THE BOY FROM THE WOODS BY HARLAN COBEN

PUBLISHED BY CORNERSTONE DIGITAL 19th MARCH 2020

Thirty years ago, a child was found in the New Jersey backwoods.

He had been living a feral existence, with no memory of how he got there or even who he is. Everyone just calls him Wilde.

Now a former soldier and security expert, he lives off the grid, shunned by the community – until they need him.

A child has gone missing. With her family suspecting she’s just playing a disappearing game, nobody seems concerned except for criminal attorney Hester Crimstein. She contacts Wilde, asking him to use his unique skills to find the girl.

But even he can find no trace of her. One day passes, then a second, then a third.

On the fourth, a human finger shows up in the mail.

And now Wilde knows this is no game. It’s a race against time to save the girl’s life – and expose the town’s dark trove of secrets…

With over 70 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times author of thirty-one novels including RUN AWAY, FOOL ME ONCE, TELL NO ONE, NO SECOND CHANCE and the renowned Myron Bolitar series. His books are published in 43 languages around the globe.

Harlan is the creator and executive producer for the Netflix television dramas SAFE starring Michael C. Hall, Audrey Fleurot and Amanda Abbington, and THE FIVE starring Tom Cullen and OT Fagbenle. He is currently filming THE STRANGER, based on his novel, for Netflix starring Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, Jennifer Saunders and Stephen Rea. Harlan was also showrunner and executive producer for two French TV mini-series, UNE CHANCE DE TROP (NO SECOND CHANCE) with Alexandra Lamy and JUST UN REGARD (JUST ONE LOOK) with Virginie Ledoyen. KEINE ZWEIT CHANCE, also based on Harlan’s novel, aired in Germany on Sat1.

Harlan’s novel TELL NO ONE (NE LE DIS A PERSONNE) was turned into the renowned French film, directed by Guillaume Canet and starring Francois Cluzet. The movie was the top box office foreign-language film of the year in the USA, won the Lumiere (French Golden Globe) for best picture and was nominated for nine Cesars (French Oscar) and won four, including best actor, best director and best music. The movie with subtitles is now available on Netflix, Amazon Prime and DVD/Blu-Ray.

Winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first author to win all three – international bestselling author Harlan Coben’s critically-acclaimed novels have been called “ingenious” (New York Times), “poignant and insightful” (Los Angeles Times), “consistently entertaining” (Houston Chronicle), “superb” (Chicago Tribune) and “must-reading” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

In his first books, Coben immersed himself in the exploits of sports agent Myron Bolitar. Critics loved the series, saying, “You race to turn pages…both suspenseful and often surprisingly funny” (People). After seven books Coben wanted to try something different. “I came up with a great idea that simply would not work for Myron,” says Coben. The result was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller TELL NO ONE, which became the most decorated thriller of the year. Two books later, Bookspan, recognizing Coben’s broad international appeal, named NO SECOND CHANCE its first-ever International Book of the Month in 2003 – the Main Selection in 15 different countries.

Harlan was the first writer in more than a decade to be invited to write fiction for the NEW YORK TIMES op-ed page. His Father’s Day short story, THE KEY TO MY FATHER, appeared June 15, 2003. His essays and columns have appeared in many top publications including the New York Times, Parade Magazine and Bloomberg Views.

Harlan has received an eclectic variety of honours from all over the world. In Paris, he was awarded the prestigious Vermeil Medal of Honor for contributions to culture and society by the Mayor of Paris. He was won the El Premio del Novela Negra RBA in Spain, the Grand Prix de Lectrices in France, and the CWA/ITV3 Bestseller Dagger for favourite crime novelist in England. On the other end of the spectrum, Little League Baseball inducted Harlan into their Hall of Excellence in 2013, and Harlan is also a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame from his playing days at Amherst College.

Harlan was born in Newark, New Jersey. He still lives in New Jersey with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben MD, a paediatrician, and their four children.

      

 

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OUR LITTLE CRUELTIES BY Liz Nugent – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY PENGUIN ON 26th MARCH 2020

Three brothers are at the funeral. One lies in the coffin.

Will, Brian and Luke grow up competing for their mother’s unequal love. As men, the competition continues – for status, money, fame, women …

They each betray each other, over and over, until one of them is dead.

But which brother killed him?

Before becoming a full-time writer, Liz Nugent worked in Irish film, theatre and television. Her three novels – Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait and Skin Deep have each been Number One bestsellers in Ireland and she has won four Irish Book Awards (two for Skin Deep). She lives in Dublin with her husband.

MY THOUGHTS

I had a bit of trouble getting into this as there appeared to be a lot going on, in fact I wished I had it as a book so I could just flick back when I needed to, it’s just a bit more troublesome doing that on a Kindle.

         

Available from Amazon here.

 

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SOMETHING FOR THE CHILDREN

I thought these were good fun worksheets which I think a lot of parents need, it is very hard for a parent to become a teacher in these hard days. Personally I think any kind of learning is better than nothing so whatever fun way you can think of then do that.

Pinterest has lots of ideas so pop over and take a look here.

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THE HOLDOUT BY GRAHAM MOORE – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY ORION ON 18th FEBRUARY 2020

MAJOR TV SERIES COMING SOON – FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU NETFLIX’S UNBELIEVABLE…

One juror changed the verdict. What if she was wrong?

‘Ten years ago we made a decision together…’

Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, the heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, vanishes on her way home from school. Her teacher, Bobby Nock, is the prime suspect. It’s an open and shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed.

Until Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury persuades the rest of the jurors to vote not guilty: a controversial decision that will change all of their lives forever.

Ten years later, one of the jurors is found dead, and Maya is the prime suspect.

The real killer could be any of the other ten jurors. Is Maya being forced to pay the price for her decision all those years ago?

WHAT I THOUGHT

I did enjoy the story but I just thought it was a bit long-winded and did not need so many details. It was very busy so took me a while to read.

AMAZON

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KEEP HIM CLOSE BY EMILY KOCH – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY VINTAGE DIGITAL ON 12th MARCH 2020

ONE SON LIED. ONE SON DIED.

Alice’s son is dead. Indigo’s son is accused of murder.

Indigo is determined to prove her beloved Kane is innocent. Searching for evidence, she is helped by a kind stranger who takes an interest in her situation. Little does she know that her new friend has her own agenda.

Alice can’t tell Indigo who she really is. She wants to understand why her son was killed – and she needs to make sure that Indigo’s efforts to free Kane don’t put her remaining family at risk. But how long will it take for Indigo to discover her identity? And what other secrets will come out as she digs deeper?

No one knows a son like his mother. But neither Alice nor Indigo know the whole truth about their boys, and what happened between them on that fateful night.

Emily Koch is an award-winning journalist and graduate of the Bath Spa Creative Writing programme. Her debut novel, If I Die Before I Wake, was shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger award, longlisted for Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, and selected as a Waterstones Thriller of the Month. She lives in Bristol.

WHAT DID I THINK?

A super story that really takes you into the lives of these two families as you find out the history it helps towards understanding what happened. This kept me turning the pages into the night as I kept wanting to know more all the time. Very well written with feeling as you can almost feel their hurt. A great book which I would highly recommend.

AMAZON

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LITTLE DOUBT BY RACHEL LYNCH – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY CANELO ON 5th MARCH 2020

Some places make their own laws…

When Ella Watson, a woman of wealth and status, is brutally stabbed to death in broad daylight it sends a shockwave through the Lake District community. Later that day, Keira Bradley meets the same fate. But whereas Ella’s murder is a tragedy, Keira’s death on the notorious Beacon Estate is just another statistic in a dangerous place.

DI Kelly Porter has the unenviable job of running simultaneous investigations. Her efforts aren’t helped by a boss driven by protecting his reputation and a housing estate where fear rules and no one dare speak out. Kelly knows the answers can only be found by winning the trust of the residents at Beacon Estate. A task so hard it may be impossible.

Kelly puts everything she has into finding justice for both victims. The only thing she hadn’t anticipated was a traitor in the ranks. When the evidence points to someone in her team, Kelly has to put feelings aside and work the case – no matter where it leads. By the time it is over, nothing in her world will ever be the same…

Rachel Lynch grew up in Cumbria and the lakes and fells are never far away from her. London pulled her away to teach History and marry an Army Officer, whom she followed around the globe for thirteen years. A change of career after children led to personal training and sports therapy, before publishing her first novel in 2014.

WHAT DID I THINK?

I love this series of books by Rachel, this one was very good as it kept the suspense going almost to the end about who did the stabbings but what else is going on? Kelly finds out things that open up more for her to look into, then she wonders who she can trust. This kept me reading half the night as it was so good and I just wanted to find out that bit more all the time. Looking forward to the next one in this series.

AMAZON

 

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EARTH DAY 2020

 

I find it amazing at how the atmosphere has improved since this lockdown, plus no rubbish left everywhere such as beaches and parks. If you see how much it has changed it really is amazing and such a good thing. I think we all need to take some notice of this and realise how much damage we are doing to this world we all live in. 

Let us hope that we do not fall back into the bad habits of before. 

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CURRENTLY READING

This is Charlie Gallagher’s first book he had published, he has come a long way since then. His books have improved but I have to say this one is still very good and has me hooked as I cannot put it down. Will write my review as soon as I have finished it.

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Are Online Copywriting Courses Worth It?

Are Online Copywriting Courses Worth It?

If you feel like the art of writing is your calling, especially for those that want to be a copywriter, and not just any copywriter but one specifically geared towards websites, read on, because a majority of the part of your task I’ll be to write copy for different types of websites and niches. Unless you specifically choose just one or two.

Did you know it is estimated that websites that have blog pages and articles uploaded on a rotation basis get over 120% more engagement (viewership) and leads (clients or customers) than one that does not. You can learn more about this here.

So, the question remains – How do you become a lucrative copywriter that people want to hire or use to flourish their web copy?

The answer – Learn and upskill yourself every chance you get. It does not have to be a tedious chore of attending a class on a university campus or going back to school – Not at all. The solution is simple – grab one of the best online classes out there, and spend a few hours each day going through it, doing the course work, completing all the tasks, write the tests or exams and voila! You could be the next best online copywriter that businesses are just waiting to hire.

And if you’re wondering if these online learning facilities are truly worth the time, effort or even the monetary investment, we would say yes

But don’t worry about the nitty-gritty of where to look because you can start right here, right now. With our list of courses below, out of the hundreds that we have shifted through,  we were able to narrow them down into helping you to pick the best one for your personal needs. You can check this link to know more about this: http://www.writersresist.org/copywriting-courses/.

Once you have chosen the right one for you, the only action that needs to be taken on your part is to start the adventure of a lifetime.

But first, some tips on what to look for:

– ‘Death by PowerPoint’:  In this day and age, the fast-moving world has no time to sift through hours of listening to people talk about things and show you some mundane presentation they have made on PowerPoint. No, this is the age of quick deliveries and fast results. People want more by doing less, and it is the same with internet courses. No one has time to waste and as such it is always best to look for courses that not only enable you to download a 100 page PDF manual for you to ‘take-home’ and read but rather a live, interactive fact-to-face ‘classroom’ program that is being taught by a lecturer either in the present or recorded as a link for you to download.

– Accreditation: When choosing the right virtual copywriting course for yourself, make sure it is an accredited institution that you go for. A lot of them say they are, but it is easy to look up the title of the accreditation they ‘claim’ to have if you do a quick search on it. if you don’t know what the term means you can find out on this source, exactly what it means to be accredited.

– Get Them on The Phone: If they do not have any contact details on their website, that’s a no-go. But the ones that do have contact details such as a phone number or customer support number, should be easy to reach and you should pick up the phone and give them a call. While you’re at it, ask to speak to the program co-ordinator or manager and ask them all the budding questions you need to. That call could give you the answer to whether they are a legitimate business and you want to invest in them or not.

– Reviews and Reputation: When we do our online shopping, we often scroll through pages and pages of different products, brands, attributes of those brands, read through reviews, look at the star ratings. So why shouldn’t you do the same with online learning options? Look for the institutions that have either decent or the best online (and overall) reputation. Check if they are backed by industry professionals or reputable teachers. A lot of their websites should have reviews from students who are currently attending the course or have already finished them – read what they say and judge for yourself.

Courses you could look up include the below:

  • The Writers Bureau
  • The Blackford Centre
  • com
  • Success Works
  • American Writers and Artists Inc
  • IDM (Institute of Digital Marketing)

The above points are just a few of the important things that we would like to share with you, and a few of the reputable online choices that we think may suit your needs.

Last, but not least, signing up for online courses is possibly the best thing you could do to learn everything you need and more, however, don’t just stop there. Do other outside of the learning zone extra-curricular activities. For instance, find out if there are any website that is looking for guest-bloggers or ghost-writers and start doing so yourself. The practice will definitely help you become more confident in the act. If you are too shy to do this and would rather wait a while till your more clued up, then start your own blog page, where you can write copy for yourself and gradually work your way to a more public domain.

 

 

 

 

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REMARKABLE 2

What a super gadget this is, an electronic pad you write on just like a notebook and then it will type it all up for you!  Great if you are a writer that likes to visit coffee shops to write as this is so small it will fit in most handbags. I am putting this on my list of things I require, in fact, next year I will save up for it. Much better to take this on holiday or away in my camper where space can be tight depending on how long I am going away for. You can get the cover for it that opens like a book, there are two types of markers available. At the moment there is free shipping so for £429 I think that is very reasonable, I would love to have a try to see how it feels like to write on.

You can buy it here.

Let me know what you think about it, please

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