#BlogTour BONFIRES & HOT CHOCOLATE at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green #BookReview @rararesources

A huge delight to be on the Blog Tour today for return to the Little Duck Pond Cafe with the fabulous BONFIRES & HOT CHOCOLATE installment!!  My thanks as always to the author, publisher and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

Bonfires & Hot Chocolate (at the Little Duck Pond Café)

If you love all the colours of autumn, you’re sure to warm to this uplifting story of love, loss and starting over.

Primrose Wilkins arrived in Sunnybrook with a burning desire to find the family she’s never known. But after a heart-breaking false start, she’s beginning to have second thoughts. Can she find the courage to battle on in her quest? And with her romantic life at an all-time low, will meeting the intriguing and attractive Callum Davy be just what she needs to renew her faith in love?

Meanwhile, Fen is also finding it hard to be brave. She’s made it through to the final of TV show ‘Battle of the Bakes’ (thanks to Ellie entering on her behalf), but she’s always shied away from being in the spotlight. How will Fen cope now that she’s a famous ‘celebrity’, recognised in the street everywhere she goes?

Purchase Links

Amazon US

Amazon UK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rosie 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 around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.

Watch out for ‘A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, which will be published Christmas 2019. Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled ‘Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage’.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

MY REVIEW

It is fair to say that I love this series, and just when you think it can’t get any better – it does!!!  

The latest installment features Primrose, a woman with quirky fashion sense and on a mission to find her grandmother as she’s feeling very alone and just wants some answers to questions that have bugged her for years.

She’s found plenty to keep her days busy and put a smile on her face with working at the cafe, and dog walking, and soon there’s someone else making her happy as she grows closer to Callum who is new to the village. She’s been treated bad by an ex so she’s happy not to rush into anything dating wise!

The community are also brought together to support Fen who is appearing on TV in a baking show, and I love how they all turn up to watch it together!

With Primrose delving into the past to uncover some truths, she’s really pushed through the ringer emotionally and I even found myself getting quite teary at times!  The more that she uncovers too, the more she finds extra support from someone else who isn’t Callum!  What a dilemma to have!!

The author has created such a wonderful set of characters that you can really connect to.  It’s so great to catch up with various people with each new novella, but they can easily be read as a standalone if you’ve not visited The Little Duck Pond Cafe before!  I adored this latest installment and cannot shout loudly enough about how much I think everyone should visit The Little Duck Pond Cafe series!

★★★★★

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My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 28th September 2019

Hello all!  And farewell to September…aarrggghhh!!  It doesn’t feel like it’s less than 3 months to Christmas but I’m already feeling under prepared! And so many more books I hope to read before the year is through! I need to crack on!!!

Not been a bad week for me –  managed to finish 2 books, may have visited NetGalley a few times  plus added a library book to the never ending TBR mountain! 

BOOKS FINISHED

Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession – 5 stars

Just wonderful!

Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories by Sharon Blackie – 4 stars

Wonderful collection of short stories

BOOKHAUL

To Netgalley we go……

Three Hours by Rosamund Lipton

out January 2020

Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.

It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.

It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.

It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.

In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theatre, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

out February 2020

Prickly. Stubborn. Terribly lonely.
But everyone deserves a second chance…

A dazzling debut for 2020 – are you ready to meet Missy Carmichael?

Missy Carmichael’s life has become small.

Grieving for a family she has lost or lost touch with, she’s haunted by the echoes of her footsteps in her empty home; the sound of the radio in the dark; the tick-tick-tick of the watching clock.

Spiky and defensive, Missy knows that her loneliness is all her own fault. She deserves no more than this; not after what she’s done. But a chance encounter in the park with two very different women opens the door to something different.

A new life beckons for Missy, if only she can be brave enough to grasp the opportunity. But seventy-nine is too late for a second chance. Isn’t it?

WILD ABOUT WEEDS by JACK WALLINGTON

Wild About Weeds by RHS-qualified garden designer Jack Wallington is the first gardening book that looks again at garden design’s most ignored group of plants: weeds.

Not all weeds are ugly uncontrollable brutes. Yes, they can be difficult and intimidating, but weeds can bring a wild, rebellious element to a garden.

In his new book, Jack Wallington profiles over 50 weeds and demonstrates surprising ways to grow them. He explains every element of growing weeds in our own gardens, from weed hunting to collecting and storing weeds, and letting these wild plants flourish without taking control.

Wild About Weeds makes a compelling case for leaving weeds in gardens as part of planting schemes to help bring gardens to life and make them more sustainable and wildlife-friendly. Including a brief history of garden weeds, as well as exclusive interviews with top gardeners, designers and botanists,

Wild About Weeds is the must-have guide for anyone looking to tame and nurture the most challenging of plants.

ELLIE AND THE HARP MAKER by HAZEL PRIOR – library copy

In the rolling hills of beautiful Exmoor, there’s a barn. And in that barn, you’ll find Dan. He’s a maker of exquisite harps – but not a great maker of conversation. He’s content in his own company, quietly working and away from social situations that he doesn’t always get right.

But one day, a cherry-socked woman stumbles across his barn and the conversation flows a little more easily than usual. She says her name’s Ellie, a housewife, alone, out on her daily walk and, though she doesn’t say this, she looks sad. He wants to make her feel better, so he gives her one of his harps, made of cherry wood.

And before they know it, this simple act of kindness puts them on the path to friendship, big secrets, pet pheasants and, most importantly, true love.

CURRENTLY READING

The Brothers York by Thomas Penn  from Netgalley

Three Days In Florence by Chrissie Manby

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HAPPY READING

#BlogTour FINDING BLOSSOMS IN THE DARKNESS by SIMIN SARIKHANI #GIVEAWAY @Bookollective

Thanks for joining me today for the latest stop on this very important Blog Tour for   FINDING BLOSSOMS IN THE DARKNESS by Simin Sarikhani.  My thanks to the wonderful Bookollective team for putting the tour together and letting me share a giveaway with you, as well as finding out more about the book

The tour is happening now to coincide with Suicide Prevention Month so we’re hoping to bring more awareness of the help that is out there.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A deeply moving memoir of a mother’s journey through deepest loss to hope. Beautifully designed and produced, featuring the gorgeous illustrations of Lesley Buckingham. Publication supported by imaginative marketing and publicity campaigns from Cultureshock and Bookseller Rising Stars Bookollective.

 A refugee from revolutionary Iran, Simin Sarikhani had fled her home, leaving all that she had to make a new life on the other side of the world. Although no stranger to life’s challenges, she would face none so great as the death of her only child, Zhubin, at the age of 21. This heartfelt account describes one mother’s journey through the unbearable pain of a child’s death to find what had seemed forever lost: hope, meaning, love and even joy. 

Guided by the letters her son wrote to her to be read after his death, and his other insightful writings, Simin was able to find light in the darkness. In this book, she shares not only her own story but also Zhubin’s simple words, with the wish that they may also bring some comfort to other bereaved parents. Simin Sarikhani was born in Iran, and now divides her time between London and Montreal. Finding Blossoms in the Darkness is her first book.

Published by CultureShock Media

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK

hive.co.uk

whsmith

book depository

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

About the author: A refugee from revolutionary Iran, Simin had fled her home, leaving all she had to make a new life on the other side of the world. Although no stranger to life’s challenges, she would face none so great as the death of her only child, Zhubin, at age 21.

This heartfelt account describes one mother’s journey through the unbearable pain of a child’s death to find what had seemed forever lost: hope, meaning, love and even joy.

Guided by the letters her son wrote to her to be read after his death, and his other insightful writings, she was able to find light in the darkness. In this book she shares, not only her own story, but also Zhubin’s simple words, with the wish that they may also bring some comfort to other bereaved parents.

GIVEAWAY

It’s my pleasure today to be involved in the giveaway which is to win a copy of this extraordinary paperback book.   Entries only from the UK and EU ONLY please.

 Please go over to my Twitter page @bookkaz and retweet the pinned FINDING BLOSSOMS tweet on my page and follow @Bookollective .  Entries allowed until midnight Friday 27th September 2019, and I will pick a winner on  Saturday 28th.

GOOD LUCK!!

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To find out more about this book and the author, please visit the FINDING BLOSSOMS IN THE DARKNESS website

#BlogTour FUCK YEAH VIDEO GAMES by DANIEL HARDCASTLE #bookreview #FuckYeahVideoGames #RandomThingsTours @DanNerdCubes @unbounders

A huge delight to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for FUCK YEAH VIDEO GAMES by DANIEL HARDCASTLE! As a keen gamer myself, especially in the past, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of this book and look forward to sharing more about it along with my thoughts!

My thanks to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for the copy of the book and letting me be part of this epic tour!

ABOUT THE BOOK

 As Daniel Hardcastle careers towards thirty, he looks back on what has really made him happy in life: the friends, the romances… the video games. Told through encounters with the most remarkable – and the most mind-boggling – games of the last thirty-odd years, Fuck Yeah, Video Games is also a love letter to the greatest hobby in the world. 

From God of War to Tomb Raider, Pokémon to The Sims, Daniel relives each game with countless in-jokes, obscure references and his signature wit, as well as intricate, original illustrations by Rebecca Maughan. Alongside this march of merriment are chapters dedicated to the hardware behind the games: a veritable history of Sony, Nintendo, Sega and Atari consoles.

 Joyous, absurd, personal and at times sweary, Daniel’s memoir is a celebration of the sheer brilliance of video games. 

PUBLISHED BY UNBOUND

This is the most successful book in UK crowdfunding history: it funded in a mere 42 minutes, and has so far been backed by over 9,000 supporters. If these pledges were counted as sales, the book would have been a Sunday Times bestseller in the week of its launch

. Dan’s OfficialNerdCubed YouTube channel has over 2.6 million subscribers. The book features a foreword by legendary game designer Tim Schafer, and a guest chapter from fellow YouTuber Stuart Ashen (aka Ashens), who has 1.4 million subscribers.

 Dan will be undertaking an extensive UK tour.

 For fans of Terrible Old Games You’ve Never Heard Of by Stuart Ashen, Hey! Listen!: A journey through the golden era of video games by Steve McNeil, The Nostalgia Nerd’s Retro Tech by Peter Leigh, Speccy Nation by Dan Whitehead.

A U T H O R 

Daniel Hardcastle, aka DanNerdCubed, is a YouTube gamer who has accumulated more than 2.6 million subscribers over the course of his 4000 videos. He lives with his partner, Rebecca Maughan.

Social Media  

@DanNerdCubed

 youtube.com/user/officialnerdcubed

MY REVIEW

As a huge fan of computer games – I still have my Atari, Commodore 64 and countless Nintendo consoles – I knew this was going to be my kind of book! And I wasn’t wrong! Although the author mainly features games from the 90’s, it’s still written in a way that I connected with and has now left me itching to go and buy a new console or two and try out some more of the games he has recommended!

This is a love letter to computer games!  The moments in our lives where we remember a certain game that coincided with a memory and how it made us feel.  The fact that you could be cool at school if you were good at playing certain games!  The different lives you could pretend to have through playing these games and how you could see a whole new side to a person by the way they reacted during their time playing a game!

 It also highlights the changes that there’s been over the years in playing games and what video games meant – it used to be for fun but now it all seems to be about how much money can be made.  Something that I struggle to get my head around at times to be fair and I just wonder if that takes away that element of escapism that games used to offer me, as nowadays they have to be taken so seriously.

Illustrated brilliantly by his wife, this book was such a blast to read.  So many funny footnotes alongside fascinating facts, I think it’s a book that will appeal to so many different people.  And not only does he focus on the great games, he mentions the stinkers too – the hits and the misses, the classics and the clunks!  How some games worked because of their simplicity and how others were just complete madness! It also looks at the main players behind the games – Sony, Sega, Atari, Nintendo along with many of the top games such as Sims, Mario, Sonic, Fortnite and Tomb Raider and the impact each of these games had at the time.

 It brought back so many fun memories for me and has made me learn a lot more about the video game industry and history too and I can’t wait to start my homework now of playing some of the games he mentions in his top list!! Fabulous fun!

★★★★★

#BookReview LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL by RONAN HESSION @Ofmooseandmen

ABOUT THE BOOK

Leonard and Hungry Paul are two friends who see the world differently. They use humour, board games and silence to steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st century.

‘The figure in Munch’s painting isn’t actually screaming!’ Hungry Paul said. ‘Really, are you sure?’ Replied Leonard. ‘Absolutely. That’s the whole thing. The figure is actually closing his ears to block outa scream. Isn’t that amazing? A painting can be so misunderstood and still become so famous.’

LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL is the story of two quiet friends trying to find their place in the world. It is about those uncelebrated people who have the ability to change the world, not by effort or force, but through their appreciation of all that is special and overlooked in life.

published by Bluemoose Books

PURCHASE LINKS

Publisher Website

Amazon

hive.co.uk

MY REVIEW

A sheer delight!  No over the top characters, no outlandish plot, just a story of 2 men who are perfectly content in their own skin.   They have their routines, they live very quiet lives – it may be unconventional for many but for them it works perfectly.  And they both have hearts of gold who will often overthink situations, but that method works for them and I just fell  more and more in love with them with each page I turned!

Leonard and Hungry Paul are the men in question – they’re both very loyal to their families, and loyal in friendship too.  Their quiet way of living is at odds with the louder, more hurried world we’re now living in and as they encounter new situations they try and make sense of it all, seeking solace in a board game and a chat.

There is a real innocence about this book – there are no big egos involved, and they’re completely at ease with who they are and what their place is in the world.  And the relationships between family and friends were so solid and really touching.  They find comfort in one another, but still find time to test the water  and make the scary jump into new territories, without making a fuss or even telling others until it has become a reality or success.

As Leonard ventures into the world of dating I found myself sharing his anguish over how to make the first move, what’s the right etiquette etc, and as Hungry Paul wins a competition and finds a new job, I was almost proud of him, watching on as he navigated a new start – and I want in on the Sunday Night Quiet Club!!! It sounds like my kind of club!!

This is a book where you revel in their victories and share their pain when they’re suffering.  It’s a celebration of the quiet souls in this world who don’t need constant attention or praise and brings to attention the fact that the little things in life can bring the biggest rewards. It’s not about who has got the most money, or the flashiest car, if you don’t have that peace of mind of knowing who you are as a person,  then it’s all worthless. And these men are very clear as to who they are!

So many wonderful little details throughout made this such a perfect book – and I cherished every single page!! Highly recommended!!

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#BlogTour The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E.Harrow #BookReview #TenThousandDoors @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orbitbooks

Delighted to be the latest stop on the brilliant Blog Tour for the equally brilliant THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by ALIX E.HARROW.  My thanks to the publisher, author and Tracy of Compulsive Readers for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it!

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut.

In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place.

Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.

Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow’s spellbinding debut–step inside and discover its magic.

Published by Orbit

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK  £21.72

hive.co.uk  £10.69

whsmith  £9.35

MY REVIEW

I think we’ve all dreamed of finding doors that lead to different worlds – I still live in hope of finding Narnia at the back of my wardrobe – and in this book you get to enjoy the magical journey of following January as she discovers a special book that unlocks worlds of adventure, whilst she discovers more about her past and those around her.  It was  a beautifully written story and one you can totally lose yourself in as you switch between storylines, and there’s never a dull moment in either!

January is a wonderful character. She’s seen as an oddball, but tolerated by others because she is under the care of Mr Locke, a very wealthy man, as her father is seemingly always off working looking for treasures all over the globe. As the story progresses you find out how relevant her fathers’ travels are and this just adds more depth to the story.

The book January discovers tells the story of Ade, another fascinating character, who was born in 1866 and was raised by her aunts who took very little notice of her, allowing her to roam free and adventure. When she is 15 she sees a ‘ghost’ and what transpires is a totally enthralling story that involves lots of door hunting and a wonderful love story.

I found this to be one of those books that takes a little while for you to get your bearings with the way it’s told. but it soon has you under the spell and I really loved the different aspects of the story – the romance, the fantasy elements and the historical as they all blended so well and really just kept delivering surprise after surprise!!  Highly recommended!!

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#CoverReveal BLUEBELL’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC by MARIE LAVAL @ChocLituk

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 Guess what?!! It’s time for yet another Cover Reveal of the Christmas kind and you’re in for another treat with this one! My thanks again to Choc Lit for letting me share this festive stunner!  Think we’re in for a real treat this Christmas with all these wonderful books coming our way!

ABOUT THE  BOOK

A flick of a feather duster and a sprinkle of Christmas magic …

Cassie Bell is used to mess. Her cleaning business, Bluebell Cleaning, is well known in the Cumbrian village of Red Moss. However, now it’s almost Christmas and Cassie has a slightly messier situation to deal with than she’s used to.

She’s been hired to help Stefan Lambert, an injured army helicopter pilot who’s staying at the local Belthorn Manor whilst he recovers. Stefan resents Cassie’s interference and is definitely not looking for Christmas cheer. But Cassie prides herself on sparkling surfaces – so, can she bring some festive sparkle to Stefan’s life too?

Bluebell’s Christmas Magic will be published by Choc Lit on 19th November and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms and also in audio.

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Time to start playing those festive tunes to get you in the mood…… here’s the cover……..

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Hope you agree that this one looks  like a bit of a christmas cracker! Super excited to read this come November!!