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#Festive Book Review: Christmas Evie, by Nicola May.

#Festive Book Review: Christmas Evie, by Nicola May.

This is the time to enjoy really festive books, to curl up on the sofa with mugs of hot chocolate with cream and cinnamon, and for me some spiced chocolate gingerbread and of course a festive book. Today, I’m reviewing a short story by the brilliant Nicola May.

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It’s two days before Christmas and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.

Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London.

A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way … but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?


Published August 31st 2015 by Accent Press

My Thoughts:

This is a fantastic Christmas short story that will warm the hearts of even those who don’t love Christmas. Evie has been cheated on, and is expecting the worst Christmas ever. But she meets Greg who invites her to help the homeless over Christmas. There are just enough characters in this story so that we get a good taste for all of them. 

Bea, Evie’s wacky friend who is always on hand for a laugh and a sherry. Greg the handsome man who helps the homeless. But the stand out from all the rest character is Yves. Evie meets Yves and spends a little time with him. 

Through Yves, we the readers and Evie are shown a side of Christmas that many of us forget. Christmas doesn’t need to be expensive, or hectic or anything we don’t want it to be. 

“See, you don’t need money to do things that make you feel good.” says Yves. This is one of the best festive reads I have read in a while. It really encourages the good in people and allows positivity to flow from the book, and encourage us to be grateful for what we have in the present.

Yves is a spirtual soul and gives Evie some wonderful quotes, one particular from The Prophet by Khali Gilbran, which let me see the wonderful thoughts of the Author also mirrored in her previous book ‘The SW19 Club‘. 

This is a festive easy reading book filled with hope, beauty and positivity. This is the third book I have read by Nicola May, and although I knew before how talented she is. This book made me realise that Nicola May, in the words of Anne Shirley is a “kindred spirit”

*Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery.









Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Books


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#Festive Book Review: How to Stuff up Christmas, by Rosie Blake.

#Festive Book Review: How to Stuff up Christmas, by Rosie Blake.

So a rather late festive book review, but I enjoyed reading my festive books right the way through the season, so better late than never. 

Thank you to publishers Corvus and Author Rosie Blake for my lovely copy of ‘How to Stuff Up Christmas’ with its beautiful cover all complete with lovely Christmassy sparkles on it.

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‘Tis the season to be jolly. Unless you’ve found an intimate picture of another woman on your fiance’s phone…

Eve is heartbroken after discovering her fiance is cheating on her. Being surrounded by the joys of Christmas is more than Eve can bear, so she chooses to avoid the festivities by spending Christmas alone on a houseboat in Pangbourne. Eve gets an unexpected seasonal surprise when handsome local vet Greg comes to her rescue one day, and continues to visit Eve’s boat on a mission to transform her from Kitchen Disaster Zone to Culinary Queen.

But where does Greg keep disappearing to? What does Eve’s best friend Daisy know that she isn’t telling? And why is there an angry goose stalking Eve’s boat?

A hilarious and heart-warming novel about Christmas, catastrophes and cooking, containing exclusive Christmas recipes, from the talented Rosie Blake.


Published November 5th 2015 by Corvus


My Thoughts:

This is just the kind of festive read that I love. It wasn’t filled with all “the perfect family set up blah blah”, but it was a Christmassy setting with great characters, some delicious and some not quite so successful recipes, plus a nice storyline with humour and fun.

The books starts off with a nice recipe made by Eve’s  friend Daisy to attempt to cheer her up after her boyfriend was caught cheating on her. We follow Eve as she makes alternative arrangements for her festive season. The range of nice festive recipes along the way are lovely, and as Eve is not a great cook, some are amusing and some work out well and sound delicious. Eve’s sister makes an interesting dish called ‘Grandma’s Pink Cheese’. Something I hadn’t heard of but sounds lovely.

There is a nice range of characters in this book, the first that comes to my mind after finishing the book is Marmite the dog! He is a fun lovely character and keeps Eve company, though beware of those geese!! 

Eve’s Dad made me chuckle with his wacky dress sense, but I wasn’t keen on her Mum, always criticising. There is a bit of intrigue as to what her best friend Daisy is hiding, and throughout I was a little dubious of her, you will need to read to see if I was right or not…. 

Overall this was a lovely festive read, with great recipes, interesting developed characters, laughs and a bit of adventure. Plus an amusing end. I definitely recommend it. 








Posted by on January 15, 2017 in Books


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Book Review:Christmas at The Gingerbread Cafe, by Rebecca Raisin. And Recipe.

Book Review:Christmas at The Gingerbread Cafe, by Rebecca Raisin. And Recipe.

Firstly a very Merry Christmas to all my book loving readers. I hope you are having a wonderful time.

Today, I am going to share with you a fabulously festive read that I have enjoyed. This was a fantastic one, and it was free from Amazon when I downloaded it! Rebecca Raisin is one of my favourite Authors, and after finishing this book I was straight away looking for more of her books to read.

This is another short novella, which is perfect for a quick festive read accompanied by a gingerbread latte and a chocolate biscuit.

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Costa Gingerbread Latte is similar to how I imagine them to be at The Gingerbread Cafe.


Christmas is the season the Gingerbread Café was made for…but owner Lily couldn’t be feeling less merry if she tried. She’s spent another year dreaming of being whisked away on a sleigh-ride for two, but she’s facing festive season alone – again. And, just to give her another reason to feel anything other than candy-cane perky, a new shop across the road has opened… Not only is it selling baked goods, but the owner, with his seriously charming smile, has every girl in town swooning.

But Lily isn’t about to let her business crumble — the Gingerbread Café is the heart of the community, and she’s going to fight for it! This could be the Christmas that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams – even the someone-to-decorate-the-Christmas-tree-with ones – really do come true!

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My Thoughts:

This book is perfect for this festive time of year. Rebecca Raisin is already one of my favourite Authors, so I was sure this book would fill me with Christmas warmth, festivity and some craving for gingerbread coffee and hot chocolates! 

Like Rebecca’s other books I have read, The Gingerbread Cafe is set in a small cosy village called Ashford. The characters and the whole atmosphere in this book just calls out: ‘Come and stay here!’ The characters are mostly so lovely and friendly, a place where everyone knows each other and is willing to help a friend or neighbour when they need it.

The Cafe at Christmas time has the most delicious sounding food and drinks. After reading this book, I decided to make my own gingerbread syrup! (I will share the recipe with you later). The Cafe has a gingerbread house in its window:

“In pride of place, sitting squarely in the bay window, is our gingerbread house. It’s four feet high with red and white candy cane pillars holding up the thatched roof. There’s a wide chimney, decorated with green andred jelly beans, ready for Santa to climb down…”  …..doesn’t it sound perfect?

The story revolves around Cafe owner Lily, her assistant and best friend CeeCee and new comer to the village Damon. The book is predictable is a delicious way. This is comfort reading at its best. 

Christmas, a Christmas book by a great Author and a few gingerbread coffees, hot chocolates and biscuits. All perfect while snuggled up on the sofa with festive candles burning. I loved it.

Find it here:



Rebecca Raisin’s Twitter



My Recipe for Gingerbread syrup:

150g of golden caster sugar.

1 tbsp of ground ginger

1 tbsp of cinnamon.

Boil it gently all together in 100 ml of water, until it is all dissolved and a little thicker.

Leave to cool, the add it to a bottle.

This will keep for months if you can make it last! But if like me you add it to ice cream, coffee, hot chocolate, then it won’t last very long at all.

Enjoy, and a very happy Christmas to you all.


Posted by on December 27, 2015 in Books


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Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage. Blog Tour, Review & Competition.

Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage. Blog Tour, Review & Competition.

