Blame Bogart by Diane Rose Duffy and Lilly Bicho

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Firstly, I just have to say that this book was a real joy to read.

I openly admit to adoring my dog and I know there are hundreds like me out there, if you are one of them, you will love this book. I downloaded it with Kindle Unlimited because my grandsons are here and love pets but I enjoyed it as much as they did.

The author writes as Bogart, the Golden Retriever, puts herself firmly in his paws, and the result is hilarious.

Bogart’s full name you see is Bogart Clark, his family consist of Papa Greg, Mama Wendy, and the triplets Cassandra, Savannah and Lilly. Poor Bogart is at a loss to understand why one day his family decide to get a fluffy white cat, called Ginger, after all, they have him!

If this is not bad enough, Ginger the cat decides to take over, as we know they do. Bogart certainly feels very put out, and what’s more, the nasty cat is determined to plot against him, setting him up for falls and scratching his poor nose – what is a dog to do?

Just as he feels he will never be popular again, help arrives from an unexpected source, Grandpa Mike’s pet parrot Nellie. When grandpa and Nellie move in, quickly Ginger realises that she has met her match in the wise old bird and a truce is needed…

It is lovely that this book is dedicated to the author’s granddaughters and that Lilly has helped her and is co-author of the book, and Savannah and Cassandra will be working jointly on marketing and sales.

A truly delightful book which I am sure will be loved by young and old alike.

About the Author:

Diane Rose Duffy is a California native who has a passion for books, a whopping coffee addiction and a perpetual craving for chocolate. After recently retiring from a lengthy accounting career in Silicon Valley, Diane presently enjoys the peaceful serenity of daily life in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. Diane Rose Duffy has completed two humorous romance novels and a funny children’s chapter book with the support of her husband whom she proclaims to be her ‘happily ever after’.

About the Book:

Imagine being a dog and living in a family with a mom, dad, three little girls, a grandpa, a bird, and a cat. That’s my life! My name is Bogart and this is my story. You’ll get to meet my awesome family and see what it’s like to live in the Clark household.

At first it was just my immediate family and I, but slowly we began to expand into the large family we are today. We didn’t always get along, but as we’ve grown, we’ve learned a valuable lesson. Treat others the way you want to be treated. If we’d never learned that, our lives would have turned out quite sad!

I hope you enjoy reading about my amazing family and all the humorous ups and downs we’ve encountered together on our journey towards learning to respect one another.

Available from Amazon:

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and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Blame-Bogart-Diane-Rose-Duffy-ebook/dp/B017C6IHYA/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1452867002&sr=8-1

 

Service Before Self by Tegon Maus

51PNa60YMiL__AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-46,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_When Toby Grant starts his first day as a service technician at Handy Dandy Services, in San Bernardino he has no idea what his first week will be like, but full of expectation that first day he is partnered with very experienced Ryan Burnell. 

Ryan makes no bones about his reluctance in having to wet nurse Toby and refuses to use his name, calling him ‘Newbie’ instead, and continually reminds him of the company slogan ‘Service Before Self.

However, his partner’s reluctance is nothing compared to the colorful characters Toby meets on the job, so to speak.

From eccentric waste billionaires and very flirtatious women, to unbelievable roach problems and ghosts in the attic, Toby’s numerous adventures in this book will make you laugh repeatedly, however, be aware some will also make your skin crawl. And, all the while poor Toby has to follow the deadpan instructions both gestures and verbal of the reluctant Ryan and do his bidding at a flick of a coin.

However, Toby soon discovers that the Ryan he knows today is a very different character from the man he was a few years before. Back then he was involved in the dangerous worlds of drugs and murder, and, his previous partner was stabbed 27 times.

Ryan certainly has some dark secrets and soon his past is about resurface….

This story is not only a very funny, if cringe worthy insight into the working day of company representatives, and what sometimes they see when entering other people’s homes; but also an extremely gripping thriller in parts as Ryan is pulled back, yet again, into the world of drugs he left behind five years previously.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of this story and would happily recommend it as a brilliantly entertaining book.

