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Thursday, 22 December 2016

My nonfiction book 'How to Write a Simple Book Review', has won an award.

This is one of those days that makes writing all worth while. To receive an email saying that your book has won an award is brilliant, but to have it say your book was 'Best Book' in a category has ended 2016 with a smile.
I can now start 2017 with a smile. I am now an Award Winning and Bestselling Author, which is something I never even dreamed of when I started writing in 2014, publishing my first book only last year.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me with advice, sharing and promoting and a huge thank you to everyone who has bought any of my books.

How To Write a Simple Book Review; it's easier than you think! Best Book in the How To Category

available from Amazon

Merry Christmas


Happy New Year

Allyson R. Abbott

Friday, 16 December 2016

A Christmas Story with a difference + Free books

Hello everyone

Like everyone else I have been busy with the up and coming festive season preparations and my mother has arrived today for a two month stay.  I love having my mum around and she loves coming to stay, especially now we are in Spain, where the weather is warmer than the UK. Although we are in for some wet and windy stuff over the next few days, but hopefully by mid week it will all be gone.

I have been reading some lovely Christmas stories of late and most f them are romances and lovey-dovey ones.  But I have just finished a book that I needed to share with you. I really enjoyed Never Too Late by Jo Barney. Being a henlit / boomer lit author myself, I am always on the look out for books in the same genre. I spotted this one in a Librarything giveaway and luckily I managed to snag a copy. I probably would have bought it though even if I hadn't of won.

It is a must read, if you like something different every now and again. If you like a little bit of literary fiction without the romance, then I suggest you treat yourself.  The paperback is at a very good price as well, if you need a quick present for your aunt or gran.  This is my review.

Never Too Late by Jo Barney

A Lovely well written story.

I won an Ecopy of this book through a Giveaway I entered because I was drawn to the tale about an elderly lady. I write stories about mature women or couples, so finding another author within the same genre was enlightening.
I really loved this story. It starts on a sad note when Edith wakes up on Christmas Day to find her husband dead in bed beside her. From the off set it is obvious that she is not that upset, as her marriage has been a struggle and their relationship, love and trust of each other has almost disappeared. From that point, I was expecting a story of a second chance romance, but even though Edith does meet someone nice, this story is more about the different emotions she goes through as she finds a trail of deceit and a secret life of her husband that she knew nothing about.
Following her emotions while she slowly unravels a story that involves her son and his wife, she slowly learns a new side to her deceased husband and her only son. She also develops a good friendship with her daughter-in-law, something that she wished she had done years ago.  Edith is putting her life back together in a way that suits her as a widow, mother and grandmother (and now dog owner), without the need to tiptoe around her husbands shadow.
I enjoyed the way the author challenged Edith to explore her feelings and emotions, to question her guilt and even to admit that maybe the marriage failure was not all Art's fault, that she too had a few faults that need addressing. If you enjoy a literary read, this is a must. Once you start, you want to read it al the way through to find out how it all comes together. A lovely story.

To end this blog on a completely different note. My spicy erotic read is free from today until 20th of December. If you haven't read this yet, then check out the great reviews and download while it is free. The next book in the series Slaving over Valentine will be out in the new year. If you enjoy Slaving Over Christmas and would be prepared to write a review for Slaving over Valentine then send me a messages and I will send you an early copy.
Download your Free copy from here

Must go now...presents to next week.  Allyson

Thursday, 1 December 2016

#1 Best Selling Book in 3 categories...I Just Don't Believe IT!

It is true though!

Mistletoe Kisses and Christmas Wishes is at #1 and has been there for a few days.  This is all thanks to Tamara Ferguson and her fantastic skills and drive at promoting, her energy is endless.

Also a huge thank to all readers who bought our book. I can't believe the fantastic reviews it is getting either.  When I set out to write my story, I knew I wanted to do something different. I wanted more humor. I wanted people to laugh out loud, like I do a when I read funny stories.  I love laughing out loud.

I am so happy that most reviews have mentioned the humor and how it made them laugh. Thank you for taking the time to read and review. It make writing all worth while, to think I have put a smile of peoples faces.  Thank you.
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Monday, 21 November 2016

Christmas stories and lots of reviews...I am getting down my reading pile.

I am going great guns on my reading pile.  It may have something to do with my husband being away for a few days, so I am reading late into the night. I am also using my kindle (which he usually steals) instead of my iPhone, making it easier to read.  So here are my latest reviews.

