Saturday, February 23, 2019

Book Spotlight: I Can't Tell You Why

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine. 

I Can’t Tell You Why by Elaine Robertson North, is an intriguing new novel. There is Dani – the agent, Alex Cambridge – the married star client whose career is on the rise, and Sean – the paparazzi photographer. The story is told against the backdrop of the entertainment industry. The novel gets right to the point straight out of the gate as Alex lets Dani know in no uncertain terms that he wants to get involved with her. This takes Dani by surprise and she hesitates, but it does dangle the carrot of temptation before her.

I found this novel quite intriguing. It makes you think. Many people believe that affairs are wrong...including me. Yet people still have affairs and it often makes me wonder what goes through a person’s mind when they decide to go forward with it. I’m fascinated by human nature and I wonder in each situation just what is the turning point. That’s why I found it fascinating to read I Can’t Tell You Why. It’s an intriguing look at what could happen perhaps.

For Dani, besides the moral argument against having an affair, she is cautious about crossing the professional line between agent and actor.  As Dani wrestles with the whole Alex situation, Sean the paparazzi photographer comes along. Dani has to watch herself around Sean as she knows that his profession is fed by stories just like the one between her and Alex.

I Can’t Tell You Why is a very interesting novel and it delves deep into human emotions. I liked that the characters weren’t perfect. The author is excellent at making the characters seem real. I kept reading because I wanted to see how it all turned out in the end. It's quite a page turner.

I enjoyed reading I Can’t Tell You Why. It’s enthralling and the realism shines throughout. It leaves you with something to think about long after you turn the last page.

About the Author
Elaine Robertson North spent a fast and furious 25 years working in entertainment marketing and communications. She spent seven years marketing national newspapers, ran the publicity campaign for three Red Nose Days, spent a couple of years working in entertainment PR and was the Unit Publicist on Four Weddings and a Funeral. She was also the Press & Promotions Manager at Capital Radio and the Head of Communications at UKTV. It was a fantastically  rich source of material.

I Can't Tell You Why is available from all good bookshops and online booksellers.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

My Six Favorite Authors

A couple of weeks ago, I was set a challenge on Twitter to post the covers of seven books that I love, with no explanations or reviews...just covers. I had to post a cover a day for a week. I was supposed to nominate someone else, but I couldn't think of anyone to nominate really, so I decided to bend the rules a bit and simply share the books that I love. It worked for me and the person who nominated me for the challenge didn't seem to mind that I bent the rules a bit. I love books, so I figured that even with bending the rules, I was still putting good energy out there in support of books, so all was well :)

Therefore, what follows is my list of my favorite books. It's always tough for me to compile lists like this, because like many people, I love a lot of books and love them for a variety of reasons. In this post I have also bent the rules a bit again and narrowed my list down to six books instead of seven. The six books that I have listed below are by my favorite authors of all time...Alice Walker, Tina McElroy Ansa, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Dorothy West and Zora Neale Hurston. 

I wanted to highlight these six very extraordinary women and to highlight one of their works each which have inspired me, even though I love numerous works by them. This is in no particular order. I am continually inspired by these novels. One day I may or may not go deeper and tell why I am so inspired by these books, but this isn't that post :) Besides, I don't know if I have the words within me currently to express my feelings fully on this subject, so I'll just leave these extraordinary six books here to speak for themselves. Sometimes it's good to just let things be what they are and all six are amazing. No explanations needed :)

*Note: This is not a sponsored post. I'm just here to celebrate these amazing writers :)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Valentine's Day

Sending lots of love out to everyone.


Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday Sunrise

I saw this beautiful sunrise this morning, so I thought that I'd share the view.🌄

When I saw this sunrise this morning, it brought a smile to my face.

I had a rough day today, but I'm going to go to sleep tonight and start over again tomorrow 🙂 No matter how lousy my day was, I'm still here and hey...nothing can take away from the beauty of this sunrise. Blessings to all 💖

Friday, February 08, 2019

Valentine's Day Product Round-up

*content courtesy of The Vegan Society - no compensation received

What if Valentine’s Day was celebrated this year to not just show love to your partner, but also to everyone else, including animals? Here are some of our favourite Vegan Trademarked products that show love to both people and animals.

Chocolate and Love’s dark chocolate tin 

This beautiful tin of all vegan Chocolate and Love napolitains contains 30 x 5.5g individually-wrapped dark chocolate napolitains in a mix of Panama 80% single origin, Rich Dark 71% and Madagascar 70% single origin ideal for romantic dark chocolate lovers.

RRP £11.99
Available at and from independent retailers throughout the UK

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Book Spotlight: Love, Lies and Lunch

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine. 

I’ve recently had the opportunity to read an intriguing collection of short stories entitled Love, Lies and Lunch by Diana Kay, published by Mereo Books. It’s a collection of stories about women who find themselves in interesting situations. The stories are beautifully written and vary from instances of daring to eat alone to daydreams about strangers on a train.

There has been great care taken with each story and they excellently tap into the human experience and allow readers the chance to put themselves into the shoes of the characters.  There are real life themes of love, deceit, vanity, humour, revenge and redemption, among others, woven into the pages of the book which definitely makes this a very enjoyable read!

Love, Lies and Lunch is available through Mereo Books, internet booksellers and at all good bookshops.

To learn more about this lovely book, please visit the Mereo Books website here.

About the author:

Diana Kay, lives in Hove (East Sussex) and is known to her many blog fans as ‘Delia Despair’. She is a former ground stewardess, governess, receptionist, library assistant and archivist to nobility. She was also a journalist with The Daily Telegraph and has written two other books, How to Get On with the Boss (1964) and her memoir The Grown-Ups Wouldn’t Like It (Mereo, 2014).

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Healthier Saturdays and the Moon

Happy Saturday!

I'm feeling better than I did two Saturdays ago or even one Saturday ago. I pray that the flu is gone and that I'm never that sick again. As I mentioned previously, I actually took the flu shot, but I still got the flu. Oh well, nothing is 100% effective. I'll still get the flu shot next time around because you just never know. Anyway, I'm extremely grateful to be feeling better and I'm praying for a full recovery and for my full energy to return soon. 🙂

As I mentioned the other day, as I feel better and better, I'd like to get back here more regularly to share what I'm up to, more like I used to in the earlier days of this blog. I'm also still loving taking photos, so I'd like to share them here again, even though I share them on Instagram often. I know that not everyone is on Instagram, so I'm going to get back to sharing them here on the blog also. I hope you'll enjoy taking a look.

To kick things off with sharing photos, I thought that I'd share a series of images that I shared on Instagram a few weeks back. I was walking home when I took these. The evening sky just took my breath away with its beauty. Nature is amazing! They're a little bit fuzzy, but I took them as I was walking briskly in the very cold evening air 😉

I loved getting a glimpse of the crescent moon along with all of that fantastic color! I love the moon!

I hope that you're having a great Saturday wherever you are.

Happy weekend! 

Friday, February 01, 2019

Happy February

Above: Beautiful trees back home

Happy February! 
Happy New Month!
Happy Black History Month!

Well here we are at the beginning of a new month. It's hard to believe that we're going into the second month of 2019 already. Time waits for no one. 

Since I've been sick with the flu for about half of January,  I feel a bit behind, but it's all need to rush to catch up. I'm just going to trust the natural flow of life and just enjoy the now and go forward flu 🙂

I hope that you have a wonderful February wherever you are!