Friday, 20 October 2017

Heart Note by Cassandra O'Leary @cass_oleary #CoverReveal @rararesources


Thank you for joining me today for another wonderful cover reveal. I'm delighted to be sharing the fabulous cover for Heart Note by Cassandra O'Leary, so let's take a look...




So what do you think?
Well let's take a look at the description for the book...


Love is like a fine perfume. The top note draws you in, an instant attraction, but the Heart Note is the true essence. Like true love. A great perfume should be a woman’s perfect match.

At least, that’s what Lily Lucas tells the perfume counter customers. Personally, Lily is tired of perfumes with a sickly sweet top note that make her dizzy. She definitely does not want to stick her nose in another scent with a base note of stinky old socks. 

After leaving her home in Sydney, Lily moves to Melbourne and a new job as a perfume counter manager in a major department store. One day she wants to own a Parisian-style perfumerie, but at the moment she’s spritzing perfume on unsuspecting customers and ringing up purchases until she falls off her high heels at the end of a long day. 

The high point of Lily’s work life is Christos Cyriakos, the ex-cop senior security guard, who happens to look like a Greek god. She’d happily stare at him all day, but keeps falling at his feet like a klutz. It’s kind of embarrassing. No other man has ever had this effect on her. He smells so good up close, she gets a little woozy. But in a good way.

Rumours about Christos swirl around the department store staff. There’s a scent of scandal. The reason he quit the police force wasn’t a happy one. But he’s the strong, silent type. A mystery box. Lily hopes she can get close enough to unwrap him. When he asks for her help, it seems like the perfect opportunity to get to know him better…if she can trust him.
It’s almost Christmas and the whole store is bedecked with decorations, and Lily has to gift wrap and sell eleventy billion gift sets assisted by a team of glamorous spritzer chicks. Meanwhile sneaky guys are trying to get into the store room at night and stock is going missing. It could be an inside job. Lily helps Christos setup a sting. They are a team, sort of. But why won’t he confide in her?

She’d like to be kissed by Christos (and more) preferably not while wearing the hideous red velvet onesie and reindeer antlers all the spritzer chicks are supposed to wear. But can they solve a crime, and get it together to go on an actual date before Christmas?

Publication date – 6th November 2017

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**Winner of the We Heart New Talent contest, HarperCollins UK. Nominated for BEST NEW AUTHOR in the 2016 AusRom Today Reader's Choice Awards for excellence in Australian romance fiction.**


Cassandra O’Leary is a romance and women’s fiction author, communications specialist, avid reader, film and TV fangirl and admirer of pretty, shiny things. 

In 2015, Cassandra won the We Heart New Talent contest run by Avon Books/HarperCollins UK. Her debut romantic comedy novel, Girl on a Plane, was published in July 2016. Cassandra was also a 2015 finalist in the Lone Star writing contest, Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America, and a 2014 finalist in the First Kiss contest, Romance Writers of Australia.

Cassandra is a mother of two gorgeous, high-energy mini ninjas and wife to a spunky superhero. Living in Melbourne, Australia, she’s also travelled the world. If you want to send her to Italy or Spain on any food or wine tasting ‘research’ trips, that would be splendiferous. You’ll find Cassandra online, drinking coffee and possibly buying shoes. Oh, yes. And writing.


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Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan @lisalregan #CoverReveal @bookouture

Thank you for joining me today I'm delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan.

What are we waiting for let's take a look... 




So what do you think?

I love the design it just that has that little bit of a creepy edge to it!

Well now we have seen the cover let's find out a little bit about the book, here's the description...



Vanishing Girls: A totally heart-stopping crime thriller (Detective Josie Quinn gripping crime fiction series – Book 1

She was close enough to see that the girl had written a word on the wall in bright, warm red blood. Not a word, actually. A name…

Everyone in the small American town of Denton is searching for Isabelle Coleman, a missing seventeen-year-old girl. All they’ve found so far is her phone and another girl they didn’t even know was missing.

Mute and completely unresponsive to the world around her, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Detective Josie Quinn can get from her is a name: Ramona.

Currently suspended from the force for misconduct, Josie takes matters into her own hands as the name leads her to evidence linking the two girls. She knows the race is on to find Isabelle alive, and she fears there may be others…  

The trail leads Josie to another victim, a girl who escaped but whose case was labelled a hoax by authorities. To catch this monster, Josie must confront her own nightmares and follow her instinct to the darkest of places. But can she make it out alive?

Fans of Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni will be utterly gripped and sleeping with the lights on once they discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.

Publication date - 17th Jan 2018

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Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com

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Warwick's Mermaid by Ellie Gray @elliegray58 #Review #BlogTour @BrookCottagebks #Extract




I'm so happy to be joining the blog tour for Warwick's Mermaid by Ellie Gray and today I will be sharing my review. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book, then read on for an extract and don't forget to enter the giveaway to win an ecopy of the book!




