Saturday, 26 May 2018

My Monthly Book Review...


This month's book review is for The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell...

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and it wasn't the genre of book I'd usually buy but I am drawn to the Prohibition age and even have notes stored away for a possible book of my own set in that time where both public opinion and politics ran high.

Told in the first person by the book's protagonist, Rose Baker, The Other Typist has the old feel of a Ray Chandler hard-boiled thriller. Mysterious, intriguing with a host of fascinating characters, I was drawn in from the very first page. The air of waiting for the axe to fall runs throughout keeping the reader turning the pages and trying to second-guess what or who is at the centre of the plot.

A very Great Gatsby-esque type novel with vivid, atmospheric description, a beautiful, enigmatic antagonist and a honest, heart on her sleeve narrator...a thoroughly worthwhile read. I'll definitely be looking at Suzanne Rindell's backlist!

Recommended!


Happy Reading x

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Introducing Wonderous World of Witchcraft and Misery by Sophia Cobbs...



1.     What do you wish men understood about women?
I think this question goes both ways.
Men should understand that women are emotional creatures but that doesn’t make them any less logical. It might not be the same kind of logic that they apply but still. Have a bit of patience and ask us what we really mean or want, and you might be surprised at the result.
And women should know that men are very straight forward, practical creatures. When they ask you what you mean or want, they expect a straight forward answer, something they can work with. Go ahead and try it. Just telling it straight has really worked wonders in my relationship.

2.     Do you only work on one book at a time?

I have worked on several stories at the same time but when I’m in the editing phase all of my attention will go to one specific book.

3.     Who is your favorite fictional couple?
Min Dobbs and Cal Morrisey from the book Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. I just love how they try to keep away from each other but can’t. Great and funny conversations as well.

4.     Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?

Not really. I try to make the best of every day, which doesn’t always work out but thanks to my positive nature, I don’t worry about it too long 😊

5.     Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?

I really should do this but I’m such a procrastinator that I just don’t seem to get around to it. I just write when I feel like it and when I’ve got the time for it.
There is one thing that I do every year to help me fight the (quite often losing) battle against procrastination and that’s Nanowrimo. It forces me to write daily. And if, for some reason, I didn’t get a chance to write one of those days, I actually feel bad. Unfortunately, around the end of December the daily writing goals have become the weekly writing goals and so on, and then I’m back to my bad habit.

6.     What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?
I’ve only recently joined Twitter – about two days ago in fact - so it’s a bit too early to compare.

7.     What are you working on now?
I’ve finished the second book in this series and will soon start the editing process. Besides that, I am directing a play with a group of actors I’ve worked with previously. The opening night is June 2.

8.     Tell us about your latest release and where we can find it
This book, Sophia Cobbs’ Wondrous World of Witchcraft and Misery, is actually the first book I have had published. The launch date was on December 5, 2017.
It can be found on the website of my publisher, Silverwood Books, and on Amazon.
There is also an ebook version, which can be found on Amazon and on Kobo.

Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 5 December 2017
Publisher: Silverwood Books

Have you ever tried to conjure up the perfect man? It’s not as easy as it might seem, even if you are a powerful and intelligent witch.
Petulia and Miss Level find out that there is more to finding Mr Right than just a flick of the wand, and poof…there he is! Their latest attempt is gorgeous – as long as you don’t mind the horns and the singing, which of course they do. But when they try to fix him they run into some serious problems. To make things even more complicated, a mysterious and handsome stranger appears. But there is something not quite right about him either…
Will Petulia and Miss Level be able to fix everything and can they use their witchcraft to overcome misery?
EXTRACT
A muffled conversation between Petulia and Miss Level was a distraction for all the people in the audience, but they didn’t care. They were talking about important things. Like the weather. For some people this might have been a good indication of how badly the actors were performing. I mean, if the weather appeared to be more tantalising than the arts, there could only be something wrong with the arts. Unless the weather was actually extraordinary. I can understand that a hurricane would be very interesting, but the question is: who would go to the theatre in a hurricane?
Clearly Petulia and Miss Level. It makes you wonder if there actually were people around for them to distract. In any case, a performance during a hurricane has a valid reason for being below average. The actors were probably wondering how long the roof would hold up, and they had to shout to be heard over the howling wind.
When one of them finally noticed that the two audience members weren’t even paying attention, he signalled to his colleagues and one by one they left the stage to find safety in the basement of the theatre.
The last one shouted, “Switch off the lights before you leave,” which made Petulia raise her hand in affirmative response.
And then they were alone.
“Finally! It took them long enough.” Petulia grabbed her canvas bag from the seat next to her and stood up.
“Well, you know how daft actors are.” Miss Level waited for Petulia to squeeze past her between the rows of chairs, then picked up her own bag and followed. Instead of going to the exit, they crossed the room and walked up to the stage. Petulia fished a piece of chalk out of her bag and started to draw a pentagram on the floor of the stage. “It’s almost ten o’clock. We’ll never get this done in time.” Three points were already drawn.
“Nonsense. We’ve got all the time in the world.” Miss Level stopped at the first point and put a bowl filled with herbs on the tip. She rummaged through her bag again and found another bowl for the next tip and so on. When the entire thing was drawn and supplied with the right herbs at the right points, Petulia put her hand in her bag again and found two boxes of matches. She threw one to Miss Level on the other side of the pentagram, who, by some miracle, caught it perfectly. Then she checked her watch: 9:59. She glanced up.
“Are you ready?”
Miss Level had a match in her hand, ready to light it on the box. “Ready.”
Petulia kept her eyes on her watch while pulling a match out of her own box. “Now!”
Both women lit their matches, waited a full second with their eyes closed and then blew them out. At the same time as the flames died, the herbs in the bowls caught fire. The women spread their arms and started chanting indiscernible words. The smoke began to whirl around between them, creating a sort of vortex. This went on for ten minutes. Just when Petulia was about to ask if they were doing it right, a shadow appeared in the smoke. First it seemed like the smoke just got darker, heavier. But then it started to dissipate and they could clearly make out the form of a man. The smoke cleared completely and the chanting stopped.
Petulia put her hands on her hips. “Damn it. We did something wrong.”
Miss Level, who had a clear view of the man’s naked backside and was very distracted by it, asked, “What?”
“He’s not supposed to have horns.”
Miss Level’s eyes slowly roamed up the man’s body until she could see the unmistakable horns. She grinned. “Well, at least he doesn’t have a tail this time.”
BUY LINKS
SILVERWOOD BOOKS: https://goo.gl/g74xgr 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sophia Cobbs was born in 1982 in Dendermonde, Belgium. She has always had a fondness for writing. In high school she wrote poems and short stories but mostly kept them to herself. This is her first novel.
When she isn’t writing or directing, she is doing one of two things: her day job as Office Manager for an IT company, or scouring wine tastings with her long-term boyfriend.



Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Introducing Whiskey River Princess by Theresa Oliver...*GIVEAWAY*





Title: Whiskey River Princess



Series: Whiskey River Brides #3


Genre: Historical Romance


Release Date: May 5, 2018




Cover Designer: RMGraphX


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She’s looking for adventure in the West, but discovers more. He’s sure he’ll never find love, until she lands at his door. Together, Gabriella and Dirk will discover a spark that even a blizzard can’t quench.


Gabriella
Grimaldi is new to Whiskey River—a quiet frontier town, where those who dream of a different life gather under the big, open sky. Escaping a life of faux friends and duty, Gabriella forsakes her life of fortune and runs away. What she gets instead is an education in the ways of the world.


Not far
from town, Dirk Price is settling in for another long winter in Whiskey River, when a lost young woman shows up at his door. In the light of the fireside, Gabriella and Dirk find themselves unfreezing their chilly hearts and protecting one another against not only the cold, but from evil forces. Can they let love in, or will they turn away from happiness when danger knocks at the door?


In the depths of winter under the weight of a blizzard, return to the sleepy, snowy banks of Whiskey River, Wyoming, in A Whiskey River Princess.







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Gabriella shrugged as she picked up her carpetbag and headed off toward the hotel, hoping they had a vacancy. She never had to arrange for her own place to stay before. In Monaco, everything had just been done for her, arranged for her. It just was and something she didn’t have to think about. She sighed as she looked up at the hotel. It wasn’t what she was used to, but it was as good a place as any to start. Surely, Mr. Carlo wouldn’t find her there.


Suddenly, two men grabbed her arms, one on each side, causing her to drop her bag. 

“What’s the meaning of this?” Gabriella gasped. When she looked up, two of the three scruffy men from the train had her. The man with the long beard gave her a toothless smile. “Let go of me!”


She heard a click, and something round and hard was pushed against her back. “If you know what’s good for you, miss, you’ll keep it down. Don’t attract any attention, or I’ll be forced to shoot you right here.”


Gabriella turned to look in his eyes. “Then go ahead and shoot! I’d rather be dead than go with the likes of you!”


He grabbed a handful of her dark brown hair and jerked her head back. “Listen, bitch! I’m warning you!”


“Get off me!” she demanded, but the younger man on her right shoved his dirty hand over her mouth and pulled her quickly down an alley. “Help! Let go of me, you brute!” she mumbled around his hand.


“Shut up!” the man with the gold tooth, who had been standing behind her, growled through gritted teeth. The young man threw her over his shoulder and carried her toward a wagon where another scruffy-looking man with red hair and a beard waited.

“It’s about time you got here.” The man looked at Gabriella, kicking and screaming, and leered. “Hey! What do we have here?”


“Payday,” the younger man replied, trying to keep Gabriella on his shoulder.


“Help, someone!” Gabriella shouted as she beat on the man’s back.


When she looked up, the man with long hair who had been waiting for Kenzie was standing at the end of the alley on the street.


“Help me! Please!”


“Hold it right there,” the man who had come to get Kenzie ordered as he pushed his coat aside, revealing two sidearms, one on each side, tied down to his leg. “Let her go!”


The man with the scruffy beard drew his pistol and fired, but the man with the long hair was quicker, and shot him right between the eyes, which went glassy. He fell against the wagon and then onto the ground.



The younger man threw Gabriella into the back of the covered wagon, drew his gun, and fired at the man. “Go, go!” he shouted at the driver and then climbed in, too.







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An educator, writer, mother, and free spirit, Theresa Oliver’s love affair with the written word has spanned decades. An Indiana native, Theresa began the foundation of her writing career as a child. Her love of reading, writing, and creative expression guided her to seek a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, News Editorial sequence, from the University of Tennessee at Martin; and then continued on to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, Early Childhood Education sequence, from Armstrong Atlantic State University. 


Her foundational experiences in childhood led her to want to create meaningful, positive experiences with reading and writing for future generations, and inspire the same love of creative expression that has been such a rewarding force behind her career and life. 


Theresa has dedicated her life to the world of writing and the creation of novels that span all levels and genres. First and foremost a mother, her greatest loves are her three beautiful boys, to whom she dedicates the success and longevity of her prolific career. Theresa currently resides in Kissimmee, Florida with her beloved husband and children.


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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Little bit in love with Versailles...


My lovely Mr B and I took a three-night break to Versailles a couple of weeks ago and, I have to say, if you haven't been yet, you must! The town itself is beautiful, the people just lovely and the food and wine...gorgeous!

As much as I would've spent every day watching the world go by outside one of the many bistros and coffee houses, it was the palace that really blew us away. The scale of the house and the entirely over-the-top exterior and interior gives visitors an insight into the mind of Louis XIV but, for me, it was the mammoth palace gardens and Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon and gardens that really capture my imagination.

It is hard to describe Marie Antoinette's secret village...it is made up of tiny houses, a water mill and other outbuildings where she escaped the claustrophobia of the royal court. A small brook runs through this miniature village creating a peaceful, romantic ambience that is truly breathtaking.

My pictures are a small taste of this amazing place but I urge you to mark a visit in your calendars - you won't regret it!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Introducing the Charleston Harbor Romances...*GIVEAWAY*






Sweet
Indulgence

A
Charleston Harbor Novel Book 1

by
Debbie White


Genre:
Sweet Romance


Real
Men Eat Cupcakes

Annie
McPherson has had it with all the blind dates her grandmother and
auntie set her up with. She just wants to be left alone to run the
Sweet Indulgence cupcake bakery – even if it means she’ll remain
single forever.


Jack’s
just been through a gut-wrenching break-up, and women are the last
thing on his mind. Now he’s on a mission to pick up cupcakes for
his niece’s birthday party—not a mission to fall in love. Pulled
in by Annie’s good looks and witty charm, though, temptation proves
too sweet.


But
will Annie’s pesky grandmother and auntie welcome Jack as Annie’s
choice or will they have him jumping through hoops to prove he’s
the one?


Fans
of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs are sure to love
Sweet Indulgence, the first sweet romance novel in the Charleston
Harbor series.


This
book is too sweet to pass up!

**Only
.99 cents!!**


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Sweet
Magnolia


A Charleston Harbor
Novel Book 2




What
doesn't divide us makes us stronger. 
While
on their honeymoon, Annie and Jack are called back to Charleston,
cutting their trip short. But no matter what the disaster, nothing
can deter this dynamic duo from moving forward with their plans to
build their dream home, Sweet Magnolia on Kiawah Island.


This
is book two of the Charleston Harbor Novels set in historic
Charleston, South Carolina where sweet tea and love for family
prevail and is the balm that soothes the heart. Follow along in the
series as the Powells and McPhersons live life to the fullest while
overcoming many hardships, making them stronger, and bringing them
closer than ever.
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Sweet
Carolina

A Charleston Harbor
Novel Book 3





When
a hurricane threatens to wreak havoc on the South Carolina coast,
Annie prepares Sweet Magnolia for what she thinks will be a day or
two without electricity while Jack checks on Lady Powell down at the
dock. But when Jack doesn’t return promptly, Annie becomes
concerned.


Mary makes an announcement
that makes her the center of attention, but Annie has a bit of news
causing them to share the limelight. 


Annie
is having second thoughts about running the Sweet Indulgence. Is she
just feeling the pressure of motherhood or could this be the end of
the cupcakery she started from the ground up?


Sweet
Carolina, the final installment of the Charleston Harbor Novels
promises to be an uplifting clean and sweet contemporary women’s
fiction laced with a romantic thread, where honor, family, love, and
hope always prevail.

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Debbie
is a USA Today Bestselling Author. She currently lives in northern
California where the hills are dotted with vineyards and the jagged
coastline is nearby. Many of her books describe the beautiful area
she calls home. She avidly supports animal rescue by donating a
percentage of all book sales to rescue groups nationwide! Now here
are a few more interesting tidbits of information about her!


1.
Her spouse served in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years. She uses
some of her experiences as a military wife in some of her
stories.


2.
She has two granddaughters and a grandson.


3.
She received her degree in Sociology in 2011 and graduated Magna Cum
Laude.


4.
She hasn't always dreamed of writing, but she's always loved reading
and decided she'd give it a try. Her fans love her so much, she's
still putting out books three years later.


5.
Her very first book, The Salty Dog was an Amazon Best-seller. 


6.
You can follow all the latest news about releases, book signings and
more on her website
http://www.authordebbiewhite.com







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the tour HERE
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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Introducing Unbreakable Bond by Jess Bryant... *GIVEAWAY*





This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jess will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.




Sometimes fate gets it all wrong.

Zoey Kent has lived with that fact ever since she turned eighteen and learned that the man she loved could never be hers. He’s a born shifter, a wolf, and she’s a mere human. Fate doesn’t care if on paper they’re a perfect pair. She isn’t his fated mate and she’s resigned herself to the knowledge that someday, she’ll have to watch Michael mate with another. It’s never crossed her mind that there might be someone else out there for her, that she would be the one to mate another, to choose another over everything she’s ever known or wanted.

Sometimes fate gets it all right.

Rafe Hudson left his pack behind years ago. Physically and mentally scarred from an attack that left his parents and twin dead, he walked away from his responsibilities as Alpha. He never intended to return but lone wolf or not, he can’t leave Michael open to an attack he’s learned is coming for his only brother. What he didn’t know was that going home would mean scenting his mate, the one person in the world that could make him whole again, that could give him everything he thought he’d lost. His pack, his home and his family.

But fate always has a plan.

There’s no way Michael’s brother is her future, is there? Just like there’s no way that the girl his brother has loved since they were kids, was always meant to be his, right?

Only fate knows why they were brought together but there is one thing for sure, the sparks between Zoey and Rafe are undeniable. The bond between them is unbreakable. And together… they’ll change the face of the pack forever.


Read an Excerpt:

Ignoring the bite of pain, he reached through the bars and wound a hand in her hair. He tilted her face up and pressed his lips to hers. The silver burned his cheek where he couldn’t avoid the bars of his cell but it didn’t matter. Nothing did. Not when he finally, finally had the taste of his mate on his lips.


Sweet, so sweet. Her taste seeped inside of him and started a riot in his bloodstream. Her lips were soft and sweet and when they met his, it felt like a piece of the puzzle he’d always been missing slid into place.


How had he lived without this? All this time? All these years? And his mate had been right here, waiting for him.


About the Author:


Jess Bryant is an avid indoorswoman. A city girl trapped in a country girl's life, her heart resides in Dallas but her soul and roots are in small town Oklahoma. She enjoys manicures, the color pink, and her completely impractical for country life stilettos. She believes that hair color is a legitimate form of therapy, as is reading and writing romance. She started writing as a little girl but her life changed forever when she stole a book from her aunt's Harlequin collection and she's been creating love stories with happily ever afters ever since.

Jess holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a lifetime supporter of her school and athletic teams. And why not? They have a ton of National Championships! She may be a girlie girl but she knows her sports stats and isn't afraid to tell you that your school isn't as cool as hers... or that your sports romance got it all wrong.

For more information on Jess and upcoming releases, contact her at JessBryantBooks@gmail.com or follow her on her many social media accounts for news and shenanigans.