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#BookTour #BookSpotlight A Life Singular Series by Lorraine Pestell

In essence a love story, “A Life Singular” is a seven-part
contemporary fiction serial.
The books’ themes are triumph over mental illness, the choices we make
between right and wrong, and how one affects the other over the
relentless passage of time. Sales proceeds go to two Australian
non-profit organisations assisting young people with their education:
EdConnect Australia and The Smith Family.
Dealing with some of the more complex social justice issues of our age, the
universal theme of love and our fascination for celebrity spirit the
reader behind the scenes of a superstar family who are plunged into
grief, proving that there are always many sides to a story we see in
the media. The important events in our public lives are always
overshadowed by the backstory’s real truth.
A Life Singular
A Life Singular Series Book 1
by Lorraine Pestell
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

First in Epic 7-part Serial: Love and Loss, Celebrity and Secrets

The Endless Pursuit of Love and Wisdom

What do you do when you lose the one who gave your life meaning? You write
about it. You tell the world how amazing it is to love and be loved
by someone so special, what love helps you achieve and how it makes
you stronger.
Jeff Diamond had built a life of influence, adulation and wealth by making
the right choices for the right reasons. He lived by the law of
reciprocity, a lesson learned on the streets as a teenager with
nothing but an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Plagued by the
scars of a violent childhood, he created his vision and fought for
it. And once he no longer needed to fight for himself, he fought for others.
Yet when Jeff’s dream girl was taken from him and their children by the
ignorant act of a jealous misfit from his own home town, the
millionnaire realised just how far he had come. Why had he succeeded
when so many like him fail? It wasn’t complicated. The secret lay
in the endless pursuit of love and wisdom; life’s two magic
ingredients. Now Lynn was gone, he resolved to use his remaining days
to account for their life in a way that would inspire young people to
make his type of choice rather than García’s.
Then after their story was written, he would be free to go after her, to
begin the whole incredible journey over again. Everyone has a life
singular: one; unique; extraordinary.
A Life Found
A Life Singular Series Book 2
Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an
interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would
have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct
quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect,
and her parents…
As he worked through the huge amount of material available in the press
about their life as it had taken shape, interlacing it with highly
personal stories, the widower crafted chapter after chapter of
memories, both happy and heartbreaking. If this was to be a true
account of their partnership, he owed it to the memory of his
beautiful best friend to cover so much more than what was already on
public record.
When it came to adding his own reminiscences of those early months, about
meeting someone he already knew intimately, Jeff had no difficulty in
recalling every single, vivid moment. Entire conversations came back
to him, sometimes word for word, rushing through his fingers and into
the computer.
Photographs prompted him too, as did the treasured possessions that surrounded
him, like the old leather jacket he had received on his twentieth
birthday. Lynn had left him shortly after that, just like she had
left him now. The pull of being together again was unrelenting, but
Jeff hung on to the dream that their life singular would one day
resume. Once their story had been told.
A Life Entwined
A Life Singular Series Book 3
Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an
interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would
have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct
quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect,
and her parents.
Fame and fortune beckoned. Jeff Diamond was a success, whatever that
meant. Fans followed him everywhere, reporters and photographers hid
around every corner and journalists recorded his many indiscretions.
A whole different world to the downtrodden streets of Sydney’s
south-west, where vices were satisfied by using people to one’s
best advantage.
The star had more money than he could spend, his opinion suddenly
counted, and the opportunities to feed his ever-hungry mind were
plentiful. Yet the demons continued to torment him, no longer
protected by the guardian angel who had been spirited away as soon as
her family found out who Jeff Diamond was and where he had come from.
Suddenly the ambitious businessman and philanthropist found himself in the
fight of his life. He would win Lynn’s heart by showing her father
he was worthy, and by convincing his dream girl that they had
something worth fighting for. Would she risk throwing her privileged
lifestyle away for a man whose public persona depended on alcohol,
drugs and a string of pretty girls?
Jeff had nothing to lose. The trappings of his new life held little
significance until the soul-mates were reunited. This was where their
life singular really began. Up until this point, there had only been
playtime. Now they must step up and take responsibility. It was up to them.
A Life Lived
A Life Singular Series Book 4
So this was it! Lynn and Jeff, two celebrities driven to change the
world together, had grasped their life singular with both hands and
were not about to let go. They had the Midas touch, gifted through
the virtues of reciprocity and a deepening understanding of right
versus wrong.
The prospect of turning two into four, mirroring the black jetstone ring
that lived on the handsome man’s right hand, filled the couple with
excitement. Never in his wildest dreams had the no-good street kid
