Blogger Spotlight: The Artist Called Lia.

Once upon a time, there was a book blog called Lost in a Story that belonged to a wonderful woman called Lia. Lia had a welcoming personality and it was always wonderful interacting with her on the interweb, and even more so when she started sharing her graphic illustrations on the internet with us.

Over the years I have watched her art evolve from being simply marvellous to astounding, along the way Lost in a Story became a thing of the past and merged into what is now Sunflowers and Wonders which is a blog that encompasses the interests and personality of Lia.

Laura Harrier drawn by Lia

Aside from being an artist, Lia loves being crafty and more times than not is always turning clothes into designs of her choosing.

drawn by Lia

Like many of us readers, Lia is also a writer and created this wonderful cover for her story To Mica from the Stars, which has been in the making since 2018, it’s about a girl who wrote letters to an astronaut missing in space, and one day gets a letter back. Which she categorises has a mystery/coming of age/contemporary new adult story filled all things nerdy, conspiracies, family and growing up.

As of when this post was shared, Lia’s currently open to commissions, click here to checkout her art and rates. You can find also view more of her art by clicking on the buttons below.

Lia drew the art for this blog, when she just got started with illustrating and it’s a favour I appreciate, my next art is going to be from her, cause her glow up game is 100%

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All illustrations in the posts except from the flowers are drawn by Lia

Book Review: Manchester Happened by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

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Title – Manchester Happened

Author – Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

Publication – May 23rd, 2019.

Publisher – One World Publications

Genre – Short Story Collection & Ugandan Fiction

An ambitious and assured collection of short stories from the internationally acclaimed author of Kintu

If there’s one thing the characters in Jennifer Makumbi’s stories know, it’s how to field a question.

‘Let me buy you a cup of tea… what are you doing in England?’

‘Do these children of yours speak any Luganda?’

‘Did you know that man Idi Amin?’

But perhaps the most difficult question of all is the one they ask themselves: ‘You mean this is England?’

Told with empathy, humour and compassion, these vibrant, kaleidoscopic stories re-imagine the journey of Ugandans who choose to make England their home. Weaving between Manchester and Kampala, this dazzling, polyphonic collection will captivate anyone who has ever wondered what it means to truly belong.

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Book Review: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy

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Title – Once & Future #1

Author – Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy

Publication – March 26th, 2019.

Publisher – Rock the Boat

Genre – Science Fiction, Fantasy & Young Adult Fiction

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.


When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

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Book Review: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

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Title – Ayesha at Last

Author – Uzma Jalaluddin 

Publication – April 4th, 2019.

Publisher – Corvus

Genre – Muslim Romance Fiction

A smart young Muslim Canadian woman navigates the complexities of career, love, and family in this lively homage to a Jane Austen classic. “While it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Muslim man must be in want of a wife, there’s an even greater truth: To his Indian mother, his own inclinations are of secondary importance.” With that nod to Pride and Prejudice firmly in place, Jalaluddin lays the groundwork for a raucous story that mixes a zany cast of characters with a tightly wound plot.

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Book Review: ‘A Toast to Life’ A Memoir by the Actress Juliet Ibrahim

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Title – A Toast to Life

Author – Juliet Ibrahim

Publication – August 2019.

Publisher – Prestige, Kachifo 

Genre – Memoir

From Liberia to Lebanon, Ivory Coast to Ghana, Juliet Ibrahim survives the upheaval of war across countries, being torn away from the familiar and losing memories. But this is only the beginning of her story.

In A Toast to Life, Juliet is a child with body-esteem issues, a teenager dealing with abuse in silence, a young woman making mistakes in love and an adult finding cause to celebrate life.

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