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

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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/

One Day In Winter by Shari Low #BlogTour #Review

Blurb

On a cold December’s morning…

Caro sets off to find the truth: has her relationship with her father been based on a lifetime of lies?

Cammy can’t wait to surprise the woman he loves with a proposal. All he needs is the perfect ring.

Lila can no longer hide her secret. She has to tell her lover’s wife about their affair.

After thirty years, Bernadette knows it’s time. She’s ready to leave her controlling husband… and never look back.

Over the course of twenty-four hours, four lives are about to change forever…

My Review

Firstly, my thanks go to Vicky Joss at Head of Zeus for my spot on the tour and for my gifted copy of the book.

As I started reading, I knew this would be a book that I wouldn’t be able to put down but you know, life gets in the way. But when I wasn’t reading, I was still in that mindset with the characters and their lives. It was all I could think about.

Caro, Lilo, Cammy and Bernadette are about to have their lives turned upside down in the space of 24 hours. There are several revelations that pop up throughout but ones that piece the characters together.

Caro is on a mission to find the dad who abandoned her and her mum when she was just a child. But is Caro about to find out her dad is a liar leading a double life?

Lilo comes across as a wannabe type of woman which, at first really annoyed me but trust me, she really is an important part to this story and I did grow to love her throughout.

Cammy, is just delightful. He just wants to treat Lilo right and in his eyes she can do no wrong. Will this all change?

Bernadette comes across as vulnerable, whilst taking steps to better her life – not just for her, but her children too.

I enjoyed the snippets of Lilo and Kenneth’s relationship but I really enjoyed seeing Caro’s vulnerability change to that of a confident woman.

If you enjoy books by Cathy Kelly, you should definitely check this book out.

A solid five star read from me.

About the author

Shari Low

 

Shari Low is the No1 best-selling author of over 20 novels, including One Day In Winter, A Life Without You, The Story Of Our Life, With Or Without You, Another Day In Winter and her latest release, This Is Me.
And because she likes to over-share toe-curling moments and hapless disasters, she is also the shameless mother behind a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. 

Once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband, a labradoodle, and two teenagers who think she’s fairly embarrassing except when they need a lift.

Follow Shari:  

Facebook: @ShariLow

Twitter: @sharilow

Buy links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KIuWlD

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2YIDbIn

iBooks: https://apple.co/2H3NhIS

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2Kw7cm1

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Website: www.ariafiction.com

Twitter: @aria_fiction

Facebook: @ariafiction

Instagram: @ariafiction

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Baby Loss Awareness Week 2019. My story. #BLAW2019

Before I start, I know this is a subject that really hits home for a lot of people, especially mums and dads and you may be seeing a lot of posts this week, but I wanted to share my story with you all.

2015 was supposed to be the best year of my life, it was the year I was finally going to get my life back on track, settle down and finally become a mum. I was about to have the life my sister has.

I’d found out I was expecting shortly after moving into my own place. At first, I was scared. Could I do it? Could I be the mum I always wanted to be?

I remember going to the park with my sister and 2 nieces, enjoying some family time on July 15th 2015, when I started to get a period like pain, which at first I thought was normal in early pregnancy, but then I started to feel sick, so we left the park and went back to my sister’s place.

When we got back I went straight to the bathroom. I was bleeding. My first thought was ‘is my baby ok?’

I phoned the NHS 111 non emergency line, who then told me to go to A&E. I phoned my dad in tears, my dad didn’t know I was pregnant at this point but rushed to be with me.

Him and my sister were my rocks that day. We went to the hospital where I was told my pregnancy test had come back positive and that was I was experiencing was a threatened miscarriage. A threatened miscarriage, I thought. Could my baby still be saved? I was sent to the Early Pregnancy Unit the following morning, my best friend came with me, I couldn’t bring myself to go alone. I had a scan and was sent for a blood test to test my HCG levels. I was asked if I wanted to go and home and wait for a phone call with my blood test results later that day or wait.

I waited. It felt like months before I was called back into the room. That was the moment, the moment that it really hit home. The moment I was told that I was having a miscarriage, my HCG levels were dropping and that there was nothing else that could be done apart from go home and rest. I ran out of the room into the corridor, away from the other mums to be with tears in my eyes.

My friend understood that I didn’t need her to ask if I was ok, she just put her arms round me and gave me the biggest hug and a shoulder to cry on.

