#BlogTour ~ Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove by Emily Harvale @EmilyHarvale @Rararesources

Welcome to my turn on the blog blitz tour for Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove by Emily Harvale…

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Christmas is a time for family and friends, miracles and magic, falling snow and roaring fires, fun, laughter and festive feasts. In Snowflake Cove, it’s also a time for secrets to be revealed…

Evie Starr is hoping for more than a sprinkling of magic this Christmas. The family-run Snowflake Inn is virtually empty and the Starr’s financial future isn’t looking bright. But Evie’s gran, Jessie has a secret that might help.

Enigmatic, Zachary Thorn is every woman’s dream. He’s also ex-SAS, so his secrets are classified. The Christmas Special of his feel-good, TV show is set in Michaelmas Bay – until a phone call means he’s spending Christmas in nearby Snowflake Cove.

Evie’s best friend, Juniper thinks boyfriend Darren has a secret. Evie knows he does. And Evie’s niece, Raven is hiding feelings for Juniper’s brother – who has a secret crush of his own. But the biggest secret in Snowflake Cove is the identity of Raven’s dad.

With snow falling thick and fast and secrets being revealed one after another, will everyone be snuggling up by the fire on Christmas Eve, or are some secrets best kept hidden…?

 

A big thank you to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for my review copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour!

I have already started on my Christmas reading and this was another perfect example of what a Christmas book is all about.

I have read quite a few of Emily Harvale’s books now and this is probably my favourite. It is the first in the series set in the idyllic Snowflake Cove and as soon as we were introduced to fiesty Evie, I knew I would enjoy this book immensely!

The setting is perfect, an old Inn, charmingly named Snowflake Inn, set off on its own little island run by a family of completely different characters. Although not in the best shape with a constant multiplying DIY list, it sounds perfect! I could picture everything so clearly in my mind. Emily Harvale had described everything so vividly!

We are introduced to the Starr and Thorn families, who I immediately warmed to. Zachary Thorn, ex-SSAS and now documentary maker is the perfect foil for Evie and I found myself laughing at their sparring! Evie is hoping that having Zach around filming a documentary will help turn around the fortunes of the family Inn.

There is plenty in this book to keep you occupied with all the different stories running alongside each other. There are plenty of twists along the way that kept me completely absorbed and I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page!

I was sad to finish this beautiful warm hearted and often hilarious story and am eagerly awaiting the next installment!

Christmas Secrets at Snowflake Cove is available to purchase at Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B076G4DVZH

 

 

 

 

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#Review ~ The Little Village Christmas by Sue Moorcroft @SueMoorcroft @AvonBooksUK

Today on my blog, I have reviewed the very seasonal Christmas book by the lovely Sue Moorcroft – The Little Village Christmas.

This was published by Avon Books on 9th October 2017.

 

 

Alexia Kennedy – interior decorator extraordinaire – has been tasked with giving the little village of Middledip the community café it’s always dreamed of.

After months of fundraising, the villagers can’t wait to see work get started – but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how this could have happened, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.

But help comes in an unlikely form when woodsman, Ben Hardaker and his rescue owl Barney, arrive on the scene. Another lost soul who’s hit rock bottom, Ben and Alexia make an unlikely partnership.

However, they soon realise that a little sprinkling of Christmas magic might just help to bring this village – and their lives – together again…

 

I’ve read quite a few of Sue Moorcroft’s books and they never disappoint me.  This story had a slightly deeper issue running through it and set up the storyline from the start. Although this book was set in Middledip where a few of her previous books have been located, you don’t need to have read any as this didn’t spoil the storyline at all.

We are introduced to several of the main characters, Alexia, an interior decorator who is in charge of the café refurbishment and his hoping this will launch her career. Gabe, a lovely elderly gent who is helping to fund the café and Ben, his nephew who has recently moved to be closer to his uncle and is currently fostering an injured owl!

Disaster strikes early on the story when an unscrupulous builder steals all the funds raised.  This sets up the rest of the story, along with sparks that fly between Alexia and Ben, who is also battling with his own personal issues which we come to read about.

I really loved these characters and found the storyline to be an absolute joy to read. There are some surprises along the way which kept me completely invested in seeing them succeed even though fate had dealt them a cruel hand.

This was a lovely feel good and heart-warming tale that shows people will come together to fight and overcome adversity and I fully enjoyed tagging along for the ride!

 

About the Author

Sue Moorcroft

Best-selling author Sue Moorcroft writes women’s contemporary fiction with sometimes unexpected themes. Her last book, The Christmas Promise, was published by Avon Books UK. It reached #1 in the UK Kindle chart and did well in mass market paperback both in the UK and in Germany (WinterZauberKüsse). Her new book, Just for the Holidays, is already a best-seller in several categories.

Sue has won the Best Romantic Read Award, been nominated for a RoNA and is a Katie Fforde Bursary winner. She also writes short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and writing ‘how to’.

An army child, Sue was born in Germany then lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK. She’s worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a typesetter, but is pleased to have wriggled out of all ‘proper jobs’.

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#BlogTour ~ Know Me Now by C J Carver @C_J_Carver @BonnierZaffre @Emily_BookPR

Welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Know Me Now by C J Carver!

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A SUICIDE. A MURDER. A CONSPIRACY.
DIGGING UP THE PAST CAN BE DEADLY . . .

A thirteen-year-old boy commits suicide.

A sixty-five-year old man dies of a heart attack.

Dan Forrester, ex-MI5 officer, is connected to them both.

And when he discovers that his godson and his father have been murdered, he teams up with his old friend, DC Lucy Davies, to find answers.

But as the pair investigate, they unravel a dark and violent mystery stretching decades into the past and uncover a terrible secret.

A secret someone will do anything to keep buried . . .

 

A big thank you to Emily Burns at Bonnier Zaffre and Netgalley for my review copy of this book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour. My review, as always, is honest and unbiased.

This is the third book in the Dan Forrester series and although I think it can be read as a standalone book, it would maybe help to have read the other two so that you fully understand the background of the characters.

I really enjoyed delving into the world of Dan, Grace and Lucy and can see this becoming one of my favourite series of books! We are reintroduced to them all following the death of Dan’s father and godson Connor and although it doesn’t seem suspicious at first, it isn’t long before matters change and we become fully immersed in each story.

The storyline goes along at breakneck speed as Dan travels to Germany, where his father died visiting friends and becomes embroiled in something that has happened in his father’s past. The story is quite chilling and I found myself gasping at each revelation. We also follow Grace and Lucy in Scotland as they are involved in trying to fathom what caused Connor to commit suicide with seemingly no reason……it fast becomes clear that the two deaths are linked – how? They seem to happen thousands of miles from each other…

This is such a well written book and I devoured it! The chapters are set up perfectly where we switch from each investigation, each one finishing so that you are desperate to keep on reading and discover what is really happening.

An excellent book that will pull you in from page 1 and leave your head spinning long after you have finished the last page..

Know Me Know is available in paperback from all good book shops on 11 January 2018 and is available in e-book on 14 December 2017.

 

About C J Carver

CJ Carver

 

C.J. Carver’s first novel Blood Junction won the CWA Debut Dagger and was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best mystery books of the year. Half-English, half New Zealand, C.J. has been a travel writer and long-distance rally driver, driving London to Saigon and London to Cape Town. Her novels have been published in the UK and the USA and translated into several languages.

 

The next stop on the blog tour is with the lovely Harry (@HarryMumford) – she is a lovely baker too!

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#BlogTour ~ The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey @scribbler_Maxi @rararesources

A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the lovely new Maxine Morrey book – The Best Little Christmas Shop!

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Come home for Christmas to the Best Little Christmas Shop – the snowiest, cosiest place you can be!

​Home for the holidays…

​Icing gingerbread men, arranging handmade toys and making up countless Christmas wreaths in her family’s cosy little Christmas shop isn’t usually globe-trotter Lexi’s idea of fun. But it’s all that’s keeping her mind off romance. And, with a broken engagement under her belt, she’s planning to stay well clear of that for the foreseeable future…until gorgeous single dad Cal Martin walks through the door!

​Christmas takes on a whole new meaning as Lexi begins to see it through Cal’s adorable five-year-old son’s eyes. But, finding herself getting dangerously close to the mistletoe with Cal, Lexi knows she needs to back off. She’s sworn off love, and little George needs a stability she can’t provide. One day she’ll decide whether to settle down again – just not yet.

​But the best little Christmas shop in this sleepy, snow-covered village has another surprise in store…

Thank you to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.

I have already managed to read some lovely Christmas books and I haven’t been disappointed!

I haven’t read a Maxine Morrey book previously but after reading her latest I will definitely be looking her up in the future.

I found this to be a lovely book to settle down with and found myself flying through the pages eager to find out that the author had in store for the characters. I love cosy books set in lovely villages and this didn’t disappoint. Add in a lovely close knit family and you have the perfect book on your hands! Cal and Lexi were lovely but also complicated characters who have suffered horrible disappointments in their lives and I was routing for them from the first chapter.

This is a lovely heart warming story and also an uplifting book about finding happiness and being brave enough to grab it with both hands.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend!

This lovely book was published on 3rd November 2017 and can be ordered from Amazon here.. http://amzn.to/2gNN2Yl

**For your chance to win these lovely prizes, please enter via the link below!**

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*Signed copy of The Christmas Project

*The Best Little Christmas Shop notebook

*Box of mini gingerbread men

*A chocolate teddy bear

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33c6949447/

 

About the Author:

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About Maxine Morrey

Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of book tokens – perfect for a bookworm!

As years went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, aswell as a book on Brighton for a Local History publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities.

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read sew and listen to podcasts. As she also likes cake she can also be found either walking or doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

Follow Maxine Morrey

Website         www.scribblermaxi.co.uk

Twitter        @Scribbler_Maxi

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Facebook    www.Facebook.com/MaxineMorreyAuthor

Pinterest    ScribblerMaxi

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#CoverReveal ~ The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans @HarrietEvans @KatieVEBrown @HeadlinePQ #TheWildflowers

Welcome to my blog for the cover reveal for the new book by Harriet Evans. Now, Harriet Evans covers are always beautiful and this is certainly no different!

First, a little about the book….

 

Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative … adulterous to the core.

They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea – the house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.

But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why. We Wildflowers took her in.

My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him … it comes for us all, sooner or later.

This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside.

 

This beautiful story is published by Headline on 3 May 2018……….and here it is!

 

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#BlogTour ~ Scream Blue Murder by Tony J Forder @TonyJForder @Bloodhoundbook @sarahhardy681 

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Scream Blue Murder by Tony J Forder…

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Mike Lynch is going through hard times. But things get much worse when he witnesses a murder in a lay-by. Snatching the victim’s car in order to get away, Mike soon makes a shocking discovery – the victim’s young daughter and her nanny are hiding in the rear footwell. This is when the real trouble begins.

Mike wants to go to the police, but the nanny, Melissa, wants to delay until the daughter, Charlie, is somewhere safe. Mike agrees to this request before finding out the seriousness of the situation, and just how much danger they are really in.

Who exactly was the man he saw murdered? And who is the man he saw pulling the trigger?

In a situation where nothing is what it seems, Mike will have to fight for his life to protect a woman and a child he doesn’t know. And when the death count rises, he will discover what kind of man he really is. 

I would like to say a big thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound books for issuing me with a review copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly and also for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.

The tag line on the cover of this book is “an action packed thriller” and I can 100% wholeheartedly agree! When I finished this book, I think I exhaled and realised I hadn’t breathed normally for what felt like the entire book. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat. I was so invested in the characters and their story that I felt I was on their journey with them experiencing it all.

Tony J Forder knows how to write an action packed thriller. That is very obvious and this is the type of book I love to read. Action packed with characters you genuinely care about and are praying it all ends well for them in the end.

There were some added twists that had me gasping (also another favourite of mine!) and kept me up reading until the early hours.

I found this to be a well written book that did keep me guessing in places and I can’t recommend enough. I can’t wait to read more…

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#Review ~ Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at The Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain @Heidi_Swain @TeamBATC @SimonschusterUK

 

 

 

‘When Anna takes on the role of companion to the owner of Wynthorpe Hall, on the outskirts of Wynbridge, she has no idea that her life is set to change beyond all recognition.

A confirmed ‘bah humbug’ when it comes to Christmas, Anna is amazed to find herself quickly immersed in the eccentric household, and when youngest son Jamie unexpectedly arrives home it soon becomes obvious that her personal feelings are going all out to compromise her professional persona.

Jamie, struggling to come to terms with life back in the Fens, makes a pact with Anna – she has to teach him to fall back in love with Wynthorpe Hall, while he helps her fall back in love with Christmas. But will it all prove too much for Anna, or can the family of Wynthorpe Hall warm her heart once and for all…?’

 

For me, there are certain books that just grab me and I know after the first chapter that it is going to be something special and will stay with me for a while. I know that my copy of this book will, in years to come, become dog-eared and well read. This book was so special that I know I am going to read this book every Christmas. For me it is one of THOSE books.

I have read other Heidi Swain books and they are all brilliant books to read. To me though, this was my favourite. As with the other books, we are re-introduced to characters from her other books which are set in this idyllic village. I always really love this in books. It feels like you are visiting old friends!

I was just pulled into this lovely world at Wynthorpe Hall and all its characters. They are all unique in their own way but I felt particular affection for Angus. Loveable Angus, the patriarch of the family who take broken Anna under their wings.

I couldn’t get enough of this beautifully written story and felt genuinely sad when the ride was over.

Please keep writing these beautiful stories Heidi as you have a fan for life here!

 

Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at The Christmas Fair is currently only 99p on e-book – an absolute steal if you ask me.

 

#Review ~ Christmas at Mistletoe Cottage by Lucy Daniels @SCMcG

I seem to be on a roll with the Christmas books at the moment and I’m really enjoying them! A big thank you to Jenni Leech at Hodder Books for sending me my review copy.

Christmas has arrived in the little village of Welford. The scent of hot roasted chestnuts is in the air, and a layer of frost sparkles on the ground.

This year, vet Mandy Hope is looking forward to the holidays. Her animal rescue centre, Hope Meadows, is up and running – and she’s finally going on a date with Jimmy Marsh, owner of the local outward bound centre.

The advent of winter sees all sorts of animals cross Mandy’s path, from goats named Rudolph to baby donkeys – and even a pair of reindeer! But when a mysterious local starts causing trouble, Mandy’s plans for the centre come under threat. She must call on Jimmy and her fellow villagers to put a stop to the stranger’s antics and ensure that Hope Meadows’ first Christmas is one to remember.

One thing’s for certain: this Christmas, there’ll be animal escapades, kisses under the mistletoe…and plenty of festive cheer for all.

This is the second book in the Hope Meadows series and although you don’t have to have read the first book, Summer at Hope Meadows, I think it would definitely help as it gives you the background of some of the characters. Plus it is a lovely start to the series so why wouldn’t you!

The cover of this book is beautiful and I fell straight back into the lovely village of Welford and it’s characters as they prepare for Christmas. We are introduced to lovely new characters in the forms of the many animals that Mandy comes across.

When someone tries to sabotage Mandy and her rescue centre, the village comes together to help. It’s a story of people coming together and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I managed to read this book over a day so I think that shows how much I enjoyed reading it!

Delighted to discover that the third book in this charming and heartwarming series is currently being written so I can’t wait to revisit these lovely characters and village soon!

I found this to be a lovely well written book and would recommend it highly.

#BlogTour ~ Fatal Masquerade by Vivian Conroy (@VivWrites) @HQDigitalUK

Welcome to my turn on the blog tour for Fatal Masquerade by Vivian Conroy, the new Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois mystery!

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About the book..

‘Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois are back in a gripping new adventure facing dangerous opponents at a masked ball in the countryside.

Masked danger…

Lady Alkmene Callender has always loved grand parties, but when she receives an invitation to a masked ball thrown by Franklin Hargrove – oil magnate, aviation enthusiast and father of her best friend, Denise – she’s never seen such luxury. The estate is lit up with Chinese lanterns in the gardens, boats operated by footmen float across the pond and the guest list features the distinguished, rich and powerful!

But below the glamour, evil is lurking. When a dead body is discovered, it forces Lady Alkmene to throw off her mask and attempt to find the true killer before Denise’s family are accused. If only her partner, Jake Dubois, weren’t hiding something from her…

This case might just be more dangerous than either of them could have imagined

 

My Review.

(Although I am part of the blog tour for this book, I voluntarily read and purchased my own copy of this book)

This is the fourth instalment of the Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois mystery but I personally think it can be read as a standalone story if you haven’t read the other books. The book gives us enough knowledge of each character to not spoil too much in the previous cases they have worked on.

I really warmed to Lady Alkmene Callender and found her a feisty character, a sort of younger version of Miss Marple (another character I love!). Her relationship with Jake Dubois is written brilliantly  and I loved their interactions with each other even though they are from completely different ends of the ‘social’ scale.

Once again they are thrown into a murder mystery following a grand ball at the family home of Denise Hargrove, Lady Alkmene’s slightly snobby best friend. Herself and Jake are determined to stop an innocent person from being convicted of the crime.

I found this to be a lovely cosy crime, which I adore reading and I was kept guessing until the last pages. A really enjoyable caper and it left me wanting more! Hopefully there will be more to come from this talented writer and the characters of Alkmene and Jake.

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#CoverReveal ~ Christmas Secrets in Snowflake Cove by @EmilyHarvale #ChristmasSecrets

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Welcome to my blog for the exclusive cover reveal of the new Christmas book by Emily Harvale.

To start, here is a little about the book…

Christmas is a time for family and friends, miracles and magic, falling snow and roaring fires, fun, laughter and festive feasts. In Snowflake Cove, it’s also a time for secrets to be revealed…

Evie Starr is hoping for more than a sprinkling of magic this Christmas. The family-run Snowflake Inn is virtually empty and the Starr’s financial future isn’t looking bright. But Evie’s gran, Jessie has a secret that might help.

Enigmatic, Zachary Thorn is every woman’s dream. He’s also ex-SAS, so his secrets are classified. The Christmas Special of his feel-good, TV show is set in Michaelmas Bay – until a phone call means he’s spending Christmas in nearby Snowflake Cove.

Evie’s best friend, Juniper thinks boyfriend Darren has a secret. Evie knows he does. And Evie’s niece, Raven is hiding feelings for Juniper’s brother – who has a secret crush of his own.

But the biggest secret in Snowflake Cove is the identity of Raven’s dad.

With snow falling thick and fast and secrets being revealed one after another, will everyone be snuggling up by the fire on Christmas Eve, or are some secrets best kept hidden…?

I have read Emily Harvale’s books previously and can confirm they are really enjoyable and just as good as her covers!

This lovely book is published on 1st November and can be pre-ordered here:  

Without further ado…..

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About Emily:

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart. Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

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I can’t wait to read – hopefully you are excited about it too!