Monday, 29 September 2014

Book Tour Promo Blitz and Giveaway - SEASIDE DREAMS BY MELISSA FOSTER

Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a sinfully sexy police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?


SEASIDE SUMMERS is the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter
their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series. COMING SUMMER 2014.

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. 

She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering 
Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated 
several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland 

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

For a chance to win an ecopy of Taken by Love by Melissa Foster please enter via Rafflecopter below.

Giveaway of 10 Christmas Cards (Forest of Presents)

I am giving away 10 high quality Christmas Cards with envelopes
The design is entitled Forest of Presents and, as the picture above shows, there are presents in a forest!
Very cute
The Christmas Cards measure 6" x 6"

The words inside read:

These are lovely high quality Christmas Cards!
All with envelopes

If you would like to win them all you need to do is enter by Rafflecopter below

Open to UK only

The lucky winner will be selected randomly by and be notified by email

The winner will need to respond within 48 hours of being contacted, failure to do this may result in another winner being selected

The Cards will be posted as soon as I receive address details, in plenty of time for Christmas!

If you're not lucky enough to win this time I will be running more Christmas Card Giveaways every week in the run up to Christmas

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Saturday, 27 September 2014



Free spirit Pandora is shaken by the sudden death of her mother and the presence of a mysterious stranger at the funeral. When her mother’s grave is disturbed, she turns detective and finds herself drawn into a world of intrigue, centring round a devious couple’s plot to exploit a healing circle for their own ends. Her partner Jay’s collaboration with a sexy singer and her own encounter with an old flame add to the confusion. Will she succeed in her quest to restore equilibrium to her family circle or will the decisions she and Jay make set them up for more heartache?


About the Author

Bio: Carolyn Mathews' English Language writing and teaching career included a stint with a class of 'Harry Potter' extras at the local Warner Bros. studio, Hertfordshire. With so much magic in the air, it's no wonder she now writes fiction with more than a hint of the supernatural.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014


My thoughts on this suspenseful thriller .....


Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Published:  January 2012
Publishers:  Black Swan

Memories define us.
So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.

Welcome to Christine's life.


All I want is to feel normal.  To live like everyone else......I thought of my old age.  I tried to imagine what it will be like.  Will I still wake up, in my seventies or eighties, thinking myself to be at the beginning of my life?  Will I wake up with no idea that my bones are old, my joints stiff and heavy?  I can't imagine how I will cope, when I discover that my life is behind me, has already happened, and I have nothing to show for it......

These are the words of 47 year old Christine who wakes up every morning believing that she is still a young woman ....... a young woman who has no idea of where or who she is.  Her husband has to explain patiently to her about her accident, something he has to do every morning before he goes to work.

A Dr. Nash rings her every day and tells her where her journal is and to read it and she'll discover who she is.

Gradually Christine starts to remember some events but they are terrifying events, and she begins to wonder just who she can trust......are her memories real or just imagined ..... is her husband telling her the truth.....and what about Dr. Nash, is he really a doctor?  She feels helpless and doesn't know who to turn to, she begins to doubt her own sanity.

What a compelling and unsettling story this is, as Christine's memory plays tricks on her, you really don't know who is telling the truth, the plot is slowly dragged out with very few clues along the way, until the shocks are played out, and I did not guess what was coming until it hit me in the face!

Very cleverly written, though slow at times as Christine reads her journal every day, I did feel there were far too many unnecessary details in her writing and wondered how she found the time to write everything down every day.  But, aside from that, I thought this was an excellent thriller with just enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages.


About the Author

S J Watson was born in the Midlands and lives in London.

Before I Go To Sleep has become a phenomenal international success, it has now sold over 4 million copies in over 40 languages around the world. It is a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller, and won both the Crime Writers' Association Award for Best Debut Novel and the Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year. 

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Giveaway of 10 Christmas Cards with Envelopes (Build a Snowman)

I am giving away 10 high quality Christmas Cards with envelopes
The design is entitled Build a Snowman and, as the picture above shows, there are three children building a Snowman
Very pretty
The Christmas Cards measure 5" x 5"

The words inside read:


These are lovely high quality Christmas Cards!
All with envelopes

If you would like to win them all you need to do is enter by Rafflecopter below
Open to UK only
The lucky winner will be selected randomly by and be notified by email
The winner will need to respond within 48 hours of being contacted, failure to do this may result in another winner being selected
The Cards will be posted as soon as I receive address details, in plenty of time for Christmas!

If you're not lucky enough to win this time I will be running more Christmas Card Giveaways every week in the run up to Christmas

Check out my shop on eBay for all my other festive designs here

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Winners of A Trick of the Mind Giveaway and 10 Christmas Cards Giveaway are .......

