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Blog Tour: FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA by Stacy Juba & Giveaway.

Blog Tour: FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA by Stacy Juba & Giveaway.

I am very happy to have my stop today at the blog tour for brilliant new book out by Stacy Juba, ‘Fooling Around With Cinderella’. Hosted by Tasty Book Tours, they are also having a lovely giveaway. See about this fabulous book and enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

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Read all the other fabulous bloggers posts and follow this tour – HERE   

FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA by Stacy Juba

Description:

What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes? When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom. First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.

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Author Information:

Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. She has had a novel ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers), or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series, Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty.

 

Links to find the book:

GOODREADS

AMAZON

BARNES AND NOBLE

ITUNES

KOBO

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Author Links:

  WEBSITE     FACEBOOK       TWITTER    GOODREADS

 

Come and enter our rafflecopter giveaway for a two Custom Pink-beaded Cinderella Charm Bracelets made by Beadiful Dreamers)

Just click the link and follow the instructions. Good luck!

 

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Posted by on December 7, 2015 in Books

 

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A Country Practice by Judith Colquhoun. Blog Tour & Competition

A Country Practice by Judith Colquhoun. Blog Tour & Competition

Today, I am very pleased to be taking part in A Country Practice Blog Tour, which also hosts a fantastic giveaway!!! 

For the first time, I am featuring SoundCloud on my blog, so you can listen to an excerpt of the book. My review will follow soon for this book. In the mean time, have a read below where you will find the links to the book, an excerpt and a brilliant competition where you could win an Amazon TV Stick!!!! Wow, wishing I could enter my own competition!!

A Country Practice by Judith Colquhoun

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heart-warming, poignant and engaging tale about the doctors, nurses and patients of the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital, and their friends and neighbours.

A Country Practice follows the dramas, loves, secrets and dilemmas of the people in an Australian small country town. There is romance, humour and tragedy for the medical staff of the local hospital, and the rural community it serves.

A desperate woman arrives at the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital in the final stages of labour. Can Dr Terence Elliott overcome his demons to save both mother and baby?

Simon Bowen, the newest doctor in town, is frustrated at being seen as an outsider by the tight knit country people. Will he succeed in winning them around ‒ especially young vet Vicky Dean?

Vicky’s mum, Sister Shirley Dean, is courted by widowed police sergeant Frank Gilroy. But is he the man for her?

Young married couple, Brendan and Molly Jones arrive in Wandin Valley. Are they prepared for the realities of country life?

Meanwhile, a teenager in love clashes with her father and a serious car accident reveals a surprising secret about two of the town’s residents.

Based on the award-winning, international hit television serial A Country Practice, this new series of novels follows the lives and loves of the rural community of Wandin Valley, South-Eastern Australia. Set in the early 1980s it is a nostalgic look at country life, yet with all the same joys and problems we face today.

Competition

The A Country Practice series of novels set in sunny Australia are perfect for curling up with on a cold winter’s day or evening! And to celebrate the release of the first two books in the series, Corazon Books is offering you the chance to win something else to keep you entertained on a cosy night in! One lucky UK-based winner will receive an Amazon Fire TV stick* – which lets you stream loads of TV programmes, films, games and music through your TV. To be in with a chance to win simply answer the following question, and send your answer to acp@greatstorieswithheart.com by midday UK time on December 11th 2015. The winner will be announced on December 14th at www.acountrypractice.info.

Q. What is the name of the young married couple who have just moved to Wandin Valley?

PLUS Please state the name of the blog where you read about the competition – all visitors’ names from each blog on the tour will be put into a hat and the first name pulled out for each blog will win paperback copies of the first two A Country Practice novels!

Don’t forget to mention Chocolatepages.wordpress.com.

Good Luck!!

*This competition is organised and run by Wyndham Media Ltd. Judges decision is final. Amazon Fire TV Stick only available for UK residents. If the overall winner resides outside of the UK they will receive instead a bundle of Corazon Books paperbacks to the same value as the UK prize. Entrants details won’t be kept or shared with third parties. Good luck!

