Love Heart Lane Boxset by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @0neMoreChapter_ @rararesources #promo

I am so excited to be involved in the celebration and promotion of the Love Heart Lane Boxset that is NOW available. I can wholeheartedly recommend this series as I have adored each and every one of the stories.

Don’t miss this gorgeous eBook boxset of the first three novels in Christie Barlow’s bestselling Love Heart Lane series – also including a bonus Christmas short story!

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what

Love Heart Lane

When Flick Simons returns to the cosy village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.

You can find my review here: https://kraftireader.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/love-heart-lane-by-christie-barlow-blogtour-book-review/

Foxglove Farm

Isla and Drew Allaway appear to have the perfect life – a strong marriage, two beautiful children and their picture-perfect home, Foxglove Farm.
But, new mum Isla is struggling. When she discovers that Drew has been keeping secrets from her, Isla has to face losing the home they all love.

You can find my review here: https://kraftireader.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/foxglove-farm-by-christie-barlow-christiejbarlow-0nemorechapter_-rararesources-blogtour-bookreview-romcom-summerreading/

Clover Cottage

When Vet Rory Scott inherits ramshackle Clover Cottage in the quaint village of Heartcross, Allie MacDonald just knows this is their happy ever after. A place to call home with the man she loves – it’s her dream come true!
Until Rory drops a bombshell. He loves Allie but he has dreams of his own to follow – to live and work in Africa. Clover Cottage will have to wait just a little longer…

You can find my review here: https://kraftireader.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/clover-cottage-by-christie-barlow-christiejbarlow-0nemorechapter_-rararesources-blogtour-bookreview-feelgoodfiction-loveheartlane/

Plus the exclusive short story –  Christmas at Heartcross Castle.

Celebrate Christmas with all your favourite residents from Love Heart Lane – a short Christmas story not to be missed! Merry Christmas! X

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09B4R97YL/

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09B4R97YL/

About Christie Barlow

Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of fifteen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty’s Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.

Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

When Christie isn’t writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.

Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.

Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christie_barlow/?hl=en

Twitter @ChristieJBarlow 

Facebook page Christie Barlow author

The Wedding Cake Wish (Little Duck Pond Cafe) by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green88 @rararesources #bookreview #feelgoodfiction

The Wedding Cake Wish, Little Duck Pond Cafe written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook format.

Book Blurb

Wedding excitement is in the air! With their big day approaching, Fen has her heart set on a gorgeous, intimate celebration with not much fuss at all. But strong-minded mother-of-the-bride Marjery seems to have considerably grander plans. There’s also the small problem of a missing best man, and when Fen tasks Hudson Holmes and Ruby Watkiss with the job of tracking him down, their investigations unearth far more secrets than they bargained for. Will the Big Day go ahead in the light of such dramatic revelations? Can a wedding cake wish save the day? One thing’s for sure – this will definitely be a wedding to remember!

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3BBqWNI

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.

The Wedding Cake Wish is Book 17 in The Little Duck Pond Cafe, which I feel is one of the best uplifting, romantic series that I’ve read. Most of the instalments can be read as a standalone however, with The Wedding Cake Wish I do feel like it would help to read Book 16 (A Summer of Surprises) beforehand as you will learn about the newcomers to the area, Ruby and Hudson, who share an enthusiasm for solving a mystery. The Wedding Cake Wish follows on from the end of Book 16 when we discover Rory, bestman to Rob & Fen’s upcoming wedding, has gone missing. So our intrepid duo Ruby and Hudson have a new mission to track Rory down.

The book also follows Fen with her wedding preparations and things get a little out of hand and it all feels overwhelming for Fen. Fen’s anxiety level reaches fever point as she can’t understand why her fiance, Rob, is acting so aloof.

Author, Rosie Green, has created a fabulous pairing of Ruby and Hudson and their partnership blossoms when they have a mystery to solve as they often experience comical moments. However, another newcomer arrives and the friendship of this pair is put under pressure.

Trying to solve one mystery leads to another with a startling revelation for some in the village.

