Blog Tour and Giveaway: At The End of The Summer by June Moonbridge @rararesources

Synopsis

At the End of the Summer

Joshua’s life as a rock guitarist seems like a dream come true. Sold out concerts, red carpet events and wild nights portray him as a confident young man with the world at his feet. Only few friends know the scars he carries.

When freelance photographer Caroline meets the rock band Burning Ruins at the after party, an irresistible chemistry of attraction between her and the sexy rock guitarist is clearly seen to everybody. However, after a forced conversation from Joshua’s side, Caroline’s convinced the attraction is not mutual.

Waking up the next morning, Caroline has no idea what happened. She flees out of the hotel room mortified, convinced she’d become another of the band’s trophies. Determined never to meet anyone from Burning Ruins ever again, she has no clue people around her have different ideas.

In a summer that takes them from London to Wales and to the sultry heat of Rome, they’re desperately fighting their demons from the past, while trying to protect their broken hearts. Will they ever let each other mend their broken hearts or will they try to heal them alone?

Purchase Link http://myBook.to/AtTheEndOfTheSummer

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

‘At the end of Summer’ is a great contemporary romance book with a bit of family drama and personal secrets thrown into the mix. The story flicks between the characters of Caroline and Josh as they begin their summer (which ended up being in Italy which I love) and ultimately their journey together.

Now it did take me a little bit of time to fully become emersed in this book and this is pretty much the only reason why I have rated this as a four star instead of a five-star read but once I got into it I didn’t want to put it down! I found it also really helped that each chapter wasn’t all that long making it way to easy to justify ‘just one more chapter’!

Both Caroline and Josh are really well written complex characters, each trying to deal with past hurts as they look on to how they could possibly have a future together. The romance aspect also took a little longer to start and at the start, I did have some questions about their initial attraction but as the book progressed I was rooting for them all the way! As I mentioned there is also a bit of family drama, secrets are thrown into the mix and I really felt that this worked to bring the book together. I also have to say I absolutely adore the cover of this book and even though I know I’m not supposed to judge a book by the cover I probably would have picked it up to read by the cover alone! A truly great four star read.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Maybe

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Giveaway

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About the Author

June was born in June and she always loved the moon. Born and raised in Slovenia, she studied economics, and quickly realised she hated it.

However, later she found herself working in mainly male-dominated businesses. She can choose the best steel for your project, but don’t, please don’t, ask her which lipstick brand you should use.

Although her writing was constantly criticised by her teacher that didn’t stop her. Under different pen names, she had stories published in magazines, and then went on to publish three books under pen name Eri Krt.

After having two children, and learning that her second child has autism, she married their father and carried on working. Work and family life left her with little free time. But the desire to write didn’t die.

Always looking for something new, she challenged herself to write a novel in English and all her three novels:

All that the Heart Desires

Caught Between Two Worlds

And At the End of the Summer

are a result of that continuous challenge …

You can find her on:

www.facebook.com/JMoonbridge https://twitter.com/JMoonbridge https://www.bookbub.com/profile/june-moonbridge https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13887820.June_Moonbridge https://www.instagram.com/jmoonbridge/

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Author Showcase – Poulomi Sanyal

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Today I am really excited to be bringing you an author showcase for Author Poulomi Sanyal and her book ‘Colour Me Confounded’!

All about the book

Author Poulomi Sanyal draws upon her own experiences as a woman in the modern Colour Me Confoundedprofessional world to tell the stories of two women struggling with finding balance in their lives.

In the first of two stories, teenagers Rupa and Minerva think they will be friends forever. The two high school girls are virtually inseparable, despite their many differences. Years later, Rupa looks back on that relationship and the dramatic incident that ended their friendship. While she writes her memoir and travels the world, she comes to a realization about her connection with Minerva and the experiences they shared.

The second story centers on Ariana, a Canadian Iranian engineer. She is happy with her work in Toronto, but a friend’s surprise career move brings back old memories of a previous job in Montreal. She hated that job and felt isolated and unappreciated. There was one person, however, who made it worthwhile.

As both Ariana and Rupa look back on their pasts, they come to startling discoveries about their current lives. Will these insights lead the two to choose different paths—or just fill them with more regret?

All about the Author

Many years ago, there was a little girl who had prose and verse and dreams to share with the world around her. But something was missing; a platform. At age 12, she published her own children’s magazine, “Hello Kids”, featuring articles and poetry, jokes and puzzles, all created by herself and her contemporaries. Alas, her hard work had only found a meager audience amongst friends and family.

Who on earth wanted to invest in literature created by a bunch of children?

​Today she is an Engineering Professional with a Master’s Degree from a reputed Canadian University but her childhood voice, once restrained, still yearns for expression. To give this voice an expression, at long last come Poulomi’s poetry, short stories, and novels. They come in search of and providing fulfillment to her true personality; that of a poet, artist, and author.

‘I am a multi-genre writer (or you could say, genrefluid), focusing mostly on hard science-fiction, thrillers, contemporary/romance, short-fiction and poetry and I like to write diverse castes of characters with strong female leads. My writing is a little unconventional in the sense that I don’t use popular themes and tropes in my works. As an example, my upcoming science-fiction is a mash-up of scientific theories, archaeological elements, and ancient myths.’

‘My second novel, a sci-fi, action/adventure treasure hunt steeped in ancient myth is due for publication shortly (in a month or two). It’s based in some of my original research ideas when I was doing a Ph.D. in Engineering at McGill University in Montreal. I’m really excited about this book’

All about the 5 Star Reviews

 

Colour me confounded: A painting of confounded relationships nowadays
This book tells two stories. I liked both. The writer could rightly express the feelings of a good friend after a sudden shock from the unexpected break up from a very close friend, whom she had believed to be very close but later on to discover how wrong was she. This is true for both the stories. Although in the second one it’s not between two friends but between two colleagues instead, who happened to come very close during their duties together.

Colour Me Confounded literally left me dumbfounded. I could sense the emergence of an extremely talented new writer: Poulomi Sanyal. In her first book, how deftly Poulomi has painted the various aspects of human relationships and emotions through the two short novellas, is simply astounding.

Basically, both the stories hover around the main theme of two modern day women facing the challenges of the contemporary world and struggling to strike a balance between their dreams, aspirations and professional challenges on the one hand and love and friendship on the other. Her book keeps us riveted to the strolyline, following the joys and upheavals in the lives of Rupa and Ariana, the protagonists. As the stories progress, we marvel at the lucid language, often mingled with humorous undertones, with which the tumultuous personal relationships, professional struggles and emotional turbulences of Rupa and Ariana are depicted. The book reminds us of our own struggles and aspirations and keep us glued to the end. A very pleasurable and mesmerising read, indeed. Best wishes for the young writer and awaiting many more works of different flavors from her.

While reading this book, I envisioned myself sitting across a table from the author in a restaurant somewhere while she regaled me with a thinly veiled story from her life. Waiters and waitresses buzzed here and there as she spun a tale of relationships, work, travel and education. When she finished the first story, she had to go but handed me a written account of a second story written in third person. I remained at the restaurant and read the whole thing before paying the bill and going home.
The stories are written well, with no spelling or grammatical errors. I found it enjoyable, but wish the tales were a bit longer. There seemed to be more to the stories. Regardless, it made my bus rides to and from work go by quickly. A very nice first effort from a promising author.

 

Guest Post – Elizabeth Orr

 

guest post - elizabeth orrToday I am excited to be able to bring you a guest post from Author Elizabeth Orr and her emotional account of her journey as she learns to become a carer for her brother Norman. 

Elizabeth Orr is the first to admit that she had no knowledge of the realities of caring for someone desperately ill in the UK.

That was until she found her brother, Norman, collapsed on the bathroom floor.

Overnight, Elizabeth was catapulted into the medical and care worlds as she battled to support her brother. The learning curve was vertical, as Elizabeth struggled with the litany of paperwork, red tape, finance issues, and working with myriad NHS departments and resources required to keep her brother alive.

Who Can Care For Me Now? charts Elizabeth and Norman’s emotional journey through this complex care system — in hospital, at a neurological nursing home, and receiving care at home — from his initial collapse to his untimely death, just twenty months later.

Elizabeth hopes to raise awareness, not just of the daily sacrifices made by carers everywhere, but also of the devastating affects of brain disease — and to stimulate much-needed conversation about how we provide care, and how we must improve it.

 

FIVE PIECES OF ADVICE I WOULD GIVE SOMEONE IN MY POSITION

When taking on the responsibility of caring for someone, every individual case and their set of circumstances is different and so I feel far from qualified to give advice but am more than happy to share the following which is based on my own experience of caring for Norman:-

Legalities – Will, Lasting Powers of Attorney for Finance and Health & Welfare

I would encourage people to pluck up courage and have the difficult conversation with their family member(s) and plan for critical illness and/or accident before the crisis happens. This will enable you to seek professional legal and financial advice at a time when you are not stressed and tired from looking after a loved one. Caring for someone is exhausting and stressful enough without the additional worry of legal and financial issues. For Norman and I, not having Lasting Power of Attorney for Health & Welfare was a big issue and made the caring of him far more difficult than it should have been. Sadly, the only person to really suffer was Norman as he was subjected to Mental Capacity test after Mental Capacity test despite continuously expressing his wish for me to take care of him.

Your Health is Paramount

Once you become a carer; be strong and look after yourself as your health is now more important than ever. Stay focused on achieving the best quality of life and psychological wellbeing for everyone involved. Be sure not to neglect your own health.

NHS Continuing Healthcare

If you believe that the care needs of the person you are caring for are “healthcare” as opposed to “social”, be skeptical at what you are told. The difference is that if the patient is eligible for Healthcare, their care will be fully funded but if they are not eligible and have funds over the limit, they will be required to pay for their own care. Carry out your own research into NHS Continuing Healthcare and take advice from a third party if need be. Make your own decisions based on your research and stay strong and focused on your goal.

Care Plan

Most definitely, if I could turn the clock back, I would not have waited 9 months before taking control of Norman’s care plan and employing carers direct.

For me, writing Norman’s care plan myself was the only way to include all of his specific care needs. My experience has been that Care Companies’ plans tend to be “generic” rather than “specific”.

Taking full control of Norman’s care plan enabled me to only employ fully-trained carers and it was much easier to ensure that they adhered to the plan as they reported directly to me and not to a third party.

Advice & Services Available

I am still stunned at how many services and how much information is available but am also bemused as to how difficult it can be to obtain this information and help in a timely manner. Don’t give up, eventually the door will open and you will obtain the help/information you need.

Caring is challenging and not for the faint-hearted but it can also be the most rewarding job ever.

5 Star Amazon Review

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Since I had faced a similar struggle, although with a better outcome, with the American hospital system when my husband was ill, I was interested to see what happens in the UK. May of the incidents in Orr’s book sound all too familiar. Endless waits for bureaucracy to perform the simplest of duties, inability to speak to a doctor in a reasonable time frame, conflicting information. Her ordeal was made even worse because the patient was not her spouse, but her brother. This tale should serve as a warning. Get your medical proxies in order and be prepared to be as demanding as you need to be. Don’t expect the so-called experts to have the right answers. Orr’s brother was fortunate in one respect. He had a sister willing to stand up for him. Brava to her for her courage in writing this account. Medical personnel should be forced to read it to see how their actions or inactions affect the patients entrusted to their care.

Book Review – The Cornish Village School – Second Chances by Kitty Wilson

 

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Synopsis

Ex-ballerina and single mum Sylvie is in trouble. Juggling her ballet classes in the nearest Second Chances (The Cornish Village School #2)town, preparing shy Sam for his first day at Penmenna Village school and trying to finally move out from the farm she shares with her cantankerous Uncle Tom means life is anything but easy.

Television Journalist Alex is facing challenges of his own. Seeking a calmer environment for his newly adopted daughter, Ellie, he’s swapped reporting in war zones for the school PTA in quiet Penmenna, where his best friend Chase has persuaded him to start laying some roots.

Fireworks ignite when Sylvie and Alex meet but as Ellie and Sam become instant best friends, will they be able to keep things strictly platonic for the sake of the children?

Review

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

So I didn’t actually realize that this is the second book in ‘The Cornish Village School’ but I can safely say that it does read well as a standalone book. Also on a somewhat related note, I now do really want to read the first book in the series!

We start of the book by being introduced to Sylvie and her son Sam as they are heading off for their afternoon visit to the beach, I really loved the pure excitement from both of these characters as they initially set off for the beach, it’s where they meet both Alex and Ellie and begin an almost instant friendship. (Living pretty close to the beach I can safely say I do not take advantage of visiting as much as I really should and after reading the first few chapters of this book I really wanted to get out and visit!)

This was a great character-focused book with a lot of different relationships coming in to play, there was quite a focus on the children as well as the friends and family of Sylvie and Alex which made it just that little bit more than a simple romance book. There were a few ‘secrets’ in the background but mostly I really enjoyed it being a straightforward romance book. I think perhaps there could have been a bit more focus on some of the place descriptions but it doesn’t take away from the story at all. For me, it was a great sweet little read that had me smiling all the way through.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Probably

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Wicked Game by Jo Lambert @rararesources

Synopsis

Fashion designer Thérèse D’Alesandro has recently moved into Westhead Manor with daughter Felicia and stepson Marco. Joining forces with neighbour Ella Benedict, she is about to open a bridal boutique at Ella’s exclusive wedding venue Lawns at Little Court.

Managing his father’s European restaurant chain, Marco has both the looks and charm to guarantee him any woman. Any woman, that is, except the one he wants: Ella’s niece Charlotte. Marco knows he should walk away as not only is she the most exasperating female he has ever encountered she’s currently in a relationship with rock star Christian Rosetti. But the chemistry between them is undeniable and sensing trouble brewing between Charlotte and the egotistical singer he is prepared to wait.

Charlotte’s cousin Lucy has discovered Christian’s guilty secrets – ones he has been keeping safely hidden from everyone. Determined to cause mischief and at the same time settle her own score with the arrogant star, she sets in motion a chain of events which eventually brings Marco and Charlotte together.

Thérèse’s husband Gianlucca has invited the granddaughter of an old friend to stay as a house guest while he undergoes heart surgery. Rossana Caravello is due to inherit the one of Italy’s premier vineyards on her twenty-first birthday in September. Aware this would make an excellent addition to her husband’s international business portfolio, Thérèse plots to push the young heiress and her stepson together. Rossana is already besotted with Marco, but if the plan is to have any chance of success first she needs to get rid of Charlotte…

Please note Wicked Game was previously published under the title The Other Side of Morning.

Purchase Link

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-Game-Jo-Lambert-ebook/dp/B07LD8XF75

US – https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Game-Jo-Lambert-ebook/dp/B07LD8XF75

Review

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Wicked Game is an absolutely delightful romance book set in England following the story of Marco and Charlotte. This is a really well-written book, which made it incredibly easy to fall in love with both of them. It also helped they were really relatable characters in a bit of an underdog story.

What I also really enjoyed was that there were many different storylines going on throughout the book just to add that little bit extra to the family drama. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the characters but luckily there was an index of characters right at the start to help with any confusion. This is my first book from Jo Lambert and I have to say it won’t be my last. A great drama filled romance that will leave you thinking about it days after you put the book down!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Giveaway!

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About the Author

Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She is the author of seven novels. The first five collectively known as the Little Court Series are saga/romances set in West Somerset. For book number six she ‘moved’ over the border into South Devon. Summer Moved On became the first of two linked contemporary romances. The second, Watercolours in the Rain was published in October 2016. In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her eighth novel, The Boys of Summer, set in North Cornwall will be published in 2019 under their Ruby imprint. Jo is currently working on another coastal romance, this time set in South Cornwall. When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog. Jo loves travel, red wine and rock music and she often takes the odd photograph or two.

website: http://jolambertbooks.com

blog: http://jolambertwriter.com

Twitter: @jolambertwriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jolambert185

 

Blog Tour and Giveaway: A Greek Affair by @LinnBHalton @rararecources

Synopsis

More than just a holiday romance?
Her daughter, her job and divorcing her untrustworthy ex are Leah’s main priorities. She isn’t really
bothered that her life might be missing a few things. But after winning a prestigious travel blogger
award, she’s inundated with offers to review glamorous holiday destinations. Lying around drinking
exotic cocktails and being paid for it! What could be better?
Perhaps a romantic trip to idyllic Greece to find the one man who might make Leah risk her heart
again…

Purchase Link – http://smarturl.it/AGreekAffair

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is such a great little feel-good kind of book and was a perfect read for over Christmas! What immediately made me want to read this book was the fact it was set in Greece as well as following the life of a single mom travel blogger, because let’s be honest how great is it to fantasise about being paid to travel to new and exotic places with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure!

The story follows Leah and her daughter Rosie as they navigate their new world as such after winning a travel blogger award. The story itself did not start of how I was expecting and carried on very much it’s own path throughout the book, which is great, as you never completely know the direction it will go. In regards to the characters, you really got a sense of Leah and her struggles and it was great for all the ways it was able to really include Rosie as well. You really did end up rooting for these characters. There are a few what I like to call bonus characters as well, which really help to spice up the story. I did feel like the entire story had a satisfying ending and concluded all of the stories I wanted concluding.

I also really enjoyed the writing itself as it had some truly great descriptions of Athens and Greece which of course just really makes me want to go and visit. Maybe next year New Zealand is a little too far to pop over for a quick visit!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Giveaway!

Giveaway to Win Rose wine and chocolates (UK only)
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over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose
only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’
information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of
the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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About the Author

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’ Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency. When she’s not writing or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic. Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Social Media Links –
Website: http://linnbhalton.co.uk/
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Book Review: Life After Death by Jackson Baer

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Synopsis

The Childs family faced the unthinkable… now they have a second chance.Life after Death
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The Childs family has endured a terrible tragedy, but the FBI’s shocking discovery has turned their lives upside down.

His kids have all moved on from the death of their mother, as has Isaac from the loss of his wife, but now that the FBI has finally solved the case, the Childs family must face the loss of Ramie all over again.

Each has their own relationships and their own lives, but all are upended due to unforeseen circumstances. As they maneuver these new lives, they must deal with love, heartache, and jealousy as a family, and the choices they face will not be easy.

Their decisions bring out the best in some… and the worst in others.

Review

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Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Life after Death is the second book in the America family series. It begins nearly straight after the events of the first book and as I started it pretty much as soon as I finished the first read just like a continuation.

From the first book which I reviewed here I had come to sort of expect the way in which the story would be told, there would be mystery, suspense and a lot of focus on the psychology of the characters as they navigate the new challenges in their life. Without wanting to give much away I will just say there is a lot to unpack with a whole lot more surprises along the way.

For me I enjoyed this book a little bit more than the first, in fact I have given it a whole extra half a star :), I think the author really gets into the flow of writing in this book and I got to admit I was more than a little bit invested in pretty much all of the characters, which led to me spending a  good portion of my time yelling at them internally not to do that. I was able to manage to guess more of what was going to happen within this book but it still made for a really enjoyable read.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes