#BookReview Summer Nights and Pillow Fights by Beth Rain @BethRainAuthor

What they say: Eve Grey is divorced, the wrong side of forty and dreading her only son leaving for college in the autumn. Still, she has one last summer planned with him in Little Bamton, and she’s determined to make the most of it. At least, that’s the plan until Davy’s father rocks up and tempts him away with the promise of sun, sea and sand. Eve’s summer stretches away in front of her…

She’s alone for the first time in 18 years…
The house feels strangely empty…
And there’s something about the summer air that’s making her feel decidedly fidgety.

All it takes is one particularly rowdy book club session to set her on a new and exciting path!

Finn Casey is hoping his visit to Little Bamton might help him get over his writer’s block. It was his editor’s idea to take a painting course in an attempt to get inside his new hero’s head. Unfortunately, the village just provides him with a whole new set of distractions . . .

His quietly beautiful new art teacher . . .
The fact that his bedroom just happens to be right next to hers . . .
And his editor’s not helping matters by phoning every hour of the day (and night) asking for updates on the manuscript.

Will Eve open up enough to let new love in? Will Finn finally manage to step into his hero’s shoes and win the girl? Or is this particular love story doomed to remain unwritten?

A warm, summer read full of fun, romance and laughter! For fans of Holly Martin, Darcie Boleyn and TA Williams.

Summer Nights and Pillow Fights is the third standalone novella in the Little Bamton series

The review: I’d heard a lot (a lottttttt!!) about Beth Rain books in some of the book groups I’m in online and, given that I’m in a few with her, and she always seems so lovely and inspiring too, I decided it was time to sit down and enjoy one (I knew I’d enjoy it from all of the gushing!) Oh. My. Wordy. Word.

Another author to add to my list of ‘how in the hell have I not read this author’s books yet’ category!! It started with a scene that had me sobbing, with Eve, our lead, facing into an empty house as her son went off to college. What happened next had me settling down, ready to not be able to stop reading as I got myself ready for her art course (special mention here for all the charcoal, watercolour and woolen beauty!) .

And I was right!! With amazing friendships, the best premise to give a bit of drama and a cinematic rom com chase, fantastic banter, fun characters, beautiful romance, stunning vivid art scenes that depicted such gorgeous settings… let’s just say Beth Rain is sealed as an author I’ll be reading again. This is number 3 of a series but I hadn’t read the first two and it worked fine. Saying that I probably will read those books and I am WAITING for the next in the series!

Rating: 5/5

#Bookreview Bella’s Big Caribbean Adventure by Annabelle and Anne John-Ligali #publicationday #outnow! @AnneJohnLigali

I definitely don’t need to introduce these two ladies (as I would have told you, you would have met Anne with all of her fabulous spa books (chick lit perfection!) and Annabelle at Christmas time with her debut Lost in Christmas Wonderland  (check them ALL out!!)

School is out for the summer and Bella is off to St Vincent and the Grenadines with her mum Isabel, Granny Sylta, Iris, and Tommy. This is not just any holiday, because Bella and Iris are going to be bridesmaids at Clara’s wedding, her mum’s best friend.

When Bella and the rest of the family arrive at Clara’s plush villa in Cane Garden, she and Iris have the opportunity to view their dresses before the big day. The dresses are locked up in a wardrobe that is so old not only does it take ten minutes to open, but you can barely turn the lock.

But after a minor distraction, they miss the chance to view their dresses. Bella and Iris must now wait another week before they can see them. Feeling incredibly impatient, Bella sneaks the wardrobe key to finally have a peek at the dresses. But when a ball sails over the garden wall, the unexpected happens and one silly mistake changes everything and her Big Caribbean Adventure turns into something she could never have imagined.

Bella’s Big Caribbean Adventure is a story about the importance of patience, teamwork and never giving up.
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Also available on Kindle Unlimited

The Review: Apologies for the lateness of the review, I had committed to reading this with Aidan but (shock of shocks) ALL of the kids wanted to read this too which presented, um scheduling conflicts (they wouldn’t let me read when they weren’t all there)!!

This is such a fab book!!! From absolutely eating up the glorious descriptions of the settings from home to that of a very stunning villa which had not only the beauty and vibrancy and colour of holidays (we live in Ireland, remember!) but also the element of enchantment somehow with the wardrobe and the perfection of bringing us along with them on their chase.


I wish I could tell you more about said chase but I’ll just say that it is excellent and we definitely had the element of ‘but they can’t find it yet!’ Ten out of five and the authors are firmly sealed in this household. I’ve been told to tell that this is suitable for boys or girls and the adventure was something everyone will want to read!!
Rating: 10 out of 5 . Loved it!! I’ll say thanks to the fantastic author for the copy but we also bought and are buying the paperback (honestly that good!)

Annabelle is ten years old and lives in London. She enjoys playing with her brother, vlogging about books she’s read, and places she’s visited on her Annabelle Presents YouTube platform. 

She likes to bake cookies and especially Caribbean coconut fried bakes which are her favourites. Her favourite authors are Alesha Dixon, Serena Patel, Jaqueline Wilson, David Walliams, and Ben Miller. She also likes reading magazines; she is a subscriber of First News For Kids. 

You can connect with Annabelle here:

Instagram: @annabellepresents

Annabelle’s website, click here

Anne lives in London and is a mum of two. She studied graphic design at the University of Arts London. Before deciding to write fiction, she worked in the city of London as an I.T. administrator. Anne also writes women’s fiction and has written a three-part series. She is currently writing a 12-part short story series due for release in January 2022. 

You may connect with Anne here: Instagram: @anne_johnligali

Bella’s Big Caribbean Adventure by Annabelle and Anne John-Ligali #publicationday #outnow! @AnneJohnLigali

I am always so so excited to have either of these ladies on my blog (you would have met Anne with all of her fabulous spa books (chick lit perfection!) that totally got me excited for writing again and Annabelle at Christmas time with her fab debut Lost in Christmas Wonderland ) Now I’m not really here (ssh!) I’m just popping in to tell you about this and wish both a very very happy publication day and then later in the week I’ll be back to you with a review (am going to be reading it with Aidan, my 8 year old.)

School is out for the summer and Bella is off to St Vincent and the Grenadines with her mum Isabel, Granny Sylta, Iris, and Tommy. This is not just any holiday, because Bella and Iris are going to be bridesmaids at Clara’s wedding, her mum’s best friend.

When Bella and the rest of the family arrive at Clara’s plush villa in Cane Garden, she and Iris have the opportunity to view their dresses before the big day. The dresses are locked up in a wardrobe that is so old not only does it take ten minutes to open, but you can barely turn the lock.

But after a minor distraction, they miss the chance to view their dresses. Bella and Iris must now wait another week before they can see them. Feeling incredibly impatient, Bella sneaks the wardrobe key to finally have a peek at the dresses. But when a ball sails over the garden wall, the unexpected happens and one silly mistake changes everything and her Big Caribbean Adventure turns into something she could never have imagined.

Bella’s Big Caribbean Adventure is a story about the importance of patience, teamwork and never giving up.

Amazon UK

Also available on Kindle Unlimited

About the authors

Annabelle is ten years old and lives in London. She enjoys playing with her brother, vlogging about books she’s read, and places she’s visited on her Annabelle Presents YouTube platform. 

She likes to bake cookies and especially Caribbean coconut fried bakes which are her favourites. Her favourite authors are Alesha Dixon, Serena Patel, Jaqueline Wilson, David Walliams, and Ben Miller. She also likes reading magazines; she is a subscriber of First News For Kids. 

You can connect with Annabelle here:

Instagram: @annabellepresents

Annabelle’s website, click here

Anne lives in London and is a mum of two. She studied graphic design at the University of Arts London. Before deciding to write fiction, she worked in the city of London as an I.T. administrator. Anne also writes women’s fiction and has written a three-part series. She is currently writing a 12-part short story series due for release in January 2022. 

