Euphoria by Jayne Lockwood {Book Promo}

Today I bring you a promotional post for today’s release of Euphoria by Jayne Lockwood. I’ve not had the pleasure of reading this but it sounds unique and captivating.

BLURB

It might take the arrival of an alien being to remind an isolated man what it means to be human.

With a stressful job, his boss breathing down his neck for profitable results, and an estranged wife and daughter, scientist Kurt Lomax doesn’t think life can get much harder. Until a nonbinary extraterrestrial with an otherworldly beauty, captivating elegance, and a wicked sense of humor inconveniently shows up at his apartment.

Vardam watched the destruction of their own world, and they don’t want to see the same thing happen on Earth. They are lonely, and feelings soon develop between them and the supposedly straight scientist—feelings Kurt reciprocates, much to his confusion.

The arrival of cheery interpreter Tom Soames—whose Goth appearance belies a gentle heart—is like a ray of sunshine in the somber lab. He acts as matchmaker for man and tentacled extraterrestrial, unwittingly instigating a national crisis when the news breaks out.

But will a misunderstanding ruin Kurt and Vardam’s chances for happiness together—along with the hope for peace between humanity and the Var?

BIO OF AUTHOR

Jayne Lockwood has always wanted to learn to fly. Spending free time honing her Peter Pan skills on an aerial hoop, she also creates flights of fancy in her books, mingling sex and romance with angst and a healthy dash of dark humor.

Since she was a small child, Jayne has always sympathized with the villain. It all began with Alice Cooper, even though she was banned from listening to his music by her mother. From wanting to sail away with Captain Hook or redeeming the Child Catcher, the antihero has been an enduring fascination ever since.

Jayne is an outwardly respectable member of an English village community. She also is one of the founder members of WROTE podcast, which is dedicated to showcasing LGBTQA authors and their work, and now writes book reviews as well as diverse fiction.

She is also in a sub/dom relationship with a cat called Keith.

BUY LINKS

DSP Publication

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Publishers Webpage

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Goodreads

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Wunderkids by Jaqueline Silvester {Review}

Today I bring you a review for the novel Wunderkids, Part 1 – Wildwood Academy. Thank you to The Fiction Cafe Review Group for inviting me to read and review this book.

Blurb…

15-year-old Nikka is invited to attend Wildwood Academy, a prestigious but secret boarding school for talented youth located deep in the Californian mountains. Once there, Nikka quickly falls in love with her bizarre classes, the jaw-dropping scenery and… two very different boys.

However, Wildwood Academy has a dark and twisted secret, one that could cost Nikka the one thing she had never imagined she could lose, the one thing that money can’t buy. It is this very thing that Wildwood Academy was created to steal. Nikka can stay and lose everything, or she can risk death and run.

Review…

Wow, wow, wow!!! What a book. I started this without any expectations and I have been blown away. I enjoyed this so much.

I couldn’t stop reading, everything about it was engaging and kept me needing to read more.

I loved the characters. Nikka is very easy to relate to and you can see why she does the things she does. Her loyalty to her friends is unwavering even in times when they don’t deserve it. Sums is such a fun character, the sort you would want to be friends with for a lifetime. Tristan is cheeky and fun with hidden depth, it’s easy to see why he has kept certain things secret then there is Izaya, the guy who we would all love to hate. Full of hidden depth and charisma he really is irresistable.

Every single one of them brings something to the book, to the overall journey. The read is thrilling and keeps you guessing and the ending….well, I need more.

I am eagerly awaiting the 2nd book in the series, I desperately want to know more now. Just when you think you have got it there is a twist and you don’t have a clue.

The writing is done so well that you find yourself immersed into the world of Wildwood and it’s students.

Jaqueline gets a massive 5 stars from me on this book. Absolutely fantastic!

For more information about the author click here and to purchase the book click here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise Smith x

Birchbox June {Review}

The other week an advert popped up for Birchbox, having been a previous subscriber I knew these boxes well. The special deal was 2 boxes for £10, one of whch was the gorgeous metal tin box I had seen advertised previously.

Feeling like I was in need of a bit of a pamper I decided to go ahead and order. I had swapped to My Little Box from these as I wasnt overly impressed with the contents but given that was aound 3 years ago I thought it would be worth another go.

I have to say that Birchbox have upped their game. I was much more impressed with these boxes than the ones they did all those years ago and I would say they defintely compete on the market for value for money now.

So, I know that you arent really interested in my previous dealings and just want to see the goodies. Without futher ado, here are the boxes I received;

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The boxes themselves are great. I love the tin but I also love the drawer style box and the pattern and design used.

As for the contents, I was really happy. I love the little handbag size sunscreen, the shower foam smells divine and I will absolutely be purchasing the full version. The anti-frizz hair cream works a treat as does the volume spray. I have not tried the other products yet but I am looking forward to the face masks.

Overall I am happy with this box and once my finances improve I will be looking to become a monthly subscriber.

You can find out more about Birchbox here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: A Vicarage Wedding by Kate Hewitt {Review}

Good Morning,

Today I bring you a review for the book A Vicarage Wedding by Kate Hewitt. Thank you to Kate and Jenny from Neverland Book Tours for inviting me to take part.

Blurb…

Rachel Holley has always dreamed of a wedding—the white dress, the fairy tale, and of course, the happily-ever-after. But when her fiancé breaks it off the night before, claiming she doesn’t love him, Rachel’s fairy tale ends in ashes.

Homeless, hopeless, and feeling like her life has been completely derailed, Rachel must start over in all sorts of ways—and hold her head up high in the fishbowl of her tiny village. The last person she expects to become a friend is Sam West, the taciturn owner of The Bell, Thornthwaite’s rougher pub, and a little rough around the edges of himself.

But as Rachel gets to know Sam, and sees him caring for his orphaned nephew, she finds herself drawn to this enigmatic man. Nothing about Sam is what Rachel expected in a life partner, and yet she can’t deny their increasing closeness. But can love flourish on the rebound? And will there be a vicarage wedding after all?

Review…

This is the 3rd Book in The Holley Sisters of Thornthewaite series. I have read the first one in the series and am happy to be back for the 3rd (not sure how I missed the 2nd one, but it doesn’t effect the storyline).

I love the way Kate writes and draws us into the world she creates and makes us care for the characters she establishes. I’ve read a few different series by this author now and I am never disappointed in how much I enjoy them all.

This book is such an easy and enjoyable read. Perfect for a lazy day to just let your mind flow with.

There are a few little twists which make the book unpredictable and without giving any spoilers it ends in a great way.

The characters are so well written and each brings something totally unique to to the story.

I would 100% recommend this to anyone who is looking for a little romance in their lives.

A solid 4.5 stars from me:)

About The Author…

Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of many books of women’s fiction and romance. Her latest releases are A Mother’s Goodbye and A Vicarage Wedding. Under the name Katharine Swartz, she is the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.

She likes to read women’s fiction, mystery and thrillers, and historical novels. She particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

Website: http://www.kate-hewitt.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katehewitt1

You can purchase your copy here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny {Promo Post}

Today I’m bringing you a promo post for Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny. Published by Crooked Cat Books and hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Blurb…

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city, and he needs to find the source, but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course.

Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder, but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: Detective Constable Tim Myerscough, the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable Sir Peter Myerscough.

Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this first novel in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series.

Purchase link: Amazon UK

About Val…

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats.

She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University.

She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store.

Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh, Scotland was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. The sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’ will be published on 09.09.18

Social Media Links:

@valeriepenny

http://www.authorvalpenny.com

www.facebook.com/valerie.penny.739

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Murder by the Broads by Anthony Tamiozzo {Review}

Hey Everyone,

Today I bring you a review for the novel Murder by the Broads by Anthony Tamiozzo. Thank you to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for inviting me on this tour and providing a digital copy of the book.

Blurb…

Meet DS Adam Burnt, a troubled man who has his work cut out. While at a crime scene he is informed of another murder. But Burnt is also having problems at home. He suspects his wife is having an affair.

As the clues unfold DS Burnt begins a game of cat and mouse.

What links the two murders to a doctor and a psychiatric hospital?

Trying to juggle his personal life and the job, Burnt must navigate Great Yarmouth and the surrounding areas to catch a killer and stop a vicious gang.

Review…

It’s been a while since I’ve read a crime novel with the MC being a Cop. I forgot how much I missed them.

Murder by the Broads starts at a great pace, giving the reader time to get all the different issues together. It picks up pace and ends in a great fashion.

I really enjoyed reading this, I felt like I was always on my toes waiting to see what would happen, the story itself in some areas was quite predictable but the way it was written and the consequences of actions taken meant that it was still a great read. This book doesn’t have a straight plot and it has lots of great twists and turns.

The only slight issue I had was that I found sometimes when swapping from different characters pov I couldn’t always tell or it felt abrupt. This however, did not distract from a great story.

I would rate this book a solid 4 stars and recommend it to anyone who loves a good crime read.

You can find more info on Anthony Tamiozzo here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

My Unicorn Planner Traveler’s Notebook {Review}

Hey Everyone,

As most of you know I am a massive stationery and planner-holic. One of my Your World of Colour PR Team members has her own shop that sells handmade paperclips and Traveler’s Notebooks, MyUnicornPlanner.

I couldn’t resist the lure of the sloth fabric so I went ahead and purchased one, along with another fabric one for my friend.

I was so excited when they arrived. Apart from being extremely well made the scalloped edges give a little extra width so you don’t have to worry about any overhang issues. I could easily get about 8 books in mine without any hassle.

The spine is made with a glitter material that sparkles so beautifully without been too domineering.

You can decide on whether or not you want pockets, I did and got these wonderful generous sized pockets at the front and back.

The B6 size price starts at £19 and increases depending on the additions that you want to add such as pockets, glitter shakers etc and it’s worth checking out the Facebook Group for additional discounts and PR Codes.

All in all I am very impressed. These are very well made and arrived within the specified time frame.

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Sub Box {July}

Hey Everyone!

It’s my favourite time of the month – Hocus Pocus Sub Box reveal.

This month’s theme is “all about the money, money money” (Thanks Jessie J).

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As always I could smell the box before I opened it, Bexz, Amy and the rest of the The Village Witch team do such an amazing job with these and not only is there one spell but there are two spells in this box.

So let’s see what there is (all oils, sprays, washes, powders and incense are homemade to age old family recipes);

  • Banish Debt Powder
  • Abundance Aura Spray
  • Money Drawing Floor Wash
  • Blesses 7 Wonders of Wealth Incense
  • Money Drawing Lucky Rice
  • Money Drawing Ink (Green)
  • Showers of Gold Oil
  • Little Purse
  • Sterling Silver Pot (to burn charcoal/incense)
  • 2 Green Spell Candles
  • Little Jar
  • Bay Leaf
  • Faux $10 Bill
  • I-Ching Coin
  • Paper Shamrock
  • Money Bag Charm
  • Charcoal Disk
  • Green Small Organza Pouch
  • 3 Cowrie Shells
  • Treat Bag containing Black Jacks, Chocolate Coins, All Butter Cookie, 2 Teabags

Delicate tones of Patchouli, Vanilla, Sandalwood and Honeysuckle along with the gorgeous sparkles of the gold leaf makes this box so pretty.

The retail value of this box is again way over the £30 you pay. Baring in mind the Aura Sprays are worth £12.99 and the Floor Washes are £7.99 and you don’t pay extra for shipping.

I am very lucky to receive these boxes to review and have never been disappointed in what I have received.

Just a quick note – it should go without saying but I’ll mention in anyway. The oils, powders, floor washes, salts and everything else are not to be applied to the skin nor are they edible. These are family recipes passed down via generations and therefore you will not find an ingredients list.

If you have any concerns about allergies then please message the shop directly as Bexz does tailor the boxes for customers needs, this also goes for vegetarian/gluten free options as well.

If you subscribe to these boxes I’d love to know what you think and if I inspire you to subscribe then please let me know.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Unfinished Business by S C Cunningham {Guest Post}

Hey Everyone,

First of all I apologise for bringing this to you a day late. I’ve not been well this week and as a result I didn’t check my planner properly. However, as they say ‘it’s better late than never”.

Blurb…

Tara has had enough, time to turn the tables on her stalker and make him suffer as she has done.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS continues the roller coaster ride of psychotic David’s obsession with his childhood sweetheart, a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes.

With the help of her gutsy friends, fun-loving city girl Tara Warr is the only victim to survive David Howard’s death list. Whilst lounging in prison the sexual tour de force enlists an eager recruit, seduces a prison warden and relocates to the sunnier climes of Mexico, a freedom short-lived when his charred remains are found in the fire of a plastic surgeon’s clinic. The police cease their search, finally Tara and her friends can relax, scheming David is dead.

Laughter soon turns to fear when he communicates via Tara’s laptop that he is very much alive, knows their every move and is ready to finish what he started. He is among them, but who? He has a brand new face. How much trouble can one man cause?

Guest Post…

I adore writing, creating thrilling worlds for readers to escape into, but am lousy at talking about myself. A few questions that I’m regularly asked are;

When did you realise you wanted to write?

I remember at a very young age my English teacher had given us homework to write a whole page on our weekend. I wrote about a family day at a very packed Sussex Coast beach.

Describing the lines of overweight, semi-naked sun bathers, I wrote the words;

“I looked out over an ocean of uncontrollable flesh…”

Which gave my teacher a fit of uncontrollable giggles. I wasn’t sure why she was laughing, but I realised then the power of words. She told me I should write and her words stayed with me.

I didn’t start writing in earnest until ten years ago, I was a full time working single mum, so wrote in the weekends and holidays.

My ex-husband and I had a music to film production studio in London. My passion for good storylines for film started then. Consequently I write with film in mind.

What genre do you write and why?

I write thrillers, with a splash of steamy romance, laughter and madness.

The why is because I like to write what I know, it’s easier and I’m lazy.

My works are inspired by incidents I’ve witnessed in the past. I write Psychological Thrillers (The David Trilogy) and Paranormal Thrillers (The Fallen Angel Series).

Also, as respite from all the blood and gore of my thrillers, I’ve written a children’s picture book about a rescue dog (based on a rescue Pyrenees Mountain Dog I had when living in Texas), my daughter Artist Scarlett Raven produced the art work.

Why Paranormal Thrillers?

When I was about 3 or 4 years old I was taken, I got away, the following week another little girl was taken, but she didn’t get away, she died. I come from an Irish Catholic family; I remember saying my prayers at night, asking God to do a deal with me. If I was a good girl, when I die would he let me sit on a cloud for a while, invisible, and help him get the baddies that slip through his fingers? This inspired my Fallen Angel Series (Paranormal Thriller).

I’ve always had a strong feeling of justice, of looking after the underdog. There have been a few times in my life where I seemed to have been extremely lucky to have survived situations. I call it my Angels looking out for me. There is something else up there; I don’t know what it is, but it’s there. If my gut says something, I have learned to follow it. My paranormal works are taking this idea to the next level, of Vigilante Angels dishing out tough karma from the skies. I am an old romantic; there’s always a steamy love story.

Why Psychological Thrillers?

The David Trilogy is based on an incident that happened to me in my 20’s, I crossed paths with a prolific violent serial attacker who was haunting London at the time, targeting girls living on their own in basement flats in Notting Hill and Olympia. I got away unscathed (those angels again) and helped Police with a photo fit. I remember looking at him wondering why? What makes someone so evil? The seed for my David Trilogy was sown.

The common thread here is I write what I know, I guess it choses me.

Describe your novels in 12 words?

Fast paced, exciting, thought provoking, sexy, funny, heart pounding, thrilling, murder mystery.

What is your writing routine?

I have a writing room at home. I write whenever I can, I have no social life, am a bit of a recluse. I set the scene to write, with lovely smells/candles, soft music, lighting, nibbly food and dogs curled at my feet.

It takes hours/days to block out the world in my head, then I settle down to churn out the words. It’s hard to get to that writing ‘place’ but once you are in the zone, it’s wonderful.

My ideal writing spot would be in a villa with a pool in the sunshine, where I could pop out to take a dip in the pool between chapters… but hey, one day

What inspires you?

Life experiences. Thought-provoking story-lines that teach, help others. Justice.

I’m getting old, I’ve worked in various industries; Music, Film, Football, Modelling, Sports Celebrity Management, and more lately in crime – Crime Investigator, Major Crime Team, Intelligence Analyst, Wanted and Absconder Unit for Sussex Police.

All of which inspire ideas.

Where do you get your story-line ideas?

My own life experiences, studying people, observing, listening. I see stories in everything, even as I walk down a street… sometimes it’s a bit exhausting

I’ve found myself on more than one occasion following people who look suspicious to check all is ok. Which can be dangerous, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Are your characters based on real people or people you know?

Yes absolutely, I’m lazy, my characters are a mishmash of different people I know. It’s easier to write about the truth.

Who is your favourite author?

Lee Child, Martina Cole, Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Agatha Christie, Harlan Coben, John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, Karin Slaughter.

My writing has been compared to that of Martina Cole. Wow! … how wonderful is that.

Your favourite book and why?

The Lee Child Jack Reacher Series… I have a crush on Jack Reacher. Although if I ever get to meet Lee Child I will bollock him for selling out to Tom Cruise. Cruise is wonderful, but he is no Jack Reacher.

How do you research?

My life is research in a way. I’m constantly observing, learning and adapting my own experiences to the page, and am of course SO grateful to google which answers any technical questions I may have ie blood splatter, gun calibre, drugs, health symptoms etc (my web search history is damming).

My Police Investigation work is like a university degree in the criminal mind. However I have signed the Official Secrets Act, therefore am not able to talk about cases I work on – which is of course right.

Who do you see playing the lead in your book and why?

The David Trilogy, Tom Hardy. I think he has the depth of mind to play the part. He’s been there and done that in his own life, therefore can bring it to the fore in his acting.

The Fallen Angel Series, Hmmmm… (scratches head)… I actually cannot think of anyone yet… maybe an unknown actor could step forward and shock the socks off people.

How do you plot?

I don’t plan too much in the beginning, I’m given an idea that eats away at me until I put pen to paper and just start writing. It tends to develop itself. A little spooky I know, but I don’t want to question it, no dissection, just let the magic do its stuff.

If I knew what happened in the end I would be bored to put the months of hard work in. I love the way a story writes itself.

What advice can you give to budding writers?

Just start, keep doing it, every day, the first outline can be as rough as you like, no one else sees it.

The magic starts to come in the first edit. Then edit again and again and again. Have beta readers that you trust, who are not afraid to tell you like it is. Then edit, edit and edit some more, until you’ve shone that lump of coal into a diamond.

Learn to wear three hats – writer, editor and marketer.

What are your future plans?

Am working on the final of The David Trilogy, called ‘For My Sins’.

Am also working on the next of The Fallen Angel Series, called ‘Karma’.

Book I of The David Trilogy has been adapted to film script and is sitting on a desk in Hollywood as the moment. Fingers crossed. Would love to have both series adapted to Screenplay.

Thank you for stopping by.

Siobhan x

S C Cunningham

Social Media Links…

YouTube

Website

Twitter

Facebook

BOOK LINKS…

USA LINKS

USA Author Page

USA The Deal (Fallen Angel Series, Book I)

USA The Penance List (David Trilogy, Book I)

USA Unfinished Business (David Trilogy Book II)

UK LINKS

UK Author Page

UK The Deal (Fallen Angel Series Book I)

UK The Penance List (David Triogy Book I)

UK Unfinished Business (David Trilogy Book II)

Thank you Siobhan for doing this guest post.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Love Me Like I’m Yours by Lizzie Chantree {Review}

Hey Everyone.

Today I bring you a blog tour review from Rachel’s Random Resources.

Blurb…

‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

Review

I have not read a book by this author before and therefore had no idea what to expect with her writing. However, I was pleasantly surprised. As soon as I read the first chapter I was hooked and the book just got better the more I delved into it’s pages.

The characters are colourful and well described and while Dot and Maud and polar opposites they forge an unlikely friendship.

My only slight criticism is that I found some aspects of Maud’s life quite predictable but it did not distract from the overall story and It certainly doesn’t take anything away from her as a character.

Lizzie writes really well and creates a great visual backdrop, convincing characters and more importantly characters we want to learn about and feel like we get to know as the book progresses.

Chapter to chapter the writing flows well and each character has a unique voice which is instantly recognisable.

All in all this book was a lovely surprise and a perfect read for this summer weather. I would rate it a solid 4 stars.

Thank you to Rachel and Lizzie for allowing me to be part of this tour and I hope you all enjoy my review.

Emma-Louise x

*Disclaimer – I received this book free in order to take part on this blog tour. This does not bias my opinion which I based my review on. This review is my own and based solely on my experience reading this book.