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The Art Of Creativity By Susie Pearl

The Art Of Creativity ‘The Art Of Creativity’ is the latest book by self help coach Susie Pearl.

After 20 years working with some of the most creative people on the planet, writer and business coach Susie Pearl has unearthed the habits of highly creative people and takes you on a journey to unlock your own inner stream of creativity. Over the course of this easy-to-follow guide, you will learn to take risks with your inner artist, ignore critics, release blocks and get into daily creative habits in order to build better projects, ideas and artistic collaborations, and unearth creative solutions and innovations.

One of my resolutions for this year was to write and complete a story. I’ve written 2 completed stories that unfortunately came to nothing and my desktop is littered with starts, middles and ends of ideas that transpired to nothing.

This helpful book which was a short and quirky read, was filled to the brim offering advice and insights on how to improve your creativity, harnessing it through mind mapping, journaling and meditation as well the simply basic needs of a healthy diet and good sleep.

I found this book to be a really useful tool and came at the right for me, as I’m struggling with my own writing, not the idea creation side but the finding time to right and the stepping out of my comfort zone and approaching people looking for feedback.

Sue helps address these issues in a friendly and relatable manner, offering guidance with useful exercises that encourages the reader to flex their creativity minds and to take a step further with their life desires. The book also includes useful tools and apps, that will help the reader with mind mapping, journaling and I found myself throughout the book noting down app names to use.

This vibrant book was a great information outlet and I think it will also be one that I’ll regularly be returning to for reference. With facts, exercises and achievable goals, ‘The Art of Creativity’ is a fantastic motivational tool for people who want to embark on a new project and are uncertain as to where to begin.

You can buy ‘The Art Of Creativity’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Degrees Of Guilt By HS Fields

Degrees Of Guilt‘Degrees of Guilt’ is HS Fields debut novel.

Maria is on trial for attempted murder. She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead. Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate. She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out. You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent. You will be wrong.

I’ve really come to enjoy Helen Fields writing over the years, with her DI Callanach series, so when a new book was released called ‘Degrees Of Guilt’ by Orion Publishing, I was curious to see what this court room drama had to offer. I started reading it on Saturday morning and didn’t put down until it was finished, as it was a bloody brilliant book.

The story is seen from two perspectives. It starts with Maria Bloxham phoning the police to tell them that she has killed her husband. Her husband, Dr Edward Bloxhom is a highly regarded consultant on environmental issues with a huge following, but he survived her attack with life changing injuries and Maria has been charged with attempted murder. The perspective is from Lottie, a young married mother who has been called for jury service on this complex case. She’s looking for more in her life than to be recognised as a mother and wife and finds herself relating to Maria in some ways. But as the story develops and Maria’s life is revealed, the jury finds themselves conflicted with their emotions and morals and unable to agree on their verdicts. It’s within this jury that Lottie meets Cameron, a passionate and outspoken man who brings out a new side in Lottie and has left her questioning the life that she’s currently leading.

Maria was a character that I felt a huge amount of empathy and sympathy towards. A deeply unhappy woman who thought she had found her Prince Charming over twenty years ago and instead was subject to years of emotional and psychological abuse with no one to confide in and reach out to. When she finally thought she was free from his grasp, she felt relief but instead was then subject to intense interrogation questioning her sanity in a crowded court where people are judging her.

There are so many reasons that I enjoyed this book, the story is cleverly weaved with two very different women, one the defendant and the other in the jury but both ultimately looking are for the same things in life. I loved Maria, she’s a strong woman, a voice for the people out there who have been subject to abuse and finally decided this was her time and she didn’t really matter what her future held as long as it didn’t feature Edward.

An addictive story of revenge and justice, ‘Degrees Of Guilt’, is a deeply dark and thrilling story that grips the reader from the very first sentence.

You can buy ‘Degrees Of Guilt’ from Amazon as an ebook and will be available from good bookshops from 5th September 2019.