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To the Stars and Back by Camilla Isley @camillaisley @rararesources #bookreview #tothestarsandback

TGIF!!!

I have the perfect weekend read for you today! This was such a fun lighthearted story with some pretty darn fabulous characters! Thanks Rachel for my invitation to this tour!💫

To the Stars and Back

When Hollywood’s sexiest bachelor meets the girl next door their relationship doesn’t follow the script…

On-screen, Christian Slade is America’s favorite heartthrob. Off-screen, letting romance into his life isn’t as easy. The women he dates all seem to want a piece of his glamorous life rather than his heart, and trust doesn’t come easy for him.

Then along comes Lana. A beautiful rocket scientist who’s also sweet, smart, sexy, and has absolutely no idea who he is. But what will happen when she finds out?

Will their worlds prove too far apart or could love really be like in the movies?

My Thoughts

This was a fun, cute, entertaining story! This is the fourth book in Camilla Isley’s “First Comes Love” series. I have only read the third book prior to this one and I don’t think that impacted my enjoyment of the story. There are some appearances from previous characters but the stories are self contained. Christian and Lana have a meet cute when they are both hiding out in a hotel closet. Christian who has appeared in previous books is a big time movie star and quite swoon worthy! Lana is a “rocket scientist“ smart and sweet with no knowledge of Christian and his star power. I’m sure you know where this is going, but as in all good romances it’s not the destination it’s the journey! And this was a lot of fun!

The characters in this series are so much fun, so relatable, the kind of people you’d love to meet. I really liked Christian and Lana together they had a definite connection. Made me think though what I want to date a famous movie star? I think in my youth I probably would have and been so insecure it would have driven me insane. Now that I’m older and much more confident I don’t think I’d want to be part of that kind of lifestyle. Fortunately for us all I have never had to make this decision, no movie star is knocking down my door, maybe I need to jump in a hotel closet? An engaging story perfect for a lazy summer afternoon of reading!

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

Purchase Link – http://smarturl.it/clw67x

Author Bio –

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

Social Media Links –

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Solstice Sizzle by Lilliana Rose @rararesources #guestpost #solsticesizzle

Solstice Sizzle (Pagan Pleasures Bk 2)

Johan Rogers is a sharpshooting family lawyer who is close to burn out. This is affecting his ability with the Magiks and his once reliable skill as a medium. On a whim, he’s come south to Edi’s shop, Crystal Sands, for a break over the summer solstice. He’s looking for fun, nothing serious, and definitely no commitment. 

That’s how things start with the stunning Nova. But then a side of him he’s repressed to be a lawyer begins to emerge. Can he get a handle on his emotions, or will Nova help him to realize his full potential with the Magiks?

Nova McGinnis is struggling to find her unique skill with the Magiks. She’s been repressed too long, and despite Edi’s help, her ability is erratic at best. It’s been nearly a month of trying and she’s made minimal progress. Frustrated, she sees Johan as the perfect distraction. 

It was meant to be just a summer love affair, but things are developing into something more lasting. Will a hot love affair prevent Nova from discovering her Magik ability, or help her?

Purchase Links:

Amazon:

mybook.to/solsticesizzle

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45305371-solstice-sizzle?from_search=true&link_list=6397966

 Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/solstice-sizzle-pagan-pleasures-book-2-by-lilliana-rose?link_list=6397966

Author Bio –

Lilliana is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes romance in the subgenres of contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, and rural. She enjoys helping characters overcome problems, or issues, and the misunderstandings that often plague relationships, to help them fall in love. Whether it city heels being replaced with country work boots, or some magic beyond this world, or cogs and gears and corsets, each story shows how love can prevail.

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Change of Plans

By Lilliana Rose

Disaster. One of my favourite cafés has closed. This is a little more dramatic for me, because I love to write in cafés. I have my favourites which I frequent, because of the quality of coffee, the atmosphere, the friendly staff (some who are the only people I might talk to during the day if I’m in the middle of writing a novel), and if they are close to where I live.

The other day I had to drive to the other side of town for an appointment. I thought a I could combine the trip and then go to one of my favourite cafés. I had to drive past the café on the way to the appointment, and to my horror it was closed. And not a closed for today, or opening late today sort of closed. It had shut up shop. Forever. I had so been looking forward to being naughty and buying a cheeky lamington (it’s an Aussie sponge covered in chocolate and coconut, and this one is made with marshmallow inside of it, oh my yum!) with my coffee, and spending a little time writing (or trying to write as bubs was with me).

What was I going to do now? Plan B wasn’t forming in my mind. Simply I needed another café. But where? And there’s always the risk of trying a new café and things don’t always work out. The atmosphere isn’t quite right for me, or the coffee too milky. I was in a risk free mood, and yet, here I was having to do that. I wasn’t in the frame of mind to try something new or different to my routine or what I was used to.

Through the appointment all I could think of was where am I going to have my morning coffee where I can write? I wanted to go to a café where I could take a pram, and one where there was a bit of a rustic, organic vibe to help the creative flow. I wanted to soak up the atmosphere so the inspiration would stay with me for the rest of the day.

It took a lot of thinking, then I remembered a café down the road. Relief! And it was the perfect solution. I had a lovely coffee, room with the pram and a more than a few minutes to write. There were beautiful organic vibes for me to absorb. The staff super polite and friendly. Thank goodness! And I’ve got another café to add to my list to go and visit.

All wasn’t lost.

It’s obvious to think there’s not really any risk here, and that it’s simple just think of another café to go to. In a way it was. But it did take a bit of thought for me to work through this. It reminded me of the process of problem solving. The chance to think on my feet. And to be flexible with the pre-made plans of the day. I also got to practice it for something simple, so when the big problems come along I’ll be ready. I tell you things seem not to go to plan at all very often as a writer, so you’d think I’d be used to this!

There’s a lot more than just plan B and having to go to a different café. For me, it’s also about being willing to try something different, to change the plans – on the fly. And to remember that this can actually help the inspiration and lead to some creative progress.

I might just need to try a new café more regularly!

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Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #bookreview #confettiatthelittleduckpondcafé

Happy Monday all!

Another wonderful installment in this delightful series! Thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour!🦆

Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

Wedding fever is in the air in the village of Sunnybrook. With Ellie and Zak’s Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Cafe community. But when dark clouds begin to roll in from more than one direction, several close relationships look to be under threat. Will the wedding of the year actually take place at all?

My Thoughts

Wow there was a lot packed into this little gem of a book. This is the sixth book in the Little Duck Pond Café series. I think all the books can be read as Standalones, each story concentrates on different characters, and there is not a continual storyline. However it is always fun revisiting old characters and each of these books is so charming why would you want to miss out on the fun? The last two stories have had a bit of a more serious tone to them. But they were still full of wit, warmth, and whimsy.

This book focuses on Ellie and Zack and their pending wedding. Ellies mom is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s and Ellie wants to get married in August. The wedding month her mom and she have always discussed. Also so her mom will still be able to be mentally present. Ellie is not only rushing to plan her wedding, but also dealing with her mothers illness and all that it implies. That was not the only tragedy or setback in this book. Looking back there was a lot going on: infertility, adoption, cows on the loose. The book sure did not start or end how I was anticipating, but I sure did enjoy the journey! Another wonderful installment in this delightful series!

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

Purchase Link:

https://amzn.to/2Iqghul

Author Bio

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe will be the sixth in the series

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

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The Baubab Beach Retreat by Kate Frost @Kactus77 @rararesources #bookreview #thebaubabbeachretreat

Happy Sunday!

Delighted to share this exotic romance with you all today! Thank you so much Rachel for my invitation to this tour!☀️

The Baobab Beach Retreat

An ex-husband, two potential lovers, one reckless decision. Will Connie ever be happy in love?

When Connie Stone leaves behind a cheating husband and heartache in the UK for her aunt’s beach retreat, the last thing she wants is for her life to once again be complicated by men. 

Yet when her past follows her to Tanzania, her time to heal is short-lived and a selfish act shatters her hopes for a fresh start. An unexpected return to the UK reveals a long-hidden family secret that Connie has to deal with before she can decide the direction her life should take. 

Getting over a broken heart was never going to be easy. Can Connie put the past to rest and find peace and love in a country far from home?

My Thoughts

Kate Frost wisked me away to Tanzania with her evocative storytelling. Connie is distraught over her recent divorce and decides to head to her aunt’s Beachhouse in Tanzania. Must be nice when I got divorced I moved to an apartment about 10 minutes away from my previous house, LOL! Suppose I should’ve been more distraught! Anyways I digress… The story was so descriptive and the setting was so exotic. Seriously how could you not feel better about life in such exquisite surroundings. Soon enough Connie finds herself in a bit of a love triangle, in the middle of family secrets, and rebuilding her future.

Loved watching Connie grow throughout this book. She was a likable and sympathetic character that you couldn’t help but want the best for. I also really liked her Aunt Bella, and wow there was a bit of a soap opera going on with the family. This really was a book about embracing life and living every single day to its fullest. A book about second chances and learning to love not only another but yourself again. A perfect escapist read. I could feel the sun, smell the food, and hear the wildlife. A lovely vacation in a book. So pull up your beach chair, grab the sunscreen, and spend the day poolside escaping into this exotic romance.

Purchase Link – https://getbook.at/baobabbeach

Author Bio –

Kate Frost writes character-driven women’s fiction and romances, alongside Time Shifters, an award-winning time travel adventure trilogy for 9-12 year olds. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she’s also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates. She has eight books published, including her Greek and north Norfolk set series, The Butterfly Storm. The Baobab Beach Retreat is the first in what will be a series of foreign-set romances. Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, their five-year-old son (who still loves waking up before 5am), and their cute and chilled out Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Social Media Links –

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kactus77

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7131734.Kate_Frost

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Summer Season on the Sea Front by Kati Ginger @KatieGAuthor @rararesources#bookreview #summerseasonontheseafront

Happy weekend all!

Excited to share with you today in my review for this delightful story, a perfect beach read! Thanks so much Rachel for my invitation to this tour!🐚

Summer Season on the Seafront

The Greenley Players are back practicing their Shakespeare and, as usual, things aren’t going to plan.

Sarah Powell is fed up with her sad single status and when her estranged father walks back into her life things get even worse. Can dishy doctor Finn MacDonald mend her broken heart and help her figure things out?

TV star, Nate Hardy’s career is going from strength to strength until his performance is interrupted and he has to flee the West End to hide away in Greenley. Will he ever get his career back on track or will Sarah and the rest of Greenley’s madcap residents capture his heart forever? 

My Thoughts

First of all that title! Try to say it five times fast! Kind of fun and a little complicated, just like this book. Sarah’s life is not going quite as planned, especially when it comes to love. She seems to find herself on bad date after bad date. Thank goodness for her good friend Lottie and the local theater Group. Nate is a well-known actor but with fame comes infamy. When his jilted lover confronts him during a theater performance it is big news, especially because Nate is married. But things aren’t always as they seem his wife has had many indiscretions of her own and the couple was planning on announcing their separation, the problem is nobody knows that side of the story. Sarah and Nate’s paths cross when Nate fleas to the small village of Greenley to wait out the scandal. What follows is not quite what you’re thinking. There is no Insta love between these two. These are too complex people with complicated lives who have lots of things to figure out. The romance in the story is subtle, slow, and secondary to the story. This really is more of a story about quirky characters, a theater performance, and a sprinkling of love.

Sarah was a likable character and I instantly sympathize with her. Especially after her disastrous date at the Chinese food restaurant! SOS indeed! I also really liked Nate from the beginning. I really would not want to be famous in this day and social media age. I mean I wouldn’t mind the money in the perks but I wouldn’t want everyone all up in my business all the time. All the secondary characters were wonderful as well. Loved Lottie and Sid and time permitting I’d love to go back and read the first book about them. Mrs. Anderson was great for some laughs as were many other of the theater members. A fun well told story perfect for poolside or fireside.

