Finding Blossoms in the Darkness by Simin Sarikhani blogtour ‘Best Bits’ @FindingBlossoms @Bookollective #mentalhealth #blogtourbestbits #giveaway

 

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Finding Blossoms in the Darkness written by Simin Sarikhani, publisher Cultureshock Media Ltd, is available NOW in paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2nuY08e

Book Blurb

A deeply moving memoir of a mother’s journey through deepest loss to hope. Beautifully designed and produced, featuring the gorgeous illustrations of Lesley Buckingham. Publication supported by imaginative marketing and publicity campaigns from Cultureshock and Bookseller Rising Stars Bookollective. A refugee from revolutionary Iran, Simin Sarikhani had fled her home, leaving all that she had to make a new life on the other side of the world. Although no stranger to life’s challenges, she would face none so great as the death of her only child, Zhubin, at the age of 21. This heartfelt account describes one mother’s journey through the unbearable pain of a child’s death to find what had seemed forever lost: hope, meaning, love and even joy. Guided by the letters her son wrote to her to be read after his death, and his other insightful writings, Simin was able to find light in the darkness. In this book, she shares not only her own story but also Zhubin’s simple words, with the wish that they may also bring some comfort to other bereaved parents.

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Thank you for joining the blog tour for Finding Blossoms in the Darkness. Today we are sharing the best bits of the tour so far, alongside a giveaway to win a Paperback copy! (UK Only).  To enter the giveaway please comment below with the name of a plant or flower that makes you smile and I will choose a winner on 2nd October 2019.

Tour Reviews:

‘One of the most beautiful {mental health books} I have read in a while. I could never do it justice. You really need to read Finding Blossoms in the Darkness yourself to see just how beautiful and well-articulated the book is.’

‘You won’t leave Finding Blossoms in the Darkness empty-handed. From this amazing book, you will leave with the strength to get through whatever hardship you are currently experiencing. Please do pick up a copy. I promise you won’t regret it.’

‘this book is pretty….pretty emotive and pretty poignant. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain that Simin felt when she lost her son, Zhubin, It takes a lot of courage, and a lot of strength to be able to put those emotions into words for other people, especially strangers, to read.’

‘Life isn’t fair at all, but the fact that Simin chose to share her grief alongside feelings of hope, love, and poignancy was incredibly moving. A breath of fresh air if you will. ‘

‘‘Finding Blossoms in the Darkness’ may be a memoir about Simin’s own personal loss, however it is also a book which will no doubt give other bereaved parents, or members of the family, the strength to breathe.’

About the Author

Simin Sarikhani was born in Iran, and now divides her time between London and Montreal. Finding Blossoms in the Darkness is her first book.

https://www.findingblossomsinthedarkness.com/

http://www.twitter.com/FindingBlossoms

Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #bookreview #LittleDuckPondCafe

 

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Bonfires & Hot Chocolate 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.

To buy links:

US – www.amazon.com/Bonfires-Chocolate-Little-Duck-Pond-ebook/dp/B07XF1FDQC

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bonfires-Chocolate-Little-Duck-Pond-ebook/dp/B07XF1FDQC

Book Blurb

If you love all the colours of autumn, you’re sure to warm to this uplifting story of love, loss and starting over.

Primrose Wilkins arrived in Sunnybrook with a burning desire to find the family she’s never known. But after a heart-breaking false start, she’s beginning to have second thoughts. Can she find the courage to battle on in her quest? And with her romantic life at an all-time low, will meeting the intriguing and attractive Callum Davy be just what she needs to renew her faith in love?

Meanwhile, Fen is also finding it hard to be brave. She’s made it through to the final of TV show ‘Battle of the Bakes’ (thanks to Ellie entering on her behalf), but she’s always shied away from being in the spotlight. How will Fen cope now that she’s a famous ‘celebrity’, recognised in the street everywhere she goes?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rosie Green’s latest novel: Bonfires and Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Café. I can’t get enough of this cosy romcom series by Rosie Green.  Bonfires and Hot Chocolate is our seventh visit to the village of Sunnybrook and our favourite eatery the Little Duck Pond Café.  Each novella in the series can be read as a standalone story as it focuses on a different character but the stories do follow on enabling you to witness the journeys of the characters we’ve begun to class as friends.  Please visit the author’s amazon page (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rosie-Green/e/B07CZYV7DW?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1569419298&sr=8-1) to find all the other books in the series.

