2018, Monthly Wrap Up, Uncategorized

May Wrap Up

So I thought it was time I started actually doing these. Thanks to the lovely Catriona I have started to be economical with blog tours. I love them and won’t have a bad word about them but when reading becomes a chore that’s when you have to stop and take stock.

In reading more for me I have managed to read some true beauties during May from a number of my favourite authors and some new ones along the way.

First up.

Paige Toon has a way of getting right inside my soul here’s my review of her latest novel Five Years From Now

May also saw the long awaited second novel from Darren O’Sullivan his debut Our Little Secret was one of my favourites from last year and my oh my Close Your Eyes was a whole different ball game. I’m definitely a fan and Darren can’t write quick enough for me.

In case you missed it my Close Your Eyes Review

Our Little Secret

May saw the final part of Holly Hepburn’s latest series that I truly loved. One day I will make it into one of these novels.

My final thoughts

There were a few blog tours for me in May and here they are….

Tubing – RedDoor Books truly do amaze me with every book they publish and this is a crazy one. I am hoping to do a Q&A with the author soon so if any of you have any questions do leave them below.

Rachel Burton This one I haven’t managed to read yet as I double booked myself but it sure does look like a beauty. I will get round to it.

The Weekend Spa Break I loved The Event so when I was asked to be on the blog tour for this novella I jumped at the chance. I’m so chuffed that part two isn’t the end either.

One Summer in Rome I loved the New Beginnings Coffee Club and when another Samantha Tonge novel came up I jumped to it. I will also be involved in something else for Sam very soon.

My Sweet Friend This is the second novella I have read by Helene and another I loved.

The Wedding Date The first Zara novel but no means the last I will read.

I finally read a Helen Rolfe novella and I can’t wait to read more. Valentines Day

So that’s my May wrap up. Considering I don’t always feel like I read a lot these days I think I done pretty well. I know there’s a number of shorts in there too. As I say right now I’m walking into work for a few hours listening to Heidi Swain’s Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square. I still have Rosie on the go and tomorrow I will be reading the last part of Victoria Walters Random Acts Of Kindness- watch this space as I have a fantastic guest post from the lady in question that will be up tomorrow for the final publication day.

2018, Author Love, Netgalley, Publication Day, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Close Your Eyes By Darren O’Sullivan

Happiest of publication days to this little beauty. It has pinged through to my Kindle even though I couldn’t wait and devoured via Netgalley. Have a truly awesome day Darren and I look forward to the paperback party. It will happen…

Blurb: He doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know his secret.

When Daniel woke up from a coma he had no recollection of the life he lived before. Now, fourteen years later, he’s being forced to remember.

A phone call in the middle of the night demands he return what he stole – but Daniel has no idea what it could be, or who the person on the other end is. He has been given one warning, if he doesn’t find out his family will be murdered.

Rachael needs to protect her son. Trapped with no way out she will do anything to ensure they survive. But sometimes mothers can’t save their children and her only hope is Daniel’s memory.

Review: Last July Darren O’Sullivan’s Our Little Secret saved me when I was feeling super low. Over doing it I completely bust my ankle it wasn’t broken it just made a number of daily tasks hard. I was signed off work and I didn’t want to feel sorry for myself so I threw myself into Netflix and books. I had seen Our Little Secret advertised via Twitter and I was hooked from the get go. As I have stated before I’m an avid tweeter when I’m reading and OMG did I spam Darren. If you haven’t read Our Little Secret I urge you to now. Our Little Secret Review

Close Your Eyes has a totally different feel once the story gets into swing it’s extremely fast paced I could easily see this as a film or a TV series. Darren gives Liam Neeson a fun for his money. Daniel is a character you feel for. Having been in a coma and lost a whole chunk of his life – sometimes even basic tasks are hard to fathom. When he receives the call asking to return what he took he’s completely dumbstruck and when his son and ex wife disappear he knows he needs to act fast.

Daniel was seeing a shrink to help him piece together the bad dreams and memories but he’s never needed to know in such a rush. Daniel’s story sure is a fast paced rollercoaster ride and sometimes not knowing really is best for your own piece of mind but when everything you hold dear is threatened you do things totally out of character on instinct.

The story is set over a few days with Friday being Daniel’s deadline to put the puzzle back together and save his loved ones. I really could see this as a Netflix mini series or a film. Once Daniel has a clue his gut instincts take over and we are taken on his journey. Where not only Daniel but us the reader are filled with a number of emotions.

The story has parts from Daniel, memories,dreams and letters. There are parts from Rachael and as the action hots up there are parts from Tom.

Knowing Darren is a father the love of a child is shown wholeheartedly and I honestly don’t know how he managed to write some of these truly gut wrenching scenes. I’m an auntie and I felt like my heart was in my mouth most of the time.

Rachael is the mother of his child who he still gets on with extremely well. It’s nice to see a story where this actually happens and co-parenting works seamlessly. The scenes where Rachael and Tom are taken are at times hard to read but heartwarming no matter what fear she was feeling she made sure her little boy used his imagination in the most beautiful of ways in a bad situation.

I can’t say too much else without giving spoilers and I’m not one for spoilers. What I will say is take some time away from real life and devour this action packed rollercoaster read. I did not see it coming although now I’m like were there clues. I’m not so sure. I truly loved Darren’s debut and it will always have a special place in my heart. The book that saved me, the book that brought this amazing author into my life. Ha we even had a coffee at the Kings Cross Pret which gets a mention in the book.

Darren you have lifted the bar whatever worries you had over book two forget them it’s a masterpiece and as I say could totally be a film or TV series. And now I can breathe…..now for the agonising wait of the next book. Which just means I have to go back to listening to Our Little Secret on Audible.

2018, A thought? A question, Blog Tour, Book Snippet, Off Topic

Blogging, blog tours and reading what I want…

First off if you follow my Twitter account HayleyTOfficial you would have already seen me talking with a few friends about reading for pleasure and reading for a time frame.

Now I wasn’t going to post this as I didn’t want to just sound like I’m moaning. As many of you who know me will be aware I have had a crazy work life and I haven’t been very well which has limited my reading time. In lieu of that I have left certain books to last minute thinking I would be able to get them read and it’s felt like a chore. I sat up until the small hours finishing a book and making sure the review was up because I absolutely hate letting people down. This week I’ve had a few social days catching up with friends and seeing theatre and on Wednesday when I was lucky enough to meet up with Catriona aka Fabbookfiend I had a headache for most of that day because I had pushed myself. Later that night I knew I should have read something for a tour but Catriona has simply said read for you and it truly did make me smile.

This is not me saying I won’t be doing blog tours as I love finding books and authors that I would never have come across. This is me saying I will do my best to honour my commitments but I want to read more of the books that I’m itching for.

Like right now I want to read Darren O’Sullivan’s Close Your Eyes I have read the prologue and a snippet and yes it’s awesome. I want to read Paige Toon’s Five Years From Now I have read the sampler and it left me wanting more….I have the next instalments of Victoria Walters Random Acts Of Kindness and having heard a snippet of the Sunday Lunch club I’m also desperate for more.

I just want to say I really do appreciate the bloggers who run and organise tours and because you guys are awesome I love to help but as it stands I don’t want my love of reading and blogging to die because I’m reading to demand and not for actual want. To lighten my blog later on there will be a second post featuring Anita Cassidy. Watch this space..

2018, Author Love, Publication Day, Review, Uncategorized, update

Publication Day of Our Little Secret By Darren O’Sullivan

Last July I came across this beauty of a book via Twitter along with the author Darren O’Sullivan. I have said this before and I will say it again I discovered this book at a time I really needed to chill and take my mind off the world and my poorly ankle.

Our Little Secret did that and so much more I was so invested in this story – the cover is gorgeous and Darren is such an appreciative author to readers and bloggers alike. We had a number of chats on Twitter and there had always been a conversation when it went to publication Darren would hand deliver me a signed copy. I always knew it would be published in paperback I never thought Darren would remember….

On 21st March, 2018 I met Darren for coffee and received my gorgeous paperback. We chatted for ages about his books and what we were both reading. What I loved was how easy the chat was and how humble Darren is. Thanks to Darren I also got to speak to Louise Jensen very briefly. I could have also continued my bookish day but my work life has been somewhat strained and I had a meeting and an event the following day. So miss sensible won out on that score but I was a happy bookish bunny.

I have today just started re-reading Our Little Secret well (listening) via Audible, and I must say I don’t know what Darren was worrying about – he is in fact reading his gorgeous story.

Been eager to do this for ages but thanks to being unwell my nose has been awful and my skin so dry. After a face-pack I felt like what the hell it is paperback publication day. I hope Darren has an amazing launch and I hope that everyone who attends realises how lucky and blessed they are and if they haven’t read this beauty then my what a treat they have in store. I’m enjoying having Chris back in my life once again….

My review from last year can be found Here and here is my cover reveal Here I’m so grateful to this book for giving me this wonderful author and I’m super excited for book two next month…Close your eyes look at that cover….May 5th can’t come soon enough…I am most definitely a fan of Darren O’Sullivan and I cannot wait to devour his next offering…I finished another Thriller today from another of my faves watch this space…

Author Love, Book Snippet, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal and info Close Your Eyes By Darren O’Sullivan

Firstly how truly thrilling is the cover. This came up yesterday and I was like 👀 it’s simply stunning. I already had two posts organised for yesterday but today I thought this had to be shared. As some of you may remember last July I was completely bowled over by Darren’s debut Our Little Secret – and it came at a time when I truly needed it, as was during the early stages of ankle gate. As it stands my ankle is a lot better and I’m back to my walks to work but I do keep a closer eye now.

If you’re not the sort of person who will buy a book based on it’s cover then I have the blurb for you and I literally read it and pre-ordered my copy Here.

Blurb: He doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know his secret.

When Daniel woke up from a coma he had no recollection of the life he lived before. Now, fourteen years later, he’s being forced to remember.

A phone call in the middle of the night demands he return what he stole – but Daniel has no idea what it could be, or who the person on the other end is. He has been given one warning, if he doesn’t find out his family will be murdered.

Rachael needs to protect her son. Trapped with no way out she will do anything to ensure they survive. But sometimes mothers can’t save their children and her only hope is Daniel’s memory.

If you haven’t read Darren’s debut that had me on the edge of my seat and even made me stop and think the next time I was a a train station, then give my review a read Here

My copy is on order and I will be making sure that on the 5th May I am ready to start devouring as soon as this pings through to my Kindle.