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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Summer at my Sister’s

Summer at my Sister’s

 

Twin sisters. One scorching summer.

A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much.

Diana has a rich and successful husband, two talented youngsters and an adorable dog. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.

Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends and often looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge.

Although Josie loves Diana deeply, each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.

But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she also hiding something? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance.

Purchase Link – mybook.to/SummeratmySisters


Author Bio

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

Social Media Links 

https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.twitter.com/emilyharvale

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

My Review

This is not my first book by Emily Harvale and it certainly won’t be my last, particularly this series set in the gorgeous coastal village of Seahorse Harbour. Aptly named, the holiday resort is more than a beautiful location, it’s a place with a heart, where conservation of the seahorses matters to everyone who lives there. Already, you know these are people whose stories will be heartwarming and engaging.

Seahorse Harbour is a place that evokes different memories for the twin sisters. Diana now spends all her summers there with her family, but Josie hasn’t returned since she was seventeen. Heading back from her carefree-singleton lifestyle New York to the place that has bittersweet memories for her, Josie is hesitant but also concerned about her sister – having been alerted that something is wrong by their mother.

Her arrival, however, is wonderfully charming – from the taxi-driver tour guide, to the dashing new host at the local pub. You cannot feel anything but safe and welcome in such a friendly atmosphere. That said, it doesn’t take long for Josie’s wise-cracking humour to come to the fore. While her one-liners are clearly a personal safety net for her, they are also ridiculously funny.

It takes a while for Josie to learn Diana’s secret, and all the while she’s there she is becoming more and more enamoured of the place and its people – some people in particular.

When Diana finally shares, Josie is stunned. All this time she thought Diana had the perfect life. As the secrets unravel, it’s not only Diana who unburdens herself. The family connection here is super strong; Josie loves being around her nephew and niece, and eventually even Henry the dog worms his way into her affections. Throughout, you’ll be wondering whether Josie’s stay is temporary or whether a return to New York is on the cards as Seahorse Harbour gets under her skin again. Can she put aside those teenage memories and settle back in England with her sister and family close by, or is she still the wise-cracking, independent “New Yorker” at heart who can only thrive in a big city? You’ll have to grab a copy and find out 😉

There’s a lot going here, but it all hangs together really well. You couldn’t wish to meet a nicer bunch of people. Drama, humour, incessant flirting, and the fabulous Aunt Elsie all make for a superb summer read.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – As Luck Would Have It

As Luck Would Have It

Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!

So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.

Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever…right?

Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07KNGS5LJ/

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/as-luck-would-have-it-19

https://books.apple.com/mt/book/as-luck-would-have-it/id1443254035

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/As_Luck_Would_Have_It.html?

Author Bio 

Zoe May is an author of romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting in London before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes. Zoe’s Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/

She posts updates and blogs on her website, http://www.zoemayauthor.co.uk

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My Review

Having recently read and enjoyed Flying Solo by Zoe May, I was delighted to get another fix of witty romantic comedy so soon after. The author writes great feel-good mood enhancers; you can’t fail to be drawn into the crazy worlds she creates, and you’re always guaranteed a fun time.

Living back with her mum after her fiancé jilted her, single mother Natalie is adapting to being back in her home town. Juggling motherhood and running a business, she’s taking things one day at a time. Until she wins a holiday in the local village raffle … well, she wins one half of a holiday for two in Morocco, the other half going to Will, the boy who broke her heart as a teenager.

Given they both could do with a holiday, they decide to “share” the prize, assuming they can enjoy the break without being in each other’s pocket.

Ah, assumptions and all that “best laid plans” malarkey … it’s denial wrapped in candy floss with a cherry on top!

First comes an upgrade on the plane, seeing as they’re on their honeymoon …say, what?!

Then the honeymoon suite awaits them at the hotel …and the maid notices someone has been sleeping on the couch! They agree to make it look like they are really a newly-married couple, not wanting to disappoint their fabulous hosts. Faking wedding photos, buying a cheap ring that does the inevitable “turn your finger green” thing.

Trouble is, all of this pretending suddenly starts to feel like fun, and the two of them actually get on better than they ever expected. Both characters have a backstory littered with emotional issues; they are not the teenagers they once were, but rather adults with complicated lives and real-life problems. Yet, together they gel. Maybe time was all that was needed to make them the perfect match.

