Blog Tour, New Author to me, novella, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: The Big Event By Anne John – Ligali

Blurb: You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action.

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.

A Gorgeous Venue, A Room Full of Friends, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvCuVY2m538

Purchase from Amazon UK

About The Author

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews.  She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

Social Media Links –

AUTHOR BLOG: http://annejohnligali.com/

AUTHOR TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AnneJohnLigali

AUTHOR FB: https://www.facebook.com/annejohnligali/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/booksnauthorsuk/

BLOGSITE:  www.booksandauthors.co.uk

BLOG TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BooksNAuthorsUK

BLOG FB: https://www.facebook.com/Books-and-Authors-UK-674729805905507/

Giveaway

Win Sparkly Afternoon Tea for Two at Vertigo 42 in central London and one e-copy of The Big Event.

To enter and for full terms and conditions, please follow the link for everything you need to know.

http://annejohnligali.com/651-2/

Review: Firstly, another massive thank you to Rachel for organising another fab tour I could be a part of. The Big Event may well have slipped through my radar otherwise but I’m so glad it didn’t. I love reading the odd novella and if they are written well enough you are left wishing, wanting and hoping for more, and Anne does not disappoint.

From the get go I felt myself going OMG yes. If I’m brutally honest my best friend always states how social media isn’t real life.

The Big Event – was an intriguing and real piece. In a world now obsessed by social media it makes sense to see more about it featuring in books. I totally get it, we are all in danger of falling into the social media trap over reality. This novella focuses on The Big Event- where a number of people who have been chatting on social media for years finally meet. It’s a funny story that shows how unreal social media can be. In some cases it’s great as you can keep in touch with people but in other cases there are a lot of egos.

I don’t want to give away what happens as it links to the next part in this series but I love how Anne has shown you can meet wonderful people online. Who cherish you and what you have done for them more than some of your real life friends.

The Big Event is a heartwarming, short treat that can be devoured over a glass of wine or a coffee. It will suck you in and have you smiling. Short but definitely sweet. I cannot wait to read more from Anne.

Rachel, thank you once again. Another pleasure.

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Blog Tour, New Author to me

Blog Tour: Christmas at the Little Knitting Box By Helen J Rolfe

Happy Hump Day lovelies today I am involved in a special blog tour for the book birthday of the Christmas at the Little Knitting Box.

I must admit I haven’t read this gorgeous festive treat but here at Hayley Reviews we have an extract from the book…

This extract is a scene with Dylan and his ex-wife, Prue…

Showered and ready to face his ex-wife twenty minutes later, he joined all three of them in the kitchen, where mayhem ensued. Ruby had eaten waffles laden with syrup, Jacob was still shovelling them into his mouth and Prue was sitting at the far end of the table in a camel cashmere sweater with her blonde, razor-sharp bob sitting perfectly. Expecting her to supervise the kids so they didn’t wreck the kitchen had clearly been too much to ask.

‘Thank you kindly,’ he said to Ruby when she put out a plate of waffles in front of him.

‘Syrup?’

‘Oh yes please.’ He ignored the syrup already trailing across the countertop as she turned the maple syrup bottle upside down. ‘Whoa, enough!’ He gently prodded his daughter in the ribs so she giggled addictively. ‘I want syrup with my waffles, not waffles with my syrup.’

‘Mommy doesn’t want any but I poured her juice.’

‘Well done.’ He tucked into his waffles as Ruby ran off to get ready for the day. At six years old, she was already quite the little lady. She’d been dressing herself since she was two, and that had set a precedent. She rarely wanted anyone to do anything for her and Dylan hoped it would last.

‘They’re big waffles,’ Prue commented, with a distasteful look at his plate.

Prue had kept him fighting fit right from when they first knew each other. She’d wanted a trophy husband, if there was such a thing, which begged the question why care now? Why care when they were divorced and she was an attractive, single blonde who could probably have her pick of men.

‘I think I’ve got room for another,’ he said, and Jacob appeared at his side to drop another waffle onto his plate. He squirted the syrup for himself. Actually, he didn’t want another, but this was fun, winding Prue up. Childish but amusing all the same, and after his disastrous date with Cleo, he needed cheering up. He’d checked his phone as soon as he got out of bed this morning, kicking himself for even thinking she was going to get in touch.

‘It’ll catch up with you, you know.’ Prue sat back appraising the kitchen.

‘What will?’

She nodded towards the waffles. ‘Eating like that.’

‘Come on, it’s a treat. Ruby is excited about having you here and taking us both to the school to see what she’s been doing.’

‘Are you still working out?’

‘What’s it to you, Prue?’ He scraped up the last of the syrup from his plate. He almost wanted to lick it just to annoy her. ‘Haven’t you found someone else to turn into the perfect man by now?’

‘That’s not fair.’ She finished her juice and at least had the good grace to take her glass and put it in the sink.

He cleared the kitchen while calling out to Jacob to let his sister get ready in the bathroom first. ‘So are you?’ he asked. ‘Are you seeing anyone else?’

‘I am.’ She was about to lean against the kitchen countertop as he stacked the sticky plates in the bottom of the dishwasher, but decided not to put her cashmere at risk. ‘His name’s Brian, he’s in finance.’

His profession came as no surprise. ‘How long have you been together?’

‘A couple of weeks.’

‘Do you think it could be serious?’

With a roll of her eyes, she said, ‘It’s not been long enough to know.’

He could smell her perfume when she moved closer to him. She’d worn the same fragrance since they’d got together. A heady, hypnotic scent that went with her image and he had no doubt cost more dollars than some people spent on their monthly grocery bill.

‘Are you seeing anyone?’ she asked.

He didn’t answer straight away but he was thinking about Cleo. ‘No. No, I’m not.’ It was true, wasn’t it? After last night, Cleo was unlikely to ever want to be near the man who was taking away her store, a part of her life.

If that didn’t wet you appetite here’s the blurb and a bit more information on Helen and Christmas at the Knitting Box.

Christmas is coming and New York is in full swing for the snowy season. But at The Little Knitting Box in the West Village, things are about to change …

The Little Knitting Box has been in Cleo’s family for nearly four decades, and since she arrived fresh off the plane from the Cotswolds four years ago, Cleo has been doing a stellar job of running the store. But instead of an early Christmas card in the mail this year, she gets a letter that tips her world on its axis.

Dylan has had a tumultuous few years. His marriage broke down, his mother passed away and he’s been trying to pick up the pieces as a stay-at-home dad. All he wants this Christmas is to give his kids the home and stability they need. But when he meets Cleo at a party one night, he begins to see it’s not always so easy to move on and pick up the pieces, especially when his ex seems determined to win him back.

When the snow starts to fall in New York City, both Cleo and Dylan realise life is rarely so black and white and both of them have choices to make. Will Dylan follow his heart or his head? And will Cleo ever allow herself to be a part of another family when her own fell apart at the seams?

Full of snow, love and the true meaning of Christmas, this novel will have you hooked until the final page.

You can purchase it at the below links.

Amazon UK:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-at-Little-Knitting-Box-ebook/dp/B01N7CMRV4

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-at-Little-Knitting-Box-ebook/dp/B01N7CMRV4

Author Bio:

Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction with an emphasis on relationships and love. She enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and characters who face challenges and fight to overcome them. Helen enjoys creating strong female lead characters and although her stories often deal with serious issues, they always have a happy ending.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

Born and raised in the UK, Helen graduated from University with a business degree and began working in I.T. This job took her over to Australia and it was there that she studied writing and journalism and began writing for women’s health and fitness magazines. She also volunteered with the PR department of a children’s hospital where she wrote articles and media releases. Helen began writing fiction in 2011 and hasn’t missed the I.T. world one little bit, although the I.T. skills have come in handy of course, especially when it comes to creating and maintaining a website.

After fourteen years of living in Australia, Helen returned to the UK and now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their children.

Website – http://www.helenjrolfe.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/helenjrolfewriter

Twitter  – https://twitter.com/HJRolfe

And there’s more we have a gorgeous giveaway win Christmas at the Knitting Box (paperback) and chocolate. What a treat!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33c6949451/

And there’s more the gorgeous book two is now available to pre-order

I love this wintery looking cover, a white Christmas would be magical.

Snowflakes and Mistletoe at the Inglenook Inn (New York Ever After, Book 2)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but is it the time to fall in love?

As the flames on the log fire flicker and the snowflakes swirl above the New York streets, maybe this Christmas could be the one that changes everything…

When Darcy returns to Manhattan, she’s put in charge of the Inglenook Inn, a cosy boutique hotel in the heart of Greenwich Village. The Inn needs a boost in bookings if it’s to survive the competition, so Darcy is convinced that hosting Christmas this year is the answer. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a face from the past, which can only spell trouble.

Myles left England behind and took a job in New York. It’s a step forwards in his career, and has the added bonus of being nowhere near his family. He’s also hoping to avoid Christmas, the worst time of the year. But when his company puts him up at the Inglenook Inn and he recognises Darcy, it isn’t long before they clash.

When disaster strikes, can Myles and Darcy put their differences aside to make Christmas at the Inglenook Inn a success?

Publication Date – 12th December 2017

Pre-order Now!

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

Thanks again Rachel for organising another brilliant blog tour. As I said I haven’t read these festive treats but I definitely hope to.

Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: The Little Wedding Island By Jaimie Admans

When Jaimie Admans tweeted yesterday saying she would be revealing her latest cover I was intrigued the pink was a hint and I’m so chuffed with the cover. The strap-line on the cover says a gorgeously uplifting romantic comedy – and this cover screams uplifting whilst it’s getting colder in London town where I am, this screams sunshine and warmth which is what I want right now.

I have been out doing a spot of Christmas shopping and having a little me time today although I had an awful experience in Nero but the cake was good.

Anyway I wanted to tell you all about this gorgeous treat I wasn’t part of the cover reveal team but I literally couldn’t resist I have been thinking about this book since I saw the cover. I may have requested on Netgalley so fingers crossed.

Here is the blurb: ‘Will you… pretend to marry me?’

Bonnie Haskett loves everything about weddings. She loves her job at a national bridal magazine and even has a deposit down on her dream dress. The only problem? She doesn’t have a fiancé!

So when Bonnie is sent to Edelweiss Island, known as ‘The Little Wedding Island’, it’s a dream come true. She’s heard the rumours, every wedding that takes place in the tiny chapel ends in a happy-ever-after.

But there’s a catch! Investigating the story, Bonnie needs to pose as a blushing bride – and the only man up for posing as her groom is her arch rival (and far too handsome for his own good) journalist Rohan Carter…

This gorgeous treat is available to pre-order here Now and it’s out on 2nd March 2018 it’s definitely one I’m looking forward to. I loved The Chateau Of Happily Ever Afters and here is my review of that. https://hayleyreviews10.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/blog-tour-the-chateau-of-happily-ever-afters-by-jaimie-admans/

Blog Tour, New Author to me, Uncategorized

And a Sixpence for Luck By Lilac Mills

Blurb: Daisy Jones has hit rock bottom. Or so she believes.

A cheating boyfriend, trouble at work, having to move back in with her mother, and being forced to compare her brother’s loved-up, newly-wed status and brand-new shiny house with her own dire lack of prospects, isn’t what she imagined her life was going to be like at thirty. To top it all off, Christmas is just around the corner!

Daisy, bless her, thinks things can’t possibly get any worse, but when her ancient great-grandmother persuades her to plant a silver sixpence in the Christmas pud for luck, Daisy is about to discover that they most definitely can.

Author Bio: Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!

She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…

When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.

Website: www.lilacmills.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lilacmills

Facebook:  https://en-gb.facebook.com/LilacMills/

Review: When Jenny mentioned this blog tour I was instantly interested. It looked like my sort of book and it sure was.

I must admit I haven’t finished reading this gorgeous treat but I did not want to let the side down. In a way I’m also kind of glad as I can give you a taster but you still need to read this gorgeous treat. I wanted to devour this as close to today and between work and family stuff it’s been pretty hectic.

Daisy is a character that you instantly fall in love with. She’s a girl after your own heart – without spoiling the story when Daisy realises that Freddie isn’t who she thought he was it’s both humorous and heartbreaking. As a 30 something myself I can relate to a few things that she says and goes through. Her family are a funny old bunch and the conversations will have you thinking of your own family dramas, trials and tribulations. Daisy’s job at Caring Cards sounds funny and Daisy’s ditties for musical cards are amusing to say the least.

