Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Grumpies on Board by Carol E Wyer

                                      Grumpies On Board
                                Genre: humour, non-fiction
                               Release Date: 21st May 2105
                                       Publisher: Safkhet

A "book it" list like no other, with humorous suggestions for extreme active aging trips and why grumpies should not go snuffle trunting.

Fancy a holiday with a difference? Then pack your bags and get ready for some extreme active aging. Us 'older' folk are heading away from the traditional hotel holiday and at last, having fun!
This humorous guide, compiled by Mr and Mrs Grumpy, offers alternatives to the usual holiday—from sensible to outrageous—to suit every grumpy guts.

Learn about Arctic boot camps, ayurvedic retreats, drumming holidays, ice blokarting, motoring experiences, skijorking, tubing, Vespa excursions, voodoo trips and discover why Mr Grumpy will never go truffle hunting again.

With over 300 suggestions of how to get the best out of your vacation and live life to the maximum, this book aims to inspire and entertain.

Read it and put some choices on your "book it" list. After all, you only live once!

“An excellently researched insight into the world of the truly grumpy traveller. Youngsters beware..!” Nigel Vardy AKA Mr. Frostbite. Record breaking mountaineer, author and inspirational speaker.

1st Prize – copy of the book (uk winner a signed paperback / non UK an ecopy)
2nd Prize – Grumpy old git / cow travel mug

My Review 

"One of my friends went to Argentina on a flamenco dancing holiday and never returned. She ran off with the bare-chested dance instructor, who taught her how to play castanets. I rest my case. Book now."

Grumpies On Board by Carol E Wyer is a travel book that is well-researched, well-detailed and full of great information. A fun, entertaining little gem that had me laughing my middle-aged butt off. The author has a smart quirky sense of humor that I found exhilarating and laugh-out-loud funny.

The author makes the idea of traveling as an older adult empowering and even a little (I mean, a lot) exciting. So informational and motivating. Even with all the chuckles!

This is an enjoyable ride that I read for pure pleasure and I was not at all disappointed as it inspired me to open my eyes to some far off destinations I have never considered before. And let's not forget the Indian head massage and a visit to the picturesque town, Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. :-) oh yes! Grumpies, no more!

Extreme Active Aging is downright hilarious. It was a pleasure to relax, sit back and enjoy the adventure while Mr. Grumpy rates some of the trip options. Too cute for words, so I will leave it at that! From his rate scale I will give Grumpies On Board a solid A.

Quote ~

Travel uphill from the town towards the direction of Montauban and you will have some of the most spectacular views of the river and gorges. It is this route that is commandeered by the Course de la Cote when for two days in August, cars race to get the fastest time.

This is a great spectator sport. Sunshine, ambience, and then a gentle meander back down to the town for wine and foie gras. Have I temped you?



Carol E. Wyer was born in Munster, Germany in 1960. She began her working life in Casablanca where she taught English and French in Language Schools and for companies. used to race around the streets on a clapped out VéloSoleX bike, avoiding donkeys. She changed career to become a fitness instructor in her forties and appeared in Zest magazine as a ‘success story’. No longer able to touch her toes with her hands, she has now become a full-time writer. Having written a series of educational yet amusing books for children, she turned her attention to the adult market in 2010 when her son flew from the nest.

Her first two novels Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines and Surfing in Stilettos won several awards for humour and much attention from the media. Since then, she has won the people’s Book Prize Award with Grumpy Old Menopause and has appeared on over fifty BBC radio stations, several international radio stations, Sky News, NBC television and BBC Breakfast television discussing age-related subjects such as ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Grumpy Old Menopause’. Her writing style has been described frequently by the media as 'witty' or 'humorous' and has even been compared to the acerbic wit of Jeremy Clarkson and the humour of Robin Williams.

Carol has written articles for and featured in several national women’s magazines including Take A Break, Choice, Woman’s Weekly and Woman's Own who also wrote about her journey to becoming a best-selling author.

