#BlogTour #BookReview My Greek Island Summer by Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot #MandyBaggot20 @aria_fiction #MyGreekIslandSummer

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What they say:

Two weeks. One unforgettable trip to Corfu. A chance to change her life.

Becky Rose has just landed her dream job house-sitting at a top-end villa on the island of Corfu. What could be better than two weeks laying by an infinity pool overlooking the gorgeous Ionian waters while mending her broken heart.

Elias Mardas is travelling back to Corfu on business whilst dealing with his own personal demons. Late arriving in Athens, Becky and Elias have to spend a night in the Greek capital. When they have to emergency land in Kefalonia, Becky’s got to decide whether to suck up the adventure and this gorgeous companion she seems to have been thrown together with or panic about when she’s going to arrive at Corfu…

Finally reaching the beautiful island, Becky is happy to put Elias behind her and get on with her adventure. Until he turns up at the villa…

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The Review: although I had heard rave after rave about Mandy Baggot’s books online, it was only at Christmas that I had the pleasure of experiencing the vibrancy of a Mandy Baggot book when I reviewed One Christmas Star   a book that had me chortling, grinning and nodding along and I knew I had found an author that was right up my street.

Fast forward to now, and as I met Becky I knew I was in for another treat! A lovely character, who we meet in crisis talks with colleagues as they discuss their food business, I felt for Becky as she struggled to put herself forward for a job and willed her.

I then cheered as she decided to take a break and head to Corfu, almost jumping about as we not only experienced her plane journey (I think airports and planes are so rom com, don’t you?!), but also met a stranger … and then we got to meet him too!!

Excellent, vivid settings, great drama, characters that just hit the mark,  as well as various mix ups along the way had me happy out with this feel good rom com that cemented Ms. Baggot as an author I’ll be checking out again and again (and with this being her 20th book, I’ll have no shortage of choice!) Really enjoyable and very much recommended. Thanks so much to for the book in return for an honest review and for letting me be part of the blog tour.

Rating:4.5/5

About the author

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Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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A train to Penzance to Paris (A Little Hotel in Cornwall book 5) by Laura Briggs @rararesources @PaperDollWrites #Publicationdaypush #BookReview

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What they say: When Maisie accepts a celebrated author’s invitation to mentor her, she finds herself leaving Cornwall behind on train tracks bound for the glitter city of Paris. Instead of making beds and serving coffee at the Penmarrow hotel in Cornwall, she’s making notes on her manuscript while sitting in a French cafe, meeting famous writers at private dinner parties, and trying to ferret the secrets behind the author’s unfinished future novel. It’s glamorous, it’s breathtaking … but it’s also an ocean channel away from the place that she loves, and, more importantly, the person to whom she just recently confessed her deepest feelings. Separated from Sidney by distance and circumstances, Maisie fears that their connection will be lost despite her words to him – and maybe because of those words, and the ones she didn’t allow him to say in return.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of things in her new life trying to distract her – the professional editor hired to critique her novel, the eager young literary agent who sees pie-in-the-sky potential for Maisie’s talent, but Maisie finds solace in the eclectic group of amateur writers into whose midst she finds herself by accident. Their critique and advice is fast becoming as important as the editors – maybe even more important than the published author Maisie believed held the keys to refining her skill.

But it’s missing Sidney that fills Maisie’s thoughts the most, along with her life back in Port Hewer, and she can’t stop wondering whether his feelings are the same as her own. His unspoken answer has become one of the most important pieces of her life, even as she struggles to match the pace of her new life and keep her dreams in sight. And when she unwittingly becomes privy to a seeming literary conspiracy, she must decide what to do in light of its truth – and decide what’s most important in her quest to become a professional writer.

Join Maisie in a whirlwind tour across two of the world’s greatest cities, filled with questions, dreams, and a chance for fame that she believed far beyond her grasp, as she discovers herself as a writer, and how to embrace an unexpected future on her own terms.

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The review: You’ll all know by now how this series has absolutely taken me and reeled me in, to the point where I jump for every one of her books as they appear for tour and also buy the book to support the author too, because this is possibly one of the only authors that could have gotten me to devour anything in the way I did, in these times where I am reading nothing. But I’ll stop now;)

We start this book, as always, reading a note from the author telling us what’s been going on and also giving us a warning that this was not the book people who have read all the instalments have been expecting or waiting for and I have to admit to being slightly gutted but then thrilled as it meant more books (wohoo!!)!! Actually this was my only real disappointment with the book, that I wanted so badly to be back in the hotel with all the gang, and for a while it made the book slow down, just a little. Saying that I soon came around as I travelled with Maisie and experienced a whirlwind world of travel, decadence and wealth that had no boundaries teemed with amazing writerly information and new characters galore.

I was agog as drama and secrets unfolded, including a belter that I could never have imagined!! As always, spell binding settings, awe inspiring detail, fantastic, fantastic characters, flawless drama and storylines in a book I was glued to! A must read and as always, get thee back to book 1 and you’re welcome for a ride you’ll be recommending to the world!! Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for letting me be part of this publication day push. Oh and the book is only 99p at the mo so go. Go now!!

Rating:5/5

 

About the author

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Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones withpolka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeingthe occasional movie or play.

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#Pricedrop In the Swim of Things by Tracie Banister @traciebanister #BookReview

I am beyond beyond thrilled to let you know about a price drop for one of my fave books, In The Swim Of Things by the brilliant and so lovely Tracie Banister. The sale starts today, Sunday, March 29th, which is International Mermaid Day (!) and will run through Saturday, April 4th! Enjoy!!!

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What they say:A sexy, sun-soaked tale about a tail-wearing girl who makes a lot of waves—perfect for fans of Lauren Layne, Meghan Quinn, and Christina Lauren.

Ocean-loving Kyra Goodwin had to give up her dream of becoming the female Jacques Cousteau in order to take care of her father and brother, but being a mermaid at the Cape Cod Aquarium is pretty fintastic as far as alternative careers go.

Of course, life as a half-fish/half-woman isn’t all sunken treasure and Ariel twirls. Kyra has to deal with perpetually pruney fingers, eyes irritated by saltwater, and bratty kids on the daily, plus her glam alter ego can make dating really weird. (So many men have pervy siren-of-the-sea fantasies!) When she meets hunky surfer Cade, and he’s into her without knowing what she does for a living, Kyra thinks she’s finally won the romance lottery.

Unfortunately, Kyra’s plans for a carefree summer of catching waves with her new boyfriend run aground when Sea Star Beach, a place that holds great sentimental value for her, is taken over by a big-city developer who wants to build an exclusive resort. Kyra’s crusade to save her beloved beach threatens both her job and her relationship with Cade as does her growing closeness with her irresistibly broody merwrangler, Declan, whose precocious daughter is intent on playing matchmaker.

When a new family drama arises just as Kyra receives an offer that would turn her greatest desire into reality, she’s torn. Will she do what’s expected of her, or dive in and follow her heart?

The Review: You know you’re onto a good book when you’ve absolutely nothing highlighted as from the start of the book because you were so mesmerised you forgot to make notes. That was the case with this book from the brilliant Tracie Banister, who brought us the amazing Izzy as is (Review here  ) , Mixing It Up (here it is here) and In Need of Therapy (see that one here) . In each of these books we have strong leads and this is no exception with the fiery but extremely easy to warm to Kyra, who works as a mermaid in Cape Cod Aquarium. From the start with the flow of her tail and beautiful twirls, twists and acrobatics, laid so prettily in the midst of what we see to be the perfect oceanic setting, I was taken.

We are jolted back to reality with her issues dealing with brother and dad, who she looks after, her mermaid partner, Mackenzie, who doesn’t often think of others and then the arrival of a development that will put an end to the beach life Kyra has grown up with. Add to this a new boyfriend with some sticky terms and conditions attached and the book was officially own that kept me guessing. There was a, hmm, no spoilers … so … let’s just say there were a few moments that made me clutch my chest and and swoon (just gorgeous -wish-I-Could-tell-you …), a lot of heat and plenty of warmth, fun and action. Very much recommended! Thanks so much to the author for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Café (Little Duck Pond Cafe book 9) by Rosie Green @rararesources @Rosie_Green1988

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What they say: Molly Hooper has a secret. It haunts her dreams and casts a dark shadow over life with her gorgeous three-year-old daughter, Eva. Arriving in Sunnybrook has given her a glimpse of sunshine. The Little Duck Pond Cafe crew seem so welcoming and there’s even the chance of a new job. Baking delicious cakes has always taken Molly to a happy place, so the job-at the glorious Brambleberry Manor Cafe-might just be perfect for her. It would mean she and little Eva could finally put down some roots at last. But is Sunnybrook the sanctuary Molly is searching for? Or will the past come back to haunt her,wherever she hides?

