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The Summer Island Swap Cover Reveal

I am delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for Samantha Tonge’s latest book, The Summer Island Swap. Samantha’s covers are always gorgeous, and this one is no exception. Before I share the cover though, here comes all the important info.

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Sometimes the best holidays are the ones you least expect…

After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them.

But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort.

So now Sarah’s battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn’t all doom and gloom. They’re at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends. And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she’s sure is hiding a secret.

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Publication Date: 4th June

That sounds like a great holiday read to me – perfect for when you are poolside with a cocktail in your hand! Are you all ready to see the cover? Here it comes…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

sam rna awards 1Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo and in 2020 her novel Knowing You won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award.

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The Walls We Build Cover Reveal

Today is the day for the big cover reveal for The Walls We Build by Jules Hayes. I think this sounds like a really interesting book, and I will be reviewing it soon so watch this space for my thoughts on it. The cover is lovely, but before we get to that, here are all the important details.

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Three friends … 

Growing up together around Winston Churchill’s estate in Westerham, Kent, Frank, Florence and Hilda are inseparable. But as WW2 casts its menacing shadow, friendships between the three grow complex, and Frank – now employed as Churchill’s bricklayer – makes choices that will haunt him beyond the grave, impacting his grandson’s life too.

Two Secrets …

Shortly after Frank’s death in 2002 Florence writes to Richard, Frank’s grandson, hinting at the darkness hidden within his family. On investigation, disturbing secrets come to light, including a pivotal encounter between Frank and Churchill during the war and the existence of a mysterious relative in a psychiatric hospital.

One Hidden Life … 

How much more does Florence dare reveal about Frank – and herself – and is Richard ready to hear?

Set against the stunning backdrop of Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, comes a tragic story of misguided honour, thwarted love and redemption, reverberating through three generations and nine decades.

For readers of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore, Katherine Webb, Lucinda Riley and Juliet West.

“Passion, intrigue and family secrets drive this complex wartime relationship drama. A page turner. I loved it.”  #1 bestselling author, Nicola May

If you like the sound of that, then I am sure you will love the cover. Is everyone sitting comfortably ready for the big reveal?

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You can pre-order your copy of this book here:-

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DSC_1027_Sepia_crop1Jules Hayes lives in Berkshire with her husband, daughter and a dog. She has a degree in modern history and holds a particular interest in events and characters from the early 20th century. As a former physiotherapist and trainer – old habits die hard – when not writing Jules likes to run. She also loves to watch films, read good novels and is a voracious consumer of non-fiction too, particularly biographies.

Jules is currently working on her second historical novel, another dual timeline story.

Jules also writes contemporary thriller and speculative fiction as JA Corrigan.

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The Charm Bracelet Cover Reveal

I am delighted to be taking part today in the cover reveal for The Charm Bracelet by Ella Albright. Read on for all the details, and to see the cover for yourselves.

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A moving and heartwarming love story perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day in December…

Leila’s charm bracelet tells a story of love, a story of loss, a story of hope.

This is the story of her … and the story of Jake.

When Leila Jones loses her precious charm bracelet and a stranger finds it, she has to tell the story of how she got the charms to prove she’s the owner. Each and every one is a precious memory of her life with Jake.

So Leila starts at the beginning, recounting the charms and experiences that have led her to the present. A present she never could have expected when she met Jake nearly twenty years ago…

I don’t know about you, but I think this book has the potential to be a real heartbreaker. Are you all ready for the big cover reveal? Here it comes…

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Ebook – 21st August 2020

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Paperback – 12th November 2020

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

IMG_8983A self-confessed reading addict, Ella Allbright writes commercial women’s fiction set in her beautiful home county of Dorset. Her first novel in this genre, The Charm Bracelet will be published in August 2020 by One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins, and she’s currently hard at work on her next book. Ella is represented by agent Hattie Grünewald at The Blair Partnership, who represent J.K. Rowling.

Ella also writes as Nikki Moore, the author of the popular #LoveLondon romance series. A number of the novellas featured in the Top 100 short story charts on Kobo and the Top 20 in the Amazon UK bestsellers Holiday chart, and in 2018 the collection was released in Italy. Her first published work was the short story A Night to Remember in the best selling Mills & Boon / RNA anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply. Her debut romance Crazy, Undercover, Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2015.

When not writing or reading, she can be found working in her HR day job, walking the family’s cute beagle puppy or watching a Netflix series!

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I will be joining the blog tour for this book later in the year, so watch this space for a review.

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Book Blogger Hop – 21.02.20

This week’s book blogger hop question comes courtesy of Amanda from Give Me Coffee and Books – thanks for this great question Amanda!

What is your go-to recommendation for someone who doesn’t read often?


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This is a bit of a tricky one for me because my favourite books tend to be fairly big fantasy books which might be off-putting for someone who doesn’t read much. If I was to recommend anything from this genre, it would probably be something like Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere rather than, say, the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. As much as that is one of my all time favourites, the sheer size of it might be a bit daunting for the casual reader.

My other favourite genre is YA fiction, which again is difficult to recommend because a fair few people in my age group would maybe be unwilling to try something with a much younger target audience. For this, my recommendation would have to be Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, or maybe something by John Green.

I think though for someone who really doesn’t read much, I would recommend a thriller from someone like Louise Jensen or Mark Edwards, both of whom write books that are impossible to put down because you just have to know what is going to happen next. Of Louise’s books, it’s a toss up between The Surrogate and The Family as to which is my personal favourite, but all her books are great. The same goes for Mark, but The Lucky Ones was my introduction to his books, and it led me on to read all of his others.

If they were a more romantic soul, it would have to be The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper, or something by Isabella May, books that just sweep you away on a wave of emotion. I think Costa del Churros might just pip the others to win the title of my favourite Isabella May read, but I would recommend The Cocktail Bar as the best book to start with.

There are so many great books out there, and I love introducing a new author to my friends and finding that they fall as in love with them as I am.

What books would you recommend to someone who isn’t an avid reader?

 

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Book Blogger Hop – 07.02.2020

It’s Friday again, and that can only mean that it’s Book Blogger Hop time! This week’s question comes from Billy at Coffee Addicted Writer.

What were some of the most memorable books you read as a child? What made them memorable?

 

For me, a lot of the books I remember most from my childhood, it is the memories surrounding them that stay with me more than the content of the books themselves. For example, one of my earliest memories is of my dad reading Wind in the Willows to me when I was about three years old – I didn’t see much of him back then because he was usually gone for work before I was awake and didn’t get home until after I had gone to bed, but one night a week, my mum had night school, so he had to be home early. That one night each week was our time, just the two of us, and we slowly made our way through the book. In all honesty, I don’t remember much of the story, except that Ratty was my favourite character and I couldn’t stand Toad, but I will always remember him reading it to me.3703648829_7802a2b2a2

The same can be said for The Night Before Christmas. This was another tradition I had with my dad. He would read it to me before bed every Christmas Eve while Mum prepped the veggies for Christmas Day, and then we would set out a mince pie and a brandy for Father Christmas, and a carrot for Rudolph. I have to confess, I made Dad read this to me long after I was capable of reading it myself. It is one of the few poems that I can recite by heart, and even now, I read it every Christmas.

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The first “proper” books (i.e. ones without pictures) that I remember reading on my own are the Famous Five books and the Chronicles of Narnia. My best friend is a devoted reader, and our book geekery unites us to this day, more than thirty years since we discovered the joy of books. We both adored C.S. Lewis and Enid Blyton and were always swapping books and talking about the stories in them, before making up our own adventures that we acted out in our back gardens, each taking the role of one of the much loved characters. To be fair, we still spend most of our time talking about books, just with less of the garden dramatics!

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I have such great memories surrounding the books of my childhood. I would love to hear some of your memories too.

 

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The Cornish Confetti Agency Cover Reveal

I have the honour today of taking part in the cover reveal for the latest novel by Daisy James, The Cornish Confetti Agency. Before I share the cover though, here are all the book details.

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A gorgeous sun-filled new story from author of the Villa Limoncello series.

Welcome to The Cornish Confetti Agency!

When the grand finale of Lexie Harrington’s catwalk show ends with a disastrous twist on the ‘ice bucket challenge’, she was expecting her highly-strung boss to fire her on the spot. What she wasn’t expecting was to bump into her fiancé cosied up with an attractive blonde in the restaurant opposite their apartment!

Desperate to escape her heartbreak, Lexie flees to her childhood home of St Ives to hold the fort at The Cornish Confetti Agency for her best friend Freya, leader of the yummy mummy network and firm believer in ‘happily ever afters’. Little did she know that delivering a Caribbean-themed wedding in sunny Cornwall would rival the fashion industry for drama, tantrums and mysterious goings on.

Who is responsible for dousing the bridesmaid’s dress with tomato ketchup? Or hiding the bride’s beloved Jimmy Choos? Or attaching googly eyes to everything in sight?

The perfect Cornish wedding? Is there such a thing for The Cornish Confetti Agency?

Pre-order Links:

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Publication Date: 19th March

Now you have all the important details, here comes the gorgeous cover.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Photo- smiling by wallDaisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

Daisy would love to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter @daisyjamesbooks or on Instagram @booksdaisyjames.

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Top Ten Tuesday – 04.02.2020

It’s Top Ten Tuesday time again, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s top ten is all about books on my TBR list that I predict will be 5* reads. I have some books on my list that I am so excited to read that it is hard to pick just ten, but here goes! Some are new releases, or yet to be released, and some I’ve had on my list for a while, but these are ten that I am determined to read in 2020.

  1. Son of Secrets – N.J. Simmonds
  2. This Vicious Way – Madeline Dyer
  3. The Seven Sisters – Lucinda Riley
  4. Time’s Convert – Deborah Harkness
  5. The Foundling – Stacy Halls
  6. Call Down the Hawk – Maggie Stiefvater
  7. The Guest List – Lucy Foley
  8. Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo
  9. Unborn – Rachel McLean
  10. One of Us is Next – Karen M. McManus

What potential 5* reads do you have on your TBR lists?