Blog tour: Alzheimers Research – Little Kitty by Caterina Longtail & co! @brookcottagebks @aruknews

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This morning’s blog post is a rather special one as it extremely significant. As soon as I saw the information about this book, I knew I had to show my support in any way that I could, granted, not as much as the authors involved have!

All of the authors involved in ‘Little Kitty the Cat Burglar’ have donated their time free of charge and have written one chapter of the book each. All proceeds from the book will go to Alzheimers Research UK. You can find out more about the charity right here. The amazing authors involved are: Suzan Collins, Tottie Limejuice, Jo Wilde, JB Johnston, Lucy Rayner, Ros Lyons, Ann Bowyer and Tracy Terry. Together, they became known as Caterina Longtail!

Buying this cute book will not only give you a lovely bedtime story to read (for yourself or to a child!), it will also help to support a charity carry on their vital work in aid of such a devastating disease.

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‘We are the UK’s leading research charity aiming to defeat dementia. We power world class studies that give us the best chance of beating dementia sooner. Our pioneering work focuses on prevention, treatment and cure. We are energising a movement across society to support, fund and take part in dementia research. We aim to empower people across all generations through greater understanding of dementia. Together we have the power to defeat dementia.’

‘Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but there are other types of dementia too. It is possible to have more than one type of dementia at the same time. Alzheimer’s is sometimes seen with vascular dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies. You might hear this called ‘mixed dementia’. (all info taken from Alzheimer’s Research UK website).

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What does TWG think?

With a beautiful looking book like this, how can you NOT like it? This gorgeous book is a perfect little read for both and adults and children. Plus, it has outstanding illustrations, so if you don’t fancy reading it, at least you have the option to look at the cats! My three-year old daughter loves looking at this book and has claimed it as her new bedtime story. If, like me, you’re an avid reader and may want something lighter to read in between your other books; ‘Little Kitty the cat burglar’ will be perfect. Perfect length, stunning illustrations AND all for a good cause too. It really is a win win situation.

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Blog Tour! Review – ‘Mistakes We Make’ by Jenny Harper (@harper_jenny) @BrookCottagebks

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Today it is TWG’s stop on the Brook Cottage Book blog tour for Jenny Harper and the ‘Mistakes We Make’! Time to get comfortable as TWG brings you a review, extract AND a giveaway! Enjoy!

jh1Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
5th book in the Heartlands series (can be read as a standalone)
Release Date: 28 July 2016
Publisher: Accent Press

Blurb.

Sometimes you have to dig deep to discover what you really need.

Marketing events manager Molly Keir doesn’t realise how much she still cares for her ex until she meets him with another woman. Her answer is to seize the chance of a glittering job in London – even though this will mean leaving behind her aging father and pregnant best friend Lexie Gordon.

Adam Blair is in the wrong job. Pressured by his father to join the family law firm, the stress of work helped break his marriage. Now Molly is moving to London, and he knows he needs to move on – but events soon overtake his best intentions.

A year ago, Caitlyn Murray quit her well-paid job to avoid becoming a whistle-blower. Now she is stuck at home with her overworked mother and four needy step-siblings. Tempted by the offer of a good wage, she returns to her old firm – where her nightmare comes back to haunt her.

Molly and Adam seem to have gone too far to recover the love they once had, and when Caitlyn finds the courage to speak out, she brings all their worlds tumbling down.

What does TWG think?

Jenny Harper has been one of my ‘must read’ authors for a while, but I had never gotten round to finally picking up one of her books. When the opportunity arose with the chance to read Jenny’s latest book, ‘Mistakes We Make’, I just had to say yes. The only ‘downfall’ to that opportunity, is the fact that my bank balance will have a few, (cough), Jenny Harper sized dents in it when I go and buy the other four books in the Heartland Series. Oh no, whatever will TWG do -dramatically sighs-!!

