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/

 

 

 

The Worst Couple in the World by Holly Tierney-Bedord @HollyTierney @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #romcom #novella

 

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The Worst Couple in the World written and self-published by Holly Tierney-Bedord is available NOW in ebook format.

Purchase Links
US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X3R74PS
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07X3R74PS

Book Blurb

No longer content to just be Snappigram sensations, folk hop singers Zeke and Angelique are ready to move up from coffee house performances to the big stage. With songs like “Uh Huh, Future Baby Mama” and “Don’t Worry About the Bills, Little Missus” there’s pretty much no way they can fail.

But if their musical career takes off, will it leave their love behind?

This satirical novella about an over-the-top fame hungry duo is for fans of David Sedaris and Don DeLillo.

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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 Publication Day Push for the release of Holly Tierney-Bedord’s latest novel: The Worst Couple in the World.

The Worst Couple in the World is a novella that revolves around the bonkers side of the ‘social media’ crazy people.  Angelique and Zeke are a couple of crazy kids who hashtag and share moments of their lives on social media.  As two single people they are a little obsessed with this culture but when they become a couple and then a band/brand it’s like a glitter storm of craziness has sprung!

We’ve all seen the posts from social media obsessed individuals and can imagine the real-life craziness of these people.  I loved the author’s satirical view of the social media hungry people.  Holly Tierney-Bedord has injected some very funny scenes with our ‘fame hungry’ lovers that will make you laugh out loud but also there’s a fair few cringe-worthy moments.  I have to admit I did find Angelique and Zeke a little annoying and repetitive but there was a certain endearment about them.

Overall this is a funny novella that will entertain you, it’ll make you smile and chuckle and also make you think twice about that hashtag!  A light-hearted, slightly bonkers read.

About the Author

holly6Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of over twenty books ranging from serious women’s fiction to romantic comedies, domestic thrillers, humor, and cozy mysteries. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Social Media Links –

www.hollytierneybedord.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/hollyt

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www.twitter.com/HollyTierney

https://www.amazon.com/Holly-Tierney-Bedord/e/B00M3C9W3E

https://hollyrecommends.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/HollyRecommends/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6433388.Holly_Tierney_Bedord

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I Will Follow Him by Holly Tierney-Bedford @HollyTierney @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #bookreview #OceanicDreams #summerreading

 

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I Will Follow Him written and self-published by Holly Tierney-Bedford is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07QVB2XS7/
US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QVB2XS7\

Book Blurb

A bachelor party on a cruise ship. What could go wrong?

When private detective Francie is hired to spy on a groom-to-be as he and his bachelor party set sail for the Caribbean, she thinks she’s landed herself a week of paid vacation. Between lounging in the sun and sipping margaritas, she just needs to–best case scenario–report back that he’s on the up and up, or–the unfortunate, more likely scenario–snap a few photos of her target in compromising positions, buy a box of sympathy chocolates for her client, and then collect her pay along with a nice golden suntan.

Blame it on the island breezes or the alcohol, but within hours of setting sail, Francie’s leisurely vacation gets complicated when she starts making careless mistakes. Like accidentally becoming friends with the groom and falling for his best man.

Can she get herself and her mission back on track, or has she blown her cover and possibly even her career?

I Will Follow Him

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 Publication Day Push for Holly Tierney-Bedford’s latest book: I Will Follow Him.

I Will Follow Him is Book 5 in the Oceanic Dreams series that I showcased back in June, you can view this blogpost here.  Each book in the series is novella in size and can be read as a standalone story.  All the books are centred around a cruise ship, so they sound like the perfect escapism reads to me.

What I enjoy about novellas is that they are a story you can read in one lazy afternoon.  They are far more in-depth than a short story and you can get a real sense of the characters and storyline.

I Will Follow Him was such a fun, flirty read.  When struggling Private Investigator Francie is offered a dream job to spy on a bride-to-be’s fiancé on his boys holiday on a cruise ship it would have been foolish to refuse.

However, Francie is a shy, unassuming young woman and hasn’t travelled much further than the town she grew up in so to go on a cruise ship is a big thing for her.  I loved Francie’s character, she was a little clueless at times with her personal and professional life but it made for some fun reading.