imagined himself as a father. His own had given him nothing. So much
less than nothing, in fact.
Should Jeff settle that score? Was it worth disturbing the paradise they had
planned, where their well-established careers showed no sign of
slowing down and their hard work yielded so much for so many?
Surfacing past wrongs and holding people to account for setting them
right were part and parcel of letting go, his dream girl had
insisted. And who was he to argue? She had been right all along.
As the book’s extraordinary chapters continued to document the
achievements of their life singular, the solitary author cried and
smiled in equal measure through the arrival of a small boy with
blond, curly hair and the sultry gipsy girl who could see inside his
soul from the moment she was born. Lynn had given him two new friends
who must now be steered through their young lives, learning their own
lessons about the endless pursuit of love and wisdom.
A Life Tested
A Life Singular Series Book 5
The world was an enormous place; full of good and evil, beauty and
ugliness, wonder and despair. Sometimes all seemed lost, returning
from the latest round of negotiations and attempting to balance the
surreal career of a chart-topping musician with the demands of an
advocate for those discarded by mainstream society. With every
problem the Diamonds worked to solve, a new one would be right around
the corner.
All was not lost, however. Unity and liberty, the
twin spirits living in two perfect beings waiting for him at home,
were all Jeff needed to spur him on. They would one day inherit the
world which he and his beautiful best friend were intent on changing
for the better, along with the millions of others who wrote to the
couple every day, seeking ever more of their energy, time and money.
The tired author kept reverting to the theme of
reciprocity. We should never take more than we give. If only they
could convince enough people of their byword… It was right that the
struggle should never end. What would he do if it did? There was no
room for self-satisfied fat cats in their life singular. What sort of
example might that set for those who must follow?
Lynn had departed, the children were growing stronger now, and the widower
heard the clock ticking night after night after night. Still with so
many amazing experiences to recount, the lost boy knew his dream girl
couldn’t wait forever. He was grateful for this opportunity to set
the record straight, but gratitude could only take him so far.
A Life Loved
A Life Singular Series Book 6
Lynn Dyson and Jeff Diamond had become the celebrity couple with the Midas
touch. With their son showing every sign of fulfilling his sporting
destiny and a teenaged daughter who was already driven to right the
world’s wrongs, they were showered with accolades and adoration
from every corner of the globe.
How had this nobody from the
wrong side of the tracks got so lucky? With his dream girl by his
side every step of the way, the superstar’s multi-faceted career
knew no bounds. Politicians clamoured for photo-opportunities, the
press hung on his every word and the success of their business empire
funnelled millions of dollars into worthy causes.
No wonder they had been an assassination target! Jeff’s autobiography
foretold this omen with twenty-twenty hindsight, his open wounds
smarting with each obvious opulent and outspoken occasion. “The
higher you climb, the harder you fall.” This tedious cliché rang
true for the father as he captured his teenagers’ many exploits for
posterity. He and Lynn had dared to scale enormous heights, paying
the ultimate price far too soon.
Had it all been worth it?
The book held these secrets, painstakingly transcribed by a man who
couldn’t wait to find out what was to come. Whether taken from his
lover’s journals, the children’s memories or the cataclysm of
poetry pouring from his lonely heart, the months leading up to his
next challenge had legitimised every decision the forever couple had
ever made.
He only hoped the same good fortune would hold true in the next lifetime.
A Life After
A Life Singular Series Book 7
“Their Handbook For Life Was Complete. Not A Cast-Iron Guarantee, But
A Good Start For Anyone Looking For Answers. The Rest Was Up To
Its Readers To Make Their Own Life Singular. Jeff Diamond
Sealed The Envelope On His Manuscript, Content That He Had Fully
Accounted For The Life That Had Brought Him To Where He Was Today.
Alone.
Lynn Would Be Pleased With The Way Their Autobiography Had Turned Out,
Complete With A Carefully Selected Set Of Photographs And Proof-Read
From Cover To Cover By Their Gorgeous Daughter.
It was now time to finish things off properly, and that began by
acknowledging the mate who had stood by Jeff for almost thirty
years. Gerry Blake had been his squash partner, his manager,
his drinking buddy and his best man through the whole incredible
journey, in so many ways his alter-ego. He was now getting
married for the first time at forty-seven years old, no doubt spooked
by what had happened to his old friend.
The thankful billionnaire and the ghost living inside his heart were
determined to give Gerry and his new wife the very best send-off,
before continuing on their own quest for reunion. Would they
find a way to be together again? And how would the kids know to
keep telling their singular story?
Book 7 in the series is twinned with “Le Roi se meurt (The
King is Dead)”
by Eugène Ionesco.
Available December 2019.”
Lorraine Pestell was born in London and has had a successful IT career in the
UK, US, Europe, Singapore, and more recently Australia. Lorraine is a
life-long sufferer of Clinical Depression and Post-traumatic Stress
Disorder. She began using writing as therapy, attempting to find her
place in the world. “A Life Singular” soon developed into
an epic family saga, with the first book published in 2013. She
currently resides in Central Victoria with her rescued Belgian
Shepherd, Nikki.
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Bookish News

First Lines Friday #8

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. I first saw this on Life of A Literary Nerd  and decided this would be fun to start adding to my blog. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

*Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page

*Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first

*Finally… reveal the book!

HOME LOOKS SMALL FROM here, crammed in the backseat of Mamma’s latest boyfriend’s car. A clapboard house painted a tired blue, missing shingles on the roof like snagged teeth, overgrown yard full of stubborn guava trees, and herbs sprouting in haphazard patches. 

FIND OUT THE BOOK BELOW!

Learning To Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather

 

This book was such a eye opener on the emotional struggle a young girl goes through when all she wanted was a safe place. It also has triggers of preganacy, verbal abuse and rape.

Goodread Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Indy struggles to conceal her pregnancy while searching for a place to belong in this stunning debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Amber Smith and Sara Zarr.

Indira Ferguson has done her best to live by her Grammy’s rules—to study hard in school, be respectful, and to never let a boy take advantage of her. But it hasn’t always been easy, especially while living in her mother’s shadow.

When Indy is sent to live with distant relatives in Nassau, trouble follows her. Now she must hide an unwanted pregnancy from her aunt, who would rather throw Indy out onto the street than see the truth.

Completely broke with only a hand-me-down pregnancy book as a resource, Indy desperately looks for a safe space to call home. After stumbling upon a yoga retreat, she wonders if perhaps she’s found the place. But Indy is about to discover that home is much bigger than just four walls and a roof—it’s about the people she chooses to share it with.

Have you read this debut novel by Janice Lynn Mather? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Meet The Author

Meet The Author: Interview with Charmyra E. Fleming

Charmyra E. Fleming is a romance author that writes about love with a realistic, dramatic flare. Her first book The Violet Rose has received a written review from Booklist.

Charmyra lives in Maryland with her husband and son. Before she started writing, she worked as a Budget Analyst and Supplier Diversity professional. But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time – writing romance.

On her blog, she writes a weekly motivational post to encourage her readers and beyond, to live their lives with impact, intention, and full of passion. She is also a contributing writer for InColor Magazine, “an online platform created to highlight narratives of color through creative
works be that editorial, creative-writing, video or visual art.”

If you want to receive updates or to know when Charmyra’s next book will come out, please visit her website at https://www.creativecalfuray.com, where you can sign up to receive updates about what she’s up to, and when she has her next release. is a romance author that writes about love with a realistic, dramatic flare.

Get to Know The Author Charmyra E. Fleming:

What was the inspiration for The Violet Rose?

The Violet Rose was written as a way to honor the memory of my favorite
musician, the late iconic legend, Prince. After his transition in 2016, I began writing
this story and he became my muse for both, Violet and Nate. These characters are
reflections of him, his message of being passionate about your talents, and always
being in control of owning your work.

Which part of the book was your favorite to write?

Chapter 14, was my favorite chapter to write. I literally poured my heart and soul
into that chapter. I cried during the entire writing of that chapter. It is a touching
chapter between Violet and her mother. I connected with my feelings about my
own mother, and I just loved this chapter. It is one of my favorite chapters in this
book, and it makes me smile with tears of joy each time I read it.

What was your writing process?

I began writing this book in the summer of 2016. Each day, I committed to writing
for at least fifteen minutes a day. I actually wrote this book, listening to Prince’s
music every day, and sometimes, I had a photo nearby to allow me to connect him
to the story. Soon the words just flowed out and these characters created a world
that I was immersed in. There were many nights that I had to force myself to quit
writing and go to bed. I love when that happens! It was a fun process, and the
playlist made me dance, and it evoked the types of emotion that I needed to be
able to connect with the personalities and emotions of the characters. For instance, when Violet leaves Nate without a “goodbye”, I wrote Chapter 13, Nate’s
chapter, to Prince’s, 17 Days and Condition of the Heart, two very beautiful songs
that allows one to feel the emotion of someone with a broken heart, and missing
the person they love.

How did you feel when you wrote it?

Felt great about writing this book. When I would go back and read through what I
was writing, I kept thinking that I was finally writing a story that I would love to
read. It was an honor to have a muse that kept me focused on completing the story. After writing about ten chapters, I thought to myself, this is turning out to be
a pretty awesome story.

Tell us a fun fact about your book?

I had fun exploring my creative talents while writing this book. In addition to
writing the book, I created poetry, as written by Violet, and a soundtrack of music
by Nate. Nate’s music is available now and can be found on Soundcloud, by
searching for The Violet Rose Music Playlist. I thought that it would be fun to offer
additional content for my readers, and by my characters. So readers can have this
unique and valuable content created by myself, as a companion to the book.

The Violet Rose was reviewed by Booklife, what did they think about the book?

In terms of originality, they stated the following: “This novel offers a refreshing
voice and a sweet take on love in the time of complication. It is also a wonderful
tribute to great musicians and artists, as well as the institution of parenthood. The
narrative features a lovely romance between two people meant to be, and the
book features complex, intriguing characters.”

What’s next?

The Violet Rose is the first book in “The Purple Charm” Series. The next story in this
series is Three’s A Charm. A jaw-droppingly, sexy and utterly spicy story of one
woman’s journey to happiness and redemption through the ups and downs of
infidelity, love, and romance.
Going forward, I’m looking forward to building a community of readers that love this
type of dramatic romance, with complex characters. My books are realistic and has
many layers because these are the types of stories that people can relate to. The
second book in this series is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019.

How to find The Author and The Book:

• FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/CreativeCalfuray/

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cre8iveCalfuray

• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creative_calfuray/

• Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/CreativeCalfuray1/pins/

• Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/creativecalfuray

• Website: https://www.creativecalfuray.com

• Email: CreativeCalfuray@gmail.com

About The Book

Violet Rogers has just turned thirty years old and is starting to realize the purpose for her life. Her passion for dance has made her electrifying as a dancer, but her estranged relationship with her parents, past relationships with men, and a difference of opinion on where her life should be, with her now, ex-boyfriend, has made finding true love with someone that respects her passion difficult. Until, she meets someone that is equally as passionate, and finds that their passion is music, and everything changes.  Jamison Nathaniel Starks better known as, “Nate Starks”, is an incredible musician that is well off financially, but has had a difficult time balancing his romantic relationships with his music. His passion for music has always interfered with his ability to find love.

After breaking up with ex-girlfriend, he realizes that his passion for music can’t replace his desire for love. In the midst of trying to find love, he receives critical information about his past that will affect the future of his financial welfare.

Meanwhile, lurking in the shadows of her blossoming relationship is a vengeful ex-boyfriend, Donovan, hell-bent on making her pay for leaving him. A man with deeply
rooted issues, and an unrelenting temper.
Violet and Nate begin to spend time with one another, and eventually, a family
emergency occurs within Violet’s family and she is forced to leave, but not before catching Nate with another woman. When she returns home she learns that her mother’s medical bills are straining the family’s finances, and assets are needed to be sold. Donovan learns of this information and concocts a plan of revenge against Violet.

Through all of the ups and downs and drama, Violet and Nate are able to forgive.
Despite the differences in their passion Violet and Nate are able to find mutual respect and friendship in one another.

Excerpt:

It was the twenty-first day of April, a marvelous day of epic proportions, and the sky was a beautiful shade of lavender as the sun began to slowly peak over the horizon. Overnight there had  been an unexpected snow shower, and although it didn’t amount to much of anything, it left a sensation in the air that was calm and peaceful. In the stillness of the morning lay beauty and a crisp feeling of a promise hanging on what was to come. A day like today was typical of
springtime weather in Boston. Through the arrival of a new day, a curvy figure appeared as it flowed through the cold like feathers floating on a summer’s breeze, warm and captivating with ease, stirring the calm and whisking through the city streets with urgency to get to a place of spiritual harmony. “Sometimes it Snows in April,” she thought as the fingertips of the wind whisked playfully through the strands of her loose tresses, and the slight parting of her full lips allowed for her body’s heat to escape into the morning breeze. She’d finally arrived at her destination, and from the outside, it was a large inconspicuous brown building with a green sign on the front, located on a side street with an alley that looked more like the abandoned warehouse from Janet Jackson’s ‘“Control”’ video, but inside was a different story.

