Wednesday, 21 March 2018

#TheChosenOnes by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #CoverReveal

 Thank you for stopping by I have got a fabulous cover reveal to share with you all this evening and it's for The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer which is book 5 in the DI Robyn Carter series. I get a little giddy every time I see a new Robyn Carter book as she is one of my favourite characters along with the fact that this series just keeps getting better and better.

Anyway enough of me waffling on let's take a look at the brilliant cover...

So what do you think?

It's safe to say I will be counting down the days for this book!

The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer

Out on 24th May

They had not been forgiven. And they would never be forgotten ….

When a doting young father is murdered and his body discovered in a cornfield for his family to see, it’s a harrowing new case for Detective Robyn Carter.  But just as Robyn starts to investigate, a popular local doctor and young mother, is found dead outside her surgery.

As Robyn tries to find the link between the victims, she uncovers a dark web of secrets.  Were these much-loved members of the community as innocent as they seemed? 

The killer has a message for Robyn and the carefully chosen victims.  Can Robyn get to the truth before she becomes the next target? 

If you love Angela Marsons, Patricia Gibney and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love the latest pulse-pounding thriller from Carol Wyer. The Chosen Ones will keep you guessing until the very last page.

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Carol E. Wyer is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. More recently she has chosen to write for the "dark side" and embarked on a series of thrillers, starting with the gripping best-seller, Little Girl Lost.

Her book Grumpy Old Menopause won The People's Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing 'Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully' and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines 'Woman's Weekly' featured in 'Take A Break', 'Choice', 'Yours' and 'Woman's Own' magazines and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.

Carol is a signed author with Bookouture and Delancey Press.

To learn more about Carol, go to or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer. 

Paradise Girl by Phill Featherstone @PhillFeathers #Extract #Review #BlogBlitz @brookcottagebks Q&A

Thank you for stopping by I'm thrilled to be taking part in a blitz day for Paradise Girl by Phill Featherstone today. I actually read Paradise Girl back in November and I'm so happy that I can share my review again with you all today. Phill has also kindly taken part in a little Q&A and don't forget to enter the giveaway to win an ecopy of the book. First things first let's take a look at the description for the book...

Genre: Nominally YA/NA, general fiction
Release Date: 27 January 2017
Publisher: Matador
Kerryl Shaw has always kept a diary, but this one is different because she knows she is going to die.
A highly infectious and incurable virus spreads worldwide. Seventeen-year-old Kerryl lives with her family on a remote farm. They think they will be safe, but the danger advances. One day a stranger arrives, and it soon becomes apparent that he has brought the plague to their door.
Kerryl is sure it’s only a matter of time before she catches the infection and dies, and decides to record what she thinks will be her final days. She realises that her diary will never be read, so she imagines a reader and calls him Adam. Loneliness and isolation affect the balance of her mind. Little by little Adam comes alive to her, and she sets off across the moor to meet him.



       Introductions are boring, but unless I take time to explain things it will be confusing for you. Me first. Not very polite, I know, but it’s probably the best place to start.

       My name is Kerryl – or that’s what my family and friends call me. My proper name is Cheryl. Cheryl Alison Shaw. They call me the Paradise Girl. Don’t get excited – it sounds sexy but it’s not. I’m seventeen years old and still a virgin. I’m not a nun, I’ve been out with loads of boys – Tim, Mark (two of them), Nathan, Jake, Tristram, Steve – but I wasn’t that keen on any of them and they didn’t last. The exception was Mark II. He was older than me, fearsomely good looking and he had a nice car. I thought he was really hot. When I wasn’t with him I was thinking about him. But it seems he wasn’t as keen as me, and one day my best friend, Josie, told me that he was going out with Monica Woodbridge and saying I was a frigid cow. It seems everybody knew I’d been dumped and I was the last to find out.

The worst thing was the shock. I thought Monica Woodbridge was my friend. As well as that, all the girls in our group had been going out with the same boys for a long time, but I seemed to keep a boyfriend for only a few weeks. Was there something wrong with me? To be honest, I’m not a great beauty. I don’t mean I’m a train wreck or anything. I’m not bad looking, but I’m not like Charlene Brooker or Suzy Simmonds. They’re electric, both of them. Charlene could be a model, and Suzy’s always surrounded by a gang of drooling boys.

They’re gone now: Charlene, Suzy, Josie, Monica, all of them.
       Sorry for the break there. I had to stop to have a little weep. I’ll try not to do too much of that. I suppose I can console myself with one thing: with everyone else dead, I must be the most beautiful girl in the world!

Q&A – Phill Featherstone

Thank you for taking part in the Q&A, let's get started…

1 – What three words best describe your personality?
Hard for me to answer. I’d like to say dashing, witty and decisive! Probably the truth is absent-minded, faraway and a daydreamer. Maybe you should ask my friends.

2 - Is there a book you wish you could have written?
Thousands, and I come across new ones all the time. Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy would be high on the list.

3 – What was the last book you read?
‘Canada’ by Richard Ford. It’s an odd book, and I reviewed it on Goodreads.

4 – If you were stranded on a desert island what three books would you want with you?
I live on the moors near Haworth, so one would have to be ‘Wuthering Heights’. For a modern book I think I’d take ‘Gone Girl’ which is such a brilliant lesson in constructing a story – it’s another book I wish I’d written myself. The third would be John Fowles’s ‘The Magus’.

5 - Do you have any strange writing habits?
Putting it off and finding lots of other things to do before I start, but I don’t think that’s strange – a lot of writers I know are the same.

6 – Is there a specific place where you write?
I write in my head all the time and everywhere. I like to do the actual physical process of writing on my laptop sitting at the window in my home, which has a spectacular view of the valley and the hills beyond.

7 – Do you share any personality traits with the characters you have created?
Kerryl, the main character in Paradise Girl, is imaginative and loves reading, but can be practical when she has to be. I hope I’m like that too. One of the characters in my latest book, ‘The God Jar’ is the Elizabethan magician and scholar, John Dee. He also was passionate about books.

8 - Can you choose three words to describe your book Paradise Girl?
Kind readers and reviewers have used terms like ‘gripping’, ‘convincing’, ‘page-turner’. I’m flattered by their judgements and happy to go with those.

9 – Are you working on anything now?
I mentioned ‘The God Jar’, which is a mixture of historical fiction and modern adventure, spanning four centuries. That’s finished and I’m now working on a sequel to Paradise Girl.

Quick fire questions - Which do you prefer?

Paperback or eBook?
I love my kindle, but if I must choose it’s paperback

Classic novel or Contemporary?
Contemporary, but ask me tomorrow and you’d probably get a different answer.

Cinema or Theatre?
Love both, but can’t beat a live performance, so it’s theatre

Crisps or Chocolate?
Chocolate. No question!

Tea or Coffee?

Night out or Day out?
I’m a night owl and not an early riser, so definitely night out.

Thanks again for taking the time to answer the Q&A!

Thank you for asking!

I'm delighted to be re-sharing my review today...
I found the premise for the story so intriguing and I couldn't wait to start reading. So what did I think, well the first thing I will mention is that it was very easy to get into the story. The chapters are short and to the point which I loved and there was a bit of information given to peak my interest making me wonder what actually happened.

There is the odd newspaper clipping interspersed within the story that start to shed some light on The Infection and I found those really interesting. I found the diary style way of telling the story really engaging it made things all the more personal. I'm a fan of dystopian stories and this was no disappointment I could feel the isolation that Kerryl feels as The Infection spreads. I'm trying to be pretty vague as the story is worth reading for yourself and I would hate to spoil the plot.

Kerryl is a great character and I instantly warmed to her, she is matter of fact making her so likeable for me. Phill Featherstone has written her very well, I loved how she talked about her life before everything happened telling the reader her dreams for the future. 

I got completely caught up in Paradise Girl and it ended up being quite an emotional read for me. Also making me think about the choices I would make in the same situation. The story is pretty compelling and I kept saying to myself just a couple more pages which turned into finishing this book in nearly one go. I just had to know how everything would turn out.

Engaging and compelling!
Five stars!

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

Phill Featherstone was born and brought up in the north of England. He trained as a teacher and taught English in comprehensive schools. In the late 1990s he and his wife, Sally, founded a publishing company specialising in education books for the early years. In 2008 the business was acquired by Bloomsbury, after which they moved to Yorkshire. He now spends his time writing, travelling, on the arts and on conservation work. Phill has degrees from Cambridge and Leicester Universities, and is a member of the Society of Authors. Paradise Girl is his third novel, although the first to be published.
Paradise Girl recently won a CHILL WITH A BOOK AWARD!
Twitter: @PhillFeathers

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

A Warriner To Protect Her by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ #Review

An heiress in distress and an earl in disgrace…
When heiress Violet Dunston escapes from an abduction she finds an unlikely protector in Jack Warriner―a member of one of England’s most infamous families. Ensconced with mysterious Jack behind his manor's walls, soon escape is the last thing on Letty’s mind!
Jack may be an earl but his father’s exploits have left him with nothing to offer except a tarnished name. He’s turned his back on the ton, but with Letty tempting him day and night, he finds himself contemplating the unthinkable―a society marriage!

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After starting in the middle of The Wild Warriners Series with Joe's story in A Warriner To Tempt Her and absolutely loving it I knew I had to start at the beginning of the series. So what did I think of A Warriner To Protect Her...

In this story we are introduced to Jack along with his three brothers and it's safe to say I was hooked from the start. With quite a few characters it can sometimes be difficult creating a balance between introductions and maintaining the story. Well Virginia Heath manages this brilliantly and made this story come to life. There is plenty of drama but with a wonderful humour there too especially with Jake's mischievous character (I can't wait to read his story) the Warriner brothers really help to make this story extra special. 

What can I say about Jack other than I think I fell for him myself he is strong, determined and protective. Then you have Letty who is brave, strong and also no pushover because of this most of their interactions left me smiling away to myself. There is a gorgeous romance that is slowly built up and I loved how they danced around each other believing the other to be something else. This story moves at a great pace and in no time at all I had finished this book.

A Warriner To Protect Her has it all danger, romance and a fabulous family dynamic. It instantly grabbed hold of me not letting go until the very last page had been turned, I loved every single moment!

Five stars from me!

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling.

As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down.

Fortunately, Harlequin Mills and Boon saw some potential in her stories and decided they would publish them. So far, she has been commissioned to write ten books for their Harlequin Historical series. Her first Regency Romance, That Despicable Rogue, was published in May 2016, and since then she hasn't stopped writing. Her 3rd book, The Discerning Gentleman's Guide was shortlisted for a RONA (Romantic Novel of the Year  Award).

After the success of her Wild Warriners quartet, she is currently working on her second series for Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical- The Kings Elite- which should hit the shelves in the Summer of 2018. 

She would love to hear from you on either Facebook or Twitter, especially if you love history as much as she does, and promises to try to remember to Blog about something interesting every month.

A former history teacher and enthusiastic tea drinker, Virginia lives near London with her wonderful husband and two teenagers. When she is not making up stories of her own, Virginia likes to travel to far off places, shop for things she doesn't need, walk her beloved Labrador Trevor and read other peoples' stories.

Despite all of that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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Monday, 19 March 2018

The Invisible Hand by James Hartley @jameshartleybks #BlogTour @rararesources #Review

Thank you for joining me for my stop on the blog tour for The Invisible Hand by James Hartley and today I will be sharing my review. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

 The Invisible Hand is about a boy, Sam, who has just started life at a boarding school and finds himself able to travel back in time to medieval Scotland. There he meets a girl, Leana, who can travel to the future, and the two of them become wrapped up in events in Macbeth, the Shakespeare play, and in the daily life of the school. The book is the first part of a series called Shakespeare´s Moon. Each book is set in the same boarding school but focuses on a different Shakespeare play.

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I really enjoy time slip/time travel stories so once I read the description for The Invisible Hand I was very intrigued. Now I will confess I'm 33 years old so maybe not the in the ideal age range for this book. However I thought that the story was fast moving and had the right amount of mystery for people of any age to become intrigued by. As well as showcasing a Shakespeare play within the story and making his work more accessible to a possibly younger audience. James Hartley gives key points of the story and manages to integrate them into Sam's story. I enjoyed the parts where Macbeth was included and I would have loved to read more but I can also understand that if too much was included it may have slowed the story down.

I loved the school setting and it certainly added to the mysterious atmosphere throughout the story. It's a pretty quick read but this helps to keep the momentum going and the transition from time periods was pretty good for the most part. There are a few twisty moments that kept things interesting and took Sam on quite a journey.

The Invisible Hand is a mysterious story within a story!

With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

James was born on the Wirral, England, in 1973 on a rainy Thursday. He shares his birthday with Bono, Sid Vicious and two even nastier pieces of work, John Wilkes Booth and Mark David Chapman.

His mother was a hairdresser with her own business and his father worked in a local refinery which pours filth into the sky over the Mersey to this day. They married young and James was their first child. He has two younger brothers and a still-expanding family in the area. As an Everton fan he suffered years of Liverpool success throughout the seventies and was thrilled when his father took a job in Singapore and the family moved lock, stock and two smoking barrels to Asia.

He spent five fine years growing up in the city state before returning to the rain, storms, comprehensive schools and desolate beauty of the Scottish east coast. Later years took he and his family to baking hot Muscat, in Oman, and a Syria that has since been bombed off the surface of the planet.

James studied journalism in London and later travelled through Ireland, France, Germany and India generally having a good time, before finally settling in Madrid, Spain, where he now lives with his wife and two children.

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