Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

#Review Today I am sharing my review for Second Chances for Lottie Botte by Katy Lilley #SecondChancesforLottiebotte #blogtour #compulsivereaders #backablogger @katylilley @booksmanatee @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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I am delighted to be closing the blog tour today for Second Chances for Lottie Botte. I love a light hearted read and this will have you giggling from cover to cover as Lottie Botte goes on a personal mission to make some changes in her life.

Lottie Botte is a character that I instantly fell in love with and was cheering her on from the sidelines as she swallows her pride and starts to move forward. I loved her attitude to her situation and how she dusted herself off and got stuck in.

This book is the perfect holiday read when you want to sit back and just emmerse yourself in a lovely light read, I found myself wanting to keep picking the book up to keep reading as I wanted to know what would happen next for Lottie and her newly found friends.

I loved this book which is full of beautiful locations and brilliant characters, I will definitely be reading more by Katy Lilley.

 

Book Blurb

Unhappy, friendless and dissatisfied with life in general, Lottie Botte isn’t afraid to let people know how she really feels.

When her husband Donald comes home and drops a bombshell, Lottie realises she is about to lose everything. Now is her chance to make some changes.

Second chances don’t come along very often, and Lottie must grab her opportunity with both hands, even if it means negotiating with the mysterious hot guy who is moving into her house…

Can Lottie become someone else – a less grotty, snotty Lottie?

 

Katy Lilley

Available to purchase here

Social Media Links

If you want to find out more about Katy Lilley and her books you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter

Twitter – https://twitter.com/KatyLilley

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KatyLilley.Author/

 

Many thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour.

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

#Review Today I am sharing my publication day review for Not Having It All by Jennie Ensor #HappyPublicationDay #NotHavingItAll @jennie_ensor

I love a nice light hearted easy read and this fit the bill perfectly. Kurt & Bea seem to have hit a sticky patch in their relationship and their antics throughout this story will make you chuckle.

A fab light hearted read that I found comical, full of the every day gripes of marriage and parenting. Kurt is full of anxieties and doubt in his marriage to Bea. Bea is fed up of trying to deal with Kurt’s anxieties, a demanding Fran with increasingly bad behaviour and juggling her much loved job.

Pick up this book and chuckle your way through as you get to know Kurt, Bea & Fran.

Book Blurb

Neuroscientist Bea Hudson fears she is a bad mother and that her career will be thwarted by family life. When her husband suspects Bea of having an affair with her best friend, a chain of events is triggered, leading to a crisis in Bea’s life.

Bea Hudson, a neuropsychologist living in Godalming, is struggling to cope with the challenging behaviour of her obsessive husband Kurt and their disruptive four-year-old daughter Fran. On top of this, her boss is pressuring her to get results from her research. Bea has her work cut out.

Things come to a head when Kurt goes away on an extended business assignment. While sacking staff and drinking heavily, Kurt’s insecurities run amok and he becomes convinced that Bea’s close friend Madeleine is seducing his wife and unduly influencing his daughter.

Meanwhile, childless artist Madeleine sees her friend torn between the demands of work and offers to help with Fran. But when she reveals a startling desire to her unsympathetic therapist Mr Rowley, he advises her to focus on the attention of Colin, a man she met in a lift.

Can Bea survive the demands of her career and the turmoil in her marriage without having a breakdown? Can Madeleine survive Kurt’s anger and find happiness with Colin? And can love survive marriage, middle-age, alcohol and ambition?

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Available to purchase here

 

Many thanks to TBC Reviewer Group for the opportunity to read and review this brilliant book.

Posted in Blog Tour, Fantasy, Younger Readers Age 9-12

#BlogTour #Review The Curse of Ragman’s Hollow by Rhys A Jones #childrensbook @rararesources

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Today I am inviting my daughter Daisy to my blog to help kick off the blog tour and share her review for The Curse of Ragman’s Hollow.

Daisy was really excited to read this book after I shared the blurb with her and dove straight in once the book arrived.

Daisy’s Review Age 11

Ragman’s cove was a really good book and draws you in so you want to keep reading.

It has really good descriptions and is an amazing supernatural book. My favourite character was Sam, he may have been considered crazy but I loved his fun character.

I loved the adventures and how super exciting it was throughout the story and would recommend this book to other children who enjoy fantasy and magic with some adventure. I would love to read more books by this author.

