Dark & Fluffy: Volume II by Janet Stock @JanetStock12 #MiniBlogBlitz #AuthorInterview @rararesources

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Interview with Janet Stock…..

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Q For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

A I’m a 51 year old mum of a teenage son, who after dithering about for years decided last year, to take my writing seriously and self-publish at least one book. I ended up self-publishing 3 books last year, Dark & Fluffy, Dark & Fluffy Vol II and 500 Words. The Dark & Fluffy 1 & 2 are an assortment of short fiction works, and 500 Words consists of 5 flash fiction pieces that I wrote for my website. I am currently promoting Dark & Fluffy II.

Q Where did/do you get your ideas from?

A My ideas are always floating around in my head, and I don’t always know where they come from, they just pop in, or alternatively I deliberately take a topical subject such as the Windrush scandal and the suffragette commemorations and write stories around those themes.

Q Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

A I think most of my characters are based on people I know, either consciously or sub-consciously. I have a couple of teenage characters in my short stories that have reacted the same way my own teenage son would. The main character in the novel that I am currently working on reacts to some situations in the same way I think I would have done at a younger age.

Q How do you pick your characters names?

A Some names are ones that I think fit the character or the time period, some are influenced by family, and some are just there, the right name for the character, like Benedict the main character in my novel. There’s no reason for that name other than he is Benedict.

Q Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

A When I sit down in front of my computer, I always write something, it doesn’t matter what I write, it doesn’t need to be perfect first time. Getting words on paper is the important thing. If I’m writing a short story, I just get it all down, normally in one sitting, then edit it afterwards. For a novel, I plan the story then spilt that into chapters. I then get to know my main characters inside out. Then I use my plan to write the book. If it’s a historical work, I get the story down first then overlay the historical details on top.

Q Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

A Stephen King; Bernard Cornwell; J K Rowling; Edward Rutherford; William Shakespeare.

Q If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

A Stephen King. I’d ask him if I could collaborate on a novella with him, or the same with David Walliams, I think he’s the modern day Roald Dahl, I should imagine it would be great fun to write a book with him. I’m in awe of J K Rowling, if I met her, I’d ask her how it feels to be a celebrity author, and if the pressure of being so successful is a strain on her. It must be nice having the money etc but there must be enormous pressure as well. How do you top something as successful as Harry Potter?

Q Were you a big reader as a child?

A Yes, I was always reading. I read Enid Blyton, Tove Jansson and Ursula le Guin.

Q When did you start to write?

A I started writing as a young child. I took it up again about 10 years ago, and then last year I decided to try and make this my career.

Q If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

A I wouldn’t so much re-write, but maybe add to the end of Pride & Prejudice. It would be nice to have a final scene say a year or so after Elizabeth and Mr Darcy are married and see how life is for them. Is Elizabeth happy with the life she has chosen, is it all she thought it would be?

Q Is there a book you wish you had written?

A Harry Potter.

Q If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

A She Got There Eventually!

Q If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

A See the answer above reference Pride & Prejudice – probably Elizabeth Bennett, later in her life. I’d take her to a cocktail bar and get her to really open up about her married life as Mrs Darcy.

Q What are you working on right now?

A Right now I am working on the first of 3 medieval historical fiction novels. It’s the story of a young boy’s ambition to become one of the most famous and powerful minstrels ever known.

Q Do you have a new release due?

A My focus this year is to complete book 1 of my 12th century trilogy mentioned above, I intend finishing it this year. I have been writing this book on and off for 10 years, and self-publishing Dark & Fluffy II has given me the confidence to pursue bigger things. I hope to publish my novel the traditional way, i.e. with an agent and a publishing house. This is my ultimate dream.

I will also be self-publishing Alternative Histories later this year, a book that takes pivotal moments in history and looks at what-if scenarios. I have already showcased this idea in Dark & Fluffy II, in the story Queens of England. This is a story based around the idea of what could have happened if Queen Elizabeth I had not executed Mary Queen of Scots.

