Today I am taking part in the blog tour for the brilliant 5* read – It’s My Birthday by Hannah Pearl

It's My Birthday

Today I am excited to be taking part in the blog tour for It’s My Birthday, many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the offer to take part.

I absolutely loved this book from the first couple of chapters. The storyline covers off major life events relating to IVF and infertility in a sensitive manner whilst highlighting you don’t always know what people are dealing with and that happiness can be found when it is least expected.

Throughout this brilliant story I loved the dynamics between Elliot and Karen and how this is all built upon their random chance meeting. The characters were brilliantly written, totally loveable and made me connect with them instantly.

I picked this up expecting a light hearted read and was swept along on a brilliant journey with Karen, Elliot and Sophie that left me feeling emotional for all that they had experienced and what was yet to come.

A superb book that I loved reading cover to cover, a brilliant balance of emotion and humour and I am so pleased to be able to share my review and recommend you grab yourself a copy.

 

Book Blurb

… i’ll cry if I want to.
Oh boy, another birthday …
Karen could be excused for crying on her birthday, especially as it’s the first one since her husband got on a plane to the States and never came back. Then there’s the fact that her workmates were practically bribed to attend her birthday meal. But when a restaurant double booking leads to her sharing a table with single dad Elliot and his daughter, things start looking up.

As Karen gets to know Elliot she experiences feelings she thought she’d never have again. But is it enough? Or will the thing that destroyed Karen’s previous relationship also ruin things with Elliot?

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon UK / US

Its My Birthday Author Photo  About the Author

Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.

She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.

In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.

Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

Blog – dizzygirlwrites.wordpress.com 

Twitter https://twitter.com/HannahPearl_1

Today I am sharing my review for the lovely light hearted – Poppys Recipe for Life by Heidi Swain

I was really excited to see Heidi Swain was releasing a new book and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

Poppy is a brilliant, vibrant character who loves to help those around her and befriends anyone who comes into contact with her. Poppy has a dysfunctional relationship with her Mother and has worked hard to move on and establish a life for herself. Just as Poppy thinks she is getting to move to her dream home, her Mother makes contact and causes her to alter her plans.

Poppys Recipe for Life is a wonderful story about community spirit, friendship and rebuilding trust and relationships. I loved everything about this book from the communal gardens to the brilliant recipe cards, the book oozed character and everyone will fall in love with the kind heard Poppy.

A superb light hearted read that will inspire you to want to spend more time in the garden growing your own produce to then create wonderful food in your kitchen.

 

Book Blurb

Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life but her dreams are finally within her reach.

She’s moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square, close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior belies.

But the unexpected arrival of Poppy’s troubled younger brother soon threatens her new-found happiness and as the garden team works together to win community space of the year, Poppy must decide where her priorities lie and what she is prepared to fight for …

 

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Available to preorder on Amazon, due for release in May 2019

 

About the Author

Heidi Swain is the Sunday Times Top Ten best-selling author of SLEIGH RIDES AND SILVER BELLS AT THE CHRISTMAS FAIR. Her other titles include The Cherry Tree Café, Summer at Skylark Farm, Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market, Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage and Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland.

Heidi lives in beautiful south Norfolk with her family and a mischievous cat called Storm. She is passionate about gardening, the countryside, collecting vintage paraphernalia and reading. Her tbr pile is always out of control!

Heidi loves to chat with her readers and you can get in touch via her website heidiswain.co.uk/ or Twitter @Heidi_Swain

Today I am sharing my review for the superb – The Passengers by John Marrs

Today I am really excited to share my review for The Passengers by John Marrs as I absolutely loved this book.

After hearing lots of fantastic reviews, I picked this up to read on my train journey to the Leeds TBC meet and then became so invested in reading the book I didn’t want to put it back down.

The concept of this book is genius, the characters are brilliant whilst flawed and the whole narration of the book is superb.

In the current world where AI continues to grow and develop, this book is a revelation without being far fetched. John Marrs is a superb story teller who always brings something different to the table. This book makes you think, contemplate and reflect. I have struggled to pick up another book after finishing this at the beginning of the week as it has left me with a real book hangover. I loved it beginning to end and would highly recommend it.

 

Book Blurb

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon, currently just 99p

 

About the Author

John Marrs is the author of #1 Best Sellers The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, Welcome to Wherever You Are and Her Last Move. The One has been translated into 20 different languages and is to be turned into a a ten-part Netflix series in 2019.

After working as a journalist for 25-years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines, he is now a full-time writer. His sixth book, The Passengers, is set for release in April 2019.

Follow him on Twitter: @johnmarrs1 Facebook: @johnmarrsauthor Instagram: @johnmarrs.author website: johnmarrsauthor.co.uk

 

Today I am sharing my review for The House at Greenacres by Darcie Boleyn

I love Darcie Boleyn her books always reel me in and make me want to keep reading and this book was no exception, I am excited that this is the first book in the Penhallow  Sands series. A fabulous light hearted read about love, trust, loss, heartbreak and moving on.

