Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Friendship, New Books, Romance, Romantic Comedy

Alice, Shaken and Definitely Stirred Paula Smith 4* #Review @PaulaSmith2424 @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours #BlogTour #BookReview #AliceShakenandDefinitelyStirred #RomCom

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

I like this author’s chatty, inclusive and witty writing style. It draws the reader into Alice’s somewhat complex world with consummate ease. Original and with relatable characters the reader, empathises with Alice as she negotiates the complexities of life without a job and partner.

The dream sequences add vibrancy to this everyday story and give the reader insight into Alice’s emotions and thoughts. There are many humorous moments balanced with poignancy and a lovely, realistic conclusion to Alice’s tale.

Paula Smith
Posted in Book Review, Childrens Books, New Books

Bertie at the Worldwide Games 3*#Review @WendyHJones @malcolmdown illustrator Barry Diaper @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #BlogTour #BookReview #kidlit #childrensbooks #picturebook #fantasy #teamwork #BertieattheWorldwideGames

 

Bertie the Buffalo is having fun on the farm where he lives in Scotland. Then a mysterious letter arrives inviting him to represent Scotland in the Worldwide Games. Bertie and his friends fly to Tokyo where they meet new and exotic animals and try to win first prize in all the different events. Bertie is sad when he isn’t winning any medals but finds out if he works together with his friends, he will be a winner in the end.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This fantasy children’s book focuses on worldwide games and shows children how teamwork helps them succeed. The story is written in a rhyming format that appeals to young children. The illustrations are vibrant and comical, and the text is designed to be dyslexia-friendly.

A boldly illustrated, comical story with positive messages for children about working together.

Wendy H. Jones is the award-winning author of the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries and Cass Claymore Investigates. She lives in Scotland and is also an international public speaker and the president of the Scottish Association of Writers.

Illustrator: Barry Diaper is best known for his cartoons and caricatures for The Beano. He was once short-listed for the Daily Mail’s ‘Not the Turner Prize’. He lives in Salisbury, England.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Bookstagram, Childrens Books, New Books, Parenting and Famlies

A Tiger Named Lee Sinead Murphy Illustrator Shannon Cresham 4* Review @SineadMurphy7x @shannoncresham @TinyTreeBooks @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours #BlogTour #BookReview #ChildrensBooks #KidLit #ATigerNamedLee

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

A Tiger named Lee is brightly illustrated and written in a rhyming style. It teaches young children that friends may look different from you. It also shows that everyone is scared sometimes, and that’s okay. Lee’s adventure in the jungle lets children see that being brave and stepping out of your small world can lead to a bigger, exciting world.

An engaging fantasy story about courage, fear and friendship. Child-friendly characters are brought to life with vibrant illustrations and easy to read text.

Sinéad Murphy is an Irish author, television Director, and filmmaker. ‘A Tiger named Lee’ is Sinéad’s debut picture book, published in 2021 by Tiny Tree Children’s Books. Sinéad wrote ‘A Tiger Named Lee,’ for her young daughter to show her that it’s normal to have fears and worries and that help is always there if you ask for it.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Childrens Books, Non-Fiction, Parenting and Famlies

What the World Needs Now – Bees! Cheryl Rosebush 5* #Review @cherylrosebush @freshly_press @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours Illustrator Zuzana Svobodova #KidLit #ChildrensBooks #Ecology #SaveThePlanet #BookTour #BookReview #WhatTheWorldNeedsNowBees

Inside the sprawling forests of Ontario, Canada lives a friendly black bear named Melly. One of Melly’s favourite things to do is EAT! And many of the delicious fruits she snacks on wouldn’t grow without the help of some very important little forest creatures.
What the World Needs Now: Bees! explores the vital role busy, busy bees play in helping plants to grow the food people and animals love to eat.

What the World Needs Now is an environmental children’s book series for ages 4-8 that aims to connect the world’s youngest book lovers to the importance of nature, and our place in it.

Each book in the series follows a friendly animal through its habitat, helping kids learn about one thing the world needs now, be it more trees or bees or less plastic, to maintain a healthy planet.

The series is designed to help parents and educators lay the foundation for future learning on the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. But for our littlest kids, the connection starts at a much simpler point: their first job is to fall in love with nature – because you don’t protect what you don’t love. 

The books support engaging with our kids on how we can better respect and care for the only planet we have.  

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Read my review of Book 1 – What The World Needs Now – Trees!

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Book two in this environmental series aimed at young children features bees. The book emphasises bees importance to pollination, and ultimately food production, using engaging animals, vivid illustrations with text that’s easy to understand.

The series aims to make children love the natural world and become invested in its protection. Melly, a bear in Ontario, Canada, shows how essential bees are for her to eat. Children are encouraged to see how far away they are from Melly by drawing on a bright map. There’s information on different bee types and an activity page too.