Looking further into the future, I will be self-publishing a novella called The Rue Stone. I have already self-published this as a short story, in the first Dark & Fluffy, and I have had lots of feedback all with a common thread; people felt a bit short changed after finishing the story and they would like to read more. I’ve taken on this feedback, which I agree with, and will now work on this to extend the story into a longer format.

After that, then it will be back to books 2 and 3 of my historical trilogy.

Interwoven with completing these books is an idea I have for a novella called A Tale of Two. This will be a story of two people, a man and a woman, who have an affair. The story will be told in two distinct parts, one from his point of view and one from hers.

Q What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

A Smile, get a fluttering in my stomach that I did it, and then put it all over social media.

Q How can readers keep in touch with you?

A fb Janetstockwriter  www.janetstockwriter.wordpress.com

Twitter @janetstock12

Q Is there anything else you would like us to know?

A Now I’ve started writing I don’t intend to stop, I have a very large ideas folder so will be writing for many years to come. Look out for me!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Janet 🙂

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Dark & Fluffy: Volume II

Following on from Dark & Fluffy, this collection is a further nine short fiction pieces. The title Dark & Fluffy II, reflects the general styles of the stories/prose in the book. Some are a bit darker, and may be a bit uncomfortable to read, Death by Testing and The Broken Arrangement fall into this category. Others are happier, feel good pieces like The Disney Club. Whatever your preference, I’m sure you’ll find something that will grab your attention.

Purchase Links

UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Fluffy-II-Janet-Stock-ebook/dp/B07LDRKL5D

UShttps://www.amazon.com/Dark-Fluffy-II-Janet-Stock-ebook/dp/B07LDRKL5D

Author Bio

I am married with one teenage son and have always been a keen reader and writer since being young. I was born in Lancashire but have lived in Lincoln for over 30 years.

Several years ago I decided to take my writing seriously. I completed an OU course in creative writing and a Writers Bureau course. Initially I concentrated on short story writing, and when I turned fifty this year, I self-published my first book, Dark and Fluffy.

I love writing short stories, but my main goal is to have a novel published. Ten years ago, I started the first book of a trilogy of novels called The Little Servant (The Wait’s Son). I am still working on this, but now I have a serious intent to get this finished this year.

My favourite genre is medieval fiction, Bernard Cornwell is my favourite author. I also like to read Edward Rutherford, Stephen King, and Dean Coontz.

Check out the rest of the blog blitz for reviews, and more, with these awesome book bloggers…..

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With thanks as always to Rachel.

happy reading 🙂

 

 

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#author #bookblogger #meetup #StokeonTrent

We had such a lovely time at today’s meet up at the North Stafford hotel, Stoke-on-Trent. A MASSIVE thank you to all who came along and made it such a fab event. To those who couldn’t make this one, you were missed and we hope you can join us next time 😊

It has been great catching up with ‘old’ friends and meeting new ones. A big thank you to my partner in crime, Steph. I wouldn’t want to do this without you. Thanks, as always, for sorting everyone out with name tags. You’re a star!

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Looking forward to the next one already!

Hope you can join us –

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Photos from September’s meet up…..

ICYMI – Our first ever Stoke-on-Trent meet up…..

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Thanks again!

Kerry x

Leo and the Lightning Dragons by Gill White (Illustrated by Gilli B ) #BlogTour #BookReview #ChildrensBook @leolightdragons ‏@FledglingPress #Lovebooksgrouptours #Charity

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for this amazing book, Leo and the Lightning Dragons 🙂

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With thanks, as always, to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours

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My review…..

Leo and the Lightning Dragons is an absolutely magical little rhyming story book which is so beautifully illustrated, with an extremely eye-catching cover.

Leo is fighting dragons, but not the kind you might be thinking of. Leo’s dragons are “disguised as lightning crackling inside his head”. Many people try to help Leo to beat the dragons, but ultimately he defeats them himself out of sheer determination and by never giving up!

A very inspirational story with a lesson for us all. I have no doubt it will be enjoyed by all, young or old!

Leo will stay in my thoughts for a very long time to come.

Leo and the Lightning Dragons

Blurb

Everybody in the kingdom is supporting the brave knight Leo in his battle against his fearsome dragons. They try lots of different things to help him defeat them but eventually Leo realises that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself. This beautifully illustrated book with a poignant and uplifting rhyming story encourages children to persevere and find strength in the face of adversity, even when it seems that nothing is working. Written by Gill White for her son Leo who suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy, and beautifully illustrated by Fife artist Gilli B, this story has been positively received by parents of children with complex needs, by care workers and medical staff and by parents of healthy young children who love the book simply as an adventure story. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).  

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I bought my own paperback copy and you can too…..

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The Faelti by Rachel Pudsey @RachelPudsey #BlogTour #AuthorInterview #LoveBooksGroupTours

Welcome to my stop on Rachel Pudsey’s The Faelti blog tour!

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Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours for arranging the following interview with Rachel Pudsey…..

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For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

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Hi, my name is Rachel Pudsey. I was born in Scotland but have a ridiculously English surname (*ahem* Pudsey Bear *ahem*). I studied Psychology in university before heading into the big bad world and getting a job absolutely unrelated to my degree. Imagine that. I currently live in South Korea, have been here for over seven years now, and pay the bills by teaching business English to adults in Seoul. I am the author of the Aronia Series, a YA fantasy romance series set in a fictional land called Aronia. So far there are two titles available: The Watcher of the Night Sky and The Faelti. They follow the lead character, Abigail, as she tries to undo a terrible mistake that resulted in her being cursed: wishing on the stars.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

All over the place! Sometimes they just pop up in my head. Sometimes a song title or lyric does it. Mostly, my ideas have been sparked by the environment around me. Nature has a big part to play, as does tourist or cultural sites. I think that hearing real folk stories or cultural oddities is really fascinating and they help to get the creative juices flowing.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?


Yes. I can tell you with absolute sincerity that one of the male leads in the Aronia Series is based on an ex-boyfriend. It sounds so corny to say, but when I dated him I felt like I had met my Edward. He was my perfect man. A Korean Taekwondo trainer/ex-bodybuilder who just wanted us to be happy. Obviously, we are broken up now so there were some unfortunate issues that couldn’t be resolved. But at the time of writing The Watcher of the Night Sky, I based the character, and some of his appearance, on him. It was the best way for me to understand the attachment my main character, Abigail, would have for someone she loved.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

I mostly research names and use them based upon their meaning. That is with the exception of some of the dwarf and fae names. Most of them were picked using a Finnish name generator (I used Finnish for anything connected to the Kelluva Isles) and because I liked the sound of them.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?


I write whatever comes to mind and worry about the structure later. I don’t map out an entire story from beginning to end. I suppose I use the Stephen King approach. Most of the time I don’t know how my story will end. Too many things happen in life that can affect my story, so I just let it all out and then worry about structure and planning later. Editing is when I knuckle down, fix the plot holes, and make dramatic changes.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?


Hard question! Last time I answered I said J. K. Rowling, S. E. Hinton, Brandon Sanderson, William Goldman, and Brent Weeks. Because I like to read them. But I want to add Terry Pratchett, Jane Austin, Ernest Hemingway, and Charles Dickens simply because I highlight sentences in their books for being so epic. The trouble is that my answer will always change depending on what authors I discover. I am currently reading Holly Black and starting to really love her work. Same goes for Lisa Maxwell and Helene Wecker. I discovered them last year and was impressed by Wecker’s extraordinary talent with the English language, and Maxwell for her ability to create intrigue and keep readers hooked. I suppose my current list will have to be: Goldman, Rowling, Black, Maxwell and Wecker.

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Honestly, I mulled over this question for a long time. I am finding it hard to come up with someone. I’m not the kind of person who aspires to be like others. Or holds another up as a role model. I obviously have people I admire, but not enough to care if I meet them or not. Does that make sense? So, maybe Jane Austin. I’d like to know more about the era she lived in.

Were you a big reader as a child?


Absolutely. I grew up reading Goosebumps and Point Horror books in primary school.

When did you start to write?


I wrote my first novel (if I can even call it that) in primary school. Maybe primary six or seven, but I can’t quite remember. It was a Point Horror style book with students from my class as the victims. Seems a bit morbid now I look back on it!

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?


Probably Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. I really wanted both of the Weasley twins to have survived the battle at Hogwarts. You can’t have one without the other! I am still raging about that. I wish it was Percy instead. And I hope Fred returned as a ghost and helped George run their store.


Is there a book you wish you had written?


Maybe The Princess Bride by William Goldman. That book is genius.


If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?   


I’m as discombobulated as you are.

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?


Coffee with Albus Dumbledore would be an interesting day. Since this is entirely fictitious, I would take him to Diagon Alley in Universal Studios, Japan. They have a Three Broomsticks there. I’m sure he’d be fascinated by it.


What are you working on right now?


I am writing the third and final book of the Aronia Series. The title is named Aaravale.

Tell us about your last release?


My last release was The Faelti, book two of the Aronia Series. It continues the tale of Abigail as she tries her best to rid herself of a curse she accidentally placed on her life after wishing on the stars. I don’t want to give away too much to those who haven’t read the first one!

Do you have a new release due?


Yes, but unfortunately I can’t give a release date for Aaravale yet. All I can say is it will be released by summer this year. It is the third and final installment of the Aronia Series.


What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?


Nothing much. Maybe just some drinks and dinner with close friends.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

They can contact me through my website: http://www.rachelpudsey.com
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2LScrcZ
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authorrachelpudsey
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/rachelpudsey
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rachelpudsey

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I am a Gryffindor.  I love The Outsiders. And wish you all to Stay Gold ^^

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Rachel 🙂

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Blurb

NEVER WISH UPON A STAR

 

Sixteen-year-old Abigail Crumble’s learning this the hard way.

 

During a moment of weakness, Abigail wished on the stars only to discover she’s cursed as a result. And she’s been on a journey to rectify her mistake ever since. Trouble is, the quest to rid herself of the curse has proven to be much more arduous than she could have ever imagined. And far from over.

 

Separated from her friends and believing them dead, trapped in the faelti camp and being held hostage by the evil Kai Sisu, Abigail is no closer to reaching Levana’s Dwelling and breaking the curse than she was the day she left her hometown.

 

Author Bio

Rachel was born and raised in Scotland but has a ridiculously English surname. A graduate of psychology, she now resides in South Korea. She has dabbled in teaching children, but after a few blessed years has succumbed to teaching business English to adults in Seoul.

Rachel has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. An obsession with Point Horror books led to her first novel being written at the age of ten. Truth be told, it wasn’t very good. The following years were spent reading, amateur acting in a youth group, occasionally playing guitar, and dabbling in songwriting, all the while continuing to write stories unworthy for print and developing her own style.

A mixture of inspiring authors had a huge influence upon her mind: S. E. Hinton, Mario Puzo, R. L. Stine, William Goldman, C.S Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, J. K. Rowling … the list goes on. For years, Rachel has cited The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton as her favourite book. These days, she considers The Princess Bride by William Goldman to be at the top of the list. But the list always changes. How can one simply pick a favourite from all the wonderful books out there? It’s like trying to pick one favourite food. Inconceivable!

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The Wife’s Secret by Caroline England @CazEngland #BookReview

The Wife's Secret

The Wife’s Secret (previously published as Beneath The Skin, which is the title of the paperback version I read) is very much a character driven story. There are several complex characters, all with their own secrets, all intertwined in one way or another. A very complicated, but enthralling, mess of emotion!

It will be difficult to review without giving too much away, but I’ll try.

The story is predominantly focused on Antonia who is a quiet and seemingly broken character, but one who appears to the world as a woman with everything. She is beautiful, has a loving husband and a beautiful home, but has she ever really loved David? It’s not a spoiler to say that she has a dark secret and a past she tries to forget. Wondering what that was kept me intrigued throughout. I can’t say I found her a particularly likeable character, but I didn’t dislike her either. I guess I didn’t understand some of things she did, but then I didn’t live her life.

Her friendship with Sophie is a complicated one too, as Sophie knows things no-one else knows and she seems to feel somewhat beholden to her.

I didn’t warm to Sophie at all, or her husband, Sami, although both are quite fascinating. Both have pasts that they’d rather forget and their marriage is extremely fragile due to the secrets they both keep from each other. They don’t seem very well suited, even though they love each other in their own ways.

Mike’s and Olivia’s marriage is less than perfect also and this becomes all the more apparent as the story unfolds, with devastating consequences.

This was an absolutely compelling read full of lies and deceit. The suspense starts from the very first page and doesn’t let up until the very end. I was totally hooked and I highly recommend.

Buy your copy…..

happy reading 🙂

 

#CoverReveal #WeddingBellsatVillaLimoncello by Daisy James @daisyjamesbooks

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Today I am delighted to bring you a fabulous cover reveal for Daisy James’ forthcoming new release…..

About the book…..

Escape to Villa Limoncello… where dreams come true in unexpected ways. 

 

When Isabella Jenkins is unceremoniously fired from her fancy London job, she escapes to Tuscany. A few weeks hiding amongst rolling hills and grape vines at Villa Limoncello sounds exactly like the distraction she needs.

But Italy holds emotional memories for Izzie and with a hapless handyman, a matchmaking village matriarch and a gorgeous – if infuriating – local chef named Luca Castelotti, her quiet Italian get away turns into an unending cacophony of chaos.

Suddenly Izzie finds herself on a mission to pull off the wedding of the century and maybe get her life in order in the process. If only Luca’s gorgeous smile wasn’t such a powerful distraction…

Check this out ⇓⇓⇓

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How gorgeous is that!?

Click here to buy…..

(you know you want to!)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wedding-Bells-Limoncello-Tuscan-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B07N79CDD3/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Out 11th March 2019!

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happy reading 🙂

 

The Blood of Kings by #AngelaKing #BlogTour #AuthorInterview #LoveBooksGroupTours

Welcome to my stop on Angela King’s The Blood of Kings blog tour! 

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With thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours for arranging the following interview with Angela King…..

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

It begins with a puzzle, an anomaly in time. For Example: There are more than a couple of primary sources which describe Princess Elizabeth giving birth to Thomas Seymour’s baby while she was staying under her step-mother’s care. I love discovering secrets and look for conspiracy everywhere.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

No. But they all contain facets of people I know or have known. Otar is a based on someone called Bruno Stern. Padruig is the shadow of an Irish friend. It would be very hard to create someone out of a vacuum.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

Sometimes I know their name before I’ve written their story but it took a while before I settled on Aalia. The name is a Sanskrit word for exalted. Then I met a beautiful lady called Aalia. She was PR to British Airways, a really powerful executive, someone who didn’t suffer fools.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

I’ve come to realise my first draft is merely a map. Once the story has taken shape I begin to build the landscape.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

That’s probably the most difficult question here.

First and foremost Dorothy Dunnett, who I consider a genius.

Bernard Cornwell has an incredible grasp on historic writing and makes his settings and characters very real.

John Buchan – he’s most famous for The 39 Steps but I think his short story called Greenmantle is far superior. It’s history woven with spies. Hitchcock wanted to make it into a film but couldn’t get Hollywood to fund it.

Mike Craven and Graham Smith are my favourite crime writers and also wonderful friends. Without their support I wouldn’t have dared send my work to a publisher. They’ve supported my efforts every step of the way and I’m completely in awe of their skill.

