The Summer Island Festival by Rachel Burton #blogtour #guestpost @rachelbwriter @Aria_Fiction @rararesources

The Summer Island Festival written by Rachel Burton, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

When Willow walks out on her own wedding, there’s only one place she can go…

Growing up in the island village of Seaview, Willow always dreamed of a bigger life. Then her childhood sweetheart Luc betrayed her and she ran, resolving never to look back. Now, twelve years on, her glamorous London life is a mess and the island is her only option.

But she’s not the only one back for the summer. Luc is now a world-famous heartthrob musician, and he’s finally come home to headline the Isle of Wight’s annual music festival.

As Willow untangles her messy past, she stumbles on a secret that could destroy her family, the island’s fragile community – and her second chance at love…

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Island-Festival-Burton/dp/1800246064

US – https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Island-Festival-Burton/dp/1800246064

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the latest novel by Rachel Burton; The Summer Island Festival. I have the pleasure of hosting a guest post from the author today.

ON WRITING THE SUMMER ISLAND FESTIVAL

When people ask me where I get my ideas from, I never really know what to say. Ideas seem to just appear in my head apropos of nothing (and sometimes they don’t which is very frightening as I wonder if I’ve run out of ideas). Characters in particular tend to appear fully formed, names come out of nowhere. I have a lot of work to do to understand the characters once they’ve shown themselves, but initially they are just there.

This was partly true for The Summer Island Festival. Luc, Willow and Skye just appeared in my head one day (although Willow was originally called Laurel – a name I gave to her parents’ band in the end) as did the bones of their back stories and the history of the festival that they grew up around. I knew there was something missing though, something else I needed to flesh out the plot, to be an obstacle in both Willow’s journey and her and Luc’s second chance at love.

Anyone who knows me well knows I have deep running passions for The Beatles, William Shakespeare, yoga, tea, and Midsomer Murders (for those of you who don’t know, that last one is a British TV detective series which is outstanding in its bizarreness – in one episode someone was killed by a wheel of cheese) – and it was Midsomer Murders that gave me the idea for that extra bit of plot I needed.

There is an episode called ‘The Ballad of Midsomer County’ which is absolutely one of my favourites. It takes place at a folk festival and revolves around a famous folk singer called Johnny Carver who killed himself years before. The first time I watched it, I spent the entire episode convinced that Johnny Carver would reappear, that he’d faked his own death to disappear from the music scene which was destroying him. This isn’t what happens in either Midsomer Murders or The Summer Island Festival so I haven’t spoiled anything for you!

But it gave me the beginnings of an idea, the mystery that could lie behind Willow and Luc’s story, another layer, an additional problem to stop them from being together.

How can you disappear from your life though? How easy is it really in these days of GPS and 5G and Facebook and rolling news? I’m fairly sure it would be quite hard. Years ago, though, before all those things existed, if you had enough money it would probably have been easy enough, surely? So rather than have a contemporary character disappear maybe I needed to set part of the story in the past.

And along came Storm Tyler, lead singer of King Silver – a band that became, for a short time in the mid-80s stratospherically famous until they imploded and Storm disappeared for so long that many people thought he was dead.

The rest is history – well, in all honestly the rest was seven edits and two years of work but eventually I got there and my crazy idea about a folk festival, inspired by Midsomer Murders and with a lot of hard work from the team at Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus, became the book you can hold in your hand today. I hope you enjoy Willow and Luc’s story and the race against time to find Storm Tyler!

I’m really looking forward to reading this novel, thanks so much to the author, Rachel Burton, for joining me on the blogtour.

About the Author

Rachel Burton has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and always dreamed of being a writer until life somehow got in the way. After reading for a degree in Classics and another in English Literature she accidentally fell into a career in law, but eventually managed to write her first book on her lunch breaks.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their three cats. She loves yoga, ice hockey, tea, The Beatles, dresses with pockets and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @RachelBWriter or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

Social Media Links – Twitter: @rachelbwriter ; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rachelburton74/ ; website: rachelburtonwrites.com

The Ladies’ Midnight Swimming Club by Faith Hogan @gerhogan @aria_fiction #MidnightSwimmingClub #bookreview

The Ladies’ Midnight Swimming Club written by Faith Hogan, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Three women. Three different stages of life. United by one thing: the chance to start again.

