#ThrowbackThursday #BookReview The Grayson Trilogy by Georgia Rose @GeorgiaRoseBook


For several years I wrote a book blog and accumulated reviews of some really good reads. I saw on Twitter that Renee at It’s Book Talk started using the #ThrowbackThursday meme as a way to share books that are old favourites or have been waiting to be read for a long time. I decided to visit my old book reviews and re-post my favourites here on 3sixtyfiveblog for #ThrowbackThursday.

So far I’ve included:

An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns

Kings and Queens by TerryTyler

Blood-Tied by Wendy Percival

Make a Joyful Noise by Jenny Worstall

Everybody Lies by Julia Hughes

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

The Heartfelt Series by Adrienne Vaughan

and Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro.

This week it’s The Grayson Trilogy by Georgia Rose

The Grayson Trilogy is a very readable set of romances with thriller overtones.

From the Amazon book description

Meet Emma Grayson, heroine of The Grayson Trilogy, a series of mysterious and romantic adventure stories. ‘The gun continued to be levelled at me. “Answer it…but don’t tell him I’m here or he’ll get to listen to you die.” That concentrated my mind considerably, and as I reached for my phone I came up with a plan…’ Emma Grayson was left devastated when her life was torn apart by tragedy and betrayal. Now someone believes it’s time for her to start again and puts an advert for a job through her door which leads her to the Melton Estate. Despite her desire for a solitary existence she finds herself discovering a life she could never have imagined, challenging her independence, her fears and her resistance to love. ‘An entertaining romance with a fascinating twist. Highly recommended and a RED RIBBON winner.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards.

My Review from Indie Bookworm

The Grayson Trilogy by Georgia Rose comprises
Book 1: A Single Step
Book 2: Before the Dawn
Book 3: Thicker Than Water

I read each book in The Grayson Trilogy one after the other as I was enjoying the series so much.

Emma Grayson is a complex personality. Her back story is very emotional and poignant and the author explores this with great sensitivity.

Author Georgia Rose has created in Emma an interesting character whose love life across all three books has so many wonderful ups and downs.

Her romantic attachment is enhanced by the exciting thriller into which her love story is woven. Trent, the leading man, is a complex character too. He has as many hang-ups as Emma and the author takes her time over all three novels to reveal the explanations for his behaviours.

Emma and Trent dominate the novels but there is a large supporting cast too.
The main characters and all the subsidiary characters develop well as the series progresses.

It’s easy to keep track of who’s who and what’s what as the three books evolve.
The author references back to previous main story points so that a reader who picks up one of the books out of sequence will know what’s going on. However, this is done with a light touch and doesn’t get in the way for readers who are following through sequentially.

I liked the horsey setting which I found unusual and interesting and life on “The Manor” is certainly different and filled with surprises.

Although there is the predictability about the ending associated with this genre there are some plot developments and revelations about key characters which are completely unexpected and these bring the series to a very satisfying conclusion.

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#ThrowbackThursday #BookReview Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro @ClucianaLuciana

For several years I wrote a book blog and accumulated reviews of some really good reads. I saw on Twitter that Renee at It’s Book Talk started using the #ThrowbackThursday meme as a way to share books that are old favourites or have been waiting to be read for a long time. I decided to visit my old book reviews and re-post my favourites here on 3sixtyfiveblog for #ThrowbackThursday.

So far I’ve included:

An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns

Kings and Queens by TerryTyler

Blood-Tied by Wendy Percival

Make a Joyful Noise by Jenny Worstall

Everybody Lies by Julia Hughes

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

and The Heartfelt Series by Adrienne Vaughan.

This week it’s Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro.

Accursed Women is a fascinating collection of classical short stories told with originality and imagination.

From the Amazon book description

Five stories, five women, five legends.

Phaedra, a Minoan princess, marries out of duty and to safeguard her precious home. She falls in love with Hippolytos, her husband’s son and asks the Goddess Aphrodite for help. He spurns her affections.

The Trojan War, one of history’s greatest stories ever told. What if the legend as told is wrong? History is told by the victors, and facts changed to twist the truth. Is it possible Helen of Sparta never went to Troy?

Hera, Queen of the Gods, is the most powerful goddess on Mount Olympos. For the first time ever in a candid interview, Hera shares what it’s like to be a goddess and wife to Zeus, the King of the Gods.

Created by the gods as a gift to humanity, Pandora is the first woman on Earth. Did she know what Zeus intended when he presented an urn as a wedding dowry to her husband? Neither she nor Epimetheus knew what it contained, but they were told never to open it.

All Medousa wanted was a life of love and acceptance but one fateful night it changed. While she’s alone in the Temple of Athene tending to the sacred fire, Poseidon pays a visit. No human can stop an immortal from taking what they want.

My Review from Indie Bookworm

Luciana Cavallaro is the author of a series of short stories about the lives of five amazing women from Ancient Greek History. I read the first one, Aphrodite’s Curse, several weeks ago and enjoyed it so much I downloaded the complete series, Accursed Women.

I’ve just finished reading the collection and re-read Aphrodite’s Curse, which is the death-bed memoir of princess Phaedra in which she reflects on her own life and describes the events of the day. I think I enjoyed it even more than on the first reading especially for its detailed background.

The second story is the life of Helen as told to a self-styled professional historian who visits Helen towards the end of her life and records a whole new version of events leading up to the wooden horse of Troy saga. Helen comes over as a really strong character who is determined to tell her story to posterity and set the record straight about what she regards as a distorted reality. Whether the author is making this up or not I don’t know but it makes for a very readable and engaging story.

The style for the third story, A Goddess’ Curse, is a complete contrast and a big surprise. It combines the ancient and the modern, the mythical with reality and works really well. I think this is my favourite story in the collection: it’s informative and insightful but entertaining and amusing. The goddess Hera gives a candid interview to daytime chat show host, Drake Drabbler. She shares what it’s like to be a goddess and wife to Zeus, the King of the Gods. Drabbler thinks that his exclusive interview with Queen Hera is a cert for a daytime TV award but he gets a lot more than he bargains for!

Boxed in a Curse is a fresh take on the well-known story of Pandora’s Box. When two precocious children ask their grandfather for a story he’s got a good one up his sleeve which seems to have more than a little relevance to their own lives.

Everyone must have heard of Medousa, the hideous Gorgon with the human face and snakes instead of hair who will turn you into stone if you look into her eyes. In the final story, Cursed by Treachery, Luciana Cavallaro explains how Medousa becomes this terrifying monster and by the end of the story, amazingly, the reader is full of sympathy for Medousa’s plight.

All the stories are well written and packed with information. They are highly readable and entertaining. I’m sure if school Classics lessons had been this interesting I would have paid more attention. Well done author Luciana Cavallaro for bringing such originality to some very ancient tales.

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Crime pays!

crime scene

Recent articles in The Guardian and The Telegraph reported that for the first time crime novels and psychological thrillers are outselling other types of fiction.

According to figures unveiled in April at the London Book Fair by Nielsen BookScan, 18.7 million crime and thriller books were sold in 2017. This was almost a 20% increase from 2015. The large number of TV crime dramas is credited with fuelling this upsurge. For example, The Telegraph identifies Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard among the books topping the best-seller lists last year. The novel was first published in 2013 but re-issued to tie in with a BBC adaptation starring Emily Watson.

Popular crime writer Sophie Hannah explains  in The Guardian that it’s no mystery that crime is the biggest-selling genre in books. Crime, writes Hannah, is the only genre that puts puzzle-solving – making sense of what the hell’s going on – at the centre of everything. It’s closest to our core motivation, as we blindly stumble through life, needing but never being given all the answers.

Of all the books Michael and I have published, his crime novel A Single To Filey has been far and away our best selling title. Published in 2015, the novel was an Amazon Number 1 Best Seller in British Detectives and for two consecutive months received a Kindle Allstars award for its huge popularity with readers.

In case you like reading crime fiction and haven’t read A Single To Filey, here’s an introduction.

Body found (3)

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”?