Genre:   Contemporary Romance
Release Date:   11 October 2017
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Having escaped an abusive relationship, Chloe MacGregor is determined to put the past behind her. The little cottage high up on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Whitby is her safe haven, somewhere she is free to be herself.

When the arrival of her new neighbour and boss, Luke Warwick, threatens her peaceful, sheltered life, Chloe is forced to confront her past and to re-evaluate who she really is. Falling in love with Luke is not part of her plan but, to her surprise, Luke is falling for her too. The only thing preventing their happy ever after is Chloe herself. Will she ever truly learn to leave the past where it belongs?

EXTRACT
Chloe stared at the bright blue front door, not quite sure if she was willing it to open or remain shut. Cerulean Bliss. She had been drawn to the name, conjuring up images of crystal clear Mediterranean Sea, sandy beaches, and cloudless skies. Chris had appeared amused by her decision to choose the paint based on the name rather than the colour.
‘‘Babe, if you want Cerulean Bliss for the front door, Cerulean Bliss is what we’ll go for.’’
But when he’d returned from a boys’ weekend away to find Chloe had painted the door, it had been a different story. He had flown into a rage, claiming she hadn’t consulted with him on the colour and had gone behind his back, waiting until he was away to make changes to his house. That was the first time she had been on the receiving end of his anger; the first time she had been frightened and confused by his apparent about-turn on something he had previously agreed to. It hadn’t been the last time.
Chloe glanced at her watch, frowning when it showed only a minute had passed since she had last looked. The frown deepened when she lifted a hand to rub her eyebrow and saw how much her fingers were trembling. A gentle hand touched her forearm and she looked up to meet her friend’s calm gaze.
‘Don’t worry. It’s going to be fine.’
Chloe shook her head, unable to prevent her gaze from returning to the front door only twenty or so metres from where they were sitting in her car. What if he glanced around and saw her? What if he didn’t?
‘What am I doing, Bekah?’ She dropped her head in her hands, squeezing her eyes shut and immediately wincing as that small movement resulted in more pain than it should.
‘The right thing, that’s what.’ Rebekah rubbed her friend’s forearm. ‘Come on, Chloe. We talked about this.’
‘I know, I know we did.’ Chloe lifted her chin, but didn’t remove her gaze from the door. ‘I just…I keep thinking about it, over and over. He’s not always that bad, not really, and I think…I think maybe it was my fault.’
Chloe didn’t have to see her friend’s face to know she was angry; she could feel it radiating from her in waves. Rebekah remained silent and reached across to pull down the sun visor in front of Chloe, lifting up the small flap covering the vanity mirror.
‘There is nothing you could have done that would ever justify what he did to you. Nothing.’
Chloe stared at her reflection, taking in the dark purple bruise circling her left eye—now bloodshot and half-closed—the ugly graze reaching across her cheekbone and further down to the swollen and split bottom lip. Without thinking, she licked her lip. The tip of her tongue slipped over the injury, and she drew in a sharp breath at the sting it produced.
She met her gaze in the mirror once more, noting the confusion and uncertainty dulling their green hue. ‘I know. But it’s not usually this bad. He pushes me around a bit sometimes, nothing major, and he says things…you know, usually when he’s had a drink.’
‘That doesn’t make it right. You know that.’ Rebekah blew out a long breath. ‘I can’t believe you never told me.’
Chloe avoided her friend’s accusing gaze. What could she have told her? That Chris was proving her mother right? That she wasn’t woman enough for any man?
‘It doesn’t matter now anyway. I—’ She drew in a strangled breath as the front door opened and, shrinking down a little in her seat, Chloe prayed he wouldn’t glance down the street and recognise her car among all the others parked along the kerb.
As she watched, Chris locked the door before turning and sauntering along the path, tossing his keys in the air and catching them, his lips pursed as he whistled. Chloe couldn’t hear from this distance, but she knew he would be whistling the tune to whichever song had been on the radio before he left the house. She glanced at her watch once more; 8.15am on the dot. Chris was a creature of habit.
‘Bastard.’ Rebekah thumped the dashboard in obvious frustration as he got into his car without glancing left or right before driving off. ‘Look at him, acting as if he hasn’t a care in the world. You should have let Sean come round last night and hammer ten bells out of him, see how he liked it.’
Chloe gave a weak smile. ‘I don’t suppose that would have solved anything.’
They sat in silence for a few minutes before Rebekah finally opened her door.
‘So, come on then. Let’s do it.’
Chloe bit her lip and immediately winced in pain, wishing she hadn’t. Gingerly exploring her lip with her fingers, she saw they were stained with blood, and stifling a sigh, searched in her bag for a tissue.
‘What if he comes back? What if he’s forgotten something?’
‘He’s not coming back. He’s gone to work,’ said Rebekah, nodding her encouragement. ‘Come on, the sooner we get in, the sooner we get out. We’ll only be a few minutes.’



