Posted in 2016, Miscellaneous, News

News: Time Out 

Hello lovely book geeks of the world.
How are you all? 

I am sorry to have to do this but I am unfortunately out of action again for a few weeks. I had an appointment with my Dr and we’ve decided it’s best if we change some of the medication I’m on to try help some more. As always this will take time to settle into my system and I have been warned and know from past experience that the pain amongst other more personal issues until then are going to be horrific. 

I’m tired my friends, I’m so so tired, and I’m sore and I’m fed up of fighting, I honestly can not take much more. I need to try this new way and I need to try clear my head in the process. 

This year has not been a good year here on TBGWP at all, but I have everything crossed that 2017 will be back to normal and I’m somewhat at a level of dealing with my CI’s and CP. 

People always say to me, you’re inspiring, you’re amazing. I’m neither of those things as much as it’s a lovely gesture to have been told mind, but I’m not. In fact, what I am, is one fantastic fucking actress and I hide and act behind my smile, my personality and my books. It’s about time that changed don’t you think? 

Speak to you all soon.

Lots of love as always,

N 😘

Posted in 2016, Book Tours, Miscellaneous, News, reviews

BT – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Joanna Bolouri. 


Happy Friday gorgeous people of the world.
Thank you for joining me today as I host day five on Joanna Bolouri’s, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Blog Tour.

Erm… Well, I was supposed to give you a review today you know, but I so can’t. 🙈

Arr no hang on a minute and hear me out, ok?

I haven’t got a review today and that’s not because I’ve not read the book, or am just too lazy to write one. It is in fact because I would never be able to stop the spoilers and I would never in a million years know how to do this book justice. I honestly have no proper words right now. I’ll try Me best like.

Joanna Bolouri is seriously a top class author, she’s current, bold, funny and to be fair she’s just fucking fabulous. She is the Queen of RomCom am telling you. Proper crown and everything! 👑

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is everything a Christmas book should be. A bit of a shaky festive ride with a lot of family dramatics, partying and cocktails on the way. Lots of festive shit and of course a bit of romance and tenderness thrown in for good measures. Oh, and lots and lots of laughter. No seriously, I mean serious choke yourself laughter. No word of a lie.

Emily and Evan are two of the best characters I’ve read about in a long time and I snorted a lot at some of the crazy fucking things that went on with them two. Their banter is priceless and I loved being the third wheel for them. The Carson family are absolutely fucking AMAZING! They are the absolute best family ever! Their Scottish charm is delightful. 

Oh it’s just so relatable, you know what I mean? Like, it could actually be you and your family. In all honesty though, it actually could be my family! Oh I really love it. I can’t wait to hear what you all think of it too. 

You know what? Am going to give loads of spoilers away if I even try carry on trying to write about it! It’s dead hard when you love a book but you don’t know how to tell everyone about it because you’re a bad tit and just can’t. But I NEED to! I NEED to dead bad. I NEED to tell you all how fan-fucking-tastic it is and that not only is it top of my 2016 Christmas bookathon winners list right now, it is also in the top 5 of my 2016 book of the year too. I won’t tell you where like, but it’s warmer if you go up 😜

Oh I love it. I hope you do too. 

So you know I like to tell you all what to do and to go buy all the books all the time, but honestly when it comes to our JoBo she does it with style, sass, realism and quality, and I just absolutely love all her books. And this book will be another 5star from me to her.

A sweary four day uproar of sarcasm, family crazyness, love and absolute ball busting hysterical laughter. Like snorting laughter and needing to put a tenor lady on (if your one of the maturer ladies of life or just like me and have had kids who have basically fucked your body up) because I promise you. you will piss your pants. 

Christmas reading at its absolute fucking best! 

I’m honestly in awe.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


💙❤️Blurb: Thirty-eight year old Emily has a satisfying job, fab friends, an amazing car and, most importantly, a wonderful flat, exactly 411 miles away from the judgemental, batshit crazy, interfering family she reluctantly sees twice a year. In fact, the only minor stress in her life is her twenty-something neighbour Evan and his penchant for flirting, loud music and even louder sex . . . but he’s nothing she can’t handle. 

Emily also has a boyfriend called Robert and it’s going really well. So well, in fact, that this year Emily is hoping to take him home for Christmas to meet her family. Finallyshe won’t be subject to five days of nosy questions from her parents and pity looks from her younger married siblings.
But when Robert breaks up with her a week before Christmas, Emily is gutted. How on earth is she going to face her family now? Enlisting the help of party boy Evan (in exchange for one month’s rent and the use of her convertible) Emily is determined to take Robert home for Christmas come hell or high water, even if it isn’t the realRobert . . .

💙❤️Links to buy:

Amazon 

ibooks 

Kobo

Book Depository 

Waterstones

WHSmith (PaperBack on offer here😉)

The Book People

💙❤️Book Details:

Title: The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.

Author: Joanna Bolouri.

Genre: Romantic Comedy. 

Length: 416 pages.

ISBN: 9781784299125

Publisher: Quercus Books.

Publication Date: October 6th 2016


💙❤️About the Author:


Joanna Bolouri worked in sales before she began writing professionally at the age of thirty. Winning a BBC comedy script competition allowed her to work and write with stand-up comedians, comedy scriptwriters and actors from across the UK. She’s had articles and reviews published in The Skinny, the Scottish Sun, the Huffington Post and HecklerSpray. She lives in Glasgow with her daughter.


To find out more about Joanna, buy her books or chat to her, you can follow her via her social media accounts. Links below.

Blog

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads 


So there you have it my darling book geeks. I’ve been a pretty shitty host and blogger today haven’t I? I genuinely do apologise for that. But I do hope I’ve somehow made some kind of sense and have made you want to go read this book. I honestly love it. I also love you. I love Joanna Bolouri. I love Alainna from Quercus. And I love laughter, genuinity, warmth, compassion, Christmas and most of all Family. I know you all do too. 

#MostWonderful.

Love as always 

N 😘


Posted in 2016, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood.


🎃Happy Hallowe’en my darling book geeks of the world. I hope you are all good?🎃

 Thank you for taking the time out of your day today to join me on day number 7 of Nuala Elwood’s #MySistersBones blog tour. 

💀Now, with it being a day where anything can happen, let me just tell you now that this book is the PERFECT Halloween book for you to read today/tonight. Am not being funny right, but you’re gonna be up and down all night at the door aren’t you? So you’ll want something to keep you company and then something you can sink right into with the leftover trick or treat candy, right? Obviously it needs to be dramatic! Obviously it needs to be worrying! Obviously it needs to be mysterious, frightening, creepy and totally real life, it is Halloween after all. But even though this book is all of that and very much more and like I said the absolute perfect read for today, you always have tomorrow too.

My Sister’s Bones is a book you will NOT put down. It is a book you will NOT know what to do with as it shatters your mind into a million pieces then kills you off with a twist so hard it picks up all the shattered pieces, glues them back together again and then laughs in your face as it smashes it to pieces once again. (I know, right? What a bastard.) And, it is also NOT a book you wont tell people about once you’re a done. You have no choice really because you need them to have their eyes pulled open, and for them to be put in a place of destruction and fascination where only the readers of this book can go so that you can talk and gush about it with them. It is THAT good! It is insanely good!

Now, I know I’m supposed to give you a review, but I just don’t want too. I can’t because I’ll give something away and then you’ll hate me. You need to go in blind, and you need to let it run and just allow yourself to be dragged through every twist and turn and over every heart wrenching obstacle you come across so you come out bloody and covered in bruises. You won’t be able to fully submerge yourself into the read any other way. 

You know what?  You just need to this read this book and I promise you from the bottom of my heart you won’t be let down. 

Before I go though we need to get serious for a minute here. Yep, this is a twisty turny book of mysterious chaos, sheer trepidation and utter shock, but it also has other sides to it too. Sides that to be frank, aren’t fucking nice in the slightest. I’m talking PTSD, Alcoholism, domestic violence and abuse, plus the horrific in-depth and very real war that is happening right this minute in Aleppo, Syria. It’s truth burns deep and I won’t lie it does leaves you numb and feeling pretty shit. It is real life and Nuala Ellwood has thoroughly researched and given us nothing but truth in every aspect of what she’s written. It’s hard to read at times I’ll be honest, and you feel so utterly helpless. You know what though? To feel like that and so strongly whether it’s truth or fiction just goes to show you the quality of Nuala Ellwood’s work. 

The way in which she portrays mental health, especially PTSD, so thorough, careful and honest. It gives you a clear precise and overall better understand of the condition which some do think it’s a condition that only soldiers get. Life is hard enough as it is and PTSD can be picked up at any time in life where there has been some kind of trauma. It’s great to see that in a book. I honestly think being given more information about the world today some you might not necessarily want to hear about or one you turn a blind eye too (we all do it, don’t worry.) well, I’ll be totally honest, I find that extremely clever.

Nuala Ellwood has seriously kicked any debut book out of the ‘best debut book’ running awards and has already placed herself high on the 2017 book of the year list. 

It is so good and it is worth every minute you invest into it.

Nuala, you my friend are an absolute fucking genius. 2017 is your year and I look forward to reading whatever you throw at us next. 

Clever, emotionally compelling, absolutely captivating, so convincing and utterly creepy. And one hard core mind fucker of a book. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5


💀Blurb: Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped their father. Her younger sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.

But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.

At first Kate tells herself it’s just a nightmare. But then she hears it again. And this time she knows she’s not imagining it. 

What secret is lurking in the old family home?
And is she strong enough to uncover it…and make it out alive?

💀Links to buy: (Pre-Order)

Amazon 

iBooks

Kobo

Book Depository 

Waterstones

WHSmith


💀Book Details:

Title: My Sister’s Bones

Author: Nuala Ellwood

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Length: 400 Pages

ISBN: 9780241977279

Publisher: Penguin/Viking 

Publication Date: 

ebook – 01/11/2016

HC/PB/Audio – 09/02/2017

💀Author Details:


Nuala Ellwood is the daughter of an award-winning journalist. She was inspired by his experiences and those of foreign correspondents such as Marie Colvin and Martha Gellhorn to secure Arts Council funding for her research into PTSD for her debut psychological thriller MY SISTER’S BONES.



Ok, so I gave you a bit of a review didn’t I? No I really didn’t at all did I? 😂 I gave you a rambling of words and basically told you to buy this book. Apologies! You all know I like to get carried away, and lost when I get going about a good read. 🙈😂

I honestly do urge you all to pre-order a copy of this novel though, it is truly fantastic! 

Thank you once again for being here with me today, youre all amazing. Of course I need to give a shoutout to the ever so lovely Annie Hollands over at PenguinRandomHouse for being ever so lovely and asking me to join the tour – always appreciated. 


Love as always, N 😘

Posted in 2016, Book Tours, Miscellaneous, News, reviews

BT – Dan and Nat Got Married by Jon Rance.

Good morning/afternoon/night my fellow book geeks. 

As always thank you so much for joining me on today’s blog tour. I have Jon Rance who is one of my favourite male authors and one of the nicest guys around with me today giving us the lowdown on the characters in his new rom-com, Dan and Nat Got Married.


💠Blurb: The British romantic comedy you need to read this year.

From the bestselling author of This Thirtysomething Life, Happy Endings and Sunday Dinners, comes a brilliantly funny romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones.

Marriage can be difficult. Especially when you’ve only just met. Meet Dan Fox, 34, an online marketing manager from Clapham, who was jilted at the altar two years ago by the love of his life and hasn’t dated since.

Nat Howard, 32, is living back at home with her parents in Dorking after her perfect boyfriend dumped her and she had to move out of his bespoke flat in Putney.

On separate Stag and Hen weekends in Las Vegas, Dan and Nat wake up married. Both too drunk to remember what happened, they return to England and try to get on with their lives. But there was something about Nat that makes the usually cautious Dan think they should give their marriage a go. Nat’s still in love with her Ex, but maybe Dan can help mend her broken heart.

Can marriage between two relative strangers really work? And when Nat’s ex-boyfriend – the gorgeous Charlie – comes back into her life, she must decide – something old or something new?

 Set in London, Dan And Nat Got Married, is a funny and full of heart modern romantic comedy about marriage, relationships, and giving love a second chance. 

💠Dan and Nat Got Married – Meet The Characters. (Oh and Jon!)

J: Hello and thanks so much for having me on your blog today! 

N: Ahh Jon, you’re always welcome here at TBGWP.

J: Is the kettle on? Great, no sugar and a splash of milk please.

N: As if! You know where the kettle is. I’ll have a coffee while your there ta 😉

J: Right, so I’m here to talk about my new novel, Dan And Nat Got Married. It’s a romantic comedy about two strangers who wake up married in Las Vegas. They’re both there on separate hen and stag weekends and after a heavy night drinking they wake up together with no memory of what happened. They return to England and after meeting up again to discuss getting a divorce, they actually decide to give their marriage a go. This is their story and these are the main characters.

