Blog Tour: Autumn Antics by Georgina Troy {Review}

Blurb

Being a part-time hand model can be tricky, especially when you have to deal with prima donnas like Megan Knight, a reality star whose meteoric rise has surprised everyone. Bella is happiest running her tiny antique business from the front room of her cottage on the boardwalk. To ensure she has enough income coming in, she also rents out two of her bedrooms and is hiding a secret crush on one of her lodgers. His name is Jack and he also happens to be her best friend Sacha’s brother.

If life wasn’t complicated enough, her world-travelling mother appears on her doorstep on the same evening that Jack’s ex-fiancée arrives on the boardwalk determined to win him back. Bella has a lot of thinking to do and soon discovers that not all gems sparkle.

Review

What a wonderful book to get cosy with. I really enjoyed Autumn Antics. It was a fun and light read. The characters were really great. You cannot help to love Bella, Jack and Megan along with the others. I found the first chapter was a little slow but the pace quickly picked up into the second chapter as you discover more about life on the broadwalk.

Georgina sets a lovely cost tone with her writing and her use of imagery allows the reader to fully imagine how the places that she describe look. I love it when a writer has the ability to make you feel like a movie is playing in my mind as you read and Georgina does this successfully.

I highly recommend Autumn Antics to anyone looking for a light cosy read to hide from the windy and rainy weather. The perfect book to read with a hot chocolate.

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Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autumn-Antics-Boardwalk-Sea-Book-ebook/dp/B07DHWRZG9/ (Amazon.co.uk)

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Author Bio

Georgina Troy is a pseudonym of author Deborah Carr. She recently signed with HarperCollins’ romance imprint HarperImpulse to write an historical romance to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr will be published in e-book format on 12 October 2018 and in paperback on 27 December 2018.

Georgina was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) with A Jersey Kiss and a finalist in the Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2015. Her first four-book series, The Jersey Scene and books 1 and 2 of her second series, The Boardwalk by the Sea are available.

She also writes thrillers as Ella Drummond and lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs and is 1/3 of The Blonde Plotters.

Sign up to Georgina’s Newsletter at: deborahcarr.org/contact

Social Media Links –

Website: https://www.deborahcarr.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GeorginaTroyAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeorginaTroy

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/georginatroy/

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Blog Tour: Open Grave by A.M. Peacock {Book Review}

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Today I have a book review for you for novel Open Grave by A. M. Peacock.

Blurb


When two bodies are discovered in an open grave, Lambert must put his personal worries aside and work the case. But when the body of a local thug shows up on the banks of the River Tyne, the DCI’s criminal past comes back to haunt him.

Meanwhile, a local celebrity singer claims that she is being stalked. Could there be a link to the killings?

As the bodies start to pile up, Lambert realises the motive lies in the past and that the killer is taunting them.

The clock is ticking. Can he catch the murderer, or will one of their own end up in an open grave?

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Review

Great book, 5 stars.

Detective Lambert is a great cop with flaws and an interesting life. I’m intrigued to see what becomes of him and how his story develops in further books.

There is more than meets the eye with Christiansen, I have a potential theory about him but don’t want to speak it out loud yet.

Watkins is a bit of a sleaze with women but young and still naive and is good at his job. He has unwavering loyalty to Lambert.

There were lots of twists and turns and it was unpredictable right to the end. While there was a lot going on and various sub-plots the novel is very well written and you don’t lose track or feel bombarded.

Pace was really well done, leading up to a great climax. Can’t wait to read more from Adam.

About The Author

A.M. Peacock grew up in the North East of England before leaving to study for a degree in music technology at the University of Hull. A subsequent return to his hometown of South Shields saw him spend seven years as a teacher in a local college before changing careers to become a trade union official.

Having always been an avid reader, he took to writing after being encouraged to do so by his PGCE tutor. He has since gone on to produce a number of short stories, winning the Writers’ Forum Magazine competition on two occasions, as well as producing articles for both the local press and a university magazine.

A.M. Peacock is passionate about crime fiction and his debut novel, Open Grave, is the first in what he hopes will become a series of DCI Jack Lambert books.

Away from writing, A.M. Peacock enjoys watching films, playing guitar and can often be found pavement pounding in preparation for the odd half marathon.

Links

Facebook

Twitter – @ampeacockwriter

www.ampeacock.co.uk

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: Violet Souls by Abbey MacMunn {Review}

Happy Publication Day to Abbey with her new novel Violet Souls.

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and to Abbey for inviting me on this blitz.

Blurb

While searching for clues to her past, single mother Bree Mills discovers a subculture of aliens with supernatural abilities living on Earth. And she’s one of them. Finding herself hurled into a world of possibilities, it’s made more alluring by Quinn Taylor, the 324-year-old, violet-eyed Evoxian from her childhood dreams.

Quinn knows his destiny is entwined with Bree’s. He’s fraught with frustration and desire, but before he can confess his love, he must wait for her to sense the Akui, a mysterious force tied with ancient Evoxian law.

At a Cotswolds country manor, passions awaken and ignite a love more magical than the once-Utopian planet, Evox. Then Fate delivers a cruel and heart-breaking blow when Bree is kidnapped by a malicious alien who wants her and her power. Will Quinn still love Bree when she’s faced with protecting her half-human daughter… whatever the cost?

Review

If you are looking for something which is heavy of romance and action then you need not look any further.

Violet Souls is an interesting premise which is different to any other Fantasy style books I have read. It has a nice flow between the fantasy and romance elements and has the potential to be a fantastic sci-fi novel too.

Brew, or Brianna as she is know to the Evoxians is a likeable enough character. She is gutsy, stubborn, protective and seems to take things in her stride. Her love for her daughter tops everything and protecting her is paramount.

Quinn is your typical nice guy, always doing what he feels is best for Bree in order to keep her safe. However, there is another naughty side to him which makes him much more relatable and a bit cheeky.

Each character in the book including Drew, Adam and Lexie are all unique with their own quirks.

There were a few little things I found to be a bit annoying such as the phrase “You bet ya” which to be didn’t flow properly coming out from the character it did and the constant talk to a cuppa tea felt overused. However, this didn’t distract from an enjoyable story.

I felt that the pace could be been a little slower in some parts, this isn’t a big read book and I felt it could was been as the storyline was really good and probably could have had more time to develop.

That been said though I will still be eager to get myself book 2. Non of the little criticisms warrant me not continuing as the overall enjoyability of the book, the fantastic characters and the need for me to know how this plays out overrides anything else.

I would highly recommend this, especially to those who love anything romance, fantasy or sci-fi.

Purchase Links

Amazon US

Amazon UK
Smashwords
Apple

Kobo

Nook

Social Media Links

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Goodreads

Instagram

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Crimson Siege by Jay Raven {Review}

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Hey Everyone, I am delighted to be bringing you a review for the novel Crimson Siege: Blood Riders by Jay Raven as part of the Blog Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rachel and Jay for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.

Blurb

In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…

When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…

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Review

What can I say, I am a sucker for a good Vampire book (get the pun there?). I have previously not heard about this author or book but I just had to have a read. Vampire style books are some of my favourite reads. Yes, that does mean I love Twilight but I am ok with this lol. The scene is set from the opening chapter where we learn about a group of bounty hunters who hunt just about everything, including vampires.

The story takes us through different characters chapter by chapter so we get an insight into the minds of everyone who is a major player. I really liked how this was done as it allowed me to see the different perspectives of both vampires and those who seek to destroy them. I have to admit that it was really nice to read a vampire book that wasn’t centered around an unrequited/forbidden love or a love triangle and as such it gave this book a refreshing edge.

The pacing was really well done, the build up to the final chapters was done in a way that kept you anticipating what would happen but didn’t drag so you found yourself bored. I really enjoyed this book and the entire storyline. Jay has done a brilliant job with not only creating a convincing and entertaining plot but also fantastic characters.

I rate this book a solid 4.5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good bit of Vampy book love.

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Author Bio

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house beside a 500-acre wood teeming with bats may have something to do with it.

 

Social Media Links

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/fantasywriterjayraven/

Twitter: @JayRavenAuthor

Website: www.jayraven.com

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Thanks for reading.

Emma- Louise x

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

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: 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

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.

The Date by Louise Jensen {Review}

Hey everyone,

Today I have a review for you for the latest book from Louise Jensen titled The Date. I was lucky enough to be selected to receive a copy of this from NetGalley.

Blurb…

One night can change everything.

‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes… Something is wrong.’

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her…

Review…

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Louise Jensen, I wanted to try it as I’ve heard so many good things about her other novels.

I did enjoy the book right from the start. The opening chapter got me intrigued and I had to keep going to find out what happened.

I liked the main character Ali, I thought that the issue surrounding her facial recognition problems was written really well. I often found myself wondering how hard that must be to deal with in a real life situation.

Not once did I suspect that the main ‘villian’ would be who it was. I love it when a book is unpredictable.

Louise’s written is really smoothly done and the settings were realistic and easy to imagine.

I would give this book a solid 4.5 stars and I will be eagerly waiting to try out her other novels now.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Osborne {Review}

Hey Everyone,

Today I have a review for Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Osborne as part of the blog tour hosted by Rachel’ss Random Resources.

Happy Publication Day Bella!:)

Blurb…

Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

Review…

I haven’t read anything by Bella Osborne before so I didn’t really know what to expect. Lately my reading material has been leaning towards the darker side of life so it was a nice refreshing change to read something a bit different.

I really enjoyed this book. The main character, Daisy was easily relatable and as the story progressed it felt like we really got to know and understand her and see how she developed.
The minor characters, especially Max all displayed unique personalities and added depth to the overall story.

The plot was interesting and flowed really well, a perfect blend of romance and mystery.

I will most definitely be picking up more by this author in the future.

Purchase Links…

Amazon – http://mybook.to/OttercombeBay

KOBO – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/coming-home-to-ottercombe-bay

Social Media Links…

Twitter – @osborne_bella

Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/BellaOsborneAuthor/

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge. The opinions are my own and are not said out of bias.