Thursday, 26 July 2018

Spotlight and Review: Madam Love, Actually by Rich Amooi

Madam Love, Actually By Rich Amooi

Lance Parker is an arrogant know-it-all. As author of the bestselling book Your Soulmate Doesn’t Exist, he says love is for losers. Madam Love is a fortune teller and matchmaker who has brought hundreds of couples together.

When the two clash during a radio interview, she admits even someone as irritating and impossible as Lance has a soulmate. He says she’s delirious and a fraud. Then the gauntlet is laid down: Madam Love has two weeks to prove Lance wrong and find him a soulmate.

When Lance meets wonderful Emma by chance, he doesn’t know what to think anymore. But Emma has a secret. She’s Madam Love, actually. And it's going to take a whole lot more than a crystal ball to get her out of this mess.

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A breath of fresh air! 

I loved the humour of this romantic comedy with its equally fun cover. The author is new to me, so I had no preconceived ideas on what to expect...this comedic farce is an unexpected laugh out loud surprise as we follow Lance and Emma (Madam Love) on their path to a happy ever after. 

Author Lance Parker feels it is necessary to call and express his negative views during a radio show phone-in...part of their interview with Madam Love. She's talking about her work...helping people find their soul mates. He's the author of the best selling book 'Your Soulmate Doesn't Exist'. After he insults the work of the lovely Madam Love he's persuaded against his better judgement to allow her to help him find his soul mate. The result? An outcome neither could have predicted. 

When fate steps in and overrules any attempt to alter the intended course of action, Emma tries to steer Lance away, only she continually struggles to avoid him, the more she bumps into him. All coincidences, but, would he believe her? 

Trying to contain the inevitable when fate steps in. Mr Amooi writes a hilarious fast-paced narrative as Madam Love tries her best to stop her own predictions from coming true. With each new 'coincidence', more scheming and lies are told to prevent the truth been revealed. Unexpected desires begin to surface but will the truth provoke damaging and upsetting consequences? It's crazy, fun and uplifting...pure escapism. 

The delightful protagonists are supported by equally quirky secondary characters and lots of cupcakes which enhance the already crazy shenanigans. If you're looking for a quick entertaining novel this Summer, Madam Love comes with a wonderful feel-good vibe.  

***arc generously received courtesy of the publisher***

Rich Amooi is a former radio personality who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. They live in San Diego, California with their very hairy daughter, a mini goldendoodle puppy. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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Book Birthday Blitz: Barnabas Tew And The Case Of The Missing Scarab

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab
Barnabas Tew, a detective in Victorian London, is having a hard time making a name for himself, probably because most of his clients end up dead before he can solve their cases. His luck is about to change, though, for better or worse: Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, notices him and calls him to the Egyptian underworld. A terrible kidnapping has occurred; one that promises to put an end to the status quo and could perhaps even put an end to the entire world. It is up to Barnabas (along with his trusty assistant, Wilfred) to discover the culprit and set things to right. Can he turn his luck around and solve the most important case of his life?

Columbkill Noonan lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, where she teaches yoga and Anatomy and Physiology. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Her first novel, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab” by Crooked Cat Books, was released in 2017, and her latest work, “Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Nine Worlds”, is set to be released in September 2018.
In her spare time, Columbkill enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, aerial yoga, and riding her rescue horse, Mittens. To learn more about Columbkill please feel free to visit her website (, on Facebook ( or on Twitter (@ColumbkillNoon1).