‘Uplifting, emotional and brimming with warmth and humour’ – Cathy Bramley

When Elizabeth’s husband dies, leaving her with crippling debt, the only person she can turn to is her friend, Jo. Soon Jo has called in her daughter, Lucy, to help save Elizabeth from bankruptcy. Leaving her old life behind, Lucy is determined to make the most of her fresh start.

As life slowly begins to return to normal, these three women, thrown together by circumstance, become fast friends. But then Jo’s world is turned upside down when she receives some shocking news.

In search of solace, Jo and Elizabeth find themselves enjoying midnight dips in the freezing Irish Sea. Here they can laugh, cry and wash away all their fears. As well as conjure a fundraising plan for the local hospice that will bring the whole community together…

From bestselling Irish writer Faith Hogan, The Ladies’ Midnight Swimming Club is an emotional story about finding new friends and living life to the fullest, that will appeal to fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Heidi Swain and Liz Fenwick.

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Easons (Ireland only): https://bit.ly/3sUxpNX

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Faith Hogan’s latest novel: The Ladies’ Midnight Swimming Club.

As always with Faith Hogan’s work this story is set in the most beautiful landscape of West Ireland. The author has described the village and coastline so well I could see, hear and smell the vision that nature had created.

This story was so very poignant for me as I too have faced a hurdle that one of the main characters faces. Previously I have found storylines like this hard to read but Faith Hogan didn’t choose this as the main focus and she dealt with it with sensitivity and dignity.

The Ladies’ Midnight Swimming Club is a story about friendship, learning to adapt and overcome life’s hurdles, starting anew and recognising what makes you happy.

We have a widow who learns her late husband wasn’t who she thought he was, a young Dr recently divorced in need of change from the mayhem of a city hospital, her son who is struggling with the changes in his home life, a writer from London desperate to learn of his heritage and a mother/grandmother who loves her coastline and wants the best for her family and friends.

As Faith Hogan sets the scenes so beautifully with her words I was soon invested with all five of our characters and was keen to learn what happens next for them. I’d love a sequel to this story as I feel there’s so much more to give. Maybe also I loved the characters and setting too much and I just don’t want to let them go yet …

A totally absorbing story that is high on emotion but equally filled with Irish charm and warmth. Along the journey of life these ladies find solace with each other but also with nature and the freedom of the midnight swimming club that gives them breathing space to express their thoughts, let their inhibitions go and breathe in the beauty all around them.

About the Author

Faith Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of five contemporary fiction novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favorites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women’s fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring.

She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She’s a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger – except of course when it is raining!

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Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @Aria_Fiction #blogtour #bookreview

Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook format. The paperback is due out in July.

Book Blurb

A new start can come from the most unexpected places…

It’s been years since Lizzie Lockhart spoke to her parents. But she was safe in the knowledge she knew everything about them. Once upon a time, they were as close as could be. Until they weren’t.

After receiving the earth-shattering news of their passing, Lizzie decides it’s time to unearth some family secrets and find out just who her parents really were… starting with Streamside Cottage. A cottage Lizzie never knew existed, in a place she’s never heard of: the beautiful English village of Leafton.

Leaving behind London, and the tattoo parlour she called home, Lizzie finds herself moving to the countryside. Faced with a tight-lipped community, who have secrets of their own, Lizzie is at a loss for what to do, until her rather handsome neighbour, Ben, steps in to help.

As Lizzie finally begins to piece together the puzzle of her family history she realises she has to confront the truth of the past in order to face her future.

Buy links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/31Uuyd2

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3msO5KM

Google Play: https://bit.ly/3dCuQdU

Bookshop.org: https://bit.ly/3fPAzjm

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 Samantha Tonge’s latest novel: Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage. I gave you a sneak peak of my review on Publication Day but I’m now thrilled to share my full review.

You know you've read a good story when you get to the end and are gutted there's no more.  This is literally how I felt with Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage.  However, author Samantha Tonge, had me so absorbed by this story I feel as if I could continue and imagine what comes next for the characters I've grown to love.

Lizzie has had quite a sheltered upbringing with loving but over protective parents but when she goes off to university Lizzie's eyes are opened to lots of new opportunities.  When Lizzie's path takes a different direction to the one her parents had mapped out relations between parent and child becomes very strained.  Several years have now passed and Lizzie receives devastating news of the death of her parents.  She later learns of a property their parents kept hidden from her and wonders what others secrets were boxed up?

Determined to find out the mystery of the property in the country Lizzie decides to stay in the cottage for a month with the hope the walls wills help reveal the life her parents had.

Samantha Tonge has written a modern day family saga filled with mystery and intrigue, tragedy and longing, forgiveness and new beginnings.  I was so absorbed in Lizzie's journey for the truth but I was also falling in love with this new temporary life Lizzie had stepped into.  The cottage sounded so idyllic but also a little like stepping in a time warp as time left like it had stood still within the walls.  Lizzie's character was very warm and friendly and you soon become invested for her happiness.

Streamside Cottage charmed me but also the village and it's residents welcomed me with open arms.  The storyline was very emotive and tragic at times with a loss so great I felt overwhelmed with my emotions.

A wonderfully spun story of the struggles of life, love, acceptance and new beginnings.

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

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Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @rararesources @Aria_Fiction #PublicationDayPush

Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook format. The paperback is due out in July.

Book Blurb

A new start can come from the most unexpected places…

It’s been years since Lizzie Lockhart spoke to her parents. But she was safe in the knowledge she knew everything about them. Once upon a time, they were as close as could be. Until they weren’t.

After receiving the earth-shattering news of their passing, Lizzie decides it’s time to unearth some family secrets and find out just who her parents really were… starting with Streamside Cottage. A cottage Lizzie never knew existed, in a place she’s never heard of: the beautiful English village of Leafton.

Leaving behind London, and the tattoo parlour she called home, Lizzie finds herself moving to the countryside. Faced with a tight-lipped community, who have secrets of their own, Lizzie is at a loss for what to do, until her rather handsome neighbour, Ben, steps in to help.

As Lizzie finally begins to piece together the puzzle of her family history she realises she has to confront the truth of the past in order to face her future.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Secrets-Streamside-Cottage-page-turning-ebook/dp/B08NWC5V52/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Secrets-Streamside-Cottage-page-turning-ebook/dp/B08NWC5V52/

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/summer-secrets-at-streamside-cottage

Author Bio –

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and studied German and French at university. She has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris, and has travelled widely.
She has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2014 her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Ebook Award.
In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.
In 2019 she was shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Award.
In 2020 she won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award with her novel Knowing You, from publisher Canelo.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @SamTongeWriter
Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor

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

Website http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push for Samantha Tonge’s latest novel: Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage. I can’t wait to share my full review on the blogtour with Aria next week but here’s a little quote from my review:

“A wonderfully spun story of the struggles of life, love, acceptance and new beginnings. I was gutted when I got to the end of the story as I wanted more.”

Staying Out for the Summer by Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot @Aria_Fiction @HoZBooks #StayingOutForTheSummer #bookreview

Staying Out for the Summer written by Mandy Baggot, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook format and is due out in paperback in June.

Book Blurb

After a summer of staying in, it’s time to let your hair down and escape to Greece!

For Lucie Burrows, it’s time to embrace Greek life and put the past behind her! Having spent the summer of 2020 battling a global health crisis, Lucie Burrows is looking forward to a summer out of lockdown.

When best friend, Gavin, finds them the perfect Greek escape Lucie finally starts to think this summer might just go without a hitch.But after a landslide puts the village into a local lockdown, Lucie is thrown together with Michalis Andino, the super sexy village doctor. It’s not quite the holiday she had planned, but things could certainly be worse.

As Lucie relaxes into the Greek way of life, she begins to wonder whether this lockdown might just end in a new life, a new love…

Buy links:

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Kobo: https://bit.ly/36R5TJy

Google Play: https://bit.ly/3gxtjXP

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Mandy Baggot’s latest novel: Staying Out for the Summer.

I’m ashamed to say it’s a good few years since I’ve picked up a book by Mandy Baggot and that is such a travesty as reading Staying Out for the Summer was just the tonic I needed. I promise I won’t leave such a long gap for my next Mandy Baggot story. Staying Out for the Summer is such a wonderful, fun, flirty, slightly bonkers read, I enjoyed it so much I could read it all over again and I probably will!

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel reading a novel that has snippets of the covid pandemic in it’s storyline but as we have lived through this situation for over a year now it has become the norm so to include it makes the characters seem that more relatable and you can understand and appreciate their current state of mind. The author, Mandy Baggot, has been very sensitive about this aspect of the storyline and it isn’t the main focus and I felt like she dealt with it with grace and humanity.

This is a story of two best friends; Gavin and Lucie, who are also nurses on the same ward at a hospital in Southampton. Life has been very gruelling for these best friends and in need of rest, recuperation and escape the pair book a holiday to Greece.

As soon as Gavin and Lucie arrive at their destination they start to realise that this holiday is going to be memorable as the Greek village they are staying in is full of strange traditions, quirky villagers and wildlife a plenty. I loved the sound of this village with it’s picturesque landscape and traditional Greek outlook on life. One of my favourite characters from the story was the multi talented taxi driver, Miltos. He seemed to appear out of the blue and always at a time when you needed him the most. He also made you feel very welcomed to the village and to his family.

Gavin’s character was vivacious, cheeky but he also had a vulnerability about him especially when it came to love interests. Lucie was very warm-hearted, kind but held an anxiety about her mainly due to her upbringing. She’s felt afraid to let herself go and try new challenges and thinks the past is holding her back. When Lucie meets Michalis on their first day an instant attraction is made but as she learns he is a Doctor a sort of bonding between the working life during a pandemic is made. As Lucie and Michalis spend more time together friendship soon blossoms into more but is this just a holiday romance?

Mandy Baggot has written such a glorious escapism read whisking you off to sunny climes with new cultures to learn and discover the delicious sounding local dishes. It’s a comforting, warm-hearted story that brings plenty of smiles your way.

About the Author

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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One Snowy Week in Springhollow by Lucy Knott @TheBlossomTwins @Aria_Fiction #blogtour #bookreview #feelgoodfiction #festiveread #OneSnowyWeek

One Snowy Week in Springhollow written by Lucy Knott, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and in paperback 7th January 2021.

Book Blurb

Tomboy Scarlett thought Devon would be her best friend forever. He was the only person in Springhollow who supported her ambitious artist dreams. But then one winter, Devon and his parents disappear without warning to start a new life in NYC and a devastated Scarlett is left alone to face her high-school bullies and overbearing mother.

Fast-forward ten years: Scarlett is playing it safe in her childhood village with a dull PA job and a wardrobe that passes her mother’s old-fashioned standards. Meanwhile, Devon is a Hollywood heartthrob, starring in the latest superhero blockbuster. And he’s finally coming home for Christmas…

Scarlett can’t help blaming her former best friend for the way her life has turned out, but Devon’s cheeky charm and gorgeous smile prove difficult to resist. Devon always did make her feel on top of the world, but Scarlett knows her heart isn’t racing just because she has her friend back – is it mistletoe madness, or is she seeing Devon in a completely new light?

Scarlett hasn’t taken a risk in years… but this Christmas of second chances could finally be her time to shine.

Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jo Thomas and Holly Martin.

To buy/pre-order links

Amazon: https://amzn.to/32sEaMQ 

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3pf4Ry7 

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2Ikp84y 

iBooks: https://apple.co/35dyPdZ 

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Lucy Knott’s latest novel: A Snowy Week in Springhollow. This is the first book by Lucy Knott that I’ve read and after reading this wonderful, feelgood story I will be checking out Lucy’s other novels.