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The Review: There is nothing nothing nothing I needed more in this (takes a breath) uncertain times, than a Little Duck Pond Cafe book. This book was possibly my favourite to date as we follow Molly as she worridly makes her way in Sunnybrook.

From the start I felt for her, trying to navigate keeping her daughter happy without letting her know that financially and in terms of living conditions, they were seriously struggling (believe me I have been through the ‘who needs a party?’ thing, and it’s heart wrenching, as were so many moments in this book.)

I loved that she was to start at the cafe but then came the worry that actually, there were issues there too!

Molly is also coping with the possibility of an arrival of someone whose intentions are not good, and my skin crawled for her. This led to a book that was then expertly balanced out in terms of its ups and downs, with fantastic, warmth, humour and cosiness mingled with, of course, the vibrant, vividness of the delightful setting of Sunnybrook, a place I have come to know and love, interspersed with stomach churning, worrysome moments. The characters were so well done, the setting technicolor , and I hearted it all. Perfect escapism, and only 99p at the mo!!

Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for letting me be part of this wonderful blog tour!!

Rating: 5/5

Author Bio

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Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of fallingoff a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat,and now much prefers to write romantic comedies thatmelt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all-unless youcount the heroine losing her heart in love.Rosie’s series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘A Winter Wedding at theLittle Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.Rosie has also written a full-length, standalone book, ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’, outnow.

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Perfectly Poisoned Anthologies: No Limits A collection of short stories inspired by the Bronte Sisters by Jennie L. Morris, Amanda J. Evans Casia Courtier, Joshua Ian, Andra Dill, Muriel Garcia

I’m thrilled today to be able to tell you about Perfectly Poisoned Anthologies, which is out now!!

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🎉NO LIMITS: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY THE BRONTE SISTERS🎉

Release Date: March 20, 2020
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NO LIMITS: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY THE BRONTE SISTERS

Jennie L. Morris – Amanda J. Evans
Casia Courtier – Joshua Ian
Andra Dill – Muriel Garcia

Inspirational, enigmatic, iconic, limitless.
Just a few words that describe the genius of Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Bronte. One can only imagine what they could have accomplished if they hadn’t died so young or were perhaps born in more modern times.
In No Limits: A Collection of Short Stories Inspired by the Bronte Sisters, six of your favorite authors use their own creative writing to bring you six stories from their imaginations and appreciation of the writing of the Bronte sisters.

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The Making of Souls by Jennie L. Morris

Unfortunate. The one word Ruth Kingston could use to describe her life. Instead of succumbing to the melancholy of fate’s harsh hand, the path her father trod, Ruth climbs out of her impoverished childhood bloodied knuckled and baring teeth. She is not one to bow.
Grief shadows the heart in malleable forms and haunts the chamber of the soul as a changeable phantom. To begin anew, Ruth accepts a position as housekeeper far from her ancestral home in Derbyshire. In the southern county of Kent, the derelict property of Pakenbarth Grange begs for attention.
Twin brothers provide Ruth purpose and sanctuary. In her happiness, tragedy pursues Ruth like a frantic hound. Once again, nothing and everything changes, leaving her ripped to shreds by providence.
The Heart Well Disposed by Joshua Ian

With no family and no money, Adine Wheelwright is forced to take a position as a governess. She finds work with the lecherous Nicholas Fairfield and every night, after the children go to sleep, brings an odious game of cat and mouse which leaves Adine fearful and disgusted. The one bright spot comes when Fairfield’s parents visit from their Yorkshire estate Cowperton and Adine meets Gertrude, the lady’s maid. The two become inseparable and their friendships quickly blossoms into something far deeper. They soon make plans to build a future together but a mysterious accident threatens to derail their dreams. What will Adine do if she loses her home and employment, and, more importantly, if she loses Gertrude? And what will happen if the family learns what truly happened that night out on the cliffs of Cowperton?

Adair Manor by Andra Dill

Emma Turner knows life can change in the blink of an eye. She didn’t anticipate a simple house party would be the catalyst for yet another upheaval in hers. But a pair of matchmaking matrons and the next Mistress of Adair Manor could push Emma into a future that will take her far from all that she holds dear.

