Saving Grace by Jess B Moore #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Brandt Grace is trouble no matter what he says or does, always getting in his own way, and trying to prove he can do better and be better only to fall on his face. Saving Grace follows Brandt’s unintentional fall for Lola Donovan, the previously friendly girl turned quiet ghost of a girl. They connect at rock bottom, finding an unexpected source of strength in each other. Can they find a way to leave the past behind and build a future together?

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My Review

The Fox River series has been on my to read list for a long time. This my first read in the series and can be read as a stand-alone book.

Firstly let’s talk about the cover, absolutely gorgeous! The covers of jess’s books always catch my eye.

Saving Grace is a really absorbing read, the characters have lots of depth and it felt like peeling the layers of an onion (although a lot sweeter!) with every chapter I read. I really enjoy books where each chapter is told from a different characters point of view, for me it gives the story extra meaning and a completely different perspective. Each chapter left me wondering about either Lola or Brandt’s past, what had happened to them to make them the people they had become. I was enticed to quickly read on to the next chapter.

Lola and Brandt are interesting characters, both have their own ghosts that has impacted on them. They compliment each other perfectly although they seem like polar opposites to begin with.

An absolute joy of a read, this needs to be on everyone’s to be read list!

All About Jess

Jess B. Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her accomplished and headstrong children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.

The Guilt of a Sparrow is her debut novel combining her interests in family, music, and small towns into a thoughtful tale of growing up and falling in love. Her second book, Fierce Grace, follows similar themes in a whole new way, and can be read as a tie-in or stand-alone. The Worth of a Penny sequel or stand-alone) released March 2019. Look forward to more books from Jess in the Fox River Romance series.

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A Spooky Tale ~ A Walk With Our Teacher by Sue Wickstead #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

Synopsis

When the teacher decided to take the class out on a walk the children did not want to go … But…

What could possibly go wrong? why did the class not feel well? Read the book to find out.

My Review

Another amazing book from Sue Wickstead and another one to add to my Grandsons favourite list!

Full of lots of scary and spooky characters perfect for Halloween. With gorgeous illustrations it’s an absolute winner!

It’s a great story to read as you can put lots of feeling and effect into the story telling, and with the repeated refrain “That’s why we didn’t feel wellits great for the children to join in and they pick it up so quickly.

A great book not just at Halloween but all through the year.

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All About Sue

I am an author and a teacher and have written six children’s picture books, all with a bus included

somewhere.

Having been able to share my first book, ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, it was time to think about writing a book for younger readers.

While visiting a local school the children were writing stories about a journey, we read Jay-Jay’s book

and then I remembered a book that I had written some years before and I read this to the class too,

and they loved it.

The original story was based on a walk with my class around the neighbourhood of Bewbush, Crawley. The walk had led to map work and sequencing. Then together with the class I wrote an imaginative adventure.

The events we imagined were put into a class book. The book was shared with many classes and it was always a favourite.

Now years later I decided it was time to update, improve and look at publishing the book.

There is indeed a walk around the district of Bewbush. and following the publication of the book I went back to see if and how the neighbourhood had changed.

‘Oh, I see you have written a book without a bus!’ commented a friend.

But, look through the pages and you will see there always has to be a bus!

The neighbourhood of Bewbush was a new estate built in Crawley town in the 1970’s. The area was built without any shops, school or safe places for children to play. It was an area of high need and was supported by a special playbus which offered a much-needed playgroup venue.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share my stories. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.

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Christmas At Wynter House by Emily Harvale #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

Synopsis

After a frosty welcome, things soon heat up at Wynter House.

Neva Grey is looking forward to spending a quiet Christmas with her family in the cosy cottage they’ve rented in the picture-postcard village of Wyntersleap. Nestled between rolling hills and a gently burbling river, it’s going to be idyllic.

Except it’s not. Torrential rain causes the river to burst its banks and the quaint little village isn’t quite so cosy with water lapping at the doors. Add to that a power cut and a sudden blizzard and Christmas is looking bleak … until gorgeous Adam Wynter invites them all to Wynter House.

Although not everyone is happy to share the ancestral home. Adam’s elder brother, Rafe is less than pleased. Their grandmother, Olivia extends a grudging welcome. And for Carruthers, the oddly arrogant butler, unexpected guests are a Christmas surprise he could do without. Especially one as troublesome as Neva’s eight-year-old niece.

But something’s not quite right at Wynter House. What is Rafe intent on hiding behind the locked doors of the old barn? And what really happened to his first wife? It’s a good thing Neva has a sense of humour. She’s going to need it this Christmas at Wynter House.

This is book one in the Wyntersleap series but it can be read as a standalone. The Wyntersleap series is interlinked with the Merriment Bay series and several characters appear in both series.

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My first festive read and what a read it was! Firstly, the cover is stunning, it entices you to open the pages and feel festive from the start.

