Worn Out Wife Seeks New Life by Carmen Reid @thiscarmenreid @BoldwoodBooks @rararesources #boldwoodbloggers #wornoutwifeseeksnewlife #bookreview #summerreading

Worn Out Wife Seeks New Life written by Carmen Reid, publisher Boldwood Books, is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Tess Simpson needs a break!

Under appreciated at home, overlooked at work and now her beloved dog Bella has died. Tess has simply had enough!

So in a spur of the moment act, Tess books a holiday of a lifetime for her, her two grown up kids and useless husband Dave. Maybe they can use the break to reconnect with each other?

But when the kids refuse to go, and Dave breaks his leg, Tess’s dream holiday looks seriously in doubt. And then there’s River Romero, the glamourous LA screen writer who is supposed to be house-sitting for Tess whilst she’s away….

Everything about River sounds so much more exciting than Tess’s boring life in Stratford Upon Avon. From her beautiful LA condo and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Tess wonders whether a bit of River’s LA life might be exactly what she needs? So when River suggests a house swap, Tess jumps at the chance!

With Dave happily ensconced in the summer house at the bottom of the garden, the kids not needing mum anymore, Tess packs her bags and heads off for the adventure of a lifetime.

But real life isn’t like the movies, and when Tess arrives in LA, things aren’t exactly as they seem.

Will Tess find what’s she’s looking for or is getting away from it all isn’t all perhaps not all it’s cracked up to be?

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I was so excited to be reading a book by one of my favourite authors, Carmen Reid, it was real anticipation for her latest and I wasn’t disappointed, I was thrilled to bits with this new novel. Worn Out Wife Seeks New Life is fun, entertaining, very readable but oh my gosh the intensity of the drama and vulnerability in some scenes nearly broke me.

This is a story of a woman who’s worked so hard juggling her career and her home life and is hoping all this will be rewarded with a partnership with the accountancy firm she works at. Tess is in her late 40’s, has been happily married to Dave for over 20 years and has two grown up children. Tess is feeling a little worn out, a little empty and a little under appreciated. The children have left home and her and Dave are struggling to find a new rhythm in their lives.

When life thwarts her plans and dreams a new opportunity comes her way and she finds herself jetting off to LA for a life-affirming adventure, she just first has to get to know her new and unexpected house mates!

Carmen Reid has written a story about a woman going off on an adventure but this story is not just about one person’s crusade. It’s also about how each individual family member is coming to terms with new events and crossroads in their lives. We get to hear about other people they meet along the journey of discovery that have a profound effect on their lives giving them insights into a world they thought they didn’t belong.

In amongst the partying and adventures Carmen Reid tackles quite a topical, serious issue that evoked many emotions in me. This issue was dealt with sensitivity and grace but theirs also a moment of intensity that will stay with me for a long time.

I loved Tess, Dave, Alex and Natalie, their passions, their quirks, their relationship with the rest of the family, their loves and their vulnerabilities. The joy of River bringing forth her exuberance but also her own vulnerability. Worn Out Wife Seeks New Life is rich in characters, full of the high and lows of life, uplifting, fun, poignant and emotive. I’m now feeling slightly bereft as I’ve come to the end of the novel. I can’t wait to see where Carmen Reid takes us next.

Author Bio –  

Carmen Reid is the bestselling author of numerous woman’s fiction titles including the Personal Shopper series starring Annie Valentine. After taking a break from writing she is back, introducing her hallmark feisty women characters to a new generation of readers. Her first title for Boldwood will be published in July 2021. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and children.