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

In a way I met my hero when I was at college. Though I’ve no doubt it was due to my size (being very small-boned) I was offered the chance to clear out the attics of a building which had been donated to the town of Rochester, because nobody else could squeeze between the rafters. Anyway, the house once belonged to Charles Dickens and I think his ghost was watching as I opened the dusty trunks and discovered his hats and clothes.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Voracious. I was often ill and survived by reading books. Mum says I could read before I started school. I could never spend a day without a book.

When did you start to write?

I’ve always loved to write so I can’t set a date or time. I won a creative writing competition when I was fourteen and Sir Patrick Moore came to school to present the prize. I had to read my story on the radio – I was terrified.

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

I wouldn’t dare. As far as I’m concerned the author is the boss.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

Lost in Perpetuity.

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

I imagine this scene too often, and every time the character changes. Yesterday I had lunch in Ennerdale and the view was grey and uninviting. It was a favourite walk of Dorothy and William Wordsworth and I was so glad we had the benefit of a car.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve almost completed the sequel to The Blood of Kings. Aalia is trying to return to India when she’s diverted by the past. That and a young man called Louis.

Tell us about your last release?

The Blood of Kings begins in the summer of 1559 when a young girl called Aalia arrives in London searching for her brother. Her quest takes her on a dangerous journey where there are very few people to trust.

Do you have a new release due?

To Kill a Queen is the name of the sequel but I’m still working on the finite details.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Meet up with all my friends – writers, family, those who keep me sane.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Apart from messaging my Facebook page I’m happy to answer emails – anna.king969@hotmail.com

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I’ve always wanted a pet elephant. And because I’ve recently lost 70% of my hearing having a house pet would help when visitors knock at the door.

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Angela 🙂

Blurb

A gripping story of heartache and intrigue

  1. A girl arrives in London to search for her brother.

Aalia, an awkward, arrogant teenager plans to bring William to his senses, until she discovers that both their lives are based on a lie.

Aalia must unravels a web of secrets but has the weight of her past to contend with.

Courageous and undisciplined, Aalia gradually comes to terms with the truth that William, her brother, has royal blood.

Deciding to undermine the men who want to use him as a pawn, Aalia must negotiate a world where secrecy arms the powerful. But unwilling to ask for anyone’s help she is forced into making a fateful decision.

Who can she trust when everyone around her is plotting? Is the truth really something worth dying for?

This epic story of secrets and betrayal paints a vivid picture of Elizabethan England and asks questions that span beyond the test of time.

Author bio

Angela King is a mum, daughter, gran and wife. She writes and lives in Cumbria, in a rosy sandstone cottage where past and present meet in glorious chaos. After a lifetime making stories come to life for other people she decided to make some of her own.

 

Buy Link

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#WhatHappensInFrance by Carol E Wyer @carolewyer #BlogTour #BookReview @canelo_co

Welcome to my stop on Carol Wyer’s What Happens in France blog tour! 🙂

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Many thanks to Ellie Pilcher @ Canelo

My review…..

What Happens In France is a brilliantly written story which predominantly features Bryony Masters and her quest to find her sister, Hannah. Bryony has a blog and uses the usual social media, but nothing has worked, so far, so she aims to reach a wider audience for her search by applying for a brand new television game show. I thought this was a genius idea for a story and it works really well.

This might be a romantic comedy, but it has deeper storylines throughout. The guilt Bryony has carried around with her for years is heart-breaking. She didn’t have the easiest childhood and this shows in her character. She’s quite vulnerable and very likeable. I really felt for her. With her father being so poorly she is becoming increasingly desperate to find her sister as she believes time is running out to make everything right with their world again.

There are some fabulous characters in this story (The pug was one of my favourites!) and the actual game show process was brilliant. I didn’t think much of the host, but he made an interesting character all the same. If someone really gets on my nerves I know they have been written well! I loved the way Bryony and Lewis bounced off one another (for want of a better expression!). I was really hoping for Bryony to find happiness. Although she seems content with her career as an English teacher she obviously craves more out of life.