The Christmas Cruise  by Tammy Tate
A good Christmas story that has you hooked  4*
I have just finished reading A Christmas Cruise, and feel exhausted. For a short story it packs a lot of adventure and activity. It was fast paced and non stop, from the minute Ally stepped onto the cruise liner to enjoy a holiday with her two friends through to the last page. The meeting within the first few hours of Brad, soon became a love and hate theme, but with them both being thrown into the mysterious Bermuda Triangle expedition, they soon learned that to appreciate each others qualities. A good Christmas story, with a lot going on, albeit sometimes too quickly, that has you hooked to the last page.

Christmas Country Wishes (The Christmas Love List Book 4) by Angela Ford
 A sweet story and fun to read. 5*
This Christmas story catches the magical elements that we all look forward to; the first flakes of snow, the town's Christmas lights, being with family and the ones you love. A lovely story of Dakota, who moves town to look for her father and in the process finds the man of her dreams...if only it was his dream too! The story has lots of characters throughout and sometimes I did wonder why they were even being mentioned. In short stories you do not very often hear about people who do not have a major role to play. After a little digging I discovered that this book is actually part of a series (so silly me) and I probably need to read the others first. But even saying that, there is no reason you can't read this on its own. it is a good story, a sweet story and fun to read.

Before the Snow Melts (Christmas Cottage Anthology Book 3) by Julie Kavanagh
Well worth a read. A short Story with great characters 4*
A short story with great characters. Beth lets a stranger into her house to help him after his car has broken down. There is a snow storm brewing and he finds himself stranded there until the morning. He thinks Beth is a little strange, she lives like a hermit, whereas he has money and lives in luxury. They gradually get to know each other as the story progresses. Ms Kavanagh gives the characters depth and the reader is captured within the story. I read this within one sitting, but only because I couldn't put it down. Well worth a read.

Auld Lang Syne by Mark Casigh
Auld Lang Syne: Should old acquaintance be forgot? 4*
After an injury Mike has trouble with memory recall and when he meets the local librarian he knows her face seems vaguely familiar. As the story develops links to their pasts emerge. A well written short story with some very good sex scenes to stimulate your imagination of libraries. If I read an erotic book then I like it to have a story behind the sex, and this is a great story. I would highly recommend.

This book is not a Christmas Story, But well worth a mention.
Lightning Over Bennett Ranch (The Ranch Collection Book 2) by Amber Daulton
Fast paced short story with a punch 4*
I liked this fast paced short story, it packed a punch. The characters were completely believable and the author very knowledgeable about horses and ranch work. I learned a lot about horses! I like a story where people connect and show spirit and the couple here do that, they met when young and the relationship caused problems, but now they are back and will not let others stand in their way.

Okay that's all today...I need to get writing and reading.  Have a good Thanksgiving and don't forget Mistletoe Kisses and Christmas Wishes is available from Black Friday to purchase at 99c

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Rescued by Christmas written by Marilyn Conner Miles

Hello Everyone. I hope you are all well. Just a quick update on my reading pile.

I don't share all the book I read on my blog. If I did you would all probably be fed up with me by now. I am trying to get through my pile of 'books I would like to read' that are on my bookshelf over at Goodreads. There are over 100 on there, but some books get to the top twenty quicker than others. Obviously some of those are Christmas stories, of which I am reading a lot recently.

I have just read Rescued by Christmas and I admit I was expecting a romance, but I was pleasantly surprised by the story. It was not your usual full-on romance, there was a romance thread, but the author kept it in the back ground, mainly because the romance was not allowed to blossom due to employment complications, but also because there were other things happening that kept the reader involved with the story, so the romance was not required to keep the reader hooked.

My Review  4* Very Good
A lovely Christmas story which is more than a romance. Micah, the main character, finds herself in trouble for being late on her first day in a new job, and after an accident has no car either. She forges a bond with her knight in shining armour, after he rescues her from her car, and even that relationship leads her to trouble. However, the story is also about rescuing and looking after horses. Something, I assume, the author knows a lot about. I like the story, even though I am not a horsey person, the tale felt personal, it felt real, like it all really happened. Well written and most enjoyable.

