Thursday, 22 October 2020

Soldier Boy by Cassandra Parkin BLOG TOUR @cassandrajaneuk @Legend_Times_ #SoldierBoy #BookReview

Under the shadow of trauma, Liam has been discharged from the army. As night terrors torment him and he struggles to keep his anger intact, he finds himself in his car, his daughter Alannah asleep in the back, while his wife Emma has gone AWOL. With no idea where to go for shelter, his only goal is to hold onto his daughter at all costs. But Alannah is on a journey of her own.

As the consequences of Alannah’s choices unfold, nothing will ever be the same again.

Soldier Boy is gripping story about secrets, fear, longing, lies and the power of being true to yourself, even when the price is higher than you could have imagined 

Soldier Boy by Cassandra Parkin was published on 1 October 2020 by Legend Press. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review, as part of this Blog Tour 

I have been reading Cassandra Parkin's work since she published her first novel, The Beach Hut in 2015, and she's become a favourite of mine.  

Every single time I read a book by this incredibly unique author, I am taken by surprise. Her writing flows so beautifully and she centres her stories around realistic people. The plot of Soldier Boy is relevant, totally up to date and so very moving. Here is a story that will resonate with many, will make others think about their views and will, without a doubt, touch the hardest of hearts.

This is essentially a road-trip novel. A small family made up of father Liam, mum Emma and daughter Alannah. All three of them have a journey ahead of them, not just a physical journey, but an emotional and life-changing one that will re-shape their family unit, and their personalities.

The novel is beautifully and cleverly structured, as Parkin links her chapters by the end word in one, and the beginning word of another, thus making the story flow so well and capturing the imagination of the reader. 

The detail within the story is so precise and well layered. The author touches on subjects that are often shied away from. Liam's PTSD and his increasing symptoms, Emma's feelings about her marriage now that Liam is no longer in the Army, and therefore at home all day, and Alannah's revelations; to herself as she discovers who she really is, and to her family, and their reaction to this. Parkin writes with empathy and real sensitivity, however, this is not sugar-coated in any way. The reader is not prepared for the events, and may not like how this pans out, but the reality is there .... life is tough, and literature should portray that.

This is an extraordinary portrait of a family, spanning generations as the reader learns about Liam's early life with his own parents, alongside his own child's coming of age too.

Complex, but so graceful. Soldier Boy is a wonderful story, told by a gifted and talented author and one I would highly recommend, especially if you are a fan of authors such as Maggie O Farrell, Louise Beech and Carol Lovekin.

Cassandra Parkin grew up in Hull, and now lives in East Yorkshire. Her short story collection, New World Fairy Tales (Salt Publishing, 2011), won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies.

The Summer We All Ran Away (Legend Press, 2013) was Cassandra's debut novel and nominated for the Amazon Rising Stars 2014.

Legend Press have also published The Beach Hut (2015), Lily's House (2016) and The Winter's Child (2017. Cassandra's fifth novel is due to be published in 2018.

Visit Cassandra  on Twitter @cassandrajaneuk

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Endless Skies by Jane Cable BLOG TOUR @JaneCable @rararesources #EndlessSkies #Lincolnshire #AuthorInterview


As archaeologist Rachel excavates a World War Two airfield, could a love story from the past hold a lesson for her as well?

After yet another disastrous love affair Rachel has been forced to leave her long-term position for a temporary role as an Archaeology Lecturer at Lincoln University. Rachel has sworn off men and is determined to spend her time away clearing her head and sorting her life out. But when one of her students begins flirting with her, it seems she could be about to make the same mistakes again...

She distracts herself by taking on some freelance work for local property developer, Jonathan Daubney. He introduces her to an old Second World War RAF base. And from her very first visit something about it gives Rachel chills…

As Rachel makes new friends and delves into local history, she is also forced to confront her own troubled past. Could a wartime love story have any bearing on her own situation? Could this time be different?

Purchase Link  -

Endless Skies will be 99p until 23rd October. 

Endless Skies by Jane Cable was published in paperback on 26 July 2020 by Sapere Books. I'm delighted to welcome the author here to Random Things today, as part of the Blog Tour organised by Rachel from Rachel's Random Resources. She's talking to me about the setting for Endless Skies; Lincolnshire - my home county.

Interview with author Jane Cable

Endless Skies is set in Lincolnshire, my home county. What made you decide to do that?

It really did start with the endless skies. My husband Jim and I were staying in the village of Winteringham, and as it was a gorgeous summer day we went for a walk along the Humber and across the fields. The sense of space was incredible – unlike anything we’d ever seen – it quite took our breath away. There was a magic to that landscape, with its cornfields cut with dykes and ditches, and I just knew I had to set a book there.

Was the link to Lincolnshire’s World War Two airfields an obvious one for you?

Not at all. For the first several drafts World War Two didn’t feature at all. The narrator and protagonist, Rachel, is an archaeologist, and at first she was working on Roman remains at the end of Ermine Street, haunted by voices and owls, but the book just wasn’t working.

Jim and I returned to Winteringham at about the time Sapere Books acquired Another You, which looks back to World War Two for its inspiration. I knew they wanted to take a second book as well and although they would both be standalone novels I wanted them to work as a pair. A visit to Hemswell Antique Centres was the key; I was actually looking for a towel rail for our guest room, but once I realised the centres were the former barrack blocks of an RAF base, something clicked. I stood at the bottom of a staircase and I could almost hear the airmen’s footsteps running up and down.

Unlike Another You, with its basis in a real event, there was nothing to pin the historical aspect of Endless Skies on so I had to make something up. That said, the Polish squadrons based there were real enough, as were their disastrous losses in the early summer of 1942.

You’ve been to Lincolnshire so many times now, what are your top recommendations for other visitors?

That is tough, because we’ve barely scratched the surface still. Certainly the city of Lincoln. It’s hard to grasp quite how precipitous the aptly named Steep Hill is, but it’s worth the climb to reach the cathedral with its famous imp, and the castle where there’s a copy of the Magna Carta. Lincoln has a fabulous museum too, but the one in Scunthorpe is worth a visit as well – it’s one of the very best local ones we’ve visited. 

On our last trip to Lincolnshire we were able to go to the heritage centre at RAF Scampton. You need to apply in advance for security clearance as it’s still an active base. We thought it would all be about the famous 617 Dambusters Squadron, but there was so much more there, bringing the history of the base, including the Red Arrows, right up to date. I have to say it was a special experience to stand in Guy Gibson’s office though, and see the actual document authorising the mission.

I’m booked to speak at the Boston Literary Festival next September so we’re looking forward to returning and have pencilled in a trip to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Coningsby.

About Jane Cable

I write romance with a twist, that extra something to keep readers guessing right to the end. While my books are character driven my inspiration is always a British setting; so far a village in Yorkshire (The Cheesemaker’s House), a Hampshire wood (The Faerie Tree), gorgeous Studland Bay in Dorset (Another You) and rural Lincolnshire (Endless Skies).

I was born and raised in Cardiff but spent most of my adult life living near Chichester before my husband and I upped sticks and moved to Cornwall three years ago. 

I published my first two novels independently and have now been signed by Sapere Books. I am an active member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and contributing editor to Frost online magazine.

Twitter: @JaneCable

Facebook: Jane Cable, Author 


A Cut Like Wound by Anita Nair BLOG TOUR @anitanairauthor @bitterlemonpress @RandomTTours #Win #Giveaway #Competition


It's the first day of Ramadan in heat-soaked Bangalore. A young man begins to dress: makeup, a sari, and expensive pearl earrings. Before the mirror he is transformed into Bhuvana. She is a hijra, a transgender seeking love in the bazaars of the city.

What Bhuvana wants, she nearly gets: a passing man is attracted to this elusive young woman—but someone points out that Bhuvana is no woman. For that, the interloper's throat is cut. A case for Inspector Borei Gowda, going to seed, and at odds with those around him including his wife, his colleagues, even the informers he must deal with. More corpses and Urmila, Gowda's ex-flame, are added to this spicy concoction of a mystery novel.

Most intriguing is the grim world of Bhuvana. Her hijra fantasies, emotions, and hopes are etched in a way that is chilling yet oddly touching. Some mysteries remain till almost the end, for instance Bhuvana's connection with the wealthy, corrupt Corporator Ravikumar, who lives in a mansion as grand as the Mysore Palace and controls whole districts of Bangalore.

A Cut Like Wound by Anita Nair was published by Bitter Lemon Press in May 2014. As part of the #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour, I am delighted to have one copy to give away today.
Entry is simple, just fill out the competition widget at the end of this post.  UK Entries Only Please.


Praise for Anita Nair

"This is not just a story of another smart cop on the trail of another serial killer. It is more an exploration of the mind of a killer, that tempts the reader to sympathize." --India Today

"Nair writes big, brave descriptions of one brutal murder after the next, relentlessly describing each death even as sub-inspector Santosh loses his breakfast over them. At the crux of every great mystery novel is that penny-drop moment where the revelation leaves you cold with shock. In Cut Like Wound, the penny hits you on your head like a golf ball." --Time Out

"'Once I've created a character, I step into their shoes',says Nair who admits to an element of wish fulfillment with Gowda. 'Here's a character who can do all the things I can't. He rides a Bullet motorcycle and can get p*** drunk - all those things that one part of me won't allow me to do.' A confirmed detective fiction junkie, you hope the author hurries up with the next installment. It's torture to wait two years for any man; it's even worse if he's as interesting as Inspector Borei Gowda." --Hindustan Times

'I loved this book and was constantly gripped. Anita Nair's writing in some moments has photographic qualities, in others the precision of surgeon's scalpel; and always the great inner warmth of the human heart. Truly astounding writing.' --Peter James

'Nair is a feminist and highly regarded Indian novelist, this is... as startling a debut crime novel as you are likely to read this year... This is a troubling novel about men and sexual identity, ending with a shattering and unexpected revelation.' -
--The Sunday Times

One copy of A Cut Like Wound by Anita Nair

Anita Nair lives in Bangalore and is a prize winning, internationally acclaimed author, playwright,, lecturer and literary personality.
Her novel Ladies Coupe, first published in the US ten years ago by St. Martin's Griffin, is a feminist classic which has been published in thirty languages all over the world.
The Daily Telegraph called it 'one of the most important feminist novels to come out of South India'. The movie adaptation of her previous book, Lessons in Forgetting, has just won the Indian national award for the best feature film in English language, and an Indian language film based on this new book is already being discussed.
Anita Nair has never shied away from the darker underside of life but Cut Like Wound is a new departure for her into noir and literary crime. St Martin's Press has recently published her latest novel, The Lilac House, in the US.
Twitter @anitanairauthor
Instagram @anitanairauthor

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

A Bowl of Cherries by FE Birch BLOG TOUR @EffieMerryl #ABowlOfCherries @RandomTTours #BookReview


There’s nothing cosy about this crime.Succulent and rich stories of the dark and unknown that might terrify, horrify, or deliciously delight.Thirty-two previously published and prize winning tales that contain themes of death, destruction, abuse and emotion, each one a veritable stride into a unique and different world. From the psychologically disturbed, the raging mad, the vulnerability of victims, and desperately needy, there’s not much that isn’t covered in the dark genre for those that like their stories to be troubling, distressing and quirky. NOT for the faint of heart, this comes with a triple X warning!"

A delightfully dark rollercoaster, dipping into a selection of slickly written shorts." -- Robert Scragg, author of All That is Buried

"A patchwork quilt of daring fever dreams, stitched together with effortless, bewitching prose. Highly recommended." -- Rob Parker, author Far from the Tree

A Bowl of Cherries by FE Birch was published in July this year. My thanks to the author who sent my copy for review for this #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour.

When you receive a book from an author and the note inside says 'I hope you like stories that are dark!", you know that you are in for a treat! A Bowl of Cherries is a collection of thirty-two short stories that are most certainly a real treat, but be aware, you do have to enjoy 'dark', you do have to prepare yourself for the unexpected. There are no holds barred here, this author shows her skill so very well in each and every one of these stories. Some are just a couple of pages long, some are longer, but each one is so very different and I was totally invested in every one of them.

It's rare that I enjoy a complete collection of short stories as much as I've enjoyed these. More often than not, there will be a few stories in an anthology that just don't do it for me. I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading every single one of these. I really believe that it's harder to create a gripping and realistic story in the short form than it is to create a full-length novel. Being able to make the reader connect with the characters in such a short time is an enviable task, but FE Birch manages it beautifully.

These stories go from the downright dirty and dangerously explicit to the heart-reading and tear-jerking. There's murder and lust, confessions and revenge a plenty here; something to suit every mood.

