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The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James @CarolineJames12 @rararesources @RubyFiction #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this uplifting story about “people of a certain age.”Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the blog tour and to Caroline James for her delightful words💕

The Best Boomerville Hotel

TBBH high res coverLet the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel …
Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business! 

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself. 

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

My Thoughts

A heartwarming story filled with laughter and hope…

Good friends Jo and Hattie decided to open up a retreat for “people of a certain age.“ The purpose of the retreat is too offer classes to expand both the mind and the body of the boomers… I thought this was a fun refreshing book focusing on people over 50… a Book all about embracing every day no matter what your age….

This book had a cast of extremely engaging, eccentric and quirky, characters…. Kate a successful Business owner of a online dating service who has never found love herself… Andy a handsome James bond look alike with a hidden agenda… lucinda a washed up artist with a dirty side…. and last but not least eccentric yet lovable brothers Harry and Hugo… each character brought a little something different to the table and added some charm and wit to the story….

It is always nice to read a delightful uplifting story that will make you smile and giggle… a book that reinforces the fact that it is never too late for second chances, new beginnings, and true love….

Absolutely recommend when you are in the mood for a lovely story a bit of a pick me up…

*** many thanks to Ruby Fiction for my copy of this book ***

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CAROLINE JAMES (PROMO SHOOT 26.06.2018)Author Bio:

Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications.

Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair.  The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.

So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light-hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon best-seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.

In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Caroline James Links:

www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk   http://www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk

Twitter:@CarolineJames12  https://twitter.com/CarolineJames12

FaceBook:  Caroline James Author  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolineJames/

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Christmas Spirit by Nicola May @nicolamay1 @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy hump day!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this festive short story! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and two Nicola May for her wonderful words!🎁

Christmas Spirit

coverIt’s two days before Christmas – and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.
Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London landmarks. 

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

My Thoughts

A charming and festive Reid, a powerful story in a little package! 🎁

This was a suite short story all about the magic of Christmas… a story filled with peace, hope, and strength… a lovely story about finding wisdom and tranquility where you least expect it…

Evie goes out with her BFF Bea, for a night of drinking and forgetting… forgetting that she just broke up with her boyfriend a few days before Christmas… while out she meets the handsome Gary with a heart shaped birthmark…. with some arm twisting from Gary and Bea, Evie is convinced to volunteer at a soup kitchen on Christmas Day… while at the soup kitchen she meets Yve and that’s when all the magic begins…. there is something very special about Yve, is he Evie’s very own guardian angel?

Such a beautiful story sprinkled with so much magic and love! I absolutely loved the message of this book… and yes the romance moves quickly, but it had two they’re only 58 pages… I have to say there’s quite a bit packed into this short book… I love the message, I love the lessons, I loved the watercolors, I love the poetry, I love the characters, I love the setting…. my favorite part though was the magical twist at the very end!

A holly Jolly story that will put you in the holiday mood and fill your heart with hope❤️💚❤️

*** thank you so much to Rachel for my copy of this book ***

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LowRes_DSC6798Nicola May – Biography

Nicola May lives near the famous Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.  Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks – and, naturally, enjoying a flutter on the horses.

Nicola likes to write about love, life and friendship in a realistic way, describing her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick’.

She has written eight novels, with Christmas Spirit being her first novella.

Follow Nicola May

Website – www.nicolamay.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/nicolamay1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/

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The Good, The Bad & The Rugby by Mark Farrer @mark_farrer @damppebbles #TheGoodTheBadTheRugby #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Wednesday!

Excited to share with you today my review for this good old-fashioned fun crime thriller that doesn’t take its self too seriously! Thank you so much Emma for the invitation to the tour!😊

GBR-Front-CoverGetting to the truth. By trial… and eror error.

Cullen is on jury duty, and the sleepy Scottish town of Melrose is experiencing a rare crime wave: the famous Rugby Sevens trophy is stolen, a dead body is unearthed, there is a spate of petty arson, and someone drives a van into Gloria’s front room.
Why? And what is her husband doing every night up on Eildon hill?

In this hilarious crime romp, misguided loyalties, thwarted love, and unbelievable gullibility reach crisis point on the one day in the year when the world pays a visit to Melrose.

At the final whistle, Cullen will ensure that justice is done.


Because sometimes twelve good men just isn’t enough.

My Thoughts

This was a fun and humerus crime thriller….

This is one of those books you don’t want to read in public, unless you want to get those funny looks when you’re laughing out loud at apparently nothing… an over-the-top character driven story about some quite interesting characters… i’m not even sure how to review this… it’s like when you tell a joke you heard on a late night television show and it falls flat, Because you cannot deliver it quite the same way?

A cleverly crafted story about rugby, a jury trial, and a lot of crazy antics… i’m currently chuckling to myself just thinking about some of the shenanigans that went on in this book! It really was just plain good old fashion fun! A book that did not take itself too seriously that Will leave you with a smile on your face and tears running down your cheeks from laughing so hard!😂

Recommend when you’re in the mood for a fun book filled with laughter and Fabulous characters!

Mark FarrerAbout Mark Farrer:

Mark was born in Liverpool, studied Computer Science at Hull University, then had a successful career in IT management in London and the South-East for twenty years before moving to Edinburgh in 2001. He continued working in IT until 2015 when he decided to retire from the rat race and focus on becoming a writer. He now spends half his time writing and the other half worrying why he is not yet making money from writing.

The Good, The Bad & The Rugby is Mark’s third comic novel featuring a morally righteous loner called Cullen. He also has a perma-free novella on Amazon, called Dirty Barry, which tells how Cullen and Big Paul first met. He is currently at work on a second novella, called Bronchial Billy.

Mark has three children, one at University, one on a gap year in Ghana, and one still at High School. He lives with his partner Claire, a photographer, near West Linton, in the Scottish Borders.

He likes: his Mini Cooper, songwriting, playing piano, vanilla panna cotta, The Beatles, woodburning stoves, wittertainment, Bill Bailey, #sadmanonatrain, fruit gums, Carl Hiaasen, The Wire, spicy food, Van Gogh, Lindsey Buckingham, oaked chardonnay, House MD, long walks, cinema, reading in bed, florentines, Only Connect, board games, Otis Lee Crenshaw, Budweiser, GBBO, India, cheese, David Armand’s mimes, bookshops, Scandi Noir, Diet Coke, The Economist, Blackadder, good sausages, Dickens, Helena Bonham-Carter (secret crush), the Times crossword, the song mmmbop, and pies.

And lists.

He dislikes: ITV, pinot grigio, tattoos, ballet, ready meals, rap, religion, clutter, artificial raspberry flavouring, marmite, jazz, under-powered showers, people who don’t look after their stuff, opera, sprouts, and waste.

And mashed potato.

He really doesn’t like mashed potato.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mark_farrer

Website: http://markfarrer.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Farrer/e/B074S4XMGL/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien @ScribblerJB @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Sunday!

Excited to share with you today my review for this page turning thriller! A huge thank you to Rachel for the invitation and to Jenny O’Brien for her wonderful story!🖤

The Stepsister

The stepsister coverWhen a stranger leaves step-sisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.

But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing. 

Desperate for the truth, Victoria heads to Holland to find out what happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

But there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead. 

Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late? 

My Thoughts

I died yesterday, or so I’ve been told.

With an opening line like that I was quickly captivated by this book… a thriller with a bit of everything including a splash of romance… A twisted family drama with a bit of a somber tone…

Victoria and her stepsister Ness are surprised when they inherit a house from a complete stranger… now has this ever turned out well in a book? Seriously if I Ever inherit anything from a complete stranger I’m turning it down! Well unless it’s cash😉 being the more adventurous of the two Ness heads to Holland, to check out the house… leaving Victoria with her poodle Nigel… can I just say that Nigel was one fantastic dog! Soon after this Victoria receive a message from Ness letting her know that she is getting married and is heading off on a romantic Trip… after some time passes without any contact Victoria become concerned and heads to Holland with, Nigel in toe… then The thrills begin!

This was a dark story with plenty of twists… The kind of story that keeps you up way past your bedtime frantically turning the pages…. there are a few moments of confusion and a bit of impossibility, but it’s all tied up nicely in the end!

Recommend to those of you who enjoy a well written thriller with some family drama and a darker side…

*** A huge thank you to Rachel and the author for my copy of this book ***

Purchase on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H3TH4HT

The Stepsister - 8715CB6B-8F86-4241-9D71-D504CE5E13A4Author Bio – 

Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland and, after a brief sojourn in Wales, now resides in Guernsey. 
She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a RoNA judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her books.


In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off. 

Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog: https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB

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Reprobation by Catherine Fearns @metalmamawrites @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Are you ready for the weekend booklovers??? I sure am!

