#BookReview: MALICE by Heather Walter @heatherrwalter5 @DelReyUK #Malice

Publication: 13th April 2021 – Del Rey

The princess isn’t supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this darkly magical retelling of Sleeping Beauty, true love is more complicated than a simple fairy tale. Perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Holly Black.

Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who cursed a line of princesses to die, and could only be broken by true love’s kiss. You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily-ever-after.

Utter nonsense.

Let me tell you, no one actually cares about what happens to our princesses. I thought I didn’t care, either. Until I met her.

Princess Aurora. The last heir to the throne. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though it was a power like mine that was responsible for her curse.

But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating – and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world.

Nonsense again. Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I-

I am the villain.

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I am thrilled to welcome you on my stop of the blog tour for Malice, the beautiful new novel by Heather Walter.

In the Kingdom of Briar, humans, Fae, and Graces live seemingly in peace. Born human women, the Graces draw magic from their blood to make elixir and charms. To those who ask they can give beauty, wisdom, charm… Among them there is Alyce. She is half Vila, her blood the color green. Her fellow Graces tease her, the servants at the lair keep their distance, and everyone else recoils at her sight. Those who are looking for ugliness pay for her elixirs. She is the Dark Grace, the villain of this story.

“I am reviled and despised for the very reason I’m sought out. A figure in the dark, evil magic. A member of race all but stamped out. A Vila. A monster.”

One night, Alyce meets Aurora, the cursed princess: everyone in the kingdom is waiting to see if she will find true love or if she will die. Aurora is the only one who doesn’t turn away from Alyce, she wants to be her friend and Alyce wants to help Aurora to break the curse cast by her ancestors.

Malice is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but the princess has a secondary role in the story. The protagonist is Alyce and she is an excellent protagonist. Abandoned and tortured as a child for who she is, Alyce is looking for freedom. All her life, she’s been told that she is a monster, that she shouldn’t be alive, and yet the list of clients who seek her elixirs and her help is long. People fear her, but is she really the villain in the story? And when you are constantly called a mongrel, a beast, a wicked creature, maybe it is time to become one…

Malice is dark, original, and addictive with an intriguing plot, an incredible world-building, a kiss that can break a curse, a fantastic villain that you can’t help but love and feel for, and a twisty and superb ending that left me wanting for more. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

A huge thank you to Rachel and DelRey for providing with a beautiful proof of this terrific novel.

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Heather Walter is a debut novelist, graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, a former English teacher, and now she works as a school librarian in Austin, Texas. As an LGBTQ+ author, Heather is passionate about telling and championing queer stories, and loves writing about what-ifs, flawed protagonists, and re-imagined history. Her favourite characters are usually villains. “I wrote MALICE for anyone who harbours a seed of villainy in their hearts. Aluce dwells in the shadows between good and evil – perhaps more like us than we care to admit. This book is about the weak unlocking their strength, and the power and poison of love. A fairy tale that aims to hold a mirror to our darkest truths.”

#BookReview: THE PRISON HEALER by Lynette Noni @LynetteNoni @HodderBooks

Publication: 13th April 2021 – Hodder & Stoughton

At Zalindov, the only person you can trust is yourself.

Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan is a survivor. For ten years, she has worked as the healer in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, making herself indispensable. Kept afloat by messages of hope from her family, Kiva has one goal and one goal only: stay alive.

Then one day the infamous Rebel Queen arrives at the prison on death’s door and Kiva receives a new message: Don’t let her die. We are coming.

The queen is sentenced to the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals. Aware the sickly queen has little chance of making it through the Trials alive, Kiva volunteers to take her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom.

But no one has ever survived.

And with an incurable plague sweeping Zalindov, a mysterious new inmate fighting for Kiva’s heart, and a prison rebellion brewing, Kiva can’t escape the terrible feeling that her trials have only just begun.

From bestselling Australian author Lynette Noni comes a masterful and action-packed YA fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir.

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Ziva Meridan has been in Zalindov prison since the age of seven, when she was imprisoned together with her father accused of being a sympathizer of the rebels. Ten years later, she’s become the prison healer, welcoming new prisoners and using her father’s remedies to cure her fellow prisoners. Because of her job, the other prisoners call her the Heatless Carver and the Princess of Death, but that’s how Ziva survived, by being submissive and keeping her head down, while waiting and hoping for her family to free her.

One day, the Queen of rebels is brought in. She will have to face the Trial by Ordeal, four tests that will either prove her innocence, if she passes them all, or kill her in the process. However, the Queen is too ill to take part in the trials and Ziva offers herself as her Champion. If she passes all the trials, both her and the Queen will be free. The problem? No one has ever won the Trial by Ordeal. And while Ziva is trying to stay alive during the Trial, she is also busy figuring out what is the stomach virus that is hitting and killing many of the prisoners.

I loved this book. I was completely engrossed in the story and Ziva is an incredible heroine. She is strong and determined, and, trust me, she will take you completely by surprise. She prefers to be on her own, not only because she hopes to leave the prison soon, but also because not many survive Zalindov prison, however, she finds a few friends and allies: Naari, the calm and mysterious guard who has no problem to look the other way when she needs to; Jaren, the charming new prisoner who is always there for her and who doesn’t take the hint that she is not interested in forming a relationship inside the prison; Tipp, the energetic young boy who has become like a brother to her.

The story is intriguing, well-written, and carefully-plotted and the ending is explosive. You won’t see it coming, it will shock you, and it will leave you wishing that the second book, The Gilded Cage, had already been published!

A huge thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of this incredible book.

#BookReview: YOU LOVE ME by Caroline Kepnes @CarolineKepnes @simonschusterUK

Publication: 1st April 2021 – Simon & Schuster UK

Joe Goldberg is back. And he’s going to start a family – even if it kills him.

Joe Goldberg is done with cities, done with the muck and the posers, done with Love. Now, he’s saying hello to nature, to simple pleasures on a cosy island in the Pacific Northwest. For the first time in a long time, he can just breathe.

He gets a job at the local library – he does know a thing or two about books – and that’s where he meets her: Mary Kay DiMarco. Librarian. Joe won’t meddle, he will not obsess. He’ll win her the old fashioned way . . . by providing a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand. Over time, they’ll both heal their wounds and begin their happily ever after in this sleepy town.

The trouble is . . . Mary Kay already has a life. She’s a mother. She’s a friend. She’s . . . busy.

True love can only triumph if both people are willing to make room for the real thing. Joe cleared his decks. He’s ready. And hopefully, with his encouragement and undying support, Mary Kay will do the right thing and make room for him.

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After reading Hidden Bodies I thought it was game over for Joe Goldberg, the man who always gets away with murder, but I am thrilled that he is back and ready to find a new love. Leaving behind New York and Los Angeles (and quite a few bodies), Joe is ready for a fresh start in Bainbridge, just outside of Seattle, where he’s bought a house and he volunteers at the local library. And here meets his next obsession: Mary Kay DiMarco, librarian, mother, and good friend. Mary Kay is too busy to give her full attention to Joe: her teenage daughter has an obsession with mass-shooting serial killers, while her friends are always in need of her attention. But Joe wants to be good this time and tries to control his instincts, even though it is not always easy. Also, Joe discovers that he has his own stalker/blackmailer with a taste for art who follows each of his moves. And it is not easy to get rid of people when you are constantly watched…

I think this is my favourite book of the series. The plot is twisty, chilling, addictive, and full of dark humor. Joe is still the same twisted (I hope never to cross my path with someone like him) and yet amazing and well-developed (I can’t stop reading about him) protagonist. He targets people who are flawed, self-destructive, and, sometimes, with much more psychological problems than he has.

I love the author’s writing style and the way she structures the novel. You find yourself right inside Joe’s mind as he explains to his current victims his actions, his motives, and his emotions in a way that you know it’s disturbed, but also makes you understand him.

I don’t think it would be difficult to read You Love Me as a stand-alone if you haven’t read the first two novels (You and Hidden Bodies), but I highly recommend you read them because they give you a lot of background on Joe’s character and story… and also because they are gripping and suspenseful and really worth a read!

A huge thank you to Jess and Simon & Schuster UK for providing me with a proof of this thrilling read which is out today!

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Caroline Kepnes is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Her first novel YOU was translated into 19 languages and shortlisted for a CWA New Blood Award. Her second novel HIDDEN BODIES is a sequel that Booklist describes as ‘the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman’. Caroline earned a BA in American Civilization at Brown University and worked as a pop culture journalist on Entertainment Weekly and a TV writer on 7th Heaven. She now writes full-time and lives in Los Angeles. A 10 episode TV series based on YOU will premiere on Lifetime Network in 2018.

#BlogTour: THE LITTLEST LIBRARY by Poppy Alexander @SarahWaights @orionbooks

Publication: 18th March 2021 – Orion

It’s only the beginning of her story…

Jess Metcalf is perfectly happy with her quiet, predictable life – it’s just the way she likes it. But when her beloved grandmother passes away and she loses her job at the local library, her life is turned upside-down.