Congratulations to the Five lucky winners of psychological thriller A Trick of the Mind by Penny Hancock

They are :-

Michelle B from Buckinghamshire
Jackie C from Kent
Rachel B from Cornwall
Rebecca P from West Sussex
Claire W from Norfolk

Well done ladies!  

All the winners have been notified and I have passed the addresses on to the publishers Simon & Schuster who will be sending your prizes to you very soon (you may already have received them!)

If you didn't win this time please keep checking Carole's Book Corner for more book giveaways - you have to be in it to win it!!


I was also giving away 10 Christmas Cards with envelopes recently and the lucky winner of these Cards is 

Anthony M from Norfolk

Well done Anthony!

Don't worry if you didn't win this time as I'm giving away another 10 Christmas Cards every week up to Christmas ..... lots more chances to win!

And if you would like to purchase them they are available on eBay here

Check out this week's giveaway here.  These are a pretty Snowdrops design.

Entry for all my giveaways is via Rafflectopter.  Please feel free to email me if you're having problems entering - you can find me at purplecards (at)  Also get in touch if you have any suggestions as to how I can improve the giveaway experience / do you like Rafflecopter / is it easy to use?  Leave a blog comment or email me.


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Wednesday, 17 September 2014



The high octane world of sports therapy fast tracks Zara from middle class suburbia to the bright lights of Los Angeles. Approaching marriage to Bruce Loxley, dependable, seriously rich & with an impeccable pedigree, allows her entrance to the private world of high society.

But is Bruce as honest as appearances portray? Returning to Zara’s hedonistic past, we career into lust & temptation head on in the form of Tyler Montgomery. The devilishly good looking, though arrogant Polo player, causing sexual havoc in his wake. But a when a new younger competitor enters the love arena, has Zara met her match? Brett McNeil with his wild sense of adventure & mischievous streak that so attracts Zara’s eye lingers seductively in the shadows of her fast paced life.

Is fate in control or do we really have a choice? Which player will ultimately win? Or does life have its own game plan?




Excerpt from Chapter 1

A muffled groaning sound came from the far end of the hotel suite. Busy street life outside seeped through into the dimly lit interior. Across the queen sized bed lay two figures forming soft undulating mounds beneath the bed sheets. A shrill siren broke the quietness of the bedroom. 

 ‘Gee, what did I do last night?’ murmured the fragile voice of Zara, the sound causing the body beside her to stir. Leaning back on the feather pillows her brain tried hard to recollect the last twenty four hours. For one awful moment she froze registering that she wasn’t alone. Hesitatingly, she glanced sideways at the slumbering form. Deep and heavy breathing could be heard from beneath the covers. Turning, rather cautiously Zara peeked over the top of the white bed linen.

 ‘Oh, my god,’ there she was naked and in bed with a complete stranger. No tiny recollection of how they’d met, or what the hell she’d done with him for that matter. What would the girls think of her? It wasn’t worth imagining what Bruce would think if he found out. Zara noticed her strewn clothing on the floor nearby. How to retrieve them was going to be some feat in itself without disturbing her unknown visitor.

 The bedtime occupant grunted and turned. Stretching out a limb, he slammed a heavy thigh across Zara’s body. Gritting her teeth and sucking air through them she now laid pinned to the bed. How was she supposed to move now? First disentanglement without waking the stranger and; second allow herself to get suitably clothed before he came round. Surveying the room, her head throbbed with the effort. A vague recognition flashed through her brain cells of some heavy alcohol consumption the previous night. Zara detected the faint sound of running water from the en-suite. Her throat was now feeling parched. The joys of a large glass of cold liquid were enticing her to attempt moving pretty quickly.

 Looking back over the young male who lay sprawled across her bed, she viewed his athletic body. He lay perfectly still and quiet in the hazy light of the hotel room, chest moving rhythmically, the gentle arch of his back just visible above the covers. He appeared young, mid- twenties maybe. A shadow of morning stubble enhanced his dishevelled appearance. Trying hard to recharge her memory of where they’d met, Zara rubbed her temples gently in the hope this would miraculously help. No, it 
wasn’t there. What in hell had she drunk last night?

 Glancing around the dimly lit room Zara noticed discarded items randomly littering the floor, accompanied by two half-drunk bottles of Champagne. Hawaiian garlands decorated the table lamps either side of the bed. From the bedside table she picked up a tumbler containing what looked like a cocktail. She sniffed 
gingerly. The strong smell of mixed spirits confirmed her opinion and a nauseating wave came over her. Once it passed, she noticed there were four tumblers, not just two.

 Uneasiness crept over her as the possibility she may have got up close and personal with more than one member of the opposite sex flashed in front of her. No, Gina wouldn’t have allowed her to stoop that low. She had more decorum than that, even if this was possibly her last major weekend of freedom. Gently tried to manoeuvre her body round and slide free from under the comatose individual. The movement started to arouse the stranger once again as the gentle touch of his hand brushed past her shoulder. Turning back to look, she met the glazed eyes of her finally semi-awake neighbour. Bleary eyed, he ran a hand through his dishevelled hair.

