Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Lynda Renham Blitz

Lynda Renham Blitz

Alice Lane has everything; a wonderful fiancé, a responsible job and a lovely flat in Chelsea, but after she has a bra fitting her life goes tits up. Homeless, and with just a sparkling engagement ring as a memory of her previous life Alice accepts a live-in farm manager s job and discovers that things actually can get worse. Come with Alice as she makes her hilarious career change and struggles to cope with her moody employer, Edward. But can Alice turn her back on romance and resist the dashing Dominic or will the past come back to surprise her?

Annabel Lewis (Bels) has two days to get to her wedding in Rome but her journey is beset with one disaster after another as fate takes its turn. Will the stranger she meets on the way get her to her wedding on time or will he change her life forever? Come with Bels on her humorous romantic journey to see if she marries Mr Right or if destiny takes her in different direction.

About the Author

Lynda Renham writes romantic comedy novels and has a growing fan base. She has been likened in style to Sophie Kinsella but writes with a down-to earth humour. Lynda’s novels are popular, refreshingly witty, fast paced, and with a strong romantic theme. Lynda lives in Oxford, UK. She has appeared on BBC radio discussion programs and when not writing Lynda can usually be found wasting her time on Facebook.

"Lynda Renham is right up there with chick-lit royalty! I'm not talking princess either, for me, the Queen of Chick-lit". – Booketta Book Blog’

Author Links

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Just for Christmas - Scarlett Bailey

Just For ChristmasJust For Christmas by Scarlett Bailey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

'Her best friend's wedding...

When Alex Munro learns that the love of her life is getting married to another girl, all she wants is to be alone - and as far away from Edinburgh as possible.

Moving to a Cornish cottage, which comes complete with the world's scruffiest dog, Alex finds that her new neighbours are determined to involve her in their madcap Christmas festivities.

Then she meets her sexy neighbour Ruan - and somehow Alex doesn't want to be alone this Christmas after all. But having lost one fianc�, Ruan has no intention of letting anyone get close to him again...'

I have never read a Scarlett Bailey novel before and I am not quite sure how I have missed them! First of all I would like to say what a fabulous cover this is and it comes complete with glitter even on the spine of the book!

This story is about Alex, she lives in Scotland but is left heartbroken by her best friend who announces he is getting married and has fallen out with her dad. Mum left years ago and she doesn't have any other family, so she decides to apply for a job in Poldore, Cornwall.

Now this to me has a very personal connection, Poldore, which I quickly found out was a fictional place, however many features of the description of the place triggered my memory. My grandparents lived down in Cornwall and owned a B&B for years, I gradually discovered that Poldore was actually based on the village that my grandparents lived in. I could not believe it, and tweeted Scarlett who confirmed my suspicion! This to me then made me love the story even more as I could picture where Alex was and it bought back happy memories for me.

Anyway back to the story, Alex applied for a harbor master position in Poldore and got the job, which come along with a cottage in the village and a dog that came with the cottage ha ha! This was something Alex was not keen on, however over time in the story she came to love the dog - Bouy. This is a brilliant tale of an outsider being accepted into a village community and feeling like part of the family that the village is.

Alex moved down to Poldore in the running up to Christmas, so the book features Christmas aspects and the warmness of the villagers really get you into the Christmas spirit.

I found the book to not be a straight forward romance chick lit book, which I enjoyed as it has you guessing aspects of it and leaves a little to the imagination. This book has everything, it takes you through emotions which will have you laughing to crying. I found this an easy Christmas read which was very enjoyable. I would recommend every one to add it to their Christmas book wish list. I would like to thank the publisher for sending it to me.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Jane Lark's 12 Days of Christmas Tour

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Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Tour with Jane Lark.
After signing with publisher Harper Impulse, Jane, author of the smash-hit Marlow Intrigues series, has decided to end 2013 with a bang! She’s gathered together some of the industry’s best authors to create one enormous Christmas giveaway.
The huge prize is made up of more than 30 books, a combination of signed paperbacks and eBooks, and two gorgeous book bags. It’s the perfect early Christmas present for any bookworm and all you’ve got to do to win is feast your eyes on the details below and enter via the Rafflecopter . . .
To kick off the prizes, Jane is giving away copies of her much loved The Illicit Love of a Courtesan and its highly anticipated follow-up The Passionate Love of a Rake
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Jane's books have been a huge hit with fans, leading to an ever-increasing fan base and comments such as:
"Jane Lark has an amazing talent to draw the reader in from the first page onwards."
- CosmoChickLitan
And to celebrate her upcoming December release of NA novel I Found You, you could also win a unique rucksack.
The book is already causing excitement among readers and looks set to be the must-read NA of 2014.
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But that's not all folks! As if Jane's books weren't enough, check out the other amazing books included in the prize pot, you're sure to find one or two of your fav authors getting involved . . .
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Entry to Jane Lark's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway extravaganza is easy, just follow the authors on Facebook or Twitter, plus maybe give the comp a shout-out tweet (or two) all via the Rafflecopter below and you're golden. But don't forget to keep your fingers crossed too!
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Please take a moment to read through the giveaway terms and conditions:
This is an international giveaway.
Signed paperbacks are to be sent from the authors themselves. Jane Lark, BestChickLit and/or any authors involved accept no responsibility for delivery failures. The winner must be open to accepting eBooks in any format i.e. Kindle copies and via iTunes voucher, from different sources. In the event of .mobi copies, the winner must have an Amazon Kindle account and be prepared to add selected addresses as approved emails on their Personal Document settings.
Some of the books involved in the giveaway contain adult and sexual content and this should be taken into consideration before reading. Jane Lark, BestChickLit, Harper Impulse and any of the participating authors are free to amend any of the giveaway details at any time.
Good luck!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Christmas Cracker Tag

I have been tagged by @shoefiend1984 to answer her Christmas Crackers. Thank you so much for tagging me! I am looking forward to answering the questions you have set!

1. Pick a book with a winter's cover

Scarlett's book has to be a winner for me. It is beautiful, it has sparkly glitter added to the front and even the spine of the book. It just screams out to me winter and Christmas. Who wouldn't want snow at Christmas and on a winter cover?

2. Pick a book you're likely to buy as a present. 

I personally think everyone should read this amazing book, once in their life! Make sure you do it before you watch the film too!

3. Pick a festive themed book.

This has to be the best themed book I have read this year! It is perfect, everything about Christmas is in this book! It is like opening a box of chocolates, it makes you feel all gooey inside. The perfect Christmas read!

4. Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace. 

This book when I read it made me feel really cosy and warm. I felt like I could relate to the book as I had just moved into a new home too. This gave me warm and fuzzy feeling inside and I imagined myself curling up in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate while reading this book. 

5. Pick a book you want to read over the festive season.

I cannot believe that this is still a book that I have not read! This is going straight to the top of my to read list!!!

6. Pick a book that is so good it gives you chills 

This was an amazing thriller, this was my first experience of Linwood Barclay and it will certainly not be the last! This really had my pulse racing and I could not put it down! This is one to read!!!!

7. Pick a book that is going on your Christmas wish list. 

I cannot believe I do a. not have a copy of this and b. not got round to reading it! This is straight at the top of my Christmas list this year, I have heard so many good things about it I just can't wait!!

Ok, it's tagging time! I tag:

Laura @Midnightstar3 

Ceri   @welshy72

Emma  @EmmaLouAuthor

Janet   @JanetEmson

Friday, 6 December 2013

eBooks of the year - Sainsbury's - chance to win hundreds of eBooks!

eBooks by Sainsbury’s launches search for the nation’s favourite eBook of 2013

voters will get the chance to win the complete long list of over 150 eBooks

3 December 2013 - eBooks by Sainsbury’s has launched a nationwide search for the favourite eBook of 2013. The winning title will be chosen by the public from a long list of more than 150 titles published today on the eBooks by Sainsbury’s website.

Selected to represent the breadth, diversity and quality of British book publishing, the eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year 2013 long list includes everything from popular crime and romance to the latest books by leading lights of the literary world, all available to download at competitive prices. Whether their favourite read of the past year was Eleanor Catton’s Booker Prize winning The Luminaries or the runaway word-of-mouth hit that was Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, readers will find something to suit every taste in eBooks by Sainsbury’s selection, and earn extra Nectar points on every eBook they download.

Public voting is open now on To get involved all readers have to do is visit the eBooks of the Year web page, and create an account in just a few clicks. They then choose their favourite title from the list and vote by pressing the ‘recommend’ button on each book’s web page. The public poll will remain open throughout December with the winner announced at the end of the year.

One lucky voter for the eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year award will also receive an extra special Christmas present, as all participants will be entered into a prize draw to win a copy of every single title on the eBooks of the Year long list. A whole year’s worth of reading for even the most dedicated bookworm, it will give the winner more than 150 books to enjoy on their smartphone, tablet or e-reader.

Highlights from the long list include some of the year’s biggest hits in literary fiction, from Kate Atkinson to Maggie O’Farrell and Jim Crace, whilst Dawn French, Kate Mosse and Dorothy Koomson are the top names from the popular fiction genre. No list would be complete without the titles that have dominated the headlines over the past twelve months, including J.K. Rowling’s critically acclaimed foray into crime fiction as Robert Galbraith The Cuckoo’s Calling and the long awaited third instalment of everyone’s favourite singleton’s diaries Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy.

Tim Lennox, Managing Director at eBooks by Sainsbury’s commented: “Our long list represents what has been a hugely successful and surprising year in books. For example, casting our minds back to the beginning of 2013, who would have thought J K Rowling would try her hand so successfully at crime fiction, or that a 28 year old would triumph at The Booker Prize with an 832 page long novel about gold prospecting in New Zealand? We think our list fully represents the diverse and discerning reading tastes of the British public, and can’t wait to discover which of these wonderful books takes the title of eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year.”

Highlights from eBooks by Sainsbury’s eBooks of the Year long list include:

Literary fiction:

-          Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore (Simon & Schuster UK)

-          Harvest by Jim Crace (Pan Macmillan)

-          Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell (Headline)

-          The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier (HarperCollins Publishers)

-          Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Random House)

-          The Luminaries by Eleanor Gatton (Granta Publications)

Popular fiction:

-          One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins Publishers)

-          Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer (Pan Macmillan)

-          Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger (HarperCollins Publishers)

-          Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding (Random House)

Science Fiction and Fantasy:

-          Shift by Hugh Howey (Random House)

-          The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M. Banks (Little, Brown Book Group)                          

Historical fiction:

-          1356 by Bernard Cornwell (HarperCollins Publishers)

-          Emperor: the Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden (HarperCollins Publishers)

-          Arena by Simon Scarrow (Headline)


-          Will You Love Me by Cathy Glass (HarperCollins Publishers)         

-          Autobiography by Morrissey (Penguin Books Ltd)

Crime & thrillers:

-          Inferno by Dan Brown (Random House)

-          The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (HarperCollins Publishers)

-          Dead Man's Time by Peter James (Pan Macmillan)

-          The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison (Headline)

-          The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (Little, Brown Book Group)

-          Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Orion)

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The Evil Beneath - A.J. Waines

The Evil BeneathThe Evil Beneath by A.J. Waines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

'There's a body in the water - and she's wearing your clothes...

Impulsive and intrepid psychotherapist, Juliet Grey, can’t resist responding to an anonymous text message telling her to go to Hammersmith Bridge at dawn. 

But it isn’t simply the dead body in the water that disturbs her, it’s the way something uniquely personal to Juliet has been left on the corpse. 

Another obscure message - another London bridge - and Juliet finds herself caught up with a serial killer, who leaves personal mementos instead of collecting trophies. Teaming up with local detective, DCI Brad Madison, Juliet strives to find out why she has been targeted and how it’s connected to the accident that killed her brother, nineteen years ago. 

Can Juliet use her knowledge of the human psyche to get inside the mind of the killer, before another body is found under a bridge? And how long before Juliet herself becomes the next target?'

When Alison contacted me and offered me her book to review, I thought it sounded like something I would enjoy.

This book is written in the first person by the main character Juliet, she is a psychotherapist and works at an abortion clinic as well as a freelancer. She has been living in London a while when women are suddenly discovered murdered and for some reason they have a link with her. Meanwhile Juliet is struggling with her own life, something in her past with her brother is not right, and Juliet won't stop until she finds out the truth.

I thought the story was very good and everything came together well towards the end. I felt that at parts during the book it seemed there was a bit of repetition, with thoughts and going over things that had previously happened. I understand why the author has done this as to help create tension in the book. I found it a very easy book to get into and once I began reading it I quickly found myself immersed in the book.

I found it a good thriller and did not suspect the killer at all, I thought that this was kept hidden from the reader until the perfect time. My mind did play tricks on me, when I was trying to guess who the killer was, but not once did I make the connection. I think this is an excellent debut novel by Alison and after her great first novel, I would certainly be keen to read future novels by her.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves crime and thriller books. I would like to thank the author for sending me this copy to review.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Secret Letters - Leah Scheier

Secret LettersSecret Letters by Leah Scheier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'Inquisitive and observant, Dora dreams of escaping her aristocratic country life to solve mysteries alongside Sherlock Holmes. So when she learns that the legendary detective might be her biological father, Dora jumps on the opportunity to travel to London and enlist his help in solving the mystery of her cousin's ransomed love letters. But Dora arrives in London to devastating news: Sherlock Holmes is dead. Her dreams dashed, Dora is left to rely on her wits-and the assistance of an attractive yet enigmatic young detective-to save her cousin's reputation and help rescue a kidnapped heiress along the way. 

Steeped in Victorian atmosphere and intrigue, this gripping novel heralds the arrival of a fresh new voice in young adult literature.'

Beautifully written and seeming to capture the Victorian atmosphere and intrigue from the very first page this novel had me hooked immediately.

The story is essentially about a young girl, Dora, who travels to London with her cousin Adelaide to try and find out who is threatening Adelaide’s reputation and recover some secret letters. However Dora has her own secret that she is the illegitimate daughter of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and she is determined to finally meet him at last. Unfortunately things don’t exactly go to plan for Dora as at the time she is travelling to London Sherlock Holmes has been killed by his nemesis Moriarty and she never does get to meet him.

Dora has already shown traits of her father’s extraordinary detective qualities and has a nose for solving mysteries, she is of course saddened that she will never meet her father and keeps the secret of their relationship from everyone but she can’t hide her passion and her skill for mysteries. Adelaide is distraught that they not find who has her letters and is worried that the blackmailer may reveal them to her husband. Dora meets a young apprentice named Peter Cartwright who works for another detective in London and Adelaide requests his help in finding her blackmailer. Dora finds herself pulled into the case which also connects to the case of a missing Lords’ daughter.

The author captured the essence of Dora whose deductive skills are very worthy of a daughter of the famous Sherlock Holmes; her dogged determination and unshakeable resilience make this such a good read, she is confident but also willing to listen and learn from others including the very enigmatic Peter. The chemistry and energy between the characters adds to the possible love interest between them and hints at hopefully a few sequels to come.

Cleverly written but perhaps lacking a little in historical scene setting, I was not immediately transported to Victorian London through ambience but nevertheless the book was credible and enjoyable.

I hope that Leah Scheier writes a sequel or two on this every interesting and likeable character, I would like to see how the relationship develops between her and Peter and of course love to see the situations that she manages to find herself in during the course of solving yet more mysteries. It might be interesting if she and Peter were to set up their own detective agency or perhaps if they were to work with Dr Watson to avenge her fathers’ death.

Overall I would rate this book 4 stars; just lacking a little more historical references and scene setting for me but very enjoyable.

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this copy.

Monday, 2 December 2013

In a New York Minute - Eleanor Moran Guest Review

I would like to welcome Emma Louise to my blog for a guest review:


Amy is on a film set in New York, trying very hard to wrap the advertisement she's filming in time to catch the last flight home for Christmas. But the actors are squabbling, the star of the piece, a cat, won't play ball and, truthfully, Amy's heart isn't in it anyway – she'd escaped to the Big Apple to try to forget her broken heart. But as snow begins to fall on Christmas Eve, someone on set with Amy makes her realise fairytales really do happen in New York.


I've heard quite a lot about this Christmas short story so when I noticed that it was free to download on Kindle, I instantly grabbed myself a couple.

I have a tendency not to look at blurbs any more because I find that some of them give away the narrative before you've even purchased the book. After finishing reading In A New York Minute, I wished I had read the blurb because I found the story to be a little bit disjointed and I had no idea whether they were shooting an advert or a set of photographs. 

I found that the main character Amy didn't ooze with personality and she didn't really get a chance because the narrative felt rushed. One minute she was in the studio, the next in a shop, then back to the studio, then in a flashback and then in an airport. I felt like I'd been thrown left, right and centre. 

I did enjoy the flashbacks to her previous relationship - that would make a fantastic novel. 

You can find the author on Twitter: @eleanorkmoran 

I'm also on there: @EmmaLouAuthor