Saturday, 13 October 2018

Oh! What a Pavlova by Isabella May - Book Birthday Blitz - Book Review & Giveaway

Today, I am delighted to be part of Isabella May's blog tour for her book Oh! What a Pavlova, thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources ......



Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date:  13 October 2017
Standalone Novel
Estimated Page Count:  297


Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting
businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors,
life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only

salvation. 

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she

meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best

to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?
Purchase Link: myBook.to/pavlova



Kate loves her job travelling the world and she loves eating the various cake delights she finds along the way, oh and she also loves meeting the sexy men, even though she's not entirely single.  Naughty girl .... but then reading on we find out exactly what her partner Daniel is like .... and he's not a nice man.

Daniel is a dinosaur, he's possessive, a bully and an emotional blackmailer.  So many times I wished Kate would tell him where to go, but it's not so easy for her, as we discover later on.

I enjoyed following Kate's journey as she finds the strength to deal with a demanding job and a demanding partner!

The author deals with a difficult subject but, believe it or not, there are some funny moments among the angst, so I felt the balance was just right.

An enjoyable and thought-provoking read.

About the Author


Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her
husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea
and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and
eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her
children to and from after school activities, she can usually be
found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer
for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House
Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been
lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite
pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple
One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having
lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is
her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the
hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.
Social Media Links –
Twitter - @IsabellaMayBks

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The Promise by Katerina Diamond - Blog Tour & Extract

Today, I am delighted to be part of Katerina Diamond's blog tour for her new book The Promise, thanks to Sabah at Avon Books, and I have an exclusive extract below ......


When troubled teen Connor moves to Exeter from the US to escape his past, he finds himself embroiled in a world of popular kids and easy girls. Everyone wants to be his friend, but they don’t know about what he did…and they don’t know about his father.

As Connor’s life in England begins to unravel, DS Adrian Miles and his partner Imogen Grey are working up against the clock to catch a serial killer who dates his victims before he kills them. Determined to uncover the truth, Imogen is forced to act as bait – but will she take it too far and risk her own life?


Katerina Diamond is back with a bang in this dark, twisted novel, perfect for fans of M.J. Arlidge and Karin Slaughter.


EXCLUSIVE EXTRACT

Connor noticed his father’s voice changing already;
he had always had an accent that was different to him
and the people back in California, but now all traces
of any American at all had virtually disappeared. As if
Connor didn’t feel different enough.
He went into the kitchen, a small and dingy room
with a metre square window facing onto a garden that
looked overgrown and untouched.
‘What’s outside?’ he asked as his father appeared
behind him again.
‘Who knows what the olds did to it. Looks like they
let it go though. Dad used to spend hours in that garden,
in that shed right at the end; he spent more time in
there than in the house.’
Jacob put his hand on Connor’s shoulder, it was a
touch full of force; controlling, making sure his son
stayed close. Maybe he was trying to stop him from
going outside.
‘I wish I could have met them,’ Connor said, knowing
that would unsettle his father. Any suggestion that
growing up with just a single dad wasn’t enough for
him, that somehow he was missing something from his
life, was like poking a raw nerve.
Jacob let go immediately. ‘Well, I left for a reason.
You didn’t miss much.’

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Monday, 8 October 2018

A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft - Blog Tour & Extract

Today, I am delighted to be part of Sue Moorcroft's blog tour for her new book A Christmas Gift, thanks to Sabah at Avon Books, and I have an exclusive extract below ......



Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.
To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?
Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?
Curl up with the gorgeous new book from the Sunday Times bestseller, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley

EXCLUSIVE EXTRACT
Breath forming a white cloud, she loped across the lawn, every grass blade rimed with frost and squeaking beneath her feet. A run and jump onto a garden chair and her gloves found enough purchase on the top of the ice-beaded fence to allow her to swing a leg over the top, then she was up, over and jogging along the footpath.
When she reached the point where Scott Road met Top Farm Road she lengthened her stride. She’d intended to drive to work until her unwanted callers had planted themselves between her and her elderly hatchback, but it was exhilarating to race through the zing of frost on the morning air. Any number of men could bang on her door all day long without bothering her.
Her breath came easily as she found her rhythm, legs carrying her out of the Bankside estate, soon reaching the last houses of Middledip village. The pavement petered out and her comfortably worn running shoes began slapping the road. She tried to concentrate on thinking about props for the Christmas show, but every time a car whooshed past she hopped onto the verge and held her breath in case it was the debt collectors and they’d somehow guess she was the Miss France they’d been trying to speak to.
It was a relief, when she’d covered a mile or so, to swing left beneath an iron arch bearing a white sign with black writing:
ACTING INSTRUMENTAL
Performing Arts College
Sanctuary. A place where she could leave reality behind. Her running feet ate up the final few hundred yards as she wove through students ambling along the drive, chatting or heads down over their phones.
One called, ‘Good mawnin’, Mizz Jaw-Jean,’ in a pretty fair Midwest American accent.
Laughing breathlessly, she raised a gloved hand. The student, Isla, was not only a drama student at Acting Instrumental, but the daughter of Sian from Georgine’s own schooldays. Her schoolmates in the huge comprehensive school in the nearby town of Bettsbrough had loved to rib her with awful parodies of her American father’s soft Georgia drawl. She wished she had a pound for every time her teenaged self had heard it. It might pay off the scary men at her door – if it had been her debt they were trying to collect. Which it wasn’t.

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Meet the Author

Award-winning author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary women’s fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. She’s won a Readers’ Best Romantic Read Award and been nominated for others, including a ‘RoNA’ (Romantic Novel Award). Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and editor of its two anthologies.
She also writes short stories, serials, articles, writing ‘how to’ and is a creative writing tutor.
The daughter of two soldiers, Sue was born in Germany and went on to spend much of her childhood in Malta and Cyprus. She likes reading, Zumba, FitStep, yoga, and watching Formula 1.

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Saturday, 6 October 2018

Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin by Catherine Ferguson - Blog Tour & Extract

Today, I am excited to be part of Catherine Ferguson's blog tour for her new book Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin, thanks to Sabah at Avon Books and I have an exclusive extract


When Poppy’s boyfriend Harrison proposes the week before Christmas and gives her twelve days to decide, she doesn’t know what to do. With the festive season in full swing, it’s make or break time for the couple and the clock is ticking…

Meanwhile, Poppy’s best friend Erin is desperate for the pair of them to fulfil their dream of setting up a dinner party catering company – and when an opportunity arises at a luxury log fire cabin, the girls take their chance to impress.

But they hadn’t bargained on the owner of the cabin being quite so attractive – or having quite such a sexy voice. As the twelve days tick on, will Poppy realise that Harrison is the one for her? Or will it be love in the lodge when the new year comes?

Lose yourself this Christmas in the new novel from the brilliant Catherine Ferguson, perfect for cosying up with by the fire.




EXCLUSIVE EXTRACT

‘Problem customer!’ murmurs my colleague, Maxine, halfway through our Friday-lunchtime shift.
‘Really?’ My heart sinks. I’m so tired. This afternoon, I’ll find out who will be the new restaurant manager, and I’ve been up half the night feeling anxious about it. I’ve been trying to throw myself into my work, as if it’s just another shift, but as my meeting with Mr Hastings at three-thirty creeps nearer, my stomach is growing more and more jittery by the minute.
The last thing I need is a tricky diner using up my last reserves of strength.
Maxine flicks her eyes across the room and I peer over, pretending that I’m checking to make sure everything is looking as it should.
‘She’s complained about everything from the temperature in the room to the flowers on her table not being entirely fresh – and that’s even before she’s started eating!’
As we look on surreptitiously, the woman summons eighteen-year-old Ellie with one imperious finger raised in the air. It’s Ellie’s first week in the job and she’s quite shy and terrified of making mistakes. (I can so empathise with her. I was just like her when I started.)
Ellie darts forward helpfully.
It’s clear that something else is wrong. The woman is frowning and speaking rapidly, and as we watch, Ellie’s face falls.
I catch her in the kitchen and it’s obvious from the tension in her face, she’s desperately trying to hold it together.
‘What’s wrong?’ I ask.
Ellie swallows and looks down. ‘She said I must be stupid because I didn’t bother to find out the soup of the day before I came on shift.’
‘Right. I’ll handle her.’ I walk calmly back into the restaurant, only to be immediately summoned by our difficult diner. Pasting on my best polite and helpful smile, I walk over to her table. ‘Can I help?’
She looks at me frostily. ‘I certainly hope so. This fish is staring at me.’
‘I beg your pardon, madam?’ Feeling slightly wrong-footed, I glance at the contents of her plate.
‘The mackerel. It’s staring at me. I don’t like it. It’s putting me off my lunch.’
‘I’m so sorry.’ Carefully, I turn the plate a half-circle. ‘Is that better?’
‘Are you being funny?’ She peers at me suspiciously.
‘No. Definitely not. I just thought if the fish wasn’t facing you …’
‘Yes, but I’ll still know they’re there, won’t I?’ she snaps. ‘The eyes.’
‘Of course, madam. Would you like me to take it away and remove the head for you?’
‘But then it won’t be a “whole mackerel”. It’ll be a “headless mackerel”, which isn’t quite the same thing, is it?’
‘Um … no, I suppose it isn’t.’ It’s an effort to keep my tone upbeat. What on earth is she talking about?
‘I want a “whole mackerel”, like it states on the menu.’
I clear my throat, stalling for time. I’ve had tricky customers to deal with before, but this one takes the biscuit. I get the sneaky feeling she’s being deliberately awkward just to see how I’ll react. I don’t mind her leading me a dance, but upsetting Ellie by calling her stupid has made me really annoyed. But I persevere with the polite and attentive manner. ‘What would you like me to do, madam?’
‘Sort it out!’ she snaps. ‘Stop that fish staring at me!’
A wave of disbelief and exhaustion washes over me and I almost laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. Nothing I do for this diner will be right. Suddenly, tiredness takes over and I do what I never, ever do with customers as a rule.
I resort to sarcasm.
My smile is bright and cheery. ‘Right, well, if you don’t want me to take the rude little chap away, perhaps we could make him a teeny-tiny little blindfold? Out of a basil leaf? Or maybe two slices of lemon tied together with a sliver of anchovy?’
If looks could kill, there’d be two corpses on her plate. She looks as if steam is about to rush out of her ears as she comes to the boil.




Thursday, 4 October 2018

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - Book Review - Fantasy


Published:  Sept 2011
Publisher:  Headline


When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.
Sensing the significance of Diana's discovery, the creatures gather in Oxford, among them the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, a vampire genticist.
Diana is inexplicably drawn to Matthew and, in a shadowy world of half-truths and old enmities, ties herself to him without fully understanding the ancient line they are crossing. As they begin to unlock the secrets of the manuscript and their feelings for each other deepen, so the fragile balance of peace unravels...

There are so many elements I enjoyed about this book:  first there is the mystery of the alchemical manuscript than was thought lost and which Diana has found:  then there are the daemons, witches and vampires who have been looking for this book for centuries and who want to find out why Diana is the only one who can summon it:  then, of course, there is the forbidden love story of witch Diana and the vampire Matthew de Clermont.
Though I loved all these, my favourite part of the story was the witches house.  This is the house in Madison County where Diana's aunt and her partner live.  The house has a wonderful mind of its own, it was quirky, creepy, funny, but I'm not going to spoil it and tell you why!  I could not get enough of it.
I also loved this world in which the creatures live in plain sight of us humans but we don't know they're among us.  I was completely engrossed in this world and was sad when I turned the last page and had to leave Matthew and Diana.
My only criticism is that most of the story is told from Diana's point of view, which was limiting, I would have liked to have known what others were thinking as well, as I think this would have added much more depth to the story.
But, overall, I was interested enough to consider reading the next in the trilogy.




Monday, 1 October 2018

The Red Room by MS Morris - Blog Tour & Book Review - Psychological Thriller

Today, I am thrilled to be part of M.S. Morris's blog tour for their new book The Red Room, thanks to Cami at Reading Addiction Book Tours




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Psychological Thriller
Date Published: 18 October 2018
Publisher: Landmark Media

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A trusting wife, a perfect husband… a buried secret.

Jane likes the quiet life, living in a cottage on the edge of a small village in Yorkshire.

Her husband works in London during the week and comes home at the weekends.

Jane thinks she has the perfect life.

The one traumatic event of her life is safely buried and forgotten – until a letter arrives that makes her question everything she thinks she knows…

Should she risk destroying her idyllic life to find the truth?

The Red Room is a haunting psychological thriller about identity, memory and confronting our innermost fears. Can we ever really trust the ones we love?

Whilst Adam works in the City during the week, wife Jane, alone in their cottage in the Yorkshire countryside, busies herself every day with the mundane tasks of cleaning, cooking, shopping - she has no friends, she barely talks to the lady at the local village shop a mile away, though they've lived there for seven years.


She's totally stunned when one day she receives an envelope addressed to her as she never receives any post.  It's an invitation to a New Year's Eve party.


Straight away I had so many questions - why do they live so far from London, why has she no friends, why does she not have a job and why does she not receive any mail?


At the Party Jane has a flashback of another party and in another room - a Red Room - this starts her on a journey to discover why and where.

There is a lot to enjoy in this story as Jane changes from being a shy, indecisive young woman who doesn't talk to anyone but her husband, to someone who starts to make new friends and new interests, and the tension and her confidence builds as her need to find out about the Red Room intensifies.

The Red Room is a well-paced thriller that kept me turning the pages and kept me guessing till the end.



About the Authors

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M S Morris is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of Margarita and Steve Morris. Together they write psychological thrillers and crime novels. The Red Room is their first joint project. The couple are married and live in Oxfordshire.


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