I adored this book. It was a romcom that was charmingly adorable set in a lovely small country village in the UK but it also had elements of cooldom (think I’ve probably made up a word 🙂 ) Scarlett grew up with her bestfriend Devon in the small village and they were the perfect pairing. They both adored superheroes and had plans to become one when they grew up. Their antics as children would have scared any parent but this intrepid pair had no fears. Scarlett had a skill of drawing and would spend hours with her partner in superhero crime, Devon, sketching their own heroes. They had stories in their heads that Scarlett would bring to life with her pencils. Devon had dreams of becoming that superhero and loved drama. However, the pair were noted around the village and school as geeks and were often teased about it. But they stayed faithful to their beliefs, loves and dreams.

However, this all changed when Devon and his family moved to New York during the final year of secondary school. As you can imagine Scarlett was heartbroken and since that day she felt she could no longer be the girl she was with Devon as it was too heart breaking to think about without her best friend. Her drawings were put in a box alongside her dreams of becoming an artist.

Ten years later and Scarlett is living and working in the village. Her artistic skills and the love of superheroes are still hidden but she’s happy with her lot until Devon returns back to the village. A Devon all grown up looks so much different to the 16 year old boy that left her a decade ago. Devon has achieved his dream, he’s just played the role of a superhero in the latest Hollywood blockbuster movie and he certainly looks the part. Scarlett has very mixed emotions with Devon’s return there’s anger, resentment, sadness, excitement and feelings that she never thought she’d feel about this young boy she grew up with.

As Scarlett and Devon start to learn about each other again the friendship from long ago soon slots back into place. However, the confused feelings are still evident and will Scarlett open up to the one person who made her feel safe about being herself?

Alongside the story of this long lost childhood friendship we have a story of a village magazine trying to liven up their pages and also bring the community together especially during the festive season.

This book by Lucy Knott is such an uplifting feelgood festive read, I felt truly welcomed in to the lives of the characters and Springhollow and wanted the story to go on and on.

About the author

Lucy Knott is a former professional wrestler with a passion for storytelling. Now, instead of telling her stories in the ring, she’s putting pen to paper, fulfilling another lifelong dream in becoming an Author.

Inspired by her Italian Grandparents, when she is not writing you will most likely find her cooking, baking and devouring Italian food, in addition to learning Italian and daydreaming of trips to Italy.

Along with her twin sister, Kelly, Lucy runs TheBlossomTwins.com, where she enthusiastically shares her love for books, baking and Italy, with daily posts, reviews and recipes.

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The Tea Room on the Bay by Rachel Burton @RachelBWriter @Aria_Fiction #feelgoodfiction #bookreview #TheTearoomontheBay

The Tea Room on the Bay written by Rachel Burton, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and kindleunlimited format. The ebook is currently at the special price of 99p … so put the kettle on, find your favourite reading spot and enjoy this wonderful feelgood story …

Book Blurb

It’s time for Ellie to return home and rediscover the past she left behind…

After a tough break-up, Ellie returns to the only place she’s ever really felt at home – the coastal town of Sanderson Bay. A year later, she’s living her dream, brewing delicious artisan teas and selling them at her very own café. And when the mysterious and brooding Ben walks into her tearoom, Ellie finally dares to dream of true love.

But then her ex shows up in the Bay, and just as Ellie discovers some tragic truths about her family’s past, she learns Ben might be hiding an unwelcome secret of his own…

Can Ellie let go of her past and brave a future with Ben?

To buy link: https://amzn.to/35JkINT

REVIEW

As soon as I heard that author Rachel Burton has written a book about tea I pre-ordered my ebook. What can I say I loved this book from start to finish and could read it all over again. I feel as if the author has got into my head and wrote down a story about my favourite things. If you follow my Instagram page you will know my love of loose-leaf tea and what Rachel Burton has created is a leading lady that loves tea!

Ellie left her academic life in York a year ago following the abrupt ending of her relationship. Heartbroken she flees to the places she’s felt most safe and at home and that is to the Yorkshire coast and to her Aunt and Uncle’s cafe. A cafe that they can no longer run due to her aunt’s declining health so Ellie takes the first step to fulfilling her dream of having her own tea room and selling her own bespoke loose-leaf tea.

