Saltwater Secrets, Song of the Sea by Jade Varden | Book Review

Saltwater Secrets, Book 1: Song of the Sea  

A riveting spell binding book by Jade Varden that i couldnt get enough of !! I really hope that this is a series because i seriously want more.

This was an original tale of the enchanting world of mermaids and selkies.Jade Varden truly is a brilliant story teller! I loved the way she brought her characters to life and the way she describes the ocean giving it a unique and magical feel.

Song of the Sea is about a young girl who lived a seemingly perfect life with a beautiful house on the little island of the coast.She had 2 great parents and a new boyfriend whom she had a crush on forever!! Her life was somewhat monotonous until the day she discovers her life was made up of one big lie.Her world tilts on its axis upon discovering a selkie skin in her attic which she mistakes to be a seal skin.

Brenna always felt drawn to the ocean and was an excellent swimmer , her mum on the other hand is terrified of the ocean following a near death experience that consequently led to the meeting of her parents…Or so she was led to believe until her mother jumps naked into the ocean and she is forced to follow her because her father refuses to look for her claiming that her mother was a mythical creature of the ocean and she left them deliberately to go back to her home in the heart of the Atlantic ocean.

Brenna embarks on a journey that changes her beliefs and her entire perspective of the world.She meets Dylan a merman whose life seems to be entwined with hers.Shes caught in a war between the selkie and merfolk and thats just the beginning!! this novel takes you through a mixture of emotions.

You will not be disappointed in this captivating heart warming novel. This should most definitely be a series!!

Books by Indie Authors to look out for…

Secrets of the Realm by Bev Stout

Blamed for her uncle’s death, fifteen-year-old Annie is on the run. Knowing the perils she will face on the streets of eighteenth century London, she disguises herself as a boy. Her life on the streets is cut short when she becomes Captain Hawke’s cabin boy. Not only must Annie work alongside the Realm’s motley crew of outcasts and gentlemen, she must also keep her superstitious shipmates from discovering she is a girl. Annie vows she will never leave the Realm, where dreams are chased, shattered lives can mend, and secrets are stowed like keepsakes in an old desk drawer. But when her past catches up with her, can she return to the Realm? More importantly, will she have a choice?

A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends Book 1) by Jayde Scott

Hidden from mortal eyes are the creatures of darkness that coexist with mortals: Shadows, vampires, fallen angels, demons, shape shifters, succubi, and the likes.

Seventeen-year-old Amber enters their world by chance when her brother, Dallas, sets her up with a summer job in Scotland. Dallas has spied something in the woods he thinks could make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. But instead of finding riches, Amber unknowingly enters a paranormal race—and promptly wins the first prize—a prize that comes with no exchange policy, and for which many would kill. Soon, she discovers her new boss, Aidan, didn’t employ her for her astounding housekeeping skills, and no one is who they say they are. But by that time she’s far too deep in a world she never knew existed, a world of love bonds, dark magic, ancient enemies and immortals.

As the dark forces slowly conspire against Amber, her naivety and love for Aidan catapults her into a calamitous series of otherworldly events. With every immortal creature hunting for her, whom can she trust with her life?

Farsighted (Farsighted 1) by Emlyn Chand

Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t. When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider.Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and… oh yeah, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all. Alex is in store for another new arrival–an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, he is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future.


The Elephant Tree by R.D. Ronald

Mark Fallon is an overworked detective investigating a spate of attacks at a string of high profile city centre nightclubs.

Scott is a dejected 24 year old struggling to make ends meet working for his brother and supplementing his income with a small-scale drug dealing operation.

Angela is an attractive 23 year old, raised by her father, a career criminal and small time drug dealer who supplies Scott with cannabis.

This is a chilling tale spanning a few months in the lives of Scott and Angela, where realizations about the present combine with shocking revelations from the past leading to an apocalyptic climax where they no longer know whom they can trust.

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

 May Day (American Sulla, #1) by Thom Stark


When the unthinkable happens … what happens next? A nuclear weapon destroys Lower Manhattan. A million people die.