A rom-com with all the ingredients you need, a beautiful setting, and plenty of laughs. Sharp, punchy dialogue and crazy mishaps with this likeable duo make this a fun, easy read that you won’t want to finish.

I’m so looking forward to more by this author.

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Cover Reveal – Summer at my Sister’s

Summer at my Sister’s

by Emily Harvale

Twin sisters. One scorching summer. A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much. They aren’t identical twins. Perhaps the only things they have in common are agreeing their mother can be a nightmare – and their birthdays. This summer they’ll be thirty-five.
 
Diana has the perfect husband, two talented youngsters, and an adorable dog. She runs a successful business from home, a popular book club, and hosts sparkling parties for her wealthy husband. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.
 
Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends, and always looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge. She loves Diana, deeply, but each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.
 
But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she hiding something too? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance. And it all begins with a phone call from their mother.

Publication Date: 31st July

Pre-order Link: mybook.to/SummeratmySisters

Author Bio

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

 

Social Media Links:

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Here it is …

Ta dah!

Fab, isn’t it? I’m looking forward to reading this for the blog tour now. Perfect summer reading 😉 

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cover reveal · romance · romantic comedy · summer · summer reading

Cover Reveal – The Summer Island Swap

 

#TheSummerIslandSwap

The Summer Island Swap

Sometimes the best holidays are the ones you least expect…

After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them.

But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort.

So now Sarah’s battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn’t all doom and gloom. They’re at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends. And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she’s sure is hiding a secret.

Pre-Order links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/38xIJFD 

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2IuyI1q 

Kobo: https://bit.ly/333XuPn 

iBooks: https://apple.co/39x8VS9 

 

Publication Date: 4th June

 

About the author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.


When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.


She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo and in 2020 her novel Knowing You won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award.

 Follow Samantha:   

Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

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Instagram: @samanthatongeauthor

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Pedalo Pandemonium

Pedalo Pandemonium

(Scott Family Short Story, Book 4)

 

Laura and Ben are still together, against all the odds. Laura’s Family the Scotts are adorable – but they wreak havoc wherever they go. The couple have survived first date silicon dog poo, Christmas mayhem and even dodgy marshmallows.

Their future together may have looked doomed on more than one occasion, but here they are at the airport – eating bacon sandwiches and watching planes take off, as they wait to board their flight to Mallorca.

A whole week in an idyllic Spanish fishing village. Just the two of them. Away from their families and the usual chaos. Wonderful.

What could possibly go wrong…?

Purchase Links

https://books2read.com/u/mqDVjO

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V2T6N6Y

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07V2T6N6Y

Author Bio 

My name is Amanda Paull. Well, that’s my pen name, not my real one, which helps to keep my writing separate from my day job.

I grew up in the North East of England and couldn’t wait to move away. However, after studying and then living both in England and abroad, I returned to the North East and wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else now.

Going to Grammar school in the days when teachers wore black caps and gowns, and walloped at will, wasn’t much fun for a shy, quiet child like myself. So, I just kept my head down, did my homework and tried to stay invisible.

I used to love daydreaming and making up stories in my head, but I never thought about writing them down. In those days, writing wasn’t an enjoyable pursuit, it was more of a time to tow the line and avoid being hit by a flying blackboard rubber. I was the type of pupil who would have been mortified to have ‘made’ a teacher launch one at me, so I would have shown respect by not ducking. 

A short career in teaching was a revelation, to put it mildly. After going back to University, I settled into my current post in the public sector, where I am very happy.

It was Jim, a work colleague, who suggested around 12 years ago that I write a book. Apparently, my contribution to coffee break conversations always seemed to be either tragic or hilarious. But to me it was just normal stuff. No-one would want to read about that.

Then, a couple of years later, while sunbathing in Mallorca with my boyfriend, who is now my husband, and a glass of Cava, the idea of writing a humorous fiction novel came to me. I didn’t need to make it all up though as I had a plentiful supply of funny real life snippets. 

To get started, I studied creative writing through the Open University, which fitted nicely around my job and, to my delight, was absolutely nothing like school. The Scott Family Short Stories started out as an assignment for this course. A Christmas Day Kerfuffle was the result of the fictional account of the first Christmas brunch my husband spent with my family. Of all the short stories, this one has more true snippets in it than the others. The taxi driver and bike box scene in Pedalo Pandemonium was pretty true to life, too. The driver looked different, but the airport to hotel transfer only required slight embellishment.

​​I also write Women’s Fiction. Pictures in the Sky was my debut novel, and I am currently writing my second, Painting Bananas.

Social Media Links 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Apaullfiction

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Apaullfiction

Website: https://www.amandapaull.co.uk/

My Review

I’ve read the three previous books in this series, and this one was by far my favourite.  It may be because this was a bit longer than the others, or maybe it’s because I was more familiar with the characters and had an inkling of what to expect. They all have an unmistakable blend of real life and calamity, which results in plenty of humour for the reader.

In Pedalo Pandemonium, the taxi ride to their holiday hotel had me chuckling constantly – causing a few odd glares coming my way from fellow beach-goers. And I know Laura’s mum means well when she “helps” them out, but you just know that something will go awry when she’s involved.

I enjoyed seeing more of Laura and Ben as a couple, without their respective families – or at least for a while, anyway 😉 Their hotel sounded marvellous, and it seemed they were in for a wonderful time. As Laura would say, “All’s well in my world” – a saying that would come back to haunt her once  … well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out what turned their idyll into another famous Scott family disaster zone.

Pure entertainment, with a touch of “thank God, I’m not them” thrown in for good measure 😉 A quick and easy read, and a perfect way to spend an hour or so.

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Book Review – Probably the Best Kiss in the World

Jen Attison likes her life Just So. But being fished out of a canal in Copenhagen by her knickers is definitely NOT on her to do list.

From cinnamon swirls to a spontaneous night of laughter and fireworks, Jen’s city break with the girls takes a turn for the unexpected because of her gorgeous, mystery rescuer.

Back home, Jen faces a choice. A surprise proposal from her boyfriend, ‘boring’ Robert has offered Jen the safety net she always thought she wanted. But with the memories of her Danish adventure proving hard to forget, maybe it’s time for Jen to stop listening to her head and start following her heart…

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My Review

Probably the best rom-com I’ve read this year!

Just like brewing beer, a good romantic comedy requires a mix of great ingredients. In this case, the author has created probably the perfect blend of characters. (And, yes, I will probably overuse the word probably in this review – but that’s probably a good thing, right?)

So, we have a reluctant leading lady in Jen Attison. As a list-maker myself, I can relate to her organisation prowess, although she definitely has better ‘follow-through’ skills than I do. Jen is – or so she thinks – content with her lot, and would happily continue with her job, her brewing, and her relationship with Robert …unless something out of the blue happens. Luckily for Jen, it does.

Enter our leading man (Move over Robert!) in the form of Yakob (as he is known for most of the book).

While Jen might be sceptical and wary of romance, Yakob most certainly isn’t. He knows when he’s found the one for him. The trouble lies in convincing Jen too. Added to the fact that she is engaged to Robert – and Jen is nothing if not loyal – then any relationship with Yakob is out of the question.

To be honest, sometimes I wanted to scream at Jen, and tell her to put herself first for a change. But there’s no telling some people. Well, unless you have a sister like Lydia. Where Yakob fails to convince Jen of anything, Lydia charges like a bull in a china shop, determined to make her big sister see beyond her so-called duties and responsibilities. You see, Jen feels she has to protect Lydia (for reasons why, you’ll need to read the book 😉 LOL), add that to the fact that she has already accepted Robert’s proposal and couldn’t possibly let him down (cue screaming from me!), and Jen is bogged down by a sense of loyalty and duty. Probably not the most ideal mindset with which to enter into marriage!

Jen digs her heels in (she gives “stubborn” a whole new meaning), a move that threatens her relationship with Lydia – something she could never, ever have foreseen. Could her sense of duty ruin everything? Does she really want to marry Robert? Could she settle for a life without brewing her wonderful, artisan beers?

Jen may well be the main character in this story, but without Lydia, Yakob, and even Robert’s family, she wouldn’t be able to carry the story. She is well meaning, but somewhat smothering towards Lydia; at work, she’s dismissive of her bosses (Robert’s sisters) and a little condescending of their ideas (well, crocheted tampons are real 😉 so maybe they’re not as ridiculous as Jen might think). Yet, despite having control-freak tendencies, she seems to fall apart when Robert maps out their future, one in which her brewing passion is denigrated to hobby status at best. Where did the real Jen go? Well, it took a dip in a canal in Copenhagen to start the process, and a few secrets to railroad it too.

This is a story filled with humour, emotion, travel, drama, and beer. The romance aspect is slow burning in nature, and there are plenty of twists in the tale as the story develops. A great summer read that I’d recommend to rom-com fans who are looking for originality, fun, family, and a HEA – probably!

I received this book from Netgalley, and this review is given voluntarily.

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For my reading pleasure

It’s fair to say I read a lot of books, many as part of blog tours, but as a reader I also have a selection of books that I choose for my own reading pleasure.

Here’s a shortened version of my summer line up (in no particular order):

After Melanie

Can they start again, or will they lose one another forever? David and Judith’s fragile marriage is threatened by the sudden death of their beloved thirteen-year-old daughter, Melanie. As they struggle to cope with their loss, they confront bewildering challenges. But instead of turning to each other, they find comfort with others. David is drawn to Nancy, a colleague and single mother, and a survivor of her own personal tragedy, while Judith grows close to Jeffrey, a recently widowed physician whom she meets through her volunteer work at a thrift shop, itself the scene of multiple daily dramas. As their grief drives them further apart, does their future lie together ‘after Melanie’, or are they destined to lose one another for ever?

What She Saw

How far would you go to keep your daughter safe?

Everyone knows Leona would do anything for her daughter, Beth: she moved to Church Langdon to send Beth to the best school, built a business to support them and found the perfect little cottage to call home. They hike together, shop together, share their hopes and fears. It’s the relationship every mother dreams of.

But Leona never talks about why they moved to the Lake District.

She’s never told Beth anything about her father.

She says Beth should never speak to strangers. She says Beth doesn’t need friends.

She’s only trying to protect her daughter.

When Leona answers the phone one morning, her heart stops as she hears a voice from her past.

She’s given her daughter everything, but now she must tell her the truth. And once it’s out, can she keep her little girl safe?

What She Saw is a gripping psychological thriller with an incredible twist that will make your jaw drop. If you love The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl or Behind Closed Doors you’ll be consumed by this.

One Summer in Santorini

There was something in the air that night. . .

Sarah has had enough of men. It’s time to rekindle her first true love – travel – so she books a sailing trip around the Greek islands with a group of strangers.

The very last thing Sarah wants is to meet someone new… But then a gorgeous American man boards her yacht and she knows she’s in trouble. And when she also encounters a handsome silver fox who promises her the world, she realises that trouble really does come in twos.

Will Sarah dive into a holiday fling, embark on a relationship, or stick to her plan – steer clear of men, continue her love affair with feta, and find her own way after all?

The Doctor

How much do you know about the couple next door?

When Emily and Ben move in next door to Dr Burman and his wife Anita, they are keen to get to know their new neighbours. Outgoing and sociable, Emily tries to befriend the doctor’s wife, but Anita is strangely subdued, barely leaving the house, and terrified of answering the phone.

When Emily goes missing a few weeks later, Ben is plunged into a panic. His wife has left him a note, but can she really have abandoned him for another man? Or has Emily’s curiosity about the couple next door led her straight into danger?

Two Little Girls

An innocent girl is taken. The killer confesses.
But that’s not the whole story. That’s not even the beginning…

It’s 1985 and the disappearance of ten-year-old Lisa Cook shocks the nation. Her best friend, Kirsty, traumatised and fearful, gives evidence that helps to put the Cook family’s lodger behind bars.

…But what if Kirsty made a mistake?

Now, decades later, Kirsty leaves a life she loves to move back to the hometown she hates – tortured by her memories, she’s determined to finally uncover the truth about what happened to Lisa that day. But someone is waiting for her there, someone close to her family. Someone who is hoping to finish off a job that was started years ago…

Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend

A smart romantic comedy about mothers and daughters, and the hilarious consequences of a white lie.

Crystal has trouble saying no to her lonely, single mother. For 25 years, it wasn’t a problem. But when one small mistake leaves Crystal jilted, homeless and unemployed, she has to move back in with the one person who caused it all: her mother.

Soon Crystal is sucked into her mother’s vortex, partying with boomers and hawking misshapen marshmallows. Desperate for some independence, she hatches a foolproof plan: get an experimental android to play her mom’s “perfect” boyfriend. It’s only a matter of time before her mom finds out, and Crystal will never live down the hilarious and disastrous consequences.

It’s going to be one helluva summer.

What’s on your reading pleasure list?

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chick-lit · courtroom drama · friendship · Just a Simple Little · mystery · Portugal · psychological suspense · series · summer reading · The Blackleaf Agency

Book News: Just a Simple Little Makeover – Part 2

As I hinted at (loudly) last week, my series – The Blackleaf Agency – has undergone a makeover, and along with new titles there come new covers. But that’s not all, because I’ve decided to move all my mystery stories to a new pen name too.

All the books in The Blackleaf Agency series are now authored by bea kendall (intentionally lower case, because …well, just because 😉 )

 

Here’s the second in that series:

Just a Simple Little Court Case

 

♥ When did “fun in the sun” get so serious? ♥

Fern Mortimer wouldn’t consider herself lucky.

Firstly, a hit and run left her wheelchair-bound.

Then someone threw her overboard during a summer holiday in the Algarve.

Now she has to face him in a Portuguese court of law.

It’s time to act her age and not her shoe size. (Gorgeous though her Louboutins are)

After all, it’s Just a Simple Little Court Case.

What could possibly go wrong? 

 

A cosy mystery series with a hint of psychopath

Available from Amazon and via Kindle Unlimited

 

If you feel like giving it a whirl, you can get a copy here.

The third in the series, Just a Simple Little Painting, follows directly on from the court case, and sees Fern and Raven set up The Blackleaf Agency at last, and take on their first serious case. A trip to Holland beckons with fun, food and mystery. Meanwhile, back at home, more drama awaits and unresolved matters come to the fore – with a vengeance!

Just a Simple Little Painting should be out later this year.

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99p books · friendship · holidays · Just a Simple Little · mystery · Portugal · series · short story · summer reading · The Blackleaf Agency

Book News: Just a Simple Little Makeover

My series – The Blackleaf Agency – has undergone a makeover, and along with new titles there come new covers. But that’s not all, because I’ve decided to move all my mystery stories to a new pen name too.

All the books in The Blackleaf Agency series are now authored by bea kendall (intentionally lower case, because …well, just because 😉 )

Here’s the first in that series:

Just a Simple Little Holiday

When “romance” needs a life-jacket, maybe it isn’t meant to be!

For some people, romance is to be avoided at all costs:

  • to avoid being hurt.
  • it’s simply not worth the effort.
  • who could possibly fall in love with them anyway?

 

If questioned, Fern Mortimer would tick all of the above.

Following a hit-and-run, she is left in a wheelchair, and has since mastered the art of being invisible. Recovery is slow, and she hides away at her parents’ house, taking one online course after another. It’s easier to be a hermit.

But there comes a time when she’s fully qualified, and the big wide world beckons.

A few months into a new job, and with a reputation as The Ice Queen, she doesn’t expect to make any long lasting friends.

An invitation to join a co-worker and her friends on a girly holiday to The Algarve comes as quite the surprise too.

When Nessa won’t take no for an answer, and against her better judgement, Fern agrees to the trip.

Is this her chance to prove the old Fern still exists?

After all, it’s Just a Simple Little Holiday.

What could possibly go wrong?

 

A cosy mystery series with a hint of psycopath

Available from Amazon and via Kindle Unlimited

Here’s what other readers have to say about it:

The beautiful setting of the Algarve, a luxury pool in the grounds of the villa, but why is there a wheelchair at the bottom of it? And where is its owner?
Fern Mortimer keeps herself to herself since a hit a run left her in a wheelchair, she is known at the Ice Queen at work, but her new colleague, Nessa wants to be her friend. Nessa doesn’t think Fern is as bad as everyone makes her out to be.
As Nessa tries hard to be her friend she pleads with Fern to become the 5th member of her holiday group after another friend fell ill.
Fern decides she needs this holiday and eventually agrees. That’s when her life is turned upside down. Fern is seduced by the irresistible Portuguese waiter.
Twists, turns, mystery and mayhem, this story has it all, great humour and characters with depth, it’s a winner for me.
I would highly recommend this wonderful Novelette. The perfect size to read in one sitting.

This story drew me in from the start and was an quick easy read. The author did a great job of developing the characters, which is a hard thing to do in a short story. The ending had a great twist, which I didn’t see coming. A well written, descriptive story that made me feel like I was there.

A fantastic page turning short story. Very well written with great descriptions that makes you feel like you are there. Starts off with a girls holiday and turns into mystery and suspense. Brilliant from start to end I am looking forward to reading more from this author. Recommend to fans of short stories, mystery, suspense and books with a shocking ending

I won’t bore you with any more of these, but if you feel like giving it a whirl, you can get a copy here. It’s only 99p / 99c and, what’s more this is just a simple little short story. (See what I did there? 😉 )

I’ll be posting the sequel next week, which gives you just enough time to download and read this one. Well, a writer can dream …

As always,

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Price Drop Blitz – Summer on the Italian Lakes

Summer on the Italian Lakes

Bestselling Brianna Middleton has won the hearts of millions of readers with her sweeping – and steamy – love stories. But the girl behind the typewriter is struggling… Not only does she have writer’s block, but she’s a world-famous romance author with zero romance in her own life.

So the opportunity to spend the summer teaching at a writer’s retreat in an idyllic villa on the shores of Lake Garda – owned by superstar author Arran Jamieson – could this be just the thing to fire up Brie’s writing – and romantic – mojo?

Brie’s sun-drenched Italian summer could be the beginning of this writer’s very own happy-ever-after…

Escape the January blues with this sun-drenched, heart-warming story from the bestselling author of Snowflakes Over Holly Cove.

 

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Italian-Lakes-bestselling-feel-good-ebook/dp/B07HPD2KNV

US – https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Italian-Lakes-bestselling-feel-good-ebook/dp/B07HPD2KNV

Price drop: only 99p – grab your copy now!

About the Author

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Social Media Links 

Website: http://linnbhalton.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LinnBHaltonAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth

A note from the author

The fun part about being an author is that you get to spend your days in some wonderful locations, even if it’s virtually! But the only way to be able to sit down and really share with the readers what the experience is like, is to visit in person.

Lake Garda is a place I have visited several times over the years, and it will always be one of my all-time favourite holiday destinations. Whether you fly direct or are planning a grand European tour by road – it is a dream destination.

The villa featured in Summer on the Italian Lakes is fictitious but based on a composite of two properties in which I have stayed. But the descriptions of being up in the hills and the trips taken are real-life experiences.

Italy is an overload of stimuli – everywhere you look, every breath you take in, and everything you touch, fills your heart with love for the vibrancy and warmth of this beautiful country. It’s full of passionate people – for love and life. Fiery temperaments, fabulous food and wonderful wines; flavours that literally grab you with their freshness and taste. Wonderful music and art; scenery that will make your jaw drop; beautiful architecture around which to saunter and so many hidden gems to discover.

But up in the hills where it’s quieter, it’s the perfect place to reconnect with the inner you. For me a holiday has to combine everything – lots of exciting things to experience, but also some time to relax and chill.

So, it was the perfect setting for this book and the only sadness for me, was that I didn’t get to do a research trip! I didn’t need to as all of those memories are locked inside my head, and my heart – but, oh, Italy is calling me loud and clear! If you haven’t been, please do add it to your list of must-sees and Lake Garda is the perfect place to begin.

Do you love a competition?

Hello lovely readers and bloggers!

To celebrate the price drop to 99p I will be running a competition on Twitter for one lucky person to win some goodies – an Aria tote bag, two beautiful hand-made Italian soaps and a limited edition mug!

No purchase is necessary to join in – just RT one of my lovely blogger’s Tweets for the 99p promo including @LucyColemanAuth and #SummerOnTheItalianLakes, to take part.

If you have already read/reviewed Summer on the Italian Lakes and take a photo of it on your reading device and/or send a link to your review in your Tweet – IF YOUR NAME is the ONE drawn by the third party, I will add two signed paperbacks from my backlist to the prize!

Don’t forget to include @LucyColemanAuth and #SummerOnTheItalianLakes so we can include your Tweet in the competition. Thank you so much for dropping by and good luck!

Terms: Competition closes noon GMT 29 April 2019; international; anyone can enter; prize to be provided by the author; prize winner will be announced on Twitter by @LucyColemanAuth and on Lucy and Linn’s website (competition page) at noon on 30 April 2019 after being selected at random by a third party.

 

As a huge fan of Lake Garda, and these summery books, I’ll be entering. Will you?

As always,