Once again, author Rosie Green, has written a wonderful, uplifting, romantic story that never fails to make you smile.

Author Bio –

Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘A Summer of Surprises’, is out now.

Look out for ‘Snow Falls over Sunnybrook’, a heart-warming Christmas delight, out in November 2021. As snow drifts down over the village, will romance finally blossom for one very special pair?

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green88

The Penniless Debutante (Lady Tregowan’s Will 3) by Janice Preston @janicegpreston @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #HistoricalRomance #millsandbooninsider

The Penniless Debutante (Lady Tregowan’s Will Book 3) written by Janice Preston, publisher Mills and Boon Historical, is available in ebook and paperback format from 28th October 2021.

To pre-order/buy the book: https://amzn.to/3CiN3s0

You can also purchase the book direct from the Mills and Boon website.

Book Blurb

Almost destitute

When she inherits a fortune!

Lady Tregowan’s Will story. The will that sees Aurelia Croome become wealthy forbids her from marrying the new Lord Tregowan. That wouldn’t be a concern if the only man to catch Aurelia’s eye during her first Season wasn’t Maximilian Penrose—Lord Tregowan! Why is it that no one else has Max’s honour, wit or tantalising good looks? The spectre of being poor again haunts her…but the thought of sacrificing passion for comfort is just as terrifying!

REVIEW

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 was so excited to read book 3 in Janice Preston’s latest trilogy; Lady Tregowan’s Will. This trilogy has completely captivated me and I was a little intrigued by the premise of the storyline, you can find my reviews for books one and two here: https://kraftireader.wordpress.com/2021/08/10/double-review-lady-tregowans-will-books-one-and-two-by-janice-preston-janicegpreston-millsandboon-harlequinbooks-bookreview-historicalromance-millsandbooninsider/

The Penniless Debutante is Aurelia’s story and I think it might be my favourite story of the three but maybe that might be because it feels like a wrapping up/conclusion to this wonderful trilogy that the author has created.

Aurelia I feel is the most spirited and vivacious of the three young women who have recently been thrust together in a world far from their own upbringings. I do feel reading all the books in order will enhance your experience as the characters lives do progress and you also witness how each individual girl copes with the news of their surprising inheritance. One of the conditions of the will is that they must not wed the current Lord Tregowan, no reason has been given to this but if any of the conditions are not met then the recipient will forfeit their portion of the estate. Ironically, Aurelia by chance meets Lord Tregowan on the day that changes her life forever and she’s not quite sure what to make of him as her reaction creates quite a stir within her emotions. Understandably, Lord Tregowan is upset and angry that his inheritance is no more and he’s perplexed to how three complete strangers are now in possession of what he thought was intended for him.

We follow Aurelia as she comes to terms with the changes in her fortune and how she learns more about the mysterious benefactor and also Lord Tregowan.

I loved Aurelia’s character, her feistiness, her beauty and her stubbornness to obey protocol. However, she hid her vulnerability regarding her upbringing and this side of her character gave her doubts concerning men in society. Lord Tregowan was certainly a mystery to begin with but his softer, less sure of himself side was adorable.

A gorgeous Regency romance that was a fitting finale to a glorious trilogy.

About the Author

Janice Preston writes emotional and sensual historical romance. Although all her novels are standalone reads, she loves to write stories set in the same Regency world, and many of her books include book-hopping characters.

When Janice isn’t writing she enjoys reading, swimming, pottering about the garden when the sun is shining, and travelling whenever she can. She fuels her imagination with endless cups of coffee, is far too keen on unhealthy food, and is an expert procrastinator.

For more info go to: janicepreston.co.uk

Twitter: @janicegpreston

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janice.preston.author/

When Only Pride Remains by Natalie Kleinman @NatKleinman @rararesources

When Only Pride Remains written and self-published by Natalie Kleinman is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

A enchanting story of love, loss and healing set in Regency England! For fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Jane Aiken Hodge and Jane Austen.

Can two estranged friends find their way back to each other…?

Regency England

When her father —Major Angus Fairham — returns home from the Napoleonic wars, Prudence is excited to welcome him home to Fairham Manor.

However, tragedy strikes when Angus loses his estate to his close friend and comrade — young Captain Jack Staveley — in a drunken game of cards. Unable to face his loss, Angus takes his own life.

Distraught, Jack tries to restore Fairham Manor to Prudence, but she is too proud to accept his offer.

Overcome with grief and anger, she retreats to her aunt’s house in Bath and distances herself from her once close friendship with Jack.

But as the initial shock of her sorrow begins to dull, Prudence is soon missing the support of her most trusted confidant.

And when they once more find themselves in each other’s orbit, she must decide whether she can put aside her pride and open her heart…

WHEN ONLY PRIDE REMAINS is a historical romantic tale set in Regency England, with a feisty heroine and a moving love story at its heart.

Purchase Link  – https://amzn.to/3w0s60Y

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.

This was such a lovely Regency romance that I thoroughly enjoyed being swept away with. It was filled with charm, beauty and the kindness that fills you with warmth but it also didn’t ignore the honesty and rawness of life in conflict.

Prudence Fairham was never more happier than being at her beloved home in Fairham Manor even more so when her father, Major Angus Fairham, had returned home from the Napoleonic wars. She was use to being surrounded by her fathers peers with military talk and full revelry in full swing. However, her heart and dreams were truly left devastated when tragedy strikes leaving her mourning the loss of her father and without a home. She was also feeling bereft as her friendship with Captain Jack Staveley becomes very strained.

Prudence moves in with family and tries to move on but the arrival of a surprise visitor gives her a new outlook on life.

As time passes Captain Jack Staveley consumed with guilt vows to turn Fairham Manor into something of use and importance that he feels would have made the late Major proud. Jack also vows to mend his friendship with Prudence and hopes that his plans for the future will include her.

Author Natalie Kleinman instantly transports you into a more gentler, slower romantic story with society etiquette and military traditions ruling the way. I liked Prudence’s character and felt such empathy for her having lost everything she held dear. I was proud of Jack’s initiative and couldn’t have wished for anything better for the future of the Manor. I so wanted Prudence and Jack to acknowledge their feelings and reveal all to each other but back in Regency time feelings were very often held back. The story picked up a gear or two with drama leaving the reader concerned for the future for many.

A lovely story befitting of it’s era.

Author Bio

Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.

Social Media Links – https://nataliekleinman.com/

https://www.facebook.com/NatalieKleinmanAuthor/

Twitter: @NatKleinman

https://www.instagram.com/nataliekleinman6279

The Patchwork Girls by Elaine Everest @ElaineEverest @panmacmillan @ed_pr #Blogtour #bookreview #ThePatchworkGirls #WWIIsaga

The Patchwork Girls by Elaine Everest is out now, published by Pan Macmillan in paperback original, priced £7.99. The book is also available in ebook and audiobook format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WH Smith, independent book stores and certain supermarkets.

To buy the ebook link: https://amzn.to/3AyCPCh

Book Blurb

1939 – After the sudden and tragic loss of her husband, Helen returns to her mother’s house in
Biggin Hill, Kent – the one place she vowed she’d never go back to. Alone and not knowing where to turn, she joins the local women’s sewing circle to find some companionship and comfort, despite being hopeless with a needle and thread. These resourceful women can not only ‘make- do and mend’ clothes, quilts and woolly hats, but the fast-formed friendship with Lizzie and Effie mends something deeper in Helen too.
When the reason for Helen’s husband’s death comes to light, her world is turned upside down
yet again. The investigating officer on the case, Richard, will leave no stone unturned – but it’s
not long before his interest in Helen goes beyond the professional. As she pieces together old
fabrics into a beautiful quilt, will Helen patch up the rifts in her own life?

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 Elaine Everest’s latest novel: The Patchwork Girls.

Elaine Everest has seamlessly woven a WWII saga that is filled with the usual community spirit from the era, a murder mystery, a cosy romance all whilst blending fact with fiction. I was completely hooked by this story!

