Category: Portfolio

August 1st, 2020 by Melanie3101

Edited in April, this is a fascinating and informative insight into caring for someone with dementia.

This is a deliberately short book that is to the point and highlights the essential processes for carers of people with dementia. It covers the fundamentals of dementia care as well as the associated administrative aspects, from applying for lasting power of attorney to financing a stay in a care home.

The title of the book is taken directly from something the author’s father said. As the dementia started to take hold, his father’s vocabulary diminished and, in attempts to communicate, he would create new words to fill the void. This surreal wordplay is used as the chapter titles and more.

Although its main purpose is to disseminate information, it is an easy read that induces both tears and laughter.

The book is an ideal first port of call for carers, and plenty of links to websites are included in the endnotes so topics can be explored further. They are also available as QR codes in the paperback version.


I Remember When They Taught Cows To Talk – Amazon

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May 18th, 2020 by Melanie3101

The second in this thrilling and informative series about Jewish gangs in New York in the early part of the twentieth century.

Alex lived through the war, but will he survive the peace?

Jewish gang member, Alex comes back from the Great War almost destroyed by the horrors he has seen. When he is plucked from certain death by an old friend, he commits to making so much money he’ll never know that agony again.

But the route to the top is fraught with danger and every time he helps one of his powerful friends like Al Capone, he acquires more enemies who want to see him dead. When organised crime financier, Arnold Rothstein dies, the turmoil caused by his loss sets in train a chain of events which means Alex must once more fight for his life. How far would you go to attain your American dream?

The second book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which tears through the Prohibition years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir pierces the heart of every reader like a bullet from Alex’s sniper rifle.

East Side Hustler – Amazon UK

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May 18th, 2020 by Melanie3101

A lovely Regency romance.

She is under pressure to find a husband she doesn’t want. He keeps to the fringes of society because of family constraints. Will the written word be enough to bring two lost souls together?

Lady Edith Longdon is an heiress, in danger of being classed a spinster, and disillusioned with the fops, dandies, and fortune hunters surrounding her in society. Deciding it’s time to take her future into her own hands, she devises a foolproof way of finding someone she can love. She’s convinced nothing could go wrong…

Lord Ralph Pensby, overwhelmed by a sense of obligation, and with no one he can turn to, is adrift from those around him…

Two people drawn together, both on a journey which will affect them in ways they could never have foreseen. Secret correspondence, mistrust and confusion, not to mention cads of the highest order, make this novel a fast-paced, heart-warming story, with appealing characters and a strong sense of time and place.

Perfect for lovers of all things Regency!

Lady Edith’s Lonely Heart – Amazon UK

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May 18th, 2020 by Melanie3101

The latest humorous, quirky tale in the life of bumbling private eye, Bob Lowe.

Stolen shoes. A rogue drug dealer. An unusual family history. The Troubling Case of the Stolen Shoes is the latest in the hilarious and charming Bob Lowe Investigation Series.

Bumbling Brit Bob Lowe is successfully transitioning from unemployed drunk to slick private investigator, ably assisted by Miss Pat W, his trusted translator and investigative partner. When a young novice monk explains that shoes are going missing from the temple, Bob is outraged and takes on the case with no charge. His work only interrupted by a smattering of other cases taking him off on, at times, bizarre tangents.

They tackle these cases with their usual charm and sensitivity and of course some helpful input from Khun Daeng; Bob’s housemate. If you enjoy mysteries with a touch of humour, rich characters, and plenty of the bizarre then you’ll love The Troubling Case of the Stolen Shoes.

The Troubling Case of the Stolen Shoes

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May 18th, 2020 by Melanie3101

The latest two novels in this lovely heart-warming series filled with humour.

‘If you love Maeve Binchy, you’ll love this series.’ Reader Review

An Irish guesthouse, three sisters and their bossy boots mammy in this laugh out loud series about the trials and tribulations of the O’Mara family…

Mammy otherwise known as Maureen O’Mara has had a lot of changes these last few years. She lost her beloved husband, Brian, had a fresh start by the seaside away from the family guesthouse and took up numerous new hobbies, the most recent being line dancing. She’s ready to make one more big change too, because she’s met a man. Not just any man either. A man who makes her smile, has her humming country music tunes and tapping her toes to the beat. He’s also someone who understands the pain of losing a spouse.

Maureen would like to keep things as they are, but he’s making noises about introducing her to his family and she can’t put him off forever. He wants to meet her girls

too but what happens when your children have their late parent on a pedestal? And what will her girls have to say when they find out about their mammy’s new manfriend’s interesting erm, hobby?

Witty, sad and insightful with a touch of romance. Come and stay at O’Mara’s.

Michelle Vernal – Amazon UK

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