Monday, 11 December 2017

MURDER SHE SLOPES BY RACHAEL STAPLETON - Book Blast & Giveaway




Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Release Date - November 26, 2017 
Print Length: 214 pages ASIN: B075CTKP2B

Sirens ring. Are you listening? Near Candy Cane Lane. A Body is glistening. A murderous sight. Trubble's investigating tonight. Walking through this winter wonderland.
It's the week before Christmas and Investigative Journalist Penelope Trubble has reluctantly agreed to investigate the death of a woman at the Sleighs & Slopes Adventure Resort in the hopes of exonerating her her husband—who just happens to be Penny’s ex. But with so many suspicious characters lurking in the trees, Penelope risks being strangled by clues, Christmas lights, conjecture, and catastrophe. It doesn’t help that Penny's still a little frosty with the man accused of icing his bride, and she must prove he's no cold-blooded killer. At least there’s candy-cane cocoa, a roaring fire, and the Laurentian Mountains to savor—not to mention the hunky detective dashing through the snow after her. Helping an ex is a slippery slope, and things are going downhill fast for Penelope Trubble.


About The Author

Rachael Stapleton lives in a Second Empire Victorian home with her husband and two children in Ontario, Canada and enjoys writing in the comforts of aged wood and arched dormers.

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

A CHRISTMAS WISH BY ERIN GREEN Book Review & Giveaway (UK only)

I am delighted to be sharing my review today of A Christmas Wish and I've also got a fabulous giveaway of a signed copy of the book for five lucky readers! (UK only)


Genre:  Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date:  1 August 2017
Publisher:  Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus



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Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn't want you – who will? 
Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep. 
But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it's so much easier to know where you're going. 

A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.



This was a lovely feel good read, not really a Christmas read as such, even though it started on Christmas Eve.

Flora has always felt different from day one and, at the age of 30, when she has no home of her own, no job and no boyfriend, and feeling like a complete failure, she decides to try and find out who abandoned her as a baby.

Each chapter was told from a different person's perspective, from Flora herself to her adoptive mother and various other characters she meets when she goes to the village of her birth. I liked this method of telling the tale, I felt it moved the story along quite smoothly and not too fast.

I thought the storyline was unique, I enjoyed the banter between the police officers, there were some laugh out loud lines, it was intriguing seeing how Flora's presence was having a strong effect on the villagers, as memories from the past are dragged up.

An entertaining, romantic read that had me quickly turning the pages desperate to know if Flora's Christmas Wish does come true!


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Erin Green was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. An avid reader since childhood, her imagination was instinctively drawn to creative writing as she grew older. Erin has two Hons degrees: BA English literature and another BSc Psychology – her previous careers have ranged from part-time waitress, the retail industry, fitness industry and education. She has an obsession about time, owns several tortoises and an infectious laugh!
Erin’s writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. Erin is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and drinking copious amounts of tea.

Twitter: @ErinGreenAuthor



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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

WHAT HAPPENS AT CHRISTMAS BY EVONNE WAREHAM Blog Blitz

Today I'm bringing you a Blog Blitz for What Happens at Christmas by Evonne Wareham



Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Publication Date:  5 Dec 2017
Publisher:  Choc Lit
Kindle Edition:  255 pages



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Best-selling author Andrew Vitruvius knows that any publicity is good publicity. His agent tells him that often, so it must be true. In the run-up to Christmas, she excels herself – talking him into the craziest scheme yet: getting himself kidnapped, live on TV. 
But when the plan goes ahead and Drew is unceremoniously thrown in the back of a van before being dragged to a hut in middle of the Brecon Beacons, it all starts to feel a little bit too real. 
Meanwhile, not far away, Lori France and her four-year-old niece Misty are settling in to spend the holidays away after unexpected events leave them without a place to stay. Little do they know they’re about to make a shocking discovery and experience a Christmas they’re not likely to forget …





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MEET THE AUTHOR

Evonne Wareham was born in Barry on the South Wales coast, but spent most of her working life in London. Now home again in Wales she is studying for a PhD in History and writing romance. She was a finalist in two reality writing contests in the United States and had a great time, even if she didn’t win.
When not studying or writing, she loves to travel, go to the theatre, walk on the beach and sleep. She has won and been nominated for awards for her romantic suspense novels on both sides of the Atlantic, and is now also writing romantic comedy with a light dusting of crime - which is a change of pace from writing the dark scary stuff. She is a member of both the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, which means she gets to go to twice as many literary parties.
Twitter: @evonnewareham


Monday, 4 December 2017

A WINTER'S TALE BY CARRIE ELKS Book Review

I'm delighted to be bringing you my review of a feel good festive read A Winter's Tale.


Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Publication Date:  30 Nov 2017
Publisher:  Piatkus
Page Count:  360  (PB)



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Struggling film student Kitty Shakespeare is determined to make the most of her new job as nanny to major producer Everett Klein's son, Jonas. It might not be exactly the career she'd hoped for when she moved from London to LA, but thanks to her habit of freezing up in interviews, this is her last chance to impress a key player in Hollywood – if she can get this right, then surely he'll take a moment to look at her work. However, what Kitty hasn't allowed for is Everett's sexy-as-hell brother, Adam – but love at first sight this is not.

Adam Klein may be sexy, but he's also gruff and rude and in no way ready to make a fool of himself over the nanny – not after the year he's had. All he wants to do hole up in his cabin and hide from the brother who destroyed his life. If only he could find it easier to ignore the way Kitty makes his heart race

As Christmas approaches, Kitty and Adam come to realise that the course of true love never does run smooth – and just maybe, it's more interesting that way...



Kitty is looking for an internship but instead ends up working as a nanny for a film producer and when they go to Virginia for the Christmas holidays Kitty goes with them.

Her first meeting with Adam, her employer's brother, does not go well, they dislike each other on sight.  He's very rough, full of contempt for her and was not a gentlemen .... though he was gorgeous!

During the holidays, Kitty is busy with looking after her charge, while Adam is trying to avoid his brother after they had a huge falling out over the summer.  He blows hot and cold with Kitty, he is having therapy due to his bust up, and there is plenty of tension in the family because of their disagreement.

There are highs and lows to their story.....

I loved this book, I immediately warmed to Kitty, she is so lovely and compassionate, and the little boy she looks after is adorable, not some spoiled kid.  She goes sledding and has snowball fights with him.  And he adores his Uncle Adam.  

A heart warming story, with characters that I cared about, in a romantic snowy setting.  Perfect for curling up with in front of a warm fire.

Source:  From Little, Brown Book Group in exchange for an honest review.



Saturday, 2 December 2017

BEGINNINGS BY HELEN J CHRISTMAS 1 Day Blitz

I am thrilled to be sharing with you a 1 Day Blog Blitz of Beginnings from Rachel's Random Resources Blog Tours.  I have an extract to give you a flavour of the story.


Genre:  Thriller Mystery/Romance
Publication Date:  February 2012
Series: This is the first book of a series “Same Face Different Place,” a British thriller mystery through the decades.
Estimated page count:  311



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Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people.
Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life.
Their daring escape across London eventually draws them into a place of hiding before Jake’s chilling story begins to unfold. He was the one vital witness to a sinister scene leading up to the death of a British MP and now those responsible want him silenced. As two young people, thrown together by fate they develop intense feelings for each other. It does not take long for Eleanor to realise that she will do anything possible to keep Jake alive.

Their tender love bond keeps you turning the pages as they live on a knife edge, desperate to escape London. Will they outrun the deadly enemies who stalk them? Or are the people at the top more powerful than they think?

EXTRACT
AMBUSH AT WATERLOO STATION Extract from Chapter 8

They approached Waterloo station from the road where its grand facade loomed up impressively. Hearts racing, Jake and Eleanor skipped up the wide flight of steps and under a beautiful archway flanked by statues. Its famous four-faced clock hung above as they passed through the station. But there was no time to waste; they needed tickets and travel information.
Jake paused, eyes scanning the area. He felt an initial burst of excitement as he took in the scene, convinced they had made the right decision. A tiny part of him so much wanted to believe Robin Whaley. He had left the café, feeling somewhat comforted by the thought that someone wanted to help them. Unfortunately, that help had arrived too late... They were about to take their final leap towards freedom.
Crouching down, he unzipped his holdall and rifled around for the wallet he had bought from the market. Every so often he glanced up, aware of the tide of people. They flowed from all directions; a typical crowd consisting of suited businessmen and shoppers. Trendy young women swayed past in flares and mini-dresses, platforms clomping across the floor tiles...
He caught Eleanor’s eye and flashed her a reassuring smile. How regrettable they hadn’t seized a chance to visit the bank John Sharp had mentioned. It would have made sense to have done that before leaving but it would have to wait now. Robin’s approach had thrown them off course.
Digging deeper into the holdall, he finally unearthed the wallet.
The moment he rose, Eleanor turned and subtly gestured towards the ticket office. A row of boards stretched out ahead of her, listing the timetables. Jake watched as she glided towards them, the enveloping white swathes of her dress fanning outwards as she moved. His eyes were fixed on the back of her head as he began to follow. Yet just as she reached the boards, a man unexpectedly emerged from behind them. He positioned himself right in front of her, hands on hips, a posture that seemed intimidating. Eleanor froze, stalled by his approach. Still as a statue, he gazed down at her; tall, reed thin and dressed in a cheap looking suit.
Jake felt himself drawn to the scene, before a chilling memory pierced his mind. He had seen this man before. All senses had been on red alert, that day; sounds of a rough and noisy neighbourhood, followed by the terror of being forced into a chair and handcuffed in some kitchen, engulfed by the stench of cooking fat. Only his vision had been obscured. He remembered the noose made from some sort of sacking; a splinter of time when the sack was pulled away to be replaced by a blindfold.
The image of the same man shimmered like a mirage. Jake experienced the first prickle of goose bumps, only this time, he was seeing his face clearly - the narrow light blue eyes boring into him like shards of ice.
“Shit!” Jake gasped unable to tear his gaze away.
The chilling eyes pinned him where he stood.
“What’s wrong, Jake?” Eleanor cried, twisting her head around to look at him but he had already grabbed her hand...
Overcome with a sudden terror, Jake tugged her away from the billboards, away from this menacing stranger who refused to break eye contact.


MEET THE AUTHOR
Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast of Sussex with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she started her decade spanning thriller series 'Same Face Different Place' in 2011. Her first book 'Beginnings,' set in 1970s London, combines romantic suspense with a hard-hitting conspiracy thriller.
Writing is something she juggles around family and social life. Helen is self employed and enjoys running the web design company, she and her husband set up from home. They have no children but enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a fluffy white cat. Helen confesses to have got most of her ideas for writing, whilst walking Barney along the beach.

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