Thrilled to share with you my review for this dark thriller with a bit of a unique angle! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and two Catherine Fearns for her intriguing story!🖤

Reprobation

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Are you one of the elect?

Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.

When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.

Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell.

Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.

My Thoughts

This was a dark and gritty thriller with a bit of a different cast of characters…

A nun and a lead guitarist in a Death Metal band walk into a…. not a bad joke, they are two characters in this thriller…. when a body is discovered on the beach crucified and with a Bible quote? The authorities call on Sister Helen… sister Helen is convinced the guilty party is not Mikko lead guitarist in the Death Metal band Total Depravity…

This book was much darker than I was anticipating and very descriptive in places…. it also involves some science and studies that I have never Heard of before… how would you live your life if you knew you were already genetically pre-destined to go to heaven or hell? This is an interesting concept and very thought-provoking, it is also the theory of the rogue geneticist that they are chasing down… an interesting look at the similarities and differences between science and religion…. all leading to murder and “total depravity“… I found these characters very interesting, I thought it was a very unique angle to a thriller…. Music, religion, science, death, judgment, a potpourri of subject matter!

Recommended to those of you who enjoy a darker thriller with some intriguing and unusual characters….

Purchase Link: mybook.to/reprobation 

Author Bio – Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool, UK. Her first novel, a crime thriller called ‘Reprobation’, will be published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018. As a music journalist Catherine is a regular contributor to Pure Grain Audio, and she has also published numerous pieces of short fiction and non-fiction.Catherine has a degree from Oxford University and a Masters from the London School of Economics. She began her career as a financial analyst, but after having four children she retrained as a breastfeeding counsellor. Having lived in several countries, she recently moved to Switzerland, where she discovered her love of writing and is a member of the Geneva Writers’ Group. She plays the piano very well but prefers to play the guitar very badly. Oh, and she likes metal music. A lot.

Social Media Links – Twitter: @metalmamawrites

Facebook: Catherine Fearns

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Finding Rose by Julie Ryan@julieryan18 @rararesources #bookspotlight #giveaway

Finding Rose

v1When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.

Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but could he in fact be reliving previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1. Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?

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Author Bio – Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a rescue cat. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.

She is the author of the Greek Island Mystery series, Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophecy, each of which can be read as a standalone. Her latest book, Finding Rose, is a new departure for her as it is set against the backdrop of WW1 and has a strong link to the Tudor Court.

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Isolation Junction by Jennifer Gilmour #IsolationJunction @JenLGilmour @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Today I am sharing with you my review for this book that was a bit of a personal journey for me… thank you very much to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Jennifer Gilmour for her courage💕

Isolation Junctionblock the roadFirst published in 2016, Jennifer has republished a second edition with the changes in Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

This is the republication of Isolation Junction and what a difference it is. A make over with a new book cover, new content, with Pict Publishing, third person only (as opposed to third and first in first edition) and the incidents in correlating order.

IJ - NEW COVER Isolation JunctionRose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.

She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. But through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.

It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.

After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t will she be able to do it? Will Tim help her? And will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiralling life she so desperately wants to change?

Based on true events.

My Thoughts

A real and raw look at emotional abuse…

For anyone who is a regular visitor to my blog or a regular reader of my reviews you know that I was in an emotionally abusive marriage for many years…. The reason I share this is because I don’t want anyone to be ashamed of being a victim of abuse, it is definitely not your fault! Looking back really makes me cringe at everything I was willing to put up with, but I did it for my family, I did it for my kids, I did it because I didn’t know what else to do… I still feel a tremendous guilt for staying as long as I did, the damage it has done to my children, but my hope is that in my leaving my daughter has learned to never let a man treat her that way and my sons have learned never to treat a woman that way… to paraphrase Oprah, you did the best that you could, and when you knew better, you did better… if just one person reads this book or reads my review and take the first steps getting out of that toxic abusive relationship then I think this author has accomplished amazing things!

This book is very hard for me to review it is brutal and it was written from the heart… Rose is trapped in a marriage to a controlling and emotionally abusive man… in my opinion sometimes emotional abuse is more damaging then physical abuse… it is also easier to ignore and to hide because the bruises are on the inside…. Rose is also a mother and sometimes when the abuse is not being done to your children you are more willing to put up with it…. it is such a vicious cycle and I truly appreciated Rose’s fortitude throughout this book, I really wanted her to succeed and get out of this horrible situation…. my one little niggle is I wish that she had done it without a man…. I mean Tim was fabulous, but I guess I just wanted Rose to be able to get out of there on her own!

There is a very powerful story packed in this little book that I think is very important for everyone to read…. there is also a quiz that I found very telling as I answered many of those questions yes, A quiz that tells you if you are being emotionally abused or not? Yes, you don’t always know, the abuser is generally very manipulative and makes you feel as though most of it is your fault…. if the house was only cleaner, if the kids were only quieter, if you just lost a few pounds, if you hadn’t cut your hair, and so on and so on and so on…reading this book, and writing this review has been very cathartic for me, I truly got a lot out of it and I hope that someone else picks it up and finds it as powerful as I have! The more we all understand abuse the less power it will have over anybody’s life, so this isn’t just for abuse victims, this is a book for everybody….

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book ***

IJ - Jennifer GilmourAbout the author:

Born in the North East, Jennifer is a young, married mum with three children.  In addition to being an author, she is an entrepreneur, running a family business from her home-base. Her blog posts have a large readership of other young mums in business.

 From an early age, Jennifer has had a passion for writing and started gathering ideas and plot lines from her teenage years.  A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, she has drawn on her personal experiences to write this first novel. It details the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again.

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Facebook; www.facebook.com/isolationjunctionbook  

Twitter; www.twitter.com/JenLGilmour  

Instagram; https://www.instagram.com/authorjennifergilmour/

Amazon Profile Link; http://author.to/JenniferGilmour

Goodreads author profile; https://www.goodreads.com/JenniferGilmour  

Huffington post blogger profile; http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/author/jennifer-gilmour  

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Snowflakes Over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman @LucyColemanAuth @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

71 days until Christmas!🎄

Excited to share with you today my review for this festive story! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Lucy Coleman for her whimsical words!❤️💚❤️

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Do2OodCXkAELlRBAs the snowflakes start to fall, Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach…

For lifestyle magazine journalist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article ‘Love is, actually, all around…’

So, Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air and rugged stranger, Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.

Tia didn’t expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Christmas wishes might just come true…

Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly beautiful Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands, where the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.

As cosy as a marshmallow-topped mug of cocoa, fall in love with a heart-warming festive story from the bestselling author of The French Adventure.

My Thoughts

A fun, feel good, festive read, that will leave you feeling happy, hopeful, And craving hot chocolate!❄️

This truly was a beautiful story that evoked every emotion possible in me…. a story that put a big smile on my face and left me wanting to visit South Wales… visit, I’m not sure if the weather is to my liking, but it sure does sound like a lovely place to visit, if you’re cuddled up in front of a roaring fire with that cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows of course!

Tia has lost her mother and is struggling to get her life back together… her boss sees that she is struggling and sends her on assignment to Holly Cove a Village in South Wales…. Tia is a reporter for a lifestyle magazine and her assignment is to write an article on three different happy couples… so will all this love help Tia find a true love of her own?

In spite of some of the more serious storylines this really is a feel-good story… Tia is a relatable and likable character you really want the best for…. The residence of this charming village are quirky, interesting, and delightful! The Romance was sweet, although perhaps a little quick…

A perfect holiday read to put you in the festive holiday spirit!

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book ***

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LBHAuthor Bio –

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Social Media Links –

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth   https://twitter.com/LinnBHalton

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Autumn Antics by Georgina Troy @GeorginaTroy @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Happy hump day book people!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this fabulous fall read! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the blog tour and to Georgina Troy for her lovely story!🧡💛

Autumn Antics

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Being a part-time hand model can be tricky, especially when you have to deal with prima donnas like Megan Knight, a reality star whose meteoric rise has surprised everyone. Bella is happiest running her tiny antique business from the front room of her cottage on the boardwalk. To ensure she has enough income coming in, she also rents out two of her bedrooms and is hiding a secret crush on one of her lodgers. His name is Jack and he also happens to be her best friend Sacha’s brother.

If life wasn’t complicated enough, her world-travelling mother appears on her doorstep on the same evening that Jack’s ex-fiancée arrives on the boardwalk determined to win him back. Bella has a lot of thinking to do and soon discovers that not all gems sparkle.

My Thoughts

An adorable autumn read that will make you go awww🍃

This was a fun lighthearted story that takes place on the island of Jersey… this is an island that is part of the British Isles with a population of 76,000 according to Wikipedia… sounds like a lovely place, another place to add to my list of places to visit if I ever make it to the UK…

This is the second book in the series, but I did not read the first and had no problem following along… Bella is a hand model, she is also in love with one of her lodgers Jack… Bella is a lovely character and I loved her interactions with Megan a reality TV star with an ego… loved how a little time in Jersey brought Megan down to earth… I also loved her sweet friendship with Jack…. The two of them were so perfect for one another, but there were a couple obstacles… jacks psycho ex fiancé, As well as Sasha Bella’s BFF and Jack’s sister… so will they? Won’t they? You will need to read this book to find that out!

A fun fall story filled with fabulous characters, romance, and a beautiful setting🍁

Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autumn-Antics-Boardwalk-Sea-Book-ebook/dp/B07DHWRZG9/ (Amazon.co.uk)

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Deborah MedAuthor Bio – Georgina Troy is a pseudonym of author Deborah Carr. She recently signed with HarperCollins’ romance imprint HarperImpulse to write an historical romance to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr will be published in e-book format on 12 October 2018 and in paperback on 27 December 2018.

Georgina was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) with A Jersey Kiss and a finalist in the Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2015. Her first four-book series, The Jersey Scene and books 1 and 2 of her second series, The Boardwalk by the Sea are available.

She also writes thrillers as Ella Drummond and lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs and is 1/3 of The Blonde Plotters.

Sign up to Georgina’s Newsletter at: deborahcarr.org/contact

Social Media Links –

Website: https://www.deborahcarr.org/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeorginaTroy

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/georginatroy/

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The Victoria Lie by Sarah Marie Graye @SarahMarieGraye @rararesources #BookReview #Giveaway

Happy Sunday y’all!

Today I am happy to be on the blog tour or this very compelling story! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to Sarah Marie Graye for her beautiful words💕🦋

The Victoria Lie

TheVictoriaLie-BookCoverWhen is a lie a lifeline? To Tori lies are everything.

ZOE wants to end her life. But she can’t just leave a note. She needs to say goodbye to boyfriend JAMES and best friend ALISON.

TORI is waiting in the wings to fill the space ZOE will leave behind, wanting to claim both James and Alison for herself.

But with ZOE still alive and Alison’s childhood friend RUBY now on the scene vying to fill the gap, TORI realises she has her work cut out.

Just what lengths is TORI willing to go to in order to claim Alison and James for herself?

(Trigger warnings: Suicide, depression, IRA bombings, ADHD, Autism, manipulative characters.)

My Thoughts

this is a dark, emotional, thought-provoking read….

Butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.

This is the second book in the Butterfly Effect series… A very appropriate name because all these characters have such entangled lives, the simplest of actions could alter almost everything… this book could possibly be read as a standalone, but I think I would have appreciated it more had I read the first book in the series, and I may go back and do so…

This book deals with some pretty heavy issues primarily suicide and mental illness… because of the subject matter this is a slower read… I think the subject of suicide was handled well, and realistically… I think for those of us who have never contemplated suicide it is very difficult to understand what drives a person to take their own lives…. so what I appreciated about this book is it really focused quite a bit on the impact it has on those around the person wanting to commit suicide, the person with the mental illness… my ex husband is an untreated bipolar with narcissistic disorder, even though we have limited contact now he still is my children’s father…. and even though they have almost no contact with him, it still is something that will have an impact on their life forever… I mention this because I think the more we share about mental illness the less taboo it becomes…. I also bring it up because I have firsthand knowledge of the impact someone’s mental illness has on those around them, I think this is something that is often overlooked….

Zoe wants to commit suicide after the happenings in the first book (another reason I think you probably should read the first book 1st)…. but before she does she wants to say goodbye to her boyfriend and her best friend…. tori is just waiting in the wings to take Zoe‘s place in both James and Allison‘s lives…. tori is a complicated character that added an entirely new level to the story, with all her lies and manipulations…. Zoe without necessarily meaning to cast quite big web that started dragging a lot of people down into the dark with her….

This is a well told story that will open many discussions… recommend, but I’d recommend you read the first book 1st….

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Amazon links

Amazon book page: https://getbook.at/VictoriaLie

Amazon author page: https://author.to/SarahMarieGraye

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Author bio

British writer Sarah Marie Graye is the author of The Butterfly Effect series, which looks at suicides and those left behind. The Second Cup, the first book in the series, was published in July 2017, and this Blog Tour is to celebrate the launch of the second book in the series, The Victoria Lie.

Social Media Links

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahMarieGraye

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/sarahmariegraye

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