2018, Blog Tour, Sunday Sunday, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: Bryant & May Hall Of Mirrors

Sunday’s are generally my favourite days of the week as I’m usually sat at home as I am right now…today I am pleased to say that I am on Anne Caters blog tour for Hall Of Mirrors and what a guest post I have for you.

I also want to take the time to say that Anne is amazing I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her in person although I believe we have been in the same room before. Thanks for inviting me onto this tour and for being so understanding as I have been under the weather of late. Still resting the voice or trying to. Without further ado I give you my guest post.

Recently I went to dinner with a publisher who brought along his 85 year-old mother without even thinking to mention it. She proved to be sharp and funny, and enhanced the table considerably, preventing it from descending into an endless discussion about book rights. She certainly knew the square meterage of her home. (‘You must come visit. My lounge is 82 metres. Try the prawns.’)

Ageism feels like one of the last taboos in Britain. It’s still unthinkingly prevalent in British novels and newspapers. It’s possibly the last great taboo we’ve yet to deal with; I hope one day soon we’ll look back with horror at ageism in print in the same way that we once accepted descriptions of women in newspapers – ‘pert blonde’, ‘voluptuous redhead, 23,’ etc.

One of the reasons why I made my detectives Bryant & May senior citizens was because I had become increasingly aware of how sidelined everyone over sixty was becoming in London. As medical care improves the government raises the retirement age, but as we are now a city of invisible services (75% work in some form of media or hospitality) the workforce also grows younger, and peer pressure creeps in. It’s understandable, I suppose, that the young prefer to work with those of a similar age, but how can older people remain in employment? When was the last time you saw a senior waiter in London?

The problem goes deeper. In Britain a number of factors shut older people away. The anti-savings economy, the unpredictable weather, property prices, changing neighbourhoods, social mobility and the end of families living together mean that the old can be forced into a lonely existence.  In much of Europe multiple generations eat out regularly and live in the same building, and dinners automatically add family members.

One clever move used in Europe is for the council to pick up half the installation cost of lifts in apartment buildings, meaning older folk don’t move out and the area doesn’t simply gentrify itself to death. Compare this with Notting Hill, once filled with multiple-generation families, then wrecked by bankers who are now complaining that they’re having to move out because the area has ‘lost its atmosphere’!

It has become almost unthinkable outside of Europe to have your grandparents living with you. Instead the opposite has happened; most Italians don’t leave their parents’ homes until they’re in their late thirties. Perhaps now the young can repay the gift when the tables are turned.

Bryant & May are fictional, of course, but I use them to express my opinions about age and society. I also wanted a chance to show them young for a change, so ‘Hall of Mirrors’ is a flashback to 1969. Rest assured that my detectives be growing old very disgracefully indeed!

You can download Hall Of Mirrors Here

I aim to have lots of treats for you this week so watch this space I am also still in need of questions as I would love to post my Q&A next week sometime…leave a comment Here

Blog Tour, Cover Reveal, Sunday Sunday, Uncategorized, update

Cover Reveal and Update: The Magic Of Stars By Jackie Ladbury

Happy Sunday lovelies I hope you have had a lovely day. Today was the start of my time off so I have had a lovely pj day just had a good bath and got into fresh pjs. I mentioned it briefly but I lost my reading mojo due to headaches from stress and also the change over of my glasses. Last night I finally finished Frosty Mornings at Castle Court By the lovely Holly Hepburn review should hopefully be up tomorrow and then I decided to start something fresh although I have a few outstanding books so I began a Perfect Match by Zoe May and I’m loving it.

I wanted to apologise for my failures with blog tours recently this gorgeous cover that I’m about to share should have been up on Friday but my last few work days were crazy so better late than never and isn’t it gorgeous.

Blurb: Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.

In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her? One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Magic-Stars-feel-good-heavenly-romance-ebook/dp/B078BF91XS

About Jackie Ladbury

Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

Social Media Links –

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jackie.ladbury

Website – https://jackieladbury.com/

The Write Romantics –  https://thewriteromantics.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JackieLadbury

Short Story, Sunday Sunday, update

Sunday Sunday…A day of rest and reflection….

Sunday’s are one of my favourite days of the week. For me I’m generally off on a Sunday so it’s a guaranteed no alarm day which is always a winner, I also get a chance to reflect on my week in general and my week in books.

The lovely Holly Hepburn posted on her various social media about her short story that is featured in the latest My Weekly magazine – Dream Lover I’m a huge fan of Holly’s writing so I knew I wanted to devour this. Until my week away I hadn’t bought a magazine in forever. As ever Holly manages to capture your attention and have you thinking and dreaming yourself, she has a way with words. I instantly warmed to Emily and I loved that the story wasn’t predictable, sometimes what we want most is in front of our faces all along. 

So this week I haven’t read as much as I would like but I did start listening to I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk. It’s great to have Angela back in my life. I truly love her pal Jenny she’s so funny. 

My only review this week was Blog Tour: The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club part one Diving In By Katherine May – HayleyReviews10 https://hayleyreviews10.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/blog-tour-the-whitstable-high-tide-swimming-club-part-one-diving-in-by-katherine-may/

So this week I aim to get more reading done, I am aiming to finish my audio book plus finish my two current reads One Of Us Is Lying, and The Missing Twin. 

I’m sorry that I have been sketchy of late, I have a few things ready to go on the blog plus I hope to start being a more regular vlogger? If there is anything you would like to see from me please give me a shout. 

Here’s to a positive and productive week. 

Reading and blogging intentions, Sunday Sunday, update, Vlog, youtube

An update plus all things YALC

Happy Sunday all…the day of rest. Well since washing my hair I have felt much more human anyway. I managed a little Nashville catch up that show always makes me laugh and cry in pretty much equal measure and the music is on point, as ever.

This week has been a crazy one and even though I was optimistic and full of hope I finished my buddy read Chase the Rainbow which was beautiful, intoxicating and incredibly raw. Myself and Catriona aka Fabulous Book Fiend are making a YouTube video. I have filmed my segments although may need to redo as I’m seriously not as confident as Cat. However I did really enjoy it so. If anyone wants to suggest a video for me I will get it up on the Hayley Reviews YouTube page this week. 

I have a number of Netgalley reads to be reading one of which I started this morning other than Chase the Rainbow I have been listening to Katie Pipers Confidence the Secret so I’m feeling very empowered thanks to Poorna Bell and Katie. 

Recently I won a gorgeous book on Twitter and this week I received it.

How gorgeous is it and the lovely card thank you so much Holly. I will be taking it with me to the coast next week. 

YALC – Saturday.

For me my YALC experience revolved around Paige Toon having devoured The Last Piece Of My Heart and The One We Fell In Love With. I was eager to meet the author – having spoken to her from time to time on Twitter that’s a new joy being able to tell authors exactly what their books are doing to you every step of the way. I was eager to attend – luckily I was able to swap a shift at work so I booked. When I got there I had planned to see the new voices talk and as much as I heard they didn’t get to speak to much I was a little gutted. I wanted to hear Carlie Sorosiak and as I still haven’t a copy of her book I was too chicken to go say hi esp as I missed the talk whilst seeing all the fuss at one of the publishers tables.

That’s my haul I won an arc and I got You Know Me Well from the Pan Macmillan lucky dip.

Paige’s talk was the romance one and I was itching to hear what the authors had to say.

Apart from Paige I haven’t read anything of any of these authors although I have been turned down on a few Jennifer E Smith books on Netgalley I hope to read Windfall very soon. I was also very intrigued by Ayisha Malik – I hope to read some of her books real soon too. The talk was funny and insightful and it was a really good mix of authors on stage and of people watching and asking questions.

So I finally met Paige.

She was lovely and 13 Weddings will be my next Paige read although after the talk I am eager to read her YA series and I believe that could be a buddy read with Catriona. 

I also met Jennifer E Smith – I felt a bit tight going up with no book but I got a book plate signed and spoke to her about the talk and that windfall would probably be my starting point.

I didn’t have pics with any of the other authors but I did meet

Karen McManus author of One Of Us is Lying – which I started reading that morning although it’s been left on the side at the moment eeeek but it has just got interesting.

Now this book was amazing I cannot wait for Genuine Fraud I have the sampler but that’s not enough argh. I told her how I wished I could have passed this onto my Grandad I finished it shortly after his funeral. 

I also met the lovely Holly Bourne – I’m so bad have her book Soulmates on my Kobo library but her newest book will more than likely be my first of hers.

Considering I went alone I bumped into bloggers I know and publishers was lovely to see Lauren and Beatrice again. I even ended up entering a comp on Lauren’s for the novel And Then We Ran which is so me she knows me so well.

There were books everywhere but I told myself I would only buy what I couldn’t get or really wanted so I only done the lucky dip.

