Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Dusty Pages Review: The Book Jumper


Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother's childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay. Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House - but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As exciting as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger - someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts - at whatever cost.
I fell in love with this book the moment I saw the cover. I've never heard of the author - and to be fair the back section about the author says that this is the first of her books to be translated into English - but I loved the idea. What avid reader wouldn't. Imagine being able to literally jump into your favourite novel and watch it play out, even interact with the characters. As an addicted reader and a dedicated writer, there was so much about this story that appealed to me.

I liked Amy and understood all to well about her need to escape from a horrible high school life that had taken a decidedly nasty turn - social media suckathon - and I think this helped me to connect to her and how much book jumping meant to her and would have to me. I too would have plunged head first into finding out what was ripping apart my favourite stories, even if that did in the end lead me into trouble. She is a very well written character. The author sets out the scenes very vividly so it isn't hard to image that you are standing there with Amy and Will on Shakespeare's Seat trying to unravel a mystery.

The only thing that bothered me a little was that book characters were completely aware they were characters in a story and that their story has to play out as it was written - even if that means they die, they just do it repeatedly over and over again - as is testament by the character of Werther who at one point had to leave the adventure because he was late for his suicide.

Although I will happily recommend this book, as it is a completely enthralling read, I feel that I must warn about the ending. This is not a HEA fairy story though it does have some of those qualities to it. I am however, sort of hoping, that we will perhaps encounter Amy again. I don't feel her story is quite over.

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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Sunday Showcase

How does an amazing professional opportunity descend into a living nightmare?

Carefree Ginger's motto of “Work Hard, Play Harder” shapes her life. So when her husband, Jake, gets a job offer on the other side of the country, she is up for the adventure.

But after Jake accepts the promotion, nothing is as expected. While Ginger remains in Cleveland to sell their house, she is plagued by strange prank calls, premonition-like nightmares, and the feeling that she is being watched. Is Jake's new job putting her in danger?

Unfortunately, she ignores her intuition and soon finds herself face to face with a ruthless killer. Trapped in a deadly world of corporate corruption and murderous greed, she must overcome her own fears and rely on her wits if she plans to survive.

Extract ~

Oh No! I’m back. I am surrounded by inky black nothingness. The air is musty…damp, my nostrils fill with the smell of dank basement. Like in a haunted house, filled with saws and chains and bloody hooks, this is the perfect place for any psycho to hide his tools of the crazy trade. I’m trembling, from the all-encompassing fear, eating at every cell in my body.

Where am I? My fingers search out for clues. Beneath me is a thin mattress on a hard surface. My head rests on a concrete-like pillow. My breathing escalates as the panic rises in my chest. I open my mouth to scream, but only a muted croak escapes. Over the thunder of my pounding heart, I hear a booming crack, a gunshot. I recognize the sound from a trip to the range with Jake years earlier.

I swing my legs over the side of my perch, thinking in my blind panic to run even though I cannot see. I can’t ignore this intense urge to flee. But my impulse is thwarted by an unknown restraint trapping my left arm, a rope? Panic has me in its grip. I gasp for air to fill my lungs but produce only whimpers and muted pleas.

A loud screech reverberates through the darkness. Rats? Oh, please, no rats! Could this get any worse? Hysterical, I yank relentlessly on the rope tethering me. With each tug, the line cuts deeper into my skin. My arm warms as blood seeps from the gouges, coating my hand and fingers.

Behind me, the sound of footsteps startle me. Before I can turn to confront my visitor, I feel the rush of air preceding the impact to the back of my head. A blaze of bright stars then, a different blackness envelopes me...

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About Chloe


After over twenty years in Human Resources, Chloe decided to make a change. She returned to her first love of writing. Chloe loves murder mysteries!! She combined her corporate experience with her love for the written word to create engaging cyber-crime thrillers.

On a personal note, Chloe lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her loving husband, Mike. They spend their free time boating, scuba diving, downhill skiing and of course, reading.

Friday, 26 October 2018

The Book Club

Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol’s (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.


This was a movie I picked to watch with my mother on a quiet Sunday afternoon, no boys in the house, just us girls. True to its claim we were laughing out loud at some of the quick witted humour as well as the situations these women got themselves into trying to live a romantic life similar to that in the novels from their book group. I really enjoyed the story and watching as each character reacted in different ways to the story and how that in turn became part of the change they made in their real lives.

It made me want to start a book group. Just to have a close knit group of girlfriend that I met once a month to have wine and talk books - then eventually about our lives since we last met up. Sadly if I were to be anyone in this movie it would probably be Candice Bergen's character, the sarcastic cat owner who put career above romance. I've already got the sarcasm and the cat down...

Anyway, I thoroughly recommend this to be your next chick flick.

Book Club is available on DVD from Amazon priced £10

Monday, 22 October 2018

Meet A Writer Monday Presents...

...Chloe Sunstone



1. Tell me about your book, The Mentor, and where you got your inspiration for it?

That’s easy. I spent over twenty years working in Human Resources. During that time, I saw a great deal of odd and intriguing employee and management conduct. I leveraged my HR experience, my love for murder mysteries and a fascination with technology, to create a fictional world personifying the edgy side of corporate America.

“The Mentor” peeks behind the corporate veil to find a dark world of rampant corruption and cybercrime.

2. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to see play the lead?

Jesse Eisenberg. As I wrote Arthur’s story, I kept seeing a blonde version of Jesse in my head. If Jesse wasn’t available, Michael Cera or John Heder (from Napoleon Dynamite) would also work as they strongly resemble Jesse and more importantly, my vision of Arthur.

As a side note, Domenic Griffin, Arthur’s friend and a character who sparked a series, would be played by Jason George. If Jason wasn’t available, Shemar Moore would work as well.

3. Have you ever danced in the rain?


Absolutely! I have danced in the rain more than once. One particular time, when my husband and I were vacationing in Puerto Rico, we were laying by the resort pool listening to music and enjoying adult beverages. Then a burst of rain drenched us. All the other vacationers ran inside. We remained outside, dancing in the rain and drinking. Our waiter continued to bring us margaritas despite the relentless precipitation. After an hour or so, the rain stopped and crystal blue skies returned.

As a side note, I’ve also made naked snow angels but that is a story for another day.

4. Mountains or the beach?

My husband and I are both beach people. We love all things related to water sports. We own a boat and spend our summers boating on Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes.

Additionally, we are certified scuba divers and have dove many of the sites in the Caribbean. We love to swim, boat, and hang out on the beach reading books or listening to music.

5. What do you think Victoria’s secret is?

Her secret is how she keeps her models so thin. Those beautiful women must never eat.

As I type this, I am salivating while I imagine a six ounce Angus filet lathered in crumbled blue cheese and a side of sweet pea risotto. I’ll bet Victoria’s models have never enjoyed a delectable meal.

6. You’ve just been kidnapped and the people from the last TV Show/Movie you watched have to save you. Who is it?

I got lucky on this one. I watched The Commuter starring Liam Neeson. Taken is one of my favorite movies and considering how he found his kidnapped daughter in that movie, he will definitely be able to find me.

7. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Bora, Bora, hands down! My husband has promised to take me there for our twenty-five year anniversary. We intend to stay in one of those over the water bungalows at the Four Seasons.

As I mentioned in question four above, we are beach people and love all things water, snorkelling, swimming, boating and scuba diving.

8. If you could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be and why?

I’ll be honest. I am struggling with this question. I am a music lover and we have lost so many talented musicians, Biggie Smalls, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Tupac Shakur, Ronnie James Dio, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson, to name a few.

Since I can only pick one, I’ll select Michael Jackson. All of these musicians are brilliant but Michael was more than a musician or an ultra-talented singer, he was also an unrelenting entertainer.

9. Would you rather explore a new planet, or the deepest parts of the ocean? Why?

You may see a pattern in my responses but I would and have explored the deepest parts of the ocean. As a certified scuba diver, I have dove as deep as one-hundred feet and seen a wide array of sea life including eels, lion fish, pufferfish, exotic corals and more.

The instant you plunge into the water, you become part of a different world. The ocean’s expansiveness and grandeur overwhelm your senses. You are submerged into a completely silent realm where you are alone with your personal thoughts and in complete awe of God’s infinite creativity.

10. If you could have an answer to any question, what would that question be?

Well, the answer would be “Purchase Chloe Sunstone books”, just kidding.

I don’t want to get too existential but the question would be ‘Why are we here?” The answer, in my opinion, would be to glorify God.

11. What genre do you write in and what draws you into this genre?

I write thrillers/ murder mysteries. I guess that I can credit my mom. She always read mysteries so when I started reading; I was drawn into the genre. Thrillers kept me hooked because I love trying to figure out who did it and why. The challenge of solving mysteries is intoxicating.

12. Do you think the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Yes, I believe the cover is a major factor in the decision making process for purchasing a book. Coupled with the book blurb, the cover reflects the tone of the book.

13. What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?

I appreciate reviews as an author as many people rely on them when purchasing a book. With that said, I do not rely on reviews when I select a book to read. Additionally, I would never give another author a bad review. Here’s why, I know that some readers rely on reviews, and I wouldn’t want to influence them.

For example, the Harry Potter series is unbelievably popular and yet I couldn’t get through the first book. It just wasn’t for me. If I wrote a review, I would unduly influence others who may love/enjoy that book. With Rowling’s sales success, I am clearly in the minority but I wouldn’t want to potentially take away another reader’s enjoyment.

14. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Thank you! Thank you for reading my book. Thank you for following me on social media and thank you for all of the support.

I write for my readers. I want to entertain and enrich lives. I am open to feedback from readers. I love engaging directly via social media, book clubs or any other mediums where I can learn from my fans.

15. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

My characters are a birth of my imagination. At times, I feel as though they are writing the book for me. Deep down, I suspect my characters grow from my experiences and relationships so all characters are an amalgamation of people that I’ve encountered in my life.

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When nerdy Arthur gets the chance to mentor the beautiful Sage, he's instantly smitten. But things change when she becomes a target for a deranged killer.

As other young women are murdered, Arthur's fight to protect Sage--and keep his own dark secrets--leads him down a path where he comes face-to-face with an elusive assassin. Will Arthur emerge a hero or become the next victim?
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About Chloe

After over twenty years in Human Resources, Chloe decided to make a change. She returned to her first love of writing. Chloe loves murder mysteries!! She combined her corporate experience with her love for the written word to create engaging cyber-crime thrillers.

On a personal note, Chloe lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her loving husband, Mike. They spend their free time boating, scuba diving, downhill skiing and of course, reading.

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