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Spotlight – The Dream That Held Us

The Dream That Held Us

“The Dream That Held US took me on an exquisite exploration if a love that crosses boundaries of time and culture.” Angela Barton author of Arlette’s Story, Magnolia House and You’ve Got My Number

“Deeply imbued with a certain wistfulness and haunting sense of loss brought out by the end of a glorious summer… Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang’s latest novel is a sensitive and skilful exploration of love, longing, and whether life sometimes relents to give us second chances.” Osama Siddique – author of Snuffing Out the Moon

“This book carries a universal message about love and finding your way in the world. I loved it.” Angela Barton author of Arlette’s Story, Magnolia House and You’ve Got My Number

Another stunning Anglo-Indian love story from the author of The Last Vicereine, Penguin Random House 2017.

October 1985, Ash Misra leaves a blood-stained Delhi for Oxford University. Haunted by a terrible secret, he just wants to forget. Music and fresh violence bring him to fellow student and amateur violinist, Isabella Angus, but duty and the burden of history keep them apart. A quarter of a century later against the background of the global ­financial crisis, Sir Peter Roberts, former Master of Woodstock College, receives a letter from Ash for Isabella. They are no longer young but they had made a tryst with destiny; old terrors and suppressed desires return.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-That-Held-Us/dp/1838150803#litfic #romance #lovestory

US – https://www.amazon.com/Dream-That-Held-Us/dp/1838150803

Author Bio –

Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang is a British author whose work focuses on cultural and historical fault lines and has strong international themes. Rhiannon was born and grew up in Yorkshire and has studied, lived and worked in Europe and Asia. She read Oriental Studies (Chinese) at Oxford University and speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Rhiannon lives in a former farmhouse in rural England with her family.

Novels

The Woman Who Lost China, Open Books 2013

The Last Vicereine, Penguin Random House 2017

Short Story Anthology

Hong Kong Noir, Akashic Books 2019

Social Media Links –

Twitter @rhiannonjtsang

Facebook Author page https://www.facebook.com/RhiannonJTauthor

LinkedIn Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang

You Tube – Rhiannon Reviews. https://youtube.com/channel/UC3hPlIWofMRV1p1KVU5X94Q  

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

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Cover Reveal – The Dream That Held Us

The Dream That Held Us

“The Dream That Held Us took me on an exquisite exploration of a love that crosses boundaries of time and culture.”  Angela Barton author of Arlette’s Story, Magnolia House and You’ve Got My Number

“Deeply imbued with a certain wistfulness and haunting sense of loss brought out by the end of a glorious summer… Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang’s latest novel is a sensitive and skilful exploration of love, longing, and whether life sometimes relents to give us second chances.” Osama Siddique – author of Snuffing Out the Moon

“This book carries a universal message about love and finding your way in the world. I loved it.” Angela Barton author of Arlette’s Story, Magnolia House and You’ve Got My Number

Another stunning Anglo-Indian love story from the author of The Last Vicereine, Penguin Random House 2017. 

October 1985, Ash Misra leaves a blood-stained Delhi for Oxford University. Haunted by a terrible secret, he just wants to forget. Music and fresh violence bring him to fellow student and amateur violinist, Isabella Angus, but duty and the burden of history keep them apart. A quarter of a century later against the background of the global financial crisis, Sir Peter Roberts, former Master of Woodstock College, receives a letter from Ash for Isabella. They are no longer young but they had made a tryst with destiny; old terrors and suppressed desires return. 

Pre-order Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-That-Held-Us/dp/1838150803 

US  – https://www.amazon.com/Dream-That-Held-Us/dp/1838150803 

Publication Date – 21st January 2021

Author Bio

Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang is a British author whose work focuses on cultural and historical fault lines and has strong international themes.  Rhiannon was born and grew up in Yorkshire and has studied, lived and worked in Europe and Asia.  She read Oriental Studies (Chinese) at Oxford University and speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.  Rhiannon lives in a former farmhouse in rural England with her family.

Novels

The Woman Who Lost China, Open Books 2013

The Last Vicereine, Penguin Random House 2017

Short Story Anthology

Hong Kong Noir, Akashic Books 2019

Social Media Links – 

Twitter @rhiannonjtsang

Facebook Author page https://www.facebook.com/RhiannonJTauthor

LinkedIn Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang

You Tube –  Rhiannon Reviews. https://youtube.com/channel/UC3hPlIWofMRV1p1KVU5X94Q   

blog tour · Giveaways · historical fiction · love · women's fiction · WWII

Blog Tour – A Guest Post for “Blooms of War”

Blooms of War

In war, she fell in love.

Vera Betts shouldn’t be falling in love with the enigmatic doctor she suspects of espionage. Reeling from her family’s betrayal, she’s faked her nursing credentials, invented a new name, and run away to the frontlines of the French battlefield. Four years into the Great War and she knows who she is and what she’s meant for—to save the living and sit vigil by the dying. When the cagey-yet-earnest Dr. Nicholas Wallace arrives, so do mysterious explosions destroying hospitals. Even as Nick raises her suspicions, he lowers her defenses. He wants the war to end. Are his acts of sabotage politically motivated or a desperate attempt at peace?

In peace, she fell apart.

A year later, Vera is back with her oppressive family, living under her real name, and Nick is on trial for murder. Trapped in grief and guilt, she cannot speak about the past and does not believe in the future. With Nick refusing to defend himself, she ventures to London to understand why he is so willing to embrace the hangman’s noose. Who is he trying to protect? What secrets does he plan to carry to his grave? And why does Nick insist upon hiding her true identity? To save the man she loves, Vera must tear open the past and confront the tragic price for peace.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blooms-War-Evocative-Emotional-Story-ebook/dp/B08CY87LW9/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Blooms-War-Evocative-Emotional-Story-ebook/dp/B08CY87LW9/

From the author:

LOVERS ALONG A POCKMARKED SEA

Blooms of War is set during WWI and in the year after. While there is mystery, espionage, gruesome medical scenes, courtroom drama, family secrets, and betrayal, most importantly, there is love. Because love is what transforms the heroine, a war-exhausted, too-young-to-be on the frontlines nurse into a woman who grows, transforms, learns to trust, discovers how to hope, and thrives.

But given the backdrop, I struggled with the first kiss between the heroine, Vera, and the hero, Nick. The war is at world. People are dying. Nick and Vera treat the severely injured. Is there really room for light moments? How do you give these two dedicated professionals the quiet space to let their love bloom? And how do you do it without belittling the toll war takes?

If you’re a writer, you have to capture the mood and turn off the inner critic and the only way I know how to do that is to find a song that encapsulates the moment and put it on repeat until the scene is done. I am not exaggerating when I confess that I cannot write if I don’t have the perfect song playing. Without the song, I’m better off mopping the floor.

For the first kiss, I needed something playful, innocent, refreshing, and a touch melancholy. It had to reflect the joy of the moment, and also acknowledge that these are just moments on a larger stage. And yet, it’s the small moments that define us.

So the song I finally found was, “Sweet Disposition” by Temper Trap. With its upbeat tempo and nostalgic feel, it carries just the right amount of earnestness and sweetness for the scene. And the lyrics:

A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A kiss, a cry
Our rights, our wrongs

Leading up to their first Kiss, Nick and Vera meet by coincidence (FATE says the author) on the beach. They flirt, chase the windswept pages of a letter that has fallen from her pocket, joke, argue about the politics of war, and at last…

Do my lips reach his first? Or his mine? Does it matter? We mold ourselves to each other so our tongues can meet, drifting and sliding, touching and tangling in the chop and wave of desire. I flick my tongue to the silver-white scar above his mouth. It’s in the wounds that one divines a man’s secrets. It’s in my sigh that I confess mine.

With the water lapping at our ankles, time is suspended. Sopwith Camels and white crosses and war be damned. There is a we. Only us two, searching and finding room to breathe, a place beyond the floating death cans and drowned sailors, beyond the pockmarks of the scarred sea.

So, if you happen to be browsing for a song that makes you dance even though you know you’ll be sad when the dance is over, may I suggest “Sweet Disposition”?

If you’re interested, I’ve compiled the songs behind Blooms of War into a Youtube Playlist for your listening pleasure: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZAQzR8c7tFQOGTMCkrrNWrAt7yC5qoFh

 

Author Bio 

Writer of lush, historical happily-ever-after tales, Suzanne Tierney believes in true love. But she takes delicious pleasure in making her characters fight, flutter, and find their way to each other. Her books have won numerous awards and she has twice been a Golden Heart Finalist® with the Romance Writers of America.

Suzanne grew up in Oregon, adulted in the San Francisco Bay Area, and somehow ended up in Florida, where she is very much a cold-water fish learning to navigate humid, salty seas. She loves chatting with readers.

Social Media Links:

Instagram: @notajaxgirl

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/notajaxgirl/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Twitter: @notajaxgirl

Website: suzannetierney.com

Giveaway – 3 Winners each win a Donation of $15 to designated winner’s choice of a frontline healthcare worker organization in the name of the designated winner – for example it could be the American Red Cross; etc. (Open INT)

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – The Last Charm

The Last Charm

A moving and heartwarming love story perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day in December…

Leila’s charm bracelet tells a story of love, a story of loss, a story of hope.

This is the story of her … and the story of Jake.

When Leila Jones loses her precious charm bracelet and a stranger finds it, she has to tell the story of how she got the charms to prove she’s the owner. Each and every one is a precious memory of her life with Jake.

So Leila starts at the beginning, recounting the charms and experiences that have led her to the present. A present she never could have expected when she met Jake nearly twenty years ago…

Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charm-Bracelet-Ella-Allbright-ebook/dp/B0843NJXJQ

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Ella_Allbright_The_Charm_Bracelet?id=N3zLDwAAQBAJ

Author Bio

A self-confessed reading addict, Ella Allbright writes commercial women’s fiction set in her beautiful home county of Dorset. Her first novel in this genre, The Charm Bracelet will be published in August 2020 by One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins, and she’s currently hard at work on her next book. Ella is represented by agent Hattie Grünewald at The Blair Partnership, who represent J.K. Rowling.

Ella also writes as Nikki Moore, the author of the popular #LoveLondon romance series. A number of the novellas featured in the Top 100 short story charts on Kobo and the Top 20 in the Amazon UK bestsellers Holiday chart, and in 2018 the collection was released in Italy. Her first published work was the short story A Night to Remember in the best selling Mills & Boon / RNA anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply. Her debut romance Crazy, Undercover, Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2015.

When not writing or reading, she can be found working in her HR day job, walking the family’s cute beagle puppy or watching a Netflix series!

You can connect with Ella / Nikki on:

Twitter: @NikkiMoore_Auth

Facebook: facebook.com/NikkiMooreWrites

Amazon: amazon.co.uk/Nikki-Moore

Website: nikkimooreauthor.wordpress.com

She also vlogs about how to get published as ‘Author By The Sea’ on her YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQNV3lWENgnIRG4NWejSjmQ


Giveaway to Win Dorset and Reading themed goodies to celebrate The Last Charm by Ella Allbright (UK Only)

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First Prize 

Books Make Me Happy/TLC Branded Mug

Keepsake Bracelet for Readers

Lulworth Chocolate Bar 

Mermaid metal bookmark

TLC Postcards 

PLUS mystery prize

 

Second Prize

Lulworth Chocolate Bar 

I love Durdle Door chocolate lollipop

Sunshine metal bookmark

TLC Postcards 

PLUS mystery prize

 

 

Third Prize

Lulworth Chocolate Bar 

I love Lulworth chocolate lollipop

Starry Sky metal bookmark

TLC Postcards 

PLUS mystery prize

 

 

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

My Review:

Beautiful and engrossing! From their first meeting, any future between Jake and Leila seemed impossible. Yet, for each of them, that short encounter went on to mean so much. Jake’s unassuming, gentle behaviour contrasted with Leila’s more volatile outbursts. He was dealing with an abusive father, and worried over his mother, while Leila mourned the “loss” of her mother and the need to move from the family home, a home Jake and his parents were about to inhabit.

For me, Jake was the stand-out character off this story. He asked for nothing, yet quietly went on with making his life better. Leila was more of a pain in the a**e and succumbed to introspection rather too much for my liking. She had a tendency to lash out at the wrong person – usually her father, but mainly Jake.

The charm bracelet was Leila’s way of coping with her mother not being around, she felt it was the link that would see them reunited one day as it proved her mother still cared for her by sending her an appropriate charm on every momentous occasion.

Finding out the truth hit her hard, as did realising how deeply her feelings ran for Jake. Leila was not an easy person to love, but Jake made it seem so. With each new charm, the story edged towards the truth. But time was not on their side.

The setting, primarily Durdle Door, became such a vital part of the story, almost a character itself, and definitely a place that held many emotive and heart-wrenching scenes.

A charming and heartfelt read that, despite the slow-burn love story, creeps up on you and won’t let you go until the end. Highly recommended.

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Book Promo Blitz – Blue Skies over Berlin

Blue Skies Over Berlin

A young German woman, thinking she can escape her memories of wartime Berlin, moves to London in 1954 under her new name of Charlotte Brown. The offer of a prestigious job at the National Gallery leads her to believe that she can establish a new life in a city itself emerging from the ruins of war.

With her new identity, Charlotte hopes she has left Eva Schlessinger far behind . . . but when her job brings her into contact with a ruthless set of art dealers with dubious wartime connections, she fears they can see behind her facade. Priceless masterpieces start appearing at auction, stolen from murdered Jewish families by the Nazis, and she herself is implicated. At this point, Charlotte makes a solemn promise – one that will take her a lifetime to fulfil.

Blue Skies Over Berlin is a novel about secrets and guilt in an uncertain time, balanced by friendship and enduring love – and ultimately the need to make amends for just standing by.

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Skies-Over-Berlin-Steinberg/dp/1913071383/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Skies-Over-Berlin-Steinberg/dp/1913071383/

Author Bio

Born and raised in North London in 1952, John still lives in the city with his wife and three children. Privately educated, John left school after ‘A’ levels and completed a business diploma in what is now the University of Westminster, before entering banking.

He started training as an accountant but did not complete the course, choosing a position in his family’s furniture manufacturing business instead. John started his own mergers and acquisitions business in 1987, which he ran for almost 20 years before quitting to become a full time writer in 2007.

John has co-written and produced comedies for the stage and has created a series of books for children. “Previously, I had only been interested in comedy and finally started to write down the things I said or thought of. That led me to co-write and produce a play, In the Balance, and then W for Banker – which appeared at the New End Theatre, Hampstead. It was then I decided to quit the world of business in favour of writing full-time, and move toward more serious subjects. My first novel has taken two years to write and is the first in a series of books I am calling the ‘Steinberg Stories’.”

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/Steinberg-Stories-1477024492517726/

https://twitter.com/@SteinbergStory/

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