NEW Cosy Mystery series announcement by Vivian Conroy #CornishCastle

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Exciting news!  Vivian Conroy has a NEW cosy mystery series due to grace your ereader very soon … I’m pleased to introduce you to the Cornish Castle Mystery series.

The first two books; Death Plays a Part (1) and Rubies in the Roses (2) are available to pre-order now on amazon and also on goodreads to add to your TBR.  See relevant links below:

Pop back tomorrow when I will ‘open the curtains’ to reveal the covers in all their technicolour gorgeousness and I will have an exclusive fun fact!

To connect with Vivian Conroy please visit the following links:

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

Website:  http://www.carinauk.com/the-call-vivian-conroy

 

Celebrations & Confetti by Rebecca Raisin book review and blogtour

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Celebrations & Confetti At Cedarwood Lodge written by Rebecca Raisin, publisher Carina, is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Celebrations-Confetti-Cedarwood-Lodge-hilarious-ebook/dp/B01JNHHDP0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477468371&sr=8-1&keywords=Celebrations+%26+Confetti

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Clio Winters is finally fulfilling her childhood dream of renovating the gorgeous old Cedarwood Lodge in Evergreen. Turning it into the perfect destination for big celebrations, weddings and parties has brought her back home, but Cedarwood Lodge is in need of a lot of tender loving care.

Perhaps all the work will be the perfect distraction from the real reason she had to leave her glamorous New York life behind.

Will coming home be the best decision of her life… or her biggest regret?

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Celebrations & Confetti is the first instalment in the new Cedarwood Lodge series written by Rebecca Raisin.

I’ve always loved Rebecca Raisin’s style of writing especially how she draws you into the setting of the novel.  I totally could see myself walking into Cedarwood Lodge and could imagine the before and after in the renovations that new owner Clio had in mind.  Clio has been recently working in New York as a wedding planner but she is now back in her hometown of Evergreen after purchasing Cedarwood Lodge.  The Lodge has been left empty for years and is looking a little tired but Clio has plans to turn it into the best lodge around to host all matters of events.  Clio remembers the Lodge when she was a child playing in the grounds and the location of the lodge is just perfect with it’s vast gardens overlooking the mountains.

The Lodge however, holds many secrets and Clio discovers that her own mother is privy to one of these secrets.  Clio also has her own secret and she is holding back about the real reason she left the city.

With the renovations in full swing and the first booking for the lodge in place Clio’s life is full on.  No time for romance but love is blossoming for someone at the lodge.

This was such a wonderful, heart warming story and a great introduction to a new series.  I was totally swept away with Clio and her dreams.  I’m looking forward to more from Cedarwood Lodge and am intrigued to find out if the new renovated walls will reveal their secrets and whether cupid will cast it’s spell.  5/5*

To find out more about Rebecca Raisin and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.rebeccaraisin.com/

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

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@jaxandwillsmum

 

Nice Day for a White Wedding by A.L. Michael blogtour and book review

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Nice Day for a White Wedding (The  House on Camden Square book 2) written by A. L. Michael, publisher Carina, is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Wedding-House-Camden-Square-ebook/dp/B01E58VPEM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1472652655&sr=1-1&keywords=nice+day+for+a+white+wedding

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins…

Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good.

These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancé. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?

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I’m so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating the release of the second book in The Camden Square series.  I’d like to thank the author and netgalley for an arc in return for a review.

This is only the second book I’ve read by A.L. Michael and I’ve come to appreciate what a joy and delight they are.  Once again I feel inspired, optimistic and happy after reading this book.

Nice Day for a White Wedding is book 2 in The Camden Square series.  I would encourage readers to read book 1 first as you get to appreciate how the characters got to where they are now.

This story focuses on Chelsea’s life, we time hop back to when she was a teenager living on the rundown estate, her friendship with the enigmatic Ruby, her unconventional childhood and the traumatic ordeal she had to endure.  Chelsea’s character appears outwardly as quite strong willed, she was very determined to better herself despite her upbringing.  Chelsea has tried very hard to hide the negative side of her past but unfortunately it rears it’s ugly head at the worse time possible.

New friendships are formed and old ones are feeling the strain of the past fighting with the present.

This story was uplifting, colourful, full of glamour and beautiful people and locations.  A story that played with your emotions bringing highs and lows with a gorgeous romantic feeling at the forefront.  5/5*

Please do pop on over to the other stops on the blogtour:

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To find out more about A.L. Michael and her books please visit the following links:

Website:  http://www.almichael.com/

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

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/A.L.Michael.writer/?fref=ts

Goodbye Ruby Tuesday by A. L. Michael book review

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Goodbye Ruby Tuesday (The House on Camden Square, Book 1) written by A.L. Michael, publisher Carina is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goodbye-Tuesday-House-Camden-Square-ebook/dp/B01C2G2SZO/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471957243&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=goodybe+ruby+Tuesday

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Four friends have become three. But that’s only the beginning.

Ruby, Evie, Mollie and Chelsea were the bad girls at school. But Ruby was the baddest. Evie fought her anger, Mollie fought her mother and Chelsea…well, Chelsea just fought. But Ruby set her sights on a bigger stage. And together, they dreamed of a future where Ruby could sing, Evie could make art, Mollie could bake, Chelsea could dance – and all of them could finally feel at home.

A decade later, the girls are reunited for the funeral of Ruby, who took the world – and the charts – by storm, before fading too soon. And Evie doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry when she learns that Ruby has left them a house on Camden Square – the perfect place for them to fulfil their dreams. But does she dare take the plunge, and risk it all for one last shot at the stars?

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This was such an uplifting story, I felt quite emotional and energised at the end.

The author, A.L. Michael, has quite cleverly written around the grief that the three young women were feeling over the untimely death of one of their best friends from school.  Although, the girls had all grown apart in the ten years since they left school the legacy of Ruby Tuesday has brought them all back together.  Initially, just for the funeral but a surprise letter from Ruby has given the girls a seed of hope for the future.

Whilst the girls were at school they were known as trouble makers, their family life and backgrounds hadn’t been easy.  The girls had a lot of fun at school but the best time they had was dreaming about opening up an Arts Centre were all four of them could share their love of art, theatre, dance, cooking, anything creative really.  Over the last ten years life has got in the way of this dream but vivacious Ruby never quite forgot and within her legacy she has left the girls the keys to a dream they’d all buried ten years ago.  However, a time limit beckons.  Can Evie, Mollie and Chelsea pick up from where they left their dream ten years ago and turn this seed of hope into reality?

Turning grief into a new beginning was so heart warming.  There were many moments in the story when  we time hopped back to the girl’s teenage years and their time with Ruby.  Goodbye Ruby Tuesday is book 1 in The House on Camden Square series and we focus mainly on Evie’s story.  When Evie learns of this legacy she is quite instrumental in bringing the dream into reality, she is also the creative genius within the trio.  Evie’s family life is quite troubled and it has made her very angry and many times in her past she has struggled controlling this anger.  An ugly reminder from her past keeps returning and is a threat to the girl’s future.

It was just wonderful to see all the characters developing and growing with this challenge.  Each girl brings a different perspective and strength to the story and I loved the sub-characters of Killian, Esme, Evelyn and Kit.  I can’t wait to hear more from the girls and the development of these sub-characters.

A gorgeous story I couldn’t read quick enough.  Inspiring, uplifting, charming and romantic.  Bring on the next story ‘Nice Day for a White Wedding’, which was released yesterday!  5/5*

To find out more about A.L. Michael and her books please visit the following links:

http://www.almichael.com/

http://www.twitter.com/almichael_

http://www.facebook.com/A.L.Michael.writer/

What Happens at the Beach blogtour author guest post with TA Williams

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I’m so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting What Happens at the Beach written by T.A. Williams.  It’s been a few weeks now since the publication of this delightful novel.  To purchase the novel please click on the following link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Happens-at-Beach-Williams-ebook/dp/B01DTM87XC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1469274744&sr=1-1&keywords=what+happens+at+the+beach

Link back to my review of: What Happens at the Beach by TA Williams book review

I’d like to welcome T.A. Williams to my blog today:

Hi Adele

Thanks again for your lovely review of What Happens at the Beach. And thanks for helping out on this blog tour. Here are my answers to your questions.

