Interview and giveaway: Win a pair of outlander inspired arm warmers by @Bibbles87


I am delighted to have been invited by my good friend Amanda of Go Book Yourself to write a bit about my personal blog Makeup and Beauty by Amy for you today.

Makeup and Beauty by Amy was an endeavor I started back in 2012. Originally it all started with many suggestions from friends and family alike to start a Youtube channel, where I could share with them my love for all things beauty and makeup related.

Book review: The Butterfly Shell by Maureen White. @OBrienPress


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Butterfly shell book review

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Thank you to The O'Brien Press for sending the review copy

“There are some things about me you should know:

I always wear my butterfly shell – even when I’m swimming or sleeping

I don’t hurt myself anymore

I believe in ghosts.”

Free Audio book: Download the Jungle book audio featuring Richard Grant for free to help wildlife under threat


Bill Bailey, Richard E Grant, Colin Salmon and Celia Imrie join host of talent in new audio adaptation of The Jungle Book to donate 25p per free download of new all-star audio adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book- The Mowgli Stories to ZSL

Guest post: How things have changed after the Watts riot by author @NormanEdelen


Go Book Yourself | 25/08/15

after a while you wonder book

In 1997, five former black Los Angeles police officers gather for lunch and begin reminiscing about their lives at the 77th Street Division during the 1960s. They remember the riots, the racism, and the discrimination. Two months before the Watts Riot of 1965, one of the officers, Carl Quincy "Q" Sanes, corroborated the testimony of a white officer who claimed the LAPD was racist. A few days after the conviction of O.J. Simpson in the civil suit for the wrongful death of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the men realize that the racial volatility of the City of Angels is still prevalent after three decades. After a While You Wonder if things will ever change

Raven's Tears: revised and expanded by A E Matson @zenstitcher


                   ravens tears book

A con turned cop. An urchin turned lady. Two webs of lies. One epic love.

Set in the fantasy world of Menelon, Sir Vincent Sultaire, the infamous "Raven," is serving his term of indenture to the City-State of Fernwall after his conviction for burglary and extortion. A young rakehell and playboy, he's discovering he's lost his heart to the beautiful and enigmatic Lady Angelique Blakesly, foreign-born baronness, widow, and devout member of the conservative Guardian Paladin church. A noblewoman whose earliest memories have been lost to the devastation and destruction of her homeland in the Great War, Angel's careful poise and reserve have been worn away by her playboy lover, and to her astonishment she finds he's somehow stolen her heart.

But all is not what it seems. Beneath the collar of his indenture, Raven's discovered how to play both ends of the law enforcement spectrum to his own interest and profit. And behind the carefully reserved appearance of the baronness is one of Fernwall's newest and most successful high-stakes burglars. The forces involved in the deceptions they maintain intersect in one of the most brilliantly executed thefts of all time. Sultaire is promoted put him in charge of the investigation, a thief set to catch a thief, while Angelique, mentally fragile and beholden to forces beyond her control, is desperate to keep him from learning the truth.

Book review: The Safe Word by Karen Long @KarenLongWriter


Go Book Yourself | Book review | 21/8/15

The safe word karen long book review

Published: January 2014
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Kindle

A copy of The Safe Word was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

The Safe Word
Grips its readers from the very first page. I was hooked right from the beginning. The first chapter was really different, but in a good way.

Eleanor Raven is not your typical murder mystery novel detective. She has a dark and rather erotic side. In her work she is top dog, always in control but in her private life she seems to want to surrender all of that control. This made for really interesting reading. I’d never read anything like this in a crime novel before.

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The psychic lure - Win a copy of Cant Fight Fate by @LisaNEdwards


cant fight fate Lisa n edwards

Can the words of a Psychic influence your thoughts? Your Choices? Your Destiny?

Nikki, an inspirited Aussie girl thought she had her life planned. GET A CAREER, FIND A MAN, START A FAMILY. Life seemed simple, until... accompanying her friend to a psychic changed her life forever. The psychic describes her soul mate. Mr Hollywood, a man with crystal green eyes.

Flash forward 17 years, Nikki's career as a Hollywood Entertainment Lawyer is taking off, and the Green Eyed man is standing in front of her. The words of the psychic are imprinted on her mind... "Remember he's nice to look at, nice to see, but if you chase him, he will flee..." So if she cannot chase him, and she cannot tell him what she knows. Will she ignore the warnings to get what she wants?

