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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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Don’t forget to visit the rest of the brilliant bloggers on this tour. If the book sounds good to you, then enter the blog tour giveaway to win 1 of 3 prizes which include an Amazon gift voucher and ebooks of The Sinking Chef. You can enter the rafflecopter giveaway on any of the blog tour sites and on here on ChocolatePages. Good Luck.


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1st prize: £25 Amazon voucher and an eCopy of the book

2nd and 3rd prize: ecopy of the book


 

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Posted by on September 24, 2017 in Books, Giveaways

 

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Happy Publication Day! Guest Post & Giveaway by Author of ‘Interpretation’ – Dylan Callens.

Happy Publication Day! Guest Post & Giveaway by Author of ‘Interpretation’ – Dylan Callens.

A Very Happy Publication Day to Dylan Callans.

Today ‘Interpretation’ is released and to celebrate, I have a spotlight and a giveaway for the new book. ‘Interpretation’ by Dylan Callens is a dystopian fiction that explores hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions and what happens when it’s torn away.

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August 1st 2017 by Cosmic Teapot Publishing

Interpretation Blurb:

Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster. 

Carl runs. His life of luxury is ripped away. Forced beyond the city limits, Carl sees a land bereft of life. Traveling in search of answers, his quest comes to a sudden halt when he collapses. As darkness shrouds him, a figure hovers from above. 

Traveling along the same route, Eva Thomspon finds Carl and nurtures him back to life. Together, they continue the journey, finding out that their lives have too much in common to be a coincidence. As their affection for each other deepens, an unknown nemesis attempts to remove their only source of happiness – their love for each other.

Dylan Callens Bio:

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Dylan Callens lands cleanly. That would be the headline of a newspaper built with an anagram generator. And although Dylan is a Welsh name meaning god or hero of the sea, he is not particularly fond of large bodies of water. His last name, Callens, might be Gaelic. If it is, his last name means rock. Rocks sink in the sea. Interestingly, he is neither Welsh nor Gaelic, but rather, French and German. The inherent contradictions and internal conflict in his life are obvious.

If you like the sound of this so far, keep reading. Dylan has given us a short excerpt, and generously offered a paperback copy for international giveaway! So, if you like the sound of the excerpt and the blurb, scroll down to rafflecopter, and wish yourself luck that you will be the lucky winner of ‘Interpretation’. 

GOOD LUCK

Excerpt:

Carl closed his eyes and tried to laugh at himself.  Barely a squeak left his mouth.  What was he thinking, trying to enter this godforsaken wasteland by himself with no supplies?  Still on his back, he dreamed about opening a bottle of Ocean Surge.  Wet bubbles danced against his tongue, bathing his taste buds with refreshing fruit-infusion – small bursts of happiness made his lips sing an ode to joy. 

But forget that fantasy; sulfur-ridden tap water would be just as good.  Carl knew the taste would not equate, but its effect would 

Interpretation is a dystopian fiction that explores hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions and what happens when it’s torn away.

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Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books, Giveaways

 

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#FREEBOOKS, Yes free for YOU, this weekend!

#FREEBOOKS, Yes free for YOU, this weekend!

We all love a freebie or two don’t we, so here are some amazing recommendations that you can download for free this weekend.

First, Nicola May has made ALL 8 of her books free on Amazon!! So prepare for your tbr’s to grow rapidly!

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With her marriage in pieces, shy Cali Summers is faced with this decision and hits the world of fast love on an internet dating app.

Using room 102 in the hotel where she works as her dating ‘lair’, she opens herself up to a world of sex, lies, deception, as well as personal discovery and passionate love.

With a charming F1 engineer, a handsome army officer and her adulterous ex all on the scene, a predictable love match is far from on the cards.

My Review:

Love Me Tinder Book Review.

Link to buy FREE:

 AMAZON.CO.UK/LOVEMETINDER

AMAZON.COM/LOVE ME TINDER.

 

 

STARFISH

Tired of looking for love Amy Anderson decides that an astrological dating agency is the only way she is going to meet the man of her dreams. Star Fish follows Amy’s hysterical search for her ‘sole mate’ as she dates her way through the twelve signs of the zodiac. So who will finally woo Amy? Will it be Ted the Arian photographer with a passion for ice skating, or maybe Laurence, the Libran IT whiz kid who likes to get behind the wheel of a fast car? Or, how about Capricorn Christopher, the owner of Starr & Son, the dating agency? You’ll be kept guessing until the very last page!

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/StarFish

Amazon.com/StarFish

 

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At 3.10 pm every weekday, parents gather at Featherstone Primary to collect their children. For a special few, the friendships forged at the school gates will see them through lives filled with drama, secrets and sorrows.

When Yummy Mummy Alana reveals the identity of her love-child’s father, she doesn’t expect the consequences to be quite so extreme. Ex Czech au pair Earth Mummy Dana finds happiness in her secret side-line, but really all she longs for is another child. Slummy Mummy Brenda’s wife-beating husband leads her down a path she never thought possible, and Super Mummy Joan has to cope when life deals her a devastating blow. And what of Gay Daddy Gordon? Will he be able to juggle parenthood and cope with his broken heart at the same time?

Four very different mothers. One adorable dad. And the intertwining trials and tribulations that a year at the primary school gates brings.

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/TheSchoolGates

Amazon.com/TheSchoolGates

 

 

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A page-turner… a terrific read’ Susan Sallis “A powerful tale of survival and hardship, very well crafted and with strong characters” – Publishing News Past Remembering – Book Six of the Hearts of Gold series by Catrin Collier 1941. In Pontypridd, Ronnie Ronconi has returned home from war-torn Italy. The family are certain he will once again take charge of the family in his own forceful way, but Ronnie’s escape from Italy has left him a much changed man. He accepts the rights and freedoms of his younger siblings as he never has before, and even finds time to help others, particularly Alma, whose husband has been sent on a most dangerous mission. After the loss of his beloved wife, Ronnie is certain he will never look at a woman again; he certainly doesn’t expect to fall in love – particularly with the wife of a friend… Diana is locked in an unhappy marriage – but can Ronnie and Diana put their own personal happiness ahead of that of an entire family?

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/BetterTogether

Amazon.com/BetterTogether

 

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Ruby IS BACK and never expected to be starting over…but after a shocking bereavement, she begins to question whether or not she will ever be happy again.
A chance encounter with handsome author Michael Bell throws her fragile heart into turmoil. Plus, a dark family secret and completely unexpected love interest add to her confusion.
Encouraged to face her demons, she volunteers at The Bow Wow Club – (Boyfriends of Widows, Wives of Widowers).
In this charming sequel to Working it Out you will laugh and cry along with a myriad of eccentric characters as Ruby searches for her inner peace. But will she let love win? Or allow her past to continue to haunt her

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/LetLoveWin

Amazon.com/LetLoveWin

 

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‘This book will twang your funny bone – and your heartstrings. I totally loved it. Nicola May is a talent to watch!’ Milly Johnson

‘A funny and fast-paced romp … thoroughly enjoyable’ Deborah Hughes, Woman

‘The kind of special book that only comes along once in a while’ Miranda Dickinson

What would you do if you were told you could never have children?

Faced with this news, Gracie Davies is at an all-time low. But with the support of some new Wimbledon friends, an unorthodox therapist, her hippy-chick sister Naomi and Czech call-girl Maya, she sets up The SW19 Club and begins her rocky journey to inner peace and happiness. Add in a passionate fling with handsome landscaper Ed, a fairytale encounter with a Hollywood filmstar and the persistence of her adulterous ex, life is anything but predictable…

My ReviewThe SW19 Club

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/TheSW19Club

Amazon.com/TheSW19Club

 

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It is January 1957 and Helen’s husband Jack returns from National Service. Happy to be reunited, they resume their life together. Their friends, Lily, pregnant and married to Jack’s brother Martin, Katie, pregnant and married to Helen’s father John, and Judy, engaged to policeman Sam, form part of their everyday life. Then Helen is utterly shattered when Jack tells her that a brief fling with a sergeant’s widow has left the woman pregnant. Helen can’t have children so handling her friends’ pregnancies has been difficult enough; this is more than she can bear. She starts divorce proceedings but their fierce love for each other cannot be extinguished. Finally she has to make a decision which requires courage but could be the answer to their differences.

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/WorkingItOut

Amazon.com/WorkingItOut

 

christmas-evie

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?

My Review: Christmas Evie Book Review

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/ChristmasEvie

Amazon.com/ChristmasEvie

 

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Ben Whittle’s father, a private investigator, has been taken captive by a cult whilst investigating the case of a missing girl. When Ben receives a desperate call from his father asking for help he is drawn into a dark underground world.

As Ben retraces the last known steps of the missing girl he discovers his only option left is to join the cult and rescue his father from the inside.

The leader of the cult, Edward Ebb, is a psychopathic egocentric who uses his position to control his small group of followers in The Sons and Daughters of Salvation. When he initiates Ben into the group it soon becomes apparent how sick and twisted Ebb is.

Ben must find his father and the missing girl, but the odds are stacked against him and time is running out.

Can Ben rescue his father and the girl and escape with his life?
And what is the gruesome secret concealed in the Revelation Room?

The Revelation Room is the first in a new series of psychological mystery thrillers

Links to buy for FREE:

Amazon.co.uk/RevelationRoom

Amazon.com/RevelationRoom

 

 

So, there you go!! A lovely weekend treat for all who want to download some brilliant books for free. Let me know which ones you choose and what you think of them. 

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Posted by on June 10, 2017 in Book Spotlights., Books, Giveaways

 

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Book Blitz: Mixing it Up, By Tracie Bannister.

Book Blitz: Mixing it Up, By Tracie Bannister.

There have been shouts of glee and excitement that Tracie Bannister has brought out another fabulous new book. I, for one can’t wait to read it. It sounds amazing.

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Mixing it Up, by Tracie Bannister.

Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?

The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.

Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a saute pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamour for more.

As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?

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Isn’t that the best cover, you can just tell its going to be food, drama and laughter! Brilliant. ♥ ♥ ♥    Tracie is also hosting a fantastic giveaway, see the details below!

RELEASE WEEK GIVEAWAY

Purchase a copy of Mixing It Up between October 19th, 2016 and October 25th, 2016 and you could win this fantastic prize pack inspired by the book’s heroine and her love of French food!

This prize pack includes:

Garnier-Thiebaut Oh, La La, Chéri French-themed 4-piece Kitchen Linens Set

(Apron, kitchen towel, pot holder, and oven mitt.)

 Kate Spade Deco Dot Recipe Box with 8 tabbed dividers and 40 recipe cards

 The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano

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Pretty good stuff eh? ! And here is how you could win it all….

To enter this giveaway, simply e-mail the author at traciebanister@gmail.com with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 26th, 2016 when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys Mixing It Up within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!

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I am reading Mixing it Up at the moment and I am loving it, its just my kind of book. Food, fun and comedy. There will be plenty of raving reviews out very soon for Tracie’s book. Mine will be among them. I have read Tracie’s books before and loved them. If you want a fun foodie book, this is the one for you. Tracie has a talent, and it is one for us to enjoy. 

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Author Bio.

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favourite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Mixing It Up is her fourth Chick Lit release, and in it Tracie finally got to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.

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CONNECT WITH TRACIE

Author Newsletter – The Banister Buzz

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Posted by on October 24, 2016 in Book Spotlights., Giveaways

 

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Book Review: The Moment She Left, by Susan Lewis. #Giveaway

Book Review: The Moment She Left, by Susan Lewis. #Giveaway

I am very happy today to bring you my stop on the blog tour for the brilliant new Susan Lewis book ‘The Moment She Left’. Thank you to Louise Page for gifting me a copy of the book  which I very much enjoyed. Below I will tell you why I loved it and also I am thrilled to be able to offer one of my lovely readers a free copy of this wonderful book. See the rafflecopter section at the bottom of the post, and if you love the sound of this book then enter away.

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Description:

Kesterly-on-Sea is full of secrets.

Some are darker than others; many are shameful. One is even deadly.

Andee is an ex-detective whose marriage is breaking up. So when a young female student disappears without trace, she throws herself into the search.

Meanwhile, the town’s beloved Rowzee Cayne has just discovered that she is terminally ill, and doesn’t want to burden her family and friends with the news.

Andee and Rowzee don’t know it yet, but their journeys are going to help them uncover a secret. One that is going to affect them more than they could ever imagine.

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Published July 28th 2016 by Cornerstone Digital

 

My Thoughts:

This is actually the first Susan Lewis book that I have read, and now knowing that she has written over 30 novels, I am very happy to say that my ‘want to read pile’ has just grown a lot bigger! My Mum and my lovely bookblogger friend Irena both recommended Susan Lewis to me, so when the opportunity came up to take part in this blog tour, I jumped at the chance. (You can read Irena’s review of this book  HERE!

The first chapter is the setting of this book, where we hear about the girl who has gone missing Jessica. After that first chapter, we hear from all the other characters who all have their own separate stories but as the book continues, you see how they become linked up.

From the description on the front cover of this book, you read “Sometimes the truth is best kept secret”. This book is a lot about secrets and should we keep things to ourselves, is that the best way to protect others or protect ourselves. It is a book that makes you think. In a way the book kind of reminds a little bit like Jodi Picoult books. And I am a big fan of Picoult, so this is indeed a compliment to Lewis.

The book tells the story of Jessica’s family and those who love her, their grief and need to know what has happened to her. Then we have Andee, who is having family problems, but is the detective who has been asked to try to find Jessica. Then we have Rowzee and her sister Pamela. They both have secrets of their own. So with this big mix up of characters, secrets, lies and loss, Lewis has developed a brilliant novel which will keep you up late reading, and intrigued as to what happened to Jessica, what about the other secrets, will they come out or will they stay with the owner until death parts them?!!

Rowzee was definitely my very favourite character in this book, she is kind and generous to a fault. Even when she finds out terrible things about people she is still the person who says they should be given chances and understanding. Is she generous and caring to a fault? You will have to read and see for yourself. 

A quote that is quite prevalent to this whole story is said by one character who shall remain nameless until you read it yourself:

“It goes to show that you never know anyone as well as you think you do….”

 

 

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Also published in paperback on July 28th was another of Susan Lewis’s best sellers, ‘The Girl Who Came Back’. This already has over 50 fantastic reviews on Goodreads, which you can read HERE!

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But now for the much awaited giveaway! You know what to do, follow the rafflecopter link and do what it tells you too. Good luck, and I hope to hear your thoughts on this Susan Lewis book and any others of hers you have read and can recommend to me. 

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Susan Lewis was born in Bristol in 1956. Her father Eddie, was a Welsh miner, a poet, an engineer and an unashamed communist who loved to write. Her mother, Eddress, one of thirteen children, was a fiery, indomitable woman with great aspirations for her young family. Susan and her younger brother were brought up in a spanking new council house on the outskirts of town; money was tight, but they were a happy, lively family.

Susan was nine and her brother five when her mother died of breast cancer at thirty-three; Susan’s father was thirty-seven and he never married again. Sending Susan to boarding school was thought to be ‘for the best’ but Susan disagreed. No one listened to her pleas for freedom, so after a while she took it upon herself to get expelled. By the time she was thirteen, she was back in the little council house with her father and brother.

At eighteen, Susan got a job at HTV in Bristol and at twenty-two moved to London to work for Thames Television. She moved up the ranks; from a secretary in news and current affairs, to a production assistant in light entertainment and drama. It was whilst she was at Thames that she started writing fiction. Thirty-six novels later, Susan is one of the UK’s bestselling fiction writers. As well as fiction, Susan has written two moving memoirs about her childhood in Bristol: Just One More Day and the sequel One Day at a Time.

Losing her mother at such an early age had a profound effect on Susan’s life, which is why she is a long-term supporter of Breast Cancer Care, the only UK-wide charity providing specialist support and tailored information to anyone affected by breast cancer, and Winston’s Wish the charity for bereaved children.

After years living abroad in LA and France, Susan returned to England in 2009 and now lives in a beautiful converted barn in Gloucestershire with her husband and two dogs.

For further information about Susan Lewis visit www.susanlewis.comSusan Lewis is available for interview and feature writing. Contact Louise Page PR on 020 8741 5663 or email louise@lpagepr.co.uk .

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Posted by on August 12, 2016 in Books, Giveaways

 

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Book Spotlight: Chasing What’s Already Gone by Michael Ross. (#GIVEAWAY)

Book Spotlight: Chasing What’s Already Gone by Michael Ross. (#GIVEAWAY)

 

Book Spot Light – Chasing What’s Already Gone – Michael Ross

Chasing What’s Already Gone is available on Amazon now!

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You may remember last week, I did a cover reveal for Michael Ross’s new book. Well as of now, the book is now available to buy on Amazon, plus you can still enter the giveaway below to chance your luck on getting a copy!

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Description:

Danny Pearson is cruising through life on the edge of contentment—even in his marriage…

His wife seems distant, yet perfectly happy. They work on different schedules and pass like ships in the night. But that’s how marriage is after so many years, right?

When Danny meets a mysterious girl, his idea of the meaning of love shatters at his feet…

She’s not extraordinary, but somehow she’s so much more than just another girl. When he catches her gaze, he knows deep in his gut that she’s the one—the love of his life. But being a decent guy, he holds his feelings in check, and there is no ulterior motive when he shares a coffee with her. As she leaves, she gives him a business card. That’s all there is to it.

Her name is Ella. And after that, she is nothing more than a fond memory.

Danny puts Ella out of his mind and moves on with his life—until his world falls apart…When his wife confesses to having an affair and demands a divorce, his life is thrown into chaos. It’s a challenge adjusting to the single life, but it’s not impossible. As time passes, he continues to reminisce of his brief encounter with the woman he’s sure was his chance at true happiness.

How far is Danny willing to go in the pursuit of love? How far would you when, in all probability, you are only…

Chasing what’s already gone?

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About The Author.

It was a strange and twisting road that led to the publishing of my second novel.

Born and raised in Bristol, England. I spent my adult life in business, the majority of that time marketing cars. I eventually owned the largest Saab specialist in the world, before a divorce put an end to that part of my life.

This led me to leave Bristol to live halfway up a mountain in the Welsh valleys, start a part time six year English Literature course at Bristol University, and attend creative writing classes in Cardiff.

My interest in English literature flourished and I have won several prizes for my short stories. My first book, ‘Twenty Short Stories –Settling a score, reached No 6 in the Short Stories Best Sellers and is stillavailable. My second novel, a romantic thriller entitled Hand Over Fist was released earlier this year

Chasing What’s Already Gone evolved from a short story Carpe Diem in my second anthology Twenty One Short Stories. I could not get the two main characters out of my head and I had to find out what happened to them after the end of the short story.

I now live very happily halfway up that mountain in the Welsh Valleys with my wonderful partner, Mari, and our rescue dog, Wolfie.

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Posted by on July 27, 2016 in Book Spotlights., Giveaways

 

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Book Review: The Run Begins, by J Frank James. #Giveaway

Book Review: The Run Begins, by J Frank James. #Giveaway

Thank you to Book Publicity Services for my copy of this book. I was lucky to get a nice fresh paperback copy of this book. As part of the giveaway for this book, Book Publicity Services are offering one lucky  USA reader an ecopy of The Run Begins. And as a thank you to my U.K readers, I am going to give away my paperback copy to one lucky winner. Have a read of my thoughts on this book, and if it sounds like your kind of read, then enter one of the rafflecopter competitions below.

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Description:

Lou Malloy is 18 years old and ready for the world. His brother Sam has left and his sister wants to move to Florida with the family. Malloy is having none of it and on a wild moment decides to hop in a railcar going he knows not where. The important thing is that it’s not in Kansas. He has a problem and that problem is money. He doesn’t have any until Henry Lowe, who is in the same railcar, offers Malloy the deal of a lifetime. All he has to do is help Lowe rob a casino in Georgia. With the promise of a big payday, Malloy throws in with the scheme and seal his fate forever…. AND THE RUN BEGINS

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 Published August 26th 2013 by Createspace

My Thoughts:

This is a very short novella, just the prequel to a story that I have not yet read, but after reading ‘The Run Begins’, I intend to read the rest of Lou Malloy’s escapades. 

The book really just gives us a taster of Lou Malloy, his background, family and why he seems to make the decisions that he does. I found that we get a really good idea of the type of character that Lou is, and he is one that I like. Caring for his own, but tough, street wise and the no nonsense type.

The short novella introduces us to Lou as a character, and also to  Frank James’ writing style. His writing is smooth and grabs the reader into his fictional world easily. 

I recommend this book to all crime and thriller book lovers. I know that the Author has a career in law which always appeals to me in books related to crime, as the Authors take their real like experiences into their fiction work. I look forward to reading more from Frank James.

 

Links: 

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             www.jfrankjamesbooks.com

 

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Book Review: Devils Demise by Lee Cockburn. #Blogival

Book Review: Devils Demise by Lee Cockburn. #Blogival

I am very happy today to bring you a great book recommendation with my review of Devils Demise by Lee Cockburn. If you like the sound of the book, you will be pleased that Author Lee Cockburn has offered a giveaway of one ebook of Devils Demise. So, have a look at my thoughts on this brilliant book, then hop down and enter the giveaway. Good Luck and enjoy #Blogival.

This is my stop and celebration of #Blogival, which has been going on throughout the month of June. There are many other stops and celebrations for #Blogival, you can see the other posts by using the the hashtag #Blogival on Twitter, and by looking at the calender at the end of this post.

Incase you have been sleeping and don’t know what Blogival is, its a book online festival where we are celebrating all the Clink Street Authors. So far its been amazing, and there is still over a week to go. 

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Description:

A cruel and sinister killer is targeting Edinburgh’s most powerful women, his twisted sense of superiority driving him to satisfy his depraved sexual appetite. He revels in the pain and suffering he inflicts on his unsuspecting victims but a twist of fate and an overwhelming will to survive by one victim ruins his plans for a reign of terror. His tormented prey will need all her courage if she is to survive the hunt. 

  • Publisher: Clink Street Publishing (10 Nov. 2014)

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My Thoughts:

This book was griping from the very first chapter. It was very dark, gritty and in some parts hard to read because it was so violent. But all of this considered, it made me want to finish the book so that I knew the devil would demise! Whether or not he does, you will have to read it and see. 

I was initially attracted to this book because it was based in Edinburgh, from the description it sounded like a thriller I would enjoy. I also liked the cover, which I think represents the book really well. The cover shows what I think is Edinburgh castle and over it the evil eyes which represent the killer in this book. The gritty descriptions of the killer has made me shiver as I looked back at his eyes on the cover. This is the most evil fictionary man I have read about. Lee Cockburn has some imagination to think up such a twisted terrible bad guy. The title is so correct in calling him the Devil!

The book was written in a different way to other thrillers that I have read, as we know exactly who the killer is and his motivations from the start. So, we hear about what the killer is thinking and the victims and the police. It is a cat and mouse chase type book, which continues right the way through to the very end. (Though he is certainly not mouse-like).

The characters are very well developed, even the killer is described in such a way that although you can’t understand why he is so evil, you see why he thinks he is entitled to do what he does. I didn’t read this book at night time, which is when I read most often. The reason for this is that the ‘devil’ was so creepy and scary! This is one example of why I didn’t read this at night.

“..everyone knows someone that is a little different, but that does not make them serial killers who enjoy torture and sexual abuse”

The two cops that are on the hunt are Taylor and Marcus. We hear about their private lives aswell as their intense police work. In with this horrendous serial killer case that they are working on, we are given a few small reprieves from the intensity of the chase, which was welcomed.

“….Hungry?” Tayor smiled….

“Starving!” he repied, “I don’t know why I ever ask you. You’re a gannet.” 

As I mentioned I liked that the book was based in Edinburgh. This is increased as I was reading, because occasionally there is Scottish colloquial words used in the writing. A very nice touch to make the Scottish fictional police force authentic.

“…she was a real salt of the earth and loved a blether”

I am going to give this book 5 stars because it was well thought out, it was so intense that I wanted to read it faster and faster to see if the victim was ok, if John would be caught, and to see how things worked out for Taylor. (the police woman who was leading the case). If you don’t mind some violence and very descriptive words within a book, then this is a brilliant read. If you are of a weak stomach and easily freaked out, its maybe not the book for you. I however, loved it.

 

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Remember to check out the rest of the blog posts during Blogival, you can see what has been going on in the poster below. And big thanks to Rachel for organising it all. 

 

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And now for the GIVEAWAY. Don’t you think the book sounds so gripping, I really loved it. If you like the sound of it, enter this rafflecopter giveaway, by clicking on the link and entering your details. One winner will be picked randomly. It is an international giveaway, so get entering. Thank you and good luck.

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Treachery of Trains Blog Tour. Book Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!

Treachery of Trains Blog Tour. Book Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!

 

Welcome to my stop on The Treachery of Trains Blog Tour. I am currently very excited about this book, and it is next on my to be read list. Today, I am spotlighting the book for you. You can see the rest of the blog tour hosts many of whom have written great reviews for the book. My review will be up in a few weeks. Also, one lucky reader will win an ecopy of this fab book. Just enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post.

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The Treachery of Trains

By author – Sylvia Ashby

Description:

Sky has made an abominable mistake at work. Something so awful she doesn’t dare stay in the HR office of XIM Technics for fear of being lynched by her colleagues.

So she gets on a train…

What happens when it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year?

Sky Candy is about to find out……

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Author Information and Links:

Sylvia Ashby’s first book ‘Pot Love’ is about food and love.

Her second ‘The Treachery of Trains’ is about finding love in unlikely place. Sylvia lives in Belgium with her family.

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Check out the rest of the tour hosts and read some great reviews here.

EverGrowingBookObsession
RedsMidnightReaders.Blogspot.co.uk
TheBelgiumReviewer.wordpress.com
SteamyBookMomma0.Blogspot.co.uk
JudgingMoreThanJustTheCover.Blogspot.co.uk
AroundTheWorldinBooks.ca
CancerSuckscouk.com
Tasz1976.wordpress.com
HelloChickLit.com
BookGroupies2.Blogspot.co.uk
Itapixie.blogspot.co.uk
TheBookWormLodge.com
BooksandWineareLovely.Blogspot.co.uk

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And now for the giveaway, just click the link and enter to win an ecopy of this book. The competition is open internationally. Good Luck!

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Death in the Valley by John Gruffydd.

Book Review & Giveaway: A Death in the Valley by John Gruffydd.

Thank you to publishers Austin Macauley for my copy of this book. I was particularly interested when they got in touch with this book as it is a crime thriller based in the valleys of Wales, which is where I am from. Keep reading to see what I thought of it….

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Description:

Told from the perspective of Gareth, an honest loyal retired solicitor, this is a mystery in the best tradition with twists and turns that keep you turning pages until the end. John Gruffydd takes you with Gareth, asking; is anyone as they first seem? Who can he trust? Can he trust his own instincts? Showing great understanding of police and legal processes, Gruffydd also shows such insight into human nature that you will start to look into your own heart to question, if it were me, what would I do?

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My Thoughts:

I was intrigued by the blurb of this book, especially when it said :

“…..you will start to look into your own heart to question, if it were me, what would I do?” – I was watching out for the parts that made me consider what I would do…

The story follows Gareth, a retired solicitor as he is asked to take on another case as it involves people he knew and worked with. The story is mainly based in Pentreglo, where within the first chapter I was gripped by the characters and the wonder of what is going on here!?

The book does a great job of making you wonder who do you trust? and do you really know people? There were multiple characters within the book who could bring out different emotions within me as the reader – compassion, anger, sadness and laughter. The plot of this book takes us from a little Welsh village to Cardiff and then Spain. There were twists that I didn’t see coming and I was left guessing right until the end who was the untrustworthy one! This is just the kind of book that I love, one where you can tell the Author has experience of the tale he writes, I suspect that Gruffydd has done some legal work in his time. He kept us suspended until the end, but gave us enough storyline and information so that we can consider every character and are they really as they come across. I totally see what the Author means when he wrote:

‘is anyone as they seem?‘ – I have to say I did suspect the ‘criminal’, but then I considered everyone, so I cannot claim to have guessed the twist! 

I love John Gruffydd’s style of writing, he writes so eloquently but he adds in real comedy within his characters. I found his main character Gareth so funny, even though ‘Gareth’ wasn’t trying to be funny, I think he seemed to me to be a grumpy older man who thinks a lot! He did make me laugh! I haven’t read a thriller that has made me laugh before, so I really applaud Gruffydd for this and I would certainly read more of his work just based on his writing style. 

“….she had commented that they were arriving in dribs and drabs. That was enough to set me off, and pedantic as ever, I had demanded to know whether we were a drib or a drab”

Another part of this book and Author that I loved was I could tell his nationality so openly and obviously (to me), as he scattered in Welsh colloquial language. This was so nice. If you don’t understand Welsh, don’t worry, it is obvious what he means. However if you are Welsh I really recommend this book. 

“You come here with your posh voice and fancy manners treating me as if I’m twp”

I really enjoyed this book, it was full of suspense, quick witted humour and a lovely dose of Welsh-ness! I absolutely recommend it. 

The generous Author and publishers at Austin MaCauley have let me host a giveaway whereby I can offer 5 paperback copies of this book. I am going to giveaway 3 from my rafflecopter giveaway and 2 from my Twitter account. If you think this book sounds good, enter my giveaways and wish yourself luck. I’d love to hear the winners thoughts on the book. Good luck readers! 

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Competition now closed, the winners are Donna @choconwaffles,  Florence,  Dawn @3obriens Rhonda @rhondareads Liz @Cvr_2_Cvr . Congratulations, I hope you all enjoy the book. I would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Do you like the sound of this book? Have you read any books based in Wales or in your home town? Do you think you will pick this book up? Let me know your thoughts.

 

 

 

 

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