RECENT REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    I literally couldn’t put this book down, I became completely immersed in the somewhat dysfunctional lives of the characters. The end twisted and turned for me and I found myself reeling along with the characters, often finding myself gasping and open mouthed. Five stars. ~ Lea, Amazon

  • Stop Press Murder
    Peter Bartram
    Another good page-turning murder mystery, with a likeable protagonist and great setting. I would very much like to read more from this series. ~ The Bookworm Chronicles

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Relatable, accurate, thrilling and so beautifully written. I am bereft now that it has come to an end. A must read for a true insight into the different shades of mental illness and all that surrounds it. 5 stars. ~ Tam, Amazon

  • First Lady Escapes, The
    Ridiculous, farcical, biting, ribald, satirical comedy that is exactly as the title suggests. This is a light read, and is very much in the style of Carl Hiaasen's crazy stories about Florida. ~ Critter Bee, Librarian at Jefferson-Madison Regional Library System

  • First Lady Escapes, The
    5/5 Stars
    A hilarious and biting satire against one of the most controversial figures of our time. This book can be seen as a desperate cry from those Americans who are afraid that the US is no longer a democratic and tolerant country. And satire is a great way to encourage people to develop their critical thinking and become aware of what is really happening. The novel ends leaving hope to all those Americans who still dream to elect a woman as President of the United States of America. ~ Francesco Camodeca, NetGalley

  • First Lady Escapes, The
    A wonderfully frivolous imagining of what might have happened when Melania went missing (because, let’s be honest, it’s very thinly disguised, which adds to its appeal) from the public eye. There are some more serious themes beneath all the bubbles, with a lovely supporting cast, all contributing to a fabulously light hearted read. ~ Hanah Brown, NetGalley

  • First Lady Escapes, The
    Where do I start with this enjoyable and at times funny book? With my favourite characters, Angel the gay hairdresser and Moon, the trans woman. Moon has the most fun in the book, especially the way Funck discovers her true identity. I think we all know someone like Angel, who with Natalia's help, has made his way in life. The First Lady Escapes follows her journey after she escapes and oh what a journey it is. With a government agent and a paparazzi photographer on her trail, will they catch her? Or will she escape for ever? The book is funny, entertaining and a spoof on Donald Trump. I loved this book from beginning to end. I was rooting for Natalia to break free form her loathsome husband. A lighthearted read that's really enjoyable. ~ Louise Wilson, NetGalley

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Beat The Rain is simply a beautifully written book and I think I might have found the 21st century Thomas Hardy. This novel is written with the same kind of character introspection and flaws that you’d find in Tess or Jude. I loved it.

    It is a very powerful read about two pretty dysfunctional protagonists, Louise and Adam and their relationship. It articulates how easily a relationship can fall apart if communication fails: very thought provoking. I can’t say that any of the characters are particularly likeable being so utterly self-absorbed but you really get into their psyche through the excellent writing. It is an brilliant examination of humanity, self-delusion and self-depiction. Five stars. ~ Mary H, Amazon

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    This is a truly excellent and original novel. It had me hooked from the first page and it will stay long in my memory. The writing and characterisation are first class. I fell a little bit in love with Dan, the homeless man, who witnesses a fatal accident and believes that the victim, Joe, has become a voice within his head. Joe’s wife, Natalie witnessed the accident and she and Dan become bound together by this shared experience.

    This novel pulls no punches about mental health and the way in which it can affect relationships. Having said that, it is definitely not a depressing read. It is written with great insight and compassion and some of the conversations between Dan and Joe made me laugh out loud.

    This is a novel about relationships and how they can define us. It is about love, loss, the human condition and how we can try and fix each other. I loved it. Do yourself a huge favour and read this book. Finally, I think it would make a tremendous film. Five Stars. ~ Mary H, Amazon, Goodreads

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    Always a rollercoaster read with this author, brilliantly written, draws you in, makes you hold your breath at times. Love this style and am looking forward to the 3rd novel! 5 Stars. ~ Carol Morrin, Amazon

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    I wasn't sure what to expect but this was seriously well written - thought provoking, warm and sensitive. Five stars. ~ Mrs L H MacDonald, Goodreads

  • Feral Chickens
    C. McGee
    An exceptional story! A book to recommend! ~ Helen Callahan, Bookbub/GoodReads/Amazon

  • First Lady Escapes, The
    The book drew me in from the first page until the last. I’ll definitely be looking out for more to come from this author! ~ Tara Jill, Netgalley

  • Feral Chickens
    C. McGee
    This offbeat and unusual read was the perfect way to unwind after a long day, as there were some parts that were hilarious! This is definitely the book for anyone looking for a unique and fun read! ~ Cristie Underwood, NetGalley

  • First Lady Escapes, The
    Enjoyable and LOL funny. ~ Janet Cousineau, GoodReads

  • War for Islam, The
    Stafford Betty
    “This book blends bona fide religious scholarship with cutting-edge creative writing. Stafford Betty invites us to take a more intimate look at how Islam is experienced in America from political, social and spiritual perspectives.” Terri Daniel, Death and Awareness Educator, Editor, M.A. in Theology ~ Terri Daniel, personal correspondence

  • Pursuit of Ordinary, The
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    5 stars. We all have the voice in our head that tells us stories. At times to rationalize and other times to justify. But are we as honest as Dan to know the difference? There is life imitating art and mental health imitating life. This novel dares you to see if you are any different from Dan and Natalie. Even Joe. Truly something to reflect on and perhaps have a debate with your voice in your head. ~ Carolyn Kavanagh, Goodreads

  • Beat the Rain
    Nigel Jay Cooper
    I literally inhaled the second half of the book in one afternoon. My thanks to the Author for a copy of this debut novel as a competition win. I love receiving signed copies of books and this will definitely be added to my keeper shelf.

    I was more than happy to give this an outstanding 5 stars or 10/10. It's a well written insight into the complexities and fragilities of human relationships and the repercussions that these have on others.

    As events in Louise's life take an unexpected turn following the death of her partner, in this modern day love story that at times can be both heartbreaking and funny. How will Louise cope with the future and all that it has in store for her? Grab a copy for yourself and slip in between the covers to find out what Louise does next.

    I feel that this would make a great reading group read, with so much that can be discussed. None of us know how we would cope given all that fate threw at Louise. This would lead to some great discussions in my opinion. ~ Bernie Robinson, Wyres World Book Blog

  • Entangled Lives
    Imran Omer
    Hard-hitting and at times often bleak , Omer gives a gripping and serious account of one set of lives all impacted by the real struggles that even now , we in the West cannot fully understand or correlate to our own experiences. We observe atrocities and struggles in tandem as new regimes rise and fall, but do not see the cost to the everyman and woman caught in the vortex of conflict.
    ~ Emma Reed, Screen Wipe

  • Feral Chickens
    C. McGee
    One of the funniest books I've come across. Cluckin' hilarious.

    An absolute side-splittingly funny book at times. Farce, black comedy - all about chickens?!

    I would recommend this if you're after something a little bit different. Ingrid is not your usual heroine, but she is definitely a strong, capable and determined woman, fighting against the villainy of an evil foe... the chickens of her island home.
    "I hate those g*dd*mn chickens with the fire of ten million suns..."

    Ingrid is a relative newcomer to the Hawaiian island, after coming into some money unexpectedly. Paradise it may be, in all ways but one - humans must share the island with the chicken population. And Ingrid, to put it mildly, is not a fan...

    "The larger hobby is war, war against the chickens. God I hate those little bi***es. They have been my sworn enemy since day one..."

    "An abhorrence of chickens...incessancy...torment...monstrosity...secretion...wretchedness" - Ingrid takes delight in choosing a suitable group noun for the menace. But she'll go farther than that in her her quest to rid her home of all chickens.

    How Ingrid tries to kill off the chicken population had me chortling away, it's crazy the lengths she goes to, and there are some fantastically bizarre scenes. My two favourites involved a guillotine and a mongoose in a boat. Trust me, craziest couple of chapters ever. Comic genius.

    I want to see this filmed, even for those two scenes, but Ingrid is an excellent role for a young actress, there are great minor roles for Hawaiian actors, and mongoose wranglers will find themselves in great demand.

    A refreshing comedy, with a wonderful setting and appealingly amoral protagonist. Very, very funny. ~ Katy Noyes, GoodReads

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