, but three babies at once. She could handle it all on her own, thank you very much. But living up here on the bluff got lonely, even with her rambunctious triplets. And if she spent a little time with the hunky new guy next door, that was just being neighborly, right?
Dean’s idyllic new life was not supposed to include the hot neighbor-lady’s children sneaking into his yard every day. But the more time he spent with the triplets and their stubbornly independent mama, the more he realized his new hermit lifestyle may not have been the best choice. With Shannon, he could trust again. She was genuinely interested in him, not his fame. Of course, that could be because he’d neglected to tell her about his former life as the lead singer of the boy band, Five of Hearts. When she found out, would she forgive him for hiding something so important from her? Would she believe he did it to protect himself? Would she still love him… for him?

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My Review

Five of HeartsFive of Hearts is an absorbing, feel good romance with a feisty, courageous heroine and a sexy mysterious hero.

Dean a former boy band superstar is tired of paparazzi, gold diggers and everyone looking to him to maintain their golden lifestyle. The quiet coastal community of Scallops Shore is his chance for solitude and seclusion. Enter a trio of noise, mischief and fun. Shannon the triplets’ mother and the caretaker from the cottage next door is a visual delight and despite his misgivings he finds himself drawn to the fiercely independent woman and her children along with rest of Scallop shores characters who show him the true meaning of community. Dean is keeping secrets from Shannon but the one that threatens to divide them forever is not the one he’s worried about.

Shannon’s past experience has labelled men as untrustworthy and why should the sexy surfer guy next door be any different? Tough through necessity she always puts her children first. Dean’s reticence to be neighborly challenges Shannon she wants to know what he’s hiding. Dean makes Shannon question her choices and wonder what else she can have in her life. A spectre from the past threatens Shannon’s peace of mind.

The characters are interesting and you empathise with the dilemmas they face. The attraction Dean and Shannon feel is a surprise for both of them and its left to the wonderful cast of support characters to chivvy them into each other arms. Full of gentle twists and turns this is a page turning read I couldn’t put down until I’d finished.

Five of Hearts is the first Scallop Shore novel I have read. I ‘m definitely looking forward to the next one in the series.

I received an arc of Five of Hearts from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Five of Hearts by Jennifer DeCuir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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4* Review Follow Your Fantasy Nicola Jane

Follow Your FantasyFollow Your Fantasy’s concept that you the reader chooses which fantasy to pursue intrigued me. I am not generally a fan of erotica preferring erotic romance which has a definite story line and real emotional connection between the characters.

In this collection of stories truth, dare and consequences all feature. So it will appeal to fans of risk free risqué entertainment. ‘Follow Your Fantasy’ provides the reader with an adult interpretation of the ‘What If… scenario.

Pure escapism for the mature adult it is explicit. The kind of book most people would probably blush reading in any public setting. That said it is entertaining and well written and the alternatives offered to the reader at the end of each scene range from flirty to scorching hot and extraordinary so it has something for all tastes.

‘Follow Your Fantasy’ could be the catalyst for some very interesting truth and dare party games but you would certainly have to pick your companions carefully… Only joking.

If you enjoy erotic romance and want to experience the erotic without the happy ever after then I would recommend you give ‘Follow Your Fantasy’ a chance.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins UK – Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Follow Your Fantasy by Nicola Jane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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