Blog Tour: The Eden Paradox by Barry Kirwan {Guest Post}

Today I have a Guest Post for you from the author of The Eden Paradox, Barry Kirwan.

Blurb…

A murder… a new planet mankind desperately needs… a thousand-year old conspiracy… What really awaits us on Eden? In a world beset by political turmoil, environmental collapse, and a predatory new religion, a recently discovered planet, Eden, is our last hope. But two missions have failed to return. Blake Alexander and his crew lead the final attempt to bring back good news. Meanwhile back on Earth, Micah Sanderson evades assassins, and tries to work out who he can trust as he struggles in a race against time to unravel the Eden Paradox.

Extract…

Why I wrote the Eden Paradox

I’ve always loved Science Fiction. When I moved to Paris, I joined a writers group as a way to meet people and make friends. I got caught up in a short story which featured a four-person crew landing on Eden, the first habitable planet we could get to, and managing to upset an indigenous alien species they didn’t even know was there, and promptly getting killed in the process. I took it to a workshop in Paris, run by Michael C Curtis (fiction editor of Atlantic Fiction). Most of the twelve participants hated the story with a vengeance, e.g. this is the worst first line ever written. Michael noted that although they hated the story, they talked about the characters as if they were real people they knew. Keep the characters, he said, and change the story. So that’s what I did.

I read up on Fermi’s paradox – why, if there are logically many habitable planets in the galaxy, haven’t we encountered serious evidence of extra-terrestrial visitors? There are several obvious answers – the galaxy is really vast, so nobody’s found us yet; they found us but we’re not interesting; the galaxy is very old, and civilisations may have come and gone and we might be in a ‘dead patch’; etc. So, to me, there were four questions framing my story:

1. Why haven’t we met alien life yet?
2. When we do, will aliens be friendly or hostile?
3. Will they be smarter than us?
4. Will we survive the experience?

I figured, what if there is civilisation, but it is very far away. What are the chances they are friendly? And if they’re not friendly, could we puny humans do them any damage? Well, yes, I thought, because the laws of physics suggest that nuclear weapons and possibly nanotech invasion would be nasty for most (corporeal) organisms, no matter how far advanced. So, how would they avoid these defences if they wanted to invade? Inside help, I thought, and there I had the makings of a story which has ended up a trilogy in four parts (okay, so it is a tetralogy, or quadrology if you prefer).

As I worked on it, and particularly as I got into the second book, I got more and more interested in alien intelligence, how different and more advanced it could be – not easy to conceptualise, obviously, but worth some effort. Why would it be more advanced? Well, if you think about galactic timescales and travelling distances, and times for any alien society to rise, mature, stagnate and fall, chances are good that there will be species some millions of years ahead of us on the evolutionary scale. So, Star Trek, where humans are pretty much top dog, is a nice idea, but, statistically speaking, unlikely.

The Eden Saga isn’t just about aliens and space ships; far from it. It’s about humanity, and what could happen if we suddenly found ourselves in the midst of a far superior civilisation – would we cope? Could we adapt fast enough? To me these are important questions, because the answers reveal things about ourselves, and because one day, as we see further into the galaxy, we’ll find something, or more likely something will find us. Then it won’t be fiction anymore. I believe we should think ahead…

So, the answers to the four questions, according to the series, are:

1. We already have, a long time ago, and they’re due back
2. Mainly hostile or at best utilitarian; altruism is not that common an alien value
3. Mostly, some by a long way
4. Well, for this one, you have to read the series…

In the first book, the Eden Paradox, we find out that aliens visited us a thousand years ago, and are coming back, and that they left one or two behind to mind the store. The fate of humanity rests in the hands of two men, Micah on Earth, and Blake on Eden, the nearest habitable world, but they only have a short time to figure it all out before the aliens arrive.

People have said The Eden Paradox is not like normal science fiction, that it is more like a thriller set in the near future. Personally, I hope it remains fiction for a very long time, and that we can hide under the galactic radar for another few centuries before advanced aliens come a-knocking.

Book links…

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13054426-the-eden-paradox?ac=1&from_search=true
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0982369840/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

Author links:

Website: http://www.barrykirwan.com
Blog: blog.barrykirwan.com
Twitter: @Eden_paradox
Facebook: https://facebook.com/EdenParadox

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Book Tour: Joshua N’Gon by Anthony Hewitt

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Today I have an excerpt for you from the novel Joshua N’Gon Last Prince of Alkebulahn by Anthony Hewitt as part of the blog tour hosted by Neverland Book Tours.

Blurb…

Joshua N’Gon is a Fourteen year old foster child from Africa. He has grown up in a loving home in north London and for all intents and purposes he was an ordinary teenager. The reality though could not be further from the truth. Joshua is a mystery wrapped up in an enigma and he is beginning to understand he has a destiny that is far beyond what he could ever have imagined.

On his tenth birthday he receives a mysterious package from his birth parents. He is given articles of technology that even his young mind realized were so far beyond what he knew and understood that they were almost magical. Joshua straps on a tribal hierloom of obvious alien origin – a miraculous multi-tool he calls his RCT– Real Cool Tool that bonds with his arm and is irremovable. And so begin his physical changes too, the headaches, the flashes of genius, the visions and the amnesia.

With his friends Brick and Mina they slowly help him to unravel the mystery of who he is. In the meantime dark corporate forces are gathering in the horizon as Joshua’s talents and his interest in finding his family has piqued the curiosity of powerful people. Soon as his life and the life of those he loves are threatened he must come to grips with his gifts and the miraculous alien technology that founded his people.

Excerpt…

17 Asimov Street, Wharnton Estate

Kenneth pushed the white checker on the board with a self-confident flick of his index finger and looked up at Joshua with his game face on, his spinning checker settling on a white square. Joshua nodded and moved his black checker diagonally. A cunning smile unraveled on Kenneth’s lips. He jumped three of Joshua’s players, destroying any chance of his brother saving face in this impromptu draught game.

Kenneth leaned back in his chair and shook his head.

“For someone as smart as you bruv, your rubbish at Checkers.”

Joshua shrugged.

“Dad was good at it. He said he used to play it in Jamaica a lot as a kid.”

“You’re not Dad, champ. Take my word for it.” Kenneth grinned.

“I can’t be good at everything, bro. What are you going to be good at if I keep winning?” Joshua quipped.

Kenneth glared at him and shook his head

Joshua chuckled.

“Chillax bro, I didn’t make you win. You did that fair and square.”

Kenneth eyed him appraisingly, gauging his truthfulness then brightened.

“One more game?”

“Nah, got some school work to do.”

Kenneth leaned back in his chair. It creaked.

“You’re on holiday, and they still have you on a leash. They not teaching you how to survive in the big bad world are they. They want you to be a follower. School is a waste of time, man.”

“Don’t let Mum, hear you saying that,” Josh said. “She believes we never should stop learning.”

Kenneth’s laugh sounded like a sarcastic bark.

“Mom wants you to go through this school ting. Me, on the other hand, had plans for my life from day one.” Kenneth became more animated; it was obviously a passionate issue with him. “Dad wanted me to get a trade too, and I think they knew before I even knew college wasn’t my route. They left that for you.”

Joshua sighed.

“Why do you always make it seem like Mum is against you and for me.”

“It’s true though,” Kenneth said. “Ever since you came on the scene, the baby gets it all.”

“That’s not fair, man. Mom and Dad treat us both the same.” Joshua protested.

Kenneth sat up a bit straighter.

“You know what I can’t help thinking sometimes? What it would be like to be an only child, living in a house with no secrets. Would Dad be still here and not in prison?”

Joshua’s eyes blazed.

He stood up from his chair and loomed over his big brother, his nose flaring, his lips pulled back as he forced the words through his lips.

“You keep talking like that, and we may need to have words outside.”

Kenneth knew more than anyone that Joshua would do anything in his power to have Fredrick home and to believe otherwise was like spitting in his face.

“Is that a good idea bruv? I’m nineteen.” Kenneth said evenly.

“It won’t matter.” Josh’s voice deepened.

Both boy’s eyes met and locked.

Kenneth felt his brothers anger and felt his cheeks warm at the memory of being beaten by Josh when he was seventeen.

He may have pushed him too far.

“It stings, doesn’t it?” Kenneth asked, looking away from him. “The truth I mean.”

Joshua points to his brother’s head with an accusing finger.

“What’s wrong up here bruv. Always talking but saying nothing.”

“I’ve got eyes little step brother. I’m not stupid; you were different even as a baby and even then, I wasn’t important enough to be told everything.”

“Yeah, I know my story, so what?” Joshua said. “You were young, what did you expect them to say.”

“I couldn’t put my finger on it as a kid but growing up I saw it. And the funny thing is Mom and Dad still kept me in the dark.”

“How do you explain something you don’t understand yourself?” Joshua asked.

“They whisper about your gifts, your family, your friends,” Kenneth said.

“Not secrets,” Joshua corrected. “Mysteries.”

“You saying I know everything I need to know about you?” Kenneth asked.

Joshua nodded.

“Do I know everything about you, Kenneth? Tell me that. We all have secrets.”

“Maybe I felt, I wasn’t the focus of attention again. I had been replaced by this strange kid who could walk and speak at ten months.”

Joshua shook his head.

“You don’t get it, do you. When you were stressing about me, I wanted to be you.”

“Me?” Kenneth asked shocked.

“Yeah. How many times do you have to explain who you are to your friends?” Joshua’s voice raised a pitch. “How many times?”

Joshua’s smile was sardonic.

“Your name is Taylor; Dad’s name is Taylor and so is Mom. What am I? N’Gon.”

Kenneth nodded.

Joshua kept going.

“I have to be constantly fronting about my birth parents. Now it’s out there, that I’m a foster kid, I have to deal with all the crap that comes with it.”

Kenneth was quite for a while then said.

“I didn’t look at it like that.” He said somberly.

“Why should you.” Joshua said, “It didn’t affect you bruv. I had to deal with the bullying and rumors.”

“What rumors?” Kenneth asked.

“You know.” Joshua snapped. “The same ones you heard and maybe even helped spread.”

“Me!” Kenneth spat.

“You want to get real, brov. Let’s get real.” Joshua snapped

“You think I’d do that?” Kenneth asked.

“I dunno would you? Feeling like a G with the bangers on the estate could be easier than sticking up for your brother.”

“I didn’t spread any rumors. I just heard the stories. What could I do?” Kenneth asked.

“What did you do? Did you back my corner? Nah, you started believing that I had something to do with Dad betting banged up.”

“It wasn’t like that. I just didn’t know what to believe, what to think.”

“I’ll tell you. Mum’s got threatened, Dad took justice in his own hands, things got out of hand, and some of the gang got hurt.”

“You were seen.” Kenneth insisted.

“By How High Hughie, really?” Joshua asked. “You taking the word of a bre whose always drunk over mine. Family sticks together, man. Mum and Dad taught us that.”

Kenneth nodded, solemnly.

“Ok, ok the things they were saying were bonkers, and I should have stood up against them.”

“I would for you,” Joshua said

Josh stood up, turned away and headed out of the kitchen.

“Hey, Josh!” Kenneth called after him.

Joshua stopped and looked back.

“The next time you call me out, I’m going to take you up on the offer. Then we will see who can take who.”

Both boys grinned.

“Yeah, we’ll see, fam, we will see,” Joshua said.

Joshua NGon Last Prince of Alkebulahn by Anthony Hewitt

Links…

Book website: www.thelastprince.co.uk

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36222715-joshua-n-gon?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0956266010/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: Disturbing Works by Jon Richter {Review}


Today I have a review for you of the Jon Richter book Disturbing Works.

Blurb…

The first volume of my Disturbing Works is a collection of twelve twisted tales perfect for people who like their stories dark, despicable, and deeply unsettling.  Containing fantasy, sci-fi, dark humour and a lot of deliciously nasty horror, it should have something for every reader that has a sinister side and nerves of steel…

Review..

Disturbing Works is made up of small short stories and I have to say I really enjoyed them. 

I loved the darkness to each one and how it differed from the next. All 12 were completely unique and could quite easily stand up against a full length novel. 

Richter’s words flow naturally and he has an amazing ability to create tension and suspense along with a side of dread. 

I would absolutely recommend this to any thriller or horror lover and would give this book 5 stars. 

This chilling volume is available now for your Kindle or eReader at www.amazon.co.uk.

Thanks for reading. 

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James {Review}

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Today I have a review for you from the book Sister, Psychopath by Maggie James.

Blurb..

When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.

Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.

Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity?  And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?

When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…

A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.

Review…

What a corker of a book! I seriously enjoyed reading this. The main character Megan is the sort of woman everyone can relate too. Most of us have siblings or family members we cannot stand, all have unrequited love, and generally stuggle for our careers and money. Chloe on the other hand plays the perfect villian, everythign about her reminded me of the mean girls you get at school and within business enviorments that drive you insane and get away with everything.

The build up through the story to that main critical point was fantastic, I never saw what was coming and the end twist? Saaayyy whaaaat???? I did NOT  see that coming, maybe a few little parts of I had an inkling but not on that scale.

Maggie has a way of writing that sucks you in and keeps you glued to the pages. The character development was really well done. I would give this book 5/5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good psychological thriller.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: Oh! What A Pavlova by Isabella May {Q&A}

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Today I have an guest post from Isabella May, author of Oh! What a Pavlova.

Blurb…

Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

Q&A…

What process do you follow for your writing? Are you a planner or do you just let it flow? Straight to PC or pen and paper?

I’m a mix of notebooks and PC when I am starting out on a new book. Notebooks are great to transport to cafes (I’m a dance mum so spend a lot of time waiting around with a coffee and cake!). Even in a noisy setting, you will overhear something in a conversation which sparks off an idea. And I often find that my characters start ‘talking to me’ and will let me record several paragraphs of an argument or confrontation … or even a sex scene for a future chapter!

Do you attend writing/author focused conferences? Which is your favourite?

Alas, living in Spain means it’s tricky to get to author conferences. I hope to attend some in the future though. On the other hand, I am near the Gibraltar Literary Festival and have been a few times. It’s had some really inspired line-ups over the past few years, and this October’s is no exception.

How many manuscripts do you have that you never submitted? Will you consider approaching your publisher with them now?

At the time of writing this, my second manuscript (a story packed full of cocktails and my usual jump-off-the-page characters, humour, travel and magic), is with my publisher, Crooked Cat Books for perusal. I’m keeping my paws crossed for a good response! And that’s it. So far, I have only written two books. But book three is already swirling around nicely in my head … that might just have to be based here, on the lively Costa del Sol.

What one piece of advice do you wish you received before you started writing? What one piece of intended good advice, wasn’t what it seemed?

I wish I’d been told to believe in my writing sooner. For years I doubted I had any true ability because I had no writing training or credentials. But eventually my confidence grew with practice, and, to be honest, by attending local writing groups here in Spain and biting the bullet to read my drafts aloud. The best thing I have ever been told when it comes to writing is that the infamous rules are there to be broken. In other words: learn them and then decide which to discard of. Obviously, this will change from novel to novel, but I think that as writers we uphold way too many rules, and actually, it is only through their wild abandon that we will find our true voice.

What is your favourite thing about the whole writing process?

My favourite thing about the whole writing process is that exciting flurry of words which comes out of absolutely nowhere … and then you can’t find pen and paper for toffee/fire up the laptop quickly enough! Those words are almost divine. Record them however you can though because you can bet your bottom dollar that when you do get around to jotting them down later, they won’t be there.

Was there a particular book that made you sit up and think ‘that’s it, I’m going to be an author too’?

Rebecca Campbell’s Light is the New Black is definitely the book that gave me the extra kick up the backside.

Who do you envisage as playing your characters if your book was ever turned into a movie?

Daniel Mays would make the perfect Daniel. As for Kate, I’d love to see either Emma Watson or Emily Blunt take on that role. I think both would portray naivety and self-doubt brilliantly, slipping into self-confidence in the business world with ease. Time to create a secret Pinterest board and start visualising!

What do you consider is your greatest accomplishment?

I hope it doesn’t sound like trumpet-blowing but there are many things I am proud of having achieved: One being *undoubtedly* this book. Then again, it did take a whopping seven years.
But I am also thrilled at the number of countries I have visited. Being one with Itchy Feet who doesn’t get to travel as much as she’d like now life has brought her family to Andalucia (the airfares here are shocking … the rail networks few and far between … the car journeys vast!), I would have to say all the travel I did prior to hitting thirty! I think I have totted up forty countries at last count. And I am also proud of myself for sticking out my degree. It was four years long and some of the ‘pathways’ that went with my Modern Languages degree, were far from fun, or my areas of expertise: Politics, Economics etc etc … Yawn!

I suppose I should also say that I am proud of myself, and my husband, for bringing up two bi-lingual children, giving them opportunities that will really open doors when it comes to their future careers. They both attend the local Spanish state school.

I could go on … but I must retain an element of mystique!

Buying Links

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

Thank you for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Path To The Key by April Canavan {Review}

I received this book from Seraph Book Reviews.

​Wow, Wow, Wow. Let me start by saying this is not your average Vampire story. Path To The Key is incredibly unique and full of twists and turns that even seasoned readers will not see coming.

The book sucked me in right from the start. Every single character that was introduced was fascinating and interesting whether it was the main character Sarah or the Villan Alex.

Each character held their own and had great character arcs despite some only been background characters. Each personality fed into the story and plot in such a fitting way.

I loved the mix of supernatural and vampire, the way they blended together in such an unusual fashion which worked so well. I really like how the author describes the way that magic works within a Vampire and doesn’t just expect the reader to guess at possible issues.

While sex does feature in the book its not done in an in-your-face manner and fits perfectly with the story.

I adored the character of Winter, I’d like to think if I was a Witch I would be as powerful as she is and Jack is adorable. The use of having a child as part of the main story in what could be quite a dark book works really well and doesn’t feel forced or out of place.

Sarah was such a unique main character. Faced with making life altering decisions and the reality that she cannot do the one thing which she lives for really shows how people can overcome adversity and become stronger than they initially thought. This definetly isn’t your average weak girl becomes strong style story. It runs much deeper.

The plot was filled with emotion and really led you to care about what was happening to everyone in the book not just the main players.

The writing style flowed beautifully, it was so easy to read and get sucked into. The Imagery used was realistic enough to allow your mind to create scenes and pictures from the writing.  The style of the story could so easily have become confusing but everything was written so well that I never ended up confused by what was going on.

My favourite quote is from a part where Winter is discussing her relationship with Jonathon and she says;

“I chose power over love, and there is nothing worse than that.”

I feel this is relevant even in our non-fiction real life world.

April Canavan has written an amazing book and I would urge everyone to read it.
Massively impressed I eagerly await the follow up. This book has huge potential to be one of the greats that people talk about for generations. It’s definitely a page turner that I couldn’t put down, I throughly enjoyed every moment, even when I almost missed my bus stop because I was so engrossed. If in doubt just know that the main part of the book is set in a magical bookstore…now who wouldn’t love a story like that?

Star Ratings;

Plot 5/5
Character 5/5
Heat 5/5
Writing Style 5/5
Overall Rating 5/5

Thanks for reading. You can also see a copy of this review and others over at Seraph Books

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: The Collective by R.S Williams [Book Review]

Grab your Pirate Hat and your eye patch because today we are going on a Pirate Adventure with The Collective by R.S Williams.

Blurb:

Matilda Gregson never knew a world outside hers existed, that is until Harvey comes along and shows her something beyond her imagination. All that is on Tilly’s mind is finishing her dissertation, getting her degree, and spending time with her friends before the end of the school year.

But everything changes when she meets Jenny, an agent of a secret society, and nothing prepared either of them for the adventure they are about to endure. Under the pressures of surviving, their friendship grows and they find friends in the most unlikely of places, and betrayal just around the corner.

Will they both be able to stop him before he tears Jenny’s society to the ground?

Review:

I was really excited to read this, I love a good fantasy. Within the first few pages I was sucked in. I found Jenny more of a likeable character than Tilly at the beginning. The whole Collective thing definitely had the upper edge however, as the story progressed we started to see a new side to Tilly which was endearing and started a potentially great character arc. 

Without giving much away the villain was played perfectly, I didn’t suspect it either until something he said.

I really liked the concept of the plot, the time-travel, Pirates, Loot! It had everything. I’m intrigued to see where it will go, hopefully there will be a sequel.

I would give this book 4/5 stars, it has everything you need from a good fantasy that gives you a place for your mind to escape.

Thanks for reading. 

Emma-Louise x

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

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: 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