Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Coming Home For Christmas by Julia Williams Blog Tour

Today I am part of Coming Home for Christmas' Blog Tour, Now firstly the cover is so pretty and so full of glitter which sparkles! Now people who are fans of Julia's books will remember Cat,Pippa and Marianne from A Merry Little Christmas so It was great to catch up with them.

The three friends are all dreading Christmas...

Cat needs to get off the ‘has-been’ heap and rescue her flagging TV career but the demands of her extended family are reaching fever pitch and she barely has time to breathe. Meanwhile, Pippa has got too many balls to juggle as a struggling single mum trying to hang on to her family farm. And Marianne’s marriage is looking distinctly rocky now her beloved husband’s ex is back on the scene.

Happy Christmas? Forget it.
But Christmas is a time for miracles, and when the villagers learn they must fight for what they love, it becomes clear that there is festive magic in the air.
Suddenly for Cat, Pippa and Marianne, it’s looking like it might just be a Christmas to remember …

Coming home for Christmas was great, It was nice to catch up with Cat,Pippa and Marianne but also catch up with whats been going on in Hope Christmas although this year is going to be a tough one for them when a building company LK Holdings want to build a hotel on the fields behind Pippa & Dan's farm which could be disaster for the farm. The Village all come together with Pippa being the lead of stopping them.

I loved reading this book so much! It wasn't an uplifting book until near the end. It was quite serious as the village didn't know what was going to happen to them with LK Holdings wanting to buy people in the village out.
I loved reading Dan's diary and how he was coping after his accident in which he's pushed his wife/ex Pippa as he wants her to be happy and he feels he's letting her down..which is so heartbreaking to read.

I would recommend anybody to read this book! If you haven't read any of Julia's books you can still read Coming Home For Christmas on its own, the characters and story line is easy to follow without having to read the other books.
I am a fan of Julia Williams' books as she definitely knows how to get us in the festive mood and connecting with the characters.

Coming Home For Christmas is 4 twinkling, glittering, heartbreaking, tough love stars
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Friday, 7 November 2014

Hard Time by Cara McKenna Blog Tour: Review

My pounding heart went still, eerie as birds fallen silent in the wake of a gunshot.

He was big. Tall frame, wide shoulders-but not burly. His near-black hair was due for a cut, curling under his ears. Dark brows, dark stubble, dark lashes and eyes.

And he was handsome. So handsome it broke your heart.

A deck of cards was split between his hands, paused midshuffle. Some of the men wore navy scrub tops and bottoms, some navy tee shirts, a few white undershirts. This man wore a tee, with COUSINS stenciled on the front, above the number 802267. Those digits imprinted on my brain, burned black as a brand.
He watched me. But not the way the others did. If he was trying to picture me naked, his poker face was strong, though his attention anything but subtle. His entire head moved as I passed through his domain, but his eyes were languorous. Lazy and half-lidded, yet intense. A hundred looks in one. I didn't like it. Couldn't read it. At least with the horny jerk-offs, I knew where I stood.
I wondered what the worst thing you could do and still only get sent to a medium-security prison was. I hoped not to ever learn the answer. 
And I hoped to heaven inmate 802267 hadn't signed up for any of the day's programs.

Today I am part of the blog tour for Hard Time by Cara McKenna. I have never read of Cara's books before and I am always up for reading new authors books. The cover looked quite intriguing to me when I first saw it, I didn't know what to expect. I'll be honest I didn't read the blurb, I just got stuck in with the book.

We meet Annie Goodhouse is a sweet southern girl who has given up on men and love. After having a bad past with an ex boyfriend its put her off and she's moved from her home town in South Carolina to Darren Michigan. She wants to use her life by helping others, as a librarian she does this in many ways. She is starting a new and daunting job at Cousin's Correctional Facility, she will be helping the inmates with new skills, read to them etc. She never expected for someone to turn her head that much on her first day. Inmate Eric 802267 makes her feel something. . . .

This book is super hot!! I loved pretty much all of it! Annie and Eric get to know each other through writing letters to each other. Some of them letters were very steamy! Annie has feelings for Eric but she knows she shouldn't but she just cannot resist when he makes her feel again..

Hard Time was a pleasurable read, fast pacing & steamy! You can easily feel the chemistry between Annie and Eric so much! You kinda want them to get together because Eric isn't a bad guy he just made poor choices to end up where he is until he is let out. . .
I would easily recommend anybody to read! I'll definitely be searching for more books by Cara McKenna.
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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe by Rebecca Raisin Blog Tour: Q&A

Rebecca, Thank you so much for being on my blog today for the blog tour of Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe. Now let's get all festive with the questions.
Thank you so much for having me here today! 

Can you tell us a little bit about Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe?
It’s the third and final book in the Gingerbread Café series. It wraps up Lil’s story a year after it started with Christmas at the Gingerbread Café, and then mid-year, Chocolate Dreams at the Gingerbread Café. It was quite an emotional story to write because I’m so close to Lil, and CeeCee and I felt like I was losing friends saying goodbye to them in this book! 

Which did Character did you love writing about the most?
CeeCee is my absolute favourite. I love her southern one-liners, and her ability to tell it like it is in a mothering, genuine way. I wish she was real and that she lived near me! 

How does it feel to write a Christmas novel throughout the year?
It’s really bizarre at first! To get into the Christmas spirit I play carols, and google recipes that the café will bake, and it’s only July! But by the time all the edits are done, before you know it, it’s almost Christmas and I’m eager to get decorating! 

Does it put you off Christmas or are you feeling festive all year?
No, I think it heightens it! That anticipation of all the festivities and fun finally creeps closer and the thought of the summer time here approaching, and the kids having school holidays makes me smile like a loon! 

What’s your favourite tradition at Christmas?
Taking the boys around the streets to see all the Christmas lights! We have lots of neighbours who go all out each December, and the boys love visiting them each night. Some of the owners dress up as elves or Santa and hand out candy canes and the boys eyes light up! It’s lots of fun!  

Are you always organised with Christmas presents or are you of them people dashing around Christmas eve?
I WISH I was organised! I am always running behind! We only buy for one adult in a Kris Kringle fashion, but we buy for all of the kids, so I am usually the one running around the shops, eyes wide, mumbling about being more organised next year!

Will we see Lily,Damon and Ceecee again maybe in the future?
I’ve had so many messages asking for just one more book that I am sorely tempted! But I think I left them just where they should be… but you will see glimpses of them in other books set in Ashford. I guess I’ll never say never, but for now, their story winds up on Christmas Day! 

What inspired you to start writing?
Another writer suggested I take a writing class! I was a fan of his, and he said I had a talent for it! So I took a few classes and was immediately hooked! I’ve always been a huge reader, and I guess it was a secret dream one day I’d write! I am so glad I did! 

Can you describe Christmas Wedding at the Gingerbread Cafe in 5 words. . . .
Love, Friendship, Baking, Sadness, Joy! 

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Author Bio
Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She's been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.
Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.

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