Currently writing a series of novels and articles aimed at the ‘older’ woman and man, Carol is also engaged in writing by-line articles and posts for magazines and websites including Silver Travel Advisor and the Huffington Post. 

Carol is also a regular Loud Mouth on BBC Radio Derby.

Last year, she took a crash course in stand-up comedy and is currently doing a comedy tour entitled Smile While You Still have Teeth to sell-out audiences, proving you’re never too old to try a new experience. 

Just a little “mood” music to get you ready for your next adventure!



Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thicker Than Water by Georgia Rose. The Third Book in the Grayson Trilogy is Here!

Emma Grayson faces new challenges in the final part of these mysterious and romantic adventure stories as she struggles to move on from her old life. 

‘Vaguely aware of the tremor in my hand I ran my fingers up through the thick locks of his dark hair. Fear clutched at my heart as I sensed the icy tendrils of grief reaching for me once more.’ 

As the overseas action steps up a gear for Trent, Emma has her own challenges to face. Loyalties are tested and vengeance sought when she attracts interest from an unwelcome source. 

Because someone is coming. Someone who has Emma in their sights. 

Someone who will turn her life upside down... forever. 

I am very pleased to have talented Georgia Rose here today. She is all the way from the United Kingdom. Instead of tea and scones because it’s so warm and sunny we’re having ice cream sundaes with all the trimmings. We can diet later but this is a special occasion. 

The Grayson Trilogy is now complete with brand new beautiful eye-catching covers and the release of the last book in the series, Thicker Than Water! Let’s welcome lovely Georgia!

 Please tell us a little about yourself.

Hi Brenda, many thanks for inviting me on to your lovely blog. So what to tell you about myself? Well, I was privately educated at an all girls school in England though looking back I wasn’t a particularly diligent student and couldn’t wait to leave. I rather wish now that I’d appreciated the opportunity a bit more but it’s taken me a long time to realise that. 

I’ve had a settled adult life, one husband, two children and two dogs. The children are now grown-up; my daughter has just left home and my son is on a gap year before going to university.

I run my own business from home and now writing is my hobby.

Wow! You have a very full life. Sounds great to me. It’s hard to think of writing as a hobby but I give you credit. It’s a ton of work but then, I don’t need to tell you.

So what is your book about Georgia? 

The book I’m just releasing, Thicker than Water, is the third in the Grayson Trilogy. This is a series of mysterious and romantic adventure stories that started with A Single Step and Before the Dawn.

Written in the first person the protagonist is Emma Grayson who having come through a terrible time starts a new job on the Melton Estate, home of Lord and Lady Cavendish. She is there to look after the horses and soon comes into contact with others who work on the estate and in particular Trent who has had his own issues to deal with. 

They do not get on at first and as life continues for Emma she comes to realise that there is more to the estate and the lives of those on it than she originally thought. There are revelations about Trent’s past, dangers that threaten all those on the estate and in the final book more intrigue that challenges everything Emma ever thought about herself.

It’s a fabulous series. How did you first come up with the idea?

I’ve had several parts of stories come to me over the years and I thought in 2012 that I’d give some serious consideration to coming up with a complete story. I started with one idea I’d had then threaded in another, and another and before I knew it I had the whole thing mapped out - and all while lying on a sun bed! I think it was being on holiday that freed up my mind enough to put it together.

Good for you. I know what you mean. Sometimes getting away allows you to think clearer than you would at home in your everyday life. 
Did you know when you started writing, A Single Step, the first book in the series that it would become a trilogy?

Yes I did. When I planned it out it felt really huge and while at one time it might have been released as a blockbuster shorter novels are the way to go now. The story naturally divided into three parts so I went with the trilogy idea instead.

Really nice. I am so happy for you. I give you credit for having such a good imagination. Your story truly comes to life on the pages. You should be proud of yourself. 
What are some writing goals for the future?

I’m so new to this writing life that mainly it’s just to get better! However I would really like to manage to write a decent short story - that is a major skill that so far I’ve not managed to achieve.

Well, I look forward to what you come up with. I am curious as to what you will do next. What do you think makes a good romance?

