Lucy Mathers Goes Back To Work by Julie Butterfield #BlogTour #BookSpotlight @rararesources

My thanks go to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite and to Julie for my gifted copy of the book. Due to personal circumstances I wasn’t able to review as planned. Thank you Rachel for your understanding and compassion towards not just me but all bloggers/reviewers.

Blurb

Mathers was once the golden girl of Simcock & Bright. Four years later, she’s a stay at home
mum with two adorable children, has swapped her Louboutins for rabbit slippers and spends her day
making crustless sandwiches and colour co-ordinated lunches instead of signing up high profile
clients.
When her husband is suddenly made redundant, there is panic in the Mathers’ household. With a
mortgage the size of the national debt and a credit card balance that’s in danger of toppling, Lucy
reluctantly decides she must return to work. So she digs out her old power suits from the back of the
wardrobe and leaves Will to become a house husband. But sitting in Lucy’s old office is Grant
Cassidy, suave, handsome and ruthless and with no intention of letting Lucy walk back into the
number one job.
At home, despite his breezy declaration that swapping boardroom battles for toddler groups would
be a doddle, Will’s belief that parental issues could be solved with forward planning and a spread
sheet soon falls by the wayside.
With both Will and Lucy struggling to adapt, could their previously happy marriage be developing
some cracks?

Purchase Links
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lucy-Mathers-Goes-Back-Work-ebook/dp/B07WJJJVW5
US – https://www.amazon.com/Lucy-Mathers-Goes-Back-Work-ebook/dp/B07WJJJVW5

Author Bio

Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of ‘always wanted to write’ authors
who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper – or rather fingers to keyboard.
She wrote her first book purely for pleasure and was very surprised to discover that so many people
enjoyed the story and wanted more, so she decided to carry on writing!

Social Media Links

@juliebeewriter
http://www.Juliebutterfield.co.uk

A Proclivity To Prurience by @cherylbuts #BlogTour #SpotlightPost @damppebbles @DamppebblesBTs

Firstly, my thanks go to Emma at dampebbles blog tours for my spot on the tour and for being so understanding. My review will follow, but I had planned to review for my stop on this tour but my little girl fell ill. (You know how it is when kids fall ill.)

Blurb:
Joe’s controversial approach to life is fuelled by his fixation on Abbie, and a beautiful wedding offers the perfect opportunity for him to seduce her – everyone loves a wedding, don’t they? The only hurdle is Eddie – Abbie’s son and Joe’s best friend – but inebriated and forcing an end to the evening, he inadvertently assists Joe’s quest and a suitably indulgent night beckons. But what should have been a culmination of Joe’s eleven-year obsession descends into chaos and devastation, wrenching Joe from all he’s known for the majority of his life. Accustomed to getting what he wants, it’s not until he really gets what he wants that his world unravels and his control slips away. Be careful what you wish for, be careful who you wish for, for obsession comes with a price… but is it a price worth paying?
Explicit – strictly 18+

About Cheryl Butler:

Having worked in a variety of industries, Cheryl has met many interesting people and, with a profound interest in what makes them tick, she has spent a lifetime of asking ‘What would I do in that situation?’ and ‘What if things happened this way?’, creating a multitude of plots and twists that she had always dismissed until one storyline nagged her constantly and she decided to alleviate herself of the burden, committing her ideas to virtual paper. Assuming she would run out of steam five chapters or so in, she amazed herself by writing two novels within a year and A Proclivity To Prurience was born. It was difficult to write, given the themes, but Cheryl felt it was a story that would resonate in the current climate. Writing between a part-time job and raising two young children was a task in itself, but, every spare minute was spent doing so or thinking about doing so and her characters took on a life of their own.

Cheryl loves character-driven tales with a psychological edge and aims to produce that kind of work herself, and she’s not afraid to tackle issues that some may find difficult… other than horror – she can’t read or write horror as she scares far too easily!

Aside from writing and her family, Cheryl’s greatest passion is music and she can easily lose herself in a favourite album or song, rather like she does within a book she’s writing or reading, and a musician’s ability to move you on any level is pure genius.

Social Media Links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cherylbuts
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cherylbutsauthor/
Website: https://cherylbuts.wixsite.com/cherylbutlerauthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cherylbutsauthor/

Purchase Links:
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Proclivity-Prurience-Obsession-Comes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B07S2FCTD3/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1571854921&sr=8-1
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Proclivity-Prurience-Obsession-Comes-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B07S2FCTD3/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=a+proclivity+to+prurience&qid=1571856079&sr=8-1

Publishing Information:
Published in ebook and paperback formats on 24th May 2019 by Little Bee Publishing.

#SafeHouse by @JoJakemanWrites #BlogTour #Extract @HarvillSecker @mia_qs

Blurb

Charlie just wants to be forgotten but everyone else wants to know her story…
The morning after a terrible storm, a woman turns up in a remote Cornish village. She has bought the crumbling cottage that has lain empty for over a decade, and she’s going to make it her home. She calls herself Charlie, but it’s a name she’s only had for a few days. She keeps herself to herself, reluctant to integrate with the locals. Because Charlie has a secret.
Charlie was in prison for providing a false alibi for a murderer. But Lee Fisher wasn’t a murderer to her; he was the man she loved. Convinced of his innocence, Charlie said she was with him the night a young woman was killed. That lie cost her everything.
And now she has the chance to start again. But someone is watching her, waiting for her, wondering if she’s really payed the price for what she did.

My thanks go to Mia at Penguin/Harvill Secker for my invite on the tour and for my copy of the book. Review to follow soon! Today, for my stop I’m hosting an extract from Safe House.

Extract

Chapter four
Pinchdale Telegraph
Saturday, 21 July 2018
JUDGE RULES FINN DOES NOT DESERVE LIFELONG ANONYMITY
Former GP’s receptionist Stephanie Finn is set to be released after serving her ten-month sentence for perverting the course of justice in a case that gripped the nation. But her request for anonymity has been denied.
Stephanie Finn was convicted of providing a false alibi for Lee Fisher when he murdered Katy Foster in July 2016. The police had initially ruled Lee Fisher out of their inquiries when Miss Finn claimed he had been with her all evening. In fact, the couple had rowed and spent the night apart, leaving both of them without an alibi for the night in question.
Finn claimed she had mistakenly thought Fisher to be sleeping in the spare room after their argument. It wasn’t until later that she said he didn’t come home when he said he did.
However, Finn only came forward with her suspicions after the disappearance of 30-year-old mum-of-two
Anna Atkins in Edinburgh. It also came to light that
19
Jo Jakeman
Finn cleaned their car of evidence, though the court failed to convict her of assisting an offender.
Finn was 24 when she met 32-year-old Fisher in Sheffield in 2014. She was living with her childhood sweetheart at the time but dumped him for the pharmaceutical salesman. Said to be besotted with her, Fisher moved in to Finn’s house three weeks later and friends say the couple were inseparable.
Amid concerns she would be attacked on release from HMP Hillstone, Finn asked for a new identity and police protection. While four former UK prisoners have been granted lifelong anonymity, their cases were seen to be higher profile than that of Finn’s and all had received numerous death threats. The judge ruled that he did not believe Finn’s life was at risk and, therefore, she does not require a new identity.
This will come as a blow to Finn’s legal team who insist that her life will be in danger when she is released.

Throughout November you can download Safe House on kindle for the bargain price of 99p!

The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly #BlogTour #Review @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Blurb

Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family, a fantastic career, and a new house.

But that’s on the outside.

On the inside, she’s got Mildred – the name she’s given to that nagging inner critic who tells us all we’re not good enough.

And now Freya’s beloved blended family is under threat. Dan’s first wife Elisa, the glamorous, manipulative woman who happily abandoned her daughter to Freya and Dan’s care and left the country, has elbowed her way back into their lives.

But Freya knows that when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back.

Can Freya put her family – and herself – back together? Find out in Cathy Kelly’s warmest, wisest and funniest book yet…

My review

Firstly, my thanks go to Tracy for my spot on the tour and for organising my gifted proof copy from the publisher.

I know this post is a bit late in the day (or night?!) and for that I send my apologies but we’ve had a few technical issues my end.

Cathy Kelly is fast becoming a favourite author of mine. Her books are so elegantly written that it doesn’t feel like you’re reading.

I absolutely loved Freya and her alter ego, Mildred. Freya is mum to 3 kiddies and has a successful career as a chef.

But, as her husband’s ex meddles her way back in after abandoning her child, is Freya’s world about to come crashing down?

Freya knows that she has a fight on her hands but I think her courage and determination is inspiring.

This book holds a special place in my heart, because it reminds us of our own families – big or small and that life may not always be as it appears to be.

A thought-provoking, funny and hearwarming book.

Follow the rest of the tour with these bloggers:

Christmas at Silver Falls by Jenny Hale – Nessa’s Review

Book Blurb:-

A beautiful festive romance, all about the joy of Christmas with family, second chances, and finding love under the falling snow. This enchanting and uplifting read will have you both laughing and crying while it warms your heart.

White Oaks Inn has always been at the heart of Christmas celebrations for Scarlett Bailey and her family. Her adored gran has owned the rambling, old-fashioned hotel, filled with the scent of cinnamon and chocolate, since Scarlett was a little girl. But now her gran’s home is under threat. And it looks like it could be the Baileys’ last Christmas together there…

Over the holiday season, amidst much-loved festive traditions of baking cookies and decorating the tree, Scarlett throws herself into saving the hotel. When she hears that Charlie Bryant, a handsome, successful property developer, is spending December in Silver Falls, Scarlett is hopeful he might be the answer to their problems.

When they meet, sparks fly between impulsive Scarlett and business-like Charlie – as they both have very different ideas for the future of White Oaks. Scarlett is determined to show him how much White Oaks Inn means to her family and the guests who return there every year and, as they spend more time together, she begins to realize there is more to Charlie than his serious appearance…

But Charlie is struggling with a secret from his own past. Will he be able to face it, or will it stop him from truly opening up and getting close to anyone? And can Scarlett share the true meaning of Christmas with him and save her gran’s beloved hotel along the way?

Embrace the wonder of Christmas in this gorgeous novel about living for the moment and finding love when you least expect it. Christmas at Silver Falls is the perfect festive indulgence for fans of Debbie Macomber, Susan Mallery and Sheila Roberts.

Nessa’s Review:-

It was the cover that first appealed to me most about this book as it is such an alluring and beautiful cover, so festive looking too. But then as a huge fan of Jenny books it was a given that I’d have read this anyway regardless of the cover.

This was a truly wonderful heartfelt read from start to finish. It was so much more than a romance story, had lots going on and I was pretty much glued to the pages throughout and couldn’t turn the pages quick enough.

I loved getting to know the two main characters Scarlett and Charlie and learning about their own stories and seeing how/if their relationship becomes serious or not. It was also enjoyable getting to meet and get to know the rest of the family and other characters, all of whom were a delight.

The setting and Christmas theme was truly picturesque, I really felt like i wanted to be there experiencing it all first hand myself. Not to mention all of the yummy sounding food and drink, think my fave was peppermint latte and the caramel cookies.

So final words, having read a fair few of Jenny’s books previously, I am happy to report that she is a wonderful author, has such a amazing way with words that just keeps you wanting more and the way she writes her characters and how they develop throughout a book, really makes them come alive.

If you haven’t read a Jenny Hale book yet, then all I can say is don’t delay any further, as I can highly recommend her books as truly heart-warming, entertaining and delightful reads.

About the Author:-

Jenny Hale author pic - Apr-18When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.

While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about the magic of love at Christmas, and 2017 TV movie on The Hallmark Channel.

The rest is history.

When I’m not writing, I’m a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband.

To find out more about Jenny and be one of the first to hear of new book releases and news, follow her here:-

Website: https://www.itsjennyhale.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jhaleauthor

Buy links:-

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07X6N411MSocial

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2lUs8t8

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2ltQ71Y

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2jS8KMy

The Magical Sunglasses by Nicole McGrath #BlogTour #Extract @FayeRogersPR @Authoright

Blurb

What would you do if you had one day with magical powers? This fun, bouncy read captures the imagination, and demonstrates the power of courage and self-belief. Inclusive book for early school aged children. Message for everyone.

Extract

Firstly, my thanks go to Faye at Authoright for inviting me on this tour. I’m pleased to be sharing an extract from the book.

There once was

a teacher with a

brilliant idea,

to give her class

MAGIC so they

could face their

fears.

“These sunglasses,” she

said, “are MAGIC in nature.

They can help you do

anything, from little to

major.

One at a time,

each of you

will have a

turn,

so wear them

wisely, for with

these there’s

so much you

will learn!

Information about the Book

Title: The Magical Sunglasses

Author: Nicole McGrath

Illustrator: Nick Roberts

Release Date: 26th September 2019

Genre: Picture Book

Page Count: 20

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48248795-the-magical-sunglasses

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magical-Sunglasses-Nicole-McGrath-ebook/dp/B07VWD43FN

Author Bio

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Nicole McGrath is a paediatric occupational therapist from Melbourne, Australia. Personally seeing the success of bringing self-belief into the lives of children with varying abilities across the world; including Australia, Uganda, and the United Kingdom, Nicole McGrath wrote ‘The Magical Sunglasses’ to help bring the powerful message of positive thinking out of the therapy clinic and into family story time.

 

She currently works in a specialist centre for children with cerebral palsy in Cardiff, Wales; and as part of the role, is being increasingly asked to present at national conferences on a self-belief based therapy technique, where she is covering new grounds and educating therapists internationally.

 

Being an avid traveller, surfer, snowboarder, and cyclist, Nicole is an adventurer with a ‘go for it’ attitude… with the belief that the release of The Magical Sunglasses will provide the biggest adventure yet.

 

Website: www.themagicalsunglasses.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NM_Sunglasses

Instagram: http://instagram.com/themagicalsunglasses

The Last Wife by Nicola Marsh #BooksOnTour @bookouture

 

 

Blurb

Trusting his family was her first mistake.

 

All Ria ever wanted was a family. Growing up alone in foster care, she imagined just how it would be. So when she fell in love with Grayson and had their daughter Shelley, she was determined to make his family love her too. She knew she’d never fit in with her glamorous sisters-in-law, or at the exclusive picture-perfect Chicago parties her mother-in-law threw, but with Grayson’s arm around her waist she tried her best to be a Parker.

 

Everything changed when Grayson disappeared.

 

Until one morning, Grayson leaves the house for work and never comes home. Left to raise Shelley alone, Ria is forced to turn to her husband’s family, to let her intimidating mother-in-law into her life, allow her to babysit Shelley, and accept her financial support. She tries to ignore the feeling that her sisters-in-law never thought she was good enough. They say they have no idea what happened to Grayson, and she tries very hard to believe them.

 

But Ria is about to learn that every Parker wife has secrets.

 

And protecting her daughter might come at a terrible price…

My Review

Firstly, my thanks go to Noelle at Bookouture for my stop on this tour and for my gifted review copy via Netgalley.

I NEED A LIE DOWN, my head is spinning!

The Last Wife is a compelling, gripping and emotional read.

This is a book that revolves round the Parker family. A very dysfunctional family, much like my own, LOL. They are a wealthy family who don’t want for anything. I wish my family were that rich! #justsaying

It is told from the sisters points of view, but I think for me, it was Ria that I felt connected to, if truth is told. She is the one who was left abandoned with a child in tow. She is, head of the Parker family, May’s favourite daughter-in-law. Ria is confident in herself but when she gets with the Parker’s, that resolve seems to change slightly.

Ria receives an email regarding her sisters-in-law. What the email shows is that someone is targeting the Parker family, but just who is behind the emails and why? As Ria starts to become increasing worried for hers and the family’s safety, can the truth be uncovered before it’s too late?

Throughout this reading journey, we learn that the reasoning behind Ria’s husband’s disappearance and Ria soon realises everything is not as it seems, which then leads to the more complex ending.

This is a book that kept me swiping like a mad woman at my kindle. I couldn’t read it quick enough. A definite 5 star read and one that I can HIGHLY recommend.

Buy Links

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07VXV8KHZsocial

Apple Books: https://buff.ly/2MDJyFK

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2o5Y7I4

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2oJOC1q

Author Bio

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USA TODAY bestselling & multi-award winning author Nicola Marsh writes feel-good fiction with a twist!

She has published 68 books with Harlequin, Amazon and indie, and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.
She currently writes women’s fiction/rural romance for Harper Collins Australia Mira imprint, emotional domestic suspense for Bookouture and contemporary romance for Harlequin Dare.

Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD released to rave reviews, including a nomination for RWA’s RBY, Romantic Book of the Year.
Her first indie-pubbed contemporary romance CRAZY LOVE is an Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller, and was nominated for an ARRA award.
Her women’s fiction novel SAVING SARA with Lake Union hit the #1 kindle romance spot on Amazon UK.

Her young adult fantasy SCION OF THE SUN won a National Readers’ Choice Award for Best YA novel.

She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes& Noble bestseller, a RBY and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, is a multiple finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

A physiotherapist for 13 years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two dashing young heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, barracking loudly for her beloved North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team, and her favourite, curling up with a good book!

Social Media links

Website: https://www.nicolamarsh.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicolaMarsh

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