Social Goodness @ClaireBurdett @lovebooksgroup @freshly_press #lovebookstours #Socialgoodness

Social Goodness
By Claire Burdett

Today I have a bit about a new book to the world of business and entrepreneurship. It studies Social Goodness and what that actually means in terms of marketing, trends, expectations and much more… check out more about Claire Burdett below, who is an established author and businesswoman and more… Then find out a bit more about her book and how it may help you in your business.
It’s available as a paperback and e-book.

Social Goodness

About the Author

Claire Burdett is an entrepreneur, founder, businesswoman, writer, marketing pro, and social media aficionado… She has worked in digital and social media since its beginning and founded three online businesses, including the first dedicated Social Media Marketing Agency in the UK. Claire is also a prolific writer for magazines and blogs, a professional editor, and is also a trendspotter. She is adept at joining the dots to see the bigger picture and help people understand what is actually happening, and what action they should take to best support and grow their business or enterprise. 
Social Goodness is her tenth book and brings together everything she sees happening in the world today and where we need to learn and adapt to properly manage and utilise these new social challenges that this big-bang of tech growth has given us. To also meet the expectations that people now have that businesses act responsibly and for the greater good, rather than putting profits before people. It covers all the essential elements of the greater whole that we need to be socially conscious about in this super fast-moving digital age.

 

Blurb

Social GoodnessSocial Goodness is a guide to how your business can meet your customer’s expectations through your brand actions and so ensure you don’t just survive but thrive in the coming decade. Perfectly pitched for busy C-suite leaders and entrepreneurs it is a meticulously researched, comprehensive trendspotting business bible, which is an easy to read, enthralling, and engaging page-turner.

Social Goodness forensically investigates current trends, like sustainability, human marketing and ESG, and joins the dots to show you how it all connects and affects businesses in the wider world. It looks at what works and what doesn’t for brands post-pandemic in the new ‘normal’. Social Goodness examines why some companies are getting it right both on social media and with their brand actions – and thriving as a result – and why others are experiencing severe backlash and criticism.

It takes a view from a different perspective of social media and the central role it now plays in society and for business. Most business leaders still think of social media as somehow ‘other’ – an add-on to the marketing and generally of minor importance to their core business unless a social media crisis erupts. Yet, as we saw throughout the last few years, social media is at once a reflection of offline life and a petri dish that causes and influences real-life events. It has resulted in a fundamental and irrevocable shift in how business is conducted – i.e. the business is now totally transparent at every point. People can see for themselves if companies are lying, and pressure brands to change their policies and strategies, boycott their products, get others to also avoid buying and quite literally topple major brands if they are behaving inauthentically or unethically.

Buy Links:

https://www.socialgoodness.co.uk/#thebook



 

#BlogBlitz by Lou – A Rendezvous To Remember by Terry and Ann Garretson Marshall @SJonasBooks @lovebookstours

A Rendezvous To Remember
By Terry and Ann GarretsonMarshall

A Rendezvous To Remember

Today I present you with a rather romantic looking book, just in time for the lead up to Valentine’s Day, but all isn’t as simple as it would first appear…. Take a trip into a memoir of the 1960’s as you check out the  blurb and cover I have for you today.
Thanks to Kelly and Meggy atLove Book Tours for inviting me to present you with this material.

A Rendezvous To Remember

Blurb

The true story of a soldier, a pacifist, and the woman who loved them both

In June 1964, Ann Garretson skips her college commencement to tour Europe with Lieutenant Jack Sigg, a tank commander on the German-Czech border, with the hope of returning as his fiancé. A month later, her best friend, Terry, proposes marriage—by mail—throwing all their lives into turmoil.

Jack offers the military life Ann grew up with. Terry, a conscientious objector, will leave for the Peace Corps at summer’s end, unless the draft board intervenes and sends him to jail. Her dilemma: she loves them both. Caught between the old mores and winds of change, Ann must make an agonizing choice. 

In alternating voices, A Rendezvous to Remember presents firsthand accounts by the two who eventually married, enriched by letters from the rival, whose path led him elsewhere. Provocative and delightfully uncensored, this coming-of-age memoir is a tribute to the enduring power of love and family.

Praise:

“A love story you’ll never forget.”—Hope Edelman, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Motherless Daughters

“A story about what it means to be human—to struggle with love and what we truly want out of life—especially when being pulled in two different directions. Humorous and heartbreaking, the dueling narrative is stunning, surprising, and inspiring.”—Samantha Vérant, author of Seven Letters from Paris.

