The Marquess Next Door by Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @rararesources #PublicationDayPush #bookreview #HistoricalRomance

The Marquess Next Door written by Virginia Heath, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

A dashing new neighbour…

Temptation on her doorstep!

To avoid an unwanted suitor at a ball, Hope Brookes asks another gentleman to rescue her. He obliges – with a surprisingly passionate kiss! Revealed as her sinfully handsome new neighbour, Lucius, Marquess of Thundersley, they forge a friendship over their balconies. It’s refreshing that Lucius is more interested in her writer dreams than her looks, so why can’t she stop thinking about that kiss?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push celebrating and promoting the launch of Virginia Heath’s latest novel: The Marquess Next Door.

I loved returning to Bloomsbury and to the often scandalous talk from society. Virginia Heath is one of the best in her field of Regency Romance, she has a wonderful way of creating characters that love nothing more than bantering with each other. These chats between strangers, friends, lovers is so addictive, I could sit and listen to their verbal exchanges for a long time!

The Marquess Next Door is Book Two in The Talk of the Beau Monde series and this story focuses on the middle sibling, Hope Brookes, a stunningly beautiful young lady that wants to prove there’s more to her than her looks. Hope feels like she’s overshadowed by her talented parents and siblings. They are each recognised for the skill they possess but Hope still has to make her mark in the world. Hope loves to write and has aspirations of having her work published but in a male orientated profession she is struggling to be taken seriously.

A recent newcomer to London society is Marquess of Thundersley, Lucius/Luke. Returning back to London after so many years away living in Cornwall is bringing up so many reasons why he relished leaving it all behind years ago. His return is also causing turmoil with flashbacks of the emotional and physical anguish he and his mother suffered via the hands of those they thought could be trusted. Luke is somewhat annoyed that he’s had to return to London but when he bumps into Hope Brookes a desire to stay in the city becomes that little bit more interesting and a friendship soon blossoms between them.

I adored this novel by Virginia Heath, at times it was endearingly charming and at others it was gloriously sexy. Both Hope and Luke had trust issues and this was an obstacle they had to overcome to be able to accept the past, accept their worth and learn to listen to their heart.

I can’t wait to read the next instalment in the series and learn what awaits young Charity but also I need to know how life is fairing for Hope and Luke.

Bravo Virginia Heath I’m in love with the Belles and Beaus of Bloomsbury.

About the Author

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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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…

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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 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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Always and Forever Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters @Vicky_Walters  @HeraBooks @rararesources #bookreview

Always and Forever Glendale Hall written by Victoria Walters, publisher Hera, is available NOW in ebook and is due in paperback later on this month.

Book Blurb

What if we’re all just searching for something?

Anna Stewart is lost. After barely surviving a car accident as a teenager, Anna is scared of settling. Flitting between jobs, boyfriends and homes whenever she gets bored, she has no idea what the future holds. Then her brother Brodie, minister of Glendale, suggests she moves to the beautiful Scottish village, lining up a housekeeper job for her at Glendale Hall.

Out of options, Anna agrees to the move, knowing that she can always run away again. Once at the hall, her culinary skills impress everyone, and she agrees to give Hilltop Farm’s new manager, Cameron, cooking lessons. Sparks fly between Anna and the handsome Scot, but Cameron is looking for love – something that Anna definitely isn’t.

But it’s wedding season at Glendale Hall, and Anna is about to discover that her new home has a way of working its magic on even the coldest of hearts. Will she really be able to just walk away, or could Anna have finally found a place to belong?

It’s summertime in the beautiful Highlands village of Glendale – pack your bags and come on holiday with this gorgeously uplifting, romantic read. Fans of Milly Johnson, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin will love this charming romcom.

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Victoria Walters is fast becoming one of my go to authors for feelgood fiction. Always and Forever is Book 4 in the Glendale Hall series and it’s another read to sit back and enjoy.

Glendale Hall has been such a lovely series full of warmth, inspiration, community spirit, friendship and love. All this and set in the most idyllic village in the Scottish hills. The residents will welcome you with open arms and make you fall in love with a little bit of Scotland that will stay in your heart, always.

Each story in the series can be read as a standalone but I would highly recommend reading the books in order as the characters lives to progress and it’s such a lovely collection of stories.

This is Anna’s story. We met Anna briefly in the last story at Brodie and Emily’s wedding. Anna is Brodie’s younger sister who left home at 18 and has been running from job to job, bedsit to bedsit, fleeing from the demons in her past. She is a complication character; a risk taker, carefree, independent but she hides her vulnerability well with her vivacious personality. It’s not until you get to know Anna that you learn she is alone fighting her own thoughts and she refuses to let anyone get close to her.

When her life takes another turn and she’s jobless and homeless Anna feels she has no option but to take the temporary job offer in Glendale that her brother Brodie has mentioned to her. Anna thrives on city life so the country life in the Scottish hills does not appeal to her one bit.

Cameron has been working at Hilltop Farm in Glendale since returning back from university. He has his old friends in the village but he prefer his own company. Cameron is another complicated character with grief and guilt laying heavy on his mind. It’s not until he meets Anna that he slowly removes the walls around his heart. But these walls are strong and some refuse to budge.

Can two tortured young people learn to let go of the past and help each other gain the strength to move on?

Victoria Walters has written another gorgeous instalment in this feelgood series. I liked Anna’s character she was so multi-layered you couldn’t help but love each side to her personality. Anna blended in well with the friends we’ve already met in Glendale and she brought a certain vibrancy and youthfulness to the group. Glendale has been such a wonderful series of stories that I hope one day the author will reunite us with the residents we have grown to love.

Author Bio – Victoria Walters writes up-lifting and inspiring stories. She’s the author of three novels, THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE, SUMMER AT THE KINDNESS CAFÉ, and COMING HOME TO GLENDALE HALL. She has been chosen for WHSmith Fresh Talent and shortlisted for an RNA award. Victoria was also picked as an Amazon Rising Star, and her books have won wide reader acclaim.

Victoria is a full-time author. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry, and loves books, clothes, music, going out for tea and cake, and posting photos on Instagram.

Find out more about Victoria by following on Instagram at @vickyjwalters, on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at:

Rose’s Ever After by Chrissie Bradshaw @ChrissieBeee @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #CollieryRowsSaga

Rose’s Ever After written and self-published by Chrissie Bradshaw is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Rose has a promising future stretching out before her until a cruel twist of fate seizes it. Will she overcome her heartache as she tries to build a new life? Rose returns to the safe haven of Linwood colliery and her warm-hearted family. As she settles into life in the colliery rows, Rose makes an astounding discovery and a long lost family member appears who makes demands on them all..

Chrissie Bradshaw’s emotionally gripping historical reads have a northern Catherine Cookson vibe with a modern attitude. ‘Rose’s Ever After’ follows on from ‘Rose’s Choice’ yet it can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel

Read ‘Rose’s Ever After’ to follow the twists and turns of Rose’s eventful life. Will the rugged path ahead, full of challenges, lead her to a new ‘happily ever after’?

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Chrissie, 2016 winner of the Romantic Novelist’s Association Elizabeth Goudge writing trophy, is a seasoned tea drinker who writes contemporary and historical family sagas.

Chrissie has always loved match-making a book to a reader. Writing the kind of book she loves to read takes this a step further. When Chrissie is not writing or reading, you will find her walking her dog on the beach, travelling or spending time with her family and friends. She would love to hear from readers.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the next instalment in The Colliery Rows Saga, Rose’s Ever After.

I read book one (Rose’s Choice) of The Colliery Rows saga back in July 2020. The Colliery Rows is a family saga set around a small coal mining village in Northumberland. I was drawn to the novel as I too was born in a coal mining village and I am also a pitman’s daughter so I was intrigued to read and learn about the social impact of coal mining families during and after WWII.

Rose’s Ever After returns to the North East of England, to 1955, with Rose a young mum now and happily married to her childhood sweetheart, Danny. Rose loves being a mum but misses working with her first love, animals. When an opportunity arises to help out at a local farm that cares for elderly pit horses Rose jumps at the chance to use the skills she’s learned in the past. In the 1950’s it was still frowned upon for mothers to work but Rose is hoping to prove that she will be a better mum to young Lily if she can use her time wisely doing something she loves.

However, Rose was to face opposition from many corners and her life was set to receive a terrible blow.

We follow Rose’s journey through life facing heartbreak, hardship, shattered dreams but along the way a seed of hope of a new worthwhile challenges gives Rose a new purpose in life.

Rose is one of those characters in life that has had to endure a rollercoaster of turmoil and emotions. She is also a bright, young woman that is hardworking and loyal to her family. My heart was repeatedly torn with the onslaught of life’s hurdles that the author had thrown Rose’s way and I kept thinking and pleading to the author no more. Rose dealt with each blow in her own quiet, dignified way and gained an inner strength.

Once again Rose and the rest of the Kelly family captured my heart and I was championing for better days to come Rose’s way. I enjoyed learning about life in rural northern England in the 1950’s and 1960’s and the author incorporated poignant historical events brining the story to life even more.

A story of love and life’s struggles with a wonderful heart-warming aspirational ethos within.

A Ration Book Daughter by Jean Fullerton @JeanFullerton_ @CorvusBooks @rararesources #ARationBookDaughter #WWIIsaga #HistFic #bookreview

A Ration Book Daughter written by Jean Fullerton, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Not even the Blitz can shake a mother’s love.

Cathy was a happy, blushing bride when Britain went to war with Germany three years ago. But her youthful dreams were crushed by her violent husband Stanley’s involvement with the fascist black-shirts, and even when he’s conscripted to fight she knows it’s only a brief respite – divorce is not an option. Cathy, a true Brogan daughter, stays strong for her beloved little son Peter.

When a telegram arrives declaring that her husband is missing in action, Cathy can finally allow herself to hope – she only has to wait 6 months before she is legally a widow and can move on with her life. In the meantime, she has to keep Peter safe and fed. So she advertises for a lodger, and Sergeant Archie McIntosh of the Royal Engineers’ Bomb Disposal Squad turns up. He is kind, clever and thoughtful; their mutual attraction is instant. But with Stanley’s fate still unclear, and the Blitz raging on over London’s East End, will Cathy ever have the love she deserves?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jean Fullerton’s latest novel: A Ration Book Daughter.

Jean Fullerton writes family sagas that take you right into the lives of those living, working and surviving during some of the most pivotal moments in history. The Ration Book series takes you to life during WWII and the author’s words have kept me fascinated and gripped throughout the series. Although each book can be read as a standalone story I would highly recommend reading all the books in order to fully appreciate the characters history, setting and follow their progression as war rages on.

A Ration Book Daughter is Book 5 in the series and focuses on Cathy’s story of survival of a marriage she went into blindly and now suffering physically and emotionally the torment her husband has caused. However, as Stanley is now overseas with the war effort she has a slight respite but still suffers the malicious spite from her mother-in-law but the love of her young son, Peter, keeps her going.

Life is very busy for young mum Cathy volunteering with the WVS and looking after Peter, she’s also making time to learn a new skill to help her gain employment. All this juggling and ensuring Peter and the rest of her family are bedded down at the shelter each night.

Cathy meets Sergeant Archie McIntosh from the Bomb Disposal Unit and a friendship soon blossoms. Cathy soon realises there may be another chance of happiness for her but life is full of many complications.

With the daily uncertainty of war landscapes are shifting and lives will never be the same but there’s a spirit within people of making do and keeping calm in a crisis.

A Ration Book Daughter held me captive with it’s storyline which at times was gripping me with fear and at others I was lost with a tale of love fighting it’s way through turmoil.

Atmospheric, gripping and captivating.

Author Bio – Born and bred in East London Jean is a District Nurse by trade and has worked as a NHS manager and as a senior lecture in Health and Nursing Studies. She left her day job to become a full-time writer in 2015 and has never looked back.

In 2006 she won the Harry Bowling Prize and now has seventeen sagas published over three series with both Orion and Atlantic all of which are set in East London.

She is an experienced public speaker with hundreds of WI and women’s club talks under her belt, plus for the past fifteen years she has sailed all over the world as an enrichment speaker and writing workshop leader on cruise ships.

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Banana Devil Cake by Susan A. King @SusanKing63 @EyeAndLightning @rararesources #guestpost #Q&A #comedycrimecaper

Banana Devil Cake written by Susan A King, publisher Lightning Books, is available NOW in ebook format.

Banana Devil Cake

With the murder of last year’s fête judge now but a hazy memory, the village of Elmesbury has retired to its former tranquil existence. That is, until a mysterious newcomer sets in motion a series of events that will see members of the W.I. crossing wooden spoons at dawn.

In the midst of preparing for her long-awaited engagement party, redoubtable village busybody Beattie Bramshaw not only finds herself embroiled in a one-woman campaign to save the elm tree from which the village gets its name, but having to contend with an outbreak of unrest within her beloved W.I. group. Rivalry to win favour with the judge of this year’s fête has fuelled dissent within the ranks and, when two members are found dead in mysterious circumstances, suspicions run rife.

Confident the devil is not only in the cake but in the detail, Beattie determines to uncover the clues that will ultimately lead to the killer’s conviction. But can she solve the mystery before another member of the W.I. is picked off?

Banana Devil Cake is a comedy crime caper in the spirit of Agatha Raisin and one that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Prepare yourself for a tale of tea, cake and riotous goings-on from the author of Marrow Jam.

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Susan A. King lives with her husband in a quiet suburb in Hampshire. Between them they have four grown-up sons.

The inspiration for her Beattie Bramshaw novels comes from her long experience and observation of competitors at the local Romsey Show, where she regularly aspires to win Best in Show with her floral arrangements.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating Banana Devil Cake (Book Two in the Beattie Bramshaw Mysteries) and also Marrow Jam (Book One in the Beattie Bramshaw Mysteries) written by Susan A King. You can find my review for both books here: Beattie Bramshaw Mysteries by Susan A. King Double Review @SusanKing63 @EyeAndLightning #bookreview #cosycrime | kraftireader (

As I had previously read both books in the series I have the great pleasure of inviting the author to my blog with a Q & A spot:

Q: I loved both Marrow Jam and Banana Devil Cake where did you get the inspiration for the premise of the storyline?

Thank you, I’m so pleased you enjoyed them. The idea initially came to me when I entered a floral display at a large show held annually close to where I live. Overheard conversations and whispers between competitors caught my ear and from there my imagination took over. How far would someone go to win top prize?

Q:  Beattie’s character is very multi layered, one minute you loathe her the next you love her. Did you have this in mind when devising the characters?

Spot on! I wanted to create a character people would remember, someone quite loud and with a seemingly hard exterior but who actually has quite a soft centre.

Q:  I’ve noticed we share a love of tea, it goes perfectly with reading. What is your go to cuppa and what is Beattie’s favourite cuppa?

I drink tea from the moment I wake until well into the evening. My favourite is good old PG Tips decaf but I think Beattie would prefer to tell people she drinks something a little more exotic, perhaps a Lapsang souchong.

Q:  The books are set in the late 1990’s, why did you choose this decade?

It seemed right for the characters and the world I had created in my mind. Had the answers Beattie needed required a simple google search on her home PC or she could text friends instead of visiting them, I don’t think the village and the relationships between people would have had quite the same feel.

Q:  What’s next for Beattie?

Beattie is preparing for the wedding of the century (in Elmesbury at least) and, of course, everything is being checked and double-checked down to the minutest of detail. But when someone in the village is murdered in the lead up to her big day, she determines to uncover the identity of the culprit in super quick time. But will she?

Q:  I’d love to see the Beattie Bramshaw mysteries as a televised comedy drama, who would you like to play Beattie?

That would be a dream come true! Whoever plays her will probably have to gain a few pounds, but I’ve always thought Patricia Routledge would make an excellent Beattie.

Thank you for your questions, they really made me think (whilst enjoying a cup of tea of course).

Thank you so much Susan for joining me on my blog today. I can definitely imagine Beattie drinking Lapsang Souchong in a vintage china tea cup and I always look forward to a wedding.

Primrose Park by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @0neMoreChapter_ @rararesources #Blogblitz #bookreview

Primrose Park written by Christie Barlow, publisher One More Chapter, is available NOW in ebook format. The paperback is due out in July 2021.

Book Blurb

Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what

Vet Molly has always been career driven and focussed on caring for her animals, but when she meets a gorgeous Mystery Man at a conference and their connection is off the charts, well, one night off work won’t hurt anyone…except the next morning he’s vanished and all Molly knows about him is his first name.

Three months later, back in Love Heart Lane, everyone loves the story of Molly’s amazing one-night stand.  It’s so unlike her! But when Mystery Man turns up walking his dog through Primrose Park and their night together seems to mean nothing to him, Molly needs her friends and neighbours more than ever. And especially when she’s left with the most unexpected of surprises…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the One Day Blog Blitz celebrating and promoting the launch of Primrose Park, Book 6 in the Love Heart Lane series by Christie Barlow.

Love Heart Lane is one of the most picturesque book locations in all of storyland. I love returning to this delightful village in Scotland and Primrose Park sees us re-visiting friends old and new.

Author Christie Barlow has written a winning formula with the Love Heart Lane series; the characters are written with great warmth and are easily relatable, we have a mix of personalities and ages, an abundance of animals and wildlife, feelgood factor and uplifting storylines through adversity but most of all there’s a strong sense of community spirit.

Each story in the series is centred around a different character so can be read as a standalone but I can wholeheartedly recommend reading the whole series in order to gain maximum enjoyment from this lovely series.

This is Molly’s story. Molly is a successful Vet who is happily single but is starting to feel broody with all her friends settled with a young family. Molly lives in the neighbouring village to Heartcross but was born in the village so grew up with the friends we’ve grown to love from the stories. An unexpected encounter with a handsome stranger sets Molly’s heart a flutter and after one magical night Molly’s heart and mind is full of this mystery man. However, it’s a few months on since this chance encounter and Molly is no further forward in finding out who he is until he turns up in Heartcross.

This second meeting with her mystery man doesn’t go quite to plan resulting in many emotional and physical challenges ahead for Molly. Molly needs the support of her friends more than ever.

I really enjoyed reading Primrose Park it left me feeling contented with it’s underlying storyline focusing on friendship, new beginnings and community spirit. The introduction of new characters slotted straight into the lovely bunch of residents and I am so looking forward to learning more about Molly and what lies ahead in future stories.

Christie Barlow writes with love and warmth and this comes through every page of her books.

Author Bio – Christie Barlow is the author of ten bestselling romantic comedies including A Home at Honeysuckle Farm, Love Heart Lane and Clover Cottage. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.

Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie’s dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

When Christie isn’t writing she enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.

Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale’s Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.

Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Sweet Pastries and Sourdough (LDPC15) by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green88 @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview

Sweet Pastries & Sourdough, Little Duck Pond Café written and published by Rosie Green is availalbe NOW in ebook and kindleunlimited.

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Ellie’s brand new enterprise, the True Loaf Bakery, is finally open and classes are due to start. But when Katja’s ski-ing holiday ends in disaster, a new teacher must be found very quickly. Anita is up for the challenge, but – fresh from a break-up and an operation that’s left her feeling physically and emotionally vulnerable – the last thing she’s looking for when she moves to Sunnybrook is a new relationship. So it’s Sod’s law that she should find herself with not one but two guys vying for her attention. Sven, from Denmark, is a bit of an enigma – but maybe passion lurks beneath his cool reserve? And as for twenty-five-year-old football coach Ross – surely she’d be asking for trouble getting involved with a gorgeous man a decade her junior? (Although her football-mad son Rufus seems to love him.)
Moving in with Bertha proves a real comfort – but can Anita get to the bottom of what’s troubling the older woman?
Anita’s job at the True Loaf Bakery is only temporary, but she finds herself drawn ever deeper into life in the village – especially when she finds a child’s bracelet from long ago, in the rubble of the newly-renovated building. Solving the mystery of who it belongs to takes Anita on a journey of discovery – a journey that might just help her discover what her own heart really needs…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rosie Green’s latest novella: Sweet Pastries and Sourdough.

I can’t believe this is the 15th novella in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series by Rosie Green and I can honestly say each and every story has been a delight to read.

Each story in the series focuses on a different character and most often a new character to the area, therefore every novella can be read as a standalone. However, the characters we have been previously introduced to progress in the storylines and I would therefore highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order to appreciate the history, setting and gain an all round enjoyment of this gorgeous feel-good, uplifting series.

This story introduces us to Anita who has a young son and plenty of marriage woes. When Anita is offered a temporary job teaching baking at Ellie’s new school she jumps at the chance to escape her old life. Anita and son Rufus soon settle in but Anita has new health challenges to face which she is turning a blind eye to.

Moving on and making new friends is just the tonic Anita needs but complications of the heart soon develop and Anita struggles with her self-esteem.

Sweet Pastries and Sourdough is such a lovely instalment that delves into the life of a young woman having to cope with a few hurdles in life. Anita is such a warm hearted character and is very likeable. I loved her teaching in the bakery and it was giving me inspiration to try my hand at a few bakes.

Rosie Green has a great skill of blending seasoned characters with new and she makes the reader feel very welcomed into the everyday lives of the villagers. She understand people and deals with life’s journey sensitively.

Another gorgeous instalment in one of my favourite book series. It should however, come with a warning; arm yourself with a cup of tea and cake whilst reading, as if you didn’t want cake beforehand you soon will! 🙂

About Rosie Green

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.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe.

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Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @rararesources @Aria_Fiction #PublicationDayPush

Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Aria, is available NOW in ebook format. The paperback is due out in July.

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A new start can come from the most unexpected places…

It’s been years since Lizzie Lockhart spoke to her parents. But she was safe in the knowledge she knew everything about them. Once upon a time, they were as close as could be. Until they weren’t.

After receiving the earth-shattering news of their passing, Lizzie decides it’s time to unearth some family secrets and find out just who her parents really were… starting with Streamside Cottage. A cottage Lizzie never knew existed, in a place she’s never heard of: the beautiful English village of Leafton.

Leaving behind London, and the tattoo parlour she called home, Lizzie finds herself moving to the countryside. Faced with a tight-lipped community, who have secrets of their own, Lizzie is at a loss for what to do, until her rather handsome neighbour, Ben, steps in to help.

As Lizzie finally begins to piece together the puzzle of her family history she realises she has to confront the truth of the past in order to face her future.

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Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and studied German and French at university. She has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris, and has travelled widely.
She has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2014 her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Ebook Award.
In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.
In 2019 she was shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Award.
In 2020 she won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award with her novel Knowing You, from publisher Canelo.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push for Samantha Tonge’s latest novel: Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage. I can’t wait to share my full review on the blogtour with Aria next week but here’s a little quote from my review:

“A wonderfully spun story of the struggles of life, love, acceptance and new beginnings. I was gutted when I got to the end of the story as I wanted more.”

The Warrior’s Innocent Captive by Ella Matthews @ellamattauthor @MillsandBoon @rararesources #HistoricalRomance #bookreview #blogblitz

The Warrior’s Innocent Captive written by Ella Matthews, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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An impossible choice:

His family or love

As steward to the Earl of Borwyn, Erik Ward had only admired sheltered noblewoman Linota Leofric from afar – until he has to escort her on a dangerous journey. When she’s kidnapped, he rescues the courageous beauty, revelling in finally having her in his arms. But Erik has a secret plan to reunite his family – now he’s forced to choose between that and his growing feelings for Linota…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blog blitz celebrating and promoting the launch of book three in The House of Leofric trilogy. I really enjoyed returning to Medieval England and to a world of castles, noblemen, warriors and wars of land and propriety. You can find my review for Book Two in the series here Under the Warrior’s Protection by Ella Matthews @ellamattauthor @MillsandBoon @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #historicalromance | kraftireader (

Book Three, The Warrior’s Innocent Captive, focuses on the younger Leofric sibling, Linota, a young woman along with her older sister that was badly treated most of their lives. Now free of the confines of home the girls are on their way to live with their older brother and his new wife.

Erik Ward is one of the warriors that has been tasked to escort the sisters on their arduous journey to their new home. Erik can’t ignore the beauty of Linota and understands with his upbringing he can only be friends with this young woman but this does not stop him desiring of more.

When Linota’s life is put in danger Erik races to her rescue but finds himself faced with a dilemma of the heart with a glimmer of hope from his past causing him to betray what he now holds dear. Can Erik keep both his past and present safe from any danger?

The Warrior’s Innocent Captive can easily be read as a standalone novel but it was interesting to learn of Linota’s journey to freedom and happiness. I would therefore, highly recommend reading all the books in the series to fully appreciate the history with the continuing storyline and characters.

Ella Matthews has created a gorgeous medieval romance that is filled with danger, lessons from the past and passions of the heart.

Author Bio – Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).

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