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Book Review – Wedding Dress For Sale, Never Worn

Wedding Dress For Sale,

Never Worn

by DM Wolfenden

 

Angela never thought she’d ever be placing that ad.
Or cancelling her wedding. Twice. But her perfect life was shattered.
Each time, only a week before the wedding – Hers and Jordon’s.

The first time, her mother died.
The second, Jordon. Or at least he might as well have died.

But a voice from the past catches up with her. Bringing new hope.

As promised, here’s my review.

I knew it would be good. Author DM Wolfenden never disappoints.

This short story follows the life of Angela and her would-be husband, Jordon. Their wedding has already been postponed once due to the death of Angela’s mum. Rescheduling it for the same date, one year later – the date has special significance for Angela – gives her time to mourn her mum, while dealing with her father’s worsening condition.
Getting married to Jordon allows her to look forward again – until another shock knocks her off her feet.
With her wedding dress still unworn, she contemplates selling it, almost resigned to the fact that it’s not meant to be.

Or maybe she just hasn’t found the right man – who knows?

After all the loss, grief and betrayal she has suffered, the twist in the tale offers her hope.

The author, as is her norm, takes the reader through a whole range of emotions, with beautiful imagery, realistic characters and a strong plot that has the reader rooting for Angela to find a happy ending that she so clearly deserves.

Another winner from one of my favourite authors.

Be sure to get your copy with this buy link.

If, like me, you can’t resist this, then please remember to leave a review afterwards.

Reviews keep authors writing.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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Book Launch – Joanna

Joanna

by DM Wolfenden

Well, hello, Sugar, my name is Joanna…
That’s the introduction that all my victims get. It’s nice to be polite.
Even serial killers have manners.
I know what I do isn’t normal, but I also know that I do the country a service.
And the world is better off with me in it. You will understand.

See, I was once the victim.
Hurt by the one who should have taken care of me.
Let down by the system that should have protected me.
Now I vow to help others, and if I have to hurt people to do it, I will.

WOW! Did you read that hook? This jumps off the screen to me, and I cannot wait to get my copy.

Sounds like another fascinating read from my favourite short story author. I have a ‘source’ that tells this is not the only story in this series – The female of the species – and I’m super excited.

DM Wolfenden is an author with a dark side – she can spin a tale, fill it with humour and emotion and then … wham, the twists are truly shocking.

Are you ready to one-click right now?

Well, hold your horses. It will be released on 3rd August – but, fear not, I have the pre-order link already.

If you’ve hit that link, be sure to come back and let me know what you think. I’ll post my review if you’ll post yours 😉

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

book launch · cover reveal · DM Wolfenden · ebooks · must-read · romance · short reads · short story · women's fiction

Book Launch – Wedding Dress For Sale, Never Worn

Wedding Dress For Sale,

Never Worn

by DM Wolfenden

 

I never thought that I would be placing that ad.
My perfect life was shattered, not once, but twice!
Each time, it was a week before mine and Josh’s wedding.
The first took my mother away.
The next, him; his own doing.

Just when I’m coming to terms with singledom, something truly incredible happens.

A chance encounter with a voice from the past brings hope.

Isn’t that cover simply stunning? And such a catchy, intriguing description too.

This looks like another fabulous short story from author DM  Wolfenden. She is fast becoming my favourite short story writer.

This latest one is released 27th July, so not too long to wait 😉

Be sure to get your copy with this pre-order link. I’ve got mine already, but then I have no patience and the memory of a goldfish!

If, like me, you can’t resist this, then please remember to leave a review afterwards.

Reviews keep authors writing.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Author friends · DM Wolfenden · women's fiction

*** Deal of the Week ***

I have another great book for you, and this is one you’d be crazy to miss. It’s on offer for the next week at only 99c or 99p, depending on your location, this is a must-read. With a rating of 4.8 out of 5 from 36 reviews on Amazon, let me introduce you to:

Winters Day

by DM Wolfenden

Winters Day

Jolie Winters understands pain. From her mother’s murder to her abusive ex, she is emotionally and physically scarred.

But, Jolie wants what most women her age want – love and affection.

However, nothing seems to work out. When a devastating illness threatens a loved one, she finds comfort in a past relationship–a relationship which now puts Jolie in more danger than she’s ever known.

Will she stay with her abuser, or will she leave, and embrace the love she’s been hiding from all along?

Winters Day is a chick-lit, set in today’s suburban Britain. Dealing with tough issues, it exposes the human psyche in all its glory: with gritty realism and laugh-out-loud humour. A multi-layered and highly emotional package.

Get your copy while it’s at this great low price.

Amazon UK

Amazon US

You won’t regret it.

You can follow the author here, and you really should – she has so many fabulous short stories to share too.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dmwolfenden/
Twitter https://twitter.com/dmwbhbe

And, then, when you’ve laughed and cried with Jolie, please leave a review.  Reviews keep writers writing!

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

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Award Season – the BLU:RBS are here …

After the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, the NTAs and now the Oscars, it seems only appropriate to give some recognition to another form of entertainment: READING!
So, here’s my nod to Award Season, with my own specially-crafted statue:

BOOK LOVER’S UNION: RECOMMENDED BOOKS STACK

or the BLU:RBS, as I affectionately call it 😉

Now, before anyone takes this at all seriously, it’s a fun post designed to show off my books and those of my author buddies. No nominations or voting took place. It’s just for laughs 🙂

Let’s get started:

The BLU:RB statuette for best cover goes to: FORBIDDEN COLOURS

Forbidden Colours

What if your memories were not your memories? What if the drug hailed as a cure became a curse and ultimately your destruction?
Midori Yates works for pharmaceutical giant KLD. The launch of new drug Centoria has revolutionised the treatment of amnesia, with outstanding results. Trials exploring its use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s are on the horizon. But is it really as good as the data suggests?
Neurologist Dr. Nick Campbell has seen amazing results with his patients and is ready to believe in Centoria’s transformational abilities…that is until his patients start displaying strange and worrying symptoms with drastic results. Determined to uncover the truth, Midori and Nick find a conspiracy that is to have devastating consequences for both of them. A dark world threatens to engulf them. Can they survive?
This contemporary thriller will have you turning the pages long into the night.

The winner of the BLU:RBS for best leading lady goes to: OLIVIA CHANDLER (In the Best Interest of the Child)

In the Best Interest of the Child

Severely injured in an accident that forever changed her life, 10-year-old Olivia becomes another faceless, underserved child in foster care. With no time to mourn or grieve, the young girl is easy prey for uncaring social workers and ambivalent foster families.

Olivia quickly learns to hold her tongue and mask her emotions. Even when exposed to neglect, bullying, and assault, no one seems to care. Holding fast to the teachings of her late father, Olivia ages out of the system broken, but no longer a victim.

Now a successful child advocate attorney, Olivia is a passionate voice for children. However, a routine case assignment by the court plunges Olivia back into the trauma of her childhood. If she doesn’t face her demons, a child will be sent into foster care, and Olivia will lose the only chance at love she’s ever had…or wanted.

Foster care for her young client is not an option. But Olivia’s emotional scars run even deeper than she realized. Reconciling with her past means Olivia must confront the one woman she blames for her battered soul.

A woman who has no idea who Olivia is.

For best male lead, the BLU:RBS goes to: ARCHIE ROYLE (Magic O’Clock)

Archie Royle is a kind, funny, gentle man.
He’s also my dad. My storyteller. My hero.

Except he doesn’t remember my face any more.
His world, these days, doesn’t include me or his family.

Life may have changed for him, but he hasn’t given up on life.
Not at all.
It’s just different.

Dad still tells his stories, albeit for a new audience.
He makes people smile and chuckle. As he always did.

He’s a fighter, a survivor and maybe sometimes too clever for his own good! He’ll surprise you. I can assure you of that.

Welcome to Magic O’Clock, where time is irrelevant and hope is unlimited.

Of course, this being my blog there has to be an animal category … and the BLU:RBS goes to: DAVE (Finding Miranda)

Finding Miranda

Miranda Ogilvy is accustomed to being invisible. Sometimes people actually see her, but they forget her almost immediately. It’s not a bad life for a ghost, but Miranda is not a ghost. She’s a librarian.

Nobody “sees” Miranda Ogilvy except the hunky blind deejay (Shepard)next door and the men hired to kill them both. Shep has been blind since birth. His best friend (and guide dog), Dave, goes everywhere with him, including on the morning run. (Shepard’s the cute one; Dave’s the smart one.)

Murder, political corruption, quirky small-town neighbors, and Dave the Wonder Dog work together to make this mystery fun, romantic, and satisfying.

When it comes to Miranda and her new next-door neighbor, Shephard, not since the owl and the pussycat has there been a more unlikely pair.

Not forgetting, the BLU:RBS for the best setting goes to: PORTUGAL (The Fifth Wheel)

The Fifth Wheel

Fern Mortimer has mastered the art of being invisible. Since a hit and run accident five years ago left her wheelchair-bound, she has become a recluse in her parents’ home.
After finally venturing back into the real world, she struggles to make friends and trust anyone. Getting the nickname of The Ice Queen at her new place of work does little to build her confidence.
However, one young woman, Nessa Sullivan, sees through Fern’s mask and is determined to be her friend. A mission that only months later sees Fern joining Nessa and three others on a well-deserved and much-needed holiday to the Portuguese Algarve.
During the holiday, Fern is seduced by a handsome restaurant manager, raising her mood and her hopes of a romantic entanglement whilst also robbing her of her usual common sense and sound judgement.
So, why is her wheelchair now lying capsized in the infinity pool and a body is spotted out at sea? Where is Fern Mortimer?

and finally, there is a tie for the next category: Most anticipated book of the year.

A BLU:RBS is awarded to

Family Matters – by Felicia Denise

Jane – by DM Wolfenden

Ladies, time’s a-ticking …, and I’m a-nagging LOL

Thank you for humouring me – I realise it’s not always easy to follow my train of thought 🙂

Enjoy these books – I know I did.

Yes, I know, of course, two of them are mine, Cheeky, aren’t I?

Thanks for reading 🙂

Darker Side of Fiction · DM Wolfenden · Featured author · Giveaways

Why you should travel to the darker side of fiction

I admit, it’s not something I usually read. The very thought brings me out in a rash. I could never watch a horror movie after The Birds (and that was eons ago)
That was until I read a short story by a good friend of mine:

Meet DM Wolfenden

Now, it’s clear she has a ‘different’ view of what makes a great read – she was horrified (pun intended) when I didn’t know who HP Lovecraft** was. (Even Googling the man and his works freaked me out!)
Evidently, on that point we can agree to disagree.

But, this lady knows how to tell a good story.

Twisted? Often.    Chilling? For sure.    Dark? Always.

DM Wolfenden is a British author, who loves to write about the darker side of life, she describes her writing as a little dark with a lot of heart. From vampires to poetry, serial killers to people looking for love, full length novels to short stories there is something for everyone one and with prices starting as little as 99c, her stories won’t break the bank.

The first story I read of hers was Carly. To this  day, it is still one of the best short stories I’ve read. Here’s a snippet:

After he laid me down, he washed my wounds with disinfectant, he put plasters on almost every little scratch. He kissed each plaster.” She pulled the scrunchie out of her hair, and put it around her wrist. Absentmindedly, she scratched her head.

“He kept going on about how much he loved me, how he didn’t want to hurt me, but I needed to be punished. Something about the stars and the signs, how they meant we were to be together. I had to promise not to try and leave him again.” Her hand went to her pocket, and she took comfort in knowing the pictures were still there.

“He fed me soup. He even gave the dog some, but only after I pleaded with him. I asked about Lisa again.” She stared into Vanessa’s cold eyes. “He said, not to worry about her, she’s with Nessie now.”

Vanessa’s face paled. “He said Nessie? What did that mean?”

Carly pursed her lips and shrugged her shoulders. “Don’t know. Wouldn’t tell me.”

Vanessa closed her eyes for a few seconds.

This story has a sinister undertone, but also a heart-tugging backstory. It’s a clever suspense tale and – I promise you – you won’t see that twist coming.

If you follow it up with The Box, Then I guarantee you’ll be hooked. Read on …

The hospital smells hit me the moment I stepped inside, like sour disinfectant. Why do they all smell like this? The corridors seemed to go on for miles, and my head spun in the harsh light. Each step I took felt like I was walking through the gates of hell. Did I really want to do this? No, but I had to!

A nurse stopped me when I entered the ward.

“I’m sorry, but visiting hours are over. You will have to come back tomorrow.” Her face was quite firm.

“I have to see my dad. He called me, and said they were going to operate on him in the morning. What does he need an operation for?” I kept my voice purposefully low, I don’t know why.

“What’s his name, love?” Somehow, she looked ten years younger as her face softened. She walked behind the nurse’s station.

“Philip Doves.” I replied and wrapped my arms around my stomach. Just saying his name made me feel sick, and want to run away.

But, I kid you not, there’s more to come. Wolfie’s most recent publication is a beautiful story that will have you laughing and crying – until it hurts. Winters Day is a Rom Com (yes, from the Mistress of Dark Fiction!!) and therefore, of course, there has to be an evil antagonist lurking not too deeply below the surface.  Check this out:

She stood in the living room. There was blood on the chair nearest her, her blood. The side table lay smashed on the floor. In the carpet shards of glass sparkled like diamonds as the winter sun shone through the window. She jumped when Peter touched her arms.

“Why don’t you go and have a soak in the bath? I’ll clean up.”

She nodded.

She lay down in the warm water, bubbles encasing her, the smell of vanilla and coconut filling the room. Her emotions went wild. She silently cried as the anger, sadness, fear, then finally relief flooded through her.

See! I told you so.

But, the best is yet to come.

DM Wolfenden is offering a free copy (direct to kindle) of each of these stories to the first people who head over to her Facebook page and Like and leave a comment saying where they have seen this offer.

Tell her “Twinnie” sent you 🙂

Click here for her Author Page on Facebook or to follow her on Amazon UK  or US.

I still haven’t told you about Bernie & the Beast, another fantastic short story with some very foreboding moments. Not forgetting her debut novel Behind Blue Eyes,which is the most original vampire story you’ll ever read.

If I were you, I’d head over to Facebook and Amazon and get to know DM Wolfenden better.

Rumour tells me she’s working on an awesome Zombie novel next. Shush …. you didn’t hear it from me (okay, so yeah, she scares me a little!)

**Yeah, I got his name wrong first time round – I called him Lovelace. Proves my point – I had – have – no idea who this man is? It is a man, right? 🙂

 

ARC · DM Wolfenden · Winters Day

Winters Day – A must read for 2017

Winters Day by DM Wolfenden will make you laugh, cry, pull your hair out in frustration and make you want to punch the living daylights out of her antagonist. It will engage you with its humour – I dare you to not laugh out loud – and it will bring a lump to your throat with its gritty realism.

Set in modern-day, suburban Britain, these characters have depth, substance and believability. This is not a story – this is a drama and any of us might experience such issues. The author brings her characters to life with wit, heart-felt friendship and an empathy from which it’s impossible to detach.

Jolie Winters has led a troubled life thus far, seeing her mother murdered at the hands of an abusive step-father only then to watch her uncle go to prison for saving her from that monster. Past relationships have seen her drawn to sadistic partners, causing her more mental stress. Her friend and cousin, Debbie, is her saviour and takes it upon herself to find Jolie the love she craves – although Debbie’s choices are not exactly ‘boyfriend’ material and the blind dates she arranges supply much of the humour in this tale.

Jolie is devastated when a life-threatening illness threatens a beloved family member. All her vulnerabilities are exposed, and waiting in the wings is someone ready to take advantage of her again. What will it take for her to realise that this creep is using her – and not for the first time. Even Spencer, her goldfish seems to be dropping huge hints for her to get away from this twisted bloke.

The outcome will surprise you – and I’m not going to spoil it for you. Suffice to say, you should read this if you love real people, real banter and real issues. This is by no means a fairy tale, but will Jolie find her own Happy Ever After?

jolie

Available on Amazon from Jan 5th or from other stores now.

Click here to find out more.

You won’t regret it.