#BookReview Daisy’s Summer Mission by Hannah Pearl @RubyFiction

ABOUT THE BOOK

Daisy’s job as a gift shop owner may involve selling chocolate truffles and lacy knickers but, this summer, she finds herself turning her hand to a slightly different profession …


Daisy’s boyfriend, Eli, works for a secret government agency and, try as she might, Daisy can’t seem to help getting caught in the middle of his missions, which take her on a thrilling ride from the streets of Paris to a remote health retreat where carbs are banned!


But when she finds that Eli might be in danger, Daisy has to stop playing at being a spy and become the real thing. Teaming up with her pensioner customer, Mr King, Daisy embarks on her most important summer mission yet. Can she save the day?


Sequel to Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop

PUBLISHED BY RUBY FICTION

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daisys-Summer-Mission-romance-escape-ebook/dp/B086L7NX2X/

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/daisy-s-summer-mission

Apple: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/daisys-summer-mission/id1505501826?mt=11&app=itunes 

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Hannah_Pearl_Daisy_s_Summer_Mission?id=KSTfDwAAQBAJ

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daisys-summer-mission-hannah-pearl/1136769567?ean=2940162831853

Website: https://www.rubyfiction.com/dd-product/daisys-summer-mission/

MY REVIEW

This was a wonderful read with the touches of humour I’ve come to expect from Daisy and her friends, but also mixes the light with a darker side! From gift shop owner to full blown Spy!! There seems to be nothing Daisy can’t tackle and I loved following her latest escapades! But it’s a story that can be read as a standalone if you haven’t read Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop .

Daisy is fully loved up with Eli and their relationship just goes  from strength to strength – even if life in her little flat above the gift shop isn’t the most spacious for 2 people!

Her life in the shop is pretty simple, but Eli always appears to be off doing mysterious work for the government and as much as he tries to keep her out of  harms way, she always seems to find a way of getting involved and the case this time is pretty serious! Although having to infiltrate a spa could be a worse way to spend some time!!

As always, her friend Lily is there to add extra comedy with her quips and they are the kind of women you can just imagine having a right laugh with, whatever the circumstances!!

The action involving Eli and Daisy and the spy mission near the end is fast paced and serious, but the party planning that Daisy is involved in  and family and friends storylines add a great mix for you as a reader to enjoy and devour!!  

★★★★

#GuestPost HER MOTHER’S SECRET by JAN BAYNHAM @RubyFiction @JanBaynham #PublicationDay

Delighted to be sharing this guest post written by JAN BAYNHAM today to celebrate publication day for HER MOTHER’S SECRET!! She has written background to the setting and the novel itself, and how it feels having your debut novel published!!  Happy Publication Day Jan!

A sixties’ saga set on a Greek island: Her Mother’s Secret by Jan Baynham

Her Mother’s Secret with its sub-heading of ‘the Summer of ‘69’ is my debut novel. It mainly takes place on a fictional island in southern Greece. In 1969, Elin Morgan leaves Wales after finishing art college to spend the summer months studying at a painting school in Greece. She records everything in her diary but, while there, something happens that causes her to never paint again. The secrets of that summer remain with her until her untimely death twenty-two years later. Always fascinated by family secrets, I wanted to explore the reasons why someone would keep a part of her life so deeply hidden from those closest to her. But maybe Elin had a conscience after all when she bequeaths her diary to her daughter, Alexandra. Through reading the diary, Alexandra discovers she didn’t fully know her mother as she thought and is shocked as the secrets from her past are revealed. I tried to put myself in Alexandra’s shoes. Having had a very close relationship with her mother, how must she have felt finding out that her mother had kept such secrets from her? Alexandra travels to Greece to find out the truth and what really happened in that summer of 1969. Will she understand why her mother closed down that part of her life?

Why did I set the story in Greece? Having had several holidays there now, I first visited the country in the seventies when we stayed with my aunt and Greek uncle. I fell in love with the climate, the vibrancy of the colours of the sea and flowers and the warmth of its people. It seemed to be an ideal place for a young artist to spend her summer. In 1991, Alexandra thought so, too, when she first arrived in the picturesque harbour of Péfka: ‘No wonder you loved it here, Mam. The colours alone make it an artist’s heaven.’

I enjoyed getting to know my Greek characters, some named after or based on people I’ve met and observed on visits over the years. Dimitra, the host at the taverna where Elin stays, is named after a lovely waitress from the hotel we go to in Crete. On a trip to a Cretan village, I watched a woodturner working at his lathe on pieces of olive wood and he became the inspiration for Yiannis who figures largely in Alexandra’s story. Vassilis is named after an elderly Greek man who led me onto a taverna dance floor and tried to teach me traditional dancing with little success! He appears in both Elin’s and Alexandra’s story. I hope I’ve done justice to the country and its people by giving the reader a glimpse of life on the island.

Having my first novel published is both exciting and slightly nerve wracking. I’ve loved writing Elin’s and Alexandra’s stories and hope that readers will enjoy them too.

About the Author

After retiring from a career in teaching and advisory education, Jan joined a small writing group in a local library where she wrote her first piece of fiction. From then on, she was hooked! She soon went on to take a writing class at the local university and began to submit short stories for publication to a wider audience. Her stories and flash fiction pieces have been longlisted and shortlisted in competitions and several appear in anthologies both online and in print. In October 2019, her first collection of stories was published. Her stories started getting longer and longer so that, following a novel writing course, she began to write her first full-length novel. She loves being able to explore her characters in further depth and delve into their stories.

Originally from mid-Wales, Jan lives in Cardiff with her husband. Having joined the Romantic Novelists Association in 2016, she values the friendship and support from other members and

regularly attends conferences, workshops, talks and get togethers. She is co-organiser of her local RNA Chapter.

You may find out more about Jan here:

Twitter: @JanBaynham (https://twitter.com/JanBaynham)

Facebook: Jan Baynham Writer(https://www.facebook.com/JanBayLit/)

Blog: http://www.janbaynham.blogspot.co.uk

About the Book

It’s 1969 and free-spirited artist Elin Morgan has left Wales for a sun-drenched Greek island. As she makes new friends and enjoys the laidback lifestyle, she writes all about it in her diary. But Elin’s carefree summer of love doesn’t last long, and her island experience ultimately leaves her with a shocking secret …

Twenty-two years later, Elin’s daughter Alexandra has inherited the diary and is reeling from its revelations. The discovery compels Alexandra to make her own journey to the same island, following in her mother’s footsteps. Once there, she sets about uncovering what really happened to Elin in that summer of ’69.

Buying Links 

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2XUmdVN

 Kobo: https://bit.ly/34PhfLu 

Apple Books: https://apple.co/3eBH7it

#BookReview WHEN HE FINDS YOU by SADIE RYAN

ABOUT THE BOOK

“Her life was in danger and she didn’t know it. He felt a thrill just knowing that simple thing …”

Gemma’s business is on the brink of collapse, and there’s a real chance that she and her husband could lose everything they’ve worked so hard for.
So when a stranger offers financial help, Gemma ignores the red flags and accepts out of desperation. The condition? Just companionship – that’s all the stranger wants. Surely a small price to pay to get her life back?
But when things seem too good to be true, it’s often because they are – and soon Gemma finds herself being dragged so far into a twisted, dangerous world that she might never surface again …

PUBLISHED BY  RUBY FICTION

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon

MY REVIEW

Another pulsating read from Sadie Ryan! One of those stories that has you gasping with shock over certain decisions by characters, and then wondering just what you would do in the situation they find themselves in!!

Gemma and her husband find themselves in dire straits – their accountant has done a bunk with all their money, and the HMRC are circling for money owed and they face losing everything that they’ve worked so hard for. The only way Gemma is coping is with the help of a glass of wine or two – anything to try and make the problems go away. If only it was that easy…..

When a stranger then offers her a solution to all her problems, she wonders what the catch is! As did I! But he says no strings attached, just companionship. Desperate times often call for desperate measures!

What follows is the struggle she faces keeping up the charade with her husband, who clearly wants to help but she doesn’t want him dragged down any further, while dealing with Jake – is he a knight in shining armour, or does he really have an ulterior motive?

I loved the twists and turns along the way with this story! The story delves into her past which portrays her in a different light and it’s full on psychological warfare with some dark twisted minds being exposed! The tension really builds nicely and I had to hold my breath a couple of times it got so edgy!! It’s dark and often unsettling – more please!!

★★★★★

#BookReview WON’T YOU SAVE ME by WENDY DRANFIELD @RubyFiction

ABOUT THE BOOK

Detective Dean Matheson has returned to his hometown to begin his new job and put the traumatic events of his past behind him – but his fresh start won’t last long when the local area is hit by a series of strange disappearances and twisted killings …
A nameless girl badly beaten and dumped in front of the mysterious new church. A shocking murder scene discovered in the apartment over the diner. A child missing without a trace.
These are the crimes Dean Matheson is confronted with in his first week as detective. Are they isolated events, or is something altogether more disturbing happening in Maple 
Valley now that Dean’s back in town?

PUBLISHED BY RUBY FICTION

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Google Play

Nook

MY REVIEW

Detective Dean Matheson is back and what a return!! He’s gone back to his hometown, Maple Valley, for his new job, joining forces with Eva once more, and if he’s looking for a quiet life then it won’t be here!! From the opening few pages the action hits hard – and scary!- from the get go and doesn’t let up! I’m still just about recovering from it all!

With a ‘body’ waking up in the morgue, to a missing child, to gruesome murders and the return of some old and crazy characters, this is a story that has a little bit of everything – and a little bit more!! The past never seems to let go of Dean and Eva and in this book they’re both having to deal with issues that have plagued them both for many a year.

There’s a relaxed feel to the relationship between Eva and Dean and that’s why I love reading about them. Always looking out for one another, they’re happy to let one another take the lead when necessary and the dynamic between them just works. Eva is a woman who doesn’t take any crap from anyone so Dean is always aware of not pushing any boundaries – unlike others they may work with!

I also loved how the author doesn’t rush the goings on in this book – there’s so many sub plots that there could have been a need to speed things up a little, but each character and each storyline is allowed to breathe a little to really get you engrossed in the action!

It’s pulsating, it’s chilling and creepy and left me holding my breath on many occasions throughout! I had great fun trying to work out all the links and with that ending I am eagerly awaiting the next installment!!! Crime drama written to perfection!! Wonderful!

★★★★★

#CoverReveal WON’T YOU SAVE ME by WENDY DRANFIELD @RubyFiction

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Thank you all for stopping by today! My absolute pleasure in being able to reveal the striking cover for the forthcoming release from WENDY DRANFIELD called WON’T YOU SAVE ME.  My thanks, as always, to the author and publisher for letting me share this news with you!!

Here’s a little bit about the book to give you a taste of what it’s all about…

WON’T YOU SAVE ME

Detective Dean Matheson has returned to his hometown to begin his new job and put the traumatic events of his past behind him – but his fresh start won’t last long when the local area is hit by a series of strange disappearances and twisted killings …

A nameless girl badly beaten and dumped in front of the mysterious new church. A shocking murder scene discovered in the apartment over the diner. A child missing without a trace.

These are the crimes Dean Matheson is confronted with in his first week as detective. Are they isolated events, or is something altogether more disturbing happening in Maple Valley now that Dean’s back in town?

Won’t You Save Me is published on 29th January 2020 by Ruby Fiction and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms, as well as in audio at a slightly later date

And here it is…..

Wow! How’s that for a cover full of intrigue?!  Roll on January 2020!!

#BlogTour BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by SADIE RYAN #BookReview @rararesources

A real treat to be on the Blog Tour for BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by SADIE RYAN so thank you for stopping by today! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting it all together and letting me be art of it all!

Behind Closed Doors

She’s in your house, now she wants your life … 

Tina Valentine has it all: the loving family, the beautiful house, the successful career. 

But then Megan Pearson starts work at Tina’s law firm and with her arrival the perfect world Tina has built for herself starts to collapse as it becomes clear that the newcomer is intent on infiltrating every aspect of her life. 

Something is obviously wrong with Megan but nobody else seems to see it. As the mind games and manipulations continue, Tina comes to the sickening conclusion that now she’s opened the door to Megan, it’s going to be impossible to make her leave …

Purchase Link – amzn.to/2WBOWLB

About the Author

 Sadie Ryan is a British author with two grown up children, she lives with her daughter, adorable rescue dog and cat in a small village in leafy Cheshire in the North West of England. She writes psychological suspense/domestic noir novels. She has completed three psychological suspense/domestic noir novels and is currently writing her fourth. Her first book, Behind Closed Doors, was snapped up by publishers Ruby Fiction and published in May 2019. Her second will be out in January 2020. When asked where she gets her ideas from, she says, ‘From observation, inspiration and lots of wicked thoughts.’

Social Media Links

 www.sadieryan.co.uk  

                          @The__SadieRyan   Twitter

                                       Sadie Ryan Author   Facebook

                                       Sadie.ryan.author    Instagram

MY REVIEW

Yay for twisty thrillers!! And this is another fabulously gripping read that I haven’t been able to put down since starting it, as I was just eager to find out what would happen next and how it would all end! And the twists didn’t let me down!!

Tina has the perfect life – great job, wonderful husband, lovely children – BUT that’s all about to change at the same time as Megan Pearson starts working at the law firm where Tina is hoping for promotion. Her professional manner starts to slip – she forgets things, misplaces important files – but is it her or is someone else setting her up for a big fall?

Tina is an intriguing character – beneath the glossy, successful exterior she alludes to secrets that she’s been keeping from her husband. Does he need to know? I know I wanted to find out, but it’s all cleverly played out that you’re kept waiting for things to fall into place and those secrets to be revealed.

The arrival of Megan at the firm immediately gets Tina on the back foot and she’s suspicious from the offset. But everyone else at the firm, including Tina’s husband Glyn, adores the new recruit and Tina begins to wonder if maybe she’s overthinking things or maybe she’s just going mad! She’s driven to extreme measures at times to try and prove her theories but Megan always seems to come out smelling of roses so maybe it is all in Tina’s head?!

I loved the pace of this story – they way it plays out you’re constantly wondering just who is to blame, what went on in the past, and why would this woman have it in for Tina in the first place if she was manipulating the situation she found herself in. A cracking thriller!!

★★★★★

#BlogTour KEEPER OF SECRETS by LYNDA STACEY #BookReview @rararesources

Delighted to be part of the fabulous Blog Tour for the lovely Lynda Stacey and KEEPER OF SECRETS. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting this all together and letting me be part of it all!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Keeper of Secrets

Should some secrets stay buried?

For as long as Cassie Hunt can remember her Aunt Aggie has spoken about the forgotten world that exists just below their feet, in the tunnels and catacombs of the Sand House. The story is what inspired Cassie to become an archaeologist. 

But Aggie has a secret that she’s buried as deep as the tunnels and when excavation work begins on the site, Cassie is the only one who can help her keep it. With the assistance of her old university friend, Noah Flanagan, she puts into action a plan to honour Aggie’s wishes. 

It seems the deeper Noah and Cassie dig, the more shocking the secrets uncovered – and danger is never far away, both above and below the ground …

purchase link

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Lynda is a wife, step-mother and grandmother who grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire..

She is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 28 years. Prior to this she’d also been a nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage. 

Following a car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.

Her own life story, along with varied career choices, helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.

Lynda joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers’ Scheme and in 2015 her debut novel House of Secrets won Choc Lit’s Search for a Star competition. Lynda writes for both Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction.

Social Media Links – 

Facebook www.facebook.com/lyndastaceyauthor

Twitter https://twitter.com/LyndaStacey

Website www.Lyndastacey.co.uk 

MY REVIEW

This is a book based on a real place, and there’s some fabulous photos and information at the end of the book to shed more light, and this was a wonderful aspect to the whole setting of the story and has made me aware of a place I never knew anything about!

As for the story itself, I found myself totally captivated by Cassie and the drama she found herself involved herself in as she tried to help a beloved family member and shows the lengths you’ll go to help out someone you love.

Cassie has had a very traumatic past. With her sister Lisa, she was bullied as a child and had to deal with tragedy more than she should.  But with the love and support of Aggie, their Aunt, they have managed to move on with their lives and the love that Aggie had for the tunnels and secrets in The Sand House close by, has passed on to Cassie who has become an archeologist.

But Aggie has fallen ill, and wants Cassie to help retrieve something she’s hidden in the tunnels ahead of someone else finding it in a big excavation that is planned for the site.  This leads to some startling revelations as we get to go back in time to hear the story from Aggie, and also to see what took place to Cassie and her family and I loved following all the different storylines.

Working back at home this also brings Cassie back in touch with an old friend, and I loved seeing how their relationship was rekindled and just how protective people were when they knew Cassie could be in danger.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story – I loved the historical aspects which played out nicely alongside the romance and intrigue of just what was so important to Aggie. The bond between them was so touching. In Cassie, there’s a character who was easy to warm to and understand and I loved how there was  a little bit of everything within the pages of this book to keep you entertained, thrilled and shocked!

★★★★

#BlogTour THE HOUSE THAT ALICE BUILT by CHRIS PENHALL @rararesources @ChocLituk @RubyFiction

A huge delight to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for THE HOUSE THAT ALICE BUILT! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting this all together and letting me be part of it all!

Home is where the heart is … 

Alice Dorothy Matthews is sensible. Whilst her best friend Kathy is living it up in Portugal and her insufferable ex Adam is travelling the world, Alice is working hard to pay for the beloved London house she has put her heart and soul into renovating. 

But then a postcard from Buenos Aires turns Alice’s life upside down. One very unsensible decision later and she is in Cascais, Portugal, and so begins her lesson in ‘going with the flow’; a lesson that sees her cat-sitting, paddle boarding, dancing on top of bars and rediscovering her artistic talents. 

But perhaps the most important part of the lesson for Alice is that you don’t always need a house to be at home. 

Purchase Links 

Amazon UK

Ruby Fiction

Kobo

Barnes & Noble

Google Play

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Penhall is a freelance writer and radio producer.

Her book, The House That Alice Built, won the Choc-Lit Search for a Star Competition 2019. 

Born in South Wales, she has also lived near London and in Portugal, which is where The House That Alice Built is set. It was whilst living in Cascais near Lisbon that she began to dabble in writing fiction, but it was many years later that she was confident enough to start writing her first novel, and many years after that she finally finished it! She is now working on her second. 

A lover of books, music and cats, she is also an enthusiastic salsa dancer, a keen cook, and loves to travel. She is never happier than when she is gazing at the sea. 

Chris has two grown up daughters and lives in the Essex countryside. 

Chris is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association. 

Social Media Links – 

Author Website

Twitter

Facebook

MY REVIEW

This was a wonderful read with a real feelgood factor!!  I can see why this story won the Search For a Star competition! It has all those elements that keep you as a reader rooting for the main character and cheering when everything falls into place!!

Alice is trudging through her life! Her work is miserable, her ex, Adam, is off round the world and she’s having zero fun! When her friend Kathy flies over from Portugal for a visit she pesters Alice to come and visit her but Alice seems so stuck in her ways that she’s reluctant to go, but things are about to change to leave her with no option but to get packing!! 

With the realisation that maybe it’s time to put herself first, Alice finds herself in Portugal to visit Kathy and ends up with a little house/cat sitting job to see her through this new little chapter in her life! What is she going to do with herself?! For someone who likes routine it takes a while to get used to the change, but with the advice of ‘go with the flow’ ringing in her ear she starts to embrace this new way of living!

Her friend Kathy is brilliant in helping Alice find her feet and try new experiences and also makes her remember just how creative she used to be, before life got in the way! She can’t believe how warm and friendly everyone is either! She seems to be getting quite a bit of male attention from very attentive drivers and waiters !! Never a bad thing to have too much attention!!

With new passions to explore and new relationships beginning to blossom, I loved seeing how Alice began to find her happy! She took  back control and even though she often found it easier to run away from her problems whenever the past reared its’ head again, the new confidence she found in herself seemed to make her ready to face anything life could throw at her and this story was just a delight to read throughout!

★★★★★

#CoverReveal DAISY’S CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOP by HANNAH PEARL @RubyFiction

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It’s time for me to get my Christmas emoji’s out again as I’m delighted to be able to share yet another cracker of a cover with you courtesy of the lovely team at Ruby Fiction.  I wish it could be Christmas everyday…….🎄🎅⛄

Here’s a little more info about the book to get you in the mood…

Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift? Step into Romantic Daze …

Daisy Kirk is a sucker for a love story, which is why she opened up her gift shop – because there’s nothing that makes Daisy happier than when she’s helped a customer achieve their own ‘happily ever after’ by finding the perfect Christmas gift for their loved one. And she absolutely does not just sell ‘soppy presents and frilly pants’ as her brother’s infuriating best friend, Eli, is so fond of suggesting.

The sad fact is that whilst Daisy is helping others with their love lives, hers is non-existent. But when unusual circumstances take Daisy and Eli on a road trip from London to rural Wales, will she finally get the happily ever after to her own Christmas love story?

Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop is published on 29th October by Ruby Fiction and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms, as well as in audio.

So here it is – the wait is over…… 😍

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What do we think?!  Hope it’s made you want to add this book to your must haves list – it’s top of mine!!

#CoverReveal HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE by JACKIE LADBURY @RubyFiction

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Time to get the tinsel out and start singing those Christmas songs!!  Delighted to be able to share this fabulously festive cover with you all today – thanks to Jackie and the team at Ruby Fiction for letting me bring you all the details … and I’m sure you will now all be singing Mariah Carey and Shakin Stevens songs  for the rest of the day!!!

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ABOUT THE BOOK

All I want for Christmas is you … or you?

Eve Halligan is back in her hometown for Christmas after a whirlwind few years touring with her band, the Molotovs. A lot has changed since she left, but two things have stayed the same. One: Eve is head-over-heels in love with Lucien Malikov, the Molotovs’ bad boy lead singer. Two: Lucien is completely indifferent to her.

Still, Eve dreams that this could be the Christmas where she convinces Lucien that they’re made for each other. But when childhood friend and local caterer Theo Wright comes back into her life bringing with him festive cupcake and sausage roll conundrums, Eve begins to question whether her Christmas dreams have been wasted on the wrong man …

Happy Christmas Eve is published on 15th October by Ruby Fiction and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms, as well as in audio.

Christmas countdown begins now……… ho ho hope you’re ready!!!

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Hope that’s got you all in the mood for Christmas!! I can’t wait to read this one!!  It’s going to be a cracker…. ok I’ll stop with the puns now!!! Roll on October 15th!!