A Scottish Affair by Julie Shackman #CoverReveal

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Synopsis

Publication date – 21st May 2021

Escape to the beautiful Scottish Highlands for a heartwarmingand feel good cosy romance that will whisk you away from lockdown!

When Scotland’s sleepiest hamlet becomes the centre of hot gossip, Layla Devlin finds herself caught in a mystery…

When Layla’s fiancée has an unexpected heart attack and dies – in another woman’s arms, no less – Layla is determined to pack up and leave Loch Harris, the village she’s always called home. But an unexpected inheritance and love for her quiet corner of Scotland send her down a new path.

Now Layla finds herself facing a whole new kind of drama. Rumours swirl that a celebrity has moved into Coorie Cottage and Layla is determined to have him headline her opening night at local music venue The Conch Club. But the reclusive star is equally determined to thwart Layla’s efforts. RafeBuchanan is in hiding for a reason, and soon his past comes to Loch Harris to haunt him…

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All About Julie

I am a contemporary romance author from Scotland, who is obsessed with stationery and handbags.

I am married with two sons and have a poodle cross Romanian rescue puppy called Cooper. A Secret Scottish Escape is my fifth book.

I trained as a journalist and studied Communication & Media. When I’m not reading or writing, I love getting out for long walks, listening to music and watching romcoms.

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Friends With Benefits by Lisa Swift #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Could Mr Right-Now actually be Mr Right?

Lexie Whittle thought she had life all sewn up, with a gorgeous husband, a beautiful home, and an utterly delightful teenage stepson. Until husband Daryl announced he was leaving to work overseas… and everything changed.

A year later, Daryl and Lexie’s marriage is practically over. Lexie is fighting to stay on top of the bills, juggling her job at the Blue Parrot 1940s cafe in Leyholme with being mum and dad to Connor in Daryl’s absence.

The only thing keeping her sane is the support she gets from Connor’s godfather: Theo Blake, Daryl’s former business partner. Theo might be a jack-the-lad, drifting from one woman to another, but Lexie knows she and Connor can always depend on him in times of need.

After one too many glasses of wine leads to them falling into bed together, Lexie and Theo begin a friends-with-benefits relationship. It starts as just sex, but it doesn’t take long for deeper feelings to develop.

But when Daryl returns, Lexie is faced with some difficult decisions. Will she be forced to choose between her love for Theo and the boy she sees as a son.

My Review

There are some books that you gently ease into, the characters have to grow on you and quite frankly it’s slightly hard going! Friends With Benefits is not one of these!

I immediately fell in love with the characters and was pulled in to the pages and didn’t want to put it down!

When Lexie married Daryl she took on the role of Step Mum to his son Connor, with Connors Mum dead Lexie, although young stepped in to the Mother role with ease and formed a strong relationship with Connor.

Daryl turns out to be a prize twerp and as their marriage slowly declines and comes to an end Daryl announces he’s moving abroad to work. Connor and Lexie beg him to allow Connor to stay in the UK and continue to live in the family home with Lexie.

Lexie is struggling financially her restaurant isn’t doing too well and the six bedroom house that Daryl has left her with is proving a financial ball and chain around her neck!

The relationship between Connor and Lexie is gorgeous, Connor is a sweetie and although a 15 year old with a girlfriend he had a real genuine love for his StepMum and fights her corner. There are hilarious chapters from Connors point of view which very much read like an episode from the Inbetweeners, Lisa has captured the youth of today perfectly! She has also created a true young gent in Connor who is an absolute delight to read about.

I adored Tonya, Connors Nan, his Mums Mother. She’s a colourful larger than life character who treats Lexie like her own daughter.

And then we have Theo, Theo Daryl’s best friend and Connors Godfather sexy, jack the lad but also best friend material! Theo has supported both Lexie and Connor in Daryl’s absence, the conversation he has with Connor about sex is hilarious! One fateful night after too much alcohol Lexie and Daryl end up in bed together. At first they become ‘friends with benefits’ but gradually feelings start to blossom, just as Daryl returns to England!

Friends With Benefits made me laugh out loud, gave me butterflies and a warm glow inside.

This is not just a fluffy chick lit read the story has depth and the characters are rich and real. This is a beautiful story, I’m now off to add Lisa’s other books to my reading pile!

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Lisa Swift grew up in rural West Yorkshire in the UK, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English

Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them.

Lisa also writes romantic comedies under the pen name Mary Jayne Baker.

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The Little Swiss Chalet by Julie Chaplin #Blogtour #Review

t’s time to pack your bags and head to the breathtaking, snow-covered peaks of the Swiss Alps for velvety hot chocolates, delicious cheeses and a gorgeous love story…

Food technician Minna has always believed that chocolate will solve everything – and it’s just what she needs when her latest relationship mishap goes viral!

So with her bags packed and a new determination to sort her life out, Minna decides to drown her sorrows with the best hot chocolate in the world at her godmother’s cosy Swiss chalet. Chocolate: yes. Romance: no. Until she has a run in on an Alpine train with a mysterious but oh-so-gorgeous

stranger…

My Review

At the moment I think we all agree we need escapism, fun and some feel good vibes and The Little Swiss Ski Chalet has bucket loads of all three!

The story starts with Minna hosting a dinner party for her friends and boyfriend, but this isn’t just a dinner party she’s planned to ask her boyfriend to marry her. This doesn’t go to plan and the result ends up as a video which goes viral.

Minna decides a trip to her Godmother’s Swiss chalet is what is needed to mend her broken heart.

I loved Julie’s descriptions of Switzerland, it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit and i felt as if I was briefly whisked away. For me it’s the sign of a good book when you put it down, look around and realise you’re actually still sat at home!

I loved the characters, Minna is delightful and has a side to her which made me chuckle she’s also full of fun and someone you definitely would like in your friend circle. Luke, well he is just gorgeous and the perfect person to renew Minna’s faith in men.

Within the pages of this wonderful book is cheese, chocolate, snow and love! A perfect post Christmas read.

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Julie Caplin, formerly a PR director, swanned around Europe for many years taking top food and drink writers on press trips (junkets) sampling the gastronomic delights of various cities in Italy,

France, Belgium, Spain, Copenhagen and Switzerland. It was a tough job but someone had to do it.

These trips have provided the inspiration and settings for her Romantic Escapes series which have been translated into fifteen different languages.

The first book in the seven strong series, The Little Café in Copenhagen, was shortlisted for a Romantic Novel of the Year Award.

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Mistletoe And The Mouse #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Can a magical Christmas melt a frozen heart?

Join Belle and James as they visit Mickey Mouse for a sparkling holiday season at Disneyland Paris.

Belle has been numb since her mother died, and she can’t face Christmas at home without her.

Instead she books a surprise holiday to her “happy place” – the Magic Kingdom. But her boyfriend James has problems of his own. He doesn’t “do Disney” and what will his mother think of him missing their family Christmas to go to Disneyland with Belle?

A festive romance with a sprinkling of Pixie Dust

My Review

This is a pure ‘take me away from reality’ book, it whisks you away to the magical land of Euro Disney at Christmas.

Belle has always shared her Mums love of Disney, when her Mum dies suddenly she tries to recreate her memories with her boyfriend James. It was lovely to see James slowly enter into the spirit of Disney and being so understanding of Belle still grieving for her Mum. James has his own worries within his family which slowly come to light and there is a strong message of not judging a book by its cover!

I was lucky enough to visit Euro Disney last year so for me this book was magical. Elsa has described Disney perfectly and woven the sprinkling of magic that you feel from the place within the pages of the book.

Mistletoe And The Mouse has romance a plenty, compassion and Christmas cheer, a perfect book to read pre Christmas.

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources and Elsa for inviting me into this gorgeous blog tour.

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Elsa Simonetti was born in the same year as Walt Disney World, but many miles away in the north of England. Her earliest Disney memory is crying during Bambi at the Saturday morning cinema club! It wasn’t until her own children were small that her husband introduced her to the magic of Disneyland Paris, and since then she has become obsessed, proving Walt Disney’s own belief that “Laughter is

timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever”. That was the seed of this story – that Disneyland is not just for children, but for anyone who is young at heart.

