#BlogTour! #Review – To Provence, With Love by T.A.Williams (@TAWilliamsbooks) @HQDigitalUK

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Delighted to be one of the bloggers kicking off T.A.Williams’ blog tour for his new book, To Provence, With Love. Super excited to be involved in the blog tour with a review!

To Provence with Love

Escape to the south of France with this perfect feel-good summer romance!

Anything is possible…

Struggling writer Faye Carter just can’t believe her luck. She’s off to Provence to write the autobiography of a famous film star and she’ll be staying in the stunning chateau!

So when she meets charming (and completely gorgeous) lavender farmer, Gavin, she knows that she’s made the right choice – even if glamourous, elderly Anabelle seems to be hiding something…

But when the sun is shining, the food is delicious and the air smells of honey, anything seems possible. Will the magic of Provence help Faye finally find a happy-ever-after of her own?

What does TWG think?

Oh my gosh! Just when I thought that T.A.Williams’ novels couldn’t get any better, he goes and releases a new one which blew me away in a matter of chapters! ‘To Provence, With Love’ is yet another book I just want to scream and shout about, dissect each and every eventuality from the storyline…but I can’t! If I did that, I don’t think I would be at all popular with the author for giving away spoilers.

However, what I can say is that this book is very similar to a treasure chest; full of surprises, emotion, and beautiful words, reading ‘To Provence, With Love’ made me feel as though I had just won the literary lottery. From the outside I had no idea what to expect, (aside from Provence that is), but as soon as I opened the book and lost myself in Faye Carter’s life, I knew that the book was going to be a beauty.

Gavin’s background story tugged at the heart-strings more than once. Even if you’re as cold as ice, that character’s story will have you feeling some sort of emotion. Well, to be honest, all the main characters had quite emotional backgrounds in their own different ways. I loved finding out about Anabelle’s own personal mission, even if part of me could see it coming! Didn’t disappoint me either, to be fair!

I devoured this book in record speed. I couldn’t put it down! The entire novel is written to perfection, the setting is brought to life in such a stunning and vivid way, and all of the characters are likeable and incredibly loveable.

The only slight ‘grrr’ I had with ‘To Provence, With Love’, was the abrupt ending. I wanted more, there is definitely scope for the author to re-visit those characters if he chooses to do so. I hope he does as I felt that it ended far too quickly.

Overall, T.A.Williams’ novel is one of the best summer reads I think I have ever devoured. Once again the author has blown me away and raised the bar higher for himself in regards to his next book.

Highly recommended, ‘To Provence, With Love’ is THE book to read right now.

Thanks HQ Digital UK.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35438059-to-provence-with-love

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0711T5LQC

Author Information

 I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…

I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. Romantic comedies are what we all need from time to time. Life isn’t always very fair. It isn’t always a lot of fun, but when it is, we need to embrace it. If my books can put a smile on your face and maybe give your heartstrings a tug, then I know I’ve done my job.

I‘ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away in south-west England. I love the place. That’s why you’ll find leafy lanes and thatched cottages in most of my books. Oh, yes, and a black Labrador.

I’ve been writing since I was 14 and that is half a century ago. However, underneath this bald, wrinkly exterior, there beats the heart of a youngster. My wife is convinced I will never grow up. I hope she’s right.

Website: http://www.tawilliamsbooks.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TAWilliamsbooks

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TrevorWilliamsBooks

#BlogTour! #Review – I Have Never by Camilla Isley (@camillaisley) @authoraimeeb

Title: I Have Never

Author: Camilla Isley

Release Date: July 13th, 2017

Genre: Chick Lit

Twenty-nine-year-old Blair Walker is a girl with a plan, or more a girl with a list. A list of dos and don’ts to live the perfect life, land a dream career, and marry Mr. Right.

When Blair loses her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend all in one day, she starts to wonder if she’s had it all wrong. And what better way to find out than experience everything the list forbade?

With hilarious consequences, Blair will discover some items are trickier to tick off than she’d thought…

A laugh out loud romantic comedy perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Sophie Kinsella, and Mhairi McFarlane. First Comes Love is a series of interconnected romantic novels. However, each book in the series can be read as a standalone novel.

What does TWG think?

I am a HUGE, HUGE fan of Camilla Isley’s novels so as soon as I found out that I could read her newest one, AND be part of her blog tour, I felt like all my birthdays had come at once! Just like Ms.Isley’s other novels, ‘I Have Never’ is another novel which has you thinking ‘this sounds familiar!’ by the end of the first chapter (also known as – super relatable).

Blair has always been the type of girl to stick to a list; her five-year plan if you will. As far as she’s concerned the list is there to be abided by, not to go against. However, poor Blair seems to have picked the short straw as luck doesn’t seem to be on her side, especially as in one day she lost her job AND her boyfriend. Eeesh!

Blair has the type of personality a lot of women would admire, I know I certainly did! She’s sassy, feisty, knows her own mind yet has a heart of gold. The only thing that she struggles with is letting go. Until now.

Even though ‘I Have Never’ is the second book in the First Comes Love series, it can be read as a standalone. That said, the first book in the series is brilliant as well! May as well buy both then eh!

In all honesty, I don’t think I read this book without a smile on my face. The entire storyline was written brilliantly, it’s such a fun and uplifting novel, which, in my opinion, isn’t the vibe you get from the book to begin with. As always, Camilla Isley’s trademark humour oozes from the storyline AND the characters. I think I spent most of the time giggling at Richard’s antics or the puppy’s legendary communication skills.

For me, the best part of ‘I Have Never’ was the backwards bucket list – absolutely fantastic idea. Because of that, I was able to see Blair come out of her shell in a different way, it was as though she had learnt to find comfort within herself. Lovely to read.

I am having withdrawal symptoms already, I cannot WAIT for another Camilla Isley novel to be released. Such pocket-sized perfection, every single time. I LOVED this book, you will definitely be a numpty not to read this.

Thanks Camilla & Aimee B.

Camilla is an engineer turned writer after she quit her job to follow her husband in an adventure abroad.

She’s a cat lover, coffee addict, and shoe hoarder. Besides writing, she loves reading—duh!—cooking, watching bad TV, and going to the movies—popcorn, please. She’s a bit of a foodie, nothing too serious. A keen traveler, Camilla knows mosquitoes play a role in the ecosystem, and she doesn’t want to starve all those frog princes out there, but she could really live without them.

Check out the full tour-
July 13th

Rachel Brimble Romance – Author Q&A

A Beautiful Book Blog – Book Review

Writing Pearls – Book Review

With Love For Books – Book Review

For the Love of Chick Lit – Book Review

July 14th

Kristin’s Novel Cafe – Book Excerpt

JenaBooks – Book Review

He Said Books or Me – Author Guest Post

Judging More than Just the Cover – Author Q&A

July 15th

I Heart Fictional People – Book Review

Chrissi Reads – Book Review

Books and Photographs – Book Review

Rebecca Book Review – Book Excerpt

Monique McDonell-Author  – Book Excerpt

July 16th

One Book At A Time – Spotlight Post

CosyCuteKnits – Book Review

The Writing Garnet – Book Review

July 17th

The Belgian Reviewer – Book Excerpt

Girl vs Books – Book Review

kraftireader – Book Review

July 18th

Reading Is My SuperPower – Book Review

I Heart Fictional People – Book Review

THE CHLOE DOUGLAS BLOG – Book Review

July 19th

Kristin’s Novel Café – Book Excerpt

Simona’s Corner of Dreams – Author Guest Post

Bookish – Book Review

July 20th

TheBlossomTwins – Book Review

Grass Monster – Book Review

Chick Lit Central – Author Q&A

Living Life with Joy – Author Guest Post

July 21st

ItaPixie’s Book Corner – Book Review

Rae Reads – Book Review

Novelgossip  – Book Review

Whispering Stories – Book Review

Ali – The Dragon Slayer – Book Review

A Daydreamer’s Thoughts – Book Review

Steamy Book Momma – Book Excerpt

July 22nd

BookLoverWorm – Book Review

Pretty Little Book Reviews – Book Review

Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Summer at Buttercup Beach by Holly Martin (@HollyMAuthor) @Bookouture

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Delighted to be one of the fabulous bloggers involved in Holly Martin’s Blog Blitz for ‘Summer at Buttercup Beach’, which was published 30th June 2017 by Bookouture!
Here is my review:

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Pull up a deck chair and bask in the beautiful sunshine on Buttercup Beach. The sand is warm, the sea is sparkling blue and romance is sizzling in the air…

For two years Freya Greene has hidden the fact that she’s totally and utterly in love with her best friend Rome Lancaster. It’s not been easy – they work together in his glasswork business, she lives above his workshop and, he’s completely gorgeous. But Rome has never shown any sign of returning those feelings. Until now…

Lately they’ve shared affectionate touches and words heavy with meaning. Yet Freya knows Rome has a damaged heart. After losing his fiancé in a tragic accident, he’s not allowed himself to fall in love.

Freya has already had her heart broken by a man who couldn’t let go of a past love. Can she risk it happening again? Rome and Freya have a friendship that could blossom into something more. Are they both brave enough to take that chance?

Fall in love on Hope Island with the perfect romantic story to escape into this summer. For fans of Miranda Dickinson, Sarah Morgan and Jane Costello.

What does TWG think?

Just when I thought that Holly Martin had written her best book yet, she goes and releases a new one (this one). I really have no clue how Holly Martin does it. I really don’t. I mean, her previous novel, Spring at Blueberry Bay, was amazing! It was my most favourite book of hers to date….well, until she released this one of course.

Summer at Buttercup Beach is, without a doubt, my most favourite book by Holly Martin. I didn’t know it was possible. I wasn’t expecting it to be this good. Well, hang on, I knew it would be good because it’s Holly Martin and her books are ah-MAZING! I just wasn’t expecting to write IOU’s to the author as star ratings don’t go past five! Pfft.

Freya and Rome – best friends, colleagues, and more often than none; an extra in each others dreams. Think of it like this; if Freya was a hormonal teenager still in school, she would be etching, ‘FG 4 RL’ on the front of her textbooks, staring into space with her hand propping up her head incase it became to heavy with thoughts of Rome Lancaster. If you hadn’t worked it out by that, Freya has a HUGE crush on her best friend and has done for a while. She’s convinced herself that Rome doesn’t have feelings for her in return, but instead of grabbing the boy by the horn, she just assumes that he doesn’t due to his past. Has she asked him? Has she fudge….

If, like Freya, you have had feelings for your best friend, you can fully appreciate how scary that particular situation is. Not only does she work with the guy, it’s pretty clear that she is too scared to put her feelings out there in case it ruins their friendship, even though her close friends are egging her on to do so.

I have been in Freya’s position before, and I can tell you now, it is a horrible, horrible situation to be in, no wonder she didn’t know whether to tell him or not! I loved watching Freya and Rome’s friendship grow throughout the storyline, as both characters have such bold personalities. They’re both incredibly stubborn yet they both have hearts of gold, which meant that they were constantly doing right by other people, instead of doing right by themselves. As an outsider looking in, I was shouting at the book because I just wanted them both to see sense and actually talk to each other!

Once again, Holly Martin managed to create scenes which had me singing;

IT’S GETTING HOT IN HEREEEEE, SO TAKE OFF ALL YOUR CLOTHESSSS.

Hot.Under.The.Collar.

Even though I had a feeling on the conclusion of this book from an early stage, the predictability didn’t bother me in the slightest as I was too engrossed with Freya and Rome’s relationship, and ended up getting frustrated for them!

I have to make a confession. A part of this book irked me a tad. I didn’t want it to. But it did.

IT DIDN’T CONTAIN ENOUGH PAGES!!!!!!!!!

Yes. That right there is what’s wrong with this book. It’s too short. Hell, it could be 4775354564 pages long and I would still think that it was too short. Why? Because ladies and gentleman, this particular author is incredible!
Holly Martin creates realistic storylines with unforgettable characters, includes memorable laugh out loud humour, adds in a pinch of spice and drama to rival ITVbe; all in one book. To include all of that in a novel without losing momentum or vibe, takes talent, dedication, a kinky brain and a Holly Martin’s brain.

I adored everything about this novel, I’m not going to lie. For me, the thing that I love most about ‘Summer at Buttercup Beach’ is how it sends a message to anyone who has a crush; telling them to be true to themselves, not to make rash decisions, listen to your heart and just go for it.

Such a poignant and beautiful message within a humour filled, tender and cosy novel. 100% unputdownable.

Thanks Holly M & Bookouture.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour #Review – The Truth About Gemma Grey by Sophie Ranald @sophieranald @BrookCottagebks

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Genre: Chick lit/romantic comedy

Release Date: 19 June 2017

Life isn’t working out quite as Gemma had planned. Her breakthrough job turns out to involve writing clickbait articles about cats. Her boyfriend Jack is off travelling the world with his glamorous BFF and her mum’s social life puts Gemma’s own to shame.

Then, after a late-night online rant, Gemma’s YouTube channel goes viral and everything changes.

Suddenly, she’s living the dream – only it’s not turning out entirely as she imagined.

Gemma realises she’ll have to choose between fame, real love and being true to herself – because she can’t have it all. Or can she?

What does TWG think?

I must admit, ‘The Truth About Gemma Grey’ really took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting the storyline to be quite as deep as it turned out to be, nor was I expecting the rollercoaster ride of various emotions.

Gemma Grey is  a vlogger. Instead of typing blogs, she video’s them and uploads them to Youtube. To Gemma, it’s a hobby. An escape. But when she started her new job, her vlogging seemed to take a completely different turn, leaving her wondering if her vlog is actually hers. Theres nothing like posting things out of your comfort zone…right?

As a blogger myself, I found myself agreeing with Gemma on various things. Is she posting things that she wants, or is she posting things because someone else wants her to? Personally, I thought that her boyfriend, Jack, needed a slap. What a bumhole!

Sophie Ranald seemed to include the topic of ‘ghosting’, in a roundabout way. It seems to be the most popular thing for folk to do these days. For those you don’t know what ghosting is, it’s basically being ignored by someone who you considered to be a friend and who considered you to be a friend, for no apparent reason. One minute they’re online chatting to you about contouring your bum cheeks, the next they have blocked you all over social media and disappeared into thin air. I’ve been ghosted multiple times and it bloody hurts. I’m glad that the author included it in her story as so many people seem to do it, yet so many people are completely oblivious to it.

Like I said at the very start of this post, the unexpected deep issues within the storyline, caught me off guard, and in a good way! A couple of sensitive subjects were approached by the author, and were handled in such a realistic yet sensitive manner. Don’t get me wrong, they were quite difficult to read due to the emotional factor, but the rawness of the whole situation was incredible to read as the author had done the topic justice.

