The French Escape by Suzette Tullett #Review #Blogtour

Synopsis

It’s fair to say that Flick has had a terrible year. Her beloved father died, she had the wedding of her dreams and only

hours after the ceremony her husband ran out on her.

Brenda, fed up of her daughter living like a hermit, decides to drag Flick off to France to stay in a chateau. What could

be better than an idyllic escape?

But when they arrive Flick discovers the chateau is all but abandoned.

The only upside of her French escape is the handsome and mysterious neighbour, Nate.

Nate loves his life living in the cottage on the grounds of the abandoned chateau but that is about to be put in jeopardy…

Can Nate and Flick ever learn to come to terms with the past and find love again?

The French Escape

is a heart-warming, happy ever after, love story. Follow Flick and Nate’s laugh out loud and emotional journey as they negotiate matters of the heart and learn to trust again.

My Review

I’d like to thank Bomb Shell Publishing for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.

A French Escape was a dream of a book to read. The characters were very real and had depth.

I read this in one sitting, it was perfect for my rainy day off!

Flick is recovering from a broken heart, her husband to be leaves her at the alter. She’s also finding it hard to cope with the death of her Dad, as her Mum.

As a surprise Flicks Mum suggests a trip to France, they make a pact not to mention Matthew, her ex husband to be. When they arrive at the doors of a rundown chateau little does Flick know her Mum and Dad bought the chateau as a wedding present for her and Matthew.

Here’s where the story begins, you are very quickly introduced to the locals, many of who are British ex pats all very different and bring their own part to the story.

The slow blossoming relationship between Nate and Flick was lovely to follow and Nate’s mysterious past adds to the story.

The French Escape has left me yearning for a trip to France!

A thoroughly enjoyable read!

All About Suzi

Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her novels include Going Underground, Little White Lies and Butterflies, which was short-listed for The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize, The Trouble with Words and The French Escape.

Her motto is to ‘live, laugh, love’ and when she’s not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else’s.

Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs.

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Costa Del Churros by Isabella May #Review #Blogtour #Giveaway

Synopsis

The rain in Spain doesn’t mainly fall on the plain…

Brits abroad Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina need more than the sweetness of churros with chocolate dipping sauce to save them from their unsavoury states of affairs.

Cue Carmen Maria Abril de la Fuente Ferrera, the town’s flamboyant flamenco teacher! But can she really be the answer to their prayers?

One thing’s for sure: the Costa del Sol will never be the same again.

My Review

I’d like to thank Isabella May and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this wonderful blog tour.

As we’ve had a few last days of sunshine before the Autumn sets in Costa Del Churros was a perfect read to hang on to the memories of sun, sand and sea.

The story centres around four very different ex Pat British women who all meet during a flamenco class.

Isabella has a great way of describing the characters, surroundings and food! She really brings the whole package alive, and also has a knack of making your mouth water!

I felt as if I was sitting back and watching a soap opera, one that kept me awake very late and then couldn’t wait to pick up the next instalment the following day

There are some really funny moments within the pages, a great feel good read!

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All About Isabella

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

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The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien #Coverreveal

Today I’ve been lucky to be asked to be on the cover reveal for The Stepsister.

The details for the amazing book are below, but firstly here it is, the big cover reveal….

Synopsis

I died yesterday, or so I’ve been told.

Yesterday is the day my life changed but how or why is still a mystery. There are things I know and there are things that they’ve told me but I can’t seem to trust any of it.

I know I’m a woman but I don’t know my age. I know how to hold a cup in the same way I know it’s rude to stick the end of a knife in my mouth. So, somewhere along the way, someone cared enough to drill manners into me. Those are the things I know, the things I can trust but as for the rest…

They tell me I’m in Holland but can I believe them? I don’t remember if I’m Dutch but I also don’t remember if I’m not. I can’t speak Dutch. I’ve been trying all morning but can one lose a language overnight? I seem to have lost everything else. Who knows? Maybe I took the wrong train or something and just rolled up in the wrong city. That would make sense except that it’s not just my sense of place that’s missing. It’s my sense of everything. I have no name, no age and no identity. Yesterday I died and today I’m still here.

They’ve left me alone now while they try to puzzle out what to do and in the meantime I’m going to try to remember stuff. I don’t know how long they’ll leave me alone but I need to take this opportunity to come up with some answers to all the questions they’ve been throwing at me like who the hell I am.

Slipping out of bed I recoil as bare feet meets cold tiles, but that’s not going to stop me. Pulling the back of the hospital gown closed in an effort to retain some degree of dignity, I shuffle over to the bathroom and then the mirror only to stare into the face of a stranger.

It doesn’t matter what I look like or that I’m suffering from the worst case of bed-head known to man. It doesn’t matter that my eyes are green or that my hair is that shade of nondescript mouse that keeps colourists in business. The only thing that matters is my reflection, which holds no clues as to my identity. I’m a stranger to them. I’m a stranger to me.

My body holds a clue though – just one.

I push up my sleeve again to stare at the tattoo on my arm. The tattoo puzzles me. It’s not me, or part of me or who I think I am and yet it’s there, a large indelible letter V.

I have no idea what it stands for. Oh, I’m not stupid or anything or, at least I don’t think I am. I can’t quote which exams I’ve passed or if indeed I’ve ever attended school but I do know V stands for victory. But what does it mean to me? Am I victorious? Am I making a statement about something? It must be important because it’s the only tattoo I have. It’s also the only clue.

I’m tired now. My eyelids collapse over my eyes even as I struggle to shift them upwards as I remember the cocktail the nurse told me to swallow like a good girl. I want everything to go away. I want to hide under the blankets and forget. I’ve already forgotten…

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All About Jenny

Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland and, after a brief sojourn in Wales, now resides in Guernsey.

She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a RoNA judge.

She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her books.

In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off.

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Another Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend #Blogtour #Guestpost

Synopsis

I’d like to thank Tracey Scott-Townsend and Anne Cater for inviting me on to this blog tour.

A gripping psychological family drama about Rebecca Grey, a sensitive girl who’s spent her childhood caring for her alcoholic mother, Bex. They lurch from one poverty-stricken situation to another until Rebecca is hospitalised with exhaustion. While there, she has an illness-triggered hallucination which entangles her deeper than ever into her mother’s psyche. As an art student, Rebecca can’t understand why she is repeatedly impelled to paint a white horse in a blue landscape. And then there is the boy with yellow hair who she glimpses from the corner of her eye.

Bex’s life was frozen by a shocking tragedy when she was nineteen. Her ‘great grief’ caused her to make a decision which nobody must ever find out about. Rebecca has been implicated in her mother’s lies since the moment of her birth, a fact that her father, Jack, has no inkling of.

As Rebecca gets to know her father’s new family, the gap between her and her mother widens. The mystery of Bex’s dark past comes into focus when an old woman she has never met contacts Rebecca, claiming to be her grandmother.

The thunder of hooves is getting closer for both Rebecca and Bex and the blond-haired boy is more and more often in Rebecca’s dreams. Can Bex continue to keep Rebecca in the dark about the circumstances of her birth, or will the final twist in her tail set Rebecca free to make a new life of her own?

Adapted from a short story written by the author when she was an art student, Another Rebecca was inspired by the painting There is no Night by Jack B. Yeats.

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I’m so happy to welcome Tracey on to my blog today with a wonderful guest post…

Stories, Strange Things and Another Rebecca

Tracey Scott-Townsend

As a child I was fascinated by time-slip novels. A teacher read Tom’s Midnight Garden (Philippa Pearce) to us at school. I was fascinated that the ‘ghost’ turned out to be the still-living old lady who occupied part of the house in which Tom spends his summer due to illness. Then there was The Amazing Mr Blunden; a film I watched on television at the age of about ten. In a local country park I stood by the stone balustrade around what would have been the grand façade of a stately home, willing myself to somehow connect with friendly ghost-children who had once lived there. I got my first paper-round at thirteen. I recall delivering papers without even thinking about it and being slightly perturbed to find the bag empty at the end of the round, and just hoped I’d delivered the papers to the correct houses. All the time I’d have been singing to myself or writing poems in my head, or thinking about stories I’d read or was planning to write. One book I mulled over was A Stitch in Time (Penelope Lively). In a holiday cottage, a girl hears voices from the past and becomes entangled with Harriet, who sewed the tapestry on the wall a hundred years ago. I also have a recollection about a time-slip novel (title unknown) in which a girl encounters an Elizabethan boy and they become friends. These stories affected me deeply.

My favourite of all was A Dream in the House (author unknown). In every generation of a family there was a set of twins named Ann and Jane. In each generation the Ann disappeared and Jane strove to get her back. In this particular generation, it was water that stole Ann away. I recall a scene where Jane is in the bath, reading Lucky Jim, and the bathwater rises and attempts to drown her. In the end, Jane manages to rescue her twin, Ann, and the cycle is broken. I’d dearly love to rediscover that book.

All of the abovementioned books had an effect on my own writing. I can now see that it was probably the recurring Ann and Jane cycle that inspired Marion/Marianne/Mariana in my novels The Last Time We Saw Marion and Of His Bones (Inspired Quill 2014 and 2017). Talking to a character who ought not to be there occurs in some way in most of my novels: Sebastian and Lady Jane Grey (yeah, the 9-day Queen) in Another Rebecca; Eliza in The Eliza Doll and Murdo McLennan in Sea Babies, (my 5th novel that will be published in June 2019). I hadn’t realised until now how much I’m influenced by my childhood reading.

Now on to the ‘strange things’ referenced in the title of this post, which make it feel perfectly normal to me to have supernatural elements in my books. When I was younger I could successfully predict when the telephone was about to ring. Some kind of electrical current in the air, or presentience? I also often (and still do) dream about people or things which I then unexpectedly see or will happen the following day. A pretty useless ‘gift’ I used to delight my children with was (correctly) saying the name of the winner or the person who was about to be evicted in a reality TV show before the presenter did. Consistently, as in beyond normal fluke-dom. Actual physical things I’ve experienced supernaturally are: a discarded apple core suddenly spinning on a coffee-table; A glass pot-lid shattering in the kitchen hours after dinner had finished and my bedroom door bursting open with force in the middle of a wind-less night. This was in the house I moved to with my four children after my marriage had broken down. A council cottage in a village in Lincolnshire, overlooking fields.

I loved it and it really felt like home. I was aware that an old man had died in the house, but not until later that he had hanged himself. I learned that he’d suffered from depression and used to sit in the front window, looking out at the world. One of my sons spotted a woman in a flowery apron in their bedroom. My tiny daughter pointed to what seemed to me an empty part of the kitchen and asked, ‘Who’s that man, Mammy?’ ‘I don’t know,’ I said. ‘Maybe he enjoys seeing the house full of children.’ My children were content and so was I. I felt that the most frightening of the incidents: my bedroom door bursting open in the middle of the night, was him telling me off because of having got caught up in an unwise, internet-based relationship. Or it was in some convoluted way me telling myself off.

Reader, I ended the relationship.

All About Tracey

Tracey is the author of four novels, The Last Time We Saw Marion, (2014) Of His Bones (stand-alone sequel to The Last Time We Saw Marion, 2017) and The Eliza Doll (2016). Another Rebecca was originally published by Inspired Quill in 2015 but has been enhanced and has a beautiful new cover for its re-release in September 2018 by Wild Pressed Books. Tracey’s novels have been described as both poetic and painterly.

Tracey is also a poet and a visual artist. All her work is inspired by the emotions of her own experiences and perceptions. She has a Fine Art MA (University of Lincoln) and a BA Hons Visual Studies (Humberside Polytechnic). She has exhibited throughout the UK (as Tracey Scott). Most importantly, she is the mother of four grown-up children, who have astonished and inspired her.

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Josie James And The Teardrops Of Summer by Lily Mae Walters #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

Synopsis

Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.

Whist staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.

Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.

The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen.  Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the
Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.

My Review

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Lily Mae Walters for including me on this blog wonderful blog tour.

Josie James and the Teardrops Of Summer is a delightful book that I enjoyed immensely.

It was pure escapism with an air of innocence and a touch of mystery.

Josie is a very real and relatable character and reminded me of my teenage daughter. In fact all the characters were a delight to get to know and slowly discover their backgrounds and inner secrets.

The story is interesting and kept me reading far too late!

I always enjoy a story that has a magical element to it and Josie James and the Teardrops Of Summer definitely has that. If you mixed together lord of the rings, the magic faraway tree and add a good pinch of your favourite comfort read this would conjure up Josie James.

Im really hoping this is the first in the series, I’ll definitely be looking out for the next instalment.

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All About Lily Mae Walters

Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

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Violet Souls by Abbie Macmunn #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Violet Souls, book 1 The Evoxian Legacies

While searching for clues to her past, shy single mum, Bree Mills discovers a subculture of aliens with supernatural abilities living on Earth.

And she’s one of them.

Finding herself hurled into a world of possibilities, it’s made more alluring by Quinn Taylor, the violet-eyed Evoxian from her childhood dreams.

324-year-old Quinn knows his destiny is entwined with Bree’s, but before he can confess his love, he must wait for her to sense the Akui, a mysterious force tied with ancient Evoxian law.

At a Cotswolds country manor, passions awaken and ignite a love more magical than the once-Utopian planet, Evox. Then Fate delivers a cruel and heart-breaking blow when Bree is kidnapped by a malicious alien who wants her and her power.

Will Quinn still love her when she’s faced with protecting her half-human daughter… whatever the cost?

My Review

Firstly I’d like to thank Abbey Macmunn and Rachel’s Random Resources for including me in this blogtour

Violet Souls is the first in the The Evoxian Legacies.

The cover of Violet Souls is stunning and caught my eye immediately.

By the end of the first chapter I was hooked and wanted to know more about Bree and the mystery that surrounds her.

I really enjoy a book that has you on the edge of your seat within the first few chapters and Violet Souls definitely did that.

The characters were interesting and had depth, the fantasy element of the book for me was a real bonus.

I can’t wait for the second instalment!

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All About Abbey

Abbey MacMunn writes paranormal and fantasy romance. She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband and their four children.

When she’s not writing, she likes to watch films and TV shows – anything from rom-coms to superheroes to science fiction movies. She is a proud member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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Angelica Stone by Susi Osborne #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

Synopsis

Following years of sexual abuse, Angelica is brought up in care. As a teenager she absconds, living on the streets, before eventually being forced into prostitution to survive. She learns to rely solely on herself and is reluctant to allow anyone to get close to her, until she forms an unlikely bond with Lola. In contrast, Lola is from what appears to be a happy middle-class background – but all is not what it seems…

Slowly, as their friendship grows, cracks start to appear in Lola’s life, and a series of events leave her on the verge of ruin. Can these women break the cycle of their lives? Or will they succumb to the path laid out before them? Angelica Stone is an emotional rollercoaster of laughter and tears as the women embark on a journey of self-discovery, with the support of one another.

My Review

Firstly I’d like to thank Susi Osborne and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this amazing blogtour.

This book blew me away! It was heartbreaking, funny and touching all at the same time.

The two main characters Lola and Angel lead completely polar opposite lives.

Lola has a loving family up bringing, after splitting up with her boyfriend she’s moved back in with her parents. Her parents are still very much in love and have a very active sex life. This leads to some very laugh out loud moments!

Angel’s background is very different. She was abused by members of her family when young and put into care. As a teenager she ran away from a children’s home and ended up living on the streets and turning to prostitution. She falls pregnant and as a last life line takes the offer of a man who seems to be the answer to her prayers. He offers to take her home with him and look after her.

All is not what he seems and he becomes Angel’s pimp, he abuses her physically and mentally.

By some stroke of luck Angel and Lola meet whilst both working in Sainsbury’s and their friendship blossoms.

I can’t recommend Angelica Stone enough. Never before has a book stayed with me quite as much. I went from feeling the despair of Angel’s situation to laughing out loud at some of the situations Lola gets herself into.

The complete opposites of emotions you feel whilst reading Angelica Stone really works well. I totally adore Susi’s writing style, she manages to combine very real and power punching subjects with ease.

The last few chapters are an edge of your seat read!

This is a 5* review from me, I wish I could give it more! I’m now off to download Susi’s other books!

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Angelica Stone

Butterflies

Grace & Disgrace

The ripples of life

All About Susi

– Susi Osborne is the author of The Ripples of Life, Grace & Disgrace, Secrets, Lies & Butterflies and Angelica Stone. She lives in Cheshire with her Scottish husband, her actress daughter and their two mischievous little dogs. Susi also has an adult son and a grandson who live nearby. Amongst friends their house is known affectionately (she hopes!) as the Osborne madhouse, for obvious reasons.

Before she became a writer, Susi worked in libraries for many years. She also worked as a classroom assistant in a junior school. In addition to her writing Susi organises Northwich LitFest, which she has been running for the past seven years. Alongside the writing of her latest book, Angelica Stone, Susi has been raising money for Centrepoint, the charity for youth homelessness, and has set up a Just Giving Page for the charity in her name.

Susi is a firm believer in the fact that it’s never too late to do anything. ‘You only have one life – go out and grab it with both hands!’

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