Blog Tour: You Are Loved by Jo Platt

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Sometimes, life needs a rewrite… Author Grace Waterhouse has hit rock bottom. Her ex-husband has just had a baby with his new partner and her latest novel is… well, the less said the better. Desperate for distraction, Grace impulsively takes on a friend’s cleaning job, parachuting herself into a new social circle including an eccentric OAP, a heartbroken twenty-something and one James Brooke, an enigmatic lawyer with an unblinking stare. Add to this mix an anxious literary agent, a hairdresser who doesn’t mince words and a newly repentant ex-husband, and Grace’s career break proves to be more breathless than breather. They say that all you need is love – but what if that’s the one thing you haven’t got? The heart-warming, funny and unputdownable new novel from bestseller Jo Platt is perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Anna Bell and Joanna Bolouri.

About the Author Jo Platt was born in Liverpool in 1968 and, via the extremely winding route of rural Wiltshire, London, Seattle and St Albans, she is now happily settled in Bristol with her husband and two daughters. She studied English at King’s College London before going on to work in the City for ten years. In 2000 she escaped into motherhood and part-time employment, first as an assistant teacher in a Seattle pre-school and then was a Bristol-based secretary to her husband.

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MY REVIEW

As soon as I heard about this book, I was honoured to be on the Canelo tour. I really fancied reading this story, especially with it being about a female writer. I wasn’t disappointed either. I love books with numerous characters who are so much more than one dimensional, and these are plentiful here. I don’t like spoilers in reviews, but get ready to hate the ex! I wanted to scream at Grace – ‘Tell him to bugger off! He’s a love rat!” Life isn’t like that though, and their relationship was very interesting to follow through the book. He left quite a ripple affect in her life. Ultimately, this story was about Grace getting her mojo back, finding out what she wanted from life, and moving on. I haven’t read Jo’s books before, but she comes highly recommended from me. Excellent characters from all works of life are not easy to create, but this book is full of life.

5 stars from me!

Out now for only £1.99!

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Blog Tour: I Know Where She Is by S. B Caves

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Don’t miss this heart-stopping debut: an explosive, gripping thriller for fans of Karin Slaughter, Linwood Barclay and Karen Dionne

On the tenth anniversary of her child’s disappearance, Francine receives an anonymous note containing just five words:
I KNOW WHERE SHE IS

When a young woman approaches her the next day claiming to have sent the letter Francine wants to dismiss it as a cruel, twisted joke. But the stranger knows things that only her daughter could know. It soon becomes clear that Francine will have to go to dark places in order to learn the truth about the kidnapping.

She will discover that danger comes from unexpected places. She will do things she never imagined herself capable of.
But will Francine get her daughter back – or is it too late?

About the Author: SB Caves is a screenwriter born and raised in North London and now working on a second novel, a thriller set in the UK.

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REVIEWS

‘Caves leaves me in no doubt that she is an author to be watched. Her writing is dynamic. Her characters are flawed, unpredictable and all too human; her descriptions of the settings so realistic’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘I Know Where She Is was a rip-roaring success from cover to cover’ Blogger

‘For the first time in a while I read a book that I didn’t want to put down’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘I will definitely will be reading more books from S.B Caves’ Blogger

‘A compulsive read that has wonderful plot twists that leaves you breathless’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘A mother is tested to her limits and her reactions are mind blowing’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘I decided to start this last night and finally finished at 3am! I could not put it down’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘​This novel starts with a bang and doesn’t let up from there’  Goodreads Reviewer

‘One of the best books of it’s genre that I have read’ Netgalley Reviewer

‘Definitely one to read if you like thrillers!’ Netgalley Reviewer

 

MY REVIEW

I am really pleased to be part of the blog tour for this book, as part of the Canelo tour. Firstly, I do love the unreliable narrator type of thriller books, which I assumed this was, but it is so much more. I did gender stereotype the author too, as I assumed that the writer was in fact a woman. The reason why I thought this was because of the main character, Francine. The best part of this book is her transformation. At the beginning of the book she is just how you imagine a mother with a missing child to be: broken, abusive and abusing, isolated, alone. By the end of the book she is so much more, and I assumed the writer was a woman because of the way he portrayed just what a mother will go through, inflict and endure to get her child back. This book is dark, and delicious . I loved it – 5 stars from me.  It’s only 99p right now, so I would grab it while you can, and delve in.

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Introducing Rachel Dove and Fifty Shades Darker

Introducing Rachel Dove and Fifty Shades Darker

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I am an author and book, TV, and film geek living in Yorkshire. When I am not hanging out with my family, I am writing romantic fiction, reading books or watching my latest boxset obsession. Passionate about special needs provision; I am an adult education teacher and currently studying for my MA in Creative Writing. My special Mastermind subject would be Grey’s Anatomy and I love to test the question: which is better, the film or the book? I am currently writing my fifth book and I have secret plans to one day get Gerard Butler to star as one of my characters.

I love films and drama series, I always have and I get to the cinema whenever I can. I love to study people, plots and the way people interact in each other’s lives. I am a sucker for a good romance, a comedy, and I think the…

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Cover reveal – A Beginner’s Guide To Saying I Do by Jennifer Joyce

Today, I am honoured to share the cover for Jennifer Joyce’s 7th book! It’s the second book in the ‘A Beginner’s Guide to….’ series and it’s out on 15th August!

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So what’s the book about? Read the info here!

Ruth can’t quite believe she’s managed to snag The One but when he proposes, she can finally accept that she’s found her happily ever after. But when Ruth finds herself booking her dream church for just six weeks away, she starts to panic. You can’t plan a whole wedding at such short notice. Can you?

Trina has only just walked down the aisle, but she’s already starting to question whether they can make their marriage work. Will they survive the honeymoon period, or have they just made a very big – and very expensive – mistake?

Erin has somehow found herself agreeing to be a bridesmaid for the tackiest wedding known to man. With drunk hens, ridiculous outfits and a terrifying wedding planner, just what has Erin signed up for?

Three women. Three weddings. But who will say I do – and who will say I don’t?

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A Beginner’s Guide To Saying I Do will be published on 15th August 2017

FREE BOOK SUNDAY!

Today the sun is shining, people are enjoying the sunshine, and the books are flowing! This is the first in my new segment, free book Sunday!

No author likes to give work away for free, but it is the ideal way to find new readers. I hope you take a chance on this one, and go on to buy more from this author too. Don’t be shy to tell a friend or two either!

If you would like to feature on this blog segment, please get in touch!

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EVA POHLER

Dive into a world in which the ancient gods of Greek mythology are real.

Part paranormal romance, part epic urban fantasy, the first in this bestselling young adult series is the teen novel mythology lovers have been searching for:

Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Thanatos (the god of death). She thinks she’s manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world.

Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese’s heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.

The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

Happy reading everyone!

Author Interview – Michelle Betham

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Today on the blog I have the pleasure of speaking to Michelle Betham, who is a hybrid indie/traditionally published author that I have been reading for some years now. Thanks for coming Michelle!

Michelle Betham is an ex-media technician turned author of sexy, edgy, and sometimes quite dark romance, usually involving rock stars, movie stars, hot businessmen and bikers. But not usually all in the same book. Yet. She is both self-published and published through HarperImpulse, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

Addicted to binge-watching TV shows she struggles to think of a life before Netflix or Amazon Prime, loves rock music, tattoos – of which she has many – spicy food, superheroes (she’s a slightly obsessed Avengers fan-girl who harbours a particularly unhealthy obsession with Captain America), and Keanu Reeves – a crush that’s lasted well over twenty years, and one she blames entirely on ‘Point Break’. The original. She refuses to acknowledge any remake exists.

Her dream is to ride a Harley, visit Las Vegas, and be able to eat any amount of chocolate without putting on weight.

She lives in County Durham, north-east England, with her husband and West Highland Terrier, where she can be found most days drinking tea and making up stories.

Q1. Can you tell us a little about your current WIP?

At the minute, I can’t really say much at all, it’s a bit of a secret. What I can say, though, is that it’s a little different to any of my other books, and I’m having a blast writing it!

Q2. What’s next for the writing?

Again, it’s a bit of a boring answer because I’m currently so involved with that secret project I mentioned before. The one I can’t say much about! However, I’m also making a lot of notes on future book ideas, because they’re coming thick and fast. And I’m also genre-hopping again. It’s a habit of mine.

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Q3. In addition to your books, what kind of career have you had?

A bit of a varied one, to be honest. I started out as a secretary in an accountant’s office before leaving that job to train as a nursery nurse. I then became a one-on-one assistant for a teenager with cerebral palsy, accompanying her to school, helping her with certain aspects of lessons she found difficult, that kind of thing. And over 25 years later I’m happy to say we’re still very good friends! In 1994 I went back to college and gained a BTEC in Performing Arts before becoming a media technician at the University of Sunderland, which was the best job in the world, I loved it! But I gave it all up when we moved to Tenerife for a couple of years in 2004, and that’s when the writing bug really bit hard, because I finally had the time to pursue it.

Q4. A typical day in the life of you – what does that look like?

Well, a typical day would start at around 7.15am when me and Archie – my little West Highland terrier – go out for our morning walk. Then we have breakfast, watch some news, I do a (little) bit of housework, and then I’m usually at the desk for about half past nine. It’s a break for lunch around twelve-thirty, and that’s when I try to grab some reading time before I take Archie out for his afternoon walk, which is always welcome. It’s nice to get a bit of fresh air to kick-start the brain again before an afternoon of writing. And I stay at the desk until about five 0’clock – that’s when I let reality take over again. We make dinner, there’s more dog walking, but I always squeeze in some early evening reading, too. I can’t write in the evening. I need to switch off at some point, although, to be fair, switching off completely is a very hard thing to do for any writer, I’m sure! So, not the most exciting of days, but that’s very much a typical one at the moment.

Q5. I collect elephant ornaments (and books of course!) – do you have something you collect?

I’m slightly obsessed with mugs. I’d have a cupboard full of them if I could, it drives my husband to distraction!

Q6. If you could branch out into a different genre, which one would you choose and why?

Well, I’ve done quite a bit of genre-juggling with my books as it is, so I’ve already tried a few, but, I’ve never tried my hand at horror. And I LOVE reading horror books, I adore being scared witless by the likes of James Herbert and Stephen King. So, maybe one day I’ll have a go myself. After all, I do have a VERY dark side!

Q7. Do you have any tips for the budding novelists out there reading this?

The most important thing – never, ever give up! If you love what you, if you truly love writing, then keep going, no matter how many knock-backs you may get. And learn to love your own voice – never try to emulate anyone else. Be inspired, of course, but find your own voice, and then learn to love it.

Q8. What are you reading currently?

‘Obsession’ by Amanda Robson. Really enjoying it.

Q9. Before you start a new novel, do you plot extensively, focus on the characters, or take an idea and run with it?

Oh, I am definitely a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer! I never really plan extensively. I take an idea, make notes, create characters – I have to have the characters fairly clear in my head before I begin – but apart from that I just start writing, and let the story take me where it needs to go. Mind you, having said that, the book I’m currently working on at the minute has meant I’ve had to forget all ofthat, and for the first time ever I’ve actually had to plan a story from start to finish! It’s been an education, to say the least. A very different way of working for me, but I’ve picked up some very useful tips along the way, which is always a good thing. As writers I don’t think we ever stop learning.

Q10. Who are your favourite writers in the genre you write in?

Well, I write in a few different genres, so I’ve got favourite authors in those different genres, too. I’ve always, always loved Jackie Collins’ books for the pure escapism. Her books are my guilty pleasure. I also adore the likes of Kylie Hillman and Jordan Marie for MC (motorcycle club) romance, James Herbert and Stephen King for horror, and I’m also a big fan of Jill Mansell and Marian Keyes.

 

Thanks for coming to chat Michelle, I can’t wait to chat with you later in the summer about series writing!

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Rachel xx