Blog Tour: Side by Side | Wendy Louise

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Hello folks, welcome to my official stop on the blog tour for 'Side by Side' from Wendy Louise. I am very pleased to tell you that we have an excerpt from the book, and there is also a fab giveaway at the end of this post so make sure you check that out.
Side By Side Synopsis:

What would you do if your childhood best friend, your soul mate, and the one person that means more than anyone else in the world was suddenly in front of you after disappearing from your life ten years ago?

Would you risk your stable life, to allow them back in to your heart, even after they had left you without any explanation?

Katy Lou Reynolds needs to make a choice. She can either ignore the fact that Elijah Trent is standing in the middle of the cage about to fight, or she can face him and demand answers as to why he left her.

Is it worth risking her heart for her one true love even though she knows it may get broken again, or is it better to let him walk away?

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When Katy Lou tags along with her boyfriend to an Underground Cage fight, the last thing she expects to find in the ring is her childhood best friend, Elijah. Seeing him again brings back distant memories - a drunken mother, an absent father and relentless school bullies. Most of all, it re-awakens the feelings she had for him. Elijah has always held her heart; but after he left her when they were fourteen, without a word, can she risk everything to let him back in to her life again?

Elijah is a great fighter. He channels all the aggression he suffered at the hands of an abusive father in to every fight, every time. His success feeds his lifestyle of new cities and endless women, eager to spend time with him. His one regret has always been leaving behind his best friend, Katy Lou. There's nothing he wouldn't give to see her again, but if he does, would she forgive him for leaving her and risk her heart?

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Wendy Louise Bio:
Hi, I’m Wendy Louise. I’m a wife and mum living in Melbourne, Australia. I love to read and write, and I somehow managed to fit writing this book in between my regular day time duties, which include a full-time job and life in general with two busy children.

Two years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After many surgeries and treatments, I learnt that life is short and you need to grab it while you can. I always wanted to write, and I realised that it was now or never.

You can usually find me with a few books on the go at once – whether that be reading them, or writing them. I love chocolate and trashy reality TV. It’s not unusual for me to combine all these and attempt to write, while watching an episode of the Kardashians or The Bachelor, and devouring a block of Cadbury Dairy Milk…..

I am so excited to bring ‘Side by Side’ to you all. It has been such a labour of love for me. I presently have four other novels nearing completion, so I am excited to follow this up with many more.

I hope you enjoy reading Elijah and Katy’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

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Book Review: Quinn's Gambit | Angel Martinez, Bellora Quinn

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Quinn's Gambit (AURA Book One)
Angel Martinez, Bellora Quinn

Book One in the AURA series

An unregistered human con wizard and a duty-bound, straight-laced elf cop. As New York explodes with dangerous creatures, their passion goes nuclear.

After a terrible magical accident at Berkeley created unpredictable holes between realities, all manner of non-human creatures started popping into our world. These displacements, called Random Anomalous Reality Events or RARE, have taken magic out of fiction and relocated it firmly in reality, resulting in a great deal of chaos and confusion. Displaced elf Valerian works with AURA, the Agency of Unnatural Resettlement and Assimilation, to intercept these beings as they appear in the human world, helping the peaceful ones and subduing the violent, malevolent ones. It’s good, satisfying work, and Val would be happy if he wasn’t so lonely.

Quinten is a young mage just trying to get by, but New York isn’t the easiest city to make a living in. If his methods are sometimes morally dubious, his heart is still in the right place. Of course, for Quinn, the right place means firmly locked away, protected at all costs. Living by his wits and sometimes magically induced luck, he works as a ‘freelance magic user’, or unregistered mage and small-time con, according to the authorities. The last thing Quinn wants is to draw the cops’ attention, but when an Event happens right on top of him, he’s forced to turn to AURA for help. Valerian isn’t at all what he’d expected in an AURA cop, and he certainly wasn’t expecting to join forces with the sexy elf, a snarky drow and a bitter incubus, when certain individuals in power try to stop the RARE by any means necessary.

Things are not all what they seem at AURA headquarters, and a greater evil lurks at the top than anyone could have imagined.
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My Review 

I have never read erotic fiction before, and have always been curious as to what I had heard about the genre. The closest I got to any sort of sexual scenes in books were either from Jackie Collins novels, or romantic fiction that went 'there'.

However, due to my sexual orientation the idea of heterosexual erotic fiction has never appealed to me the same way heterosexual relationships don't appeal to me. Also I guess you could say the somewhat altered perception of erotic fiction that '50 Shades of Grey' had offered to the world, lessened my enthusiasm for the genre.

So when I was contacted by the lovely Holly Gunner over at 'Totally Bound Publishing', I wasn't really in all honesty too enthusiastic. Not that I ever had anything against erotic fiction, it just didn't appeal to me in the same way that crime novels don't appeal to me. But I was curious, and I was longing to read books where the relationships were focused on same sex pairings, specifically M/M.

So I decided to give these books a go. The book I picked to read first was 'Quinn's Gambit' and as you can see from the blurb at the top of this post had a heavy urban fantasy element which appealed to my love of magical creatures and fantastical worlds. Our two main characters are Quinn and Val, and I instantly adored them both. However, I must admit that it was Val who got my heart pumping and I guess you could say I fell for him in a literary lover kind of way. He's a dark, brooding, and a very sexy elf cop who falls hard for Quinn.

Their relationship was a difficult one to start off with, both being from different worlds, and Val's lack of familiarity with many of the human customs and phrases meant there was many a crossed wire. Even the relationships between some of the secondary characters are written in such a wonderfully believable way, often displaying characteristics that made me think of my own relationship with my husband.

I was pleased to find that this book was not just a string of ridiculous sex scenes just for the sake of them. There is a wonderful story here, and it had me gripped from page one. The sex scenes however, are very well written and most certainly had me feeling a little hot under the collar. These scenes aren't just about gratuitous sex, there is a sensuality to these scenes and a strong connection between our two sexy protagonists. The idea that trust was such a huge thing for Quinn, added more realism to the book, as I feel that you really need to trust someone to allow yourself to be intimate with them on a higher level.

Everything in this book was balanced and well written, from the sex scenes to the action scenes and everything in between. Also, this is the first book that I have managed to read in a day. It was that good folks. For me it was an excellent introduction into the world of M/M erotic fiction and for those that are looking to take the plunge, then this book is a great start. I am looking forward to getting round to reading the sequel.

This is a very sexy and romantic read and I enjoyed it immensely.

I gave this book a heart stopping 10/10.

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About The Authors

Angel Martinez
The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.Published since 2006, Angel's cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You'll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don't expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.


Bellora Quinn
Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels.The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings and many with a strong BDSM flavour.

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Release Day Blitz: Beautiful Little Fool | KK Hendin

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Today is the release day blitz for BEAUTIFUL LITTLE FOOL by KK Hendin. This book is not your typical romance with the perfect HEA, but if you are looking for something a little bit shocking, and evil, this is the book for you. It will be on sale for .99¢ for a very limited time!

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Eighty seven billion dollars. One dead New York business mogul. No heirs. No wives. No relatives. Eighty seven billion dollars. Not hers yet. He doesn’t deserve them. He doesn’t know what to do with them. She does. She always has. Eighty seven billion dollars. He’s overwhelmed. She’s prepared. That will should have had her name. Not his. Eighty seven billion dollars. His looks are a bonus. Her looks are her weapon. He’s fighting a losing battle against his heart. He doesn’t know it yet. Eighty seven billion dollars. She gets everything she wants. He’s what she wants. Love has nothing to do with it. To get to where you’re going, sometimes you need to step on a few people to get there. Good thing her heels are sharp.
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KK Hendin's Bio: KK Hendin’s real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she’ll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate. KK spends way too much time on Twitter (where she can be found as @kkhendin), and rambles on occasion over at www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com.

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Cover Reveal: Secret's Don't Keep | Elora Ramirez

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Today we’re revealing the cover of Secrets Don’t Keep by Elora Ramirez! I absolutely love this cover and I’m thrilled to be sharing it with you!!  
Title: Secrets Don’t Keep Author: Elora Ramirez Release Day: August 10th unnamed (19) 
About Secrets Don’t Keep:   My name is Kera Collins, and I would do anything for a golden nod. At first glance, my life appears perfect: the best friends, the best school, the attention of Dex Albright, the deliciously irresistible grandson to the Headmaster. All I need is the prestige behind La Boheme, an elite secret society formed within the walls of my school, and my life would be complete. Once I’m in, I’ll be the one with all of the secrets. It’s just…no one told me these secrets could kill.
    
Pre-Order Now!   Exclusive Excerpt:   “Tell me again about cherry trees and spring time and eating sunbeams.” I whisper in his ear. “Why should sunbeams get all the fun?” He growls and I laugh quietly. Both of my hands are on either side of his face. I’m gripping the soft area above his neck. Our tongues meet and I press myself against him, the sparrow inside my chest turning into a phoenix, lit and ready. I wrap one leg around his hip and position myself against the shelf, pulling away just enough to look in his eyes. I want to see the clouded look that takes over when he’s lost in the feel of me. His hands grab me and I gasp. This is much, much better than Neruda. We’re a tangled piece of hormones, begging for some type of release. And then — We’re crashing against the floor, Dex covering my mouth with his hand. I start to claw at his arm because what the hell? He doesn’t waste any time. Leaning forward to where his lips begin to tickle the edges of my ear, he whispers. “Someone’s here.” I press my hands against his chest, pushing him back so I can look him in the eyes. “What do you mean someone’s here,” I hiss. And then I hear it. Or…them, actually. Soft footsteps. My eyes widen and Dex places his finger on my lips. Despite the severity of the situation, I have a strange desire to bite it. Or lick it. He sees my gaze shift downward and he hides a smile. “Behave,” he mouths. I shrug again, my shoulder scraping against the wooden floor. I stretch my neck and try to get a look at who could possibly be in the library at this hour. “Kera?” I jerk my head back toward Dex, and he looks at me in confusion. My heart thuds against my chest. I grab his wrist and pull his finger away from my lips. “Season?” Dex opens his mouth like he’s about to say something and I put my hand up to quiet him. In a heap of arms and legs, I try and make my way to a standing position but my best friend finds me bending over, Dex kneeling in front of me with his bow tie akimbo around his neck. “Kera?” I swallow and turn around, my face breaking into a smile. I’m thinking of excuses. I’m thinking of how I can explain the tête-à-tête she seems to have interrupted. I’m thinking…my eyes find hers and I gasp. Holy shit. She’s been crying. Her eyes, normally a bottomless shade of crystallized green, blink away new tears. I walk over to her, rearranging my dress with each step. “Ohmigod. Season. What happened?” I reach for her but she twists away. Her arms and legs are covered in scratches and twigs keep falling out of her burgundy curls. She moves to hide her arms and looks away for a brief moment before catching Dex’s gaze and bouncing to me. She’s skittish, and her eyes — they’ve lost all glimmer of Season. A weight settles on my chest and I fight to stand still, to not turn and run. This is not life. This is not supposed to happen. Not here. Not Season. I brush away the silence between us, willing her to look at me. I reach for her again and she startles, putting her hand up in front as a defense. She blinks and focuses on me, her eyes feral. “I knew you’d be here. I knew — I got your text an-and they said you would…” “S, what’s going on? Why — what are you doing here? Did something happen?” I wrinkle my brow and turn to find Dex walking toward us, his bowtie now perfectly positioned against his neck. He’s working on his cufflinks and staring at Season with his mouth all twisted. I can’t tell if he’s bothered by the interruption or by Season’s condition. She coughs and whimpers and I shoot her a look. “Season…” “It’s Sebastian.” She wipes at her cheeks with her hands, her fingers reaching for each other in a form of desperation. Anger vibrates against me but deeper than that, there’s a fear. A cold-blooded fear I can’t explain. Something isn’t right and I don’t know how to fix it and my best friend is standing in front of me like she’s been turned inside out and back again. Black spots fill my vision and then grow clear. “What happened. Where’s Sebastian?” I move closer and she grabs my arm. I stop and look at her. She’s shaking her head. “You know —.” Her words stumble over each other and it’s enough for me to freeze in place. I turn to look at her and she closes her eyes and takes a breath. “We were in the woods. They found us. Th-they took him.” “Who took him?” Dex steps closer, his face now the picture of concern. “Wait. Did you say someone told you we would be here?” The muscles in his cheek twitch. I reach for his hand. There are moments in life where we can spot the change coming. Whether it’s intuition or cycles or whatever, these are the seconds and minutes that turn into catalysts. Once they pass, life is forever categorized as Before and After. This is what I feel hovering above us, waiting to descend and take over. I close my eyes and wait and wonder if I can keep it from happening. Breathe in. Breathe out. If I can wish hard enough, maybe we can go back to where I’m leaning against the shelves, Dex pressing up against me. Maybe even before that — back to when I first saw him, standing with the lacrosse team the day I moved into Ivy Hall. I let go of Dex’s hand and clutch at the bottom of my dress and feel myself waver. Dex grabs my elbow. I open my eyes and find Season looking at me, tears rushing down her cheeks. “La Boheme.” she whispers. “They’re the ones who took Sebastian.”   About Elora Ramirez: 1555334_10153643110030004_531682707_n 
Elora Ramirez lives in Austin, Texas with her chef-husband. At the age of four, she taught herself how to read and write, cutting her teeth on books like Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find the space--including her Fisher Price kitchen set, the pages of picture books and Highlights Magazine. Since then, she's grown to love the way words feel as they swell within her bones. Writing holy and broken is her calling, and pushing back the darkness and pursuing beauty through story is her purpose. She embraces the power of story and teaches women from all parts of the world how to embrace theirs. She has a knack of calling things out , the truth and the detail, the subversive threads that make a life a story. She loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, music, and her husband's lavender liqueur.    
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Blog Tour: A Matter Of Time | Lisa M. Basso

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 Hello folks and welcome to my official stop on the 'A Matter of Time' blog tour from Lisa M. Basso. We have also been lucky to have a guest post from Lisa herself which you can read shortly.



ABOUT A MATTER OF TIME:

Title: A Matter of Time (Angel Sight #3)
Publication date: eBook June 9, 2015 / Paperback August 18, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Lisa M. Basso

Rayna entered Hell to save Kade. Kade entered to protect Rayna. Both have failed.

Centuries of Kade’s demons are unearthed when he is brainwashed and used as a Fallen pawn.

In the freezing pits of Hell, Ray is beaten and tortured, pushed to her breaking point. She takes a stand, firing back at her attackers though she’s only begun to understand the true strength of her wings. A strength she will need once she uncovers the evils that await on Earth.

Together they find solace, alone they will fight.

Guest Post by Lisa M. Basso


My Writing Process, Character Creation, and Journey to Publishing

Every person’s journey is different. The same goes for writers. The following is mine.

A lot of thinking goes into a story before I sit at my laptop (lovingly named Spartacus) and start typing away. Usually I’ll jot everything I can think of down by hand in a notebook. Any tiny detail about character, setting, worldbuilding, and plot will go in that notebook. And yes, everything at this point is a mess. Once I have enough information to put a base together, I’ll then pose bigger plot and character questions on a nearby whiteboard. I’ll spend more time with the notebook listing as many different answers and possibilities as I can come up with. From there I’ll eventually run into a wall which means it’s time to switch to deepening character development.

Plot is important to every story, but having a full plot without first knowing who your characters are is never a good idea. I’m a big believer in character sheets, where you list a handful of stats, questions, and goals. Character sheets are a great place to start, but, to me, they don’t hold everything I want to know about my characters. After completing a character sheet, I like to stage a character interview. Now is a good time to do this because you now know enough about them to have formed a sense of their voices in your head. The interview is the place where you get a feeling for how they speak, what their lives are like, if they’re happy, what they truly want or need. It is also where you can get answers to any questions you may still have floating around.

From here things get interesting. Sometimes I’ll finish up plotting. Sometimes I’ll dive straight into writing. Each book I write is different, therefore each goes through a different process. Really, it depends on what my darling, hateful muse feels is right.

In truth, a lot of writing is all about trial and error. Don’t be afraid to fail. With failure, success will come. Persistence will grant you a reward, just don’t give up.

Not giving up is exactly how I got published. A Shimmer of Angels, the first book in The Angel Sight series, was the very first book I queried. After editing and polishing the book to a shine, I was ready to take that next step. I did my research, wrote and rewrote query letters, and made of list of places to send it. It didn’t take long for rejection letters to start trickling in. A lot of them. Eventually, enough of them to deter me. After somewhere between six and eight months of querying, I put A Shimmer of Angels away. It hadn’t found a home, and that was okay. I was already working on another book. In a few months I had the new book polished, shined, and ready. Again I researched and wrote several query letters. While querying this second YA, I got a request for A Shimmer of Angels from Month9Books. Within a few days they requested a full, and in less than two weeks I had an offer for a three book deal. To say I was stunned was an understatement.

This was back more than three years ago. With the release of A Matter of Time, the final book in The Angel Sight series, I can’t help but think back at my journey. For all you writers out there, the only tried and true key of success I’ve found in writing is: one, love what you do, and two, never give up.


ABOUT LISA M. BASSO:


Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B.

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Blog Tour: Return To Bluebell Hill | Rebecca Pugh

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Well it has finally arrived, been published and now we are here on my stop of the official blog tour for 'Return To Bluebell Hill' by the lovely Rebecca Pugh. I have already read the book and you can find my review a little bit further down this post. But first I am thrilled to have a lovely Q&A with Becca, and we talk about her book and her journey to being published.
Firstly Rebecca I would like to say thank you for agreeing to do my little Q&A! So, how excited are you for your book debut?
Honestly, Daniel, I cannot even begin to tell you the absolutely mental onslaught of emotions that I have been dealing with during this experience so far. It’s been a complete roller-coaster. Incredibly HIGH ups, nervous-breakdowns, excitement, terror, doubt… All in all, though, I’m over the moon and so, so excited for everything that is to come. Return to Bluebell Hill is my baby and I cannot wait to share her with you all.

Could you tell us a bit more about your story and how you came up with the idea?
Of course! Well, a lot of people have asked where the idea for Return to Bluebell Hill came from and my answer is always going to be the same. Completely from my imagination. Bluebells came into it because I have a very whimsical and romantic heart, which clings to anything that is even slightly fairy-tale like. I became fascinated with the stories and myths behind the bluebells, obsessed with pictures of them covering the ground completely and turning it blue. They’re such a magical thing to look at, and can almost seem surreal, I think. I’ve always been a big romance lover, and I have a huge family, so those two aspects were included, too! Return to Bluebell Hill is a story of self-discovery, taking chances and letting go of the past. I really hope you like it!

You can tell by the way you talk that you really love to write. Is this something that you’ve always wanted to do?
Thank you! It makes me smile that you think so! I’ve always written, though none of what I wrote did I ever take seriously. They were just stories that I’d play about with, until Return to Bluebell Hill came along and the need to finish it pretty much overtook everything else. I’ve always been a passionate reader, and I think, too, that this love of books paved my way towards trying my hand at my own writing. It was always a far-fetched dream of mine.

You are currently signed with the wonderful publishers Carina UK which is a digital imprint of Harlequin UK. What made you decide to take the plunge and approach them? Can you tell us all about your journey to being published?
As you know, I’m a book blogger, and that’s how I came to know of the wonderful Carina UK and their marvelous titles. I found myself loving everything that they published and immediately jumped on any offers for blog tours and review requests. They have such a brilliant collection of authors, all extremely talented at what they do in their own rights. As a book blogger, Carina seemed to me like a big family, and the thought of being a part of it slowly began to niggle at me. When I actually submitted, I didn’t expect to hear anything back, except maybe a ‘no’. You can imagine my surprise when I got ‘the call’, can’t you? My world tilted on its axis and I couldn’t string a sentence together.

What can you tell us about your editor and the wonderful people you work with at Carina UK?
My editor is a godsend. Not only does she aid on the writing front, but she’s a calming factor when I feel like I’ve lost control. She’s incredibly clever, immensely helpful and I’m so very grateful that I have her with me. The other Carina authors are all amazing. I sometimes find myself wondering how on earth I managed to share the same publishers with them. It’s very surreal, but a wonderful feeling.

Where do you find your inspiration for your wonderful stories?
First and foremost, my imagination. That’s where everything comes from, but then after that, the idea builds with the help of music, food, people, pictures… I don’t know. I think everything factors into it, even if you don’t realise. An idea could come to me while I’m having a bath or putting a load of washing in. There isn’t really any method to my madness! ;)

Who are some of your favourite authors? Who inspires you as a writer?
Gah, so many on both counts! Jill Mansell has always been a firm favourite of mine. I have nearly all of her books on my shelf. Miranda Dickinson, Holly Martin, Rebecca Raisin, Charlotte Betts, Lucy Diamond… Honestly, I could be here forever! And in answer to your second question, I think all of the books that I’ve previously read have inspired me in one way or another.

Do you have particular genres that you prefer to read?
Yes, romance is and always has been my first love. I just adore being swept up in a romance from within the pages, one that stays with you long after you’ve finished reading the book. But, even though I love romance, I do have a tendency to enjoy a good Stephen King. His imagination is brilliant and his writing blows my mind. I’m also really enjoying psychological thrillers at the moment, too.

What can you tell us about your writing process? (How much do you procrastinate? What do you snack on? Do you have a writing 'soundtrack'?)
I procrastinate wildly. You’ll see me on Twitter when I’m not supposed to be. My boyfriend tells me off due to me wasting so much time on there. I’ve now had to start turning off the internet in order for me to concentrate on what I’m supposed to be doing. I love to have a nice cup of coffee by my side while writing, including bits and bobs like cheese and onion crisps and a Mr Kipling Lemon cake slice. I don’t have a writing soundtrack, no, but I have a little stereo that I have next to me on the desk. You’ll find me listening to an 80’s radio station most days, I love the old tunes!

So what are your plans for book number 2? (If you can tell us!)
I can’t really say too much yet, only because nothing has been set in concrete, but once I know, you’ll know. There are few ideas bouncing around in my head that I’m really excited about! I’ll be doing my usual thing of squealing on Twitter with an obscene amount of emojjis! ;)

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions Rebecca, it's a pleasure to have you on my blog.
No, thank YOU! It’s been wonderful being on your blog, and thank you so much for your never-ending support. You truly are a blessing! xxxxx

Return to Bluebell Hill

As sweet and satisfying as strawberries and cream! This British summertime, get out in the garden with Rebecca Pugh’s sparkling debut novel.

Home is where the heart is…

Jessica McAdams has never belonged anywhere; never truly felt at home. Of course, what did she expect from parents who never made her feel welcome in her own house? Leaving her life in London to return home to the charming country village of Bluebell Hill is harder than she thought. Especially as she never considered she’d be returning under such heart wrenching circumstances…

Clearing out the stunning and imposing Bluebell House after her parents’ death is difficult for Jessica—they never had the best relationship and now it’s too late. Yet spending time in the house that was never a home, having afternoon tea with dear old friend Esme—and sharing hot, sizzling kisses with delectable gardener Rueben!—opens Jessica’s eyes to the potential of Bluebell House… Could this big old, beautiful manor really be her forever home? Is Bluebell Hill where her heart is, has always been?

Jessica soon dares to dream of her very own home with delicious Rueben by her side. But when a deep, dark secret of Bluebell House is unearthed, Jessica’s world is turned upside down…
Will Jessica ever find where her heart truly lies?

An emotional tale of self-discovery, taking chances and romance! Rebecca’s unique British voice feels like coming home again and again.
  

 My Review:


This is a book I have so excited to read, and I was sent a copy from Rebecca's publisher Carina UK. The minute it arrived on my kindle I through myself into this book immediately. This is Rebecca's debut novel and many of us know her well for being a book blogger and wonderful person. She is now officially a published author and I am so grateful to have been able to get to know Becca over Twitter. I believe in Rebecca as a person and as a writer, she is a shining example of what a decent human being should be. She is humble, kind and caring and supportive of everyone around her. She spends a lot of time championing other people, and now it is her turn to be championed.

Even before I got to read 'Return to Bluebell Hill' I already had immense faith in Rebecca's ability as a writer because I spent a lot of time reading her blog. Now we are lucky enough to witness true talent in the form of her debut novel. Jessica is our protagonist in this tale and she has had a number of things to deal with throughout her life. Through feeling abandoned by her parents, and leaving Bluebell Hill to go to London, Jessica has issues revolving around trust and abandonment.

It takes the death of her parents to return to the place she vowed she would never go back to, and this is when we see Jessica begin to transform as a person. She is forced to deal with everything head on, and this really challenges her as a person and we see her develop and become stronger throughout the book.

Jessica connects again with her childhood nanny Esme, who is the sweetest most wonderful character and I think I speak for us readers in saying we all fell in love with Esme. She is kind, caring and it is clear to see how much she cares for and has missed Jessica.

Now what would a romantic fiction novel be without some kind of swooningly beautiful heartthrob. Enter Reuben. He is the local gardener who just so happens to be working on the garden at Bluebell House, which is where Jessica was raised and is now currently staying to sort out her parents affairs. There is instant chemistry but Jessica's issues with trust get in the way a number of times and there are points where you think the relationship won't survive.

The biggest twist in the plot comes in the last third of the book, which as you already know I will not spoil for you here. But I swear it is a brilliant twist in the plot and one that really challenges Jessica with her issues of trust and also her ability to forgive.

This is a bloomin' marvellous debut from an author is is clearly meant for great things. I also feel that there is enough room for a sequel to 'Return to Bluebell Hill' and I know I am not the only one to have expressed this to Becca.

I know you will be expecting this considering how much I loved this book, but I will tell you anyway. I gave this book a heart stopping 10/10

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Author Biography
Rebecca Pugh grew up in the green county of Shropshire, with a mind full of fairy-tales and happy endings. Enchanted by true love and Disney Princesses, she decided that no matter what life threw her way, she’d continue to see the world through a child’s eyes. Through the pages of countless books, her adoration of reading blossomed, and it didn’t take long for her to fall under the spell of hundreds of authors’ words.
Now, Rebecca’s own story has taken a fairy-tale like turn, and at 22, her dream has come true. With her faithful companions: Bonnie the dog, her partner, and her gigantic family by her side, Rebecca is ready to share her stories with readers who enjoy falling in love and losing themselves within beautiful, fictional worlds.
Rebecca Pugh is the author of women’s fiction and romance, her all-time favourite genres. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good swoon?

You can find out more about Rebecca on Facebook, Twitter or her Blog

 

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Two for Thursday Book Blitz

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Hello and welcome to this week’s Two for Thursday Book Blitz #T4T
presented by Month9books/Tantrum Books!
Today, we will be showcasing two titles that may tickle your fancy,
and we’ll share what readers have to say about these titles!
You just might find your next read!
This week, #T4T presents to you:
The Artisans by Julie Reece and
Nobody's Goddess by Amy McNulty
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old RAVEN WEATHERSBY gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.
To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.
Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad’s drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.
But Raven’s stepdad’s drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she’s ever known out of jail, or worse.
Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries’ clothing line, signing over her creative rights.
Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can’t imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.
But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?
The Artisans is a delectably rich, layered and dark YA Southern Gothic inspired by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s classic Beauty and the Beast.
The Artisans has all the elements I love – spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored.” ~ Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.
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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

It's truly an eerie and unforgettable book with a slightly sexy twist and I loved it.” – Jenna, Shortie Says
  
“Basically this is pretty much the best book ever”Jackie, No Bent Spines

“An electrifying retelling of Beauty and Beast with a hauntingly good twist.” – Katie, Mundie Moms

About-the-Author
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Born in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.
I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.
Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.
Then I thought I’d write one down…
Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!
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In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.
Seventeen-year-old Noll isn't in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.
Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.
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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

“It’s one of those books that has such a big twist at the end that you want to go back and reread it from the start with new information about what’s going on.”Jennifer Bardsley, Author



“Wow, this book took my breath away. The plot was very intriguing and it was unlike anything I had ever really read about before and it really pulls you in.”Mollie, Reviewer


“This book blew my mind.” – Chalyss, Reviewer

About-the-Author
Amy McNulty
Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently spends her days alternatively writing on business and marketing topics and primarily crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.

Connect with the Author:  Website Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Blog Tour: Wishing Cross Station | February Grace

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Hello folks, I am very excited for my stop on the official Wishing Cross Station blog tour from the lovely February Grace. I have been lucky enough to be able to share with you an excerpt from the book, and also a wonderful guest post from the author as well.

About the Book

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Title: Wishing Cross Station
Author: February Grace
Genre: Fantasy
A dark fantasy romance from the author of GODSPEED and OF STARDUST…
Don’t stay a moment longer than you have to. Don’t say too much. Don’t pollute the timeline.
When nineteen-year-old college library page Keigan Wainwright is sent to pick up a private donation of books for the school’s collection, he has no idea where one of those books will take him, or what it will take from him.
Retracing a powerful man’s footsteps through the past, Keigan finds himself caught in the same dangerous trap: falling in love with a woman he was never meant to know, and uncertain he will ever find his way home.

Excerpt 

In my head, an entirely different soundtrack was playing, and it had Seymour’s voice.
When you get to the roundhouse, pay attention to the center pit, he’d admonished, and made me write down. Aurelia Belle’s pit. Beneath it, just ahead of where they stop her when they pull her into the shop for the night, is where you’ll find the uneven cinderblocks in the floor. They wobble, just a little. The entrance to the tunnel is beneath them.
Suddenly, I noticed my pack vibrating against my back. I thought maybe it was my phone again, but then I remembered no, I’d stuffed it in my front pocket. Something in the bag was shaking.
A low hum emitted from it then, and I noticed people around me were beginning to stare.
“Sorry, alarm on my phone,” I lied, and I stepped to the back of the roundhouse, by the entrance. The farther away from the center of the house I got, the less the vibration, and I realized, thinking back on what Seymour had said, it could only be the book.
My heart leapt into my throat. Was it possible?
I set the bag down on the floor by a bench just inside the door for a moment, shook my head to try to clear it, and then moved closer again so I could listen to the man before me finish his presentation. When he asked for questions, I waited until the rest of the small groups within had wandered to the overhead platform to take photos before I leaned in to ask mine.
“So, there aren’t any hidden passageways in this place, are there? You know, for employees to use? Like they have in other theme parks?” I was beating around the bush, trying to circle inward.
He laughed, though it was a nervous sound. “No. We’re not like other theme parks.” He rolled his eyes, uttering the words with disgust. “We are a living historical monument. An educational beacon to people all over the country.”
“So you are,” I replied. Then I went for it. I leaned closer to him and whispered. “There aren’t any secret tunnels beneath the floor?”
“No, there aren’t,” he replied quickly, certain of himself. “That would make a great story, though, wouldn’t it?”
“Yeah, it would. Thanks.”
I pulled the guide map to the Park from my jacket pocket and unfolded it again. Looking it over, I realized something I hadn’t before. “You’re shutting down for the season soon?”
“Yes, we’ll spend a few weeks getting ready and then shut the place down entirely from late December to April.”
“A shame,” I replied. “I bet it’s pretty in winter.”
“It is, but it’s a nightmare to work here and horrible on the equipment.”
I nodded my thanks and moved on. I retrieved my backpack, slowly climbed the stairs up to the observation deck, and looked down. The man was busy giving his speech—the same one—to a new group of tourists who were all recording him with their smartphones and tablets.
I took in every detail of the roundhouse, and I had to admit, everything was still exactly the way Seymour had described it to me, even though he hadn’t officially worked there in two decades and hadn’t been well enough to make a casual visit to the Park in one.
What lay beneath the stained, sooty cinderblock floor? Why was the book vibrating when it got close to Aurelia Belle’s pit? Could it possibly conceal the way to reach a world I couldn’t begin to imagine?
 

Guest Post: The Finer Points

When I had the spark of an idea for Wishing Cross Station, I realized the book was going to require a lot of attention to detail, and, if it were going to feel real to the reader, quite a bit of on-location research at the closest thing I could find to the fictional backdrop for the story.
So we got into the car, drove about an hour, and visited the closest place I could find. I was going to be writing about the concept that there could be a way to travel back in time hidden somewhere beneath the railroad roundhouse at a historical theme park: so I went to the Midwest’s last working roundhouse, located in a historical theme park called Greenfield Village.
Greenfield Village, built by auto industry legend Henry Ford, is famous worldwide for things like its recreation of Edison’s Menlo Park workshop and the Wright Bros. bicycle shop.
The adjacent museum (simply called The Henry Ford) is famous for artifacts such as the chair Lincoln was sitting in when he was fatally shot, and the limousine Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated.

That may sound rather morbid— and some of the museum’s artifacts definitely are— but others are more light-hearted. Like a life-size Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. But I digress.
In Greenfield Village there is a treasure trove of information and sights to see for the railroad enthusiast, history buff, or anyone who is interested in writing a novel about the idea that there could be a passage through time located somewhere inside a historical theme park.
I found the locations that helped me the most in choosing details to include in the book were the roundhouse itself (the gentlemen there were very helpful answering questions) the preserved Stationmaster’s house (also helpful, the curator there) and the preserved General and Jewelry Stores, which house well over 5000 antique pieces between them.
Standing in the small jewelry shop and looking into the cases of vintage rings and watches really helped me hone in on the important points I wanted to detail in the book.
At the Stationmaster’s home, I learned most rail lines required their Stationmasters to be married, family men, because the family often served as free workers at the station.
I learned about the workings of a steam engine. I learned so much, I ended up with dozens and dozens of photos, video, and written and voice-recorded notes. I could never hope to include them all in the story without bogging the reader down in minutiae. So I kept the most important parts, and tucked the rest away in memory.

It is my hope these details help to bring the fictional world of Wishing Cross Station to life: that they will immerse the reader in not only the experience of traveling back in time with Keigan Wainwright, but in the world he finds himself stuck in once he gets there.
I did my very best to be true to the time it was set in… I promise you.
It is my hope you’ll read, and be touched by, Wishing Cross Station. My heart is truly in this story.
Thank you so much for hosting me today!
~F.G. 

Author Bio

February Grace is an author, poet, and artist from Southeast Michigan. In previous novels, she has introduced readers to characters with clockwork hearts, told of romantic modern-day fairy godparents, and reimagined a legend, centuries old. Now, in her fifth novel with Booktrope, readers will board the special at WISHING CROSS STATION and embark on a trip through time. She is more than mildly obsessed with clocks, music, colors, meteor showers, and steam engines.

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Twitter: @februarygrace
Goodreads: Goodreads
Amazon (Paperback): Amazon (Paperback)
Amazon (Kindle): Amazon (Kindle)
B&N: B&N

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