Monday, August 21, 2017

Love at the Italian Lake by Darcie Boleyn - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Sophia and her boyfriend Lee don't have an equal relationship. Sophia earns the money and has a high-end job while Lee likes spending what she makes. Lee doesn't mind living an easy and carefree life and Sophia keeps enabling it. When she finds him in bed with another woman Sophia knows it's time to make some drastic changes. Her sole purpose in life is doing her work as well as she can and she used to be prepared to give up everything for it, what if being a successful businesswoman isn't enough any longer?

To give herself time to think Sophia quits her job and travels to Italy to stay with her grandmother for a while. In Italy she meets Joe. Joe is at a crossroads in his life as well. They like each other, but they are both in Italy for a short time, however they have the summer. Will they have a chance to find some happiness, even if it's just for a short while, or will family secrets and problems at home make it difficult for them to enjoy their time together?

Love at the Italian Lake is a wonderful story. Sophia is driven, but insecure. She doesn't know how beautiful she is, both inside and out. Her stay in Italy makes her discover a lot about herself and her family, which was really fascinating. It was fabulous to see her grow and find herself. Joe is a good friend and he has a trustworthy personality and natural charm that make him accessible. He's a kind and talented man, but he's also troubled. Sophia and Joe are great together, but they both have baggage. I was curious to find out their family secrets and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to discover if Sophia and Joe would have a chance together. I liked their easy and sparkling friendship. They're perfect main characters for a feelgood romantic story.

Darcie Boleyn has a heartwarming writing style. Her way with words is clever and her stories are laced with humor. Love at the Italian Lake is about people who have to deal with change and I loved the complete way she explores the many emotional layers of this recognizable theme. She combines this with a stunning setting that kept mesmerizing me. I enjoyed reading about Italy and the abundance of deliciousness and beauty it has to offer. I liked this gorgeous captivating story very much and thinking about it keeps putting a big smile on my face.

Advice

If you love beautiful settings combined with wonderful main characters and a lovely romantic story I'd highly recommend Love at the Italian Lake.

About Darcie Boleyn



Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night.

Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate.

Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

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One very lucky reader of With Love For Books will receive a wonderful Summer at Conwenna Cove prize consisting of a signed bookmark and a postcard with a message from Darcie Boleyn. One runner up will win an unsigned bookmark and postcard.

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Fable & Black Mug, Mirror, Lucky Dip Box & Book Lover Tote Bag Giveaway


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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Book Review - The Last Time I'll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza

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Review by Suze

One of my favorite poems of The Last Time I'll Write About You is the following:

IN A NUTSHELL

I'm not brave enough to love you
The same way
You're not strong enough to take me on.

It's a short poem that has so much meaning and in a few sentences Dawn Lanuza can say it all. She skillfully writes about emotions in a way that makes them easy to understand, to sympathize and possibly identify with and to find the deeper meaning behind her words. The Last Time I'll Write About You is a quick read and the words that are being used aren't difficult. That makes it possible to completely focus on the emotions themselves and all the complex layers that are part of them.

Dawn Lanuza's writing has a consistent quality and she has a strong voice. The poems are all connected and have a clear universal theme while they still stand out individually too, which I think is a wonderful achievement. I was captivated by the honesty and the fantastic rhythm that matches it so well. I really liked these beautiful poems, they're filled with so many different feelings that the author expresses splendidly and the execution and choice of words are gorgeous.

Advice

If you like poetry about love that is easy to read and filled with emotions you'll definitely like The Last Time I'll Write About You.

Wish You Were Here by Renée Carlino - Book Review & Excerpt


Book review
By Suze


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Charlotte and her best friend Helen aren't driven to make something of themselves, they work in a greasy café while they both try to figure out what to do with their futures. They're also living together and haven't had any steady relationships. That changes quite suddenly though. Charlotte meets Adam when she and Helen are on their way home after an evening out and he gives her the night of her life. Adam isn't like anyone she's ever met before and even though they part ways after their wonderful experience a strong bond has been formed. When Helen meets someone and is ready to move forward Charlotte is being forced to take a good look at her life. Will she be alone and adrift forever?

With a little help Charlotte connects with someone online. When she meets Seth she immediately feels at ease. They start dating and they have something good together. However, being with Seth makes Charlotte realize how much she still likes Adam. She starts looking for him, but what she finds isn't what she expected at all. She has a difficult decision to make, will she ruin her chance at a happy relationship with Seth for something complicated and uncertain? Will the joy of being with Adam be worth the heartache she's inevitably going to get?

Wish You Were Here is a fantastic book that I can't recommend enough. I immediately loved Charlotte. She doesn't know what she wants exactly, but she tries to figure it out in an active way and she is both funny and fabulously honest. Her night with Adam is something truly magical and reading about their enchanting first meeting warmed my heart. It's a beautiful moment and he's such a special soul. Renée Carlino couldn't have come up with a better version of his personality. He's gorgeous inside and out and I enjoyed reading every single word about him. Seth is a terrific sweet guy with a great sense of humor, so Charlotte has a difficult choice to make. The men in her life both sparkle in their own way, which makes the direction the story eventually takes understandable and incredibly romantic.

Wish You Were Here has many emotional layers. Renée Carlino made me smile plenty of times, I also often laughed out loud and I shed quite a lot of tears as the story progressed too. She's written a brilliant moving rollercoaster of a book. Wish You Were Here is impressive, surprising, heartwarming, energetic, captivating and charming. This novel is absolutely amazing, it's a definite must-read and one the best books I've read this year.

Advice

If you love beautiful romantic stories with many unexpected twists and turns and main characters that will have a place in your heart forever you should definitely read Wish You Were Here.

About Renée Carlino


Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she

likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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Excerpt

“You’re making love sound tragic,” I said.

“No”—he shook his head—“I wouldn’t want it any other way. Tell me about us. What do we like to do?”

“Paint and sail and eat and drink. Just simple things.” “Don’t forget about sex,” he said. “Yeah, lots of sex. Before the children were born we

"We were practically naked every second of the day.”

“I like that.”

“When they got older, we’d sneak away for weekends and leave them at my mom’s.”

“What are they like? Our children.”

“Happy. That’s all we wished for. We put our love first and it just spilled over into them and now they’re happy.”

Tears sprang from my eyes and ran down my cheeks. Isn’t that what we all hope for when it comes to our children?

His tone suddenly changed. “That’s beautiful, Char- lotte.” It was like he was waking up from the dream. I didn’t want to go back to reality yet, but I knew these fantasies were just to help Adam get his mind off things.

“I can imagine a long life with you,” he said. “I can imagine what a great wife you’d be."

I pulled my hand out of his. “The story is about you and me.” He didn’t say anything; he just nodded and then continued to stare out the window. I bent and kissed the top of his head again, and whispered, “It’s about us. Don’t take that away from me.”

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Buddle Owl Book Sleeve & Book of Choice Giveaway


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Elephant and Pinky Moon by Lilac Mills - Book Review & Giveaway


Book review
By Anniek


Nina lives a fairly boring life. She’s very comfortable with how things are going and isn’t interested in changing anything. Nina has a good relationship with her grandmother Flossie. Ever since her grandfather died, Nina’s been worried that her grandmother can’t cope with the loss of her husband. Flossie tricks Nina into going on holiday to Turkey with her. She deliberately booked an all-inclusive hotel that is especially suited for tourists around Nina’s age. Flossie can be a handful, so Nina has no idea what to expect. What’s the worst that could happen on a holiday with her 83-year-old grandmother?

Flossie doesn’t think she’s old. She’s determined to live her life to the fullest. She’s straightforward, loves cocktails and is incredibly funny. I laughed out loud so many times because of the hilarious stunts she pulls. Flossie reminds me a lot of my own grandmother and this brought back a lot of sweet memories. She and Nina are very close and I loved to read about their special bond. Flossie is a person who lights up the room just by being there. Flossie and Nina go on several excursions together and they find themselves in the most peculiar situations. I’ve been to Turkey several times myself and really enjoyed reading about all the beautiful places Lilac Mills writes about. Flossie and Nina are complete opposites and their adventures made me smile during the whole story.

Elephant and Pinky Moon is an easy and delightful read. The fact that Flossie has the energy of a party animal, has no problem wearing a neon pink bikini and doesn't have any shame made this book beyond funny. Lilac Mills has chosen a stunning hotel in Turkey as the main setting for her story. I loved her vivid descriptions of the place and could almost feel the warm sun on my skin and smell the salty air from the ocean. The story grabbed me from the beginning and I flew through the pages. Lilac Mills is a new author for me and after reading Elephant and Pinky Moon I’m definitely curious about her other stories.

Advice

If you’re looking for a light beach read filled with humor, then Elephant and Pinky Moon will be a perfect choice.

About Lilac Mills


Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!

She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…

When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.

You can find out more about Lilac Mills on her website: www.lilacmills.com.

Giveaway

One very lucky winner will receive signed copies of Elephant and Pinky Moon and Under the Cherry Tree.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Books and Tea Tote Bag, Mug & Pillow Set Giveaway


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Taking Down Brooklyn by K.B. Andrews & Kelly Moore - Book Review & Giveaway

Review by Anniek

John kills people for money. He tried to walk away from it once, but that didn't work out. With his brother's life as leverage his boss still gets him to do the job he's hired to do. John just kills bad people, this is his only rule. His life instantly changes when he gets a new assignment. His boss is willing to pay a lot of money to have Brooklyn killed. Brooklyn is the daughter of the president and the one woman John can't get out of his head. When plan A is no longer an option, will John be able to keep everyone safe with his plan B?

Brooklyn's used to a life in the spotlights and being the daughter of the president has given her a lot of privileges, but also plenty of unwanted attention. She has found the cure for cancer. The existing pharmaceutical companies will be losing a load of money when her cure will be released. They want to be the ones to bring it on the market, so they can reap the profits of this medicine themselves. Brooklyn needs to work together with John to stay alive. What will happen when love goes against their better judgment?

Brooklyn is a force to be reckoned with. She's smart, gorgeous and fierce. She loves with all her heart and is able to do whatever she puts her mind to. Her quick thinking saved her on numerous occasions. This time though she might be in over her head. Brooklyn and John spent one night together and they never expected to see each other again. Because of John's life he isn't suited for love, he can't have another weak spot. Being around Brooklyn is tempting and he knows he has to let her go. He is a killer, however, he's also an incredibly caring man. John puts the safety of others before his own. When he and Brooklyn are together there's no stopping them, which is something I loved about their story.

Taking Down Brooklyn is the first book written by K.B. Andrews and Kelly Moore as a duo. I've always been a fan of Kelly Moore's work and couldn't wait to read Taking Down Brooklyn. I loved John and Brooklyn, their chemistry is off the charts. They are people who come from very different backgrounds and yet they are united souls. Taking Down Brooklyn grabbed me from the start. I love it when two authors can make a story come to life so perfectly. K.B. Andrews and Kelly Moore's writing style has a wonderful flow, which makes it easy to follow the story. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough and was really eager to find out what would happen next. I absolutely loved this emotional roller coaster and I hope that K.B. Andrews and Kelly Moore will team up again to write another brilliant story.

Advice

If you're looking for an action packed story full of suspense I highly recommend Taking Down Brooklyn.

About K.B. Andrews


K.B. Andrews was born and raised in a small town in Southern Illinois. She spends her time with her husband and two kids, while going to school full time as an English major. Andrew's has always had a love for making up stories, and reading romance novels.

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Hi my name is Kelly Moore and I am Southern girl raised in Florida. I am a registered nurse actually an ICU traveling nurse, wife, mother of two children and I have three grandchildren. I have always been an avid reader and kept journals. Until Broken Pieces, I never had the courage to attempt an erotic romance book and submit it for publishing. I tend to embrace the brokenness in all of us. It makes us who we are. I love to see people come out strong and win against past pains.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing the story.

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Five very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of Taking Down Brooklyn by K.B. Andrews and Kelly Moore.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

August 2017 New Release Giveaway Hop

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The Blue Unicorn's Journey To Osm by Sybrina Durant - Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

 

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By Anniek


Twelve unicorns survived the wrath of the evil sorcerer Magh. They live in MarBryn now, but the unicorns are all longing to return home to Unimaise. All of the unicorns have metal horns and magical powers. Alumna has the ability to look into the future. She's seen the unicorn who is destined to bring them back to Unimaise. Blue should be their savior, however, when he's born they find out he has no metal horn or magic. He's a weak and scrawny looking unicorn. Will Blue truly be the one who can take them home or is the prophecy wrong?

Blue has always felt like he doesn't belong and he mostly keeps to himself. He feels the pressure of the prophecy, but he doesn't have any magical powers. He's a kindhearted unicorn and he's very sweet to his friends. Even when other unicorns are mean to him, Blue stays friendly. When Blue learns about the horrible things that Magh has done to the unicorns he believes that the time has come to face this evil sorcerer. Will the unicorns ever see their beloved Unimaise again?

The Blue Unicorn's Journey To Osm is a beautiful story about magic and the battle between good and evil. I love unicorns, so I couldn't wait to read Blue's story. I liked the fact that the unicorns have human character traits. This made it easy for me to connect with them. Each chapter begins with a stunning drawing of the unicorns. All of them are unique, they have their own color and magic. The story holds a powerful message, saying that it's okay the be your own kind of person, or in this case, unicorn. Sybrina Durant knows how to write a magical story and definitely managed to enchant me. I really hope that there will be another story about Blue and his tribe.

Advice

If you love to read about magic and unicorns I highly recommend The Blue Unicorn's Journey To Osm. I think the story should only be read by children in their late teens or adults.

About Sybrina Durant


I am the author of the "Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox" series of instructional books for boys and girls. I also co-write, edit and publish children's books by other authors, Sandi Johnson (Children's books) and Britt Brundige (Tween graphic novel). For the older crowd, there's a little bit of romance by Historical Regency Romance author, Gina Rose.

I am also the publisher of the 4 volume set - Sybrina's Phrase Thesaurus.

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Excerpt

An hour out of the woods, the travelling companions stopped short seeing a strange burning streak in the sky.

“What is that?” Gaiso asked. He was so frightened that his eyes were big, round O’s.

An object fell rapidly toward them. It was surrounded by brilliant orange and scarlet colored streaks. It flew through the air with such high speed that fire flamed all around it.

As the fiery object rushed straight at them, Gaiso ducked behind a bush.

Blue wondered, “Does he think the leaves are flame proof?”

Gaiso yelled to Blue, “Protect yourself!”

Blue did not move. He knew right away, the flaming fireball was his friend, Girasol. Girasol was a Firebird and he was glad to see her. She could be very handy to have around for light and warmth and other reasons.

"Well, if it isn't the blue unicorn," she cheerfully greeted Blue.

She landed on a rock and turned a fire-opal eye on him. "Who's your friend?" she asked, tilting her head to indicate the shaking buck.

Gaiso gingerly stepped out from behind the bush, saying, “Oh, I say, I was just looking for. . .” He was embarrassed at his display of obvious fear.

Blue introduced his two friends to each other. “Girasol, please give a warm greeting to my friend Gaiso.

The stag shrank back at the thought of a warm welcome from her and the firebird “tsk-tisked” at Blue’s poor attempt at humor. Blue then told her about the quest to Muzika Woods.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

6000 Bloglovin Followers Giveaway 3: Yoshi Booklovers Cream Leather Zip Around


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With Love For Reviews - Guest Post by Brittney Sahin

 

The Importance of Reviews
Guest post by Brittney Sahin

My husband is what my friends call the King of Reviews. Pick a product, a doctor, a restaurant—and he’ll be able to tell you which to buy, who to see, or where to eat. He does his research. But books? He hasn’t read one since college—not even a paragraph from one of mine. And honestly, before I became an author, aside from hearing about reviews from my hubby, I never looked at them—or left them.

Now that I am living in a world where reviews sometimes haunt my dreams (true story!) . . . I always leave them. I leave a review for every product because I know it helps. It helps the customers similar to my husband, as well as the author or business person.

I still kind of fall into the camp of not reading reviews (well, not unless the reviews are for my books). I even beg my husband not to check the movie ratings before we go to the theater. I like to be surprised.

To make a fairly large generalization here: the world is half like me and half like my husband. Yin and Yang. Day and Night. Hot and Cold. To be totally corny—“we complete each other.” Leaving a review will help someone. It can be five words or five paragraphs. Each review improves the authors’ overall ranking, which as another author mentioned in a guest post, can help them with visibility on Amazon. If you love an author, leaving even that short review can sometimes help continue an authors’ career. The more people who read them, the greater chance at survival in an overly saturated market.

I remember when my first book hit 100 reviews on Amazon. I think I opened a bottle of champagne. It was a milestone for me. And I’ll never forget that 100th reviewer because of it. Not going to lie—I'm grateful for every single review that has been left, even the ones that can sting. If someone is taking their time to comment on my work, I always appreciate it!

So, if you’ve never thought about leaving a review before—don’t feel bad—I was like that too. But, remember—you might be that authors’ 1st, 50th, or even 1,000th review... You can make a difference, and so thank you!

~Brittney

About Brittney Sahin


Brittney Sahin began writing at an early age, with the dream to be a published author before the age of 18. Although academic pursuits (and, later, a teaching career) interrupted her aspirations, she never stopped writing—never stopped imagining.

It wasn’t until her students encouraged her to follow her dreams that Brittney said goodbye to Upstate New York in order to start a new adventure in the place she was raised: Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, she decided to take her students’ advice and begin to write again.

In 2015, she published her first novel, The Safe Bet (Silenced Memories). When she is not working on upcoming novels, she spends time with her family. She is a proud mother of two boys and a lover of suspense novels, coffee, and the outdoors.

You can find out more about Brittney on her website, facebook and twitter.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Tea, Mugs, Pillow & Books Giveaway


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Book Review - The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

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Charlie Quinn has had a rough night and accidentally ends up bringing someone else’s smartphone home. When this person calls her the next morning she answers the phone. That seems to be a mistake. As she walks into the school building where the other guy works, she ends up in the middle of a school shooting. The shooter, Kelly, is an 18-year-old girl. Charlie and her father are both lawyers in their small town and they take the case. Something about this shooting doesn’t seem right and even though two people have died that day, it doesn’t seem fair to let Kelly end up on death row. Can they help this young woman?

Twenty-eight years earlier, Charlie’s life was destroyed by an attack on her family home. Her father has always been a defense attorney and not everyone seemed to agree with his choice of cases. That day her mother, Gamma, was killed with a gun and her sister Samantha was shot in the head. The prologue is being told from Samantha’s point of view, but in chapter one the reader has no idea if she is still alive. The story begins with Charlie (Charlotte), her father Rusty and Kelly Wilson.

Charlie has been the Benjamin of the family and she’s the one that got away, so that makes her the lucky one. Even though no one really knows what happened that night, twenty-eight years ago. She became a lawyer in her dad’s firm and is separated from her husband. She doesn’t seem very happy. Kelly lives in a bad part of town. She has been bullied all her life and has had an abortion a couple of years ago. She’s not the brightest crayon in the box, but doesn’t seem to be a bad person. So why did she decide to take a gun to school?

Everyone who knows Karin Slaughter and her previous books is probably used to reading a lot of medical terms as well as gross and detailed descriptions of murder scenes. Besides that, we don't know who did it at the beginning of the book. That makes The Good Daughter different from her other stories. The main character is a lawyer who does not trust the local police force. Instead of to the hospital and police station, Karin Slaughter takes us to court this time and shows us that she can do something completely different equally well.

Advice

The Good Daughter is a standalone crime novel that has the potential to lead to a new series. Everyone who loves a good crime or suspense novel should definitely read this one. Fans of Karin Slaughter’s previous books will love the story too.

Friday, August 11, 2017

6000 Bloglovin Followers Giveaway 2: Kindle Fire, Amazon Gift Card & When in Doubt Go to the Library Mug, Pillow & Tote Bag Set


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Book Review - Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett

 

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By Anniek


Kiki is married to Neil and their marriage is anything but a fairytale. When she finds out what he's been up to behind her back Kiki decides that enough is enough. She's carefully planning her escape and waits until Neil is away for business. Kiki and her children go to her sister, Mia, who lives in Butterfly Cove. However, Kiki hasn't considered the fact that Mia doesn't have a room available for her and her children, but luckily one of Mia's best friends, Aaron, offers them a place to stay. Now that Kiki can finally breathe she needs to come to terms with everything that happened. Will Butterfly Cove be the safe haven she so desperately needs?

Kiki's husband treated Kiki like a doormat and he bullied Kiki and the children. Kiki has a tender heart and this made her an easy target. She always tries to see the good in people and has the need to please. I loved how she pulls herself together by eventually taking matters into her own hands. Kiki is stronger than she gives herself credit for and it was heartwarming to read about all the people who were there for her. I couldn't wait to find out if Butterfly Cove would be the place where Kiki and her kids could start a new life and find the happiness they deserve.

Aaron has been hurt in the past. His mother died when he was a child and his stepmother never fully accepted him. He always felt like he didn't matter. He has worked hard to be successful, but he never stood a chance when it came to finding unconditional love. Aaron is such a loving man. He took Kiki and her children in without even knowing them. Aaron loves to take care of people, but he's afraid to open his own heart. He still takes the chance though. Aaron is instantly taken by Kiki's beauty and he's very fond of her children. I loved it that Sarah Bennett takes the time to let Aaron and Kiki get to know each other. It made their story believable and sincere and it was amazing to feel so close to them as a reader.

Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove is an incredibly sweet love story. I loved the wonderful atmosphere of the book. All of the people in Butterfly Cove are welcoming and kind. It felt like a place where I would love to live myself. I fell in love with the beautiful cottages Sarah Bennett describes and the stunning surroundings greatly impressed me. I also loved how she deals with difficult topics in an emphatic way, while managing to keep the story positive at the same time. Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove is a delightful story with fascinating main characters, many interesting emotional layers and brilliant writing. This book is part of the Butterfly Cove series and I can't wait to find out what more Sarah Bennett has in store for her readers.

Advice

If you love heartwarming stories and small town romance Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove will be a perfect choice. This book is part of a series, but can easily be read as a standalone.

About Sarah Bennett

 

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Inspiration for The Silk Weaver’s Wife by Debbie Rix - Guest Post & Giveaway

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The inspiration for The Silk Weaver’s Wife
Guest post by Debbie Rix

Several years ago, I visited a beautiful villa near Verona built in the fifteenth century. It had been in the same family for generations, and as well as being run as a rather glamorous B & B, the owners also produced wine and had for many years, been part of the silk industry – producing raw silk on a small scale. The idea of setting a novel there began to niggle away at me and I started to research the Italian silk industry. For hundreds of years every small farm in Veneto had reared silkworms and produced high quality silk that was woven by the mills in Venice, and on Lake Como. But in the 1950s the industry went into a massive decline. In the course of my research I discovered a local Veneto entrepreneur who was doing his best to regenerate the silk industry, and that was my starting point. My novels have two storylines – one historical and one contemporary. I was keen to set the historical story in the eighteenth century when the silk industry was at its zenith; the contemporary story would follow a journalist as she covered the story of the regeneration and unraveled the hidden secrets in the beautiful villa in Veneto.

Central to the historical storyline was a female heroine involved in the silk industry. I was thrilled when I discovered that a British woman named Anna Maria Garthwaite had been a talented and famous silk designer in Spitalfields in the eighteenth century. I looked at her work in the V & A, and found her hugely inspirational. Although she wasn’t an actual character in my final novel, her work did inspire my Italian heroine. The final piece of the puzzle was an exhibition at the Queens Gallery in London of the work of artist and entymologist Maria Sybilla Merian. Based in Amsterdam, she painted butterflies and moths of all kinds – inspired originally by the metamorphosis of the silkworm. I resolved to connect her story with that of my central character.

I always begin my research in the same way - on the internet. I find academic papers, or discover books that will provide the necessary background detail. Then I might visit galleries in London, or speak to experts to see if the story ‘stands up’. But the real research happens when I travel to the various locations where the book will be set. In this case that meant travelling the Venice, Lake Como and Lake Garda initially. In the course of this trip, I met a jewellery entrepreneur who was trying to reinvigorate the silk industry and spent a fascinating day with him observing how silk cocoons are unraveled and spun. I visited a silk museum, where I learnt about the extraordinary life cycle of the silk worm. I went to see beautiful modern fabrics being produced at a state of the art modern silk mill. But the highlight of my research was a visit to the fabulous Bevilacqua silk mill in Venice where they still use 19th century Jacquard looms. They produce designs that have been in production for hundreds of years for the great and the good around the world –including various European royal families and successive popes.
 
The other locations in the novel are Amsterdam where Maria Merian lived, and Spitalfields in London, which was famous for its silk production. I spent a fascinating afternoon at Dennis Severs’ house - which is an almost perfect reincarnation of an 18th century silk weaver’s house. Once I’ve visited the locations and read the books, I just have to start writing. I get into the heads of my characters and, with luck, am able to recall the wonderful places I have visited and, hopefully, describe it with honesty and passion.

About Debbie Rix


I started writing novels after a long career in broadcasting and journalism.

My first novel: Secrets of the Tower was published in March 2015. Set in two time zones - the modern day and 12th century it explores the extraordinary woman who left the money to build the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

My second novel: Daughters of the Silk Road is published on April 15th 2016. It follows the journey of a family of merchant explorers who return to Venice from China with a Ming Vase. The book again straddles two time zones.

I live in Kent with my family, four cats and 8 chickens.

Author links

Website: http://debbierix.com/
Blog: http://debbierix.com/author-blog/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/debbierix
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13325686.Debbie_Rix

Giveaway

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

 

Book review
by Suze

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Sutton thinks her life is great. She is engaged to Andrew, a successful lawyer, she owns a boutique that does very well and she's close to her best friend. Her whole world changes in just a few minutes though. Wyatt is helping Sutton at his family's garage where they're cleaning out Andrew's car before Wyatt will start working on it. When they find suspicious receipts and a pair of panties that Sutton recognizes because she's the one who sold them, Sutton is devastated. The people she thought she loved the most have betrayed her in a terrible way. How will she get over something like that?

Wyatt has always had a crush on Sutton and can't believe someone would cheat on the woman of his dreams. To help her save face he agrees to let people think they're dating. When it comes to Sutton, Wyatt will take everything he can get and a fake relationship will give him the perfect excuse to spend time with her. Sutton just went through a traumatic experience, can Wyatt convince her to give him a chance and win her heart?

Leave the Night On is a wonderful romantic story with amazing main characters. Sutton is a bit shy. She always wants to keep everyone happy, but forgets herself in the process. Wyatt keeps showing her how much he likes her and I enjoyed seeing her self confidence grow because of it. He's a really nice guy with a big heart and he's perfect for the incredibly sweet Sutton. They have plenty of chemistry, which gives the story a good balance. The kindness of the main characters is impressive and because of their attraction the story is a delightful mix of sugar and spice. The story is sexy, endearing and fun, which is a fabulous combination.

Laura Trentham has written another fantastic story set in Cottonbloom. The town is interesting, especially because it's divided in two equally fascinating parts with inhabitants from different backgrounds, who have more in common than they think. This combination works splendidly and it makes the Cottonbloom stories multilayered by giving them each a lovely emotional challenge. I like that a lot about Laura Trentham's writing. Her main characters are easy to love, her setting is gorgeous and her stories are heartwarming. I highly recommend Leave the Night On, it's a terrific feelgood book with an endearing ending that put a big smile on my face.

Advice

If you love gorgeous settings and wonderful romance you'll definitely like Laura Trentham's Cottonbloom books. The stories can all be read as standalones.

About Laura Trentham


An award-winning author, Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she was convinced an English degree equated to starvation. She chose the next most logical major—Chemical Engineering—and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.

She writes sexy, small town contemporaries and smoking hot Regency historicals. The first two books of her Falcon Football series were named Top Picks by RT Book Reviews magazine. Then He Kissed Me, a Cottonbloom novel, was named as one of Amazon’s best romances of 2016. When not lost in a cozy Southern town or Regency England, she's shuttling kids to soccer, helping with homework, and avoiding the Mt. Everest-sized pile of laundry that is almost as big as the to-be-read pile of books on her nightstand.

Author links

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Author Blog
Twitter - @LauraTrentham

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Monday, August 7, 2017

With Love For Reviews - Guest Post by Pamela Lynne

 

The Importance of Reviews
Guest post by Pamela Lynne

As an author, one of the things I spend time doing is exploring all the advice from fellow authors and publishers on the web. You can probably imagine how many differing opinions are out there, and so many contradictions that you do not always know whom to believe. One of the most consistent things that gets talked about, however, is the necessity of reviews to an author’s success. We can produce the most brilliant work of our lives and put together the most dazzling marketing campaign, but without reviews we are pretty much dead in the water.

Why is that? There are two primary reasons, the first being that readers trust other readers. Amazon in particular makes it easy to view reviews and see what a particular reviewer has read in the past. It’s like asking a friend for a book recommendation. No matter how well written a book is, if there are few or no reviews, new readers are less likely to hit the one-click.

Another reason reviews are so important it that the more you have the more likely Amazon is to promote you. The market is flooded with new releases every day and it is too easy to get lost in Amazon’s algorithms. Reviews get you noticed by both the readers and the system. The single most important thing you can do for an author besides buy their book is to leave a review.

Does it have to be a positive review? Absolutely not. I believe most of us prefer honest feedback and your fellow readers will only trust you if you tell the truth. On the flip side, cruelty never has a place and it is possible to be constructive without being mean.

Does it have to be long and comparable to a NY Times review? Nope. Just your star rating and a few lines saying why you liked it or hated it is fine. Writing a review does not need to take a lot of time, but it could mean the difference between success and failure for an author.

I’m going to be honest and tell you that a whole lot of author ego is wrapped up in reviews. How else will we know if people like our work? A lack of feedback can easily lead to a lack of enthusiasm for producing more books. My need to write is as great as your need to read, but authors do need some outside motivation, to know that what we are pouring our hearts into gets noticed. We get that from reviews. 

About Pamela Lynne

Pamela Lynne grew up in the American South, surrounded by Southern Gothic works by Faulkner, O'Connor and the like. These authors helped shape her evolving mind and continue to influence everything she produces as an adult. It was a Regency-era wit from across the Atlantic, however, who lit a life-long interest in 19th Century England.

Pamela cites Jane Austen as her primary literary influence and she delves into the darker aspects of Regency life in all her novels, most particularly in The Granville Legacy Series, where she explores the bonds of family and what it costs to break them.

Dearest Friends: A Jane Austen Inspired Novel, Pamela’s debut work, won the Independent Publishers 2016 IPPY Awards Bronze Medal for Romance.

Pamela currently lives in the rolling hills of Tennessee with her husband of more than a decade, three kids, two cats and one very blond dog. She is still a Marianne hoping to grow into Elinor, or Clairee from Steel Magnolias.

You can find out more about Pamela Lynne on her website and on her blog.

Books by Pamela Lynne

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6000 Bloglovin Followers Giveaway 1: Jane Austen Tea & Necklace


We're celebrating that we have 6000 Bloglovin followers with several wonderful giveaways. The first is a Jane Austen Tea Collection tin with several loose teas from Rosie Lea Tea and a Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice necklace made by The Locket Library. Good luck!


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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Rainbow & Book Lover Mugs & Notebooks Giveaway


Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a Rainbow mug and notebook and a Book Lovers mug and notebook made by Jilly Jilly. Good luck!
 
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