Bonfires and Hot Chocolate is Primrose’s story.  Primrose is one of the newer residents to Sunnybrook which we read about her arrival in book 6 (Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Café) and we also learned of her wish to find her biological grandmother as Primrose’s late mother was adopted as a baby and she never got to find out who her real family was.

Primrose is a lovely, endearing character who hides her vulnerability behind a mask of bright hair and clothes.  With her emotions up in the air around the plight to find her grandmother a newcomer to the village also causes another emotional jolt and Primrose is very confused with which way to turn.  We follow Primrose on her journey to discovering her heritage and the path to true love.

Bonfires and Hot Chocolate is another charming return to our favourite café and the friends we’ve made along our reading journey.  Rosie Green has described an idyllic village setting embracing the changing of the seasons and you can feel the warmth of the autumnal vibes from the pages.  Endearing, romantic and full of cosy goodness.

Author Bio

A Bakery - Rosie Green Author PicRosie 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 around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.

Watch out for ‘A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, which will be published Christmas 2019.

Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – www.twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

 

The Men by Fanny Calder @fannycalder @TheRealPressPub #bookpromo #bookextract #contemporaryfiction

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The Men written by Fanny Calder, publisher The Real Press, was released in ebook and paperback format in April 2016.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2nFzPnK

Book Blurb

A young, haunted woman falls in love with a singer. She finds she has been consumed by the relationship and when it ends – as it inevitably does – she feels unable to quite rediscover herself. Cities can draw you into even darker places, and she embarks on a series of intense relationships with thirteen men of very different types, from a rough sleeper to a millionaire, and from a transvestite to a leading politician. As she is propelled through a series of extraordinary adventures and wild parties she finds she begins to lose her own identity. Is there a way out?

I am delighted to share with you an extract from Fanny Calder’s debut novel:

EXTRACT – from the chapter called:
The Singer
I am eighteen. School is a glamorous maelstrom of hormones within which the songs he writes circulate like religious artefacts. Battered cassettes with the band’s name handwritten on them. Track listings on the cardboard inserts also handwritten and grubby. Our own private rock and roll gods. He leaves the school the year before I arrive so I hear him sing before I meet him. On the cassettes he sounds worn-down and sad. This is romantic. I don’t remember meeting him, but I remember going to a pub at the other end of town from school to see his band play. The sun went down on a summer evening and I found myself with a group of men drinking beer in the pub garden as we waited for the music to start. The men were large, sweaty, funny, their laughter generous. They were at ease with themselves in a way that the boys at school were not. I was thrilled by them. I cannot remember meeting him, or that first performance.
But days or weeks later I remember the night of our leavers’ dance. I wore a white strapless dress. It was warm and I walked bare shouldered with my friend Annabel towards the dance and then past it, glancing in at our friends through the open dining hall door then leaving them behind us. The green hills glowed softly as we walked to the pub to see him.
For years afterwards I dream anxiously about that missed dance. I don’t remember our first kiss but I know that I spent that night with him in his bed, the first entire night I ever spent with a man. I was moved by the gentle way in which he held me in his sleep but I was on edge the whole night. I could not sleep and I was terrified of waking him so I could not move. I could not sleep and I could not move and I had drunk too much so my head ached. I can remember the sound of the milk float arriving at dawn and the bleakness that came with feeling more exhausted than I ever had before. Hours later he finally woke up and reached across to kiss me and I let him but I was too terrified to speak and left soon after, stiff with self-consciousness, still in the white dress.
We spent a few more nights together after that. I only remember one of them, at a rainy music festival. Four people died in the mud in front of the stage that day. Men were throwing full cans of beer across the crowd, opened so that they sprayed beer into the rain as they flew. Sometime that afternoon one of the flying cans hit me on my left temple and nearly knocked me out. By the time we went to bed, the rain was almost heavy enough to put out the fire that he had made. We kissed and did as much as it was possible to do to each other in a damp narrow single sleeping bag. It was impossible to tell what he thought of me, whether he even liked me, but again he held me kindly and kept me warm and this time I managed to sleep fitfully, wound around him in the small bag. A few months later, I briefly kissed his brother in a sad basement in South London. I don’t remember any more than this about meeting him, but I do remember the songs that he wrote and sang. They were hauntingly brilliant.

