#CoverReveal: COMING HOME TO HOLLY CLOSE FARM by Julie Houston @juliehouston2 @aria_fiction

Today, it’s my absolute pleasure to take part in the cover reveal for Julie Houston’s new novel. COMING HOME TO HOLLY CLOSE FARM is published by Aria on 5th February 2019.

Isn’t this cover beautiful? It makes me think of spring and summer, of sunny and warm days.

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Julie Houston’s novels are heart-warming, full of joy and completely addictive. Perfect for all fans of Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell.

Charlie Maddison loves being an architect in London, but when she finds out her boyfriend, Dominic is actually married, she runs back to the beautiful countryside of Westenbury and her parents. Charlie’s sister Daisy, a landscape gardener, is also back home in desperate need of company and some fun.

Their great-grandmother, Madge – now in her early nineties – reveals she has a house, Holly Close Farm, mysteriously abandoned over sixty years ago, and persuades the girls to project manage its renovation.

As work gets underway, the sisters start uncovering their family’s history, and the dark secrets that are hidden at the Farm. A heart-breaking tale of wartime romance, jealousy and betrayal slowly emerges, but with a moral at its end: true love can withstand any obstacle, and, before long, Charlie dares to believe in love again too…

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Julie Houston is the author of THE ONE SAVING GRACE, GOODNESS, GRACE AND ME and LOOKING FOR LUCY, a Kindle top 100 general bestseller and a Kindle #1 bestseller. She is married, with two teenage children and a mad cockerpoo and, like her heroine, lives in a West Yorkshire village. She is also a teacher and a magistrate.

Website: www.juliehouston.co.uk

Twitter: @juliehouston2

Facebook: @JulieHoustonauthor

 

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#BlogTour: MURDER IN THE DARK by Betsy Reavley @BetsyReavley @Bloodhoundbook @damppebbles

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Without a motive, how do you identify the killer?

Imagine a quaint little bookshop. Outside the snow is falling. Inside the shelves are stacked with books by authors waiting to be discovered. What could be better?

When Tilly Edgely lands a position working at Ashton’s bookshop in Cambridge she thinks she’s found her perfect job. But one winter’s morning, when she arrives to open up, she discovers the body of her boss suspended from the ceiling, hanging by a rope around his neck.

DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to the scene and quickly find themselves searching for a twisted killer whose identity and motive are nearly impossible to trace.

But just when they think they have the murderer in their sights, another body shows up throwing the case wide open…

Who is behind the killings and why?

The police have their work cut out and key to unlocking the gruesome mystery might be found right under their nose.

But one thing is for certain, this killer will leave you hanging…

 

It’s snowing, it’s almost Christmas time. It should be a joyful time, but not for Tilly, a young veterinary student in Cambridge. To pay her studies she works at Ashton’s bookshop. The owner of the shop, Dennis Wade, is nice and polite so it’s a complete shock when, one morning, Tilly finds him hanging from the ceiling. And what at the beginning appeared to be a suicide, it quickly turns out to be a murder. DCI Barrett and DI Palmer are called to investigate, but it’s not easy to find a killer when it seems there is no reason why someone would want to kill the victim.

Gruesome murders, a twisty plot, and engaging characters created a suspenseful and gripping thriller. The novel is full of surprising and unexpected revelations that keep the tension high. The story kept me guessing and until the end, I couldn’t figure out the who and why of the murders.

MURDER IN THE DARK is told from many points of views, from Tilly to the detectives investigating the murder, from the victim’s wife to his employees. The author focuses not only on the murder, but she also describes the personal lives of the characters involved in the story. The characters are described psychologically and emotionally. We read about the grief of the victim’s family, about the detectives’ personal problems, and about the psychological consequences suffered by Tilly after finding her boss’ body, making both the story and the characters more realistic and relatable.

MURDER IN THE DARK is a thrilling, immersive, and well-written novel, a good read to enjoy during the Christmas holidays, and I’d like to thank Emma Welton and Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour of this suspenseful novel.

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betsy reavleyAuthor of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Murder at the Book Club, Frailty, Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.

As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.

She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.

In her early twenties she moved to Oxford where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.

Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”

Betsy Reavley currently lives in Cambridge with her husband, 2 children, dog and quail.