Packing up her grandmother’s books, she moves to a tiny cottage in a charming country village. To her surprise, Jess finds herself the owner of an old red telephone box, too – and she soon turns it into the littlest library around!

It’s not long before the books are borrowed and begin to work their magic – somehow, they seem to be bringing the villagers together once more…

Maybe it’s finally time for Jess to follow her heart and find a place to call home?

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I am delighted to welcome you on my stop for the blog tour of The Littlest Library, the fantastic new novel by Poppy Alexander.

The protagonist of the novel is Jess Metcalf, a young woman in her thirties. She is likable and realistic, a woman everyone can relate to. Jess has decided it is time to move on. After the death of her grandmother Mimi, who has raised her after the death of her parents, and after losing her job at the library, Jess really needs a fresh start and a car drive leads her to the village of Middlemass where she impulsively buys a house with a red telephone box outside. Jess quickly falls in the small community, making new friends, attending the local council meetings, and setting up the red telephone box as a library. The only thing spoiling a bit her new life is her arrogant and moody new neighbour Aidan. Will Jess and Aidan ever get along? And will she find a job that will allow her to remain in Middlemas?

The Littlest Library is an engaging, easy, and fun read. The characters are easy to like and well-drawn. I loved the beautiful and vivid descriptions of the scenery (that made it easy for me to imagine the village of Middlemass in my head) and of the food (that made my mouth water).

If you are looking for romance, friendship, and family, then The Littlest Library is the right read for you. You will also find a strong feeling of community and belonging and themes of grief and new beginnings.

Poppy Alexander is an author I always enjoy reading and The Littlest Library is definitely one of her must-read! Highly recommended!

A huge thank you to Ellen and Orion for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a proof of the novel.

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Poppy Alexander wrote her first book when she was five. There was a long gap in her writing career while she was at school, and after studying classical music at university, she decided the world of music was better off without her and took up writing instead. She takes an anthropological interest in family, friends and life in her West Sussex village (think, The Archers crossed with Twin Peaks) where she lives with her husband, children and various other pets.

Poppy’s first book – 25 Days ‘Til Christmas – has been translated into several languages.

She is generally lurking on social media so search for PoppyAlexanderBooks on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Poppy also writes as Rosie Howard.

#BlogTour: EVERY LAST FEAR by Alex Finlay @HoZ_Books

Publication: 2nd March 2021 – Head of Zeus

Keep your family close, because your enemies are closer.

University student Matt Pine has just received devastating news. Nearly his entire family have
been found dead while holidaying in Mexico. The local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI
aren’t convinced – and they won’t tell Matt why.

The tragedy thrusts his family into the media spotlight again. Seven years ago, Matt’s older
brother, Danny, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his teenage girlfriend. Danny has
always sworn he was innocent, and last year, a true crime documentary that claimed he was
wrongfully convicted went viral.

Now his family’s murder is overlapping with Danny’s case, Matt is determined to uncover the
truth behind the crime that sent his brother to prison. Even if it means putting his own life in
danger, and confronting his every last fear.

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Happy Sunday everyone and welcome on my stop for the blog tour of Every Last Fear, the gripping new novel by Alex Finlay.

Seven years ago, eighteen-year-old Danny Pine was accused of killing his girlfriend Charlotte and he was sentenced to life in prison. His family always believed in his innocence, especially his father Evan and his younger sister Maggie, who spent the last seven years investigating the case on their own and chasing online tips, especially after a Netflix documentary put Danny’s case in the limelight.

Twenty-one-year-old Matt Pine doesn’t want anything to do with his brother Danny and his case and he is starting a new life in New York where he studies to become a filmmaker. When his family, his mother, his father, and his two younger siblings, are found dead during a holiday in Mexico, the local police considers it a freak accident caused by a gas leak, but when Matt arrives in Mexico to take their bodies back home, he realizes that maybe his family didn’t die by accident. In the meantime, FBI agent Sarah Keller also suspects foul play in the death of the Pine family and starts investigating. Did they discover something that may prove Danny’s innocence?

Every Last Fear is completely addictive. I read it in one sitting one night: I started reading it after dinner and, next thing I know, I finished it and it’s 2 am. The author knows how to keep the tension high and the readers on the edge of their seat. I don’t know how many times I thought: “I am going to finish this chapter and then I will stop reading”, and then something happened and I couldn’t put it down.

The story is told from the points of views of the members of the Pine family and FBI agent Sarah Keller. I really liked these characters because they felt very realistic and authentic. They are flawed and relatable and they have to face their problems and their mistakes. The Pine family has faced a lot during the years, including a lot of criticism and backlash in the small town in Nebraska where the homicide took place and that they were forced to leave. And yet, they never doubted Danny’s innocence and they are hopeful that they will be able to prove it. Sarah is a mother and wife who feels guilty for how much time her jobs take her away from her family. But she is also an excellent FBI agent who won’t stop until she finds out the truth.

I can’t find a single flaw in Every Last Fear: it is well-written and full of twists and surprises, it is an intriguing and engrossing page-turner that you can’t stop reading.

A huge thank you to Lauren and Head of Zeus for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a proof of this amazing book.

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Alex Finlay lives in Washington, D.C. Born in the American South, Alex spent years traversing the
globe, from a tropical island in the Pacific to a small village in the UK to a remote region in the Far
East. But it was on a trip to Tulum, Mexico that Alex was inspired to write Every Last Fear .


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#BookReview: THE SHADOW IN THE GLASS by J. J. A. Harwood @JJAHarwood @HarperVoyagerUK

Publication: 18th March 2021 – HarperVoyager

A deliciously gothic story of wishes and curses – a new dark fairy tale set against a Victorian backdrop full of lace and smoke.

Once upon a time Ella had wished for more than her life as a lowly maid.

Now forced to work hard under the unforgiving, lecherous gaze of the man she once called stepfather, Ella’s only refuge is in the books she reads by candlelight, secreted away in the library she isn’t permitted to enter.

One night, among her beloved books of far-off lands, Ella’s wishes are answered. At the stroke of midnight, a fairy godmother makes her an offer that will change her life: seven wishes, hers to make as she pleases. But each wish comes at a price and Ella must decide whether it’s one she’s willing to pay…

A smouldering, terrifying new spin on Cinderella – perfect for fans of Laura Purcell and Erin Morgenstern.

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Eleonor “Ella” was promised the future of a lady, with parties, clothes, and travels, but then her guardian, Mrs. Pembroke, got sick and died and Ella was told she had to earn her stay and became one of the servants at Granborough House. After the death of the mistress of the house, life turned grim inside Granborough House and the girls knew what would happen if the master of the house turned his attention on one of them.

As a servant, Ella knows that her future won’t be bright and it certainly won’t be the future promised by Mrs. Pembroke before her death, but she would do anything to change her life. After spending the entire day cleaning, washing, and avoiding catching Mr. Pembroke’s attention, Ella finds refuge at night in the family’s library where she hides to read stories and fairytales that allow her to escape her miserable life, at least for a few hours. One night, a woman visits her in the library offering her seven wishes in exchange for her soul. Ella wants a better life for herself and for the people she loves, but each wish comes to a cost. Is the sacrifice worth it?

I love how the author brings the reader directly into Ella’s head so that you can feel her every emotion, every fear, betrayal, heartbreak, and hope that leads Ella to make choices that will have dire consequences and will change her life. Ella is a flawed and complex character. While at the beginning I really felt for her, the more I read, the more I questioned her choices. But while I found her selfish, I could also see that she cared for her fellow servants and the people she loves.

The Shadow in the Glass is a dark and compelling retelling of Cinderella that kept me completely engrossed and it’s out now!

A huge thank you to Harper Voyager and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of the novel.

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JJA Harwood is an author, editor and blogger. She grew up in Norfolk, read History at the University of Warwick and eventually found her way to London, which is still something of a shock for somebody used to so many fields.

When not writing, she can be found learning languages, cooking with more enthusiasm than skill, wandering off into clearly haunted houses and making friends with stray cats. THE SHADOW IN THE GLASS is her debut novel.

#BookReview: YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER by Sarah Hogle @witchofthewords @PiatkusBooks

Publication: 11th February 2021 – Piatkus

Meet Naomi and Nicholas: the Perfect Couple.

Their glorious, lavish wedding is coming up in three short months . . . and they are utterly, miserably sick of each other.

Unfortunately, whoever backs out first will end up bearing the brunt of the wedding bill. When Naomi finds out that Nicholas has been feigning contentment too, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of sabotage, pranks, and all-out emotional warfare to see who can annoy the other into surrendering first.

Now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves. In fact, they’re having so much fun getting on each other’s nerves that it starts to feel like something else entirely…

Perfect for fans of Helen Hoang’s The Love Quotient and Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game, YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER is laugh-out-loud funny, painfully relatable, and bitingly smart.

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Hilarious, romantic, witty, addictive. That’s how I would describe You Deserve Each Other, the fantastic novel by Sarah Hogle. I had so much fun reading this novel, I often had tears in my eyes from laughing. The two protagonists, Naomi and Nicholas, are amazing. I adored them and their story.

Naomi and Nicholas have been together for two years. They live together and they are about to get married, but Naomi is not as excited as she should be about the wedding. His parents are paying for it and his overbearing mother is choosing everything from the flowers and the food to her wedding dress and the bridesmaids. Also, she is not sure if she still loves Nicholas, but there is no way that she is going to be the one to break it off. When she finds out that Nicholas is not so thrilled about the wedding either, they start a war and play games and pranks on each other to push the other to end the relationship.

Even though at the beginning I found the two protagonists a tiny bit annoying, I quickly grew to love them and I rooted for them and their story. Both Naomi and Nicholas felt authentic and I enjoyed their wit and their bickering and I couldn’t put the book down.

You Deserve Each Other has everything a great rom-com needs: there is a lot of humor and a lot of romance. The characters are incredible and likable (except, of course, for the villain future mother-in-law), and the writing is addictive. I can’t wait to read more from this author. Highly recommended!

A huge thank you to Piaktus and NetGalley for providing me with a proof of this novel.

#BookReview: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF STEPHANIE MAILER by Joël Dicker (Translated from the French by Howard Curtis) @QuercusBooks @maclehosepress @MillsReid11 #StephanieMailer

Publication: 4th March 2021 – MacLehose Press

A gripping new thriller with a killer twist from the author of The Truth of the Harry Quebert Affair

In the summer of 1994, the quiet seaside town of Orphea reels from the discovery of two brutal murders.

Confounding their superiors, two young police officers, Jesse Rosenberg and Derek Scott crack the case and arrest the murderer, earning themselves handsome promotions and the lasting respect of their colleagues.

But twenty years later, just as he is on the point of taking early retirement, Rosenberg is approached by Stephanie Mailer, a journalist who believes he made a mistake back in 1994 and that the real murderer is still out there, perhaps ready to strike again. Before she can give any more details however, Stephanie Mailer mysteriously disappears without trace, and Rosenberg and Scott are forced to confront the awful possibility that her suspicions might have been proved horribly true.

What happened to Stephanie Mailer?

What did she know?

And what really happened in Orphea all those years ago?

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I really enjoyed The Disappearance of Stephanie Mailer. Yes, the book is more than 600 pages and the pace is at times slow, but I was completely engrossed in the story and there are twists that I didn’t see coming.

It all starts on 30th July 1994, in Orphea, a town in the Hamptons. The entire town is excited for the opening of the first Theater Festival, but things take a dark turn when four people are murdered right before the beginning of the festival. The killer was caught and one of the detectives who solved the case is now a captain. However, twenty years earlier, that same detective, Jesse Rosenberg, is approached by Stephanie Mailer, a journalist, at his retirement party. Stephanie is convinced that the police accused the wrong man, but she disappears that same night. Since it seems that somebody wants to make sure that they never find out what Stephanie knew, Jesse starts to wonder whether they made a mistake twenty years ago and together with his then partner, Derek Scott, and newly-arrived detective Betsy Kanner, they investigate both Stephanie’s disappearance and the twenty-year-old murders.

The characters are flawed and well-developed and I especially liked how well Jesse, Derek, and Betsy work together as a team. The mystery is really intriguing and difficult to solve. I didn’t figure out the truth until it was revealed. The disappearance of Stephanie and the murders are obviously linked and the list of suspects keeps growing and, as the twentieth anniversary of the murders and the Theatre Festival approach, all the suspects seem to converge to Ophelia. There is a mysterious play that will reveal the truth about the murders, there are secrets, corruption, family drama, and personal tragedy to keep you engrossed in the story.

The Disappearance of Stephanie Mailer is a character-driven, thrilling, and suspenseful novel and it’s out today!

A huge thank you to Milly and MacLehose Press for providing me with a proof of the novel.

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JOËL DICKER was born in Geneva in 1985, where he studied Law. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair was nominated for the Prix Goncourt and won the Grand Prix du Roman de l’Académie Française and the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. It has sold more than 3.6 million copies in 42 countries.


HOWARD CURTIS is an award-winning translator of Italian and French, including books by Fabio Geda, Gianrico Carofiglio, Jean-Claude Izzo and Giorgio Scerbanenco.

#BlogTour: FLAPPY ENTERTAINS by Santa Montefiore @SantaMontefiore @simonschusterUK @TeamBATC @rhiacarroll

Publication: 4th March 2021 – Simon & Schuster UK

From the beloved bestselling author Santa Montefiore comes a new novel filled with humour and heart about being in control – and losing it. For fans of The Temptation of Gracie, Flappy now takes centre stage, more charismatic and competitive than ever.

Underneath her graceful exterior lies a passion nobody knew about, least of all Flappy herself…

Flappy Scott-Booth is the self-appointed queen bee of Badley Compton, a picturesque Devon village. While her husband Kenneth spends his days on the golf course, she is busy overseeing her beautiful house and gardens, and organising unforgettable events, surrounded by friends who hang on to her every word.

Her life is a reflection of herself – impossibly perfect.

Until the day that Hedda Harvey-Smith and her husband Charles move into the village. Into an even grander home than hers. Taking the front seat on the social scene, quite literally.

That simply will not do.

Flappy is determined to show Hedda how things are done here in Badley Compton. But then she looks into Charles’s beautiful green eyes. And suddenly, her focus is elsewhere. She is only human, after all…

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Happy Monday and happy first day of March. I am delighted to welcome you on my stop for the blog tour of Flappy Entertains, the fantastic new novel by Santa Montefiore.

I had so much fun reading this book. Flappy Entertains is entertaining, light-hearted, and refreshing, exactly what we need to right now to cheer us up.

Flappy Scott-Booth is the queen of Badley Compton. Everyone knows that the first row in church at Sunday mass belongs to her. No party is complete without her. Her husband owns the local golf club and they have gardeners, a cook, and Flappy has just hired her own PA. Everyone wants to be her friends and she is always in control until the Harvey-Smiths move to the village. Hedda Harvey-Smith seems oblivious to Flappy’s social position, while her husband Charles captures Flappy’s attention and heart.

Santa Montefiore wrote another fantastic novel that will capture you from the very beginning. I loved the small community setting full of gossip, jealousies, and social ranks to respect. Flappy is a fantastic character. The perfect host with always the right food and the right wine. The seemingly well-read book club leader who secretly reads the Daily Mail and asks her PA to find the right book to propose at the next meeting. The yoga guru who is building her meditation nook to hide a huge secret. She really made me laugh and I liked how she developed throughout the novel.

Charming, enchanting, and witty, Flappy Entertains is the perfect read to escape for a few hours of entertainment and laughter. Highly recommended!

A huge thank you to Rhiannon and Simon & Schuster for inviting me to join the blog tour and providing me with a proof of this beautiful story.

Flappy Entertains is published by Simon and Schuster on 4th March 2021, and available to buy through Bookshop.org HERE

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Santa Montefiore was born in England in 1970 and grew up in Hampshire. She is married to writer Simon Sebag Montefiore. They live with their two children, Lily and Sasha, in London. Santa’s books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and have sold more than six million copies in England and Europe.

#CoverReveal: MIMIC by Daniel Cole @DanielColeBooks #Mimic @trapezebooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

I am super excited to take part in the cover reveal for the brand new novel by Daniel Cole. I am a big fan of this author, I adored his Ragdoll trilogy, and I can’t wait to read his next novel.

MIMIC, the chilling new standalone thriller, is to be released by Trapeze in Hardback on the 19th August 2021 and you can already pre-order here: www.smarturl.it/Mimic

What is it about?

1989. DS Benjamin Chambers and DC Adam Winters are on the trail of a serial killer with a twisted passion for recreating the world’s greatest works of art through the bodies of his victims. After Chambers nearly loses his life, the case goes cold due to lack of evidence. The killer lies dormant, his collection unfinished. Seven years later, DS Marshall has excelled through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police Service, despite being haunted by the case that defined her teenage years. She obtains new evidence and joins Chambers and Winters to reopen the case. However, their resurrected investigation brings about a fresh reign of terror, the team treading a fine line between justice and vigilante in pursuit of a monster far more dangerous and intelligent than any of them had anticipated.

Find out more about the author

Daniel Cole is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the RAGDOLL series, with over half a million copies sold worldwide in 35 territories. Daniel has worked as a paramedic, an RSPCA officer and the RNLI, and now writes full-time.

AND NOW LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE COVER…

What do you think? Personally, I can’t wait to read it!!!