Lilian and the Irresistible Duke by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #HistoricalRomance #bookreview

Lilian and the Irresistible Duke

Lilian and the Irresistible Duke written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  The book can also be purchased direct from Mills & Boon website.

To buy links:

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Book Blurb

A reunion in Rome…Sparks an affair to remember!
Responsible widow Lilian Fairclough is persuaded to travel to Rome for a hard-earned break and to let down her hair! She’s surprised to be reunited with passionate, cynical Italian duke, Pietro Venturi. He reawakens her sensual side and intrigues her with glimpses of pain beneath his rakish surface. Enticed into a secret and temporary affair – what will happen once she returns home?

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Ohh I was totally swept away with this story by Virginia Heath, it was utterly sublime and I didn’t want it to end; a beautiful romance taking the characters on a journey of self-discovery and of new beginnings. Virginia Heath has written with such intricate detail with this novel I felt myself totally transported to Rome viewing for the first time the splendour and the majestic sights of the city just like our leading lady, Lilian. I was mesmerised by the atmospheric words then the beauty of the developing friendship between two people who were almost strangers but the love of the arts helped cement a blossoming alliance. A friendship that has had to overcome different cultures and beliefs and the grief of the past.

This is the first romance the author has written with the leading lady and gent being of a more mature age and it’s also her first romance were the leading gent is a sexy, charismatic, debonair Italian. It was refreshing to read a romance with characters facing different milestones and concerns in their lives than those of a younger generation; the characters had lived and lost and were learning to love again.

The book is one of a four part series of individual stories written by four different historical romance authors. The stories are all centred around a Victorian household. I’ve not read any of the other stories in the series but now I’ve met Lilian, the mother and matriarch of the family I’m keen to see how life for Lilian’s children faired.

A gorgeous, refreshing historical romance about letting yourself be you again. It was beautifully atmospheric, sexy and full of desire.

About the Author

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

Social Media Links –
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/virginiaheathauthor
Twitter: @VirginiaHeath_
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/virginia-heath
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/virginiaheathwrites/

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Horseshoes and Hand Grenades by S.M. Stevens @SMStevens17 #blogtour #guestpost #HAHG #AlmostCounts

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Horsheshoes and Hand Grenades written by S. M. Stevens and published by TouchPoint Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Book Blurb

Fragile but practical Shelby Stewart and ambitious, confident Astrid Ericcson just want to start their PR careers in 1980s Boston and maybe find a nice guy to hang out with. But long-buried memories of incest at the hands of her local hero stepfather keep interrupting Shelby’s plans, affecting her health one way after another. And when will she actually date someone her friends think is good enough for her?
Astrid thinks she wrote the book on How to Get Ahead by Flirting but is forced to re-visit her career advancement strategy when her boss Brad takes the innuendos to a whole new, scary level, threatening her job and her safety.
Suddenly, instead of taking charge of their lives, both women find themselves spinning out of control.
In this fast-paced story for the #metoo generation, the women reach new highs and lows in life, work and romance, while struggling to make sense of the abusive relationships that haunt them.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting S.M. Stevens latest novel: Horseshoes and Hand Grenades.  I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from the author:

Guest Post for Kraftireader
By S.M. Stevens, author of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Why I Portray “Lesser Abuse” of an Everyday Heroine in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, my new Women’s Fiction novel from TouchPoint Press, is not another book about horrific, violent sexual abuse. Why? Because, even though such books are important, there are other stories that also need to be told.

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades purposely portrays much less severe abuse and harassment situations. Those scenes, while troubling, are brief and not particularly graphic. As one reviewer said, the book is a “safe” place to deal with these tough subjects.

I made that choice because I believe the vast majority of harassment and abuse victims suffer “lesser abuse” compared to, for example, rape.

In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, readers root for Lisbeth Salander because they can empathize with her pain. But most probably can’t relate directly to the unspeakable violence inflicted upon the androgynous computer hacker of questionable mental stability.

