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Easter Giveaway links

Click the links to be taken to the giveaway 🙂

The cutting edge http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjEx/

No Justice http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjEy/

Global Superstar http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjY=/

Hit List http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjM=/

Secrets http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjA=/

Miami Snow http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjI=/

The First Kill http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjE2/

Beyond Salvation http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjEz/

The Blake Soul http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjU=/

You Wish http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjg=/

The Merlin Chronicles http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjQ=/

Enemies and Playmates http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjE=/

Into The Light http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjEw/

Don’t blame it on the sunshine! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjc=/

The Other Side http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjk=/

Quiet Fury http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-
code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjE0/

The Earth Painter http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/ODYxMGYzNjBiYjg5NzcwZDIwN2FhZjlmNWNjMjhlOjE1/

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Easter Giveaway

Who needs chocolate when you can win an ebook! And let’s face it once the chocolate has gone your only left with a wrapper, a book lasts a life time 🙂
So who’s books can we win I hear you ask?! Well we have a total of 19 ebooks up for grabs……….

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Terry Tyler – You Wish & The Other Side
Daniel Diehl – The Merlin Chronicles (x3)
I.C.Camilleri – The Blake Soul
Christian J Blue – Global Superstar & Don’t blame it on the Sunshine!
Melissa Turner Lee – The Earth Painter
And a whopping 10 books from the fabulous Darcia Helle
Enemies and Playmates, Miami Snow, Secrets, Hit List, Into the Light, The Cutting Edge, No Justice, Beyond Salvation, Quiet Fury an Anthology of Suspicion and The First Kill.

You can read all the blurbs on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/orchardbookclub

All the giveaway links will be loaded today ready for you to enter tomorrow, there is a closing date timer on the giveaway site 🙂

BIG THANK TOU TO ALL OUR AUTHORS FOR DONATING YOUR BOOKS!!
GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY EASTER love the orchard girlies xx

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Global Superstar

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Global Superstar by Christian J Blue
Reviewed by Nicola

Ed Harvey has it all, Fame, Fortune the lot, But Ed couldn’t care less about all that, The only thing Ed cares about is a message……. A message that he has spent years trying to send.
But Ed also has a secret, a secret he wants no one to know about until is best friend, Kaine, is about to die and Ed can prevent this. When Kaine finds out about the ‘thing’ that saved his life all he sees is $$ but Ed wants no part in it but is blackmailed into helping. Will Ed ever deliver his message? The only way to find out is to join Ed on his journey to becoming a Global Superstar!

The only reason I gave this book 4* and not a 5* was because the first few chapters confused me (I doesn’t take a lot, trust me) too much flicking back and forth in time, had to turn back a few times to find out where I was. But that is the only flaw, if you can really call it a flaw. That being said I did love this book. CJ did have me gasping at a few points in the book and one part, which I emailed him about, shocked me…….. A LOT!
I enjoyed how it showed that fame can’t give you everything in life and at times your life isn’t really yours any more. This story is fast paced and has a fab twist. I never imagined the book ending the way it did, well done there CJ. I will look forward to reading more from this Author.

4 APPLES

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Fall of the Citizens

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Fall of the Citizens by Eric Thomas
Reviewed by Nicola

A disease has broken out and the only way to save your family is an inoculation but the government want $60,000 a shot! How far would you go to save them? Beg…….. Borrow…….. Steal……. How about murder?
What if there was a way to get the shot for free? Would you take it or ask “What’s in it for you?” The only string attached – don’t ask questions……….
Join Josh, Betty and The Citizens in this fast paced action packed story that has more plot twists than you know what to do with!

Now this is my kind of book, nitty gritty! If you are Squeamish then this isn’t for you.
I loved all the characters, especially Max, You always have to watch the quiet ones. The story was well thought out and flowed very well. Each character had its own part to play in the book which I liked. I didn’t want to get too attached with any of them, you will realise why when you read it, but I did love Betty and her kick ass attitude. The ending was a total shock for me (wasn’t the one I had in mind) but glad it went the way it did.

Fab book by an awesome Author, I WILL be reading more of his books…… That’s a fact!

4 APPLES

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Verliege By Micheal Rivers

 

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Reviewed by Rachel

 

Book Description

The world of Adrian Bolt shattered as his wife lay butchered on the floor of Castle Verliege. His conviction by a German court was as swift as the sword that killed her. He maintained his silence knowing his story would not be believed. Though his reputation was impeccable there was nobody willing to stand for him.
Another world lay in wait for anyone living within the walls of the castle; waiting, watching, for eternity to keep the Mueller name upon its registers. There is only one world here for those who choose to stay. To enter its doors is an invitation you will not soon forget!

VERLIEGE is a paranormal thriller.

I enjoyed reading Verliege, I liked the twists and turns and kept my attention throughout the book. The plot was interesting, fast paced and some good characters that were easy to connect with, but  more insight to them would have been nice. I also felt the ending was missing something.

I’d recommend this book if you like a good ghost story.

3 APPLES

 

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Crimson Sky

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Crimson Sky by Gretchen Craig

Reviewed by Simone

“Crimson Sky” is the heart-felt story of Zia, a strong woman, mother and wife living within a traditional tribe in New Mexico in the late 1500’s. The story explores her struggles and her heartaches when, after she believes her beloved husband, TapanAshka, to be dead, she must do unthinkable things in order to survive the unforgiving weather and lack of food to keep her young son, TyoPe, safe and ensure his survival.
At this time, the Spanish have settled in New Mexico looking for development opportunities and are offering the tribes of the pueblos food and homes, in exchange for their labour.
Zia feels this is her only option. To leave her home and her freedom behind and start again in a bid to keep herself, her baby and her family safe through their time of desperation.

“Crimson Sky” explores the issues and compromises made when these two highly different cultures are forced to come together as one.
Will the traditional, spirit worshiping people of the tribes be able to feel at home within the settlements of the Spanish, with their new animals, new tools, strange crops, and deadly weapons?
Will the Spanish be able to make the newcomers feel at home, or constantly view them as unequal, as slaves?
Will Zia find new love and a new life with the strong, powerful, seemingly kind and loving Spanish conquistador, Captain Diego Ortiz? Or will their differences, and his brutal treatment of her people prove they can never be together?

I thoroughly enjoyed “Crimson Sky”.
The characters are very well developed, and the plot is fast paced and exciting. I liked that I was able to “look into” real historical events and look at a snippet of how people at this time may have lived.
At the start of Chapter 17: “The March”, I had a little “Oh No” moment, and I had to force myself to put the book down and stop reading for a while. This was only because I felt I knew the direction the plot was going to take…and I didn’t want to see what I thought was going to happen actually happen!!
I couldn’t stop myself reading for long though, and I enjoyed every page!
Oh – and I got the EXACT ending I wanted too. 🙂

A recommended read.

4 APPLES

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Release Me

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Release Me by J. Kenner

Reviewed by Crystal

Anyone looking for another read similar to books by Sylvia Day and E.L. James should definitely read Release Me.  I’ve had it for a while and just read it last week.  Not sure why I waited so long to start it.  The story flowed really well and I loved getting to know the characters.  Especially Damian Stark.  What is it about a powerful man that just makes a book so much better??!!  Everyone has skeletons in their closet and this book addresses just that.  I can’t wait for the next book and hope that we get to see some more of what makes Damien the way he is.  Great read!!

5 APPLES

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eloves me, eloves me not

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eloves me, eloves me not by L.A. Johannesson

Reviewed by Crystal

This story follows the lovelorn Kayte and her quest to find love through online dating.  I found the stories of some of the men she met to be hilarious.  The descriptions of how badly the date was going were definitely something that kept me reading.  I got a sense that Kayte finally learned in the process of online dating what she actually wanted from a man and a relationship.  Sort of a coming-of-age with her own preferences and desires.  Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a witty and fun read about romance and all the ways that it can go wrong sometimes.

4 APPLES

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Love and Lies in the River City

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Love and Lies in the River City by D. Elaine Fields

Reviewed by Crystal

This book held my attention from the very beginning.  The characters were fun and easy to read and the situations they were in were relatable.  The story was definitely tangled with lies and deceit in places, but that added to the overall romantic theme.  The book explored love lost and what it takes to find new love again and move on from heartbreak.  Definitely recommended for anyone who enjoys the genre.

3 APPLES

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Sins of the father

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Sins of the Father by R J Palmer
Reviewed by Laura

I did find this book a little difficult to get into at first. It left me wondering where the story was going. It wasn’t until the author introduced “Lucien” to the story did it start to unfold and then i couldn’t put it down!
The story has some quite detailed accounts of the charactors lives and upbringings and some readers may find this a little unsettling to read but, as a whole, the author does write the story very well.

3 APPLES

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