Author Showcase – Holly Willow!

Happy Tuesday to all you awesome people! Today I am really excited to bring you an author showcase with Holly Willow and her book ‘Love by Chance’! This looks like a really great book just in time for Valentine’s day and I just love the simplicity of the cover!

What happens on a Greek island, stays on a Greek island…

Having just ended a long-term relationship with a man who was perfect on paper but not right for her, Emily isn’t eager to start a new one. She’s on vacation on a Greek island. All she wants to do is relax and have some fun. And she wouldn’t mind having a summer fling with the gorgeous Englishman she bumps into. The only problem is that he wants more than a vacation romance. Now Emily has to decide if she’s ready to take a chance on love again.

Purchase Link: https://books2read.com/LoveByChance Love By Chance will be available at a “Valentine Special” discount price for $/£ 0.99 on most online vendor sites, including Amazon, B&N, Apple, and Kobo. 

All about the Five Star Reviews

This is one of the most delightfully charming books I have read. I lost myself in the story from the start. I believe readers will fall in love with Emily and Liam, as I did, along with all the other characters who are so real you feel you want to invite them to your dinner table. Emily’s honesty about herself as she grows and explores her new world are particularly refreshing and Liam melts your heart.

Love By Chance falls in between the categories of women’s fiction and chick lit. It’s also a great beach read. If you want to take a vacation but can’t get away, run away to an island in the Mediterranean with Emily. I highly recommend it!

All about the Author

First things first: Emma, thank you so much for welcoming me to your corner of the world wide web. As a fairly new and self-published writer, I need all the help I can get spreading the word about my books.

As a child, I loved books. Escaping into magical worlds far from reality was my favorite pastime. That didn’t change when I grew up. Books and the characters in them have been some of my best friends for as long as I can remember. And I’ve been writing stories since I was nine years old. But I didn’t publish any of them until last year.

I have two passions in life: writing and traveling. Thanks to my parents, I grew up on the move, bouncing from one country to the next. I’ve lived in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the West Indies. Now, as an adult, I still have an insatiable wanderlust, a deep desire to see more of the world and experience all it has to offer.

I tend to write stories that are set in locations I have visited or would like to visit one day. Last year, I self-published three books simultaneously. Postcard From Paris was the first full-length novel I wrote. Soon after I finished it, I started working on Love By Chance and One Little Lie. They’re all complete stand-alone stories but they share a theme: finding out what you want in life and working up the courage to try and make it happen. Oh, and there’s romance too of course.

I write in bed, wearing my most comfortable pajamas, with the laptop parked on a pillow in front of me. Typically, I write two hours per night. On good nights, I get a lot of writing done during those two hours. On bad nights, I manage merely a few paragraphs. Bad (writing) nights happen. The most important thing is to start over the next night and give it my best shot again.

Links

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/hollywillow

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/hollywillow

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HWAuthor

Postcard From Paris: http://viewbook.at/PFP

Love By Chance: http://viewbook.at/LBC

Holly Willow has lived her life on the move since her early childhood. She grew up in stables in the Middle East and South East Asia, surrounded by horses, philandering polo players, and wonderfully oversharing expatriate housewives. Currently, she’s bouncing around Europe. Growing up, if she wasn’t on horseback, she had her nose in a book. Characters in novels were her best friends. And ultimately she started creating her own. 

 

 

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Cover Reveal: A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe! @rararesources

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Happy February everyone! Today I’m really happy to be able to share with you the cover reveal for “A Bakery at the Little Duck Pond Cafe” by Rosie Green! Not only does this sound like a really awesome book but I just adore the cover!

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Synopsis

Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are finally coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy – until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?

Pre-order Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bakery-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07MLF2N6T

US – https://www.amazon.com/Bakery-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07MLF2N6T

About the Author

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-thumbnail_Rosie Green Author Pic.jpgroaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

Book Review: It’s a Bright World to Feel Lost In by Mawson

Synopsis

Are you feeling a little lost? Got that ‘left in the spare room’ emptiness about you? It's a Bright World to Feel Lost InMawson does too.

He sits atop his cushion and ponders about baffling things.

The world is a funny place for a curious teddy bear to live in. Friends approach him about their own dilemmas. They seek instant answers that will make everything all right. Mawson does his best. But after he ponders deeply, most things remain for him just as baffling as they were before.

Take a moment out of your day to pawse with him and explore the world. For the many frazzled readers who feel, secretly, much the same, he offers the comfort that the world is a bright place to be.

Review

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

So this officially my first 5 star book of 2019! Now this is a completely different type of book than I normally review, the book itself is described as a picture book for adults or a book that is intended as a gift between friends that could also be read by a younger audience. The book itself is written by Mawson the bear as he ponders the world around him.

Now the fact that this was a picture book for adults really intrigued me and I’m so glad that I got to see it for myself, not only are the pictures absolutely gorgeous but the whole book itself brings back such nostalgic memories it made it seem sort of comforting, like an old security blanket. The message that Mawson is able to portray as well comes across in such simple terms it really makes you ponder the going on’s in your own life. As it’s such a short read (and looks fantastic) it’s one of those books that you can just have lying around, and one I plan to eagerly show to poor unsuspecting victims who come to visit!

 

Rating: 5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Return to Lilly Pond Lane – Cover Reveal! @rararesources @emilyharvale

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Today I am really excited to be showing you the cover reveal for ‘Return to Lily Pond Lane’ by Emily Harvale. The newest addition in the Lily Pond Lane Books!

You can pre-order here- https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N6J1TWG

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Synopsis

Life couldn’t be better for Mia and her friends in Little Pondale – until tragedy strikes…

Mia Ward is on cloud nine after a magical Christmas and New Year and she isn’t the only one. Everyone on Lily Pond Lane seems to be living in blissful harmony. Until tragedy strikes… not once, but twice. And as Hettie Turner points out: ‘Bad things always come in threes.’

Whilst the other residents of Little Pondale are wondering what might happen next, Mia is busy worrying about her friends and trying to help them with their grief. But she needs to be careful. Just when she thought she had everything, there’s a very real chance she might lose the only thing she truly wants.

About the Author

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily EPSON scanner imageis a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All-Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.twitter.com/emilyharvale

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

When do you read?

Discussion

Do you read in the morning at night, tucked up away avoiding all your responsibilities? At the moment I’m finding it harder and harder to fit in reading around just life in general, last year I just took a break from blogging, I just didn’t have the focus to include everything I wanted to in the day so I just found it easier to completely not focus on blogging at all. I was still reading though, just a bit less, and sometimes I think it’s just nicer to not have to focus on the review, this could also have something to do with the fact I’m fairly useless at taking notes while reading and until recently was also pretty awful at writing reviews straight away. (Since downloading an app to do all my scheduling for me I’m so much better!)

I used to pretty much take a book in my handbag nearly everywhere I went, waiting for a bus, awesome time to read, never quite got the hang of reading on the bus without wanting to vomit but hey live and learn. Basically though any opportunity there was to read I took it. It was even easier when I finally relented and got myself a Kindle, instead of huge clunky books taking up all the room in my bag, just whip out the Kindle and hundreds of books at my fingertips. Of course, I would then proceed to forget to charge it but that’s a whole other problem.

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Now that I have to drive quite a bit more I thought Audiobooks would be the way to go but for the life of me I just can’t get myself into them, at first I thought it was just the voice of the reader, there wasn’t exactly anything wrong with it I just couldn’t focus. After a few more attempts though I had to come to the sad conclusion that I just get too distracted to be able to really follow a story through while listening, not driving didn’t really help either, it turns out unless I’m laying with my eyes closed my mind just seems to drift off on its own. Also didn’t help that people just assumed I was listening to music so it was fine to interrupt, apparently it’s a lot scarier to have the possibility of a book to come flying at you then just interrupting someone wearing headphones.

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At the moment I manage to fit in reading right before bed, once I know I have nothing else to do and before I go to sleep, this also results in a lot less sleep as I don’t exactly like to stop at a certain time but hey that’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make!

So when do you guys fit your reading in? Night/Day/Huddled in a corner avoiding everyone? Let me know!

 

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

Giveaway – Win a $15 / £15 Amazon Gift Card (Open Internationally)

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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/

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.