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

Thank you to Rachel at RachelsRandomResources.com 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. 


Description:

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.

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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. 

GIVEAWAY TIME. 😊🍰🍵

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. 

AnneJohnLigali.com/why 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 /   Booksandauthor.co.uk

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.

 

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Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Books, Giveaways

 

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Jungle Rock by Caroline James. 1st Birthday Celebration! Guest Post and #Giveaway.

Jungle Rock by Caroline James. 1st Birthday Celebration! Guest Post and #Giveaway.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JUNGLE ROCK BY CAROLINE JAMES! 

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As followers of this blog will know, Caroline James is one of my favourite Authors. After reading my first book by this Author, I was hooked and have since read each book as soon as I could from when they were available.

Today, we are celebrating a year since publication of Jungle Rock, a brilliant story with characters that I knew and loved. (Perfectly fine to read as a standalone too though). So, with thanks to Rachel at RachelsRandomResources for organising this celebration, and huge thanks to Caroline for being the amazing Author of this book, lets proceed with the celebrations. 

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Description:

Handsome young chef Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper, his fiancée Poppy Dunlop has broken their engagement. Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and, when his agent suggests that Zach becomes a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep in the jungle, into a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy. 
Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King? Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away… 

Published November 21st 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company

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You can read my review of jungle Rock HERE!

And you can get yourself a copy from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

 

Caroline is not only a super Author, a lovely Lady, she is also a very talented baker. I am honoured today to have Caroline on ChocolatePages with a guest post, and a wonderful recipe. 

I asked Caroline about the recipes she features in her books, and also if she could share one with us. Of course as a Chocolate Lover, I was hoping it would involve chocolate…. 

 

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         Why I Feature Recipes in my Books Plus Recipe.

  • It’s great to be back on Chocolate Pages blog and huge thanks to lovely Amanda for hosting me today.

    My working life has revolved around food. From the early days of waiting table and washing pots to ultimately running my own hospitality businesses, I’ve always had a passionate interest in food and cooking. For many years, I ran a company that represented celebrity chefs, the cooks that you see on TV, and I sourced work for some very talented clients.

    From TV and media work to product endorsement, appearances at festivals and shows to recipe development and research. I had a wonderful time working in an environment that centred around food and I travelled extensively meeting some fascinating folk along the way.

    When I began to write seriously, about five years ago, I found that I naturally leaned towards placing my characters in the hospitality industry and as food became their life, if was fun to add in a recipe or two and readers often write to tell me how much they enjoy trying them out.

    Here is one of my favourite cake recipes and as we are on Chocolate Pages, it must be something seriously delicious with chocolate!

    Happy baking and happy reading, with love, Caroline

    Carolines Death by Chocolate

    This chocolate cake is moist and very fudgy and best of all, easy to make!

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    Ingredients:

    200g dark chocolate

    200g dark brown sugar

    200g caster sugar

    25g cocoa powder

    200g butter

    85g self-raising flour

    85g plain flour

    ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

    3 large eggs

    75ml milk

  • Ganache:

    200g dark chocolate

    284ml double cream

    Method:

    Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin and preheat the oven to 140C/ 160C/ Gas 3.

    Place butter and chocolate in a heat proof bowl above a pan of simmering water and melt, stirring gently.

    Mix flours, bicarbonate of soda, sugars and cocoa powder in a large bowl.

    Beat eggs and milk.

    Pour melted chocolate and butter and add egg mixture to the flour until

    thoroughly mixed.

    Spoon cake mix into cake tin and bake for 90 minutes (or until the top

    feels firm).

    Leave the cake to cool then turn out. When cold, slice the cake across into three layers.

    Make the Ganache:

    Lightly whip the cream until it just begins to stiffen. Melt the chocolate as before then combine with the cream mix, working quickly. Spread over cake layers and re-assemble, spreading remainder of ganache over the top and sides of the cake.

    Decorate with chocolate curls or decoration of your choice. Store the cake in a cool environment, in an airtight container, for up to three days.


    Thank you very much Caroline for that delicious sounding recipe, I will certainly be making that some time soon. Plus it does sound very easy to make.

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    Author Bio.

    Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry – a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK and spends her time writing, climbing mountains and running a consultancy business. Caroline has a great fondness for the Caribbean and escapes to the islands whenever she can. She is a public speaker, reviewer and food writer and loves cooking and baking, especially cake. Her next novel, The Best Boomerville Hotel is coming soon…

    To stay in touch or contact Caroline, you can find her here:

    Twitter – @CarolineJames12

    Amazon – Caroline James Author

    Facebook – AuthorCarolineJames

    Website – carolinejamesauthor.co.uk

    AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

     

    Purchase Link – HERE!


    And now for the GIVEAWAY!

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    Caroline is offering a very generous £20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. (Will you spend it on books?) 

    All you have to do is sign up to Caroline’s mailing list, and then Caroline will announce the lucky winner by email. The competition is open internationally, and not only do you get a chance to win, you will also receive great bookish news from this lovely talented Author. Competition closes on November 30th, so join up now.

    Sign up here to the mailing list.


     

    Thank you Caroline for the delicious sounding recipe, writing wonderful books, and for the generous giveaway. Thank you to Rachel for organising this birthday celebration. Don’t forget to visit the other blogs celebrating Jungle Rock’s birthday. 

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Book Review: The Accident by Glen Ebisch.

Book Review: The Accident by Glen Ebisch.

Thank you to Author Glen Ebisch for my copy of The Accident. When reading the blurb of this book, it sounded like the kind of murder mystery plot that I would enjoy. Also, the cover is beautiful and eery all at the same time….. Here are my thoughts.

 

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Description:

Karen Walker is an ex-homicide detective slowly recovering from the trauma of an automobile accident in which she was injured and her husband was killed when a drunk driver struck the car she was operating. After a year of surgeries and attempts to come to terms with her feelings of guilt, she finds herself living the narrow life of a semi-recluse. Her seclusion comes to an end when an old friend from college, Clarissa Hammett, asks Karen to help in the search for her missing sister, Justine. Karen agrees, and she goes to live alone in the family’s summer home on the coast of southern Maine, which Justine was occupying at the time of her disappearance. Karen even goes one step further and takes on Justine’s job as hostess in a local restaurant, hoping to learn more about the missing woman’s life from her co-workers. Conversations with the sister’s estranged husband, her present boyfriend, and a mentally disturbed young girl on the beach, lead Karen to believe that Justine’s disappearance was not voluntary and that, if still alive, she may desperately need help.

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Published July 3rd 2017 by Williams & Whiting

My Thoughts:

It was the blurb and the cover that led my interest in this book. When I read the book, I went back to examine the cover, (as I often do with good books), and I could see why the cover fitted the setting of the book so perfectly. The beach looks sparkly and beautiful in one light, but daunting and a little scary if you’re out there on your own at other times. 

The story sets off with us meeting Karen Walker, an ex detective. She is mourning for the loss of her Husband, and has become a little recluse-like. So when an old friend of hers asks her to help find out what has happened to her missing sister, Karen agrees. I suppose due to her circumstances, grieving and an ex detective, she has the skills but also I can imagine she felt she had nothing to lose! Karen actually moves into the missing girls house, in attempt to find out as much as she can.

I found Karen a brave and independent woman. I guess she didn’t have much choice in the matter. I’m going to add in quite a long quote (for ChocolatePages) and you will see why I liked Karen so much.

“Every time we turn away from correcting an evil we encourage the existence of a worse world. I didn’t know whether that was a solid argument, but I didn’t approach the problem rationally. I was guided more by anger – a fury actually – at what had been taken from me.”

I really felt for the character and the Author when I read that, as I felt it was really spoken from the heart. The grief is a big part of the main character, and I liked how we saw her deal with this as the book went on, and as the pressures of the missing girl, the clues, the suspects and all the other goings on impacted Karen. But she still helped her friend to find out what had happened to her sister. 

There were a few suspect characters that we met along the way, each with their own special attributes as to what they may or may not have done. I like a book that makes you think about the characters, their motives and their pasts. (and present of course). I didn’t guess what had happened until it was revealed, so the Author did a great job of adding in enough suspicious characters so that I could guess, but guess wrong. But when the reveal is made, it all makes sense and you can think back and say ‘ah, yes I see’ a lot of times! 

I hadn’t heard of Glen Ebisch before, but I would totally recommend as an Author to watch out for now. The Accident is a mystery book that keeps you guessing until the end, has an amazing setting, a fierce main character, and a missing girl who we don’t know if she has been murdered, kidnapped or just left of her own accord. It is a book that will keep you hooked until the end. 

 

Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2017 in Books

 

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Cover Reveal: The Big Event, by Ann John-Ligali.

Cover Reveal: The Big Event, by Ann John-Ligali.

Thank you to Rachel from RachelsRandomResources for inviting me onto this cover reveal for the very brilliant sounding new book by Ann John-Ligali. As I said to Rachel, my tbr is overflowingly huge at the moment, so I am hesitant to accept any new book requests at the moment! But this new book, The Big Event just sounds so good and a book that so many of us bloggers and tweeters will be able to relate to. I’m so looking forward to reading it.

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It will be published on 30th November 2017, and you can pre order it HERE!

But for now, have a look at this amazing cover, and tell me that you can see why I instantly wanted to add it to my toppling tbr. 

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Description:

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.

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Does this sound familiar to my bookblogging buddies? It would be fabulous to meet up with friends we speak to here, but there is always the wonder….. what would happen? This fictional book is right up my street, and I can’t wait to see what happens. Isn’t the cover just so glamorous! I love it. 

There is also a trailer for the book, and today you can watch it right here!

About The Author

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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 meeing 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  fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

Links:

Amazon.co.uk

Twitter/@AnneJohnLigali

Twitter/@BooksNAuthorsUK

FACEBOOK      INSTAGRAM

Facebook – BooksNAuthors

www.booksandauthors.co.uk

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books

 

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Book Review: Dear You by Tessa Broad. #InfertilityAwarenessWeek. #NFAW17

Book Review: Dear You by Tessa Broad. #InfertilityAwarenessWeek. #NFAW17

Thank you very much to RedDoor Publishers and Tessa Broad for my copy of this book, and for giving me the honour to read, review and take part in this blog tour. This week is Infertility Awareness Week, and a condition close to my heart. When I read the description of this book, I knew I wanted to take part in this tour. My review is below, but be sure to check out the rest of the amazing bloggers on this tour. 

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Description:

Tessa Broad wanted children. At least two, possibly three but her body simply wasn’t playing ball. She embarked on the relentless treadmill of infertility treatment but to no avail. Tessa remained childless.

In this candid and moving memoir, Tessa writes to the children she never had. She writes to them as their adult selves with humour and honesty about her quest to have them, of the childhood she envisaged for them and the mother she believed she could be. Tessa shares what she lost and gained along the way and tells how she grew from a woebegone, wannabe mummy, to the woman she is now; childless but chilled, sailing through Mother’s Day with a smile on her face.

Despite this, we live in a world where women are still often defined by their fertility, and Tessa can still struggle to answer the simple question ‘Do you have children?’. The highs and lows, tears and laughter she describes in Dear You will give comfort and hope to anyone touched by infertility.

 

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Paperback, First, 288 pages

Published June 29th 2017 by RedDoor Publishing

My Thoughts:

What a brave and wonderful lady Tessa Broad is. I want to be her friend, I want her comfort and her positivity. Tessa wrote this book / letter to the children she imagined she would have had. 

The first part of the book tells us about Tessa’ s fertility journey, treatment and heartache. It is difficult to read. ( perhaps not so for the mothers of the world?). But for us non-mothers, it was hard, relatable and emotional. I could relate to all aspects of the way that Tessa felt. 

“…an overriding feeling that I am ‘less than’, as I can’t do the one thing that only women can do: give birth. It is a sad fact that women are so often defined by their fertility”

The reason I wanted to read this book was because of the description on the back of the book, where Tessa says she is:

“chilled but childless, sailing through mothers day with a smile on her face”

This shouldn’t be construed that Tessa is in anyway glad of her circumstance, just that she has made the best of the life that she has. She is happy, that was enough to convince me that this book needs to be read. 

There are tips and positives that Tessa shares with us, none that can compensate or make up for her imaginary children. But the Author gives hope in her writing that there is happiness after the tragedy of infertility. 

Tessa writes freely and openly. Dear You is an emotional read that any woman who has gone through or is going through the despair of infertility will be able to relate to. And for those that have been blessed with their miracles, Tessa’s words will allow you  see how lucky you are, but also how not to make us non mothers feel even worse than we already do. 

Infertility awareness week is a way to show the world that women should not be defined by their ovaries and in Tessa’s words. 

“We are not odd, we are not freaks….. and we are no less maternal”.

 

Links:

Goodreads

www.tessabroad.co.uk

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Twitter/@TessaBroad

Twitter/@RedDoorBooks

 

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Thank you very much Tessa for sharing this heart felt book with us. 

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2017 in Books

 

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Book Review: Grannie Panties are Under Rated by Gayle Erickson.

Book Review: Grannie Panties are Under Rated by Gayle Erickson.

Grannie Panties are Under Rated! What a brilliant and captivating title for a book. When I received the review request for this one, I was quite intrigued. Thank you to Author Gayle Erickson for my copy of this book, here are my thoughts on it. 

Description:

Elle Martin has it all. Handsome and successful husband. Check. Daughter and son attending exclusive private high school. Check. Privilege, status, and wealth. Check, check, check.

But there is more to Elle’s story. 

Already struggling to keep up appearances in a social set full of pretension and ultra-competitiveness, Elle’s facade of perfection is threatened when her husband makes an announcement that will force her to confront a dark past she has successfully hidden for years. 

What will happen when long-buried secrets are unearthed and haunting new revelations are discovered? Will Elle be able to find the happy ending she so desperately seeks?

Toggling between the early nineties and the present day, Grannie Panties Are Underrated captures the Gen X experience from latchkey kid to helicopter parent with keen insight and precision. A page-turner full of surprising twists, it is a must read for anyone who has struggled to reconcile the chasm between the person they once were, the person they have become, and the person they long to be.

 

 

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Published June 6th 2017 by Mile High Publishing House

My Thoughts:

It was most definitely the title that drew me to this book, it such a fun name for a book don’t you think? Then the cover, that is pretty spectacular too. It just drew me in.

I was pleasantly surprised when I began reading to see that half of the book is based in Japan. Elle, the main character has led her younger life by taking risks and not taking the best care of her body, her morals and her mind. However, she did have fun! We hear about this part while she is living in Japan. Japan is a country I am very intrigued about and would love to visit one day, so this part was interesting to me because of that, and also because Elle is a brilliant character, and lives her life without second thoughts while she is there. 

The later part of Elle’s life is when she supposed to be living a high society, “good ‘Mom’ and Wife type life” , tennis club and playdates etc! The 2 versions of Elle didn’t really mesh well, which in turn messes with Elle’s head. 

“Are you happy, Mom? Are you living your dream?”

The book was a fun read with a plot that I couldn’t guess where it was going. The underlying theme that I got from it was that Elle was a mixed bag of personalities, and she has to decide who she really is, how her past and present will define her future. The different knickers she wears will play a part too. The Author is really very imaginative in the different ways we see Elle. Gayle Erickson created the perfect way for her readers to really know Elle, sometimes even better than I imagine Elle knew herself. 

Elle speaks a lot about music references, and there is almost a play list that goes along with the book, so that you can relate to Elle’s state of mind at that time. I liked this idea a lot. 

“The song’s lyrics about a devil being on your back and not being able to leave the past behind certainly portended trouble”

The book is about adventure, life, friendship and working out who you want to be regardless of your past or present. The Author reminded me that the future You can be who you want Her to be! Elle went the very adventurous way around finding this out, I really enjoyed following the story that Gayle Erickson weaved for us and for Elle and the other characters in ‘Grannie Panties are Under Rated’.

 

Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

 

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2017 in Books

 

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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!).

CHRISTMAS SECRETS AT SNOWFLAKE COVE. 

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Description:

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…? 

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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 emilyharvale.com  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 http://www.emilyharvale.com 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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‘TBR’ for Autumn. Books I hope to read this season.

‘TBR’ for Autumn. Books I hope to read this season.

‘TBR’ is a common term for bookbloggers and booklovers. It is my ‘to be read’ list. As with most readers, book lovers and especially bookbloggers, there is always a pile bigger than our bodies that we want to read, whether this be personal choice books, books agreed to read for reviews or blog tours. The whole ‘TBR’ pile is an exciting pile of words, stories and characters that will lead us to a different world for the hours we spend reading them.

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These are the books I hope to read this Autumn. They are a mix of ones I have chosen myself and ones gifted to me by Authors for reviews. In no particular order, lets begin. 

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Grannie Pants are Under Rated by Gayle Erickson.

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Elle Martin has it all. Handsome and successful husband. Check. Daughter and son attending exclusive private high school. Check. Privilege, status, and wealth. Check, check, check.

But there is more to Elle’s story. 

Already struggling to keep up appearances in a social set full of pretension and ultra-competitiveness, Elle’s facade of perfection is threatened when her husband makes an announcement that will force her to confront a dark past she has successfully hidden for years. 

What will happen when long-buried secrets are unearthed and haunting new revelations are discovered? Will Elle be able to find the happy ending she so desperately seeks?

Toggling between the early nineties and the present day, Grannie Panties Are Underrated captures the Gen X experience from latchkey kid to helicopter parent with keen insight and precision. A page-turner full of surprising twists, it is a must read for anyone who has struggled to reconcile the chasm between the person they once were, the person they have become, and the person they long to be.

Thank you to Author Gayle Erickson for my copy of this book, which I am currently reading and enjoying now. I love the title, as it is so true!! 


 

Jennifer Brown’s Journey by Angie Langley.

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Five feet one and full of fizz, Jennifer Brown lights up the room. She has a gorgeous partner, a wicked best friend, and a boss who doesn’t mind that she’s the worst typist on the planet. She’s loyal, generous and irredeemably ditzy. Everyone loves Jennifer Brown. But can she learn to love herself?

When her world caves in, she needs every ounce of her steely core to step back from the abyss and take charge of her life, reinventing herself first as cook and housekeeper to a saucy sexagenarian, then as manager of a tumbledown country estate with sensitive secrets. Peopled by a battalion of hilarious characters from the caustic, cross-dressing confidant to the besotted ex-boyfriend with a barmy ex-wife, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a heartwarming, thoughtful, often poignant portrait of the trials of life as a thirty-something woman. Jennifer Brown champions the importance of self-belief, and the value of a bucket-sized glass of wine in a tight spot. And, always in the background, there’s the quiet man with the warm eyes and the velvet vowels. What on earth is Jennifer Brown going to do about him?

The first in a series of three, Jennifer Brown’s Journey is a story of female self-empowerment and the triumph of the human spirit in the face of challenges that many women will recognise. Lighthearted and poignant, the story gives readers a very real sense of a woman, initially rather ditzy, maturing into a redoubtable, self-possessed individual who faces her many challenges with developing aplomb. 

Thank you to Author Angie Langley for my copy of this book. I love the cover, and I think I will find it even more interesting since the Author told me that the story is based on truth!


 

The Accident by Glen Ebisch.

 

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Karen Walker is an ex-homicide detective slowly recovering from the trauma of an automobile accident in which she was injured and her husband was killed when a drunk driver struck the car she was operating.

After a year of surgeries and attempts to come to terms with her feelings of guilt, she finds herself living the narrow life of a semi-recluse. Her seclusion comes to an end when an old friend from college, Clarissa Hammett, asks Karen to help in the search for her missing sister, Justine. Karen agrees, and she goes to live alone in the family’s summer home on the coast of southern Maine, which Justine was occupying at the time of her disappearance.

Karen even goes one step further and takes on Justine’s job as hostess in a local restaurant, hoping to learn more about the missing woman’s life from her co-workers. Conversations with the sister’s estranged husband, her present boyfriend, and a mentally disturbed young girl on the beach, lead Karen to believe that Justine’s disappearance was not voluntary and that, if still alive, she may desperately need help. 

Thank you to Author Glen Ebisch for my copy of this book. I am ready for another book of murder and suspense, and this looks to be a good one.


 

A Time for Penance by Robin Storey.

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She murdered her husband. Now she has a chance to undo her crime.

For 20 years, wealthy socialite Eva Dennehy has borne the guilt of murdering her first husband Charlie, who was planning to leave her for his mistress.

When Eva is offered the opportunity to travel back in time, and undo her crime as penance, she accepts – what does she have to lose? Back in her old life with Charlie, her passion for him surpassed only by her torment at his infidelity, she is more determined than ever to prevent him from leaving her.

But her plan plunges her into a world of crime and depravity, and she soon discovers she has even more to lose this time around.

This taut, gritty novel about jealousy, betrayal and the dark side of love will appeal to fans of suspense, crime and modern noir.

Thank you to Author Robin Storey for my copy of this book. I have only read one book of time travel, and that was The Time Traveller’s Wife. This sounds totally different, very intriguing, and as a big fan of crime and suspense books, I’m really looking forward to reading this one. 


Dear You by Tessa Broad.

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Tess Broad wanted children. She longed for them. It wasn’t to be. 

In this candid and moving memoir, Tess writes to the children that never were. She writes to them as their adult selves with openness and honesty and tells them of the childhood she envisaged for them and the mother she believed she would be. She describes her reluctant transformation from the woebegone, wannabe mummy that she once was, to the woman she is now; childless but chilled, sailing through Mother’s Day with a smile on her face. Happy. 

From the ‘trying for a family’ stage to the relentless treadmill of infertility treatment, Tess recounts her story with humour and pathos, taking the reader on her journey with her, sharing her experiences, the roller-coaster ride of IVF, the sudden departure of the husband whose children she wanted to have and ultimately to acceptance that the life she wanted and expected was not hers for the taking. This is a breathtaking memoir that offers a shoulder to lean on for everyone experiencing the uncertainties and pain of infertility.

Thank you to Red Door Publishers and Author Tessa Broad for my copy of this book. I am expecting this book to be heart wrenching, therapeutic and relateable. This will be reviewed as part of a blog tour for Infertility Week at the end of October. 


 

Hiding In Plain Sight, by Susan Lewis.

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Andee Lawrence is in heaven. Well, the South of France to be exact. 

Ex-detective Andee has swapped freelance investigation and a broken marriage, for two months in Provence, renovating a beautiful villa with the new man in her life. Pottering around a small picturesque town on an early summer’s day, she is at peace.

But her world is about to be shattered.

‘Remember me?’ 

Two words spoken by a woman from the back of a car that say so much yet reveal so little.
As the car drives away Andee is left reeling, overwhelmed by shock, confusion, self-doubt and mounting trepidation.

Almost thirty years ago, fourteen year old Penny had disappeared from her family’s life, never to be heard from again. It is the missing child case that has haunted Andee her whole life; And now Penny – Andee’s sister – is back.

The question is: why?

I read the last Susan Lewis book that was published and really enjoyed it. This one sounds like it has a slight carry on story with the main characters missing sister, but also a whole new plot. Susan Lewis’ books come highly recommended to me, so I’m hoping this one will be really good too.


 

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So this is my Autumn reading list so far. It may change, I am a mood reader, so we shall see where it goes. But for now my tbr is looking good. 

Have you read any of these? Which do you think looks good. 

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2017 in Books

 

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BookReview #BlogTour: The Sinking Chef, by Sylvia Ashby & #Giveaway.

BookReview #BlogTour: The Sinking Chef, by Sylvia Ashby & #Giveaway.

Welcome to my stop on the book blog tour for the new book by Sylvia Ashby, The Sinking Chef Pot Love 2. Thank you for much to Jenny NeverlandBookTours and Author Sylvia Ashby for my copy of the book and for my space on this tour. 

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Description:

Ashley has a YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef. It’s filmed right in her kitchen, so she doesn’t go out much. When James calls with an offer to take her to lunch – the same James that got her fired from her dream job three years ago – she accepts. Against her better judgement, of course.
Now Ashley has all kinds of secrets and things are only going to get worse.

The Sinking Chef (Pot Love 2) is a light, enjoyable and easy to read romantic comedy. With Sylvia Ashby’s gift of humour there is plenty to laugh and smile about, but the book does have its serious moments.

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Published April 17th 2017 by Vangtorp Volumes

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Pot Love series, but I didn’t actually realise this until I had already read the book, so I think it is safe to say that it is fine as a standalone. I didn’t feel anything was missed out or that I was confused at all. Although, as always reading the first book first is better! There is also a free Pot Love book on Sylvia’s website which has recipes. (I assumed that was where the ‘2’ in Pot Love 2 came from. Duh me!).

As regular readers of ChocolatePages would know, I do enjoy a good foodie book, and more recently I have taken a liking to books involving social media. When I read the description of this book a cookery channel on youtube and humorous, I was pretty sure I would enjoy the book. I did enjoy reading The Sinking Chef, very much. Ashley is a very likable character who I could relate to and often I would cringe for as she makes silly decisions which seem to make her life easier for the moment, but both she and I will know will make things much harder for the future! I wanted to shout at her that I could see what will happen if she does this that and the other. Ashley is like the girl next door, or the insecure girl that we are or were at one point. I think every woman will be able to understand part of Ashley. 

As a chef, we have a few lovely recipes added in and also a few laughable ones too…… (Pot Noodle… shh!). No, really, as a Chef, Ashley is talented and I found the food talk quite delectable.

Ashley is a funny character as she tends to ‘read on the internet’ about everything and more often than not finds a reason or explanation for whatever it is ‘on the internet’.

“I’ve read on the internet how to recognise it. This particular one is called the silent treatment

The Sinking Chef involves love, life, laughs and a good dose of scrumptious foodie talk. The Sinking Chef was an easy, funny read that gave me butterflies in my stomach on more than one occasion! I definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading more of Sylvia Ashby’s work.


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Links:

Twitter/@bysylvia_a

www.sylvia-ashby.com

Goodreads.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2017 in Books, Giveaways

 

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Book Review: My Sweet Revenge, by Jane Fallon.

Book Review: My Sweet Revenge, by Jane Fallon.

A great big thank you to Irena (here and here) for very generously sending me this copy of My Sweet Revenge from across the seas. Irena is a good friend, a brilliant blogger and a fellow book lover. So go check out her twitter and blog too. Irena also wrote a review of My Sweet Revenge, which was the cherry on top of me wanting to read this book. You can read Irena’s review here. 

 

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Published January 12th 2017 by Penguin

Description:

I want to make my husband fall back in love with me.

Let me explain. This isn’t an exercise in 1950s wifeydom. I haven’t been reading articles in old women’s magazines. ‘Twenty ways to keep your man’. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

I want him to fall back in love with me so that when I tell him to get the hell out of my life he’ll care. He won’t just think, ‘Oh good’.

I want it to hurt.

Paula has had Robert’s back since they got together as drama students. She gave up her dreams so he could make it. Now he’s one of the nation’s most popular actors. And Paula’s just discovered he’s having an affair.

She’s going to remind Robert just what he’s sacrificing. And then she’s going to break his heart like he broke hers. It will be her greatest acting role ever.

Revenge is sweet. Isn’t it?

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My Thoughts:

Firstly, isn’t the cover of this book amazing and make you feel like cake every time you look at it?! The main character works in a bakery! Plus there is the play on “sweet revenge” of course! This is the type of book I would read without looking at the blurb. (#CakeLove!). But I did read the blurb, and that made me want to read it even more.

The main character Paula has been married to Robert for many years, but all is not as it seems when she finds out he is having an affair with a co worker. Paula makes a decision that I imagine would make a good book club discussion – she decides not to confront him, but to make him fall back in love with her, and when he does, only then will she tell him she knows and she is leaving! (No spoilers, we know this straight away). The tale continues with the way she inflicts her revenge! These ways are quite ingenious, and with the help of her boss Myra they come up with quite a few funny and empowering ideas. 

We also meet the dastardly mistress! She is as to be expected unlikable! But then so is Robert, the cheating Husband. I guess reader’s opinions will be affected by how they consider cheating on your spouse, I took a dislike to them both straight away. 

I loved reading Paula’s plans and ideas and how she became stronger throughout the book. It is kind of a personal journey for her to better herself, to become the person she wants to be, while reminding Robert what he will loose. It was a good bit of escapism reading, putting myself in someone else’s position, when something horrible happens, but instead of rolling over and falling apart, Paula becomes stronger. I can’t imagine many women I know going this way about when they hear their spouse is cheating with their co worker, watching him go to work and stay back late every day with her!! But it is fiction, and that is the point of letting the fictional characters do, what some of us would imagine doing. The slow cold dish of revenge! I loved it. 

This is the first book I have read by Jane Fallon, but I will be sure to looking out for more of her books. I know she has already written quite a few, so any recommendations on her other brilliant ones would be appreciated. 

Have you read this book? Or any other of Jane’s? Could you hide the facts you had found out of an affair? Or could you plan out a devilish plan of revenge? I’m intrigued to know. This would be a great bookclub book! 

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Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/JaneFallon

 

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2017 in Books

 

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