It’s #CoverReveal time… Ouija by Zoé-Lee O’Farrell @zooloo2008

Thanks for stopping by! I have an exciting cover reveal today for Ouija by Zoé-Lee O’Farrell. This book has an all new cover and it’s definitely got a creepy edge to it 😱

So let’s not wait any longer. Here it is…

What do we think?!

Well, now we’ve seen the brilliant cover shall we take a look at the description for the book…

The only thing for certain is the deaths were no accident.

Rayner High School once a prestigious school stands in ruins after such a terrible event.

A year later, a group of friends return to the abandoned school and their nightmare begins.


Something wants to get out and won’t take NO for an answer…

Buy Links

https://geni.us/3vA33F

Author Bio

Zoé O’Farrell grew up in Watford but left the town life to live by the sea down at the White Cliffs of Dover.
She spends her days working with numbers before escaping in the evening to the world of words and movies. Her go-to relaxation is watching a scary movie or reading a terrifying book!

She is a book blogger and tour organiser just to keep her extra busy. When she is not reading or writing, you can usually find her watching Watford FC or at a gig. Failing that she can be found rolling her eyes at her husband as he acts the same age as her spitfire of a Mini-Me whilst separating her two cats.

Ouija is her debut novel.


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Tempted by Her Outcast Viking by Lucy Morris @LMorris_Author @rararesources #Blogblitz #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review as part of the blog blitz for Tempted by Her Outcast Viking by Lucy Morris today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Tempted by the Warrior

But she’ll never wed

Brynhild had once been close to Erik – until he’d betrayed her, and she’d hoped never to see him again. Now the fiercely independent shieldmaiden needs Erik’s skills to rescue her sister. Striking a truce with the tough, isolated loner they reach a mutually beneficial deal: in return, she’ll help him in his quest to find a wife – by teaching him how to please a woman in bed…!

Purchase Links

https://books2read.com/u/4jgVLX

MY REVIEW

The Shieldmaiden Sisters series is going from strength to strength! I really enjoyed the first book in the series where I was introduced to the first of three sisters, Valda. In Tempted by Her Outcast Viking the reader gets to know Brynhild and of course Erik, sigh. I think I fell for him myself. Okay, I admit it. He was definitely swoon worthy! I do think this book works as a standalone but this is such a great series that it would be a shame to miss out on reading book one.

I loved Brynhild and Erik, they had such a strong attraction that really burned bright. There was tension as the pair raced across country but also a smouldering romantic tension too. I thought Lucy Morris did a wonderful job with these characters. Their personalities were so in sync along with their strength of character. They also both had a vulnerability that on occasion edged its way in. I couldn’t help but root for them and hope for a happy ever after.

Tempted by Her Outcast Viking was a real hit with me. The characters were engaging and I loved seeing Brynhild and Erik’s tentative friendship develop along with seeing a more sizzling side too. I was completely caught up in this gorgeous romantic adventure and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. All that’s left to say is that I can’t wait for book three!

About the author

Lucy Morris has always been obsessed with myths and legends. Her books blend sweeping romance with vivid worldbuilding to whisk you away to another time and place filled with adventure. Expect passion, drama, and vibrant characters.

Lucy lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, two children, and two cats. She has a massively sweet tooth and loves Terry’s chocolate oranges and Irn-Bru. In her spare time, she likes to explore castles with her family, or drink bubbly with her friends.

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A Chance in a Million by T.A. Williams @tawilliamsbooks @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for A Chance in a Million by T.A. Williams as part of the Publication Day Push today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour. Also thank you to the author and publisher for my copy via Netgalley. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

Fate brought them together, now it’s up to them to make it work…

Having left the army to recover from a traumatic experience, Captain Jane Reed is on her way to Venice to assist Lady Veronica Cooper, a world-famous writer who has lost her mojo. Plagued by grief and sleepless nights, Jane soon finds a kindred spirit in Veronica, coping with her own loss after the death of her husband.

When the two relocate to Veronica’s villa in the countryside to escape the summer tourists, Jane meets the rest of the Cooper family – including Veronica’s brooding son, David. With his own tragic past, David has resigned himself to a life of solitude. Jane finds herself determined to bring joy back into his life, even if it means finally spilling her secrets.

Can Jane and David help each other heal, and find love in the process, or are some scars too deep to treat?

Purchase Link

http://mybook.to/inaMIllion

MY REVIEW

I can always guarantee an escape from everyday life when I pick up a book by T.A. Williams and A Chance in a Million is another great example of this. The opening chapter instantly grabbed my attention and definitely made me root for Jane. Although to be fair I couldn’t help but be charmed by all the characters in this book. A special mention has to go to Dino, another brilliant canine creation from T.A. Williams.

I was fully immersed into the setting of Italy with stunning descriptions. At its heart though was a sweet romance that had a wonderful slow burn feel. It was lovely to see the characters grow and go from strength to strength. Along with beginning to put their pasts behind them and begin to focus on the future. There are also other important themes such as grief that is explored that added an extra depth to the story.

I enjoyed how the characters personalities were revealed, it was done in a careful way especially with their difficult pasts. I have to say because of this it did feel as if I really got to know them. It was very easy to wish that Jane and her new friends would find happiness and brighter futures. A Chance in a Million is a heartwarming story about new beginnings, friendship and romance. The kind that transported me to Italy and swept me away with wonderful characters!

Author Bio

I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing escapist romance is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

Social Media Links

Website: www.tawilliamsbooks.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tawilliamsbooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrevorWilliamsBooks/

#20BooksofSummer22 – Completed ✅

Thanks for stopping by! It only feels like yesterday when I was choosing what to read for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge and here we are at the end.

I did manage to complete the challenge to read and review all twenty books. There were quite a few changes (okay a lot) and I only just posted the last two reviews yesterday but I did it!

Below are all my reviews if you want to take a look at them…

Field Rules by Carla Luna

The Influencers by S. V. Leonard #20BooksofSummer22 (20/20) #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Influencers by S.V. Leonard today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. This is also my final book of the 20 Books of Summer challenge that I’m taking part in 🥳

First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

A filter can hide all manner of secrets…

When budding true crime blogger Maggie Shaw is invited to the Influencer of the Year awards, it feels like everything is finally falling into place. The party is held on a glamorous yacht and presents the perfect opportunity for Maggie to network – the first step towards achieving her dream of turning her hobby into a full-time job. But by the end of the night, there’s one question on everybody’s lips: who killed Stella Knight?

Stella was beautiful and famous. Her life appeared to be perfect. But behind the façade, Stella had made a number of enemies – and all of them were on board.

MY REVIEW

In this story we meet Maggie, who is a budding true crime blogger. Maggie finds herself invited to the Influencer of the Year awards. Although quite soon it becomes apparent that Maggie isn’t all that successful. However she is finally in the midst of other influencers. Which means Maggie might finally achieve her dreams of turning her blog into a full time career. Will it be plain sailing?!

I really liked the build up as Maggie attempted to network with other influencers. All of this changes when a murder occurs and she is determined to investigate. It was great to see that nothing was quite how it seemed. Maggie finds a troubling mix of secrets and superficial appearances in the influencer world. I thought this all helped the reader to get a feel for her character and the victim.

It’s safe to say that The Influencers premise definitely intrigued me and for the most part I felt the story worked well. I did enjoy investigating with Maggie but at times I felt like there was something missing. I really enjoyed the parts set on the yacht. These parts helped to build up a tense feeling. So I did feel like the story could have benefited from more of these scenes. I think they would have helped to cement a more claustrophobic feel. Let’s face it, even on a luxury yacht you wouldn’t want to be stuck with a killer!

Even though I might have had a couple of niggles, the story kept me invested. I was eager to see who the killer was especially as there were quite a few suspects to choose from. As with anything when you look below the surface there was so much more going on and the influencer world became a lot less glamorous.

On the whole The Influencers was an interesting and twisty tale!

The Botanist by M.W. Craven @MWCravenUK #20BooksofSummer22 #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for The Botanist by M.W. Craven today. With thanks to the publisher for my copy via Netgalley. This is also book nineteen for the 20 Books of Summer challenge. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

This is going to be the longest week of Washington Poe’s life…

Detective Sergeant Washington Poe can count on one hand the number of friends he has. And he’d still have his thumb left. There’s the guilelessly innocent civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw of course. Insanely brilliant, she’s a bit of a social hand grenade. He’s known his beleaguered boss, Detective Inspector Stephanie Flynn for years as he has his nearest neighbour, full-time shepherd/part-time dog sitter, Victoria.

And then there’s Estelle Doyle. Dark and dangerous and sexy as hell. It’s true the caustic pathologist has never walked down the sunny side of the street, but has she gone too far this time? Shot twice in the head, her father’s murder appears to be an open and shut case. Estelle has firearms discharge residue on her hands, and, in a house surrounded by fresh snow, hers are the only footprints. Since her arrest she’s only said three words: ‘Tell Washington Poe.’

Meanwhile, a poisoner called the Botanist is sending the nation’s most reviled people poems and pressed flowers. Twisted and ingenious, he seems to be able to walk through walls and, despite the advance notice given to his victims, and regardless of the security measures taken, he is able to kill with impunity.

Poe hates locked room mysteries and now he has two to solve. To unravel them he’s going to have to draw on every resource he has: Tilly Bradshaw, an organised crime boss, even an alcoholic ex-journalist. Because if he doesn’t, the bodies are going to keep piling up . . .

MY REVIEW

Well, it was amazing as ever to be back with Tilly and Poe. I’m not sure I can put into words how much I love this series. Everything works so well from the brilliant characters, the witty writing and the tangled plots that always keep me guessing. The Botanist is another perfect example of how this series captures my attention every single time.

It’s safe to say that Poe definitely has his work cut out for him in The Botanist. With two cases dividing his attention, each case is equally intriguing but one in particular has a more personal connection. I couldn’t wait to see how it would all play out.

I loved being kept on my toes as the locked room type mystery played out. It was written in a way that left me wonderfully confused and trying to think up different theories. I’ll be honest and say I was stumped. For me the dark edge of the murders combined with the characters engaging interactions created a solid and addictive story. I honestly couldn’t decide whether to race through it and read it in one go or try to make the book last as long as possible. I loved it that much!

If you are yet to meet Tilly and Poe, I really hope you find the time to pick up this series. I don’t think I stopped smiling at the pair of them throughout this book. They may have completely different personalities but they really do make the perfect team. While reading it’s very easy to feel as if I’m right there with them. Although I don’t think I’d be much use! 😂

The Botanist has easily made its way onto my top book picks for this year. It is such a cleverly crafted story and an addictive one at that. I’ll say it again, I loved it!

Love and Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift @Beth_Clift @hodderbooks #20BooksofSummer22 (18/20) #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Love and Other Human Errors by Bethany Clift today. With thanks to Steven at Hodder for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. This is also book eighteen of the 20 Books of Summer challenge I’m taking part in. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

The convention of a book synopsis is fundamentally ridiculous. How can I adequately convey in only 150 words the complexity and bewilderment of the past 10 months and the effect the events that occurred have had on my perfectly regulated existence?

One would need much longer to record in detail how I was blackmailed into demonstrating the efficacy of my soulmate programme and forced to participate in a series of ridiculous dates. How my life has been forever altered as a consequence.

Prior to this, I was driven and focused, consumed with work, destined to change the world with my brilliance. I had no family, no friends and no need for frivolous human connection. I was systemic and solitary, a woman with one goal.

I am that person no longer.

My name is Indiana Dylan, and this is the story of how I fell in love.

There: 150 words precisely.

MY REVIEW

I think it’s safe to say that after reading Last One at the Party, Bethany Clift went straight onto my auto buy list. I couldn’t wait to see what this author would come up with next. So what did I think of Love and Other Human Errors? Well, you know what. I loved it!

I would say when it comes to this story the less said about the plot, the better. Just because I loved discovering it all for myself. I want everyone to have the same experience. So I’m going to try and be a little vague regarding the plot. However I will say that everything in this story worked so well for me. From the characters who might have their faults but were loveable all the same. Well, except for maybe two! To the story that captured my attention from the first page to last.

I loved all the perspectives in this book it gave everything a much more rounded feel and it felt like I got to know the characters so much better too. They are complex and have so much more to their personalities than what first impressions showed. Oh and a special mention has to go to Alan, the dog!

Love and Other Human Errors made me smile, giggle and even get a little emotional. Okay, maybe a lot emotional. There are some important themes throughout and I thought these moments were perfectly combined with writing that conveyed charm, wit and a lot of heart.

If I could come up with just a few words to describe Love and Other Human Errors. They would be engaging, loveable and so very entertaining. It felt as if I was saying goodbye to friends once I turned that final page. I guess I’ll finish by saying it again, I loved this book!

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Secrets of Her Forbidden Knight by Ella Matthews @ellamattauthor @rararesources #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Secrets of Her Forbidden Knight by Ella Matthews as part of the blog tour today. With thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to join the tour and to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

She’s rescued a knight

Now she needs the favour returned…

When widowed Lady Johanne happens upon an injured knight, she sees an opportunity to form an alliance and protect her home, Castle Brae, from her enemies. The betrothal she proposes might be merely for appearances, but the very real attraction between her and Sir Alewyn thrills and disturbs her. For it’s clear he’s hiding something… Can she trust him, with so much at stake?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Her-Forbidden-Knight-Knights/dp/0263301885

US – https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Her-Forbidden-Knight-Knights/dp/0263301885

MY REVIEW

Secrets of Her Forbidden Knight was a story that charmed me from the very beginning.

The story moved at a lovely pace and I enjoyed being transported to the past. Johanne is trying her best to look after Castle Brae and the people who live there. However the situation is getting more dangerous every day, when in steps Alewyn. There is mistrust and a bit of drama between the pair especially when Alewyn is at Castle Brae with an ulterior motive. This makes for an entertaining read. It was also lots of fun to see them dance around each other all the while sparks of chemistry began to fly between them. I really enjoyed getting to know both Johanne and Alewyn. Especially seeing their heartfelt connection grow even if they did fight against it!

There is romance and a touch of danger in the pages of this book that made for an entertaining story. I love the escape that historical romance provides and this story is another wonderful example of this. Secrets of Her Forbidden Knight was both romantic and heartwarming!

Author Bio

Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. She writes medieval romances for Mills & Boon. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).

Social Media Links

www.ellamatthews.co.uk

Twitter @ellamattauthor

Instagram @ellamatthewsauthor

The Couple at Causeway Cottage by Diane Jeffrey @dianefjeffrey #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m delighted to be sharing my review for The Couple at Causeway Cottage by Diane Jeffrey today. A big thank you to the author for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

NEW START. OLD SECRETS.

Kat and Mark move to an island off the Northern Irish coast for a new beginning. Far away from their frantic life in London, it’s the perfect place to bring up the family they’re longing to start.

But as soon as they arrive, cracks begin to appear in their marriage. Mark is still texting his ex-wife. Kat is lying about a new friendship. And one of them is keeping an explosive secret about the past.

The couple in Causeway Cottage are hiding something – and the truth can be deadly…

MY REVIEW

It’s safe to say within a few pages I started to have a fair few questions and I was eager to figure it all out. The Couple at Causeway Cottage is a story filled with secrets, tension and characters that I couldn’t quite figure out. I really enjoyed how I was made to question everything and everyone.

The story itself moved at a good pace and I really enjoyed trying to come up with ideas and theories over what was happening. The past definitely plays its part in this book. As secrets come back to haunt Kat in the present. Kat was an interesting character. I’m not sure I ever fully liked her but I do enjoy a character who I can’t quite fully understand or maybe not even like.

For me the setting was a brilliant addition to this book. It helped enhance the isolating feeling that Kat has. Not only in her new surroundings but in her marriage too. The Couple at Causeway Cottage had a strong sense of tension with secrets and lies around every corner. It was very easy to lose myself in it, right up until the final twisty page was turned!

The House at Helygen by Victoria Hawthorne @VikkiPatis @QuercusBooks #TheHouseAtHelygen #BlogTour #Review

Thanks for stopping by! I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for The House at Helygen by Victoria Hawthorne and sharing my review today. With thanks to the publisher for the invite to join the tour and for my copy. First things first let’s take a look at the description for the book…

A HOUSE CAN HOLD A THOUSAND SECRETS . . .

2019

When Henry Fox is found dead in his ancestral home in Cornwall, the police rule it a suicide, but his pregnant wife, Josie, believes it was murder. Desperate to make sense of Henry’s death she embarks on a quest to learn the truth, all under the watchful eyes of Henry’s overbearing mother. Josie soon finds herself wrestling against the dark history of Helygen House and ghosts from the past that refuse to stay buried.

1881

New bride Eliza arrives at Helygen House with high hopes for her marriage. Yet when she meets her new mother-in-law, an icy and forbidding woman, her dreams of a new life are dashed. And when Eliza starts to hear voices in the walls of the house, she begins to fear for her sanity and her life.

Can Josie piece together the past to make sense of her present, or will the secrets of Helygen House and its inhabitants forever remain a mystery?

MY REVIEW

Well, that opening chapter made me sit up and take notice. It was a strong start and made me want to root for Josie straight away. I did love how easily the developing mystery pulled me in. It’s safe to say that there is both a tense and dark feel to it.

For me there was definitely an addictive quality to the story. I just had to know what was happening, not only in the present but in the past too! Sometimes when the story is set in different timelines I can end up preferring one time period over the other. In this book, I found them equally engaging. I will say that the past had a slightly more atmospheric feel to it. However I thought this contrast between the two time periods worked well. With the underlying tension and situations easily helping to connect all the characters. I also thought the author did a lovely job of transitioning between the timelines.

The house itself made for a strong and imposing setting. Josie and Henry’s plans felt as if they would bring the house back to life and provide a future. However there is a darker side to the history of this house that made for a very interesting and at times ominous tale. The House at Helygen grabbed hold and took me on quite a twisted and tension filled journey. The kind where I was determined to discover all of its secrets!