A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan @SarahMorgan_ @HQstories #festiveread #romcom #mustread

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A Wedding in December written by Sarah Morgan, publisher HQ (an imprint of HarperCollins UK) is available NOW in ebook, audiobook, paperback and audio CD format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2u8L7UT

Book Blurb

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding.
First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret about their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.
Rosie’s older sister Katie is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself. If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…
Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiance but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived – how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget.



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A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan has been patiently waiting in my tbr for a few months but oh it was so worth the wait.  I feel like Sarah Morgan has excelled herself with this festive feast for our eyes.

This story is about a grown up family coming to terms with lots of different turns in the roads of life for them all.  The most recent turn is the youngest daughter of the family, Rosie, announcing her engagement to Dan, a young man she met a mere few months ago.  The other news is that the wedding is on Christmas Eve, this Christmas eve!  Mum Maggie is shocked, older sister Katie is hellbent on putting a stop to the wedding and dad Nick is quite blaise about the whole affair as long as his little girl is happy.  However, Maggie and Nick have a secret of their own they’ve withheld from both their daughters and now they are off to America to celebrate Rosie’s wedding they feel they can’t reveal that they are getting a divorce so they come up with a plan to act as if nothing has changed in their relationship.

Acting out you are still happily married to your husband of 30 years sounds an easy task but when you’ve got a long haul flight ahead of you that you are absolutely terrified of Maggie decides to take steps to make the journey more agreeable with very funny consequences.

We follow the family as they travel thousands of miles to the snowy mountains of Colorado to be with Rosie as she weds Dan.  Sarah Morgan treats her readers to the most idyllic of wintry settings that you just want to hibernate in with a good book.  The fun and games the family endure getting to know their future in-laws comes with many obstacles and Maggie and Nick find being forced together miles from home is giving them time for reflection.  It is also perfect timing for oldest daughter Katie who is feeling very emotional over a number of things.

Can the mountain air and beautiful scenery bring clarity to the family and will the wedding go ahead?  Charming, sexy and such a gorgeous, festive read.

About the Author

Sarah Morgan is a Sunday Times and USA Today bestselling author of romance and women’s fiction. She has sold over 16 million copies of her books and is a 3-time winner of the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist.
Sarah lives near London with her family and when she isn’t writing or sprawled on the sofa reading, she likes to spend time outdoors walking or riding her mountain bike. She still can’t believe she is lucky enough to be paid for doing a job where she makes things up.

Website:  http://www.sarahmorgan.com
Twitter:  @SarahMorgan_
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahMorgan


Mrs P’s Book of Secrets by Lorna Gray @MsLornaGray @OneMoreChapter_ #30DaysofBookBlogs #bookreview #HistFic

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Mrs P’s Book of Secrets (UK)/The Book Ghost (US) written by Lorna Gray, publisher One More Chapter (an imprint of Harper Collins) is available NOW in ebook format (the paperback is due out in March 2020).

To buy links:

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mrs-Book-Secrets-Lorna-Gray-ebook/dp/B07SD9X1M6/

US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VQY6HJ5

Book Blurb

The Cotswolds, Christmastime 1946
A young widow leaves behind the tragedy of her wartime life, and returns home to her ageing aunt and uncle. For Lucy – known as Mrs P – and the people who raised her, the books that line the walls of the family publishing business bring comfort and the promise of new beginnings.
But the kind and reserved new editor at the Kershaw and Kathay Book Press is a former prisoner of war, and he has his own shadows to bear. And when the old secrets of a little girl’s abandonment are uncovered within the pages of Robert Underhills’s latest project, Lucy must work quickly if she is to understand the truth behind his frequent trips away.
For a ghost dwells in the record of an orphan girl’s last days. And even as Lucy dares to risk her heart, the grief of her own past seems to be whispering a warning of fresh loss…

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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 #30DaysofBookBlogs run by author Lorna Gray and if you check out Lorna’s social media feed you will find out all sorts of wonderful information about 30 book bloggers.  I have the pleasure of sharing my review of Lorna’s latest novel: Mrs P’s Book of Secrets.  This is my first introduction to the work of Lorna Gray and I am thrilled to have found a new historical fiction author to add to my favourites list.