About the Authors

Terry and Ann Marshall

Chris G. Pffum picTerry Marshall grew up on a farm in Center, Colorado. Ann Garretson Marshall was an army brat who spent her childhood on military bases in the United States and Italy. After getting married, they taught English in the Philippines as Peace Corps volunteers and later served as Peace Corps country codirectors in the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and Tuvalu. Back in the States, they worked side by side as community organizers and activists in Colorado.

Terry went on to write fiction and nonfiction works on discrimination, poverty, rural development, and intercultural conflict. Ann has thirty years of experience as a writer, editor, and community-government go-between for issues related to nuclear and hazardous waste cleanup.

Always seeking adventure, Terry and Ann have travelled to 43 countries. They live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

#Bookreview by Lou of The Boy Between by Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley @mrsamandaprowse #JosiahHartley @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #NonFiction #NonFictionNovember #MentalHealth #BlogTour

The Boy Between
By Amanda Prowse and Josiah Hartley
Rated: 5 stars ***** 

Today I have the priviledge of closing the blog tour for The Boy Between with a review
Tender, authentic, profound, honest and incredibly emotionally insightful – The Boy Between, you can tell, is written from the heart and covers so much ground in what became a family crisis, that I am sure will connect with so many people on some level or another and what makes it unique is, this crisis in mental health is told from a mother and son’s perspective. It makes it a rounded read and one I think will perhaps benefit so many people, whether you are the person directly suffering or someone more indirectly, caring or just perhaps know someone or want to find out more.

Thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours for inviting me to review this book.
Find out about both authors below, then the blurb and review.

About the Authors

The Boy Between Josh ProwseJosiah (Josh) Hartley lives in an isolated farmhouse in the West Country, but close enough to Bristol to enjoy its music scene. He is an animal lover and servant to two French Bulldogs. Equally happy at a music festival or watching rugby with his mates, he likes the outdoor life and with Devon only a short drive away often heads to the sea to surf and sit on the beach watching the sun go down. After a stint at the University of Southampton and another at the University of Bristol and one unsuccessful suicide attempt, Josh decided to write about his descent into mental illness and the depression that has held him in its grip for the past few years. The Boy Between carries the overriding message that things can and often do get better. It’s a book of reflection, raw, honest and full of hope: the proof being that Josh is still here and now excited about what comes next. He is ready to catch any opportunities that life throws his way, quite a thing for someone who only three years ago was living in a world gone grey, ready to disappear from the face of the earth…

The Boy Between Amanda ProwseAmanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author twenty-five novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world. Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments. Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio but her first love is, and will always be, writing. This is her first work of non-fiction.

You can find her online at www.amandaprowse.com, on Twitter or Instagram @MrsAmandaProwse, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/amandaprowsenogreaterlove.

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Blurb

Bestselling novelist Amanda Prowse knew how to resolve a fictional family crisis. But then her son came to her with a real one… 

Josiah was nineteen with the world at his feet when things changed. Without warning, the new university student’s mental health deteriorated to the point that he planned his own death. His mother, bestselling author Amanda Prowse, found herself grappling for ways to help him, with no clear sense of where that could be found. This is the book they wish had been there for them during those dark times.

Josiah’s situation is not unusual: the statistics on student mental health are terrifying. And he was not the only one suffering; his family was also hijacked by his illness, watching him struggle and fearing the day he might succeed in taking his life.

In this book, Josiah and Amanda hope to give a voice to those who suffer, and to show them that help can be found. It is Josiah’s raw, at times bleak, sometimes humorous, but always honest account of what it is like to live with depression. It is Amanda’s heart-rending account of her pain at watching him suffer, speaking from the heart about a mother’s love for her child.

For anyone with depression and anyone who loves someone with depression, Amanda and Josiah have a clear message—you are not alone, and there is hope.

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Review

No one wants to find themselves in a situation where their child becomes depressed or indeed has a mental health issue, but there is a heartfelt reminder at the start of the book that you are not alone. What Josiah and Amanda have done is bravely spoken out about how it is and how it came to be that a 19 year old boy became depressed. Hopefully one day it won’t be a brave thing to do, it just will float into natural conversation, but I use, that sometimes overrated word because mental health is still judged and still needs to be part of this type of conversation to get it even more into the public domain and in the hope that people will seek help.

It starts with a prologue as to the state in which Josh became so depressed he could have committed suicide, followed by an introduction by Amanda that shows what a hard predicament to find a household having to deal with and write it down. It’s such an honest account that they deserve kudos as they each write alternating chapters, so you as a reader can see 2 perspectives, one from Josiah who is deeply depressed and the other from Amanda who wants to save her son.
This book may resonate with some people, whether they are that person or caring for a person in similar circumstances and it also brings it more out into the public domain for a wider conversation, understanding and empathy.

The writing is absorbing because of the language that is used and you can almost feel what is being written. There is such honesty and a rawness that comes with that. It is incredibly moving and emotional and at the same time informative in a way and may well leave you just wanting to hug them.

There are some lovely tender moments when Amanda recollects when, Joshy, as she likes to call him, is very young and has the ambition of cutting grass and comes up with a rather emotionally intelligent answer as to why this and not something else. There is also, almost a bittersweetness to it. The importance of happiness also comes across.

The innermost thoughts are incredibly interesting from both Josiah and Amanda. What is fascinating and thought-provoking is some of the back-tracking Amanda does, from how her son was when he was very young to the present, in terms of his health and his personality traits and the correlations between how he was then and now, similarly as Josiah talks about his own life from the past and present. There are some uplifiting moments that just capture a different, more positive, lighter side of life that spike through times when life was quite the opposite.

It is highly responsible too that they have highlighted high profile mental health campaigns such as ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ and ‘Britain Get Talking’ amongst others, including Mental Health Month and then there is also MIND and The Samaritans. At the bottom of my review, I will add some contact links to people who can assist. Never find yourself alone. Within the book there is also a list of symptoms to depression. It’s all incredibly well thought out, it is about the authors lives, which I’m certain many readers will be able to relate to and also has helpful information throughout it as well, that builds for a greater understanding. It is more than lists, it is from the point of view of how it actually feels for Josiah as well. There are the challenges of school, homelife and university life. There is the mother trying to do the best she can for her son and wishing for a better outcome and then there is the offspring, going through depression and in reality they are both, in different ways, having to deal with it and live with it. It really shows how mental health issues can affect the whole family, just in different ways.

The book takes a very interesting look into universities, it could actually provide some use for people within them, for students, but a greater insight for those who are staffing them. It also shows up what is lacking within society that needs fixing, whether that was intentional or not, I do not know, but it’s certainly there, which could be very thought-provoking as a society as a whole, in how behaviours affect others. It is startling how much pressure is there, when it is actually all written down, from work/study/life balance to barely being seen as a whole human-being in places like universities and more and how it all made, in this instance, Josh feel and the impact it had.

The book also goes into an interesting look into anti-depressants, Josh’s take on them and also some of the effects he had and being in the psychiatrist’s office and also the lack of understanding from friends. This really is such an honest look into his life.

It concludes with very helpful advice for those who have depression and those who are carers/guardians/friends of those with depression that could really benefit someone in someway and are really easy to do. There is also a list of people, really famous people, who readers perhaps wouldn’t have thought, could possibly have depression because of being in the spotlight so much for their achievements. It also shows some hope and positivity for the authors futures.

Useful Links – You Are Not Alone.
The links below are of places you can go confidentiality to seek any confidential assistance you may need. I’ve added them here but please know, I would not know if you have clicked on them or not.

Mind               Samaritans

Antiques and Alibis – A Quirky Investigation With a Sense of Humour @Wendyhjones @LoveBooksGroupTour

Review of Antiques and Alibis
Author – Wendy H. Jones
Rating – 5 Stars
*****

Blurb

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Cass Claymore, a red headed, motorbike riding, ex-ballerina inherits a Detective Agency, and accidentally employs an ex-con dwarf and an octogenarian. Hired by a client who should know better, Cass has no leads, no clue and a complete inability to solve a case. Still a girl needs to eat and her highbred client’s offering good money. Join her as, with bungling incompetence, she follows a trail littered with missing antique teddies, hapless crooks, a misplaced Lord of the Realm and dead bodies. Will Cass, and Scotland, survive?

Review

Antiques and Alibis is a bit different from Wendy H. Jones usual style of the gritty Shona McLean crime books and I really like it. This book is gentler in pace and funnier than her usual crime books, but the style works very well for the type of mystery that unfolds.

The very fact that the main character is a red-headed, motorbike riding, ex-ballerina who inherits a detective agency and accidentally hires an octogenarian and an ex-con was one of the premises to Antiques and Alibis, grabbed my attention. It’s quirky and rather different.

Cass Clay is a biker with courage and attitude. You soon realise that her full Christian name of Cassandra just would not suit her at all!

Cass meets her first client who wants her to investigate her son’s missing teddy. You have to keep with it because it is very funny and not just any ordinary teddy, it’s a Steiff teddy bear. 

Our main protagonist does, however, become caught up in more than she expected as she is also on the hunt for another client’s missing brother. Events turn into something more sinister for her and the rest of her clueless team. The twists and turns keep the story moving forwards and creates a bit of tension to the tale.
The book is worth reading to see if she can overcome the fact that she has absolutely no experience in detective work. There’s a saying that “everyone has got to start somewhere” and Cass Claymore is definitely right at the beginning of learning a lot and more than she ever thought she would about the crime that inhabits the north-east of Scotland.

There is much humour to find within this book, right down to how each new character is introduced.

I  enjoyed really getting to know the characters and their personalities, what made them tick and getting to know how all the relationships between them worked. This and the setting are very well-written, so the scene is set and any reader will feel they really know the main characters in time for (hopefully) the next book.

I also love that cover. I find it to be eye-catching and it’s quite exciting in an artistic sort of way. I also must mention the title. It’s a great title and one that also caught my attention. I have been to a couple of Wendy H. Jones events before (worth attending because they are fun). She talks a bit about her passion for alliteration within her events and in the case of the title, it is used exceedingly well.

Overall I enjoyed the book. It was a lot of fun. Wendy H. Jones has pitched the humour just right and I liked the style of writing. This is the first a brand new series of books. I would recommend it to anyone who also likes a bit of quirkiness and a laugh in their life. It’s a book that can be easily read any time of the day. 

About the Author

WendyAward Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2017. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August, 2017. The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. This book is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. She is also a highly successful marketer and she shares her methods in the book, Power Packed Book Marketing.

With thanks to #LoveBooksGroupTours for giving me this great opportunity to be part of the blog tour to write a review of Antiques and Alibis.

Antiques and Alibis tour list

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Title: Antiques and Alibis
Author: Wendy H. Jones
Cover Design: Cathy Helms
226 pages
Main Purchase Points:  Amazon, Waterstones
ISBN 978 – 0 – 9956475 – 4 – 5

Bertie the Buffalo Review – A Sweet Book Full of Adventure @WendyHJones @malcolmdown #LoveBooksGroupTours @twylie68 #BlogTour #newbook #kidslit #picturebook #review

Review of Bertie the Buffalo
Author – Wendy H. Jones
Illustrator: Barry Diaper
Rating – 5 Stars *****

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Blurb

Bertie the Buffalo is based on a true story of when a Water Buffalo escaped from a Buffalo Park in Fife, near Dundee, Scotland. A rhyming book about the adventures Bertie got up to and how he safely returned home, demonstrating how important each of us is no matter how insignificant we feel. Bertie felt that no one noticed him. But he didn’t need to think that as we are all special. We are all a part of one big family.

Review

Today is my day for being on the Blog Tour for the book – Bertie the Buffalo by Wendy H. Jones.

Bertie the Buffalo is a very sweet story that is packed full of fun and action within one big adventure for one very small water buffalo, who strays into unfamiliar territory.

I read this to a few children who really engaged with it. It is a book that can be read as it is for pre-school children and has great potential for use for the younger primary school aged children too. I say this because it can also be useful for opening up discussions, for example, about the origins of the animals he meets along the way, including an alpaca, and of course the adventure itself, which has just enough mild pearl within it for the ages this is aimed at.

The book touches upon some great themes of being small and feeling small but also, ultimately themes of family and friendship and how important everyone is. Again, perfect for being absorbed as the story is read, but also can be part of a wider discussion.

Wendy H. Jones has created a great rhythm to this story, making it a pleasure to read and good for children. The language used is appropriate and there is enough there to broaden children’s language and horizons, without it being overly challenging. The content is also very good for children to be able to spark their imagination as well as perhaps giving them a sense of adventure for themselves.

The illustrations are bright, clear and fun; which also makes the book engaging. The illustrations on each page depict the written words very well. The balance between the pictures and the text is just right for the attention span and for the ability to follow the story easily.

It’s great that there is plenty of action and humour as Bertie goes off on his adventure. The story moves along at an excellent pace, which keeps the interest flowing. The repetition of some words also works very well within the continuity of the story .

This is a lovely book which can create plenty of pleasure and scope to be read at home, in a nursery or a classroom setting. It certainly does not disappoint!

 

About the Author

WendyAward Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2017. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August, 2017. The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. This book is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. She is also a highly successful marketer and she shares her methods in the book, Power Packed Book Marketing.

I was very pleased to be writing a review of Bertie the Buffalo as part of a Blog Tour. With thanks to #LoveBooksGroupTours.
Bertie Tour Notice
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Title: Bertie The Buffalo
Author: Wendy H. Jones
Illustrator: Barry Diaper
Publisher: Sarah Grace Publishing. An imprint of Malcolm Down Publishing Ltd
32 pages
Main Purchase Points:  Amazon, Waterstones
ISBN 978 – 1 – 91078652 – 04 – 4