Escape to the Cotswolds blogtour – Q & A with author Natalie Kleinman

 

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Escape to the Cotswolds written by Natalie Kleinman, publisher HQ digital is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2tFbywN

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Can love blossom in the countryside?

Artist Holly Hunter is turning her life upside-down! She’s leaving the bright lights of London (and a cheating husband) behind her and hoping for a fresh start as she escapes to the peaceful Cotswolds countryside.

Men are off the cards for Holly. Instead, she’s focusing on her little gallery and adopting an adorable Border Collie puppy named Tubs. Or so she thought…

Because no matter how hard she tries to resist him, local vet Adam Whitney is utterly gorgeous. And in a village as small as this one, Holly can only avoid Adam for so long!

 

 

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Natalie Kleinman’s new novel, Escape to the Cotswolds.  I’d like to welcome Natalie to my blog today:

Thank you so much for hosting me today, Adele

When did you decide to become a writer?

It had never been my ambition to become a writer. I didn’t actually decide at all. It decided for me. At a loose end and with far too much spare time I enrolled in a ten week council run course in creative writing. It could just as well have been painting, craftwork, French or dressmaking. Actually it never would have been dressmaking. After weeks of being told to unpick something at school I was turned off for life. But writing was the one I opted for and it grabbed from day one. Something that was intended as a hobby almost immediately became an obsession. Spare time has eluded me ever since.

Your new book is set in the Cotswolds, why did you choose the Cotswolds?

Warm honey-coloured buildings. Quaint villages and quintessentially English country market towns. A feeling of peace every time I visit the area. A wonderful romantic setting. That isn’t to say there isn’t plenty going on. And with access to major towns and cities such as Oxford and Bath, Cirencester and Stratford-upon-Avon, and too many castles to mention, there’s never a shortage of things to do. For me, though, it’s the countryside that generates such a pull. I’ve been visiting the Cotswolds for many years and I have to say it draws me back like a magnet. A Londoner all my life, if I could live in the country that’s where it would be.

I love stories with animals in, I feel they bring charm and warmth to the storyline.  Did you know from the start that a puppy would be included in the story?

Not from the word go but fairly quickly. After all, my hero Adam is a vet so animals were bound to be part of the mix. But as a pet for Holly, no, it wasn’t until her encounter with Old Meg that I thought she might have a puppy of her own. Having in my time met many new litters with their wonderful rounded tummies, I didn’t even have to look for a name for Tubs. I could see her in my mind’s eye as soon as the thought occurred to me. She is just as real to me as any of my other characters.

Do you have a work in process?  If so, can you give us any brief clues?

Not so much a work in progress as an outline for my next book and yes, there is a dog involved that has a critical role. It’s also set in the Cotswolds but this time in one of the many amazing historical (fictional) country houses that the area is dotted with. And there’s a bit of a mystery as well!

There’s been some amazing books out in recent years, what has been one of your favourite books from the last couple of years?

That’s always a difficult question, isn’t it? Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You had a profound effect on me when I read it a few months ago. Most recently I read a book my daughter gave me to take on holiday. It’s her childhood much read and cherished copy of Robinsheugh by Eileen Dunlop, set in Scotland in a semi-isolated house shrouded in mystery. I loved it! It was the outline of my next book that prompted her to lend it to me.

If you were given an all expenses paid budget for your book launch what would be on your shopping list?

Dinner with Eddie Redmayne on the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, complete with suitcase from which he would pull copy after copy of my book clutched in the paws of Holly’s dog, Tubs.

Natale Kleinman - Author PhotoAbout the author:

Natalie, a born and bred Londoner, has a not-so-secret wish to live in the area she so enjoys writing about. While this isn’t practical at the moment she stills allows herself to dream of honey-coloured stone cottages, quaint villages and rippling brooks. Maybe one day.

A late-comer to writing, she has two published novels prior to Escape to the Cotswolds and many short stories to her name. She attributes her success to a determination to improving her craft, attending any and every writing event she can. All that and a weekly attendance at The Write Place Creative School in Dartford where cream cakes are frequently on the agenda.

Natalie lives with her husband, Louis, in Blackheath, south-east London – except when she’s tripping off to The Cotswolds in the name of research. Somebody has to do it!

To find out more about Natalie Kleinman and her work please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://nataliekleinman.blogspot.co.uk/

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

 

DOUBLE COVER REVEAL – Cornish Castle Mystery series by Vivian Conroy

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The wait is over … I’m pleased to reveal the covers of Vivian Conroy’s forthcoming books in her new 2 book series titled Cornish Castle Mystery.  How gorgeous and colourful do the books look and that daschund is such a cutie 🙂  The books are published by HQ Digitial and Book 1 is out on the 7th July 2017 with Book 2 released shortly after on 30th August 2017.

Product Details (Book1) – Death Plays a Part

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Welcome to Cornisea island and spend your summer holidays in a Cornish Castle.

Guinevere and her trusted dog Dolly have arrived on Cornisea island in Cornwall for the summer. But what should be weeks of cataloguing books and sunny walks on the beach turns deadly when murder strikes!

The first book in the Cornish Castle Mystery series with the second instalment RUBIES AMONG THE ROSES coming August 2017!

To pre-order:  http://amzn.to/2sSSXgl

To add to your goodreads ‘Want to Read’ list:  http://bit.ly/2r9oido

 

Product Details (Book 2) – Rubies in the Roses

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Welcome to Cornisea island and spend your summer holidays in a Cornish Castle.

Guinevere and her Dachshund Dolly are happily enjoying their summer by the Cornish coast – sun, sea and delicious food. Until a long-lost treasure and a mysterious death turns her holiday into a search for justice!

The second book in the brand new Cornish Castle Mystery series, don’t miss DEATH PLAYS A PART – the first in this new cozy crime series.

To pre-order:  http://amzn.to/2r9Mhcp

To find out more about Vivian Conroy and her work please visit the following links:

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

Website:  http://www.carinauk.com/the-call-vivian-conroy

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NEW Cosy Mystery series announcement by Vivian Conroy #CornishCastle

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Exciting news!  Vivian Conroy has a NEW cosy mystery series due to grace your ereader very soon … I’m pleased to introduce you to the Cornish Castle Mystery series.

The first two books; Death Plays a Part (1) and Rubies in the Roses (2) are available to pre-order now on amazon and also on goodreads to add to your TBR.  See relevant links below:

Pop back tomorrow when I will ‘open the curtains’ to reveal the covers in all their technicolour gorgeousness and I will have an exclusive fun fact!

To connect with Vivian Conroy please visit the following links:

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

Website:  http://www.carinauk.com/the-call-vivian-conroy

 

To Rome, With Love by TA Williams book review/blogtour

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To Rome, With Love written by TA Williams, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook format.

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A summer of second chances…

Just a week before her big day, Sarah returns home to find a note from her husband-to-be – the wedding’s off! So when her boss decides to send her on an epic cycling trip, from Venice to Rome, it seems like the perfect distraction…

Although she never expected the distraction to come in the form of her oh-so-handsome, but slightly serious, cycling companion, Miles. And with still 600 miles of beautiful scenery, mouthwatering food and delicious wine yet to cover, anything could happen!

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I’m so pleased to be involved with the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of T A Williams latest novel, To Rome, With Love.

This was a really lovely story by T A Williams.  The author not only gave us a wonderful romantic tale with a journey of emotional enlightenment but we were also treated to an epic cycle ride through Italy.

Sarah works for one of the top tourist companies in the country, she was due to get married very soon but her no-good fiancé decides to unceremoniously call off the wedding the week before.  Sarah is devastated, as you can imagine, but life must go on and she has to step in and help host a charity bike ride through Italy.  Sarah is a keen cyclist and with her job she has organised many events in the past so has no worries about this task.  She is hoping the fortnight away from home and her broken heart she can reassess her future and make waves into healing some of the cracks in her personal life.

Sarah is joined on the trip by many other colleagues from the world of travel including Miles and Paul, sons of the owner of the travel company she works for.  Sarah starts to build up a rapport with the gents but is wary of her actions in front of them as they are due to take over the running of the business soon and she wants to make a good impression and keep things on a professional level.  However, the more she gets to know the older of the brothers, Miles, the more she is drawn to him.  Miles is definitely the brains behind the business but holds a grudge against his brother and secretly has his own personal heartache.  Will this journey surrounded by wonderful countryside with epic views and glorious food to tantalise your taste buds go some way to heal the hearts of two lost people?

I loved the mix of characters that went along on this charity cycle ride.  I particularly liked Glynis’ story, a character that was initially misinterpreted but at the end you felt so much respect for this lady.  I felt like the author, TA Williams, had done his research for this novel as there was so much detailed information about the scenic and historic sites along the journey.  I also could feel that TA Williams enjoyed telling us this story and sharing his love for the country, it’s food, culture and history and also his love of cycling.  I personally felt like the story ended abit abruptly and I wanted an epilogue but maybe I’m fussy and don’t like to say goodbye to the characters so soon.  A lovely romance that takes you on a picturesque, life changing journey.

To find out more about T A Williams please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.tawilliamsbooks.com/

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

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

New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan book review

 

 

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New York, Actually written by Sarah Morgan, publisher HQ is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.

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Meet Molly

New York’s most famous agony aunt, she considers herself an expert at relationships…as long as they’re other people’s. The only love of her life is her Dalmatian, Valentine.

Meet Daniel

A cynical divorce lawyer, he’s hardwired to think relationships are a bad idea. If you don’t get involved, no-one can get hurt. But then he finds himself borrowing a dog to meet the gorgeous woman he sees running in Central Park every morning…

Molly and Daniel think they know everything there is to know about relationships…until they meet each other that is…

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I’ve just finished reading this irresistible novel and had to put down my thoughts straight away.  Sarah Morgan’s novels are a guaranteed page-turner and a delight and this latest one of hers; New York, Actually, is just simply wonderful.  You will fall in love with the characters, fall in love with Valentine and Brutus and best of all you will fall in love with the story.

New York, Actually is book 4 in The Manhattan with Love series.  You don’t have to read the other stories in the series as New York, Actually can be thoroughly enjoyed as a stand alone but to fully gorge yourself in the wonderfulness of this series I would recommend reading all the books in the series, which are:

  • Sleepless in Manhattan
  • Sunset in Central Park
  • Miracle on 5th Avenue

Molly has a secret persona, she is New York’s famous agony aunt and is owner of the relationship blog Ask a Girl.  Molly moved to New York three years ago following a relationship break-up that was publicly slammed on social media sending repercussions to her professional and personal life.  She never received any support from her so called friends back then and has continually blamed herself for what happened and believes she is a disaster in relationships.  However, her professional expertise in relationships is flourishing.  The only man in her life now is her dog Valentine.  Valentine is a Dalmatian breed dog with a sweet heart shaped nose he loves nothing more than to go jogging with Molly in Central Park.

Daniel is one of the top divorce lawyers in New York, he’s brilliant at his job and has a ‘love them and leave them’ attitude with women.  He doesn’t want everlasting love as he doesn’t agree in love.  Events in the past have hurt Daniel and his twin sisters badly and love is not on his agenda at all.  However, Daniel can’t stop thinking about the girl in the park running with her Dalmatian dog.  He normally has no problem with female attention but this girl seems to have ‘Daniel shaped blinkers’ against her eyes.  Daniel seeks the help of his sisters to try and attract the girl’s attention.  He decides to borrow one of the dogs from The Bark Rangers, the pet walking and fostering business, his twin sisters run.  Daniel claims to not be a dog person but the Alsatian dog he has taken for a walk soon takes a shine to Daniel but when the unlikely pair do meet up with the girl and her dog in the park the Alsatian and the Dalmatian become an instant hit.  Will this attraction spread to their unsuspecting humans?  Will Molly and Daniel learn to let down the barriers they’ve built from past experiences and give love a chance?

This story had it all!  It was full of sexual chemistry, romance, emotion and warmth.  Scenes to grip you and leave you fighting the pages to find out what happens next.  A gorgeous story that I just didn’t want to end … 5/5*

To find out more about Sarah Morgan and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.sarahmorgan.com/

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahMorgan

 

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick book review and giveaway

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The Phantom Tree written by Nicola Cornick, publisher HQ is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.

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“My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another.”

Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait – supposedly of Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better… The woman is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 as an unwanted orphan and presumed dead after going missing as a child.

The painting is more than just a beautiful object from Alison’s past – it holds the key to her future, unlocking the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance, and the enigma of Alison’s son.

But Alison’s quest soon takes a dark and foreboding turn, as a meeting place called the Phantom Tree harbours secrets in its shadows…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Nicola Cornick’s latest novel, The Phantom Tree.  Nicola’s stories take you on a journey through time, she opens your eyes to an era long forgotten but with her words history becomes alive in your head entrancing you in another world.

The Phantom Tree is a captivating historical time slip mystery romance that was utterly spellbinding, mystifying, tragic but equally beautiful.  I didn’t want the story to end, I was feeling quite bereft and emotional once I had finished reading … signs of a good story!

The story starts in the present day with Alison walking through the crowded pre-Christmas streets of Marlborough.  By chance Alison sees a portrait of a young woman in an art gallery, the painting takes her by surprise, she is drawn to the image and can’t quite believe what she sees before her eyes.  The painting is listed as Anne Boleyn but Alison knows otherwise.  The image stirs memories of a past that Alison thought she’d never see again, the image is Mary Seymour, daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557.  Alison knows this fact as she too lived at Wolf Hall in 1557.  Somehow Alison has managed to escape the life she had in the past and has transported over 400 years in the future.  For the last 10 years she has tried desperately to return or to find information about something very dear to her that was cruelly taken from her, her son Arthur.  This portrait has been the breakthrough Alison has been looking for her.

The book continues with the story about two quite different women that were flung together in unusual circumstances.  We follow Mary Seymour’s story back in 1557 with her quest to fit in and escape the visions and words in her head.  We then follow the story of Alison Bannister who had fled time and is desperate to get back as a mother’s love is a bond that is not easily broken.  Clues from the past start catching up with Alison and she starts to question herself whether the risk is too great to go back to the 16th century.

This story was so enthralling I loved the images of the past evoked from the words on the pages.  The rawness of the times with greed and betrayal.  It was so heart breaking for a blossoming love to be cut so cruelly short but time felt like it stood still for this couple till they could be reunited again.

Once again a brilliant historical romance brought to life by Nicola Cornick.  5/5*

The publishers have kindly offered a paperback copy of this brilliant book for one of my readers.  Please click on the rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway.

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To find out more about Nicola Cornick and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.nicolacornick.co.uk/

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

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/nicola.cornick/

Midnight and Mistletoe at Cedarwood Lodge by Rebecca Raisin book review/blogtour

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Midnight and Mistletoe at Cedarwood Lodge written by Rebecca Raisin, publisher HQ Digital is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Mistletoe-Cedarwood-Lodge-uplifting-ebook/dp/B01JBIQOOC/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1482348021&sr=1-1&keywords=midnight+and+mistletoe+at+cedarwood+lodge

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Planning a New Years Eve Party might be the kind of event Clio Winters used to dream about organising, but when everything is feeling a bit up in the air, she has to hope that this New Years her wish really will come true.

Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance told in three parts – following Clio Winters journey back to her hometown of Evergreen. This is the final part in this feel-good romance serial.

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I’m so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating the launch of Rebecca Raisin’s final instalment in The Cedarwood Lodge trilogy.  Cedarwood Lodge has been such a treat.  I’m now feeling quite hungover with book love for the friends I’ve grown to love at Cedarwood Lodge.  I do hope Rebecca Raisin will revisit Cedarwood Lodge in the future.  I could happily read the whole series back to back again!

We rejoin Clio and her friends and family at Christmas, just after their first major wedding expo at the lodge.  With the excitement of the prospect of new events planning for the new year the gang can now relax a little and enjoy Christmas.  Until Tim, an old school friend of Clio’s, throws a party opportunity their way which is too good an offer to refuse.  One week to plan a major New Year’s Eve party for a big business.  Clio and Amory are already excited and are busy scribbling down ideas but with the boss of the firm making last minute changes the team at Cedarwood Lodge have lots to do.

Kai, the Australian builder who has caught Clio’s eye, is still on site finishing off work.  The relationship between Clio and Kai is so lovely.  They are both sensitive souls with background heartache between them.  Can Clio trust her heart and break down her barriers to let love in?  Or will it be too late with Kai with his family and other work commitments elsewhere?

The secrets of Cedarwood Lodge slowly start unravelling in this book and for someone it is such a heart breaking moment for them to reach out to others and let them understand this heartache.

Cedarwood Lodge, I can see from the words on the page, is a remarkable place that needs to let people in to share it’s beauty.  It just needed some like minded folk to refresh the bones of the place and bring some magic and love to the community that live, work and visit the lodge.  A gorgeous read 5/5*

To find out more about Rebecca Raisin and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.rebeccaraisin.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/@jaxandwillsmum

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/RebeccaRaisinAuthor