She opened the door and stepped inside. This place opened to her sanctuary of peace. It was bright and full of vibrant colorful sounds of music playing in the background, and there off into the distance was her platform of communication. She felt at home. Today was a new day—better than the day before. For her, it was a day of exhilaration and celebrating life, her life, because it was her birthday. She’d come full circle and was fully realizing her calling, and today was going to be wonderful. Days prior had been a struggle, and maybe even tomorrow, but not today. Today she’d made a promise to live in the moment, to live life to the fullest, and the worries of tomorrow didn’t exist…today. Today was all her own. Her morning affirmation confirmed today was magical. It’s snowing in April, for goodness’ sake. Today is my day of reckoning, and I am walking into this dance studio with the full understanding that I will be great. Since Violet had arrived in Boston four years ago, she’d been taking classes to become a better contemporary dancer. Whenever she entered a dance studio, the outside world became nonexistent.’

“There she is. Violet, where have you been?,” asked Robin.

“I hope that I’m not late.”

“No, you have about ten minutes to get ready,” Robin answered.

When Violet had her hair in a bun and was ready, she took to the floor.

Violet saw nothing but darkness, and then there was a brief pause and the intake of a cool breath of fresh air. As she released that breath of warmth, she let go. The music entered her soul and her spirit lifted. Each turn was filled with grace, and through each movement came power, and there was her confidence.

Robin looked at Violet and challenged her to be free and take her audience on a lyrical journey. Violet looked at her audience and playfully gave them her signature charming glance. From the very beginning, her body communicated that she commanded this moment and their attention. But, wasn’t that what every great dancer did? Violet’s hands extended in front of her, and she
swayed into the movement lyrically. Her years of experience showed her fluidity.

The bass in the melody flirted with her desire to take on another persona. This budding flower inside of her, the music, brought out something deep within her—the part of her that was so true. It was the one place that she could get lost, and in it was pure perfection. That place was familiar’, as she’d been there before, and she could live there forever.

Only for a moment in time, and only for the grace of God, might Violet be blessed enough to  share her gift with the group of onlookers. Today I’ve fully realized this gift and I want to share it with anyone that is willing to pay attention. It is all my own and today is the day that I fully own it. Violet smiled widely and gave the audience her all and danced with adrenaline coupled with conviction. Each person in the room was experiencing her private joy, and such a pretty toy it was.

As she descended from a natural high, Violet climbed down from the choreographic mountain.  She did her best, and when she finished, she was spent. Violet gradually came back to reality, and hen she realized where she was, she lifted herself from the floor and looked up. Everyone was
standing on their feet and clapping. Violet bowed and left the stage.

As soon as she exited, stage right, Robin approached her. “Oh my God, Violet, you were incredible.”

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Reviews

Book Review: The Outside Child by Tiffany L. Warren

Title: The Outside Child

Author: Tiffany L. Warren

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Rating: 4 Stars=Great Page Turner

Purchase at Amazon.com

One business woman, one NFL player, what could go wrong?

I couldn’t wait to jump into the Chenille Abram’s story in the outside Child by Tiffany L Warren. Chenille is an independent business woman known as a fabulous makeup artist. She lands a job for a big celebrity in Jamaica and doesn’t want anything to go wrong. At her hotel there’s a mix up with her room, but a knight in shining armor saves her and her friend, Kara from sleeping in the lobby.

Braden Carpenter is an NFL star with a different mindset than his fellow teammates. His respectful manner takes over when he meets Chenile and Kara, even though first Impressions were not what he expected. Brayden offers his suite to the ladies knowing this gesture might get him closer to Chenille.

Having read Warren’s previous novels, I can say this is one of my favorites. I first thought Chenille’s character was going to be the typical ghetto woman that snagged a football player but I was definitely wrong and I love it. Her character is strong, independent and wise especially when hit with unsuspected circumstances. Brayden on the other hand frustrated me because he seemed selfish. The supporting characters even shocked me in this story.

Warren does a wonderful job sharing realistic characters that are easy to relate to and ones that kept me interested in the storyline.  I definitely recommend the outside child to readers of contemporary fiction.

*This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only.