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets is a story that you have to let it build like a perfect pot of loose-leaf tea were the leaves have to steep for a certain time, just like this book and it’s words that are ‘steeping’ to reach it’s peak leaving you with a satisfied glow.  Please be patient with the words…

Lorna Gray has created a very atmospheric novel that is fitting to the characters and era, I could feel a sense of time and place and understood for the characters that life needed at this time to take on a more gentler rhythm.

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets is a gentle, poignant love story that I felt held a few stories within it.  I loved the steady building relationship of trust between Lucy and Robert and for them personally it was just at the right pace. They’ve both suffered with the aftermath of the war so a windswept romance wouldn’t have worked. I liked the sound of Robert he seemed very dark and mysterious at first but once he opened up your heart expands with love for him.

Lucy works for her uncle at his book publishing business and Robert has recently come to work as a new editor.  I found it quite fascinating this side of the story to learn about the machinations behind book publishing back in the 1940’s and I never even thought that rations would come into play.  To read about how an idea for a book, with the author approaching a publisher, for it then to become a reality with the type setting of the words in the print room for a book lover sounded enchanting.  I appreciated the research that the author has undertaken giving the readers a step back in time into the world of publishing.

Mrs P’s Book of Secrets held a certain chilling mystery around it taking you on a journey of self-discovery and starting anew following much sadness and the feeling of being lost within a world trying to forge on following the World War.  It’s a love story, a historical mystery novel and a story of new beginnings. All I’m saying is that the ending reaching out and grabbed me and I did feel a satisfied glow, just like a perfect cup of tea.

About the Author

Author Lorna GrayLorna Gray was born in 1980 in Bedfordshire. Her relationship with the glorious countryside of the Cotswolds began many years ago when she first moved to Cirencester. She has been exploring the area through her love of history, adventure and romance ever since.
This is Lorna’s fourth post-WWII mystery. Her three previous novels are In the Shadow of Winter (2015), The War Widow (2018) and The Antique Dealer’s Daughter (2018). She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband.

Website: http://mslornagray.co.uk/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MsLornaGray/

Twitter: @MsLornaGray
Instagram: @mslornagray




Leo and the Lightning Dragons by Gill White, illustrator Gilli B blogtour book review @leolightdragons ‏@FledglingPress @_GilliB #Lovebooksgrouptours

I previously read and reviewed Leo and the Lightning Dragons back in February and when Kelly from Love Books Group approached me to help promote the book again I jumped at the chance to be able to shout about with fondness how much I loved this book.  Christmas is a time for reflection for those less fortunate and for those with health concerns and to be able to give the gift of a book like Leo and the Lightning Dragons you are giving a gift three-fold as the reader will enjoy the story and illustrations, secondly you are raising awareness for a rare form of epilepsy and thirdly royalties from the sale of this book will go to CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).  So, lets get Leo at the top of the children’s book charts by the end of the year! 🙂

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Leo and the Lightning Dragons written by Gill White, illustrated by Gilli B, publisher Fledgling Press, is available NOW in paperback format.

The paperback is available to purchase from Waterstones, Foyles and amazon

To buy link (amazon UK): https://amzn.to/2AWPWRw

Book Blurb
Everybody in the kingdom is supporting the brave knight Leo in his battle against his fearsome dragons. They try lots of different things to help him defeat them but eventually Leo realises that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself. This beautifully illustrated book with a poignant and uplifting rhyming story encourages children to persevere and find strength in the face of adversity, even when it seems that nothing is working. Written by Gill White for her son Leo who suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy, and beautifully illustrated by Fife artist Gilli B, this story has been positively received by parents of children with complex needs, by care workers and medical staff and by parents of healthy young children who love the book simply as an adventure story. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).



I am so pleased and honoured to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting this wonderful book by Gill White: Leo and the Lightning Dragons.

As soon as I read about this book I knew I had to buy a copy of the book as I have my own personal experience of a child living with epilepsy.

I adore children’s picture books, even though my children are now adults you can still gain so much joy in reading a picture book. Oh my goodness this story brought back so many emotions and memories of a time my own boy fought his own ‘crackles’ and lightning bolts. My son started having seizures at the age of two, they stopped for a while but started again during his teen years. Epilepsy is a frightening condition for the sufferer as well as for the loved ones witnessing it.

Leo and the Lightning Dragons is a truly wonderful picture book. It’s a visual delight, the illustrations are clear and bright in a simplistic manner but are very appealing to the eye. I loved the use of different fonts to describe the adjectives in the storytelling, they worked perfectly for both the reader who could then ‘act’ out the adjective or for a small child to visibly see the change in font and could then imagine the intensity of the word.

The story is very poignant and it could be relatable to any number of situations were a child is experiencing something different to his peers. It felt so uplifting, positive and encouraging and I wanted to ‘fist pump’ the air with ‘Yes, Leo, you can do it’!

This is a perfect picture book for any child as the storyline would appeal to them describing a young knight fighting dragons. It showed courage and bravery and a will to keep on going.

I’d highly recommend this book to be on the shelves of every primary school library and in every children’s hospital ward. It’s colourful and filled full of positivity. I hope the book sells out and raises loads of much needed funds for CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).

Social Media Links:
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/leolightdragons

To find out more about CHAS:
Website: https://www.chas.org.uk/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/supportCHAS

When Stars Will Shine: Helping Our Heroes One Page At A Time compiled by Emma Mitchell @emmamitchellfpr @BakerPromo #charityanthology #WhenStarsWillShine #shortstorycollection #HelpforHeroes

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When Stars Will Shine is a compilation of short stories lovingly put together by Emma Mitchell (www.edmcreatingperfection.com).  The book is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2RWrl8N

Book Blurb

When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.

From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

When Stars Will Shine is the perfect Christmas gift for the bookworms in your life!

A Note from Emma Mitchell:

As the blurb tells us, When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of Christmas-themed short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity.

Working closely with Kate Noble at Noble Owl Proofreading and Amanda Ni Odhrain from Let’s Get Booked, I’ve been able to pick the best of the submissions to bring you a thrilling book which is perfect for dipping into at lunchtime or snuggling up with on a cold winter’s night. I have been completely blown away by the support we’ve received from the writing and blogging community, especially the authors who submitted stories and Shell Baker from Baker’s Not So Secret Blog, who has organised the cover reveal and blog tour.

There isn’t a person in the country who hasn’t benefited from the sacrifices our troops, past and present, have made for us and they all deserve our thanks.

It has been an honour working on these stories, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.

Full contents:

Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman
Four Seasons by Robert Scragg
The Close Encounter by Gordon Bickerstaff
Believe by Mark Brownless
What Can Possibly Go Wrong? by Lucy Cameron
Mountain Dew by Paul T. Campbell
The Art of War and Peace by John Carson
A Gift for Christmas by Kris Egleton
Free Time by Stewart Giles
Died of Wounds by Malcolm Hollingdrake
The Christmas Killer by Louise Jensen
The Village Hotel by Alex Kane
A Present of Presence by HR Kemp
The Invitation by Billy McLaughlin
Brothers Forever by Paul Moore
Girl in a Red Shirt by Owen Mullen
Pivotal Moments by Anna Franklin Osborne
Uncle Christmas by Val Portelli
Time for a Barbeque by Carmen Radtke
Christmas Present by Lexi Rees
Inside Out by KA Richardson
Penance by Jane Risdon
New Year’s Resolution by Robert Scragg
Family Time by Graham Smith

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 and honoured to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of this fantastic anthology of short stories with proceeds going to Help For Heroes.  I initially agreed to help promote this book due to the relevance of the charity, both my husband and brother were in the military accruing over 40 years service between them.  You will notice from my blog that I don’t read crime and thriller novels but I have a huge interest in stories set around both the World Wars.  However, from what I’ve learnt by the stories I’ve read to date from the collection is that they will appeal to all.

