Gillian Harvey’s ‘Everything is Fine’ Reminds Us to Stop Taking Ourselves so Seriously [REVIEW]

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On Instagram, it may look like she loves rabbit food, but that’s just because nobody’s caught her eating all those biscuits. (Photo courtesy Canva)

A blog seemed like a great idea in the beginning, when all she wanted was to lose a little weight. She thought a public diary would help her stick to her goals. Little did she realize just how much it would take over her entire life. In Gillian Harvey’s Everything is Fine, she reminds us that the road to ruin is paved with good intentions.

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Author Gillian Harvey’s Love/Hate Relationship with Social Media [GUEST POST]

Author Gillian Harvey and her son Robbie overload on sugar.
Gill and her son Robbie overload on sugar. (Photo courtesy Gillian Harvey)

We love the premise of the novel, Everything is Fine, which is about a woman who has it all… at least on her Instagram feed. But in real life, things aren’t always what they appear. But how does a writer—who depends on social media platforms to get the word out about her work—truly feel about this aspect of online culture? Find out in today’s candid guest post from author Gillian Harvey. Enjoy! —J&H

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THE COPPER ROAD: Seven Questions for Richard Buxton [INTERVIEW]

Richard Buxton reimagines the Civil War in his series, Shire’s Union. (Photo courtesy Canva/Ocoee Publishing/Richard Buxton)

Gone with the Wind. Gods and Generals. Cold Mountain. North and South. There is no shortage of novels about the Civil War. But few capture our imagination like Richard Buxton, one of England’s rising literary stars. With the release of the second volume in his Shire’s Union series, The Copper Road, we sit down with the author to discover why he’s so fascinated with American history and how it compares to events that are taking place today. Enjoy the interview! —J&H

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Sophie Ranald’s ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ Will Bring A Smile to Your Face [REVIEW]

Charlotte has learned one of life’s most important lessons: when life gives you limes, make margaritas. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Life isn’t always a bowl of cherries. Sometimes a girl is stuck with the pits. So what’s she to do when life doesn’t turn out the way she’s hoped? Shake things up, of course! With Sorry Not Sorry, Sophie Ranald proves that life is what you make it, and sometimes a girl has to admit she’s been doing it wrong all along.

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A Holiday Turns Deadly in Chris Ewan’s ‘Dark Tides’ [REVIEW]

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On the shores of the Isle of Man, a night of fun turns into a deadly game that will change the lives of six friends forever in Chris Ewan’s Dark Tides. (Photo by dave_dubyuh, Flickr)

October 31 is Halloween in many parts of the world. But on the fog shrouded Isle of Man, another tradition is commemorated each year on that date: an old Celtic festival known as Hop-tu-Naa, complete with illuminated turnips, Manx Gaelic songs, and, at least in Chris Ewan’s Dark Tides, murder. Read more of this post