This is a story that will entertain you, make you smile and whisk you away to life on a cruise ship (warts and all).  I’m looking forward to reading all the other stories in the series.

About the Author
Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of over twenty books including Kindle Unlimited All-Star winner Sweet Hollow Women.

Links:
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Oceanic Dreams Series
Set sail for love and laughs aboard the Oceanic Aphrodite.
This series of stand-alone romantic comedy novellas releases throughout the summer of 2019.
To learn about the contributing authors and each book, watch our trailer, here: https://oceanicdreamsbooks.com/series-trailer/ and visit our website, here: https://oceanicdreamsbooks.com/

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The Oceanic Dreams series is a collection of romantic comedy novellas by eight award-
winning, bestselling, and critically acclaimed authors from around the globe.
Meet Holly Kerr, author of I Saw Him Standing There.
Meet Laura Heffernan, author of Time of My Life.
Meet Tracy Krimmer, author of Circle in the Sand.
Meet Kirsty McManus, author of I Thought it was You.
Meet Holly Tierney-Bedord, author of I Will Follow Him.
Meet Delancey Stewart, author of Take a Chance on Me.
Meet Monique McDonell, author of Shut Up and Dance with Me.
Meet Sophie-Leigh Robbins, author of The Best of You.

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A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs @PaperDollWrites @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #bookreview #romcom #novella #feelgoodfiction

 

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A Little Hotel in Cornwall written and self-published by Laura Briggs is available NOW in ebook format.

To buy link: http://smarturl.it/alittlehotelbook1

Book Blurb
Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance.

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too.

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

A Little Hotel in Cornwall

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 Laura Briggs latest novella: A Little Hotel in Cornwall.  Firstly, I’d like to wish the author Laura Briggs a Happy Publication Day.  Oh my goodness I adored this novella by Laura Briggs and it’s the start of a brand new book series by her.

A Little Hotel in Cornwall filled me with so much joy and comfort but it also left me inspired for what lay ahead for Maisie and her dreams of becoming a novelist.

Maisie is a literary student from the States and when her dreams of mentorship by an accomplished author hit a ‘snag’ she decides to follow her dreams in an unorthodox way and find her own mentor.  Her favourite author, who’s personal life is filled with mystery and secrecy, lives in the UK and the only clue Maisie as of his whereabouts is the name of a hotel in Cornwall.  Maisie feels she has nothing to lose and much to gain with her Atlantic adventure about to start in a small coastal village in Cornwall.

A Little Hotel in Cornwall was such a delightful start to a new book series.  We soon learn to love our leading lady, Maisie, and are championing her dreams of becoming an author.  Experiencing Cornwall for the first time and this elegant hotel on the hill through the eyes of Maisie was charming and there was a lovely feel of idyllic escapism.  From the developing new friendships and the fun start to Maisie’s new adventure the author Laura Briggs has laid the perfect foundations for readers to be eager for more.

Delightfully charming, fun, romantic and full of feel-good vibes.  Can’t wait for book two!

About the Author
A Little Hotel in Cornwall Author PicLaura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PaperDollWrites
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

*Cover Reveal* – A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs @PaperDollWrites @rararesources #BookCoverReveal

 

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Book Cover Reveal for Laura Briggs latest novella: A Little Hotel in Cornwall.

Here’s the all important details:

Title:  A Little Hotel in Cornwall

Author and Publisher:  Laura Briggs

Genre:  Contemporary fiction/Short Story

Release Date:  30th April 2019

To pre-order/buy link:   http://smarturl.it/alittlehotelbook1

Book Blurb

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance.

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too.

