Welcome! My blog is all about my love of books, in an ideal world I would blog about a specific genre but my taste is so broad I just love to read! I do however have a massive soft spot for anything dystopian and at the other end of the spectrum young adult! I have far too many books and I need more! I thought it would be a good idea to set up a blog so I can share my passions but I will occasionally also ramble about a lot of other things such as tv series and films and my love of Orlando plus did I mention I love books!!! I have a bit more info in my About Me page so please have a look!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

BLOG TOUR - The Stall of Second Chances by Dana Bate


Thank you to Corsair for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

It is no secret I love books, I really do, in fact I love them so much my darling husband keeps muttering about having a bonfire but as well as fiction I also have a huge collection of cookbooks.  I am by no means a great cook but in my dreams I am!  

Now having a quick first flick through this paperback I came across a treasure trove of recipes at the back of the book and it was then that I knew that me and The Stall of Second Chances were gonna get along.

Sydney Strauss is our leading lady and at the start of the book we meet her as her life is about to go downhill, working for a television reporter with an ego the size of the planet, he cocks up she takes the fall but it pays her bills until the day restructuring arrives at her work and her job is no longer there.

She could hit rock bottom but just before she reaches it her friend persuades her to work her shift at a local market on a stalled called the Wild Yeast Bakery, run by the obnoxious Rick, the pay is terrible and the hours are very unsociable but it's better than nothing.

Sydney is also a lapsed blogger, her love of food has been ongoing for years and she blogged constantly about it, food journalism could have been her career too if she hadn't put love first, but Zach her ex is no longer on the scene and she is free to do what she likes now.  

She is approached by the market manager to organise their newsletter and slowly she begins to rekindle her love affair with food and at the same time she also meets a man, Jeremy a regular at the market.

He is a much a foodie as she is but she finds him familiar, too familiar, who is he?

To her horror he is a disgraced ex food journo who took cash for writing articles five years before but he is also charming, a great cook and not bad on the eyes, after a few dates she decides to avoid him but she finds she can't resist him and they start a relationship. 

Sydney is approached by a big Washington paper to write for their food column but they want juice not cupcakes and she has to find a great story to write for them, unfortunately for her the story she finds has the potential to not only damage her new relationship but it could spell the end of some of the businesses at the market, the ones that she has been working hard at raising their profiles with the newsletter.

Now I don't want to spoil the book for you but Sydney tries to do the right thing by bringing this juicy story to the public but as she was doing it I just wanted to scream "No!!!", and I was right to be worried!  Her life that has just started to get better is unravelling once more but does she just have herself to blame?

The recurring theme of this book is the giving of another chance and the characters in it certainly make enough cock ups to warrant another chance!  It is a really enjoyable read, as well as the main story the description of the food is just pure delight, cakes and breads jump from the pages begging to be gobbled up.  Of course the aforementioned recipes at the back also bring life to some of the wares from the Wild Yeast Bakery.

My only complaint would be some of the choices Sydney makes when it comes to writing her story for the Chronicle, you can see it is going to end in tears and you really want her to choose love over the story but she is headstrong, will she make the right decision?

Does it have a happy ending?  Well that's for you to read and discover but if you are looking for a charming tale with love and food mixed together, then this is your perfect bake, sorry book!

Awarded 4 out of 5


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Friday, 21 November 2014

BOOK BLITZ - Stargazer by Sunniva Dee **GIVEAWAY**


Hello and Welcome!
Today the brilliant Stargazer by Sunniva Dee is released!
Find out more below including an excerpt
 and enjoy some teasers 
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Stargazer by Sunniva Dee 
(Halos #2) 
Publication date: November 2014 

Genres: New Adult, Paranormal


I’m Luna, and I’ve been in the Twilight Zone since I moved in with my sister and her boyfriend.
I sense their secrets in every corner of the house.

Gabriel is eerily beautiful, and his personality disturbingly perfect, while Gaia’s inexplicable PTSD and mood swings bounce her between bliss and despair.

Until Gabriel’s brothers pay a visit.

Cassiel…
He’s the night to his brother’s day. He’s sex personified and the devil in one hell of a stunning package. It’s been years since I last saw him, but this man makes me burn. He hooks me with his touch. Enthralls me with those oddly simmering eyes. He pierces my soul with his knowing smirks, and I am losing myself in him.

Ka…
With pearlescent hair and spring green eyes, he crashes into my world. I thought this crazy, beautiful man could mend my bleeding heart. Make things recognizable again—normal. Instead he pulls me from the embers and feeds me to the open fire.

College life. Is this what everyone goes through?





He was a Fallen, a bad boy, and everything in between. I’d tried. God knew I’d tried to keep them apart, but these kids were freaking magnets. Plus, how could I object with the way he fought for her? Not that I’d have a say.
A wall of tranquility hit us when we entered the house. I caught a quick glimpse of aqua blue as Gabriel surveyed my mood over his shoulder. The door slammed shut behind us, and the peace he’d saturated the air with instantly infused every pore.
Cassiel’s eyes, a slow-floating gold, edged over Luna’s placid expression, her still limbs. Carefully, he eased her onto the coach and leaned her against the backrest.
Sweetness,” he said, his tone so different from anything I’d ever heard him use before. “Rest now, okay? I’ll take you home soon.”
My sister smiled, unconcerned with the struggle happening only yards away, and Cassiel swung around to focus on his brothers.
So waves of serenity, huh? Do they work on him?” The flight must have done Cassiel good. No trace of fury or lack of control, remained. Now, he studied Kakabel with the levelheaded scrutiny of a scientist.
Somewhat,” Gabriel puffed while pushing Ka into a kitchen corner.
Drunk on a luxurious sort of harmony, I flopped down on a barstool. It never ceased to surprise me how all worries disappeared in this state. With only the breakfast bar between us, the view was excellent.
Well, time to beat him into a pulp,” Cassiel declared, rubbing his hands together. “Pass him on.”
No, Cassiel. Michael is coming tomorrow. We’ve got less than twenty-four hours.”
To do what? Fix his ass? All he’s done is create chaos.” Cassiel broke into one of his trademark derisive laughs. “Unless you made some stupid promise to Michael?”
Gabriel kept Ka shackled to the wall with an arm. A bruise forming on Ka’s cheekbone did nothing to mar his beauty.
Don’t be silly,” Gabriel retorted. “We need him manageable. He’s over the top again.”
I’d say.
He shot Cassiel a glance. “I thought you were the self-proclaimed police here, dedicated to keeping us all under the Celestial radar. What happened?”
Cassiel lost his head to love,” I slurred, grinning, and caught the ghost of a smirk from Gabriel.
Because he loooves me,” Luna sang from her relaxed position on the couch.
Dude, turn down the serenity, will you? The girls are—”
Just concentrate, Cassiel!” Gabriel’s voice was a whip, contrasting with the sensation he provided.
My baby’s bossy,” I giggled. “Better listen.”


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AUTHOR BIO
I write New Adult fiction with a paranormal twist and don’t shy away from romance and heart-wrenching passion when necessary.

I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book,” aka Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which spurred my husband and me to move cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

I’m currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time with our “petting zoo” as in an opinionated parrot, a herd of cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that…uh, bark.

I hold a Master’s degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. I taught at college level for a decade before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. When I’m not writing, I read.
Shattering Halos is my debut novel, and its standalone sequel, Stargazer, is due out later this year.

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BLOG TOUR - The Vineyard by Michael Hurley **GIVEAWAY**


Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for Michael Hurley's upcoming release

The Vineyard

Read my review, enjoy the trailer plus you can win a copy of the novel and Michael has very kindly provided me with some random facts!


Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard. As the come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as "the fisherman" threatens to change everything they believe about their world--and each other.


10 Random Things About Me

1 - I drive a tiny Fiat 500 POP (sea foam green) that averages 46 miles a gallon. 

2 - All of my clothing fits into a 6 x 3 foot closet. 
 
3 - My favorite item of clothing is a $350 Hart Schaffner and Marx wool jacket made by a now defunct socialist labor union, in the 1970s that I got for $7 dollars at Goodwill, and that makes me feel like Tolkien every time I wear it. 

4 - I have used the same key ring since I was 16. 

5 - I get teary eyed sometimes when singing a favorite old hymn or the national anthem. 

6 - I don’t really know what I want to be when I grow up. 

7 - I think accomplished, classically trained musicians are gods among us. 

8 - I believe the central lie of human history is that the material world and maximizing the length and comfort of our years within it are worthy of our life’s work. 

9 - That man “struts and frets his hour upon the stage” with no clear understanding of how or why he arrived there, where he came from, or where he is going, is to me the central comedy of human history. 

10 - I always clean my plate.


REVIEW

Now I would like to forewarn you that this is not going to be a long review but that does not mean its a terrible read, what that means is it is such a good read with a lot for the reader to appreciate that I don't want to spoil it for you and reveal anything important.

First of all The Vineyard has a beautiful setting on the eastern coast of America, Martha's Vineyard to be exact and it is the location for a reunion of three women, all very different but they are coming together to spend the summer away from everything.

We have Dory who is from old money, Charlotte who is mourning the lost of her daughter and Turner a blogger who is recently divorced, all three have many more demons but at the start of this story one of them is not planning on making it past the first night.

The Vineyard explores the women's relationships but it also introduces us to other characters too that interweave with our three ladies and notably the elusive Fisherman, a man who seems to appear out of nowhere and he can do things, special things.

It is an atmospheric, gripping story with great female characters, faith is a recurring theme through this book and please have faith in me when I suggest that you read this to discover how the story reaches it conclusion.

Awarded 4 out of 5

Thank to Jean Book Nerd Tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live near Charleston, South Carolina. Born and raised in Baltimore, Michael holds a degree in English from the University of Maryland and law from St. Louis University.

The Prodigal, Michael’s debut novel from Ragbagger Press, received the Somerset Prize for mainstream fiction and numerous accolades in the trade press, including Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, ForeWord Reviews, BookTrib, Chanticleer Reviews, and IndieReader. It is currently in development for a feature film by producer Diane Sillan Isaacs. Michael’s second novel, The Vineyard, is due to be released by Ragbagger Press in December 2014.

Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, is a collection of wilderness-themed essays published by Ragbagger Press in 2005. It was shortlisted for Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine. In 2009, Michael embarked on a two-year, 2,200 mile solo sailing voyage that ended with the loss of his 32-foot sloop, the Gypsy Moon, in the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti in 2012. That voyage and the experiences that inspired him to set sail became the subject of his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, published in 2013 by Hachette Book Group.

When he is not writing, Michael enjoys reading and relaxing with Susan on the porch of their rambling, one-hundred-year-old house. His fondest pastimes are ocean sailing, playing piano and classical guitar, cooking, and keeping up with an energetic Irish terrier, Frodo Baggins.



Thursday, 20 November 2014

RELEASE DAY - The Future Without Hope by Nazarea Andrews **GIVEAWAY**

TFWH RDL 

Today we have the release day launch of 
The Future Without Hope by Nazarea Andrews. 

I am so excited about this sexy zombie romance. 
Nazarea is sharing an exclusive excerpt and a awesome giveaway. Be sure to enter and check out all the book details!!

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Exclusive Excerpt:
I go to the Underground. It’s deserted this early, but I know some of the acolytes will be there, and a few priests. It’s a gamble, but it’s what I have.
I could go to Omar. It would take very little to reach out to the High Priest, and I know him—he might be loyal to the Order, but he’ll do whatever he can to destabilize the Red Priestess. Even helping me steal back a sacrifice.
But that would mean trusting him. And I’m not ready for that. Not yet.
So I go to the vice clubs.
The doors are locked. I bang once, and wait impatiently until two acolytes pry open the door. “The clubs are closed until sunset,” the one in green robes lisps.
“I’m not here for the vice clubs,” I say. “I need to see the High Priest of the Haven.”
They exchange a quick look, and then the Red shakes her head. She’s familiar—the same acolyte who attended me when I fought. The sweet hospitality in her eyes from the previous night is gone now, replaced with a cool reserve that borders on hostility. She isn’t a woman impressed right now. She’s a fledgling priestess protecting the Order. And that makes me smile, slow and amused.
“He isn’t here.”
“Tell him that Finn O’Malley needs to see him. He has two hours to meet me at the house on the edge of the wall and return what he took from me. If I don’t have her by then, I will start killing his priests—and I won’t stop until every member of the Order in 1 is dead.” I pause, and stare at them. Their eyes are wide, fear mixing with anger and shock.
They don’t believe me. And because of that, they won’t deliver the message. I lean in and murmur into the space between them. “If you think I wouldn’t do it—I want you to know, I fought for Kelsey Buchman in the war. There is nothing I wouldn’t do. And if she isn’t there, in two hours, yours will be the first blood I spill.”


  


The Future Without Hope Synopsis: 

Separated from Finn, captive of the Order, Nurrin has no hope left. But she has survived twenty years of zombies--and she has the unshakable faith that Finn will find her. But Finn is a long way away. The Order's influence runs deeper than was ever suspected, and politics are shifting--and zombies may not be the most dangerous thing she's facing. Finn always thought the war stripped him of all he had to lose. But with Nurrin missing and doors closing in his face, he realizes there is always more for the world to take--and he will drag the remains of civilization down with him before he gives up on the only promise that matters. 


The World Without a Future (Book 1) 

The Horde Without End (Book 2) 



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Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She is the author of the University of Branton series, Neverland Found series, and Edge of the Falls. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

REVIEW - The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg


Title: The Paper Magician
Author: Charlie N Holmberg
Publisher: 47North
Release Date: 1st September 2014


Stories about magical students are by no means scarce but I haven't read one set in Victorian England, a country that seems slightly different to what we know.  

There are magicians openly practising, there are cars (called buggies in the book) and a young girl called Ceony who dreams of being a smelter but is left heartbroken as her life takes the wrong turn.

Ceony is a bright 19 year old at the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined and has just graduated, she has been sent to work as an apprentice for Magician Thane, a paper magician, this is not where she wants to be she wants to be working with metal but feeling she has no choice she throws herself in to her new life.

Thane is kind but a little strange but he makes Ceony feel welcome and she becomes accustomed to her strange new surroundings which include a paper skeleton butler, a house with a magical front and a ton of paper!

Thane introduces her to the magical art of folding, he creates amazing origami like creations that come to life including the adorable Fennel, a small dog he has created to keep Ceony company.  

As kind as he seems to be there is something that he is hiding and Ceony is given a major shock when Thane's past comes back to haunt him and she has to go up against a foe to try and save his life.

Now I won't spoil how she does this but it does involve an unusual journey through an anatomical feature and Ceony has to use all her wits and newly learnt skills to try and save Thane.  She is an amazingly driven young girl and despite obstacles in her way that may make others turn and run she keeps going.

The whole story is really enjoyable and the use of paper and its transformation in to such magical items is a nice touch, there are a couple of things that pop up like Americanisms when it seems to be set in England plus Ceony feelings for Thane seem to crop up very quickly but she is a teenage girl.

I really liked this story and I've actually went straight on to book 2 The Glass Magician which is also I'm glad to say really good, let me know what you think if you have read the series so far!

Awarded 4 out of 5

Thank you to 47 North for kindly providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review


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BLOG TOUR - Breaking Love by MJ Summers


Thank you to Piatkus for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

Book: Breaking Love
Author : MJ Summers
Publisher: Piatkus
Release Date: 21st November 2014


Luc Chevalier is a satisfied man - or so he thinks. His businesses are thriving, he has all the excitement, money and beautiful women any man could want. He dines at the best restaurants and stays at the most luxurious hotels as he makes his way around the globe. So why does he suddenly find himself so restless?
Megan Sullivan is a single mom with a rather ordinary life. She is comfortable with things just the way they are. She has a six-year-old son, Elliott, a cozy house in Boulder, Colorado, and a photography business to put food on the table. Megan is on her own and she intends to keep it that way.
But when Megan is convinced by her best friend to take a trip to Paris, she's thrust into the arms of Luc Chevalier, the sexiest man to ever set foot on the Eiffel Tower. They agree to one night together and no more. In those few short hours he manages to draw out the passionate woman that Megan has carefully hidden way for years. Once she has a taste of what she's been missing, she finds it almost impossible to go back to her life as it was.
Will two people who don't believe in happily-ever-after manage to put aside their doubts and find their forever?

So is this book, the second in MJ Summers Full Hearts series any good, does it tick the boxes that pique my curiosity?, lets see!

Hot Guy - Check
Not only hot but French - Double Check
Great female lead - Check again
Picturesque settings - Check and Check
Cute kid - Awww Check
Happy Ending? - You will have to read it yourself!

Megan has been a single mother for five years, her ex's addictions has been to much for their relationship to bear and they have gone their separate ways, the only good thing to have come from their union is their son Elliot.

Like most mothers she puts her son before her own needs but her best friend Harper arranges for Megan to visit her in the city of love, Paris.  Reluctantly she agrees and Harper is determined to show her a good time.

A good time is certainly what she gets in the shape of the delectable Luc Chevalier, he is extremely rich with a host of businesses and of course he is extremely attractive, women flock at his feet but one night his womanising ways are thrown in to disarray when he sets his eyes upon Megan.

She doesn't want a relationship and neither does he but sparks are flying and they agree to spend an unforgettable night together.  Neither of them want to admit it but the night changes them both, Luc has never felt like this with a woman before she has overwhelmed his senses and the feeling is mutual, on her return to the States, Luc is never far from her mind.

Breaking Love is a delicious read, Luc and Megan make a fantastic couple, she is no shy young woman falling at his feet, she puts her family first and lets Luc know nothing else can happen, but he has money and that money allows him to go to the States at a moments notice, he is doing the one thing he thought he would never do, fall in love.

So if you enjoy all my check points above then you'll love this book, I really enjoyed it, it's well written with plenty of great scenes, some steamy, some just plain romantic plus it has a host of great supporting characters and an occasional spanner in the works, the only thing is it's a tiny bit predictable but it is great fun waiting for what you know is going to happen and how it happens.

Let me know what you all think!

Awarded 4 out of 5

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

RELEASE DAY - The Body by d. Nichole King

The Body (The Spirit Trilogy Book 2) 

by d. Nichole King

NOW AVAILABLE


They vowed to never return.

Their lives depend on it. With last summer behind them, Lucas and Carrie think they’re safe.

Only the Moore House isn’t through with them.

When Lucas receives bad news, the search for the elusive half-demon who holds the key to Lucas’s death becomes first priority. The creature might be Lucas’s only shot at finding his soul. Problem is he doesn’t want to be found.

Dead ends and blocked attempts leave them wary.

Lucas seems to be fading away. His eyes no longer glow, his skin pales. Exhaustion consumes him, leaving him distant when he’s with Carrie. Not knowing what’s happening to him kills her.

From all around, shadows creep in, and there’s nowhere to hide.

Then, a mysterious stranger suddenly appears in town and unlocks a deadly secret from Lucas’s past. When the Moore House becomes their only escape—

No one is safe.



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Carrie Reese doesn’t believe in ghosts—until she falls in love with one.

From the moment he walks through the door, a cool breeze surrounds Carrie. She knows Lucas is too good to be true...and he is. Because he’s dead.

Devastated over her parents’ divorce, 17 year-old Carrie is spending the summer with her grandparents in Villisca—the creepiest town in Iowa. Even though it makes her skin crawl, Carrie doesn’t regard the haunting of the infamous Moore House to be anything more than superstition.

Lucas, however, knows exactly why the mysterious farmhouse should be avoided. But that’s not what brings him to town. As a ghost, he cannot cross over into the afterlife until he finds his soul, and there’s someone in Villisca who can help. Instead, he finds Carrie. And there’s something about her that draws him in. Why didn’t he find her sooner? Like, when he was alive?

When the force of their love disrupts the containment spell around the Moore House, the rift to Hell inside the attic opens, releasing the demons. Since love isn’t meant to be shared between the living and the dead, the demons target the lovers, intent on dragging them to where their souls will face eternal destruction.

Sometimes there’s more at risk than merely dying.

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About the Author
Since I was born and raised in Iowa, I like to create stories where my home state is the setting. There's nothing like small-town Midwest scenery to create the perfect backdrop for an amazing tale!

I've always loved to read and write. I'll read anything: Classics, fantasy, contemporary, mystery, horror. It doesn't matter as long as it draws me in. As a kid, I was raised on authors such as Lurlene McDaniel, R.L. Stine, Danielle Steele, Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King, and Shakespeare.

Writing-wise, my fondness lies in the YA/NA genre, though I do have a couple of women's fiction stories swimming around in my head.

When not writing, I'm usually curled up with a book, scrapbooking, or doing yet another load of laundry.

Along with her incredible husband, I live in small-town Iowa with my four adorable (yet ornery) children and their dog, Peaches.

The Spirit is the first book of The Spirit Trilogy, and is my debut novel.