Helen is reeling from the sudden death of her husband which also resulted in the loss of her home and her job, she has no alternative but to return to the Kent countryside to live with her mother and step-father. Helen’s relationship with her mother has always been strained but since her mother re-married the relationship is very frosty. Helen coping with her grief is also feeling anxious being back with her mother and step-father and is keen to find herself a distraction so when she sees an advert for a sewing club she decides to join. Attending the sewing club and meeting Lizzie, a patchwork enthusiast, is the start of many life changing events for Helen.

However, Helen’s life is about to become even more complicated as her late husband’s death may have been from the result of foul play and Helen is now having to prove her innocence. Can Helen prove her innocence or will she always be looking over her shoulder? Will we find out the truth about the death of her husband?

I loved the sound of the sewing club bringing women together from all ages and backgrounds united in ‘making do and mend’, producing clothing for the men at war and building a lasting friendship during an awful time. Learning about the history of the patchwork quilts was fascinating and it has given me a thirst to learn more.

Another side to the story was about the survival of dogs during conflict and this too was a subject I hadn’t envisaged during the war and was quite fascinating. I do often find when an author brings animals into a storyline it brings out a softer side to the characters and this was lovely to witness.

I do love how novelists can bring history to life giving the reader an insight into another life and another time.

A thoroughly enjoyable read.

About the Author

Elaine Everest is the author of bestselling novels The Woolworths Girls, The Butlins Girls, Christmas at Woolworths and The Teashop Girls. She was born and raised in North-West Kent, where many of her bestselling historical sagas are set. She grew up listening to tales of the war years in her hometown of Erith, which has inspired her own stories. 

Elaine has been a freelance writer for 25 years and has written over 100 short stories and serials for the women’s magazine market. She is also the author of a number of popular non-fiction books for dog owners.

When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school in Hextable, Kent. She now lives in Swanley with her husband, Michael and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry. 

Twitter: @ElaineEverest

Website: https://www.elaineeverest.com/

Ever Rest By Roz Morris @Roz_Morris #bookreview #contemporaryfiction

Ever Rest written and self-published by Roz Morris is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Twenty years ago, Hugo and Ash were on top of the world. As the acclaimed rock band Ashbirds they were poised for superstardom. Then Ash went missing, lost in a mountaineering accident, and the lives of Hugo and everyone around him were changed forever. Irrepressible, infuriating, mesmerizing Ash left a hole they could never hope to fill.

Two decades on, Ash’s fiancée Elza is still struggling to move on, her private grief outshone by the glare of publicity. The loss of such a rock icon is a worldwide tragedy. Hugo is now a recluse in Nepal, shunning his old life. Robert, an ambitious session player, feels himself both blessed and cursed by his brief time with Ashbirds, unable to achieve recognition in his own right.While the Ashbirds legend burns brighter than ever, Elza, Hugo and Robert are as stranded as if they were the ones lost in the ice. How far must they go to come back to life?

To buy link: https://amzn.to/3E5nOdj

REVIEW

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’d like to thank the author for gifting me an ecopy of her novel in return for my honest thoughts.

Ever Rest is one of those stories that once you’ve read you wonder whether it was based on a true story. At times it felt like reading a memoir and at others it was like living in a ‘rock star’ bubble when anything and everything can happen.

Roz Morris has written an entertaining read that spans just over two decades as it follows the rise of a young budding rock band, Ashbirds, Ashten and Hugo met as two brooding teenagers living in a sleepy village in Sussex. Hugo soon worked out that Ash was very theatrical with his manner spouting words of enlightenment which were mostly words gleaned from well known lyrics and his artwork also complimented that of his rock gods. Hugo was the brains behind the band and preferred or accepted that Ash enjoyed the limelight.

The band enjoyed a first flush of success but to escape the craziness of the world they had joined Hugo and Ash took to climbing. Ash became hungry for more climbs and was almost giddy to climb Everest. Sadly, one climber was to return from Nepal and twenty years on the lives of those nearest and dearest to Ashten Geddard are still feeling like a shadow is weighing on them.

Elza was a shy, young dancer when she had been flung into the crazy rock world of Ashten Geddard. They’d only been a couple for a few months since the fateful accident but since that day she’s been portrayed in the media as the forlorn grieving widow. She’s often in the press when news of another body has been discovered bringing hopes of closure to a life she may not have chosen to stick around in.

Since the accident Hugo withdrew from the music world and spent his time learning about the mountains. When news of another body has been found on Everest speculation once again becomes rife that this time could be the moment that all their lives could begin to rest.

This is a story about people trying to deal with a monumental event that not only effected them but millions of strangers in love with the perceived persona of Ashten Geddard. There’s feelings of guilt, anger, betrayal, loss, grief. It was compelling reading full of the dark undertones of celebrity life that had you gripped to know what will happen next. There was also a warmth injected in the storyline bringing moments of light. A story that pulls you in and leaves you wondering about it’s storyline.

About the Author

Roz Morris writes fiction and essays about unusual ways we can be haunted and how we seek people and places we belong with. Her work has been profiled by The Guardian, Literature Works, the Potomac Review, Rain Taxi and BBC Radio. Her novel Lifeform Three was longlisted for the World Fantasy Award.

Her fiction has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, although you won’t have seen her name on the covers – she began her career in secret, ghostwriting fiction for big-name authors.

Her own novels have been described as ‘profound tales and compelling page-turners’, with fine-honed language, unforgettable characters, and gripping, unusual storylines. Plaudits include a top-ranked title in the American Library Journal programme, a longlisting for an international award alongside Neil Gaiman and a finalist position in the People’s Book Prize 2017.

She is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of the Nail Your Novel series for writers. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London and is also the author of a series for writers – Nail Your Novel.

If you want to get to know her a little better, drop in at http://www.rozmorris.wordpress.com and her blog http://www.nailyournovel.com – where she keeps a regular diary of challenges she’s tackling in her writing.

Twitter: @Roz_Morris

The Secret of Hawthorne Place by Jenni Keer @JenniKeer @AccentPress @rararesources #guestpost

The Secrets of Hawthorn Place written by Jenni Keer, publisher Headline Accent, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Love will always find a way… Discover the intriguing secrets of Hawthorn Place in this heartfelt dual-time novel, filled with warmth and charm, perfect for fans of Lucinda Riley and Cecelia Ahern.

Two houses, hundreds of miles apart…yet connected always.When life throws Molly Butterfield a curveball, she decides to spend some time with her recently widowed granddad, Wally, at Hawthorn Place, his quirky Victorian house on the Dorset coast.But cosseted Molly struggles to look after herself, never mind her grieving granddad, until the accidental discovery of an identical Art and Crafts house on the Norfolk coast offers her an unexpected purpose, as well as revealing a bewildering mystery.Discovering that both Hawthorn Place and Acacia House were designed by architect Percy Gladwell, Molly uncovers the secret of a love which linked them, so powerful it defied reason.What follows is a summer which will change Molly for ever…

Purchase Link – https://bit.ly/HawthornSecrets

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jenni Keer’s latest novel: The Secret of Hawthorne Place. I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from the author herself.

Thanks for so kindly being part of my blog tour for The Secrets of Hawthorn Place. I’m so excited to finally be sharing this dual timeline story with the world. Here is an extract from the contemporary story, when Molly first arrives in Dorset to take care of her bereaved granddad, and we get to see some of this strange house through her eyes, as Granddad hints that there are secrets.

After politely declining Granddad’s offer of draughts, I stood in the square hall of Hawthorn Place and realised how little things had changed in the eight months since Grandma’s death. Her possessions were still dotted about, as if she was going to walk past at any minute, pick up a pair of abandoned spectacles and wander into the living room. But beneath the accumulated jumble, I was reminded yet again what a mishmash of styles it was. It had odd windows, none of which seemed to match, under a higgledy-piggledy assortment of high-pitched roofs. There was even a circular window in the front living room, which reminded me of cartoon submarines from my childhood. And then there was the round tower, like you might find on a castle, with a fairy-tale spiral staircase inside, and another, more formal staircase off the main entrance hall. When I was younger, I would run up one and down the other, in a never-ending loop.

There were other peculiar features that I’d not seen elsewhere: an upstairs window that was practically on the floor, mysterious Latin phrases over the fireplaces, and the inside really belonged outside – all exposed brick and wood. Everywhere I looked there were flower motifs. Five rounded petals of something I didn’t recognise, carved into door panels and on various ceramic tiles on the floors and walls. It was a quirky house, full of history, and probably the sort of thing a more motivated person might have researched – beautiful in its way and yet somehow lost, as if the person who built it was ashamed of it – which I could never understand.

For a silent moment, I absorbed the curious atmosphere. It wasn’t, and had never been, unsettling, despite being strange, really old and possibly haunted. But there was a sense of something undefinable about the place, almost as if Hawthorn House had a heart and it was still beating.

On a whim, I climbed the main stairs in twos, and ran along the long corridor and down the curly stairs in the tower, like I’d done as a child. After this sudden burst of energy, I tipped my head back and looked at the disappearing spiral of steps that led up to the attic, reminding me of the fossilised ammonite shells found in the nearby hills. During the eighties and nineties Grandma rented it out as it was largely self-contained, but now it was full of clutter and cobwebs.

Sighing, I stood up and walked to the kitchen. Granddad was buttering a piece of toast, an opened jar of homemade jam next to the plate. In Grandma’s lifetime, this room had always been immaculate and smelled of baking cakes and stewing soups. The food smells were absent now, apart from the slightly bitter aroma of burnt bread, and the work surfaces were untidy and dusty. ‘You can’t cook in a cluttered kitchen,’ Grandma used to say. No one was doing any cooking, so perhaps it didn’t matter. After all, you only needed twenty square centimetres of table to sort out a ready meal.

‘You all right, love?’ Granddad asked.

‘I was thinking about Grandma. The house seems lost without her.’ In my heart, I suspected the absence of her hustle and bustle meant the silence was playing a part in the atmosphere. She wasn’t shooing me off the worktop to stop me sneaking freshly baked cookies, or persuading me to flick her ancient feather duster around rather than lying across the battered sofa waiting for my purple nail varnish to dry.

‘Briggie loved this house but she was always convinced it held secrets.’ He munched on a jam-laden triangle of toast.

‘Oh? What sort of secrets?’ That might explain its aura. I knew nothing about the place, except that it was Victorian. And really, really peculiar.

‘Not rightly sure, but she often felt the house was trying to tell her something. The ghost of the little boy, the incongruity of the building materials, and all the messages and motifs. She even found something scribbled in the cupboard under the stairs that convinced her there was a love story at the heart of it all…’

I hope people are encouraged to read Hawthorn Place, and to discover the truth about the Arts and Crafts architect, Percy Gladwell, who designed the house over a century before. There is indeed a love story at the centre of everything, and Molly is about to stumble on the most unbelievable secret tucked away in the tiny under-stairs cupboard.

Thank you again for sharing my book.

Jenni x

Author Bio –

Jenni Keer is a history graduate who embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her antique furniture restorer husband. She has valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing commercial women’s fiction to combat the testosterone-fuelled atmosphere, with her number one fan #Blindcat by her side. Much younger in her head than she is on paper, she adores any excuse for fancy-dress and is part of a disco formation dance team.

Jenni is also the author of The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker and The Unexpected Life of Maisie Meadows.

Social Media Links –

FB Jenni Keer Writer

Twitter @JenniKeer

Instagram jennikeer

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Where Does It Hurt? – a memoir of life with chronic pain by Tim Atkinson #authorguestpost @dotterel

Where Does It Hurt? written and self-published by Tim Atkinson is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Tim’s first-hand account of what it’s like to live with chronic pain has been called “A very special book that occupies a category all of its own”;  “A chronic pain-thriller-page-turner” and “A thoroughly fabulous book that I could not put down!” Someone also cheekily suggested that ‘Where Does it Hurt?’ was “Like Geoff Dyer, but with something important and interesting to say”! What it does say is how strange pain can be, how little understood it is and how the opioids taken to kill it might actually be making it worse. But that’s not all. The more you understand how the brain processes pain the more you realise that other things you take for granted aren’t as straightforward as they seem… and that pain can even be a pleasure for some people.

Here’s a link to the book on Amazon: 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0956286933/

I am delighted to share a guest post from the author, Tim Atkinson, to tell us a little about his book:

‘Where Does It Hurt?’ is a book about pain: my own long-term pain, the pain that comes with swollen, damaged and deformed joints. I suffer from inflammatory arthritis and although I’m something of a medical ostrich, I’ve been inspired to write this book by what I’ve discovered, by the people I’ve met and by some exciting new ideas about pain.
Pain protects us from harm; that’s what it’s for — to tell you to take your hand out of the fire. But chronic pain – the so-called ‘silent epidemic’ that affects over two fifths of the UK population – is almost always counter-productive. Pain like this is something our bodies learn to feel, and the feelings can continue long after the initial cause has passed. Phantom limb pain is the obvious example. Some patients feel all sorts of sensations – including pain – from limbs they no longer have, and that’s just one of many strange facts about pain I’ve discovered – facts that have helped me come to terms with my own pain and begin to develop strategies to help me cope. Because knowledge is power and there’s nothing worse than feeling helpless in the face of pain. Understanding your pain and what it means can help you deal with it. Our brains ‘learn’ to feel pain and can just as easily unlearn it, too. It’s a habit we can break; it isn’t easy, but it can be done. And it’s done by doing something, anything (almost) as long as it’s something we believe can help. In fact it’s possible to train your mind to do what pain- killing drugs do all the time, making the unbearable, bearable or even invisible. In talking to a number of experts across a range of disciplines and trying alternative remedies from yoga to acupuncture, I come to the conclusion that the key to managing chronic pain isn’t necessary what you do as much as doing something; it’s about taking back control. I’m sharing my own journey of discovery in the hope that it’ll help others understand pain better and perhaps approach it in a new way. After all, as Morgan Harper Nichols says: “Tell the story of the mountain you climbed, your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.”

About the Author

Tim Atkinson is a teacher, author and award-winning blogger. He was born in Colchester, brought up in Yorkshire and now lives with his wife and family in Lincolnshire. Having studied philosophy at the University of Hull he worked at a variety of jobs including filing clerk, lay-clerk, chain-man and school teacher. He has taught philosophy at a boys’ grammar school and psychology at a girls’ high school and is now a full-time writer. For the past five years he has been researching and writing a book about the aftermath of World War One called The Glorious Dead. A special hardback subscription edition of this book was published by Unbound in November 2018 after which the trade edition was released to the general public

Website: https://www.timatkinson.info/

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

Twitter: @dotterel

Book Review Log Book by Jennifer Gilmour @JenLGilmour @rararesources #BlogBlitz #Review #ReadingLogBook

Book Review Log Book written, created and self-published by Jennifer Gilmour is available NOW in paperback format.

Book Blurb

Keep a track of your reading progress and your book reviews in one place:

  • Reading Goals
  • To Be Read List
  • Book Release Dates
  • Word Cloud
  • Your Reviews
  • Your Notes

To buy link: mybook.to/bookreview

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 blog blitz celebrating and promoting Jennifer Gilmour’s Book Review Log Book. I am an avid reader and have been logging my reading digitally for over 7 years however, I’m a visual person and have always used notebooks alongside this digital log. I was gifted a log book a few years ago and loved the act of writing down lists of books read, my thoughts etc. When I heard that author, Jennifer Gilmour, has created a log book I knew I would be keen to learn more.

The book itself is in paperback format and is slightly bigger than A5. It has just over 150 pages of crisp, white paper filled with a variety of pages to help and increase your overall reading experience. The individual book review pages are clearly set out to include book title, author, format, star rating, dates started and finished, quotes, personal review and a thumbnail area to allow you to print out and affix an image of the book cover. There are 100 pages for book reviews. I believe Jennifer Gilmour has included all and more that an avid reader and occasional reader will need.

I also like the additional interactive pages that the author has included for example: a Book Release calendar section, a square numbered log for at a glance reads, word clouds for writing down immediate thoughts whilst reading, a To Be Read area and a decent amount of extra lined pages for notes.

Overall I am thrilled with this log book and I can’t wait to start completing my log, I believe it would make a wonderful mindful exercise. I also don’t think you have to be a prolific reader to use it as the book isn’t dated so it could be used as a one year log, two year, five year or even a quarter of a year for those who just can’t get enough of reading. This log book is a must buy for any reader and would make an ideal present paired with a book from the recipient’s favourite genre.

About the Author

Jennifer Gilmour is an author and advocate for women in abusive relationships, using her own experiences of domestic abuse as a catalyst to bring awareness and to help others. Jennifer has published two publications, Isolation Junction and Clipped Wings which have both been Amazon Best Sellers and received awards. Jennifer speaks at events across the UK and continues to raise awareness through her blog posts, public speaking, radio interviews and social media.

Most Informative Blogger Award 2018 (Bloggers Bash Annual Awards)
UK & European Award for using Social Media for Good 2019 (Social Day: Social Media Marketing Awards)

Jennifer says: “Together we are Louder”.

Social Media Links

Website; www.jennifergilmour.com

Facebook; www.facebook.com/JenLGilmour

Twitter; www.twitter.com/JenLGilmour

Instagram; www.instagram.com/JenLGilmour

Amazon author profile; http://author.to/jennifergilmour

Goodreads author profile; https://www.goodreads.com/JenniferGilmour

Huffington post blogger profile; http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/author/jennifer-gilmour

Making Waves at Penvennan Cove by Linn B Halton @LinnBHalton @HoZ_Books

Making Waves at Penvennan Cove written by Linn B. Halton, publisher Aria, is available in ebook format from 14th October 2021.

About the book

For once, things are going well for thirty-year-old Kerra Shaw. She has a fulfilling job helping small businesses in the local community, she is within a few minutes’ walk of all the people she loves best, and most importantly, she has finally got together with her childhood sweetheart, Ross.

It’s not all plain sailing, though, because they have to keep their relationship a secret. The feud between their families still rages on, and Kerra doesn’t want to pour fuel on its flame and risk losing everything.

But Kerra should know better than anyone that secrets don’t stay hidden for long in a community like Penvennan Cove…
An uplifting and feel-good romance novel for fans of Lucy Coleman, Jessica Redland and Lisa Hobman.

Pre-order link: Amazon: https://amzn.to/3yhGP8T

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 Linn B Halton’s latest novel Making Waves at Penvennan Cove. I have to admit I did struggle a little at first with this book as I hadn’t read book one in the series, Coming Home to Penvennan Cove, however I found myself falling in love with this community of people living in a small Cornish cove. As a newcomer to the series I was making friends with the characters and I soon became engrosssed in their lives and found myself enjoying this delightful storyline.

Kerra Shaw is starting to feel settled back in her home town in Cornwall. Her IT skills and entrepreneurial mindset are proving very useful. Although Kerra has left the bright lights of London some locals think she may still have her sights set on returning and her business mind may be still linked to the city. So a few feathers become ruffled by the opportunities she sees in front of her. Her personal life is also causing some controversy and Kerra has a hard job convincing locals about many aspects in her life.

With the authors descriptive words on the setting and her great cast of characters I now feel invested in Penvennan Cove so I am eagerly awaiting book 3 in the series.

Penvennan Cove in a community spirited story with a wonderful setting along the Cornish coast. It has the usual highs and lows of family life that never seems to run smoothly. An uplifting, heart-warming story that is perfect to escape with.

About the author

From interior designer to author, when Linn B. Halton’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic. Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. Linn writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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