 

Betsy’s Social Media Links:

Twitter https://twitter.com/BetsyReavley

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BetsyReavleyAuthor/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Betsy-Reavley/e/B00I970NY4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1544003078&sr=8-1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7730760.Betsy_Reavley?from_search=true

 

#BlogTour: THE PART-TIME WORKING MUMMY by Rachaele Hambleton @PTWMUMMY @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n ‏

The Part-Time Working MummyPublication: 12th July 2018 – Trapeze Books

Want to know the truth about what life is like as a mum and step-mum with a chaotic patchwork family?

This book is everything I’ve been through that’s made me who I am, plus the lessons I’ve learned from many mistakes. I hope that it will make you laugh as well as give you strength to keep going when times get tough. After all, we are all in this together…
Rachaele, aka Part-Time Working Mummy

Hundreds of thousands of fans flock to the PTWM page online and now, in this book, Rachaele shares her behind-the-scenes experiences with single parenthood, unexpected pregnancydomestic violencerelationshipsbullying and much more – spreading kindness amidst the craziness along the way!

 

Welcome to my stop on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Tour. Before taking part in the blog tour I had never heard of Rachaele Hambleton and her online page PTWM, but after reading the blurb I was really intrigued and I couldn’t wait to read it.

Even though the title includes the word “mummy”, this is not only the story of a mother and stepmother, it is also the story of a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife. It’s the story of a woman. In recounting her story, Rachaele Hambleton is honest and relatable. We get an insight into the life of a woman whose life was far from easy since her childhood. From her parents’ divorce to dropping out of school, from a series of bad relationships to her pregnancies, from finally finding the love of her life to becoming a stepmother, the author doesn’t leave anything out. With a clear and fluid and writing style, Rachaele Hambleton shares the most important difficult, emotional, and happiest moments of her life.

Moving, entertaining, and honest, the book addresses themes that are current, common, and, unfortunately, too real, like domestic abuse, bullying, and post-partum depression. I found heart-breaking some of the experiences that the author shares in the book, both her personal experiences and the ones from other women. I shed a few tears to some of the stories I read.

PART-TIME WORKING MUMMY. A PATCHWORK LIFE is not only the memoir of a determined and hard-working woman, it is also a guide to women and mothers who found themselves in her same situation. She gives advice, she bravely shares her own experience, making the book more relatable and realistic. The book is engrossing and engaging. One moment, I found myself crying and, a few pages later, I would be laughing. I couldn’t put it down and I’d like to thank Tracy Fenton for inviting me to take part in it.

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#BlogTour: 25 DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS by Poppy Alexander @SarahWaights @orionbooks @alexxlayt

25 Days 'Till ChristmasPublication: 28th November 2018 – Orion

Kate Potter used to love Christmas. A few years ago she would have been wrapping her presents in September and baking mince pies on Halloween, counting down to the countdown to Christmas. But a few years ago, everything was different. That was before Kate’s husband went away with the army and didn’t come home. Now she can hardly stand December at all.

Kate’s lonely. She doesn’t think she’s ready for romance, but she needs more than this, and her son Jack needs a Christmas to remember. What Kate needs is a Christmas miracle, and if there isn’t one on its way, she’ll just have to make her own.

So begins Kate’s advent countdown to the best Christmas ever.

She has it all planned out, but you can’t plan for the unexpected, and when the path of the loneliest woman in town crosses with that of the loneliest man, she just might find a way to save Christmas for all of them…

 

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for 25 DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS. This is another Christmas novel that I really enjoyed this year (I have lost count of how many I have already read so far, and they are all really good!). 25 DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS is romantic, heart-warming, and completely captivating. It is a story of love, friendship, and family with likable and entertaining characters and an evocative atmosphere.

Kate and Daniel don’t know each other but they meet every year during the Christmas period when he goes to buy a Christmas tree at the store she works. Daniel only knows Kate as the Christmas Tree Girl while Kate remembers Daniel as the man who arrives with a woman on a wheelchair. Only this year is alone. While Kate, a single mother to a six-year-old boy, is struggling with her job, problems at her son’s school, and making ends meet, Daniel is dealing with his loss and spending his first Christmas alone.

Kate is a strong and resourceful character. She is raising a child alone, she hates her job and her lascivious boss, she struggles financially, and she has to deal with problems at her son’s school. Nevertheless, she manages to make the Christmas period special both for Jack and for her by creating an advent calendar full of fun Christmassy activities to do everyday. Daniel is too good to be true. He is sweet and kind, he volunteers, and he’s always ready to help other people. His relationship with Kate sometimes borders to stalking, but in a cute and sweet way, and I really liked this character.

The author created a captivating and enjoyable novel with well-crafted characters. There is romance, there are emotional moments, there are funny and entertaining moments. There are Christmas trees, lights, decoration, snow, and even Christmas miracles. 25 DAYS ‘TIL CHRISTMAS is the right novel to read and get you in a good and festive mood and I’d like to thank Alex and Orion for providing me with an early copy of the book.

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#BlogTour: CHRISTMAS MIRACLES AT THE LITTLE LOG CABIN by Helen J. Rolfe @HJRolfe @rararesources

Christmas miracles for amazon and websites etcPublication: 6th December 2018

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?

Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.

Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?

Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.

Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.

 

I love Christmas. I love the decorations, the music, the snow, the food, and the festive feeling. And I love the Christmas novels that come out at this time of the year. I love their heartwarming and cosy atmosphere, the beautiful stories, and the evocative settings. And CHRISTMAS MIRACLES AT THE LITTLE LOG CABIN meets all these requirements, starting from the setting. The author chose two beautiful locations for this novel. One of them is Manhattan that I think it’s one of these places that turns magical during the Christmas period. The other is Inglenook Falls, a small town outside of New York, that with its Christmas markets, snow, isolated cabins, and general good feeling gives a real atmospheric tone to the novel.

The protagonists are engaging, realistic, and very likable. Holly is a journalist who left her well-paid job at a magazine to go freelance and become her own boss. Her first assignment is to cover a new luxury hotel at Inglenook Falls and it’s here that one day she stumbles upon Mitch’s remote cabin. Following a bad few years, Mitch has isolated himself from the rest of the world and spends his time in the woods surrounding his cabin where he occasionally sells beautiful Christmas trees. Holly and Mitch couldn’t be more different: where she is cheerful, friendly, and outgoing, he is reclusive, ill-tempered, and stubborn. But their meetings were entertaining and they were the part of the story I mostly looked forward to reading.

The plot is romantic, engrossing, funny, and overall Christmassy and it made me wish I was reading it in front of a fireplace while sipping hot chocolate.

This is the fourth book in the New York Ever After series and I am sorry to say I haven’t read the first three books, yet, but I am definitely going to do it soon. If, like me, you’ve just found out about this fabulous series, you won’t have any problem following the story and the characters in CHRISTMAS MIRACLES AT THE LITTLE LOG CABIN, as the novel can be read also as a stand-alone. I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for introducing me to this faboulous series.

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Author Photograph Helen Rolfe (4)Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

Social Media Links 

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Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Miracles-Little-Cabin-After-ebook/dp/B07HJ78RWY

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Miracles-Little-Cabin-After-ebook/dp/B07HJ78RWY

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#BlogTour: THE UNINVITED by J. A. Baker @thewriterjude @Bloodhoundbook @damppebbles

J.A. Baker - The Uninvited_coverPublication: 3rd December 2018 – Bloodhound Books

A fragile woman. An unwelcome intruder. A house full of secrets.

Faye and her husband Hugh have had a traumatic year. Wanting to start again, the couple decide to buy a large rundown property, Cross House in a village in North Yorkshire, hoping to leave the past behind them.

However, the tranquillity is soon ruined when Faye begins to awake, every night, to the sound of somebody creeping around the bedroom. She tries to explain it to Hugh, frightened for the safety of their children Aiden and Poppy, but Hugh dismisses her claims, thinking she is heading for another breakdown.

But when Faye discovers some diaries that contain secrets about the family that lived in the house before them, she starts to wonder if the intruder might be closer to home than she first thought.

Obsessed with finding answers, Faye is determined to learn about the Wentworth family, a fractured family with a tragic past.

And when she discovers that Hilary Wentworth fell to her death down the stairs in Cross House, Faye realises she is in mortal danger…

 

After a very stressful year, Faye and her husband Hugh move to a new house with their two young children. Hoping to leave their past behind, Faye and Hugh are looking forward to starting a new life in Cross House, a big house in North Yorkshire in need of renovations. However, Faye’s hopes wane when her sleeps are interrupted by the presence of someone intruding in her bedroom in the middle of the night. She can see him, but she can feel his presence and her nights are spent awake trying to protect her children from whoever this intruder is. Her life gets even more complicated when she finds the journals of the previous owner. A former journalist, Faye’s curiosity is piqued by what she finds in them and she decides to do some investigation on the family who used to live in her new home.

THE UNINVITED is a bit of a mystery novel, a bit of family drama, a bit of a ghost story. There is a possible haunted house, a presence that nobody can see, and a past full of secrets and lies. As I read the story, there was always this creepy feeling that something bad was about to happen and that gives the novel a suspenseful and chilling feeling. The author created a perfect protagonist for this story. A breakdown and a year full of worry and strain make Faye an unreliable narrator. Everything makes her nervous, her husband doesn’t seem to believe there is someone lurking in the house, so I didn’t know whether to believe her or not, which makes the novel full of twists and surprises. Especially, I loved the ending which was completely unexpected and perfect to complete the novel.

THE UNINVITED is a thrilling and immersive novel and I’d like to thank Emma Welton and Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour of this gripping novel.

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JA BakerJ.A.BAKER was born and brought up in North East England and has had a love of language for as long as she can remember.

She has a love of local history and genealogy and enjoys reading many genres of books but is an addict of psychological thrillers.

In December 2016 she was signed by Bloodhound Books who published Undercurrent.
Her second novel, Her Dark Retreat was published in October 2017 and The Other Mother was published in December 2017. Her fourth novel, Finding Eva was published in August 2018

J.A. Baker has four grown up children and one grandchild. She lives in a village near the river with her husband and madcap dog and when not working part time in a primary school, she spends her days trying to think up new and inventive ways of murdering people.

She can be reached on any of the links below and loves hearing from readers.

www.twitter.com/thewriterjude

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#BookReview: THE WINTERS by Lisa Gabriele @lisagabrieletv ‏@harvillsecker

The WintersPublication: 15th November 2018 – Harvill Secker

An addictively suspenseful new novel set in the glamorous world of the New York Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that cannot be escaped.

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter – a wealthy senator and recent widower – and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. 

As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets – the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. 

Inspired by the classic novel Rebecca, The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.

 

THE WINTERS is a story of family secrets, lies, and love. It is dark, suspenseful, and full of surprises and I’d like to thank Sophie and Vintage Books  for providing me with a proof.

The protagonist of the novel is a young woman. We never know her name, but we know she is twenty-six years old, she lives in the Cayman Islands where she doesn’t have any family or friends. She has a job she hates and a boss who she doesn’t like. She doesn’t have any ambition or hope for the future until she meets Max Winters. He is a US senator, he is charming, handsome and he sweeps her off her feet. After a whirlwind romance she accepts his proposal and leaves the hot weather of the Caymans to move to the cold winter of Long Island where Max has a beautiful mansion, Asherley. Her dream of a happy family is quickly shattered when she meets Dani, Max fifteen-year-old daughter, who seems to be set to make her life miserable. Not only the unnamed protagonist has to deal with a moody and spoiled teenager but she also has to face the memory of Rebekah, Max’s first wife who died in an accident two years earlier.

The author created well-crafted characters that develop greatly throughout the novel and that kept me immersed in the story. I liked the protagonist of the novel. She is haunted by the memory of Rebekah, her beauty, her confidence, especially since everybody around her doesn’t miss the chance to bring her name up, so the protagonist feels insecure about her relationship with Max and her role in Dani’s life. However, even though sometimes I found her a bit naïve, she is a survivor and determined. I also liked the character of Dani who, even when she was mean and acted like a spoiled brat, I found fearless, strong, and very smart.

The novel is slow-paced, so at the beginning I had some difficulty getting into the story, but the more I read the more I was absorbed in the dark and twisty plot, the atmospheric and haunting setting, and the tension that spills through the pages. If you are looking for a chilling, compulsive, and immersive story, then THE WINTERS is a must-read!