On the way home we bumped into another friend, who saw my tears and didn’t say anything, just put his arms round me and hugged me.

I phoned my partner who was staying with his mum at the time, to tell him I had lost the baby. He came home that same day. We were both in shock, our beautiful baby had gone right before our eyes and there was nothing we could do.

I think about my baby everyday and what could’ve been.

BUT.

Fast forward to November 2017, I missed my period and went to buy a home pregnancy testing kit. I had met up with my best friend for breakfast and she was with me when the results came back. POSITIVE. I was pregnant. I was excited but scared, what if I miscarried again? I told my dad when I found out – just to be on the safe side. He was shocked to say the least but was happy for me.

My partner was happy but scared.

We got past the 12 week scan, when we announced the pregnancy to our family and friends.

At the 20 week scan, we found out we were having a little girl.

She was due on her nanny’s birthday (7th August 2018) but came 5 days early. Our rainbow baby was here. She’s now a year old and everyday is a blessing and I wouldn’t change it for the world but I do think about my miscarriage, telling myself that my daughter would have been the best little sister.

This post is dedicated to my little sister, who is the strongest woman I know. Leo-George is with you always.

Cradle to the grave by Rachel Amphlett #BlogTour #GuestPost @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Blurb
When a faceless body is found floating in the river on a summer’s morning, Detective Kay Hunter and her team are tasked with finding out the man’s identity – and where he came from.
The investigation takes a sinister turn when an abandoned boat is found, covered in blood stains and containing a child’s belongings.
Under mounting pressure from a distraught family and an unforgiving media, the police are in a race against time – but they have no leads, and no motive for the events that have taken place.

Will Kay be able to find a ruthless killer and a missing child before it’s too late?

Cradle to Grave is the eighth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series by USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett, and perfect for readers who love fast-paced murder mysteries. Available in eBook, print, large print and audiobook.
The Detective Kay Hunter series:
1. Scared to Death
2. Will to Live
3. One to Watch
4. Hell to Pay
5. Call to Arms
6. Gone to Ground
7. Bridge to Burn
8. Cradle to Grave

Firstly, my thanks go to Tracy for my stop on the tour and to Rachel for the fantastic insight to Kay Hunter.

I hope you all enjoy reading this post as much as I did!

Kay Hunter character spotlight

Quite early on while I was developing the Detective Kay Hunter series in early 2016, I made the decision that I didn’t want my detective to be a typical run-down, solitary character.

I enjoy TV series like NCIS where the emphasis is on teamwork – no one character hogs the spotlight. I also decided that because my detective had a difficult job and had already had a tough time of it that I didn’t want her to have a broken home life – she needs that security when she walks through the front door after a hard day’s work.

The hardest part was settling on a name I’d be happy to endure through a series, so poor Kay Hunter was simply called [PROTAGONIST] in the manuscript for the first book in the series, Scared to Death, right up until the day before I sent it off to the beta readers!

I like that Kay has a sense of humour, because that’s realistic to people who work in any of the emergency services, and I like that she listens to those around her. I also like the fact that she stands by her beliefs and won’t be swayed by her superiors if she thinks they’re wrong.

I think Kay is resilient, rather than strong – no matter what is thrown at her, she’ll seek out justice for the victims of the crimes she’s investigating.

Purchase link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cradle-Grave-Detective-Hunter-mystery-ebook/dp/B07X6RM215/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?keywords=cradle+to+the+grave&qid=1570537393&sprefix=cradle+to+the&sr=8-3

Tigger’s Arrival by Jacqueline De Carteret #BlogTour #Review

Blurb

Sarah works at the animal shelter, and Tigger is a rescue cat there. Sarah wants to take him home to live with her and her family. Will she be allowed to? He could get up to all sorts, with the other cats. Harley, Midnight and Pumpkin. Tigger is a real little character and loves having fun. Come and join him and his friends, and see what they get up to.

My review

This is a fun quick read aimed at younger readers.

As a cat lover, I really enjoyed getting to know Tigger and his new home with Sarah, her family and three cats, Midnight, Pumpkin and Harley.

Tigger is just your typical loveable kitten (and my favourite colour on a cat, ginger!) He reminded me of when I first got my ginger cat, so to think, if it can do that for me, imagine what it’ll do for a child with a pet at home. It also reminds us just how important animal shelters actually are and that there are always animals needing a loving home.

I can really recommend this book for parents to read with their child/ren.

*My thanks go to Faye for my stop on the tour and to the publisher for my gifted copy of the book.*

Book links

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48271029-tigger-s-arrival
Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tiggers-Arrival-Jaqueline-Carteret-ebook/dp/B07XC87HKN

Author Information

Jacqueline De La Haye (De Cateret is her mother’s maiden name, and a very well-known name around the world) was born in Jersey, in the Channel Islands in 1961. It was one of the warmest summers they had ever had. She is 58 years old and loves cats. She is married to Kevin, and has a daughter called Sarah. Tigger, Harley, Midnight and Pumpkin are real cats, and theirs. She was a school Teaching Assistant, but due to an accident she had to give it up. She took small classes. She was one of their lunchtime assistants and looked after the computers in the afternoons. Really wherever they needed help, Jacky was there. She really loved it. She misses the children, and working with them. Jacqueline is now retired and enjoys writing and collecting crystals. She also loves to walk, and Jersey is a beautiful place to do that. She also has quite a big house, with a beautiful back garden which is a cat’s haven. Her dream is to find a little cottage and carry on writing for children. This is her first book, and she hopes it’s not my last.

Good Little Liars by Sarah Clutton #BlogTour #Review

Blurb
Emma held the photo for a long moment before her eyes focused on the girl’s face. She dropped it and let out a muted cry.The girl in the photograph was Tessa.
Twenty-five years after losing her friend Tessa in a tragic accident, Emma’s life is happy and settled. She rarely thinks about the day that Tessa fell to her death, or the secret that she made Emma swear to keep just hours before. But when her marriage implodes, Emma and her daughter find themselves unexpectedly moving into the headmaster’s former cottage on the grounds of her old school – Denham House. And it’s here she finds the photograph: an explicit image of Tessa, looking directly at the camera.
Between catching up with old friends Marlee and Clementine, who are home for a reunion, and the demands of single parenthood, Emma has plenty to distract her… but she can’t shake the image of the photograph. Or the thought that it’s proof of something she had long suspected: Dr Brownley, now headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Was it a mistake to keep quiet about what she knew?
Marlee and Clementine have their own complex feelings about returning to their hometown. And when Emma starts to question what really happened to Tessa, each woman must deal with the consequences of decisions they made all those years ago. Because the more Emma digs into the past, the more she discovers that everyone remembers it differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew are hiding some very big secrets.

My review

Firstly, my thanks go to Bookouture for my stop on this tour and for my gifted Ecopy of the book.

Good Little Liars for me was a slow burning thrilling drama suspense. In a way I got Big Little Lies vibes from it. So if you enjoyed that book, you’ll enjoy this one.

It centres around a group of girls who are reunited at their school’s reunion. But, whilst they are reunited, questions come to surface about an incident that happened a while ago.

I felt that some of the characters weren’t to be trusted throughout, which I’m guessing, is the idea here.

This is a book that has its secrets, secrets that protect other people but also to what lengths would you go to keep that secret.

Overall, this is a thrilling ride and if you llike your books packed with drama and suspense, this is the book for you.

Purchase links

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07VGKT6C8Social

Apple Books: https://apple.co/2kuYZnY

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

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/2YS9EYK

Author Bio

Sarah Clutton is an Australian author and former lawyer whose debut novel, Good Little Liars, mixes suspense and domestic drama with nuanced characters. Having majored in psychology in her original degree, Sarah is fascinated by people. How does the past shape us? Can we can learn empathy? What determines the outcomes when moral and legal boundaries collide?

Sarah’s work earned her the Dymocks/Fiona McIntosh Commercial Fiction Scholarship in 2018, a coveted national award run by one of Australia’s most successful commercial fiction authors and sponsored by Australia’s largest book chain. An alumna of the Australian Writers’ Centre novel writing course, and with a mostly-finished Master of Arts (Writing) that she has no interest in finishing because she prefers making stuff up, Sarah lives with her family in the very pretty tourist town of Bowral, near Sydney. She has lived all over Australia, and if she didn’t live in Bowral, she would live in Hobart, the most beautiful city she knows.

Author Social Media Links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/sarahcluttonauthor/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/sarahmclutton