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

And here is the gorgeous cover …

Cover Reveal-A Little Hotel in Cornwall

About the Author

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PaperDollWrites
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green blogtour book review

 

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Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Café written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2J2OdwQ

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Fen has always hated being the centre of attention.
She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she’d rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.
She’s always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That’s her kind of romance – the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn’t have to risk her own heart.
But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he’s way out of her league.
But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the third instalment in Rosie Green’s four book series centred around the Little Duck Pond Café.  Each book is of a novella size and they are all perfect books to cosy up with.  I would wholeheartedly recommend reading all the books in order as the characters from each story do crop up in forthcoming editions and you then get a sense of involvement in the characters you have learned to love.  The books in the series are:

  • Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Summer at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe
  • Snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Café (due out middle of November)

Picture the scene: it’s a cold blustery day your chores are done and it’s now time to relax in your favourite comfy chair, a cuppa (maybe cake :)) and a cat curled up on your lap.  The perfect book accompaniment would be the latest instalment in Rosie Green’s Little Duck Pond Café series; Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Café.  I did just this …

I loved returned to the village and to the friends I have learned to love at the cafe.  This is Fen’s story.  Fen is the character in the background that is the star baker for the café, she’s also the friend you need to have your back.  Fen is a hopeless romantic and when Ethan invites her to join the local amateur dramatics group her fear of the unknown is overshadowed by her wanting to get to know Ethan more and have the opportunity to work closely with him.  Fen has had a massive crush on Ethan since she met him in the summer when he performed a Regency Romance show.  Fen has set her heart on Ethan, almost likening him to one of her dashing heroes in her books.

Fen receives some well-guided self-esteem boosting advice from a friend, a source she wouldn’t have expected to receive this much needed encouragement.  This was another young person that quietly get’s on with his job but acknowledges what’s going off all around him.

With Fen starting to feel a little more self-assure and the promise of attraction on the horizon the other girls at the café are suddenly having romance woes.

Rosie Green has created another wonderful instalment in The Little Duck Pond Café series.  They are books to fall in love with, to warm your heart and soul.  They are also books that are packed with plenty of drama that invokes many emotions.  I’m really enjoying this series, it’s like a friendship in a book!

About the Author

Rosie Green Author PicRosie Green 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 on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

 

The Last Plantagenet? by Jennifer C Wilson blogtour book review

 

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The Last Plantagent? written and self-published by Jennifer C Wilson is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2nQGJU6

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The fireplace hadn’t looked like a time-portal.
All Kate had wanted was a fun, relaxing day out, watching the knights jousting at Nottingham Castle. What she ended up with was something quite different.
Transported in a heartbeat from 2011 to 1485, how will Kate handle life at the Ricardian court? Even more importantly, how will she cope when she catches the eye of the king himself?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Jennifer C Wilson’s novella; The Last Plantagenet?

Wow!  What an amazing short story.  I feel quite emotional after reading The Last Plantagenet? by Jennifer C Wilson.  The author managed to grasp my attention and my imagination and my emotions were evoked with the words and characters in the story.

I find short stories are ideal tea break reads or ‘in between’ reads but The Last Plantagenet? was so much more than a quick read.

I was enthralled by the story of Kate, a historical enthusiast and big fan of Richard III, to find herself travelling back in time to the 15th century.  To a time with the reign of King Richard III staying at Nottingham Castle.  To a time when the country was at unrest with the approaching arrival of the Tudors.

Jennifer C Wilson brought so much atmosphere to this story, it was very imaginative but still in line with historical events.  The story also felt a little eerie at times.  I was there with Kate experiencing life in the castle with it’s servants and ladies in waiting and I was also in the throes of unrest that was evident in the Kingdom.  Kate soon had to think on her feet and get in to character to keep her time travelling secret.

A short story that certainly packed a punch; full of drama, intrigue, passion, tragedy, sadness all mixed with a dose of magic.  I really enjoyed this novella and will definitely check out more work by the author.

About the Author

The Last Plantagenet - JenniferCWilson-NewPhotoJan2018Jennifer is a marine biologist by training, who developed an equal passion for history whilst stalking Mary, Queen of Scots of childhood holidays (she since moved on to Richard III). She completed her BSc and MSc at the University of Hull, and has worked as a marine environmental consultant since graduating.

Enrolling on an adult education workshop on her return to the north-east reignited Jennifer’s pastime of creative writing, and she has been filling notebooks ever since. In 2014, Jennifer won the Story Tyne short story competition, and also continues to work on developing her poetic voice, reading at a number of events, and with several pieces available online. Her Kindred Spirits novels are published by Crooked Cat Books and available via Amazon.

