Friday, 9 March 2018

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May - Cover Reveal & Prologue

I am thrilled to be bringing you this gorgeous cover reveal for The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay today

Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Publication Date:  9 April 2018
Standalone Novel
Estimated Page Count:  364

Praise for Nicola May’s books

‘This book will twang your funny bone & your
heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson
‘A fun and flighty read’ the Sun
‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’  
WOMAN Magazine
Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she
inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village,
her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But
nothing is straightforward about this legacy.  While the
identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he - or she - has
left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold,
only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.
    Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything
she has into getting the shop up and running again in the
small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she
do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed -
and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?
    There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a
charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in
a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable
engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of
self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied
at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly
unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and
also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’
Rosa took off her bright red woolly hat and scratched the
back of her head furiously, causing her dark brown curly
hair to become even more unruly.
The tall, pinched-faced solicitor nodded. ‘Yes, of course we
have. Evans, Donald and Simpson do not make mistakes.
You, Miss Larkin, are now the official owner of the corner
shop in Cockleberry Bay.’
He handed the bewildered twenty-five-year-old a battered
leather briefcase and pointed to a small combination padlock
on its brass clasp.
‘Here. The will stated that you - and only you - can open
this, using your date of birth.’
‘This is all very strange,’ Rosa said.  ‘And where exactly is
this Cockleberry Bay?’
‘Devon, dear, Devon.’  The solicitor looked under his rimless
glasses. ‘I take it you know where that is?’
‘I may have a cockney accent, Mr Donald, but I’m not
‘Well, open it then.’ The solicitor was shifting from foot to
foot in anticipation. He confided, ‘We’ve been wanting to
know what’s in there for days.’
Showing no emotion, Rosa gazed at him with her striking
green eyes and asked coolly: ‘Is there anything else I need?’
‘Er, no - but are you not going to . . .?’
‘I need to get to work.’ Rosa put her hat and scarf back on,
zipped up her fur-lined bomber jacket and headed for the
door. ‘Thank you so much for your help.’
     And she was gone.
The solicitor peered crossly out of the window of the
offices in Staple Inn and watched as the young woman,
the briefcase in her arms, strode across the frosty
cobbled courtyard and out into the bustle of London’s
ancient legal quarter.

About Nicola May

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

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Far Cry From The Turquoise Room by Kate Rigby - Blog Tour

Today I'm taking part in the one day blog blitz for Far Cry From The Turquoise Room 

Genre:  Literary Fiction
Publication Date:  May 2011
Estimated Page Count:  220
Standalone Novel

Told from both daughter and father's perspectives, Far Cry From The Turquoise Room is a coming-of-age, riches-to-rags tale of loss, resilience, and self-discovery, set just before the millennium. It is also about the passage of childhood into puberty.

Leila is the eight-year-old daughter of Hassan Nassiri, a wealthy Iranian property owner, and younger sister to the adored Fayruz, her father's favourite daughter. 

But a holiday narrowboat tragedy has far-reaching consequences for the surviving family. Hassan withdraws into reclusive grief, when he’s not escaping into work, or high jinks with his men friends at his second home in Hampstead, leaving Leila to fend for herself in a lonely world of nannies, chess and star-gazing.

Leila eventually runs away from home and joins a family of travellers in Sussex, and so follows a tale of adventure, danger and romance – and further anguish for her surviving family. But how will she fare at such a young age and will her family ever find her?

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About Kate Rigby

Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in the south west of England.  She’s been writing for nearly forty years, with a few small successes along the way, although she has long term health conditions. Having been traditionally published, small press published and she is now indie published.
She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip was first published in 2010 and it has since been updated.

However, she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones.

Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007).
She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011). Hard Workers is to republished for a third time - in an anthology called ‘Condoms & Hot Tubs Don’t Mix’ - an anthology of Sexcapades - which is due to be published by Beating Windward Press in the US in February 2018.  It is her shortest ever story and yet the most popular in that sense!  All proceeds will go towards planned parenthood.
She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?).
More information can be found at her website:

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

A Mother's Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe - Book Tour & Book Review

Today I am excited to be kicking off the blog tour for psychological thriller A Mother's Sacrifice and I'm thrilled to be sharing my review with you

Publication Date:  9 March 2018
Publisher:  HQ Digital

It was fate that she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.
The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.

