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The Cottage on Sunshine Beach by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor @bookouture #BookReview #BlogBlitz

Hello book lovers! Another delightful blog blitz for me today…for this utterly charming book filled with sunshine and love! Many thanks to Kim for the invitation and to Holly Martin for this lovely book!☀️✨
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The Cottage on Sunshine Beach by Holly Martin
The stunning new summer story from the bestselling author of Summer at Buttercup Beach. Step into the delightful seaside village of Sandcastle Bay, where you’ll discover golden sand, welcoming smiles and an unforgettable romance…

Melody Rosewood loves her new home in idyllic Sandcastle Bay. The beautiful little cottage on the edge of Sunshine Beach, with its bright yellow door and view of the sea has captured her heart. And she loves being close by to her family and best friend Tori Graham.

Life by the sea is pretty much perfect, there’s just one thing missing…

Gorgeous Jamie Jackson, with his cheeky grin and adorable puppy, works as a sculptor opposite Melody’s jewellery shop. From the moment he and Melody meet sparks fly. But despite their instant attraction, a past heartache is holding Jamie back.

As Melody starts to make a life for herself in the close-knit, quirky seaside community, she realises Jamie could be the one for her. But as the two of them take a chance on romance, it’s one dating disaster after another. Are they destined to always be just good friends?

Or will Melody finally find her happily-ever-after in Sandcastle Bay?

A perfect, feel-good summer read that will make you want to escape to the beach for a romantic day in the sun. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.

My Thoughts

4.5 Bright Sunshiny Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Bump this up half a star because this book still is making me smile 😀 this book has my favorite word in the title SUNSHINE and to make it even better it also has beach and cottage… how could I possibly go wrong? Additionally it is written by the brilliant Holly Martin! And to top it all off it is set in beautiful and charming Seashell Cove… I am SO visiting there and when I do I am hoping I meet each and every character in this delightful book….

This is the second book in the series, however you could read it as a standalone… it was so much fun to revisit these quirky characters and this time around we got Melody and Jamie’s story… but no worries we got a fair dose of Aiden and Tori along with Leo and Isla…. and I cannot forget adorable Elliot! I would so love to go to a barbecue with all of these fabulous characters and watch one of Elliotts famous magnificent magic shows…. well now I think I’ve invited myself to Seashell Cove twice… probably three times i’m sure I did so in my review of the first book as well….

Jamie and Melody’s romance got off to a bit of a rocky start… that is unless you think poisoning your date on the first date is a good thing? And that wasn’t the only date disaster, I have to say I did get some good laughs out of these tragic dates! Fortunately these two have a sense of humor… and as the romance progressed I found it very sweet with a bit of sizzle…. isn’t always easy to navigate a new relationship in a small town where everybody knows everything about everybody….

Just loved so many things about this book! loved Melody’s jewelry… loved Jamie’s unusual sculptures… and there is a scene in this book involving fairy lights and a cave that is just hilariously amazing! A lovely book full of romance and charm… that will leave you with a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart😍

Absolutely recommend to people who love a good romantic comedy, quirky characters, and sunshine!🌞

*** many thanks too Bookouture for my copy of this delightful book ***

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HollyAbout the author:
Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books

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The Flowerpot Witch by Wendy Steele @WendyWooauthor @rararesources #BookReview #BlogTour

Thrilled to be part of the blog tour for this paranormal book with a twist… many thanks to Rachel for the invitation and to Wendy Steele for this most magical book!✨✨

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The Flowerpot Witch (A Wendy Woo Witch Lit Novel Book 3)

Lizzie Martin has chosen pottery to be her new career…

But the teacher from hell threatens to thwart her ambitions before she starts.

She has support from her best friend Louise and Evan, another pottery tutor, but Rowan, her fifteen year old daughter is restless, Josh, her ex-husband is colluding with her aunt and though her mother is alive, access to her is forbidden. When The Morrigan appears in her sacred circle, Lizzie knows she has a battle on her hands.

There is hope though.

Stardust the chicken brings a new creature into Lizzie’s life and a long awaited meeting with her Aunt Matilda brings Lizzie’s past into perspective.

Lizzie’s magic ventures beyond The Sanctuary, into the Welsh landscape and the realms of the fae.

My Thoughts

This was a compelling read full of magic and heart… I must admit I was expecting something much more lighthearted based on the cover, but after I got over that I found this book quite intriguing… this book is also the third in this Witchlit series… I did not read the first two books in the series and I do feel as though I missed out on a little bit, and I spent quite a bit of the first part of this book trying to figure out exactly who was who and what was going on…. so my recommendation is to start at book one…

Lizzie was an outstanding character, I really loved her… she was such a generous giving person with a heart of gold… she would do anything to help out those she loved and even those she didn’t love all that much as well…. I also was delighted that she had such an amazing and supportive BFF in Louise, always love those strong female relationships in Books! Also liked the relationship between Lizzie and her daughter, it was so real and relatable, especially if you have ever had a teenage daughter… also completely related to Lizzy’s relationship with her ex, LOL!

There are all kinds of complicated issues going on between Lizzie and her family and the family dynamics… sometimes I had more questions than answers, but I think in the end I had everything figured out, and it left me wanting more! If I have time I’d love to go back and read the first two books in this series, just so I get a better handle on what exactly is going on… I truly found this book most interesting and magical!

Recommend for fans of the paranormal with a bit of a twist, this is unlike any book you have read before, guaranteed!

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The Flower Pot Witch - WendyAuthor Bio –

Wendy Steele is author, wise woman, goddess. She is writer, dance teacher, mother and healer.

Her passion is magic.

‘The Lilith Trilogy’ leads the reader along the paths of the witches Qabalah, following Angel Parson’s story of betrayal, retribution and redemption. Her magical story contains high magic as well as pagan ritual.

