#BlogTour #BookReview #GIVEAWAY Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green

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Length: 127 pages

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What they say: Fleeing from a romance gone wrong, Ellie Farmer arrives in the pretty little village of Sunnybrook, hoping for a brand new start that most definitely does not include love! Following an unscheduled soak in the village duck pond, she meets Sylvia, who runs the nearby Duck Pond Café. Renting the little flat above the café seems like the answer to Ellie’s prayers. It’s only for six months, which will give her time to sort out her life, far away from cheating boyfriend Richard. But is running away from your past ever really the answer? Clashing with the mysterious and brooding Zack Chamberlain, an author with a bad case of writer’s block, is definitely not what Ellie needs right now. And then there’s Sylvia, who’s clinging so hard to her past, she’s in danger of losing the quaint but run-down Duck Pond Café altogether. Can Ellie find the answers she desperately needs in Sunnybrook? And will she be able to help save Sylvia’s little Duck Pond Café from closure?

Review: This is the story of the Ellie Farmer  who is visiting the village of Sunnybrook for personal reasons and realises that she has fallen in love with the place. And I have to say, I fell in love with it too!

From the quirky cafe (renovation alert-you know I love big renovation projects!), to the ‘artisan’ bakery, to the gorgeous little duck pond itself, to the great cast of characters, I was so taken with this book and thrilled to  a) be part of the blog tour that promotes it and b) see it was part of a series and so I’d get to visit again!! The instant we met Ellie, I was in. In, in, in! With sparkliness and comedy from the off, it was totally up my street.

As well as all of that I’m always a fan of cliches done well and there’s a few in this book that made me nod along and smile. Ellie has a romantic history that has made her decide that men are off the cards, and I welcomed the unexpected romance, which I thought was both well done and nicely explained! I was a bit worried about her mum, and to be honest I’m not the biggest fan of such serious issues (dementia) being introduced to light-hearted books, but that’s just because I’d rather a book like this to have pure escapism form serious issues. Saying that it was well done and added to the general warmth of the book.

A lovely, lovely book that has made me decide to go back to my roots for Chick Lit May so many thanks to both the author and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for the book in return for an honest review. Roll on the next book!

Rating: 4.5/5

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!

Win wooden Duck ornament and chocolates (Open to UK Only). 

During each day of this blog tour, each clues will be revealed to the true identity of Rosie Green.
Today’s Clue is:

‘Among the Treetops’ is the place to find love in my latest book!

In order to enter, you need to follow Rosie Green on Twitter, RT this tweet (here) and then take a guess using the hashtag #WhoisRosieGreen 

You may guess more than once.
All entries using the hash tag will be entered, and the giveaway closes 23:00 BST 12th April
The identity of Rosie Green will be revealed on twitter after 12th April as will the giveaway winner.
Good luck and don’t forget to look at posts on other days of this tour, for more clues.

About the author

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

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#CoverReveal Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green

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Today I’m thrilled to be part of a beautiful cover reveal for ‘Spring at the little Duck Pond Café’ by Rosie Green. Thanks so much to Rachel at  https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/ for having me!I’ll let you out of your misery first and introduce you to this gorgeous Springy cover (yay Spring!!) and then you can rad what the book is about. I have to tell you it sounds so lovely I can’t wait to read!

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What they say: Fleeing from a romance gone wrong, Ellie Farmer arrives in the pretty little village of Sunnybrook, hoping for a brand new start that most definitely does not include love! Following an unscheduled soak in the village duck pond, she meets Sylvia, who runs the nearby Duck Pond Café. Renting the little flat above the café seems like the answer to Ellie’s prayers. It’s only for six months, which will give her time to sort out her life, far away from cheating fiancé Richard.

But is running away from your past ever really the answer?

Clashing with the mysterious and brooding Zak Chamberlain, an author with a bad case of writer’s block, is definitely not what Ellie needs right now. And then there’s Sylvia, who’s clinging so hard to her past, she’s in danger of losing the quaint but run-down Duck Pond Café altogether.

Can Ellie find the answers she desperately needs in Sunnybrook? And will she be able to help save Sylvia’s little Duck Pond Café from closure?

This novella is part of a trilogy:

Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café

Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café

Winter at The Little Duck Pond Café

Publication date: 22nd March 2018

About the author

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first, Spring at the Little Duck Pond Café, is out on March 22nd 2018.

Twitter –  @Rosie_Green1988

#CoverReveal #GIVEAWAY A Falling Friend & A Forsake Friend Covers by Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape

So I’m so excited to bring you two covers that I find absolutely gorgeous! I’m going to be terrible and bring them both to you together FIRST, as in before deets of the book, just because I like them that much! Okay, okay, I’ll give you a drumroll first …

AFF 1 and 2 Covers

Here’s the first: A FALLING FRIEND

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There are two sides to every friendship.

After spending her twenties sailing the globe, making love on fine white sand, and thinking only of today, Teri Meyer returns to Yorkshire – and back into the life of childhood friend Lee. Plus, there’s the new job, new man – or three – and the guaranteed lump sum of a bursary for her academic research piece on the way. Life is first-rate.

What could possibly go wrong?

Going out on a limb to get best friend Teri a job at the same university seemed like a great idea. But it doesn’t take long for Lee Harper to notice a pattern. Teri seems to attract trouble, or maybe she creates it, and Lee can see exactly where things are spiralling – downwards. But Teri’s not the sort to heed a warning, so Lee has no choice but to stand by and watch.

And besides, she has her own life to straighten out.

For fans of BRIDGET JONES, this ‘witty’ chick lit has been described as a ‘rollicking good read’ and is the first in the FRIENDS trilogy following the lives of two thirty-something women, who, despite their close friendship, don’t always see eye-to-eye.

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And now … FORSAKEN FRIEND

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A FORSAKEN FRIEND

No-one said friendship was easy.

Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband! Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help.

But then there’s Declan, not to mention Duck’s Arse back in Yorkshire…

It’s not as if Lee Harper set out to fall in love with her best friend’s ex-husband. But, for once, her love life is looking up – except for all the elephants in the room, not to mention Mammy’s opinion on her dating a twice-divorced man. Perhaps things aren’t as rosy as she first thought. And now with one family crisis after another, Lee’s juggling more roles – and emotions – than she ever imagined.

Maybe sharing her life with a man wasn’t such a grand idea.

The FRIENDS trilogy continues in this heartwarming and hilarious hoot as two best friends navigate men, careers, family and rock bottom in this brilliant sequel to A FALLING FRIEND.

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About the Authors

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Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape are both former newspaper journalists with extensive experience of working for national and regional papers and magazines, and in public relations.

More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity University.

The pair, who have been friends for 25 years, wrote two successful journalism text books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction (both published by Sage).

Their debut novel, A Falling Friend, published by Lakewater Press, has been followed by a second book, A Failing Friend, in their Friends trilogy.

Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, loves reading, writing and Nordic walking in the beautiful countryside near her Yorkshire home.

Susan is married and lives in a village near Leeds, and, when not writing, loves walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. She is also a member of a local ukulele orchestra. They blog about books at https://bookloversbooklist.com/ You can find both Sue and Susan on Twitter: @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus

And now for the Giveaway!!!

One winner will receive an e-book of A FALLING FRIEND and an e-ARC of A FORSAKEN FRIEND as well as wine voucher here

Thanks so much to the authors and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to be part of this!

 

 

 

 

 

Review and Competition!! The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali

You’ll remember when I was doing the cover reveal for this I oohed and aahed, not just for the cover, but for the gorgeous sparkly little book trailer that came with it. (watch it here) and so was very excited to review. And here it is-The Big Event!! Happy publication day!!! (Note there’s a great competition below to win  Win Sparkly Afternoon Tea for Two at Vertigo 42 in central London and one e-copy of The Big Event!!)

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What they say:

You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action.  

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.  

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most. 

 
A Gorgeous Venue, A Room Full of Friends, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 

The Review: I always love a nice sparkly read in the run up to Christmas (yup, we’re there people!) and I was already in when I knew that there was to be a glitzy event that took our lead, Constance, out of her ordinary life and off to meet people she had only met virtually. This is the story of meeting the people you think you know, only you don’t, you know their online persona. And the people she meets are all about the online- seemingly more interested on tweeting and instagramming and publicising as opposed to actually being around people. I felt for Constance (although I wasn’t always sure about her) who was taking this as chance to finally sit down with her friends, armed with lovely gifts for each. This is one for the bookish people out there, as we find out that Constance has many books out, and hear about her interactions with other authors and readers. My only issue was that this was a short story, there were so many characters that I would have liked to get to know them, even though they weren’t too likable, being superficial and self-obsessed, it was a bit too much of meet and then move on for me, especially as I enjoyed the characters. The length issue was also evident in the ending, which I felt could have been done more through conversation than the way it was. Saying this, this would be a nice read for a long train journey or a cosy evening in where you want to escape to somewhere a bit more glitzy and I enjoyed the author’s writing. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources (website here ) for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5/5

About The Author

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Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews.  She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

Social Media Links – 

AUTHOR BLOG: http://annejohnligali.com/

AUTHOR TWITTER  @AnneJohnLigali

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BLOGSITE:  www.booksandauthors.co.uk

BLOG TWITTER:  @BooksNAuthorsUK

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And now for an excellent Giveaway !!!

Win SparklyAfternoon Tea for Two at Vertigo 42 in central London and one e-copy of The Big Event.

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To enter and for full terms and conditions, click here

 

 

 

 

 

#CoverReveal The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali

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What they say:

You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action.

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.

First off the  Trailer  (love this!)

Publication Day – 30th November (but you can Pre-Order from Amazon UK )

And now for the cover!

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Isn’t it gorgeous?

Meet the author- Anne John-Ligali

thumbnail_Meet Anne

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

Social Media Links –

AUTHOR BLOG: http://annejohnligali.com/

AUTHOR TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AnneJohnLigali

AUTHOR FB: https://www.facebook.com/annejohnligali/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/booksnauthorsuk/

BLOG TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BooksNAuthorsUK

UK BLOG FB: https://www.facebook.com/Books-and-Authors-UK-674729805905507/