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#Blog Tour #Max and the Spice Thieves (The Serets of the Twighlight Djinn#1) by John Peragine #Top 10 List of the author’s favourite writers #Middle Grade Fantasy @Xpresso Book Tours

Today I’m delighted to participate the blog tour for Maxand the Spice Thieves, a  new middle grade fantasy story from John Peragine.

Book details:

Max and the Spice Thieves
by John Peragine
(Secrets of the Twilight Djinn #1)
Publication date: April 20th 2021
Genres: Fantasy

Synopsis:

When his mother goes missing, Max Daybreaker’s world is turned upside down. Luckily, a crew of Spice Pirates, led by the mysterious Captain Cinn, help Max on his dangerous mission across the three seas.

Along the way, an unlikely alliance aids in his search—a teenage warrior queen, a three-eyed seer, and an assassin spy.

Their journey takes them through treacherous lands while facing shapeshifting bears, an ancient witch, harpies, and the nightmarish Djinn, who will stop at nothing to enslave the world.

With every new challenge, Max unlocks the secrets of his unsettling past. Powers awaken within, forcing him to question everything he knows.

Is Max who he thinks he is? Only time and destiny will tell…

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Max and the Spice Thieves is an extremely imaginative book, full of unexpected twists and turns. Naturally, I wanted to know who inspired John to become a writer of YA/Middle grade fantasy books and which writers influenced him the most. Let’s find out!

Top 10 List: Favourite Authors

1 Neil Gaiman

2 Jim Butcher

3 JRR Tolkien

4 Mercedes Lackey

5 Stephen King

6 Dean Koontz

7 Dan Brown

8 Anne Rice

9 Karl Edward Wagner

10 Robert Louis Stevenson

Thank you to John for this wonderful list!

AUTHOR BIO:

John Peragine is an author of over fourteen books. The Secrets of the Twilight Djinn series was written as a bedtime story for his son Max to cope with medical issues he was facing as a little boy. John is a full-time ghostwriter who lives with his son, wife, and a menagerie of animals on his vineyard overlooking the Mississippi River.

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If you would like to find out what other bloggers thought of John Peragine’s book, here is the full blog tour schedule:
April 12th
The Bouncing Tigger Reads >> Guest post
Living in a Bookworld >> Excerpt
The Avid Reader >> Interview
From the TBR Pile >> Excerpt
I Smell Sheep >> Top 10 List
Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored >> Excerpt
BookHounds YA  >> Interview
April 13th
Literary Gold >> Excerpt
Reading Tonic >> Top 10 List
TLC Book Nook >> Review
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Excerpt
Write. Read. Live.  >> Excerpt
Books+Coffee=Happiness  >> Top 10 List
Wishful Endings >> Interview
April 14th
The Book View  >> Excerpt
breen.rb >> Review
What Is That Book About >> Excerpt
Westveil Publishing >> Review
Lady Hawkeye >> Excerpt
Books a Plenty Book Reviews >> Review
April 15th
Rants N Scribbles >> Guest post
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author >> Excerpt
Iron Canuck Reviews & More >> Excerpt
Candlelight Reading >> Excerpt
Jessica Belmont >> Review
Books, Tea, Healthy Me  >> Review
April 16th
Quiet Fury Books >> Guest post
Bookworm for Kids >> Review
Books By Maeve >> Interview
Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog >> Excerpt
Hurn Publications >> Excerpt

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#Book Review #Romantic Suspense #Changing the Rules (Richter #1) by Catherine Bybee @Montlake

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee comes the steamy first novel in her new adrenaline-fueled Richter series.

As an employee of MacBain Security and Solutions, Claire Kelly can certainly hold her own. Armed with an impressive set of covert skills, she’s more than prepared to tackle any job that comes her way…except one involving Cooper Lockman.

Cooper and Claire used to work together before his feelings for her sent him packing to Europe for six long years. But now he’s back and determined to ignore the still-smoldering heat that lingers between them.

Their current mission: go undercover together at a California high school to root out the mastermind behind a prostitution ring targeting young girls. The closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, however, the deadlier their task becomes. As Claire and Cooper risk their lives to bring down their target, will their hearts be the final casualties?

My thoughts:

This is my first book by Catherine Bybee and I was really impressed by how immersive, even addictive her writing is. I kept reading until the small hours and couldn’t put the book down until the mystery was solved and everyone was safe (the final part was absolutely nailbiting in the best action movie tradition!).


24 year old security agent with a PI license Claire Kelly gets a new assignment. The case deals with a human trafficking ring which recruits vulnerable girls from a high school. Neil’s daughter Emma goes to a private school nearby and it appears that the traffickers have been targeting students from both schools. The police department has their own undercover agents involved in this case and it is possible, although not certain, that the agent/s have gone rogue. Claire and Jax, her best friend from their school days at Richter school, are sent to the schools with a triple task- identify potential victims, identify the traffickers and their accomplices and flush out the rogue agent. I think you can already see how exciting this mystery/ suspense is.


They are not alone. Claire is paired with Cooper Lockman, who has recently come back from the London office of MacBain Security and Solutions. Claire and Cooper have known each other since she was eighteen and was rescued from the shady happenings at Richter.


While there is undeniable chemistry between Claire and Cooper and their relationship develops gradually during the case, Catherine Bybee manages to strike a great balance between the focus on the investigation and the romance elements.


The protagonists are both strong, decisive, independent and caring in equal parts-no wonder sparks fly when these two friends decide to take their relationship to the new level. I’m just going to say it again-nothing beats good old friends-to-lovers trope!

In case you get the same strange feeling of being given the backstory on the go, while Changing Rules is the first book in Catherine Bybee’s Richter series, Claire’s mentor Sasha, Claire’s boss Neil (the owner of MacBain Security and Solutions) and his family- they appeared in Catherine’s previous books. It didn’t spoil my enjoyment of Changing Rules.


I really enjoyed Changing Rules and would love to read the continuation of the series. Whether you are a fan of Catherine Bybee, like a strong female lead or are just curious about the romantic suspense genre, I can definitely recommend this one.

Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? April 12th, 2021

It’s Monday! What are you Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, a place to share and discuss what we’ve read in the past week and what we’re in the middle of or are planning to read this week.

What I read / listened to last week

I read several entertaining, feel-good rom-coms last week. If you click on the book title or the cover, it will take you to my review of the book:

Corfu Capers by Joy Skye

Moonlight over Muddleford Cove by Kim Nash

Uncork My Love by Richad Amooi

And a couple wonderful thrillers:

I’m a big fan of Sally Hepworth. She does a wonderful job of creating complex characters and lots of family drama in her psychological thrillers.

The Good Sisterby Sally Hepworth

Jeff VanderMeer and his genre-bending Hummingbird Salamander was a real discovery for me:

Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

What I am reading/listening to now:

Max and the Spice Thieves, middle-grade fantasy from John Peragine

When his mother goes missing, Max Daybreaker’s world is turned upside down. Luckily, a crew of Spice Pirates, led by the mysterious Captain Cinn, help Max on his dangerous mission across the three seas.
Along the way, an unlikely alliance aids in his search—a teenage warrior queen, a three-eyed seer, and an assassin spy.
Their journey takes them through treacherous lands while facing shapeshifting bears, an ancient witch, harpies, and the nightmarish Djinn, who will stop at nothing to enslave the world.
With every new challenge, Max unlocks the secrets of his unsettling past. Powers awaken within, forcing him to question everything he knows.
Is Max who he thinks he is? Only time and destiny will tell…

The Mary Shelley Club by Goldie Moldavsky

New girl Rachel Chavez is eager to make a fresh start at Manchester Prep. But as one of the few scholarship kids, Rachel struggles to fit in, and when she gets caught up in a prank gone awry, she ends up with more enemies than friends.
To her surprise, however, the prank attracts the attention of the Mary Shelley Club, a secret club of students with one objective: come up with the scariest prank to orchestrate real fear. But as the pranks escalate, the competition turns cutthroat and takes on a life of its own.

When the tables are turned and someone targets the club itself, Rachel must track down the real-life monster in their midst . . . even if it means finally confronting the dark secrets from her past.

What I’m reading /listening to next:

Unwritten by Alicia Novo

Books whisper to Beatrix Alba. But they aren’t the reason she has never fit in. Bullied at home and school, she keeps a secret—a power of violence and darkness.

When the spell that keeps her hidden fails, she’s catapulted into the Zweeshen, a realm where all tales live, and her dream of meeting her favorite characters comes true. But wishes are tricky, and behind its wonder and whimsy, the Zweeshen is under attack. A character is burning bookworlds in pursuit of a weapon to rule both stories and storytellers. To succeed, he needs a riddle in Beatrix’s possession.

Now he’s hunting her down.

Joining forces with William, a cursed conjurer, Beatrix must face an enemy who knows her every weakness in a realm where witches play with time, Egyptian gods roam, and Regency heroines lead covert operations. And with her darkness as the only weapon, she may have to sacrifice everything to save a world that rejects her.

Natural Sorcery by Marina Ermakova

Rome was supposed to be safe–or at least safer than 90% of the planet. That was before the local legends started using their magic to destroy the food supply.
Considered one of Rome’s experts on legends, mostly because she keeps surviving their assassination attempts, Jordan finds herself racing to find the culprits before they strike again. But legends wield powers that aren’t documented, understood, or predictable. And Jordan isn’t even a soldier. She’s just some scientist unlucky enough to stumble over the local political mess.
The chances of getting murdered by magic beyond her comprehension is disconcertingly high. But if this unknown legend goes unchecked, Rome won’t survive the next few years…and Jordan doesn’t have it in her to walk away from that.


Book 2 in the Jordan Sanders series, beginning with Terrestrial Magic.

Twisted Lies (DI Kim Stone#14) by Angela Marsons

Her stomach lurches as she sits in the windowless room. He throws her phone to the ground, grinds it against the floor with the heel of his shoe and brings his face closer to hers. There was no turning back now, her life as she knew it was gone.

When the lifeless body of a man is found on an industrial estate, Detective Kim Stone arrives on the scene and discovers he’s been tortured in the worst way imaginable. But as she breaks the devastating news to the victim’s wife, Diane Phipps, Kim can’t help feeling that something isn’t quite right about the woman’s reaction.

Twenty-four hours later, the victim’s family disappears into thin air. Then a second body is found staked to the ground in a local nature reserve.

Desperate to crack the case open quickly, Kim and her team unravel a vital clue – a fiercely guarded secret that links both victims and could cost even more lives. A secret that some police officers are also protecting.

How did your last week go and what are you reading this week?

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#Blog Tour #Uncork My Love by Richard Amooi #Romcom #Giveaway @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Richard Amooi’s latest romcom Uncork My Love.

Uncork My Love
A sweet romantic comedy set in beautiful Napa Valley!

Ivy needs a miracle and a drink—not necessarily in that order. With a struggling winery, the only hope of keeping her dream alive is snagging a gold medal at the annual wine competition. She’s determined to win, but she can do it without the help of Ted Jacobs, aka Mr. Know-it-All.

Ted wants to catch lightning in a bottle and create the world’s greatest wine, but he’s smart enough to know he can’t do it alone. When he heads to Napa to keep his grandma from ending up in jail (don’t ask), he meets Ivy. She’s as complex and intoxicating as his award-winning cabernet, but as stubborn as the mule next door when she stomps on his offer to collaborate.

Ted knows it’s risky to mix business with pleasure, but if Ivy would only listen, they might just be the toast of the town.

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My thoughts:

Richard Amooi’s wonderful romcoms are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. I really enjoyed this romantic escape to sunny Napa Valley with its gorgeous setting, fantastic characters, funny and tender moments and lots of delicious banter. Did I mention a couple of meddling grandmas who wouldn’t stop at anything in their matchmaking endeavours?

Ted Jacobs is a world-famous, award-winning winemaker with three degrees and a sweet charming disposition. When his beloved grandmother Loretta tries to enlist his help in stealing a vine from Half Moon Vineyards, which used to belong to their family long time ago, Ted is horrified. He’ll do anything for his grandma, but surely there are other ways- like… just asking the owner, Ivy Dobbs, to work together and produce a new wine mix using grapes from both estates. He is even ready to offer his business advice for free. Ted has so many ideas! The only problem is Ivy doesn’t want any help or anything to do with Ted.

When Loretta books a little holiday in Half Moon Vinyards Inn, run by Ivy’s grandparents, Ted knows he will have his work cut out for him trying to prevent his favourite senior citizen from ending up in a jail. Mr Generous-with-his-Time-and-Advice/ Mr Arrogant Know-It-All (depending on your point of view) just can’t help himself and stay away from Ivy and her business, which could indeed do with a few improvements.

‘Call it what you will, chemistry, interest, attraction, fascination, whatever. It was there’- this is how I felt about Richard’s book. Page after page, one hilarious scene after another, he totally charmed me with his fabulous timing and sense of comedy and relatable characters. When I retire I want to be as free-spirited as Loretta and have as much fun. Both Ivy and Ted have bitter divorces behind them and you can totally understand why Ivy might have trust issues. Some characters are there just to add the comic flavour (Michelle Raquel and the unfortunately named marriage counsellor), while others make us learn something about the protagonists and why they are such a great match.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I enjoyed getting a glimpse into Ivy’s wine-making business- I’d had no idea what a wine thief is or how important it is to organise various kinds of events and activities, including vinyard tours.

Uncork My Love is a sweet and adorable romance that will make you swoon one moment and laugh out loud the next, and if you aren’t already Richard Amooi’s fan, you will be after reading it.

Thank you to Rachelfrom Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Bio 

Rich Amooi is a Taleflick Discovery Winner, Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Recipient, Holt Medallion Finalist, and the Amazon Bestselling author of 16 romantic comedies, including It’s Not PMS, It’s You, Dying to Meet You, There’s Something About a Cowboy, and Madam Love, Actually.

A former radio personality and wedding DJ, Rich now writes romantic comedies full-time in San Diego, California, and is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

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#Book Blitz #The Other Side of Magic by Ester Manzini #YA #Fantasy @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
The Other Side of Magic
by Ester Manzini
Published by: Parliament House
Publication date: April 6th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

For fans of Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

In a world inspired by 16th century Italy, magic is a common occurrence. Everyone in the realms of Epidalio and Zafiria is gifted with it at birth, but with every spell cast, their power wanes.

Gaiane Asares is the result of an accurate selection by her mother, the queen of Zafiria. She’s infinitely powerful; a weapon of mass destruction kept segregated in a tower and used against her will to conquer Epidalio.

Meanwhile, in Epidalio, Leo was born with no magic at all, a rarity. She lost her home and family when Zafiria attacked, and her resentment toward the invaders still burns.

Gaiane manages to escape her gilded cage, and the two girls cross paths. But when war threatens the land again, their loyalty will be put to the test. Will they manage to overcome their differences in the name of freedom?

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  • 10x ebook copies of The Other Side of Magic

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#Book Review #The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth #Psychological Thriller @St.Martin’s Press

Synopsis:

From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. But the sisters are devoted to one another and Rose has always been Fern’s protector from the time they were small.

Fern needed protecting because their mother was a true sociopath who hid her true nature from the world, and only Rose could see it. Fern always saw the good in everyone. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart’s desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome. What Rose doesn’t realize is that Fern is growing more and more aware of the secrets Rose, herself, is keeping. And that their mother might have the last word after all.

My thoughts:

Sally Hepworth is such a master story-teller! She will keep your attention until the very last page and misdirect it all the time. She will create characters you’ll love and hate and ache for when they are mistreated, abused or simply misunderstood. She will make you question everything and everybody and then will show you that people care and there are these mysterious things called empathy, hope and love…

Twenty eight year old twin sisters Roseand Fern are as different as you can imagine them to be. Rose is the responsible one, the worrier…and well she has plenty of things to worry about: her failing (or is it already failed?) marriage, fertility problems, coupled with a burning desire for motherhood, and her sister Fern, who has never been officially diagnosed with high-functioning autism, but does require a lot of care and support. Fern with her penchant for colourful clothes and princess Leila hairbuns, Fern who needs to do quite a lot of thinking to arrive at a reasonable interpretation of social clues, Fern who suffers from sensory overload issues, and yet, is surprisingly good at doing her job of a librarian. Fern and Rose have been keeping a terrible secret for many years that has cemented their reliance on each other and their bond.

Once you get to know the story of Rose and Fern’s childhood, how their mother raised them, why and what they had to protect each other from, perhaps you will understand the sisters better. Or perhaps not. The story is told from two points of- Rose (plus her diary written following her therapist’s advice) and Fern, and sooner or later you will have to decide whose narrative you trust more and what it all means for the plot.

The characters are wonderful. If I tell you more, I really risk giving away the story. Why are we so fascinated by twins? Is it because we seek an answer to the old question of nature versus nurture in a hope to avoid becoming our parents? at any rate, Sally Hepworth does a fantastic job of creating well-developed protagonists and a whole cast of interesting supporting characters with a few strokes of her pen. Even if you don’t like reading twisty thrillers, read this book for the way it raises awareness of sensory processing issues.

This is a psychological thriller, so be ready to ask yourself some questions about family dynamics, sibling love and the role we play in each other’s lives. Or should I say the roles? they may go back a long way, but it doesn’t mean they are set in stone.

Once again, Sally Hepworth surpassed my expectations with this riveting thriller, full of engaging characters and family drama.

Thank you to NetGalley and St.Martin’s Press for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

Thank you for reading the post!

Have you read The Good Sister or is it on your tbr?

Have you read any other thrillers by Sally Hepworth?

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#Book Blitz #Warlocks of the Black Oak by Marie-Claude Bourque #Urban Fantasy @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Warlocks of the Black Oak: Books 4-6
by Marie-Claude Bourque
(The Order of the Black Oak – Collection #2)
Publication date: April 8th 2021
Genres: Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:

Meet the Warlocks of the Black Oak: a powerful order of modern-day sorcerers fighting evil to protect the ones they love.
Three urban fantasy romance now together in this second installment in the Order of the Black Oak – Collection

“Bourque develops a world of mages and sorceresses unlike any other.“ — Night Owl Reviews

Book 4: AN ARCHMAGE’S DESTINY: A Slow-Burn Urban Fantasy Romance:
A steadfast attorney must convince a daredevil modern archmage to return to the folds of his powerful warlocks family or apply the devastating consequences herself.

Book 5: A SPELLBINDER’S DENIAL: A Slow-Burn Urban Fantasy Romance:
A savvy banshee teams up with a guilt-ridden billionaire warlock in order to protect her adopted baby girl from cursed vampires after the child’s blood.

