Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude, by Kris Francoeur / #SpotlightPost #BlogBlitz @RRBookTours1 @KFAnnaBelleRos

 

 

When your life is shattered in an instant, can conscious and deliberate gratitude and connection to nature help you find joy and hope again?

Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude follows the first thirty months after Sam Francoeur’s death from an accidental opiate (prescription) overdose. His mother, Kris Francoeur, shares her journey from the first crushing days to her eventually being able to find light, joy, and hope again through the practices of conscious and deliberate gratitude, unconditional acceptance of others, and making strong connections to the natural world. Her story helps grieving families feel that hope and joy will return, no matter how devastating and permanent the loss. Of Grief, Garlic and Gratitude approaches grief with both a very clear understanding of the realities of the process, and also shares a very personal and honest account of living with grief. It presents healing and hope without relying on religion, formal psychotherapy, or pharmaceutical resources. Kris’s story reminds readers that even as people struggle with

mental health issues and addiction, they can still bring joy and love to the world, and everyone is worthy of love and acceptance.

 

 

Spotlight Post

Thank you, Kris Francoeur and R&R Book Tours

 

About the author

My name is Kris Francoeur, and I am an author, educator, speaker, wife, mom, grandmother, and farmer living in Vermont. I love to spend time with my family, travel, hike, kayak, knit, spin (fiber), garden, cook, and love time with my bees, alpacas and chickens.

Currently, I have published three romance novels with Solstice Publishing, and have one that will be released by Willow River Press in January 2020. My first three romances are written under the pen name of Anna Belle Rose, and they can be purchased in paperback format through my Book Store page on this website, or in e-book or paperback on Amazon.

 

Author Links

Kris Francoeur: https://authorkfrancoeur.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KFAnnaBelleRose

 

 

Book Links

Kris Fancoeur: https://authorkfrancoeur.com/

Amazon (Paperback): https://www.amazon.com/Grief-Garlic-Gratitude-Returning-Shattered/dp/1642791814/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2WA4R1XZZLZE6&keywords=of+grief%2C+garlic+and+gratitude&qid=1583938122&sprefix=of+grief+gar%2Caps%2C150&sr=8-1

Amazon (Kindle): https://www.amazon.com/Grief-Garlic-Gratitude-Returning-Shattered-ebook/dp/B07J2YD765/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1583938122&sr=8-1

 

 

 

 

 

One Last Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @FreddieJoJo1

 

 

CAN FIRST LOVE EVER BE REIGNITED?

One Last Shot concludes the trilogy of Freddie and Jo-Jo, which has moved through time in a series of flashbacks, showing how the couple fell in love as teenagers, why they drifted apart, what happened in their lives away from each other, and what happens when they meet up again over three decades later. At the end of the second book, An Extra Shot, Jo-Jo tells Freddie about her dark secret. Confused, vulnerable and in a state of shock, he says he needs time to think about what to do next. Jo-Jo’s right to be worried. Freddie doesn’t react well…

 

 

Q&A

  1. Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?

Yes. Topper, The Beano, The Dandy were all favourites. Favourite characters included Roger the Dodger, Billy Whizz and Gnasher, the pet dog of Dennis the Menace. 

  1. Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?

Probably my dad. He used to read a lot of Cowboy books.

  1. When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?

It’s not happened yet, but I get the temptation…

  1. How do you come up with the names for your characters?

All sorts of ways. I think Freddie & Jo-Jo go rhythmically together. Freddie is named after the legend that was (and still is) Freddie Mercury. They are, though, completely different characters as you’ll realise when you read the books.  

  1. Do write other things beside books (and shopping lists 😉 )?

Short stories and flash fiction. Some of these are published for the first time on this blog tour.

  1. If your movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?

I’d try and negotiate, but the truth is I’d be delighted with that level of interest. I’m not sure I’d be happy if they turned Freddie into an all action, perfect teeth hero. That would just be wrong. 

  1. Who would you like/have liked to interview?

They do say you should never meet your heroes. We are all human at the end of the day and in real life there is a danger we’re not going to live up to expectations. Freddie Mercury & Bruce Springsteen. I’m not sure about interviewing them. I think I’d be tongue tied.   