Body found (7)

A Single To Filey has received well over two hundred reader reviews on Amazon. These are copied from the sidebar on the bookpage.

stephen sheppard
5.0 out of 5 starsGood Stuff
Excellent read…couldn’t put it down now…watch out for this author and Tony Forward. settings, characters timings all v.good
10/10 +
Published 7 months ago

5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
Hope there are some more in this series soon
Published 9 months ago

Discerning reader.
5.0 out of 5 starsA great read!
I really enjoyed this book, and hope that there will be another Tony Foreward novel before long. It was very hard to put down!
Published 1 year ago

Heather B39
5.0 out of 5 starsLots of twists
Never guessed the outcome at all! Really enjoyed the story look forward to reading more of authors books. Great read.
Published 1 year ago

Body found (11)

You can read lots more reviews and a good sized free sample on the Amazon bookpage for A Single To Filey. And it’s only £1.99 and available in Kindle Unlimited too.

You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books.

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What’s the longest novel you’ve ever read?


I’m thinking a lot about Leefdale at the moment which is 303800 words long. That’s 853 Kindle pages or 540 single spaced A4 pages. This, I’m sure you’ll agree, is a substantial piece of work! But not the longest novel I’ve ever read.

When I was younger I loved Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and had a well-read paperback copy that included all three books in one volume. I read it several times over the years and eventually it fell to bits.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is 455125 words long.

That’s slightly longer than another favourite: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind – 418053 words

Anthony Powell’s A Dance To The Music of Time is the longest novel I’ve ever read with slightly less than one million words. But it’s published as 12 separate books even though they’re all connected. Does that count as one novel? I didn’t think of it as one whole novel when I was reading the 12 volumes but it must be as it’s included in The 10 Longest Novels Ever and List of longest novels. 

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is 401905 words long and I enjoyed reading every one of them.

And, of course, there’s War and Peace with 587287 words but the less said about them, the better!

There’s an interesting article on the Indefeasible Blog which lists Great Novels and Word Count. Some of the most highly regarded classics are rather short!

For example, Lord of the Flies by William Golding – 59900 words

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – 49459 words. Not much more than a novella!

If, like me, you enjoy a big read you can try the free sample of Leefdale on the Amazon website if you click the Look Inside feature on the book cover image.  The special launch price of 99c/99p continues for another couple of weeks.

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Why give a book five stars?


I usually read with my Kindle although occasionally I still read paper books.

Sometimes I use the Kindle app on my iPad. I  often post comments about books I’ve read on the Amazon book page and on Goodreads but only for books that I think deserve four or five stars.

I expect that any ebook I’m going to read will be correctly formatted and if it isn’t I don’t download it. I expect that the ebook will have been rigorously proof read and if it hasn’t then I don’t download it either.

It’s easy to tell if the ebook is of a good technical standard if you read a few pages of the free sample.

I always read the free sample of an ebook before downloading so now rarely start reading an ebook I don’t enjoy. And if I’m not enjoying reading it, I stop. Life’s too short to spend time reading books that are not compelling – apart from War and Peace which I’ve been trying to read for years and am determined to finish one day.

And that’s my main reason for five stars: compelling.














and credible.

In other words:

I had difficulty putting the book down to go and do other things;

I kept thinking about the book while I was away from it;

I continued to think about the book once I’d finished reading it.

A four star book will have the same technical high standard and also be a good read but it won’t have that wow! factor which keeps the book buzzing in the reader’s mind when the Kindle is switched off.

I’ve read lots of excellent novels, short stories and novellas by self-published writers.

Certainly in the first months of owning a Kindle (back in early 2012) I downloaded some books that weren’t presented well enough and several that didn’t appeal to my reading tastes particularly when I was carried away by the large numbers of books being offered for free. However, I’ve rarely paid for an ebook that I haven’t gone on to finish and enjoy reading. And the technical standard of self-published ebooks now is as good as traditionally published books. In fact, some trad published back catalogue books are very poor in terms of formatting and don’t justify their often over-inflated prices.

It’s worth remembering that ebooks are subject to VAT at 20% in the UK compared with print books which are zero rated.

0% VAT for print books is right but it should be the same for ebooks. When you’re buying an ebook it’s worth knocking off the VAT and you’ll probably find what good value for money some of them are.

All my Amazon reviews are on my profile page and here are direct links to my 10 most recent five star books.

