Anybody who has ever read the name of this blog will probably be able to guess that I bloody love Die Hard. It’s not only a great Christmas film but it is still one of the greatest action movies of all time. It is peak Bruce Willis and it introduced Hollywood to the talents of Alan Rickman. Die Hard is a legendary film that I watch at least once every year. I look forward to watching it before Christmas and I feel like I’d be missing out if I didn’t. What I’ve never done, is read the book it was based on. I’ve had a copy of it for years but never dared read it. As book lovers, we expect the novel to better but, as I’ve said before, there are plenty of contradictions out there. Reading Jaws after seeing the film is crazy but at least that has something going for it. And I love Jaws but it’s doesn’t hold as dear a place in my heart as John McClane’s skyscraper adventure. This year, I decided to be brave and opened the pages. That was at the start of December. It took me until last night to finish it. That should give you enough of an indication about my views on it.
Back in 2018 I was approached by author Alexis Marie Chute to help in the cover reveal of her first novel Above the Star. I thought the book sounded right up my street so I jumped at the chance to help. When I got my chance to read the it I wasn’t disappointed. It was an original fantasy novel that really got to the heart of its characters. I was obsessed with the fictional world of the book and I can’t wait for the rest of the trilogy to be released. I have also been lucky enough to work with Alexis again to help promote her other work Expecting Sunshine. In the book, Chute takes us on her pregnancy journey in the wake of losing a child. Miscarriage and childloss affect plenty of people but there remains a stigma around it. I’ve known friends and family suffer because of it and been clueless about how best to help. Alexis’ book sheds the light on what it was like for her and, in the latest edition, her husband. It acts as a guide to those in similar situations and offers comfort and support. So, to celebrate the new edition, Alexis has launched a competition that you can take part in.