This week is going to be a crazy one work wise for sure and then I’m off to the coast for a week of well needed me time and family time. I hope to finish The Missing Twin to review on publication day, my audiobook Confidence the Secret and get back stuck into One Of Us is Lying as I’m pretty sure things are just getting interesting.

For anyone who was sent me emails regarding FriendFriday you will be getting an email in the next day or so. I’m just about to meet a friend but it will be soon.

In review if anyone has any YouTube video suggestions although I may have just thought of one. Do get in touch plus if you want in on my new meme then it’s not too late.

Sunday Sunday, update

Sunday Sunday #2 

Sadly this isn’t my coffee although I have had a mocha and a fair few cups of tea today. Sunday is a me day, as I have mentioned before other than if I’m needed generally Sunday is my constant day off. 

Today I woke quite early as I knew my siblings would wake me plus as I woke I thought I wouldn’t waste the day, especially as I had a few things I wanted to do.

So how was my week….

My blogging week started on Tuesday with an extract of Kathryn Freeman’s latest EBook Too Damn Nice you can Read it here. I have met Kathryn she’s lovely and I adored her novel Do Opposites Attract.

Wednesday’s are usually Wandering Wednesday’s but as I said I won’t post for the sake of it. I haven’t been feeling great so I decided I wanted to Thank my followers and the authors that have made me smile at a difficult time. So there were two post and here they are….

I was part of a blog tour of the cover reveal of Ugly Beautiful by Tracy Krimmer.


The second post was my Thank You


Holly Hepburn’s Picture House By the Sea was a beautiful series and I didn’t want it to end here are my thoughts


After finishing that series I was in the mood for another novella and another Holly Hepburn one it was. 


I was invited to Vivian Conroy’s cover reveal and what a beauty it is….


Today I managed to sort some of my room, organise a few things and I started reading the beautiful Chase the Rainbow by Poorna Bell. Which is my buddy read with the fab Catriona aka Fabulous Book Fiend. 

Isn’t the cover simply beautiful. 

Last night as I headed to bed I started listening to Confidence the Secret by Katie Piper and today I listened to a little more whilst starting to organise my room. 

I got this gorgeous journal although bar my few words during my break I have been too tired to write but this week from tonight I shall be writing. 

So this week I will be buddy reading Chase the Rainbow, listening to Katie Piper’s inspirational audio and I should get back to my Netgalley reads as well as One of Us is Lying….we shall see how I fair. I will get more reviews up I know I have had lots of other posts. 

Thank you to everyone who has enquired about Friend Friday if you would like to get involved send me your email I hope to email you all in the next few days. 

Get in touch I would love to hear from you. 

Sunday Sunday, update

Sunday Sunday

Sunday’s are my me day, it’s my one constant and definite day to myself. I don’t want to harp on about my ankle but yesterday was a productive work day and I’m so proud of my team but my ankle is in agony. Today I wanted to do more than I have for the blog – although I have made a little progress in some ways and I wanted to get stuck into this beauty.

After it’s release last year it had definitely piqued my interest by the many gorgeous blog reviews and after discovering Paige Toon via The Last Piece Of My Heart My Review I knew this had to be my second read of hers. This review by my awesome mate Catriona helped 🙂 The One We Fell In Love with by FabBookFiend

This bench needs some love and care as you can see but as I sit here now in the cooler part of the day (I’m in proper Sunday chill mode and no one needs to see my hair how it is). It does make me smile sitting here as this is my Nan & Grandads bench that holds so many memories and I’m sure he patched it up a fair few times over the years. We do need to get it sorted and restored to it’s former glory and I believe my sister wants to get a plaque for them which would be lovely. So maybe when it’s looking more like how it did I will actually take a rare selfie with me and obviously a book – on that Grandad would approve I may even take it with one of his Jack Reachers. Those I definitely want to get back to. 

This week has been a crazy one with mixed emotions for me. I won’t bore on there was a lot of work, and trying to take care of the ankle I have even been trying to do some of the exercises whilst I type. I got to see a fab show in Gloria with the bestie and here are the blog posts for the week. 

  • Where did I wander this week I love my wandering Wednesday’s my lil stamp on my love of books and wanting to wander some more.
  • Unique Blogger Awards – this was an honour and I loved the reaction from bloggers still makes me smile. Thanks to this post I also hit my most views ever in a day.
  • The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters – Jaimie is amazing this book spoke to me in so many ways. It’s made me want to look at what I want in life take a risk or two. 

That’s my Sunday back to my book 🙂 plus must get organised for the blog this week. I would like to have my posts a lot earlier in the day. Take care all and have a beautiful week filled with books and positivity.