About the Author

the Men Fanny Calder picFanny Calder is a writer and environmental campaigner who lives in London with her daughter, her poodle and her whippet.

She no longer goes to quite so many parties!

Escape to Giddywell Grange by Kim Nash @KimTheBookworm @HeraBooks @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview

 

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Escape to Giddywell Grange written by Kim Nash, publisher Hera, is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy links:

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Book Blurb

Maddy Young thought she had it all.
Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.
Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.
Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.
Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.
Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.
But when her old life – and her old boyfriend – comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?
An uplifting romantic comedy that will warm your heart – perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Milly Johnson and Katie Fforde.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Kim Nash’s latest novel: Escape to Giddywell Grange.

Escape to Giddywell Grange is a gorgeously comforting, uplifting novel that you will devour and not want the story to end.

When the path you’d planned and envisioned taking is suddenly pulled away from you life as you know it feels lost.  Maddy Young was obsessed with work, her motto was work hard then play hard.  She spent most of her life working in her power suits and zooming around the country in her executive company car.  Her heart had been broken a few years ago but she felt positive for the future until she was handed her redundancy papers with immediate effect.  For someone who spent most of her time working Maddy hadn’t a clue were to start on how to fill her time and a sadness crept in.

Maddy’s best friend, Beth, felt like this redundancy was the perfect opportunity for Maddy to reassess her life and Beth had a cunning plan and had set tasks for Maddy to complete.   Tasks to step her out of her comfort zone, tasks to reignite lost loves and tasks to make Maddy think twice about the lifestyle she’d worked so hard to achieve.  Unbeknown to Maddy these tasks were tailored perfectly to help her overcome this stumbling block in her life.  We follow Maddy learning to pick herself up and move on from a blip in her life.

Kim Nash has written such a gorgeous story that is sadly very relatable in today’s economic climate.  You can feel an empathy with Maddy but you also want to cheer her on with starting afresh.  I absolutely adored the setting of the story a farm with a doggy day care centre; animals do tend to bring out a softness to characters and bring warmth and charm to a storyline.  Relatable, romantic and perfect cosy read.

About the Author
Kim Nash author photoKim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger at http://www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.

When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.

Amazing Grace was her debut novel with Hera Books and came out in April 2019.

Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim’s second novel and will be published on September 18th 2019.

Connect with Kim on Social Media here:
Twitter: (@KimTheBookworm) https://twitter.com/KimTheBookworm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimTheBookWorm/
Instagram: @Kim_the_bookworm

Christmas Child by Carol Rivers @carol_rivers @rararesources #Victoriansaga #HistoricalRomance #bookreview #blogtour #saga #ChristmasChild

 

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Christmas Child written and self-published by Carol Rivers is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07VFQ56MQ/

US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VFQ56MQ/

Book Blurb
The 2019 Victorian romance from the Sunday Times bestselling author.
A perfect Dickensian saga for Christmas.
Christmas Day, London 1880. Snow falls … a dying Irish girl clutching her new-born baby drags herself to the sanctuary of an East End orphanage and throws herself on the mercy of the Sisters of Clemency. The nuns raise little Ettie O’Reilly as their own, but the lives of the nuns and orphans are soon crushed by an unscrupulous bishop. The heart-breaking outcome turns Ettie’s life upside down and Christmas will never mean the same again.
Will Ettie ever find her friend Michael Wilson whose secret holds the key to their past? Will Ettie keep her innocence and survive the traumatic events that are about to erupt?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Carol Rivers latest novel: Christmas Child.  Christmas Child is the first book in a new Victorian Saga Romance series.

This is my first introduction to the work of Carol Rivers and oh my goodness from the get go I felt emotionally involved with this story.

