Sunday, February 1, 2015

Happy Happy Release Day!!! eARC Review & #Giveaway: Eight InchesTo Make Johnny Smile by Claire Davis, Al Stewart

We would like to thank authors Claire Davis & Al Stewart for donating an ebook copy of Eight InchesTo Make Johnny Smile , to 1 lucky commentator who gets chosen. Make sure to leave a comment below to get a free ebook copy of Eight InchesTo Make Johnny Smile .

Claire Davis and Al Stewart are best friends and writing partners.Eight Inches to make Johnny Smile
They like to challenge themselves by exploring the darker side of humans, and by finding compassion and beauty even in the most desolate of places.
Al sometimes describes himself as a mixture of Darth Vadar and the tooth fairy, while Claire is less grounded.
Al has led an unconventional life, and experienced all of the events he writes about.
Above all, they believe in the power of magic and good manners.

Eight Inches to make Johnny Smile
Title: Eight Inches To Make Johnny Smile
Authors: Claire Davis and Al Stewart
Length: 10k
Cover Artist: Debbie McGowan

Published: February 1st 2015 by Beaten Track Publishing

New job, new flat, new man?

Shy Mat finally gets a chance to break free from his parents and strike out on his own. But joining the local diet club, Weight Fighters, and hopping on the scales takes everything he has; does he have enough left in him to stick to his diet and act on his feelings for gorgeous Johnny who runs the group?Flirty Johnny has staying power as far as diets are concerned, and all he wants is to win the Valentine’s Challenge. But meeting Mat changes everything. Can Johnny find the staying power to battle his own demons and get what he realises he really wants - to win Mat's heart? 

Review by: multitaskingmomma

My Rating: 4 of 4 Stars
(Based on Short&Light Read Category)

This is a short story with a whole lot of punch to it. It is short, sweet, and heavy duty. No pun intended. This is a story that makes us think of what we say or what we think we say without realizing how it could affect those who hear it. We don't mean to be cruel, but yes, we are and we continue to be. And the words destroy.

Mat had been fat since day one and his parents did not help. One, they kept feeding him. Two, they kept feeding him, letting him feed and just made him do so without education. Three, once he got fat, they started calling him names, insulting him, putting him down, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. The end result? Well, anyone who can think knows that one defense mechanism is to shut down and eat. Heck, that's what I do! When stressed out, I eat. But for Mat, everyday and everyone is a trigger for stress and the looks of condemnation and unsolicited judgements, well, they stressed. Until one day, Mat says: enough. Takes courage, and registers with a group whose members help each other out lose the weight the right way and without judgement. The starting point: weigh in and loose so many pounds to make Johnny smile.

So, just who is Johnny? He looks like the perfect specimen that make men and women both drool over. But for some reason, Johnny only has eyes for Mat and Mat does not know why. But he is not asking. He is not complaining. Everyone in the group said both were made for each other. 

Are they really?

As things go to a head, revelations open Mat's eyes and he questions if Johnny really is the perfect specimen? 

This was such a fast and lovely read. There were bittersweet moments too that made me smile and just ... well, smile. This book opens our eyes to such a common modern day occurrence: obesity. 

Yes, even men like Mat and Johnny need some loving too. No matter from whom. Or with whom.

Lovely, lovely, lovely.

Note: Copy provided by authors in exchange for an honest review. Thanks you guys, this was an awesome read! 

To get a chance to win an ebook copy of Eight InchesTo Make Johnny Smile , leave a comment below and don't forget to leave your contact email address.

We will randomly pick 1 lucky commentator and Claire Davis & Al Stewart  will email them their ebook version of choice.

To claim prize, we will be sending an email to the address provided by the lucky commentators. Don't forget to tell us what format you prefer.

Game ends February 8.


  1. Thanks for the giveaway! Although I'm not much into short stories, this one sounds like a nice read. :)

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  3. Sounds like a great quick read. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

  4. It sounds so good! But why oh why so short! :( Guess by the wonderful review it packs quite a punch in so little words. Great!
    Much success to the authors!
    taina159 @

  5. a good quick story is always fun :)


  6. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.


  7. Awesome review, its made me want to run out and get it, thanks Jo :)

  8. I saw this title and blurb on GR the other day and knew I had to add it to my to-read shelf, after this review I now want to move it up the list even further.

    mswickedtruth (at) gmail (dot) come

  9. Game over!

    Winner is: Bronwyn

    Congratulations! I will be sending an email to you. You know what to do :D


  10. I really want to read this book now. It sounds different from what we usually read, and I like that.