Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – So Lucky by Dawn O’Porter.

Hello you gorgeous lot!

Have you missed me and my big mouth? I definitely missed you lot and the book world.

Anyway, I’m here, and I am repping the fuck out of Dawn O’Porters new release So Lucky.

It’s day number six on the Blog Tour for SO and I am here with all the book deets for you as usual and my thoughts on the book. Now, I ask you before you go to that part to read it all and not just the top bit. I know I get carried away with myself and I know I’m a nuisance, but please do. Thank you.

Right, here we go….

🍩Blurb: IS ANYONE’S LIFE . . .

Beth shows that women really can have it all.

Ruby lives life by her own rules.

And then there’s Lauren, living the dream.

AS PERFECT AS IT LOOKS?

Beth hasn’t had sex in a year.

Ruby feels like she’s failing.

Lauren’s happiness is fake news.

And it just takes one shocking event to make the truth come tumbling out…

🍩My Thoughts: Ok, so erm, I have decided that I will not be doing a review for this book. I don’t want to and it doesn’t deserve one from me. No, no, no, hear me out a sec. That is not a negative comment from me at all, in fact it’s totally the opposite.

I formally known as the Book Geek Wears Pajamas or PajamaBookGirl in the book world, or just Natalie in the normal world, or Mum (none fucking stop) in my kids world, could never ever do So Lucky justice with my words. I don’t have them and I certainly can’t articulate them like they deserve.

So Lucky deserves unlimited praise. It deserves it for making women feel beautiful regardless of their faults/conditions/jobs/thoughts/looks/life. It deserves it for making reality what it is and what it should be. For keeping life real in a fictional world. For making sure that a fictional world created gives back to people in need. People that deserve it. Characters we connect with and want the best for.

It’s a fucking decent read my friends. It’s funny, sad, stupid, diverse, harmonious, sexy, fun and REAL! And we know for sure that right now in this shit world we all need that. We all need the love. And that my fabulous book geeking fabulous friends is what So Lucky is. It’s self love that’s what it is.

Do I recommend? Abso-fucking-lutely!

Do I resonate with the characters given to us by O’Porter in SO? More than you will ever know.

Do I feel better about myself being a hairy bastard who can give my husband and his beard a run for his money? Yes, actually, I do.

Am I embarrassed to be telling you all that and owning up to the fact that I am part of a female world that is silent and ashamed and yeti-like? Well, I’m proper beetroot and overheating writing this so am taking that as a big fat yes!

However, I am writing it and I am telling you all, and that my friends comes down to So Lucky. It helped me in realising that we are all not perfect, we all have problems and issues, but we are not alone even though we feel we are. So Lucky helped me see that and I went searching on Instagram and found hundreds and hundreds of people just like me. And for that tiny bit of confidence it gave me will always be why I can never do this book justice with my words.

Thank you Dawn for SO and for keeping it 109% real always! The world needs that and the world needs your books and love.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

P.S… I have not and will not be editing this post. Why? Because I wrote it from the top of my head and from my heart. If it’s wrong in any way, I do not care. If it doesn’t make sense or doesn’t flow, oh well! Fuck being right. I like being wrong sometimes 🤷🏻‍♀️

🍩Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

🍩Book Details:

Title: So Lucky.

Author: Dawn O’Porter.

Genre: General Fiction.

Length: 400 Pages.

ISBN-10: 0008126070

ISBN-13: 978-000812607.

ASIN: B07QGNMTKZ.

Publisher: HarperCollins.

Publication Date: October 31st 2019.

🍩About the Author:

DAWN O’PORTER is a Sunday Times bestselling novelist, columnist and broadcaster who lives in Los Angeles with her husband Chris, sons Art and Valentine, cat Lilu and dog Potato. She has made numerous documentaries about all sorts of things: polygamy, childbirth, Geisha, body image, breast cancer and even the movie Dirty Dancing. She is the critically acclaimed author of The Cows, Paper Aeroplanes and Goose.

Dawn also collects vintage clothing, and admits to writing her best work when she is wearing a bonkers seventies dress and her hair is a voluminous bob.

You can learn more about Dawn and her work using the following links:

www.dawnoporter.co.uk

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Goodreads

That’s me done I’m afraid. Thank you so much for joining me today and letting me just talk a million miles an hour at you. I’m sure you’re all used to it by now though. Also, I am gutted that I had to use a brown fucking doughnut. As if there’s no pink ones in the emoji selection. Sort it out apple! Proper messed me aesthetics up there.

Big massive thank you to Dawn herself and our RB over at HC HQ for inviting me onto the tour and sending me out ARC’s!

Book Geeks, you know what to do here. Go buy this fabulous book. It’s Saturday, you deserve a treat. Plus it’s defo boss with an alcoholic beverage alongside it.

See you all soon.

Love as always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Miscellaneous, News

Hello Strangers – 2019 Christmas Bookathon.

Hello strangers,

How are you all doing? First of all thank you so so much for all your messages and well wishes while I’ve been poorly. I’m still not where I need to be, but I am back reading and getting ready to start my 2019 Christmas Bookathon.

I have some amazing authors and titles already included and can’t wait to get it together properly. Authors/Publishers if you would like your Christmas/winter titles to be involved please do get in touch. The more the merrier I say.

I’m so excited to be pushing myself forward sooner than anticipated and actually happy to do so. I can’t say I’m back 100% because yeah that’s not what’s happening at all, but with a Bookathon, I can lock myself away and get it done instead of worrying about time limits and release dates. Plus, it keeps me occupied instead of going out of my head with boredom or concentrating on pain.

I’ll of course update the list every time another book is added. So far, though it’s a great list, take a look. A lot are of course are up for pre-sale and are going to be available very soon, but some are available for purchase right now. I’ve also opened the genre up a bit and have welcomed in children’s books and crime/thrillers. Also, books without Christmas in the title but reflect the Christmas/December/Winter period. Still not putting the historical genre in though. I know, I’m terrible, but I can’t, I just cannot get into the genre no matter how hard I try. They have loads of Christmas books upcoming too. Sorry!!!!

Oh and I’ll also link them up for you too. Please be aware that these are not in order of release date. I will put in publication dates underneath for you though. Also, even though these are linked up to Amazon, I am in no way affiliated or making money from these links. I just find most people use kindle for reading if not purchasing the actual book.

Anyway, list so far…

❄️A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan

A Wedding in December - Sarah Morgan

Publisher: HQ

Publication Date: 31st October 2019

❄️The Christmas Invitation by Trisha Ashley

The Christmas Invitation - Trisha Ashley

Publisher: Transworld.

Publication Date: 1st October 2019.

❄️Let it Snow by Sue Moorcroft

Let It Snow - Sue Moorcroft

Publisher: Avon.

Publication Date: 26th September 2019.

❄️Single All The Way by Karen King

Single All The Way - Karen King

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 28th October 2019.

❄️A Perfect Cornish Christmas by Phillipa Ashley

A Perfect Cornish Christmas - Phillipa Ashley

Publisher: Avon.

Publication Date: 31st October 2019.

❄️One Christmas Star by Mandy Baggot

One Christmas Star - Mandy Baggot

Publisher: Aria.

Released – 12th September 2019.

❄️Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman

Magic Under the Mistletoe- Lucy Coleman

Publisher: Aria.

Released – 5th September 2019.

❄️The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge

The Christmas Calendar Girls - Samantha Tonge

Publisher: Aria.

Publication Date: 3rd October 2019.

❄️The Last Day of Winter by Shari Low

Last Day of Winter - Shari Low

Publisher: Aria.

Publication Date: 3rd October 2019.

❄️One Winter Morning by Isabelle Broom

One Winter Morning - Isabelle Broom

Publisher: Penguin.

Released – 29th August 2019.

❄️Christmas Evie by Nicola May

Christmas Evie - Nicola May

Publisher: Nowell Publishing.

Publication Date: 4th November 2019.

❄️The Worst Christmas Ever by Kathleen Long Bostrom

The Worst Christmas Ever - Kathleen Long Bostrom

Publisher: Flyaway Books.

Released – 17th September 2019.

❄️Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans

Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm - Jaimie Admans

Publisher: HQ Digital.

Publication Date: 9th October 2019.

❄️Christmas in Chamonix by Sasha Wagstaff

Christmas in Chamonix - Sasha Wagstaff

Publisher: Canelo Escape.

Released – 19th September 2019.

❄️One Day in Winter by Shari Low

One Day in Winter - Shari Low

Publisher: Aria.

Released – 1st September 2019.

❄️The Garden on Sparrow Street by Tilly Tennant

The Garden on Sparrow Street - Tilly Tennant

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 9th October 2019.

❄️I’ll Be Home for Christmas by Karen Clarke

I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Karen Clarke

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 14th October 2019.

❄️Christmas by the Lighthouse by Rebecca Boxall

Christmas by the Lighthouse - Rebecca Boxall

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing.

Released – 12th September 2019.

❄️The Secret Santa by Trish Harnetiaux

The Secret Santa - Trish Harnetiaux

Publisher: Cornerstone Digital.

Publication Date: 1st October 2019.

❄️Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood

Mistletoe - Alison Littlewood

Publisher: Quercus.

Publication Date: 10th October 2019.

❄️Wrapped up for Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

Wrapped up for Christmas by Katlyn Duncan

Publisher: HQ Digital.

Publication Date: 1st October 2019.

❄️Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage by Katie Ginger

Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage - Katie Ginger

Publisher: HQ Digital.

Publication Date: 11th October 2019.

❄️The Christmas Countdown by Donna Ashcroft

The Christmas Countdown - Donna Ashcroft

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 7th October 2019.