  1. Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?

Not really. My books are semi-autobiographical so I guess my head is the only source of reference.

  1. Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?

Mainly myself. Sometimes my partner, but it’s mainly me.

  1. What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)

Definitely the later. It’s always better to get the detailed feedback

Thank you, Stephen Anthony Brotherton and Rachel’s Random Resources

 

About the author

I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai.

After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now written the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life.

The Shots trilogy is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes.

Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them.

 

Author Links

Instagram @freddiejojoreunited

Twitter @FreddieJoJo1

 

 

Book Links

https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/One-Last-Shot-by-Stephen-Anthony-Brotherton-author/9781913208509

https://www.waterstones.com/book/one-last-shot/stephen-anthony-brotherton/9781913208509

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Shot-Stephen-Anthony-Brotherton/dp/1913208508/

https://www.amazon.com/Last-Shot-Stephen-Anthony-Brotherton/dp/1913208508/

 

When He Finds You by Sadie Ryan / #Review @RubyFiction @The__SadieRyan

“Her life was in danger and she didn’t know it. He felt a thrill just knowing that simple thing …”

Gemma’s business is on the brink of collapse, and there’s a real chance that she and her husband could lose everything they’ve worked so hard for.
So when a stranger offers financial help, Gemma ignores the red flags and accepts out of desperation. The condition? Just companionship – that’s all the stranger wants. Surely a small price to pay to get her life back?
But when things seem too good to be true, it’s often because they are – and soon Gemma finds herself being dragged so far into a twisted, dangerous world that she might never surface again …

 

 

Review

When I was reading this author’s previous book, which was her debut by the way, wild horses could not drag me away, because it was sooooo good. I can imagine you wondering what my thoughts are about her second one.

Let me tell you this : The horses from last time did not succeed this time either!

I was regularly yelling: ‘Noooo, don’t do this or don’t do that’, but when you are caught between a rock and a hard place, you go for the helping hand that reaches out to you. You convince yourselft that it’s really that innocent as it seems …

Once you have spun a tight net of lies and deceit around yourself, it’s time to try and get out of it. Don’t forget that sometimes karma is a girl’s best friend. Forget about the diamonds. 😉 🙂

So yes, another great story by this author. Keep an eye out for her. 5 stars

Thank you, Sadie Ryan and Ruby Fiction

 

About the author

Sadie Ryan is a British author with two grown up children, she lives with her daughter, adorable rescue dog and cat in a small village in leafy Cheshire in the North West of England. She writes psychological suspense/domestic noir novels. In 2005 in-between raising a family and working full-time, she wrote a ‘Twilight’ style paranormal romance which was ahead of its time but was never published. It sits patiently in her drawer waiting to be savagely edited one day. Since then she has completed two psychological suspense/domestic noir novels. Her latest book, Behind Closed Doors, was snapped up by publishers Ruby Fiction and was published in Kindle and audio book formats in May 2019. The paperback version will be published in February 2020. When asked where she gets her ideas from, she says, ‘From observation, inspiration and lots of wicked thoughts.’

 

Author Link

sadieryan.co.uk

 

 

Book Link

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/When-He-Finds-You-gripping-ebook/dp/B084Q3XRTV/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2I99NLE8YQ4JR&keywords=when+he+finds+you&qid=1583613154&sprefix=when+he+find%2Caps%2C214&sr=8-1

The Walls We Build by Jules Hayes / #Interview#BlogTour @rararesources @JulesHayes6

 

 

Three friends …

Growing up together around Winston Churchill’s estate in Westerham, Kent, Frank, Florence and Hilda are inseparable. But as WW2 casts its menacing shadow, friendships between the three grow complex, and Frank – now employed as Churchill’s bricklayer – makes choices that will haunt him beyond the grave, impacting his grandson’s life too.

Two Secrets …

Shortly after Frank’s death in 2002 Florence writes to Richard, Frank’s grandson, hinting at the darkness hidden within his family. On investigation, disturbing secrets come to light, including a pivotal encounter between Frank and Churchill during the war and the existence of a mysterious relative in a psychiatric hospital.

One Hidden Life …

How much more does Florence dare reveal about Frank – and herself – and is Richard ready to hear?

