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#BlogBlitz #Review #Giveaway #ChristmasOnTheThames by Lauren Westwood | @lwestwoodwriter @rararesources

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Worlds collide when two strangers meet at Waterloo station. It’s a moment they’ll never forget. Perfect for the fans of Milly Johnson.

Christmas is a joyous time, but not everyone is merry and bright.

Nicola is a rising star at the top of the corporate ladder, but her personal life is a disaster. Her office affair has lost its allure, and the last thing she wants to think about is Christmas. A night of cancelled trains and festive Christmas carols at Waterloo Station is just about the last straw…

Dmitri loves conducting his pop-up choir during the festive season, meeting people, and spreading joy and cheer around London. But he carries deep secrets from his past that robbed him of his dream to become a concert pianist.

Can their hearts and souls be unlocked by music and moonlight and will they discover the healing power of love?



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meet the author

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Lauren Westwood writes romantic women’s fiction, and is also an award-winning children’s writer. Originally from California, she now lives in England in a pernickety old house built in 1602, with her partner and three daughters.

Social Media Links –

facebook: @Lwestwoodbooks;

twitter: @lwestwoodwriter;


instagram: @lwestwoodwriter;

Goodreads: Lauren Westwood;

Booktrail  (this is a third-party site).


(music plays a big part in the book):

michelle review

This is the first book i have read from this author Lauren Westwood.

I really enjoyed this book and found it very captivating from the start. I quickly read the first few chapters and was instantly hooked.

There are a few twists and turns which are sometimes sad as well as romantic and poetic.

It is not your usual Christmas chick lit book and the characters Nicola and Dmitri are very different at the beginning, but it soon becomes apparent that they both have hidden dark secrets……

The cover to the book is very appealing and made me want to read this book and I was not disappointed.

I can’t wait to read further books from this author.




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#BlogTour #Review #HerFinalConfession by Lisa Regan | @lisalregan @Bookouture


Title: Her Final Confession    

Author: Lisa Regan  

Publication Day: 28th November 2018

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Watching her friend dragged away in handcuffs, Josie couldn’t believe for one second that Gretchen had killed that poor boy. Confession or not, someone else was involved. She would find out who…

When the body of a young student is found on the driveway of a local Denton home, a photograph pinned to his collar, Detective Josie Quinn is first on the scene. The house belongs to Gretchen Palmer, a dedicated member of Josie’s team, missing for the last twenty-four hours.

Working around the clock, Josie is stopped in her tracks when Gretchen hands herself in to the police. She knows that there’s no way Gretchen could ever be a killer, so why would she confess to a murder she didn’t commit? 

Digging deep into Gretchen’s secretive life, Josie uncovers a link between the boy, the photograph and a devastating case in Gretchen’s past. But just when Josie thinks she has it all figured out, the bodies of a young couple surface on the other side of town. Can Josie get to the truth in time to save her friend from a life in prison or certain death? 

Absolutely gripping, this unputdownable crime thriller from a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author will leave you gasping for breath. A perfect read for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine. 

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meet the author

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Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website:

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review by nicola

A year ago this month I was introduced to Bookouture’s newest author, Lisa Regan. Her 1st book, Vanishing Girls  (review can be found on the blog) blew my mind and a year later book number 4 has just destroyed my reading mind!!

When I’m invited to read a book by Lisa I know what I’m letting myself into…. Her Final Confession was above and beyond what I was expecting.

When Gretchen was brought into the series I was hoping we would get a story that was more focused on her and her back story, she a bit of a closed character (which I liked) but I wasn’t expecting a body on her drive way and I was definitely not expecting the whirlwind story that was within these pages!!

Having read the whole series I knew I was in for some late nights (ok 2 nights as i couldn’t put it down) plenty of gasps and shock plot moves and a handful on no……..NOOOOO! moments. I’ve  loved Joise from the start, she knows how to take her punches and deals with them like a pro. I was a tad worried how she would handle this plot, especially as it’s one of her team in the frame, but she didn’t let me down.

The pace of this story never let up, I was eager to find out what was in the next chapter and kept telling myself

‘one more chapter then put it down’

That never happened as the chapters always seemed to end on a high and I needed to know what was happening next.

This book left me in the same state as the first book, utter shock, absolutely hooked and wanting more. If you love your stories with a full plot, characters that you learn to love and bond with and a story that leaves you with you jaw on the ground, Lisa’s books are for you!


Now I ask, when’s book 5 out?! Let’s hope it’s not too long of a wait. In the mean time, follow the tour and find out what others thought of Her Final Confession.

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#BlogTour #Review #TheTruthWaits by Susanna Beard | @susannabeard25 @Legend_Press



The Truth Waits by Susanna Beard  Legend Press  November 1st 2018

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Anna has everything worked out – a successful company, all the comforts she needs and no ties. But when she stumbles across the body of a young girl on a deserted beach in Lithuania, everything changes.

Anna is compelled to uncover the story behind the tragedy, despite concern from her partner, Will. Everything points towards sex trafficking, but as she searches, her own deepest secrets start to surface.

When Will disappears without a trace, Anna is pulled further into the murky world of organised crime. Time is running out for them all, and there’s a killer out there who will stop at nothing.

Beard enthrals the reader in this fast-paced psychological crime thriller. Anna serves as the perfect power-house protagonist, her daring escapades leaving the reader questioning: how far should one go to solve a murder?

meet the author


Susanna is a psychological crime writer who lives in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Her day job in PR both demands and celebrates writing and she’s helped promote everything from websites to wine. She writes every day, all the time: news, articles, speeches, websites, blogs – and now novels.

She likes dark, contemplative stories with a twist; she’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships and the impact of insignificant events on people’s lives.

Susanna started writing fiction after attending a course at the Faber Academy. Other passions include her dogs, who keep her grounded, and tennis, which clears her brain of pretty much everything.

Visit Susanna’s website: and follow her on Twitter at @susannabeard25

review by nicola

***Before we start I want to mention that this book covers the sex trafficking trade.***

This is my first time venturing onto a Susanna Beard book, the blurb grabbed me instantly And the fact that a body is discovered within the first few chapters is a winner for me!

The story starts off with Anna, stranded in Lithuania thanks to an Ash cloud, a walk along the beach and her whole world stops as she discovers a body of a young teenage girl! How she kept it together is beyond me, she answers the police questions and even socialised at the bar that night…… Me, is be a wreck. At this point I knew I’d like Anna, not all the cards on the table character (I liked that).

For me I enjoy a fast paced book, this one was a bit slower than I’m used to and I felt I was rushing along trying to find out what was happening, so I found myself having to go back and pick up the bits that I missed (totally my fault, I’m just and eager reader).

I loved the plot, the destinations, and little shudders I got from peeking into the sex trafficking trade.


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Many thanks to Legend Press for my advance copy.

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#BlogTour #Review #SnowflakesAtLavenderBay by Sarah Bennett |@Sarahlou_writes @HQDigitalUK

Before we start can I just say



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The most wonderful time of the year…

Libby Stone has lived in Lavender Bay all her life. She loves the little seaside town and has big dreams to turn her father’s greasy old chippy into a dainty teashop – not that she’s told him yet!

Finding love isn’t easy amongst the cluster of coastal houses, but it’s not every day that someone quite as handsome and mysterious as Owen Coburn walks into the local pub.

And as the snowflakes begin to swirl on the promenade, Libby realises she’s falling for him. But Owen has been keeping a secret that could destroy everything…

Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.

Book 1: Spring at Lavender Bay

Book 2: Summer at Lavender Bay

Book 3: Snowflakes at Lavender Bay

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meet the author


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.

You can connect with her via twitter @Sarahlou_writes or on Facebook

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and the forthcoming Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.

review by nicola

This is the second book of Sarah’s that I have read this year, I came across her books by sheer chance (and a book win from HQ) after falling I love with Butterfly Cove I knew I had to get myself on the tour for Lavender Bay!

