Monday, 31 March 2014

30 Day Book Challenge

So tomorrow I will be starting the 30 Day Book Challenge which sets you a series of challenges all book related from the one you hate to the one you love.

My answers to the challenges are only my opinion so please don't be offended, but share your answers to the challenge!

!!Blog Tour!! - Review of How Not to be Starstruck by Portia MacIntosh

The bit on the back…

Nicole Wilde’s life is one of sell-out gigs, bunking on tour buses, trashing hotels and partying with the band all night long. But she’s not in the band. She is a music journalist, paid to be the world’s greatest groupie– and she loves it!

Nicole has the party lifestyle – and the hangovers to prove it – but no one stops her in the supermarket on a bad hair day. Until she is papped in an incriminating position with recently married mega-star Dylan King of The Burnouts and the tabloids start hounding her. This isn’t so fun. Especially when her make-up is a mess and she hasn’t yet had a chance to clean her teeth.

Dylan accuses her of ruining his marriage. His handsome PR agent, Charles, calls her a tart. She has to take gorgeous Luke from Two For the Road to hospital after a drug incident. And she’s dropped her mobile phone in the bath! Too much celebrity lifestyle for one week? Time to slow down and take stock? Maybe for somebody else. But Nicole Wilde is going to come out fighting!

Release Date: TODAY! (31st March 2014)

Publisher: Carina UK

Thank you to GG Book Tours and Portia for sending me this ARC to review as part of the blog tour for “How Not to be Starstruck”.

“How Not to be Starstruck” is the full length novel which follows the short, sweet prequel novella “Between a Rockstar and a Hard place”

Nicole Wilde has a passion for music, writing about music and for the boys in the bands that make the music. Wilde by name, and wild by nature Nicole goes off on tour with a band she’s been friends with from the start at the same time as trying to juggle her job, her love life and her handful of a best friend.

I read “Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place” and then immediately signed up to the tour with GG Book Tours who luckily had a space left for me! The novella is short and fast paced giving you a concentrated glimpse of Nicole’s day to day life and what she might get up to in the full length story. I would recommend you read the novella first but it’s not strictly a must as Portia brings you up to speed pretty quickly, without repeating the novella word for word, with Nicole and the other characters.

I think dreaming of being a celebrity or of being friends with a celebrity is something we’ve all done at least once in our lives, so Nicole is really easy to relate to in that respect. She’s also easy to relate to because she doesn’t pretend to be flawless and that makes her easy to like too.

The story was all told from Nicole’s POV which was quite good because she’s quite different character-wise to all of her celebrity friends and it really allows you to get to know her and get on side with her.
I admit that the story took quite a different route to where I thought it might end up but that didn’t mean that I enjoyed it any less, if anything I enjoyed it more because it wasn’t predictable.

The prose was witty and fun to read. It was bubbly and exciting in parts and equally muted in other parts where something more serious was going on. I enjoyed both the novella and the full length novel and I can’t wait to read more from Portia!

How Not to be Starstruck is out today and you can check it out here!

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Book News - Waiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis

Lovely author Aven Ellis is back next month with her 2nd novel Waiting for Prince Harry.

The bit on the back…

Twenty-four-year-old Kylie Reed has always been a rule follower. Organized and cautious to a fault, her dreams for life are often filed away for future use—when she has a house, when she meets her future husband, when she has been at her visual display job at a chic Dallas boutique longer...Kylie always has a reason for living her life in the future, not in the present, and not living her life to the fullest and reaching her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

The only exception to rules, of course, would be running away with Prince Harry—Kylie’s ideal man. A hot, fun ginger boy would be worth breaking all the rules for, of course.  And Kylie is sure Harry just needs the right, centering woman to settle him down.  But living in Dallas and not knowing Prince Harry make this a non-option.

Or does it?

Because when Kylie accidentally falls into the lap of a gorgeous ginger boy—yes, even more gorgeous than the real Prince Harry—all bets are off. Could this stranger be the one to show Kylie how to take a chance, to face her fears, and live in the present?  And could this stranger be the Prince Harry she has been waiting for? Kylie’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns thanks to this chance encounter, and she knows her life will never be the same because of it...

Release Date: 2nd April 2014

Review Coming Soon!

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules Giveaway

Today I have a UK giveaway for you! 3 copies of “The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules” by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg. All thanks to Natasha Harding at Pan Mac!

The bit on the back…

79-year-old Martha Andersson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank.

She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting lifestyle. Along with her four oldest friends - otherwise known as the League of Pensioners - Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them. Together, they cause uproar with their antics protesting against early bedtimes and plasticky meals.

As the elderly friends become more daring, they hatch a cunning plan to break out of the dreary care home and land themselves in a far more attractive Stockholm establishment. With the aid of their Zimmer frames, they resolve to stand up for old aged pensioners everywhere - Robin Hood style. And that's when the adventure really takes off . . .

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Review of Between a Rockstar and a Hard Place - Portia MacIntosh

The bit on the back…

Behind the music…

Being best friends with a mega-star has its perks and Nicole Wilde, music journalist, laps them up. But when said friend, Dylan King, gorgeous lead singer of The Burnouts, has zero sense of self-preservation – once a drop of alcohol hits his blood stream and an inability to keep ‘little Dylan’ in his pants, it also comes with responsibilities.

Now, Nicole has to track down Dylan in time to play a charity gig tomorrow. Half a dozen groupies, a haunted hotel, a tattoo parlour, a reality show runner-up and a crazy bed-hopping, sleepless night later – will she find him before the tour bus leaves town? And when she does, is it time to head home? Or to jump on the tour bus and go along for the ride!

Firstly thank you to NetGalley and Carina UK for approving me for this ARC!

This is the novella style prequel to Portia’s full length novel “How Not to be Startstruck”.

The story is all about Nicole and best friend/rock god/bad boy/toddler masquerading as a man Dylan. Nicole is a journalist but spends more of her time running after Dylan, keeping tabs on him and cleaning up after him.

I really loved the best friend relationship in this short story. It’s something I enjoy reading about even though in some cases it’s quite clichĂ© and makes the story predictable. Not here though, not yet.

This is a fun, quick read which gives you an insight into the wild lifestyle of Nicole and Dylan and what it takes to be best friends with a rockstar even if that job sometimes crosses over into minder. It’s a bit of escapism because at the end of the day who wouldn’t relish a day in the life of a friend to a rockstar to experience it, instead of a boring office job!

I absolutely cannot wait to read on into “How Not to be Starstruck”. I can already feel that it will be a brilliant read with a lot of twists!

Erin x

Friday, 28 March 2014

Review of The One Plus One - Jojo Moyes

The bit on the back…

One single mum

With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it's hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn't. Because you have to . . .

One chaotic family

Jess's gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she'll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess's teenage stepson, can't fight the bullies alone.
Sometimes Jess feels like they're sinking . . .

One handsome stranger

Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it's like to be lonely. And he wants to help . . .

One unexpected love story

The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance from Jojo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.

This is the second of Jojo’s books that I’ve read. The first was Me Before You and it absolutely killed me. I was heartbroken for the last half of the book crying full on massive tears so that coupled with what I’d heard about this book before I read it, I knew to expect another fantastic read and another absolute tear jerker.

The story is all about Jess and her family as the struggle to make ends meet every day never mind every month, and how the “the kindness of strangers”, one in particular, has an impact on her life.

This story is that of a modern family. One quote from the book which really stuck with me was this…

“That’s how families are, these days. It’s not all two point four.”

Jojo has depicted an issue that many people in the UK, and the wider world face on a daily basis. We all hate a 5 week month, and are always complaining that we are skint but there are families out there who actually have nothing. Not a thing. Jess is one of those mothers scrimping and saving, robbing Pete (the electricity bill) to pay Paul (the rent). It really hits home and sets a rhythm for the rest of the story.

You read the story with a massive sense of empathy for Jess and the delicacy with which Jojo has written her story you can really imagine living it. The harsh reality is not played down to make nice reading but it balances against a sense of hope you have from start to finish that everything will end well for the family.

On the opposite side of the tracks you have Ed. Ed has a self made fortune and although at first when he enters Jess’s life it feels like he thinks that he is above the lowly cleaner and that they are in totally different societal leagues it turns out that actually Ed has a lot to learn from Jess and there is probably a message in there for every reader, whether it’s to appreciate what you have in life, remember that doing a small kindness for someone may make a monumental difference to them or even if it’s simply recognising the fact that not everyone is as fortunate as you – there is something to be learned.

I read through this book in a day and not because it was particularly short but more to do with the fact that I couldn’t put it down. My hope for the story to end well coupled with my intrigue about the development of all of the characters throughout the story made it really keep my interest. I would really recommend this book if you are a fan of chick-lit with a more challenging, though provoking slant and if you enjoyed this then I think you should have a look at Freya North’s book Secrets which The One Plus One really reminded me of.

Erin x

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Review of Tangled - Emma Chase

The bit on the back…

Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

I first found out about Tangled when I was approved for Twisted through NetGalley. Twisted is actually the second book in the series.

Tangled is all about Drew Evans. Drew is a player, a bachelor extraordinaire. He’s gorgeous and overflowing with charm. The guys want to be him; the girls want to be with him. That is until he meets Kate and she represents his biggest challenge yet.

The narrative is told purely from Drew’s perspective which I really liked. It’s cleverly written because all of the preconceptions most of the female population would have about a man like Drew are met and probably amplified because he seems to enjoy living up to them.

Drew instantly became my new book boyfriend, I loved that he was cocky and exuded charm. His self-assured demeanour was sexy and regardless of the fact that he completely used the women he slept with he was good to read about. And who doesn’t love being in a man’s head, seeing how they perceive women! The prose was quite interactive in that many questions Drew posed to the reader which really drew you into the story, keeping your interest.

Kate complimented Drew’s character perfectly because she was driven and stubborn just like him but her femininity added softness to their relationship and balanced it out a bit. Their relationship was electric and the tension between the characters was palpable from the start leading to them inevitably getting together. Sometimes some of the language may be too crude and blunt for some readers but really in the context of the entire story, all of it told from Drew’s perspective it sort of fitted in and I believe it could be overlooked.

This is a fast paced, sexy read and I found it quite hard to put it down without reading it all in one go. I started Twisted straight after this and I will definitely be looking to read more from this talented author!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Release Day - Empress of the Night - Eva Stachniak

Earlier this month I post about Empress of the Night by author of The Winter Palace, Eva Stachniak. It's out today! Check it out on Amazon -

Release Day: TODAY! (25th March 2014)

Publisher: Traverse Press

Monday, 24 March 2014

!!Blog Tour!! - Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn by Tilly Tennant - EXTRA SCENE!

The bit on the back…

There’s only one man for Bonnie, and that’s Holden Finn.

The problem is that Holden Finn is a twenty-three-year-old pop megastar with his boy band, Every Which Way, and has no idea she exists. Not only that, but half the women in the world want to be Mrs Finn, including Bonnie’s teenage daughter, Paige. The real men in Bonnie’s life do nothing but let her down, but a man you can’t possibly have can never do that… right?

Then Paige wins a radio competition to meet Holden and the band, and Bonnie’s carefully-constructed world starts to unravel. She is about to find out that you should be very, very careful what you wish for…

Today it’s my stop on the Gosling Girls tour for Tilly Tennant’s fabulous novel Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn. You can find my review here.

I have a treat for you today – an extra scene – we join Bonnie as she is interviewed by prospective boss, Fred, for a job at Applejacks

Bonnie cleared her throat expectantly.  With his back to her, counting notes from the till, stood a man, almost as round as he was tall, his bald head gleaming in the late afternoon sun that was now slanting through the large windows of the fruit and veg shop.  Applejack’s had been trading in Millrise town centre for as long as Bonnie could remember.  Little could she have imagined, when she stood next to her mother as a young girl, waiting for her bag of pomegranates that she would later patiently pick apart with a pin, that she would be waiting for a job interview to work there one day. Her aspirations had always been just a tiny bit bigger, but somehow, things had never quite gone to plan.  It didn’t bother her, working in a shop – she would support her family however she had to – she just hadn’t seen it coming.
When he didn’t turn around, she coughed again. ‘Excuse me…’
He turned to face her, apparently surprised to find someone else in the shop. ‘I thought Linda had locked up,’ he mumbled.
‘Sorry, the door was open so I just came in. I’ve come about the job.’
He looked her up and down briefly. Bonnie expected him to show her to another room to sit down but he continue to appraise her.  It was making her feel uncomfortable. ‘You’re a bit skinny,’ he said finally. ‘There’s a lot of lifting.’
‘I’m stronger than I look.’
‘Because I don’t have the time to waste or the money to pay people with glass backs.’
‘I don’t have a glass back.’
‘You working now?’
Bonnie shook her head. ‘Not at the moment.’
‘Can you count?’
Bonnie stared at him. It seemed like a very odd question. She nodded. ‘Yes, I can count. I have GCSE maths…’
He held up a hand. ‘I don’t care if you have GCSE cucumber management. So long as you can count, weigh, move fast and be here on time every day, you’ll get on alright for me.’
‘That means I have the job?’
‘I don’t know. You didn’t tell me if you could do all those things.’
‘No problem.’
He folded the notes into a cloth bag and waved her to follow him as he disappeared into the back of the shop.  Bonnie followed hesitantly.  She found herself in a small stock room where he was rummaging in a box.  He turned and flung a green piece of cloth at her. ‘Your tabard. Don’t lose it or shrink it in the wash or you’ll be buying the next one.’
‘Ok.’ Bonnie folded it up and stowed it in her handbag. She waited for him to say something else but he simply stared at her. ‘Don’t you want me to fill any forms out or anything?’
‘Too busy today. Do those when you start.’
‘But…’ Bonnie began with a confused expression, ‘you don’t even know anything about me.’
‘Why, are you a terrorist?’
‘Of course not. But…’
‘What’s your name?’
‘Bonnie Cartwright.’
He gave her a curt nod. ‘Fred Black, pleased to meet you.  Now if you don’t mind, I have a till to cash up.’
‘So when do you want me to start?’ Bonnie asked as he began to shoo her out.  This was without doubt the strangest job interview she had ever had and she was beginning to wonder if their brief exchange even meant she had got the job at all.
‘Monday, eight-thirty,’ he said, rattling his keys as he ushered her through the shop. As the door closed behind her he added, ‘Don’t be late.’
Bonnie stood on the pavement as he locked up and walked away. It looked as though she would make the rent this month after all.

About Tilly

Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset but now lives in Staffordshire with her slightly nutty family.  Tilly is married to Mr Tennant (not that one, though a girl can dream). She likes nothing better than curling up in a quiet corner with a glass of wine watching the world go by, but can more usually be found taxiing her daughters to parties or taking them on emergency shopping trips. After a huge list of dismal and disastrous jobs over the years, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing, she began working as a temporary secretary in a hospital to boost her income whilst doing a degree in English and creative writing. This job lasted nine years. Not terribly temporary. But it does mean that she knows just what it’s like to make monumental admin cock-ups, spend the month’s wages in the hospital coffee shop and fall in love with all the doctors. As she’s a smug married, however, it’s fortunate that the doctors in question don’t usually feel the same way.

Tilly is represented by the wonderful, gorgeous Peta Nightingale at LAW.

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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Review of Bad Brides - Rebecca Chance

The bit on the back…

Good brides promise to obey. Bad brides wouldn't dream of it…

Milly Gamble is an up-and-coming actress, and the perfect English flower child. At 23, she's always been cast as the innocent heroine. But looks can deceive. Calculating and fiercely ambitious, Milly is determined to be the most famous star in England. And how better to achieve her goal than by dating Tarquin Ormond, lead singer of the biggest folk band of the moment? Tarquin is madly in love with Milly; Milly is only in love with herself.

Brianna Jade is an all-American pageant girl. The daughter of Tamra Maloney, a stunning billionairess, Brianna is a sweet, pretty girl who is more than happy to go along with her mother's ambitious plans for her. Now Tamra's brought her to the UK and hooked her up with an Earl. He has a crumbling stately home and needs a rich wife to help restore it to its former glory. Tamra is as ambitious and determined as Brianna is sweet and innocent - is this more a case of mother-in-law-zilla than bridezilla?

Both Milly and Brianna's upcoming weddings will be huge, lavish events that garner national press. But with the cover of the biggest magazine in the country to be won, things are about to get very dirty…

Thank you to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for approving me for this ARC! I’ve been quite excited about reading more of Rebecca’s books since I read Killer Queens back in October last year and I have not been able to look at a banana the same way since!

This is the tale of two brides. Two brides in with a chance of becoming the first cover bride of new magazine Style Bride and with that massive opportunity at stake the fight to come out on top gets down right ferocious!
Milly is a social climber, she’s willing to do just about anything to get to the top which becomes apparent almost as soon as we meet her! She turns any situation into one that can boost her public image and she is willing to go the extra mile to be on the front cover of Style Bride. I took an instant dislike to her because of her selfish nature choosing instead to favour her best friend who is the total opposite of her!

Brianna Jade is new to the English society circuit and her scheming mother has managed to bag her an Earl, now it’s down to a team effort to make sure she comes out on top. I really liked Brianna Jade’s character, she was much more down to earth compared with Milly and that’s probably down to a little bit of naivety due to her American nationality.

The story is fast paced and packs a punch right from the start. You are thrown in at the deep end right into this rich people’s world and Rebecca makes it really easy to just immerse yourself in it. She eloquently writes about current fashions, living the high life and all the things that could possibly be going on behind the scenes in the celebrity world.

I’ve only read one of Rebecca’s books but I’m told that with each book you get to catch a glimpse of past characters and in this one we catch up with some of the characters from Killer Queens. The other thing about Rebecca’s novels is that they are well known for their bonkbusting story lines and this book certainly keeps in line with that! The sex scenes are steamy and passionate but not always starring who you would think!

I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of Rebecca’s work!

!!Release Day!! - Kept by Elle Field

The bit on the back…

'Did she really just say that? I am fifteen again, except the reality is I am experiencing full parental horror, aged twenty-five. I want to die.'

Life hasn't quite worked out how Arielle Lockley imagined it would. Becoming the next Coco Chanel was always her childhood dream, but she's spent the past four years living a dizzying whirl of glitzy parties, luxurious holidays and daily shopping sprees - all paid for by boyfriend Piers - and not doing anything to make her Coco dreams happen.

When the recession hits, it's not just the economy that takes a tumble and Arielle finds herself living back with her parents, on bad terms with Piers, and having a CV that's as welcome as a pair of knock-off Jimmy Choos. And maybe it's the location, but she's also finding unwelcome thoughts of her childhood sweetheart are popping into her head...

What's a girl to do? Can Arielle figure out what it is she now wants to do with her life and move on, or will she be doomed to spend the rest of her life dwelling over her worst mistakes, stuck listening to her parents' embarrassing dinner table talk each night?

Elle Field’s fab and quirky debut novel Kept, published last April, made it to #1 in the Best Sellers (free) chart this week, as well as #1 in the Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction, Romance and Humorous Fiction categories. It also reached #5 in the Canadian Best Sellers chart and #13 in Australia.

This was the last time Kept will ever be free on Amazon but, to celebrate the huge demand, Kept will now be available for the next five days at the bargain price of 99p/99 cents for all those who didn’t get their free download. With an average rating of 4.5/5 on, you need to read this book!

As a thank you to all those who help to spread the word about this, make sure you enter yourself into Elle’s giveaway  for your chance to win one of six Amazon vouchers or a signed copy of one of Elle’s books.  

Kept’s sequel - Lost - will be out in summer 2014, but if you fancy reading another fabulous novel by Elle Field before then, Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not is available worldwide on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.

Praise for Kept

"Quirky, original chick lit with brilliant characters and a fab heroine. I really enjoyed the author's writing style and loved that the story didn't end up going where I was expecting... Highly recommend this and looking forward to reading more from Ms Field. "
~ Shalini Boland, Author

"Kept is a brilliant debut novel from Elle Field... Kept will appeal to readers of chick-lit and I felt that it had a similar feel to some of Marian Keyes' early books. I think that Elle Field is one to watch out for and I would definitely read her next book."
~ Dot Scribbles, Book blogger

Elle is hosting this awesome giveaway to celebrate the release of Kept today. Enter below.

About Elle

Elle Field is a twenty-something chick lit author who lives in London. She enjoys exploring and photographing Blighty's capital, seeing far too many musicals, and eating her way around London's culinary delights.

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Chocolate Book Tag

I was tagged by Margaret (@margaretbmadden, Sam (@sam_smith73) and Laura (Midnightstar3) to do the chocolate book tag which was originally thought up by Faye over at A Daydreamer's Thoughts. Here are my answers... Thanks again for the tag!

1. Dark chocolate: a book that covers a dark topic.

Ok, my most recent “dark topic” read was Zenith Hotel by Oscar Coop-Phane which was translated by Ros Schwartz. It’s all about poverty, loneliness and real life. Read my review here.

2. White chocolate: your favourite light hearted/humorous read.

My favourite light hearted/humours read… hmm, I must admit that any of Lindsey Kelk’s books make me laugh out loud like no other book has managed. Find my review of the entire I Heart series below.

3.  Milk chocolate: a book that has a lot of hype that you're dying to read.

I am dying to read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.

4.Chocolate with a caramel centre: a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it.

Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone. I love this book and I love the entire series but there is something comforting about going back to the beginning!

5.Wafer free kit kat: name a book that has surprised you lately.

A book that surprised me lately was Spare Brides by Adele Parks. It was the first book of hers that I had read and also one of the only few I have read from that decade! Read my review here.

6.Snickers: a book that you are going nuts about.

Before Jamaica Lane is the 3rd in Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series and I LOVED IT! Read my review here.

7.Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows: a book that you would turn to for a comfort read.

I can remember reading this book for the first time and falling completely in love with Paige and her writing style. I always go back to one of her books when I’m in a slump. Read my review here.

8. Box of chocolates: what series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and something for everyone?

The On Dublin Street series. It’s got love, sex, a fabulous cast, a fabulous group of friends and explores some deep issues at the same time. I actually cannot praise it enough. Read my review of the first in the series here.

I tag Becca’s Books, Sky’s Book Corner, Charlotte at Miscrawl, Jenny in Neverland and Compelling Reads!

Guest Post by author of The Elemental - Lisa

Today I have Lisa, author of The Elemental joining us to talk about writing in this genre to tie in with her giveaway. Her book is FREE today! Free as in £0! So get over and grab yourself a copy of it now!

The lovely Erin McEwan was gracious enough to grant me some coveted space on her blog, in honour of the Spring Equinox giveaway of my novel The Elemental, which will be free for download the entire day.

She asked me a very interesting question. Erin wanted to know whether writing in the Paranormal/Fantasy genre gave me unlimited access as far as imagination goes? So I'll do my best to answer that as fully and as honest as possible.

I suppose it all depends on what you believe. Do you believe people can be gifted? I never understood why everyone finds it so easy to believe and accept someone can be a mastermind at math for example, capable of cracking NASA-codes or what not, but turn a bit giggly or raise an eyebrow when someone says they possess Healing powers. I'm just saying, do we really understand what the human mind, or dare I say it, soul, is capable of?

Catherine, the lead character of my book is an Elemental, which means she can control Earth, Air, Fire and Water. This sounds rather dramatic, yes I know. It is fiction, after all and I do like to spice things up a bit. Do I believe that such a person exists? I don't know, you tell me. What I do believe is this. Just because I haven't seen or experienced something, doesn't mean it isn't out there. So I guess you could say I'm willing to keep an open mind.

Writing in the Paranormal genre does give me unlimited freedom in a way, but what I would like most of all, is that people might be willing to broaden their view of the world after reading my book. Being gifted, as far as I can tell, is a curse and a blessing. It's not very hard to imagine that a lot of people, don't want to shout it of the rooftops, but that they'd rather stay hidden, in the shadows.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Author Interview - Ellen Faith

Today I have author Ellen Faith joining me on the blog for an interview about her fantastic story "The Story of Us"

Q1 - Hi Ellen, welcome to the blog thanks for taking the time for a Q&A! Can you tell us first of all a bit about The Story of Us?
The Story of Us is a romantic comedy that is centred around Alexandra Jones, Lexi to her friends. Lexi knows that she has a pretty good life, she’s in a job she loves, engaged to a pretty hot guy and has the best friends a girl could hope for.
One blast from the past and a very bad day later, her world turns upside down and it’s up to BFF Rosie to step in where she offers her the trip of a lifetime to San Francisco. When the pair finally get to San Francisco, the fun really begins. In between Rosie working on a fashion shoot and a spot of sightseeing, the girls manage to spend some time with the photographer and his brother, where Lexi learns that first impressions don’t always count for everything.
The Story of Us is a feel good read that focuses on the importance of friendship, taking chances and falling in love.

Q2 - Sum up the book in 3 words
Feel good fun

Q3 - The story is partly set in San Francisco. Have you ever been there? What inspired this setting?
I’ve been to San Francisco twice now and can’t wait to go back again! It’s one of those places that is truly special but you can’t quite put your finger on why. There’s something really unique and compelling about it. I should be on commission really with the amount of time I spend telling people how amazing it is and how they just HAVE to go. It was a good excuse for me to relive all of the memories from our trips to San Francisco to have The Story of Us partly set there.

Q4 – How did you research for the story?
I’m quite a hoarder; I like to keep the most random things from holidays, like napkins haha so a lot of the places they visit are from my own memories. I also had the help of Google. I think I speak for a lot of authors when I say I would be lost without that treasure! I knew in my head a lot of the things I wanted them to see and do so it was just a case of narrowing down the perfect places really, although a certain cookie shop popped up purely by chance and I couldn’t not have it as a part of my book.

Q5 – I really loved the relationship between Lexi and Rosie. It felt like reading the relationship between my and mine! Was this inspired by a real life friendship of yours?
To some degree it was, I have a few friends that I’ve grown up with and couldn’t be without – mainly because they know every single thing about me, the good, the bad and the ugly! But I wanted to create a friendship that every woman would want and I wanted people to feel that Lexi and Rosie were the type of women that they could be friends with too.

Q6 – Tell us about your journey to publishing?
I initially started writing something that I would want to read, something that was for my eyes only. I didn’t tell many people - a lot of my friends and family still don’t know that I’ve written The Story of Us – but it was thanks to the encouragement of my mum and another friend who is also an indie author, that I took the plunge. It was hard finding out what steps to take next, finding the perfect cover image, finding a cover designer who would understand what kind of feel I wanted for the cover but once I found Rebecca at Berto Designs, everything else just started to fall into place. The hardest part for me was nailing the title and figuring out ways to get my name out there. I’m still a little bit useless sometimes with Facebook and Twitter but I’m getting there slowly but surely. I still get nervous when I know people are reading my book, my stomach actually does somersaults, but the feedback I’ve had and the friends I’ve made has made it all worthwhile.

Q7 – What’s next for you?
Initially, The Story of Us was written so that it could be a standalone novel, I wanted to see what the feedback was like before I put finger to keyboard and started anything else. Now however, I’m a good way into the first draft of a follow up with Lexi, Rosie and the gang, and have something else that I’m currently writing bits for as and when they hit me. I’m also spending a stupid amount of time on Pinterest planning my wedding but that’s a whole other tale to tell!

Q8 – What do you get up to when you’re not writing?
Aside from spending too much time on Pinterest, I’m a legal secretary and avid baker. I’m also a huge Idina Menzel fan with a bit of a one click problem, both on Amazon and iTunes. I have always said I could live without television but would be lost if anyone took away my music, and books of course.

Q9 – What inspired you to write? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?
I don’t know whether I can really pinpoint what inspired me to write, I’ve always been really creative and my fiancĂ© is constantly saying that my head is full of magic. As a child I would get lost in films, imagining that I was one of the characters, singing and dancing around my front room. I’ve always loved a good story, both telling them and hearing them, so I suppose in a way it’s always been there at the back of my mind, it just needed a bit of a poke with a sharp stick to turn the ‘magic’ into reality.

Q10 – Do you have a favourite author and a favourite book by that author?
It’s really hard to choose a favourite author because I do have a couple. If I had to choose right now though, I would say Alice Clayton, she has me crying laughing sometimes and The Redhead Revealed is something I can read and reread time and time again.

Q11 – Who would you cast as the men in your story?
Now this was a LOT of fun to think about as I was writing. There was never a doubt for me with Walker, I knew instantly that Gabriel Macht was the only man that I could ever imagine as him. Luke was a tough one to pin down but I think that Dan Osbourne would be perfect guy and for Ryan, I would love Adrian Grenier. It was a tough job spending such a long time looking at images of these men online but I took one for the team and battled through the pain ;)

Q12 – Which authors inspire you?

Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk and Alice Clayton.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Book News - The Right Moves by Emma Hart

Emma Hart was introduced to me through twitter and I’ve really enjoyed the first two books in this series so can’t wait to read this!

Her past is wrought with demons.

His past is full of heartbreak.

Yet he's the one person that can remind her what it means to live.

Abbi Jenkins never thought she would leave the walls of the mental institution that's housed her for the last year. Now she has, but that doesn't mean she's forgotten everything Pearce put her through.
She knows there's only one way to deal with the depression that claws at her mind each day, and ballet becomes more than a hobby, a dream. Ballet - and Julliard - becomes a reason to live. Something to hold on for.

Blake Smith left London for one reason and one reason only. Running from the heartbreak of his past was never something he wanted to do, but with constant reminders everywhere he turned, it became his only option. When he arrives in New York City, he vows he'll keep the promise he made to his sister and get into Juilliard.

But he doesn't expect to be paired with Abbi in class, the girl whose eyes show a world of pain he's seen before. Pain he knows too well. As each hour they spend together pulls them closer, Blake can't fight his need to save her from herself.

Lines blur as their pasts are wrenched into the open, and they have to ask themselves whether they're too broken to ever to be fixed, or if they're the healing the other needs.

Release Date: 27th March 2014

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Review coming soon!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

!!Blog Tour!! - Falling for the Wingman (Kelly Brothers, 3) by Crista McHugh

The bit on the back…

Air Force pilot Caleb Kelly has come back home with one mission in mind—to propose to the woman whose letters and lucky charm helped him survive his deployment in Afghanistan. But when he finds their apartment empty with a note saying she’s left him, he arrives at her mother’s house in rural Alabama less than a week before Kourtney is about to marry another man. Now he’s out to win her heart again and gets some unexpected assistance from her younger sister, Alex.

Alex Leadbetter has always thought Caleb was too good for her manipulative, social-climbing sister. She had assumed Kourtney’s identity to write letters to him and keep his spirits up until he returned home to the hard truth, never expecting to fall in love with him along the way. After he shows up in town, she convinces him that the best way to get Kourtney back is to make her think he’s fallen for someone new — her. But when a fake romance becomes all too real, her deception may leave them both grounded.

Firstly thank you to Lisa and Crista for approving me for the ARC of this story and for allowing me to take part on the blog tour!

This is the 3rd in Crista’s Kelly Brothers series and I think it’s my favourite so far!

The Kelly Brothers series started with Adam in The Sweetest Seduction, then Ben in Breakaway Hearts and now we get to read all about gorgeous air force pilot Caleb in Falling for the Wingman.

Caleb has returned from the air force to find a note from his girlfriend saying that she’s left him and in a desperate attempt to win her back he heads off to her backwater home town to find out what happened. Caleb hatches a plan to win her back enlisting the help of her sister Alex.

I really, really enjoy a dual POV story and I really liked this here because I whizzed through the story and having both sides of it allowed it to become more rounded even at the speed that I read it. The story is set in a really familial feeling town and that is something that resonates with Caleb and his huge family, but something that also Alex feels the benefit of because of her outside role in her own family. Alex is tied firmly to the town with her beloved car garage and it becomes a bit of an underlying mystery about whether she would be willing to give that life up.

I loved that Caleb enlists Alex’s help. The attraction between the characters is mutual but unrecognised on Caleb’s part at first as he is so dead set on getting Kourtney back. It’s quite a predictable read but it’s sometimes a comfort to have that in a book. There’s also a lot more to Alex than there is to her sister which is quite like the other heroines in the first two stories so she is capable of being an independent character.

This is definitely my favourite so far and that’s probably the reason that I read it so quickly, a romantic read to be enjoyed on a weekend afternoon.

You can read my reviews of the first two in the series by clicking on the title - The Sweetest Seduction/Breakaway Hearts

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Author Info

Crista McHugh is a multiple award-winning author of fantasy romance and paranormal romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Book News - Bad Brides by Rebecca Chance

Queen of the bonkbuster is back this month with her new novel Bad Brides. I’ve already been hearing about it so I can’t wait to read/review it!

Two brides. One prize. Who will come out on top?

Milly Gamble is an up-and-coming actress, and the perfect English flower child. At 23, she's always been cast as the innocent heroine. But looks can deceive. Calculating and fiercely ambitious, Milly is determined to be the most famous star in England. And how better to achieve her goal than by dating Tarquin Ormond, lead singer of the biggest folk band of the moment? Tarquin is madly in love with Milly; Milly is only in love with herself.

Brianna Jade is an all-American pageant girl. The daughter of Tamra Maloney, a stunning billionairess, Brianna is a sweet, pretty girl who is more than happy to go along with her mother's ambitious plans for her. Now Tamra's brought her to the UK and hooked her up with an Earl. He has a crumbling stately home and needs a rich wife to help restore it to its former glory. Tamra is as ambitious and determined as Brianna is sweet and innocent - is this more a case of mother-in-law-zilla than bridezilla?

Both Milly and Brianna's upcoming weddings will be huge, lavish events that garner national press. But with the cover of the biggest magazine in the country to be won, things are about to get very dirty…

Release Day: 27th March 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Review coming soon!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Review of The Right Side of Mr Wrong - Jane Linfoot

The bit on the back…

One-off, moving on sex, wasn’t meant to be this hot…

When determined singleton Shea Summers is persuaded to become the “wife” of the Lord of Edgerton Manor, the last thing she wants to do is play house with a stranger.

Brooding playboy Brando Marshall is far from happy when Shea turns up at his sprawling estate with production crew in tow. Surely she’s just another woman after his wallet? And if she’s looking for Mr Right, she’s definitely hitting on the wrong guy. Then again, after catching an unscheduled glimpse of her knickers, perhaps Brando needs to teach this “gold-digger” a lesson!

She’s seizing the moment, he’s breaking the rules, and when bad boys can be so much fun, who can resist getting on the right side of Mr. Wrong…

Release Day: 6th March 2014

Publisher: Harper Impulse

Firstly thank you to Jane for getting in touch and sending me an ARC of her new book.

Two things drew me to this book, firstly the blurb. I really liked the sound of the storyline so that piqued my interest and secondly the cover. The cover is really very girly and pretty and I’m a sucker for beautiful shoes!

The story is about Shea who, in a bid to prove to her friends that she is ready to move on from the tragic event in her past, enters a competition to play wife to wealthy, aka mega rich, playboy Brando, not thinking that she would be anywhere near being chosen for the part. Brando is reluctant to acquiesce to his sister’s idea for filming a wife in his stately manner but can’t seem to say no to her. The story follows them as they both embark on this new territory together.

I really liked the prologue. It set you up for Brando’s character and set the scene, reinforcing the blurb, for the entire story. It really made me want to read more. Unfortunately from there I started to feel like I lost my connection with the story.

Shea’s character has this tragic event in her past which she’s determined not to let anyone know or talk about in this new experience as she doesn’t want preconceptions to be drawn about her and she doesn’t want to be treated differently. I felt like her situation could have been more developed using the start of the story to build up a stronger picture of Shea’s character as it felt like she was in the role of the main character even though it’s a dual POV. As it is I felt like her character sort of floundered around a little and there was nothing to connect to her with.

Brando was much more developed and that’s probably because Shea and his sister’s focus was on him, so you are seeing him through their eyes. This compares with what I said about not being able to see Shea from her eyes or Brando’s as he knows very little about her. Shea impacts positively on Brando’s life which was good to see and I liked that he was knocked off balance a little by her.

The dialogue between the characters was sometimes hard to read because it always seemed to end with exclamation marks which made me feel like they were shouting at each other all of the time. Also some of the language that Shea used, for example “Oh sweet peanuts” felt a bit childish considering what she started to use Brando for and how their relationship took a turn into passionate, however it does tie in with her character trait of having a really big sweet tooth so it might just be that I found this annoying.

I did feel like I wanted to keep reading the story to find out how it was going to end for the characters and I liked that it was dual POV as I really enjoy this in a story. I would like to read more from Jane based on this.

About Jane:

I’m Jane Linfoot, and I write fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and a bit of an edge.
I live in a mountain kingdom in Derbyshire, England, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos – happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket. For me, writing romance is cool because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies. I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. When I’m not on facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.

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