Holly fled her beautiful home the previous year due to heartbreak but the loss of her Grandfather brings her and baby Luke home to help her Father & Grandmother at her childhood home.

A lovely light hearted read, set in a beautiful location that will make you smile and leaves you with a magical fuzzy feeling. Another superb read by Darcie Boleyn that I didn’t want to end and I am already looking forward to the next visit to Holly at Penhallow Sands.

 

Book Blurb

All roads lead home…

When Holly Morton fled Penhallow Sands nearly a year ago she was determined to put the past – and Rich Turner – behind her. But now an unexpected loss and financial trouble has led her back to the family vineyard and it’s time to tell Rich the truth – he’s a father.

Surrounded by the memories of what they once shared Holly’s anger fades in the glow of Rich’s undeniable love for their son and the way he selflessly steps in to help the vineyard out of trouble. As Holly watches Rich flourish in his new role as father to baby Luke, she realises that though they can’t change the past, the future is still theirs to write…

 

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Available to purchase here

About the Author

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

Today I am excited to be helping kick off the blog tour for Maybe Baby by Carol Thomas

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Maybe Baby hosted by Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources. This is the second book in the Lisa Blake series and can be read as part of the series or as a standalone book.

I love a feel good read and this book is a brilliant mix of fun, laughter and occasionally makes you want to shed a tear.

Felicity is a busy Mum of four children who she adores but feels she has become just a Mum and is losing herself along the way. Whilst Lisa has returned to her childhood home after fleeing her previous relationship and is working hard to grow her business.

I loved the friendship between Lisa & Felicity and how as you continued to read you got to know these lovely ladies and see how they continued to rekindle their childhood friendship. A superb light hearted read that I loved from the first few pages, I fell in love with Lisa’s four legged friends and the escaping kittens.

I can’t wait to see what surprises are in store for Lisa and hope there will be more books in this brilliant series.

 

Book Blurb

Just when you thought you had it all worked out …

Best friends Lisa and Felicity think  – maybe, just maybe – they finally have everything sorted out in their lives.

Lisa is in a happy relationship with her old flame, and busy mum Felicity has managed to reignite the passion with her husband, Pete after a romantic getaway.

But when Lisa walks in on a half-naked woman in her boyfriend’s flat and Felicity is left reeling from a shocking discovery, it becomes clear that life is nothing but full of surprises …

 

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Available to purchase Amazon UK / US

 

Maybe Baby Author Photo  Author Bio

Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively young Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in primary schools for over fifteen years, before dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and people watching and can often be found loitering in local cafes working on her next book.

Carol writes contemporary romance novels, with relatable heroines whose stories are layered with emotion, sprinkled with laughter and topped with irresistible male leads.

Social Media Links –

If you would like to stay upto date with Carol and her releases you can check out her social media links below:

Website – http://carol-thomas.co.uk

Facebook – http://facebook.com/carolthomasauthor

Twitter – http://twitter.com/carol_thomas2

Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.co.uk/carol_thomas2/

Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/carol_thomas2/

Blog – http://carol-thomas.co.uk/blog

 

#PriceDrop #MothersDayPromo Reflected Destinies by Florence Keeling #reflecteddestinies @KeelingFlorence @rararesources

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Today is my turn to share the price drop blitz for Reflected Destinies by Florence Keeling hosted by Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources.

Reflected Destinies has been reduced to half price on Kindle to celebrate Mother’s Day and the offer is valid Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April.

Book Blurb

Laura is happy and content, she has a new boyfriend and loves her job teaching primary school pupils in London.  But when she inherits a rundown house from a stranger on her 30th birthday, memories of her prom night come flooding back, memories of a scary encounter and an antique mirror in the very same house.


Laura visits the house with all its secrets and as she unravels the clues she reveals the biggest secret of all: her own destiny.  But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?

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Available to purchase here 

 

About the Author

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day.  She is married with two teenage chidren.  Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton.  Reflected Destinies is her first novel.

Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/florence.keeling.7
Twitter – https://twitter.com/KeelingFlorence
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/florence.keeling/

Today I am delighted to be helping kick off the blog tour for Island in the Sun by Janice Horton @janicehorton @rararesources

Island In The Sun

Today I am helping to kick off the blog tour for Island in the Sun, a massive thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

Island in the Sun is a lovely story about the beautiful Caribbean Island that Isla grew up on after losing her parents as a child. Due to an event that happened many years ago she was sent away and has never returned or seen her Aunt Kate again.

I loved this idyllic island, the descriptions were brilliant and I loved how remote it was and the small community it had in residence.

This book took Isla on a journey through Aunt Kate’s journals to discover events that had happened in the past to help her understand her Aunt and all the events that had taken place whilst her Aunt had resided on the island.

A book full of love and lost opportunity, a true demonstration of why you should grab each day and do what makes you happy.

 

Book Blurb

When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez. Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten-years before. She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate. She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?

 

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Available to purchase here

About the Author

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Janice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.

Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

To stay upto date with Janice and her adventures you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bookbub or visit her website

 

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Happy Monday, let’s start the week with a 5* review – The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech #theliontamerwholost #lovethesmellofabook @louisewriter

Wow what a book, this is the rare gem of a book that you pick up and become some immersed in that time passes you by and you genuinely feel bereft when you reach the end of the story as you felt the characters had become your friends during the journey.

That is exactly how I felt reaching the end of this wonderful poignant story. This book is a beautiful story of love and loss that takes you on a journey with Ben to the Lion reserve in Africa hoping to find answers to many unanswered questions. Ben and Andrew are everything to eachother and sometimes the people you love the most are the ones you end up hurting the most for all the right reasons.

Once I had picked this book up, I struggled to put it down as I was so keen to see how Ben’s journey would play out and whether on his return be able to salvage a relationship with Andrew.

A superb read that holds a little something for everyone, it takes you on a beautiful and emotional journey that will leave you feeling sad and a little lost when you reach the end.

 

Book Blurb

Be careful what you wish for…
Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes he hadn’t…

Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it? What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?

A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart…

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

Louise’s short stories have won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting twice for the Bridport Prize and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Her first play, Afloat, was performed at Hull Truck Theatre in 2012. She also wrote a ten-year newspaper column for the Hull Daily Mail.

Her debut novel, How to be Brave, was a Guardian Readers’ pick in 2015. The Sunday Mirror called Maria in the Moon quirky, darkly comic, original and heartfelt, and The Lion Tamer Who Lost was described as ‘engrossing and captivating’ by the Daily Express.

Link to her website – http://louisebeech.co.uk/

Today I am excited to be joining in the publication day celebrations for The Pieces of You and Me by Rachel Burton #blogtour #cherrypop @rararesources @bookish_yogi

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When asked to take part in this blog tour I was really excited as I haven’t read a book by Rachel Burton before and I love to read new authors and the blurb really jumped out at me.  Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part and share my review on The Pieces of You and Me.

My Thoughts on The Pieces of You and Me

I found myself quickly caught in the bubble of Jess’ life when I picked up this book and felt a connection to her character based around some of her experiences being so similar to my own. Once I had started I was keen to keep reading and find out who Rupert was and just what connection he had with Jess and whether this was a connection that could be revived.

An uplifting story from start to finish about the highs and lows of life and how it can throw you curve balls you don’t anticipate and how you learn to deal with them. I loved Rupert & Jess they were brilliant characters and I felt like I was cheering them on from the sidelines throughout, hoping they would be able to reconnect and find their happily ever after.

 

Book Blurb

They say time can heal all wounds…

When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.

But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us. 

Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on social media Twitter, Instagram , Facebook or follow her blog.She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

 

 

Today I am sharing my review for the brilliant Time Will Tell by Eva Jordan

I jumped at the chance to read Time Will Tell by Eva Jordan the third and final instalment for the TBC reviewer group when I had the opportunity as I have loved the previous books in this series.

In this story the family are still reeling from the loss of a pivotal family member the previous Christmas and the events that had taken place in the lead up. I found this a cleverly crafted book that reminded me of key moments from the previous books whilst telling a new and different story by looping back to the 1960’s and Lizzie’s early childhood. As the book picks up pace events that have taken place in the 1960’s start to bear relevance in present day and buried secrets start to come to light.

I loved this book and couldn’t put it down for the final 40%, I was absolutely hooked by the way it built the story up and pulled the past and present together.

A truly superb book with some emotional and poignant moments throughout. It was lovely to learn more about Lizzie’s beloved Dad and her childhood and felt this book pulled the trilogy to a close perfectly.

Book Blurb

Writer, Lizzie Lemalf, and her loving but somewhat dysfunctional family are still grieving over the loss of a much-loved family member. Lizzie is doing her best to keep her family together but why does the recent death of a well-known celebrity have them all in a spin? The police suspect foul play; Lizzie and other family members suspect one another. Lizzie begins searching for answers only to find herself being dragged back to the past, to 1960’s London to be exact, and to the former life of her father, that up until now she has never been privy to. Every family has its secrets but how can the past hold the key to a present day celebrity death? They say the past comes back to haunt you. Surely the truth will out? Maybe, but only time will tell…

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon

About the Author

Eva Jordan was born in Kent but has lived most of her life in a small Cambridgeshire town. She describes herself as a lover of words, books, travel and chocolate, and is also partial to the odd glass or two of wine. Eva is both a mum and step mum to four adult children, all of whom have, at times, inspired her writing and her family based novels. Her career has been varied including working for the library service and at a women’s refuge. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Eva also writes a monthly column for a local magazine and says storytelling through the art of writing is her passion. 183 Times A Year is Eva’s debut novel, followed by All The Colours In Between, and Time Will Tell.