Friday, 31 January 2014

Romancing the Soul by Sarah Tranter

Your Soul Mate is out there! Let a past life lead the way
Rachael Jones hasn't exactly chosen an average career path. She's a 'past-life regressionist' and is now hoping to help her clients find their Soul Mates through reconnecting them with their past lives. But despite her best intentions, there are problems. Rachael made the mistake of regressing her best friend, Susie Morris, who has since been haunted by events that occurred in her past life.

When Susie meets Hollywood actor, George Silbury in unlikely circumstances, she is completely unprepared for her reactions. There's an intense mutual attraction that neither can explain nor ignore.

Can George help Susie to overcome the sense of desolation she feels as the result of her past life regression or will history's habit of repeating itself ruin all chances of her finding happiness?



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Rachel is a past life regressionist, using her gift to help others find their soul mates. But whilst some have amazing experiences under the influence of Rachel's 'gift', others have learnt the hardway that the 'gift' can backfire.
Susie, Rachel's friend is haunted by her past life following being regressed, memories of events from her past life are effecting her current life.
But when Susie meets George can the two focus on their attraction and overcome the past....

I absolutely loved Susie & George, especially George. WOW, he is an incredible man, in fact the only thing that I didn't like about George, is that he isn't real.
I longed for him and Susie to work out, they are characters that felt like friends, people who you want to have happiness.

I found the topic of this book fascinating, to be paired off on the basis of your past life had me instantly intrigued and thankfully Sarah Tranter delivered a story that held my expectations and delivered so much more.
The twist that happened came at me from nowhere and left me in awe.

An intriguing tale of romance that is a must read!

5/5

A big thank you to Choclit for sending me a copy to review.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Wolf Bride by Elizabeth Moss

Hilary Mantel meets Sylvia Day: the first instalment in a deliciously erotic trilogy, set against the sumptuous backdrop of the scandal-ridden Tudor Court.

England, 1536
Bound to him against her will...
Lord Wolf, hardened soldier and expert lover, has come to King Henry VIII's court to claim his new bride: a girl who has intrigued him since he first saw her riding across the Yorkshire moors.
Eloise Tyrell, now lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne Boleyn, has other ideas. She has no desire to submit to a man she barely knows and who - though she is loath to admit it - frightens her not a little.
Then comes that first kiss...
It awakens in both a fierce desire that bares them to the soul. But as the court erupts into scandal around the ill-fated Queen, Eloise sees first-hand what happens when powerful men tire of their wives.

Dare she surrender her body and her heart?



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I have a bit of a fascination with Anne Boleyn, there's something about the Queen that intrigues me but let's not fool around, I read this book because it promised passion, lust and sex!
But whilst it delivered all of the above, I also found myself captivated in what ultimately was a story of romance, a story that was beautifully woven with a historical thread.

Eloise comes across as a quiet woman who doesn't stand up for herself, but don't be fooled this lady knows how to pick her battles, paired with Lord Wolf, they don't seem an instant match but deep within you could sense a spark, an aim to please from both of them.
It made for gripping reading and I found I couldn't put the book down when especially when it started to mention Queen Anne's trial,

I loved getting the snippets of how Wolf was feeling, how he hung on to that memory of Eloise as a girl.
I felt this added a sweetness to his character, a fact that meant I liked him even at his most bitter.

There's something special about a book that can give immensely detailed sexual liaisons and not lack a story surrounding these pages.
I've found several times that a book can have a lot of character chemistry but no drive within the characters, when they aren't in bed.
Elizabeth Moss definitely delivers a sexually charged story that will keep you turning the pages.
Even at the end we are left wanting more and ready to follow two of the stories protagonists into their own book.

I apologise for my review, but I blame Elizabeth Moss, because all I keep thinking about is what's going to happen to Hugh and Susannah in the second book in the series,
With a bombshell dropped at the end, I'm distressed waiting to find out the rest of their story.

5/5

A huge thank you to Emilie at Hodder for sending me a copy to review.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Little Book of BIG Wisdom by Debbie Huxton

Debbie is well known for her ‘huxisms’ – short, to-the-point, no nonsense quotes that give people the jolt they need to be honest with themselves and take the first steps to changing their lives.
They are the little building blocks of her BIG Wisdom – borne from her own experiences of meeting challenges, rising above the negative and creating a better, more enriched and fulfilling life.
She uses them in her speeches and on her motivational Twitter feed, and has been told time after time how they have resonated with individuals – and been a catalyst for people to dig deep and deal with stuff. They help people deal with ‘that thing’ – whatever it may be – that has been holding them back. It was this feedback that inspired Debbie to compile her Little Book of BIG Wisdom, collecting those nuggets together for people to dip into each day.
The resulting ‘Debbie Huxton’s Little Book of BIG Wisdom’ is a beautifully presented, pocket-sized gem of food-for-thought.



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On Monday evening I was lucky enough to attend the launch for Debbie Huxton’s Little Book of BIG Wisdom’.
The event was an inspiring night, full of inspirational stories and positive thinking.
Both myself and my friend Holly were left in awe at Debbie's story.

The evening was touching, heart warming and truly inspiring.

I took a few pictures of the event:
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Debbie sharing her story.
Holly and Debbie.
A toast to the night)



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There is something magical about someone who can share their story and inspire others.
Debbie had a room full of people hanging on her every word and shedding tears with emotion.

A big thank you for inviting me and Holly for a wonderful evening.

Read on further for my review:


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It's January, the month where most people find themselves looking to the year ahead and focusing on their goals for the coming months.
But sometimes to achieve the things we want in life, it's nice to have some inspiration/motivation and that's where the Little Book of BIG wisdom comes in.

In a handy pocket sized book Debbie Huxton, offers words of wisdom for help in achieving any goal and looking to the positives in life.

With wonderful quotes that can help with any occasion, this is a lovely book you carry around for when you need a gentle nudge in the right direction!

5/5



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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Extraordinary Retribution - Erec Stebbins Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Extraordinary Retribution tour!


Find out all the information on Erec Stebbins' new political thriller that readers are calling 'dark' and 'engrossing', plus enter the tour giveaway for the chance to win yourself a signed copy of this chilling novel.


 
 

Unknown-315What they say:


'Sometimes evil is not born of madness, but madness of evil.


A rogue CIA agent partners with the brother of a slain colleague to uncover a conspiracy deep in the intelligence community. But a shadow follows them: a killer bent on a revenge so terrible, it is only matched by the crimes committed against him. In the end, no one escapes unscathed, no beliefs will go unchallenged, and no wrong will escape the terrible, final, and extraordinary retribution.'
 


Today’s review is brought to you by my brother Jamie (Twitter: @xjammacx) .
Jamie lives in the West Midlands with his wife and daughter. He is an avid reader and enjoys reading on his commute to and from work.
One of his favourite books (ok it’s a trilogy) is The Lord of the Ring’s, a series that thankfully wasn’t ruined when it made it to the big screen.
Although Jamie still tries to read frequently, his reading choices have altered slightly since the birth of his daughter and he can now quote Rapunzel word for word.

Review:
"You just read a book and then write a review, this should be easy" I told myself when I was handed Erec Stebbins' Extraordinary Retribution to read. The problem is it's not easy especially when the book is as good as this one is. I could just give it 5 stars and write "Superb" underneath but this book deserves more, much more.

The 3 main characters, Father Francisco Lopez, Agent Sara Houston and "the Wraith" manage to portray the best and worst in all of us whilst the organisations they fight against prove the old adage that absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Extraordinary Retribution is not a book about saving a person a nation or the world deep down it's about saving our humanity. At a time when church attendances are at an all time low and people are becoming more aware of the extreme's governments will go to in the name of national security it's fitting that a flawed priest dealing with the loss of his brother and a crisis of faith finds himself helping a disillusioned CIA agent fight against a cartel of power brokers and an evil created by the country she is sworn to protect.

Stebbins has clearly thought about where he wants to take his readers and does so at breakneck speed. I was pulled from the first page to the last word by a thrilling tale which at times, beautifully, blurred the line between protagonist and antagonist of how the more extreme actions in the fight against terrorism could backfire against the perpetrators.

A fantastic read which I hope the author will follow up on.
5/5


 

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Erec Stebbins is a biomedical researcher who writes political and international thrillers, science fiction, narrated storybooks, and more.


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Monday, 27 January 2014

COVER REVEAL: The Guestbook by Holly Martin

Today I am excitedly bringing you the cover for the eagerly awaited valentines release
The Guestbook!
19 days to goooooooooooooo



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Welcome to Willow Cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze and make yourself completely at home. Oh, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook!

As landlady of Willow Cottage, the young widow Annie Butterworth is always on hand with tea, sympathy or strong Norfolk cider - whatever her colourful array of guests require. A flick through the messages in the leather-bound cottage guestbook gives a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of everyone who passes through her doors.

This includes Annie herself - especially now celebrity crime writer Oliver Black, is back in town. He might grace the covers of gossip magazines with a different glamorous supermodel draped on his arm every week, but to Annie, he’s always just been Olly, the man who Annie shared her first kiss with.

Through the pages of the Guestbook Annie and Olly, along with all the guests that arrive at the seaside retreat, struggle with love, loss, mystery, joy, happiness, guilt…and the odd spot of naked rambling!

Forget sending postcards saying 'wish you were here' - one visit to Willow Cottage and you’ll wish you could stay forever.

COVER REVEAL: Millie and the American Proposal by Annabel Scott

Today I am excited to be bringing you the cover image for Millie and the American Proposal, I love the colours and the style of this cover, it links in perfectly with the rest of the series and has left me eager for publication day!



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Millie’s boyfriend James gets offered a job in Singapore, he accepts, thinking that she’ll give up her job and go with him. Only Millie gets offered a work secondment to New York which is too good an opportunity to turn down. When she arrives in the city, she soon discovers that she’s not the only one new in town; her ex-boyfriend, Rob, is back, and he’s separated from his wife. It’s time for Millie to work out what she wants from life. She’s got to decide whether she’s Team James or Team Rob as she gets her very own American Proposal.

Totes Ridictionary by Balthazar Cohen

Totes! Ridic! Amazeballs! Obvs! Adorbs! Sound familiar?
If you have an internet connection, chances are that you recognize words like these. The Totes Ridictionary will help you survive life in a world where text-message abbreviations and Twitter slang are dancing on the grave of the Oxford New English Dictionary. Everywhere you look - in emails, tweets, Facebook posts, text messages, blogs and even real-life conversations - Totes Ridicheads are abbreviating words, communicating in internet acronyms, and embracing hashtags as a way of life. And whether you find it entertaining or irritating, sooner or later you'll need to put the 'amaze' in 'balls' and become fluent in Totes Ridicularity. It's packed with 'hilar' illustrations featuring internet-addicted pets and smart-phone-savvy pop art, and the imagined Twitter conversations of history and literature's most argumentative couples. It also features a satirical glossary that'll help you sort the 'jel' from the 'awks', correctly identify what's 'perf' and what's 'tradge' and know how to react if someone describes you as 'gorge' or 'cray-cray'.
The Totes Ridictionary takes a totally ridiculous look at what happens when language and technology collide.



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Let's be honest, we don't all know what these status's or tweets mean, sometimes it feels as though you are reading a foreign language, yet it looks like something you should know.
As a fan of TOWIE, I've been exposed to new words but even now, my cousins can throw out a sentence and have me feeling as though I'm due to be calling for my pension.

Totes Ridictionary didn't just open my eyes to new words, it also had me giggling.
Honestly, I never thought I would have so much fun reading what essentially could be classed as a unique dictionary.

The Ularity pages had me in hysterics, I don't think I will ever look at certain films in the same light.
And It was great discovering how tweets might have sounded if they came from historical figures
Would Henry Vlll have told Anne Boleyn, she was Hot and would totes bear him a son!

It's a quirky read.

Deffo diffs but totes hilar and probs imports for the vocab.

5/5

A big thank you to Plexus Publishing for sending me a copy to review.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn - COVER REVEAL!



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Welcome to today's cover reveal for the fabulous Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn by the terrific Tilly Tennant



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About Tilly:
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset but now lives in Staffordshire with her slightly nutty family. Tilly is married to Mr Tennant (not that one, though a girl can dream). She likes nothing better than curling up in a quiet corner with a glass of wine watching the world go by, but can more usually be found taxiing her daughters to parties or taking them on emergency shopping trips. After a huge list of dismal and disastrous jobs over the years, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing, she began working as a temporary secretary in a hospital to boost her income whilst doing a degree in English and creative writing. This job lasted nine years. Not terribly temporary. But it does mean that she knows just what it’s like to make monumental admin cock-ups, spend the month’s wages in the hospital coffee shop and fall in love with all the doctors. As she’s a smug married, however, it’s fortunate that the doctors in question don’t usually feel the same way.

Tilly is represented by the wonderful, gorgeous Peta Nightingale at LAW.

I am delighted to bring you not just the blurb and cover but also a video created especially for this tour, want to discover who we bloggers crush on,
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Blurb:
There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn.

The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you can’t possibly have can never do that… right? She’s safe inside her fantasy bubble.

Then Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, and Bonnie’s carefully-constructed world starts to unravel. She is about to find out that you should be very, very careful what you wish for …'

After tweeting Holden Finn, I can certainly see what Paige sees in him. Want to follow Holden on twitter, just follow @holdenfinn em>

Cover:


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Website: http://tillytennant.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TillyTenWriter
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7204286.Tilly_Tennant
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TillyTennant?fref=ts

And there's more
Competition:
WIN a £10 amazon gift voucher by commenting on Tilly's blog with your funniest celebrity crush encounter. Good luck to all who enter!

http://tillytennant.com/

Inspiration behind A Beginner’s Guide To Salad

Today I am extremely excited to be part of the blog tour for A Beginner’s Guide To Salad

Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. When she isn’t disappearing into her own fictional worlds, she can be found waffling on her blog and reviewing books for Novelicious’ Alternative Thursday.
You can find out more about Jennifer and her book at



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Ruth loves nothing more than curling up in front of the telly with a family-sized bar of chocolate. She doesn’t do diets and she certainly doesn’t do exercise. But all that changes when she’s invited to her school reunion.
Bullied at school for being overweight, Ruth’s first reaction is to rip the invitation into a million pieces. But then Ruth hatches a plan. She’ll lose the weight and arrive at the reunion looking gorgeous and glamorous, leaving her old classmates in awe. Especially her former crush, Zack O’Connell.
With the help of her friends and a new, unbelievably hot colleague, Ruth begins her transformation. With six months until the reunion, losing weight will be a piece of cake, right?



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A Beginner’s Guide To Salad is a romantic comedy about a woman’s weight-loss bid. Ruth was bullied as a child due to her weight, so when she receives an invitation to her school reunion, she is determined to shed the pounds and wow her former classmates with her transformation. I wanted to write a story about acceptance, both of other people and, more importantly, of yourself. There are loads of films out there where the heroine has a make over and the hero immediately falls head over heels for her – but I wanted a story where the heroine could be loved for who she is, without having to take off her glasses (if she wore them), slap on a load of make-up and straighten her hair.
Junk mail is partly responsible for the birth of Ruth Lynch. I’d had the story wandering around my mind for a while but it wasn’t until a mini catalogue of plus-sized clothes (how do they know???) dropped through the letterbox that Ruth started to emerge. The clothes were bright – in both colour and pattern – and not something you could hide away in and, as soon as I saw them, I knew my main character would wear them. I could picture her strutting around in massive heels, perky prints and a smile on her face. She’d been hurt in the past but she wasn’t about to let the bullies win.
I already knew that there would be a school reunion but it wasn’t until I heard the news that my own former high school would be bulldozed and replaced with an academy that everything slotted into place. With this being the final school reunion, everyone from the school could attend, including Ruth’s older brother, Stephen and his best friend, Billy.
Once Ruth and the reunion had taken shape, I could build around them, creating a whole life for her. This is the really fun part of writing for me, developing characters from scratch and finding out what makes them tick.

A Beginner’s Guide To Salad is available as an ebook now.
You can find out more about the book and the author at
Blog: www.jenniferjoycewrites.co.uk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/writer_jenn
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jenniferjoycewrites

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Beauty by Louise Mensch

Dream Big. No Limits. Be Bold. Manhattan is there for the taking .

Blend it. Sculpt it. Shape it. Use it...

There isn't a woman on earth who doesn't have her beauty secrets. But for Dina Kane, beauty is more than just business. It's power. And it is the secret. She's dragged herself up from poverty to Park Avenue. She's rolled with the punches. And she's learned how to win.

Now someone is out to destroy her, and all she's built. They've underestimated Dina Kane. She's staying at the top - and she's happy to wait for the perfect moment to exact her revenge...



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I held this book in my hand, I screamed with delight and then delved into the pages.
Because Ladies & Gentleman Louise Bagshawe/Mensch is back!
And WOW, is she back with a 'Beauty' of a book!

Dina Kane hasn't had it easy, resented for being born and cast aside emotionally and financially by her mother, Dina is determined to get what she wants and she will succeed at any cost!

Dina is one of those characters who is blessed with brains and beauty but she isn't lucky enough to have anyone backing her, urging her to succeed.
She works hard for everything she has and unfortunately for her she makes a few enemies along the way, people intent on watching her fail.
I loved Dina's strength, her determination to fight was commendable and she has a flare for revenge, that sneaks up on those who hurt her the most.
From the very first page I wanted Dina to get what she deserved, what she wanted; the love of a family.

Edward Johnson on the other hand, deserved nothing and got everything. What a vile excuse for a man.
His theory that Dina is the reason for everything bad in his life, just makes me want to scream.

With Edward causing me to scream with anger, it's only right that the successful handsome businessman that is Joel, made me want to writhe with lust. Because ladies and gentleman this man is HOT and he has the attitude to back it up.
If I could've jumped into this book for just an hour, I would've spent 50 minutes with him.
The other 10 I would spend having a makeover with Dina Kane, the way she can look at a person and know how to transform them is a true gift.

The truth is, I could talk about this book for days. It lures you in with its words and spoils you with every page, culminating in an ending that is fabulous. This book has it all...

Brains, Braun (dreams of Joel) and Beauty!

5/5

A big thank you to Emily at Headline publishing for sending me a copy to review.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

First in the ground-breaking HUNGER GAMES trilogy.
Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place.
Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.
When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence.
But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.



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After watching the movie, I found my interest piqued, I needed to read the books!

If you've not read the book, you are missing out!
It is absolutely amazing, I found myself turning the pages in eager anticipation of what would happen next because as with most books brought to the big screen, a lot of detail was missing and I found myself discovering things the movie never told us.
The book is one of those that leaves you wanting more, it's just incredible!

Katniss is a feisty character but deep down she is a girl who is scarred by the loss of her father and driven to care for the family she has left.
This is why when the annual reaping is held, Katniss offers herself as a tribute in place of her sister.
Peeta is the bakers son, with his name selected as the male tribute, he finds himself heading off to the Capitol with Katniss, a girl he shares just one memory with.
But when the two are forced together for The Hunger Games, only one can survive.

This book consumed me, I found myself reading until the early hours of the morning, counting down the hours till my lunch break when I could catch up with the games and racing home to curl up on the sofa and delve further into the story,
This book captured my imagination in an instant and pulled me further in with every page.

I loved how throughout the events of training for the games and entering the games, we are taken back into the memories of Katniss, this allows us to see why she is driven and what links her and Peeta.
One of the things that fascinated me is how much I felt for Gale reading the book, in the present tense we are only introduced to Gale briefly but it is through memories that we get to discover more about him, I am really hoping he will be featured a lot more in Catching Fire,

If you love the film, you will LOVE the book and if you haven't read/watched either, you really need to.
Because like I said before, it's incredible!

5/5

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

White Lies by Emily Harper

Imagine standing in line at Harvey Nichols waiting to buy the most gorgeous silk Gucci dress. The only minor problem? You can’t afford it, it's a size smaller than you are, and you have absolutely no place to wear it.
Meet Natalie Flemming: a twenty-something woman working in London for a fabulous shoe-designing firm, but the only thing they let her touch is the company’s tax forms. She has decided to give fate a vacation and takes the task of finding the man of her dreams (or Johnny Depp if he would just return her calls...) into her own hands.
She craves adventure, spontaneity, passion- or will just settle for a decent date.



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Want a story to lift your mood and make you smile, then look no further.

White lies tells the story of single girl Natalie Flemming as she embarks on her quest to meet her Mr Right.

I loved this story, I read it in a day and found myself laughing out loud at some of Natalie's lies.
Natalie is a wonderfully bubbly character and I liked her instantly,
By the end of the book, she felt like a best friend, I could imagine us drinking wine and discussing Johnny Depp, so it was no surprise that I became invested in her happiness and wanted her to meet her longed for Mr Right.
I have to admit, if I met Oliver I would be tempted to tell a few white lies to keep a guy like that too.
There's no harm in the odd white lie, but lying in general like that bitch Angelica isn't right, I really despised that character.

As a single girl, I found this to be a very relatable read, because let's face it, we all over think things and Natalie is no different.

A wonderful witty read that will bring romance to every day.

5/5

A big thank you to Emily for sending me a copy to review

Monday, 20 January 2014

Telling lies with Emily Harper

Emily Harper, author of White Lies and Checking Inn, has a passion for writing humorous romance stories where the heroine is not your typical damsel in distress. Throughout her novels you will find love, laughter, and the unexpected!

Originally from England, she currently lives in Canada with her wonderful husband, beautiful daughter, mischievous son, and a very naughty dog.



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Your novel is called 'White Lies' please could you tell me about it?
White Lies is a novel about a woman who wants to change her life, but isn’t really willing to compromise on anything. Natalie Flemming hasn’t had a lot of luck in love so she places a want ad in a magazine in the hopes she will find the man of her dreams. But as people are responding to her ads, and she is going on dates, she realises that what she thought she wanted, and what she actually wants in a man might be very different.

'White Lies' is about Natalie Flemming, please can you tell me about her?
Natalie Flemming is the girl that we all say that we are not, but at the same time I think there is a little bit of Natalie in everyone. She has a lot of those “Oh my god, did I just say that out loud?” moments. She knows what she wants in life, but is unsure of herself and how to get it.

Are any of the characters in 'White Lies' anything like you?
How Natalie reacts to certain situations is definitely like me. I don’t stay down for long, and when something has my back to the corner I am constantly thinking of ways to change my situation or get myself out of the sticky mess. I would like to say that I am a little less flaky then her, but who knows!



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They say the journey to being published is one of the hardest an author can take, please can you describe the journey that you went on?
I wrote White Lies years ago. I submitted it to agents and to a publishing house, and the only one who said yes was the publishing house. I worked with a great editor there for about a year, but in the end I felt the novel wasn’t going in the right direction anymore- for this particular novel. I still think the publishing house does great work, but I would have had to make White Lies into something I wasn’t comfortable making it.
So, I took a bit of a break. Had two kids. Moved. You know, life.
Then about a year ago I picked up White Lies and decided that this time I was going to do it myself. The publishing industry has evolved so much over the last few years that being an Indie author isn’t as plagued with scorn as it once was.
And I have loved it. It’s a lot of work, a lot of social networking, but I actually enjoy interacting with people on line so for me it has been pretty smooth sailing.
My next book, Checking Inn, is due out in December. My third book will follow next summer. I feel like now that I have done everything once it has been a lot easier the second and even third time around.

What piece of advice would you give to a single girl in Natalie's position?
When people say you need to compromise in relationships that doesn’t always mean, you get your way one time and he gets his way the next time. Sometimes you both need to get your way and sometimes you both don’t get your way. You shouldn’t do things that don’t make you happy, but at the same time in certain situations, when you really love someone them being happy is enough for you.

Writers put so much time and energy into their characters and I have been told in the past that a writer carries their characters around with them.
So my question is if you could go out for a day with any one of your characters: who would it be, what would you do and why did you pick this particular character?

I would probably go out for the day with Hank. He’s just fabulous. I am sure we would go for pedicures, have a great lunch and just gossip all day long. Of course, he would know all the latest and best gossip.

If you were told that you could live any day without repercussions for your actions, what would you do and why?
I think I would do all the things I am afraid of doing. Anything to do with heights.

If there was one saying that could sum up your life to date, what would it be?
“Never, ever, ever give up.”- Winston Churchill

What can we expect next, any future books in the pipeline?
Checking Inn is due out December 20th, which I am so excited about! It is a chicklit novel that takes place around a murder mystery. I am excited to see if people get it.


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What or who in life inspires you?
My family inspires me. They have been known to be a little loud, a little crazy so they keep my motivated. My kids, they are my number one fans, and the feeling is definitely mutual.

What is your all time favourite book?
To Kill A Mockingbird. If you can’t find inspiration on every page of that book, you aren’t reading it right.

Please would you share who your 5 dream dinner party guests would be?
Meryl Streep- I just LOVE her. Can she ever do anything wrong?!?
Gordon Ramsay- only so he would cook the meal J
Snow White- my daughter would be devastated if she found out I could pick anyone and didn’t invite Snow.
Jeremy Clarkson- love Top Gear. Also, he would keep my husband entertained while I swoon over Meryl.
Johnny Depp- Just for Natalie

A big thank you to Emily for talking to The Love of a Good Book

Friday, 17 January 2014

The Couple on The Green - Avie Bennett Blog Tour!

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Come and take the emotional journey that is The Couple on The Green and find out about the book readers are raving about.


 

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'The course of true love never did run smooth, but is holding onto true love worth a lifetime of pain? Isobel and James are the couple everyone wants to be; wildly in love, compatible in every way and caught up in the sexually adventurous haze of young love, but just as they accept this life as theirs forever it is torn away from them. Theirs is the tale of an all-encompassing love-of-a-lifetime and the excruciating pain that so often accompanies it. This is the story of the love we all search for, but few can hold onto. James and Isobel get a second chance, but is it ever possible to get a happy ending?'


 

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'This is really an excellent debut, perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks and lovely romantic (even heart-breaking) stories.'


 

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Avie Bennett started writing at the age of fourteen and never really stopped. She's had her work published in magazines, journals and newspapers but says she 'never really thought' to write a novel. That is, until recently when a burning desire bound her to do so.


Avie lives with her husband and children in Hampshire, England. When not writing, she can be found enjoying other creative pursuits such as art, music and photography.


 

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Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Railwayman's Wife by Ashley Hay

In a small town on the land's edge, in the strange space at a war's end, a widow, a poet and a doctor each try to find their own peace, and their own new story.

