A Vintage Year by Rosie Howard #PublicationDayPromo #RosieHoward @AllisonandBusby @SarahWaights #Havenbury

 

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A Vintage Year (Havenbury Book Two) written by Rosie Howard, publisher Allison & Busby, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audiobook and audio CD format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2Ip2Qy9

Book Blurb

It started with ‘happily ever after’, yet just three years after Bella’s fairy-tale wedding to irrepressible Charlie Wellbeloved, her best friend, Maddy, is expecting a baby, while Bella’s own weight gain is purely from comfort eating. Only her little Labrador, Dolly, can boost her spirits as she gloomily surveys her failing marriage and fledgling interior design business.
Dovecot Farm is just a rainstorm away from ruin, but Charlie is hoping against hope his family vineyard will produce a vintage year, saving his business, his childhood home and – most of all – his marriage…
When handsome Rufus appears in the tight-knit Havenbury community, he quickly charms Bella and makes himself indispensable to Charlie. But is he really too good to be true…

I’d like to wish the author Rosie Howard, a Happy Publication Day for the second book in the Havenbury series: A Vintage Year.  

I’m hoping to start my reading journey to Havenbury and be welcomed into it’s community very soon.  Book One in the series; The Homecoming is available to purchase at the link here: https://amzn.to/2TXy00L.

I look forward to sharing my reviews of book one and book two in the not too distant future.

About the Author

After obtaining a degree in music Rosie Howard pursued a career in public relations, campaigning, political lobbying and freelance journalism but realised her preference for making things up and switched to writing novels instead. She lives in a West Sussex village with her husband and two children in a cottage with roses around the door.

Website: http://rosiehoward.com/

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

 

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Let Me Burn (Angel Sands Book 1) by Carrie Elks Release Day Blitz #bookreview #PublicationDay @CarrieElks #LetMeBurn

 

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Let Me Burn (Angels Sands Book One) written and self-published by Carrie Elks is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designed by: Najla Qamber

To buy link: mybook.to/LetMeBurn

Book Blurb

She isn’t looking for love. He’s not planning on staying around. But when they meet, sparks fly…
As a big city firefighter, Lucas lives for his job. Forced to take extended leave following an accident, he returns to his small hometown to stay at the beach cottage his grandparents left him. The problem is, he’s not used to having so much time on his hands.
After a broken engagement, Ember isn’t ready for love right now. Though her heart might be mended, she prefers to keep herself busy with her family and work; that way she won’t get hurt again. But she didn’t count on meeting a handsome firefighter with that dimpled smile. After Lucas saves her from one awkward situation too many, she can’t stop thinking about him.
Ember finds Lucas impossible to resist. And he’s determined not to let her. As long summer days melt into sultry, passionate nights what begins as a fling develops into something much deeper. Until the day Ember’s ex-fiancé returns to town and threatens to destroy the fragile connection that’s building between them.

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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 Release Blitz for Let Me Burn, book one in Carrie Elks new contemporary romance series; Angel Sands.  I’d like to thank the author for providing me with an arc in return for an honest review.

Carrie Elks is known for writing contemporary romances with a sexy edge and Let Me Burn didn’t fail to have you a little hot under the collar.  This is a story of two people; one that has been burned by love and is still healing and the other who is afraid to let love in as they fear for the work life balance.

From the moment you read about Lucas Russell, totally committed and hardworking fireman, with his brooding good looks, you can sense there’s a serious side to his nature and also a vulnerability that he’s afraid to let it be shown.  Being forced to take time off his hectic schedule and give his body and mind time to rest Lucas goes back to his home town, Angel Sands, and decides to start the renovations to a cottage on the beach front that was left to him and his sister by their late grandparents.  Angel Sands is such a different atmosphere to his normal everyday life in the city, for starters everyone in this small beach resort know each other and if they don’t the village ‘grapevine’ will soon help you out.

Ember Kennedy is still grieving for the two most important men in her life; her father and her ex.  She’s been holding up strong especially for her mother who’s emotions are still very raw.  Ember was burned so badly with her ex and wasn’t looking for love but when she keeps bumping into Lucas Russell the instant attraction is difficult to resist.

I loved this romance by Carrie Elks, we were treated to a lovely community spirit within the tranquil and idyllic location of Angel Sands.  The attraction building up between Ember and Lucas was like a slow burning flame that stayed strong and bright.  The storyline was charming in places but emotions were keenly felt when life grew serious for the pair.

A gorgeous, sexy story and a great start to a hotly anticipated new series.

About the Author

Carrie Elks writes contemporary romance with a sizzling edge. Her first book, Fix You, has been translated into eight languages and made a surprise appearance on Big Brother in Brazil. Luckily for her, it wasn’t voted out. Carrie lives with her husband, two lovely children and a larger-than-life black pug called Plato. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found baking, drinking an occasional (!) glass of wine, or chatting on social media.

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The Hourglass by Liz Heron #blogtour #bookreview

 

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The Hourglass written by Liz Heron, publisher Unbound, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2SznW1q

Book Blurb

Spring 2000. Paul Geddes visits Venice to research the fin-de-siècle opera singer, Esme Maguire, seeking out a cache of papers held by Eva Forrest, the widow of a collector. What he reads begins in the 1680s, moving through the city s later history of Enlightenment and Revolution, describing a life stretched beyond human possibilities.
She travels across Europe to sing in Regency London and Edinburgh, then Belle Epoque Paris, always returning to Venice, its shadows and its luminosity, its changes and its permanence.
What would it be like to live for nearly 300 years, as an exceptional being who must renew herself time after time, as those she has loved age and die? Could this story be grounded in reality or be merely the product of an ageing woman s delusion, as Paul suspects.
Warily, Eva and Paul fall in love, their tentative emotions bringing them closer until, on a trip to the Dolomites, Eva s past catches up with her.

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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 Liz Heron’s latest novel: The Hourglass.

The Hourglass is quite an unusual, imaginative story that spanned centuries.  Our minds visit Venice and it’s opulence and we discover the world of operatic theatre.  The extravagant venetian masks proved a useful aid to hide oneself both physically and emotionally from the world beyond the mask.  It is a historical time-slip romance that has a paranormal feel to it.  You can sense an eerie chill whilst reading and learning about Eva.  The sand in an hourglass doesn’t stay still for long as something will disturb it’s balance and set if flowing again.

Paul Geddes research on the opera singer, Esme Maguire, takes him to Venice and to Eva Forrest who holds many papers on the subject.  The papers are very captivating and enlightening and you are soon swept away to the 1600’s and to a world that became that little bit more awe inspiring with the beautiful voice of a young girl, Esme Maguire.

It is quite a beautiful love story that has had so many highlights but the lows are debilitating and almost unbearable.  For our leading lady who has outlived all her loved ones and has to constantly flee in fear of her secret to be revealed.  At times we have thoughts of living forever but forever is such a long time without your loved ones by your side.  What appears as a gift of hope and wonder became a never ending emotional drain.

I love the cover of this novel it is very opulent with the stunning masks but also shows signs of darkness and mystery.

When I was reading this novel I quickly wrote this note:  an author can take you to the unimaginable, they will break down the barriers in your mind.  Liz Heron has done this and more with The Hourglass her words have bewitched me and were quite thought provoking.  Liz Heron brought Venice alive with her atmospheric prose and I was moved and captivated by this imaginative tale.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Liz Heron Author PictureLiz Heron grew up in Scotland and studied at Glasgow University. After living in Paris, Madrid and Venice, she embarked on freelance life in London, contributing arts and literary journalism to Spare Rib, The New Statesman, The Listener, The Village Voice, New Society, The Guardian and many other publications. Her literary translations from French and Italian range from Georges Bataille and Giorgio Agamben to the novels of Paola Capriolo. Her own books include Truth, Dare or Promise, a compilation of essays on childhood, and Streets of Desire, an anthology of women’s 20th-century writing on the world’s great cities, both published by Virago, as was her short-story collection, A Red River (1996).
Liz began researching her novel, The Hourglass, during her second spell of life in Venice.
Her website is lizheron.co.uk
She writes a blog, mainly on film: lizheron.wordpress.com

Smooth Talking Cowboy by Maisey Yates blogtour book review @maiseyyates @MillsandBoon

 

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Smooth Talking Cowboy written by Maisey Yates, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook, paperback, audiobook and audio CD format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  The book is also available direct from Mills & Boon website.

To buy link (amazon UK): https://amzn.to/2SO049K

To buy link (Mills & Boon): https://bit.ly/2thdLPO

Book Blurb

Olivia Logan has a plan: win back her ex by making him see what he’s missing!
First she needs to find a man who’s willing to play along. With his laid-back cowboy charm, Luke Hollister is an unlikely hero―but he wants her help convincing her father to sell him land, which means he needs her as much as she needs him.
Good girl Olivia has always been off limits to Luke.So why does she get to him like no one else? Luke ‘s supposed to help her win back another man…not keep her in his arms. But now that he has her there, he’s not sure he wants to let go.

Smooth Talking Cowboy Blog Tour Schedule

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 Maisey Yates novel: Smooth Talking Cowboy.  Smooth Talking Cowboy is a standalone novel and is book one in the Gold Valley Novel series.

This is my first introduction to the work of Maisey Yates and it sizzled in all the right places.  Don’t most girls dream of living on a ranch with their own cowboy?  Well, Olivia Logan had dreamed of this picture for the last few years.  She’d got the perfect candidate for the role but after a year of dating Bennett Dodge Olivia was no closer to receiving the illusive marriage proposal so she ended the relationship.  However, Olivia wants to prove to Bennett what he’s missing and hatches up a plan with smooth talking cowboy, Luke Hollister to win back Bennett’s heart.

Luke Hollister is your Instagram image of a cowboy with his ruggedly handsome good looks and a cheeky, charming persona to go with it.  Luke was happy to oblige Olivia with her madcap plan.  Olivia Logan was known as the good girl of the town, the girl that was serious and reliable and Luke thought it would be fun to play his part in her plan.

However, the plan was not fool-proof and Olivia and Luke were soon to realise they had a chemistry between themselves, one that had been lain dormant for nine years.  One that as soon as it started fizzing was difficult to keep under control.

Olivia and Luke had known each other for quite a while but they had both felt like the other was out of bounds or untouchable and they had to witness them getting close and personal to others.  All through these years the pent up feelings the pair had successfully kept hidden have now been let loose and control is soon forgotten.

Can Olivia and Luke trust their self-control and the new fire in their hearts?  Will hurt from their past that held the key to their fear of love deny them of any future happiness?

A story of a sweet love that soon simmered with desire.

About the Author (taken from author’s website)

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit.
In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard. She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.

Website: http://www.maiseyyates.com

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

 

Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell blogtour book review

 

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Maybe This Time written by Jill Mansell, publisher Headline, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format.

The hardcover is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  The ebook is available to download for kindle, kobo, iBooks and Google.

To buy link (amazon UK): https://amzn.to/2HwK3jQ

To buy link (Waterstones): https://bit.ly/2sS9Adc

Product Details

Mimi isn’t looking for love when she spends a weekend in Goosebrook, the Cotswolds village her dad has moved to. And her first encounter with Cal, who lives there too, is nothing like a scene in a romantic movie – although she can’t help noticing how charismatic he is. But Cal’s in no position to be any more than a friend, and Mimi heads back to her busy London life.
When they meet again four years later, it’s still not to be. Cal is focusing on his family, and Mimi on her career. Then Cal dives into a potentially perfect new romance whilst Mimi’s busy fixing other people’s relationships.
It seems as if something, or someone else, always gets in their way. Will it ever be the right time for both of them?

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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 Jill Mansell’s latest novel: Maybe This Time.

When you pick up a Jill Mansell novel you know you’re heart and soul are in safe hands and that the author’s words will take you on a wonderful journey.

Maybe This Time is Jill Mansell’s 30th novel (I hope I’ve got this correct) and it has all the well loved trademarks from all her other stories.  I fell in love with our leading lady, Mimi, straight away and could picture this young woman travelling from London to the Cotswolds to visit her father and his partner.  Her first visit to the Cotswolds was going to be the start of a journey for Mimi.  A journey that would break her heart but bit by bit it would slowly mend.

Along the way we meet some fabulous characters including Cal, who’s first encounter with Mimi is quite comical.  Mimi has a habit of being accident prone especially when she’s in the vicinity of Cal and she also jumps to conclusions.

Over the years of visiting the Cotswolds Mimi and Cal have continued to bump into each other and a friendship has blossomed.  There’s not only Cal that has welcomed Mimi to this idyllic village in the Cotswolds; we have bubbly Lois, Paddy the womanising charmer and Cal’s six year old daughter Cora who have all won a place in Mimi’s heart.  When life throws it’s darkest hours the villagers come together to pick up the pieces.

This story was filled with so much warmth and joy that emanated from the characters and the beautiful setting of the Cotswolds village.  Through the tears of life hope is evident giving us a heartfelt, beautiful story of friendship, laughter and love.

About the Author

jill mansell author pictureJill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including The One You Really Want and Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay. Take a Chance on Me won the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Prize, and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award.

Jill’s personal favourite amongst her novels is Three Amazing Things About You, which is about cystic fibrosis and organ donation; to her great delight, many people have joined the organ donor register as a direct result of reading this novel.

Jill started writing fiction while working in the field of Clinical Neurophysiology in the NHS, but now writes full time. She lives in Bristol with her family.

Website: https://jillmansell.co.uk/

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

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

Magnolia House by Angela Barton book excerpt

 

magnolia house book coverMagnolia House written by Angela Barton, publisher Choc Lit, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

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

Product Details

When you open up your home and your heart …

Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction.

But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again.

To make ends meet she begins a search for housemates, and in doing so opens the door to new friends and new beginnings. But could she be opening the door to new heartbreak too?

Happy Publication Day to Angela Barton, I am so pleased to be able to share with you all an excerpt from Chapter 1.

April’s unexpected heat-haze danced as it levitated above broiled pavements. Shiny black slugs of melted tarmac dribbled into gutters, smelling as sickly-sweet as pineapple chunks. The news channels were proclaiming that it was going to be the hottest spring on record for the past seventeen years and the damp skin on Rowan’s back was testimony to that fact.

Rowan and her husband, Tom, were in Clapham, standing across the road from Magnolia House and looking up at it in disbelief. It was a neglected and weather-worn building and its flaking central front door didn’t bode well for the rest of the house. The sash windows looked rotten where paint had peeled and rain had drenched the exposed wood. The low parapet that was built around the edge of the roof was crumbling in parts and missing in others. Its only redeeming feature was a mature magnolia tree standing in the diminutive front garden.

Rowan unfolded the page from the newspaper that Tom had shown her at breakfast the previous morning and, after great excitement, they’d decided to drive to London for a viewing.

‘It says here,’ Rowan read, ‘elegant semi-detached Georgian town house with basement accommodation. In need of some modernisation to bring it back to its former glory. Full of original features. Pretty courtyard to the rear of the property. Dated decor requiring attention throughout.’

‘Dated! I think they mean delapi-dated,’ said Tom, rubbing the stubble on his chin. It was a nervous habit he’d developed since recently establishing his own photographic business, The Wider Picture.

Nearby church bells chimed half past the hour as the estate agent fidgeted impatiently next to the front steps.

‘Do you still want to take a look?’ asked Rowan.

Tom pulled a face and shrugged. ‘We’re here, I suppose,’ he said, taking her hand and pulling her across the road.

About the Author

angela barton author picAngela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children and adorable four-year-old twin granddaughters. Angela is passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction and loves time spent researching facts for her novels. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Choc Lit’s new imprint, Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a lovely team.
Angela and her husband, Paul, recently moved to France and planted a lavender field. She’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the beautiful Charente countryside working from her new writing room, a beautiful shepherd hut. Angela is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.

Website: https://www.angelabarton.net/

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

 

*Cover Reveal* – Let Me Burn by Carrie Elks

 

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Cover Reveal for Carrie Elks latest contemporary romance; Let Me Burn.  Here’s a little information about the book to tempt to you …

Title: Let Me Burn
Author: Carrie Elks
Release Date: February 21, 2019

BLURB:

She isn’t looking for love. He’s not planning on staying around. But when they meet, sparks fly…

As a big city firefighter, Lucas lives for his job. Forced to take extended leave following an accident, he returns to his small hometown to stay at the beach cottage his grandparents left him. The problem is, he’s not used to having so much time on his hands.

After a broken engagement, Ember isn’t ready for love right now. Though her heart might be mended, she prefers to keep herself busy with her family and work; that way she won’t get hurt again. But she didn’t count on meeting a handsome firefighter with that dimpled smile. After Lucas saves her from one awkward situation too many, she can’t stop thinking about him.

Ember finds Lucas impossible to resist. And he’s determined not to let her. As long summer days melt into sultry, passionate nights what begins as a fling develops into something much deeper. Until the day Ember’s ex-fiancé returns to town and threatens to destroy the fragile connection that’s building between them.

Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/2HpNAjY

Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43536397-let-me-burn

Sign up for more information: https://www.subscribepage.com/LetMeBurn

And here is the gorgeous cover:

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Such a stunning cover and I can’t wait to read it.

Here is another graphic with a beautiful quote.

she isn't looking for love

About the Author

Carrie Elks writes contemporary romance with a sizzling edge. Her first book, Fix You, has been translated into eight languages and made a surprise appearance on Big Brother in Brazil. Luckily for her, it wasn’t voted out. Carrie lives with her husband, two lovely children and a larger-than-life black pug called Plato. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found baking, drinking an occasional (!) glass of wine, or chatting on social media.

Website: https://carrieelks.com/

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

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