About the author:
About the author:
What they say: Laura and Ben are still together, against all the odds. Laura’s Family the Scotts are adorable – but they wreak havoc wherever they go. The couple have survived first date silicon dog poo, Christmas mayhem and even dodgy marshmallows.
Their future together may have looked doomed on more than one occasion, but here they are at the airport – eating bacon sandwiches and watching planes take off, as they wait to board their flight to Mallorca.
A whole week in an idyllic Spanish fishing village. Just the two of them. Away from their families and the usual chaos. Wonderful.
What could possibly go wrong…?
The Review: Ahhhh … That’s the sound I made sitting back and chilling as I read this, the next instalment in the brilliant Scott Family series. I really really enjoyed this. I’ll admit I wouldn’t read this as a standalone, it could be, but you’d miss the behind the scenes knowledge you have of the family.
Speaking of this, from the start I had an idea what was going to happen and I was excited for it. The ‘it’ I was excited for, to be honest, I wish it had happened earlier in the book, as, as expected it brought with it the pandemonium that is a staple of this series and that I as a reader crave and love. I smiled along, laughed in bits and read so quickly, enjoying the settling and characters so much. For people that like their reads that bit madcappy, kooky, and quirky, this is a satisfying read and very much recommended. Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for allowing me to be part of the blog tour.
About the author
My name is Amanda Paull. Well, that’s my pen name, not my real one, which helps to keep my writing separate from my day job.
I grew up in the North East of England and couldn’t wait to move away. However, after studying and then living both in England and abroad, I returned to the North East and wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else now.
Going to Grammar school in the days when teachers wore black caps and gowns, and walloped at will, wasn’t much fun for a shy, quiet child like myself. So, I just kept my head down, did my homework and tried to stay invisible.
I used to love daydreaming and making up stories in my head, but I never thought about writing them down. In those days, writing wasn’t an enjoyable pursuit, it was more of a time to tow the line and avoid being hit by a flying blackboard rubber. I was the type of pupil who would have been mortified to have ‘made’ a teacher launch one at me, so I would have shown respect by not ducking.
A short career in teaching was a revelation, to put it mildly. After going back to University, I settled into my current post in the public sector, where I am very happy.
It was Jim, a work colleague, who suggested around 12 years ago that I write a book. Apparently, my contribution to coffee break conversations always seemed to be either tragic or hilarious. But to
me it was just normal stuff. No-one would want to read about that.
Then, a couple of years later, while sunbathing in Mallorca with my boyfriend, who is now my husband, and a glass of Cava, the idea of writing a humorous fiction novel came to me. I didn’t need to make it all up though as I had a plentiful supply of funny real life snippets.
To get started, I studied creative writing through the Open University, which fitted nicely around my job and, to my delight, was absolutely nothing like school. The Scott Family Short Stories started out as an assignment for this course. A Christmas Day Kerfuffle was the result of the fictional account of the first Christmas brunch my husband spent with my family. Of all the short stories, this one has more true snippets in it than the others. The taxi driver and bike box scene in Pedalo Pandemonium was pretty true to life, too. The driver looked different, but the airport to hotel transfer only required slight embellishment.
I also write Women’s Fiction. Pictures in the Sky was my debut novel, and I am currently writing mysecond, Painting Bananas.
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Happy publication day to the brilliant The Worst Couple In The World by Holly Tierney Bedord. Oh and there’s a US Giveaway too!
What they say: No longer content to just be Snappigram sensations, folk hop singers Zeke and Angelique are ready to move up from coffee house performances to the big stage. With songs like “Uh Huh, Future Baby Mama” and “Don’t Worry About the Bills, Little Missus” there’s pretty much no way they can fail.
But if their musical career takes off, will it leave their love behind?
This satirical novella about an over-the-top fame hungry duo is for fans of David Sedaris and Don DeLillo.
The Review: Many of you will know by now that Holly Tierney Bedord is a staple favourite here on BRMaycock’s book blog. You’ll remember I jumped for the choose your own ending type book Weekend Immune System (review here), got swept away with the romance in a wrestling ring in Boots on The Ground (review here ) and seriously fell for the advice handed out by an agony aunt in the Christmas gem The Snowflake Valley Advice Fairy (review here). I liked her so much I was thrilled to actually have her on my blog with an excellent interview (here). As a result when I saw she was teaming up with the brilliant Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources (thanks to her for the book in return for an honest review) I squealed, jumped, and danced around a little. (Yes, really!)
All of this author’s books are different and this was no exception, as we meet Zeke and Angelique, a very modern couple who are soo in love and want the world to know it. They post everything and enjoy meeting their fans as they take to the stages performing gigs to not so huge audiences in questionable venues.
While both are misguided and slightly dippy or ditzy, they were a lovely couple with a lot of heart. I loved that while both could be extremely loud, brash and diva-ish, they were still really nice people who were just out to make it to the big time.
There were of course many bumps in the road, with the promise of fame bringing a bit of a diversion in their relationship and I almost read through my fingers at times, praying they would make it. The perfect read and a book I flew through, smiling, laughing and all the time hoping for a happy ending. Loved it!
About the author
Holly Tierney-Bedord is the author of over twenty books ranging from serious women’sfiction to romantic comedies, domestic thrillers, humor, and cozy mysteries. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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After the loveliness that was An Impossible Thing Called Love (read review here !) I’m so thrilled to be a part of a cover reveal for One Week Til Christmas by Belinda Missen (and thanks to Rachel at Rachel Random’s Resources for allowing me to be!:))
What they say: Two people. One chance meeting. Seven days to Christmas.
Isobel Bennett is waiting for the number 11 bus when a man quite literally falls into her lap. Snow is falling, Christmas lights are twinkling, and a gorgeous man with dark brown hair has just slipped on ice and is now pressed against Isobel.
Isobel knows she’s not imagining the chemistry between them. But then his ride arrives and, embarrassed, he beats a hasty retreat, murmuring apologies – and Isobel realises only too late that she didn’t manage to catch his name…
When she runs into him again the next morning, she decides it’s fate.
It’s a second chance for Isobel and Tom – but there’s only one week until she’s leaving London for good. Seven days of enjoying all the festive delights the city has to offer: ice-skating at Somerset House, mulled wine on the Southbank, Christmas shopping at Liberty.
There’s magic in the air and mistletoe in the trees – but what will happen when the week is over?
For fans of Josie Silver, Lucy Diamond and Marian Keyes, this is one Christmas romance you don’t want to miss!
OOh, doesn’t that sound great? I have to tell you very few do romance like Ms. Missen and so, adding the Christmas aspect to the mix, I think you should go for it!! First though, a little about the author (tee hee, I know, you were waiting or the cover, weren’t you?!)
Author Bio –
Author and sometimes foodie, Belinda is a ridiculous romantic who met her husband after being set up by a friend two states away.
Residing in country Victoria, surrounded by books, cat-fur, and half-eaten cake, Belinda divides her days between writing rom-coms, baking, and indulging her love of comic books.
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Ah, how gorgeous is that?!
Just gonna give you those links again … (;))
Length: 400 pages
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What they say: In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather.
The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
Not an accident – a murder among friends.
The Review: Is there anything better than not only a whodunnit, but a ‘who is dead?’ book, where you don’t even know who the victim is for most of the book?! So The Hunting Party is an excellent example of this, with the age old tale of a group of friends who aren’t even sure if or why they’re friends any more. It is a book of jumping timelines, points of views and red herrings, all expertly and deliciously twisted about, so that you are basically sitting up, poised for the whole experience!
If you haven’t been able to tell by now, I really loved this book! As the blurb said, it takes place in a hunting lodge in the back of beyonds, in the Highland wilderness of Loch Corrin, with beautiful but dangerous landscapes that lend to the tension that is ever-present. Even given this setting, it is not a headachy read, although it does end to the tension.
The range of characters, which range from unlikeable to unreadable to people you start to feel for are all very distinguishable, as are the only two people who keep the lodge, Doug and Heather, who both have pasts they’d prefer to keep to themselves. As I said the timeline and the points of view jump about, but it was done magnificently and I loved the way you didn’t have a clue who the person who’d been murdered was. Very much recommended!
Length: 297 pages
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For teaching assistant Pippa, life in her home town of Penmenna is reassuringly predictable. Between managing the Easter Egg Hunt and dealing with her annoying but well-meaning family, Pippa thinks she has it all sorted. That is until gorgeous new substitute teacher Kam Choudhury arrives at Penmenna School, and turns everything upside down.
Pippa and Kam are instantly drawn to each other, but their priorities and their working relationship make it very hard to be together. Can they find a way to reconcile their differences and find their Happily-Ever-After?
This heartwarming romance is perfect for fans of Tilly Tennant, Holly Martin and A. L. Michael.
The Review: Another read that many will adore for the holidays, this time it’s the third instalment of the impeccable Cornish Village School by the brilliant Kitty Wilson!
I love this series! The setting, the lovely Penmenna is so vivid and gorgeous that again, I was transported there the second I begin to read.
On meeting both Pippa and Kam, both different in their own ways, I was again drawn in and confident that I would like them. There are of course many other characters, some likeable, many memorable from the other books, some not so likeable. I have to admit I jumped a little bit more for the events, activities and scenes with the children and the general bustle of the school, and although I really loved Pippa and Kam separately, their relationship for me could have been left as the rest of the story was enough for me to absolutely love this book. Very much recommended and while this can be read as a standalone you have to have to get back to the first of the series!! Thanks to Canelo and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.