Extract: Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses by Laura Briggs @rararesources

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Today I am super excited to be bringing you an extract from ‘Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses’. This is the third book in its series and I hope you all find it as interesting as I have!

Synopsis

Christmas is coming to Port Hewer and the hotel Penmarrow, where Maisie is suffering a Sea Holly and Mistletoe Kisses Cover.jpgcase of the holiday blues far from home this year — until Gavin, a young American businessman staying at the hotel through Christmas, talks her into joining him as his partner in the hotel’s ice sculpting competition in a mutual pact to enjoy the holidays to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Maisie experiences the village Christmas season vicariously through Sidney, and continues writing her Poe-inspired story with only Sidney aware of her secret novel. She soon learns, however, that criticism and praise go hand in hand when he takes issue with her latest chapters, which puts pressure on their friendship, too.

But is that what’s really the issue between them? Because handsome Gavin has more than ice sculpting in mind when it comes to Maisie’s time, which comes as a surprise to no one who’s seen them together. As Maisie faces this sudden romantic dilemma, she realizes what she wants most in her life … and faces a question of what her heart wants most, too.

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Extract 

I’m very happy to be sharing an extract from my newest romance release with the readers at FNM today! Book Three in my series ‘A Little Hotel in Cornwall’, it is a cosy Christmas read that finds the heroine Maisie caught up in an ice sculpting competition at the historic hotel where she works as a chambermaid. In the scene below, Maisie’s friend and fellow hotel maid, Molly, is being trained for a promotion to the role of desk clerk—only it isn’t going as well as anybody hoped for!

 

 

“When guests arrive, we smile and greet them, then we inquire if they have a reservation or need a room booked. Here’s the icon for reservations —” Brigette touched a square on the computer’s screen, “— and here’s the one showing all available and registered rooms.”

“What does this one do?” Molly pointed to another.

“No need to worry about it for the time being,” said Brigette, moving the pointing finger away from the program in question. “These are the ones you’re concerned with for the moment. Here we go – your first guest.” She ushered Molly forward as the hotel’s front entrance admitted someone new. A guest, if the luggage in the hands of the man clad in an old wool coat and knit hat was any indication, although he had the look of free-spirited backpackers in summertime … or, if one were perfectly honest, maybe resembling a little more the transients hitchhiking along American highways.

“Welcome to The Penmarrow Hotel,” said Molly, a trifle too brightly. “Are you new – that is, are you staying with us for the first time?”

“I am, actually.” The young man set down his luggage, which consisted of a heavy-looking knapsack, leather shoulder satchel, and an odd-looking hard shell case that looked like one for a trombone or some other large musical instrument. “George Varton.” He pulled off his hat and extended his hand to Molly, with a friendly smile for this unconventional approach to booking a hotel room. I noticed the intense blue of his eyes – a striking shade that was impossible to miss, since it illuminated his face’s narrow features, and seemed even more lively than his shock of light brown hair which rose and fell above his forehead with the unruly grace of river weeds.

“Molly,” she answered, shaking hands with him, shyly. A little reminder cough from Brigette wiped away the maid’s smile as she gave a jump of remembrance. “Yes, uh, would you – would you like a room?” She caught Brigette’s eye with an apologetic gaze.

“Do you have any available on the topmost floor, with a nice open view?”

“Um … I’ll look.” Molly clicked a button on the hotel’s computer – the wrong one. “Won’t be a moment,” she assured him, as she clicked a different one. An internet browser window opened.

“Oops,” she said. “Um – Brigette – how do I –?” She didn’t finish the question, since the former desk manager had swept in to close the extra programs and open the hotel’s room registry.

“The suite on the west end of the hotel is available,” said Brigette. “It’s one of our larger suites, somewhat more expensive than the single ones. Will it be satisfactory?”

The young man looked slightly disappointed at the words ‘large’ and ‘expensive,’ nevertheless he removed his wallet from his pocket and handed a charge card to Molly. “I’ll have the room,” he said.

“Certainly.” She swiped it, and an alarm went off from the charge machine. “I’m sorry – it’s not your card, it’s me,” she assured George hastily, as Brigette hit a series of computer keys which prompted silence again.

“You have to fill out the registry link first,” she reminded her. “Then link it to the charge card.”

“Right,” said Molly, putting her bright smile in place again. “If you’ll simply answer a few questions for our registry record,” she said, this time clicking the correct application. “Oh – and sign the book,” she added, shoving the open physical registry across the desk with more haste and less grace than usual. “Here’s a pen.” She dug one from a can of random ones beneath the desk, instead of using the ornamental one that was clipped to the book’s edge.

A pained look entered Brigette’s eyes momentarily, a little wince from the back of her throat as she shut them for a second to collect herself. In our newest guest’s glance, a look of gentle amusement as he signed his name on the blank line.

About the Author

Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

 

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Book Review: The House that Sat Down – Book 2 – Restoration by Alice May @rararesources

The House That Sat Down Trilogy

Synopsis

Let us return to the crumbling, cob cottage in the country, with our intrepid heroine and Restoration: More tales from the house that sat downher hilarious family!
They’re about to start rebuilding their home and their lives. Of course, nothing is going to go smoothly for them, is it?
In this sequel to ‘Accidental Damage – tales from the house that sat down’ we accompany our heroine on her journey as she bravely battles to restore everything that she loves; often against the odds and with a liberal sprinkling of humour, art and home-made cookies along the way.
One thing is for sure, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

The second of Alice May’s award winning debut series. Written in her unique and compelling style, this author and artist returns with the much anticipated sequel to Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down.

Purchase Link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Restoration-More-tales-house-that-ebook/dp/B075FVFDZ8

Review

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Thank you to the Author and Rachels Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Restoration is the second book in “The House That Sat Down” series and it is most definitely a worthy sequel. I think for this you would need to read the first in the series but as I loved ‘Accidental Damage’ I would recommend to read it anyway. What has really stood out to me with this book series is the humor that shines through to what is a stressful situation. Not only am I really enjoying seeing how our heroine and family deal with pretty much homelessness but just the spirit the author is able to put this across.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

I am a multi-tasking parent to four not-so-small children, and I am fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet.  We live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country. Our house began to fall down out of the blue one day, which resulted in the whole family living in a tent in the back garden for quite some time, while we worked out how to rebuild our home.

A few years afterwards, I decided to write a book and, once I started, I found I couldn’t stop.

Inspired by true-life events ‘Accidental Damage – tales from the house that sat down’ wouldn’t leave me alone until it was written.

Within six months of self-publishing my novel, I was delighted to learn that it had won two ‘Chill with a Book Awards’. This was a massive honour and motivated me to continue writing. Accidental Damage became the first book in a trilogy.

The Omnibus edition of all three books in the House That Sat Down Trilogy is now available via Amazon in both paperback and kindle format.

 

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Book Review: The House That Sat Down Omnibus – Accidental Damage by Alice May @rararesources

The House That Sat Down Trilogy

Synopsis

Inspired by a true story, The House That Sat Down Trilogy is a tale of triumph over The House That Sat Down Trilogytragedy. It is an astonishing account of sudden, first-world homelessness in the heart of the New Forest, and the unexpected consequences. Written entirely from a mother’s point of view, following the collapse of her family’s home, it is an uplifting and positive read in spite of the subject matter, with a thread of wry humour throughout. Follow this ordinary woman on an extraordinary journey of survival and self discovery as she reels from disaster, before picking herself up and coming back stronger and wiser than before.
Packed with humorous observations about what it is like to live in a tent in your garden with your husband and four children after a significant part of your house falls down out of the blue one day, this story takes you from the depths of despair right through to the satisfying heights of success against the odds, with lots of tea and cakes on the way.

Follow this crazy family as they cope with disaster in their own truly unique and rather mad way, and celebrate each small triumph along the way with them.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/House-That-Sat-Down-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B07WJW5MYF

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Accidental Damage

Book 1 in The House That Sat Down TrilogyAccidental Damage by [May, Alice]

If you think the normal school run on a Monday is entertaining, you should try doing it from a tent in your back garden, surrounded by the jumbled-up contents of your entire home. It is vastly more diverting.

Our heroine has survived the sudden collapse of her home – or has she?

Certain events, two and a half years ago, led her to deliberately destroy an important piece of herself, hiding away all remaining evidence that it every existed. What happens when she decides to go looking for it?

Does she really deserve to be whole again?

Book 1 Accidental Damage – Tales from the house that sat down

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Accidental-Damage-House-that-Down/dp/1535450371/

Accidental Damage is also available in Large Print format

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Review

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

‘Accidental Damage’ is the first book in the ‘House that fell down’ trilogy and it definitely made me want to read the rest of the story immediately. (Lucky for me I got to do just that so their reviews will follow shortly!) This is a great story of self-discovery and really getting to find out just what you’re made of when life really decides to throw you a curveball. The fact that it was based on a true story really made the story doubly interesting for me and I think really gave it that extra boost. I found the writing and the story itself really easy to get into and I was really rooting for our heroine. A great four out of five star read.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

I am a multi-tasking parent to four not-so-small children, and I am fortunate enough to be married to (probably) the most patient man on the planet.  We live in, what used to be, a ramshackle old cottage in the country. Our house began to fall down out of the blue one day, which resulted in the whole family living in a tent in the back garden for quite some time, while we worked out how to rebuild our home.

A few years afterwards, I decided to write a book and, once I started, I found I couldn’t stop.

Inspired by true-life events ‘Accidental Damage – tales from the house that sat down’ wouldn’t leave me alone until it was written.

Within six months of self-publishing my novel, I was delighted to learn that it had won two ‘Chill with a Book Awards’. This was a massive honour and motivated me to continue writing. Accidental Damage became the first book in a trilogy.

The Omnibus edition of all three books in the House That Sat Down Trilogy is now available via Amazon in both paperback and kindle format.

 

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Book Review and Giveaway: Christmas at Ladywell by Nicola Slade @rararesources

 

Christmas at Ladywell

Synopsis

A time for spilling secrets…

 

Having refurbished her inherited house and upcycled her whole life in the process, Christmas at LadywellFreya – now happily married to Patrick, and with a small child –  has to transform her tiny stone barn into a romantic hideaway for a mystery guest who is also looking for change. With Christmas only a week away, things don’t go according to plan…

In the past old uncertainties are resolved when an elderly woman seeks the truth of a legend on Christmas Eve and confesses to a deception; a Tudor wife listens to a story that must never be repeated and is given a precious relic that must never be displayed; and in the early nineteenth century an old woman tells a younger one the story of the hares at Ladywell.

 

Past and present are only a whisper apart when Freya learns of an astonishing discovery that will make Ladywell famous, but meanwhile her house is full of unexpected visitors, she has a turkey to cook – and a very special secret of her own that must be told.

 

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-at-Ladywell-Nicola-Slade-ebook/dp/B07YNKPCJW

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Review

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Thank you to the Author and Rachels Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Christmas at Ladywell is a short but sweet Christmas read which tells the story of both the past and the future. There is an aspect of mystery which I loved as well as just a really warm and homely feeling throughout the whole book. There was perhaps not a whole lot of character development but as a novella I don’t think there really needed to be. This is a story I would definitely recommend for a quick and quiet afternoon of reading.

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

Nicola Slade is an award-winning, bestselling author of historical and contemporary mysteries and romantic fiction, all set in and around Winchester and Romsey in Hampshire – which is where she lives. The House at Ladywell – a contemporary romantic novel with historical echoes – won the Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction at the CIBA awards in April 2019.

She is the author of the mid-Victorian Charlotte Richmond mysteries and the contemporary Harriet Quigley mysteries and The Convalescent Corpse, published November 2018, is the first in a new series, The Fyttleton Mysteries, set in 1918.

 

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Book Review: Until We Meet Again by Rosemary Goodacre @rararesources

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Synopsis

The Great War drove them apart – but love kept them together

Summer 1914: Shy young woman, Amy Fletcher, lives a quiet life in Sussex. An officeUntil We Meet Again worker, she lives at home, along with her parents and spirited younger brother, Bertie. But her life is transformed when she meets handsome young man, Edmond Derwent, son of one of the wealthiest families in the small town of Larchbury, and student at Cambridge University.

The couple are falling deeply in love when war breaks out and, eager to do his duty for England, Edmond signs up as an officer. The couple plan to be wed, eager to start a new life together – but their happiness is short-lived when Edmond is sent to Flanders to lead his men into battle. Amy trains as a VAD nurse and is soon sent to France, where she sees the true horror of war inflicted on the brave young men sent to fight.

Separated by war, Edmond and Amy share their feelings through emotional letters sent from the front line. But when Edmond is critically wounded at Ypres, their love faces the biggest test of all – can their love stay strong while the world around them is crumbling?

A romantic, emotional saga set in WW1 – readers of Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood will be captivated by this story of love

Purchase Links

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Review

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Thank you to the Author and Rachels Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This is an incredibly well-written and emotional read and I was very surprised to find out it was a debut novel. Within the story, we get to follow Amy and Edmond through all of the highs and lows that they experience. With so many emotions occurring throughout the story I really felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster. The author seems to have done a lot of research into the World War and this shines through within the story, this is definitely a story that I got really into and I’m excited to have found another incredible author.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Rosemary Goodacre has previously worked in computing and teaching. She has had short stories published and a novella, A Fortnight is not Enough.

Her father’s family came from continental Europe and she loves travelling.
She enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives with her husband in Kent, England.

Guest Post and Giveaway! Star in the Shadows by Helen Buckley @rararesources

Star in the Shadows

Synopsis

The world thinks that pop superstar Kiara Anderson has it all, but she spends her nights Star in the Shadows FInal coverdrinking away memories of her childhood and life as a teen runaway.

The Jacobs family are desperate to see the girl next door again and discover why she ran away, especially their son Shane, who blames himself for her disappearance.

When Kiara’s manager forces her into a reveal-all TV interview she knows the family she loved more than her own will finally discover the truth.

Can she overcome her demons or will the shadows of the past rob her of fame, fortune, and a chance to finally fall in love?

Purchase Link

UK –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Shadows-Helen-Buckley/dp/1528932005

Guest Post

Only the brave write

Writing a book is one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done. Publishing a book? That’s by far the scariest!

Tapping away at my computer, merrily jotting down the story at 5am in the morning, the book is something secretive and undiscovered, like buried treasure, and only I know of its existence. Sending the book out to people to actually read makes it a tangible thing that can be critiqued, criticised, even made fun of. It’s like sending a small part of your heart out into the world, praying people won’t be too rough with it.

As the publication date has drawn ever closer my nerves have grown too. But I keep gritting my teeth and telling myself this is an experience I’ll learn from, both the good and the bad feedback, the pitfalls and the pleasures.

I’m proud of my book and proud of my achievement of writing it at a difficult time in my life, but realistically I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, and it won’t meet everyone’s expectations. My greatest fear as an author is having people laugh at my work behind my back, but tell me something different to my face, out of pity or misguided kindness.

Anxiety is one of the few things I have in common with my main character

Anxiety is the seemingly uncontrollable treadmill of worried thoughts that spiral into doom mongering, making you feel paralysed and distraught by things that haven’t even happened yet and may never happen. It’s living with daily nerves, paranoia, sweaty palms, a shaky stomach, and a tight chest. It grinds you down, physically and mentally.

Fear and anxiety play a large part in Kiara’s life in Star in the Shadows. Kiara is a troubled pop star, desperate to forget the memories of the past that haunt her. Despite her fame and fortune, she’s still struggling with anxiety – the shaking hands, the churning stomach, the nightmares, the washing machine of unhelpful thoughts tumbling in her mind, seemingly out of control.

She’s lived through traumas, and they have left her with a residual level of fear from which she makes unhelpful decisions and develops unhealthy coping mechanisms. She also puts her trust in the wrong people, who take advantage of her loyalty and naivety. It’s only when she’s able to confront the things that trouble her that she’s able to find some healing and move forward with her life.

My advice – feel the fear and do it anyway!

Though the idea of putting my book out there is terrifying, the thought of not trying and looking back and regretting it, is enough to compel me to continue on this precarious path as a fledgling author! Please don’t let fear hold you back from putting your stories out into the world. Be bold and brave and give it your best shot, because there may be a reader out there who is just waiting and hoping for a story like yours.

Giveaway

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About the Author

Helen has spent over thirteen years working and volunteering for charities in the UK and abroad, including four years in Honduras. She currently works as a charity communications manager and lives in Bedfordshire with her husband and son.

Social Media Links – Twitter – HelenCBuckley/  Insta – helencatherinebuckley / website: buckleybooks.org  

Star in the Shadows Author

 

Book Review and Giveaway: Weave of Love by Rachel J. Bonner @rararesources

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Synopsis

What if your choices have devastating consequences for others?
How can anyone know the right thing to do?

Leonie chose to sacrifice everything to save other people. Now those around her have to Weave of Love (Choices and Consequences, #3)face the consequences – and those consequences are not what they expected.

Prospero must deal with his own guilt. He was the one who gave Leonie the tools she needed – her life was in his hands. To make the most of what she did, he will have to face up to all the family issues he has avoided for so long. Whatever he chooses to do, someone he loves will be hurt. For Leonie’s sake, is he now strong enough to make the choice he couldn’t make before?

The crisis predicted by Lord Gabriel has come and gone. But his task isn’t over. Leonie’s very existence maybe out in the open but Gabriel discovers that the past is never what it seems – and nor is the present. How can he use what he now knows to bring together those who have been enemies for as long as anyone can remember? If he fails in this, everything he’s had to do so far will be in vain.

Amazon :                            https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VLMV52C

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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.

Weave of Love is the third book in the Choices and Consequences series and it definitely left me wanting more! The book itself I felt was a bit slow-paced at times but I think that’s probably what was needed for this book. I loved getting to see the relationships and the characters develop more and this is a book that seems once it has captured your attention makes you want to rush through to find out exactly what’s going to happen! I loved Leonie’s and Perry’s relationship and although at times the book definitely had a sad tone and feel to it I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next.

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

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the compelling and enthralling four book Choices and Weave of Love Author PhotoConsequences series.  The first book in the series, Strand of Faith, was published in November 2018. Book 2, Thread of Hope, released on 2nd May 2019, followed by Weave of Love on 24th October, and Cloth of Grace at the end of February 2020.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in fantasy or romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Shooting targets only, honest.  Nothing to worry about. (Okay, sometimes we shoot Polo mints. Or cabbages. Still nothing to worry about.)

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

You can find out more about her books and sign up for Rachel’s newsletters at www.racheljbonner.co.uk.

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Choices and Consequences Series

Thread of Hope

Choices and Consequences Book 2

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What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?
Is honesty always the best policy?

Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…

Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?

 

Strand of Faith

Choices and Consequences Book 1

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A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?

In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.

After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?

Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?

 

And coming soon (February 2020)

Cloth of Grace

Choices and Consequences Book 4

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When the fate of the world rests on your shoulders, how do you choose between what you ought to do and the only thing you really want?

 

Leonie finally knows who she is. But now she needs to decide who she is going to be. Her choice will affect not just her family, not just those she knows but tens, hundreds of thousands, millions of people that she doesn’t. And every path that’s open to her will put Perry under the pressures that caused his breakdown before. How can she do what she must and still protect Perry?

Perry desperately wants to make things easier for Leonie. Somehow he has to find the strength to face the things that all but destroyed him in the past. But every way he turns some aspect of his past lies waiting to pounce – even during his happiest moments. And he can never forget that Leonie’s life is in danger from someone, somewhere. That danger may be much closer to home than anyone suspects.

Gabriel has managed to negotiate peace, at least in theory. Now he must put that into practice and reunite Leonie with the family she never knew she had. Then disaster strikes right in the middle of his own sanctuary. Can he still protect those he loves, or has he been harbouring a villain the whole time?

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Book Tags Galore! 40 more tags to get stuck into!

Love them or hate them book tags are a big part of the bookish community, they give us bloggers a chance to not only have yet another way to talk about our favorite books but a way to let our readers know a little more about ourselves as well as being able to tag friends and find out all their answers!

Last year I compiled The Ultimate Top 100 Book Tags which was incredibly fun to do, so below I have added 40 more 🙂

 

  1. Anticipated Releases book Tag A Little Haze Book Blog
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  3. BiblioKdramatics Book Tag Normadic Worlds
  4. Brooklyn 99 Book Tag Nen and Jen
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  8. Hocus Pocus Book Tag ClassyXBookReviews
  9. I Should Read That Book Tag A Literary Latte
  10. My Name In TBR Book Tag Ally Writes Things
  11. Past, Present and Future Book Tag Life of a Literary Nerd
  12. Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag Narrative Paradise
  13. Spotify book Tag Fantastic Books
  14. Summer Sweatalong book tag Zeezee with Books
  15. Taylor Swift Lover Book Tag Fan Girl Fury
  16. The 80s Movie Book Tag The Coy Caterpillar Reads
  17. The Adams Family Book Tag For Books Sake
  18. The Back to School Book Tag Golden Books Girl
  19. The Boujee Book Tag Dragons and Zombies
  20. The End of Year Book Tag My Bookish Dream
  21. The Halloween Song Book Tag Fortunately The Book
  22. The Literary fiction book Tag  Fiction Fan Blog
  23. The Marvel Avengers Book Tag Never not Reading
  24. The Musical Shuffle Book Tag Cuppaclo
  25. The Nope Book Tag The Book Prescription
  26. The Oseman Verse Book Tag Two Book Thieves
  27. The Pancake Book Tag Elaine Howlin
  28. The Perfect Book Tag Worlds Unlike Our Own
  29. The Productivity Book Tag Lottie is Writing
  30. The Seven Heavenly Virtues Book Tag Space and Sorcery
  31. The Spooky Memes Book Tag All Things Momma Blog
  32. The Strictly Book Tag Stephen Writer Blog
  33. The Summer Bucket List Book Tag Confessions of a YA reader
  34. The Sword of Kaigan Book Tag The Little Book Owl
  35. The Translated book Book Tag 746 Books
  36. The Waffle Book Tag Ksahitya
  37. The Wasted Potential book Tag Kristin Kraves Books
  38. Throne of Glass Vs Court of Thorns and Roses Book Tag It’s Just a Coffee Addicted Bibliophile
  39. Totally Didn’t Book Tag Madame Writer Blog
  40. What Cats do Book tag A Dance with Books

Book Birthday Blitz! The Summer Springteen’s Songs Saved Me by Barbara Quinn @rararesources

The Summer Springsteens Songs Saved Me

Synopsis

Coming home to catch her husband with his face between the long, silky legs of another The Summer Springsteen's Songs Saved Mewoman is the last thing Sofia expects—and on today of all days. So, after scratching an expletive into his Porsche and setting the cheating bastard’s clothes on fire, she cranks up her beloved Bruce and flees, vowing never to look back.

Seeking solace in the peaceful beachside town of Bradley Beach, NJ, Sof is determined to start over. And, with the help of best friends, new acquaintances, a sexy neighbor, and the powerful songs of Springsteen, this may be the place where her wounds can heal. But, as if she hasn’t faced her share of life’s challenges, a final flurry of obstacles awaits.

In order to head courageously toward the future, Sofia must first let go of her past, find freedom, and mend her broken soul.

Purchase Links

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Springsteens-Songs-Saved-Inspiring-ebook/dp/B0764KZP34

 Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0994451253

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-summer-springsteens-songs-saved-me-barbara-quinn/1127124454?ean=9780994451248

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36221316-the-summer-springsteen-s-songs-saved-me?ac=1&from_search=true

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-summer-springsteens-songs-saved-me/barbara-quinn/9780994451255

Review

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

This was a great uplifting read that focuses on finding yourself after heartbreak and betrayal and to try and always focus on the positives in life. It also had the unique twist of adding Bruce Springteen’s songs into the mix. I really enjoyed getting to see Sofia’s transformation as well as really experiencing all of the emotions that she experiences throughout her story. Although this wasn’t a story with many twists and turns it’s one I can see myself reading again and again.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

Barbara Quinn is an award-winning short story writer and author of a variety of novels.The Summer - Author Photo

Her travels have taken her to forty-seven states and five continents where she’s encountered fascinating settings and inspiring people that populate her work.

Her many past jobs include lawyer, record shop owner, reporter, process server, lingerie sales clerk, waitress, and postal worker. She’s a native New Yorker with roots in the Bronx, Long Island, and Westchester. She currently resides with her husband in Bradley Beach, NJ and Holmes Beach, FL. She enjoys spending time with her son and his family and planning her next adventure. She wants to remind everyone that when you meet her, SHE’S NOT SHOUTING, SHE’S ITALIAN.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://baquinn.wixsite.com/barbaraquinn

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BarbaraQuinn

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/BarbaraQuinnAuthor

 

 

Book Review and Giveaway: Christmas at Penningtons by Rachel Brimble @rararesources

Christmas at Penningtons

Synopsis

Gripping drama as Pennington’s department store prepares for a glittering Christmas in Christmas at Pennington's1911, but a killer stalks the women of Bath.

Christmas sees Pennington’s at its most glorious, thronged with shoppers, its grand staircase and balcony adorned with holly, mistletoe, tinsel and lights. It should be the happiest time, but dramas are seething beneath the surface.

For Cornelia Culford, in charge of jewellery, a divorce hearing looms, where she could lose custody of her young sons to her overbearing and unfaithful husband.

For Stephen Gower, being head of security at Pennington’s is the perfect refuge from a tragic past at Scotland Yard. But soon the past will call him back, as Joseph Carter and Elizabeth Pennington beg him to help solve the murder of Joseph’s first wife, now that it seems as if the killer has struck again.

For Joseph and Elizabeth, their marriage depends on exorcising the past. But can it ever be laid to rest?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-at-Penningtons-Rachel-Brimble-ebook/dp/B07RC9R3JK

US – https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-at-Penningtons-Rachel-Brimble-ebook/dp/B07RC9R3JK

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 was a great drama-filled entertaining Christmas read! This is the third in the series for the Pennington Department store series and having read the second one I was very excited to get into this one. While I think this can definitely be read as a standalone I really enjoyed going back into the world the author has created. What I really enjoy about these books is not only are you transported back to an earlier time but the author creates such strong well developed characters that it’s incredibly easy to not only get behind them but to be generally interested in what they’re going to do and how their stories will develop. There is a fair amount going on but I didn’t find myself confused or going back to figure it all out at any point so that was also great. All in all 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

Giveaway

Giveaway to Win a £15 Amazon Gift Card (UK Only)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or 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 Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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About the Author

Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath, Christmas At Author pic2 - Aug 2018England. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.

In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018, A Rebel At Pennington’s February 2019 and Christmas At Pennington’s September 2019.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America and has thousands of social media followers all over the world. To sign up for her quarterly and new release newsletter, click here to go to her website: https://rachelbrimble.com/

Social Media Links –

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelbrimbleauthor/?hl=en

Amazon Author Page:

https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Brimble/e/B007829ZRM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490948101&sr=8-1

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806411.Rachel_Brimble

Bookbub:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rachel-brimble