#BlogBlitz! #Review – Little White Lies and Butterflies by @SuzieTullett @Bombshellpub

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Absolutely delighted to be one of the bloggers hosting day one of Suzie Tullett’s blog blitz! Huge thanks to Sarah Hardy from BombshellBooks for inviting me to take part today! Here is my review of Suzie Tullett’s novel, Little White Lies and Butterflies:

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Lydia knows first-hand that ‘having it all’ isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. As far as she’s concerned, when it comes to job versus family, it’s a case of one or the other. And whilst most women her age have spent years climbing the corporate ladder, she’s made a career out of bagging her perfect man. Now nearly thirty and still single, Lydia wonders if she’d made the right choice.

Realising the time has come to take stock, she goes against her family’s wishes and goes travelling in the hope of finding a new direction. At least that’s the plan.

So when Sam comes along, she decides to tell a little white lie, re-inventing herself as a professional chef – not exactly the best new identity for a woman who can’t cook. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long and when her family show up unexpectedly things go from bad to worse…

Can Lydia find love? Will she ever learn to cook?

Little White Lies and Butterflies is a heart-warming comedy about finding your place in the world.

What does TWG think?

Having fallen head over heels in love with Suzie Tullett’s previous novel, ‘The Trouble With Words’, I could not wait to get stuck into her latest release, ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’. The only problem with loving an authors previous novel so much, is that you automatically have high hopes for the next book. I’m not going to lie, it was certainly the case here! As far as I was concerned, ‘The Trouble With Words’ was Suzie Tullett’s best book by far and I really didn’t know how she was going to beat it.

For Lydia, being a career minded mum is a definite no-no. She doesn’t quite understand how females can go out to work AND be a mum at the same time. I mean, as far as Lydia is concerned, it’s either one or the other. Not both. Bearing in mind Lydia doesn’t even have a partner yet as no male seems to tick every box on her ‘perfect man’ checklist. Most women make a career which involves a month pay check, but, as you will soon come to realise, Lydia isn’t ‘most women’ and, after dedicating most of her life to finding that all important ‘perfect man’, she’s not going to let the small issue of ‘wrong coloured eyes’ to come between her and her Mr.Right. Obsessed? Perhaps!

Wowee, what a character Lydia is! I must admit that at first, I couldn’t stand her. I found her to be such a kook…and not in a good way!I fully appreciate that women choose to live their lives as they see fit, but I did find Lydia’s path to be absolutely bonkers – especially as she came across as quite a selfish woman in the way she spoke to her family members and so on. But that’s just me!

What made me sit up and take notice of ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’ storyline, was how the author took Lydia completely out of her comfort zone by going travelling. Lydia is the type of character who knows what she wants, as well as having to know what will happen in her life. Going travelling however, was a genius move on the authors behalf as it showed Lydia in a completely different light which meant I got to see a side to Lydia I actually quite liked. Instead of the hoity toity side to Lydia which came across at the beginning, I got to see Lydia completely unrefined, and my goodness it was brilliant (well, apart from when she was looking down her nose at folk!).

I loved how the storyline engulfed more of the characters personalities the more of it I read, especially when the whole cooking fiasco came to light. I enjoyed reading more about Lydia’s mum and found her to be such a hilarious character. For me, she certainly brightened up the storyline.

There were times during the storyline where I laughed and couldn’t stop smiling, but then there were also moments where I wished the spotlight could have been taken away from Lydia for once. Her character seemed to take over the book a bit too much for my liking. I loved the authors descriptions of Greece, that’s for sure! I felt as though i was being transported to a modern-day ‘Shirley Valentine’ movie! Brilliant!

‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’ is a light-hearted read with some truly wonderful, memorable characters. Sometimes we have no idea where we fit in life, but, after reading ‘Little White Lies and Butterflies’, you’ll know exactly where you fit – wherever your heart is.

Thanks Bombshell Books.

Buy now from Amazon UK

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#CoverReveal! David Videcette is BACK! #TheDetriment @DavidVidecette

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I am so excited to be helping Mr.V with his cover reveal of his latest novel, The Detriment!

I do need to apologise a teeny bit though. Technology wasn’t on my side yesterday when this post SHOULD have gone live, as it didn’t go live and ended up disappearing. However, it’s here now, but I still do apologise. David Videcette is as organised as ever, as he has prepared a special post for the reveal, as well as some rather fetching teasers. Oh, and yes, the cover too! ;). Enjoy!

