Book Tour: 37 Hours by J.F Kirwan – Review

Blurb

After two long years spent in a secret British prison, Nadia Laksheva is suddenly granted her freedom. Yet there is a dangerous price to pay for her release: she must retrieve the Russian nuclear warhead stolen by her deadliest enemy, a powerful and ruthless terrorist known only as The Client.

But her mysterious nemesis is always one step ahead and the clock is ticking. In 37 hours, the warhead will explode, reducing the city of London to a pile of ash. Only this time, Nadia is prepared to pull the trigger at any cost…

The deadly trail will take her from crowded Moscow to the silent streets of Chernobyl, but will Nadia find what she is looking for before the clock hits zero?
Review

This is the first book I have read by J.F Kirwan. The book previous to this is called 66 Hours  which I havent read and will pick up.

37 Hours was jam packed full of tension, action and interest. The main character Nadia is a kick ass female who has vulnerabilities which make her real. The other characters that feature in the book are equally as intriguing and easy to follow. 

The content of the book can be quite graphic in places so that is something that some may or may not find a problem, I certainly didn’t and found it added to the overall atmosphere of the book.

Overall I enjoyed this and will pick up the first book in the series. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

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Hey! Today I have the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag. I wasn’t tagged for this but I’ve been wanting to do it for a while now.

1) Best books you’ve read so far in 2017?

This may take a while as I’ve read over 50 books so far this year. I have to say Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones is up there, along with Alice: The Wanderland Chronicles by Julie Sullivan, The Path Keeper by Natali Simmonds. There are more but too many to list.

2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo and Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

3) New release you haven’t read yet but want to?

Our Dark Duet by V.E Schwab

4) Most anticipated release in the 2nd half of the year?

Tower Of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. Throne of Glass is one of my all time favourite series.

5) Biggest disappointment

Oh now, this is a hard one. I would have to say A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I had a difficult start to the series and didn’t overly enjoy the 1st book, the 2nd however, changed everything and I really enjoyed it. I had such high expectations for the 3rd book and while it was good I don’t feel it was as good as th 2nd book.

6) Biggest surprise

There are a few in this category as well. I’m not usually a fan of soppy romances but some that I have read for review have had me really surprised at just hw much I have enjoyed them. The Queen of New Beginnings by Therese Lorskar is one in particular.

7) Fav new author

8) Fav new crush

S. Jae-Jones, for bringing a warm magic back into my life with Wintersong.

9) Fav new characters

The Goblin-King from Wintersong, Rowan from Heir of Fire, Calaena as Aelin from Heir of Fire.

10) Book that made you cry

Crooked Kingdom made me cry like a baby, I am still not over it.

11) Book that made you happy

A Court of Wings and Ruin, for not killing Rhysand.

12) Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year

Wintersong by S Jae-Jones and Caraval by Stephanie Gaber

13) What books do you need to read before the end of the year

Way too many. Between reviewing and beta reading I rarely get the chance to read for myself so my tbr pile is currently huge. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the Throne of Glass series, Our Dark Duet, Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent and Wicked Lovely by Marissa Marr.

I am tagging;

Debbie at My Eclectic Reads

Sass at Thinking Out Loud – Sassy Style

Sarah at Be Your Own Example

Kimberley at Oh Just My Little Blog

Debbie at My Random Musings

Whitney at Whitterzzm on Instagram

Rosie at Magic Birds and Sometimes Words

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

 

Bookish Buys…

Very recently I discovered an amazing store on Etsy which is based in the UK. Now, we have  a fair few candle sellers but for much else bookish I usually have to look abroad, particularly the U.S which can be costly with shipping and custom fees. 

To say I was overjoyed to find this new UK store was an understatement. I impulse ordered everything I just had to have right then. 

The store is called Fable And Black and it arrived quickly via 1st class shipping.

I bought the ACO cup with the best quote of the series, a bag from the same series and two badges from that series and Six of Crows. 

Not only is it all pretty but the quality is second to non, I was really pleasantly surprised. 

Clearly this will not be my only order from here, I’m sure I will make many more purchases and most of my Christmas wishlist will contain things from here too.

I also purchased a beautiful Alice charm bracelet from the store Whitterzzm who has recently opened. I know Whitney through my book boxes and she is part of my PR team. I was more than happy to be one of the first to purchase from her. The bracelet is amazing! And sooo pretty. 

