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Cover Reveal: Coming Home to Glendale Hall By Victoria Walters

Today I am overjoyed to share the gorgeous cover for Victoria Walters festive offering.

I don’t like wishing the year away but I honestly love this woman’s writing and cannot wait to get festive with her new book. I think a festive coffee and a cinnamon swirl may have to accompany me though.

What do you think?

So I’m going to tease you a little longer with some information on the book before sharing said beauty.

Blurb: No matter how far you go, home is where the heart is.

Beth Williams hasn’t been home for ten years. After falling pregnant at sixteen, she ran away from the imposing Scottish estate where she grew up rather than risk her family’s disapproval, working hard to build a life for herself and daughter Isabelle– but now she’s finally returning to Glendale Hall.

As Beth tries to mend her broken family ties, and fights to bring the community of Glendale back together, she soon realises that the story she has told herself for a decade might well be a very different one from the truth. Even though she ran from Glendale it has never left her heart. And, she soon realises, neither has Drew – Beth’s first love.

Will Beth be able to forgive her mother and grandmother (and herself) for what happened ten years ago? What will Drew say when he discovers the secret she’s been keeping from him for so long?

Can a festive trail bring the village back together? Will Christmas work it’s magic on Glendale – or will Beth be forced to run away from it all over again?

This absolute beauty is released on 25/09/2019 and I’ve already pre-ordered mine. Click here to get yours

Sorry that I’m a little late to the party WordPress issue but I’m here now.

How bloody gorgeous is this treat….

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Cover Reveal: The Christmas Wish List By Heidi Swain

I haven’t even devoured her latest yet but within a few days from her last publication Heidi Swain is back with news. Today she has shared with us a truly gorgeous cover for her festive novel that will be available in October 2019. I have a few of her festive ones and I’m not sure if I’ve read them all but I’m a huge fan of Heidi’s and her covers are always stunning and the content will leave me wanting more.

Blurb: After being let go from her job in a swanky hotel just weeks before Christmas, Hattie is feeling lost. Even more so when her high-flying boyfriend announces he’s landed his dream job in Abu Dhabi and asks her to move with him. Luckily, Hattie’s long-time friend Dolly is on hand to help and invites Hattie to spend one last holiday in the small, festive town of Wynbridge, determined to give her a Christmas to remember . . .

Upon Hattie’s arrival, holiday preparations are in full swing. But for Hattie, whose Christmas cheer has long since run out, it’ll take more than mince pies and mistletoe to open her heart to the season once more. Relishing the task of reigniting Hattie’s Christmas spirit, Dolly suggests they create a wish list of all the things the season can offer, and with the helpful hands of Wynbridge’s resident handyman, Beamish, Hattie finds her frosty exterior is starting to thaw.

As Wynbridge prepares for its most spectacular Christmas yet, will Hattie leave snowy England behind for life in a sunnier clime, or will she in fact realise that her heart’s desire lies much closer to home?

Heidi it’s stunning and I cannot wait to start my Christmas festivities with you and the Wynbridge crew.

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A sorry, a gorgeous cover and a little more….

First off I’m sorry for being seriously quiet this week. It’s been a crazy working week and I’ve been recuperating re the back. It’s a lot better thankfully. The test will be on Wednesday when I plan to head back to my Fight Klub class. Even if I have to reign in my aggression slightly.

Thanks to all of that I’ve managed to neglect my lil space on the Internet. Not for the want of trying I’ve just been so exhausted by the time I’ve crawled into bed.

This cover is so apt for the time of year I’ve been meaning to read some fantasy but as I stated earlier life has been somewhat hectic. I purchased The Chalk Man the other weekend and I still haven’t managed to devour it.

Another Kind of Magic

“I am a cat. But I am no ordinary cat. I am a witch’s familiar. I am also a woman, with a woman’s heart and a woman’s frailty.”

Nearly two hundred years have passed since Caitlyn was trapped by supernatural forces and black magic, and she has known many mistresses. This time, the witch she is enthralled to is Joan, wife of Llewelyn, Prince of Wales.

At first, this mistress appears no different to any of the others Caitlyn has served – until Llewelyn captures William de Braose, and Joan falls in love, risking everything, including Caitlyn, to fulfil her desire.

Caitlyn, meanwhile, has her own cross to bear in the form of the gallant and reckless Hugh of Pembroke…

Pre-Order Link: https://www.books2read.com/AnotherKindOfMagic

Author Bio –

Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…

Social Media Links –

Website – www.elizabethdaviesauthor.co.uk

Twitter  – @bethsbooks

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

Instagram – @elizabethdavies.author

No One Cancels Christmas

It’s the most magical time of the year, and for travel agent Sarah it’s also the busiest! But this year one man threatens to ruin Christmas for Sarah’s customers – Mr Grinch, Will Armstrong.

