The Sewing Room Girl by Susanna Bavin @SusannaBavin @AllisonandBusby #blogtour #guestpost #familysaga

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The Sewing Room Girl written by Susanna Bavin, publisher Allison and Busby, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook, hardcover and paperback format.

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Born into service, sixteen-year-old Juliet Harper has always idolised her mother, Agnes. But Agnes is haunted by what could have been, and the glamorous life she might have lived if she stayed in Manchester rather than settling down in the Lancashire moorland with her husband. Life takes another unexpected turn when Juliet’s father suddenly dies. Agnes’s reputation as a seamstress leads to her being taken on by local landowners the Drysdales, where she is proud to work. But it will be a bumpy road for both of them as they settle in to their new lives. Will Juliet ever be able to choose her own path? And what will become of them when Agnes falls ill?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the paperback version of Susanna Bavin’s latest novel: The Sewing Room Girl.  I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post by the author herself.

What’s in a name? More than you might think – certainly more than I thought. Names are very important to writers. When creating characters, it is essential to find the right name for each one. In my experience, characters generally arrive in my mind fully formed, complete with name – though not always.

Take Carrie, the heroine of The Deserter’s Daughter. She went through several names but the moment I thought of Carrie, I knew I’d found the right one. Her sister, Evadne, on the other hand, was Evadne from the start. Likewise, Ralph’s name was always Ralph Armstrong, though it took a while to find the right name for Adam. In A Respectable Woman, the heroine is Nell Hibbert, named in honour of Eleanor Hibbert, which was the real name of the writer Victoria Holt.

In The Sewing Room Girl, the heroine is Juliet – a name that was hers from the moment I thought of her. Her difficult but vulnerable mother is Agnes and her domineering grandmother is Adeline – again, names that the characters already had when they arrived inside my head. In fact, I had no difficulty at all naming any of the characters in the book – Rosie, Mr Nugent, Hal, William Turton… Each one appeared in my mind, complete with name.

So why the question at the start of the blog? Well, there was one character in The Sewing Room Girl who didn’t have a name – not because I couldn’t think of one, but because she was never intended to have one. She only had a walk-on part, so she didn’t need to be called anything.

Early in the story, Agnes is given the job of resident seamstress in the household of Lord Drysdale. Because Juliet isn’t old enough to live on her own, she is allowed to accompany her mother to Moorside, the grand house where the Drysdale family has lived for generations. Not being an official member of the household means that Juliet isn’t invited to eat in the servants’ hall. Instead, meals are carried upstairs to the sewing room for her and Agnes.

And this is where my walk-on character appeared. In the first draft of the book, she was referred to as nothing more than “the maid who brought their tray upstairs.” I called her that once. Then, a little later, it was necessary for her to appear with another tray, so I called her “the maid who brought their tray upstairs” again.

The trouble was, she appeared a third time and – well, I couldn’t go on calling her “the maid who brought their tray upstairs,” could I? So I gave her a name. It didn’t matter what the name was, because she only had a walk-on part. I called her Cecily.

And from that moment, there was no stopping her. Before I knew it, she was Juliet’s best friend. Not only that, but she her own sub-plot and her own love story.

I swear that Cecily was never meant to do anything more than fetch and carry meal-trays. But the moment she was given her name, she also acquired a full personality – and a family – and an unshakable determination to bag herself a husband.

What’s in a name? As it turned out, considerably more than I had expected.

Thank you so much Susanna Bavin for joining me on my blog today an interesting post.

About the Author

Susanna Bavin (credit Geoff Steen) wbSusanna Bavin has variously been a librarian, an infant school teacher, a carer and a cook. She lives in Llandudno in North Wales with her husband and two rescue cats, but her writing is inspired by her Mancunian roots.


Twitter:  @SusannaBavin

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Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea by Jane Linfoot @janelinfoot @HarperImpulse @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #romcom


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Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea written by Jane Linfoot, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook format.  The beautiful paperback version is due out in July.

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Those who don’t jump will never fly…
Hurtling through the sky was supposed to be Edie Browne’s flight of independence. But when she falls head over champagne bucket while celebrating her successful landing, her life is changed in an instant.

But starting over has its benefits, and as Edie relearns the basics under the watchful eye of her Aunty Josie and an entire Cornish village of new friends and neighbours, she finds love and joy she never could have imagined in the unlikeliest of places…
Come home to St Aidan and Periwinkle Cottage for a romance full of love, laughter and friends for life!

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jane Linfoot’s latest novel: Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea.

Oh Edie Browne, with an e, you endeared me, you charmed me, you inspired me and I totally and utterly fell in love with you.

Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea on the outside looks like a beautiful feel-good story but on the inside it is so, so much more. Edie is a young successful designer working for a building company in Bath, her romance has failed but she’s feeling positive about that and decides to make a gigantic statement with her new singledom. However, life was to deal Edie another blow, a completely life-changing event and Edie needed time away from home to recuperate and learn going right back to basics again. Staying with her Aunt Josie at her cottage in a village off the Cornish coast was the perfect place to relax and let the body and mind heal.

However, moving to St Aidan wasn’t just moving in with her Aunt as the residents of this idyllic village knew when a friend or two needed help and even though Edie was a temporary resident it didn’t matter and she was warmly welcomed into the love and support network. The residents of St Aidan are a glorious group of people that are carefree, fun, spontaneous and have huge hearts. One of these residents is Barney who after becoming guardian of a little boy, Cam, his life brought on new challenges but his friends and neighbours help tremendously but when Cam befriends Edie, Barney is surprised at how easy Cam has learned to trust this newcomer. The partnership of little Cam and Edie was a brilliant move by author Jane Linfoot as due to Edie’s new circumstances Cam and Edie were very similar and I think Cam found a kinship in Edie.

Jane Linfoot has created a brilliant story with Edie Browne’s Cottage by the Sea I laughed uncontrollably so often with Edie’s little events and I cheered with all her achievements. My heart ached for what life had thrown her but Edie was embracing new challenges with gusto and I adored her for this.

I will not forget Edie Browne for a long time she was a joyous character, I didn’t want her journey to end, there’s no “love you, goodbye” with Edie Browne there’s ‘love you and thank you for being you’.

About the Author
Edie Browne - Author PhotoJane Linfoot is a best selling author, who lives in a muddy cottage, up a steep hill in Derbyshire, with her family, their pets, and an astonishing number of spiders. Although she loves seeing cow noses over the garden wall, she’s happy she can walk to a supermarket.
Jane grew up in North Yorkshire where she spent a lot of her childhood avoiding horizontal gales blowing off the sea, and wrote her first book by accident, while working as an architect, and renovating country houses. While she loves to write feelgood books that let readers escape, she’s always surprised to hear her stories make people laugh, admits to (occasionally) crying as she writes, and credits her characters for creating their own story lines.

Jane’s garden would be less brambly if she wasn’t on Facebook and Twitter so often. On days when she wants to be really scared, she rides a tandem.

Her latest books include a series of stand alone novels, based around a seaside wedding shop in Cornwall. Cupcakes and Confetti – The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea, Sequins and Snowflakes – Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, and Bunting and Bouquets – Summer at the Little Wedding Shop, and most recently, The Little Cornish Kitchen. These are all published by Harper Impulse, an imprint of Harper Collins.




Dreaming of Rome by T.A. Williams @TAWilliamsBooks @canelo_co @ElliePilcher95 #blogtour #bookreview #contemporaryromance #feelgoodfiction


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Dreaming of Rome written by T.A. Williams, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

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Rome is where the heart is… The heartwarming read of the summer

Jo has had enough of handsome men. After a painful break-up, she’s decided she doesn’t believe in love.
Then, while on a professional trip to the magical city of Rome, she meets Corrado, a scientist and her brother-in-law to be, who doesn’t believe in love either. To him, it’s just a biochemical reaction. So what’s the problem?
Well, he’s gorgeous for a start, as well as charming, generous, intelligent and attentive, and she feels herself immediately falling for him, despite her new outlook.
The majesty of the Eternal City brings them ever closer together. But is their relationship doomed, or will love conquer all?
Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, Dreaming of Rome is a joyous and uplifting read from T.A. Williams, perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Tilly Tennant and Jenny Oliver

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting T.A. Williams latest novel: Dreaming of Rome.  Once again author T.A. Williams whisks you away to a beautiful location describing the sights, sounds and culture with ease giving you an insight to idyllic areas leaving you with a thirst to visit.  Dreaming of Rome takes you to the historical city of Rome that is steeped with history and full of monumental structures of importance.

Dreaming of Rome is a story of two highly intelligent beautiful people brought together by the link of their siblings who are soon due to be wed.

