Tuesday, 14 April 2015

*Release Day Giveaway* READY TO LOVE AGAIN by Keren Hughes

Author: Keren Hughes
Publication Date: April 14th 2015


For Alyssa Young, life has never been easy. But the hardest thing of all was two years ago when her husband Ethan committed suicide…

Moving town was her only option, she had to get out of the town where she grew up and all the buildings and people reminded her of what she had lost. 

She found a new job at Emerging Butterfly Publishing House and that was where she met editor, Chase Williams.

Although she has no romantic interest in him, he pursues her…

Of course he's good looking. He's also smart, funny, and she loves spending time with him. But Alyssa can't put the past to rest. 

He wants Alyssa to open up to him and fall in love with him the way he fell for her the moment he met her.

Can Chase convince Alyssa that the time is right and she’s ready to love again?

*This is the second novel in The Sweet Romance Series, but can be read as a stand alone*

Happy release day to me. This is the third book I have written, the second in its series. This book is very dear to my heart. I hope you all will love it the way I do. 
I have a giveaway to celebrate the release of RTLA. All you have to do is follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget and take note of the Terms and Conditions below. Simple :)

Terms and Conditions:
  • Entrants MUST do all of the entries required from the Rafflecopter widget.
  • Entrants will be contacted via email to notify them  if they win. They MUST reply within ONE week or the prize will be given to somebody else.
  • I will NOT be held personally responsible for loss or damage to the paperbacks and/or swag bag that may happen during shipping. 
  • Winner of the Second City Signing ticket should be a UK resident and able to travel to Birmingham on 18th & 19th July 2015.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Review of KEEP IT SECRET by Olivia Snow

Author: Olivia Snow
Publication Date: November 18th 2014
Source: ecopy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

After the unexpected death of her father, and her mother's emotional abandonment, Ava Veneziano's life is turned upside down...

She turns to drugs, sex, and alcohol as a way to cope with all the destruction in her life, inconsequence, she flunks a grade and loses touch with her favorite cousin Vanessa.

Five years later, Ava and her mother are reunited with the family they'd lost touch with and they end up moving into their home.

Enter Vanessa Saint John...

Vanessa is unawarely beautiful, with an overbearing and controlling mother. She's never been given the opportunity to have a boyfriend or experience life like a normal seventeen year old girl.

However, all of that changes when her cousin Ava moves in, and she finally gets the attention of Gabriel Mason.

The same boy who's also caught the attention of her beloved cousin.

*I Hereby Award This Book 5 Wings!*

I will admit, I have procrastinated over writing this review. I haven't known what to say, or how to feel. This story left me with a book-hangover the size of the country. I still don't really know what to say about it. I don't want to spoil other people's enjoyment of it. I will say this, prepare yourself for heartbreak and have a box or two of tissues at your side as you reach the end.
Ava's father dies, leaving her world in shreds. She has to become the adult and care for her mother, doing all the things for her mother that she should be doing for her daughter - she fails her daughter epically. Ava turns to drugs, alcohol and sex with multiple partners to numb the pain inside. But nothing can ever truly be enough to block out the death of her beloved father.
Then Ava and her mother are invited to live with her uncle and auntie, the Saint John's. That doesn't exactly excite Ava considering they gave up on her and didn't help out at all after the death of her father. The only person she is remotely looking forward to seeing is Vanessa Saint John, her cousin.
Once Rose and Ava move in with the Saint John's, Ava looks to hook up with the first hot guy she finds. And boy is he hot! Gabriel Mason has the looks, the megawatt smile, everything Ava needs to take her mind off her current predicament. She did not want to move in with the Saint John's so this distraction will do just nicely. But there's more to it than meets the eye. It seems that cousin Vanessa has had her eye on a boy all summer. I bet you can't guess who?!

This story really tugged at my heartstrings. It's great how it's told from dual POV's, both Ava and cousin Van. You really get a feel for both girls. One so broken and one who looks to have everything, but looks can be deceptive. Is anything really as it seems? One thing is for sure, if you scratch the surface, you will find that not all that glitters is gold. Ava and Van are about to have their hearts shattered when their worlds collide.

For only being her debut novel, Olivia Snow writes like someone who has much more experience. Keep It Secret is a beautifully crafted story and had me making an emotional connection with both the girls. It's an intense bonding experience, for sure. KIS is a page-turning novel that will have you at the edge of your seat. By the end I was in floods of tears and in desperate need of the next installment in the series, Keep It Safe.

Thank you for the chance to read your amazing book, Olivia, I felt honoured to be reading it. I look forward to the next book, but at the same time, I don't want my world shattered a second time.

Review of ESCAPE DOWN UNDER by S.M Phillips.

Author: S.M Phillips
Publication Date: July 3rd 2014
Source: e-copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

For Jess Townsend, life is about to get complicated.

Following on from her split with Josh two months ago, Jess has thrown herself into her work full throttle, making sure that the one good thing in her life remains the same.

Suddenly she is called into an important meeting at work. Absolutely petrified that she is about to lose her job, she does the only thing she knows how. Panic on the inside and walk through it with her head held high on the outside. 

Jess soon discovers she is being offered a once in a lifetime opportunity, but will she take it?

After dealing with an ex who can't let go and a broody mysterious Adonis who won't accept no for an answer, maybe the opportunity of an escape has arrived at the perfect time.

What does fate have in store and what obstacles will be thrown her way?

*I Hereby Award This Book 5 Wings!*

This is the first book in the Down Under series and boy does it kick off with a bang. Girls, hold onto your panties, you're about to meet Max Wild! 
Jess doesn't know it yet, but her life is about to get turned upside down and inside out, all thanks to a guy she spills a cup of coffee over. She's on her way to a meeting at work that will see her embark upon the journey of a lifetime, the only down side to which is leaving Jen and George, her best friends, behind. But excitement is in store for Jess from the first time she lays eyes on Mr Wild, her new business associate. She doesn't know it yet, but he is about to rock her world and shake her to the very core. It's like she's been sleepwalking through the last 8 years with Josh and now that their relationship is well and truly over and Max is on the scene, Jess feels awake, rejuvenated and alive for the first time in a long time. She doesn't know it but she is about to be thrown into emotional turbulence and her life will be never be the same. Max Wild changes Jess Townsend forever. But though he wouldn't normally show it, Max's life is about to be changed irrevocably by Jess too. Can the two of them escape their pasts and look forward to a better future, together? Can the ghosts of the past really be outrun or will things come back to haunt them? These are questions you will only find the answers to within the pages of Escape Down Under. 

This story is fast-paced, well timed and absolutely brilliantly written. There was plenty of drama that kept me hooked and sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time. I began this book when I woke up in the morning and found that I just had to finish it before bed so I ended up staying up until 1:30am. I was lucky it was my son's school holidays because it wasn't an early morning for me the next day. I couldn't put the book down. If I was cooking, it was in my hand, my multi-tasking skills were certainly tested by this amazing book, but I didn't mind one bit. 
I fell instantly in love with Max and when I finished the book I was shouting at him - at a fictional character! But we spend so much time with these characters and we immerse ourselves so fully in their world that they don't seem like mere fiction, they feel far more tangible than words on a page. As I got to the end of the book, my heart rose to the back of my throat and the tears fell hot and salty in fat droplets down my cheeks. This is one book not to be missed and I am so glad I had the opportunity to read it. 

Thank you Steph for the copy of Escape Down Under. I am looking forward to meeting you in July at Second City Signing to get my Down Under books signed, but be warned, depending where the other books lead, I may either tackle hug you or I may shout at you or maybe even both! ;)

Have You Heard About Second City Signing?

Have you heard about THE biggest thing to hit Birmingham this July? I'm talking about Second City Signing at St Andrews Football Stadium on July 18th & 19th! Who's going to be there? I hear you ask. Well, let me fill you in...

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With Jodi Ellen Malpas headlining this event, tickets are sure to sell like hot cakes. Who hasn't got her This Man trilogy and the One Night trilogy? Who isn't in love with Jesse and Miller? Well if you want to be there to meet her and many others in person, you need to buy your ticket
I am honoured to be amongst the many wonderful authors signing on the 18th. There are many authors who are there for Saturday OR Sunday, but there are also many that will be there for BOTH. Want time to meet them all? Why not make a weekend of it and visit half of the authors on each day?

I will be bringing both of the books in The Sweet Romance Series with me to sign for you, but if you want a copy of Stolen, you will need to bring your own or preorder using this form.

The Sweet Romance Series...

Hope to see you there!! :D 

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