Blog Tour Stop for Elle Field and her ‘B-Side’!

It’s my turn on Elle Field’s blog tour for ‘B-Side’! Thank you to Elle for asking me to take part and host a post! If you have had the music too loud and haven’t heard about ‘B-Side’, luckily for you, here is some information about the book and where you can dance your way to nabbing a copy of your very own!

B-Side (Arielle Lockley Series Book 2.5) blurb:

“What do I honestly know about the music industry? I’m just another idiot with a dream who is naive enough to hope that I might be the next big star.”
Etta Millhouse has always had big musical ambitions to match her big voice, but she’s also got three very big problems – the addiction she won’t admit to, her godmother’s illness that she can no longer ignore, and her godmother’s useless business partner (who she wishes she could ignore). Keeping an eye on Arielle’s poor business decisions is the last thing Etta wants to do when she’s offered the chance to record a demo with a top producer. But, a promise is a promise, even if it has her reaching for another pick-me-up… And then another. And then one more. When the secret she must keep for her godmother, Felicity, sends her drug habit spiralling out of control, can Etta battle her demons in time and make her dream happen? Or, will her music career be over before it’s even begun?

B-Side sits between Lost (out now) and Found (out summer 2016) in the Arielle Lockley series – read Etta’s version of events in this gritty Lost spin-off.
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Where you can buy your copy from:
Amazon UK
Amazon US

Who IS Elle Field?

Elle Field writes romantic comedies, and is the author of the Arielle Lockley series and Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not. She grew up in Yorkshire, then moved to Scotland to study International Relations and Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. Elle now lives in London with her boyfriend and their cat. She’s a massive fan of sunshine, giraffes, The Killers, Audrey Hepburn movies, playing Scrabble and tea. Oh, and reading, of course!

Click here to buy Elle’s books.
Visit Elle’s website.
Elle’s Twitter
Elle’s Facebook.

Like the sound of Elle and her B-Side so far? Well, we have even more treats for you on this tour stop! Next up there is a giveaway to celebrate the publication of B-Side. 
 Prizes are Amazon vouchers, a paperback set of the full Arielle Lockley series (Kept, Lost and B-Side), and a set of vinyl coasters.
To enter, follow the link right here —> a Rafflecopter giveaway<—. You never know, you need to be in it to win it! A bit like the UK Top 40….

IMPORTANT: Giveaway ends on the 31st May, so you will need to stop singing and dancing for a few minutes to let yourself enter. I think I can stop myself singing ‘Hit me baby one more time’ by good ol’ Broccoli Spears…not that I’m showing my age anyway ;). (Side note, fully aware her name isn’t Broccoli, however, if you grew up then, you’d know!)

Where do you think you’re going?! Did my singing scare you off? I’m sorry, I’ll stop. Only because I have one last treat for you and I want you to read it! The lovely Elle has written a post for The Writing Garnet to share with you all. A post that will make you reminisce….
‘Mem’ries, Light the corners of my mind. Misty water-colored memories. Of the way we were.’
Sorry, I did say I would stop singing didn’t I? Over to you Elle!

‘If you’re of a certain age, you’re going to remember spending your Sunday afternoon sat by your boom box, finger hovered over the record button, waiting for your favourite songs to come on the Top 40 so you could hurriedly hit play and tape them. (Yes, an actual cassette tape.) Most of the time you’d miss the first five seconds or so and, if you were really unlucky and you were near the end of the tape, you’d miss the middle thirty seconds as you frantically flipped over to the B-side. When it was an absolute favourite song playing, you’d hope wildly that they wouldn’t do the voice-over link over the end of the song because no one wants to have to listen to some dodgy DJ talk over your beloved track.

By the time I started to get into music, records and tapes were out and CDs were in, though I did have Now 28 on double cassette, before switching to the CD version from Now 29 onwards. (Nowadays, if I did listen to the Now albums, I’d listen on Spotify – how times have changed!). I did, however, insist on getting a record player for Christmas when I won the 7″ single of the rather dreadfully catchy “No Limits” by 2 Unlimited at a Halloween birthday party – who remembers that song?! For the record – no pun intended – coming first in musical chairs landed me that awesome prize. It’s possible the first, and only, time I ever won that game!I never bought any other records though – Santa, likely, cursed me for that wasteful present ask – though vinyl has since made a big comeback in the past year or so and I now, once again, have a record player at home – this time round I own more than one record!

Etta, the anti-heroine of my latest book, B-Side, is, of course, a big vinyl fan as a passionate music lover and jazz singer. It was great fun to ignore my own musical tastes to write as Etta, and I’ve definitely discovered a whole bunch of new songs and artists over the past few months. Plus, it’s given me the excuse to listen to tracks as cringy as “No Limits” – brilliant!
What’s your favourite kind of music?’

How many of you nodded your head in agreement to that as you read it? That is a brilliant question from Elle, what IS your favourite kind of music?
As a music lover myself, that is a very tough question to answer. I grew up in the 90’s when it was the time of the cringy boybands and dodgy hair cuts, however, I did think they were amazing back then! That said, I do love music from as early as the 50’s and 60’s, onwards. If I had to choose ONE song as my favourite, it would have to be Eva Cassidy’s ‘Songbird’. I have my reasons, but that is a story for another time!

A big thank you again to Elle for stopping by! Why don’t you Tweet Elle and let her know YOUR favourite music?

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Author Guest Post – Mary-Jane Riley author of ‘After She Fell’.

It’s the Life of Riley! Mary-Jane Riley to be precise! I asked Mary-Jane to feature on my blog (polite version of saying ‘write a post so I can put my feet up’) so I could be a nosy devil. Devil being quite apt considering the genre she writes. Anyway! As most of you are aware, I’m not a crime writer, so I wanted to find out ‘why crime?’, although I probably should have asked ‘what’s a nice girl like you writing crime?’! Please don’t put me in your book! Actually, do, five minutes of fame!! Luckily for us, Mary-Jane agreed to fulfil my nosiness and tell me what made her decide to write crime novels. Over to you Crime Lady!

Bio:
Mary-Jane wrote her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite typewriter. She was
eight. It was about a gang of children who had adventures on mysterious islands, but
she soon realised Enid Blyton had cornered that particular market. So she wrote about
the Wild West instead. When she grew up she had to earn a living, and became a BBC
radio talk show presenter and journalist. She has covered many life-affirming stories,
but also some of the darkest events of the past two decades.

Want to keep up to date with Mary-Jane and her books? Here is how you can:

Mary-Jane’s Facebook
Twitter: @mrsmjriley
Instagram: maryjanerileyauthor

‘It is probably the question I’m asked most – what’s a nice girl like you doing writing
crime? (Actually, I made that up, normally people just look at me and frown then say, why crime?) And I say – well, let me tell you how I got here. I am a journalist by profession (trade?) which means I deal in facts that I have to check and re-check to make sure I’ve got the story right. This is satisfying in itself, but I had always wanted to write fiction. I started young, writing a story about a gang of children going on adventures and then one about a magical tree… but soon realised Enid Blyton had got that corner of the market sewn up, so I stopped for a few years.

 I don’t know what made me pick up a pen again – itchy fingers perhaps – but I knew I wanted to try and write while my three young children were having naps (so that got me about 3.8 minutes clear in a day). I began by trying my hand at Mills and Boon. Easy, I thought. All I need is a bit of a love story. How wrong I was! It was hard. Harder than hard. And I didn’t get very far, though I did learn a valuable lesson: you have to believe in what you’re writing, really believe, otherwise your insincerity shines through like a beacon.

 However, the children took over. They were growing up, I got a full-time job, any notions of writing a book took a back seat – until I made a friend at the school gates and we both went along to a local writing group. That started me writing again and I had success with stories for women’s magazines and small presses and I began to toy with the idea of writing a full-length novel. But what? Romance seemed to be the way to go, but – I love reading crime. Always have. I’ve devoured Agatha Christie, Patricia Highsmith, Daphne Du Maurier, Ruth Rendell, PD James – the list is endless. But people like me didn’t write crime, did they? Then one day I had a ‘light bulb moment’. I was walking the dog (she plays a big part in my writing life) when I saw my husband coming down the road towards me. What if, I thought, a car stopped, he got in and I never saw him again? And that was it. The start of my first book, which got me an agent though not a publishing deal. But, as my agent said: ‘You’re a writer, so write!’ (She is not known as The Fearsome One for nothing). I just had to get on with next.

Another ‘what if’ moment came along, which stemmed from my work on the BBC News website… what if I had to go and interview someone who’d devastated my family years before? That was the starting point for my debut novel, THE BAD THINGS. I also knew I wanted two protagonists – a journalist (naturally!) called Alex Devlin and a police officer, Kate Todd, who had some ‘issues’, but not the normal alcoholism/broken marriage/difficult colleagues issues, and I wanted to explore the effects of a crime on both of them. I wanted to set it on the Suffolk coast, a seaside town in the winter. (I live in East Anglia and adore it). Eventually, after boring my husband, children and most particularly my dog with talk of plot, character and twists, and sitting my bottom on the chair in front of the computer I came up with roughly 95,000 words. Phew. Cue a lot of nail-biting when I sent it to my agent. She loved it. Told me to drink champagne.

Then came the business of sending it out to publishers. A German publisher loved it! In fact, three loved it so much that it went to auction… an extremely tense and exciting and nail-biting week followed (I keep my nails very short now) until one of them won out. Champagne again! Then some time after that, the editor of a new Harper Collins imprint, Killer Reads, said she wanted it. More rejoicing! More champagne! (In my defence, my agent told me I should celebrate every triumph… so I do… sometimes it’s Cava. Or Prosecco.)

‘I hope you’re getting on with the next one,’ The Fearsome One ordered while I was still reeling from the bubbles. ‘Er..yes…’ I said. I went out and bought a new notebook. I began to make notes. I knew I wanted to tell more of Alex’s story and I fancied setting the book in a village on the North Norfolk coast. And a boarding school. (As a child I’d always wanted to go to boarding school. I don’t any more). Yes, a private boarding school whose pupils didn’t get on with the youngsters in the village. And where’s the body? At the bottom of a crumbling cliff. And why does Alex go to this village I’ve called Hallow’s Edge? To help an old friend, of course. And there it was, the bare bones of the dreaded Book Two. My husband and children began avoiding me, but the dog had no choice, and so on long walks we talked plot, character and twists (I talked, she dug for moles). Then I sat that (now spreading) bottom on the chair in front of the computer and began writing. And 95,000 words and several cases of wine later I had AFTER SHE FELL.

Dear Reader, I drank yet more champagne.’

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one that giggled at parts of that! Such an honest answer to a curious and dark question, thank you Mary-Jane! If you like the sound of her books, follow the links below where you can grab yourself a copy. Or, if you have read them already, please leave a review on Amazon/Goodreads if you haven’t already!

Buy: ‘The Bad Things’ via Amazon UK
Buy: ‘The Bad Things’ via Amazon US

Buy: ‘After She Fell’ via Amazon UK
Buy: ‘After She Fell’ via Amazon US

UKYA Book Blogger Awards Longlist. VOTING NOW OPEN!

ukyabookbloggerawardsRemember at the start of May I posted a blog for the UKYA Book Blogger Awards? Well! Thanks to all the lovely people that have nominated, we now have a longlist! It’s not over yet, the bloggers that have been lucky enough to get on the shortlist, still need your votes via Luna’s website.

Give a big shout out to the wonderful helpers this year:

Aditi @ A Thousand Words A Million Books Amy McCaw @ YA Under My Skin Andrew @ The Pewter Wolf Annalise @ AnnaliseBooks Aurelija @ myblinddatewithbooks Chelley Toy @ Tales Of Yesterday Chloe @ Writer-On-Wheels Cintia @ Reflection of the Books Emma @ Howling Reviews Georgia Stencel @ The Books Bandit Jesse @ thatjessebloke Kaavya @ outlookonabook Kaisha @ thewritinggarnet Rachel Kennedy @ Ya-bberingBooklover Rebecca @ Rebecca McCormick’s Authorial Blog Virginie @ Chouett

Luna’s Little Library is hosting the UKYA Book Blogger Awards this year and the voting for the shortlist will be on her blog (link) http://wp.me/p2oSQx-3Vy

28 bloggers made the  UKYA Book Blogger Awards LONGLIST:

Annalise – Annalisebooks
Ben – Benjaminoftomes
Beth – Bibliobeth
Charli – To Another World
Dani Reviews Things
Debbie – Snuggling on the Sofa
Denise – The Bibliolater
Emma – Howling Reviews
Hollie – Hollieblog
Holly – Lost in a Library
Huriyah & Nalisha – SugarQuills
Jenny – Wondrous Reads
Jessica – Paper Utopia
Julianne – This Fleeting Dream
Kaisha – The Writing Garnet
Katie – queenofteenfiction
Maia – maiaandlittlemoore
Miss Meira Dee
Nicola – Nicola Reads YA
Olivia Mitchell – Rewrite This Story
Rachel Kennedy – Ya-bberingBooklover
Rebecca – Rebecca McCormick’s Authorial Blog
Rita – Weaving Pages
Sanne – booksandquills
Sarah – Feeling Fictional
Sophie – So Many Books, So Little Time
Stacey – The Pretty Books
YA Fictionados

You only have until  Friday 27th May 2016 to cast your votes via Luna’s Little Library, so get voting!

Please share the awards on social media using the hashtag #awardukyabbloggers! Thank you!

VOTE NOW! Annual Bloggers Bash Awards NOW OPEN

My blog is up for best newcomer! I’m in shock!! Feel free to vote! 😉 thank you xxx

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VOTE NOWThis is it. The waiting is finally over.

The Bloggers Bash Awards are now open for voting.

We had a HUGE number of nominations, over 350, so thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate.

Voting Closes June 9th at 12pm. The winners will be announced on June 11th at the Bash. If you can’t make it then a winners post will go live at 5:15pm on June 11th.

Choose carefully, you can only vote ONCE per category. There are 10 awards, (so it’s a long post) make sure you vote in them all.

Good luck to all the nominees.

Disclaimer: The committee has done their best to coordinate the nominations and to ensure, where possible, we gave nominees a choice of which category they wanted to be in. Due to time constraints and limited resources this may not have always been possible.

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Blog Tour Stop! Winging it by Cate Cameron.

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About the author – Cate Cameron.

Cate Cameron grew up in the city but moved to the country in her mid-twenties and isn’t looking back. Most of her writing deals with people living and loving in small towns or right out in the sticks—when there aren’t entertainment options on every corner, other people get a lot more interesting! She likes to write stories about real people struggling with real issues. YA, NA, or contemporary romance, her books are connected by their emphasis on subtle humor and characters who are trying to do the right thing, even when it would be a lot easier to do something wrong.

Keep up to date with Cate’s news here: Cate’s Website/Cate’s Twitter/Cate’s Facebook/Cate’s Goodreads

Book Title: Winging It (Corrigan Falls Raiders, #3)
Author: Cate Cameron
Release Date: 16th May 2016
Genre: YA Romance
Available to buy from: Amazon US/Barnes and Noble/iBooks/Kobo/Amazon UK/Amazon.ca/Entangled Publishing


‘Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, ice-melting kisses, and a swoon-worthy hero.
This fake relationship romance will have you wishing for a hockey player of your own…Natalie West and Toby Cooper were best friends growing up, on and off the ice. But when Toby’s hockey career took off, their friendship was left behind. Now Natalie has a crazy plan to land her crush—Toby’s biggest rival—and she needs Toby’s help to pull it off. When Nat asks Toby to be her fake boyfriend, he can’t say no. Not when it means getting his best friend back. But Natalie is all grown up now, and spending time with her—even when it’s just playing hockey together—stirs up a lot of feelings, old and new. Suddenly pretending to be interested in her isn’t hard at all…if only she wanted him and not his enemy.’

Today it’s my blog’s stop in the ‘Winging it’ blog tour! Very excited to be taking part, so I would like to say a big thank you to Chapter by Chapter, Netgalley and Cate Cameron for giving me the opportunity and allowing me to read the book.

If you wish to see who else is participating in the blog tour, click HERE to find out the tour schedule. Now it’s time for you to hear my thoughts on the book, make sure you’re comfortable!

I must admit, I was a bit sceptical at first because the genre is YA Romance so I thought it was going to be a ‘will you go out with me? tick box yes or no’ type book (not stereotyping, I’m just jealous I’m not as young, sniff). I did give it a go seeing as I chose to review it, and my earlier scepticism was quickly forgotten and I was more than pleasantly surprised. Natalie and Toby have been friends since they were children which means that they are more comfortable with each other than anybody else. Some might say….too comfortable. They can’t see what is literally under their noses, and why should they? Friends throughout their childhood, parents know each other, why would they think it would ever be anything else? Because, they don’t. Natalie seems to think that Toby’s cousin is her ‘Mr Right’ as he is popular, ‘good looking’, and everyone seems to love him. Well, not everyone. But what happens when your impression of someone changes when you begin to get to know them? Is anyone ever what they seem?
Personally, no, everyone isn’t always what they seem as a lot of people tend to hide behind a mask. In this case, two people are hiding behind a mask of rivalry, and the other person doesn’t have a clue. I really enjoyed reading Winging it because it was fun-filled and actioned packed with drama. I don’t like getting myself caught up in drama (usually), but this I enjoyed. When I read that Natalie had come up with the idea of a fake relationship with Toby, I remember shaking my head because obviously it was going to end in tears. Although, I do wonder why Toby agreed to it! Maybe that’s me being a grumpy 26 year old, but, Toby and Natalie are best friends, he showed that he would do anything for his best friend. The story flowed really well, I didn’t feel as though there were any gaps within the story, which is brilliant because I’m a curious devil and I didn’t want to miss out on any of the gossip ha!
Half way through the story as I got into it, I became a cheerleader for the book. No, I didn’t shake my pom poms whilst reading the book from my bed. I mean ‘cheerleader’ as in shouting at the characters in the book because you want them to do something, or you’re getting frustrated with the fact that they dig their heels at a serious point. Does anyone else do that or is it just me? Obviously I don’t expect the characters to talk to me back, that would be weird…. 😉
Anyway, yes, I did just that. Some might say it’s odd, or some might say I got a little TOO involved in the story. I prefer the latter. For me though, that makes it an even better read when you can get yourself that involved in the situations with the characters. With the characters in Winging it, it’s a bit hard not to get involved as all of them have such big personalities and aren’t willing to supress those at any point. Winging it is a tale of young love, grown up decisions and enjoying your youth. I giggled in places, smiled, got annoyed at one…maybe two particular characters, and found myself to be disappointed that it was finished. Thoroughly good read. How far would you for love? I wouldn’t try winging it if I were you, but I would definitely READ ‘Winging it’, you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you again for stopping by The Writing Garnet’s stop on the Winging it by Cate Cameron Blog Tour.

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**COVER REVEAL of Rebecca Raisin’s New Book!**

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It is such an honour to be able to reveal a cover for one of your favourite authors. In this case, I have been given the honour by Rebecca Raisin to reveal the cover of her newest novel and I cannot be more thrilled. Rebecca is one of my favourite authors, and she is such a lovely person as well, so how could I not want to help her? Thank you to Rebecca and Karan for allowing me to share such a beautiful cover with you all. I suppose I had better stop gabbling and get on with the reveal! You’re being spoilt as you have all the details and links of where and when you can buy this beauty. It’s with great pleasure that I bring to you ‘The Little Antique Shop Under The Eiffel Tower’.

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Title: The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Series: The Little Paris Collection, Book 2
Standalone?: Yes
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Don’t miss the exciting new title The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower by Rebecca Raisin available on July 1, 2016 – pre-order your copy today!

Watch for more in The Little Paris Collection

  1. The Little Bookshop on the Seine (available now)
  2. The Little Antique Shop under the Eiffel Tower
  3. The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées

What reviewers are saying about The Little Bookshop on the Seine

‘ This novel is a love letter to Paris, and even more so a love letter to books; it is absolutely a must-read book for book lovers.’ – Rather Too Fond of Books

‘easy to read and devoured quickly, I literally could not get enough and I was so sad to finish it. It was a truly captivating, spellbinding tale of taking chances and living life to the full that I am sure will ring true with many readers.’ – Compelling Reads

‘I love love love this author, and this book cements the fact that this series is a winner!’ – Fiona (Goodreads)

‘I loved every second of The Little Bookshop on the Seine, easy to read, with words oozing charm and good feeling, that just made me feel warm and cosy.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads

‘a beautifully written novel’ – Hilda (Goodreads)

‘A delightful story that’s perfect for reading in your favorite cozy chair. … Such a good book to lose yourself in.’ – Janet Robel (Goodreads)

‘It really brought Paris to life … extremely romantic, love is most definitely on the menu’ – Elaine (Goodreads)

‘a great escape to Paris and I’m looking forward to the other books in the Little Paris Collection.’ – French Village Diaries

Book Links

Amazon US: https://amzn.com/B00W7Y9VQG

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00W7Y9VQG

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/little-antique-shop-under/id1022781469?mt=11

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-little-antique-shop-under-the-eiffel-tower-rebecca-raisin/1121995906?ean=9781474035514

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25371094-the-little-antique-shop-under-the-eiffel-tower

rebecca-raisinAbout Rebecca Raisin

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.

Come and say hello to Rebecca on her Facebook page or Twitter.

Follow Rebecca

Website: http://www.rebeccaraisin.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6915386.Rebecca_Raisin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaRaisinAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaxandwillsmum

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/rebeccaraisin/

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**COVER REVEAL for Elle Field’s new book!!**

How exciting! I am about to reveal to you something special. Something very, very special indeed. I must admit, I was very honoured to be asked (and still am) to take part and help Elle reveal the cover of her new book – ‘Found’.

Before I reveal it, here is the blurb for the book, and where you can pre-order it from, because I can only assume you’re going to want to do that, right?

Found (Arielle Lockley series book 3) – out August 9th; available to pre-order now:

One death. Two weddings. Three months in New York City.

Who knew one flight could change everything? When Arielle Lockley stepped on the plane at Heathrow, she never realised how different her life would be when she touched down in New York. Now she’s dealing with that aftermath, as well as trying to find common ground with Etta, her new and unwanted business partner.

But, trying to sort out her shop in London whilst Piers is stuck in New York is starting to take its toll on their relationship, and Arielle isn’t the only one with an important decision to make… Can Arielle and Etta continue Felicity’s legacy without destroying it, and will Arielle and Piers manage to make it down the aisle to say “I do”?

Find out what happens in the final part of the warm and wonderful Arielle Lockley series – out this August.’

How good does that sound! So, as you have read already, it isn’t out until August this year, but you can pre-order it from:

Amazon UK
Amazon US

You can also add it to GoodReads HERE.

I think I have kept you waiting long enough. Drumroll please…….

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How gorgeous does that look!! Exciting!! Hope you like the sound of the book, especially the cover!

If you want to keep up to date with Elle’s latest news, here is where you can find her:
Elle’s Blog.
Elle’s Twitter.
Elle’s Facebook.
Elle’s Goodreads.

 

Book review of The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling.

The Little Bookshop of Lonely Hearts by Annie Darling.
Released date for Kindle: 19th May 2016.
Release date for paperback: 25th August 2016.
Published by: HarperCollins.
Available to buy online from: Amazon UK and HarperCollins.

‘Once upon a time in a crumbling London bookshop, Posy Morland spent her life lost in the pages of her favourite romantic novels.
So when Bookend’s eccentric owner, Lavinia, dies and leaves the shop to Posy, she must put down her books and join the real world. Because Posy hasn’t just inherited an ailing business, but also the unwelcome attentions of Lavinia’s grandson, Sebastian, AKA The Rudest Man In London™.
Posy has a cunning plan and six months to transform Bookends into the bookshop of her dreams – if only Sebastian would leave her alone to get on with it. As Posy and her friends fight to save their beloved bookshop, Posy’s drawn into a battle of wills with Sebastian, about whom she’s started to have some rather feverish fantasies…
Like her favourite romantic heroines, will she get her happy ever after too?

Do you believe in happy endings? Happily ever after? Or are you a cynic and believe in happy never after?
Woah, woah. I do apologise, I think I’ve gotten ahead of myself already! I nee to ask you a pretty serious question, well, maybe more than one. More serious than my ‘happy ending’ question. You ready? Sure?
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Do you like books?
Romance books?
Cake?
Books?
Um…..what else…..
Books?!?
Bookshops?
BOOKS?!?!

Phew! I thought I was going to have to lay down with a book then if you had said no! I mean, how can you not like books?! Anyway, now we have that serious question sorted, I can go a read this book again and eat cake….can’t I? No? I have to give you more reasons than ‘books’ to read this beauty? Oh. Well aren’t you a spoilsport…..but go on then!

Meet Posy. She loves books, romance novels to be precise. Isn’t too fussed on blood and gore. She has been part of ‘Bookends’ history for as long as she can remember, but never in her wildest dreams did she think she would take over Bookends the bookshop. Neither did anyone else though, especially Sebastian,  a pain in the……bookshelf, so RUDE! But seeing as Posy was left the bookshop by  the previous owner in her will, she is determined to prove everyone wrong. Including herself. Can she turn the failing bookshop into the wonderful bookshop that it once was? Or will the pain in the posterior, Sebastian, prove to be more than a pain in the suit pocket and get in her way?

Why did I choose this book I hear you ask…..because I love books. Did you guess that? Before I go any further I would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Annie, HarperCollins and Netgalley for allowing me to review this book before the release date!
What an incredibly uplifting, humorous powerful story this is! If you know your romance novels, like Posy, you’re in for a treat. Not only have you got innuendo humour and sarcasm, you have the true beauty of the quotes from classic novels jumping out at you throughout. My heart went out to Posy multiple times in the story because you can tell she is an old soul. A soul that is hopeful for her happy ending, but has been dealt the very short straw so far. Met with multiple issues, in more ways than one, Posy and her colleagues fight for what they believe in. Bookends. You go through the ups and the downs with the Bookends family which made it feel more realistic and relatable, rather than just a boy meets girl, happy ending type story. Annie Darling has written a book with gusto, historical references and the power of determination. At one point during the story, I wanted to climb into my Kindle and give Posy a hug, and let her know that she could do it. Sounds silly really doesn’t it? Or maybe it just means that this book can give you an escape, and that is down to Annie’s writing. It’s not often you can feel the words, but I did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because of how it all flowed and came together. Especially how loveable most of the characters were as well. I say most, there are two that made me go ‘what the…..bookmark!!!’, but without those two, it wouldn’t have been the heartfelt story it is. Plus, seeing as I am never ashamed to admit this, I did cry!
If you want a book that makes you curl up and feel cosy, that makes you reaching for the cake and an old classic book (after you have finished reading this one of course), then this book is for you. Humour and hugs in one book, what more could you want? Definitely my favourite book of May so far!


A book review of Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin.

Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin.
Published: 13th May 2016 by Bookouture.
Available to buy from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.
When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…
Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day.

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.
She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?’

 I would like to say a big thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to review Holly’s book!

Have you ever found yourself surrounded by disappointing comments about yourself? Yes? Not nice is it, can really knock your self esteem. Especially when all you’ve been trying to do is please other people. Does that sound familiar? For Miss Darcy Davenport, that was her life. She relied on underwater creatures to keep her going, oh, and the support of her brother. Darcy decides enough is enough and goes to create a new life for her and her dog, Ben, in White Cliff Bay. Within days of being in the Bay, Darcy has managed to befriend most of the locals…apart from one. Will that one local ruin her chance of a positive new start? Or will she manage to find her own special ‘treasure’ in the Bay?
Summer at Rose Island will be the perfect addition to your luggage when you go on holiday; sun, sea, sand…what more could a girl want? Within the first few lines of the book you’re transported into Darcy’s world and her love for the underwater creatures. If you had no interest in different species of fish, or shark, then after reading this book, you will want to enrol into university to study to become a marine biologist! Ahem, I did! Darcy decided to pack up her life and move to where her Aunt used to live, much to her parents disappointment. Although to be fair, anything Darcy did was a disappointment to them. I felt really sorry for Darcy because she just wanted to make her loved ones proud of her, even if that meant losing her happiness in the process. All of the characters in the story were very likeable (apart from Darcy’s parents), but my favourite has to be Darcy. She is such a loveable and humble person with such a bubbly personality which, for me, makes her very relatable.
I found Summer at Rose Island to be such a hilarious read, with many laugh out loud moments. The way everyone in the Bay united made me feel like I was around some good friends. Even though I was reading a book, and I wasn’t Darcy….or a shark. Does that make sense?! I hadn’t read Holly Martin’s other books before I read this one, so it was interesting to see what her style of writing was like, and her humour! Humour is definitely on point, and her style is so descriptive, I loved it. Holly’s description of the bay, the people, and even the situations, made the story. I felt like I wasn’t reading a book. I felt like I was seeing it all for myself, with my very own eyes. Incredible.
Throughout the story I tried to guess what was going to happen and thought it would be rather predictable, but I was always surprised by how the story went. In a good way obviously! Summer at Rose Island would be the perfect addition to your luggage this holiday season because it is full of romance, giggles and personality. It is a book that you can escape into and relax with, making it such a light-hearted and loveable read. If only my holiday this year was to Rose Island and White Cliff Bay…

Guest post for the Live for This Tour by Kathryn R. Biel

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Today, The Writing Garnet is taking part in the book tour for Kathryn R.Biel’s latest novel ‘Live for This’! How exciting! To celebrate the release, Kathryn has written a guest post, which means I now get to put my feet up! But before the guest post, take a look at the blurb of the book, where you can get your paws on a copy and even some information about the author herself. Enjoy!

 Blurb:
‘Samirah Lundgren is living the party girl life. While she’s trying to forget about her past and put off having a meaningful future, her lifestyle catches up with her, leaving her in a wake of personal destruction. Alone and homeless, she encounters Michael Salinger, a man carrying his own baggage in the form of a spinal cord injury, not to mention his former fiancé is marrying his former best friend. Can a man with a broken body and a woman with a broken soul help each other find the redemption they need to become whole again?’

Buy the book:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the author:
Kathryn Biel hails from Upstate New York, and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful, but exhausting kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her client’s needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can also be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather.

Find her here:
Facebook
Twitter
GoodReads
Blog

Visit the other tour stops:

May 9th
Enrayn –https://enrayn.wordpress.com/  – Book Review/Promo

Hello Beautiful Book Blog – http://hellobeautifulbookblog.com – Book Excerpt
Book Lover in Florida – https://bookloverfl12.wordpress.com/ – Book Review/Promo
May 10th
Sweet Little Pretties – sweetlittlepretties.com – Book Review/Promo

I Read What You Write – https://ireadwhatyouwrite.wordpress.com – Book Review/Promo
Hello Chick Lit – http://hellochicklit.com – Book Excerpt
May 11th
The Writing Garnet – https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com – Author Guest Post

Chick Lit Central – http://chicklitcentral.com – Promo Post
May 12th
ItaPixie’s Book Corner – https://www.facebook.com/itapixiesbookcorner/ – Book Excerpt

Around the World in Books – https://aroundtheworldinbooksblog.wordpress.com/ -Author Guest Post
May 13th
Book Groupies – http://bookgroupies2.blogspot.com/ – Promo Post

Now you have found out all the information you need, NOW it is time for me to put my feet up as I hand you over to Kathryn R.Biel!

In addition to telling stories of resilient women, my writing has taken on a different sub-genre. I’ll be totally honest—it was unplanned. I write about people with disabilities. This became a natural progress in terms of “write what you know”.  My other career (the one that currently pays the bills) is as a physical therapist. You may see that as a recurring theme throughout my books. It started off because I was, well, lazy. I wanted to be able to write careers and fields that I knew about without having to do too much leg work. Plus, I’m afraid of getting it wrong. I know personally that when I read a book that mis-describes my chosen profession, it doesn’t matter what the rest of the book has to say. I’m done. I found, starting in this comfort zone, forced me to step out of it. It forced me to do the research I thought I could avoid. And, in doing so, I’ve written several books where the main characters had some kind of disability. This became important for me to talk about. Especially the unseen disability, mental illness. The stigma and discrimination still attached to most forms of disabilities, but especially mental illness, is rampant in society.
Why? Why is it so wrong for someone not to be perfect? Well, in writing, if your characters are perfect, they are boring. There’s no story. So, what if instead of just having a tortured past or unrequited love or great loss, the characters have some physical imperfection with which they have to deal? We are not all born with perfect bodies. Our bodies do not stay perfect. It does not mean we are not deserving of love and happiness. For me, it adds another layer of character development. A realistic one. For some of my characters, like Michael in Live For This, it’s merely a descriptive term. He has dark hair, a good sense of humor, and is a paraplegic. Sure, it’s shaped some of who he is, but it is not who he is. Contrast that with Kaitlin in Jump, Jive, and Wail. Her disability—nerve damage in her leg—has colored her whole perception of herself, and therefore how she sees the world. Those two characters come from entirely different places, and faced entirely different challenges. Michael wanted to be loved despite his disability, whereas Kaitlin used hers to refuse love.
In books, on TV, and especially in Hollywood, people with disabilities are significantly underrepresented. Most often, able-bodied actors are cast to play the roles of people with disabilities. In researching to find a model for Michael in Live For This, I was dismayed and disheartened to find basically only three American actors who had spinal cord injuries. For the record, they are Mitch Longley (he was on soap operas and Judging Amy), Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, and Michael Patrick Thornton (Private Practice). That’s it. I did end up finding an Irish soap opera actor, Peter Mitchell, who I used as my muse. I don’t pretend to know what living with a disability is like. But I hope, through my writing, to make the last stigma acceptable. To give a voice to an underrepresented portion of the population.
Because we’re not all perfect. Why do our book characters have to be?

Such a powerful guest post written for us by Kathryn, don’t you agree? If you can relate to her book, links are above for Amazon so you can get yourself a copy.
Thank you again to Kathryn for taking the time to join us on The Writing Garnet, and a huge thank you to Aimee at HelloChickLit for inviting me on the tour!

Tour organised by HCL Book Tours & HCL Author Services, an extension of Hello..Chick Lit. (Now booking tours for June/July/August).