The book makes it’s point succinctly, in a way young children will understand. It provides information for further discussion with young children about their world.

Cheryl Rosebush

I was born and raised in Southern Ontario, Canada in the cities of Burlington and St. Catharines. Long before the internet and mobile phones (now I’m aging myself!), my childhood was spent in forests and parks, on bike rides, and playing hide and seek until the streetlights came on. My family did comical Griswold-style road trips in wood-paneled station wagons. We spent summers swimming in friends’ backyards. These are my very fortunate roots.

I knew from an early age that my destiny would take me far from Southern Ontario. I graduated high school and moved to Montreal to study international politics at McGill University. The subject fascinated me, but as graduation approached, I realized I didn’t know what I wanted to do with a degree in international politics. I didn’t want to become a lawyer. I didn’t want to become a politician or civil servant. The media industry, on the other hand, intrigued me. 

The West Coast of Canada also intrigued me. So, after graduating McGill, I packed up again, moved to Vancouver and took the first media job I could get at a local Top 40 radio station (Z.95.3) in Vancouver. Best job. Great bosses. I learned so much. But after a couple of years there, the winds of change came calling again. 

September 11, 2001. In a heartbeat, Z95.3 went from playing Britney Spears to reporting up-to-the-minute information on the local, national and international fallout of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. In that moment, I knew I had found my calling. I wanted to do something that was needed on a good day, and needed even more on a bad day. I wanted to become a full-time journalist. 

So, I packed my bags again (a running theme in my life), and moved to Ottawa, Ontario to do my Masters of Journalism. Another incredible two years culminated in me getting a research internship with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) in London, England. That position helped me land back in Montreal for a second chapter there as local news reporter for the CBC. While I was there, I wore just about every hat you could in CBC’s radio and TV newsrooms. Depending on the day, I was a researcher, producer, reporter, or online writer. I even filled in for the weather reports every once in a while.

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The Domestic Revolution Ruth Goodman 5*#Review @omarabooks @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #UK #History #NonFiction #TheDomesticRevolution #Coal #BlogTour #BookTour #BookReview

A large black cast iron range glowing hot, the kettle steaming on top, provider of everything from bathwater and clean socks to morning tea: it’s a nostalgic icon of a Victorian way of life. But it is far more than that. In this book, social historian and TV presenter Ruth Goodman tells the story of how the development of the coal-fired domestic range fundamentally changed not just our domestic comforts, but our world.

The revolution began as far back as the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, when London began the switch from wood to coal as its domestic fuel – a full 200 years before any other city. It would be this domestic demand for more coal that would lead to the expansion of mining, engineering, construction and industry: the Domestic Revolution kick-started, pushed and fuelled the Industrial Revolution.

There were other radical shifts. Coal cooking was to change not just how we cooked but what we cooked (causing major swings in diet), how we washed (first our laundry and then our bodies) and how we decorated (spurring the wallpaper industry). It also defined the nature of women’s and men’s working lives, pushing women more firmly into the domestic sphere.

It transformed our landscape and environment (by the time of Elizabeth’s death in 1603, London’s air was as polluted as that of modern Beijing). Even tea drinking can be brought back to coal in the home, with all its ramifications for the shape of the empire and modern world economics.

Taken together, these shifts in our day-to-day practices started something big, something unprecedented, something that was exported across the globe and helped create the world we live in today.

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I received a copy of this book from Omara Books in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

If you have an interest in social history, this book explores an important aspect. The Domestic Revolution began in the late sixteenth century. London’s population started to move towards coal rather than wood as the fuel of choice. Well-researched, this book illustrates how the domestic use of coal changed the fabric of the landscape and society.

The book layout has easy to read chapters with pertinent illustrations. It follows the domestic move towards coal as household fuel and its effects. The engaging writing style brings history to life and shows its importance to environmental issues faced today.

A thought-provoking book that shows that history is important to our lives today.

For the first time, shows how the Industrial Revolution truly began in the kitchen – a revolution run by women

Told with Ruth’s inimitable wit, passion and commitment to revealing the nitty-gritty of life across three centuries of extraordinary change, from the Elizabethan to the Victorian age

A TV regular, Ruth has appeared on some of BBC 2’s most successful shows, including, Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm, Wartime Farm, Tudor Monastery Farm, Inside the Food Factory and most recently Full Steam Ahead, as well as being a regular expert presenter on The One Show

The critically acclaimed author of How to Be a Victorian, How to be a Tudor and How to Behave Badly in Renaissance Britain

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Paranormal

Belial’sTeachings Vlad Tudosie 3*#Review @lovebooksgroup #BelialsTeachings #BookTour #BookReview

Living alone and forgotten by almost all those he loved, life does not seem to have much in store for a depressed writer. That until one day, when a mysterious apparition from outside the physical world decides to show him new ways of thinking through intelligent and sometimes humorous observations that challenge the status quo, which will bring change to his life forever. A change that, as he will soon learn, comes first and foremost from within himself.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

The main character in this story is at a low ebb in their life susceptible to paranormal experiences. Insightful writing contains some thought-provoking ideas. Belial has a sense of humour which permeates it’s life lessons. This is a short text, so can easily be re-read.