Jo has recently suffered with matters of the heart and as she’s approaching her 30’s Jo feels like the time is right to settle down but can she trust her heart with another?

Corrado is a handsome geek with Roman god-like looks with a view on love that is so scientific you can’t help feel that his views are a little regimental and he is missing out on a little magic.  He is highly successful in his field but his unusual way at looking at love thinking logically with his Scientist hat on and analysing all the chemical reactions in the mind and body coming to the conclusion that love doesn’t come into the equation.  However, when Corrado meets his future sister-in-law Jo he’s dazzled by her beauty, her zest for her beliefs and ideas and is charmed by her interest in lepidopterology.  But when Corrado starts to experience new emotions around Jo he becomes very confused and is almost shocked at this new change of reaction.

There’s a moment in the story when life becomes a little clearer for our leading lady and gent, as if they’ve been looking at the world through misty glasses and now the view is crystal clear, it is quite a beautiful, tender moment that I felt as equally emotional as the characters.

I really enjoyed this story with a very current topic on conservation that I found very interesting and I also loved Jo’s love of butterflies, these two areas in the storyline felt like an added bonus in the whole reading experience.  It was such a gorgeous romance that I was sad for the story to come to an end.

About the Author

T.A. Williams lives in Devon with his Italian wife. He was born in England of a Scottish mother and Welsh father. After a degree in modern languages at Nottingham University, he lived and worked in Switzerland, France and Italy, before returning to run one of the best-known language schools in the UK. He’s taught Arab princes, Brazilian beauty queens and Italian billionaires. He speaks a number of languages and has travelled extensively. He has eaten snake, still-alive fish, and alligator. A Spanish dog, a Russian bug and a Korean parasite have done their best to eat him in return. His hobby is long-distance cycling, but his passion is writing.


A Runaway Bride for the Highlander (Book 3 The Lochmore Legacy) by Elisabeth Hobbes @ElisabethHobbes @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #HistoricalRomance #LochmoreLegacy


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A Runway Bride for the Highlander written by Elisabeth Hobbes, publisher Mills & Boon Historical/Harlequin Historical is available NOW in the US and available to pre-order ready for publication on 30th May in the UK.

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Lost in the Highlands
Found by the Scottish Earl!
Part of The Lochmore Legacy: a Scottish castle through the ages! Far from her home in France, Marguerite Vallon escapes her arranged marriage to a man she despises. Stowing away in a stranger’s cart, she finds herself headed deep into the Highlands with Ewan Lochmore, new Earl of Glenarris! Ewan vows to protect her. But maybe the freedom Marguerite has been searching for can be found with this rugged warrior…

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We return to the rugged and wild landscape of Scotland to Book 3 in The Lochmore Legacy series. To 1513 were the men were wilder than the land that they were borne from.

From the very first paragraph author Elisabeth Hobbes was setting a scene of a land that bore many battles and although Ewan Lochmore didn’t wear any physical scars from the recent battle at Flodden his heart had been shattered with the deaths of his father and brother. With a heart so leaden and full of grief he’s now on his way to Stirling Castle to learn of his fate now he is next in line to become Laird of the Lochmore Clan.

Ewan wasn’t like his father or brother he’d gone off to study law and was more in tune to using words to voice his opinion than a sword but now knew that he had to step up to the role of Laird.

Whilst at the castle Ewan comes across a young woman who looks very much a stranger in and amongst the other ladies of the court. A vision in her strange clothes but one he cannot forget and Ewan continues to bump into this young woman whilst at court.

Marguerite Vallon was a young Frenchwoman and this was her first visit to Scotland. The temperament of the men was quite startling to her including that of her soon-to-be husband Duncan McCrieff, a man much older than her. Marguerite had noticed the man looking at her earlier and her eyes are drawn to him now, however he appears a little different to most of the other men in the castle. Marguerite soon learns to find her fiancé is not to be trusted with her heart and she fears for her life and comes up with a dangerous plan to escape Duncan McCrieff’s clutches. An escape plan that somehow includes one of her fiancé’s rivals!

I loved this third instalment of The Lochmore Legacy by Elisabeth Hobbes and it’s my first introduction to her work and to a new period of historical romance. Elisabeth Hobbes words transported me to this rugged landscape of hearty, wild men with ease and I could feel the tension between the clansmen and also the chemistry that was fuelled with earthly desire. My heart was beating as loud as the battle cries as I was captivated by this romance between a young man thrust into the duties of Lairdship and a young woman lost in foreign lands who is afraid for her future.

I’m so looking forward to reading the final instalment in The Lochmore Legacy.  I would highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order as book one sets the scene to a centuries old mystery.  You can find my reviews for Book One here and Book Two here.

About the Author

Elisabeth grew up in York, where she spent her teenage years looking for a handsome Roman or Viking to sweep her off her feet.

She achieved her dream of becoming an author after finishing third in Harlequin’s SYTYCW contest 2013 and being offered a two-book contract. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time reading and is a pro at cooking while holding a book!

Elisabeth lives in Cheshire with her husband, two children and two cats with ridiculous names.




Tell Me Where You Are by Moira Forsyth @moira_forsyth @sandstonepress #blogtour #bookextract #TellMe #ContemporaryFiction



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Frances is doing fine; she has her life sorted. Then comes the phone call from Alec, the husband who left her for her younger sister Susan, thirteen years ago. Susan has disappeared, and Alec wants her daughter Kate to come and stay with Frances, out of harm’s way. Meanwhile, Frances’s youngest sister, Gillian, finds that two months after ending her relationship with a married man, she is pregnant. While all this is going on another crisis is looming. It’s been a family full of secrets. Frances and Gillian haven’t even managed to tell their parents Susan is missing. After all, she’s left unacknowledged thirteen years of birthday and Christmas presents for Kate, the granddaughter they never saw. She was the one who made sure she could never be forgiven, and now there’s another secret. It’s not always the things you fear most, which matter in the end.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Moira Forsyth’s latest novel with publishers Sandstone Press.  I have the pleasure of sharing an extract from Tell Me Where You Are with you:

TELL ME WHERE YOU ARE – EXTRACT 1 (opening of the novel)

On Christmas Eve, Frances dreamed about the turkey. In the dream it was not yet dead. It had turned itself over, staggered onto drumstick legs, and emerged from the butcher’s white plastic bag. When she went down the garden to the summerhouse, boots crunching on frosty ground, and opened the door, it tottered across the wooden floor towards her, its skin mottled and bluish, but not completely bald: a few tufts of feathers adhered to its body and its head was the head of a live turkey, complete with beak, beady eyes and dark purple wattles quivering on the neck. Its beak opened and closed, and Frances understood that it was talking to her, telling her something. Of course it spoke Turkish, so she couldn’t understand a word.
In the dream she made this little joke and smiled at it, all the while paralysed by dismay which ran underneath her freezing feet like an electric current. For she knew the turkey must, if still alive, have suffered horribly in its journey from farm and butcher to Frances’s summerhouse. Was still suffering. She stood shivering in the dark December dawn, torn between fearful pity and anxiety about what on earth they were to eat for Christmas dinner instead, since there was no longer any question of it being the turkey. Somehow, she had to rescue and rehabilitate it.
Then, with a heavy flap of its naked wings, it hurried past her, down the steps and out of the summerhouse. She must have cried out and her own cry woke her.
The bedroom was dark and cold. Too early for the heating to have come on, much too early for daylight. Frances lay on her back, waiting for the dream to fade.
Of course, the turkey really was in the summerhouse, which was suitably cold and out of reach of the cats. Nothing could have been more dead than that lump of flesh, weighing her down on one side as she walked back to the car, the handles of the bag cutting into her fingers through woollen gloves.
She turned in bed with a sigh, tugging the duvet round her. After a moment, she realised she was not going to get any more sleep, so she flung back the covers and stood up, the bones in her legs creaking. She bent and stretched a few perfunctory times, then put on an old pullover of Jack’s she used as a dressing gown, and went down to the kitchen.
The cats in the basket chair looked up as she came in. The grey tom stretched, paws reaching across the little tabby, so old now she took her time waking and getting up for breakfast. The grey cat jumped down and rubbed himself against the backs of Frances’s legs as she filled the kettle. A few yards from the kitchen window were the woods, and she became aware of an unusual whiteness beyond her own reflection. She switched off the light and looked again. Snow, a fine powdering, the first white Christmas for years. She remembered the dream now, rising up in her with a rush, a taste almost of fear. Soon she would have to go down the garden to fetch the bird. She switched on the light again, and filled the kitchen with reality. The cats mewed round her, asking to be fed.
Upstairs, her sons stirred but did not wake as Frances carried the radio up to the bathroom. She looked in on both of them. Andrew’s room smelled of beer and more strongly of the rank aroma of young maleness. Jack’s room also smelled of unwashed clothes brought home from Halls and left in a heap on the floor. As Frances went into the bathroom and turned on the shower, the water pipes rumbled and the central heating heaved into life. Half-conscious that his mother had been there, Andrew turned over, kicking at his duvet, so that the red climbing sock, filled by Frances late the night before (while the boys were in the pub), rolled off his bed and landed on the floor with a thud.
At sixteen and eighteen they were too old for Christmas stockings but still had them, still had a tree with decorations kept since childhood, and the traditional dinner she had always cooked. It would have been the same if they had gone on being a family of four instead of three. Then, they might even have been five or six. She had meant to have more children; she had meant to have a daughter. There you are, Frances thought, vigorously rubbing herself dry, that’s how it goes. She could switch off the past now as swiftly as she turned off the shower: a second’s delay and it was gone.

In his bedroom next to the bathroom, Jack emerged from heaped-up covers, annoyed to find himself awake so early. His feet stuck out, cold at the bottom of the bed. Everything here was too small for him now. It was bloody freezing in this house. In halls, you lived in a fug of stale heat twenty-four hours a day. His mother said it was unhealthy but you got used to it, used to wearing a tee-shirt all year round. No-one wears jumpers he had explained to Frances, going through possible Christmas presents for his grandmother to give him. He pulled up his knees, pretending to be still asleep, in the hope that soon he would be. Then, with a suddenness amazing to him, he realised it was Christmas morning.
When they were kids they were up at four, tearing open parcels. Were there any parcels here? He had his present already, having gone with his mother to buy an I-Pod in Inverness several days ago. There must be parcels though. He kicked to feel the heavy stocking at the foot of the bed, the mysterious weight of it creating an echo of childhood excitement. Something rose in the air, and thrust itself off the bed with a thud. He had dislodged the tabby which had sneaked in, believing, like Jack, it was too early to get up. There was something else; he felt the weight of it between his feet. Satisfied, he turned and settled again. In a moment, the cat jumped back and nestled behind his knees, where she had a quick wash and then, like Jack, sank back into sleep.

Tell Me Where You Are is published by Sandstone Press on 15 May 2019 at £7.99 in paperback


About the Author

Moira_Forsyth_2Moira Forsyth grew up in Aberdeen, lived in England for nearly twenty years, and is now in the Highlands. She is the author of four previous novels and many short stories and poems published in anthologies and magazines. Waiting for Lindsay and David’s Sisters, originally published by Sceptre, are now available as e-books from Sandstone Press, which also published The Treacle Well in 2015.

A Bakery at the Little Duck Café by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #romcom #feelgoodfiction #TheLittleDuckPondCafe



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A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Café written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are finally coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy – until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of book five in The Little Duck Pond Café series by Rosie Green.

This was such a delicious treat to return to The Little Duck Pond Café and it will leave you diving for the cake tin! Although each novella can be read as a standalone story I would highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order to fully appreciate each character and their story.

Rosie Green has created a lovely feel-good mini series with The Little Duck Pond Café and each novella focuses on one of the main characters story however, with A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Café we are introduced to two new characters, Kate and Madison, who are both interested in the Bakery Assistant vacancy at Ellie’s new bakery that is attached to her café.  Kate is the main focus of this story and she’s still having doubts whether she wants this job but when she sees the bakery for the first time she soon falls in love with it and starts to think that this may be the new beginning that she needs.

Kate has had a traumatic childhood that she tried so hard to keep hidden from her loved ones.  But her heart has been battered recently and she’s still grieving over her late mother.  Worried over her past she develops a new persona to protect herself but she soon starts worrying that her past will catch up with her.

I loved the introduction of some new characters and I warmed to Kate instantly, her back story was quite heart-breaking and you are willing her to overcome these emotional scars.

As we read each new instalment in the series we grow to love the Duck Pond and the locals more and more.  Delightful, fun and just lovely.

About the Author
A Bakery - Rosie Green Author PicRosie 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

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A Bakery - Confetti CoverWith Ellie and Zak’s Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Café community. But as dark clouds begin to roll in, threatening more than one close relationship, will the wedding of the year take place at all?