Book Blurb

Just a walk in the countryside. What could possibly go wrong

Sam Jones’s grandmother is training him to be one of the Cunning Folk, like her, and exams are looming.

But Sam’s mother has holiday plans and drags him off to a remote cottage in the middle of nowhere for some country air. No mobile phone, nettle soup and long walks are the rule. One such walk takes them to Ragman’s Hollow, a place the locals avoid with good reason.
It’s a place where people and animals go missing, never to be found.

That’s just superstitious nonsense, according to Sam’s mother. But there is no smoke without fire and Sam soon finds himself up against an old, very spiteful, and very tricky enemy.
He’s going to need every ounce of his cunning to stop the Ragman. But can he do it alone?

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Available to purchase on here

About the Author

Rhys A Jones was born in 1955 and grew up in a mining village in South Wales with his nose in a book and his head in the clouds. He managed to subdue his imagination long enough to carve out a career in medicine, writing whenever the chance arose.

The Merryweathers mysteries feature a boy and his more-than-meets-the-eye Granny Merryweather. The Curse of Wihtlea Barrows (previously the Dreables) and The Curse of Borage Doone have just been released as paperbacks with new covers and a new publisher (Wyrmwood). The third in the series entitled The Curse of Ragman’s Hollow is now available at last

Rhys is currently writing The Artefact Quintet featuring eleven-year-old Oz Chambers whose family inherits a ‘haunted’ house. His mother wants to leave, but Oz wants to unlock the house’s mysteries and uncovers a secret that will change his life forever.

Rhys also writes for adults as DC Farmer and Dylan Young

He has three grownup children who have emerged remarkably unscathed into adulthood. When not writing, he practices medicine and lives in darkest West Wales with his understanding (very) wife and dog.

Oh, and the Rhys is pronounced Reece–as in the actor Rhys Ifans of Mr Lovegood (Harry Potter) and The Lizard (The Amazing Spiderman) fame. Or perhaps it’s easier if you just think of Reece Witherspoon, though she is a lady.

 

Social Media Links

Author Website – https://jonestheauthor.com/rhys-a-jones-landing/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RAJonesauthor/

 

Giveaway to Win a signed copy of the Merryweathers Mysteries series (Open Internationally)

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Massive thanks to Rachel and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting us to take part.

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#CoverReveal Today I am taking part in the cover reveal for Singles, Set and Match by Elaine Spires @ElaineSWriter @rararesources

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Today I have the pleasure in taking part in the cover reveal for Singles, Set and Match by Elaine Spires. This is the fifth and final book in the series, which is due for release 1st July 2019 and is available to preorder.

Book Blurb

The fifth and final book in the Singles’ Series takes us to the Mediterranean island of Ibiza then back to the Caribbean island of Antigua, where it all began.

After making a hard decision two years earlier Eve Mitchell has moved on with the hand that life has dealt her and she finds herself on the White Island working a tennis holiday. While it isn’t a job she would have chosen, in her typical pragmatic way Eve gets on with it, working hard to ensure that her diverse group of singles, with their hopes, expectations character flaws and baggage, have the best time possible. And as she binds together tennis sessions, social gatherings, meals and trips Eve hears some tragic personal news that brings her to another crossroads in her life. Will she and the love of her life Melv finally make a life together and live happily ever after?

About the Author

Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea. Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series. Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019. Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019! Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.

Social Media Links

Facebook: Elaine Spires Author
Twitter: @ElaineSWriter
Instagram: elainespiresauthor

So lets have a drum roll please…. are you ready to see the latest cover in the ‘Singles’ series…..

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Available to preorder on Amazon UK & Amazon US

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Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today I am sharing my review for the truly superb – When All Is Said by Anne Griffin #WhenAllIsSaid #5* @AnneGriffin_

Today I am sharing my review for the truly superb When All Is Said by Anne Griffin, I took this book on holiday to Disney with me and was waking up early to be able to keep reading whilst everyone else slept.

I chose to bump When All Is Said up the TBR pile after reading so many fantastic reviews and I am so pleased that I did. This is a book based on a wonderful love story that takes you on a journey from childhood to marriage and through to old age. It is brimming with love, loss, commitment and regrets.

A wonderful story told from the perspective of Maurice who sits down in the very significant Rainford House Hotel one night and tells us his story accompanied by his five chosen drinks to toast the most important people in his life.

I loved this book and just had to keep reading, I chose this to read whilst on holiday and picked it back up every time I sat down and got up early as I was so keen to keep reading. A truly lovely story that will leave you with all of the emotions and feelings.

Book Blurb

If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said and done?

This is the story of Maurice Hannigan, who, over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at the Rainford House Hotel. With each he toasts a person vital to him: his doomed older brother, his troubled sister-in-law, his daughter of fifteen minutes, his son far off in America, and his late, lamented wife. And through these people, the ones who left him behind, he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves and triumphs.

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

Anne Griffin is an Irish novelist living in Ireland. Anne was awarded the John McGahern Award for Literature, recognising previous and current works. Amongst others, she has been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and the Sunday Business Post Short Story Award.

Anne’s debut novel ‘When All Is Said’ will be published by Sceptre in the UK and Ireland on 24th January, 2019 and by Thomas Dunne Books in the US and Canada on the 5th March, 2019. It will also be published by Rowohlt Verlag in Germany, Delcourt in France, by Harper Collins Holland in the Netherlands, by Wydawnictwo Czarna in Poland, and by Tyto Alba in Lithuania.

www.annegriffinwriter.com

Twitter – @AnneGriffin_

Posted in Blog Tour, Young Adult

#Blogtour #Review 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School by Bernard O’Keeffe #RandomThingsTours #10ThingsToDoBeforeYouLeaveSchool @BernardOKeeffe1 @AnneCater

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Today I am taking part in the blog tour for this brilliant YA book 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School by Bernard O’Keeffe. Many thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part.

When I read the blurb for this book it really jumped at me, the book is based around Ruby who has had a really bad year leading up to her final year in school. She lost her father unexpectedly and this book is about the aftermath and her trying to find her feet again in the world.

We meet Ruby as she is returning to school after being off for a long period of time, around the same time as she returns to school she finds a letter addressed to her from her father. The letter contains a list that helps her navigate her final year in school and helps her to feel close to her father again.

I found this a raw read as it captures the essence of loss alongside the grief and depression that accompanies the loss of a loved one. This book helps you relate to the every day pressures our children are experiencing  to fit nicely into society. It then adds the insight of how grief changes their feelings and perceptions about everything they have ever known.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to my teenager daughter, it highlights the thoughts and feelings surrounding the black cat and helps raise awareness to encourage our children to discuss mental health openly and hopefully feel that they aren’t alone with their feelings.

Massive praise to Bernard O’Keeffe for the delivery of this book and I will definitely be looking out for future releases.

Book Blurb

Ruby has had a difficult year to say the least. Just before she started Sixth Form, her father died from a heart attack. In the difficult months that followed Ruby became so depressed that she attempted suicide. She missed a lot of school, but now she’s about to go back and she’s worried. Is she well enough to get through her final year? Will the depression return? Should she apply to university? The night before term begins, Ruby finds something that makes the prospect even more daunting: an envelope addressed to her in her father’s handwriting. Inside is a list: ‘Ten Things I Hope You Do Before You Leave School’. It makes no sense. She can’t understand why he’d want her to do these things, let alone whether she’ll be able to do them.As Ruby navigates her way through UCAS, parties, boyfriends and A-Levels, she decides to give the list her best shot, but her efforts lead her into strange situations and to surprising discoveries. Will Ruby survive her last year at school? Can she do the ten things on The List? Will doing them make any difference?

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Available to purchase on Amazon

About the Author

Bernard O Keeffe Author Picture   After graduating from Oxford, Bernard O’Keeffe worked in advertising before training as a teacher. He taught for many years, first in a North London comprehensive, then at Radley College, where he was Head of English, and most recently at St Paul’s School in London, where he was Head of Sixth Form.

He has reviewed fiction for Literary Review and The Oxford Times and, as an editor of The English Review, has written over a hundred articles for A Level students on subjects ranging from Nick Hornby and Roddy Doyle to Jane Austen and Shakespeare. In 2013 he published his first novel, ‘No Regrets’.

Website: http://www.bernardokeeffe.com/

Twitter : @BernardOKeeffe1

 

 

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

#Preorder The Things I Know by Amanda Prowse #TheThingsIKnow #AmandaProwse @mrsamandaprowse

This week I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the superb upcoming release by Amanda Prowse The Things I Know. I love Amanda’s books, so I dove straight in and instantly loved Hitch I connected with her on a really personal level and could totally empathise with her thoughts and frustrations.

The Things I Know is due for release next month and I would highly recommend preordering as this is another 5* read from the wonderful Amanda Prowse.

