Blog Tour: The Warning by Kathryn Croft @bookouture

review:

I’m very happy to be on the blog tour for Kat Croft’s latest psychological thriller, The Warning! I’ve read several of her other books and really enjoyed them so I was so excited to read her latest! Thank you to Bookouture for the invitation.

Zoe and Jake lost their son in a tragic accident three years ago. Suddenly, Zoe stats receiving cryptic messages – what really happened that night? Was it truly an accident? Who is behind these messages?

Zoe opens old wounds and begins her own investigation to try to figure out what happened that night. She has to push through her grief in order to shuffle the pieces of the puzzle to make it all fit. She unearths many truths that the police investigation missed and unravels a mystery that only she can solve.

Kat Croft has woven a deep psychological thriller with several twists and turns that will have you scratching your head and trying to figure out what really happened that night at the river, with a shocker of a reveal.

Thank you to Bookouture for my advance copy. This book is now available!

buy links:

Kobo: http://ow.ly/4dPs30m8PXU

Googleplay: http://ow.ly/SznD30m8Q0Y

synopsis:

My little boy’s room was empty, his bed neatly made. Alarm bells should have rung immediately. Then the knock on the door came. All I remember is a thick fog wrapping itself tightly around me. This couldn’t be happening to us.

Three years ago, nurse Zoe’s son Ethan was found drowned in a muddy river by their home, along with his best friend Josh. With no witnesses, their deaths were ruled a tragic accident.

Heartbroken, Zoe and her family, move away from her home. They’re just beginning to get back to some kind of normality, when, out of the blue, Zoe receives an anonymous email: 

You need to find out the truth about what happened to your son. Don’t let this rest. Don’t believe the lie.

Shaken, Zoe starts an obsessive hunt for the truth. But why is her husband so reluctant to help? And why is Josh’s mother so determined not to believe her?

about the author:


Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of six psychological thrillers, and to date has sold over one million copies of her books. The Girl With No Past spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and her other novels, Behind Closed Doors, The Stranger Within and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.
Her seventh psychological thriller is due to be released in October 2018. After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband and young family.  Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!www.kathryncroft.com

Blog Tour: Something Wicked (Andrew Hunter Book 1) by Kerry Wilkinson @bookouture

review:

I’m so pleased to be on the blog tour for the US publication of Kerry Wilkinson’s Something Wicked today. Thank you to Bookouture for the invitation.

Kerry Wilkinson has been a sure thing author for me for sometime. I have read a few of his books and have always enjoyed them. This one was a bit different genre wise than the others I’ve read and I throughly enjoyed it.

Andrew is a private investigator who is currently in the midst of two separate investigations that the reader gets to experience along with him and his assistant, Jenny.

Andrew and Jenny were two well drawn, interesting characters to get to know and I really enjoyed their witty dialogue. Andrew is a snarky, cynical man who questions everything. Jenny is a whippersnapper of a firecracker who speaks her mind and takes no prisoners.

There were many plot points that were alluded to but were peeled away like the layers of an onion for a reader. We have to go along for the ride to find out what has happened.

The main investigation took an unexpected turn with some twists indefinitely didn’t see coming!

This is a very promising beginning to a new series and I’m looking forward to checking out its other books soon!

Thank you to Bookouture for my advance copy. This book is now available!

buy links:    https://tinyurl.com/y7c9zoen

synopsis:

Andrew Hunter is plagued by guilt. His only escape is work, where it fuels his need to help others find those they’ve lost.

Elaine Carr’s son, Nicholas, disappeared in the dense woods near his home. He hasn’t been seen since, and she’s falling apart.

Andrew suspects Nicholas is alive, but in grave danger. He wants to know how no one in the small town of Prestwich has any answers. Why the teenager’s girlfriend is so cagey, and to get a proper look at the tattoo on her wrist. And as he follows the trail of an unsettling clue found in the boy’s bedroom, he begins to wonder if the case is connected to one buried in the past.

Can Andrew find Nicholas alive, or is he already too late to save him?

about the author:

Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy – a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults – a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’.

When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

Author Social Media Links:

http://kerrywilkinson.com

http://facebook.com/KerryWilkinsonBooks

Review: Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe @bodyposipanda @perseusbooks

review:

With her one million Instagram followers and colorful hair, clothes and personality, this young woman is singlehandedly dismantling the entire diet industry and the world’s perception of beauty.

She has amassed a group of like-minded individuals who all agree: we are worth more than how much we weigh.

Ms. Crabbe is probably significantly younger than I am, however she is much wiser and has completely changed my outlook on body image. As a former ballerina, I have struggled for years with the idea that “thin is best” which is a hugely falsified notion set up by the diet industry to perpetuate an ideal that doesn’t exist. Why? Money.

Megan breaks it down into specific points that will have you second guessing everything you ever thought was true.

I can honestly say that @bodyposipanda and this book have changed my life. And for that, I will be forever thankful.

synopsis:

We’ve been convinced that happiness is something that only comes once we hit that goal weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. We believe that our bodies are the problem, but the truth is that our bodies are not the problem. How we’ve been taught to see them is the problem… it’s time for us all to stop believing the lies, and take our power back.

Megan’s body image issues began when she was five years old. She spent her childhood chasing thinness, and at fourteen found herself spiralling into anorexia. After recovery she spent years dieting, binging, losing and gaining weight. Then she found body positivity, quit dieting, and finally escaped the cult of thin. Now she’s determined to let as many people as possible know the truth: that we are all good enough as we are. If you’re tired of being at war with your body, then this book is for you.

With her inimitable flair, whip-smart wit and kickass attitude, Megan argues for a new way of seeing ourselves, and a world where every body is celebrated. Where there is no such thing as a ‘bikini body diet’ and 97% of women don’t hate the way they look. 

A powerful call to arms as much as it is inspirational and practical, this book is the life-changing answer you’ve been looking for. 

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton #6bookbestiesapproved #6bookbestiesclockmakersdaughter #6bookbestiesatria @AtriaBooks

When the queen writes it, you read it.

Kate Morton is my number one favorite author – I have read every one of her books and will read her grocery list if I had the option. She is the author I recommend above anyone else. Her lyrical, magical writing is a thing of beauty and such a gift. I admire her tremendously.

Admittedly, this is not my favorite of Ms. Morton’s (may I recommend The Secret Keeper and The Lake House), but is still a beautiful masterpiece. I admire not only the exquisite writing but also the attention to detail and great amount of historical research, oftentimes seeped in tragedy, that clearly goes into her books.

This is a difficult book to summarize as it is extremely intricate in its plotting and development with multiple characters, timelines, and points of view. Yet I have to say I simply adored every single storyline and couldn’t wait to see how they would converge.

If you are a fan of historical fiction, look no further. Kate Morton is your gal.

Thank you to Atria for my advance copy. This book is now available!

Be sure to check out reviews from my @6bookbesties:

Holly’s review

Kendall’s review

Jennifer’s review

Berit’s review

Mackenzie’s review

synopsis:

My real name, no one remembers.
The truth about that summer, no one else knows.

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. 

Over one hundred and fifty years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items: a sepia photograph of an arresting-looking woman in Victorian clothing, and an artist’s sketchbook containing the drawing of a twin-gabled house on the bend of a river. 

Why does Birchwood Manor feel so familiar to Elodie? And who is the beautiful woman in the photograph? Will she ever give up her secrets?

Told by multiple voices across time, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a story of murder, mystery and thievery, of art, love and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter. 

Blog Tour: The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke @bookouture

It’s no secret that I’m a big Karen Clarke fan, so I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for The Christmas Cafe at Seashell Cove today! Thank you to Bookouture for the invitation.

review:

Ah the final installment in the Seashell cove series and after learning about Cassie and Meg’s stories, we finally get to see how it all plays out for Tilly!

Seth and his charming son move to Seashell cove to start fresh when he quickly stumbles upon Tilly during a chance encounter. We get to learn more about Seth’s history and see how their relationship develops through the time leading up to Christmas.

If you don’t know, I am a huge Christmas book fan – especially of the British chick lit variety – and this one did not disappoint. I love Karen Clarke’s writing style and how she can make you root for these characters.

I loved how we still get more development from Meg and Cassie and got to see where their stories headed as well. And I absolutely abhorred Tilly’s boyfriend, Rufus, (a good thing! Give me all the unlikeables!). A nod to the author for creating such a detestable character. He was that and more!

This was a great, festive read that will have you singing Jingle Bells and rooting for a happy ending for our main character!

A big thank you to Bookouture for my advance copy. This book is now available!

purchase link:

Amazon

synopsis:

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the café at Seashell Cove, where there’s hot chocolate to keep you warm – and the man of your dreams could be waiting…

Interior designer Tilly Campbell loves being carefree and single. But her latest job is redecorating the cosy local café for a Christmas party, and when her friends confess their plans for the big night – including a proposal, a declaration of love and a pregnancy announcement – Tilly starts to wonder if she might be missing out…

Transforming the café into a winter wonderland is more of a challenge than she thought, so when she bumps into gorgeous newcomer Seth, Tilly welcomes the distraction. Seth is a single father, struggling to settle his son Jack into their new cottage, and Tilly is determined to help them make their house into a home in time for Christmas.

But with the café still in chaos just days before the party it looks like it’s going to be a Christmas to remember for all the wrong reasons… With friends old and new relying on her, can Tilly save the Christmas party?

And could she finally find love waiting for her under the mistletoe?

A heart-warming, hilarious read about friendship, family and the meaning of Christmas. Perfect for fans of Sue Moorcroft, Holly Martin and Debbie Johnson! 

about the author:

Karen is the author of the popular BEACHSIDE and SEASHELL COVE series of romantic comedies, published by Bookouture. 

She’s also written three romcoms with a paranormal twist, all available to download

When she’s not working on her novels, Karen writes short stories for women’s magazines and has had over three hundred published globally. Some of them can be read in her short story collection ‘BEHIND CLOSED DOORS…and other Tales with a Twist’ 

Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children, and when she’s not writing loves reading, walking, baking and eating cake.

 author social media links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karen.clarke.5682

Twitter:     https://twitter.com/karenclarke123

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

Website: http://writewritingwritten.blogspot.co.uk/

Review: The Lied We Told by Camilla Way #6bookbestiesapproved #6bookbestiesberkley #6bookbestieslieswetold @BerkleyPub @CamillaLWay

review:

I was a huge fan of Watching Edie (definitely recommend!) and was thrilled to hear that Camilla Way was coming out with a new book. A big thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book.

Clara’s boyfriend goes missing and a series of events occur that keep getting in the way of her investigation. There are layers upon layers of unexpected turns that begin to unfold and the reader is taken on wild ride along with the main character.

There are two timelines with different characters and I had absolutely no clue how the two were going to converge. I was definitely blown away by the reveal and didn’t see it coming. And may I just say, Hannah is going down as one of the creepiest characters ever!

This was a @6bookbesties read – Be sure to check out reviews from Kendall, Mackenzie, Holly, Jennifer and Berit.

Jennifer’s review

Berit’s review

Holly’s review

Kendall’s review

Mackenzie’s review

synopsis:

When Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he’s left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he’s been kidnapped. Then Luke’s older sister, Emma, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emma wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened–even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke’s mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.

Book vs. Film: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I absolutely loved Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, so much in fact that I didn’t want to see the film because I thought I wanted to keep it in my head and in my heart the way I envisioned it.

Last Saturday night, I finally gave in and watched it (my husband is a big Game of Thrones fan, so I was able to talk him into it because of the casting!).

I am a firm believer in “the book is always better” but interestingly enough, this film played out almost identically as to how I saw it in my mind. I’ve never had this experience before and thought it was so interesting. Definitely a credit to the author who can create vivid, detailed descriptions that play out in your mind and are able to be transferred seamlessly to the big screen.

Have you read the book? Seen the film? I’d love to hear your thoughts on both!

Book Review: Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain #6bookbestiesapproved #6bookbestiesdreamdaughter #6bookbestiessmp @stmartinspress @D_chamberlain

review:

Oh, this book. This book wrecked me in the best possible way. All the stars and tears.

I was so very wary about coming into this one because: time travel. It’s not my jam. But Diane Chamberlain just flipped the script on my skeptical behind and blew this out of the water.

In a nutshell, this is a story of a mother’s unconditional, unrelenting love and how she will do anything and everything for her daughter. As a mother myself, I found this to be so beautifully relatable and understood this feeling on a deeply profound level. To put yourself in this character’s shoes was an exercise in absolute heartbreak.

There are twists and turns and mind boggling time slips that will keep you on your toes and the pace moving along beautifully.

Please, dear reader, if you are anything like me and don’t do time travel in your books – give this one a chance anyway. You will not be disappointed.

Ms. Chamberlain, I applaud you for this deeply moving and intricately woven tale.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my advance copy. This was a @6bookbesties read, be sure to check out the reviews from Kendall, Berit, Mackenzie, Jennifer and Holly below!

Kendall’s review

Mackenzie’s review

Holly’s review

Berit’s review

Jennifer’s review

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synopsis:

When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back.

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget

Blog Tour: Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin @bookouture @HollyMAuthor

review:

Oh my heart is so full after finishing this third installment of the Sandcastle Bay series. I am absolutely satisfied and pleased with where Isla, Leo and Elliott end up – this family made my heart melt! Best book in the series!

First of all, cover love! I adore all of Holly Martin’s cover art and this is no exception. There is something about a happy cover that makes me want to jump right in. This third book (which could also be read as a stand-alone) is the perfect icing on the cake.

Four years ago, when Isla’s brother Matthew was tragically killed in a car accident, she moved her life to Sandcastle Bay to take care of his son, Elliott. And Elliott’s godfather, Leo steps in as a father figure. This is the story of the evolution of the family’s relationship.

This was such a beautiful development of their relationship – Isla and Leo went through a lot of ups and downs in this story, I was fully immersed in everything that happened. I grew so fond of all the characters (and especially the eccentric and hilarious Aunt Agatha) and I will be sad to say goodbye to them. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: can I please live in the idyllic Sandcastle Bay?!

This is technically a romance novel but it’s also so much more! Hope, perseverance in the face of adversity, family bonds, humor, laughter and love.

Thank you to Bookouture for the invitation to be on the blog tour. This book is now available!

purchase links:

Amazon: http://geni.us/B07G2TCVTLSocial

iBookstore: http://ow.ly/z1xW30lZzDo

Kobo: http://ow.ly/gVZ930lZzES

Googleplay: http://ow.ly/HSgD30lZzFs

synopsis:

Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much.

Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves.

As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him.

But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all?

about the author:

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books

Follow her on Twitter @HollyMAuthor

Blog Tour: Belonging by Rhoda Baxter @rararesources @RhodaBaxter #blogtour

So happy to be on the blog tour for Belonging by Rhoda Baxter today! Thank you to Rachel for the invite.

synopsis:

She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemies to lovers romance?

Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost love. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from from his death. All this changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.

Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet.

As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other.

But with attraction comes guilt.

Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?

purchase link:

The universal buy link for the book is: www.books2read.com/u/bzPAZq

If you want the direct UK link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Belonging-small-romance-Trewton-Novellas-ebook/dp/B07H4PQKXC

Belonging will be 99p until 5th October and the end of the blog tour.

about the author:

Rhoda Baxter writes contemporary romances with heart and a touch of cynicism. She has had several novels published by the award winning publisher Choc Lit. Writing under her other pen name, Jeevani Charika, she has been published by Bonnier Zaffre. Her books have been shortlisted for awards such as the RoNA Romantic Comedy of the Year (in 2017), Love Stories Award (in 2015) and the Joan Hessayon Award (2012).

Rhoda started off as a microbiologist and then drifted out of research and into technology transfer. When choosing a penname, she was hit by a fit of nostalgia and named herself after the bacterium she studied during her PhD. She has lived in a variety of places including Sri Lanka, Yap (it’s a real place), Halifax, Oxford and Didcot (also a real place). She tends to judge the standard of living by the quality and availability of tea and cake. She now lives with her young family in East Yorkshire, where the tea and cake provision is excellent.

You can find her wittering on about cake and science and other random things on her website (http://www.rhodabaxter.com), on Facebook, or on Twitter (@rhodabaxter). Please do say hello if you’re passing.

You can also follow her on Bookbub.

You can get a free copy of one of her books by joining her reader newsletter.

social media links:

website http://www.rhodabaxter.com

Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/RhodaBaxterAuthor/

Twitter (@rhodabaxter)

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rhoda-baxter