Best wishes
Trevor

 

Q:  I really enjoyed What Happens at the Beach … what inspired you to start this What Happens series?

A:  The first one was just called “Tuscany” while I was writing it.  It was only once it was finished and I was discussing with my editor at Carina UK what title to give it when the idea struck me.  I was already planning another book to be set in Cornwall so that’s how the idea of a series of standalones in different places came about.

Q:  I love how you feature a black labrador in your stories and understand you have a dog of your own, does your dog get involved with your story planning and writing?
A:  Alas, my faithful old black lab went to that great kennel in the sky a few years ago. He was 13 and he was an abused child – we got him as a rescue dog and the vet told us he’d be lucky to live to four or five. He made it to 13. He died while I was on a long bike ride all the way from here to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain and my wife was heartbroken, she vowed never to get another dog. So, that’s why I get my gratuitous canine fix from sticking one in all my books. Although, spoiler alert, there isn’t a lab in my next book. I’ll be waiting for the comments from my readers… 

Q:  What are you working on at the moment?
A:  I’m just editing my next book, recently finished. This one is set in London and Venice and the title will probably be something different from “What Happens in..” but I’m not sure what yet.

Q:  If you had to pick your favourite ‘What Happens’ book which one would it be?
A:  I’m a total tart, really. I always like my most recent book more than any of the others. That said, I really love What Happens in Tuscany because we lived for four happy years in that old Tuscan villa and I loved it.

Q:  You’ve written in quite a lot of genres, is there a genre you fancy exploring?
A:  I love history. In fact, as you can see from What Happens at the Beach… I am fascinated by the Cathars of Southern France. I think I might try my hand at historical fiction again one of these days. 

I look forward to a historical novel from yourself 🙂

Q:  Which genre of books do you enjoy reading and have you had a favourite read this year?
A:  I actually read a lot of non-fiction. I’m hooked on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and this year I read a fascinating historical novel called just “Q”, written by a secretive group of academics spread around Europe. Fascinating.

Q:  How long have you been writing and what drove you to put pen to paper?
A:  Believe it or not, I’ve been writing since I was 14. That’s over fifty years! I still have all 44 handwritten pages (in pencil) of “The Lake Dwellers”, a shameless ripoff of Arthur Ransome’s “Swallows and Amazons”. As to the question of what drove me to it, I really don’t know. Now, (and I’m sure my wife would agree), it’s a drug. If I don’t get my regular daily writing fix, I feel I’m missing out. 🙂

Thank you so much Trevor for joining me today, it’s been an honour to have been chatting with you.

To find out more about T. A. Williams and his books please visit the following links:
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What Happens at the Beach by TA Williams book review

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What Happens at the Beach written by T A Williams, publisher Carina an imprint of HarperCollins UK is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Happens-at-Beach-Williams-ebook/dp/B01DTM87XC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468223980&sr=8-1&keywords=what+happens+at+the+beach

Product Details (as per amazon page)

For the perfect summer romance…

It’s finally time for Natalie Dryden to decide what she really wants! After ditching her sparkling engagement ring, and her ghastly fiancé, she jets off for the sun-kissed shores of Southern France – the only place that has ever truly felt like home. For the first time ever, Natalie is determined to forget all about men and follow her dreams!

…head to the French coast!

Only, avoiding the male population isn’t quite so easy, especially when she meets smooth-talking Philippe and gorgeous fisherman, Remy! But then Natalie, quite literally, bumps into brooding millionaire Mark whilst swimming in the glittering azure-blue bay – and her life is turned upside-down.

Love might be off the cards for Natalie, yet suddenly she finds herself in her dream job and working with her dream man! But is it all too good to be true…?

