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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay (incl. a giveaway)

Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay

by Nicola May

The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.
Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences.
Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on.
With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.

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About Nicola May

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.
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My Review

4/5 stars

This was a soap opera in story form – a whirlwind of a read covering many topics: birth, death, drunkards, falling off a cliff, a fire, a clairvoyant, a cheating husband – it all happened here … and more!

Rosa and Josh are now married, but his job in London keeps him away from Cockleberry Bay for much of the week, leaving Rosa to run her corner shop. Being apart does Rosa no favours, and her neuroses are offset by drinking far too much and possibly succumbing to the nefarious intentions of lustful Luke (I say possibly because she has no clue what actually happened). This is a step too far for Josh, who had asked her to stay away from Lucas, and he leaves for London while asking Rosa to get her act together.

I haven’t read the first book in the series, but had heard many great things about it. Whether not reading book one had an impact on my impression of the main character, Rosa, I couldn’t say for sure, but having read other reviews it seems it might have done. I’m not a fan of Rosa – I found her needy, whiny and reckless, and ready to blame everything she ever did wrong on someone else, usually her mother. I understand her background, she had a tough upbringing and all that, but so what? She wasn’t the only person alive to have issues, although from her behaviour you’d think she was unique. Meh, as I said – not a fan.

Luckily, there were many more characters that I absolutely did like. I loved Titch, for starters, and Jacob & Raff – in fact, most every other character. This felt like a proper community, a tight-knit group of friends and families who looked out for each other – of course, with the obvious “villains” of the peace over at The Ship – but even Lucas had some redeeming characteristics.

Naturally, I loved Hot – the hero saving the baby, and his shenanigans with Duchess should prove hilarious if there is a further book to come.

This was an easy book to dip in and out of as it felt quite episodic, much like a real TV soap opera but where the visual elements were beautifully defined, the humour was sharp and chuckle-worthy, and the feel-good factor came through in abundance.

Would I go back to Cockleberry Bay? That’s a yes from me. And I might just grab book one to see if I can get a better handle on Rosa 😉

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Blog Tour – Redneck’s Revenge

Redneck’s Revenge

by Joan Livingston

Redneck’s Revenge

Her next case. She’s in it for good.

Isabel Long is in a funk months after solving her first case. Her relationship with the Rooster Bar’s owner is over. Then the cops say she must work for a licensed P.I. before working solo.

Encouraged by her ‘Watson’ — her 92-year-old mother  — Isabel snaps out of it by hooking up with a P.I. and finding a new case.

The official ruling is Chet Waters, an ornery so-and-so, was passed out when his house caught fire. His daughter, who inherited the junkyard, believes he was murdered. Topping the list of suspects are dangerous drug-dealing brothers, a rival junkyard owner, and an ex-husband.

Could the man’s death simply be a case of redneck’s revenge? Isabel is about to find out.

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In this scene, Isabel Long and her mother, Maria, — her Watson — are eating dinner at the Rooster, the only bar in the town, when they are approached by a woman, who becomes the connection to their second case. Marsha also figured in Isabel’s first case — the disappearance of Adela Collins. The Old Farts mentioned are a group of gossipy old men who station themselves in the backroom of the general store. They are a great source for Isabel.

My attention turns toward the woman who approaches our table. It’s Marsha, who my mother and I nicknamed the Floozy although we keep that to ourselves. She was the person who gave Bobby Collins an alibi the night his ex-wife, Adela Collins, disappeared although nobody believed him or her, myself included. It turned out she was being honest all along. Let’s say Marsha is a little rough around the edges.

“Hey, Marsha, how are you?”

Her dry bush of brown hair swings around as she checks behind her. I catch a whiff of cigarette smoke, booze, and B.O. Oh, dear.

“Can I talk with you for a minute? It’s kinda important,” she says.

“You remember my mother, Maria? It’s okay to talk in front of her.”


Marsha aka the Floozy nods as I scoot over, so she can take the space beside me. Yowser, I smell more than a whiff. I’m guessing the Floozy is in her late forties, but she’s got some serious country miles on her with missing teeth and some heft she crams into tight jeans. I spot a roll of flesh beneath her loose-hanging flannel shirt. I wonder if she and Bobby Collins are still an item since I didn’t hear any, “Hi, ya, honey,” from either of them.

