The Siren Call of Books #amreading

A cri de coeur from fellow author and bibliophile Mae Clair…
Yes, Mae! I do have the same irresistible vice/addiction! 😛

From the Pen of Mae Clair

I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Wait—I take that back. I do know what’s wrong. I have a horrible weakness I can’t overcome. Several things in life beckon me—clothes, shoes, jewelry, sparkly things, cats, and chips (not necessarily in that order). I love the beach, a good vacation in a relaxing low-key setting, and I love…


It’s a disease. I know it is. This past weekend DH and I had some errands to run that placed us near the local brick-and-mortar bookstore. If I read a book a day for the next year I still wouldn’t be caught up with my gargantuan TBR, but the siren call reeled me in—books upon books upon books. Keep in mind, I already had my next several reads lined up in a queue on my Kindle, a few of those titles I’ve been anticipating for some time. So what did I do?

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Thursday – A Little Personal – Lucy, Bailey, and Taxes

And here’s some more news from Lucy and Bailey over in Port Aransas – they’ve got their sun deck back! 😀

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“Hey, Boss.”

“Hi, Lucy. What are you up to today?

Bailey and I just want to know what you are doing?”

“I’m working on our taxes.”


“What did you say, Pops?

“Taxes. I’m working on our taxes.”

“Is that why we’ve heard sounds like a wounded wildebeest?”

Lucy and Bailey

“Ha ha ha. You two slay me. I just am trying to figure out where to put things is all. ”

“Things. What kinds of things?”

“Oh, expenses for publishing for one?”

“Hear that Bailey? Publishing. So that is what he does up here all day.”

“Very funny you two. I’ll have you know I take this stuff seriously.”

“We know you do, Boss. Hey, where you going?”

“I’ll be right back. I have this receipt for supplies, and I left it downstairs.”

“Supplies, huh. How about our dog food. Do you have to count that?

“No. The government does not consider your…

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LIZZIE CHANTREE – Ninja School Mum Launch (Part 2)

Today it’s my great pleasure to participate for the second time in Lizzie Chantree’s new book launch, which is now available on Amazon. Ninja School Mum is Lizzie’s fourth contemporary-romance and, in common with her previous books, is full of vibrant, quirky characters and situations. So, without further ado, let’s get all the lowdown on this little gem of a story…

Book blurb:

Obsessive-compulsive school mum, Skye, is a lonely elite spy, who is running from her past whilst trying to protect the future of her child. She tries hard to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but the only person who accepts her unconventional way of life is new mother, Thea.

Thea is feeling harassed by her sister and bored with her life, but she suspects that there is something strange about the new school mum, Skye. Thea has secrets of her own and, although the two become unlikely friends, she hesitates to tell Skye about the father of her own child.

Zack’s new business is growing faster than he could have dreamed but, suddenly, he finds himself the owner of a crumbling estate on the edge of a pretty village, and a single parent to a very demanding child. Could he make a go of things and give his daughter the life she deserved?

When three lives collide, it appears that only one of them is who they seem to be, and you never know who the person next to you in the school playground really is.

Quick Author Q&A


Tell us about your new book?

Ninja School Mum is about a single mum, Skye, who is trying to protect her son from her past, whilst working out how to fit in with the other parents at his new school. This book is filled with friendship and laughter and makes you ponder the question of how much you really know about the person standing next to you on the school playground.

Do you have a writing mascot?

I don’t have a mascot, but I do always write my books by hand, with a pen my husband bought me after completing my first novel, Babe Driven.

Did you write part-time before becoming a full-time writer?

I used to write at night for the first year. My daughter was unwell and it was a good way to stay awake. I then hid the manuscript for five years until her health improved. After publishing my first book, I also ran my other creative businesses. Now I only have time to write and run my networking hour, which is great fun to be involved in. The balance of creativity works well for me, as I’m so passionate about writing novels.

Do you have pets?

I used to have a pet Peacock, but now I have a very fluffy dog, who sits on my lap or my feet while I’m writing.  My Peacock was called Hooley bird, as he was a complete hooligan. My mum wanted a few chickens in our garden, but someone from my dad’s work sent him a peacock as a joke. He was not amused, but Hooley became our very unusual family pet. Luckily we lived next to a wood and had a flat roof for him to nest on.

About my publisher:

Crooked Cat Books are an international publishing house. The team has years of experience in editing, writing and reviewing and have a number of academic publications between them. They say they look to publish high quality work with exceptional storylines and fascinating characters and want to provide authors with a comfy home to share their stories.

In the last five years they have released over 150 titles. You’ll find them all over Amazon, Barnes and Noble and a number of online stores. Catch their latest books at

My Review of Ninja School Mum (now on Amazon)

Lizzie Chantree’s books are like fine wines – they just keep on getting better! As always the main characters fizz and entrance, with underdogs and divas, harassed hunks and devilishly attractive but flawed rogues… The espionage aspect helps the seemingly workaday schoolyard environment along famously, with catty cliques and beastly little brats, as well as adorable, yet still edgy kids.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of Lizzie’s books yet – treat yourself! She gives Jilly Cooper a run for your money in the racey stakes, coupled with the knowing charm of Jane Austen, in hilarious settings with characters that show contemporary chick-lit romances can hold their own when it comes to ballsy, brash behaviour!

Lizzie Chantree writes women’s fiction and romance novels packed full of friendship, laughter and laugh out loud storylines. Escape into great love stories, with compelling heroines and beautiful locations.

Author Bio:

Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18 and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree

Other books by Lizzie

Contact Details


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Book links:

Babe Driven

Love’s Child

Finding Gina


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Views of the Neighborhood – A Peek at the Damage

More perspective on Hurricane Harvey – Port Aransas is getting back on its feet, but some places are still down and out… 😦

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I made a point that I was not going to show pictures of the destruction of Hurricane Harvey since I felt it to be an invasion of individual privacy. I still believe that but there are some photos that can be shown which will give you a further idea of the damage of the Hurricane. These were taken yesterday during a rainstorm but will give you an idea. Most of these businesses are going to return.

Port Aransas

These buildings have been taken down to the studs.

This is now a shell, ready for renovation

The little store on the left was severely damaged but the bike shop is open.

The damage to the store with the shark was almost total. The shark remained pretty much intact.

This used to be a liquor store and a sno cone stand

Workers repairing the roof of the Islander in the rain

The sea-captain stands alone. His…

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Fast Fifteen with Author Harmony Kent

I always think that Harmony Kent is the indie author’s David Bowie – she’s a real Karma Chameleon! Read on to see why! 😀

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Harmony KentToday’s Fast Fifteen feature spotlights Harmony Kent.

Harmony is famous for her laughter and has made quite the name for herself. As she says, she’s also “… um, a writer … and fairly well known for that, too.” She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour and quirky neighbours, and she refuses to admit to her age.

If you catch her at work, you’ll see she offers editing, proofreading, manuscript appraisal, and beta reading services. She’s also passionate about supporting her fellow authors.

Let’s give Harmony a warm welcome, and check out her 15 responses, below.

Five Questions About Your Book

  1. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
    My life has been an interesting one and has provided many challenges, as well as seeing a lot of change—both internal and external. It sometimes feels as multi-genre as my…

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