Website:  https://jennifercwilsonwriter.wordpress.com/

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

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/inkjunkie1984

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I had to re-cap with myself the meaning of Plantagenet and here is a short extract from Wikipedia:

The House of Plantagenet was a royal house which originated from the lands of Anjou in France. The name Plantagenet is used by modern historians to identify four distinct royal houses: the Angevins, who were also Counts of Anjou; the main body of the Plantagenets following the loss of Anjou; and the Plantagenets’ two cadet branches, the Houses of Lancaster and York. The family held the English throne from 1154, with the accession of Henry II, until 1485, when Richard III died in battle.

Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green blogtour book review

 

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Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/9vvJv8

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Fleeing from a romance gone wrong, Ellie Farmer arrives in the pretty little village of Sunnybrook, hoping for a brand new start that most definitely does not include love! Following an unscheduled soak in the village duck pond, she meets Sylvia, who runs the nearby Duck Pond Café. Renting the little flat above the café seems like the answer to Ellie’s prayers. It’s only for six months, which will give her time to sort out her life, far away from cheating boyfriend Richard.

But is running away from your past ever really the answer?

Clashing with the mysterious and brooding Zack Chamberlain, an author with a bad case of writer’s block, is definitely not what Ellie needs right now. And then there’s Sylvia, who’s clinging so hard to her past, she’s in danger of losing the quaint but run-down Duck Pond Café altogether.

Can Ellie find the answers she desperately needs in Sunnybrook? And will she be able to help save Sylvia’s little Duck Pond Café from closure?

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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 the launch of Rosie Green’s novella Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.

I’m a sucker for a feel-good heart-warming romance and this novella by Rosie Green ticked all the boxes for me.  There are times when you need a cosy story and Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café came to the rescue.

This is my first introduction to the work of Rosie Green and I was enchanted by her description of this charming little village with it’s focal point of a duck pond and café.  The café has brought comfort to it’s elderly owner, Sylvia, after she lost her dear husband.  When Ellie visits the area on a secret mission she is heartened by Sylvia’s kindness.  With Ellie suffering a broken heart and with the added stress of her sick mother Sylvia offers a proposition to Ellie, one that feels like the answer to her woes.

This novella was full of wonderfully warm characters and scenes that charm you.  I was cocooned by this delightful story and look forward to more from The Duck Pond Café.

About the Author

Rosie Green is the pen-name for the author.  The author has kindly set-up a giveaway to win the prizes of a wooden Duck ornament and chocolates (Open to UK Only).

During each day of this blog tour, each clues will be revealed to the true identity of Rosie Green.

Today’s Clue is:

One of my titles brings to mind a well-known movie about weddings, starring Hugh Grant.
In order to enter, you need to follow Rosie Green on Twitter, RT this tweet and then take a guess using the hashtag #WhoisRosieGreen

You may guess more than once.

All entries using the hash tag will be entered, and the giveaway closes 23:00 BST 12th April

The identity of Rosie Green will be revealed on twitter after 12th April as will the giveaway winner.

Good luck and don’t forget to look at posts on other days of this tour, for more clues.

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Secrets of the Italian Gardener by Andrew Crofts blogtour/book review

 

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Secrets of the Italian Gardener written by Andrew Crofts, publisher Red Door Publishing Ltd, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, paperback and audiobook format.

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Mo, the wealthy dictator of a volatile Middle Eastern country, enlists a ghostwriter to tell his story to the world and enshrine him in history as a glorious ruler. Inside Mo s besieged palace the ghost forms an unlikely friendship with a wise and seemingly innocent Italian gardener who slowly reveals that the regime isn/t all it appears to be. As a violent rebellion threatens all their lives the ghost struggles to cope with a personal secret too painful to bear. SECRETS OF THE ITALIAN GARDENER takes the reader on a heart-pounding journey through the bloody downfall of a doomed tyrant in the company of a young couple struggling to cope with the greatest private tragedy imaginable.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting this remarkable book.  This story of just over 140 pages is very moving and thought provoking.  The cover is very clever with the beauty of the colourful flowers then if you look again you see the crassness of the barbed wire as if holding back people from the truth the beauty of the garden beholds.

In a way I feel like I’ve just read a true story of a ghostwriter’s memoirs of a very turbulent time in the political history of a dictator and also of a very personal and tragic time the ghostwriter himself was experiencing.  The emotions I felt reading through this novel felt very real and I was questioning whether this was actually a true story.  A very clever approach the author Andrew Crofts has taken us in this novella.

An acclaimed ghostwriter has been given the task of writing a book for a high profile dictator of a Middle Eastern country in the midst of political unrest.  He is escorted away and is now secreted in the walls of the palace.  Whilst he is waiting for his one to one with the dictator the writer wanders around the magnificent garden of the palace and strikes up a conversation with the gardener.  A friendship of sorts soon develops and the writer is welcome into the Italian gardener’s residence within the palace.  The gardener isn’t all he initially appears and slowly secrets are revealed that are very significant in the dictator’s life story.

The safety of all within the palace walls is threatened and you are left gripped with a dramatic escape.  An escape that reveals more secrets that have been kept in the dark for a long time.

During all this time the writer has been hiding his own secret.  A heart breaking story in his own life that he can never shield his eyes from; even in times of rest and slumber his heart is tortured all over again by events he cannot erase from his memory.

A very emotive story that tugs at your heart and your own beliefs of humanity however, strangely at the end you feel a sense of hope 5/5*

To find out more about Andrew Crofts and his remarkable career please do visit the following links:

Website:  http://andrewcrofts.com/

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

Blog:  http://andrewcrofts.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Girls on Tour series by Nicola Doherty

GIRLS ON TOUR is a series of 5 interlinked e-novellas about four friends who find fun, romance and adventure in glamorous locations. The adventures commenced in July with stop offs in September, December and February 2015. In April 2015 the whole series will be published in one volume in paperback and ebook.

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Poppy does Paris is the first in the series and is available now.
amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Poppy-Does-Paris-Girls-Tour-ebook/dp/B00HW2ELLS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1411587114&sr=1-1&keywords=poppy+does+paris

Wow, I loved this little novella. It is fun, flirty and fabulous … great start to a mini series.

Poppy is a fun, character, she’s very original and has her own style but is quite shy underneath all this quirkiness. Poppy has been single for just over a year and decides the only way forward is online dating which is where we catch up with Poppy devising her online profile. She has some fabulously funny ideas for her profile but what does she decide with? An unexpected work trip to Paris causes a bit of chaos to Poppy’s love life but you’ll have to read the book to find out …

The second in the series Lily does LA is available tomorrow, 25th September.
amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lily-Does-LA-Girls-Tour-ebook/dp/B00HW2EEK6/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=10DYCS359F4N68EM9X0Z

I loved this second instalment of Nicola Doherty Girls on Tour series.

I love Lily, she is feisty, fun and sensitive at the same time. Lily is an out of work actress, she’s been struggling to find her big break and has filled her time by doing random jobs to pay the bills. When Lily is offered the chance to go to LA to help her cousin organise her wedding out there she jumps at the chance. What follows is a fun adventure in LA for Lily were she discovers a new found confidence, new friends, new allies, new love.

Nicola Doherty’s writing is fresh, funny, honest and thoroughly enjoyable. I’ve really enjoyed books 1 and 2 in the Girls on Tour series, I bet Nicola had great fun writing these novellas. The stories are stand alone but the girls are inter-linked. Nicola has done a fab map on her website which explains the connections between the girls.
http://nicoladohertybooks.com/girls-on-tour/

Book 3: Maggie does Meribel is available to pre-order ready for release on 4th December, amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maggie-Does-Meribel-Girls-Tour-ebook/dp/B00HW2EK5U/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1WH4DJB25D32V33D4ENV

Book 4: Rachel does Rome is also available to pre-order for release on 5th February 2015, amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachel-Does-Rome-Girls-Tour-ebook/dp/B00HW2EK8C/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=04FKSXRYZA17TJ5GCFM8

If you fancy a fun, frivolous, romantic read the Girls on Tour series is just perfect. Grab yourself a ticket and join the adventures of Poppy, Lily, Maggie and Rachel.