Grisham House by Amanda J Evans
Punished for her rebellious nature, seventeen-year-old Catherine Howard is sent to Grisham House, a place her feminist mother insists will show her how lucky she is. But Grisham House holds a dark secret as well as a handsome owner that Catherine can’t resist.
Forced to become a servant and learn the ways of those less unfortunate, Catherine soon discovers that all is not as it seems at Grisham House. Girls disappear, a strange figure in white haunts the gardens, and screams infiltrate her sleep at night.
Catherine is desperate to discover the truth but the tyrannical housekeeper, Ms Peckham watches her every move. Can Catherine find out what’s really happening at Grisham House before the next victim is claimed?
A Day in Thornfield Hall by Casia Courtier

Maine was supposed to be the start of something bigger for Jane Eerie.
After finally getting the job that would give her independence from an overbearing mother, Jane is ready to take on anything. What she wasn’t expecting was a mystery that begins with a full wardrobe of clothes.
All she will get is a day in Thornfield Hall, but it will change the way she thinks about the world forever.

Abandoned Muriel Garcia

I remember when I had to read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë back in high school, the sense of abandonment and feeling like the world was against her stood with me and inspired me while writing Abandoned. It was hard to pick just one sister or story to inspire me but the darkness Charlotte managed to capture stood out the most. The emotions she depicted in Jane Eyre were my biggest source of inspiration.

#CoverReveal The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge @aria_fiction @SamTongeAuthor @rararesources #TheSummerIslandSwap

Gutted I’m late with this (reveal time was 2.30!) But definitely better late than never for this gorgeous gorgeous looking book!! Thanks as always to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be part of the reveal!!

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What they say: Sometimes the best holidays are the ones you least expect…

After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them.
But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort.
So now Sarah’s battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn’t all doom and gloom. They’re at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends. And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she’s sure is hiding a secret.
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Publication Date: 4th June
About the author

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Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo and in 2020 her novel Knowing You won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award.
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#BookReview #Blogtour #Giveaway From Thailand with Love by Camilla Isley @rararesources @camillaisley

I am so thrilled to be on the blog tour for From Thailand with Love by Camilla Isley!! And there’s a giveaway for a gorgeous tote bag too!!
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What they say: All Logan has to do is to get the gold and get the girl. Easy, right?Travel photographer Winter Knowles and archeology professor Logan Spencer dislike each other at first sight. Stuck together on a wild island, these two unwilling teammates will bicker and banter their way through a laugh-packed treasure hunt. After years of searching, a new mapping technology has given Logan a clue to the location of the legendary Lost City of Gold. A discovery that could make his career. So the last thing he needs on thislife-changing expedition is for his team to get distracted by a pair of long legs.When Winter accepted the assignment on a tropical island she didn’t sign up for a brooding teamleader who’d clearly prefer to run a boys-only club. Never one to back down from a challenge,Winter is ready to show him she’s no damsel in distress.But when a treasure like no other is uncovered and ruthless enemies will want to keep it forthemselves, it’ll be up to the two of them to save the day. Left alone to fight in the jungle, they will soon discover their lives might not be the only thing at stake—their hearts could be too.Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.A fun read packed with danger, action, romance, and comedy. From Thailand with Love is part of a series of interconnected romantic comedies but can be read as astandalone novel as all the other books in the First Comes Love series.

 

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The Review: There is nothing better than when you begin a book and are immediately reminded of the book preceding it in the same series. Not only that, but you remember the characters and are all in, ready for the off!! So I was here, and was happy to get to know a new character for me (I haven’t read the whole series so I can’t say whether she was in the earlier ones), the sparky Winter Knowles.

We also meet Logan, and I loved how she knew him, setting us up for a great love/hate relationship. This book is all about the setting, as our group set off to find the lost city of gold. The details put me right beside them, following them all around, loving some characters, worrying about others. Indiana Jones is mentioned, but in a weird way this book also reminded me of films such as Jewel of the Nile, with some sassy retorts being thrown backward and forward, enjoyable comedy and romance and excellent settings and adventure. Very enjoyable with an ending that totally ticked all the boxes for me! Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for letting me be part of the blog tour.

Rating:4.5/5

 

About the author

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband on an adventure abroad. She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’twant to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

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