Author Interview at Christmas

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I’m so excited to be hosted by Don Massenzio today on his site at 

https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/author-don-massenzio/blog/

Thanks for all your support this year. There’s still time to treat a student to a book!

Peace and joy at this wonderful time of the year.

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Christmas Gift

Are you stuck for gift ideas? Then I have a solution…

Give an empowering read to the young women & students in your life. A reviewer recommended the novel ‘What If I Go?’ like this:

on June 6, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This is a book that everyone should read. Part of me wanted to say that every girl should read it, every Christian should read it, every college student should read it, every parent should read it… but the truth is that there is a lesson for everyone in this book and its tragic, painful, and raw with emotion.

What If I Go? Is a roller coaster coming-of-age novel about a young woman named Grace. Kind, innocent Grace only wants to pursue her education and her dreams in the UK—but she wouldn’t mind finding love along the way. Fortunately for her, she does find it in a seductive young man named Zul. Unfortunately … Zul is the last person she should surrender her heart to.

In this painfully honest story, audiences watch Grace’s life spiral out of control as she makes one bad decision after another. Innocence is tainted, light becomes darkness, trust is betrayed, and hope destroyed as our protagonist fights a string of battles and loses—repeatedly. Sex, drugs, alcohol, and abuse are just a few of the problems Grace finds herself tangled up in. The sad part of this story is that things never really get better for Grace. She is a completely lost cause and we are forced to sit and watch and hope that she can somehow make it out of her circumstances. Even more painful… this is not an uncommon tale.

My heart goes out to our protagonist and especially to our wonderful author for bringing this story to light in its painful, raw truth. This book was written incredibly well with a gifted hand. I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to read and review it.
I would recommend this book to mature readers and those who enjoy coming-of-age tales.

The very depressing truth is that Grace is not a special case. How many young adults venture off expecting to find love and success and are instead handed a plate of worms? I believe there is a little bit of Grace in all of us—a gentle light hoping for more, trusting a little too much, believing in every smile we see. Sometimes we allow ourselves to get hurt by being too nice. I’m not sure if that makes us or the world sad but it’s the truth.’

Thanks! Order on Amazon:

Empowerment Through Self-Expression

Coming soon! There’s a month to wait but… You maybe interested to know that an extract from the beginning of my novel, ‘What If I Go?’ outlining the dangers from gangs of sexual abuse for students, is to be published online at ‘The Voices Project’ on 10th October. Please go to their wonderful site here-

http://www.thevoicesproject.org/

The Voices Project is a non-judgemental venue for women, and also men, to express their personal stories and observations through poetry/prose to promote social change. The hope is to bring the voices of these individuals forward, providing a creative pathway leading to growth and empowerment, and in turn affecting everything within their lives. Although our main focus is on women’s literature, we do publish (and celebrate!) the voices of men, as it’s important we are all a part of the conversation and mission.

 

If you could direct traffic that way then abuse survivors could gain from the empathy found there. Thank-you!

Q & A session with the Bookworm Girl

 

Many thanks to the Bookworm Girl an awesome book blogger who hosted me and the novel, What If I Go? here-

http://bit.ly/2tDzFzq

The questions were interesting and were great to reflect upon in my writer journey. Hopefully, I have inspired others to put pen to paper. The novel is aimed at empowering women.

For all those who ask, ..’but what can I do?’ over difficult circumstances or tragic events then my answer might just be, ‘Why not write about it?’

Raising awareness is sometimes all we can do to help traumatic situations. Signposting vulnerable people and victims to support organisations that deal with sensitive issues such as grooming and sexual exploitation is satisfying. At the end of the book there are pages dedicated to victims giving the contact details of helpful organisations for support.

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New Adult Book Review-The Healing process was Slow & Long

My thanks go to fellow author Magdel Roets from South Africa. I appreciate her time and care.

Her review said …’Polly White leaves us with the hope that there is always a way out and that turning back to the Lord God, trusting Him and leaving everything in His capable hands, is the way to total restoration. What If I Go is a story that has a distinct warning and a message of joy awaiting on the other side of trouble.’

See here for full details- http://amzn.to/2udw8Hz

Please consider downloading for a student.

 

 

An Amazing Book Review!

My heartfelt thanks go to Valicity Garris who posted a marvellous review of ‘What If I Go?’ 20 DAYS AGO!

Please see under ‘honest and emotional’ http://www.therebelchristian.com/book-reviews/

Sorry, I’m so late giving my heartfelt thanks. Put it down to a crazy, heat haze that’s just clearing. However, I do really appreciate the time of reviewers amongst their busy schedule.

All good things go to those who wait…

I am sooooo happy! Not bad for a debut? Please go ahead and check the novel out for your friends and family.

Also, please visit Valicity for more sound advice.

https://www.facebook.com/people/Valicity-Garris/100001477640570

Bank Holiday Fun!

I trust your bank holiday was fun and as productive like mine. See where I was made most welcome as a guest author here-

http://bit.ly/2qszIN3

Our family cooked on the BBQ and did some healthy eating, mostly! This amazing book cover on an icing sheet was ordered online, when the book first came out. I sent some of that cake to a friend through the post. Unfortunately, there was no pattern remaining when it arrived so she was a little bamboozled! Haha! You can but try to spread the love.20170203_212949

Meeting the Story Reading Ape is recommendable!

After a stormy start the sun is shining on my novel. I am very happy to have had some valuable coverage on The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. Chris has been most generous to include me as his guest author. Authors, join me on this sociable book site? See my inclusion over the bank holiday, below-

http://bit.ly/2qszIN3

Chris has made it easier for me to raise awareness of actual crime happening on the UK’s streets. Let’s disrupt the predatory grooming of young women by empowering them to spot the signs. I appreciate your help. See what I mean in local paper this weekend-

http://dailym.ai/2r4MNL8

Readers, try downloading a book that Chris is promoting?

 

 

Book Review/author contribution

My heartfelt thanks for having me go to Lisa at-

Rambling Lisa’s Book Reviews

She’s looking for more writers to contribute to her guest post. She also loves poetry so, if you are like me and need to find your readers then why don’t you check out her site below.

http://bit.ly/2ry9e8Y

Unfortunately the sexual exploitation of girls like Grace in What If I Go? are based on true stories recently televised on the BBC in the UK. See this weeks Three Girls drama series and the newspaper report following the showing here:

http://bit.ly/2qydd7D

Stay safe! Raise awareness.

Old fashioned fruit cake treat!

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This Christening cake has been under construction since November. I’m happy to have finished it for a real deadline. There have been layers involved similar to those techniques required in creative writing. Polishing involved several editing tasks; things seen and unseen. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating…

The baby it was made for is only six months older than the cake that was definitely designed with parents in mind. This fruit is laced with rum so will deliver a kick! I’m making healthier puffed rice nibbles for the little ones, fear not.

The daisies are edible and sweet indicative of the young life they represent. Yay!

My debut novel for New Adults is less palatable, maybe? My next writing recipe includes short stories. To make them palatable or tasty? That is the question.

Reality may well prioritise. I don’t want to induce sickness but good health.