Set against the stunning backdrop of Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, comes a tragic story of misguided honour, thwarted love and redemption, reverberating through three generations and nine decades.

 

 

Q&A

When and where do you prefer to write?

Thank you so much for having me on your blog.

I’m very much a morning person and so I write mostly between 6 am and midday. When writing a first draft I only work in my study, sitting at my desk. If I don’t, I end up with achy hips! As a rule, after around two in the afternoon, I’m only good for editing words that are already on the page and find it very difficult to write new ones. Afternoons and evenings is the time I do my research, either on the internet or reading around my subject using non-fiction books.

Do you have a certain ritual?

On writing days I get up, flick on the computer, go downstairs, have coffee, let the dog out so he can bark a lot and annoy the neighbours, and then I pad back upstairs and plonk myself in front of my computer. It’s been a ritual for a while now that I always leave the previous day’s work to end, literally, mid paragraph; I do this so that the next day I’m not stuck as to where to start – trying to avoid that horrendous feeling of, where do I begin?

Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?

Very sweet tea and water. And cheese. I love hunks of cheese.

Oh, and a huge glass of white Rioja, but I do try to wait until after 11am for that.

What is your favourite book?

I have a few favourite books and I keep them all on one special bookshelf. On my bookshelf now I see several Kate Atkinson’s, a Maggie O’Farrell, a Kate Morton and an Anna Hope novel, plus three of Sebastian Faulks’ books.  I love the work of John Irving and Margaret Atwood. My favourite book of all time is DH Thomas’ The White Hotel.

Do you consider writing in a different genre in the future?

Actually, I write in another genre already! My debut contemporary thriller, Falling Suns by JA Corrigan, was published in 2016. Although my first love is writing stories set mostly in the past, which I think is connected with my passion for history (I have a BA in modern history) and enthusiasm for reading non-fiction history books and biographies of the late and great from the past. There is so much rich story material to be found in history. The challenge of writing historical fiction is using that rich source material in a compelling and engaging way.

I have begun work on a new book recently, a speculative thriller, although it’s very early days for that one, but I’ll be going back to it when I’ve completed my current project, which is my next dual timeline historical novel.

Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

I’m sure that, subconsciously, I use small aspects/traits of people I’ve encountered within the characters I create; but my characters are powered by my imagination, especially the deeper emotional parts of their psyche. I think it’s important to acknowledge that it’s very fragmented parts, and from a wide range of people, which might eventually become the solid elements of one of my fictitious characters.

Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I’m really bad at remembering my notebook when out and about. I often forget to transfer it from one handbag to the other! When I do that, I use the Notes on my iPhone, or the back of an old receipt loitering inside my bag! If I have a strong idea though, I remember it; and if I don’t then I figure it wasn’t important!

Which genre do you not like at all?

I can’t say there’s a genre I really dislike, but I don’t like fiction that blatantly and insensitively exploits and distorts for no good reason, or at the expense of the story.

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Margaret Atwood or Sebastian Faulks. I would learn so much! Realistically though, there are several authors I know with whom I’d love to co-write a book.

If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

South America – Peru, Chile, Brazil and Venezuela … as I’ve always wanted to visit and haven’t done so yet, and somewhere deep inside my brain – and a notebook – is a story set there.

Thank you, Jules Hayes and Rachel’s Random Resources

 

About the author

Jules Hayes lives in Berkshire with her husband, daughter and a dog. She has a degree in modern history and holds a particular interest in events and characters from the early 20th century. As a former physiotherapist and trainer – old habits die hard – when not writing Jules likes to run. She also loves to watch films, read good novels and is a voracious consumer of non-fiction too, particularly biographies.

Jules is currently working on her second historical novel, another dual timeline story.

Jules also writes contemporary thriller and speculative fiction as JA Corrigan.

 

Author Links

Website: jules-hayes.com

Twitter @JulesHayes6 – http://www.twitter.com/JulesHayes6

Facebook Author Page: JulesHayesAuthor http://www.facebook.com/JulesHayesAuthor

Instagram: JulesHayes6 – http://www.instagram.com/juleshayes6

Writing as JA Corrigan, Jules can be found at:

Website: http://www.jacorrigan.com

Twitter: @juliannwriter – http://www.twitter.com/juliannwriter

Facebook Author Page: JA Corrigan – http://www.facebook.com/jacorrigan

Instagram: corriganjulieann http://www.instagram.com/corriganjulieann

 

 

Book Links

 

A Question of Country by Sue Parritt / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @rararesources

 

 

On Christmas Eve 1969, a letter from Australia House, London, brings welcome news for newly-weds Anna and Joseph Fletcher.

Young and idealistic, Anna falls passionately in love with their adopted land. Seven months later, an unexpected event causes their life to take a stressful turn.

Years pass, and Anna retreats to a fictional world she has created. But when a different challenge presents itself, does she have the courage to take the risk… or will she take refuge in fantasy?

 

 

Spotlight Post

Thank you, Sue Parritt and Rachel’s Random Resources

 

About the author

Originally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry, a short TV drama script and seven novels:

Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.  Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016.  Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016. The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016.

Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017

Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

Feed Thy Enemy, based on Sue’s father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.

A Question of Country explores the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity. Next Chapter (formerly Creativia Publishing), 2020.

Sue’s current project, working title: Twenty-eight Days, first in The Doorkeeper series, is set in Southern Australia in 2100. It deals with overpopulation and extended life expectancy in an increasingly climate-challenged world and the inhumane solutions adopted by a government determined to rid Australia of unproductive citizens.

Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees, feminism and racism.  Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.

 

Author Links

website: www.sueparritt.com

http://facebook.com/SueParrittAuthor

 

 

Book Link

http://mybook.to/aqoc

 

Texas Style Justice by Susan P. Baker / #SpotlightPost #SocialMediaBlitz @rararesources @susanpbaker

Devastated by a divorce and death of a child, Torie Van Fleet rebuilds her life around succeeding in the justice system. Her goal is to work her way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Vowing to do whatever it takes, she risks her relationship with her new husband by refusing to bear him a child. Further, she jeopardizes her friendship with her best friend by competing with her for the first major hurdle toward her goal, appointment to the Texas Supreme Court after the sudden death of one of the justices.

Not until she realizes what her backers demand of her does she understand what an exorbitant price she must pay to reach her dream. Will she risk everything, come to terms with her priorities, or does she even have a choice?

 

 

Spotlight Post

Thank you, Susan P. Baker and Rachel’s Random Resources

 

About the author

My English war bride mother was a real penny pincher, but in the early years of their marriage, my parents had to pinch pennies. Not long after my mother arrived in the U.S., she encouraged my father to complete his education. He used the GI Bill to obtain a law degree while she was having four babies and working part time doing such odd jobs as collecting the money out of coin-operated machines in washaterias.

We moved to Galveston when I was four, which is when my father claimed he taught me to read. We lived on the water, swimming, fishing, and crabbing in Offatts Bayou. As far as I can remember, we had no purchased books in our house when I was growing up. We didn’t have the money. But Mom took the four of us to the Rosenberg Library every two weeks where we’d check out the maximum number of books allowed, six each. We even took library books on vacation with us so we could read them in the car instead of fussing and constantly asking, “Are we there yet?”

I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I used to write little stories as well as entertain my invisible friend, Sally, who lived in my side of the closet. My parents discouraged me from seeking a writing career, so after several false starts I eventually obtained a BS in Criminal Justice.

I finally was hired as a Probation Officer about a week before I started law school. I was married with a couple of kids of my own by then, so I worked and attended Law School (in Houston) for three years.

I mostly practiced criminal and family law. In fact, I was board certified in family law. After eight years of practicing law, I ran for district court judge and was elected. I was the first woman in Galveston County to run.

By that time, I was writing a lot. I’d published My First Murder. I’ve moved away a couple of times but I’m retired now and back living in Galveston.

People often approach me with ideas for books, but with a background like mine, I have no shortage of my own.

 

Author Link

http://www.susanpbaker.com

 

 

Book Links

https://books2read.com/u/mZPWjR

 

iRemember by S V Bekvalac / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @sandra_bek @EyeAndLightning

 

 

The city of iRemember shimmers in the desert haze, watched over by the Bureau, a government agency that maintains control through memory surveillance and little pink pills made from the narcotic plant Tranquelle.

