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#bookreview – Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances @suewatsonwriter @bookouture

Now I’m ready for Christmas!

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This book is wonderfully funny, romantic and festive and I loved every page! Reading it was like snuggling in front of a log fire in a fluffy dressing gown while sipping a hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and whipped cream. It’s that good!

I loved Chloe and Gianni, as well as the rest of the colourful characters. Chloe was so sweet, real and believable and I shared her joy in simple pleasures and identified with her pain. She has suffered a loss that will resonate with many readers, but despite this, she is strong and she knows she has to accept that her life will not be how she’d thought it would be and make the most of what she has. As Chloe and the passionate, fiery Gianni are thrown back together in the beautiful seaside village, they start to rethink their past decisions and behaviour and rediscover feelings they thought they had lost long ago.

The setting was absolutely magical, especially with the festive details. I wish I could walk on the beach at Appledore before sampling one of the amazing sundaes at the local ice cream parlour. Along with the romance comes another delightful sensual journey, and that is linked to good food and wine. My mouth was literally watering at the vivid descriptions.

This is a story about love and loss, about wanting things from life then being disappointed and taking for granted what you actually have or failing to communicate with the person you love so that a rift develops between you.

If you’re looking for a gorgeous Christmas read, then I highly recommend Snowflakes, Iced Cakes and Second Chances.

(Thank you to Sue Watson, Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC.)

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#bookspotlight #bookreview Ours Is The Winter by @LaurieEllingham

Recently I was lucky enough to receive an early review copy of Ours Is The Winter by Laurie Ellingham. The book releases on 17th November 2017 and you should go and preorder your copy now because it’s fabulous!
Here’s the gorgeous cover and the blurb:
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Journeying across the Arctic, their pasts are about to catch up with them.

Erica, Molly and Noah are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime, driving Siberian huskies across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Cut off from the world and their loved ones and thrown together under gruelling conditions, it isn’t long before the cracks start to show.

Erica has it all. A loving husband, a successful career and the most adorable baby daughter. But Erica has been living a double life, and as she nears her fortieth birthday her lies threaten to come crashing down.

Molly was on her way to stardom. But when her brother died, so did her dreams of becoming an Olympic champion. Consumed by rage and grief, she has shut out everyone around her, but now she’s about to learn that comfort can come from the most unexpected places.

Noah has a darkness inside him and is hounded by nightmares from his past. Tortured, trapped and struggling to save his fractured relationship, he knows this journey is not going to help, but try telling his girlfriend that.

As their lives and lies become ever more entwined, it becomes clear that in the frozen wilds there is nowhere to hide.

 

My thoughts 

Ours Is The Winter is a gripping tale about love, loss, longing, regret and trying to move on with life. The story focuses on three characters – Erica, Molly and Noah – who are thrown together when they embark on an Arctic challenge.

I loved the way that Laurie Ellingham gave the perspectives of the three characters as they set off on the challenging and gruelling adventure, while providing details about their backgrounds. As I read, I felt that I knew the three characters well and I hoped that they would find what it was that they were looking for.

Laurie Ellingham has a lovely style that seamlessly transports you into the story and my favourite thing about Our Is The Winter was the descriptions of the settings and the dogs. Being mad about dogs, it made me want to meet the huskies in the story and I would love to have the opportunity to visit the setting of the novel. I also felt the biting cold that the characters endure during the trip and shared their longing to see the Northern Lights.

This story is gripping, exciting, emotional and beautifully written. Laurie Ellingham is a talented author and I look forward to reading more of her books!

5 GOLDEN STARS FROM ME!!!

 

Christmas at Conwenna Cove #amreading #christmascountdown

Today I am delighted to share the cover and blurb for Christmas at Conwenna Cove. This festive novel is the second book set in Conwenna Cove and can be read as a standalone or enjoyed as part of the series.

Christmas at Conwenna Cove will be released on 9th October 2017 and is available for preorder here.

 

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Christmas at Conwenna Cove: A gorgeous, uplifting seasonal romance set in a beautiful Cornish village

A heartwarming, romantic and Christmassy novel set in the gorgeous Cornish village of Conwenna Cove.

When Grace Phillips travels to Conwenna Cove to help her parents move there 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Grace soon meets local vet Oli Davenport and initially finds him rude, but learning about his passion for animals and how much he cares for his two kids helps Grace to see a softer side to Oli.

It’s been two years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. Though he loves eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything it’s hard to be mum and dad. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly but both Oli and Grace are holding onto fear about letting someone into their heart.

As the snow falls and Christmas wishes come true can Conwenna Cove work its magic and help Grace and Oli find the happiness they both deserve?

 

Here’s an early review from Netgalley:

 

This was such a delightful read. It was a treat to return to Conwenna Cove and I was completely romanticised again by the landscape. The fictional coastal village that the author has created sounds so idyllic with its quaint cottages and the little independent shops together with the beachside ambience but what makes this story more heartfelt is the occupants of the village. There is a real sense of community in the village from those that were born in the village to those that have sort solace and have been welcomed with open arms to this wonderful seaside location. I feel like I want to pack my case and have my own Conwenna Cove hug. This story focuses on Grace Phillips who has travelled down to Cornwall from her home in Cardiff to help her parents settle in their new cottage in the Cove. Grace and her parents have suffered such a terrible loss and her parents are hoping that this new start will bring a new perspective to their life, a chance to reflect and a chance to embrace what life throws at them. Grace is an author so staying with her parents for a short while is no hardship to her career as she can work from anywhere. When Grace meets the village vet Oli Davenport she is struck by his handsome features but his aloof persona doesn’t help him win friends too easily. However, given time Grace discovers more about Oli and with his huge commitment to the health and welfare of animals and to his devotion to his children, eleven year old Amy and five year old Tom, Grace appreciates this side to Oli. Oli Davenport loves his children and loves his job but he is still grieving for his wife who sadly passed away two years ago. When he first meets Grace he is struck by her beauty but this sets off a chain reaction of confused emotions in him. His first priority is his children and he also feels like he shouldn’t be having any feelings for any woman since becoming a widower. However, the more Oli and Grace get to know each other the more they understand that they each are holding a heartache and are still grieving. Will the beautiful landscape, the wonderful honesty in children and the sad plight of the animals in need that Oli faces daily help these two people learn to love again? A wonderful, heartfelt, festive read that left me sighing with contentment.

Adele B, Netgalley Reviewer

 

#spotlight on author Rachel Dove @WriterDove

Rachel Dove.jpgHi Rachel! Welcome to my blog. 🙂

Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

 I write romantic fiction and horror, full time now since I left my Post 16 teaching job to focus on my words and my family. I won the Prima and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition in 2015 and I haven’t stopped writing since!

 

Why did you want to become a writer?

I always read a lot as a child, and wrote my own stories. When I was younger, teaching and writing was all I wanted to do, but life gets in the way. It wasn’t till my early 20s that I started to learn more about the craft of writing, and working on my stories with a view to submission. I think it’s a compulsion, if I don’t write or read, I get a little stir crazy!

Tell us a bit about your recent release.

My new book released on 1st August, and is a romantic fiction book set in my lovely fictional village of Westfield. Some previous characters may make a guest appearance! I am really excited for this one to come out, as I have been writing three books since The Chic Boutique on Baker Street and I want to share them with the world!

What genre are your books?

I write contemporary women’s fiction, and I like to make loveable characters that people really fall for, and root for too!

What draws you to this genre?

Everyone loves a happy ending, and I am a hopeless romantic. I really enjoy the journey, the warm fuzzies you get when you know that a pair are destined to be together, and you get a front row seat from your sunlounger or your sofa in your PJs. Bliss.

I also love to see a love rat or a wrong doer get thwarted. Romance novels are a great escape from your troubles, and that constantly amazes me.

Where do the your ideas come from? / What was the inspiration to write your most recent book?

My most recent book came to me slowly, as they all do. Often I write a scene in my head, or think up a character or situation, and the rest percolates from there over time. I keep character profiles and ideas files which are invaluable to me.

How much research do you do? / How do you research?

I research by contacting organisations and professionals relating to the field I need, I use the internet, library, read books and visit places. I keep records and take photos as well to document my research.

Plotter or pantser? – Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

Bit of both, I have a plot and character profiles, but when writing the characters always surprise me. One character developed a crush and tried to kiss a character he liked out of the blue, and even I was surprised by his actions!

Describe what a typical writing day involves for you. / Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

I use the Writeometer app to keep track of my word count and deadlines etc, and I do try for a minimum of 500 words a day. I drop my children off at school, run errands and then write till 3pm. Then if I am on deadline, I write before they get up on a morning and after they have gone to bed too. The house is either a bombsite or really tidy, depending on deadlines and whether or not I am managing to get into the writing groove!

What’s the toughest part of the writing process for you?

The muddy middle part of the book I think, and the sheer amount of work and time it takes to get the book out there can be exhausting, but there is no greater high. I have written 4 books now and am onto my fifth, so I very much feel like I am still learning in many ways. Seeing your book out there is amazing though, there is no greater high.

What’s the most enjoyable part of writing?

Creating people and being able to make a living from writing stories. I get to work from home, around my family, and that is priceless.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I think I evolve and learn with every book, I like to improve and push the boundaries of my writing. The aim is of course to make each book better than the last.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you get through it?

Not really, I can always find some scene to play with if one is proving tricky, and I think half of the battle is carving out writing time and making sure that you do work in that time. Biscuits and social media often win, but I use both in small measures when the writing beckons!

Out of all the wonderful books out there, which book do you wish you had written and why?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I adore the story, the characters and the message within.

If you could spend the day with your favourite literary character, who would you spend it with and what would you do?

Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy. I think we would go pond dipping!

What can we expect next from you?

My next book, out in September time, is grittier than anything I have done before. It is still a romance, but it is different from my other romantic fiction and I am very proud and nervous about showing a different side to my writing. I hope that the readers will love it as much as I do!

Is there any particular writing advice you wish you’d been given at the start of your writing career?

Keep going, you will get there. Enjoy the ride, and concentrate on the writing.

Have you ever had a book rejected by a publisher / agent? How did you deal with it? How would you advise other authors to deal with rejection?

Loads! Even established authors get rejections, so I expect my file of rejection letters will keep growing over the years. I would say to keep trying, take on board any feedback, and enter as many writing competitions as you can!

What are you reading at the moment?

I have a strong relationship with my Netgalley account as I love to review, so I have a couple of those on the go all the time. I am currently reading Liane Moriarty’s backlist in paperback so I can read with a glass of wine in the bath.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

The power to clean a house in the style of Bewitched/Harry Potter.

What secret talents do you have?

I have a qualification in British Sign Language and Makaton, which I have used in the past working with children, and I like to do cross stitch and latch hook rugs.

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

I am pretty happy, but I would love to see grandchildren grow up, and go to all the places in the world on my list. Am working through them 🙂

 

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Blog

Facebook

Twitter

Amazon Author Page

 

Rachel’s latest release The Flower Shop on Foxley Street is available now!

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#bookreview – You Are Loved – by @JoPlattTweets @canelo_co #amreading

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You Are Loved is a gorgeous read that made me laugh, cry and laugh until I cried. The story is immensely enjoyable and the characters are so lovely that I wish they were real.

Grace Waterhouse is an author whose latest novel isn’t going to hit any bestseller lists. She’s also still grieving for the life she had with her ex-husband – the man who traded her in for a younger, fitter model. It seems she might still have feelings for him and that those feelings might just be mutual, or is it a case of the grass being greener…

Grace is down in the dumps, to say the least, so when the opportunity to help out a friend arises – by taking on her cleaning job while she’s away on holiday – she jumps at the chance. This leads her (and us) to meet a whole new circle of colourful characters, and through this, Jo Platt creates some moments of pure laugh-out-loud comedy.

This novel really is heart-warming, funny and unputdownable, and I thoroughly recommend it as a FIVE STAR READ for autumn 2017.

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#bookreview – The Arrangement – by Sonya Lalli @saskinthecity #the arrangement @orionbooks

What a funny, heart-warming, sparkling rollercoaster of a debut novel!

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The heroine, Raina, has her hands full with her interfering – yet adorable – Nani, her gorgeous (yet absent) ex Dev, her best friend Shay, her unfulfilling job and her close community. Add in a difficult relationship with her biological mother and Raina’s life is turbulent to say the least.

Families, communities and dating are complicated and Ms Lalli doesn’t shy away from this; she shows the ups and downs unflinchingly. What single woman approaching thirty hasn’t been asked about when she’ll settle down and start a family, then been viewed as unusual if she still isn’t quite sure what she wants? This is Raina’s plight as her Nani tries to set her up with a variety of eligible bachelors, while Raina battles her own remaining feelings for her first true love, Dev. Then along comes handsome teacher Asher…

The Arrangement really is a five star read and I look forward to reading more by this talented author.

#bookreview – The Silent Wife – by Kerry Fisher @KerryFSwayne @bookouture

Unknown-1.jpegKerry Fisher’s writing always draws me in from the first page and grips me until the last. I need to clear my schedule before starting one of her books because I know I won’t want to put it down.

The Silent Wife is absolutely fabulous! It’s about families and the complicated webs that exist within them, about how people lie to protect themselves and others. I loved the way that Ms Fisher slowly revealed the family’s secrets and how she created such real and raw emotion along the way. The female characters are strong and individual, yet bound together by the men in their lives and by their children. There is a clear sense of how dynamics shift when another woman enters a family and how the matriarch is not always who you expect.

This novel is gripping, exciting, page turning and addictive and I loved every page.

 

FIVE STARS FROM ME 

 

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#coverreveal – Christmas at the Dancing Duck – by @daisyjamesbooks

Today I am delighted to take part in Daisy James’s cover reveal for Christmas at the Dancing Duck!

Look at the beautiful festive cover…

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And here’s the blurb:

A wonderfully festive romantic read to curl up with this Christmas.

The most wonderful time of the year!

Kirstie Harrison is finally coming home for the holidays. Ever since tragedy struck a few years ago, Christmas hasn’t felt the same – but she’s determined that this year will be different…

And staying at the family pub, The Dancing Duck, means it’s impossible not to get caught up in the little village of Cranbury’s festive traditions. And it’s equally impossible to avoid her ex, Josh Turner!

Kirstie is torn between making this the best Christmas yet and knowing that she can’t stay forever. Maybe it’s time to make a holiday wish of her own…?

#bookreview – Cocktails and Dreams – by @ALMichael_ @canelo_co

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Cocktails and Dreams has everything you need from a heart-warming, emotional and fulfilling read this summer.

The story is raw, funny and real, and I lurched from laughing out loud to blinking away tears. A.L.Michael writes so beautifully, that Cocktails and Dreams completely won my heart.

Firstly, there is the beautiful story of Savannah, a young woman once abandoned by her rock star mother. Who wouldn’t be hurt and damaged by this? Savvy is so loveable, sweet, funny and strong that I rooted for her all the way through. Savvy goes through a journey in the novel and thanks to the fabulous writing, I was right there with her.

Secondly, there is the gorgeous bartender Milo. He’s honest, funny and perfect for Savvy, but can she allow herself to love him, because, you know, the girl has plans… But OH, the scenes where she realises that he’s a special guy!

Thirdly, the relationships in the novel between Savvy and her aunt, her father and her mother are so realistic and relatable. I devoured the family dynamics and laughed and cried along with them.

Finally, there are the cocktails and the food Savvy cooks… WOW! A.L.Michael’s descriptions of the cocktails are mouth-watering, sensual and evocative. I wanted to try every one!

This is a story about friendship, families, attraction, personal growth and acceptance. I LOVED every page!

And I can’t finish this review without saying this… wombletoff dickbag is up there with the best insults ever!!!

 

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