Saturday, 10 June 2017

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway - The Summer House by Jenny Hale

Today I'm delighted to be taking part on the blog tour for Jenny Hale's Summer release! Not only am I here with a review but you also have the chance to win a copy of Jenny's latest page turner thanks to her publishers Bookouture! 

The bit on the back...
Some summers will stay with you forever...

Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast.

Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and the papers say he’s just another playboy, but as they laugh in the ocean waves, Callie realizes there’s more to this man than money and good looks.

Just when true happiness seems within reach, Callie and Olivia find a diary full of secrets... secrets that stretch across the island, and have the power to turn lives upside down. As Callie reads, she unravels a mystery that makes her heart drop through the floor.

Will Callie and Luke be pulled apart by the storm it unleashes, or can true love save them?

There are some book releases from several authors that I look forward to every year. Jenny Hale is one of them. It's one of those scenarios where I hope I'm lucky enough to receive an advanced copy so I don't need to wait just quite as long, but know I'm going to pre-order my own copy anyway! Jenny's latest Summer novel is here and takes us straight back to the Outer Banks.

The Summer House is all about Callie and Luke. Callie is finally beginning to realise her dream of owning a B&B with her best friend Olivia. The story starts with the early stages of renovation and follows Callie through her summer with a few more bumps in the road than she predicted. Luke is the local celebrity and heartthrob. At first Callie tries to keep him at arms length all while Luke continues to woo her proving there is more to him than the gossip columns say. He proves himself throughout the story and is up there with the best of Jenny's book boyfriends.

While the main story throughout is the love story between Callie and Luke there is a little something else bubbling away in the background built into the history of Callie and Olivia's house. I enjoyed the parallel storylines and how parts of each complimented the other. I always find Jenny's books to be unputdownable but for the first time here I was gripped with tense excitement and suspense to see how the story was going to unfold. The storyline simmers along gently before coming to a full blown boil in the last half of the story! Jenny has more than demonstrated the strength of her writing and story development here and each of her characters come into their own light, rounding them out before the end of the story.

As usual Jenny has hit it out of the park in terms of describing the setting for her book. After I read this novel I headed straight to Google to search for images of the Outer Banks so I could carry on imagining myself there. I would LOVE to visit and that inspiration has come from reading Jenny's books. I feel like you can completely immerse yourself in the story, imagine yourself walking along the same streets, same shop fronts, same beaches with the characters and it's one of my favourite things about Jenny's books.

If you enjoy Nicholas Sparks novels I'm quite sure you will enjoy Jenny's.

So what are you waiting for?! Have a bash in the giveaway!

Head over to Jenny's website to find out more about her and her novels!

Thank you again to Bookouture for having me on this blog tour - make sure to check out the other stops!

Monday, 5 June 2017

Giveaway! The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox

If you're a regular visitor to the blog you will have noticed how quiet it's been around here for the last few months! *tumbleweed*

On Saturday I kicked off the official relaunch of Erin's Choice with a blog tour and throughout the next month I'll be hosting more blog tours, giveaways and reviewing some new and previous releases.

The first giveaway is a copy of The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox. I loved this book and you can read my review here. The giveaway is open internationally and is not endorsed by anyone but me!

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Blog Tour: Author Ben Ludwig shares his advice for Aspiring Authors

June is the anniversary month of my blog and since I've been quiet for a while I decided to a re-launch this month. What better way to kick that off than with a blog tour and a guest post for aspiring authors!

I'd like to welcome Ben Ludwig to Erin's Choice! Ben's debut novel Ginny Moon is available to buy now.

The bit on the back...

The story of a lost girl searching for her forever home.

Everyone tells Ginny that she should feel happy….

After years in foster care, fourteen year old Ginny is finally with parents who will love her. Yet despite finding her forever family, she knows she will never stop crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape.

Because something heart-breaking happened a long time ago – something that only Ginny knows – and nothing will stop her going back to put it right…

And now over to Ben for his advice for Aspiring Authors

I’m not usually one to give a lot of advice, because I don’t think everyone necessarily benefits from the same approach.  That said, if someone were to ask me what advice I would give to an inspiring writer who was extremely similar to myself, I’d say…

1. A lot of people will tell you to read widely, and that reading will make you a better writer.  While that’s not a bad idea, writing – and improving your writing – demands an immense amount of time, so much so that I don’t have a lot of time to read.  I think writers need to trust that their own voices more, and not worry about reading as much.

2. Writing fiction is very much like telling your friend about “that interesting thing that happened the other day.” It’s informal and fast, and if what you’re writing doesn’t make people lean forward and say, “And then what happened?”” then you’re probably not doing it right. 

3. Writing should start as a habit, but should become an obsession.  It takes a lot of time and effort to dig down deep into the heart of a story, to discover what it’s truly about.  You can’t do that by writing once in a while, or by writing in a relaxed, casual way.  The book I’m working on must always be a mystery, a thing that demands to be solved.  It has to demand more from me than discipline and effort.  It has to dominate my life in such a way that I’m always thinking about it, cutting corners to find time to work on it. 

4. A lot of success in writing has to do with luck, and so it might seem sort of random.  Something helpful I’ve learned is that although I can’t control how good things come to me, I can control how many times I give it a go.  I think of it like the Wheel of Fortune.  I can’t control where the wheel stops, but I can control how many times I spin it.  So keep on spinning! 

5. It surprised me to learn that writing is very much about relationships.  A relationship forms between you and the book, and when you send it off to an agent, between the agent and the book.  But relationships are difficult things.  What one agent loves, another might like.  Just as you might become best friends with one person and not another, one particular agent might love your book, while others can’t begin to fathom why you wrote it.  The good news (to me, anyway) was that you only need one agent to fall in love with your book.  So cast a wide net, when it’s time to seek an agent, and don’t be so upset when you’re turned down by one. How many people might you date before you find The One?  Would you be willing to spend a life time in your search?  Of course you would. The same ought to go for your book. Write the best book you can, and then search endlessly until you find someone to represent or publish it.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Blog Tour - The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox

The bit on the back...

Beneath the surface lies a terrible secret…

Hollywood, 1975: Tragedy sends troubled film star Vivien Lockhart into the arms of Giovanni Moretti, and it seems her fortunes have finally changed. Until she meets his sister, and learns that dark shadows haunt her new husband’s past…

Tuscany, Present day: Everyone in London is searching for Lucy Whittaker – so Lucy needs to disappear. But her new home, the crumbling Castillo Barbarossa, is far from the secluded paradise it seemed.

Across the decades, Vivien and Lucy find themselves trapped in the idyllic Italian villa.
And if they are ever to truly escape its walls, they must first unearth its secrets…

I'm delighted today to be taking part in the blog tour for Victoria Fox' new novel The Silent Fountain. I've been a fan of Victoria's over the last few years so I'm always excited to read something new from her.

BEWARE: This book will have you hooked!

Victoria's previous six novels, including Hollywood Sinners and Power Games are all glamorous, bonk-busting, summer chart toppers. The Silent Fountain is a new direction for Victoria with a much deeper, twisting story that draws you in and entrances you from the beginning.

The story is written with a dual narrative between Vivien and Lucy, two women far apart in years but with something intertwining their lives together. Readers are also treated to a time flip element to Vivien's story which lets you come to fully understand her character and back story.

From the start there is just something, hard to pin down exactly the feeling, but something that feels like suspense and excitement with an edge of fear and real tangibility. After reading the first fifteen or so chapters of the book I still couldn't get a sense of where the story was heading!

One thing that really struck me about the book, alongside the story, was the vivid detail and imagery employed throughout. I've been to Italy and can recall acutely the dusty, fragrant heat of the day and the cool clarity of the night time. The novel was like a step back to that holiday with a feeling that all senses were been tantalised throughout. Even the cover had my interest piqued!

This is sure to be one of the books you see at every poolside this Summer with heads of romance and suspense fans alike stuck inside! I am excited to see what's next!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Stars Over Castle Hill by Samantha Young - Cover Reveal


The bit on the back...

Joss and Braden Carmichael are blissfully married living in their townhouse on Dublin Street with their two beautiful children. It’s a life Joss never expected to have, and one she’s grateful for every day.

But… what if she never met Braden and Ellie Carmichael on that fateful day when she
was only twenty-two years old?

When Joss is asked to write a story about how her life might have turned out if a pivotal
moment in it never happened, she thinks of the day she met both Braden and Ellie
Carmichael. If she had never met them where might she have ended up? Joss believes no
matter where life may have taken her it would have inevitably led her to Braden. But what if she was thirty instead of twenty-two when they met? How would she have felt about risking her heart then? 
And even if she was older and wiser and ready to fall madly in love, what if too much had happened to Braden to make him the man that would risk his heart to save hers?

Will time be their enemy… or is it possible that two souls are meant for one another in
any reality?

Stars Over Castle Hill is an alternate reality novella of a romance that captured the
hearts of readers all over the world. Joss and Braden are back with a story that is
just as emotional, passionate and sexy as their first!

Haven’t read Joss & Braden’s story from the beginning? On Dublin Streetthe #1 international bestseller, from Berkley Romance

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Review of Girl 99 by Andy Jones

The bit on the back...

When Tom’s girlfriend walks out on him the day before Christmas, he feels humiliated but not necessarily heartbroken. Sadie wasn’t, after all, The One. If we’re being precise, she was number eighty-five.

And so, for reasons that are only mostly wrong, Tom embarks on a mission to bring his number of encounters up to a nice neat one hundred.

Over the course of his quest he sleeps with a colleague, a colleague of a friend, a friend of a friend, a friend of a friend’s wife, the estate agent selling his flat and several more besides.

Everything is going, if not well, then at least according to plan…and then Tom meets Verity. Whether she’s The One remains to be seen, but she’s certainly more than just another number.

Firstly thank you to Lake Union for the review title of this copy via Netgalley. Girl 99 is the third novel that I've read by this author and I've enjoyed it equally as much as the other two. If you've read The Two of Us you'll recognise a few names mentioned throughout and one character in particular.

The story starts with Tom's girlfriend leaving him, which on first inspection is his own damn fault. After sharing his experience with best friend El, Tom embarks on a mission to take the notches on his bedpost up to 100. In the beginning Tom comes across as a bit of a sh*thead. He has little regard for the women he's sleeping with and the way he treats them isn't exactly wonderful. He's on what is a pretty selfish mission which all becomes foiled when he meets Verity. Verity doesn't seem as susceptible to Tom's charm as everyone else and for once Tom actually has a chance to get to know her before their friendship goes any further.

If you're looking for a romantic hero, Tom isn't it. What he is though is a very real character who has flaws and makes mistakes. Throughout the whole novel Tom is faced with dilemma - his family, his neighbour and of course the women he is rifling his way through. He knows he's not the best human being and all the way through I got a sense that he was trying to correct little parts of himself at a time.

Just because this story is about a man, written by a man, it definitely does not mean that this book is just for guys. While no doubt the seemingly honest depiction of what it's like to be a single lad will appeal to male readers, female readers will enjoy the story just as much. Andy's written the story in a way which actually makes Tom turn out pretty endearing by the end. You'll laugh out loud and maybe even shed a tear at some bits of it. Again I found El's story to be bittersweet and while Tom is out sleeping his way to 100 El's life is shortening in front of him.

I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more from Andy in the future and if you've not read The Two of Us then I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Mini Review of Dashing Through the Snow by M Leighton

The bit on the back…

Dilyn Hart hates Christmas, so when her boss (and ex-boyfriend) hands her an assignment to interview champion snowboarder and gorgeous playboy extraordinaire, Dash Grainger, on Christmas Eve, she takes it. There are several things she doesn’t plan for—a surly driver, a chalet in the middle of nowhere, a freak snowstorm—but the biggest surprise of all is Dash himself.
Dash Grainger lives for the high, and so far in his twenty-six years, he’s never met anyone or anything he loves more. Nothing has ever thrilled him as much as slick snow, cold air, and breakneck speed.

Until he meets Dilyn.

But one perfect night doesn’t mean clear, blue skies the next day. Some storms can’t be weathered.
Christmas might just be one of them.

I am a big fan of M Leighton’s and some of her books are in my frequently reread pile (especially the Bad Boys series), so when I saw this I couldn’t resist. It’s only 146 pages long so will only take you an hour or so to read and although it’s short it will give you a flavour of the author’s style and might tempt you to read something else of hers! Make sure you check out the reviews of her books throughout the blog.

The story sees reporter Dilyn and professional snowboarder Dash caught in a snow storm and what could be a more romantic setting than a beautiful chalet, a roaring fire, s’mores… well you know – nothing! Throw in a jealous ex-boyfriend some jumping to conclusions and you have this fabulously festive short story!

M Leighton is definitely an author I go back to time and time again and I think this little sample will set you up for the same.