A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan @SarahMorgan_ @HQstories #festiveread #romcom #mustread

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A Wedding in December written by Sarah Morgan, publisher HQ (an imprint of HarperCollins UK) is available NOW in ebook, audiobook, paperback and audio CD format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2u8L7UT

Book Blurb

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding.
First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret about their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.
Rosie’s older sister Katie is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself. If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…
Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiance but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived – how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget.

SNOWY FOREST

REVIEW

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A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan has been patiently waiting in my tbr for a few months but oh it was so worth the wait.  I feel like Sarah Morgan has excelled herself with this festive feast for our eyes.

This story is about a grown up family coming to terms with lots of different turns in the roads of life for them all.  The most recent turn is the youngest daughter of the family, Rosie, announcing her engagement to Dan, a young man she met a mere few months ago.  The other news is that the wedding is on Christmas Eve, this Christmas eve!  Mum Maggie is shocked, older sister Katie is hellbent on putting a stop to the wedding and dad Nick is quite blaise about the whole affair as long as his little girl is happy.  However, Maggie and Nick have a secret of their own they’ve withheld from both their daughters and now they are off to America to celebrate Rosie’s wedding they feel they can’t reveal that they are getting a divorce so they come up with a plan to act as if nothing has changed in their relationship.

Acting out you are still happily married to your husband of 30 years sounds an easy task but when you’ve got a long haul flight ahead of you that you are absolutely terrified of Maggie decides to take steps to make the journey more agreeable with very funny consequences.

We follow the family as they travel thousands of miles to the snowy mountains of Colorado to be with Rosie as she weds Dan.  Sarah Morgan treats her readers to the most idyllic of wintry settings that you just want to hibernate in with a good book.  The fun and games the family endure getting to know their future in-laws comes with many obstacles and Maggie and Nick find being forced together miles from home is giving them time for reflection.  It is also perfect timing for oldest daughter Katie who is feeling very emotional over a number of things.

Can the mountain air and beautiful scenery bring clarity to the family and will the wedding go ahead?  Charming, sexy and such a gorgeous, festive read.

About the Author

Sarah Morgan is a Sunday Times and USA Today bestselling author of romance and women’s fiction. She has sold over 16 million copies of her books and is a 3-time winner of the prestigious RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist.
Sarah lives near London with her family and when she isn’t writing or sprawled on the sofa reading, she likes to spend time outdoors walking or riding her mountain bike. She still can’t believe she is lucky enough to be paid for doing a job where she makes things up.

Website:  http://www.sarahmorgan.com
Twitter:  @SarahMorgan_
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahMorgan

Bluebell’s Christmas Magic by Marie Laval @marielaval1 @choclituk @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

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Bluebell’s Christmas Magic written by Marie Laval, publisher Choc Lit, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

To Buy Links
UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bluebells-Christmas-Magic-perfect-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B07Y8L5PVB
US – http://www.amazon.com/Bluebells-Christmas-Magic-perfect-heart-warming-ebook/dp/B07Y8L5PVB

Book Blurb

A gorgeous new Christmas story from the author of best selling novel Little Pink Taxi
A flick of a feather duster and a sprinkle of Christmas magic …
Cassie Bell is used to mess. Her cleaning business, Bluebell Cleaning, is well known in the Cumbrian village of Red Moss. However, now it’s almost Christmas and Cassie has a slightly messier situation to deal with than she’s used to.

She’s been hired to help Stefan Lambert, an injured army helicopter pilot who’s staying at the local Belthorn Manor whilst he recovers. Stefan resents Cassie’s interference and is definitely not looking for Christmas cheer. But Cassie prides herself on sparkling surfaces – so, can she bring some festive sparkle to Stefan’s life too?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Marie Laval’s latest novel: Bluebell’s Christmas Magic.

I bloomin’ loved this festive treat of a read from Marie Laval; it was adorable and addictive, I also feel like I want to read it all over again to experience the sprinkles of Christmas magic emanating from the pages.  Pure delight!

