Tuesday, 16 January 2018

#boomervillehotel @CarolineJames12 @ChocLituk @RubyFiction @rararesources #CoverReveal

Thank you for stopping by, I'm delighted to be sharing a cover reveal with you all today for The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James.

So let's take a look...

What do you think?

I can't wait to catch up with Jo and Hattie and see what they are getting up to!

Now we have seen the fab cover let's take a look at the description for the book...

Let the shenanigans begin at the Boomerville hotel …

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than it’s fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel! Book me in for Sharing with the Shaman and Clairvoyance in mid-life – this book is fabulous!’

Nikki Ashton, Amazon best-selling author

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Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications.

Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair.  The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.

So, You Think You're A Celebrity...Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light-hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon best-seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.

In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

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The Girl in the Gallery by Alice Castle @DDsDiary #BlogTour @BrookCottagebks #Review

I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for The Girl in the Gallery by Alice Castle. You can catch my review today along with the chance to enter a fab giveaway! First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Series: London Murder Mystery series book #2
Genre: Cozy Crime
Release Date: 19th December 2017
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Dulwich…
It’s a perfect summer’s morning in the plush south London suburb, and thirty-something Beth Haldane has sneaked off to visit one of her favourite places, the world-famous Picture Gallery.
She’s enjoying a few moments’ respite from juggling her job at prestigious private school Wyatt’s and her role as single mum to little boy Ben, when she stumbles across a shocking new exhibit on display. Before she knows it, she’s in the thick of a fresh, and deeply chilling, investigation.
Who is The Girl in the Gallery? Join Beth in adventure #2 of the London Murder Mystery series as she tries to discover the truth about a secret eating away at the very heart of Dulwich.

I really enjoyed the first book in the London Murder Mysteries - Death in Dulwich it was a strong start and I really enjoyed getting to know Beth. Even though this isn't the first book in the series I thought that it could be read without being confused etc. Events from the first book are mentioned so that definitely helps to set the scene. 

In this story what starts off as a pretty normal day plunges Beth into another mystery. Although I really think she was hoping for a quieter life after the events of the first book. If you enjoy cosy crimes I really think that this book would be a hit for you I love how Beth gets involved even if she would probably prefer to sit back and relax once in a while. She is very determined and I think this makes for a great amateur detective! Alice Castle has written an engaging character who you will root for all the way.

The mystery is intriguing with a few twists to throw the reader off track which made the book all the more enjoyable. I couldn't wait to discover the truth and to find out what exactly was going to happen next. It was great to see Harry and Beth team up again trying to put the pieces together to solve the crime. The story moves at a good pace with bits of new information coming to light at just the right time. Keeping me engaged with both the characters and story I think that it did have a different feel to the first book but this didn't make it better or worse. 

There are plenty of red herrings and secrets in The Girl in the Gallery it really is a great mystery waiting to be solved!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Brook Cottage Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

If you get chance you can catch my review of Death in Dulwich

Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph before becoming a novelist. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, was a European best-seller which sold out in two weeks.
Alice is currently working on the sequel to Death in Dulwich and The Girl in the Gallery. The third instalment in the London Murder Mystery series, it will be published by Crooked Cat next year and is entitled The Calamity in Catford. Once again, it features Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.
Alice is also a top mummy blogger, writing DD’s Diary at www.dulwichdivorcee.com.
She lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.
Alice Castle’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/alicecastleauthor/
Alice Castle is on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary

Links to buy Alice Castle’s books: 
myBook.to/GirlintheGallery  myBook.to/1DeathinDulwich

A signed copy of the book 
a £20 Amazon voucher!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, 15 January 2018

The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert #BlogTour @JaneLambert22 @HQDigitalUK #Review

Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be sharing my review of The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Previously published as Learning to Fly

It’s never too late to follow your dreams…

Forty-year-old air stewardess, Emily Forsyth, thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…

Catapulted into a mid-life crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside-down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!
Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?

Don’t miss this heartwarming and uplifting debut, perfect for fans of Colleen Coleman and Cate Woods!

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 This story is all about second chances, taking a leap of faith and following your dreams which I loved. Emily has her dreams but they have always taken a back seat so when her future plans fall apart she decides to make new ones and take a big step into the unknown world of acting. Here follows some ups and downs that make one fantastic adventure for Emily and for the reader to experience with her. Will everything turn out okay in the end though?

Emily was so brave to start afresh I'm sure that we all have dreams whether they be big or little that we may have put to one side or even forgotten all about. This story shows you that it should never be too late to try and achieve your dreams. The Start of Something Wonderful moves at a good pace showing some of the highs and lows of Emily's new life it felt realistic and Jane Lambert shows the reader the joy that can come from achieving even just the minor things in life. With some lovely supporting characters from old friends to new friends who all help to encourage Emily and provide some lighter moments too.

The Start of Something Wonderful is a witty and hopeful story with some lovely fun and light hearted moments throughout!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Jane Lambert, HQ Digital and Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Friday, 12 January 2018

#magicofstars by Jackie Ladbury #CoverReveal @JackieLadbury @rararesources

Thank you for stopping by I have a wonderful cover reveal to share with you today - The Magic of Stars by Jackie Ladbury. So what are we waiting for let's take a look...

So what do you think?

Now we have seen the gorgeous cover let's take a look at the description for the book...

Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.

In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

Purchase from Amazon UK 

Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she'd forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and 'hosties' while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed 'happy ever after.'

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The Write Romantics -  https://thewriteromantics.com/

Dreaming of Florence by T.A. Williams @TAWilliamsBooks #BlogTour @canelo_co #Review

I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the tour for Dreaming of Florence by T.A. Williams and today I will be sharing my review. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Fresh pasta, red wine, fine art… and love? Find enchantment this year in the magical city of Florence. 
When Debbie Waterson’s bicycle crashes into handsome doctor Pierluigi, she wonders if her luck has changed. Determinedly single after ending a long relationship, at last, a man worth bumping into!
Inspired to visit Florence, she soon runs headlong into that old foe: reality. But is Pierluigi the man of her dreams? Then there’s her booze obsessed boss, his forbidding secretary and her noisy inconsiderate neighbours. But could her luck be about to change? Will she find love after all?
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If you ever need an escape from every day life I really can't recommend the books written by T.A Williams enough. With fabulous descriptions he never fails to bring the story to life along with creating some characters who end up close to your heart. Even though I hope to eventually travel to Italy it is still very much a dream at the moment. So I love that this book is set in Florence that way even though I don't get to travel so much anymore I had a wonderful experience of the region all the same. T.A Williams easily brings the sights to life with a lovely descriptive writing achieving just the right amount of detail to pull you right in to the story. I have to give a special mention to the delicious food that was in this story I think I may have put a stone on just listening (oh okay drooling) at the wonderful meals and drinks described.

Debbie is such a likeable character who decides to take a chance on a fresh start in Florence and I loved her bravery for taking the plunge. Along with a range of minor characters who all bring something to the story from a best friend to new friends and of course the perfect romantic lead. Debbie goes on quite a journey and I love how she takes everything in her stride both the good moments and bad. Of course I can't forget a certain Labrador named Byron he definitely added a lovely sweet touch to the story.

Uplifting and heart warming with a gorgeous dash of romance. Making it the perfect story to bring a smile to your face so just sit back relax and let Dreaming of Florence whisk you away!

Five stars from me.

With thanks to Ellie at Canelo for the invite to join the tour along with Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My name is Trevor Williams. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, "Dirty Minds" one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn't possibly comment. Ask my wife...

My background, before taking up writing full time, was in teaching and I was principal of a big English language school for many years. This involved me in travelling all over the world and my love of foreign parts is easy to find in my books. I speak a few languages and my Italian wife and I still speak Italian together.

I've written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I'm enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. My most recent books are the What happens… series. What happens in Tuscany reached #1 in the Amazon.uk Romantic Comedy chart and What Happens on the Beach, the last in the series, came out in July. Chasing Shadows is still romance, but with the added spice of a liberal helping of medieval history, one of my pet hobbies. I do a lot of cycling and I rode all the way to Santiago de Compostela on a bike a few years back. This provided both the inspiration and the background research for Chasing Shadows.

I’m originally from Exeter, and I’ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away down here in south west England. I love the place.

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Keep Her Safe by Richard Parker @Bookwalter #BlogBlitz @bookouture #Review

Thank you for stopping by I'm thrilled to be one of the bloggers taking part in the blog blitz for Keep Her Safe by Richard Parker. You can catch my review today but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

How far would you go to protect your child?

Maggie’s daughter Penny is her whole world… and she’d do anything to protect her. So when Maggie wakes one night to find a strange woman in her home, she runs to lock herself in her bedroom with her child. But Maggie knows why she’s come… 

Someone has been targeting mothers and offering them a choice: do as he says or their child disappears. This stranger in her home has until dawn to follow his orders… but Maggie too has the ‘choice’ to make. Can she put the pieces together to stop the cycle before her time is up?

An edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page. Perfect for fans of Adam Croft and Tess Gerritsen.

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I have to start by saying that this was one of the first books I read in 2018 and wow what an impressive start to the year. I think I read this book in record time I just couldn't put it down well until a little thing called sleep got in the way. The opening had my heart beating so fast and it truly felt as if I was right there with Maggie through it all.

To call it nail biting is an understatement the pace is unrelenting which made for an exciting read. I have to admit to being on edge pretty much all the way through with no idea what would happen next. The not knowing really made the tension all the more greater. A complete edge of your seat experience from start to finish. My husband attempted to talk to me while I was reading and I really know that it's terrible to ignore him but I'm sorry this story demanded my full attention!

With short and snappy chapters guaranteed to have you turning the pages I was completely hooked on what I was reading. It is a full on experience seeing how everything plays out and if there would be any way out for the characters from this scary situation. It was thought provoking too especially if you are a parent making me question what would I do in the same situation. 

You really are in for a treat when you pick this book up, intense is definitely the word I would use to describe this book. Along with brilliant and completely addictive!

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Noelle at Bookouture for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Richard Parker was formerly a TV script writer, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning twisted standalone thrillers.

KEEP HER SAFE is the latest book to be published by Bookouture on January 11th 2018.

HIDE AND SEEK was his fifth book published in August 2017.

FOLLOW YOU was his fourth psychological thriller. Reviewers are saying it's Bookouture's darkest crime novel to date.

STALK ME was his third and rode high in the UK and US charts.

SCARE ME was his second. Hollywood movie rights have been acquired by major US studio, Relativity Media. Star of PRISON BREAK and screenwriter of dark horror thriller STOKER, Wentworth Miller, has written the big screen adaptation.

STOP ME, Richard's darkly fiendish debut, was shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan @Phoebe_A_Morgan #Review

So here is another book that I have had on my TBR pile for way too long - The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan. I had heard lots of good things about this book so here goes...

Please Note: ARC received from Netgalley.

You never know who’s watching…

Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.
But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…
How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?
A gripping debut psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of I See You and The Widow.

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The story is told from three perspectives - Corinne, Ashley and a third unknown person. You see Corinne and Ashley go about their daily lives with both characters struggling at the moment just in different ways. The sections that are told from the third perspective are brilliantly creepy and help to set up this undercurrent of tension that runs throughout the book. The transition from one character to another was pretty smooth and worked really well. You get a real sense of what each character is experiencing and feeling.

As a little girl I used to play with dolls however there was always a certain aspect to them that as I got older I found a little freaky. Especially the realistic life like dolls that appeared to follow you around the room with their eyes. Okay please tell me I'm not the only one to think that? Anyway bearing that in mind I instantly found the whole doll house part of the plot pretty creepy. What is great about this story is that the characters are flawed and actually have a realistic edge to them. Now The Doll House isn't necessarily a fast paced story but I found the slow build up helped to create a tension filled atmosphere.

The Doll House really has a wonderfully creepy vibe that had me on edge more than once. It all combined to make a intriguing, tension filled story.

Four stars from me.

With thanks to HQ Digital & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.