The Name Beneath The Stone: Secret of the Unknown Warrior by Robert Newcome @NewcomeRobert @UnicornPubGroup @Bookollective #HistFic #Remembrance #UnknownWarrior

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The Name Beneath The Stone written by Robert Newcome, publisher Universe (Unicorn Publishing Group), is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Book Blurb

Three generations, one family, connected by an historic secret. 1917 Private Daniel Dawkins fights at Messines Ridge and Passchendaele. He writes home to his true-love Joyce, but reveals little of his extreme bravery, his kindness, his loyalty to his comrades and the horrors they experience on the Western Front. 1920 Captain Peter Harding is tasked with a secret mission to assist in the selection of a body dug up from the battlefields of Flanders to be buried in Westminster Abbey as the ‘Unknown Warrior’. Events take place on that expedition that come to haunt him for the rest of his life. 2011 Sarah Harding discovers Daniel s letters and Peter s diaries. Together with historian James Marchant she pieces together the hidden truth behind the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and must decide what to do with it. Values are challenged and characters are tested in this gripping novel which asks what if the identity of the Unknown Soldier was discovered – and should that secret ever be revealed?

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I feel honoured to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Robert Newcome’s debut novel: The Name Beneath The Stone.

The Name Beneath The Stone is a remarkable story that’s insightful, thought provoking, poignant filled with raw, authentic images and scenes.  I was completely enthralled by the story and the book is very current with many countries taking time to remember and never forget the fallen heroes from all hostilities with Remembrance Day on the 11th November.

Robert Newcome has taken hold of a fact from 1916 and a pivotal moment in the world’s history of wartime remembrance and he has cleverly woven this fact with fiction.  He has created a brilliant historical time-slip novel that spans almost a hundred years.  I have found often that I’ve been ignited by history through fictional novels based around certain historical events and I would highly recommend picking up a historical fictional novel to gain a thirst for history.

This is the story of three lives: it’s 1917 and we have Private Daniel Dawkins fighting at Messines Ridge and Passchendaele.  In 1920 Captain Peter Harding was issued with a top secret mission to dig up the body of an unknown warrior to be brought back to London to be buried in Westminster Abbey.  In 2011 Sarah Harding, the granddaughter to Peter Harding, discovers personal letters and diaries dating back to WWI.  These three individuals hold a link to each other and Sarah with the help of a historian delve deeper in uncovering what becomes an astonishing chain of events that was equally riveting and so very poignant.

Private Daniel Dawkins was confident in his role as a soldier he was brave, he supported his colleagues and had a knack of understanding wartime strategies.  Daniel had had a very difficult upbringing so being in the thick of things in the war fields felt almost calm like compared to his past.  Daniel had a sweetheart back home in the UK and when his relationship became more serious his feelings towards the intensity of the warzone changed and he held a different perspective for the future.

A few years after the war had ended and peace was declared Captain Peter Harding was sworn to secrecy with a mission that felt overwhelming for any man.  However, this was only the start for Peter for what was to become a lifelong struggle with something that would play on Peter’s mind since the eventful day back in 1920.

When Sarah Harding discovers the wartime notes dating back to WWI and tries to ask her ailing father the significance of them she is left with more questions than answers.  What follows is a mystery of her own heritage and how it may hold a vital role in the commemorative stone of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.

I was totally transfixed by this fictional story based on a remarkable event in history.  The author, Robert Newcome, did not spare us any details and we witness the raw reality of war.  The story was gripping, authentic and absorbing and the ending left me with shivers of emotion and with a whole heap of desire to know more.

About the Author

the name beneath the stone robert newcomeAfter five years serving as an officer in The Light Infantry, Robert studied Political Philosophy at Exeter University. Following this he had various management positions in the John Lewis Partnership, finally running management training. He then spent a number of years working for management consultants before setting up his own business with a colleague in 2007. Throughout this period he was writing articles, short stories and novels in his spare time.

Robert has just joined Twitter @NewcomeRobert

***PRICE DROP PROMO*** Belinda Missen @belinda_missen @HDigitalUK @rararesources #pricedroppromo #romcom

Belinda Missen 99p Only

I am so pleased to be involved in the blog blitz informing you of a great price drop promo of not one book but three books by top-rated rom com author Belinda Missen.

Here is what you need to know prior to stocking up your ereader.

Lessons in Love
belinda missen Lessons in Love_finalFalling in love is never easy…
Eleanor Manning is finally leaving behind her glittering but empty life in the city (and her soon-to-be-ex-husband) to return to the comfort of her childhood home in Apollo Bay.
She’s landed a lovely new job in her old primary school library and a flatshare with her bubbly best friend, Penny. So yes, she’s well and truly learnt her lesson when it comes to love…
But then she meets gorgeous teacher Marcus Blair and Eleanor’s self-imposed rules fly out of the window! Surely she can resist him long enough to keep this fling no strings attached?
Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Lindsey Kelk and Colleen Coleman.

‘I literally giggle-snorted… It wasn’t often that I didn’t have a smile on my face reading this, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and fun characters.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Heartfelt and laugh-out-loud hilarious… Wonderful.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Heart-warming and laugh-out-loud funny.’ Goodreads reviewer

Lessons in Love is only 99p for a limited time.

Purchase from Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lessons-Love-Belinda-Missen-ebook/dp/B07DD3T53W

A Recipe for Disaster
belinda missen A Recipe fo Disaster_FINALMeet Lucy, master wedding cake baker, idealistic school canteen crusader, and someone whose broken heart just won’t seem to mend…
Lucy is quietly confident that she has made the right choices in life. Surrounded by friends and family in a small country town, Lucy can easily suppress the feeling that something is missing from her life.
But when a blast from the past arrives in the form of her estranged husband, international celebrity chef Oliver Murray, Lucy’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble beneath her like overbaked meringue.
Is Oliver’s return all business or is it motivated by something more?
A Recipe for Disaster starts long after most love stories would have ended, proving it is never too late to offer someone a second slice of cake or a second chance.
Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.

A Recipe For Disaster is only 99p for a limited time.

Purchase from Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Recipe-Disaster-Belinda-Missen-ebook/dp/B079RF7XCB

An Impossible Thing Called Love
belinda missen an impossible thing called loveDon’t miss the new delightfully uplifting book from the author of A Recipe for Disaster!
A second chance at love…
When globe-trotting Emmy first fell for first-aider William on a freezing New Year’s Eve, she really believed that their love would go the distance.
But when she returns to Australia, her letters start to go unanswered and her emails bounce back unread, Emmy decides it’s time to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and start afresh in London.
So she’s shocked when William walks in on her very first day at her new job! Even worse, he’s hotter than ever. But why did he disappear for so long? What has he been hiding? And could this really be their second chance at falling in love…?
Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.

An Impossible Thing Called love is 99p / 99c for a limited period.

Purchase from Amazon
UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Impossible-Thing-Called-Love-heartwarming-ebook/dp/B07BJYR8CV
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About the Author

one week to christmas author profile (1)Author and sometimes foodie, Belinda is a ridiculous romantic who met her husband after being set up by a friend two states away.
Residing in country Victoria, surrounded by books, cat-fur, and half-eaten cake, Belinda divides her days between writing rom-coms, baking, and indulging her love of comic books.

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The Nine Lives of Christmas by Florence McNicoll @orionbooks @Battersea_ #FlorenceMcNicoll #Battersea #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

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The Nine Lives of Christmas written by Florence McNicoll, publisher Trapeze (an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group) is available to purchase in ebook, audiobook and paperback format from 15th November 2019.

The paperback will be available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Wordery, Foyles and amazon.  The book has been written in partnership with the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and can also be purchased direct from their website.

To buy links:

Batterseahttps://shop.battersea.org.uk/collections/books/products/the-nine-lives-of-christmas

Amazon:    https://amzn.to/2CDDbft

Book Blurb

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BATTERSEA DOGS AND CATS HOME

Can Battersea’s loneliest cat find a home in time for Christmas?
It’s Christmas at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Laura is desperate to find a home for Felicia, a spiky, bad-tempered moggy with a heart of gold. Her boyfriend, Rob, can’t understand why she’s spending so much time at work, but for Laura, the animals aren’t just a job – they’re her life. She needs a partner who understands that – doesn’t she?
As the December snow falls, Laura encounters nine people, all of whom need a little love in their lives and find it in new pets. Everyone needs somebody to curl up with at Christmas, and when the handsome Aaron walks in, he takes not just Felicia, but Laura’s heart too…
A heart-warming tale about loneliness, love, and the importance of furry friends – perfect to snuggle up with this Christmas.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Florence McNicoll’s novel: The Nine Lives of Christmas.

Laura works for the cats in need of loving homes at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London.  She loves her job and finds great satisfaction in pairing up the right adopter to the cat most suitable to their needs. This is the story of Laura matching up the personalities of nine cats from varying ages and pedigree to nine adopters who for one reason or another feel a little lost in the world and a cat will be the companion they need to comfort them right now and beyond.

