DANIEL HURST: THE COUPLE IN THE CABIN.
Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton and Matt Bates.
In a bid to step outside my comfort zone, I gave this gripping thriller a try.
Dominic and Grace are, on the surface, happily married. Then Grace stumbles across her loving husband, in the garden shed, doing the dirty deed with another woman – temptress Camilla, a lady with her own agenda.
What does Grace do? Well as any rational woman would do – she locks them in!
As the book progresses, secrets are revealed. Maybe Grace’s past is coming back to haunt her.
Maybe it’s not just Dirty Dominic who is in the wrong.
As I said, this isn’t my usual genre, but I can honestly say I was gripped from the start and on more than one occasion I found myself holding my breath.
The story is fast paced and develops well as the book progresses.
The characters are complex, vulnerable and damaged, but this also made them interesting.
This story really doesn’t pause for breath. It’s gripping, heart stopping, full of twists and turns – almost all of which I didn’t see coming.
I loved Daniel Hurst’s writing style. It’s strong and straightforward, while all the while reeling you in until you just can’t put the book down.
A fantastic read, that will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning those pages.
With thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for an audio arc of this title.
hey’ll do anything to get out. She’ll do anything to keep them in.When happily married Grace comes home early one night and catches her husband, Dominic, with another woman in the cabin at the bottom of their garden, she is shocked, angry, and most of all, hell-bent on revenge. That’s why she acts quickly, locking the pair in the cabin while she decides what she wants to do to them.
While Dominic and his mistress desperately try to get free, Grace makes a plan on the outside, but it’s a plan that is formed based on her previous experiences. That’s because this might not be the first time Grace has done something like this…
Who is the real villain? The cheating husband? Or the vengeful wife?The new psychological thriller from the bestselling author of The Intruder, Til Death Do Us Part & We Used To Live Here
Kirstie Pelling, tell us about your book…
Publication day Q&A…
With Kirstie Pelling
Title: The Happiness Project
What formats will be released today?
E book, audio book and print on demand.
Is this a stand alone story or part of a series? Stand alone.
What was the inspiration for the book?
A walk up a hill in the Lake District where my family were discussing what the world would be like if happiness and kindness were things that could be bought and sold.
What are the themes in the book?
How to be happy. The stresses of being ‘cancelled.’ The joys of the simple things in life like a good cup of coffee. And of course love. The Happiness Project includes the friends to lovers trope.
Where is the book set?
Tell us a bit about the main characters?
Daisy works in a hotel, enjoying success on the side with her popular social media hashtags and memes. Her only client Vince is an actor who lets her in but prefers to spend time with his own reflection. Joe is a blue eyed barista with a skill in latte art and Doodle the dog is a clumsy panda.
How are the early reviews looking?
Pre-publicity from Insta book tours brought a series of lovely and visually creative Instagram reviews. Thanks guys!
How will you spend publication day?
At my day job working with young people – my very own happy place.
THE BLURB: Daisy is determined to bring happiness into the lives of others, and as a happiness guru she has the skills to brighten everyone’s day. Well, she would if her fledgling business would take off. Instead she’s stuck cleaning hotel rooms for minimum wage with her best friend, Eva.But after a chance encounter with superstar celebrity Vince Marino, Daisy’s client list starts taking shape. With her career on the up, and her lodgers settled in – including Doodle, the scruffiest dog in the world – it’s time for Daisy to tackle the final piece of the puzzle. Her love life.Local barista Joe has been flashing his gorgeous blue eyes at her for months now, but he doesn’t seem to feel the same spark. Can Daisy turn her happiness tactics on herself to put her heart on the line? Or does she risk having it broken in the process?A fun and heart-warming romance novel – perfect for fans of Meghan Quinn, Lindsey Kelk and Portia MacIntosh.
THE TWELVE BOOKS OF CHRISTMAS. #4
1, Title: Snowflakes Over Primrose Woods
2, Genre: Romance
3, Is this a stand alone story or part of a series? It’s the second book in a series of four, but can easily be read as a standalone.
4, Where is the book set? In a beautiful, hundred acre country park, Primrose Woods, situated in the heart of the English countryside.
5 Who are the main characters? Three good friends, Abbey, Lizzie and Rhi, and their partners, Sam, Bill and Luke.
6, What makes this book a festive treat? It’s set during the month of December when the friends are busy preparing for the Christmas holidays. There’s unexpected visitors, romantic gestures, carols by candlelight, snowstorms and plenty of Christmas magic.
