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

Book Review|No One Cancels Christmas|Zara Stoneley

Love a festive read! What is not to love! Zara has become a firm favourite of mine. She is so lovely too. I won my copy curtesy of the author in a recent giveaway.

Publisher: One More Chapter Published 13 Dec. 2018 Edition Paperback 400 pages Genre Romantic Comedy Purchase Links UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-One-Cancels-Christmas-hilarious/dp/0008301050/ US https://www.amazon.com/No-One-Cancels-Christmas-hilarious/dp/0008301050/

Blurb

Tis the season to behave badly…

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date!

It’s the most magical time of the year, and for travel agent Sarah it’s also the busiest! But this year one man threatens to ruin Christmas for Sarah’s customers – Mr Grinch, Will Armstrong.

The Shooting Star Mountain resort is a magical place, and Sarah has fond memories of Christmas here as a little girl. But as the resorts new owner, Will refuses to play snowball or to deck the halls with anything remotely resembling jolly!

With customers complaining their Christmas is ruined, Sarah decides it’s up to her to convince gorgeous but Scroogey Will just how magical Christmas can be…

My Review ***** 5 Stars

Fabulous festive fun

My fourth read by this author and I absolutely loved it. I don’t think I will ever tire off reading books by Zara. She brings so much to a story. The humour is by far the best part of her stories and this has it in full on snow blizzard style straight from the off. But it’s not all twinkly lights and tinsel. There are some deeper and raw elements with some not so pleasant surprises revealed, which made me gasp and feel so much for the characters on a new level. A perfect setting and lovely character’s, Poppy being one of my favourites and a feral cat to boot. Moving on and learning to love oneself as you are set in a perfect magical Christmas world beautifully described. A perfect cosy Christmas read that will thaw even the hardiest of Scrooge’s.

About The Author

Zara Stoneley

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 Twitter: @ZaraStoneley
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley Website: https://www.zarastoneley.com

What festive books have you been reading?

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

Book Review|Short Stories|D. Van De Merwe

Today i am reviewing two short stories by a new to me indie author, now known as D.Wells. I have talked about short stories before and how much i enjoy them. For me they are a perfect introduction into an authors writing style and give you a good indercation of wether you enjoy they way they write and a taste sometimes of future works. You can also get a lot from a short story,a story/plot doesn’t neccessarily have to be a 300 plus page novel.

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas: A festive short story by [van de Merwe, D.]
Publisher self published Published November 20, 2014 Kindle edition 68 pages Genre Romance/short story Purchase Links https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PYRIM18/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00PYRIM18/

Blurb

A romantic and festive short story, 12 Days of Christmas captures the blossoming relationship between Emma and attractive neighbour Jed. Centred around Christmas and New Year, this short story is bound to get you in the holiday mood.

Emma has a disagreeable first meeting with new neighbour Jed, over the trifling matter of a Christmas tree. Another awkward encounter or two later and Emma ushers in the festive season realising that she quite likes the handsome guy next door.

A workaholic, she comes to terms with having let life pass her by, while Jed offers the chance of some much needed normality and much missed romance. Dealing with an over excited housemate, Emma’s own confusing feelings and a smattering of snow and all things festive, her 12 Days of Christmas are anything but dull.

My Review **** 4 stars

A lovely cosy read

A really enjoyable read. Emma and Jed don’t get off to the best of starts but soon a friendship blossoms and developing feelings with a sweet happy conclusion. We actually learn quite a lot about Emma. The author has packed quite a bit into this story. Lots of fun,laughter and festivities. A perfect Christmas short story.

The Heart of Christmas

The Heart of Christmas by [van de Merwe, D.]
Publisher self published Published November 29, 2017 Kindle edition 46 pages Genre Family fiction Purchase links https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077TS5VY3/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B077TS5VY3/

Blurb

Three years after the events of the ’12 Days of Christmas’, Emma and Jed are about to get married. But not before the family come together to celebrate Christmas day in style. However, with Emma’s sister Maddie going through a painful and troubling separation and Jed facing the first festivities since the loss of his mum, they all need to pull together in support.

A short story about reconciliation and hope, The Heart of Christmas is full of warmth, festivities and Christmas spirit.

A sequel to the ’12 Days of Christmas’.

My Review **** 4 stars

Gorgeous sequel

A great second trip in to the lives of Emma and Jed. We meet some lovely new characters and a lot of focus is on Emma’s sister Maddie. The characters and story is so well written that I felt I really knew them all. There is a lot of substance in this story. Christmas, a wedding and reconciliation what’s not to love. I would love to see a 3rd book possibly a longer one.

About The Author

D. Wells

D. van de Merwe is British born and currently living somewhere where the sun shines, with her husband and young family. She loves writing, reading, exploring and adventure, in no particular order.

Social Media links https://instagram.com/www.instagram.com/d.wellsauthor https://www.facebook.com/authorD.Wells/

Publication Day|Shadows from the Past|Helen Pryke|plus #bookreview

Please join me in wishing Helen Pryke a very happy publication day. Shadows from the Past is released today and is the second book in the Maggie Dupont suspense series. Helen is one of my favourite indie authors and she has produced some phenomenal books, 3 this year alone!

Shadows From the Past

Publisher: Pink Quill Books Published 8 Nov. 2019 Kindle Edition 188 pages Genre Thriller/suspense Purchase Links https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07X6J5MGP https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X6J5MGP

Blurb

When your life is falling apart…
…who can you trust?

My brother and I had our future all mapped out. Until that fateful night destroyed it. Now those responsible must pay.

When Maggie receives an anonymous letter, she realises she’s being stalked. The only connection is a Hampshire gang she helped put in prison thirteen years earlier. As the stalking intensifies, Maggie suspects everyone around her. Even those she loves.

Maggie becomes more and more paranoid, unable to trust anyone, while one by one the gang members are involved in a series of horrifying attacks. Someone from her past is out for revenge, and Maggie is next…

Shadows from the Past is the second book in the Maggie Dupont series. Don’t miss this gripping sequel to The Lost Girls!

Excerpt

The full moon cast a silvery path through the trees, ‘lighting up the way for the fairies’, as I used to think in long-past innocent days. The park was silent at this hour, the families that went there during the day safely tucked up in bed by now. By night, the park became a hangout for the degenerate, the soulless, those in search of comfort and company, no matter how meagre or dire it may be. But even they disappeared eventually, back to wherever they came from, and it was easy to imagine the park becoming a shadowy place where mysterious things could happen.

Discovering the gang members’ weekly routines hadn’t been hard either. They were big-headed enough to believe they were untouchable by law and other criminals alike, that no one would dare to attempt to stop them. In part, they were right. Most people were scared of them, and those that weren’t were usually too stupid to know any better.
Take Liam, for instance. Every Tuesday night he went to his favourite pub and stayed until he was thrown out, generally in the early hours of the morning after a lock-in. He always took the same route home, using the short cut through the park. All I had to do was be patient.

My Review ***** 5 Stars An easy 5 stars for the magnificent second installment in the Maggie Dupont series. I love Maggie she is not your typical protagonist. The author doesn’t shy away from social stereotypes, Maggie is Gay yes, shes with Sally and that’s it. And that comes across and is done perfectly this does not define her she is a great character. Strong,resilient,resourceful, fun and caring. I love the diversity. Maggie and Sally’s relationship has grown a lot in this second book and they are stronger and better for previous events from the first book. I was shocked several times early on and grossed out too. I was gripped all the way through and really enjoyed the antagonists POV. There are subtle hints throughout that keep you guessing without giving it away too early. I particularly enjoyed the ending with a slight hint of a cliffhanger and extra twist possible. I believe very much that this author has found her niche. A perfectly paced supense/thriller that keeps you hanging on right till the end. A must read series.

My Month in Books|October 2019

A lean month once again only four books. I think now i have completed my GoodReads challenge though i don’t feel as pressured, i’m reading for enjoyment more than i was. This month i did one blog tour, read a early ARC for OneMoreChapter and as always indie authors. My favourite this month was The Wonkiest Witch by Jeannie Wycherley because i loved it almost instantly.

More Than just Mum. Rebecca Smith

More Than Just Mum by Rebecca    Smith
Publisher: One More Chapter Published 7 Dec. 2019 Edition Ebook Kindle Genre Parenting/FamilyRelationships Purchase Link https://www.amazon.co.uk/More-Than-Just-Mum-reinvention-ebook/dp/B07SL1C15T/

Blurb

Hannah Thompson loves her family beyond words… but sometimes she wishes they would recognise her as more than just ‘mum’.

Eldest son Dylan is soon to be flying the nest, sixteen-year-old Scarlet keeps asking about penalties for worryingly specific crimes, they’ve forgotten world book day and Benji absolutely will not be Where’s Wally again, and it’s at least two days before she and hubby Nick can sit down for Wine Wednesdays… and even longer until Fizzy Friday.

Determined to find herself a job that she loves, earn a whole lot of money and to have her teenagers respect her as ‘Hannah’ as well as ‘mum’; it might sound like a tall order, but she’s a mum on a mission.

My Review https://cookingthebooksreview.home.blog/2019/10/11/arc-bookreviewmore-than-just-mumrebecca-smith/

Finding Ruby. JA Higgins

Finding Ruby by J A Higgins
Publisher: SilverWood Books Published 21 Jun. 2019 Edition Paperback 252 Pages Genre Crime Purchase Link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Ruby-Nell-Montague-Mystery/dp/1781328765/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1572695597&sr=1-1

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 https://cookingthebooksreview.home.blog/2019/10/15/blogtour-bookreviewfinding-rubyj-a-higgins/

The Wonkiest Witch:Wonky Inn book 1. Jeannie Wycherley

The Wonkiest Witch by Jeannie Wycherley
Publisher: Bark at the Moon Books Published 31 Oct. 2018 Edition Ebook Kindle 173 pages Genre Cozy Mystery Purchase Link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wonkiest-Witch-Wonky-Inn-Book-ebook/dp/B07GS2ZXCP/

Blurb

Alfhild Daemonne has inherited an inn.

And a dead body.

Estranged from her witch mother, and having committed to little in her thirty years, Alf surprises herself when she decides to start a new life.

She heads deep into the English countryside intent on making a success of the once popular inn. However, discovering the murder throws her a curve ball. Especially when she suspects dark magick.

Additionally, a less than warm welcome from several locals, persuades her that a variety of folk – of both the mortal and magickal persuasions – have it in for her.

The dilapidated inn presents a huge challenge for Alf. Uncertain who to trust, she considers calling time on the venture.

Should she pack her bags and head back to London?

Don’t be daft.

Alf’s magickal powers may be as wonky as the inn, but she’s dead set on finding the murderer.

Once a witch always a witch, and this one is fighting back.

A clean and cozy witch mystery.

My Reviewhttps://cookingthebooksreview.home.blog/2019/10/23/bookreviewthe-wonkiest-witchwonky-inn-book-1jeannie-wycherley/

They Move Below. Karl Drinkwater

Publisher: Organic Apocalypse Published 24 May 2016 Edition Paperback 308 pages Genre Horror/Thriller/Short stories Purchase Link https://www.amazon.co.uk/They-Move-Below-Other-Tales/dp/1911278061/

Blurb

Fifteen Tense Tales. One Sleepless Night.

Horror lives in the shadows.

It exists under the earth’s surface in ancient caves; below the vast sea’s undulating waves; under dense forest cover; within a storm’s thick, rolling clouds; downstairs in our homes, when we hear the knife drawer rattle in the night. Even our minds and bodies harbour the alien under the skin, the childhood nightmares in our subconscious.

In this collection of fifteen tales Karl Drinkwater sews flesh onto the bones of our worst fears whilst revisiting some of horror’s classic settings, such as the teen party, the boat in trouble, the thing in the cellar, the haunted museum, the ghost in the machine, and the urban legends that come true. No-one is safe. Darkness hides things, no matter how much we strain our eyes. And sometimes those things are looking back at us.

My Review https://cookingthebooksreview.home.blog/2019/10/31/bookreviewthey-move-belowkarl-drinkwater/