Thursday, 24 March 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: One Starry Night by Tilly Tennant

Once Upon A Winter #4
One Starry Night
Author: Tilly Tennant
Genre: Chick lit
Format: Kindle 
Page Length: 72 pages
Publication Date: March 31st, 2016
Publishers: Lawsome Books
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My Rating:
They say the darkest hour is just before dawn, and for the first time Hannah is starting to truly understand what that means. With Gina’s husband misbehaving, Ross under attack, and bad news for Mitchell that only Hannah can tell him, things seem to be falling apart around her. How will she be the rock that everyone needs when she can’t control any part of her own life? It’s going to take a special kind of courage to see this dawn break, but when it does the future might just be the brighter for it. The problem is that Hannah’s not sure she can be that strong...
In the last and most awaited book in ONCE UPON A WINTER series, Tilly Tennant weaves Meadows sisters - Hannah and Gina - their long lost Happily-Ever-After. The story opens with revealing who was behind beating up Ross, followed by a string of peppy actions of Hannah and a pleasant ending for Gina and Ross's love story.

Tilly's easy-going, yet beautiful writing can easily charm the readers. Briskly-paced and well-narrated too, which can make us feel as we are a part of their story. Towards the end, it seems like the author has brought in some elements of realism as well; especially with Gina's love story and her daughter, Jesse, being adamant about the Mom's boyfriend. I liked it, albeit, I secretly wished for more drama from Jesse and Ross's mother.

Woven together with oodles of love, affection, zest, and humor are two hearty chicklitty love stories, that can create a realaxing, feel-good atmosphere for the readers. Back in December, I was skeptical about whether I would like the entire series or not. But the deftly developed storyline really got me, and soon I found myself reading them one after the other.

ONCE UPON A WINTER is a charming tale of two sisters, who were lucky to find love again. A feel-good story that can be enjoyed by all the chick-lit lovers. Recommended!


About TILLY TENNANT
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can't Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Ways To Say Goodbye by Tilly Tennant

Once Upon A Winter #3
Ways To Say Goodbye
Author: Tilly Tennant
Genre: Chicklit
Format: Kindle
Page Length: 84 Pages
Publication Date: 18th February 2016
Publishers: Lawsome Books
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My Rating:
When Mitchell shocked Hannah with his decision, it seemed that happiness might be just around the corner; but, as usual, fate steps in to snatch it from under Hannah’s nose. Instead of the bliss she was promised, problems are now flying at her so fast it’s hard to know what to deal with first. There’s the appearance of a mystery car that seems to be stalking her every move. Then there’s sister, Gina, torn between hunky young farmer, Ross, and giving her cheating husband a second chance to save their family. Most worrying of all, Mitchell’s memory is finally back but if Hannah had thought this would be a good thing, she soon discovers nothing could be further than the truth.
What will this all mean for Hannah? She deserves a happy ending, but right now it seems horribly far away...
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Tilly Tennant's ONCE UPON A WINTER series continues with WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE, in which the protagonist, Hannah Meadows's life gets a tad complicated than before. With the introduction of a new character, a mystery car, Mitchell regaining memories and a yet another cliffhanger ending, WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE becomes the most interesting book so far (in the OUAW series). 

I'm thoroughly enjoying this chick lit series. The second book, I'M NOT IN LOVE had a dramatic ending, which made me keen on perusing the next book straight away. I was glued to the pages, curious to know how Hannah would react to Mitchell's action. Instead, I was introduced to Chris, with whom Hannah goes on a blind date. It was a shame, though, that I couldn't find more about Chris; which I would have definitely liked as he turned out to be a likable character.

WAYS TO SAY GOODBYE certainly has more intriguing moments than the previous two books. From Mitchell's regaining consciousness to the appearance of a mystery car to Gina's husband to Martine's secrets to Mitchell and Hannah's romance to Ross getting beaten up. I was flipping pages as quickly as I could, brimming with curiosity to know how things would pan out and couldn't put it down until I reached the last page. I love the books which keep me on the edge of the seat and this book is certainly one of them.

I highly recommend the series if you love chick lit novels. Tilly Tennant's eloquent writing and the intriguing plot will indubitably give the bookworms a joyful reading experience. I can't wait to read ONE STARRY NIGHT, which is the final installment of this series. 
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About TILLY TENNANT
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can't Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com

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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: I'm Not In Love by Tilly Tennant

Once Upon A Winter #2
I'm Not In Love
Author: Tilly Tennant
Genre: Chicklit
Format: Kindle
Page Length: 83 Pages
Publication Date: 7th January 2016
Publishers: Lawsome Books
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My Rating: 
The tinsel and baubles are packed away, and the festivities are over for another year, but Hannah can’t forget the mysterious stranger who fell into her world on Christmas Day. She flings herself back into normal life in a bid to get him out of her head, which means dating other men and having fun with her sister, Gina. But just as she’s getting back on track, fate throws him into her path once more. And this time it results in far more complications than a burnt turkey.
Meanwhile, Gina, is creating problems of her own. As if a messy divorce isn’t enough, she grows closer to Ross, the local farmer’s son. Hannah knows her sister is not going to be popular when the relationship becomes public, especially with Ross’s doting parents or, indeed, Jess, Gina’s teenage daughter, who is far closer in age to Ross than Gina is herself.
Things are about to get very, very messy in Hannah’s neat little world…
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I couldn't just pass up the chance to be a part of the blog tour for Tilly Tennant's ONCE UPON A WINTER book series. I enjoyed reading THE ACCIDENTAL GUEST (Part I), it was a cozy read with beautiful narrations and likable characters, and the book ended with a dramatic cliffhanger, which practically allured me into picking the next book as well ;) 

I'M NOT IN LOVE, the second book in the series, was published on 7th January. As the title suggests, the story centers on the protagonist, Hannah, trying to convince herself that she isn't in love with the stranger, who showed up at her doorstep on the Christmas Day. In this book, Mitchel aka TOM, who hasn't regained his memories yet, appears with his wife, Martine. We see him boldly expressing his love to Hannah, whereas Hannah doesn't wish to get involved with a married man. The second part also gives glimpses to the life of Hannah's sister, Gina, and Ross, her love interest. 

Not many stories stay with me for a long time, but THE ACCIDENTAL GUEST certainly did because of its unique theme and the cliffhanger ending, which had me on tenterhooks. The eagerness to know what happens when TOM and Hannah meet again made the reading so joyful and the book quite a page-turner. The Gorgeous setting and the vivid descriptions guarantee to take you away to the protagonist world and the easy-to-read, but beautiful writing makes it easy for the readers to warm to the characters and get to know them well. 

Let me also point out, Tilly Tennant has skillfully managed to give you the feeling of reading a flawless story. It's rather impressive! The story takes place a week after Christmas thus, we don't miss out any chapters from our protagonist's life. The pacing and the story-building are perfect, that you can envisage the whole story as a continuation of the first book. Saying that, let me also remind that you cannot enjoy this book as a stand-alone; read them in order to know the storyline or you will be left wondering who is who and about what the characters are nattering away.

So happy about how things turned out for Hannah and a bit worried for Gina, who has an affair with a younger man and quite taken aback with the way Mitchell proved the seriousness of his love. The story ends with an another suspense. I can't wait to pick up the next... 

About TILLY TENNANT
Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing, graduating in 2009 with first class honours. She wrote her first novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. It was followed by Mishaps and Mistletoe and The Man Who Can't Be Moved. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com




Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Cover reveal: Natalie's Getting Married by Rosa Temple

Hello, Bookworms!
I have an exciting COVER REVEAL today. 
NATALIE'S GETTING MARRIED by Rosa Temple is getting published on 14th March 2016. Isn't that a cute cover? Be sure to check out the book as well, if you like Chick-lit novels.
 :)
Genre: Chick Lit/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: 14th March 2016
BUY HERE: Amazon US | Amazon UK 
Career minded, Natalie Spencer, had never been in love. She could never understand what all the fuss was about. But when she met Jackson Humphries during Fresher’s Week at University, that all changed. Utterly infatuated, Natalie quickly discovers the meaning of love and, before she knows it, she's heading up the aisle – for the first time, that is.This is a tale about four wedding dresses, a runaway groom and a girl who got so carried away, she couldn’t see true love staring her right in the face.
About ROSA TEMPLE

Rosa Temple began writing chick lit and romance novellas out of a love for the old films she watched as a young girl. As a ghost writer, she gained experienced writing romantic novellas both sweet and on the slightly more steamy side. A passion for writing self-penned novellas in this genre, as opposed to being a ghost writer, gave rise to the completion of Sleeping With Your Best Friend and the soon to be published novel, Natalie's Getting Married.

Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. Drinking herbal tea and munching biscuits helps her create characters and story lines. 

To find out more about Rosa and to catch up on all her musings please join her here on Rosa Temple Writes...

Monday, 7 March 2016

ARC Review: Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

WILD SWANS
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Genre: YA & Teens Fiction
Format: Digital Copy provided by publisher via Netgalley
Page Length: 304 Pages
Publication Date: 01 May 2016
Publishers: SOURCEBOOKS fire
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My Rating:
Will Ivy fulfill her destiny as a dazzling Milbourn woman? Or will the pressure from her family cause her to crumble?
The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden—all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have led extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?
But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past…
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Jessica Spotwood's WILD SWANS tells the story of Ivy Milbourne, who was supposed to live up to the legacy of Milbourn women. Were they crazy, extraordinary or cursed? No one really knew. But Ivy thought they all were complicated, just like her mother, Erica Milbourne. Ivy grew up with her GrandDad, as her mother had abandoned her as a child. All she knew was the reason could be something connected with living the legacy of Milborne Women, who all happened to have a mysterious ending to their story of life. But, Ivy was in for a shock when GrandPa announces that Erica, is coming home with her two daughters. Her perfect summer is gonna be the worst one with Erica and her kids around the house. 

Wild Swans is a poignant story with a compulsive writing, intriguing storyline, and convincing characters. I instantly connected with the main character, Ivy Milborne, as I had gone through similar situations in the last few years. The struggles, Ivy went through brought back a flood of memories that I had hidden at the back of my mind; which made the whole reading quite an emotional experience rather than the joyful one.

Told from Ivy's perspective, we get an insight into her train of thoughts and emotions; which assists us to analyze the protagonist thoroughly. The troubles make her an emotional wreck and we see her having trouble to make decisions and speaking up her mind. The writing was so absorbing, that I also had the feeling of being smothered by all the wrong accusations and expectation-games played on her. I was so happy when she found herself and received a promising start by the end of the story.

Not only that but the background setting, which describes a sun-drenched summer, afternoon-heat, summer vacation, swimming, pool and beach parties, was making a real summer effect on me. Excellent. Recommended, if you are looking for a good summer read. Jessica Spotswood's liking for poems is so evident throughout the story. Gotta say how poetic is her writing as well, which helps you paint the images in mind with ease.

Wild Swans has also got a perfect love triangle in it. It was easy to see whom she would end up with; still seeing the whole things from Ivy's point of view makes the reading so fascinating. Though we don't get to see much chemistry between Connor and Ivy, I enjoyed reading how Connor tried to support her and how honest they were to each other.

I can go on and on about this book. There are Ivy's awesome friends, Adorable baby Grace, Interestingly attractive Isobel, Erica, GrandDad, Louisa, Alex, Ella and so on. Wild Swans has an interesting list of realistic characters. But I can't share the details, as the book is yet to be published.

Jessica Spotswood's WILD SWANS is definitely one of the best realistic novels I read in 2016. You are in for a dash of feminism, a touch of paranormality, a dollop of romance and gallons of realism in this beautifully written book. Make sure to grab it!
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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza

DCI Erika Foster #1
The Girl In The Ice
Author: Robert Bryndza
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Format: Kindle
Page Length: 396 Pages
Publication Date: February 12, 2016
Publishers: Bookouture
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My Rating:
Her eyes are wide open. Her lips parted as if to speak. Her dead body frozen in the ice… She is not the only one.
When a young boy discovers the body of a woman beneath a thick sheet of ice in a South London park, Detective Erika Foster is called in to lead the murder investigation.
The victim, a beautiful young socialite, appeared to have the perfect life. Yet when Erika begins to dig deeper, she starts to connect the dots between the murder and the killings of three prostitutes, all found strangled, hands bound and dumped in water around London.
What dark secrets is the girl in the ice hiding? 
As Erika inches closer to uncovering the truth, the killer is closing in on Erika.
The last investigation Erika led went badly wrong… resulting in the death of her husband. With her career hanging by a thread, Erika must now battle her own personal demons as well as a killer more deadly than any she’s faced before. But will she get to him before he strikes again?
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The Girl In The Ice is an another addictive thriller story for all those crime-fiction fans out there! 

Robert Bryndza's debut crime fiction The Girl In The Ice takes us through a journey with DCI Erika Foster, who is assigned to finding the killer of a young socialite, Andrea Douglas Brown. The determined, strong-willed detective will never allow any criminal to escape from the Law and Justice, even if they are the most influenced/powerful people in the country. She has to stop the serial killer on the loose, who has brutally murdered and raped five women and is a threat to herself now. 

Bookouture publications has gotten a couple of consummate crime-fiction writers, and Robert Bryndza has joined the list with a remarkable debut thriller. He has shown such a flair that nobody can believe he was a romantic comedy fiction author (known for Coco Pinchard series) previously. 

The engaging plot with evocative writing made it easier to picture the whole story, and I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end as an episode out of my favorite TV show, CASTLE. As the story progresses, the mysteries and clues are unraveled like pieces of a puzzle that are scattered here and there, it keeps us guessing who the killer could be. The inclusion of a few chapters, told from the culprit's side depicts the brutality of the killer's thoughts and actions. I was proved utterly wrong when I thought I knew the ending. All the pieces are glued together to give an unpredictable ending. I never saw that coming!

Robert Bryndza knows how to keep the readers tied up to his work with a fascinating storyline, amazing characters, and a very impressive story-building. It is easy to see why it has received many raving reviews in Amazon as well as in Goodreads. I'm waiting to read more stories of DCI Erika Foster. The Night Stalker is the next book in the series, which I expect to be more interesting than this. The Girl in the Ics isn't an action packed thriller. Still, the parts which had fighting scenes were gripping written as the rest of the story. The Girl In The Ice is a book not to be missed for all the thriller fiction lovers. A realistic story with a diligent detective protagonist will keep you hooked to the story from the first page to the last. Highly recommended!
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