Carol Rivers has written a Victorian saga that will pull at your heart strings again and again.  The author didn’t shy away from the real, raw intensity of life in Victorian ages and especially the city slums area of London.  I could feel the struggle of everyday life but I could also sense a flicker of determination to keep the hope and faith for better things to come.

This is Ettie’s story who has been cared for by a catholic orphanage since the day she was born, Christmas Day 1880.  For young Ettie living with the Sisters and as one of the oldest orphans she adored caring for the younger ones.  However, sad times were to face the orphanage and Ettie was forced to leave and start a life in the outside world away from the security of the convent and the guidance of the Sisters.  Ettie’s life was about to start anew bringing all sorts of new, exciting, testing and dangerous challenges her way.  But Ettie was to never forget her faith and upbringing and this would serve her well for what lay ahead.

Ettie was one of thousands struggling to survive in the cities across England.  The sights, sounds and abuse they endured daily must have been soul destroying.  Spirits were sorely tested and these young people had to find an inner strength to survive.

Christmas Child is a heart wrenching story of life in it’s raw state but it’s also a story of strength and love in adversity.  I adored the authenticity of the era and so pleased we have more to come in this Victorian saga series.  I’ve definitely found myself a new favourite saga writer.  Historical fiction is a perfect medium for bringing history to life.

About the Author

Christmas Child Author“Were there’s muck there’s money!” If my family had a royal crest I’m sure those are the words that would have been hewn into the stone above it.
Mum and Dad were both East Enders who were born on the famous or should I say the then infamous Isle of Dogs. They were costermongers selling fruit, veg and anything else that would stand still long enough!

Their family were immigrants who travelled to the UK from Ireland and France, while others emigrated to America.

As a child I would listen to the adults spinning their colourful stories, as my cousins and I drank pop under the table.

I know the seeds of all my stories come from those far off times that feel like only yesterday. So I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my family and ancestors wherever you are now … UK, Ireland, France or America, as you’ve handed down to me the magic and love of story telling.

Carol xx

Social Media Links –
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Giveaway to Win Five dedicated signed paperback novels by Carol Rivers (Open to UK Only)
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“Lizzie Flowers and the Family Firm”
“Molly’s Christmas Orphans”
“A Wartime Christmas”
“A Sister’s Shame”
“Eve of the Isle”

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An Echo of Scandal by Laura Madeleine @LauraMadeleine @TransworldBooks @annecater @hannahlbright29 #blogtour #bookreview #historicaltimeslip

 

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An Echo of Scandal written by Laura Madeleine, publisher Black Swan, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The paperback is available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, hive and amazon.  The ebook is available for kindle and kobo.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2kEtSGK

Book Blurb

Accused of murder, Alejandra flees her home, escaping to the southern edge of Spain, where she faces a life of poverty and destitution.

Seduced by the power of the rich and the anonymity that waits across the water in Tangier, Ale makes a bid for a new start. But it will come at a cost: a life of deception. Because Ale’s new friends want to know what she is running from, they want to know who she is and whether they can trust her.

Fifty years later, a young American writer wanders the streets of Tangier, searching for inspiration. When he stumbles across a trace of Ale’s life, he finds himself tangled in a story of scandal, love and danger that has not yet reached its end.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Laura Madeleine’s latest novel: An Echo of Scandal.

Author Laura Madeleine knows how to spin a tale or two and with this heady, atmospheric story set in Spain and Tangier you are woven into a web of stories spanning five decades.  A web that at times is murky, dark and dangerous and then to a web of delicious desires to satisfy your taste buds and your heart.

The story starts back in 1928 to an inn full of the darkest colours of Spain, to a young girl caught up in a crime she has no place to be in but Alejandra understands to survive she has to run.

Fifty years later Sam Hackett is roaming the streets of Tangier trying to find the reason to stay in the city as he’s struggling to survive on what little funds he has left.  Sam is also struggling to fulfil his dream of becoming a writer but when Sam feels all is lost he stumbles upon an object that reeks of history and mystery and with his inquisitive mind Sam is compelled to delve deeper into the history of the lives of someone who left something vitally important behind fifty years ago.

An Echo of Scandal is a wondrous historical time slip novel that is full of mystery and intrigue, unearthing darkness within the streets of a city that fills your senses with it’s heady aromas, seductive tastes and beautiful colours.  It’s a story that will leave you thinking about the characters long after you’ve turned the last page.  I’ve found myself wondering about Alejandra especially mulling over what happened with her life.  Laura Madeleine has created a story that will capture your heart and mind and you won’t want to leave the characters behind.

About the Author

laura-madeleine-hs-colourAfter a childhood spent acting professionally and training at a theatre school, Laura Madeleine changed her mind, and went to study English Literature at Newnham College, Cambridge.
She now writes fiction, as well as recipes, and was formerly the resident cake baker for Domestic Sluttery. She lives in Bristol, but can often be found visiting her family in Devon, eating cheese and getting up to mischief with her sister, fantasy author Lucy Hounsom.

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

Website: https://lauramadeleine.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauramadeleineauthor/

Bedazzled Dreamer by Deborah King @dkingnovels @rararesources #bookreview #blogtour

 

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Bedazzled Dreamer (Inspiration in Cologne Book Two) written and self-published by Deborah King is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy links:

UK: https://amzn.to/2lYzr2K

US: https://amzn.to/2koNOgA

Book Blurb

She’s about to launch her dream business. The last thing she needs is a distracting housemate and his son…
Shelby is excited to open a shop with her best friend. But with Janna just-married and moved out, she worries their hopes of starting a boutique will never come true. And things get more complicated when her old distrust of men is put to the test by her handsome new roommate and his little boy…
With Oktoberfest decorations forgotten and replaced by Christmas cheer, she slowly allows Shane and the child a space in her heart. But she doesn’t trust her second chance at romance or the success of her boutique when surprising news threatens her newly minted courage.
Can Shelby find the strength to let her ambitions flourish, along with her new passion?
Bedazzled Dreamer is the second touching book in the Inspiration In Cologne women’s fiction series. If you like heartwarming stories, cozy small towns, and festive holiday experiences, then you’ll love Deborah King’s romantic women’s fiction tale.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Deborah King’s latest novel: Bedazzled Dreamer.  Bedazzled Dreamer is book two in the Inspiration in Cologne series; each book can be easily read as a standalone story but I would highly recommend reading all the books in the series as the stories do follow on from each other.  The books in the series are:

  • Daring Dreamer
  • Bedazzled Dreamer

This is my first introduction to the work of Deborah King and I read Bedazzled Dreamer with open eyes and treated it as a standalone story.  I instantly felt welcomed to the characters that were written with warmth and I adored the setting of the story; a small town in the state of Minnesota.  There was a real sense of community spirit and I loved the sound of the small independent businesses within the town square.

Best friends Janna and Shelby have been working and living together in Cologne a few years now but the girls have been secretly harbouring a dream of owning their own boutique.  When their dream is showing signs of becoming a reality the girls cannot contain their excitement about their secret any longer.  Now Janna is married Shelby is feeling a little alone but a newcomer to the area soon changes Shelby’s whole outlook on life.  Can old hurts stop Shelby from fulfilling her dreams and put a block on any future happiness?

Bedazzled Dreamer was such a charming story I felt involved with the characters and storyline and couldn’t help smiling at the scenes and toe-tapping to the musical vibes coming from the pages.  Charming and romantic but with a serious tone to parts of the storyline bringing hope and inspiration.

About the Author
Bedazzled Deborah King Author PhotoDeborah King is a spirited woman who was inspired to pursue her dreams due to her mother’s death from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She has the unique ability to read people and tackle life’s hardships.
Deborah is a distinctive new voice in women’s fiction. After raising two children, working with a not-for-profit wildlife rescue organization, and reading too many books to count, she retired from her personal training and weight management business to follow her dream of writing.
Deborah is extremely grateful for having the opportunity to work with many different people sharing and teaching what inspires her, which you will catch glimpses of in her books.
She lives in Missouri with her supportive husband, two cats, who believe they’re dogs, her mini fitness store, and her eclectic collection of books.
For all the latest information, excerpts from her upcoming books, general fun, or to chat, join her at Facebook – Deborah King The Inside Scoop: Launch Team .
She loves to hear from her fans. To follow her social media links, reviews of women’s fiction books, blog, and to sign up for monthly updates, visit her at deborahkingbooks.com.