‘Mistakes We Make’ follows the lives of three main characters; Molly, Adam and Caitlyn, and my word what turbulent lives all of them have! The beauty of the character switching meant that my attention was constantly focused, and I was always on edge whilst waiting for the next big thing to happen within the story. Usually that style does confuse me, it doesn’t take much mind, but I really do feel that it worked exceptionally well in Jenny’s book.

‘You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone’, seems to be the underlying theme for a couple of the characters due to the choices they made in the past. Those particular choices have paved each of their paths in the present, and it is completely down to themselves to work out what is worth it, and what isn’t. How many lives could be disrupted though? How many mistakes will they make this time?
(P.S, yes, the quote is from song lyrics. Think tax…a yellow one.)

What a story! Not only is there one lot of drama happening, there is two other characters drama happening at the same time, and golly it makes for a brilliant read! I was pretty much hooked from the get go! I don’t mean drama as in Kardashian drama or cat fight drama, instead it is the sort that makes you sit up and focus. Drama that you feel obligated to be involved in, whether it is emotional drama or life itself drama.

‘Mistakes We Make’ sees Molly fighting against her own heart, Adam fighting against his chosen path, and Caitlyn fighting against doing what’s right. When the story delves deeper into Molly’s history, I did feel as though I was playing ‘I like her, I like her not’. I couldn’t seem to reach a solid decision about whether I liked her, disliked her, or whether it was just her choices that I disliked. I can safely say that there were many times where I thought that all three of them needed to put their big girl pants on!

The strength behind the storyline is evident pretty much from the onset and I absolutely LOVED reading a book with towns that I know of, and have visited, as I live near them! For me, that cemented the realistic factor of the book as I was able to visualise the areas that the characters went to. Very special. There were a few situations in the book that had me rather shocked, but Jenny wrote about every dark and emotional situation with sensitivity, realism and gave them even more of an edge. To be able to write about events that could potentially bring the shock factor to the reader, with such honesty and focus, really added warmth to the book in a way I never knew was possible.

‘Mistakes We Make’ is a rollercoaster ride of a story that will have you engrossed and involved in a multitude of ways. With an exceptionally strong storyline and memorable characters, ‘Mistakes We Make’ is a definite must read and will leave you wanting more. Intense and emotional, this book certainly packs punch. I can honestly say that it definitely wasn’t a mistake to read!

‘Mistakes We Make’ by Jenny Harper, published by Accent Press, is available to buy now from AMAZON UK//AMAZON US.

Extract.

Molly Keir rummaged in her handbag and extracted her glasses.

‘Yum, this looks amazing. Scallops, black pudding, Gravadlax, sole paupiettes. Wow. I didn’t realise how ravenous I was till I started reading!’

Lexie whispered, ‘Molly.’

‘Mmm? What do you think about beef?’

‘Molly.’

Molly looked up at the note of urgency. ‘What?’

Lexie’s face had turned an odd shade, and her brown eyes had a panicky look about them. She was staring over Molly’s shoulder at the doorway.

Molly shoved her glasses back onto the top of her head and swung round. A woman was walking into the room. She was Asian – Indian perhaps? – and classically beautiful. Her hair fell in thick, shiny tresses halfway down her back, her eyes were dark as treacle and dramatically outlined in black. She was wearing scarlet. Afterwards, that was what Molly remembered most – the stunning silky dress, hugging a perfect figure.

For now, the dress and the woman faded improbably into the background because there was a man behind her. Not just any man – Adam Blair.

Molly’s husband.

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About Jenny Harper.

I’ve been a writer for most of my life. I’ve written and co-authored a number of books on Scotland, a history of childbirth, a children’s novel and a romantic novel, all published some years ago. I’ve now turned my attention to writing the kind of novels I like to read – well written and with some depth, but not literary or too demanding. I like to tackle issues, but also to incorporate the complicated emotional challenges of day-to-day living.

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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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It’s STRICTLY #review time as Tracy Bloom (@TracyBBloom) does ‘Strictly My Husband’! @BrookCottagebks

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The time has come to don your lycra, sparkle like the star on the top of the Christmas tree, and waltz your way to Facebook (after you’ve read my review & bought the book)!! ‘Why?’ I hear you ask. Well ladies and gentleman, there aint no party like a FACEBOOK PARTY (& S Club)! There is a special event happening via Facebook today where you have the chance to samba your way to winning some wonderfully wacky prizes, foxtrot your way to some reviews from some glitterball bloggers AND Charleston your way to a lot of fun!

If you would like to be involved in a strictly fantastic event, here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1752747325014113/

brook1Blurb.

Laura loves it when Tom takes her for a late night tango around the kitchen after their
friends have gone home and they’re avoiding the washing up. She can’t dance but who
cares when no one is watching?
All that changes when Tom arrives on the doorstep with Carly, a professional dancer, and
announces he’s offered her the spare room to rent while she performs in a show that Tom is directing.
An outraged Laura doesn’t feel like dancing with Tom anymore but Carly does. It only takes two to tango, and given Tom’s history who knows where it could end? Will Laura be the one left watching from the sidelines whilst Carly waltzes off with her husband’s heart?

What does TWG think?

You don’t have to be like Craig Revel Horwood to realise that this book might have SLIGHT hint of a popular Saturday night TV show waltzing through it! After all, you know you have found THE perfect relationship when both of you sit on the edge of your seats, rating the celebrity dancers on the TV. Match made in heaven or a perfect ten! But is it though? What about  when your dancer husband invites another professional dancer to stay in your marital home, without consulting you first, or letting you know that…oh I don’t know, the dancer has two glitter balls attached to its chest? Is that a perfect ten? Or will the strictly curse strike again?

Laura and Tom have such a ‘comfortable’ relationship, they have their routine and are full aware of each others likes and dislikes. To be honest, they should do, after all, they’re married! I gelled with them both straight away because of how ‘real’ their characters come across as. People do sit at home rating the Strictly dancers, and now, thanks to Tracy’s book, I’m sure a lot more people will be proud that they do!

I think that it’s such a cleverly written book as it incorporates the essence of such a popular TV show, with a modern day relationship. As the storyline progresses, Laura and Tom’s own story takes over from Strictly and we get to learn more about their lives, as well as the lives of the people close to them. There are definitely a few colourful characters in this book, especially with one or two being a tad like marmite.

Not only does ‘Strictly My Husband’ have the dance factor, the hilarious one liners and sarcasm, in my opinion, override that completely. Absolutely hilarious, this book is definitely laugh out loud worthy. However, I did find parts of the storyline to not flow as well as some other parts did. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed read it overall!

‘Strictly My Husband’ was the first book that I had read of Tracy’s, I had heard she was funny, but I didn’t realise how dry her humour would be. She manages to add on point humour to an otherwise difficult situation whilst adding the fun factor the book (aside from strictly, obviously).

‘Strictly My Husband’ is such a fun, vibrant and unforgettable read that will have you picking up your dance shoes quicker than you can say Darcy Bussell! If you were against emphasising your bits and bobs in fuchsia pink lycra, Tracy Bloom will make you think otherwise with ‘Strictly My Husband’!

(I received a complimentary copy in return for an honest review.)

Will ‘Strictly My Husband’ turn into strictly MY book?
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About the author.
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Tracy Bloom was born quite a while ago, is average to short in height, buys clothes based
on their ability to hide stuff rather than show stuff, has chemically enhanced hair and wishes she had kept her braces in longer as a teenager. But apart from that she is really happy to try to describe herself!
Tracy has always liked to say it how it is in her writing, right from when she began her first
novel NO-ONE EVER HAS SEX ON A TUESDAY nearly ten years ago. Her insight and wit has led her to be a number one bestseller, published in over a dozen countries and twice
winner of the Love Stories Awards for Best Author Published Romance.

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