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

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

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Title:  The Wicked Lord’s Mistress

Author and Publisher:  Scarlett Jameson

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

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About the Author

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

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

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Title:  The Honeysuckle Dream

Author: Kate Frost

Publisher Lemon Tree Press,

Format:  ebook and paperback

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

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About the Author
honeysuckle dream KateFrostHeadShotKate Frost writes character-driven women’s fiction and romances, alongside Time Shifters, an award-winning time travel adventure trilogy for 9-12 year olds. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she’s also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates. She is the Director of Children’s and Teen events for Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival, and she’s the co-founder of Storytale Festival, the first city-wide children’s book festival in Bristol.
The Honeysuckle Dream is Kate’s ninth book and the third (standalone) novel in her popular The Butterfly Storm series. She lives in Bristol with her husband, son, and Frodo, their cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Title:  The Lord’s Inconvenient Vow

Author:  Lara Temple

Publisher:  Mills & Boon

Format:  ebook and paperback

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

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About the Author

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

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Abbey Clancy @OfficialClancy @MillsandBoon #HomeForChristmas #blogtour #bookextract #festiveread

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas written by Abbey Clancy, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook format and is due for release in audiobook and paperback format on 14th November 2019.

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Book Blurb

Even stars have Christmas dreams…
Popstar Jessika Malone can’t believe her luck! Not only has she signed a major record deal and is topping the charts with her latest single, she’s just been offered the chance of a lifetime: a tour with gorgeous megastar Cooper Black…
It’s everything she’s ever dreamed of – except that it means travelling thousands of miles from her boyfriend, Daniel, just when he’s finally got down on one knee and popped the question!
Far from home and followed by the paparazzi, her relationship is tested more than Jessika ever imagined – will she make it home for Christmas before it’s too late?
A glittering festive romance for fans of Sarah Morgan, Holly Martin and Lindsay Kelk. Perfect to curl up with this Christmas! 


I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the paperback launch of Abbey Clancy’s festive novel: I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

I have the pleasure of sharing an extract from the novel:

There are many aspects to the world of social media that I find confusing. Embarrassing. Overwhelming, even.
Like when someone snaps a picture of me the morning after the night before, and sticks it up on Instagram without even a measly Willow filter. I mean, we’ve all been there, right? Your mouth feels like it’s been vacuum packed with a decomposing ferret, and your hair has gone full-on Walking Dead, and you know you’re just going to die unless you get immediate access to a paper bag full of McDonald’s hash browns?

Yeah. Well, imagine in that precise moment, someone incredibly chipper bounces over, grinning from ear to ear at the sight of you, and wants nothing more than to snap a picture of you together, no matter how grey your skin is or how far down your face your mascara’s slipped. Not good.

But – and I get this, I really do – it’s all part of my job. My job isn’t an ordinary job. It’s being a pop star – Jessika – to the world at large. Not very long ago at all I was the person who would have been bouncing over and asking for the pic, so I can’t complain. Not very long ago, I was scraping a living singing Disney covers at kids’ birthday parties, working as an intern at a record label, and filling in my lonely nights waitressing at glamorous showbiz events I wasn’t good enough to actually get invited to.

So I get it. I understand that it’s all part of my brave, weird new world – and that I have a responsibility to suck it up, smile for the camera, even if I really, really don’t want to.

I also understand that people will comment about me, and to me – posting everything from sweet compliments on my music through to borderline-stalker psycho abuse. I know everything I say and do will be analysed, twisted, churned up, chewed up, and spat back out by the media. I have help with that, in the form of my scary PR manager Patty, and I’m sensible enough not to take the nasty stuff seriously. I’ve worked hard on developing a thick skin, and coping with the demands of being famous.

One thing, though, I don’t think I will ever get used to is this: my mother is currently trending on Twitter.

To put this in context, my mother is a tiny Scouse power-house in her fifties, with dyed black hair, strong opinions and endless energy. I’d say she has zero per cent body fat, 200 per cent work ethic, and loves nothing more than her family, which includes my nan, who is officially ancient, my dad Phil, my older sister Becky, me and my little brother Luke (or The Knobhead, as he’s known to everyone who’s ever met him).

She is also totally in love with her first ever grandchild – Becky’s baby Ollie, who is now four months old and rules the world from his bouncy chair like a benign Jabba the Hutt. He’s one of those fat babies with rolls of flesh everywhere, and his eyes completely disappear every time he laughs. Which is a lot. So, Mum is a family woman. Her life isn’t glamorous, or that interesting. She spends every spare minute looking after us lot, and still works on the tills at the local Tesco, even though she doesn’t really need to any more. She’s extraordinary, but ordinary, if you know what I mean – one of those salt-of-the-earth-women you could build an empire on the back of.

All of which begs the question: why is she trending on Twitter?

When did she even join Twitter? Why did she join Twitter?

I scroll down the pages – literally endless pages – and see that every pic on there has the hashtag #jessikasmum. It looks like the whole of Liverpool has popped into the supermarket to pick up a packet of crumpets, a bottle of Prosecco, and a selfie with my mother. There are hundreds of them – all featuring complete strangers, gurning like idiots, and my mum, happily posing alongside them.

My mum has described herself as ‘daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and lover of all things Michael Bublé’. I suppose I should be grateful that the great crooner himself hasn’t also called in with a selfie stick in his hand.

‘Fab time at Tesco with mummy diva’, says one tweet. ‘Jessika’s mum is awesome’, says another. ‘Forget Jessika – her mum needs her own reality show!’ on one more. ‘Why’s she still working?’ asks a random girl who, according to her profile, loves knitting, cats and visiting S&M clubs. Hopefully not all at the same time.

Mum’s still working, of course, because she wants to. Not because she’s skint, or because I haven’t offered to give her anything she needs – but because she is who she is. She’s my mum, and she’ll probably be going into Tesco when she’s eighty, popping her false teeth back in for photo calls.

I close down the screen, and take a breath. Tell myself there’s no harm done. That it could be worse – my dad could be on Twitter, and then the world as we know it would collapse in on itself.

My life is insane. Nobody warned me being a pop star would be quite this crazy.


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The Rector’s Daughter by Jean Fullerton @JeanFullerton_ @CorvusBooks @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #historicalsaga #RegencyRomance #HistFict

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The Rector’s Daughter written by Jean Fullerton, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and audio CD format.

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Charlotte, daughter of Reverend Percival Hatton, has been content to follow the path laid out for her. Charlotte has an understanding with Captain Nicolas Paget – every inch the gentleman – who she expects someday to marry. But then she meets Josiah Martyn, and everything changes…
A driven and ambitious Cornish mining engineer, and the complete opposite to Captain Nicholas, Josiah has come to London to help build the first tunnel under the river Thames. When unpredictable events occur at the inauguration of the project, Josiah and Charlotte are suddenly thrown into an unexpected intimacy.
But not everyone is happy with Charlotte and Josiah growing closer. As friends turn to foes, will they be able to rewrite the stars and find their happy ever after, although all odds seem to be stacked against them…?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jean Fullerton’s latest novel: The Rector’s Daughter.

I can honestly say I was totally enthralled with this story.  Set in 1825 when London was in high anticipation for the commencement of an engineering feat by Brunel on building the first tunnel under the River Thames.  A tunnel that was an ambitious goal and one that would cost in both monetary value and humankind.  Author, Jean Fullerton, puts you at the heart of the beginning of this highly anticipated event in engineering history and also the history of transport in and around the city of London.  Driving through the tunnels today I have never thought about what the workforce went through back in Regency England when the first tunnel was originally built but Jean Fullerton’s words in The Rector’s Daughter gives you a glimpse into a time gone-by and to a new beginning for many.

This is the story of Charlotte Hatton, the daughter of the local Reverend.  Charlotte is committed to her work as the Rector’s daughter and is very efficient in her parish duties helping the needy and also taking stock of the parish accounts.  On 2nd March 1825, the official ceremony of the commencement of the tunnel works is taking place and all villagers and VIP’s have been invited to attend.  Charlotte is due to attend but a mishap at the ceremony puts her in danger and also under the spotlight of the Assistant Engineer, a Cornish man in the name of Josiah Martyn.  There is an instant attraction between the Rector’s daughter and the Assistant Engineer and during the next few weeks Charlotte and Josiah keep bumping into each other and a friendship develops.  However, another suitor has eyes for Charlotte and he is none too pleased with this blossoming friendship.

With the tunnelling works in operation the villagers are coping with an influx of workmen and plenty of dignitary visiting the site.  New friendships are blossoming but not everything goes to plan for all concerned.

With new exciting constructions comes danger and Jean Fullerton has included plenty of drama in this storyline leaving you on edge and gripped with concerns for the outcome.  My heart was pulled in all directions and I was left on tenterhooks many a time with this thrilling story.  A story that was full of historical events, family saga, dramatic scenes and a romance to leave you wanting more.  I loved every page of this story, thank you so much to the author for introducing me to an event in history I knew nothing about.

