Monday, 18 November 2013

Just Add Spice by Carol E Wyer

Welcome to the Just Add Spice Blog Tour!
We’re taking Carol E. Wyer’s latest book to some of the world’s best book blogs for a fun ride full of reviews, guest posts and amazing giveaways. Get involved for the chance to a win something steamy for the bedroom, a signed paperback and a spot on one of Keris Stainton’s writing courses . . .
What they say:
‘Escape from reality comes in patent-leather Prada kneeboots
Dawn Ellis needs to escape from her painfully dull existence. Her unemployed husband spends all day complaining about life, moping around, or fixing lawnmowers on her kitchen table. The local writing class proves to be an adequate distraction with its eccentric collection of wannabe authors and, of course, the enigmatic Jason, who soon shows a romantic interest in her.
Dawn pours her inner frustrations into her first novel about the extraordinary exploits of Cinnamon Knight, an avenging angel — a woman who doesn’t believe in following the rules. Cinnamon is ruthless and wanton, inflicting suffering on any man who warrants it. Little does Dawn realise that soon the line between reality and fiction will blur. Her own life will be transformed, and those close to her will pay the price. Find out what happens in Just Add Spice by best-selling author Carol E Wyer.’

What I Say:
I was asked to review this book as part of a blog tour organised by the lovely Charlotte from and I am really glad that I agreed. This is the 1st book of Carol E Wyer's I have read but it won't be the last.

Dawn is a middle aged bored housewife who has decided to write a book, she goes along to a book club to help with her writing, she meets a wealth of interesting characters, especially the handsome, hot Jason, the book follows her path along writing the book.  There is also a little bit of spice along the way, I for one will not be able to look at a lollipop the same again.  A good mixture of spice and romance.

The author switches between Dawn's story and that of Cinnamon her fictional character, this was really well worked and not confusing at all, for the character it was a voyage of discovery.  Raising the questions we all ask sometimes.  Are we all happy with our lives? Do we really want to see what is in front of our face? Are we bored and frustrated? 

It is a thought provoking read and thoroughly enjoyable.  This isn't the kind of book I would usually pick to read but I really did enjoy it.

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

About Carol 

Carol E. Wyer is an award winning author whose humorous novels take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully.
Her best-selling debut novel ‘Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines’ won five awards for humour.
‘Surfing in Stilettos’ which follows the further adventures of Amanda Wilson as she attempts to inject some fun into her life, was a Costa Award nominee.
Safkhet Publishing released ‘How Not to Murder Your Grumpy’ June 1st 2012, the first of three books in a ‘Grumpy’ series.
Carol has featured on numerous shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’. She has had articles published in national magazines such as Woman’s Weekly’ and on-line magazines. She writes regularly for The Huffington Post and author website Indies Unlimited.
She is a signed author with ThornBerry Publishing and Safkhet Publishing.

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  1. Just wanted to thank you, Jo for this wonderful review. I am genuinely delighted that you enjoyed Just Add Spice. Many thanks too for being part of this tour. I am having a ball meeting all you 'new' people. My virtual Christmas card list has just got a lot longer!

  2. Thank you for your message and I was happy to be included in the blog tour, Jo xx