Review & interview: ‘Four stars for The Return of the Key’ – Were & Vamps Romance blog

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The reviews are still coming in, and I’d like to thank Melissa of the Were & Vamps Romance website for her awesome four star review of The Return of the Key, featured as part of her Authors Month event.

Melissa writes:

This book was a great YA Read. Where to start? lol. As you read in the blurb. It is about a girl overcoming conflicts and it somewhat takes an magical realm, a loyal friend, and a romance to do so. So lets start with the plot. I found the plot to be believable. It had a nice rise, climax, and conclusion. The world building was good, I was hoping for a little bit more detail into the new realm. I did enjoy the writing, I found it very fitting for YA and yet not so young to be un-enjoyable by adults. You defiantly will not feel like your reading an elementary book. Kudos for that…The POV was refreshing. it switched often enough and in such a way to keep you hooked into the story. Overall, a great read, with a good moral, & I would recommend to any YA book lovers. 4 Stars Rating.

To read Melissa’s full review click here.

You’ll also find apart from the review, Melissa features an interview that she did with me. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her. Visit her website to read more about the works from other authors on showcase this month.

The Return of the Key reviewed by Crystal’s Many Reviewers

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Thanks to Kim Talks Tomes and the team at Crystal’s Many Reviewers for an amazing review of The Return of the Key. Here’s what Kim had to say about the early teen fantasy story:

This book is a beautifully written story that broke my heart. Eliza is a mixed race girl who lives with her grandparents. Eliza and her grandmother are sent away to England because of the racial discord going on on their island. It is there that she meets her new friend Gwen who is part fairy. I can’t give more away because you need to read the story to see where it goes, but I don’t think anyone will be disappointed spending the time to read it.

The Return of the Key is about more than a fantasy storyline. There is heartache, friendship, love, trust, and racial discussions all within this story. The author weaves a story full of depth and warmth – something that is not easy to find in a YA book.  Eliza is full of so much self-doubt that she questions herself in everything. Gwen is a mixed race girl, also, and is an outcast in her own world. Their differences allow them to be shunned and treated terribly, but their friendship does not see those things that make them “different”.  It’s not something most of us think about, but it does exist and affects so many young people in our world.

I really think this book is well worth the time to read. Just be prepared to ride a rollercoaster of emotions while reading.

Click here to read the full review on Crystal’s Many Reviewers.

Second edition and new novel

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re well:)

I wanted to share some news with you re my early teen novel The Return of the Key. Due to popular demand I will be publishing a second edition in the very near future. Don’t worry if you’ve already read it, the additional information will only support the core story. Whichever edition you have read, you will be set for the sequel when it’s out later this year. Yup! I said the s word. Sequel.

Also, stay tuned here for news on my upcoming contemporary fantasy novel, which shall remain nameless for the moment 🙂

Be blessed! love Alisha x

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“And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up” – Stephen Hawking, April 2015

I’ve always admired Stephen Hawking. His story is a powerful one. It is one of courage and perseverance. 

Speaking at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday, through a 3D Hologram from Cambridge University in the UK, he offered this powerful advice.

Within each of us there is a powerful story, even if you might not realise it. And no matter how insignificant you think you are, one day your story will encourage someone else to keep plodding on. I could not have said it any better. It means everything that you do not give up.

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A review from the On Writing blog

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The Return of the Key was a fun trip through a fantastical land and a great message to younger readers about the need to look past race and color in order to make your world a better place. The main character Eliza’s voyage through self-discovery running parallel to the story again is a powerful example to old and young alike about our capacity to grow and our high levels of self-worth. If Nurse does decide to turn this into a series I will be eagerly anticipating the next book.

Read the full review from On Writing here.

Why I Write

“I write because I can’t do normal work like other people. I write because I want to read books like the ones I write.I write because I can only partake in real life by changing it. I write because I love the smell of paper, pen, and ink. I write because I believe in literature, in the art of the novel, more than I believe in anything else. I write because it is a habit, a passion. I write to be alone. I write because I like to be read. I write because I have a childish belief in the immortality of libraries, and in the way my books sit on the shelf. I write because I wish to escape from the foreboding that there is a place I must go but – just as in a dream – I can’t quite get there. I write because I have never managed to be happy. I write to be happy.”
-Orhan Pamuk

Editorial Reviews for Living the Best Life with Fibromyalgia

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“Alisha’s book is full of great tips, but the best part she saved for last. The last section is just inspiring and actually brought tears to my eyes as I read it” – Julie Ryan, blogger,countingmyspoons.com

“Interesting and thought-provoking book; full of ideas, tips, and first-hand knowledge. I loved the recipe section!” – Amy Mullholand, Blogger, The Fibro Frog

“Alisha has written an excellent book that takes us with her on her journey from diagnosis to taking back her life. If you are looking for a positive, easy to read book on living with Fibromyalgia, which includes great advice based on life experiences… this is the one! – Tamiko, blogger, http://myfoggybrain.com/

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