Book 6: A NECROMANCER’S LOVE: A Slow-Burn Urban Fantasy Romance:
A life-loving blogger seeks the help of a lethal Seattle necromancer in order to locate her missing teenaged brother.

★★★★★ Fantastic series of action, magic and awesome romance. You will fall in love with the characters and feel you are right with them.

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56982581-warlocks-of-the-black-oak


Purchase:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ujjKkA

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/warlocks-of-the-black-oak-books-4-6/id1559480715
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/warlocks-of-the-black-oak-marie-claude-bourque/1139084827
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=AwElEAAAQBAJ
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/warlocks-of-the-black-oak-books-4-6

AUTHOR BIO:

Marie-Claude Bourque is a Seattle-based author of gothic paranormal romance and the winner of the American Title V award with her first novel ANCIENT WHISPERS.

Her writing features modern-day fantasy skillfully weaved into infinitely romantic supernatural stories between smart strong women and complex passionate heroes. 

Happily Ever After always absolutely guaranteed!


Author links:

https://www.subscribepage.com/mcbourque

https://www.facebook.com/mcbourqueauthor

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/marie-claude-bourque

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3166622.Marie_Claude_Bourque

https://www.amazon.com/Marie-Claude-Bourque/e/B00302MTGS

https://www.instagram.com/marie.claude.now/https://twitter.com/mcbourque

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#Blog Tour #Guest Post by Christina Bauer #My Inspiration for Dare (Pixieland Diaries 3) by Christina Bauer @Xpresso Book Tours

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Dare – the third instalment in Christina Bauer’s series Pixieland Diaries. I am a big fan of the series and I’m really excited for this new release and Christina’s guest post!
But first, let’s have a quick re-cap of this enchanting series:

Pixieland Diaries Series

1. Pixieland Diaries
2. Calla
3. Dare
4. Winter Prince
5. Ley Queen

Pixieland Diaries

If you don’t like pixies, don’t read this diary.

If you don’t like loud-mouthed pixies who are really cool but sometimes get told they’re immature (for no reason), then definitely stop reading.

Oh, and if you’re His Awfulness The Elf Prince ‘Dare’ Darius, then you can kiss my butt. My hatred for you burns with the fire of a thousand suns. Thanks for getting me kicked out of Pixieland and exiled to attend some rando human high school on Earth. You’re the worst, even if you have a cute smile. And nice eyes. Your hair looks okay sometimes, too. But you’re still a creep and I loathe you.

And to everyone else: if you’ve read this far, then you better finish my entire diary.

My story is supernatural, whacked-out, and overall awesome.

Calla
Big news in Pixieland! The Blue Fairy is sending our fave pixie, Calla, and her crush, Dare, on a mini-quest. Unfortunately, it’s an adventure that requires a lot of togetherness. We’re talking tons of touching, people.

Blue believes that since Calla and Dare are just friends, then this situation shouldn’t be awkward.

It’s totally awkward.

Dare
by Christina Bauer
(Pixieland Diaries #3)
Publication date: March 30th 2021
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:
What happens when a pixie outcast seizes the throne of Faerie… while her beloved elf prince becomes a wanted criminal?

Sassy pixie Calla loves the prankster life, even if it does make her an outcast among other fae. But everything changes when Calla’s magic erases an evil blight destroying the Faerie realm. That’s when the pariah pixie becomes something unexpected: a Fae Queen.

Yet no sooner does Calla take the crown than a new and unstoppable plague appears. Things get even worse when Calla’s longtime crush, the elf Prince ‘Dare’ Darius, appears to have masterminded the outbreak before fleeing to the mountains. According to the Faerie elders, there’s only one way to end this disease…

Calla must hunt down Dare and destroy him.

Yeah. Like that will ever happen.

Instead of killing anyone, Calla vows to cure the plague while proving Dare’s innocence. And if she must pull a few mega-pranks to make it all happen? Not a problem. Even so, the path ahead is still fraught with trouble. Secret enemies scheme to manipulate the outbreak—as well as Calla’s feelings for Dare—in order to bring our favorite prankster down, once and for all.

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The Inspiration For My New Book, DARE
By Christina Bauer Author

As part of the launch tour for my latest book, DARE (Pixieland Diaries #3), the lovely folks at Reading Tonic have asked me to share the inspiration for the Pixieland Diaries series. Fun!

So without further ado, here goes…

A huge inspiration for this series was a book called Faeries, which is now available in a 25th anniversary edition. The original version came my way during my teenage years (I say teen years, you think secret hell.) It got my imagination going and provided a mental escape hatch in what was otherwise a crap time. The book is a clear and driving force behind wanting to explore the world of pixies in this book series.

Wondering what the big deal is about with Faeries? There’s a great guided video tour here.

But for the purposes of this post, I’ll quickly share why I love this work: the illustrations are sublime. Because of these images, I added a ton of drawings to the Pixieland series as well.

There are two artists who created this book. The first is Alan Lee, a guy who’s arguably best known for illustrating the Lord of the Rings novels. Then there’s Brian Froud, someone I consider the go-to guy for all faerie art. Both are mind-blowing in terms of their creativity and skill.

Here’s why the Faerie illustrations are special (to me, anyway). These artists don’t just draw a cute elves. They really think through the particular world behind each creature. For instance, a beautiful elf may have clothing with lovely geometric patterns… which then match designs behind them… and all carry a subtle visual theme of swords. The resulting message is one that combines beauty and death. Perfect for the fae.
And when it comes to evil creatures? Their work is even better. Some fae have a particular texture to their flesh… or no skin at all. I’d link in a bunch of their images, but that can get me in trouble. (I’m not even kidding. I’ve gotten–and paid–hefty fines in the past.) Instead, I’ll share a few pics that I own from my upcoming book, DARE.

I’ll kick off with the antagonist.

The Usurper

What I love about this illustration is how it takes an old image–namely a mysterious figure in a dark cloak–and adds something fresh. The extra arms are often used in Eastern art to show higher power levels, and I think that idea is conveyed here as well. The sword is a great addition (and it plays right into my story, but that’s a post for another time). And the style of illustration is rough and harsh, which also tells the story of the character. This piece is created by a Russian artist who goes by the name of Warm Tail.

Lady Kae

In a lot of ways, this is a standard image of a gorgeous elf. What makes this illustration special is the cone-style hat and unusual jewelry. This lady is clearly not your average fae. And in DARE, she certainly plays a special role. This pic is an adaptation of a full-color piece by one of my favorite artists, Majorgaine.

And here’s a snapshot of me happily coddling my 25th anniversary edition. So exciting to find it on a rare books Amazon page as the original is out print. Bucket list item… done!

On a final note, if you want to find out more about DARE, you can check it out on Nook,Amazon,GooglePlay,Apple & Kobo.

AUTHOR BIO:

Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too. 

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.

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Thank you to Christina for her guest post!

The Blog Tour schedule:

March 29th
cupcakesandbookshelves >> Excerpt
Aubrey Wynne: Timeless Love >> Excerpt
Lisa Loves Literature >> Excerpt
Literary Gold >> Excerpt
March 30th
Living in a Bookworld >> Excerpt
breen.rb >> Review
Adventures in Writing >> Excerpt
March 31st
Books, Tea, Healthy Me  >> Guest post
diary of a wannabe writer >> Review
The World of Celia McMahon >> Excerpt
April 1st
thescorpion.bibliophile >> Review
Rockin’ Book Reviews  >> Guest post
April 2nd
Stuck In Books >> Excerpt
Drunk On Pop >> Excerpt
Angel’s Guilty Pleasures >> Excerpt
The Avid Reader >> Review

April 5th
My Fiction Nook >> Excerpt
Natasha Brooks’ Favorite Books >> Interview
The Reclusive Reader >> Review
April 6th
Lady Hawkeye  >> Excerpt
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Interview
Westveil Publishing  >> Review
April 7th
Candlelight Reading >> Excerpt
Amazeballs Book Addicts >> Review
April 8th
Sadie’s Spotlight >> Excerpt
The Book Junkie Reads . . . >> Review
Reading Tonic  >> Guest post
April 9th
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author  >> Excerpt
Teatime and Books >> Excerpt
Books A-Brewin’ >> Excerpt
BookishKelly2020 >> Excerpt

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#Book review #Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer @Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Book Description:

From the author of Annihilation, a brilliant speculative thriller of dark conspiracy, endangered species, and the possible end of all things.

Security consultant “Jane Smith” receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the note, is a reputed ecoterrorist and the daughter of an Argentine industrialist. By taking the hummingbird from the storage unit, Jane sets in motion a series of events that quickly spin beyond her control.

Soon, Jane and her family are in danger, with few allies to help her make sense of the true scope of the peril. Is the only way to safety to follow in Silvina’s footsteps? Is it too late to stop? As she desperately seeks answers about why Silvina contacted her, time is running out—for her and possibly for the world.

Hummingbird Salamander is Jeff VanderMeer at his brilliant, cinematic best, wrapping profound questions about climate change, identity, and the world we live in into a tightly plotted thriller full of unexpected twists and elaborate conspiracy.

My thoughts:

My thoughts:

This was my first book by Jeff VanderMeer. And it’s a clever, clever one, which I’m still thinking about.
You have to be in a special kind of mindset for Hummingbird Salamander- it is enigmatic, confusing, thought-provoking and complex. I didn’t find it easy to get into the story (too many run-of-the-mill, predictable thrillers recently), but the writing was so good that I just had to continue trying to wrap my mind around this mystery. It is as if the book had a special kind of rhythm, keeping me alert and paying close attention, and then dulling my senses with the foreshadowing I wasn’t ready for. Eventually, everything becomes clear and you see how well-plotted this book is. My biggest enemy were my own expectations of what the book is going to be about or rather how it is going to approach me- appeal to my emotions? logic? current events?


‘Jane Smith’ is a security systems analyst. There aren’t many women in her position and she seems to enjoy her work. The story begins with Jane receiving an envelope, left for her in her favourite bar by a mysterious customer. Inside the envelope there is a key to a storage unit and a note from a woman called Silvina. Intrigued by the note implying that Silvina is dead, Jane visits the storage unit and finds a box with a taxidermied hummingbird that belongs to a very rare, now extinct species. Jane discovers that Silvina was a very unusual person, an alleged bioterrorist. Jane takes up the challenge set by Silvina’s note, although it quickly becomes apparent that she has got herself into something very dangerous.

Jane is a unique character in many ways and I’m not talking about her striking appearance. For most of the book you are led to believe she has this strange emotional disconnect from the world she lives in – her family, her parents, her colleagues. Is it really so? She keeps dropping hints at some future events and talking to you about the change that is happening in her, but you are caught in all the smoke and mirrors of the thriller part, until the true meaning of the journey from the hummingbird to the salamander and back is revealed.


It isn’t easy to classify this book- an ecological thriller? mystery? noir? conspiracy? sci-fi? There are some very pertinent questions about our world and its future and there are some profound philosophical reflections. As you keep reading, you get more and more pieces to help you understand the protagonist and you are drawn more and more into the story. Just go along with the author’s brilliant writing. I promise you the book is one of a kind.

Thank you to NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux forthe ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

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#Book Blitz # When a Cowboy Loves a Woman by Jennie Marts @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
When a Cowboy Loves a Woman
by Jennie Marts
(Creedence Horse Rescue #2)
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication date: March 30th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

They both know the pain of loss and how to protect their hearts…but fate has a way of stepping in…

When a kitchen fire forces young widow Elle Brooks to move in with her friend Bryn and her motley collection of rescue animals, she doesn’t foresee ending up in the muscled arms of handsome cowboy and veterinarian Brody Tate. But she can’t deny the feelings that being close to Brody are stirring in her. Spending time with the hunky cowboy and his adorable young daughter as they rehabilitate rescued horses reminds Elle of all she lost in a car crash years ago.

As a widower himself, Brody is devoted to being a good dad for his spirited daughter. He hasn’t let romance even enter his head. But now he’s met Elle. Spending time with her is shaking up the calm he’s worked so hard to achieve, and he can’t seem to get this woman off his mind.

Elle and Brody have both lost people they loved, but their mutual attraction and growing feelings are too strong to ignore. The hope of a future together is a beautiful possibility, but can these two wounded souls take a chance on each other and find the courage to love again?

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AUTHOR BIO:

Jennie Marts is the USA TODAY Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”
She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

Her books include the contemporary western romance Hearts of Montana series, the romantic comedy/ cozy mysteries of The Page Turners series, the hunky hockey-playing men in the Bannister family in the Bannister Brothers Books, and the small-town romantic comedies in the Lovestruck series of Cotton Creek Romances.

Jennie loves to hear from readers. Follow her on Facebook at Jennie Marts Books, or Twitter at @JennieMarts. Visit her at www.jenniemarts.com and sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest news and releases.

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#Blog Tour #Half the World Away by Rebecca Banks @rararesources

Thankyou to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Half the World Away, a debut romance novel by Rebecca Banks!

Half the World Away

Divorced and keeping a heart-breaking secret, Abbie Potter is sleep-walking through her life as a publicist at a London football club. She seems to spend more time covering their scandals than celebrating their wins, and has had enough. Though she’s already prepared for a fresh start, some shocking news pushes her to take an opportunity even further from home – in Salt Lake City.

The first morning of her new life, Abbie bumps into Kyle Miller. He’s persistent, and Abbie’s more than intrigued by him. Everything else seems to fit into place too: she has a fulfilling job, is on a journey of self-rediscovery, and has revived her love of music thanks to a new-found friendship.
She can’t risk losing what she’s built for herself, but how can she stop it from slipping through her fingers without shattering the façade she hides behind?

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My thoughts:


You can always tell when the authors put in their own life experience and passion into their books- the stories are more vivid, more real and full of interesting detail and this is the case with Half the World Away.
Abbie Potter has been working as a PR manager for a London football club for a few years. She is extremely professional and you can tell she loves the beautiful game, but recently she’s been feeling disappointed and upset about some of the things related to her work. Abbie’s loyal friend Violet is right, what Abbie needs is to put behind her past and start a new life. When quite unexpectedly she is offered a one year contract promoting a soccer club in Utah, Abbie decides to accept the very generous offer and give herself a fresh start.
Salt Lake City is lovely, she has a beautiful flat and an exciting job and a few new friends. Abbie’s biggest worry about moving to the States was that she would lose touch with her besties: Violet, her former flatmate Polly, her little sister Lily and, of course, her parents. But then a gorgeous ex-football player Kyle comes into her life and makes her realise she will never lose the people she cares so much about, because they love her and want to see her happy. Despite her newly found happiness and carefree facade, Abbie carries some serious emotional baggage which, together with some malintentioned people, risks to destroy everything she has been working for, if she doesn’t deal with it.


One of the biggest themes in this book is friendships, in particular, female friendships. Every girl needs a friend who will give her The Talk when she is stuck in a bleak, propectless job, or doesn’t know how to forgive herself for something in her past. I absolutely adored Abbie’s mum’s story about giving out mugs of hot tea to sisters in need.
Communication, communication, communication… is the basis of any kind of relationship. Easier said than done, right? We all make assumptions or jump to conclusions, falling onto our deeply-held self-beliefs or, as the case may be, our fears. The story is about Abbie and her journey of self-discovery, so the focus is very much on her rather than Kyle and their relationship, but I did feel this aspect could have been explored more. I also wish Abbie’s closure conversation with the ‘malintentioned character’ had a bit more depth…and forgiveness.


If you are a fan of British chicklit and stories about new beginnings, you are going to be entertained by this debut novel and will probably find yourself googling Liverpool (Abbie is a Scouse) and Salt Lake City. I’ll be looking forward to reading more from Rebecca Banks in future!

Author Bio

Rebecca Banks owns a boutique public relations agency specialising in sports and entertainment, and has 20 years of experience in PR and events.

She is also a freelance journalist. For over a decade she has written features from celebrity interviews and human profile pieces to motoring and travel reviews. Half the World Away is her debut novel.

Check out her website: www.rebecca-banks.com

Social Media Links –
Instagram: @rebecca_banks
Twitter: @rebeccabanks

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#Book Blitz #Bossy Grump by Nicole Snow @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Bossy Grump
by Nicole Snow
Publication date: March 30th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow returns with a screaming funny romance where two office enemies fake love until they’re all out of make-believe.

You know that awkward moment when your lava-hot boss says “marry me?”
Not for love. Not for real. Not without a mammoth payoff. Of course, this fortune comes with a ginormous snag—Ward Brandt.

Call me bananas. I must be short of a full bushel rejecting Chicago’s finest billionaire.
Who knew he was my boss when he crashed my worst date ever? Oh, but he found out.
He swore I wasn’t fit for Brandt Ideas, chewed me up, and spat me back out. I vowed I’d prove him wrong—and sabotage a metric ton of his coffee.

Then tragedy strikes, upending his limitless ego. Guess who needs an image makeover to shore up the family business. Big fat hell no. King Snarlypants has a peanut-sized heart and a chip on his shoulder bigger than a redwood.

Even if I agreed, my shields are up. No magnetic kisses. Zero butterflies. Nix the blushing when everyone gushes over what a “perfect couple” we’d be. Then again…it’s just ninety days and mama needs a windfall.
What’s one little white wedding lie with a bossy grump built like a god?

Full-length enemies-to-lovers romance loaded with banter, drama, and so much slow-burn heat you’ll want that Happily Ever After shaken over ice. A storm cloud of a man stuffed into a suit strikes a deal with the girl whose smart mouth drives him to the ultimate madness called love.

AUTHOR BIO:

Nicole Snow is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author. She found her love of writing by hashing out love scenes on lunch breaks and plotting her great escape from boardrooms. Her work roared onto the indie romance scene in 2014 with her Grizzlies MC series.

Since then Snow aims for the very best in growly, heart-of-gold alpha heroes, unbelievable suspense, and swoon storms aplenty. With over a million books sold, she lives for the joy of making two people fight with every bit of their soul for a Happily Ever After.

Current fan favorites include her Enguard Protectors series, accidental love novels, plus long beloved MC romance thrillers like the Grizzlies and Deadly Pistols.

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#Book Blitz #The Anti Relationship Year by Katie Wismer #New Adult #Romance @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
The Anti-Relationship Year
by Katie Wismer
(The Pact #2)
Publication date: March 30th 2021
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Johanna Palmer is very much over relationships.

After a scarring experience her freshman year of college, she’s decided she’d much rather have something fun than something serious.