BLURB: Micah, unemployed for some time, gets hired as the Marketing Coordinator for a retirement home. The night before her first day on the job, it begins to snow, and by the time she gets up early the next morning there are six inches on the ground. Uncomfortable driving in the stuff, she does it anyway. She can't miss her first day of work! Even though she drives slower than a slug, her car slides into a ditch and she can’t get out. Dane, a modern day knight in shining armor, comes to her rescue, and then offers her a ride to work. He tells her he goes there every morning to visit his grandfather, and not wanting to be late, she accepts. The employee manual states, and her boss emphasizes, that it is against company policy to fraternize with residents and their family members. Micah knows she could lose her job, but with her car in the shop for a month, no credit card and no bus service from her rural home, there is no way for her to get to and from work without a long, cold walk—or a ride with Dane. Complicating matters even further, Micah, a kind-hearted animal lover, agrees to take care of the grandfather’s horse As they spend more and more time together, Micah finds herself torn between her growing attraction for Dane and a desperate need to keep her job.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Mistletoe Kisses and Christmas Wishes

Two Brand New Sweet Christmas Stories

Clean & Wholesome Romance
by #1 International Bestselling Authors.
There's something so special about a Christmas Kiss.
And when it's your first?
Never underestimate the power of that kiss!


by #1 International Bestselling Author Allyson R. Abbott

allyson-abbott-prickly-kiss-final-cover-apckEmma Louise Fallon, aka Elf, has two wishes for Christmas. Having spent the last few months bragging about her latest boyfriend, who's turned out to be a womanizing cheat, one, she needs to escape her well-meaning family, and, two, she needs to avoid all men while she's in a man-hating mode.
But stranded in a cold isolated cabin, when her girlfriend is forced to bail out on their vacation plans, Elf makes one more desperate wish: Can she please learn how to build a fire before she freezes to death?
The solo rustic life is becoming all too much for her. She's convinced that a stray cat, who has decided to keep her company, has magical powers, that the local shop owners are secretly Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and nothing can stop her from laughing when the hot local Martian -come cop - come veterinarian - introduces himself as Rudi.
Will Elf need to break her rule about staying away from men, and rely on this hunk for helping her start a fire? Or, worse, yet, will she be able to control the fire that Rudi's ignited in her.

by Multi Award-Winning, #1 International Bestselling
Author Tamara Ferguson

two-hearts-christmas-final-tamara-christmas25-10Seventeen-year-old Jason Matthews made a wish when he'd shared a kiss with Katherine Conlin under the mistletoe at Dragonfly Pointe, fourteen years ago.
Now an Air Force Captain and wounded warrior, he awakens in the hospital in Germany, where his dreams have been invaded by the girl from his past.
Once he returns home to the states, Jason discovers that approaching Kat might be a little more difficult than he'd thought, since she's been in a long term relationship for nearly two years.
But another year later, when Jason learns Kat is on her way to the Dragonfly Pointe Inn for the Christmas holidays, without her boyfriend, he seizes the chance to be reacquainted.
Kat had been expecting a proposal this Christmas, and when her boyfriend backs out, yet again, on the carefully laid plans that she's made for them, Kat realizes she probably wouldn't be happy with him anyway.
Kat has often wondered what happened to Jason Matthews, the boy she'd made a wish with years ago, and the last thing she expects is to run into him again at the Dragonfly Pointe Inn.
Will there still be that special Christmas magic between them, to make those long ago wishes come true?
mdm allyson abbottAllyson R. Abbott: Goodbye, Hello became a #1 international bestselling book in 2015 and a total of five books have received glowing 5 star reviews from The Readers Favorite Editorial Book Reviewers, earning a hefty collection of 5 Star seals. Allyson also has a bestselling nonfiction book called How to Write a Simple Book Review, which has accumulated over 50-5 star reviews.

Tamara Ferguson: Two Hearts' Christmas Wish is Tamara's 4th Wounded Warrior Romance. Not only has her Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series won 6 awards, including a silver medal in Military Fiction from Readers' Favorite, in 2016 alone, Two Hearts Surrendered was a #1 International Bestseller on 16 lists, while Two Hearts Unspoken was a #1 International Hot New Release as well as a #1 International Bestseller on 16 lists.  

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

A Christmas Garden by Lexie Stewart

What lovely Christmas story of a 'start again ' women after divorcing her bully of a husband. Although she initially struggles under the anxiety of 'bitten of more than she can chew', as her new life starts in a small run down cottage and plus the added stress of being nominated her clan's Christmas party host, she finds the strength and determination to bring it all together. Her love of gardening gives her a focus for the Christmas party, encourages her motivation to sort out the cottage; and of course to be outside when the handsome jogger goes by on his daily run.
I do love a good 'I can do it' attitude and Mary gradually learns that she can after a very shaky start and years of being put down by her husband I expect her confidence was a little low to begin with.

