Interview with Lynda Stacey – Choc Lit author of The House of Christmas Secrets



Today I am honoured to share an interview with successful romantic suspense author, Lynda Stacey who writes for Choc Lit. The House of Christmas Secrets is her third book, and it’s a cracker!

Here’s what Lynda had to say:-

Well, here it is. The book I always said I’d never write. For some reason I was
very nervous about writing it. I really wanted to do the story justice because
over the years I’ve watched far too many film sequels that were never as good
as the original film and for me, this made writing the sequel to House of
Secrets quite a challenge. I only wanted it to exist if it were as good as House
of Secrets, if I could bring the hall and its characters back to life, and to give
them a whole new story and plot, which again was just a little more than
difficult when I felt as though I’d tied up up all the loose ends.

My novel starts one year on from where House of Secrets ended. All of the
original cast are within the book, once again we get to meet Madeleine,
Bandit, Nomsa and Poppy, but this story follows Jess, Madeleine’s sister and
we begin where she’s wishing that this year they all have a nice, normal

However, anyone who’s read any of my books will know that nice and normal
are never part of my plot…which leaves the question… what will happen and
will Jess get the Christmas and wedding she wishes for?

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Lynda is not wrong, she does like to put her characters through the wringer, and I knew that this one wouldn’t be any different. We all fell in love with Bandit, and rooted for the sisters to find love and happiness, and ultimately peace. This book starts a year on, and Lynda’s easy flow of writing style quickly got me hooked right back into the plot. I won’t give away any spoilers, but as sequels go, it’s amazing – and another big hit for this pull no punches author. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! 5 stars from me.

Author Bio
Lynda grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire,
Her own chaotic life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.
Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit & Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star competition.
She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her husband, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.

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The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman Guest review by @Abigail_author

The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman Guest review by @Abigail_author

Great blog post here – this book is on my massive TBR list


Today I welcome back my guest reviewer author Abbie Osborne with a review of one of my favourite books of the year The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman.

Book blurb…

If you could change the past, would you?

It is only after her mother’s death that Luna begins to discover her secrets.

While in New York to settle the estate, something impossible happens to Luna. She finds herself in 1977, face to face with her mother as a young woman, in the week that changed her life forever.

If time can be turned back, can it also be rewritten? Luna becomes convinced she can save her mother from the moment that will eventually drive her to suicide.

But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will Luna have to sacrifice her own?

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book, this is…

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Blog Tour – Lay Me to Rest by E.A. Clark Rachel’s Random Reads

Delighted to have a fellow HQ author on the blog today!

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Lay Me To Rest
Some secrets never stay buried for long…
Devastated by the death of her husband, Annie Philips is shocked to discover she is pregnant with his unborn child. Hoping for a fresh start, she travels to a remote stone cottage in Anglesey, amidst the white-capped mountains of North Wales.
She settles in quickly, helped by her mysterious new neighbour, Peter. But everything changes when Annie discovers a small wooden box, inlaid with brass and mother-of-pearl. A box she was never supposed to find…
Annie soon realises that she isn’t alone in the cottage. And now she’s trapped. Can she escape the nightmare that she has awoken, or will the dark forces surrounding the house claim her life – and that of her baby?
A gripping thriller from E. A. Clark, perfect for fans of Kerri Wilkinson, Sarah Wray and Stella Duffy. You won’t be able to put it down!

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My Review

It’s a big five stars from me – I know I have been handing these out a fair bit lately, but I really have had some cracking reads recently. This book centres on tragic figure Annie Phillips, widowed and newly pregnant. Thee is a book enough just in that, but when her sister tries to give her a change of scene, that’s when all hell breaks loose!

This book is deliciously creepy, with more than a few hairs standing on end moments, and the writing is beautiful too. Clark has a wonderful writing voice that enchanted me from the off. This is a cracking book, and the ending did make me wonder…what comes next? The cover is gorgeous too, isn’t it? It’s only 99p at the moment too!
About E. A. Clark

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E. A. Clark lives Itin the Midlands with her husband and son, plus a rather temperamental cat, a rabbit and a chinchilla. She has three (now grown-up) children and five grandchildren. She is particularly partial to Italian food, decent red wine (or any coloured wine come to that …) and cake – and has been known to over-indulge in each on occasions.
She has a penchant for visiting old graveyards and speculating on the demise of those entombed beneath. Whilst she has written short stories and poetry for many years, a lifelong fascination with all things paranormal has culminated in her first novel for adults, Lay Me to Rest. The setting is inspired by her love of Wales, owing to her father’s Celtic roots.
Follow E.A. Clark on…

The Little Church by the Sea by Liz Taylorson @BooksManatee @taylorson_liz

The Little Church by the Sea by Liz Taylorson @BooksManatee @taylorson_liz


Today I am delighted to welcome Liz Taylorson to the blog with a fantastic Q&A. Welcome Liz!

Tell me about your journey to publication…

I’ve always loved writing, and when I gave up my career working in a university library to look after my children I saw it as a chance to do the one thing I had always dreamed of doing and I finally wrote MY NOVEL. I was firmly convinced it was the best novel ever written, probably up there with War and Peace, until I joined the Romantic Novelist’s Association New Writers’ Scheme (a fantastic scheme allowing novices like me to get professional critiques and advice on their work) to find that my great novel was … badly written and self indulgent! As well as not being romantic enough for romance, too romantic for women’s fiction and definitely NOT funny enough for any kind of comedy …

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Book Review: My Girlfriend’s Perfect ex-Boyfriend by Peter Jones

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My Book Review

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First of all, apologies for the late posting of this review! Work and MA work, plus family stuff is taking a lot of time at the moment and I am trying to slow down on my workload for Christmas.

This book is absolutely hilarious. Hilarious, from the title to the wonderful character that is Adrian Turner. I must admit, I didn’t like Paige in the beginning. I felt like she let Ade spin out of control a little, even though I must admit he was a little neurotic. Which is so refreshing to read, since men in books are normally so self assured – to have a hot mess like Ade is awesome! The relationship between him and his student is very funny too, and heartwarming in many places. We have all opened the x-files from time to time, and this is a refreshing take. Reading about a man feeling jealous and insecure was a nice change, and made me realise that perhaps it’s not just us women that go through these emotions!

Definitely worth a read. Thoroughly enjoyed being in his world.

To check out Peter Jones and his books, check out his Amazon page

Blog tour: Wide Awake Asleep by Louise Wise

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Wide Awake Asleep

Can you really be on the WRONG path in life?

No one knew she was driving on that stretch of road. No one saw her car leave the highway and crash into a watery ditch. No one heard the car’s windscreen smash or saw the tree branch come through to impale her to her seat. No one heard her screams.

Julie Compton’s life should have come to an end that day, but instead, that moment was the beginning of her new life as she wakes, unharmed, back in 1972 and primed to relive her traumatic childhood all over again. One flaw. She’s in the body of a stranger.

Journey back to the 70s and 80s England where Julie is forced to jump through the eras, occupying and controlling other people’s bodies she knew as a child. She must work out which destiny path was the wrong one all while wondering if her body, back in 2016, was dying in her car.

With each momentous change, her memories transform and she realises she’s not only changing her future but of those around her. She’s finally ‘living’ but does that mean she must die?

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Where to start with this book? First of all apologies for my late posting of this review, but I just finished the book and to be honest I am still processing my feelings! This is such a great book, a time travel foray into the inner workings of childhood sorrows and the impact of these events on adult life. The mother and daughter relationship underpins the whole book and is gritty and very true to life, even being set in fantasy. I started off hating the very opinionated and mean spirited mother but by the end of the story my feelings were very different. I think that many of us feel that we didn’t know our own childhood story and feel the impact of our upbringing on our adult lives, and this book deals with that perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed it  and found it very refreshing.

5 stars from me!

Intriqued? You will be – I would definitely recommend this book – I shall leave you with a juicy author bio – see you soon!

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Author Bio –

Louise Wise is a British writer and has been weaving stories all her life—and for many years, she was a ‘closet writer’ with a cupboard is full of ageing manuscripts depicting fantastical romantic adventures!

Most of her books have an element of romance, but tend to cross over into other genres, giving them a unique edge.

Her debut novel is the best-selling sci-fi romance EDEN, which was followed by its sequel HUNTED in 2013.

A PROPER CHARLIE is a romantic comedy written purely for the chick lit market, but then she decided to unite her love of all things supernatural with romance and OH NO, I’VE FALLEN IN LOVE and WIDE AWAKE ASLEEP came along.

Her other works include SCRUFFY TRAINERS (a collection of short stories with a twist). She has written numerous short stories for women’s magazines including Women’s Own and Take a Break.

She loves hearing from her readers – the good, the bad and the ugly stuff they want to share!


It’s November, we have survived Halloween and I loved the Phifer takeover! I have read two books from her, and I loved them so much that I plan to read the rest – along with Peter Jones’s new book, which so far is hilarious!

NaNoWriMo is now on and I am writing book 6, and have edits pending on book 5, so a social media break is in order – keep watching the blog for further review updates and happy November!