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Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan. Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!

Pigeon Blood Red by Ed Duncan. Spotlight and GIVEAWAY!

Pigeon-Blood Red is a fast-paced and suspenseful crime thriller by Ed Duncan. The kindle version is available now, published by Zharmae, with the paperback set to be released this month (March 2016).

BOOK COVER

 

Description:

For underworld enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders, it seemed like an ordinary job. Retrieve his gangster boss’s priceless pigeon-blood red ruby necklace and teach the double-dealing cheat who stole it a lesson. A job like a hundred  before it. But the chase quickly goes sideways and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sunny Honolulu, where the hardened hit man finds himself in uncharted territory when a couple of innocent bystanders are  accidentally embroiled in the crime.

As Rico pursues his new targets, the hunter and his prey develop an unlikely respect for one another and Rico is faced with a momentous decision: follow his orders to kill the couple whose courage and character have won his admiration, or refuse and endanger the life of the woman he loves?

About Ed Duncan 

Ed Duncan is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH and is at work on the second installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red trilogy. To learn more, go to http://eduncan.net/

 ED DUNCAN

 

Ed Duncan is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH and is at work on the second installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red trilogy. To learn more, go to http://eduncan.net/

Readers can connect with Ed on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

I have the honour of being able to give away 1 free ecopy of this book to a lucky winner. All you have to do is follow the rafflecopter instructions and feel lucky! Open internationally, the book will be gifted to your ereader / kindle.

Good Luck Readers! 

 

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Book Review: Don’t Be Afraid, by Daniela Sacerdoti.

Book Review: Don’t Be Afraid, by Daniela Sacerdoti.

This book was chosen as part of a book club organised by my lovely bookblogging Buddy AJ from ajbookreviewclub.wordpress.com. A few of us decided to read the book together and see what our thoughts were.

 

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From the No. 1 bestselling author of Watch Over Me, Take Me Homeand Set Me Free, Daniela Sacerdoti returns to Glen Avich for her fourth book set in the magical and atmospheric Scottish Highlands.

DON’T BE AFRAID BY DANIELA SACERDOTI

Description:

When you’ve forgotten how to live, help can arrive in mysterious ways…

Successful artist Isabel Ramsay has never come to terms with the tragic death of her mother. Haunted by what happened, Isabel finds her own life spiralling out of control until, one winter’s day, she gives up, unable to bear the pain of living any longer. Yet somehow she wakes up, remembering a vision of a mysterious woman who has saved her. But alone in a locked house, surely that’s impossible?

With her family and friends worried out of their minds, her husband Angus finds a companion to watch over Isabel while he’s away from home. Warm, wise Clara can connect with Isabel in a way no one else can, helping her face up to her painful past, rediscover her passion for art and become brave enough to live her life again. But there’s a mystery surrounding Clara: who is she, and why does Isabel feel she’s known her all her life?

Don’t Be Afraid is a beautiful, life-affirming story of how even the most difficult struggles can be overcome and how help can arrive in mysterious ways.

Published December 10th 2015 by Black & White Publishing

dont be afraid

 

My Thoughts.

This is a book that I wouldn’t usually pick up, the blurb sounding a bit depressing and the cover didn’t draw me in. HOWEVER….because AJ had recommended it and was having it as part of her book club, I decided to buy it. (Only 50p!) and join in.

I can tell you, I’m glad I did read it, and this is a great advert for “don’t judge a book by its cover”

It is a very different read from what I am used to, but I was totally drawn into the characters lives. I think because there weren’t that many characters in the book, it was easier for us to get right into the characters heads. Heart warming and heart wrenching, this is a story of a woman’s journey to recovery with help from some very special people. We hear from Bell (Isabel) about how she feels and what is going on in her head, then we hear how her Husband Angus feels and how he interprets Bell’s behaviour. It was really interesting to read the two different perspectives, the one who has the mental illness and the one who is watching and caring. The Author did a great job of portraying this and I can totally imagine that people who are in either situation would really be able to relate to how the Author wrote it.

I wouldn’t describe this as a happy enjoyable read, but a thought provoking story that draws you into the characters and makes you really root for them and feel for them. Sacerdoti gives great insight into depression, anxiety and agoraphobia, we could really feel Isobel’s pain, and Angus’s pain as he has to watch it.