A Bowl of Cherries is the perfect book to pick up, dip into, entertain yourself and enjoy .... albeit in a dark and fairly intense way. 

Effie Merryl is an ex-cop who spends her time between the North East of England and Central Scotland.

She won the first Bloody Scotland Pitch Perfect in 2012 with the manuscript that will hopefully become her debut crime novel.
She is the pseudonymous author of a 'faction' book of memoirs published by Harper Collins in 2013. She has had over 150 short stories published online and in print, many of which have been placed in competitions (2004 - present).
Her short story collection, Bowl of Cherries, contains some of her best prize winners, and is released on Amazon Kindle under the name F.E. Birch.

Twitter @EffieMerryl

Fargo Burns by Kos Kostmayer BLOG TOUR #FargoBurns @DrCiceroLit @booksforwardpr @RandomTTours #MyLifeInBooks


Howling and half-naked in his torn and bloody clothing Fargo is a desperate man and dangerous to himself and others. He ricochets around his kitchen, heaving furniture into the street. The street is twelve stories down and Fargo fills the New York air with chairs and tables, lamps and dishes, cutting boards and cabinets, electric fans and plastic caddies, frying pans and double boilers, brooms and mops and metal buckets, canned goods and Pyrex platters, a garbage can, a cookie jar, a toaster oven, even the refrigerator door, which he rips off and throws out the window.

Fargo Burns by Kos Kostmayer was published on 1 March 2020 by Dr. Cicero Books. I'm delighted to welcome the author here to Random Things today. He's talking about the books that are important to him in My Life in Books, for the #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour.

My Life in Books - Kos Kostmayer

Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, because I can’t imagine a list of great books that doesn’t include at least one Russian novel. We all love Tolstoy, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, but Dead Souls made me laugh out loud from start to finish, which only goes to show how sad it is.

Meister Eckhart’s Sermons, because I read him when I was young enough to be stunned by the severe tenderness of his spirit, and because he trafficked in the inexplicable, and because he fortified my skepticism by laying out a set of beliefs that I found completely unbelievable, and because he spoke the truth when he asserted that (paraphrasing here from memory) The only thing we can say with certainty about God is nothing.

King Lear by Shakespeare, because it reveals how bleak the world will always be in the absence of mercy, and because Lear himself hollows out Eckhart’s dictum when he says that Nothing comes from nothing, and because the terrifying power of this extraordinary play rectifies belief by cleansing it of sentiments too false or weak to stand against the grief that life entails.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee, because he fused autobiography, social science, photography, poetry, religion, activism, innocence, vanity, excess and beauty into a farrago of enduring power, and because he had the decency to feel shame in the face of other people’s pain.
Richard Wright’s Native Son, but also his stories, his essays, his entire body of work, and even his exile, because I didn’t know how it was until he told me so.

Tyehimba Jess, because he gave us Leadbelly straight in the face, and because Olio is a work of surpassing genius and undeniable originality, and because he rebuked John Berryman, whose poetry I love, and by doing so forced me to reckon with my own limitations and to think anew about my place in the world.

Jesus’ Son and Train Dreams, both by Denis Johnson, because he’s a beautiful writer, and because his work drives deep into your sleep at night and wakes you up to the dreadful beauty built into terror and the surprising grace that always accompanies failure, and because he touched me deeply and made me laugh, and because he died long before his time was up.

Against Forgetting, an anthology of resistance poetry beautifully compiled and edited by Carolyn Forche, because it offers no relief from the accumulation of sorrows – a century of unrelenting grief – caused by cruelty and oppression, and yet it lifts us up page after page by the sheer beauty of its songs and its stubborn refusal to surrender.

Justice by Carey Harrison, because the stark elegance and lightly worn erudition of this masterpiece runs counter to the fiercely radical – indeed the nearly unbearable – demands it makes on us, and Midget In A Catsuit Reciting Spinoza, also by Carey Harrison, because the bleak and terrifying power of this play makes it almost impossible for us to answer the call to mercy that Justice demands.

Nightwood by Djuna Barnes, because this was one of the first books that made me realize language had no limits and could be a weapon as well as a wand and could function like the sword of Achilles, which supposedly had the power to heal the wounds it caused, and because she wrote that We are but skin about a wind with muscles clenched against mortality.

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Harman, because this marvelous writer is a scholar as well as an artist, and because she always adheres to the truth even as she liquefies the divide that normally separates fiction from fact, and because she brings us face to face with history that has long been hidden from our view and with people who have long been scorned, or even worse, forgotten.

Quarantine by Jim Crace, because he leads us into the desert and walks us out beyond the reach of reason, and because he refuses to abandon us, but rather makes an oasis of his formidable intellect in the middle of the barren waste that now defines our culture, and because his writing, like all good poetry, is tightly compressed, and because his language is lush without being rank and lean without being stingy, and because he gives pleasure without giving in.

Forgetting and Her Mirror Is An Unarmed Hunter, both by the great Syrian poet Firas Sulaiman, because he writes with stone and salt, and because he never lies, and because he is a Bedouin cut loose from his people and walking in the wind of a foreign land, and because he is strong enough to stand with one foot planted in the Babylon of Ancient Days and the other in the Babylon of contemporary American life, and because he knows what liberty looks like when it dies, and because his greatness deserves to be recognized.

The Bacchae by Euripides, because the Greeks are unsparing in their view of human destiny, and because they were among the first to recognize the heartbreaking relationship between beauty and violence, and because this play lays out a blood soaked and delirious map that defines for all time the geography of madness and grief.

The Collected Poems of Adrienne Rich, because she writes like an angel but walks along the margins where the dispossessed have gathered, and because the fierce, lilting charge that lives inside her work speaks to us of freedom even as it teaches us to understand that the personal is political, and the political is essential, and the essential is the very ground on which the arts in general, and literature in particular, are born to take their stand.

The Day Of The Locust and Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathaniel West, because he is a truly great writer – native born and native bound – and the unrelenting honesty in his work makes us understand exactly how and why the American experiment might yet fail.

Kos Kostmayer - October 2020 

Kos Kostmayer is a novelist, poet, playwright, and screenwriter.
His work has been honored with the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.
Kos served for many years as Supervising Writer and Field Producer for the Emmy Award winning television show Big Blue Marble.
Kos is married to the artist Martha Ferris, and he and his wife divide their time between their family farm in Mississippi and their home in the Hudson River valley.

Monday, 19 October 2020

The Nesting by CJ Cooke BLOG TOUR @CJessCooke #TheNesting @fictionpubteam @HarperFiction @RandomTTours


Deep in a remote Norwegian forest, Lexi has found a new home with architect Tom and his two young daughters. With snow underfoot and the sound of the nearby fjord in her ears, it’s as if Lexi has stepped into a fairy tale

But this family has a history – and this place has a past. Something was destroyed to build their beautiful new house. And those ancient, whispering woods have a long memory.

Lexi begins to hear things, see things that don’t make sense. She used to think this place heavenly, but in the dark, dark woods, a menacing presence lurks.

With darkness creeping in from the outside, Lexi knows she needs to protect the children in her care.

But protect them from what?

The Nesting by CJ Cooke was published by Harper Collins in hardback on 15 October 2020. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review as part of this #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour.

As soon as I read the blurb of The Nesting, and then saw that wonderfully brilliant and quite beautiful cover, I just knew that I had to read it. I have a passion for Norway, and stories set there and my much anticipated 'bucket list' holiday to Norway this year had been cancelled, so reading a story set there would be a little comfort to me! 

The haunting and quite gripping prologue is just a couple of pages long, but pulls the reader in completely as the reader is then thrust into the here and the now, where we meet lead character Lexi.

Lexi is a troubled young woman who recently tried to take her own life. Her long-term relationship has ended and she's now homeless and unemployed. With no strong family relationships to support her, she's drifting. As Lexi sits on a train, with no real destination in sight, she overhears a conversation between two women. This conversation will change her life course. 

Within days Lexi has secured herself a job as a nanny to two young children whose mother has recently died, and she will be working in Norway, at the holiday house that the children's father is determined to finish building in memory of his dead wife. It just so happens that Lexi is writing a novel and that book is set in Norway.  However, Lexi is not travelling under her own name; she's taken on the identity of one of the women she listened to on the train. From here on, she's Sophie; qualified nanny with experience. Surely looking after a couple of children in a luxury location will be a piece of cake?  Or will it?

CJ Cooke has written a story that is atmospheric and tense. There is no doubt that the star of the story is the location which is described so very well, adding a spine-tingling chill to what is a twisted and at times, very dark domestic noir thriller interwoven with folklore tales that made me shudder in horror at times.

Not only does Lexi have to ensure that her real identity is not discovered, she also has to deal with an increasing sense of unease about the family she is working for. Tom, the father of the family has a personality that splits into two; at times laid back and kind, but often stern and with a temper that is explosive and unexpected. Housekeeper Maren is another mysterious character; previously an artist, she worked for the family for many years, but has dark secrets of her own that she finds difficult to keep hidden. 

The Nesting is a fairly long book at just over 400 pages in the hardback copy, but it engages from page one and never lets up. I was totally enthralled by the plot, the characters and of course by the wonderfully created sense of place that this talented author has created. 

Vivid, original and haunting, The Nesting comes highly recommended by me.

C J Cooke (Carolyn Jess-Cooke) lives in Glasgow with her husband and four children. 
C J Cooke's works have been published in 23 languages and have won many awards. 
She holds a PhD in Literature from the Queen's University of Belfast and is currently Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow, where she researches creative writing interventions for mental health.
Two of her books are currently optioned for film.


Twitter @CJessCooke

Instagram @cjcooke_author

Author Page on Facebook

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Metamorphosis by Sara Madderson BLOG TOUR @saramadderson #Metamorphosis @RandomTTours #Win #Competition #Giveaway


Do you ever feel as though you’re sleepwalking through life? Awake, but not fully conscious? Surviving, but not thriving?
So many of us have built ourselves cocoons that, while comfortable, limit us from living fully. Cocoons can be either a form of confinement or, as nature shows us, an incubator for transformation. In 
Metamorphosis, Sara Madderson lays out a two-part framework for making changes in our lives that will bring us greater joy, consciousness and wonder, and that will elevate both our human relationships and our perceptions of the world around us.
Part I focuses on the metamorphosis process itself, providing six steps to shrug off our cocoon and awaken to our own limitlessness. Part II is devoted to navigating our external world, and helping us to understand exactly what we want in life. When we invest in our own transformation, and we transform our perceptions of the world around us, then we can emerge from our cocoon and truly embrace our own magnificence

Metamorphosis by Sara Madderson was published on 11 February 2020. As part of this #RandomThingsTours Blog Tour, I am delighted to offer one copy to a lucky winner.

Entry is simple, just fill out the competition widget at the end of this post. UK Entries only


In this book, you will learn:

why we build cocoons for ourselves, and how to use our cocoons as incubators for growth and transformation
  • the 10 faces of unconsciousness and their nemeses: the 10 faces of consciousnesswhat taking responsibility really means, and why it is the single biggest step in any transformational process
  • why self-discipline is the key to metamorphosis, and how to turbo-charge your motivations to make it easy to make the changes that you want to make
  • how to upgrade the inputs that you feed into your brain to gain clarity, peace and wisdom
  • what steps to take to transform your health so you have the energy that you need for this journey
  • how to call out the unconscious limiting beliefs that we all accrue over time, and what it feels like to discover your real limitlessness
  • why our lives are far better than we think, and how to instantly transform our reality by upgrading our perception of it
  • why we need human connection, why we so often mess it up, and how to elevate our human relationships
  • how to identify what we really want, and don’t want, from our lives
  • the empowerment that comes when we reframe ‘luck’ and take control of our destiny
  • clarity around the law of attraction, and the most effective manifestation techniques

  • By the end of this book you will be transformed, viewing life from the liberated perspective of the butterfly while knowing that your cocoon is there for you whenever you need to recharge and regenerate on your lifelong journey.

One copy of Metamorphosis by Sara Madderson

Sara Madderson is an author, entrepreneur, wife and mother. She was born in Ireland and moved to

the UK with her family when she was ten years old. She lives in London with her husband Chris, their two children, Paddy and Tilly, and their cocker spaniel Charlie.

Before turning to writing, Sara worked in finance for a decade and then ran her own fashion brand, Madderson London, for eight years. She earned her MPhil in Early Modern History from the University of Birmingham.

Metamorphosis is Sara's first book. Given that she spent most of her childhood writing and designing clothes, she's now seen both of her childhood career dreams come true! She's enjoyed the adventure of publishing independently as much as she's enjoyed the writing process itself. She's now completely hooked on writing!