Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Blog Tour - The Brave Daughters - Mary Wood

I'm absolutely delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for The Brave Daughters, the fabulous new book by Mary Wood. This is the fourth and final book in The Girls Who Went To War series and although it can be read as a standalone novel, I would highly recommend that you start with the first book so that you can fully appreciate this amazing saga.

This book is set predominantly between England and France during WWII and it's the turn of the daughters to step up and do their bit for their country just as their mothers did before them. Beginning in 1939, we are re-acquainted with the families just before they find themselves dispersed across the globe when The War breaks out and the strong bonds that everyone has forged are truly tested.

The atrocities of war are always difficult to read about but Mary writes about them so deftly and as always I had a lump in my throat on more than one occasion. I was living and breathing everything that the characters were going through.

It was wonderful to catch up with all the familiar faces from the previous three books who I have come to look upon as my own family, such is the quality of Mary's writing. I was actually quite sad to finish reading The Brave Daughters knowing that there was no more to come. In my head after all the trials and tribulations that they had all battled through, they all went on to live happy and fulfilling lives and got their well deserved happily ever after.

Once again Mary Wood took me on an emotional roller coaster of a ride and it was one that I didn't want to get off. Sadly all good things must come to an end as they say but I just know that there will be another fabulous book from this very gifted author again soon, and  I, for one cannot wait!

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Photo courtesy of Mary Wood

Born the thirteenth child of fifteen to a middle-class mother and an East End barrow boy, Mary Wood’s childhood was a mixture of love and poverty. Throughout her life Mary has held various posts in office roles, working in the Probation services and bringing up her four children and numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An avid reader, she first put pen to paper in 1989 whilst nursing her mother through her last months, but didn’t become successful until she began self-publishing her novels in 2011.

Her novels include All I Have to Give, An Unbreakable Bond, In Their Mother’s Footsteps and The Breckton Novels.

You can follow the rest of the blog tour with these great blogs

With kind thanks to author Mary Wood and Ellis Keene at Pan Macmillan for my review copy.

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Blog Tour - Swipe Right - Stephie Chapman

At a time when everyone needs a little happiness in their life along comes Swipe Right by Stephie Chapman. This quirky rom-com novel, inspired by the film When Harry Met Sally, was just what I needed to temporarily divert my attention away from all the real life stresses and worries.

Fran and Ollie meet when they are both applying for the same job at online media company , Viral Hive, something similar to Buzzfeed. The interview process involves the candidates working together and Fran's initial observations of Ollie aren't very flattering, despite the fact that she barely knows him. She isn't too bothered though as after that day she never has to see him again right? Wrong! After being offered the job, on arriving for her first day who should also be there - Ollie! Viral Hive couldn't decide between Fran and Ollie so they decided they would hire them both and they could work together!

As they both find their feet and settle in to their new work environment their colleagues pick up on an undercurrent of potential romance between Fran and Ollie but they are both already involved with other people. Despite this fact they both seem to swing between getting on and getting on each others nerves! Will they ever be able to see what is staring everyone else in the face and get together?

Swipe Right was my first venture out with author Stephie Chapman and I don't think it will be my last. I found the characters very engaging, the story flowed well and there was a wonderful mix of laugh out loud and heartfelt moments. I'm so pleased that I'm happily married as some of the Tinder dates that Fran goes on in the name of her work would leave me mortified, but they made for hilarious reading! If you're looking for something to read that will whisk you away and lift your spirits then this could be just the book for you.

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With kind thanks to Sarah Hardy at Book On The Bright Side Publicity and Promo for my stop on the blog tour and to author Stephie Chapman for the review copy.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Easter Egg - Jason Acar

I always thought that an Easter Egg was a yummy chocolate gift that you gave at Easter time, I had no clue that it can also be an unexpected or undocumented feature in a piece of computer software or on a DVD, included as a joke or bonus feature. It's exactly this type of Easter Egg that video game junkie Denver Collins stumbles upon in Jason Acar's exceptional debut novel entitled, yes you guessed it, Easter Egg.

At first Denver is impressed with the seemingly innocent real life video that he's uncovered within his latest game, that is until he finds out that his in-game actions have actually been carried out in reality.

Rick Sorano, is the head of the Cyber Crime Department and along with his colleague Detective Jane Dover, they waste no time going to chat with a somewhat distressed Denver to see what other information they can gather from him about this heinous crime. Things then start to ramp up and Sorano finds himself more involved with this sadastic killer than he could ever have imagined.

Easter Egg is a relatively short book that I devoured in one sitting but don't be fooled into thinking that just because it's smaller it might be lacking in area's such as character development or plot, as I can assure you that it's not. William Shakespeare once wrote "Though she be but little, she is fierce" and that's exactly what I thought about this book. It's dark, it's gritty, it's certainly not for the faint-hearted and I loved it!. Although it is predominantly a crime / psychological thriller, I think there is also a hint of horror too as it brought to mind the Saw films and I could hear Jigsaw in my head saying "Do you want to play a game?" Acar has paced this book perfectly, the tension is palpable throughout and I honestly can't wait to read another book from this adept author.

If you like your killers to be on the depraved side then I would definitely recommend this little beauty and I'm pretty confident that you won't be disappointed. Go and grab yourself a copy - I dare you!

With kind thanks to the author Jason Acar for the review copy.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Cover reveal - Spirited - Julie Cohen

Today I'm delighted to be a part of the cover reveal for Spirited by Julie Cohen. Julie is a 'new to me' author so I thought we could start things off by getting to know her together.

Photo courtesy of Stewart Smith Photography

Julie Cohen grew up in Maine and studied English at Brown University, Cambridge University and the University of Reading. Her award-winning novels have sold over a million copies worldwide, and she has twice been selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in the UK. Julie runs an oversubscribed literary consultancy which has helped many writers go on to be published. She is a Vice President of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, founder of the RNA Rainbow Chapter, and a Patron of literacy charity ABC To Read. Her bestselling novel TOGETHER has been translated into eleven languages and optioned for television adaptation; THE TWO LIVES OF LOUIS & LOUISE was long-listed for the Polari Prize and has been optioned by Enderby Entertainment as a feature film. Her first historical novel, SPIRITED, will be published in July 2020. She lives in Berkshire with her family and a terrier of dubious origin.

I have to say that I've taken a peek at Julie's other books and not only do they sound great, the covers are beautiful.  But let's get back to the matter in hand, which is of course her upcoming release, Spirited. Here's a brief synopsis for you all:

Viola has an impossible talent. Searching for meaning in her grief, she uses her photography to feel closer to her late father, taking solace from the skills he taught her—and to keep her distance from her husband. But her pictures seem to capture things invisible to the eye…

Henriette is a celebrated spirit medium, carrying nothing but her secrets with her as she travels the country. When she meets Viola, a powerful connection sparks between them—but Victorian society is no place for reckless women.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, invisible threads join Viola and Henriette to another woman who lives in secrecy, hiding her dangerous act of rebellion in plain sight.

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 I think that this might be finding it's way onto my TBR list 😉

So now I think it's time to share the cover with you. I think it's another beautiful cover, but let's see what you all think.

Isn't it stunning? Just by looking at it I want to know who about the person that the boots belong to!

Spirited is out on the 9th of July and it's available to pre-order now here.


While you wait for your copy of this little beauty to arrive you can find out more about Julie, her books and connect with her using the links below: