Book review: The Dennis Bisskit Adventures

I recently read The Dennis Bisskit Adventures written by Stephen Ainley and published by Austin Macauley.

I truly enjoyed this delightful, well-written book. The character of Dennis came alive to me, from boy to man and had me chuckling from the beginning to the end. Stephen Ainley has developed a range of believable characters and a storyline that encouraged me to continue reading. I could not put this down.

Stinky Blackshaw reminded me of a comic book character along with the other young wolf cubs. I particularly enjoyed the poignant way that Stephen Ainley weaved in the story of Granddad and his journey to say farewell to his old comrade Persy Dorsey, from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

This is a highly amusing, intelligent and heart warming read which I highly recommend.

Dennis Bisskit Adventures book review

About the author Stephen Ainley

Stephen Ainley was born in Birmingham U.K. in 1952. He served in the British Airborne in the 1970s before emigrating to Australia. He has written short stories and articles for many years but this is his first novel. He resides in Western Australia with wife Jane and Irish terrier O’Malley.

The Dennis Bisskit Adventures

The book is available to purchase at Amazon and all other leading bookstores.

Invisible Ink by Pippa Kelly – Book review by K.L Loveley

I absolutely loved reading ‘Invisible Ink’ written by Pippa Kelly.

Invisible InkI was hooked from the first chapter when the main protagonist of the story was still a young boy. Throughout the story she frequently refers back to the introduction of Maxi as a small boy when he is looking through his mum’s childhood encyclopaedia and the way he examines the words, breaking them down into syllables.  Pippa Kelly allows the reader to get inside the heart and mind of Maxi as a child and as a man, by cleverly juxtaposing the story in a beautiful and sensitive way.  The story gradually unfolds through two narratives.

Throughout the story, she never fails to deliver the imagery required to feed the readers imagination. I could almost see Maxi and Peter playing together on the trapeze and climbing into their hiding places. As the sibling rivalry and jealousy gains momentum with the risk of running out of control, the reader is kept guessing if just maybe, Maxi does have some link with the disappearance of his brother Peter. This is reinforced by the way Pippa Kelly describes in detail the psychological impact of the family tragedy and how the long term consequences of this, follow Maxi into his adult life.

Dementia

The subject of dementia is woven into this story, without impacting on the main theme, which is the story of a missing child. As Maxi becomes more aware that his mother is slipping further and further into the realms of dementia, he also is heading towards a potential breakdown. He is haunted by the tragedy of his missing brother and his assumed avoidance of the responsibility he has for his mother.
While trying to suppress his past, he puts his present situation as a London based Lawyer, and a new father, at risk.
This is a very emotional read. I felt the pain of bereavement in the true sense of the word and also in terms of a pseudo bereavement linked to the process of dementia.
Invisible Ink Pippa Kelly

Invisible Ink Book Synopsis

London lawyer Max Rivers has it all – a burgeoning career, a beautiful girlfriend, an exclusive address – but he harbours a long-buried secret that threatens to destroy his carefully constructed world.  Invisible Ink is a mesmerising novel of guilt, loss and betrayal within a family – of sibling jealousy that threatens to run out of control, a mother’s life all-but forgotten through the fog of dementia and a son who longs to, but cannot, escape his past. Pippa Kelly’s haunting debut offers a deft exploration of the complex emotions hidden beneath the surface of our lives; drawing its readers into Max’s story and leading them, step by careful step, towards its inevitable dénouement.

About Pippa Kelly

Pippa Kelly writes extensively in the national press about dementia, with which her mother lived for over a decade. She blogs for the Huffington Post and mariashriver.com, and has her own award-winning website, pippakelly.co.uk. She lives in Wandsworth with her husband and dog, Bert.

‘Invisible Ink’ by Pippa Kelly is published by Austin Macauley and is available from all good bookshops.

I finally have the pleasure of holding my own book in my hands

The doorbell rings and I’m off the starting blocks. Alice by K.L LoveleyAfter many months of hard work, I finally have the pleasure of holding my own book in my hands. The familiar smell of the hard back book, the printers ink and the glossy cover, all add to the excitement.

My publisher Austin Macauley, as promised, have sent me ten hard back copies of ‘Alice’. The absolute joy of it all makes this a day to remember, a debut occurs only the once, this my friends is my moment.

If you want to be one of the first people to receive a copy of my debut novel Alice, then: 

Pre-order ‘Alice’ at Amazon or Waterstones today!

I am excited at the prospect of actually seeing and holding my first published novel!

Alice by K.L LoveleyI would like to share with you all, how excited I am at the prospect of actually seeing and holding my first published novel.

My publishing company, Austin Macauley have informed me, that today, yes today my friends I can expect a delivery of my debut novel Alice in hard back.

Now I eagerly await the sound of my front door bell ringing. I’m on the starting blocks ready.

If you want to be one of the first people to receive a copy of my debut novel Alice, then: 

Pre-order ‘Alice’ at Amazon or Waterstones today!