Today I am delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs #coverreveal #alittlehotelincornwall @paperdollwrites hosted by @rararesources

A Little Hotel in Cornwall Cover Reveal

Today I am excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs which is due for release on 30th April.

Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to be involved.

 

Book Blurb

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance. 

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too. 

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

Cover Reveal

I love this cover, it is so bright and cheerful and I hope you do as well! I can’t wait to read and share my review on the upcoming Blog Tour as I love Cornwall love the sound of this light hearted read.

Cover Reveal-A Little Hotel in Cornwall

Available to preorder here 

 

About the Author

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Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

To stay upto date with Laura and upcoming releases you can follow her on Facebook & Twitter

Today I am sharing my review for the brilliant The Sister’s Secrets: Reen (Book 2) by Katlyn Duncan #TBConFB #RR @katlyn_duncan

Reen was a recommendation and is the second book in the The Sister’s Secrets trilogy, I have read the instalment about Reen as a standalone book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am now keen to go back and read the first book and get to know more about Rose’s story.

Reen has returned to her childhood home after leaving abruptly eight years ago and during this story she is dealing with her conflicting emotions since returning to her childhood home and all of the feelings that she buried when she had left.

During this story she starts to build bridges with her sister and comes to understand more about an experience her sister had in the sea as a child which also leads to them asking more questions about their family beyond their parents.

I am now really excited to read the final instalment of the story which is due for release in April.

 

Book Blurb

The truth will always rise to the surface…

When Reen left The Burrow eight years ago, she had no intention of returning to her idyllic seaside hometown. Withdrawn and isolated from her family after the tragic death of her father, there was no reason to stay.

But when her sister, Rose, reaches out with news about their mother she has no choice but to go back.

Forced to confront her demons she runs into her childhood sweetheart, Brody, who still sends her heart into a flutter. But can Reen finally learn let go of the past and find the happiness she truly deserves?

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

Coming from a small town in Western Mass, Katlyn Duncan always had her head in the clouds. Working as a scientist for most of her adult life, she enjoyed breaking down the hows and whys of life.

As a full-time author and freelance writer, she’s published eight novels in four years. If she’s not writing, she’s obsessing over many (many) television series’.

She currently resides in Southern New England with her family. Check out more about her writing and current TV addiction in her newsletter, and on Instagram and Twitter!

http://www.katlynduncan.com

I have just finished the superb Dear Rosie Hughes by Melanie Hudson #dearrosiehughes #lovethesmellofabook @melanie_hudson_ @harperimpulse

Wow where do I start, I picked this book up after hearing fab reviews and I literally couldn’t put it down.

Rosie Hughes has had a really tough few years and has signed up for a mission to Iraq hoping to find some closure, this story is an exchange of letters to her friends and family during her 6 month posting.

I loved this book from the very first letter, the insight it provided to being a woman on the frontline and the emotional rollercoaster experienced for both Rosie and her family. A story full of love, where Rosie rebuilds relationships and stripped away from the daily grind establishes the direction she wants her life to take.

A beautiful story from start to finish that I highly recommend and left me bereft when I had finished.

Book Blurb

The best friendships are worth fighting for…

It’s been fifteen years since Aggie’s friendship with Rosie Hughes ended abruptly. But now she’s heard from the village rumour mill that Rosie is off to war, she knows her best friend needs her more than ever – despite what’s happened between them in the past.

As Rosie faces a desert full of danger and Aggie falls further from the path to love she’ so wants, the two friends write each other letters.

The comfort in their shared words is an anchor to the life they knew before…and the only constant in a world as increasingly unpredictable as the wind.

Available to purchase on Amazon

About the Author

Melanie Hudson was born in Yorkshire in 1971, the youngest of six children. Her earliest memory is of standing with her brother on the street corner selling her dad’s surplus vegetables (imagine The Good Life in Barnsley and you’re more or less there).

After running away to join the British armed forces in 1994, Melanie experienced a career that took her around the world on some exciting adventures. In 2010, when she returned to civilian life to look after her young son, on a whim, she moved to Dubai where she found the time to write women’s fiction. She now lives in Cornwall with her family.

Her debut, The Wedding Cake Tree, won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Contemporary Romance Novel of the Year 2016

Love the Smell of a Book’s – January Monthly Round Up

I have had a manic January, taking part in my first blog tours and cover reveals which has been really exciting and I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for offering me places to take part.

I have read and reviewed 10 brilliant books in January and been lucky enough to read some memorable books over a variety of genres, which have made me laugh, cry and read passages aloud as I have loved them so much. I have also had the privilege to speak to some lovely authors about their books.

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My 5* Read of the Month – Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews was my 5* read of the month which is due for release and the end of February, the eye catching cover won me over and I loved that it was based on a farm – click here for my full review

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Most Memorable Read of the Month – Something to Live For by Richard Roper – I love having the chance to read a book by a new author and was fascinated and intrigued by Andrew and was keen to keep reading and learn about his story – full review to follow later this week.

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Thanks to everyone for all your likes and shares, I am looking forward to reading and sharing more fantastic books throughout February.

Today I am sharing my review for Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews – @carolematthews

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I love Carole Matthews books and was really excited to receive an email about the upcoming release of this book.

The eye catching book cover won me over and I loved that it was based on a farm and I was excited to get stuck in. Happiness for Beginners is a light hearted and humorous read that took me on a journey away from the bleak winter weather. From the first page this book pulled me in and didn’t let go until the very last page.

A fantastic story about the lovely Hope Farm with some brilliantly quirky animals and the lovely Molly who wants to help children who don’t necessarily sit within the normal behavioural constraints and rules of school.

I loved this book and whilst reading it I became more and more emotionally invested in Molly, I love a book that triggers my emotions and makes me relate to the characters on an emotional level.

 

Book Blurb

Molly Baker is living her best life.

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven’t thrived in mainstream education. It’s full on, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn’t fazed.

But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there’s the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of – could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?

 

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Available to preorder on Amazon

 

About the Author

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Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of thirty-two novels, including the Top Ten bestsellers Let’s Meet on Platform 8, A Whiff of Scandal, For Better, For Worse, A Minor Indiscretion, With or Without You, The Cake Shop in the Garden, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, A Cottage by the Sea, The Chocolate Lovers’ Club, The Chocolate Lovers’ Christmas, The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding, Million Love Songs and her current novel, Christmas Cakes & Mistletoe Nights. Carole has also been awarded the RNA Outstanding Achievement Award. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world.

For all the latest news from Carole, visit www.carolematthews.com, follow Carole on Twitter and Instagram  or join the thousands of readers who have become Carole’s friend on Facebook .

Cover Reveal – A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green #coverreveal @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources

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Today I am delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green. I love a story that involves food as it always appeals to the foodie in me and what beats a bakery with an eye catching spring themed book cover!

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

Book Blurb

Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are finally coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy – until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?

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Available to preorder on Amazon UK / US

 

About the Author

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Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

If you would like to stay upto date with Rosie Green, please follow her on Twitter

 

 

Today I am taking part in the Book Birthday Blitz for The Cocktail Bar by Isabella May #bookbirthdayblitz @isabellamaybks @rararesources

Today I am very excited to be taking part in the birthday celebrations for this brilliant book.

I loved this book from the description of the first cocktail and how River came to be in possession of a secret ingredient for 3 special people. This is a story focused around destructive behaviours and the power of change, mixed with a little positivity all laced with a little magic.

A brilliant concept to base the book upon that leaves you wondering what is in the magical cocktail. A book that will leave you with an anchoring for your favourite cocktail.

Book Blurb

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.
Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one.

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic.

Cake, cocktail, and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life’s ‘rules’.

Stay up to date with Isabella May through her Website or on social media via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Giveaway – Win a signed copy of Oh! What A Pavlova (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I a not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

For your chance to win – Enter here

Cover Reveal – Return To Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale #coverreveal @emilyharvale @rararesources

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Today I am delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for Return to Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale. I absolutely love the colour theme for this beautiful book cover and already love the sound of this book!

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

Book Blurb

Life couldn’t be better for Mia and her friends in Little Pondale – until tragedy strikes…

Mia Ward is on cloud nine after a magical Christmas and New Year and she isn’t the only one. Everyone on Lily Pond Lane seems to be living in blissful harmony. Until tragedy strikes… not once, but twice. And as Hettie Turner points out: ‘Bad things always come in threes.’

Whilst the other residents of Little Pondale are wondering what might happen next, Mia is busy worrying about her friends and trying to help them with their grief. But she needs to be careful. Just when she thought she had everything, there’s a very real chance she might lose the only thing she truly wants.

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Available to preorder on Amazon

 

About the Author

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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.

If you would like to stay upto date with Emily Harvale and her latest releases then please visit her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

 

 

Scott Family Short Stories Blog Tour by Amanda Paull #blogtour #scottfamilyshortstories @apaullfiction @rararesources

Today I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for the Scott Family Short Stories by Amanda Paull

Let’s Dance (Book 1)

When Shona drags Laura along to dance classes as her latest keep fit fad, she doesn’t expect to enjoy the classes or find love.

I laughed throughout this story, I loved Laura’s slightly eccentric family and found myself remembering the horrors of when you first introduce your new boyfriend to your parents and want the ground to swallow you up.

Book Blurb

She’s helping out a friend. His dad’s hip’s gone. Could a farcical mix-up lead to love?

Ballroom dancing is the last thing Laura wants to try. But her best friend is desperate to meet a hip-swinging Adonis, so before she knows it, Laura is cha cha cha-ing in the back of the Dog and Duck with nerdy Ben. At least no one else need ever find out. No such luck. Her mother is armed with a social media page and dangerous. The shenanigans begin. What a pity Ben’s now looking rather dapper. Will he scarper? Or is Ben made of sterner stuff?
If you like innocent, laugh-out-loud family mayhem, you’ll love Let’s Dance, the first Scott Family.

Available to purchase from Amazon UK / US

A Christmas Day Kerfuffle (Book 2)

This is the second short story in this hilarious series, during the first story we were introduced to Laura, Ben and her comedy value family.

In this funny short story we are joining them on Christmas day where Laura is spending the day with her family and her new boyfriend. The antics are guaranteed to make you giggle and squirm as we all remember that feeling of when your new boyfriend first encounters your slightly bonkers family.

A read full of comedy gold that follows on from the first story or could also can be enjoyed as a standalone

Book Blurb

A blooming romance. A trapped poodle. Can their relationship survive the madness?

After a shaky start, Laura and Ben are now getting along great. So much so that Laura dares to invite him for a Christmas Day brunch with her family. As the good tidings commence, a horrifying discovery is made. Freddie, the family poodle, is trapped. Will the ensuing biblical scale mayhem sound the death knell for Laura and Ben’s budding romance? Or is he just a glutton for punishment?

If you enjoyed Let’s Dance, you’ll love A Christmas Day Kerfuffle, the second Scott Family Short Story, by Amanda Paull. Download it today to discover whether love prevails, and Freddie cooks.

Available to purchase on Amazon – UK / US

Other Retailers – https://www.books2read.com/u/boZqd1

Fenella’s Fabulous Fountain Fondue (Book 3)

A brilliant final instalment to these short stories, I was laughing from the offset when they were trying to choose an outfit for Fenella’s party

These stories are brilliant light hearted reads that will make you roll your eyes and giggle throughout.

Book Blurb

It’s the day of the party. Laura and Ben are in love. But could a posh marshmallow put the kibosh on their relationship?

They’ve survived Scott Family mayhem twice so far, and now Laura and Ben’s relationship is rock solid. They are having a wonderful time at the Grand Hotel, relaxing in the spa and putting the final touches to Ben’s mother’s 85th birthday party preparations. It’s all going to plan.

Fenella loves her party. The two families get along fabulously. It’s a marvellous do. What could possibly go wrong?

Download the third Scott Family Short Story today to discover whether the Scotts have a cheeky little surprise of their own for long-suffering Ben and Laura.

Available to purchase from Amazon UK / US

About the Author

Amanda Paull is a writer of humorous romantic fiction. She lives in the North East of England with her husband and works in the public sector. The inspiration for her stories comes from real life, which she tries to show the funnier side of by embellishing to the hilt.

Amanda’s Website: http://www.amandapaull.co.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Apaullfiction
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Apaullfiction

Oh What a Pavlova by Isabella May #bookreview #lovethesmellofabook @isabellamaybks

I love the food, drink and location themes that run through Isabella May’s books.

Daniel is a domineering husband who is a bully with increasingly violent tendencies and this story focuses on the split personality that Kate develops as a coping mechanism. I found this a brilliant book that holds an important message about the impacts of domestic abuse and the effects on your mental health as well as the physical marks that are left behind.

A book that takes you on a journey with Kate through the wonders of cake, I highly recommend this book and can see why it has been so popular with readers.

Book Blurb

Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

Available to buy on Amazon

Book Details

Total pages – 297

Published by Crooked Cat Books in 2017

Follow Isabella May on Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

Visit her Facebook page – Isabella May