The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness by Laura Bambrey @LauraBambrey @TeamBATC @simonschusterUK #bookreview #TheBeginnersGuidetoLoneliness

The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness written by Laura Bambrey, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Tori Williamson is alone. After a tragic event left her isolated from her loved ones, she’s been struggling to find her way back to, well – herself. That’s why she set up her blog, The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness, as a way of – anonymously – connecting with the outside world and reaching others who just need a little help sometimes.
 
When she’s offered a free spot on a wellbeing retreat in exchange for a review on her blog, Tori is anxious about opening herself up to new surroundings. But after her three closest friends – who she talks to online but has never actually met – convince her it’ll do her some good, she reluctantly agrees and heads off for three weeks in the wild (well, a farm in Wales).
 
From the moment she arrives, Tori is sceptical and quickly finds herself drawn to fellow sceptic Than, the retreat’s dark and mysterious latecomer. But as the beauty of The Farm slowly comes to light she realizes that opening herself up might not be the worst thing. And sharing a yurt with fellow retreater Bay definitely isn’t.  Will the retreat be able to fix Tori? Or will she finally learn that being lonely doesn’t mean she’s broken . . .
 
Welcome to The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness! Where you can learn to move mountains by picking up the smallest of stones…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the paperback of the debut novel by Laura Bambrey, The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness.

Wow, what a brilliant accomplished debut novel from Laura Bambrey. I purchased this novel last year when it was released and it’s sat patiently in my TBR. I’m thrilled to now share my review whilst celebrating the release of the paperback.


This is a story of life with it’s ups and downs, of friendship, of love and of new beginnings. Tori, our main character and creator of the fictional blog The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness, has suffered so much and this blog was formed to help express her feelings in the hope that even if one word resonates with another it was worthwhile posting online,
Two years have passed since the blog was formed and Tori still feels lost, when she receives an invite to stay at a retreat with the hope of reviewing on her blog she feels like she’s at a junction. At the moment her thoughts are expressed through her written words but to share them to strangers and in person she has her doubts. With the encouragement of her online friends she makes the decision to attend.


We follow Tori’s journey at The Farm, which is quite a unique retreat and not all what she expected. Here we meet the rest of the residents and staff that are all so different in personality from all backgrounds. These new people in Tori’s life take some adjusting to as Tori struggles making friends especially after the seeds of doubt that have been planted from various sources in her past. As a reader I too enjoyed learning about these new characters, it was like watching a flower grow from a bud waiting for it to bloom into a friendship that can be treasured.
However, as time went on personalities between residents were to class in a way that shocks the retreat. Tori discovers who matters most when she needs them.


Laura Bambrey has created such a wonderful, very readable uplifting story. At the beginning of each chapter is a quote from Tori’s online blog and I found myself looking forward to these. The characters are created with warmth and are relatable. There’s sensitivity throughout and a gorgeous warmth emanating through the words. I fell in love with these characters and didn’t want to say farewell. I hope one day we can return to The Farm.
I look forward to more from this inspiring debut author.

About the Author

Laura Bambrey was born in Dorset but raised in Wales. She’s worked as a trapeze choreographer, sculpture conservator and stilt walker, amongst others, and spent most of her time collecting stories from the people she met along the way.

She has spent many years as a book blogger and reviewer of women’s fiction and now lives in Devon with her very own romantic hero and a ridiculously fluffy rabbit named Mop. The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness is her début novel.

You can connect with Laura on twitter @laurabambrey, on Instagram @laura_bambrey_books, on Facebook @laurabambreybooks, and via her author blog laurabambreybooks.blogspot.com

Two Metres From You by Heidi Stephens @heidistephens @AccentPress #blogtour #bookreview #summerreading

Two Metres From You written by Heidi Stephens, publisher Headline Accent, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Love might be closer than you think . . .

Gemma isn’t sure what upsets her more. The fact she just caught her boyfriend cheating, or that he did it on her brand-new Heal’s cushions.

All she knows is she needs to put as many miles between her and Fraser as humanly possible. So, when her best friend suggests a restorative few days in the West Country, it seems like the perfect solution.

That is, until the country enters a national lockdown that leaves her stranded. All she has for company is her dog, Mabel. And the mysterious (and handsome!) stranger living at the bottom of her garden . . .

