**COVER REVEAL** – People Like Us by Louise Fein @FeinLouise @HoZ_Books #bookcoverreveal #histfic #PeopleLikeUs #debutnovel

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I am so pleased to be involved in the ‘Cover Reveal’ for a highly anticipated debut historical novel by Louise Fein.  There’s a huge buzz in the publishing offices of Head of Zeus as People Like Us is one of their lead titles for next year.  Here is a little more details about this novel:

Title:  People Like Us

Author:  Louise Fein

Publisher:  Head of Zeus

Release Date:  7th May 2020 in eBook and Hardcover; 3rd September 2020 in paperback

To pre-order links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2rl61Pk
Waterstones: https://bit.ly/2KRRMYV
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2DcJEOA
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2OM1iy7

Book Blurb

Leipzig, 1930’s Germany.

Hetty Heinrich is a young girl growing up under Nazi rule. With an SS officer father, a brother in the Luftwaffe and a member of the BDM, Hetty is the epitome of a perfect German child.

But Walter changes everything. Blond haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew.

As she falls more and more in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, Hetty begins to question everything. Will the steady march of dark forces destroy their world, or can love ultimately triumph?

Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Book Thief and Kate Furnivall.

About the Author

Louise Fein holds an MA in Creative Writing from St Mary’s University. Prior to studying for her master’s, she ran a commodity consultancy business following a career in banking and law. She lives in Surrey with her family. People Like Us is inspired by her family history, and by the alarming parallels she sees between the early 30s and today.

Follow Louise:

Facebook: @LouiseFeinAuthor

Twitter: @FeinLouise

Follow Head of Zeus

Website: www.headofzeus.com

Twitter: @HoZ_Books

Facebook: @headofzeus

Instagram: @headofzeus

And here is the cover …

People Like Us


Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop by Hannah Pearl @HannahPearl_1 @RubyFiction @ChocLituk @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

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Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop written by Hannah Pearl, publisher Ruby Fiction (an imprint of Choc Lit UK) is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

Buying Links:
Kindle UK: https://amzn.to/2kdCgNf
Kindle US: https://amzn.to/2lNhpR0
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2kdtGOu
Nook: https://bit.ly/2jUJghL

Book Blurb

Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Step into Romantic Daze …

Daisy Kirk is a sucker for a love story, which is why she opened up her gift shop – because there’s nothing that makes Daisy happier than when she’s helped a customer achieve their own ‘happily ever after’ by finding the perfect Christmas gift for their loved one. And she absolutely does not just sell ‘soppy presents and frilly pants’ as her brother’s infuriating best friend, Eli, is so fond of suggesting.

The sad fact is that whilst Daisy is helping others with their love lives, hers is non-existent. But when unusual circumstances take Daisy and Eli on a road trip from London to rural Wales, will she finally get the happily ever after to her own Christmas love story?

Buying Links:

Kindle UK: https://amzn.to/2kdCgNf
Kindle US: https://amzn.to/2lNhpR0
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2kdtGOu
Nook: https://bit.ly/2jUJghL

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Hannah Pearl’s latest novel: Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop.  This is my first introduction to the work of Hannah Pearl and her words captivated me in this most gorgeous, sexy, sweet, festive romcom.

Daisy owns and runs a bespoke gift shop just off the beaten track in the heart of London.  Her gift shop is unique in that she offers a personal gift finding service to all her customers locating the perfect gift to express gratitude and love to the recipient.  I adored the sound of Daisy’s shop and want to know where I can find a real-life version of it.

Daisy has a twin brother, Ben, who is a whizz with computers but isn’t very confident with his social skills and sometimes finds life a little overwhelming at times.  Ben and his best friend from childhood, Eli, work together for the government; it all sounds very exciting with secret missions and James Bond-esque espionage.  Daisy and Eli have a strained relationship at times and can often be found bickering but she has had a crush on Eli for as long as she can remember.  Eli sounded like the perfect James Bond, he had the looks, the six pack, the brains but sadly he also had commitment issues, he doesn’t believe in love after having his heart broken in the past which he feels cannot be mended.

When Ben starts showing unusual signs of behaviour Daisy and Eli go on a mission to try and help Ben.  This mission takes them on a journey across the country giving them ample opportunity to air out their emotions towards each other but are they both singing from the same hymn sheet?

Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop is such a wonderful, entertaining, fun, heart-felt romcom that’s edged with a desire that’s been sizzling for years.  I loved it all and secretly hope for a sequel as I feel I can’t not have another story without our sexy, adorable and sweet secret agents in! 😉

About the Author

Daisys Hannah Pearl Author PhotoHannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.

She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.

In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.

Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

Blog – dizzygirlwrites.wordpress.com 

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/HannahPearl_1



My Christmas Fake Fiance by Linda West @Morningmayan @rararesources #promopost #festiveread #sweetromance

I am pleased to be involved in the blogtour with a promo for My Christmas Fake Fiance by Linda West.  Here are all the important details:

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Title:  My Christmas Fake Fiance

Author & Publisher:  Linda West

Format:  ebook and paperback

To buy links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07XPBPLSR
US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XPBPLSR

Book Blurb

Snowflakes are falling on Kissing Bridge Mountain, and Devlin is going home at last. But he can’t go home without a fiance, even if it has to be a fake one! When he meets smalltown girl, Allie, who has a Christmas crisis of her own -they strike up a deal. Soon, the fickle snow flurries of fate send them down a destined road they never expected…

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Author Bio
My Christmas Fake Fiance Author PhotoLinda West is the best selling author of the adorable and enchanting “Christmas Kisses and Cookies.” It is a delightful series of holiday romances based around the town of Kissing Bridge and the magical Landers sisters who are the reigning blue ribbon cookie queens thanks to their mothers’ ‘special’ recipe book.

Linda was the owner of Mayberry – a celebrity-filled restaurant in Malibu where many of her recipes enchanted the regulars such as Tom Hanks and Anthony Hopkins to name a few. Her recipes are sprinkled throughout her fiction books much to the delight of her fans.

Her newest venture is in the cozy mystery and humor genre. With – Death by Crockpot – the first in her newest series – Linda takes her favorite known characters from Kissing Bridge and throws them into some side-splitting funny adventures.

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A Forgiven Friend by Sue Featherstone and Susan Pope @SueF_Writer @wordfocus @rararesources #bookpromo #blogtour #guestpost

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A Forgiven Friend written by Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape, publisher Lakewater Press, is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/FORGIVEN-FRIEND-Witty-Attitude-FRIENDS-ebook/dp/B07Z53NX51
US – http://www.amazon.com/FORGIVEN-FRIEND-Witty-Attitude-FRIENDS-ebook/dp/B07Z53NX51

Book Blurb

A Forgiven Friend: Lies, Loss, and Love, But Always Friendship
Friendship will always come first.

There’s only one way out from rock bottom and that’s up, and Teri Meyer is finally crawling out from the worst time of her life – no thanks to her best friend Lee. But no matter, she’s finally found love – real love with a real man, a successful man, a man who accepts all her flaws. Teri’s never felt like this before, and yet it’s changing her in ways she doesn’t understand.

And there’s only one person who can help, one person who truly understands Teri.

It seems that no matter how hard Lee Harper tries, there’s a battle awaiting her at every turn these days, and she’s tired. And as if she needs the extra stress, Teri continues to create constant and unnecessary drama. But Lee’s the only one who really knows what’s going on under Teri’s hard, convoluted exterior, and that’s why she’s always been there for her.

But the question is: will Teri be there when Lee needs her most?

The brilliant and entertaining final book in the unique FRIENDS trilogy dishes out another dose of rib-tickling mayhem for our favourite thirty-something professional women.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Book 3 in the Friends trilogy by Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape.  I’m a little annoyed that I haven’t had the time in my schedule to fit this book in as I loved reading Book Two in the series: A Forsaken Friend (you can find my review for Book Two here)

I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from the authors with you:

Finding Time to Write 

How hard do you have to juggle to find time to write?

It would be bliss to be able to get up in the morning, pull on a sweat shirt and jogging pants, and knock out several thousand words, breaking off only to drink a coffee and eat a little light lunch (lovingly prepared by someone else).

But for the majority of us, real life’s not like that.

For many authors it’s a balancing act especially if we have family, friends and a job.

How many of us have the energy to write half a dozen chapters after a day at the office when there’s shopping, cooking, washing and bed making to be done – and kids and elderly relatives to look after.

I know some authors who get up at 6am to write before the rest of the family is awake.

I’m in awe of them, as I am of writers who snatch a quick half hour in between everything else they’re doing. Even the odd hour wouldn’t be enough for me; I need time to read through what I’ve recently written and then, once I start writing, I can’t stop. So anything less than a half day would be too frustrating.

The editor of one of the weekend glossy magazines says it’s time we all learned to ‘flexit’ – that is, set our priorities for the day to suit our needs, not the needs of others.

But try telling that to an elderly relative who needs a lift to the doctor’s, or a child who’s feeling poorly, or a husband who insists that – because he’s having a day off – you should too. (What? Tear myself away from writing to accompany him for a long, lazy lunch?)

I’d imagine there are very few of us able to ignore whatever is going on around to sit at our PCs and let nothing interrupt or interfere.

For instance, I put some washing on first thing because it’s not forecast to rain and I can hang it out. Then I had to pack as we’re meeting friends for a short break. Already I’m asking myself: ‘Why did we make it this week? I need to finish this chapter…I’m too busy…’

Too busy to go off and have fun?

Many of us take on tasks or say ‘Yes’ to something because we feel we should. To say ‘No’ implies that we’re not good and efficient people.

A number of authors wait until they retire from full-time employment before feeling they have the time to take up writing.

My co-author Sue Featherstone and I started our writing partnership while both teaching journalism at two of Yorkshire’s universities. We produced two text books – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction, and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction, both published by academic publishers, Sage.

But we didn’t have time off to do it – we had to fit in the work between lectures and timetabling responsibilities.

By the time we thought about writing A Falling Friend, our first novel together, I was working three days a week, which made life a little easier.

Or it would have been if putting words on a page was all we had to do. We also had to look for an agent, an editor, a designer – and a publisher.

Now that first novel has been joined by two others in what has become the Friends trilogy – A Forsaken Friend and A Forgiven Friend – and we still don’t have as much time as we’d like for writing the next two novels we have planned.

It helps that Sue and I have both given up full time work, and we can devote lots more time to writing.

Even so, there’s still a lot of marketing and PR to do – which takes time.

Sue and I promote ourselves through social media (constantly thinking of interesting/amusing/useful things to say on Twitter, Facebook and our own website).

But, there’s nothing quite like the joy of writing, realising an idea is taking shape and eventually holding the finished product in your hands.

So is the juggling worth it?

You bet it is.

Thank you so much to Sue and Susan for an insightful post.

 Biographies: Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape

A Forgiven Sues NEW Author Pic3Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape are both former newspaper journalists with extensive experience of working for national and regional papers and magazines, and in public relations.
More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity University.
The pair, who have been friends for almost 30 years, wrote two successful journalism text books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction (both published by Sage), before deciding to turn their hands to fiction.
The first novel in their Friends series, A Falling Friend, was released in 2016. A Forsaken Friend followed two years later, and the final book in the trilogy, A Forgiven Friend, published on November 19.
Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, and the most ‘gorgeous granddaughter in the whole world’, loves reading, writing and Nordic walking in the beautiful countryside near her Yorkshire home.
Susan is married and lives in a village near Leeds, and, when not writing, loves walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. She is also a member of a local ukulele orchestra.
They blog about books at https://bookloversbooklist.com/

Follow them on Twitter: @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus



25 Days in December by Poppy Alexander @SarahWaights @orionbooks #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread #25DaysInDecember

25 days in December

25 Days in December written by Poppy Alexander, publisher Orion, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and is due to be published in paperback on 28th November 2019.

To buy/pre-order link: https://amzn.to/37y4rtY

Book Blurb

You can’t plan for the unexpected…
Kate Potter used to know what happiness felt like.
A few years ago, she was full of energy, excited by every possibility. But that was back when everything was different, before Kate’s husband went away with the army and didn’t come home. She can’t even remember what it felt like to be in love.
Then Kate meets Daniel. Recognising her loneliness reflected in his eyes, Kate vows to try and help bring him out of his shell. But as Kate plans to bring life back to Daniel, she might have stumbled on the secret to happiness…
Can one chance meeting change two lives?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the paperback of Poppy Alexander’s festive romance novel: 25 Days in December.

25 Days in December by Poppy Alexander is such a wonderful feelgood story.  It gave me all the best heart-warming vibes but it had so much more going on.

Kate has been bringing up her young son by herself for four years now since the tragic death of her soldier husband, Tom.  She’s struggled as a single parent, juggling work with school times and trying to balance the bills.  She’s also still finding herself living in a fug of despair since her sadness began.  At this time of year Kate tries her best to be positive for 6 year old Jack but this year she plans to inject a little more festive spirit into their lives throughout December leading up to Christmas, a bit like an inspirational mindfulness advent.

Daniel too is finding this festive season in particular difficult, it’s the first Christmas since the death of his beloved sister who he spent most of his life caring for.  One of Daniel and his sister, Zoe, favourite things to do was to pick a real Christmas tree together.  The memory of this act was bitter sweet but he always remembers how kindly the Christmas Tree Girl treated Zoe.  Daniel always had a smile for the young woman who worked at the department store selling Christmas trees and he’s now wondering if she’s out in the cold again this year selling those trees?

Selling the Christmas trees once again came down to Kate dressed up as warmly as she could in her festive gear she too couldn’t help thinking about the charming young man with his sister and wondered if they will return to the store again this year?

25 Days in December is such a beautifully written love story that is so sad and tragic in places but it’s filled with charming, tender moments that fill your heart with warmth and joy.  I adored this story, my heart ached for both Kate and Daniel, I felt the whole hopefulness of new beginnings and cherished the warmth emanated throughout.

About the Author

Poppy Alexander wrote her first book when she was five. There was a long gap in her writing career while she was at school, and after studying classical music at university, she decided the world of music was better off without her and took up public relations, campaigning, political lobbying and a bit of journalism instead. She takes an anthropological interest in family, friends and life in her West Sussex village (think, The Archers crossed with Twin Peaks) where she lives with her husband, children and various other pets. Poppy also writes as Rosie Howard and Sarah Waights.

Website: http://sarahwaights.com/

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

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


An Expat’s Guide to Falling in Love by Cristina Hodgson @hodgsoncristina #bookreview #romcom #indieauthor

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An Expat’s Guide to Falling in Love written and self-published by Cristina Hodgson is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/33gFWhH

Book Blurb

Three weeks before her wedding day, Alexandra decides to walk away from the perfect life, the one that involves 1.9 children and a dog in a 3-bedroomed semi with a 50-ft long garden. Why she decides to take her broken heart to sultry Spain is a mystery… or perhaps destiny.
Maggie, an expat of over thirty years with an outgoing personality and more secrets than the Interpol’s most wanted, introduces Alex, via her famed expat magazine CostaNations, to the ins and outs of living in Spain—but more importantly, to the quirks of dating Spanish men.
Before she finishes reading that chapter, sultry Carlos Rivera walks into Alex’ life (or rather swindles her out of a potent sweet wine whilst she’s having breakfast on her first morning), and from there, the cat-and-mouse game begins.
But is it the Spanish men Alex has to watch out for or is someone close to her hiding a much darker secret?
Add in a fiery Flamenco dancer whom Alex befriends, a pharmacist who has a cocktail of (legal) drugs ready for every expat’s trifles, and two cheeky young children, and you get a peculiar mix of people rooting for Alex, who innocently finds herself in the midst of a clandestine operation.
Will she unravel the mystery before her heart falls for the beauty of the arid lands called Málaga? Or will the man with the mysterious past entrap her first?

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Cristina Hodgson knows how to write a great romcom, her sense of humour is fresh and frivolous and very honest.  This is Cristina’s 5th full length novel and is a standalone story.

Alexandra (Alex) has just recently made a momentous decision and with her broken heart she packs her bags and heads to Spain searching for respite and new beginnings.  One of the first people Alex bumps into when she lands in Spain is Maggie, a fellow Brit who has lived in Spain for over thirty years.  Maggie is a mature lady that is wily and a little bit quirky, she owns and runs CostaNations an expat magazine and she soon offers advice to Alex on the Spanish lifestyle and also offers tips on dating a Spanish man, just in case she needs this advice!

With Alex’s head buzzing with lots of new information and her body struggling to adjust to the heat of the different climate she encounters Carlos Rivera, a Spanish man with swoon worthy looks which sets her blood pressure up more than the heat!

Alex and Carlos start a great tantalising game of one-upmanship between each other and the chemistry between them soon starts sizzling.  They have fun in making life interesting for a little while but Carlos holds a mysterious edge to his character and soon puts the shutters up at the merest mention of his past.

When Maggie offers Alex work at the magazine and the chance to unearth secrets from Carlos’ past she could never imagine the ‘cloak and dagger’ machinations she would discover.

An Expat’s Guide to Falling in Love is another fun, crazy ride of a read from Cristina Hodgson that’s entertaining and filled with drama, a whole host of fabulous, unique characters and a romance to match the stunning sunsets in Spain.

About the Author

Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a sports scholarship to Boston College. After a period in Boston, she returned to the UK and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sports Science.
A Little of Chantelle Rose is her debut novel. Amazingly, it has nothing to do with running!

Website: http://cristinahodgson.com/

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

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


The Raided Heart by Jennifer C Wilson @inkjunkie1984 @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #histfic #HistoricalRomance #TheRaidedHeart

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The Raided Heart written and self-published by Jennifer C Wilson is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Raided-Heart-Romantic-Adventure-Historic-ebook/dp/B07WN3R8D7
US – http://www.amazon.com/Raided-Heart-Romantic-Adventure-Historic-ebook/dp/B07WN3R8D7

Book Blurb
Meg Mathers, the headstrong youngest sibling of a reiving family on the English-Scottish border, is determined to remain at her childhood home, caring for the land and village she’s grown up with. When an accident brings her a broken ankle and six weeks in the resentful company of ambitious and angry young reiver Will Hetherington, attraction starts to build. Both begin to realise they might have met their match, and the love of their lives, but 15th century border living is not that simple, as Meg soon finds herself betrothed to the weakling son of a tyrannical neighbour, Alexander Gray. When tragedy strikes, can Meg and Will find their way back to each other, and can Will finally take his own personal revenge on Gray?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of a new series by historical fiction author Jennifer C Wilson.  The Raided Heart (A Border Reiver Romantic Adventure) is Book One in the Historic Hearts series.

The Raided Heart is set in the 15th century in the rural parts of northern England close to the Scottish border.  It’s the story of a young woman, Meg, who is highly respected by the villagers and her family but when she is betrothed to someone from an opposing reiver clan her life is no longer her own and what her heart desires can no longer be won.  This is so unfair to Meg but she feels she has no other option to comply to keep the peace and protect her family and village.

Will is a young reiver who following a tragedy in his past has been accepted into the village and Meg’s family.  He’s become a reliable border reiver.  Border reivers were a band of men that protected their land and villagers from cattle rustling, arson and physical attacks amongst the villagers.  They were a band of men that ruled the land whether through legal means or not and many villagers paid for protection from rival clans.

Will had encountered the ruthless and merciless hands of a vicious leader of a rival reiver clan years ago and has never forgotten the devastation he acrued and has vowed a vengeance with this man.  However, when this man becomes a possible threat to his blossoming friendship with Meg, Will finds it difficult to contain his emotions.

A historical romance that’s filled with drama, danger and dalliances of the heart.

I’m looking forward to more from Jennifer C Wilson and the Historical Hearts series.

About the Author

Jennifer C. Wilson is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history and historical fiction whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots on childhood holidays (she has since moved on to Richard III). Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east of England for work reignited her pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and has been working on a number of projects since, including co-hosting the North Tyneside Writers’ Circle. Her Kindred Spirits novels are published by Crooked Cat Books and her time-slip novella, The Last Plantagenet?, by Ocelot Press. She lives in North Tyneside, and is very proud of her approximately 2-inch sea view.

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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.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/32OAmCR

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

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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
US – http://www.amazon.com/Impossible-Thing-Called-Love-heartwarming-ebook/dp/B07BJYR8CV/

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.

Social Media Links –
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Praise for Belinda Missen

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

nine lives of christmas

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:


Amazon:    https://amzn.to/2CDDbft

Book Blurb


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.

Nine Lives of Christmas blog tour

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 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!


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: