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Weekly Update #9

Well it feels like only yesterday I was penning last weeks update. In some ways the weeks are flying by in others they really aren’t. So Happy Saturday I hope you are well and safe wherever you are in the world right now.

I’m sorry that this update has come later in the day than usual. As I stated this morning in finishing Annette’s debut I was compelled to write and post that as I have commitments tomorrow and I didn’t want it to wait until Monday.

So it’s been another week of running I finished week 5 and started week 6. Wednesday saw my longest run to date with a 20 min run. It was tough going but I loved every single second of it.

Monday week 5 Run 2
Wednesday week 5 run 3 after my 20 min run
Week 6 run 1

So the last week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday I ended up running into Lewisham and treating myself to a Starbucks I sure had missed them but I was also kind of on edge on the days when I was there later and more people were around.

What have I read this week???

I finished these beauties.

What’s been on the blog this week??

There wasn’t a post on Sunday I believe I was reading and time ran away with me, this sentiment baffles me in a way as at the moment it feels like we have so much time on our hands.

On Monday I posted my thoughts on Santa Montefiore’s Here and Now this was my first Santa read and what a book you can read my post Here.

On Tuesday I wrote my mid year update well it’s mostly my lockdown reading update it’s a long one with a whole host of links to the 47 lockdown reads at the time. You can read that Here.

On Wednesday I was sharing one of my most favourite posts it’s a gorgeous cover reveal and you can see it Here.

Thursday was dedicated to Holly Hepburn – I stopped what I was reading to devour this beauty and here are my thoughts.

On Friday I was swayed from writing a review to writing about a new found love you can read my piece on Running Here.

So as well as this post which I’ve come to really enjoy writing, although I wish I had prepped it more. As obviously I was finishing and reviewing Annette’s novel and I’m powering through a different read for a blog tour tomorrow so watch this space. Here is Annette’s gorgeous debut once again you can read my thoughts here.

It’s been an interesting week I could have juggled my reading and writing a little better but we live and learn.

I don’t believe I’ve purchased anything additional this week. I was asked to show my hauls or buys I mean I have overly clicked here and there on 99p reads. I haven’t finished my current audiobook from the library as I wanted to organise my blog tour and Netgalley commitments.

If there is anything else you would love to see on Hayley Reviews do get in touch? Also if you’re an author or blogger who would like to be featured I would love to host you.

2020, Cover Reveal, New Author to me, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Coming Home to Penvennan Cove By Linn B Halton

I’ve said it before and will more than likely say it again….I’m a sucker for a cover reveal and this one just ooozes summer sunshine and seeing as it looks like I’m traveling via books this year I’m all for these types of books.

So before I show you exactly what you came here for here’s the book blurb.

Can Kerra’s Cornish hometown offer the fresh start she needs?

When Kerra left the quiet Cornish town of PenvennanCove for the bright lights of London she didn’t look back. But after the death of her mother, she’s decided it’s time to face her past and return to the place she called home. Her father needs her, and perhaps she needs him more than she’s willing to admit?

Tackling town gossip, home renovations and a flame from her past, it’s not quite smooth sailing for Kerra. Ross is the bad boy she was meant to forget, not a man who still sets her heart aflutter. As he helps bring her dream home to life, they begin to break down the barriers that have been holding them back and in the process learn things about themselves they never thought possible.

As friends old and new come together, the future in Penvennan looks bright.

About the Author: From interior designer to author, when Linn B. Halton’snot writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestivalof Words Book Awards. Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic. Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. Linn writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Follow Linn: 

Facebook: @LinnBHaltonAuthor

Twitter: @LinnBHalton

Website: http://www.linnbhalton.co.uk

Buy links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3imrixN

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3f1Nknq

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2VBXlA7

Now for what you’ve been waiting for….

Isn’t it gorgeous this beauty is released on 8th October… I must admit I’ve never read anything from Linn maybe it’s time to start.

2020, Author Love, blog blitz, Blog Tour, Buddy Read, Cover Reveal, Libby, New Author to me, Review, Uncategorized, Weekly Update

Weekly Update #8

Another week has flown by. It was a bit of a weird one for me few things I had to do and help sort out where possible, and I was a bit headachey. So after finishing Call Me Joe last Sunday I started…

And I thought it could have been my final June read but I literally didn’t have the headspace so…

So this week I haven’t finished a book since last Sunday I should finish my audiobook today and hopefully get back on track with my Jaimie Admans read and my buddy read which is my very first Santa novel – I do own a few others so watch this space.

I’m intrigued and a little saddened already.

Running seems to be my newest addiction that has stuck. Monday and Wednesday saw runs 2 and 3 of week 4 and wow the pace is definitely hotting up.

Monday week 4 run 2
Wednesday week 4 Run 3

Friday was the start of week 5 and wow it has increased again with three runs of 5 mins and wow!!! My persistence and resilience shone through and I’m so so proud of myself it was the hardest but my most rewarding and fun.

Week 5 Run 1

Now I don’t know who said it or where I read it but someone said about having motivational songs or songs you love. I made a playlist of a few upbeat songs of Westlife and a Mr Ronan Keating and my it helped especially on my final run I was feeling it and hearing a Ronan track live from 2013 was the motivation I needed to not give up and to keep on running no matter how much I wanted to walk and it sure did work. I have a new aim for my next run. Week 5 is definitely a change in tempo and where we usually repeat the same format each of the 3 runs is different with Monday’s having two 8 min runs that’s two and a half songs right?? Those of you on my Twitter will see I regularly update my run info almost instantly but as ever I will keep adding it to my weekly Update.

So what was on the blog this week??

On Sunday I posted my thoughts on The Girl on The Train film and you can read it Here.

As ever I apologised for double posting and then pretty much double posted on both Monday and Tuesday but I’m pretty proud of all four of them posts with a few blog tour commitments kept.

Up first was a blog blitz for Shalini The Defence Of Exeter Station can be read Here. I had also agreed to a blog tour via Red Door and they have been pretty good to me and their books have often taken me on journeys I would never have chosen you can read my thoughts on Call Me Joe Here.

Tuesday was another unique day following last weeks Top Ten Tuesday this weeks prompt got under my skin so here is a Top Ten Tuesday brimming with my favourites and you can read it Here. I’m a sucker for a cover reveal and having already posted I came across this and had to share the gorgeous Hit List by Holly Seddon Here.

I welcomed July with what I read in June and you read that again Here. Not as impressive as May but still not a bad effort.

There wasn’t a post on the Thursday and I didn’t want to post something half hearted. I’ve prided myself on being more organised and posting when it’s sufficient. So yesterday I posted my July TBR (although I rarely post these so let’s see if I can actually read all these and a few more shorts) hoping I haven’t jinxed myself. You can read it Here.

Feeling headachey hasn’t helped hoping lots more fluids and stuff will help and I can smash my reading goals and keep the blog consistent. As ever I’m always looking for inspiration and feedback so if you would like to see more of something and less of something else do get in touch. I may add books I’ve purchased or loaned from the library?

Here’s to a bookish weekend…

2020, Cover Reveal, New Author to me

Cover Reveal: The Hit List By Holly Seddon

I know I know just yesterday I was saying how I would be limiting my double posting and bam another double post day.

I had already posted today and then I had seen Holly Seddon was looking for help with her cover reveal. Those that know me will know I’m a sucker for a gorgeous reveal so here I am.

So before I show you what you’ve came for let me tell you a bit more about the book in question. To start with Holly’s next book has had a name change and it is now called The Hit List. It also has a gorgeous new cover which I will be sharing with you today and it’s also coming out six months earlier than it was expected to. It’s available for pre order now and can be done so Here. The ebook will be coming out on 28th August 2020.

Like woah!!! That’s a lot of cool information before we even delve into the actual blurb.

Blurb: What would you do if you found your name on a hitlist? And your late husband put it there?

When Marianne’s husband Greg is knocked off his bike and killed on the way to work, she must unpick the life he left behind. Numb with grief, Marianne consoles herself by scouring Greg’s laptop, finding comfort in reading his old emails and tracing his footsteps across the web. Until one day, she discovers that he had been accessing the dark web. Why was Greg, a principled charity worker and dedicated husband, logging on to a website that showcases the worst of humanity’s cruel impulses and where anything is available for a price? Marianne steels herself and logs on. After tentative searching, she discovers her name on a hit list.

In this fast-paced, powerful and exceptionally plotted novel, Marianne must figure out whether Greg was trying to protect her or whether he was complicit in the conspiracy for her murder. As she is pulled deeper into the depths of the underworld that Greg was seemingly hostage to, she gets closer and closer to coming face to face with Sam – the assassin hired to kill her. The dark truths that Marianne uncovers speak volumes about the dark underbelly of our society and forces us to question how far we would go to protect those we care most about.

If that wasn’t enough to make you hit the pre-order button then here is the gorgeous cover to the thrilling The Hit List…

Now as soon as I saw the cover I was sold and then reading the blurb I was left intrigued and wanting to read it instantly. So it’s safe to say I’ve hit that pre-order button. I haven’t read any of Holly’s books shamefully but I did win Don’t Close Your Eyes from Holly from Twitter so I aim to read that before The Hit List hits my Kindle. I’m hoping it will be a much needed treat once I’m back at work as today I found out we won’t be returning just yet. My books have cheered to that knowledge….

So what do you think???

2020, Blog Tour, Cover Reveal, New Author to me, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: The Eliza Doll by Tracey Scott – Townsend @Wildpressed @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

Happy Hump Day….it’s set to be a scorcher today so I’m up early to go for my run. Today I’m pleased to share with you a cover reveal thanks to Kelly @lovebooksgroup.

So before I go any further let’s tell you a bit about The Eliza Doll.

Blurb: Ellie can’t work out whether she’s running away from the past or towards a future she always felt she should have had. She left university and had baby after baby without even meaning to. But it was her third child she blamed for ruining her life.

Now her children have grown and Ellie is on her own. She shocks everybody by selling her home and moving into a converted van to travel the country selling handmade dolls at craft fairs.

It can be lonely on the road. Ellie has two companions: her dog, Jack, and the mysterious
Eliza who turns up in the most unexpected places. At every encounter with Eliza, Ellie feels as if she’s standing again in the aching cold of a waterfall in Iceland, the sound of crashing water filling her with dread.

Ellie can’t change the past. But is it really too late to rectify the bad thing she did when Eliza was a baby?

Author bio: Tracey-Scott-Townsend is the author of six novels — the most recent The Vagabond Mother (January 2020) and Sea Babies (May 2019) — all published by Wild Pressed Books and Inspired Quill Publishing. Reviews often describe her novels as poetic or painterly.

She is also a poet and a visual artist. She has a Fine Art MA and a BA (Hons) Visual Studies. She has exhibited paintings throughout the UK (as Tracey Scott). She has a long career as a workshop facilitator with community groups and in schools.

Tracey is co-director of an up-and-coming small independent publisher, Wild Pressed Books, which has a growing roster of authors and poets.

Mother of four grown-up children, Tracey spends as much time as possible travelling the UK and Europe in a camper van with her husband and two dogs, writing and editing while on the road.

And now for the cover you’ve been waiting for…

It sure is an interesting cover and thank you once again to Kelly for including me in this cover reveal. If you want to purchase this beauty you can do so Here.

Have a good day and the rest of the week. If you have a burning question for me or would like to see anything specific here at Hayley Reviews do get in touch.

2020, Author Love, blog blitz, Blog Tour, Buddy Read, Cover Reveal, Libby, Review, Uncategorized, Weekly Update

Weekly Update #6

So another week has passed and it’s been a weird one. Not all good but not all bad either. This week has also shown me in an abundance that I have some truly awesome people in my life and I’m forever grateful to them.

Hayley & Jess sent me this super thoughtful card and I received it just when I needed it.

This last week I finished week 2 of Couch to 5k and just yesterday I undertook week 3 run 1 and I’m so shocked at my progress in just 3 weeks. The 90 sec run that seemed hard previously I’ve paced well and as much as the 3 min runs were hard I got through them.

End of week 2 and first of week 3.

So what have I read this week??

After finishing Hello Again I fancied some short reads.

So what’s been on the blog this week?

Last Sunday I posted my thoughts on the truly heart wrenching What Doesn’t Kill you? And you can read my thoughts Here.

Monday saw a blog blitz for the lovely @lovebooksgroup and you can read it Here.

Isabelle Broom is one of those authors who always manages to sweep me away and leaving me full of wanderlust you can read my thoughts on Hello Again Here.

Wednesday saw another blog tour post thanks to @lovebooksgroup and this sure is an interesting one. You can read it Here.

Thursday was dedicated to an exceptional lady in Victoria Walters and here I am showing you the gorgeous cover reveal of the third book in the Glendale series Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall.

I keep asking what your thoughts are on double posting on Friday I had another blog tour commitment and you can read that Here. I read and really loved Cathy Bramley’s free novella and wanted to share my thoughts you can read my piece on Rescue Me Here.

I’ve restarted We are all Made of Stars but I’ve been in a bit of a weird headspace so haven’t listened to much. I have however started On The Come Up it’s very different to what I’m used to but I’m truly loving it.

I am trying to diversify my reading so would love any recommendations. I’m also hoping to add more short reads to my reading. As I’ve said before if you would like to see any specifics on my blog or my update do get in touch.

2020, Author Love, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall By Victoria Walters

Now today I have an extra special treat for you here at Hayley Reviews. I’m such a fan girl of Victoria Walters and she’s got a stunning novel coming out in September. It’s the third book in the fabulous Glendale series, it’s always an honour to showcase anything from Vicky but my it’s an absolute beauty….

So before I show you what you’ve came for I’m going to let the blurb speak for itself.

What happens when love takes you to unexpected places?

Heather Douglas appears to have it all. But living on a farm in the Scottish Highlands with her partner, Rory Fraser, all while bringing up their adorable toddler, Harry, isn’t easy. As a former librarian, Heather is worried that she’ll never fully fit into life on Fraser Farm. And after the death of her beloved mum five years ago, Heather feels lost, as well as guilty for holding back accepting Rory’s marriage proposal because she can’t imagine her wedding without her mother.

So when ex-boyfriend, Stewart, appears in the village of Glendale, it’s a shock to the system. The man who broke her heart years ago now has big plans for the neighbouring farm and wants Heather to be part of the development. Knowing that she’s living a very different life to the one they had planned at university leaves Heather wondering if she has made the right choices since she and Stewart broke up. Especially when things start to go very wrong on the farm …

This Christmas, Heather will need to face her fears and let go of the past or risk losing everything. She will need love, faith, and a whole lot of hope!

Pre-order links:

Amazon https://amzn.to/2Y6P1dt

Apple https://apple.co/3emKwBn

Kobo https://bit.ly/37AMc7D

If this is your first introduction to Vicky then you’re in for a treat and you have time to download and read the first two before this gorgeous novel comes out in September.

Isn’t it gorgeous….

I’m super happy and excited for Vicky and I cannot wait to delve into Christmas in September. As I said if you haven’t read anything then please check out Victoria Walters book link. In honour of this gorgeousness this will be my only post today even though I’m itching to share some other book thoughts.

2020, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: A Perfect Paris Christmas By Mandy Baggot

Good Afternoon, I’m really spoiling you guys today with a double trouble posting. I cannot resist a cover reveal and I know I can hear you saying really already. Yes, today courtesy of Aria Fiction I am sharing with you a cover of a Christmas book.

So let me tell you a bit about it.

Blurb: United in grief. Pushed apart by tragedy.

Keeley Andrews knows more than anyone that you only live once. So when she receives an invitation to spend two weeks in Paris, all expenses paid, she jumps at the chance.

Ethan Bouchard has had the worst eighteen months of his life. He’s ready to give up on everything, including his hotel chain. So when he meets Keeley, it simply isn’t the right time.

As Keeley and Ethan continue to bump into each other on the romantic Parisian streets, they can’t help but wonder whether this is fate telling them to let go of the past and leap into the future…

Head to Paris this Christmas and fall in love under the lights of the Eiffel Tower with best-selling author, Mandy Baggot.

It’s vibrant isn’t it…loving the sprigs of holly in the corners…not that I want to think about Christmas just yet.

About the Author: Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

Follow Mandy: 

Facebook: @mandybaggotauthor

Twitter: @mandybaggot

As much as this is a Christmas novel it is released on 3rd September and can be pre-ordered on the following pre-order links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2MpVrh4

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3072QtL

Google Play: https://bit.ly/3gOPHvv

Follow Aria 

Website: www.ariafiction.com

Twitter: @aria_fiction

Facebook: @ariafiction

Instagram: @ariafiction

2020, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Let’s Get Published By Val Penny @valeriepenny @lovebooksgroup

I’ve always been a sucker for a cover reveal and I’m pleased to say that I’m sharing one with you today. It had been a while but I’ve got back into having a steady flow of these here at Hayley Reviews. Once again I would like to thank Kelly @lovebooksgroup for inviting me to this reveal.

So before we get to the good stuff let me tell you a bit about Let’s Get Published by Val Penny.

Blurb: At last, a book that is easy to read and tells it how it is! The book was written to assist authors to maximise their success when submitting work to agents or publishers, to help authors consider their priorities and preferences for getting work into print. To advise authors on how to identify the agents and/or publishers they want to approach. It should also assist with editing their manuscript fully prior to submission. The book offers advice about how to prepare a submission package to give an author the best chance of success. The road to becoming a successful author is not easy, but it is rewarding. Let this book take you on the journey.

Without further ado here is the striking cover for Let’s Get Published.

I’ve gotta say I’m a sucker for a post it note. During lockdown I’ve used a few more of my small post it’s on my buddy reading and it’s felt good. That clock also reminds me of my childhood with a smile.

About the author: Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, Hunter’s Secret, is published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published is available now.

If you’ve liked what you’ve seen and read today then head over and purchase it here.

Thank you once again Kelly. There will be a second blog post from me later today so watch this space, and once again I will be doing a Q&A on Friday so feel free to send me over any questions you would love me to answer.

2020, Author Love, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Déjà Vu Here We Go Again…by Melody Saleh @MelodySaleh @lovebooksgroup

Happy Saturday all and today I’m pleased to share a cover reveal thanks to Kelly @lovebooksgroup. I am bringing you the cover of Deja Vu Here We Go Again By Melody Saleh which is released on 23rd June and you can pre-order it Here.

So what is Deja Vu… Here We Go Again all about.

Here’s the blurb: Happiness is finally within reach for best friends, Amber, Dominque, Debra and Zya.  But fate has other plans…

Pregnant and widowed, Debra is engaged to suave and charming Italian heartthrob Roberto.  So why does her heart race when she thinks about her therapist, Brian?  Has she said yes to the wrong man?

Dominque has found the love and acceptance she always longed for with Tad.  But devastating news soon threatens their future together.

Successful fashion designer Zya has discovered her own unexpected happily ever after with Tina . . . until her daughter, Ashanti is bullied and becomes the focus of a police investigation and the media. Now Zya suddenly stands to lose everything she holds dear.

Finally, together with the only man she’s ever loved, Amber is determined to not let anything come between her and Patrick—not even her jealous and vindictive identical twin sister.  But someone is watching . . . waiting for the right moment to destroy her . . .

Will the women get their happy ending, or is it déjà vu all over again?  Find out in the dramatic and suspenseful second book of the Unbroken series.

Without further ado here is the cover…

About the Author: After 35+ years in operations for various businesses (including her own), Melody pursued her dream of writing a novel. Having written for business publications, local magazines and even publishing a poem, Chemo’s not for Sissies, during treatment after her first cancer diagnosis, it was time to finish the novel that was started many years ago. When she started  writing, “Facade: Things Aren’t Always as They Appear,” she had no idea where her characters were going to take her. “The story basically wrote itself. It was like a movie projector playing in my mind,” is how she describes her experience. It soon became apparent, their voices were not to be silenced… “The Unbroken Series” was born. “Deja Vu: Here We Go Again,” Book II, to be released June 23, 2020, followed by C’est la Vie, Book III, in December.

Melody lives with her husband in her native home state Florida. She’s blessed to be alive today after two cancer diagnoses and enjoys watching her grandchildren grow up; something she doesn’t take for granted.

So what do you think of the cover….I think it’s gorgeous looks like a lippy advertisement. Thank you again to Kelly.

Apologies that there was no blog post yesterday but I think that’s the only day so far in May. Will be back later with my weekly update.