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“The truth costs nothing, but a lie can cost you everything…”

June 2007: a barbaric nail bomb is planted outside a London nightclub, a spy is found dead in his garden, and a blazing Jeep is driven into Glasgow airport. Three events bound by an earth-shattering connection that should have remained buried forever.

From the author of ‘The Theseus Paradox’, the smash-hit 7/7 thriller based on true events, comes the sequel about a real-life mystery that threatens to destroy a nation. Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan must uncover how a series of astonishing events are inextricably linked, before the past closes in on him.

We all have secrets we say we’ll never tell…

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A COMPELLING DETECTIVE THRILLER BASED ON TRUE EVENTS

Today, crime fighter turned crime writer, David Videcette, is very excited to share with us the cover reveal for his second thriller, The Detriment.

David says: “After twenty years in the police, I’m used to unmasking criminals, but today I’m delighted to reveal the cover of The Detriment for the very first time.”

“A detective thriller, it follows on from The Theseus Paradox, my first novel, which was set against the backdrop of the 7/7 London attacks.”

“This second outing for Detective Jake Flannagan sees him sailing close to the wind as he struggles to thwart a nightclub bomb plot and a blazing Jeep attack on an airport. I use my police knowledge in my books, and The Detriment is once again based on true events and actual criminal investigations.”

Here are David’s top five tips for creating a cover:

  1. Remember that we all judge a book by its cover, even if we say we don’t! Give the design as much forethought as you would your writing.
  2. Kickstart the process by throwing together a ‘mood board’ of images and colours which appeal – and even those which don’t!
  3. Design should always reflect your book’s content, otherwise it’s just decoration.
  4. Have an outline idea of what you’d like, but remain flexible.
  5. Engage with the professionals, because you’ll need their design expertise to make your book look as good as it can.

The Detriment launches on 29th June, but you can pre-order it on Kindle today.

Find out more about David Videcette and his books based on true events here, or chat to David on Facebook or Twitter.

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#WeekendBlitz! Stuck with Me by Cassandra Piat (@Cassandra_piat)#Review @NeverlandBT

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Molly, known for her unflagging optimism and constant cheeriness, is thrilled to win an all-expenses paid vacation to Mauritius. She packs her camera and a few colourful bikinis and can’t wait to have some fun in the sun. Little does she know there’s a catch.

Adam is a journalist on assignment and his mission is to test Molly’s optimism and see how far she can be pushed before she breaks. Surely it can’t be that hard?

What happens when Molly meets the hilariously cantankerous Adam and finds that she can’t seem to shake him? How will Adam successfully complete his task when faced with Molly’s beautiful smile, quick wit and curvaceous body?

As they bicker their way around the island, Adam and Molly realise that there’s more to each other than meets the eye. An unexpected friendship develops between them which soon turns into much more. But what will happen when Molly learns the truth behind Adam’s trip to Mauritius?

A heartfelt, funny and touching story about life, love, and happiness.

What does TWG think?

‘Stuck with Me’ is the type of novel that is ideal for reading when you need a change in genre. You know what I’m meaning; you’ve read too many crime thrillers or sci-fi and you’re wanting a completely different style book to wet your bookworm appetite. An amuse-bouche if you will. Now, I am a huge fan of romance novels and comedy novels and I couldn’t even begin to tell you exactly how many of those genre of books I have read in total. So when Ms.Piat’s novel got brought to my attention, I ummed and ahhed about reading it, as the cover didn’t really do anything for me, but the setting of the storyline did. I had never read a book that was set in Mauritius before and my interest was piqued. Hell, I had never been to Mauritius before on holiday so of course I was going to take the journey via Ms.Piat.

Overall the storyline was light-hearted, fun and pretty nice. Yes, it did contain a few deep circumstances but they weren’t approached in a heavy enough way to rid the book of its light hearted feel. For me though, whilst the storyline made me chuckle and provided me with just enough entertainment, I couldn’t find anything to sink my teeth into in terms of depth. But that’s just me.

‘Stuck with Me’ is your ideal holiday read whether that’s laying on a sun lounger topping up your tan reading it, or reading it on your way to your holiday destination. It’s fun, predictable yet full of sunshine due to Cassandra’s light-hearted approach to writing. If you want a book where you don’t have to think and can be as mellow as you wish, then this is most definitely the book for you.

Thank you NeverlandBT.

Buy now.

#Publicationday! #Review of The Lost Daughter of India by @Sharon_Maas @bookouture

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Blurb.

When Caroline meets Kamal the attraction is instant. He’s enchanting, charismatic and she can’t wait to set up a new life with him in India. Both their families are against the union but Caroline is convinced they’ll come round, especially when she gives birth to a beautiful daughter, Asha.

Asha is an adorable child but Caroline, homesick and beginning to hate the remote Indian village they live in, struggles with motherhood. Kamal is hardly ever there and she feels more and more isolated. In the grips of severe depression Caroline flees back to America, leaving Asha behind.

Ten years later …

Caroline recovered from her illness, is consumed by thoughts of the daughter she abandoned. Desperate to find Asha, she reunites with Kamal, intent on tracking her down. Will they ever be able to find their lost daughter? If they have any chance, they must confront the painful truths of the past and a terrible secret that has been kept for many years, until now.

What does TWG think?

Personally, this has been quite a difficult book to review and I have spent a lot of time staring at my computer expecting the words to just write themselves.
It was pretty clear from the first chapter that this novel would be moulded around some rather dark and turbulent issues. I’m not going to lie, it took me quite a while to get to grips with the storyline and readjust my mindset to the background information. I did feel as though I was out of my depth reading it as I couldn’t readjust my mindset quick enough to keep up with the storyline. There is a lot of information in each chapter and whilst I found that quite hard, this type of novel needs those stepping stones to keep the depth of the book.

Of course, given the nature of the novel a lot of the situations are pretty difficult and raw to read, yet Sharon Maas has executed the storyline brilliantly. Sharon’s emotive writing shines through the entire novel, keeping the power behind those words fresh in your mind. There was something so raw and poignant about the way Sharon described the maternal instinct and it gave me goosebumps. I wish I could describe the feeling better, but I’m sure you understand what I’m waffling on about!

Even though the overall concept of the book had me extremely shell-shocked and distraught (quite rightly so!), Sharon’s writing stood out for me. I did struggle with the book, I’ll be honest; but that is nothing against the book in general (more so the way that my brain reacted to the harrowing circumstances). I am glad that I didn’t give up on the The Lost Daughter of India, because it opened my eyes to an alternative culture. Plus, I got to witness Sharon Mass’ beautiful writing. Win win really!

Happy publication day Sharon!
Thank you Kim & Netgalley.

The Lost Daughter of India is out to buy now from Amazon.

#Promo! His Kidnappers Shoes by Maggie James (@mjamesfiction) @brookcottagebks

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Genre: Psychological suspense
Release Date: 15 November 2016 (republication)
Publisher: Lake Union

Daniel is my son. He has always been mine. And he always will be.
On some level deep inside, Laura Bateman knows something is wrong. That her relationship with her son is not what it should be. That it is based on lies.
But bad things have happened to Laura. Things that change a person. Forever.
For 26-year- old Daniel, the discovery that his mother is not whom he thought comes close to destroying him. As his world turns upside-down, he searches for sanity in the madness that has become his life. But he is left with nothing but questions. Why did Laura do something so terrible?
Can he move past the demons of his childhood?
And the biggest question of all: can he ever forgive Laura?

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About the author.

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense
novels. Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!


#Extract of New Blood by Lorna Peel (@PeelLorna) @BrookCottagebks #giveaway

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Extract.

Closing the bedroom door, she saw Heaton crossing the stable yard. It was the first time shehad seen him dressed in anything but a suit and she stopped and stared. He was wearing a brown wax jacket with a bottle green jumper underneath, khaki combat-style trousers similar to her own and brown walking boots. She sighed and shook her head. It looked as though he was one of those men who looked fabulous in everything they wore. She reached for her mobile phone, pulled on a waterproof jacket, and grabbed her car keys before going downstairs to join him.

“You’ll have to move the seat back,” she said as she unlocked the Mini.
He got in and moved the passenger seat so far back that he might as well have been sitting
on the back seat. She looked around at him, couldn’t help herself, and laughed.
“Sorry. I wanted something small and cheap to run.”
He pulled a comical expression. “I was looking to see if you had a sunroof that I could stick
my head through. Maybe we should go in the Land Rover?” She nodded and he got out. “I’ll
just get the keys from Des.”
She got out, locked the car, and saw him emerge from Des’ office. The two of them crossed
the stable yard to the huge Land Rover.
“You’ll have to give me directions to where we start from,” he said as they got in.
“I will.”
Twenty minutes later, he pulled in at a small car park. “I haven’t been up here for years. You
don’t walk too fast, do you?”
“No. There are two routes we can take. Up to what I call the big rock, which is eight
kilometres there and back. Or up to the stone circle, which is five. Maybe five would be
enough for today?”
He smiled. “I think so.”
He locked the Land Rover, they climbed over the stile, and walked up onto the footpath
which ran through the heather.
“It’s lovely up here, isn’t it?” He halted after a few paces, hands on hips, and looked around
them.
“If you need to stop and catch your breath just say.”
“Thanks. I’m not very fit. Walking between my office and the house isn’t really enough.”
They set off again at a slower pace.
“Where did you go to university?” she asked.
“Cambridge. The Heatons have always gone there. I was halfway through my final year
when I learned that my father had cancer. I still have no idea how I got through my finals.
The last time I saw him, he didn’t know who I was, so I do understand what it’s like.
Unfortunately, he had run the estate like there was no tomorrow. I went into his study the
day after the funeral and found drawers full of bills, invoices, and tax demands. Some went
back years. It took years to pay all the creditors and the tax bill was astronomical. I’m still
struggling to make ends meet and when the idea was put forward of opening the house up to
coach tour parties, well, you saw what I was like. I apologise if I was rude to you. It’s no
excuse, but I had to go to a funeral that day and I loathe funerals.”
“I hate funerals, too, and I wouldn’t like complete strangers traipsing through my home so I
can sympathise. But there are tours booked for the next three months and Lady Heaton is
scheduling additional daily tours because so many coach tour operators want to add the
abbey to their list of stops. The way things are going, the abbey will soon have tours all year
round.”

He nodded. “I know, but I am not dressing up as a monk or in a suit of armour for anyone.”
She laughed. “What do people say to you when they ask what you do for a living?”
“When people find out I have a title it is a bit of a conversation killer. I think some people
have this idea that lords are all at least fifty, frequent gentleman’s clubs, and hunt, shoot and
fish. I do none of those things. I was twenty-two when I inherited the title; I’ve been working
to keep the place afloat ever since and I don’t want anything to spoil that.”
“It seems to be working, though.”
“Yes,” he agreed. “Just about.”
“Mum and Dad remember when you went down the mine instead of your father when he
became claustrophobic.”
“Really?” He gave her an incredulous frown. “Good God, I must have been only about twelve
or something. I wanted to go down with him but he wouldn’t let me. Then, when he had to
come back up I asked if I could go and he just waved his hand in agreement.”
“Mum said that you asked lots of very good questions and that Dad was impressed. That is a
huge compliment from my dad.”
“Were you ever down the mine?” he asked.
“No, I was never allowed, and it’s far too dangerous now. The nearest I got was the
museum. I’d liked to have satisfied my curiosity but I much prefer the open air.
Mum’s grandfather was killed in a pitfall and I think she always worried that the same would
happen to Dad. Now most of the time she thinks he’s dead.” She burst into tears. “Oh, God,
I’m sorry.”
“Come and sit down.” Taking her arm, he led her off the path. They sat down in the springy
heather and she wiped her eyes. “You have to cry, and let it all out,” he told her gently. “I’ve
lost count of the number of times I’ve locked myself in the library and just…”
He pulled a comical expression as she stared at him. It was hard to imagine him crying his
eyes out but who knows how he reacted when he left the library after learning that his real
mother was a complete stranger.

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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 3 November 2016
Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing
Suitable for 18+

Sophia Nelson returns to her hometown in Yorkshire, England to begin a new job as
tour guide at Heaton Abbey House. There, she meets the reclusive Thomas, Baron
Heaton, a lonely workaholic.
Despite having a rule never to become involved with her boss, Sophia can’t deny
how she finds him incredibly attractive.
When she overhears the secret surrounding his parentage, she is torn. But is it the
attraction or the fear of opening a Pandora’s box that makes her keep quiet about it?
How long can she stay at the abbey knowing what she does?

Buy Links:

Universal Amazon Link: http://viewbook.at/NewBlood
Netgalley: https://s2.netgalley.com/catalog/book/96399

About the author.

Lorna Peel is an author of contemporary and historical romantic fiction.
Her debut novel, ONLY YOU, a contemporary celebrity romance set in London, England,
was published in 2014. INTO THE UNKNOWN, a World War Two romance set in London,
the south east of England, and Ireland, was published in 2015 and reached Amazon’s top 20 best sellers in 20th Century Historical Romance. THE IMAGE OF HER, a romantic suspense set in rural England about a woman’s search for her birth mother, was published in May 2016. NEW BLOOD, a romantic suspense set in a stately home in Yorkshire, England, will be published on 3 November 2016.
Lorna was born in England and lived in North Wales until her family moved to Ireland to
become farmers, which is a book in itself! She lives in rural Ireland, where she writes,
researches her family history, and grows fruit and vegetables. She also keeps chickens (and a Guinea Hen who now thinks she’s a chicken!).

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/LornaPeel

Blog: http://lornapeel.com/blog

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#Promo Bloodie Bones by Lucienne Boyce (@LucienneWrite) #giveaway@BrookCottagebks

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Blurb.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Silver Wood Books

“Parsons and tyrants friends take note. We have born your oppreshuns long enough.
We will have our parish rights or else Bloodie Bones will drink your blood.”
When Lord Oldfield encloses Barcombe Wood, depriving the people of their ancient
rights to gather food and fuel, the villagers retaliate with vandalism, arson and riot.
Then Lord Oldfield’s gamekeeper, Josh Castle, is murdered during a poaching raid.
Dan Foster, Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist, is sent to investigate.
Dan’s job is to infiltrate the poaching gang and bring the killers to justice. But there’s
more to Castle’s death than at first sight appears. What is the secret of the
gamekeeper’s past and does it have any connection with his murder? What is Lord
Oldfield concealing? And did someone beside the poachers have a reason to want
Josh Castle dead?

As tensions in Barcombe build to a thrilling climax, Dan will need all his wits and his
fighting skills to stay alive and get to the truth.
Bloodie Bones is a finalist in the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016 (result to
be announced in September); was long listed for the M M Bennetts Award for
Historical Fiction 2016; and is approved by Awesome Indies.

BUY LINKS
Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery is available in paper back and as an
ebook.
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About the author.

Lucienne Boyce writes historical fiction and non fiction. After gaining an MA in
English Literature (with Distinction) with the Open University in 2007, specialising in
eighteenth-century fiction, she published her first historical novel, To The Fair Land
(SilverWood Books, 2012), an eighteenth-century thriller set in Bristol and the South
Seas. Her second novel, Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery (SilverWood Books,
2015) is the first of the Dan Foster Mysteries and follows the fortunes of a Bow
Street Runner who is also an amateur pugilist. Bloodie Bones was joint winner of the
Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016, and was also long listed for the M M
Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction 2016.

In 2013, Lucienne published The Bristol Suffragettes (SilverWood Books), a history
of the suffragette movement in Bristol and the west country. She regularly gives talks
and leads walks about the suffragettes. She has contributed articles to various
publications, and also appeared on television and radio in connection with both her
fiction and non-fiction work.

Lucienne has recently joined the team of Bristol Radio BCfm’s Silver Sound show as
a presenter. She is on the steering committee of the West of England and South
Wales Women’s History Network, and is also a member of the Friends of the
Women’s Library, the Historical Novel Society, the Society of Authors, and the
Alliance of Independent Authors.
Lucienne is currently working on the second of the Dan Foster Mysteries, and a
biography of a married couple who were involved in the suffragette, socialist and
pacifist movements. She was born in Wolverhampton and now lives in Bristol, which
is the setting and inspiration for much of her work.

Twitter: @LucienneWrite
Goodreads Author Page:

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Promo Blitz! The Last Dance by Kierney Scott (@Kierney_S) @NeverlandBT

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Blurb.

American born Prima Ballerina Georgina Fairly made a mistake that could destroy her. Saving her career means selling her soul to the Russian government. Now a spy who uses her body to lure men and secure their secrets, Georgina is tasked with seducing Roman Zakharov, the most dangerous Oligarch in Russia.

Roman Zakharov a man with a past as ugly as his disfigured face. An assassination attempt left him horribly burned, but the scars go deeper than the frightening exterior. Jaded and cruel, Roman lets Georgina into his world but only to punish her and teach the pretty dancer that no one crosses Roman Zakharov. He will show her what it means to be used. And he will teach her to beg.

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Buy ‘The Last Dance’ by Kierney Scott – Now!

About the author:

American born Kierney Scott, lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her kilt wearing husband and their daughter. When she is not writing, she is reading or drinking tea or spending far too much time on social media. She is fluent in Spanish, and by that she means she knows all the words to La Bamba. She loves hearing from readers. You can contact her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Review – ‘Take A Chance On Me’ by Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) @bookouture #publicationday

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Happy publication day Carol!!

Blurb.

When Charlie’s husband leaves after ten years of marriage, her spirits hit an all-time low. She just isn’t sure how to pick herself up again. So, best friend Mercedes makes it her mission to put a spring back in Charlie’s step with the perfect bucket list.

As Charlie takes a chance and bungee jumps and belly dances her way through an array of adventures, her love life also begins to look up and she’s soon enjoying a few dates as a newly single woman. She begins to realise that finding romance, might not be so hard, especially when you’ve got someone like journalist Jake who has an adorable little boy and is very easy on the eye.

But is Jake too good to be true? As Charlie’s challenges on the bucket list get bigger, so do her questions about Jake. Should she continue to hold out for the fairy-tale? Or should she take a chance on Jake and hope for a happy ending?

What does TWG think?

Author of one of my favourite books, Carol Wyer, is back with yet another memorable story. However, it is memorable for a completely different reason than ‘Life Swap’ is. Before I read ‘Take A Chance On Me’, I was told that it would be nothing like ‘Life Swap in terms of the emotion and the hidden message. I did think to myself ‘nahhhh, it IS a Carol Wyer book afterall’. Oh how naïve I was!

Meet Charlie, a broken-hearted woman who tries to find her calling in life…again. With the help of her best friend, Mercedes, Charlie attempts things that are completely out of her comfort zone, thanks to the pact that she made with Mercedes. Despite all of the thrills and excitement the pact gives Charlie, a piece of her jigsaw is still missing. Will Charlie find the missing puzzle piece and be able to fix what she can control? Or will Charlie’s loss be too much to handle and the puzzle will forever be incomplete?

I can’t even begin this review properly with a joke, I may finish it with one, but it wouldn’t be right to begin with. I mean, how could I be anything but serious when the first few pages of the book gave me goosebumps and made me gasp? As I mentioned previously, I got told that this book would have a completely different edge to it than ‘Life Swap’, I didn’t quite believe just how much of an edge that it would have. I will now hold my hands up and say that the person who told me about the edge, was absolutely correct. After all, the author knows better about what they have written, right? -whistles-

When it comes to light in the book that Charlie and Mercedes have made a pact, also known as a good old bucket list, I couldn’t wait to see what challenges Charlie was going to face. There is powerful message behind the bucket list, but it isn’t what you would usually think. I’m not one for writing spoilers in my reviews and as this review is no different regarding that, I urge you to read the book and find out for yourself.

The complexity of each character and their personalities is outstanding. Every character has been beautifully written into the story, along with their own troubles and heartbreak, making ‘Take A Chance On Me’ extremely memorable for more than one reason. Memorable AND relatable.

Whilst Charlie and Mercedes’ bucket list has its own hidden message, ‘Take A Chance On Me’ has more than one powerful message hidden within. The word powerful is an understatement if I’m honest, the whole storyline had such a hold on me. It felt as though the story had put bricks in my feet to keep me from moving and then crawled into my soul and set up camp for the duration of the book. There was something about Carol’s writing that moved me,  I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what it was.

Many times as I was reading, I had to sit back and soak up what I had just read. The storyline felt real, incredibly real, and it is completely clear that Carol has written ‘Take a Chance On Me’ straight from her heart. To write such moving situations must have taken a lot of strength; as all of those intense situations moved me to tears (more than once). How does one person deal with so much heartbreak in such a short space of time, yet still be able to pay it forward for those around her? Charlie is such a beautiful character for sure, but Carol Wyer is such a beautifully, talented author for creating such, wow, intense moments. Plus, Carol has added her trademark humour all throughout the novel, creating a pillow for the emotional moments. A bit like chocolate for a women’s monthly moment, or bubbles for a bath, or a kazoo for….anytime. You know, comforting things. Where is my kazoo Carol, did you pinch it?!

I will never be able to find the words to fully describe how ‘Take a Chance On Me’ has left its mark on me. There aren’t enough words to explain how many tears I shed at the end of this book. If I could have given Carol a hug whilst reading her incredible book, I would have. I needed to. I needed to be there for her characters through her. I’m tearing up now writing this as Carol’s words hit home, I related a lot to the personal limitations of a couple of her characters. I was not expected to feel as though I was reading about my life, not a characters.

‘Take a Chance On Me’ is a story about love, loss and finding the strength to move forward. A story about just going for it and trying to accept life’s limitations in the moment, no matter how hard it is. A story about letting go (and no, not Disney’s Frozen) and believing that YOU are worthy and that you are NOT defined by your heartache. ‘Take A Chance On Me’ oozes emotion from start to finish and I cannot recommend this book enough. Yes, I cried. Yes, I laughed. Yes, I cried some more. But I will tell you this, Carol Wyer is a literary genius with a heart of gold, ‘Take A Chance On Me’ is now in my Top 5 favourite books, ever.

No, don’t ‘Take A Chance On Me’, take a chance on Carol Wyer and her beautifully written, powerful and intense book that will have you reaching for the tissues multiple times. Magically moving, with added hilarity, this book is incredible.

Take A Chance On Me by Carol Wyer, published by Bookouture, is available to buy from today (23rd September) on Amazon UK

 

Blog Tour Promo – Extract: ‘Chances Are’ by Wendy Lou Jones (@wendylouwriter) @BrookCottagebks

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wendyChances Are
by Wendy Lou Jones

Contemporary romantic fiction
Release Date: 27th June 2016

Luke is the man with the money, the fast car and the hot woman. There’s no way he would even think about getting serious, but a face he can’t remember soon threatens his calm.
Rebecca isn’t interested in a relationship, and definitely not with him. How could she, after all he put her through? She’s spent the last 4 years hiding away from society, a one-woman crusade for children’s road safety. Who would have thought one fateful day, it might almost be her … again.
As two worlds collide, will opposites attract?
Not if she can help it.

EXTRACT
Close up, she was like a porcelain doll, fragile and poised. Her skin was nearly as pale as her hair. Only her lips, with their deep pomegranate flush and those denim blue eyes brought life to an otherwise frosty palette and that dazzled him.
She seemed so together now, quite a different woman from the one he had witnessed before. He tried to think of a reason to speak to her, but nothing would come to mind. She paid for her milk and butter and glanced sideways at him, so cool and detached in his presence, and then she left the shop.
Luke placed his tin on the counter and chased after her. The lady behind the till called out to him as he sprinted away, but he ignored her. He needed to speak to the woman.
He caught up with her in a matter of seconds, catching her by the elbow as she tried to walk away. The woman turned and looked daggers at him and Luke was disarmed. He held up his hands. “I’m sorry.” He took a step back. “I just wanted to apologise for the other day.”
The woman said nothing, just looked at him and Luke felt his confidence slipping.
“I … I shouldn’t have left you there on the side of the road.”
“You shouldn’t have tried to knock me down in the first place,” she shot back, before he could blink.
Luke had not been prepared for an attack. “Er. No. But you did step out in front of me.”
“Well you should have been paying more attention, shouldn’t you?”
“I should…?”
She tried to turn away.
“Look.” This was definitely not going to plan. “I just wanted to say I was sorry.”
“What for, in particular?”
What?
The woman rolled her eyes and tried to turn away from him, but he reached for her again.
“Wait. What did you mean by that? For the other day, of course. I’m sure I apologised at the time, but … you were just a bit … vacant. You probably don’t remember.”
“Vacant?!”
“I’m sorry. What I’m trying to say is I should have made sure you were okay. I had hoped we could be civil about this.” Apparently not.
“Civil is a lawsuit, Luke. Go drive your fancy car with your fancy girlfriend and leave me alone,” and she stormed away from him up the road.
Luke’s jaw hung open. Such contempt from a woman he’d barely met. But the thing that had shaken him most of all, was that she seemed to know him.

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ABOUT WENDY LOU JONES

My name is Wendy Lou Jones. I was born and raised in West Sussex, England and moved to Birmingham to study Medicine at University, where I was lucky enough to meet my husband. We now live in a little village in Herefordshire with our two grubby boys. I discovered a love of writing not long after my youngest son started school. And if you were to ask me what it was that made me make the switch, I’d tell you quite simply, that it started with a dream.

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