I’m pleased to share details of Deirdre’s latest release ‘The Girl in the Tunnel’ on publication day!
The Girl In The Tunnel
London. A January night. Commuters surge into the Underground. Ellen Randall recognises a man standing close to the platform edge: Matt Leyton, her sister Rosanna’s married lover. The man who’s playing a game as old as time. A red-hot flash of uncontrollable anger propels Ellen to his side. The train approaches. Seconds later, Matt has gone.
Carl Teviot is convinced Ellen isn’t a killer, even though he’s only just met her – or rather, found her, huddled in a sleeping bag in an abandoned Tube station: a ghost station. He can’t leave her there, alone, and in danger.
But rescuing her from the tunnel is only the beginning…
Deirdre lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England. She writes women’s and psychological fiction under her own name, and as Zara Thorne. Becoming an author was a childhood dream, although she didn’t have much of a clue as to what it meant. But fast forward several years – okay, many years – and the dream showed signs of becoming reality. She entered the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition, twice, and came fourth, twice. So there was the incentive to complete her first novel, Remarkable Things, which was published by Crooked Cat and shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award. The Girl in the Tunnel is Deirdre’s 14th book.
Today I’m pleased to be revealing the cover for Olivia Spring’s latest release, ‘My Lucky Night’.
My Lucky Night: Romance Can Happen When You Least Expect It…
She hates Christmas. He’s about to change her mind…
Cassie isn’t a fan of Christmas. After a string of unlucky incidents during the festive season—including getting dumped—this year she decides to spend the day at home. Alone. No men. No complications.
But then her nightmare boss demands she track down this year’s most coveted Christmas gift—and the only person who can help is an annoyingly sexy Frenchman she’s just met.
Nicolas might look hot, but Cassie can tell he’s also arrogant, irritating and in love with himself. Exactly the kind of guy she hates. Plus, he’ll only help her find the gift if she helps him with something in return…
Could Cassie’s festive fortunes finally be about to change? Can she learn to love Christmas again? And will Cassie get lucky in more ways than one?
Set against a gorgeous London backdrop with sparkling lights, Christmas markets and mistletoe, My Lucky Night is a fun, sexy enemies-to-lovers romcom novella that will give you all the feels! Ideal for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Mhairi McFarlane.
Read as a standalone novella or as book two in the My Ten-Year Crush series.
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?
Olivia’s seventh novel, My Ten-Year Crush, was published in September 2021.
When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found enjoying cupcakes and cocktails and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!
Diane always enjoys baking special festive treats, which she happily delivers to her friendly neighbours on The Close as Christmas approaches.
When she decides to seek closure with a romantic matter from her past, she unexpectedly finds herself on an emotional journey she isn’t prepared for.
Her granddaughter, Emma, has all the technical know-how to assist in the search for answers, but is distracted by an intense – and highly unsuitable – romance of her own.
The two women must deal with unsettling issues as they begin to face the reality of their situations, but their familial bond helps to provide the security and support they need to answer the questions they face.
The sixth standalone episode of ‘Christmas on The Close’ reveals how it may be easier to allow the head to make all the decisions, but the heart will never stop fighting for what it really wants.
Author Bio –
Stephanie Wood writes contemporary fiction in the form of novels, novellas and short stories and you can find the running order of her titles on the first page of any book.
She published the AEGEAN SUN series of books as a fly-on-the-wall vision of life in a Greek resort during the summer season, using her extensive experience as a holiday rep to bring some unusual incidents to life on the page. The series began as an exploration of the various ways in which tourists make the most of their holidays and how they interact with the locals while they are visiting. The later books in the series have taken a closer look at the locals themselves and show how their lives and relationships are sometimes changed by the regular influx of seasonal visitors.
The CHRISTMAS ON THE CLOSE series is set in a British suburban cul-de-sac over the festive period and visits each house individually to discover how the neighbours who live there celebrate the season in their own special way.
Stephanie lives in Lancashire where, apart from reading and writing, she loves gardening and cycling and is a huge fan of the soaps Emmerdale and Neighbours.
Although part of the ‘Christmas on the Close’ series, this novella can easily be read as a stand-alone. At 92 pages in length it’s the perfect choice for a quick, easy read.
Within the story, we are introduced to Diane, who is struggling to come to terms with an event from her past. Determined to banish the ghosts, she resolves to revisit it one last time in order to get a sense of closure with some unexpected results!
The relationship between Diane and her granddaughter Emma is a joy as well as the continual references to baking, at which Diane is something of an expert.
Despite the Christmas theme, the crux of the story lends itself to being read at any time of the year.
With thanks to the author and Rachel at Random Resources for the opportunity to take part in today’s birthday blast.
I’m delighted to be one of the first stops on this blog tour for ‘Snug in Iceland’.
Rachel Richards is stuck in a rut. Her boyfriend Adam barely notices her most of the time and her life in London isn’t as exciting as it should be. When the company she works for, Snug, asks her to oversee the opening of a new store in Iceland, she jumps at the chance for a change of scenery. Exploring Reykjavik with the help of Icelandic tour guide Jonas, Rachel discovers that life is out there waiting to be lived. As she falls in love with Iceland, she begins to see what is important to her and wonders whether the life she left behind is what she wants after all…
Author Bio – Victoria Walker lives in the Malvern Hills with her husband and two teenage children. She is an avid reader of contemporary romance but tempers this addiction by being a member of a book club where she is often surprised by her enjoyment of other genres. She also loves sewing and knitting and Scandinavian dramas.
The best way I can describe this book is like a warm hug that immediately makes you want to snuggle up and dive in further!
Set predominantly in Iceland, where Rachel has been charged with setting up in preparation for the latest opening of the Snug brand, this is a delightfully heart-warming story which is a perfect read for a cold winter’s night.
From Rachel’s relationship issues with current boyfriend Adam, to a potential new romance with tour guide Jonas, love is a key theme throughout, with the central’s characters’ passion for their jobs also clearly evident.
The portrayal of Reykjavik and its incredible scenery, along with descriptions of fairy-light laden bars and restaurants serving delicious delicacies made me yearn to visit there again and, if you haven’t been, will surely have you planning a visit.
You always know a sign of a good book when you don’t want it to end and this certainly falls into that category. Highly recommended!
With thanks to the author and Rachel at Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in the tour. Further stops can be found here:
I’m so pleased to be a stop today on the blog tour for ‘Daughters of War’.
Synopsis- France, 1944. Deep in the river valley of the Dordogne, in an old stone cottage on the edge of a beautiful village, three sisters long for the end of the war.
Hélène, the eldest, is trying her hardest to steer her family to safety, even as the Nazi occupation becomes more threatening. Elise, the rebel, is determined to help the Resistance, whatever the cost. And Florence, the dreamer, just yearns for a world where France is free.
Then, one dark night, the Allies come knocking for help. And Hélène knows that she cannot sit on the sidelines any longer. But bravery comes at a cost, and soon the sisters’ lives become even more perilous as they fight for what is right. And secrets from their own mysterious past threaten to unravel everything they hold most dear…
The first in an epic new series from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller, Daughters of War is a stunning tale of sisters, secrets and bravery in the darkness of war-torn France…
About the author-
Dinah Jefferies began her career with The Separation, followed by the number 1 Sunday Times and Richard and Judy bestseller, The Tea-Planter’s Wife.
Born in Malaysia, she moved to England at the age of nine. As a teenager she missed the heat of Malaysia, which left her with a kind of restlessness that led to quite an unusual life. She studied fashion design, went to live in Tuscany where she worked as an au-pair for an Italian countess, and there was even a time when Dinah lived with a rock band in a ‘hippie’ commune in Suffolk.
In 1985, the death of her fourteen-year-old son changed everything and she now draws on the experience of loss in her writing. She started writing novels in her sixties and sets her books abroad, aiming to infuse love, loss and danger with the extremely seductive beauty of her locations.
Dinah and her husband spent five wonderful years living in a small 16th Century village in the Sierra de Aracena in Northern Andalusia, she’s now lives close to her family in Gloucestershire. She is published in 29 languages and over 30 countries.
Dinah is available for interview and to write features. For more information, please contact: email@example.com
As a huge fan of this author, I eagerly anticipated getting lost in this latest offering.
Daughters of war is another masterpiece from author Dinah Jefferies. Always able to draw in the reader with her evocative descriptions of the setting and the feelings and emotions of the characters, it is impossible not to find yourself completely immersed in the story from the outset.
Sisters Helene, Florence and Elise live in their beautiful family home in Nazi-occupied Dordogne in France. Their story is told in separate chapters, highlighting not only the close bonds between them, but also how starkly different each one is in personality.
As they all find themselves entangled with the war in some way, Jefferies is able to weave the narrative to accurately depict the fear of the unknown, the constant distrust of others, as well as showing the increased presence of the resistance.
There is an added element of family history which is hinted at throughout and comes to light towards the end of the novel which adds an intriguing dimension.
Whether you’re already a fan of the author or this is your first foray into one of her books, this is one not to be missed!
With thanks to Dinah Jefferies, Anne at Random Things Tours and Harper Collins Publishing for the opportunity to participate in the tour. Further blog stops can be found here:
I’m delighted to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour for ‘Red Velvet’.
Faking it has never been so much fun…
In her ultra-competitive family, April Beckett is used to taking last place. For years, she’s put up with jabs about her modest job and her pathetic love life. Especially after she tried to impress her older sisters with a fake boyfriend in college and failed miserably. But now she has a smoking-hot date for her brother’s wedding, guaranteed to wow them.
Until he bails. Cue total desperation.
Without April’s friendship, Brody Blackwood wouldn’t have survived his last breakup. So, if she needs a plus-one for a family wedding, he’s all in. Even if it means pretending to be her boyfriend. And committing to six days of activities at a wooded resort in Wisconsin. But how hard could a relaxing getaway with your best friend be?
Too bad there’s a gruelling 10K race and a cutthroat trivia night to endure. Not to mention a massive secret to protect. But will the biggest secret of all turn out to be that this fake relationship feels more real than April or Brody ever imagined?
Author Bio –
Carla Luna writes contemporary romance with a dollop of humor and a pinch of spice. A former archaeologist, she still dreams of traveling to far-off places and channels that wanderlust into the settings of her stories. When she’s not writing, she works in a spice emporium where she gets paid to discuss food and share her favorite recipes. Her passions include Broadway musicals, baking, whimsical office supplies, and pop culture podcasts. Though she has roots in Los Angeles and Victoria, B.C., she currently resides in Wisconsin with her family and her spoiled Siberian cat.
Having read the author’s first book in this series, Blue Hawaiian, I was looking forward to reading this latest offering and certainly wasn’t disappointed! Despite being part of a series, this can easily be read as a standalone, with only fleeting references made to characters from book one.
In Red Velvet, main character April finds herself in a dilemma. Her ‘plus-one’ for a family wedding lets her down at the last minute and April can’t face the thought of enduring a week of taunts and teasing from her family about a boyfriend they won’t believe exists if she doesn’t show up on his arm.
Enter Brody to the rescue! He’s been one of April’s closest friends for years and, after she got him through his recent break up with Taylor, he feels it’s the least he can do to step into Chris’ shoes as her date for the wedding.
What ensues is a mixture of sometimes funny, sometimes cringeworthy moments, as poor Brody tries his hardest to be super-athletic Chris, even competing in a 10k race with the highly competitive Beckett family, while being constantly scrutinised by April’s older sisters Drianna and Avery.
The beauty of this novel is the contrast between these moments and the realisation for Brody and April that they both have strong feelings for one another. As the story progresses, they are able to reflect on how the behaviour of others has led them to cover up who they really are, when in truth, they are able to truly be themselves around each other.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a Carla Luna novel without a sting in the tale and when Chris and Taylor both interrupt proceedings in their own ways just as April and Brody feel settled with one another, it remains to be seen whether they can leave the past behind them and move on together.
A delightfully easy read with plenty of humour and romance. Highly recommended!
With thanks to the author and Rachel @rararesources for the opportunity to participate in the tour. Further stops can be found here:
I’m really pleased to be one of today’s stops on the blog tour for ‘The Dating Game’.
‘Hilarious and highly original’
Julie Houston, bestselling author of A Village Affair
Once upon a time, twelve women joined the hottest reality TV show looking for love. Except one had a secret identity . . .
Abby Jones is a serious writer. Or at least she will be, one day. Right now, she spends her time writing recaps of reality television under a secret identity.
When a recap for The Stag – the must-watch dating show – goes viral, her editor thinks she should be on set, writing the drama as it happens. The good news: the next season will be filmed in Sydney. Sun, sea and a glamorous trip abroad, this could be Abby’s big break.
The bad news: the producers don’t just want Abby to write the recaps, they want her to be on the show. Abby can’t think of anything worse than being undercover and followed around by cameras. But her career depends on it, and when she meets gorgeous producer Jack, Abby begins to wonder if this job might not be so bad after all . . .
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. She 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.
This is a unique twist on the reality culture that so many of us find ourselves gripped by in these times!
Central character Abby writes undercover to provide acerbic recaps on reality tv show ‘The Stag’; a dating game where ‘unsuspecting’ Does are put through their paces in order to win the love interest of the stag himself.
When Abby is asked to participate undercover on the Australian version of the show in order to gain a deeper insight into what goes on behind the scenes, even she is unprepared for the task that lies ahead.
The story hooks the reader from the off as Abby writes a scathing synopsis of the characters in the UK version of the show, grouping them into such categories as Villains, Dark Horses and Fillers purely based on first impressions. As the story unfolds, it’s interesting to see how her perspective on the does in the Australian version changes as she comes to recognise them all as individuals and not just stereotypes.
There is an abundance of humour throughout, as well as a smattering of real-life, actual romance, as Abby finds herself falling for Jack, one of the production crew.
If you’re a fan of reality television, this book will be right up your street!
With thanks to the author, One More Chapter and @rararesources for the opportunity to participate in the tour. Further stops can be found here:
I’m pleased to be part of today’s blog tour for ‘Dream Cafe’.
“Why on earth am I here?” David wonders as he observes the juvenile antics of ex-classmates at the twenty-five year school reunion. Then he sees Bridget.
David draws up a list of all that he hopes to achieve to kick-start a new life now that his wife has moved in with his best friend – his ex-best friend. A relationship with Bridget is top of the list, opening an arts café is a close second.
Formidable women – an unfaithful wife, a reckless teenage daughter, a boss from hell, a disapproving policewoman – seem like insurmountable obstacles. But it’s still OK to dream, isn’t it?
He writes contemporary literary fiction about relationships, loosely though not prescriptively within the Romance genre, using both humour and pathos to describe the tragi-comic journeys of his protagonists in search of love. Dream Café is his sixth novel, following The Engagement Party, Jack and Jill Went Downhill, Mid-life follies, The bench by Cromer beach and Nothing Man. [It is a rewrite of A Street Café Named Desire].
Ahead of writing full time, Richard led a national educational charity. He has been published in a wide range of educational journals, national newspapers and magazines and is the co-author of a major work on educating able young people. He lives in Cambridge, England.
David has found himself at a crossroads in his life. His wife has left him for his best friend, leaving him in charge of the children in the former marital home and he finds himself dredging up some not-so-happy memories from his school days at a twenty-five year reunion.
Luckily for him, it’s not all bad as he bumps into a kindred spirit in Bridget and so begins a plan to move on with his life and take charge again.
This is an easy, light-hearted read, albeit that it touches on some sensitive subjects throughout. There is plenty of humour and, at times, David is portrayed as a hapless figure with some of his judgements which can become quite frustrating for the reader. Overall though, this is an enjoyable read.
With thanks to the author and @rararesources for the opportunity to participate in the tour. Further stops can be found here:
I’m thrilled to be today’s stop on the blog tour for ‘The Hidden Child’, the latest novel from Louise Fein.
From the outside, Eleanor and Edward Hamilton are the epitome of a perfect marriage but they’re harbouring a shameful secret that threatens to fracture their entire world.
London, 1929. Eleanor Hamilton is a dutiful mother, a caring sister and adoring wife to a celebrated war hero. Her husband, Edward, is a leading light in the Eugenics movement. The Hamiltons are on the social rise, and it looks as though their future is bright.
When Mabel, their young daughter, begins to develop debilitating seizures, their world fractures as they have to face the uncomfortable truth – Mabel is an epileptic: one of the undesirables Edward campaigns against.
Forced to hide the truth so as not to jeopardise Edward’s life work, the couple must confront the truth of their past – and the secrets that have been buried.
Will Eleanor and Edward be able to fight for their family? Or will the truth destroy them?
About the author-
Louise Fein was born and brought up in London. She harboured a secret love of writing from a young age, preferring to live in her imagination than the real world. After a law degree, Louise worked in Hong Kong and Australia, travelling for a while through Asia and North America before settling back to a working life in London. She finally gave in to the urge to write, taking an MA in creative writing, and embarking on her first novel, Daughter of the Reich (named People Like Us in the UK and Commonwealth edition). The novel was inspired by the experience of her father’s family, who escaped from the Nazis and arrived in England as refugees in the 1930’s. Daughter of the Reich/People Like Us is being translated into 11 foreign languages, has been shortlisted for the 2021 RNA Historical Novel of the year Award, and has been long listed for the Not The Booker Prize.
Louise’s second novel, The Hidden Child, will be published in the Autumn of 2021. Louise lives in the beautiful English countryside with her husband, three children, two cats, small dog and the local wildlife who like to make an occasional appearance in the house. Louise is currently working on her third novel.
Inspired by the author’s own experiences in raising a child with epilepsy, this is an absorbing and poignant piece of historical fiction which explores the impact one’s personal beliefs can have when faced with what seems like an impossible dilemma.
Set in the 1920s and with a heavy focus on the eugenics movement, the story delves into the ethics or otherwise behind the idea of eliminating those deemed unsuitable to procreate in society.
What adds a particular twist to the tale is how central characters Eleanor and Edward deal with the discovery that their own daughter Mabel is an epileptic, something which Edward, in particular, struggles to cope with. What follows is a compelling exploration of the potential for a family’s lives to be torn apart.
Eleanor’s character is perhaps the most fascinating and the reader is taken with her on a rollercoaster of emotions as she flits from despair to determination to make a difference and by the end of the narrative, is arguably of a stronger disposition than her husband.
A masterpiece of historical fiction!
With thanks to the author and Vicky at Head of Zeus for the opportunity to participate in the tour. Further stops can be found here:
I’m pleased to be part of today’s publication day push for ‘The Ticklemore Tavern’.
Violet makes her own gin.
Logan Cassidy sells it in his pub, The Ticklemore Tavern.
It should have been a match made in heaven, especially since the pair of them fancy the socks off each other, and they are both young, free and single.
Logan’s mum, Marie, doesn’t think Violet is good enough for her son. No woman is, or ever will be. And when she becomes ill, Logan is torn between looking after his mum or following his heart.
However, neither Logan, nor Marie, has taken the sheer force of nature that is Violet into account. What Violet wants, Violet gets.
But maybe not this time, eh?
Author Bio –
Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.
Having previously read ‘The Ticklemore Treasure Trove’ from this series, I was eager to reacquaint myself with Ticklemore once more. Although part of a series, each story can be read as a standalone.
In this latest offering, we are introduced to main characters Violet and Logan. Violet is trying to establish a gin-making business and arrives at the tavern to try and persuade owner Logan to test and purchase some of her products.
The connection between them is instant and the central theme of the tale is their growing attraction to each other as they spend more time together. It all sounds so simple, were it not for Logan’s mum, Marie, who is determined to keep them apart at all costs for her own selfish reasons.
Author Liz Davies’ writing style is easy to read and it’s possible to fly through this book in a couple of days. There’s plenty of light-hearted humour, a good sprinkling of the other Ticklemore characters who serve to reinforce the community aspect village and of course, it wouldn’t be a Ticklemore story without the inclusion of the indomitable Hattie, who is as forceful and hilarious as ever!
If you’re looking for a feel-good, easy read, this should definitely be added to your ‘to-be-read’ list!
With thanks to the author and Rachel @rararesources for the opportunity to take part.