Tall, Dark and Kilted by Lizzie Lamb

I read Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb some months ago. It's a well written and very amusing romance novel and I had high hopes that Tall, Dark and Kilted would be the same. In fact, Tall, Dark and Kilted is even better and I really enjoyed reading it.

Tall, Dark and Kilted is a contemporary romance novel set in the Highlands of Scotland with two main characters, Fliss and Ruairi. Fliss works as a holistic therapist and dreams of having her own therapy centre. When an opportunity to re-locate to the Highlands is offered she grabs it with both hands.

Ruari Urquhart is the Laird of Kinloch Mara. Well, he would be with a name like that, wouldn't he? He's handsome and sexy but unfortunately he's not in favour of the therapy centre or Fliss' new role there.

Fliss decides that she will have to make Ruari change his opinion of her and get the therapy centre off the ground despite his opposition. From its opening pages in Notting Hill to the wonderful Highland setting, the novel is a delightfully funny account of Fliss' efforts and Ruari's reactions.

In addition to the lovely scenery (and I don't just mean the mountains), there's a lively and page turning plot; engaging and well developed supporting characters; and an abundance of humour.

I particularly liked the dialogue between Fliss and Ruari which sizzles with undercurrents of attraction and annoyance in equal measure. Mostly I was supporting Fliss as she struggles to achieve her life's ambition and is periodically thwarted by the self-centredness of some of the other characters.

Lizzie Lamb has done a great job in exploring the relationships between the various characters and woven their stories together in a lively and engaging romantic comedy. The book has a great, and unexpected, ending and definitely gets five stars from me.

You can find details of Tall, Dark and Kilted by Lizzie Lamb in the Amazon Kindle Store where you can sample and download the book.

You might also be interested in my review of Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb which is here if you click this link.

Lizzie Lamb has a web site and blog which is here if you click this link.


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It's been a while since I went on a trip round the blogs of some of my favourite authors.

Today I've found three gems ....

I love Jonathan Hill's 100 WORD REVIEWS of books, theatre, film, comedy, television and music. Jonathan is the author of two collections of Drabbles - short stories written in exactly 100 words so he's a master of the form. His reviews are honest, succinct and entertaining; the recent crop includes the touring production of To Kill a Mockingbird which has delighted audiences all round the country since the start of the tour last year at the open air theatre in Regent's Park. We saw To Kill a Mockingbird at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds earlier this year and loved the production too. It's ending the tour at The Barbican and is well worth seeing.

Jonathan is the author of the hilarious 'Maureen' novellas and the widely acclaimed novel 'FAG'. Details of all Jonathan Hill's books are on his author page at Amazon and his website.

After considerable research, Saskia Tepe wrote the intimate and moving 'Surviving Brigitte's Secrets: A Holocaust Survivor. Her Daughter. Two Traumatic Journeys'. It's an extraordinary book which gives unique insights into a complex and emotional personal story. Some months after publication Saskia and her partner packed up and went travelling in the USA. Now she's writing an amazing blog documenting her experiences and new life. The latest episode in her exciting and very entertaining story is about a few days spent helping homesteaders and going white water rafting. You can find details of Saskia's wonderful memoir on her Amazon author page and read her blog at Saskia and Richard's Blog.

One of the best Family History blogs I know is written by mystery writer Wendy Percival. She's the author of the Esme Quentin mysteries 'Blood-Tied' and 'The Indelible Stain'. Her latest blog post at Family History Secrets is about her toxophilite ancestors and the conundrums of tracking them down. (No, I didn't know what toxophily was either!)

Family History Secrets can be found here and you can get details of the Esme Quentin mysteries by Wendy Percival at her Amazon author page.

Click a book title to read my review of:

Maureen Goes To Venice by Jonathan Hill

FAG by Jonathan Hill

Blood-Tied by Wendy Percival

The Indelible Stain by Wendy Percival

DCI Tony Forward - A Single To Filey

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Forward's hobby is directing amateur theatricals.

His latest production for the Sandleton-on-Sea Players is "The Cherry Orchard".

It's nearly midnight and he still hasn't completed the dress rehearsal. Then duty calls: a man with fatal head injuries has been discovered in a remote bay on the East Yorkshire coast.

The man's name is Mark Coulson and he's the Headteacher of a local primary school. But no-one seems able to explain why this respectable, professional man was at such an isolated spot so late at night. His wife is the most mystified of all.

Why were Mr Coulson's pockets empty? Sergeant Wilmott believes robbery was the motive. But if the killer had stolen Coulson's car keys why is his car still parked nearby?

Was Mr Coulson murdered by a jealous boyfriend or husband? That's what DC Diane Griffiths thinks. But Mr Coulson's Chair of Governors says he was a boring man whose only interest was his work.

With such a baffling case to solve how can DCI Forward find time for "The Cherry Orchard"?

"a very satisfying jigsaw of a whodunit" Amazon reviewer

Cabbage and Semolina

My mother-in-law, Rose Murray, lived until she was ninety eight years old. We often encouraged Rose to write her life's story. She was born in 1908 and, as she frequently reminded us, had lived through two world wars in the heart of London's East End. Aged about ninety two Rose started to record her memories but it was too late. She couldn't sustain the interest or the concentration; all she managed to capture was a short memoir about her childhood.

Rose's memoir is a fascinating document and it's such a pity that we didn't help her to write more of her reminiscences while she was able.

For many years I've been interested in family history. I've explored the twists and turns of most of the branches of our family tree. Reading Rose's memoir and thinking about her story made me decide that I would record some of my own recollections while I still could.

From Nylon Frocks and Cotton Socks to Carrier Bags and Nutty Slack, Cabbage and Semolina is a kaleidoscope of recollections and family stories drawn from a happy childhood in 1950s Britain.

Julia's Room by Michael Murray

Humiliated by a colleague.

Shocked by a stranger in a pub.

Will Alan ever feel the same about Julia again?


5* review 'Straightaway it plunges the reader into the murky world of journalism in the 70s.'

5* review 'the story has several twists before it gets to an unexpected ending.'

5* review 'an excellent short story'

5* review 'Set in the hey day of Fleet Street, at a time when women could be even more sexist than men, this was compelling reading. Fantastic characters who, frankly, deserve to have their own stories told. Dominating all was the narrator's obsession with the enigmatic, yet worldly Julia, who collects men's hearts as other women collect shoes. However, when a romance becomes too serious, Julia poses an all important question. Infatuated men are advised "to think carefully before you respond. Our future together depends on your answer." How can you not love this woman? Once again, effortless prose allows readers to enter the story, experience the heady atmosphere of a gossip hungry newspaper office, and stroll through London with the extremely likable - and lively - narrator. A flawless little gem that leaves you wanting more.'



5* review comments from Amazon readers.

Promote Your Kindle Books For Free With Just a Gmail Address and a Microphone by Gary McKraken

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I can't tell you the number of books and blogposts offering advice How To Promote and Market your Ebook I've read. Believe me, it's a lot! I recommended 5 good reads to help with your ebook promotion on one of my other blogs some while ago and I'm planning to add Promote Your Kindle Books For Free With Just a Gmail Address and a Microphone to my list.

This book doesn't mess about with padding. It's short and to the point and filled with clear step-by-step instructions supported by screenshots. Until I read this book I wasn't a user of Google Plus so I've had to start from scratch and this book gets you going.

However the main point of the book is to show you how to use your Gmail account with a microphone to make really interesting promotional material. Now I'm not yet sufficiently clued into Google Plus to put this into practice but I've walked my way through the instructions and can see how it will work.

What I've got out of the book already is this
which I would never have thought of doing without reading the book.

Which got me onto doing this

So, well done Gary McKraken for pointing out a great promotional opportunity and explaining how to take advantage of it.

It's fair to say that the book could do with a bit more proofreading but in finding new, FREE promotional opportunities this book is certainly useful.

I borrowed Promote Your Kindle Books For Free With Just a Gmail Address and a Microphone by Gary McKraken as part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription but its selling price is £1.99 which I wouldn't have begrudged if I'd paid it.

When I've figured out Google Plus a bit more I'll try Gary's other idea with Hangouts and let you know how I get on.

You can find details of Promote Your Kindle Books For Free With Just a Gmail Address and a Microphone by Gary McKraken in the Amazon Kindle Store.