Blog Tour Spotlight: Christmas Miracles at The Little Log Cabin by Helen J Rolfe

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Published: 6th December 2018

ASIN: B07HJ78RWY
Series: New York, Ever After #4 (can be read as a standalone)

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Description

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?

Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.

Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?

Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.

Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.


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Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

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Blog Tour Review: A Winter Beneath The Stars by Jo Thomas

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Publisher: Headline Review
Published: 29th November 2018
ISBN13: 9781472250131
Source: Directly from the publisher and NetGalley. Thank you for my copy, and also to Anne Cater for letting me take part in the blog tour

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Description

Escape to snowy Sweden in the gorgeous new novel from the author of Late Summer in the Vineyard and Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard. Fans of Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson will love this unforgettable winter story from Jo Thomas.

Halley has been running from her problems for years.

On a courier trip to Tallfors, deep in Swedish Lapland, everything is going to plan. Halley has her bag, with two precious wedding rings inside for delivery… until she doesn’t.

The only way to save the wedding is to team up with mysterious reindeer herder Bjorn, the one person who can lead her across the snowy tundra to be reunited with her bag.

On a journey of a lifetime beneath the stars, with only the reindeer and a bad-tempered stranger for company beside the fire, Halley realises that she will need to confront her past heartaches in order to let the warmth of love in once more…


About the Author

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My Review

While set in freezing temperatures, this book is a warm romantic read. I definitely want to visit Sweden now, and do my share of reindeer herding! This is a touching story of finding love again, and living life to the fullest instead of just standing on the sidelines.

I guessed Halley’s secret early on, but it was still heartbreaking moment when she finally confessed all to Bjorn.  I liked Halley. She felt real, honest, and vulnerable. Her development throughout the book is spectacular and I’m pleased she ended up where she did.  I would love to read her travel log, to read about her experiences.

I like Bjorn as well.  I liked teh way he felt at peace with the countryside, the way he spoke, the wisdom I felt he had.  The way he had patience to teach Halley what she needed to know was a nice touch as well.  I’d also love to read Bjorn’s recipe journal. His secret about his identity is obvious at the beginning of him and Halley meeting, but it works well for it to be hidden. I’m a little bit in love with his lifestyle, the dogs and the reindeer.  Even all that snow and extremely low temperatures.

As always, Jo Thomas has written a book that instantly transports you to a magical place.  She makes you connect with the characters, to feel deeply for them and this book was no different. I love her writing style, and how easily everything flows together.

 

Cover Reveal: Blow Me Away by Christina Hovland

Today Christina Hovland is here to share her cover reveal, BLOW ME AWAY! Check it out and be sure to preorder your copy today!

Title: Blow Me Away

Author: Christina Hovland

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: February 22nd

About Blow Me Away:

It’s all fun and games until somebody falls in love…

Jase Dvornakov has always loved women, 80’s hair band music, and things that go boom. He used to disarm bombs in the Navy, but he’s back in Denver after a mission overseas went sideways and destroyed his future, including his marriage. Now he arranges flowers in his family’s floral business because flowers don’t explode.

Cookie-baker extraordinaire, Heather Reese, has had one too many rounds of heartache, so she’s sworn off men and prefers to spend her evenings binge-watching game shows. Plus her no-men rule gives her time to focus on her dream come true—Heather’s Cookie Co.—her very own bake shop with an underground following for naughty shaped treats. She refuses to be interested in the hot-shot florist across the street. He is trouble with a capital T. Sexy trouble, but still, a hook-up with Jase is a hard nope.

Desperate to avoid his family’s incessant matchmaking, a fake breakup with the beautiful Heather is just what the florist ordered. If his family believes Heather decimated his heart, they’ll leave him alone. Heather isn’t so keen on the idea, but Jase is determined to make it worth her while. When a pretend breakup becomes the real romance neither was expecting, together they’ll have to decide if it’s finally time to light the fuse on love…

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“You catching that?” Jase asked, his focus returning to the poster and the tape.