Christmas Confessions & Cocktails by Vicki Lesage

I’m very happy to be part of this lovely festive blog tour, woo hoo its nearly Christmas. Time to relax, give and receive gifts, eat, drink and read! Vicki Lesage brought me very swiftly into my Festive spirit with this collection of short stories.

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Party girl Vicki tells it like it us, from her crazy Christmases growing up in the Midwest (book auction, anyone?) to her even crazier holidays in her new home of Paris (like a marathon 8-hour meal sitting on a stool). Bizarre gifts, weird food, and holiday travel disasters are just some of tales you’ll chuckle at in this collection.

This Christmas-themed memoir features 25 funny and heartwarming essays, all with a tenuous tie to Christmas, and pairs each with a delicious drink recipe. So grab your martini shaker and get ready for some great cocktails and some hearty laughs this holiday season!

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My Thoughts:

This is the first Christmas book I have read this year, and I have to say it did get me into the Christmas spirit. The Author tells short stories of her Christmas themed experiences. There are funny, heart warming and festive. To round each story off there is a cocktail recipe that is in some way related to the story. I liked these recipes a lot! I got some nice ideas for cocktails I might make over the festive season. My favourite cocktail was mentioned actually!

Grasshopper. -creme de cacao.

                          – creme de menthe.

                          –  vanilla vodka.

                          – half-and-half. (I usually used cream here!).


A lot of the stories were based in Paris, so we hear some French traditions, some nice and some seem very strange to me being British, but it was a good insight into French festivities. 

I think this is a good book to get into the Christmas spirit and perfect if you just want quick reads. You can read one of her tales or you can just keep reading all the 25 tales in the book. It was kind of like a girly chat with a friend you haven’t seen for a while, a great catch up of funny and light hearted tales. Beware though, it will make you feel like cocktails, there are even mini cartoon cocktail pictures after each chapter (kindle version).

Below are the links to find the book. 





The Author is kindly giving away a copy of one of her other books. ‘Confessions of a Paris Party Girl’

Enter this rafflecopter giveaway to win a copy of her book  Just click on the link and follow the instructions. Good luck.

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When newly-single party girl Vicki moved to Paris, she was hoping to indulge in wine, stuff her face with croissants, and fall in love. It proved to be much more difficile than she’d imagined. In this laugh-out-loud memoir, this cheeky storyteller recounts the highs and lows of her life in the City of Light. Sassy and shamefully honest, Vicki makes you feel as if you’re right there in Paris stumbling along the cobblestones with her.

Will she find love? Will she learn to consume reasonable amounts of alcohol? Will the French administration ever cut her a break?

A funny memoir about coming of age and embarking on a new life in Paris. Part travel memoir, part love story, this collection of funny essays.


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Vicki Lesage is already a best selling Amazon Author, enter this competition and check out her books on the links above. 

The Festive season is with us readers, lets enjoy all the best festive books about. I’d love to hear what festive books you are reading, and if you have read any of Vicki’s books already. Leave me a comment and let me know.

Good luck in the competition and happy reading!

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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Books


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Book Review: Cora’s Christmas Kiss, Alison May.

Book Review: Cora’s Christmas Kiss, Alison May.

CoraThank you to publishers Choc Lit for sending me this copy. I was very happy to read it and give my honest review.


Can you expect a perfect Christmas after the year from hell?

Cora and Liam have both experienced horrible years that have led them to the same unlikely place – spending December working in a Grotto at Golding’s department store.

Under the cover of a Father Christmas fat suit and an extremely unflattering reindeer costume, they find comfort in sharing their tales of woe during their bleak staffroom lunch breaks.

But is their new found friendship just for Christmas? Or have they created something deeper, something that could carry them through to a hopeful new year?

My Thoughts:

This is a great festive read, I really really enjoyed it. It was so romantic, almost fairy tale like. But it wasn’t soppy romantic, the story was a page turner, I wanted to read and read this until I finished it and found out about the two main characters.

The two characters Cora and Liam don’t tell each other their real names, they take turns to tell each other their stories from the past year. The description says ‘tales of woe’, but it isn’t depressing, I kept rooting for the two characters, keen to see how each of their years end up.

Although the ending is predictable by the title, exactly where each characters stories go is not predictable, in fact far from it. I was taken by surprise at the turn in events of Cora and Liam’s past year! It was exciting and Christmassy.

My favourite festive read!!!! I loved it and will definitely be reading more of Alison May.



Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Books


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Book Review: How the In-Laws Wrecked Christmas, by Fiona Gibson.

Book Review: How the In-Laws Wrecked Christmas, by Fiona Gibson.


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A funny, festive short story from bestseller Fiona Gibson. Just the thing to curl up with on a cold winter night.

Christmas in the country. What could be better? All you need is one country house, one gorgeous boyfriend and a liberal dusting of snow. Right?

That’s what Anna thinks and she can’t wait for the festivities to start. But then she meets her gorgeous boyfriend’s awful parents. And their drunk friends. And she starts to hear all about a certain ex-wife. Suddenly this doesn’t look like a very merry Christmas after all…

Christmas doesn’t always go to plan, and Fiona tells it like it is. The perfect festive read for fans of ‘Outnumbered’ and Fern Britton.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a good festive book that was easy to read with the main character Anna being very likeable and understandable.

The book sets Christmas in a snowy country home with all the things that would traditionally thought to make Christmas fantastic, good food, lovely home, family and friends. However, the book is titled about Christmas being wrecked! So, the story really has a moral about remembering what is really important at Christmas time.There are a few interesting characters. Anna’s boyfriend Ben, and his daughter Daisy. We also hear about Ben’s ex and obviously his parents!

Although this was a short story, there was definitely room to make it longer, there were characters that were barely mentioned, but could have been. The ending could lead onto another book?? Although we weren’t left hanging.

I have to say, this was the first book that I read of this author and I like her writing style. I would definitely pick up another of her books.

This book was free from Amazon when I got it, it is now on sale at Amazon for 49p. Great for a short festive read.



Posted by on December 3, 2014 in Books


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Book Review: The Boyfriend Swap, by Meredith Schorr.

Book Review: The Boyfriend Swap, by Meredith Schorr.

Thank you to Author Meredith Schorr for my copy of The Boyfriend Swap. I fell in love with Meredith’s writing from when I first read Blogger Girl. I had high expectations for this book, and I wasn’t disappointed. 

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I want ALL of Meredith’s books! 


Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure.

Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve. 

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flakey actor beau.

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.

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Published November 7th 2017 by Henery Press

My Thoughts:

The Boyfriend Swap is a really entertaining escapism fun read. The two main female characters Robin and Sydney are taking their boyfriends home for Christmas and both are dreading it because of what their parents will think of their chosen partners. So a crazy idea to boyfriend swap is activated! Yes it does sound like a totally crazy idea. Pretend that another girl’s man is your man and take them to Christmas dinner with your parents!!  Sounds like a perfect recipe for Meredith Schorr fictional fun! 

The two girls are quite different. I liked Robin more, but both were great characters. The two boyfriends also are quite different. I think Will makes a pretty good bookish boyfriend, and this was added to by the fact that he was most against the crazy swap idea. Ah, I love these fictional tales that you can live through in the (approx) 330 pages and get delved into their worlds of messes, decisions, embarrassments and fun times, then lift your head up and realise that you are back in your bed and can choose to live on another chapter with Robin and Will, or Sydney and Perry whenever you like. I stayed in fictional world for quite a few nights! 

There is romance and Christmas in this book, but the festive talk is low grade, and not too traditional. the romance is there but its more a fun novel with small parts of romance. 

One of my favourite lines in this book, and I quoted this to the Author on twitter was:

“Wow. This is just wow. More exciting than when Nathan fell for Hailey in One Tree Hill”.

This doesn’t give anything away, as I won’t say what is so exciting, but I loved One Tree Hill, and I loved what this “excitement” was for.  

I have seen other bloggers reviews for this book, and many have mentioned how The Boyfriend Swap would make a great movie, and I have to say I totally agree. If Meredith’s books could be made into films, I would watch them all, and ask my friends to watch them all. But for now at least they are books, so I will ask all my friends and readers to read Meredith’s books. She has a talent for writing brilliant books. I’m looking forward to the next one already. 









Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Books


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Book Review and #Giveaway. The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali.

Thank you to Rachel at for organising this blog tour, and thank you to Anne John-Ligali for my copy of this book. I did a cover reveal for this book at the beginning of the month, and mentioned at that time how excited I was to read it. I was right to be excited, it is a brilliant book. 


You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action. 

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes. 

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.


My Thoughts:

This is a lovely easy reading short story. I think the cover does a great job of representing the inside story, the characters and the sparkles. Constance will be an interesting and friendly character to follow and I am already looking forward to seeing what she does next. 

The story feels like it is setting a base for more stories to follow, yet still being a very enjoyable read on its own. I think if you use social media yourself, you will be able to identify with the characters that Anne John-Ligali has created. I wonder how many readers will have particular social media users in mind when they read this story?

I have a feeling this Author will be very popular, and her books will be quite addictive reading. I can’t wait for the next instalment. 

I am already looking forward to the next part of this online friendship story, which is due out next year. 


And now for an amazing giveaway that suits this book so well. Sorry international’s but its UK only due to the prize location. You can win a Sparkly afternoon tea for 2 at London’s Vertigo42 in Central London, and an e book copy of the wonderful book The Big Event.

All you have to do is follow the link below where you see all the terms and conditions. Fill in the form and say why you would like to win the prize.

Follow the link HERE!

The competition closes on December 15th, and the winner will be announced on Anne’s social media pages and blog. So why wait, press the link and fill it in now, you could use the prize for yourself or give it as a special Christmas gift. 

Here is the link again, press it now and tell Anne why you want to win. you want to win.

Good Luck!

And are some links where you can stay in touch with the Author and hear about new releases. 

Author Blog   /   Author Twitter / Author Facebook.  /  Instagram /

Blog Twitter  /   Blog Facebook

And now to really tempt you into the lovely world of The Big Event is Anne’s trailer for the book. 

Author Bio.

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.
When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).
Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s ficton books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.



Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Books, Giveaways


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Cover Reveal: Christmas Secrets at Snowflake Cove, by Emily Harvale

Cover Reveal: Christmas Secrets at Snowflake Cove, by Emily Harvale

So, October and Autumn has arrived and also the start of the festive books. I have started to see a few reviews of the upcoming festive books for 2017, and I already have my eye on a few of them. The new book by Emily Harvale is set to be a real cracker. 

Today, I am delighted to be able to take part in the much awaited cover reveal for Emily Harvale’s new book…. (the title is so festively wonderful, wait until you see the cover!).


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Christmas is a time for family and friends, miracles and magic, falling snow and roaring fires, fun, laughter and festive feasts. In Snowflake Cove, it’s also a time for secrets to be revealed…

Evie Starr is hoping for more than a sprinkling of magic this Christmas. The family-run Snowflake Inn is virtually empty and the Starr’s financial future isn’t looking bright. But Evie’s gran, Jessie has a secret that might help. Enigmatic, Zachary Thorn is every woman’s dream. He’s also ex-SAS, so his secrets are classified. The Christmas Special of his feel-good, TV show is set in Michaelmas Bay – until a phone call means he’s spending Christmas in nearby Snowflake Cove.

Evie’s best friend, Juniper thinks boyfriend Darren has a secret. Evie knows he does. And Evie’s niece, Raven is hiding feelings for Juniper’s brother – who has a secret crush of his own. But the biggest secret in Snowflake Cove is the identity of Raven’s dad. With snow falling thick and fast and secrets being revealed one after another, will everyone be snuggling up by the fire on Christmas Eve, or are some secrets best kept hidden…? 



So, you love the title? Tick.

You love the blurb? Tick, You will love this cover. Here it comes……


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I think I can confidently say that festive book lovers, will love Christmas Secrets at Snowflake Cove. 

The book is to be released on 1st November, You can preorder it HERE! via Amazon

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this cover reveal, and to Emily Harvale for the amazing book and cover. Can’t wait to see all the amazing reviews this book is sure to get. If you want to follow the rest of this tour, you can find it using the Twitter hashtag #ChristmasSecrets.

Now for the links you will need to look out for it. 

Be sure to follow:

Emily at @emilyharvale

Rachel at @rararesources

Me, of course! Amanda @ChocolatePages

And you should definitely subscribe to Emily’s website  and follow her Amazon page HERE!


About Emily Harvale:

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart. 

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. 

To catch up with Emily, go to her website at where you can sign up for her Readers’ Club newsletter, join her Readers’ Club Facebook group and/or connect with her on social media.

Facebook.   /    Twitter     /      Instagram     /    Youtube    /    


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Posted by on October 17, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books, Uncategorized


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Book Review: Follow Me, by Angela Clarke.

Book Review: Follow Me, by Angela Clarke.

During the run up to Christmas last year, I participated in a Secret Santa that was organised by Emma (@emthebookworm) and Kelly (@kellyspillane). If you search the hashtag #BaublesandBooks on twitter you will see much chat. My match was the very generous Sharon (@SharonSAtkinson). Sharon bought me this brilliant book, amongst quite a few others. I had read the blurb on this book, and being about an online serial killer, it really piqued my interest. It was as I had hoped an excellent griping read. So, thank you to Sharon, Emma and Kelly. 




The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.

But this is no virtual threat.

As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.

Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?

Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?



Published December 31st 2015 by Avon

My Thoughts:

This book is brilliant. We follow Freddie, a waitress come investigative journalist. As Freddie is waiting for the big story to make her mark, she stumbles upon just the way she thinks to make her name in the papers! And it does just that, though perhaps not the way she expected! 

Freddie accidentally meets up with her old school friend Naz who is working in the police force, and between the two of them and the other police, they have a race against time to find the social media online serial killer who has cleverly named himself @apolloyon aka #murderer. Some of this reading is scary stuff. The Author has really put her knowledge of social media in this book, and it is scary to see how much people can find out or giveway about themselves, without knowing. But also how anonymous you can be, if you know the right tools, as @apolloyon did. This book is so current, and will really appeal to all readers who have an interest in social media and who love crime thrillers. (This is me – absolutely the target audience here!)

The characters are great in this book, really well developed and I liked that you could see how the plot had changed both Freddie and Naz by the end of the book. Freddie is a complex character and I can see how Naz is confused as how to feel about her, Freddie is impulsive, gutsy yet also has a big heart. Freddie is a whizz at social media, despite tripping herself up at times as she adds her location to Facebook!! It did baffle me a bit that the police force seemed so inadequate in their knowledge of social media, but I guess that why they have IT specialists. 

At the beginning of each chapter, the killers followers and following are shown, this was a really nice touch and made the book so ‘now’. As the followers go up, so do the murders, so this book really was a page turner. 

As the killer is revealed towards the end of the book, I thought back over the pages and could see how cleverly wound this tale was. I had an idea, but that is only because I tend to suspect everyone! Angela Clarke is a very talented writer and I may just have found myself a new favourite Author.

If you love social media and crime thrillers, this book is for you. Even if you are not into social media, then this book will give you a much better understanding of it, and probably keep you away from Twitter and Facebook too. Angela Clarke has written a very clever book, and I can’t wait to read her next book.







Posted by on January 28, 2017 in Books


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