I did love the friendship between Bryony and Melinda. Some of their drunken nights in sound a bit like some of ours with our close friends! They obviously have that kind of relationship where they can be completely honest with each other also, which is lovely.

I will be more than happy to recommend this story. I have really enjoyed Carol Wyer’s writing style and totally expect to enjoy her other books (which are on my list!). This story has made me smile, laugh out loud at times and cry. It’s an excellent read!

Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy via Netgalley.

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Book Blurb:

She stood and took her place in front of the camera… It was now or never”

Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family.

With the help of handsome teammate Lewis, it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye.

Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfil more than one heart’s wish…

This heartwarming romantic comedy of friendship, family and laugh-out-loud adventures is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes.

Links to Book:

Amazon (UK)

Kobo (UK)

Google Books (UK)

Apple Books (UK)

Author Bio:

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As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published and journalism in many magazines.

Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

Twitter: @carolewyer

Happy reading 🙂

 

#bookblogger / #author #meetup #stokeontrent

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Are you an author and/or book blogger? Free on 16th February? Fancy meeting up for a drink and a chat with other lovely authors and book bloggers?

This will be our third meet-up in Stoke-on-Trent and I’m SO looking forward to it! The last two have been lovely (the pictures above are a few from September 18)!

Check out our Facebook event page for details – https://www.facebook.com/events/918520401667600/?ti=cl

It’s very relaxed and informal!

(Please RSVP if you will be attending and feel free to invite any author/bookblogger friends!)

Thanks! 😊

#CoverReveal #AmazingGrace by Kim Nash @KimTheBookworm with @rararesources

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I am absolutely OVER THE MOON to be joining in with the cover reveal for the very lovely Kim Nash’s forthcoming release, Amazing Grace

I can’t wait to read this and I’m pretty sure you will all be clicking that pre-order link as soon as you’ve read the following and clapped your eyes on the stunning cover…..

Amazing Grace

She’s taking her life back, one step at a time…

Grace thought she had it all. Living in the beautiful village of Little Ollington, along with head teacher husband Mark and gorgeous son, Archie, she devoted herself to being the perfect mum and the perfect wife, her little family giving her everything she ever wanted.

Until that fateful day when she walked in on Mark kissing his secretary – and her perfect life fell apart.

Now she’s a single mum to Archie, trying to find her way in life and keep things together for his sake. Saturday nights consist of a Chinese takeaway eaten in front of the TV clad in greying pyjamas, and she can’t remember the last time she had a kiss from anyone aside from her dog, Becks

Grace’s life needs a shake up – fast. So when gorgeous gardener Vinnie turns up on her doorstep, his twinkling eyes suggesting that he might be interested in more than just her conifers, she might just have found the answer to her prayers. But as Grace falls deeper for Vinnie, ten-year-old Archie fears that his mum finding love means she’ll never reconcile with the dad he loves.

So when ex-husband Mark begs her for another chance, telling her he’s changed from the man that broke her heart, Grace finds herself with an impossible dilemma. Should she take back Mark and reunite the family that Archie loves? Or risk it all for a new chance of happiness?

A funny, feel good romance about finding your own path and changing your life for the better – readers of Cathy Bramley, Jill Mansell and Josie Silver will love this uplifting read.

Check this out…..

 

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So pretty!

Get clicking people…..

Pre-order Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amazing-Grace-warming-romantic-comedy-ebook/dp/B07N85SPQM

US – https://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Grace-warming-romantic-comedy-ebook/dp/B07N85SPQM

Publication Date – 10th April 2019

Author Bio

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Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.

When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.

Amazing Grace is her debut novel with Hera Books and will be out on 10th April 2019

 

Connect with Kim on Social Media here:


Twitter: (@KimTheBookworm) https://twitter.com/KimTheBookworm
Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/KimTheBookWorm/
Instagram:
@Kim_the_bookworm

Happy reading 🙂