What a difference, a day makes – or in this case, the month of May! #MonthlyRoundUp #TopBook (@NoelleHarrison @bwpublishing)

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It isn’t often that I do a monthly roundup, purely because I often forget. However, I felt the urge to do one for the month of May because I feel that I have to speak out about a few things, and what better way to do it than in a roundup post! #KillTwoBirdsWithOneStone

So, what happened in May?

The highlights!

– TWG was involved in 52 blog tours, the highest amount of blog tours in one month, ever!
– I met up with author, Mary-Jayne Baker, in Edinburgh for bookish chat.
– My TWG Facebook page  hit 1602 likes!
– I went over 5000 followers on Twitter, despite starting with around 100 or so when I started blogging two years ago.
– I found myself being quoted yet another book cover (thanks Bookouture!), as well as being quoted on Amazon itself!
– I received so many wonderful proof copies through the post, as well as being approved for other many awesome books on Netgalley. Big thank you to the publishers/publicists who have either sent me books or approved me. You’re all amazing!
– I have had many wonderful bookish chats with my fellow book buddies on social media – love you all!

There have been, I’m sure, many other highlights but it is quite difficult to remember them all when you make yourself do so! Like most things, there is always a downside:

The Lowlights.

May was the month where I was trolled on social media not once, but twice in the matter of one week. Now, despite being told that other people have had similar and just to ignore, for me that isn’t easy and I’ll tell you why. From the age of five, I was horrifically bullied, tormented for the hair on my arms to how I spoke, being pushed into brick walls to then having a metal sellotape holder slammed down on my knuckles. I was even told that I was fat day in, day out, where I ended up battling with anorexia and bulimia. Whilst I would love to say that the bullied ended quickly, it didn’t. For some, comments on social media are like water off a ducks back. But for me, when they come across as personal attacks, similar circumstances or not, I find them to be a trigger. It isn’t nice because it then sets off my mental health which in turn sets off my chronic illnesses. Thankfully I have drawn a line under that, but I just wanted to speak about that.

Another lowlight in May involved the entire blogging community and the idea of ‘paid reviews’. I won’t get into it again, but I am sick and tired of hard working bloggers getting thrown under the bus by people who can waltz in without giving a damn about integrity or hard work. I don’t charge for my book reviews, and I don’t intend on doing so. I review because I love books and because I feel that I am forever in authors debts for writing books which allow me to escape my daily hell. And yes, it is often hell.

Again, another one which involved the entire book blogging community was when it became known that someone was selling ARCs/proof copies on Ebay. The fact that it says somewhere on the proof ‘not to be resold or used for quotation’, is neither here nor there…..clearly. Seriously, receiving proof copies from publishers/publicists is an honour and I feel privileged to be able to receive some amazing books through my letter box. Would I then go on to sell them on Ebay? Like fuck would I. Respect is earned, not given. Respect isn’t an entitlement, it’s a privilege.

The following lowlight is a personal one for me and one which I have ummed and ahhed about saying. Those who know me personally, or those who have read my previous posts, will know that I am rather lacking in the ‘healthy’ area, with illnesses such as fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, joint hypermobility syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, IBS, anxiety and depression, under my belt. It’s bad enough dealing with all of that, but now, after years of battling with doctors who told me it was ‘all in my head’ and being looked at like I had two heads, I am now being treated for CFS otherwise known as ME. I was also put on a new medication, one which isn’t going to become my bestie anytime soon that’s for sure (amitriptyline). Coming to terms with yet another illness at the ripe ‘old’ age of 28 is heart-breaking, and once again I’m left feeling like I am grieving a part of me now gone. Although to be fair, I’m surprised that there is anything left of ‘me’ to grieve but y’know! I want to say a personal thank you to a person who has been checking in with my every few days despite going through their own issues, and that big thank you is for Abbie Rutherford – your friendship means a lot to me, thank you for being there for me <3.

Enough of the lowlights, lets talk books!

With 52 blog tours in one month, I got through quite a lot of books in May such as:

#Review – The Things We Need to Say by Rachel Burton (@bookish_yogi) @RaRaResources @HQDigitalUK

#BlogBlitz! #Review – One Summer in Rome by Samantha Tonge (@SamTongeWriter) @RaRaResources @HQDigitalUK

#BlogBlitz! #Review – What Holly’s Husband Did by Debbie Viggiano (@DebbieViggiano) @Bookouture

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Lead Me Home by CS Savage (@sarahsavage26) @BloodhoundBook

#BlogTour! #Review – The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley (@ZaraStoneley) @RaRaResources @HarperImpulse

#BlogTour! #Review – #SunshineandSweetPeas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain (@Heidi_Swain) @simonschusteruk

& many, many more.

It is such an honour to be involved in the blog tours/blog blitzes for incredible books, so thank you to the publishers who invite me to take part!

If I did have to choose just one book from May, it would have to be ‘The Gravity of Love’ by Noelle Harrison. That book blew my mind like nothing before, plus I managed to make the author AND the publishing team cry with my review. I loved everything about the book and everything it stood for, and I am sure that you will too. In case you missed my review the first time round, you can read it again here:

#BlogTour! #Review – The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison (@NoelleHarrison) @bwpublishing

The Writing Garnet is going from strength to strength and I can only thank you all for supporting me along my journey, sharing my blog posts/tweets, inviting me on tours, and involving me in a community that sometimes I don’t feel worthy enough to be in. It is such a joy to be able to share my love of books with you all, so thank you <3.

What’s coming up in June?

As it stands, I have 40 blog tours in my diary for this month already. I expect that to go up when I realise that I have included all of the tours by forgetting to write some of them down (it happens, but I do post them on time!). We are on the 5th June and I will have taken part in 11 blog tours by the end of today. Insane, but amazing. I don’t have many other bookish plans for June at the moment, well, apart from the usual, but I am looking forward to reading some fabulous books!

Lots of love and books,

TWG x

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#CoverReveal! Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green (@Rosie_Green1988) @RaRaResources

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Exciting – it’s cover reveal time!!!! As I am sure you’re all aware of by now, I am a huge fan of cover reveals and I get super excited about the covers I am revealing. This one is no different. It’s soooo pretty!!!!!

Are you ready to see it?

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Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitress at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.

Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes it’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook. But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.

Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?

This novella is part of a trilogy:
Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café
Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café
Winter at The Little Duck Pond Café


See what I mean? Isn’t it just divine!!

‘Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ will be published on the 18th June but is available to pre-order now from Amazon.

About the author.

Rosie Green 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 falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18 th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.

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#CoverReveal! The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale (@emilyharvale) @RaRaResources

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It’s c-c-c-c-cover reveal time!!! I am delighted to be helping Emily Harvale reveal the cover of her upcoming novel, ‘The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane’ Part One, courtesy of RaRaResources!

It’s prettyyyyyy!!!!

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New Beginnings

Mia Ward is amazed to be told she has inherited her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda.

She’s even more astonished to discover she’ll only inherit the place if she actually lives there for one year. Mia’s a city girl at heart, not to mention she’s afraid of water, so the fact the cottage backs on to a sandy beach, is not, in her opinion, a bonus.
But Mia’s struggling to pay her rent since being fired for inappropriate behaviour at the office party, and her boyfriend’s also dumped her. When her best friend, Ella and Ella’s brother, Garrick offer to help her move and settle in, Mia decides to see this as a new beginning.

It may also be the start of an exciting adventure because now Mia wants to know just who, exactly, was great-aunt Matilda. And she’s determined to find out. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale….

‘The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane’ will be published on the 10th May and you can preorder your copy now from Amazon!

About the author.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She's an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, ‘I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.’ When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

Social Media Links –
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#CoverReveal – The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John-Ligali (@AnneJohnLigali) @RaRaResources @BooksNAuthorsUK

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Did someone say cover reveal?

Uhhhhhhh YAH! You guys know how much TWG likes a cover reveal!

Anne John-Ligali is back with part two of her ‘Friendships Online Series’ with ‘The Weekend Spa Break’, and what a glitz-tastic cover it is!

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Part Two

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break
Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.
Sparkling water on tap.
And the perfect massage.
But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

Oh isn’t it pretttyyyyyy?!?!

‘The Weekend Spa Break’ will be published on the 30th April. Pre-order your copy now from Amazon!

About the author.

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website
featuring author interviews and book reviews.  She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series.  Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she
studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non- fiction book and several children’s books.

Social Media Links –

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Instagram
Author Twitter
Author FB

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Are you one of ‘The Chosen Ones’? Or are you just a ‘Little Girl Lost’ with ‘Secrets of the Dead’? This isn’t a ‘Life Swap’, it’s a #CoverReveal! @carolewyer @bookouture

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-bounces- Carol Wyer is back with the FIFTH book in the ‘Detective Robyn Carter’ series. Fifth!! I am impressed! With the publication day looming…..in 2 months, I am beyond excited to be helping to reveal the cover of Carol’s upcoming novel, ‘The Chosen Ones’!

But, before I do that, here is a little bit more about the book just to whet your appetite:

The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer

Out on 24th May

They had not been forgiven. And they would never be forgotten ….

When a doting young father is murdered and his body discovered in a cornfield for his family to see, it’s a harrowing new case for Detective Robyn Carter.  But just as Robyn starts to investigate, a popular local doctor and young mother, is found dead outside her surgery.

As Robyn tries to find the link between the victims, she uncovers a dark web of secrets.  Were these much-loved members of the community as innocent as they seemed? 

The killer has a message for Robyn and the carefully chosen victims.  Can Robyn get to the truth before she becomes the next target?

Doesn’t that just sound fab? I cannot wait to read it!! Right, cover time! You ready?

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Ta-daaaa!!! Definitely catches your eye, eh?! If you wish to pre-order your copy of ‘The Chosen Ones’ so it can ping onto your kindle at just gone midnight on the 24th May, you can do so right now via Amazon!! Roll on May is what I say!!

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#CoverReveal! The Hideaway by Sheila O’Flanagan (@Sheilaoflanagan) @Headlinepg @Bookish_Becky

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Rather excited to be bringing you another cover reveal today! This time it’s for Sheila O’Flanagan and her upcoming novel, ‘The Hideaway’. Thank you to Becky from Headline, for asking me to be involved in this reveal. I love this author!!

So, without keeping you waiting too long, here is the cover of Sheila’s upcoming release:

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What would you do if you discovered you were living a lie?

When a shocking news report shatters Juno Ryan’s world, she suddenly finds herself without the man she loves – and with no way of getting the answers she so desperately needs.

A distraught Juno flees to the enchanting Villa Naranja in Spain. The blue skies and bountiful orange groves – along with Pep, the winemaker’s handsome son – begin to soothe her broken heart, but only Juno herself can mend it.

Just when she begins to feel whole again another bombshell falls. Can Juno put the past behind her? And will she ever learn to trust herself again?

Okay, now I am intrigued!! ‘The Hideaway’ will be published on the 31st May, but you can pre-order your copy right now from Amazon UK!

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#CoverReveal! Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain (@Heidi_Swain) @TeamBATC #ComingSoon

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If you’re not aware by now, I am a HUGE, HUGE fan of Heidi Swain and her beautiful novels. No, seriously, I am. I have every single one in paperback. Well, apart from this one but even I’m not THAT magical!! Now, because I am a huge fan of Heidi’s, I will always make time to support this author and her books, any way that I can. Today is no different.

Why?

Because folks, Heidi Swain has a new book coming out and she has asked me (alongside some other fabulous bloggers) to help reveal her new cover to you all!! How exciting!! This is such an honour, thank you Heidi!

It gives me great pleasure to reveal the cover of Heidi Swain’s upcoming novel; Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square. Feast your eyes on this beauty!!

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Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide… a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don’t take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy but lovely new neighbour. 

Within a matter of days  Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden, meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around!  

Heidi Swain is the perfect summer read – you’ll want to find your own green space, stretch out in the sun and dive into life at Nightingale Square.

Ohhhhhhhh my goodness, isn’t it gorgeous!! This book is going to look beautiful alongside its other book brothers and sisters, that’s for sure!

‘Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square’ will be released in both e-book and paperback on the 31st May. If you’re super eager to pre-order your copy now in either format, you can do so here:

Pre-order the paperback HERE
Pre-order the e-book HERE

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to read another one of Heidi Swain’s novels – I am having severe withdrawals symptoms!! Roll on the 31st May!

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#CoverReveal! #IWillFindYou by Daniela Sacerdoti (@Danisacerdoti) @Bookish_Becky @Headlinepg

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I am delighted to be bringing you a STUNNING cover reveal this afternoon! I was incredibly honoured to have been asked by Becky Hunter from Headline, to help reveal the new cover of Daniela Sacerdoti’s brand new novel, ‘I Will Find You’. Thanks so much for asking me!

Here we go!!

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Daniela Sacerdoti is adored by over 1 million readers. Set on the mysterious Seal Island, this is a beautiful, heartrending and gripping novel, perfect for those who loved The Time Traveller’s Wifeand The Notebook. ‘A treat for fans of Jodi Picoult or Dorothy Koomson’ Daily Express on Keep Me Safe

When her mother dies, heartbroken Cora seeks solace on a remote Scottish island. Alone in a crumbling cottage inaccessible at high tide, she discovers the stones have their secrets. Nearly three hundred years ago, a young woman sought shelter here, also racked with sorrow. As Cora unravels a haunting story of love and loss, she realises the past may hold the key to her own future happiness…

Oh my goodness – isn’t it stunning? I want to know why she’s running away! What gave her cause to run away? I cannot wait to find out – this book sounds like an absolute corker. Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long to find out!!

‘I Will Find You’ is due to be published in e-book on the 17th May, with the paperback following on the 29th November. If you want to ensure your copy of either formats, you can do so by pre-ordering Daniela Sacerdoti’s book right now from Amazon.

Whilst you go and do that, I’m going to swoon at the cover for a little bit longer!!

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#CoverReveal! The WindMill Cafe (Book 1) by Poppy Blake (@Poppyblakebooks) @HarperImpulse

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I am a teeny bit late with this blog post as the main cover reveal was actually last night, but, because the cover is beautiful and I wanted to make sure everyone saw it more than once, I am posting it on my blog today!!

If you’re fed up with the dark and dreary weather, hoping that spring will be blossoming before your very own eyes – don’t fret as you will think that spring as sprung when you feast your eyes on Poppy Blake’s book cover!!

Here we go folks….

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The Windmill Cafe is open for business!

As Rosie Barnes serves glasses of tangy lemonade and ice-cold prosecco at her summer garden party, she couldn’t be happier. The Windmill Café, with its peppermint green sails is a roaring success and has given Rosie a chance to escape the heartbreak of her busy life in London.

But then disaster strikes when popstar Suki Richards is taken unexpectedly ill at the party. Now all eyes are on Rosie…have her famous raspberry cupcakes poisoned her most high-profile guest? Or is someone else trying to damage Suki’s chance of stardom?

If Rosie wants to save her picture-perfect life, and the reputation of her beloved Windmill Café, she’s going to have to get to the bottom of the mystery…and fast!

See what I mean?! Summer Breeze – The Windmill Cafe, Book 1, is due to be published on the 9th March and you can pre-order your copy now from Amazon UK.

I cannot wait to get stuck into this!!

#CoverReveal!! #OneSummerInRome by Samantha Tonge (@SamTongeWriter) @rararesources @HQDigitalUK

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I do like a cover reveal, especially when the cover is as gorgeous as the one I am about to show you!! Samantha Tonge is back (well, in May), with a brand new book and I for one CANNOT wait.

Need a change of scenery?
Need to go somewhere where the temperature is a lot higher than the -1 we are relishing in just now?

If you answered ‘YES’ to the above questions, you’re in for a treat!! You ready?

Of course you are!!

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To Rome…with love?

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a
one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.
Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the
utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love
with the bustling capital!

Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems
displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for
long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…

A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of summer.
Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.

Oh, doesn’t that cover bring an instant smile to your face? Such a summery, colourful cover.

‘One Summer in Rome’ is due to be published by HQDigital in May, but you can pre-order your copy of the book right now from Amazon

Bio

Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat who
thinks it’s a dog. When not writing she spends her days cycling, willing
cakes to rise and avoiding housework. She has sold over 80 short
stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting
Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook
award in 2014. Game of Scones hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won
the Best Romantic Ebook category at the 2015 Love Stories Awards.

Links

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