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Jackie Collins

She was a great writer of dazzling romance. No one wrote like her because she lived in the world of celebrity, money and power from a very young age, if not all of her life. Her death makes me not want to regret writing more. Writing as much as I can, while I can. I don't want the books I've written to date, to be my only books. 
I really hate when an author dies because of course that means no one will ever again read books by them ever. Unless all the author's books were written for them, which JC's were not. But this isn't about authors who have their books ghost written just to make more money, this is about the loss of a great woman, a great writer indeed.
Sometimes loss helps us understand things, inadvertently. I was at the store last night and I feel like I looked at a Jackie Collins book for sale on the shelf at the exact moment of her death, when I found out this morning that she died. It was a facebook status I saw. I don't recall seeing a new JC no…

5 of 5 Stars to Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen

In April came the rains. In August came the heat. In November came the horror. It’s paying a return visit. The small resort of Tranquillity, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the temptations of the big city and the traumatic memory of his father's death. Claire's hopeful that she can earn the trust of the town as she builds a new practice. But all her plans unravel with the onset of winter, when an outbreak of teenage violence, far more deadly than anything she has encountered in the city, erupts in the local school. In trying to find a medical explanation for this murderous epidemic, Claire stumbles upon an insidious evil which has blighted the town's past and threatens its future. Terrified that Noah too is at risk, she must prove her theory before everything she loves is destroyed. 

Wow! This book was amazing! Really brilliant! Twists and turns everywhere and I never would have guessed the ending in a mil…

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey; The 5th Wave Trilogy Book 2 

For Cassie Sullivan and the rest of Earth's remaining human survivors, the situation was already desperate when the 5th Wave hit. It's about to get worse. No one yet knows the depths to which Earth's conquerors - the Others - will sink in order to rid the Earth of the human infestation, nor have they guessed the heights to which the human spirit can reach. Characters introduced in Book One will come to the fore - and others will face the ultimate test. 

I loved the first instalment, but I'm not going to rate this book because I'm a writer and I know how bad it feels to get a low rating. Basically, there's no point in giving a book a bad rating because you didn't write it. You didn't put all that effort into writing it, the author did. However much I hate a book, I'll never rate it badly because there's no point in bringing down the over all book rating when plenty of other readers migh…

5 of 5 Stars to The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave Book 1 in the Trilogy Rick Yancey
The first wave took out half a million people. The second wave put that number to shame. The third wave lasted a little longer; twelve weeks, four billion dead. In the forth wave you can't trust that people are still people. And in the 5th wave? No one knows. But it's coming. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope. Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
I was perusing Facebook, as you do, when I came across a link to a new movie preview. I watched the film trailer for The 5th Wave and was bummed out to see it's not in cinemas until next year. So I got the book instead! The ebook, to be exact.

What a great story. Death eve…

Rhoda Baxter's Please Release Me

What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?

 Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it's taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up. That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question. In the following months, a small part of Sally's consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate. But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after ...


Amazon quick link to Please Release Me


The three main characters in Please Release Me are stuck in some way, therefore the theme of this post is being stuck. I'm stuck in my novel writing. If I could be stuck on a private island I'd take Bradley C…