‘The Truth About Gemma Grey’ reminds me of a modern-day ‘Julie & Julia’ (if you haven’t seen the film, definite must). Gemma Grey is unique. She is relatable. She has got a voice and she isn’t afraid to use it. For me, this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read as it kept me entertained and engrossed. The author has such a unique writing style, but what a way to showcase that style in ‘The Truth About Gemma Grey’. I definitely recommend this one!

Thanks JB.

BUY LINKS

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071KKJ5JL

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About the author.
Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and a fifth is due for release in Spring 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SophieRanald/
Twitter: @sophieranald
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7233995.Sophie_Ranald
Website: https://www.sophieranald.com

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#BlogTour! #Review – Until Love Do Us Part by Anna Premoli @Aria_Fiction #romcom

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What happens when two people who hate each other are forced to cooperate by law? A fun, feisty, feel-good romance for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk.

Amalia and Ryan met at Yale Law School, from which their mutual dislike for one another was born.

Amalia Berger is a successful, high society New York lawyer. Chicago-based lawyer Ryan O’Moore is the eldest of four sons whose chaotic family run a pub in the heart of the Big Apple.

New York beckons after Ryan is offered a promotion. But when the defence lawyer of his first case is the one and only Amalia Berger, things become complicated.

The courtroom clash escalates between them to the point that the judge sentences them both to a punishment of community service, forcing them to spend time together…

What does TWG think?

I never usually do this, but, before I started reading ULDUP, I had a quick nose at the reviews on Goodreads. I was already on there anyway as I was putting the book as ‘currently reading’, so when I spotted swarms of two star reviews I became even more curious about what was beneath the eye-catching front cover. I mean really, two stars? Whilst I was intrigued due to the ratings I spotted, I was also a little bit apprehensive.

In ULDUP there are two main characters, Amalia and Ryan. Seeing as both characters are lawyers, there would be a slim chance of them bumping into each other, right? Especially given the fact that one is a New York lawyer, whilst the other is a lawyer from Chicago. Right? WRONG.

Amalia and Ryan have a history, a very loose history, and seeing each other has brought up some rather tetchy memories. From an outsiders point of view, Amalia and Ryan absolutely hate each other. But, from an insiders point of view? To be honest, I don’t think THEY even know!

I’ll admit, I did do a childish ‘HA HA’ when the two characters came face to face with each other, animosity was just oozing from the pages and I was looking forward to seeing some fireworks appear! That’s quite bad of me to admit, isn’t it haha.

Amalia and Ryan’s relationship was extremely volatile, yet there were times when it came across rather snooty and childish. It was like reading about two siblings bickering over who ate the last cookie! To be fair, based on their relationship alone – I was absolutely hooked on the book and all of its drama.

At the start of this review I said that I was a little apprehensive about reading this book due to the reviews I had spotted beforehand. Do I agree with those reviews? No, I actually don’t. Obviously, each to their own as everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

BUT….

I absolutely adored this book! It was SO much fun! I welcomed the copious amounts of drama with both hands as I hadn’t read a book like that in a while. I needed something different to read, and Until Love Do Us Part, completely hit the nail on the head. The judge who dished out, Amalia and Ryan’s punishment, was an absolute genius! The things that he came up with for the characters to do, was very cleverly written and such a unique addition to the storyline. Because of that, I felt like I got to see different sides to both of the characters, as opposed to just seeing them both throw their teddies out of their prams. Thoroughly enjoyed those parts the most as I also got to see the characters grow into their stubbornness, and out of their arrogance (to a point).

Until Love Do Us Part truly was such a breath of fresh air. Even though the book is labelled as a romance, it isn’t the type of book where you’re suffocated by romance, heart-shaped balloons and soaking wet kisses. In my opinion, Anna Premoli’s novel is more of an understated, modern romance novel, where the romance part is worked for as opposed to just being a given, or expected.

I throughly enjoyed every part of this novel, although what I will say is that I would have preferred a little more detail in some areas of the storyline. At times I felt like certain situations could have been given a little more oomph, I just wanted that little extra. Does that make sense?

Aside from that, Until Love Do Us Part is definitely a ‘curl up on the sofa & forget the whole world’ type of book. Anna Premoli has written a modern, laugh out loud, unexpected and fun novel which allowed me to do just that; curl up on the sofa and forget the whole world. Bliss.

Thanks Aria Fiction.

Buy links

Amazon // Kobo // iBooks // Google Play

Anna’s previous books, LOVE TO HATE YOU and YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY are out now: click here to buy

Author bio

Anna Premoli is a bestselling author in Italy. She began writing to relieve stress while working as a financial consultant for a private bank. Her previous novel, Love to Hate You won the Bancarella prize in 2013.

