Today I’m delighted to be spreading a little more #BookLove, this time with author Joanne Nicholson. Before we find out all about Joanne’s book crushes, here is a little more about her.
Joanne Nicholson is an Australian author who juggles parenting four kids with trying to exercise, socialise, manage sporting teams, complete mundane chores and write. She loves boating, reading, pilates, listening and playing music, playing basketball and spending quality time with family and friends.
She has published two women’s fiction novels, ‘Intuition’ and ‘In Another Life’; a YA novel ‘Music Score’ and short stories, ‘Horrorscopes’ and ‘Spirits’. All of these titles are available on Amazon Kindle. Joanne is currently working on her next novel ‘Positive’ which is due to be published later this year.
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In Another Life
When past and present lives merge
A memory of Lily’s late Mum prompts her to do a past life regression to see if they were linked in a previous life. Although skeptical at first, Lily soon finds herself travelling back through memories of her current life and then her previous life in the town of Bathurst, Australia in the early twentieth century. Lily is surprised to find out she was a male and her Dad in this life was her brother in her past life.
Wanting to confirm the facts of the regression were real, Lily researches the property she saw in her memories and discovers Elizabeth, her little sister from her past life, is still alive. Curiosity leads Lily to contact Elizabeth to see what she is like as an elderly woman and to test whether they have a connection in the present.
Would you choose to read minds or is ignorance bliss?
When Chloe finds out she has inherited a skill that will allow her to learn to read minds, she is excited to have an insight into what people think and feel. Initially, mind-reading appears to be an amazing gift as Chloe excels at work, using her skill to manipulate clients.
However, Chloe soon comes to the realisation that those people closest to her rarely say what they think. She is heartbroken to find out that her best friend lusts after her husband and that her husband fantasises about other women.
Unable to stop her mind-reading, Chloe is left with the dilemma of how she can live with her new found skill. Chloe’s life takes on an unexpected new direction as she adapts to reading minds.
Favourite book from childhood
My favourite books as a kid were all the Dr Suess books. The fact that he could make up ridiculous stories with tongue twister rhymes really appealed to me. In fact, when my kids were little I would choose to read them at playgroup and to my kid’s at night. If I had to choose one of his books, my favourite would probably be ‘Fox in Socks’.
The first book you fell in love with
I loved ‘Flowers in the Attic’ by Virginnia Andrews. I was obsessed by the series. I read them when I was about 12 and I remember thinking I was so grown up. For me, I know a book has had impact if I remember the name of the book and author, and still remember the plot years after reading the story.
Biggest book crush
The book character you’re totally in love with
I was besotted with Jamie from the ‘Cross Stitch/Outlander’ series by Diana Gabaldon. I read these books when my first-born was a baby (19 years ago). I remember being so engrossed that I would read whilst feeding and then not want to return to bed in the middle of the night because I couldn’t put the book down. I can’t tell you how excited I was to find Outlander on Netflix. I can’t wait to watch the next series.
Weirdest book crush
I really loved the character of Amy in ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn. I loved that she seemed like a victim, but in the end was such a conniving twisted character. It is so rare for a female character to be so good at being bad. The plot twist at the end was amazing. I love a book that takes my by surprise.
Hardest break up
The book you didn’t want to end
I loved the ‘Twilight’ series by Stephanie Myers. I couldn’t put them down and read the whole series in the space of a few days. I was then left with a book hangover when I finished them. It’s so anticlimactic to finish a book you love, as you want to know how it ends but are then devastated that you can’t keep reading.
The one that got away
The book in your TBR or wish list that you regret not having started yet.
I have downloaded but haven’t started ‘My Husband’s Wife’ by Jane Corry. I feel there is a bit of hype around this book so I’m keen to see what it is like. I’m currently focussing my time on writing my next novel ‘Positive’ but as soon as it’s done, this book is at the top of my list.
Guilty Reading pleasure
When I want an easy, light read I download a romantic comedy by RS Grey. All her books have a similar formula but they are fun and entertaining. Sometimes I just don’t want to have to think too hard about the plot and just relax for the ride.
Love one, love them all
Favourite series or genre
I love a psychological thriller with a great plot twist. For me, I’m more interested in the storyline of a book than literary masterpieces that have phenomenal writing. I don’t want to have to look up words when I read; I just want to get lost in a story.
Your latest squeeze
Favourite read of the last 12 months
My favourite book in the last 12 months is ‘The Girl Before’ by JP Delaney. I loved the integration of technology and the psychological elements to this thriller. I really enjoy reading a book that is a different formula to most. It’s an intriguing read!
Blind date for a friend
If you were to set a friend up with a blind date (book) which one would it be?
Years ago I read a book called ‘Ferney’ by James Long. The plot was interesting as it dealt with reincarnation and soul connections. I found it captivating and thought provoking. It’s not a run of mill book that I would normally recommend to friends but if someone wanted to be surprised, this would be a great choice. Actually anyone who enjoys this book may also enjoy my book ‘In Another Life’ where I explore past life regressions, reincarnation and the ethical issue of getting in contact with someone from a past life.
Greatest love of all
Favourite book of all time.
That’s tough, but I would have to say ‘Cross Stitch’ by Diana Gabaldon. A book that can keep a sleep-deprived mother from going back to bed is pretty awesome. Even though it is almost twenty years since I read this book, I still remembered the characters’ names, the plot and setting.
Thanks for sharing the book love Joanne. Some great choices in there again. Can you believe I never read Dr Seuss as a child? And another tick in the box for Flowers In The Attic. I’m going to have to find time for that one most definitely.
Do you agree folks? Are you drawn to Outlander or was Twilight your go to book? I’d be intrigued to hear your thoughts and if anyone wants to take part in the feature, be sure to get in touch.
Join me on Sunday when Cassandra Parkin will be helping to spread a little more #BookLove.
Happy reading all