Love this cover!!!

Publication Date: Out now!!!

Formats: Paperback,Ebook and Audio

Price: Pb £7.99/ Ebook £3.99/ Audio £7.99

Publisher: Smoke&Mirrors

I would like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to Simon Van Der Velde for reaching out and inviting me and many other wonderful people to read his book, and wow is it a goodie. I can honestly say its a fabulous, puzzling and brilliantly fun collection of short stories that will leave you wanting more. So what is this wonderful book all about? lets head over to the blurb and find out.

Dreamers, singers, talkers, killers; they can dazzle with their beauty or their talent or their unmitigated evil, but inside themselves they are as frail and as desperate as the rest of us. But can you see them? Can you unravel the truth?

These are people you know, but not as you know them.

Peel back the mask and see.

I am going to say it right here and right now wow, I loved this brilliant, fun, tragic and horrific (in a good way) collection of idols, both of the the good and the bad. In these little stories that show snippets of famous and infamous people’s lives we catch little glimmers of humanity and that desperate need of being seen by someone or by loads of people. Though some of these stories are about people who we view with fascination, disgust and horror, they too are given a glimpse to us the reader their own weakness, desires and yes a little view point. But what we have to remember about this is that most of these stories are fiction but based on the lives of people who we know, love and despise in equal measure.

I have to admit I loved the challenge of working out who is who from the snippets that we are given from the stories, some I knew straight away and others took a little time to work out, whereas I have to admit there were one or two I wasn’t sure of or even had heard of. But thats the brilliant thing about this collection, is that you discover new or even a sort of fun potted history of their lives.

I don’t want to spoil any of these wonderful, inventive and brilliant teasers that will leave you guessing and wondering and also wanting more of these little puzzles. As with so much of our history there are plenty of wacky, strange, intriguing and fascinating people to write stories about, and also we all love a bit of a puzzle to tease and work out and make us feel we have accomplished something. Thank you Simon for this excellent gem of a collection and I just want more, I demand it lol (joke its ok am sure you can take a break occasionally) Seriously though please go out and grab yourself a copy of this fantastic little beauty of a book. It is definitely one in which you can dip in and out of and enjoy each little story in their own way.

There are a few that are my favourite, the first one is a particular favourite due to it meaning something to me and my family and how we always had this playing somewhere either in the car, at home or on our boat (yes my dad had a boat so what and not a motor boat if you are wondering a proper sailing boat none of that noise palaver hehe) That is the only hint to one you will get from me, if you are intrigued you can find this gorgeous book on Amazon.

Ratings: 5 🌟s with a ☕️ and a 🍰 maybe a 🍪 or two. This is so fun you probably will find yourself finishing the book and still have a coffee left over 😉

Authors Blurb:

Simon Van Der Velde has worked variously as a barman, labourer, teacher, caterer and lawyer, as well as travelling throughout Europe and South America collecting characters and insights for his award-winning stories. Since completing a creative writing M.A. (with distinction) in 2010, Simon’s work has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including: The Yeovil Literary Prize (twice), The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, The Luke Bitmead Bursary, The Frome Short-Story Prize, The Harry Bowling Prize, The Henshaw Press Short Story Competition and The National Association of Writer’s Groups Open Competition – establishing him as one of the UK’s foremost short story writers. Simon now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, with his wife, Nicola, their labradoodle, Barney and two tyrannical children.

I hope you have enjoyed this little post of mine about this wonderful, brilliant, fun collection of short stories. I have always wondered what it would be like to inhabit a mind of people with whom I look up to such as celebrities and stars of today as well as yesterday, and these stories give you those little minutes for you to do exactly that and yes when you know who it is that little pleasure of getting something right is a warm and great feeling. I would highly recommend this book and also for you to see what next he has in store, I cannot wait. So I will leave you now to say Happy Reading and see you all soon!!!

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