Friday, 22 June 2018

COVER REVEAL ~ Snowflake by Heide Goody & Iain Grant

BLURB:



"Lori Belkin has been dumped. By her parents.

They moved out while she was away on holiday, and now, at the tender age of twenty-five, she’s been cruelly forced to stand on her own two feet.

While she’s getting to grips with basic adulting, Lori magically brings to life the super-sexy man she created from celebrity photos as a teenager.

Lori learns very quickly that having your ideal man is not as satisfying as it ought to be and that being an adult is far harder than it looks.

Snowflake is a story about prehistoric pets, delinquent donkeys and becoming the person you want to be, not the person everyone else expects you to be"



Snowflake will be will be published on 20th July 2018.


BLOG TOUR ~ The Poison Bed by E.C. Fremantle ~ REVIEW

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for The Poison Bed by E.C. Fremantle where I have a review of her latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Katie Ashworth from Michael Joseph/Penguin Random House Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this review so without further ado, here it is:


With HUGE thanks to Katie Ashworth Michael Joseph and Penguin Random House, I received a copy of this in exchange of an honest review......

A king, his lover and his lover's wife. One is a killer.

In the autumn of 1615 scandal rocks the Jacobean court when a celebrated couple are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. She is young, captivating and from a notorious family. He is one of the richest and most powerful men in the kingdom.

Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the murder. The king suspects them both, though it is his secret at stake.

Who is telling the truth? Who has the most to lose? And who is willing to commit murder?

The Poison Bed is set in early 17th Century at the Court of King James I and is based on a true story of a real-life murder. The story is told from two points of view, "Her" and "Him" who are Robert Carr who is the favourite of James I and his wife Frances Carr (Howard). Frances was rescued by Robert from an abusive marriage and Robert has risen from nothing to become one of the country's most powerful men. They are accused of the poisoning and death of Sir Thomas Overvurg and are held in the tower awaiting their trial and tell their sides of the story as to how they met to what happened regarding the death of Sir Thomas Overvurg.

To be honest I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction books but I absolutely LOVED this one, it was such a page turner full of twists, turns, secrets, lies and murder. It's definitely a well researched and plotted novel and the attention to detail is just perfect. A dark and compelling read and I couldn't turn the pages quick enough to see what the resolution was and it didn't disappoint.  I don't really want to say much more about this as I don't want to spoil it but just get it, you definitely won't be disappointed. 

The Poison Bed is available from all good bookshops, libraries, audio and on Kindle and it is currently £7.99 at the time of publication of this review.



Thursday, 21 June 2018

REVIEW ~ One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis


Vicky Seagrave seems to have it all, a successful and doting husband, three beautiful children along with great friends and a job as a teacher which she loves.  She should be perfectly happy, shouldn't she!??

But when she does something silly, she risks everything she holds dear on a whim, there's only person she trusts enough to turn to - her best friend, Amber. But as Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes, that if you're careless with those you love, you don't deserve to keep them..........

Well, I LOVED One Little Mistake, it was tense and engrossing from the start right up until the end with plenty of twists and turns thrown into the mix and goes to show how one little lie can lead to another little lie and so on until it's too late and that maybe trusting your best friend is possibly the worst mistake you can ever make but thankfully I've never had that problem.  Told in two timeframes of 1992 and 2010 and told from different points of view, the 1st and 3rd person and with two storylines running through the book which come together perfectly towards the end.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

One Little Mistake is available in all good bookshops, libraries, audio and on Kindle where it is currently £0.99 at the time of publication of this review.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

BLOG TOUR ~ Somewhere Beyond The Sea by Miranda Dickinson

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Somewhere Beyond The Sea by Miranda Dickinson where I have a playlist of songs that Miranda creates for every novel she writes so here is the playlist for Somewhere Beyond The Sea. I was thrilled to be asked by Annabelle Wright from ED PR to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. There's also a vlog at the end of the playlist that you can watch about Jack. You can also find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this extract so without further ado, here it is:

I make a soundtrack playlist for every book I write, to create the right atmosphere and capture the characters’ journeys in the story. Here is the playlist I compiled for Somewhere Beyond the Sea:

1. ‘The Star That Guides You Home’, Emma Stevens (Waves)
2. ‘Tinseltown in the Rain’, The Blue Nile (A Walk Across the Rooftops)
3. ‘Going Nowhere’, Sally J. Johnson (The Beacon Field)
4. ‘Symphony’ (feat. Zara Larsson), Clean Bandit (‘Symphony’ – single)
5. ‘A Sky Full of Stars’, Coldplay (Ghost Stories)
6. ‘The Bold Knight’, Seth Lakeman (Kitty Jay)
7. ‘Nebraska’, Lucy Rose (Nebraska – Remixes)
8. ‘Glow’, Ella Henderson (‘Glow’ – single)
9. ‘If I Could Change Your Mind’, HAIM (Days Are Gone)
10. ‘I Wish You Well’, Cara Dillon (After the Morning)
11. ‘Chasing Shadows’, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (Pretty Peggy)
12. ‘The Greatest’ (feat. Kendrick Lamar), Sia (This Is Acting)
13. ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’, Oasis (Time Flies . . . 1994–2009)
14. ‘Breathe Me In’, Jared & The Mill (‘Breathe Me In’ – single)
15. ‘We Are Stars’, Callum Beattie (‘We Are Stars’ EP)
16. ‘What Do I Know?’ Ed Sheeran (Divide)




Somewhere Beyond the Sea is out now, published by Pan Macmillan in paperback, eBook and audiobook.


BLOG TOUR ~ Toxic by Jacqui Rose - Q&A Session

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Toxic by Jacqui Rose where I welcome Jacqui to my blog where she has kindly provided me with a super Q&A session. I was thrilled to be asked by Sabah Khan from Avon Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this piece so without further ado, here it is:

Hi Celeste, I’m delighted you’re part of my blog tour. Thank you for having me. It’s very exciting to be back!


When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?
It didn’t dawn on me for a long time as I always associated writing with really studious people. I went to a very academic school where if you didn’t go to Oxford or Cambridge you were seen as somewhat of a failure! It was a boarding school and it was really strict to the point we were only allowed to read certain books. The books we were given were really hard going – Ulysses, War and peace or books written by authors such as Fyodor Dostoyevsky! Not something you wanted to read at 13yrs old! So I wrote my own stories and sold them to the girls at school, always leaving a cliff-hanger so they’d want to buy the next instalment, though I didn’t get rich on it, it was either in exchange for contraband sweets (we were only allowed sweets once a week and I’m greedy!) or it was getting them to do my Latin homework for me. But I did love it, writing gave me a freedom of mind that I didn’t get in everyday life, creating characters, hearing and seeing them so vividly in my head was like someone had handed me a box of magic. Though it was years later when I got frustrated with all these stories piling up in head that I thought I’d put pen to paper and do something about it. And I was very lucky it happened really quickly. And although for my day job I write crime thrillers which are so much fun, in my downtime for myself I write quirky accessible literary fiction (think it must be all those years of having to read the classics.)


What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Well I don’t really plot my books or make notes, I write organically, but I do try to spread the writing of the book over a balanced period of time but if the idea doesn’t form in my head I just have to sit tight until it does. So I might start off thinking over a three month period I’ll write a thousand words a day but if I don’t hear the voice of the characters clearly then I have to wait until I do which means sometimes I’ll be writing a book in just six weeks – not something I recommend! But if everything is equal I like to get up early, say six thirty and write till about 8 o clock. When I’m writing I just feel like a secretary to my characters as all I feel like I’m doing is typing up what I’m seeing and hearing in my head. I edit as I go along as I can’t stand messy or chaos in my writing, then I’ll have a nice cup of coffee and spend the rest of the day riding and looking after my horses. At the end of the book it gets intense so I write in the afternoon for a couple of hours as well. I like to break it up so my head’s not spinning!

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I think that I have to keep changing rooms whilst I’m writing. I’ll start off in my study then twenty minutes later I’ll get restless then move to the laptop downstairs then after half an hour or so I’ll get restless again and I’ll move into another room or the summer house. It’s odd but it happens all the time. I can’t ever stay in the same room.

 What is your favourite and least favourite thing about writing?
The best part is the excitement of hearing and seeing new characters and the journey they’re going to take me on because I have no idea from day to day, so it’s a real adventure. I love it. I feel very lucky that this is how I earn my living, I can take my laptop into the fields or stables with my horses and write my story there – it’s an incredible feeling. Writing and horses – the most perfect combination! The worst part of writing is when something happens in your life that influences how you think. In early October my mum was diagnosed with cancer and then a month later she died, it was really tough to keep writing and doing your edits when your head is all over the place but I just had to keep pushing through and digging deep. But that’s the worst part when you need to write and your brain isn’t functioning the way it should!    

What's the one thing your readers don't know about you?
That I was taught to play golf by the Duchess of Devonshire – at school it was a choice between double maths or golf, of course I chose the golf but oddly I was the only one in my form who did! So once a week I was driven to Chatsworth House and spent the afternoon with the Duchess trying to play golf!  

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

BLOG TOUR ~ With Or Without You by Shari Low


Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for With or Without You by Shari Low where I have an extract from Shari's latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Melanie Price from Head of Zeus Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this extract so without further ado, here it is:

Prologue
The Last Minute of 1999

There were sixty seconds left of the twentieth century.

Hogmanay. The biggest night of the Scottish celebratory calendar, when we eat, we sing, we dance, and we welcome in the New Year with the people we love. The music was blaring, the revellers were dancing up a storm, and glasses were being topped up with champagne, as I leant close to my husband’s ear.

‘I wish you’d had an affair,’ I said, my voice cracking. ‘It would be so much easier to do this.’
Nate, smiled, leaned in and kissed me, but not with any grand passion. That was part of the problem. We’d been together since midway through uni, and then married the year after we graduated, and since the day we’d danced up the aisle we’d had five years of contentment.

Contentment.

I hated that word. Imagine the obituary. RIP Liv Jamieson – a contented life. Worse, who wanted to be content at the age of twenty-eight? I wanted passion and excitement and maybe the odd little bit of danger, but contentment? It was like a scarf of boredom that got tighter with each passing year, until I could barely breathe.

I loved Nate, but – clichéd as it was – I wasn’t in love with him anymore. There was no-one else, no drama, no big scandal or cataclysmic event. Just a gradual drifting apart. A disconnection. And, in a twisted demonstration of our compatibility, he had reluctantly admitted that – while he wasn’t as far along the road of acceptance as me – he knew there was something missing too.

I loved him. He loved me. It just wasn’t enough.

Nate pulled back and pushed a stray curl of my red hair back from my face. ‘An affair? What if I told you I’ve had Kylie Minogue living in the loft for the last year because we’re having a torrid fling and she can’t get enough of me?’

‘I’d say please tell her I’ll let her have you – as long as she’s willing to trade you for her entire wardrobe.’

Nate’s brown eyes creased at the side as he laughed. It was my very favourite thing about him.
We’d tried. We really had. The previous January, just a day into 1999, we’d talked, and we’d agreed to give it everything we had for a year, determined to reignite the spark between us. We’d had weekly date nights. Lazy Sunday sex. Weekend breaks to quiet country cottages and busy city hotels. A fantastic holiday to Bali where we’d taken long moonlit strolls along the sands. We’d hung out with our gang of mutual friends and we’d laughed, celebrated, partied, and discussed it long into many nights.

Yet, much as it destroyed us to admit it, we were still in that ‘best friends’ zone. My heart didn’t flutter when he entered a room. His gaze made me smile, but it didn’t make my libido throb with lust. And neither of us could shake the feeling that there was something – or someone – else out there for us.

So we’d decided to call it a day. To wish each other well, split the CD collection and move on. That makes it all sound so simple, when the truth was that a piece of my heart felt like it was being surgically removed by a jackhammer.

Nate wasn’t one hundred per cent sure. He didn’t like change. Preferred familiarity and stability to the unknown. But he said he loved me too much to make me stay in a marriage that didn’t make me happy. And if he were honest, our marriage wasn’t making him happy either, not like he should have been. I wanted more for me, for him, for both of us. 

Tonight was our last night together. It seemed apt. Fitting. The final day of the century, a chapter closing, and a whole new world out there for us to explore.  And if I kept telling myself that this was a positive move; the right thing to do, it squashed the part of me that was terrified. 
I saw his lips move again. ‘Liv, are you…?’
I missed the last bit. It got carried away on the wave of noise that suddenly engulfed the room.
Ten…

The lead singer of the band was counting down the seconds to midnight. Every year we headed to The Lomond Grange, a gorgeous stately manor hotel on the edge of Loch Lomond, about forty minutes from home, to bring in the coming year. Despite our sadness, we hadn’t wanted to bail out on the people who shared our lives, so here we were. One last hurrah. On the dance floor, our closest friends, Sasha and Justin stood next to Chloe and Rob, all of them with their champagne glasses in hand, party poppers at the ready, expressions oozing excitement, braced for the big moment.
Nine… Nine seconds until my marriage was over.

A wave of sorrow.
Eight… ‘What did you say?’ I asked him.
Seven… Seven seconds until my marriage was over.
He had to lean right into my ear so I could hear him. ‘I said are you absolutely sure?’
Six… A stomach flip of doubt. We’d discussed this to death. Yes, I was sure. Of course I was. So was he. We’d agreed.

Five… Five seconds until my marriage was over.
‘Yes. Why are you asking now?’
Four… ‘I think…’ I could feel his breath on the side of my face. ‘I think I want to give it one more try.’

Three… Three seconds until my marriage was over.
A sick feeling of panic rising to my throat.
Two… ‘But Nate, we both know it’s time to move on.’ We did. Didn’t we?
One… ‘One more try, Liv. We owe it to each other to give it more time.’
Noooooo. This wasn’t the deal. We’d tried. It hadn’t worked. We weren’t right for each other. It was time to move on, to take different paths.

A deafening cacophony of sound erupted in the room. Happy New Year. Streamers shot in the air. Bagpipes bellowed out a chorus of Auld Lang Syne to say goodbye to the past and welcome the twenty first century.

We were entering a new millennium.
But was I going to spend it with Nate…
…Or without him?


Sunday, 17 June 2018

BLOG TOUR ~ Mad by Chloé Esposito ~ REVIEW

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Mad by Chloé Esposito where I have a review of Mad, her latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Katie Ashworth from Michael Joseph/Penguin Random House Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this extract so without further ado, here it is:


With HUGE thanks to Katie Ashworth and Penguin Random House, I received a copy of this in exchange of an honest review......

"There's something you should know before we go any further: my heart is in the wrong place. Now don't say I didn't warn you....."

Meet Alvie, a complete trainwreck. She works in a job that she absolutely hates but lives on social media and mainly on Tinder and Twitter, is constantly tweeting Taylor Swift hoping one day she'll get a reply and is obsessed with Channing Tatum (who isn't?) She eats kebabs for breakfast she's aimless, haphazard, and pretty much constantly drunk and lives in a flat where her flatmates hate her.  She has an identical twin sister named Beth who lives in Italy and is happily married to a hot, rich Italian and dotes on their little baby boy and has always been their mothers favourite twin.

But when Beth sends Alvie a first-class plane ticket to visit her in Italy, Alvie is reluctant to go. But when she gets fired from her job and her flatmates kick her out on the streets, a luxury villa in glitzy Taormina suddenly sounds more appealing. Beth asks Alvie to swap places with her for just a few hours so she can go out unnoticed by her husband. Alvie jumps at the chance to take over her sister's life even if it's only temporarily. But when the night ends with Beth dead at the bottom of the pool, Alvie realises that this is her chance to change her life.

Alvie quickly discovers that living Beth's life is harder than she thought. What was her sister hiding from her husband? And why did Beth invite her to Italy at all? As Alvie digs deeper, she uncovers Mafia connections, secret lovers, attractive hitmen, and one extremely corrupt priest, all of whom are starting to catch on to her charade. Now Alvie has to rely on all the skills that made her unemployable, a turned-to-11 sex drive, a love of guns and having to lie to her mother if she wants to keep her million-dollar prize.

Well, what can I say about this books, I didn't like it, I absolutely LOVED it.  I went in blind reading this and I wasn't even really sure what it was about as I didn't read the blurb but sometimes I feel doing that is much better so you don't know what to expect.  I LOVED Alvie, she was a brilliant character, a real badass who doesn't care who she hurts.  Mad is the first in a trilogy series where it is set between London and Sicily with the next two been called Bad and Dangerous To Know and I can't wait to read the next installment to see what's in store for our heroine after that ending.

Alvina Knightly is Uncensored, Unhinged and utterly Unforgettable.

Going on holidays!?? Make sure you pack a copy of this in your bag as your beach read where it's a compulsive read packed with sex, violence, guns, lots of laugh out loud moments with twists, turns, thrills and spills thrown into the mix where each chapter represents one of the seven deadly sins; Sloth, Envy, Wrath, Lust, Gluttony, Greed and Pride so strap yourself in for one hell of an addictive ride.

I really can't wait to read the next installment in the form of Bad which is released on July 26th 2018 to catch up with what's in store for Alvie.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Mad is available in all good bookshops, libraries, on audio and on Kindle where it is currently £0.99 at the time of publication of this review.