With her best friend, Siobhan, who is effectively her audacious and sassier alter ego, they navigate their way through the supposedly predestined life!

Nikki can try, but she Can’t Fight Fate.

#freebook : Man the F*ck up will be free on the 20th and 21st of August! @ManTheFckUpBook


Man the F*ck Up is a bedtime story for dating adults in today’s world, where chivalry in relationships is dead and there, sadly, is no fairy tale ending. Anyone who has ever been in a relationship needs to read this hilarious, honest and profane take on the state of modern day relationships. Author S. Kincaid’s bedtime spin on dating in the 21st century will have you laughing yourself to sleep. With Illustrations by Three Studio Team a perfect match to the humor, Man the Fuck Up it is definitely a conversation starter that should be read by all men and women in relationships everywhere!

Guest post: author Victoria Fraser on #writing "properly" @WindhoversEyrie



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After the Ball, Cinderella has a Very Busy Day. Having discovered the Prince is Anything But Charming, she leaves home for the City to Find A Lawyer and Sue her Step-Mother for the Return of her Father's Estate. On the way, she Finds True Love, has her Heart Broken, is a Victim of Mistaken Identity, discovers her True Love is True After All, and meets an Unexpected Ally in her Quest For Justice.

Includes seven full page colour illustrations

Interview and Giveaway: Diary of Her Disappearance by @lexinicolebirks



Riley Conner wasn’t worried about going through the woods. She had done it all school year and had forgotten about her earlier thoughts of being stalked. In her mind, she was safe, away from danger. But as soon as she heard a crunch of leaves and the familiar sense of another presence, all the stalker theories came tumbling back. She remembered trying to run, but being grabbed from behind. She had tried to break away, escape, but the second a warm cloth was pressed to her face, she knew it was over. In the struggle, the trees had swallowed her diary. She wondered now if anyone would ever find it, read it, realize how ignorant she was, and then decide she deserved to be kidnapped. Greg: Riley's missing. To me, she was a stranger. A girl whose name I didn't even recognize. But when I saw her picture and realized our pasts had once entwined, I knew I would have to find her.

Giveaway: Win an audio copy of A Game for all the Family by Sophie Hannah [UK and IE]


Justine thought she knew who she was, until an anonymous caller seemed to know better...

After fleeing London and a career that nearly destroyed her, Justine Merrison plans to spend her days doing as little as possible. But soon after the move, her daughter Ellen starts to seem strangely withdrawn. Checking Ellen's homework one day, Justine finds herself reading a chillingly articulate story about a series of sinister murders committed at the family's new house. Can Ellen really have made all this up, as she claims? Why would she invent something so grotesque, set it in her own home and name one of the characters after herself? When Justine discovers that Ellen has probably also invented her best friend at school, who appears not to be known to any of the teachers, Justine's alarm turns to panic.

Then the anonymous phone calls start: a stranger, making accusations and threats that suggest she and Justine share a traumatic past - yet Justine doesn't recognize her voice. When the caller starts to talk about three graves - two big ones and a smaller one for a child - Justine fears for her family's safety. If the police can't help, she'll have to confront the danger herself, but first she must work out who she's supposed to be...

Blog tour guest post by @JackCroxall Author of Wye


Wye is losing hope. Sixteen and travelling through a rich wilderness with three other teenagers, she should be having the time of her life. And she might be if it weren't for the thing hunting her; the tireless creature desperate to tear her and her friends limb from limb.

Through the remembered lessons of her favourite writers, Wye has been trying to make sense of the cruel world she’s found herself inhabiting. But it’s not working. Wherever she turns there are monsters and memories, both of them poised to devour her if she can’t find a way to live with herself. What follows is Wye’s last chance at salvation, what follows is her journal.

Guest post: Teaching children who have been bullied to see themselves in a positive light


School Bullying, kindergarten harassment and social media shaming decreases a child's' capability to see themselves in a positive light.

Our days reveal lots of social challenges and emotional journeys. The most vulnerable group are small children, children with special needs and anyone who deviates from the “normal” behavior/appearance that society dictates.

Strong self-esteem can be a child's armor against the challenges of the world. When children understand and accept their strengths and weaknesses, they can feel good about themselves. Moments of conflicts and pressures become easier to deal with. 

Spotlight: The great Eugene: the story of a horse racing champion by Cary Lucier


The Great Eugene Racing Horse Book

Do you have dreams?