I chose a few of the short stories to review for the blogtour, my first choice was Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman.  This story was so compelling I was emotionally wrung out by the end.  My emotions were not just for Private Snellgrove but for all the fallen in any conflict.  Rob Ashman captures your attention with a story so beautifully written and a fitting start to this anthology.

To learn more about author Rob Ashman please visit his Twitter page @RobAshmanAuthor

My next choice was Four Seasons by Robert Scragg.  This was another captivating short story centred around a man’s life going through the motions of married life but there’s a twist or two in the story when fate is cunningly manipulated.

To learn more about Robert Scragg please visit his Twitter page @robert_scragg

My third read was Brother’s Forever by Paul Moore; this is a modern day story of an army veteran being invited to a reunion but life sends him a chilling gift, one that he’ll be ever thankful for the rest of his life.

To learn more about Paul Moore please visit his Twitter page @mooros69

When Stars Will Shine is a wonderful collection of short stories that are very readable.  I have to be honest I didn’t think I would enjoy them as I’m more a romance reader but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each one I’ve read and I’m looking forward to continuing with the rest.  Short stories are great little teasers of a new genre and it’s been a great opportunity for me to open my mind to new authors and themes.  I think this will be a great collection to keep dipping into.

I love a short story they are ideal to help you wound down after a busy day; turn off your mobile and TV and put the kettle on and sit down with your ereader/paperback with a cuppa and relax.  When Stars Will Shine will make the perfect Christmas gift as it’s a gift that will continue giving … to the reader with the enjoyment of the stories and to Help For Heroes.


Six Steps to Happiness by Suzie Tullett @SuzieTullett @bombshellpub @BOTBSPublicity #blogtour #bookreview #romcom

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Six Steps to Happiness written by Suzie Tullett, publisher Bombshell Books, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindelunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2EjfkT6

Book Blurb

When Ronnie’s husband, Nick, leaves her for their next-door neighbour, Gaye, Ronnie’s life starts to fall apart.
Devastated by the break-up of her marriage, Ronnie is desperate for Nick and Gaye to set up home elsewhere. But Nick and Gaye won’t budge.
To add to her problems, Ronnie’s daughter and mother-in-law decide to stage an intervention. With her family keeping a close eye on her, Ronnie is forced to become more devious in her actions to get rid of Nick and Gaye.
But just how far will she go?
And is moving on ever that easy?
Six Steps to Happiness is a hilarious look at just how far one woman will go to recover from a broken heart and find happiness again.

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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 Suzie Tullett’s latest romcom: Six Steps to Happiness.  This is the first book I’ve read by Suzie Tullett and it was marvellous!

Six Steps to Happiness is a fabulously fun read that is filled with hope and inspiration for new beginnings.

Ronnie is completely heartbroken with the break-up of her marriage and finds the whole affair even more despicable as her husband has moved in next door with her/their neighbour!  Ronnie is hellbent on causing as much havoc as possible to the lovebirds and her ideas to try and oust her neighbour are crazy and a little bonkers and lead to some hilarious consequences.  But when her antics start effecting her wellbeing Ronnie’s daughter and mother-in-law intervene and produce a six step plan to get Ronnie’s life back on track.

Ronnie doesn’t take too kindly to this intervention but for the sake of keeping her loved ones happy she complies in a manner ways.  The plan takes her out of her comfort zone and makes her realise there is more to life than revenge.

Suzie Tullett has written such a fun, entertaining romcom that is very readable.  I was championing Ronnie even on her craziest days and I wanted her to succeed.  The whole ethos of the story was uplifting, fun and heart-warming.  I’ve found a new romcom author to add to my favourite’s list.

About the Author

Suzie Tullett is an author or contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is ‘live, laugh, love’ and when she’s not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else’s.
Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs.

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

Twitter: @SuzieTullett

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5022688.Suzie_Tullett?from_search=true

Blog: https://suzietullett.com/blog/

Website: https://suzietullett.com/


After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks by Nancy Jardine @nansjar @rararesources #blogtour #guestpost #HistoricalFiction

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After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks written by Nancy Jardine, publisher Ocelot Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Purchase Link – viewbook.at/hereyougo

Book Blurb

AD 73 Northern Roman Britain

Brennus of Garrigill—Bran—monitors Roman activity across Brigantia. Stability prevails till AD 78 when Agricola, Governor of Britannia, orders complete conquest of all barbarians. Brennus heads north, seeking the Caledon who will lead the northern tribes against Rome.

Ineda treks northwards with her master, Tribune Valerius – supplies officer for Agricola’s Britannia campaigns. At Pinnata Castra, she escapes and seeks fellow Brigantes congregating for battle in the north.

The Legions of the Roman Empire and the Caledon allies clash at Beinn na Ciche in AD 84, but where are Brennus and Ineda?

The adventures of the Garrigill Clan continue…


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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Book 3 in the Celtic Fervour Saga series by Nancy Jardine.  I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from the author, Nancy Jardine.

Killing Off Characters
In my Celtic Fervour Saga Series there are some characters that I knew just had to be bumped off at some point. It wasn’t because I hated the characters that I’d created, it was more that to have a particular desired ending to the whole book at least a couple of them just had to be zapped. Did I find it a happy experience? Absolutely not, because every character I’ve created has been memorable in their own unique way.
In #3 After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks the stories of Brennus of Garrigill and Ineda of Marske continue on from Book 2. We begin Book 3 with Brennus moving on with his life though never quite able to forget Ineda who has vanished as though into thin air after the two of them were attacked by an Ancient Roman patrol. Ineda has meanwhile been enslaved by Roman Tribune Gaius Livanus Valerius and used as a personal slave, which includes her becoming his long-term unofficial concubine and the mother of his children during the decade after her capture.
I could have had Brennus existing happily enough on his own for a decade but when I tried to imagine what it might have been like some 2000 years ago – at a time of deadly turmoil – it seemed more realistic to have him enter a new hearth-relationship, even if it wasn’t based on deep love. Many Brigante warriors had died in the battles between the native Britons and the Ancient Roman Legions leading up to A.D. 74, the point where Book 3 begins, leaving lovers like Lleia totally bereft. Bringing two lonely souls together in such circumstances seemed do-able, even highly practical for day-to-day living way back then. Brennus and Lleia aren’t strangers so they both enter into a relationship based on trust and deep friendship, even though no sparks fly! The abiding love they do share is for their little daughter Kaideigh.
However, to resolve the unrequited true love situation between Brennus and Ineda by the time of the huge battle at Beinn na Ciche in A.D. 84, between the amassed Caledonians and their allies, I had some heartbreak to attend to. Readers of After Whorl: Donning Double Cloaks will find that Lleia falls prey to a condition that would have been all too common for women. The writing of this part of the book made me quite tearful because Lleia is a shadowy, slightly lost but genuinely lovely character. Though, in all honesty, when Tribune Gaius meets his own timely misfortune, I found it incredibly difficult to write this part. I had invested a lot into the creation of this character who has many facets that are so easy to dislike, yet I had also given him other very laudable traits that make him a complex man, and perhaps in a contrary way ‘somewhat’ likeable. The reader of the series will be able to decide what they think of Tribune Livanus.
Is it easy for Brennus and Ineda to come together again after all that’s happened around them? I’d love my readers to tell me what they think! And I’m afraid only a reader of Book 3, will find out who else doesn’t survive the horrendous battle at Beinn na Ciche against the Ancient Roman armies of General Agricola. To have all of my extended Garrigill warrior clan survive would have been totally unrealistic and creating a believable setting is an ultimate aim that many readers tell me they appreciate very much in the series.
Wishing you happy reading!

About the Author

After Whorl Nancy Jardine 1000 x 1000Nancy Jardine writes historical fiction; time-travel historical adventure; contemporary mystery thrillers; and romantic comedy. She lives in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where life is never quiet or boring since she regularly child minds her young grandchildren who happen to be her next-door neighbours. Her garden is often creatively managed by them, though she does all the work! Her husband is a fantastic purveyor of coffee and tea…excellent food and wine! (Restorative, of course)

A member of the Historical Novel Society; Scottish Association of Writers; Federation of Writers Scotland; Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Independent Alliance of Authors, her work has achieved finalist status in UK competitions.

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Blog: http://nancyjardine.blogspot.co.uk


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

Amazon Author page http://viewauthor.at/mybooksandnewspagehere

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5139590.Nancy_Jardine

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Bluebell’s Christmas Magic by Marie Laval @marielaval1 @choclituk @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

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Bluebell’s Christmas Magic written by Marie Laval, publisher Choc Lit, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

To Buy Links
UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluebells-Christmas-Magic-perfect-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B07Y8L5PVB
US – http://www.amazon.com/Bluebells-Christmas-Magic-perfect-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B07Y8L5PVB

Book Blurb

A gorgeous new Christmas story from the author of best selling novel Little Pink Taxi
A flick of a feather duster and a sprinkle of Christmas magic …
Cassie Bell is used to mess. Her cleaning business, Bluebell Cleaning, is well known in the Cumbrian village of Red Moss. However, now it’s almost Christmas and Cassie has a slightly messier situation to deal with than she’s used to.

She’s been hired to help Stefan Lambert, an injured army helicopter pilot who’s staying at the local Belthorn Manor whilst he recovers. Stefan resents Cassie’s interference and is definitely not looking for Christmas cheer. But Cassie prides herself on sparkling surfaces – so, can she bring some festive sparkle to Stefan’s life too?

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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: Bluebell’s Christmas Magic.

I bloomin’ loved this festive treat of a read from Marie Laval; it was adorable and addictive, I also feel like I want to read it all over again to experience the sprinkles of Christmas magic emanating from the pages.  Pure delight!

Cassie Bell took over her mum’s cleaning business a few years ago and Bluebell Cleaning is particularly busy during the festive season with holiday lets in the Lake District village fully booked.  Cassie has also been assigned a late project to cook and care for Stefan Lambert whilst he’s recuperating at Belthorn Manor.

Stefan Lambert is a French Army Pilot, during his last exercise he was injured badly, his good friend Charles, the owner of the manor, assured him of plenty of peace and quiet to aid with his recovery.  However, Stefan didn’t expect a whirlwind of sparkle and cheer that being Cassie Bell to disturb his equilibrium.  Cassie wasn’t at all perturbed by Stefan’s grouchy behaviour in fact it quite suited him with his rugged war-torn looks and gruff voice.  She continued to clean and work around him leaving little notes of joy to cheer him up … but was Cassie’s sprinkle of magic working on Stefan?

As Cassie and Stefan continue to work alongside each other a sizzling chemistry soon develops but they are both suffering from traumatic events in their past.  Can they both learn to face their fears and open up to each other?

With Christmas fast approaching the villagers are looking forward to lots of fun events with Guess the Santa, Comedy Night and a family wedding.  However, when the sudden spate of burglaries becomes more widespread fear spreads and suspicion causes animosity between them all.

Bluebell’s Christmas Magic is one of those gorgeous, addictive, sexy reads that you just want to devour again and again!

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 and best-selling Little Pink Taxi was her debut romantic comedy novel with Choc Lit. She belongs to Authors on the Edge and writes short stories for the best selling Miss Moonshine’s anthologies. 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’!

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Christmas in Chamonix by Sasha Wagstaff @Ella__Harper @canelo_co @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread #ChristmasinChamonix

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Christmas in Chamonix written by Sasha Wagstaff, publisher Canelo Escape, is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link: https://lrd.to/christmas-in-chamonix

Book Blurb

When life goes downhill… head to the snow-capped Alps for roaring fires, apres-ski and festive romance.

Lily Jackson loves Christmas. She also loves her childhood friend Jamie, but when her plan to kick-start their romance goes drastically wrong and her job gets her down, Lily decides it’s time to make changes. A job opens up in snowy Chamonix and egged on by her best friend Imogen, Lily decides to go for it.

As Lily settles in with the eccentric Devereux family at their gorgeous boutique ski hotel, she starts to confront her past. But when she meets handsome ski instructor Luc, who hates Christmas, Lily might have taken on more than she can handle.

Can Lily make a new life – with or without skis? And can she get Luc to see how truly romantic Christmas can be?

A heart-warming, feel-good romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Carole Matthews and Tilly Tennant.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Sasha Wagstaff’s festive novel: Christmas in Chamonix.  This is the first novel I’ve read by Sasha Wagstaff and it has all the ingredients for the perfect romcom.

When you start crushing on your best friend and he doesn’t feel the same it’s time to take stock, pack your bags, including your thermals and head to Chamonix.  Lily is normally not so impulsive but the way she currently feels about her work and personal life she feels she has no option but to escape so when a job opportunity in the ski resort of Chamonix becomes available she feels it’s perfect timing.

Lily has never skied and feels it’s not a requirement for her job as a masseuse at the exclusive hotel but the family owned business encourage all staff to take to the slopes.  Lily has a fear of heights and also has in-depth feelings from long ago that block positive thoughts on trying new things in her life.  However, ski instructor Luc feels he can help Lily learn to ski and overcome some of her fears.  Lily now has more to overcome than her fear of heights and the unknown, she has the fear of her heightened emotions that are growing whilst she’s with Luc.

Luc has lived in the village of Chamonix all his life and to ski daily comes so naturally to him.  Luc understands the village embraces the festive season especially with it looking like the perfect Christmas card setting but he has a sadness surrounding him and Christmas is not a time for joy for him.  As Lily gets to learn more about Luc she hopes to return the joy of Christmas to him.

Christmas at Chamonix is such a gorgeous read; it’s fun and entertaining but there’s a heart-warming charm within the storyline of overcoming what life has thrown your way and bringing with it beautiful rays of light and hope.

About the Author

Chamonix Christnas Author photoSasha Wagstaff learned foreign languages, and imagined she might eventually get a glamorous job speaking French. After climbing her way up the banking ladder, Sasha started idly mapping out the beginnings of a novel on an old laptop. When she realised her characters were more real to her than dividends and corporate actions ever could be, she left her job to become a writer. She also writes under the pseudonym of Ella Harper.


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Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread #SnowflakesoverMoondanceCottage

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Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage 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:

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Snowflakes-over-Moondance-Cottage-sparkling-ebook/dp/B07XGDZ4Z2
US – http://www.amazon.com/Snowflakes-over-Moondance-Cottage-sparkling-ebook/dp/B07XGDZ4Z2

Book Blurb
When Jess Thornton’s dad was lost at sea, the family coped in different ways, alone in their grief. Now, her mum seems to be going off the rails and her sister, Isla, who moved to France, is now back and determined to get their old family home on the market. But the last thing Jess wants this Christmas is for renovations to start on the house. It’s sure to stir up all sorts of memories she’s desperate to avoid. And to make things worse, Isla appears to have hired the most obnoxious builder in the world to do the work. Jess could ignore the fact that women seem to be putty in his hands. But what she finds harder to ignore is the frisson she gets every time she squeezes past him in the mess that is now their beloved old home! Can the family finally start talking and find a way to move on from the past this Christmas?

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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 Rosie Green’s latest novel: Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage.

This is the first standalone novel I’ve read by Rosie Green and it has the same captivation as her novellas.  From the first page I was welcomed into a family coming to terms with a loss that seems never ending but sadly life has to go on and Jess with her sister, Isla and mother Patricia were coping in their own ways.

When Jess finds out her sister Isla has arranged renovations to be undertaken on their old family home she is distraught for all the memories being demolished by a builder who seems to have no idea in the sentiments he’s destroying.  Jess is annoyed with Isla but when she turns up unexpected from her home and business in Paris alarm bells start ringing in Jess’ head.  Why has Isla started renovating the house?  Why has she returned home?  What is Isla hiding?

Jess is also concerned with the recent decline in her mother’s health and is worried that the not knowing what has happened to her father is eating away at them all.

Trying to find a light at the end of the dark tunnel they are all in Jess decides to revisit a craft she enjoyed doing with her father.  The whole process of creating something beautiful appears to bring Jess closer to her father’s memories and she starts to feel a certain thankfulness for the moments she shared with her father.  However, working in the studio at the old family home brings her into the close working environment with Seb the builder.  Jess soon realises her first impressions of Seb were not a true reflection of his character and there is more to Seb than meets the eye and a chemistry soon fizzles between them.

Snowflakes Over Moondance Cottage is everything you want in a festive read.  I was charmed and invested by the story and felt the emotions expressed with the loss the girls have faced. Moondance Cottage sounded so idyllic and I could totally understand Jess’ anguish with the building work.  The storyline was real and relatable, it will pull at your heart strings and leave you with a satisfied glow of warmth, love and above all else hope.

Author Bio
Rosie 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 – http://www.twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988



Timothy Mean and the Time Machine by William AE Ford @williamaeford #picturebook #bookreview #buybooksforChristmas #childrensbook #indieauthor

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Timothy Mean and the Time Machine written and self-published by William AE Ford is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2P7Y880

Book Blurb


With Timothy Mean’s amazing imagination and time machine, anything and anywhere is possible! Join Timothy on a magical rhyming adventure as he skips through time and pranks with pirates, gets daring with dragons, and even teases a T-Rex!“It’s Monday. Hip hip hooray! Where shall we travel in time today?” With Timothy Mean, every day is a rhyme in time!


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Even though my children are all grown up I still appreciate the importance of surrounding children of all ages with books.  When my children were small I loved picture books and I still do now.  Picture books are like two books in one as a child can make up their own story by looking at the pictures and as they get older they can read the book themselves.

William AE Ford has written a wonderful, imaginative, entertaining story and it’s beautifully presented in a picture book format.  If you do buy the ebook format please do read it on a tablet or ereader that is colour compatible so you can fully appreciate the wonderful images in the background of the book.

I think this story would appeal to both boys and girls as Timothy is a character you could easily relate to and there’s probably a child like Timothy in every classroom.  Timothy is a little bored and decides to make himself a time machine.  With his expert time machine making skills he’s now ready for adventures and we follow Timothy for a week travelling through time and making new friends.

The text is written in a rhyming format that flows very well and you can imagine a child soon picking up the words and speaking them out aloud.  The author has written a story that is fun and entertaining but it also opens up the readers mind to a whole new world of imaginations.  If this book was read in a class the teacher could open up a great discussion with the children asking them where they’d like to go on their time travels.

I love buying books as gifts and Timothy Mean and the Time Machine would make a wonderful Christmas present.

About the Author

William has always had a passion for books, writing and story-telling. William’s favourite way to end a cosy evening is to spend time dreaming up and reading bed-time stories to his five wonderful children.
Just one of his many stories, ‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ was inspired by the spark of his children’s colourful imaginations as they tirelessly created unique, laughter filled days from even the most mundane, everyday objects and situations!
Born in England, William currently lives in Oslo, Norway with his wife Silje and five children.
‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ winner of the Readers Favorite Children’s Sci-Fi / Fantasy 2019 Award is William’s first published work and he plans to publish more books shortly.

Website: https://williamaeford.com/

Twitter:  @williamaeford