The lady that comes to help Bell and Angus is Clara. What an amazing person Clara was written to be. She is the kind of person you would wish to be there if your mental health was suffering. She is described by Bell as :

“like a candle in the darkest of nights”

The writing is beautiful, Glen Avich is described so very serenely and a place that would be delightful to live. It is based in a small lochside village in Scotland.

“.our whitewashed cottage on the loch shore..”

I liked how the Author seemed to really know Scotland. How typical is this!!:

“Right. I’ll put the kettle on” Angus conceeded in perfect Scottish style – when overwhelmed with emotion, either make a cup of tea or have a stiff drink.”

There is a wonderful epilogue that would be worth reading even if you didn’t read the rest of the book. I think this Author is a very sensitive, caring and very talented lady. Thank you to opening my eyes to yet another genre of book that I wouldn’t normally read.

Thanks to Daniela for writing the book, and big thanks to AJ for recommending this for her book club. I look forward to reading the other bookclub members thoughts.

 

LINKS:

GOODREADS

AMAZON.CO.UK

AMAZON.COM

Have you read any books by this Author? What are your thoughts?

Are you in any bookclubs? What is your bookclub reading at the moment? Leave a comment below, as always I’d love to hear from you.

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Book Review: Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me. By Caroline James

Book Review: Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me. By Caroline James

“The time to be happy is now..”

What a wonderful quote to start your book. Any avid followers of my blog and / or Twitter will know that Caroline James is one of my favourite Authors.

This book is a follow up to ‘Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy and Me’. You can read my review for that book  HERE!

Author Caroline James sent me a wonderful package with this book, all beautifully wrapped with the signed paperback book and a slice of home baked Caribbean cake! Lucky me eh! The cake was delicious and the book great.

This book can absolutely be read as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading both as they are fantastic!

** All views are completely honest and my own, despite eating the Authors cake! 😉

book and pina colada

Description:

Flying solo again in their middle years, can life really begin again for Jo and Hattie? Is there hope for the newly single baby boomers and can romance happen?

Continuing the Coffee Tea… series, join Jo and Hattie as they romp into their future and prove that anything is possible!

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me is a stand-alone read but also the sequel to Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me which shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-Book of the week in The Sun Newspaper.

Set in Cumbria and the Caribbean.

“A story about friendship and loss…is there hope for those of a certain age?”

‘The time to be happy is now…’ Jo remembers her late husband’s words but is struggling to face the lonely future that lies ahead. A heartbroken widow, Jo finds herself alone with ghostly memories at Kirkton House – a Cumbrian Manor that until recently, she ran as a thriving hotel. Her two sons have moved away, Jimmy to run a bar in Barbados, and Zach to London to pursue a career as a celebrity chef. Middle-age and widowhood loom frighteningly and Jo determines to sell up and start again, despite protestations from colourful friend, Hattie and erstwhile admirer Pete Parks.

Hattie convinces Jo to postpone any life-changing decisions by enjoying a Caribbean holiday but their holiday sets off a course of events that brings mayhem and madness to Jo and her family. Confused and anxious for her future, can life really begin again for Jo?

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a finalist at The Write Stuff – London Book Fair 2015. The judge’s comments included, “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.”

coffe tea carib

Kindle Edition, 334 pages

Expected publication: February 12th 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company

 

My Thoughts:

This book starts off telling us about Jo and Hattie in Westmorland, unfortunately they are both single again in their later years. But they have a great friendship which we can see throughout the book. The story takes us from Westmorland to the Caribbean to London and back again. You can tell that the Author has a love for all of these places. The way Caroline describes Barbados made me want to go on holiday, and as I couldn’t just jump on a plane to the Caribbean, I made do with a rum punch.   😉

Caroline’s writing is smooth and easy reading with great descriptions. She totally puts the reader in the place, so you can just imagine yourself sitting on the white sands drinking cocktails. 

“..secluded beach-fronted gardens and palm trees swayed, as the turquoise waters lapped..”

I knew before I started this book that I was going to see characters that I had ‘met’ before, and was excited to see what Caroline had in store for them. We also got to meet new lovely characters. We meet Jo’s second son Zach, who is dubbed the ‘Gypsy Chef’. I was especially happy to read of this new character as I love Caroline’s foodie descriptions. There are the deliciously English cooked breakfasts, Caribbean food – mmm Caribbean cake, and of course Zach’s ‘Gypsy Chef’ cooking.

“..chop a bunch of nettles. He tossed them into a pan to saute, along side finely diced wild garlic..”

