Only Human by Diane Chandler @Dchandlerauthor @Blackbird_Bks #blogtour #bookreview #authorpower

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Only Human written by Diane Chandler, publisher Blackbird Digital Books, is available in ebook format from the 8th September 2020.  The ebook is currently at a special pre-order price of 99p.

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Every betrayal has a consequence… one family… one summer… one woman

The Bonds are, seemingly, a tight family unit, until one fateful summer when the temptations of lust and love come for them all

Tiger mum Anna, who gave up her career to build the perfect home life in London’s leafy Chiswick, is shocked to the core when she discovers that her husband of 20 years is having an affair.

Her daughter meanwhile is transforming into a tricky teen chopping at the apron strings.

Then Jack walks into their lives. Sophie’s first boyfriend is a breath of fresh air for the whole family, and Anna gradually discovers new purpose for herself.

But when more deceit creeps in, tensions soar, and Anna is propelled through a tangled web of secrets and lies towards a devastating climax.

This tale of love & betrayal, by the winner of the 2016 People’s Book Prize for Fiction and longlisted for The Guardian Not The Booker Prize 2020, is the perfect novel for you if you enjoy intelligent, elegantly-written, novels by authors like Jodi Picoult and Louise Doughty.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Diane Chandler’s latest novel: Only Human.

This is the second book I’ve read by Diane Chandler and what I’ve appreciated with her writing is that she delves deep into the lives of people.

As one cog in a family’s life becomes broken cracks start appearing all around until it reaches a point of no return. A story about one family when human instincts, reactions, emotions start a tumbling effect of actions. Human interaction can be percieved in so many different ways. What one person believes is an act of good others can see it totally differently.

Anna has been happily married for nearly 20 years to Ollie and they have a 15 year old daughter. When Anna makes a startling discovery she’s not sure life can ever be the same. Was it her fault, did she become complacent when she gave up her career to become a full time mother? Now her daughter is older Anna is starting to feel redundant with her life and now with this latest discovery she’s wondering whether she should do more to fulfil her life and that of her family’s.

When she befriends an elderly gentleman it gives her a different outlook on life and she soon relishes this time with her new friend. But when her new friend starts to display health concerns Anna tries to think of ways to help.

As new opportunities open up Anna finds herself juggling her commitments resulting in devastating consequences.

An interesting page turner of a read that delves into the lives of people and also sensitively touches on a health concern that effects many.

About the Author
4-DianeChandler-AuthorDiane Chandler was a political lobbyist in Brussels and then worked at the European Commission for several years, where she managed overseas aid programmes in Ukraine just after the fall of communism. Back in London, she joined the Department for International Development (DFID) on the Ukraine and then Africa desks. Her first novel, The Road to Donetsk, draws on her experience of managing overseas aid programmes, and won the People’s Book Prize. Her second, Moondance, tackles the emotional impact of IVF fertility treatment on a loving couple. Only Human, her third novel, is about a woman struggling to find meaning in life after her husband cheats on her and her only daughter is about to fly the nest. Published 8th September 2020. Diane co-runs Creative Writing Workshops London with Stephanie Zia of Blackbird Digital Books, and also coaches aspiring writers. She is the host of chiswickbuzz TV Book Club, Words with Wine in W4
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The Girl You Forgot by Giselle Green @gisellegreenUK @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #bookreview #blogtour


The Girl You Forgot written by Giselle Green, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Does the heart never really forget?

When Ava’s partner Will is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, the doctors give Will one chance to survive – an operation which means he will lose his recent memory. Ava begs him to take the chance, sure that she can cope with Will forgetting her. After all, they have something very special to live for.

But they are also keeping a heart-breaking secret, and if Will loses his memory, Ava will have to carry that secret alone.

Can they rebuild their love from scratch or will their secrets and past come between them? Will Ava really be a stranger when Will wakes up – or does the heart never really forget…

Giselle Green returns with a heart-breakingdeeply moving story of love, loss, and what it really means to be alive. Perfect for all fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Diane Chamberlain.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Giselle Green’s latest novel: The Girl You Forgot.

