Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Memoir, Motivational, New Books, Non-Fiction

Women Like Us Amanda Prowse 5*#Review @MrsAmandaProwse @AmazonPub #memoir #preorder #motivational #nonfiction @igbooktours #LoveBooksTours #Virtualbooktour @lovebookstours  #WomenLikeUs #BlogTour #BookReview #WLU #MondayBlogs

‘Women Like Us’ is my life story so far! It’s raw, but I hope, inspiring account of my life lived as someone who always felt as if I was the odd one out. I had so many ideas but felt hemmed in by class, lack of opportunity and my own low self-esteem. I didn’t ever see how I could get on in life.

Growing up as a proper home bird and spending nights on the sofa with my wonderful, eccentric family, I felt as if the world was having a party to which I wasn’t invited, and it felt awful. The thought of writing a book felt like a dream, just out of reach, until at age forty-two, I took the leap, and the rest is history.

Now, ten years later and with over thirty books published, I decided it was time to tackle my greatest challenge –  how I felt about myself, my overweight body and my ageing face. Having lived for years feeling that I wasn’t quite good enough, or that I didn’t quite fit, I finally learned the secrets of living a happy life and am sharing them with you now.

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I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher.

My Thoughts…

Reading this emotional and honest memoir, the reader can see why this author writes such heartfelt fictional stories. It’s recollections of a life so far from an ordinary woman who never lost sight of her dream despite the physical and emotional setbacks. It’s full of love and pain with underlying insecurity about fitting in and being good enough that so many of us can relate to.

Whilst the first part is poignant, the second half of the memoir is intimate and heartbreaking to read at times, but you keep turning the pages hoping that the author will find a way through her pain. The last part of the book is moving and motivational, and it resonates.

I enjoyed the honesty and the positivity of this memoir.

Amanda Prowse

Amanda Prowse is an international bestselling author of twenty-eight novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart-topping titles; ‘What Have I Done?’ ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Coordinates of Loss’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’ and ‘The Things I Know’ have sold millions of copies around the world. Other novels by Amanda Prowse include ‘A Mother’s Story ‘, which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year Award. ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.

She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘the queen of family drama’. Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today. Her titles consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine show, as well as featuring on numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on national and independent radio stations, including LBC and talkRADIO, where she is well known for her insightful observations and infectious humour.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning off the bedside lamp at night, that ensure you walk every step with her great characters and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

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

The Cruiser by Rowan Rossler 5*#Review @RosslerRowan @lovebookstours #TheCruiser #Booktour #Bookreview #TheHustlers

From award-winning storyteller, Rowan Rossler comes The Cruiser, a deliciously heartfelt millionaire playboy romp where navigating the choppy waters of desire is anything but smooth sailing.

Morgan de Rohan-Chabot is Monaco’s most notorious yacht designer. A maverick playboy with a reputation for leaving a trail of broken hearts in his wake. Young, talented, not to mention sexy AF, he’s also got a boatload of attitude.

In other words, he’s my perfect public relations challenge. So what if he’s trouble with a capital T?

I’m a pro. Vandana Hillman: the Queen of Luxury PR.

My life’s just blown up, I need a distraction, and Morgan wants me to join him on the glittering shores of Monaco to help him land a conservative Saudi Prince as a client.

Ten days. In and out. No biggie, right?

What could possibly go wrong?

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I received a copy of this book from the author.

My Thoughts…

A glamorous, sensual romance set in Monaco with believable characters and vibrant settings that keep the reader turning the pages. The story centres on Morgan, a playboy yacht designer and Vandana, a partner in a successful PR company based in LA.

The chemistry between the couple is apparent from their first meeting, and the development of their romance is passionately sensual. The plot is easy to follow with a few twists. Their romance has plenty of contemporary styled conflicts that make it relatable.

This enjoyable romance is a perfect beach read full of emotion, fame and sensuality.

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Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Friendship, New Books, Parenting and Famlies, Romance

Summer Wind Kris Kassady 3* Review @KrisKassadyAuthor #KrisKassady @KellyALacey @lovebookstours @igbooktours #SummerWind #Romance #BlogTour #BookReview #LoveBooksTours

Lucas is a single dad who owns a wooden boatyard in Port Townsend, Washington while raising his thirteen-year-old daughter Chloe on Summer Wind, their forty eight-foot sailboat. At a new school, Chloe makes friends with Myra who just happens to have a single mom. A single dad? A single mom? Two thirteen-year-old cupids? Is second love in play? But, why does life have to be so complicated? A beautiful heartwarming love story about one couple’s fight against the complications of life. 

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My Thoughts…

The simple plot of two single parents meeting through their children and finding they are attracted to each other makes for a sweetly sensual romance. Lucas and Laurie are likeable, flawed characters and Chole and Myra, their daughters, are admirable as matchmakers. There are some serious issues explored in this story, but it sometimes feels like a factual explanation rather than something integral to the plot. The dialogue sometimes lacks authenticity, but the setting is engaging and original.

Overall this is a romantic story with believable conflicts and relatable characters.

Posted in Book Review, Crime, Detective, International Thriller, Mystery, New Books

The Costa Affair Lisa Fantino 4*#Review @AmalfiBlueBook @KellyALacey @lovebookstours #LoveBooksTours @igbooktours  #TheCostaAffair #TheDetectiveFlynnMysteries #BlogTour #BookReview #BookTour #Detective #suspense #mystery

Tremors rock the art world when a millionaire patron of the arts vanishes from his Riverdale mansion. The mysterious disappearance of Gianni Costa and millions in art is headline news, triggers an urgent investigation, imperils a multi-million-dollar auction, and threatens to destabilize a huge overseas pipeline of profit.

In “The Costa Affair,” Lisa Fantino’s long-awaited follow-up to her ‘Det. Maggie Flynn’ mystery series, Maggie is plunged into a world of unimaginable wealth where priceless art changes hands with the fall of a gavel.

Beneath the veneer of elegance though is a transatlantic criminal underworld where deals are brokered in blood, and art is used to evade taxes and launder drug money. Is Costa connected? Nosy NYPD detectives who get too close are in grave peril.

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I received a copy of this book from the author, via NetGalley.

My Thoughts…

When a renowned art patron disappears, detective Maggie Flynn and her partner investigate the case. I liked that Maggie is an intelligent and intuitive investigator, and the dynamic between the two police detectives added authenticity and depth to the story.

A well-researched story whose glimpse of the art world is fascinating. The plot has a good pace and plenty of twists and makes an engaging and informative read.

Author Lisa Fantino is a veteran journalist turned attorney & bestselling author…with a burning passion for travel, salsa & dark chocolate!

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Childrens Books, Friendship, Motivational, New Books

Dreamy Days and Random Naps Mawson 4*#Review @MawsonBear @OdysseyBooks #PictureBook #Lovebookstours #BlogTour #Motivational #BookReview @lovebookstours @igbooktours @KellyALacey #DreamyDaysandRandomNaps #MondayBlogs

Mawson Bear awakes and ponders on the art of creative napping. Scotland the Brave imagines doing great deeds. Professors Caddy and Bree hold the highest hopes for their visionary inventions. Samantha sees wondrous things all around her. The Seekers journey all the way to the edge of the world, being sure to return, of course, by bedtime.

Flop down and relax awhile with Mawson and his drowsy friends. Refresh the soul in the tranquillity of simple joys and innocent dreams.

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My Thoughts…

Having read ‘She Ran Away’ by Mawson, I knew that this picture book would have messages and thoughts for adults and children. Mawson and his bear friends discuss the importance of dreams and napping. The photographs reflect the text and are lovely. Following your dreams, remaining hopeful and giving your mind a rest from everyday routine and problems are recurrent themes.

This book promotes mindfulness and is an excellent thought-provoking discussion tool for children and adults.

Mawson is a big-hearted, soul searching Writer-Bear. His little books are stuffed with moments of happiness for frazzled grownups. Ever since he can remember, Mawson has loved to sit atop a cushion and ponder about this baffling world he has found himself in. Friends approach him about their own dilemmas. They seek instant answers that will make everything all right. Mawson does he is best by pondering even more deeply. But he often falls asleep and wakes as baffled as ever.

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Why not slow down and relax a while with Mawson’s friends in their cosy, whimsical world. Refresh the soul in the tranquility of innocent hours and simple joys.

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Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Friendship, Literary Fiction, New Books, Romance

To Love and Be Loved Amanda Prowse 5*#Review @MrsAmandaProwse @AmazonPub #LakeUnionPress #Love #forgivness #secrets #loss #grief #comingofage @KellyALacey @igbooktours #LoveBooksTours @lovebookstours #ToLoveandBeLoved #BlogTour #BookReview

In this life-affirming tale from bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one woman built a new life to escape her humiliation. Now, can she put the shame behind her and finally find happiness?

Young and desperately in love, Merrin had the whole world ahead of her. But just as her new life was about to start, the ground beneath her feet was cruelly swept away. Devastated by the humiliation, she ran far away from the beloved fishing village she had always called home to lick her wounds and escape her gossiping friends and neighbours.

It hasn’t been easy, but six years later Merrin has forged a new life for herself far from the sea, burying the impulsive girl she once was. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to return to the village she swore she’d never set foot in again.

Reluctantly back in the arms of her community, Merrin begins to realise what she’s been missing out on all these years. As she begins to remember the person she used to be, she is forced to make choices about her future, and to question the past. What does she want from her life? Who is important to her? Who is to blame for everything that went wrong? And can she forgive them, let old wounds heal and finally be her true self again?

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

My Thoughts…

This story is an emotional insight into family life, friendships, loss, and love in a Cornish fishing village. Merrin is in love, but she runs away from her family, friends, and the fishing village she loves when it goes wrong. The story charts her gradual healing. Merrin returns home after a tragic loss that makes her examine who she is, as she comes to terms with the past and defines the life she wants.

The sense of community and family is strong, the characters vibrant, and the conflicts believable. The lyrical writing is immersive, and the vivid characterisation invests the reader in Merrin and the excellent supporting characters’ lives. It’s an addictive read about ordinary people.

Amanda Prowse

Amanda Prowse is an international bestselling author of twenty-eight novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart-topping titles What Have I Done? Perfect Daughter, My Husband’s Wife, The Coordinates of Loss, The Girl in the Corner and The Things I Know have sold millions of copies around the world. Other novels by Amanda Prowse include A Mother’s Story, which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year Award. Perfect Daughter was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.

She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘the queen of family drama’. Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today. Her titles consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine show, as well as featuring on numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on national and independent radio stations, including LBC and talkRADIO, where she is well known for her insightful observations and infectious humour.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning off the bedside lamp at night, that ensure you walk every step with her great characters and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

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Posted in Book Review, Childrens Books, Motivational, New Books, Parenting and Famlies

Mike Nero and the Superhero School Natasha Carlow #Illustrator Kyle Stephen @natasha_carlow @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours #BlogTour #KidLit #ChildrensBooks #BookReview #MikeNeroandtheSuperheroSchool

Can I tell you something about this school? You see this isn’t a regular school. This is a superhero school…” 

First days can be tough, especially for someone as shy as Mikey but Mikey’s new school is a little different. On his first day, he meets his principal and some incredible children who help him discover his own superpower within and he learns that no matter what we may look like on the outside, everyone has something that makes them valuable. 

Can Mikey learn to use his newfound superpower to make his school a better place for all students?

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My Thoughts…

This is an engaging story for young children that explores how being different is a positive thing and the importance of being inclusive and kind to everyone.

We share Mikey’s experiences as he visits his new school. He is nervous and wonders if he will make friends. The concepts are easy to understand and reinforced by the illustrations. Mikey realises that his new classmates understand each other’s differences. The story focuses on the positives and celebrates kindness and understanding.

Natasha Carlow

Natasha is a wife and mother of two amazing rainbow babies. She resides in Trinidad and Tobago, where she works as an Itinerant Counsellor working in Youth and Guidance. She is the author of the award-winning Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies, which tells the story of how faith brought healing and hope to her family after the pain and loss of miscarriages. Her experience with grief and loss moved her to create avenues for other families in her country experiencing similar things. She is a contributing writer at pregnancyafterlosssupport.org and Her View from Home. Inspired by her son, Natasha wrote her newest book MIke Nero and the Superhero School which focuses on a young boy with special needs and how he comes to discover the superhero within himself. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking fancy restaurant meals at home and eating them in her pyjamas.

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Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Espionage - Spy - Thriller, International Thriller, New Books, Political Thriller, Thriller, Travel

From a Position of Strength Sean Heary 4*#Review @Sean_Heary @lovebookstours @KellyALacey @igbooktours @seanhearyauthor #lovebookstours #Thriller #Political #Spy #ConspiracyTheory #International #BlogTour #BookReview #MondayBlogs

Lying by the pool under a clear Tuscan sky, Lorenzo Rossi, the former head of the Vatican police, receives a surprise visit from his ex-fiancée, CIA Agent Cathy Doherty. Cathy is concerned about Rossi’s safety. 

Three nights ago, a Russian GRU intelligence officer Elena Trusova was critically injured in a vehicle rollover on a remote road leading to Rossi’s olive farm in Siena, Italy.

Rossi assures Cathy the proximity of the accident is pure coincidence, but agrees to investigate after Cathy reveals the Russian was a double agent working for the CIA and probability on her way to see him.

Together they uncover a heinous right-wing plot that, if successful, would lead to nuclear Armageddon.

Can Rossi and Cathy stop a president gone mad or is this the end of the world as we know it?

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

My Thoughts…

This third novel featuring Rossi and Cathy is an entertaining read. The story is complete and is readable as a standalone. This fast-paced and conspiracy theory orientated spy thriller is pacy. The characters are relatable and draw the reader into their world of danger, deceit and desire.

An easy to follow plot has surprising twists and an impactful ending. Vivid, sensual imagery captures the characters and locations’ vibrancy. The dynamic between Rossi and Cathy is engaging, and their humour and romantic banter make this story resonate.

This is a great series if you enjoy conspiracy thrillers with a good balance of action and humour.

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Sean travelled the world for thirty years as a mining company executive, living for many years only a stone’s throw from the Kremlin. No wonder he likes to write political thrillers. He also worked for several years in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he picked up a taste for Central Asian cuisine and met his wife. Born and raised in Australia, Sean now makes Germany his home.

Posted in Adventure Fiction, Blog Tour, Book Review, Historical Fiction, New Books, Travel

Grace on the Horizon Emma Lombard @LombardEmma #Graceonthehorizon @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours #TheWhiteSailsSeries #BookTour #Mystery #Romance #Adventure #BookReview #MondayBlogs

GRACE ON THE HORIZON is the second full-length novel in The White Sails Series. Grace and Seamus, united by their past experiences, are adrift on a raft of shame in the sea of 1830s London society. After a personal tragedy, Grace’s desperation to leave London forces Seamus to accept a dubious commission on the private explorer, Clover.

With the expedition financed by Colonel Hamilton and his private backers, Seamus is tasked with mapping a round-the-world voyage. But Colonel Hamilton has an additional package that requires delivery—Father Babcock—a priest wanted for murder. The church wants Babcock transported far from England to set up a new mission in South America.

Battling his overprotectiveness, Seamus breaks his oath to always tell Grace the truth and hides Babcock’s identity from her. But the journey aboard the Clover is far from smooth sailing, and Grace suspects a saboteur. Trapped within the ship’s confines, she must learn to forgive her husband’s well-intentioned duplicity and determine who wishes them harm—because now she also has her unborn child to protect.

Is it an aggrieved member of the Admiralty who believes Seamus disgraced the service by resigning his command to chase after Grace? Perhaps Grace’s father, Lord Flint, seeking revenge against her for ruining the family name? Or a jealous suitor determined to ruin the life Grace is trying to build with Seamus?

From the damp cobbled streets of London, around the freezing stormy tip of Cape Horn, and into the scorching dusty bush of New Holland, GRACE ON THE HORIZON promises another adventure on the high seas, bursting with action and suspense. It is historical women’s fiction that will appeal to fans of the strong female protagonist in Outlander and  Poldark.

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

My Thoughts…

The second in the White Sails series sees Grace on a dangerous adventure where she has more to protect than herself. The story is full of richly described historical details that make excellent use of sensory imagery. The time and place are brought to vibrant life, making this an exciting read.

I haven’t read the first book in the series, and I feel it would have been even more enjoyable if I had. This is a romantic story full of menace and mystery with cleverly crafted characters and settings.


Emma Lombard was born in Pontefract in the UK. She grew up in Africa—calling Zimbabwe and South Africa home for a few years—before finally settling in Brisbane Australia, and raising four boys. Before she started writing historical fiction, she was a freelance editor in the corporate world, which was definitely not half as exciting as writing rollicking romantic adventures. Her characters are fearless seafarers, even though in real life Emma gets disastrously seasick.

DISCERNING GRACE, is the first book in The White Sails Series.

 

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Review, Christmas Read, Contemporary Fiction, Friday Read, Friendship, Holiday Romance, New Books, Romance, Travel

Christmas Island Natalie Normann 5*#Review @NatalieNormann1 @0neMoreChapter_ @lovebooksgroup @lovebookstours  #ChristmasIsland #Norway #Festive #Christmas #Romance #Friendship #BookTour #BookReview #FridayReads

Cosy up in front of a fire and discover Christmas the Norwegian way…full of romance, cosy traditions and hygge!

In the bleak midwinter…
A really frosty wind is making Holly’s life absolutely miserable

After all the years of hard work it took Londoner Holly Greene to become a doctor, now it could all be taken away and she only has herself to blame. She’s retreating to her brother’s rustic home on an island off the coast of Norway to lick her wounds. Only, it’s the middle of winter and icy slush plus endless darkness isn’t exactly the cheery, festive getaway she had imagined.

Nearly stumbling off the edge of a cliff in the dark, Holly is saved by Frøy, a yellow-eyed cat of fearsome but fluffy proportions, and his owner – grouchy, bearded recluse, Tor. Tor has his own problems to face but the inexplicable desire to leave a bag of freshly baked gingerbread men on Holly’s doorstep is seriously getting in the way of his hermit routine.

Call it kindness, call it Christmas, but Holly’s arrival means midwinter has never looked less bleak.

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My Thoughts…

Christmas Island captures Norwegian festive traditions with vibrant descriptions and vivid sensory imagery. Inclement weather and seemingly unending darkness show why a bright Christmas celebration is necessary for the islanders. The atmospheric opening chapters introduce Holly, a doctor running from her life and hoping to find solace on the island. Instead, she gets lost, wet and is frightened in her first few hours on the island.

Tor is living a reclusive life on the island and is a mystery to the friendly islanders. His cat Troy is the reason he meets Holly, and the two have an interesting dynamic. The friendship and eventual romance is gentle and reflects their past hurts. The sense of community and customs makes this a heartwarming and uplifting read.

Natalie Normann grew up in a shipping town on the west coast of Norway and always wanted to be a writer. Actually, she wanted to smoke cigars and drink whiskey like Hemingway but settled for chocolate and the occasional glass of Baileys.

Her writing journey started with short stories in women’s magazines until her first book was published in 1995.

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