Happy Dreams at Mermaid cove by Marie Laval #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

From the big city to a little yellow mobile library on the Isle of Skye …
When Jenna Palmer agrees to the new position of mobile librarian on the tiny Arrandale peninsular of the Isle of Skye, she knows she’s signing up for difficult working conditions and mediocre wages.
But Jenna needs to get away, and a little yellow mobile library called Buttercup could be her escape to happier dreams …
However, whilst Jenna can get to grips with foggy island roads, local mermaid legends and even big purple monsters, she never expected to have to contend with a boss as grumpy as Daniel McGregor, or a young book lover as enthusiastic as his niece, Katrina.
Arrandale might represent Jenna’s safe port in a storm, but could she and Buttercup also become a beacon of hope to Daniel, Katrina and the entire island community.

My Review

Happy Dreams at Mermaid Cove was an absolute joy to read, it has love, intrigue, laughter and sadness all entwined, with characters that I quickly felt as if I knew.

Marie describes Arrandale with such detail it came to life in my mind, it’s the best feeling when a book pulls you into its pages, so much so that when you stop reading and put the book down it’s a shock to find you’re sat in bed reading and not in the midst of the story.

The story starts as Jenna is on the boat over to Arrandale, she’s escaping an abusive relationship and the mobile library seems just the thing she needs to forget her past.

As you gradually meet the characters each one is colourful and easy to picture and feel like old friends. Every character is unique and brought a smile to my face. Daniel is complex and as you slowly uncover his background you understand why. The relationship between him and his niece is gorgeous.

I loved the aspect of the story surrounding the lost treasure of The Santa Catalina, this along with Jenna’s ex lurking in the background and her blossoming romance meant I could not put Happy Dreams at Mermaid cove down.

This is a total must have summer read and one I’ll be reading again when I need a pick me up!

Thank you to Marie and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto this lovely blog tour.

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All About Marie

Originally from Lyon in France, Marie has lived in the Rossendale Valley in Lancashire for the past
few years. She writes both contemporary and historical romance. Her novels include best selling
contemporary romantic suspense novels LITTLE PINK TAXI and ESCAPE TO THE LITTLE CHATEAU,
which was shortlisted for the 2021 RNA Jackie Collins Romantic Suspense Awards, as well as A PARIS
FAIRY TALE and BLUEBELL’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC. Her latest novel, ANGEL OF THE LOST TREASURE,
was released in February 2021. Marie also contributes to the best selling Miss Moonshine’s
Emporium anthologies together with eight author friends from Authors on the Edge.

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The Price by Kerry Kaya #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Break the rules…
Harry Fletcher – Fletch to his friends – has spent his life surviving the tough streets of the East End.
He knows working for notorious gangster Billy King is dangerous, and sleeping with Billy’s beautiful wife, Susan is deadly…but rules are meant to be broken.
Pay the price.
If Billy discovers the affair, Fletch is a dead man. But the closer he gets to Susan the more reckless Fletch becomes. And soon, Fletch realises that every one – even him – must pay the price for his actions.
But just what is Fletch prepared to lose…and will the cost be too high, even for him?

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My Review

Oh my goodness this book has taken over my life for the last few days, I could not put it down, it felt like I was watching it on TV and I now am having major withdrawal symptoms!

If you like an edge of your seat read then The Price is definitely the book for you. From the very first page I was pulled into the book and didn’t come out until I’d read the last sentence. I found myself reading it in every spare moment I had.

The characters were created so beautifully that I could create them in my mind, each one unique and with their own story. There is swearing in the book, but this made the story even more real and gritty and added to the whole atmosphere and scene setting of it.

Fletch is a great character with lots of depth, and I found myself rooting for him throughout. The Price packs a punch with characters coming to unexpected ends, this definitely isn’t a story that has happy ever afters throughout but this adds to the thrill of reading it. There are some real plot twists that leave your heart pounding.

I love stories set in the East End and this was the perfect setting for the The Price. The story centres around two London gangs, one led by the notorious Billy King, the other by the dark and very nasty George Bannerman. I’m not going to give any of the plot away as it would spoil it for you,

I cannot recommend this book enough, I’d love to see a sequel to this if it was possible and I could imagine it being a hit as a TV drama.

A huge thank you to Kerry and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to this amazing blog tour!

All About Kerry

Kerry Kaya is the hugely popular author of Essex-based gritty gangland thrillers with strong family dynamics. She grew up on one of the largest council estates in the UK, where she sets her novels.
She also works full-time in a busy maternity department for the NHS. She has signed a nine-book deal with Boldwood for both new and backlist titles. Her first book The Price will be published in July 2021.

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Finding My Right Mind by Vanessa Potter #Review #Meditation #Wellbeing

Synopsis

The true story of an ordinary woman who explored 10 techniques of meditation with Cambridge neuroscientists, from mindfulness to psychedelics, to discover which method had saved her from paralysis and blindness.

When Vanessa Potter woke up one day to find herself blind and paralysed, she was stunned to discover that it was meditating, not drugs, that saved her mind. Convinced she had more to learn, she embarked on her own consciousness road-trip, exploring the major schools of meditation, along with hypnotherapy and psychedelics.

In order to objectively record her journey, Cambridge neuroscientists measured her brain activity, with their observations and results featured within the book.

Offering a detailed snapshot of each practice, Vanessa provides an unusually voyeuristic glimpse into how powerful meditating can be. After 300 hours of sitting still, the scientists and Vanessa reveal whether meditation lived up to the hype and provided the key to contentment.

Funny and wry, this is a unique take on citizen science, delving beneath the surface of meditation to reveal the fascinating world of the mind and the possibilities within. Books on meditation normally teach us how to meditate – not about what happens when we try.

My Review

I love meditation, although I don’t do it as regularly as I’d like to or need to. When Wellbeck publishing emailed and asked if I’d review Finding My Right Mind by Vanessa Potter I jumped at the chance.

Vanessa woke up one day and could not see or move the only warning she had was the previous day she had what seemed to be a snow storm in front of her eyes. A trip to A&E had not given Vanessa any idea as to what was wrong.

Trying to imagine how Vanessa felt with no sight and paralysed was near to impossible, the fear and total helplessness coupled with the anxiety I can only but imagine. Vanessa coped with this by visualising a beach, imagining her feet in the sand and the warmth of the sun. This helped her through those days that must have been so difficult.

The illness set Vanessa on a path to research 10 different forms of meditation, whilst wearing a device that monitored her brain waves. What I loved most was Vanessa’s honesty, she found some of the techniques harder than others and was truthful about this. I felt like I was there with her and knew how she reacted to some of the practices I would feel pretty similar.

The Vipassana sounded really challenging, eleven days of complete silence, no paper, pens, books or phones, as well as little sleep The thought makes me go slightly cold, my mind can’t quite process it. Vanessa struggled at times but when it finished she was able to see the positives it had brought into her life.

This book made me laugh out loud at times and also made me think about my own life and changes I could make for my well being. This paragraph near the end of the book where Vanessa sums up how the experience has benefitted her life…

I’m not a different person living a different life. I’m just a slightly better version of who I was before. I’ve stopped spreading myself so thinly, putting my energy into a few friendships, rather than spray gunning time across too many. I don’t have a smaller waistline or any fewer wrinkles, and my wardrobe still needs clearing. I think I smile more – Ed tells me I do. My liver is a bit healthier too – I rarely have that glass of wine now.

I’ve learnt to say no. And, not just to others, but to pressures I impose upon myself. I still have todo lists, but they’re shorter. I consider these side effects of my practice, rather than the focus they were at the start.

I had to have an endoscopy a few weeks ago and was terrified, I’ve always enjoyed visualisation meditations and after reading Finding My Right Mind I thought I’d use visualisation to help me and it worked. I meditated leading up to it, transported myself elsewhere during and I remained calm throughout!

This is such an interesting read and one I thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend.

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All About Vanessa

Before becoming a self-experimenting science communicator, Vanessa Potter spent 16 years as an award-winning broadcast producer working in the London ad industry. In October 2012 she was struck down by a rare neurological illness that temporarily rendered her blind and paralysed. Following her recovery, she collaborated with neuroscientists at Cambridge University to design an interactive immersive exhibition, based on her therapeutic use of meditation, and gave a TEDx talk about her experiences. Finding Her Right Mind is her second book; her first, Patient H69 narrates how her curiosity for answers led her to investigate the science behind her lost sight.

