Book Review: The Cuckoo Woods by M. Sean Coleman

It’s November and the nights are drawing in, making it ideal to curl up and read. The Cuckoo Wood by M. Sean Coleman is the first book in the Alex Ripley series and thank you @rararesources and @mseancoleman for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and read this novel.

Book Review: The Cuckoo Wood by M. Sean Coleman

 

The Cuckoo Wood

The Cuckoo Wood by M.Sean Coleman

Title: The Cuckoo Wood

Author: M. Sean Coleman

Publisher: Red Dog

Genre: Mystery and suspense

Release Date: 24th July 2018

Blurb

A THRILLING, MELODICALLY CREEPY MYSTERY.

Samantha Jaynes took her life in the cold lake. Now Rosie Trimble has done the same. Both claimed they had seen an angel. And they’re not the only ones.

A spate of teenage suicides rattles the rural community of Kirkdale, in England’s Lake District. Before they died, each of the girls talked about seeing an angel. Is this collective hallucination, or is something more sinister leading these young girls to their deaths?

That’s a question for Dr Alex Ripley, the so-called Miracle Detective. Brought in to help the police, she finds a community rooted in fear and suspicion, bound by their strange faith, unwilling to help, unable to forgive.

Because the people of Kirkdale have buried their dark past once, and they’re not about to let Ripley dig it up again.

The Cuckoo Wood is the first Alex Ripley Mystery series

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cuckoo-Wood-Alex-Ripley-Mystery/dp/1916426212

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Cuckoo-Wood-Alex-Ripley-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07FWGJDHR

Direct from Red Dog Press – https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/shop

My thoughts

My first thought reading this was wishing I had read it over Halloween; it has a spooky, eerie feeling perfect to that time of year. It has everything you would associate with a classic ghost story – creepy woods, malevolent atmosphere, an isolated village closing ranks against an outsider and a mystery spanning decades.

The premise of someone investigating crimes linked to the paranormal grabbed my attention and it did not falter until the last page. This novel kept me guessing whether the suicides were caused by human activity or mystical. The village is full of personalities with secrets it was hard to know who to trust as they are strongly controlled by the small devout church. This suspicion and the unnerving world M. Sean Coleman has created made me turn the pages longer after bedtime.

The Miracle Detective , Dr Alex Ripley is a strong, realistic protagonist and I am pleased this is part of a series not a standalone,  I want to read more about her past and discover other cases.

Would I recommend?

Yes, I can’t wait to read more so am pleased I have another of the series on my TBR pile – watch this space. This is an author I am looking forward to follow.

Author Biography

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Author: M. Sean Coleman

Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.
He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.
He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

Social Media Links –

www.facebook.com/mseancoleman.author

www.twitter.com/mseancoleman

Giveaway

I am pleased to share a giveaway to win paperback copy of The Cuckoo Wood, a cool tote bag with book quote from the publisher, a branded bookmark and some chocolates (Open INT)

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Thanks again to @rararesources

Why not catch up with other reviews and chat about The Cuckoo Wood on blogs also in the tour.

Good luck and happy reading!

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The Journey as a Flamingo Paperie Trader begins

Welcome to From Under the Duvet. A place to share my love of stationery, greeting cards, books and snippets of life.

This is the beginning of a journey. While I have been blogging about books for a while on Duvet Dweller Books becoming a Flamingo Paperie Partner is a new venture and experience. I used to be an avid fan of The Phoenix Trading Company especially at Christmas for their advent calendars so I was shocked when I heard the news they were no more. Luckily, I discovered instead of the traditional phoenix rising from the ashes, a pink flamingo arrived. Flamingo Paperie was born.

The arrival of Flamingo Paperie

The beauty and quality of these British made cards and the ability to run a flexible, small business from home, under the duvet tempted me to sign up as a partner. As someone who spends too much time in bed due to chronic illness it seemed an ideal solution. Starting a business is scary at the best of times, fitting one around medication, chronic fatigue and illness is daunting but a friend gave me this:

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

 

Let the journey begin

So join me on my journey into working from home, browse the what Flamingo Paperie has to offer and share some good books.

Love

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Book Review: And No Birds Will Sing by E.A Clark

It is nearly Halloween; my favourite time of year to read books with a spooky edge so I am pleased to share my review for And No Birds Will Sing as part of the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Book Review: And No Birds Will Sing by E.A Clark

 

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Title: And No Birds Will Sing

Author: E.A Clark

Genre: Horror, Suspense, Paranormal

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Release date:  3rd September 2018

Blurb

Not all spirits rest in peace…

Following a personal tragedy, a recovering Grace Clements relocates with her husband and daughter to an old cottage in idyllic rural Oxfordshire. As the family integrate into the seemingly benign local community, they learn unsettling facts about the cottage’s dark past. Grace quickly becomes uncomfortably aware of a menacing presence within their new home.

Stumbling upon a neglected cemetery, Grace and her daughter discover the graves of the house’s previous inhabitants, including those of nine babies. Dismayed to find herself pregnant, Grace suspects she has awoken something truly evil in her new residence. She develops a creeping sense of unease as she unravels the disturbing truth about the history of the cottage and the fate of its occupants.

Who is the sinister boy watching Grace and her family? Are there malevolent forces at work? Or is the mentally fragile Grace heading for another breakdown?

A spellbinding paranormal thriller from the best-selling author of Lay Me To Rest. You may want to keep the lights on…

Purchase Links

UK https://amzn.to/2Mvmbey

US https://amzn.to/2noxGJO

https://www.crookedcatbooks.com/product/and-no-birds-shall-sing/

My Thoughts

Within the first few pages, I questioned my wisdom of reading this book at night before I went to sleep. I instantly felt the tension and unease radiating from the cottage in the woods. This well-written novel has all the classic elements of a good ghost story – a rundown house with a back story the villagers are wary to discuss, a family wanting a new start and chilling episodes of hauntings which send shivers down your spine. It is made better by being on the right side of realism. The events are believable. Caught by E.A. Clarke’s imagery, I found myself emerged in the story. Emotionally attached to Grace as she struggled to deal with her grief alongside the hauntings and Cassie with her guide dog Jet, my fear was heightened. I was  trapped between wanting to find out more and wanting to put the book down because I was scared for the characters in peril. I tentatively turned the pages until the end.

Would I recommend?

Yes. This eerie book is perfect for a Halloween read.

Author Bio

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E.A Clark Author

Elizabeth Clark was born and raised in the Midlands, where she continues to live with her husband and son, plus an assortment of pets. Much of her formative existence was spent with her head in a book, and from an early age, she grew to relish the sheer escapism afforded by both reading and writing fiction. Putting things on hold for a time to raise her three children, she has resumed her fervent scribbling.

She has a love of antiquity and a penchant for visiting old graveyards, often speculating on the demise of those entombed beneath. Whilst she has written short stories and poetry for many years, a lifelong fascination with all things paranormal culminated in her first novel for adults, ‘Lay Me to Rest’, published in September 2017 by HQ Digital.

‘And No Birds Shall Sing’, to be published by Crooked Cat in October 2018, is her second foray into the realms of the supernatural.

Social Media Links 

Twitter handle –  @EAClarkAuthor ;

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.clark.779857

Goodreads – E.A. Clark – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17100457.E_A_Clark

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/e-a-clark

 

Thank you Rachel Random Resources for the opportunity to review this book. Why not visit the blogs below for further reviews and info on the book and author.

Happy reading!

 

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Blog Tour and Book Review: Finding Rose by Julie Ryan

Book Review for Finding Rose by Julie Ryan

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Title: Finding Rose

Author: Julie Ryan

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical

Release Date: 22nd October 2018

Purchase Links:

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Rose-Julie-Ryan-ebook/dp/B07GZZPYQX

Amazon UShttps://www.amazon.com/Finding-Rose-Julie-Ryan-ebook/dp/B07GZZPYQX

Blurb

When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.

Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but could he in fact be reliving previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1. Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?

My Thoughts

The possibility of the novel involving past lives caught my eye. It is a topic I am intrigued by so I was eager to read it when I was given the opportunity to join in a blog tour. I was not disappointed. From the beginning I was drawn into the all the three stories – the present with the sisters coping with their father’s declining health and their complex relationships, the lives of those in 16th century and the horrors of World War One – making me read chapter after chapter. I cared for all the characters in the different timelines and was eager to know the answers to the mysteries the novel revealed as the sister’s dug into their father’s past. Unlike some books with a historical fiction slant it is not a heavy read bogged down with detail but it keeps the magic of the genre. There were moments I will always remember and facts from the past I never knew. It is a beautiful, heartfelt tale of love, acceptance and reflection.

The subjects touched by the book would make it a perfect book for discussions in book clubs.

Would I recommend?

Yes, if you enjoy historical fiction blended with the present or want to try something different.
I am looking forward to reading more by this talented author.

Author Bio

Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a rescue cat. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.

She is the author of the Greek Island Mystery series, Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophecy, each of which can be read as a standalone. Her latest book, Finding Rose, is a new departure for her as it is set against the backdrop of WW1 and has a strong link to the Tudor Court.

Social Media Links

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Thank you Rachel Random Resources for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this wonderful book.

Good luck and happy reading!

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Book Review: The Westwood Witches: A Secret Uncovered by Sarah Northwood

With Halloween days away it is time for someone supernatural reads. Starting off with The Westwood Witches: A Secret Uncovered by Sarah Northwood

Book Review: The Westwood Witches: A Secret Uncovered by Sarah Northwood

 

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Title: The Westwood Witches: A Secret Uncovered

Author: Sarah Northwood

Genre: Young Adult

Release Date: 25th August 2018

Blurb

Aero trembled as she held the box sealed inside black paper. The dilemma was a difficult one – her mum had told her the box contained secrets she might not be ready for. Once she opened it, there would be no going back… 
Aero has always felt like a misfit and an outsider. Thankfully, having a best friend like Lilly, along with a grandma like Joanna, makes life worth living. But a terrible event tears her world apart, and Aero Westwood is about to discover that her family has more secrets than most. 

My Thoughts

With her clumsiness and loneliness resulting from endless house moves, I instantly connected with Aero. This book hurtled me back to my own childhood of endless school changes and making new friends. These experiences and emotions heighten the close relationships she has with her Grandmother and best friend Lilly adding to the Aero’s turmoil as the story proceeds.

The story was not what I expected which was wonderful because it would have been easy for a tale about a teenage witch to become similar to others in the genre but this has a unique slant. I love the author’s style of writing and the flow plot making it difficult to put down. This is a magical adventure with a perfect blend of the supernatural and realism by a natural imaginative storyteller. Even as an adult I can not wait to read more of the series.

What are you reading this Halloween?

Happy reading!

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Festival of Words and increasing TBR

On Sunday, I ventured out of the duvet to the East Riding Festival of Words – thanks to an early Christmas present – and what a day!

I love literary festivals; the bookish atmosphere, listening to the authors’ views about their books and finding out more about them. I planned to go to one event, a talk by Lucinda Riley but the range of authors and topics was too tempting; I saved energy and increased my meds to go to three talks in succession. There was a full day option but common sense kicked in to remind me there are limits to pushing my health.

The House of Fiction: From Pemberley to Brideshead, Great British Houses in literature and life by Phyllis Richardson

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House of Fiction by Phyllis Richardson

First, Phyllis Richardson gave a talk on her new book  House of Fiction: From Pemberley to Brideshead, Great British Houses in Literature and Life. Time rapidly whizzed by; it was a topic I could have listened to for hours which is why I have a copy on order. Somehow, I need to find the time to read it between my other books. Houses and location play an important role in fiction. The All Souls Trilogy would not have the same appeal if the Bishop house did not have a personality of its own, Harry Potter needed Hogwarts and Nancherrow created the magic in Rosamunde Pilcher’s Coming Home. These were not discussed but it focused on the well known literary houses of Walpole’s Strawberry Hill, Bronte’s Parsonage, Menabilly and Castle Howard. Apart from Jane Eyre and Rebecca I confess I have not read the authors mentioned but they are on my reading list, I promise.

Next there should be a similar book about the role of libraries in fiction or bookshops.

The Seven Sisters Series

Lucinda Riley Moon Sister: From the Scottish Highlands to the Alhambra

I love the Seven Sisters series; the concept of seven stories based on the star constellation, The Pleiades grabbed me along with the stunning hard back edition. The midnight blue cover decorated with gold stars drew me to the first book without reading the blurb and by the end I was hooked. Interviewed by her son Harry, it was interesting to hear Lucinda Riley talk about her career, writing style and the fictional seven sisters. Each book is a perfect blend of a present day and  historical story as the heritage of the sister is revealed. The Moon Sister is the fifth book and shares Tiggy’s tale. Watch this space for the book review. Even more exciting was having copies of two books signed for my forever shelf.

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Emma Burstall and Harriet Evans: Houses by the Sea

The last event was a discussion about the importance of the location by the sea with Harriet Evans, Emma Burstall and Cassandra Parkin as well as writing styles and short readings from their latest novels. I have read Emma Burstall’s Tremarnock series based in Cornwall and a couple of books by Harriet Evans but it was refreshing to hear from an author I had not heard of, Cassandra Parkin. Luckily, The Wildflowers and Underwater Breathing have been added to this week’s library stash.

It was a well organised day and I am grateful for all those involved as I know from experience the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to produce a wonderful event. I can’t wait until next year.

Time to snuggle back under the duvet and read or sleep.

Happy reading

Book Review: No one cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley

It may only be October but it is never too early for a festive romance and the first one of the season is No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley.

Book Review for No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley

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Title: No One Cancels Christmas

Author: Zara Stoneley

Genre: Romance, Festive

Publisher: Harper Impulse

Release Date: 19th October 2018

Blurb:

It’s the most magical time of the year, and for travel agent Sarah it’s also the busiest! But this year one man threatens to ruin Christmas for Sarah’s customers – Mr Grinch, Will Armstrong.
The Shooting Star Mountain resort is a magical place, and Sarah has fond memories of Christmas here as a little girl – visits to Father Christmas, husky rides in the snow and hot chocolate by a roaring fire. But as the resorts new owner, Will refuses to play snowball or to deck the halls with anything remotely resembling tinsel!
With customers complaining their Christmas is ruined, Sarah decides it’s up to her to convince Scroogey Will just how magical Christmas can be….
But getting Will into the Christmas spirit is hopeless – he is Bah Humbug personified! But as Sarah gets to know him better, she realises that underneath all the gloom is a man struggling with a pain of his own.
With the big day approaching, Sarah realises that the magic and sparkle can wait. This year, she’s going to spend Christmas day with someone special her very own Mr Scrooge…

Purchase Link

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-One-Cancels-Christmas-romantic-ebook/dp/B07CWTVJGD
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/no-one-cancels-christmas-romantic-ebook/dp/B07CWTVJGD

My Thoughts

Zara Stoneley is a new author to me but within a couple of chapters, I was hooked by her writing style and the prospective trip to Shooting Star Mountain Resort. The festive feel forced me to consume my first mince pie though I resisted the urge to play Christmas music.

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With the backdrop of mountains, snow and log cabins the setting alone is ideal for a festive romance. When travel agent, Sarah was younger the Shooting Star Mountain Resort flourished providing perfect Christmas holidays so she highly recommended it to her customers. With news of complaints and run ins with Will Armstrong she decides the tackle the problem head on. She is not prepared to let the business responsible for many memories fail without a fight. Sarah’s unique feisty personality complements moody Scrooge-like Will Armstrong who I connected with immediately. With a bundle of fun characters including flirtatious Ed and beautiful husky Rosie it is a joy to read. This is a story of how a person’s history affects their present, brewing secrets, romance and the magic of Christmas. The unexpected elements made this story its own; it will not be lost in the mass of festive reads available.

Do I recommend?

Yes, it is a humorous, romantic festive read to snuggle down under the duvet and perfect for this time of year.

Author Biography

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Zara Stoneley

Born in a small village in Staffordshire, I wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when I grew up. After many years, and many different jobs, my dream of writing a bestseller came true.

I write about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hope that my tales make you cry a little, laugh a lot, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

I now live in a Cheshire village with my family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Where you can find her

Website: http://www.zarastoneley.com
Twitter: @ZaraStoneley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zarastoneley/

Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced copy and inviting to this tour.

Happy reading!

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Blog Tour: Q and A with Isabella May

This week I am pleased to have Isabella May visit to discuss her writing, books and of course, cake. Isabella May’s debut Oh! What a Pavlova is celebrating its first year anniversary and my review can be found here. She has been busy with the recent release of her third novel Costa del Churros.

Q and A with Isabella May

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Q and A with Isabella May

Welcome to Duvet Dwellers Books Isabella May. I am so pleased you are here.

What would you like to drink out of choice – tea, coffee or cocktail?

I’m going to pretend it’s evening so I can say a Coco Loco, please!

Q and A with Isabella May

Cocktails for two

Oh! What a Pavlova should come with a warning so the reader can stock up on cake before they read. It mentions food a lot and Kate Clothier loves cake. How much of a foodie are you? Do you bake?

Yeah… sorry about that! I do love food, as you probably guessed, but I used to have a complex relationship with it. Like Kate Clothier, I was once in an abusive relationship where every morsel that went into my mouth was policed, my weight constantly scrutinised. That’s why I am so passionate now about women – in particular – eating what the hell they want, refraining from labelling food clean and dirty, and just generally improving the way we approach the subject. So yeah, I am a big foodie with a sweet tooth. But I am also a bit of a food snob. I like my ice cream from the gelateria, my bread freshly baked, and my cookies never come straight out of a packet!

I really do love to bake. That’s not so easy for half of the year living in Spain as it’s too damned hot and everything melts! As soon as autumn arrives and the temperatures cool down, I can be found in the kitchen on a weekend, making soup, brownies and soda bread.

What is your favourite cake?

I’m asked this a lot and I think it varies depending on the time of the year. Right now I’ll say a Victoria Sandwich. Classic, delicious, pretty and not over-sweet!

All your titles are food orientated, was this planned?

Good question! No… it’s just kind of evolved that way and now I can’t imagine not writing a novel without food or drink as a focal point. I guess I love the way it brings everyone together, I love the magic we can infuse it with too.

What was your inspiration to write Oh! What a Pavlova?

A burning desire to dispel the myth that an abusive relationship is abusive all the time. For many victims of domestic violence, of course, it can be. But my experience was very different, physical attacks had no ETA and could happen perhaps once or twice a year, catching me completely off guard. The mental abuse was a daily occurrence – I just didn’t realise it (much like Kate). I’d worked in children’s publishing and was keen to weave that into the story. I also wanted to experiment with darkness and light. My subsequent books are much more uplifting – and that’s given ‘Pavlova’ some Marmite reviews. Not everyone ‘gets it’. But actually, in my situation, had I not relied on wit and humour to see me through; had I not lived my own double life (again like Kate), I doubt I’d be sitting here typing this right now. Comedy is a great coping mechanism in the darkest of times – not in the heat of an attack, no – but it’s a flicker of hope that burns brightly, often propelling enlightenment… and then perhaps even the strength to escape.

Your debut, Oh! What a Pavlova covers domestic violence and the different faces of Kate. Was it difficult to write?

Yes and no. It was extremely cathartic, cheaper than therapy! As long as I was matching the weather to my scene setting, it felt like a natural process. An elephant grey sky is a great trigger for a dark and twisted scene, as it turns out.

Who is your favourite character in your books?

So far that would be River Jackson! The dishy hippie barman in The Cocktail Bar is a wonderful example of somebody who has learned to follow their heart, irrespective of the naysayers.

Do you have a particular writing routine?

Well, coffee helps. Cake too if I’m in a café. Honestly, no. I just snatch my moments every day and try to keep the flow and momentum going. When you show up continuously like that, the muses magically deliver the creativity!

You have released three books now, what have you learnt about the process of writing and publishing? Is there anything you would do differently?

I’ve learned to stop comparing myself to others *I think*. It’s hard not to because it’s a competitive industry. But every journey is as worthwhile and exciting; whether you are with a small publisher like me, a giant one, self-published or starting out. Whenever we reach that seemingly elusive goal (which for me, not so long ago, was finding a home for ‘Pavlova’), we automatically want to move onto the next big thing! So really it’s all about the journey, enjoying every moment of the process unfolding and staying as upbeat as possible because it really is a marathon and not a sprint!

Are you working on a new project?

I am!
I’m very excited to say that novel 4 (another foodie themed book surrounding an ice cream parlour) is written and with my editor. That one will be subbed to agents in January as I’m starting a brand new publishing journey.

And I am also 20,000 words into novel 5…

Wish me lots and lots of luck, and watch this space. I hope these books will be out there in the publishing universe before too long!

I am looking forward to reading them so giving you lots of luck and cake. Thank you for joining me and answering all my questions.

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Q and A with Isabella May

Oh! What a Pavlova by Isabella May

Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

Purchase Link: myBook.to/pavlova

Author Bio

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

Social Media Links

www.isabellamayauthor.com
Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/
Instagram – @isabella_may_author

Giveaway – Win a signed copy of The Cocktail Bar (Open Internationally)*

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Good luck and happy reading!

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Introducing Flamingos, October Books and Cards

October is here. The evenings are drawing in and the nights are getting cooler which is perfect for snuggling up with a good book and a warm drink. I love this time of the year and I have woken up full of expectation of the things to come – Halloween, Bonfire night and of course, Christmas. With this new season, I am pleased to announce Duvet Dwellers Books have joined Flamingo Paperie to offer quality greeting cards and stationery to spread smiles to those around you.

Why cards from under the duvet?

Being a duvet dweller* and living life from under a duvet you watch the world go by without you and it is easy to feel isolated. We are lucky to live in the age of technology because this allows us to connect with people at the touch of a button but sometimes you need more. For me, there is nothing like the clunk of the letter box and a handwritten card waiting on the doormat. Letters and cards can make the recipient smile and loved more than an electronic ping on your phone. Letters can change someone’s life as shown in a book I love One Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley which I must add a review for.

Jodi Ann Bickley book

One Million Lovely Letters by Jodi Ann Bickley

 

So why not have a browse here and see what you think?

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Cards for Autumn days

 

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Sunny days

 

Photo of card with a rainbow and girl.

Rainy days

 

Photo of Christmas Stable Pop up card

Christmas

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Books for October

There are always good books being released at this time of year so what are you reading?

Watch this space for reviews for Jodi Picoult’s new release A Spark of Light and next instalment of The Seven Sisters’s series The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley.

Happy reading!

*Duvet Dweller – someone who spends too much time under the duvet because of chronic illness and fatigue also known as a spoonie

Book Review and Blog Tour: The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden

It has been a busy week for blog tours and this is Friday’s review. Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the opportunity to read The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden

 

Book Review for The Amber Maze

The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden

Title: The Amber Maze

Author: Christopher Bowden

Genre: Noir fiction, mystery

Release date: 6th September 2018

Blurb

While staying in a Dorset cottage, Hugh Mullion finds a mysterious key down the side of an antique chair. No one can say how long the key has been there or what it opens.
Hugh’s search for answers will unlock the secrets of the troubled life of a talented artist, destined to be hailed a neglected genius fifty years too late. And no secret is darker than that of The Amber Maze, from whose malign influence he never escaped.
The trail takes Hugh from Edwardian Oxfordshire to 1960s Camden Town, where the ghosts of the past are finally laid to rest.
Delicately crafted noir fiction at its best.

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0955506751
Amazon US –  https://www.amazon.com/Amber-Maze-Christopher-Bowden-ebook/dp/B07FRH481F/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1532280455&sr=1-1&keywords=the+amber+maze
Waterstones –  https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-amber-maze/christopher-bowden/9780955506758
Smash words –  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/880652

My Thoughts

With a beautifully written novel revolving around a forgotten key, dusty books, quirky personalities who visit a location close to my heart how could I not enjoy this enjoyable book? I loved the pace and language used. It suits Hugh Mullions, the protagonist well. He loves a challenging puzzle so when a key is discovered his obsessive streak shines through; he is determined to solve the riddle of The Amber Maze. His research takes him from a cosy cottage to a stately home and London as it leads him to troubled artist and the secrets urged me to continue reading.

There are a clutch of characters readers of his previous book, The Blue Door will know well  but this can be read as a standalone short novel.

As well as the promised mystery the mention of Camden in the blurb attracted me to this book. It was a place I visited as often as I could in my youth and I was impressed by the author’s ability to place the reader in the environment. Without being overly descriptive I was walking the streets alongside the characters which is always a pleasure in a book.

Would I recommend?

Yes. It’s different to my normal reads but is a refreshing a new genre for me to jump into; a perfect alternative to romance on comfy duvet days and ideal to read tucked up on a cold evening. Also with the book series surrounding the colour theme  it is one to remember for next year’s reading challenges for the ‘Read a book with a colour in the title’ because there are several books to choose from.

Author Biography

Book Review of The Amazon Maze

Christopher Bowden

 

Christopher Bowden lives in south London. The Amber Maze is the sixth of his colour-themed novels, which have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay.

 

 

 

Social Media Linkshttps://www.facebook.com/christopher.bowden.90

Want to know more about this book and Christopher Bowden why not visit others on this blog tour. The schedule is below.

Happy reading!

Blog tour for The Amber Maze