 ‘Urrg, what time is it? That was one great party last night; you girls know how to have a wild time. Thanks for letting me crash. I certainly won’t forget you two in a hurry.’ Zara flushed and gulped.

 ‘Err!’ Slightly stunned and unable to say much, she felt even more anxious. Blinking hard, she tried to obtain a little distance. By shifting furtively towards the edge of the bed, now that his weight was no longer pinning her down. The cascading sound of water stopped and shortly after, the en-suite door opened. Swivelling round like an electric bolt had hit her, Zara stared at the emerging figure in the half light, unsure of who to expect.  It was Crystal!

 ‘Hello gorgeous, glad you’re awake.’ Zara looked indignantly at her, trying hard to indicate discreetly her concern without letting the dozy Prince Charming next to her notice what she was doing. Raising her eyebrows and gesturing towards him, she mouthed to Crystal silently. 

 Crystal giggled coyly as she sat down on the bed, her towel barely covering her vital statistics.

 Zara noticed that Christian suddenly looked rather perkier when he saw Crystal’s body perched 

 ‘We had rather a wild night and all of us ended up back here.’

 ‘All of us! But I was sharing with Gina. You were with Amber and Bella. What happened to them? How many more party goers were there?’

 Crystal smiled, ‘Just Christian and Lance. Our group couldn’t take the pace. You, me and Christian carried on till later, hence the pounding headache you’re probably enduring? Lance escorted the others back to their room. Gina must have decided to join them. Not sure what happened to him, but we had a hell of a time back there'.

 Zara shot a very worrying look at Crystal. Whispering as quietly as she could she felt the urge to ask the dreaded question.

 ‘Tell me we didn’t? Tell me I didn’t at least?’ Crystal leant forward her towel revealing more than just a cleavage. Distracting the worse for wear bed fellow from listening too closely, she whispered in Zara's ear.

 ‘No honey, you didn’t. Christian had the desire in him and tried his best to seduce you, but the poor sweetie had drunk way too much rum punch. Besides you weren’t having any of it. He didn’t stand a chance.'

 Zara fell back against the pillows unsure whether to be relieved or concerned. ‘Oh great, thanks Crystal.'

 Christian now had sufficiently woken enough and after viewing the delights of Crystal at such a close up range, he now had experienced a shot of adrenaline to allow him to carry on where apparently they’d left off the night before.

 ‘Ladies, what do you say, recuperation is always better with the hair of the dog. Fancy joining me for one more bevy?’ He lusted longingly in Crystal’s direction. Christian was now recuperating from the punch a tad too quickly for Zara’s preference.

 ‘No! You can count me out. Fresh air and a strong shot of New York caffeine is in order now I fear. Don’t let me stop you two,’ replied Zara sharply. Sliding swiftly from beneath the covers she backed out of harm’s way. Grabbing a garment from the floor, she walked as discreetly as she could towards the en-suite door.

 ‘I’ll just freshen up and be out of your way.’ This parting shot was directed at Christian his face looking a little disappointed at her retreating exit.


About the Author

Nicky Abell-Francis

Working in the sports therapy field for some fifteen years the opportunity to work in some diverse areas came about and led to the meeting of some very competitive, challenging individuals, who make up the sporting world. Current affairs of the heart of many women today allowed me to see that we all search for the perfect soul partner. Both male and female clients produced this result, from many a conversation and gossip on the bench, (massage work relaxes the body as well as the mind). Clients worldwide found choosing their ideal partner a lottery. 
This inspired me to look more closely at how marriage choices are made through the heart or the mind. Having travelled round the world my research led me to be inspired by the excitement of each country visited and how my heroine could become incorporated within these settings combining the sporting calendar and outdoor pursuits of each destination I found exciting and that created a passion within.





5.0 out of 5 stars A great romp!..., 5 Dec 2013
E. Phelps "Bodywork Thai" (UK)

An easy read that you can get absorbed in... Believable characters and situations you can relate to.... 
Love the chick lit escapism....!! When’s the sequel coming?...
If you are looking for a light hearted romp to read on holiday. This is the book for you. Thoroughly enjoyable and leaves you wanting more of Zara's adventures.
5.0 out of 5 stars. A great holiday read
Published 19 days ago by peter

3.0 out of 5 stars. A fun read!
It took me a while to get into the story but once I did, I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed the characters and the fun storyline. A perfect beach/weekend read.
Published 29 days ago by HaleyHill chick-lit author

One not to be missed from the library, 4 Jun 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars. nia wagenaar
Good beach read, racy good story content, ideal for the suitcase, loved the characters. very 
interesting read, unable to put the book down.


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