Book Tour: Finding Myself by Victoria J Brown

Today I have the review for the final book in the Chaos series. I have read each of the books in this series so I was really looking forward to it. You can see my previous reviews for Holding Myself and Losing Myself by clicking the links.

Blurb…

Kat’s life has become a blur of dirty nappies and sleepless nights. She has moved into the flat above the salon she owns, alone and without Max the father of her children.

To make matters worse, Max has revealed he plans to remarry.

Constantly on edge, her babies are taking up all of her time and Max is never around to help.

Diagnosed with post-natal depression, Kat feels more alone than ever.

Will Kat be able to manage alone? Can she find hope and rebuild her life?

Finding Myself is a novel about searching for the light at the end of the tunnel

Review…

As with the other books in the series I really enjoyed reading Victoria’s latest instalment. 

Coming full circle with the trials and tribulations of Kat’s life we finally see a resolution.

Things are certainly not easy for Kat and I like the way it highlights the difficulties of having children and the fear and worries that come along with it. 

We get to see a bit more of Kat’s family and how they have also struggled with issues within their lives. 

We don’t just get to see how Kat moves on but everyone else as well. It is written really well and what I have enjoyed most about the series is that is isn’t a typical soft and fluffy story, the end isn’t about a white knight riding in on his horse. The simplest of things with Kat’s situation can be classed as a win. 

As a mother is find this sort of portrayal of motherhood so much more accurate than it is often described. 

I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants something that hits a little deeper than your average read. 

I would give this book 4/5 stars. 

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Book Tour: Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett


Hey, today I have a blog tour book review for you for the novel Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett. 
Blurb…

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?
Review…

Hell To Pay is the fourth book in the Kay Hunter series and I have been lucky enough to read them all.

Hell To Pay certainly didn’t disappoint. From the first to the last page I couldn’t put it down. 

Kay is and always has been an interesting character to follow and I really like how Rachel adds elements of Kay’s home life into the story without making it all about her home life. 

This book can be read as a standalone however, I would highly recommend reading the other novels especially as this one is the culmination of an issue that has been building since the first book. 

The book has plenty of action and even though the ending in some ways is somewhat predictable as it’s set up early on in the book it still retains the exciting ‘must read’ feeling. 

Rachel really is a fantastic writer and I really have nothing negative to say about any of her books. Her writing style is brilliantly done and it keeps you glued to the pages. 

Another fantastic read and if any crime lovers haven’t read these then they should, they are missing out.

You can purchase Hell To Pay here.

Thanks for reading and thank you Emma from EDM Creating Perfection for selecting me to review this book and taking me on this tour.

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

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 Tour: The Second Captive by Maggie James

Hey everyone. My 2nd of 3 Blog Tour posts for today. This is a review of the book The Second Captive by Maggie James.

Blurb

Beth Sutton is eighteen years old when she is abducted. Held prisoner in a basement, she’s dependent on her captor for food, clothes and her very existence. As the months pass, her hatred towards her imprisoner changes to compassion.

But Beth cannot forget that her abductor is also a killer. And she has evidence to prove it…

 Then Beth escapes

 Can Beth escape from the prison that she has found herself in?

And is there a relationship between love and fear?

Review

I was really excited to start this even though it has a similar theme to a book I am writing. I had heard great things about the story.

I wasn’t disappointed. The book was a fairly quick read and a page turner. The story developed well and had a few twists and turns. Some predictable, some not so much.

Beth is one of these characters I like and dislike at the same time. However, the way she was written was excellently throughout and the the plot was done really well. Dominic was a character I loathed and pitied at the same time. With some guidance things could have been very different for him.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers.

I rate this book 5 out of 5.

Thanks for reading 

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Tour: Blood Bank by Zoe Markham

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Hey Everyone. Today I have an extract for you for Blood Bank by Zoe Markham.

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Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperates, the addicts. He’s been building his reputation, saving for a way out – but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line…

Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she’s meeting, the situations she’s in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They’re just coincidences…aren’t they?

And Zack is in deep trouble. He’s losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects – and that’s not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won’t ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack’s heart: his blood – and his life.

In the heart of Swindon, an ancient order hides in plain sight, spreading their influence through the streets like a disease. But despite their widespread power they are catching up with the modern world: the vampires are going online, and the Order is about to become more powerful than even they would have dreamed…

Extract

Kashif was the first to wake. Too weak to cry out, he could only lie still and try to piece things together in his mind. He tried to lift his left arm but couldn’t move it, and the effort it would take to shift his whole body and try to lift it with his right was unthinkable. One of them would be down here somewhere, keeping watch, although he didn’t know why they bothered. It wasn’t as if he was going anywhere. The combination of the venom and the blood loss was more than enough to keep him a compliant prisoner.

As he lay back and listened, he slowly became aware of the other presence in the room, which gave him the incentive he needed to force his head up and look around. Pain lanced through every nerve in his body as he strained upwards, and before he could register any more than a dark shape on the opposite bench, his head dropped back and hit the stone hard, knocking him out once more.

The thud woke Zach, who was in considerably better shape than his fellow donor, broken wrist, angry black eye, and all. His left eye could barely open, but his right told him everything he needed to know. The venom was still functioning as an anaesthetic, and although his wrist throbbed and felt awkward, it didn’t pain him as such. He straightened on the bench and held his left wrist up to his chest to try and stem the bleeding, for a moment at least. He managed to lean over and check the level of blood in his chalice. Chalice. He hated the word. It had become so heavily corrupted since he’d got involved with the Clan. It was essentially an oversized, grotesque tumbler. There was a small army of them down here, a never-ending supply of the gaudy, golden monstrosities. Each held around two pints of fluid, and when full they were stored in a twisted version of a larder further down in the basement. Like everything else down there it was made of ancient stone, and cold as the grave. There was never a need for refrigeration; the temperature didn’t get anywhere near high enough for the blood to spoil.

Full chalices were lined up on the stone shelves inside, where they awaited the special masses performed by Father Andrew and his psychopathic parody of a Deacon, Christopher. Zach’s chalice was full, and he was damned if he was going to be bleeding down here without it counting for anything. He called weakly for the priest in the darkness.

If you are interested in purchasing this book then you can do so here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Book Tour: The Chataeu of Happily Ever After by Jaimie Admans

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Hey everyone, today I have a review you for the book The Chateau of Happily Ever After by Jaimie Admans.

Blurb…

Where dreams come true…?


Wendy Clayton stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago. Instead, she has a ‘nice’ life. Nice job. Nice flat. Absolutely no men. Until her life is turned upside-down when her elderly neighbour, Eulalie, passes away and leaves her the Château of

Happily Ever Afters!

But there’s a catch: she must share the sprawling French castle with Eulalie’s long-lost nephew, Julian. And no matter how gorgeous he is, or how easily she finds herself falling head over heels, Wendy needs to find a way to get rid of him…

Because surely happily ever afters don’t happen in real life?

Escape to beautiful France this summer with this uplifting romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Kat French, Caroline Roberts, and Holly Martin.

Review…

I am not usually a fan of chick lit novels but the pleasure of blog tours means that sometimes you get something that you wouldn’t usually pick and end up loving it. That is exactly what happened with this book.

I really enjoyed it, I was so desperate to see how things played out for Wend and Jules. Now Wendy… I am not going to lie was somewhat irritating. I found some parts of her attitude quite childish especially as things progressed with Julian.

Julian however, was charming and fun throughout the book. I really liked seeing their relationship grow. The way they interact with each other shows how much they like each other.

I really loved to see how they uncover the gems of the chateau and the stories that people had to tell about it.

In the real world we would all love to have this situation happen to us, unfortunately, we rarely will so this is the next best way to live that dream.

I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

To purchase a copy of the book you can do so here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

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Book Tour: One To Watch by Rachel Amphlett

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Hey, Today I have a review for you from the Book Tour for One To Watch by Rachel Amphlett.

Blurb…

Sophie Whittaker shared a terrifying secret. Hours later, she was dead.

Detective Kay Hunter and her colleagues are shocked by the vicious murder of a teenage girl at a private party in the Kentish countryside.

A tangled web of dark secrets is exposed as twisted motives point to a history of greed and corruption within the tight-knit community.

Confronted by a growing number of suspects and her own enemies who are waging a vendetta against her, Kay makes a shocking discovery that will make her question her trust in everyone she knows.

Review…

This is the 2nd book in this 3 book (so far) series that I have read by Rachel and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot.

I didn’t even predict who the killer was which is something that hasn’t happened to me in a long time.

As usual the characters were well developed and the storyline was intriguing and entertaining.

I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars and would highly recommend it to any crime lover.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

 

Book Tour: A Little Of Chantelle Rose by Cristina Hodgson

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Hey everyone. Today I have a review of the novel A Little Of Chantelle Rose by Cristina Hodgson.

Blurb…

At the age of twenty-four, Chantelle Rose has all a city girl can expect: a tiny bed-sit in South London, a lousy poorly-paid job, a tyrannical boss, and quite a few exes added to an ever-growing list.

Desperate for change, she becomes an extra in a seedy crime film. When that leads to the opportunity of a lifetime – a role to play with a million dollars to win and seemingly nothing to lose – she accepts without thinking twice. After all, what could possibly go wrong? In any event, she´ll earn enough to buy her dream home, set up her own business and never worry about money again.

And what about love? Two men have won her heart: Robbie – sultry, silent, mysterious; and Lionel – Hollywood heart-throb, charm, wealth, adventure.

But who can she trust? Who is bent on scaring her away, and why?

There seems to be more at stake than just her heart. Will a million dollars be worth it?

Review…

I am so disappointed….The book was really good, I am disappointed it ended when I didn’t expect it. I could have kept on reading and I didn’t realise I was close to the end lol.

A Little Of Chantelle Rose is completely unrealistic and quite cheesy but in the best way possible. It sucked me into the world and I enjoyed it so much. Chantelle is a fantastic character, as is all the others. I found her witty, funny, charming and not afraid to be who she is. I wish I had a little bit of Chantelle Rose within me.

There is romance, drama and mystery, it is the perfect book for escapism. I utterly loved it. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 and will happily pick up the 2nd book, assuming there is one!

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette xx

Book Tour: The Many Colours of Us by Rachel Burton {Extract}

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Hey everyone,

Today I have an extract for you for the novel The Many Colours of Us by Rachel Burton.

Blurb…

What if your life was built on lies?

Julia Simmonds had never been bothered about not knowing who her father was. Having temperamental supermodel, Philadelphia Simmonds, as a mother was more than enough. Until she discovers she’s the secret love-child of the late, great artist Bruce Baldwin,  and her life changes forever.

Uncovering the secrets of a man she never knew, Julia discovers that Bruce had written her one letter, every year until her eighteenth birthday, urging his daughter to learn from his mistakes. As Julia begins to dig deeper into the mysterious past of her parents, opening up a history she’d never have imagined, but as she discovers the truth she needs to decide if she is willing to forgive and forget?

Extract…

He’s waiting for me when I get to the Tate Modern, I’m the one who’s late for once. I was so wrapped up in more clothes designs that I missed the tube stop and I’ve had to run across from St Paul’s. It’s still extremely hot and I’m aware that I’m very sweaty.

“What are we doing here?” I ask, as I catch my breath.

“There’s something I want to show you,” he says. “Come on.”

He leads me into the building and we turn immediately right, leaving the giant spider sculpture behind us. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never been further than that before. A love of modern art clearly didn’t come down through the gene pool.

We walk through room after room of paintings, sculptures and installations some of which, quite frankly, are bizarre. The huge collection of dismembered dolls is particularly creepy. I stop to look at it, but Edwin insists we keep moving. He’s walking very fast with his back to me.

At the end of the corridor, we come into a room that is slightly more dimly lit than the others. Edwin stops suddenly in the doorway. I peer around him to look inside. The paintings in here are softer than some of the others we’ve passed, most of them painted in a palette of reds and browns and greens; what my mother would call “cool Autumn”.

“These are the paintings that made up your father’s final exhibition,” Edwin says. “The Tate dedicated this room to him when he died. Some of the work was bought at the exhibition, but those paintings that aren’t privately owned are here.”

This must be the exhibition Graeme was talking about. The one called Lost Daughters. Slowly I start to walk around the room. The paintings are huge, some of them floor to ceiling, most of them much bigger than any of the ones I’ve seen at the studio, much bigger than the ones we’re hoping to display when we open the Art Salon. They are very abstract, acrylic on canvas, which Frank has told me was my father’s favourite medium, and I’m not sure I understand them at all. But as I walk around and read the labels underneath each piece of art I start to get a sense of who my father was. It’s nothing solid, just a feeling, like a wisp of smoke just at the edge of my vision, but it’s a start. I try to remember what Graeme said about this exhibition; paintings of children on their own, ignored children, lonely children. Graeme had described it as haunting, but to me it has a more familiar feeling than that. As though I’ve been here before, even though I know I haven’t.

When I’ve done a full circuit, I go and sit with Edwin on a bench in the middle of the room. For a moment, we sit in silence.

Author Biography

Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk, prodigiously early. In 2013 she finally started making one up that was worth writing down.

She has a BA in Classics and an MA in English and has never really known what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a legal secretary, a yoga teacher and a paralegal. She never quite made it to law school.

She grew up in Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

You can purchase The Many Colours of Us here on Amazon UK.

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

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