What it’s all about

Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.

But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall.

When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.

That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.

Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.

Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.

What I thought

I’ve got to be honest here and say I almost gave up on this one. I asked one day for something to read and someone told me I had to read this. Actually, a lot of people told me I had to read this. So off I went and bought it. When I got to around the 40% mark I wasn’t all consumed by it like I usually would be and I almost gave up reading it. I didn’t for two reasons. I never give up reading a book. I can think of only one book that I have and that was a rarity. Also because people whose opinions I trust more than I trust my own told me not to. And I soldiered on.

Thank God!! Imagine I could have missed out on this fabulous book if I had just discarded it. When I hot the 50% mark everything changed. Now I must point out the book wasn’t bad up until this point, it just hadn’t consumed me as I said. That was then rectified. The story came into its own and I was enthralled. I couldn’t put down and may even have missed a class or two in college in order to get it read. Shussh – don’t tell anyone that.

I suppose forbidden love is one of those things that we all love to read and Leah Raeder has written it so well. You want it to happen but you know that it shouldn’t and it gives you a feeling of butterflies inside. You aren’t sure if you want them to do whats right or to do what feels right. Do you want them to have a happy ever after? Do you want them to get caught?

There are so many elements to this book and I am not sure which I enjoyed more. It’s not just the forbidden love and the teacher / student taboo. There are moral issues, secrets and lies, family dynamics, best friend issues, unrequited love. It delves into the world of drugs and neglect. This is a book packed full of emotion, twists and turns. And you know not everyone can get everything they want. Can they all get enough though?

I hugely enjoyed the second part of this book, and while I wasn’t overly excited by the first half I remember saying at the time that the first half as absolutely necessary to facilitate the second half. You had to have all the detail from early on to understand the actions of the characters later.

I would definitely now recommend this book to read, I also believe that the others that told me to read it did not feel the same as I did about the first half – they were hooked right from the very beginning. It actually reminded me of Tammara Webber’s Easy, so if you loved that you will love this.

One Last Push…

…. No I’m not having a baby!

Have you missed me? I have missed this. Though if I’m honest, I didn’t stop reading. It’s just not possible. I didn’t have to to review though. So I have one final assignment to finish and hand in – that would be the final puch reference and then I can officially say – I’m back.

Dear God I have so much catching up to do. All those books I have read and not reviewed. Let me tell you there are some smashers in there!

I can’t wait 🙂

Grumpy Old Menopause

Grumpy Old Menopause – Carol E. Wyer Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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Hello and welcome to the Grumpy Old Menopause blog tour! Having taken the world by storm and rocketed up the charts to become the #1 best selling book on Amazon, this light and humorous guide to beating the more unpleasant symptoms of the menopause is essential reading for anyone going through or simply preparing themselves for this unavoidable change. So buckle up and let Carol E. Wyer show you how it’s done!


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‘Have you started to write post-it notes with your kids’ names on them? Do you need to change your underwear after every sneeze? Guess it’s time to read this book then. It’ll help you get through “that” time in your life with a spring in your step and a smile on your face.

With numerous suggestions, sensible advice and amusing anecdotes, Grumpy Old Menopause will help you sail through that tricky part of a woman’s life with ease and humour. It should prevent you from turning into Mrs Crabby or worse still, a demonic monster.’

An excellent mix of humour and sound advice. This book is a must-read for all women … I highly recommend Grumpy Old Menopause. It is the perfect blend of humour and excellent advice to help all women sail through the menopause.” – Nicky Snazell, Fi STOP Consultant Physiotherapist in Spinal Pain, Fellow of Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain. International Lecturer in Pain and Health.

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Feeling Moody

Guest Post by Carol E. Wyer

(To be sung to the tune of Feeling Groovy by Simon and Garfunkel)

I’ve slowed down, can’t move too fast. I’ve got no energy that lasts
Just kickin’ round my kitchen drawers, lookin’ for chocolate, feelin’ moody

Feeling moody

Hello biscuits, what cha doin’, I’ve come to munch and do some chewin’
Ain’t cha got no remedy for me, do-it-do-do, feelin’ moody

Feeling moody

I’ve got lots of deeds to do, promises to keep
I’m spotty, forgetful and ready to sleep
Let the morning clear off, so wine time is on me

Life I hate you, all is moody


The menopause can be a tricky time for us women. (And fellas.) Don’t worry because not only can you put strategies into place to combat some of the pesky symptoms you might suffer but there is light-hearted stuff that will make you laugh.

Five tips to combat stress and moods:

Get a punchbag, hang it up in your garage and when you feel frustrated or tense go and give it a good thumping. Give it a name for added effect. (Someone who is testing your patience) then take it out. Careful you don’t hurt yourself though. I’m still undergoing physiotherapy after whalloping Mr Grumpy with gusto.

Drink wine. True. Wine improves brain power. Okay, a bottle every night isn’t to be recommended but a small glass…

Laugh. Do you really need convincing about this? Laughter, even faked laughter produces mood-enhancing hormones. I bang on about this all the time. Read a joke a day, watch a comedy video, laugh at life, read a funny book or even have a go at stand-up comedy yourself. They will all make you feel much better about yourself.

Dance. Go on! You can do it in the privacy of your home. No, not breakdancing or ballroom. Let your hair down. Have a go at belly dancing. Join a belly dancing class. They are becoming extremely popular. It provides a great workout and will get you fitter. Also guaranteed to make you feel more feminine and sexy. Excellent for you who, like me, have a wobbly belly.

Learn to play the drums. I’m not joking. Rhythmic drumming brings down stress levels. Plenty of middle-aged women are now taking it up. Leaves you calmer. Besides, who would dare annoy a menopausal woman wielding drum sticks?


photo (42)Author Bio

I have always written stories. My early stories were for children and sported silly titles like Humphrey and the Dustbin Cats, Hurrah for Hugo! and Noir and Blanc – Two Naughty Cats. They taught French language to younger children and were accompanied by a tape of French songs, mercifully not sung by me.

I began writing for adults after my son left home. I converted his old bedroom into an office and set about writing humorous novels largely aimed at women of a certain age.

The rest is history. Following much media success with Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines, I signed the Amanda Wilson novels with Thornberry Publishing. In 2012, I was lucky enough to be offered a three book deal with Safkhet Publishing. They have published How Not to Murder Your Grumpy and Just Add Spice, and released Grumpy Old Menopause, the sister book to How Not to Murder Your Grumpy, in December 2013.

I now write full-time. When I am not working on a novel, I’ll be writing articles for magazines such as Woman’s Weekly, or blog posts for The Huffington Post and Indies Unlimited.

My books aim to encourage as many people as possible to age disgracefully and enjoy life. After all, life is short and ‘he who laughs…lasts!’

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Since its release, Grumpy Old Menopause has been featured on no less than 28 radio stations and the Staying Young Show over in the US. Magazines have come-a-knocking too, with articles in Take a Break, Women’s Weekly, Women and Golf Magazine, Wolverhampton Magazine and Staffordshire Life, while the bright lights of prime time TV also beckoned when Carol was interview on BBC Breakfast Television in November 2013 – click here to watch the interview.




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