All The Colours In Between — bytheletter bookreviews @sarahhardy681 @urbanebooks

The lovely Sarah Hardy is on the All The Colours In Between Blog Tour today with her wonderful review, and a rather emotional story of her own to boot!

Today I am delighted to be on the blog tour for All The Colours In Between by the lovely Eva Jordan. Before you scroll down to the book and my review, I just wanted to share something that happened a few days after reading it. Once you’ve read the book itself you will realise for yourself how wonderful it is and why it brought back my relationship with my own Grandad very much to life. A few days after reading the book, my husband was having a clear out in the garage and came across a wooden box which I kept all my pen pal letters in, I haven’t written a letter to a pen friend for an awful lot of years and had totally forgotten about it. My family has always been wide spread and sadly we didn’t live near my Grand parents so didn’t get to see them anywhere near as often as I would have liked. In my teens, my Grandad and I used to write to each other. He loved gardening and I used to cut images of lawn mowers or flower pots and used to send them to him. I have to admit it was quite emotional discovering the letters as he has sadly not been around for the last seventeen years and I miss him a lot. I haven’t felt emotionally able to read them yet, but I will. I’m a big believer in fate and I know it was my Grandad’s way of letting me know that he is still around in his own way. Anyway sorry for rambling but just wanted to share it with you.

 

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Book Description:

Eva Jordan’s much-anticipated follow up to the bestselling ‘183 Times a Year’.

It’s not a life, it’s an adventure!

My Thoughts:

All The Colours In Between is the follow up to the fabulous 183 Times A Year, so I strongly recommend reading the books in order to get full enjoyment from these great books.

I absolutely loved the mother daughter relationship between Lizzie and Cassie in the first book and I couldn’t wait to catch up with them again. Even though the story mainly flicks between these two characters still, this time we also get to see things from Connor, the sons, point of view.

Things have moved on a bit since we were last with the family and as I have come to expect from this author, there was plenty of drama to keep me hooked throughout. It’s a bit like sitting down to your favourite soap opera as the author really focuses on all aspects of family life whilst keeping it all very real.

There really is so much I could write about this book and even then I don’t think I could do it justice. It feels like the author has opened up her heart and soul whilst allowing the reader to be one with the story. There was one part in particular that was so close to home for me that I had tears pouring down my face. As much as I tried to carry on, I just couldn’t see through the vast amount of tears and had to go back to it the next day. I was so overwhelmed by the emotions that I was feeling which truly has to be the sign of a great writer when their words touch you so deeply.

An emotive and beautifully written story of family life. One of the most powerful books I’ve read this year.

My thanks to the author and Urbane Publications for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

via All The Colours In Between by Eva Jordan @EvaJordanWriter @urbanebooks — bytheletter bookreviews

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All The Colours In Between Blog Tour 2017

 

The official launch of my second novel, All The Colours In Between, takes place tomorrow, 19th October, but the Blog Tour starts today – yay! That means you still have time to pre-order your copy, here and here. And you still have time to enter a giveaway competition I’m running on my Facebook page (ends 19th Oct) here, and a Goodreads competition (ends 26th October) here. unnamed-5

Some early reviews are already popping up and here’s what people are saying:

“If you like Marian Keyes, Jane Green (with a little Liane Moriarty thrown in) I think that you will thoroughly enjoy this book. It will give you all the feels. I really wanted to see how these characters got through the book and couldn’t put it down.” –Married Book Nerds

“…emotive, multi layered and a story that even the most hard hearted reader will find a highly emotional read.” –The Book Review Café

“All the Colours in Between is a powerful, emotional, and fast paced story about modern life in a blended family. It was a pure joy to read and I can’t wait for the next instalment in this family saga.” –Brew and Books Review

“Absolutely WOW, double wow, what a truly amazing, emotional and heartfelt read. The story was so brilliantly written.” –Nessa on Goodreads

“I LOVED IT! There is no sugar coating life here – relationships fail, family life is hard work to maintain, good things happen and shit happens. Eva Jordan gives us it all in a way that had me laughing out loud one minute – particularly with Salocin, the grandfather – and then crying the next. Five golden stars from me. –ClaireMS’s Reviews on Goodreads

 

All The Colours In Between by Eva Jordan #BookReview @EvaJordanAuthor @urbanebooks

A wonderful review of my soon to be released second novel, All The Colours In Between, by the lovely Lorraine, who received an ARC. Thank you!

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Book description

Lizzie is fast approaching 50. Her once angst ridden teenage daughters, now grown and in their twenties, have flown the nest, Cassie to London and Maisy to Australia. And, although Connor, Lizzie’s sulky, surly teenage son, is now on his own tormented passage to adulthood, his quest to get there, for the most part, is a far quieter journey than that of his sisters. The hard years, Lizzie believes, are behind her.

Only, things are never quite as black and white as they seem…

A visit to her daughter in London leaves Lizzie troubled. And that is just the start. Add to that an unexpected visitor, a disturbing phone call, a son acting suspiciously, a run in with her ex husband plus a new man in her life who quite simply takes her breath away; Lizzie quickly realises life is something that happens while plans are being made…

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The Principal’s Blog at PRC talks about my guest appearance at the opening of the new Learning Resource Centre!

It was a real honour last week when I, along with Fiona Onasanya MP, was invited as a guest for the official opening of the new Learning Resource Centre at Peterborough Regional College. I had an amazing time, met lots of wonderful people, including some readers of my book, which I more than happily signed when asked to do so, and was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers to boot. Fiona was amazing, an MP with a heart, I could have talked to her for hours. It was also a great pleasure to meet Principal Terry Jones and I’d like to offer a heartfelt thanks to the Learning Resource Centre Manager, Louise Auckland, for inviting me. 

Below is Principal Terry Jones’s Blog Post about the event, where I am pictured with him, along with Fiona (cutting the ribbon) and Louise.

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Abbey Road

Tara outside Abbey Road StudiosThe Abbey Road recording studio in London is world famous for being the choice of musicians such as the Hollies, the Beatles and Pink Floyd. Now it’s acted as the venue for one of our Level 3 music students, Tara Pasveer.

Tara sang some lead lines on the theme song for the ‘Yellow Audio Book’ along with the organiser Pete Hirst, Mark Morris of the Bluetones and BBC Folk Music Award Winner Lucy Ward. Tara excelled herself in the studio and was a credit to the course and the college. She was professional and received really good feedback from the production team, as well as the engineers at Abbey Road. Well done Tara – you’re a great example of how hard work, talent and application can open doors to amazing opportunities.

Back home in the College last week, we were privileged to welcome Fiona Onasanya MP to open our new Learning Resource Centre. Fiona enjoyed a tour of the College facilities, a briefing on the University Project and was able to chat with students and staff about their experiences here. We were especially pleased to have as our guests famous author Eva Jordan, student Kai Weston (who chose the name for the LRC), Elaine Pocklington from ARU and Claire Chinnery who was the head librarian here for many years.

Lastly, and definitely not leastly, it was great to see Mick Papworth back in the College to represent Lindum – the builders who actually did the work. The Lindum team did a great job, finishing on time and budget to deliver a great facility.

Image shows author Eva Jordan, Principal Terry Jones, Learning Resource Centre Manager Louise Auckland, and Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya at the opening of the refurbished Learning Resource Centre

Originally posted here.

 

Out Of Bad, Comes Good!

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The great thing about being a writer … is meeting other writers! Having met author, Louise Jensen, earlier this year, I was honoured when, in August, she kindly invited me to her book launch for the paperback version of her debut novel, The Sister, which took place at Waterstones, Market Harborough. Originally released as an ebook in July 2016 with digital publishers, Bookouture, The Sister has met with great success. However, when I first met Louise and we got chatting, I was both intrigued and surprised to find that the circumstances behind penning her first novel shared some similarities with my own journey. Louise, like me, always aspired to be an author and through no fault of her own, again like me, found herself victim to a set of circumstances that would forever affect her health. Finding she was less active and unable to do some of the things she was used to doing was, Louise admitted, a real struggle, and at times quite depressing. Little did she know, as she set about putting pen to paper, again, like me, it would be the start of her writing career and see a long awaited dream come true.

Louise has since written a second novel, The Gift, and her third novel, The Surrogate, was released last month and is already getting some rave reviews. Since writing, The Sister, with translation rights having been sold in 16 countries, Louise has also acquired a literary agent and has been signed to write another novel with Bookouture, with the paperback versions of her books now in the safe hands of Sphere (Little, Brown).

The book launch was a great success and all concerned had a great night. There was enough wine and nibbles to sink a battleship and even a cake, The Sister 1

although sadly I had to leave before I had chance to nab a slice. The only downside for me was my car journey home. What should have taken an hour instead turned into a rather wearisome two and half hours as I met with not one, not two, but three roadblocks! Nonetheless, I refused to get down, instead looking for something positive from my little detour. After all, as a writer, no experience is ever wasted, and, thankfully, I have a rather active imagination. So, as the Shat Nav in my car led me down one narrow, winding, and eerily dark country road after another, an idea for a story began to take root. Due to other commitments I’ve parked it for now, but, when I’m ready, I will no doubt resurrect it and put it to good use, my little diversion thus not a complete waste of time! Therefore, next time you find yourself in a situation you’d rather not be in, remember, as my unwanted little rendezvous suggests, and as Louise’s story proves, sometimes amazing things can happen as a result of difficult times in our lives, and, ultimately, out of bad, comes good.

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It’s Giveaway Time!


To celebrate the upcoming release of my second novel, All The Colours In Between, I’m having a giveaway competition over on Goodreads. To be in with a chance of winning a signed, first edition, simply click on the link and enter. It’s as easy as that! Open to US, CA, AU and GB. Closes on October 26, 2017. Good luck!

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All The Colours In Between by Eva Jordan

All The Colours In Between

by Eva Jordan

Giveaway ends October 26, 2017.

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The Essence of Dunkirk

 

 

Code-named Operation Dynamo, the Dunkirk evacuation (also known as the Miracle of Dunkirk) was the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk, in the north of France, between 26 May and 4 June 1940. As a keen enthusiast of history with a Great Uncle who numbered one of the 330,000 safely evacuated from Dunkirk during WWII, I was curious to see film director, Christopher Nolan’s take on the subject. Nolan is famous for films such as The Dark Knight, Inception and Interstellar but Dunkirk is his first historical movie and with an all star cast including, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberpatch, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, not to mention boy band, One Direction’s very own Harry Styles, I was expecting a lot. I’m pleased to say I wasn’t disappointed. And, on the whole, the film appears to have been well received and has clocked up some rave reviews.

However, as with music, art, and books, films are subjective. You can’t please everyone so naturally there have been a few negative reviews and some general criticisms, mostly aimed at some of the film’s general historical inaccuracies. For example, there are Messerschmitt Bf 109 planes featured in dogfights with British Spitfire planes. In the film, the German planes have yellow noses but in reality, the planes were not painted yellow until about a month after Dunkirk. The film also fails to include some of the Indian troops present at the time and there is also, which I must admit I am a bit miffed about, a general exclusion of women, save for the odd stereotypical role where they are providing tea for the homecoming menfolk. In real life, female Auxiliary Territorial Service telephonists (who received two-thirds of a male soldier’s pay) were some of the last military personnel to leave the beach. There also appears to be a distinct lack of the many so-called “little ships”. These were a wide variety of small vessels from all over the south of England including car ferries, pleasure craft, Thames vessels, and speedboats, pressed into service to aid in the Dunkirk evacuation. Nonetheless, I can forgive Nolan and here’s why.

Dunkirk is not a conventional war film; there is very little character development, limited dialogue and no love story. If you’re expecting context and historical accuracy, you will be disappointed. However, if you want a brief glimpse of how it must have ‘felt’ to be present on the beaches of Dunkirk in the north of France between 26 May – 4 June 1940, then this film is a must see. The nemesis of Dunkirk was time and through Nolan’s breath taking cinematography and the brilliant accompanying musical score by composer, Hans Zimmerman, cinemagoers experience the stomach churning anticipation of attack, the waiting, the cold, the fear, the bravery, the hunger, and the loss. Nolan, if you like, captures the essence of the moment of Dunkirk.