For me it is something that is not too clichéd or soppy. I like my women, as well as my men, to be strong and my romance always comes with intrigue, action and hopefully a little adventure!

Or in your case, a lot of adventure! Haha. What was the most difficult thing you’ve learned being a writer?

Patience! I didn’t realise how impatient I was until I started writing but this is a long game and nothing comes quickly. I have masses of ideas of things I want to do but hampered by having to work for a living am constantly having to make do with what I can fit in in the limited time available and I find that very frustrating.

Most of us complain about there not being enough hours the day but you are surely Wonder Woman. I give you credit. You are a great multi-tasker.
Okay, a generic question but I’m curious to learn what books have influenced your life the most? 

Crikey, so many and for very different reasons. But I have written an additional section at the end of Thicker than Water that I was always intending on writing but if I hadn’t read Once Upon A Time In The City Of Criminals by Mark Barry it would have been something very different. Now that is some influence!

Now I might have to ask you in private about this. That is a huge influence. I think we would all like to have a little Mark Barry in our writing. He’s got a gift. That is for sure. 
Do you listen to music while you write? If so what is your favorite. 

No I don’t as I can’t deal with the distraction. But, I sometimes listen to it before I start writing to get me in the mood and I have several tracks that are closely linked to chapters that I write and I will never be able to listen to them again without seeing the scenes unfolding in front of me.

Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Read and write as much as you can and get someone else, in fact several people (that you trust to tell you the truth) to read your work before you publish it. Then go about this business as professionally as you can but above all enjoy it.

Thank you for that. Very good advice!

And for a little fun…

What is your most guilty pleasure?

I’m not sure if it’s a guilty pleasure because I’m quite open about it if asked but it would be Elvis Presley. He was my first love when I was aged four and listening to his gorgeous voice melts me every time.

Billy Idol happens to be big Elvis fan. Sorry, can't help myself. I have too much Billy Idol on the brain. I was fortunate to see Elvis in Las Vegas. Sadly he was the heavy Elvis and not even close to what he had been. Still, he was the king! 

If you could meet one author, who would it be?

Sue Grafton, as I’d love to talk to her about her character Kinsey Millhone and how she’s managed to keep coming up with story after story for the alphabet series - she’s up to X, astonishing!

And to think I have not read one of her books. Shame on me!
If you could meet a movie star or musician, who would it be?

Oooh you’re killing me here Brenda!! Choices, choices… okay I’m going to choose movie star and it would be Richard Gere… it’s been a lifelong thing ☺ what can I say!

I like that choice! Pretty Woman is still a great fantasy to me! 

Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate every time - no contest!

I’m seriously with you there! 
Cake or cookies?

Cake - preferable chocolate!

Coffee or tea?

Tricky one because it depends on the time of day - but probably on balance…coffee.

I always thought you Brits were not coffee drinkers. Go figure! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us today. I do think everyone should pick up this series and plan to start at the beginning. It’s a real treat.

I hope I’ve done justice to these terrific questions Brenda and thank you once again it’s been lovely to meet you ☺

The pleasure is all mine. You are a great supporter of us Indies and an inspiring writer. Plus, you are so sweet.

I hope you all enjoyed this interview. I’m fortunate to have met some wildly talented people along this journey. Thanks for taking the time to visit and please check out where to find you more about Georgia below. 

My Review

Thicker Than Water, the third book in The Grayson Trilogy by Georgia Rose is an epic mysterious ride that began to feel like a Bond movie. James Bond, of course. Yet this not only shook me up, it stirred my curiosity at all turns.

 Well worth the wait for this final installment. Full of surprises that had me in great anticipation. My imagination ran wild. The author takes you on an empowering thriller that is approachable, heart-wrenching and impactful. I love her inviting writing style as it is easy to get absorbed into the drama. And yes, there is plenty of drama.

Returning to Emma Grayson's story was something I was so looking forward to. She is familiar and her vulnerabilities and insecurities are what makes her so relatable. She is human. Her love story with Trent grows as does the murderous stakes. Now there is even more to lose.