Cassie Bell took over her mum’s cleaning business a few years ago and Bluebell Cleaning is particularly busy during the festive season with holiday lets in the Lake District village fully booked.  Cassie has also been assigned a late project to cook and care for Stefan Lambert whilst he’s recuperating at Belthorn Manor.

Stefan Lambert is a French Army Pilot, during his last exercise he was injured badly, his good friend Charles, the owner of the manor, assured him of plenty of peace and quiet to aid with his recovery.  However, Stefan didn’t expect a whirlwind of sparkle and cheer that being Cassie Bell to disturb his equilibrium.  Cassie wasn’t at all perturbed by Stefan’s grouchy behaviour in fact it quite suited him with his rugged war-torn looks and gruff voice.  She continued to clean and work around him leaving little notes of joy to cheer him up … but was Cassie’s sprinkle of magic working on Stefan?

As Cassie and Stefan continue to work alongside each other a sizzling chemistry soon develops but they are both suffering from traumatic events in their past.  Can they both learn to face their fears and open up to each other?

With Christmas fast approaching the villagers are looking forward to lots of fun events with Guess the Santa, Comedy Night and a family wedding.  However, when the sudden spate of burglaries becomes more widespread fear spreads and suspicion causes animosity between them all.

Bluebell’s Christmas Magic is one of those gorgeous, addictive, sexy reads that you just want to devour again and again!

About the Author

A Paris Author PhotoOriginally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as a modern languages teacher and in her spare time she loves writing romance and dreaming about romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance and best-selling Little Pink Taxi was her debut romantic comedy novel with Choc Lit. She belongs to Authors on the Edge and writes short stories for the best selling Miss Moonshine’s anthologies. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/marielavalauthor/

Twitter:  @marielaval1

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Christmas in Chamonix by Sasha Wagstaff @Ella__Harper @canelo_co @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread #ChristmasinChamonix

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Christmas in Chamonix written by Sasha Wagstaff, publisher Canelo Escape, is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link: https://lrd.to/christmas-in-chamonix

Book Blurb

When life goes downhill… head to the snow-capped Alps for roaring fires, apres-ski and festive romance.

Lily Jackson loves Christmas. She also loves her childhood friend Jamie, but when her plan to kick-start their romance goes drastically wrong and her job gets her down, Lily decides it’s time to make changes. A job opens up in snowy Chamonix and egged on by her best friend Imogen, Lily decides to go for it.

As Lily settles in with the eccentric Devereux family at their gorgeous boutique ski hotel, she starts to confront her past. But when she meets handsome ski instructor Luc, who hates Christmas, Lily might have taken on more than she can handle.

Can Lily make a new life – with or without skis? And can she get Luc to see how truly romantic Christmas can be?

A heart-warming, feel-good romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Carole Matthews and Tilly Tennant.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Sasha Wagstaff’s festive novel: Christmas in Chamonix.  This is the first novel I’ve read by Sasha Wagstaff and it has all the ingredients for the perfect romcom.

When you start crushing on your best friend and he doesn’t feel the same it’s time to take stock, pack your bags, including your thermals and head to Chamonix.  Lily is normally not so impulsive but the way she currently feels about her work and personal life she feels she has no option but to escape so when a job opportunity in the ski resort of Chamonix becomes available she feels it’s perfect timing.

Lily has never skied and feels it’s not a requirement for her job as a masseuse at the exclusive hotel but the family owned business encourage all staff to take to the slopes.  Lily has a fear of heights and also has in-depth feelings from long ago that block positive thoughts on trying new things in her life.  However, ski instructor Luc feels he can help Lily learn to ski and overcome some of her fears.  Lily now has more to overcome than her fear of heights and the unknown, she has the fear of her heightened emotions that are growing whilst she’s with Luc.

Luc has lived in the village of Chamonix all his life and to ski daily comes so naturally to him.  Luc understands the village embraces the festive season especially with it looking like the perfect Christmas card setting but he has a sadness surrounding him and Christmas is not a time for joy for him.  As Lily gets to learn more about Luc she hopes to return the joy of Christmas to him.

Christmas at Chamonix is such a gorgeous read; it’s fun and entertaining but there’s a heart-warming charm within the storyline of overcoming what life has thrown your way and bringing with it beautiful rays of light and hope.

About the Author

Chamonix Christnas Author photoSasha Wagstaff learned foreign languages, and imagined she might eventually get a glamorous job speaking French. After climbing her way up the banking ladder, Sasha started idly mapping out the beginnings of a novel on an old laptop. When she realised her characters were more real to her than dividends and corporate actions ever could be, she left her job to become a writer. She also writes under the pseudonym of Ella Harper.

 

Social Media Links –

https://twitter.com/canelo_co

https://twitter.com/Ella__Harper

https://www.facebook.com/canelobooks/

 

 

 

 

Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread #SnowflakesoverMoondanceCottage

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Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Snowflakes-over-Moondance-Cottage-sparkling-ebook/dp/B07XGDZ4Z2
US – http://www.amazon.com/Snowflakes-over-Moondance-Cottage-sparkling-ebook/dp/B07XGDZ4Z2

Book Blurb
When Jess Thornton’s dad was lost at sea, the family coped in different ways, alone in their grief. Now, her mum seems to be going off the rails and her sister, Isla, who moved to France, is now back and determined to get their old family home on the market. But the last thing Jess wants this Christmas is for renovations to start on the house. It’s sure to stir up all sorts of memories she’s desperate to avoid. And to make things worse, Isla appears to have hired the most obnoxious builder in the world to do the work. Jess could ignore the fact that women seem to be putty in his hands. But what she finds harder to ignore is the frisson she gets every time she squeezes past him in the mess that is now their beloved old home! Can the family finally start talking and find a way to move on from the past this Christmas?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rosie Green’s latest novel: Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage.

This is the first standalone novel I’ve read by Rosie Green and it has the same captivation as her novellas.  From the first page I was welcomed into a family coming to terms with a loss that seems never ending but sadly life has to go on and Jess with her sister, Isla and mother Patricia were coping in their own ways.

When Jess finds out her sister Isla has arranged renovations to be undertaken on their old family home she is distraught for all the memories being demolished by a builder who seems to have no idea in the sentiments he’s destroying.  Jess is annoyed with Isla but when she turns up unexpected from her home and business in Paris alarm bells start ringing in Jess’ head.  Why has Isla started renovating the house?  Why has she returned home?  What is Isla hiding?

Jess is also concerned with the recent decline in her mother’s health and is worried that the not knowing what has happened to her father is eating away at them all.

Trying to find a light at the end of the dark tunnel they are all in Jess decides to revisit a craft she enjoyed doing with her father.  The whole process of creating something beautiful appears to bring Jess closer to her father’s memories and she starts to feel a certain thankfulness for the moments she shared with her father.  However, working in the studio at the old family home brings her into the close working environment with Seb the builder.  Jess soon realises her first impressions of Seb were not a true reflection of his character and there is more to Seb than meets the eye and a chemistry soon fizzles between them.

Snowflakes Over Moondance Cottage is everything you want in a festive read.  I was charmed and invested by the story and felt the emotions expressed with the loss the girls have faced. Moondance Cottage sounded so idyllic and I could totally understand Jess’ anguish with the building work.  The storyline was real and relatable, it will pull at your heart strings and leave you with a satisfied glow of warmth, love and above all else hope.

Author Bio
Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.

Watch out for ‘A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, which will be published Christmas 2019.

Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

 

 

Single All the Way by Elaine Spires @ElaineSWriter @rararesources #promoblitz #bookpromo #festiveread

I am so pleased to be involved in the promo blitz for Elaine Spires festive romcom novel: Single All the Way.  Here are some more details:

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Title:  Single All the Way (Book 3 in the Singles series)

Author and publisher:  Elaine Spires

Format: eBook

To buy links: UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OCI4CA0
US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OCI4CA0

 

 

Book Blurb

Travel Together Tour Manager Eve Mitchell is planning a quiet Christmas at home to rest and relax before a special New Year. But she soon, very unexpectedly, finds herself in the depths of the Essex countryside looking after a singles’ group which contains some old, familiar faces and some pleasant – and not so pleasant – new ones. With its country walks, quizzes, disco and black-tie ball, the Christmas and Twixmas Break passes quickly, but just as they think it’s all over the plot takes a twist and we learn some dark secrets…

Single All The Way

Author Bio –

Single Author PicElaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea. Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series. Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019. Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019!  Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.

 Social Media Links –

Facebook: Elaine Spires Author

Twitter: @ElaineSWriter

Instagram: elainespiresauthor

 

 

Happy Christmas Eve by Jackie Ladbury @JackieLadbury @RubyFiction @ChocLitUK @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

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Happy Christmas Eve written by Jackie Ladbury, publisher Ruby Fiction (an imprint of Choc Lit UK), is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

To buy links:

US – http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Christmas-Eve-Jackie-Ladbury-ebook/dp/B07WF8PK88/
UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Happy-Christmas-Eve-Jackie-Ladbury-ebook/dp/B07WF8PK88/

Book Blurb

A heart-warming Christmas story to put you in the mood for the festive season.

All I want for Christmas is you … or you?
Eve Halligan is back in her hometown for Christmas after a whirlwind few years touring with her band, the Molotovs. A lot has changed since she left, but two things have stayed the same. One: Eve is head-over-heels in love with Lucien Malikov, the Molotovs’ bad boy lead singer. Two: Lucien is completely indifferent to her.
Still, Eve dreams that this could be the Christmas where she convinces Lucien that they’re made for each other. But when childhood friend and local caterer Theo Wright comes back into her life bringing with him festive cupcake and sausage roll conundrums, Eve begins to question whether her Christmas dreams have been wasted on the wrong man …

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jackie Ladbury’s latest novel: Happy Christmas Eve.

Happy Christmas Eve is an adorable festive romance in novella size.  A perfect size to cosy up with on a cold afternoon with a pot of tea and biscuits … bliss!  Novellas are great introductions to new authors and after reading and loving Happy Christmas Eve I will definitely be checking out Jackie Ladbury’s book list.

Eve Halligan has been hopelessly in love with Lucien Malikov since she was a young girl so to be invited to be part of his band two years ago was a dream come true.  However, two years down the line and Eve is very disillusioned with Lucien and her life in the band.  She’s fed up of her love not being reciprocated and it breaks her heart each time she witnesses Lucien’s womanising ways.  She’s also starting to realise that her talents in the band are unrecognised.  It’s not until Eve and the band return home for Christmas and to participate in a charity show that Eve’s mind becomes a lot clearer.

Eve reignites her friendship with old school pal Theo who set up his own catering business in his home town.  Theo has been harbouring secret feelings for Eve but feels he can’t compete with her unrequited love for Lucien.

Eve’s other love is baking and she’s so pleased to help Theo out in a crisis and it soon feels like old times with great banter and warmth emanating not just from the ovens but from the friendship between Eve and Theo.

Eve knows she has to make a decision on her career and her personal life but she’s finding it so hard to accept the truth.  Will the shared love of baking give her some clarity in her decision making?

