Monday, 29 June 2015

Taking a break...

Last week my blog turned two, although I didn't celebrate it doing so. Since the end of 2014 I've been feeling a little out of love with blogging. I felt like it was taking over my life and if I wasn't reading I was thinking about reading and if I wasn't writing reviews I was panicking about when I was going to write them.

I decided at the start of the year to take a little of the pressure off myself and schedule posts on weekdays only but there was still quite a bit of pressure to make sure I could fill those slots with new reviews or features, interviews and blog tours.

I moved house 8 weeks ago and over the last few weeks I've been toying more and more with the idea of taking a break from blogging if not giving it up entirely. I moved in with my boyfriend, into our first home and we've been busy playing house and kidding on at being grown ups. Erin's Choice has been sidelined to cooking, housework and decorating our house and it feels like I'm definitely making the right decision to take a break before I fall out of love with my blog completely.

When I think back over the last two years I have made so many great friends, met some great people and had the opportunity to interview so many authors whose writing I have loved for a long time. I'd like to thank you for all of the support on Twitter or Facebook, for regularly having a look at the blog and for generally just being great people. (I still feel a bit star struck that I got to interview authors! Real live authors!)

I'm going to take a little break for 1-2 months until I decide what lies ahead for the blog. I'll still be around on Twitter though, so you can't get rid of me that easily.

Love to you all

Erin xx

Friday, 26 June 2015

Feature Friday #10 Author Interview with Sarah Morgan

I'm back today with the last Feature Friday in the series about series! Sarah Morgan, author of the Snow Crystal and Puffin Island trilogies joins me this afternoon for the first time on Erin's Choice! Read on to see what Sarah has to say about the two trilogies and her latest novel out next week!

Hi Sarah, welcome to Erin's Choice! First of all, for any readers who may be new to your books can you tell us a bit about the Snow Crystal trilogy?

The Snow Crystal trilogy (also sometimes known as the O’Neil Brothers series) is a series of three books set in the fictitious mountain resort of Snow Crystal, Vermont. Snow Crystal has been in the O’Neil family for generations, but now it is under threat and the three stories follow the efforts of the three O’Neil brothers, Jackson, Sean and Tyler, to rescue the family business and their childhood home. Each story is complete in itself, but the books are linked and readers can follow the lives of all the characters.  I wanted the focus to be three brothers, but I also wanted to explore the complexity of being part of a big, loving family. I’ve always been fascinated by how family impacts on a person, how it can produce both conflict and support. The dynamics within the close-knit O’Neil family certainly influences the choices of all three O’Neil Brothers. Jackson, Sean and Tyler O’Neil have different temperaments and life goals, but share the powerful bond of brothers. I loved writing about these three strong, sexy heroes!

There are so many things I loved about these books – the location, the characters, the men!! Do you have a favourite book/character in the trilogy?

Sleigh Bells in the Snow will always be special to me because it was my first full length novel after writing many shorter series books for Mills and Boon. It was the culmination of a dream, and seeing that book on the shelves across the globe has been a real high point of my career. I don’t really have a favourite character – my favourite character is always the one I’m writing at the time and I love all three brothers.

What inspired the location of this series in Snow Crystal?

A few years ago my family and I broke with tradition and instead of staying at home for Christmas, we rented a log cabin near a lake. It was snowy and perfect but I realized that although for us it was a wonderful place to spend the holidays, it would equally be perfect for someone who found Christmas a difficult time of year and wanted to avoid the craziness of the holiday season. That gave me the idea for the first book, Sleigh Bells in the Snow, and the rest developed from there.

If you could dream cast any of your men in a movie about Snow Crystal who would they be?

Probably Chris Pine or Henry Cavill J

What do you think the essential components of a great series are?

Without doubt the characters. It’s the characters that draw readers back, but the setting is also important. I’ve had numerous emails and messages from readers asking me if Snow Crystal exists (it doesn’t, sorry) and whether they can visit. It’s wonderful as a writer to receive that feedback because you know that it seemed real to them while they were reading.

How do you find writing three books in a series compares with writing a standalone, if at all?

Writing a standalone gives you more flexibility. You don’t have to think about books that have gone before or might come after and you’re not restricted by a setting. With a series, it’s more work initially because you have to plan more than one book (for me, it’s usually three), and each story has to be interwoven. And you have to keep your facts straight! But I love it. Once I fall in love with my characters they become very real to me and I never want to let them go. Writing a series means I get to stay with them for a while J

Your new trilogy is called The Puffin Island Trilogy. What can readers expect from it?

