Alice Blog Tour – April 2017 – Summary

The Alice – April 2017 blog tour has ended, and I am very grateful to all the book bloggers who took the time to read my novel ‘Alice’, review it and host me on their websites. The blog tour was organised by Emma Mitchell, further details about her services can be found on her website.

Here is a list of all the book bloggers who participated, and links to their blog posts:

Bits About Books

Bookalicious Travel Addict

Swirl and Thread

The Stationery Geekette

Bliss She Wrote

Kristin’s Novel Café

By the Letter Book Reviews

Feminisa Libros Reviews

My Reading Corner

Novel Deelights

Short Book and Scribes

Jen Med’s Book Reviews

Truly Madly Cuckoo

Ali The Dragon Slayer

Mrs Blogg’s Books

Caro Emerald is a shining jewel

Having purchased the tickets ten months previous (so has to be sure of getting a seat). My husband and I were excited to finally arrive at the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall to see Caro Emerald, otherwise known as Caroline Esmerelda Van der Leeuw. Her outstanding performance was faultless throughout. She wowed the audience with an electrifying mix of old and new songs, all delivered to perfection in her off- beat, and relaxed style.

The supporting band were extremely talented, creating a mix of light jazz and pop music with a distinctive style.  The concert hall was packed and as the shyness of the audience ebbed away, many were on their feet, dancing and clapping. When Caro announced that it was her birthday, the crowd roared their greetings as everyone sang the birthday song.

Caro Emerald

This was my first Caro Emerald concert, after encouragement from my husband who attended her performance last year at the same venue. I will certainly be keeping a check on the website for her return to Nottingham.

Do you like Caro Emerald ? Let me know via Twitter or Facebook !

Alice Blog Tour ~ Day 9, 10 & 11 ~ Roundup

Blog tour day 9: Tuesday 25th April

Thank you to Karen at My Reading Corner blog who hosted my guest post about my road to publication, including this Q&A

Q. What do you do the night before?

On the eve of the publication date of my debut novel ‘Alice’, I was working the late clinic in the GP Surgery where I am a Practice Nurse. It had been a very long day, so upon arriving home, I spent a cosy, relaxing evening with my husband. I also kept checking in with my Marketing Manager, who was hard at work promoting me across social media. During the evening, I received lots of well wishes from family and friends.

Thank you also to Kirsty at Novel Deelights who read and reviewed my novel Alice, here is a quote from her book review.

Raw and highly believable!

Dee, https://noveldeelights.com

Blog tour day 10: Wednesday 26th April

Thank you to Nicola at Short Book and Scribes for hosting me on her blog, and for featuring an author Q&A including the question below.

Q. Who would be at your dream dinner party (alive, dead or fictional)?

My late father so I could enjoy one more meal with him. Also my mum so that she could enjoy the same pleasure. My husband and Winston Churchill for I would enjoy listening to their conversation. Billy Connolly and Oscar Wilde for their wit and exuberance. Jane Austin and Charlotte Bronte, so that I can pick their brains in a literary sense of course.

Blog tour day 11: Thursday 27th April

Thank you to  Jen Med’s Book Reviews for hosting my ‘Road to publication’ (part 2) including, the question below:

Q. How long did it take from them to get it out to the public?

In November 2015 I was offered a contract and the book was published on 31st January 2017.

 

Blog Tour – Next hosts

Friday 28th ~ Truly Madly Cuckoo

Saturday 29th ~ Ali – The Dragon Slayer

Sunday 30th ~ Mrs Bloggs’ Books

What does the word spring mean to you?

What does the word spring mean to you?

This thought crossed my mind as I was driving through my village late one afternoon, admiring the beauty of the blossom trees on the route home. They are truly amazing at this time of year, quite astounding in fact. They are dotted around my village and in the many gardens that I pass on my way. Along the High Street are three identical trees in blossom and look quite stunning as I turn left onto the road.

spring - cherry blossom

This made me think about the great English poet ‘William Wordsworth’, what a fortunate surname he had being a poet, as words are worth a great deal to all mankind. I diversify. The English Romantic Movement in poetry began with the Lyrical Ballads (1798) by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Wordsworth wrote about the mystical celebrations of nature. His most famous ‘The Daffodils’ is one of my favourites, however he wrote, ‘Lines Written In Early Spring’ another poem dedicated to the beauty of nature.

The birds around me hopped and played,

Their thoughts I cannot measure-

But the least motion which they made,

It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

William Wordsworth

Spring this year began on 20th March. The transition from winter to spring is marked by the days getting longer, the temperature rising and the plants blossoming, as I have witnessed today. We can enjoy our spring season officially until 21st June, when the season changes once again as we transcend into summer.

I wish you all a very enjoyable spring season.

What do you enjoy the most about this amazing season, of new birth and new growth?

Let me know via Twitter or Facebook !

 

Alice Blog Tour ~ Day 6, 7 & 8 ~ Roundup

Blog tour day 6: Saturday 22nd April

Thank you to Sarah Hardy for hosting me on her blog ‘By the Letter Book Reviews’ on day 6 of the Alice blog tour.

Character Spotlight – Sally

My character Sally was highlighted on ‘By the Letter Book Reviews’ blog, including the following introduction:

I would like to introduce Sally as my character in the spotlight. Sally is entirely a new fictional character. Sally was a single mum, who sadly lost her only son Zak, under tragic circumstances. We first meet Sally when she kindly agrees to let Alice rent out her canal boat while she is working on an assignment in the Netherlands. Sally works as a Social worker.  However fate returns Sally sooner than expected and this turn of events helps to save Alice from possible death. Their friendship, takes them on a journey of recovery and a new future for Alice.

Blog tour day 7: Sunday 23rd April

Thank you to Kerry Parsons of ‘Chat About Books’ blog who hosted me on day 7 of the blog tour.

Kerry featured extract 3 from my novel Alice so please make sure you read extracts 1 & 2 over at Bookalicious Travel Addict & Kristin’s Novel Café first.

The extract includes this quote:

Despite the battering her trust had taken, Alice never lost faith in the idea of love. She had considered herself to be happily married once, and she was not disillusioned with men; just the one that had mattered to her.

Blog tour day 8: Monday 24th April

Thank you very much to Aileen of ‘Feminisia Libros Review’ blog for reading and reviewing my novel Alice.

Here is what she says:

The author portrays Alice’s alcoholism realistically, and her character was easy to empathise with.  It is no surprise after what she was went through that she finally snaps.  The book is quite dark and dramatic in parts as it travels to the deepest parts of Alice’s mind, however it is still readable, and I found it hard to put the book down.

Aileen, ‘Feminisia Libros Review’

Blog Tour – Next hosts

‘My Reading Corner’ and Novel Deelights are both kindly hosting me on day 9 of the Alice blog tour, which has been organised by Emma Mitchell FPR.

Alice Blog Tour ~ Day 3 & 4 ~ Roundup

Blog Tour Day 3: Wednesday 19th

Thank you to The Stationery Geekette and  Bliss She Wrote for hosting me on day 3 of the blog tour.

Alice Book Excerpt

The Stationery Geekette  featured an excerpt from my novel, including this sentence:

It was one of the many bones of contention building up and festering inside Alice, eating away, waiting to erupt any day now.

Book Review

Bliss She Wrote provided an honest constructive review of my novel.

First of all, kudos to K.L. Loveley for writing this book, it’s on a bit of a hard topic

Day 4: Thursday 20th April

Alice book excerpt

Thank you to Kristin’s Novel Café for hosting me on day 4 of the blog tour and for featuring an excerpt from my novel Alice, including the paragraph below

That night as she tossed and turned in bed; all she could think about was the pain of betrayal which was striking deep into her heart like a physical blow. She tried to close her eyes, but sleep eluded her. A million thoughts turned around and round in her head, a mix of emotions tumbled around in the pit of her stomach, anger, pain and abandonment

Cats and Contours will be hosting me on day 6 of the Alice blog tour, which has been organised by Emma Mitchell FPR.

Alice by K.L loveley

‘Alice’ is available from: Amazon, Waterstones and other leading book stores!

Is it possible to have a good work / life balance?

I hope that you have all enjoyed a nice Easter break and are feeling refreshed and full of renewed energy. Have you all managed to successfully get the right work / life balance lately?

Alice by K.L LoveleyI have spent a few days on our delightful narrow boat, a time not only of rest and rehabilitation for my husband and I, but also a time of reflection. It was during my time of reflection, that I began to think of the character Alice, the main protagonist in my debut novel of the same name. I guess like a lot of women, she struggled to get the right work / life balance. It seems to me that she was attending to everyone else’s needs and neglecting her own.

Was she a martyr or displaying evidence of selflessness? The first adjective describes someone who suffers persecution and death for their religious or other beliefs, and yet in the modern world we use this to describe someone who tries to get sympathy from others and is often used quite loosely.