A lovely festive treat of a read that I wished was a full length novel as I didn’t want to leave Eve and Theo and wanted to learn more about them.  Maybe the author may revisit these characters in the future … please 🙂

Author Bio

Happy Author PicJackie Ladbury writes heart-warming contemporary and historical women’s fiction that is always guaranteed a happy ever after. From spending many years as an air-stewardess and seeing that it really is love that makes the world go around, she determined to put the same sparkle and emotion into her stories. Her life is no longer as exotic (or chaotic) as it was in those heady days of flying as she now lives a quiet life in Hertfordshire with her family and two cats, spending her days making up stories and finding excuses not to go to the gym.
To find out more about Jackie Ladbury, check out these pages:

https://www.facebook.com/jackie.ladbury
https://jackieladbury.com
http://www.twitter.com/JackieLadbury
https://thewriteromantics.com/

 

 

 

Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop by Hannah Pearl @HannahPearl_1 @RubyFiction @ChocLituk @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

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Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop written by Hannah Pearl, publisher Ruby Fiction (an imprint of Choc Lit UK) is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

Buying Links:
Kindle UK: https://amzn.to/2kdCgNf
Kindle US: https://amzn.to/2lNhpR0
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2kdtGOu
Nook: https://bit.ly/2jUJghL

Book Blurb

Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Step into Romantic Daze …

Daisy Kirk is a sucker for a love story, which is why she opened up her gift shop – because there’s nothing that makes Daisy happier than when she’s helped a customer achieve their own ‘happily ever after’ by finding the perfect Christmas gift for their loved one. And she absolutely does not just sell ‘soppy presents and frilly pants’ as her brother’s infuriating best friend, Eli, is so fond of suggesting.

The sad fact is that whilst Daisy is helping others with their love lives, hers is non-existent. But when unusual circumstances take Daisy and Eli on a road trip from London to rural Wales, will she finally get the happily ever after to her own Christmas love story?

Buying Links:

Kindle UK: https://amzn.to/2kdCgNf
Kindle US: https://amzn.to/2lNhpR0
Apple Books: https://apple.co/2kdtGOu
Nook: https://bit.ly/2jUJghL

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Hannah Pearl’s latest novel: Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop.  This is my first introduction to the work of Hannah Pearl and her words captivated me in this most gorgeous, sexy, sweet, festive romcom.

Daisy owns and runs a bespoke gift shop just off the beaten track in the heart of London.  Her gift shop is unique in that she offers a personal gift finding service to all her customers locating the perfect gift to express gratitude and love to the recipient.  I adored the sound of Daisy’s shop and want to know where I can find a real-life version of it.

Daisy has a twin brother, Ben, who is a whizz with computers but isn’t very confident with his social skills and sometimes finds life a little overwhelming at times.  Ben and his best friend from childhood, Eli, work together for the government; it all sounds very exciting with secret missions and James Bond-esque espionage.  Daisy and Eli have a strained relationship at times and can often be found bickering but she has had a crush on Eli for as long as she can remember.  Eli sounded like the perfect James Bond, he had the looks, the six pack, the brains but sadly he also had commitment issues, he doesn’t believe in love after having his heart broken in the past which he feels cannot be mended.

When Ben starts showing unusual signs of behaviour Daisy and Eli go on a mission to try and help Ben.  This mission takes them on a journey across the country giving them ample opportunity to air out their emotions towards each other but are they both singing from the same hymn sheet?

Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop is such a wonderful, entertaining, fun, heart-felt romcom that’s edged with a desire that’s been sizzling for years.  I loved it all and secretly hope for a sequel as I feel I can’t not have another story without our sexy, adorable and sweet secret agents in! 😉

About the Author

Daisys Hannah Pearl Author PhotoHannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.

She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.

In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.

Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

Blog – dizzygirlwrites.wordpress.com 

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/HannahPearl_1

 

 

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

 

The Nine Lives of Christmas by Florence McNicoll @orionbooks @Battersea_ #FlorenceMcNicoll #Battersea #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

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The Nine Lives of Christmas written by Florence McNicoll, publisher Trapeze (an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group) is available to purchase in ebook, audiobook and paperback format from 15th November 2019.

The paperback will be available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Wordery, Foyles and amazon.  The book has been written in partnership with the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and can also be purchased direct from their website.

To buy links:

Batterseahttps://shop.battersea.org.uk/collections/books/products/the-nine-lives-of-christmas

Amazon:    https://amzn.to/2CDDbft

Book Blurb

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BATTERSEA DOGS AND CATS HOME

Can Battersea’s loneliest cat find a home in time for Christmas?
It’s Christmas at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Laura is desperate to find a home for Felicia, a spiky, bad-tempered moggy with a heart of gold. Her boyfriend, Rob, can’t understand why she’s spending so much time at work, but for Laura, the animals aren’t just a job – they’re her life. She needs a partner who understands that – doesn’t she?
As the December snow falls, Laura encounters nine people, all of whom need a little love in their lives and find it in new pets. Everyone needs somebody to curl up with at Christmas, and when the handsome Aaron walks in, he takes not just Felicia, but Laura’s heart too…
A heart-warming tale about loneliness, love, and the importance of furry friends – perfect to snuggle up with this Christmas.

Nine Lives of Christmas blog tour

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 Florence McNicoll’s novel: The Nine Lives of Christmas.

Laura works for the cats in need of loving homes at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London.  She loves her job and finds great satisfaction in pairing up the right adopter to the cat most suitable to their needs. This is the story of Laura matching up the personalities of nine cats from varying ages and pedigree to nine adopters who for one reason or another feel a little lost in the world and a cat will be the companion they need to comfort them right now and beyond.

We hear of the history of these nine individuals, why they are seeking the friendship of a furry friend and how the cats are very clever in choosing their perfect companion and forever home.

Away from the cats home Laura is discovering that her own partnership with boyfriend Rob might not be her perfect pairing and decisions of the heart have to be made.

I absolutely loved this story as a cat lover and owner of my very own rescue cat I was charmed and humbled by the stories around the daily life at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.  Battersea was opened in 1860 and it was one of the forefront charities in providing a rescue centre for small animals.  The social interaction of animals and humans is so rewarding and can bring so much joy and can also help with the owners health and wellbeing.  I feel very privileged to be able to promote this gorgeous book bringing attention to the valuable work that all animal rescue centres bring but in particular Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

The Nine Lives of Christmas is a wonderfully uplifting story filled with hope and joy for the festive season and beyond. Cat lovers will lap it up and think it’s just purrfect!

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I’d like to share a picture of my very own rescue cat; she arrived at the rescue centre heavily pregnant but sadly lost all her litter.  When we adopted her she still had swollen teats and was very shy but she soon settled in and has made herself at home.  She’s a wonderful little chatterbox and loves to join me when reading.

 

About the Author

Florence McNicoll is the pen name for writer and editor Sophie Wilson, who worked at Transworld Publishers for five years before going freelance. She lives in Barcelona and is a huge cat lover and supporter of Battersea.

To learn more about the work at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit their website:

https://www.battersea.org.uk/

I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Abbey Clancy @OfficialClancy @MillsandBoon #HomeForChristmas #blogtour #bookextract #festiveread

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I’ll Be Home for Christmas written by Abbey Clancy, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook format and is due for release in audiobook and paperback format on 14th November 2019.

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

The paperback can also be purchased direct from Mills & Boon website:

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Book Blurb

Even stars have Christmas dreams…
Popstar Jessika Malone can’t believe her luck! Not only has she signed a major record deal and is topping the charts with her latest single, she’s just been offered the chance of a lifetime: a tour with gorgeous megastar Cooper Black…
It’s everything she’s ever dreamed of – except that it means travelling thousands of miles from her boyfriend, Daniel, just when he’s finally got down on one knee and popped the question!
Far from home and followed by the paparazzi, her relationship is tested more than Jessika ever imagined – will she make it home for Christmas before it’s too late?
A glittering festive romance for fans of Sarah Morgan, Holly Martin and Lindsay Kelk. Perfect to curl up with this Christmas! 

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the paperback launch of Abbey Clancy’s festive novel: I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

I have the pleasure of sharing an extract from the novel:

There are many aspects to the world of social media that I find confusing. Embarrassing. Overwhelming, even.
Like when someone snaps a picture of me the morning after the night before, and sticks it up on Instagram without even a measly Willow filter. I mean, we’ve all been there, right? Your mouth feels like it’s been vacuum packed with a decomposing ferret, and your hair has gone full-on Walking Dead, and you know you’re just going to die unless you get immediate access to a paper bag full of McDonald’s hash browns?

Yeah. Well, imagine in that precise moment, someone incredibly chipper bounces over, grinning from ear to ear at the sight of you, and wants nothing more than to snap a picture of you together, no matter how grey your skin is or how far down your face your mascara’s slipped. Not good.

But – and I get this, I really do – it’s all part of my job. My job isn’t an ordinary job. It’s being a pop star – Jessika – to the world at large. Not very long ago at all I was the person who would have been bouncing over and asking for the pic, so I can’t complain. Not very long ago, I was scraping a living singing Disney covers at kids’ birthday parties, working as an intern at a record label, and filling in my lonely nights waitressing at glamorous showbiz events I wasn’t good enough to actually get invited to.

So I get it. I understand that it’s all part of my brave, weird new world – and that I have a responsibility to suck it up, smile for the camera, even if I really, really don’t want to.

I also understand that people will comment about me, and to me – posting everything from sweet compliments on my music through to borderline-stalker psycho abuse. I know everything I say and do will be analysed, twisted, churned up, chewed up, and spat back out by the media. I have help with that, in the form of my scary PR manager Patty, and I’m sensible enough not to take the nasty stuff seriously. I’ve worked hard on developing a thick skin, and coping with the demands of being famous.

One thing, though, I don’t think I will ever get used to is this: my mother is currently trending on Twitter.

To put this in context, my mother is a tiny Scouse power-house in her fifties, with dyed black hair, strong opinions and endless energy. I’d say she has zero per cent body fat, 200 per cent work ethic, and loves nothing more than her family, which includes my nan, who is officially ancient, my dad Phil, my older sister Becky, me and my little brother Luke (or The Knobhead, as he’s known to everyone who’s ever met him).

She is also totally in love with her first ever grandchild – Becky’s baby Ollie, who is now four months old and rules the world from his bouncy chair like a benign Jabba the Hutt. He’s one of those fat babies with rolls of flesh everywhere, and his eyes completely disappear every time he laughs. Which is a lot. So, Mum is a family woman. Her life isn’t glamorous, or that interesting. She spends every spare minute looking after us lot, and still works on the tills at the local Tesco, even though she doesn’t really need to any more. She’s extraordinary, but ordinary, if you know what I mean – one of those salt-of-the-earth-women you could build an empire on the back of.

All of which begs the question: why is she trending on Twitter?

When did she even join Twitter? Why did she join Twitter?

I scroll down the pages – literally endless pages – and see that every pic on there has the hashtag #jessikasmum. It looks like the whole of Liverpool has popped into the supermarket to pick up a packet of crumpets, a bottle of Prosecco, and a selfie with my mother. There are hundreds of them – all featuring complete strangers, gurning like idiots, and my mum, happily posing alongside them.

My mum has described herself as ‘daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and lover of all things Michael Bublé’. I suppose I should be grateful that the great crooner himself hasn’t also called in with a selfie stick in his hand.

‘Fab time at Tesco with mummy diva’, says one tweet. ‘Jessika’s mum is awesome’, says another. ‘Forget Jessika – her mum needs her own reality show!’ on one more. ‘Why’s she still working?’ asks a random girl who, according to her profile, loves knitting, cats and visiting S&M clubs. Hopefully not all at the same time.

Mum’s still working, of course, because she wants to. Not because she’s skint, or because I haven’t offered to give her anything she needs – but because she is who she is. She’s my mum, and she’ll probably be going into Tesco when she’s eighty, popping her false teeth back in for photo calls.

I close down the screen, and take a breath. Tell myself there’s no harm done. That it could be worse – my dad could be on Twitter, and then the world as we know it would collapse in on itself.

My life is insane. Nobody warned me being a pop star would be quite this crazy.

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