The Bahamas: More Than Just a Beach

Whenever someone hears of the Bahamas, they usually think of very clean white beaches lined with coconut trees for as far as the eye can see. You know, the kind of stereotypical ‘vacation’ beach spot that they show in cartoons. While it’s entirely true that the Bahamas have some of the most captivating beaches in the world, there’s a lot more to these islands than just sun, sand and sea. The Bahamas are rich with the Caribbean culture and are worth exploring.

Each of the islands that make up the Bahamas is rich with culture and history. If you’re a traveller, then your visits to any place will feel incomplete unless you stick around to explore and learn about the people and culture of the place. Pretty views and sights are obviously what draw you to a place but won’t you agree that it’s a shame to miss out on the story of the land?

Each of the islands has a unique story to tell you. In a sense, visiting the Bahamas is like a combo vacation since you get to explore multiple islands in one visit. If we had to pick out our favourite of the Bahamas, then we’d go with Cat Island, which you can read more about at

There’s still some ambiguity over how this fishhook shaped island got its name. Some speculate that the island got named after a pirate called Arthur Catt, while others believe that the name of the island can be attributed to the large number of feral cats that roam the place. If you’re a cat person, then this alone should be enough to get you all riled up about wanting to go to Cat Island.

The Benefits of Seeing a Psychologist

Despite everything evolving so much the one thing that we need to understand that many people still do not take mental health seriously. This is certainly one of the saddest parts. However, the silver lining here is that people are slowly and gradually learning the importance of mental illness, and keeping that in mind, they are starting to see psychologists or therapists if there is a need.

If you are looking, you will find a great many psychologist Perth and the best part is that you can book an appointment with ease. However, in this article, we are focusing more on some of the benefits of seeing a psychologist. Considering how most people completely miss out on this is important that we go through these aspects to have a proper understanding.

So, without further ado, let’s have a look.

You Gain Perspective

One of the biggest benefits is that when you are going to see a psychologist, you can easily gain a lot of perspectives. Sure, the process is not going to be easy and you will still find so many things that you do not like to listen to but overall, it is for the betterment of your disposition and I can ensure you that it is definitely going to work out for you. Just make sure that your therapist is unbiased and you would be good to go.

Helps You Battle Issues

For those who are going through mental struggles, going to a therapist can really help you battle these issues. For instance, people suffering from depression can learn how to have healthy coping mechanisms. This is great for people who think that battling the issues in the right way is not possible, because it really is.

Sharmaine Lovegrove’s Amazing Reading List

For those who do not know, Sharmaine Lovegrove is a renowned publicist, a bookshop owner, editor, as well as a publisher, and all things book nerd. As her long list of titles would suggest, she loves books, and there is no denying it. Most of her teenage life was spent around the books, that only helped in making her love the books even more.

In an interview with her, we decided to ask her some questions, and more importantly, asked her for a suggestion for a reading list. Needless to say, she delivered and did so in a great fashion. Before we go on to explore the books she suggested, let’s look at some interesting answers she had for us.

The Book You Are Currently Reading?

As per Lovegrove, the current book she is reading is American Spy. For those who do not know, American Spy is one of the finest books one can read, and it is filled with some really immersive reading experiences that people are going to love. We will not talk more about the book because we do not want to spoil it for you.

The Books You Read When You Were Young

At just the tender age of 16, she was reading a lot of Milan Kundera, pretty much everything that was published by him. Additionally, Lovegrove indulged in works of Camus as well as Jean Genet. Thanks to the fact that she was working in bookshops back then, having access to these books was not a problem and allowed her to read whatever she wanted.

What Are Your Reading Habits?

Lovegrove prefers reading while sitting on the sofa, and that is where she spends most of her time reading. Whenever she is traveling, she decides to read as well. However, she also talks about how she cannot read in bed anymore because she usually falls asleep.

How Do You Look for the Authors You Want to Publish?

Lovegrove finds the authors to publish largely via submission parties. These parties are much similar to open mic days, however, they are much better organized. While visiting these events, she tends to find the writers she’s interested in publishing.

Ever Joined a Book Club?

Book clubs play an important role in Lovegrove’s life as she managed to make a lot of friends and meet new people through these clubs. Furthermore, she discovered some great books through these clubs as well.

What is Your Reading List?

Finally, the answer everyone has been waiting for. What is Sharmaine Lovegrove’s reading list? Well, there are some interesting books on the list, so let’s start looking.

  1. American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson.
  2. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams.
  3. Lanny by Max Porter.
  4. Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney.
  5. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje.
  6. Ordinary People by Diana Evans.
  7. Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin.

Above listed are some of the books that Sharmaine Lovegrove has on her reading lists, we can already tell you that they are great books by some great authors.

5 Great Second Novels By Hit Authors

There is a common perception in the world of literature that the first book by an author is great, but the second one might not be as good. We are strictly talking about standalone books rather than the series that some of the famous authors have written.

With that said, we are here to explore some amazing literary work by great authors. The exception here is that we are not exploring the debut novels, but the second ones, which makes this even more interesting than usual. So, let’s not delay and have a look.

#1 Summer Bird Blue By Akemi Dawn Bowman

The first book we are looking at is a fiction by Akemi Dawn Bowman called the Summer Bird Blue. The book is a lyrical novel that explores the themes such as grief, love, as well as self-discovery that takes place after a horrible loss. For those who want to have a powerfully moving book, especially the one that can tug at your heartstrings, this is definitely the book that you should go for.

#2 The Cold Is in Her Bones By Peternelle van Arsdale

The Cold Is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale is one of the best novels you can get the chance to read. It is about a girl who goes to the extent of finding secrets from the past so she can save the life of her friend. There is a lot of great substance in this book, involving some love, as well as revenge.

Many readers have pointed out that the book takes inspiration from the Greek monster Medusa.

#3 Dealing in Dreams By Lilliam Rivera

If you have had the pleasure of watching the Outsiders and Mad Max, then you would be pleased to know that Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera is the perfect combination and something that you should definitely read. The book is amazing and is filled with some of the finest written plot points.

#4 Love From A to Z By S.K. Ali

S.K. Ali brings us Love from A to Z, a wonderful book that takes us on the journey of two Muslim teens who meet each other during a spring break. The book is amazing, to say the least. This is coming from someone who was never a fan of romantic novels, this is definitely the one to read for the ages.

#5 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

For the fans of young adult fiction, the Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson is definitely a great book to get your hands on. You have magic, as well as romance, and amazing friendships. All of this combined with an amazing character and world building that we do not get to see a lot.


In conclusion, the one thing that we are certain about is that these novels will leave a lasting impression on you. Wherein, for anyone who is looking for a great reading experience, these novels are a way to go.

The 3 Best Books For Binge-Reading

Just like binge-watching, the concept of binge-reading is also something that has divided people. Many claims that it happens to be something good while others are talking about the not many advantages of binge-reading. However, the good thing is that binge-reading is definitely beneficial.

The thing about binge-reading is that just like binge-watching, you need to have good substance, otherwise, it might not work. Reading a book that is not even able to hold your attention and trying to binge-read it is not something that is going to work.

That is why, in order to help you binge read the way you should be able to, we are going to be looking at some of the best books for binge reading. This should definitely help you get the most of your experience. So, let’s have a look.

#1 Becoming By Michelle Obama

Let’s not forget that one of the many reasons why Barrack Obama was one of the most influential people was the fact that Michelle Obama was always by his side. As they say, behind every successful man, there is a woman. The Becoming by Michelle Obama is one of the most tempting and amazing books that you can read.

The writing is so good, and so easy for everyone that once you pick up the book and start reading, you will need to find reasons not to read it. Needless to say, it is one of the best books to read.

#2 Sitayana By Amit Majmudar

For those who are looking for a great fairytale/religious fiction, picking up the Sitayana by Amit Majmudar is definitely the right way to go. The book is amazing for everyone who has been looking for something that will allow them to pick the book up once and keep reading it. I can attest to the fact that I have never been this captivated by the book before.

#3 Cold Comfort Farm By Stella Gibbons

Stella Gibbons is one of the finest English authors, and the Cold Comfort Farm by her is o0ne of the best-written novels we can suggest to you. For anyone who is looking for a dash of humor, satire, as well as science fiction, this novel is the way to go, and we can assure you, there is a lot of greatness that is tucked away here that you will not have a problem, at all.


Binge reading is a lot of fun and something that we suggest to everyone. Just make sure that you are picking up the book that plays with your taste. Because otherwise, you will find many books in the market that will be good but might not give you the same experience as well.

The great thing about binge-reading the books is that you do not have to always go for the series. You can actually find some amazing standalone books as well that will fit the bill just fine and give you an amazing experience.

Holidays with Jane: Movie Fest

My fellow authors and I all *love* the plethora of cheesy, adorable, super-sacchrine Christmas movies on ABC Family, Hallmark Channel, Netflix, etc. They are somewhat predictable but we really do love them! And…there are some of us who believe that “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie, so it will be included on the list. We have a plan to have a movie fest between all of us (even though we are separated by many miles!)

Join our online Christmas Party!

Saturday, November 22

We’ll wear tacky Christmas sweaters, eat yummy treats, make cute ornaments, and watch sappy movies. Instagram or tweet a pic of yourself wearing your fanciest/tackiest Christmas sweater and you’ll be entering into our “12 Days of Christmas Cheer” giveaway! (See Rafflecopter entry form below.) I’ll be heading to my local thrift store to find a sweater, preferably with puffy snowmen on it. Or Rudolph with a blinking nose. Whatever I find/make, it will be epically adorable/horrible.

Join us as we live tweet the movies we are watching on the 22nd. (We’ll give a countdown on our Facebook page as to when we’ll each start a movie. Use #holidayswithjane on your tweets/Instagram so we can see what you’re saying.)

Watch your DVDs, TV, DVR, Netflix, Amazon Prime…whatever!

OR!!! You can borrow movies from your local library! Be sure to reserve your copy early.


On Netflix:

“The Mistle-tones”

“Christmas Crush”

“A Christmas Kiss”

“Desperately Seeking Santa”

“Christmas Bounty”

“Christmas Cupid”

“12 Dates of Christmas”

“All I Want For Christmas”

“A Princess For Christmas”


Hallmark Channel:

“One Starry Christmas”

“The Nine Lives of Christmas”

“A Cookie Cutter Christmas”



Amazon Prime Instant Video

“Christmas Crush”


Other movies on our list


“Die Hard”

“If You Believe”

“White Christmas”

“Meet Me In St. Louis” – Judy Garland sings “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”


And, of course, you can purchase a copy of HOLIDAYS WITH JANE: Christmas Cheer and snuggle up with a cup of hot cider (or cocoa or coffee) and visions of Mr. Darcy/Wentworth/Henry Tilney/your fav Austen hero will dance in your head. ;-)

We will be picking winners for the Rafflecopter giveaway below. There will be 12 winners (though possibly more if we have more prizes!). We tried to go with the 12 Days of Christmas song for our theme and threw in some Austenesque fun. If you have a preferred prize, include that in your blog post comment. :)

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