Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May #MMICB @rararesources #BookReview #BlogTour @nicolamay1

Number one I’m so excited to be part of this-the blog tour for Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay and Number two, make sure you check out the comp below to win a copy of the first book of this series The Corner Shop On Cockleberry Bay!!

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What they say:

The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.

 

Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences.

Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on.

With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.

 

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The Review: “Chick Lit with a kick” is how I see this is described in the author’s bio below, and my gosh isn’t it! This was a book that I sat down to one evening and absolutely devoured, my eyes never able to move away from the page. There’s the usual list of characters, although now we get to know some that little bit more (I had always been waiting to properly get to know Titch and find out about her backstory so was thrilled to get to it!!!).

I’ll admit I didn’t always get on with some of the characters in the book, but I did enjoy their journeys. The drama comes hard and fast as always (as always it kind of reminds me of a soap in literary form!) and with it we get an emotional journey but with tinges of humour too and a fantastic setting. A very enjoyable read and one that will be perfect for lazy days over the Summer. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

About Nicola May

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Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

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My definite reads for the rest of the year!! #amreading

I recently spent a very enjoyable evening culling my Goodreads lists, removing all the books I always thought it would be good for me to read, books I wanted to re-read and books I’d grown out of. It was a blast. Now, I’d love to be as organised and as good at details as for example Hayley at Rather Too Fond of Books (a hero of mine in terms of her figures and stats!), but I just deleted, then realised I should keep a note of these things and instead set about a very old-fashioned task of making a list of the books I really, really wanted to read, because I’ve enjoyed books by the author, seen them on sooo many blogs … that sort of thing (am writing this very early in the morning so can’t actually think of the reasons but they’re all valid anyhoo!)

So here we go!

I actually just saw this yesterday on the brilliant Noelle Holton’s website Crime Book Junkie  and the extract made me jump to put it on my Amazon wish list

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Which leads me nicely to the next book …

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I’ve come across both these authors on social media and HAVE to get to their books if it kills me!

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Next is a book I’ve wanted to read for years and blogging commitments kept making me push it aside. I cann’t wait to get to it, it looks hilarious!

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Anyone who follow my blog will know I get regular cravings to sit and devour this one, but so far have only read a few chapters before my Kindle or blogging commitments have stopped me!!

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Funny having to save a picture as ‘Noonehassex.’ I am a HUGE Tracy Bloom fan, she is most definitely a writer I myself aspire to

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Another author I seriously adore …

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What follows is four books I see everywhere and HAVE to get to (and hopefully need to get to the authors’ other books too!)!

 

I am a mahoosive fan of Geralyn Corcillo and Holly Tierney Bedord and to see the two of them collaborating on this, my first (and theirs as far as I know) Wattpad excursion, really made me want to sit down and devour. CANNOT WAIT to read more instalments of  this, it’s stunning and atmospheric so far!

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I’m listing these two books but actually there’s one heck of a back catalogue for each author for me to ‘roam’ (see what I did there? Yes, I know, it doesn’t mean as much since they’re spelled differently. I’ll take that. [Slinks away …])

Next up: Keris Stainton. Again, god I love her. That is all;)

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Another book I started (see The Birthday by Carol Wyer!) and wanted to wait until I could fully ingest it. Brilliant so far!

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And of course, what would this blog be without the amazing Patricia Gibney (note I’m very worried that one of these books contains the word ‘Final,’ mainly because I think Lottie Parker is like Bond, and should go on forever!!

 

So that’s me!  I am making these books my goal for the year, as well as a clearing of Netgalley which has not been touched for months and months. (Also if we’re talking bout goals I’m hoping to get three books out in the next year, all are in progress, but that’s another days work). If you were pressed to it what books would you say you have to get to this year? Do you have any one that comes to mind?

#BookPromo #BlogTour Singles, Set and Match by Elaine Spires @rararesources @ElaineSWriter

Today I have a promo for you-Singles, Set and Match by Elaine Spires!! Thanks so much to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be part of the blog tour!

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Singles, Set and Match

The fifth and final book in the Singles’ Series takes us to the Mediterranean island of Ibiza then back to the Caribbean island of Antigua, where it all began.

After making a hard decision two years earlier Eve Mitchell has moved on with the hand that life has dealt her and she finds herself on the White Island working a tennis holiday.  While it isn’t a job she would have chosen, in her typical pragmatic way Eve gets on with it, working hard to ensure that her diverse group of singles, with their hopes, expectations character flaws and baggage, have the best time possible. And as she binds together tennis sessions, social gatherings, meals and trips Eve hears some tragic personal news that brings her to another crossroads in her life.  Will she and the love of her life Melv finally make a life together and live happily ever after?

 

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Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine has written two books of short stories, two novellas and seven novels, four of which form the Singles Series – Singles’ Holiday, Singles and Spice, Single All The Way and Singles At Sea.  Her latest book, Singles, Set and Match is the fifth and final book in the series. Her play Stanley Grimshaw Has Left The Building is being staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London in May 2019. Her short film Only the Lonely, co-written with Veronique Christie and featuring Anna Calder Marshall is currently being in shown in film festivals worldwide and she is currently working on a full length feature film script. Only the Lonely won the Groucho Club Short Film Festival 2019! Elaine recently returned to UK after living in Antigua W.I. She lives in East London.

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Le Tour De Love by Lilac Mills @rararesources @LilacMills #BlogTour #BookReview

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What they say: Le Tour de Love“…the opportunity of a lifetime.”When physiotherapist Molly Matthews is offered a dream job by a guy who shaves his legs and has an obsession with his bicycle, she has serious doubts about accepting. But, as she keeps telling herself, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and she’ll never get another chance like this. So, she does what anyone in her position would do–she agrees to join a professional cycling team for the most prestigious race in the cycling world–The Tour de France.The reality, though, isn’t exactly what she had anticipated; instead of eating out at restaurants in pretty French villages and spending her free time lounging around the hotel pool, Molly finds herself living out of a suitcase for three weeks, massaging eight pairs of sweaty legs, administering ice baths and treating saddle sores.And neither did she anticipate falling for a gorgeous, passionate, professional rider by the name of Alexander Duvall…

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Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment ofher day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home,somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty  the dishwasher.

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The Review: Ooh this was a goodie!! There are times you’re reviewing and you simply want to tell people to read the blurb and then go read the book because what you see in the blurb? Well that’s what you get!!! We start where we should, with a physiotherapist Molly, meeting a Mr Duvall. He tells her he was in an accident and is annoyed about both the bike and the wrist. It is only minutes later (after she’s told him he can get one on sale in Halfords… snigger!), that we realise this is not your everyday patient- this guy is serious! And we’re in!! Duvall’s personality had me at the off, totally into his cycling, an obsessive that has planned to make it and nothing is going to stop him. I loved Molly for her experience and passion for the job and how she helped Alex straight off the bat. I ADORED when she landed into the world of professional racing and took in every vivid setting and experience with her. This was some book! I lived for the excitement, the tension and of course the romance, so exquisitely done. The characters, the entourage, the WORLD, were perfection, as was this book.

So recommended! Thanks so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

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#BlogTour #BookReview Am I Guilty by Jackie Kabler @jackiekabler @rararesources

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What they say: Am I Guilty?

 

A mother’s job is to protect her child…but everyone makes mistakes. I never thought it would happen to me…

One moment I had it all – a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home, a fulfilling career and two adorable children. The next, everything came crashing down around me.

They said it was my fault. They said I’m the worst mother in the world. And even though I can’t remember what happened that day, they wouldn’t lie to me. These are my friends, my family, people I trust.

But then why do I have this creeping sensation that something is wrong? Why do I feel like people are keeping secrets? Am I really as guilty as they say? And if I’m not, what will happen when the truth comes out…?

Is your book part of a series / standalone? Standalone.
Are there any possible trigger warnings that bloggers/readers need to be aware of?
The book is about a murdered child.

The Review: Oh my wordy word. Too many things to say-too few words to say them in! So, okay. I suppose I’ll begin by saying when I started this book I was having a conversation with some relatives about books. One of the people I was talking to said they could never ever read any books about children and the other backed them up. I told them (mouth getting carried away of course), that actually a huge amount of the books I read are about kids and you kind of get used to them, as generally I pick books that are on the tame side and not too graphic. ‘There are some great kidnapping books out there about kids going missing,’ I said. They looked at me in horror. ‘Oh, no, don’t worry, the kids are always found in the end,’ I said, backtracking, ‘or the killing happens at the start of the book and you know where you stand. They’re generally not too upsetting.’ There isn’t really anywhere you can go from there. All possibly inappropriate and sealing the deal as me being the loco one of the family (hides face in hands;))

Sorry, where was I? Oh yes! So funny I should say that these books don’t give me as strong as a reaction as they used to on the DAY I read this, a book where the occurrence really really affected me. I don’t know, maybe it’s because even though kidnappings etc are one of those worries, it’s the everyday things that can happen such as this one, an event that’s put down to neglect but could also be put down to a simple lapse in both judgement and memory (it actually happened to a dad in Ireland a few years ago and I remember my friend texted weeks later to say the man had killed himself. It really affected me.) Sorry, I’m digressing. The thing is, when you read about the death of the child in this you are essentially shown a picture of what happened to them, and it was grotesque and it took some time to get the image out of my mind.

This book is about the mother of said child trying to deal with what has happened, as she’s falling apart. She cannot remember anything and is trying to piece it together, while we are also hearing the povs of other people who are in some way connected with the events. I’ll admit, I’d picked one of the characters and run with her and then changed tack, then worried about our protagonist and so it went on, with me trying (and failing) to figure out what had lead to such a horrific event. This really was an unputdownable book, that kept me up late at night and stayed in my head long after I’d finished reading. Beyond beyond beyond recommended! Thanks so much to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for allowing me to be part of the blog tour (and apologies for the waffling!).

Rating: 4.5/5

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Jackie Kabler was born in Coventry but spent much of her childhood in Ireland. She worked as a newspaper reporter and then a television news correspondent for twenty years, spending nearly a decade on GMTV followed by stints with ITN and BBC News. During that time, she covered major stories around the world including the Kosovo crisis, the impeachment of President Clinton, the Asian tsunami, famine in Ethiopia, the Soham murders and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Jackie now divides her time between crime writing and her job as a presenter on shopping channel QVC. She has a degree in zoology, runs long distances for fun and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.

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#PriceDrop Passport to Happiness by Carrie Stone @rararesources @CarrieStoneUK

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An inspiring and escapist read – Eat, Pray, Love meets Bridget Jones!

Will the trip of her dreams…

Everly Carter is bored.

With her job, with her single status and with the never ending line of rubbish men on Tinder. Tired of going through the motions of seeming happy, Everly wants to be happy!

So, in a spontaneous moment of bravery (perhaps spurred on by a few cocktails) Everly books a holiday. Time away, alone, to find out what she really wants from life.

Become the journey of her lifetime?

Everly’s search for happiness takes her to picturesque Swiss villages and the sunsets of glamourousBermuda. But with every new stamp in her passport, Everly still feels as though something is missing…

Could it be that true happiness is hard to find, until she finds herself?

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Oh, oh and before I go, here’s my review (posted before but so you can make your mind up (ie seal the deal!;))

The Review: Is there any cover you need on a grey, miserable morning such as this? ( If you’re not having such a morning, yay (!), but here we have it wet!;))

From the second I saw this book I was all in, and even more so when we arrived at a dinner table to find our lead, Everly, deciding that rotten dates shouldn’t be all there is to life. While I didn’t quite fully warm to Everly as she seemed an eensy weensy bit self absorbed, I settled into this warm read that was great at putting me in the lead’s position, as she tried to get her bearings with people telling her she’d be returning home from locations such as Switzerland, Bermuda and Bali. All in all a fun, easy going read that I enjoyed and read over two nights. Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review.

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Carrie was born and raised in London, but her love for travel and adventure has seen her spend the last fourteen years living and working internationally. She is currently based in Spain alongside her husband, young daughter and adopted Indonesian dog, Bali.

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Carrie is a traditionally published author with Harper Impulse, as well as an independently published author. When not writing, she works as a Psychic Medium & Spiritual Coach (www.carriebattley.com). To find out more about her, connect on Facebook (Carrie Stone) or Twitter @CarrieStoneUK

#BookReview #BlogTour Another Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton @rararesources

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What they say:

“It used to make me feel special, the fact that they knew me, knew what I wanted, but it had soured with repetition. I’d become my drink order – that’s what it felt like. But it was okay. People watching in this place made me feel part of the world, got me away from the house for a few hours. And it was here she came back to me. I hadn’t seen her for three decades and suddenly there she was, standing next to my table.

‘Hello, Freddie’.”

Another Shot tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop thirty-five years after the end of their teenage romance. Jo-Jo finds Freddie through a mutual friend, and tells him that she is emigrating following the death of her husband. She gives him a photograph of the two of them on their first weekend away, a trip to Blackpool.

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How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart is all told through a series of flashbacks. These memories feed into events when they meet up again and explain why, despite the passage of time and the intensity of their still simmering love, there is no future for their relationship

The Review: I have to admit that I worried about reading this, as romance with a literary tinge doesn’t bode well for me-I normally feel like I’m not getting the bigger picture, and am missing something but here, I needn’t have worried. This is the story of Freddie and Jojo and their love and their subsequent estrangement from each other. So we jump about a bit from present day to a time they are in love. The romance, the love, was done brilliantly, I really felt their need for each other. I also loved the vividness of me being transported to a more easy-going, heady time, around about the 70s and 80s and wished my dad were about for a read. In these sorts of stories you shouldn’t pick sides and yet I always (always!) do. I felt at time for Jo-Jo, but more often than not I found myself asking whether he really needed her. I read this book in an afternoon and beyond look forward to the next. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be part of the blog tour and for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

 

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I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai. After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now taken early retirement to write the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life.

Another Shot is the first book in the Shots trilogy, which is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes. The second book, An Extra Shot, will be published in July 2019. I am currently working on the final instalment.

Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them.

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