Today I will be mainly boasting!
First piece of good news: on Friday I received a really great 5-star review for Unravelling from the book blogger Reading in the Sunshine. It’s so lovely I have to keep reading it(!), so thought I’d put it somewhere more public – as well as plastering it all over Facebook!
When I first read the blurb on the back of the book, I was instantly intrigued by it and keen to start the story and find out more. I usually love a romantic story, but by the sounds of the blurb, this seemed to be more than that and have an extra twist to it.
I must say I was not disappointed one bit. If I could sum it up in one word, it would be: Wow.
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn has created a brilliant mix of characters. They were so well-written that they sprang to life and almost jumped from the pages into real life. Vanessa was a particularly well-written character, I became very emotionally involved with her, I could see things from her perspective and I shared some of her feelings as she progressed throughout the book. At times I felt as though I was transported and stood in the same scene as Vanessa, watching the events unfold in front of me.
Vanessa and Gerald’s relationship was so enthralling, I was hooked on their scenes together and I could not read fast enough, I wanted to instantly know more. I loved their meeting, I liked that the story was about a student and a tutor embarking on a racy, sexy, intense relationship, and from there the story became even more fascinating.
There are many different subjects explored in this story – parenting, the relationship between a mother and daughter, tragedy, and love, to name a few – this adds a lot of depth and levels to the story, making it an interesting and thought-provoking read. I have to admit, the story stayed with me long after I had finished reading. Unravelling does switch between the present and the past, which although might be difficult for some, I particularly liked. Unravelling takes the reader on an emotional journey, with a great storyline and some twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of their seat and engrossed throughout.
I managed to lose myself for many wonderful hours in this gripping, emotional and truly passionate novel, and I was quite sad to finish it. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn. A truly compelling, thrilling story – Try this!!
NB – and if you haven’t already read Unravelling, you can download it from Amazon from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th for an amazing 99p! Can you afford to miss it?!
Second piece of good news: some of you might remember that in January I took part in the River of Stones organised by Writing Our Way Home. People from all over the world took part writing a small stone – an intense reflection on something each day – and sharing their small stones on Writing Our Way Home’s blog. It was a fascinating challenge which I really enjoyed. It was lovely to share in something with so many others, and to receive comments on my stones from complete strangers – except not totally strangers because we were all united by this lovely exercise.
N0w Fiona Robyn of Writing Our Way Home, and her husband Kaspa, have put together an anthology called A Blackbird Sings with a selection of the small stones written during January, and – whoohoo – two of my small stones have been included! You can download it now and pre-order print copies.
You can read all my small stones here. Which ones would you choose? When I reread them now, they provide a lovely reminder of January 2012.
Third piece of good news: the anthology that I’ve been editing – made up from a selection of flash stories from the flash fiction competition earlier on this year, organised as past of Worcestershire Literary Festival, is NEARLY ready! It’s called A Flash of Fiction, and it’s looking good. Should be launched sometime in November – I’m really looking forward to it.