Station Helix by Ash Greenslade @AshThrillers @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours 





Station Helix by Ash Greenslade

Paperback published 19th July 2014


“I DON’T WANT YOU TO FEEL PARANOID ABOUT ME LYING TO YOU.” An inexplicable suicide… A devastating car wreck… A secret Ministry of Defence facility… Told with pace and tension, STATION HELIX is an exciting and modern novel rooted in the tradition of British thrillers. Alex Hannay makes a shocking discovery which draws him into a perilous world of conspiracy and murder. As operatives from the CIA pursue their own operation on the streets of London, Alex is torn between protecting those who share his secret and seeking retribution for a terrible crime.


 I’m delighted to bring you chapter 6 

Chapter 6

 

From the driver’s seat of his silver Audi A3, Bill Hannay glanced in the mirror at his twenty-two-year-old son Alex – the new British foil fencing champion. “You and Jim should have a good chance at getting into the Olympic squad now,” he said. He looked back at the road, gripping the steering wheel a little tighter. The downpour was causing surface water to accumulate. Bill kept his speed at fifty miles an hour, despite the seventy limit.

“Maybe,” replied Alex from the back seat. “We still have to earn the points though, Dad. We need some good international results first.”

“You will. Hopefully you’ll do well at Valenciennes next month.”

“I’m looking forward to that. Are you sure you can get the time off work?”

“Already sorted. Your mother and I are looking forward to going with you.”

“I appreciate you taking me to all these competitions.”

Sarah Hannay turned round in her seat, nudged her glasses with a fingertip, and smiled at her son. “Hey, we’re only going so we can enjoy the French culture,” she joked. “I’m really proud of you. You did so well today.”

Alex returned the smile. “Thanks. It’s been a good weekend.”

“Apart from this awful weather.” Bill gestured at the windscreen. “The rain hasn’t let up since we passed Brentwood.”

Alex shifted in his seat, trying to stretch his tired leg muscles. He closed his eyes and visualised the last few moments of the final against his friend and opponent James Peters. Jim had reached the final on similar form. Alex had beaten him by only two hits. Beside him on the back seat was the trophy he’d won: a large silver statuette with the words National Men’s Foil Championengraved on the front. Alex picked it up. “Jim’s so going to want this next year,” he said.

“He’ll have to work hard to beat you,” Sarah replied.

“Well he almost did today. I lost concentration for a while. I fell for that broken time attack he pulled on me.”

Sarah looked around again and gave Alex a bemused smile. She was fifty-one but looked younger. “I have no idea what that means. I just cheer when your light comes on.”

Alex grinned. “That’s good enough for me. I’ll just have to respond quicker next time he tries that.”

“Well you’re fast enough – if you concentrate,” said Alex’s father. Bill was right. Alex wasn’t just a good foilist; he was excellent. He had speed and fluidity of movement. His timing and execution of technique were precise. Bill frequently called him ‘the Jackie Stewart of fencing’. Tonight’s victory in Weymouth was the culmination of years of relentless effort.

“I’m going to sleep for hours tomorrow,” said Alex as he closed his eyes and tipped his head back against the headrest, listening to the drumming of the rain on the car’s roof.

“You mean today,” Sarah said, glancing at the digital display in the Audi’s dashboard. The clock showed 02.30. “Why don’t you have a sleep now? We probably won’t be home for another hour.”

“Are you sure?” Alex replied. “Sorry for not being good company.”

“Don’t be daft. Your dad and I will be fine. We can cope without you trying to confuse us with your weird terminology for a little while.”

Alex laughed. “Okay, wake me up when we get back. And don’t sell my medal on eBay when I’m not watching.”

 

About author Ash Greenslade



Ash Greenslade is a former police officer and trainer who became hooked on thrillers after reading David Morrell’s THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE. Despite dabbling with numerous writing projects since his schooldays, it took over two decades from reading Morrell’s landmark book for Ash to finally take writing seriously. Determined to accomplish an original novel, he embarked on STATION HELIX, a conspiracy thriller inspired by a visit to Orford Ness. Originally intended as a standalone novel, STATION HELIX prompted another two books, THE ELZEVIR COLLECTIVE and TORUS, plus the RYAN KERREK spin-off series (SINISTER BETRAYAL, DEADLY ACQUISITION, BLACK SCARAB and HUNTING CARACAL).


Ash credits his love of words to weekly spelling tests from the age of four, an incredibly enthusiastic English teacher who wrote children’s stories in the 1960s, and his collection of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis and Willard Price books. Captivated by the escapism of stories, the young Ash wanted to become a children’s author, and he still has a few early projects hidden away which might resurface one day. But it was the thriller genre which grabbed him as an adult. Although Morrell remains his favourite author, he’s a fan of the old-school British stalwarts such as Buchan, Ambler, MacLean, Bagley and Higgins.


Despite his working background, Ash doesn’t write crime thrillers, preferring the more secretive and enthralling world of espionage for his stories. Betrayal and conspiracy are recurring themes. And while he avoids revealing too much of his own character through his pages, some aspects of Ash’s books are very personal, such as the scuba diving scenes in BLACK SCARAB. (Ash worked as a divemaster in the Red Sea before qualifying as an instructor in Grand Cayman.)


When time permits, Ash researches his family tree and takes photographs. Several family surnames feature in his books, and he took the cover shots for the STATION HELIX series. And while he enjoys the occasional trip to London to meet friends, visit the theatre or conduct some research for his books, he’s more at home exploring the solitude of rural Essex in search of wildlife. He can be found online at http://www.ashgreenslade.net. 



Christmas With The Teashop Girls Elaine Everest

Christmas With The Teashop Girls By Elaine Everest

Hardback published 3rd September 2020 by Panmacmillan

Available in Hardback 978-1529015959

It is late 1940 and the war feels closer to home than ever for Rose Neville and her staff at the Lyons teashop in Margate. The staff worry of rationing hands overhead as the Nippies do their best to provide a happy smile and a hot cup of tea for their customers. When a heavy bombing raid targets the Kent coastline, Lyons is badly hit, throwing the future of the cafe into jeopardy.

The light in Rose’s life is her dashing fiancé Captain Ben Hargreaves and planning their Christmas Day wedding. But she must also prepare to take two new stepdaughters into her life and get on the right side of her wealthy mother-in-law, Lady Diana. Is Rose ready to become a mother so soon?

When Rose’s half-sister Eileen makes contact, it seems that Rose’s dreams of having a sibling are becoming true at long last. But her friends begin to suspect that something is not right about Eileen and her husband just what are they hiding?

My Review

Elaine Everest is one of my favourite author and she lives in Kent, which I live in Kent too. I have read The Woolworths Girls which I highly recommend. In the Christmas with the Teashop Girls, there quite a scary start Rose and her mum Flora were both tied up a boat. Its midnight and Christmas Day, they have a busy day planned, but there seemed no hope of that unless someone came to rescue them before their abdoctors returned. I loved this military romance between Rose and the dashing Captain Ben Hargreaves.

Prologue

Christmas Eve 1940

Rose Neville felt extremely sick – so sick, in fact, that she couldn’t lift her head from where she lay. It was if her whole body was trussed up like the chicken her mother, Flora, had prepared for their Christmas Eve meal at Sea View guesthouse. She wriggled, trying to free herself. Was Lily behind this? Her friend was always one to be over generous with the Sherry. No doubt someone had helped her to bed, and then tucked her in too tightly to stop her falling out.

Rose opened her eyes, but could only see darkness. Fear gripped her heart as, deep inside, she began to realize something wasn’t right. She made an effort to breathe slowly and deeply until the sickness passed a little, the tried to wriggle free again, gradually finding that at least her fingers and toes were working. This reminded her of the times she’d been on board Mildred Dalrymple’s fishing boat, out in the Channel beyond Ramsgate Harbour, when waves of sickness would flow over her until she found her sea legs . She stopped wriggling and sniffed, come to think of it, she could smell a mixture of engine oil and fish. And whatever she was laying on felt too hard to be her own comfortable bed. A small groan from nearby prompted her to lean as best she could towards the sound. Who’s there? she called, fearful of who else might be in the room. Rose? came Flora’s voice in reply. Where are we? What has happened?

About author Elaine Everest

Elaine Everest, author of Bestselling novel The Woolworths Girls and The Butlins Girls was born and brought up in North West Kent, where many of her books are set. She has been a freelance writer for twenty years and has written widely for women’s magazines and national newspapers, with both short stories and features. Her non-fiction books for dog owners have been very popular and led to broadcasting on radio about our four legged friends. Elaine has been heard discussing many topics on radio from canine subjects to living with a husband under her feet when redundancy loomed. When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school at The Howard Venue in Hextable, Kent and has a long list of published students.

Elaine lives with her husband, Michael, and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, in Swanley, Kent and is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Crime Writers Association, The Society of Women Writers & Journalists and The Society of Authors as well as Slimming World where she can be seen sitting in the naughty corner.

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A girl Made Of Air Nydia Hetherington


A GIRL MADE OF AIR BY NYDIA HETHERINGTON

Hardback publishe 3rd September 2020 by Quercus 

This is the story of The Greatest Funambulist Who Ever Lived…

Born into a legendary  circus family, our nameless star was unwanted and forgotten, abandoned in the shadows of the big top. until the bright light of Serendipity Wilson threw her into focus.

Now an adult, haunted by an incident in which a child was lost from the circus, our narrator, a tightrope artiste, weaves together her spellbinding tales of circus legends, earthy magic and folklore, all in the hope of finding the child… But will her story be enough to bring the pair together again?

Beautiful and intoxicating, A Girl Made of Air brings the circus to life in all of its grime and glory; Marina, Manu, Serendipity Wilson, Fausto, Big Gen and Mouse will live long in the hearts of readers. As will this story of loss and reconciliation, of storytelling and truth.

My Review 

I enjoyed reading A Girl Made Of Air, it a really beautiful story well written that combines Historical Fantasy, Fairy tales, myths and fairytales, taking the reader into escapism. 

All routines in the circus are dangerous, and they must be mastered, including balancing and walking across the wire. I felt sorry for the greatest Funambulist girl, the circus was her family and her home, but she felt more like a pet than a beloved child. You’re wonderful on your wire, that’s what matters, and you’re a clever girl. You know very well that all you need in life is this. 

A perfectly imagined first story. I recommend this book for fans of The Night Circus. 

I loved the blue and gold cover with the greatest Funambulist walking and balancing on bare feet on tiptoes along the wire like a ballerina. 
An excerpt 

Chapter 1

Rabbit’s Feet and Hokum

World on Wire The Fallen

Ellie Macveigh

June 14, 1983 / Manhattan / 10.30 / Transcription

Tape 1

Can you tell me who you are?

I’ve been called the Greatest Funambulist Who Ever Lived.

You smile when you say it. Don’t you believe it?

( Pause )

Sometimes.

Sorry. I don’t like being recorded very much. I’ve never been good at talking. I’d rather write things down. My voice is awful, isn’t it? I don’t recognise it sometimes. I never should’ve started smoking. I mean, once you’re hooked it’s lived in voice, I suppose.

The recording’s only for me. No need to worry. And your voice is great.

Was I babbling? I’ll try to relax. You’re the first person I’ve spoken to publicly, or privately for that matter, since my, I don’t know what to call it, my retirement? That makes me sound old. Since my last performance. Yes, that’s a decent description. There’ve been offers of interviews, appearances and all kinds of things. To be honest. I couldn’t face them. But I’m ready now. You came along at the right time. It’s not that I care about being out of the public eye, you understand. I’m done with that. I’m babbling again aren’t I? Sorry. Please, do go on.

What makes you the greatest, sometimes?

( Pause )

Fearless, I suppose. I’m not afraid.

Of falling?

It’s not the falling one must fear, it’s the landing.

Ah yes. And are you afraid of the landing?

Never. I have protection. See? 

You’re showing me jewellery. It’s lovely. Amber?

Thank you. I saw you looking at it as I came in. It’s okay you can touch it, if you like. 

Yes, it had caught my eye. It’s very bright. Unusually so. 

It keeps me safe.

You’re superstitious?

( Pause )  A cigarette is lit. The crackle of paper. A deep exhale.

I’ve never thought of it like that before I suppose I must be.

I mean, it’s a talisman, of sorts, like a rabbit’s foot.

Like, some actors wear certain clothes,you know the lucky socks or something, before going on stage. Is that how it works?

Honestly? I’m not sure. When I climb the wire, my fingers search my throat for the pendant. I admit, there’s a certain amount of theatre to it. I’m prone to the poetic. I’m afraid. But there’s comfort in it too.

You say it’s amber Was it a gift?

You asked if it was amber and I do refer to it as an amber pendant only it’s not. It’s a glass locket containing a snip of tightly bound of orange hair. Probably worthless to anyone else, but priceless to me. It wasn’t really a gift either. I’m ashamed to say I took it, the hair I mean, not the pendant. I bought that.

It’s human hair?

I’ve always supposed so.


I would like to thank Quercus for sending me this beautifu hardback book all wrapped up in pretty wrapping paper. 

About Nydia Hetherington 


My first memories are of the Isle of Man, where I lived as a small child. When my family relocated to Leeds, I grew up dreaming of fairies and of the sea (I still do). In my early twenties I moved to London to embark on an acting career, then to Paris, where I continued my theatre training before creating a theatre company and becoming a clown (red nose included). Returning to London almost a decade later, I worked in a shoe shop while studying for a creative writing degree at Birkbeck University. To keep the wolf from my door I’ve had many jobs, including working in shops and cafes and kitchens, sometimes in offices and most recently in an art gallery. These days I live on the edge of London with my husband and our plump (she’s got big bones) cat.

My favourite books often have a touch of the magical about them. At the same time, I love fierce writing that reaches into the depths of the human experience. 

Naked Truth: Or Equality, The Forbidden Fruit: A Novel by Carrie Hayes@lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours


   

Naked Truth : Or Equality, The Forbidden Fruit: A Novel by Carrie Hayes

Paperback published 24th February 2020



From Washington Heights to Washington D.C. comes a true American Herstory. Filled with intrigue, lust, and betrayal, this is the fight for sexual equality.

1868, on the eve of the Gilded Age: Spiritualist TENNESSEE CLAFLIN is smart, sexy, and sometimes clairvoyant. But it’s her sister, VICTORIA WOODHULL, who is going to make history as the first woman to run for President of the United States.

It starts with the seduction of the richest man in America. Next, they’ll take New York City and the suffragist movement by storm, because together, Tennessee and Victoria are a force of nature. Boldly ambitious, they stop at nothing, brushing shoulders with Harriet Beecher Stowe and Susan B. Anthony, using enough chutzpah to make a lady blush.

My Review 

This book has it all , biographical fiction, occult horror and historical fiction, seduction, politics betrayal, healers and spirituality all woven into this novel.

Set in 1868.

Two sisters are completely different Tennesee Claflin is a spiritualist. Now I’m generally interested in the spiritual world, I used to like listening to Sally Morgan who connects with the spirit world and  I used to love watching Tyler Henry on TV visiting the rich and famous homes and drawing things that he was drawn too from the spirit world about their families. 

So as I love the spiritual world my favourite part of the story was 

Tennessee Claflin is astonishing with her extraordinary clairvoyant powers. She is visited daily by many people who are anxious or need to convince themselves of her supernatural powers. Tennessee can remarkable gives out information to people who requested them and answers all their questions with accuracy.

To test her supernatural claims many people have asked her the question, how much money have I in my pocket, and in all cases Tennessee gives them the correct answer.

this is a story that’s buzzing with sisters Tennessee and Victoria who are completely different leading total different lifestyles.

I would like to thank Kelly st love books group for arranging for this book to be sent to me  and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour. 


About Carrie Hayes

 


Over the years, Carrie has tried a lot of things. She’s sold vacuum cleaners, annuities and sofas. She’s lived at the beach and lived in Europe. She’s taught school and worked in film. For a while, she was an aspiring librarian, but she fell in love and threw her life away instead. Back in the States, she started over, then met an architect who said, “Why don’t you become a kitchen designer?” So, she did. Eventually, she designed interiors, too. And all that time, she was reading. What mattered was having something to read. Slowly, she realized her craving for books sprang from her need to know how things would turn out. Because in real life, you don’t know how things will turn out. But if you write it, you do. Naked Truth or Equality the Forbidden Fruit is her first book.
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A Stranger in Paris by Karen Webb @bookwormpegg @impressbooks1@lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours 

    

A Stranger in Paris by Karen Webb

Paperback published 11th August 2020  by impress books

9781911293613

Aberystwyth University, 1986 – and another year of torrential rain. Bad hair days and a rugby-fanatic fiancé are part of her drab existence so who can blame Karen for falling into the arms of a handsome Parisian?


Hastening across The Channel with stars in her eyes, she speeds to the city of light only to discover that her lover is nowhere to be found. Nor what he seemed.


Life takes a turn for the better when her old school-friend Jessica makes a dramatic entrance, encouraging Karen on a downward spiral of adventure – including a brush with the Parisian underworld which places both girls in peril.


Karen’s childhood is a constant anguish reminding her that when things go wrong, not everyone has a home to return to, as the dark shadows of the past merge with her troubled French life.


Where to go, when there’s no going home?


Based on a true story, A Stranger in Paris is the first of a three-part series. This honest memoir recounts with humour and poignancy the search for love and family.


My review 

A Stranger in Paris is everything you want from a memoir it’s honest, brave witty very funny.  Karen Webb doesn’t hide away anything, she bravely tells us all about her relationships and much more.

This memoir is set in Aberystwyth and Paris.

I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Karen at the beginning with her landlord who threatened her with eviction as no rent had been paid. It is easy to feel sorry for Karen as it is now for people during these Coronavirus times, where people have no jobs and no money and they can’t pay their rent and landlords are trying to evict single people and families. Thankfully the government are trying to help those people not loose their homes. 

I know Karen didn’t want to open her bank mail as she was overdrawn, and I think that was very brave of her, I get the impression that she just didn’t really know what to do about it and that perhaps she decided to hide them so she didn’t have to see them.

After being evicted, with no where to go in the pouring rain she turned up a students basement. Luckily the Students Welfare office gave her a small room.

 I loved how Karen was open about the highs and lows and her loves of her life. Karen explains everything that happened to her, it felt like to me part of a romance fiction story.

Karen was engaged to Steve from South Wales. But she was having fun with Frenchman, David. As David goes back to Paris , Karen follows her heart and sets off to Paris to see David. 

When a love affair ends, will a new French life begin?

With her O level French she enrolled on a French course in rue de Rennes. All she had to do was find a way to live in Paris and fund her language lessons.

Jessica‘s friend is off to live in Paris and is working as an au pair and was also going to study at the same place as Karen.

This gave Karen an idea to buy a copy of The Lady magazine and there was an advert for an au pair. This is a page turning adventure of Karen as an au pair looking after three children in Paris. 

I found this book very hard to put down, it has been one of those memoirs that traps you until the last page. 

I highly recommend reading A Stranger in Paris as there is so much more Karen Webb will be revealing. 

As I like reading memoirs I really enjoyed reading about Karen Webb’s life in A Stranger in Paris A French Life part 1 so much that I’m now wanting to read the rest of the trilogy.

I would like to thank Kelly at @lovebooksgroup for sending me this very interest memoir to read and review and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour today.


About Karen Webb


Karen graduated from Aberystwyth University with a Degree in English Literature. She then moved to Paris, where she worked for 16 years as an English language teacher for business professionals before settling in rural South West France. With few employment opportunities other than stuffing geese or picking melons, she qualified as a licensed real estate agent.

Karen then attended Lancaster University where she graduated with a Masters in Creative Writing in 2015, after which she set up a series of Creative Writing retreats, “A Chapter Away”, inviting world famous authors, literary agents and publishers to teach aspiring novelists. Inspired by the comments of tutors on the memoir writing course, she began “A Stranger in Paris.”


Passionate about theatre, and script-writing, Karen has also written plays, several short stories and a novel – all of which are lurking in the bottom drawer. “A Stranger in Paris” is her first published work, and is the first novel of the trilogy La Vie Française.


Karen now lives in Gascony with her husband and son, and has a grown-up daughter who works in London. Much of her writing is inspired by the North West of England where she grew up, and France which became her country of adoption.



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Gathering Dark Candice Fox

   

Gathering Dark by Candice Fox

Paperback published by arrow books 3rd September 2020

A girl goes missing on the streets of L.A

Four unlikely women are her only hope.

Blair Harbour’s life as Hollywood’s top paediatric surgeon was perfect, until the night she was jailed for a murde she says she didn’t commit. 

With a ten-year prison sentence complete, her medical license cancelled and her son being raised by foster parents, she’s finally free and ready to start again from scratch.

But when a former cellmate begs for help to find her missing daughter, Blair must risk it all to save a life. Her only allies are a thief, a ganglord  and the cop who put her away.

To do the right thing, Blair must mix with all the wrong people.

Will it put her new-found freedom on the line?


My Review  

This is the very first time I have read a book by this author. I found Gathering Dark by Candice Fox a page turning experience, where the pace never stops. Loved every page. Now I have finished Gathering Dark I’m looking forward to reading her next book. 

Before Blair Harbour had been arrested she had treated the kids of the stars for nine years, and drove a Mercedes-Benz. 

While Blair is in prison she gave birth to her son with her wrists shackled to the bed in the infirmary at Happy Valley. She got to hold her son for an hour before social services took her son Jamie Harbour into foster care. It was nine years later that she finally got see her son. 

A woman named Sneak had been Blair’s key to survival in prison she was Blair’s prison life tour guide. But Sneak was bad company. 

Blair finds out that Sneak had stolen from her, it’s just a fact that Sneak steals from everyone. 

Once Blair had served her time she was free to start her life again.  Months later Sneak appeared Blair’s life again she needs help finding her daughter Dayly. But Blair can’t risk being court helping Sneak, as Blair lives in fear of not being able to see her son again and saying goodbye to him for another five years. 

Blair was a good person once, she was happy and respected and now she  is trying to do something with her life. 

The strength of story is very full of action with what Blair and Sneak get up to, that it gripped me from the beginning right up to the last page.

For fans of Martina Cole, I highly recommend you Candice Fox. 

I would like to thank Isabelle at penguin random house for sending me a finished paperback of Gathering Dark by Candice Fox, to read and review. 


About author Candice Fox


Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney’s western suburbs. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer. Candice spent most of her childhood listening around corners to takes of violence, madness and evil as her father relayed his work stories to her mother and older brothers.

Candice won back-to-back Ned Kelly awards for her first two novels Hades and Eden. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Fall, Crimson Lake, Redemption and Gone by Midnight. Candice first collaboration with James Patterson, Never Never, was a Sunday Times and New York Times no. 1 bestseller. They have coauthored three novels featuring Harriet Blue – Fifty Fifty, Liar Liar and Hush Hush. 




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Would I Lie to the Duke by Eva Leigh

Paperback published 17 th August 2020 by Mills and Boon


Risking her heart to guarantee her future.

Jessica McGale family business desperately needs investors, but she knows London’s elite will never look twice at a humble farm girl.  Posing as “Lady Whitfield,” however, places her in the orbit of wealthy, powerful  wmost notably the Duke of Rotherby. His influence and support could save her business, but Jess never expected the effect he’d have on her!


Society thinks Noel is a notorious, carefree duke who dabbles in investments, but there’s a side to him that only his closest friends see. When he crosses paths with Lady Whitfield  his world is turned upside down. She’s brilliant and compelling, and brings him to his knees like no woman has before. Trust is difficult for Noel, but Jess makes him believe anything is possible. He doesn’t just want her now, he wants her forever.


But as time ticks down on Jess Cinderella scheme, can she save her business and her heart, or will her secret end their future before it begins?

My review 

I always love reading mills and boon romance stories, and Would I lie to the Duke is my first book that I have read by Eva Leigh, that I thoroughly enjoyed so much I couldn’t put the paperback down. 

I thought the peach dress on the lady who meant to be Jessica McGale on front of the cover set the book off making the paperback very eye catching, and of course with the dashing Duke in the back ground in smart suit. 

I loved reading about Jessica McGale’s business as it was a refreshing idea for a business. 

Jessica McGale worked for the Countless of Catherton, she had the job of telling staff what to do. The ladyship was a wealthy peer who paid well and as Jessica needed the money, before she was just a farmer’s daughter.

Jessica was in desperate need of cash as her farm buildings had burned down causing her and her sister to loose their Honey soap business, and now Jessica McGale was trying to earn a deposit to renovate the whole farm, for herself and her sister, to start making their honey soap again.

Things are getting hot and sensitive for Jess and the Duke, when they try to keep it a secret that they have feelings for each other. 

My Favourite Line: Goddam him, making her melt like a beeswax candle. 

Jess is hiding a big secret if Noel the Duke, decides to invest in her soap business McGale & McGale she couldn’t allow him to think that she had slept with him to secure his money as Jess was desperately in need for investors for her soap business. 

When the Duke knows the truth who Jess is, will it only make him view their every interaction as a betrayal?

Risking her heart to guarantee her future. 

What will the future hold for Jess will she still plan to carry on with her family soap business or will her heart want the Duke? Or could she have both a business and the Duke? 

Or will Jessica McGale leave with nothing? 

Fans of Mills and Boon romances you will love Eva Leigh’s  page turning strong romance writing, keeping us wondering up until the end how Jessica McGale’s life will turn out, for better or for the worst. 

I would like to thank Mills and Boon for sending me this delightful book I loved every page of the story . Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of the blog tour. 


About Eva Leigh 


Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of determined women abs sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the 80’s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

Life in the Chastity Zone by Holly Brandon @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours 



The Life in the Chastity Zone by Holly Brandon

Paperback published 3rd April 2020 Independently published 

Thirty-year-old Chastity (Chase) Morgan has always dreamed of her fairytale life—the perfect career, wedding, marriage, family, and on and on. A structural engineer, Chase is brilliant in her line of work, but keeping to her moniker, she is as chaste as they come. Although she doesn’t know the first thing about love and dating, everything changes when she meets Grant Stevens. Wedding bells appear to be right around the corner until he unceremoniously abandons her for another. Derailed but determined, Chase has to find a way to move on. Little does she know that sinister plans are at work to squash her hopes and dreams. While a psychic medium comes to her aide, it’s uncertain whether or not Chastity will follow the clairvoyant’s advice. Only time will tell if she’ll choose between throwing away her virginity and diving full force into the dating world, or clinging to her fairytale life plan.


MY REVIEW 

Wow! What a beautiful cover and funny page turning story. Author Holly Bradon is a special gifted writer giving us lots heartbreaks for character Chastity Ann Morgan, with some hilarious scenes.  The whole story is absolutely brilliant.  Everyone will love Life in the Chastity Zone, she a character you all will love as much I did. 

Not much seems to go right for Chastity Morgan, all she wants is a fairytale life, with the perfect career, and a glamorous wedding, she is looking forward to being married and a family. That’s not much to ask for is it? In a way Chastity reminded me of Fallon in Dynasty, with her whole life mapped out. 

Chastity is on her way to her Aunt Kate’s Christmas party, when  she ploughs her car to a skid in the ice with the cupcakes that she made explode into cake crumbs everywhere in her car. Chastity was really  excited to see her husband to be, Grant Stevens, again everything was falling into place with him and her and their future. 

Chase thinks Grant has been cheating on her, but things are going to turn out a whole lot worse for her. The most shocking thing that Chase hears is that her boyfriend,  Grant that she was going to marry has already just got married to another man, in Las Vegas.

As anyone can imagine this kind of news finding out your boyfriend who you are getting married to, goes off and marry’s a man is really upsetting. Now everything Chastity ever wanted in life has been wrecked. 
I did feel sorry for Chastity, everything she ever dreamed off had been destroyed.

Life in the Chastity Zone is the first in a series and is extremely funny. I enjoyed reading reading book one so much that I hope to read the second book the series. 

My advice is Life in the Chastity Zone is honestly the type of book that is very enjoyable and relaxing. I have to say put this on your reading list your absolutely love the delicious writing of this book one. 


I would like to thank Kelly@lovebooksgroup for sending me this most enjoyable finished paperback to read and review and for inviting me to be part of this beautiful huge blog tour today.



ABOUT AUTHOR  HOLLY  BRANDON




Holly Brandon breaks free from her analytical side to produce Life in the Chastity Zone. Holding a Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in Civil Engineering, Holly is best known for her published works in the Journal of Earthquakes, Earthquake Engineering, and Engineering Vibrations and Earthquake Science. Unbelievable as it may appear, many of the scenes in Life in the Chastity Zone are based on true-life experiences. Holly invites readers to follow Chastity on her crazy and hilarious adventures in her search for love and happiness. With more to come, Life in the Chastity Zone is the first in an unforgettable, brand-new Chastity Zone series.


The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores @StoryofBabushka @AuthorFlores @ACLCreative_ @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours 


The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores

Hardback published 29th July 2020 ACL Creative Studio

A beautifully illustrated book, with a magnificent story that children and tweens will love.


Babushka wants to find out the meaning of life so she sends her bodies out of the forest and into the world to search for answers. 


WHAT IS A BABUSHKA?


The babushka doll, also known as a matryoshka or Russian nesting doll, is a traditional Russian toy first made over 100 years ago. The doll has come to symbolise Russian folk culture, as well as the complex and beautiful layers of women. There are some babushka dolls with as many as fifty dolls nested inside. This is the story of one very special babushka doll and her five bodies. There was the outermost body, Antonia. She was pure beauty. Everyone who saw her admired her good looks. Beneath that body of beauty hid Loretta, who was richly adorned. She wore gold ornaments, and her green robe was decorated with many different gems that glittered like the ocean on a sunny day. Hidden within the rich body was Paula, the body that held all Babushka’s talents. Whatever Paula did, she was sure to succeed. She knew how to work and always did so with joy and determination. Within the talented body was Viola, the body of wisdom. Viola knew a lot about the world and learned very quickly. She was always full of brilliant ideas and had clever solutions for every problem. The last body, the smallest of all, was Mary, the embodiment of love. Mary had a warm and compassionate heart and was very helpful. She could dry tears and mend broken hearts. Together, these bodies formed the complete Babushka.

Reading this book, you will learn about:

– The value of friendship and love.

– That financial wealth alone cannot make someone happy.

– Not to judge outer appearance.

– To recognize a person’s value and much more

My review

The Story of Babushka, is absolutely a very beautiful story with the most gorgeous illustrations I have ever seen. The book has made me want my own wooden Russian Nesting Doll. This story takes us through all the names inside each of the five Russian Dolls. The Story of Babushka is a lovely story that takes us through Babushka’s story through the forest and the people she meets. The story is divided into titles with a few pages at the time. Each page has the most joyful, beautiful illustrations to match the theme of each section of the story. Everyone is talking about this great book because it is really very unusual and extremely a pretty enjoyable book.

I very highly recommend reading and buying this hardback book as it will be most enjoyable for children, and adults too. This is one special book that will look so pretty on anyone’s book shelf.

I do hope everyone enjoys The Story of Babushka as much as what I have.

You can see how pretty this book is with all the illustrations below.

I would like to thank Kelly at love books tours for arranging for me to be sent this beautiful book and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour today.

 

  




Reading this book, you will learn about:


– The value of friendship and love.

– That financial wealth alone cannot make someone happy.

– Not to judge outer appearance.

– To recognize a person’s value and much more


Since quitting her full-time job at a branding communication agency in Zurich, Catherine has gone on to become a successful freelance designer and a children’s author. She spends most of her time on the small island of Madeira with her family, spending her time growing vegetables in her garden and working for clients from around the world.

She is currently working on the follow up to the 2020 release of “The Story Of Babushka”
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Girl Out of Place by Syl van Duyn and translated by Ernestine Hoegen @AuroraMetro @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours 

     

GIRL OUT OF PLACE BY SYL VAN DUYN

Paperback published 15th August 2020 by AUrora Metro Books


Girl Out of Place by Syl van Duyn and translated by Ernestine Hoegen


A coming-of-age story set during the liberation of the Dutch East Indies.


At the end of the war, Nell is released from a Japanese internment camp in Java. While searching for her father in the chaos, she meets Tim, a young man who is looking for his family too. Nell’s journey takes her first to Singapore then to a new life and new friends in Sydney, Australia. But although Tim may well be the love of her life, her father puts her on a passenger liner bound for the Netherlands. Will Nell really be able to settle in a country she’s never known – and will she ever see Tim again?


Based on the true story of Nora Valk, this is an exciting tale of courage and friendship, hope and determination, about the search for love and a place to finally call home.

My Review 

What made me decide that I wanted to read Girl Out of Place is that it is based on a true story and sometimes these kind of stories can educate you. This book certainly filled me in with some education that I didn’t know. 

At the end of the war, fifteen year old Nell Arends and her Aunt Karly had the Japs still at their camp as they were protecting everyone at the camp from the Indonesian people. The Japs had used the Catholic school, and arranged wooded bunks along the walls and in the middle so they could cram as many people as possible in one room. 

One of the most saddest parts. 

There was only single old water tap, which wasn’t always working and Nell often was always thirsty and hungry, as there was never enough food.

Nell really wanted to leave the camp, her mother had died, and she wanted to go and look for her father. 

Even though you wasn’t really allowed to leave, the watchtowers were placed in such a way that no one could leave the camp unseen. The  Japanese guards must have been watching them but didn’t stop them when Nell and her Aunt Karly, both left the camp , they just carried on walking towards the train station and didn’t look back. 

I love the friendship between a boy name Tim and Nelly On the train to Surabaya to find her father. 

This is a really a lovely part in the story Aunt Karly and Nelly start living in a proper house again. 

This is exciting a story based on courage, that is the courage of Aunt Karly and Nell packing up and leaving the camp, it about friendship with Nell meeting Tim on the long tran journey, and hope is with Nelly in hope to be reunited with her father and determination. The story takes you through the search for love and a place to finally call home. 

I would like to thank Kelly at lovebooksgroup for kindly sending me this paperback to read and review and for very kindly finding me a place on the blog tour today.



About author SYL Van Duyn

Syl van Duyn is author of four Dutch language children’s books: ‘Hallo Aarde, Hier Maan’ (2001), ‘Mijn Zus is een Flussemus’ (2002), ‘Angels’ (2008) and ‘Op zoek naar jou’ (2015), as well as an adult non-fiction book based on the columns she wrote for the Dutch magazine Margriet (‘Een kwetsbaar bestaan’ (2001). She works for the Dutch broadcasting network VPRO, selecting and purchasing documentaries, and lives in Amsterdam.




Ernestine Hoegen has translated Girl out of Place by Syl van Duyn from Dutch into English. She has also written a biography of Dutchwoman Mieke Bouman (Unieboek | Spectrum) 2020. She worked as a public prosecutor before turning to writing, translating and editing full-time in 2017. She lives near Arnhem.


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https://www.aurorametro.com/product/girl-out-of-place/