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating the launch of the paperback of Two Metres From You by Heidi Stephens.

This is the second book I’ve read that is very topical and uses the current global COVID 19 pandemic as part of it’s storyline. The author, Heidi Stephens, has written a romcom that focuses on the unexpected positives of life living in lockdown. If you thought a story set in these unprecedented times would be too raw please think again and try this book as I adored it. Two Metres From You is topical, funny, uplifting, heart-warming, thoughtful, community spirited and oh so romantic … I was glued to the storyline and was keen to learn what happened next and when I did get to the end I felt bereft to leave these wonderful characters behind.

Gemma has just caught her shameless boyfriend with another woman, she’s so enraged with him she packs her belongings and most importantly her dog, Mabel and sets off to the Wiltshire countryside to escape the city of London and the mess of her love life.

Her friend Caro has given Gemma the opportunity to stay in her country cottage. Wallowing in heartbreak Gemma drowns out her sorrows and crashes out on the sofa and is awoken by a handsome stranger who seems pretty knowledgeable of the cottage.

Waking up hungover in a strange house in the countryside with a strange man roaming around and now the country has gone into lockdown Gemma has no option but to stay put.

Gemma loves the city life in London with high strength WIFI, delis and friends around the corner. Acquiring temporary emotional refuge is taking some readjusting as there is hardly any WIFI and just one village shop! However, Gemma’s dog, Mabel, feels right at home with ample space to walk and new areas to discover and Mabel has even found a new friend with the stranger who happens to live in a converted barn at the bottom on Gemma’s garden. Gemma and Matthew’s unorthodox introduction certainly broke the ice in introductions and a friendship soon blossoms.

As the days and weeks of the first lockdown fly by as an outsider Gemma notices changes in the locals lives and how it is effecting their wellbeing. With home schooling, working from home, isolation of the vulnerable, loneliness and boredom Gemma devises a project to help the community survive this united ordeal.

Two Metres From You is an accomplished debut novel that will hearten your soul, make you smile, it’s very poignant in places and so very relatable with a cast of likeable characters, a swoon worthy romance and a village scene to make you want an idyllic country escape. This time away from her normality gave Gemma the chance to reassess her life and home is not necessary where you think it may be. I can’t wait to see where Heidi Stephens will take her new readers to next.

About the Author

Heidi Stephens has spent her career working in advertising and marketing; some of her early writing work includes instruction manuals for vacuum cleaners, saucepans and sex toys. For the past ten years she has also freelanced as a journalist and, on autumnal weekend evenings, can be found liveblogging Strictly Come Dancing for The Guardian. She lives in Wiltshire with her partner and Labrador, Mabel.

Two Metres from You is Heidi’s debut novel.

Twitter: @heidistephens

Website: Heidi Stephens

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The Flip Side by James Bailey @jbaileywrites @MichaelJBooks @midaspr @benmccluskey #TheFlipSide #blogtour #bookreview

The Flip Side written by James Bailey, publisher Penguin, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

It’s love . . . what could go wrong?

When Josh proposes in a pod on the London Eye at New Years’ Eve, he thinks it’s perfect.

Until she says no.

And they have to spend the next 29 excruciating minutes alone together.

Realising he can’t trust his own judgment, Josh decides from now on he will make every decision through the flip of a coin.

Maybe the coin will change his life forever.

Maybe it will find him find the girl of his dreams . . .

To buy links:

amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2W3qmol

Waterstones: The Flip Side by James Bailey | Waterstones

Bookshop.org: The Flip Side: ‘Utterly charming, funny and very relatable’ Josie Silver (bookshop.org)

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of James Bailey’s debut novel: The Flip Side. Well, what can I say about this novel by James Bailey? I’d say it’s brilliant, an accomplished debut and I think it might be my favourite read of 2020! I bloomin’ loved it!

Josh is our hapless, quirky, down on his luck but ever hopeful lead character in this romcom written by James Bailey. I fell in love with Josh’s character right from the start when his heart had been broken and he was left literally hanging in a bubble of uncertainty. Josh had not only had his heart broken, he’d lost his job, his home and Jeremy! Jeremy was a a cheeky sidekick for Josh and I think he could be the lead in his own books.

With the new year looming Josh decides to take life by chance, by flipping a coin to decide on decisions in his life.

Struggling with his loss of the life before the coin Josh plods on but when a chance encounter with a beautiful girl leaves him star-struck he feels like he’s found the one but no sooner as he’s found her than fate intervenes and he’s lost her. With limited knowledge of who she is we follow Josh on his attempts to find her again.

James Bailey has written a wonderful romantic comedy with the emphasis on the male lead character. The author navigates Josh through life with skilful writing making you laugh out loud a plenty. However, when life leads you to a serious side there’s sensitivity and poignancy but the sad scenes are soon brightened with great comedic timing making life that bit more bearable. I loved the sub-characters in the storyline they all supported each other through life’s hurdles and it was wonderful to read.

The Flip Side is so funny, so sweet, so charming, so sad and so hopeful. I laughed and cried and laughed again. I truly did not want this story to end. I’m really looking forward to following this new author in his literary career.

About the Author

Born in Bristol, James Bailey began to dream of a writing career following a top mark in a Year 8 English exam, and he soon pursued journalism, starting a student newspaper and a sports website, interviewing athletes including Usain Bolt and Rafa Nadal. This burgeoning career was halted however, when he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a cardiac arrhythmia. Following two operations, James supported the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young, carrying the Olympic Torch, running the London Marathon, speaking in the House of Commons, and appearing in BBC1’s Lifeline appeal, alongside pop star Pixie Lott.   

Upon moving to London for university, during which time he avoided high rent by living in a Travelodge, James juggled studying Spanish with working as a red carpet reporter, interviewing stars such as George Clooney, Emma Stone and David Beckham.

Following his graduation, he travelled the world, journeying through twenty one countries looking for himself, and hopefully love. Having found neither, he returned home to Bristol, where he founded a walking tour company of the city and began working on his debut novel, having been selected for Curtis Brown Creative’s Six Month Novel Writing Course.

The Flip Side is his debut novel. He can be found on Instagram @JamesBaileyWrites, and at www.JamesBaileyWrites.com.

Odd Bird by Lee Farnsworth @leefarniefarns @farragobooks #bookreview #romcom #debutnovel #OddBird

Odd Bird written by Lee Farnsworth, publisher Farrago, is available in ebook, audiobook and paperback format from 15th October 2020.

Book Blurb

Simon Selwood is an academic expert on the monogamous sexual behaviour of birds, but hopeless at finding human love. Then he meets Kim, and at last something is more important to him than ornithology.

Kim doesn’t give a hoot about birds. And at first she isn’t very interested in Simon either. Relying on what he has gleaned from observing the opportunistic pied flycatcher and other species, plus the unorthodox advice of old friend Phil, Simon sets out on a mission to discover love for himself.

But will he make the right choice?

Odd Bird takes a light-hearted look at the battle of the sexes, drawing on the surprising parallels between the courtship behaviours of humans and birds.

To buy/pre-order: https://amzn.to/30J7JZs

REVIEW

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I really enjoyed this accomplished debut novel by Lee Farnsworth. It’s a rom com from the male character perspective.

Dr Simon Selwood is a scientist, he studies the behaviour of birds, particularly how they find their mate and how this bond survives through the daily rituals of life. Simon isn’t very good with human ‘birds’ and each week he meets with his best mate, Phil, to discuss Simon’s mating strategy over a pint or two and a carefully chosen soundtrack. Until one day Simon falls head over heels in love with Kim but Kim is not a scientist and she doesn’t really understand Simon’s interests with his birds. Will Simon pluck up the courage to talk to Kim? Is this the start of the perfect human bonding?

Simon is such a quirky character and he talks in scientific lingo, this is an endearing trait to his character which I soon warmed to and found adorable. I didn’t want Simon to change his character, if we were all the same it would be pretty boring conversing with clone individuals. On the other hand his best mate Phil was the total opposite in personality to Simon, he was a cheeky ‘Jack the lad’ character but has a heart of gold. Phil got Simon, he knew just how to analyse him and just how to help him. I loved this pairing of characters, on paper you wouldn’t think they would bond but they blended together perfectly.

Odd Bird is a charming, quirky rom com that will appeal to all. It’s like an academic Men Behaving Badly!

About the Author

Lee Farnsworth studied Genetics at Newcastle University, eventually gaining a PhD for his work on bovine mitochondria. He then spent more than fifteen years in the pharmaceutical industry, holding senior leadership positions in Europe and the US. He kissed the corporate world goodbye to spend more time writing. Lee lives in Berkshire. He has two children and a large collection of bird feeders.

Twitter: @leefarniefarns

Website: https://www.leefarnsworth.com/

Someday In Paris by Olivia Lara @olilara_writes @Aria_Fiction @rararesources #guestpost

Someday in Paris written by Olivia Lara, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

‘An epic, sweeping romance about soulmates and second chances’ Holly Miller

‘An absolutely unforgettable love story’ Mandy Baggot

‘A deeply moving, richly evocative story of love, loss and the power of hope’ Miranda Dickinson

Book Blurb

Finding the one is only the beginning… 

1954. Zara is fifteen the first time she meets Leon. During a power cut in a small French museum, the two spend one short hour in the dark talking about their love for art, Monet and Paris. Neither knows what the other looks like. Both know their lives will never be the same. 

1963. In Paris, Leon no longer believes he will ever find the girl he lost that night. After dreaming about him for years, Zara thinks she has already found him. When they meet at an exhibition, they don’t recognise each other – yet the way they feel is so familiar… 

Over the course of twenty years, Zara and Leon are destined to fall in love again and again. But will they ever find a way to be together? 

‘It’s about dreams and taking chances. Missed opportunities and mistakes. Loss and sacrifice. But above all, it is about love. The kind of love that survives time, distance… even death. The kind of love I wish for you.’ 

A magical new love story about star-crossed lovers, perfect for hopeless romantics and fans of One Day and The Notebook

What readers are saying about Someday in Paris

‘I absolutely adored this book and stayed up late at night to finish it!! I couldn’t put it down. This was a truly epic love story’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

‘Magical, all-encompassing and timeless; an unforgettable romance’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

‘Without question 5.0 Exquisite Stars!! There are not enough magical adjectives to describe the beauty of this story!! Someday in Paris moved me beyond words and to quite a few tears’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

‘Some books leave you a print in your heart which make them difficult to forget … Emotive, sweet and unforgettable … The most beautiful book I’ve read in a while!’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

‘This is a book for hopeless romantics, for those who dare to dream, and for those who believe in true love everlasting … I could not put it down’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

‘This book left me speechless. I haven’t read such an amazing story in a long time’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

‘I absolutely loved this book … The story kept me hanging on and reading late into the night’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Purchase Links

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Someday-Paris-magical-hopeless-romantics-ebook/dp/B07ZWFLBB7/

Kobo US: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/someday-in-paris

Apple US: https://books.apple.com/us/book/someday-in-paris/id1485748992

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/someday-in-paris-olivia-lara/1136248226?ean=9781838933142

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=Oay6DwAAQBAJ

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Someday-Paris-magical-hopeless-romantics-ebook/dp/B07ZWFLBB7/

Kobo UK: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/someday-in-paris

Apple UK: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/someday-in-paris/id1485748992

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Olivia Lara’s debut novel: Someday In Paris. I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from the author with you. The book sounds fascinating and with my love of historical stories and set in Paris this is definitely one to add to my TBR.

Where do I get inspiration for my stories?

I don’t know how it is for other authors, but for me, every story is different in terms of how it all started.

For instance, Someday in Paris, my debut novel, is a story that’s been with me for years.

The first memory of the idea is from many years ago. I was on the high school graduation trip with my classmates, visiting Europe, and I picked up a book by an author I’d never heard of, Marc Levy. I read the story in one sitting, on the bus between Paris and Marseille and once I arrived in Marseille, I scribbled down thoughts for a story. It wasn’t related to what I’d read, but something in it sparked my imagination. Elements of that idea are in my debut novel, many years later…

Meeting my now husband a few months later added to the idea, so did our own love story and all our years together so far. Living in France in my twenties fueled the initial idea and gave me incredible settings (Paris, Colmar). Spending time in European museums, game me their world. So, you see, the answer to where it all started is most likely a sum of things, over the years. And when everything aligned, Zara and Leon’s story emerged almost like a movie and all I could do was to watch that ‘movie’, take mental notes, and hope I won’t forget anything important.

Sometimes I get ideas from articles, people I meet, songs I listen to, even nonfiction books I read. I am inspired by our travels (and can’t wait until we’re able to be on the road again), the places I called home, whether for a year or a decade. Poems I’ve always known or just discovered, and urban legends I remember from my childhood. Reading is an important part of my life and an important source of inspiration as well. I read across genres and I read all the time. Just released books, classics, books in English, Romanian, French. I am also passionate about theater and have tons of vinyl with Romanian theater plays I listen to all the time. And last but not least, I might see an interaction between two people that makes me want to take note. Maybe something they say or how they say it. Maybe a gesture. Even if I’m not consciously doing it, I’m always watching.

And then, just like that, a shiny, sparkly idea comes to me. I don’t write it down. I just let it simmer. If it comes back, if it makes me start to imagine the possibilities, if I begin seeing the ‘movie’ of that story, then I know I’m onto something special. It can take weeks, months or years. One thing is for sure. I’m never without ideas. Some I tried to write, but the ‘movie’ suddenly ended mid-way, so I have decided to shelve them and perhaps come back later. If and when that will actually happen, I don’t know.

Someday in Paris is the book of my heart. It is the kind of story I’ve always wanted to read and I guess I wanted it so badly, I decided to stop waiting and write it. I want to believe that all my stories are like that though, whether the idea came from my own life, from someone else’s, or from a dream…

The author is running a Goodreads giveaway for 50 kindle copies of Someday In Paris, open to US only. Please click on the link to enter.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/311490-someday-in-paris

Author Bio – OLIVIA LARA was born and raised in Bucharest in a family of booklovers and storytellers. Since university she has worked as a journalist and marketer in Romania, France and the United States. She is currently a marketing executive in San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area with her husband, young daughter and four cats. Someday in Paris is her first novel.

Social Media Links –

Twitter @olilara_writes,

Facebook http://facebook.com/olivialaraauthor

Instagram @olivialara.writes

Author website: olivia-lara.com

The Rebel Heiress and the Knight by Melissa Oliver @melissaoauthor @MillsandBoon @rararesources #HistoricalRomance #bookreview #blogtour

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The Rebel Heiress and the Knight written by Melissa Oliver, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb
She must marry the knight

By order of the king!

Widow Eleanor of Tallany Castle knows her people are broken by the taxes demanded by King John. So when she’s ordered to marry Hugh de Villiers, a knight loyal to the king, she’s furious—even if he is handsome! As gallant Hugh begins to heal the scars of Eleanor’s abusive first marriage, she’s even more determined to keep her secret: she is the outlaw the king wants to send to the gallows!

Purchase Links
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rebel-Heiress-Knight-Mills-Historical-ebook/dp/B083XSFF8V/
US – https://www.amazon.com/Rebel-Heiress-Knight-Mills-Historical-ebook/dp/B083XSFF8V/

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Melissa Oliver’s debut novel … what an accomplished debut it is as well.  I’ve read quite a few historical romances from Mills and Boon and I would say this new author’s storytelling is as good as her M & B colleagues.

I haven’t read many stories set in the 1200’s, I’m more a regency romance fan, but I soon found myself transported to this time.  A time when knights took an oath with their King and proclaimed an allegiance with him; to serve, to protect and to honour all obligations.  So when King John instructs his noble knight Hugh de Villiers to marry widow Lady Eleanor he is a little disappointed with this latest missive from the King.  See Hugh de Villiers enjoys being a solider and marriage was not on his agenda after his heart was broken years ago.

Lady Eleanor is also shocked with this new order from the King; after a disastrous marriage with her evil late husband Eleanor is still suffering emotionally and physically and she too had vowed not to open up her heart again.  However, they both must obey the King.

Hugh also has another missive and that is to catch the outlaws that are robbing the silver that’s been gleaned from the villagers of Tallany in respect of the King’s taxes.  Eleanor is very loyal to her villagers and condemns the taxations by the King and she puts plans in place to help out those in need.

The union between Eleanor and Hugh gets off to a rocky start; Eleanor has a secret and the closer she becomes with her new husband the more her life and her secret is put at risk.

A dangerous dalliance with emotions and desires but also a story staying true to your beliefs and what is deemed most honourable and correct despite what the hierarchy have sanctioned.

I found this novel by Melissa Oliver to be thrilling, dramatic, full of mystery and espionage but it was also charged with heat and longing. Lady Eleanor has found her knight but he’s also picked up more than he bargained for!

Author Bio

Growing up in Richmond- Upon-Thames, Melissa Oliver used to walk past the old Mills and Boon offices as a teen, and wistfully sigh that one day her dream of writing for them will come true. Amazingly, after all these years, it finally has…& now she can bring all those stories out onto the pages of her books. Melissa lives in south-west London with her gorgeous husband and equally gorgeous daughters, who share her passion for castles, palaces and all things historical.

Social Media Links – twitter- @melissaoauthor

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/melissaoliverauthor/

The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor @matson_taylor_ @ScribnerBooks @RandomTTours #TheMiseducationofEvieEpworth #debutnovel #bookreview #blogtour

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The Miseducation of Evie Epworth written by Matson Taylor, publisher Scribner UK (an imprint of Simon and Schuster) is available NOW to pre-order ready for publication on the 23rd July 2020.  The book will be available in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format.

Book Blurb

July, 1962

Sixteen year-old Evie Epworth stands on the cusp of womanhood. But what kind of a woman will she become?

The fastest milk bottle-delivery girl in East Yorkshire, Evie is tall as a tree and hot as the desert sand. She dreams of an independent life lived under the bright lights of London (or Leeds). The two posters of Adam Faith on her bedroom wall (‘brooding Adam’ and ‘sophisticated Adam’) offer wise counsel about a future beyond rural East Yorkshire. Her role models are Charlotte Bronte, Shirley MacLaine and the Queen. But, before she can decide on a career, she must first deal with the malign presence of her future step-mother, the manipulative and money-grubbing Christine.

If Evie can rescue her bereaved father, Arthur, from Christine’s pink and over-perfumed clutches, and save the farmhouse from being sold off then maybe she can move on with her own life and finally work out exactly who it is she is meant to be.

Moving, inventive and richly comic, The Miseducation of Evie Epworth is the most joyful debut novel of the year and the best thing to have come out of Yorkshire since Wensleydale cheese.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://amzn.to/2A5isDB

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Matson Taylor’s debut novel: The Miseducation of Evie Epworth.

I really do enjoy discovering and supporting new authors and when I heard about this one from Yorkshire born Matson Taylor I knew I wanted to learn more.  Matson Taylor has written a bloomin’ brilliant debut novel that fizzes with nostalgia, full of laugh out loud scenes, it was poignant and oozed with Yorkshire charm.

What I liked most about the story was the wonderful blend of characters.  There is a whole host of charming, quirky, joyous personalities that are part of Evie’s life and within the next few months they soon change the course of her future.  I adored the lead, a young girl called Evie aged 16 1/2 who is anxious for the next steps in her life and ponders what sort of woman she will become.  Evie knew her own mind but was finding many obstacles in her way, one of them being her dad’s new lady friend, Christine.  Christine who has quickly become a permanent fixture in the lovely farmhouse Evie and Arthur live in.  Evie did not like Christine and Christine did not like anyone getting in the way of her becoming the new limelight in Arthur’s eyes.  Evie had to get rid of Christine once and for all and the help she receives from those around her leaves her with a heart full of love and encouragement.

There is so much I could say about this book but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers.  Matson Taylor writes with such warmth and humour, it’s very honest and frank and you can easily picture the hilarious scenes spelled out in front of you.  Amongst the hilarity is a wonderful heart-warming story that takes you on a trip down memory lane as we discover more about Arthur and his life before Evie.  There’s plenty of twists in the tale that I couldn’t foresee that left me dazed with emotion.  A humorous story full of wit and warmth with added poignancy.  I look forward to what lies ahead for debut novelist, Matson Taylor.

About the Author

Evie Epworth Matson Taylor Author PicMatson Taylor grew up in Yorkshire but now lives in London. He is a design historian and academic writing tutor and has worked at various universities and museums around the world; he currently teaches at the V&A, Imperial College, and the RCA. He has also worked on Camden Market, appeared in an Italian TV commercial, and been a pronunciation coach for Catalan opera singers.