The Shooting Star Mountain resort is a magical place, and Sarah has fond memories of Christmas here as a little girl – visits to Father Christmas, husky rides in the snow and hot chocolate by a roaring fire. But as the resorts new owner, Will refuses to play snowball or to deck the halls with anything remotely resembling tinsel!

With customers complaining their Christmas is ruined, Sarah decides it’s up to her to convince Scroogey Will just how magical Christmas can be….

But getting Will into the Christmas spirit is hopeless – he is Bah Humbug personified! But as Sarah gets to know him better, she realises that underneath all the gloom is a man struggling with a pain of his own.

With the big day approaching, Sarah realises that the magic and sparkle can wait. This year, she’s going to spend Christmas day with someone special her very own Mr Scrooge…

Purchase Link

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-One-Cancels-Christmas-romantic-ebook/dp/B07CWTVJGD

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/no-one-cancels-christmas-romantic-ebook/dp/B07CWTVJGD

Author Bio –

Born in a small village in Staffordshire, I wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when I grew up. After many years, and many different jobs, my dream of writing a bestseller came true.

I write about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hope that my tales make you cry a little, laugh a lot, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

I now live in a Cheshire village with my family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Where you can find her-

Website: http://www.zarastoneley.com
Twitter: @ZaraStoneley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zarastoneley/

I am so ashamed with myself that I haven’t finished this gorgeous Christmas treat although I do feel that it would be better to devour closer to the big day. I truly love Zara’s writing and this will be the second of hers I have read. An actual review will follow but if you are looking for a Christmas book that will transport you further afield then look no further.

I hope to spend my Sunday getting organised so hopefully I won’t be posting anymore posts like this and feeling like a truly rubbish blogger.

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Book Review: A Christmas Wedding By Paige Toon

Blurb: The short story eBook sequel to Thirteen Weddings, from bestselling author Paige Toon.

Four years ago, following that fated thirteenth wedding, Bronte fled the UK and has been happily burying her head in the sand ever since. But when an email lands in her inbox from Alex, it seems her past might be about to catch up with her right here in Sydney. Is it time for Bronte to finally face her demons?

Review: I can’t believe I’m actually finishing this review before I do Thirteen Weddings justice. I was lucky enough to meet Paige earlier this year at YALC and we spoke about me needing to catch up on Thirteen Weddings before devouring her Christmas offering. I listened to Thirteen Weddings and truly adored it, I will review it as soon as possible. I always feel like I will never do it justice. I love that I still have a fair few of Paige’s gorgeous books to devour I will enjoy every second of them.

Where do I start….I had such a mixture of emotions in both books for Alex and Lachie just like Bronte but A Christmas Wedding had me from the off. I’m so annoyed that I didn’t inhale this treat when it pinged through on release day but I will say it’s been totally worth the wait. I started reading it in between a busy day but I must admit I have enjoyed longing it out slightly.

It was great to reconnect with Bridget and all the characters from Thirteen Weddings alongside the newer characters although there were a few I weren’t fond off Fliss for one.

Paige has a way of writing emotional scenes that leave me breathless. I find myself breathing out realising I had been holding my breath momentarily.

Now I’ve read both Thirteen Weddings and a Christmas Wedding I can see why there was outrage originally. I kind of agree but I must admit I had a rollercoaster of emotions for both men in this novella. Although one came across far more gently and thoughtful than the other – and at times in Thirteen Weddings I had thought the opposite.

A gorgeous festive read that will sweep you along and take you away from you own stresses in life. It can be read alone but some references you won’t get if you haven’t read Thirteen Weddings.

Paige thank you once again for enhancing my belief in love, even though it’s elusive for me right now. Another rollercoaster read that I truly truly loved.

So Paige and Cat the final question is what Paige book next?

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Twitter spoke so here I am??

So on my Twitter today I created a poll and today’s winner was something Christmassy….when I originally wrote that I thought it would be Christmassy and a review but I’m not done just yet.

This year I had the best of intentions with my festive reading and I’m still reading them. On my side is it’s still December (just).

I got home after returning to work to a few items of post one being

These gorgeous lipsticks that I ordered from a friend before Christmas – I cannot wait to try them out. I’m also hoping the names of them empower me they are called Determined and Reign.

I was also lucky enough to receive this gorgeous #TeamSparkly post.

It’s a Christmas card and a gorgeous decoration thank you so much Miranda. I truly loved Christmas in St Ives – I cannot wait to be reunited with these fabulous characters in June. That’s soooo far away.

Yesterday I got up at silly o’clock to brave the sales I still managed to watch Little Women and today I was back to work. I was eager to watch part two today but I’m seriously beat – was hoping to finish one of my festive treats by one of my favourite authors but as I type this I can barely see. On that note goodnight.

Any suggestions for tomorrow’s post? Leave a comment below..,

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Little Women…

Firstly, I hope you had a fantastic Christmas with your loved ones.

I’m sorry I have been a bit on/off with my blogmas attempt, but I am grateful to every comment, like and follow since I have tried. My views have improved which means I’m obviously saying something worthwhile.

How I’m still awake, and how I managed to watch this and think of something to say is outstanding. I got up seriously early this morning to brave the sales to start with as help and then for me. I had fun in a weird way if I’m honest. No books sadly, not yet anyway.

Watching Little Women this evening has prompted me to ask….have you read it? And what are your thoughts on the book by Louisa May Alcott.

I must admit this is a classic that I downloaded a while ago but have still not got around to.

Next year I would like to do better with my classic reading so this should feature. I have seen a mixture of comments regarding tonight’s first instalment of the BBC’s adaptation. I must admit I enjoyed it but I have nothing to compare it to – it has made me want to push this novel up my TBR list though, so in that instance the TV show has worked it’s magic.

What are your thoughts? I aim to be back tomorrow although I am back at work so anything is possible.

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Book and a Brew goodies…

So today I hoped to have posted a review but tomorrow I will make sure it happens.

My work day was kind of crazy and the evening has ran away from me. I’m currently reading a buddy read of You, Me, Everything which comes out next year and OMG it’s amazing.

So instead I want to talk to you about what I treated myself to. I have been wanting to purchase a Book and a Brew for ages and when I saw the Christmas box pop up I knew I had to.

I’m over the moon with my goodies. I didn’t know what to expect and I can safely say I will definitely be ordering again….I adore my gorgeously festive treats and can’t wait to get stuck in.

If like me you love books and tea then be sure to check it out http://www.bookandabrew.com/

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Christmas Traditions…..

Firstly so so sorry for missing yesterday. I haven’t been feeling great of late and if I’m brutally honest it’s kind of worried me. I had quite a productive reading day yesterday morning and later in the day I met my bestie for a gig – which sure was fun. I was meant to post but it slipped my mind and by the time I realised it was too late. Anyway thank you to everyone who voted on my poll on Twitter – so I decided to try and combine both something about me and Christmas and here it is.

This book has been in my family for as long as I can remember and the spine shows the love it has seen. We used to read this every Christmas Eve and now my sister reads it to my niece. So the tradition continues…..

What traditions do you have or have you had for Christmas?

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Guest Post: Katey Lovell talks Fandom.

Today I am honoured to have the lovely Katey Lovell here at Hayley Reviews.

As yet I haven’t read Katey’s festive offering but it will be happening ASAP just getting to grips with a buddy read plus I really must get on with my reviews eeeek. Once again I changed my mind on my blog post. All this trying to be organised I have ideas flowing round and round my head when I’m trying to sleep.

When Katey posted on Twitter asking if anyone would love to host her I knew I had to have her on Hayley Reviews and when I said I would try and attempt #Blogmas a few days late I knew this would be a perfect post.

So without further ado I hand you over to Katey.

I’m incredibly open about being a boyband fangirl.  I’m not at all ashamed of it, despite people frequently telling me I’m ‘old enough to know better’.  Being a fan is part of who I am, it is part of who I will always be.

Fandom has given me so much pleasure.

Those glorious, heart-stopping seconds where the lights go down at a gig and hazy, shadowed figures appear silhouetted behind a curtain…

The mixture of apprehension and excitement of hearing a new song for the first time…

The rare and fleeting moments when you get to tell the people on the posters on your wall how much joy they and their music have brought to your life…

It’s also given me friends the world over – some I’ve met and others I’ll probably never get to hug in real life – who I might have initially bonded with over Gary, or Harry, or Barry (OK, there is no Barry.  But it rhymed and I couldn’t resist) but who I’ve gone on to have conversations with about all sorts of things.  Politics.  Beliefs.  Emotions.  They’ve broadened my horizons, sent me care packages when I’ve been down, have willingly shared the pressure of buying tickets in a presale at 10am on a Wednesday morning (that’s not something you’d do for just anyone, I’ll have you know).

Clara, the female protagonist in my current novel, mentions she’s a Take That fan.  She’s a Howard girl, like me, and she tries to explain to Joe how there’s nothing quite like seeing a band live.  She encourages him to come to a gig with her, along with the warning that ‘Thatters are hardcore.  If you want the best spot [at a gig] you have to put the hours in [queuing]’.  When I was writing that section I was thinking about all the people I’ve been to gigs with over the years.  My first concert was Chesney Hawkes and my most recent Blondie, and there have been a whole host of artists and bands in between, including Take That many, many times.  I’ve shared those dimly-lit moments before the music kicks in with a lot of friends over the years. I’ve put in a lot of hours. But it’s been worth it, because what I’ve gained from being a fan is worth so much more than the time I’ve ‘lost’.

I’m currently working on a fiction book which explores what it means to be a fan and covers everything in this post and so much more.  I hope that one day I’ll be able to share it with you all.  But fangirls, until then, Clara is representing every one of you.  Keep on screaming, singing and swooning, and even if you’re ‘old enough to know better’ don’t ever feel as though you have to apologise for liking the things that make you happy.

Katey

P.S.  A little fun fact – if you’ve read all three of my novels you might have noticed that the members of Take That get mentioned in each of them – Gary in The Singalong Society for Singletons, Mark in The Café in Fir Tree Park and now Howard in Joe and Clara’s Christmas Countdown!

 Katey Lovell is the author of three rom-com novels published by HarperImpulse.  Her latest release Joe and Clara’s Christmas Countdown is a contemporary romance set in Manchester, available in ebook and paperback now.

If I wasn’t already excited for this I sure am now. So I best get back to my buddy read so I can get blog organised and then start this. Katey there will be tweets. You can buy Joe & Clara’s Christmas Countdown Here it will be read and reviewed soon.

Just like Katey I’m a proud fan girl!!

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Christmas Drinks…#blogmas

Sorry for the delay this was half written last night – and I didn’t expect to feel like death today. Have just got on my bus homeward so thought what better time to finish this.

So as most of you know I started #blogmas a few days late but stated that I hoped to bring you content for the remainder of December.

I love the festive period, mostly when I’m not stressing about gifts and over buying for one person whilst having no clue on another. Don’t get me started on also juggling bills – should we really have to pay bills in December and January?.

So the poll that I posted on www.twitter.com/HayleyTOfficial on Monday came with a resounding response for Christmas Drinks – as well as trying to catch up on reviews and posts that have sat in my drafts list for way to long. I also wanted to bring some Christmas content. Before I had really thought of #blogmas I had blogged about It’s a Wonderful Life – a film that will stay with me forever and I hope to educate the younger people in my life in years to come and to those who will come into my life in the future. (This is getting deep for Hayley)

Anyway a colleague of mine made a joke that I’m an alcoholic come the end of October ha. That was and is a joke, the reason it was said was because of my love for a number of festive or colder weather beverages a number of which are alcohol based.

I will be mentioning both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that I love especially during the festive season.

Gingerbread latte – now this festive favourite can be purchased all year round from the lovely guys at Costa. It’s only on Starbucks Christmas menu although if they have the syrup you can be lucky enough to get at other times of the year. This is one of my favourites but I must admit because I can get all the time it’s not my go to in December.

Eggnog latte I love this tasty treat from good ole Starbucks but I do like to customise it from time to time with a shot of peppermint. Yum. (You can also get the alcoholic Eggnog which did come up in a conversation earlier today as it so happens.)

Now in December there’s hot chocolate galore and why not. This festive favourite comes in many varieties. Fudge hot chocolate (thank you Starbucks – plus you can get sachets from your local supermarket) white hot chocolate again one I love adding peppermint to via Starbucks. My favourite at the moment is Salted Caramel hot chocolate with a generous amount of Baileys in it. Now that’s a gorgeous treat.

Of the Salted Caramel variety….

Irish Coffee Now those of you who have known me a while will know that this is my weakness. Although not the greatest lover of whiskey although I can drink it in this. Recently I devoured a gorgeously sweet Irish coffee thanks to the lovely team at Waxy’s Lil Sister, Soho, London. It was by far one of the sweetest whiskey based coffees I have ever tasted so so gorgeous.

However, if I am having an Irish coffee at home it’s usually a Baileys or Tia Maria kind.

Mulled Wine and Mulled Cider – Now this is a warming treat that smells like Christmas. That’s usually down to the fruit and cinnamon. I have had one Mulled Wine so far this season and it was fabulous sadly no photo ha.

Ooooh the one other thing I had been desperate to try last year was Winter Spice and it does not disappoint.

This season the Toffee Nut latte in Starbucks has changed and if I’m honest I’m not a fan of the With hazelnuts. Thanks but no thanks Starbucks.

So that’s my Christmas Drinks post 🙂 I hope it was worth the wait. Do get in touch if there is anything I should try.