There are such a wide range of characters in this book. I love the positivity from Hattie, she is always there for her friend Jo with uplifting words, fun and laughter. One of the side characters was Lottie. I would like to hear more from her in Caroline’s future books. She reminds me of Bubble from Ab Fab. I love the way Caroline describes her dress sense, it gives such a sense of her character.

This is what Lottie wore to a birthday party – “..a tight green body stocking, that emphasized every bone and a bright red bob hat. The ensemble reminded Bob of a giant match”

This book is very cleverly written whereby, if like me you have read Caroline’s two previous books you can see how all the characters link up. And wow there are some surprises there with some of the characters. I wasn’t expecting that!! (No spoilers, so you will have to read and find out for yourself). 

I loved this book, it gave me an easy read with a great range of characters. There is love, comedy, emotion and food! What more can you ask for?! It was brilliant. ♥

I had a great interview with Author Caroline James. If you missed it, you can catch up HERE!

 

Links:

GOODREADS

AMAZON UK

AMAZON.COM

Twitter CarolineJames

 

Author-Love-300x120AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

If you have read any of Caroline’s books, I’d love to hear your thoughts. If not, what did you think of the sound of this one? Do you want to read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, I love to read what you think! ♥ 

 

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Coffee, Tea and Caroline James. Author Interview

Coffee, Tea and Caroline James. Author Interview

Vacances Plage Couple-couche de soleil

Today, I am bringing you an interview with Author Caroline James whose book ‘Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me’ has just been released. I also have a brilliant book trailer to share with you.

AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES (PROFESSIONAL PROMO SHOTS 14.08.2015)

AUTHOR CAROLINE JAMES

I have read Caroline’s book, my review will follow this post. I loved the book, and recommend it to all who enjoy a good hearty book of comedy, romance, food and laughs.

Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me’ by Caroline James. 

February 12th 2016 by Ramjam Publishing Company

 

I loved that clip, and if you read the book you will really want to go to the Caribbean! Now onto my questions for Caroline. 

Hi Caroline, thank you for answering my questions. I was unsure whether to have Tea, Coffee, Champagne or Rum punch to drink during this interview! 😉 

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1. I love that your book is based in the Caribbean, the West Country (UK) and London. Did you spend time in all 3 places for ‘research’? 

Yes I did. I lived in Cumbria for several years and visit as often as I can. I am very

fond of the Lake District and the beautiful countryside and it is a great pleasure to

write about it. I have family in the Caribbean and have been travelling there for many

years. Barbados is a stunning island and life there is very different from the one I

lead here. It seemed natural to send my two Cumbrian characters, Jo and Hattie, to

a place that I know well and let them, through the pages of the novel, feel the warm

restorative glow of a welcoming Caribbean holiday. 


 

2. It was great to find out what all the characters that I love have been up to. Do you have a favourite character and did they come from a certain inspiration (e.g a person, or people)?

Hattie is probably my favourite character. She is a no-nonsense sort of person who

has a heart of gold and in her own way is very funny without trying to be. She’s not

based on anyone but an amalgamation of characters that I’ve observed in the past. I

would like us all to have a Hattie in our lives – a true friend and supportive rock when

you need her.


 

 3. I love your quote ‘ The time to be happy is now’, do you want to tell us where you got this from?

My mum always said this to me. What she meant was that we should be happy right

now, in the moment, no matter what is going on around us. I think it is a lovely quote

and say it often to myself. She had a very positive attitude towards believing that

living life in the positive not the negative enables good things to happen. I think she

was right.


 

4. Do you have a specific or special place to write? 

Yes, I do. I have a small oak desk that I bought at an auction a few years ago. I use it

just for writing and writing paraphernalia. This is in a corner of the room with a high

ceiling and vermillion painted walls, it is very atmospheric. I tuck myself away with a

favourite chair and cushion, light a fragrant candle,sip from a big mug of coffee and

nibble on a packet of biscuits and then when everything is just right, I begin to write.


 

5. What book are you reading at the moment?

I’ve just read The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. It is a short novel,

beautifully written and I read it very quickly as the tale gathered tension. It is an

interesting analysis of the state of the world we live in today. I really enjoyed it.


 6. I love that your books and characters love their food, especially cake! I understand that you love to bake too. What is your favourite cake or recipe and do these help your inspiration in your books?

