Morning Everyone, a quick and exciting cover reveal today for an author I LOVE! I’ve really enjoyed Andy’s previous books in this series that I have had the delight of reading so I’m super excited for this new one 😀
Winter onboard a narrowboat can be a cold and lonely affair and Jack Johnson is keen to catch up with Nina Wilde, who has moved to Oxford to be near her niece, Anna, an undergraduate at the university, and rekindle the spark of their on-and-off relationship. However, Jack’s relief at seeing Nina is soon tempered. Rather than growing closer, they seem to be drifting apart. Throwing himself into the search for a job, and the company of his new neighbours on the towpath of the River Isis, he’s soon distracted by the comings and goings on the nearby barges.
But then a young girl’s body is dragged up from Iffley Lock by magnet fishermen and Caleb Hopper, her boyfriend and a classmate of Anna’s, falls under suspicion. Nina is determined to help the young man, who’s a member of the prestigious Blues Boat rowing team and devastated by his girlfriend’s death. Jack is reluctantly pulled into the investigation in Nina’s wake. But at what price?
ANDY GRIFFEE is a former BBC journalist and media consultant with a fascination for stories. He began his journalism career at the Bath Evening Chronicle, and then spent twenty-five years at the BBC, culminating in his role as Editorial Director of the redevelopment of Broadcasting House. Andy lives in Worcestershire and, when he isn’t writing, rears rare breed pigs, struggles to keep a 1964 Triumph Spitfire on the road and enjoys hiring narrowboats with his wife Helen.
I absolutely love the sound of this and cannot wait to find out what Jack and Nina get up to this time round! Thank you so much to the publisher for asking me to get involved I feel totally honoured! And Congratulations to Andy on another book, cannot wait to get my hands on it 😀
Hey Everyone it’s been a while again… I said it would be slow but I actually have 2 tours I’m taking part in this week and I’m seriously excited to be taking part in this tour as I just simply loved this book… it really excelled my expectations! So I hope you all enjoy it 😀
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When fifteen year-old Pen Flowers climbs out of her bedroom window in the middle of the night to dance in the empty streets, she ignites a flame in herself that will change everything. A brilliant new work of young adult fiction, that will be sure to get you moving. ‘Fresh and exhilarating’ CJ Flood, author of Infinite Sky and Nightwanderers
When I say this book excelled all my expectations, I really am not lying! I promised myself I’d only take part in tours going forward for books that really caught my eye and got me excited! Well it worked!!! I was so right to do that because this novel is completely amazing and took me by surprise because it was just EVEN better than I could imagine!
Now I grew up dancing through my teenage years… I actually did Ballroom and Latin which is mentioned in the book…. but because of my childhood I really connected with the book VERY fast, I connected with Pen, with her experiences, with her passions, with her life because of my own experiences… and that for me made this a really special book! I kept mentioning to my husband as I read it, just how similar Pen felt to myself and she just had a really hard time if I’m honest!
I actually think so many people will be able to connect with Pens story, because it touches on so many teenage experiences, family issues, bullying, issues at school, life with siblings, boyfriends, peer pressure, good friends, bad friends, being led astray, being naive and vulnerable… even if you don’t immediately relate to Pen for her passion for dance like I did, I can assure you you will find yourself connected to her at some point through this book!
This right here is EXACTLY why I love reading young adult fiction, it’s easy to read, exciting, passionate and just draws me back to those years of my life! It’s FULL of passion for all different things, aswell as self discovery, learning hard life lessons and just getting through day to day life as a teen!
I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the plot and the ‘good’ characters, but even the ‘bad’ characters fit perfectly in to this story! I honestly can’t wait to see where Pens adventures will go next, and I can’t wait for it to take me straight back to those years of my life all over again!
A solid and very easy 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️!
About the Author
Sally-Anne Lomas lives in Norfolk and has worked as a television producer and director for most of her life. This is her debut novel.
Thank you so much to Isabelle for letting me take part in this amazing tour! I’ve taken in poetry tours for Isabelle but this is the first novel I’ve taken part in that was sent to me by her and it was honestly AMAZING! I cannot wait for the next one from this author! So thank you again ! Also thank you to the author and publisher for my copy of this book in return for my honest review!
Good Morning Everyone… and Happy Bank Holiday Monday 😀 I am in such a good mood today and it’s partly because of this book! The first book I read to get me back in to reading was heavy on suicide and after that I tired reading another Crime but I couldn’t do it… I knew which book I needed to turn to… this one and I am soooo happy I did! It’s so uplifting and easy to read and I loved it SOOO much so enjoy my review 😀
Next stop, Cornwall! Hop on The Cornish Cream Tea Bus for a delicious, romantic adventure…
Baking fanatic, Charlie Quilter, inherits a vintage bus in her late uncle’s will and is keen to give it a new lease of life. Charlie thinks it will be the perfect mobile café for afternoon tea, so she heads to the picturesque Cornish village of Porthgolow, hoping for a new start. However, Daniel Harper, the owner of the posh spa up on the hill isn’t very pleased that her bus is parked outside his lovely hotel. Has Charlie’s Cornish dream developed a soggy bottom? Or can she convince Daniel that her bus could take them somewhere wonderful?
So when I started reading this I didn’t actually realise it was part of a series….. I was only a few chapters in when I got an e-Mail about taking part in the blog tour for ‘The Cornish Cream Tea Bus’ and quickly realised it must be part of a series… anyway even just a few chapters in I didn’t hesitate to sign up to the blog tour… and then I done my research! The Cornish Cream Tea Bus is book number 1 then there is ‘The Cornish Cream Tea Summer’ book number 2, ‘The Cornish Cream Tea Christmas’ book number 3 and then the one I am on the blog tour for ‘The Cornish Cream Tea Wedding’…. and I’m so excited about all of them!
I actually ordered book number 2 when I was not even all the way through book 1 because I was enjoying so much and didn’t want it to finish! Anyway I ordered it yesterday and it’s coming today and I cannot wait!!
There is so much I loved about this book… from the BEAUTIFUL vintage, colourful, seaside front cover… to the stunning scenery, the AMAZING bunch of characters…. to the brilliant plot… the love story… if I’m honest just ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING!
I became so addicted to this book, I really didn’t want to put it down, I liked Charlie so much and really wanted to see her succeed, all of her new and existing friends are just soo lovely, the idea of Gertie the bus is just so current and exciting and just so great to watch the journey unfold!
It’s a heartwarming book, that’s just good for the soul, it really picked up my mood, was lovely to read in the garden on a beautiful sunny day yesterday, it took me to the beautiful sunny Cornwall and just filled me with happiness!
I can’t wait to see what happens in Cornwall in the next few books… I’ll be eagerly waiting in for my parcel today and for that reason it has to be 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ … it’s a new favourite and a series I will be recommending to EVERYONE!
Thank you Cressida for reigniting my love for reading… for picking up my mood and for creating something truely beautiful that I could just sit back and enjoy and relax and forget about life a little 😀
Hey Everyone long time no see… I should probably explain myself but then I’m sure most of you will understand where I am coming from!
We all know how hard the past year has been, lock down has been tough… I picked up reading, book reviewing and blog tours when I was on Maternity leave and in the pandemic! It kept my mind busy on long lonely day with the kids…. then last June was my time to return! I totally underestimated how hard it would be working, while bringing up 2 young boys… and had too many commitments which I put pressure on myself to fulfill… and from that I lost my love for reading… it became something I had to do at pace… not because I wanted to… ENTIRELY my fault!
Anyway I dropped out of a few blog tours and stopped reading COMPLETELY for months! I haven’t been in the right head space and work has been busy!
I now start a new job next week… still in the NHS so inevitably still busy but I’m trying to read again but in my own time at my own pace!
So here we go… first review in forever… only brief because again I put so much pressure on myself to write these insanely long and in-depth reviews when really… any review… no matter the length is helpful!
So here it is … the first book I have read and completed in MONTHS!
One girl jumped.
And then another followed…
In the city of Bristol, young women are dying in mysterious circumstances. The deaths look like suicides – but are they something more sinister?
Honor is terrified that her daughter might be next. But as she looks for clues as to what really happened to the girls, she stumbles upon a link to a dark secret in her own past – one that she’s kept from her daughter.
Now Honor has the chance to avenge her child for the terrible events of years ago. But how far will she go to protect her daughter and right the wrongs done to her family?
I really enjoyed this book… it’s not one of my all time favourites… but it is gripping !
I found the characters REALLY strong… I’ve never hated any character in any book as much as I hate Cullen… and I really felt for Nevis and Honor! Honor is a doting mother trying to protect her daughter for the horrible truth… and Nevis is … well if I’m honest to me she comes across very autistic, her behaviours, how she reads people… her social issues, her INSANE intelligence but I really enjoyed that about her! It was a nice change to read about a character like her but I felt so bad for her and really couldn’t tell what her future would be!
I’d say the strong wasn’t the fastest paced but everything in it contributed well and should be in the story… Although I wasn’t ever desperately wanting to pick the book up each time (until the end) I did keep thinking about it in between and where it would go!
Do not be mistaken this book is based around some really tough issues… suicide and rape, it’s heavily around suicide which is tough at times but a very real scenario but I never knew suicide contagion was a thing!
The ending was AMAZINGLY paced and was a brilliant way of rounding up the story… it ended exactly how I wanted it to and therefore I want to give this book 4 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️!
A gripping, SHOCKING, hard hitting and twisted novel!
Good Afternoon Everyone ! Last day of the weekend, how have you spent it? I’ve already been for a run today and the shops and had a nice relaxing bath and then I had to finish this book 😀 starting to quieten down on my blog tours now which is good as I really need the time with life being so busy now a days! Anyway I hope you enjoy this post 😀
What had seemed the answer to Tilly’s problems had now turned into her worst nightmare. A happily married mother-of-three, Tilly was not the stereotypical criminal – in fact, she’d barely warrant a second glance if passed in the street.
“No one will stop you, Tilly. You’re Mrs. Average. Why would anyone suspect you?”
She’d only wanted to protect her family. If your whole life was under threat, would you make the same decision?
Based on actual events and real-life diary entries, Tilly’s story shows how quickly life can turn…
This is such an amazing and honest book! This is obviously based on real events so as you go through reading it you just get completely drawn in! This is completely thought provoking, especially for me as my hubby works to stop people trafficking drugs etc so he has some real strong opinions which we tend to share but this is definitely an eye opener!
I really felt for Tilly, one bad choice and the hell she had to experience after it, the remorse she feels, it is hard hitting and so honest!
The things she witnessed in prison are truely shocking, I cannot believe it, completely heartbreaking!
This is a short read and can be enjoyed in one sitting if you had the time, it’s totally gripping, sad in a way, eye opening and thought provoking and a real insight in to life in prison and the consequences of committing just 1 crime!
It’s a 4 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ from me!
About the Authors
Jilly and Alyson are neighbours and good friends, and they’re based in West Yorkshire. Both are dog-lovers and ‘From Highlights to Lowlifes’ was largely created during their daily walks, based on Jilly’s experiences.
As an advocate of rehabilitation and bringing to light the UK justice system’s flaws, Jilly gives talks at schools, universities and various groups across the UK.
Good afternoon everyone I told you I would be back later today and I’ve got a review for a book completely different to the one I posted earlier! Hope you are all having a nice relaxing weekend ready to sit back and read another post!
How long can the desire for revenge last?
Kate Shaw, a successful pharmacist, goes to a thirty-year reunion at her old university and uses the weekend to settle some old scores. Her main target is her ex-lover, Jonathan. She decides to scar him for life as he scarred her. Her bizarre plan works but he shocks her with his strange, unwanted reaction.
What is the unexpected link between Jonathan and Kate’s husband?
What is the significance of the ‘Love Bite’ photograph?
What hold does Jonathan have over Kate?
Revenge is never simple.
A darkly humorous story of love, lust, loss and vengeance.
So this was a little different to what I’ve been reading recently! Quite detailed aswell! Now I don’t need to talk about the plot because I think the Author has covered it PERFECTLY in the blurb without giving anything away!
This book is definitely a good read, it’s got some amazing twists and the general idea of the story is a fab one! It’s easy to read and very eye opening!
At points it’s dark, evil, shocking, and even funny which is a real variety for 1 book but I really enjoyed that about it!
The only thing that held me back about it were that so many of the characters were so dark and at times for me it was a little too detailed.. but that’s just my personal opinion!
Overall it had an amazing cliff hanger at the end, some crazy twists, and I enjoyed following a story with a slightly older generation than myself with a different storyline! So I’d like to give it 3.5 ⭐️!
About the Author
Linda Fawke is an arts person who studied science but always wanted to write. Now retired, she indulges this passion, writing fiction and non-fiction, even occasional poetry, preferably late at night. She has now written two novels, ‘A Taste of his own Medicine’ and its sequel, ‘A Prescription for Madness’ using her background in pharmacy as the setting of both. These are easy books to read, suitable for Book Club discussions. ‘ A Prescription for Madness’ is more serious than the first book, dealing with such issues as pregnancy in later life and Down’s Syndrome.
She has been a winner of the Daily Telegraph ‘Just Back’ travel-writing competition and has published in various magazines including ‘Mslexia’, ‘Litro’ online, ‘Scribble’, ‘The Oldie’, ‘Berkshire Life’ and ‘Living France’. She was a finalist in the ‘Hysteria’ short story competition.
Good Morning Everyone and happy Saturday 😀 I’m absolutely so thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour for this children’s book which me and my eldest (almost 4) really enjoyed 😀 I hope you all love the sound of it to!
Hector is baking a cake for his Granny and he’s determined that it’s going to be perfect. But when he discovers that the peanut butter jar is empty, Hector decides that he must head out to find some more, or else his perfect cake will be ruined.
As time begins to run out, Hector’s luck begins to run out too. He may have to accept that sometimes perfection just isn’t possible…
Poor little Hector did not have much luck in this story, everything seemed to go wrong for him but I loved the lesson this teaches children!
He has an absolutely great bunch of friends and I was routing for him for it to all go well! I love that it’s ok for things to be perfectly imperfect as I’m such a perfectionist and I don’t want the boys to feel the same way!
I think this author is so talented, all the illustrations are by her to and they are just STUNNING! So bright and beautiful and just eye catching!
This is perfect for my age son as the sentences are short and keeps his attention but also will be good for when he starts learning to read to!
Overall a really lovely short children’s story with beautiful illustrations! Easily a 5 ⭐️ from us 😀
About the Author
Lily Clarke is the author and illustrator of Hector’s Perfect Cake. She studied Physics at the University of York and now works as an innovation consultant in Cambridge. When she doesn’thave her nose in a book, she runs a small business called Lily in Space Designs, where she sells a range of illustrated products inspired by books and nature. Her favourite animals are badgers, birds and bats, (although she also loves animals that don’t begin with the letter B!). Hector’s Perfect Cake is Lily’s first book, inspired by her own experiences of dealing with perfectionism.
HHHEEEYYYYY everyone 😀 I hope your week is going well 😀 mine is completely tiring!!! But here I am with another AMAZING book of Rachel’s! I absolutely LOVED my first experience of this authors writing so when I saw this come up I just couldn’t miss out 😀
On the first night of Christmas, her sexy crush finally gave to her—an unbelievably hot night! Now she’s ready for nights two, three and four… Unwrap the steamy sequel to Getting Dirty by Rachael Stewart.
I’ve lusted after brawny, gorgeously rough Jackson Black for six lust-fueled, unrequited years. But Jackson has rules, and the big one is “no getting involved with clients” of his elite London sex club. Including me. But our best friends are getting married, and for one deliciously hot night, the maid of honor and best man agree…what happens in the Scottish Highlands, stays in the Scottish Highlands.
It was everything I wanted and more…until the complete jerk disappears during the night.
Now it’s Christmas, and I have a plan to prove to Jackson Black just how much I don’t care, that he doesn’t turn me on like a Christmas tree. Only Operation: Naughty Elf is backfiring big-time. That aching need for his touch is stronger than ever. It’s painfully clear that I want more than just a fling from the untouchable Jackson Black.
I have one chance to unwrap the best man. But is this sexy, guarded grinch about to steal my heart…or break it?
She’s only gone and done it again… another AMAZING, raunchy, sensual yet romantic story with seriousness to it all in one book! This was definitely not a disappointment at all!! Now I did have the book to read that comes before this one, however life has kind of taken over recently and I just have not had the time to read it first, however reading it as a stand-alone was easy enough, but having another taste for Rachaels writing I just cannot wait to get back and read the other!
That being said this has easily become my favourite Christmas book of this year round, same as how the Holidate has become my favourite Christmas film of the year on Netflix!
Another natural relationship builds in this story but completely different to the last one that I read, Caitlin and Jackson are both such strong characters and their agreed one night stand throws everything up in the air and effects them both in different ways! They end up spending months not speaking at all!
The passion between them is undeniable, and again in this book the passion feels real like it’s being written while being experienced, it’s not too much it’s just right and I loved every moment of it! It’s definitely a page turner and a quick read if like me, you couldn’t put it down!
Definitely a raunchy, fun and full of banter twist on a Christmas novel! One I think worked perfectly and should not be missed! I still love Rachaels writing and I’m so excited for the future 😀 easy peasy 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ from me 😀
About the Author
Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heartwarmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.
She’s been writing since she could put pen to paper as the stacks of scrawled on A4 sheets in her loft will attest to, and the lovingly bound short stories that her father would run off at work and proudly share out with his colleagues. Thinking it was a pipe dream to be published one day, she pursued a sensible career in business but she was really play-acting, achieving the appropriate degree and spending many years in the corporate world where she never truly belonged. Always happiest when she was sat at her laptop in the quiet hours tapping out a story or two. And so here she is, a published author, her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.
A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.
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Good Morning Everyone, hope you are all keeping well and safe! Today I have this little gem, something so different to what I’ve been reading recently and one that I hope you all enjoy 🙂
Akea is no ordinary husky and taking her place as Wolf Queen was just the first step in the journey set out for her by the Great Wolf. Akea’s world turns upside down when humans raid their home, scattering the pack and capturing her hybrid son. Salvador struggles to adjust to a life in captivity quickly realising not everyone approves of his mother’s rise to Wolf Queen. When the Great Wolf sends him warning dreams, Salvador discovers his true purpose for being there.
“Ms Jade perfectly captures the atmosphere of life as part of the wolfpack and its many challenges. Her stories remind me of Jack London’s Call of the Wild, and with ‘His Mother’s Son’ she proves she not only has a knack for creating realistic and powerful characters, but a talent for describing the wild settings they inhabit with a natural confidence that is quite charming.” Colin Garrow (author)
Firstly let me mention that this book is only 94 pages long so for an adult an easy read in one sitting, and for children it is short enough to hold their attention span over a few sittings dependant on their age, older could definitely get consumed and read in one sitting to!
This is also the second book in this series and I haven’t actually read the first, however that didn’t take away from the story at all for me, I felt I picked it up pretty fast, BUT I did really enjoy it to the point where I would like to go back and read the first!
This story is soo beautifully written, the detail in pack life and their world is just amazing!
Akea has such a hard time in this book, she’s worrying about other wolf packs coming in to their world and what that will mean, but not only that her son Salvador is taken to live in Captivity and all she wants to do is save him!
It is very honest about the real issues and dangers that wolves and their packs face everyday and I find that very educational for children written in the way that it is!
Even though there are times in this book where it is very honest about real life dangers and realistic it’s also incredibly lovely, and heartwarming and a incredibly well thought out book!
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this short read, I think it’s an excellent choice for children and it will definitely be one I keep hold of for my boys for when they are older!
4.5 ⭐️ from me 😀
About the Author
Elizabeth Jade was born in 1998 in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England, but moved with her family to Wellington in Somerset when she was very young. Her early schooling did not go smoothly, and as a result, she was home-schooled from the age of seven. Her parents soon learned she had a unique slant on life and quickly abandoned attempts to follow the national curriculum in favour of child-led learning.
Elizabeth stumbled into writing at the age of fourteen when she began to suffer from anxiety and depression and quickly found her story ideas pouring out faster than she could get them onto paper. It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she realised her struggles in school had been due to AspergersSyndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder).
As an enthusiastic animal lover, Elizabeth volunteered first at the Conquest Riding Centre for the Disabled and then at St Giles Animal Rescue before moving on to the Cats Protection Homing and Information Centre. Her gifted way with the cats quickly earned her the title of ‘Cat Whisperer’ from the staff. Since she had always possessed such a way with animals, it was only natural for her story ideas to revolve around them.
Elizabeth’s personal experience as a young author with the challenges of autism, depression and anxiety, along with her writing theme of acceptance and overcoming obstacles, have led to her having a junior school class named after her.
Hey Everyone! It’s been a while! I hope you can all understand I’ve been trying to slow down for a while now, I was struggling to keep up with my tours and I’m dwindling them down over the end of this year, after I have fulfilled all my tours I will only be doing the odd few, and then reviewing the books I read in my own time without the pressure 😀
Sooo today I am on the tour for J.S Larks ‘The Twins’ and I hope you all enjoy it 😀
If you liked Blood Orange you will love this!
From the moment they are born, twins Susan and Sarah are inseparable. Through good and bad, the girls will always be together…forever.
Until they meet Jonny.
Older, charming and handsome, Jonny offers the girls the much-needed love and attention they crave. But he can only choose one and for the first time in their lives the girls find themselves split apart – the invisible thread that binds them severed.
Set-free from her twin, Sarah builds a new life for herself, marries, has a daughter. But Susan’s life spirals further and further out of control.
And now Susan is back. And she’s determined to reclaim everything she feels Sarah has taken from her.
Her home, her husband…her life?
Ohh wow … so this is about 2 completely identical twin sisters… both after the same guy but only one gets him… where does that lead the future?
We switch between the past and present and the twins past include some pretty horrific events! The present sees one of the twins come back in to the others life but which one is evil?
This book is completely twisted, shocking and gripping! I didn’t want to put it down even when I had to! Even though some of the twists were predictable to me it didn’t take away from them at all because they were just sooo good!
I definitely feel this book could be a little confusing for some with the past and present and identical twins with similar names but for me it didn’t because I took it slow!
I would definitely recommend this crazy psychological thriller to others and that’s why I’m giving it 4.5 ⭐️ !
About the Author
Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction.
Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.