Whisperings and Wonderings: The Grumblings of a Gargoyle
by Lynn Gerrard
Link: http://amzn.eu/fppHGR0

A Surprise for Maureen
by Jonathan Hill
Link: http://amzn.eu/4Zzl1DO

Patient Zero: Post-Apocalyptic Short Stories
by Terry Tyler
Link: http://amzn.eu/8CFlAy0

Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938, Ninth Revised Edition
by Stephen E. Ambrose et al.
Link: http://amzn.eu/aFBXKDb

The Vanishing Game
by William Boyd
Link: http://amzn.eu/9rujJiC

The Malice of Angels: Esme Quentin Mystery
by Wendy Percival
Link: http://amzn.eu/4mUow7E

The Labyrinthine Journey (Servant of the Gods Book 2)
by Luciana Cavallaro
Link: http://amzn.eu/cuASeii

Parallel Lies
by Georgia Rose
Link: http://amzn.eu/6WexvGc

Girl in the Castle: a girl, a castle, a ghost – fall in love with a highlander
by Lizzie Lamb
Link: http://amzn.eu/9SB1HBq

Baby Dear: a gripping psychological thriller
by Linda Huber
Link: http://amzn.eu/11kg97z

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Do you read ebooks or paper?


We were talking to a friend the other day who doesn’t read ebooks.

He got quite heated in defence of paper. He seemed to think it was an either / or question. Which it isn’t.

We read ebooks and we read paper books.

However, here are some good reasons to include ebooks in your options if you don’t read them already.

You can read a free sample of any book you’re interested in before you commit to paying for it or investing your time in it. The sample is a lot longer than the number of pages you would probably be able to read for free in a book shop. Although, of course, if you’ve still got access to a public library you can read the whole book for free. That’s assuming the library has the title you’re interested in on their shelves.

With an ebook you can make the font size bigger so you won’t need reading glasses any more.

An ereader is light and easy to carry around. It will hold hundreds of books and is fantastic when you go away visiting or on holiday as there are no restrictions on the amount of books you can take with you.

The battery on my Kindle lasts for about fifteen hours if you turn off the wifi and it’s easy to re-charge quickly.

There’s an integral dictionary in the Kindle which is easy to use and very convenient.

One of the great thing about ebooks is that new ones are always available.

Not only can you download them from your favourite ebook retailer at all hours of day and night and on every day of the year but you don’t have to wait for a re-print of a runaway bestseller either.

One night we watched the third episode of BBC4’s Bright Lights, Brilliant Minds: A Tale of Three Cities written and presented by the uber-cool, stunningly articulate Dr. James Fox. The final city to be explored was New York in 1951: Marlon Brando, Jackson Pollock, Thelonious Monk and Jack Kerouac featuring prominently in the programme which ended at 10pm. We were talking about the programme for about half an hour before acknowledging that neither of us had read Kerouac’s apparent masterpiece On the Road. A couple of clicks later we were being mesmerised by the opening sentences and an Amazon One-Click after that and we were both in possession of the book. And were well on the way to putting right a great omission in our joint literary education.

If you don’t want to buy a Kindle or other ereader, you can get a free Kindle app for your iPad, phone, laptop or whichever device you have. There are more details about this in You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books on my Cabbage and Semolina Blog with some great quotes about ebooks.

Whether you read ebooks, paper books or both you might be interested in some of the facts in Do you still read fiction?

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7 Favourite Howards End Quotes

E M Forster

We loved the BBC adaptation of Howards End which concluded on Sunday evening.

First published in 1910, E.M. Forster’s literary masterpiece is bursting with quotables.

I hope you enjoy these:

While her lips talked culture, her heart was planning to invite him to tea.

cup of tea
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To trust people is a luxury in which only the wealthy can indulge; the poor cannot afford it.

guitar case
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All men are equal – all men, that is, who possess umbrellas.

image credit: https://pixabay.com/en/umbrella-landscape-red-winter-2418413/

She must be assured that it is not a criminal offence to love at first sight.

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What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?

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Do they care about Literature and Art? That is the most important when you come to think of it. Literature and Art. Most important.

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A funeral is not death, any more than baptism is birth or marriage union. All three are the clumsy devices, coming now too late, now too early, by which Society would register the quick motions of man.

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What’s the most popular fruit in book titles?

Writing about my new top fruits started me thinking of books I’d read with fruit in the title.

I could only think of six:

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov

Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Looks like Oranges and Peaches are the most popular fruits on my bookshelf.

What about yours?

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