The Coco Pinchard Boxset by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @CocoPinchard #BlogTour #bookreview #TeamBryndza #giveaway @BOTBSPublicity

Thanks so so much to Sarah from Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo for allowing me to be part of this epic blog tour! (By the way don’t forget there’s a giveaway for one lucky person to win the box set!)



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What they say: For the first time, all 5 books in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series are available in one! And this box set includes a new introduction by the author.
Book 1: The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard

If you enjoyed flipping through Bridget Jones’s diary, you’ll love perusing Coco Pinchard’s emails! Coco confides in her quirky, supportive friends as she deals with her life falling apart. Read the emails that tell the heart warming and often hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel-good Romantic Comedy. 

Book 2: Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding

Coco thinks she’s on the road to happily ever after with Adam, until he inexplicably breaks up with her. Will one mistake cost them their whole future? Coco sets out to discover what has really happened, and uncovers a shocking secret Adam has been hiding from her… Full of hilarious twists and turns, Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a witty, heart-warming, romantic comedy – the stand-alone sequel to no.1 bestselling, The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard. 

Book 3: Coco Pinchard, the Consequences of Love and Sex

Coco Pinchard has a great life, a bestselling memoir, and a handsome second husband. Things are going exactly as planned — until her adult son runs into disaster, her ex’s mother butts back into her life, and she finds out she’s pregnant! Maybe life is more fun if you throw your plans out the window… The third book in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard series (which can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone story) is a hilarious diary with Coco’s trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time. 

Book 4: A Very Coco Christmas

It’s 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco Pinchard is home for Christmas after her first term at University. She’s fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, but Coco’s mother wants her to be with Kenneth, the son of posh friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas.

As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other. A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone prequel short story to Robert Bryndza’s smash-hit Coco Pinchard series.

Book 5: Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story

A sparkling feel-good comedy, which asks the question – how far would you go to get your child the must-have Christmas toy? 

It’s December 1992, and children are going crazy for the Tracy Island toy – almost as crazy as the parents! Christmas day is fast approaching and Coco Pinchard is desperately trying to track one down for her four-year-old son Rosencrantz. 

From dodgy dealings in a motorway lay-by, to extreme shopping in Hamley’s with a Sylvanian Families fanatic, to having a go at the Blue Peter make-your-own Tracy Island, Coco tries everything in the hope that four-year-old Rosencrantz will open his must-have toy on Christmas morning.  

And at the moment it’s on special over on Amazon so why wouldn’t you really?
Amazon UK 99p
Amazon USA $1.99
Amazon AU $0.99
Amazon EU stores €0.99

The Review: I have to start by saying on the day I was told this tour was on, I had just bought this box set for myself and was happily planning when I would read (Christmas, so I could go, as box sets should from first till last, including the ones I had already read, because of course otherwise you’re splitting the story up!

My plans were scuppered when I found my fingers typing gushy words and squealing that I was all in on this blog tour, but I don’t blame them, I mean it’s Robert Bryndza!!! I think that is enough to tell you how much I love the Coco series and to warn you that this is going to be a gush, but I shall begin anyhow. OhmygodIlovethesebookssososososmuch. Now I wonder if Amazon would take THAT as a review?

I sat down to book TWO on a writing break (book one here, and the Christmas short story here ) I know I said I was going to devour them all, but with a time restriction comes a choice and I really wanted to review the set as a whole because I’d assume Amazon wouldn’t be thrilled if you didn’t!) and was straight into Coco’s world a world we see much of through emails to various people in her life and hear about others along the way. The absolute genius of this box set is that, time wise, instead of moving in a straight line as most would, so Coco with her writing career, meeting Daniel, having Rosencrantz, meeting Adam, we have a timeline that jumps so you get to see so many wow moments that give your tummy that little kick as you realise how good things were, or what Coco thought about something that didn’t quite work out that way. And that is what keeps you reading and cheering Coco on, because you want things a certain way because she deserves it, but you also want to see how things led to the here and now. The characters play a blinder, with the crafty Ethel, the ever inappropriate Angie, Rosencrantz who you actually get to see grow up(oh my frig there were some serious tears there), Daniel(same, who knew where they’d started!), Adam, the lovely Chris, and so many more. The characters are loud and lovely and warm and there’s some awful ones too. There is no one that does laugh out loud like Coco and I had some actual splutter moments that, as I look through my notes (yes I know what I sound like!) came from a single line delivered with a belter. As I said I cried a lot too and clutched at my hear (heart warming, aw moments, not chest pains or anything).

I finished this box set with a wow and the knowledge that it would be difficult to find something to follow it up. All the gushes you hear about any and all of this books are true- definitely one to swallow whole over the Winter (And as an aside I wish I read paperbacks because it’s one of the coolest looking box sets out there!!)

Rating: a million out of five. (So five then!)

And now, how about a giveaway??? The give away is for one lucky reader to win signed copies of all the books in the series. Sure you will agree it is a fab prize. Just click on the link to be taken through to the competition and good luck!


Author bio: 
Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. It has sold over one million copies.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets, has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

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Bloggers, authors, and bookish people are amazing

So, here we are. This is the point that the last few months has been leading to. At the start  of the year I decided that I might self publish a Christmas novella. Funnily enough even though this decision coincided with chilly weather and a still Christmassy atmosphere, inspiration wasn’t hitting.

Fast forward to March, when the snow was continuing to build outside, I STILL was just faffing about. Luckily, once the sun came out Eloise (protagonist) decided to grab the reins and go for it. By then I’d decided next year was the time but thanks to some of the nicest and most inspirational people out there I began to shuffle towards the self publishing door with the crowds, then I began to walk, head held high as the words flowed, and then sprint as myself and the excellent Morgen Bailey from Bombshell (my editor for life now, I hope!) worked, hauling it over the finish line at the very last second.

Of the last few weeks alone I have had the honour of working with some  of my favourite (favourite favourite) bloggers and authors and have been wowed and amazed by how selfless and excellent they are. I always hear this, how fantastic bookish people, the bloggers, authors and readers are, but it was an eye opener to see it in action and I’m beyond grateful. Actually, I will never ever ever ever be able to thank everyone enough. I just hope I can repay the favours as and when they need them. So, that’s all I wanted to say, and here it is, finished product. I hope you get to sit down and enjoy it with a nice warm drink. It’s raining here, but cold, so I’d love to think that some people aren’t feeling the bite-they’re just enjoying the warmth!
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Length: 182 pages

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What they (meaning I;)) say: Sometimes hot cocoa just isn’t enough to keep you warm in the snow…

 Eloise is too busy juggling the chaos of three kids, an ever present ex-husband and a demanding boss to even remember the last time dating crossed her mind.

But as soft snow falls silently all around, romance twinkles with the flakes.

After being single for so long, Eloise suddenly has a lot of choices.  Too many choices.   Will anyone be worthy of melting the guard around her heart to let love in?

 A fun-filled, festive read for fans of Christie Barlow, Fiona Gibson and Colleen Coleman


Enjoy and thank you for everything! Love Berni X

(Note: normal service will resume shortly on BRMaycock’s book blog;))

Christmas Spirit by Nicola May #Blogtour #Bookreview #Giveaway

I am so so thrilled to be part of the blog tour for this gorgeous novella-and there’s a giveaway too!

Christmas Spirit


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What they say: It’s two days before Christmas – and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day. Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London landmarks. A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way . . . but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?

The Review: So our lovely story begins with us meeting Evie, who is now single, jobless and feeling that, at 32, all her dreams are getting away from her. I warmed to Evie at the start, finding her outspoken, outgoing and extremely likeable. I kind of knew from the blurb that this was going to be more of a ‘message’ type Christmas book, but I loved the fact that there was such a nice mixture of Christmas warmth, lessons to be learned, very nicely done through Yves, with that nice bit of comedy and modern references (Gavin and Stacey anyone?!), and some sad moments and descriptions too. I had had two plans for where the book was going to go, and actually it did veer towards one of them, but not in the way that I expected. I enjoyed immensely, read in once sitting, and grinned and nodded at the end. Extremely enjoyable and very much recommended! Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be part of this great tour! (Now get down to the bottom of the page and win a copy!)

Rating: 4.5/5

About the author


Nicola May lives near the famous Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks – and, naturally, enjoying a flutter on the horses.

Nicola likes to write about love, life and friendship in a realistic way, describing her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick’.

She has written eight novels, with Christmas Spirit being her first novella.

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And now … The Giveaway-Enter here!!!

Giveaway – Win 5 x PDF copies of Christmas Spirit (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize. 

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It had to be done! (Sorry!)

Hi everyone, so if you know me at all you’ll know I HATE self promotion. Hate, hate, hate it. However there comes a time when you have to suck it up or else you end up with what I have here, a book languishing on the dustiest of shelves in Amazon that was written to make people laugh but at the moment only makes me smile, in that ‘YES! I did it!’ kind of way! So was just to let you know is on sale at the moment on Amazon and free on Kindle Unlimited. For fans of Friends or warm romantic comedies that are scattered with comedy, light drama and fun! Hope you enjoy (tip toes out of the building)!!


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What they (i.e. I;)) say: HEATHER GREEN is a fun loving, happy go lucky, twenty-six year old who has remained upright and beaming despite a few wobbles in life. She wears her heart on her sleeve and pins on her thoughts for good measure.

We meet Heather as she moves out of her family home to share with four guys, much to the dismay of her long suffering (by his own admission!) boyfriend Graham. We follow her housemates and watch their sometimes funny, sometimes-fraught relationships as they go about their daily lives.

Join Heather as she navigates the simple things in life, her inability to remember the code for the house alarm, odd driving habits, general musings on chick flicks, casualties in cooking, as well as her attempts to talk down the “mad farmer with the gun.” Experience comedy and drama as we get to know her family and housemates, and, as an unexpected event finally takes her down, learn what happens when the last people you expected to turn to are actually the ones you need the most.

Thanks for your patience!

Berni X

Out Now! Bagging Alice by Laura Barnard

A very happy publication day to Laura Barnard for Bagging Alice, and don’t forget to head to Laura’s Facebook and Instagram pages for a giveaway!!

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Get your copy of the hilarious Bagging Alice, the third standalone in the Babes of Brighton series, here  
Head on over to Laura‘s Facebook and Instagram pages (below) to enter her HUGE giveaway!

What they say: 

Alice is used to taking photographs for a living – not having intimate pictures of herself posted for all the world to see, thanks to a disgruntled ex-boyfriend. Now her clients are cancelling appointments, and she’s almost out of cash. What else could go wrong? Oh yeah, her room mate has scarpered leaving Alice completely out of luck.

Enter Tom ‘man whore’ Maddens. Having disappointed his father one time too many, he moves to Brighton, ready for a new start. And where better to begin it than in Alice’s newly-vacant spare room? And if he tries to seduce her at the same time? Well he’s just living up to his reputation isn’t he?

But then he didn’t bank on actually falling for her. Will his reputation as a commitment phobe put a stop to any sparks between the pair? Or can Alice put aside her trust issues and take a leap of faith for Tom? 

Although a standalone, if you’d like to check out the first two books in the Babes of Brighton series here they are:

Excess Baggage (Book 1) 

Love Uncovered (Book 2) 

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The Cottage On Lily Pond Lane-Trick Or Treat (Book 4) by Emily Harvale


Length: 140 pages

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What they say:Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

But a lot can happen in a very short time, and life in Little Pondale is not going quite as Mia hoped. She may have finally beaten one fear, but now heartbreak threatens to drown her.

And when at last, she starts to unravel the mystery of Matilda’s past, she uncovers an extraordinary plan for her own future. Now just who can Mia trust?

As the nights draw in and cold winds steal through Sunbeam Cottage, she turns to an unlikely source for comfort and support. But with the fortune teller’s warning still ringing in her ears, is Mia about to make the biggest mistake of her life?

The Review: Ah, yes! Made it! So here we are into the ultimate, final book (well, there’s a Christmas one but this is the one that ties together all the mysteries, the will they won’t theys, etc), and I have to say I am happy out with the result. As you would expect there were some happy and some not so happy endings, a whole lot of drama and some sad moments (in particular Mattie’s contact with Mia, which made me take a second).

The drama, some of it the good old fashioned ‘get out of the way’ style (read it and you’ll know!) was done expertly, as was the big comeuppance of he/she who deserves it!

I loved this series, it was totally up my street and actually made me think that from now on I’ll definitely binge read book series instead of drifting in and out. Warm, fun, cliched in the best possible way and totally recommended!

Rating: 4.5/5

The Cottage On Lily Pond Lane-Autumn Leaves (Book 3) by Emily Harvale


Length: 135 pages

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What they say:Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was equally astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

But it didn’t take long for Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick to settle in. Now Mia’s mum, Lori has joined them, and they’re all enjoying village life. Mia’s keen to overcome her fear of water and with Garrick by her side, she’s confident about the future.

Until a fortune teller’s predictions give everyone cause for concern. Now Mia’s not so sure of anything, except that someone still wants her to leave. That makes her more determined to learn all she can about Matilda – and the codicil.

But as the mists roll in over the sea, are autumn winds making passions cool? And when more than one unexpected visitor gives Mia a shocking surprise, is everything about to change?

The Review: Ooh, this was a good un! So, as usual things are happening fast in Little Pondale, with everyone and their mother (literally) falling in love all over the place. I’ll be honest, I have never seen so many people decide they’re in love and ready for marriage and the happy ever after as opposed to simply liking someone or asking them on a date, but I digress. This is most definitely my favourite of the series so far as a fortune teller that seems to be bang on the mark causes absolute chaos by telling most of our characters something that has them thinking, most of them getting it quite wrong!

Mia is once again thrown off as we try to figure out who we can trust (at this stage I’m firmly in the X Files aka ‘Trust no one’ camp). There’s drama aplenty, including some that makes me want to bang people’s heads together (no spoilers here so I’m not telling you who) and also it makes me firmly believe that one person needs to be out of the running for Mia’s affections because they are getting on my last nerve!!

Loads of romance, mystery and I moved straight onto book 4. As always, very much recommended!

Raing: 4.5/5