*** many thanks to HQ Digital for my copy of this book ***

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Season-Seafront-Katie-Ginger-ebook/dp/B07KQQ6856

US – https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Season-Seafront-Katie-Ginger-ebook/dp/B07KQQ6856

Author Bio – KATIE GINGER lives in the South East of England, by the sea, and apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. Summer Season on the Seafront is Katie’s second novel. Her debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award. She is also the author of some cosy mystery short stories. Katie loves making her characters either fall in love, or killing them off – it depends on her mood!

When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time drinking gin, or with her husband, trying to keep alive her two children: Ellie, who believes everything in life should be done as a musical number from a West End show; and Sam, who is basically a monkey with a boy’s face. And there’s also their adorable King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit (yes, he is named after the crisps!).

For more about Katie you can visit her website: http://www.keginger.com, find her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KatieGAuthor, or follow her on Twitter: @KatieGAuthor

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The Ice Cream Parlor by Isabella May @IsabellaMayBks @rararesources #bookreview #theicecreamparlor

Happy hump day all!

Excited to share with you today a review for a book that had me at the title! How can you resist a book with a title and cover like this? And it is equally as sweet inside! Thank you so much Rachel for my invitation to the tour!🍦

The Ice Cream Parlour

Giovanna Tonioli is a successful stockbroker with a famous sports star boyfriend, but things aren’t as sweet as they seem. When life in the city of Bath goes from Vanilla to Rocky Road, she takes herself off to Italy for an ‘Eat Pray Love’ style tour of all things gelateria. What she doesn’t expect to find on her travels is one smooth, hot dollop of temptation that she just can’t shake.

How will her spiteful twin sister react when Giovanna returns to open a rival ice cream parlour? Will Natalia get her just desserts? Or will things become even stickier? All’s fair in love, war and ice cream. Isn’t it?

*Marian Keyes meets Paulo Coelho meets Nigella*

The Ice Cream Parlour is a mouthwatering tale of fate, family, love and jealousy – with a delectable drizzle of alchemy besides.

My Thoughts

I devoured this book just as I would a cone of ice cream! This book was a delicious treat, but not very good for the diet! Isabella May writes delightful stories that will make you smile, swoon, and salivate! Giovanna is living the life she thinks she’s always dreamed of until she is betrayed by the people who can hurt her the most. Completely devastated and unsure of what’s next Giovanna sets off on a journey to discover Italy. What she ends up discovering is herself, new dreams, and all kinds of crazy flavors of ice cream! When she returns home what transpires is chaotic, complex, and consuming. What a fun book full of family drama, humor, drizzled with adventure, and topped off with romance.

Giovanna was a great character I loved traveling with her around Italy. And all the ice cream! Oh the ice cream! So many amazing flavors this girl came up with I truly wanted to try them all! When she got home I was a little skeptical of what she was up to. Questioned her motivations a little, but I could completely understand where she was coming from. After all revenge is a dish best served cold. Just like ice cream! Simply put this was a delectable story guaranteed to delight! The perfect Summer read so grab the book, grab a spoon, grab some ice cream and have a scrumptious day!🍦

Purchase Link – mybook.to/theicecreamparlour

Author Bio –

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic.

Cake, cocktail, gelato, and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life’s ‘rules’.

The Ice Cream Parlour is her fourth novel.

Social Media Links –

http://www.isabellamayauthor.com

Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

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

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

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The Secret – Violet’s Story by Eliza J Scott @elizajscott1 @rararesources #coverreveal #thesecret

Happy Sunday all!

Excited to help reveal the cover for this third book in a series that I have thoroughly enjoyed!💕

The Secret – Violet’s Story

It’s been two years since glamorous and ambitious Violet Smith fell head-over-heels in love with blacksmith Jimby Fairfax, and moved back home to the North Yorkshire village of Lytell Stangdale to be with him.

