Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Grumpies on Board by Carol E. Wyer

This is an A-Z guide of different and sometimes unusual activities and places to visit on holiday. With over three hundred different ideas to inspire you to get up out of that armchair and get out and see what the world has to offer.
The book is written in a tongue-in-cheek and highly humorous way. Author Carol E. Wyer takes you on an amazing journey all over the world. The book has been really well researched and facts are mixed with jokes and wit that will have you laughing out loud.
Although this book is really good fun, the tips and advice in it are really good. You do learn a lot from the informative information given in an explosive expression of witty words. There is a good variety of choice to suit all. You just do not know what to expect next from alternate destinations to extreme sports and leisure activities and so much more. Not the stereotypical holiday guide book for people getting older…. More for the young at heart.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Meet the Author - Melissa Foster & Bella Andre

Love on Rockwell Island, Book One
When Quinn Rockwell left Rockwell Island a decade ago to build a shipping empire, he never thought he’d return to live on Cape Cod Bay—that is, until his grandfather summons Quinn and his four siblings to take over the prestigious Rockwell Resort. Quinn is already working fifteen-hour days, and the last thing he has time for is his grandfather’s demands. But on his first night back, when Quinn finds a gorgeous and carefree woman skinny-dipping in his favorite cove, he’s tempted to ignore his work for a while…and focus on her instead.
As a free spirit who follows her heart and her dreams, Shelley Walters is not the kind of girl to wait around for Mr. Right, so she heads to Rockwell Island for the honeymoon of her dreams—a solo honeymoon. Ready for a week of sun and fun, she never expected to meet a man like Quinn Rockwell.
Wealthy and intensely driven, Quinn is everything Shelley swore she didn’t want. Refreshingly spontaneous and a true romantic, Shelley is everything Quinn never knew he needed. Drawn together despite their differences, during a week of sizzling-hot passion and deep conversations, they fall head over heels for each other. But when their perfect week on the island is over, will their love survive in the real world?

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
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Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of “The Sullivans” and “The Morrisons” series.
Having sold more than 4 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 23 times. She has been the #1 Ranked Author at Amazon (on a top 10 list that included Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, James Patterson and Steven King), and Publishers Weekly named Oak Press (the publishing company she created to publish her own books) the Fastest-Growing Independent Publisher in the US. After signing a ground-breaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s “The Sullivans” series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, and Australia.
Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America” and she has been featured by Entertainment Weekly, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and  TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.
Bella also writes the New York Times bestselling Four Weddings and a Fiasco series as Lucy Kevin. Her “sweet” contemporary romances also include the new Walker Island series written as Lucy Kevin.
If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Meet the Author - Tracey Scott-Townsend

On the cusp of adulthood, Rebecca Grey has no idea where her life is headed. Like many of us, she struggles to build a sustainable identity, a task made even harder by the fact that her mother is engaged in an extended breakdown and her absent father has another family to worry about. Dealing with their problems leaves little time for her own, and pretty soon, something has to give. As she toils under the weight of a tragedy that was never hers to begin with, Rebecca faces the impossible task of carving out a future for herself, all the while shadowed by the mistakes of her parents. Told with an experienced voice through the eyes of three characters.

Another Rebecca tells the story of one family’s moving inability to let go of the past, of love lost and found, and a young woman’s determination to pull herself out of disaster.

Author bio
Tracey spends her writing time in her much-loved shed. Its a world of her own making, like her stories. She says that stepping inside and closing the door behind her induces a feeling like the one you get in the hushed atmosphere of a church.  
She is the mother of four children, three of whom have now left home: one of them particularly far away. Still, shes sure that Australia will provide as much inspiration for her writing as Iceland has done, (another place she was introduced to by her son). Shes really hoping to witness a full show of the Northern Lights next time she is there.
Closer to home, Tracey enjoys travelling in the bus-with-a-woodstove with her husband and their Labrador, Riley. They are always on the lookout for a scenic layby in which to sleep. Last year they spent time all over the British Isles, including the Outer Hebrides, which will be the setting for a future novel. In a few years they plan to set off on the road (by way of the sea) for an extended period of time: after all, writing can be done anywhere.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Brides of War by June Tate

When Gracie Rider and Valerie Johnson leave their UK lives behind them to start new lives as GI brides in America after the end of the Second World War. They are full of hopes and dreams of what their lives will be. However all is not plain sailing, as they soon discover the reality of the dream to be not what they expected.

I really enjoyed reading this story, the brand new novel from author June Tate. It was the remarkable brave and strong leading ladies in the book that I really liked. Their determination, strength and independence to get what they want out of life, makes the story intriguing and the characters very likeable. I would really like to see what happens next for these wonderful women. I do hope there will be a sequel.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Secrets of the Heart by Adrienne Vaughan

Marianne Coltrane is looking forward to finally settling down with her movie star partner, Ryan O’Gorman on the remote Irish island of Innishmahon. With its small population it is the perfect place for them to escape the constant pursuit of the paparazzi, and all that comes from being in the public eye when you are a famous movie star.

All does not go to plan and soon they are caught up in the real life drama of life. When a storm hits that could tear the couple apart, they are faced with life changing decisions and Ryan shows just how committed he is to Marianne and what is he is willing to risk for them to be together. Marianne must face her own commitment fears and have faith in their love.

This is the final instalment of the wonderful Heartfelt Trilogy of books. Although the books can be read as standalone books, I highly recommend that readers read each of these wonderful books. The island of Innishmahon provides a beautiful setting for the books, and the characters really pull you into the heart of the story. This is so much more than a romance story; it is an action and adventure story too.  I will really miss my escape to Innishmahon, and all the warmth and comfort the isle gives the reader in a remarkable read.  

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Don’t Pass Me By - Julie McGowan

When Lydia’s house is destroyed by an explosion in the blitz, she sees it as the perfect opportunity to flee and join a group of evacuees to safety in South Wales. What she needs to run from is just as much putting her life at risk than any bomb. Arthur and Amy are two school children also evacuated out of London to the small peaceful village in South Wales. While some of the characters are fleeing from danger, and to find safety, others are walking straight into events that will change their lives forever.

This is one of the most incredible moving stories that you can read, the author does not shy away from telling an amazing story, which covers some very dramatic events, and tragic circumstances.  With a good balance of good and bad characters with an amazing storyline that is gripping, this wartime drama is not to be missed. I will look forward to reading more books by the author Julie McGowan.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Meet the Author - Margaret Whittock

Margaret Whittock is a writer and researcher, living in London. To date she has written two novels, a non-fiction book, a number of short stories and journal articles. Her first novel, Ghost of Gallipoli, was
inspired by the chance discovery of her great uncles’ graves at V Beach, Gallipoli, during the late 1990s. This poignant find led Margaret to research both the history of the Gallipoli Campaign and that of her own family. Coupled with her personal experiences of diplomatic life in Istanbul, she wrote Ghost of Gallipoli as a tribute, not just to her great uncles, but to all the young men who died so tragically at Gallipoli, and to those they left behind. As the Centenary of the Campaign approaches in April, 2015, prompting remembrance ceremonies across the world, their story is particularly pertinent at this moment in time.
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Ghost of Gallipoli:

The outbreak of World War One: caught up in the fervour of the moment Jack Callaghan leaves his home town in Ulster … and his sweetheart Mary … to enlist in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. The lovers will never see each other again for in the carnage that was Gallipoli Jack loses his young life, violently and prematurely on V Beach. But, though his body is mangled, Jack’s spirit lives on, his appetite for revenge nurtured by the knowledge that he and his comrades were slaughtered needlessly, due to their incompetent officers’ mistakes.              
For over eighty years now this vengeful revenant has bided his time, knowing that one day, someone would come to help him seek the retribution he craves. At last, that person has arrived: Jack’s great-niece, Ellie, relinquishing an academic career to wed her diplomat lover, Harry, in Istanbul. However, unbeknown to Ellie, it isn’t just Harry who awaits her arrival at the historic British Consulate.
Despite her best efforts to settle in, Ellie cannot understand why she finds herself so much at odds with diplomatic culture, or why the Consul General’s wife, Alice, appears to detest her. Ellie’s isolation increases as she learns her new husband and his colleagues are keeping something from her, a secret that everyone else seems aware of. As the atmosphere in the shadowy old Consulate grows ever more sinister, Jack gradually reveals himself to Ellie in a series of spine tingling encounters. Finally, he tells his terrible story to his great-niece, who, by now, is questioning her sanity. Privy to the most secretive of goings on, Jack exposes the political machinations going on around Ellie. Appalled by his revelations, she becomes Jack’s accomplice in his search for retaliation … with unimaginable consequences … not just for Ellie, but all of those around her.
Set against the fabulous background of Istanbul, Ghost of Gallipoli is a ghost story, thriller, and love story … and an account of the trials and tribulations of learning to live in an alien culture. Principally, however, it is a tale of how the sins of the fathers may be revisited on their descendants, regardless of time or place.