Her best friend Miller has seen it all—the tears, the parties, the drunken phone calls at four in the morning when she needed a ride. In fact, there might be several things Miller saw that Jo herself can’t remember.

Things Miller can’t forget.

With the whirlwind of senior year underway, Jo just wants to move on, get her degree, and land her dream job. But her past might not be as easy to outrun as she’d hoped.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Katie Wismer is a diehard pig-lover, semi-obsessive gym rat, and longtime sucker for a well-written book. She studied creative writing and sociology at Roanoke College and now lives in Colorado with her cats Max and Dean. She spends most of her free time on her Youtube channel Katesbookdate where she chats about books, life, and veganism. You can find her online at katiewismer.com or @katesbookdate on Instagram and Twitter.

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#Blog Tour #I lost my Compass at the Bermuda Triangle and Dream Five by Clara L Molina #Sci-Fi @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Clara Molina’s new sci-fi novel I lost my Compass at the Bermuda Triangle and Dream Five.

I Lost My Compass At the Bermuda Triangle and Dream Five

Sophia Lorenzo awoke with no memory or identity and given a mission to murder a mysterious man named Murich Rhys. What will she do? There’s only one way to find out as she heads to his castle and embarks on a long and arduous journey to complete a task she does not want. 

Can she battle the scorching heat of the desert? What lies in the wake and maze of the forest? Can she escape from the Snow Dwellers and the inhabitants of the contentious city of Absolute Zero? 

She heads to the castle to discover who she is and why she was given this task. The truth is just as crazy as her mission. Sophia Lorenzo finds her compass on the Bermuda Triangle and Dream Five.

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My Thoughts:

If I could describe this book in four words, they would be: Short, Weird, Original, and Fun.
It took just a few pages to get hooked on this unusual story and a couple hours to read it in al its entirety. Clara L Molina has a great writing style with an excellent pace and this certainly conttributed tomy enjoyment of the book.

Weird? Well, tell me you’re not intrigued by the title… rest sssured it will all make sense. To quote the book itself :’I know this sounds very vague, but the picture will become crystal clear soon enough’. The first pages reminded me a bit of Waiting of Godot, then I couldn’t shake off the mental image of The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali – surreal, but also original and entertaining- then it all crystallised and the overall message of the book became crystal clear.

Sophia Lorenzo wakes up in a strange world. She doesn’t know who she is (in fact, her memory has been wiped off and we find who did it and to what end later). Soon she gets a message from the sky telling her to kill a man. She quickly finds out the man is a dictator who keeps this world under its control with the help of a chemical substance called Dream Five. Sophia sets off on a dangerous journey. At the same time we meet a very interesting lady who is fast approaching her retirement. Pat Houser is having her own adventure that will ultimately save not one, but two worlds. You might have guessed that the stories are connected, you just need to find out how.

The themes this short sci-fi novella touches upon are quite big- looking for one’s purpose in life, technology and its potential to alter the course of civilisation, everyone”s ability to bring change however small and insignificant they may consider themselves. All of these are explored in a fun, playful manner with a healthy dose of humour.

This was my first book by Clara L Molina and I’d love to read more from this author.
My favourite quote: ‘What is the truth?…’I don’t know, wherever I arrive, I hope I am punctual.’

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the complimentary review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Bio 

Clara L Molina writes Science Fiction books most of the time, dabbles in comic drawings occasionally, and writes to laugh at herself all the time. She has a computer science degree, but has been a lifelong writer. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, and enjoys fresh air and days where her hair is not frizzy.

Social Media Links – https://twitter.com/BoxaEl
https://www.elboxa.com/

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#Blog Tour #Breathing Underwater by Sarah Allen #Middle Grade @Xpresso Book Tours @Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Thank uyou to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours forinviting me to participate in the blog tour for Sarah Allen’s wonderful new book Breathing Underwater.

Book details:
Breathing Underwater
by Sarah Allen
Published by: Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: March 31st 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Middle-Grade


Synopsis:

Breathing Underwater is a sparkly, moving middle grade novel from Sarah Allen, and a big-hearted exploration of sisterhood, dreams, and what it means to be there for someone you love.

Olivia is on the road trip of her dreams, with her trusty camera and her big sister Ruth by her side. Three years ago, before their family moved from California to Tennessee, Olivia and Ruth buried a time capsule on their favorite beach. Now, they’re taking an RV back across the country to uncover the memories they left behind. But Ruth’s depression has been getting worse, so Olivia has created a plan to help her remember how life used to be: a makeshift scavenger hunt across the country, like pirates hunting for treasure, taking pictures and making memories along the way.

All she wants is to take the picture that makes her sister smile. But what if things can never go back to how they used to be? What if they never find the treasure they’re seeking? Through all the questions, loving her sister, not changing her, is all Olivia can do—and maybe it’s enough.

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This is one of the best books I have read this year, and, although I did keep in mind my twelve-thirteen year-old students when I read it, it can and it should be read by people of any age. The way Sarah Allen captured what it’s like to live and love a family member suffering from depression is so poignant and authentic. She also managed to do so much more and that is to show what it’s like to grow into yourself and begin to own your own feelings, realise that the different ways in which we see the world create it’s beauty.

Thirteen year old Olivia, who is passionate about photography, and her older sister Ruth are going on a road trip with their parents’ friends in an RV. Olivia would like this trip to become a Treasure Hunt that would recreate the hunt she and Ruth did in the past and remind them of happier times. Olivia tries so hard to be upbeat and keep her complex feelings under control not to upset Ruth or worry their mum. She is trying to understand her own limits (influence over other people’s choices, responsibility, anger, frustration, creativity ) and this mysterious thing called sisterly love.
It is difficult to imagine a better setting for a coming of age/self-discovery story than a road trip. Olivia is a talented photographer and she has a good eye for anything unusual: an angle that suddenly makes her see an ordinary object in a different light, a special detail that helps you understand the meaning of a place at a deeper level, a connection which isn’t obvious unless you’ve had a similar experience yourself. Ruth is musical – on their treasure hunts she used to come up with perfect playlists- and Olivia comes up with a heartwarming idea- she adds song title captions to her snaps, captions that bring together the sisters’ unique ways of seeing the world and creates a perfect fusion that is so meaningful for both of them.

The book is written from Olivia’s point of view and Sarah Allen manages to keep the first person narrative exactly that. Olivia has to rely heavily on her powers of observation to see the signs of Ruth having a downturn, because she is trying to do everything possible to make her sister feel better. Even a hint of smile on Ruth’s face can make Olivia happy. There isn’t a hint of omniscience that so often creeps into first person narratives. No, Olivia has to work out things on her own. She really doesn’t know what her sister or her mum thinks, she has to rely on their words or their body language, or take a guess, and this is one of the things that make this book so authentic. It doesn’t limit your ability to relate to other characters, though.

I wish I could interview Sarah Allen just to get a glimpse into her creative process and how she came up with this perfect ending. I felt I became Olivia for a brief moment- my heart was full of emotions I couldn’t express with words, but I had a picture in my mind that I will treasure.

Thank you to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours, NetGalley and the publisher for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion, which was not influenced in any way.

AUTHOR BIO:

Sarah Allen has been published in The Evansville Review, Allegory, and on WritersDigest. She has an MFA from Brigham Young University. Like Libby in her novel What Stars are Made Of, Allen was born with Turner Syndrome.

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March 29th
Have Coffee Need Books  >> Interview
The Avid Reader >> Excerpt
Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored >> Review
I’m All About Books >> Guest post

March 30th
Jorie Loves A Story >> Excerpt
The Caffeinated Reader >> Review
Cherie Colyer, Write ~ Read ~ Live >> Guest post
Twirling Book Princess  >> Excerpt
-Lindsey’s Library  >> Review

March 31st
Ruei’s Reading Corner  >> Review
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Excerpt
What Is That Book >> Excerpt
Books, Tea, Healthy Me  >> Guest post

April 1st
Reading Tonic >> Review
Kait Plus Books >> Interview
Hurn Publications >> Excerpt
dinipandareads >> Review
Books Beans and Botany >> Review

April 2nd
The World of Celia McMahon >> Review
Windows to Worlds >> Excerpt
Bookworm for Kids >> Review
Sweaters and Raindrops >> Excerpt
Milioni di Particelle >> Review

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#Book Blitz #Wallflower by Cookie O’Gorman #YA Romance @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Wallflower
by Cookie O’Gorman
Publication date: March 25th 2021
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Wallflower (wohl-flou-erh): Identifier for someone who is shy and/or awkward. For reference, see Viola Kent.

Seventeen-year-old Viola Kent likes being invisible. Well, not literally, but she’s content being a loner, reading her books, and hanging out with the animals at the shelter. She just wants to keep her head down and get through her senior year at Durham High.

Driving Dare Frost to school every day wasn’t part of the plan.

And when Viola finds out her dad recruited Dare, his number one player, to be her friend?

Her inner Slytherin demands revenge.

The solution: Get Dare to be her fake boyfriend.

Convincing the star athlete to pretend is easier than she’d thought it would be. The hard part is protecting her heart. With every word, touch, and kiss, Viola’s feelings become more real.

The problem: Viola knows she’s falling for Dare—but he doesn’t believe in love.

This book features two sets of soulmates, one happy pooch named Hermione, so many sizzling kisses and answers the question:

Can a dork and a jock fake their way to true love?

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Cookie O’Gorman writes YA & NA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her novels ADORKABLE, NINJA GIRL, The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder, The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad  and WALLFLOWER are out now!  She is also the author of NA sports romance, The Best Mistake.

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1. “Electric Love” by BORNS

2. “Are We There Yet?” by Ingrid Michaelson

3. “Shotgun” by George Ezra

4. “Closer” by The Chainsmokers

5. “Somebody to Love” by Queen

6. “Take Care” by Drake ft. Rhianna

7. “Willow” by Taylor Swift

8. “Chasing Cars” by Vitamin String Quartet

9. “Viva La Vida” by 2Cellos

10. “I Melt With You” by Modern English

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#Blog Tour #Memoirs Of A Karate Fighter by Ralph Robb #Guest post by Ralph Robb @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Memoirs of a Karate Fighter and thank you to Ralph Robb, the author of the book, for his guest post!

Memoirs of a Karate Fighter

Novelist and former karate champion Ralph Robb recounts his experiences at one of Europe’s toughest dojos and provides an insight into the philosophy and training methods of a club which produced national, European and world titleholders. In a hard-hitting story, Ralph tells of the fights on and off the mat; his experiences as one of a very few black residents in an area in which racist members of the National Front were very active; and the tragic descent into mental illness and premature death of the training partner who was also his best friend.

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GUEST  POST  BY RALPH ROBB
MEMOIRS OF A KARATE FIGHTER

At the time of writing this book, I had to do a lot of soul searching relating to violence in the street and how much of this topic I was to include in the book. I knew the comments it would receive, comments such as ‘the members of the YMCA were no better than the thugs they were fighting in the streets.’

While I wanted to recount how things were and the fights that happened outside the club, I didn’t want to glamorize the violence or make out that I was training with a bunch of saints. I suppose it is all about context and in many cases, this varied as much as an individual’s attitude to violence.
One of the main reasons why I started karate in the first place was that I quickly learned that in the poorer sectors of the city, there was a constant threat of violence. Like it or not I had to live in that reality. It wasn’t just the treat of racial violence such the type people like Enoch Powell and members of the National Front propagated. But in the 1970 football hooliganism regularly shut down the town center as Wolves supporters clashed with away team fans and gangs of skinheads. As worrying as this was, this threat of violence was mainly brought into the community from the outside and wasn’t the threat I encountered on a day-to-day basis.

This came in the form of what I considered, domestic violence. Not the spousal type we all know about, but violence committed by local (domestic) criminality. Gangs, theft, fraud, molestation, breaking and entry etc, etc. Let me give you an example, at school we played an across town rival at football. After the match the police had to be called to escort us out of that area, as crowds of armed pupils were accumulated along the path, we would have to take to get home. This is just one example of many of the silly little turf wars that took place daily.

In our minds we’d be righting a wrong for incidents such as fraudsters taking money from your elderly mother. Reporting it to the police was often a waste of time and the quickest way to retrieve the funds would be direct intervention. Much of the incidents that involved members of the YMCA Karate club fell into this category.

Book Excerpt

As I went back to my car thoughts of visiting Clinton on the way home meant that I had not taken much notice of the raised voices that came from somewhere beyond my peripheral vision. “Hey! I’m talking to you, you black bastard!” someone shouted.
I finished unlocking the car door before I pivoted around to see four young guys on the other side of the car park. The skinhead I had first seen on that day in the lift shortly after I had moved into the flat was amongst them. He had allowed his hair to grow a little longer but other than that he had not changed much. He led the other three toward me. At his shoulder was a man who was slightly larger, his pudgy face was contorted with hate. Maybe they had waited this long because somewhere in their befuddled minds they had figured that now I was no longer living in the flat there was less chance of any acts of retaliation from me. The car door was unlocked and I had the option of jumping in and driving away but my running away days were long over.

Author Bio 

Ralph Robb was born and raised in the industrial town of Wolverhampton, England and now lives in Ontario Canada with his wife, cat and dog. A proud father of four, Robb works as an engineering technician and loves rugby, martial arts and a good book. His world is balanced by quality TV, global events, great outdoors and of course his grand-daughter.

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Twitter: @RalphSRobb
Webpage: www.ralphrobb.com

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#Publication Day Blitz #The Ticklemore Tattler by Liz Davies @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel from rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the Publication Day for the second instalment in Liz Davies’s Ticklemore series.

Happy Publication Day to the Ticklemore Tattler!

The Ticklemore Tattler

Sometimes you have to write your own future…
The life of former journalist Juliette Seymour has been quiet and unassuming. Up until now, she’s been concentrating on running the local newspaper and raising her daughter.

But all that is about to change when Juliette is informed that the Ticklemore Tattler is to fold and that she’ll be out of a job. She begins to wonder whether she can buy the newspaper and try to make a go of it herself.

Aware that she needs some advice she contacts Oliver Pascoe, little knowing that when her old colleague re-enters her life, his help isn’t the only thing she wants him for!

As she begins to fall in love, however, what she doesn’t realise is that Oliver has something he’s keeping from her.

A gorgeously uplifting story, perfect for fans of Holly Hepburn, Heidi Swain, and Isabelle Broom.

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My thoughts:


It was such a pleasure to come back to the wonderful village of Ticklemore and find out how the characters from Liz Davies’s The Ticklemore Toy Shop are getting on with their life. This book tells the story of inimitable Julliette Seymore, The Ticklemore Tattler one and only journalist/ photographer/ reporter /editor-in-chief and her fight for the newspaper she couldn’t imagine her life without. Of course, the Ticklemore community is going to rally behind her and pull all the stops to help her save this important part of the village history and present life.
The characters Liz creates are so well-written: we get to know everything about Juliette’s life, her likes and dislikes, her motivations, what made her the person she is now, her thoughts and her feelings. Juliette gave up the hectic life of a London political reporter, once she gotpregnant and came back to her home village to give birth to and raise her daughter. Now that Brooke has left the nest, Juliette may be feeling a bit lonely, but she has her paper to keep her busy. Until the owner gives her the dreadful news. He is going to close the newspaper that has been struggling to break even for years and Juliette needs to start looking for anew job elsewhere. Juliette asks her former colleague, Oliver Pascoe to give her some ideas on how she can save the paper. With both of them free and unattached and quite similar in their atttudes and values, perhaps, a bit of romance is on the horizon?
I loved everything about the setting ( I hope Liz continues adding more books to the series), but what I appreciated the most about this book was the choice to focus on the protagonists in the age category that doesn’t getmuch attention: both Juliette and Oliver are in their early fifties, but  they need love, respect, understanding, support, and romance in their lives as much as anybody else.

Fans of Liz Davies are going tobe delighted with this heartwarming story and I am wishing the book all the success it deserves!

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the complimentary copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Bio

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.

Website: https://lizdaviesauthor.wixsite.com/home
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#Blog Tour #Book Review # A Chance Encounter by Rae Shaw # A Julianna Baptiste novel @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blogtour for A Chance Encounter, a fascinating thriller by Rae Shaw, the first book in her new Julianna Baptiste series.

A Chance Encounter

Julianna Baptiste, a feisty bodyguard, finds her new job tedious, that is until her boss, the evasive Jackson Haynes, spikes her curiosity. Who is behind the vicious threats to his beautiful wife and why is he interested in two estranged siblings?

Mark works for Haynes’s vast company. He’s hiding from ruthless money launderers.

His teenage sister Ellen has an online friend whom she has never met. Ellen guards a terrible secret.

For eight years their duplicitous father has languished in prison, claiming he is innocent of murder. The evidence against him is overwhelming, so why does Mark persist with an appeal?

Keen to prove her potential as an investigator, Julianna forces Mark to confront his mistakes. The consequences will put all their lives in danger.

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My thoughts:

A Chance Encounter is a fascinating beginning of a new series of thrillers featuring a curious and feisty bodyguard Julianna Baptiste. Intrigued by the words ‘curious and feisty’? So was I. And Julianna didn’t disappoint!

As this is the first novel in a new series, there is plenty of ‘world-building’ or rather since this isn’t a fantasy novel, setting up the Julianna Baptiste universe. We find out her backstory. First, only the most salient points e.g. why she spends hours pummelling a punch bag decorated with the photos of her own honeymoon or why she stopped working for the intelligence services and took up a modest position of a bodyguard/occasional chauffer for the family of Jackson Haynes. Julianna might doubt her powers of observation and her ability to see the big picture (due to what happened in her own private life), but when her instinct tells her she needs to pay closer attention to something, it is usually spot on. Julianna is new to the Haynes household and still needs to learn a lot about her employer and his family. There is also a new forensic accountant Mark, who is about to begin working for Haynes. Mark’s chance encounter with his little sister Ellen, whom he hasn’t seen for three years, lets on that Mark’s family also have their own secrets and these will make up the backbone of this well thought through plot.

The story is told from several points of view- Julianna’s, Mark’s and Ellen’s. I found this form of narrative gave me a much better insight into the characters and the unfolding events without the need for sensational twists, but rather building up meticulously the knowledge we need to understand this complex story. I was drawn straightaway – first by Julianna’s personality, then by Mark’s intriguing past, then I was shocked by Mark’s and Ellen’s mother’s attitude towards her children, and so on…I just had to keep reading until I reached the end of the book. The narrators’ voices are distinct and represent well-rounded characters.

The pace was excellent which contributed to my enjoyment of the story. I would really like to read more books written by Rae Shaw and, of course, I would like to continue with this series. Can’t wait toread the next Julianna Baptiste novel!

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources, the publisher and the author for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Bio

Rae Shaw is a pen name for the author Rachel Walkley.

Rachel is based in the North West of England. She read her first grown-up detective novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be a catalyst for filling many shelves with crime books, which still occupy her home and grow in number whenever she visits a book shop.
As well as crime, Rachel likes to unplug from the real world and writes mysteries that have a touch of magic woven into family secrets.

https://raeshawauthor.com/
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Rachel Walkley

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#Book Blitz # Heart and Seek by Luna Joya#Paranormal Romance @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Heart and Seek
by Luna Joya
(Legacy Series, #4)
Publication date: March 23rd 2020
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:

Is their chance encounter a witchy second shot at love? Or just another score?

Ruby Donovan is a lot of things—paramedic, single mom, Legacy witch. The one title she never wanted? Senate heir. But that’s exactly what she’ll become unless she can find a loophole fast. It’s just her luck that the man who steps in to help her is the one who crushed her heart so many years ago. There’s no way she’ll give him a second chance to do that.

Treasure hunter Diego Benitas has no interest in witch politics. But he does have a significant interest in Ruby. He always has. Keeping her safe and helping her find what she’s looking for shouldn’t be too hard. Convincing her to let him into her heart again? That might be the toughest assignment he’s ever faced.

It’s not long before Ruby and Diego realize how much danger their search has stirred up—and just how much they need each other. With enemies closing in from all sides, can they survive long enough to find their way to happily ever after? Or will the odds keep them apart forever?

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AUTHOR BIO:

Luna Joya writes sexy hexy romances in the award-winning Legacy Series.

Fluent in sarcasm and penal code, Luna prosecutes by day and writes at night. She loves history, especially Los Angeles and Hollywood lore.

A survivor of traumatic brain injury with steel body parts, she lives in SoCal with her combat veteran husband and their two-pound terror of a rescue pup.


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#Book Blitz #I put a spell on You by Sarah Vance -Tomkins @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
I Put a Spell On You
by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
Publication date: March 23rd 2021
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales

Synopsis:

“Being a modern-day fairy godmother isn’t all ‘bibbidi bobbidi boo,’” the legendary Lilliana Willowbrook says. “It’s hard work, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We don’t handle cash, jewelry, real estate or revenge.”

AVIANA WILLOWBROOK had no idea that her mother is a living legend until the day the tattered old copy of “The Fairy Godmother’s Rulebook” arrived in the mail on her twenty-first birthday. Estranged from her mom, and living in Beverly Hills with her father, her stepmother and two super-achieving stepsisters, Aviana is unhappy and directionless.

Hotel heir NASH NOLAN isn’t content to use his family’s fortune, instead he’s used his computer knowledge to create a successful travel app. He’s not the kind of guy to wear his heart on his sleeve, Nash is immediately attracted to Aviana’s confidence and kindness.

But everything changes when novice fairy godmother Aviana is tasked with sparking a romance between Nash and her wicked stepsister. Will she use her powers to help Nash and her stepsister find their destiny, or will she use her pixie dust to find her own happily ever after?

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AUTHOR BIO:

Sarah Vance-Tompkins received an MFA in Film Production from the University of Southern California, and went on to work in feature film development in Hollywood. Prior to film school, she wrote and produced radio and television commercials. She grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, and now lives in Southern California with her husband and a glaring of unruly cats.
Author links:

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#BookBlitz #Royally Drained by Fritzi Cox @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Royally Drained
by Fritzi Cox
(V.I.L.F., #1)
Publication date: March 23rd 2021
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:

From jilted princess bride to a revenge plot fit for a king, this charming couple is royally screwed …

As I lived my best royal life, my only job as a princess was to find and marry a handsome prince. Too bad Prince Theo turned out to be more of a toad.

After I began losing my powers, he lost interest in our upcoming wedding. Not only did Theo leave me at the altar, but he also banished me and my merry band of misfits from the Kingdom of Poppycock forever.

Talk about a walk of shame!

From enchanted castle to crumbling cottage, I’m now stuck in Morningwood, struggling to plot my next move.

This strange little town, full of mischief and magic, is the perfect place to hide while I practice my spells and hopefully regain my powers.

What could possibly go wrong?

Other than accidentally summoning a mysterious male vampire who throws me off my quest and gets my blood boiling in all the right places.

And my blood is exactly what Vail and his brotherhood need for their top-secret laboratory.

Who would have thought my charming royal genes could help their dangerous mission?

As long as Vail keeps his fangs to himself, we won’t have a problem.

His hands though?

That’s another story entirely.

My taste for revenge is strong, but his taste for me is stronger.

Could this be my fairy-tale ending? Or am I destined to live a nightmare?

Author’s note:
Royally Drained is a paranormal romcom with a few dark themes. This is book 1 in the VILF series and ends with a cliff-hanger.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Fritzi Cox is a dark soul with a wicked sense of humor. She regularly bathes in the blood of her enemies while sipping champagne and hashtagging her vibes. She’s fond of plotting mayhem, writing spellbinding twists, and tickling her readers with an over-the-top sense of humor. Rumor has it, her alter ego, Kat Addams, is her spirit animal. Or is it the other way around? Either way, expect Fritzi to keep you on your toes!

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#Book Blitz #The Final Dawn by Jess Anastasi @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
The Final Dawn(Atrophy #5)
by Jess Anastasi
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: March 22nd 2021
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

Synopsis:

Rian Sherron is a lot of things. Captain of the spaceship Imojenna. Ex-war hero. Ex-assassin. For years, he’s traveled from one end of the galaxy to the other, both trying to escape his demons and get revenge on the shape-shifting aliens responsible for his slow demise into hell.

That all changed the day Rian rescued an Arynian priestess from slave traders. Ella Kinton is everything Rian both fears and admires. Ella is everything he never let himself admit he wanted. Together, they must face a harrowing choice—come together and defeat Reidar, or fall apart, leaving the universe in total chaos.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. With a multi-award-winning science fiction romance series to her name, her books feature larger than life heroes with relatable vulnerabilities who find themselves in situations that push their resolve to the limit. Jess is a tea-addict who loves loud music, dancing in her kitchen and a good book on a rainy day. A fangirl at heart, she probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia. 

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#Blog Tour # The Wherryman by David Blake #DI Tanner #Norfolk Broads series #Police procedural @rararesources @David Blake

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for the latest additions to DI Tanner series of police procedurals written by David Blake.

THE WHERRYMAN

Four missing children, three murdered men, and the helm of a boat with a blood-red sail, hiding a secret only he can tell.

Returning to the Broads after nearly two years at sea, Tanner moors up next to a boat to find the body of a man whose five-year-old daughter is nowhere to be seen. As a torrent of unwanted memories begins flooding through his mind, an attractive Broads Ranger arrives at the scene with a disturbing tale; one of children being taken by a ghostly figure, standing at the helm of an old wooden boat.

Purchase Link – getbook.at/TheWherryman

My thoughts:

We are back to the fascinating world of Norfolk Broads with DI Tanner’s latest investigation!

After the tragic events of Horsey Mere, John Tanner did the only thing he could do to preserve his sanity- he went to the sea ( ‘The cure for anything is salt water—sweat, tears, or the sea’ Isak Dinesen).
Two years later he is back to the place where he started his journey and bang! in the middle of a new case, as he discovers a dead body and finds out that the victim’s five-year-old daughter is missing. He also discovers that this isn’t an isolated case- three more children have been abducted from their parents’ boats. And Vicky Gilbert (who has become a DI in the meantime) delivers another disturbing piece of news: a criminal family from London has relocated to Norfolk. They say that the head of the family wanted to retire, but in reality, they get into a new business- that of hiring boats to holidaymakers. There’s another very sinister reason to suspect that they might be involved…

The book is as dark and gripping as the previous one. The ‘supernatural’ element (or you might want to call it ‘the superstition element) is the legend of a wherryboat with dark-red, blood-soaked sails and a lonely wherryman who whisks away children left without supervision. Of course, DI Tanner is a down-to-earth person, who believes in evidence collection and solid police work, but this much-feared ghostly apparition may have an unexpected rational explanation.

We see a different side of Tanner, a person who has endured a lot of suffering in his life and hasn’t lost his humanity and compassion. There are some old characters (I was very happy to see more of Vicky and DCI Forrester) and some new characters that you might take to or dislike intensely.

The setting is very atmospheric. I don’t know much about boats and sailing, but the descriptions sounded fascinating and I found myself looking for images online. David’s passion for Norfolk Broads and boats was clearly evident in this book.

Despite the very dark topic (the final scenes were downright shocking, even creepy), this was an entertaining read, I found impossible to put down. Can’t wait for the next book in the series- Storm Force.

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources, the publisher and the author for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Bio

Consistently ranked within the top 30 most read authors on Amazon.co.uk, David Blake is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written eighteen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his nineteenth, The Wherryman, which is the next in his series of crime fiction thrillers after Broadland, St. Benet’s, Moorings, Three Rivers and Horsey Mere. When not writing, David likes to spend his time mucking about in boats, often in the Norfolk Broads, where his crime fiction books are based.
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#Blog Tour #Tristan (Hawks #1) by Jennie Lynn Roberts #Fantasy @Xpresso Book Tours

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Tristan, the first book in a new action-packed, swoonworthy fantasy series by Jennie Lynn Roberts.

Book details:
Tristan
by Jennie Lynn Roberts
(The Hawks, #1)
Publication date: February 22nd 2021
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Synopsis:

His redemption might be her downfall…

Tristan has nothing left to lose. His best friend’s betrayal cost him everything. Now, he’s going to take it back. All he has to do to get the Hawks reinstated to their rightful position at the palace is track down the traitor’s younger sister and turn her over for execution. But Nim’s not the girl Tristan left behind years ago; she’s a stubborn, loyal, beautiful woman, and he can’t stop himself from wanting her.

Nim fled with nothing when the king’s favorite came for her. All she has left is the conviction that her brother is innocent—and her determination to free him. She’ll do anything…even if it means convincing Tristan to help her. But the man he’s become is a far cry from the boy she fell in love with so long ago. He’s formidably stern and deeply untrusting. She’ll just have to hope he still has a heart under that battle-scarred exterior.

When love and duty collide, will Tristan follow his orders or follow his heart?

Tristan, book 1 in The Hawks series, is a sexy, steamy, adult fantasy romance full of swords, shifters (kind of), and tons of action. But fair warning: This book is intended only for readers who love slow burn romance, fast-paced adventure, soul mates and found family—and characters who curse when they fight for survival. If that’s you, happy reading.

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Tristan by Jennie Lynn Roberts is a fabulously imaginative fantasy story set in an original world. If you are looking for a new series, full of adventures and well-rounded, interesting characters, Tristan is a book for you!
Tristan is a Captain of Royal Guards entrusted with the protection of the King himself. At the beginning of the book a tragedy strikes and the King is assassinated with Tristan standing but a few feet away. Added to Tristan’s shame and guilt is the fact that his childhood friend, a royal guard himself, Val, appears to have betrayed the King and his fellow soldiers and got involved with the treacherous Princess Alana, who has recently joined the royal family in order to secure peace. Tristan and his faithful Hawks are demoted and exiled, while Val is captured and is awaiting execution. When Tristan is given one chance to redeem himself by tracking Val’s accomplice, he doesn’t hesitateeven if the person in question is Val’s younger sister Nim, his companion of childhood games. Nim’s flight from the new King’s vengeful Chancellor is heart-breaking. Once she find out that Val is still alive, she becomes a woman on mission: she must save her kind and loyal brother or die trying to do it.

The world created by Jennie Lynn Roberts is spellbinding. It has been such a long time since I visited afantasy world so carefully constructed. It is quite complex, but the author doesn’t fallinto the trap of an infodump. She doesn’t tell, she shows and involves her readersin the adventures of her fascinating characters. I really enjoyed getting to know the protagonists and, yes, I will always have a sweet spot for a strong, reserved male lead and an equally strong, but so feisty female protagonist. The secondary characters are equally interesting and it was so much fun getting to know the Hawks with their unique abilities and unique dispositions.

I adore slow-burn romance and friends-to-lovers trope and this one surpassed all my expectations! There was enough time and enough adventures for the characters to test their ideas of what they already believed in their hearts- that they belong together and that the trust they placed blindly in the nobility of each other’s intentions was justified.

I am really looking forward to the second part of the Hawks and cannot recommend it highly enough to all lovers of the fantasy genre.

Giveaway:

Tour-wide giveaway (INT)

$15 Amazon gift card

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AUTHOR BIO:

Jennie Lynn Roberts believes that every strong, kickass heroine should have control of her own story, a swoony hero to support her at every turn, and a guaranteed happily ever after. Because that doesn’t always happen in real life, she began creating her own worlds that work just the way they should. And she hasn’t looked back since.   

Jennie would rather be writing than doing anything else—except for spending time with her gorgeous family, of course. But when she isn’t building vibrant new worlds, she can be found nattering with friends, baking up a storm, or strolling in the woods around her home in England.  

If you want to talk books, romance, movies, reluctant heroes, or just about anything else with Jennie, feel free to contact her atwww.jennielynnroberts.com. But be prepared to settle in for a long chat if you bring up shifters, vampires, Star Wars, or The Princess Bride….

Author links:

website / Facebook / instagram / pinterest / goodreads

Thank you for reading the post! If you would like to know what other bloggers thought of Tristan, here is the full blog tour schedule:

March 22nd
Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored >> Guest post
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Excerpt
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! >> Review

March 23rd
Iron Canuck Reviews & More >> Excerpt
Viviana MacKade >> Guest post
Adventures in Writing >> Excerpt

March 24th
Book Briefs >> Review
Reading Tonic >> Review
Sadie’s Spotlight >> Excerpt

March 25th
The Avid Reader >> Interview
My Fiction Nook >> Guest post
Lindsey’s Library >> Review

March 26th
BookishKelly2020 >> Review
Sara In Bookkland >> Interview
Ingrid´s Book Blog >> Review
Cranky The Book Curmudgeon >> Review

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#Blog Tour #Horsey Mere & The Wherryman by David Blake #DI Tanner #Norfolk Broads series #Book Review of Horsey Mere #Police procedural @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for the latest additions to DI Tanner series of police procedurals written by David Blake.

HORSEY MERE
The remains of a 17th Century witch, an MP found hanging above a five-pointed star, and three girls with powers beyond anyone’s control.

As DI Tanner and DS Evans endeavour to make plans for their big day, the chance discovery of Norfolk’s last known witch, tried and hanged by Norfolk’s infamous Witchfinder General, sparks a chain of the most horrific events, none of which Tanner seems able to stop.

Purchase Link – getbook.at/HorseyMere

THE WHERRYMAN
Four missing children, three murdered men, and the helm of a boat with a blood-red sail, hiding a secret only he can tell.

Returning to the Broads after nearly two years at sea, Tanner moors up next to a boat to find the body of a man whose five-year-old daughter is nowhere to be seen. As a torrent of unwanted memories begins flooding through his mind, an attractive Broads Ranger arrives at the scene with a disturbing tale; one of children being taken by a ghostly figure, standing at the helm of an old wooden boat.
Purchase Link – getbook.at/TheWherryman

My Thoughts:

I am a newcomer to this fascinating series of police procedurals, but my blogger friends raved about David Blake’s previous books and now I can see why. Fast-paced, gritty, atmospheric, Horsey Mere is an excellent addition to DI Tanner series.

I must admit, when I first read the short blurb provided by the publisher, I imagined the book in a different light. So, if you are not a big fan of paranormal, rest assured, however atmospheric the beginning of the story is (three boys open an old grave with human remains), it is followed by a solid police investigation into a different case. I don’t really want to give the story away, but the plot is well-thought through in the best way possible. You have all the clues, but you discover their significance together with the police, when you begin to see connections between the things which previously appeared unrelated. I like a good twist as much as any other reader, but what I like more is a foreshadowed twist and David Blake is a real master of creating watertight plots.

Most of us read series like that because we find the detectives and their personal and working relationships, which are inevitably intertwined, fascinating. We get to see more of DI Tanner and his fiancee Jenny Evans. I dare say that seeing how well they understand each other, hearing their playful banter and knowing that they will always have each other’s back ( ‘until death do us part’) is one of the most tender moments of this otherwise down-to-earth book.

There are some really serious issues explored in this story- politics, racism, xenophobia, social climbing, blackmail with the overarching idea of action and reaction, force and counterforce, injustice/ suffering that is unfortunately exarcerbated by more injustice. These topics may sound too heavy, but the book is a real page-turner told at a perfect pace.

Fortunately, the next instalment is already out and I can’t wait to tell you all about it tomorrow in my new post on The Wherryman, DI Tanner#6.

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the publisher for the review copies of Horsey Mere and The Wherryman. All opinions aremy own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Bio
Consistently ranked within the top 30 most read authors on Amazon.co.uk, David Blake is a full-time author living in North London. To date he has written eighteen books along with a collection of short stories. He’s currently working on his nineteenth, The Wherryman, which is the next in his series of crime fiction thrillers after Broadland, St. Benet’s, Moorings, Three Rivers and Horsey Mere. When not writing, David likes to spend his time mucking about in boats, often in the Norfolk Broads, where his crime fiction books are based.

Social Media Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidBlakeAuthor
Twitter: @DavidDBlake

Thank you for reading the post! Tomorrow I am going to post my review of The WherryMan – hope you’re already intrigued about DI Tanner’s latest investigation.

If you would like to find out what other bloggers thought of Horsey Mere and The Wherryman, here is the full blog tour schedule:

21st March

  1. Chez Maximka
  2. Portable Magic
  3. Nicki`sLifeOfCrime

22nd March

  1. Jane Hunt Writer
  2. Ginger Book Geek
  3. Booky Charm

23rd March

  1. QuirkyBookReads
  2. Jane Hunt Writer
  3. The Review Crew

24th March

  1. The Word Is Out – Alyson’s Reviews
  2. donnasbookblog
  3. Reading Tonic

25th March

  1. QuirkyBookReads
  2. sharon beyond the books
  3. Reading Tonic

26th March

  1. The Word Is Out – Alyson’s Reviews
  2. Portable Magic
  3. The Divine Write

27th March

  1. Jessica Belmont
  2. Ginger Book Geek
  3. Books and Bindings

28th March

  1. ramblingmads.com 
  2. donnasbookblog
  3. The Crime Warp

29th March

  1. Chez Maximka
  2. Anna’s Book Blog
  3. Books and Bindings

30th March

  1. BookishKelly2020
  2. sharon beyond the books
  3. The Review Crew
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#Cover Reveal # Summer Sin by K.S.Marsden @rararesources

Happy Cover Reveal to Summer Sin by K.S.Marsden!

Summer Sin (Northern Witch #4)

As an eventful school year draws to a close, Mark has to face his greatest challenge yet.
Witches, demons and spells have quickly become the norm for Mark, but he will find that magic can’t solve all of his problems.

With everyone relying on him, will Mark be able to save the day?
Or will the price of being a hero be too high?

Pre Order Link
Available at special pre-order deal 99p (normal price £3.50/$3.99)
Purchase links:  https://books2read.com/u/b5kdXO

Publication Date: 1st May

Author Bio 

Kelly S. Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.
Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
She writes Fantasy stories part-time. Her first book, The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

Social Media Links –
www.ksmarsden.com
www.goodreads.com/author/show/6905238.K_S_Marsden
www.facebook.com/ksmarsden
www.twitter.com/ksmarsden
www.instagram.com/ksmarsden

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#Blog Tour #Girl with Secrets by Carol Rivers #Guest Post by Carol Rivers @rararesources

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Girl with Secrets by Carol Rivers, a wartime saga set in London. Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for organising the tour and to Carol Rivers for her guest post!

GUEST POST BY CAROL RIVERS

Hello, I’m Carol Rivers and my new book is called Girl with Secrets
 
 
From the very start of this book, I wanted to pull you into the story and grab your emotions. Daisy Purbright is a nine-year-old country girl, (above right) who finds herself at the mercy of the Luftwaffe when her father relocates his business to the heart of London’s East End. I wanted to tell a story that was common to many children in wartime. Heartbreak and strength, love and loss, taking responsibility way before your time.
 
I found Daisy’s journey compelling as I wrote and researched. I knew it would be a captivating and enthralling historical saga because I was captivated. So much so, that I know I need to write the next book in order to see what happens to Daisy and her devoted family as they try to come to terms with all that war means. I hope, after reading Girl with Secrets, you will agree with me!
 
Much love as always, Carol x

Girl with Secrets
A coming of age war story and family saga full of romance, mystery and danger in London’s East End. From the Sunday Times and ebook bestselling author of the Lizzie Flowers series and A Wartime Christmas comes a gripping NEW coming-of-age saga about love, loyalties and secrets.

IN THE TURMOIL OF WAR, CAN SHE KEEP HER FAMILY TOGETHER?

‘Surely one of the best saga writers of her time’ – Rosie Clarke

1938, East London. Nine year old Daisy Purbright is a country girl at heart and together with beloved brother Bobby, they’ve enjoyed the endless freedoms of rural England.

But when her father gambles the family’s fortunes on a speculative investment in London’s docklands, Daisy and her family are swept up into the intrigue, danger and excitement.Desperately the Purbrights attempt to settle to a new life in the East End, but the whisperings of war grow louder.

Then, one late afternoon in September 1940, Adolf Hitler conducts a paralysing bombardment on London and war tightens its grip. Life changes dramatically and closely guarded secrets threaten the Purbrights’ happiness.

Can Daisy and her family survive one of the most fateful events of the 20th century?

Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Pam Howes, Rosie Clarke and Dilly Court.

Purchase Links
UK  /  US

Author Bio

Mum and Dad were both East Enders who were born on the famous or should I say the then infamous Isle of Dogs. Their family were immigrants who travelled to the UK from Ireland and France, while others emigrated to America.
As a child I would listen to the adults spinning their colourful stories, as my cousins and I drank pop under the table.
I know the seeds of all my stories come from those far off times that feel like only yesterday. So I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my family and ancestors wherever you are now … UK, Ireland, France or America, as you’ve handed down to me the magic and love of story telling.

Thank you for reading the post! Let’s all wish Carol’s book lots of success!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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#Blog Tour #Book Review #Who Do You Trust by Kirsty Ferguson #Domestic Noir @rararesources @Boldwood Books

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Kirsty Ferguson’s new book Who Do You Trust?

Who Do You Trust?

A perfect sunny day, a family celebration, a heart-stopping hour that changes everything…
Dana has all she ever wanted – a husband she loves, her four-year-old daughter Kelsey who is the apple of her eye, and another baby on the way to complete her perfect family.

But then the worst fear that Dana has, comes true, and everything she thought she knew, she now starts to doubt. As her world comes crashing around her, who can Dana trust?  

Her husband Logan who seems to be getting worryingly close to Dana’s best friend Pippa?
Her new friend Melanie who has a sinister habit of turning up in the strangest places?
Her parents and her sister, who Dana knows are keeping a terrible secret from her?
Matt, who says he’s Dana’s friend, but sometimes she’s not so sure?
Or will Dana discover that it’s a dangerous mistake to trust anyone…

Join Kirsty Ferguson on this heart-stopping, plot-twisting, roller coaster read, perfect for fans of Shari Lapena and Adele Parks. 

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3ojpSH4

My thoughts:

This isn’t going to be an easy review to write without spolilers. If you’ve read the book, you must have noticed how carefully the blurb was worded to avoid giving away the most important content point.

Kirsty Ferguson is well-known for her gripping domestic noirs and dark topics. The premise in her newest bok is intriguing: who can you trust after a tragedy strikes and you both desperately need your family support and feel they are at least partially responsible for it?

Dana O’Connor is expecting her second child. Her husband Logan, her four-year-old daughter Kelsey and she are invited to a barbeque at her parents house. Her mother would like Dana and her younger sister Alesha try to mend their relationship, practically broken for good after Alesha said some very hurtful things to Dana three months before. We begin to see that Dana’s life might not be as perfect as it seems at first glance. Then unimaginable tragedy happens and devastated Dana needs time and space to make sense of it and accept it. Twists keep coming right, left and center. First we find out what exactly was said three months before to ruin Dana and Alesha’s sisterly bond. Then new people, Melanie and Matt, appear in Dana’s life, while the old ties and friendships (her husband Logan and her best friend Pippa) seem to fade  or transform. The circumstances in which Dana becomes friends with Melanie and later Matt are understandable, but she is the only one who doesn’t seem to see that it’s too much too soon for them to really have her best interests at heart. The final twist will reveal it all!

There is a fairly large cast of characters, but they all have strong links to Dana, who is in the centre of the narration. Dana, in her own words, likes to please people. On several occasions, despite  feeling strongly about the issue at hand, she caves in, because it is easier to agree. There is a thin line between persuading somebody to do something and pushing them to do something they aren’t ready or willing to do. It is up to the reader to draw their own conclusions whether the people around Dana are lacking understanding of the emotional side of the situation (they are also, tosome extent, dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy), are selfish, unsupportive, or even abusive. Personally, I would have appreciated a bit more depth to the characterization, as the book felt too plot-driven.

Altogether, it was a quick read with a very dark cental theme and lots of unexpected twists. I am a fan of domestic thrillers (if you’ve been following this blog for some time, you know how much I love Shari Lapena) and would like to read another book by this author.

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources, NetGalley and Boldwood Books for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

If you are a kind of person who apprreciates content warnings / trigger warnings, please, highlight the following lines written in white:


Content warning:

Accidental death of a child caused by a parent.
I am going to be absolutely honest and say that had I been given this content warning, I wouldn’t have picked the book ,as this is the topic I tend to avoid. I understand that not everybody likes having content warnings and this way you can miss out on lots of great books, so Itried to do my best to keep my review spoiler free.

Author Bio:

Kirsty Ferguson is an Australian crime writer whose domestic noir stories centre around strong women and dark topical themes. Kirsty enjoys photography, visiting haunted buildings and spending time with her son. Her first book for Boldwood was Never Ever Tell published in June 2020.

Social Media Links –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkirstyferguson/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kfergusonauthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirstyfergusonauthor/
Newsletter Sign Up Link: https://bit.ly/KirstyFergusonNewsletter
Bookbub profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kirsty-ferguson

Thank you for reading the post! Have a wonderful Monday and a great new week!

If you woud like to see what other bloggers thought of Kirsty Ferguson’s book, here is the full blog tour schedule:

18th March

  1. My Reading Getaway
  2. sibzzreads
  3. Bookish Jottings

19th March

  1. karenandherbooks
  2. Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews
  3. Jazzy Book Reviews

20th March

  1. Jessica Belmont
  2. Nicki`sLifeOfCrime
  3. donnasbookblog

21st March

  1. Coffee, Dogs & Books
  2. The Comfy Chair
  3. Confessions of a Bookaholic

22nd March

  1. Two ladies and a book
  2. Ginger Book Geek
  3. Reading Tonic

23rd March

  1. Jane Hunt Writer
  2. Futures
  3. Ceri’s Little Blog

24th March

  1. sharon beyond the books
  2. Ally’s Reading corner
  3. Mama Bear’s book hour

25th March

  1.  Just Katherine
  2.  Stardust Book Reviews
  3. Fany Reads English
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#Blog Tour #Book Birthday Blitz # Q and A with Krysten Lindsay Hager, the author of Dating the It Guy #Contemporary YA @rararesources

Happy Book Birthday to ‘Dating the It Guy’ by Krysten Lindsay Hager. The author kindly agreed to answer my questions about her writing process and her book!

What is the book about:

Dating the It Guy

Emme starts dating a popular high school student who happens to be from a famous political family. It seems like everyone at school either wants to be Brendon Agretti or date him. Emme feels out of her comfort zone in Brendon’s world and it doesn’t help that his picture-perfect ex seems determined to get back into his life, along with every other girl who wants to be the future Mrs. Agretti.

Emme is already conflicted due to the fact her last boyfriend dumped her and her whole world is off kilter with her grandparents’ health issues. Life suddenly seems easier pushing Brendon away and relying on her crystals and horoscopes to guide her. Emme soon starts to realize she needs to focus less on the stars and more on her senses.

Can Emme get over her insecurities and make her relationship work? Life sure is complicated when you’re dating the it guy.

Purchase Links

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Book depository

Audible / Apple Books (audio)

Q and A with Krysten Lindsay Hager:

What is your favourite genre? Is there any genre you never read?

I love YA, middle grade, rom-coms, chick lit, mysteries, and non-fiction. I don’t really read sci-fi.

What formats do you prefer: paperbacks, e-books or audiobooks? Why?

If it’s fiction then I prefer an e-book, but sometimes I want non-fiction in paperback so I can make notes and put little bookmarks in to highlight parts.

 What do you find most enjoyable about writing? Has the pandemic situation influenced your writing process?

I love escaping into another world. At the beginning of the pandemic, I was very creative, then not so much. I updated a few of my books that are already out to give myself something positive and creative to do. However, I did start working on a project after that.

 What was your inspiration for Dating the It Guy?

I was watching a documentary on JFK Jr. and imagining what it’d be like to date the high school version of that and all of the doubt and insecurity that would fill you with.

What is your favourite secondary character from the book?

I love Brendon and I love showing his side of what it’s like to be in a famous family and have all that pressure on you. I’ve had a surprising amount of guys who read the book and said they liked the realistic portrayal of him. That meant a lot that they reached out to share that.

 Were there any parts that you found difficult to write?

The scenes with the grandfather were hard to write because that part was based on real life. Sometimes I have to do readings and that’s always the hardest book of mine to read from and it seems like that is the book I’m always asked to read from.

 What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Read as much as you can in your genre. Don’t write in a genre that you don’t enjoy reading because it becomes very obvious to the reader. Write the genre you both love AND respect.

Author Bio – Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of the young adult Cecily Taylor Series, the young adult Star Series, Dating the It Guy, and the preteen Landry’s True Colors Series.

Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for children/teens. Competing with the Star is a Readers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist. Best Friends…Forever? is a 2019 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner in the Children – Preteen genre. Landry in Like is a Literary Classics Gold Medal recipient and a 2020 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner. She received her BA in English and master’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KrystenLindsayHagerAuthor

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/krystenlindsay/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KrystenLindsay

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Thank you for reading the post! Have a great Sunday!

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#Book Blitz #The Place Beyond Her Dreams by Oby Aligwekwe @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
The Place Beyond Her Dreams
by Oby Aligwekwe
Publication date: March 16th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

“We are most courageous at our weakest; when we believe we have faced what we fear the most and have nothing more to lose.”

Set against the backdrop of two warring towns, Oby Aligwekwe’s Young Adult debut—told from the viewpoint of her main character—is inspired by her West African heritage, fables, and spiritual beliefs. Ona’s journey reveals the power of choice, the true source of happiness, and, most importantly, the transformation one must go through to realize and eventually occupy their purpose.

At the sudden death of her grandfather, Ona’s pain transports her to mystical Luenah—a place of infinite possibilities, free of turf wars and other ills that plague the earthly dimension she lives in. In Luenah, where her grandfather awaits her, Ona learns she is an Eri, one bestowed with unique intuitive and spiritual gifts passed down from generation-to-generation.

On her eighteenth birthday, she returns to Luenah and is handed a box to deposit her ‘exchange’ for love and happiness—her greatest desires. Burdened by her quest, Ona crosses paths with danger and heartbreak as the two men that love her dearly are viciously pitted against each other. As evil looms, she learns that dreams carry a hefty price, and no one is who they seem. Now, she must unmask the villain and save the one she loves, even at the risk of losing everything she holds dear.

Goodreads

Amazon

AUTHOR BIO:

Oby Aligwekwe is the author of Nfudu and Hazel House. Her Young Adult debut, The Place Beyond Her Dreams, takes readers on a magical journey to discover what matters most.  Oby’s writings incorporate her favorite things: fashion; travel; business; humor; mystery, and strong female protagonists. She supports her community through her charity Éclat Beginnings.


Author links:

twitter / website / facebook / instagram / goodreads

GIVEAWAY

Blitz-wide giveaway (INT)

$25 Amazon gift card

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# Fantasy Friday #Book Blitz #The Upside Down of Nora Gaines by Cathrina Constantine #YA Fantasy @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
The Upside Down of Nora Gaines
by Cathrina Constantine
Publication date: March 5th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

Book & Author Details:
The Upside Down of Nora Gaines
by Cathrina Constantine
Publication date: March 5th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Nora has visions of horrific things. Things that lurk in the shadows and feast on bones. After moving with her mother into an old farmhouse, Nora discovers a blank journal that fills itself with an ominous warning. A cursed beast is coming for her and time is running out. When the blood moon rises, so shall the beast.

Local teen, Rebel, has his own trepidations about the house. His parents, both paranormal scientists, were investigating it when they died under mysterious circumstances. His growing feelings for Nora motivate him to battle the ghosts of his past, if it means keeping her safe.

Allies to turn to enemies. Fiction turns to fact. The past and the present collide. All in an epic battle to claim unfathomable power. Can Nora unlock the secrets buried within the farmhouse in time to save herself and those dear to her from a grisly fate?

Goodreads

Amazon

AUTHOR BIO:

I am blessed with a loving family and forever friends. My world revolves around them.

I grew up in the small village of Lancaster, NY, where I married my sweetheart. I’m devoted to raising 5 cherished children, and now my grandchildren.

I love to immerse myself in great books of every kind of genre, which helps me to write purely for entertainment, and hopefully to inspire readers. When not stationed at my computer you can find me in the woods taking long walks with my dog.


Author links:

twitter / facebook / blog / bookbub / goodreads / instagram

GIVEAWAY

Blitz-wide giveaway (INT)

$20 Amazon gift card

rafflecopter

Excerpt

Nora liked birds, except when the choirs assembled at the break of dawn outside her window. Slitting one eye she peered into the dimness and grumbled. Ugh! She flipped onto her stomach and burrowed her head underneath her pillow. Drifting into a restive slumber was when she’d experience her crazy daymares. Normally, those frittered into nothingness, but, a few would haunt her… 

The beast’s strong fingers clamped the young man’s throat, not to strangle, but to subdue him. Suddenly, he felt bored. The thrill was gone. In spite for his jaded mood, he squeezed the man’s larynx, harder. 

When the young man’s lips parted, to scream or to breathe, a visceral grin spread over the beast. The moment had arrived. The beast opened his mouth, drinking in all of him. But not his soul. His soul he couldn’t claim, only his spirited innocence, and this young man had zilch to quench his addiction.

With the deed accomplished, the beast wasn’t fulfilled as in years past. The unpalatable murdering of innocents lost its flavor, and there was no tolerance for the mundane. “You were too simple,” he grumbled at the young man’s ashen face as it purpled into a death mask, eyes open. “No struggle. No fight. You offered yourself without resistance. What fun is that. Your brother at least provided me incentive.”

He turned to the adjoining twin bed. “Youngsters can surprise me. You were tastier,” he said, peering down at another boy, roughly twelve, brown curls littering the pillow, eyes open, dead. “Fighting until the end. Your spirited demise has strengthened me. Thank you for that.” 

He gathered the boy in his arms, carried him downstairs, and sat him on a chair facing the fireplace. Then the beast repeated his action with the young man, depositing him on the couch, between his sisters. 

Grabbing the iron poker, he revived the flames. He set the poker aside and turned to admire his handiwork. “What a perfect family. You should be happy to spend eternity together on the same day.” Scrutinizing their faces, he reenacted each termination. “Mama in her shawl, and papa in his nightcap. What a hoot.” He readjusted papa’s cap, then swerved to his staged bodies. 

“Demure Louisa, Elizabeth, and wimpy Stephen.” He shelved his hand beneath Stephen’s chin and raised it to speak to the young man. “You were born with a burden of wickedness, and groveled like a cowering worm before me. Pleading I took you anyway which was a grievous error. Your foul spirit embitters my gut even now.” He removed his hand from Stephen’s chin, letting it drop like a lead weight. 

“Lastly, Edward. Ahh, Edward, you did not disappoint. An unsullied spirit.” The beast petted the boy’s hair. “Vulgarity and iniquity I have in abundance.” Forlorn tears bathed the beast’s eyes as if seeking absolution. “You must understand,” he sobbed, grimacing in anguish. “I crave virtue and purity. I need it to survive.” He spread his arms in front of his victims, begging for their forgiveness. 

“I devour spirits. The more chaste the better, and they are hard to come by. Virtues keep my urges at bay.” He browsed his knuckles over Edward’s supple cheek. “My brave boy. Your purity astounded me. To lay down your life to save your family is a gift. Alas, I had already consumed their spirits.”

 The beast’s face distorted into a scribbling mess as if whiffing rotting flesh. 

Performing a flamboyant bow, he said, “Your hospitality was most welcome.” The phantom beast evaporated, leaving in his stead a wisp of vapor.

A gasp parted Nora’s lips, snapping open her eyes. Her rapid beating heart slammed against her ribs like a warning mallet. She didn’t or couldn’t move, her body a frigid plank. Her eyes had the capacity to flit about the room, which was now bathed in sunlight.

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#Blog Tour #Book Review #The First Man by Alex Kelly @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for the second book in ALex Kelly’s series From Connemara with Love.

Synopsis:

The First Man
Shane
Do you want to know what it means to live like me? It means being forced not to look at him, not to touch him, not to be left alone in the same room as him.
Not to seek him out. Not to want him. Not to love him.
Do you know how it feels to spend your entire life pretending to be someone else? Do you know what it’s like to love someone who doesn’t want to be loved?

I’ll tell you how it feels.

It feels as if you’re living in constant torment: you know which path you should follow, but you also know that, if you follow that path, you can never turn back. And I can’t do that to him.
Every day I come back, because I know that he’s waiting for me.
Every day I promise him that he will never have to live without me.

Andy
Do you know what it means to live like me? It means being forced not to touch him, not to kiss him, not to be able to leave the room while he’s still in it.
Not to breathe him in, not to lust after him. Not to love him.
Do you know how it feels to spend your entire life pretending to be someone else? Do you know what it’s like to love the only person you’re not allowed to love?

I’ll tell you how it works.

You can’t seem to feel anything other than him; when you walk away, you know that you’re turning your back on the only thing that’s good in your life.
Yet you still walk away.
Every day I leave, knowing that he will be standing there, watching.
Every day I ask him to promise me that I will never have to live without him.

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My thoughts:
The First one is the second book in Alex Kelly’s series From Connemara with Love. I haven’t read the first one, The Best Man, which dealt with Ellie and Alex Brennan’s story. It is possible to read and enjoy The First Man as a standalone, but I would recommend starting from the beginning of the series. There’s a lot of backstory you wouldn’t want to miss out on.

If you’ve read the synopsis, you already know that this book is about Shane (Ellie’s brother) and Andy, the owner of the Veldons pub, and you know how passionate they are about each other. So what is holding them apart? In a small town identities and reputations are set early on and passed on in families. Shane comes from the family that owns the distillery, which is the biggest business in their small town, while Andy’s father was an alcoholic who saddled his family with an enormous debt and bad reputation.

When Andy inherited the pub, he knew he’d have to make a lot of sacrifices to keep it afloat and to take care of his younger brother Brian. Not many people went beyond appearances and befriended Andy or Brian, but Reid and Shane were an exception. When Reid asked Andy to keep an eye on Shane, Andy couldn’t imagine he’d fall in love, but that’s what happened. You’ll have to read the book to find out how difficult it was for them to deal with their feelings and the whole situation.


The book goes very deep into the main characters emotions and I have to say some of the things they said made me tear up. Since Andy and Shane’s relationship has stayed  secret for long time, you can imagine that there are a lot of pent-up feelings and a lot of push-and-pull / leave me-don’t leave me-I can’t do it-but-neither-can-I-live-without-you stuff.

There were also some very steamy scenes, so, if you prefer clean romance, you need to take this into consideration. The secondary characters are also very important in this book, as they have a lot of influence on the protagonists’ lives. I don’t want to say on their choices, because, ultimately, the choice belongs to Shane and Andy, but, clearly, family relationships and friendships are at the heart of this whole series and this book in particular.


The book is a bit on a lengthy side, and you see not only how the MCs got into certain behaviour pattaerns, but also how they found it difficult to break from them. On the plus side, there is also friendly banter and some sweet and tender moments that any fan of the contemporary romance genre loves to see in a book. 


This was an enjoyable read and I’ll be looking forward to the next book in the series!

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the gifted review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Bio

Alex Kelly writes uplifting, emotional and heartwarming Romantic Fiction and Family Sagas.
She’s a bibliophile, a Yogi, a lover of English literature and a baking enthusiast.
She was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar.

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#Blog Tour #Book Spotlight #The Spanish Girl by Jules Hayes @raresources

Thankyou to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for The Spanish Girl, a new historical novel by Jules Hayes.

The Spanish Girl

A country torn apart by war.
Two love stories divided by decades.
One chance to discover the truth…
 

Feisty journalist Isabella has never known the truth about her family. Escaping from a dangerous assignment in the turbulent Basque country, she finds her world turned upside down, firstly by her irresistible attraction to the mysterious Rafael, and then by a new clue to her own past. 

As she begins to unravel the tangled story of her identity, Isabella uncovers a story of passion, betrayal and loss that reaches back to the dark days of Spain’s civil war – when a passionate Spanish girl risked everything for her country, and for the young British rebel who captured her heart. 

But can Isabella trust the man she’s fallen in love with? Or are some wartime secrets better left undisturbed…? 

Heartbreaking, gripping historical fiction about the tragedy of war, and the redemption of love. Perfect for fans of Angela Petch’s The Tuscan Secret and Kathryn Hughes’ The Letter.

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Author Bio.

I have a degree in modern history and I’m fascinated with events from the first half of the 20th century, which is the time period my historical fiction is set.

My work has been longlisted in the Mslexia Novel Competition, and shortlisted in the prestigious Bridport Short Story Competition.

I live in Berkshire, UK with my partner, daughter and dog. Before writing stories, I was a physiotherapist.

Jules Hayes is a pseudonym for JA Corrigan who writes contemporary thrillers. Falling Suns by JA Corrigan (Headline Accent) was published in 2016.

Website: https://www.jules-hayes.com/

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#Book Blitz # It’s My Party by Whitney Dineen #Seven Brides for Seven Mothers #3 @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
It’s My Party
by Whitney Dineen
(Seven Brides for Seven Mothers #3)
Publication date: March 16th 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

Synopsis:

High off her success of playing matchmaker for both of her sons, lodge owner Ruby Cavanaugh decides to try her hand pairing other eligible singles–starting with her executive chef and her new event coordinator.

Party planner Claire Choate has a cheating boyfriend who also happens to be her boss. After visiting Oregon for her brother’s wedding–which didn’t even happen–Claire is offered a job that gets her out of LA for good. How can she pass up an opportunity like that?

Even though he has little time for a social life, executive chef Geoffrey Bere loves his job. After a past complication left him gun shy about workplace entanglements, he lives by a strict, “no dating co-workers” policy. But when Claire Choate arrives on the scene, he finds himself ready to break his own rule.

Will Ruby cement her reputation as matchmaker extraordinaire or will Claire and Geoffrey prove too much of a challenge for even her?

Find out in this deliciously fun third installment of Seven Brides for Seven Mothers!

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AUTHOR BIO:Whitney loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat french fries — not always in that order.

Whitney is a multi-award-winning author of romcoms, non-fiction humor, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to. 

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic vegetables.

Gold Medal winner at the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2017.

Silver medal winner at the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2015, 2016.

Finalist RONE Awards, 2016.

Finalist at the IRFA 2016, 2017.

Finalist at the Book Excellence Awards, 2017

Finalist Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, 2017

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? March 15th, 2021

It’s Monday! What are you Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, a place to share and discuss what we’ve read in the past week and what we’re in the middle of or are planning to read this week.

What I read / listened to last week

I participated in several blog tours last week:

Float Plan by Trish Doller

Moments Like this by Anna Gomez and Kristoffer Polaha

It’s kind of a cheesy story by Lauren Morrill

All you Need is Love by Jessica Redland

What I am reading/listening to now:

It’s my Party by Whitney Dineen

High off her success of playing matchmaker for both of her sons, lodge owner Ruby Cavanaugh decides to try her hand pairing other eligible singles–starting with her executive chef and her new event coordinator.

Party planner Claire Choate has a cheating boyfriend who also happens to be her boss. After visiting Oregon for her brother’s wedding–which didn’t even happen–Claire is offered a job that gets her out of LA for good. How can she pass up an opportunity like that?

Even though he has little time for a social life, executive chef Geoffrey Bere loves his job. After a past complication left him gun shy about workplace entanglements, he lives by a strict, “no dating co-workers” policy. But when Claire Choate arrives on the scene, he finds himself ready to break his own rule.

Will Ruby cement her reputation as matchmaker extraordinaire or will Claire and Geoffrey prove too much of a challenge for even her?

Drown Her Sorrows (Bree Taggert #3) by Melinda Leigh

Sheriff Bree Taggert is blindsided by a killer’s devious plan in number one Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s novel of escalating shock and suspense.

When Sheriff Bree Taggert discovers the body of a young woman floating near the bank of the Scarlet River, a note in her abandoned car suggests suicide. The autopsy reveals a different story. Holly Thorpe was dead long before she dropped off the bridge and hit the water.

As Bree and her investigator Matt Flynn delve into the case, secrets in Holly’s personal life complicate their efforts to solve the murder. Holly left behind a volatile marriage, an equally divisive relationship with her sister, and an employer whose intimate involvement with Holly was no secret. Each one has a motive for murder.

When Holly’s sister is terrorized by a stalker’s sick prank, and the prime suspect turns up dead, everything Bree was sure of is upended and her case goes off the rails. When the killer strikes close to home, Bree and Matt must race to solve the murders before one of their own becomes the next victim.

Terrestrial Magic by Marina Ermakova

Most sensible people avoid fire-breathing carnivores that prey on humans. But Jordan has built a career out of studying such legendary animals, creatures thought mythological until their reemergence in the world three decades ago. She and researchers like her believe that knowledge is the key to reclaiming the land they’d lost back then, when humanity retreated into designated safety zones.

But when the humans moved out, the legends moved in. They were the descendants of mythical heroes, inheriting the powers of their ancestors, and they weren’t afraid of the monsters. Jordan never expected to run into a legend, but when a field expedition turns into a trap for her team, she realizes that one deliberately tried to kill her. It’s a diplomatic nightmare the Roman authorities might happily sweep under the rug. But if Jordan doesn’t figure out who attacked her and why, they could try again. Yet even if she does solve the mystery, what could one stubborn scientist possibly do to stop a powerful legend?

What I’m reading /lstening to next:

Moorings (DI Tanner#3) by David Blake

A war veteran murdered in his home, a property developer with links to organised crime, and an old family secret that seems unwilling to stay dead.

When Harry Falcon, a wealthy boatyard owner and highly decorated World War Two veteran, is found drowned in his bath, DI John Tanner and DC Jenny Evans start by questioning his two sons, each with a motive for wanting him dead.

But when the elder son is found with his head smashed in under a toppled yacht, and that the younger son has been talking to a local property developer, one who’d spent months trying to buy the yard from his father, the investigation soon leads them towards a dark and dangerous secret, one which nobody can quite believe.

Set within the mysterious beauty of the Norfolk Broads, this fast-paced British detective series is a cozy murder mystery with a slice of humour and a touch of romance, one that will have you guessing until the very end, when the last shocking twist is finally revealed.

How did your last week go and what are you reading this week?

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#Book Blitz #The Electric Girl by Christine Hart # YA # Science Fiction #Fantasy @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
The Electric Girl
by Christine Hart
Publication date: March 15th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Polly Michaels is trying to forget that her mom has cancer. She keeps busy at school and plods through a normal social life. Until a freak electrical storm and a unicorn appear in the orchard next to her house.

Sy’kai wakes on an orchard floor to the smell of rotting cherries and wet earth. She doesn’t know where she is—or what she is—but she knows something is hunting her.

Polly recruits her friends to find the mysterious creature she saw from her window while Sy’kai, a confused shape-shifting endling from another dimension tries to piece her mind back together. Once the human girls find Sy’kai (whom they nickname Psyche) the mystery unravels and the danger facing all of them comes into focus. 

A gritty struggle ranges throughout the girls’ rural hometown and in the wild terrain around it. All while two questions hang over their heads. Can an alien deliver a miracle for a human mother? Can a group of teens defeat an interdimensional demon?

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AUTHOR BIO:Award-winning author Christine Hart lives on BC’s beautiful West Coast. She loves writing about places and spaces with rich history and visually fascinating elements as a backdrop for the surreal and spectacular.

Christine has an undergraduate degree in writing and literature, along with a professional background in communications and design. She is a member of the Federation of BC Writers and SF Canada.

When not writing, she breaks stuff and makes stuff – in that order – for the Etsy shop Sleepless Storyteller.


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#Blog Tour #Book review of All You Need is Love by Jessica Redland #BoldwoodBloggers @rararesources @BoldwoodBooks @JessicaRedland

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for All you need is Love by Jessica Redland. The book is set in Whitsborough Bay and has been previously published as Bear With Me.

All You Need Is Love

When you’ve loved and lost, how do you find the strength to let love in again?

Jemma thinks she’s found the love of her life. Scott is everything she ever dreamed of and she can’t wait to begin the next stage of their life together. But just as she is heading for her happy ever after, a shock revelation shatters Jemma’s life as she knows it. Left to pick up the pieces, Jemma’s friends and family rally round to help her find the courage to move on.

Sam think he has his future all worked out. A thriving career, lovely home and an amazing fiancée. But when tragedy strikes, he finds himself alone, far from everyone he cares about. Did he do the right thing by running away and trying to rebuild the tatters of his life alone?

This is the story of Jemma and Sam. Two lost souls, desperately trying to find closure and happiness. When a chance meeting brings them together a friendship is formed, but the guards are up. 

Will it finally be their turn for a happy ever after? Or will the secrets from their pasts prevent them from moving on?

Escape to Whitsborough Bay for an emotional, uplifting story of love and friendship from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland. 

This book was previously published as Bear With Me.


Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2XgHkjt

My thoughts:
This was my first visit to Whitsborough Bay, but I was already a big fan of Jessica Redland’s Hedgehog Hollow series and this one was just as entertaining and uplifting!

To be honest, I don’t know how much I can tell you about the plot without giving the story away. There are plenty of twists and turns, which is a part of the book’s charm. Jessica Redland does plenty of foreshadowing, so you do know or rather feel in your heart what is going to happen. And when it does you are still swept away by all the emotions the ineviatble drama creates.

28-year-old Jemma is a museum curator, taking care of the children’s section, which is pretty much a dream job who grew up helping her mum with her business of designing and making teddy bears. She is the sweetest person imaginable and has wonderful flatmates/flatmates, plus her childhood bestie Karen. Karen is a girl after my heart- she will tell you the truth when you are making a mistake, but will stand by you, while you are waiting for your broken heart to heal.

Sam Jones is also trying to recover from a personal tragedy. The cover of this book isn’t just gorgeous, it is also incredibly meaningful, but you will have to discover its significance and the significance of the title (actually both titles, the old and the new one are perfect) by reading. Suffice it to say that yes, Jemma and Sam both need love and maybe they can find it with each other, if they allow themselves to hope again.

Did I say how much I liked the characters, primary and secondary? There’s a very special thread in the book and although I know it’s a spoiler, I have to mention it. One of the characters has a neurodegenerative disorder and it is clear that the author did a huge amount of research to describe what it’s like to live with it both for the person affected and their family. My grandfather had it and I cannot thank Jessica enough for raising awareness of this disease.

Jessica’s trademark sense of humour makes the reader empathise with the narrative even more. Some moments and experiences will make you tear up, but bear with the book as there is a happy ending (onceagain my intention to write a spoiler-free review goes out of the window, but I just can’t help myself).

I’m really glad to have discovered the wonderful world of arctophilia and I totally agree that hugging teddy bears (as well as giving them and getting them as a present) has numerous therapeutic properties and makes countless people happier every day.

Hope you pick up this book and get a wonderful escape from reality into this gripping story, full of love and hope.

Thank you to NetGalley, Boldwood Books, Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and Jessica Redland for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Bio:

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough, she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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Bookbub profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jessica-redland

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#Book Bitz #Lost In Nowhere by Barbara Pietron #YA @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Lost in Nowhere
by Barbara Pietron
(Legacy in Legend, #3)
Publication date: April 20th 2021
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Jeni has fully accepted her spiritual ability, and yet she’s unnerved by the apparition of Marielle, the ghost of a pioneer girl asking for help. As the ghost’s tragic love story unfolds in her dreams, Jeni’s resistance melts and she resolves to save the soul of Marielle’s lost love.

When she discovers her own impulses cause Marielle to act uncharacteristically, Jeni believes she can change the past. Despite warnings against meddling with time, Jeni’s convinced she can save the soul of Marielle’s lover. Deep inside a dream and intent on her quest, Jeni is lured into a trap that binds her soul to Marielle’s.

With no allies, no knowledge about crossing through time and with limited 18th century resources, Jeni is terrified: failure will leave her soul trapped in the past, or worse . . . lost in nowhere.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Having a love for witches and vampires before they were trendy, Barbara gravitates toward stories with supernatural elements both when she reads and when she writes. Although classified as young adult, her books are enjoyed by a wide audience–pre-teen through adult.

Barbara’s novel Thunderstone was awarded 2013 Book of the Year Finalist status by Forward Reviews and before it was published, Thunderstone was a quarter-finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakout Novel Award contest, winning a review by Publisher’s Weekly.

When she’s not writing, Barbara works in a library where she’s tortured by all the books she has yet to read. She’s a cult fan of the movies Labyrinth and Nightmare Before Christmas and a fan of all things Tim Burton. Barbara lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, daughter and a cat that often acts like a dog.


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#Book Blitz # Four Letter Feelings (Jeremy Lewis #1) by Lasairiona McMaster @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Four Letter Feelings
by Lasairiona McMaster
(The Jeremy Lewis Series, #1)
Publication date: September 24th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports

Synopsis:

Jeremy Lewis has just returned from a year in Europe, ready to start college in Alabama and pursue his dream career in the National Hockey League. Other than boring school work, he’s eager to play hockey, hang out with his new teammates and maybe even rekindle an old flame when Chelsea Davis unexpectedly reappears in his life.

Life is looking pretty darn peachy.

But when his world is turned upside down by a tragic loss, merely surviving each day feels like an achievement. How can he get through college and keep his budding career on track when all he wants to do is drink and squander his parent’s fortune? Can he convince Chelsea he’s a changed man when he seems so intent on his own destruction?

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AUTHOR BIO:

Lasairiona McMaster writes sassy, classy and badassy women and strong, yet vulnerable men. She challenges reader’s expectations by openly dealing with mental health issues, often exploring tough-to-handle topics and ‘taboos’ and books with a whole lotta heart.