Social Media Links –
Facebook – DeborahKingAuthor
Facebook – Deborah King The Inside Scoop: Launch Team
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/dkingnovels
Pinterest – debbiekingstl
GoodReads – deborahking2018 (Profile Link)

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The Worst Couple in the World by Holly Tierney-Bedord @HollyTierney @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #romcom #novella

 

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The Worst Couple in the World written and self-published by Holly Tierney-Bedord is available NOW in ebook format.

Purchase Links
US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X3R74PS
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07X3R74PS

Book Blurb

No longer content to just be Snappigram sensations, folk hop singers Zeke and Angelique are ready to move up from coffee house performances to the big stage. With songs like “Uh Huh, Future Baby Mama” and “Don’t Worry About the Bills, Little Missus” there’s pretty much no way they can fail.

But if their musical career takes off, will it leave their love behind?

This satirical novella about an over-the-top fame hungry duo is for fans of David Sedaris and Don DeLillo.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push for the release of Holly Tierney-Bedord’s latest novel: The Worst Couple in the World.

The Worst Couple in the World is a novella that revolves around the bonkers side of the ‘social media’ crazy people.  Angelique and Zeke are a couple of crazy kids who hashtag and share moments of their lives on social media.  As two single people they are a little obsessed with this culture but when they become a couple and then a band/brand it’s like a glitter storm of craziness has sprung!

We’ve all seen the posts from social media obsessed individuals and can imagine the real-life craziness of these people.  I loved the author’s satirical view of the social media hungry people.  Holly Tierney-Bedord has injected some very funny scenes with our ‘fame hungry’ lovers that will make you laugh out loud but also there’s a fair few cringe-worthy moments.  I have to admit I did find Angelique and Zeke a little annoying and repetitive but there was a certain endearment about them.

Overall this is a funny novella that will entertain you, it’ll make you smile and chuckle and also make you think twice about that hashtag!  A light-hearted, slightly bonkers read.

About the Author

holly6Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of over twenty books ranging from serious women’s fiction to romantic comedies, domestic thrillers, humor, and cozy mysteries. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Social Media Links –

www.hollytierneybedord.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/hollyt

https://www.pinterest.com/hollytb/

www.twitter.com/HollyTierney

https://www.amazon.com/Holly-Tierney-Bedord/e/B00M3C9W3E

https://hollyrecommends.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/HollyRecommends/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6433388.Holly_Tierney_Bedord

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/holly-tierney-bedord

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A Paris Fairy Tale by Marie Laval @marielaval1 @ChocLituk @rararesources #romcom #bookreview #moderndayfairytale

 

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A Paris Fairy Tale written by Marie Laval, publisher Choc Lit, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

Purchase Links:
UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paris-Fairy-Tale-Marie-Laval-ebook/dp/B07SV2VTJL/
US – http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Fairy-Tale-Marie-Laval-ebook/dp/B07SV2VTJL/

Book Blurb

Is Paris the city of happily ever afters?

Workaholic art historian Aurora Black doesn’t have time for fairy tales or Prince Charmings, even in the most romantic city in the world. She has recently been hired by a Parisian auction house for a job that could make or break her career. Unfortunately, daredevil journalist Cédric Castel seems intent on disrupting Aurora’s routine.

As Aurora and Cédric embark on a journey across France, they get more than they bargained for as they find themselves battling rogue antiques dealers and personal demons, not to mention a growing attraction to each other.

But with the help of a fairy godmother or two, could they both find their happily ever afters?

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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 Marie Laval’s latest novel: A Paris Fairy Tale.  This is my first introduction to the work of Marie Laval and I was swept away with this modern day fairy tale that was filled with a dashing hero, who was known for helping those in need and a shy heroine who was striving to be recognised in the field of art historians but she also desperately wanted the love of others and to be accepted for who she was.

When Aurora Black, Art Historian, was granted the job of researching a manuscript believed to be 100’s of years old she couldn’t believe her luck.  The manuscript was safely stored at an auction house in Paris awaiting authentication prior to it being auctioned.  Aurora was known as Black Ice for her coldness in the art world but underneath her smart exterior there was a vulnerable young woman who had experienced heartbreak and tragedy at such a young age.  Aurora kept this hard persona to protect herself.  However, when she is consumed with her work and is dazzled by the ancient manuscript and it’s artwork a softer side to Aurora is revealed and her face glows with the love of her work, art and it’s history.

Whilst Aurora is authenticating the manuscript local journalist Cédric Castel is assigned to shadow Aurora and write up an article with her findings.  However Cédric has ulterior motives for this article and he believes there is a dark underworld of crime revolved around the art world.  A friendship of sorts soon blossoms between Aurora and Cédric but when danger looms their lives and others are put at risk.  Is there a link to the manuscript and to the recent bouts of accidents?

A Paris Fairy Tale is an intriguing romance filled with an ancient mystery that dances with danger but sweeps you under it’s fairy tale spell.

About the author
A Paris Author PhotoOriginally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher and in her spare time she loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance. Her historical romance The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global Ebook Awards 2015 (category Historical Romance), and best-selling Little Pink Taxi was her debut romantic comedy novel with Choc Lit. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!

Social Media Links –
https://www.facebook.com/marielavalauthor/
http://www.twitter.com/marielaval1
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/laval0232/

 

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The Love Child by Rachel Hore @Rachelhore @simonschusterUK #TeamBATC @annecater #blogtour #bookreview

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The Love Child written by Rachel Hore, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook and hardcover format.

The hardcover is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, amazon, Foyles and an exclusive spredges edition from WHSmith.

To buy links:

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Waterstones: https://bit.ly/2m0bBUn

Book Blurb

A young mother’s sacrifice. A child’s desperate search for the truth . . .
London, 1917

When nineteen-year-old Alice Copeman becomes pregnant, she is forced by her father and stepmother to give up the baby. She simply cannot be allowed to bring shame upon her family. But all Alice can think about is the small, kitten-like child she gave away, and she mourns the father, a young soldier, so beloved, who will never have the chance to know his daughter.

Edith and Philip Burns, a childless couple, yearn for a child of their own. When they secretly adopt a baby girl, Irene, their life together must surely be complete. Irene grows up knowing that she is different from other children, but no one will tell her the full truth.

Putting hopes of marriage and children behind her, Alice embarks upon a pioneering medical career, striving to make her way in a male-dominated world. Meanwhile, Irene struggles to define her own life, eventually leaving her Suffolk home to find work in London.

As two extraordinary stories intertwine across two decades, will secrets long-buried at last come to light?

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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 Rachel Hore’s latest novel: The Love Child.

This is my first introduction to the work of Rachel Hore and I totally fell in love with her story telling.

The Love Child is an exceptional family saga with substance.  The author cleverly entangles you into her web of words and you become emotionally involved with the characters and storyline.

This is a story starting in 1917 when young women were encouraged to help out with the war effort and were also seen to take on jobs that were previously only undertaken by men.  The war brought a time of new beginnings for women and many were keen to increase their skills set.  One young woman doing her bit was Alice Copeman who as a VAD was nursing on the front.  Her time overseas was to become particularly memorable when Alice fell in love then suffered heart-breaking devastation with the death of her man but then her life was to take another twist and she found out she was pregnant out of wedlock.  Being with child out of wedlock was frowned upon in the early 20th century, Alice came from a well to do family and was forced to give up her child.

Suffering with another loss so soon after the death of her boyfriend brings spiralling levels of emotion to young Alice and the author takes us on a journey with Alice finding the strength to go on.

We also follow the story of a young girl who has never felt welcomed in her family and she feels a little lost in the world.  When Irene starts to pick up snippets of her heritage she feels compelled to learn more.

This is a wonderful story of discovery for two women in a time of advancing changes for women in the country.  With women’s rights slowly being considered and the introduction of the first birth control clinic in Britain women’s health and well-being were to make radical changes to the family unit and to the economy.

A highly emotive story spanning decades that will captivate you.

About the Author

Rachel Hore Author PicRachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing and creative writing at UEA. She is married to writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons.

Visit Rachel at http://www.rachelhore.co.uk, or follow her on Twitter @Rachelhore