“What’s up, Marsha?” I ask.

“Heard you’re still doin’ that investigation stuff,” she says.

I smile. Word spread fast thanks to the Old Farts.

“Well, part-time and if it’s a case I’m interested in,” I answer.

She snorts.

“I think you’ll be interested in this one.”

“Is it for you?”

“Nah, my cousin. I don’t think you’ve met her. She lives in Caulfield.”

Caulfield is a hilltown even smaller than Conwell that’s north and west from here in the next county. That town wasn’t part of the Daily Star’s coverage, and honestly, I’ve never had a reason to go there. Maybe Sam and I drove through it a few times to get to somewhere else. Nothing sticks out in my mind about the place.

“Tell me more, Marsha.”

“I’d rather you hear it from her.”

“Fair enough. Why don’t you bring her to my house? You know where I live?”

The Floozy gives me an amused smile. Of course, she knows where I live. Everybody in this nosy little town knows where everybody else lives, what vehicle they drive, and how they make their money. They know their marital status and how many kids they have.

“I can do that.”

“What day works for you two?”

“How about Sunday? My cousin works Saturdays.”

I nod. She’s not messing around.

“Make it around three.”

“I hear you’re chargin’. My cousin can’t afford much.”

“Maybe we can work something out.”

“All right then.” Marsha slaps the table before she’s on her feet. “See you Sunday.”

I giggle as the Floozy pounds Bobby hard on the back before she heads back to the far side of the room. I wait until she’s definitely out of earshot before I ask my mother for her take on that conversation.

Ma slides her empty plate forward. I only ate half of my sandwich. I’m not big into piccalilli in my tuna salad. The fries were a bit on the soggy side.

“Sure, I’m interested in what the Floozy’s cousin has to say,” Ma says. “The fact she wouldn’t say what it is makes me curious. And then she agreed so fast to meet Sunday.”

“What do you think? Money or murder?”

“Maybe both.”

I laugh. My mother’s instincts are usually spot on.

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About the author:

Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Redneck’s Revenge, published by Crooked Cat Books, is the second in the mystery series featuring Isabel Long, a long-time journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. The first is Chasing the Case.

An award-winning journalist, she started as a reporter covering the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. She was an editor, columnist, and most recently the managing editor of The Taos News, which won numerous state and national awards during her tenure.

After eleven years in Northern New Mexico, Joan returned to rural Western Massachusetts, which is the setting of much of her adult fiction, including the Isabel Long series.

You can follow Joan on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads and Litsy: JoanLivingston

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Readers can make a difference

Yes, we can.

To prove it, I shall make a prediction.

By the end of this month (June 2017) The House on Candlewick Lane

by Amy Reade will be a bestseller.

And here’s an excerpt to show you why I have so much faith in this book:

I left the cathedral and was returning slowly to the flat through Princes Street Gardens when I got the feeling someone was watching me. Wheeling around, I was just in time to see movement behind a grouping of trees nearby. I was suddenly afraid. Looking around for other people, I noticed for the first time that I was quite alone in the gardens. Only a few tourists strolled the grounds in the distance. No busy corporate types were taking a shortcut through the gardens to their next meeting. No lovers, no students, no children.
Just the person behind the trees.
Trying to pick up my pace, I limped along through the gardens, looking ahead to the closest route back to the street. But I wasn’t fast enough. Someone grabbed my elbow and jerked me around.
I gasped. The man wore a plastic, tan-colored mask, but I could tell it was the person who had pushed me in the cathedral. His trench coat was still tied tightly around him. I felt my eyes widen and I knew instantly that he was no stranger to the fear staring back at him.
“What do you want?” I demanded, hoping he would mistake my loud tone for bravado.
“Where is he?” the man growled.
“Who?” I asked, bewildered.
“You know who. Where is he?”
I shook my head. “You’ve mistaken me for someone else,” I said, trying to ease my arm from his grip.
“Oh, no I haven’t. We know he’s here in Edinburgh. Tell me where he is or when we find him—and we will find him—we’ll make sure you never see your daughter again.”

Yikes! How exciting, scary, tense … was that?

Get your copy here and I’m sure you’ll join me in thinking this book needs bestseller status.

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