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.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/36KR4EU

Book Blurb

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 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 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

Website: https://libbypage.co.uk/

Dreaming of Verona by T.A. Williams @tawilliamsbooks @canelo_co @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #bookreview #DreamingofVerona #feelgoodfiction #contemporaryromance

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Dreaming of Verona written by T.A. Williams, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.  The paperback is due for publication in April.

To buy links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Z4MCCJ5
US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Z4MCCJ5

Book Blurb

Verona is the City of Love. But will Suzie find romance there or, like Romeo and Juliet, will it all end in tears?

When Suzie is hired to accompany spoiled, abrasive Lady Alexandra Tedburn on an all-expenses paid holiday to Italy, she fears the trip will be a disaster.

But she soon discovers there’s more to Alex than shopping and tantrums, and she’s determined to help her realise her potential – against Alex’s authoritarian father’s wishes.

As they settle in Verona, Suzie can’t stop thinking about local artist Michael, who is still mourning the tragic death of his wife. With Suzie’s future uncertain, and Michael’s past
holding him back, it seems there’s no hope for romance in the city of
star-crossed lovers… or is there?

A gorgeously uplifting and moving story, Dreaming of Verona is the perfect read for fans of Holly Martin, Tilly Tennant and Jenny Oliver.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of T.A. Williams latest novel: Dreaming of Verona.

From the tragic love stories delivered via the words of Shakespeare to a story that shows a modern day mirror to some of the Bards famous works.  T.A. Williams has written another gorgeous story that’s like a travelogue around Italy specifically Venice and Verona.  I don’t know Italy at all but I instantly felt welcomed to these iconic tourist locations.  The author, T.A. Williams, knows his book locations well and describes the area, atmosphere and culture beautifully.

Dreaming of Verona to me felt like two leading ladies stories in one.  Suzie has been hired to chaperone a young aristocrat lady whilst holidaying in Italy.  Suzie has to keep Alex on the straight and narrow but on first impressions the girls clash and Suzie’s job is proving a lot more difficult than first envisaged.  However, as time goes on Suzie and Alex didn’t expect to fall in love; with Verona, with new possibilities and most of all with new friendships.

A story that takes you on a voyage of discovery for the girls in their professional, personal and family lives.  I loved discovering Verona with Suzie and Alex and I envied them of this month long holiday that was to become a time of reflection for them both.

T.A. Williams has a winning formula of transporting his readers away to idyllic settings and immersing them in beautiful landscapes to complement the lovely stories.

TA WilliamsAuthor Bio – I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations and, as a writer, I obviously have to go there in person and check them out first. I love my job…

Social Media Links –

Website: www.tawilliamsbooks.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/tawilliamsbooks

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

Rocks and Flowers in a Box (Lorna & Tristan series #2) by Cynthia Hilston @cynthiahilston @rararesources #blogblitz #bookreview #contemporaryromance #religiousromance #historicalromance

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Rocks and Flowers in a Box written and self-published by Cynthia Hilston is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

Purchase Links
US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y7N9G5N/
UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Y7N9G5N/

Book Blurb
The wedding bells for Lorna and Tristan Blake toll doom right as the honeymoon begins with an unexpected turn in Tristan’s health. While World War II winds down, Lorna receives a letter from the War Department informing her that the brother she thought killed in action is still alive. She is overjoyed, but his return will dredge up a devastating secret about their parents’ tragic death – a secret that could destroy her new marriage and threaten her husband’s physical and mental well-being. What unfolds is balancing act of keeping the faith and shattering the pieces of the life she’s worked so hard to put back together.

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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 blog blitz celebrating and promoting book two in the Lorna & Tristan series by Cynthia Hilston: Rocks and Flowers in a Box.

This is my first introduction to the work of Cynthia Hilston and as Rocks and Flowers in a Box is book two in a series I did feel like I’d missed out on a huge amount of history between the characters.  However, the author with her words soon warmed me to these two characters; Lorna and Tristan, who have suffered greatly in the past.  Their own individual lives have endured much emotional and mental turmoil but somehow there was a light at the end of the tunnel.  That light was love, acceptance and forgiveness.  The newly weds are rebuilding their lives but when news brings forth joy it also leads to anxiety for fear of the past breaking up what they have built.

Cynthia Hilston has created a moving heart-rendering story set in America at the end of WWII, were a young couple are trying to rebuild their lives.  Through Lorna’s faith and spiritual beliefs her love shines through healing old and new wounds.

I particularly enjoyed a quote I’d like to share from the book:

Having dreams is what keeps us going.  I’d like to keep it hope or keeping the faith.

Author Bio

Rockas and Flowers authorphoto2Cynthia Hilston is a thirty-something-year-old stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she finally stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction. Visit her website at http://www.cynthiahilston.com for more information.

In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, watches Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.

Social Media Links –
http:/www.cynthiahilston.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cynthiahilstonauthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/cynthiahilstonauthor
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/cynthiahilston
Twitter: @cynthiahilston
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/authorcynthiahilston

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25 Days in December by Poppy Alexander @SarahWaights @orionbooks #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread #25DaysInDecember

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25 Days in December written by Poppy Alexander, publisher Orion, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and is due to be published in paperback on 28th November 2019.

To buy/pre-order link: https://amzn.to/37y4rtY

Book Blurb

You can’t plan for the unexpected…
Kate Potter used to know what happiness felt like.
A few years ago, she was full of energy, excited by every possibility. But that was back when everything was different, before Kate’s husband went away with the army and didn’t come home. She can’t even remember what it felt like to be in love.
Then Kate meets Daniel. Recognising her loneliness reflected in his eyes, Kate vows to try and help bring him out of his shell. But as Kate plans to bring life back to Daniel, she might have stumbled on the secret to happiness…
Can one chance meeting change two lives?

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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 the paperback of Poppy Alexander’s festive romance novel: 25 Days in December.

25 Days in December by Poppy Alexander is such a wonderful feelgood story.  It gave me all the best heart-warming vibes but it had so much more going on.

Kate has been bringing up her young son by herself for four years now since the tragic death of her soldier husband, Tom.  She’s struggled as a single parent, juggling work with school times and trying to balance the bills.  She’s also still finding herself living in a fug of despair since her sadness began.  At this time of year Kate tries her best to be positive for 6 year old Jack but this year she plans to inject a little more festive spirit into their lives throughout December leading up to Christmas, a bit like an inspirational mindfulness advent.

Daniel too is finding this festive season in particular difficult, it’s the first Christmas since the death of his beloved sister who he spent most of his life caring for.  One of Daniel and his sister, Zoe, favourite things to do was to pick a real Christmas tree together.  The memory of this act was bitter sweet but he always remembers how kindly the Christmas Tree Girl treated Zoe.  Daniel always had a smile for the young woman who worked at the department store selling Christmas trees and he’s now wondering if she’s out in the cold again this year selling those trees?

Selling the Christmas trees once again came down to Kate dressed up as warmly as she could in her festive gear she too couldn’t help thinking about the charming young man with his sister and wondered if they will return to the store again this year?

25 Days in December is such a beautifully written love story that is so sad and tragic in places but it’s filled with charming, tender moments that fill your heart with warmth and joy.  I adored this story, my heart ached for both Kate and Daniel, I felt the whole hopefulness of new beginnings and cherished the warmth emanated throughout.

About the Author

Poppy Alexander wrote her first book when she was five. There was a long gap in her writing career while she was at school, and after studying classical music at university, she decided the world of music was better off without her and took up public relations, campaigning, political lobbying and a bit of journalism instead. She takes an anthropological interest in family, friends and life in her West Sussex village (think, The Archers crossed with Twin Peaks) where she lives with her husband, children and various other pets. Poppy also writes as Rosie Howard and Sarah Waights.

Website: http://sarahwaights.com/

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

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

 

Just a Kiss by Carrie Elks Release Day Blitz @CarrieElks #contemporaryromance #AngelSands #christmasromance #justakiss #bookexcerpt

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Release Day Blitz for Just A Kiss; Book Four in the Angel Sands series written and self-published by Carrie Elks.  The book is available in ebook and paperback format.

To buy links:

AMAZON US LINK: https://amzn.to/2mNZzOr

AMAZON UK LINK: https://amzn.to/2mp25KB

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48340989-just-a-kiss

Book Blurb

Beautiful, perfect and everything he needs.

Caitie Russell’s big brother is getting married. As the proud owner of Holiday Magic, Caitie is the obvious choice to organise the perfect Christmas wedding. Piece of cake, right?

If it weren’t for one gorgeous man-shaped problem…

Her brother’s best friend, Brecken Miller.

He was her first crush.

Her first kiss.

Her first broken heart…

Construction worker Brecken Miller is a modern-day Scrooge.

The confirmed bachelor would rather pull his nails out than celebrate Christmas, until he sees Caitie again.

Like a moth to a flame he’s drawn to her.

But there’s a problem with fire. It always leaves a scar.

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I am pleased to be able to share an excerpt:

Excerpt 

When the door closed behind her for a second time, Caitie bit down a smile and slowly turned to look at Breck. He was leaning on the wall, arms folded across his chest, the skin at the corner of his eyes crinkling up as he smiled at her.

“Hello,” he said, his smile widening.

“Hi.”

She felt breathless as the air around them snapped and crackled. The hairs on her neck stood up. Breck slowly pushed off the wall and walked over to the sofa where she was standing, his strides long and confident.

Caitie didn’t move. She wasn’t even sure if she could. Her muscles were tense with anticipation, her skin tingling with need. There was a half-smile on his lips as he reached out for her chin, using the pads of his fingers to tip her face up.

“Cait…” His voice caressed her ears. She loved the way her name sounded on his lips.

“Did you know you’re the only one who calls me that?” she asked breathlessly.

“Do you mind?”

She shook her head slowly, his fingers still holding her. “No. I like it.” Too much.

He took another step forward, his eyes firmly on hers. “I like it, too,” he said. “The same way I like you.”

Her chest tightened. Standing so close to him felt overwhelming. She could smell the woody scent of his cologne, feel his firm touch as his fingers caressed her jaw. Everywhere she looked, all she saw was him.

“Where were we last week?” he asked her.

The corner of her lip quirked up. “Remind me?”

He chuckled and lowered his head until his lips were a breath away from hers. She could see the thickness of his eyelashes, the strong line of his nose, the warmth of his skin where it was kissed by the California sun.

“I think it was a little like this,” he murmured, brushing his lips against hers.

Advance Praise For Just A Kiss

‘Another trip to Angel Sands, and another beautifully written romance. The entire book is gorgeous.’ – MB, Goodreads reviewer

‘Undeniable chemistry, bro code guilt, a single-minded flirty bridesmaid, & it makes a fun, roller-coaster of a holiday romance’– Steph, Goodreads reviewer 

‘The perfect beachy Christmas romance with lots of steam.’– Lea, Goodreads reviewer 

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.

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/CarrieElksAuthor/

FACEBOOK GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CarrieElksWaterCooler/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/CarrieElks

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/carrie.elks/

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WEBSITE: https://carrieelks.co

 

The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me by Barbara Quinn @BarbaraQuinn @rarareasources #blogtour #bookextract

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The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me written by Barbara Quinn, publisher Lakewater Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Purchase Links
Amazon.com:   http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Springsteens-Songs-Saved-Inspiring-ebook/dp/B0764KZP34

Amazon.co.uk:   http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0994451253

Barnes & Noble:   https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-summer-springsteens-songs-saved-me-barbara-quinn/1127124454?ean=9780994451248

Goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36221316-the-summer-springsteen-s-songs-saved-me?ac=1&from_search=true

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-summer-springsteens-songs-saved-me/barbara-quinn/9780994451255

Book Blurb

Coming home to catch her husband with his face between the long, silky legs of another woman is the last thing Sofia expects—and on today of all days. So, after scratching an expletive into his Porsche and setting the cheating bastard’s clothes on fire, she cranks up her beloved Bruce and flees, vowing never to look back.

Seeking solace in the peaceful beachside town of Bradley Beach, NJ, Sof is determined to start over. And, with the help of best friends, new acquaintances, a sexy neighbor, and the powerful songs of Springsteen, this may be the place where her wounds can heal. But, as if she hasn’t faced her share of life’s challenges, a final flurry of obstacles awaits.

In order to head courageously toward the future, Sofia must first let go of her past, find freedom, and mend her broken soul.

The Summer Springsteens Songs Saved Me

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating two years since the launch of Barbara Quinn’s novel: The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me.  I have the pleasure of sharing an extract with you.

