The Guernsey Novels – Guernsey Retreat by Anne Allen #BlogTour #Review #Giveaway

Synopsis

Anne Allen’s fascinating book series, The Guernsey Novels, comprises six standalone novels.

All the stories in her novel series, take place predominantly on the island of Guernsey and

are linked by characters popping up from one book to another.

They provide an ongoing story of a ‘village’ spread, so far, over 6 years. Each book is

standalone with fresh new lead characters with their own links to the German Occupation

during World War 2, having an impact on the present.

The Guernsey Novels are a mix of mystery, family drama, and love story and influenced by

the author’s love of the island where she spent many happy years. Guernsey itself is always a

main character in the books, offering a gorgeous backdrop to all the sorrows, joys and

tragedies she describes.

The Guernsey Novels are available from all leading bookstores:

My Review

I’d like to thank Anne Allen and The Globeflower Agency for including me in this Blogtour.

Guernsey Retreat is the third book in the Guernsey Novel series. This can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Anne paints a beautiful picture of Guernsey, her descriptions transport you there. I felt like I knew the island without ever being there.

Guernsey Retreat is a story of hidden secrets, family and relationships.

At the heart of the story are Malcolm and Louisa, Father and Daughter who have never met. It was a joy to see their relationship develop throughout the story. Guernsey Retreat is a real family saga and one that will engage you to the end. The characters are very likeable and easy to relate to. There is an air of mystery entwined within the story that captivated me.

A great read, perfect for the fast approaching Summer season!

Where to buy The Guernsey Novels

Book one – Dangerous Waters

Book Two – Finding Mother

Book Three – Guernsey Retreat

Book Four – The Family Divided

Book Five – Echoes Of Time

Book Six – The Betrayal

All About Anne

Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. She was born in Rugby, to an English mother and Welsh father. As a result she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learnt to

love the sea.

Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent

returns.

By profession Anne was a psychotherapist but has long had creative ‘itches’, learning to mosaic, paint furniture, interior design and sculpt.

At the back of her mind the itch to write was always present but seemed too time-consuming for a single mum with a need to earn a living. Now retired from the ‘day job’, there’s more time to write and Anne has now published six books in The Guernsey Novels series. She will be publishing her seventh novel later in the year.

Where To Find Anne

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Separated From The Sea by Amanda Huggins #BlogTour #Review

Synopsis

Separated From the Sea is the debut short story collection from award-winning author, Amanda Huggins.

Crossing oceans from Japan to New York and from England to Havana, these stories are filled with a sense of yearning, of loss, of not quite belonging, of not being sure that things are what you thought they were. They are stories imbued with pathos and irony, humour and hope.

Evie meets a past love but he’s not the person she thinks he is; a visit to the most romantic city in the world reveals the truth about an affair; Satseko discovers an attentive neighbour is much more than that; Eleanor’s journey on the London Underground doesn’t take her where she thought it would.

My Review

I’d like to thank Anne Cater and Amanda Huggins for including me on this blog tour.

Separated from the sea is a collection of short stories, some are short and sweet, others are slightly longer but all are written in Amanda’s gentle almost poetic writing style.

Every story is entirely different and takes you on a stroll through varied climates.

Sometimes melancholy but always thought provoking and deep.

A beautiful collection of stories to dip in and out of at leisure.

All About Amanda

Mandy Huggins’s work has been published in anthologies, travel guides, text books, and literary magazines, as well as in The Guardian, The Telegraph, Reader’s Digest, Take a Break’s Fiction Feast, Traveller, Mslexia, Wanderlust, and Writers’ Forum.

Her travel writing has won several awards, including the British Guild of Travel Writers New Travel Writer Award in 2014, and her short stories are regularly placed and shortlisted in competitions, including Bare Fiction, Fish, InkTears, Cinnamon Press and Retreat West.

A selection of her short fiction is showcased in the InkTears anthology, Death of a Superhero, and her first collection of flash fiction, Brightly Coloured Horses (Chapeltown Books), is now available on Kindle and in paperback.

Mandy’s first full length short story collection, Separated From The Sea, will be published by Retreat West Books in June 2018.

Where To Find Amanda

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All About Retreat West Books

Retreat West Books is an independent press publishing paperback books and ebooks.

Founder, Amanda Saint, is a novelist and short story writer. She’s also a features journalist writing about environmental sustainability and climate change. So all Retreat West Books publications take advantage of digital technology advances and are print-on-demand, in order to make best use of the world’s finite resources.

Retreat West Books is an arm of Amanda’s creative writing business, Retreat West, through which she runs fiction writing retreats, courses and competitions and provides editorial services.

Initially started to publish the anthologies of winning stories in the Retreat West competitions, Retreat West Books is now open for submissions for short story collections, novels and memoirs. Submission info can be found here.

The Letter-Kitty’s Story by Eliza J Scott #CoverReveal

I’m delighted to be on the cover reveal today for the very gorgeous The Letter-Kitty’s Story by Eliza J Scott.

Here it is …

Publication Date – 29th June 2018

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Eliza J Scott for including me in this cover reveal.

Synopsis

Life is anything but peaceful in the chocolate-box pretty village of Lytell Stangdale, where life unravels, and hearts are broken. Full of heart-warming moments, this book with have you crying tears of joy, laughter and sadness.

Thirty-four-year-old Kitty Bennett is trapped in a loveless marriage to criminal barrister, Dan, who’s gradually isolated her from her family and friends. Until the day she (literally) bumps into her first love, the handsome and easy-going Ollie Cartwright – someone she’s done her best to avoid for as long as she can remember. Looking into Ollie’s eyes awakens feelings for him she thought she’d buried deep years ago, and he clearly feels the spark, too. As she walks away, Kitty can’t help but wonder what might have been…

Dan senses that his marriage is on shaky ground and knows he needs to win his wife round. He turns on the charm, skilfully using their two children, Lucas and Lily, as bargaining tools. But Kitty’s older brother, Jimby, and her childhood best-friends, Molly and Violet, have decided enough is enough. For years they’ve had to watch from afar as Kitty’s been browbeaten into an unrecognisable version of herself. They vow to make her see Dan for what he really is, but their attempts are no match for his finely-honed courtroom skills and, against her better judgement, Kitty agrees to give her husband one last chance. But, all-too-soon, a series of heart-breaking events and a shocking secret throw her life into turmoil…

Will Kitty stand by Dan, or will she be brave enough to take the leap and follow her heart to Ollie?

All About Eliza

I live in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with my husband, two daughters and two black Labradors. When I’m not writing, I can usually be found with my nose in a book/glued to my Kindle, or in my garden. I also enjoy bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off with a visit to a teashop where I can indulge in another two of my favourite things: tea and cake.

Where To Find Eliza

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The Old You by Louise Voss #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Nail-bitingly modern domestic noir

A tense, Hitchcockian psychological thriller

Louise Voss returns with her darkest, most chilling, novel yet…

Lynn Naismith gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, others, long buried, begin to surface … and Lynn’s perfect world begins to crumble.

But is it Ed’s mind playing tricks, or hers…?

My Review

I’d like to thank Anne Cater, Louise Voss and Orenda books for including me in this fab blogtour.

The Old You is a modern, nail biting thrill of a read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is the first book I’ve read by Louise and I’ve very quickly added her other books to my TBR pile.

The Old You is like peeling an onion and finding an orange, then peeling further and finding a lemon! It starts as a very candid story of someone with early stages of picks which is a form of dementia. Or so you think! The story takes a gradual chilling turn. I literally could not put this book down.

The characters were very believable and down to earth, and the story is so clever that i can guarantee it will have you thinking about it long after you’ve finished it.

The climax to the story had me on the edge of my seat and my heart racing.

Thank you Louise and Orenda books for an absolute gem of a book.

A 5* plus review from me!

All About Louise

Over her eighteen-year writing career, Louise Voss has had books out via pretty much every publishing model there is, from deals with major traditional publishing houses (Transworld and Harper Collins), to digital-only (the Amazon-owned Thomas & Mercer) and self-publishing – she and co-author Mark Edwards were the first UK indie-published authors to hit the No. 1 spot on Amazon back in 2011. She has had eleven novels published in total, five solo and six co-written, a combination of psychological thrillers, police procedurals and contemporary fiction. Louise has an MA(Dist) in Creative Writing and also works as a literary consultant and mentor for writers at http://www.thewritingcoach.co.uk. She lives in South-West London and is a proud member of two female crime-writing collectives, The Slice Girls and Killer Women.

Where To Find Louise

Twitter

Amazon Authors Page

The TV Detective by Simon Hall #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Dan Groves is a television reporter newly assigned to the crime beat and not at all happy about it.

Dan knows next nothing about police work or how to report on it so when he persuades Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen to allow him to shadow a high-profile murder inquiry it seems like the perfect solution though it soon becomes clear some members of the police force have no intention of playing nice with the new boy.

With his first case Dan is dropped in at the deep-end. A man is killed in a lay-by with a blast through the heart from a shotgun. The victim is a notorious local businessman, Edward Bray, a man with so many enemies there are almost too many suspects for the police to eliminate.

As tensions rise between Dan and the police he comes close to being thrown off the case until the detectives realise that far from being a liability, Dan might actually be the key to tempting the murderer into a trap.

The TV Detective is the first book in a classic crime series from Simon Hall, who until recently was the BBC Crime Correspondent for the Devon and Cornwall area.

My Review

I’d like to thank Emma Walton of Damp Pebbles and Simon Hall for including me in this blog tour.

Since becoming a regular blogger my love for crime/thriller reads has increased immensely. This is mainly because I’ve had the privilege to review such amazing books in this genre.

The TV Detective is one of these amazing books. I particularly loved it because it’s not your usual Detective/police officer crime book. Dan, the main character is a journalist. A journalist that reports on environmental issues, he loves walking in the countryside, staying in quaint villages and being a voice for the like of fishermen and people who care about the environment. A stark contrast to the harsh reality of crime reporting!

So when Dan’s job role changes to crime reporting it’s a slight shock to the system! Dan is given the role of shadowing Detective chief inspector Adam Breen. Rather than sinking as he and the rest of the police force predict, he’s actually a natural and becomes a major part of the team.

The banter between Dan and Adam is comedy gold and it was great to see their partnership develop. Add in the murder enquiry this makes for a fab, never a dull moment read.

There are seven books in The TV Detective series, I’m definitely going to be downloading the other six for my Summer hols!

All About Simon

About Simon Hall:

Simon Hall is an author and journalist.

He has been a broadcaster for twenty five years, mostly as a BBC Television and Radio News Correspondent, covering some of the biggest stories Britain has seen.

His books – the tvdetective series – are about a television reporter who covers crimes and gets so involved in the cases he helps the police to solve them. Seven have been published.

Simon has also contributed articles and short stories to a range of newspapers and magazines, written plays, and even a pantomime.

Alongside his novels and stories, Simon is a tutor in media skills and creative writing, teaching at popular Writers’ Summer Schools such as Swanwick and Winchester, on cruise ships and overseas.

Simon has also become sought after as a speaker, appearing at a variety of prestigious literary festivals. His talks combine an insight into his writing work, along with some extraordinary anecdotes from the life of a television reporter, including the now notorious story of What to do when you really need a dead otter.

Now 49 years old, he began a broadcasting career as a DJ on the radio and in nightclubs, then moved into radio and TV news. He worked in Europe, London, Ireland, and the south west of England, before settling in Cambridge.

Simon is married to Jess, Director of Libraries at the University of Cambridge, and has an adopted daughter, Niamh. She’s an army officer, which makes her father both very proud and very nervous.

Simon lectures on careers in the media at Cambridge University, and in schools and colleges. Amongst his proudest achievements, he includes the number of young people he has helped into jobs in broadcasting, and aspiring writers into publication.

As for his likes, Simon lists beer – he judges at real ale festivals – cycling the countryside, solving cryptic crosswords, composing curious Tweets (find him @thetvdetective ) and studying pop lyrics.

Where To Find Simon

Website

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Author’s Amazon Page

The Forever Night Stand by Bena Roberts #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

A two hour romance which starts with drama and mayhem!

Sara has her back up against the wall. She is recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy and at her own “cancer free” party, she makes a decision that will change her life forever.

The adventure begins when she leaves her posh lifestyle in Scotland and moves in with her Bollywood loving parents, in West London. Her parents are tragically ashamed of Sara’s actions and her electronic monitor. She decides to make them happy again and considers re-marrying.

Enter Raj, a possible hero who comes with the promise of a huge Indian wedding in Goa!

George, the childhood love of her life who seems to be hanging around every corner. Or should she just go back to her husband? Sara faces the biggest dilemma of her life, after making the colossal mistake of her life. What will she do and whom will she choose?

My Review

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Bena Roberts for including me in this blogtour.

Since reading Six Tinder Weeks by Bena I’ve become a firm fan, The Forever Night Stand didn’t disappoint.

I really enjoy Bena’s quirky writing style and subject matter.

The Forever Night Stand covers Cancer, attempted murder, mental health and romance, believe it or not. Even though these are big and sometimes controversial subject matters Bena still manages to weave humour amongst the pages.

Sara is a complex character, as are most of the characters in this delightful novella.

If you haven’t read a Bena Roberts novel before you’re in for a treat!

Buy The Forever Night Stand Here …

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Where To Find Bena

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All About Bena

Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title novelist and romance adventurist. She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997.

Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as ‘home.’

Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was ‘top 50 most influential woman in mobile.’ Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog.

Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey.

Bena’s favorite literary style is black humor, and she hopes to offer a unique voice in this area. Her books aim to confront the darkest of life experiences, with levity. Most of her writing is heavy hitting yet also entertaining.

An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson #Coverreveal

I am so lucky to be on the cover reveal for the very gorgeous An Artisan Lovestyle, drum roll please …

What a stunning cover it is! Here’s a little about An Artisan Lovestyle…

Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree

to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December

to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of

finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

Pre-Order An Artisan Lovestyle Here

All About Kiltie

Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland,
This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life.

When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then,
after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are
finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband.
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having
plenty of moggies, there are no towers!

The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the
condition they keep paying the mortgage!

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles.
She really dislikes going to the gym!

Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job
and write her stories for a living.

Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won

a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017.

She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved
it as she didn’t think it was very good.

In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun
her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished

manuscript and finally finish what she had started.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing.
‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series.

Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series)
in the Summer of 2018.

She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a
fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and
the ideas still keep on coming.

Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

Where To Find Kiltie

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