Visit the author website here: matsontaylor.com and follow on Twitter at @matson_taylor_

**COVER REVEAL** – People Like Us by Louise Fein @FeinLouise @HoZ_Books #bookcoverreveal #histfic #PeopleLikeUs #debutnovel

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I am so pleased to be involved in the ‘Cover Reveal’ for a highly anticipated debut historical novel by Louise Fein.  There’s a huge buzz in the publishing offices of Head of Zeus as People Like Us is one of their lead titles for next year.  Here is a little more details about this novel:

Title:  People Like Us

Author:  Louise Fein

Publisher:  Head of Zeus

Release Date:  7th May 2020 in eBook and Hardcover; 3rd September 2020 in paperback

To pre-order links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2rl61Pk
Waterstones: https://bit.ly/2KRRMYV
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2DcJEOA
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2OM1iy7

Book Blurb

Leipzig, 1930’s Germany.

Hetty Heinrich is a young girl growing up under Nazi rule. With an SS officer father, a brother in the Luftwaffe and a member of the BDM, Hetty is the epitome of a perfect German child.

But Walter changes everything. Blond haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew.

As she falls more and more in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, Hetty begins to question everything. Will the steady march of dark forces destroy their world, or can love ultimately triumph?

Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Book Thief and Kate Furnivall.

About the Author

Louise Fein holds an MA in Creative Writing from St Mary’s University. Prior to studying for her master’s, she ran a commodity consultancy business following a career in banking and law. She lives in Surrey with her family. People Like Us is inspired by her family history, and by the alarming parallels she sees between the early 30s and today.

Follow Louise:

Facebook: @LouiseFeinAuthor

Twitter: @FeinLouise

Follow Head of Zeus

Website: www.headofzeus.com

Twitter: @HoZ_Books

Facebook: @headofzeus

Instagram: @headofzeus

And here is the cover …

People Like Us

Instructions For Falling In Love Again by Lucy Mitchell @Blondewritemore @BOTBSPublicity #bookreview #romcom #debutnovel

 

instructions for falling in love again

Instructions For Falling In Love Again written by Lucy Mitchell, publisher Red Book Publishing, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2Y7UJxd

Book Blurb

What would you do if your late husband left you a list of instructions on how to fall in love with someone else?

Pippa Browning is faced with this exact dilemma, three years after the death of her husband, Dan.

Buried at the bottom of a drawer are a collection of notebooks full of Dan’s advice on how to live without him.

Pippa’s notebook is red and contains his instructions on how to fall in love again.

But Dan doesn’t just want Pippa to fall in love with anyone – Dan’s crazy suggestion is that Pippa should date his handsome friend, Mikey Stenton, a known thrill-seeking ladies’ man.

Reluctant to follow Dan’s advice, Pippa enters the world of dating. She embarks on a humorous journey of self-discovery, with the help of her children and two best friends.

It isn’t long before Pippa is finding it hard to ignore Dan’s instructions and Mikey Stenton.

Is Mikey really the man that everyone thinks him to be? Or was Dan right, and Mikey’s simply been misunderstood?

A heart-warming romantic comedy about motherhood, friendship and finding love, the second time around.

BLOG TOUR instructions for falling in love

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Lucy Mitchell’s debut novel:  Instructions For Falling In Love Again.

I absolutely and utterly adored this debut novel by Lucy Mitchell.  It was such an accomplished read that ticked all the boxes for a heartfelt romcom that I am excited for the future for Lucy Mitchell’s writing career.

Instructions For Falling In Love Again is such a bitter sweet love story as Pippa Browning had to endure the worst of heartbreaks and begin a healing process with the added strength and guidance from the words by her late husband Dan.  Dan sadly passed away three years ago and he loved his wife and family so much he gave them all little notebooks with instructions on how to cope with life without him.  It’s been three years since Pippa and her three children received their respective notebooks and life for the four of them without Dan has continued in a fashion but Pippa feels a strength within her now to read and acknowledge the words that Dan left her.

Mikey Stenton is a lovable rogue who is known for countless shenanigans with the opposite sex.  He’s a fun loving guy and jack the lad but when life throws a crushing blow to him he feels it’s time to step up and take responsibility of his life.  Can Mikey prove to others there’s more to his character than what social media portrays?

I adored Pippa and her family they were all different in personality and provided much chaos to the humdrum of the Browning household.  My heart ached for the tragedy of life they’ve endured and the underlying ethos of this storyline was so heart-warming and filled with hope.  The author, Lucy Mitchell, has packed this heartfelt story with so much warmth with scenes that make you chuckle that bring lightness to a story that has experienced so much sadness.  I honestly didn’t want this story to end and could continue reading about the journeys that Pippa and Mikey take alongside their family and friends who had great stories to tell.  I’m looking forward to what lies next for Lucy Mitchell, an author to watch.

About the Author

author instructions for falling in loveInstructions For Falling In Love Again is the debut novel from Lucy Mitchell. She lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats.

Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad.

When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine.

Instructions For Falling In Love Again is out in June 2019.

Website: https://lucymitchellromanceauthor.com/

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

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

Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove @EllaRoseDove @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orionbooks #blogtour #bookreview #debutnovel

 

five steps to happy

Five Steps to Happy written by Ella Dove, publisher Trapeze Books (an imprint of Orion), is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format.

The hardcover will be available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

To buy link (Waterstones): https://bit.ly/2UQ0Vnl

To buy link (amazon kindle): https://amzn.to/2NL8GfT

Book Blurb

Life can change in a heartbeat…
When struggling actress Heidi has a life-changing accident aged 32, her world falls apart. Stuck in hospital and unable to walk, her only companion is Maud, the elderly lady in the bed next to hers. Heidi misses her flatmate, her life, her freedom – surely 32 is too young to be an amputee?
But when Maud’s aloof but attractive grandson Jack pays a visit to the ward, Heidi realises that her life isn’t over just because it’s different. It might not look like the life she dreamed of, but it’s the one she’s got – and there’s a lot she still wants to tick off her bucket list. With Jack at her side, will Heidi take the first step back to happiness? Or is there one more surprise still in store…?
A feel-good read based on the inspiring true story of journalist Ella Dove. Sometimes all it takes is one small step…

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 Ella Dove’s debut novel: Five Steps to Happy.

Five Steps to Happy is one of those WOW books; it’s a story that is so full of hope, encouragement and warmth that it leaves your whole body, heart and soul fuelled with emotion.

This is a story for anyone who’s life has changed irrevocably whether through illness or circumstance. When our lives change a course we had never envisaged there are a whole host of emotions that run through our minds.

Ella Dove, the author, has written a story that will keep you transfixed. She has pooled all her own thoughts and feelings and drawn strength from her own experience and written from the heart. There’s a rawness that you can feel with the depth of emotion that the author has drawn out of her characters.

Five Steps to Happy is Heidi’s story; following a traumatic accident that was to change her life decisively Heidi’s life was to become a battle she had never in her wildest dreams envisaged. Her dreams were put on hold for an undetermined time and she saw life in a different perspective.

When Heidi’s life changed she made friends with people that wouldn’t normally cross her path as the life she has been thrown has no barriers of age, sex or race. With her journey of recovery a new comradeship is born and you can’t help but champion all of these warriors. I adored the new friendships Heidi made especially the one with Maud, they complemented each other perfectly and a bond that was so beautiful was made.

Five Steps to Happy is a story about loss and grief, it’s a story of fight and encouragement, it’s a story of hope and inspiration but ultimately it’s a story of love; a love of your family, a love of new friends and new opportunities but most of all a story of a love of who you are. Five Steps to Happy will be a book you will devour and cherish and re-read. It’s a perfect book for gifting for sharing and for loving.

Ella Dove has written a fantastic debut novel and I have high hopes of a glittering literary career ahead of her. I wish her all the best in all her endeavours.

About the Author

Ella Dove is Commissioning Editor at Good Housekeeping, Prima and Red magazines. Originally from Kent and now based in Stratford, East London, Ella studied English and French at the University of Southampton, where she did her dissertation in Creative Writing. In 2015, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative three-month novel writing course.

In 2016, Ella became an amputee following a freak running accident. She is now an ambassador for the Limbless Association, Barts Health charity and The London Prosthetic Centre, and regularly leads talks, takes part in events and speaks to patients and their loved ones about trauma.

In her spare time, Ella reads, swims and sings in her local choir – and writes, of course!

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

Publisher’s Author Page: https://www.orionbooks.co.uk/contributor/ella-dove/