Biff the Useless Mention: Book IV of the Sell the Pig trilogy by Tottie Limejuice

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Those of us who are avid fans of Tottie Limejuice have enjoyed following her adventures through the Sell the Pig series. We have watch, fly on the wall like, as she left her native England and moved to the Auvergne department in the central region of France, with her alcoholic brother, and their elderly mother suffering from dementia. Then, after her mother’s death she decided to buy the ‘grottage’ and moved there. She is a very open author and gives the reader, whether they are living in France themselves, or just enjoying a good read, lots of information about the French people, customs, idiosyncrasies’ etc.

Now, with the grottage not finished, but coming along nicely, she has decided to tell her readers more about her lovely area and also the neighbouring Rhône-Alpes region. In this the fourth book in the trilogy (she explains that in the book too) she takes us on camping trips, mini breaks, and days out, nearly always accompanied by her Border Collies.

There are wonderful days out described in detail, and I have to say personally a big thank you for her descriptions of the many adventures she has had with her friend Alex. Alex is in a wheelchair a lot of the time and with a wheelchair bound husband myself, it was very interesting to hear about the facilities, or not, at the places they visited especially at the Puy de Dôme.

For those of us who have not yet visited this side of France it makes us yearn to go there and see the wonderful sights she describes.

It is obvious that the author has found her forever home, as she has even become a French national. My father has always said that you cannot live on a view, that may be true, however it must be amazing to look out of your window and be able to see the magnificent Puy de Dôme and some of the volcanic chain (chaîne des Puys).

I was given a copy of this book for an unbiased review thoroughly enjoyed it.

The back of this book allows her readers to sample snippets of her other books, some, like the Ted Darling Detective series totally different from this series.

 

About the Author: Retired journalist, freelance copywriter and copy editor Lesley Tither writes under various pen names for different genres. Already well known for travel memoirs as Tottie Limejuice, Lesley also writes crime fiction under the name L. M. Krier.

“Sell the Pig” is the first in a series of travel memoirs describing how Lesley, writing as Tottie Limejuice, decided to make the move from the UK to France to start a new life, taking with her an 89-year-old mother suffering from vascular dementia.The story continues in two further books, ‘Is That Billinge Lump?’ and ‘Mother, Was It Worth It?’
Book IV in the series, ‘Biff the Useless Mention’, is scheduled for release in early 2016.

Lesley’s first crime thriller, writing as L M Krier, ‘Baby’s Got Blue Eyes’, was published in February 2015, followed by ‘Two Little Boys’ in June 2015. Book III in the DI Ted Darling series, ‘When I’m Old and Grey’ is scheduled for release in October 2015, followed by a fourth in the series early in 2016.

Lesley also writes under the collective pen name of Jilli Lime-Holt, together with authors Jill Pennington and Janet Holt. Their first joint book, Take Three Birds, was published in December 2014.

Lesley is a former journalist, working as both a criminal court and coroner’s court reporter. She also worked as a case tracker for the Crown Prosecution Service, and for a firm investigating irregularities in offshore finance. Her other jobs have included owning and running a holiday riding centre and acting as a ‘charity mugger’, lying in wait to sign up shoppers for a wildlife charity.

Lesley’s interests centre around nature and wildlife and encompass dogs, wild camping and organic gardening. She lives in the Auvergne region of Central France and holds dual French/British nationality. Her current dogs are two rescued border collies.

Want to chat with Lesley? You’ll find a Tottie Limejuice Chat Group on Facebook, with lots of photos of the Auvergne.

About the Book: In March 2007, Tottie left Britain to follow the dream of a new life in France for herself, her elderly mother and her damaged brother. Has the dream turned to a nightmare or is Tottie still happily living the quiet life in her little ‘grottage’ in the Auvergne region of central France?
Come with Tottie now as she takes you on Tottie’s Tours of the Auvergne. Enjoy the familiar ironic humour and keen eye for detail that will bring the landscape and the people to life for you. Be prepared to shed a tear as you say goodbye to some familiar characters. And find out how Tottie took to a life of crime once she retired from her work as a freelance copywriter.
‘Biff the Useless Mention’ is the fourth and concluding part of what started out as a trilogy, with ‘Sell the Pig’, ‘Is That Billinge Lump?’ and ‘Mother Was It Worth It?’. Don’t miss this concluding part of the ‘Sell the Pig’ series.
‘Mother, mother, it’s a bugger, sell the pig and buy me out’.

Available from Amazon in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Biff-Useless-Mention-Book-trilogy-ebook/dp/B0198J9L6M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1450795993&sr=8-1&keywords=tottie+limejuice

 

A Visitor’s Guide to Paris – A travel guide for France’s romantic capital by Tim Benson

51cQwuvZ20L__AA160_I think that this is a very useful compact guide which would be invaluable if you were planning a trip to Paris. Not only does it provide excellent information regarding the various way to get there, it also gives a lot of information, and invaluable tips on how to do so once you are there.

Written as an advisory guide, the author has listed the 20 arrondissements, or districts, of Paris, with information as to what you can find in them. If you are unsure where to start, he has also suggested the best places to visit in the city and routes for each day, which will help you to make the most of your visit.

There are even general tips which include the emergency services numbers and a chapter on common French expressions.

Basically, this is a very useful and informative guide which would be an asset when visiting this beautiful city.

Available in Kindle format: http://www.amazon.com/Visitors-Guide-Paris-Frances-romantic-ebook/dp/B00GAMTHFG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408536080&sr=8-1&keywords=a+visitors+guide+to+paris

Bon Voyage! by Susie Kelly

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About the Author: Susie Kelly was born in grey post-war London, and spent much of her childhood and young adulthood in the beautiful country of Kenya.
She now lives in south-west France with a menagerie of assorted animals, and is passionate about animal welfare.
Her first book “Best Foot Forward” was published by Transworld Publishers in 2003, followed by “Two Steps Backward” in 2004, and “A Perfect Circle” in 2006.
Since 2011 Susie’s books have been published by Blackbird Digital Books, whose theme is strong, adventurous women living life to the full. Blackbird Digital Book people love birds and animals, travel, history, romance, natural health and environment, resourcefulness, humour, the surreal and magic.
If her house caught fire and she could only save three things (apart from her animals, of course), they would be courage, compassion and a sense of humour.

 

As the cover says, this book is a sampler of some of Susie Kelly’s amazing books.

The chapters titled Travels with Tinkerbelle and Best Foot Forward will entertain you as you learn about her adventures in a campervan, and on foot as she discovers different areas in France. In true Susie style, you find yourself experiencing her trials and tribulations, on these epic journeys. France as you will never have read about it before.

Perhaps you are interested in history and would like read about the last few days of Marie Antoinette and Louix XVI as they desperately tried to escape the revolution, and visit, many years on, with Susie, places on their journey.

Do you fancy running a gite in France? Do you wonder why people do it, and what it is really like, you can read about Susie’s  experiences in the chapter titled Swallows & Robins.

And for those who love a little glimpse into  other peoples lives, learn a little about Susie’s childhood and life in the U.K. and Kenya, in I Wish I Could Say I Was Sorry…

Entertaining is an understatement! Susie’s honest, direct, and very funny style of writing will captivate you, as you read these samples. I hope you enjoy them, and become, like me, totally hooked on all her books.

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Bon-Voyage-Susie-Kelly/dp/1495221733/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403264657&sr=1-1&keywords=on+voyage+by+susie+Kelly

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Bon-Voyage-Susie-Kelly-ebook/dp/B00D0FWUGY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1403264657

 

 

 

Ten Must-See Sights: Paris by Mark Green

 

Ten Must-See Sights: Paris

About the book: Did you know that someone once flew a plane through the Arc de Triomphe, or that writer Guy de Maupassant dined at the Eiffel Tower’s restaurant every day, as it was the only he could be sure of not seeing the tower while he was eating?

‘Ten Must-See Sights: Paris’ does exactly what it says on the tin, giving you the background and history on the city’s top ten ‘must-see’ attractions, plus essential information on opening times and location. We don’t fill endless pages with hard-to-read maps and difficult-to-download photos; there are ten chapters of text, one on each attraction, all written by our team of experienced travel writers.

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Living in France, and having visited Paris a few times I couldn’t resist getting this book to see what it has to offer.

I was not disappointed. The author has picked his 10 must see sights in this amazing city, and all the classics are there.

He has provided a wealth of information about each of the places including it’s history and also the admission prices and telephone numbers if you need information. Whether you are visiting for the first time, or returning, this is an excellent choice for a travel guide.

Available in Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Ten-Must-See-Sights-Mark-Green-ebook/dp/B00BKN49Z8/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397479234&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=tenmust+see+sights%3A+paris

 

 

Ghosts of the Great Ocean Road – Australia (Around The Campfire) by Jan Hawkins

 

An interesting look at the history, and sights, of this wonderful coastline.

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As we travel with Jan along this amazing coastline, she not only informs us about the beautiful sights which meet our eyes, but also the history of this coast and the construction of the Great Ocean Road.

As a visitor to this great country, I was lucky enough to visit the Great Ocean Road and see the sights she author writes about, I only wish I had either read or had this book with me on my journey.

A compact eBook full of information.

Available on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Ghosts-Great-Ocean-Road-ebook/dp/B007JD6QKE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366459473&sr=1-1&keywords=the+great+ocean+road

The Magic Of France – Memories Of Life & Travel In l’Hexagone

The title says it all!

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Available on Kindle  http://www.amazon.com/The-Magic-France-lHexagone-ebook/dp/B00A6RRVYK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360605395&sr=8-1&keywords=The+magic+of+france+by+susie+kelly

I have always been a firm fan of Susie Kelly, who has written many humorous books, about her life, adventures and travels in France. She gives her readers the opportunity to discover what it is really like to live in France and learn about its history.

Her unique ability to portrayal the characters she meets, and the situations she finds herself in, make you either want to laugh or cry.

This is a fantastic opportunity to sample four chapters from some of her books, and discover for yourself this wonderful author.

 

 

 

An Australian Dinosaur Tour by Jan Hawkins

Discover Australia’s Dinosaur Trail  Part of a series called Around the Campfire.

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Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Australian-Dinosaur-Around-Campfire-ebook/dp/B007IP0OAG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360062655&sr=8-1&keywords=An+australian+dinosaur+tour

 

Explore Australia’s prehistory with Jan, her husband and pup Tuppie as they travel the 4,800 kilometre Dinosaur Trail in Queensland, Australia.

Their journey  starts just outside Brisbane and takes the reader through vividly described countryside and townships as they meet new friends and discover Australia’s history and heritage.

It would be lovely to have this book with you and follow the Dinosaur Trail in her footsteps, to actually see the sites, museums and dinosaur centres she so vividly describes.

Luckily, there’s a wealth of information and pictures of Australian dinosaurs in this fascinating book, so for those of us who cannot visit in person, we can live the experience through Jan’s eyes.

And as for the Min Min light legend, well you’ll have to read the book to find out about that…

 

Ming Tombs near Beijing by Wander Stories

Loving history and wanting to travel all over the world exploring even if it’s just from my Kindle, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

 

 

 

 

 

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With only basic previous knowledge of China’s history I found the virtual tour given in this book very interesting and indepth.

The thorough knowledge of the writer and their ability to bring these tombs and their contents to life had me thoroughly absorbed. It was lovely as well, whilst travelling through time to learn about the different dynasties and their reigns.  I only have the basic Kindle, however, I found the pictures which accompanied the text were clear and definitely added to the feeling of being there.

I understand that the publishers produce these books only for the e-market, however, I did feel sad that, having finished it, I couldn’t place it on my book shelves, and yes I know you can put it up on the Kindle any time, but I just felt I would have loved it as a real book and better still with tattered pages where I had actually walked round the tombs myself, with my guide.

Whether you are going to China or are just interested in tombs or China’s history I can thoroughly recommend this book.