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 – 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 – 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 😘

Posted in 2016, Book Tours, News

BLOG TOUR: The ProblemWith Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Hi guys, Thanks so much for stopping by today. As you know, today is my day on Jennifer L. Armentrout’s, The Problem With Forever Blog Tour – Yay!

So, I’ve of course got the usual for you all to sink your teeth into, but I’m unfortunately missing a review. 🙈

I know, I know, but I’ve honestly been unwell and you all know that means I’m basically dead so no reading can be done. I am nearly finished though, and I can tell you that it is absolutely fan-fucking-tastic! I mean from the moment you open the book you are thrown into a prologue so intense, heart pounding and gripping you’re dry swallowing the lump in your throat. The book slows down slightly after that, but it is not at all done with you yet, oh no! So, yeah you could say I’m slightly enjoying it yeah😋
Ok, so you want the details and no me rambling on, right? Not a problem.


🔹Blurb: Silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.  

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone–spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of–that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.  

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out–for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.

🔸Links to buy:

Amazon (UK)

Amazon (ROW)

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

Book Depository


🔹Book Details: 

Title: The Problem With Forever.

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Genre: Teens & YA.

Book Length: 480 pages.

ISBN-10: 1848454570

ISBN-13: 978-1848454576

Publisher: Mira Ink/Harlequin Teen.

Publication Date UK:

Kindle, Hardback & Audio -01/06/2016

Paperback – 16/06/2016

Publication Date US: 17/05/2016


🔸Author Details: 


# 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math.

Jennifer also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn.

You can learn more about Jennifer and her books on her website or by visiting her on social media. (All links below)

Website

Twitter 

Facebook 

Goodreads 


So, there you have it. I’m off to finish the book and I am super excited about it. I’m hoping you’ll buy yourself a copy and let me know what you think about it by using the hashtag #TheProblemWithForever and linking me in it. (@PajamaBookGirl

Huge shout out to Jennifer and the ever so lovely Cara over at Harlequin for asking me to take part today. 

Have a great Saturday everyone.