About the Author

Jean Fullerton is the author of thirteen novels all set in East London where she was born. She also a retired district nurse and university lecturer. She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

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The Alphabet for Life by Fran Norris @authoright @fayerogersp #picturebook #bookreview #blogtour #AlphabetForLife #AlphabetofLife #mindfulness #values

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The Alphabet for Life written and illustrated by Fran Norris, publisher Clink Street Publishing, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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An alphabet book with a difference! Who said A is for Apple? Why not A is for Acceptance?! Let’s learn the alphabet using words that will inspire and empower everyone to thrive in life! Packed with fun illustrations and thoughtful quotes and themes, The Alphabet For Life is a unique children’s book the whole family can enjoy and learn from for a lifetime.

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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 Fran Norris’ debut book: The Alphabet for Life.

The Alphabet for Life is a truly special picture book, it says in the write up on amazon that’s it is aimed at children aged 4-7 but after reading and enjoying this little book I would say it is completely suitable for all ages.  I’ve worked in environments with children of all ages and have had the pleasure of reading to my own children so can totally appreciate the gift of learning and enjoying through books.

Fran Norris has created an alphabet reference book with meaningful words.  For example instead of A is for Apple we have A is for Acceptance.  Alongside each alphabet there are quotes that correspond and relate to the new themes and in the foreground we have delightful drawings.  These quotes would have more emphasis on older children and adults and I found myself thinking how true and relevant the words were.

The drawings in the book need a praise all by themselves as they are clear, colourful, quirky and lots of fun and if you look closely you can spot lovely little scenes being played out by the animal characters, some slightly going off-piste.  The images reminded me a little of the Richard Scarry books with lots going on across the page to keep your little-ones talking about the characters for a good while.  I could easily imagine a child creating their own story just from looking at the pictures in the background.

In a world that is fast-paced we need constant reminders to slow down and pick up a book.  A book that is suitable for all and would be an ideal ‘coffee table’ style book.  Whether you read the whole alphabet in one go or just a few pages you will gain something from this unusual take on the alphabet.  Mindfulness is a process that needs to be in your everyday life and the combination of inspirational quotes and words with delightful drawings I think Fran Norris has created a winning formula.

About the Author

alphabet for life IG profileFran Norris is a mother of two living in Devon. Like most parents, her daily life largely involves coming up with creative approaches to making the good-for-you stuff enjoyable and appealing to children. She believes that education should nurture our natural curiosity and empower each individual to reach their fullest potential. Inspired by the playful way children approach any task, from brushing their teeth to eating toast, Fran is convinced that fun should be at the core of all learning.
As a former scientist, Fran approaches life as a wonderful experiment and loves to question everything. Her children provide a never-ending source of mystery and challenges to be solved. Creating THE ALPHABET OF LIFE reconnected Fran with her love of drawing and painting, encouraging her to work as an illustrator now.


PRICE DROP PROMO – The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @Aria_Fiction @rararesources #TheChristmasCalendarGirls #festiveread #pricedroppromo

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I read and reviewed The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge back in October and absolutely loved it!  You can catch up with my review here.  The book is currently on special price of 99p for a limited time only.  Now is the perfect time to fill up your ereader in readiness for the winter season.

Book Blurb

The Christmas Calendar Girls
This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…
Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.
Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).
As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.
In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.
Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?
This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

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About the Author
christmas calendar girls Samantha TongeSamantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.

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Snowed in at The Practice by Penny Parkes @CotswoldPenny @simonschusterUK @annecater @TeamBATC #blogtour #bookreview #Larkford #SnowedinatThePractice

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Snowed in at The Practice written by Penny Parkes, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available for pre-order in ebook, audiobook and paperbook format in readiness for the publication on 14 November 2019.

The paperback will be available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

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Book Blurb

Dr Holly Graham is finding life with two sets of twins exhausting. Even with husband Dr Taffy Jones and devoted friend Elsie by her side, she is completely outnumbered. Making the transition back to work will be no easy feat, but a regular slot on Radio Larkford as their on-air doctor might be the perfect stepping stone – until an unexpected job offer changes everything…
Dr Alice Walker’s new canine clinic at Larkford Surgery with Coco, her assistance dog, has been a storming success. If only shipping her best friend, Dr Tilly Grainger, in from South America to cover for Holly had been such a smooth transition. It seems that Tilly isn’t finding life in the peaceful Cotswolds valley as rewarding as she’d hoped, and she is causing chaos…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Penny Parkes latest novel: Snowed in at The Practice.

This is my first visit to Larkford and it’s residents but when I read the synopsis of Penny Parkes fourth instalment in The Larkford series I just knew I’d feel welcomed.

Penny Parkes has managed to captivate her audience with an endearing story set around the medical practice in a Cotswold village.  There is plenty of wonderful light and shade to the storyline as it weaves itself around the lives of the doctors, it’s extended staff, family and friends.

