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Blog tour: BElieve in YOUrself (BE YOU)

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Welcome to the blog tour for BElieve in YOUrself (BE YOU) by Lexi Rees More about the book… Want your child to be more focused, feel calmer, and increase their self-belief? This unique activity book is packed with fun, creative tasks, plus a wide variety of mindfulness strategies including ✓  visualisation exercises ✓  breathing techniques ✓  mindful arts and crafts  ✓  games to improve focus and concentration  ✓  mind and body detective skills Written by primary school teacher and founder of Mindful Mentors, Sasha Mullen, and best-selling author and tutor, Lexi Rees, this fully illustrated activity book provides children with the essential tools to be their best selves, every single day. More about the author… Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south. She writes action-packed adventures brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children.  Her fantasy adven

Blog tour: A Tiger Named Lee

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Welcome to the blog tour for A Tiger Named Lee by Sinéad Murphy . More about the book… Lee is a tiny tiger who lives with his Mum in the safety of his treetop house. There he feels safe from the dangers of the dark jungle below. But one wild stormy night, Lee and his Mum are thrown to the ground and Lee is forced to face his fears in order to help her. A Tiger named Lee tells the story of a timid little tiger who refuses to leave his tree-top perch and go down to the jungle floor for fear of what may lie there. However, he and his Mum are thrown from the tree on a stormy night and the little tiger has to overcome his fears. More about the author… Sinéad Murphy is an Irish author, television Director, and filmmaker. ' A Tiger Named Lee ' is Sinéad's debut picture book, published in 2021 by Tiny Tree Children's Books. Sinéad wrote ‘ A Tiger Named Lee ,’ for her young daughter to show her that it’s normal to have fears and worries and that help is always there if you ask

Blog tour: The Secret Keeper of Jaipur

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Welcome to the blog tour for The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi . More about the book… Henna artist Lakshmi arranges for her protégé, Malik, to intern at the Jaipur Palace in this tale rich in character, atmosphere, and lavish storytelling. It’s the spring of 1969, and Lakshmi, now married to Dr Jay Kumar, directs the Healing Garden in Shimla. Malik has finished his private school education. At twenty, he has just met a young woman named Nimmi when he leaves to apprentice at the Facilities Office of the Jaipur Royal Palace. Their latest project: a state-of-the-art cinema. Malik soon finds that not much has changed as he navigates the Pink City of his childhood. Power and money still move seamlessly among the wealthy class, and favours flow from Jaipur’s Royal Palace, but only if certain secrets remain buried. When the cinema’s balcony tragically collapses on opening night, blame is placed where it is convenient. But Malik suspects something far darker and sets out to uncover th

Blog tour: This Fragile Earth

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Welcome to the blog tour for This Fragile Earth by Susannah Wise , who kindly accepted to answer my questions about this book and beyond! Hi Susannah! First of all, I would like to congratulate you on the publication of This Fragile Earth ! Can you please briefly tell us what it is about? A: Thank you so much! It’s a very exciting time and I’m thrilled to be here and answering these questions with you. The novel is a deeply grounded science-fiction thriller with at its beating heart the very real love between a mother and son. In near-future London, utilities, water and all communications are suddenly cut off. Signy, a forty-something ex-composer and her six-year-old son Jed are worried, but Matthew her partner is less concerned. When something terrible happens, Signy and Jed flee the city and cycle 100 miles up the motorway to find her mother in a village in Northants. What they find there though, is not what they expect. Did you have the plot entirely figured out when you started wr

Blog tour: The High-Rise Diver

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Welcome to the blog tour for The High-Rise Diver by Julia Von Lucadou, translated from the German by Sharmila Cohen. More about the book… Riva is a “high-rise diver,” a top athlete with millions of fans, and a perfectly functioning human on all levels. Suddenly she rebels, breaking her contract and refusing to train. Cameras are everywhere in her world, but she doesn’t know her every move is being watched by Hitomi, the psychologist tasked with reining Riva back in. Unquestionably loyal to the system, Hitomi’s own life is at stake: should she fail to deliver, she will be banned to the “peripheries,” the filthy outskirts of society. For readers of  The   Handmaid’s Tale, The Circle , and  Brave New World , this chilling dystopia constructs a world uncomfortably close to our own, in which performance is everything. More about the author… Julia von Lucadou was born in Heidelberg in 1982. She studied film and theater at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and Victoria University of Wel

In conversation with... Cecily Blench

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Hi Cecily ! First of all, I would like to congratulate you on the publication of The Long Journey Home ! Can you please briefly tell us what it is about? A: Thank you! The novel follows the stories of Kate and Edwin, two English friends who meet in Rangoon, Burma, in 1941, just before the Japanese invasion. They become separated and Kate must flee on foot to India, along with many other refugees. In trying to find Edwin, she realises that she has also spent years trying to outrun the past, and that the only way to lay the dead to rest is to make peace with the living. Did you have the plot entirely figured out when you started writing the book or did it take an unexpected turn as the characters grew on the page? A: I had no idea where it was going! I began with the city of Rangoon (Yangon), which I visited in 2013, and imagined a young woman living there as war approached. I found the plot developing organically as I wrote. I really admire writers who can form a plot before writing, I

Blog tour: The Winter Song

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Welcome to the blog tour for The Winter Song by Saurav Dutt ! I was drawn to this book because of its Indian setting. Having visited Simla during my honeymoon, I was curious about a book set in that region. The author’s writing style is very rich and evocative and I wasn’t disappointed by its power to transport me to a cold and snowy North-Indian valley in the middle of an English heatwave! And I’ve learnt about an element of travelling to that part of the country, namely the drugs, which I was blissfully unaware of before. But let me share more details about this dark and intense novel… More about the book… From the acclaimed Author of 'The Butterfly Room' comes a powerful afterlife drama conveying how great gifts can be hidden in death and how they can bear fruit in our lives if we have the faith to let them unfold. Somewhere between the mountains and the mist in Simla, India a widower must reconcile himself to the loss and grief that haunts him after the recent death of his