Between the Regions of Kindness by Alice Jolly @jollyalice @unbounders @annecater #blogtour #bookexcerpt #BetweentheRegionsofKindness

 

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Between the Regions of Kindness written by Alice Jolly, publisher Unbound, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2IUf1RV

Book Blurb

Coventry, 1941. The morning after one of the worst nights of the Blitz. Twenty-two-year-old Rose enters the remains of a bombed house to find her best friend dead. Shocked and confused, she makes a split-second decision that will reverberate for generations to come. More than fifty years later, in modern-day Brighton, Rose’s granddaughter Lara waits for the return of her eighteen-year-old son Jay. Reckless and idealistic, he has gone to Iraq to stand on a conflict line as an unarmed witness to peace. Lara holds her parents, Mollie and Rufus, partly responsible for Jay’s departure. But in her attempts to explain their thwarted passions, she finds all her assumptions about her own life are called into question. Then into this damaged family come two strangers – Oliver, a former faith healer, and Jemmy, a young woman devastated by the loss of a baby. Together they help to establish a partial peace – but at what cost?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Alice Jolly’s latest novel: Between the Regions of Kindness.  I have the pleasure of sharing an excerpt:

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Rose – Coventry, April 1941

The dawn must come – that’s all that Rose can be certain of now. Fumbling up the steps, pulling Mollie behind her, she sees its band of grey staining the blackness above a jagged line of roofs. She puts a hand against a wall to balance herself, heads for where the gates must be, stops when she gets there, steadies herself once more against their blistered metal. For a moment, the silence is absolute – the streets, the city, breathe out knowing that the night is ending. Rose gulps a deep breath but ash furs her throat, and she gasps, coughs, feels the sting of smoke in her eyes. She puts Mollie down and the child wobbles, clings to Rose’s leg, starts to howl. Rose bends down and buttons Mollie’s coat, then shakes her to keep her quiet.

The street is white with a frost of broken glass. Rose steps forward into the muffled light, her hand gripped around Mollie’s arm. Phantoms start to stumble from the shadows, caked in plaster dust, clinging to one another as though blind. An elderly man comes towards Rose, staggering over broken kerbstones. He has a colander on his head and his bare legs stick out from under his dressing gown. His knotted hands grip the colander and he sings – Nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be, when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea.

A water main has burst and damp seeps through the soles of Rose’s shoes. She reaches down and picks Mollie up, steps out of the spreading puddles. Ahead of her, through the smoke and drizzle, a fire engine is slanted against the jagged outline of a blackened wall. Above, tangled wires dangle from a drunken telegraph post. The sound of bombs still smashes through Rose’s head, pounds in her chest, and at every imagined blast the street buckles under her feet. Voices ricochet around her. God be praised. Where? Where? No All Clear this morning. Wires blown right out the ground.

People gather around a man standing by the gutter, filling a kettle from a drain and pouring water into glass bottles and mugs. The trouble with the shrapnel is that it does jam the lawn mower. Rose’s teeth chatter against the edge of a tin cup. The water is clouded and tastes of ash and soap but she gulps half of it down, then bends to hold the cup for Mollie. All the stories are at an end. So what now? Where can we go? The questions form in her mind but she considers them without concern. The mystery is that she and Mollie are alive. Of course, the house has gone, she knows that. It was the Bostocks’ house and she’d been staying in the sitting room. At least the Bostocks had left the city and Arthur was out at Division B First Aid. But she’d left her gas mask there, her ration book, her last ten-shilling note. And Frank will, would have…

She turns to a woman standing close by. Shackleton Street? Is this the end of Shackleton Street? Where’s the pub? The woman turns, her eyes vacant. She wears red wool socks and pieces of cardboard are tied under the soles of her shoes. Her head shakes, she turns away.

The end of Shackleton Street? The colander man catches hold of Rose and pulls her around, as though he wants to dance. Rose keeps Mollie gripped tightly against her. The end of the road? It certainly is. Except the end ain’t even here, is it? The bloody end and not even any end. A mountainous woman appears, upholstered into a tweed coat. Taking hold of the colander man, she pushes him away. As the man steps back, his dressing gown falls open, revealing long underpants, a furrow of purple ribs. He pulls the dressing gown back around himself, bursts into tears.

The woman steers Rose and Mollie away. Rose recognises her as Mrs Bartholomew, the butcher’s wife, the woman who sold her a steak as green as grass and called her Mrs Von Mayeford. But now Mrs Bartholomew’s grip is steady on Rose’s arm. You need to get to the Rest Centre, love. At Barkers Butts school. Can you hear me, love? The Rest Centre.

I need to get to the end.

No, Mrs Bartholomew says. No, love. No. Can you hear me? Mrs Bartholomew is pulling Rose and Mollie back towards the College. Here we are. Butt Street. Can you hear me? You know where you are now, love, don’t you? Butt Street. Just keep on going. She pushes Rose and Mollie on.

The morning is arriving now, listless and blank. From an upstairs window an elderly woman shouts at the sky, grips a singed cat. Seen the worst in November. Wasn’t it enough? On and on, not a bleeding brick standing. Outlined against the bruised sky, a school hat, a pair of field glasses and several pairs of smalls dangle from the blackened branches of a tree. A wooden mangle is hooked over a lamp post and a parachute bomb, like a vast iron coffin, is suspended between the gable ends of two houses. Small boys stand under it, leaping and throwing stones, until a warden drives them away.

About the Author

Alice Jolly Author pictureAlice Jolly is a novelist and playwright. Her memoir Dead Babies and Seaside Towns won the PEN Ackerley Prize 2016. She also won the V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize awarded by the Royal Society of Literature in 2014 for one of her short stories, `Ray the Rottweiler’. She has published three novels previously, What the Eye Doesn’t See, If Only You Knew and Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile. She has also written for the Guardian, Mail on Sunday and the Independent, and broadcast for Radio 4. She lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Twitter:  @jollyalice

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Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow @matthewcrow @CorsairBooks @annecater #BaxtersRequiem #blogtour #bookreview #contemporaryfiction #romcom #RandomThingsTours

 

Baxter Requiem

Baxter’s Requiem written by Matthew Crow, publisher Corsair (an imprint of Little, Brown Books) is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

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Book Blurb

Mr Baxter is ninety-four years old when he falls down his staircase and finds himself resident at Melrose Gardens Retirement Home.
Baxter is many things – raconteur, retired music teacher, rabble-rouser, bon viveur; but ‘good patient’ he is not. Indeed, Melrose Gardens is his worst nightmare. Then he meets Gregory.
Greg is just nineteen years old, but he has already suffered a loss so heavy that he is in danger of giving up on life before he even gets going. Seeing the boy’s pain, Baxter decides to take him under his wing.
Together they embark on a spirited journey to the war graves of Northern France, for Baxter to pay tribute to the love of his life; the man he waved off to fight in a senseless war; the man who never returned.
As Baxter shares his memories, Gregory starts to see that life need not be a matter of mere endurance; that the world is huge and beautiful; that kindness is strength; and that the only way to honour the dead, is to live every last second we have while we’re here.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the paperback version of Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow.

Baxter’s Requiem is a precious story, one that needed to be told and one that I won’t forget in a long time.  This is my first introduction to the work of Matthew Crow and I couldn’t get enough of the story and I wanted to continue with the characters journeys.

I fell in love with Baxter, a cantankerous old man who had so much spark and spirit within him.  Baxter had been given a stark warning by his Dr and Baxter knew that it was time to put his mission into action.  A mission that he’s planned for a long time.  For Baxter was harbouring a deep loss within him and he wanted to make a momentous journey to pay his respects and say his farewells.

Greg is a sullen teenager that hasn’t been working at the care home for long.  Greg doesn’t know what he’s doing with his life, he turns up for work and goes home and that’s all he feels capable of.  Baxter has taken a shine to Greg, he sees a kinship in him and wishes to pass on some of the wisdom he has accrued to this young lad.  The kinship they share is of a grief that has evoked many conflicting emotions of anger, despair, loss and sadness.

The author Matthew Crow has created a fabulous character in Baxter, he’s very relatable but there’s something unique and special about him.  There were so many sharp-witted and warm-witted scenes with Baxter that had me hooting with laughter and filled me with joy.  This is quite a talent for an author to talk about loss and sadness but evoke so much love and spirit within the storyline.

Baxter’s Requiem is a remarkable beautiful story that is so tragic and poignant but there is an overwhelming uplifting feel throughout.  I loved it!

About the Author

Matthew Crow author Baxter's RequiemMatthew Crow was born and raised in Newcastle. Having worked as a freelance journalist since his teens he has contributed to a number of publications including the Independent on Sunday and the Observer. He has written for adults and YA. His book My Dearest Jonah, was nominated for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

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One Last Summer by Victoria Connelly @VictoriaDarcy @rararesources #blogtour #bookpromo #rararesources #contemporaryfiction

 

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One Last Summer written by Victoria Connelly and published by Lake Union is available NOW in ebook, paperback, audiobook and audio CD format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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

Book Blurb
They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?
Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.
First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?
Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour with a promo celebrating and promoting the launch of Victoria Connelly’s latest novel: One Last Summer.

Author Bio
Victoria Connelly studied English literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens.
She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.
Ms Connelly loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden, with either a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

Her website is http://www.victoriaconnelly.com, and readers can follow her on Twitter @VictoriaDarcy and on Instagram @VictoriaConnellyAuthor.
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The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris @Joannechocolat @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour #bookreview #contemporaryfiction #TheStrawberryThief #ModernDayFairytale

 

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The Strawberry Thief written by Joanne Harris, publisher Orion, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format.

Waterstones have a stunning signed edition of the hardcover of the book available which includes an exclusive afterword from the author Joanne Harris and a short story.  To buy this edition please click on the link below:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-strawberry-thief/joanne-harris/9781409192169

Book Blurb

Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her ‘special’ child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.
But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray.
The arrival of Narcisse’s relatives, the departure of an old friend and the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist’s across the square – one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own – all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence – even, perhaps, a murder…

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I am so pleased and honoured to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Joanne Harris’ latest novel: The Strawberry Thief.

Joanne Harris’ beautiful prose has captured my imagination and Rosette Rocher has stolen my heart.  The Strawberry Thief is my first introduction to the work of Joanne Harris, I haven’t even watched the movie adaptation of Chocolat so I totally read The Strawberry Thief with fresh eyes.  It is 20 years since the author published Chocolat and The Strawberry Thief is the fourth book in the series.  The book can easily be read as a standalone and for brand new fans of Joanne Harris’ work, like myself, you will soon be swept away with the beauty of the storyline however, now I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of reading this novel I am very keen to read all the books in the Chocolat series so for established fans of this authors work you will be in for a treat revisiting Lansquenet-sous-Tannes.

Joanne Harris takes you to a fantasy world within our own.  Rosette and her mother Vianne have an air of mystery and magic about them and you can sense an otherworldly presence.  You never grow old  of fairy tales and make believe and this is such a powerful tool that authors hold when they can whisk you away to the unimaginable but make it still very real and relatable.

The Strawberry Thief is a story like no other but behind all the magic and mystery there is a very relatable story about a woman and her relationship with her children that are growing up and becoming independent.  It’s also a story of grief and of appreciating the true meaning of love.

I found Joanne Harris’ writing so very beautiful and I was totally spellbound by the magical words of wisdom.  Joanne Harris has gained a new fan in me.

Beautiful and symbolic full of fantastical ideas and whims.  You’ll be swept away with the splendour of the story.

To learn more about the author please do visit the following pages:

Website: http://www.joanne-harris.co.uk/

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

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Culmfield Cuckoo by Celia Moore @CeliaMooreBooks @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #indieauthor #kindleunlimited #giveaway #familysaga #contemporaryfiction

 

Culmfield Cuckoo

Culmfield Cuckoo written and self-published by Celia Moore is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:
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US – https://amzn.to/2FEZbaD

Book Blurb
When Billy reaches out to help, her kindness brings many changes which threaten hopes, homes, and even the people she loves the most.
Who is the Culmfield Cuckoo?
Will they help Billy get her life back? Or is the Cuckoo the cause of everything that is going wrong?
Who is telling the truth?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Celia Moore’s latest novel: Culmfield Cuckoo.

Culmfield Cuckoo is the sequel to Celia Moore’s debut novel, Fox Halt Farm.  You can find my review for Fox Halt Farm here.  As the story in Culmfield Cuckoo follows on from Fox Halt Farm I would strongly recommend reading Fox Halt Farm prior to Culmfield Cuckoo to enable you to enjoy the full reading experience. FOX HALT FARM, the first book in the series, is Free from Tuesday 2nd April 12am PDT finishing on Saturday 6th 11.59pm PDT

Life on the farm for Billy appears to be running smoothly after all the trials and tribulations from her past she is ready to settle in one place and make the farm and it’s shop a success.  However, author Celia Moore has thrown many more twists and turns for our main character in Culmfield Cuckoo and my heart was screaming ‘no’, how cruel can an author be to her leading lady?  There is quite a shocking turn of events and life for Billy turns into a battle to save her name, her life and her love.

Celia Moore has spun another great story with characters’ multi-layered personalities becoming embroiled within many of the twists and turns and the author definitely captivates her audience.  I did however, feel like the outcome to a certain event fizzled out and I felt like I wanted this part of the storyline to be a little more detailed to give me closure.  I’m very keen to learn where next the author will take our characters.

A story about the complexities of people that was captivating, dramatic with an underlying romance.

About the Author

Celia Moore (1967-now) grew up on a small farm near Exeter. She had a successful career as a Chartered Surveyor working in the City of London before working her way back to Devon. In 2000, she left the office to start a new adventure as an outdoor instructor, teaching rock climbing and mountaineering. Today she gardens for a few lovely customers, runs and writes (accompanied at all times by a border terrier x jack russell called Tizzy). She is running the London Marathon in April 2019 for three cancer charities.

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Who’s Sorry Now by Helene Fermont @helenefermont @BOTBSPublicity #bookreview #shortstorycollection #contemporaryfiction

 

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Who’s Sorry Now written and self-published by Helene Fermont is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2JYFSP4

Book Blurb

Who’s Sorry Now? Is a collection of four crime and romance stories.

It’s about love, betrayal and dreams.

Do we really know the people we love?

Can love be rekindled?

Do dreams come true?

The truth always comes out in the end.

fancy scroll clipartI 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 do enjoy dipping into a short story collection and they are a useful addition to any book library.  Short stories are perfect tea break/lunchtime reads that you can literally pickup and be whisked away within the storyline.  Short stories are also great ‘in-between’ novel reads, they act like a cleansing of the palate.  Short stories are also the perfect opportunity to try out a new author and this was the case for Who’s Sorry Now as I got to sample the work by Helene Fermont.

Helene Fermont wrote in a contemporary style and her characters from a couple of the stories were from wealthier families with glamorous lifestyles.  The author soon drew you into each story and there was enough detail and drama to keep you captivated for the length of the story.  My favourite of the four stories was Katie’s Christmas Wish but you could probably anticipate this as from reading my reviews I do love a happy ending.

Other books currently available by the author are:

 

About the Author

helene fermontBorn into a bilingual family (Swedish/ English) Hélene Fermont enjoyed an idylic childhood on the outskirts of Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city and major cultural hub. Growing up in the 1970s she had a brief musical career on Swedish TV and radio. Hélene lived in London for over 20 years but has recently returned to Sweden. Hélene is a former teacher, a practising psychologist, and currently the author of three novels, all of which are psychological suspense with a nordic noir flavour. Her fourth novel is coming soon!

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The Pieces of You and Me by Rachel Burton #PublicationDayPush @bookish_yogi @HQDigitalUK @rararesources #bookreview #contemporaryromance #ThePiecesofYouandMe

 

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The Pieces of You and Me written by Rachel Burton, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2CrWwk5

Book Blurb

They say time can heal all wounds…
When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.
But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push for Rachel Burton and her latest novel: The Pieces of You and Me.

The Pieces of You and Me is Rachel Burton’s third novel and although I’ve only read two of her books (including this one) I feel like this author’s novels and her style of writing are going straight to my ‘Favourite Author’ list.  The Pieces of You and Me was so effortlessly written with the words and the story flowing beautifully taking you on an emotive journey with Jess and Rupert.

Jess and Rupert were always destined to be together as they were born hours apart and lived close-by each other.  Growing up they had become best friends and were always there for each other.  But then as childhood grew into young adults their feelings developed into love and it was if they were the pieces of a puzzle that were meant to be together.  However, life, or fate, played it’s part and ten years ago hearts were to be broken and their lives went separate ways.

A lot has happened to Jess in the ten years since she’s seen or heard from Rupert.  She had to pick up the pieces of her heart and try and build them back together but they never truly fitted back correctly.  Her personal life was to experience a huge hurdle that she would struggle to overcome and would still now find this hurdle rearing it’s ugly head again.

Rupert’s heart broke ten years ago when he walked out of Jess’ life, he’s had to face many new hurdles himself that took him by surprise and he’s had a long battle to face of his own.

Now their paths have crossed again and it’s as if the last ten years never took place.  Feelings and memories come flooding back, but could they return to how they once were?  Could their own battles in the last ten years leave barriers against their chance of happiness?

The Pieces of You and Me is such a beautiful story of a love that never gave up.  It’s also a story of struggling with what life has thrown your way.  The author, Rachel Burton, has written with honesty and with sensitivity.  You can feel the emotional heartache and the physical strains that life has thrown at Jess and Rupert.  I was totally swept away by Jess and Rupert’s story and was heartened by their plight.

Beautiful, honest, heart-warming and very uplifting.

About the Author

Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us.

Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi 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….

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