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Bubblegum and Blazers by Isabella May #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

When Ali, Blake, Charlotte, and Grant sign contracts to star in a Back to School reality TV show,
LOVE is the very last thing on their minds:
Ali flies to the UK from New Zealand, intrigued by the golden opportunity to advance her amateur social media influencer career.
Blake carpe diems the moment with both hands after a constant flurry of bad luck.
Charlotte jumps at the chance to relive her sporting glories of the past – and take a hiatus from her humdrum marriage.
And Grant is just relieved to get away from his failing second-hand music shop.
But once the advances hit their bank accounts, it soon becomes apparent that producer Jock’s Pied Piper-style offer to change their lives is distinctly lacking in sherbet fizz!
In fact, the only sweet thing about this gig for the former students and the rest of their Bubblegum and Blazers competitors, may just be the packet of candy in their pockets.

Re-enacting their past is a rollercoaster of revelations, retaliation, and unlikely romance in a gold-fish bowl of mayhem where Raphael (Agony Uncle of the school sweet shop) and his rhubarb and custards reign supreme…

My Review

I love Isabella’s books each one is unique and addictive. so when the invite for this little gem dropped into my inbox I didn’t hesitate to accept and I wasn’t disappointed. Bubblegum and Blazers was an absolute tonic.

If you’re a fan of reality shows, the 90’s and something to make you laugh out loud then this is definitely the book for you. Each chapter is told from the point of view of 4 different characters, all very different, all the same age and all attended King Arthur’s secondary at the same time.

Bubblegum and Blazers brings memories from the nineties as the group enter there old school for a 12 week reality show. The prize at the end being a huge sum of money and opportunity to take a degree and change the course of their life.

The music and trends mentioned throughout are a happy blast from the past. I love the sweet shop (which also doubles as an equivalent of Big Brothers diary room) Isabella’s description of the sweets was so amazing I felt like I was actually tasting them! There were some I’d forgotten about!

The characters felt very real and I could associate most of them to people I knew, it was fun getting to know them all. The contrast of how they were in school to what they had become now was interesting and also how their lives had unfolded some who were quiet and unassuming when at school had become larger than life in present times.

This book has it all, love with laughter and plenty of twists and turns. This should be on everyone’s summer reading list!

A huge thank you to Isabella and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour.

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All About Isabella

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic, as well as a Pranic Healer.
After a degree in Modern Languages and European Studies at UWE, Bristol (and a year working abroad in Bordeaux and Stuttgart), Isabella bagged an extremely jammy and fascinating job in children’s publishing… selling foreign rights for novelty, board, pop-up and non-fiction books all over the world; in every language from Icelandic to Korean, Bahasa Indonesian to Papiamento!
All of which has fuelled her curiosity and love of international food and travel – both feature extensively in her cross-genre novels, fused with a dollop of romcom, and a sprinkle of magical realism.

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The Borrow A Bookshop Holiday by Kiley Dunbar #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

The Fully Booked Bookshop Café invites literature lovers to run their very own bookshop … for fortnight.
Spend your days talking books with customers in your own charming bookshop and serving up delicious cream teas in the cosy café.
Bookworms, what are you waiting for? Your holiday is going to be LIT(erary).
Apply to: The Fully Booked Bookshop, Down-a-long, Clove Lore, Devon.
Jude Crawley should be on top of the world. She’s just graduated as a mature student, so can finally go public about her relationship with Philosophy professor, Mack.
Until she sees Mack kissing another girl, and her dreams crumble. And worse, their dream holiday –running a tiny bookshop in the harbour village of Clove Lore for two weeks – is non-refundable.
Throwing caution to the winds, Jude heads down to Devon, eager to immerse herself in literature and heal her broken heart.
But there’s one problem – six foot tall, brooding (but gorgeous) Elliot, who’s also reserved the bookshop holiday for two weeks…
As Jude and Elliot put their differences aside to run the bookshop, it seems that Jude might be falling in love with more than just words. Until she discovers what Elliot is running from – and why he’s hiding
out in Clove Lore.
Can Jude find her own happy ending in a tiny, tumbledown bookshop? Or is she about to find out that her bookish holiday might have an unexpected twist in the tale…

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My Review

If there was ever a book I’ve wanted to jump in the pages of this is it! It’s based in a bookshop that people can holiday in and also run. It’s set in a quaint village in Devon and has a slight twist of mystery, a huge slice of romance it’s a gorgeous cosy read.

I was once a manager of a bookshop that was exactly like the one in The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday, it was quaint and homely, so for me this book evoked wonderful memories.

The story begins as Jude graduates from uni, on the same day she discovers the tutor she’s been having a romance with is cheating on her. Jude is at a crossroads in her life, she’s also a carer for her Nan but is this it for her?

Out of the blue Jude finds out her application to Borrow a bookshop has been accepted, but there’s a catch, she made the application with her cheating ex!

It was lovely to see the development of Jude’s character, as the story unfolds her confidence grows, attached to the bookshop is a cafe so Jude arrives at her holiday destination armed with a family heirloom, her Grandad’s cookery book and after telling Mack, the cheating tutor he was no longer welcome, an excitement for the 2 weeks to come. What she’s not planned is a gorgeous companion who has been given Mack’s place.

I adored everything about this book, the descriptions of Jude’s baking skills, the beautiful Devonshire village of Clove Lore, the bookshop, the romance, Jude’s Nan who is a gem of a character. The Borrow A Bookshop made me chuckle throughout, I now have withdrawal symptoms, this is a book I will read again and that is a rarity for me, this should be on everyone’s wish list.

All About Kiley

Kiley Dunbar writes heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places.
Kiley also works as a senior lecturer, teaching creative writing at the Manchester Writing School. One Winter’s Night is shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2021.

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Finding Home by Kate Field #Review #Blogtour

Synopsis

She might not have much in this world, but it cost nothing to be kind…

Meet Miranda Brown: you can call her Mim. She’s jobless, homeless and living in her car… but with a history like hers she knows she has a huge amount to be grateful for.

Meet Beatrice and William Howard: Bill and Bea to you. The heads of the Howard family and owners of Venhallow Hall, a sprawling seaside Devonshire estate… stranded in a layby five hours from home the night before their niece’s wedding.

When fate brings the trio together, Mim doesn’t think twice before offering to drive the affable older couple home. It’s not like she has anywhere else to be. But as the car pulls into the picturesque village of Littlemead, Mim has no idea how her life is about to change…

An uplifting story of found family and true love perfect for fans of Fern Britton and Veronica Henry

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My Review

This was a perfect book to sit back and relax with, a lovely read with a positive feel good message.

I felt as if I knew the characters from the first page, Mim finds herself homeless and jobless so her only option is to live in her car. She meets Bill & Bea when they break down on route to their Niece s wedding.

Mim offers them a lift back to Devon, this is the start of a beautiful friendship between Mim and the Howard family. Kate has created such wonderful and colourful characters the Howard family are a dream to read about as is Mim, her character just shines throughout.

I adore Devon so the setting is perfect for me, Kate has brought Littlemead to life, I could picture in my mind every little detail.

This is such a great cosy read and brings a little sunshine into the dullest of days!

All About Kate

Kate writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire, where she lives with her husband, daughter and mischievous cat.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Kate’s debut novel, The Magic of Ramblings, won the RNA’s Joan Hessayon Award for new writers.

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Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage by Samantha Tonge #Review #Blogtour

Synopsis

A new start can come from the most unexpected places…

It’s been years since Lizzie Lockhart spoke to her parents. But she was safe in the knowledge she knew everything about them. Once upon a time, they were as close as could be. Until they weren’t.

After receiving the earth-shattering news of their passing, Lizzie decides it’s time to unearth some family secrets and find out just who her parents really were… starting with Streamside Cottage. A cottage Lizzie never knew existed, in a place she’s never heard of: the beautiful English village of Leafton.

Leaving behind London, and the tattoo parlour she called home, Lizzie finds herself moving to the countryside. Faced with a tight-lipped community, who have secrets of their own, Lizzie is at a loss for what to do, until her rather handsome neighbour, Ben, steps in to help.

As Lizzie finally begins to piece together the puzzle of her family history she realises she has to confront the truth of the past in order to face her future.

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My Review

Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage has everything i love in a book, love, warmth, laughter and a big slice of mystery, and did I mention tattoo’s! When I opened Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage I was expecting a feel good read and that’s what I got plus a whole lot more.

Lizzie is a tattooist with a past and each chapter reveals another layer of her life. Chapters alternate between present time and past which leaves you hungry for more, you gradually realise that Lizzie has had a very unusual and restrictive background which have a affected her whole life. When her parents die Lizzie finds out about a cottage in a sleepy village called Leafton that they owned but kept secret at all costs.

Lizzie starts a mission to find out what Leafton meant to her parents and why they insisted nobody knew about it. There are twists and turns throughout the story, some of which I was not expecting!

I loved getting to know each and every character within the pages of Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage, the romance between Lizzie and Ben is a joy to read and I loved .

the fact at the beginning of every chapter surrounding tattoos.

Summer Secrets At Streamside Cottage has left me with withdrawal symptoms which for me is the sign of a perfect read!

All About Samantha

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and studied German and French at university. She has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris, and has travelled widely.

She has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2014 her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Ebook Award.

In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

In 2019 she was shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Award.

In 2020 she won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award with her novel Knowing You, from publisher Canelo

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After The Storm By Isabella Muir #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

When a violent storm blasts England’s south coast, it’s up to retired Italian detective Giuseppe Bianchi to sift through the devastation and piece together the tragic events left behind in the storm’s wake.

Giuseppe Bianchi’s brief visit to Bexhill-on-Sea has become an extended stay. He is loath to return to his home in Rome because of the haunting images that made him leave in the first place.

During his morning walks along the seafront with Beagle, Max, he meets Edward Swain, who becomes Giuseppe’s walking companion. They form a friendship of sorts and find they have a similar outlook on life.

But the devastating events of a single night lead Giuseppe to question the truth about Edward Swain. Teaming up with young journalist, Christina Rossi – his cousin’s daughter – Giuseppe learns about the brutal reality lurking behind the day-to-day life of families in the local community. And as

the story unravels Giuseppe is reminded how anger and revenge can lead to the most dreadful of crimes.

After the Storm is the second novel in the Giuseppe Bianchi mystery series – the much awaited sequel to Crossing the Line.

Grab your copy today and enjoy the intrigue of traditional English mystery, cleverly combined with a continental twist.

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My Review

After The Storm was a pure delight to read, the descriptives transported me to Bexhill-On-Sea. The characters, by the end of the book felt like friends.

Isabella creates her characters with such sincerity that it was a complete comfort read, curled up on the sofa with a cuppa.

This is the second in the Giuseppe Bianchi detective series but can be read as a stand alone, although I defy you to not buy the first in the series the minute you’ve read the last sentence.

Giuseppe is a retired detective who is visiting his brother and family in England. He had already helped solve one murder (Book 1) and now due to a horrific storm he has another mystery to solve, the death of his friend Mr Swain.

Giuseppe‘s character is a joy to get to know, he has a gentle aura about him that draws you into story, he’s a real gentleman but also an amazing detective which results in an interesting story.

I could not put this book down and downloaded the first in the series Crossing The line within minutes of reading the last sentence. I was left with a real longing to find out what brought Giuseppe to England, and what is the secret that lies between Giuseppe and his brother Mario, which i think will be unearthed in book 3. I for one can not wait!

All About Isabella

Isabella is never happier than when she is immersing herself in the sights, sounds and experiences of the 1960s. Researching all aspects of family life back then formed the perfect launch pad for her works of fiction. Isabella rediscovered her love of writing fiction during two happy years working on and completing her MA in Professional Writing and since then she has gone on to publish six novels, three novellas and two short story collections.

Her latest novel, After the Storm, is the second novel in a new series of Sussex Crimes, featuring retired Italian detective, Giuseppe Bianchi who is escaping from tragedy in Rome, only to arrive in the quiet seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, to come face-to-face with it once more.

Her first Sussex Crime Mystery series features young librarian and amateur sleuth, Janie Juke. Set in the late 1960s, in the fictional seaside town of Tamarisk Bay, we meet Janie, who looks after the mobile library. She is an avid lover of Agatha Christie stories – in particular Hercule Poirot. Janie uses

all she has learned from the Queen of Crime to help solve crimes and mysteries. As well as three novels, there are three novellas in the series, which explore some of the back story to the Tamarisk Bay characters.

Isabella’s standalone novel, The Forgotten Children, deals with the emotive subject of the child migrants who were sent to Australia – again focusing on family life in the 1960s, when the child migrant policy was still in force.

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The Hoax by Paul Clayton #Review #Blogtour

Synopsis

Meet Frankie Baxter. She’s trying to make ends meet and keep the boat afloat for her three kids.

She’s harassed, sometimes impatient. but she’s a

fabulous mum. So imagine her distress when Henry, her youngest child, goes missing …

Henry returns safety accompanied by a stranger, Cora, a fairy godmother who starts to change the Baxter family’s lives in the best of ways. So why do things suddenly start going wrong? Is Cora fulfilling their dreams• or is she the start of a nightmare?

Funny, terrifying and a real page-turner, The Hoax puts a whole new slant on psychological thrillers.

My Review

The Hoax is an absolute can’t put down read, it’s written in a multi timeline each chapter alternates between Frankie, a down to earth Mum of 3 children and Cora a very kooky character who befriended Cara’s youngest son when he ran away to complete a challenge a friend had set him.

The chapters also alternate between Lottie and ‘little girl’, by contrast to the chapters told from Franke and Cora’s view these chapters have a chilled feel to them.

I really enjoy a story that has you guessing throughout as to the possible outcomes, Paul is a master at this and I changed my mind multiple times as the story unfolded to peoples intentions, it still didn’t prepare me for the ending though. The descriptive of each character bring them to life and turn them in to real people.

Reading The Hoax for me was similar to watching a psychological film with a cushion next to you that you can hide your face behind when you think a scary bit is about to happen. It’s a thrilling, fast paced and total edge of your seat read that gets your heart racing.

The Hoax needs to be on everyone’s ‘To read list’

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All About Paul

Best known to audiences for five series of the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 sitcom “Peep Show” and for two series of the BAFTA winning comedy “Him and Her” from BBC 3. He has enjoyed stints as regular characters in soaps “Hollyoaks”, “Coronation Street” “Doctors” is well known to viewers from a considerable volume of the television. Most recent appearances in series 2 of “The Crown”, “Black Earth Rising”, “Wolf Hall”, “The Split”, “Holby”, “ This Time with Alan

Partridge” “Shakespeare and Hathaway” “Breeders”

He is currently well known and loved by thousands of sci fi fans for his role as “Mr Colchester –terminator in a cardigan”- the leader of the Torchwood team, in the Big Finish‘Torchwood’ audio dramas.

He recently filmed “Danny Boy” for the BBC

He is the author of “So You Want to Be a Corporate Actor?” and “The Working Actor” and is a regular columnist and feature writer for The Stage.

He is patron of the children’s literacy charity Grimm and Co (www.grimmandco.co.uk) based in Yorkshire for whom he has staged young authors live dramas and facilitated six independent films written by 9 – 11 year olds.

His first novel “The Punishment” met with great reviews when it was published in 2019.

“”I LOVED this book. It’s funny, dark, sexy and sharp as a knife. A brilliant story with three intricately woven strands that keep you hooked all the way through. Definitely recommend!”

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Nothing Man by R J Gould #Review #Blogtour

Synopsis

One man in need of an overhaul. Two women determined to drag him there.

Neville Watkin’s life is so rubbish surely things can’t get any worse. Yes they can, because his wife leaves him, he loses his job, has a car crash and ends up in hospital.

Feisty Laura, the other party in the car crash, befriends him and sets out to turn his life upside down.

For reasons he struggles to understand, Caroline, her equally feisty mother, seems to like him.

Rather a lot.

All in all things are looking up, but is Neville courageous enough to seize these new opportunities?

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My Review

The Nothing Man is a breath of fresh air in these troubled times, it is a totally feel good read.

The book begins as Neville has hit the lowest point in his life, his wife of 30 years has left him, he’s been made redundant from the job he’s been in since leaving school and then has a crash in his car which lands him in hospital. The accident is the turning point for Neville and the point where the larger than life characters that are Laura & Charlotte leap into the pages of the novel.

The Neville at the beginning of the story is a completely different person to the one we leave on the last page. It was literally like watching from a distance the journey of a caterpillar to a butterfly!

There are parts where I laughed so much i cried, situations that Neville finds himself in and the way he handles them are funny and so endearing, tongue in cheek humour sparkles throughout Nothing Man.

Laura and Caroline are bright and colourful characters that light up every page, I challenge anyone who reads this book to not finish the last page with a huge smile on their face… I’m off to download Richards other novels!

All About R J Gould

Richard writes under the pseudonym R J Gould and is a (rare male) member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA). His first novel was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award following his participation on the RNA New Writers’ Scheme. Having been published by Headline Access and

Lume Books, he now self-publishes.

He writes contemporary literary fiction about relationships, loosely though not prescriptively within the Romance genre, using both humour and pathos to describe the tragi-comic journeys of his protagonists in search of love. Nothing Man is his sixth novel, following A Street Café Named Desire,

The Engagement Party, Jack and Jill Went Downhill, Mid-life follies and The bench by Cromer beach.

Ahead of writing full time, Richard led a national educational charity. He has been published in a wide range of educational journals, national newspapers and magazines and is the co-author of a major work on educating able young people. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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