Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Guest Book Review: Helen J Rolfe - Handle Me With Care

Reviewed by Tanya Phillips

Does true love come along more than once in a lifetime? Maddie Kershaw doesn’t think so. She lost the love of her life in the 9/11 attacks, and since then has hopped from one casual fling to the next. But when she delivers an erotic cake to a one-hundredth birthday party by mistake, she meets Evan and starts to believe in second chances … until she realises there’s a risk of getting hurt all over again. Evan Quinn is serially single, yet when he meets Maddie he feels an instant connection, so much so that he confesses on their first date that he may have testicular cancer. Was it a mistake to tell her? He wants Maddie more than he has ever wanted any other woman. But he doesn’t want her pity. With the odds stacked against them both, finding love won’t be easy. But beneath the Australian sun, a Happy Ever After could be worth fighting for.

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Debut Spotlight: Kat Gordon

Today it's my pleasure to be kicking off the blog tour for Kat Gordon's debut novel The Artificial Anatomy of Parks which is published tomorrow.

Kat Gordon was born in London in 1984. She attended Camden School for Girls, read English at Somerville College, Oxford, and received a distinction in her creative writing masters from Royal Holloway. 

In between, Kat has been a gymnastics coach, a theatre usher, a piano accompanist, a nanny, a researcher and worked at Time Out. She has spent a lot of time travelling, primarily in Africa. Kat lives in London with her boyfriend and their terrifying cat, Maggie.

Blog: https://katgordonwrites.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @katgordon1984

At twenty-one, Tallulah Park lives alone in a grimy bedsit. There s a sink in her bedroom and a strange damp smell that means she wakes up wheezing. Then she gets the call that her father has had a heart attack. Years before, she was being tossed around her difficult family; a world of sniping aunts, precocious cousins, emigrant pianists and lots of gin, all presided over by an unconventional grandmother. But no one was answering Tallie s questions: why did Aunt Vivienne loathe Tallie s mother? Who was Uncle Jack and why would no one talk about him? And why was everyone making excuses for her absent father? As Tallie grows up, she learns the hard way about damage and betrayal, that in the end, the worst betrayals are those we inflict on ourselves. This is her story about the journey from love to loss and back again.

Can you tell us a little bit about your debut novel The Artificial Anatomy of Parks? 
The Artificial Anatomy of Parks is a coming-of-age-narrative about family secrets and the damage they cause, told through two interweaving storylines in the past and the present day. The Parks are a larger-than-life, eccentric family, and Tallie – the headstrong protagonist – starts off estranged from them in the present, but is gradually drawn back into their world after she hears that her father has had a heart attack and goes to see him in the hospital. There she runs into her aunts Gillian and Vivienne, and though her interactions with them, and the memories they trigger, we learn the reason behind her estrangement, and reason she’s moving towards reconciliation. 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Debut Spotlight: Rebecca Pugh

Who knew when I did the Reader Spotlight with Rebecca Pugh last September that in less than a year I would be welcoming her back to the blog as a published author, her debut novel Return to Bluebell Hill was published earlier this month.

I have been following fellow blogger Becca's writing progress via Twitter, almost like a proud mum... well I am old enough to be her mum, and think that what she has achieved at such a young age is a massive achievement.  Congratulations Becca xxx

Rebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire, with a mind full of fairy-tales and happy endings. Enchanted by true love and Disney Princesses, she decided that no matter what life threw her way, she'd continue to see the world through a child's eyes. Through the pages of countless books, her adoration of reading blossomed, and it didn't take long for her to fall under the spell of hundreds of authors' words. 

Now, Rebecca's own story has taken a fairy-tale like turn, and at 22, her dream has come true. With her faithful companions: Bonnie the dog, her partner, and her gigantic family by her side, Rebecca is ready to share her stories with readers who enjoy falling in love and losing themselves within beautiful, fictional worlds.

Rebecca Pugh is the author of women's fiction and romance, her all-time favourite genres. After all, who doesn't enjoy a good swoon?

Home is where the heart is…

Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Guest Book Review: Michelle Jackson - 7 Wishes in Rome

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

It's April 2005. Lucy is getting over her divorce, Emily is searching for her mother, Sebastian has a crush on Cathy and Nell is so angry with her father that she could kill him. As for Conor, well he’s just being himself. They’re all going to Rome on Wednesday with thirty-five teenagers in tow and now it looks like the Pope is going to die, which could have a serious effect on their schedule.

Over the course of four days, three will find love, one will find himself and the other will find the handbag she has always dreamed of but will fate allow her to buy it?  

Amazon link: Kindle

Friday, 26 June 2015

Guest Book Review: Tracy Bloom - No-One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs

Reviewed by Kelly Spillane

Ben and Katy haven't had sex since Ben found out about her one-night stand with her childhood sweetheart, Matthew. 

Not only that but the arrival of a new-born baby has blown their relationship apart like a hand grenade. 

Drastic measures are required, so they swap roles hoping that everyone will be happier... Only it’s not as easy as they thought. When a desperate Ben starts secretly accepting help to solve his childcare disasters – from Matthew’s wife – it could mean the end of everything. Can their relationship survive the lies and suspicions and will they ever have sex again?  

Amazon link: Kindle

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Extract & Giveaway: The Voices Beyond by Johan Theorin

Since I set up the blog I have been very lucky to receive fantastic books to review but at the same time I'm struggling to keep on top of my reading list so sadly not all the books I receive can be reviewed, instead I try to find guest reviewers to review them or run giveaways.

One such book that I received this week is The Voices Beyond by Johan Theorin which is published next Thursday, 2nd July. Sadly I already have too many July books to review so I have agreed with the publisher to share an extract of the book and run a giveaway for my copy, but that's not all as Sophie at Transworld has very generously offered another copy of the book as a giveaway prize so there's now two copies to be won.

Summer on the beautiful Swedish island of Öland. Visitors arrive in their thousands, ready to enjoy the calm and relaxation of this paradise. 

Amongst them is Jonas Kloss, excited at the prospect of staying with his aunt, uncle and older cousins. But it is not as he had hoped. One night he takes a boat out onto the moonlit sea. A ship looms out of the darkness and the horror he finds on board is unimaginable. 

Fleeing for his life, Jonas arrives at the door of an elderly islander, Gerlof Davidsson. Once Gerlof has heard his tale of dead sailors and axe-wielding madmen, he realizes that this will be a summer like none other Öland has ever seen. 

For one man – the Homecomer – this is a very special journey. He seeks revenge that he’s waited a lifetime to exact…