For those who want to read this short Christmas sweet read it is free at the moment on Amazon

I am loving all these Christmas stories I am reading.  It is a new discovery for me.  Okay  I know, I am a bit behind the times.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

2 x Paperback books of Goodbye Hello, Giveaway on Goodreads

I really like Goodreads. I can list my books, share what I have read and see reviews from other people. I can follow other readers and author's. It is a great community for readers and authors and general book lovers. My only moan is that they are not very speedy at doing things. So whereas I  created this 2 paperbacks giveaway  to celebrate my new book cover for Goodbye Hello; It's never too late to start again they have yet to link my new cover with my book.

So here is my new cover

and here is where you can click to enter...ignoring the old cover.  What do you think to the new one? Don't you just want to go on holiday to a beach like that?

Good luck on the entry...Allyson

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Goodbye, Hello by Allyson R. Abbott

Goodbye, Hello

by Allyson R. Abbott

Giveaway ends November 15, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

PJ Fiala with Tamara Ferguson





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What's been the hardest project for you to work on?

This week I released with 12 other authors a Kindle World book for Sapphire Falls. The experience was wonderful but I used this book to start my new series, Bluegrass Security. So, in the end, my characters leave for the opportunity to open their own security business in Kentucky. I had set so many crazy parameters for myself and felt boxed in. It took an epiphany of sorts for me to come out of my corner. My husband and I got together with the neighbors (we do at least twice per year). One of my neighbors, out of the blue, said, “I just love your books. I’ve never told you that and I’m sorry. But, I love them.”

I was surprised, excited and humbled. She made me realize that people do like my work. Sometimes we authors suffer from self-doubt. It’s my biggest downfall. But, the next morning I sat down and decided to be true to myself and my characters. I stopped worrying about whether this group of fans would like my book, or that group of fans would see value and started writing the story I wanted to tell. In the end, the story came out pretty dang nice. The early reviews I’m seeing are extremely positive.

Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know?

I’ve borrowed from real people for almost all of my characters. People are so interesting and, I’ll admit, I’m a people watcher at heart. When we’re out on the bikes, I just love watching people interact with each other. Sometimes, ha, well all of the time, I’m able to put people into my characters based on some of the things I see when I’m out and about. It’s super fun.

Would you share one detail from your current release with readers that they might not find in the book?

I don’t mention Sage’s mom very much in the book. She passed away from cancer a few years before the story begins and it affected Sage. She was away in the Army, actually deployed to Afghanistan when her mom passed away. Sage has left over feelings of emptiness for not being with her mom in the end and its why she left the Army to care for her father when he was diagnosed.

Who has been the most difficult character for you to write? (Any of your books)

Ryder Sheppard from Moving to Hope was difficult. Ryder is shy and quiet. I have a son who is shy and quiet and I tried modeling some of Ryder off of him. But, the hard part was making a shy quiet man interesting and the hero of a story. I had to dig deep for that one. But, his story came out great and he’s one of my favorites to date because he is just a nice man. Protective, handsome and loving, but not without flaws.

What is your vacation pet-peeve?

My husband and I are bikers. Every year we go on a large trip for 10-12 days and usually we’re with a larger group of people. The people we have biked with for years are fabulous to ride with. You see, there’s a bit of etiquette when biking with a large group. It’s reasonably simple and it everyone simply followed the etiquette, it would be a wonderful world. Here’s our biker travel etiquette:

  • When we stop for gas, everyone gases up. As a group you can only travel as far as the smallest gas tank in the group. But, sometimes, a biker will decide he has about a half tank and not gas up when we stop. That usually means, we have to stop early because, you guessed it, that biker is running low on fuel. Just gas up at every stop and your group will make better time and be less irritated.

  • When we stop to eat, everyone eat! Gosh, again, so damn simple but, gah, people are so selfish. We’ve traveled in the past with a couple and, I call her Miss Opposite. If we ate, she wouldn’t only to make us all wait for her to get food at the next stop. So. Damned. Frustrating. We don’t ride with Miss Opposite anymore.

  • If we’re traveling a distance the following day, don’t get so drunk that you’re hung over the night before. I know, it seems simple but again, we’ve had a vacation where we traveled with a Princess who felt as though getting drunk and making us stop so she could eat some crackers or get a soda wasn’t an imposition. We don’t ride with Princess anymore.

  • If there is someplace you feel strongly about seeing during the trip, tell the leader or someone, that it’s important to you. We usually have a very loose game plan when we take off on a trip. Each evening we sit around and have a few drinks and discuss where we’re heading the following day. It’s at this time, it’s important to tell someone if there is somewhere you want to go. Don’t pout about it afterwards because you didn’t get to see_____. It’s no one’s fault but your own if you don’t speak up. We’re bikers, not mind readers.