My background has always been in the hospitality industry. I loathed school and the

only two subjects I ever took an interest in were English and Cookery. Cookery has

always been a part of my working life and I love to bake and nurture my friends and

family through baking. A visitor will always get a slice of cake with their cup of tea.

My favourite is probably salted caramel brownie – so easy to do but so scummy, but

I made baklava for the first time recently and experimented with the spicy filling, it

was delicious!


7. Are we going to hear more from Hattie, Jo and the rest of the ‘Coffee, Tea’ crew? I hope so. 

Yes, I am afraid you are! Coffee Tea The Boomers & Me will be published later in the

year and introduces some new characters into the mix. We have an aging Major who

is sozzled most of the time and Kate, an IT specialist who has sold her successful

business and is looking for love and finds it in the arms of the irresistible Andy Mack.

The all come together when they stay at Boomerville – Jo’s new business. The book

is about having a blast in middle and later years when most folk think they are over

the hill. With Hattie’s help and hair-brained schemes, life for our boomers most certainly begins again.


 

About Caroline James.

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Caroline James was born in Cheshire and wanted to be a writer from an early age. She trained, however, in the catering trade and worked and travelled both at home and abroad.

Caroline’s debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was Ebook 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 was a 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.” The book will be published February 2016.

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. She has published short stories and is a member of the RNA. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for a lifestyle magazine. When she’s not running her hospitality business and writing, Caroline can generally be found with her nose in a book and her hand in a box of chocolates, she also likes to climb mountains and contemplate life.

CJ Books on beach background

 

LINKS:

GOODREADS Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me.

AMAZON.CO.UK

AMAZON.COM

TWITTER CAROLINEJAMES12

CarolineJamesAuthor.co.uk

Facebook – AuthorCarolineJames

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My book review of ‘Coffee, Tea The Caribbean and Me’ will be on my blog soon, so keep your eyes open for it. If you have read any of Caroline’s other books, I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

What did you think of the book trailer? Are you inspired to pick up this book? What would you ask an Author if you had the pleasure of asking them a question? 

Until next time, Happy Reading! ♥

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Book Review: Valentine’s Day at The Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn.

Book Review: Valentine’s Day at The Star and Sixpence by Holly Hepburn.

I was looking for a short story or novella to read around Valentine’s Day. I found this, which is available FREE to download on Amazon now. Links below!

DESCRIPTION:

Fall in love at the Star and Sixpence this Valentine’s Day….
 
Love is in the air as sisters Nessie and Sam prepare for Valentine’s Day at their newly renovated pub, The Star and Sixpence. They have a star chef winging her way from London to cook a very special Valentine’s Day dinner, for all the couples in the village. 
 
But as sparks fly in the kitchen, will love bloom in The Star and Sixpence? A romantic short story, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Scarlett Bailey. 

valentin sixpence

My Thoughts:

This book was exactly what I was looking for – a cute short story based around Valentine’s Day. It’s based in a pub that is hosting a special Valentine’s evening. The book includes everything I love about short chick lit stories – Fun, romance, foodie descriptions and a great cover. (I know it shouldn’t make a difference, but it is a lovely cover isn’t it?).

The pub just sounds like somewhere I would love to visit to sit, enjoy a meal a drink and the company of the characters in this quaint pub based in Shropshire.

This short story shows a lovely example of the Author’s writing style, and has given me a taste for more of the same. I think there will be plenty more romance and fun to come from Nessie, Sam and The Star and Sixpence.

Download yourself for FREE today. 

 

Links:

AMAZON.CO.UK

AMAZON.COM

GOODREADS

Twitter – HollyH_Author

HollyHepburn.com

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Have a lovely Valentine’s weekend Readers. 

 

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#Valentine. Book Review: The Boy in the BookShop by Katey Lovell.

#Valentine. Book Review: The Boy in the BookShop by Katey Lovell.

For Valentines weekend, here is a book review of a soppy sweet romantic short story. There are a few of these ‘Meet Cute’ series. I decided to pick up this one first, as the idea of it being in a bookshop appealed to me.

BOY IN BOOKSHOP

Description:

Every Happily Ever After began with a Once Upon a Time…

It takes a lot to distract Jade from her books. But from the moment she spots Marwan browsing the shelves, she can’t concentrate on anything else…

A gorgeously romantic short story, part of The Meet Cute series.


 

My Thoughts:

This book is a very short story, it is basically girl meets boy, girl fancies boy blah blah. I am disappointed to say that I wasn’t impressed with this book. 