‘The Standing Stone Book Series’ focuses on the lives of three women linked together across time and space by the standing stone. The countryside is the focus of their magic, embracing the gods and goddesses, tree spirits, elves and fairies.

Her latest series, The Wendy Woo Witch Lit Series, begins with The Naked Witch. Lizzie Martin, receptionist, single mother and witch, is asked by her new boss to conform and embrace the corporate dress code. The reality of paisley to pin stripe, an unexpected stay in hospital, monitoring of her fourteen year old daughter’s latest crush, the search for the truth about her father’s death and two new men in her life, give Lizzie plenty of plates to spin. In the Orphan Witch, Lizzie is grieving while trying to find her real mother and the truth about her father and in the third book, The Flowerpot Witch, due to be published on 21st June, she embarks on a new career, thwarted at every step by those around her.

You can hear Wendy telling her short stories in Pan’s Grotto on her Welsh riverbank, on her YouTube channel, The Phoenix and the Dragon.

Wendy’s non-fiction title ‘Wendy Woo’s Year – A Pocketful of Smiles’ offers the reader 101 ideas to bring a smile to every day.

Wendy lives in Wales with her partner, Mike, and cats. If she’s not writing or teaching dance, you’ll find her renovating her house, clearing her land or sitting on her riverbank, breathing in the beauty of nature.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.wendysteele.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WendyWooauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/destinyofangelsnovel/?fref=ts

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Amazon author: http://www.amazon.com/Wendy-Steele/e/B007VZ1P06/ref

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Goodreads author:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6548666.Wendy_Steele

YouTube channel: The Phoenix and the Dragon

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Posted in Contemporary Romance, Humor

The Invitation by Keris Stainton @Keris @bookouture #BookReview #BlogBlitz

Happy Monday All! Thrilled to be part of the blog blitz for this laugh out loud romcom! Many thanks to Noelle for my iNVITATION and two Keris Stainton for her fun book!😂🤣😂

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Description:

When Piper James unexpectedly gets a message from her insanely hot teenage crush Rob Kingsford, inviting her to their school reunion, her heart flips. She hasn’t seen Rob in eight years – and he’s always been the one who got away.

Throw in some old friends (and frenemies), a sister on the edge of a meltdown and a few too many cosmos and you have all the ingredients for a real night to remember… Will Piper and Rob finally get together, the second time around?

A hilarious and uplifting story about conquering your demons and being true to who you are – perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Colleen Coleman and Joanna Bolouri.

My Thoughts

4 Side Splitting Stars😂 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book at its heart was so fun and filled with so many laugh out loud moments… I absolutely love romantic comedies… and strong sassy female characters….. and this book fit the bill for both! This was my first book from Keris Stainton, but I can guarantee it will not be my last! Adding her to my ever-growing list of must read authors…

Piper was a phenomenal character… I loved her spirit, her sass, her strength, and her positivity…. I love how she had come to terms with her weight issues and loved herself just the way she was… also loved the friendship she had with her amazing guy friend Matt…

Piper has a second chance at love in this book… A Facebook friend request from a high school crush, leads to her going home and facing her demons, and perhaps finding true love…. rob was a really good guy, but…. can Piper find her way past the doubts and the misunderstandings and the past?

Perhaps this is naïve of me or it is my desire to always see the good in everybody… but I do find it most troubling that people would actually comment about somebody’s wait on a picture on social media??? OK I think I’m probably being very unrealistic, but why would anybody ever do this? Also I would hope after you’ve been out of high school for a decade you’d be over thinking you were better than anybody, perhaps this is a small town issue? This book brought up these issues and they really quite frankly bothered me… I so want to see the good in people, but then people do really mean things? Please do not rain on my little happy bubble!

Absolutely recommend to fans of a fun romantic comedy full of sassy characters and heart💕

*** many thanks too Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

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Buy link:  mybook.to/TISocial

Keris Stainton 500About the Author

Keris Stainton was born in Canada, grew up on the Wirral, lived in London for a while and now lives in Lancashire with two boys, two guinea pigs, and an unhealthy (but enjoyable) obsession with One Direction.

She’s written books for children, teenagers, and adults and can almost always be found on Twitter.

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TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Keris

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/keriswritesbooks/

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Bound to Her Blood Enemy by Tora Williams @ToraWilliams1 @rararesources #BlogTour #PubDay

Bound To Her Blood Enemy

Bound to Her Blood Enemy

Norman heiress, Matilda Comyn is desperate to escape her grasping guardian and reclaim her inheritance. After a lifetime of being let down by men, she wants to rule her lands on her own terms. She can’t escape without help and battles her mistrust when compelled to join forces with a Welsh spy.

Huw Ap Goronwy has a rival claim to Matilda’s castle and has sworn a blood oath against the Comyns. When his king rules they must marry, he struggles to reconcile his attraction with his need for revenge. But they must form a truce if they are to seize their castle.

Risking capture and death, they will only succeed if Matilda learns to trust, and Huw allows his love for Matilda to overcome his need for revenge.

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Purchase Links

Amazon (UK): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D6FT4HH
Amazon (US): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D6FT4HH
The Wild Rose Press Catalogue: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/paperback-books/5938-bound-to-her-blood-enemy-paperback.html

VickiBeeby-author-picAuthor Bio –

Tora lives in Shropshire in the United Kingdom. On childhood holidays her interest in history was fired by exploring castles in Wales and the Welsh borders, and she would make up stories about characters living there. When she started writing, it seemed only natural to turn to the settings that inspired her as a child. In her free time, when she can drag herself away from reading, she enjoys walking and cycling.

Social Media Links – Blog: http://www.torawilliams.uk/blog

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ToraWilliamsAuthor/

Twitter: @ToraWilliams1