❄️The Little Shop on Silver Lining Street by Emma Davies

The Little Shop on Silver Lining Street by Emma Davies

Publisher: Bookouture.

Publication Date: 16th October 2019.

❄️We Met in December by Rosie Curtis

We Met in December by Rosie Curtis

Publisher: Avon.

Released – 5th September 2019.

❄️Coming Home to Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters

Coming Home to Glendale Hall - Victoria Walters

Publisher: Hera.

Publication Date: 25th September 2019.

How good is that? The few I’ve read so far have been excellent! I can see it’s going to be a tough competition. Those covers are divine too aren’t they?

Like I said previously if you want in or you know of a book you think would be perfect to put in, please do let me know. 2019 releases only of course.

Lots of love as always

N 😘

Posted in 2019, Miscellaneous, News, reviews

Rebecca Chance

Not even a book blogger ranting, just a normal reader ranting.

Ok, so yesterday I heard some absolutely devastating news from the book world. The news being that our beloved Queen of the Bonk-Buster, Rebecca Chance, will no longer be writing under that pseudonym or giving us any more of her amazing, original and damn right fucking brilliant reads. Why? Well, I can assure you that’s not on her, it’s on her publishers, Pan Macmillan.

Oh come on. She’s a bestselling novelist and has been for-fucking-ever. She no doubt brings a lot more than some other authors do and to be fair here she should not be penalised for over seas not understanding her humour or should I say our English humour. And it doesn’t matter if she’s the only one, she’s the only one we need and want. It just shows how superior she is.

Bless her so much. I know she’s probably not nearly as arsed as I am like 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

As for the genre in itself though, I do personally class it the same as romance/comedy/chick-lit/rom-com/new adult/contemporary/modern/etc… I know a lot of people do.

I’m livid. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way about our BB Queen not being able to give us our yearly gift of debauchery, scandal and laughs.

Come on PanMac what are you playing at? Yes, we know we still get the brilliance of her pen and mind with Lauren Henderson and the crime genre. Which is also fantastic work, but some people don’t want crime! Some people don’t like crime! In fact, some people fucking hate crime. Especially with that and the psychological thriller genres being packed to the brim right now and being thrown at us every hour on the hour. It’s overwhelming, it’s getting very boring and we need a break away from it. Do you know what would be the perfect break in between that? Rebecca Chance and her uplifting ingenious books that’s what. Don’t get me wrong, I love the crime genre and RC even has crime in her novels, but you get the gist though.

RC, I’m gutted for you my love. I really am. Thank you so much for all the books, all the tears (both sad and happy), all the laughs, all the weird looks from people when you actually laugh out loud in public. All the gasps and smirks and snorting. All the joy and uplifting spirit. All the hard work and passion you’ve given us for the last ten years. You are a queen and a talent like no other that we will all miss desperately.

To anyone who does not know who Rebecca Chance is where the hell have you been? You so better go get your head stuck right into one of her books. Believe me, you will NOT be disappointed at all. I am re-reading from the start again now to make myself feel better. Her books will be available underneath all linked up so you can purchase and piss yourself with pleasure. It’s all glamour and honesty and just absolute reading bliss. She’s something completely off the charts and mesmerising. I sound like a lick-arse here, but I honestly do not give a riding shite. It’s the truth and you know the truth is all I do.

Love as always,

N 💔

P.S… Mile High is currently on offer for 99p on amazon. BARGAIN! So there’s no excuse really not to grab a copy. Goes amazing with a wine you know. Or a gin for that matter. Or a cuppa tea. Or anything really.

P.P.S… You could go check out her other work that’s available under Lauren Henderson too if you want like, but right now I’d stick to RC and read them after 👍🏻

📚RC’s boss book list.

Divas

Amazon

Apple/ibooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

Bad Girls

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

Bad Sisters

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

Audiobook

Killer Heels

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Bad Angels

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Killer Queens

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

Bad Brides

Amazon

Book Depository

Mile High

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Killer Diamonds

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Killer Affair

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Audiobook

Bad Twins

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Audiobook

Naughty Bits

Amazon

Apple/iBooks

Kobo

Rebecca Chance was born in Hampstead to international art dealer parents, and grew up in the exclusive millionaire’s row surroundings of London’s St John’s Wood. Tiring of her cushioned, privileged existence, she ran away to Tuscany to live a wild bohemian life on a wine-making estate, where she lived in a 14th century villa in a Chianti vineyard, partying with artists, learning Italian, and picking grapes. But big city life was calling her, and after staying in Rome and Porto Ercole, she moved to Manhattan, lured by the glamorous single-girl existence and nonstop nightlife. She spent a decade living the Sex and The City dream in SoHo, equally at home in an uptown penthouse on Fifth Avenue overlooking the Metropolitan Museum, or downtown dancing on the bar of the Coyote Ugly for kicks. Eventually, a handsome American husband in tow, she moved back to London to settle down (as much as she can) and finally fictionalize some of her most exciting and glamorous experiences into her bestselling blockbuster novels.

Rebecca’s interests include trapeze, pole-dancing, watching “America’s Next Top Model”, and cocktail-drinking.

Links to RC: (Her Facebook is legendary)

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Goodreads

Go buy all the books

Proper gutted 💔

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – A Year of Second Chances by Kendra Smith.

Hello my gorgeous book geeks.

How are we all today?

As you can see I am hosting day number seven on the blog tour for Kendra Smith’s fantastic new release, A Year of Second Chances.

Let’s go…..

💕Blurb: Three women. Three very different lives. One life-changing adventure.

Charlie is a single mum unlucky in life. Her multiple jobs make barely enough to feed the family cat, never mind being able to give her son the life he deserves. So when an opportunity to make a lot of cash comes along, she simply has to take it.

Suzie has always wanted to be a mother. But fate has been cruel and now time is running out. Soon her final frozen egg will be destroyed and her last chance of having a baby will go with it. With her husband resolved to their childless life Suzie takes matters into her own hands.

Dawn is about to turn fifty and seems to have misplaced her mojo along with the car keys. But with an interfering mother-in-law and a gaggle of judgemental mums at her children’s school, it’s proving harder to find than a decent fitting bra. Especially after a series of highly embarrassing incidents…

Over the course of a year three lives are about to collide and as they do be prepared to laugh, cry and fall in love with these women as they discover how life can give you a second chance.

💕My Thoughts: What started out as a book I was ready to lash on the CBA pile or the DNR pile as it’s known too most. I decided to stay with it and to be honest I’m glad I did.

A Year of second Chances is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a fast-paced, easy read.

It really is a lovely book, written well with an honest and genuine plot. A cast of characters that to me somehow should not fit together, but do which makes it just that bit more special of a friendship.

It’s catty and funny and dramatic and warm and most of all real. And when something is real, then we feel it more. So to read a book like that is always worthwhile. This one for sure is.

Real life.

Real love.

Real problems.

Real friendships.

Real women.

Real reading!

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

3.5/5

💕Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

💕Book Details:

Title: A Year of Second Chances.

Author: Kendra Smith.

Genre: Fiction & Literature/Women’s Fiction.

Length: 288 Pages

ISBN: 1789541875

ISBN-10: 1789541875

ISBN-13: 978-1789541878

ASIN: B07R3C27NP

Publisher: Aria.

Publication Date: June 20th 2019.

💕About the Author:

Kendra Smith has been a journalist, wife, mother, aerobics teacher, qualified diver and very bad cake baker. She started her career in Sydney selling advertising space but quickly made the leap to editorial – and went on to work on several women’s magazines in both Sydney and London. With dual Australian-British nationality, she currently lives in Surrey with her husband and three children.

You can learn more about Kendra and her work by using the following links:

kendrasmith.co.uk

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

So that’s me, I’m afraid. Short and sweet today this one. I know you’ll all go grab a copy of this read especially because it’s currently only £2.45 for the ebook!! I know, right? Bargain! And because it’s Wednesday you’re allowed wine. Perfect combo! Perfect price! Winner!

As always thank you so much for joining me here today on TBGWP! You are all absolutely amazing.

Also huge thanks to Kendra herself and my fairy book mother of Aria, our Vicky for inviting me into the tour.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay by Ali McNamara.

Hiya you lot, you all ok?

Thank you as always for joining me here at TBGWP and giving me your support.

Today I am honoured to be co-hosting day number two on the wonderful Ali McNamara’s blog tour for her upcoming release, Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay.

🌈Blurb: The sun is shining on the golden castle on Rainbow Bay – and change is in the air!

Amelia is a single mother, doing her very best to look after her young son, Charlie – but money is tight and times are tough. When she first hears that she is the last descendent of the Chesterford family and that she has inherited a Real-Life Castle by the sea, Amelia can’t quite believe her ears. But it’s true!

She soon finds that owning a castle isn’t quite the ticket to sorting out her money problems that she’d first hoped: she can’t sell, because the terms of the ancient bequest state that any Chesterford who inherits the castle, must live there and work towards the upkeep and maintenance of the family home. So ever-practical Amelia decides to uproot her little family and move to this magnificent castle by the sea.

Living in a castle on the beautiful Northumberland coast is fun at first, but organising the day-to-day running is a lot more complicated than Amelia first imagined. Luckily she has help from the small band of eccentric and unconventional staff that are already employed there – and a mysterious unseen hand that often gives her a push in the right direction just when she needs it most. It’s only when she meets Tom, a furniture restorer who comes to the castle to help repair some antique furniture, that Amelia realises she might get the fairy-tale ending that she and Charlie truly deserve…

🌈My Thoughts: Ali always gives us more than a normal romance read and book ten does not differ.

Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay is a beautiful read. It’s exciting and funny and dramatic and over the top. Everything you want in escapism.

For me though the best thing about the read is the honesty and love that comes from it. The love between the characters and the constant reminder of equality and how much for granted we should not be taking anything in life.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

4/5

Full review will be posted after publication day.

🌈Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

🌈Book Details:

Title: Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay.

Author: Ali McNamara.

Genre: Romance.

Length: 384 Pages.

ISBN-10: 0751574325

ISBN-13: 978-0751574326

ASIN: B07M6LB85C

Publisher: Sphere

Publication Date: 27th June 2019.

🌈About the Author:

Ali McNamara attributes her over-active and very vivid imagination to one thing – being an only child. Time spent dreaming up adventures when she was young has left her with a head bursting with stories waiting to be told.

When stories she wrote for fun on Ronan Keating’s website became so popular they were sold as a fundraising project for his cancer awareness charity, Ali realised that not only was writing something she enjoyed doing, but something others enjoyed reading too.

Ali lives in Cambridgeshire with her family and two Labradors. When she isn’t writing, she likes to travel, read, and people-watch, more often than not accompanied by a good cup of coffee. Her dogs and a love of exercise keep her sane!

You can find out more about Ali and her work by visiting her by using the links below.

www.alimcnamara.co.uk

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Goodreads

So that’s me.

Thank you once again for joining me today and for your constant support.

Big thank you to Ali herself for being a boss in the Romance Genre and giving us ten wonderful books!

And as always huge thank you to the fabulous Clara over at LB for inviting me onto the tour and sending me out ARC’s.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – A Modern Family by Helga Flatland.

Hi everyone.

How are you all? I hope you’re all doing wonderful and if not, then I hope good and love will come your way soon.

Today I’m hosting on a book I can only describe as refreshing. It’s not my usual thing, but you know yourself sometimes we get an inkling about something and it pulls us into it. I’ll fully admit it to you all, I am a book snob. I judge books by their covers and I’m old enough and have been in this field for so long that I should really know better. You know what though? Like this one, I secretly love getting my eye wiped and being wrong.

Let’s go…

🔸Blurb: Liv, Ellen and Håkon, along with their partners and children, arrive in Rome to celebrate their father’s seventieth birthday, a quiet earthquake occurs: their parents have decided to divorce.

Shocked and disbelieving, the siblings try to come to terms with their parents’ decision as it echoes through the homes they have built for themselves, and forces them to reconstruct the shared narrative of their childhood and family history.

A bittersweet novel of regret, relationships and rare psychological insights, A Modern Family encourages us to look at the people closest to us a little more carefully, and ultimately reveals that it’s never too late for change…

🔸My Thoughts: I have to admit to you all here that I’m still not finished with the book. I know, I’m sorry. I’ve had sufficient time and I’m a pure let down. I’ve not been to good health wise though and you all know how that goes by now. I’ve had to use all the energy I could muster up when awake for my sons 17th birthday.

I can and will say though that I am thoroughly enjoying it. It’s magnificently written and has numerous emotions being thrown at you constantly. It’s fresh and honest and real. I love all that me. Already I know it’s going to be a book I recommend fully to you all.

I’ll post my review and link it over to this tour once it’s up. Sorry for any inconvenience.

🔸Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

🔸Book Details:

Title: A Modern Family

Author: Helga Flatland

Genre: General, Modern & Contemporary Fiction

Length: 276 Pages.

ISBN-10: 1912374455

ISBN-13: 978-1912374458

ASIN: B07KGNBWF8

Publisher: Orenda Books

Publication Date: June 13th 2019

🔸About the Author:

Helga Flatland is already one of Norway’s most awarded and widely read authors. Born in Telemark, Norway, in 1984, she made her literary debut in 2010 with the novel Stay If You Can, Leave If You Must, for which she was awarded the Tarjei Vesaas’ First Book Prize.

She has written four novels and a children’s book and has won several other literary awards. Her fifth novel, A Modern Family, was published to wide acclaim in Norway in August 2017, and was a number-one bestseller. The rights have subsequently been sold across Europe and the novel has sold more than 100,000 copies.

You can learn more about Helen and her work and follow her on social media by using the following links:

Twitter

Instagram

Goodreads

Once again I’ll apologise for being a let down and sincerely hope you can forgive me.

Thank you as always for joining me here on TBGWP and giving me your time and love. It’s never not appreciated. You all keep me sane and push me to try do more. Thank you to you all for that and to you all that check in on me and make sure I’m doing ok when I’m very quiet.

Thank you also to Helga herself and to our lovely Ann over at LCPD for inviting me onto the tour and giving me an ARC copy of A Modern Family.

I’ll see you all soon.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor.

Hello, my fellow book geeks of the world. How are we all?

Guess what? I have something outstanding for you.

💌Blurb: Jennifer Cole has just been told that she has a terminal blood disease. She has three months to live — ninety days to say goodbye to friends and family and put her affairs in order. Trying to focus on the positives (at least she’ll never lose her teeth) Jennifer realises she has one overriding regret: the words she’s left unsaid. 

Rather than pursuing a frantic bucket list, she chooses to stay put, and write letters to three significant people in her life: her overbearing, selfish sister, her jelly-spined, cheating ex-husband, and her charming, unreliable ex-boyfriend finally telling them the things she’s always wanted to say but never dared.

At first, Jennifer feels cleansed by her catharsis. Liberated, even. But once you start telling the truth, it’s hard to stop. And, as she soon discovers, the truth isn’t always as straightforward as it seems, and death has a way of surprising you ...

💌My Thoughts: Do I hear you all asking for a summer read?

Well then, here you go! I honestly don’t think you will find a better one.

A controversial, thought provoking, extremely moving, witty and beautifully inspiring read.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

💌Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

💌Book Details:

Title: Death and Other Happy Endings.

Author: Melanie Cantor

Genre: Fiction & Literature

Length: 320 Pages

ISBN-10: 1787631389

ISBN-13: 978-1787631380

ASIN: B07HR6RHJL

Publisher: Bantam Press/Transworld Digital

Publication Date: June 13th 2019

💌About the Author:

Melanie Cantor was a celebrity agent and publicist for over thirty years. Her clients included Ulrika Jonsson, Melinda Messenger and Melanie Sykes.

In 2004, she hosted a makeover show on Channel 4 called Making Space and in 2017 having just turned 60 she was scouted on Kings Cross station, subsequently appearing as a ‘real model’ in the most recent Dove campaign.

She turned her hand to writing in 2008. Death and other Happy Endings is her first published novel.

You can learn more about Melanie by using the following links:

Twitter

Instagram

Goodreads

Short, quick and easy one for you my loves. An impressive one though, for sure. I can’t wait to hear what you all think about the book.

Thank you as always for your support and time. I promise it means more than you’ll ever know.

Huge thank you to Anne over @LCDP and Melanie herself for inviting me onto the Death and Other Happy Endings tour. I know you’ll all go wish Melanie a happy publication day and then buy a copy of her book because you’re all dead kind like that.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School by Bernard O’Keeffe.

Hiya you lot, you all ok?

Today I’m last host and finishing off on a fantastic tour for an even more fantastic book.

Of course I have an extract for you, oh how I love an extract 😂 and the normal TBGWP book deets.

Let’s go….

🔵Blurb: Ruby has had a difficult year to say the least. Just before she started Sixth Form, her father died from a heart attack. In the months that followed Ruby became so depressed that she attempted suicide. She missed a lot of school, but now she’s about to go back and she’s worried. Is she well enough to get through her final year? Will the depression return? Should she apply to university? The night before term begins, Ruby finds something that makes the prospect even more daunting: an envelope addressed to her in her father’s handwriting. Inside is a list: ‘Ten Things I Hope You Do Before You Leave School’. It makes no sense. She can’t understand why he’d want her to do these things, let alone whether she’ll be able to do them.

As Ruby navigates her way through UCAS, parties, boyfriends and A-Levels, she decides to give the list her best shot, but her efforts lead her into strange situations and to surprising discoveries.

Will Ruby survive her last year at school? Can she do the ten things on The List? Will doing them make any difference?

🔵Extract:

🔵My Thoughts: I’m sitting here in tears. I do not know what to say, which is huge thing because as you all know by now I NEVER shut up!

First of all, I need to say this. As a mother with a child currently in sixth form. Who for years has agonisingly battled with mental health. However, was extremely lucky and strong enough to be able to spin it around and use it as a complete advantage to better himself. This book scares me, but it absolutely brings home everything a parent of this age would want to know and understand. It is heartbreaking.

O’Keeffe has honestly given us something truly humbling here. A raw, ferociously honest read full of poignancy and humour. He has meticulously researched his cause and has put it into a wonderful book. A fantastic and rare plot with endearing characters which free flows just right. It’s honest and a very now book! It shows the real world of child/teen/young adult mental health and how much pressures are put on children every single day. Which is an incredible thing to bring light too. Also, not forgetting the loss of a loved one, especially a parent. Grief is very important to try understand whether it be child or adult.

I am so sorry! I am just chatting pure shit here aren’t I? Sorry! 🤦🏻‍♀️

I’ll finish this absolutely AMAZING review 👀

by saying this is an engaging, thought provoking absolute pleasure of a book. Being able to be with Ruby as she goes through the list and tries so hard to find her feet is an absolute pleasure. It deserves a huge platform where Ruby and her voice are heard and more people can engage and learn. I applaud O’Keefe greatly and could not recommend this book to you more. In fact, I think if you have a teenager who does read that they should have a copy ASAP. You also need a copy. Yeah you there reading this.

Superb!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

🔵Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Waterstones

Book Depository

🔵Book Details:

Title: 10 Things To Do Before You Leave School.

Author: Bernard O’Keefe.

Genre: Children’s Fiction/YA & Teen.

Length: 275 Pages.

ISBN-10: 1913036707

ISBN-13: 978-1913036706

ASIN: B07PMSJPW3

Publisher: Acorn Independent Press.

Publication Date: 05/03/2019.

🔵About the Author:

After graduating from Oxford, Bernard O’Keeffe worked in advertising before training as a teacher. He taught for many years, first in a North London comprehensive, then at Radley College, where he was Head of English, and most recently at St Paul’s School in London, where he was Head of Sixth Form. 

He has reviewed fiction for Literary Review and The Oxford Times and, as an editor of The English Review, has written over a hundred articles for A Level students on subjects ranging from Nick Hornby and Roddy Doyle to Jane Austen and Shakespeare. In 2013 he published his first novel, ‘No Regrets’.

You can learn more about Bernard and his work, or get in touch by using the links below:

Author website

Twitter

Goodreads

That’s it, tour finished! Thank you of course to you lot for joining me and giving me your constant support. And of course to Bernard himself and Anne over at LCDP for inviting me into the tour.

N😘

Today’s post is dedicated to my beautiful friend Carly who passed away in March. Today would have been her 40th Birthday.

Happy Birthday Carly ❤️

LADIES, PLEASE GO FOR YOUR SMEARS!

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, reviews

BT – Summer on the Italian Lake by Lucy Coleman.

Happy Tuesday book geeks. How are you all?

Today I’m hosting on the second part of Lucy Coleman’s blog tour for her lovely new novel Summer on the Italian Lake.

🌤Blurb: Bestselling Brianna Middleton has won the hearts of millions of readers with her sweeping – and steamy – love stories. But the girl behind the typewriter is struggling… Not only does she have writer’s block, but she’s a world-famous romance author with zero romance in her own life.

So the opportunity to spend the summer teaching at a writer’s retreat in an idyllic villa on the shores of Lake Garda – owned by superstar author Arran Jamieson – could this be just the thing to fire up Brie’s writing – and romantic – mojo?

Brie’s sun-drenched Italian summer could be the beginning of this writer’s very own happy-ever-after

🌤My Thoughts: Unfortunately I don’t have my review for you today. Don’t worry I’m 76% through, but as you know sometimes life and the kids get in the way. As soon as I’m finished it will be up for you to read. I’m enjoying the read a lot. It is one of those books that you melt into. Escapism at its finest.

If you think you might fancy it you can actually read a sample from the book on iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo and Lucy’s website to make sure it’s definitely one for you. Links are below.

🌤Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

🌤Book Details:

Title: Summer on the Italian Lake.

Author: Lucy Coleman.

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance/General Fiction (Adult).

Length: ebook: 288 Pages. PB: 402 Pages.

ISBN: 1788541561

ISBN-10: 1788541561

ISBN-13: 978-1788541565

ASIN: B07HPD2KNV

Publisher: Aria.

Publication Date: 05/02/2019

🌤About the Author:

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

You can learn more about Lynn and Lucy and their books using the following links:

Author Website

Facebook

Twitter

GoodReads

So that’s me done. Quick and easy for you all today. Thank you so much for joining me here today on TBGWP and for your continuous support. I seriously appreciate it.

Big shout out to Lynn herself and Vicky over at Head of Zeus for inviting me onto the tour.

Right I have to go, I have a date with a Toblerone and the rest of this beautiful book.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – All The Lonely People by David Owen.

APOLOGIES AS TOUR DATE FOR ME WAS 24/01/19. MOTHER DUTIES CALLED. ALL IS WELL.

Hello strangers. Long time no see hey? I know I’ve been awol for a while haven’t I? Guess what though? I’m back! Wooo 🥳

I’m taking it slowly, but I’m here and that’s the main thing. And what a way to come back too. Today is my day celebrating the fantastic David Owen and his even more fantastic book All The Lonely People.

Ready? Let’s go.

💾Blurb: Everyone tells Kat that her online personality – confident, funny, opinionated – isn’t her true self. Kat knows otherwise. The internet is her only way to cope with a bad day, chat with friends who get all her references, make someone laugh. But when she becomes the target of an alt-right trolling campaign, she feels she has no option but to Escape, Delete, Disappear.

With her social media shut down, her website erased, her entire online identity void, Kat feels she has cut away her very core: without her virtual self, who is she?

She brought it on herself. Or so Wesley keeps telling himself as he dismantles Kat’s world. It’s different, seeing one of his victims in real life and not inside a computer screen – but he’s in too far to back out now.

As soon as Kat disappears from the online world, her physical body begins to fade and while everybody else forgets that she exists, Wesley realises he is the only one left who remembers her. Overcome by remorse for what he has done, Wesley resolves to stop her disappearing completely. It might just be the only way to save himself.

All the Lonely People is a timely story about online culture – both good and bad – that explores the experience of loneliness in a connected world, and the power of kindness and empathy over hatred.

💾My Thoughts: I am loving the surge happening in the YA/Teens/Children’s Fiction genre that is purposely trying to lift young people up. Trying to make them see real life, see themselves, see each other. To be kind, not only to yourself, but to others. To understand that yes, life isn’t a bed of roses, but hey you can get through it. To try stay strong even when you don’t think you can. And not allow your fears to pierce deep enough to ruin you! It is so fucking amazing! And I am so inspired by the authors giving us books like this to read. Making a bloody difference!! You are all superstars!

David Owen is one of those authors I’m praising. All The Lonely People is everything and more I have mentioned above. He has given us a poignant, startling, fascinating and heart wrenching take on self-identity, feminism,

online bullying, trolling, right-wing hate groups, anxiety, depression, fear and friendship…. no seriously, the list is on going. It is more than just good.

Now you will know what I’m like and that I’m seriously hard to please so of course I have to be honest with you and me here. I defo heard the groans then from you all 😂 so I enjoyed the book immensely. The premise is remarkable. It’s original. It’s giving out love and hope to the world, it’s true and it’s living, but and it’s a big but mind, I needed more. I know, I know 🤦🏻‍♀️ It’s two small things do nothing excessive or damning.

Why? So without going to much into it and spoiling the book here because I really do recommend you read it and I’m not being responsible for spoiling anything.

1) It lacked depth of character. I wanted to know more about Kat and Safa. Their back stories are very important especially Safa’s who we don’t get told anything about which is frustrating.

2) I also found that dismissing online friendships and just concentrating on the toxic side of the internet was very harsh. There are going to be a lot lot of people who will read this book because of the pull of loneliness. I’m guessing that they may just question themselves, if like Kat, they spend more time online with friends that they do in what I suppose is real life. Real life is the internet too though and friendships are made every single day. They should never be dismissed.

This is so hard to explain. I’m not dissing this at all, I think Owen has portrayed the twat side of the internet perfectly, he really has. However, for someone who writes with such care and honesty that could have been incorporated into the read somehow.

Now I’ve got that of me chest back to the good!

I honestly recommend this book to any age group, gender, sexuality, anyone who has ever felt lost, lonely, insecure or/and afraid. So obviously the whole world then. It has the same message to us all. You are you and you should be proud of that. You should always relate kindly to others, but most importantly to yourself. Be empathetic, be courteous, be love and be loved. You are important no matter what anybody says or does! You have something to offer this world. You are the only one of you and the only one who can offer that uniqueness and light inside you to others. It’s a great book. In fact, it is a wonderful book and I honestly with all my heart hope it gets the recognition it deserves. Even though I’m a bad tit who took a point away from it. Sorry David 👎🏻

A rambling mess of a review for sure but it’s 4am I’ve just finished reading and I’m a tad bit angry at the world right now for the shit inside it and the horrors that take joy into being dismissive, volatile and horrible. Be kind people, you never know what’s happening behind closed doors and in people’s lives.

Can I just say here as well that as a mother of two teenage boys who used to read a lot and now don’t I’m going to try my absolute best to get them to read this because I think it would be extremely beneficial to them. I’m also going to be speaking to their school too. I am going to see if I can donate copies to their library so the children there who may never get a chance to see or hear about it, do. I am so glad I didn’t grow up in a digital world that’s for sure.

Go buy this book! It’s a small light of hope for the forgotten and a whole lot of love for the world.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

4/5

💾Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

💾Book Details:

Title: All The Lonely People.

Author: David Owen.

Genre: YA & Teens

Length: PB: 320 Pages. EB: 2.3MB

ISBN: 9780349003207.

ISBN-10: 0349003203

ISBN-13: 978-0349003207

ASIN: B07F2G214L

Publisher: Atom

Publication Date: 10/01/2019

💾About the Author:

David Owen resents the fact that he was not raised by wolves and was therefore robbed of a good story to tell at parties. He turned to fiction to compensate for his unremarkable existence. He studied created writing at The University of Winchester, where he went on to teach for three years. David is the author of two novels: Panther (2015) , which was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and The Fallen Children (2017). David works in the travel industry, and mostly thinks about biscuits.

You can learn more about David and his books using the following links below to his Website/Blog and Twitter.

DavidOwen

Twitter

So my guys that’s me done. Thank you so much for joining me today. I’ll apologise again for the rambling mess of a review and the lack of content. I know you all love my extracts. The book is available to buy though AND you can read an example of it via AppleBooks too. Winner!

Thank you to David Owen himself and to the lovely Sophia over at Little Brown for inviting me into the tour. Kudos also to Atom for being stars and sending me out a fab ARC package.

Love as always, N 😘