“Catching what?” Heather replied.

Poster in hand, he moved to the front window and pressed it against the glass, smoothing it before turning back to her. “Catching the little buzz we have going on between us.”

“A little… the thing is…” C’mon Heather, be strong. You are the cookie lady now. You don’t date. You are all you need. That’s what the podcast she’d been listening to said to her over and over again. Mantra in hand, she slapped on her I’m-in-charge-here-buddy mask. “It would never work between us.”

The edges of his lips ticked up ever so slightly. “You can’t know that.”

Oh, she knew.

He sauntered toward her.

Unwilling to back down, she stepped toward him. Expression firm, she said, “I can already see exactly how this whole thing would play out if we let it. You’d start with a horrible pick up line.”

“Guilty.” His hands fell to the belt loops of his jeans.

Her palm itched to press against the front of his tee, but she refrained. “Then I’d counter with a witty response. This time my reply would be even better. Funny, intelligent…everything.”

“Now, that I’d like to hear.” Nothing but a foot of crackling air sizzled between them.

“Trust me, if I had said it, it would have been epic. You can’t repeat something like that. It has to happen in the moment.” She shook her head, the sleek ponytail she’d carefully arranged earlier brushing against the collar of her jacket.

“That right there is why we wouldn’t have worked out. I mean you couldn’t even come up with a snappier reply.” He crossed his arms, the little veins of his muscled forearms flexing with the motion.

“Oh, I would’ve. It would’ve been the best response in the history of pick-up line replies.”

“I don’t believe you.” The glimmer in his eyes lit up his entire face.

He was clearly enjoying this exchange entirely too much.

Control. She needed the power back. “Trust would’ve always been one of your issues in our relationship.”

“Maybe you just couldn’t be honest with me about how you felt. That’s probably why we would have always argued.” He raised his eyebrows in a clear ultimatum.

Challenge accepted.

She stepped the tiniest bit closer to him. “Let’s say you threw out that awful line again. The one about taking me out.”

“I’m with you so far.” He glanced down to the floor in clear acknowledgment of her movement forward, but he held his ground.

“We’d banter for a good bit—”

His face sparked with humor. “Sounds about right.”

“Both of us would get that tingly feeling of attraction. You know the one.” So maybe she made her voice a little breathier than usual. Sue her.

His mouth parted, the exaggerated fullness of his lower lip apparent. “You have a tingly feeling?”

She shook her head and raised a hand. Not touching his chest like she desperately wanted to but getting within millimeters. “That’s not the important part. Eventually you would convince me to go on a date.”

“I’d take you to this great taco stand. I love tacos.”

“Despite that, I’d probably let you take me out again. And again,” she said, not willing to acknowledge the way she wanted to nip at his lip with her teeth.

He nodded. “I’m digging this relationship so far.”

“Eventually, you’d ask me to move in. I’d say no. You’d pressure me, even though I wouldn’t be ready.”

“What can I say? I wouldn’t want to spend a night away from you. No use paying for two apartments.” She shrugged, dropping her hand.

“I’d cave, and we’d finally move in together—”

“Do we get to hook up first? Don’t skip that part.” This time he moved forward. Not a lot, just a smidge.

She stayed put. She refused to back up first. “Of course. It would be awful. Sorry Speed Racer, but I need more than three minutes of go-time.”

“That’s not what you’d say after you screamed my name.” He leaned forward, the whisper of his words brushing against her ear.

God, there wasn’t but a breath of space between them. She was all turned-on Heather, ready to throw her why-have-a-man-when-you-can-have-cookies resolve away.

His breath smelled of cinnamon candy and coffee, turning her knees effectively to melted butter.
No, she stopped herself. Back to the break-up at hand.

About Christina:

Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale—an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart® finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, four children, and the sweetest dog around.

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Blog Tour: We All Fall Down by Cynthia Clark

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We All Fall Down by Cynthia Clark

Publisher: Aria
Published: 4th December 2018
ISBN13: 9781786699664
ASIN: B07FNRJF2F

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Description

Many years ago orphans Bea, her brother Sebastian, Helen, Sandra and John lived together in a home, with their carer Miriam. But Miriam didn’t care at all. If you asked the children, they would have said that Miriam hated them. And it’s no fun living with someone who hates you, so the children decided to do something about it… Then a terrible accident changed everything, and the children were ripped apart from each other.

Many years ago Ronnie Moss made a mistake he can never take back, no matter how much he wishes he could, so instead he runs for his life. But he can’t run forever.

Many years later the secrets of the past are finally being revealed, and nothing will ever be the same again.


About The Author

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Cynthia Clark was born and brought up in Malta, where she graduated in Communications and went to work for a daily newspaper. She has since lived in the US, where she worked as a writer in online business journals. She and her husband now live in the States with their twin daughters.

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Twitter handle: @cynthiaNYC

Facebook: @clarkcyn


Extract

Two weeks had passed since the incident at the bar. The men had come back several times, at least once a day, drinking more and more each time, challenging Reginald to make increasingly exotic cocktails. Reginald wished they would just stick to the drinks on the menu instead of forcing him to think. He was exhausted. Adrian’s illness had turned out to be chicken pox, and a bad bout of it at that. The poor boy was covered head to toe in itchy spots. ‘Don’t scratch, you’ll leave marks,’ Tanya said over and over.

At least Nathaniel had already got it when he was a toddler so they didn’t have to worry about him. One sick child was more than enough.

Reginald was relieved when the men came by on their last morning. ‘We’re leaving this afternoon,’ one of them said. ‘What can you make us?’ Reginald mixed a couple of refreshing drinks, wondering, as he always did, how they could start drinking so early. It was not even ten, but he didn’t dare argue. And he was glad he didn’t when one of the men handed him a few crisp notes. ‘Thank you for taking care of us,’ he said. ‘We’ll have to get the boys at home to make drinks as good as yours.’

This morning the bar was still empty. The off-season had started and the hotel was mostly vacant. Just a few people who wanted to make the most of the good rates. They tended to spend more time in their rooms, enjoying the luxurious surroundings.

Reginald was staring out at the sea, enjoying the quiet, when he saw two men approaching the bar. They seemed out of place, nothing like the usual hotel guests. There was no sense of relaxation. Their trousers looked warm, certainly not what one would wear while on holiday in the Caribbean. Not to mention the closed shoes and thick-looking socks.

A lump formed in Reginald’s throat as he saw them getting closer, the hair on the back of his neck prickling as he sensed trouble. Rubbing his growing beard, Reginald turned and started lining the glasses on the shelves, hoping that the men would keep going.

No such luck. He heard a throat being cleared and plastered a smile on his face as he swivelled round. ‘Morning, guys,’ he said, forcing himself to sound more cheerful than he felt. ‘How are you today?’

‘Good, good,’ one of the men said. Reginald felt both of their eyes on him and his discomfort increased. He reminded himself that this had happened many times before. Someone would come to the bar looking completely out of place and Reginald would obsess that they were there to get him. But nothing would come out of it. They’d leave and he’d spend a few days worried until he’d forget about them. Still, he had to remain vigilant. His freedom depended on it.

‘Can we have a coffee?’ the man asked.

‘Sure.’ Despite his relief at having something to do, the request didn’t alleviate his discomfort, but Reginald was not about to ask questions. The less he said, the better. That had always been his motto. He kept to himself, didn’t speak unless spoken to. Made sure that he kept under the radar. That was how he had managed to remain safe for all these years.

Placing two steaming cups in front of the men, he asked whether they needed anything else. ‘No, thank you,’ one said while the other shook his head. Reginald moved away, taking inventory, even though he knew the bar was well stocked, having made sure of that before leaving the night before. But this would allow him to keep his face averted, away from their scrutiny.

Minutes later they finished their coffee and left. Reginald realised that he hadn’t even asked for their room number. He shrugged. He didn’t care.

That evening he went home and hugged Tanya tighter than usual. ‘The water’s going to boil over,’ she said as she struggled out of his firm grip. He saw her turn her back to him, lower the temperature on the stove and put some spaghetti into the pot.

‘It smells amazing,’ Reginald said, taking a whiff of the room. ‘Let me go change.’

He’d managed to leave work early, a treat he gave himself only on rare occasions. With the hotel relatively empty, Sasha could easily handle the rest of the day. He’d texted Tanya, telling her he’d be home for dinner. I’ll make spaghetti, she’d responded and he could imagine her humming as she chopped vegetables, busying herself browning the meat. She was a great cook and it was a pity he rarely got to taste her food fresh, instead of reheated in the middle of the night.

‘Where are the boys?’ he asked when he returned.

‘In their room.’

‘How’s Adrian?’

‘Better.’ She turned back to look at him and he saw how relieved she was that their son was on his way to recovery. ‘That was one bad bout of chicken pox. Nat never had it so bad. Just a few spots and a couple days of fever. Poor Adrian…’

Reginald nodded. ‘Let me go grab them,’ he said, standing up. ‘How long until dinner?’

‘Few minutes. Make sure they wash their hands.’

He smiled as he turned away. Tanya ruled the household with an iron fist, and the boys made sure never to anger her. Nothing good would come of it. Her tantrums were something else and she could hold a grudge for days. He knew to steer clear of her when her temper flared.

Knocking on the door, he waited. ‘Come in,’ Nathaniel said. His voice hadn’t broken yet and still held a childish innocence.

‘What are you two up to?’ he asked as he walked in to find them sitting at the desk he had made himself with some planks of wood that he’d taken from the hotel. He’d asked for the scrap pieces, knowing that he could turn them into something useful.

‘Hi, Dad!’ both of them said in unison. ‘How come you’re home early?’ It was Adrian, always the sensible one.

‘Took the rest of the day,’ Reginald responded, sitting down on the lower bunk bed, facing the boys. ‘Wanted to spend some time with my family.’ Turning to Adrian, he asked: ‘How are you feeling?’

The teenager shook his head. ‘These spots itch like crazy. Still.’

‘It will be over soon,’ Reginald said. ‘How was school?’ he asked Nathaniel.

‘OK.’

‘Dinner’s almost ready. Mum said to make sure you wash your hands. Let’s go.’

Reginald stood up and started walking to the door. Turning back, he looked at his children, closing their books before following him.

‘This smells delicious,’ Reginald said when he walked back into the kitchen, his stomach grumbling loudly as he saw Tanya scooping pasta into a deep bowl, covering it with sauce and a sprinkle of cheese. He forced himself to wait for the others to get their food instead of digging in. It was not easy. He was starving.

‘How was your day?’ he asked Tanya when she’d sat down.

‘Good,’ she responded. ‘Didn’t do much, just a quick trip to the supermarket. What about you?’

‘Quiet days,’ he said. ‘That time of the year.’

She nodded and put a forkful of pasta in her mouth, chewing quietly. Reginald took a bite of his food, closing his eyes and enjoying the taste of the rich sauce. Silence descended on the table as all four of them ate their food.

The sound of the doorbell ringing was unexpected. ‘Who could that be?’ Tanya sounded irritated. ‘Right at dinnertime too.’


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Mini Reviews #14

21179861.jpgA Gift To Remember by Melissa Hill

This book was enjoyable, but leading lady Darcy bugs me. She wasn’t what I like in a main character. Her development wasn’t really there, I didn’t really connect with herzand it seemed to take her forever to do anything. I liked side character Aidan more, even her colleagues at the bookshop. Hell, even the dog was more likeable for me. The authors writing is the only thing that really kept me going with this book. The storyline could have been a whole lot better but it just limped along.


cover152713-medium.pngWild Child by by Christy McKellen

I didn’t like the book. It was a little unrealistic, we didn’t really get to know any characters, and everything happens very suddenly. The beginning of the book was very confusing for me, and then when I thought we were going to have a bit of a slow burn romance, it was all over and done with in a sense. Feelings were announced, love was declared. I feel we were missing a lot of the story, and a lot of the potential steaminess it seemed to offer.

 


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I liked this intense, twisty, gruesome crime story. The chemistry between Washington and Tilly was great, it was a real friendship and it was a nice change of relationship. When I thought I knew which direction the book was going in, it decided to go in the other and I love books like that. Although, I say that, I did kind of guess what the motive was. It was fairly obvious where it was going with that one. But I didn’t care in the slightest.  It was well written with some great characters. Cannot wait to read the new one in 2019.

 

Cover Reveal: Love and Pancakes by Lacey Black

Today we have the cover reveal of Love and Pancakes by Lacey Black! Check out this fantastic contemporary romance and be sure to grab your copy on January 15th!

Title: Love and Pancakes

Author: Lacey Black

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 15th

Photographer – Sara Eirew Photography

Cover Design – Melissa Gill Designs

About Love and Pancakes:

Marissa Grayson’s dream went up in smoke. A devastating fire has ripped apart her family’s bed and breakfast, leaving her off-kilter and scrambling to repair the damage. What she doesn’t need, or have time for, is Rhenn Burleski. Sexy, confident, and dangerous to her heart. A man who clearly knows his way around the female body and will leave the moment the sheets start to cool. Yet that doesn’t stop her from making a deal with the devil himself.

Work hard, play harder. That’s Rhenn’s life motto. An electrician by day, Rhenn turns it up at night, always with a different lady friend in tow. He makes sure they know the score: he’s not looking for anything more than one night of fun. However, he knows the second he meets the shy daughter of the bed and breakfast’s owner that his life is never going to be the same. As hard as he tries, he just can’t resist one taste.

What happens when their time is up and Rhenn must leave, returning to his old life? Will they be able to walk away, hearts unscathed, or will their time together prove to be nothing more than a fading memory?

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“So, tell me about growing up in Rockland Falls. Have you lived here your entire life?” I ask, concentrating on trying to clear away the grime off the ornate wood.

I hear her finally move, walking over to the cooler to grab a drink, as suggested. I glance over my shoulder just as she props her back against the doorframe and slowly lowers herself to the floor. She looks exhausted and we’re only at the end of week one. There’s tons of work to be done, including the cleaning of the remaining three guest rooms, plus all of the living spaces below. It’s a daunting task, even to me.

“Yeah, I was born and raised here. I’ve lived here at this place since I was little. Went to junior college and took some business and hospitality classes, but my real passion has always been cooking.”

I stop scrubbing and follow the sound of her voice. She’s looking off to the left out the window, and I’m immediately drawn to her, needing to hear more words fall from that mouth of hers. “What do you like to cook?” I ask, returning my attention to the task at hand, yet keeping one eye firmly on the beautiful woman across the room.

“Everything,” she says with a smile. “I make an amazing red velvet soufflé with mascarpone cream and wild mushroom asiago chicken, but my favorite is my zesty lemon blueberry pancakes with fresh maple syrup.”

My stomach growls.

The sponge falls to the floor.

Hearing this woman talk about food, the way her words ooze passion and happiness, has my insides twisted into knots and my dick throbbing in my pants. Well, more than it already was.

“Hearing you talk about food is almost orgasmic,” I tell her, offering a smirk and a wink.

Her eyes meet mine, the irises dark and alluring, as a bubble of laughter spills from her lips. Those fucking lips. I almost have to bite my fist to keep from groaning. “They always say food is the second fastest way to a man’s heart,” she says with a shrug.

“The second? What’s the first?” I ask, taking a step toward her.

“Sex.”

About Lacey:

Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading, writing, and shopping. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves watching NASCAR races, shooting guns, and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.

Lacey’s debut novel, Trust Me, was released in August 2014 and has been an Amazon Bestseller twice for Free e-books, as well as #1 for Contemporary Romance. All of the Rivers Edge books have been bestsellers in the Romance and Contemporary Romance categories.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Recommend The Most

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic. Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.


Another previous subject for me again this week. If you’re interested thought the current topic is Cosy/Wintry reads. I couldn’t really get in the mood for that one so I’m not ashamed to say I’ve chosen a previous one. I’ve been sneaky here and used series as one book though….

Topic this week: Books I Recommend The Most

Book 1:

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I can’t recommend them as just one or the other. If I recommend Six of Crows then Crooked Kingdom comes immediately with it. Can’t read one without the other right?

Book 2:

The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper
This book is probably going to be in my Top 10 of 2018 to be honest. It’s heartbreaking yet funny and honest. Some of the songs will never be the same again.

Book 3:

Defender by G X Todd
I loved this book at the beginning of the year and if you’ve not read it then do!! Do it now, do it next week or next month, you just need to read it!!!!!

Book 4:

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
This one has obviously had a lot of press recently with the TV Show (I still need to finish it). For me, this trilogy is one of my favourites but be warned, it’s a hell of slow story yet the romance is fast.

Book 5:

Ruth Galloway Series by Elly Griffiths
At the last count there are 10 books and number 11 is due next year. Some of the books aren’t great, but it is a great series. I love it. It’s not quite guilty pleasure, but I have seen that not a lot of people aren’t impressed with it.

Book 6:

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I loved this take on the Queen of Hearts. The characters, the setting, the whole story. It’s such an amazing book and is the one that introduced me to the author.

Book 7:

One Thousand Stars and You by Isabelle Broom
This book is Amazing. It’s exotic, romantic, it’s just…. Perfect. The setting and the characters really make this book incredible. It made me go and buy the rest of the authors books ready!!

Book 8:

D.I Callanach Series by Helen Fields
There are 4 books so far with a fifth due at some point in the future. This is probably the only series that I have given 5 stars to each book. From what I can think of anyway. It’s gruesome, the characters are amazing, and it’s set in Edinburgh. What else could you ask for??

Book 9:

The Shakespeare Sisters Series by Carrie Elks
If you’ve been following me a lot recently this lovely author has popped up a few times. I love her books with a passion. They’re witty. fabulous characters, brilliant romances, and a few steamy scenes.

Book 10:

Key West Escape Series by Tricia Leedom
This lovely lady has appeared a few times on these lists for me. But these books!!!! You’ve got action, romance, steamy scenes, hunky men, feisty women and beautiful settings. You can’t go wrong with that!! I cannot wait for book 3!

 

Unstacking The Shelves

So, since my last Un-Stacking (Back in the beginning of October), I’ve had a pretty rubbish time with choosing books and sticking with them… Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things and pick up some amazing books soon!!

Books Read Since End of September:

  1. A Way Back Home by Alison Sherlock
  2. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  3. It’s a Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans
  4. Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan
  5. The Caller by Chris Carter
  6. The Paris Secret by Lily Graham
  7. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  8. A Winter Beneath The Stars by Jo Thomas
  9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  10. A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill
  11. The Puppet Show by M.W Craven

11 books in 2 months is pretty rubbish for me, but life does get in the way sometimes. Since the beginning of October we’ve had tonsils removed for The Child, a house move, no internet, mega overtime hours at work and lack on consistent blogging for me.


We only have one month of the year left which means I get to choose what I want to read. Until the New Year anyway. Although, I am taking a step back from so many review posts for tours. You may have noticed that I am already, but in the 2019 it’ll be more of a year I want to read what I want and get some of the gigantic collection on my Kindle and my bookcases actually read. I had a list written up of the books I wanted to read by the end of the year but that’s not going to happen now. It was a list of 20 books and I’ve only read 4 of them. Below is the rest of the list which I’m going to work through in December!

  1. S.T.A.G.S by M A Bennett
  2. Godblind by Anna Stephens
  3. Jade City by Fonda Lee
  4. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  5. Through His Eyes by Emma Dibdin
  6. The After Wife by Cass Hunter
  7. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  8. In Love and War by Liz Trenow
  9. The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart
  10. The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale
  11. Bayou Born by Hailey Edwards
  12. 13 Dates by Matt Dunn
  13. Daughter of The Burning City by Amanda Foody
  14. Goblin by Ever Dundas
  15. You, Me, Everything by Catherine Isaac
  16. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

We’ll see how many I actually get finished by the end of the year!!! I probably won’t even touch any of them to be fair, I recently have become a major mood reader. That and me and my sister have been playing the Genre game (she picks me a genre to read, as simple as that).

Book Covers I Love #8: Christmas

Christmas!!! I can officially say the word now and not get the look of death from the Man-Child. I love Christmas, it’s always been a family thing in our house even when I was growing up. So, what better way to get in the mood for the festivities with a few Christmas inspired book covers!!! Or just wintery ones… Yes, they will all be a romance story and more than likely chick-lit


started It Started with a Kiss by Miranda Dickinson

From the author that gave you the Sunday Times top 10 selling title, Fairytale of New York, join our heroine Romilly as she discovers how far she will go to find the man of her dreams. What would you do to find the one that got away? As the singer in a wedding band, Romily Parker has seen her fair share of happy endings, even though her own love life isn’t quite as simple. On the last Saturday before Christmas, (shortly after disastrously declaring her love for best friend Charlie), Romily has a brief encounter with a handsome stranger whose heart-stopping kiss changes everything. Determined to find him again, Romily embarks on a yearlong quest, helped (and sometimes hindered) by enthusiastic Uncle Dudley, cake-making Auntie Mags and flamboyant Wren. Will she find the man of her dreams? Or could true love be closer than she thinks?

31183594 Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan

Worlds apart. A love without limit.

In the snow-topped mountains of the Canadian Rockies, Meg and Mitch are living their dream. Just weeks away from their wedding, they work and play with Tuck and Lucy, their closest and oldest friends. Meg and Lucy are as close as sisters – much to Meg’s sister’s dismay – and Tuck and Mitch have successfully turned their passion for snowboarding into a booming business.

But when a polar storm hits, tragedy strikes. Alone in the tiny mountain log cabin she shares with Mitch, Meg desperately tries to radio for help – and it comes from the most unexpected quarter, a lone voice across the airwaves that sees what she cannot.

As the snow melts and they try to live with their loss, the friendship Meg thought was forever is buckled by tensions, rivalries and devastating secrets. Nothing is as she thought and only her radio contact understands what it is to be truly alone. As they share confidences in the dark, witnessed only by the stars, Meg feels her future begin to pull away from her past and is forced to consider a strange truth – is it her friends who are the strangers? And a stranger who really knows her best?

11851173.jpg The Magic of Christmas by Trisha Ashley

In the pretty Lancashire village of Middlemoss, Lizzy is on the verge of leaving her cheating husband, Tom, when tragedy strikes. Luckily she has welcome distraction in the Christmas Pudding Circle, a group of friends swapping seasonal recipes – as well as a rivalry with local cookery writer Nick over who will win Best Mince Pie at the village show…

Meanwhile, the whole village is gearing up for the annual Boxing Day Mystery Play. But who will play Adam to Lizzy’s Eve? Could it be the handsome and charismatic soap actor Ritch, or could someone closer to home win her heart? Whatever happens, it promises to be a Christmas to remember!

40013831 Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at The Winter Wonderland by Heidi Swain

After calling off her engagement, Hayley, the Wynthorpe Hall housekeeper, wants nothing more than to return to her no-strings fun-loving self, avoiding any chance of future heartbreak. Little does she know, Wynbridge’s latest arrival is about to throw her plan entirely off course . . .

Moving into Wynthorpe Hall to escape the town’s gossip, Hayley finds herself immersed in the eccentric Connelly family’s festive activities as they plan to host their first ever Winter Wonderland. But Hayley isn’t the only new resident at the hall. Gabe, a friend of the Connelly’s son Jamie, has also taken up residence, moving into Gatekeeper’s Cottage, and he quickly makes an impression on Wynbridge’s reformed good-girl.

As preparations commence for the biggest event of the season, the pair find themselves drawn ever closer to one another, but unbeknownst to Hayley, Gabe, too, has a reason for turning his back on love, one that seems intent on keeping them apart.

Under the starry winter skies, will Gabe convince Hayley to open her heart again once more? And in doing so, will he convince himself?

51fxt41krml-2 A Winter’s Tale by Carrie Elks

Struggling film student Kitty Shakespeare is determined to make the most of her new job as nanny to major producer Everett Klein’s son, Jonas. It might not be exactly the career she’d hoped for when she moved from London to LA, but thanks to her habit of freezing up in interviews, this is her last chance to impress a key player in Hollywood – if she can get this right, then surely he’ll take a moment to look at her work. However, what Kitty hasn’t allowed for is Everett’s sexy-as-hell brother, Adam – but love at first sight this is not.

Adam Klein may be sexy, but he’s also gruff and rude and in no way ready to make a fool of himself over the nanny – not after the year he’s had. All he wants to do hole up in his cabin and hide from the brother who destroyed his life. If only he could find it easier to ignore the way Kitty makes his heart race . . .

As Christmas approaches, Kitty and Adam come to realise that the course of true love never does run smooth – and just maybe, it’s more interesting that way…

31564871 Moonlight over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

She’ll risk everything for her own Christmas miracle…

Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list–dealing with Madi’s temporary dog sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry.

Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi–how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple–he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide twenty-four-hour care. But there’s nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel.

Ethan’s kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all–letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?

Blog Tour Review: It’s A Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans

It's a Wonderful Night-large.jpg It’s a Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans

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Source: NetGalley and the publisher, thank you for my copy in exchange for my review. Also, thank you to Jenny at Jenny in Neverland for letting me take part on the blog tour.

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Description

One night will change their lives forever…

Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.

Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and after talking for hours, losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.

The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…

A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!


About the Author

Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.

She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It’s a Wonderful Night, and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.

Author links:
http://www.jaimieadmans.com
Twitter: @be_the_spark
http://facebook.com/jaimieadmansbooks


My Review

Such a perfect story. I loved the characters, the setting, the inspiration from It’s A Wonderful Life (one of my favourite films). Everything about this book is magical.

Georgia is a fantastic character, and I love the chemistry between her and Leo. I love her little quirks and the way she connected with every character in the book. I adore Leo as well. He wasn’t ashamed of where he found himself at the beginning of the book, he wanted people to be more open about everything. He was fun, even when he was down. Their enthusiasm is contagious and it bounced of the page in every single fantastic way it could.  All of the characters were fantastic, I loved Leo’s mum and Georgia’s dad.

All the window paintings would have been amazing in the real world. It’s definitely a different story for that. It’s also different as it’s about reviving a whole street rather than one shop. It definitely has a sense of community, and it really worked well. While it does have the sense of community, and making people realise they are special, it also touches on suicide, depression and other subjects. Jaimie Admans does all of this tastefully, and doesn’t make it an unapproachable topic. She has done it all brilliantly and that makes this book that extra amazing.

I have loved all of Jaimie Admans books so far, and this one is no different. Written in a brilliant style, this book was addictive, it was funny. Sad and touching. It was perfection.


Giveaway

It’s a Wonderful Night Goodie bag, includes:IAWN-giveaway.jpg

*It’s a Wonderful Night notebook

*It’s a Wonderful Night fridge magnet

*A signed postcard of the cover

*A copy of It’s a Wonderful Life on DVD because this is the inspiration behind the story.

*An invisible spine Paris notebook because it’s where Georgia wants to go more than anywhere in the world.

*A light-up Christmas tree pen, because who doesn’t need a light-up Christmas tree pen at this time of year?!

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE