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Book Review: Games People Play, by Owen Mullen.

Book Review: Games People Play, by Owen Mullen.

I had noticed on Twitter that bookbloggers were talking about a crime book that was based in Glasgow, this was where my interest started. Then when Author Owen Mullen approached me and asked me if I would like to read and review his book ‘Games People Play’ – a Charlie Cameron crime story, I was very happy to do so. ‘Games People Play’ is the first in the Charlie Cameron series.

Games People Play is published today – 19th January 2017, so if you like the sound of it, you can order it now from the links at the bottom of this post. 

The Author has a second book out too called ‘Old Friends and New Enemies‘, which also sounds excellent. For today, I will tell you my thoughts on ‘Games People Play’ 

Description:

On a warm summer’s evening thirteen month old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland, taken while her parents are yards away. Three days later, the distraught father turns up at Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron’s office and begs him to help. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.
Against his better judgement Charlie gets involved in a case he would be better off without. But when a child’s body is discovered on Fenwick Moor, then another in St Andrews, the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer out there whose work has gone undetected for decades. Baby Lily may be the latest victim of a madman.
For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go. His demons won’t let him.The stunning first novel featuring Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron. Games People Play will have the reader guessing to the very last page.

 

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Published 19th January 2017 by BloodHound Books.

My Thoughts:

I loved that this book was set in all the places I know so well. The language too, was so familiar, its strange how you can almost tell from the way the Author writes where they are from. Of course brilliantly, the Author was writing what he knows as the main character Charlie Cameron, Private Investigator lives and works in Glasgow.

It is a nice idea that Charlie is a private investigator rather than the usual police / lawyer crime books that I enjoy, it was a different touch right from the start. We find out more about Charlie and his past as the book goes on. There are reasons why he shouldn’t have taken on this case, but he does anyway. I really wanted Charlie to succeed in he case he was working on, despite everything being against him. 

There is a brilliant twist at the end of the book, which I didn’t see coming at all. When I thought back through the story that I had just read, you could see how Author Owen Mullen weaved the story perfectly so that we wouldn’t guess the twist, but it makes sense when you read it and it all adds up. There is a real mix of good and bad human traits within this book, but the strap line ‘evil is never far away’ is very apt. I was glad that Charlie was likeable as there would have been too much negative behaviour otherwise. 

This is a really great crime thriller which was made even better for me as it was based in Glasgow and surrounding areas. I now look forward to reading the next in the Charlie Cameron PI series ‘Old Friends and New Enemies’, which is also out now. 

 

About the Author Owen Mullen:

When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, and had a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs. He returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. He is an Arsenal supporter and a serious foodie. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands.


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Links:

Goodreads.

Twitter/OwenMullen6

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Amazon.co.uk

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Posted by on December 29, 2016 in Books

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Published August 31st 2015 by Accent Press

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Links:

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Twitter/nicolamay1

www.nicolamay.com

 

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Books

 

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Guest Review: The Hope Family Calender, by Mike Gayle.

Guest Review: The Hope Family Calender, by Mike Gayle.

Thank you very much to publishers Hodder and Stoughton for sending me this copy of The Hope Family Calender by Mike Gayle, which was released in paperback earlier this month. 

While, I am a fan of Mike Gayle’s books, I thought as my guest reviewer Lynne did such a fantastic job of her first guest review here at ChocolatePages, I would ask her to read and review ‘The Hope Family Calender’

(Lynne’s first review of I See You by Clare MackIntosh is HERE! )

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Description:

Tom Hope is broken. Ever since his wife Laura died he hasn’t been the same man, and definitely not the same father. Luckily for Tom his mother-in-law Linda is around to pick up the pieces and look after his two struggling daughters, Evie and Lola.

But Tom getting arrested on the first anniversary of his wife’s death is the last straw for Linda.

In a last bid attempt to make Tom reconnect with his daughters she takes drastic action and leaves for Australia. With two fast-maturing daughters Tom has to learn how to accept his responsibilities and navigate the newly discovered world of single fatherhood – starting immediately.

With only himself to rely on, will Tom fall back into grief or finally step up and be the father his girls need?

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Lynne’s Thoughts:

Reading the first part of the synopsis on the back cover of this book, you might think it would be full of doom and gloom, you couldn’t be more wrong, it is full of false starts, new beginnings and shocking truths.It is also about the power of family and friends and about making mistakes and mending them.

Tom is bereaved, his wife died in a crash, and she left behind their two daughters.Tom has a bit of an ‘Ostrich Mentality’ throwing himself into his work and leaving the upbringing of his girls to his more than capable Mother in law, Linda, who gives up her own life to care for them all including Tom.

Tom’s late wife, Laura is practically a saint in retrospect, someone who had all the answers, was a perfect wife and Mother, but was she really? Or was she just as flawed as the rest of us ? Linda the Mum in law is the bringer of comfort, sanity and happiness in the household, but what about her own needs? What happens when she decides that she has to be ‘Cruel to be kind’ ?

The two girls are surprisingly well adjusted considering that they have lost a Mum and to all intents and purposes, have lost a Father too.

As we learn more about each person, we can feel the tension bubbling away below the surface, secrets unfold, friendships are renewed,and we find out what happens when each character has to find a new way of living.

I think Mike Gayle did a really good job of showing how grief can affect people in entirely different and unexpected ways, and that in Human life none of us are saints.

Will Linda -the Mother in law have a meltdown ?

Will Laura the deceased wife continue to be mourned ?

Will Tom do the right thing ?

You’ll have to read to find out !!

What you get is an uplifting story of Human perseverance, and  what choices people make when the chips are down. A very good read.

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Thank you very much to Lynne for reading and reviewing this book for me and my readers at ChocolatePages

 

Links:

Twitter/MikeGayle

Twitter/HodderBooks.

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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Jungle Rock, by Caroline James.

Book Review: Jungle Rock, by Caroline James.

I was very happy to hear that one of my favourite Authors has published a new book. I have read all Caroline James’ previous books in the Coffee, Tea range. I have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment with Jo and Hattie in Boomerville which is due to be published in spring 2017. So, when I heard that Jungle Rocks, a fantastic novella was out, it immediately went to the top of my ‘must read’ list. 

This is a stand alone novella, but it has many of the same characters from the previous books. I have included links to all my reviews of Caroline’s previous books. 

Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and MeMY REVIEW! 

Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me – MY REVIEW!

So, You Think You’re a Celebrity…..Chef – MY REVIEW!

 

But now for the star review in question today, we have  romantic comedy novella
by Caroline James Jungle Rocks. 

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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…

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Published November 21st 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company

My Thoughts:

Jungle Rock is a brilliant story with a varying range of characters. Zach has broken up with Fiancee Poppy, and about to enter Jungle Survival. Of course this makes us all think of ‘I’m A Celebrity’ in the Australian jungle, and whether or not you are a fan of this programme, it doesn’t matter. If you like easy flow reading with drama, excitement and great characters, I think you will love it.

We hear about the rest of Zach’s family based in the UK, which gives us more of a picture of the type of character that Zach is. Jo and Hattie feature in Caroline’s other books, so for me it was wonderful to catch up with them again. I think if you read this as a standalone book you too will want to hear more from Jo and Hattie. Hattie is such a lively, doesn’t give a hoot kind of character. She is certainly my favourite. I even have a picture in my mind of what she looks like. Now, that is a good Author for you, if she makes you picture the characters in your head!

The story doesn’t focus too much on the trials, but there’s just enough to get your imagination running and your stomach creaking! 

“I’d eat an antelope’s anus, I’m so hungry”.      

There is perfect descriptions of Australia, with great names – Mount Wumbah! I wonder if this is real or Author’s artistic licence. Also, the Christmassy feel of West Marland. This is a festive novella that doesn’t ram Christmas down your neck, but will make you laugh with its humour, drama and array of intriguing and engaging characters. I loved it. 

Links:

Twitter/CarolineJames12

www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Goodreads

 

Author Caroline James:

AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

Caroline’s debut novel, Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity… Chef? has been described as wickedly funny: AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap…’ Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me, an Amazon best-seller, was a Top Ten Finalist at The Write Stuff, London Book Fair 2015 and the judge’s comments included: Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing. Her next novel, Boomerville will be published spring 2017.

Caroline has owned and run many catering related businesses and cookery is a passion alongside her writing, combining the two with her love of the hospitality industry and romantic fiction. As a media agent, Caroline represented many well-known celebrity chefs and her TV script, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity Chef? was runner up at the Winchester Writers Festival 2016.

She has published short stories and is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for an online lifestyle magazine. She is a founder member of The Cheshirati and is available for inspiring and entertaining talks on anything related to the hospitality and publishing industry.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2016 in Books

 

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I See You, by Clare Mackintosh. Guest Review.

I See You, by Clare Mackintosh. Guest Review.

Today, I have the pleasure of hosting a brilliant review from a beautiful lady who has been an amazing support to me over the last few months. And the bonus is, she loves all the same books as me! Here is Lynne’s review of I See You, by Clare Mackintosh.

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Description:

You do the same thing every day.

You know exactly where you’re going.

You’re not alone.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a website, a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .

 

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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Love Me Tinder, by Nicola May.

Book Review: Love Me Tinder, by Nicola May.

When Author Nicola May asked me if I would like to read and review her new book, Love Me Tinder, I jumped at the chance. The title itself, just oozes comedy. I was sure it was going to be good. I have read only 1 of Nicola May’s books before and that was The SW19 Club. I loved the way that this was written, and it was a book that made me both laugh and cry. I was hoping Love Me Tinder would just make me laugh…..and it did. I loved it. I am also happy to know that there are quite a few more books by this Author that I have yet to read. Always a good thing after enjoying one of a talented Author’s books. 

Description:

Dull security or risky freedom – which would you choose?

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.

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Published July 31st 2016 by Accent Press

My Thoughts:

Well, this book was a bit of a eye opener for me to the world of online dating! Cali was cheated on by her Husband and decides to put herself out there on Tinder. Before I read this I knew nothing of Tinder, after reading this I can see how it could bring love and it can bring laughter, mix ups, disappointment and fun! For Cali , it brought a novel load of laughs and a few experiences that she won t forget! 

There was a brilliant side line character called Lady P, who is an African Grey Parrot. He would say the most inappropriate things at every opportunity and you can just imagine the things a fictional parrot could say when a young lady enters the world of Tinder. It’s brilliant.

Nicola May’s writing style flows easily and well. I think this Author  must have a brain full of imagination as she has written quite a few books and all get amazing reviews. She writes fictionally  about characters that you can empathise with, you can laugh and cry with. She writes stories that could be true, but you are glad you are not embroiled in all those mix ups and  craziness. 

Will Tinder work out for Cali?? You will have to read to find out. But prepare for a good read, some laughs and some cringes along the way. 

Cali enjoys her Tinder fun in Room 102 .  If I ever stay in a room 102 again, I will always think of Cali and Nicola May. This is definitely a  book I recommend to all chick lit lovers and especially anyone who has any experience of Tinder. If like me you haven’t then I still recommend this book to you for the amusement it will give you. 

A funny easy read with great characters and a lot of Love Me Tinder- ing! 😉

Links:

Goodreads

Twitter/NicolaMay1

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

NicolaMay.com

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Daisy in Chains, by Sharon Bolton.

Book Review: Daisy in Chains, by Sharon Bolton.

After hearing some great reviews and tweets about this book, I was excited to start this thriller of a book. Daisy in Chains is the first book I have read by Sharon Bolton, but I am quite sure it won’t be the last. I loved it.

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Description:

Famous killers have fan clubs.

Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He’s handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he’s innocent, and that he’s the man of their dreams.

Who would join such a club?

Maggie Rose is different. Reclusive and enigmatic; a successful lawyer and bestselling true-crime writer, she only takes on cases that she can win.

Hamish wants her as his lawyer, he wants her to change his fate. She thinks she’s immune to the charms of a man like this. But maybe not this time . . .

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Published June 2nd 2016 by Transworld Digital

 

My Thoughts:

This book is an intense and very gripping psychological thriller. It is a page turner of a book that made me read later and longer than I should have. 

Usually in my book reviews, I will comment on whether the characters were relate-able or fully developed. Well, in this book there are two main characters, true crime writer and lawyer Maggie Rose.  Also Hamish Wolfe who is in prison for murder. I was curious and suspicious of both characters throughout, as the reader is made to wonder about the relationship between the two.  Rose is asked to look at Wolfe’s case and to try to fight for his innocence, and we are led to wonder who is gaining most from this relationship, and which of them is playing games.

An interesting point of this book is the women who fall in love with prisoners, those who become prison wives. The Author seems to have done her research and comes up with interesting reasons and explanations about what others may find strange and struggle to understand. As we can see from the blurb of the book, “Wolfe has a fan club”! 

Maggie Rose has blue hair, therefore as a lawyer this immediately brings attention to her personality and how she wants to be portrayed by others. I read on the Author’s website that she had this photo up to inspire her about Maggie Rose. Weirdly the Author didn’t notice the daisy brooch until later on. We do not know who this lady is, but I feel grateful that she was an inspiration for Sharon Bolton to write a brilliant character such as Maggie Rose.

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The twist at the end of the book is amazing. About two thirds of the way through the book, you are given an idea of where the plot is heading. But the twist is a roller coaster of excitement until the final page whereby I took a gasp and a sigh as everything made sense. This book made me think for days after finishing it. I thought back to all the bits I had read earlier on and each time saying, ah yes! I loved it, and if you like psychological thrillers, I truly recommend Daisy in Chains.

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Links:

Twitter/@AuthorSJBolton

www.sharonbolton.com

Goodreads

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Chances, by Jaime Scarfuto.

Book Review: Chances, by Jaime Scarfuto.

This book was given to me to read and review. I read it and had to have a good think before I wrote this review. This is not the kind of review I usually write, but it is written and I hope I have written it fairly and clearly. I would be interested, as always if anyone else has read this book and what their thoughts are on it. 

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Description:

In high school, I thought I’d end up with James. In college, I thought I’d end up with Alex. As the years went on being with Alex wasn’t what I wanted anymore. I wasn’t being loved and cared for, I was being neglected and forgotten. After the final straw I had enough and started my life over. Being alone for the first time in almost six years. Little did I know, my high school reunion was right around the corner and maybe a second chance to be with James too. But was that what i wanted? Who doesn’t want to end up with their high school sweetheart? or is there someone else out there for me?

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Published March 13th 2016 by Jaime Scarfuto

 

My Thoughts:

This was a very  easy reading book. It follows the main character Jeanie as she decides she no longer wants to be with live in boyfriend Alex, so breaks up with him. Soon after she finds out its her ten year school reunion and we learn about her past ‘relationship’ with James.

This was not a favourite read of mine, and the reason for that is I found it very hard to relate to the main character. She seemed to me to be so self absorbed and extremely naive. When reading books, even books with bad guys, killers etc, I always feel I can understand why they do things a bit. I feel that takes a talented Author who knows people. 

I found Jeanie to be annoying and a bit selfish. Although this spoiled it for me, as credit to the Author, she did make me feel this.

At many points, I was tempted to not finish this book, but I did as I wanted to see what happened, if Jeanie got less self absorbed and to see what happens to her and her friend.

Although, I didn’t much enjoy this book, it is easy reading and if you like books about friendships, relationships and taking ‘Chances’, then you might enjoy this book. 

 

Links:

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AMAZON.CO.UK

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Twitter/Jaime_Scarfuto

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2016 in Books

 

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Book Review: Never Again, by Nicky Clifford

Book Review: Never Again, by Nicky Clifford

Today is my stop on the wonderful blog tour for Nicky Clifford‘s debut book ‘Never Again’.  I have been following the tour and visiting all the wonderful blogs along the way. Reviews have been amazing for this book, and their were also some fantastic interviews with Author Nicky Clifford. You can see the bloggers that took part below.

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Description:

Mountains, Mystery, Romance: Can you run from your past?
Harriet Anderson’s life is spiralling out of control. Unused to such mayhem, she ditches her high-powered job to take refuge in the Swiss Alps where she meets Philippe Smith, a crime writer with a dark and shadowy past. Thrown together by chance, is their fate intertwined? Will the karma and romance of the mountains and the quaintness of the Alps soothe their troubled souls?
Or will their rocky paths create avalanches that cannot be avoided…

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Self-published via Amazon Kindle and CreateSpace

My Thoughts:

For an Author’s first published book, this is an exceptional one. Nicky Clifford has given us beautifully serene setting in the mountains of the Alps. She brought to life an array of different but fully developed characters, some we grow to love and root for, and some we want to accidentally have a little slip down those beautiful Alps! 😉

The book includes many things that I love, great descriptions which is perfect for imaginative travelling, I have spent many an hour sitting in a cafe besides the wonderful mountains drinking the most amazing hot chocolates filled with piles of whipped cream and marshmallows. (In reality, I was on the sofa with my huge hot chocolates). But a talented Author can transport you, and Nicky Clifford did just that. 

Never Again is a great title, as the 2 main characters have been through tough times and both think to themselves, ‘Never Again’ will I let someone in. This is not your traditional boy meets girl, fall in love, happily ever after. Clifford has used great imagination and filled the story with ups, downs, will they – won’t they moments. There is so much drama, and not only from the 2 main characters, but from the brilliant side line characters too. I loved Elspeth best. Have you ever met a ‘Granny’ who gives great advice and who eats more ice cream than real meals! She is brilliant.

“Life is rarely simple…….the bumps make us stronger”, to which quite rightly she got the reply “I’ve had enough bumps for now. Can’t it be someone else’s turn?”

I felt that Nicky has a good insight into people, and to write a believable novel (of this kind), you need to know people. 

There are many amusing parts to this narrative where the Author made me chuckle quite a few times with her quiet humour. There are a few characters from Wales visiting the hotel. When questioned on their ‘Welshness‘, one of them says:

“What d’you want us to say ‘boyo’ and ‘valleys’ in every second sentence?”

Never Again is a book that I really enjoyed. I recommend reading it with plenty of hot chocolate ingredients at hand, whipped cream, marshmallows and also a cake or two…or three. There will be more to come from Nicky Clifford, and its going to be fantastic. 

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Nicky is generously donating some of the royalties from the sale of Never Again to charities which are close to her heart.

 Auticulateh – which helps support children and young people to improve their social, communication and independence skills.

Childhood Tumour Trust – which supports children and young people who have the genetic condition Neurofibromatosis 1 where tumours grow on nerves in the bodies and on .

So aside from getting yourself a brilliant book, you will also be helping out some wonderful charities.

Links:

Facebook/NickyCliffordWriter

Twitter/NickyNovelist

Amazon.co.uk

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NickyClifford.com

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2016 in Books

 

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

 

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