We hear of the history of these nine individuals, why they are seeking the friendship of a furry friend and how the cats are very clever in choosing their perfect companion and forever home.

Away from the cats home Laura is discovering that her own partnership with boyfriend Rob might not be her perfect pairing and decisions of the heart have to be made.

I absolutely loved this story as a cat lover and owner of my very own rescue cat I was charmed and humbled by the stories around the daily life at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.  Battersea was opened in 1860 and it was one of the forefront charities in providing a rescue centre for small animals.  The social interaction of animals and humans is so rewarding and can bring so much joy and can also help with the owners health and wellbeing.  I feel very privileged to be able to promote this gorgeous book bringing attention to the valuable work that all animal rescue centres bring but in particular Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

The Nine Lives of Christmas is a wonderfully uplifting story filled with hope and joy for the festive season and beyond. Cat lovers will lap it up and think it’s just purrfect!

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I’d like to share a picture of my very own rescue cat; she arrived at the rescue centre heavily pregnant but sadly lost all her litter.  When we adopted her she still had swollen teats and was very shy but she soon settled in and has made herself at home.  She’s a wonderful little chatterbox and loves to join me when reading.

 

About the Author

Florence McNicoll is the pen name for writer and editor Sophie Wilson, who worked at Transworld Publishers for five years before going freelance. She lives in Barcelona and is a huge cat lover and supporter of Battersea.

To learn more about the work at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit their website:

https://www.battersea.org.uk/

The Wicked Lord’s Mistress by Scarlett Jameson @rararesources #blogtour #bookpromo #HistoricalRomance

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour with a promo celebrating and promoting Book Two in Scarlett Jameson’s The Lord’s Seduction series: The Wicked Lord’s Mistress.  Here are all the details:

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Title:  The Wicked Lord’s Mistress

Author and Publisher:  Scarlett Jameson

Format:  ebook and is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme

To buy links:

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-Lords-Mistress-historical-Seduction-ebook/dp/B07XQDM77Q
US – http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Lords-Mistress-historical-Seduction-ebook/dp/B07XQDM77Q

Book Blurb

The Wicked Lord’s Mistress is set in the late Victorian period (1886) for fans of upstairs/downstairs dramas such as Downton Abbey and steamy romances. It explores the continuing love story between Lily, a lady’s maid at Torrington Hall, and a handsome, mysterious aristocratic hero called Lord Edgar Wilson.
Lily is surrounded by challenges from all sides. She is being blackmailed by the evil Mallkins, she has a secret past that she is trying to hide, and her forbidden love affair with Lord Wilson grows more risky every day. Can their lusty affair transform into the tender and lasting love that Lily craves? And given the differences in their class, is a happy ending possible for them?
Then a new enemy comes into Lily’s life, someone who is determined to destroy her. Lily finds herself facing the greatest challenge of her life, and hopes that Lord Wilson will be her hero.

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About the Author

Scarlett Jameson works in publishing by day and by night enjoys writing steamy historical romances. A lover of all things Victorian, she lives in London with her cat.
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The Honeysuckle Dream @katefrostauthor @rararesources #blogtour #bookpromo #contemporaryromance #giveaway

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour with a promo celebrating and promoting The Honeysuckle Dream which is a standalone love story in The Butterfly Storm series.  Here are all the details:

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Title:  The Honeysuckle Dream

Author: Kate Frost

Publisher Lemon Tree Press,

Format:  ebook and paperback

Purchase Link: getbook.at/thehoneysuckledream

Book Blurb

Two men. Three decades. One decision.
Pregnant at nineteen from an affair with a married man, Leila goes against her parents’ wishes. Alone in an unfamiliar city, a fresh start is terrifying.
Leila struggles to navigate between being a single working mum, new friendships, and her bad choices in men. The heartache of past mistakes haunts her. Disillusioned, lonely, and with a fractured mother-daughter relationship, she swaps the vices of city life for the peace of the country. Yet new-found happiness is short-lived and old habits return.
Can Leila let go of her past and find true love?

