Friday, November 8, 2013

Book Review and ebook Giveaway: Just Add Spice by Carol E Wyer

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Providence Book Promotions, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it



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Welcome to our spot on the Just Add Spice by Carol Wyer!

Synopsis:
Escape from reality comes in patent-leather Prada kneeboots
Dawn Ellis needs to escape from her painfully dull existence. Her unemployed husband spends all day complaining about life, moping around, or fixing lawnmowers on her kitchen table. The local writing class proves to be an adequate distraction with its eccentric collection of wannabe authors and, of course, the enigmatic Jason, who soon shows a romantic interest in her.

Dawn pours her inner frustrations into her first novel about the extraordinary exploits of Cinnamon Knight, an avenging angel -- a woman who doesn't believe in following the rules. Cinnamon is ruthless and wanton, inflicting suffering on any man who warrants it. Little does Dawn realise that soon the line between reality and fiction will blur. Her own life will be transformed, and those close to her will pay the price.

Read an excerpt:

Cinnamon Knight ground the stub of her Benson and Hedges’ cigarette into the pavement with the heel of her Prada leather motorcycle boot, where it now joined a small pile of tab ends. Strategically placed in a shop doorway, she watched the top left window of a block of flats opposite. She had been there almost two hours. Rain beat steadily on the pavement, drumming against the gutter with constant thuds, but this did not deter her. Her patience was rewarded as the light blazing from the window was finally extinguished. She sauntered across the road to the BMW parked in front of the block of flats along the kerbside, sandwiched between a Peugeot 205 and a C Class Mercedes. 

Dressed completely in black, face partially obscured by her North Face hooded jacket; she was almost invisible next to the dark car. It took only a minute to fiddle with the lock, open the door, and slide into the car. She lowered herself down in the driver’s seat, casting a cursory glance out of the window. The streets were empty. The weather was on her side and no one was braving the downpour, not even the old man at the end of the road who rarely missed taking his dog out for an evening stroll.

She leant forward and pulled off the cover below the steering wheel with one deft movement. Extracting the screwdriver from a neat case, she stabbed it into the ignition lock. A quick fiddle, one sharp twist, and the car burst into life; the persistent thudding of the rain against the pavement hid the initial coughing of the engine. She pulled away from the kerb swiftly and headed up the road at speed.

Pushing the hood away from her head, she checked her face in the rear-view mirror. That’ll teach him to mess about with women, she thought. No one, but no one, messes about with Cinnamon—the rat!
 
Review: 
This is a great book for the over 30 crowd, and I mean that in a good way! It's a book that us older women can really relate to! We've all been there, when we wish our lives were different, that we had more excitement, etc. And how many times have you said "I should write a book"? So Dawn is a VERY relatable character to the reader! The author does a super job keeping the reader hooked, with characters and situations, that could be from your own life, with plenty of humor to keep you laughing! I loved how as Dawn's fictional character Cinnamon was the pre-curser for all the changes Dan made in her life, and in her own personality as the book developed- it truly was a mirror for her life! This was a very enjoyable read, one one that is perfect for.sitting by the fire with a cup of coffee reading while the kiddies are in school!


About the Author:
Carol E. Wyer is an award winning author whose humorous novels take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. Her best-selling debut novel 'Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines' won five awards for humour.'Surfing in Stilettos' which follows the further adventures of Amanda Wilson as she attempts to inject some fun into her life, was a Costa Award nominee. Safkhet Publishing released 'How Not to Murder Your Grumpy' June 1st 2012, the first of three books in a 'Grumpy' series.

Carol has featured on numerous shows discussing 'Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully'. She has had articles published in national magazines such as Woman's Weekly' and on-line magazines. She writes regularly for The Huffington Post and author website Indies Unlimited. She is a signed author with ThornBerry Publishing and Safkhet Publishing.

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing your review of what seems to be a very entertaining novel.

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  2. I'm not sure what you are looking for as a "wonder woman"...is that in a book or real life? Back when I was was a single working mom I felt like I had to be a wonder woman. I worked full time as an RN and raised my ADHD son alone. I managed to get everything done, keep the house clean, food on the table, entertain my child and still have time for myself. I'm not sure I could do it today but, I am older, of course.

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  3. Linda, that pretty much describes WONDER WOMAN to me. You're my HERO! :)

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  4. Nicole, thank you so much for your lovely review. I couldn't comment before because I had no internet. I am so pleased you enjoyed it and thank you for being part of the Just Add Spice tour. Linda, you are my hero too :)

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    1. thanks for stopping by~ we love it when authors visit!

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