My heart broke for Chloe in the opening to this book and I was also so angry that she had endured such a terrible time. So I really hoped that she would find a bit of peace as she started her new life. Chloe has suffered with her confidence so there is a vulnerability to her that was so sad to see especially how damaged her confidence is. Luke is surprised to feel a connection with Chloe and their first meeting made me like him even more as he pretty much became her knight in shining armour. Even if she really didn't want him to be! I really enjoyed hearing the story from both Chloe and Luke's perspective it was lovely to see their connection play out. There were some characters who I fell for namely Luke but also characters who I really hated namely Chris!

The setting for the story was perfect and Ellie Gray had a lovely descriptive way of describing everything so it felt as if I was right there. The pace of the story is steady and gives you time to get to know the characters. So even though it's a short book I never once thought that the story was being rushed along. I couldn't help but root for Chloe and Luke, but will there be a happy ending for them?


It's the kind of story where I just wanted to curl up with a hot chocolate and become immersed in the story so that is exactly what I did. With this being a short story it is perfect to sit and read in one go.

With drama, love and new beginnings Warwick's Mermaid was a joy to read!


Four stars from me!

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



Ellie Gray is a contemporary romance author who loves to write heart-warming, sensual romances with characters her readers can really identify with. Her novels are set in places inspired by her own life and travels, including the beautiful UK Yorkshire countryside as well as far flung, exotic countries such as Egypt.

Currently working on her fourth novel, and still tinkering away at a young adult novel first started some years ago, Ellie loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her through any of the social media links below or through her website.

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Her Dark Retreat by J.A. Baker @thewriterjude #BlogBlitz #Review @bloodhoundbook



I'm delighted to be sharing my review today on the blog blitz for Her Dark Retreat by J.A. Baker. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...




The coastguard’s residence Chamber Cottage, which sits high up on the North Yorkshire cliffs overlooking The North Sea, holds many dark secrets.

Alec and Peggy are struggling to overcome their marital problems. Both damaged by problems from their childhoods, they are trying to get on with their lives. But this is hard for them to do when they both believe they are being watched. As a result, Peggy, who has terrible scars on her face, becomes more agoraphobic.

To make matters worse, Peggy discovers her estranged mother is stalking both she and Alec, claiming she has a dark secret that is putting Peggy in danger.

What caused the scars on Peggy’s face? Is Alex really the monster Peggy’s mother believes him to be? And what secrets does Chamber Cottage hold? 

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If the description for the book didn't catch my attention that then eerie cover definitely did. I couldn't wait to start reading and see where this story would take me. Well what can I say about that opening I think I had to take a deep breath before carrying on with the next chapter. One word I could use to describe it is definitely tense, very dark and tense I almost felt as if I was right there with the character. It was certainly one way of grabbing my attention!

With plenty of secrets to keep the story moving as well as keeping my attention all the way through. The story is balanced out by being told from different perspectives and I thought this kept the story fresh along with keeping the reader guessing. The story will leave you on edge on quite a few occasions as the book delves into Peggy and Alec's life. I'm trying to be pretty vague about the plot as it is really worth discovering everything for yourself.

Each character has flaws that will make you wonder about their intentions and wondering about their actions. This is a sign of well written characters the ones you feel drawn to even if you are not sure about their true nature.

The descriptions of Peggy and Alec's home had me feeling isolated too with that creeping sense of danger lurking around the corner. J.A. Baker has written a story that leaves you feeling as if you have been through everything with the characters. Creating the vivid descriptions along with the dark suspenseful moments right through to the mystery being revealed.

An addictive story that will play on your darkest fears!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.



Born in Middlesbrough too many years ago to mention, J. A. Baker developed a deep appreciation of literature and reading from a young age after being introduced to it by her parents. Weekly visits to the library were the norm and after being handed a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories by her father, her love for the darker side of fiction slowly grew. She is an avid reader of all books but is drawn in particular, to psychological thrillers.

After many rejections (too many to mention!) her debut novel, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and made it into the top 100 Amazon chart in both the UK and Canada. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her third novel and working on her fourth one.

J. A. Baker has four grown up children and lives in a village on the outskirts of Darlington with her husband Richard, and Theo, their barking mad dog.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir @lilja1972 #Review #BlogTour @OrendaBooks

 With thanks to the publisher who sent me a copy to review.



I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Snare by Lilja Sigurdardottir. Today you can catch my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...




After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonia is struggling to provide for herself and keep custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. 

As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies. Things become even more complicated when Sonia embarks on a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath of the Icelandic financial crash. 

Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

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After reading the description for Snare I couldn't wait to pick this book up and I'm so glad that I did. It's a clever story that draws you into the characters lives and the holds you there all the way through. For me Snare was definitely more rounded for having a few perspectives. The reader follows Sonja, Bragi and Agla who all have very different personalities. The transition from one character to another is done very well and I felt captivated by each of their stories. 

When Sonja is going through the airport it's as if you feel part of the plan too and my heart rate definitely increased with the tension. The story is cleverly written and easily captured my attention with a very intriguing plot. Especially at the beginning where you don't quite understand Sonja's motives for doing what she is doing. There is sympathy for her even though she is committing criminal acts especially concerning her family life. I really ended up hoping that there would be a way out for her. Although she really has got herself into some serious trouble, especially when she attracts the attention of customs officer Bragi. She is resourceful and smart which is something that she needs to be to stay one step ahead.

There is a very tense and dark underlying feeling running throughout the story that definitely kept me on my toes wondering which way the story would go next. Whenever I had to stop reading I was counting the time until I could pick this book back up. With the story building constantly and ramping up the tension it really is a book that I wish I could have read in one go. However I think it always goes to show how truly a thrilling story is if you think about it when going about your daily life.

Snare is an expertly written cat and mouse style story that will grab hold of you and not let go!

With thanks to Anne Cater & Orenda Books for my copy and invite to join the tour. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.





Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, the first in a new series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja has a background in education and has worked in evaluation and quality control for preschools in recent years. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.






Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove by Emily Harvale #CoverReveal #ChristmasSecrets @rararesources @emilyharvale


I'm delighted to be taking part in a fab cover reveal today for Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove by Emily Harvale. So what are we waiting for let's take a look and then you can read on to find out more about the book...





Christmas is a time for family and friends, miracles and magic, falling snow and roaring fires, fun, laughter and festive feasts. In Snowflake Cove, it’s also a time for secrets to be revealed…

Evie Starr is hoping for more than a sprinkling of magic this Christmas. The family-run Snowflake Inn is virtually empty and the Starr’s financial future isn’t looking bright. But Evie’s gran, Jessie has a secret that might help.

Enigmatic, Zachary Thorn is every woman’s dream. He’s also ex-SAS, so his secrets are classified. The Christmas Special of his feel-good, TV show is set in Michaelmas Bay – until a phone call means he’s spending Christmas in nearby Snowflake Cove.

Evie’s best friend, Juniper thinks boyfriend Darren has a secret. Evie knows he does. And Evie’s niece, Raven is hiding feelings for Juniper’s brother – who has a secret crush of his own.

But the biggest secret in Snowflake Cove is the identity of Raven’s dad.

With snow falling thick and fast and secrets being revealed one after another, will everyone be snuggling up by the fire on Christmas Eve, or are some secrets best kept hidden…?

Expected Publication Date – early November 2017

Pre-order on Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B076G4DVZH




Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing... and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She's an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, "I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings." When she isn't writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies - and will do anything to avoid both.

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A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt #Review #BlogTour #Giveaway @BrookCottagebks


I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt. Today you can catch my review along with the chance to enter a lovely giveaway. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...


 Series: The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite Bk 1
Genre: Women’s fiction/romance
Release Date: October 18, 2017
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Welcome to Thornthwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…
Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy, chaotic bustle of the busy vicarage.
When she finished school Anna left for Manchester and tried to avoid coming back home and the well-meaning nosiness being a Holley sister in a small village like Thornthwaite meant… but when her father says he has an important announcement to make, she’s drawn back home for the happy chaos of a vicarage Christmas.
Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, Anna heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!
Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?
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A Vicarage Christmas is book one in a new series by Kate Hewitt. The reader gets a lovely introduction to the Holley family and this story begins with Anna. My heart went out to Anna, I could totally understand how uncomfortable she was especially having to cope with her anxiety and shyness in certain situations. There is also a sadness to Anna that definitely pulled at my heart strings. Throughout the story you can see her finding herself with a more comfortable and assured personality emerging. This is in part down to her friendship with Simon, they begin to form a lovely friendship that helps both of them come to terms with their pasts.

Even though it's a short story you get a good feel for the characters and their situations. These characters have a lovely depth that just added to the overall story. A Vicarage Christmas moves pretty quickly mainly because of the length but it doesn't have that rushed feeling to it. The setting is lovely along with the village of Thornthwaite and Kate Hewitt has brought a beautiful place to life. I really enjoyed getting to know Anna and her sisters, I will be looking forward to reading their stories too!

Sweet and heart warming, a lovely Christmas treat!
Four stars from me!

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





Kate Hewitt is the author of over 60 novels of women’s fiction and romance. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling an emotionally compelling story. An American ex-pat, she now lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five children.


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