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About the Author
honeysuckle dream KateFrostHeadShotKate 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 is the Director of Children’s and Teen events for Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, and she’s the co-founder of Storytale Festival, the first city-wide children’s book festival in Bristol.
The Honeysuckle Dream is Kate’s ninth book and the third (standalone) novel in her popular The Butterfly Storm series. She lives in Bristol with her husband, son, and Frodo, their cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Social Media Links –
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katefrostauthor/
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7131734.Kate_Frost

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Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses by Laura Briggs @PaperDollWrites @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread #ALittleHotelinCornwall

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Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses written and self-published by Laura Briggs is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link: https://smarturl.it/seahollyandmistletoe

Book Blurb
Christmas is coming to Port Hewer and the hotel Penmarrow, where Maisie is suffering a case of the holiday blues far from home this year — until Gavin, a young American businessman staying at the hotel through Christmas, talks her into joining him as his partner in the hotel’s ice sculpting competition in a mutual pact to enjoy the holidays to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Maisie experiences the village Christmas season vicariously through Sidney, and continues writing her Poe-inspired story with only Sidney aware of her secret novel. She soon learns, however, that criticism and praise go hand in hand when he takes issue with her latest chapters, which puts pressure on their friendship, too.

But is that what’s really the issue between them? Because handsome Gavin has more than ice sculpting in mind when it comes to Maisie’s time, which comes as a surprise to no one who’s seen them together. As Maisie faces this sudden romantic dilemma, she realizes what she wants most in her life … and faces a question of what her heart wants most, too.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Laura Briggs’ latest instalment in the A Little Hotel in Cornwall series with Sea Holly & Mistletoe Kisses.

I would highly recommend reading books one and two in A Little Hotel in Cornwall series as the story does follow on from each instalment and you can then receive the full reading experience and enjoyment of the characters, setting and storyline.  You can catch up with my reviews of Book One: A Little Hotel in Cornwall here and Book Two: A Spirited Girl on Cornish Shores here.

It was a lovely welcomed return to the hotel in Cornwall and to Maisie who has been working at the hotel a few months now.  Maisie is still writing her novel although she hasn’t found her favourite author yet, he appears to be incognito, however, she is striving on under how own steam and with a little help from local handyman, Sidney, who has become a close friend to her.  With the festive season approaching Maisie is feeling a little nostalgic and homesick but when a new hotel guest from America offers her support a friendship soon develops.

Maisie and Sidney’s friendship has been developing beautifully and you have a ‘will they won’t they’ feeling about possible romantic intentions between them but when Sidney spots Maisie with the American guest he becomes a little frosty and guarded with his feelings towards her.  Maisie soon becomes confused with emotions of the heart but with Christmas Day looming fast she feels she needs to accept her true feelings, hopes and dreams.

I’m really enjoying this series by Laura Briggs, it’s lovely to catch up with new instalments and continue with the blossoming friendship between Maisie and Sidney.  The myriad of characters working at the hotel are such fun and bring much colour to the hotel and the storyline.  I’m looking forward to the next instalment and wonder if Maisie will ever get her chance to be mentored by her favourite author, although I do have a sneaky feeling we may have already met the author?!

A fun, entertaining, charming series that leaves you wanting that little bit more …

About the Author
Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

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The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow by Lara Temple @laratemple1 @MillsandBoon @rararesources #blogtour #bookpromo #RegencyRomance #HistoricalRomance

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour with a promo celebrating and promoting Lara Temple’s latest novel in The Sinful Sinclairs series: The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow.  Here are all the details:

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Title:  The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow

Author:  Lara Temple

Publisher:  Mills & Boon

Format:  ebook and paperback

Purchase Links

General: https://books2read.com/samsinclair
Amazon: http://bit.ly/SamSinclair
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/the-lord-s-inconvenient-vow
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-lords-inconvenient-vow-lara-temple/1131793376?ean=9781488047633

Book Blurb

‘I have a favour to ask…
I want you to marry me.’
Part of The Sinful Sinclairs. Samantha Sinclair was always Lord Edgerton’s complete opposite. But as Edge meets Sam again in Egypt, it’s clear the years have changed her as much as him. So when she blurts out an impulsive, convenient proposal, Edge’s protective urge compels him to accept. Is it possible for two such different people to be together and find the happiness they both deserve?

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About the Author

The Lords Inconvenient Vow - Lara_temple-1 (2)Lara Temple writes regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion.
After moving around the world as a financial analyst she returned to her childhood love of making up stories, and was surprised to discover that other people don’t mind reading them.
She lives with her husband, two children, and Lord Oscar the pooch who are all very forgiving about her taking over the kitchen table when she’s writing.

Social Media Links –
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/LaraTempleAuthor
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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/laratemple1
Amazon author page US: http://bit.ly/LaraTemple
Amazon author page UK: http://bit.ly/LaraTempleUK
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LaraTemple
Website: http://www.laratemple.com

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