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She’s Like The Wind written and self-published by Carrie Elks is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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He’d be a fool to fall for his long-legged, barefoot employee. But bad decisions have never stopped him before…

Successful businessman and single father, Nate Crawford, doesn’t need any more complications. That’s why he’s moved his business – and his life – to a small beach town. He’s expecting sun, sea and tranquility, but what he gets is a whirlwind in the form of town sweetheart, Ally Sutton.

Ally’s used to dealing with heartache. But losing the café she’s owned for years is the final straw. Being offered a new job feels like a lifeline – that is until she meets her much-older, and impossibly handsome new boss.

In the space of a few weeks everything changes. And when an accident forces them closer, Nate and Ally can’t ignore the fascination between them any longer. But are they ready for the storm their relationship is about to unleash?

**She’s Like the Wind is the second book in the Angel Sands series, set in a small beach town on the California coast. If you like a heartwarming read that’s low on angst and big on feels, this stand-alone romance is for you.**

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Firstly, I’d like to wish Carrie Elks a Happy Publication Day for She’s Like The Wind and thank her for an arc copy of her novel.

Carrie Elks certainly knows how to write heart-stopping, delicious romances and with Book Two in the Angel Sands series: She’s Like The Wind, the author teases our heart with a romance that awakens the hearts desire to feelings the recipients struggle to accept that they are worthy of.

Ally Sutton has lived in Angel Sands all her life and has been running her father’s beachside café for many years but when she learns he’s sold the café from underneath her she feels very hurt and betrayed.

Nate Crawford is hoping his move to Angel Sands will be a new start for him and his teenage daughter Riley with the purchase of the café which included the proviso of keeping Ally Sutton in employment.  Riley is struggling emotionally with the new start and with the struggles of coping with the recent bereavement of her mother.  Her life has changed so much in the last few months and she’s very angry with her father for dragging her miles away to a different state.  Nate’s love life has also suffered when his responsibilities are questioned.

Renovating and rebranding the café is Nate’s new project and he’s very keen for his brand to transfer successfully to this coastal location.  Nate was eager to train his new staff himself but his first introduction to Ally Sutton, the manager of the former café, is met with distain.  Although Nate and Ally’s first impressions were guarded a truce is met and friendship soon blossoms.

When unexpected events bring Nate and Ally closer their friendship soon develops into a desire that is too hard to resist but will the pair be able to let their hearts be free to love again?

This is a story of new beginnings for many, it’s also a story of the relationships between a father and a daughter coping after tragedy.

She’s Like The Wind is another fabulous story from Carrie Elks with a romance that sizzles.

I’d like to share a quote from the novel that I particularly adored:

Looking at her was like looking into the sun.  He was almost certain he was going to get burned.

About the Author

Carrie Elks writes contemporary romance with a sizzling edge. Her first book, Fix You, has been translated into eight languages and made a surprise appearance on Big Brother in Brazil. Luckily for her, it wasn’t voted out. Carrie lives with her husband, two lovely children and a larger-than-life black pug called Plato. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found baking, drinking an occasional (!) glass of wine, or chatting on social media.



Spring at the Little Cornish Gift Shop by Rachel Griffiths @authorRG #bookreview #feelgoodfiction #holidayread #contemporaryromance #novella #TheLittleCornishGiftShop


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Jake Woodhouse has stayed on at Driftwood Cottage for longer than he planned, but he just can’t seem to find the will to move on. It’s partly to do with the fact that he loves the location, but also because he doesn’t like the idea of leaving his friend Ruby Penrose behind.
Ruby is enjoying being back in Cornwall, working at the Little Cornish Gift Shop, eating all the delicious food her nanna makes and spending time with Jake. Her creative flair has also returned and she’s been working on a few different projects.
A shock phone call from his mother forces Jake to consider his options. He still has issues from his past hanging over him and he knows he can’t really move on until he deals with them.
When Jake leaves, Ruby knows it’s for the best, but she can’t help wondering what might have happened if he’d stayed.

This is the second short story in The Little Cornish Gift Shop series.

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Oh this was such a treat to return to Cornwall and our friends at The Little Cornish Gift Shop.  I read book one in the mini series; Christmas at The Little Cornish Gift Shop, at the end of December and I have missed the characters I had discovered in the start to this delightful mini series by Rachel Griffiths.  You can find my review for book one here.

Ruby is still happily living with her nanna in the gift shop and it’s feeling very much like home for her and she’s started to write, which she’s been struggling with for a while.  Her friendship with Jake is growing and she can’t imagine life in Cornwall without him and his bulldog, Sherlock Bones.