  • When staying in a VRBO together, everyone pitches in to make meals, do dishes and laundry. Don’t toss your clothes in a pile and expect your laundry to be washed, folded and put away. Umm, no. When you see people in the kitchen preparing a meal, don’t sneak outside and smoke. Again, no. It’s everyone’s vacation, not just yours, your majesty. Oh, and in case you didn’t guess it, we don’t travel with the queen anymore either.

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PJ Fiala

Romance On Wheels

Happily ever-afters are real; I’m living mine right now.


Reading one of my books is like taking a ride with your new best friends.

The weather won’t always be perfect, but the company will.

Life won’t always be easy but the journey will be worth it.

Love is sometimes complicated, but that feeling you get when you’ve just fallen in love

will last with you through the final page and beyond.


  1. I’ve always had stories running through my head.

  2. Yes, I believe my characters are real people.

  3. I’m a dreamer in all things.

  4. Chocolate makes me happy, wine, coffee and my family do too.


List of works:

Rolling Thunder Series
  • Moving to You, Book 1
  • Moving to Hope, Book 2
  • Moving to Forever, Book 3
  • Moving to Desire, Book 4
  • Moving to You, Book 5
Second Chances Series
  • Designing Samantha’s Love, Book 1
  • Finding Kiera, Book 2
  • Engineering Jessie’s Love, Book 3
Box Sets:
  • Hometown Heroes
  • Stories of Sun, Sand & Sea
  • Duty, Honor & Love
  • Love in Times of War
Sapphire Falls Kindle World
  • We’re Going to Make It

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Patti writes sexy, steamy romance. Her personal experience as a biker as well as her family military history is what makes what she writes unique and special. Best of luck Patti! tf

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Fifteen Postcards by Kirtsen McKenzie

Having now committed myself to read more books and write a review and a blog post about them, I have found I mostly read novella's. I am not sure if it because they are shorter or more plentiful in the genres I tend to read.  When I started to read Fifteen Postcards (obtained through a giveaway) I was surprised at the list of seventy-seven chapters all with names and not just numbers. That was my first clue that the author of this book was taking her story seriously and the chapter titles intrigued me straight away. I then discovered this was a debut book. Completely impressed by the author now.
So, onto my take of Fifteen Postcards.
With seventy-seven chapters to read I started out quickly, but then discovered that I actually needed to slow down and savour the work. McKenzie's writing is crafted with tantalizing descriptions that force the reader to imagine the visions, sounds and smells of different countries and even an old antique shop. 
This story is a montage of many genres all wrapped up in a layer of mystery and mystique. it is an extremely well crafted and researched book. An intriguing story combining time travel, history, geography and the antique trade. I found it all enjoyable and very educational. I did get a little confused at times, but managed to unravel my thoughts by rereading a few pages, and I have to admit to drifting off a little through the long India passages, but as the story keeps flitting from one scene to another, it keeps you hooked until the end. Ah then end! That was not what I was expecting either.
Well done Kirsten McKenzie. A brilliant first novel.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Carolyn Arnold: Eleven

I found this book to be very readable. I very often read later into the night than planned, just to find out what happens next. A good plot that keeps the reader guessing as different turn of events sends the FBI chasing leads. The characters are realistic, with all their troubles in life while trying to keep up with a major murder hunt. I will definitely look out for more of Ms Arnold's books.

I did check some of the other reviews and noticed that some readers complained about Brandon Fisher's attitude. I must admit there were occasions during the book I thought he was a tad shallow and selfish, but then there are people like that in life, so it made the character more believable. not every person in a book can be idyllic. I will still read more books to see if the characters develop.

Slaving Over Christmas by Allyson R. Abbott

At last, my Slaving Over Christmas Book has now been published with a new cover and a new publisher.  Just look at that cover!!!
Now available at Amazon
I would be happy to send an ARC or free copy if anybody is so inclined to think about reading it. Although a review would be nice it is not a necessity.

Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell

I am really enjoying my new regime of making time to read. I love the fact that I can just use the kindle app on my phone and squeeze in a few pages here and there. I can even manage to read at night without waking up my husband.  I must admit to having to muffle a few giggles when reading Take the Monkeys and Run.

It was the title that attracted me to this book. I love to read funny books and this title just screamed humour at me. I was not let down.  it made me chuckle a few times and even though I knew it was all ridiculous I just could not stop reading.  It was an easy read, no hard work trying to follow plots or to work out who did it. the main character Barbara Marr, keeps you entertained with her antics and thoughts throughout the book. Monkeys and mayhem, murders and men. it had everything you need for a relaxing evening read before bed. I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends.

This book is actually free on kindle, so treat yourself to a frivolous read.