A Reason to Grieve by Mick Williams #bookreview #romanticcomedy #stokeauthor

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About the Book

Tom and Emma drift through life, both burdened with a heavy sense of grief. Both have suffered devastating loss and have closed themselves off to the possibility of happiness. Then, at a funeral, their eyes meet and they feel something neither expected.

Supported by their quirky friends and a ‘right to the point’ pensioner, will they overcome their fears and find the solution to the pain within each other, or will they give up and go their separate ways?

In turns funny and sad, A Reason to Grieve is a romantic tale about two people fighting their feelings, about love and loss. And about funerals.

First Edition:- 6th June 2017

Amazon link :- A Reason to Grieve

My Thoughts

A Reason to Grieve is a romantic comedy, and not at all soppy.

Tom and Emma meet at a funeral, there was a spark and they got chatting.

Emma’s colleagues and best friends at the hairdressing salon were very real and I felt like I was there joining in with them. One of their clients, Doris, had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Doris was my favourite character, so full of life with hilarious stories. Also very blunt….and with blue hair. She was like the salon mother, and all the girls loved her. Doris knew her time remaining on this earth was getting shorter and wanted a goodbye party before her demise.

The girls enlisted the guys help to organise the party and they all pulled together. An Elvis tribute was very funny!

I liked Tom’s group of friends and their banter was very real, with some emotional subjects.

It wasn’t plain sailing with Tom and Emma. They both had complex backgrounds and struggled to show their emotions, and quite rightly too when you find out why. I did feel the emotions though.

It’s both sad and happy with a great ending.

 

I first came across Mick Williams at a blogger/author meet up in Stoke-on-Trent. We got on really well and I bought ‘A Guy Walks into a Bar’, which was great action book, a bit James Bond to be honest and I loved it.

Thoroughly recommended by me.

 

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Mick Williams moved from Stoke-on-Trent, England to Kentucky, USA. Then, after almost a decade, he moved back.

In between reading, writing and listening to good music he still watches proper football and, for his sins, follows his local team, Port Vale. He does also still cheer for the Indianapolis Colts.

He was adopted by two cats, Crash and Thud, and resides with his patient wife in Staffordshire.

 

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The Forever Gift by Brooke Harris @bookouture @Janelle_Brooke #TheForeverGift #booksontour A gorgeous and emotional story #lovedit

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Bookouture Books-on-Tour 5th August 2019

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for the new release by Brooke Harris, The Forever Gift. Thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts

I don’t know where to start.

A wonderful, deep story taking in serious topics with very thought provoking situations. All tackled perfectly by the author.

Broken families, step-families, serious illness. Pain, bravery and determination. Family, love and friendship.

I felt I knew the path the story would take and I was right. I don’t always want to read a twisty-turny story, but it was a heartbreaking book to read.

I felt it from the point of view of both mothers. A very difficult situation for the dad.

What the author gives is a story of friendship, kindness and a togetherness of strangers brought together in exceptional circumstances.

A truly beautiful and touching read. I can thoroughly recommend it.

I’m certainly not going to forget this book.

My reviews are short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 5th August 2019

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About the Book The Forever Gift

I remember you learning to ride a bike, the first time you shot a goal with a basketball… and the first time I realised something was wrong. I look at you, my daughter, my beautiful sparky daughter. I would do anything to keep you safe.

Heather’s beloved daughter, Kayla, is her world. She is fifteen, a brilliant basketball player and a fierce friend.

Heather and Kayla have always had a special relationship. For so many years it was just the two of them, watching Friends, baking cupcakes and laughing together. But now Kayla knows her time is short, and she wants to give something back to the mother she loves more than anyone else in the world. A gift that will change Heather’s life.

With just a handful of days left, Kayla will need help from everyone around her to make this last surprise happen. Along the way, the people whose lives have been touched by Kayla’s light will be changed by her loss, and by her plan for Heather. And as Heather’s whole world threatens to fall apart, could Kayla’s forever gift be the key to piecing her life back together?

An absolutely unputdownable, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting novel about motherhood, family and how far we go to protect those we love. Perfect for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Jill Childs, and Kerry Fisher.

 

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USA Today bestselling author Brooke Harris is undoubtedly a bibliophile. She is proud to be someone who opens the middle pages of a book and inhales deeply.

Brooke loves all forms of art; painting, playing piano, crafting, but, her greatest love is stories. Brooke writes heart-breaking and emotionally led fiction but always with undertones of hope and positivity because Brooke firmly believes that darkness only lasts so long before light follows.

Brooke lives in county Kildare, Ireland with her husband and five young children. She is a keen supporter of mental health charities and creating a greater understanding of mental illness.

Brooke writes women’s fiction for Bookouture. She also writes psychological suspense for Lake Union as Janelle Harris.

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The Scandal by Nicola Marsh @NicolaMarsh @bookouture #TheScandal #Review #fab

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Description

My life is like one of those cheap snow globes my twins collected when they were younger. Shiny and pretty on the outside, blurred beyond recognition when shaken.

Ever since her twin girls left home, Marisa has felt there’s something missing from her life. Her sprawling mansion is no longer filled with laughter and chaos, and she’s desperate to feel needed… and to be distracted from the secret she’s been hiding from her husband for all these years.

Coffee with her best friends might be the only thing holding Marisa together. But Claire and Elly have their own secrets. Like why Claire hasn’t been to work in weeks, or why Elly won’t tell anyone who’s buying her flowers.

When Jodi, a pregnant young girl, turns up at Marisa’s doorstep, Marisa is quick to come to her aid. She sees herself in Jodi and she knows how devoting yourself to looking after others can take up all your time in the most marvellous way.

But Jodi’s arrival quickly pushes everyone’s lies to the surface. The father of her unborn child is someone the women know very well, and Marisa starts to wonder if her obsession with helping Jodi might come at a devastating price…

The Scandal has a twist that will take your breath away. An emotionally charged novel about secrets, affairs and perfect small towns that will be devoured by fans of Kerry Fisher, Big Little Lies and The Other Woman.

My Thoughts

What a fabulous book. I couldn’t put it down.

My first by this author and I’ll be seeking out more for sure.

A tale of three friends and their families. So many secrets, and lies.

At Ris’s home in the Hamptons the author paints a beautiful picture of the glamorous world in which she entertains the clients of her successful husband.

Claire, a police officer, has her own worries. And Elly, beautiful and a successful career.

The background of each of the three friends is delved into and it’s not all rosy. Far from it. Their lives are woven together in ways I wasn’t expecting. Just when I thought I knew something it was twisted in another direction.

My reviews are short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 25th July 2019

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The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater @KimLSlater @bookouture #BookReview #TheSilentOnes

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Description

This morning, I was packing up lunches, ironing, putting on the laundry I should have done last night. Now my precious daughter is accused of murder.

When ten-year-old cousins Maddy and Brianna are arrested for a terrible crime, Maddy’s mother Juliet cannot believe it. How could her bright, joyful daughter be capable of such a thing?

As the small village community recoils in horror, the pressure of the tragedy blows Juliet and her sister’s lives apart. And things get even worse when their daughters retreat into a self-imposed silence. Can anyone reach Maddy and discover the truth before her fate is sealed?

Juliet is crushed. Nothing will ever be the same for her darling girl. But she knows that to find out what really happened that day, she and her sister must unlock the secrets of their own terrible past, a past they swore never to speak about again …

The most unputdownable psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Wife Between Us or Gone Girl, you’ll be totally hooked on The Silent Ones.

My thoughts

My first book by K.L. Slater. Why haven’t I discovered her before? I’ll be certainly looking out for more.

A book full of twists and turns with an excellent ending that I never saw coming.

DI Conor Neary brought the two girls into the station following the awful incident involving 81 year old Bessie Wilford, a neighbour and friend of their grandparents.

The girls seem to have a pact of silence and say nothing.

There is evidence, but the girls still won’t speak. Dana, a family therapist, is brought in to help. She notices little things, not just with the girls but with their parents and wider family. Little looks between them. And she felt all was not well.

The way the villagers turned against the family was painful to read, but the way news spreads these days with social media is frighteningly fast.

It’s an intriguing story, and also surprising in parts as things from the past are dragged back to the surface.

Punishment, innocence, guilt. It has it all.

I thoroughly recommend this book.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 24th July 2019

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Amazon.co.uk The Silent Ones

 

Cover Reveal for One Christmas Star by Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot @Aria_Fiction @HoZ_Books #OneChristmasStar

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Emily Parker is set to have the worst Christmas ever!

Her flatmate’s moved out, she’s closed her heart to love and she’s been put in charge of the school original Christmas show – with zero musical ability.

Disgraced superstar, Ray Stone is in desperate need of a quick PR turnaround. Waking up from a drunken stupor to a class of ten-year-olds snapping pics and Emily looking at him was not what he had in mind.

Ray needs Emily’s help to delete the photos, and she needs his with the show. As they learn to work together they may just open their hearts to more than a second chance…

Pre-order here from Amazon UK One Christmas Star

Publication Date 12th September 2019

Hattie’s Home for Broken Hearts by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview #blogtour #HattiesHomeforBrokenHearts

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Blog Tour 13th July 2019

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Tilly Tennant’s new release, Hattie’s Home for Broken Hearts. Thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts

Another lovely, heart-warming story by Tilly Tennant. A pleasure to read.

So far Hattie has led an impulsive and chaotic lifestyle, living in Paris with her unsuitable boyfriend and then breaking up. She packs up and heads back to her childhood home, without letting her parents know she’s returning. They are shocked to find her back. She’s always felt inferior to her older sister Charlotte who had her life perfectly mapped out and in her parent’s eyes she was letting them down again.

She needs to find a job pretty quickly so she has some income but it’s such a small village with not a lot going on. There had been an opening at the village tea rooms just the day before, but that had been snapped up by a clumsy lady from nearby. Some funny scenes in the tea rooms and I loved the owners!

Hattie does land herself a job, not what she was expecting to be doing, and definitely not what her parents wanted her to be doing. In fact all the village were thinking she was crazy.

Jo, the prickly owner of Sweet Briar Farm is after a live-in helper. Hattie’s little room is at the front of the property, a bit shabby but she makes the most of it. And the sea view is spectacular. After having horses as a child she thought she’d have a bit of an idea of what goes on. What she takes on is so much more than mucking out a few donkeys. The connection she has with them is lovely…. Both happy and sad and very touching at times. The donkeys are definitely the scene-stealers, I loved them.

Being a chatterbox Hattie thinks she’ll get through to Jo, a quiet and withdrawn person. Something just isn’t right with Jo, but she doesn’t open up. She seems to prefer the animals to the humans. Jo just gets on with all the farm jobs, including cooking up some lovely meals.

A great cast of characters in this story……

Seth, the vet, good-looking and a bit mysterious.

Owen, the newspaper reporter, likes a good time and has a question/answer to everything.

Hattie’s best friend from school and her growing family.

The scenery was beautiful, felt I was there on the Dorset cliffs and in the surrounding countryside.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 10th July 2019

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Escape to the daisy-strewn windswept Dorset cliffs, to the donkey sanctuary at Sweet Briar Farm, where Hattie Rose is about to find, that in this world, the most unlikely opposites can sometimes attract …

Hattie was once thrilled to call the beautiful city of Paris her home. But when her heart is broken by her boyfriend and she loses her dream job, she bids farewell to the city of love and hurries home to Gillypuddle, a sleepy village on the Dorset coast. But as she returns home she finds her parents struggling to cope with a terrible family tragedy.

In a desperate search for a new start, Hattie takes a job at the donkey sanctuary nearby on Sweet Briar Farm where Jo, the taciturn owner, certainly loves her animals far more than humans. Hattie can’t help but fall in love with the donkeys (and the opportunity to get close to dreamy Canadian vet Seth) but Jo is harder to get to know and when she finds her boss sobbing in her sleep one stormy night, she knows that her new friend is hiding a dark secret.

And when handsome newspaper reporter Owen does some digging into Jo’s past he finds something that connects her to Hattie on a whole new level. Can Hattie trust what Owen says, especially when he seems intent on standing in the way of her blossoming romance with Seth? And can Hattie help Jo to start healing and the donkeys of Sweet Briar Farm?

A beautiful story that will melt the hardest of hearts. If you love Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond and Josie Silver you will be enchanted by this life-affirming read that reminds you that home is wherever the people you love are.

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From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage.  Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.

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Feature Author-Nigel May @Nigel_May @bookouture #bonkbuster #glamfan

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Feature Author – Nigel May

An author who I miss so much. He really needs to get writing some more glamorous bonkbusters to add to his sexy six-pack!

Stock up on your summer reading. They are all at a bargain price of £1.99.

I discovered Nigel May in 2015 and read ‘Addicted’ while on holiday in Mallorca. It was a perfect beach read!

Since then I’ve gone on to read the others and they are firm favourites of mine. You can see my reviews by searching for Nigel May on my blog.

Nigel May has been described as “the UK’s male Jackie Collins” and “the readers’ Viagra” and is an author and TV host. His page-turning fiction novels have all been published by Bookouture.

His first glam fiction novel was TRINITY, an action-packed blockbuster (or bonkbuster) about the lives of the rich and famous and three young women at the heart of it. Glamour, beauty, fame and celebrity mix with murder, intrigue and danger to create an explosive novel which gained incredible reviews and fans across the globe.

The glitz-meets-grit whodunit ADDICTED was another huge success and once again dived into the diamond-dipped world of the mega-rich as four women face their demons. But all of the money and celebrity fame in the world do not guarantee a happy ending. Especially for one of them…

SCANDALOUS LIES is steeped in secrets, sin, sex and scandal and takes readers around the world as a mysterious celebrity disappearance is investigated. Will weathergirl Georgia be able to find out what is behind her best friend’s inexplicable vanishing before it’s too late?

Spicy crime on overload for DEADLY OBSESSION, a gritty and glamorous psychological tale set in gangland Manchester that is dynamic and thrilling in all areas to the very last page. When Amy sees her husband gunned down at their nightclub, The Kitty Kat Club, she faces life as a young widow. But then six months later, a letter arrives from beyond the grave…

LOVERS AND LIARS is a truly tropical burst of storytelling where money and sex go hand in hand with murder. When Millionaire playboy Sheridan Rivers is found dead at his luxurious hotel on the paradise island of Barbados, there are several suspects in the frame. But who delivered the fatal blow?

REVENGE is a total page-turner. In the South of France, playground of the rich and famous, world renowned chef Dexter Franklin is organising a night to remember. As he opens the doors to his exclusive restaurant for the first time, he’s handpicked a list of guests, as hot and dazzling as the St Tropez sun itself. Three women have a past with Dexter and a grudge to bear against him. As fireworks ignite in the jet set capital of Europe, there’s murder on the menu. Who will be served their just desserts?

His books have been Amazon best sellers, read by celebrities and fellow authors alike, and have proved that a man can successfully write in a ‘glam fiction bonkbuster world’ that has always been a strongly female domain.

nigel-may-new-author-photoHe regularly presents on UK television where he has built up a substantial following. He has also featured on Channel 4, C5, ITV and broadcast live from America. He is also one of the UK’s most popular craft personalities, having launched his own successful range, A-May-Zing.

As a writer he has written for many of the UK’s most successful magazines and newspapers, specialising in showbiz and celebrity, as well as writing on subjects ranging from relationships through to exotic travel.

Follow him on Twitter @Nigel_May and sign up for future book news at www.nigelmay.net

To purchase on Amazon.co.uk just click on the links below:-

Trinity

Scandalous Lies

Addicted

Deadly Obsession

Lovers and Liars

Revenge