What I truly love about this book is that it’s Christmas with a twist, there’s so much going on for poor Daisy but will the Sixpence give her the luck she needs and desires. If you’re looking for a Christmas book full of hope then this is definitely for you. Be sure to follow the rest of this fabulous tour. Thanks again Jenny for inviting me. I will have another update for my finished thoughts but I didn’t want to let you down – plus I’m also on a family day for my nieces birthday today.

There is a gorgeous giveaway follow the rest of the tour to find out how….as I’m not sure on what’s expected (sorry)

As it stands this gorgeous book has made me super super hungry what a Christmas dinner 🙂 more soon.

Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: The Cocktail Bar By Isabella May

Good evening all…I am so sorry for my lack of posts. I have had loads to say but I keep getting side tracked by work and feeling tired I had a well needed day off that was spent at the theatre yesterday and today I sure am paying the price. I’m well and truly shattered.

Anyway the reason I am here is to show you Isabella May’s second novel. I must admit I still haven’t devoured Oh! What a Pavlova yet but it is on my ever increasing TBR list. When Isabella posted this I knew I had to post… (Sorry Isabella that it wasn’t done on the same day you posted)

How gorgeous is this cover?

Isabella has been sharing Cocktail research on her various social media pages and I know this book will go down well.

So let me tell you more…here’s the blurb….

Rock star, River Jackson, is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductive Georgina is proving too hot to handle; band mate, Angelic Alice, is messing with his heart and his head; his mum is a hippie-dippy liability; his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie, AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.

Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one…

You can pre-order this beauty now and it’s out on 13th February 2018 just in time for Valentines Day you can find it Here

ebook, Quick Reads, Short Story

Ebook Review: The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club part two Undertow By Katie May

Blurb: It’s a brand new start all over again for Deb as she finds herself at the centre of attention after planning a protest to save West Beach. What lies in store for The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club?

THE WHITSTABLE HIGH TIDE SWIMMING CLUB is a serialized novel told in three parts – taking you through a year in the life of Deb (ageing bikini, sunglasses) and Maisie (black wetsuit, swimming shoes, goggles) and the other high tide swimmers. This is Part Two.
Deb has finally cut her feckless husband loose, but in many other ways her life is spiralling out of control. With no home, no money, and a chaotic love life, she finds an unusual way to keep both body and soul together.
She’s not even sure of her friendship with Maisie anymore. But there’s still something that bonds the two women together: their determination to stop anyone building on their beloved West Beach. And yet, as they begin to mount their protest, they find themselves threatened and ridiculed, and must fall back on every ounce of their resourcefulness to keep going.

What would they do without the High Tide Swimming Club, whose intrigues, dramas and escapades keep them afloat in troubled waters?
A heart-warming, funny and poignant story of romance, friendship, new beginnings and second chances.

Review: I adored part one and now I’m here to say I totally loved part two and just before writing this review I pre-ordered part three. Now I never like to include spoilers but I do like to give an explanation of the story as best I can. 

Now at the end of part one we were left wondering whether Deb, Maise and The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club would save West Beach – what I will say is that’s still an unanswered question, but my was it a treat to read. 

Deb is an impressive and real character and in part two you see her at her lowest plus seeing her grasp some confidence back. Maise sent me on an emotional rollercoaster in this part I won’t reveal what her doctors appointment told her as I believe every reader should experience it just as I did. But I felt myself screaming at her to talk to Deb – thankfully that happened before the end of part two.

There was a touching moment with Deb and Brian – it was nice to see his character come to life more. I also loved a moment between Maise and Edith that was so touching and really made me think of the thankful last moments and memories we made with my Nan right near the end. 

I really do love a good short story and this is another treat. I do love swimming too although I haven’t been recently as I’ve been rather under the weather. 

If you want a short story that pulls at your heart strings, a protest for the people and just good characters then be sure to download this treat. You can get part two Here

Blog Tour, New Author to me, Review

Blog Tour: Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe By Katherine Garbera


Blurb: There’s nothing so magical as Christmas in New York…

Santa is coming to New York!

Snow is falling, excitement is high and the delicious scent of chocolate drifts along Fifth Avenue – the Candied Apple Café is ready for Christmas! And no one is busier than publicist Iona Summerlin. With so much to do, she doesn’t have time to think about men, dating, or the fact her last boyfriend ditched her for her brother… Relationships are off the menu!
Hotel boss Mads Eriksson is not looking forward to the first Christmas since losing his wife. His six-year-old daughter Sofia has lost her belief in Christmas magic along with her mother, and he has no idea what to do. But an unusually festive business meeting at the Candied Apple – and meeting the beautiful Iona – starts to defrost Mads’ frozen heart, and suddenly life seems full of light and sparkle again.
If only they dare to believe, maybe all their Christmas dreams will come true!

Review: Firstly, I want to thank Rachel for inviting me onto this blog tour and secondly I’m so sorry it’s soooo late in the day. I have had the craziest week with work and feeling unwell. But I wanted to honour my slot. 

How can I do this book justice? What a gorgeous Christmas tale full of friendship, love, loss and grief. There were times when I found myself angry at the lead characters in Mads and Iona but I truly fell in love with the story. I wholeheartedly believe Christmas does make you wonder in terms of life and make you miss those who are no longer with us. Every year since my grandparents have passed I have missed them. Boxing Day was always the day we would spend at nan and grandads and now it’s our family day.

Christmas at the candid Cafe is a truly magical read and I wish I could have a peppermint mocha and to try the naughty and nice truffles. I don’t want to ruin any huge details but nearer the end I thought I wasn’t going to see a happy ending but thankfully I was happy with the outcome.

I must admit I love a book with a Hayley although sadly she is nothing like me. If you’re missing some Christmas cheer then I promise this book will bring it back to you. Plus if you enjoy a steamer love scene this is also available. I haven’t read anything but Katherine before but I sure will read some more after this. 

If you have read Katherine’s other novels give me a shout on what I should read. 

This gorgeous treat is available for pre-order Here it is released on the 14th December…

update, Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday: It’s been a while. 

Good evening wherever you are in the world. I sure have missed my meme. Sadly I haven’t had time to delve into the New Orleans Noir but I promise I will have something to share with you next week. 

Of late my minds been wandering a lot I have been making some small changes to feel better about myself which started with some selfies and moved onto a haircut. I’m trying to make more time for me. 

Today I ended up staying in my pjs (I actually believe I did the same thing on Sunday) ssssh although I don’t get that many chances to do that. It gave me time to spend some time doing me stuff. It started with watching Friends my that show is timeless I still find myself laughing out loud- I obviously posted the cover reveal thanks to Rachel and then I spent some time looking into the future, before immersing myself in Man Up 


A film that I watched a while ago. It’s funny and heartwarming showing that as humans we should take more chances as the wrong turn could be the right turn. It’s a comedy romcom but essentially it’s just telling each and everyone of us exactly what we already know. Live in the moment. I’m now to repeat a line from the film “Fuck the past.”

Do you have a mantra? Does it help. 

Sorry for the lack of sunshine although I’m longing for it as London is pretty cold right now. 

Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Just One Time By K.S. Hunter

Today I have the pleasure of sharing a cover reveal thanks to the lovely Rachel.


I love the cover it intrigues me, the red lips are very Pretty Little Liars a TV series I loved. 

Here’s a bit about the book….

Just One Time

The first novel by K.S. Hunter, the alter ego of an international bestselling author, whose identity will remain a secret.

Desire can have dire consequences

Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.

She is irresistible

Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.

What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.

She is insatiable

Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.

She is unstoppable

Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.

A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion. 

Publication Date – 7th December 2017

Author Bio – K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/author.kshunter

https://twitter.com/Author_KSHunter

Thank you for inviting me onto this cover reveal Rachel.

 

Book challenge

Book Challenge ends today :( 

Today sees the seventh and final book cover of the book cover challenge. But have no fear I’m pretty certain I will bring this back from time to time as I have had so much fun talking about books that have shaped my reading and my experiences. 

It’s been soooo hard to choose my final book so I started scrolling through my GoodReads list and a few jumped out but I’m going to go with this…


This was the first Daphne Du Maurier novel I devoured and I well and truly fell in love. Since then I have read Frenchman’s Creek which I also adored. I have a few more of hers that I purchased after falling in love – I believe Jamaica Inn will be my next read. 

Have you read any Daphne Du Maurier if so any recommendations for me? 

Thank you Kelly for this challenge I have loved it so much 😉