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The Custard Tart Cafe by the sea by Isabella May #Blogpost #Review


Willow has opened a custard tart cafe at the end of a popular English seaside pier. Her unique and magical spin on the Portuguese pastel de nata has customers queuing outside the door to taste them.
Tiago’s grandparents are purveyors of The Real Deal: authentic custard tarts made in the Algarve region of Portugal, where his family have been lovingly baking them for centuries. When he moves to England for a new job and chances upon Willow’s wondrous wares, he is out for war. At least
that’s his intention. But when serendipity brings Willow and Tiago back together at the departures desk in Bristol airport – destination Faro – outrage isn’t the only spark that flies… Weston-super-Mare and Portugal are about to collide!

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My Review

Isabella’s books always make my mouth water, she creates deliciousness in a book!

The Custard Tart Cafe by the sea has a sprinkle of laughter, love and flaky pastry! Willow, the main character is delightful and I throughly enjoyed getting to know her, you can feel her excitement and joy as her dream comes to life. Willow’s passion for custard tarts stems from her holidays in Portugal where Pastel de Nata aka custard tarts is a delicacy, Willow creates her own versions with quirky fillings. I really liked Willow’s staff in the cafe they made me giggle, in fact there are some really colourful and quirky characters within the pages.

Tiago enters the story literally like a bull in a custard tart shop! He’s arrogant and harsh and seems to think that the fact that he’s Portuguese gives him the right to be downright rude about Willow’s take on a pastel de nata. To begin with I doubted that Tiago would be Willow’s love interest because he was so hard to like, but this slowly changes and leads to a perfect ending.

This is a perfect book to whisk you away for a few days, i for one hope that someone opens up a custard tart cafe as I’d definitely be first in the queue.

A huge thank you to Isabella and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto this yummy blog tour!

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. She grew up in Somerset on Glastonbury’s ley lines and loves to feature her quirky English hometown in her stories.
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 romcoms.
Isabella is also a Pranic Healer and a stillbirth mum.

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Finding Edith Pinsent by Hazel Ward #Review #Blogtour


A moving story of love, loss and friendship that breaks and uplifts your heart. Netta Wilde has a task to complete.
She’s agreed to go through the late Edith Pinsent’s diaries and possessions personally. The problem is, she’s been busy sorting out her own life. But she’s in a better place now. She’s free of her manipulative ex, has a new love in neighbour, Frank and has reunited with her kids.
What better time to begin Edie’s story?
But the path to discovery is not easy.
There are missing diaries to contend with, boxes of memories to uncover and revelations that turn everything on its head. Revelations that make Netta question if her own life really is sorted.
Delving deeper into Edith’s history, Netta is overtaken by a need to revisit her own past and put things right, but to do that she has to find the two people who once meant everything to her.
As her two challenges intertwine, Netta realises that Edith had a purpose for her. One that she must fulfil
Bit by bit, the house yields a lifetime of secrets and the real Edith Pinsent begins to emerge.
But will it be the Edith everyone thought they knew?

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I don’t know where to begin this review as I absolutely adored Finding Edith Pinsent, it’s beautifully written in such a clever way. This is the second book in the Netta Wilde series but can be read as a stand alone.

The chapters swap between the story of Netta in the present day & Edith from 1942 to 2017. In Edith’s will she instructed her nephew to interview prospective buyers for her house and choose the right person who could comb through her journals where she documented every detail about her life. The person would uncover many secrets along the way.

I loved finding out about the two women, although their lives had some similarities the contrast between the 1940’s and present time was captivating. Edith’s life was bright, colourful and adventurous, and a breath of fresh air, boy did she live her life to the full! She had lots of twists and turns in her life story, some of which made me laugh out loud, some that broke my heart but all of them made this book addictive.

Netta’s part in the book is just as enthralling, she is such a relatable character, and one you feel as if you’ve known forever. Although I hadn’t read the first book in the Netta Wilde series which focuses on Netta’s life, I could piece together her past from the snippets that unfolded in her chapters. In reading Edith’s journals Netta makes the decision that there are parts of her past she needs to revisit. This is when she goes in search of Claire & Doogie, both of these characters are so real to life and I could picture them in my mind. I adored (sorry, but I could use the word adored in every sentence relating to this book!) Doogie and his and Netta’s story is just so bittersweet.

This is a must read and will stay with me for a long time, I am currently reading number 1 in the series Being Netta Wilde as the withdrawal symptoms were too much!!

Huge thank you to Hazel & Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto this beautiful blog tour.

All About Hazel

Hazel Ward was born in inner city Birmingham. By the time the city council packed her family off to the suburbs, she was already something of a feral child who loved adventures. Swapping derelict
houses and bomb pecks for green fields and gardens was a bit of a culture shock but she rose to the occasion and grew up loving outdoor spaces and animals.
Strangely, for someone who couldn’t sit still, she also developed a ferocious reading habit and a love of words. She wrote her first novel at fifteen, along with a lot of angsty poems, and was absolutely sure she wanted to be a writer. Sadly, it all came crashing down when her seventeen-year-old self
walked out of school in a huff one day and was either too stubborn or too embarrassed to go back.
It’s too long ago to remember which.
Against all odds, she somehow managed to blag her way into a successful corporate career until finally giving it all up to do the thing she’d always wanted to do. Shortly after, she began to write her debut novel Being Netta Wilde.
Hazel still lives in Birmingham and that’s where she does most of her writing, although she spends a lot of time in Shropshire or gadding about the country in an old motorhome. Not quite feral anymore but still up for adventures.

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Christmas Surprises at Mermaids Point by Sarah Bennett #Blogtour #Review


Christmas is a time for love, laughter, families and friends, and in Mermaids Point, everyone is getting ready for the festive season.
For Nerissa and Tom, this will be their first Christmas as a couple, but making sure they have time for each other, whilst blending their families, will take some careful planning. What festive traditions will they make their own?
Laurie and Jake are flat out running Laurie’s seafront café, packaging up orders of mince pies, sausage rolls and other delectable Christmas goodies, as well as finding time for Jake’s journalism.
But when Jake’s mum offers them an unexpected gift, their plans are turned upside down.
Alex can’t help but be charmed by beautiful and talented Ivy, but he’s still recovering from his ex-wife’s betrayal and has a secret life he’s not ready to share with anyone yet. But as the Christmas spirit starts weaving its magic, Alex may find himself ready for love sooner than he imagines.
For Andrew, nothing is more important than family. As friends and family gather beneath his roof it’s a time for reflection about what the future might hold.
As far as Nick is concerned, pop sensation Aurora Storm is the ‘one that got away’. After they shared
a brief holiday fling, he has been thinking about her ever since. Is Christmas the perfect time to finally reach out to her, or is love at first sight just in fairy-tales?

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I was so excited to be invited onto the blog tour for Christmas Surprises at Mermaids Point, I love the Mermaids Point series, it’s like coming home!

It’s always lovely to revisit a series and catch up with the characters. Christmas at Mermaids Point is an epilogue to Summer kisses & Autumn Dreams, but gives you a sneak preview into the next two books in the series.

This is a a lovely short novella and perfect for a quick Christmas fix that also gives you a lovely insight into old faces and the promise of what’s to come in the future of Mermaids Point.

A huge thank you to Sarah & Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto this lovely blog tour.

All About Sarah

Sarah Bennett is the bestselling author of several romantic fiction trilogies including those set in Butterfly Cove and Lavender Bay. Born and raised in a military family she is happily married to her own Officer and when not reading or writing enjoys sailing the high seas.

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Faithless by Kjel Ola Dahl #BlogTour #Review

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Oslo detectives Gunnarstranda and Frølich are back … and this time, it’s personal… When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her … and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he ponders the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda investigates a disturbingly similar cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway and Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers – and the killer – before he strikes again. Dark, brooding and utterly chilling, Faithless is a breath-taking and atmospheric page-turner that marks the return of an internationally renowned and award-winning series, from one of the fathers of Nordic Noir.


I’m new to Nordic Noir and wasn’t sure if it was my thing, but i really enjoyed my first taste .

Faithless is a slowly unfolding thriller that ambles along picking up pace in the final chapters.

The two main characters Frølich and Gunnarstranda are true to life. Their investigation techniques are at times very relaxed and they don’t always do things to the book, nor are they always politically correct, but it makes the characters very likeable. In fact the whole book is very relaxed and a real joy to read. The nice thing is that you find out alot of background about the police officers personal lives, i like this in a novel, it makes the characters have alot more depth and enables you to feel as if you know them.

There are 2 cases running alongside each other, a missing student and the murder of a woman who has been left in a dumpster. The case becomes hard for Frølich when he discovers he knows the murder victim .

I really liked the female police officer  Lena who is feisty, smart and sassy. She really shows her worth in the last few chapters. Although the book is quite slow paced it does really pick up speed in the last few chapters and had me on the edge of my seat!

The ending leaves an definite opening for the nest instalment whicch i will definitely be awaiting!

About the Author


One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He made his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

Thank you to Anne Cater for allowing me to take part in this Blog Tour and also a big thank you to Orenda Books.

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Unconvicted by Olly Jarvis #Spotlight #Blogtour

I’d like to thank Olly Jarvis and Canelo for including me in this blog tour.


Title: Unconvicted

Author Name: Olly Jarvis

Previous Books (if applicable): Cut Throat Defence


Genre: Legal Thriller, Thriller


Release Date: 29th January 2018


Publisher: Canelo


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In a razor-sharp legal thriller, Jack Kowalski must win two challenging trials to save his reputation and his career

Junior barrister Jack Kowalski is crushed. His client Timothy Smart appears to have committed a monstrous crime while on bail – a bail application Jack fought hard to win.

When a high-profile Polish footballer is charged with rape and demands a fellow countryman represent him, Jack must overcome his guilt and get back to work. Before long he takes on a second case, a GBH for instructing solicitor Lara Panassai, who Jack remains desperate to impress. But neither case is what it seems, and Jack will face an extraordinary uphill battle to see that justice is done…

The second Jack Kowalski novel, Unconvicted is a gripping courtroom drama written with the expert insight of a practicing criminal barrister, perfect for fans of William L. Myers, Deborah Hawkins, and Scott Turow.

All about Olly


Olly Jarvis is a writer and criminal defence barrister, originally from London but now working in Manchester. Drawing on his experiences, he writes both fiction and non-fiction with a particular understanding of the pressures and excitement of life in the courtroom. He wrote the highly acclaimed Radio 4 drama Judgement, and wrote and presented the BBC documentary Mum Knows Best. He is also the author of Death by Dangerous. Olly has two children and lives in Cheshire.

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The Magic Of Stars by Jackie Ladbury

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Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.

In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.
Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

My review

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I’d firstly like to thank Jackie Ladbury and Rachel’s random resources for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

I was so excited to be asked to take part in this blog tour. I throughly enjoyed Air guitar and caviar, Jackie’s first book.

The magic of stars didn’t disappoint, it is written in Jackie’s wonderful familiar style. The characters jump off the page and come alive.

The first chapter catapults you slap bang into the middle of Italy, the country of romance but not so in Sapphires case. Sapphire has decided to surprise her then boyfriend who is in Florence. Her plan of seduction doesn’t quite work out when she discovers Rick in bed with another woman.

Sapphire leaves whilst she can still salvage some of her self esteem. She finds herself in a very plush hotel bar where she throws caution to the wind, whips out her credit card and books a room. She then finds the bar, Sapphire doesn’t drink…usually! The description of Sapphires drunken evening is hilarious. Jackie captures the change in personality from sober to drunk perfectly, it made me really giggle.

This is where we are introduced to Marcus, the handsome hotel owner. Marcus is the perfect gentlemen and makes sure the very drunk Sapphire finds her way back to her room. As he does so Sapphires drunken alter ego does her very best to seduce him. Marcus manages to resist…just!

Sapphire and Marcus go their separate ways never thinking their paths will cross again, but they do!

This is such a feel good book and guaranteed to bring you some sunshine and giggles.

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Sapphire looked up to see granite eyes, flecked with iron, scrutinising her, and her heart stuttered with an emotion she didn’t recognise. She scrambled off her knees and faced him. How could she have forgotten he was on board – his presence was huge? He seemed to fill the galley with his aura. ‘Oh no, I don’t drink.’

He laughed coldly. ‘You could have fooled me.’ He looked at her with such obvious disdain, it almost brought her back to her knees. He shook his head, his lips twisting. ‘She lies too.’

‘I do not lie.’ She thrust her chin upwards. ‘How dare you?’

‘I dare because I am now your boss and the truth is staring me in the face.’ The forbidding eyes pierced hers as he waited for an answer, his lips compressed into a thin line.

Sapphire glared at him and drew herself up, squaring her shoulders in defiance of his words. ‘Well since you’re the boss you’d obviously know, wouldn’t you?’

His gaze didn’t waver. ‘I hear that you are cabin services manager here, so we shall be working together over the next few months. I’ll make an appointment to talk to you about what went wrong today.’ He pursed his lips and she half expected the steepled fingers to return.

She didn’t like the sound of his words. ‘An appointment?’ She retained eye contact; she would not be bowed. ‘Mr Cavarelli, I work incredibly hard to keep standards and morale high. I love my job and I resent the implication that I’m somehow lacking.’ She pressed her lips together to stop more words from spilling out.

He raised an eyebrow, ‘Maybe your standards are not as high as mine. We will see, Sapphire Montrose.’

She was silenced by the soft, intimidating way he said her name, and hated herself for noticing his long eyelashes and darkly stubbled jawline, when she should be taking in his hard and hostile words.

He made to return to the flight deck, but paused and turned back to face her. ‘In fact, Miss Montrose, there is no time like the present. Your shift will be finished, I take it, when we land. I’ll meet you at the staff restaurant since I do not yet have an office; we can talk about the future of the airline, and your place in it.’

‘But it’s nine o’clock at night.’

‘Something happens to you after nine?’ he asked, the sardonic smile back on his lips.

‘No,’ she stammered. How did he manage to make her feel silly so easily?

‘There are no children or a husband waiting for you to come home, I hope?’

There it was again, a veiled reference to the night she wanted to forget; he would never allow her to forget it – of that she was sure. She tore her gaze away from him as he narrowed his eyes. ‘No,’ she said, seeing that he was waiting for an answer.

‘I can, of course, ask my secretary to make an official appointment if you would rather our little chat is put on the record.’ He tilted his head, waiting, and she tried to suppress the anger in her eyes, before he spoke again.

Si. We will have coffee.’

She waivered for a brief second; a little chat with him was the last thing she wanted. But she nodded, yes, she would be there – she had no choice. For someone who was so good-looking, he really was a most disagreeable man.

All about Jackie

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Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.
Short and sharp lesson learned.
Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.
Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

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The Eden Paradox by Barry Kirwan #Guestpost #Blogtour #Giveaway

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Firstly I would like to thank Barry and Neverland Blog tours for allowing me to take part in this blog tour


 A murder… a new planet mankind desperately needs… a thousand-year old conspiracy… What really awaits us on Eden? In a world beset by political turmoil, environmental collapse, and a predatory new religion, a recently discovered planet, Eden, is our last hope. But two missions have failed to return. Blake Alexander and his crew lead the final attempt to bring back good news. Meanwhile back on Earth, Micah Sanderson evades assassins, and tries to work out who he can trust as he struggles in a race against time to unravel the Eden Paradox.

Today I would like to welcome Barry Kirwan onto my blog. I absolutely love with a capital L Barry’s Nadia Laksheva series of books, written under Barry’s pen name J F Kirwan.

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Today Barry hosting guest post about love and science fiction…


Why isn’t there more love in science fiction?

Guest blog by Barry Kirwan


It’s hard to think of a science fiction book or film where love is the central premise; it usually plays second fiddle at best. Readers of SciFi are looking for spaceships, aliens, new worlds, and cunning plots. Think of Star Wars, probably the best-known Scifi film – Luke initially is drawn to Princess Leia, but it doesn’t work out, and in fact she turns out to be his sister. In any case she is more interested (what girl wouldn’t be?) in Han Solo. But such threads are secondary to the vast sweep of The Empire, Darth Vader, the Force, Obe Wan Kenobe, light-sabre fights and the Death Star.


In books it’s similar. Scifi classics such as Asimov’s Foundation, Herbert’s Dune, or Clarke’s Rama series, don’t have love as a central premise – it’s not what we remember about these works, although Dan Simmons’ Hyperion has one of its pilgrims’ stories recounting a love story that is one of the most powerful I’ve ever read. Alistair Reynolds’ Revelation Space is also a rare, exceptional mixture of galaxy-spanning space opera and ‘love at any cost’. But generally, from Larry Niven’s Ringworld to Iain Banks’ culture novels, love is in the background. If readers want to read romance novels, these are available by the bucket-full in mainstream or romance fiction. Occasional cross-overs (the Time-travellers’ wife) may look like science fiction, but for most Scifi fans they belong more in the romance genre.


Of course, Scifi writers might just be geeks who don’t get much ‘luvvin’, and well, as the saying goes, you ‘write what you know’, the implication being that the converse also holds. Well, I’d have to disagree (what scifi writer wouldn’t?), and there are some notable ‘proofs’, such as Orson Scott Card who writes great Scifi (Ender’s Game, etc.), and also writes romance [thanks Orson, for shielding our collective reputation!]. Iain Banks is another eminent Scifi author who writes in other genres. I also remember, when producing my first Scifi book, having professional editors asking me to tone down the ‘love’ angle, as it didn’t fit the genre, and downright remove some of the more exotic sex scenes: simply not done, old chap!


Of course when it comes to aliens, they might not love at all. Geneticists would tell us that love is all about procreation, and in fact is a myth we’ve woven onto a biological need to further the species. This possible truth is easier seen when mapped onto fictional alien species, especially when the method of procreation can be rendered less human (e.g. insectoid species laying eggs). But good Scifi writers don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, and for example I always found a strong part of the film Alien to be that the alien in question was fiercely protective of her offspring, which makes sense for any species, and we don’t have to call it ‘love’.


What does annoy me, however, is ‘love colonialism’ [Star Trek is guilty of this over and over] wherein humans convince non-loving aliens that they are really missing out, and that love is some universal truth. It might be, but let’s not get carried away with ourselves; bacteria do pretty well in terms of survival without it, and they’ve been around a lot longer.


In my Eden series, aliens don’t normally exhibit strong love tendencies, though they ‘care’ in particular for their own, although in my third book I do have a very advanced species (called the Kalarash) who seem to have some depressingly familiar love issues: e.g. a couple of them have not been talking to each other for half a million years after a tiff. Beneath this seemingly flippant situation is a deeper hypothesis – that love might be a product of civilisation. Very advanced cultures might eschew love and go beyond it (as in Stargate’s idea of ‘ascension’), or else it might be the ultimate goal.


I have to confess that in my second book (Eden’s Trial), I have a couple of drones (artificial intelligences) fall in love (they experience ‘perfect electronic resonance’), though it is brief, and in keeping with Scifi tradition, it doesn’t end well… More seriously I’m exploring the effects of genetically-engineered advancement on the ability to love, in the Eden series, most strongly portrayed in between the characters Kat and Pierre, and the genetically modified children who grow up to become the Genners – advanced in every other way except one – they are emotionally retarded.


Which brings me to the last point, that (regrettably?) there is no scientific basis for love. Love may simply be an inferred (learned) experience that we map onto natural hormonal responses: we feel something (endorphins), and we learn to call it love. Certainly as any of us who experienced teenage love and then fell out of it, it feels like drug withdrawal, doesn’t it? Endorphins are a natural drug we have in our heads.


Of course, science, and science fiction have to accept the possibility of the alternative hypothesis – that love is real (phenomenologically speaking, this is ‘true’), but science is too dumb (yet) to be able to measure it. I hinted at this, and the importance of love for an alien species, in my short story ‘The Sylvian Gambit’, which is essentially a Scifi love story, wherein the protagonist says near the end: “Love: wrap an equation around that.”


The deeper question is not whether scifi writers include love between their covers, as many people will say ‘who cares?’ Yet science fiction is a projection of our future. What if there is no love in our future? Could we evolve and advance in other ways, yet lose the ability to love? That is what I have tried to answer in the Eden series. And to cut a long series short, the answer is that we will hang onto it, because at the end of the day, it not only defines us, but gives us a strong will to survive collectively, because we want to protect those we love.


All about Barry

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Barry (J F) Kirwan is a split personality. He writes science fiction under the name Barry Kirwan, and thrillers under his pen name J F Kirwan. In his day job, he travels worldwide, working on aviation safety. He lives in Paris, where he first joined a fiction class – and became hooked! This led to an acclaimed four-book series called the Eden Paradox. But when a back injury stopped him scuba diving for two years, he wrote a thriller about a young Russian woman, Nadia, where a lot of the action occurred in dangerously deep waters.Two of these thrillers are now out and he’s working on the third, as well as a new science fiction novel called ‘When the children come.’

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The 13th Reality by James Dashner ~ The Journal Of Curious Letters #Review

Publication date – 8th February 2018

Published by Sweet Cherry Publishing


What if every choice you made created an alternate reality? In The Journal of Curious Letters, Atticus Higginbottom, a.k.a. Tick, is an average thirteen-year-old boy until the day he receives a strange letter informing him that dangerous– perhaps even deadly–events have been set in motion that could result in the destruction of reality itself. Tick will be sent twelve riddles that, when solved, will reveal the time and place of an extraordinary happening. Will Tick have the courage to follow the twelve clues and discover the life he was meant to live? Tick’s journey continues in The Hunt for Dark Infinity! Mistress Jane and the Chi karda are back. Tick and Mistress Jane race to find the deadly Dark Infinity weapon. But who will destroy it–and who will become its master?

My review

Firstly I would like to thank James Dashner and Sweet cherry publishing for allowing me to take part I this blog tour.

Occasionally a children’s book comes along that I completely fall in love with, the last, for me was Harry Potter. The 13th reality is definitely the newest contender for the title. This is book one in the 13th reality series.

There’s something about children’s fiction that has a magical edge that ticks all the boxes for me and the 13th reality certainly ticks the boxes and more!

From the very first chapter I was transported into Tic’s world and found myself making excuses to ‘just read a few pages’

Tic is a character who has a real silent hero appeal about him. Slightly bullied by his peers but never made into a victim. The relationship between him and his Dad is amazing.

Throughout the story Tic receives mysterious clues in the form of letters from a quirky character named MG (Master George). Tic knows by accepting the challenge of solving these clues his life will never be the same. It’s a challenge he accepts.

The 13th reality is a fast-paced, adrenaline pumping, exciting read. With great characters that develop throughout the story. Younger readers will be able to relate to Tic and will be taken on a rollercoaster of a read!

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All about James


James Dashner was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze RunnerThe Scorch TrialsThe Death Cure, and The Kill Order. His newest series is The Mortality Doctrine: The Eye of MindsThe Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives.

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Air Guitar And Caviar by Jackie Ladbury #Q&A #Review #Giveaway #teasercoverreveal

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Busker Dylan spends his days pulling pints in the local pub and singing on the high street, waiting for fame to call. That suits him fine, until beautiful, but frosty, air stewardess, Scarlett, tosses some coins into his hat but ignores his killer smile and his offer of pizza.
He sets out to get the girl, but Scarlett isn’t in the right frame of mind to date anyone, let alone a penniless, if charming, busker boy.
Dylan’s desperate for his big break, but will it bring him the happiness he longs for? And with Scarlett’s past threatening to ruin her future, will Dylan be left to make sweet music all on his own?

My Review

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I’d like to thank Jackie Ladbury and Rachael’s random resources for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

This book had me hooked from the first chapter and can i just mention how utterly gorgeous the front cover of the book is!

Dylan is an absolute dream, Jackie conjured up his appearance, personality and background in that wonderful way that you felt as if you knew him.

Scarlett, the female main character took longer to warm to. I felt this was very in keeping with her character, it made you eventually realise as the story unfolds, why she needs to be guarded and quite distant from people.

Air guitar and caviar had the wonderful ability only some books manage where I was mentally screaming at the characters as things fell apart. I wanted to jump into the book and bang their heads together! I found myself reading faster as I neared the end because I so wanted to find out how it ended. In saying that I then had withdrawal symptoms for a few days.

This is chick lit at it’s very best, the story unfolds so naturally as do the characters. The romance element is perfect. One of the aspects i loved about the book was that it wasn’t predictable, there were times when it seemed Dylan and Scarlett would not end up together, everything that could go wrong did go wrong. By the end of the story i felt as if i was saying goodbye to friends.

Air guitar and caviar is an uplifting, racy, utterly delicious 5* read.



Hi Jackie, thank you for taking the time to answer these questions…

Can you tell us a bit about Air Guitar and Caviar and what inspired you to write it? I was an air-stewardess for most of my working life and spent the ‘dead’ hours (waiting around for passengers while sitting on the aircraft) scribbling love stories between ‘hosties’ and pilots. I was a bit in love with one particular pilot who had a girlfriend in British Airways and I knew I’d have no chance with him, but in my stories, he always fell in love with me. It was perfect! Air guitar was inspired by my realisation that when you write your own story, the ending can be whatever you want it to be. So, when I saw a busker on the street stare with longing at a beautiful Ryanair girl as she swished by, I kind of knew how he felt and thought I’m going to let him get the girl!

What made you actually sit down and think this is it, I’m going to write a novel? I first tried to write a novel about twenty years ago when I did that thing where you line up your pencil and your lucky mascot and your notebook and your glass of wine (of course) and then I thought, hmm, I’m not sure what happens next. And then I did nothing about it for about another five years and more or less the same thing happened – I really had no clue how to do it, just a lot of swirling thoughts and sketches of ideas flickering through my mind. A pilot friend at work finally bought me a notebook and said, more or less, ‘Here you go, get on with it, or shut up.’

Give us an insight into your main character. Dylan the busker, feels, to me, as if he is the main character rather than Scarlett who is the air-stewardess, and I actually had far more empathy for him, than with her. He is funny and kind and straight whereas Scarlett is prickly and aloof. But as the story progresses, it’s clear that she is troubled and wasn’t always the way she is now. I love Dylan because he is determined to see past her cool exterior and fight for her love.

If Air guitar and Caviar was made into a film, who would you like to play your main characters? I think I fashioned Dylan’s looks on a scruffy version of Simon Baker from the Mentalist, but he’s a little old to play Dylan (bless him) I actually think Harry Styles from One Direction would be a great fit, although in my mind Dylan is blond. Ryan Gosling would be good too, as I love his intensity and Dylan is very intense.

I love the cover to Air guitar and Caviar, did you have an idea in mind as to how you wanted the book to look? I took the photo of Southwold pier and was determined to have it on the cover, so the poor designer had to ponce it up a bit as she said it wasn’t the best image to use. I was very happy with the end result as I wanted a very happy looking cover with girlie stars around the aircraft.

What are your three favourite books? Apart from Air Guitar and Caviar? Okay, there’s Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Me Before You by Jo-jo Moyes and most of Anita Shreve’s books, particularly The Pilot’s Wife. I’d already had the idea of a pilot falling in love with a terrorist but had absolutely no talent to write it as well as she did. (probably still don’t- she’s a brilliant writer) Reading that book was tinged with a mixture of envy and regret.

Do you prefer to read a good old paper copy of a book or Ebook? Ebooks all the way now, as I mostly read at night time and just love the fact that, all of that keeping the pages open with one hand while trying to angle the book towards the light with the other and not waking your husband, palaver has gone. I’m still astonished when I hear readers declare that they don’t have a kindle. I can only assume they’ve never tried to read a book in bed, because, really?

Have you got plans for your next book? My next book, The Magic of Stars, will be out at the end of January. It’s been ready to go for a few months but because it wasn’t a Christmas book, it was decided that it would be better to wait until the new year to launch it. It’s the second in the Blue Skies series about an air-stewardess who propositions a stranger only to find out he’s her new boss – and a very formidable one at that. It was short-listed in a first chapter flirty fiction competition but has gone through quite a few metamorphoses before it became The Magic of Stars.

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All about Jackie

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 Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

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Beginnings by Helen J Christmas #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway



Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people.

Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life.

Their daring escape across London eventually draws them into a place of hiding before Jake’s chilling story begins to unfold. He was the one vital witness to a sinister scene leading up to the death of a British MP and now those responsible want him silenced. As two young people, thrown together by fate they develop intense feelings for each other. It does not take long for Eleanor to realise that she will do anything possible to keep Jake alive.

Their tender love bond keeps you turning the pages as they live on a knife edge, desperate to escape London. Will they outrun the deadly enemies who stalk them? Or are the people at the top more powerful than they think?

My Review

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Beginnings is the first in the same face different place five part series.

Beginnings for me was the perfect way to start 2018, i found myself being drawn to it at regular intervals! This included the middle of our shopping centre, doctors surgery and whilst waiting in a very long boring queue! My daughter looked at me in horror as i clicked on my kindle app on my phone as she disappeared into a H&M changing room. Without thinking i voiced how ”she didn’t understand, i’d left Eleanor and Jake running for their lives” she looked at me, sighed and disappeared to try on her bargain buys, whilst i devoured another chapter.

Beginnings is an exciting read, it’s full of twists and turns. There’s excitement on every page, I actually felt sick at times with anticipation.

Set in the East end of London during the 70’s Helen has captured perfectly the fear that Eleanor and Jake must have felt as they ran for their lives. Beginnings is knee deep in gangland crime, seedy politicians and dodgy policemen.

Beginnings is a truly white knuckle ride of a book with a heart warming love story weaved within its pages.

An absolute 5* review from me, I’m off to download the next four in the series… please do not disturb!

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All about Helen

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Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast of Sussex with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she started her decade spanning thriller series ‘Same Face Different Place’ in 2011. Her first book ‘Beginnings,’ set in 1970s London, combines romantic suspense with a hard-hitting conspiracy thriller. Writing is something she juggles around family and social life. Helen is self employed and enjoys running the web design company, she and her husband set up from home. They have no children but enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a fluffy white cat. Helen confesses to have got most of her ideas for writing, whilst walking Barney along the beach.

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