#BlogTour #Review ~ Ours is the Winter by @LaurieEllingham #Giveaway @NeverlandBT

Journeying across the Arctic, their pasts are about to catch up with them.

Erica, Molly and Noah are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime, driving Siberian huskies across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Cut off from the world and their loved ones and thrown together under gruelling conditions, it isn’t long before the cracks start to show.

Erica has it all. A loving husband, a successful career and the most adorable baby daughter. But Erica has been living a double life, and as she nears her fortieth birthday her lies threaten to come crashing down.

Molly was on her way to stardom. But when her brother died, so did her dreams of becoming an Olympic champion. Consumed by rage and grief, she has shut out everyone around her, but now she’s about to learn that comfort can come from the most unexpected places.

Noah has a darkness inside him and is hounded by nightmares from his past. Tortured, trapped and struggling to save his fractured relationship, he knows this journey is not going to help, but try telling his girlfriend that.

As their lives and lies become ever more entwined, it becomes clear that in the frozen wilds there is nowhere to hide.


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About the Author

When I’m not running around after my two children, my husband, our Cockerpoo Rodney, or just plain running, I love nothing more than disappearing into the fictional world of my characters preferably with a large coffee and a Twix (or two) to hand.

When I am in the thick of a character crisis, I can often be seen walking around the village with my jumper on inside out and back to front, chatting (and occasionally laughing) away to myself.

I have a first class honours degree in psychology and a background in Public Relations, both of which help in everything I do.

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My Review

Ours Is The Winter is a refreshingly different book. The cover gives a brief glimpse into what you can expect. I’m an absolute softie for animals so any story featuring huskies is sure to tempt me.

From the outset we are given the background of the main characters, which provides an insight as to why they would want to embark on the challenge of a lifetime in the Arctic. Erica, Molly and Noah (with a bunch of others) set off into the chilly atmospheric location. They each have demons to deal with, secrets best known to themselves and a lot of grief and anger burbling inside of them.

I loved the icy conditions from a distance, the crunching snow, the freezing toes and noses, shivering in sleeping bags it was all so well described it just made me grateful I wasn’t there! I would be thrilled to see the Northern Lights so could sense their suspense and wonderment of the whole journey. 

I didn’t have any idea what sledding with Huskies involved so that was interesting. The story is set over seven days and packs in a huge amount of action.  I felt sympathy for all of them but also could see both sides of the situation so was tempted to give advice! Yes, it soon became obvious what the connection between two of them was but the unravelling of fragile minds and how they deal with it is beautifully done.

As a *trigger warning I must just say there is reference to self-harming but it is all in context. This is a charming book, made all the more pleasant by the setting, it made a welcome change.

Thanks to the author, publisher and Neverland Blog Tours for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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#BlogBlitz #Review ~ Finding Myself by @victoriajbrown @bombshellpub

Kat’s life has become a blur of dirty nappies and sleepless nights. She has moved into the flat above the salon she owns, alone and without Max the father of her children.

To make matters worse, Max has revealed he plans to remarry.

Constantly on edge, her babies are taking up all of her time and Max is never around to help.

Diagnosed with post-natal depression, Kat feels more alone than ever.

Will Kat be able to manage alone? Can she find hope and rebuild her life?

Finding Myself is a novel about searching for the light at the end of the tunnel.

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About the Author

Victoria J.Brown has always had a passion for writing. When asked at the age of 9 years old, what she wanted to be when she grew up, her reply ‘an author’ was met with a disheartened response, ‘that jobs like that, don’t happen to people like us!’

Luckily, Victoria didn’t listen to this advice and never gave up on her passion.  She continued to write while perusing a career in Marketing after gaining a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing.

In 2006 her eldest daughter was born and then two years later her 2nd daughter came along. Victoria realised in the midst of the mummy madness, that she’d let her writing dwindle and that nappy-changing, sleepless nights and not being able to go to the toilet in peace could not stop her       fulfilling her writing dreams. So when her girls were 3 years old and 18 months old, she decided that sleep was over-rated and enrolled at Teesside University. A year later she proudly left with a MA in Creative Writing, some wonderful friendships and a passion for therapeutic writing. While studying for her MA she was also delighted to win a short-story competition judged by Adele Parks, to which she received publication and mentoring from Adele.

After her MA, Victoria concentrated on writing women’s fiction. She loves writing stories that women can relate to. The Chaos Series grew from her own experience of pregnancy, motherhood and life.

Victoria is also passionate about mental health and likes to write of such issues in her stories. Her dedication to mental health and living life to the full has led her down a spiritual path. Through her learning of spirituality she qualified as a Law of Attraction and NLP Practitioner, which she integrates into her writing. Her inspirational blog includes an A-Z motivational journey with weekly therapeutic creative writing exercises. She has developed this further and will soon launch her inspirational shop. The shop has been created to pass on positivity and love to others … you never know when someone may need to see those messages.

Being accepted by Bombshell Books is a dream come true for Victoria, she hopes that her mantra for giving love always and never giving up will inspire others to follow their dreams and passion.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Victoria, her inspirational blog and shop you can visit, plus you can follow her on: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest

My Review

After reading part one and two of this series I have grown so attached to the characters and was desperate to see how it would all pan out. The babies have arrived and anyone who has felt the overwhelming love after giving birth accompanied by panic/blues/depression will relate to this story.

All the way through we are rooting for Kat, all her friends seem to be moving on with their lives even though she is included in all their plans, she is the struggling single mum. After meeting her sister in a previous book her situation continues and shows how time, love, stability and maturity can alter life. There are a lot of side stories which give a different perspective to Kat’s reality, a few exes are in the mix to add to the drama.

Finding Myself is everything I wanted from this final instalment and more. The same beautifully emotive writing carries the reader on this journey of hope but doesn’t shy away from the emotional side which in places will leave you in bits.

It feels real, raw and utterly believable and my heart was all over the place but finally by the end I felt as though everything happens for a reason and I was satisfied with how it concludes.

These really need to be read in order to gain full enjoyment and understanding so settle down with the trilogy and absorb yourself in Kat’s ‘chaotic life’. You won’t regret it.

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#12DaysOfClinkStreet #Review ~ Devil’s Demise by Lee Cockburn @lee_leecockburn @gilbster1000 @AuthorightUKPR

And here is my second stop on #12DaysOfClinkStreet this year. I’m delighted to welcome Lee Cockburn back, you may remember I was raving about her book Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents, this time I have read Devil’s Demise. 🙂 x


A cruel and sinister killer is targeting Edinburgh’s most powerful women, his twisted sense of superiority driving him to satisfy his depraved sexual appetite. He revels in the pain and suffering he inflicts on his unsuspecting victims but a twist of fate and an overwhelming will to survive by one victim ruins his plans for a reign of terror. His tormented prey will need all her courage if she is to survive the hunt.

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About Lee Cockburn

Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.

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My Review

If you are of a sensitive disposition just one look at this creepy cover gives an inkling into what is involved inside. Yes, it’s a crime thriller with murder involved but Devil’s Demise drops a notch or two in the ‘eeeeek’ stakes when the gruesome graphic abuse hits you. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy a decent killer story and I’m pretty immune to a lot of horror movies these days after seeing so many, but when it’s a book and written in front of you it’s kinda hard to close your eyes through the icky bits lol.

The killer is known pretty early but the beauty of this story is how they can escape capture and continue a reign of terror. I have no idea how Lee concocts these killers but she has a vivid imagination that is put to great use via the written word.

Set in Edinburgh, a lovely city with grimy parts the undertones of the Scottish language filter in with some dialect that overseas readers (hell even UK!) may struggle with, but the content is usually decipherable. The detectives Black and Nicks are well developed and I like their banter. Insights into their private lives relieves some pressure from the torrid chase.

Devil’s Demise will keep you reading long into the night but beware the creepiness, I was engrossed from beginning to end. Some people may find it hard to differentiate the gory rape sex scenes from the consensual scenes .. yes, there is erotica included but that is part of a loving relationship. So don’t dislike this book purely on the basis it’s full of sexual content you need to read it in order to form an opinion and read in context. Sorry, but I hate to see books/authors condemned because people are not aware that a bit of the text may ‘upset’ them then malign the whole book. So on that note I really enjoyed this in the thrilling, chilling concept it was designed for.

Thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel at Authoright. I read and reviewed voluntarily.


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#BlogTour #Review ~ The Silent Children by @carolewyer @bookouture #PublicationDay

I’m absolutely thrilled to be alongside Kaisha from The Writing Garnet today as we kick off another fabulous blog tour for the lovely Carol Wyer .. once again this lady has excelled and delivered a chilling thriller 🙂 xx

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this

Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint. 

Then a nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?

When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.

Buried in the past is a terrible injustice. Can Robyn uncover the truth before another life is lost?

An absolutely heart-stopping and compelling serial killer thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Rachel Abbott and Robert Dugoni.

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About the Author

Carol E. Wyer is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. More recently she has chosen to write for the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers, starting with the gripping best-seller, Little Girl Lost.

Her book Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.
Carol is a signed author with Bookouture and Delancey Press.

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My Review
So after waiting patiently for The Silent Children to arrive, I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve, desperate to open it, but know once I have that element of delicious surprise has gone and I have to begin, sometimes the waiting is almost as good as the story. Detective Robyn Carter is one of my favourite book characters ever, I have grown to admire her, love her and feel the need to know what is happening in her life. So much has happened during the previous stories in this series .. now we are on book four.
After the ending that shook my world in the previous book, I did wonder how Carol could possibly keep delivering the sheer intensity, but she does. 
Once again Robyn is at the helm of murder investigations with very few clues, when more than one body is discovered it’s up to her to figure out if there is a link. The content of The Silent Children is dark, cloying and not necessarily an easy read. 
I like the mix of deep despair during working hours which then switches to Robyn’s personal life. Valentine’s Day rears it’s head in this one along with a possible surprise. For anyone who has read them all you will understand the complexity of Davies and the effect he has on her. I was delighted to see Schrodinger arrive I think that could be just what is needed in Robyn’s life .. 
I think I have made it clear during previous reviews how much I love this series, so all I need to say is read it. I thought I was going to have a fairly sedate wait until the next book but oh no Carol once again leaves us with an ending that needs answers .. aaargh. Just don’t keep me waiting too long please.
Thanks as always to the author, publisher and netgalley. I read and reviewed voluntarily.
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#BlogTour #Review ~ Just One Time by K.S.Hunter @Author_KSHunter @rararesources

The first novel by K.S. Hunter, the alter ego of an international bestselling author, whose identity will remain a secret.

Desire can have dire consequences

Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.

She is irresistible

Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.

What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.

She is insatiable

Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.

She is unstoppable

Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.

A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion.

Praise for K.S. Hunter: ‘An author to watch out for – always interesting and unpredictable’ Sophie Hannah Purchase from Amazon UK

About the Author

K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.

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My Review

Oh wow! If you have ever done something that maybe you shouldn’t and it comes back to bite, this book may just scare the pants off you!

Written by a ‘well known author’ under a different name, if this is the calibre of the new genre I can only hope the original books by this mystery person are as good and will cross my path one day, who’s to say they haven’t already!

David is a bit of a numpty or otherwise know as a gullible man, he cheats on his wife in a drunken stupor, surely she will forgive him? Yeah right ok (gullible!) anyway life does move on for the sake of his family but Alison harbours a lot of anger.

David thinks if he keeps working hard as an estate agent with the prospect of climbing the ladder of promotion all will settle down. 

You would think David would learn his lesson, but a trip to the theatre one evening and him innocently losing his phone somehow manages to lure him back to the flirting game when he meets Nina. He smiles, says thanks and goes home.

Then the text messages begin …. Alison is suspicious so he tries to cover up a situation which could easily have been avoided.

Just One Time turns into a deadly game of lust, power and a darkness that sucks you in. At first I felt sorry for Alison then figured she needed a backbone but maybe she was thinking of her daughter. David disgusted me at the outset but strange as it might seem even he gained some of my sympathy as the tension mounts. Nina is everyone’s worst nightmare .. sexy, alluring, innocent Nina!!

Be prepared for some saucy scenes and language, if that offends then this may not be for you but in context it’s believable. A fraught journey through hell is a way of describing Just One Time .. gripping from beginning to end, and that ending OMG, enough said.

This was a book that leaves a horrible taste in your mouth but I’m so glad I read it. Let’s have some more from this author please.


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#12DaysOfClinkStreet #Review ~ Making Michael by @mikesmallcombe1 @gilbster1000 @AuthorightUKPR

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again for #12DaysOfClinkStreet ! I have two posts for it this time, first up, something a bit different for me .. Michael Jackson .. what an interesting book 🙂 x

Making Michael: Inside the Career of Michael Jackson

Making Michael delves deep inside the career of one of the most successful, enigmatic and controversial entertainers of all time: Michael Jackson. Side-stepping sensationalism, journalist Mike Smallcombe enters uncharted territory as he takes you behind the scenes to reveal the real Jackson, a man few people ever got to know. Interviewing over sixty of Jackson’s associates including managers, lawyers, music executives, producers, musicians and engineers – many of whom are speaking about their experiences publicly for the first time – he provides exclusive access to one of the biggest-selling recording artists in history. Featuring a foreword by Matt Forger, one of Jackson’s longest serving and most loyal collaborators, Making Michael takes readers into the studio with the King of Pop, charting the creation of record-breaking albums including Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory and the twists and turns that occurred along the way. Untold stories, revelations and secrets finally see the light of day as Jackson’s career outside the studio is also examined. Smallcombe remains objective and doesn’t shy away from exploring the fall outs, Jackson’s relentless pursuit of perfectionism and a cutthroat shrewdness and competitiveness few knew existed.

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About the Author

Mike Smallcombe studied English Language at the University of Exeter before moving to London, where he trained as a journalist with the Press Association. He currently works for Devon and Cornwall Media.

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My Review

I think Michael Jackson has always been a part of my life to some degree, as a child I recall dancing with my siblings when he was that ‘irritating caterwauling kid’ on Top of the Pops! I confess I didn’t like or appreciate him at that point. But as he and I matured and we got to the Thriller or Bad era then I was hooked. 

Now I am a bit of a music junkie and have seen more bands/musicians/gigs than I can possibly count but sadly Michael isn’t one of them. Perhaps it is fitting though that when news of his death broke in June 2009 I was at the greatest music festival on earth, Glastonbury, and you can imagine how word flew around the site, it couldn’t possibly be true could it!?

So I went into Making Michael with many preconceived ideas, thought I knew this icon pretty well but there is so much more to learn. The book is broken into sections with an incredible amount of detail. While there has certainly been plenty of controversy around Michael’s life, family, children etc the whole of this is written with sensitivity and unbiased. This can’t have been easy for the author when so many folk have varying opinions on the guy.

Whether you are a die hard fan or just someone picking this up out of curiosity I can assure you there is ample content to keep you flicking through the pages and entertained. I found myself nodding in agreement or shaking my head and saying ‘REALLY’. The info about all the music is staggering. When it got to the inevitable part where Michael passes on I did stop and ask myself whether he had a happy life.

A really well produced book. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel at Authoright for including me on this tour.

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#BookReview ~ Real Men Love Cats by @NicTatano #BookBoost #BookBloggers

And here as promised I have finally got my review finished for this wonderful book 🙂

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(Fourth book in the Lost Cats series)

Advertising copywriter Rory Callahan is very picky. She thinks Mister Right should check off some important boxes.
But if “love me, love my cat” isn’t one of them, that’s a deal breaker.

Unfortunately, the men she’s been dating lately want nothing to do with her playful six-toed tabby, Hemingway. Or any cat, for that matter. Can this classic girl-next-door find a real man who loves cats?

Romance moves to the back burner when a terrific business opportunity that seems perfect for her falls in her lap. The CEO of a national cat food company is looking for a new ad agency, and Rory is desperate for the huge account.
The one guy standing in her way? A modern day advertising whiz named Will Prescott who seems to be right out of the Mad Men era as far as women are concerned.

Or is she reading him wrong? After all, the guy does like cats. How bad could he be?

After a horrible first meeting and a series of bizarre misunderstandings she’s keeping him at arms’ length. But when Will and Hemingway cross paths, she begins to see him in a different light. Can her cat show her the way?

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My Review

So Real Men Love Cats is the fourth in this Lost Cat series by Nic Tatano. I have read them all and eagerly await the next one as soon as I have finished a book.

Initially the kittens were rescued by Madison and the furbabies became famous on her TV network. Each kitty went to one of her friends and the books focus on the life of the individual human/cat relationships.

This time the spotlight moves to Rory and her pet Hemingway. Rory is a touch fussy when it comes to men, she thinks it’s a case of working through a checklist and finding the right one .. if only the world worked like that. Her main priority of course has to be, does the intended man like cats and more to the point does Hemingway like him!

Romance and all thoughts of relationships go out of the window when a new business deal piques Rory’s interest but lo and behold the guy she is in contention with, Will could just be her match made in heaven. But with so much work and her friend warning her off him there may not be an opportunity for these two to get together in a friendly fashion.

I really like the interaction between all the characters and seeing Rory and Will develop, the inclusion of past friends is always nice. Nic has a wicked sense of humour and the ‘New Yorker’ in him shines through. All of the books in this series are fun, full of sassy women and desirable men, not to mention CATS .. you can’t go far wrong in my opinion if a cat is one of the main characters.

Yet again this is a wonderful story, it’s easy to read, full of entertainment and soon grips your imagination from beginning to end. 

I have highly recommended this author before and I will continue to so. Real Men Love Cats is an absolute pleasure to read.

Thanks to Nic for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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#BookReview ~ Merry Christmas Naughty Cat by @danielriding #BookBoost

Naughty Cat is back, and this time it’s all about the Christmas Mischief.

How much fun can Naughty Cat have during the Christmas Season? Well, from Christmas Trees and decorations to snowcats and Santa Claus himself, Naughty Cat has a very eventful Christmas indeed.

Follow our friend Naughty Cat on a very festive adventure, as we find out all about the most magical things about the season that Naughty Cat loves.

Find out what Naughty Cat also thinks is the most important thing about Christmas, and get cosy under a blanket as you lose yourself in the latest book from Amazon Bestselling Author Daniel Riding.

Merry Christmas Naughty Cat, is sure to make you feel festive and very Christmassy indeed.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (24 Nov. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1973381044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1973381044

About the Author

Daniel Riding is an author who currently resides just outside of Liverpool, which in his opinion is one of the best cities for creative and writerly inspiration. When not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, Daniel is a bookseller for Waterstones in Liverpool City Center, which after writing is one of the best jobs in the world.

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My Review

I read The Secret Diary of Naughty Cat a while ago (Review Here) so obviously leapt at Merry Christmas Naughty Cat. Yes, it’s fundamentally a children’s book but for anyone who loves cats and Christmas this is an absolute winner. 

I enjoy and admire Daniel’s writing style and his insight into the cat psyche. It is blatantly clear that he is a cat lover and is owned by one or two due to his ability to create a story that any fellow cat person will understand. 

Not only does the book include the antics of Naughty Cat, what puss doesn’t like sparkly baubles and find it incredibly hard to resist playing with the tinsel but this feline does it with so much love and humour. On a deeper level it portrays the importance of quality time for the adults, Christmas isn’t just about excesses, the true meaning of the season goes a lot deeper and this aspect is explored in a light entertaining way but manages to ring true.

This is an adorable short read that is perfect in the run up to the big day, either read alone or share with your kids. I’m sure there are many who would be over the moon to find a copy in their stocking on Christmas morning. 

In a world that seems to be filled with doom and gloom recently this is a sparkling jewel of fun, cosy, light entertainment and I can’t wait to see what Naughty Cat adventures may come next.

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#PublicationDayPush #Review ~ The Big Event by @AnneJohnLigali @rararesources @BooksNAuthorsUK

You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action.

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.

A Gorgeous Venue, A Room Full of Friends, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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About the Author

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

When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).

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

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My Review

I was pleasantly surprised by this short story. I did wonder how such a small piece of work would capture my attention and provide any worthy entertainment. How wrong I was to prejudge! 

The whole concept of meeting the ‘friends’ you find online will probably ring true with many people. You may share your deepest secrets and believe the relationships are true and meaningful but do you really gain an insight into that other person until you meet face to face or get to witness their behaviour unseen?

Constance is certain she knows each of the people she will be seeing at The Big Event and they will undoubtedly return her feelings. This is a wonderful little story that delves a bit further and portrays the real issues. It’s not always the person we first think of that will be the remarkable influence.

I really enjoyed this cleverly written tale, it’s fun but also has serious undertones and opens up a whole new series which I look forward to reading. Set aside five minutes and I think you will also be pleasantly surprised.

Thanks to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.


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#BlogTour #Review ~ Only One Woman by Christina Jones @bucolicfrolics @Jane_Risdon @AccentPress

Two women, one love story.

June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.

December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.

As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?

Ebook pub date: 23rd November 2017 Print pub date: 24th May 2018 Amazon UK


About the Authors

Christina Jones has written all of her life (as well as having millions of Proper Jobs including factory worker, secretary, nightclub dancer, blood donor attendant, barmaid, waitress, civil servant and fruit picker) Christina first had a short story published when she was just 14 years old. She has written for teenage and women s magazines fiction and non-fiction for a number of years, had her own humour column in The Oxford Times, and has contributed to national newspapers.

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Having spent most of her life married to a rock musician, Jane Risdon had little time for writing. She and her husband worked with management of musicians, singer-songwriters, and record producers, rubbing shoulders with the great and glamorous all over the world. With time to herself at last, Jane s experiences in the music industry have kick started her writing career. She and Christina Jones have been friends since the Swinging Sixties.

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My Review

I’m a bit of a fan of the swinging sixties, not quite of an age to fully appreciate it but my sister who is a lot older certainly ‘lived’ it so I gained quite a lot of knowledge from her, clothes, perfumes, music etc

Only One Woman nearly turned me off before I begun when I spotted how long it is. Being a blogger entails reading a LOT of books and I don’t always have time or patience to spend on one specific story if it drags into a lengthy tome. However no such fear with this one, as soon as I read the first few pages I just knew I was going to love it.

You soon become absorbed in the era, transported back to a completely different time. Told in the style of diary entries by Renza and Stella we immediately see into the world of these teenagers, what better way to get a feel for the climate.

Scott the rock god is the central link, Renza falls hopelessly for him but the relationship becomes long distance when her family moves abroad. Scott then meets Stella .. my initial thoughts were typical man, can’t have one girl so leaps at another. But the depth of this story explores the feelings from the trio and as much as it pains me I could almost understand Scott’s actions.

Only One Woman is cleverly written to capture the essence of all characters involved and I really felt connected to them. One moment I was rooting for Stella but in the blink of an eye Renza would be my favourite. I think the fact Scott was a hot musician helped his cause in my eyes, if he was just a layabout slob perhaps I would have given him a slap or two! I particularly enjoyed singing a long with the music and reminiscing about various 60’s products. Plenty of research or very good memories have gone into the writing of this book.

Thanks to the authors and publishers for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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