 

About the Author61BlSSkFAwL__UX250_: I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn’t friendly, I just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.
The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.
It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.
I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it’s making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an out right lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not. If I can make people think “it could happen,” even for a moment, then I have them and nothing makes me happier. When I write, I always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

 About the book: A recent transplant to Southern California, Toby Grant has landed his dream job. He’s a service tech for Handy Dandy Services—the premier handyman service in the southland.

Things don’t go well for Toby on the first day when he is teamed up with Ryan Burnell, a twenty year veteran of Handy Dandy. Toby quickly learns the hardships of being Ryan’s partner, and finds himself in one uncomfortable situation after another.

In an effort to understand his new partner, Toby accidentally uncovers Ryan’s past involvement with drugs, burglary, and murder. He also learns about Ryan’s last partner of five years—Delsin Honaw—who had been murdered…stabbed twenty-seven times.

Haunted by one misunderstanding after another, Toby learns the true meaning of the company’s motto—“Service before Self.”

Service Before Self is available in Kindle format from:
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Swallows & Robins – The Guests In My Garden

An new entertaining and hilarious new book by one of my favourite authors

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Available in paperback and Kindle format.

When the chance to transform two old barns into holiday cottages presents itself, Susie grasps the opportunity, all she has to do is find the right builders for the job and make sure the works completed before the first guests arrive.

 

In this entertaining, funny and sometimes sad book, we have the opportunity to meets a wide variety of her friends, acquaintances and guests who arrive from around the world and come from all walks of life.  From Tristram the blond Apollo to Ivy, her cleaner, every characters description and antics add to the readers’ enjoyment of this entertaining book.

 

Through her guests’ travels, we are able to explore some of the beautiful French countryside, its heritage and traditions whilst also being treated to a glimpse of what life really is like in rural France.

 

Hand in Glove by Paddy Bostock

 

 

hand in glove overAbout the book: PI Dr Jake Flintlock and his sidekick Dr Bum Park are inveigled by American theater director Chuck Cinzano into the investigation of a severed hand in a baseball glove on Primrose Hill, London. The assignment morphs into a murder case as Chuck is “stabbed to death” in Jake’s home. Having flown to Sausalito, CA, Jake and Bum begin to suspect they are being used as actors in a play. Yet, a real crime has been committed and somehow the culprit has to be found.

 

 

 

 

It’s London, and the first summer Saturday, a perfect day, Jake decides, to take his Dachshund cross Doberman dog Binkey for a walk in the park. It’s not long however before he’s regretting his decision as the mischievous mutt sets about causing havoc. When a close encounter with a German sunbather causes Jake to drop Binkey’s lead, the naughty pooch sets off on his own adventure.

First he’s tempted by sausages cooking on some Russians barbecue, then, he steals the ball from some Americans, enjoying a baseball game. Could it get worse?

Yes it could, when Binkey returns with a baseball mitt, complete with hand inside.

P.I. Jake, and his sidekick Dr Bum Park are persuaded to investigate the matter, by American Theatre Director, Chuck Cinzano, who very soon, comes to an unexpected and unsavoury end. Despite this, the intrepid PI’s set off for California to solve the mystery.

The story which follows will have you in stitches. It is very cleverly written with numerous twists and turns, interesting characters and never a dull moment. I read this after reading and enjoying Paddy Bostock’s ‘Foot Soldiers,’ all I can say is that I cannot wait to read more from this outstanding British author.

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Hand-Glove-Paddy-Bostock/dp/1613098235/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1397473926&sr=1-1

and in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Hand-Glove-Paddy-Bostock-ebook/dp/B00IDHHJ7O/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1397473926&sr=1-1&keywords=hand+in+glove+by+paddy+bostock

 

 

Foot Soldiers by Paddy Bostock

A brilliant, hilarious story.

 

About the book: Outraged at the market economic policies adopted by their university, Professor Vinnie McVittie and his colleagues in the Podiatry department kidnap a senior academic, Dr. Malcolm Moon, in protest. Initially they have little hope of success, particularly as their captive refuses to be freed from his new — and improved — life on the North Wales farm where he is being held. However, the chance coincidence of the interests of the gutter press, the Pantymwyn branch of Welsh Freedom Fighters, and a Prime Minister struggling for re-election combine to ensure a minor campus story escalates into cataclysmic national proportion.