Larkford is such a close-knit community and when Dr Holly Graham goes off on maternity leave the residents embrace the arrival of her twin baby girls but they soon miss her presence at the practice.  After a few months at home Holly too is missing her work and her patients, she is feeling a little lost in her new role and is desperate to feel like her old self again.  But as she goes through the emotions of motherhood again she starts to realise that her old self isn’t what she wants anymore and that she needs to find a new balance, not just for herself but for her team at the practice who are all going through personal and professional changes.

As this was my first introduction to the work of Penny Parkes I didn’t know any of the history surrounding the characters so I totally read this story with open eyes and heart and soon got trapped, in such a wonderful way, into the goings on of Dr Holly and her team at work and home.  I’ve had twins myself so know how crazy life becomes when you’ve got double trouble but Holly had this times two!

The storyline sways happily towards the festive season but as in reality life has a habit of throwing hurdles in people’s paths.  These hurdles were very emotive to read about and for the wider network of colleagues and residents of Larkford I felt my heartache for the cruelty.  The darkness in the storyline does lead onto some of the most tender and endearing moments I’ve ever read about and your emotions will get the better of you.

Snowed in at The Practice is wonderfully heart-warming full of life, laughter, love and tears.  I adored it and Penny Parkes has a new fan in me.

About the Author

snowed in ... Penny Parkes Author PicturePenny Parkes survived a Convent education largely thanks to a ready supply of inappropriate novels and her passion for writing and languages. She studied International Management in Bath and Germany, before gaining experience with the BBC. She then set up an independent Film Location Agency and spent many happy years organising shoots for film, television and advertising – thereby ensuring that she was never short of travel opportunities, freelance writing projects or entertaining anecdotes. Penny now lives in the Cotswolds with her husband, two children and new puppy. Her first novel, Out of Practice was winner of the RoNA for a Romantic Comedy Novel 2017.

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Just a Kiss by Carrie Elks Release Day Blitz @CarrieElks #contemporaryromance #AngelSands #christmasromance #justakiss #bookexcerpt


I am so pleased to be involved in the Release Day Blitz for Just A Kiss; Book Four in the Angel Sands series written and self-published by Carrie Elks.  The book is available in ebook and paperback format.

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Beautiful, perfect and everything he needs.

Caitie Russell’s big brother is getting married. As the proud owner of Holiday Magic, Caitie is the obvious choice to organise the perfect Christmas wedding. Piece of cake, right?

If it weren’t for one gorgeous man-shaped problem…

Her brother’s best friend, Brecken Miller.

He was her first crush.

Her first kiss.

Her first broken heart…

Construction worker Brecken Miller is a modern-day Scrooge.

The confirmed bachelor would rather pull his nails out than celebrate Christmas, until he sees Caitie again.

Like a moth to a flame he’s drawn to her.

But there’s a problem with fire. It always leaves a scar.

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I am pleased to be able to share an excerpt:


When the door closed behind her for a second time, Caitie bit down a smile and slowly turned to look at Breck. He was leaning on the wall, arms folded across his chest, the skin at the corner of his eyes crinkling up as he smiled at her.

“Hello,” he said, his smile widening.


She felt breathless as the air around them snapped and crackled. The hairs on her neck stood up. Breck slowly pushed off the wall and walked over to the sofa where she was standing, his strides long and confident.

Caitie didn’t move. She wasn’t even sure if she could. Her muscles were tense with anticipation, her skin tingling with need. There was a half-smile on his lips as he reached out for her chin, using the pads of his fingers to tip her face up.

“Cait…” His voice caressed her ears. She loved the way her name sounded on his lips.

“Did you know you’re the only one who calls me that?” she asked breathlessly.

“Do you mind?”

She shook her head slowly, his fingers still holding her. “No. I like it.” Too much.

He took another step forward, his eyes firmly on hers. “I like it, too,” he said. “The same way I like you.”

Her chest tightened. Standing so close to him felt overwhelming. She could smell the woody scent of his cologne, feel his firm touch as his fingers caressed her jaw. Everywhere she looked, all she saw was him.

“Where were we last week?” he asked her.

The corner of her lip quirked up. “Remind me?”

He chuckled and lowered his head until his lips were a breath away from hers. She could see the thickness of his eyelashes, the strong line of his nose, the warmth of his skin where it was kissed by the California sun.

“I think it was a little like this,” he murmured, brushing his lips against hers.

Advance Praise For Just A Kiss

‘Another trip to Angel Sands, and another beautifully written romance. The entire book is gorgeous.’ – MB, Goodreads reviewer

‘Undeniable chemistry, bro code guilt, a single-minded flirty bridesmaid, & it makes a fun, roller-coaster of a holiday romance’– Steph, Goodreads reviewer 

‘The perfect beachy Christmas romance with lots of steam.’– Lea, Goodreads reviewer 

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.