DAN FOX 

Dan is thirty-four, lives by himself in Clapham, and is an online marketing manager. Dan’s life was defined when both his parents were killed in a car crash when he was just nineteen. Before that he was a happy-go-lucky teenager, but suddenly his world was turned upside down. When we meet Dan, his life is in a bit of a rut. Two years before the start of the book he was left standing at the altar by the love of his life – he just hasn’t had much luck. In an attempt to have some control over his life, he’s become a bit of a controlling, neat freak, who stays in at the weekends and watches television rather than go out and won’t take any sort of chance. He’s so afraid of getting hurt again that he puts his faith in order, routine, and he works hard at his job. When Nat comes along, his world his turned upside down again, but maybe this is his last chance to finally find love. I love Dan because he’s essentially a sweet, romantic guy who’s been dealt two terrible hands in life, but still has the optimism to try again.

NAT HOWARD

Like Dan, Nat is heartbroken at the start of book. She was living in Putney with her gorgeous boyfriend Charlie in his bespoke flat and her life was perfect. She loved him and was just waiting for the proposal. Instead Charlie dumps her and she’s living back at home with her parents in Dorking. She’s an office temp and like her life, she feels unfulfilled and doesn’t know what to do next. Nat just wants to be happy, but she has no idea what that is and how to achieve it. She’s in a slump. Her best friend, Ellie, sort of convinces her to give Dan a go and with the choice of living at home with her parents in her thirties, or living with Dan in Clapham, she decides to go with Dan. She’s made a lot of mistakes in her life and for her Dan represents some stability and maybe a solid future. But when Charlie comes back on the scene, she’s thrown into turmoil and must make the most important decision of her life. If only she wasn’t really bad at making decision. Nat was really fun to write because like Dan she’s an optimistic, romantic who just can’t seem to find that ‘one’ and when she does, she seems to make the wrong choice. 

ADAM SMITH

Adam is Dan’s best friend since primary school. Adam is a painter and decorator and despite being thirty-four, still lives at home with his mum. Adam’s dad left when he was small and so Adam feels responsible for his mum. Adam’s a proper lad and often takes over scenes because he’s loud, brash, and treats life like one big joke. Adam can seem a bit shallow and one dimensional – he likes beer, pub quizzes, food, and girls – but underneath he’s quite sensitive and when he does finally fall in love, it comes as a surprise to everyone – including Adam! 

ELLIE WATSON

Artistic Ellie works in media and lives in a shared loft in Shoreditch with a bunch of creative types. She’s Nat’s best friend and would do anything for her. She’s tall, loud, wears very colourful clothes, and exudes confidence. Ellie is Nat’s shoulder to cry on and ear to listen to. I enjoyed writing Ellie so much because she’s just a really fun character. She’s spontaneous and really doesn’t care what anyone thinks. Although she does have one secret that she can’t even share with Nat.

CHARLIE WILLOUGHBY

Think Hugh Grant and Colin Firth all wrapped up in one character. This is Nat’s ex-boyfriend, Charlie. He’s suave, sophisticated, works in the City, makes a lot of money and lives in a very nice flat in Putney. He’s every woman’s dream man. Nat can’t get over him and when it comes to choosing between Dan and Charlie, what can she do? Down to earth, solid Dan or Charlie, the gorgeous ex-boyfriend?

NAT’S FAMILY

Nat’s family and especially her overbearing Irish mother, feature heavily in the book. Her mum is highly strung, very Catholic, Irish, stubborn, and loves her family more than anything else in the world. Her dad is a down to earth black cab driver, and her brother, Liam, despite being younger than Nat, is the successful one with the better job and family. Nat and Liam are always competing for everything, but when she needs him he’s there for her. I loved the family scenes in this book because the family have such a strong dynamic and they’re all such interesting individuals that have been thrown together.

SOPHIE BELL 

Sophie is a new girl at Dan’s office and takes an instant shine to him. She’s twenty-five, beautiful, intelligent, and has a habit of bending down in front of Dan and showing him lots of her body! Can Dan resist the gorgeous Sophie?

So this is most of the main cast. There are a few extra ones I haven’t mentioned, but this is a novel with lots of characters and side characters who I spent time developing so they all felt real and worked and helped move the story along. As I’ve said in other blogs and interviews, for me characters are everything and in this book, I’ve managed to cram in a lot of very funny, interesting, and unique characters. The main four of Dan, Nat, Adam, and Ellie dominate the book though and I hope you fall in love with them as much as I did. 

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today and thanks for the tea, it was lovely! Cheers.  

N: No, thank you for inviting me and the book geeks onto your blog tour. 

💠Links to buy Dan and Nat Got Married:

Amazon UK 

Amazon US 

💠Author Details:


Jon Rance was born in Southampton, England in 1975. Apparently the seventies were great, but to be honest, he doesn’t remember much about them. He does remember most of the eighties very fondly. He attended Bitterne first and middle school and then Western Park Boy’s school. He spent a lot of the eighties watching television. His favourite shows were: Rainbow, Button Moon, The Wombles, Dogtanian and the Three Muskahounds, The Cities of Gold, Danger Mouse, Thundercats, Grange Hill, Blue Peter, Going Live, and Neighbours. He had a red BMX bike, and did his first Panini World Cup sticker album during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico – the dreaded Hand of God World Cup. 

He attended Richard Taunton’s sixth form college where he met some incredible people, did A levels in Art, Art history and English literature, discovered the ups and downs of alcohol, and generally had a very good time. After a year at art college in Portsmouth, and a GAP year, he ended up studying English Literature at Middlesex university, London. Highlights of university include: kissing the television presenter John Leslie at a New Year’s Eve party, deciding to to go outside in January completely naked for “a bit of a laugh”, living with three of the best blokes in the world and having a laugh almost everyday, his first serious girlfriend and their holidy to Africa, Manchester United winning the treble, and enjoying learning, obviously. It was at university he also decided he wanted to be an author.

After university Jon spent several years in various jobs: British Museum, television, university library, but he dreamed of two things – going travelling and being a writer. So at the grand age of twenty-eight, he finally went off around the world. USA, Fiji, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, India. His plan was simple, to travel the world and write. What actually happened was that he met his future wife in Australia, and so didn’t end up going to Asia at all and instead back to America with her, and he didn’t write very much. He did have one of the best years of his life though and met the woman who would change everything. 

In 2004 he moved to America and got married in of all places, Las Vegas. He also decided he was going to stop farting around and be a proper writer. Jon spent the next few years writing his first novels without much success. However, after getting frustrated that no-one was actually reading his work, he decided to self-publish his third novel, ‘This Thirtysomething Life’ on the Kindle. To cut a long story short, it took forever, but after some research, some actual marketing, the book reached number 7 on the UK Kindle chart, it sold 55,000 copies, and Jon finally got the call he’d been waiting for. A publisher wanted to publish his book. Fast forward four years and Jon his about to publish his fifth novel. Like most of his life, becoming an author hasn’t exactly gone to plan, but he got there in the end

He is the author of five novels: the Kindle top ten best seller, This Thirtysomething Life, Happy Endings (both published by Hodder and Stoughton) This Family Life and Sunday Dinners. His fifth novel, Dan And Nat Got Married, was published this October. 

Jon loves comedy (especially sit coms), the films of Richard Curtis, travelling and tea. He just turned forty, which is a terrifying time, so his books might get a bit edgier and possibly angrier as a result.

You can find out more or get in touch with Jon via his website and social media. Links below:

JonRance.co.uk

Twitter 

Facebook

Goodreads 

Amazon 


💠Book Details:

Title: Dan and Nat Got Married 

Author: Jon Rance 

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Length: 315 Pages

ASIN: B01IO491GM

Publication Date: October 4th 2016


So you gorgeous lot, that is your lot. I hope you’ve had fun getting to know Jon and his new friends and that you will be as lovely as I know you all are and go buy this absolutely delightful read. No, honestly, de-fucking-lighful. (I really do need to go to therapy for swearing don’t I?) 

Anyway, Jon you’re a star! Good luck with Dan and Nat Got Married.


Love to you all as always 

N 😘


Posted in 2016, Book Giveaway, Miscellaneous, News

33 Free ebooks (Women’s Fiction, Chicklit, RomCom, Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, General Fiction)

Hiya 👋

Welcome to my first 33 ebook post. I hope you manage to find something that you like.

 All book titles will link over to Amazon for you to download.

** I must state that as of time of posting these books were free and may not be if you’re looking after the post date.**

1. Free Me by Laurelin Paige 


Blurb: From the NYT bestselling author of the Fixed Trilogy…

I wasn’t supposed to be working the night I met JC.

Before him, I’d been content with the daily grind, managing one of NYC’s top nightclubs. So what if my life didn’t have a happily ever after? I didn’t believe in that anyway.

Then JC showed up.

Sexy, rich and smooth-talking, JC is nothing more than a distraction. I’m not interested in a night-in-shining latex so it’s easy to push the playboy away. Or it is until my life spins unexpectedly out-of-control. Then he’s there for me, offering a new method of survival, one based on following primal urges and desires that requires me to abandon my constant need for control.
His no-strings-attached lessons obliterate my carefully built walls. And as I discover freedom, I start to feel things for him that I shouldn’t. Things that make me fear for my newly vulnerable heart. Because JC has secrets of his own, and his secrets don’t want to set him free.

2. Silence by Natasha Preston 

Blurb: For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world. 

Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her, refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it still work as they start to grow even closer? 

When Oakley is forced to face someone from her past, can she hold her secret in any longer?

3. The Memory of Water by JT Lawrence 

Blurb: Slade Harris will do anything for a story, including murdering the woman he loves. 

Slade doesn’t think twice about jumping out of a plane or conducting disastrous love affairs to gather material for his work, but his self-indulgent life is catching up with him. Stumbling through his late thirties hopeless and a little drunk, Slade has a dazzling, dangerous idea which will change his life forever. It’s going to be Slade’s ultimate story … and all he’s hoping for is to survive it.

4. Finding Home by Becca Taylor 

Blurb: Katerina 

After a six year relationship with someone who made Katerina feel less than perfect, she is ready for a fresh start. With her grandmother’s words in her mind, she begins seeking out new experiences by creating a list of adventures she’d like to complete. First on the list, a night out with friends. Which leads to the second item on her list, a one night stand. That single night with Caleb is one she can’t get out of her head. However, just when she thinks her life is moving forward, her past comes back. Making her doubt herself, her adventure list and her dreams of finding home. 

Caleb

Caleb isn’t the settling down type. His life is exactly what he wants, an uncomplicated routine. He has his boys, his business, his bass and his bike. Caleb’s life motto is work hard, ride his motorcycle harder and play music the hardest. Until the night he met Katerina. Suddenly, everything he thought he wanted wasn’t enough. For the first time in his life, he was thinking about his future. His future with her. 

5. A Village Romance by Lynda Renham

Blurb: As a heatwave rolls into Little Perran, so does love. Billy Baxter, the has-been rock star, and Rafe Wylde, the hunky farm worker arrive, both destined to cause havoc as they touch the lives of the villagers. Milly finds a new job and things start to look up for her, but she is unaware that a ghost from her past is looking for her.

6. In Between by Jenny B. Jones 


Blurb: Katie Parker is about to get a new life—whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls’ home when she finds herself in over her head…and heart. When Katie and her new “wrong crowd” get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she’s not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she’ll continue her own family’s messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.

7. Free by Kelly Favor 


Blurb: Twenty-two-year-old Lanie Day has only just moved into her own apartment for the first time. But she has no job and no real experience. 

In anything. 

Least of all men. 

But when she’s able to snag an interview at a hot new tech startup company, she comes face-to-face with its sexy and wild CEO, Brayden Forman. 

Brayden is a playboy who’s known for chewing women up and spitting them out, and now somehow he’s become fixated on Lanie. 

Lanie’s lack of experience gives him a blank canvas on which to paint his deepest and darkest fantasies. 

And with each new encounter, the dominant CEO teaches his shy assistant the pleasures and seductions of being naughty in the workplace… 

Soon the two of them are locked in a game of mystery, seduction, and raging desire that knows no bounds. That is, until Lanie is pushed beyond her limits. 

And Brayden Forman has enemies that are lurking and waiting to come out of the shadows to finally destroy him. Only now they might also destroy Lanie Day right along with him. 

8. You Loved Me at My Darkest by Evie Harper 


Blurb: Blood is thicker than water…

Having endured more than their share of tragedy, sisters Lily and Sasha embark on a dream holiday—only to find themselves in hell. Kidnapped by a rich madman, Sasha is sold into slavery, while Lily is forced to join The Collection, a unique bevy of exotic beauties enduring frequent horrors at the hands of elite bidders. However, no amount of pain and suffering will break Lily, who will stop at nothing to save her younger sister. Possibly with help from an unlikely ally. 

Love is stronger than loyalty…

Attempting to prove his allegiance to his employer, Jake is tasked with guarding the unruly and uncontrollable Lily. He can’t afford to help her in her quest to free Sasha—not if he hopes to fulfill his own agenda. But in their dark, gritty, tension-filled world, solace is taken wherever it’s found. Bonds are formed and hearts engage despite Jake’s resistance and both their attempts at self-preservation.

When certain secrets come to light, the resulting explosion has breathtakingly bittersweet consequences that, by the end, may not leave everyone whole…or alive.

9. The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank


Blurb: Megan Vandemeer meant to tell her parents about her broken engagement, but a month and a half later she finds herself boarding a plane home to her wedding. Having stretched avoidance to its limits, it’s time to come clean–a terrifying prospect since her mother is sure to blame her rather than her cheating, emotionally frigid ex. A couple of drinks and two Dramamine later, Megan finds herself spilling her sob story to the tall, dark, and handsome stranger in the seat next to her.

With only one week left to save his business, Josh McMillan boards a plane to Kansas City in a last-ditch effort, leaving the details to chance. An unexpected answer is delivered in the form of the beautiful brunette beside him. Though she’s completely loopy, her honesty, openness, and humor charm him. So when she passes out before landing, he helps her off the plane–a good deed that leads to a colossal misunderstanding. Her parents assume he’s her fiancé. In a twist of fate, the mix-up might help Josh save his business, so he plays along, figuring he can help Megan too. All he has to do is stage a public break up convincing enough to appease her mother.

Josh is only supposed to be a substitute groom, but the more time he and Megan spend together, the more their pretend engagement starts to feel real…and the less they want to break it off. Can a relationship that began as a farce turn into happily ever after? 

10. Twenty Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank 


Blurb: For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn’t enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen– do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own. 

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.

11. Not Over You by Amanda Torrey

 

Blurb: She’s running from a painful past. Can he catch her and help her heal?

Savannah Grace left her hometown after the traumatic death of her young brother ten years ago. Fresh out of high school, she trudged through life under a shroud of guilt and shame. She couldn’t face her family after what she did, and she knew she didn’t deserve happiness. 

Quentin Elliott became a paramedic so he could save people. He hadn’t been able to help his high school girlfriend’s brother, but he vowed to prevent as many tragedies as possible. He managed to build a life without Savannah, but he never moved past her.

When Savannah returns to town in hopes of donating bone marrow to her estranged mother, Quentin knows he will only have a short time to help Savannah realize she should stay in Healing Springs. Where she belongs. With him.
Savannah prefers to lace up her running shoes, but Quentin is determined to create a treatment plan to help her settle in for the long haul. 

Can a decade of pain be healed with a healthy dose of love? Or will Healing Springs fail to live up to its legendary name?

12. Remember When by T. Torrest

 

Blurb: Years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class. 

This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from Northern New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone, himself included, could even dream he’d turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today. 

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you who Trip Wiley is. But on the off chance you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, just know that these days, he’s the actor found at the top of every casting director’s wish list. He’s incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous, the combination of which has made him very rich, very famous and very desirable. 

And not just to casting directors, either.

I can’t confirm any of the gossip from his early years out in Tinseltown, but based on what I knew of his life before he was famous, I can tell you that the idea of Girls-Throwing-Themselves-At-Trip is not a new concept. 

I should know. I was one of them. 

And my life hasn’t been the same since.

13. Set Me Free by Daniela Sacerdoti 


Blurb: Set Me Free is a hauntingly beautiful story of love, loss and new beginnings. Margherita’s marriage is slowly falling apart. Getting pregnant after trying for so long may have been a wonderful surprise for her, but for her husband it was the last straw. When she needs him most, she realises he’s just not there for her. Needing time away to figure out where their marriage is going, Margherita decides to leave London and spend the summer in Glen Avich, to help out in her mum’s new coffee shop. She needs to reconnect with her adopted daughter Lara and her young son and sort out her life. But Glen Avich can have a strange effect on people, and when she and Lara start working for Torcuil Ramsay at a rundown local estate, everything begins to change. Margherita finds her heart awakened in a way she never thought possible and Lara begins a new friendship with a mysterious local boy, Mal, which makes her mother feel increasingly uneasy. And just when Margherita is finally beginning to discover what she really wants, she finds out how quickly things can change and how hard it can be to make brave choices.

14. Wicked by Alexis Blake 


Blurb: When Grace is gripped tightly from behind in her own home, fearing for her life as an intruder presses hard against her, the last thing she expects to hear is the voice of her husband in a cool, demanding tone, right in her ear, “I’m going to rip your clothes off and take you right now…”

Grace and Steve have been together since school. They’re each other’s first love, and they are blissfully happy. Or, at least, that’s what Grace thought. 

But when Steve suddenly turns the dial up on their sex life, shifting from rare moments of intimacy to an erotic re-enactment of one of Grace’s most sexy fantasies, she is excited but even more confused. What’s the reason for Steve’s sudden erotic dominance? Is he masking his guilt? And is her perfect relationship on the verge of shattering? 

Or is he unleashing a deep fire within that is about to awaken their sexuality? 

15. The Troll Whisperer by Sera Trevor

 

Blurb: Oscar Lozada is repulsive, and he likes it that way. His apartment is always a wreck, he works at a sewage plant, and he’s an abrasive jerk to just about everyone. When he’s not out drinking and hooking up with strangers, he trolls people on the Internet for lulz. His life changes when he finds out a victim of his trolling lives right next door. Noah is super hot and disarmingly nice. In spite of himself, Oscar starts to fall for him. All he has to do is make sure Noah never discovers the truth behind his trollish ways.

16. Shopaholic on Honeymoon by Sophie Kinsella 


Blurb: The new Mr and Mrs Brandon are on honeymoon, and Becky has big plans! They’ve got a whole year to explore Venice, learn yoga in India, sleep in little wooden huts in South America… maybe even see penguins in the Antarctic. And of course they’ll need to buy just a few essential souvenirs along the way (everyone needs a set of Murano glass goblets, after all).

They’re not just tourists, they’re travellers. Becky is sure it is just the thing that Luke needs – time to unwind. He’ll come back a changed man… with all the good bits still intact of course.

But it soon becomes clear that Luke has different plans entirely. Can Becky help him let go, or will this little disagreement threaten their whole honeymoon?

17. Desert Rose by Laura Taylor 


Blurb: The secret police of a renegade Middle East nation hold two politically sensitive prisoners separate from the others… Marine Corps aviator David Winslow and humanitarian relief worker Emma Hamilton are the sole inmates of a special cellblock. They bond emotionally and sensually, despite being housed in separate cells, as they endure interrogations, torture, and the constant threat of death. When fate unexpectedly liberates them from the prison compound, their dash for freedom includes the seductive culmination of weeks of emotional foreplay. But once they flee the country, David doubts Emma’s certainty that she is in love with him. He fears that she feels only gratitude.

18. When I Fall in Love by Melissa Storm

Blurb: Is it ever too late to give love a second chance?

James Morgan never really believed in love. That is, until he laid eyes on Deborah Walker at the local soda fountain. He surprises himself by inviting her out for an impromptu night on the town, and she shocks him even more by agreeing. As the night progresses, the two share their past histories and secret dreams, and James realizes that she is the perfect woman for him. The only problem is that he ships off to Korea the next morning. Fulfilling his duty is non-negotiable to James, even if fighting for his country will ultimately break both of their hearts.

Deborah promises to wait for him, but two years is a long time to put her life on hold, especially for a man she only knew for one day. When Rip Rockwell returns from the war and James does not, Rip proposes marriage to Deborah. She agrees and they build a beautiful life together until his death fifty years later. Through it all, though, she can never quite forget her first love. She retires to Abilene, expecting to live out the rest of her days in peace. So imagine her surprise when James Morgan moves in next door…

19. Free to be Tegan by Mary Grand 


Blurb: Tegan, aged twenty seven, is cast out of the cult, rejected by her family and from the only life she has known. She is vulnerable and naïve but she also has courage and the will to survive. She travels to Wales, to previously unknown relations in the wild Cambrian Mountains. 

This is the uplifting story of her journey from life in a cult to find herself and flourish in a world she has been taught to fear and abhor.

Guilt and shadows from her past haunt her in flashbacks, panic attacks and a fear of the dark. However she also finds a world full of colour, love and happiness she has never known before. The wild beauty of the hills, the people she meets and the secrets slowly revealed by the cottage all provide an intriguing backdrop to Tegan’s drama. 

20. An Accidental Affair by Holly Blackstone

 

Blurb: Lily doesn’t exist any more – old Lily, anyway. That night made her different, rewrote her life, tore up everything she thought she knew and understood. 

How do you go back to normal after you’ve met someone who has turned your life upside down? When you fear the passionate connexion but don’t want to live for anything else? When those few moments were the most intense and intimate of your life and it was the barest taste of what you could have together?

How do you find the strength to not run away from something that has the power to shatter your heart?

21. The Debt & The Doormat by Laura Barnard


Blurb: Poppy and Jazz have been best friends from the first week of uni. Whenever these two get together trouble isn’t far away and things haven’t changed much. 

When Jazz gets herself into financial trouble Poppy, being a good friend, offers to help. She instead ends up being talked into swapping lives, with Jazz insisting it will help her get over her broken heart. 

Poppy is thrown into a new life, full of crazy housemates; there’s fitness freak Izzy, beautiful bitch Grace and the slightly gorgeous, if not incredibly grumpy Ryan. Quickly, with the help of Jazz, her life is thrown upside down. Madness ensues and her need to please everyone gets her in more trouble than she could ever imagine.

Before she knows it she’s got a fake boyfriend, a bullying boss, a sex crazed colleague, a mental mother and three brothers each with their own dramas. Life has gotten pretty difficult for Poppy. And all of this would be much easier, if she could just stop falling over. 

Will she get her life back to normal before her brother’s upcoming wedding? And will she want to?

22. Sara in Manhattan by Morris Fenris

 

Blurb: What happens when a California girl meets a Montana guy in the middle of a crisis? 

Sara wished for a husband for Christmas this year and then married her boss. Now she is running for her life from him with a warrant out for her arrest, doesn’t want to be married anymore, and really needs a miracle to save her. To top off her week – she finds herself in the middle of a Montana snowstorm and sicker than she’s ever been.

Trent quit the FBI to return home and became a sheriff. As the most eligible bachelor in Castle Peaks, he’s had his share of women chase him, but has been disinterested; until now. He has a sworn duty to protect the town’s citizens and assist other agencies in doing the same. When faced with a suspect in a criminal case, will he make the arrest or lead with his heart?

23. Hot Property by Susanne O’Leary

Blurb: When Megan O’Farrell inherits her uncle’s house in a remote part of the windswept Atlantic coast of Ireland, she imagines it will be a romantic hideaway where she can recover from her recent divorce. But the house is a wreck that requires a fortune to restore, and she decides to sell it. An easy choice, were it not for the discovery of an old family scandal and a budding love affair with both the beautiful landscape and a handsome Kerryman. Catapulted into country life and faced with the less romantic side of farming, she also has to deal with a conspiracy to make her leave.

24. The Shop on Main by Kay Correll


Blurb: Sometimes, doing the right thing backfires…

Bella Amaud is desperate when she learns her business and the home she lives in with her two boys are about to be whisked out from under her. As she scrambles to maintain her fragile financial security and independence, she fears she may lose more than just The Shop on Main and her home.

Nothing is working out like Bella planned—she finds out the man she is falling for, Owen Campbell, is the businessman at the center of all her problems.

Owen has secretly longed to belong—somewhere—anywhere—his whole life. When he decides to give his long-lost brother, Jake, back his birthright, he unknowingly thwarts his briefly held hope of a place where he can put down roots and a family he longs for.

Nothing is working out like Owen planned—neither Bella nor Jake wants anything to do with him.

How can a man who is used to being in control and a woman determined to make it all on her own find a way to happiness?

25. Mistaken by Renna Peak 


Blurb: Jenna Davis has tortured herself over the death of her fiance. She’s moved to a new city to escape not only the memories, but the shadow of her father, the senator. By meeting Brandon Richardson and succumbing to her desires, she takes a giant step forward in healing her grief-stricken heart. But Brandon has secrets that threaten to destroy her.

26. Shattered Rose by Tammy L. Gray 


Blurb: Avery Nichols knows how to wear the mask. Perfect student, perfect daughter and perfect friend. Nobody would ever guess that inside Avery is a prisoner to her own self loathing. 

Then she meets him…and everything changes. 
Handsome, charming and self assured, Jake Matthews sweeps Avery off her feet in an effortless fashion. Avery knows that Jake is everything she needs and all she has ever wanted. 

She would destroy herself to be loved by him…until he walks away.

Broken and lost, Avery meets Parker. His genuine, caring nature reaches past the mask and the shattered pieces of her heart slowly begin to heal. But just when Avery starts to feel whole again, she faces the impossible truth.

Jake never really left. 

27. In Too Deep by Tracey Alvarez


Blurb: Two hearts. A second chance. Everything on the line…

Ryan “West” Westlake belongs on the island. It’s in his blood and who he is. Nobody can deny that. When Piper Harland walked out of his life years ago, West let her go. He’d never stand in the way of a woman and her dreams. But now that she’s back, their past smacks him right in the face. With tempers flared and desires heightened, West just might realise what he lost so long ago.

Piper would do anything for her brother—even if means going back to Stewart Island—the one place she swore she’d never go again. As a member of the elite New Zealand Police Dive Team, Piper is forced to return to her hometown. When she confronts the demons of her past, old feelings of grief, pain, and a lost love come flooding back. Without drowning, can Piper wade through the pain of her past and find a future with the one who shattered her heart?

28. The Reading Group by Della Parker 


Blurb: Grace knows that the holiday season is going to be different this year. No turkey, no tinsel, no gorgeously wrapped gifts under the tree . . . how on earth is she going to break it to her little boys that Christmas is effectively cancelled? And can she bear to tell anyone her embarrassing secret? Enter the Reading Group: Grace’s life might have turned upside down but there’s no problem they can’t solve.

29. The Slave by Kate Aaron 


Blurb: Freedom is only an illusion.

At twenty-seven, Tamelik has been a slave more than half his life. Submissive by nature, he can’t help but fall in love with the master who treats him kindly.

When the mistress walks out, Tam dares to hope his love will be enough. 

Then he’s ordered to purchase another slave.

He wants to hate Kai for being unruly and ungrateful. For being of the same race as the men who murdered his family. For being his eventual replacement in their master’s bed. But it’s hard to hate a man who cries himself to sleep, flinches at the slightest touch, and blushes beautifully when he’s kissed. 

30. Bedrock: A Novel by Britney King 


Blurb: Like many women her age, Addison Greyer’s life is defined in terms of marriage and motherhood, until she suddenly finds life turned upside down by her decision to re-enter the workforce combined with her husband’s almost simultaneous decision to take a job thousands of miles away.

In her husband’s absence, Addison is forced to make difficult choices.

But never in a million years would she have guessed she’d wind up agreeing to the sinister side-gig her tough-as-nails new boss proposes.

Until she does.

This agreement takes her further and further out of the suburban fairytale she created and leads her into an unknown world–a world that is anything but black and white. A world where she learns that desire is not only dangerous but deadly.

In this reality, she learns there’s a price to be paid for her mistakes.

A pound of flesh.

Never in a million years would she have guessed how far her picturesque little suburban life would unravel.

Until it does.

30. Capturing the Earl’s Love by Jane Lark 

Blurb: Rupert Stanforth, Earl of Morton, is exasperated by his sister’s choice of friend. Meredith Divine, clings, using Rowena’s plain appearance as a foil for her auburn curls and fuller figure. He would break the friendship, but the more he complains the more time the girls spend together. Ceasing his disagreement, he hopes the friendship will die, believing Meredith will take a wrong-step soon…

Meredith clings to her only friend, Lady Rowena Stanforth, despite the disgusted looks thrown by Rowena’s proud, judgemental brother. Lord Morton cannot abide Meredith because of her low standing but Meredith’s heart favours him… then in his single act of kindness, Meredith grasps an opportunity she cannot resist…

32. Chalet Girl Plays Cupid by Lorraine Wilson 


Blurb: A match made on the slopes…

After a messy break up that’s left her homeless, jobless and single, temporary chalet girl Emily needs a fresh start! So when best friend Holly asks her to help out before the start of the winter season at the exclusive Chalet Repos in Verbier, Emily jumps at the chance. What broken heart can’t be fixed by après ski cocktails?

Verbier seems like the perfect escape, until Emily meets super-sexy and darkly brooding winter athlete Jake. She’s meant to be avoiding men at all costs, but the spark between her and Jake is sizzling! As she finds herself increasingly left alone with Jake, Emily begins to wonder if Cupid has paid a visit to Chalet Repos…!

33. Keeping Mum by Perrin Briar

 

BlurbWhen modern-day Scrooge Hetty Loveridge saw the opportunity to exploit an inheritance tax loophole for her children, she took it. She need only live seven more years. One week shy, she keels over, dead.

With their inheritance at stake, Peter and Kate get more than they bargained for as they attempt to fool the tax-man into believing their mother is still alive. For seven days Peter dresses as his mother, speaks as his mother, acts as his mother, and soon discovers she wasn’t just the difficult woman he remembers her as. And when an old flame enters the scene, it’s a recipe for disaster.


Posted in 2016, News, reviews

BOOK REVIEW: No Virgin by Anne Cassidy.

No Virgin by Anne Cassidy.

🔅Source: ARC courtesy of Hot Key Books – Thank you!



🔅Blurb: My name is Stacey Woods and I was raped.

Stacey is the victim of a terrible sexual attack. She does not feel able to go to the police, or talk about it to anybody other than her best friend, Patrice. Patrice, outraged, when she cannot persuade her to go to the police, encourages Stacey to write everything down. This is Stacey’s story.

🔅Review: I’m sitting here a bit confused over this read. On one hand I thought the plot was really good, but on the other hand I found it extremely boring with lack of empathy and depth. Harsh I know, but honestly I am so confused on how I’m going about writing his review so please bare with me. 

The subject, which is an extremely hard one for me personally l, was just not gritty and intense enough. That sounds like I want pleasure from a horrible situation and as awful as it is, I do. We all do. I read for pleasure, to learn new things, to escape reality. 

The opening sentences of the book had me instantly drawn in and hooked. God, it really does pack a punch. Raw emotion and heart ache and unfortunately a real life and horrifying situation. I was there and I wanted to read, but unfortunately that was the only part of the book that made me feel like that way, and because of that, it completely ruined the rest of the book by giving it no heart. It took so long for the storyline to actually build up and it was more or less nearly halfway through before it hit and then just as you think, ‘ok this is getting serious and good now’ it felt rushed and was over. It baffled me. Because of how delicate the situation is I found it should have been given more respect kind of thing? Sexual abuse and rape is certainly a hard subject to write about ,I get that, I do, but that’s how I feel. There will be people who have been in that situation in their life that might read this and feel like it’s not enough and therefore can’t relate to the story, which is really sad because they already feel rejected from the world. 

You know what? This was Stacey’s story, and I so wanted to feel her pain, her anger, her disgust, her life, to relate to her, but I just couldn’t. I tried, but I couldn’t and that is so much of a shame.

2/5

**Remember this is my opinion**

🔅Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play 

Kobo 

WH Smith 

Waterstones 

Book Depository



 🔅Book Details:

Title: No Virgin

Author: Anne Cassidy

Genre: YA & Teens

Publisher: Hot Key Books

Publication Date: November 3rd 2016




Posted in 2016, Miscellaneous, News

GBBO – Seriously?


Oh, my-actual, god! Please listen to yourselves and shut up about the GBBO. I am so tired of hearing about it already.

Everyone is going on a proper meltdown because Paul Hollywood’s stuck with the show. As if you’re walking away from a pay rise of a good few fucking million pounds. I’m not the biggest fan of the man like, but good on him. Everyone going on like he’s pure joined Isis, come home, gone the shop and bought the fucking Sun newspaper to read at the Kop, then started flogging his normal bread as gluten free!

‘Oh what a traitor!’ 

‘Cash over Class!’

‘🐍’

‘Does he even know what loyalty means?’

Oh, get a-fucking-grip! You’re not saying that when BBC are having you off every year in TV licensing fees are you ay? That and Strictly are the only things you pay to watch on it anyway. Shut the fuck up!

I hate the Internet at times me you know!


Paul baffled at why everyone wants him to be unemployed and not making him and his family’s lives better.

My absolute favourite response to Paul staying has to be from @bsgorrie with this sensational tweet

Dead! 💀😂

Posted in 2016, Book Tours, News

BT – For The Love of Grace by Andy Blackman.


Hello you beautiful reading people. How are you? I have seriously missed you all!

Thank you so much for joining me today as I am opening and hosting the first day on the blog tour for Andy Blackman’s, For The Love of Grace.

I have a fantastic piece for you to read that has been exclusively sent over for today from Andy himself letting us all in on what his inspiration for the book was. And of course the usual book stuff that comes with a blog tour.

So, let’s get started….


🔸Blurb/Synopsis: Grace Backer had a life full of tragedy. But despite everything, she raised her son, Tom, with her secret intact. Tom is a prodigal child, destined to escape the slums of the East End of London for a better life; circumstances will make him flee his loving mother and their home much sooner than expected. Tom starts a new life in Odessa, Russia, and with the help of new-found friends starts a business. At last, he is finally accepted into a new and loving family, but one which holds its own dark secrets. A chance meeting with the son of a duke of the realm leads to close friendship and a new business partnership. When Tom decides to move his company to London and have his regal new friend run it, the firm thrives. However, not everything is as it seems, and Tom?s business soon conceals dangerous secrets of its own. Years later, when Tom finally decides to return to London, he is a wanted man, one hunted by the intelligence agencies. If he is finally to be reunited with his beloved mother and his best friend, he must fight to put the past behind him. But keeping secrets is never easy.

🔸Author Details: After serving in the British Army for over twenty-five years in the Parachute Regiment, Andy Blackman today lives in Bedworth, Warwickshire and works within in the IT sector. In his spare time he can be found visiting his three daughters and grandchildren.


🔸 The inspiration for the book by Andy Blackman.

My inspiration for writing “For the Love of Grace”, was twofold, firstly, as an avid book reader since an early age, I have always had a book on the go and would sometimes read until I had finished, normally only taking days to complete a book. I would read just about any type of book, I just loved to read, and some say it is a lonely past time, but for me I was lost in whatever book I was reading at the time, this for me was part of the reading experience. So after all these years of reading every type of book covering all the genre’s, so my second nudge, was, quite by chance, after reading a really bad boring book, and feeling quite let down by it, I thought to myself, surly I can do better than the book I had just read, when the thought popped into my head why not write one yourself, this idea I thought stupid, me a common man writing a book, surely authors are people that have been to university and have a degree in literature and understand writing techniques, I am just a normal man, then a vision popped into my head of an old teacher, I had not thought of for well over forty years, and clearly as the sun was shining I remembered what he told us one day in class, he said “the only thing holding you back from achieving great things is yourself”. As these word filled my mind all doubt left me and I knew I would try and write a book. So I finally decided to take up my own challenge and write a book. The hardest part was what to choose as a genre, I decided eventually to select crime/thriller as I always found these books more appealing to me. Next I had to choose what the book was going to be about, I had a basic plot in my head on what I wanted the main character to be (Grace), so that is where I started. When I first started writing, I found I had a lot of ideas but the hardest part was placing them in a logical order. I finished the first draft in little over a week, and was feeling pretty good about myself, but looking at the word count was not sure how long a good novel should be so I went onto trusty Google and asked the question “how long is a standard book”, and was shocked by the answer of “over 74 thousand words”, this made my paltry 2000 words seem pitiful, but not feeling disheartened, I realised I could evolve characters and sub plots with more freedom and embellishing them some became after a time quite natural, it was like some parts of the book took on their own progress and were flowing. So the finished book was nothing like the first draft, the final book took me nearly a year to complete.  

🔸Book Details: 

Title: For The Love of Grace.

Author: Andy Blackman.

Genre: 

Book Length: 222 pages.

ISBN-10: 1911110535

ISBN-13: 978-1911110538

Publisher: Click Street Publishing.

Publication Date: 27 September 2016

🔸Links to buy:

UK

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US

Barnes & Noble

Posted in 2016, Miscellaneous, News

Oh Hiya 👋

Hiya,

Long time no see hey? Yeah sorry about that I’ve honestly not been well at all. The rest has been good and I am getting stronger every day and starting to get myself together to get back into the swing of things. I’ve missed so much and feel like I’m a newbie again and it’s pretty fucking terrifying. 😂

Alright, so as you know I’m a pretty good moaner, and a lot of you have asked me when am I going to start putting up my little blog posts about my life like I did before on my website until it got hacked. Bastards! 

So, I’ve been thinking about it and I’ve decided I’m going to start it again 😳 

I’m nervous as shit about it, but I’ll give it a go. It will only be moaning I hope you all know that? I say it’s about my life and the majority of it will be, but you know what I’m like and I’ll just end up moaning about everything and anything. 

I thought I’d fill you in on everything and let you all know that I’m still here lurking in the backgrounds. Thank you to everyone who has emailed me, tweeted me, inboxed me, messaged me over the past few months you really don’t know how much I appreciated it.

It’s late, I’m tired, I need morphine and it’s definitely a One Direction VS Little Mix night for me and my headphones. What? I love them. They’re amazing! Both their recent albums, Made in the A.M, and Get Weird are honestly wonderful. So talented. Have a listen, you’ll definitely be surprised.


Anyway, Lots of love to you all, and I’ll see you all soon.

Natalie 😘