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I Will Follow Him by Holly Tierney- Bedford – review + book tour

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Title: I will Follow Him

Author: Holly Tierney- Bedford

Genre: Romantic comedy, Fiction

Pages: 141

 

 

 

My review:

I accepted this novella because of the genre first of all, than I love this gorgeous cover and this part of the year is perfect for that kind of books. This book is small but entertaining and easy to read. I will follow him is part of the series a novellas written by different authors.

The book is settled on a cruise ship. I enjoyed reading about a private investigator Francie how is on her mission to spy Evan. Danielle Evan’s fiancee is hired her to spy him on his bachelor party. So, she is trying to do her job but something gets on her way, maybe love is happening.

I like Francie she is kind, likable and sweet. She is one memorable character.

I recommend this novella for this summer period especially to be read on the beach.

 

 

 

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Dying to Meet You by Rich Amoi – review blog tour

Elizabeth is in her fifties, single woman who has two divorces. From family members she has only her brother Josh. She over thinking for everything, but one day she got lottery.

OMG I laughed a lot at first sentence:”Google told me I was forty-five times more likely to die from flesh-eating bacteria than win the lottery… ”

Dolly the Liz’s neighbor made laugh: “You have spiders in that bush. Did you know that? I’m allergic to spider bites, for goodness sake. If I die, it’ll be on your conscience.” LOL when she spy Liz and that was her excuse.

I enjoy in every single word with laughter, joy, I cry and feel compassion.

Liz is an hilarious, a compassionate and good person she wins a lottery but life is kind with her after that. I like her a lot she is seams very similar to me. I totally understand her humor and her punic “attacks” about everything . Besides she is control freak as me even her food must be researched: “I couldn’t believe I had to ask. I had always researched food and knew ahead of time all the ingredients, so I knew what I was getting myself into.”

Rich Amoi one more time shows that is one of my favorite authors. I enjoy reading this book filled with laughter, lots of love, compassion and pure joy in reading even in the sad moments.

 

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A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs- review, blog tour

A Little Hotel in Cornwall Cover

 

 

 

 

Title: A Little Hotel in Cornwall

Author: Laura Briggs

Genre: Chick Lit

Pages: 117 (I read Kindle edition)

 

 

 

My review:

Maisie quits her job as a waitress in one Mexican restaurant to be part of an exclusive writer’s mentorship program. She wants to be a published writer. The program seems to the right thing for the aspiring writer like Maisie, but she is not one of the chosen participants. Now what? What she can do her dreams are broken and she is jobless? The restaurant is full, an owner doesn’t need staff and she can’t go back there.

I totally related to Maisie, because I am trying to find a publisher for my second novel and it is bloody hard. The author well describes the aspiring writer’s dream after writing and finding the publisher.

“You’re very talented,” he said.

“With work, you can become a good writer, I have no doubt. You’re just a bit … unusual.”

 “In what way?”

 “In ideas. In writing style … too many elements to define, really,” said Scott, waving aside his attempt at this point. “Of everyone in the class, you were the one who was … well, ‘all over the place’ in terms of the story you were telling. Are you a dramatist? A romanticist? A historical writer?”

I love Maisie and her ability to endure trying to find a way to catch her dream. She is affectionate and ambitious which I like the most. Her will to help everyone is great but the situations hilarious.

“Forgive me, miss, but are you part of the hotel staff?” A little elderly woman who looked as frail as an eggshell was at my elbow, plucking it with trembling fingers. “I am,” I said, putting on my nicest smile. “Do you need something?” “Yes. Yes indeed. You see, my pills — I only have two left. The chemist’s shop in the village has my new bottle. It’s such a terrible inconvenience to ask the hotel, I know … but I really can’t go …” “Of course not,” I said. “The hotel is always happy to run an errand for a guest.”

A Little Hotel in Cornwall

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance.

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too.

