Friday, 21 July 2017

I Have Never by Camilla Isley @camillaisley #BlogTour #Review @HelloChickLit

I am delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for I Have Never by Camilla Isley. Today I will be sharing my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Title: I Have Never 
Author: Camilla Isley 
Release Date: July 13th, 2017 
Genre: Chick Lit Twenty-nine-year-old

Blair Walker is a girl with a plan, or more a girl with a list. A list of dos and don’ts to live the perfect life, land a dream career, and marry Mr. Right. When Blair loses her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend all in one day, she starts to wonder if she’s had it all wrong. And what better way to find out than experience everything the list forbade? 

With hilarious consequences, Blair will discover some items are trickier to tick off than she’d thought… A laugh out loud romantic comedy perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Sophie Kinsella, and Mhairi McFarlane. First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone novel. 

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I loved how easily I became immersed in the story and also Blair's life it only took a couple of chapters until it felt like Blair could be my best friend. I almost felt like Blair's very own cheerleader as I was pretty much shouting words of encouragement at her. It was great to see the list get turned inside out and for Blair to find her world out of sync but to see positive changes too. There are lots of fun moments and to be able to smile and giggle at a story is fantastic especially if it is a constant thing all the way through. Some of the consequences of going against the list are laugh out loud and to see Blair try and make the best out of each situation with her feisty nature is brilliant.

I think I maybe fell for Richard a bit too, it was so funny to see Blair seemingly unable to keep whatever she was thinking come out of her mouth whenever she was near him. If you are in need of a smile, laugh or giggle than look no further I Have Never is a wonderfully light hearted and ever so funny story that will hook you in from the start. I also loved the message of taking a chance, letting go and seeing where it leads you.

Flirty, fun & fantastic!

With thanks to Aimee at HCL Author Services & Camilla Isley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in an adventure abroad. She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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Tour Schedule

July 13th
Rachel Brimble Romance - Author Q&A
A Beautiful Book Blog - Book Review
Writing Pearls - Book Review
With Love For Books - Book Review
July 14th
Kristin's Novel Cafe - Book Excerpt
JenaBooks - Book Review
He Said Books or Me - Author Guest Post
Books and Photographs - Book Review
July 15th
I Heart Fictional People - Book Review
Chrissi Reads - Book Review
Rebecca Book Review - Book Excerpt
Monique McDonell-Author  - Book Excerpt
July 16th
One Book At A Time - Spotlight Post
CosyCuteKnits - Book Review
The Writing Garnet - Book Review
July 17th
The Belgian Reviewer - Book Excerpt
Girl vs Books - Book Review
kraftireader - Book Review

July 18th
Reading Is My SuperPower - Book Review
July 19th
Simona's Corner of Dreams - Author Guest Post
Bookish - Book Review
July 20th
TheBlossomTwins - Book Review
Grass Monster - Book Review
Chick Lit Central - Author Q&A
Living Life with Joy - Author Guest Post
July 21st
Rae Reads - Book Review
Novelgossip  - Book Review
Whispering Stories - Book Review
Ali - The Dragon Slayer - Book Review
Steamy Book Momma - Book Excerpt
July 22nd

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Cinderella and the Duke by Janice Preston #Review @JaniceGPreston @MillsandBoon

Falling for a duke in disguise! 

Never welcomed into society circles, Rosalind Allen gave up her marriage prospects long ago--life has taught her she'll only get hurt. So she's shocked when an encounter with a mysterious stranger makes her long to reconsider...

Little does Rosalind know that her mystery man is Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, traveling in disguise to evade the ladies of the ton! Impoverished Rosalind is the first woman to captivate Leo--but can he persuade this wary Cinderella to trust him with her heart?

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I loved the connection that Leo and Rosalind share it managed to be both sizzling and romantic which was the perfect combination for me. I found myself smiling whenever they were together they were flirty, fun and feisty interactions. It really was so easy to fall for this charming story and all of the characters too. It was great to see a slightly older pairing than I am used to seeing in historical romance and I really enjoyed this difference. Rosalind is a strong character and once she sets her mind on something she is also very determined. I can definitely understand the attraction with Leo especially his strong family values which match perfectly with Rosalind's own sense of commitment to her family's happiness.

The threat lurking in the background kept me interested and made me invested in Rosalind's story and hopefully achieving her happy ending. There are trust issues on both sides and it was great to see the characters develop but can they slowly regain the trust that they have lost. They both have tragic pasts that make them such a great pairing. Sweet at times but with some darker characters lurking in the shadows to mix things up a bit.

A great combination of sweet, romantic and sizzling!

With thanks to Mills & Boon and Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

The Shield by C.J. Bentley @CJBentleyAuthor #BlogTour #GuestPost @AuthorightUKPR

Thank you for joining me today I have a great guest post where C.J. Bentley talks about her book The Shield. 

First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book... 

People lose their belongings. That is a fact of life. It can happen by accident, but sometimes it can happen when you put them in a very safe place and forget where that safe place is. Not many people are good at finding them again.

A young, gutsy girl with a kind heart, who’s searching for her own identity growing up in the 1960s, just happens to be very good at finding things. Can she be the one to help return whatever is lost – anywhere and at any time - to its original owner? 

With the help of a beautiful yet mysterious wise woman and a chivalrous knight she does just that. She finds and returns his shield, lost in battle, which unbeknown to her holds a secret that is important to his King, the safety of the Kingdom and the life of the daughter of his best friend. 
The Shield is the first story in The Finder Series, taking our heroine on extraordinary journeys back in time. Her first adventure takes place in Medieval England in 1340 where she meets King Edward III, his wife Philippa and their son, who will later become the Black Prince.

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The Finder Series – Book 1 ‘The Shield’

Basically each book in the ‘Finder Series’ follows the same format.  An item is lost, when and where it is lost and by whom is all revealed in the Prologue. 

In the first book,’ The Shield’, a shield is lost in battle by a knight, Sir Kay, during the reign of King Edward the third in Medieval England in 1340AD, a little historical information about this time is given at the back of the book.  The majority of the book is set in York, again information at the back for those who have never been lucky enough to visit York, a very beautiful and historical city in North Yorkshire.

The main protagonist in each book starts in the first book as a ten year old girl growing up and trying to find her own identity during the nineteen sixties.  She is a gutsy girl with a kind heart and a quick mind, she doesn’t hesitate to help people, it’s the way she has been raised by her parents who don’t mind that she changes her name almost weekly to suit which book she is reading, or which television programme is her favourite.   They love her and support her unusual habit of name changing, they treat it as something she needs to do and respect her for it, (apart from the older sister in her family who just thinks it is weird).

She is told by another main character, the beautiful and mysterious wise woman she has a destiny to fulfil.  As a ten year old girl she is not altogether sure what a destiny is, and is not convinced she wants one to fulfil, but she does like to help people and therefore finds herself in situations during different times of history with people she is there to help.  The wise woman features in all of the books in the ‘Finder Series’.  She is responsible for the girl’s travelling back through time and openly admits they will meet many times, (not sure how many books it will take to fulfil the girl’s destiny, I am currently writing book four, ‘The Ring’ where she finds a ring belonging to an Arabian princess and where she is taken back to the Middle East and travels with Ibn Batutta, who was a lesser known adventurer and intellect who travelled even more extensively than his better known adversary Marco Polo).

With the backdrop of the swinging sixties, with experiences of school, favourite subjects, teachers, music and important issues of that time, the main character is evolving as a person along with her friends in ‘the gang’.  Their characters are all very different but they do share the same loyal values.  The freedom they have as children growing up in a time when they could take a picnic and play out of doors all day, having to be back in time for supper with the family, something unavailable for some children growing up in cities, in this relatively new century.  They bike ride, swim, build dens, tree swings and even make fires, all outside from dawn until bedtime, usually nine thirty during the long summer holidays.  As they grow throughout each book they support each other in different ways and their changing characters are explored as they mature.  The main protagonist ‘finds’ life skills during each time she visits.  In ‘The Shield’ she discovers she can speak French, the English court at that time spoke French as the King owned lands in France and a lot of his time was spent there.  She also finds an ability to ride horses, something she couldn’t do in the sixties.  Her interest in History grows as she does, her aspiration to become an Archaeologist is something which remains with her as she attends school each year and I hope she attains her dream. (It is something I will have to wait to find out as I progress with writing each book).

Certain historical facts researched form the background for this story and certain facts just fell into place.  Edward the third and Queen Philippa were married at York Minster in 1328 and their son Prince Edward was born at the English Court in Woodstock, (now the site of Blenheim Palace) in 1330, making him the same age as the girl. The Battle of Sluys where the English Navy were victorious against the French did take place, (it is recorded as being in June of 1340, I slightly bent the time to fit my story to July).

The inspiration for this story came from my finding, whilst fishing in the local stream with a friend, a shield in the silt at the bottom of the beck.  Because of the weight and there being only two of us we chose to put it back.  That experience has remained with me until living in Doha, I had time to spare to write about what might have happened if we had withdrawn it fully from the silt and carried it home.  Later this year having discovered from my sister that the fields from my childhood remain, my family and I are going on a shield hunt!  It would be pretty awesome if we could locate and discover what had inspired me to write this story.  

Watch this space!

Originally heralding from the North of England, C.J Bentley has travelled extensively and enjoyed living in a variety of countries across the world from Dubai to Doha, Qatar and now the countryside in the South of France. A background in teaching and childcare she has always enjoyed creating adventure short stories. However, it was when she became a grandma and with her grandchildren growing up  that she discovered that books seemed to contain only stories of vampires, zombies and farts that she decided seriously to take matters into her own hands and put pen to paper which today she calls The Finder Series.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Holding Myself by Victoria J Brown @victoriajbrown #BlogTour #Review @bombshellpub

Thank you for joining me today I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Holding Myself by Victoria J. Brown. I will be sharing my review for this fab story but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Kat has a busy life. She runs her own beauty salon and has an alcoholic father to worry about. To make matters worse she has just discovered she is pregnant.

Kat and Max have only been together for six months and she has a turbulent relationship with his mother and his ex-girlfriend who refuses to go away.

As the pressure builds Kat finds herself wondering what path to take.

Is having a baby the right thing to do?

Can you she keep her head above water while her life spirals out of control?

Kat has some big decisions to make and whatever happens her life is going to change forever…

Kat is a wonderful character and my heart went out to her at so many points during the story. She has had a tough time growing up but has made a success of a herself but not without being left with some insecurities. It was quite a journey and I loved getting to know her as she faced her fears reliving the past but also trying to face up to the future. 

Holding Myself was so emotional at times and I have to say that there were a few tears especially as one situation hit quite close to home for me. However there is also a special kind of hopeful feeling running through the story too. The story moves smoothly and it didn't take me long to finish this book and to find out how it would end.

There are some lovely friendships in this story and I really enjoyed how much support they gave each other. Kat's family dynamic is not by any means perfect but life is complex and this story shows this perfectly. I was surprised by how involved I became in both the story and the characters lives and it was a deeper read than I was expecting to find. There are lots of themes that feature in Holding Myself including grief, trust issues, love and family. They are all packaged into a fantastic rollercoaster ride of emotions not only for Kat but the reader too.

A wonderful story of hope, love and new beginnings!

With thanks to Bombshell Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Victoria J.Brown has always had a passion for writing. When asked at the age of 9 years old, what she wanted to be when she grew up, her reply ‘an author’ was met with a disheartened response, ‘that jobs like that, don’t happen to people like us!’

Luckily, Victoria didn’t listen to this advice and never gave up on her passion.  She continued to write while perusing a career in Marketing after gaining a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing.

In 2006 her eldest daughter was born and then two years later her 2nd daughter came along. Victoria realised in the midst of the mummy madness, that she’d let her writing dwindle and that nappy-changing, sleepless nights and not being able to go to the toilet in peace could not stop her fulfilling her writing dreams. So when her girls were 3 years old and 18 months old, she decided that sleep was over-rated and enrolled at Teesside University. A year later she proudly left with a MA in Creative Writing, some wonderful friendships and a passion for therapeutic writing. While studying for her MA she was also delighted to win a short-story competition judged by Adele Parks, to which she received publication and mentoring from Adele.

After her MA, Victoria concentrated on writing women’s fiction. She loves writing stories that women can relate to. The Chaos Series grew from her own experience of pregnancy, motherhood and life.

Victoria is also passionate about mental health and likes to write of such issues in her stories. Her dedication to mental health and living life to the full has led her down a spiritual path. Through her learning of spirituality she qualified as a Law of Attraction and NLP Practitioner, which she integrates into her writing. Her inspirational blog includes an A-Z motivational journey with weekly therapeutic creative writing exercises. She has developed this further and will soon launch her inspirational shop. The shop has been created to pass on positivity and love to others … you never know when someone may need to see those messages.

Being accepted by Bombshell Books is a dream come true for Victoria, she hopes that her mantra for giving love always and never giving up will inspire others to follow their dreams and passion.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Victoria, her inspirational blog and shop you can visit

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Reported Missing by Sarah Wray @Sarah_Wray #BlogTour #Review @Bookouture

I am delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour today for Reported Missing by Sarah Wray and if you get chance why not stop by the lovely Kaisha at The Writing Garnet.

Today I will be sharing my review but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

Four months ago, Rebecca Pendle’s husband disappeared. So did 14-year-old Kayleigh Jackson.

Just a coincidence? Rebecca wants to believe so… But as the police start to draw parallels between Chris and Kayleigh, it’s getting harder for her to trust his innocence.

Faced with an angry town that believes Chris has abducted the teenager, Rebecca tries to discover the truth.

But what she finds shocks her more than she ever thought. How well does she really know the man she loves?

A completely gripping, suspenseful thriller, with a shocking twist. Fans of Louise Jensen, K.L Slater and and The Girl on the Train will be hooked until the very last page.

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 I really enjoyed the fact that the start of the book takes place after the disappearances I thought that this was a great way to plunge the reader into Rebecca's personal nightmare. Along with trying to piece together the clues to find out what happened to her husband. It was awful to see the effects on Rebecca and how she was treated in the aftermath of the events. 

I have to admit it is a slow burner of a story so if you like a thriller that hits the ground running you may feel disappointed. However I quite liked that the story was more centralised around the characters namely Rebecca. I also couldn't resist the mystery of what had actually happened to Chris and Kayleigh. Due to the pace of the story I felt like I got to know Rebecca better as you follow her struggle to comprehend what everyone is saying about her husband. She is completely in the dark and you can feel the pressure and tension that she is under. Rebecca is a compelling character and there were plenty of occasions where I just felt so sorry for her situation. Then on the other hand she could go into something without necessarily thinking things through but I guess she is just so determined to prove everyone wrong in their assumptions about her husband. 

The question remains is her husband innocent or is he guilty? 

The story is an intriguing one especially as it shows the repercussions for loved ones after any disappearance. I found myself quickly working my way through Reported Missing as I just had to know the truth and to find out if Rebecca would ever find out for herself. It was great that I couldn't see where the plot would go next it isn't as if there were twists and turns galore but I felt just as in the dark as Rebecca was.

Tense and intriguing!

With thanks to Bookouture & Netgalley for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.


Sarah Wray is originally from Yorkshire but now lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where she works as a technology writer and editor. She won a Northern Writers' Award (Arvon Award) in 2015 for an early version of her first novel.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin @quaintrellem #GuestPost #BlogTour @NeverlandBT

Thank you for joining me for my stop on the blog tour for Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin. Today I'm sharing a guest post from Em Muslin and there is also a great giveaway to enter. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

About the book

Sometimes hope has a way of changing everything…

Just hours after giving birth, Eli Bell is forced to give up her newborn baby daughter for adoption. Devastated, she tries desperately to rebuild her shattered life.

Then, over thirty years later, Eli catches sight of her daughter. And she knows that she must do everything to find a way back into her life. Even if it means lying…

While her husband Tommy must grow to accept his own part in the events of her early life, he can only try to save her before her obsession with the young woman ruins them both.

Don’t miss the breathtaking debut Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin! Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Anne Tyler, Joyce Carol Oates.

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Also available on Kobo/Barnes & Noble/iBooks/GooglePlay books


Praise for Before You Were Mine:

"A heartbreaking novel about what happens when we don't have the power to make our own choices. BEFORE YOU WERE MINE is a moving and emotional story that is sure to touch readers' hearts." ~ Karen Katchur, author of THE SISTERS OF BLUE MOUNTAIN

"5 STARS - A love story that surprises in so many ways. Em Muslin has written a great debut book here. Before You Were Mine explores love on so many levels it had me reaching for the tissues more than once. It's heartening to see people who seem totally self-serving suddenly step up and make things right. I would like to share some fudge pie and coffee with Eli."  - Jo Ann Mapson Best selling author of Owen's Daughter/Finding Casey/Solomon's Oak/The Owl & Moon Cafe/The Bad Girl Creek trilogy/The Wilder Sisters/Hank & Chloe; Loving Chloe/Shadow Ranch/ Blue Rodeo

Em Muslin’s Debut novel is heart stoppingly beautiful.
Muslin was born to write, her observations are breathtaking
I was so involved in the story, I missed my stop on the train.'
- Lynn Parson - Radio Broadcaster

5 STARS -Pleasing to the mind,
Em Muslin's debut novel, "Before You Were Mine" is written with a beautiful touch where heartbreak meets love and loneliness meets freedom. Every reader can benefit from reading this book as it grabs onto your heart strings and pulls you in to compelling story that includes all aspects of family. This story is not only a great piece of literature, the story unfolds into much more than just Eli's obsession but digs deeper into the life she left behind years ago. - Biblio Beauty Book Blog

Publisher: Harper Collins


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Rules of Writing – Em Muslin

So here are some lessons I have learned on the way...

The first lesson is the most important one ... but sometimes the hardest.

Maintain a sense of humour at all times.

‘Oh right sure’, I hear you say when you’re letting your baby out into the world. ‘You try laughing when you’re getting bad reviews/poor sales/arguing (read: constructive discussion) with the editor/insert you own problem here ________’  but that is exactly when you need to step back and laugh. Yes, I know – you have literally sweat blood and tears over your manuscript and someone has just trampled all over it – or no one seems to have discovered your masterpiece etc. But have faith and above all laugh. Things take time. And we have to remember that in the scheme of things, despite how hard we have worked to achieve our goal of getting published, it really is not important. We have to look around and see the devastation that is happening in our world, to our neighbours, our friends. Some of it on a political level, some of it on a personal level. Some of it both. Getting a bad review, or no sales means nothing in that context. And that is why we have to shake our heads and smile when things don’t go our way. Don’t get me wrong – I have felt utter frustration when my publishers haven’t promoted the book, or when I see sales are reflecting that or the feeling you’re just this tiny cog in a big publishing machine  – but all I can do, is breathe, laugh, take stock and just keep pushing the rock uphill.

One piece of advice someone gave me recently was ‘your first book will always be there.’ And by that they mean; when your readers discover your second (and that’s when you have to maintain faith that a) you’ll finish a second and b) it gets published) they will want to read your other works too. We’re making tiny steps on our path to literary success.

One key thing that helps me keep my sense of humour when frustration kicks in – is the support I have had from other twitter followers, from readers, reviewers and bloggers. These guys have cheered me on, and lifted my spirits hugely. They don’t know me from Adam – but still they have been wonderful. To read some of the incredible reviews I have received for Before You Were Mine makes my heart soar. To see someone retweet a message I’ve written makes me punch the air. Because they do not have to do that. They are doing it because they support you. They care. And that is the fresh air that fills my lungs with laughter.

Don’t check your sales. Really. Don’t. It’s depressing.

Do check your sales. Really. Do. It’s enlightening. First it stops any delusion for when your royalties statement finally arrives. It stops you buying a huge house. It stops you buying all the rounds at the bar. And it also makes you rethink your sales technique. Question what you can do better. What can you change to get the sales. See if the new methods take effect. And keep on working on it. And if the sales still aren’t budging ...?

Maintain a sense of humour at all times. Sorry but you gotta do it.

Finally, keep writing. Laughing at your own journey will help you keep on writing. Enjoy it for what it is.

Now to check my sales ....
(cue laughter!)

Thank you to Em Muslin for the fab guest post!

About the author

Em muslin has worked in the film and television industry for over 20 years. She first fell in love with reading and writing after experiencing Judith Kerr's When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. She hasn't stopped devouring books ever since.

She loves words that capture an experience or emotion in a singular form: her current favourite, describing herself, isnemophilist.

Em's writing career has included developing a script for a stage musical with Tina Turner, and writing a bitter-sweet comedy screenplay, Last Chance Saloon.

Em's writing focuses on the texture of domestic life, relationships, family and the pressures of social convention. Her characters are often fighting to become the hero of their own story, searching for hope, despite the adversities that life inevitably brings.

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