Life couldn’t get much sweeter. Their romance is blooming and Romantique – the business she set up with Jimby’s sister Kitty, designing luxurious underwear and burlesque costumes with the odd wedding dress throw in – is thriving.

But on a romantic weekend break, a face from her past triggers a series of events which send Violet into turmoil. She finds herself with no alternative but to reveal a secret she’s buried deep for the past sixteen years. A secret she hasn’t shared with anyone, not even her best friends, Kitty and Molly, and they share everything.

With the revelation forcing a wedge between herself and Jimby, heartbroken Violet fears that he won’t ever be able to think of her in the same way again and won’t want anything more to do with her.

As ever, Kitty and Molly rally round, offering their advice and support but Vi is worried that keeping her secret was just a step too far for Jimby.

Will she succeed in showing him their love is strong enough to overcome it?

The Secret – Violet’s Story is book 3 in the Life on the Moors Series.

Pre-order Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RNLR4M5

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RNLR4M5

Publication Date: 8th July

Author Bio – Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming stories with happy endings.

Social Media Links –

Blog: Eliza J Scott – elizajscott.com

Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1

Instagram: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscott

Facebook: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscottauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/ElizaJScott

Bookbub: http://www.bookbub.com/authors/eliza-j-scott

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The Jumble Sale by Lily Rose @rararesources #guestpost #thejumblesale

Happy weekend everybody!

Today I have a guest post from the author of this book that looks so adorable! She tells us about her favorite books as a child, those books that sparked your love for reading! If you have any young monster lovers in your life I think this is a book definitely worth checking out!🧟‍♀️🧚🏻‍♀️

The Jumble Sale

Zadi is part zombie, part fairy with a little bit of robot, which makes her a misfit monster. She lives with other misfit monsters, with their quirky parts in their makeshift town. They survive by hunting at the nearby hunting grounds taking items discarded by humans and making them into something useful. Hunting is risky because they could be captured by humans. Zadi is an excellent hunter and maker, but now she’s finding it difficult.

Something unusual has happened. There have been no new deliveries to the hunting grounds. This means there are no new items which can be used to recycle into something useful, and they are beginning to worry and fight with each other.

Can Zadi come up with a plan which will help the misfit monsters and bring them together as a community?

Enter the world of the misfit monsters, their quirky lives, and be part of their fun and adventures.

Purchase Links

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45157244-the-jumble-sale?from_search=true

Author Bio –

Lily Rose enjoys world building and creating characters for these unusual worlds. She enjoyed creating the misfit monsters world, and is looking forward to writing more of their adventures.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/Adventures-of-the-Misfit-Monsters-2072706829484684

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Guest Post

Audio Killed the Bookmark

The Influence of Childhood Books

By Lily Rose

I often get asked what books I enjoyed when a child, which I love to be asked! The question sends me down memory lane, and I love revisiting the joy of the books I read in my childhood, many are still favourites (something I would hope The Jumble Sale would offer to children who read it now!).

It’s not just the memory, many of these books are literally still with me, sitting in my bookshelf. The pages might be a little yellow from the passing of time, and the covers are looking tired. But there are no dog-eared pages (I always used a bookmark, though this usually was a little piece of torn white paper), or ripped pages, and the spine might show the cracks of multiple readings, but they are still in good nick – and very much remind me how they brought me joy when reading as a child.

These days, when I walk past my bookshelf I see these childhood books. I might not have time to pick them up, or to re-read them once more, but just seeing them sparks memories, not just about the story or the characters but also what I was doing at the time. Adventures of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton was read on the school bus trip, from the farm into town. It helped pass the time on the dusty roads of many school trips. I wasn’t on the school bus, instead I was exploring curious worlds with the characters, Mollie and Peter. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis, offered a similar escape. The trip to and from school became my reading time when I fed my imagination through these stories. I also loved an Australian classic, Gumnut Babies by May Gibbs, where my imagination was captured with her words and I could see the scary Banksia men, and the little babies born from the eucalyptus trees. How I wished I had my own chair that could fly, and my own wardrobe that would take me to another world. Then I could step into these worlds of magic and fantasy and explore.