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

Purchase Link: http://smarturl.it/alittlehotelbook1

Author Bio –

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

Social Media Links :

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

 

 

 

 

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The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert- review, blog tour

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Title: The Start of Something Wonderful

Author: Jane Lambert

Pages: 364 (audiobook)

 

 

My review:

The Start for Something Wonderful was a great journey and experience for me because it was one of a few audiobooks that I ever listen to. I spent nine hours listening to a pleasant narrator’s voice and enjoyed the story. This past period was very busy and confusing for me so it helped that the book was audio format so I did whole domestic work while I listen and went at work safe and sound.

The story is about Emily forty years old stewardess who decides to give resignation to have more time with her boyfriend. They live together and she has everything which one woman could wish for a pilot man beside her, she travels to every exotic place on Earth and wears designer’s wardrobe. Has she?

Right after he broke up with her she quits her job and she becomes jobless and homeless. Emily is desperate and desperate times call desperate measures. She chooses to follow her dream to become an actress. Subsequent to that the story gets better and better.

I am grateful because I have a chance to read this book in such a busy period for me. I easily related to Emily cause I am in my early forty as her, also I give resignation and find another job and have to learn everything from the beginning as Emily. The other thing that keeps me listening till the end is the captivating and funny story. Sometimes I hope that my life is funny as Emily’s and I could laugh to my defeats as I did on Emily’s.

Emily is funny and caring but a very insistent person, I like how she deals with the situation and how persistent she is. In those acting classes, her thoughts seem so important and loud in my mind.

The writing style gives the right way to this story especially Emily’s path through her new career really gives the sense of chick lit story.

 

The Start of Something Wonderful
It’s never too late to follow your dreams….
Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a
glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with
her…
Catapulted into a midlife crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside down,
quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!
Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too
late to reach for the stars?
Purchase Links:
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Start-of-Something-Wonderful/dp/B07FGWSDBJ
US – https://www.amazon.com/The-Start-of-Something-Wonderful/dp/B07DY8SDPW
Author Bio

Jane taught English in Vienna then traveled the world as cabin crew, before making the
life-changing decision to become an actor and voiceover artist in her mid-thirties. She has appeared
in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, “Deathtrap”, and most
recently “True West” in London’s West End. She has recorded audiobooks for BBC AudioGo, Isis
Publishing and HarperCollins. She is currently adapting “The Start of Something Wonderful” into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.

Social Media Links – Twitter: @janelambert22

 

 

 

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A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs- cover reveal

A Little Hotel in Cornwall Cover RevealA Little Hotel in Cornwall

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance. 

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too. 

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

Here is the gorgeous cover:

Cover Reveal-A Little Hotel in Cornwall.jpg

Pre-order Link: http://smarturl.it/alittlehotelbook1

Publication Date – 30th April 2019

Author Bio –

Briggs Author Pic

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

 

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

 

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Scott Family Short Stories- review and blog tour

My review:

Books are my Life participates in a blog tour with this triple review. YEY! It is the first time and I must say the reason for that is all three novelettes are part of the series.

Let’s Dance (#1) is the first novelette by Amanda Paull that I ever read and I’ve thoroughly enjoy reading it. The story begins with Shona and Laura, two best friends going to dance lessons. It’s Shona’s idea. Laura doesn’t want to go but her best friend’s desire and enthusiasm are as huge as a mountain and she doesn’t have a choice.

Shona has a “vision board”:

“‘I’ve made a vision board.’ Shona drew a large square in the air with her hands. ‘It has a picture of my perfect man pinned to it – fantastic body. And that posh hotel we like in Ibiza, the one with the huge pool and swim-up bar.’ ‘Won’t the image of a particular man prevent the Universe from sending the one it has picked out for you?’ ‘I cut off his head.’

LOL. I couldn’t stop laugh imagining the whole scene. There are lots of laughing out loud moments like that. I like when the book makes me laugh and delighted me.

I like the way Laura met Ben and her thoughts about him “the man with the flexible shoes”, also their dancing and their teacher Portia.

The narration is very entertaining and charming and I recommend this short book to everyone who wants a quick and enjoyable short story.

Spoiler alert: If you don’t read the first novelette please don’t read the review below.

A Christmas Day Kerfuffle (#2)

The story continues where it ends in the first installment Laura has a new boyfriend and that is Ben. They are together in love. It’s Christmas time and Ben should meet Laura’s family for the second time. Laura wants their first Christmas as a couple to be perfect but is it possible with her crazy family?

Despite Laura’s first impression about Ben and all those dance classes, she loves him.

“She loved his velvety dark brown hair, with just enough wave to give it a sexy, tousled look. Her whole body tingled as she imagined running her own hands through it.”

Is love enough to endure the mess? The end gave me the answer to this question and I adore it.

Fenella’s Fabulous Fountain Fondue (#3)

Laura and Ben’s relationship survived after two meetings with Laura’s family but now it is the turn to Ben’s family. They want to surprise Ben’s mother Fenella for her eighty-fifth birthday. The two families are meeting for the first time. Laura is so nervous and how she couldn’t be, knowing her family. They are absolute havoc.

I couldn’t stop laughing at the moment when Maureen trying to buy a new dress and wants to purchase a bigger size.

“If we stuck a white hat on her she’d look like a Smurf,’ cackled Laura.”

I think that the reader should read all three novelettes and get known better all members from the Scott Family. They are hilarious people who sometimes do ridiculous things messing around. Although they are chaotic they are also sympathetic.

I recommend this series because are fast page turners and entertaining.

Let’s Dance (Scott Family Short Stories, Book 1)

She’s helping out a friend. His dad’s hip’s gone. Could a farcical mix-up lead to love?

Ballroom dancing is the last thing Laura wants to try. But her best friend is desperate to meet a hip-swinging Adonis, so before she knows it, Laura is cha cha cha-ing in the back of the Dog and Duck with nerdy Ben. At least no one else need ever find out. No such luck. Her mother is armed with a social media page and dangerous. The shenanigans begin. What a pity Ben’s now looking rather dapper. Will he scarper? Or is Ben made of sterner stuff?
If you like innocent, laugh-out-loud family mayhem, you’ll love Let’s Dance, the first Scott Family.

Purchase Link

UK –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dance-Scott-Family-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B079ML1K2P

US – https://www.amazon.com/Dance-Scott-Family-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B079ML1K2P

A Christmas Day Kerfuffle (Scott Family Short Stories, Book 2)

A blooming romance. A trapped poodle. Can their relationship survive the madness?

After a shaky start, Laura and Ben are now getting along great. So much so that Laura dares to invite him for a Christmas Day brunch with her family. As the good tidings commence, a horrifying discovery is made. Freddie, the family poodle, is trapped. Will the ensuing biblical scale mayhem sound the death knell for Laura and Ben’s budding romance? Or is he just a glutton for punishment?


If you enjoyed Let’s Dance, you’ll love A Christmas Day Kerfuffle, the second Scott Family Short Story, by Amanda Paull. Download it today to discover whether love prevails, and Freddie cooks.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N05F9KU

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N05F9KU/

Other Retailers UBL: https://www.books2read.com/u/boZqd1

Fenella’s Fabulous Fountain Fondue (Scott Family Short Stories, Book 3)

It’s the day of the party. Laura and Ben are in love. But could a posh marshmallow put the kibosh on their relationship?

They’ve survived Scott Family mayhem twice so far, and now Laura and Ben’s relationship is rock solid. They are having a wonderful time at the Grand Hotel, relaxing in the spa and putting the final touches to Ben’s mother’s 85th birthday party preparations. It’s all going to plan.

Fenella loves her party. The two families get along fabulously. It’s a marvellous do. What could possibly go wrong?

Download the third Scott Family Short Story today to discover whether the Scotts have a cheeky little surprise of their own for long-suffering Ben and Laura.

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/Fenellas-Fabulous-Fountain-Fondue-Stories-ebook/dp/B07MHFPJ2L

UK –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fenellas-Fabulous-Fountain-Fondue-Stories-ebook/dp/B07MHFPJ2L

Author Bio – Amanda Paull is a writer of humorous romantic fiction. She lives in the North East of England with her husband and works in the public sector. The inspiration for her stories comes from real life, which she tries to show the funnier side of by embellishing to the hilt.

Amanda’s Website: http://www.amandapaull.co.uk

Social Media Links – Twitter: http://twitter.com/Apaullfiction

                       Facebook: http://facebook.com/Apaullfiction

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Christmas Miracles at The Little Log Cabin by Helen J Rolfe – review + Blog Tour

Title: Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin

Author: Helen J Rolfe

Genre: Romance, Fiction, Christmas

Pages: 218

My review:

Holly drops the life she knows, leaves her well-paid job and moves in a small town leaving New York. She is tired of editing, shopping and having lunch at the finest restaurants in New York. The biggest decision in her lifetime is to run off all those things that made her acts “robotic”. Holly feels alive when she did it.

Inglenook Falls is a small place surrounded by nature idyllic and impressive where everything is different than New York from the size of buildings to the people’s behavior.

Holly expects not much from her unsecured future but photographing and being free away from the big city life. However, she didn’t imagine that she will meet Mitch, a big hairy “wild”man living in a log cabin in the wood.

“He scooped her up in his arms. She weighed less than any of the logs he’d had to haul up from the fields earlier and he carried her carefully back down the path.”

Christmas Miracle in a Log Cabin is sweet holiday book. The story was interesting for me because I was used to reading the story with a heroine who rises up to the stars building her career and big city life. This is quite opposite the heroine goes away fromthe big city, drops her career and comfort life.

“She signed the forms, collected the keys, programmed the satnav and stowed her belongings in the trunk before setting off down…”

The book shows Christmas magical atmosphere and the feeling is bigger because I was reading it before the holiday.

Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?

Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.

Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?

Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.

Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.

Purchase Link

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Miracles-Little-Cabin-After-ebook/dp/B07HJ78RWY

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Miracles-Little-Cabin-After-ebook/dp/B07HJ78RWY

Author Bio – Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/helenjrolfewriter

www.helenjrolfe.com

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/helen-j-rolfe

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My Brother’s Bride by Rachel Andreson- release day + $50 Giveaway

My Brother’s Bride by Rachael Anderson

Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father’s business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams.

But appearances aren’t always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments.

Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband’s brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.

 

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Excerpt

When Brigston entered the kitchen, Abby’s back was partially to him, so she didn’t immediately see him. Her brow was furrowed in concentration as she whipped something in a bowl. She paused to lift the spoon, only to frown at the white liquid dripping from it.

“Are you certain this will thicken into a cream?” she asked.

A flash of irritation crossed Monsieur Roch’s face until he spotted Morgan and seemed to think better of it. He managed a patient tone in his accented French. “It takes time, my lady.”

Morgan stifled a chuckle as Abby examined another spoonful of the liquid. “I’ve been whipping it for several minutes, but it doesn’t seem even a little thicker to me. Have I forgotten to add something?”

“No,” said the cook in clipped tones.

Morgan stepped forward and leaned in close. “If your arm is tired—”

Abby jumped, and what liquid remained on the spoon splattered across Morgan’s face. She spun around, her eyes growing wide with horror when she saw what she’d done.

He wiped a dab from his nose and tasted it. “A little more sugar, perhaps?”

“Brigston! I’m so dreadfully sorry.” She dropped the spoon into the bowl and grabbed a rag from a nearby wash basin, dabbing it across his face.

“Not that rag!” cried the cook. “It was only just used to mop the floors.”

Abby dropped it as though it had burned her, and Morgan tried not to cringe at the thought of filthy water coating his face.

Monsieur Roch retrieved a clean rag and held it out to him, appearing apologetic. He flicked another irritated glance at Abby before returning to his work.

As Morgan wiped the cream from his face, he wondered what Abby would do or say next. Offer another fumbled apology? Make her excuses and flee? Pretend the incident never happened and return to her labors? He never knew what to expect from her.

Her face scarlet, she cleared her throat and lifted her adorably determined chin. “You are most welcome, my lord.”

He raised a brow. “For what, my lady?”

“I have heard that cream does wonders for one’s complexion, and it seems the rumors are correct. Your skin appears much . . . creamier.”

 

Praise for My Brother’s Bride

I found this book to be completely unexpected. I have read all the historical novels by this author and they have all been fun and delightful reads and even though this book had those elements as well, it was definitely more emotional than I was expecting… I loved Abby’s quiet strength and Morgan’s protectiveness. These two were great together. ~Melanie

 

My to-read list is long but Rachael is one author I always bump to the top and put all other books on hold for. She never disappoints so it’s no surprise that this is another top-notch offering from Rachael. I loved these characters and cheered for them as they overcame obstacles and circumstances that tried to keep them apart. My Brother’s Bride is an awesome and needed addition to the clean romance genre. So many authors pump out books so fast that often I find the quality of their work is lacking. Since I read for entertainment I’m able to forgive a lot and typically just overlook the shortcomings that are prevalent with so many books in this genre. Thankfully that is not the case with Rachael’s books. I’m grateful for the time she takes to ensure she offers her readers quality books with original storylines that won’t disappoint. ~ Kathy

 

 

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Star Spangled Second Chance by Christie Logan- book blast + giveaway

$50 Blast Giveaway: Star Spangled Second Chance by Christie Logan
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Star Spangled Second Chance by Christie Logan

They were best friends before he left town without a word. Now he’s back. Will her heart be broken again?

Good girl Portia Phillips always followed the rules, colored inside the lines and walked the straight and narrow. Only her best friend Raymond Alessio could ever get her to quit being “perfect Portia” for a minute and take a risk.

Portia fell in love with Raymond way back in fourth grade. That love only grew stronger as years passed, but she kept it hidden, until one Fourth of July when she finally had the courage to share her feelings.

That was the night he broke her heart. Since then she’s kept it safe, under lock and key.

Now, eight years later, he’s back in town with his young daughter. His life’s a mess, but his love for Portia never changed. Can Raymond convince her to give him another chance? Will Portia find the courage to risk her heart a second time?

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EXCERPT

Excerpt 1:
A sharp cry followed by a high-pitched wail jerked Portia out of her reverie. Underneath the monkey bars, Serena was helping the blonde child up from the ground. The little girl cried loudly as Serena propped her up with an arm around her shoulder.
“Oh, no.” Portia rushed over to them. The little blonde’s face was bright red, her face streaked with tears. “Sweetie, are you all right?”
“Her name’s Lily. I know her from the afterschool program.” Serena looked stricken. “We were just playing, and she fell.”
“It’s not your fault, Serena.” Portia looked the other child up and down and saw no blood. “Did you hurt yourself, Lily?”
“I want my dad!” The child wailed. “Where’s my daddy?”
“Okay, honey. We’ll find him.” Portia quickly scanned the area. Her gaze flew past the faces of a few adults who had stopped to stare at the spectacle, but no one came forward.
Suddenly a man’s voice sounded behind her. “Lily!”
Portia turned toward the sound and froze. Her heartbeat thudded to a crawl and her tongue glued itself to the roof of her mouth as the man raced toward them.
For an instant, his eyes connected with Portia’s as he swept by her to comfort the little girl. His child.
Suddenly everything around Portia went blurry, as though she were seeing the world through a smear of gel. What kind of crazy hand had fate dealt her, bringing her face to face with Raymond Alessio, after all this time? Here, where she first fell in love with him—and where he later broke her heart.

Excerpt 2:
Portia stood with Raymond on Lake Verona’s shore and looked out at the smooth surface of the water. “Remember the last time we were here?” he asked.

“Sure I do. You showed me how to skip stones.” She picked up one of the small stones at her feet and flung it out, frowning as it landed with an ungainly plop. “Guess I lost the knack.”

“It wasn’t flat enough.” Raymond selected another stone and handed it to her. “Try this one.”

As she pulled back her arm to fling the stone, he stepped behind her and gently held her arm to guide her aim. “This way. And don’t forget the little flick of the wrist just before you let go.”

His touch made her feel warm and safe. Protected. She wanted to sink into his arms even though her brain told her to watch her step.

With Raymond guiding her she tossed the stone, adding the wrist flick, and watched it skim the water’s surface one, two, three times before disappearing.

She laughed in delight and cried, “Did you see that?” Turning in his arms, she expected to find him grinning back at her. Instead his face was serious. Her smile faded as she gazed up at him. “Raymond?”

His arms closed around her and pulled her toward him.

Praise for Star Spangled Second Chance

This sweet, clean, contemporary romance is well written. I love the way the author used flashbacks to fill in the history of the couples previous relationship and things that happened to it. The characters are so likable. I look forward to reading the rest of the Holidays in Applewood series.

Wow, what a second chance story!

If you love this genre this is a must read

Author Christie Logan

Christie Logan writes sweet romance straight from the heart. She lives in upstate New York with too many pets, too many dust bunnies lurking under the bed, and too many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She thinks everyone deserves a happy ending and in her books, everyone gets one.

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Christmas Spirit by Nicola May – review, blog tour + giveaway

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Title: Christmas Spirit

Author: Nicola May

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Fiction

Pages: 58

 

My review:

The jolliest time of the year is Christmas, but not for everyone.

Evie broke up with her boyfriend Darren. Their two years relationship and living together is gone because Darren cheated her. Setting in the bar with her friend Bea, Evie meets Greg who invites her to help at a homeless shelter. There she assembles Yves a tramp. He is young and very wise.

Christmas Spirit is the book about Evie, and her journey of a spiritual awakening guided by Yves. I enjoy reading this book especially sensed the Christmas spirit in it. It is a delighted and profound novelette which is read about an hour and so.

Evie is a funny girl and a good person. I like it how Yves guides her through all those things that really matter and make her forgive her past actions which led her to disastrous relationships and unhappiness. I get pleasure from reading about their meetings and those cards painted with water-colors make me shivered.

“I can’ believe just how kind everyone is.’ Evie placed the final gift out the huge box that Greg had handed her.’ It’s embarrassing to admit that I have never done anything so charitable in my whole life. To tell the truth I don’t even like Christmas Day.”

“I hope Santa falls down the chimney and squashes you both to death.”

This made me sob because I lost my mom three years ago and these days the Orthodox gives a respect to death people going on graveyard:

“Celia Harris had died when she was just thirty- five, of a sudden hemorrhage, and it had been the single most horrific event to date in Evie’s whole life. She was so glad that Celia had had her when she was just seventeen, as it had at least given her eighteen glorious years with her mother. She still missed her every single day.”

Wonderful thoughts:

“Once everyone was settled, it was the loudest silence she had ever experienced.”

“Never say or think of negatives, Evie. Positivity breeds positivity.”

“Let him go, Evie, let him go with love. We should all let go of the negative people in our lives as they do not help us move forward. If someone has hurt you in the past, you don’t have to forgive them to their face, but in your heart. Thank them for the experience they gave you and let it go.”

“Devine sparks are embedded in everyone. It’s up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather them and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new.”

This poem was read on Princess Diana’s funeral by her sister, written by Henry van Dyke, the American poet. I like it and it easily could be my motto:

“Time is too slow for those who wait,

Too swift for those who fear,

Too long for those who grieve,

Too short for those who rejoice,

But for those who love, time is eternity.”

Purchase Link:

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Spirit-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B00GG2O66U

Amazon US –  https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Spirit-Nicola-May-ebook/dp/B00GG2O66U

 

Nicola May – Biography

Nicola May lives near the famous Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.  Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks – and, naturally, enjoying a flutter on the horses.

Nicola likes to write about love, life and friendship in a realistic way, describing her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick’.

She has written eight novels, with Christmas Spirit being her first novella.

Follow Nicola May

Website – www.nicolamay.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/nicolamay1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/

 

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