Puffin Island is a series about three friends, Brittany, Emily and Skylar who are always there for each other in hard times. Brittany owns Castaway Cottage, a beautiful beach house on Shell Bay on Puffin Island in Maine. Over the course of the three books, each of the friends has a reason to retreat to the beautiful coastal sanctuary of Castaway Cottage. The stories focus on friendship, community and, of course, romance. The first book, First time in Forever, was out in March, the second, Some Kind of Wonderful, is out in July, and Skylar’s book is a winter story and will be on the shelves in October. I’m excited!

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Review of Nova and Quinton: No Regrets by Jessica Sorenson

The bit on the back…

Today is the first day of Quinton Carter's new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces-but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She's the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day . . . but he's not ready yet.

Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova's life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way-a reminder of life's dark side-and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past . . . and into Nova's heart?

Firstly thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for approving me for a review copy of this title via NetGalley. This is what spurred me on to read the series from the beginning and had me devouring Breaking Nova and Saving Quinton in just a few days.

We start back with the characters where the 2nd book left off. Nova’s relentless attempt to bring Quinton back from the brink and back into living his life rather than waiting to die has paid off and Quinton is ready to try and move on with his life.

Where the previous two books have been a little depressing, dark and overall not the easiest books to feel great about after you’ve read them, this is like a little ray of light shining over the whole series. Nova is in a much better place with her filming and drumming and Quinton is in a place to start fresh with the addiction in his past.

Unlike the first two books there is a real sense of frustration in this book. It comes from a few sources. Firstly on Quinton’s side of the story is his continued frustration with the guilt that he carries and how he feels about moving on, leaving the past behind him. His is the biggest transformation throughout the whole series and I was so happy to see him better and almost back to his old self.

Secondly there is frustration on Nova’s side of the story too. Nova and Quinton are sort of on a time out while Quinton tries to adjust and since both characters only know a little about each other they spend the time becoming proper friends before mention of their destined relationship. For Nova having Quinton so far away is hard to deal with because she wants to be there to help him through this new phase in his life. For me there was a little bit of frustration with Nova herself. It’s inherent that Nova suffers from OCD from the beginning of Breaking Nova and while she has conquered the nervous counting she has yet to conquer her compulsion to save everyone. Her compassion is admirable but like her friend Leah and her mum I often worried about the impact that “saving people” really had on Nova.

If you’ve read The Edge of Never I would definitely recommend this series to you.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Book News! The Little Flower Shop by the Sea by Ali McNamara

The bit on the back...

The blossom is out in the little Cornish harbour town of St Felix

But Poppy Carmichael's spirits aren't lifted by the pretty West Country spring. Inheriting her grandmother's flower shop has forced her to return to Cornwall, a place that holds too many memories.

Poppy is determined to do her best for the sake of her adored grandmother, but she struggles with the responsibility of the more-shabby-than-chic shop. And with the added complication of Jake, the gruff but gorgeous local flower grower, Poppy is very tempted to run away...

The pretty little town has a few surprises in store for Poppy. With new friends to help her and romance blooming, it's time for Poppy to open her heart to St Felix and to the special magic of a little flower shop by the sea!

Release Date: 30th July 2015

Publisher: Sphere

Review of Glimmer by Beth Kery

The bit on the back…

Alice Reed, an ambitious graduate from the wrong side of the tracks, is surprised and intrigued when she wins a coveted place at Camp Durand. The business training school, run by Durand's elusive CEO Dylan Fall, is legendary, and she can't help but wonder why she's been chosen.

It soon becomes clear that Dylan desires Alice. And Alice is powerless to resist his fierce sexual appetite, finding ecstasy and escape in his arms night after passionate night. But behind her lover's magnetic facade and incredible sensuality, Alice senses darkness. Dylan's past is playing catch-up, his secrets waiting to be unleashed. When the long-buried truth emerges, will it tear them apart for ever?

Firstly thank you to Headline Eternal for sending me a copy of this book to review! I actually ended up buying it on kindle too because I didn’t want to stop reading once I had started and I find it easier to read my kindle in bed! I have been a fan of Beth Kery’s writing since reading The Affair series so I was really looking forward to this after the blurb had pulled me in too! I thought it sounded perfect for me as I really enjoyed Samantha Young’s “Hero”.

Glimmer is all about main characters Alice Reed and Dylan Fall. Alice and Dylan meet at an interview for the exclusive Camp Durand where Alice is sure she has under-performed but is surprised to find she has gained a place at business school.

From the off I really liked Alice’s character. She’s not particularly typical to this kind of story, well in my opinion anyway and is certainly different to her female peers. I felt like she was easier to relate to because of this and because of her willingness to just muck in.

From the first meeting there was definitely a connection between Alice and Dylan but I felt like there could have been more of a build-up of tension between their first meeting and the first time the characters are together. Although it was hot and intense it was a little disappointing because I hadn’t felt that tension winding tighter and tighter before it snapped.

Throughout, the main storyline is about overcoming obstacles and chasing down your dream. This is not only shown through the business school and its ideals but also for Alice and Dylan on a more personal level. There was definitely something going on behind the scenes and I could feel it but couldn’t put my finger on it. It set me on edge a little as I tried (and failed) to pick up signals so I could clue in on the underlying secret. When it all came to light I was a bit shocked and I can’t see how I didn’t see it coming!

I will be waiting anxiously for the release of Glow in December so I can carry on with this story!

Book News! Some Kind of Wonderful by Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan's Puffin Island series started with First Time In Forever earlier this year and is about to continue this summer with Some Kind of Wonderful! I love Sarah's stories - especially the romance and the heroes!

The bit on the back...

Fiery archaeologist Brittany Forrest has stayed away from Puffin Island since her relationship with ex-military hero Zac Hayward went bad – they were married for ten days and only just managed not to kill each other by the end of the honeymoon. 

She was happy to lend Castaway Cottage to her friends when they needed it but when a broken arm means she must return home from her Crete dig Brittany moves back to her Puffin Island home. Only to discover that Zac is there as well.Will a summer together help two lovers reunite or will their stormy relationship crash onto the rocks of Puffin Island?

Release Date: 2nd July 2015

Publisher: M&B

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Book News! Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

Holly Martin is back this summer with her new novel Fairytale Beginnings!

The bit on the back...

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he? 

When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover's Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away - a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone

As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after? 

Release Date: 10th July 2015

Publisher: Bookouture

Review of Saving Quinton by Jessica Sorenson

The bit on the back…

Nova Reed can't forget him -- Quinton Carter, the boy with the honey-brown eyes who made her realise she deserved more than an empty life. His pain was so similar to her own. But Nova has been coming to terms with her past and healing, while Quinton is out there somewhere, sinking deeper. She's determined to find him and help him . . . before it's too late.

Nova has haunted his dreams for nearly a year, but Quinton never thought a sweet, kind person like her would care enough about someone like him. To Quinton, a dark, dangerous life is exactly what he deserves. And Nova has no place in it. But Nova has followed him, and now he must do whatever it takes to keep her away, to maintain his self-imposed punishment for the unforgivable things he's done. But there's one flaw in his plan: Nova isn't going anywhere . . .

This is the second book in Jessica Sorenson’s Nova series. The story continues where Breaking Nova left off and while Nova has come on leaps and bounds since her decision to turn her life around.

Quinton was in a much darker place than Nova throughout Breaking Nova and although Nova had started down that path in her own book Quinton was always trying to stop her getting too far in that she wouldn’t be able to get back out. Quinton’s guilt is so deep seated that he can’t see a way past the darkness other than to give himself over to death, although that doesn’t seem to happen to him either no matter how hard he tries.

This book is no walk in the park to read. It’s dark, depressing and at times for Nova it’s a never ending circle of disappointment where a chink of light will shine in Quinton but will be quickly doused by his need for his next fix. Nova is persistent and while her convictions are for the greater good she only seems to half grasp the danger that she puts herself in and at times it’s almost like she has a blatant disregard for her own life but it’s the strength of her love that keeps her going into less than desirable situations. To be honest I don’t know if I would ever have the same amount of courage her character does to get through to Quinton.

I cried for a chapter or two during this book and felt emotionally wrecked by the end of it. I was completely hooked to the story and read and read until I found out what was going to happen to the couple who has swiftly became one of my favourite book couples. I feel like the dual narrative here really showcases the parallel between Nova and Quinton, just like in Breaking Nova only amplified.

I went straight into Nova and Quinton: No Regrets after reading this book because I couldn’t wait any longer to find out what was going to happen to both characters.

Monday, 15 June 2015

Review of Sincerely Carter by Whitney G

The bit on the back…

Just friends.

We’re just friends.

No, really. She’s just my best friend...

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.

Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.

At least, it should’ve ...

Just friends.

We’re just friends.

I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

I bought this book shortly after reading, and not enjoying might I add, Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne. It has a very similar story line and is by an author who I have previously enjoyed so I thought I would be on to a winner. I love the whole friends to lovers story line which I’m sure I’ve harped on about enough by now so I was eager to start this one. The blurb pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Arizona and Carter’s story. It’s so cliché but I love when sometimes your story is going to be predictable and you can just shut off the outside world and get lost floating in someone else’s story.

The beginning is very much a setting of the scene for both characters – why Carter’s relationships never work out and how Arizona can’t help but subconsciously compare all of her boyfriends to Carter. The writing is relatively simple in the beginning but starts to pick up a bit the further you read.

The story is dual POV which I usually like in a book however this story line could have benefited, in the beginning anyway, from being a one-sided narrative as I think it helps to build up the necessary angst when you don’t know exactly how the other character is feeling. Unfortunately I felt a bit let down with the dual POV at the start here because it was kind of like “Oh I’m into my best friend” said female MC then two seconds later “Oh I’m into my best friend” said male MC. There wasn’t very much in the way of suspense in that sense.

Once the characters get over their revelations the story really begins. I liked the subtle resistance that existed between both of them to label their relationship as something other than “best friends” however in the end resistance was futile as they always ended up back together. There is a bit of a plot twist in the second half of the book that sees the characters being set far apart physically and emotionally and I think the dual narrative beings to serve its purpose in this section of the book. I really wanted to bash Carter and Arizona’s heads together here but however, I kept on reading. I got more frustrated with Arizona than I did with Carter particularly how keen she was to try and prove she had moved on.

One thing I loved with reading Whitney’s Reasonable Doubt series was the chapter headings which linked with the overall theme of the story. The chapter headings here are made out to be tracks from an album and while I got the reference in the song title I didn’t really get the reference to book after all as music wasn’t played up and neither Arizona nor Carter had a career in music.

I can recommend this book as an alternative to Blurred Lines but if you want to see how friends to lovers is really done then you should check out Samantha Young’s Before Jamaica Lane which is the third in the On Dublin Street series.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Release Day! Summer By The Sea by Jenny Hale

HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY JENNY!!! My lovely author friend Jenny's new Summer novel is out now and it's called Summer By The Sea! Check out the yesterday's review to see what I thought!

The bit on the back...

For Faith the one summer she can’t forget is when she fell in love as a teenager – only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved ninety-year-old Grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday – at their childhood beach house, where it all began. 

Faith hasn’t seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she’s not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan – the owner of the beach house – or the long-forgotten feelings he ignites in her. 

Can Faith overcome the hurt of the past, rekindle the close bond she had with Casey and make this summer THE ONE to remember? 

Release Day: TODAY!

Publisher: Bookouture

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Review of Summer By The Sea by Jenny Hale

The bit on the back…

They say there’s always one summer that changes you.

For Faith the one summer she can’t forget is when she fell in love as a teenager – only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved ninety-year-old Grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday – at their childhood beach house, where it all began.

Faith hasn’t seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she’s not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan – the owner of the beach house – or the long-forgotten feelings he ignites in her.

Can Faith overcome the hurt of the past, rekindle the close bond she had with Casey and make this summer THE ONE to remember?

Firstly thank you to Bookouture for approving me for a copy of Jenny Hale’s new book Summer by The Sea on NetGalley! This is Jenny’s second summer novel and it’s all about main character Faith.

Will I ever get enough of Jenny Hale’s writing?! One word – NO! Before I even started then book I knew I was going to love it. I absolutely adored Jenny’s debut novel Coming Home For Christmas! She even read an excerpt of it for me in her beautiful accent as part of our Scottish/Virginian accent challenge – yes that is on YouTube!

Onto Jenny’s latest offering then! Faith is travelling to Outer Banks to celebrate her grandmother’s 90th birthday with her family. She is our narrator throughout and quite an easy character to relate to and imagine. I actually found it really easy to picture Faith and Jake because before I’d even started reading Jenny and I had played our favourite game of dream casting her handsome book boyfriends and I managed to come up with someone to play Faith too. In my mind’s eye Faith and Jake were Silver and Ethan from 90210!

Her grandmother’s 90th birthday trip also sees the reunion of Faith and her sister Casey after years of distance and not speaking with one another. I could feel the stress Faith was feeling about their meeting and the potential altercation between them from the start of the book. Faith is a little insecure because of how Casey has acted in the past but I think she really needs a dose of confidence because when she becomes more comfortable in her own skin her confidence seems natural almost like it was just hidden before! There was one particular part of Faith that made me think of Jenny so much! Jenny’s a teacher (in her spare time ha ha), something she has in common with Faith and there is this really cute bit in the story about kids walking back to class and I just picture Jenny doing the same as Faith!

Jake was a funny one! He was gorgeous, as described by both Faith and Casey but he was a little bit lost and caught up in his business, losing sight of what mattered. His relationship with Faith is quite uppy-downy and I felt like I wanted to give him a good shake to make him see what was right in front of him. For the most part he was an absolute gentleman though and I especially liked his grand gesture towards the end of the book! The epilogue is a perfect fit for their story after everything we learn that Faith and Jake have in common.

One of my absolute favourite things about this was the setting. It’s set in Outer Banks, North Carolina – google it because your imagination will go wild. I was reading through the book getting a feeling of de ja vu, getting that sense that I’d been in this place in my imagination before. I had a think about it and I was imagining much the same location as I had when I was reading Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks – googled that too and lo and behold it’s just along the coast from Outer Banks! I love the old charm that the setting had and that feeling of a slow and steady pace to life. Jenny’s description of the place made me want to step out of my living room and straight onto the beach!

The story is a little bit of self-discovery for Faith but it’s also about the importance of family and the importance of taking chances in life, particularly taking every opportunity to tell someone that you love exactly that. I love the message from the book and I am desperate to visit a holiday cottage on the beach now!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Book News! Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe by Milly Johnson

The bit on the back...

Her marriage is all washed up. It's time for a clean start… 

Connie Diamond has always been her husband Jimmy's 'best girl' - or so she thought. But then she discovers that he's been playing away for the past twenty-four years, and that the chocolates she believed he bought her as a sign of his love were just a cover-up, and she is determined to get revenge.

Along with Della Frostick, Jimmy's right-hand woman at his cleaning firm, Diamond Shine, Connie decides to destroy Jimmy's life from the inside. Together they will set up a rival business called Lady Muck, and along with the cleaning ladies who meet at the Sunflower Café, they'll make him wish he had never so much as looked at another woman. 

Then Connie meets the charming Brandon Locke, a master chocolatier, whose kind chocolate-brown eyes start to melt her soul. Can the ladies of the Sunflower Café help Connie scrub away the hurt? And can Brandon cure her affliction and make her smile again…?

Release Date: 18th June 2015

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review of The Sun in Her Eyes by Paige Toon

The bit on the back…

Blinding sunshine… A bend in the road… What became of the little girl with the sun in her eyes?
Amber was three when a car crash stole her mother's life. She doesn't remember the accident, but a stranger at the scene has been unable to forget. Now, almost thirty years later, she's trying to track Amber down.

Amber, meanwhile, is married to Ned and living on the other side of the world in London. When her father has a stroke, she flies straight home to Australia to be with him. Away from her husband, Amber finds comfort in her oldest friends, but her feelings for Ethan, the gorgeous, green-eyed man she once fell for, have never been platonic.

As Ethan and Amber grow closer, married life in London feels far away. Then Amber receives a letter that changes everything. 'Before your mother died, she asked me to tell you something…'

First of all thank you to Dawn at Simon and Schuster for sending me a review copy of Paige’s latest book! I still find it hard to believe that one of the serious perks of being a book blogger is receiving book post from authors who you’ve loved for year and years. I’ve been a fan of Paige’s writing since I read and fell completely in love with Chasing Daisy. Since then I’ve read and re-read every book she’s written, for adults anyway! I’m still saving The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson for a time when I know I’ll be able to read it without pining for Johnny too much! Serious book boyfriend hangover right there!

The blurb sets you up for everything I’ve come to expect from one of Paige’s book. There’s a little bit of mystery, a trip back to Australia and of course some tensions is already sizzling away in the background around the character Ethan!

The story starts off with some bad news for Amber which sees her return to Australia. Immediately the emotions and stress are running high which helped me to bond with Amber because I can only imagine how difficult her situation could be. I always cry reading Paige’s writing and that was no different here.

Going home gives Amber a chance to reflect on her life and how it’s all panning out back home and she finds herself making some seemingly spur of the moment decisions. Not all of her choices are sound though and throughout I felt like I was standing back looking at her like what are you doing woman?! The chemistry between Ethan and Amber is off the charts in some places throughout the book and I actually found myself putting it down for a day or two because I was on such an angsty adrenaline rush I wasn’t reading for the inevitable crash! I think that says a lot about the story because I just cared about the characters too much to be able to read what I knew was bound to come next!

As well as the main love triangle storyline there is a sub plot involving someone who knew Amber in a previous life and this was another emotional trial for Amber to face. It’s almost as if Amber has been stuck in a bit of a time warp and has a lot of growing up to do when she’s back home.

I’ve never been to Australia and to be honest it’s never held much of an appeal for me but whenever I pick up one of Paige’s book where she takes us back to Oz I feel such a strong connection to it through the book. I love Paige’s description of the surroundings, the countryside, the night life, even the people! If you’ve enjoyed this and you’re looking for another of Paige’s books to read I would definitely suggest Lucy In The Sky and Chasing Daisy! The Longest Holiday is another of my favourites for its setting because it’s set in Key West, and I love Florida!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

!!Cover Reveal!! Return to Bluebell Hill by Rebecca Pugh

This is the 2nd cover reveal of the day! I've met so many great people since I started blogging but one person who I've been friends with through all of the past two years is Becca, and now shes a super duper author! Becca's debut novel Return to Bluebell Hill is out on the 18th of June and you can see the gorgeous cover here!

The bit on the back...

Home is where the heart is…

Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?

Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…

Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?

About Becca...

Rebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire, with a mind full of fairy-tales and happy endings. Enchanted by true love and Disney Princesses, she decided that no matter what life threw her way, she’d continue to see the world through a child’s eyes. Through the pages of countless books, her adoration of reading blossomed, and it didn’t take long for her to fall under the spell of hundreds of authors’ words.

Now, Rebecca’s own story has taken a fairy-tale like turn, and at 22, her dream has come true. With her faithful companions: Bonnie the dog, her partner, and her gigantic family by her side, Rebecca is ready to share her stories with readers who enjoy falling in love and losing themselves within beautiful, fictional worlds.

Rebecca Pugh is the author of women’s fiction and romance, her all-time favourite genres. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good swoon?

Her debut novel, Return to Bluebell Hill, is due to be published June 18th 2015 by Carina UK. 

!!Cover Reveal!! Wickham Hall by Cathy Bramley

When I first started blogging one of the very first authors I worked with was this lovely lady Cathy Bramley! I'm thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for her new series Wickham Hall!

The bit on the back...

Holly Swift has just landed the job of her dreams: events co-ordinator at Wickham Hall, the beautiful manor home that sits proudly at the heart of the village where she grew up. Not only does she get to organise for a living and work in stunning surroundings, but it will also put a bit of distance between Holly and her problems at home.

 Holly loves the busy world of Wickham Hall - from family weddings to summer festivals, firework displays and Christmas grottos. But life isn't as easily organised as an event at Wickham Hall (and even those have their complications...). Can Holly learn to let go and live in the moment?

 After all, that's when the magic happens...

I'm sure you will all agree how GORGEOUS this cover is! Here is what Cathy has to say about her latest series...

I’m so excited about the launch of my new series Wickham Hall this month; it introduces a brand new set of characters and a beautiful new setting in a stately home just outside Stratford-upon–Avon. It’s a story of love and friendship, family secrets and heartache and ultimately learning to love life and live for the moment! I’ve packed the story full of my favourite things such as the English countryside, exquisite gardens (including topiary – I adore topiary!), weddings, summer festivals, lots of tea and cake, bonfires and Christmas parties!

The series will be published digitally in four parts this year and then in a complete novel both digitally and in paperback in 2016:

Wickham Hall Part Two – Summer Secrets 23 July
Wickham Hall Part Three – Sparks Fly 24 September
Wickham hall Part Four – White Christmas 26 November

Check it out on Amazon now! 

Cathy is the author of the best-selling romantic comedies Ivy Lane, Appleby farm and Conditional Love. She lives in a small Nottinghamshire village with her husband, two teenage daughters and Pearl, the Cockerpoo.

Her recent career as a full-time writer of light-hearted romantic fiction has come as somewhat of a lovely surprise after spending eighteen years running her own marketing agency. However, she has always been an avid reader, hiding her book under the duvet and reading by torchlight. Luckily her husband has now bought her a Kindle with a light, so that’s the end of all that palaver.

Cathy loves to hear from her readers. You can get in touch via her Facebook page or on Twitter.

Review of Coming Up Roses by Rachael Lucas

The bit on the back…
Country air, cowslips and a charismatic rogue . . .
Would-be gardener Daisy can't believe her luck when her parents announce they're off on a midlife-crisis gap year, leaving her in charge of their gorgeous garden. After a turbulent few months, a spell of quiet in the countryside is just what she needs.
A shoulder to cry on wouldn't go amiss either - so when Daisy comes across Elaine and Jo, she breathes a sigh of relief. But her new friends are dealing with dramas of their own . . .
As Daisy wrestles the garden into something resembling order, her feelings for handsome Irishman George, begin to take root. But Daisy's heart's desire - her parent's garden - is under threat, and she is forced to confront nosey neighbours and fight greedy developers. Village life is turning out to be far from peaceful.

Firstly thank you to Pan for approving me for a review copy of this title on Netgalley. I was first introduced to Rachael when I took part in the blog tour for her first novel Sealed With A Kiss last year.
Coming Up Roses is all about main character and narrator Daisy who has moved back home to house sit for her parents. Daisy is starting over fresh in the village of Steeple St John just like the new spring blossom!
I was really looking forward to this. I love the cover and how the title ties in with the story. Rachael’s writing really captured my imagination in Sealed With A Kiss and I couldn’t wait to feel the same again. In both Sealed With A Kiss and Coming Up Roses there is a distinct “rural”-y feel too the setting which I love because it reminds me of the village we used to live in with the village fetes and everyone knowing everyone!
Daisy is easy to relate to both in her romantic and family life. At first Daisy is quite closed off and is trying her best to get lost in her gardening but the call of village life is stronger and manages to pull her away from planting and into the thick of village business. There are a lot of stereotypical village shenanigans to follow and a whole cast of characters who work their way into Daisy’s life – mostly for the better.
There is one character who I always felt a little on edge about and that was hunky George. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it throughout the story but I just knew there was something niggling in the back of my mind. I was rooting for Daisy the whole way so I was really annoyed on her behalf when the story took a turn later on in the book and it looked like Daisy was up for more upheaval yet again.

This book is so easy to get lost in because it is utter escapism into the countryside straight from your reading chair! Rachael really knew the ins and outs of the garden too with just the right amount of fact and fiction. I read this over a few sittings taking my time to enjoy a trip down memory lane!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Book News! Summer Secrets by Jane Green

The bit on the back...

June, 1998. At twenty-seven, Cat Coombs is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.

June, 2014. Cat's life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, the gorgeous New England island where the women she once called family still live. What Cat doesn't realize is that these women, her real father's daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone's need for revenge.

Release Date: 2nd July 2015

Publisher: MacMillan

Review of Girls On Tour By Nicola Doherty

The bit on the back…

Four girls. One year.

Five fabulous destinations.

Poppy is bound for Paris, the City of Love. Could this be her chance to end her epic dry spell?

Lily is en route to her cousin's wedding in LA, where she's willing to break a few rules to land her dream role.

Maggie can't wait for her romantic ski holiday in Meribel - until it goes seriously off-piste.
Rachel packs for a glamorous Roman holiday, but a blast from the past is about to sabotage la dolce vita.

The girls get together and fly to Manhattan. But someone's been hiding a big secret in the Big Apple...

Firstly thank you to Headline for approving me for a review copy of all five novels together. I’ve read every novella in this series so far either through review copies or from buying them on Amazon and I can highly recommend these! Nicola also sent me a copy of the book which looks beautiful too so I’m glad to have it on my shelf! I also happen to be giving a copy of this book away during my second blog anniversary at the end of the month so check back for that!

The series is about 4 girlfriends and their travels. Each girl is the main characters in her own novella jetting off to a different city in each story. I especially loved Poppy and Lily’s individual stories and I was so glad to be back with Poppy as the narrator in the 5th novella Girls Take On Manhattan and again in the brand new material in this compendium!

There is so much to like about this series from the great writing throughout which makes you feel as if you are travelling along with the girls and the great feeling of camaraderie that you get when you’re reading. I love it when books feature characters that I’ve already met in another book so this series was perfect for me and it even comes with a character map so you can remind yourself of who is who and how everyone knows each other.

I would definitely recommend this book for readers who might only have an hour or so to read at a time because you can fit one story into that time, and also for fans of Paige Toon and Lindsey Kelk!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Feature Friday #9: The Game Series by Emma Hart

Welcome to June! This is the 9th Feature Friday! I cannot believe that it's June nor can I believe I've been running this series over 11 weeks! Today's Feature is all about Emma Hart's The Game series.

The series consists of 4 novels featuring the same group of friends. I like this about a series because it helps to keep it fresh and interesting whereas if the series follows only one character I sometimes feel like my interest wanes a bit! Does anyone else feel like that or is it just me?

Anyway! Back to The Game series. As I said there are four novels and you can check out my reviews here -

The Love Game - Emma Hart
Playing For Keeps - Emma HartThe Right Moves - Emma Hart

Worth The Risk - Emma Hart

The Game series is well written, angsty New Adult reading. If you like Cora Cormack then I think you will definitely like this. My favourite was Playing For Keeps and I think I liked the whole "we must keep our relationship a secret" thing that was going on!

Have you read any of Emma's books? What's your favourite?

Erin xx

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Review of Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorenson

The bit on the back…

Nova Reed used to have dreams of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next, until she meets Quinton Carter.

Quinton once got a second chance at life, but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life, but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

This is the first book by Jessica Sorenson that I’ve read even though I’ve seen her name linked with many authors that I’ve enjoyed. I guess it was just one of those “I will eventually get to them” moments. I downloaded this and the second in the series after being approved for a review copy of the third title in the series on NetGalley.

The story is about Nova and Quinton. Both characters are tortured by their past and struggling to cope with living in their present.

I got into this story really quickly. I think you probably will if you are fans of the likes of K.A. Tucker and Samantha Young. The story is told in a dual POV which really suited here because each character’s story is quite different to the other and while Nova struggles to cope with the unanswered questions Quinton is crippled by guilt.

The characters meet through mutual friends and Nova soon gets dragged into her friend’s lifestyle and into drugs which turn into a coping mechanism for her. The story is quite dark throughout most of the narrative owing to the situations the characters are in. I felt compelled to read this non-stop until I had finished it. Quinton is stuck in a perpetual cycle of “coping” but can see there is a better way out for Nova and throughout he tries to persuade her to take the higher road even though he is falling deeper into drugs himself.

I can’t wait to start the next book in the series because Breaking Nova left on a cliff hanger and I’m desperate to see a happy ending for both characters.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Review of Access All Areas by Charlotte Phillips

The bit on the back…

After losing her elderly parents, portrait photographer Anna will do anything to avoid losing the family home – the only thing she has left of her perfect childhood.

When a friend who works at the exclusive boutique hotel, The Lavington, provides a hot tip – an A list film star is staying there with her rumoured toyboy lover – Anna comes up with a plan. A photo of them together could be the answer to all Anna’s money problems.

Unfortunately, she’s the worst paparazzi photographer on the planet and Jack, the hotel’s new head of security, back in England after globetrotting as bodyguard to the stars, isn’t about to allow a picture on his watch. No matter how cute the photographer might be…

This is the 4th book in Charlotte Phillips Do Not Disturb series. You can check out my reviews of the first 3 books in my review archives. Thank you to Harper Impulse for approving me for this title via NetGalley.

Access All Areas is about Anna and Jack. The pair couldn’t be more opposite. Anna feels ties to her family home and Jack has no intentions of every settling down. While Anna fights to save her home, Jack meets her at every turn to try and abort her mission.

One thing I really liked about the series was that although it is comprised of novellas it feels each story is a lot longer when you’re reading it. Like the others Access All Areas is set in The Lavington hotel. I like that this is the backdrop for every book in the series because it ties them all together and I love the feel of escapism from the hotel setting because escapism is exactly what I look for in reading.

The story is easy to read as the characters come up against each other. There is an instant connection of something between the readers and as it intensifies throughout the novella the relationship between the characters changes too.

Although it’s just over 100 pages long there’s a developed story, characters that are easy to imagine and read about and a bit of sexy chemistry thrown in too. Great for a weekend read or on a commute to work in the morning I can highly recommend this series for fans of Lorraine Wilson and Nikki Moore.