Blog Tour|Book Review|After You Fell|J S Lark

I find this subject fascinating. Having read another book about it, i was very eager to see how this author approached it. Thank you to Rachel @rararesources for allowing me to take part and to the Publisher One More Chapter for my copy.

Publisher One More Chapter Published 13 Dec. 2019 Edition Kindle Genre Pyschological Thriller Purchase Links UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/After-You-Fell-J-S-Lark-ebook/dp/B07RW3TBXC/ US https://www.amazon.com/After-You-Fell-J-S-Lark-ebook/dp/B07RW3TBXC/

Blurb

As one life ends
Louise Lovett’s death was a tragedy. But questions still swirl about exactly what happened to Louise that day. Did she fall … or was she pushed?

A new life starts
Helen Matthews’ donor heart saves her life. But as her new heart beats inside her, Helen feels the pull of its previous owner – despite what everyone is telling her, Helen is certain she has one final message to pass on.

And a dark obsession begins
As the lives of Helen and Louise become ever more entangled, Helen’s obsession gets increasingly out of control.  And the fragile new life she has built begins to fall apart…

My Review **** 4 Stars Wow what a book! It really packs a punch, it has so much going on. A new heart a new start. Having lived with a heart condition all her life Helen receives a donor heart and life can really begin. Simply wanting to find the donor’s family to thank them turns to obsession. The author really delved into this characters mind and told her story and all the raw elements of human experience from all points of you in a chilling yet captivating way that you yourself become obsessed with were the story will take you next. The pace was slow to begin with but the intensity grows and grips you and really engages the reader.I never saw the ending coming no clue and it definitely left me reeling. An intense, gritty and thrilling read. I highly recommend this one. I look forward to reading more by this author.

About The Author

Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction.

Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

Social Media Links

https://www.facebook.com/JS-Lark-2288653328057315 http://www.janelark.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/JaneLark

Blog Tour|Book Review|Awa and The Dreamrealm|Isa Pearl Ritchie

I love fantasy and especially fantasy that involes dreaming. I couldn’t wait to read this.

Publisher Te Rā Aroha Press Published 1 Nov. 2019 Edition Kindle 208 pages Genre Middle grade Fantasy Purchase Links UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07XFHSB9R
US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XFHSB9R

Blurb

What if dreams are more real than waking life?
Life is already complicated enough for Awa Bryant when she starts having weird dreams – waking dreams – and strange coincidences start appearing in her real life.
She meets dreamcharmer, Veila, a quirky glowing creature who helps to guide Awa through the mysterious Dreamrealm.
At first the Dreamrealm is a glorious escape from Awa’s daily struggles but something is not right… Soon Awa discovers she has a bigger quest, and everything she cares about is at stake. Will she be brave enough to face her fears and save her friends?

My Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️4 stars

I have read books in this genre before and about dreams or dreaming and was pleasantly surprised by the unique and very different story. A young girl on the fringes of becoming a teenager has so much going against her, parents are divorcing she’s had to leave the house she loves and start a new school. She is haunted at night during sleep of her past life until she meets a fairy like creature who takes her on a fantastical and magical journey into a world beyond dreaming, the dreamrealm. Where Awa learns that she is a very special and rare girl. Dreaming and dreams are a truly fascinating subject and the author has really let her imagination run wild with this story. So simple to slip into this story with the beautiful, descriptive world building. Some very big and tough lessons are explored and written with finesse such as bullying and racism. A great refreshing fantasy that coming of age children will find inspiring. I look forward to seeing where Awa’s journey leads next.

About The Author

Isa Pearl Ritchie

Isa Pearl Ritchie is a New Zealand writer. As a child, she loved creating imaginary worlds. She has completed a PhD on food sovereignty in Aotearoa. Her second novel, Fishing for Māui, was selected as one of the top books of 2018 in the New Zealand Listener and was a finalist in the NZ Booklovers Award for Best Adult Fiction Book 2019. Awa and the Dreamrealm is her first book for young people.
http://www.isaritchie.com

Social Media Links –
https://www.facebook.com/isapearlritchie/
https://twitter.com/isapearlritchie
https://www.instagram.com/isapearlritchie/

Thank you to rachel at @rararesources for inviting me on to the tour and the author for my copy.

Blog Tour|Book Review|Magic under the Mistletoe|Lucy Coleman

Thank you to Rachel @rararesources for inviting me onto the tour and to Aria for my copy.

Magic Under the Mistletoe Publisher Aria Published 5 Sept. 2019 Kindle Edition 334 pages Purchase Link – http://smarturl.it/MagicUnderMistletoe

Blurb

It’s December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn’t relishing spending Christmas at his family’s country estate either.
So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They’ll spend half of the holidays with each other’s families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten…?
Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed… It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!

My Review *** 3 Stars This is not your typical traditional cosy Christmas romance, it touches on Christmas and especially the ending has some wonderful Christmassy moments. But it’s more than that it actually boarded on contemporary such was the intensity of the storylines. The MC’s Leesa and Cary are very similar people and this did bode well for their relationship for which didn’t start off conventionally a little bit cringe at times and I actually didn’t think they would end up together at all that is quite clever by the author. Cressida was a personal favourite for me, she is a formidable character and quite a whirlwind, a true romantic at heart. I loved her. A particular bug bare and purely personal taste was the business talk which I found a little tedious at times but was a big element to character development. In essence there is a moral to this story and that is love isn’t always hearts and flowers and slushiness. And that it isn’t always about love at first sight. It’s about learning to love the one you have found because it isn’t always meant to be. A romance you can read anytime of the year.

About The Author

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.
Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. She writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Social Media Links Website: https://linnbhalton.co.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LinnBHaltonAuthor/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth https://twitter.com/LinnBHalton

#BlogTour #BookReview|Finding Ruby|J.A Higgins

Publisher: Silverwood Books Published 21 Jun. 2019 Edition Paperback 252 pages Genre Thriller/Mystery Purchase Links https://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Ruby-Nell-Montague-Mystery/dp/1781328765
https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Ruby-Nell-Montague-Mystery/dp/1781328765

Blurb

On Halloween night thirteen year old Ruby disappears in the company of a masked figure. She is never seen again. The only witness is Nell Montague who is just seven years old.
Twenty three years later, Nell is trapped in an abusive relationship and still suffering from vivid nightmares of what she saw. When tragedy strikes she escapes and attempts to put her past behind her. Then thirteen year old Emily disappears.
Haunted by increasingly disturbing visions and helped by a reluctant psychic, Nell must unravel the mystery of what really happened that night because to save Emily she must first find Ruby. But to do so she will question everything she thought she knew about her own childhood and soon discovers that nightmares don’t always end when you wake up.

My Review **** 4 stars

I loved the blurb it grabbed me immediately as did the great cover design.

I have to say from the outset I was fully invested in the story and where it would lead. This book a book of two halves of two stories that are intertwined and relate to each other and parallel the main character and her personality. We are taken an emotional, dark and frightened journey that see’s a shift in power. Nell grows a lot through this story and her potential is evident. I really like her. Somethings are explained a little vaguely and jumpy but the chapters are easily passed and enjoyable. The story reaches a satisfactory conclusion and a lot of questions are answered. I hope there will be more books. A slow burning dark mystery that I really liked.

About The Author

Born and raised at Porton Down in Wiltshire, and currently working for the NHS in Salisbury, J A Higgins has always been fascinated by crime, history and the unexplained. Finding Ruby is the first in the Nell Montague mystery series which will examine how horrors from the past are still very relevant today.
Social Media Links –
Twitter – JAHiggins-Author
Instagram – higgins_author

#BlogTour #BookReview|Four Christmases and a Secret|Zara Stoneley

Today is my stop on the blog tour for this wonderful christmas cosy read. #sorrynotsorry for mentioning the C word because i simply could not resist this new book from this lovely funny author. Thank you Rachel at rararesources for the invite to the tour and to Harper Impulse/Harper Collins UK (One More Chapter) for my copy. Can i just say how gorgeous that cover is!!

Publisher; Harper Impulse/Haper Collins UK Published; 27th September 2019 Edition; ebook (Kindle) Pages; 400 Genre; Romantic Comedy Purchase Link; https://smarturl.it/4Christmases?fbclid=IwAR3OX81LWZPtOxmP9zIi2p8jJmzl_F6RlP_ecIoSX-mpfnvCs6_3JUxeSGg

Blurb

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
Except for Daisy Christmas means another of Uncle T’s dreaded Christmas parties, complete with Christmas jumper and flashing antlers. And Oliver Cartwright. Gorgeous Oliver Cartwright. Who she hates.
Every year Daisy has to face insufferable Ollie and hear all about how BRILLIANT he is. Whereas Daisy has no job, no man and no idea how to fix things.
This Christmas however Daisy is determined things will be different. There will be no snogging Ollie under the mistletoe like when they were teenagers. No, this year she’ll show Ollie that she’s a Responsible Adult too.

But as the champagne corks pop, and the tinsel sparkles, Uncle T has news of his own to share…and it could change Daisy’s life forever…

My Review ***** 5 Stars

Oh my what a fabulous book!

After reading Bridesmaids and then The wedding Date earlier in the year i was eagerly anticipating the next book by this author i jumped at the chance when a blog tour organiser came knocking! It was an absolute joy to read. There is so much to love in this book, a massive bibliophile in Daisy, a quirky fun
lovable uncle in uncle T and oh my did i love him, a rustic picturesque village, a bookshop, a gorgeous pooch Stanley, and embarrassing but very lovable mothers. In fact there is that much to love that you barely notice the not so nice bits and of cause there are those but i wont spoil it. I laughed, i cried, i smiled and i frowned. Quite simply the best rom-com I’ve read this year and a book i can and will read over and over again. Seriously if you haven’t read any of Stoneley’s books i implore you to do so, you wont be disappointed!

About The Author

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of ‘The Wedding Date’.

She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Born in a small village in the UK, Zara wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. She now writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.
Social Media Links –

Website: http://www.zarastoneley.com
Twitter: @ZaraStoneley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley
Instagram: zarastoneley
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/zara-stoneley?follow=true
Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B007WK307G

#Blogtour|#BookReview|The Love Delusion|Nicola Mostyn

Today is my stop on the blog tour for this fantastic book, published last week. Thank you to Piatkus for my copy and Rachel at rararesources for inviting me.

Publisher Piatkus
Published 5th September 2019
Genre Fantasy/Romance
Edition Paperback

The Love Delusion
LOVE IS . . . A MYTH?
That’s the belief of Frida McKenzie, devoted member of The Love Delusion movement, determined to cure humans of our ridiculous obsession with love.
But there’s something she’s forgotten…
When Frida finds a mysterious picture of herself with a man she barely knows, the certainties she has about her world begin to unravel.
What are the sinister roots of the cult that seems to have gripped humanity? Why can’t she remember anything about her life before – including the strange(ly attractive) man in that picture? And just when exactly did she take up fantasy role play?
As a battle approaches that’s been millennia in the making, it’s beginning to look like there’s only one question that really matters: if love conquers all, what happens when it’s gone?
Purchase Links:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Delusion-Nicola-Mostyn/dp/0349415714
https://www.amazon.com/Love-Delusion-Nicola-Mostyn/dp/0349415714
https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-love-delusion/nicola-mostyn/9780349415710
https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/The-Love-Delusion-by-Nicola-Mostyn-author/9780349415710

My Review **** 4 stars Not sure what I was expecting but it is was a pleasant surprise and not something I had read before. I was a little disappointed to learn that this is the second book in a series but it didn’t make a jot of difference because it was so easy to fall into. The prologue grabbed me straight away and I was excited to read more. I was taking it all very seriously and was questioning the whole movement and ideology. The whole Darwin comparison and the back story of the movement, cult whatever you want to call it is very compelling and very believable, it is interesting and intelligent writing opening up the whole debate on beliefs. The story is told from Frida’s p.o.v and is witty, heartwarming and tragic. She is a complicated, diverse, well rounded and beautiful character with lots of depth. A fantastic fantasy love story because ultimately that is what this is with lots of mythology, magic, suspense, mystery and adventure. I loved it.

About The Author

Nicola was born and lives in Manchester. She has a Master’s degree in English Literature and has spent more time immersed in the works of Philip Larkin than is strictly healthy. Her inspirations are Stephen King, Tina Fey and Joss Whedon and as such she’s a big fan of the funny – both ha ha and peculiar. Her debut, The Gods of Love, was shortlisted for The Writers’ Guild Best first novel. The Love Delusion is the companion novel. As well as writing novels, she works as a creativity coach and has written a non-fiction book for aspiring writers, Seven Creative Gremlins. For more about Nicola visit http://www.nicolamostyn.com
Social Media Links –
Twitter – @nicolamostyn
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/nicolamostynauthor/
Insta: @NicolaMostyn
http://nicolamostyn.com
https://linktr.ee/nicolamostyn

#BlogTour|#BookReview|Lost Solace|Karl Drinkwater

I’m absolutely thrilled to have been asked to be on this blog tour. Indie authors are a big deal for me so when Anne asked I jumped at the chance. Thank you.

Lost Solace by Karl Drinkwater  published 15th October 2017 by Organic Apocalypse Ebook 276 Pages Genre: Horror/ Science Fiction Purchase links UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Solace-Karl-Drinkwater-ebook/dp/B0787HLF4X/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1566490806&sr=1-1 US https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Solace-Karl-Drinkwater-ebook/dp/B0787HLF4X/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=lost+solace&qid=1566490886&s=books&sr=1-2

Blurb/synopsis

Sometimes spaceships disappear with everyone on board – the Lost Ships. But sometimes they come back, strangely altered, derelict, and rumoured to be full of horrors.

Opal is on a mission. She’s been seeking something her whole life. Something she is willing to die for. And she thinks it might be on a Lost Ship.

Opal has stolen Clarissa, an experimental AI-controlled spaceship, from the military. Together they have tracked down a Lost Ship, in a lonely nebula far from colonised space.

The Lost Ship is falling into the gravity well of a neutron star, and will soon be truly lost … forever. Legends say the ships harbour death, but there’s no time for indecision.

Opal gears up to board it. She’s just one woman, entering an alien and lethal environment. But perhaps with the aid of Clarissa’s intelligence – and an armoured spacesuit – Opal may stand a chance.

My Review ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars

Sci-fi with a dash of Horror.
A really interesting dynamic. I haven’t read sci-fi before but i am quite familiar with the genre and its one i like quite a bit. I always enjoy a book that makes me think and sends my imagination wild. The whole concept of just one main character and an A.I was very interesting, plausible and well executed. I loved their relationship, the dialogue between them was sparky, intelligent, witty and felt very much like a real friendship. I was a little worried the more technical aspects would throw me but they were very well though out and explained without being overly complicated. I did find some of the scenes a little long winded but that was only because i was so eager to find out what was going to happen next. Over all this book is an engaging, full throttle and intelligent read.

About The Author

Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He’s a full-time author, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.

He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you’ll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

When he isn’t writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.

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