A year down the line and Ellie’s tea room feels like the hub of the community with locals and holiday makers flocking to find comfort in her teas and sit amongst the ambience of the tearoom. When a stranger turns up Ellie is left feeling a little confused with the conflicting emotions she is feeling. Who is this stranger and what are his secrets? Ellie senses that Ben is holding something back and she feels there is a vulnerability about him. A friendship soon develops between the pair but when another unexpected visitor turns up Ellie’s life is about to become a whole lot more complicated.

The Tea Room on the Bay is a wonderful, feelgood story that touches on the difficult hurdles in life we have to face. It also emphasises the strength of community spirit and of finding your own happiness and fulfilment by stepping out of your comfort-zone. I wanted to be one of Ellie’s friends and be a regular customer of her tea room. I wonder what blend of tea Ellie would make for me?

About the Author

Rachel has a degree in Classics and another in English Literature, and fell into a career in law by mistake. She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their three cats. She loves yoga, ice hockey, tea, The Beatles, dresses with pockets and very tall romantic heroes. Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @RachelBWriter or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday… –This text refers to the paperback edition.

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The Winter We Met by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @aria_fiction #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

The Winter We Met written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and kindleunlimited format. The paperback is due out in the new year.

About the book

When charming, mysterious, Nik sits next to Jess on a plane home from a Christmas toy trade fair, she never could have imagined the impact he’d have on her life. As they touch down in London, Jess is hesitant to let Nik walk away, and before she knows it, she’s invited him to visit.

As the two take in the delights of the toy store where she works, Jess gets an upsetting phone call. Willow Court, her Grandmother’s care home, is to close before Christmas. With the help of Nik, and her best friend Oliver, Jess is determined to find the perfect new home for her Gran – and throw the best Christmas party Willow Court has ever seen! But time is running out and Oliver isn’t the only one who has suspicions about charismatic Nik’s intentions.

Will a chance encounter on an aeroplane bring love to Jess’s life or is this Christmas miracle too good to be true?

Buy links:

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iBooks: https://apple.co/3krCB8h

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3kqWoou

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Samantha Tonge’s latest novel: The Winter We Met.

The Winter We Met is wonderfully warm-spirited and beautifully romantic. There is a hint of something magical and enchanting about the storyline that transfixed me throughout and I could have carried on reading about the characters as I felt like I didn’t want this particular reading experience to end.

Jess works in a toyshop in a lovely leafy suburb of London, she’s on her way back from a Toy Trade Fair and gets chatting to a very charming young man on the plane. A young man that happens to be in the same industry as herself working for the family toy manufacturers in Australia. A young man that knows just how to make Jess feel at ease when he could sense her panicking and becoming anxious on the plane. This young man is called Nik and he’s on his way to London to investigate the toy shops and what appears to be big sellers in Europe. A friendship soon develops and Jess opens up this friendship more by inviting Nik to visit her shop.

Nik soon becomes enchanted by the small toy shop and of the quaint English town and the foodie traditions he’s missed out on. Jess decides to introduce him to a few of her favourite English meals and invites him to spend time with her Grandma and friends.

Jess’ Grandma lives in a care home and has a wonderful network of friends in the home. However, there’s bad news ahead and the home is due to close by Christmas. As you can imagine staff and residents are deeply upset and worried to be losing their home and being close to the group of friends they have made. Jess with the help of her old and now new friends plan to make a Christmas party to remember.

There’s a wonderful community spirit within the storyline of friendship, family but not a family in the traditional way, a family that you have built up around you. I really enjoyed learning about the elderly residents of the care home, I loved their history and their personality traits. Hearing about the day to day life in a care home like Willow Court sounded wonderful, the staff were very thoughtful and caring and generous of their time. You could sense that this job was more than a vocation to the staff.

I fell in love with the toy shop that Jess worked in, it reminded me of a toy shop I visited with my children when they were little. It’s a toy shop with traditional values that welcomes you in and makes you feel at home. I was feeling very nostalgic with this glorious toy shop.

This is a story of chance encounters but is it fate?! A story of old and young mixing together in harmony blending wisdom, experience, youth and energy developing into a perfect cocktail of friendship. A story of experiencing the highs and lows of life but enjoying each step along the way. Most of all it’s a festive treat of a read with a beautiful romance to welcome the festivities in.

About the author

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

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A Widow’s Vow by Rachel Brimble @RachelBrimble @Aria_Fiction @rararesources #bookreview #blogtour #Histfic

A Widow’s Vow written by Rachel Brimble, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

From grieving widow…

1851. After her merchant husband saved her from a life of prostitution, Louisa Hill was briefly happy as a housewife in Bristol. But then a constable arrives at her door. Her husband has been found hanged in a Bath hotel room, a note and a key to a property in Bath the only things she has left of him. And now the debt collectors will come calling.

To a new life as a madam.

Forced to leave everything she knows behind, Louisa finds more painful betrayals waiting for her in the house in Bath. Left with no means of income, Louisa knows she has nothing to turn to but her old way of life. But this time, she’ll do it on her own terms – by turning her home into a brothel for upper class gentleman. And she’s determined to spare the girls she saves from the street the horrors she endured in the past.

Enlisting the help of Jacob Jackson, a quiet but feared boxer, to watch over the house, Louisa is about to embark on a life she never envisaged. Can she find the courage to forge this new path? 

A Widow’s Vow is the first in a gripping and gritty new Victorian saga series from Rachel Brimble. You won’t be able to put it down.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rachel Brimble’s latest historical novel: A Widow’s Vow.

A Widow’s Vow is a departure to the popular Pennington’s book series by Rachel Brimble. We are still in the majestic city of Bath but we’ve gone back in time by just over 50 years, the year is 1851, the Victorian era and this is the start of a new historical saga series for the author.

Louise Hill has a past that she is not ashamed of but she is so pleased that she was rescued from this part of her life by her husband and has been happily enjoying married life in Bristol. However, when her husband is discovered dead in a hotel in another city she fears for the safety he created for her. More bad news was to follow but a sliver of a light emerges with the key to a house in Bath. Louisa with her best friend Nancy head for a new life in their new home in Bath but all is not what it seems and the fear of financial security is closing in on her. Louisa feels the only way to secure her and Nancy’s financial future is to return to the past she and Nancy left behind. A past were they relied on their looks and charm to support them. Louisa vows to make this return to a way of income different this time, she wants to supply a safe, clean environment for the girls who earned a living working on the street.

Jacob Jackson also has a past one filled with heartbreak and violence. His violent upbringing has led him to a career that revolves around the profiteering of violence. Jacob has been a boxer for a good few years now but when he happens upon Louisa Hill a proposal of a new career is brought to his attention. Jacob is worried he cannot leave his violent past behind him.

This is a story of two people with pasts that have seen so much hardship, heartbreak and violence. They have seen the ugly side to life and have frequented many dark places in cities. They have been brought together by fate with a view to making a difference to the lives of themselves and others. However, the darker side of life is never far away and Jacob struggles with the demons from his past. Both Louisa and Jacob fight with their emotions and the past and as they move two steps forward with the hope of better things to come they stumble one step back as the darkness of life sets in.

A great start to a new historical saga series set around three women with a past they wish to learn from and aspire to make new starts. Romance weaves gently around the heartbreak and struggles of life and fits in perfectly with the storyline. I’m looking forward to learning more about Louisa, Jacob, Nancy and Octavia.

Author Bio –

Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, England. She is the author of over 20 published novels including the Pennington’s department store series (Aria Fiction) and the Templeton Cove Stories (Harlequin).

Her next project is a Victorian trilogy set in a Bath brothel which she recently signed with Aria Fiction. The series will feature three heroines determined to change their lives and those of other women. The first book. A Widow’s Vow is due for release in September and available for Amazon preorder now.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and has thousands of social media followers all over the world.

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Someday In Paris by Olivia Lara @olilara_writes @Aria_Fiction @rararesources #guestpost

Someday in Paris written by Olivia Lara, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

‘An epic, sweeping romance about soulmates and second chances’ Holly Miller

‘An absolutely unforgettable love story’ Mandy Baggot

‘A deeply moving, richly evocative story of love, loss and the power of hope’ Miranda Dickinson

Book Blurb

Finding the one is only the beginning… 

1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same. 

1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. After dreaming about him for years, Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don’t recognise each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar… 

Over the course of twenty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together? 

‘It’s about dreams and taking chances. Missed opportunities and mistakes. Loss and sacrifice. But above all, it is about love. The kind of love that survives time, distance… even death. The kind of love I wish for you.’ 

A magical new love story about star-crossed lovers, perfect for hopeless romantics and fans of One Day and The Notebook

What readers are saying about Someday in Paris

‘I absolutely adored this book and stayed up late at night to finish it!! I couldn’t put it down. This was a truly epic love story’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

‘Magical, all-encompassing and timeless; an unforgettable romance’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

‘Without question 5.0 Exquisite Stars!! There are not enough magical adjectives to describe the beauty of this story!! Someday in Paris moved me beyond words and to quite a few tears’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

‘Some books leave you a print in your heart which make them difficult to forget … Emotive, sweet and unforgettable … The most beautiful book I’ve read in a while!’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

‘This is a book for hopeless romantics, for those who dare to dream, and for those who believe in true love everlasting … I could not put it down’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

‘This book left me speechless. I haven’t read such an amazing story in a long time’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

‘I absolutely loved this book … The story kept me hanging on and reading late into the night’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Olivia Lara’s debut novel: Someday In Paris. I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from the author with you. The book sounds fascinating and with my love of historical stories and set in Paris this is definitely one to add to my TBR.

Where do I get inspiration for my stories?

I don’t know how it is for other authors, but for me, every story is different in terms of how it all started.

For instance, Someday in Paris, my debut novel, is a story that’s been with me for years.

The first memory of the idea is from many years ago. I was on the high school graduation trip with my classmates, visiting Europe, and I picked up a book by an author I’d never heard of, Marc Levy. I read the story in one sitting, on the bus between Paris and Marseille and once I arrived in Marseille, I scribbled down thoughts for a story. It wasn’t related to what I’d read, but something in it sparked my imagination. Elements of that idea are in my debut novel, many years later…

Meeting my now husband a few months later added to the idea, so did our own love story and all our years together so far. Living in France in my twenties fueled the initial idea and gave me incredible settings (Paris, Colmar). Spending time in European museums, game me their world. So, you see, the answer to where it all started is most likely a sum of things, over the years. And when everything aligned, Zara and Leon’s story emerged almost like a movie and all I could do was to watch that ‘movie’, take mental notes, and hope I won’t forget anything important.

Sometimes I get ideas from articles, people I meet, songs I listen to, even nonfiction books I read. I am inspired by our travels (and can’t wait until we’re able to be on the road again), the places I called home, whether for a year or a decade. Poems I’ve always known or just discovered, and urban legends I remember from my childhood. Reading is an important part of my life and an important source of inspiration as well. I read across genres and I read all the time. Just released books, classics, books in English, Romanian, French. I am also passionate about theater and have tons of vinyl with Romanian theater plays I listen to all the time. And last but not least, I might see an interaction between two people that makes me want to take note. Maybe something they say or how they say it. Maybe a gesture. Even if I’m not consciously doing it, I’m always watching.

And then, just like that, a shiny, sparkly idea comes to me. I don’t write it down. I just let it simmer. If it comes back, if it makes me start to imagine the possibilities, if I begin seeing the ‘movie’ of that story, then I know I’m onto something special. It can take weeks, months or years. One thing is for sure. I’m never without ideas. Some I tried to write, but the ‘movie’ suddenly ended mid-way, so I have decided to shelve them and perhaps come back later. If and when that will actually happen, I don’t know.

Someday in Paris is the book of my heart. It is the kind of story I’ve always wanted to read and I guess I wanted it so badly, I decided to stop waiting and write it. I want to believe that all my stories are like that though, whether the idea came from my own life, from someone else’s, or from a dream…

The author is running a Goodreads giveaway for 50 kindle copies of Someday In Paris, open to US only. Please click on the link to enter.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/311490-someday-in-paris

Author Bio – OLIVIA LARA was born and raised in Bucharest in a family of booklovers and storytellers. Since university she has worked as a journalist and marketer in Romania, France and the United States. She is currently a marketing executive in San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area with her husband, young daughter and four cats. Someday in Paris is her first novel.

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