Do you believe that they can come true?

I know a horse with a funny name that believes they can!

Cary Lucier has crafted a wonderful rhyming children's picture book for children ages 2-6. "The Great Eugene" is a story about a horse that triumphs over adversity. This story is sure to win your heart along with the love and admiration of other young readers. 

Spotlight and giveaway: win an audio copy of Worldship Praxis by @jdlovil


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Existence has a billion faces, each one an universe coexisting with our own.

In one such universe, disaster has struck the Earth. The near collapse of the Global Political and Financial structures came first. The eruption of a Super Volcano came next, with great damage to the Earth's environment. In the hardship that followed, some sought advantage, or perhaps revenge, in starting a short nuclear war. As if that was not enough, then the aliens invaded.

A hard existence will harden some people's resolve. A few Problem Solvers saw that the survival of Mankind depended in getting off of the planet. A group of them took humanity first into orbit, and then on to the stars.

We follow the great Worldship Praxis as it flies silently through the darkness between the stars on its mission. Jack Sadow is the Director, or captain of the ship. Effectively immortal, the Nanobots keep him young and strong, ready to face the centuries of the voyage.

Along the way, we watch the lives and activities of our human explorers. There are also many gene engineered animals aboard the ship, animals that do all of the typical animal things, but that also play chess, attend classes in the sciences, and sometimes do their chores.

Time and Light-years change Humanity. Jack must contend with a changing world within the ship and with alien life outside the ship. Each decision he makes as best he can, and only time and light-years will determine if he chose well.

Interview with C S Reid @JazLitWhatevr author of Fiction at my Fingertips



“Lois Mc Allister typifies the voracious writer that I was when I was a child,” according

to CS Reid. “All YA writers have a childlike, inner voice that shines through their main characters. Lois personifies a brilliant, budding writer who acknowledges her eccentricities and her burgeoning, literary talents.”

Fiction At My Fingertips illustrates the narrative of Lois Mc Allister, a charismatic bibliophile, who is a voracious writer. Truth be told, narratives pour out of her being with ease and she recognizes that she is developing into a writer with a singular voice.

When her language arts teacher, Ms. Williams, informs the class that they will be,

submitting original narratives to a regional contest, Lois is catapulted into the stratosphere. However, an unfortunate mishap could derail Lois’ literary debut.

Book review: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp


Go Book Yourself | 05/08/2015

This is where it ends book review

Format: Kindle ARC
Published: January 2016
Publisher: SourceBooks Fire

This Is Where It Ends was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review

"Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun"

When I read the blurb for This Is Where it Ends I just new it was going to be one of those books that was going to grab me. I could have read it in one sitting but you

I've read a few "school shooting" books before such as Finding Jake and Nineteen Minutes. A lot of these stories can sound the same as the idea itself can be a little restricting. The author made some really brace choices throughout the story and to me that's what really made this book stand out.

Heartbound by P.I Alltraine @pialltraine




Petyr has never found it
necessary to consider the humans as anything more than distant, inferior
beings–until now. They are the cause of the fatal disease that has plagued his
realm, taking the lives of too many of his kind. As a future leader of a realm
in peril, Petyr must find a way to resist and cure the affliction. He must
enter the unfamiliar realm, appear to be an ordinary eighteen-year-old human,
observe and learn.

However, things don't
exactly go according to plan. Instead of embarking single-mindedly on his sober
mission, Petyr meets an 18-year-old girl who does things to his emotions that
he can't quite fathom or control. Petyr is falling in love, and he almost
forgets the gravity his choices have on his entire world. Despite the risk it
poses to his life and hers, he wants to know her, and he wants her to know
him–and his world.

Book review: What Becomes of Us by Henrietta McKervey @hmckervey @HachetteIre


Go Book Yourself | 01/08/2015

what becomes of us book review

Published: April 2015
Publisher: Hachette Ireland
Format: Softback

This copy was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review

Its 1965 and Dublin is a city of change.

Maria and leaves behind a broken home and travels by ship to Ireland’s capital in the hopes of building a better future for her and her daughter.

She quickly befriends her neighbour Mrs Halpin who agrees to babysit Anna while she tries to find a job. Spurred on by her feisty friend Eve, Maria lands a job at Telefis Eireann as a copy editor.

After a short stay she’s moved to another area to work on the Easter Rising commemorative program. This is where she learns of Cumman na mBan. 

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