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A Little Hotel in Cornwall – Cover Reveal

It’s been a while since I took part in a cover reveal, but I have a lovely one for you all today, for A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs. Thanks so much to Laura and to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this exciting reveal. Before we get to the cover, here’s the all important blurb:

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Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance. 

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too. 

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

Are you all ready for a sneaky peek at the cover? Here it comes…

Cover Reveal-A Little Hotel in Cornwall

Obviously we would never judge a book by it’s cover, but doesn’t this one just grab you? If you are tempted, the book is released on 30th April 2019, and you can pre-order your copy right here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

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Top Ten of 2018

It’s time for the obligatory “Top Ten Reads of the Year” post. Some people love them and some people hate them, but my very first post was a top ten, so it only seemed right to carry on the tradition (by the way, today is my first blogger birthday – can you believe it? It’s gone so fast!). It was so hard this year, as I have discovered some amazing authors that I hadn’t come across before, and have also enjoyed books by my favourite authors. Anyway, after much deliberation, I have decided on my top ten, some of which I have reviewed already, and a couple who I owe a review to (coming soon I promise).  I couldn’t possibly put these wonderful books into an order of preference, but here they are:

Here are the links to my reviews for the ones I have done:

The Lights of Time – Paul Ian Cross

The Raven Tower – Emma Miles

Crooked Daylight – Helen Slavin

Legendary – Stephanie Garber

The Songs of Us – Emma Cooper

A Dangerous Game – Madeline Dyer

The Toymakers – Robert Dinsdale

Reflected Destinies – Florence Keeling

Hopefully, you will discover some new favourites of your own amongst this list. What have been your favourite reads from 2018?

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The Book Jar

I spent a day over the Christmas period attempting to sort the books on my Kindle into some sort of order, and was shocked to discover that including my paper books I currently have over 500 books that I haven’t read yet! I saw a post on Facebook about book jars and thought I’d give it a go for 2018. Just in case you haven’t seen these, thehe idea is that you write the name of all the books you want to read on a slip of paper and add them all to a jar. Then, when you want to start a new book, you pick slip from the jar, and that is the book that you read next.

Pile of paper, pen, and scissors in hand, and a few hours later, this was the result:

Honestly, some of the books I have on my Kindle, I have no idea why I bought them, so I am hoping that this method of selection will make me read them.

I will keep you all updated on how this goes, and whether the method works for me and helps to reduce my TBR pile. The only exceptions to the rule will be books I have for bok tours, and a few new releases that I am very excited about from Leigh Bardugo, Emma Miles, N.J. Simmonds, Stephanie Garber, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare – there is no way I could bear to put those on the jar and sit waiting for them to reappear. These are books that demand to be read the very second that I can get my hands on them!

Wish me luck folks – I am not known for my willpower.

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Spoon Shortage Book Club

As some of you will know, I am involved with a Facebook book club for people who suffer from chronic illnesses, the Spoon Shortage Book Club. Through the book club and our sister groups and pages on Facebook, we try to bring chronic illness sufferers together to chat, have a laugh, and make friends, and generally feel a little less isolated than they sometimes do. As a chronic illness sufferer myself, I know just how important my online friends have become to me, and I feel proud to be a part of a thriving community filled with people who I would never have “met” otherwise.

Starting tomorrow and for all of December, we are running a festive photo challenge, and would love for as many people as possible to get involved, either in the group itself, or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and any other social media platforms that are out there (I am sure I am well and truly out of touch with more than a few of them!). Please spread the word and get involved if you would like to. Remember to include #spoonshortagebookclub on any posts so that we can see what everyone is getting up to!

Here are the themes for each day!

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Another Kind of Magic – Cover Reveal

The release date for the final part of the Caitlyn trilogy  by Elizabeth Davies is approaching fast, and I am so excited to be a part of her cover reveal today.

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“I am a cat. But I am no ordinary cat. I am a witch’s familiar. I am also a woman, with a woman’s heart and a woman’s frailty.”

Nearly two hundred years have passed since Caitlyn was trapped by supernatural forces and black magic, and she has known many mistresses. This time, the witch she is enthralled to is Joan, wife of Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.

At first, this mistress appears no different to any of the others Caitlyn has served – until Llewelyn captures William de Braose, and Joan falls in love, risking everything, including Caitlyn, to fulfil her desire.

Caitlyn, meanwhile, has her own cross to bear in the form of the gallant and reckless Hugh of Pembroke…

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to read more about the next stage of Caitlyn’s journey! But before any of us can do that, I need to show you the cover. Are you ready?

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You can pre-order your copy of the book here.

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Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…

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Instagram Positive Challenge Month

It’s October and it’s a NEW month but most importantly it is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Jennifer Gilmour who is an author and advocate for women in abusive relationships, has decided to do something different to bring awareness this month.

Here is what she had to say:

“Not only is it the publication day of Isolation Junction (second edition) on the 22nd but I am doing this Instagram Challenge. I am sure you have noticed it says positive challenge and this is because I felt personally I needed to bring some positivity to the month.

It can be quite overwhelming when each year bringing awareness brings back memories I would rather lock away and I felt that if I feel this I am sure that others feel this way as well. I have to remember that my life now is that of a happy one and that I have managed to build a positive life after the abusive relationship I experienced. So… I thought we could have a month to recognise the positives and still bring awareness to domestic abuse.”

How to join in:

  1. Let everyone know on Insta that you are joining in on the challenge, sharing will get more people involved.
  2. Take a picture relating to the prompt on each day of the month (see image below).
  3. Make sure you tag Jennifer in the picture – @authorjennifergilmour.
  4. Don’t forget the # as well so others that are joining in can see your pictures as well.

Make sure you come back each Monday of October and check to see if your photo has been featured on Jennifer’s weekly blog post especially for this Instagram Challenge – www.jennifergilmour.com

Happy posting. Can’t wait to see your pictures.

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A Stain On The Soul – Cover Reveal

Following on from my review of Three Bloody Pieces by Elizabeth Davies the other day, I am so excited to be able to reveal to you today the book cover for the sequel, A Stain On The Soul. As always, before you get to see the cover, here comes the blurb.

BLURB:

Resigned to another lifetime of being a witch’s familiar, Caitlyn has found a degree of peace in her role as the Duke of Normandy’s protector and spy.

But that peace is shattered when she returns to her native land only to come face-to-face with her past, and fall in love with a man who she desperately hopes will become her future.

If, like me, you enjoyed the first book and can’t wait to read the second, you can pre-order it here.

Now, is everyone ready to cast their eyes over the cover? Here goes…

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Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…

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