On the other hand, selflessness describes someone who has little concern for themselves, especially with regard to fame, position or fortune. I guess that Alice could be described as being unselfish at times, but is this so bad. The Dalai Lama XIV, once quoted,

Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”   The Dalai Lama XIV

Wise words indeed!

Perhaps Alice like many women felt this way, maybe fundamentally she felt that her prime purpose was to help her own and her extended family, without a care for herself, however, there was a price to pay, the hurt was not to others but to herself.

One would think that a loving husband would know his spouse like no one else, which suggests that he would be quick to recognise a change in his wife when she started deliberately sacrificing her own wants and needs to make sure that the needs of others are met. Robin, the husband of Alice appeared to understand that his wife was struggling, but seemed unable to make any positive changes that would help to alleviate her struggles.

A healthy relationship helps to increase confidence and with the confidence comes the ability to share emotions, both positive and negative feelings can be explored together. Therefore, both Robin and Alice lacked this skill of being able to truly communicate their feelings.
It could be argued that they both lacked the courage to address the fear of where they were heading, in terms of their relationship. However, one of the main misconceptions about courage is that it is linked to fearlessness. Fear itself can be central to change, so realising that it is okay to be afraid can be the first step towards making a decision towards a positive outcome.

work / life balance ~ fear ~ K.L Loveley

So to all of you who have read or are planning to read my novel ‘ Alice’, observe how her life spiralled out of control. Think about your own work / life balance, remember that positive connective relationships help to increase confidence. Sleep well, eat healthy, remain active, but above all else, let go of self-doubt, guilt and negativity.

Above all else, love and be happy. x

self-care for women by K.L Loveley

 

Alice Blog Tour ~ Day 1 ~ Roundup

Blog tour host Caroline Vincent of ‘Bits About Books’

Thank you to Caroline who kicked off the Alice blog tour with an “Inter-Re-View”, where she provided a review of my novel and interviewed me too.

Read the book review and author interview on her blog ‘Bits About Books’

Alice Blog Tour Day 1 - Caroline Vincent Bits About Books

Caroline has also left reviews on:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

GoodReads

Mairead Hearne of Swirl & Thread will be hosting Day 2 of the blog tour, which has been organised by Emma Mitchell FPR.

Alice by K.L loveley

‘Alice’ is available from: Amazon, Waterstones and other leading book stores!

Book review: Accidential Damage by Alice May

Accidental Damage by Alice May @AliceMay_Author

Day 2 of the Blog Tour organised by @emmamitchellfpr

Accidental Damage by Alice May

Accidental Damage Book Blurb

If you think the normal school run on a Monday is entertaining you should try doing it from a tent in your back garden surrounded by the jumbled up contents of your entire home. It is vastly more diverting. Our heroine has survived the sudden collapse of her home – or has she? Certain events two and a half years ago led her to deliberately destroy an important piece of herself, hiding away all remaining evidence that it ever existed. What happens when she decides to go looking for it? Does she really deserve to be whole again? Inspired by a true story, this is an account of one woman’s secret guilt and her journey in search of forgiveness!

My book review of Accidental Damage

Accidental Damage by Alice May, is refreshingly written in the first-person narrative, thereby allowing the reader, the advantage of getting into the heart and mind of the protagonist. She takes us with her on a journey, charting the unfortunate ‘accidental damage’ to the family home and the subsequent and consistent barriers that were deliberately put in their path by the insurance company dealing with their claim.

I read with interest, how the main protagonist and narrator suffered psychologically as a result of the damage to the family home to the point of spiralling down into a path of self-destruction which was dragging her down, making it difficult for her to move forward. Despite this, she forges on for the sake of her husband and children.

The writing is unfussy, clear and with an undertone of dry wit and humour. Alice May draws the reader into the family to become a bystander on the side-lines watching the story unfold. The definitions at the beginning of each chapter are unique and informative, adding to the charm of this well-written book.

Although the lack of character names and the use of affectionate names such as beloved husband, Chaos, Logic, Quiet and Small add to the comic understatement of the story. I felt that at times this diluted their characters a little and yet at the same time added to the light-hearted manner in which this delightful book has been written. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Accidental Damage and look forward to a sequel.

Alice MayAbout the author Alice May

Alice May is a multi-tasking mother with four not-so-small children and she is fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet. They live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country. Her conservatory is always festooned with wet washing and her kitchen full of cake.

Following many years exhibiting as a mixed media artist, Alice decided that 2016 was the year she would write her first fictional novel. ‘Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down’ simply wouldn’t leave her alone until it was written.

Accidental Damage by Alice May is available to purchase at Amazon.

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