The Summer Island Festival by Rachel Burton #blogtour #guestpost @rachelbwriter @Aria_Fiction @rararesources

The Summer Island Festival written by Rachel Burton, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

When Willow walks out on her own wedding, there’s only one place she can go…

Growing up in the island village of Seaview, Willow always dreamed of a bigger life. Then her childhood sweetheart Luc betrayed her and she ran, resolving never to look back. Now, twelve years on, her glamorous London life is a mess and the island is her only option.

But she’s not the only one back for the summer. Luc is now a world-famous heartthrob musician, and he’s finally come home to headline the Isle of Wight’s annual music festival.

As Willow untangles her messy past, she stumbles on a secret that could destroy her family, the island’s fragile community – and her second chance at love…

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Island-Festival-Burton/dp/1800246064

US – https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Island-Festival-Burton/dp/1800246064

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the latest novel by Rachel Burton; The Summer Island Festival. I have the pleasure of hosting a guest post from the author today.

ON WRITING THE SUMMER ISLAND FESTIVAL

When people ask me where I get my ideas from, I never really know what to say. Ideas seem to just appear in my head apropos of nothing (and sometimes they don’t which is very frightening as I wonder if I’ve run out of ideas). Characters in particular tend to appear fully formed, names come out of nowhere. I have a lot of work to do to understand the characters once they’ve shown themselves, but initially they are just there.

This was partly true for The Summer Island Festival. Luc, Willow and Skye just appeared in my head one day (although Willow was originally called Laurel – a name I gave to her parents’ band in the end) as did the bones of their back stories and the history of the festival that they grew up around. I knew there was something missing though, something else I needed to flesh out the plot, to be an obstacle in both Willow’s journey and her and Luc’s second chance at love.

Anyone who knows me well knows I have deep running passions for The Beatles, William Shakespeare, yoga, tea, and Midsomer Murders (for those of you who don’t know, that last one is a British TV detective series which is outstanding in its bizarreness – in one episode someone was killed by a wheel of cheese) – and it was Midsomer Murders that gave me the idea for that extra bit of plot I needed.

There is an episode called ‘The Ballad of Midsomer County’ which is absolutely one of my favourites. It takes place at a folk festival and revolves around a famous folk singer called Johnny Carver who killed himself years before. The first time I watched it, I spent the entire episode convinced that Johnny Carver would reappear, that he’d faked his own death to disappear from the music scene which was destroying him. This isn’t what happens in either Midsomer Murders or The Summer Island Festival so I haven’t spoiled anything for you!

But it gave me the beginnings of an idea, the mystery that could lie behind Willow and Luc’s story, another layer, an additional problem to stop them from being together.

How can you disappear from your life though? How easy is it really in these days of GPS and 5G and Facebook and rolling news? I’m fairly sure it would be quite hard. Years ago, though, before all those things existed, if you had enough money it would probably have been easy enough, surely? So rather than have a contemporary character disappear maybe I needed to set part of the story in the past.

And along came Storm Tyler, lead singer of King Silver – a band that became, for a short time in the mid-80s stratospherically famous until they imploded and Storm disappeared for so long that many people thought he was dead.

The rest is history – well, in all honestly the rest was seven edits and two years of work but eventually I got there and my crazy idea about a folk festival, inspired by Midsomer Murders and with a lot of hard work from the team at Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus, became the book you can hold in your hand today. I hope you enjoy Willow and Luc’s story and the race against time to find Storm Tyler!

I’m really looking forward to reading this novel, thanks so much to the author, Rachel Burton, for joining me on the blogtour.

About the Author

Rachel Burton has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and always dreamed of being a writer until life somehow got in the way. After reading for a degree in Classics and another in English Literature she accidentally fell into a career in law, but eventually managed to write her first book on her lunch breaks.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their three cats. She loves yoga, ice hockey, tea, The Beatles, dresses with pockets and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @RachelBWriter or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

Social Media Links – Twitter: @rachelbwriter ; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Rachelburton74/ ; website: rachelburtonwrites.com

The Tea Room on the Bay by Rachel Burton @RachelBWriter @Aria_Fiction #feelgoodfiction #bookreview #TheTearoomontheBay

The Tea Room on the Bay written by Rachel Burton, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook and kindleunlimited format. The ebook is currently at the special price of 99p … so put the kettle on, find your favourite reading spot and enjoy this wonderful feelgood story …

Book Blurb

It’s time for Ellie to return home and rediscover the past she left behind…

After a tough break-up, Ellie returns to the only place she’s ever really felt at home – the coastal town of Sanderson Bay. A year later, she’s living her dream, brewing delicious artisan teas and selling them at her very own café. And when the mysterious and brooding Ben walks into her tearoom, Ellie finally dares to dream of true love.

But then her ex shows up in the Bay, and just as Ellie discovers some tragic truths about her family’s past, she learns Ben might be hiding an unwelcome secret of his own…

Can Ellie let go of her past and brave a future with Ben?

To buy link: https://amzn.to/35JkINT

REVIEW

As soon as I heard that author Rachel Burton has written a book about tea I pre-ordered my ebook. What can I say I loved this book from start to finish and could read it all over again. I feel as if the author has got into my head and wrote down a story about my favourite things. If you follow my Instagram page you will know my love of loose-leaf tea and what Rachel Burton has created is a leading lady that loves tea!

Ellie left her academic life in York a year ago following the abrupt ending of her relationship. Heartbroken she flees to the places she’s felt most safe and at home and that is to the Yorkshire coast and to her Aunt and Uncle’s cafe. A cafe that they can no longer run due to her aunt’s declining health so Ellie takes the first step to fulfilling her dream of having her own tea room and selling her own bespoke loose-leaf tea.

A year down the line and Ellie’s tea room feels like the hub of the community with locals and holiday makers flocking to find comfort in her teas and sit amongst the ambience of the tearoom. When a stranger turns up Ellie is left feeling a little confused with the conflicting emotions she is feeling. Who is this stranger and what are his secrets? Ellie senses that Ben is holding something back and she feels there is a vulnerability about him. A friendship soon develops between the pair but when another unexpected visitor turns up Ellie’s life is about to become a whole lot more complicated.

The Tea Room on the Bay is a wonderful, feelgood story that touches on the difficult hurdles in life we have to face. It also emphasises the strength of community spirit and of finding your own happiness and fulfilment by stepping out of your comfort-zone. I wanted to be one of Ellie’s friends and be a regular customer of her tea room. I wonder what blend of tea Ellie would make for me?

About the Author

Rachel has a degree in Classics and another in English Literature, and fell into a career in law by mistake. She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their three cats. She loves yoga, ice hockey, tea, The Beatles, dresses with pockets and very tall romantic heroes. Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @RachelBWriter or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday… –This text refers to the paperback edition.

Twitter: @RachelBWriter

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The Pieces of You and Me by Rachel Burton #PublicationDayPush @bookish_yogi @HQDigitalUK @rararesources #bookreview #contemporaryromance #ThePiecesofYouandMe

 

the pieces of you and me

The Pieces of You and Me written by Rachel Burton, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2CrWwk5

Book Blurb

They say time can heal all wounds…
When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.
But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?

The Pieces of Me and You blogtour

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 Rachel Burton and her latest novel: The Pieces of You and Me.

The Pieces of You and Me is Rachel Burton’s third novel and although I’ve only read two of her books (including this one) I feel like this author’s novels and her style of writing are going straight to my ‘Favourite Author’ list.  The Pieces of You and Me was so effortlessly written with the words and the story flowing beautifully taking you on an emotive journey with Jess and Rupert.

Jess and Rupert were always destined to be together as they were born hours apart and lived close-by each other.  Growing up they had become best friends and were always there for each other.  But then as childhood grew into young adults their feelings developed into love and it was if they were the pieces of a puzzle that were meant to be together.  However, life, or fate, played it’s part and ten years ago hearts were to be broken and their lives went separate ways.

A lot has happened to Jess in the ten years since she’s seen or heard from Rupert.  She had to pick up the pieces of her heart and try and build them back together but they never truly fitted back correctly.  Her personal life was to experience a huge hurdle that she would struggle to overcome and would still now find this hurdle rearing it’s ugly head again.

Rupert’s heart broke ten years ago when he walked out of Jess’ life, he’s had to face many new hurdles himself that took him by surprise and he’s had a long battle to face of his own.

Now their paths have crossed again and it’s as if the last ten years never took place.  Feelings and memories come flooding back, but could they return to how they once were?  Could their own battles in the last ten years leave barriers against their chance of happiness?

The Pieces of You and Me is such a beautiful story of a love that never gave up.  It’s also a story of struggling with what life has thrown your way.  The author, Rachel Burton, has written with honesty and with sensitivity.  You can feel the emotional heartache and the physical strains that life has thrown at Jess and Rupert.  I was totally swept away by Jess and Rupert’s story and was heartened by their plight.

Beautiful, honest, heart-warming and very uplifting.

About the Author

Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us.

Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

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The Things We Need to Say by Rachel Burton book review

 

the things we need to say

The Things We Need to Say written by Rachel Burton, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2JsO5Fy

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.
Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.
Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the way things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.
As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.

blue swirly lineI 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.

The Things We Need to Say is Rachel Burton’s second novel and it’s also my first introduction to her work. Even though this is only the author’s second novel Rachel Burton is already showing signs of a seasoned author.  This was superb storytelling and the writing flowed throughout the story. I was drawn into the characters’ lives instantly and felt their emotions whenever they peaked high or low.  The Things We Need to Say is a story that would resonate to many, it’s a story with real, raw, heart wrenching moments that leave scars permanently etched on your heart but with time these scars would fade.  It’s a story that pulls at the heart strings and leaves you pondering the decisions made that ultimately change the focus and direction of the characters lives.

I felt pain and anguish for both Fran and Will who both had so many silent thoughts and fears in their heads but were afraid to let their voices be heard, resulting in a pain that was almost unbearable.

Fran and Will had been through so much turmoil in their lives, their dreams and hopes for the future had been shattered more than once.  Could they continue with this one goal?

With Fran’s pre-arranged yoga retreat looming it was an opportune moment to take stock of where she is now, make acceptance of what has been before and free her mind to the fear of what may lay ahead.  With another scar forcing it’s way onto Fran’s heart teaching yoga at the retreat in Spain couldn’t have come at a better time.  Teaching students to relax and free their minds helps Fran refocus and regroup her own feelings.

Back home in Sussex Will is fighting his own demons and is struggling with so much.

The Things We Need to Say is a story about grief, about loss, about love and about acceptance.  It’s so beautifully told and I felt that the author truly wrote from the heart and the research she undertook for certain scenes was well accomplished.  Rachel Burton is an author to watch; she tugs at your heart and captures you into the lives of the characters so well drawn out amongst the pages.  I loved how the chapters were short and from different POV, I felt myself finishing one chapter and eager to read on to the next.  Stunning story.

To learn more about Rachel Burton please visit the following pages:

Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/2L3ESt2

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/bookish_yogi

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Rachel-Burton-353151308524664/

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