The main focus of the story is about Owen and Libby. Owen *sigh* 😍 loaded, arrogant and keeps everyone at an arms length….. until he arrives in the bay, then he turns into this person who goes out of his way to help and please everyone.

I LOVE him!!

He’s like a 2 sided coin,

In London he’s this self made, confident company owner, yet when he steps foot into the bay he turns into this unsure, second guessing himself, broken guy.

After reading his reasons for first coming to the bay I knew I’d be gripped with this book. Watching him struggle to not only learn to accept himself for who he was but to actually let people into his life without him pushing them away….. agh! #GutWrenching

As for Libby, I had a love/hate feeling for her. One minute I was all for the, the next I wanted to shake her and yell


These two are like two peas in a pod! So alike yet so different! Thank the Lord for their friends and guiding them together (especially for Libby)

I guessed where Sarah was taking our two main characters (little high 5 to me!) And I absolutely loved the letters to KB….  yep….. I cried! More so about the letter from KB.

If you love your books with a feel good story line, characters you both love yet was to shout at, and a totally mushy feel then this book, or series is just for you!


And just look at that book sparkle in the snow 😍 that alone should make you want it!

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Massive thanks to HQ Digital for allowing me to join this tour and to the author, Sarah Bennett for writing such a heart warming story that even thawed this bloggers usual thriller loving heart!


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#BlogTour #Review #DeathOnTheRiver by Clare Chase | @clarechase_ @bookouture

Before we kick start this review I would like to wish Clare Chase all the luck in the world for the release of Death on the River.



Title:         Death on the River  

Author:     Clare Chase   


Publication Day: 17th October 2018

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Meet Tara Thorpe – she’s Cambridge Police’s newest recruit… but her dark past is never far behind her. Perfect for fans of Faith Martin, LJ Ross and Joy Ellis.

When a body is pulled from the dank and dangerous fens on the outskirts of town, everybody assumes it was a tragic accident. But Detective Tara Thorpe, newly joined and determined to prove herself, suspects there’s more to the story.

Tara is desperate to investigate further, but her supervisor Patrick Wilkins has other ideas. He would rather die than let this ambitious upstart show him up – even if it means some digging in Tara’s secret past to keep her under his thumb. After all, it’s not like he can report her – everyone knows that his boss Detective Garstin Blake and Tara have a history…

When another body is found, it becomes clear that there’s a killer on the loose. Could the murders be linked to the secrets that Tara has been keeping from her team… and can she solve the case before another innocent dies?

An unputdownable page-turner that will keep you hooked until the very last page!

 meet the author

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Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries and recently signed a three-book deal with Bookouture for a new crime series set in Cambridge. The opening book, Murder on the Marshes, is available for pre-order and will publish in July 2018. The mystery follows investigative journalist Tara Thorpe as she teams up with Detective Garstin Blake to solve the murder of a young female professor at Cambridge University. The case takes them through the dark underbelly of Cambridge and in to the murky fens that surround the centuries-old city. The second and third books in the series are scheduled for publication in late 2018/early 2019.

After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

Clare’s debut novel, You Think You Know Me, was shortlisted for the Novelicious Undiscovered Award 2012, and an EPIC award in 2015. It was also chosen as a debut of the month by Lovereading.

You can find Clare’s website and blog at

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review by nicola

After the harrowing events that occurred in book 1 I didn’t image we would see Tara again, so you can imagine my shock when not only is she back but she’s back as a full fledged police officer!

I loved her character in book 1 but in book 2 she has more edge, isn’t afraid to stand her ground and I absolutely love how she handles Wilkins….. I disliked him in the first book but now he just leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

I enjoyed the chemistry between Tara and Blake, always a will they won’t they feel (I do have a little soft spot for him)

Death on the River is the perfect follow on in this gritty series. Clare has a nack of setting a scene and her characters are easy to see as an actual person.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recomend it to all those that like a gripping read.