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: The Queen of New Beginnings by Therese Loreskar

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Today I have a blog tour for you for the novel The Queen of New Beginnings by Therese Loreskar.

Blurb

Kajsa lives in a large house in Stockholm along with her three children and their dog. Since coming clean about lying on her popular blog she no longer has any work. Not only that but she has kicked her husband out because of his sex addiction.

 While her husband is in rehab trying to fix his little problem, Kajsa’s mother in law is thrown out of her retirement home and comes to live with her daughter in law.

 Then Kajsa receives an unexpected offer to move to a fashionable part of London. But having to look after her mother in law makes life complicated.  

 Can Kajsa rid herself of her baggage and make a fresh start with her children in England?

 This laugh-out-loud comedy looks at the daily struggles we all face with our families and asks if starting again is ever really possible. 

Review

The Queen of New Beginnings is the second book in a series, the first The Queen of Blogging I have not read. I still enjoyed this book and I didn’t really need to read the first but it would have given me much more insight into Kajsa and her situation.

Despite the lack of background the book fills you in on the basics of everything you need to know. I really enjoyed reading about it. It took less than 24 hours to read this as it was such an easy read. You felt sorry for poor Kajsa who doesn’t seem to get a break and ends up forced into situations where she has little to no control. 

Even her happy ending doesn’t particularly go to plan and there are more bumps in the road. There are some funny and sweet moments and I just thought it was a delightfully easy book to read that was well written with interesting characters.

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and I’ll definitely be catching up with the 1st book.

Author Bio

Therese Loreskär started her carrier in 2010 as a Swedish author. She self-published her first novel which was very well received and quickly sold out!

In 2014 she signed up to a publishing house. Her novel called “The Queen of Blogging” was released and the feedback was overwhelming! People referred to the book as a modern “Bridget Jones” and couldn’t get enough of the main character, Kajsa. The next book “The Queen of Blogging 2” was released shortly after to all the reader’s delight.

Therese has since then published 4 bestselling children’s books as well. She often does tours at different schools and talks about her books. The children love her visits and Therese always enjoys talking to her little readers.

“The Queen of Blogging 1 & 2” have also been recorded and launched as audiobooks in addition to paper backs in Sweden. Her biggest dream is to have “The Queen of Blogging series” made into films, and she secretly keeps a list in an old drawer of presumptive actors that would do the characters in her books justice.

Her never-ending energy for writing and entertaining people with her characters is her biggest trait.

Therese lives in the countryside along the west coast of Sweden. She has a rather big and busy household, with (one) husband, two children, one deaf cat, five hamsters and a grandmother.

When she’s not busy making up stories and writing silly things, she enjoys the nature, people, history, redecorating the house without asking anyone for permission, and all other kinds of creativity.

You can purchase the book here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-louise x

Book Tour: Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett

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Today I have a review for the book Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett.

Blurb

A second chance by the sea?
When Kiki Jackson’s marriage falls to pieces, there’s only one place that she knows she can escape to – her sister’s little guesthouse in Butterfly Cove.

But she’s worried that turning up on bride-to-be Mia’s doorstep, especially with her two adorable children in tow, will spoil her sister’s imminent wedding plans!

Luckily, handsome neighbour Aaron Spenser offers to share his new cottage with Kiki until she’s back on her feet. And as the wedding draws closer, Kiki realises that Butterfly Cove may be offering her little family more than just a new home…

Maybe this is where her new life begins…?

An uplifting and heartwarming read, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd

Review

Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove is the 2nd in a series. I have not read the first and it doesn’t effect the story at all. If you want to find out more about Mia and Daniel then I would recommend you do read this one, I will pick it up when I have a spare minute:)

The book opens with Kiki and we get a glimpse into her life with the children and her husband, who as it turns out is a bit of an arse (understatement of the century). As the book continues we get introduced to an array of bright, funny and great characters that completely revolutionalise Kiki’s life. We also see character development with how Kiki responds to situations from the beginning to the end of the book.

The story itself is uplifting and interesting. There are many aspects to keep you wondering what will happen and even though it has the ending you want, it doesn’t particularly reveal itself in how that will happen. I am not usually a big fan of soppy romances but this manages to be enjoyable, light and not too cheesy and predictable.

I would recommed this book for a light summer read for those who need a little love in their lives.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Author Bio

 Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

 

Author Links

Facebook – www.facebook.com/SarahBennettAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Sarahlou_writes

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Bennett/e/B01N6J6ZE1

Buy Links

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wedding-Bells-Butterfly-Cove-Book-ebook/dp/B01MS885PW

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Wedding-Bells-Butterfly-Cove-Book-ebook/dp/B01MS885PW

Amazon CA   https://www.amazon.ca/Wedding-Bells-Butterfly-Cove-Book-ebook/dp/B01MS885PW

Amazon AU  https://www.amazon.com.au/Wedding-Bells-Butterfly-Cove-Book-ebook/dp/B01MS885PW

Kobo UK  https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/wedding-bells-at-butterfly-cove-butterfly-cove-book-2

Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wedding-bells-at-butterfly-cove-sarah-bennett/1125488370

iBooks https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/wedding-bells-at-butterfly-cove-butterfly-cove-book-2/id1203772409?mt=11

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Book Tour: Transition by Jo Huey [Excerpt]

 

Book Excerpt.pngToday I have an excerpt for you for the book Transition by Jo Huey.

Blurb

An autobiography of Jo’s life from the trauma and unpredictability of living in an alcoholic home, through self-development transformation to the more content, happy and successful business woman she is today.

Jo shares her many insights into alcoholism and the effects on the family. An honest and brutal account of Jo’s experience with her father’s addiction to alcohol, she shares the highs and lows of life with an absent father and busy mother.

After life hit an all-time low in adulthood she decided to turn her life around and start a journey of self-discovery. Jo transformed herself through therapy, self-help books, groups, events and more which she shares in the book.

If you have experienced the challenges of living with someone’s drinking, then you’ll relate to Jo’s experience and feel the connection with her story.

If you are interested in an inspirational and motivational story, then you won’t be disappointed. Within the book, Jo shares several techniques you’ll be able to learn and use in your life if you really want the change you seek.

Jo Huey is an inspirational & motivational speaker, coach and author.

Jo gets up every morning wanting to help those with experiences like hers, those affected by someone’s drinking. She connects the dots to form a new picture using practical tools & techniques with the aim that they would genuinely feel better about themselves and live a calmer and chaos free life.

Excerpt

Living in such an unpredictable environment made it necessary for Daisy and me to be independent and know the practical things, because we ended up having to support Mum every day. My dad was not present in more ways than one. That meant we had to be responsible at an early age and help around the house and do chores.

Mum wasn’t the strongest of characters and struggled to stand up to my dad because he was quite intimidating, I didn’t really understand at the time why she wouldn’t speak up and felt very let down by her. I needed her to protect me and stand up to my dad when I wanted to go to a school event or have friends over, but she didn’t feel comfortable doing it a lot of the time so we ended up missing out on things.

A lot of the time Mum was very busy managing the house, students, working and raising Daisy and I so time was a limited resource to her. I really felt deprived of attention because Dad wasn’t there and Mum was too busy. I understand that she had a lot on her plate but at the time I just wanted her to be available more.

Because of some of the situations that occurred at home I felt that as a parent my mum was the one to fight my corner as it were, unfortunately this wasn’t something she found very easy to do. I’m a strong person and have really struggled to get my head around this. I have a whole lot of expectation and morals about how a parent should behave and treat their children and I guess that is very idealistic and we are all imperfect.

With my feelings of anger, sadness and hurt I punished my mum for most of my life. I think a lot of these emotions were misdirected at her instead of my dad. What I never appreciated until very recently was that she too was a victim. When I realised this, I cried so hard my tummy hurt, I hadn’t cried like that in a long time but I just felt such guilt for being so horrible to her. I will go into more details later in the book as to why I had such strong feelings about my mum.

About The Author

Jo is an inspirational speaker, coach and author. She is also an adult child of an alcoholic and shares her personal story of living with an alcoholic father for 16 years and how that has impacted her adult life.

Jo is brutally honest about her experience, explaining how she coped as a child in an alcoholic home and the self-development journey she took in her twenties to overcome the trauma.

If you’ve experienced the impact of living with a heavy drinker, someone’s addiction or mental health problem you’ll relate to Jo’s story. For those of you that haven’t experienced what an alcoholic home brings it will give you an insight into the damage it causes to the family.

Jo shares her story for two reasons, the first is to connect with those that have been affected so they know they aren’t alone and the second to educate and inform others about this very hidden problem.

Purchase Link: Transition by Jo Huey

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

Book Buying Habits Tag

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I am back with another book tag today. I was tagged by the lovely Debbie over at My Eclectic Reads🙂

Where do you buy your books?

Anywhere I can find them. Usually it will be Amazon however, I purchase American covers from Book Depository. I always scour charity shops as there are loads of hidden gems in them.

Do you ever pre-order books and if so, do you do this in-store or online?

I have and do. I pre-order from Amazon. I currently have about 4 books on pre-order.

On average, how many books do you buy a month?

That depends and varies a lot as I get a lot of books sent to me for review and I use free resources such as bookbub, kindofbooks etc. I would say I purchase a minimum of 2 per month at least.

Do you use your local library?

Unfortunely I do not at the moment as I owe a fine from about 13 years ago which I am paying off. Once I have then I will be for myself and the children.

What is your opinion on library books?

I love them, they are a fantatic way to keep people reading.

How do you feel about second-hand books?

Equally, I like them. They show character. Obviously I don’t want them covered in food etc v

Do you keep your TBR pile on your main bookshelf, or no?

 My entire shelf is my the pile 

Do you plan to read all of the books you own?

 Yes, otherwise I wouldn’t buy them.

What do you do with books you feel you will never read/did not enjoy?

 I donate them to charity or give to friends who may enjoy them

Have you ever donated books?

 All the time.

Have you ever been on a book buying ban?

 Nope, book prices fluctuate so I often buy them when they are reduced. 

Do you feel that you buy too many books?

Never

Thanks for reading and I tag all of you to have a go at this tag challenge. Feel free to drop a link to your post in the comments 

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: Double Jeopardy by M.A Comley

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Today I have for you a Book Blog Tour hosted from Bloodhound Books.

Blurb…

Successful entrepreneur, Ross Spalding, has everything to live for; a thriving business, a stunning new home, and a high society wedding to his beautiful fiancée to look forward to in the coming months. That is, until his life comes to an abrupt, gruesome end.

DI Hero Nelson and his team need to dig deep to find the reasons behind someone wanting Ross Spalding dead. As more people connected to Ross also die, some in suspicious circumstances, the suspect list grows beyond all expectations, until a major clue presents itself and spins the investigation off in a totally new direction.

However, Hero’s personal life is also dealt a major blow when his parents are faced with a life or death situation. He is forced to put his personal problems aside when the murderers are revealed and Hero is faced with a tight deadline in which to apprehend them.

Review…

Double Jeopardy is the 4th in the Hero series. However, you really don’t need to read anything prior to this. I wasn’t even aware that it was part of a series as nothing indicated to it.

I enjoyed reading this book, there was no hidden twists as such and the story was pretty straight forward but it worked really well. The story was interesting as were the characters. Hero comes across as a likeable guy who is under the pressures of working as a Detective and having a home life with a large family. I liked the inclusion of Hero’s personal life but especially how it didn’t overshadow the main part of the story as can often happen.

I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys an action packed crime thriller.

You can purchase a copy from Amazon UK

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

 

Book Review: The Path Keeper By N.J Simmonds

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Today I have a review of the book The Path Keeper by N.J Simmonds. This is a YA book aimed at the older readers as there is some mature content contained.

The Blurb…

What if every coincidence was a tiny miracle? What if our life was already mapped out before birth? What if someone had the power to change the path we were destined to follow?

Ella hates her new life in London, she misses Spain and she’s struggling to get over her past until she meets Zac. He has always loved her but he isn’t meant to be part of Ella’s story. Not this time. Not ever. Little does she know that his secret is the one thing that will tear them apart and will force her to live in a world that no longer makes sense, a world more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

The first in a thrilling new YA fantasy series, The Path Keeper is a tale of passion and secrets, of first loves and second chances, and the invisible threads that bind us. Can love ever be stronger than fate?

The Review…

I first heard of this book via the Facebook group The Fiction Cafe, a few people had read it and the author was also a member. After hearing so many things about it I decided to pick myself up a copy. The YA genre suited my usual preferred style so I was intrigued. I enjoy reading novels by lesser known author’s as there are some hidden gems among them and this was most definitely one of them.

The opening chapter had me hooked, it was full of intrigue and mystery and really made me want to read on to find out more about the characters. Ella is a spunky character who doesn’t fit into the world she has been thrown and has some issues regarding her family situation. As we learn more about her through the book we see different aspects of her personality and gain insight and rationale into her thinking.

Zac is lovable right from the start. You can see him wrestling with his internal demons to try and figure out where he belongs and the fight he has with his heart every step of the way.

During the course of the story, you learn more about Ella’s family with will leave you loving and loathing different people.

There are flashbacks to different era’s throughout the book and these play an important role in the story which doesn’t become apparent until later in the story and it all fits together beautifully.

Natali has written a beautiful book that while focuses on romance and love is far from your standard and traditional read. Anyone who loves Romance, YA, Fantasy I would urge you to read this book. I am desperate to read the next in the series which will be out in Feb 2018. I would rate this book 5 out of 5.

It will have you questioning what you think you know about angels, heaven and how fate and destiny play a part in our lives.

More Info…

You can purchase a copy of The Path Keeper on Amazon.com and Amazon UK

For more information and reviews The Path Keeper is on Goodreads and you can find more information about the author and book here on N J Simmonds.

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: Holding Myself by Victoria J Brown

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Today I have a book tour for you with a review for the book Holding Myself by Victoria J Brown.

Blurb

Kat has a busy life. She runs her own beauty salon and has an alcoholic father to worry about. To make matters worse she has just discovered she is pregnant.

Kat and Max have only been together for six months and she has a turbulent relationship with his mother and his ex-girlfriend who refuses to go away.

 As the pressure builds Kat finds herself wondering what path to take.

 Is having a baby the right thing to do?

Can you she keep her head above water while her life spirals out of control?

Kat has some big decisions to make and whatever happens her life is going to change forever…

Review

I found this book refreshingly good. Kat was a character I felt protective of and reading about how she felt about her relationship and the baby felt realistic. The book while touching on sensitive subjects such as pregnancy, abortion, death, miscarriage and physical/mental abuse managed to stay quite light and not too heavy.

I felt like I went on the journey along with Kat and experienced things as she did. I was really pleased how things turned out in the end.

I would rate this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars and recommed to anyone who wants a slightly untradtional love story.

Author Bio

Victoria J.Brown has always had a passion for writing. When asked at the age of 9 years old, what she wanted to be when she grew up, her reply ‘an author’ was met with a disheartened response, ‘that jobs like that, don’t happen to people like us!’

Luckily, Victoria didn’t listen to this advice and never gave up on her passion.  She continued to write while perusing a career in Marketing after gaining a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing.

In 2006 her eldest daughter was born and then two years later her 2nd daughter came along. Victoria realised in the midst of the mummy madness, that she’d let her writing dwindle and that nappy-changing, sleepless nights and not being able to go to the toilet in peace could not stop her fulfilling her writing dreams. So when her girls were 3 years old and 18 months old, she decided that sleep was over-rated and enrolled at Teesside University. A year later she proudly left with a MA in Creative Writing, some wonderful friendships and a passion for therapeutic writing. While studying for her MA she was also delighted to win a short-story competition judged by Adele Parks, to which she received publication and mentoring from Adele.

After her MA, Victoria concentrated on writing women’s fiction. She loves writing stories that women can relate to. The Chaos Series grew from her own experience of pregnancy, motherhood and life.

Victoria is also passionate about mental health and likes to write of such issues in her stories. Her dedication to mental health and living life to the full has led her down a spiritual path. Through her learning of spirituality she qualified as a Law of Attraction and NLP Practitioner, which she integrates into her writing. Her inspirational blog includes an A-Z motivational journey with weekly therapeutic creative writing exercises. She has developed this further and will soon launch her inspirational shop. The shop has been created to pass on positivity and love to others … you never know when someone may need to see those messages.

Being accepted by Bombshell Books is a dream come true for Victoria, she hopes that her mantra for giving love always and never giving up will inspire others to follow their dreams and passion.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Victoria, her inspirational blog and shop you can visit www.victoria-brown.com, plus you can follow her on:

FB: www.facebook.com/vicjbrown/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/victoriajbrown

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/victoriaj.brown/

Pintrest: https://uk.pinterest.com/victoriajbrown/

You can purchase a copy of Holding myself here on Amazon UK

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x