The Girl You Forgot is a story that will break your heart many times and you will fall in love with the two leading characters as their lives are turned upside down with the strain of a terrible illness.  However, not only do Ava and Will have to cope with the diagnosis they have the long recovery and there’s also the question of the secrets that Ava has promised to Will that she will not reveal to him again post op.

What a conundrum to face for Will when making the decision on having the life saving operation.  He knows the operation is essential but he also knows he will lose his most recent memory.  A memory that holds so much of his creative inspiration for his musical talent.  A memory that also holds the time he fell in love with Ava and the time that his heart was broken.  Ava does everything in her power to ensure Will has the operation and the couple vow to keep the secrets that broke them hidden forever.  However, as time passes during Will’s recovery Ava struggles to rebuild their relationship and holding back all the secrets.

This is a wonderful, heartfelt story that will stay with you for a long time.  To have love and lost and to keep loving whether it is reciprocated and knowing it could all shatter at any time must have been such an emotional strain but it also shows the strength of the love within Ava.  During Will’s recovery he learns much about his emotional wellbeing during past events and discovers that looking at life through different eyes can make the view a different outlook.

The author, Giselle Green, knows how to create a storyline that draws you in and leaves you feeling wrung out with emotion but you can also feel a sense of hopefulness and warmth.

Author Bio –

The Girl You Forgot Author PhotoGiselle Green is an award-winning, bestselling contemporary women’s fiction author. Mum to six boys (half of whom have flown the nest) and owner of one bright orange-and-cinnamon canary who hopefully never will, Giselle enjoys creating emotionally-gripping storylines about family and relationships.

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The Day Henry Died by Lynda Renham @lyndarenham #bookreview #supernaturalromance #contemporaryfiction #indieauthor

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The Day Henry Died written and self-published by Lynda Renham is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Suppose you wake up one morning to find yourself dead. You can see yourself clearly in the mirror, and feel the same as you did the day before. But today is the day of your funeral. What do you do?

This was Henry’s dilemma. Henry decides he can’t possibly be dead, so he sets out to prove he is alive. Then, he discovers that Rita, a product demonstrator at the supermarket, can see him.

Even with the help of Rita, proving you’re not dead was harder than Henry imagined, but when Henry discovered that he was murdered, the question was why and by whom?

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The Day Henry Died is a refreshing read filled with quirks that will charm you.  However, the story has many twists and turns with some taking the reader on a darker path.  The author, Lynda Renham, had me guessing the outcome of the story right till the very end and I was gutted and felt my heart break a little for a book friendship that I had become fond of.

Henry wakes up to find he has died but he’s still around and he thinks he’s very much alive.  He can walk around his home and neighbourhood, he can see his wife and colleagues but they can’t see him.  Strangely one other person can see him and this is someone he’s met quite recently.

Rita works in the local supermarket as a product demonstrator, she’s suffered greatly in the past but is trying to rebuild a new life for herself.  However, Rita is lonely and only has the company of her overbearing landlord.  So when a customer starts asking questions about the produce on her counter she becomes interested in this man with his enquiring mind.  This chance acquaintance between Henry and Rita brings a little comfort to both their lives.  But chances in life can be risky.

We follow Henry on his plight to discover how he died and how decisions made in his past have shaped his future.

A quirky, charming but twisty tale!

About the Author

Lynda Renham is author to many popular romantic comedy and gripping psychological thriller novels. She lives in Oxford, UK. She has appeared on BBC radio discussion programs and is a prolific blogger, Twitter and when not writing can usually be found wasting her time on Facebook. Lynda lives in Oxfordshire with her second husband and two cats. Her web page: and Twitter: @lyndarenham

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The 24 Hour Café by Libby Page @LibbyPageWrites @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour #bookreview #The24HourCafe #Contemporaryromance

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The 24 Hour Café written by Libby Page, publisher Orion, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format.

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Welcome to the café that never sleeps.

Day and night, Stella’s Café opens its doors to the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It’s a place where everyone is always welcome, where life can wait at the door.
Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They love working at Stella’s – the different people they meet, the small kindnesses exchanged. But is it time to step outside and make their own way in life?
Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stella’s Café, where one day might just be enough to change your life . . .

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Libby Page’s latest novel: The 24 Hour Café.

I think I may have found my new favourite read. The 24 Hour Café is my first introduction to the work of Libby Page and it ticked all the boxes and more in my little reading heart. This is the story of a café in the centre of the city of London that is open 24 hours a day serving teas, coffees, food and is a place to feel welcomed whatever the time of day.

We follow the lives of Hannah and Mona, two waitresses at the café, who are best friends and share a home and their dreams together. This story is one 24 hour snapshot in the goings on in the café when a momentous event changes everything in Hannah and Mona’s lives. As the drama of the night and day unfolds the story focuses on each waitress as they go through the rituals of their allocated shift at work. We get to hear the story of how they met, how they interpret their friendship and their personal and professional lives. Hannah and Mona are creative souls and have dreams to express their talents and entertain people. Hannah wishes to sing and make people happy and Mona wishes to dance as a career so waitressing is not their calling it is just a stop gap and a means to pay the bills.

As Hannah’s shift at work progresses through the night customers come and go but a few stay in our minds as we are introduced to their stories. I think this is what makes The 24 Hour Café special. Stella’s café not only serves refreshments but it is a place to convene, to meet, to escape, to relax and to feel safe. The visitors of the café, or any café, have their own stories and as we see the little snippets of their lives our hearts are opened to let them in. When the girls change shifts we get to hear of Mona’s life, concerns and hopes.

The 24 Hour Café is such a poignant, thought provoking read that will touch your heart and will never let it go. People come and go in your life but sometimes a time and place will set off a new road of enlightenment, opportunity and possibilities.

Beautiful, heartfelt and truly wonderful story telling.

About the Author

LIBBY PAGE is the author of the SUNDAY TIMES bestseller and runaway success of 2018, THE LIDO. THE LIDO has sold in over twenty territories around the world and film rights have been sold to Catalyst Global Media. After writing, Libby’s second passion is outdoor swimming. Libby lives in London where she enjoys finding new swimming spots and pockets of community within the city. She and her sister run a blog and Instagram account @ theswimmingsisters, documenting their swims and the benefits of outdoor exercise for mental health. Follow Libby on twitter @libbypagewrites


Unlocked by Soulla Christodoulou @schristodoulou2 #shortstory #bookreview #indieauthor #contemporaryfiction


Unlocked written and self-published by Soulla Christodoulou is available NOW in ebook format.

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Helen, wallowing in pain and shunning the world and everyone around her, happens across an inspirational quote in her local store after leaving the house for the first time in weeks. Instantly, its message awakens something within her and she books a flight to a country she has always wanted to go.

In India the sounds, sights and colours of this spiritual place, evoke a new awareness within her and the promise of release from the agony of her husband’s infidelity. An impromptu encounter and an invitation to a local wedding open up an unexpected path and a flood of long-forgotten feelings.


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I’d like to thank the author, Soulla Christodoulou, for an arc in return for an honest review.  I first came across the work of Soulla Christodoulou back in March 2018 when I read and reviewed The Summer Will Come, you can find my review here

Unlocked is a short story to whet the appetite of the reader to an author who entices you into a character’s mind and her spiritual awakening.  Short stories are great tea break reads, they are also perfect in between novels reads like a cleanser for the mind.  They are also the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to a new author.

Soulla Christodoulou has written a story that is a sensual awakening of the heart and soul surrounded by the raw, earthly beauty of India.  It is quite a powerful story; it’s full of life with it’s highs and lows but it shows a clear journey of enlightenment that is open to all.

Helen is distraught following the break-up of her relationship and she enters into a period of despair.  However, after a few weeks of mourning of her previous life she takes herself off on an impulsive trip of a lifetime to India.  A trip that takes her on a journey filled with all the colours of the world and aromas so heady you can’t imagine anything better.  But this journey has only just begun for Helen and there’s no turning back.  A journey that strips her of what has been and unleashes her to many possibilities.

Unlocked is beautifully written full of atmosphere and very evocative.

About the Author

Born in London to Greek Cypriot parents Soulla Christodoulou spent much of her childhood living carefree days full of family, school and friends. She was the first in her family to go to university and studied BA Hotel & Catering Management at Portsmouth University. Years later, after having a family of her own she studied again at Middlesex University and has a PGCE in Business Studies and an MA in Education.

Soulla is a Women’s Fiction author and wrote her first novel Broken Pieces of Tomorrow over a few months while working full time in secondary education and is a mother of three boys.

She is a compassionate and empathetic supporter of young people. Her passion for teaching continues through private tuition of English Language and Children’s Creative Writing Classes.

Her writing has also connected her with a charity in California which she is very much involved in as a contributor of handwritten letters every month to support and give hope to women diagnosed with breast cancer. One of her letters will be featured in a book ‘Dear Friend’ out in September 2017.

When asked, she will tell you she has always, somewhere on a subconscious level, wanted to write and her life’s experiences both personal and professional have played a huge part in bringing her to where she was always meant to be; writing books and drinking lots of cinnamon and clove tea!

She also has a poetry collection, Sunshine after Rain, published on Amazon and is releasing her second novel, The Summer Will Come in Autumn/Winter 2017.




Snowed in at The Practice by Penny Parkes @CotswoldPenny @simonschusterUK @annecater @TeamBATC #blogtour #bookreview #Larkford #SnowedinatThePractice

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Snowed in at The Practice written by Penny Parkes, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available for pre-order in ebook, audiobook and paperbook format in readiness for the publication on 14 November 2019.

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Dr Holly Graham is finding life with two sets of twins exhausting. Even with husband Dr Taffy Jones and devoted friend Elsie by her side, she is completely outnumbered. Making the transition back to work will be no easy feat, but a regular slot on Radio Larkford as their on-air doctor might be the perfect stepping stone – until an unexpected job offer changes everything…
Dr Alice Walker’s new canine clinic at Larkford Surgery with Coco, her assistance dog, has been a storming success. If only shipping her best friend, Dr Tilly Grainger, in from South America to cover for Holly had been such a smooth transition. It seems that Tilly isn’t finding life in the peaceful Cotswolds valley as rewarding as she’d hoped, and she is causing chaos…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Penny Parkes latest novel: Snowed in at The Practice.

This is my first visit to Larkford and it’s residents but when I read the synopsis of Penny Parkes fourth instalment in The Larkford series I just knew I’d feel welcomed.

Penny Parkes has managed to captivate her audience with an endearing story set around the medical practice in a Cotswold village.  There is plenty of wonderful light and shade to the storyline as it weaves itself around the lives of the doctors, it’s extended staff, family and friends.

Larkford is such a close-knit community and when Dr Holly Graham goes off on maternity leave the residents embrace the arrival of her twin baby girls but they soon miss her presence at the practice.  After a few months at home Holly too is missing her work and her patients, she is feeling a little lost in her new role and is desperate to feel like her old self again.  But as she goes through the emotions of motherhood again she starts to realise that her old self isn’t what she wants anymore and that she needs to find a new balance, not just for herself but for her team at the practice who are all going through personal and professional changes.

As this was my first introduction to the work of Penny Parkes I didn’t know any of the history surrounding the characters so I totally read this story with open eyes and heart and soon got trapped, in such a wonderful way, into the goings on of Dr Holly and her team at work and home.  I’ve had twins myself so know how crazy life becomes when you’ve got double trouble but Holly had this times two!

The storyline sways happily towards the festive season but as in reality life has a habit of throwing hurdles in people’s paths.  These hurdles were very emotive to read about and for the wider network of colleagues and residents of Larkford I felt my heartache for the cruelty.  The darkness in the storyline does lead onto some of the most tender and endearing moments I’ve ever read about and your emotions will get the better of you.

Snowed in at The Practice is wonderfully heart-warming full of life, laughter, love and tears.  I adored it and Penny Parkes has a new fan in me.

About the Author

snowed in ... Penny Parkes Author PicturePenny Parkes survived a Convent education largely thanks to a ready supply of inappropriate novels and her passion for writing and languages. She studied International Management in Bath and Germany, before gaining experience with the BBC. She then set up an independent Film Location Agency and spent many happy years organising shoots for film, television and advertising – thereby ensuring that she was never short of travel opportunities, freelance writing projects or entertaining anecdotes. Penny now lives in the Cotswolds with her husband, two children and new puppy. Her first novel, Out of Practice was winner of the RoNA for a Romantic Comedy Novel 2017.

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The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly @cathykellybooks @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour #bookreview #TheFamilyGift #contemporaryfiction

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The Family Gift written by Cathy Kelly, publisher Orion, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audiobook and paperback format.

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Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family, a fantastic career, and a new house.

But that’s on the outside.
On the inside, she’s got Mildred – the name she’s given to that nagging inner critic who tells us all we’re not good enough.
And now Freya’s beloved blended family is under threat. Dan’s first wife Elisa, the glamorous, manipulative woman who happily abandoned her daughter to Freya and Dan’s care and left the country, has elbowed her way back into their lives.
But Freya knows that when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back.
Can Freya put her family – and herself – back together? Find out in Cathy Kelly’s warmest, wisest and funniest book yet…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating the release of the paperback of Cathy Kelly’s latest novel: The Family Gift.  It’s an honour to be one of the 20 bloggers celebrating Cathy Kelly’s 20th book.

The Family Gift is a wonderful family drama for the modern world we live in now.  Freya is a wife, mother, daughter, top celebrity chef but she’s also a victim to many hurdles in life that have been thrown her way.  This last year so much tragedy, trauma, heartache and strain has been dumped onto Freya and her family but Freya has tried to shoulder all the worries, concerns and struggles by herself but it’s now catching up with her.

Moving house was hopefully the fresh start she needed but with her life in a chaotic shambles of a multitude of boxes Freya soon loses sight of her focus.  However, the move has given her the gift of new friends with the owners of a local café providing much needed solace and a dear elderly lady customer of the café proves to be of great comfort to Freya.

However, when someone from the past starts to reintegrate back in their lives Freya starts to feel threatened and is afraid her family structure she’s so lovingly built will be broken.

Cathy Kelly writes wonderful, heartfelt stories about people and their everyday lives.  She has a real skill of getting to know the intricacies of peoples minds and personalities and she weaves her words to create a magical, heartfelt, honest family saga.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Family Gift, Freya’s story resonated with me on so many levels.  Cathy Kelly’s characters are written with warmth and charm and you will feel a connection to them sympathising and acknowledging their plights.  Warm-hearted, charming and very real.

About the Author

Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. Cathy is the bestselling author of The Honey Queen, Once in a Lifetime and Between Sisters, and is a No.1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Her trademark is warm and witty Irish storytelling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, a sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.
She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS


Twitter:  @cathykellybooks



Three Little Truths by Eithne Shortall @eithneshortall @CorvusBooks @annecater #blogtour #bookreview #ThreeLittleTruths

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Three Little Truths written by Eithne Shortall, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The paperback is available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

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On the idyllic Pine Road, three women are looking for a fresh start…
Martha was a force of nature, but since moving to Dublin under mysterious circumstances, she can’t seem to find her footing.
Robin was the ‘it’ girl in school. Now she’s back at her parents’ with her four-year-old, vowing that her ex is out of the picture for good.
Edie has the perfect life, but she longs for a baby, the acceptance of her neighbours, and to find out why her dream husband is avoiding their dream future.
The friendships of these women will change their lives forever, revealing the secrets, rivalries and scandals that hide behind every door…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Eithne Shortall’s latest novel: Three Little Truths.

I bloomin’ loved this novel by Eithne Shortall and at one point I was so consumed with the story my husband had to query what I was laughing out loud at and I had to explain that it was this book.  The scenes that the author had described on the pages really connected with me, Eithne Shortall wrote with a truth that was so refreshingly perfect that there was no other option but to devour the story and enjoy the ride.

Three Little Truths is a story of a close-knit community of neighbours from a row of terraced houses in Dublin.  The women on the street are such a strong bunch of characters, all with their own little quirks and anomalies, I was fascinated by them all.  They had set up a WhatsApp group for neighbourhood chat and the author kindly included these chats in her story and OMG these chats were hilarious, crazy and I do believe Eithne Shortall is the KWEENNN of wit!

However, away from all the goings on in the WhatsApp thread their is a storyline filled with secrets behind every closed door and it’s not until a new family move into the street that the residents start to glimpse moments of the neighbours lives that they had kept locked up.

Three Little Truths is quirky and original but has an endearing charm to it.  The storyline is full of wit and humour but also has moments of poignancy and is very humble with it’s honesty.  I found the whole story unputdownable.

About the Author

three little truths author picEITHNE SHORTALL studied jouralism at Dublin City University and has lived in London, France and America. Now based in Dublin, she is chief arts writer for the Sunday Times Ireland. She enjoys sea swimming, cycling and eating scones.

Grace After Henry is her second novel. Shorthall’s bestselling debut novel, Love in Row 27, has been optioned for a TV series by NBC Universal Studios International, the production company behind Downton Abbey.


Twitter:  @eithneshortall

The Men by Fanny Calder @fannycalder @TheRealPressPub #bookpromo #bookextract #contemporaryfiction

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The Men written by Fanny Calder, publisher The Real Press, was released in ebook and paperback format in April 2016.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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A young, haunted woman falls in love with a singer. She finds she has been consumed by the relationship and when it ends – as it inevitably does – she feels unable to quite rediscover herself. Cities can draw you into even darker places, and she embarks on a series of intense relationships with thirteen men of very different types, from a rough sleeper to a millionaire, and from a transvestite to a leading politician. As she is propelled through a series of extraordinary adventures and wild parties she finds she begins to lose her own identity. Is there a way out?

I am delighted to share with you an extract from Fanny Calder’s debut novel:

EXTRACT – from the chapter called:
The Singer
I am eighteen. School is a glamorous maelstrom of hormones within which the songs he writes circulate like religious artefacts. Battered cassettes with the band’s name handwritten on them. Track listings on the cardboard inserts also handwritten and grubby. Our own private rock and roll gods. He leaves the school the year before I arrive so I hear him sing before I meet him. On the cassettes he sounds worn-down and sad. This is romantic. I don’t remember meeting him, but I remember going to a pub at the other end of town from school to see his band play. The sun went down on a summer evening and I found myself with a group of men drinking beer in the pub garden as we waited for the music to start. The men were large, sweaty, funny, their laughter generous. They were at ease with themselves in a way that the boys at school were not. I was thrilled by them. I cannot remember meeting him, or that first performance.
But days or weeks later I remember the night of our leavers’ dance. I wore a white strapless dress. It was warm and I walked bare shouldered with my friend Annabel towards the dance and then past it, glancing in at our friends through the open dining hall door then leaving them behind us. The green hills glowed softly as we walked to the pub to see him.
For years afterwards I dream anxiously about that missed dance. I don’t remember our first kiss but I know that I spent that night with him in his bed, the first entire night I ever spent with a man. I was moved by the gentle way in which he held me in his sleep but I was on edge the whole night. I could not sleep and I was terrified of waking him so I could not move. I could not sleep and I could not move and I had drunk too much so my head ached. I can remember the sound of the milk float arriving at dawn and the bleakness that came with feeling more exhausted than I ever had before. Hours later he finally woke up and reached across to kiss me and I let him but I was too terrified to speak and left soon after, stiff with self-consciousness, still in the white dress.
We spent a few more nights together after that. I only remember one of them, at a rainy music festival. Four people died in the mud in front of the stage that day. Men were throwing full cans of beer across the crowd, opened so that they sprayed beer into the rain as they flew. Sometime that afternoon one of the flying cans hit me on my left temple and nearly knocked me out. By the time we went to bed, the rain was almost heavy enough to put out the fire that he had made. We kissed and did as much as it was possible to do to each other in a damp narrow single sleeping bag. It was impossible to tell what he thought of me, whether he even liked me, but again he held me kindly and kept me warm and this time I managed to sleep fitfully, wound around him in the small bag. A few months later, I briefly kissed his brother in a sad basement in South London. I don’t remember any more than this about meeting him, but I do remember the songs that he wrote and sang. They were hauntingly brilliant.

About the Author

the Men Fanny Calder picFanny Calder is a writer and environmental campaigner who lives in London with her daughter, her poodle and her whippet.

She no longer goes to quite so many parties!

The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman @rowancoleman @EburyPublishing @annecater #blogtour #bookreview

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The Girl at the Window written by Rowan Coleman, publisher Ebury Press, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format and is due for release in paperback on Thursday 8th August 2019.

The paperback will be available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.  The ebook is available for kindle, kobo and iBooks.

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A house full of history is bound to have secrets…

Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors, a magical place full of stories. It’s also where Trudy Heaton grew up. And where she ran away from…
Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, she is returning home with her young son, Will, who refuses to believe his father is dead.
While Trudy tries to do her best for her son, she must also attempt to build bridges with her eccentric mother. And then there is the Hall itself: fallen into disrepair but generations of lives and loves still echo in its shadows, sometimes even reaching out to the present…
A hauntingly beautiful story of love and hope, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book and The Summer of Impossible Things

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rowan Coleman’s latest novel: The Girl at the Window.  As you can see from the blogtour poster a lot of highly respected book bloggers are very keen to help promote Rowan Coleman’s novel, this is a testament to the popularity of the author and of her wonderful way with words.

This book is so beautifully atmospheric I didn’t want it to end.  From the very beginning I felt emotional with the words on the pages.  My heart ached for Trudy and Will and I felt a hunger within me to know what happens next in the story. Rowan Coleman has written a story that will appeal to many; to the die-hard Brontë fans and to the hopelessly romantic lovers your heart will be lost with this wonderful story.

Trudy Heaton grew up in Ponden Hall on the Yorkshire Moors, the hall that was reputed that Emily Bronte spent time visiting alongside it’s library.  Trudy is a huge fan of the Bronte sisters work, especially Emily’s and with growing up in the village and her later work as an archivist Trudy understands and appreciates the joy of keeping history and any artefacts revolving around the Bronte sisters alive and available for all to see.

When Trudy and her young son receive devastating news Trudy feels the place she needs to be to recover from this traumatic blow is to go home to Ponden Hall.  The last time Trudy was at Ponden Hall and with her mother was 15 years ago and from thereon mother and daughter have had a strained relationship.  With her son in tow Trudy hopes they will be welcomed with open arms.

Ponden Hall warmly welcomes Trudy back and she feels a real connection to the building and it’s history.  With emotions high revolving around the loss of her husband Trudy is struck by new highs and lows with long lost discoveries from her past and that of Emily Bronte and also that of a mysterious young girl that may hold the key to secrets that could change what is believed of the heritage of Ponden Hall.  I loved this side of the story with the discovery of forgotten secrets.  The atmosphere in Ponden Hall and the land surrounding it fizzled with spirit and it took Trudy on a journey of hope, strength and belief.

The Girl at the Window is so beautifully written with the past hauntingly desperate to speak out changing the viewpoints of people and bringing much hope for the future.  This is another WOW book and one that I predict will be a bestseller for Rowan Coleman.

About the Author

Rowan Coleman lives with her husband and their five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family.

She really wishes someone would invent time travel.

She is the bestselling author of THE MEMORY BOOK, WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS and the critically acclaimed THE SUMMER OF IMPOSSIBLE THINGS.


Twitter: @rowancoleman.