It looks like an oasis under its geodesic dome, but the city is under siege. ‘Off-Gridder’ insurgents are fighting to be forgotten.  

Bureau Inspector Icara Swansong is on a mission to neutralise the threat. Her investigation leads her into iRemember’s secret underbelly, where she finds herself a fugitive from the very system she had vowed to protect. She has to learn new rules: trust no one. Behind every purple Tranquelle stalk lurk double-agents.

A sci-fi noir with a psychedelic twist, iRemember explores the power the past holds over us and the fragility of everything: what is, what once was, and what will be.

 

 

Q&A

– When and where do you prefer to write?

I write whenever I can. I don’t really have a specific time of day when I’m most productive, and sometimes I will literally wake up with a revision in my head and have to make a quick note at 2 am. My preferred place is a bit more interesting. Space is so important for writers. The dream is to have a cabin of some description somewhere isolated and lovely. The reality is that I live in a tiny studio in London surrounded by people (my partner) and stuff (like books and ancient programmes from plays I liked), and so basically have to write wherever there’s wiggle-room. Wherever, whenever as long as I’m relatively alone is preferred and seems to work. 

– Do you have a certain ritual?

Tricky. Probably lots that I’m not even conscious of. Everything I’ve written that’s been successful so far (full disclosure, I’m a debut novelist so that’s not a huge amount yet) has been written on the same Mac computer. It’s more a ritual of necessity, as I can’t afford a new one right this minute, but nevertheless, it’s kind of like a lucky laptop and I’m not sure I’d want to write on anything else in case it breaks the spell. Another not so great ritual and one I’m trying to kick, is endless, agonising self-doubt. Followed by elation. More doubt. Elation. At every sentence. Every word. Every… you get the idea. In fact, I’m doubting the answers to these questions right now… and now I’m elated.

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

I love nuts. And I’ll go through a 500-gram bag of almonds during a good writing session. In fact, I should start measuring the success of sessions by bags of almonds consumed.

– What is your favourite book?

Not fair! Am I allowed to pass on a question? There should be a meme of writers’ faces when they get asked this, involving lots of equations in the air. Picture me now with a look of absolute horror on my face. I can tell you my favourite book that I’ve read in the last six months: a really smart and hilarious fantasy called The Sky is Yours, by Chandler Klang-Smith. I can also tell you my single most favourite book I own with a silver cover: Catch 22. And last but by no means least, anything by China Miéville might be in my top 5 in any given week.    

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

I would love to. I get bored easily, so genre-swapping really appeals to me. 

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

This is another tricky question to answer. Mostly because I don’t want any trouble from lawyers (!) Honestly, in a sense most of my characters contain elements of the person I know best. Myself. So the short answer is probably yes.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

No. I have a tiny cross-body bag for commuting etc. and my notebooks don’t fit. I keep notes on my phone while I’m out and about. It’s not very romantic, but it does the job.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I have really eclectic reading tastes (as you might have guessed from the ‘favourite book’ question) and tend to pick by individual book rather than genre, so will read literally anything that takes my fancy. I have liked at least one book in almost any genre you can think of. I especially love weird or unusual non-fiction. 

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I prefer to write alone, so I can’t imagine this happening. But I would love to see how other writers’ processes work without them knowing. Like a fly on the wall. Or on a web cam. That makes me sound creepy. Now, even if I wanted to co-write with someone, they’d probably say no!

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

That would depend entirely on what I was doing research for. Let’s say if I was going to research my latest book iRemember. The book deals a lot with concepts of time and memory and explores how fragile the past, the present, and future are. There’s a famous Shakespeare quote about the past being like a foreign country. Or something like that. Obviously, I’m paraphrasing. It’s a really good quote. But playing on that misquote, maybe that’s the foreign country I’d like to visit most of all for research. The distant past.

Thank you, SV Bekvalac and Rachel’s Random Resources

 

About the author

SV Bekvalac was born in 1987 in Croatia, in what was then Yugoslavia, but grew up in London.

She studied German and Russian at Oxford, and went to film school in Prague. After almost becoming a film-maker and then an academic, researching cities and films, she found herself writing fiction about cities instead. She started off with screenplays and short stories, but they got longer and longer. iRremember is her first novel.

She has lived in cities all over Europe. Now she lives in London, or in one of her own imaginary cities.

 

Author Links

Twitter  @sandra_bek @EyeAndLightning

 

 

Book Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/iRemember-S-V-Bekvalac-ebook/dp/B084Q9JVXV

For a limited time, iRemember will be available for only 99p.

https://www.amazon.com/iRemember-S-V-Bekvalac-ebook/dp/B084Q9JVXV

The Break Up by Tilly Tennant / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @TillyTenWriter

 

 

What happens when Mr Right goes rogue?

Lara doesn’t have a back-up plan. So when her safe-bet boyfriend Lucien dumps her for her best friend, Lara’s world implodes. Life after the break up stretches bleakly ahead, lonely evenings on the sofa with only a bottle of wine and her grey cat Fluffy for company…

Down the road, Theo loves his job as a jazz musician, giving other people great nights out before coming home in the early hours and unwinding with his loyal cat Satchmo.

What they don’t know is that it’s the same cat.

And when they find out, standing in the streets in their pyjamas, both on the hunt for their lost pet, sparks of the wrong sort fly.

Lara can’t deny that Theo is one of the most gorgeous men she’s ever met, but she can see exactly why he’s still single. They do say opposites attract… but is she ready to move on? And when Lucien comes back into the picture, will she be tempted back to her life before the break up, or risk everything on the chance of something new?

Previously titled: A Cat Called Cupid

 

 

Review

This book is about a cat, but not just about a cat. It’s more what the cat does and the consequences that are the start of this great story.

When you went through something devastating, an animal can often give you the comfort that you need.  At that moment it feels like he is the only one you can trust and the only one that stands by you. In return you would go through tick and thin for him.

After a period of grieve, it’s time to turn things around. Everything works out, but Prince Charming is still missing. Sometimes you need a little help from your friends. This time it’s a furry friend that makes wishes come true.

This is a lovely book about love lost and found, betrayal, friends lost and found, lies and trust written in a nice and fluent style. 

I love weddings and I was in for a treat here. There were parts that broke my heart and parts that made me smile. 

Every cloud has a silver lining and even if those clouds sometimes are very grey and filled with a lot of rain the sun will always break through to warm your heart and fill it with love. 5 stars

Thank you, Tilly Tennant and Bookouture

 

About the author

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. She wrote a 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. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.

 

Author Links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TillyTennant/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/TillyTenWriter

WEBSITE: www.tillytennant.com

 

 

Book Links

Amazon: https://geni.us/B08423K71C

Apple: https://apple.co/2G6oZxf

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2RAGGdF

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Paramedic Chris – Tim Parsons / #SpotlightPost #ChildrensAudioBooks

 

 

These audio versions of the Paramedic Chris books introduce children ages 4-10 to a day in the life of a paramedic and his friends. Children will learn valuable lessons about our important community helpers and what happens when you call an ambulance.

Stories are read aloud in appropriate language for young children to understand and learn about Paramedic Chris and his friends. These are fun and educational audiobooks that children will enjoy, written by Tim Parsons and are based on true stories from his experience working with an emergency crew as a chaplain.

 

All three episodes are now available on audio format and 50% of each sale shall be donated to Medway foodbank.

 

 

 

 

Tim Parsons is going live Monday morning with learn live for episode one of the book series:

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Thank you, Tim Parsons

 

About the author

Growing up, Tim Parson’s dad was a minister and due to his job the family moved various times. Born in Worcester, Tim Parsons currently resides with his wife and two sons in Rochester, Kent. Though he never really saw himself as an author, one of the biggest driving forces behind his success is a teacher who told him he’d never succeed.

The idea of the Paramedic Chris books came to Parsons one night when he came home from a night shift. He thought to himself, “You have things like Fireman Sam, but nothing for ambulance service.” Straight away he began writing down notes from jobs he attended with the ambulance service and turned them into stories for children. Filled with bright and cheerful illustrations, and based on real life events, the books are aimed for children ages 4-10.

Part of the reason for this age group with the stories is because Parsons wants to help educate the younger generation so they understand the importance of the ambulance service and the correct way to use them. The Paramedic Chris books acquaint children with what goes on in the ambulance service, as well as teaching what a valuable asset they are to the community.

The newest episode, A Sorry Bully, will give children another important lesson. It’s based on a visit to a local primary school for children to see the inside of an ambulance. One of the children ends up getting pushed and makes it so the rest of the children cannot see the inside. It teaches how the things you do and say affect other people. There’s also a big lesson on courage where the child is sorry for his actions

Paramedic Chris books have been receiving great reviews and Parsons is delighted and thankful for all the support. “The reviews make me want to continue writing more stories and aiming to help others more,” he says. One of the best comments he’s received so far was from a parent who regularly takes their child to appointments at the local hospital. They take the books with them each time they have to go because they help calm her son, especially when he hears the sirens.

With the Paramedic Chris books, Parsons hopes to spread the message for children to learn the correct ways to call an ambulance and not abuse the system, as well as how to love and care for one another. “I am hoping readers will be made aware of how hard my colleagues work within the ambulance service and can share respect to one another as a result,” he says. As simple values, such as respect, have declined in our current society, Parsons’ aim is to give back to the communities by helping rebuild respect in children so that they grow up to be loving and caring adults, making our communities better places to live.

With so many story lines ready and different subjects being recommended to Parsons, we’re sure to be seeing more delightful Paramedic Chris books helping children learn valuable lessons about the ambulance service, as well as caring for those in our communities.

 

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No Stone Unturned by Andrea Kane / #Interview #BlogTour @partnersincr1me @andrea_kane

 

 

WHAT IF YOU FOUND YOUR FRIEND DEAD AND FEARED YOU’D BE NEXT? 

Jewelry designer Fiona McKay is working on her latest collection of Celtic-inspired jewelry. She’s excited by the possibilities uncovered by Rose Flaherty, the antiquities dealer helping her research the heirloom tapestries inspiring her new collection. So when Rose calls to tell her she has answers, Fiona hurries to meet her. But her artistic world is shattered when she finds the lifeless body of the elderly woman.

Why would anyone kill such a harmless person? And what if Fiona had arrived just a few minutes earlier? Would she have been killed as well? Unnerved, she heads for her brother’s Brooklyn apartment seeking advice and comfort.

Ryan McKay, Forensic Instincts’ technology wiz is not amused by his little sister interrupting his evening with his girlfriend and co-worker, Claire Hedgleigh. But when Ryan and Claire hear the details of Rose’s murder, they fear that Fiona could be next, and quickly assume the role of her protectors. What they’re unaware of is how many people are desperately seeking the information now buried along with Rose.

A former IRA sniper. A traitorous killer who worked for the British. Two vicious adversaries taking their epic battle to America. A secret Irish hoard as the grand prize in a winner takes all fight to the death.

As the story woven into the tapestries passed down from McKay mother to daughter unravels, Forensic Instincts realizes that Fiona and her family are in grave danger. Together, the team must stay one step ahead of two rival assassins or risk Fiona’s life and the McKay family tree.

The link for Fiona McKay Jewelry is:   fionamckayjewelry.com

 

 

Q&A

Which character would you like to be in this book?

Without a doubt, Fiona. She’s such a dynamic personality, and her talent at creating beautiful jewelry is enviable to me (since I can’t draw a straight line). And her courage—coping with having her life in danger and still pushing forward with her goal—is awesome. I absolutely adored creating her and watching her take on a life of her own. Beauty, brains, personality, and talent all in one—plus a super-hot, super-cool brother—who could ask for more? She even has her own website now: fionamckayjewelry.com where you can go to view and purchase some of the exquisite pieces she created in No Stone Unturned. How awesome is that?

Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?

It depends on where I’m going. I need quiet and open space in order to read or write. And I get motion sickness in any form of vehicle you can name. So, frustrating as that is, reading and/or writing while traveling is out. But if I’m outdoors, or in a library, or in my office? Absolutely!

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

I’d rather be the most complex, clever, and dynamic one. Sometimes that’s the protagonist and sometimes that’s the antagonist. Whoever has the most layers, is the most interesting and the most cunning—that’s the character I’d want to be.

Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?

I’m biased about this question, even though I love writing both standalones and series books. But at this point, I’m really invested in the Forensic Instincts team. So I have to cast my vote for series books, since No Stone Unturned is the 8th book in the FI series and I can already start to feel the 9th one in the making.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

When I was a teenager, I did my homework on my bed, with notebooks and text books strewn all around me. Same in college. I was an English major, so I did a ton of reading—all of which I did sprawled out on the bed. Nothing has changed. My reading time is almost always on my bed, leaning back against my comfortable headrest and covered by a cozy blanket. Add a nice, hot cup of coffee, and I’m a happy camper.

Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

You can find me playing with my two-year-old granddaughter who is the light of my life. She’s a true joy and a blessing. During baseball season, you can find me glued to the TV, watching my NY Yankees and cheering them on (hopefully this year to a World Series championship). I’m also a word puzzle addict, which I do whenever I have a few minutes of free time and when I want to trick my brain into waking up and getting creative.

Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

Nope. I used to spend hours in bookstores, browsing, skimming, reading, and purchasing books. Unfortunately, so many of those bookstores have now closed, which makes me terribly sad. I miss those days when there were a ton of independent bookstores with staff and managers who knew my exact reading tastes and who loved books as much as I do.

What are you most proud of?

Without a doubt, my family. As proud as I am of my career, I’m even prouder of them. They’re compassionate, caring, fine human beings and they’ve been my support and my inspiration since I wrote my first novel thirty years ago.

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

It’s like giving birth to a new child each time! There’s still a sense of wonder and excitement that something I’ve worked so hard to create has finally come to fruition. Of course, unlike the way it is when you hold your new baby, I see more than the beauty. I also search for every flaw, hoping against hope that what I’m offering my readers is the very best it can be. I’ll never stop being a diehard perfectionist; it’s just who I am.

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

Write because it’s what your gut and your heart tell you it’s what you have to do. Publishing is a brutal business. Toughen up, and remember that the thing you have most control over is your work product. That’s where you should concentrate your energies.

Thank you, Andrea Kane and PIC Tours

 

About the author

Andrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty novels, including sixteen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles. With her signature style, Kane creates unforgettable characters and confronts them with life-threatening danger. As a master of suspense, she weaves them into exciting, carefully-researched stories, pushing them to the edge―and keeping her readers up all night.

Kane’s first contemporary suspense thriller, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, became an instant New York Times bestseller. She followed with a string of bestselling psychological thrillers including NO WAY OUT, TWISTED and DRAWN IN BLOOD.

Her latest in the highly successful Forensic Instincts series, NO STONE UNTURNED, showcases the dynamic, eclectic team of maverick investigators as they solve a seemingly impossible case while narrowly avoiding an enraged law enforcement frustrated over Forensic Instincts’ secretive and successful interference in a murder case. The first showcase of Forensic Instincts’ talents came with the New York Times bestseller, THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED TWICE, followed by THE LINE BETWEEN HERE AND GONE, THE STRANGER YOU KNOW, THE SILENCE THAT SPEAKS, THE MURDER THAT NEVER WAS (https://hottbooks.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=aff32f4c1276ddafdecdeeedd&id=ee11442c3a&e=b3db96e71a) , A FACE TO DIE FOR (https://hottbooks.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=aff32f4c1276ddafdecdeeedd&id=2b3e47b58e&e=b3db96e71a) , and DEAD IN A WEEK (https://hottbooks.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=aff32f4c1276ddafdecdeeedd&id=66bd57cd21&e=b3db96e71a) .

Kane’s beloved historical romantic suspense novels include MY HEART’S DESIRE (https://hottbooks.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=aff32f4c1276ddafdecdeeedd&id=881a34b9ef&e=b3db96e71a) , SAMANTHA (https://hottbooks.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=aff32f4c1276ddafdecdeeedd&id=3fafc52ce2&e=b3db96e71a) , ECHOES IN THE MIST, and WISHES IN THE WIND.

With a worldwide following of passionate readers, her books have been published in more than twenty languages. Kane lives in New Jersey with her husband and family. She’s an avid crossword puzzle solver and a diehard Yankees fan.

 

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