Social Media Links

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

Twitter  https://twitter.com/thiscarmenreid

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/carmenreidwrites/

Bookbub profile https://www.bookbub.com/authors/carmen-reid


The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness by Laura Bambrey @LauraBambrey @TeamBATC @simonschusterUK #bookreview #TheBeginnersGuidetoLoneliness

The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness written by Laura Bambrey, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Tori Williamson is alone. After a tragic event left her isolated from her loved ones, she’s been struggling to find her way back to, well – herself. That’s why she set up her blog, The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness, as a way of – anonymously – connecting with the outside world and reaching others who just need a little help sometimes.
When she’s offered a free spot on a wellbeing retreat in exchange for a review on her blog, Tori is anxious about opening herself up to new surroundings. But after her three closest friends – who she talks to online but has never actually met – convince her it’ll do her some good, she reluctantly agrees and heads off for three weeks in the wild (well, a farm in Wales).
From the moment she arrives, Tori is sceptical and quickly finds herself drawn to fellow sceptic Than, the retreat’s dark and mysterious latecomer. But as the beauty of The Farm slowly comes to light she realizes that opening herself up might not be the worst thing. And sharing a yurt with fellow retreater Bay definitely isn’t.  Will the retreat be able to fix Tori? Or will she finally learn that being lonely doesn’t mean she’s broken . . .
Welcome to The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness! Where you can learn to move mountains by picking up the smallest of stones…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the paperback of the debut novel by Laura Bambrey, The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness.

Wow, what a brilliant accomplished debut novel from Laura Bambrey. I purchased this novel last year when it was released and it’s sat patiently in my TBR. I’m thrilled to now share my review whilst celebrating the release of the paperback.

This is a story of life with it’s ups and downs, of friendship, of love and of new beginnings. Tori, our main character and creator of the fictional blog The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness, has suffered so much and this blog was formed to help express her feelings in the hope that even if one word resonates with another it was worthwhile posting online,
Two years have passed since the blog was formed and Tori still feels lost, when she receives an invite to stay at a retreat with the hope of reviewing on her blog she feels like she’s at a junction. At the moment her thoughts are expressed through her written words but to share them to strangers and in person she has her doubts. With the encouragement of her online friends she makes the decision to attend.

We follow Tori’s journey at The Farm, which is quite a unique retreat and not all what she expected. Here we meet the rest of the residents and staff that are all so different in personality from all backgrounds. These new people in Tori’s life take some adjusting to as Tori struggles making friends especially after the seeds of doubt that have been planted from various sources in her past. As a reader I too enjoyed learning about these new characters, it was like watching a flower grow from a bud waiting for it to bloom into a friendship that can be treasured.
However, as time went on personalities between residents were to class in a way that shocks the retreat. Tori discovers who matters most when she needs them.

Laura Bambrey has created such a wonderful, very readable uplifting story. At the beginning of each chapter is a quote from Tori’s online blog and I found myself looking forward to these. The characters are created with warmth and are relatable. There’s sensitivity throughout and a gorgeous warmth emanating through the words. I fell in love with these characters and didn’t want to say farewell. I hope one day we can return to The Farm.
I look forward to more from this inspiring debut author.

About the Author

Laura Bambrey was born in Dorset but raised in Wales. She’s worked as a trapeze choreographer, sculpture conservator and stilt walker, amongst others, and spent most of her time collecting stories from the people she met along the way.

She has spent many years as a book blogger and reviewer of women’s fiction and now lives in Devon with her very own romantic hero and a ridiculously fluffy rabbit named Mop. The Beginner’s Guide to Loneliness is her début novel.

You can connect with Laura on twitter @laurabambrey, on Instagram @laura_bambrey_books, on Facebook @laurabambreybooks, and via her author blog laurabambreybooks.blogspot.com

Home by Penny Parkes @CotswoldPenny @TeamBATC @simonschusterUK @BookMinxSJV #bookreview #summerreading

Home written by Penny Parkes, publisher Simon & Schuster UK, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and hardcover format. The paperback is due out in January 2022.

Book Blurb

Anna Wilson travels the world as a professional housesitter – stepping into other people’s lives – caring for their homes, pets and sometimes even neighbours. Living vicariously.

But all Anna has ever really wanted is a home of her own – a proper one, filled with family and love and happy memories. If only she knew where to start.

Growing up in foster care, she always envied her friends their secure and carefree lives, their certainty and confidence. And, while those same friends may have become her family of choice, Anna is still stuck in that nomadic cycle, looking for answers, trying to find the courage to put down roots and find a place to call home.

Compelling, rich and evocative, Home is Anna’s journey to discovering that it isn’t where you settle down that matters, but the people you have around you when you do. 

To buy links:

ebook is available for kindle, iBooks, google, kobo – amazon kindle link: https://amzn.to/2UESC37

Hardcover is available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, independent book retailers.

Online links:

Home : the most moving and heartfelt novel you’ll read this year: PENNY PARKES: 9781471180163: hive.co.uk

Home by Penny Parkes | Waterstones

Buy Home by Penny Parkes With Free Delivery | wordery.com

Home: the most moving and heartfelt novel you’ll read this year (bookshop.org)


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When you’ve absolutely loved a book it’s so hard to put into words how much you adored it without spoiling for others. Home is a book for everyone. You will be swept into Anna’s life and you will fall in love with this young woman who has been through so much.

Anna for the last decade since graduating has been trying to find where she fits and what her future holds. She’s a professional house sitter looking after homes and their pets for a myriad of owners in properties of all different shapes and sizes worldwide. Anna loves to write, books have been her lifeline since a young girl and hopes one day to write a book. Her travels have given her much research; some good, some bad and some she’s finding so hard to forget.

Anna feels lost, she doesn’t have a fixed abode and her troubled childhood home left her with so many traumatic memories that has had an impact on her trusting herself to settle down and make a home.

We follow Anna returning to Oxford for her best friend’s wedding. Oxford was the longest Anna had stayed in one place whilst she studied but it has been tainted by a memory that left her feeling angry and used. So as much as she loves her friend, Kate, she can’t wait to escape the wedding back to her nomadic lifestyle. Sadly, Oxford was to deal her another traumatic blow and Anna’s emotions are in shreds. Her next few placements give her much needed respite and she meets people that leave a lasting impression and help Anna realise that home comes in all different shapes and sizes.

There were so many heart breaking flashbacks to Anna’s past that were just so unfair, so cruel and so selfish. Then there were times that I felt the magic and love of a trust and a partnership bringing hope.

Author, Penny Parkes, has written a story that will wrap around your heart and not let go. You will smile and cry along the way and want so much more for Anna and the people she meets. The people that leave more than just friendship behind.

Wonderful story telling.

About the Author

Penny Parkes lives in the Cotswolds. She has appeared at literary festivals around the country and has written for The Telegraph as well as extensively in her local media. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram as @CotswoldPenny

Secrets on the Italian Island by T.A. Williams @tawilliamsbooks @rararesources @canelo_co #PublicationDayPush #summerreading #bookreview

Secrets on the Italian Island written by T.A. Williams, publisher Canelo Escape, is available NOW in ebook format. The paperback is due out in August 2021.

Book Blurb

Her work has got in the way of relationships before – but never like this

Anna’s job as a geologist takes her all over the world, including to the beautiful island of Elba, where she’s sent to look for precious metals. And the island isn’t the only thing that’s gorgeous – she can’t believe her luck when she meets windsurfer Marco and sparks fly.

But Anna must keep her role on Elba a secret to avoid upsetting the locals, which means lying to Marco even as they grow closer. When her old friend Toby visits, Anna suddenly finds herself torn between the attentions of the two men. However, Anna’s not the only one keeping secrets.

Is Marco being entirely honest with her? And why did Toby really come to visit?

A fun and escapist romance, perfect for fans of Lucy Coleman and Alex Brown.

Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/SecretsIsland

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I am so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day Push in celebration of the launch of T.A. Williams latest novel: Secrets on the Italian Island. Secrets on the Italian Island is Book 3 in the Escape to Tuscany series and each story is a standalone novel. They are perfect introductions to a new author and once you’ve sampled his work you can escape to Tuscany and more with his books.

With every book by T.A. Williams you can guarantee you’ll be whisked away to a place of beauty. T.A. Williams knows his locations so well his words transport me and I feel I can picture the setting, experience the sights, tastes and aromas and enjoy discovering new cultures.

Secrets on the Italian Island is another classic from the author, it’s a story about Anna, a geologist, who is in her late twenties and currently lives and breathes work. She loves her work but is starting to doubt her current work life balance, as it’s pretty much one sided! Her latest work case is to tour around the beautiful Italian island, Elba, with a view to unearthing rare metals underground.

Elba sounded like a stunningly beautiful island that has tried to keep to it’s natural habitat and not let tourists and multi-national businesses spoil it’s outlook.

Anna soon gets to know the area and a few locals who soon become friends but she finds it difficult to keep her job and the reason she is on the island secret. The residents of Elba are understandably very protective of their unspoilt island.

Whilst Anna is searching the island she is also doing a lot of soul searching herself. Within the matter of a few weeks her non-existent personal life has become complicated with the attention of two men. Two very different men and Anna is confused which way her will go.

Secrets on the Italian Island is a lovely contemporary romance that feels like a travelogue. The author packs so much detail about his settings including the history and architecture of the area, you find yourself wanting to learn more. I always also enjoy the inclusion of a faithful dog companion in the storyline bringing a fun, comforting element.

Once again another sunshine filled story that was delightful, romantic, interesting and poignant.

Author Bio – I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.tawilliamsbooks.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tawilliamsbooks

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

The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery #blogtour #bookreview #summerreading @SusanMallery @MillsandBoon

The Stepsisters written by Susan Mallery, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Who better to mend a broken heart than your sister?

When Daisy’s dad married Sage’s mum, Daisy was thrilled to get a new sister. Except Sage was beautiful and popular, everything Daisy was not, and she made sure Daisy knew it.

Sage found herself living in a palatial home where she felt she didn’t belong. She didn’t have her new sister’s intelligence so she used her popularity as a weapon, putting Daisy down at every opportunity. After the divorce, the stepsisters’ rivalry continued until the final straw: Daisy married Sage’s first love, and Sage fled to Europe.

Eighteen years later, Daisy never expects—or wants—to see Sage again. But brought together by an accident involving the little sister they have in common they must learn to put aside their differences. Slowly, the stepsisters begin to view the past through one another’s eyes and long buried feelings are revealed. Until their fragile truce is threatened by one careless act that could have devastating consequences….

To buy links

The Stepsisters is available to buy from most book retailers including some supermarkets. A few online links below:


The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery | Waterstones

The Stepsisters – Mills & Boon UK (millsandboon.co.uk)

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Susan Mallery’s latest novel: The Stepsisters.

I’m a relative newcomer to the work of Susan Mallery with The Stepsisters being my second read of hers. I have to say I love the author’s work and will most definitely be reading more … contemporary romance with that holiday escapism feel.

I really enjoyed this modern day family drama from Susan Mallery. We have three strong, independent ladies who are linked via the complicated relationships between a man and a woman. Daisy, Sage and Cassie once shared the same household for a few years during their childhood. At first the idea of a sister and a mother for Daisy was all she had dreamed of but the sisterly bond soon broke when baby Cassie came along and Daisy soon felt outnumbered by two girls who shared the same mother.

As time moved on Daisy’s father and Sage and Cassie’s mothers partnership broke down and the girls were split up and went to live their separate lives. Now all girls are adults and their sisterhood has continued to remain strained so when Cassie is involved in an accident and needs a place to recuperate Daisy is not impressed that her father has suggested her home is the perfect place. With Sage also back in LA the idea of all three stepsisters back in the same district seems bad but in the same house it’s fraught with disaster.

Whilst Daisy is anxious of her stepsisters return she is also struggling with emotional turmoil with her husband.

Emotions and tempers run high and the future for all three women looks very uncertain.

I liked reading about all three sisters and the author took it in turns for each character to open up and share vulnerabilities they felt in the past and present. As the girls learned more about each other a greater understanding of the dynamics between the three as children and now as grown women was appreciated. The bond they felt being flung together years ago might just be the bond they need now to gain the strength and love to cope with the next stages in their respective lives.

An entertaining read that was poignant, romantic and had that wonderful holiday escapism feel.

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives―romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humour, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA TODAY bestseller list, thanks to her ever-growing legions of fans.
Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats and a tattletale toy poodle. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they’re an integral component to a happy life.

Twitter: @SusanMallery

Website: #1 NYT Bestselling romance and women’s fiction author Susan Mallery

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Some Like It Greek by Sue Roberts @suerobertsautho @bookouture #blogtour #bookreview #feelgoodfiction


Some Like It Greek written by Sue Roberts, publisher Bookouture, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

There’s nothing like a summer escape. A sun-kissed story about living life to the full.

In the month from hell, incurable optimist Anna has lost her father and her job, and her trademark smile is dimming. Clearing out her dad’s house, she discovers a postcard of a beautiful sandy beach and a map with a route plotted to the Greek island of Kefalonia. With an empty summer stretching ahead, Anna’s eyes stray to her father’s old camper van. Next thing she knows, she’s hitting the road with friend Demi in tow, on a course from Salford to Skala!

Over one unforgettable summer, Anna and Demi make their rickety way along the sparkling Mediterranean coast, the hot sun shining down on their frequent mishaps with cheerful local characters. It’s the trip of a lifetime, and the scent of lemons in the air – as well as an unexpected romance – are just what Anna needs to awaken her inner Greek goddess.

But there are big surprises in store when they arrive at the island paradise, which could change both women’s lives forever. And as summer comes to an end, Anna has to decide whether she has had enough of the Greek life, or whether this is only just the beginning…

A joyful, hilarious summer read, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Jenny Colgan and Sophie Kinsella.

Some Like it Greek – Blog Tour
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Sue Roberts’ latest novel: Some Like It Greek.  This is the first book I’ve read by Sue Roberts and it was such a treat to discover a new author.
The storyline in Some Like It Greek resonated with me on so many levels and although I too within the last year have experienced redundancy and sadly lost my father I didn’t find this story depressing, in fact it radiated nostalgia, warmth and hopefulness.
Anna has just recently lost her father, whilst sorting through his belongings she finds a map and postcards from the time he spent in Greece during his twenties.  The map details a route through France, Switzerland, Italy then on the ferry to Greece.  Anna also finds the keys to her fathers old camper van, a van that has witnessed many adventures.  Are there anymore adventures left in this van?  Anna’s career at the bank is at risk so she takes this as a sign to take herself on a journey following the footsteps of her late father.
The journey to Greece is filled with many surprises; some good, some wonderful, some very funny and some that were not great.  With her intrepid travelling partner the ladies go on a nostalgic journey of the past, present and the future.
This was a fun, nostalgic, heart-warming and very poignant read.
Author Bio

Sue Roberts - Author Photo June 2020Sue Roberts lives in Lancashire with her long term partner Derek and has had a lifelong love of writing, encouraged by winning a school writing competition at the age of 11.

She always assumed that ‘one day’ she would write a book, always having a busy household and a job, the idea remained firmly on the back burner but never forgotten.

The inspiration for her first novel came to her on a holiday to a Greek village. Her daughters had left home and suddenly the time had come to write that book!

Twitter:  @SueRobertsautho

The Friendship List by Susan Mallery @SusanMallery @MillsandBoon #TheFriendshipList #summerreading

The Friendship List

The Friendship List written by Susan Mallery, publisher Mills & Boon, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audiobook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers and can be purchased online.  Here are a few to buy links:

Mills & Boon website:  https://www.millsandboon.co.uk/collections/all/products/hqnsingle-08189408

amazon:  https://amzn.to/2DDToVx

hive:  https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Susan-Mallery/The-Friendship-List/24228246

Waterstones:  https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-friendship-list/susan-mallery/9781848458116

Book Blurb

One Summer can change your life…

As a single mum, Ellen Fox missed out on a lot, but she wouldn’t change a thing. Then she overhears her son saying he can’t leave home to go to college because she needs him too much. If she wants him to live his best life, she has to convince him she’s living hers.

To help, Ellen’s best friend Unity creates a list of challenges to push Ellen out of her comfort zone. Unity will complete the list, too. Only to support her friend, not because she needs to change. She’s a perfectly fine thirty four year old widow, who socialises at an old people’s home!

For both women, The Friendship List begins as a way to make others believe they’re doing just fine. But somewhere between ‘wear a bikini in public’ and ‘have sex with a gorgeous guy’, Ellen and Unity discover that life is meant to be lived with joy and abandon, and filled with humour, heartache and perhaps the odd regrettable tattoo!


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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Susan Mallery’s latest novel: The Friendship List.  I’m shocked to admit that this is the first book by Susan Mallery that I’ve read but I’m so pleased that I’ve now discovered this author as I loved this novel and the author’s style of writing; definitely one to add to my ever increasing favourites list!

The Friendship List is a wonderful story of two childhood friends who are now in their mid thirties and are feeling like life is passing them by.  The girls lives were very similar, they’d experienced one relationship and for many reasons they felt like this was enough.  However, as time went by and life’s hurdles blocked some of their intended paths the best friends, Ellen and Unity, were feeling afraid of the future without the loves of their lives.

Ellen fell pregnant at 17, her son is now 17 and she is about to face the next stage in his life with college interviews.  But Ellen is shocked to learn that her son doesn’t want to travel far and leave his mum on her own.  Ellen is frightened that she is holding her son Cooper back and strives to change her life to prove to him that she has plenty in her life to keep her occupied whilst Cooper is away at college.

Unity fell in love quite young and married her sweetheart Stuart.  Stuart was in the military and Unity was happy to follow him with his career.  However, life was to be very cruel for Unity and sadly her husband lost his life whilst serving his country.  It’s been three years since her husband was tragically killed but Unity is still struggling with grief.  When she finds out about Ellen’s list to change her life Unity decides to make her own list in helping her overcome her grief.

Both Ellen and Unity’s lists were filled with items to make them step out of their comfort zone and were a little scary for them.  Unity was very unsure of her list but with Ellen having completed one item off her list she feels a competitive spirit within her and it’s given her the much needed boost she needed to make the first step in tackling her list.

The girls hadn’t envisioned romance on the list but unexpected new acquaintances and seeing an old friend in a new light sparks a heat within the girls that they feared had been left frozen for good.

The Friendship List is such a fun read by Susan Mallery, it’s filled with adventure, it’s sexy and romantic but it also deals with some serious life issues.  I didn’t want this story to end and felt like Ellen and Unity had become part of my very own inner circle of friends.  A gorgeous sun filled read full of fun, love, laughter and tears.

About the Author

SUSAN MALLERY is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. Library Journal says, “Mallery is the master of blending emotionally believable characters in realistic situations,” and readers seem to agree—40 million copies of her books have sold worldwide. Her warm, humorous stories make the world a happier place to live.

Susan grew up in California and now lives in Seattle with her husband. She’s passionate about animal welfare, especially that of the two ragdoll cats and adorable poodle who think of her as mom.

Website:  https://susanmallery.com/

Twitter:  @SusanMallery

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

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/susanmallery/

A Sunset in Sydney by Sandy Barker @sandybarker @0neMoreChapter_ @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #TheHolidayRomanceseries #summerreading

a sunset in sydney

A Sunset in Sydney written by Sandy Barker, publisher 0ne More Chapter, is now available in ebook format.  The paperback is due out in September.

Book Blurb

How far would you go in the name of love?

Sarah Parsons has a choice ahead of her. After the trip of a lifetime she’s somehow returned home with TWO handsome men wanting to whisk her away into the sunset.

Pulled in two directions across the globe, it’s making life trickier than it sounds. Her gorgeous American, Josh, wants to meet Sarah in Hawaii for a holiday to remember. Meanwhile silver fox, James, plans to wine and dine her in London.

It’s a lot to handle for this Aussie girl, who had totally sworn off men!

Join Sarah after her adventure in One Summer in Santorini, for the heart-warming and uplifting third novel in The Holiday Romance series.

Purchase Links

AmazonUK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunset-Sydney-totally-uplifting-holiday-ebook/dp/B081MSC5S3

Google play: https://bit.ly/3dLjJxU

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-sunset-in-sydney/sandy-barker/9780008390020

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/a-sunset-in-sydney-the-holiday-romance-book-3

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Sandy Barker’s latest romcom in The Holiday Romance series: A Sunset in Sydney.

This is the second novel I’ve read by Sandy Barker and what I’ve learned is that the author intends for you to fall in love many, many times.  With the setting, the characters, the storyline and in particular the book boyfriends.  A Sunset in Sydney spoils us as we have two book boyfriends to fall in love with.  As a reader my head and heart was swinging like a pendulum clock and I couldn’t make my mind up whether I was #TeamJames or #TeamJosh but deep down in my heart of hearts it had to be #TeamSarah.  I can’t wait to see what other readers think …

Sarah’s not long back from the holiday of a lifetime in Greece.  She’s desperate to tell her sister that she’s fallen in love but there’s a snag to this tale; she’s fallen in love with two men from the same holiday!  Sarah is a teacher and lives in her home town Sydney and her sister currently works and resides in London.  Readers of Sandy Barker’s work will recognise Sarah’s sister Cat from book two (That Night in Paris) and we first discovered Sarah in book one (One Summer in Santorini).  Sarah is due to visit her sister soon and knows it will be the perfect opportunity to catch up with James, the sexy silver fox she met in Greece.  However, Sarah has already fixed up plans to meet her handsome, cheeky, adventurous American Josh in a few months time on a trip to Hawaii.  What a dilemma?  Can Sarah make a choice between them?

We follow Sarah from London to Hawaii and back home to Sydney climbing through obstacles of the heart and working out what she wants for her future.

A Sunset in Sydney is another gorgeous, sexy romcom from Sandy Barker that will have you reaching for the travel guide and have you dreaming for your own everlasting holiday romance!

The Holiday Romance series by Sandy Barker are stories set in beautiful surroundings when love makes a welcome bonus to the sightseeing.  The books in the series can be read as a standalone (I started with book two) but the stories do feature characters that continue on with their journeys in life with each subsequent story.  The Holiday Romance series are:

  • One Summer in Santorini
  • That Night in Paris
  • A Sunset in Sydney


Author Bio –

A Sunset in Sydney - Author Photo Sandy BarkerSandy Barker is an Australian writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list and a cheeky sense of humour. She’s also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob.
Many of Sandy’s travel adventures have found homes in her writing, including her debut novel, a contemporary romance set in Greece, which was inspired by her true-life love story.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: @sandybarker

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sandybarkerauthor/

Blog: https://sandybarker.com/




In the Swim of Things by Tracie Banister @traciebanister #bookreview #romcom #summerreading #indieauthor


in the swim of things

In the Swim of Things written and self-published by Tracie Banister is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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

Book Blurb

Ocean-loving Kyra Goodwin had to give up her dream of becoming the female Jacques Cousteau in order to take care of her father and brother, but being a mermaid at the Cape Cod Aquarium is pretty fintastic as far as alternative careers go.

Of course, life as a half-fish/half-woman isn’t all sunken treasure and Ariel twirls. Kyra has to deal with perpetually pruney fingers, eyes irritated by saltwater, and bratty kids on the daily, plus her glam alter ego can make dating really weird. (So many men have pervy siren-of-the-sea fantasies!) When she meets hunky surfer Cade, and he’s into her without knowing what she does for a living, Kyra thinks she’s finally won the romance lottery.