I open the front door, and my husband steps back, hiding from the eyes of the neighbors.
“Sof, where are you going? Wait.”
I call over my shoulder, “You’re an asshole, Jerome. You always were.”
I haul the barbecue from the garage and dump Jerome’s and Mandy’s clothes onto the grill, dousing them with lighter fluid and striking a match. Flames shoot into the air. The fire smells good.
Scrutinizing the neat houses of the neighborhood, I’m irritated by how no one stirs behind the well-maintained structures. Without a doubt they watch and listen. I barely recognize the neighbors. They stay away and rebuff all attempts at socialization. Maybe they know something I don’t. Maybe one of the things they know is that Jerome brings women home in my absence.
I fling the door of my Camry wide and retrieve the keys in my purse. I toss the bag that holds my things into the back seat.
Jerome calls out from behind the half-open door. “If I’m so bad, why the hell did you marry me?”
“Because I was an even bigger asshole than you.” I pause. “It’s taken me years to figure this out. You’ve been a dog for as long as I can remember. It’s good to finally admit it.”

 

About the Author

The Summer - Author PhotoBarbara Quinn is an award-winning short story writer and author of a variety of novels.

Her travels have taken her to forty-seven states and five continents where she’s encountered fascinating settings and inspiring people that populate her work.

Her many past jobs include lawyer, record shop owner, reporter, process server, lingerie sales clerk, waitress, and postal worker. She’s a native New Yorker with roots in the Bronx, Long Island, and Westchester. She currently resides with her husband in Bradley Beach, NJ and Holmes Beach, FL. She enjoys spending time with her son and his family and planning her next adventure. She wants to remind everyone that when you meet her, SHE’S NOT SHOUTING, SHE’S ITALIAN.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://baquinn.wixsite.com/barbaraquinn

Twitter: wwwtwitter.com/BarbaraQuinn

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/BarbaraQuinnAuthor

 

The Perfect Dress by Louisa Leaman @louisaleaman @TransworldBooks @katiecregg #blogtour #bookreview #ThePerfectDress #contemporaryromance #vintagevibes

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The Perfect Dress written by Louisa Leaman, publisher Transworld (an imprint of Penguin Random House) is available in ebook from 17th October 2019.  The paperback is due for release in February 2020.

To pre-order: https://amzn.to/32dZDqz

Book Blurb

Fran’s wedding dress shop isn’t like any other. A treasure trove of history, filled with gowns from every decade for every type of bride. But not as you’d expect.

Something bold for the shy and retiring.
Something simple for the woman who is unafraid to stand out.
And something dazzling for the bride who wouldn’t normally dare to be different.

No matter your expectations, you’d never guess your own perfect dress. But Fran knows… she feels the wisdom woven into every gown, a gift from the previous owner waiting to be handed down to the next bride.
When Fran finds a dress that seems to be perfect for her she can’t wait to know its complex history which starts with her getting to know the son of the previous owner…

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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 Louisa Leaman’s debut novel: The Perfect Dress.

I really enjoyed this contemporary romance by Louisa Leaman it had an almost ethereal quality to the storyline but when the past from both Fran and Raphael’s lives catch up with them can they let go of the hurt and heartache and learn to let love in again?

The storyline had a magical feel to it centred around the owner of a vintage wedding dress shop in London.  Fran has been around vintage inspired clothing since she was a young girl to when she helped her mother who was a dressmaker for a theatre company.  Loving the history surrounding the clothes Fran felt compelled to share her love and opened up her own wedding dress emporium called The Whispering Dress.

Fran specialised in finding vintage dresses from house clearances, auction houses and sometimes they were just donated to her.  Fran brought the dresses back to life by repairing any damage, cleaning and she sought great pleasure in researching the history of the last wearer of the dress.  Fran believed the dresses could talk and release their own energy, she tried to match this vibe to the next bride-to-be bringing a totally bespoke, unique service to her brides.

However, when Fran came upon a rare 1950’s designer dress in a house clearance she felt a darkness within the dress but also felt drawn to it’s energy.  There was also something about the son of the late owner of the dress and Fran couldn’t stop thinking about him, even though their first introduction didn’t go as well as hoped.

Raphael Colt was the heir to a philanthropist family who now had the position of responsibility for the foundation that his grandfather and father had built up.  There was a sadness and anger within Raphael and when he saw Fran with his mother’s dress he saw a glimpse of the past he’d tried so hard to keep hidden.

I loved reading about the history of the dress design and also the previous owner of the outfit it was quite fascinating to learn about the provenance of why a certain style of dress was perfect for the wearer and occasion.  I appreciated the author’s interest in the arts and in particular collections and exhibitions from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, it left me with a thirst to visit this museum and see for myself some of the designer dresses from long ago.  The Perfect Dress is a romantic contemporary story that fills you with a Disney-esque feelgood glow.  I can’t wait for more from Louisa Leaman.

About the Author

The Perfect Dress Louisa Leaman©MaryRichardsonLouisa Leaman was born, raised and now lives near Epping Forest. She studied Art History at Leeds University before becoming a teacher working with children with special needs. After winning the Times Education Supplement’s New Writer’s Award, she turned her hand to writing books for children. Louisa currently writes content for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, but has also been published in the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and The Times Educational Supplement. Her interest in the arts is often inspiration for her plots and her first book, The Perfect Dress, was inspired by the V&As large wedding dress collection and fulfils her dream of writing romantic fiction. When she isn’t busy writing or rearing her three lively children, she paints portraits, takes long walks and spends far too long browsing vintage clothing shops.

Website: https://www.louisaleaman.com/

Twitter:  @louisaleaman

Bedazzled Dreamer by Deborah King @dkingnovels @rararesources #bookreview #blogtour

 

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Bedazzled Dreamer (Inspiration in Cologne Book Two) written and self-published by Deborah King is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy links:

UK: https://amzn.to/2lYzr2K

US: https://amzn.to/2koNOgA

Book Blurb

She’s about to launch her dream business. The last thing she needs is a distracting housemate and his son…
Shelby is excited to open a shop with her best friend. But with Janna just-married and moved out, she worries their hopes of starting a boutique will never come true. And things get more complicated when her old distrust of men is put to the test by her handsome new roommate and his little boy…
With Oktoberfest decorations forgotten and replaced by Christmas cheer, she slowly allows Shane and the child a space in her heart. But she doesn’t trust her second chance at romance or the success of her boutique when surprising news threatens her newly minted courage.
Can Shelby find the strength to let her ambitions flourish, along with her new passion?
Bedazzled Dreamer is the second touching book in the Inspiration In Cologne women’s fiction series. If you like heartwarming stories, cozy small towns, and festive holiday experiences, then you’ll love Deborah King’s romantic women’s fiction tale.

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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 Deborah King’s latest novel: Bedazzled Dreamer.  Bedazzled Dreamer is book two in the Inspiration in Cologne series; each book can be easily read as a standalone story but I would highly recommend reading all the books in the series as the stories do follow on from each other.  The books in the series are:

  • Daring Dreamer
  • Bedazzled Dreamer

This is my first introduction to the work of Deborah King and I read Bedazzled Dreamer with open eyes and treated it as a standalone story.  I instantly felt welcomed to the characters that were written with warmth and I adored the setting of the story; a small town in the state of Minnesota.  There was a real sense of community spirit and I loved the sound of the small independent businesses within the town square.

Best friends Janna and Shelby have been working and living together in Cologne a few years now but the girls have been secretly harbouring a dream of owning their own boutique.  When their dream is showing signs of becoming a reality the girls cannot contain their excitement about their secret any longer.  Now Janna is married Shelby is feeling a little alone but a newcomer to the area soon changes Shelby’s whole outlook on life.  Can old hurts stop Shelby from fulfilling her dreams and put a block on any future happiness?

Bedazzled Dreamer was such a charming story I felt involved with the characters and storyline and couldn’t help smiling at the scenes and toe-tapping to the musical vibes coming from the pages.  Charming and romantic but with a serious tone to parts of the storyline bringing hope and inspiration.

About the Author
Bedazzled Deborah King Author PhotoDeborah King is a spirited woman who was inspired to pursue her dreams due to her mother’s death from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She has the unique ability to read people and tackle life’s hardships.
Deborah is a distinctive new voice in women’s fiction. After raising two children, working with a not-for-profit wildlife rescue organization, and reading too many books to count, she retired from her personal training and weight management business to follow her dream of writing.
Deborah is extremely grateful for having the opportunity to work with many different people sharing and teaching what inspires her, which you will catch glimpses of in her books.
She lives in Missouri with her supportive husband, two cats, who believe they’re dogs, her mini fitness store, and her eclectic collection of books.
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Sweet Little Lies by Carrie Elks @CarrieElks #bookreview #contemporaryromance #AngelSandsseries #indieauthor

 

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Sweet Little Lies (Angel Sands, Book Three) written and self-published by Carrie Elks is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2Z4pK0w

Book Blurb

He was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. She was everybody’s princess. Ten years later, he’s back in town and this time he has something to prove.

Aiden Black never thought he’d return to the small beach town he grew up in. But as the new director of a luxury resort, he’s determined to make it a success. What he doesn’t expect is to run into an old flame, the girl that got away.

Single mom, Brooke Newton, cares about two things. Taking care of her son and helping out at the local animal shelter. Until she’s sent on a mission to save an endangered dog, and comes face to face with the only man she’s ever loved.

As soon as they meet, the attraction between them reignites. But Brooke has a secret – a big one – and she has no idea how to tell Aiden. As lies are exposed, and truths are told, they’re determined to take advantage of this second chance. It’s a shame not everyone in town has got the message…

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Sweet Little Lies is Book Three in the Angel Sands series and although each story is a standalone novel that focuses on one characters journey I would highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order as characters from previous books do crop up in each story and also you’ll be missing a treat of a series if you don’t get chance to read them all.  The books in the series are:

  • Let Me Burn
  • She’s Like the Wind
  • Sweet Little Lies

Once again, Carrie Elks has written an addictive, sexy story but what I’ve also found with the Angel Sands books is that there’s a real charm and homeliness about them.  Firstly, I think that this is down to the strong bond the girls have and secondly the setting of the novels based in a small coastal town in America that’s filled with sunshine, laughter and community spirit.

Sweet Little Lies is Brooke’s turn in the spotlight.  For eight years Brooke has worked hard as a single mom to her son Nick.  After discovering she was pregnant at 18 Brooke gave up college to look after her baby but now she’s back studying and working at the animal shelter all fitting around the care of her young child.  It’s been a long time since Brooke has experienced love and her heart felt broken for a long time following the sudden break-up with her then boyfriend.  But when the young boy Brooke fell in love with long ago returns to Angel Sands he’s no longer the young boy climbing trees and sneaking around to see her, he’s a strapping handsome, successful man that rocks her emotions just as much as he did years ago.  Brooke is shocked to see the return of Aiden Black she has so many questions for him regarding his sudden departure but Brooke is afraid to ask them as she’s kept a secret hidden from him that could destroy any hopes of any friendship resuming.

Aiden Black was dubious of returning to Angel Sands as he left many years ago under a dark cloud, he also felt like his heart had been crushed leaving Brooke.  Aiden always felt like Brooke could do better than him as Aiden was from a poorer family, his brother was notorious for being in trouble.  Brooke was the daughter of a well to do family and she’d had a privileged upbringing so their teenage love was kept hidden from prying eyes.

I adored Brooke and Aiden’s story as I particularly loved Brooke’s personality; the single mom with hopes and dreams for a career working with animals.  Brooke adored her son and the work at the animal shelter was her second love and these character strengths shone through Brooke’s personality.  Aiden’s characters had a vulnerability about him, he’d turned his life around and was back in his home town to prove to any cynics he’d done good.  However, Aiden couldn’t shake all the dirt from his history and once it caught up with him it would change his life and that of others.

A story with heart and soul that was addictively moreish.

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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A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino @nickypellegrino @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour #bookextract

 

A Dream of Italy

 

A Dream of Italy written by Nicky Pellegrino, publisher Orion, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.  The paperback is due for release on Thursday 8th August 2019.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/33aAAFL

Book Blurb

For sale: historic building in the picturesque town of Montenello, southern Italy. Asking price: 1 Euro
Cloudless skies, sun-soaked countryside, delicious food… In the drowsy heat of an Italian summer, four strangers arrive in a beautiful town nestled in the mountains of Basilicata, dreaming of a new adventure. An innovative scheme by the town’s Mayor has given them the chance to buy a crumbling historic building for a single Euro – on the condition that they renovate their home within three years, and help to bring new life to the close-knit local community.
Elise is desperate to get on the property ladder. Edward wants to escape a life he feels suffocated by. Mimi is determined to start afresh after her divorce. And there’s one new arrival whose true motives are yet to be revealed…
For each of them, Montenello offers a different promise of happiness. But can they turn their dream of Italy into reality? A deliciously escapist summer read, perfect for fans of Jo Thomas.

A Dream of Italy blog tour

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the paperback of Nicky Pellegrino’s latest novel:  A Dream of Italy.  I have the privilege of sharing an extract from the novel with you:

Mimi
The Silver Divorcees met on the second Wednesday of every month. There were times Mimi felt as if the only thing keeping her going was the prospect of gathering in some cheap and cheerful restaurant and drinking too much wine as all of them talked at once. The few occasions over the past couple of years that she could recall laughing properly were her Silver Divorcee evenings.
Despite the name not one of them had silver hair. All were tended to regularly by skilful colourists, a couple were Botoxed, and at least one was keeping a cosmetic surgeon busy. Still they were a social phenomenon, apparently, part of a rising tide of middle-aged couples deciding to divorce after decades of putting up with one another.
‘These are the new freedom years,’ Mimi’s closest friend Sinead declared. ‘The kids have left home, we’re financially secure and we don’t have to deal with anyone’s dropped socks. This is our time and we’re not going to spend it cleaning up after other people.’
Mimi wasn’t especially buoyed by those remarks. Her friend’s situation was entirely different to hers. Sinead was the one who had walked away from her marriage, striking out for freedom and independence, determined she wasn’t going to spend another minute with the nice but dull man who had been by her side for the past thirty years.
‘Fuck that,’ Sinead said (she swore more now she was divorced). ‘Perhaps the two of us had something in common once but we don’t any more. I want my life back.’
Mimi, on the other hand, had been happily married; at least, she had thought so. With their two sons gone to university, she and Glenn had been making plans to move out of London and build their dream house somewhere leafy and green. Glenn had seemed as enthusiastic about the idea as she was. They used to sit together watching Grand Designs and talk about how they might manage something similar. So when Glenn told her he had rented an apartment because their relationship had run its course and it was time for a fresh start, Mimi had been rocked.
He refused couple’s counselling and only offered her clichés. He still loved Mimi but he wasn’t in love with her. He needed some space. He wanted a new life.
And so her husband moved out, and Mimi was left behind in their old life, alone in the family house surrounded by all their shared stuff. She spent a lot of time rearranging things, trying to make the place seem more her own. Buying a new bed, shifting the sofas, painting a feature wall and filling the living room with plants – none of it helped much.
‘Just sell the house, settle up with him and move on,’ Sinead urged her.
Mimi could see the sense in this advice but not how to follow it. ‘Move on where?’
‘Your work isn’t keeping you in London, is it? You could go absolutely anywhere.’
‘That’s the problem,’ Mimi said.
Sinead was an incurable solver of other people’s problems. ‘Go and live in a little village somewhere just like you were planning to before the break-up,’ she advised.
‘Which village, though? I can’t just stick a pin into a map.’
‘I don’t see why not. It doesn’t really matter which place you choose. You need to make a move. You’re stuck.’
‘I am aware of that.’ Mimi squinted in the bright light of the ladies ‘toilets as she reapplied her perfect pinky-brown lipstick. She was sure Sinead had followed her in on purpose, determined to have this conversation. She was standing right beside Mimi now, talking at her reflection in the mirror.
‘Un-stick yourself,’ she counselled, ‘and do it sooner rather later. You’ve never been this indecisive before, have you?’
‘No, but I always had a vision of what I wanted in life.’ Mimi slipped the lipstick back in her bag and gave her short, fair hair a quick fluff with her fingers. ‘I saw myself being married, having a family, working as an illustrator. I saw Glenn and me going on long walks and eating Sunday lunch in country pubs. All of a sudden the vision has disappeared completely, it’s like the screen’s gone blank. I can’t see a way forward any more.’
Sinead stared at her, bereft of advice, temporarily at least.
‘Another glass of wine and some food, that’s as far ahead as I want to look right now,’ said Mimi, quickly. ‘Come on, or the others will think we’ve abandoned them.’
They were at an Italian restaurant favoured by the Silver Divorcees mainly for its bring-your-own-booze Tuesdays. Mimi enjoyed the food, always ordering the pizza with burrata because she loved to slice into the soft cheese and watch its creamy centre oozing over the crisp, charred dough. She was the only one among the Silver Divorcees still eating carbs and saturated fat, but then all the others were dating; they were on Tinder or signed up with elite matchmaking agencies.
That was what they were discussing when Mimi and Sinead made it back to the table, shrieking with laughter at stories of Tinder encounters gone wrong.
‘So when I woke in the night, I thought he was stroking my shoulder,’ Jayne was saying now. ‘Then I turned over and it was actually this huge, hairy dog which had wriggled into bed between us and was drooling on my pillow. I could not make the thing move. In the end I got up, left a note to say I was a cat person, and went home.’
Sinead jumped into the conversation. ‘The dog wasn’t actually in the room when you were…’
‘Yes! It was lying on the rug, staring at us and panting. I kept catching its eye. It was really off-putting.’
‘Oh my God, that reminds me of the time I was dating the guy who had these Burmese cats…’
Mimi listened to their voices growing louder. She never had similar stories to share. She had been with Glenn for thirty years. It was impossible to imagine herself with anyone else.
‘Men…I really don’t know why we bother.’ Someone trotted out that line almost every time the Silver Divorcees met up; tonight it was Jayne, shaking her head in dismay. ‘All of us should buy a big house, move in together, and give up on them altogether.’
‘You’re right, we probably should,’ agreed Sinead.
‘Count me in,’ said Mimi. ‘It sounds like a great idea.’
‘Me too,’ added Dottie.
‘Why don’t we stop talking about this and actually do it?’ said Sinead, leaning forward, arms crossed. The Silver Divorcees had been her idea in the first place and she thought of herself as the group’s leader. ‘Let’s pitch in and buy a holiday villa, the four of us. Seriously, I mean it.’
‘Nice idea but I can’t afford it,’ said Jayne.
‘What if it hardly costs us anything? Hang on a minute, I saw this ad on Facebook.’ Sinead rummaged for her phone and started jabbing at the screen. ‘Here we go, this is it: Live Your Dream of Italy.’
She read the advertisement aloud with extra emphasis on the words, ‘just one
euro’.
‘Sounds too good to be true; there must be a catch,’ said Jayne.
‘Not necessarily,’ Dottie countered. ‘I’m pretty sure I read an article about that in the Telegraph. The ad’s gone viral and they interviewed the mayor of the town..’
‘Salvio Valentini,’ said Sinead, reading from the screen again.
‘Could have been.’
‘If it’s gone viral then we’ve no chance of getting a house.’ Jayne sounded almost regretful.
‘Why don’t we try, though?’ Sinead urged. ‘It’s worth putting in an application. Imagine the Silver Divorcees with their own place in southern Italy.’
‘Do you really mean it?’ asked Mimi.
‘Yes, of course I do. We can all afford one euro. Tell you what, it’s on me.’
‘We’d have to spend some money on renovations,’ pointed out Dottie.
‘Not that much, surely, at least to begin with, so long as it’s structurally sound and has a serviceable kitchen and bathroom,’ said Sinead. ‘Imagine the sunshine and the fabulous food, just lazing round with books and opening the first bottle of wine at lunchtime.’
‘Living the dream,’ agreed Jayne, wistful.
‘Why not do it then?’ suggested Mimi, who suddenly had this new feeling, a kind of happy excitement that filled her with the sense anything was possible. She pulled her phone out of her bag. ‘Let’s send an email now.’
Extract from A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino (out in paperback on 8th August).

About the Author

Nicky Pellegrino was born in Liverpool but spent childhood summers staying with her family in southern Italy. A shy, tall, gingery child she never really fitted in with her exuberant Italian cousins and had a tendency to stay quiet and observe things. When Nicky started writing fiction it was her memories of those summers in Italy that came flooding back and flavoured her stories: the passions, the feuds but most of all the food.
Nicky now lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband Carne plus a menagerie of dogs and horses. She works as a freelance journalist and her novels are distributed in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and have been translated into numerous languages.
She loves cooking for friends, drinking red wine, walking on New Zealand’s amazing beaches, riding her horse through the forest and lying in bed reading other people’s novels.

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