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#BlogTour #Review #OneWintersDay by Laura Briggs | @Paperdollwrites @bookouture


Title: One Winter’s Day  

Author: Laura Briggs

Publication Day: Oct 9th 2018

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If only falling in love was as easy as baking a cake… 

Ama’s loved baking ever since she can remember. Desserts, cakes, cookies – anything sweet, delicious and sinful. The kitchen is the only place where she can be truly herself.

But – as she starts work on the biggest cake she has ever made – for a couple’s magical winter wedding – she realises just how much she secretly dreams of falling in love too.

Then she meets a handsome man on a motorbike who sets her pulse racing. But Ama knows it can never be. Because he’s her very traditional parents’ absolute worst nightmare… And she knows she can never let them down.

Do her family know best? Or can she trust her heart? And, as the snow begins to fall, will she ever find out what really does go into the recipe for true love?

The perfect feel-good winter romance for 2018 for fans of Debbie Macomber, Jenny Colgan and Jenny Hale.

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meet the author

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Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series A Wedding in Cornwall. She has a fondness for vintage-style dresses (especially ones with polka dots) and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

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michelle review

This is the first time I have read a book by Laura Briggs so was excited to read this book. The cover drew me in and the book did not disappoint.

The story begins with 3 friends Tessa, Ama and Natalie who all have their own dreams and aspirations. Tessa has always dreamed of her own business, Ama who is a cake baker extraordinaire and Natalie who is a dress designer. Teaming together the 3 friends work together to set up a one stop wedding shop.

This book is a perfect chick lit, it is light hearted and easy to read. The story has all the usual chick lit ingredients , friendship, weddings and romance.

I can’t wait for the next instalment.


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#BlogTour #Review #TheLittleChristmasTeashopOfSecondChances by @donnashc | @bookouture


 Title: The Little Christmas Teashop of Second Chances

Publication Day: 02/10/18

Author:   Donna Ashcroft

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Snow is beginning to fall around the cosy Castle Teashop, with its toasty log fire, scrumptious mince pies and delicious hot chocolates. Romance is in the air and Lily King is hoping some winter magic will help to make her dreams come true…

Twenty-five-year-old Lily King is wondering when her life is going to start. She adores working at the much-loved Castle Teashop, surrounded by familiar faces and delicious cakes. But she’s stuck in a rut. She’s just been dumped by her boyfriend and her dream job seems to be slipping through her fingers.

When her best friend Emily Campbell needs urgent help to organise her enchanting Christmas wedding, Lily realises it’s finally her moment to shine and reach for the opportunities she’s been wishing for. Can she pull off the biggest celebration Castle Cove has ever seen or will something – or someone – make things more complicated than she imagined?

Rebellious and handsome photographer Josh Havellin-Scott has always felt like an outsider, especially next to his perfect older brother, who is about to get married. At the last minute, Josh finds himself roped into plans for the Big Day, the very last thing he wants to do, until he is meets creative and quirky Lily King…

When Lily and Josh are thrown together, it’s clear they couldn’t be more different. But they begin to realise that opposites can attract – and sometimes when you’re not looking for love, it comes and finds you when you least expect it. With some festive magic, will they manage to work together and save the day?

And could they discover a winter romance of their very own along the way?

An utterly scrumptious festive romance about the importance of being true to yourself, following your dreams and opening your heart to second chances. Perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson and Debbie Macomber.

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Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.

Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

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michelle reviewThis is my first read from Donna Ashcroft and it certainly put me in the festive spirit.

This is a easy and enjoyable read with
all the ingredients to make a perfect story – romance, Christmas and a wedding.
The story begins with Lily King who is a likeable and relatable character. She puts everyone before herself until she meets Josh, a rebellious and sexy photographer.
When she ends up planning her friends wedding with Josh, Lily begins to open up and become the person she wants to be with help from Josh.
I enjoyed the few different storylines to the book and hope to read more of Donna Ashcrofts books in future.
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#BlogTour #Review #DearMrPopStar by @DerekPhilpott

Before we kick off this post can we take a minute to wish Derek Philpott a very



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For nearly 10 years, ‘Team Philpott’, as their followers fondly refer to them, have been on a quite bonkers crusade, writing good old-fashioned letters to pop and rock stars (sometimes even sent to their home addresses with prior consent!), either picking up on genuine ambiguities within their lyrics or often deliberately misunderstanding them for comedic effect.

The letters are eminently publishable in their own right, mixing sharp wit, confusion, and unarguable logic in relation to questioning the offending chart hits under scrutiny.

What makes this project especially deserving of attention, however, is that it has achieved a feat never before attempted or probably even thought of. With the missives online for all to see on what was becoming a hugely popular website, the artists quite unexpectedly started to reply, writing back in just as witty and articulate a fashion, politely pointing out exactly where the original letter went wrong…or right.

Also, crucially, nearly all of the responses were procured via ”the back door of the industry”, via roadies, mutual fans, cousins of bass players, and even other famous participants telling the artists directly of the Philpotts’ written pressing inquiries. This marvellous online community, which stretched as far afield as Europe, Canada, Japan, the U.S.A, Australia and Stoke, even cultivated and organically evolved the whole surreal venture by offering up willing stars that the authors would probably not have thought of corresponding with themselves, establishing contact through personal connections.

‘Dear Mr. Popstar’’ proudly features nearly 100 of the best letters and responses from famous and legendary names spanning the whole pop and rock spectrum, all relishing their involvement and revealing their own, in many cases, hitherto unknown humorous sides within what could well be the most interactive dialogue compiled between music stars and their audience ever undertaken. Of course, it is not always possible to reach certain targets, hence many unanswered observations are also included, as they were considered too amusing not to be.

Those to be saluted for their great sportsmanship are:- Deep Purple, Dr. from Dr. and The Medics, Nik Kershaw, Judas Priest, Starship, Tears For Fears, The Eurythmics, Wreckless Eric, Smokie, The Strawbs, The Belle Stars, Van Der Graaf Generator, Martha and the Muffins, Thunder, Squeeze, Dean Friedman, Fairground Attraction, The Ruts, Neil Innes from The Bonzo Dog Band, DEVO, Melanie, Alannah Myles, Ian Gillan, Was Not Was, Republica, Then Jerico, Dr. Hook, Toploader, Cutting Crew, Lindisfarne, Spinal Tap, Mott The Hoople, Fuzzbox, Men Without Hats, China Crisis, Mental As Anything, David MacIver and Rupert Hine (Quantum Jump), Timbuk 3, The Rezillos, Saxon, John Otway, The Human League, Chesney and Chip Hawkes, Tenpole Tudor, Shakatak, Katrina and the Waves, Eddie & The Hot Rods, Heaven 17, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, Matthew Wilder, Middle of the Road, Liquid Gold, The Christians, Paper Lace, Dodgy, Daevid Allen, Bruce Woolley, Sad Cafe, The Housemartins, Francis Dunnery (It Bites), Johnny Hates Jazz, The Wurzels, Peter Noone, Suzi Quatro, Strawberry Switchblade, Danny Wilson, Racey, Electric Prunes, The Waitresses, Fiddler’s Dram, Bauhaus, Climax Blues Band, The Jags, EMF, T’Pau, Nu Shooz, Owen Paul, Steve Hackett, Steve Ellis of Love Affair, Hazell Dean, The Knack, The Maisonettes, Del Amitri, The Skids, Jesus Jones, The Soup Dragons, City Boy, Modern Romance, Wang Chung, The Kursaal Flyers, Fischer Z, Bruce Thomas of The Attractions, Scarlet Fantastic, The B52s. Junior, Spear of Destiny, Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine.

Ultimately, this book explores how when a song is released into ‘the wild’ the artist loses all control over it, especially pertaining to its interpretation. It is also testimony to the community spirit capable of being created over social media and how positive and fun it can be.

review by nicola

I read this book while on the school run, parking up that bit early to get a few giggles in, totally forgetting that passers by could see me in my fits and starts!

Possibly a 1 of a kind book that will have you holding your sides, cringing with embarrassment and laughing out loud at some of these letters and responses.

