Proofreading Services for Indie Authors

Proofreading Services - Lauren Mayhew AuthorAs a self-published author myself, I know how hard it is to proofread your own work. You’ll never find all of the typos, as you know exactly what the sentence is supposed to say, and your brain skips past the errors automatically. I think a certain degree of errors are expected in self-published works, because not all of us can afford to pay a high-end proofreader, or two, to look over our books. But, you should never hit the publish button without having at least one person read through it.  Continue reading “Proofreading Services for Indie Authors”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling - Lauren MayhewHarry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling – 4 Stars

Blurb: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling”

United As One – Pittacus Lore

United as One by Pittacus Lore - Lauren MayhewUnited As One – Pittacus Lore – 5 Stars

Blurb: The Mogadorian invasion has come to Earth, and they have all but won the battle for our planet. Their warships loom over our most populous cities – like New York City, Tokyo, Moscow, Beijing, and New Delhi – and no army will risk making a move against them. The Garde are all that stand in their way . . . but they are no longer alone in this fight. Human teens from across the globe, like John Smith’s best friend, Sam Goode, have begun to develop Legacies of their own. Continue reading “United As One – Pittacus Lore”

The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau

The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau

The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau – 3.5 Stars

Blurb: It’s been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks.

Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember.

Together, Lina and Doon must go back underground to retrieve what was lost and bring light to a dark world. Continue reading “The Diamond of Darkhold – Jeanne DuPrau”

Mourning Memories Cover Reveal

Mourning Memories by Lauren MayhewIt’s been a long time in the making, but Mourning Memories, Book 2 in the Liliana Trilogy, is now available for pre-order on Amazon!

This book was a massive challenge for me and I really stuggled with writer’s block for at least a year. I can honestly say I’m relieved that I’m now able to share it with you all.

The fabulous Rachel Bostwick designed the cover for me and she has done a wonderful job! I love it so much, what do you all think? Continue reading “Mourning Memories Cover Reveal”

Lady Oracle – Margaret Atwood

Lady Oracle by Margaret AttwoodLady Oracle – Margaret Atwood – 3 Stars

Blurb:

From fat girl to thin, from red hair to mud brown, from London to Toronto, from Polish count to radical husband, from writer of romances to distinguished poet – Joan Foster is utterly confused by her life of multiple identiities.

She decides to escape to an Italian hill town to take stock of her life. But first, she must organise her own death… Continue reading “Lady Oracle – Margaret Atwood”

Reality is in a Dream – Discount!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00024]Not only have I re-designed the cover of my book ‘Reality is in a Dream’, I’m also putting the price down to 99p/ 99c! It will be 99p from today (28th) until the end of the 29th November.

It will then be priced at £1.99/ $1.99 for Cyber Monday 30th November, until 3rd November!

After this, it will go back to full price of 2.99, so make sure you get your copy before this offer ends!!

I wish I could do this worldwide, but Amazon only allow this sort of deal to be done on the UK and US sites.

If you would like to buy my book at the discounted price, I would greatly appreciate it! I’d also love it if you would leave a review once you’ve read it!

Here are the links!!!

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00PYYADWM

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PYYADWM

Welcome

This is definitely a website you should all check out! It’s a website for a group that I joined on Facebook, which has turned into a small community of writers. Here you can meet all of the authors and find out about their books – mine included! We’re called ‘Young Adult Author rendezvous’ or YAAR for short. You can use the hashtag #yaar to get in touch with us!

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The Fate of Ten – Pittacus Lore

The Fate of Ten by Pittacus LoreThe Fate of Ten – Pittacus Lore – 5 Stars

Blurb: For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can’t find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation.

There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan-one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations. Now this power can save the world . . . or destroy it. It will all depend on who wields it.

I cannot even begin to explain how much I love these books! As far as I can remember, I have been reading them since the first one – I am Number Four – came out, so I’ve had a lot of patient waiting to do. And guess what… It’s still not finished!

I don’t mind there being another book because I’m really not keen for this series to be over, I just can’t believe the cliffhanger that it ended on.

I think I was supposed to be a bit more upset than I was at the ending of this book, but the character that we say goodbye to just seemed to be a bit of a spare part to me. I’m more worried about the impact this is going to have on a certain other character that I love!

This book was action packed from page 1. This one didn’t swap between too many different characters either, it was only John, Six and Ella occasionally. It made it a lot easier to read because I wasn’t having to try and remember which font applied to which character! The previous books had a habit of doing this and it got really confusing.

I think the whole book takes place in about 48 hours or so and a LOT happens in that time. I really don’t want to give too much away with this one, unlike some of my other reviews.

I’m loving the development of humans getting Legacies, though I do see this backfiring at some point. Maybe I’m too sceptical.

It was interesting to see some of the back story of Setrakus Ra. And one of my favourite lines during this sequence came from Six to the big bad himself – “Hey, fucker.” I love Six!

Ella really grows as a character in this one and I love her to pieces. There was a heart stopping moment involving her in this one. I’m not even joking, if Ella doesn’t make it, I will not be happy. Same goes for Sam, Marina and John. Six too. And Nine. Basically, no more Garde are allowed to die – apart from Five. I still haven’t quite figured him out.

I’m eagerly awaiting book 7. Hopefully it doesn’t take longer than a year.. This is definitely going onto my all time favourite books list.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VJ6BWCE

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Joshua’s Island – Patrick Hodges

 

Joshua’s Island – Patrick Hodges – 4.5/5 Stars

Blurb: Joshua is small for his age. He has been bullied relentlessly for years, and all of his friends have drifted away from him. Eve is a pretty girl who has just been recruited into the popular clique. The two couldn’t be more different.

As they begin their final year of middle school, the unlikely pair find themselves partners in Science class. At first reluctant to work with him, Eve soon discovers hidden truths about not only Joshua but their school that turn her world upside-down.

The two form a relationship that will teach them both the true meaning of friendship, loyalty, and love… a relationship that will end up changing not only their lives, but the entire complexion of their school.

This is an amazing book! It’s a must read! I think that this should be a compulsory read in schools! Bullying is tackled in many different ways in books, but this book does it differently. You get a true understanding of what it’s like for Joshua to be pushed away by everyone because of one bitchy girl, Rhonda. I’d really love to meet that girl in a dark alley some day…

I found it so easy to read and even though some parts were repeated from both Joshua’s and Eve’s point of views, it didn’t slow the story down too much. It was actually quite nice to see certain scenes affected both the characters differently.

I was instantly drawn to Joshua from the very beginning and I wanted to give him a big hug the whole way through and tell him that everything was going to be OK! No one deserves to go through what he went through and I am so glad the he got his happy ending.

I was very close to crying throughout the last third of the book. Patrick Hodges knows very well how to get into his readers’ heads and make them feel the emotions that his characters are feeling too.

The only reason I haven’t given it 5 stars is because I found that some parts were a bit ‘unreal’. I’ve never been to an American school, so I don’t know if they really are that different to UK schools, but in schools over here, the bullies don’t rule the school.

Rhonda seems to have the whole school under her spell and everyone does what she says. I accept that they are scared of her, but I don’t believe that absolutely no-one would stand up to her. But, saying this, it’s fiction, it doesn’t have to be real! I understand why Hodges wrote the story in this way. I think it needed to be exaggerated a little for people to truly understand the impact that bullying has on people. This is why I only docked half a star!

It is a heartwarming story of courage, love and strength. I just wish I could have been as strong as Joshua was when I was being bullied in school. This is a book that all young people should read, whether they are the victim, bully or simply an onlooker. It may just save a few people from utter despair.

I almost forgot Kelsey! That girl is incredible! I think you should read the book to find out what I mean 😉

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00R3KEKGU

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R3KEKGU