Review by Susan Keefe
Being popular and getting the votes is the foremost objective in the mind of any government. When it comes down to it, making the right noises at the right times and  spending time thinking of good ideas for saving the country money, making more, lining their own pockets and looking after themselves is what really matters. There is little consideration given, to the effects of the new policies on the people involved by the government or those who are unaffected; the affected may protest, but their complaints are just brushed under the carpet, and forgotten.

 

However, this is the story of what happens when the people fight back, when the government’s economic policies are not just meekly  accepted.    When the Podiatry department of a university hears about proposed cutbacks, which may affect them, the professor in charge of the department Professor Vinnie McVittie and his colleagues decide to fight back, and their plan is to kidnap Dr. Malcolm Moon, a senior academic.

 

Plan accomplished, the Podiatry department with their captive, hide out, deep in the welsh countryside. However, Malcolm discovers, on the farm a part of him he has never see before and experiences emotions he never knew existed. His incarceration has not turned out as his captors expected, a fact, which soon becomes worryingly apparent.

 

Back in London, the race to find out where the missing academic is being held is on. With a Prime Minister who has ‘issues’ and is desperate for re-election, government policies and university politics, it seems nothing more could complicate the search for the missing academic, until the journalists become involved…

 

This amazing story is jam-packed with fantastic characters. They come in all shapes and sizes, the weird, the wonderful and the stereotypical images of government officials, ‘old boys’ and regional characters, all of whom are brought brilliantly to life by this talented author.

 

This really is the funniest book that I have read in a very long time, in the same vein as Tom Sharpe.  I found the author’s use of local dialect really added to the story. I came originally from the U.K., although not from the Midlands, and I actually know the areas and roads in the story very well, having spent the last three years travelling to visit my daughter at university in Wales.

 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone, it is witty, has a fast moving plot and I, for one, just couldn’t put it down.

Available:

from Amazon.co.uk in Kindle format http://www.amazon.co.uk/Foot-Soldiers-Paddy-Bostock-ebook/dp/B00F1LLGSS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1387214050&sr=1-1

 

 

 

My Dog’s Got Fleas by Julia Dweck

 

My Dog's Got Fleas

Available on Amazon Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/My-Dogs-Got-Fleas-ebook/dp/B00B05M39K/ref=cm_pdp_rev_itm_img_1

Bright and colourful this funny rhyming story is about a dog, which has fleas. However, these are not just ordinary fleas, these are rare, each with its own specialised name and job description.

Nevertheless, fleas are fleas, and must be got rid of, but how?

You’ll have to read the book to find out!

Julia’s books have some lovely illustrators but Mark Aardvart has to be my favourite, the book is so amazingly colourful!

Caarina the Cooking Fairy

A bright, magical book available in Kindle format.

 

Product Details

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When the Fairy Queen announces a feast is to take place, Caarina the Cooking Fairy is given the task of cooking for it. She is so excited, but all her wonderful creations are being twarted.

Will Caarina discover by who, before it is too late?

A lovely, funny, rhyming story, containing a very important message and beautifully illustrated by Gemini.

Day of reckoning by Roger Knowles

 

Day of Reckoning by Roger Knowles

Product Details

Available in Kindle format.

http://www.amazon.com/Day-Of-Reckoning-ebook/dp/B0060PDHH2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355581676&sr=8-1&keywords=Day+of+reckoning+by+roger+knowles

 

Simon is just an ordinary family man, wife, two children, and a dog called Orph.

This story chronicles one of his days, a day when a combination of farsical work situations and comical family events leads him to question whether he can change his future completely, start a new career perhaps? Having read The Naked Emperor I was looking forward to reading this prequel and I wasn’t dissapointed.

What a difference a day makes….

I can recommend this hilarious book as a brilliant read to anyone who just wants to smile for a change.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE

This book is only available as a Kindle book, as are all Roger Knowles books.

Roger suffers from CFS/ME and his books are sold to raise money for and awareness of CFS/ME.