Friday, 6 May 2022

The Making of Mila and Blake by Estelle Maskame Blog Tour

 I fell in love with Estelle Maskame's writing when I read Becoming Mila way back in July 2021 and that love didn't fade when I read the second book in the series, Trusting Blake. Fast forward almost a year and I'm thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for the third book in the Mila trilogy, perfectly named The Making of Mila and Blake.

Estelle is no stranger to a good set of novels, her first being the DIMILY trilogy. There's a reason why she's an international best-selling author.

The Mila series is primarily set in Nashville and in this book filled with more friendship, romance and drama, it draws to a sensational conclusion.

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Mila's back in Nashville, two years since the fallout with Blake and on a mission to put the past behind her before heading to college. Goodbye family drama, Hollywood crises . . . and Blake.

Enter reality - Blake is home too, with his troubled father and a brand-new girlfriend in tow. Luckily Mila's family ranch serves as a distraction, but even there, tensions are sparked when she and her best girlfriends meet a hot new stablehand.

In true Mila fashion, it's impossible to forget what happened between her and Blake, and buried feelings erupt to the surface. Has enough time passed that they can try one last time, or has it been too long since they were on the same path? Will this be the making of Mila and Blake . . . or their undoing?

Monday, 2 May 2022

Riding Pillion with George Clooney by Geraldine Ryan Blog Tour

 Over the past couple of years I've come to realise that I really don't have a lot of spare time. Between work and kids, moments to myself seem somewhat rare so finding little pockets of space to read can be tricky. 

And that's where my love of short stories has evolved from.

They allow me to escape from the world - even if it is just for minutes at a time - and I certainly feel better for it.

Geraldine Ryan has come up with Twelve moving short stories inspired by the everyday lives of women under the title of Riding Pillion with George Clooney (catchy right), I was eager to read this small collection of tales.

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• A single woman on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Italian lakes still dreams of adventure. Can she find it closer to home?

• A grieving widow finds comfort in the company of a stray cat that bears striking similarities to her dead husband.

• An estranged daughter confronts an unspeakable tragedy from her past as she attempts to reconcile with her long-lost family.

Geraldine Ryan is a prolific short-story writer whose work has appeared in Woman’s Weekly and Take a Break’s Fiction Feast magazines. The women in this, her first published anthology, may be at different stages of life but all of them are experiencing the ground shifting beneath their feet. Their tales of love, longing and redemption will touch your heart and bring a smile to your face.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Head Full of Magic by Sarah Morrell Blog Tour

 They say, don't judge a book by it's cover.

And although this may be true, I'll be honest, I was instantly drawn to Sarah Morrell's Head Full of Magic because of the colour of the book. I just love purple.

My favourite colour didn't steer me wrong though, this middle grade book is beyond entertaining.

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Fleur is used to balancing her two different cultures - from her English Mum to her West Indian Nan - but when she discovers that she can talk to animals she finds herself in a whole new world! Can her new powers help her take down Celeste The Best' the hockey-loving, ankle-smashing new girl, once and for all?

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Sea Change by J.M. Simpson Blog Tour

 In February (seems like a life time ago) I had the chance to join the blog tour for J. M. Simpson's novel Sea State, this was to be the first in the Castleby series.

And now she's back with the second instalment, Sea Change and I'm here to tell you all about it.

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Sinister undercurrents are at work in the seaside town Castleby. A young boy goes missing and another dies in suspicious circumstances.

Sunday, 24 April 2022

What Next? by Shari Low Blog Tour

 Last year I had the pleasure of joining a blog tour for one of author Shari Low's novels, The Story of Our Secrets. I absolutely loved it, I happily shed tears as I read that book. So when the opportunity arose to read and review her latest book, What Next?, I jumped at the chance.

Now what I didn't realise was that this story is a part of a series.

But panic not, after reading it I'd say you could easily read this as a stand alone novel, although I'm now going to go back and start the series from the beginning as, spoiler alert, I really loved all of the characters.

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Val Murray and her best friend, Josie had been planning a ‘Thelma and Louise’ bucket list style holiday. Now Josie is gone, and Val needs to make the trip before it’s too late. But Val doesn’t want to do it alone, so she enlists the help of her nieces, Carly and Carole, and their best pal, Jess, who jump at the chance to join Val on a trip of a lifetime.

What Val doesn’t realise is that Carly, Carole and Jess are all at turning points in their own lives, nursing crushing secrets, lies and betrayals. Somewhere between Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York they all hit a crossroads and have to decide if they want to return to the lives they left behind or let Josie’s last wishes take them on a brand new adventure.