In Thirroul, in 1948, people chase their dreams through the books in the railway's library. Anikka Lachlan searches for solace after her life is destroyed by a single random act. Roy McKinnon, who found poetry in the mess of war, has lost his words and his hope. Frank McKinnon is trapped by the guilt of those his treatment and care failed on their first day of freedom. All three struggle with the same question: how now to be alive.

Written in clear, shining prose and with an eloquent understanding of the human heart, The Railwayman's Wife explores the power of beginnings and endings, and how hard it can be sometimes to tell them apart. It's a story of life, loss and what comes after; of connection and separation, longing and acceptance. Most of all, it celebrates love in all its forms, and the beauty of discovering that loving someone can be as extraordinary as being loved yourself.

A story that will break your heart with hope.



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The Railwayman's wife follows three people during a year that will test them all and find them struggling to put their lives on the right path.

We follow Anikka Lachlan, who is dealing with a tragic event that happened on her daughters tenth birthday.
A poet who has lost his words, Roy McKinnon and doctor Frank Draper who is dealing with his own demons about what he witnessed at the concentration camps.
Will the three manage to start living again or are they destined to just exist?

It's hard to describe the story that deals with such tragedies as anything other than sad. From almost the first page I was drawn into a world that at times felt a little melancholy but which, without a doubt was beautiful written.
It is an emotional journey, that had you turning the pages in search of hope for the characters.
People who I had found myself invested in, people who deserved happiness in life.

The Railwaymans Wife, certainly got me thinking, I've often heard how the Second World War affected Europe.
But I was never taught the extent it had on the world, not once whilst studying GCSE history, did we ever hear about Australia and it's role within the war.
So through the eyes of Frank Draper, my history lesson evolved and my emotions grew deeper.

This book taught me a lot, not just through the history behind the words but also how deep love and events can run through the veins,

4/5

I would like to thank Sam at Allen & Unwin for sending me a copy to review.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Emma - There's No Turning Back by Linda Mitchelmore

Today's review is brought to you by my mum, Rachaell
Shell is a lover of books and can often be found reading her kindle or reading to her granddaughter. She loves the fact that both her children are avid readers, something they've been since children and knows that books can be enjoyed by all generations


It isn't easy to look forward when the past is so close behind you
Life hasn't always been kind to Emma Le Goff. She has had her fair share of hardship and now finally, her life appears to be looking up. She and her childhood sweetheart, Seth Jago, are set to marry and both believe that an idyllic existence, free from heartache, awaits them.

However, when they discover that the past is more difficult to forget than they could have ever imagined, Emma continues to be haunted by the mysterious circumstances surrounding her family, and Seth is hounded by a jealous ex-lover set on revenge.

Seth plans for their escape to Canada, but when the charismatic Matthew Caunter returns to Devon, Emma finds herself uncertain of whether a move to Canada is really what she wants ...



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Emma Le Goff is an 18 yr old who longs to be with her fiance Seth Jago, but unfortunately for the couple, local vicar Reverend Thompson has other ideas.
With him refusing to marry them because of their families past, the couple to decide they will have a wedding photo taken, evidence of a wedding that never happened.
Determined to live as man and wife, they tell their families that they married away from home.
But with dark secrets linking their past and secrets hidden in the present, can the couple survive even more lies.

Seth and Emma are both tortured but likeable characters and their love is put to the test in more ways than one.
I took an instant dislike to two characters, Seth's brother Miles Jago, he is a nasty piece of work and the scheming manipulative woman who answers to the name of Caroline Prentiss.

With drama and set backs aplenty, this was a good read for a cold winters afternoon.

4/5

Thank you to Choclit for sending me a copy to review,

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Sunshine with a Chance of Snow by Carole Matthews

Beth and Michael have worked hard all their married life to give their children everything they want. It hasn't been easy but it's been worth it. Now, as Beth enjoys quality time with her family on their beach holiday, she knows she has a lot to be thankful for. But it's not until she's faced with her biggest challenge yet that Beth really begins to understand how lucky she is.

In this ebook exclusive short story, Carole Matthews will transport you to a world filled with love, family and sunshine. So put your feet up, stick the kettle on and indulge yourself for just twenty minutes.



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With this being a twenty minute, I don't want to give the story away, because quite honestly it's one of those stories you need to read for yourself and the fact it only takes twenty minutes, there really is no excuse!

Beth is a wonderful character and so easy to relate to.
All she wants is for her family to have the best of everything. Along with her husband Michael, she work's hard to achieve this.
But sometimes life has a way of opening our eyes to what truly is best for us and that's when Beth learns what she really wants.

Carole Matthews has given us a beautiful short story that will allow you to look at life and address what truly matters.
A wonderful heartwarming story and a brilliant lunchtime read!

5/5

Monday, 13 January 2014

Dangerous Decisions by Margaret Kaine

Have you ever ignored a sense of unease?
Helena Standish knows that a good marriage would enhance her father's social status but she's wise enough not to accept any handsome fool. The wealthy and enigmatic Oliver Faraday is considered an ideal match, so why does Helena have faint misgivings?

Nicholas Carstairs has little patience with frivolous pleasure-seekers or an upper class that closes ranks against outsiders. Why then is he entranced by the lovely 'girl in the window' - a debutante who would appear to be both of those things?

A champagne celebration at Broadway Manor marks the start of a happy future for Helena, but no one can predict the perilous consequences of her decision or the appalling danger it will bring.



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Margaret Kaine transports us back to an era where it was rare to marry for love.
Where titles weren't purchased on the internet and upstairs downstairs was the house divide between them and us.

Love Downton then you will LOVE this!

Helena Standish was on the Debutante circuit, as a member of the upper class she knew that marriage could increase the standing of her family in the community.
Even though her father just wants her to be happy, Helena is aware of the difference the right marriage can make.
But standing won over love and it was Oliver Faraday who was the winning suitor
However behind the good looking exterior lurks something Helena can't quite place, something that has unsettled her.

Helena is a wonderful character, there is something about her that made me like her instantly.,
I was fascinated by the fact that even though she knew her father wanted her to be happy, her love for him meant that she married for status instead of love. This is just one example of how thoughtful and caring she is.
It takes a strong character to face what she does and she not only faces it but she does so with grace.

It takes some strength to marry a man as driven and set in his ways as Oliver, a man who will look down on others and think nothing of showing his hatred.

But for every man like that, is a man who sees the best in people, someone who is loving and caring. A doctor who cares for everyone, whatever their class.
Everyone meet Nicholas, the doting doctor who stole my heart!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it had me on the edge of my seat and had me gripped, right to the very end.
It's not a Dangerous Decision, you know you want to read it!

5:5

A big thank you to Choclit for sending me a copy to review
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Friday, 10 January 2014

Giveaway - Illicit Love

Today I am bringing you an incredible giveaway.

As you may or may not know, last November I attended The Festival of Romance.
During the royal baby shower, I met author Jane Lark who very generously gave me some wonderful bookish goodies to giveaway to one lucky person.

You can win:
A rare 1st edition copy of Illicit Love


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Trapped under the reign of a cruel keeper, Ellen Harding longs to be free. Under his oppression, her soul and conscience have died while her body lives on, fulfilling his dissolute desires. She is empty-a vessel-deaf to the voice of morality and blind to shame. When her eyes are drawn to a beautiful man for no other reason than his looks, she imagines what it would be like to escape her chains for a night by giving her body to him.
Edward is restless, lonely, and a little angry with his lot in life-it is his only excuse for being drawn to another man's mistress. The woman's dark hair and pale eyes are striking, and he cannot take his gaze off her while she watches him over the top of a fan with an illicit intent in her eyes.
Once he's known her, he cannot forget her, and once he's seen the evidence of her supposed benefactor's brutality, he wants to help her.
But how can he when she will not run any more than she will speak of her past? When a desperate Ellen finally relents and shocks Edward from his sleep, he doesn't hesitate, he helps her flee. He just doesn't know he's running headlong into the secrets of her past.

A tote bag and mug, which both have the gorgeous 'Illicit Love' cover on them!


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To be in with the chance to win this beautiful tale of romance, please leave a comment below about what romance means to you.

The giveaway will run for a week and closes at 7am on Friday the 17th of January.
Winners will chosen at random on the 17th.
*Open to the UK only*

Thursday, 9 January 2014

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.



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'The Perks of being a Wallflower' was a gift I received from my wonderful friend Laura.
I've seen the movie trailer but that's about as far as my knowledge went regarding the story, Laura however, talked about this book with such passion, that I just knew I had to read it!

And I'm so glad I did.

Through beautiful written letters from Charlie to his 'Dear Friend', you get to view life from the wallflower looking out.

The book deals with problems in such a heartfelt way, that when you close the book you are lost for words.

Which is why It's been hard trying to write this, in fact there are no words!

I just want you to read it, to delve into the life of a teenager, looking out at the world around him and dealing with problems life throws at him.
It's a story of discovery and friendship.
A story that stays with you long after the final page.

5/5

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

The Meaning of Christmas with Nicola May

Nicola May lives in Ascot with her mad RPSCA cat Stanley. Her hobbies include drinking bubbles, watching films that involve a lot of swooning, eating flapjacks and crabbing in South Devon.



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Your novella is called 'Christmas Yves', please could you tell me about it?
Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie is taken on an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening through a sparkling backdrop of London landmarks.
It really is a feel good love story about tapping into the areas in your life that make living worthwhile: peace, freedom, creativity, hope and love.

'Christmas Yves' is about Evie, please could you tell me a bit about her?
Evie is a fun loving thirty-two year old with unruly blonde curls and an hour glass figure. She lost her mum at a young age and at the start of the novella loses her job and her man. She feels sad and alone. Ultimately, she craves the love of a good man, who will give her children. Plus, pursue her dream of becoming a photographer.

Are any of the characters in 'Christmas Yves' anything like you?
Yes, I have the spiritual side of Evie and the complete naughtiness and potty mouth of Bea.



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Writers put so much time and energy into their characters and I have been told in the past that a writer carries their characters around with them.
So my question is if you could go out for a day with any one of your characters: who would it be, what would you do and why did you pick this particular character?

It would have to be Simon Dye from The Bow Wow Club. He is completely fun and outrageous. We would go to London and do our Christmas shopping in all the wonderful big stores, we would then go ice skating at Somerset House. And, then finish off by drinking copious amounts of mulled wine in the Soho bars.
If you were told that you could live any day without repercussions for your actions, what would you do and why?
I would marry Prince Harry and whisk him away to a tropical island.

If you could choose one book that you think everyone should read, what would it be and why?
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. His amazing observations on life and loving are a must read. In fact I use his quotations in nearly all of my books. Including, Christmas Yves.

If there was one saying that could sum up your life to date, what would it be?
We’re only here for a long weekend so we might as well enjoy it!

What or who in life inspires you?
Like Evie, I lost my mum at a very young age. I believe her young, vibrant spirit and beautiful soul lives through me and I want her to be proud of what I have achieved.

Please would you share who your 5 dream Christmas party guests would be?
My mum
Elvis
Agatha Christie
Oliver Reed
Winston Churchill

At your dinner party, there's a cocktail in honour of 'Christmas Yves' what's the ingredients?
Well once you’ve read it you will know why it has to be one part Bristol Cream blue bottle sherry, a glug of champagne, a dash of sparkle, a hint of romance, plus a big twist of love

A huge thank you to Nicola for talking to The Love of a Good Book

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Christmas Yves by Nicola May

It’s two days before Christmas - and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.

Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London landmarks.

A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way . . . but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?

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Christmas Yves is a wonderful read to warm the heart and instil the real meaning of life!

And that's why at the start of January I want to recommend this book to you all.
At a time when people are re-assessing their lives and making changes, there is something magical about a novella that can remind us what's important, what we should be focusing on.

Yes it is set at Christmas, but the lesson within the pages, is timeless.

When Evie finds herself jobless and single at Christmas, she feels as though all hope has been lost. But a chance encounter in a bar, finds her volunteering to help feed the homeless.
Through this selfless act, she meets Yves, a man who is about to show Evie that all is not lost!

I love this novella, the friendship between Evie and Bea, was wonderful and Bea is a great character to lighten the mood in what is a very touching story.
Evie is a great character and very easy to relate to, within a couple of pages, I was hoping for her to have the happy ending she deserved.
The ending she got, wasn't one I could have foreseen, one that left me open mouthed and teary eyed.

I can't recommend this novella highly enough, whatever the season , it will restore you faith in the world and leave you feeling hope and love.
A read for any occasion!

5/5

I would like to thank Nicola for sending me a copy to review!

Monday, 6 January 2014

No Regrets by Bernard O'Keefe

Today's review is brought to you by my dad, Colin.

Colin is a lecturer who has just started to get back into reading for pleasure after years of textbooks knocked the enjoyment out of discovering the wonderful written word.
He is currently enjoying the ecliptic collection of books his daughter has stored around the house.



What would happen if you spent a year accepting every invitation that came your way? Rick is about to find out...

He’s had a bad year. Sarah, his wife of nearly twenty five years, has walked out on him to move in with Colin. Perhaps they simply grew apart, perhaps the magic was no longer there, or perhaps, as his friend Jerry suggests, Rick has become boring. This nagging thought, together with too much beer on New Year’s Eve and shock at the sudden death of his college friend Alex, leads Rick to a New Year’s resolution…

To make the most of the time he has left, and show himself and his old friend Jerry that he is not boring, he will undertake a peculiar challenge: for a whole year he will accept every invitation that comes his way. Any invitation. No excuses. No regrets.



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No Regrets by Bernard O'Keefe was a challenging read not least of all because the main characters nemisis the person who plays moriarty to his Sherlock is a Guy called Colin. The author goes on to hurt the feelings of this particular reviewer by describing all Colin's as Twats. As a Colin I took exception to this bold colinaphobic behaviour and I will admit that it took a great deal of self persuasion convincing myself to continue with this read.

And I am glad that I did. The basic story is the oft too familiar tale of a couples seperation and their attempts to function in an ever changing world without the comfort and confidence of facing problems together. The stability provided by the crutch of a partner has been taken away. And without the warmth of their close supportive mate we witness their struggle to live in an environment that has changed beyond recognition during their time together.

Rick's wife Sarah has left him and moved in with Colin. New Years Eve and Jerry one of Ricks's oldest, steady and upright friends suggested that Sarah may have left because Rick had become predictable and boring. He could have taken this criticism from anyone but from a staid Mr average like Jerry it particularly hurt.

Jerry challenged Rick to open himself up to opportunities and new adventures by accepting every invitation he gets in the coming year. A little irked by the insinued weakness and frailty in his own personna Rick who was a little inebriated at the time decides to accept the challenge.

No Regrets takes the reader on a voyage of discovery as Rick trundles half heartedly at first through new adventures. However, Rick starts to enjoy the stimulus and exposure to situations that he had previously avoided. He becomes fitter and more decisive. He starts to listen to his two Children both of whom are attending University . This adventure is driven by a strong undercurrent that is provided by the sudden death of Alex. Alex was a close family friend to both Rick and Jerry and he was a fun loving devil may care lothario who was idolised for the way he grabbed life with both hands and squeezed every last drop of living out of it. He probably didn't know it but he was envied by many and his death had made Rick think of his own mortality and what he had achieved during his life.

The book is well written and the reader is taken on an adventurous journey through the trials and tribulations that Rick must endure and enjoy if he is going to survive alone. He walks a tightrope trying to please everyone and remain friends with his ex. Can this be achieved or will Rick realise that his old life has gone and that he is actually boring, just like Jerry said he was.

I actually cared about Rick. When Sarah left she took more than her suitcase she removed his trust and a very large part of his heart. I wanted Rick to succeed. I wanted him to move on. I wanted him to make a better life for himself by becoming a better person. I think he achieved it and if you want to find out if he achieves happiness. I suggest you read this book. I certainly have No Regrets, that I did.

4/5

I would like to thank Bernard for sending me a copy for review.