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Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich @seanofthesouth1 @thomasnelson @tlcbooktours #bookreview #starsofalabama

Happy Monday all!

Today I’m sharing with you my review for this book that I truly enjoyed. It was just a good old fashion feel good story written by a remarkable storyteller! Thank you so much Lisa for my invitation to this tour!🌟

My Thoughts

Sean Dietrich masterfully wove together this brilliant story. This was a good old-fashioned feel good story sprinkled with heart and hope. Short chapters, three separate storylines, all with a common thread of family. Not the family you were born to, but the family that you choose. This is a definite character driven story without a lot of bells and whistle‘s. There was just something so refreshing about this book for me, so much charm so much goodness. I listened to the audiobook that was narrated by the author and it was almost like being told a bedtime story, and I loved the songs sprinkled throughout, a lot of them brought back memories of my childhood.

Marigold was abandoned by her family when she got pregnant at 15. She was a special girl with a healing touch, but after losing her baby in the forest she found her place in a brothel. Paul and Vern were the best of friends travel in the south with their Bloodhound. Along the way they collected a family. Not only did they find marigold’s baby and name her Ruth, but they also adopted a mother and her two kids. Cooter (Coot) was a child preacher with an incredible memory, just searching for a place to belong, with a box full of cash. All these characters wormed their way into my heart, but I have to admit that the Paul/Vern story resonated with me the most. I loved how these two men bonded with these children and were so helpful to the mother. A beautiful story with a wonderful ending that blended all these separate threads together magnificently. Next time you are in the mood for a genuine story full of clever and lovable characters, this is the book for you!

*** Big thanks to Thomas Nelson for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

From Sean Dietrich—also known as Sean of the South—comes a poignant tale of the stars that shine all around us . . . if only we’re willing to look.

When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, Marigold is rejected by her family and forced to fend for herself. And when she loses her baby in the forest, her whole world turns upside down. She’s even more distraught upon discovering she has an inexplicable power that makes her both beautiful and terrifying—and something of a local legend.

Meanwhile, migrant workers Vern and Paul discover a violet-eyed baby and take it upon themselves to care for her. The men soon pair up with a widow and her two children, and the untraditional family finds their way in fits and starts toward taking care of each other.

As survival brings one family together, a young boy finds himself with nary a friend to his name amid the dust storms still raging across Kansas. Fourteen-year-old Coot, a child preacher with a prodigy’s memory, is on the run with thousands of stolen dollars—and the only thing he’s sure of is that Mobile, Alabama, is his destination.

As the years pass and a world war looms, their stories intertwine in surprising ways. With a voice both humorous and heartfelt, Sean Dietrich weaves together a tale about the dignity of humanity and the value of enduring hope—reminding us that when the dust clears, we can still see the stars.

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A Highlander Walks Into a Bar by Laura Trentahm @stmartinspress #bookreview #ahighlanderwalksintoabar

Happy Sunday book friends!

Excited to share my review for this fun sweet romance! A little Scottish southern fusion if you will! Thank you so much Kelly for my invitation to the blog tour!

My Thoughts

Laura Trentahm has written a fun, sweet, and entertaining romance. A little Scottish Southern fusion. Isabels mom Rose returns home to Georgia from Scotland with a BIG surprise. The surprise is not a plaid skirt, but a Scottish man who Isabell is instantly suspicious of. When his mate Alasdair shows up Izzy’s suspicion is deepened. Izzy is also stressed out because it seems as though the planning of the Highland games (an annual town event) has completely fallen to her with her mother preoccupied with the Scot. It appears as though a passion for a man in a kilt runs in the family as Izzy and Alasdair get better acquainted. But are these Scottish men’s intentions completely noble? And what will happen when secrets are revealed?

This book was pure romantic summer entertainment! I loved the Scottish Southern blend. I really loved Izzys character she was a strong, smart, and savvy woman with a heart of a dreamer! Alasdair wasn’t too bad himself and I liked how he encouraged Izzy. The story was fairly predictable as most romances are and there was definite Insta love. What made this a special read for me besides the accents and the location, was the charm and the whimsy of the story. This book just made me feel good, a good time with a few laughs! I’m still trying to figure out if I like a man in a kilt or not?

*** thanks St Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A Highlander Walks into a Bar by Laura Trentham

Buy-book link: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250315021

Synopsis:

The timeless romance, soaring passion—and gorgeous men—of Scotland comes to modern-day America. And the rules of love will never be the same…

Isabel Buchanan is fiery, funny, and never at a loss for words. But she is struck speechless when her mother returns from a trip to Scotland with a six-foot-tall, very handsome souvenir. Izzy’s mother is so infatuated by the fellow that Izzy has to plan their annual Highland Games all by herself. Well, not completely by herself. The Highlander’s strapping young nephew has come looking for his uncle…

Alasdair Blackmoor has never seen a place as friendly as this small Georgia town—or a girl as brilliant and beguiling as Izzy. Instead of saving his uncle, who seems to be having a lovely time, Alasdair decides he’d rather help Izzy with the Highland Games. Show her how to dance like a Highlander. Drink like a Highlander. And maybe, just maybe, fall in love with a Highlander. But when the games are over, where do they go from here?

Author Bio:

Laura Trentham is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, including Then He Kissed Me and The Military Wife. She is a member of RWA, and has been a finalist multiple times in the Golden Heart competition. A chemical engineer by training and a lover of books by nature, she lives in South Carolina.

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The Marriage Trap by Sheryl Browne @sherylbrowne @bookouture #bookreview #themarriagetrap

Happy happy weekend!

Excited to share my review for this wild thriller! Thanks so much to Kim for my invitation to the tour!📚

My Thoughts

Twisty twisty twisty! Sheryl Browne has taken me on another wild and crazy ride. This book starts out pretty straightforward. Jason is packing his bags leaving his wife Carla and their two kids. The story then jumps back to events leading up to this, and you are pretty certain you know the story. BUT then Bing bang boom things go sideways upside down and inside out! As soon as you get a handle on one twist another one comes along. And let me tell you what these twists were not for the faint of heart, they were dark and disturbing and oh so twisted! The lies did not stop with Jason and Carla they Extended to Carla’s parents Robert and Diana. The poor kids that were caught up in this large web of deceit, secrets, and lies! And the ending? All I’m going to say is WHAT!?! This was an entertaining fast-paced story that kept me glued to the pages from first page to last. Sometimes the plot was a little frantic, a little over-the-top, a little unbelievable, but I did not care because I was so very entertained! Another fantastic thriller to add to the TBR!

*** thanks so much to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

My husband has been keeping secrets for a long time. He thinks I don’t know what he does outside of this house. But I know everything… 

Karla watches silently as Jason hurriedly packs his belongings into a suitcase. She knows that her stillness is unnerving him as she watches his every move from the doorway of their bedroom.

Clothes are screwed up and packed into the case, along with a watch she bought him for his last birthday and his precious laptop. He takes everything from his bedside table. Everything except the framed wedding photo, which now stands alone. Karla strains to see the smiling faces in the photo. If only she knew then what she knows now.

‘I’ve fallen in love with someone else,’ he’d said to her, just moments earlier. The brutality of those words hit Karla hard and she struggled to breathe as she took in each word in turn.

You may think you know what Karla will do next. But you’ll be wrong. Because Karla isn’t who you think she is. Only she knows what’s about to happen. And you will never see it coming.

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller for readers who loved The Girl on the TrainGone Girland The Other Woman. With twists you’ll never see coming, you will not be able to put this one down!

About the Author

Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taught, dark, twisty psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE MARRIAGE TRAP comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights.” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath. To find out more about Sheryl’s novels, go to www.facebook.com/SherylBrowne.Author/ or follow @SherylBrowne on Twitter. To find out more about Sheryl, go to www.sherylbrowne.com

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Manipulated Lies by H. A. Leuschel @haleuschel @rararesources #bookreview #manipulatedlies

TGIF friends!

Summer is coming to an end way too soon, my youngest goes back to school next Thursday! Today I am sharing with you my review for one of the short stories in this book filled with thrilling and intriguing short stories. Thanks Rachel for my invitation to this tour!🖤

Manipulated Lives

Five compelling true-to-life stories each highlighting a narcissist’s manipulative mind games

Narcissists are everywhere.

They can be witty, charming and highly charismatic.

Anyone can be their target.

At first their devious, calculating mind games can be hard to spot because they are masters of disguise, but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.

All stories highlight to what extent narcissistic abuse can distort lives and threaten our self-worth yet ultimately, also send a positive message that once the narcissist is unmasked, the victims can at last break free.

My Thoughts

Tess and Tatoos:

This was a short story That packed a big punch…. The characters were very well-developed especially given that it was only 53 pages…. an entertaining read that I actually read twice, because I wanted to go back and see if I had missed anything….

Tess is elderly and living in a home for the elderly when she meets Sharon a caretaker who she befriends….. The relationship between these ladies was lovely….. they both played such an important part in each others life, giving them each something they needed at that time in their lives….

Tess has a story that needs to be told…. something her son needs to know before she passes away… there are some twists, some secrets are revealed, and of course there is a tattoo….

Absolutely recommend this book to anybody that wants a quick entertaining enjoyable read and bonus it is free on Kindle….

Purchase Link – https://books2read.com/u/49P2MJ

Author Bio – Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

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A Whisker in the Dark by Leighann Dobbs @bookouture #bookreview #awhiskerinthedark

Happy hump day all!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this cute cozy story! Many thanks to Noelle for my invitation to the tour🐱🐱

My Thoughts

This book was cute, cozy, and catatastic! Leighann Dobbs knows how to create the perfect comfy environment for a cozy mystery. This book checked off all my cozy mystery boxes: quaint Setting✔️ quirky characters✔️ compelling Mystery✔️ adorable animals✔️ Nero and Marlowe were paws down my favorite characters in the story. Even though I’m still not sure what to think about the cats talking to one another, I liked how smart and savvy they were. Josie, Lily, and the gang were all very likable I just wish there were a tiny bit more character development, and maybe a little more eccentricity. The mystery was fun even if it was a little convenient. This dysfunctional rude family is at the guest house and their ancestors bones are found in the walls of the house. Is there a curse? Is there a treasure? Soon everyone is digging for the treasure and then one of the family members ends up dead. And thank goodness Nero, Marlowe, and friends were on the case leading Josie in the right direction. The cats were definitely smarter than the humans in this book, especially the bumbling local sheriff. Josie was also sometimes a little more concerned about baking the perfect Bundt cake rather than the fact that people were dropping Dead at her inn. Also I have to add in that this dysfunctional families business was creating cheese sculptures, is this a real thing? I need to know! This was a quick cozy read perfect for a lazy summer afternoon.

*** Big thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Title: A Whisker in the Dark

Author: Leighann Dobbs

Publication Day: 31/07/19

Buy Link: https://geni.us/B07RKCWRPRSocial

Description:

Discovering the 300-year-old skeleton of shipping tycoon Jedediah Biddeford in the ballroom wall is a big old hassle for Josie Waters, owner of the Oyster Cove Guesthouse. Especially when Biddeford’s descendants turn up, certain that a family legend about treasure buried nearby must be true.

Josie is too busy dreaming up the perfect cake for the Oyster Cove’s 250th anniversary celebration to worry about the Biddeford family – plus half the town – digging up her yard… until one of her guests is murdered in the guesthouse garden. 

With worries that her guesthouse will get a reputation for being the kind of place you only leave in a body bag, Josie must put her detective skills to work to find the killer. Lucky for her, Nero and Marlowe and their gang of cat sleuths are also on the case. 

From the old wharf, to the town common, to the guesthouse itself with its many nooks and crannies, the cats are sure to sniff out the killer… but can they help Josie stop the person behind the mysterious murder before they strike again?

A fantastic page-turner from a bestselling author, purrfeect for fans of Agatha Christie, Adele Abbott, cat lovers and everyone in between!

Author Bio:

USA Today bestselling author, Leighann Dobbs, discovered her passion for writing after a twenty year career as a software engineer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Bruce, their trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and beautiful rescue cat, Kitty.

Her book “Dead Wrong” won the “Best Mystery Romance” award at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention.

Her book “Ghostly Paws” was the 2015 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem First Place category winner in the Animal Mystery category.

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In The Company of Strangers by Awais Khan @rararesources #guestpost #inthecompanyofstrangers

Hope you’re having a fabulous Tuesday! I’ve got another fantastic book to share with you all today!

In The Company Of Strangers

Mona has almost everything: money, friends, social status… everything except for freedom. Languishing in her golden cage, she craves a sense of belonging…

Desperate for emotional release, she turns to a friend who introduces her to a world of glitter, glamour, covert affairs and drugs. There she meets Ali, a physically and emotionally wounded man, years younger than her.

Heady with love, she begins a delicate game of deceit that spirals out of control and threatens to shatter the deceptive facade of conservatism erected by Lahori society, and potentially destroy everything that Mona has ever held dear.

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THE BOOK GUILD: https://www.bookguild.co.uk/bookshop-collection/fiction/in-the-company-of-strangers/

WATERSTONES: https://www.waterstones.com/book/in-the-company-of-strangers/awais-khan/9781912881482

FOYLES: https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/in-the-company-of-strangers,awais-khan-9781912881482

Author Bio – Awais Khan is a graduate of Western University and Durham University. Having been an avid reader and writer all his life, he decided to take the plunge and study Novel Writing and Editing at Faber Academy in London. His work has appeared in the Missing Slate Magazine, Daily Times and MODE, and he has been interviewed by leading television channels like PTV, Voice of America, Samaa TV and City 42, to name a few. He is also the Founder of The Writing Institute, one of the largest institutions for Creative Writing in Pakistan. He lives in Lahore and frequently visits London for business.

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How to land a Literary Agent

The truth of publishing is that the majority of publishers require you to go through a literary agent if you want them to take a look at your work. Having said that, literary agents are not just a means of filtration. They are literally the gatekeepers of the publishing world and all the treasures that lie within, so to speak.

It may seem like there are a lot of agents out there, but that isn’t true. Yes, there are hundreds, maybe thousands, spread across the US, UK, India, Europe etc, but they are not enough. Most of these agents are getting hundreds of submissions from authors every month, and at most they may sign on a handful of new authors every year. That doesn’t sound too good, does it? The good news is that if you follow a few simple rules, you can not only get an agent to notice you, but even consider signing you on.

The first rule is to make sure your work is up to the mark. Literary agents hate it when they get distracted from the story by grammatical errors and typos that could have been corrected by basic proofreading. Some agents simply abandon reading the material, no matter how compelling, if they feel that it contains too many typos. If you want an agent to give you some of his/her time, you need to make it worth their while. They expect a well edited submission, and a writer should make sure that they provide them with that.

Once you are sure you have done your absolute best in making sure the work is top notch, research some of the agents you are interested in, and check whether they actually represent the genre you’ve written. If yes, proceed to look at their submission guidelines. I cannot emphasize enough on the importance of adhering to submission guidelines. If you follow them all correctly and provide the agent with well edited initial chapters, there is a very good chance that the agent will give you due consideration. This is how unknown writers end up being represented by top agents. They follow the guidelines, write a compelling story and edit it properly. Since their submission ticks all the boxes, the agent reads it, and before you know it, you have a full manuscript request from that agent.

Even when you follow all the guidelines to the book, you will still receive tons of rejections. That’s basically due to the fact that this is a very subjective market, and not everyone may like what you have written, but there will definitely be someone out there who will. It is just a matter of finding the right agent.

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Heathcliff by Sue Barnard @authorsusanb @rararesources #Heathcliff #excerpt

Happy Tuesday!

Have you read Wuthering Heights? Don’t tell anybody but I haven’t🤫 but I do know there is a character named HeathCliff and this is his story!

Heathcliff

It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now…”

Cathy’s immortal words from Wuthering Heights change Heathcliff’s life. At just seventeen years of age, heartbroken and penniless, he runs away to face an unknown future.

Three years later, he returns – much improved in manners, appearance and prosperity.

But what happened during those years? How could he have made his fortune, from nothing? Who might his parents have been? And what fate turned him into literature’s most famous anti-hero?

For almost two centuries, these questions have remained unanswered.

Until now…

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Author Bio –

Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet whose family background is far stranger than any work of fiction. She would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.

Sue was born in North Wales but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester. She speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad.

Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.

Sue’s first novel, The Ghostly Father (a new take on the traditional story of Romeo & Juliet), was officially released on St Valentine’s Day 2014. Since then she has produced five more novels: Nice Girls Don’t (2014), The Unkindest Cut of All (2015), Never on Saturday (2017), Heathcliff (2018), and Finding Nina (2019).

Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.

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Excerpt

In this extract, which comes very early in the story, Nelly Dean describes her conversation with Cathy.

I really don’t understand what Miss Catherine can be thinking of. The only possible explanation is that she must have lost her mind.

Earlier this evening, she came to see me in the kitchen, almost in tears. During the afternoon, whilst Mr Edgar was visiting her, she behaved appallingly towards me and young Hareton, and she even slapped Mr Edgar’s face. Goodness only knows what he must have thought of her. When she first appeared I wondered if she might have come to say she was sorry, though I’m well aware that this is not in her nature.

What she did say almost knocked me sideways. She told me that Mr Edgar has asked her to marry him, and that she has accepted! Then – incredibly – she asked me if she was doing the right thing.

As if I could give her an answer! But in any case, it certainly isn’t my place to tell her. If she really is doing the right thing by marrying Mr Edgar, she would know in her own heart, and wouldn’t need to ask anyone – let alone the likes of me.

I asked her if she loves Mr Edgar. She said she does, because he’s “handsome, and pleasant, and young, and cheerful, and rich.” And also because he loves her.

My first thought, on hearing this, is one which I would rather not repeat. My second thought was Heaven help poor Mr Edgar… I managed to control myself and tried to reason with Miss Catherine, suggesting that she might be marrying him for all the wrong reasons.

But even though I could see she was already beginning to have doubts about it (she even admitted that in her heart and her soul she was convinced she was wrong), she wouldn’t listen to me. Not that I’m surprised. She was always a wilful and headstrong thing, even as a child.

Then she told me that she’d once dreamed she was in Heaven, but she’d been so miserable that the angels had thrown her back down to earth. It made me feel very uneasy, to be honest, until she explained that she had no more business to be in Heaven than she had to marry Mr Edgar.

But then she said, “It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff.”

I was so taken aback at this that at first I failed to notice a slight sound from behind the settle, and possibly the creak of a door. I glanced up, and imagined I saw a faint movement in the shadows. But Miss Catherine, who was sitting on the floor with her back to the door, went on talking.

If I thought she was crazy before, what she said next convinced me of it. Her next words, after saying it would degrade her to marry Heathcliff, were “…so he shall never know how I love him”.

Oh dear God in Heaven.

I opened my mouth to say: “Love is a great leveller, Miss Catherine. So if you really love Heathcliff, then the question of rank or status wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, enter into it.” But before I could speak she just carried on, saying her soul and Heathcliff’s were one and the same, whereas hers and Edgar’s were as different as they could possibly be.

Yet another reason why marrying Mr Edgar is the worst thing she could possibly do.

When she finally paused for breath I held up my hand for silence, saying I’d heard the sound of Joseph’s cart in the yard, and it was likely that Heathcliff would be with him. At that point, she panicked, clearly terrified that Heathcliff might have any suspicion of what she’s done.

“But Heathcliff doesn’t know anything about love, does he, Nelly?” she declared.

“How can you be so sure of that, Miss Catherine?” I replied. “Is there any reason why he shouldn’t know? Let’s just suppose that he does – and that you might be the one he loves. Can you even begin to imagine how he might feel, once he finds out that you’re going to marry Edgar Linton?”

“But we’ll still be together,” she protested. “Don’t you understand, Nelly? Nobody will ever separate us! Edgar will understand, once he realises how much Heathcliff means to me.”

My face must have betrayed my horror at this point, because she carried on: “Nelly, I know you must think I’m a selfish brat. But has it not occurred to you that if I married Heathcliff, we’d be little more than beggars? Whereas if I marry Edgar, I can help Heathcliff to better himself.”

I was aghast. “With your husband’s money, Miss Catherine? Do you honestly think you can get away with that? And, begging your pardon, I think that’s your worst reason yet for agreeing to marry Mr Edgar.”

“No, it is the best reason of all!” she shouted. “Don’t you see how unselfish I’m being? I’m doing this for Heathcliff, not for myself or for Edgar! Don’t you understand?”

“No, Miss Catherine, I’m afraid I don’t understand.” By now I had run out of patience with her. “As far as I can tell, either you have no idea of what is expected of a married woman, or you are just a spoilt, unprincipled child. Please spare me any more of your ramblings.”

