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 – 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, News, reviews

BT – Secrets of Santorini by Patricia Wilson.

Hello lovely book geeks of the world.

It’s Monday, I know you all can’t be bothered, so I’ll jump in quickly on my hosted day today on bestselling author Patricia Wilson’s upcoming summer sensation Secrets of Santorini book tour.

🔸🔹Blurb: Sent away to a convent school in Dublin at the age of five, Irini McGuire has always had a strained and distant relationship with her mother, Bridget, a celebrated archaeologist who lives on the paradise island of Santorini. So, when Irini receives news that Bridget has been injured at a dig and is in a coma, she knows it is finally time to return to the island of her birth.

Reading through her mother’s notes at her bedside, Irini starts to realise how little she knows about Bridget’s life. Now, driven by rumours that her mother’s injury was no accident, Irini must uncover the dark secrets behind her family’s separation.

Will she discover the truth about her parents and her past before it is too late?

🔸🔹My Thoughts: Ok so I must say that I have I’ve never read anything by Patricia Wilson before. I know, I know, I’m a disgrace. Not only is she a bestseller she is Scouse! Letting the side down I know.

Usually this type of book is not my go to read at all. I don’t know why, but something about Secrets of Santorini immediately pulled me in and had me wanting to give it a go.

Anyway, I did.

I’m here.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I’m seriously impressed

In the sense of writing, plot, characters Secrets of Santorini is just beautiful.

Wilson writes with such depth, emotion and clarity that you completely lose yourself to the power of her words and the beautiful island of Santorini.

For me slow to get into, but worth the time invested into it. I also do not have any interest in Greek mythology either. However, it was meticulously researched and was very easy to follow for someone with no knowledge on this.

With Santorini being the go to place of the moment this is definitely a book to take with you to get more into the mood or one if you’re missing the place from your holiday there. Or last Greek holiday. Or of you’re poor like me, use it as complete escapism whilst making use of some of the sun we’ve been having here in the UK.

Just beautiful!

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

3.5/5

🔸🔹Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones – Pre-Order.

WHSmith – Pre-Order.

Book Depository – Pre-Order.

🔸🔹Book Details:

Title: Secrets of Santorini.

Author: Patricia Wilson.

Genre: General Fiction/Fiction & Literature/Historical Fiction/Mystery

Length: 496 Pages.

ISBN-10: 1785768972.

ISBN-13: 978-1785768972.

ASIN: B07JHFX5R4

Publisher: Zaffre

Publication Date:

ebook: May 16th 2019.

Paperback: July 11th 2019.

🔸🔹About the Author:

Patricia Wilson was born in Liverpool, has lived on Crete and is now settled on Rhodes. She was first inspired to write when she unearthed a rusted machine gun in her garden – one used in the events that unfolded during World War II on the island of Crete. The now elderly women involved in those events told Patricia their story, and her celebrated debut Island of Secrets (150k copies sold) was the result. Villa of Secrets (60k copies sold) was inspired by documents found in a secret room in a police station in Rhodes detailing the fate of the Jews on the island in 1944. Secrets of Santorini is inspired by frescoes found on Santorini.

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

Author website

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

So that’s me for this Monday my loves. I hope it somehow gave you hope to get to tomorrow and want you to take a look at Secrets of Santorini.

Huge thank you to of course you lot for being here with me and for constantly giving me your support. The fabulous Mrs Wilson herself and the darling Ellen over at Bonnier for inviting me onto the tour.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2019, Book Tours, News, reviews

BT – The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver.

Hello my lovely book geeks,

How are you all?

Today I am hosting day number four on the blog tour for the legendary author Jeffery Deaver and his outstanding new book, The Never Game.

Let’s go….

👤Blurb: A student kidnapped from the park.

Nineteen-year-old Sophie disappears one summer afternoon. She wakes up to find herself locked inside a derelict warehouse, surrounded by five objects. If she uses them wisely, she will escape her prison. Otherwise she will die.

An investigator running out of time.

Sophie’s distraught father calls in the one man who can help find his daughter: unique investigator Colter Shaw. Raised in the wilderness by survivalist parents, he is an expert tracker with a forensic mind trained to solve the most challenging cases. But this will be a test even for him.

A killer playing a dangerous game.

Soon a blogger called Henry is abducted – left to die in the dark heart of a remote forest – and the whole case gets turned on its head. Because this killer isn’t following the rules; he’s changing them. One murder at a time…

👤My Thoughts: Jeffery Deaver is such a huge name in the thriller genre that it’s hard not to have heard of him and his work. I shamefully however, have never read one of his books. Well, I have now obviously, but you get what I mean.

The Never Game is the start a brand new investigative series starring survivalist Colton Shaw. Shaw a very clever and self-aware man makes a living by helping out on missing people cases that offer monetary rewards. We are introduced and given little flashbacks into his life over the years to let us start to build up a relationship with him. I found him to be very endearing and I am really excited to move onto the next chapter and find out more about him. He is an original and refreshing protagonist, which is something we actually needed in this genre without realising.

Plot wise I can’t fault The Never Game. A strategic and intense line leading to an unforgettable and solid bomb. Carefully researched and superbly written. It shoves us into the gaming industry with its underlying darkness and one very dangerous criminal. One who puts his victims into survival scenarios based on a game millions are playing online called The Mystery Man.

Now, this, I actually worried about. I’m not a gamer, I know nothing of the gamer life or games themselves. Yes, I may have teenage boys who own every console available and are big into the gaming world, but my knowledge on the subject is very minimalistic. I think a lot of people will get wary of this and it may put them off from reading. For me though I didn’t need to worry. Deaver has researched well and gives us step-by-step information to help us along our way into this unknown technological world. In fact, I learned a bit about it too. My kids think I’m stupid and looked at me strangely when I thought I was able to communicate with them about it, but obviously not and I still know nothing🤦🏻‍♀️😂

No, honestly it’s fine. Do not be put off by it.

All in all I recommend this book to you 100% it is raw, emotional, complex and extremely excitingly deceptive. It’s super fast-paced and grips dangerously hard from the off. The twists are there in full to throw you off and the suspense is an absolute killer.

I could not put it down at all! No lie, the only time I did was to go and make a cup of tea when it got a bit slow in the middle. It certainly picked back up though and the double plot intertwined gracefully and dramatic. It’s one of those reads were you think you’re clever and see what’s going on and to happen only to end up getting your eye wiped so hard and bad you end up with a bloody sty!

Go read it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

4/5

👤Links to buy:

Amazon

iBooks

Google Play

Kobo

Waterstones

WHSmith

Book Depository

Audible

👤Book Details:

Title: The Never Game.

Author: Jeffery Deaver.

Genre: Crime & Thriller.

Length: 418 Pages.

ISBN: 0525535942

ISBN-10: 000830372X

ISBN-13: 978-0008303723

ASIN: B07JPXLLMZ

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: 16th May 2019

👤About the Author:

Jeffery Deaver is the No.1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.

You can find out more about Jeffrey and his work by visit his website and social media accounts that are linked below. at

JefferyDeaver.com

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

So that’s me. Thank you so much for joining me today. Your support is always amazing and I’m so grateful for it! I hope you will all go and grab yourself a copy of The Never Game so you can see for yourself how good it is. And also so it strangles you. And gives you a sty. And doesn’t let you go to bed. Totally worth it though.

Thank you to the gorgeous Becca over at Harper Fiction for inviting me onto the tour and letting me read amazing ARC’s. And a big thank you also to Jeffery for having me on the tour and giving us book geeks around the world words of wonder and amazement.

Love always, N 😘

Posted in 2018, reviews

Book Review: The Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood.

🌑The Day Of The Accident by Nuala Ellwood

Source: ARC courtesy of Penguin/VikingBooks – Thank you!

🌑BLURB: They say you killed…BUT WHAT IF THEY’RE WRONG?

Sixty seconds after she wakes from a coma, Maggie’s world is torn apart

The police tell her that her daughter Elspeth is dead. That she drowned when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river. Maggie remembers nothing.

When Maggie begs to see her husband Sean, the police tell her that he has disappeared. He was last seen on the day of her daughter’s funeral.

What really happened that day at the river?

Where is Maggie’s husband?

And why can’t she shake the suspicion that somewhere, somehow, her daughter is still alive?

🌑MY REVIEW: A slow fumbling suspenseful start that cascades so fast into a deep night-terror so dark and soul destroying it has you fighting hard to get out of it.

A violating, fearsome and mind challenging read with a complex plot and a mother lost in it all just doing what any mother would – everything!

To be totally honest here, I was pretty scared going into this read as I am a HUGE advocate for Nuala’s debut novel, My Sisters Bones. I should not have worried because with a skill, precision and mind of absolute horror she has done it again.

Clever. Original. Inventive. Exhilarating.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

5/5

🌑LINKS TO BUY:

Amazon

WHSmith

Waterstones

iBooks

Kobo

Book Depository

🌑BOOK DETAILS:

Title: The Day Of The Accident

Author: Nuala Ellwood

Genre: Psychological Thriller. Mystery & Thrillers. General Fiction (Adult)

Length: 400 pages

ISBN-10: 0241977347

ISBN-13: 978-0241977347

Publisher: Viking Books – Penguin

Publication Date: September 6th 2018

🌑ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nuala Ellwood was chosen as one of the Observer’s ‘New Faces of Fiction 2017’ for her first thriller, the bestselling My Sister’s Bones. Nuala teaches Creative Writing at York St John University, and lives in the city with her husband and son.

You can go say hello and find out more about Nuala Ellwood and get books by visiting:

Twitter

Blog

Facebook

Goodreads

Instagram

🌑If you haven’t already read Nuala Elwood’s debut My Sisters Bones then I really think you should. Links to my review and buying options.

My Sisters Bones