7, what would you suggest are the ideal festive food and drink treats, to accompany reading this book
A cranberry spiced muffin and a cinnamon latte, as served in The Treetops Cafe in Primrose Woods. Enjoy!
THE BLURB: Winter has arrived in Primrose Woods bringing with it new loves, new adventures and warm hugs on cold days.
Abbey Carter, her boyfriend Sam and their trusty canine companion Lady, relish living in the picturesque village of Wishwell at the edge of their beloved Primrose Woods. The woods and the country park are full of activity as the festive season approaches.
Lizzie Baker is flat out at the Treetops café, serving all sorts of winter warmers, festive goodies and lashings of hot chocolate. And when her daughter and grandchildren arrive to stay, the run up to Christmas is set to be even more magical than she had expected.
Rhianna West has finally found the perfect man to fall in love with – if only Luke wasn’t moving away in the New Year.
As the snow falls on Primrose Woods, and the village of Wishwell sparkles with Christmas lights, could this be the year that every wish comes true for the three friends?
Snowflakes Over Primrose Woods is the perfect feel-good love story to snuggle up with this winter. Just right for fans of Cathy Bramley, Heidi Swain and Julie Houston.
FORMATS AVAILABLE: ebook, audio, hardback and paperback
LINKS TO BUY: Snowflakes Over Primrose Woods https://amzn.eu/d/2jjkMpZ
Snowflakes Over Primrose Woods (Primrose Woods, 2) https://amzn.eu/d/bOGibGM
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Snowflakes Over Primrose Woods: The perfect festive, feel-good love story from Jill Steeples for Christmas 2022
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Today’s lovely author is @AlixKelso and she tells us all about her Christmas book.
THE TWELVE BOOKS OF CHRISTMAS
Title: A Wish At The Christmas Village
Author: Alix Kelso
1, Title: A Wish At The Christmas Village
2, Genre: Romance
3, Is this a stand alone story or part of a series? – This is book 3 in the Mrs Wishmore series, but each book can be read as a stand-alone.
4, Where is the book set? – The Cotswolds, in a pretty fictional village called Hollyford.
5, Who are the main characters? – Millie Dawson adores Christmas but is struggling to find her festive spirit while still grieving for her mother who passed away a year ago. Adam Carter wants nothing other than to skip Christmas after being dumped by his fiancé just weeks before their December wedding. When the mysterious Mrs Wishmore arrives in their lives just as the Hollyford Christmas Village festivities begin, lovely little miracles soon start happening…
6, What makes this book a festive treat? – It’s brimming with Christmas magic and good cheer! We have shy romance, friends who find love, hilarious antics from the Christmas Village organising committee, and a kindly guardian angel lady who helps heal broken hearts while sprinkling a little Christmas magic just where it’s needed!
7, What would you suggest are the ideal festive food and drink treats to accompany reading this book? – As there’s a sweetly funny scene involving the botched decorating of some gingerbread men, I recommend having a supply of these on hand for when you reach this part of the book (yum!).
Formats: Available at Amazon in Kindle ebook, in Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback.
Make a wish this Christmas…
A Christmas hope.
Millie Dawson adores Christmas, but it’s not easy feeling festive when she’s still grieving for her beloved mother. The twinkling lights and good cheer of the Hollyford Christmas Village might help her get into the spirit of the season, but she wishes she didn’t feel so alone in the world…
A Christmas heartbreak.
Adam Carter hates Christmas, thanks to his fiancé dumping him just weeks before their December wedding. He wishes he could ignore the whole month, but owning a busy gift shop in Hollyford makes that impossible, especially when the Christmas Village organising committee come calling…
A helping hand from a mysterious friend.
When Mrs Wishmore arrives in Hollyford, Millie is grateful for the older lady’s friendship while they help run the Christmas Village activities. There’s something strangely comforting about Doris Wishmore, and Millie can’t help wondering if the enigmatic woman is some kind of Christmas guardian angel…
Can Millie find the happy Christmas she promised her mother she’d have? Can Adam let go of heartbreak and finally move on? And can Mrs Wishmore help two lonely strangers find friendship… and more?
All wishes are possible with love and hope… and a sprinkling of Christmas magic.
Join Mrs Wishmore for a heartwarming festive story filled with all the joy and wonder of Christmas.
Rebecca Raisin: Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop
1. Title: Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop
- Genre: Romcom
- Is this part of a series or a stand alone story? It’s a stand alone
- Who are your main characters? Flora and Connor
- What makes this book a festive treat? Flora is a Christmas fanatic and when her life implodes she decides to follow her dreams and heads to Lapland, the home of Christmas. She buys a campervan which she decks out as a Christmas shop, the only problem is broody Connor who thinks she’s a menace after a little run in they had on the road. Shockingly, Connor thinks Christmas is a marketing con, so Flora attempts Operation: Make him believe.
- what would you suggest are the ideal festive food and drink treats, to accompany reading this book?
Christmas jam pastries known as Joulotorttu served alongside a cup of hot chocolate.
’Tis the season for mulled wine, mince pies, and magic under the mistletoe…
Flora loves Christmas more than anything else in the world, so she’s gutted when her Scrooge-alike boss fires her from Deck the Halls Christmas emporium. But now she finally has a chance to follow her dreams – and what better place to start than the home of Christmas?
Before she can say ‘sleigh bells’, Flora’s on her way to Lapland in a campervan-cum-Christmas-shop. She can’t wait to spend her days drinking hot chocolate and taking reindeer-drawn carriage rides, but something Flora didn’t expect was meeting Connor, a Norse god of a man who makes her heart flutter and snowflakes swirl in her stomach. There’s just one problem: Connor hates Christmas.
Can Flora convince Connor of the joys of Christmas – and will she find a festive romance along the way?
The perfect Christmas romance for fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Jenny Colgan.
Readers LOVE Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop!
‘An absolutely delightful festive feel good book! Perfect for snuggling up with… a steaming mug of hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire! Fabulous.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This was such a sparkling fabulous read and I devoured every word!… Rebecca Raisin is a force to be reckoned with.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A quirky heroine, a lovely story and filled with festive vibes – just fabulous!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I love Rebecca’s books but this one is definitely one of my favourites to date.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Rebecca Raisin has done it again… I’ve loved all of [her] books and this is no different, it just has a little Christmas sparkle on top!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Well written, cosy and comforting. Great escapism.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Such a great read. Rebecca Raisin is a fab author!’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Formats available: ebook, audio and paperback.
Links to buy: Sounds like a good read? Treat yourself…
Paperback- Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop: A Christmas romantic comedy from bestselling author Rebecca Raisin! https://amzn.eu/d/hgjYJqa
Audio- Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09D45HN58?ref_=cm_sw_r_apin_dp_P3BPGXJJA11C1QS3N707
(Part 1) Jodie Homer
THE TWELVE BOOKS OF CHRISTMAS (part 1)
- Title: A Magical Christmas on the Isle of Skye
- Genre: Mythical romance, holiday romance, feel-good chick lit
- Is this a stand alone story, or part of a series?
This is actually the 1st in the ‘For the love of a Scottish myth’ series. A 4 book romance series set in Scotland (different parts)
- Who are the main characters?
The main characters are called Emilia and Harry. Harry is named after my youngest son.
Emilia and Harry have been best friends their entire lives and went to school together. There’s a mixture of new Scottish villagers and their mutual friends characters and some are very colourful ❤️
- What makes this book a festive treat?
It’s set in December and Harry and Emilia enjoy the festivities while trying to figure out why they are in a time loop. Festivities include; carol singing, watching children in the choir and a light switch on with an interesting reindeer walk.
- What would you suggest are the ideal food and drink festive treats to enjoy with this book?
something warm like a warm mince pie or snowflake Christmas cookie. Anything chocolatey and definitely the biggest hot chocolate with whipped cream, sprinkles and a flake (bonus if it’s chocolate orenge flavour)
FORMATS AVAILABLE: Ebook and paperback
BOOK BLURB: It takes a village to fall in love.Set in Scotland, on the Isle of Skye, we meet Harry and Emilia, who have always been best friends, well, until they complicated everything by sleeping together.Drunk and alone on New Year’s Eve, Emilia phones up the TV’s psychic and spills out all of her sorrows.When her friends propose to stay in a cabin in the middle of nowhere for Christmas, Emilia jumps at the chance, but the atmosphere quickly dampens when Harry announces his girlfriend will be joining them. What will happen to Harry and Emilia’s relationship when they discover the island is full of old myths and a time loop they just can’t escape from?
Sounds good? Buy it now…
A Magical Christmas on the Isle of Skye (For the love of a Scottish myth Book 1) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0B8HVBBVZ?ref_=cm_sw_r_apin_dp_6AVZW39F8ZNEADBV2END
One Night With Her Viking Warrior
Her forbidden love is back to claim her!
Once Lady Rebekah shared a life changing night with stable hand Raeden but he disappeared the
morning after. Now she’s consort to a cruel Saxon Lord, and when Northmen lay siege to Ryestone
Keep, Rebekah’s shocked to see Raeden leading the charge! This Viking warrior is not the man she
remembers, yet she finds herself drawn to him again. Taken as his hostage, Rebekah must decide:
can she trust him with her life…and her dangerous secret?
SOUNDS GOOD… pre-order now.
Or pre-order from Amazon, out 22nd December –
MEET SARAH RODI-
Author Bio – Sarah Rodi has always been a hopeless romantic. She grew up watching old, romantic
movies recommended by her grandad, or devouring love stories from the local library. Sarah lives in
the village of Cookham in Berkshire, where she enjoys walking along the River Thames with her
husband, her two daughters and their dog. She has been a magazine journalist for over 20 years, but
it has been her lifelong dream to write romance for Mills & Boon. Sarah believes everyone deserves
to find their happy ever after.
You can contact her via @sarahrodiedits or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit her website at
Social Media Links – @sarahrodiedits http://www.sarahrodi.com
Follow Sara Rodi on Twitter – https://twitter.com/sarahrodiedits
ELLE COOK: THE MAN I NEVER MET.
Normally a phone call that turns out to be a wrong number is quickly forgotten, but when Davey (in America) accidentally calls Hannah (in the Uk) there is an instant spark of something special between the pair.
Can you really fall in love with someone you have never met? It seems that just maybe these two have. Of course if it were that simple the book would barely pass two chapters.
Life has other plans for these two and throws some real curve balls their way.
Will love find a way? Or will life lead Hannah and Davey on to separate paths?
MY THOUGHTS: I was excited to read this book. I loved the cover and the title.
It was easy to get into. I was hooked quickly and raced through it. I NEEDED to know if Davey and Hannah would make it.
Elle Cook has an easy writing style. It flows effortlessly and draws beautiful pictures in your mind.
I was rooting for Hannah and Davey. I liked them both and wanted them to find their happily ever after. Obviously I won’t tell you if they do or don’t make it, but, oh my lord, what a journey they go on.
Moving and tender. Heartbreaking and painfully sad in parts.
Ultimately this is a heart tingling page turner and an utterly gorgeous read.
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
FORMATS AVAILABLE: ebook, audio and paperback.
PUBLICATION DATE: 24/11/22
THE BLURB: Two lives are about to be changed by one phone call…When Davey misdials Hannah’s number, at first they think nothing of it.After all, Davey lives in Texas and Hannah lives in London.But when Davey gets a job in London, their paths are sure to cross. As messaging turns to video calling, this feels like the start of something.Weeks later, Hannah is waiting for Davey at the airport, but he never walks into Arrivals.When Hannah finds out why, her world is turned on its head. And with their future so uncertain, each must pick up the pieces of their lives.Will fate intervene once more to bring them together? Or will Davey always be the man that Hannah never met?
LINK TO BUY: The Man I Never Met: The perfect romance to curl up with this winter https://amzn.eu/d/63GtJ4q
With grateful thanks to Netgalley and Random House Uk for a digital arc of this title.
Elle Cook worked as a journalist and in PR before becoming a fulltime novelist. The Man I Never Met is her first contemporary novel. She is also the author of three historical time-slip novels under her real name, Lorna Cook. The Forgotten Village, The Forbidden Promise and The Girl from the Island have sold over 200,000 copies combined.
She lives in coastal Essex with her husband and two daughters.
HANNAH ELLIS: The SUMMER ESCAPE.
MY REVIEW- This is book 3 in Hannah Ellis’ Isles Of Scilly series. It can easily be read as a stand alone story, but I’d always suggest reading a series in order so as to get the most out of each book.
Beth and her five year old daughter Ellie, have had a soggy old time on their holiday. As they are due to leave for home, the weather perks up.
When offered the opportunity to extend their holiday for a few more days, Beth and Ellie jump at the chance to do so.
Trystan, is on his way home to the island. Finding that his mother has rented out his cottage to Beth, he is forced to stay in his family home.
As Trystan and Beth get to know eachother, there is a clear spark between them.
Beth lives in Plymouth and Trystan is based in London.
Will what they have be just a summer romance? Or can they find a way to make their blossoming relationship work?
This is another feel good story from Hannah Ellis. I’ve loved this series so far, and I’m looking forward to book four being released in January 2023.
I warmed easily to the characters in this book and the sense of community is delightful.
This isn’t a complicated story. It’s light and fresh, which sometimes, is just what I want to read.
The Summer Escape is a gorgeous read. It has a fantastic sense of community, a heartwarming romance and is just overflowing with glorious sunshine.
A five star, warm the cockles of your heart read.
The Summer Escape
Single-mother Beth desperately needs a break.
Grieving the loss of her mother, she sets off to the Isles of Scilly with her five-year-old daughter, Ellie.
Their holiday cottage is utterly charming, but it’s meeting Trystan – the owner of the cottage – that
makes Beth’s stay so perfect.
When their holiday fling starts to feel like something more, she knows she’s in trouble. Her life is in
Plymouth, while he lives in London. Besides, Trystan has already admitted he’s not ready for a family.
Is he prepared to take a leap of faith for Beth and Ellie? And with the odds stacked against them, can
they find a way to make their relationship last beyond the lazy days of summer?
Purchase Link – https://mybook.to/ScillyBook3
ISLES OF SCILLY SERIES-
The Weekend Getaway
The Weekend Getaway (Isles of Scilly) https://amzn.eu/d/9N8krHG
A Change Of Heart
A Change of Heart (Isles of Scilly) https://amzn.eu/d/eH4zxe2
The Summer Escape
The Summer Escape https://amzn.eu/d/agh4AFg
The Potter’s House
AUTHOR BIO- Hannah Ellis spent many years working in childcare before deciding she’d like to write
books. When she’s not busy writing she likes to read, drink tea and eat chocolate. She also enjoys
yoga and jogging.
Social Media Links –
@rararesources #HannahEllis #TheIslesOfScilly #TheSummerEscape #BlogTour
I’m thrilled to join the blog tour for @HeidiStephens’ new book, The Only Way Is Up.
HEIDI STEPHENS: THE ONLY WAY IS UP
Daisy has had a successful twenty five year tv career. Then she suffers a mortifying and very public wardrobe malfunction.
Hoping to let things die down, Daisy heads off to a small Cotswold village, where she plans to do some writing while she lies low.
Life takes some unexpected turns for Daisy and she still has many hurdles to clear. However her retreat from the limelight may be just what Daisy needs, and she may even find her happy ever after while she’s at it.
I adored this book. Daisy is a likeable main character, who I was rooting for from the start.
Tom is a man with a heartbreaking past and he deserved nothing less than a happily ever after.
The other characters in the story are a fabulous mix of colourful souls.
TheOnlyWayIsUp skips along at a good pace and kept me interested and turning those pages.
There is a very sweet love story at the heart of this book, but it is not the main focus of the story. There is so much more going on in this fun read.
I loved how inclusive this book is, without making a song and dance about it. Just the way things should be.
HeidiStephens writes beautifully. The words flow effortlessly between the pages.
If you’d like to read a light hearted, feel good story that will leave you with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart, you won’t go far wrong with this charming and delightful tale.
THE BLURB: WHEN LIFE HAS YOU DOWN ON LOVE, SURELY THE ONLY WAY IS UP . . . ?
Twenty-five years in showbiz is a good run, right? Because after tonight, when her small (read: huge) wardrobe malfunction was broadcast to the nation’s living rooms, Daisy’s time in the spotlight might be over.
It’s all about damage control now, and Daisy needs an escape route. Fast. Especially when her sporting hero boyfriend publicly announces their engagement – the one she hasn’t actually agreed to tell the world about.
All she needs is space from prying eyes and time for the press to get bored and move on. But the only place she can run to at such short notice is the Cotswolds cottage she used to own with her ex-husband. Not ideal, but at least it’s in the middle of nowhere and close to her teenage daughter.
Seems like a perfect plan, apart from the person selling stories to the tabloids about her and Tom, the local headmaster.
But that’s just a rumour, right?
The perfect uplifting and feel-good romantic comedy that will have you snorting with laughter. If you love Sophie Ranald, Catherine Walsh, and Mhairi Macfarlane, you won’t want to miss this!
The Only Way Is Up: An absolutely hilarious and feel-good romantic comedy https://amzn.eu/d/cZosplC
Hi! Thanks for coming, pull up a chair.
I’m a British marketing consultant-turned-romcom novelist – Two Metres From You is my debut novel, and my second, Never Gonna Happen, is out in all formats in May 2022 and available to pre-order now.
Since 2008 I’ve also written lots of of liveblogs for The Guardian, about everything from The Apprentice to Big Brother. Now I focus on two of my favourite things – the Eurovision Song Contest and Strictly Come Dancing.
I live in the lovely market town of Chippenham in Wiltshire with my boyfriend Pip and my dog Mabel. I have two grown-up children and can bake a very decent Victoria sponge. You’ll find my website at heidistephens.co.uk, or I’m on Twitter/Insta @heidistephens.