Blog Tour – TWG’s book review of ‘What Happens at the beach…’ by T.A.Williams.

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Blurb.

It’s finally time for Natalie Dryden to decide what she really wants! After ditching her sparkling engagement ring, and her ghastly fiancé, she jets off for the sun-kissed shores of Southern France – the only place that has ever truly felt like home. For the first time ever, Natalie is determined to forget all about men and follow her dreams!
…head to the French coast!
Only, avoiding the male population isn’t quite so easy, especially when she meets smooth-talking Philippe and gorgeous fisherman, Remy! But then Natalie, quite literally, bumps into brooding millionaire Mark whilst swimming in the glittering azure-blue bay – and her life is turned upside-down.
Love might be off the cards for Natalie, yet suddenly she finds herself in her dream job and working with her dream man! But is it all too good to be true…?

What does TWG think?

This is the third and final stop for TWG on this tour! Big thank you to Karan from #KEPRTours for having me involved in the tour three times and for having me take part in her other tours! Means a lot. Also, thank you to the publishers for letting me have an ARC of the book in return for my thoughts!

Have you ever felt as though you didn’t belong? You know, the sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach as though something wasn’t right? A partner that considered you to be a ‘thing’, well, his family thinking that you’re a ‘using thing’. Sound familiar? Oh, just me then…

Natalie has been going with the flow with her fiancé for a few years, but then one day, after a casual sausage roll with the dog…in a pantry…she realised that the flow wasn’t enough. Natalie knows that the carpet can be pulled from under people all too quickly,  she was determined to not let that happen to her. She has worked hard in her studies and what better place to find herself again, than in France. Surely she will be able to take time for herself and be true to who she really is? You would think so, but when three eligible bachelors and a Labrador catch her eye, I’m sure even Natalie will begin to wonder ‘What happens at the beach….’.

Ever since I saw the cover and the title of this book I have been intrigued. I asked myself ‘what DID happen at the beach?’. I had no idea whether the book would be a ‘typical’ romantic comedy, and, if I’m honest, I was hoping it wouldn’t be.
I adored the fact that Natalie and her grandmother had such chequered pasts because it made them stand out as characters. Their pasts aren’t revealed completely in one go, so as the story progresses, you get to find out more about them and are able to connect with them on multiple levels. ‘What happens at the beach…’ was such an easy book to read, despite several emotional circumstances, it didn’t involve too much of my brain power. That, is definitely a bonus, (if I think too much my head hurts 😉 ).

My favourite part of the whole book was taking a walk down memory lane with Natalie, literally. The amount of history that oozes from the book is mind-blowing. Every place that was visited by Natalie and her new boss, was laced with vivid description. I felt as though I was right there, in France, soaking up the historic atmosphere. Phenomenal.

One thing I have to sit on the fence for where the book is concerned, is the situation of the three guys and Natalie. I couldn’t believe that part as much as I believed the rest of the book. Now, I could be a cynic, maybe it’s because I have never had three guys take a shine to me at once, or maybe Natalie was incredibly lucky. That is just my personal opinion though, and despite my reservations on that situation, it didn’t ruin the book for me. I just didn’t gel with it. I did gel with the dog though, now he’s a keeper! At least I wouldn’t need a foot warmer!

I did say at the beginning of the review that I wondered if I was going to be reading a ‘typical’ romance novel, and I didn’t. However, I did cry like a baby and feel the urge to eat masses of chocolate. In my eyes that didn’t make it a typical romance read because none of the three guys were involved in my snot induced weeping. Ah, I can see why I have never had three males taking a shine to me now….. ;).

‘What happens at the beach’ is a book about finding your feet and doing what is right for you no matter what hurdles you have to jump over. It’s also a book that I felt as though it hugged me, it captured part of me from within and opened my eyes to the fact that there is a whole world out there. All you need is a Labrador, and hope…

What happens at the beach… by T.A.Williams, published by Carina, was released 11th July 2016, and is available to buy from Amazon UK now.

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#ReleaseBlitz – Friends ForNever by Melissa Baldwin.

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It’s release blitz time! Melissa Baldwin is back with yet another smasher of a book, and you can get your hands on it from today! ‘How? How?’ I hear you ask. Well my lovely TWG readers, I shall not only tell you HOW and WHERE you can grab your copy, I also tell you about the book. I spoil you, I know.

Book Information

Title: Friends ForNever
Author: Melissa Baldwin
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing

Summary

Erin Taylor is a hard-working journalist with a serious TV addiction and lack of a social life. She’s focused on her career and determined to leave her tiny cubicle behind for a fabulous corner office! But when a new co-worker, a friendship drama, and a hot workplace crush collide, Erin finds it harder and harder to focus. Especially when that crush on the oh-so-yummy Aiden Thomas starts to materialize into what feels like a magical relationship. Erin’s life seems to finally be heading in the right direction…until suddenly friends aren’t such great friends after all, her magical relationship hits a bumpy road, and her career could be derailed by it all. Erin learns a lesson the hard way: Sometimes people aren’t who they seem to be. With her happiness on the line, can Erin rise above her disappointments and create the life she’s always dreamed of or will she be stuck being Friends ForNever?

Book Links.

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Amazon US
Amazon UK
iTunes
Barnes & Noble
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Author Biography

Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then, she has written and published four more novels, Wedding Haters, See You Soon Broadway, Not Quite Sheer Happiness, and Friends ForNever.
Melissa resides in Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer.
When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, fashion, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.

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RELEASE BLITZ: ‘What Happens At The Beach’ by T.A.Williams.

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Happy publication day to T.A.Williams! His latest novel ‘What Happens at the Beach’ is released for you all to buy as of NOW! Whoop! See the cover before but don’t know what the book is about? Well, luckily for you, I have all the information you require to go and treat yourself this summery (ahem) Monday!

Book Information
Title:
What Happens at the Beach…
Author: T. A. Williams
Series: What Happens in… (standalone)
Release Date: July 11, 2106
Genres: Chick Lit
Publisher: HarperCollins/Carina UK

Book Blurb
For the perfect summer romance…
‘t’s finally time for Natalie Dryden to decide what she really wants! After ditching her sparkling engagement ring, and her ghastly fiancé, she jets off for the sun-kissed shores of Southern France – the only place that has ever truly felt like home. For the first time ever, Natalie is determined to forget all about men and follow her dreams!

…head to the French coast!

Only, avoiding the male population isn’t quite so easy, especially when she meets smooth-talking Philippe and gorgeous fisherman, Remy! But then Natalie, quite literally, bumps into brooding millionaire Mark whilst swimming in the glittering azure-blue bay – and her life is turned upside-down.
Love might be off the cards for Natalie, yet suddenly she finds herself in her dream job and working with her dream man! But is it all too good to be true…?’

Buy from Amazon US
Buy from Amazon UK

About the author.

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Firstly, my name isn’t T A. It’s Trevor. 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.

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Jetting off again to Paris as TWG goes back on tour with Rebecca Raisin & ‘The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower’!

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Good morning my lovely readers! I’m jetting off for a fleeting visit to Paris today. I’m taking someone rather special with me, you may have heard of her; Rebecca Raisin? Author of ‘The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower’? Author of the ‘Gingerbread Cafe’ series? You love her books right, me too!
Today I have the honour of kicking off Rebecca’s tour hosted by the fantastic Karan at KERPTours. To kick off a blog tour for an author is a wonderful privilege, and it means so much to me to be able to start off the tour for an author that I have read and loved for ages. Major fangirl moment!

Lets get started then shall we? Rebecca has given TWG an excerpt from her newest release to share with you all:

‘The most rewarding part of my job was seeing a customer’s eyes light up when they took delivery, their hands finding their face, mouths hanging open, and the still of the moment, as if time stopped as two worlds collided.

Past and present. Then and now.

Using the hutch, I knew that Marie would have an epiphany, an idea that hauled her from the well of writer’s block; was it her subconscious, or was it Anaïs, giving her a ghostly hand up when the words wouldn’t flow?

You would have been surprised how many customers called me with shy voices and told me stories about their antique, and how they were visited by ghosts – the former owners checking in. As if every now and then, they traveled back from their fluffy perch in heaven to check their beloved antique was still being cared for.

It was especially true for antiques used by artistic people. They found it that much harder to let go and move to the next place. A violin from the early 1800s was heard during the night, the soft lament of the strings ringing out as the new owner was roused from sleep and followed the sound, catching the curtain shiver once or twice, even though the windows were locked tight, and the door bolted.

Or a typewriter, once used by some robust, whisky-fueled writer, would suddenly come to life, its keys clacking in the dark of midnight. It was just a brief visit to touch base with the precious medium that made their art immortal. The clink of a glass to whisky bottle heard, a goodbye, before silence enveloped the room once more.

Even I’d had a visit. I had an old clock, once owned by a fifties’ French actress who was notorious for arriving late on set, and then staying up all hours with whatever beau took her fancy. When I first took the grandfather clock home, it would tick tock louder at the witching hour, as if it was greeting her, and I wondered if I sprinted to the living room if I’d catch her curvaceous shadow caught in moonlight as she revisited the one thing that always beat her in her life – time. She died tragically, young and beautiful, and in the afterlife chased the thing that had evaded her.

Ghosts visiting their prized possessions? It was all sorts of crazy, and I’d be dubious myself, if I hadn’t seen it firsthand. I wondered if Anaïs would be there in spirit today, whispering to me through the ages…’

I have already written my review for Rebecca’s book, so in case you missed it, here is the link:
Book review of ‘The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower’ by Rebecca Raisin.

Book Information
Title: The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Series: The Little Paris Collection, Book 2
Standalone?: Yes
Release Date: June 30, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Book Blurb

Anouk LaRue used to be a romantic, but since she had her heart well and truly broken her love life has dissolved into nothing more than daydreams of the perfect man. Retreating to her extraordinary Little Antique Shop has always been a way to escape, because who could feel alone in a shop bursting with memories and beautiful objects…
Until Tristan Black bursts into an auction and throws her ordered world into a spin.
Following your heart is a little like getting lost in Paris – sometimes confusing and always exciting! Except learning to trust her instincts is not something Anouk is ready to do when it comes to romance, but the city of love has other ideas…


Like the sound of that? Here are the links to be able to buy yourself a copy of the book :
Amazon UK
Amazon US
iTunes
Barnes & Noble
Goodreads

About Rebecca.

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Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.
Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.
Come and say hello to Rebecca on her Facebook page or Twitter.

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