My full review will follow in the next couple of weeks in the lead up to publication day 

Book Blurb

Thomasina ‘Hitch’ Waycott loves living and working on the remote family farm and B&B. But she also wants more. To see the world. To own her own home. To fall madly in love.

But those are fairy tales, and if her life is a fairy tale, then she’s the ugly duckling. Her deformed lip, her crooked limbs and her weak heart have kept her from taking chances. But that’s about to change.

When Grayson Potts comes to stay, he’s unlike anyone Thomasina has ever met. He’s aloof, eccentric and exceptionally kind. He’s also totally unconcerned with the physical flaws that have always defined Thomasina.

The two form a bond that neither has had before. It’s possible that it could become something more, but Thomasina also wonders if it’s too good to be true. By putting her heart on the line, Thomasina may open herself to heartbreak. But she may also open herself to so much more.

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Available to preorder here

About the Author

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author who has had twenty one novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’ and ‘The Girl in the Corner’ have sold millions of copies around the world.

Other novels by Amanda Prowse include ‘A Mother’s Story’ which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award and ‘Perfect Daughter’ that was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016. Amanda’s latest book ‘The Coordinates of Loss’ went straight to No.1 in Literary Fiction when it was launched. She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Queen of Family Drama.’

Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

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#CoverReveal The Dinner in the Sky by Anne John-Ligali #TheDinnerInTheSky @rararesources @annejohnligali

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Today I am very excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for The Dinner in the Sky by Anne John-Ligali, through Rachel’s Random Resources. The Dinner in the Sky is part 3 in the Friendships Online series, so let’s take a look at the book blurb to see what is happening in this instalment.

 

Book Blurb

After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back together and is on a mission to finally move on.

The thought of having her friends near is comforting as they take time out of their busy online lives and meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie premiere.

As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but they become more obnoxious.

By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However as Constance soon learns, the troll wants to destroy far more than that!

Breathtaking views of London.

Posh frocks and Paparazzi

But there’s definitely trouble in the air …

 

Here is a trailer give you a sneak peak before the big reveal, it looks fab and is making me want to preorder The Dinner in the Sky ready for publication day.

And as if the trailer wasn’t enough of a teaser there is also a playlist that accompanies the whole series. I love a book with a playlist as I feel it really brings alive the characters and story.

 Click here for the Spotify playlist

 

About the Author

Meet Anne.png Anne John-Ligali is a writer and found of Books and Authors UK, a website that features author interviews, cover reveals, blog posts, features and reviews. She loves all things books, going to book events and meeting other book worms. She has written her first series and is currently writing her first novel. 

When Anne is not writing she is likely to be playing with her kids, going for walks in the park, watching Netflix or thinking up more stories.  Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London she studies graphic design at the University of Arts and held a number of IT jobs in the city. Anne continues to write romantic comedies, women’s fiction, and has the desire to write a non-fiction book and a few children’s books. 

Social Media Links 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anne_johnligali/

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneJohnLigali

Author FB: https://www.facebook.com/annejohnligali/

http://www.annejohnligali.com

 

Anne’s Book Blog  (Books and Authors UK)

Books and Authors UK:  www.booksandauthors.co.uk

Books and Authors UK Twitter: https://twitter.com/BooksNAuthorsUK

Books and Authors UK Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Books-and-Authors-UK-674729805905507/

 

So lets have a drum roll please…. as I am rather in love with this cover and am very excited to be taking part in the blog tour later this month

 

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What a stunning cover, it looks truly magical and I can’t wait to read this book and share my review!

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#CoverReveal Today I am really excited to be joining in for the cover reveal for Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May #MeetMeinCockleberryBay @rararesources @nicolamay1

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Today I have the pleasure of joining Rachel’s Random Resources to help reveal the cover for Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay. This is the second book in the Cockleberry Bay series by Nicola May which is due for release on 5th July 2019 and is already available to preorder.

Book Blurb

The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.

Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences.

Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on.

With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.

 

About the Author

LowRes_DSC6798  Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

Social Media Links

Website – www.nicolamay.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/nicolamay1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/

 

Shall we take a peak at the cover now that you know you want to preorder ready as it sounds like the perfect holiday read….

 

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Available to preorder Amazon UK or Amazon US

 

I hope your all as excited as me to add this to your reading pile and read it over the summer. Thanks for taking part in the cover reveal today and please share this post to help spread the love.