Millions more flee from a gigantic, deadly cloud of fallout. The crisis has only begun.

President William Orwell Steele and his cabinet labor to cope with the aftermath of an unprecedented terrorist attack, while a host of ordinary Americans struggle merely to survive in a world where everything has changed.

From the corridors of power to the squalor of refugee camps, from world capitols to the lawless frontiers of Pakistan, from economic collapse to armed rebellion, the impact of the May Day attack swiftly spreads to every aspect of society and every corner of the globe.

Tips for New Writers…

Every writer’s process and goals are going to be different, however here are some tips that i think might help for new and aspiring writers…

1. Firstly Start Writing and Keep Writing

Stop making excuses about not having the time to write.Stop tell yourself that you’re not ready or you can’t or you will someday.Writers write.

So today, now, determine what your writing goals are and when and how you’re going to make them happen, and if your plan doesn’t include actual words on paper within the near future, then rework your plan until it does.

2.Don’t worry about not being “very good.”

No one starts of as a brilliant writer.It all took alot of practice and probably several failed attempts. Some of your favorite authors did not get famous over night.With time you will be able to identify your own flaws and mistakes and will be able to determine what will work and what wont.So keep writing and improving as much as you can.

3.Read writing and craft guides

There’s always new things that can be learnt from the numerous guides available.Research is important.We all have our own process and method and we should do what feels best for our own personal creative path.You can choose to ignore certain tips and rules of writing but don’t be afraid to learn and keep learning.You may find a style that will work for you.

4.Stay inspired

Writers block is something every writer experiences at one stage or another but it is important to stay inspired.Decide on what inspires you, whether its quotes from your favorite authors, music or pictures and keep it close by to help you push through the writers block.

5.Talk to other writers

Remember that you are not alone.There are other new writers out there that are probably going through the same problems you are so talk to them. Join a critique group and talk to writing friends.

6.Always carry a pen and notepad

You will never know when the brilliant ideas will hit so always keep your material on hand to capture your thoughts.

7.Be Patient

Everything takes time. Some writers were lucky enough to get published immediately while others had to wait longer. Hard work and diligence is required if you want your work to reach the masses. Thanks to social media and self publishing it has become easier to get your books out there however it still requires time and work on your behalf.

Remember that all writers start somewhere. They don’t start off as bestsellers. Like everything writing takes practice and patience.

The Circle by Mario Escobar | Book Review

“A debut psychological thriller from Mario Escobar that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.”

It truly was a dark psychological thriller with a surprising twist you would not expect.This was an entertaining , suspenseful novel that i would recommend to others.The strength in the lead characters were commendable and this book was a superb read from start to finish that i completed on one sitting.It kept my interest throughout.

The story unfurls with a brief description of Maryam Batool`s character and her life before a disastrous financial event in 2007.Maryam Batool formally from Pakistan led a promising career before a financial crisis.

Solomon Lewin is the protagonist having just moved back to London following humanitarian work in India that paid less than minimum wage. Maryam and Solomon meet at a mental facility in which Solomon is employed as a psychiatrist located in London’s square mile.Due to a stock market crash and a suicide attempt, Maryam becomes a patient in the psycho ward of the hospital with an obsessive compulsive disorder and violent tendencies.

She is in a catatonic state and does not communicate at all aside from repeating the word the circle as well as drawing circles.Solomon takes on her case and attempts to help her overcome her illness. He is called to the institution one night because of Maryam`s psychotic state and violent attack on a nurse which takes him on a mysterious journey with Maryam.He leaves the solitude of his home and walks into a living nightmare in one of the worst snow blizzards he had come across.Solomon had to find out exactly what is the circle while putting his family at risk, escaping ‘so called agents’ and discovering exactly why everyone wants Maryam dead.


Solomon repeatedly tries to remove himself from the complicated situations he is thrown in continuously due to Maryam`s impulsiveness and untrustworthy behavior.

The ending was a completely unexpected, it went in a direction that the average author would not have even contemplated,I thought i had it figured out until the last chapter where i was left dumb founded.This was a invigorating read with a brilliant plot that will put you through a whirlwind of emotions.

This book is for readers that enjoy a dark and disturbing novel.Hope you guys enjoy it as much as i did!

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New Treat for Chick Lit Lovers by Jenny Colgan..

Readers who enjoy the sometimes humorous, often heartwarming contemporary romance style made popular by Jennifer Weiner (All Fall Down ) and JoJo Moyes (Me Before You ) will love author Jenny Colgan’s new series debut, The Little Beach Street Bakery.

A “cozy read, perfect for chick lit lovers and those craving a mental vacation,” this new offering from international bestseller Colgan introduces readers to the charming Cornish tidal town of Polbearne, and the island’s new baker, Polly, who is running from a bankrupt business and a failed relationship. As she develops strong friendships and a potential new love, the town is struck by tragedy and Polly faces her greatest challenge. Complete with several recipes for the reader to try at home, this book is a sweet addition to the genre.

Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn’t be happier. Because Polly is in love: she’s in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she’s in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she’s in love with her boyfriend, Huckle. And yet there’s something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that’s floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend’s fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he’d left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence. Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

Bachelor Host Chris Harrison Writes A Novel..

Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison is the grand master of love on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” The 43-year-old TV host has been with the series since its launch in 2002, and has guided the stars of the ABC show through dating, marriages and breakups. Well, now he’s using a different platform to share a relationship story – a book! He actually received inspiration to write the book from the author of “The Notebook” and other romance novels, Nicholas Sparks.

As the longtime host of ABC’s hit shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison has witnessed the joys and heartbreak of men and women searching for everlasting love. A true romantic at heart, he believes that everyone deserves their own fairytale ending. Now, in his first work of fiction, Chris draws on his unique insights and wisdom in a remarkable debut novel that explores love and its consequences—a must-read for Bachelor fans and hopeless romantics everywhere.

The Perfect Letter: A Novel by Chris Harrison


Chidren`s Books That make Adults cry !!

Children’s books sometimes deal with sad topics as a way to introduce kids to the inevitable hardships and low points of life. The interesting thing is that when adults read these books, they understand and grasp the reality of the plot far more deeply than children do. As a result, these books written for children have the power to turn grown adults into sobbing messes.

This book follows the adventures of Simba, a young lion, as he grows to maturity, matches wits with the evil Scar, finds courage, and discovers true love. It touched the hearts of many readers world wide including adults.


In 1999, Michael Rosen’s 18-year-old son Eddie died of meningitis. In 2004, he published Sad Book, which is about his experiences dealing with his grief. This is the opening page:

This is me being sad. Maybe you think I’m being happy in this picture. Really, I’m being sad but pretending I’m happy. I’m doing that because I think people won’t Like me if I’m being sad.

The illustrations by Quentin Blake give the book a washed-out feeling of loss that is hard to put into words but captured brilliantly in pictures.


Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it. Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys–and people–become real through the wisdom and experience of love. This reissue of a favorite classic, with the original story and illustrations as they first appeared in 1922, will work its magic for all who read it.


What do you do without your best friend? Jamie isn’t afraid of anything. Always ready to get into trouble, then right back out of it, he’s a fun and exasperating best friend. But when something terrible happens to Jamie, his best friend has to face the tragedy alone. Without Jamie, there are so many impossible questions to answer — how can your best friend be gone forever? How can some things, like playing games in the sun or the taste of the blackberries that Jamie loved, go on without him?

When a novel like Huckleberry Finn, or The Yearling, comes along it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the respouse it evokes in the reader. Such a book, we submit, is Old Yeller; to read this eloquently simple story of a boy and his dog in the Texas hill country is an unforgettable and deeply moving experience.

Successful Books that Authors wish they hadnt written!!

It is a writer’s dream to write a best-selling novel, or maybe even a best-selling novel with a blockbuster film adaptation. Who wouldn’t want the fruit of his or her artistic labors to reach and influence the lives of millions? The right book can alter the way its readers think. It can inspire them into action. Sometimes, though, that influence reaches farther and in different directions than the author anticipated. Sometimes, authors grow to hate these publications that make them famous.

Alan Moore is the mastermind behind multiple graphic novels that have been turned into box office gold—gold that he refuses to take. He worked with DC Comics to publish some of his most famous works, including V for Vendetta, Watchmen, and From Hell. Moore parted ways with DC Comics in the late 1980s for multiple reasons. He disagreed with rating and labeling the books for “Mature Readers.” He was also furious that he was being duped out of the rights to his work; the company said he would get the rights back when the books went out of print. The catch was they never actually planned to stop printing them.

When the DC Comics movies started coming out, Moore refused to be involved and has refused to accept any profit from the films. He won’t watch the film adaptations of his comics and graphic novels, including those published with non-DC companies like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Moore even asked for his name to be taken off the credits. While he stands by his stories in their original form, he despises their connection to Hollywood.

Alice in Wonderland has been a cultural phenomenon. It is one of the quintessential tales that nearly everyone in the Western world recognizes. It has been a hit from the time it was published in 1865 through present day. It’s hard to believe the mastermind who weaved the magical world of Wonderland could ever hate it.

It’s possible that if the book hadn’t been such a success, the author may have never grown to hate it. A recently unveiled letter by Charles Dodgson, the real person who took the pen name Lewis Carroll, reveals that he wishes he had never written the book at all. He despised the publicity. In 1891, he wrote to a friend, Mrs. Symonds. “All that sort of publicity . . . I hate all that so intensely that sometimes I almost wish I had never written any books at all,” he wrote.


Stephen King is one of the most prolific and successful authors in the world. His books have sold over 350 million copies. King fans know that Richard Bachman novels are just King novels under a pseudonym. Rage, published in 1977, was the first Bachman book to hit the shelves. King wrote the book when he was a high school student. The main character in the novel shoots up his school, holds a classroom hostage, kills another student and two teachers, and then tries to commit suicide by police fire. In the following two decades, the book was tied to four school shootings.

The students who carried out horrific crimes in school all had read or been inspired by the novel. In response, King demanded the book be taken out of print. Unlike William Powell, King had the power to take Rage out of publication. Because the book is out of print, used versions of Rage can cost anywhere from $700 to $2,000 online. King stands by his decision to remove the book from publication. He doesn’t want his writing to be a catalyst that pushes psychologically unstable kids over the edge.


Peter Benchley was the mastermind behind the popular 1974 novel Jaws, which was later turned into a Steven Spielberg blockbuster in 1975. Benchley loved the film but was upset by the number of people who were terrified of the water afterward. He also hated the uptick in hate toward sharks.

Due to the intensive research he did to write the book, Benchley became somewhat of a shark expert and oceanography.

Later in life, he became an avid shark conservationist and regretted portraying them as vicious, grudge-holding killers. Jaws was his first book, but not his last. Many of his future books also focused on various terrors under the sea. The last book he wrote was in 2005 and was called Shark Life. The book was nonfiction and meant to shed light on dangers in the sea and encourage conservation. He passed away the following year.


 Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne


Winnie the Pooh is arguably one of the most beloved characters in children’s literature. The book’s author, A.A. Milne, initially wrote Winnie the Pooh as an homage to his son and his stuffed animals. He even named the boy in the book after his son, Christopher Robin.


The real Christopher Robin grew to hate his association with Winnie the Pooh, feeling consistently overshadowed by his father’s legacy. As a child he was constantly mocked because of the books. Even the drawn Christopher had a stark resemblance to the real-life Christopher. These were drawn by E.H. Shepard, who later regretted agreeing to illustrate Winnie the Pooh. He hated how much it overshadowed what he considered his true work as a political cartoonist. A.A. Milne himself ended up regretting writing the books, too, because he also felt they overshadowed his other work.


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