Unfortunately, Kyra’s plans for a carefree summer of catching waves with her new boyfriend run aground when Sea Star Beach, a place that holds great sentimental value for her, is taken over by a big-city developer who wants to build an exclusive resort. Kyra’s crusade to save her beloved beach threatens both her job and her relationship with Cade as does her growing closeness with her irresistibly broody merwrangler, Declan, whose precocious daughter is intent on playing matchmaker.

When a new family drama arises just as Kyra receives an offer that would turn her greatest desire into reality, she’s torn. Will she do what’s expected of her, or dive in and follow her heart?

mermaid shells

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In the Swim of Things is such a cute, sexy, fun read.  It is like the perfect blockbuster romcom but in book form so ideal to relax with over the summer period.

This is a story that keeps you fully entertained throughout.  Kyra Goodwin, one of the mermaids at the local aquarium is a lifelong resident of Cape Code and the seafront with it’s rock pools full of seascape wildlife, sea glass and stunning beach holds many heartfelt memories of time spent with her late mother.  When Kyra hears of a big new hotel complex taking over the beach she is outraged that the area’s natural beauty will no longer be available to the local residents and only the paying guests of the hotel will have access to it.  Kyra with her friend Casey start campaigning against the development.

Whilst all the campaigning is happening Kyra’s heart is swayed by a handsome newcomer but Cade has secrets that could threaten many aspects of Kyra’s life.

In the Swim of Things is such a fun story; not only do we get to hear of the antics of ‘mermaids’ performing at the aquarium bringing a touch of magic to the delights of visitors of all ages but we get to enjoy a tidal wave of emotions and drama that Kyra’s life becomes.

You can’t help but be dazzled with this mermaidesque story with charming surfers, cheeky pirates, troublesome friends and friends that no matter what will always be there for you.  With an adorable, sexy romance thrown in it’s a perfect romcom for the summer.

About the Author (gleaned from the author’s website)

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. She is the proud winner of the 2017 Independent Press Award (Romantic Comedy) and a Bronze Medal in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards (Chick Lit).

In the Swim of Things is Tracie’s sixth novel and thanks to this book, she can now check another occupation off her fantasy list. She has no doubt that writing about a mermaid is much easier than actually being one!

Website: https://traciebanister.blogspot.com/

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/traciebanister/

**Cover Reveal** – The Summer of Going Topless by Liz Davies @lizdaviesauthor @rararesources #bookcoverreveal #summerreading


The Summer of Going Topless - Cover Reveal

I am so pleased to be involved in the book cover reveal for Liz Davies latest novel: The Summer of Going Topless.  Here’s all the important details:

Title:  The Summer of Going Topless

Author:  Liz Davies

Publisher:  Lilac Trees Books

Release Date:  22nd August 2019

Format:  eBook

To pre-order/buy links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07V72XKWP
US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V72XKWP

Book Blurb

Candice Summerville is invisible. No one seems to notice her – not really. Heck, she often doesn’t notice herself, except for her monthly scrutiny in the mirror to check on her body’s steady slide towards middle age.
But when her ancient, practical estate car is consigned to the scrap heap, Candice falls in love with a cute, purple convertible, and from that moment on her life begins to take on a whole new meaning. Strangers wave at her and people stop to talk, and suddenly she isn’t invisible any longer.
Life seems to be looking up, especially when she meets silver fox and handy-man, Paul. There’s just one fly in the ointment, one thing she that has her second-guessing herself.
Is it the car that Paul sees – or is it her?

About the Author
Author photo 2019Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.

Social Media Links:
Twitter https://twitter.com/lizdaviesauthor

Now without further ado here’s the gorgeous cover for what sounds like the perfect summer holiday read:

View of vector evening paris from the cafe