Elsa also writes romantic women’s fiction under the name of Liz Taylorson

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Scavenger Art by Lexi Rees #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Scavenger hunts are fun.

Drawing is fun.

Put them together for ★ SCAVENGER ART ★

This unique art-based activity book includes 52 scavenger hunts designed to

✓ encourage curious minds

✓ spark creativity

✓ practise mindfulness

✓ develop drawing skills

Perfect for ages 6 to 12.

My Review

This is such a unique and fun idea and one that would keep children and adults occupied for many an hour.

As an early years practitioner i know many parents are searching for ways to reduce their children’s screen time, trying to find ways to keep their little ones occupied outside and inside, Scavenger Art is the perfect solution.

Every chapter covers a different area of a child’s environment, their bedroom, people, outside, to name but a few. It then encourages them to look for different aspects within each, then to draw them. Each page has a grid for space to draw 9 examples.

There are fun facts about different areas and tips on what to look for. This book is perfect to encourage conversations, improve mental health and just to have fun!

This should be on every child’s list to Santa!

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All About Lexi

Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south. She writes action-packed adventures brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children.

Her fantasy adventure, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids. The sequel, Wild Sky, is available now.

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her Creative Writing Skills workbook, she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which

includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

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Sleepless by Louise Mumford #Blogtour #Review #Thriller

Synopsis

Don’t close your eyes. Don’t fall asleep. Don’t let them in.

Thea is an insomniac; she hasn’t slept more than three hours a night for years.

So when an ad for a sleep trial that promises to change her life pops up on her phone, Thea knows this is her last chance at finding any kind of normal life.

Soon Thea’s sleeping for longer than she has in a decade, and awakes feeling transformed. So much so that at first she’s willing to overlook the oddities of the trial – the lack of any phone signal; the way she can’t leave her bedroom without permission; the fact that all her personal possessions are

locked away, even her shoes.

But it soon becomes clear that the trial doesn’t just want to help Thea sleep. It wants to control her

sleep…

An unputdownable, gripping psychological thriller for fans of The One, Behind Her Eyes and Girl A!

My Review

What a rollercoaster of a read! Sleepless definitely kept me up into the early hours. For me the sign of a good book is when you not only can’t put it down but when you finally do you find yourself counting down the minutes until you can pick it back up again.

Thea is a wonderful character with many layers that gradually unreel as the story unfolds, i felt like I gradually got to know her and by the end of the story saw her to be a completely different person to how she was at the beginning of the story. All of the characters have been created beautifully, each with very different personalities and their own unique place within the story. Watching the friendships evolve with Thea, Ethan, Rory and Rosie was heartwarming and helped bring out the other side to Thea. Thea’s Mum Vivian is absolutely brilliant, I could picture her as if I knew her in the flesh.

Sleepless had me on the edge of my seat, heart racing and silently willing Thea to be able to escape the Island that she thought would be the answer to her sleepless life.

The last sentence left me wanting more, I’m keeping everything crossed that there might be a sequel!

I’d like to thank Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources and Louise for inviting me to take part in this amazing tour.

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All About Louise

Louise was born and lives in South Wales. From a young age she loved books and dancing, but hated having to go to sleep, convinced that she might miss out on something interesting happening in the world whilst she dozed – much to her mother’s frustration! Insomnia has been a part of her life ever

since.

She studied English Literature at university and graduated with first class honours. As a teacher she tried to pass on her love of reading to her students (and discovered that the secret to successful teaching is… stickers! She is aware that that is, essentially, bribery.)

In the summer of 2019 Louise experienced a once-in-a-lifetime moment: she was discovered as a new writer by her publisher at the Primadonna Festival. Everything has been a bit of a whirlwind since then.

Louise lives in Cardiff with her husband and spends her time trying to get down on paper all the marvellous and frightening things that happen in her head.

Her debut thriller, SLEEPLESS, will be published by HQ on 11th Dec 2020

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You Never See Rainbows At Christmas by Elaine Spires #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Like a rhinestone Miss Havisham Eloise plans to spend Christmas alone, lying on the settee, crying her eyes out and listening to Dolly Parton’s Greatest Hits. But a fall in the sleet two nights before Christmas lands her at the feet of rough sleeper Adam who is fighting his own demons. Limping, cut and bruised, she has no alternative but to accept his offer of help. And instead of rejection and solitude there’s friendship and company and the festive season suddenly seems brighter. Eloise’s never seen a rainbow at Christmas… Until now

My Review

You never see rainbows is an absolute feel good Gem with Christmas sprinkled on top!

Eloise has not long had her heart broken and with Christmas round the corner she is finding it hard to muster up any Christmas cheer. That’s until she has a nasty fall outside her local shop and Adam, a homeless man helps her home.

Adam is a great character and one that I could tell from him entering the story was going to have many layers. Elaine has written you never see rainbows at Christmas with thought and understanding of mental health especially in men. Not only does the story have lots of love, passion and Christmas cheer it has a fantastic twist at the end that I didn’t see coming. By the the final page I felt like I was a fly on the wall observing two close friends.

I’d recommend this to anyone who wants to curl up on the sofa for a few hours and be whisked away to a happy place!

Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources and Elaine for inviting me on to this wonderful blog tour.

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All About Elaine

Elaine Spires is a novelist, playwright and actress. Extensive travelling and a background in education and tourism perfected Elaine’s keen eye for the quirky characteristics of people, captivating the humorous observations she now affectionately shares with the readers of her novels. Elaine spends her time between her homes in Essex and Five Islands, Antigua (W.I.).

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Warwick’s Mermaid by Ellie Gray #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Having escaped an abusive relationship, Chloe MacGregor is determined to put the past behind her.

The little cottage high up on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful North Yorkshire town of Whitby is her safe haven, somewhere she is free to be herself.

When the arrival of her new neighbour and boss, Luke Warwick, threatens her peaceful, sheltered life, Chloe is forced to confront her past and to re-evaluate who she really is. Falling in love with Luke is not part of her plan but, to her surprise, Luke is falling for her too. The only thing preventing their happy ever after is Chloe herself. Will she ever truly learn to leave the past where it belongs?

My Review

Warwick’s Mermaid was like a breath of fresh air, i didn’t want it to end!

The story begins as Chloe, supported by her best friend, escapes an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. I unusually felt a connection with Chloe within the first first few pages and found I was on the edge of my seat as she entered into her home to retrieve her belongings before her ex partner arrived home from work.

Ellie has created the character of Chloe beautifully, the Chloe at the beginning of the story is a completely different one from the woman we leave in the last pages of this beautifully written novel. She has an inner strength that shines out behind the vulnerability that living in an abusive relationship has created. She’s truly an inspirational and strong woman Warwick’s Mermaid shines the light at the end of the tunnel of domestic abuse.

The romance between Chloe and Luke is a dream to watch unfold, Ellie has written it with compassion and very true to life. It’s a romance that you feel you are living with them as a fly on the wall.

The descriptives of Whitby (which is on my bucket list to visit) were so vivid I felt like I was there.

This book has it all love, romance and some ‘on the edge of your seat’ moments too. For me the sign of a good book is one I can not put down and I think about long after I finish the last sentence, this was definitely true of Warwick’s Mermaid.

I’d like to thank Ellie and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to this wonderful blog tour.

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All About Ellie

I’m a contemporary romance author, published with the lovely Tirgearr Publishing, and am a proud member of the Romantic Novelist Association. I live in the beautiful East Riding of Yorkshire in the UK and, although I work full-time in the public sector, my favourite pastime, when not writing, is

wandering around old stately homes.

My debut novel, Beauty and the Recluse, was published in February 2016, closely followed by my second, Love on the Nile, which was released in the Summer of 2016. My third novel, Warwick’s Mermaid, was published in October 2017 and I’m currently working on my fourth.

A few random pieces of information about me:

▪️Favourite TV shows – The Walking Dead, The X-Files, Nashville, Dr. Who, the Great British Bake-off.

▪️Favourite Music – I’m an 80’s girl!, country, sixties, Elvis, classical (when I’m writing)

▪️Favourite Food – Indian, tapas, crisps

▪️Favourite Drink – black coffee (copious amounts when I’m writing) sauvignon blanc

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A wing And A Prayer by M W Arnold #Blogtour #Guestpost

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Mick for inviting me on to this wonderful blog tour.

Synopsis

When Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty

and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.

Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts

them.

Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.

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I am honoured to have Mick on my blog today with a wonderful guest post, over to you Mick…

Do you know of an author who stumbled into a genre? No? Well, now you do.

In November 2017, I had a Romantic Drama/ come Comedy (and a wee bit of everything else) published titled, ‘The Season for Love’. There then followed some ill health

I’m now getting over, one of the reasons this is only my second published novel. Whilst endeavouring to recover, I was unable to pick up my laptop. I simply didn’t feel like writing.

A lot of my best friends are also members of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and kept urging me to try writing again. However, it wasn’t until someone suggested I try to write

something new that I actually felt able to try.

A documentary on television about the Air Transport Auxiliary titled, ‘Spitfire Women’, happened to be on when this was suggested and it must have sparked something in my mind. Before I really knew it, I was skating all over the internet. By the end of the day, I had an outline for a story – quite amazing in itself as I have tried, but have had to accept, that

I’m not a planner of stories – and most of the characters. To be honest, I was more than slightly amazed!

I’ve always been an amateur history buff and that, together with my sixteen years in the Royal Air Force, really helped this project come together. I’d read only a couple of World War Two sagas at the time and though I’d been encouraged to try something knew I hadn’t planned on a genre change. We’re always told to go with the flow, our gut, so I did. Over the

next few days, the first couple of chapters started to come together. When I write, I tend to be a quick writer and I also like to complete a chapter the same day I begin to write it.

My characters began to write themselves, which was terrific as who wants to think, eh? Two of them especially have bored into my heart as I hope they will to anyone who’s kind enough to buy the book. First, I’ve an American called Doris. She’s brash, outgoing, and curious, with a heart full of love. The second is called Bobby; he’s black and white, with

floppy ears and a waggy tail, who has a central role in this novel and, without giving much away, an ongoing thread through the rest of the books!

Which brings me to; what am I doing now?

Well, book two is with my editor, a lady of infinite patience for this Englishman (fortunately) who has to write in American English (it still doesn’t look right!). With luck, look out for that next year. Mind you, if you’re up for a preview, the first chapter is included as a bonus at the end of ‘A Wing and a Prayer’! And you don’t need to find out which combination of keys, or which secret word to type in to get it. I am currently working on

book three, roughly a quarter to a third in, and this is the Christmas one! I’m not sure if I’m a fool or not for taking this on, but I am loving finding out all about a wartime yuletide.

I’ll sign off by saying, I’d like to think I’ve been true to the spirit of those wonderful ladies (and men, who will appear more) who, no matter what the weather or troubles, delivered the planes that kept Great Britain in the fight and helped to turn the tide. Thank you.

Oh, and a big, big thank you for having me on your blog and for being a big part of this tour. I hope to be with you again soon!

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Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels.

He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian cats, is mad on the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and loving his Manchester-United-supporting wife.

Finally, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. A Wing and a Prayer will be his second published novel, and he is very proud to be welcomed into The Rose Garden.

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The Tobacconist’s Wife by Anne Marie Brear #Blogtour

Synopsis

Having lost her father, Thea Goodson is alone in the world.

It is true she has a husband, but Ernie is a brutal man, more inclined to use his fists to keep Thea in line than to build on their marriage. And besides, Ernie Goodson has secrets – secrets that even his wife cannot share.

But in Victorian Yorkshire, appearances must be kept up, so Thea goes on powdering her bruises and forcing a smile as she toils in Ernie’s home and tobacco shop. There seems to be no other option.

That is, until a handsome and well-bred stranger arrives to set up shop next door…

Can Thea escape her misery and break from the conventions of society? Or will the clutches of her abusive husband confine her forever?

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All About Anne Marie

Award winning & Amazon UK Bestseller AnneMarie Brear has been a life-long reader and started writing in 1997 when her children were small. She has a love of history, of grand old

English houses and a fascination of what might have happened beyond their walls.

Her interests include reading, travelling, watching movies, spending time with family and eating chocolate – not

always in that order! She is the author of historical family saga novels

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