From the dramatic birth scene at the beginning to the dramatic unpredictable ending this was one rollercoaster of a book!
Even before Louisa and James bring home their longed for son something was not right - Louisa receives a congratulations card that rocks her world - but who it's from and why it stuns her is the mystery that kept me turning the pages.
Louisa is an anxious parent and she's suffered with depression in the past - not surprising given that she discovered her mother's suicide when she was little. But was she too anxious and too paranoid, especially when she believes someone wants to steal her baby.
So she's had a bad start in life but she feels that having her son is a new beginning for her and is desperate to be a good mother and prove to James that she can be, despite all she's been through, or because of it.
But someone is watching her and this part I found really creepy, they were outside her house.
There are hints of something else that happened in Louisa's past.  
I was totally gripped by the story from start to finish, lots of surprises and twists, I was constantly changing my mind about people, I distrusted everyone from her husband, to her friends and her awful mother in law!  The going back to Louisa's past in snippets gave me an insight into Louisa's mind and how she was like she was.  There was just enough information to keep me reading and wanting to learn more.
Fabulous writing, superb plot, sympathetic and well drawn characters, this is a complex and brilliant psychological thriller.

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My thanks to HQ Digital Harper Collins and Net Galley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review

Monday, 5 March 2018

Spring on the Little Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley - Blog Tour & Extract

Today it's my turn on the blog tour for Spring on the little Cornish Isles: The Flower Farm (Book 2) and I have an exclusive extract for you

Jess has lived at the idyllic flower farm on the Isles of Scilly her whole life, but when her boyfriend Adam leaves without explanation, Jess discovers that even her little slice of Cornish heaven can be lonely.

For the first time in Will’s life, he’s met someone he can’t stop thinking about. But nothing is simple when the woman of your dreams is working for you.

Gaby is running away from painful memories, and where could be more perfect than a remote island off the Cornish coast? But to put the past behind her, she must keep moving … however much she might want to stay.

Nothing is simple, even on paradise. Will love bloom for the residents of the little Cornish Isles?


With his rowing in the summer and rugby in the winter, plus the farm, her brother’s life seemingly was a full one. There hadn’t been much time for relationships, although he had dated a few women over the years. The longest lasting one had been with a Belgian woman who’d come to work in the ferry office in Hugh Town. She’d decided to go back to Ghent to study, so that had been the end of that. Will had wandered around in a gloom for a week or two but soon snapped out of it when rowing season started in the spring, so Jess had suspected he wasn’t too heartbroken.
Since then, he’d managed to acquire a reputation for being an impossible catch and even though he’d had a couple of flings with temporary visitors to the islands, he didn’t seem to have fallen hard for anyone special. That wasn’t so unusual because finding a partner among a small and ever-changing community was difficult in itself, not to mention when you were very busy and tied to a business, as Jess had also discovered over the years.
Before Adam, she hadn’t had the best romantic track record herself. A couple of flings that had fizzled out; one with a doctor who’d inevitably left to further his career on the mainland, and one with a policeman: ditto.
She counted herself incredibly lucky to have met Adam. She knew that moving in to his place was on the cards and she was looking forward to making a life together, and fingers crossed, having a family of their own one day.
And then Jess thought of her best mate, Maisie Samson. They’d been friends since their schooldays, although Maisie was a few years older. All the children from the smaller isles boarded at the high school on St Mary’s because it was too disruptive for them to constantly travel back and forth on boats every day. Maisie had taken Jess under her wing in the first year, and during the holidays when she’d returned from sixth form college on the mainland. As Jess grew up, they’d become firm friends.
Jess had supported Maisie through some dark times lately. Maisie had miscarried her previous pregnancy the Christmas before last. Far from being supportive, especially as Maisie has found it difficult to fall pregnant in the first place, her ex-boyfriend, Keegan had left very soon after, saying he couldn’t handle having children anyway. Keegan also happened to be Maisie’s boss at the brewery chain where she worked so after the trauma of losing her baby, Maisie had decided to come home to Scilly and help her parents run the Driftwood. How must she now feel, seeing her best friend, Jess, and Adam loved up? How would she react when Jess told her she would be moving in with Adam? And how would she feel when, hopefully, she and Adam had kids? Maisie would put on a brave face because she was a good friend, and Jess hoped that Maisie would find someone as sexy and just-plain-lovely as Adam, and they could all enjoy their families together. They could have their own little gig crew one day … well, you never knew. Miracles could happen.

But this wasn’t getting the cardboard ordered, and giving herself a stern talking-to, Jess refocused. Ten minutes later, she pushed away the keyboard in triumph and turned to the boys. ‘There. Done and dusted, fingers crossed.’

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Our Little Secret by Claudia Carroll - Blog Tour Exclusive Extract

Today is my stop on the Our Little Secret blog tour and I'm delighted to be bringing you an exclusive extract of this book thanks to Avon Books

Publication Date:  8 February 2018 (Paperback)
Publisher:  Avon

A sparkling story about what happens when you let someone into your life… but they turn out to want more than you’d bargained for!

Sarah Dee has the perfect life. A high-flying job in a law firm, a beautiful daughter and a house to die for. So how does she find herself looking in through the kitchen window while another woman enjoys it all?

When Sarah takes pity on a struggling young graduate who can’t get a job, she thinks she’s doing the right thing. She’s being kind, generous and helpful to others, as she always is. But as Sarah allows the younger woman into her home, her law firm and even her family, is there more to this pretty youngster than meets the eye? And could this be a good deed that goes further than expected?

Claudia Carroll does it again with an incredible new novel about what happens when your life becomes up for grabs…

Exclusive Extract


If only getting away from her mum was as easy, Darcy thought, as her dad dropped her outside the Dundrum Town Centre that Saturday afternoon. With her dad, it was a complete doddle. Ever since the separation she could play him like a violin. All she had to do was drone on about how hard she was working in school and how tired she was after a long week, then nine times out of ten the chances were he’d say, ‘so is there anything in particular you’d like to do today, love?’ In which case she had her answer all dressed up and ready to go.

Because Abi was dead right. There were few enough advantages to having separated parents, so why not milk the whole poxy situation for all it was worth?

‘Don’t suppose we could swing by the Dundrum Town Centre, could we, dad?’ she wheedled, glancing hopefully over at him from the passenger seat of his car. ‘Just for an hour tops, I promise, that’s all.’
Always best, she’d learned from Abi, to go in looking for significantly less than you actually wanted, then work your way up from there. Aim low; you always got further. Because Darcy had no intentions of staying in the shopping centre for just an hour; there was a gang from her class meeting in Starbucks, including Tony Scott, and wild horses wouldn’t drag her away from any gathering that Tony was at the centre of.
‘I dunno, Darce,’ her dad said warily. ‘Your mum already thinks you spend quite enough time there as it is.’
‘Yeah, but Dad, this is only for a bit. Besides,’ she added, trying to keep her tone light and breezy just like Abi always did, ‘I need piles of stuff for my history project and I’ll be able to pick everything up in Easons while I’m there. Come on, just one lousy hour, that’s all I’m asking. Then you and me have the whole weekend to hang out, don’t we?’
‘One hour then,’ Tom said, yanking the car off the M50 and taking the turn-off for Dundrum. ‘But if your mum gets to hear about this, then on your own head be it, missy.’
‘Thanks, Dad, you’re a star,’ Darcy smiled angelically, then immediately whipped out her phone to text Abi.
The reply came back immediately.

Shit, Darcy thought. She’d been looking forward to seeing her pal and maybe even bragging a bit to the gang about how they’d literally got away with daylight robbery just the day before. Still though, everyone else would probably be at Starbucks by now, and maybe it wasn’t any harm that Abi was grounded for the afternoon. She was always just a shade too flirty with Tony Scott for Darcy’s liking, even though she had a hot boyfriend of her own.

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