At this point the door opened and Joseph entered, effectively bringing our conversation to a close. Miss Catherine slumped into a seat in the corner, whilst I moved to the stove to continue preparing the supper. As I passed round to the other side of the settle, I spotted a small pale object on the floor underneath the bench by the wall. Bending down to retrieve it, I recognised Heathcliff’s clay pipe.

I recalled having heard the door creak. That was when I realised what had happened: Heathcliff must have overheard the earlier part of our conversation, up to when Miss Catherine said it would degrade her to marry him – at which point, he’d got up and left.

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Willow by Grace Parks @rararesources #guestpost #willow

Happy Monday all!

Hope you had a fantastic weekend! Excited to share this book that looks so good and is the first in a brand new charming series. Friendship, food, and love what more can you want from a book or a series?💕💕

with you today!

Willow

Can a socialite and a technophobe fall in love?

A bubbly personality and a great job in social media didn’t mean that Willow Lawson had it all. Her love life was distant memory and her social life only work related. The maddening demands of life seemed to get in the way of finding time for herself or her friends. 

She starts the Pepper Lane Club as a chance to step away from her busy schedule once a month to reconnect with her friends. 

Thomas Greer, the proprietor of the Pepper Lane Café, annoys her. He’s her complete opposite; unsociable, serious, old-fashioned and dead set against social media. 

Always game for a challenge, Willow decides to take him on as a client. She’s going to prove to Thomas that he needs her help. She knew she would be successful, she just didn’t know she would lose her heart along the way.

Can Willow fall in love with a man that doesn’t respect her profession? Will Thomas let go of his preconceptions long enough to get to know the real Willow? Enjoy this sweet romance as Willow finds love and friendship in the first book in the Pepper Lane Series. 

Six women. Six stories. Six chances of love. One café.
The Pepper Lane Series follows the lives of six women as they share life, love and heartache once a month at the Pepper Lane Club. They might be an unlikely group of friends, but it takes all types to form a tribe.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PMSXYFL

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PMSXYFL

Author Bio – From Grace, with Love…
Grace Parks is a sweet romance / chick lit author with a penchant for the happily ever after.

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Guest Post for Audio Killed the Bookmark

The Other Side of Books

By Grace Parks

There are three sides to every story. Your side. Their side. The truth. And the truth is usually an amalgamation of both sides. Life is never black and white. While this is about books, this post can apply to any of the creative arts. The moment you put something you’ve created out into the world, is the moment all your walls come crashing down. Not by you, but by everyone who is there to judge you. And judge you they will. 

Recently, a girl in one of my Facebook writing groups admitted anxiety and fear was getting in the way of her writing. What followed was a slew of encouragement from other writers, most of whom suffer from the same inflictions. However, these comments were from fellow writers, and not the general public. That’s the difference. It showed me that most creatives have a tendency for deep insecurities, yet we’ve put ourselves in a situation that’s asking for ridicule. It’s not an easy route to take, and probably the biggest reason why most people never end up sharing their creations. I wonder how many amazing books are stored on computers all around the world. It’s sad to think that most of these will never get seen.

People forget that there is an actual person behind a book (or creation). They don’t see the excitement, the fears, the endless hours of work that goes into it. They don’t see the human side to it. So far, I’ve been lucky with my books, but that’s probably because I’m still new to it. The more people who read my books, the more I’ll be exposing myself to negative reviews. So far, my reviews have been great, and mostly positive. Some have been so wonderful they have reduced me to happy tears (and an awkward little dance at my desk). I never understood the joy someone would get from a good review until now. I’ve had one bad review, one little two star on Goodreads that shattered my fragile heart. I quickly went through some famous authors, like Stephen King, to see what reviews they got. In King’s one book he had around 2000 one star reviews and a load of awful comments. As ridiculous as this was, it made me feel a bit better. If King could get bad reviews, I could too. Sure, I know that we all have different tastes. What I love you might hate, but there’s a way of putting your point across while still remembering the person on the receiving end. You don’t have to like something, but you don’t have to slate it either. 

It’s sad that we live in a world where we’re so frightened to share something of ourselves for fear of what others might say. So, for those who have put their work out there regardless of this, I salute you. Let’s be brave (or at least pretend to be)together.

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Sisters of Willow House by Susanne O’Leary @bookouture #bookreview

Happy Sunday all!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! It is still pretty hot here but I heard a rumor it’s supposed to cool down next week! Excited to share with you today my review for this delightful story that made me laugh! Thank you Noelle for my invitation to the tour!🌳

My Thoughts

Susanne O’Leary wisked me away to the Irish shore with this heartwarming story. This is the second book in the Sandy Cove series but it can absolutely be read as a standalone. Roisin and her husband have not been getting along. SO when he purchases a camper van it is the final straw and they decide to take a break of sorts. While hubby is off traveling about the country Roisin heads to willow house to help her sister Maeve with the renovations. While in Sandy Cove Roisin becomes friendly with a man named Declan and….

This was an entertaining and engaging story that kept me invested in these sisters lives throughout. I loved both the sisters and I especially love the bond between them. The setting was gorgeous, another place I really want to visit. There were times in this book I was slightly frustrated with Roisin. I was really worried about some of the choices she might make and sometimes she was a tad bit hypocritical. A perfect summer read filled with amazing characters, a lovely setting, and an ending guaranteed to make you smile.

*** thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

A heart-warming novel about the bond between sisters, set along Ireland’s windswept shores, where romance beckons and secrets unfold…

Roisin McKenna and her husband Cian are taking time apart. Unsure of what she wants, Roisin’s prayers are answered when she receives a call from her sister Maeve who is desperate for her help.

Roisin heads to Sandy Cove to help Maeve restore their aunt’s gorgeous tumbledown mansion Willow House and soon all she has time to focus on are its crumbling walls. Despite a shocking announcement from Maeve and hidden secrets in the house’s rafters, Roisin begins to feel a sense of self she’s been missing for years.

The ties that bind Roisin to her husband seem to be unfurling in the Irish wind, when she unexpectedly stumbles into a mysterious man on the beach. Suddenly, she’s swept up in the idea of another life she could lead…

The restoration may have brought the sisters back together, but as a storm rolls over the coast Roisin feels sure she must make a choice. Will her time at Willow House teach her the precious lessons she needs to return home or has the cove called to her in ways she’d never imagined it could?

About the Author

Susanne O’Leary is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Dingle, County Kerry. When she is not scaling the mountains of said counties (including MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, featured in Full Irish), or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.

Visit Susanne at her website, http://www.susanne-oleary.co.uk  or her blog, http://bit.ly/11F4e4S 
Find her on Facebook, http://on.fb.me/1A2NAbr and on Twitter, http://bit.ly/1rH67dK

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The Woman in the Park by Teresa Sorkin @suzyapbooktours #bookreview

Happy Friday y’all!

I want to apologize to my blogging buddies I have not been as active as usual, but I am hoping to remedy that next week! Today I have a review for a little book with a BIG punch!🧨

My Thoughts Well HOT damn there was a lot packed into this little firecracker of a story. 180 Pages packed with tension, miss direction, and suspense. Sarah is not only struggling with her empty nest but she is also convinced that her husband is cheating on her. One day while in the park innocently sitting on a bench reading a book she meets her kindred spirit in Lawrence. BUT then a woman goes missing a woman who was in the park at the very same time as Sarah, and now Sarah is the prime suspect. What follows is a wild story filled with twists and turns and misdirection and things i never saw coming. Sarah’s world is turned upside down and everyone she trusted seems to have turned against her. This book had me second-guessing everything and trusting nobody. What happened that day in the park and where is the woman?

*** thank you to the publisher for my copy of this book, releases August 27 ***

About the Book

When Manhattanite Sarah Rock meets a mysterious and handsome stranger in the park, she is drawn to him. Sarah wants to get away from her daily routine, her cheating husband and his crazy mistress, her frequent sessions with her heartless therapist, and her moody children.

But nothing is as it seems. Her life begins to unravel when a woman from the park goes missing and Sarah becomes the prime suspect in the woman’s disappearance. Her lover is nowhere to be found, her husband is suspicious of her, and her therapist is talking to the police. 

With no one to trust, Sarah must face her inner demons and uncover the truth to prove her innocence.

A thriller that questions what is real-with its shocking twists, secrets, and lies—The Woman in the Park will leave readers breathless.

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