This was a fulfilling read that was both entertaining and satisfying. A perfect escape from my everyday life. A great book to bring on vacation to read by the pool or at night before falling to sleep. For me, the finale to The Grayson Series was everything I was hoping it to be although I will miss the characters and the adventurous twists.

Quote ~

“He pulled into the courtyard. Although I could hear activity coming from the gym when we entered through the kitchens, they were eerily quiet considering it was only early evening. Carlton led the way towards Cavendish’s large office and my nervousness increased the closer we got. I was feeling pretty much the same as I’d done the day I arrived for my interview, and if there had been room for them in my overcrowded insides I would have sworn butterflies had taken flight. I hated not knowing what I was about to face.”

‘…he moved closer and slowly ran the point of his blade along my jaw line as he spoke softly, intimately, to me.
“So, you are Trent’s woman. Now that is very…appealing.” I glared back at him silently.’
 There are testing times ahead for Grayson and Trent as trouble threatens Melton Manor. When an attack is made against those on the estate, Grayson gets caught in the middle finding herself and those around her in terrible danger. Terrified when she thinks tragedy has struck again she fights to protect those she now views as family and, suffering bloodshed and pain, confronts her fears – both brought by the enemy and by the one she loves.
I think that tells you all you need to know doesn’t it?? Have I forgotten anything? Probably, you usually do I hear you say…but if you fancy a peek at the wonderful reviews this book has gathered then here is the universal link for Amazon, and just as soon as I have a moment (or two!) I shall be putting this up on Smashwords, Kobo etc as well.

My Review

A Single Step by Georgia Rose is a powerful story that I took an interest to right away. Poignant and filled with depth. I was moved and touched. Emotion filled me and I couldn't turn away. This book easy to get absorbed into, making me want to know more.

This story opens with a job interview with the prospects of being offered the opportunity to look after the family horses for the Melton Manor estate. This is her very first job interview and she approaches it with apprehension.

The main character, Emma has been damaged from loss and life experience. Her pain and self-doubt is notable, yet her strength is empowering and her vulnerability is understandable. She is a life-like character that is relatable and likable. She wears her pain on her sleeve. I loved seeing her evolve and come to terms with her life and shortcomings.

There is great feeling in the telling of the story making it difficult not to get swept away into this realistic story about a woman who experiences loss but then begins to heal and comes into her own. This is an inspiring story that is filled with humanity and intriguing twists.

 …he moved closer and slowly ran the point of his blade along my jaw line as he spoke softly, intimately, to me. 
“So, you are Trent’s woman. Now that is very…appealing.” I glared back at him silently.
There are testing times ahead for Grayson and Trent as trouble threatens Melton Manor. When an attack is made against those on the estate, Grayson gets caught in the middle finding herself and those around her in terrible danger. Terrified when she thinks tragedy has struck again she fights to protect those she now views as family and, suffering bloodshed and pain, confronts her fears – both brought by the enemy and by the one she loves.

My Review

Before The Dawn, the second book in the Grayson Trilogy by Georgia Rose is a energizing, momentum filled read. A gripping addition to the previous book, A Single Step, which I devoured on a rainy afternoon.

The author has the ability to transport her reader right into the surroundings and get attached to the characters as if they are familiar. These books are both compelling and full of drama and unexpected suspense. The twists kept coming making this an adventurous escape.

With Before The Dawn behind me, I am ready for more. I feel there are many more surprises headed in Emma Greyson’s direction. Can’t wait!

Quote ~

"I had to do this one thing, this one last thing, and it would be all over and I could sleep forever, I thought. My exhausted mind started to wander, bringing thoughts of my angel. I imagined her with me, sitting with me. I could picture her as clearly as if she'd never left me, smiling and warm and waiting for me..."


Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of 'A Single Step' and 'Before the Dawn', the first two books in The Grayson Trilogy. The concluding book, 'Thicker than Water', is on the way and will be available later in 2015!

Georgia's background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her overactive imagination!

Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day entwining that work along with her writing.

Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected family of a husband, two nearly grown up children and two dogs.

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