You may connect with Anne here: Instagram: @anne_johnligali

#CoverReveal – #CampDeath By @Jim_Ody_Author AND #Ouija By @Zooloo2008 @QuestionPress #QMPHorror

I am so so (so so so so … continues to infinity) excited to host a cover reveal today, not only because it’s children’s horror (I lived for horror as a child!!) but also it’s because it’s TWO different books to kick start a horror series and one of them is from our very own Zoe O Farrell, one of a very current set of prolific bloggers that also runs a Book Promo company (Zooloos book tours!)!!

About the author-Jim Ody

Jim writes dark psychological/thrillers, Horror and YA books that have endings you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written over a dozen novels and many more short-stories spanning many genres. 

Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife, three beautiful children and two indignant cats in Swindon, Wiltshire UK. 

Follow him at:

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Twitter @Jim_Ody_Author

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Pre Order Links : 

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Book Blurb: – 

The place had a gruesome past that nobody wanted to talk about… Camp Deathe is now a great place to spend the summer. Ritchie soon finds a group of outsiders like himself. Teenagers who ignore the organised activities, and bunk off in the old abandoned cabins deep in the woods. The cabins that have a history. The campfire monster stories were meant to just scare them. Nobody expected them to come true. Then one of the teenagers disappears in the middle of the night. Something is watching them. It hides in the woods and hunts at night. Ritchie will have to uncover the secrets of the camp and understand his own problems in order to survive. 

Camp Death is Book 1 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine. Check out Book 2 – Ouija by Zoe-Lee O’Farrell

So here we are …

Ready …

Hold on … hold on … I feel the need to tell you I LIVED for Point Horror books when I was a child so CANNOT WAIT (caps essential) to both read and get my kids reading this book, which sounds AMAZING!!! Now, where was I … oh yes!!

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Pre Order Links : 

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Amazon US

And now for Zoe!!!

About the author -Zoé-Lee O’ Farrell

She is a book blogger and tour organiser just to keep her extra busy. When she is not reading or writing, you can usually find her watching Watford FC or at a gig. Failing that she can be found rolling her eyes at her husband as he acts the same age as her spitfire of a Mini-Me whilst separating her two cats. 

Ouija is her debut novel.

Follow her at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zoelee.anthony

Instagram

Twitter @Zooloo2008

Website : https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/ 

Book Blurb :- 

The only thing for certain is the deaths were no accident. Rayner High School once a prestigious school stands in ruins after such a terrible event. A year later, a group of friends return to the abandoned school and their nightmare begins. Something wants to get out and won’t take NO for an answer… Ouija is Book 2 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine.

Check out Book 1 – Camp Death by Jim Ody

(Jumps about) Wow. Wow wow wow-can’t wait!!!

So here we are …

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Pre Order links :

Amazon UK

Amazon US

There you go, as you can see I’m very excited about this new series so get on it!

#Stackingtheshelves #bookhaul 1st May 2021

Stacking the Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. It is basically where you show how you’ve upped your book stash (ebooks,audio or paperback) through any means- buying, library or downloading, and was reminded of it by the Secret library Book Blog so the fantastic Nicki.

I have been filling up the kindle recently, wedged between the number of 99p deals out and my solid, I will not break but keep breaking, book buying ban. It’s simultaneously killing me and making me happy. It also seems I’m very much geared towards rom com and chick lit at the mo, I haven’t bought many thriller or paranormal witch cozies (really, no? Get onto it, you’ll thank me later!!). Anyhoo here we go, thanks to Tynga for coming up with this as and Nicki from the secret library book blog. Oh and firstly I may have gotten them over the last few weeks not just one and secondly excuse my formatting- I am at present in a toddler bed with a sick 6 year old (who’s asleep!). That and i’m rubbish at formatting! But I digress …

  1. Meet me at the treehouse by Kelly Tink- everyone I know who read this seemed breathless over its beauty, so can’t wait to check it out
Meet me in the Treehouse by Kelly Tink

2. Summer Nights And Pillow fights by Beth Rain- as an author I’m always in awe of people who put out regular, top quality content, and I’ve heard nothing but great stuff about the lovely Beth Rain.

2. Summer Nights and Pillow fights by Beth Rain

3. The single Mum’s Book Club by Victoria Cooke. Mom lit, a book club AND it’s Victoria Cooke?! An easy one!!

The single Mum’s Book Club by Victoria Cooke

4. Lisa Swift’s When You Were Mine- chomping at the bit for this. This was free so will be extra sure to get a review up and also buy another of her books if I love it. (Gazes at spellbinding cover)

When You Were Mine by Lisa Swift

5. Bettina Hunt High Heels on the Beach- am actually nearly finished this. Job gone, boyfriend gone and asked home to run a b&b by the sea. Score!!

High Heels on the beach by Bettina Hunt

6. Straight from the Hart by Tracie Banister- an author I would buy anything of. Been waiting for this one excitedly!!

Straight from the hart by Tracie Banister

7. I Let You Go by Clare mackintosh- Question on a book club forum recently: what book can’t you wait to go down in price. Me (embarrassed): this one. Cue people jumping about saying ‘but it’s 99p!’ I. Cannot. Wait!!!

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

8. Thirteen guests. One killer. No escape. (I first read it as 13 killers, 1 guest, no escape- I’m glad it wasn’t this, even Stephen King wouldn’t write that book!)

The invitation by A M Castle

9. Liz Davies The Ticklemore Tattler- another author I jump for without even checking. Love love love!!

The Ticklmore Tattler by Liz Davies

Well, there you go! If anyone wants to let me know about books they’ve gotten that they’re excited about recently, go for it! And big waves and hugs, it’s lovely to be back!

A bit of an update …

It’s a bit of a mad one, I’m used to being over here as a blogger, and only sometimes as an author. Instead I’m now showing my author wares, but I’ll definitely be throwing in some reviews and updates on my writing, reading and book buys.

So I found myself heading to the ‘about’ section and sitting down to type this:

I’m Berni and I live in the Midlands of Ireland with my brilliantly out there husband, four great little men and four cats! I write sunshiny, feel good romantic comedies and chick lit. You may have come here expecting a book blog. Hopefully you won’t mind joining me for various musings on my rom com and chick lit books and series. There’ll still be some reviews of course, and you can always look over the hundreds I’ve blogged about over the years. See you inside!

So there we go! And hopefully I do see you inside. Saying that if I don’t, thank you for following me all these years, it’s beyond appreciated!

#PublicationDay #Giveaway LOST IN CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND by Annabelle John Ligali @AnneJohnLigali

Am so so thrilled today to be showing you a book from the amazing Anne John Ligali’s (you, know, from the weekend spa series which I adored?) daughter Annabelle! I’d say my kids will love it! And she’s only NINE? Oh, oh, oh- and there’s a giveaway too!!

LOST IN CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND PUBLICATION DAY GIVEAWAY!


To celebrate the release of Lost in Christmas Wonderland, Annabelle is giving away a marshmallow cake. In her book, the family makes a huge fuss over granny’s Christmas marshmallow cake that she makes every year. In one chapter, granny Sylta asks Rita to buy a bag of marshmallows at the Christmas Wonderland theme park, and throughout the book there’s always a mention of this delightful cake. Annabelle has decided to give one person the chance to win a marshmallow cake to enjoy!
There’s also a second prize, you can win a box of candy canes.

Here’s what you need to do to enter.

1) Follow Annabelle on her Instagram page at @annabellepresents
2) Find this picture of the marshmallow cake and leave a comment. Tell her what your favourite theme park ride is, or used to be, or just anything you enjoy about visiting a theme park, and that’s it.
The giveaway closes on the 8th of December at midnight. Winners announced at random on Annabelle’s Instagram page @annabellepresents

This competition is open to UK residents only.

Thank you and good luck!

What they say:

Lost in Christmas Wonderland,
by Annabelle John-Ligali

When ten-year-old Bella Matthews and her mum, Isabel, visit Granny Sylta in the snowy village of Lakersfield for Christmas, it turns out there is more in store than just Christmas cake and a ton of presents.

When she arrives, she meets her cousin Rita and a boy called Tommy for the first time, and catches up with her friend Iris again too. Together they discover an exciting attraction is in town: A giant Christmas Wonderland Theme Park. They are dazzled by hundreds of decorated Christmas trees, a Musical Nativity, a Santa Parade, an Upside Down House, and many more attractions.

But Bella ends up having an unexpected adventure of her own as she dances with pot-bellied Santas, discovers a palace made entirely out of glass, wanders into an intriguing puzzle room, and treks for miles to find shelter on a snowy night.

Can Bella find her way back to Granny Sylta’s house in time for Christmas dinner?

Lost in Christmas Wonderland is a story about courage, kindness, friendship, the importance of family, and the magic of Christmas.


BIO

About Annabelle
Annabelle is nine years old and lives in London. The inspiration for her book came after she visited Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park in November 2019 with her mum, dad, little brother Andre, and Granny Sylta.
It was here she first saw an Upside Down House and had heaps of fun filming and visiting all of the rooms. Annabelle was so fascinated that she decided to vlog about it on her Youtube channel. Click here to watch the video.
Shortly after her visit, she thought how fun it would be to write a story about a girl who visits a Christmas theme park with some friends and goes on a little adventure.
Outside of school, Annabelle enjoys playing with her brother, vlogging about books she’s read, and places she’s visited. She also likes making up dance routines to songs that are trending on Tiktok. When she wants to have a giggle, she plays Guess Who with her mum.
Her favourite authors are Alesha Dixon, Trish Cooke, David Walliams, and Ben Miller. She also likes reading magazines like First News For Kids and Cocoa Girl. This is Annabelle’s first book, and she hopes you like it.
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Youtube: Annabelle Presents

Website: http://www.annabellejohnligali.com

One Kiss Before Christmas by Emma Jackson #BookReview @esjackson1 #winterwarmer

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A gorgeously romantic festive read from the author of A Mistletoe Miracle, guaranteed to warm your heart this Christmas!


Could it be the start of her happy ever after?

Ashleigh could use a little Christmas magic. She’s still living in Brighton with her Nan – who could give the Grinch lessons in how to be miserable – her acting career has been reduced to playing one of Santa’s elves, and not even the prospect of a friend’s winter wedding can cheer her up…

That is until Olivier, the gorgeous French chef, reappears in her life. Or more accurately, next door.

When they were teenagers, Olivier would spend every Christmas with his mother, who just happens to be Ash’s neighbour and owner of the best chocolate shop in England.

If anyone can bring a little sparkle back to Ash’s life, it’s Olivier. All she needs is one kiss before Christmas…

The Review: When Emma Jackson set up her Winter Warmer challenge to read Christmas books over November, with a read along of sorts on the 29th, I thought what better book to start with?!

From the start I was very much taken with this book, where we follow Ash, who has been working as an elf in a santa’s grotto, also meeting Olivier, who has returned from France, from a thankless job as a chef with his tough – love delivering father.

Ash and Olivier have a past together and I loved unfurling their story. The romance here is beautiful, and has everything a Christmas story should have, with so much sparkle and twinkle. The side stories and side characters, Ash’s man, and Oliver’s maman, were lovely, as were the resolutions.

All in all, I loved this book and can’t wait for more winter Warmers!

Rating:4.5/5

#BookReview #Halloween #Halloweenreads The Right Equation by Tracy Krimmer @tkrimms

Hi everyone! Sits down at dusty desk and swipes st the screen with a cloth. So I’ve been away from here for over a month now, I’ll be honest, I was terrified I was done with both blogging and reading, but Halloween seems to have tentatively nudged me back in the right direction, and I’m now enjoying a host of holiday (the holiday of Halloween of course!) reads! Huge hugs to you all, it’s a relief to be back!!!❤

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What they say:

This is a short story, approximately 30 pages.

Penny and high school never got along. She attends her fifteen year reunion costume party on Halloween and hopes her high school crush Will shows up. When the lights go out and Will finds her, can their sparks turn the lights back on?

The review: So I’ve always been a ginormous fan of Halloween. Every year my kids ask ‘ but do you really like it more than Christmas?’ And I admit that it’s possible but that it’s not comparable, that they’re two different holidays etc. Saying that, as far as books and movies? I ADORE Halloween done well!

I love the spectacular autumnal colours, the decorations, the costumes, the trick or treaters traipsing from door to door. Perfection! And so this year, with my huge reading block, I decided these were the books that would shift it, and also get me back blogging, and boy was I right!!

The Right Equation was the story of a high school reunion where Penny returns to give the place another chance. In her head is a list of people she doesn’t want to meet, and one she’s intrigued about. I jumped easily into the amazing halloween setting of a high school in halloween, complete with fancy dress and a range of characters who had decided to keep their high school personas, with some of the bullies never having learned to be nice. I flew through this, felling like I was really there, and really feeling for Penny. I’ll admit I wanted the non romantic story to climax more but my god if you want to absolutely ingest the spirit of Halloween this was a fantastic story and as I said, got me my realing groove back, so definitely one I’ll remember and am grateful to!

Rating:4/5

#Blogtour #BookReview My Christmas Number One by Leonie Mack @LeonieMAuthor @rararesources #boldwoodbloggers

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About the book: There’s nothing quite like a Christmas love story, to get you in the mood for celebrating…

Cara doesn’t do sexy and she only does ‘Happy Christmas’ under duress. She is, after all, a serious musician, and her stubborn streak is born from her struggle to recover from a serious injury.

Javi lives for escapist fun – in his music, and in his life – especially since he’s always failed at life’s more serious challenges, including marriage and fatherhood.

Javi and Cara are forced to record a Christmas single together, but neither of them have plans to spend any more time with each other than they absolutely have to. With Christmas traditions that couldn’t be more different, and outlooks on life that are worlds apart, the chemistry just shouldn’t work. But the magic of Christmas can bring even opposites together…

From the snowy beauty of London at Christmas, to the candle-lit magic of Javi’s traditional family celebrations, let Leonie Mack whisk you away on a memorable festive adventure. Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Mandy Baggot and Holly Martin.

The Review: I had absolutely leapt for this book for so many reasons, I had ‘met’ the author on social media, and aside from how positive, enthusiastic and lovely she was, I was blown away by her professionalism, which I knew would translate into her books. (Of course add the words, music, Christmas and ‘for fans of Mandy Baggot’ and you pretty much have me grabbing for my Kindle anyhoo!)

So we have two very different characters, both mesmerising, one a loud, gyrating, bubbling over Columbian musician who is looking for ‘Something’ music wise, the other a dancer, an artist even, who’s graceful and captivating and also a talented musical artist, but from a totally different world- one where she side steps all that Christmas means because of a horrific accident that marked Christmas as a tragic time for ever more.

I adored this book from the start. I devoured the beauty, stoicness, strength and sadness of Cara’s life and the craziness of Javi’s, unable to look away as they clashed and then almost able to hear the fantastic music they made together. The Christmas feel, then the settings as they moved between climates, the chemistry and heat and some wonderful side characters were amazing. This book had an almost cinematic feel to it, and I absorbed every second. A beautiful book with salsa rhythms and outstanding beauty.

All in all beyond recommended and thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review and for allowing me to be part of the blog tour.

Rating:5/5

Leonie Mack is a debut romantic novelist. Having lived in London for many years her home is now in Germany with her husband and three children. Leonie loves train travel, medieval towns, hiking and happy endings!

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