She can either be found enjoying a gin and lemonade by the Irish sea, or baking sweet treats in her kitchen while singing at the top of her lungs. When she’s ‘home’ in Texas, and isn’t eating fresh-popped popcorn while buying things she has absolutely no need for in Target, she can be found at Chuys eating her body weight in chips and queso and washing it down with a margarita swirl. She loves to make friends out of strangers.

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#Blog Tour #It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story by Lauren Morrill #YA @Xpresso Book Tours @FSG

Book details:
It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story
by Lauren Morrill
Published by: Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: March 9th 2021
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:

A delicious love story with all the toppings, Lauren Morrill’s It’s Kind of a Cheesy Love Story is a contemporary YA rom-com about love, friendship, and pizza, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Jenny Han.

After her mother gave birth to her in the bathroom of a local pizzeria, Beck has been given the dubious privilege of having minor fame, free pizza for life, and a guaranteed job when she turns sixteen—a job she unfortunately can’t afford to turn down.

Now she’s stuck with her geeky co-workers instead of taking Instagram-ready shots with her best friends (and her epic crush).

But maybe the pizza people aren’t all bad. Maybe that pizza delivery guy is kind of cute. And maybe there’s a way to make this Bathroom Baby thing work for her. Because when disaster strikes the beloved pizza place that’s started to feel like home, she’s going to need a miracle—one that might even mean bringing her two worlds together.

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My thoughts:

I fell in love with this book straightaway. There was something special about Beck’s narrative that made me relate to her. Beck’s identity of a baby born in a pizzeria is, of course, unique, but the observation that identities are often set early on and not easy to change if you happen to live in a small town is very true.

Your teenage years is the time when you are supposed to figure out what you are, who your friends are and why they are your friends, and what makes your heart beat stronger, and Lauren Morrill does a wonderful job of exploring this topic. I just loved the idea of a Schroedinger crush- that particular state of things when you don’t know if your love interest is into you or not, but you are afraid to say or do anything to find out for sure.

Due to the accident of her birth Beck has always known that she would have a job in the pizzeria where she first saw the light of the world, that is should she want it. Although she would love dearly to escape anything to do with pizzas or any kind of fast food, we all know how limited job opportunities for teenagers are. As far as the first jobs go, this isn’t a bad one. Her co-workers are friendly and she doesn’t have to try to be something else to fit in with the others, because the Hot’n’Crusty people know and love her as she is. I really enjoyed Beck’s journey towards understanding various relationships and friendships she forms and how they all reflect various parts of her identity, which isn’t set in stone, but is still developing.

If you are looking for a story with a sweet and adorable high school romance, changing friendships, supportive parents, realistic, but also entertaining interactions between the characters, and great sense of humour- this is a book for you. A book that will put a smile on your face and will make you feel better about life.

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)) and Giselle from Xpresso Book tours for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

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AUTHOR BIO:

LAUREN MORRILL grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was a short-term Girl Scout, a (not so) proud member of the marching band, and a trouble-making editor for the school newspaper. She graduated from Indiana University with a major in history and a minor in rock & roll, and now lives in Macon, GA with her husband and sons.

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March 8th
The Avid Reader >> Interview
The Heart of a Book Blogger >> Guest post
Bookish Trisha >> Review
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile >> Review
We Live and Breathe Books >> Review
Literati Psyche >> Review

March 9th
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#Thriller Thursday #Book Spotlight #I Don’t Forgive You by Aggie Blum Thompson @Forge Books

Synopsis:

An accomplished photographer and the devoted mom of an adorable little boy, Allie Ross has just moved to an upscale DC suburb, the kind of place where parenting feels like a competitive sport. Allie’s desperate to make a good first impression. Then she’s framed for murder.

It all starts at a neighborhood party when a local dad corners Allie and calls her by an old, forgotten nickname from her dark past. The next day, he is found dead.

Soon, the police are knocking at her door, grilling her about a supposed Tinder relationship with the man, and pulling up texts between them. She learns quickly that she’s been hacked and someone is impersonating her online. Her reputation—socially and professionally—is at stake; even her husband starts to doubt her. As the killer closes in, Allie must reach back into a past she vowed to forget in order to learn the shocking truth of who is destroying her life.

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Publisher: Forge Books

Expected Publication date: June 8th, 2021

About the author:

Before turning to fiction, AGGIE BLUM THOMPSON covered real-life crime as a newspaper reporter for a number of papers incliding The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. Aggie is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers, and serves as the program director for the Montgomery County chapter of the Maryland Writers Association. For the past nine years, she’s lived with her husband and two daughters in the suburbs of Washington D.C., which has afforded her a front-row view of suburban intrigues and helicopter-mom Olympics. I Don’t Forgive You is her debut novel.

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#Blog Tour #Book Spotlight #Trouble for the Leading Lady by Rachel Brimble #Historical Romance @rararesources

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Trouble for the Leading Lady, a historical romance set in 19th century Bath.

Trouble For The Leading Lady

Bath, 1852.

As a girl, Nancy Bloom would go to Bath’s Theatre Royal, sit on the hard wooden benches and stare in awe at the actresses playing men as much as the women dressed in finery. She longed to be a part of it all and when a man promised her parents he could find a role for Nancy in the theatre, they believed him.
His lie and betrayal led to her ruin.

Francis Carlyle is a theatre manager, an ambitious man always looking for the next big thing to take the country by storm. A self-made man, Francis has finally shed the skin of his painful past and is now rich, successful and in need of a new female star. Never in a million years did he think he’d find her standing on a table in one of Bath’s bawdiest pubs.
Nancy vowed never to trust a man again. Francis will do anything to make her his star. As they engage in a battle of wits and wills, can either survive with their hearts intact?
The second in Rachel Brimble’s thrilling new Victorian saga series, Trouble for the Leading Lady will whisk you away to the riotous, thriving underbelly of Victorian Bath.

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Author Bio –

Rachel lives in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 20 published novels including the Shop Girl series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).

In 2019 she signed a new three book contract with Aria Fiction for a Victorian trilogy set in a Bath brothel. The first book, A Widow’s Vow was released in September 2020 followed by book 2 Trouble For The Leading Lady in March 2021 – it is expected that the final instalment will be released in the Autumn 2021.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.
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#Blog Tour #Moments Like This by Kristoffer Polaha and Anna Gomez @Xpresso Book Tours

Thank you to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Moments Like This, a sweet contemporary romance set in Hawaii! If you are a fan of the genre or just would love a bit of cyber-travelling by checking out the natural beauty and charm of the sights described in the book, the book has a lot to offer!

Book details:
Moments Like This (From Kona With Love)
by Anna Gomez & Kristoffer Polaha
Published by: Rosewind Books
Publication date: March 9th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Synopsis:

After Andrea “Andie” Matthews chooses her career over a marriage proposal and then loses a promotion she worked so hard for, she jumps at the chance to take a break and help run a friend’s coffee shop.

Alone in Hawaii, Andie befriends the staff and quickly grows to care for them, making her determined to revive the company.

As luck would have it, she meets the mysterious Warren Yates on Christmas Eve. They share a cup of coffee, some conversation, and even a moment, which leads to many more in the coming weeks.

But when Andie learns who Warren really is—and what he actually wants—she is torn between her feelings and his deception.

Will Warren be able to win her heart back?

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My thoughts:


What would you do if after having worked ridiculously hard for four years and having sacrificed your family, relationship, friends and kind of everything that makes life enjoyable, you suddenly found yourself passed over for the coveted promotion? would you just smile and promise to support the new guy with all your knowledge, contacts, ideas, blood and sweat? or would you be crushed by the disappointment?

Andie wakes up in a hospital. She fell down during the celebratory drinks for the promotion she hadn’t got and bumped her head. Luckily, she has some time to think over how to proceed and how to do ‘the business walk of shame’ of having to hand over her projects to the chosen candidate. Andie is exhausted, run down and frankly demotivated. Api, the only friend Andie hasn’t scared away, is going on a trip to Europe and needs somebody to look after her coffee shop in Honolulu. Andie recognises she needs a sabbatical or at least a couple weeks off and jumps on the plane.

As far as the plotlines go, this one is quite traditional- trying to figure out one’s priorities in a place with a different rhythm of life and then meeting somebody special. It’s a well-tried trope and it works, especially, since it is written by an author who has a first-hand knowledge of the corporate world Andie belonged to.

The setting was gorgeous and the cyber-traveller in me had a wonderful vacation checking out all the places mentioned in this romance. I loved that Andie kept defending the Chicago weather (I also come from a place with four seasons), but I could see how Hawaii became her number one place in the place.

Andie and Warren, her ‘tall, dark and handsome’ stranger, make a deal that since they are both at the crossroads in their lives, they won’t look for information about each other online. It is such a modern topic- should you try to give your love interest a fresh start and work hard(er) to discover what they are really like or is it really a sign that Andie doesn’t care?

They want to try to discover and share special moments, wonderful experiences. Can we really live without past? Luckily for us, Andie learns a lot about the local customs, food, and legends, and so do we. For me, this was one of the most enjoyable aspects of the book.

The book is co-authored by Anna Gomez (you may know her under her pen name Christine Brae) and Kristoffer Polaha, but the writing flows seemlessly, and I will be looking forward to reading more from this duo.

I enjoyed this romantic escape and would love to find out what the next instalment in the series will be like.

Thank you to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours, the publisher and the authors for the gifted review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Kristoffer Polaha is best-known for his long starring role in the critically acclaimed series Life Unexpected (The CW). Other TV series credits include Get Shorty with Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd, the limited series Condor opposite William Hurt and Max Irons, The CW’s Ringer (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Valentine, as well as North Shore (FOX).

In addition to co-starring with Rainn Wilson in Backstrom (FOX), he had a multi-season role on the acclaimed series Mad Men (AMC) and Castle (ABC). Polaha is also well-known for starring in Hallmark Channel movies such as Dater’s Handbook with Meghan Markle, and the Mystery 101 franchise on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Polaha first received attention for his portrayal of John F. Kennedy, Jr. in the TV movie, America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, opposite Portia de Rossi. He has appeared in numerous independent features, including Where Hope Grows, Devil’s Knot (Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon), and the Tim Tebow film, Run the Race.

Polaha has a featured role opposite Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 and in Jurassic World: Dominion.

In addition to his work as an actor, producer, and director, Polaha is branching into the book world by co-authoring a new series. He is also involved with several charitable organizations, including being an ambassador for World Vision, a board member for HerArtsInAction, and The Polaha Family Circus Foundation.

Polaha was born in Reno, Nevada, and he is married to actress Julianne Morris. They have three sons.

Anna Gomez was born in the city of Makati, Philippines and educated abroad. She met and married her best friend who whisked her away to Chicago over twenty years ago. She is Chief Financial Officer for Leo Burnett Worldwide, a global advertising company founded in 1935. In her capacity, Anna serves on the board of several not-for-profit organizations, namely the Hugh O’Brien Leadership Organization and Girl Scouts of America. She is also the executive sponsor for a number of employee resource groups focused on Diversity and Inclusion.

Under the pen name Christine Brae, Anna has published six novels, has an established fan base, and a dedicated following. Her titles rank in the Top 100 months following their release. Her last three novels, In This Life, Eight Goodbyes, and The Year I Left, have won literary awards and were immediate bestsellers on Amazon, ranking #1 across multiple categories.

Thank you for reading the post! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Ifyou would like to find out what other bloggers thought of the book, you can see the full blog tour schedule here:

March 1st
Natasha Brooks’ Favorite Books >> Interview
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March 2nd
Viviana MacKade >> Guest post
Sadie’s Spotlight >> Excerpt
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! >> Review

March 3rd
underneath the covers >> Excerpt
Literary Gold >> Excerpt

March 4th
I’m Into Books >> Excerpt
BookishKelly2020 >> Excerpt

March 5th
Iron Canuck Reviews & More >> Review
Amy’s MM Romance Reviews >> Review

March 8th
Delish, Devine and All Mine  >> Review
Marjay’s reading >> Review

March 9th
The Avid Reader >> Excerpt
The Bouncing Tigger Reads >> Interview

March 10th
Reading Tonic >> Review
Jayne Townsley >> Review

March 11th
From the TBR Pile >> Review
Book Lady’s Reviews >> Review
Adventures in Writing >> Excerpt

March 12th
Movies, Shows, & Books >> Review
Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author >> Excerpt

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#BookBlitz #City of Spells by Alexandra Christo #YA Fantasy @Xpresso Book Tours

Happy Publication Day to City of Spells by Alexandra Christo!

City of Spells
Alexandra Christo
(Into the Crooked Place #2)
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: March 9th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

City of Spells, the follow-up to Alexandra Christo’s gritty YA fantasy, Into the Crooked Place, finds the world on the brink of war and four unlikely allies facing sacrifices they had never imagined.

After the loss of Wesley and the horrifying reveal that Zekia is helping the Kingpin of her own free will, Tavia, Saxony, and Karam flee to Saxony’s home to rebuild their rebellion. Meanwhile, trapped in the Kingpin’s darkness, Wesley must fight against the deadly magic that invades his mind and find a way back to his friends before it’s too late.

As the Kingpin’s dark magic spreads and his army conquers Creije, these four unlikely friends have to decide just how far they’ll go—and how much they are willing to sacrifice—to win.

Praise for Into the Crooked Place:

“With its gangland details, creative magical caste system and surprisingly brutal characters, Into the Crooked Place is very much its own thing. And that thing will likely be a story you can’t put down.” —Culturess

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EXCERPT:

Karam stepped forward, her skillfully embroidered clothes cascading down to her ankles in a way that was almost delicate, and so very much the opposite of Karam. Even from where Tavia stood, she could smell the peppermint salve on her friend’s sliced knuckles, something the fighters in Creije loved to use to soothe their injuries and that Karam wore every day, just in case.

“I thought we agreed that you were going to stop being stupid,” Karam said, Wrenyi accent thick on her tongue.

“I didn’t agree to anything,” Tavia said. “Did you follow me here?”

Karam crossed her arms over her chest. “Are you complaining about me saving you?”

“I don’t need saving.” Tavia leaned back in the booth. “I’m a busker, not a damsel.”

Nolan looked between them with a disbelieving scoff. “Are you two finished?” he asked. “Because we were about to kill her.”

For the first time, Karam looked at him, as if she had only just realized— or cared—that he was there.

“We have not been introduced,” she said.

“No,” Nolan said. “We haven’t.”

Karam held out a hand. “Hello,” she said.

And then she used that hand to grab ahold of Nolan’s shoulder and pull him toward her.

Without warning, Karam cracked her head against his.

The buskers broke into a frenzy as Nolan stumbled back, clutching his bloody nose. Quickly, Karam landed a kick to one of the others.

Tavia jumped up from the booth just as Nolan regained his footing, smashing a glass from a nearby table over his head. She shifted the backpack on her shoulder and landed a kick to another busker’s knee.

He went down with a yelp.

“This is why I had to follow you,” Karam said.

She kicked a busker in the chest and as he bent over to catch his breath, she rolled across his back and punched another clean in the face.

“You are so reckless.”

Tavia sighed at the lecture, which was becoming Karam’s specialty these days.

“If you were so worried about my safety, then you could have helped me take Nolan down back in the streets before his buddies showed up,” Tavia said. She swung her fist into the air, catching the cheek of a nearby busker, just the way Karam had taught her.

Karam took out her knife and threw it into the shoulder of another. “I thought you did not need saving,” she said.

Tavia rolled her eyes and kneed one of Nolan’s friends in the groin. “Forget making it slow!” Nolan yelled, pulling out a knife. “I’m going to gut you where you stand.”

Tavia shook her head. “He really does like being graphic,” she said to Karam.

She reached into her pocket for a pair of mirrored glasses and slipped them onto her nose, like she had seen Wesley do a dozen times.

“Here,” she said to Karam. “Put these on.”

Karam wrinkled her face and looked at Tavia like she was starting to lose her mind, but when she saw Tavia’s hands go to her pocket for a second time, it seemed Karam knew better than to argue.
“What in the Many Gods are those for?” Nolan asked, wiping the blood from his nose.

Tavia clutched the charm in her hand, its jagged edge spiking into her palm like tiny needles. “A way to show that if there’s one thing I have,” she said, “it’s style.”

She threw the charm down onto the floor and it exploded into a blinding light. Nolan and the others clutched at their eyes, screaming loud enough to drown out the bar’s music altogether.
“Come on!” Tavia yelled. “We need to go!”

She pulled Karam toward the door, where the customers were now blindly running and screaming as their vision temporarily disappeared.

They spilled back out onto the streets of Rishiya and Karam ripped the glasses from her face.
“Have you considered trying not to get yourself killed every now and again?” she asked as they darted through the city.

“Not really,” Tavia said, struggling to keep up with her pace. “I think I’d find it boring.”

She didn’t need to look at Karam to know that she was rolling her eyes, but Tavia felt invigorated. She had the magic she ’d come for, so all in all the trip to the city had been a roaring success. And with the warm breeze on her neck and fire of victory in her belly, Tavia felt like maybe all hope wasn’t quite lost.

Karam could call her reckless and the Crafters in the camp could call her a danger, but Tavia had a job to do. She had buskers to lead, and she was going to win this war and save Wesley, whether people approved of her methods or not.

Author Bio:

Alexandra Christo decided to write books when she was four and her teacher told her she couldn’t be a fairy. She has a BA in Creative Writing and works as a copywriter in London, both of which make her sound more grown up than she feels. When she’s not busy making up stories, she can be found buying far too many cushions and organizing food crawls all over the city. Alexandra currently lives in Hertfordshire with an abundance of cacti (because they’re the only plants she can keep alive).

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#Blog Tour #Book Review of Float Plan by Trish Doller @St.Martin’s Griffin

Thank you to Meghan Harrington and St.Martin’s for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Float plan, a beautifuly-written, romantic story of dealing with grief and getting a second chance at love and life.

Synopsis:

Heartbroken by the loss of her fiancé, adventurous Anna finds a second chance at love with an Irish sailor in this riveting, emotional romance.

After a reminder goes off for the Caribbean sailing trip Anna was supposed to take with her fiancé, she impulsively goes to sea in the sailboat he left her, intending to complete the voyage alone.

But after a treacherous night’s sail, she realizes she can’t do it by herself and hires Keane, a professional sailor, to help. Much like Anna, Keane is struggling with a very different future than the one he had planned. As romance rises with the tide, they discover that it’s never too late to chart a new course.

In Trish Doller’s unforgettable Float Plan, starting over doesn’t mean letting go of your past, it means making room for your future.

“The perfect escape. Fresh, funny, and romantic. I wish I could sail away with this book.” – Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries and Little Bridge series

Review:

I don’t know much about boats and sailing. I do know something about grieving for someone you loved and lost, and this hauntingly beautiful book made me feel all sorts of emotions in recognition of how hard it is to let go your past and take a chance on a new, unimagined and unplanned future.

Anna is a twenty five year old waitress from Fort Lauderdale whose fiance Ben committed suicide after a long bout of depression. Ben planned to sail to Trinidad and have lots of amazing experiences on the way. When Anna’s alarm alerts her that this is the day Ben chose for their departure, she packs her bag and leaves knowing full well that she isn’t ready to let go of her grief, whatever her family and friends may think. Anna’s sailing experience is woefully inadequate. After narrowly escaping a full on collision with another boat, she advertises for a guide. She also finds herself in a risky situation. Call it two narrow escapes in a day. This time she is saved and aided by a kind stranger, Keane Sullivan, who she hires to help her make her way to Puerto Rico. What follows is an amazing journey from an emotional turmoil and darkness to what the author indirectly decribes as a ‘state of grace’, with love, hope, sadness and happiness finding their rightful place in Anna’s heart.

Float Plan is one of the best books I have read this year. The characters are impossible not to fall in love with. Anna’s grief is all-encompassing, and yet, she is trying hard to listen to her heart, and learn how to go on living. At first, she keeps thinking about Ben’s wishes and what he would have thought of this place or that, but gradually allows herself chart a new course, wherever it may lead. She is so kind, honest and grateful, that her state of mind rubs off on the reader. I felt so immersed in her story, her journey (or rather I should say their journey) that I didn’t want it to end. Her relationship with Keane develops naturally and takes as much time as they both need to be ready for their future. I haven’t said much about Keane so far, because I’d love the reader to have no preconception, but just see him through Anna’s eyes.

This was my first book by Trish Doller and I was amazed by the ease and beauty of her writing style. Some of her lines rang so true to what I felt in my time of grief and mourning, others gave me time and space to breathe in the spindrift and feel the healing power of ‘salt water- sweat, tears or the sea’.
The descriptions of places Anna and Keane visit on their journey were absolutely spellbinding and provided a welcome emotional escape. Above all, the book filled me with calm with its carefully chosen, sparse words, its sincerity and quiet belief that the person you lost doesn’t have to disappear completely, but you can build something new alongside the old memories.

Thank you very much to NetGalley, St.Martin’s Press and the author for the review copy of this wonderful book.. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author bio:

TRISH DOLLER is the author of novels for teens and adults about love, life, and finding your place in the world. A former journalist and radio personality, Trish has written several YA novels, including the critically acclaimed Something Like Normal, as well as Float Plan, her adult women’s fiction debut. When she’s not writing, Trish loves sailing, traveling, and avoiding housework. She lives in southwest Florida with an opinionated herding dog and an ex-pirate.

Buy link: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/float-plan/

Social Links: @TrishDoller on Instagram and Twitter

Thank you for reading the post! Hope you pick up this wonderful book and enjoy it as much as I did.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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#Blog Tour #Book Review of Mr Right Across the Street by Kathryn Freeman @rararesources

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Mr Right Across the Street, a brand new rom-com by Kathryn Freeman.

Mr Right Across The Street

Mia Abbott’s move to Manchester was supposed to give her time and space from all the disastrous romantic choices she’s made in her past. But then the hot guy who lives opposite – the one who works out every day at exactly 10 a.m., not that Mia has noticed thank-you-very-much – starts leaving notes in his window…for her.

Bar owner Luke Doyle has his own issues to deal with but as he shows Mia the sites of her new city he also shows her what real romance looks like for the first time. And when he cooks up a signature cocktail in her honour, she realises that the man behind the bar is even more enticing than any of his creations. And once she’s had a taste she knows it will never be enough!

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My thoughts:

Mr Right Across the Street is a sweet story of Mia, a computer geek, and Luke, Mia’s sexy, cool neighbour. The story is set in Manchester, so if you, like me, think that British rom-coms are the best, get the book and enjoy this slow-slow-burn romance.

Mia has recently moved to Manchester. She is missing her parents, her sister and her girlfriends, but she really needs to put some space between her and her mean, possessive ex who just won’t stay away. What Mia needs now is friends and some time to reassess why she keeps going for Mr Wrongs. Luckily, Mia is a website designer, a job that can be done anywhere, including her living room, which also has a huge advantage of a very cute view.

Mia has been enjoying watching her hot neighbour across the street work out at 10am every day, until she decides to go to the nearest bar and here he is… Luke, the bartender / the bar owner. They chat and there’s that special connection, also known as the spark. Only Mia doesn’t trust herself to read the signals right, not when Luke seems to be very popular with local ladies. Does Mia need a player in her life? No, thank you! Is she willing to give her phone number and risk being stalked again- the answer is another NO. And then a handwritten poster-sized message appears in the window across the street, and another one, and Mia can’t help herself responding…

The slow build-up of Luke and Mia’s friendship-non-relationship-relationship was a bit frustrating. Yes, I know I said I love it when protagonists take things slowly and I am taking it back. At times, Mia just drove me mad with her ‘cool guys never fall for nerds in t-shirts and leggins’ insecurites. On the plus side, we get to check out lots of cool places in Manchester, which is a fabulous setting for a rom-com.

Although not hailed as such, this is an opposites-attract story. Mia is reserved, while Luke is a mix of charm, ready lines and hidden vulnerability. Mia is supposed to be thirty, but it felt as if she was younger and there was enough of ‘I’m not like other girls’ to make me feel uncomfortable. She looks beyond appearances in some cases and doesn’t in others, but don’t we all?
Her sister Elle was a real hoot and so was her neighbour Stan (the topic of loneliness in elderly people deserves a separate discussion). There were other interesting side characters I wish we’d seen more of- Sandy, Phil, Mateo, Stan, Naomi, Grace- they made the story much more vivid and more enjoyable. An honourable mention for Pickles who melted my heart.

Great setting, interesting (although not perfect) characters and a lovely writing style, all of these make Mr Right Across the Street an entertaining read. Fans of Kathryn Freeman will be delighted with her 17th book!

Thank you to NetGalley, OneMore Chapter and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Bio

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a sexy hero. 

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

Social Media Links

Website:  http://kathrynfreeman.co.uk
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kathrynfreeman
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KathrynFreeman1

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#Blog Tour # Book Review of The Ex by Diane Saxon #DS Jenna Morgan #Police procedural #psychological thriller @rararesources @Diane_Saxon @BoldwoodBooks #boldwoodbloggers

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Diane Saxon’s new police procedural The Ex, the latest addtion to her DS Jenna Morgan series.

The Ex

Sometimes your past just won’t let go…

As a heat wave grips the country, DS Jenna Morgan is called to a domestic incident at the home of a young family in Ironbridge.
Pregnant Imelda Cheetham-Epstein has been found unconscious by her husband, Zak with serious head injuries.
When Jenna arrives on the scene, she discovers something even more disturbing – the couple’s eleven-month-old son, Joshua, is missing and the race against time begins to find him.

Is this an accident or something more sinister?
Are the two incidents linked?

Or has something in the Cheetham-Epstein’s past caught up with them?

Diane Saxon is back with a gripping new psychological crime novel, perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Carol Wyer.

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My thoughts:

The Ex is the fourth book in Diane Saxon’s gripping series of police proceduralscenteredaround DS Jenna Morgan, her family and her trusted team. The book can be read as a standalone, but I am really glad to have discovered a new series to follow.

DS Jenna Morgan is called to a scene of what appears at first glance a domestic accident. Well-meaning, gossipy neighbours waiting outside have already informed her that the newly married couple living in the house are very much in love with each other and are expecting a baby. Imelda must have had a horrifying fall. While paramedics are doing their job to save the young woman’s life, Jenna discovers that the couple’s eleven-month-old toddler Joshua is missing and the race against the clock begins…

I must say I was a bit apprehensive after reading the first chapter told from the ex’s perspective. I knew dark and disturbing things lay ahead as Emily was clearly delusional. I have to say that it isn’t easy to portray a character like her and make the reader ask the same question Jenna asks herself: how could it happen that a person with this kind of issues fell through the cracks in the system?

Jenna herself is a terrific police officer and you will sympathise with her and admire her. She has a great team and knows she can rely on them at all times to help her do the basic polic work, something the public rarely sees, keen as we are to focus on the results. The book successfully strikes the balance between the personal and professional, the balance that makes or breaks any police procedural.

I liked the narrative structure: we get to see the events from Emily’s POV and also have to solve the mysteryby following Jenna and her team, so the reader is always ‘in the know’ and yet, there are a few twists that may surprise you. For me, the best thing was the level of detail: Diana Saxon really doesn’t tell you, she shows and lets you draw your own conclusions and process the complex feelings this book is bound to stir.

A well-written, fast-paced police procedural /psycholigical thriller, The Ex is a gripping, addictive read, which I can wholeheartedly recommend to all the lovers of the genre. My first book by Diane Saxon and I am hooked. Count me in for all future instalments in the series!

Thank you to NetGalley, Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Bio:
Diane Saxon previously wrote romantic fiction for the US market but has now turned to writing psychological crime. Find Her Alive was her first novel in this genre and introduced series character DS Jenna Morgan. She is married to a retired policeman and lives in Shropshire.

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#Book Blitz #Book Review of Something Wicked by Emery Nicolson #Urban Fantasy #Paranormal Romance @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Something Wicked
by Emery Nicolson
(Lockhart Legacy, #1)
Publication date: March 1st 2021
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:

Something wicked this way comes…

You’d think being the descendant of powerful witches would grant me the power to sort out my life, right? But you’d be wrong. I’m stuck in a rut, disdained by my family, and my romantic life is a disaster. Oh, and did I forget to mention that I have no magic?

When a cursed heirloom is stolen, I should stay out of it and leave the retrieval to those better equipped but everything seems to lead back to me…

With the help of an enigmatic bounty hunter, I may be able to clear my name and retrieve the artefact before death and chaos are unleashed upon my beloved city but doing so could cost me everything — including my life.

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My thoughts:

First of all, the cover is absolutely gorgeous! Secondly, it isn’t often that I stay up and read all night, because I am so absorbed in the story, but this is exactly what happened with this book.

Millie Lockhart works in her family office. Lockharts are Guards (magical Police) and one of the most powerful magical families in Edinburgh, while Millie herself is a bit of a black sheep, apparently having no active magic at all. She is a kind and generous person and a wonderful herbalist, but hey, if it isn’t something you can use in combat, it’s not worth talking about. Years of being neglected and put down have taken its toll on Millie who seems to have quite low self-esteem at the beginning of the book and has to work out a lot of stuff about herself.

I’m not sure having a one night stand with one of your childhood crushes is a recipe for starting a successful relationship…Having said this, we were promised hot and steamy by the blurb and the book delivers it in full. Colm is sweet and sexy and dangerous, and you can’t deny there is chemistry between them, although things seem to progress at a neckbreaking speed with these two.

Loved Millie’s bestie Sarah, and their banter! Every girl needs a best friend who is going to tell you off when you are doing something stupid and will always stand by your side. I’d love to see more of Sarah in the next book.

There’s a mystery and near-death experiences, being on a run, family drama, friendship, lethal magical artefacts, and lots of action. You see why I had to finish the book in one go?

I did enjoy this first book in a new urban fantasy series and would definitely like to read the sequel.

AUTHOR BIO:

Emery Nicolson is a wife, mother and mad cat-lady living in the South West of England. When she’s not writing, she’s probably reading, baking or out walking through a forest. 

Emmy (or Nics, as she’s more often referred to) loves hearing from readers and you can find her online via Twitter (@EmmyNicolson), Facebook (@EmeryNicolsonAuthor) or her website (emerynicolson.co.uk). 


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#Book Blitz #Pressure by Chiquita Dennie #Contemporary Romance @Xpresso Book Tours

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Pressure
by Chiquita Dennie
(The Driven World, #2)
Publication date: April 8th 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romanc

Synopsis:

Pressure is a hot, enemies-to-lovers romance, contemporary romance written in K. Bromberg’s Driven World Project.

Malik Pierce lives with his family’s high expectations in his head. He does his best to make them proud. Slated as the next CEO for a billion-dollar racing company and on track to become its top strategist, he should be on top of the world, but life has handed him a cheating scandal that won’t be simple to solve.

Sarai Lambert wants a man she can trust to do the right thing, but right now, Malik isn’t that man. Not yet, anyway. She can’t sit back and wait as life passes her by. She has to move on, but when she does, the happy life she thought she’d get in exchange for leaving her hometown is nothing but a dream… until or unless Malik can pull himself together and fix the problems in his life.

Will they find a path forward together or are Malik’s problems too much for either to bear?

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AUTHOR BIO:

Chiquita Dennie is an Author, Filmmaker, Podcast host, and Entrepreneur. Born in Memphis, TN, and currently a Los Angeles CA native. Her background in film/tv has taught and shaped her passion for writing with her debut romance novel Antonio and Sabrina Struck In Love. Since its debut, fans have embraced the unconventional love story of Sabrina Washington and Antonio De Luca an Amazon Best Seller series.

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#Blog Tour #Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove by Kim Nash #Rom-com @KimTheBookworm @rararesources

Today I’m absolutely delighted to participate in the blog tour for Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove, a heartwarming romance from Kim Nash! Just look at this gorgeous cover… Isn’t it sweet and romantic?

Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove

When thirty-four-year-old Nellie Wagstaff loses her job and discovers her fiancé is a cheating scumbag in a single day, she feels like the world has come crashing down. And that’s before the solicitor’s letter, along with a request to visit a place she hasn’t thought about for a very long time.

Heartbroken, Nellie escapes to the beautiful seaside town of Muddleford in Dorset, where she discovers she’s inherited more than she ever bargained for. Nellie never knew why her mother stopped talking to her sister, but now childhood memories of Muddleford come flooding back: long hot summers, the sea glistening beyond the sandy cove… and a stolen kiss with a boy called Jack.

Jack, now a devilishly handsome vet, has the local pet owners swooning over him, and as Nellie and he become close once more, and she gets used to gossiping with the locals and sipping wine at her beach hut with sand between her toes, she’s sure she can feel sparks flying once more. But just as she thinks she might be able to open her heart again, her newest frenemy, the glamourous Natalia, tells her a secret about Jack that changes everything.

Nellie will never know why her mother and aunt parted ways. She’ll sell the house, forget about Jack, and get back to real life. Because there’s nothing for her in Muddleford… is there?

An utterly uplifting and completely hilarious summer read about learning to trust yourself and of finding love and friendship in the least expected places for fans of Jessica Redland, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin.

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My thoughts:

This was such a lovely heartwarming read!

The story begins with our protagonist Nellie having one of those days when everything goes wrong. Her shoe heel gets broken, the bosses hint at possible job cuts and she accidentally leaves her shopping bags on the bus. Can’t get worse, right? wrong! Because this is the day when Nellie’s fiance tells her he doesn’t love her anymore and promptly moves out, leaving her to sort out all wedding cancellations. This is also the day when Nellie gets a letter from a solicitor firm based in Muddleford Cove, Dorset. Jobless, suddenly single, and in a desperate need to find a more affordable house, Nellie finds out that her Aunt Lil has passed away and she is the sole beneficiary of her aunt’s estate.

Nellie will have to make quite a few big decisions, but now she has more options to consider and some unexpected responsibilities. Her childhood crush Jack is still there, as gorgeous as ever, despite having a very grown-up job of a partner in the local vet practice. Jack and Nellie reconnect, while she is trying to get her head around all the changes in her life. And it isn’t just the old memories, the proverbial spark is definitely there. It’s just that Jack isn’t exactly free….

The characters in this book are so real and so relatable. Nellie is a lovely girl, kind and loyal, and it was great to see how she faces her past, deals with ups and downs of her present and ultimately finds her happiness in this beautiful little town on the sea. Jack was absolutely swoonworthy. My favourite secondary character (apart from Norm, sweet and adorable Norm) is Nellie’s bestie Shavini. Their banter was so entertaining!

The book was very easy to read and I got really immersed in the story. Kim Nash has a wonderful writing style that makes you feel like you are chatting to one of your friends, happy and relaxed in the knowledge that they love and understand you and your life. This was a perfect escape from the troubles of our daily life and we all need gentle and uplifting stories, now more than ever.

Looking forward to Kim’s next book!

Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the gifted review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Author Bio 

Kim Nash is an author of uplifting, funny, heartwarming, feel-good, romantic fiction.

Her latest book, Sunshine and Second Chances, was shortlisted for the 2020 Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award.

She lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is Head of Publicity for Bookouture and is a book blogger at http://www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.

When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.

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Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim’s second novel and was published by Hera Books in September 2019.

Sunshine and Second Chances is Kim’s third novel and was published in June 2020. 

Moonlight over Muddleford Cove, Kim’s fourth novel is available to pre-order now and will be published on 30th March 2021.

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#BookBlitz #The Mix-up by Melanie Munton # Romcom @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
The Mix-Up
by Melanie Munton
(Southern Hearts Club, #3)
Publication date: April 6th 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

She thought she accidentally slept with her boss…
Then she met his twin brother.


Real talk: I slept with my boss. Back before he even was my boss. Back when I had no clue who he was. Real talk: My boss is an arrogant jerk. I hate him. If we didn’t work so well together, I would have told him exactly where he could shove his pompous attitude a long time ago.

Turns out…my boss has a twin. Identical twin.

Now I know why he’s always acted like our one night together never happened. Why he acted like he’d never met me before when I started working for him.
It wasn’t him that night. It was his brother.
A brother who’s just as gorgeous as my boss and a hell of a lot nicer.

Real talk: I’m kind of…bothered that it wasn’t my boss that night.

But that’s before certain revelations about that night come to light.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Traveler. Reader. Beach-goer. St. Louis Cardinals fan. Pasta-obsessed. North Carolina resident. Sarcastic. Bit of a nerd. 
Author of the Cruz Brothers, Possession and Politics, and Timid Souls series, Melanie loves all things romance, comedies and suspense in particular because it’s boring to only stick to one sub-genre! From light-hearted comedies to sexy thrillers, she likes to mix it up, but loves her some strong alpha males and sassy heroines.
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