Second Chance at the Ranch by Maxine Morrey blogtour #bookreview #giveaway

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Second Chance at the Ranch written by Maxine Morrey, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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It’s never too late for a second chance at love in this uplifting and warm-hearted romance.
It’s never too late to find love…
When Juliet Scott falls for ruggedly handsome Pete while away travelling, she never imagines how different her life will be to that of her sister, successful and beautiful model Hero. Based on a cattle station in the vast Australian Outback, Juliet’s life is now simple, down-to earth and honest, and the perfect antidote to the chaotic celebrity lifestyle that Hero leads in the UK.
With her striking brunette hair, perfect posture, and mesmerising green eyes, it is no wonder Hero has come so far in such a superficial industry. But when tragedy strikes, Hero finds herself in the arms of her sister, recuperating from a terrible accident on the other side of the world.
With her modelling career in tatters, and her scars more than just skin deep, Juliet worries that Hero will hide behind the mask she wears forever. But does Australia have something, or someone, to offer that London never could?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Maxine Morrey’s latest novel: Second Chance at the Ranch.

I love it when you try a new author and her story makes your heart sing.  I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to pick up and read a book by Maxine Morrey but now I have read Second Chance at the Ranch I’ll be checking out future releases and also the back catalogue of this author.

Maxine Morrey won me over with her writing.  I loved the depth of the story surrounding Hero Scott, international top model.  Hero’s been living in the public eye for over 15 years.  A glamorous life on the surface but the modelling world isn’t all jet-set and diamonds, it can be very shallow and lonely.  Hero trusted a small handful of people to be let into her world, which included her older sister, Juliet.  Hero is feeling kind of sad but excited and pleased for Juliet who is about to be married to Pete, a sheep farmer in Australia.  A new life beckons for Juliet and Hero will be sad to see her move away from London.

Hero is welcomed with open arms to the Webster family in Australia but there is one member who is a little wary of this beautiful woman and that is Nick, Pete’s younger brother.

Nick is the poster boy for Australian farming.  He is rugged and handsome and not afraid of hard work.  However, this enigma of a woman in Hero Scott confuses him; she’s beautiful and perfect to look at but there is a vulnerability about her.  Nick is on a mission to crack the shell of protection that Hero has built around her.

Hero has built this shell of protection to shield her emotions as she is in fear of the past repeating itself.  When she does let her barriers down it is so heart-breaking to hear however more heartache is to come for Hero and she has many, many challenges to overcome.

I adored learning about the depths within the characters history and how this shaped them to who they are now.  The building chemistry between Hero and Nick was beautiful and quite tender and took this rugged man by surprise.  I loved this story and I wanted more!

About the Author

maxine morrey - bio pic b&wMaxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.

As time went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her first romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

Follow Maxine Morrey
Website – http://www.scribblermaxi.co.uk
Twitter – @Scribbler_Maxi
Instagram – @scribbler_maxi
Facebook – http://www.Facebook.com/MaxineMorreyAuthor
Pinterest – ScribblerMaxi

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The Uncompromising Lord Flint by Virginia Heath Blog Blitz book review

 

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The Uncompromising Lord Flint written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  The book is also available direct from Mills & Boon.

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The Uncompromising Lord Flint
Imprisoned by her past- Set free by her enemy!
Charged with high treason, Lady Jessamine Fane is under the watchful eye of icily calm Lord Peter Flint. It’s a task this spy won’t be swayed from, no matter how alluring his prisoner! Only it’s not long before Flint realises that tenacious Jess hides a lifetime of pain. With so much at stake, can he afford to take a chance on their powerful attraction?

 

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogblitz celebrating and promoting the launch of Virginia Heath’s latest novel:  The Uncompromising Lord Flint.

Mon dieu, soyez toujours mon coeur qui bat!

Oh wow, what an explosive ending to a great read. Yet again author Virginia Heath has treated her readers to a rollercoaster of a ride with a dramatic, sexy, thrilling and utterly romantic regency romp.

The Uncompromising Lord Flint is book two in the King’s Elite series and as I mentioned in my review for book one in the series; The Mysterious Lord Millcroft, the King’s Elite are very like a 19th century MI5 and each of the ‘Invisibles’ are reminiscent to James Bond. However, no special gadgets from Q for these men but bravery, cunning, calm individuals with highly intelligent strategic qualities.

Lord Flint’s latest mission is to safely escort a prisoner from France to London awaiting the trial for treason and the indirect involvement of murder. Lady Jessimina (Jess) Fane was a very stubborn young woman refusing to divulge any information regarding the smuggling ring and she was prepared to face her punishment. However, the journey from France to London would be thwart with danger as the smugglers would be close on their tail to try and kidnap Jess to return her to France.

Lord Flint is normally unflappable but Jess has stirred emotions in him that he thought he was immune to. Fighting with his head and his heart on whether to believe Jess’s innocence the road to London was to be met with many challenges culminating in a battle that brought danger to his own family.

Virginia Heath’s writing style is effortless and she immerses the readers to a different time zone with etiquette and society, rakes and rascals. I love the banter she creates with her leading lady and gentleman which brings charm and fun to the storyline. I adored this story; it was dangerous, seductive and the book was unputdownable. Virginia Heath has given me a thirst for Regency Romance.

About the Author

virginia heathWhen Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

Social Media Links

Website: https://www.virginiaheathromance.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/VirginiaHeath_

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

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The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker by Jenni Keer blogtour book review

 

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The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker written by Jenni Keer, publisher Avon, is available NOW in ebook.  The paperback format is due to be released in March and is available to pre-order.

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Meet Lucy, aged 25, and Brenda, aged 79. Neighbours and unlikely friends.
Lucy Baker is not your usual 25-year-old. She is more at home reading and knitting in her cluttered little flat than going out partying and socialising.
79-year-old Brenda is full of wise and wonderful advice, but when she’s diagnosed with dementia her life begins to change. Before her memories slip away for ever, Brenda is desperate to fulfil one last wish – to see Lucy happy.
Gifting Lucy the locket that helped Brenda find her own true love, she hopes to push her reticent neighbour in the right direction. But is Lucy Baker ready for the opportunities and heartbreaks of the real world? It’s about time she put her knitting needles aside and found out…
The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker will be the most charming, heart-warming and feel-good novel you will read this year, perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan and Gail Honeyman.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jenni Keer’s debut novel: The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker.  I have to hold my hand up and admit that I was totally drawn to this novel by the cover, the black cat drew me in to all the prettiness.  I also love a story with characters from different ages as they bring a dynamic to the storyline with the wise of the mature generation and the effervescence of the younger.

This is a story about two socially awkward souls who are given a helping hand in love by a vivacious elderly neighbour and a scrappy looking black cat.  A neighbour who all her life has practised in the art of apothecary using natural ingredients and who also believes in mystical powers.

I loved the relationship that Lucy had with her elderly neighbour Brenda.  Brenda was a dream of a character, she had so much joy from her life and her history was fascinating.  I also enjoyed reading about the natural potions and spells she believed were the answer to friend’s and neighbour’s prayers and ailments.  Lucy was a quiet soul who felt under-shadowed by her elder sister, her mother was constantly belittling her.  Lucy stuck with her joys in life which were her friendship with Brenda, her knitting (especially the celebrity-like dolls) and her job working at the toy wholesalers.  When a new neighbour moves in who appears to be more socially awkward than Lucy, Brenda hatches out a plan to help Lucy and George become friends.

The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker is an utterly charming story that will entrance and entertain you.  It was magical, romantic and full of fun.  I adored it and it left me thoughtful, bewitched and a little emotional.  I am so looking forward to more from Jenni Keer.

About the Author

Jenni Keer is a history graduate who embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her antique furniture restorer husband. She has valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing women’s fiction to combat the testosterone-fuelled atmosphere with her number one fan #Blindcat by her side. Much younger in her head than she is on paper, she adores any excuse for fancy-dress and is part of a disco formation dance team.

Social Media Links –
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Website – https://jennikeer.co.uk/

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Angel’s Rebellion by Estelle Maher book review

 

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Angel’s Rebellion written and self-published by Estelle Maher is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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On a doomed flight home from New York, Sean Allister is heading for a destination and a destiny far beyond his ordinary life. Hell is breaking loose in Heaven and the consequences for humankind and angels could be catastrophic. With faith and hope at risk of being destroyed, it seems secrets, bureaucracy and fear are not the sole preserve of the living. With Sean, we see the return of the warm-hearted, whisky-swilling Crowley, now promoted to Spiritual Guide. Can this odd couple be the only hope to bring balance to Heaven and Earth as the battle for power drags them into a struggle that even the archangels are unprepared for?

purple angel wingsI voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I don’t read many paranormal/spiritual contemporary fiction novels but I took a chance on Estelle Maher’s debut novel, Grace and the Ghost, back in June 2017 and I was pleasantly surprised.  I was also thrilled that I took this chance to open my eyes and fill my heart with a new genre and author book love.

Angel’s Rebellion is the sequel to Grace and the Ghost (you can find my review for this novel here), I would thoroughly recommend reading Grace and the Ghost prior to reading Angel’s Rebellion to get the full reading experience and enjoyment of the story.

Once again author Estelle Maher drew me into her storyline and in particular the characters.  The characters are written with such warmth that you instantly feel a connection with them.  I fell in love with Sean back in Grace and the Ghost and he has the star role in Angel’s Rebellion and he justifiably deserved the role.

From the action and drama in the first chapter, which leaves you with thoughts of ‘what if’ you are given the groundworks to a storyline were life, fate and a helping hand from a spiritual guide have a purposeful journey.  Along the way to Sean’s destiny he has a little fun and meets up with some great new characters that will have a lasting effect on his life.

Whilst reading the novel I could sense an important event was imminent but my emotions were not fully prepared so when it did arrive I was so consumed with emotion I needed to take a breather.

Angel’s Rebellion is a very unique story, a story of humankind, a story of love, life and spirituality.  Author Estelle Maher has a great sense of humour and has woven this beautifully within the novel.  Storytelling with a difference that will break your heart but will leave it with a satisfied warmth at the end.

About the Author

Estelle Maher was born in the heart of Liverpool, England. After spending her teens in rural Dorset, she returned to the North of England and now resides in Wirral with her husband, 2 children and 2 dogs.
Her career has been varied, working in shipping, insurance and finance. But in her spare time, she’s quite at home with a paint brush upcycling furniture. She also writes a blog in her spare time, The Secret Diary of A Middle Aged Woman, a humorous snapshot of random thoughts.
Estelle has been writing on and off for a number of years and writing the blog was her first step in writing for an audience that was wider than her and her husband.
However, throughout her life, Estelle has experienced lots of ‘inexplicable moments’ which inspired her first debut novel, Grace & The Ghost.

Website: https://estellemaher.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/EstelleMaher

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

The Best of the Best from my reads in 2018

books and glasses clipart2018 was a brilliant year in books for me and I achieved my personal Goodreads challenge of 100 books by reading 114 books.  2018 was also a year that I became a host on blogtours for Rachel’s Random ResourcesRandom Things Tours and Love Books Group.  I have also continued to work with Faye Rogers PR Bookouture and Bookollective.

Working with new blogtour organisers has opened my eyes to new authors and I have also continued to work with indie authors.  This year alone I have discovered 50 new authors.

It’s always difficult to pinpoint your favourite books from the year especially as I choose books I know I’m going to like.  However, from the 100 odd books I’ve read in 2018 I’d like to give a special mention to the following:

 

I’d like to express my thanks to all the other fellow book bloggers, especially the WordPress Wonders (as I call them in my head), your help sharing the book love is greatly appreciated and I’m so pleased to consider you my friends.

I’m looking forward to another great year in books.

The Mother of all Christmases by Milly Johnson book review

 

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The Mother of all Christmases written by Milly Johnson, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

The book is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.  The book can also be found at certain supermarkets.

To buy link (Waterstones): https://bit.ly/2QdkG5B

To buy link for ebook (amazon UK): https://amzn.to/2CFWntA

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Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them …

Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, and are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable.

Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?

Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

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Wow!  What a whirlwind of emotions that the author Milly Johnson has taken her readers on in her latest romcom: The Mother of all Christmases.  I was roaring with laughter one minute and the next my heart felt physically crushed.  The author has sensitively written a story that contains life in all it’s glory including all the low points.  Although there is sadness within the storyline it has been beautifully written and there is an overwhelming heart-warming theme running through the story.

Once again author Milly Johnson has written a story with characters from the heart.  You can recognise and relate to them and a few of your favourite characters from previous novels crop up in this book making it the more wonderful to hear from them again.  Although you can read The Mother of all Christmases as a standalone I would highly recommend reading A Winter Flame prior to this novel so you can fully appreciate the back history surrounding a few of the characters.  I would also recommend reading the novella The Barn on Half Moon Hill for an extended story that relates to a few of the characters.

The Mother of all Christmases is about three women, from very different backgrounds, facing a new challenge in their lives.  One that would have them all coming together and sharing their new journey.  There is Annie who co-owns the Cracker Factory with her Italian husband Joe.  Eve co-owns Winterworld with her husband Jacques.  Palma is a young woman that has felt lost for a long time and finds herself in a situation which she believes is her way out of a disastrous rut she has found herself in.  These three women were to form a bond that would become strong and help them through challenges that came their way.

An extremely heart-warming story that took you into the lives of Annie, Eve and Palma smiling and laughing with them and then holding their hands when they needed strength.  Beautiful and poignant and filled with the most endearing Yorkshire charm.  Milly Johnson, The Mother of all Christmases is a cracker of a read!

About the Author (as shown on amazon page)

Milly Johnson was born, raised and still lives in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. As well as being an author of 15 published novels, 2 short story books and 2 novellas, she is also a copywriter for the greetings card industry, a joke-writer, a columnist, after dinner speaker, poet, BBC newspaper reviewer, and a sometimes BBC radio presenter.

She won the RoNA for Best Romantic Comedy Novel of 2014 and 2016 and the Yorkshire Society award for Arts and Culture 2015.

She writes about love, life, friendships and that little bit of the magic that sometimes crops up in real life. She likes owls, cats, meringues, handbags and literary gifts – but hates marzipan. She is very short.

Website: http://www.millyjohnson.co.uk  (Milly has a monthly newsletter with exclusive news, offers and competitions and is well worth signing up to, please look on the website for more details).

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/millyjohnson

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

Christmas at the Little Cornish Gift Shop by Rachel Griffiths book review

 

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Christmas at the Little Cornish Gift Shop written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Following a series of disastrous dates and losing her job as a room attendant at a top London hotel, Ruby Penrose heads home to Cornwall. Her dreams of making it as a screenwriter failed and she has no idea what to do next.
Reality TV star Jake Woodhouse was delighted to find a small, isolated Cornish cottage to rent for the holidays. He aims to spend his days there in peace and quiet, licking his wounds – his only company his faithful, but stubborn, British bulldog, Sherlock Bones.
But as Ruby and Jake are drawn together by the magic of the festive season and the Little Cornish Gift Shop, they both begin to realise that sometimes it is possible to learn to trust again, and that friendship can be the most valuable Christmas gift of all.

This is the first of three short stories in The Little Cornish Gift Shop series.

Look out for Spring at The Little Cornish Gift Shop coming in 2019.

christmas tree clipartI voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

What do you do when your reality becomes the prime TV viewing for millions and your personal life is scrupulously dissected by the media?  You pack your bags and find solace at a remote cottage on the Cornish coast.  Luckily for Jake Woodhouse the wifi signal is rubbish in the Cornish village and the local residents don’t watch much TV so with his hairy disguise he can take time out from the crazy world he was thrown into and learn to relax and take stock of his life.

When Ruby Penrose was younger she dreamed of becoming a writer so when she finished her education she left her home in Cornwall to move to London hoping the bright lights of the city will help her in her quest.  A few years later with no luck in her writing and losing her job in a hotel Ruby is on her way back to Cornwall.  Her nanna owns and runs the Little Cornish Gift Shop and is also the landlady of the cottage that Jake has temporarily moved in to.

Jake and his bulldog, Sherlock Bones, are soon feeling more relaxed but when Jake bumps into Ruby and finds out she lived in London it soon sets his awareness on alert again of how close he is to being found out.

Rachel Griffiths has created a lovely start to a new series, which I know is going to be another winner for the author.  It has a gorgeous feel-good theme running through it and you can sense the story is written from the heart.  With the additional cast of two furry friends, a British bulldog called Sherlock Bones and a rescued greyhound called Amber, bringing fun, charm and companionship to Jake and Ruby.  Friendship soon develops and life for these two lost souls from the city soon starts to look rosy.  But how long can Jake keep his other life secret?  I’m looking forward to the next instalments in The Little Cornish Gift Shop series.

About the Author

Rachel Griffiths is an author, wife, mother, Earl Grey tea drinker, gin enthusiast, dog walker and fan of the afternoon nap. She loves to read, write and spend time with her family. Over the years, she has had a variety of jobs including stacking supermarket shelves, polishing soaps in a health and beauty shop and teaching pupils how to read and write. After almost twenty years in the classroom, she is lucky enough to be living her dream as a full-time writer.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/authorRG