In contrast, the less severe abuse my heroine Shelby suffers will resonate with the many women who harbor similar memories.

I also wanted Shelby to be relatable to many readers: a young woman starting out her career and trying to build healthy friendships and romances despite the demon from her past that keeps, figuratively speaking, knocking on her door. Almost everyone will have something in common with her, because in many ways she is “every woman.”

And her story is filled with love, laughter, friendship, romance, challenges, failures and recoveries. In that way, it’s a coming-of-age story that, I hope, reflects real life for many people.

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades makes a case that Shelby’s “lesser abuse” matters. I chose the title to challenge the old saying that “almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades”. If a line is crossed between appropriate behavior and inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature, damage often does happen.

But I’m not trying to send every woman who has been touched the wrong way by a man into therapy. Everyone deals with such situations, and heals from them, in their own way. I’m merely trying to tell women who have discounted their experiences, burying them deep inside, that what happened did matter, and it’s okay to acknowledge that.

What affects one woman greatly might roll off another’s back. So many factors feed into how a victim feels, in addition to the nature of the abuse: the relationship between the two people, the power balance, past interactions, the victim’s personal history, and even the victim’s mood that day.

So no one can judge how an abusive act should affect another human being. Only the victim herself can decide if it was a big deal or not; if it will shape the rest of her life or not. And reaching those decisions is not as easy as it sounds, as Shelby discovers.

And that is why I believe all stories, even the “minor” ones, are valid and deserve to be told.

About the Author

hahg authorS.M. Stevens began writing fiction during back-to-back health crises. First, she broke her pelvis in three places in a horseback riding fall, and used the recuperation period to write Shannon’s Odyssey, a middle-grade novel for animal-lovers. Soon after, Stevens was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. During her five months of treatment and subsequent recovery spell, she wrote Bit Players, Has-Been Actors and Other Posers for musical theatre-loving teens. Two additional Bit Players novels followed. Horseshoes and Hand Grenades is her first adult book. After watching reactions to the #MeToo movement, she decided it was time for a novel that takes people into the minds of victims so they can understand why many women don’t speak up about their harassment or assault, and why some do. When not writing, she provides marketing and public relations services to solar energy companies. She is from Gorham, Maine, and now lives in Clinton, Mass., and Washington, N.H. She has also lived in Italy and in the U.K., where she was Group Public Affairs Director for National Grid.

Website & Social Media Links:

Website: https://www.AuthorSMStevens.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSMStevens
Twitter: @SMStevens17
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/s.m.stevens/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/s-m-stevens-303623180/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6642891.S_M_Stevens
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/S.M.-Stevens/e/B006E548JO

 

The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen by Ada Bright & Cass Grafton @CassGrafton @missyadabright @canelo_co @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #contemporaryromance

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The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen written by Ada Bright & Cass Grafton, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Purchase Links
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Particular-Charm-Miss-Jane-Austen-ebook/dp/B07P6VPMFZ
Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/Particular-Charm-Miss-Jane-Austen-ebook/dp/B07P6VPMFZ
Barnes & Noble (and Nook)
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-particular-charm-of-miss-jane-austen-ada-bright/1130732667?ean=9781788633697
Kobo
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Book Blurb
When a time travelling Jane Austen gets stuck in modern-day Bath it’s up to avid Janeite Rose Wallace to save her… because she’s the only one who knows that Jane exists!
Rose Wallace’s world revolves around all things Austen, and with the annual festival in Bath – and the arrival of dishy archaeologist, Dr Aiden Trevellyan – just around the corner, all is well with the world…
But then a mysterious woman who bears more than a passing resemblance to the great author moves in upstairs, and things take a disastrous turn. Rose’s new neighbour is Jane Austen, whose time travel adventure has been sabotaged by a mischievous dog, trapping her in the twenty-first century.
Rose’s life is instantly changed – new home, new job, new friends – but she’s the only one who seems to have noticed! To right the world around her, she will have to do whatever it takes to help Jane get back home to write Rose’s beloved novels. Because a world without Mr Darcy? It’s not worth living in!

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I really enjoyed reading this story written by Ada Bright and Cass Grafton.  A contemporary romance that had an other worldly feel to it with a historical time slip of a difference coupled with a romance to set any readers heart to beat faster.  A glorious story that is enchanting and has little moments of emotion running through it.

Rose is an obsessed Jane Austen fan and is excited for this years annual Jane Austen Festival as she is set to meet her online friend and fellow Austenite for the first time.  Living and working in the city of Bath is any Jane Austen fan’s dream and Rose feels very privileged to have access to snippets of the famed author’s life close to home.  However, when Rose notices a tenant of a property that Jane Austen herself once resided acting suspiciously and displaying rather uncanny characteristics to the author Rose feels like she may have met the biggest super fan ever or is there more to Jenny’s eye than we can see?

Rose is set to go on an adventure of a lifetime but fears for her life and the significance of the repercussions for the literacy world.

A gem of a read for Jane Austen fans and fans of romance novels alike.  I can’t wait to read more from these two authors and I’m so excited to learn there is a follow up to this great novel.

Author Bios
Cass Grafton
particular charm of Ada and CassA proud bookworm since childhood, Cass writes the sort of stories she loves to read – heart-warming, character driven and strong on location. Having moved around extensively and lived in three countries, she finds places inspiring and the setting of her novels often becomes as much a part of the story as her characters.
She has an over-active imagination, is prone to crying with happiness as much as she is at sadness, but when it comes to her writing she leans heavily towards the upbeat and insists on a happy ever after. As one of her favourite authors, Jane Austen, once wrote, ‘let other pens dwell on guilt and misery’.
Cass loves travelling, words, cats and wine, and enjoys them in any combination. She currently splits her time between Switzerland, where she lives with her husband, and England, where she lives with her characters.

Ada Bright
Ada has lived all her life in Southern California, which makes her intolerant to any weather above or below 72 degrees Fahrenheit. She grew up much more fond of reading than sports or socializing and still tends to ignore everyone she loves, all her responsibilities and basic life needs when she’s in the middle of a book.
She is luckily married to a handsome and funny man who doesn’t mind that the laundry never gets put away and she has three amazing children. Ada spent over a decade as a photographer before dedicating herself to writing, though she still believes that life should be documented well and often.
There is nothing she loves more than a good, subtle love story whether it be in real life, tv, movie, theatre or book form… well, except cake. She also really loves cake.

Social Media Links –
Our Blog: http://www.tabbycow.com

Facebook:
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Twitter:
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A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #LittleDuckPondCafe #feelgoodfiction

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

Purchase Links
UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Wedding-Little-Duck-Pond-ebook/dp/B07YQB5HSV/
US – http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Wedding-Little-Duck-Pond-ebook/dp/B07YQB5HSV/

Book Blurb

With Zak and Ellie’s wedding day approaching, there’s high excitement in the pretty village of Sunnybrook, especially among the Little Duck Pond Café crew. Ellie is over the moon with her romantic surprise wedding gift from Zak, and Madison is promising to organise a hen party to remember. Everyone has high hopes for a magical Christmas Eve wedding celebration at gorgeous Brambleberry Manor. (Even Maisie-Moo has a sparkling new outfit.)

But sometimes, even the best-laid plans can go wrong. And with the journey to the altar turning out to be rockier than expected, it’s going to take nothing short of a Christmas miracle to ensure a happy ending . .

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Book 8 in the Little Duck Pond Café series: A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Café.

This is such a joyous, uplifting series from Rosie Green that I feel goes from strength to strength.  I do wholeheartedly recommend reading all the books in the series in order as the characters lives do follow on with each instalment and it’s such a gem of a series you will be eager to read more.  The books in the series in order are:

  • Spring at the Little Duck Pond Café
  • Summer at the Little Duck Pond Café
  • Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Café
  • Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Café
  • A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Café
  • Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Café
  • Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Café
  • A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Café
  • and coming soon … Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Café

We are less than a week till Ellie and Zak’s winter wedding and nerves and concerns are settling in especially with Ellie who feels like Zak’s current behaviour is quite blasé about the whole affair and is spending more and more time at work.  Ellie does have her hen do to take her mind off things.  Ellie is not the only one with concerns at the moment her best friends Fen and Jaz have their own worries.  Can the girls sort out their concerns and worries and will the wedding go off without a hitch or two?

This series by Rosie Green is wonderful reading and would make a perfect Sunday evening TV mini series.  Real people with real problems all centred around the cosy charms of the village café.  I always look forward to re-visiting the Little Duck Pond Café.

Author Bio 

A Bakery - Rosie Green Author PicRosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred around life in a village café. 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 Café’, which will be published in December 2019.

Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’, which will be out in November.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – @Rosie_Green1988

 

 

 

A Degree of Uncertainty by Nicola K Smith @NicolaKSmith @rararesources #blogtour #extract

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A Degree of Uncertainty written by Nicola K Smith, publisher Compass Publishing, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

Purchase Links
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Degree-Uncertainty-Nicola-Smith-ebook/dp/B0825Y8PTS
US – https://www.amazon.com/Degree-Uncertainty-Nicola-Smith-ebook/dp/B0825Y8PTS

Book Blurb
A Cornish town is slowly fracturing under the weight of its growing university…
Prominent businessman, Harry Manchester will not stand by and see his beloved hometown turned into a student ghetto — and many residents and students are relying on him.
But Harry’s stance sets him on a collision course with Dawn Goldberg, formidable Vice Chancellor of Poltowan University, who is set on doubling its size and cementing her career legacy.
As Harry’s marriage falls apart, his business comes under threat, and fellow traders accuse him of halting progress, Dawn is battling her own demons, not least the need to live up to her late father’s expectations and erase the memory of his tragic death.
There can only be one victor in this battle for the soul of a close-knit community…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Nicola K Smith debut novel: A Degree of Uncertainty.  I have the pleasure of sharing an extract.

A DEGREE OF UNCERTAINTY by Nicola K Smith
(Extract from Chapter 3)
This extract shows Vice Chancellor, Dawn Goldberg in her element as she sets out her plans to push through the expansion of Poltowan University.

