The Staycation by Michele Gorman @MicheleGormanUK @AlainnaGeorgiou @orionbooks #bloggerblast #thestaycation #romcom

the staycation

The Staycation written by Michele Gorman, publisher Trapeze (an imprint of Orion Publishing Group) is available NOW in ebook format.  The paperback and audiobook are available to purchase/download in July 2020.

Book Blurb

Two families. One cancelled flight. And a last minute house swap…
Things get desperate for strangers Harriet and Sophie when they become stranded with their families in Heathrow’s Terminal 5. Each woman has her own reason for really really really needing the family holiday they’ve anticipated for months. But Iceland’s volcano has other plans for them. When their flights are cancelled, the families swap houses and discover that sometimes the best things in life happen close to home.
This ash cloud has a silver lining, even if no one can quite see it yet.

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The Staycation blogger blast

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogger blast celebrating and promoting the launch of Michele Gorman’s latest novel: The Staycation.

I really enjoyed this new novel by Michele Gorman and it was so apt with the current situation of people up and down the country staying home, staying safe.  I’ve always fancied a house swap but not sure I’d be brave enough, what’s home comforts for some could be the other person’s worst nightmare!

When two families are delayed at the airport waiting for flights to Italy to be re-opened due to an ash cloud in the air-zone they get chatting and realise they are both in the same boat.  Harriet vaguely knows Sophie’s husband through work connections and the women soon open up a little about how much they need a break away.  So they come up with a plan to still have a holiday by agreeing on a house swap.  Harriet, James and their daughter Billie will move into Sophie, Dan and their two young children Katie and Oliver’s city dwelling in London, close to all the attractions in the capital.  Sophie with her family will travel that little bit further and move into the Cotswold cottage belonging to Harriet and James.

Both Harriet and Sophie have complex personalities and it’s not until they arrive at their respective house swap that the ladies start to learn things about their own character traits.  This two week break was intended as a much needed family and relationship time but as each day unfolds life for Harriet and Sophie becomes a little bit more tangled and by the end of the two weeks decisions and revelations are made. I loved both women and was enjoying this new experience with them.

The Staycation is such a fun romcom that is perfect escapism.  .

About the Author

Michele writes comedies packed with lots of heart, best friends and girl power. She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and now making London her home.

Michele also writes cosy comedies under the pen-name Lilly Bartlett. Lilly’s books are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

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The Nine Lives of Christmas by Florence McNicoll @orionbooks @Battersea_ #FlorenceMcNicoll #Battersea #blogtour #bookreview #festiveread

nine lives of christmas

The Nine Lives of Christmas written by Florence McNicoll, publisher Trapeze (an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group) is available to purchase in ebook, audiobook and paperback format from 15th November 2019.

The paperback will be available to purchase from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Wordery, Foyles and amazon.  The book has been written in partnership with the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and can also be purchased direct from their website.

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Book Blurb


Can Battersea’s loneliest cat find a home in time for Christmas?
It’s Christmas at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and Laura is desperate to find a home for Felicia, a spiky, bad-tempered moggy with a heart of gold. Her boyfriend, Rob, can’t understand why she’s spending so much time at work, but for Laura, the animals aren’t just a job – they’re her life. She needs a partner who understands that – doesn’t she?
As the December snow falls, Laura encounters nine people, all of whom need a little love in their lives and find it in new pets. Everyone needs somebody to curl up with at Christmas, and when the handsome Aaron walks in, he takes not just Felicia, but Laura’s heart too…
A heart-warming tale about loneliness, love, and the importance of furry friends – perfect to snuggle up with this Christmas.

Nine Lives of Christmas blog tour

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Florence McNicoll’s novel: The Nine Lives of Christmas.

Laura works for the cats in need of loving homes at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London.  She loves her job and finds great satisfaction in pairing up the right adopter to the cat most suitable to their needs. This is the story of Laura matching up the personalities of nine cats from varying ages and pedigree to nine adopters who for one reason or another feel a little lost in the world and a cat will be the companion they need to comfort them right now and beyond.

We hear of the history of these nine individuals, why they are seeking the friendship of a furry friend and how the cats are very clever in choosing their perfect companion and forever home.

Away from the cats home Laura is discovering that her own partnership with boyfriend Rob might not be her perfect pairing and decisions of the heart have to be made.

I absolutely loved this story as a cat lover and owner of my very own rescue cat I was charmed and humbled by the stories around the daily life at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.  Battersea was opened in 1860 and it was one of the forefront charities in providing a rescue centre for small animals.  The social interaction of animals and humans is so rewarding and can bring so much joy and can also help with the owners health and wellbeing.  I feel very privileged to be able to promote this gorgeous book bringing attention to the valuable work that all animal rescue centres bring but in particular Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

The Nine Lives of Christmas is a wonderfully uplifting story filled with hope and joy for the festive season and beyond. Cat lovers will lap it up and think it’s just purrfect!


I’d like to share a picture of my very own rescue cat; she arrived at the rescue centre heavily pregnant but sadly lost all her litter.  When we adopted her she still had swollen teats and was very shy but she soon settled in and has made herself at home.  She’s a wonderful little chatterbox and loves to join me when reading.


About the Author

Florence McNicoll is the pen name for writer and editor Sophie Wilson, who worked at Transworld Publishers for five years before going freelance. She lives in Barcelona and is a huge cat lover and supporter of Battersea.

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Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove @EllaRoseDove @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orionbooks #blogtour #bookreview #debutnovel


five steps to happy

Five Steps to Happy written by Ella Dove, publisher Trapeze Books (an imprint of Orion), is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format.

The hardcover will be available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

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Book Blurb

Life can change in a heartbeat…
When struggling actress Heidi has a life-changing accident aged 32, her world falls apart. Stuck in hospital and unable to walk, her only companion is Maud, the elderly lady in the bed next to hers. Heidi misses her flatmate, her life, her freedom – surely 32 is too young to be an amputee?
But when Maud’s aloof but attractive grandson Jack pays a visit to the ward, Heidi realises that her life isn’t over just because it’s different. It might not look like the life she dreamed of, but it’s the one she’s got – and there’s a lot she still wants to tick off her bucket list. With Jack at her side, will Heidi take the first step back to happiness? Or is there one more surprise still in store…?
A feel-good read based on the inspiring true story of journalist Ella Dove. Sometimes all it takes is one small step…

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Ella Dove’s debut novel: Five Steps to Happy.

Five Steps to Happy is one of those WOW books; it’s a story that is so full of hope, encouragement and warmth that it leaves your whole body, heart and soul fuelled with emotion.

This is a story for anyone who’s life has changed irrevocably whether through illness or circumstance. When our lives change a course we had never envisaged there are a whole host of emotions that run through our minds.

Ella Dove, the author, has written a story that will keep you transfixed. She has pooled all her own thoughts and feelings and drawn strength from her own experience and written from the heart. There’s a rawness that you can feel with the depth of emotion that the author has drawn out of her characters.

Five Steps to Happy is Heidi’s story; following a traumatic accident that was to change her life decisively Heidi’s life was to become a battle she had never in her wildest dreams envisaged. Her dreams were put on hold for an undetermined time and she saw life in a different perspective.

When Heidi’s life changed she made friends with people that wouldn’t normally cross her path as the life she has been thrown has no barriers of age, sex or race. With her journey of recovery a new comradeship is born and you can’t help but champion all of these warriors. I adored the new friendships Heidi made especially the one with Maud, they complemented each other perfectly and a bond that was so beautiful was made.

Five Steps to Happy is a story about loss and grief, it’s a story of fight and encouragement, it’s a story of hope and inspiration but ultimately it’s a story of love; a love of your family, a love of new friends and new opportunities but most of all a story of a love of who you are. Five Steps to Happy will be a book you will devour and cherish and re-read. It’s a perfect book for gifting for sharing and for loving.

Ella Dove has written a fantastic debut novel and I have high hopes of a glittering literary career ahead of her. I wish her all the best in all her endeavours.

About the Author

Ella Dove is Commissioning Editor at Good Housekeeping, Prima and Red magazines. Originally from Kent and now based in Stratford, East London, Ella studied English and French at the University of Southampton, where she did her dissertation in Creative Writing. In 2015, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative three-month novel writing course.

In 2016, Ella became an amputee following a freak running accident. She is now an ambassador for the Limbless Association, Barts Health charity and The London Prosthetic Centre, and regularly leads talks, takes part in events and speaks to patients and their loved ones about trauma.

In her spare time, Ella reads, swims and sings in her local choir – and writes, of course!


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The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club: Part One by Katie May blogtour/book review

whitstable high tide swimming club part one

The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club: Part One Diving In written by Katie May, publisher Trapeze Books is available NOW in ebook format.

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In the gorgeous seaside town of Whitstable, brokenhearted Deb begins to swim each day and gathers a new group of friends around her. But can the magic of sea heal the hurt of the past? Or will family ties drag her underwater again?

A heart-warming, funny and poignant story of romance, friendship and second chances. It’s also a song to the author’s home town of Whitstable, where the sea is smooth, the shingle is painful on bare feet, and the air is full of possibilities.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of this new three part mini series; The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club.

I absolutely adored this story and so pleased it’s the start of a book series by Katie May.  The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club is Katie May’s debut novel and what a cracking start to her published career.

In Part One: Diving In we follow Deb’s new journey in her life after leaving her husband.  For nearly 30 years Deb had felt down trodden in her marriage to Derek after having her three children she soon became a placater hoping to keep the peace in the family unit.  Now after so long she’d had enough and was happy to be on her own living in a small bedsit in her beloved coastal town of Whitstable.  The beach, especially the sea, is Deb’s escape and she loves nothing more than to immerse herself in the cold sea water to help forget her personal problems.

Deb isn’t the only one using the power of the sea and the beach to escape her past, Maisie recently divorced has relocated to Whitstable and is also drawn to this natural beauty.  Swimming in and around the tides of Whitstable was soon becoming a routine for the two women and a friendship developed.

However, the beach is under threat of future new development and the swimming buddies have built up a following from others in the town and a strong community spirit is felt.  The new swimming and beach loving community have a fight on their hands to save their beloved beach.

Such brilliant dialogue from Katie May with wonderful wit and humour.  There are some great scenes that will literally have you laughing out loud.  There is also a serious side to the characters we are learning to love, both Deb and Maisie have suffered heartbreak and are starting a fresh and have many painful memories from their past.  Whilst reading this story I could easily picture the scenes in my head and I feel it would make a fabulous Sunday night drama.  I’m eager to read the next instalments in this new book series and will start a campaign to get The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club on our TV screens!

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