Jake himself too is starting to feel like Cornwall is his new home but his past is about to rock his world again causing much distress for him, his dog and his friends Ruby and Hetty.

Will Jake be tempted by the bright lights of the city?  Will his ex continue to hold the strings to his life? What does this mean for his blossoming friendship with Ruby?

I’ve really enjoyed this mini series by Rachel Griffiths; it’s light hearted, fun and gorgeously romantic.  The Little Cornish Gift Shop mini series is the perfect relaxing read any time of day evoking many feel-good vibes and giving your heart and soul a chance to breathe and take in the charms of the beautiful coastline in the UK.

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.


Dear Jane by Allie Cresswell @alliescribbler @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #DearJane #HistoricalFiction #HistoricalRomance #HighburyTrilogy

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Dear Jane written and self-published by Allie Cresswell is available NOW in ebook and paperback format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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The final instalment of the Highbury trilogy, Dear Jane recounts events hinted at but never actually described in Jane Austen’s Emma; the formative childhood years of Jane Fairfax and Frank Churchill, their meeting in Weymouth and the agony of their secret engagement.
Orphaned Jane seems likely to be brought up in parochial Highbury until adoption by her papa’s old friend Colonel Campbell opens to her all the excitement and opportunities of London. Frank Weston is also transplanted from Highbury, adopted as heir to the wealthy Churchills and taken to their drear and inhospitable Yorkshire estate. Readers of Emma will be familiar with the conclusion of Jane and Frank’s story, but Dear Jane pulls back the veil which Jane Austen drew over its remainder.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the final instalment in Allie Cresswell’s Highbury Trilogy: Dear Jane.  The Highbury Trilogy was inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma and the author, Allie Cresswell, has shown references in Dear Jane to scenes from Emma.

As I’ve mentioned previously I haven’t read Jane Austen’s Emma but I’ve become a fan of historical romance and I have particularly enjoyed this trilogy by Allie Cresswell that sweeps you away to the lives and loves of three generations of ladies from one family living in the village of Highbury.  You can find my reviews for Book One, Mrs Bates of Highbury by Allie Cresswell blogtour book review and Book Two, The Other Miss Bates by Allie Cresswell blogtour book review.

I have to admit that it did take me a little longer to get my head around the characters and storyline in Dear Jane but it is well worth sticking with the story as once I was immersed in the storyline I was totally swept away with the romance and the secrecy of a love that was kept hidden due to the constrains of family and society rules.

Dear Jane is the story of Jane, Mrs Bates’ granddaughter who sadly had been left orphaned at a young age.  Jane has been granted guardianship by dear friends of her late father, a Colonel Campbell and his wife.  The couple have a daughter, Rowena, who is of similar age to Jane.  Jane was to become a friend and confidante to Rowena.  The girls temperaments complimented each other Rowena was shy, a little clumsy and lacking in confidence whereas Jane had been blessed with beauty and musical ability and was able to guide Rowena when she felt her confidence needed boosting.  As time went on the girls grew into delightful young ladies and their friendship was soon put to the test with emotions on matters of the heart.

Dear Jane was a fitting finale to a charming historical romance trilogy.  The lives and loves of three generations of women from one family evoked many emotions within me, my heart ached, my heart soared and I smiled during happier times with Mrs Bates, her daughter’s Jane and Hetty and granddaughter Jane.

About the Author
Mrs Bates Author PictAllie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.
She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.
She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.
She has two grown-up children, two granddaughters, two grandsons and two cockapoos but just one husband – Tim. They live in Cumbria, NW England.
Dear Jane is her ninth novel.

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The Duke and the Imposter (The French Orphan Book 5) by Michael Stolle @MichaelStolle16 @Bookollective #blogtour #authorinterview #HistFic


The Duke and the ImposterThe Duke and the Imposter written and self-published by Michael Stolle is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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It’s a beautiful day in the seventeenth century. Pierre, Marquis de Beauvoir, Duke of Hertford and his small family arrive for a picnic on the banks of the River Loire in the grounds of his castle of Montrésor. It is a garden Eden – beautiful and peaceful. But fate strikes and, taken by surprise, the lunch party is ambushed.
Pierre is found later by his faithful valet, barely clinging to life, but his wife and only son have vanished without a trace. Beyond consolation, Pierre is convinced that his family has been annihilated. Luckily his friends François and Armand rush to the castle from Paris to his aid – and to investigate.
The quest leads to the coast of France and then on to the shores of England, a country torn apart by old loyalties to the Stuart king and the rise of the new Puritan gentry.
As the friends come closer and closer to the viper’s nest they must find out the truth, and track down the mastermind behind the ambush, who is prepared to stop at nothing until he has taken Pierre’s place and styled himself the next Duke of Hertford. A man not known to take prisoners. Soon Pierre and his friends are not only fighting against an enemy who’s ruthless and vile, they’re racing against time, the biggest enemy of all.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Michael Stolle’s latest novel: The Duke and the Imposter.  The Duke and the Imposter is book five in The French Orphan series.

I’d like to welcome the author, Michael Stolle, to my blog and I have a few questions regarding his work I’d like to share:

1. What intrigues you about writing fiction set in the 17th century?

I wish I could give an elaborate and concise explanation. In fact I devoured hundreds of history books – fiction and non-fiction – but varying from the Assyrian empire to the recent European history. I had no true preference.

I always loved the 17th century, the progress of science and philosophy freed people from old patterns, the Vatican lost its iron grip on politics and people’s minds in many countries, creating new political powers and alliances. Every author loves a dose of suspense and chaos

One day, I was frustrated as I was reading a historical novel – and all appeared fake and wrong to me. The leading character didn’t fit – the plot was supposed to be playing in medieval times – but nothing matched, it was a piece of cheap romance just written hastily for effect.

I thought, I can do this better – and suddenly the characters of Pierre and Armand materialized and as the Cardinal Richelieu had always fascinated me, I chose his period. It was as if these characters had always been there, just waiting for me to start writing. Weird…

2. The Duke and the Imposter is book five in The French Orphan series; as a new reader coming into the series at this point can you give a brief summary of the story to far?

That question is a challenge as a lot happened…

The leading character Pierre de Beauvoir is an orphan, raised in a French monastery school. Here he discovers with the help of his friend Armand that in fact he’s the heir to two big fortunes: his father was a French Marquis, his mother inherited the title of the Duchy of Hertford. But the Prime Minister of France (the infamous Cardinal Richelieu) and his French cousin Henri try to get hold of him as they want the fortune that comes with both titles. Pierre’s life is constantly in danger and this hunt goes on for almost two years and spans from France to England and culminates in Venice where the final encounter with his foe Henri takes place. As the boy becomes a young adult Pierre falls in love and marries – whilst his friend Armand is constantly falling in love, he just can’t help it.

In the end it’s friendship that prevails and will save Pierre.

I’ve been criticized because the story has a happy ending, but that’s what I wanted it to be. There’s enough heart-wrenching drama in the bookstores, no need for me to add another one.

I totally agree with you about happy endings and we need more of these 🙂

3. Are there any other historical eras that intrigue you?

I’m reading the series Vespasian from Robert Fabbri at the moment and the Imperial Rome is a truly fascinating era. But I wouldn’t dare start writing a novel at this stage as the required level of detail of Roman daily life would be quite a challenge.

I also like Georgette Heyer’s Regency novels, I think she’s been underrated as an author, I adore her dry sense of humour. The Grand Sophy is my favourite. I love the depiction of Regency life, I guess many Jane Austen fans will agree.

4. I am fascinated how fiction can bring history to life. Do you undertake lots of research prior to starting a book?

I have the advantage that I have read lots of books and that I travelled extensively, so I could describe most locations as I had seen and visited them. But I drilled down and checked historical facts, visited museums and studied old maps to be as accurate as possible. The Metropolitan Museum in New York is a treasure, I learnt a lot there. Wikipedia is a blessing as well, it saves hours and days of browsing archives. I had to learn that men wore breeches and not pants. Many authors walk into the trap and mention windows in coaches but those have been invented later, in the 17th century they only had blinds. Being precise on these kinds of details is important for me.

5. What’s next, do you have a work in progress?

I may write a story focusing on Pierre’s best friend Armand, but I haven’t made up my mind yet.

Thanks for the opportunity of being part of your blog tour!

Thank you Michael Stolle for the insightful answers and for joining me on the tour.

About the Author

Born and educated in Europe, Michael has always been intrigued by the historical setting and the fact that what makes us human was as true in the 17th century as it is now.
He has been reading and writing about history for longer than he cares to recall…