This is the first book I’ve read by Emily and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The setting was idyllic and perfect for a Christmas story. With absolutely fabulous characters I found myself ‘just reading one more chapter’ every night.

There was so much going on within the pages that there was never a dull moment. The main characters were a joy to read about but the supporting characters were just as enthralling. From the Wynter family who were a mixture of eccentric and mysterious to Neva’s young niece who is absolutely hilarious.

I’m not going to spoil the plot for you but, this is definitely a book that needs to be read curled up on the sofa with a steaming cuppa and plenty of time to read into the wee hours!

I’m off to download Emily’s other books!

All About Emily

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at http://www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA and the RWA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not 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. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

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Sparky The Dragon Bus by Sue Wickstead #Coverreveal

I’m so excited to be on the cover reveal for Sparky The Dragon Bus today. I’m a big fan of Sue’s wonderful books. Without further ado, here it is *drum roll please *

Synopsis

Sparky isn’t your typical double-decker bus.

Behind the dragon and magical paintings, she’s full of fun and adventures for all children.

Jump aboard to find out what makes Sparky so special.

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All About Sue

I am an author and a teacher and have written six children’s picture books, all with a bus included somewhere.

Having been able to share my first book, ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, it was time to think about writing a book for younger readers.

While visiting a local school the children were writing stories about a journey, we read Jay-Jay’s book and then I remembered a book that I had written some years before and I read this to the class too, and they loved it.

The original story was based on a walk with my class around the neighbourhood of Bewbush, Crawley. The walk had led to map work and sequencing. Then together with the class I wrote an imaginative adventure.

The events we imagined were put into a class book. The book was shared with many classes and it was always a favourite.

Now years later I decided it was time to update, improve and look at publishing the book.

There is indeed a walk around the district of Bewbush. and following the publication of the book I went back to see if and how the neighbourhood had changed.

‘Oh, I see you have written a book without a bus!’ commented a friend.

But, look through the pages and you will see there always has to be a bus!

The neighbourhood of Bewbush was a new estate built in Crawley town in the 1970’s. The area was built without any shops, school or safe places for children to play. It was an area of high need and was supported by a special playbus which offered a much-needed playgroup venue.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share my stories. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.

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Reach For A Star by Kathryn Freeman #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

Synopsis

What if your dreams were so close you could reach out and touch them?

How could anyone resist Michael Tennant, with his hypnotic blue eyes and voice like molten chocolate? Jessie Simmons certainly can’t. But Jessie’s a single mum who can’t sing to save her life – there’s no way she’ll ever cross paths with the star tenor.

At least that’s what she thinks until she’s unexpectedly invited to take part in a new reality TV show.

The premise? Professional singers teach hopeless amateurs how to sing. The surprise? Jessie’s partner is none other than Michael Tennant!

As she becomes better acquainted with the man behind the voice, will Jessie find out the hard way that you should never meet your idols? Or will she get more than she bargained for?

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Wow, what a book! I have been totally mesmerised by Reach For A Star, It’s been a delicious rollercoaster of a read and one I was so sad to finish.

I feel as if I have experienced every emotion there is, from butterflies in my stomach to feeling sick when it seemed Jessie and Michael’s relationship wouldn’t stand the test of time.

Reach For A Star has become my new happy place, it’s a total feel good read, and one I was more than happy to drawn into the pages of.

Kathryn has the wonderful knack of bringing characters to life whilst creating totally believable people. I adored every character in this book. Jessie is down to earth and reminded me so much of a few of my friends. Michael was a dreamboat main man! I liked the way he was portrayed as being very different to his public persona when not in the spotlight which I’m sure is true of many celebrities. Kathryn has done a fantastic job of writing a love story with home truths. I totally got how Jessie felt when introducing her children to the new man in her life, the guilt, mixed emotions and feeling torn between two people.

Kathryn has become one of my favourite authors this year and Reach For A Star is definitely in my top reads of 2019.

5* review from me.

All About Kathryn

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

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Tangled Roots by Denise D Young #Blogtour #Review #

Synopsis

A beautiful witch lost in time. A brooding farm boy with magic in his blood and a chip on his

shoulder. Dark secrets and shadowy magic. Paranormal romance with a time slip awaits in the first

book of this new series.

Cassie Gearhart casts a spell in the forest in the summer of 1974. The next thing she knows, she

wakes up to find the world irrevocably changed.

It’s 2019, for one thing. For another, all of her coven members have vanished, leaving behind only

one man who holds the key to their secrets.

Nick Felson has sworn off magic, until a confused Cassie knocks on his door in the middle of the

night, somehow missing forty-five years’ worth of time. But Nick knows falling for the captivating

witch means letting magic back into his life—and that’s one line he swore he’d never cross.

Can Cassie unravel the mystery that transported her decades into the future? And can Nick resist the

powerful magic and heart-pounding passion that swirl in the air whenever he and Cassie are

together?

The Tangled Magic Series is intended for readers 18-plus who enjoy fast-paced reads, wild and witchy

magic, swoon-worthy kisses, and small-town charm. The series is best read in order.

My Review

I love a magical book and Tangled Roots definitely ticked that box and many more.

I was pulled into the pages almost immediately, the story begins as Cassie escapes her family especially her brother who she is terrified of. Her solution to the problem is to cast a spell on herself so no one can find her.

Awaking after 35 years life as she knew it has disappeared, and here enters Nick. The connection between the two is obvious from the outset and watching the romance unfold is gorgeous.

This is fast paced fabulous read, perfect for a cold rainy October, can’t wait for the next instalment!

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All About Denise

Equal parts bookworm, flower child, and eclectic witch, Denise D. Young writes fantasy and

paranormal romance featuring witches, magic, faeries, and the occasional shifter.

Whatever the flavor of the magic, it’s always served with a brisk cup of tea–and the promise of

romance varying from sweet to sensual.

She lives with her husband and their animals in the mountains of Virginia, where small towns and tall

trees inspire her stories. She reads tarot cards, collects crystals, gazes at stars, and believes magic is

the answer (no matter what the question was).

If you’ve ever hoped to find a book of spells in a dusty attic, if you suspect every misty forest

contains a hidden portal to another realm, or if you don’t mind a little darkness before your happily- ever-after, her books might be just the thing you’ve been waiting for.

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Izzy’s Magical Football Adventure by Emma Larkin #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Izzy is a seven-year-old girl who lives in Ireland and loves all sport, especially Gaelic Football.

Izzy plays football with her brothers on a regular basis in their back garden and dreams of playing for her county in the All Ireland Ladies Football Final in Croke Park when she is older.

One day, Izzy puts on her great grandmother’s bracelet, which is made of old All Ireland medals that her great grandmother won a long time ago, and something unexpected and magical happens,

which may make Izzy’s Croke Park dream a reality sooner than she expected…………….

My Review

This book was an absolute dream, full of girl power, magic and football, what more could a girl ask for!

Gaelic football was something I’d never heard of so I enjoyed finding out about it.

I loved the magical element of the book and the real girl power message. It’s such a positive, feel good story and one that gives the real message to believe in your dreams and they may come true.

My niece is a keen footballer and avid reader so this book is her idea of heaven, no guesses where my copy is now!

Can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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All About Emma

My name is Emma Larkin, and I am the founder of “Emma Larkin Books” and “Rebel in Kerry Press”.

I have recently written and published my first book “Izzy’s Magical Football Adventure”, and I hope to write many more books about Izzy and her adventures in sport. As may be evident from the name of my publishing imprint, I am a “Rebel in Kerry”! This means that I am originally from County Cork in Ireland, which is known as the Rebel County, but I moved to Kerry (another county in Ireland which neighbours Cork) in 2006 and have been happily living in Kerry since then, with my husband and four children. My husband is a Kerry native and we live in North Kerry, near Listowel, where my husband is from, and is an area which is rich in literary history!

I have always enjoyed reading and writing. Writing essays was my favourite part of primary school!

In my spare time, I love to run. I am very involved in my local parkrun in Listowel. I also coach ladies’ football at underage level with my local ladies’ football club and did attempt to play ladies football for a few years with my local “Gaelic4Mothers&Others Team”! I may not have been the greatest football player, but I could run! And it was an hour each week where I could exercise in a fun environment with a fantastic group of women, who I remain friends with to this day.

My inspiration to write this book was my grandmother, Maureen Hennebry, née Cashman. She was on the Cork camogie team which won the All-Ireland Camogie Championship three times in row between 1939 and 1941. She came from a family rich in GAA history, the Cashman’s of Blackrock in Cork, and is even mentioned in the following poem by the famous Irish poet, Patrick Kavanagh:

Camogie Match

Patrick Kavanagh 1905 – 1967

Bright shone the sunlight on Peggy and Doreen Wild swung the ash sticks. Be careful astoreen; Josie is getting into her stride now,

Kathleen is hurling with all her Cork pride now.

A shout from the side-line: Mark your man, Kathleen Cody.

Kathleen pucks it. I tell you that puck was a dotie.

The game is exciting, it is indeed really,

Maureen Cashman is tackling the bold Ide O’Kiely …

In hindsight, I am in awe of the fact that my grandmother and her teammates played camogie at such a high level at a time in Ireland, where a woman’s role was predominantly to be a wife and homemaker. Which comes to my reason for writing this book, my grandmother was my inspiration to write it, but my reason for writing it was to encourage all young girls to play sports. It is crucial for our wellbeing and development and we need to make it as normal for girls to play sport as it is for boys.

The growing popularity of women’s sports in Ireland and further afield is so encouraging and we need to continue to develop this. As the current 20*20 campaign says, “if she can’t see it, she can’t be it”. I hope that my book can in some way help to normalise girls playing football and that both boys and girls will enjoy reading about Izzy’s adventures!

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