Cover Reveal: My Spanish Romance by Olivia Spring

Today I am thrilled to be part of the cover reveal for the 4th book in the My Ten-Year Crush series by the incredibly talented Olivia Spring. First a little about the book:

About the book:

My Spanish Romance: Falling For My Brother’s Best Friend…


Dating her brother’s best friend is against the rules. 

But some rules are meant to be broken…

After discovering her cheating ex’s plans to move into her building, accountant Lily jets off on a sabbatical to Marbella. When she unexpectedly bumps into her brother’s best friend, hot Spanish DJ Carlos—the guy she’s had a crush on since forever—sparks fly. 

But Carlos promised Lily’s brother he’d never mess with his little sister. Breaking the bro code would end their friendship. 

Lily knows that Casanova Carlos doesn’t do relationships, so all he could offer is a steamy holiday fling. And after wanting him for so long, if they spent the night together, Lily’s heart and body might never recover.

She tries to suppress her feelings, but when Carlos takes Lily to his favourite places in Spain, the attraction becomes harder to resist. With her brother hundreds of miles away, what he doesn’t know won’t hurt, right?

Should Lily throw caution to the wind and risk heartbreak by enjoying a sizzling Spanish romance? And if she does, will it lead to long-term love? 

Order this fun, steamy, brother’s-best-friend, forbidden love romcom now and join Lily in Spain to find out!

Read as a standalone novel or as part of the My Ten-Year Crush series.  

And now for the cover…

Preorder links:

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3OmXHUB

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/3zIFw6O

Publication Date: 19th January 2023

About the author:

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin, which was released in 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions, Only When It’s Love and the sequel When’s The Wedding?

My Ten-Year Crush, Olivia’s seventh novel, marked the start of a new series in 2021. My Lucky Night and My Paris Romance followed soon afterwards and book four, My Spanish Romance will be published in January 2023.

When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found enjoying cupcakes and cocktails and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

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The Coming Darkness by Greg Mosse – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

A thrilling debut that has been likened to John Le Carré and Raymond Chandler . . .

Paris, 2037. Alexandre Lamarque of the French external security service is hunting for eco-terrorists. Experience has taught him there is no one he can trust. Experience has taught him there is no one he can trust – not his secretive lover Mariam, not even his old mentor, Professor Fayard, the man at the centre of the web. He is ready to give up. But he can’t.

In search of the truth, Alex must follow the trail through an ominous spiral of events, from a string of brutal child murders to a chaotic coup in North Africa. He rapidly finds himself in a heart-thumping race against chaos and destruction. He could be the world’s only hope of preventing THE COMING DARKNESS . . . 

My review:

The Coming Darkness by Greg Mosse is a dystopian thriller set in 2037, it is futuristic but not too far into the future that the technology seems implausible. I must admit to being loath to read anything dystopian in recent years because of the way in which the world is developing, and the fact that dystopia feels closer to reality than it ever has in my lifetime. However, what swung it for me was a quote I read from Anthony Horowitz about The Coming Darkness which said “I haven’t read a book like this since I AM PILGRIM”. I make no secret of the fact that I am Pilgrim is one of my favourite books, and so I was immediately tempted to read The Coming Darkness, and I am so glad that I did!

The Coming Darkness is such a cleverly multi-layered and complex thriller that it draws the reader in to a future world where society has been divided, and unrest is being propagated as an almost cult-like terroristic ethos. Written during the pandemic, global health and climate change appear to be worse in this future, and worldwide immigration has created an underclass of stateless people called Blanks, all of which feels incredibly believable and scarily realistic.

The protagonist Alexandre Lamarque is a strong, emotionally sensitive character, who is immensely likeable. He is conflicted in his role as an operative in French secret services. A skill that he has is being able to see what others might miss, in terms of being able to identify what is going to happen, so the book begins with him only being able to see darkness ahead of him, and it prompts a series of events which take him to different locations in an attempt to prevent chaos and destruction. I really enjoyed the characters of Mariam, his girlfriend, and Professor Fayard, his former professor, who appears to be at the centre of everything.

The story is expertly woven so the strands of the story come together as it progresses, with the tension rising to a crescendo the closer towards the convergence of the storylines the reader gets. I found myself on tenterhooks towards the end of the book and felt that I could not stop reading because it was so exciting. I really hope that there are future plans for a book series featuring Alex, Mariam and Professor Fayard, but as the story felt so cinematic I also have high hopes for even more!

Many thanks to Sofia Saghir at Midas PR, Moonflower Books and Greg Mosse for my invitation to take part in this blog tour. My views on this book are entirely my own. I received a proof copy in exchange for an honest review. Please check out the other stops on the tour below:

Purchase links:

Amazon: bit.ly/3XjCpwg

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-coming-darkness/greg-mosse/9781919618753

WH Smith: https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/the-coming-darkness/greg-mosse/hardback/9781919618753.html

Bookshop.org: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/the-coming-darkness/9781919618753

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Greg-Mosse/The-Coming-Darkness/27444602

About the author:

Greg’s first career was in theatre as actor, director & writer. He has lived and worked in Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Madrid. Having worked as an interpreter at a variety of international institutions, in 2015 Greg returned to theatre. Since then, he has written and produced 25 plays and musicals. He took advantage of 2020’s lockdown to fulfil a long-term ambition to write a powerful thriller.

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Julie Shackman Double Cover Reveal

Today I am so happy to be part of the cover reveal for A Scottish Country Escape and The Christmas Highland Lodge by Julie Shackman. Both books will be published in 2023, and I’m sure you will agree that if the covers are stunning. I am going to start with A Scottish Country Escape.

A Scottish Country Escape

About the book:

Escape to the Scottish Highlands with a brand new spring romance from bestselling author, Julie Shackman

*Julie Shackman’s brand new romance The Cottage in the Highlands is exclusively available on First Reads for November*

Determined to overcome a family tragedy, Elle Cassidy decides to reopen her late mother’s ailing newsagent as a stationery shop in the quiet Scottish town of Fir Haven.

But when the arrogant yet handsome crime writer Dexter Grayling almost runs over Elle in his beast of a sports car, the town is thrown into a tailspin – especially when Dexter claims that local resident Linda Carlucci has put a curse on him and he is no longer able to write.

Can Elle put aside her dislike for the self-absorbed writer and help Dexter uncover what is really going on with the Carlucci family? And in the process will Elle realise that there’s a lot more to her beloved Fir Haven than she first thought…

For fans of Donna Ashcroft, Jane Linfoot and Rachael Lucas.

Preorder links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0B9SK1DHM

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0B9SK1DHM

Publication Date: 16th March 2023

The Christmas Highland Lodge

About the book:

The brand new Christmas romance filled with love and second-chances

Fall in love with the Christmas romance of the year, full of love and second chances!

Lottie Grant loves the festive season so much that she works at the incredibly successful Christmas shop, Christmas Crackers, in her pretty Scottish home town of Craig Brae. But when the shop is sold, her world is turned upside down, leaving her wondering what she will do next.

Just as she’s about to give up hope on finding a new dream job, an offer comes that she can’t refuse, managing a set of luxury wooden cabins… and opening just in time for Christmas!

As she gets to work decorating the cabins, and hanging lights on the fir trees, Lottie can’t believe her luck. That is until the arrival of Blake Dempster, a moody but handsome hiking expert, who threatens to bring down her festive joy. But never one to shy away from a challenge, Lottie is determined to change Blake’s mind about all things festive.

And as the snow falls and the fairy lights sparkle, will work-obsessed Lottie and frozen-hearted Blake make their Christmas wishes come true?

Preorder links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0BDBT59L4

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BDBT59L4

Publication Date: 20th October 2023

About the author:

Julie Shackman is a former journalist from Scotland, who has always wanted to write feel-good romance. As well as being an author, Julie also writes verses and captions for greetings card companies.

She admits to having an obsession with stationery and handbags and has an impressive pile of gorgeous To Be Read novels she is wading her way through.

She is married, has two sons and a Romanian rescue puppy, Cooper. A Scottish Country Escape and The Christmas Highland Lodge are Julie’s eighth and nineth novels respectively.

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The Christmas Trip by Sandy Barker – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

Another year has passed and it’s Christmas again. This year best friends Chloe, Jules and Lucy are all loved up but living worlds apart.

Chloe is madly in love with her celebrity beau, Archer, but after a whirlwind year in Hollywood’s limelight, she’s desperate to get away and spend some quality time together.

Jules loves her Melbourne life – and gorgeous winemaker Matt – but a crowded flat share has her longing for a place of her own.

Meantime, Lucy is stuck in a long distance relationship, jetting back and forth between Colorado and London to see Will.

When Archer’s plan to whisk Chloe to Paris goes awry, he surprises her by bringing her friends together for a Christmas to remember…

My review:

The Christmas Trip by Sandy Barker is the second book in a Christmas Romance series, the first being The Christmas Swap. As this story follows on, a year after the first book, I would highly recommend that you read the series in order, so that you get the most out of the books.

There are few writers who are as good as Sandy Barker at writing romance with a heavy dose of armchair travel, and she is able to create a location so beautifully that you can visualise it without the need for it to sound like a regurgitated travel guide. Hawaii has never been on my travel bucketlist, but I think it just might be, with the descriptions of Honopu Beach and the arch and waterfall at Na Pali matching the image in my head so perfectly with my subsequent internet image search!

In this book, the May Ladies, who have been friends since they met at the age of 8, all end up in Hawaii, staying in the holiday residence of a billionaire, with the boyfriends they met in the first book. I really love the dynamic between the women and their partners, and there were some steamy moments when they were able to get some time alone in their couples. In addition to Lucy, Chloe and Jules, with partners Will, Archer and Matt respectively, the additional characters added some depth to the story, and it was easy to love housekeeper Leilani, and Nate the dad of Jules and Will (who we met in book one), although not so easy with Audrey, the confused and at times badly behaved adult stepdaughter of Sean, whose house they are staying in.

The Christmas element to the story was perfectly festive for a warm, exotic Christmas, taking elements of a traditional cold weather Christmas and perfectly melding them with the tropical elements one would expect for a Christmas in Hawaii. It really made me crave spending Christmas in Hawaii.

I loved The Christmas Trip, and the characters I had loved from the first book I ended up loving them even more. The Christmas Trip reads like a final book in the series, but whether it is or not, I really will miss Chloe, Jules and Lucy a lot. If you have a weakness for festive romance, like me, and love the idea of a more exotic Christmas, this will definitely be the book that ticks all the boxes!

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, One More Chapter and Sandy Barker for my invitation to take part in this blog tour. My views on this book are entirely my own. I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Please check out the other stops on the blog tour below:

Purchase links:

Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon CA | Amazon US

KoboiBooks | Nook | Google Play


About the author:

Sandy is a writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list, and many of her travel adventures have found homes in her novels. She’s also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob.

Sandy lives in Melbourne Australia with her partner, Ben, who she met while travelling in Greece. Their real-life love story inspired Sandy’s debut novel One Summer in Santorini, the first in the Holiday Romance series with One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins.

The series continues in That Night in Paris and A Sunset in Sydney and there are two more to come in 2022. Her standalone novel The Christmas Swap celebrates her favourite time of the year, and next up is The Dating Game, a laugh-out-loud romcom set in the world of Reality TV.

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Finding Happiness at Penvennan Cove by Linn B. Halton – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

Escape to Cornwall with this beautiful page-turning novel set in Penvennan Cove – third book in the Cornish romance series by bestselling author Linn B. Halton!

Kerra Shaw’s happiness should be complete when the love of her life moves into her cottage. But there is trouble in her beloved Penvennan Cove and Kerra knows she won’t be able to enjoy her new start with Ross until she’s put things right.

Two struggling businesses threaten to change the beach at Penvennan Cove forever. The Lark and Lantern, an inn at the heart of the community, is struggling and a corporate chain is trying to redevelop the site. Meanwhile, The Salvager’s Yard nearby is becoming an eyesore that brings down the area.

Kerra knows she can find the perfect solution, but with her eyes on the community, will Kerra miss the tensions in her own life? Can Kerra find her own happy ending, or could putting others first cost her what she deserves most?

My review:

Finding Happiness at Penvennan Cove is the third book in the series by Linn B. Halton (who also writes as Lucy Coleman). This series of books should be read in order, beginning with Coming Home to Penvennan Cove, then Making Waves at Penvennan Cove. The series follows Kerra Shaw who has returned to her Cornish hometown after she sells her London, and becomes a valuable member of the community, bringing together the residents, and the new people who fall for the beauty of Penvennan Cove and want to make their homes in the midst of this wonderful community.

In this book, we find that Kerra’s boyfriend Ross has moved in with Kerra into the home she has made after inheriting it from her grandmother. Ross is struggling to feel settled in what has become Kerra’s domain. As the story progresses there are significant highs and lows that affect the locals, and Kerra is in her element helping the community with her skill for problem solving. However, because she focuses so much on what others need, she does not give her own needs any priority. It’s heartbreaking to see her and her Dad at complete odds, and unable to get through to one another. Family estrangements are always difficult, but living in such a small place and living across the road from one another makes it even harder for them. What will it take for them to resolve their differences?

The other characters, in addition to Kerra, Ross and Kerra’s Dad have also really become such vibrant and familiar characters through the series that I feel connected to them all. I also have a soft spot for a certain miniature schnauzer who sounds much less woofy than my two! Linn writes her characters in such a clear and personable way that it’s clear these characters are important to her too.

This was the perfect conclusion to a wonderful series, with an ending that left me feeling satisfied with the way in which all of the characters had reached a satisfying conclusion to their storylines, albeit with a rollercoaster of emotions before it. The fictional location of Penvennan Cove, and the characters who live there will stay with me. This captivating story will bring you feel-good vibes by the bucketload!

Many thanks to Amy at Head of Zeus, Aria and Linn B. Halton for my invitation to take part in this blog tour. My views on this book are entirely my own. I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Please check out the other stops on the blog tour below:

Purchase links:

Buy from Waterstones: https://bit.ly/3sbtM8A

Buy from Amazon: https://amzn.to/3yXbjQZ

About the author:

From interior designer to author, when Linn B. Halton’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic. Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. Linn writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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On Twitter: @LinnBHalton

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Never Rescue a Rogue by Virginia Heath – Publication Day Push, Book Review

About the book:

Why on earth would she want to kiss him when he vexed her so?

Diana Merriwell and Giles Sinclair only tolerate one another for the sake of their nearest and dearest. Everyone believes that they are meant to be together, but Diana and Giles know that it is animosity, not attraction, that fuels their barbed exchanges. Anyway, Diana loves her freedom too much to give it up for marriage, and Giles is happily wedded to his bachelor lifestyle.

After Giles’ curmudgeonly father, the Duke of Harpenden, unexpectedly turns up his toes, it’s only a matter of time before the circumstances of his only son’s birth are revealed. With the threat of blackmail hanging over him, Giles must uncover the truth, or he and all those who depend on him will be ruined.

As Giles and Diana dive into his family’s past, the attraction that they insisted wasn’t there proves impossible to ignore. It seems that the future of the Sinclair estate isn’t the only thing on the line…

My review:

Never Rescue a Rogue by Virginia Heath is the second in the Merriwell sisters series, the first one, Never Fall for your Fiancée was published last year. This could be read as a standalone, although it’s such a wonderful series you should read them both!

In this book, Diana is an intelligent woman working as a journalist, but disguised as a proof reader because it was unheard of for women to work as journalists. She was an avowed spinster, determined to live her life relying only on herself. What she didn’t count on was the feelings she could not deny that she had for her infuriating challenger and best friend of her brother in law. Giles finds himself at odds with his own feelings for Diana given his complicated accession to the dukedom following his father’s death.

I loved the way they sparked off one another, this was the perfect slow-burn romance that I absolutely live for! They were both modern in a regency world, she loved her job, and had an understanding boss who was not phased by having a woman working as an investigative journalist, and Giles was in admiration of Diana’s drive and intelligence. When he had a mystery to solve, Diana volunteered to help and although he was worried about the risks to her in doing so, he accepted that he genuinely needed her help.

Never Rescue a Rogue was a delightful romantic comedy with many funny moments and a feisty connection that made me smile constantly while I was reading the story. I cannot wait for Vee’s story next.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Headline Eternal and Virginia Heath for my invitation to take part in the Publication Day Push. Happy Publication Day Virginia. My views on this book are entirely my own, I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase link:

https://mybook.to/neverrescuearogue

Competition:

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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About the author:

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Twenty-five books and three Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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A White Christmas on Winter Street by Sue Moorcroft – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

When Sky Terran returns to the village of Middledip after losing the job she loves, she anticipates a quiet Christmas getting used to her new life. However, the annual street decoration competition is coming up and this year, the residents of Winter Street are determined to win.

As she is pulled into the preparations, Sky quickly grows to love the quirky, tight-knit community she is now part of. Including the extremely handsome Daz, who soon becomes more than just a friendly neighbour.

But when Daz’s ex turns up determined to win him back and it seems he might not be the man Sky thought he was, she remembers how much allowing people into her life – and heart – can hurt. As the snow falls, will she and Daz find a way through – and help win a Christmas victory for Winter Street?

My review:

Middledip is a beautiful village captured in the imagination of Sue Moorcroft, and has featured in a few of her wonderful books. It’s also the perfect setting for Christmas and snow, and A White Christmas on Winter Street will give you full on Christmassy vibes throughout. Although the location is a familiar one, this book works perfectly as a standalone.

As a character 39 year old Sky Terran has had a troubled upbringing, and, estranged from her mother for many years, considers herself to have no family except her foster brother Freddy, who she met when they were both fostered in Middledip in their teenage years. Working with Freddy in property development, situations at work come to an impasse where Sky resigns and ends up living in Middledip again.

Pretty much as soon as Sky moves into Winter Street she is caught up in the Christmas street decorating competition, so not only does she have to clear her overgrown garden, she needs to decorate it with many, many Christmas lights. This competition and the way in which the people who lived in the street rallied round to help one another made this just so perfectly festive. Add a little snow and some animal footprints, and it couldn’t be more festive!

The love interest in this story, Daz was such a lovely man, determined to stay single and helping his best friend’s family as they adjusted to life in the village. Wilf was such an adorable 11 year old, inquisitive and enthusiastic, and as he found solace in hanging out with Daz, he was also drawn to hanging out with Sky because she was able to empathise with him in a way no one else could.

Sky was really ecologically sensitive, which, with a name like Sky Terran, is no surprise. I loved that her focus was in improving the landscape for both the villagers and the wildlife, and the way in which she made changes to her surroundings that would help. I think life would be much better if we all took a leaf out of her book.

Christmas, when it arrived, was unconventional but at the same time with a strong traditional vibe to it, and the snow just made it extra Christmassy.

A White Christmas on Winter Street is a perfect festive read, filled with warmth, community, and a little friendly competition!

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Avon Books and Sue Moorcroft for my invitation to take part in the blog tour. My views on this book are entirely my own, as I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase links:

Amazon UK https://smile.amazon.co.uk/White-Christmas-Winter-Street-heartwarming-ebook/dp/B09WM5SRY8/

Kobo UK https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/a-white-christmas-on-winter-street-1

Apple books UK https://books.apple.com/gb/book/a-white-christmas-on-winter-street/id1622778294

Bookshop.org UK https://uk.bookshop.org/books/a-white-christmas-on-winter-street/9780008525675

About the author:

Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has reached #1 spot on Amazon Kindle UK as well as top 100 in the US. She’s won the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award, Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award and the Katie Fforde Bursary. Sue’s emotionally compelling, feel-good novels are currently released by publishing giant HarperCollins in the UK, US and Canada and by other publishers in other countries. Her short stories, serials, columns, writing ‘how to’ and courses have appeared around the world.

Born in Germany into an army family, Sue spent much of the rest of her childhood in Cyprus and Malta but settled in Northamptonshire, England aged ten. She loves reading, Formula 1, travel, time spent with friends, dance exercise and yoga.

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The Silent Child by MJ White – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

When a body is discovered at an abandoned Suffolk farm, DS Rob Minshull and the squad believes it’s the latest casualty of the drugs war terrorising rural communities. But when the victim is identified as a well-respected local teacher, the case is thrown wide open.

While they hunt the murderer, the South Suffolk CID team face a new threat. A brutal vigilante group dispensing their own twisted justice puts the investigation in grave danger, as well as the detectives.

Educational psychologist, Dr Cora Lael, is called in to work with Lottie Arundel, a troubled teen who stopped speaking a year ago.

As Cora enters Lottie’s world, it seems that the teen’s silence might hold the key to the case. But as Cora and Rob work together to find a vicious killer, it’s clear that uncovering Lottie’s secrets will take Cora and Rob into the most dangerous of places – where the price to pay for the truth might be death…

My review:

The Silent Child by MJ White is the second book in the series, following on from the debut The Secret Voices. These police procedural thrillers from the pen of contemporary romance writer Miranda Dickinson under the name MJ White, are dark, gritty and utterly compelling. The Silent Child could be read as a standalone, but I absolutely love this series, and highly recommend starting with The Secret Voices.

Dr Cora Lael, an educational psychologist who has a unique talent, works alongside the police team investigating the murder of a popular young teacher in what appears to be a drug related death. When parallels appear between the murder and the teenage child Lottie, that Cora has been treating after other psychologists had been unable to get through to her after she suddenly stopped talking months earlier, it is clear that there is much more to both issues. This was a very poignant and difficult subject matter involving the grooming and abuse of children by people they should be able to trust.

Lottie was such a fantastic character, who without her voice has an ipad she uses to talk electronically for her. It’s clear that her silence has been prompted by something shocking that has happened, and it is down to Cora to get through to her to establish whether she can find her voice. As the story develops it appears that a number of Lottie’s friends have been groomed and abused by someone they trusted. Is Lottie also a victim of abuse?

In this book we get to learn more about the CID team, and the co-operation with Cora appears to be on a more even keel given that they finally understand her talent and appreciate the results it can bring to their investigations. While trying to solve the crime they are thwarted and hindered by a group of vigilantes who believe that they have a duty to take the action that the police have not taken.

The Silent Child is a twisty thriller that will take you on a journey so dramatic that you will have major heart-in-mouth moments, and moments of sheer heartbreak at the same time! This book called to me every time I put it down, I found myself thinking about it constantly, and I think it will stay with me for a long time.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, Hera Books and MJ White for my invitation to take part in this blog tour. My views are honestly given and are my own. Please check out the other stops below:

Purchase link:

https://amzn.to/3yiWXZT

About the author:

MJ White is the pseudonym of bestselling author Miranda Dickinson, author of twelve books, including six Sunday Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into ten languages, selling over a million copies worldwide. A long time lover of crime fiction, The Secret Voices is her debut crime series. She is a singer-songwriter, host of weekly Facebook Live show, Fab Night In Chatty Thing..

Social media:

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Hideaway in Iceland by Victoria Walker – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

PR executive Anna Mortimer has clinched the deal of a lifetime for the hottest celebrity couple to have their wedding covered by a glossy magazine, but when things don’t go to plan and she loses her job, will a well-timed invitation to visit Reykjavik be the perfect distraction while she decides what to do next?

Ned Nokes has just left the safety of the biggest boy band in history to go it alone. With the eyes of the world on him, he escapes to Iceland in search of solitude. He makes friends with people who don’t know who he is but after a lifetime in the spotlight, can he trust anyone who isn’t on his payroll?

Visit Iceland at its most beautiful as autumn turns to winter and find out whether the magic that helped Anna’s friend Rachel find her happy ever after, is still there…

My review:

When I read Snug in Iceland last year I felt that I had found a debut author that I instantly loved, so I jumped at the opportunity to read Victoria Walker’s second book in the Icelandic Romance series, Hideaway in Iceland, and featuring Anna, who was the best friend of Rachel from the previous book in the series. It is a book that could easliy be read as a standalone but as I do with any book that has connected links, I would highly recommend you read the other book too.

Anna’s character was really engaging, and when she found herself out of work and with a devastating reputation which would make continuing in her chosen career impossible, it was a natural progression for her to go to spend time with her best friend Rachel. With no proof that she was not guilty of the sackable offence, she had no way of resolving her issues back home in London.

When Anna and Ned meet, their connection is instant and I loved the fact that in spite of his fame, with a pair of glasses he manages to be incognito as no one other than Anna recognises him. His insecurities were endearing and I was cheerleading for their romance from the outset, even though at times it wasn’t clear if things would work out for them.

The location was just perfect, leaving me longing to go to Iceland, and the descriptions transported me there as armchair travel can do. I don’t think I will ever tire of romantic novels that include a fascinating location. Nordic locations are my absolute favourite, and although I have never actually been to Iceland, this book made me feel like I was there. It also felt delightfully festive with the snow falling and the aurora borealis.

Hideaway in Iceland by Victoria Walker will give you all the hygge vibes, so read under a warm blanket with a hot drink and twinkling candles.

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria Walker for my invitation to take part in this blog tour, and to help kick off the tour on Publication Day. My views and opinions are entirely my own. Please check out the other stops on the blog tour below:

Purchase links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hideaway-Iceland-perfect-Reykjavik-Icelandic-ebook/dp/B0BFNNP9Y9/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Hideaway-Iceland-perfect-Reykjavik-Icelandic-ebook/dp/B0BFNNP9Y9/

About the author:

Victoria Walker has been writing romantic fiction since a visit to Iceland in 2014 inspired her first novel. As well as writing, she spends her free time dressmaking, knitting and reading an inordinate amount of contemporary romance, occasionally punctuated by the odd psychological thriller and saga.

In the past she has worked as a cinema projectionist, a knitting and sewing tutor and has owned a yarn store, all things which will no doubt appear in her books if they haven’t already.

Victoria lives in the Malvern Hills with her husband and occasionally her two adult children.

Social media:

Twitter -@4victoriawalker

Instagram – victoriamakes

Website – www.victoriaauthor.co.uk

The Christmas Castle in Scotland by Julie Caplin – Blog Tour/Book Review

About the book:

Izzy McBride had never in a million years expected to inherit an actual castle from her great uncle Bill but here she was, in the run up to Christmas, Monarch of her own Glen – a very rundown glen in need of a lot of TLC if her dream of turning it into a boutique bed and breakfast was to come true.

But when Izzy’s eccentric mother rents a room to enigmatic thriller author Ross Adair and the Scottish snow starts to settle like the frosting on a Christmas cake, it’s a race to get the castle ready before they’re all snowed in for the holidays.

My review:

It’s hard to believe we are already up to book 9 in the Romantic Escapes series by Julie Caplin, and this one follows one of the characters from the previous book The Cosy Cottage in Ireland Izzy as she inherits a gorgeous castle in Scotland, and moves in with her gloriously bohemian mother Xanthe.

As they work hard to get the castle ready to run as a hotel, they end up with a random group of people, some renting rooms like Ross, the brooding hero of the book, and others working to help Izzy and Xanthe. When they take an order for a wealthy family to come for Christmas, and the numbers keep increasing meaning more rooms need to be updated, it becomes a little frantic, especially when it looks like they are going to be snowed in for Christmas.

I loved the warmth and Christmassy vibes that oozed from the pages of this wonderful book. The connection between Izzy and Ross was sometimes frustrating because he kept blowing hot and cold with her, but when things were good, their connection was sizzling. I loved the rag-tag group of people who ended up sharing Christmas with Izzy and her Mum, and there were some funny and heart-warming moments, with a little mystery about some missing ancestral sapphires.

I love Scotland and found the location really romantic, with the addition of some snow. Who wouldn’t want to be snowed in at a stunning castle in the Highlands?

I can highly recommend The Christmas Castle in Scotland, it is a wonderfully festive read, with delicious food, romantic open fires and country dancing too!

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, and Julie Caplin for my invitation to take part in this festive blog tour. My views are my own, and honestly given. Please check out the other stops on the tour below:

Purchase links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Castle-Scotland-globally-bestselling-ebook/dp/B09NZ5BRP9

US – https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Castle-Scotland-globally-bestselling-ebook/dp/B09NZ5BRP9

About the author:

After reading English at the University of East Anglia, Julie Caplin, who also writes as Jules Wake, worked in PR where she honed her fiction writing skills on press releases. Her regular press trips to Europe while working on food and drink accounts inspired the Romantic Escapes Series, which have been sold to 19 territories and are best sellers in Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

She’s now a full-time author and what better job is there than making stuff up! It certainly beats housework.

Social media:

Twitter: @JulieCaplin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulieCaplinAuthor/

Instagram @juliecaplinauthor