This is a book with a positive message reiterated entertainingly in a way that resonates.

Author Bio

The author has had his fair share of life disappointments and obstacles, which inevitably led to him questioning human relationships, society and even life itself. In an effort to regain control over himself, he resorted to reading books on psychology, spirituality and self-improvement and as a result, his own philosophy of life was born, which he would adopt and follow forever since that moment. A philosophy comprised of ideas the author wishes to share with others through the creation of this book.
Just a pharmacy graduate who spent one year of his studies being dedicated to his writing project. Could be because pharmaceutical chemistry just wasn’t interesting enough, but it’s more likely a result of finding a very special way of expressing thoughts and feelings in making a book, and wanting to share them with others.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Family Drama, Novella, Poetry

I Left the Room Burning by Beth O’Brien 4*#Review #poetry @bethoblogs @Wildpressed @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #Novella #Family #Sisters #MentalHealth #ILefttheRoomBurning #BookReview #BookTour


A woman who never wanted children finds herself reluctantly bringing up her sister’s daughter. The aunt is in an abusive relationship. The niece is a strange child who wishes to disappear. The narrative threaded through these eighty short poems confuses and obfuscates, whilst at the same time completely drawing the reader into the extent that by the end, one is left with the feeling of having watched a deeply immersive film or read an engrossing novella.

Beth O’Brien weaves magic with her lyrical and evocative language, and with the tangibility of her characters’ unreliable voices, she reveals herself as a master storyteller.

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I received a copy of this book from Wildpressed Books in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

Poetry, because of its imagery and lyrical qualities, evokes an emotional response in its reader. This may be confusion, happiness, humour, sadness, or a combination of these. This collection of poems left me feeling confused and sad as it tells the story of a family torn apart by abuse, disinterest and poor mental health.

The imagery is powerful and pushes the story forward towards its conclusion. It has a uniqueness that is refreshing and doesn’t reveal everything about its subject. This needs more than one reading to appreciate the content. The lyrical quality and structure are enjoyable from the first pages.

Contemporary and thought-provoking this collection of poems resonates with the reader.

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Crime, Murder Mystery, Paranormal

When the Time is Right by Kim Cano 5*#Review @KimCano2 @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #BookTour #BlogTour #BookReview #MurderMystery #Psychic #Animals #WhentheTimeisRight

 

A bond so strong that the gate to Rainbow Bridge can’t hold it back.

As veterinarian Michelle Catalano helps other people’s ailing animals earn their angel wings, she tries not to think about the empty cat perch in her own home. Or the empty side of her bed, grown cold since her boyfriend left town.

Then a pet psychic’s uncannily accurate reading leaves Michelle with more questions than the answers she thought were set in stone. And warnings so dark, she wishes she still had her cat at her side to cuddle the fear away.

When a brutal murder devastates Michelle and her family, the detective working the case is her only anchor. And soon, she’s turning to Bruce for the comfort that could heal her broken heart.

But there are too many unanswered questions about the killer, causing Michelle to secretly investigate on her own. Will Michelle’s search for answers spell her doom, or deliver help from the animal afterlife above?

A note from the author 

I want to let you know that animals die in this book. Some people have problems with that, so I just wanted to mention it upfront. The main character is a hospice veterinarian, and although readers go with her to work on and off, it’s not the main focus of the novel. I was inspired to write a book about a hospice veterinarian after my husband and I had a veterinarian come to our home to put our elderly cat with cancer to sleep. (He is the cat on the book cover). After the veterinarian left, we grieved, and I kept thinking about her, wondering how she could be strong enough to do what she does for a living. I felt that she was the kind of hero I hadn’t read about, and a story started to form in my mind, and I wrote When the Time Is Right. 

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This is an unusual story for those who like stories where animal characters feature and enjoy a murder mystery. There are elements of the paranormal in this story, and it’s an emotional read.

Michelle has a job that takes its toll emotionally and demands an empathetic nature towards animals and their humans. Grieving the loss of her cat companion, and her human boyfriend, she approaches a medium for a psychic reading. The results are disturbing, and when a tragic event occurs, she needs the support of her cat, if only in spirit.

This is a well-thought murder mystery with a psychic twist. It explores the emotions surrounding the sudden loss of a loved one, and that love can transcend death. The plot flows well, the characters are relatable, and the paranormal elements give depth to the plot.

Kim Cano

Kim Cano is the author of five women’s fiction novels: A Widow Redefined, On the Inside, Eighty and Out, His Secret Life, and When the Time Is Right. Readers say her books are about strong women who struggle but survive, hard-won second chances, family life, and friendship.

Kim has also written a short story collection called For Animal Lovers. 10% of the sale price of that book is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.

Visit Kim’s website to receive a free copy of The Rescue: www.kimcano.com

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Giveaway, Mystery, Thriller

Incognito Michael Winson @michaelwinson4 3*#Review @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #BookTour #CrimeFiction #Conspiracy #Thriller #Detective #Mystery #Incognito

Betrayal deserves vengeance….Redemption needs sacrifice 

Still reeling from leading a disastrous raid, SO15 anti-terror officer Lisa Reid is grateful for an easy assignment this time out; identify and bring in a target thought to have information on a fugitive cell leader

There is no such thing as a routine job for Lisa though, and a devastating chain of events quickly plunges her, and her partner Will, into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with thousands of lives hanging in the balance

As the scale of the threat is revealed, and the body count starts to rise, the pair have to make choices that could cost their partnership, if not their lives. But one of them has a deadly agenda all of their own, and as the man that’s been pulling all the strings steps out of the shadows to choreograph his masterpiece, that could end up costing a lot more…..

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This is essentially a good thriller with a contemporary edge and believable characters.

The plot appears to rely on actual events rather more than is comfortable to read, which may be upsetting for some. Lisa, the main protagonist, is an interesting character, a little stereotypical, but there is lots of potential for character development, as the series progresses.

The author achieves a good balance of characterisation whilst moving the story forward effectively. I would like to see Lisa’s character develop in a believable way and more originality in the plot.

Michael Winson

I am a proud Dad to 4 strong and bright boys of whom I’m immensely proud. I live in Northamptonshire with my beautiful wife Lisa, the inspiration for the lead character in my first book Incognito.

In my day job I work in financial services, a ‘Fixer’ of sorts I deal with everything from phone routing through to in-depth data analysis and customer engagement strategy. Exciting I know!

It was on one of the more tedious commutes into central London that the kernel of an idea came to me. With some nurturing, this idea grew to become my first book, INCOGNITO.

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at writing. I always felt that I could do it and I’m not one to back away from anything so, once I had the idea formed, I took a week off work, locked myself out of the way of the kids and got to it. That was the base done, then it was just months of edits and re-edits, countless knock-backs from agents and publishers (rite of passage, I’m telling myself) and eventually I was happy to publish what you can see here.

I’ve learned more from self-publishing than I could’ve ever hoped, and the next books in this series, and the ones to follow that are already niggling at me, will be all the better for it.

I don’t expect my life to change as a result of writing my first book, but I love the idea of someone other than me enjoying something that I’ve created, and so far the reviews and feedback have been great.

Giveaway on Twitter by Love Books Tours for an Audiobook copy of Incognito

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Medical Romance, Romance

You’ll See Jesse Bhaird 3* #Review @LoveBooksGroup #lovebookstours #BookTour #BookReview #JesseBhaird #Contemporary#Romance #medicalromance #MondayBlogs

How far would you go to help the ones you love? How far would you go to prevent them from feeling pain? Now, how far would you go to save yourself?

Life was supposed to be straightforward for Cass Wilkes. After finishing college she’d secured a job that most dreamt of, but never came close to. Her career as a surgeon would be her identity, her armour. Her rank would speak for itself so she wouldn’t have to. But what happens when a crack forms in the life you’ve built? When something completely out of your control, something you could never have planned for threatens to upend everything you’ve worked so hard for? What happens when you can’t touch the threat?

When the call for help comes from her best friend, Cass makes the easy decision to leave London behind for a while, holding out hope that things will be back to normal when she returns.

Expecting to find solace in a new project that’s worlds apart from the stress and responsibility of her normal job, what she doesn’t expect is to be presented with the prospect of a completely new start. She takes refuge in a big city thousands of miles from home, that unbeknownst to her, will show her real love, true loss, and fill her with utter hope. During her time in San Francisco, Cass will be tasked to overcome the things she never knew were chasing her.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This story is a contemporary medical romance with well-developed characters and a relatable medical theme. It’s an easy read, relatively concise and fast-paced. The friendship to romance trope progresses quickly, but this is understandable given the time the couple have together.

This book is the perfect read to escape to another world with believable characters and a popular medico-romance theme.

Jesse Bhaird was born and raised in Ireland although currently resides in Canada. She is a Trinity College Dublin graduate – where she studied nothing related to writing! As a full-time health care professional, her newfound joy is writing. When not found working, adulting or reading, she can be found outside herding small children and a large dog (all hers) and loves to escape to the mountains when she can for snowboarding in the winter.

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