Dawn Goldberg took four deliberate paces towards the corner of her well-appointed office, over-looking the gardens between her and the digital animation studios. In the middle of the lawns, white-tinged under a thin covering of frost, stood a huge statue of a naked man, paint brush held over an imaginary easel, chin angled, deep in thought.
She had commissioned it the year before from a former student who had recently won a prize from some well-respected arts body looking to recognise future talent. It had caused quite a stir, and not only within the walls of the university. The Poltowan Post had featured it on its front page under the headline ‘Naked Ambition?’, and run it alongside a photo of a smiling Dawn Goldberg with the quote, “It is art, not porn.” The furore that followed had only served to highlight the ignorance of so many people, she thought, who worked themselves into an irrational frenzy when presented with the magnificent male form.
She looked at it, a seagull perched audaciously upon the statue’s head, and smiled. She liked to call it Michael, for reasons she could not now recall. The statue was angled in such a way that she could fully appreciate his ample manhood, almost as if he were standing there for her pleasure alone. She would often practise her speeches on him, looking to him for some sign of en-dorsement, which he invariably gave.
She twisted around to face the three actual men sitting before her, tossing her head in the shaft of winter sunlight and imagining how the newly applied golden-red colours – “bur-nished gold” her hairdresser had called the shade – would be lending her an almost angelic hue. Her father’s photograph gazed up at her from the wooden frame on her desk, his characteristically am-biguous expression suggesting that he too thought the men in front of her were buffoons, hardly worthy of her time, and certainly not deserving of her patience.
Slowly she began to launch into what she called her “future strategy”, outlining her plans to win over the people who mattered, changing hearts and minds. It was, after all, only a mat-ter of time before her plans for the enlargement of the university received the go ahead.
Andy Hornblower shifted in his seat, mouth visibly twitching, occasionally opening for a few seconds before slowly shutting again like a soft-closing bin. Each time his fat lips threat-ened to utter a sound, Dawn raised her voice slightly, sometimes lifting her finger in the air as if leading a dog obedience class.
The other two men listened enraptured, the angle of their heads mimicking hers as her curls danced around her bespectacled face. Andy cleared his throat during one of Dawn’s rare pauses for breath, summoning the courage to speak.
‘I’ve prepared some detailed plans along the lines of the actions you suggested, Dawn.’ He raised the carefully bound document he had been clutching in his lap. ‘I’ll leave it with you, but I think you’ll find it adds a bit of meat to the bone, shall we say, dots the i’s, crosses the t’s. And I’ve provisionally scheduled a meeting with Carrie Menhenick at Poltowan Council, she’s—’
‘I don’t think that will be necessary Andy.’ Dawn spun around to see the seagull hop down to Michael’s nether regions, its tiny eyes darting left and right as if it knew it was pushing the boundaries of social acceptability.
‘I have just outlined exactly how the manifesto will take shape, and we needn’t waste our time on the local Council. It’s the County Council who will have the final say. Luke, you get on to the local press, gauge the mood, see what they’re planning. Jowan, you research every pos-sible line of objection and find a rebuttal as to why it’s unsound. Andy, you oversee both and report back to me once we have a watertight strategy. I, meanwhile, am leveraging my contacts in the na-tional press and at the County Council.’ She rolled the l seductively and brought her hands together as if in prayer when she’d finished speaking.
‘I really do think you should reconsider holding a meeting with Harry Manchester…’ muttered Andy.
‘I saw him last week,’ said Dawn, her voice rising an octave. ‘And I don’t need to see that loathsome gawping man from that snivelling little industry again.’
‘But, Dawn, we should remember he wields considerable local influence, and after contriving to let him find out about our expansion plans on live TV, I think it might be wise to…’
Dawn crossed the office floor quickly, her sturdy legs striding into the shadows where Andy sat. Her painted finger was held aloft, her eyes wide. ‘And I rather think that this meeting is closed.’ She paused for a moment after she’d made her announcement, relishing her abil-ity to bring instantaneous quiet upon the room.
‘One other thing—’ Andy said, exhaling as if a captor had finally removed tape from his mouth. Dawn glared down at him, her finger still raised. He seemed unaware of quite how close to the wind he was sailing. ‘Dave White has written an open letter to Kernow Click. It’s online now. Might be a good idea for you have a look – in case you want to respond?’
She glowered at him.
‘When I was in the police,’ he continued, ‘it was always considered best practice to—’
‘You are not in the force now, PC Hornblower.’
Jowan coughed. Luke studied the worn-down heels of his shoes.
‘Well, I wasn’t actually a PC, as you know, I worked—’
‘Off you go, gents. No time to waste.’
Dawn sat behind her desk as the last of them filed out. It pleased her to see Luke and Jowan’s admiring glances, their eyes dipping towards her cleavage as she spoke. Sometimes she wondered if this was how an actor felt, strutting across the stage in front of a worshipful audience, everybody hanging on their every word, eyes unable to disguise the marvel they felt at the genius before them.

Author Bio

A Degree Author Nic-1Nicola K Smith is a freelance journalist contributing to a number of titles including the The Times, Guardian.co.uk, BBC.co.uk, BBC Countryfile and Sainsbury’s Magazine. She lives in Falmouth, Cornwall, a town which inspired A Degree of Uncertainty, although it is set in the fictional Cornish town of Poltowan.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @NicolaKSmith
Instagram: Nicolaksmith740
Facebook: @NicolaKSmith74

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**Cover Reveal** – The Cottage on Wildflower Lane by Liz Davies @lizdaviesauthor @rararesources #bookcoverreveal #romcom

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I am so pleased to be involved in the cover reveal for Liz Davies latest novel: The Cottage on Wildflower Lane.  Here are all the important details:

Title:  The Cottage on Wildflower Lane

Author and Publisher:  Liz Davies

Format:  eBook and kindleunlimited

Publication Day:  14th February 2020

To pre-order/buy links: UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B083QRXBW9
US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083QRXBW9

Book Blurb

Esther’s life isn’t perfect (whose is?) – but she’s happy enough living in her little flat with her boyfriend, Josh.

But that’s about to change.

Bored out of her mind in work, she wishes that something, anything, would happen to liven her life up.

Unfortunately, her wish comes true when Josh calls her from the airport to tell her he’s going to work in a bar in Spain, and she’s not invited, Esther is devastated, and her unhappiness is compounded when she discovers she can actually view the bar via a webcam link and watch him chatting up other girls.

But when she inadvertently clicks on a link to another webcam which shows a pretty cottage and the rather hunky man who lives in it, her interest is piqued and she wishes she could get to know him.

Wishes don’t really come true, though – do they…?

Author Bio
Author photo 2019Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper can and travel the world in it.

Social Media Links:
Website: https://lizdaviesauthor.wixsite.com/home
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LizDaviesAuthor1
Twitter https://twitter.com/lizdaviesauthor

And  now the beautiful cover that makes you think of beautiful summery days …

The Cottage on Wildflower Lane

 

The Orphan Thief by Glynis Peters @_GlynisPeters_ @0neMoreChapter_ @annecater #bookpromo #WWIIsaga

 

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The Orphan Thief written by Glynis Peters, publisher One More Chapter is available in ebook, audiobook and NOW in paperback format.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour with a promo to celebrate the paperback launch of Glynis Peter’s WWII saga: The Orphan Thief.  Here are all the important details:

To buy link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orphan-Thief-Glynis-Peters/dp/0008384908

BOOK BLURB

From the international bestselling author of The Secret Orphan

When all seems lost…

As Hitler’s bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow – her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz.

Hope still survives…

Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby is determined to survive this war and rebuild her life.  And a chance encounter with street urchin Tommy gives Ruby just the chance she needs…

And love will overcome.

Because Tommy brings with him Canadian Sergeant Jean-Paul Clayton.  Jean-Paul is drawn to Ruby and wants to help her, but Ruby cannot bear another loss.
Can love bloom amidst the ruins?  Or will the war take Ruby’s last chance at happiness too?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

orphan thief Glynis Peters Author PicGlynis Peters, lives in Dovercourt, Essex, England.

She married her school sweetheart in 1979, and they have three children. They also have three grandchildren, with another due in the spring of 2019, the year of their ruby wedding Anniversary.

​In 2014, Glynis was short-listed for the Festival of Romantic Fiction New Talent Award.

​In 2018, HarperCollins/HarperImpulse published her novel, The Secret Orphan. The novel rose to several bestseller positions within a few months of release.

​When Glynis is not writing she enjoys fishing with her husband, making greetings cards, cross stitch and the company of her granddaughters.

Her grandson lives in Canada, and it is for that reason she  introduced a Canadian pilot into The Secret Orphan.

Website: http://www.glynispeterauthor.co.uk/

Twitter : @_GlynisPeters_

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Rocks and Flowers in a Box (Lorna & Tristan series #2) by Cynthia Hilston @cynthiahilston @rararesources #blogblitz #bookreview #contemporaryromance #religiousromance #historicalromance

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Rocks and Flowers in a Box written and self-published by Cynthia Hilston is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

Purchase Links
US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y7N9G5N/
UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Y7N9G5N/

Book Blurb
The wedding bells for Lorna and Tristan Blake toll doom right as the honeymoon begins with an unexpected turn in Tristan’s health. While World War II winds down, Lorna receives a letter from the War Department informing her that the brother she thought killed in action is still alive. She is overjoyed, but his return will dredge up a devastating secret about their parents’ tragic death – a secret that could destroy her new marriage and threaten her husband’s physical and mental well-being. What unfolds is balancing act of keeping the faith and shattering the pieces of the life she’s worked so hard to put back together.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blog blitz celebrating and promoting book two in the Lorna & Tristan series by Cynthia Hilston: Rocks and Flowers in a Box.

This is my first introduction to the work of Cynthia Hilston and as Rocks and Flowers in a Box is book two in a series I did feel like I’d missed out on a huge amount of history between the characters.  However, the author with her words soon warmed me to these two characters; Lorna and Tristan, who have suffered greatly in the past.  Their own individual lives have endured much emotional and mental turmoil but somehow there was a light at the end of the tunnel.  That light was love, acceptance and forgiveness.  The newly weds are rebuilding their lives but when news brings forth joy it also leads to anxiety for fear of the past breaking up what they have built.

Cynthia Hilston has created a moving heart-rendering story set in America at the end of WWII, were a young couple are trying to rebuild their lives.  Through Lorna’s faith and spiritual beliefs her love shines through healing old and new wounds.

I particularly enjoyed a quote I’d like to share from the book:

Having dreams is what keeps us going.  I’d like to keep it hope or keeping the faith.

Author Bio

Rockas and Flowers authorphoto2Cynthia Hilston is a thirty-something-year-old stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she finally stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction. Visit her website at http://www.cynthiahilston.com for more information.

In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, watches Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.

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The Bus Ride by Joanie Chevalier @JoanieChevalier @raresources #blogtour #extract #indieauthor

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The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure written and self-published by Joanie Chevalier is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure

When Devon discovers his car stolen, he must find transportation to get to his destination before the deadline to get what’s rightfully his: the urn containing one-fifth of his deceased momma. He hops on Bus No. 255 and changes the course of the route. As the passengers’ personalities and needs emerge, they go from being strangers to a bonded family within hours as they fight for each other, and themselves… in more ways than one. Funny and sentimental, this story will grab your heart as you cheer everyone on Bus Route No. 255, maybe even the busnapper.

Meet the passengers on Bus No. 255, an unlikely group of people who have no choice but to try to get along and survive when their bus gets busnapped. Meet Devon, who has a deadline he must meet, or risk losing what’s his; Doug, a dreamer of a better life, but first must face a sad truth; Frankie, a life full of loneliness, but unexpectedly becomes a hero; Gloria, a woman who finds validation in the most unexpected place; Autumn, a girl who desires a family, and a sense of belonging; Dave, a man seeking justice and equality, learns to love himself as he is; and the Garcia family, whose family ties brings them to the brink of danger. Follow these passengers as they each fulfill their destinies, together.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Joanie Chevalier’s latest novel: The Bus Ride: A Zany Busnapping Adventure.  I have the pleasure of sharing an extract with you.

Devon aka FakeBusDriver had just busnapped the bus and had given everyone nicknames because he thought calling everyone ‘hey you’ to be rude. This is what happened next.

FakeBusDriver glared at them in the mirror and didn’t see the hares crossing the road. When he turned his eyes back to the road, he yanked the wheel to miss them. It was a tad too much yank. The bus went airborne, and plowed over a dirt mound, hitting a two-foot-tall cactus. The bus came to a sudden halt.
As the dust settled, the silence was deafening. Then something blew under the hood and steam began whistling out from the front grill.
“This is not good,” mumbled SpyMan, breaking the silence.
RealBusDriver awoke from his nap when he fell out of his seat. He pulled himself up and yelled, “Am I late? Did I miss the overtime?” He shook his head and looked around, realizing they had just crashed.
“Oh, okay,” he said as he straightened his wrinkled blue uniform shirt. “Don’t panic!”
“What the hell just happened?” asked ToughGirl.
“Nothing bad, honey, we’re okay,” said MuffinTopMomma as she reached down to pick up the small items that had rolled out of her bag. “Right, honey?” she asked, turning her attention to FakeBusDriver.
“Quick, somebody! FakeBusDriver’s hurt!” she shouted when she saw FakeBusDriver slumped over the wheel.
RealBusDriver rushed forward and placed his hand on FakeBusDriver’s back and shook him. “FakeBusDriver! Talk to me!”
The passengers surged forward. “Give him some air,” said MuffinTopMomma.
SpyMan reached over and slid the driver’s side window open. “Turn his head.”
RealBusDriver turned his head, and they all gasped. His eyes were open and staring.
“He’s dead!” cried LonelyBoy.
“I’ve never seen a dead body before!” said ToughGirl, her cheeks blushing with excitement.
“Now, don’t jump to conclusions…” MuffinTopMomma said.
In the next second everyone either screamed, gasped, or jumped when FakeBusDriver’s eyes blinked.
“He turned into a ghost,” gasped ToughGirl, her fingers clenched onto LonelyBoy’s arm.
“I’m not dead, gosh darn it!” FakeBusDriver raised his head and coughed. He sat up and placed both palms on his chest. “My heart’s still beating.”

Author Bio –

The Bus Ride - Profile PhotoJoanie Chevalier is a multi-genre Indie Author; Founder & Editor of RAC Online Magazine: Promoting and Encouraging the Reader/Author Connection; and Founder of Our Indie Author Room FB Group, a place where writers in all stages of their career go to learn, inspire, and teach.

Joanie loves the outdoors and nature, reading and supporting fellow indie authors. Her writing is a blend of everything she likes to read: suspense, horror, crime, psychological, non-fiction, and a good short story. She thinks her two Chihuahuas look adorable in sweaters.

Social Media Links –

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Joanie-Chevalier/e/B00P1946MS

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JoanieC

RAC Website: https://readerauthorconnection.com/

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The Cake Fairies by Isabella May @IsabellaMayBks @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #romcom #cakefairies

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The Cake Fairies written and self-published by Isabella May is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

Purchase Links:
UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cake-Fairies-Because-century-having-ebook/dp/B07Z2S41TZ
US – http://www.amazon.com/Cake-Fairies-Because-century-having-ebook/dp/B07Z2S41TZ

Book Blurb
1960’s Somerset is no fun for cousins Polly and Annabelle Williams. Mourning their non-existent love lives, and the mundanity of village life, their only pleasure is baking – until a chance encounter has them magically transported to the bright lights of London… in 2019!
Promised a chance of love, first they must teach the people of the future about the simpler pleasures of life by becoming Cake Fairies. Over the course of a year they set off on a delectable tour of the UK, dropping off cakes in the most unexpected of places and replacing the lure of technology with much sweeter temptations.
But will their philanthropical endeavours lead them to everlasting love? Or will they discover you can’t have your cake and eat it?

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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 Isabella May’s latest novel: The Cake Fairies.

It’s 1969 and cousins Polly and Annabelle are best friends as well as partners in the bakery, living and working in a small village near Glastonbury.  The girls are approaching 30 and even though they’ve reached a level of success in their professional lives their love life is pretty non-existent.

It’s the annual fair in the village and the girls are attracted to a tent to which reveals a woman who appears to know an awful lot about them.  The lady in question offers them a challenge of sorts in return to helping them find love.  Polly and Annabelle find themselves time travelling 50 decades to the year 2019.  They are equipped with an instruction manual to help the people of today re-ignite their love of the simple pleasures in life before new technology brain washed us all.

The girls have the skills and creativity to bring forth the lure of the sweet delights of cake to tempt people to sit back and savour the moment and look around them.  Polly and Annabelle are granted a year to fulfil their mission and the Cake Fairies are born.  Along this journey that they are taking new friends, acquaintances and accomplishes are made.  But will 2019 bring them love and romance?

The Cake Fairies is such a fun, entertaining read viewing the advancements of the world through the eyes of our leading ladies.  When one embraces the change the other goes slightly off track.  Reading about their culinary sweet creations was enough to make your mouth water and their task was quite thought provoking and inspiring.

Fun, entertaining with a yummie romance!

Author Bio
cake fairies author picIsabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic.
Cake, cocktail, churros, ice cream and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life’s rules.
The Cake Fairies is her fifth novel.

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