The blog tour isn’t over yet! Today’s stop was only day two, there are still ten stops left to go! Excited? All of the bloggers involved in the ‘Until Love Do Us Part’ blog tour, are listed on the picture below:

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#BlogTour! The Accidental Honeymoon by @PortiaMacIntosh @HQDigitalUK @LoveReadRomance

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What happens in Vegas…When Georgie discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, only a few days before her cousin’s wedding, her whole world explodes. Facing a romantic trip to Vegas alone, she decides to go out and have some fun…

…but Georgie never expected to wake up wed! And even worse, she can’t remember who to. So when gorgeous Jack reveals himself as her husband, she can’t believe her luck – he’ll act as the perfect wedding date!

Even if it is their very accidental honeymoon, surely the newlyweds can keep their emotions in check for just a few days more?

Don’t miss the laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Portia MacIntosh, author of It’s Not You, It’s Them. Perfect for fans of Rosie Blake, Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk.

What does TWG think?

Snort inducing, giggle fest of an author, Portia MacIntosh, is back with her brand new novel, The Accidental Honeymoon! Georgie’s fiancé has been cheating on her, so, she decided to go on a trip that had already been paid for; Las Vegas baby! Getting used to being single again as well as dealing with being cheated on, took Georgie a whole load of ‘I do not give a F….’. But the truth is, of course she gave a fluff. I mean, who wouldn’t? Let’s just say that Georgie’s trip to Las Vegas didn’t quite go to plan…at all.

I was so excited to get my hands on Portia MacIntosh’s new novel, I have loved all of her previous books and was uber glad to be able to get my fix with this intriguing little blighter. I loved the beginning, the authors fantastic humour is evident from the start and her writing style just pulled me in, as always. When the storyline unfolded a little more, I could see straight away what was going to happen. Unfortunately I felt that the plot ended up being a bit predictable, and the concept itself wasn’t that unique. I must admit that I was a little disappointed as, for me, the author has always written storylines in a unique and sassy sort of way. Whilst Portia MacIntosh has included sass in this particular storyline, it was the fact that it wasn’t unique which disappointed me as I have read other books in the same vein. Now, I feel really mean for saying that as I adore the authors work and she is brilliant at what she does, but it was just that minor detail which let it down a little.

However, Georgie and Jack’s relationship had me in hysterics! I totally had couple envy. As for the chocolate cake situation; BRILLIANT! That was such a genius move. I couldn’t stop laughing! Georgie is such a fireball type of character and Jack is totally her match, it was really fun watching their relationship pan out. I was convinced that their relationship would go a completely different way to how it actually went.

Even though I admitted that I had an issue with the overall plot, Portia MacIntosh still managed to make me love her new book. How? Because the last half of the book was written in true MacIntosh style; the sass, the wit, the humour, the cringe worthy moments. For me, that is what the author is all about, she writes the types of stories which some authors wouldn’t dare to do. That is why I found the first half of the book not consistent to the authors usual style. In my eyes, MacIntosh redeemed herself well and truly. It isn’t often that I get to laugh like a hyena, so when I do, I relish it. Portia MacIntosh is one of the few authors who can make me do that.

Aside from my issue above, I found ‘The Accidental Honeymoon’ to be a laugh out loud, perfect night in, type of read. Incredibly entertaining and fiery, Portia Macintosh’s novel had me giggling for days after I had finished it. Belter.

Thanks LRR & HQDigital UK.

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Author Info:

Portia MacIntosh has been ‘making stuff up’ for as long as she can remember – or so she says. Whether it was blaming her siblings for that broken vase when she was growing up, blagging her way backstage during her rock chick phase or, most recently, whatever justification she can fabricate to explain away those lunchtime cocktails, Portia just loves telling tales. After years working as a music journalist, Portia decided it was time to use her powers for good and started writing novels. Taking inspiration from her experiences on tour with bands, the real struggle of dating in your twenties and just trying to survive as an adult human female generally, Portia writes about what it’s really like for women who don’t find this life stuff as easy as it seems.

 Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Summer with the Country Village Vet #BlogTour! @ZaraStoneley @HarperImpulse #Guestpost #Review

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Honoured to be today’s stop on Zara Stoneley’s blog tour for her latest novel, Summer with the Country Village Vet! I was lucky enough to read this book before it was published, and today I am able to share my review of the book with you all. Not only that, author, Zara Stoneley, has written a guest post just for us. Of course – it’s animal related!! Enjoy!

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Seven reasons why an author needs a four-legged friend
by Zara Stoneley

A dog needs walks. Which are essential if you want to avoid writer’s bum, or an expanding middle.

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People will stop and chat if you’ve got a dog – and after several hours with only a laptop for company it’s nice to talk. Plus you get some fresh air; the pale interesting look doesn’t work for everybody.

A four-legged friend will curtail any hermit-like tendencies. You’ll need to put down the laptop, get out of bed, brush your hair (bed hair only looks good on the very attractive) – oh, and dress. Your furry friend will need food and attention. A dog might bark, but a cat is master of the not-so-subtle hint.

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Sometimes you just need a cuddle! Stroking a pet relieves stress. It’s proven. And talking to a pet isn’t crazy, some people think that talking to yourself, or even worse your characters, is a little bit loopy – talking to your guinea-pig is fine, more than fine. Totally acceptable.

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Animals understand when you’ve just read a review saying somebody hates your book, and all you want to do is weep. Or you want to tear your hair out, because you’re halfway through writing the next and have just decided it’s the biggest load of rubbish you’ve ever read. They’re non-judgemental, they’ll listen, however long you drone on. They’ll never interrupt and tell you to get a grip. They’ll give you a look that says ‘you can do it, but how about we share some cake first?’

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Your four-legged friend will give you inspiration. How many books have you read that didn’t feature a single animal? And even if Freddy the hamster doesn’t actually make it on to the pages, just watching him will make you smile, and remind you how lucky you are to be doing what you love.

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Your cat won’t let you get above your station. Forget the fact that your editor loves your work – your cat has brought you a mouse. A live one. Your cat will remind you that even though a reader has just told you your book is fabulous, you still look stupid running round the kitchen in your pyjamas trying to catch a rodent. You’re a mere human being, not a soon-to-be-famous author.

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A horse can give you a better workout than the gym – lugging bales of hay around is only the start of it. There’s the mucking out, the trudging across field knee deep in mud to bring your little darling in, and then of course there’s the riding. And the added bonus that you might meet a hunky farmer or farrier who makes the perfect hero!

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So that’s my top seven excuses, sorry reasons, for having a four-legged and furry companion.

Why seven? It’s my lucky number! And now I’m heading back to a darkened room to grapple with my edits, but I will of course emerge briefly at 5pm. Saffy the cat will insist.

Ahhhh look at those animals!! I want to cuddle those dogs, how cuuuuteeee!!! Thank you, Zara Stoneley, for the extremely awww-tastic guest post!

Here is my review of Zara Stoneley’s brand new novel, enjoy!

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‘All the ingredients for a perfect, summery read…it really captured my heart’ Cressida McLaughlin

‘Sprinkled with oodles of charm…I simply adored this book’ Christie Barlow

Fall in love with a brand new cosy romance series from bestselling author Zara Stoneley

When Lucy Jacobs is made redundant from her inner-city teaching job she fears her career is over. Teaching is all Lucy knows and she’s determined to get back in the classroom as fast as she can.

Except the only job on offer is at an idyllic village school in the middle of nowhere – Lucy’s idea of hell. Where are the disadvantaged kids who need saving, where is the challenge?

But as Lucy finds herself welcomed into the warm-hearted community of Langtry Meadows, she begins to realise new challenges await – like frogs in the classroom, a rather difficult donkey, and a very brooding local vet…

Local boy Charlie Davenport has his own issues about living in the close-knit village of Langtry Meadows. His private life is already fuel for the well-meaning gossips and the very last thing he needs is to get close to the new school teacher…no matter how lovely she is.

But as summer days drift away Langtry Meadows weaves its magic, Charlie and Lucy both get the chance to turn over a new leaf and start anew…maybe with each other?

A fun, romantic story to make you smile and long for your own country escape.

Praise for Summer with the Country Village Vet:

‘Beautifully written tale straight from the author’s heart’ The Writing Garnet

‘Like a summer breeze, gently warming your heart…be prepared for love, laughter and escapism’ My Chestnut Reading Tree

‘A zingy, romantic and fabulously heartwarming book … My ultimate summer read’ Petra Pippa Q.

What does TWG think?

Summer with the Country Village Vet, is one of those books where pretty much all of the storyline is linked, in one way or another. Cue ultimate vague review, and rightly so! Just like Zara Stoneley’s previous novels, they’re to be devoured with your own eyes so that you can appreciate every single thing, and no less.

At the time of reading Stoneley’s book, I was going through a really rough patch and I couldn’t wait to lose myself in Zara Stoneley’s majestic words. Now, before you start thinking that this book is all kittens, puppies, and glorious scenery (trees and people included) due to the colourful cover, be prepared to open your mind. Why? Because, whilst the storyline has light-hearted and fun elements to it, it also contains deep emotion, heart breaking circumstances, as well as deep and meaningful reminders.

Charlie, the village vet, seems to have all the women in the village tongue-tied and creating hefty vet bills due to their constant ‘need’ to see the vet. I don’t think that it’s their animals that are needing a thorough checking over either!

Lucy, the main character, is trying to get her foot back on the teacher ladder, and ends up making friends with several children in the local school. Oh, and their frogs.

Personally, the storyline ran a lot deeper than I had anticipated. I too, thought that the storyline was going to be fluffy and serene, but it wasn’t. And, to be honest, seeing as I was going through a situation at the time, just like in the book, I was able to relate to certain characters even more. Not only that, it made me quite emotional. I really wanted to reach into the book and give the characters involved, a really big hug.

As emotional as those parts were, they made me feel whole and gave me the support I needed which I wasn’t getting in real life. For an author to be able to unintentionally do that, just wow, incredible.

‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’ made me smile, laugh, cry, reminisce, and of course – go ‘awwwww’ more times than I could count. The entire novel had everything I could have ever wanted in a book! Zara Stoneley, once again, has written flawless descriptions that became vivid imagery in my mind. I have absolutely no idea how she does it, all I know is that she is absolutely brilliant at it.

There was nothing I disliked about it, at all. The pace was on point. The characters (albeit two who needed their heads banged together to see sense), were such fun to be around, especially the children. Hilarious! The vet, well, he was a lovely addition to the storyline. Cough.

But for me, the real star of the show was Zara Stoneley’s incredible story telling, she has completely blown me away with the mixture of cute, sassy, and heart-felt moments. This book, really is, a beautifully written tale straight from the authors heart. You can tell that the author has put her heart and soul into every situation, every character, the animal stars, and every emotion. It’s clear at the start, and it remains clear at the end; this is by far Zara Stoneley’s best book yet.

A beautiful, life affirming and heart warming tale about love, life and learning to have faith in your instincts. Not everyone’s life is picture perfect yet Stoneley, has proven in her new book that lives can be anything BUT picture perfect and yet still fill your heart with joy.

Thank you Zara Stoneley & HarperImpulse.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review – The Gin Shack by Catherine Miller (@katylittlelady) @HQDigitalUK

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As most of you are aware (well, if you’ve been a fan of TWG since the beginning), I am a huge fan of Catherine Miller’s work. Her two previous novels are such thought-provoking, beautiful reads which still resonate with me to this day. When Catherine Miller personally asked me to be involved with the blog tour for her new book, The Gin Shack, I was completely taken aback. Not only that, the author wanted little ol’ me to kick off her blog tour….ON her publication day, what an incredible honour! Thank you Ms.Miller for giving me the honour of supporting you and your brand new book today.

Let me kick off this tour by wishing Catherine Miller a truly amazing HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

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You’re never too old to try something new!

When octogenarian Olive Turner is persuaded by her son to move into a retirement home, she congratulates herself on finding the secret to an easy life: no washing up, cooking or cleaning. But Olive isn’t one for mindless bingo with her fellow residents, and before the first day is over she’s already hatching a plan to escape back to her beloved beach hut and indulge in her secret passion for a very good gin & tonic.

Before long Olive’s secret is out and turning into something wonderful and new. Only a select few are invited, but word spreads quickly about the weekly meetings of The Gin Shack Club. Soon everybody on the beach wants to become a gin connoisseur and join Olive on her journey to never being forced to grow older than you feel.

A journey of friendship, defiance and a quest for the perfect G&T.

What does TWG think?

Finding out that Catherine Miller’s third novel was going to be about gin, really did surprise me; especially as her previous two novels had quite a serious topic for the storyline. I was aware that the author wanted to try something new, but, as someone who isn’t allowed to drink alcohol, I wasn’t sure what to make of the concept.

However…..

It  didn’t matter whether I drank alcohol, liked alcohol, didn’t like alcohol, or fancied dressing up as a llama whilst necking several tequila, the storyline of ‘The Gin Shack’ was absolutely brilliant! To be honest, the entire novel was cleverly written – it blew any umm-ing and ahh-ing of out of the water.

Olive has reached a time in her life where her mind thinks she’s 20, but her body tells her that she’s eighty-wonderful. Unfortunately, Olive’s son is concerned about leaving her sharp mind and her weakening body alone to care for herself. As far as Olive is concerned, moving into a care home is going to be bliss; no cooking!! There is one major downside to that move; no free access to her beach hut…..

I fell in love with Olive’s character straight away, whilst at the same time disliking her son’s character. He annoyed me big time! As for Olive, I’m surprised her beach hut was able to accommodate her personality, it’s larger than life! I adored her cheeky and free-spirited side, aka the ‘not giving a f….’ side, she couldn’t give two hoots whether people liked what she got up to, all that mattered was whether Olive was happy. What exactly is wrong with that?

There is so much more to Catherine Miller’s latest novel than just gin, and it’s very moving.
There were times throughout the storyline where I felt incredibly sorry for Olive. All she wanted to do was keep her hobbies, it wasn’t really asking for much yet for Olive it was as though she had lost part of her. Aside from the fact that this book is mostly about gin, the storyline does have a back story to it and most of the characters are more than what they seem. You’ll find out when you read it!

I wish I could sit here and explain my views a little better, but if I did that I wouldn’t be too popular due to spoilers. Soooo it means that this review is quite tricky to write. Apologies!

Olive is the sort of person that everyone should have in their lives; she has sparkle, confidence, a big heart, as well as a touching back story which will no doubt make you have ‘something in your eye’. I love her to pieces.

In my eyes, Catherine Miller has done it yet again! She has written such a memorable, heart-warming, soul-searching, addictive and magical novel which warmed my body from the tips of my toes, to the top of my head. Catherine Miller’s enticing words made me giggle, sigh, and for the first time ever, make me feel as though I was ‘one of the gang’ (even though I don’t drink). To an outsider, a Gin Shack may seem to be a waste of time or pointless. But, to Olive, her friends, and now the readers of Miller’s brand new book, ‘The Gin Shack’ is THE book to read and losing yourself in. Yes it’s funny at times. Yes it’s bonkers at times. Yes there is copious amounts of gin. But you know what? I have never, ever felt more at home in a storyline as I have with Catherine Miller’s.

Such a fantastic, fun, and moving novel, perfect for reminding you of what is TRULY important in life (alongside gin). Out-gin-standing. The Gin Shack is my top hug in a book, book ever.

Catherine Miller is definitely an author to watch in 2017; phenomenal work as always.

Huge thanks to HQ Digital UK & Catherine Miller!

Buy ‘The Gin Shack’ by Catherine Miller, NOW!

This is only day ONE of the tour don’t forget, so make sure you follow the other folk on Catherine Miller’s tour! Apparently there is a World Gin Day? Who knew!!

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#CoverReveal! The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées by Rebecca Raisin @jaxandwillsmum

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Wooooooo!! Second cover reveal of the week and it’s for one of my most favourite authors EVER! It has been ages since this lovely lady last appeared on TWG. But, thanks to her brand new book, that is about to change.

You may have heard of this author….

May…..

Unsure though….

Right, I’m going to show you just incase you recognise her name…

You ready for this?

The Little Perfume Shop cover

TA-DAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! Yes ladies and gents, the f-awesoome, Rebecca Raisin, is BACK with book number three from ‘The Little Paris Collection’. -shimmies-. I wish I had legs like the, er, collection of pixels on the front cover, so I could wear that skirt!
In all seriousness, how stunning is that cover?! To tickle your fancy a little bit more, here is a bit more information about this book, alongside the all important publication details:

What is French for falling in love?
When Del leaves small town America to compete in a perfume competition in Paris, she thinks it is just the next step on her five-year-plan. It’s an exciting opportunity. What started out as just a dream for Del and her twin sister is nearly in her grasp. If she wins this competition, they are on their way to opening their very own perfume boutique!
Arriving in Paris, watching the sun glinting off the Seine and wandering the Champs-Elysees, Del discovers the most perfect perfumery she’s ever seen. Yet, as the competition dawns Del realises that whilst she might have had the best nose in her small village, her competitors seem to know more than she could ever have dreamed. This competition isn’t going to be easy…
Del has the romance of Paris to sweep her away from her worries, but as the competition heats up, so does her desire for that which she cannot have! If only the dashing owner Sébastien didn’t smell so seductive, look so handsome and make her heart flutter like it never has before. They say love smells as sweet as a red rose in bloom, but Del would tell anyone that true love can’t be bottled – it’s beautiful and unique to everyone…even herself. With everything on the line for her future, can Del really let a little attraction get in the way of securing her dreams?

Other books in the series:

1. The Little Bookshop on the Seine

2. The Little Antique Shop under the Eiffel Tower

3. The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées

The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées is set to be published on the 8th September 2017. It can be pre-ordered right now from: Amazon UK

(Thanks to Helena from LoveReadRomance for all the book details – won’t let me tag).
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#CoverReveal! The Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop by Tracy Corbett (@Tracyacorbett) @AvonBooksUK

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Ahhhh I am loving these mid-week cover reveals!
Today I have the pleasure of helping to reveal the book cover for a brand new author. Now, if you’re like me and suffer from hay fever yet you are quite partial to a bouquet of flowers (or several)…from afar, then you’re going to love this.
You can enjoy flowers without the constant sneezing and having a nose like a tap, AND read a novel at the same time. Win win!!

Dun…dun….dun…….

Forget Me Not
The summer romance novel that everyone is talking about!

Evie runs a florist, The Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop. A new man is not what she needs, but can plumber Scott Castillo fix her boiler and thaw her heart too?

Scott is trying to balance paying the bills with caring for his sick mother and parenting his nephew, Ben, who at 18 is marrying his girlfriend Amy. Amy’s mum Patricia hides her husband David’s infidelity from their hopelessly romantic daughter. Patricia’s tennis partner Martin moans about his inability to satisfy his wife, Laura, who helps brides find their perfect dress for their dream wedding, despite her own marriage being a mess.

Who will fall in love, and who will fall apart? Will the budding romance between Evie and Scott flourish or wilt?

Ohhh look how prettyyyyyyyy!!!! I adore this cover, it’s so eye-catching! Although, judging by the blurb, it seems as though there is a lot more to the storyline that meets the eye. I (as always) cannot wait to get my hands on this book!

The Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop by Tracy Corbett, will be published by Avon Books in e-book on the 3rd July 2017.
You can pre-order your copy right now from Amazon UK.

What do you think of the cover? Let me know on Twitter!

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