 

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I’d like to thank netgalley and #KEPRTours for an arc and to be involved in the #ReleaseDayBlitz for this novel.  What better to help promote this gorgeous summer read than a review of the novel …

This is TA Williams 5th novel in the What Happens series. Each book is a standalone but each one and a further other contemporary romance novel TA Williams has written features a wonderful furry friend character.  They say a man’s best friend is his dog but in TA Williams novels it appears the dog has a liking for the female leads.

This story is set around Natalie, a recent graduate in Medieval History.  Following the very recent split from her fiancé David, Natalie escapes his over bearing mother and travels to the south of France to stay with her elderly grandmother.  Her grandmother, Collette, is 90 but is still quite young at heart in her mind.  She lives in a gorgeous house close to the beach.  The house has been in the family for years and Natalie has enjoyed many summers spending time with her gran at the beach.

Natalie is enjoying this time relaxing with her gran, visiting the beach, swimming in the glorious clear turquoise blue sea.  She’s managed to gain a part-time job helping out old friends at the local restaurant and manages to catch the eye of a millionaire yachtsman and the local fisherman.  However, Natalie is not interested in love so soon after her break-up with David until she meets the owner of the chateau next door to her gran’s.  Mark Markeson sparks an interest in Natalie, not only is he her gran’s neighbour but he is also the master of the adorable black Labrador that visits Natalie’s gran daily.  The black Labrador is such a wonderful addition to this story, he sparks a warmth to the storyline and I also do believe animals can help bring people together.  I believe this is very clever of TA Williams acknowledging the charm of animals and bringing it to life in his stories.  Without revealing too much about the storyline Mark Markeson has a secret job and aspiring dream and when it’s revealed it helps bring Natalie and Mark closer together strictly in a professional manner (much to her gran’s dismay).  Can the hurt from both Natalie and Mark’s past be healed?

I loved how this story led us into the history of the area.  I could tell the author knew about the area and I was fascinated hearing about this and it has sparked my interest in finding out more.  This is my first read of TA Williams, although I do have a few of his other books patiently waiting for me on my kindle.  I love his writing style, his description of the location of his settings is very clear in this case I could picture the beach and the sea and I had fallen for this wonderful chateau that Mark lived in.  The whole area sounded so idyllic.  I loved all the characters, the main characters were easily recognisable and soon well liked and the array of sub-characters fitted in well with the storyline.  I could easily imagine further stories being told about some of the sub-characters.  The story had much warmth, humour, it was quite touching and emotive at times.  A thoroughly delightful story that will encourage me to read all the other What Happens books.  4.5/5*

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View of medieval city Carcassonne, image courtesy of google

About the Author

TAWilliamsFirstly, my name isn’t T A. It’s Trevor. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…
I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.
I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in southwest England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.
I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.
To find out more about T A Williams books please visit the following links:

https://tawilliamsbooks.com/

 

 

Cover Reveal: Breakfast at Poldark’s by Samantha Tonge

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I am delighted to reveal the cover of Samantha Tonge’s upcoming new novel; Breakfast at Poldark’s.  Breakfast at Poldark’s is due to be published by Carina UK on the 28th July 2016.

To pre-order link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Breakfast-at-Poldarks-Samantha-Tonge-ebook/dp/B01BTVPMJW/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Kate Golightly needs to move forward and what better way to do that then with a trip to the Cornish coast with best friend and boss, Izzy.

The sea wind is just what Kate needs to finally relax and begin to let go of her past. Except she’s suddenly got one big reason to panic! She RSVP’d ‘yes’ to the Queen Bee of her high school’s wedding saying she’s bringing her boyfriend (she doesn’t have one) who looks just like Ross Poldark!

With only two weeks to find the Poldark look-alike of her dreams Kate is under a lot of pressure for the Cornish coast to deliver…

A hilarious and moving romantic novel from bestselling author, Samantha Tonge. A must-read this summer!

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As soon as I saw this cover I was mesmerised by the gorgeous blues; from the sky, to the sea, to the blue in her dress it’s just so striking all together.

To find out more about Samantha Tonge and her books please visit the following links:

https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter

https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor