I’m thrilled today, to join the #blogtour for Colin Garrow’s Blood On The Tyne
I’m thrilled to join the blog tour today for Colin Garrow’s, Blood On The Tyne Red Snow – book 3.
THE BOOK BLURB: Blood on the Tyne: Red Snow (book 3 in the Rosie Robson series).
A dead body. A hoard of forged banknotes. A gangster out for blood.
Newcastle, December 1955. Returning home after a weekend away, singer and amateur sleuth Rosie Robson discovers a man lying on a baggage trolley with his throat cut. After the police get involved, an attack on Rosie and her boss prompts Inspector Vic Walton to find a safe house for the pair. But the bad guys seem to be one step ahead of them and Rosie is forced to track down a possible witness to the murder in a bid to learn the truth. Can the canny crooner solve the mystery before a Newcastle gang boss catches up with her?
Set on Tyneside, Blood on the Tyne: Red Snow is book #3 in the Rosie Robson Murder Mysteries series.
MY THOUGHTS: This is Colin Garrow’s third outing for detective Rosie Robson. I hadn’t read the previous two instalments, but this was easy to read as a stand alone story. I will say though, that as a rule, I think reading a series in order is always best.
Set in 1950’s Newcastle, this book is very atmospheric and comes to life with vivid clarity.
This book is drama all the way. From the start to the finish, the action keeps coming.
I loved the humour in this book. It bubbled along nicely and blended well with the drama of the story.
This book isn’t for the faint hearted. There is blood, guts and rotting bodies galore.
Over all, this is a gripping read. It’s loud and brash and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
A very well written, engaging story. A solid five star read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
LINK TO BUY: https://geni.us/3PKXkN
True-born Geordie Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland and has worked in a plethora of professions including taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor. He has also occasionally masqueraded as a pirate. Colin’s published books include the Watson Letters series, the Terry Bell Mysteries and the Rosie Robson Murder Mysteries. His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Grind, A3 Review, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine. These days he lives in a humble cottage in Northeast Scotland.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Website (Adults) https://colingarrow.org/
Website (Children) https://colingarrowbooks.com/
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B014Z5DZD4
KIM NASH: MOONLIGHT OVER MUDDLEFORD COVE.
When Nell finds her life is falling apart, a solicitors letter arrives that changes everything.
Finding herself back in Muddleford Cove, Nell’s life is changed by the death of her once much loved aunt Lil.
With so many unanswered questions, faces from the past and possibilities for the future, will Nell stay in Muddleford or will she head back and try to make a go of her old life?
This book is a joy. I loved the characters, especially the feisty women, swoon worthy Jack and sweet Norman the dog.
Throw in some sunshine, a beautiful setting and what you get is a story that will make you smile and feel uplifted.
If the cold or wet weather is dragging you down, get yourself a copy of #MoonlightOverMuddlefordCove it will bring a little sunshine and happiness into your day.
I whizzed through the audio version of this book and absolutely loved it.
LINKS TO BUY:
Paperback: Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove: An absolutely unputdownable feel good romantic comedy (Muddleford Cove series) https://amzn.eu/d/drb8PWe
AMANDA PROWSE: PICKING UP THE PIECES.
Nora grew up as a somewhat lonely child, with distant parents who showed her little care.
As an adult, Nora married, but found herself just as unhappy and feeling unloved as she had as a child.
When Nora’s sister finds herself in hospital, she needs Nora’s help. Despite the pair not being particularly close, Nora steps up to help her sister by taking care of her young nephew.
As Nora is thrown into a world that is totally unfamiliar, can she find, and build bonds with those closest to her? And is it too late to save her marriage?
This is another outstandingly gorgeous book from Amanda Prowse. There are few authors who write with such fluid beauty in their words.
This book is an emotional read. It’s all about second chances and learning to love yourself.
I was so touched by some of the themes in this book. Not for the first time, Amanda Prowse spoke to me with her writing and stirred some deep rooted feelings within me.
Overall, this is a story that will take your heart, and squeeze it with a range of emotions.
Picking Up The Pieces will envelope you and consume you. It will uplift you and charm you.
An utterly exquisite read.
With thanks to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing Uk for a digital arc of this title.
FORMATS AVAILABLE: ebook, paperback and audio
BOOK BLURB: In this heart-warming story from million copy bestselling author Amanda Prowse, Nora has given up on finding happiness. But has it been waiting for her all along?
As Nora and her British Army officer husband, Gordy, pack up yet another home and leave the sun of Cyprus for the drizzle of England, she can’t shake a feeling of regret―at her failure to follow her own dreams, but also, if she’s honest, at having ended up an officer’s wife at all, drifting through a life of temporary homes and temporary relationships.
Since losing her parents at a young age, Nora’s life has been lacking an anchor: someone or something to make her feel secure. Her marriage has been her only permanent relationship, and just as even that appears to be fizzling out, a tragedy forces Nora into the role of legal guardian to her seven-year-old nephew, Ted. Faced suddenly with a responsibility she never dreamed of, how can Nora possibly offer the boy the kind of unconditional love he deserves, when she’s never experienced it for herself?
But as she navigates the precarious and unfamiliar world of parenthood, Nora begins to see herself through Ted’s eyes, as someone worthy of love and even joy. When she’s welcomed into the previously intimidating huddle of mums at the school gate, she has to wonder: is it too late to smash down the other barriers she’s built―and to have a second chance at a happy marriage with Gordy?
About the Author
Amanda Prowse is an international bestselling author of twenty-eight novels published in dozens of languages. Her chart-topping titles What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter, My Husband’s Wife, The Coordinates of Loss, The Girl in the Cornerand The Things I Know have sold millions of copies around the world. Other novels by Amanda Prowse include A Mother’s Story, which won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the Year Award. Perfect Daughterwas selected as a World Book Night title in 2016, and The Boy Between (a memoir written with her son, Josiah Hartley) was selected in 2022. She has been described by the Daily Mail as ‘the queen of family drama’.
Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today. Her titles consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres.
A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine show, as well as featuring on numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on national and independent radio stations, including LBC and talkRADIO, where she is well known for her insightful observations and infectious humour.
Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning off the bedside lamp at night, that ensure you walk every step with her great characters, and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…
LINKS TO BUY:
Paperback:Picking up the Pieces https://amzn.eu/d/cwdkPlC
Free on kindle unlimited. (10/1/23)
LAURA KEMP: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VICKY HOPE’S BACK UP MAN?
Do you know that feeling, when you find a pack of biscuits you’ve forgotten about at the back of the cupboard? Or that feeling when you find a pair of jeans that fit perfectly? Well these are feelings comparable to finding a book by one of your most very, very, favourite authors, that you haven’t read!!!!
So I’m guessing you can imagine my joy, when I stumbled across, #WhateverHappenedToVickyHope’sBackUpMan? By the very talented Laura Kemp.
This book was originally published in 2017, but still feels fresh and relevant.
As Vicky prepares to head off travelling with her clever and beautiful friend Kat, she makes one last promise with her best friend and tech geek, Mikey Murphy. If they both get to thirty, and are still single, they will marry each other.
Fast forward to Vicky’s (now Vee) thirtieth birthday and a lot has changed.
Her birthday doesn’t deliver quite what she was expecting. So, the only thing to do, is head home to her family in Cardiff.
Once home, and feeling lonely, Vee reaches out to her old friends in an attempt to re-connect with them.
Mikey, now known as Murphy, has done very well for himself, despite a difficult upbringing.
Kat, now Kate, hasn’t hit the highs that were expected of her in life.
As the three old friends come back into each other’s lives, there are hurdles for them all to overcome.
Will Murphy still be Vee’s back up man? Or is he ‘the one’?
Before Vee and Murphy can figure out their future, Kate has a bombshell to share, that could blow everything apart for them all.
This book is a gorgeous read.
It skips back and forth over a nine year period and between the three main characters. I’m generally very easily confused, but I was able to follow the story without any problems.
Largely set in Wales, Laura Kemp captures the colour and culture of Cardiff as well as the overall lushness of this amazing little country and it’s people.
The three main characters are likeable and true to life. They all have their own flaws, which kept the story real.
Whatever Happened To Vicky Hope’s Back Up Man? Is an utterly brilliant read. It’s full of the complexities of friendships and family.
It’s a sweet, beautiful, romantic, warm, touching and poignant story. It’s funny and emotional, but most of all, you will be left with warmth in your heart and a feeling of being, not quite ready to leave these wonderfully written characters quite so soon.
If you love books by Milly Johnson, Joanna Bolouri or Shari Low, I think you will adore this witty and charming tale.
The audio book is well narrated by Janine Cooper – Marshall. She captures the Welsh heart of the story perfectly.
A funny, feel-good coming-of-age novel which asks if the past can ever be part of your future.
Twenty-one and insecure, Vicky Hopecomes up with a plan on the eve of travelling the world with her high-flying friend, Kat Lloyd: if she isn’t married by the time she’s thirty, she’ll marry her geeky best mate Mikey Murphy.
Fast-forward eight-and-a-bit years, Vicky, now Vee wakes up on her thirtieth birthday in Brighton, expecting a proposal of marriage from her arty boyfriend Jez. Instead he tells her their relationship is over and she has no choice but to return to her parents’ home.
Devastated and alone in her childhood bedroom, she decides she has nothing to lose and tracks down her two old mates. With shock, she discovers Mikey, now Murphy, is a successful app designer driven by his tragic upbringing. Kat, or Kate, never made it – but she hides a devastating secret, which threatens the happiness of all three.
What people are saying about WHAT HAPPENED TO VICKY HOPE’S BACK UP MAN?
‘Gorgeous! Funny, clever, romantic and real, it’s brilliant’ RACHAEL LUCAS
LINKS TO BUY3
Paperback WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VICKY HOPE’S BACK UP MAN?: The Most Romantic, Feel-Good Novel You’Ll Read This Year https://amzn.eu/d/dRfIlzs
This title is included with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.
When borrowed through KU, the audio narration can be added for £3.49.
Info correct at 9/1/23
These are the books from 2022 that really stood out for me. In no particular order…
Milly Johnson: Together Again.
A beautiful story, with a big heart, some darkness but as always in Milly’s books there is plenty of humour.
I still can’t face prawns though!
Joanna Bolouri: Bootcamp For Broken Hearts.
Pee your pants funny, but also so very raw and touching. A must-read for anyone who has ever felt that they have lost themselves along the way.
Carmel Harrington: A Mother’s Love.
A very moving and thought-provoking tale.
Adam Silvera: They Both Die At The End.
A unique and literally heart-stopping read.
Elena Collins: The Witch’s Tree.
This book spooked me and sent shivers down my spine, but it is a beautifully written story. Heartbreaking but also hugely uplifting.
Bella Osborne: A Wedding At Sandy Cove.
Classic Bella – touching, sweet, super funny, with a charming plot.
Emma Cooper: It Was Always You.
A moving, tender, heart breaking and emotional read with a sprinkling of magic to top things off.
Colleen Hoover: Verity.
This book sucked me in, infuriated me, then spat me out at the other end. It’s completely bonkers, but I loved it!
Laura Kemp: Love Betty.
Full of Welsh loveliness. Totally lush!
Jo Browning Wroe: A Terrible Kindness.
Not my usual read at all, but oh my goodness, what a beautifully written and heartbreaking read.
Jessica Redland: Christmas Miracles At Hedgehog Hollow.
A fab end to a wonderful series.
We’ll miss you Hedgehog Hollow.
Jaimie Admans: The Beekeeper At Elderflower Grove.
A scrummy love story, with a big heart, a bit of nostalgia and is also rather educational about our buzzy- honey making friends.
Beth Moran: Let It Snow.
Everything a Christmas book should be – I loved it.
Sarah Bennett: Happy Endings At Mermaids Point.
A tingly feel good love story set in one of the most delightful settings. Mermaids Point is full of the warmest community of people who have the biggest hearts.
Sue Moorcroft: A White Christmas On Winter Street.
You can’t go wrong with a book by Sue Moorcroft, and this one will leave you full of festive cheer.
Elle Cook: The Man I Never Met.
An epic love story.
Fiona Lucas: Never forget You.
A sweeping story about the power of true love.
Tom Ellen: All About Us.
A love story with a magical twist.
Lia Louis: Dear Emmie Blue.
A sweet and touching story. Sometimes your one true love may not be who you think it is.
Marian Keyes: Again Rachel.
It was a long wait for the sequel to Rachel’s Holiday, but it was worth being patient.
This is a warm, touching, heartbraking and laugh out loud funny read, written with the sharp wit and perception as only Marian Keyes can.
Sharon Booth: The First itches Of Castle Clair.
This is a wonderful series, full of Celtic myth and magic.
Wishing everyone who has supported my blog a very happy 2023.
I’m thrilled to be a part of the cover reveal for Florence Keeling’s new book, Love Lies And Family Ties.
It looks gorgeous!
A heart warming, feel good romantic comedy. ‘I absolutely adored this book. It gave me all the feels! A charming read full of warmth and heart.’ * Kim the Bookworm
Bea Winters is in desperate need of a fresh start. Being bullied at work is not her idea of fun and she longs to follow her dream of becoming a published author. When an advert appears in her local paper to work in a publishing house in the sleepy village of Bloomsdale, it sounds too good to be true.
She strikes up an instant friendship with gorgeous aspiring author, Eddie Richards and her dashing millionaire boss Scott Summers. But all isn’t as it seems in the sleepy village of Bloomsdale.
How does the local clairvoyant know her name? Who does the little black dog that keeps appearing belong to and why does she keep bumping into the mysterious Charlie?
As she starts to unravel the truth, it seems that everyone in Bea’s life is keeping secrets.
An uplifting romantic comedy that will warm your heart – perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews.
Doesn’t this sound lovely? Go on, treat yourself and pre order a copy now.
Love, Lies and Family Ties https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0BRJS6XJ7?ref_=cm_sw_r_apin_dp_6PTPYVNEK4D64ZCRVVXG
KILEY DUNBAR: CHRISTMAS AT THE BORROW A BOOKSHOP.
Part two in the #BorrowABookShop series, #ChristmasAtTheBorrowABookshop takes us on a delightful journey back to the village of Clove Lore.
This can easily be read as a standalone story, but why miss out? Treat yourself to the whole series.
This is primarily the love story of Magnus and Alex, which is truly sweet and lovely. They have both had difficulties in the past and there are still more hoops for them to jump through.
This is a warm hearted, fast paced, festive read.
It’s never too late to enjoy a good Christmas book, or even just add it to your list ready for next year.
A festive, feel good, five star read.
With thanks to #Netgalley and #HeraBooks for a digital arc of this title.
Formats Available: ebook and paperback.
THE TWELVE BOOKS OF CHRISTMAS
Last, but certainly not least, we welcome the lovely, Jessica Redland to tell us all about one of her festive tales.
1, Title: Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop
2, Genre: Contemporary women’s fiction
3, Is this a stand alone story or part of a series? A bit of both! The story is a complete one so can absolutely be read as a stand alone. But it’s the first book in a series called Christmas on Castle Street. The books are connected by virtue of all being set in businesses on Castle Street at Christmas (see what I did with the series title? Absolute genius 🤣) The second and third books – Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes and Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Cafe – are closely connected as they feature two women with businesses next door to each other and who are good friends, but Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop sits more on its own
4, who are the main characters? It’s the story of master chocolatier Charlee Chambers who was raised by her grandparents after her mum abandoned her shortly after she was born. With her grandparents now gone, she feels a bit directionless and her boyfriend Ricky convinces her it would be a good idea to move to his hometown of Whitsborough Bay and use her inheritance to buy a house and set up her own chocolate shop. When she finds a suitable premises on Castle Street, she’s expecting Ricky – a builder – to help her get the shop refurbished ready for a pre-Christmas opening but he doesn’t seem quite so willing to help her now that he’s back home with his friends. Thankfully her best friend Jodie, some of the other retailers on Castle Street … and a handsome plumber called Matt. If only they weren’t both in relationships…
5, What makes this book a festive treat? It’s set over two very different Christmases for Charlee so we get double Christmas – fabulous! It’s full of all the gorgeous festive touches like Christmas window displays, a spectacular Christmas lights switch-on ceremony, snow (we can’t have a Christmas book without snow!) and it oozes with chocolate. Nom nom nom!
6, what would you suggest are the ideal festive food and drink treats, to accompany reading this book? It absolutely has to be chocolate so settle down with a large box of Lindt or a bar of creamy Galaxy or whatever does it for you and breathe in that gorgeous blend of cocoa and Christmas 🍫🎄💕
Thank you so much for having me back to answer your Christmas questions. Happy reading, everyone. The book’s available on Kindle and other eBook providers, paperback, in The Works, audio download and streaming and I sell signed paperbacks. If you fancy the full series on eBook, they’re available as a box set now too xx
THE BOOK BLURB: Sometimes you just need a little Christmas magic to make your wishes come true…
When master chocolatier, Charlee, takes the leap to move to the picturesque seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, she is determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and set up a chocolate shop.
Luckily, she finds the perfect location for Charlee’s Chocolates on beautiful Castle Street… Now she just has to refurbish it in time for Christmas!
With a useless boyfriend and countless DIY disasters, Charlee doesn’t know if she’ll make it in time. With no ‘traditional’ family to support her, she feels lost in her new surroundings and the secrets of the past are weighing her down.
But the warmth and festive spirit of the Whitsborough Bay community will surprise her, and when plumber, Matt, comes to the rescue, it might be that all of Charlee’s dreams could come true this Christmas, and she could learn what family really means…
Escape to Castle Street for the perfect uplifting, festive read from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.
Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Show was originally released as Charlee and the Chocolate Shop. Now re-released with a new title and new cover, this version has been freshly edited and features several new chapters.
LINKS TO BUY:
Paperback: Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop: The perfect romantic festive treat from Jessica Redland (Christmas on Castle Street, 1) https://amzn.eu/d/f01kTZ7
Hardback: Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop: The perfect romantic festive treat from Jessica Redland (Christmas on Castle Street, 1) https://amzn.eu/d/4Ut6gBL
Ebook: Check this out!
Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop: The perfect romantic festive treat from Jessica Redland (Christmas on Castle Street Book 1)
Audio: Check this out!
Christmas Wishes at the Chocolate Shop
Free with Kindle unlimited.
THE TWELVE BOOKS OF CHRISTMAS #15
A Cosy Christmas with the Village Vet
Romance/Contemporary Women’s Fiction
3. Is this a standalone or part of a series? It’s part of a series but can be read as a standalone.
4. Where is the book set? It’s set in a quaint village full of cosy thatched cottages in a fictitious (and very snowy!) corner of the North Yorkshire Moors.
5. Who are the main characters?
Brogan – she’s starting a new job as a vet nurse, and Nick – he’s a vet who’s just moved to the area. Sparks of attraction definitely fly when the pair first set eyes on each other! Oh, and I couldn’t possibly forget two lovable canine characters, black Labrador Wilf and black Lab/Labradoodle cross, Maudie who are having a little romance of their own.
6. What makes the book a festive treat? I’d say it’s the countryside landscape that’s covered in a sparkling blanket of snow, the characterful homes with Christmas trees twinkling in their windows and the kind-hearted community that pulls together, ensuring that no one will be alone for Christmas.
7. What would you suggest are the ideal festive food and drink treats to accompany reading this book?
Ooh, what a lovely question! For me it would be a mug of gingerbread hot chocolate piled high with whipped cream, topped off with mini marshmallows and a generous sprinkling of grated chocolate. That, with a chunk (or several!) of ginger shortbread for dunking would be perfect!
THE BOOK BLURB:
It’s Christmastime! Will Brogan and Nick find the happiness they crave so they can celebrate the festive season? Christmas has always been a special time for Brogan, especially since her move to her grandparents’ smallholding. Set near the picturesque village of Lytell Stangdale in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors, it’s an idyllic location. But with the loss of her beloved grandparents still raw, she’s struggling to find her festive spirit. Talked into going to a wedding by her friends, Brogan finds herself sitting next to a rather handsome stranger. Thinking she’ll never seen him again, she dusts off her flirting skills and lets her fun-loving side loose. Newly single Nick Heuston was dreading going to his friend’s wedding. But a chance encounter with a woman with captivating green and eyes makes him think otherwise. He’s gutted when she disappears without leaving any way for him to contact her. Telling himself he needs a break from relationships, Nick intends to focus all his attention on his job as a vet at a new practice. It proves easier said than done; he just can’t get Brogan out of his mind. Meanwhile, Brogan’s been looking forward to starting her new job as a vet nurse at the new local practice. On their first day at Danskelfe Veterinary Surgery, both are stunned when they come face-t0-face once more – something Nick seems very happy about, but Brogan’s not so sure. Despite her reluctance, it would seem fate is keen to push them together, and Brogan finds her feelings for Nick growing. As for Nick, the more he gets to know Brogan, the more he finds himself falling for her. Just when their romance looks ready to bloom, something or someone seems to get in its way. Will Christmas work its magic? Or are Brogan and Nick destined to be nothing more than a brief encounter? Why not join Brogan and Nick, together with their canine companions Wilf and Maudie – and all the familiar Life on the Moors characters – for a festive trip to the moors?
LINK TO BUY: Check this out!
A Cosy Christmas with the Village Vet (Life on the Moors Book 8)
FREE with kindle unlimited.
Read the whole series…
THE TWELVE BOOKS OF CHRISTMAS. #14
Today it’s the turn of author K.T. Dady to share the Christmas book love.
🎄 The Twelve Books Of Christmas 🎄
Title: Pepper River Inn
Genre: Cosy, small-town, feel-good romance.
Is this a stand alone story, or part of a series? This story is book 6 in the Pepper Bay series but can be read as a standalone.
Where is the story set? Pepper Bay is a fictional place on the Isle of Wight, where you’ll find chocolate box cottages, quaint shops, love, drama, and a happily ever after.
Who are your main characters? There are 4 main characters in this story: Elliot, Ned, Rosie, and Belle. So readers get to follow two romances. One has the instant attraction trope and the other is enemies to lovers.
What makes this book a festive treat? The story is set in December and features a Christmas choir, snow, and Christmas trees.
What would you suggest are the best festive food and drink treats to enjoy while reading this book? I would suggest snuggling under a blanket with a festive mug of hot chocolate and some shortbread.
THE BOOK BLURB: Welcome to Pepper Bay. A small close-knit community where you’ll find chocolate box cottages, quaint shops, love drama, and a happily ever after.
Snuggle down with this cosy, feel-good, comfort read that whisks you away to a beautiful bay on the Isle of Wight – Perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Phillipa Ashley, and Holly Martin.
The Pepper Bay books are standalone stories that intertwine with recurring characters.
Pepper River Inn: There has been a longstanding family feud in Pepper Bay between the Renshaws and the Trents, and it’s about to get even more messy.
Rosie and Belle Trent have just inherited their uncle’s rundown hotel and have decided to see if they can rebuild the unloved business. They don’t rate their chances of having a successful inn, not with the perfect one right next door owned by Elliot and Ned Renshaw.
The two sisters and two brothers aren’t meant to be friends, so when Elliot saves Rosie from drowning and they fall in love, it’s down to Belle and Ned to keep the family feud alive. All they have to do is continue to hate each other. How hard can it be?
LINK TO BUY: Check this out!
Pepper River Inn (Pepper Bay Series, Book 6)
Free with Kindle Unlimited
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