I did have to Google a couple of names and anyone younger than me will probably Google what a fax is (it’s quicker than a letter but not as fast as an email for those that are wondering 😂)

Very much a tongue in cheek read from both the author and the artist, would love to have been a fly on the wall when these were opened!

A super fast and funny read and recommended for everyone who loves a giggle.



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#BlogTour #Review #RavensGathering by @GraemeCumming63 #Lovebooksgrouptours

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As she let her gaze drift around her, she saw that there were more birds. Perhaps a dozen or so, perched among the trees that stood on the edge of the clearing. And yet more were arriving, swooping down through the gap overhead and landing on branches that overlooked them. The birds weren’t threatening, yet the sight of them all coming together in this dark and isolated spot was unnerving. Tanya reached a hand out towards Martin, and was relieved to feel him take it. She felt him move in behind her. After the uncertainty she’d experienced with him in a similar position only a few moments ago, she recognised the irony of her reaction. His closeness offered security.
“You know what they are, don’t you?”

A stranger’s arrival in a small village coincides with a tragic accident. For the Gates family, in particular, it’s more than a coincidence, but unease increases following a brutal attack. As tensions rise, a dark past returns to haunt them and others, while newcomers to the village are drawn into a mystery with terrifying consequences.

And only a select few know why the ravens are gathering.

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Graeme Cumming lives in Robin Hood country.  He has wide and varied tastes when it comes to fiction so he’s conscious that his thrillers can cross into territories including horror, fantasy and science fiction as well as more traditional arenas.

When not writing, Graeme is an enthusiastic sailor (and, by default, swimmer), and enjoys off-road cycling and walking.  He is currently Education Director at Sheffield Speakers Club. Oh yes, and he reads (a lot) and loves the cinema.

review by nicola

The first thing that drew me to Graeme’s book was the cover, it’s rather eerie and totally fitting for this book!

When the birds descend you know nothing good is going to happen….and you’d be right. Ravens Gathering isn’t my usual read but the blurb (and cover) grabbed me and it didn’t let me go until I finished the very last page. Now make sure you set aside time to read this because you will NOT be putting it down, disconnect the phone, feed the family and then lock yourself away! Graeme pulled me into his world, he wove a web so ‘real’ that I didn’t want to leave (well maybe for the birds). His detail, description and characters left me wanting more and more…. please say there will be more?!?

I really don’t want to give too much away as I want you to go into this book wanting and needing to know what the next page will hold, and trust me it won’t disappoint!

Highly recommend and very easily a 5 golden apples read for me 🙂


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#BlogTour #Review #Fishnet by @kirstininnes @bwpublishing


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Twenty year old Rona Leonard walks out of her sister Fiona’s flat and disappears.

Six years on, worn down by a tedious job, child care and the aching absence in her life, Fiona’s mundane existence is blown apart by the revelation that, before she disappeared, Rona had been working as a prostitute. Driven to discover the truth, Fiona embarks on an obsessive quest to investigate the sex industry. As she is drawn into a complex world, Fiona makes shocking discoveries that challenge everything she believed, and will ultimately change her life forever.

Bittersweet, sensual and rich, Fishnet takes a clear-eyed, meticulously researched, controversial look at the sex industry and the lives of sex workers, questioning our perception of contemporary femininity.

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review by nicola

Kirstin Innes enters the author world with a bang with her debut novel, Fishnet.

You can tell that Kirstin has done her homework for the book, it’s detailed, gritty and will leave you wide eyed at the inside look at the sex industry and it’s works.

This book is very different from what I’m used to reading. The topic and the way in which the book was written took some getting used too, and I did get a little lost a few times (I had to go back a page to get back on track).

I enjoyed how Kirstin didn’t shy away from the the details that went on in Rona’s life, as a reader we needed to know the ins and outs of her work. As for Rona’s family, you’re heart breaks for them not having closure, going over every detail time and time again must be hard for a family and it shows.

A hard hitting read which will have you hugging your loved ones that much more.


Many thanks to Black and White Publishing for the advanced copy (it’s now on its way to be catalogued for my village library) and to Kirstin Innes for writing such a hard hitting novel.

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