I found the main female character Jade a bit annoying. She sounded a bit contradictory to me. She says she has sworn off men as she as been hurt too many times before, but then says:

“I knew he was trustworthy as I looked into those eyes. They were the eyes of an honest man.” – but this was before she had spoken to him?? Really?! 

Jade is very into her books though, and I was hoping that based in a bookshop, there would be lots of descriptive words about books, the shop and the guy. I did like Jade’s thoughts about books, and the Author did write her well as a book lover.

“I love old books. I like to imagine who they might have belonged to, if they were read on a train, or a beach, or in front of a roaring log fire..”

I guess this is the kind of short story you might have a quick read of when you have a spare five minutes. I did like the Author’s style of writing, I just found this particular story a bit pointless. I don’t think I will be reading anymore of the ‘Meet Cute series. However, if I found a full length book by the Author, I would give it a go.

LINKS:

GOODREADS.

AMAZON .CO.UK

AMAZON.COM

I would love to hear your Valentine reads? Have you read this or any of the other ‘Meet Cute’ books? What did you think?

HAPPY READING!

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10 Books I want to Read Next.

10 Books I want to Read Next.

So, hopefully you all read my top ten books of 2015, if not then you can catch up HERE!

After writing that post, I got thinking about all the great books I have to read this year. I already have a huge pile of books waiting to be read. Between the books I bought myself, ones I have won in competitions and ones I have kindly been sent by publishers and Authors. I have a good mix of both paperbacks and ebooks that I already own, actually I am totally spoilt for choice.

Here is a list of the ones I am most excited to read, books that I already own. I will review each of them after I have read them, so if you are interested in reading my reviews be sure to follow my blog by email or wordpress or follow me on Twitter.

So here goes, my top ten books that I own and I am most excited to read.

 

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BOOKS I’M GOING TO READ NEXT!


A STRANGERS HOUSE BY CLARE CHASE – GOODREADS LINK

strangers house

I have been waiting for the the release of this book for a while, I read Clare Chase’s first book ‘You Think You Know Me’, and loved it. So, I was excited to hear that she had another one on the way. Now I have it here to read and I am quite confident that it is going to be fantastic. 


 

WATERKILL BY MARK DONOVAN – GOODREADS LINK

waterkill 

This book has been sent to me by the Author and it looks really exciting and intriguing to me.

“Waterkill” Weaves Nanoscience and Cult Religious Terrorism into a Major Threat to Western Civilization

Probably a different read to what I am used to, but that is part of the wonder of being a bookblogger. There are always new and wonderful books to read.


FRACTURE BY RYAN MARK.  – GOODREADS LINK

Fracture

 

I have read the prequel to this book ‘Tremor’, which was brilliant, so I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. The Author has kindly sent me a copy and after reading Tremor, I am keen to see what happens next to the characters. 


 

THE SW19 CLUB BY NICOLA MAY – GOODREADS LINK

sw19 club

I got this book myself. When I read what this book was about, I felt that it drew me in, and it became a MUST READ! I am hesitant and excited at the same to read this as I think it will be an emotional but helpful (?) read.


THE GIRL WITH NO PAST BY KATHRYN CROFT – GOODREADS LINK

girl with no past

I chose this book myself as it looks exciting and thrilling. (I was lucky to win a competition whereby I could choose a book to be sent to me from Amazon). I love a good page turning psychological thriller. I have high hopes for this one. I haven’t read anything from this Author before.


 

COVER GIRL BY NIC TATANO – GOODREADS LINK

COVER GIRL

I chose this myself and with great thanks to Netgalley I was able to have it sent to my kindle. ( I ♥ Netgalley).  I have read one other book by this Author, which was Twitter Girl. I really enjoyed that book, in fact it was mentioned in my top ten books of 2015, so I’m sure this one will be really good too.


 

OUT OF DARKNESS BY KATY HOGAN GOODREADS LINK

out of darkness

I was kindly sent a copy of this book by the Author, with a beautifully scented candle. The back of the book says:

“A person is like a candle, he said. ‘The wick is the body, the flame is the soul, bringing light into the world”. – I think it will be an uplifting and beautiful read. 


 

THE DEATH OF ANYONE BY D J SWYKERT – GOODREADS LINK

death of anyone

I do love a good thriller, and this just sounds like such an exciting page turner! The Author sent me a copy of this, I haven’t read anything else by this Author, I am hoping it will be fantastic. 


 

CINDER BY MARISA MAYER GOODREADS

CINDER

Well, I was lucky enough to win this book from my lovely bookblogger friend Kat from PERKS OF BEING A BOOK NERD. Go visit her blog, she is fantastic. I haven’t read this yet, and I know it has been out for a while and there has been fab things said about it, so I am really looking forward to reading it. Thanks Kat. 😉


 

A DEATH IN THE VALLEY BY JOHN GRUFFYTH GOODREADS LINK

a death in the valley

I am honoured to receive a pre publication copy of this book. It is not to be released until March. I am excited to read this because its crime thriller, but also because it is based in Wales where I grew up.


 

So there are the ten books that I am excited to read next. They are not in any particular order as I think they all sound fantastic. 

Have you read any of these books? which one should I start with? Its a tough choice, but I know whichever I read I will enjoy! 

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Book Review: Twin Piques by Tracie Banister

Book Review: Twin Piques by Tracie Banister

When Author Tracie Banister contacted me to ask me if I would like to read and review her book Twin Piques, I thought straight away it would be a book I would enjoy. Just look at the cover!! The genre is Chick Lit, which is one of my favourite genres, so I had high hopes for this book.

twin piques

Description:

Forensic accountant Sloane Tobin and kooky pet psychic Willa may have the same face, but that’s the only thing these identical twins have in common.

How she can read the hearts and minds of animals has always been a mystery to Willa, and her rotten luck with men is equally baffling. Although she’s been looking for “The One” for what feels like forever (A teenage marriage to a French mime and dating a guy named Spider seemed like good ideas at the time!), optimistic Willa refuses to give up on love. When she meets Brody, the handsome rose expert hired to save her grandmother’s garden, she’s instantly smitten, but why does he keep sending her mixed signals? Does he return her feelings, or is their attraction all in her fanciful head?

 Unlike her twin, Sloane has zero interest in romance. Her passion is her job, where she uses her gift for numbers to take down slimy embezzlers and asset-hiding spouses. When she’s assigned two high profile cases, Sloane feels confident the promotion she’s been angling for is within her grasp. But will her plan to climb the corporate ladder be thwarted by difficult clients, her co-worker-with-benefits, or – most surprisingly of all – her own sister? And how’s she supposed to stay focused on the drama at work when her childhood friend, Gav, moves in next door and the spark between them becomes impossible to ignore? To get what they both want, can Willa and Sloane band together and rely on each other’s strengths? Or will their differences drive them apart once and for all? 

 

twin piques

My Thoughts:

I was totally taken straight away by the cover of this book, and it does do the book justice. The cover very cleverly depicts just how I imagined the twins Sloane and Willa to be.

I really really enjoyed this book. Tracie Bannister has done an excellent job of portraying 2 different characters who share the same DNA, but are so different in their personalities. I always liked the idea of being a twin and these 2 girls are great. Different in their ways but have that sisterly bond.

This book is so modern and so now! There are mentions of ‘Pinterest‘, ‘Orange is the New Black‘ and ‘The Rachel’ haircut! – that was Willa!! 

The Author has brilliant descriptive words within her tales, so that the images that she has created just slide into our imaginations with such clear pictures.

“Josh smiles broadly, looking as creepy and carnivorous as Lewis Carroll’s cat”

Out of the two twins, I can relate to Willa more so, she is laid back and enjoys the simple things in life. She also loves her food and when I read about her drink choice, I loved her even more.

The Dreamer … it’s made from pink lemonade and Bacardi rum and it’s topped with whipped cream!” – doesn’t that sound delicious. 

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The Dreamer – maybe something like this?! Yum! 😉

Sloane on the other hand, “hates when advertising animates food,” (M&M’s).

This book is a romantic comedy, there is romance and there is comedy. I did chuckle throughout the pages at the scrapes and tales of the characters.

“..when everybody was doing the count down to midnight, she started spewing pink, glittery barf everywhere, all over her date, all over the carpet, all over Sue Wong’s dress. Sonya was so mad; she kept shrieking, ‘There’s puke on my Ostrich feathers!’ “  – doesn’t that create such an image and such a laugh!! 

Although this is a romantic comedy chick lit book, it is not predictable. There are parts especially towards the end that I didn’t see coming. There is lots more to the story than just ‘girl meets boy’, there is excitement, comedy, surprise and intrigue.

I loved this book, I shall definitely be reading more from Tracie Bannister. This was my first, but it certainly won’t be my last.


 

Links:

GOODREADS

AMAZON USA

AMAZON UK

TWITTER – TRACIE BANISTER


 

If you have read this or any of Tracie’s other books I would love to hear your thoughts? Which twin did you relate to more so?

Or, if my review has inspired you to read this book, let me know. Or of you have any recommendations or any other comments, please leave them below. I’d love to hear from you.

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Book Review: Shopaholic to the Rescue, by Sophie Kinsella.

Book Review: Shopaholic to the Rescue, by Sophie Kinsella.

Anyone who knows about my love of books, will also know my love for Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood and her lovely Husband Luke. I have been waiting for a long time to read this book, as if you have read the last Shopaholic book, you will remember the ending…… 

You can read this book as a standalone, but I would recommend reading all of the Shopaholic books, as they are fantastic.

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Description:

Becky Bloomwood and a hilarious cast of beloved family and friends (plus one enemy!) set off in a van to find her missing father, last heard from in Las Vegas.

Becky’s father Graham and her best friend’s husband, Tarquin, have disappeared from Los Angeles saying simply they have “something to take care of.”

But Tarquin’s wife Suze who is Becky’s best friend, and Becky’s mother Jane, are convinced the two men are hiding something and are in danger—their imaginations run wild. They must track them down!

Hijinks ensue as husband Luke drives Becky, daughter Minnie, Jane, Suze and other favorite Kinsella characters across country from LA to Las Vegas in search of the missing men.

Becky feels deeply guilty about ignoring her father while he was in LA, in addition Becky feels her enemy Alicia is threatening her friendship with Suze.


 

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My Thoughts:

Well, as usual Sophie Kinsella has not let me down. This is the follow up from the last book that I have been waiting so long for. Sophie brings back all the usual great characters that I know and love. Becky is her usual quirky, lovely funny self. There are a few changes in her within this book which make the story more interesting. You would think that after so many Shopaholic books that the Author would run out of ideas to make the story fun and a page turner, but I can say that I enjoyed this one and as soon as I finished it I was hoping for the next one.

I liked the beginning of the book, where we catch up with Derek Smeath, (Becky’s old Bank Manager). He has been quite a feature in Becky’s life. So I thought this was a really clever way to give readers a quick update of where we are, and also to include Derek. (Who I love a little bit more after these events in Becky’s life).

There are some parts of this book that I never would have predicted within Becky and Suze’s stories, so I am happy yet not at all surprised that Sophie Kinsella has told them in this book.

Becky goes to Las Vegas in this book, and she is her usual funny self making me chuckle as I read about her escapades. Becky Brandon is the only person I ‘know’ who will compare shoping to gambling! After a go in the casino, she says:

“There should be more ceremony to gambling,…like when you buy something expensive and they hand it to you in a nice bag and say ‘Good Choice!”

We also see some different and some older dimensions of Becky and Suze’s friendship. Without giving any spoilers, they have to come up with a code word! To which they choose “potato” ……the reason being, because they can’t think of anything else.

I loved this book, as I expected that I would. I still love Becky, Luke and Suze and hope that Sophie Kinsella will continue to tell us about the lives of my beloved Shopaholic and her clan.


 

Have you read this or any of the Shopaholic books? What did you think of Becky and Suze’s escapades this time? I’d love to hear from you as always, so please leave me a comment below. I love to chat books, and particularly books that I love!

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Anne of Green Gables Haul!

Anne of Green Gables Haul!

I was very lucky this Christmas and received the BEST book EVER!! Look at this Anne of Green Gables book, apart from it being an amazing book, it is also the best cover ever.

Its is soft and covered in typically Anne quotes. I love it.

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Even the back is perfect. 

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On the inside cover, you can see the horse and cart that drove Anne to Green Gables. And each chapter tells us what will happen, so I can either read it all or just skip to a particular chapter.

I also got the four set book of Anne books. These are my comfort reads, I can turn to any page of any book and just love it. I know the story so well, and find Anne makes me smile even on the grey days as she is so optimistic and positive. I just love Anne Shirley, Anne of Green Gables.

Then to finish off my Anne haul so perfectly, I had this super cute and very bookishly cool necklace.

Are you with me for this great love of Anne of Green Gables? To finish off I will leave you with my favourite ‘Anne’ quote.

“tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it”

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