When I was a little older, I loved reading the Trixie Belton mystery series. I borrowed books from the library, from friends, and they became a way to help pass the summer break. My dad even got on board, and brought me some of these books, which I cherished, and of course still have in my bookshelf. Summer on a farm is a busy time in Australia. There’s the harvest, Christmas, New Years, and then shearing. There wasn’t time to read. Somehow, I found time to in between helping dad, in the evenings, laying on my bed trying to ignore the heat, I would escape into a mystery and help Trixie Belton solve it.

These childhood stories, and characters have stayed in my heart as I grew up, and it’s always good to be reminded of the joy that they not only brought me then, but also now.

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Forms of Things Unknown by Elizabeth Ireland @EbethIreland @rararesources #authorq&a #bookpromo #formsofthingsunknown

Happy Thursday!

Today is my youngest kids last day of school! It is the end of his sophomore year and he is now halfway through high school, I cannot even believe it! So this means I get a couple more hours in the morning to read and relax!🎉

Forms of Things Unknown

Recently returned to Chicago after a successful tour of Hamlet, Lillian Nolan is awakened in the dead of night by a strange voice. She is shocked to learn that well known and admired actress, Louise Hawthorne, has fallen to her death from the sixth floor of the Tremont House. Was it an accident? Did she jump or was she pushed? Louise’s former lover, and the main suspect, pleads with Lillian to uncover the truth and clear his name.

In the process of learning to trust her intuitive abilities, Lillian attempts to find balance between relying upon her gift and uncovering the truth in her own way. But the menace of death pursues her and soon her own life is at risk. When she finds herself in a trap from which she cannot escape, her only hope of survival is to call upon the metaphysical world.

Forms of Things Unknown is based on an actual event which occurred in June of 1876 in Chicago. It is the third standalone book in the Backstage Mystery Series.

THE BACKSTAGE MYSTERY SERIES

Tagline: Life upon the wicked stage can be deadly.

Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, the Backstage Mystery Series stars Lillian Nolan, an unconventional member of Chicago’s upper class who dreams of a career of fortune and fame in the theater. Talented and ambitious, she possesses a hidden skill which she is extremely reluctant to use—the ability to communicate with those who have died and now live in the world of “The Beyond.”

The series chronicles her adventures in which she continually becomes enmeshed in solving mysteries which often require her accessing the realm of the paranormal. Filled with an incredible cast of characters—factual, fictional, and sometimes non-physical—who either help or hinder her quest for the truth, the stories take place during a period considered to be the golden age of both acting and spiritualism in America.

Purchase Links:

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PZYHC4S

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07PZYHC4S

Author Bio –

Elizabeth Ireland discovered her passion for theater early. After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theater, she accepted a teaching position in a vibrant performing arts department at a college in northern Illinois. For ten years, she taught, directed and ran front-of-house operations. American Theater History—particularly that of the 19th century—has always been of particular interest to her.

She has been a quarter-finalist and a semi-finalist for the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Two of her screenplays have been optioned, but remain unproduced. Her nonfiction work, Women of Vision: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives, was published in 2008. Her work has also been published in a collection of paranormal short stories, Paramourtal: Tales of Undying Love and Loving the Undead. She lives in metro Atlanta with her ever-patient husband, and two quirky dachshunds.

Social Media Links –

http://www.facebook.com/BackstageMystery/

http://www.BackstageMystery.com

Author Q & A

Forms of Things Unknown – Book Three

The Backstage Mystery Series

By Elizabeth Ireland

Audio Killed the Bookmark Q & A:

1. Have you ever left any of your books stew for months on end or even a year?

Absolutely. But comes a time when you have to get on with it. Book Four in my series is stewing now and it’s very frustrating. What stewing actually means is that you can’t decide what to do. Writing is all about deciding. You have to actually commit and get on with it. After all, you can change it in another draft.

2. Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel?

LOL! I think no one believes they are actually going to finish their book. When you sit down to begin a work, it is a daunting process. All those blank pages to fill! However, if you just break it down, if you just do it every day, if you take every step, eventually you will have a finished manuscript. You just have to do it, as Anne Lamott says…bird by bird…in her wonderful book Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.

3. Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

Writing is a very personal process and you have to use the experiences you have had. The key word is “use”. I never take an experience I’ve had and relate it verbatim. Rather, I take that event and think about it and imagine it in different ways that could be relatable to my main character. It might be the basis for a scene or a chapter, but I never write the experience itself.

4. Who are your books mostly dedicated to?

My books are dedicated to the people who have given me support in my life for which I am deeply grateful. These include family, friends, former writing partners and associates. As I am writing a series, I look at it as such a gift to be able to acknowledge them in this way.

5. If given the opportunity to do it all over again, would you change anything in your books?

Of course. Particularly after a book is done I look back and think…I could have put this in or that, I could have re-written this chapter or that section. I think writers continually second guess themselves. If you are constantly re-writing after a project is finished, it keeps you from letting go and moving on to the next. If you are writer, then make the next one better, don’t try to continually go back and refine the last one. If all writers did that, we would have no second books! There’s a movie called Wonder Boys with Michael Douglas who plays a writer who can’t stop working on a particular book. He keeps adding/editing and it’s now 2100 pages long!

6. How hard was it to sit down and actually start writing something?

Any writer knows it’s a challenge. There’s something about that blank piece of paper (or screen) staring back at you that makes you procrastinate. However, it is important to get past that and just put words on paper. It doesn’t matter when you begin whether or not it is any good—and there will be both good and bad. Just begin. One of my favorite quotes is from Goethe: What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

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The Dinner in the Sky by Anne John Ligali @AnneJohnLigali @rararesources #bookreview #thedinnerinthesky

Happy Saturday all!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this charming tale! Thanks so much Rachel for my invitation to the tour!🥂

The Dinner in the Sky

After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back together and is on a mission to finally move on.

The thought of having her friends near is comforting as they take time out of their busy online lives and meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie premiere.

As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but they become more obnoxious.

By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However as Constance soon learns, the troll wants to destroy far more than that!

Breathtaking views of London.

Posh frocks and Paparazzi

But there’s definitely trouble in the air …

My Thoughts

This is the third book in the Friendship Online series and I would strongly encourage you to read them all to get the full experience. Each book gets a little longer and each book has a little more substance to it. This might be my favorite of them all we really got to know Constance a lot better. We also got to know her adorable little boy Charlie who is on the autism spectrum. Charlie will definitely steal your heart in this book. Constance also finds herself in a bit of a love triangle. Who will she choose? There is also a sabotaging troll in this book that needs to be found before he/she ruins everything.

There is something just so delightful about this story and so engaging about these characters. Starting this book was like reacquainting with old friends and it brought back memories of being at the spa! I feel as though I’m being so vague in this review but I’m not sure what to reveal because I don’t want to ruin this series for anybody. Anybody else feel that way? It’s always hard to review books in a series other than the first one, because there’s something that ties you to the series that can’t be explained unless someone has read the other books. So I guess what I’m saying is pick up book one in this delightful series and get to know these amazing characters. Simply put this is a fun book full of charm and wit that will leave you with a smile on your face!

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dinner-Sky-Friendships-Online-Book-ebook/dp/B07QYJX7VR

US – https://www.amazon.com/Dinner-Sky-Friendships-Online-Book-ebook/dp/B07QYJX7VR

Book Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-qRJaZdgjs

Spotify Playlist of the whole series –

Author Bio

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and found of Books and Authors UK, a website that features author interviews, cover reveals, blog posts, features and reviews. She loves all things books, going to book events and meeting other book worms. She has written her first series and is currently writing her first novel.

When Anne is not writing she is likely to be playing with her kids, going for walks in the park, watching Netflix or thinking up more stories. Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London she studies graphic design at the University of Arts and held a number of IT jobs in the city. Anne continues to write romantic comedies, women’s fiction, and has the desire to write a non-fiction book and a few children’s books.

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