LINKS:

AMAZON UK

AMAZON USA


To give you more of a taster of this book, I have included an excerpt for you to read. Then you can swiftly go to the links above and download your book from Amazon! 😉

A COUNTRY PRACTICE EXCERPT

In the car park at the hospital, a black Mercedes eased in beside the yellow one. ‘Well I never,’ said Miss Bird, peering through her window, ‘are we being honoured by a visit from royalty?’ Brendan, who was now in uniform and had been giving her a backrub, confirmed that it was not Prince Charles who alighted.

It was in fact a weary and rather rumpled-looking Bernard Myers. He was met at the hospital entrance by a less than friendly Judy Loveday and taken to Marta’s office.

‘Mr Myers, Matron. Here at last.’ Marta gave her a look that would freeze hell over.

‘Thank you, Sister, I think that’s Miss Bird wanting attention, is it not?’ Judy vanished at speed. Marta held out her hand to Bernard.

‘Mr Myers, I’m Marta Kurtesz, we spoke on the phone. What a trip you’ve had. Please do sit down.’

‘Thank you. I’m sorry I look so dishevelled, I haven’t slept since I found she’d gone. Phone calls to everyone I could think of, hospitals, police, I even rang the morgue. And then I went to see her friend in Newcastle, I was out of my mind, I –’

‘Please – there’s no need to apologise.’

‘How is she? And the baby, a little girl, you said. Can I see them?’

‘My Myers, you can see your little girl in just a moment. But your wife – that’s a different matter. Sandra won’t see you or the baby. She says she wants nothing to do with either of you.’

He sat there in stunned silence. He had not expected this and it took some time to digest. He loo

looked completely shattered, Marta thought. She couldn’t help feeling some sympathy for him.

‘Me, I can understand,’ he said finally. ‘I’ve treated her so badly. But the baby?’

‘I think, in her mind, the two of you are inextricably linked. You wanted a girl, isn’t that right?’ He nodded. ‘You got what you wanted, she sees it – and I don’t think she’s being quite rational, we’re not always, when we are hurt – as just another example of you getting your own way.’

‘If I could just have a minute with her. A chance to explain.’

‘Not until she says so. She’s feeling very unloved.’

Unloved?

‘She says you have found someone else.’

‘But it’s not like that at all!’

Marta wondered what it was like but he just sighed and shook his head and asked if he could please see his daughter and she took him to the nursery. Like all new fathers, he looked at the little red bundle in wonder and awe. He asked about the humidicrib, was she okay, and Marta explained about the prematurity and her tiny lungs, she’d be out of there and on her own tomorrow most likely, she was doing really well.

‘She’s beautiful, just like her mother.’ He turned to Marta. ‘I’ll get a room at the motel. I’ll stay until Sandra agrees to see me. I have to see her. I want to apologise. I want her to know that I love her. That there’s no one else, no one at all. I did one stupid thing, Matron, and I’ll do anything I can to make up for it. Can you tell her that?’

‘I’ll do my best,’ Marta said.

She hoped for the baby’s sake that she had the necessary skills for her new role of marriage guidance counsellor.


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Happy Reading and lots of luck for the competition. Remember to mention chocolatepages and if you win, do let me know. We can celebrate with chocolate and a book!  
 

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Posted by on November 15, 2015 in Books

 

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Book Review: Tremor by Ryan Mark AND Giveaway!

Book Review: Tremor by Ryan Mark AND Giveaway!

Thank you very much to Author Ryan Mark for my signed copy of his new book. I don’t read many books of this genre (dystopian fiction). It is also Young Adult, which I haven’t read that many of, in my adult life either. But after conversing with Ryan over email and Twitter and reading the book description, I was intrigued and excited by the book description.

Ryan Mark has also been kind enough to offer my readers a signed copy of his book, which after reading my review of it, I’m sure you will ALL want to enter!! 😉

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Description:

The life William knew has gone. His world has been left devastated by the Fossil War. All major governments have been wiped out and the land is now under the control of the company Terrafall. Although Terrafall’s intentions seem honest, William wonders if the company will live up to its promises and stop the tremors, which have been plaguing the Earth since the end of the war. And can Terrafall really find out who is behind the recent wave of abductions?

When someone close to William disappears, he decides it’s time to take matters into his own hands. But in a land that is on the verge of tearing itself apart, is it a life worth fighting for? If your world was falling apart, how far would you go to save it?

 

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My Thoughts:

This book is about William who has found his world shattered and taken over by a group called Terrafall. Its a world where it no longer feels like Earth, barely any food, barely any green land, and the feeling of not being able to trust anyone or feel safe, even in his own house!

William and his friend Althea (what a great name) decide to do something about this after both losing people they love, the story follows from here…The book is aimed at young adult, dystopian genre. Although aimed at young adult, I’m not (that) young and still loved it.

Ryan Mark is a very talented and imaginative Author, he has come up with a story that is an exciting page turner. It gripped me as a reader from the first chapter, wanting to know who are the bad guys, what will they do next and how will William ever feel safe again.

The characters are great, I was taken by William and Althea straight away. William has a journal of his fathers, and while reading it at school, someone says this to him:

“Poor William and his unnatural love of books”

Ooh, now that is a sure way to make us booklovers really not like the bad guys in this story!! 

The Author managed to keep a good balance between being young heros and still being children in his writing. He writes the innocence of a child, when talking about about death as in ‘gone to paradise‘ Ori asks ‘can we go there too?‘ I think its important in young adult books to keep in mind that the characters are children despite being in adventurous situations, and Ryan Mark did this very well.

The Authors description work really puts a picture in your head, I love the way he writes, so heartfelt and engaged.

“Giving up is like sitting in a puddle while its raining. Pointless and painful”

As we get further on in the book, we see Terrafall get darker and scarier. I won’t tell you what they did and their cultish ideas, but I feel the way the Author dealt with these storylines was very clever. I thought that the way the main characters William and Althea spoke of these things was intelligent and moral. It reminded me of how easily people can be influenced by people who seem powerful. I really commend the Author for this part of the book. 

“..it didn’t take long for the people who manage Terrafall to go along with Erisia, so what’s to stop others believing?”

The book is full of good morals and although these morals and doing the right thing is not a blatant part of the storyline, its just the bits that stuck out for me, as in the underlying thoughts when I was enjoying the story.

“Fight for what’s right. That’s what everyone should do.”

There are some great quotes that really stuck out for me, and while I was reading the book, I stopped and thought about the things the characters were saying, for the story, but also for me too. I think Ryan Mark is very talented and his ability to write great stories, great characters and make me think about myself too. I really am looking forward to reading more of his work. 

“Stuff you can’t see hurts the most, like love”

If you would like to enter the giveaway, please click the link below:

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HAPPY READING AND GOOD LUCK IN MY GIVEAWAY.

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Posted by on July 26, 2015 in Books

 

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Happy First Blogerversary AND 100 Followers!

Happy First Blogerversary AND 100 Followers!

                 ChocolatePages has made it to ONE WHOLE YEAR!! ♥ ♥ ♥

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This past year that I have been blogging has been blog-tastic!!! I have fallen in love with ChocolatePages and actually have become quite addicted, hopefully in the healthiest way possible  😉

I started blogging last April, just to see what it was like. I had been reading lots of other people’s blogs, and thought I can do this…. and I want to do this. Then became ChocolatePages.

Over the year, I have gained 100 followers. This is amazing, I wasn’t sure anybody would want to follow my thoughts. I am so happy that I have written posts that people enjoy, it makes my day to have likes and comments on my posts. I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all my followers and those of you who read my posts.

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Over the year, I have read lots of books, spoken to the authors, (which I love!), joined blog tours, entered and won competitions on blogs and Twitter. And the most lovely thing is that I have made blogger friends, friends who have the same interests as me. These friends can rave about books, discuss plots, endings, characters and huge tbr lists. This is one of my favourite things about blogging. So, blogger friends, THANK YOU!

As a celebration of blogging for one year AND gaining 100 followers, I want to do a giveaway. I have entered lots of these, but never planned one myself.

So here it is. Lots of luck to you and THANK YOU for all your support over the past year. I hope it will continue for another year to come.

Here is what you could win by entering my giveaway:

Click on the rafflecopter link below to enter, Thank you.

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Sorry, this giveaway is now closed. The winner was announced as Jess from  www.cakecrumbs-and-pages.co.uk 

Thank you all for entering, I’m sure I will be running more celebratory giveaways as my blog continues.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2015 in Awards., Books, events

 

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