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Amelia Mandeville Writers Tips

Amelia MandevilleAmelia Mandeville is one half of the video blogging sisters, ‘The Mandeville Sisters’ with her sister Grace. They have a YouTube channel, where they explore their love for fashion, style and discussing disability and body positivity. ‘Every Colour Of You’ is Amelia’s debut novel.

Today Amelia shares her writing tips for aspiring authors.

The motivation and self believe. Definitely. Just keep writing and encouraging yourself because it’s hard to believe in yourself. I nearly gave up lots of times.

Read more about Amelia and her writing journey here.

When You Read This By Mary Adkins

When You Read This ‘When You Read This’ is the latest book by Mary Adkins.

For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands. But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three. Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris’s last wish. Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris’s big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who’s been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other.

This is book is quite the heartbreaking story that is delivered with wit and attitude.

When Iris receives the devastating news that she’s dying, she decides to spend her final days, blogging her thoughts and reflecting on her life. Her final dying request to her boss and good friend Smith Simonyi is that her blog is published.

Now, responsible for her friends dying wish, and against her sisters objections and an eager assistant, Smith is finding it all difficult and overwhelming.

The story is written through a series of emails between the characters and this really does make for entertaining reading.

Iris’s older sister called Jade, is totally against the idea of her blog being published and the emails between her and Smith are pleasurable reading as they become friends with one another, sharing the mutual pain of losing Iris and confiding in each other.

The story is a poignant and tender tale that really engages the readers attention. Also the unique style with how it is written, with the emails and random stories that pop up, showing the other changes and difficulties that the characters face is really interesting.

Also the way that Iris faces her own immortality really does make for heartbreaking reading as she faces her death, whether that’s through the medium of words or diagrams.

A captivating story of love and friendship and the tentative steps of starting over, ‘When You Read This’ is an original story with an unique narrative that made for lovely reading.

You can buy ‘When You Read This’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Swap By Fiona Mitchell

The Swap‘The Swap’ is Fiona Mitchell’s second novel.

When two strangers, Tess and Annie, undergo IVF at an American clinic, their embryos are mixed up and each woman gives birth to the wrong child. The women only discover the devastating error three years later. Tess wants to swap the children back; Annie doesn’t. As the pair wrangle, neither of them expect what unfolds.

‘The Swap’ is a story that is very parents nightmare when two couples find put that the child that they carried through to birth, is not theirs.

The story is seen through the perspective of both mothers, Tess in England and Annie in America, when they discover that their embryos were switched and they both ended up with each other’s child.

Tess, has always found it hard to love Freddie, her three year old is bold, violent and prone to causing mayhem at every social gathering. He’s the complete opposite to her other children and she finds it almost a relief to discover that her child is actually the little girl that she always dreamed off. When, Annie discovers that her little girl Willow, is not hers, it was always something she feared as Willow was so different to herself and her husband Carl.

Both parents have to come face to face with each other and meet the child that they always wanted and decide what their future is to be.

This story is a difficult tale to read. It’s heartbreaking to read as both mothers struggle with the possibility of losing the child that they know as well as struggle with wanting the child that is biologically theirs.

The story is sensitively written and explains the background of the characters to help the reader understand, why they came to this point in their lives, particularly Tess as she has faced some terrible demons in her life and is really struggling with the situation. Whereas Annie, is a bit more rational in the circumstances.

With a shocking storyline and fascinating characters, ‘The Swap’ is a deeply moving tale that makes for poignant and complex reading.

You can pre-order The Swap from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th September 2019.

Mike Gayle Reveals New Book – Half A World Away

Half A World WayMike Gayle has revealed his new book for 2019 called, ‘Half A World Way’.

What the back cover says –

Kerry Hayes knows exactly who she is: a single mum, a cleaner and Mariah Carey’s biggest fan.

Noah Martineau thinks he knows who he is: a successful barrister, with a wife, daughter and big house in Primrose Hill.

Strangers with nothing in common.

Strangers living worlds apart.

But it wasn’t always this way…and Noah and Kerry are about to discover just who they really are

Sounds like anothe incredibly moving and uplifting new novel from the author of ‘The Man I Think I Know’.

You can pre-order Half a World Away from Amazon and will be available from good bookshops from 13th June 2019.

The Man I Think I Know By Mike Gayle

The Man I Think I Know‘The Man I Think I Know’ is the latest book by Mike Gayle.

Whatever happens to those kids at school who are always being tipped to be stars in adult life? Danny Morgan and James McManus – rivals for top honours in everything throughout their school years in Birmingham. Whatever their friends and teachers might have expected, neither Danny nor James is currently running the country. Depressed and unemployed, Danny is facing an ultimatum from his girlfriend Maya: if he doesn’t get out and get a job, she’s leaving. It was an accident that changed James’s life and now he is looked after affectionately by his parents. But his sister Martha believes that the role of full-time carers is destroying their lives – and infantilising her brother. She suggests that James should go into a respite home while her parents take a break. The respite home, as it turns out, where Danny has just got a job. What is the path that has brought these two people to this unexpected place, and where will it take them next?

When it comes to stories of new beginnings, friendship and starting over, Mike Gayle is an absolute pro at this and in his latest book ‘The Man I Think I Know’, we meet two very different men who share an exceptional bond.

Danny Allen is a gifted man who excelled at school, from a poor background, his family were so proud of him and thought he was going to make something of his life. But, tragically things don’t work out and Danny finds himself, unemployed, single and alone. Like Danny, James has an exciting future ahead of him but an accident rips him off of his independence and mentality and he finds himself struggling in life, wanting much more but unable to achieve it. Tried of his mother cutting up his dinner, he runs into Danny and remembers him from school and asks him to become his carer and help him take some of his life back.

I loved this story, it’s a tender tale of friendship between two men trying to make better lives for each other but faced with struggles along the way.

The story is cleverly seen through the narrative of both men and gives a great insight into their thoughts. Danny is a lovely man, he’s kind with a heart of gold but has faced so many problems, he’s become accustomed to failure and feels like he’s useless. But when he meets James, he gives him responsibility and a purpose. James is a smart and frustrated man, with once a bright future, he struggles to communicate with people and longs for the life that was cruelly taken away from him.

Between the two of them, they form a strong bond, a need and a responsibility to help each other lead a happier and more fulfilling life. Their moments together are delightfully funny and tender as they share moments and help each other along.

This is a beautifully written story about friendship and independence. Riddled with frustation, dermination and humour along the way, this book is a story of two broken souls who find solace and comfort in each other’s pain, but manage to come out the other side stronger and happier. A thoughtful and reflective tale about male friendships, their insecurities and heartbreak along the way. A wonderful story from start to finish.

You can pre-order The Man I Think I Know from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th April 2018.