Monday, 19 March 2018

The Invisible Hand by James Hartley @jameshartleybks #BlogTour @rararesources #Review

Thank you for joining me for my stop on the blog tour for The Invisible Hand by James Hartley and today I will be sharing my review. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

 The Invisible Hand is about a boy, Sam, who has just started life at a boarding school and finds himself able to travel back in time to medieval Scotland. There he meets a girl, Leana, who can travel to the future, and the two of them become wrapped up in events in Macbeth, the Shakespeare play, and in the daily life of the school. The book is the first part of a series called Shakespeare´s Moon. Each book is set in the same boarding school but focuses on a different Shakespeare play.

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I really enjoy time slip/time travel stories so once I read the description for The Invisible Hand I was very intrigued. Now I will confess I'm 33 years old so maybe not the in the ideal age range for this book. However I thought that the story was fast moving and had the right amount of mystery for people of any age to become intrigued by. As well as showcasing a Shakespeare play within the story and making his work more accessible to a possibly younger audience. James Hartley gives key points of the story and manages to integrate them into Sam's story. I enjoyed the parts where Macbeth was included and I would have loved to read more but I can also understand that if too much was included it may have slowed the story down.

I loved the school setting and it certainly added to the mysterious atmosphere throughout the story. It's a pretty quick read but this helps to keep the momentum going and the transition from time periods was pretty good for the most part. There are a few twisty moments that kept things interesting and took Sam on quite a journey.

The Invisible Hand is a mysterious story within a story!

With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

James was born on the Wirral, England, in 1973 on a rainy Thursday. He shares his birthday with Bono, Sid Vicious and two even nastier pieces of work, John Wilkes Booth and Mark David Chapman.

His mother was a hairdresser with her own business and his father worked in a local refinery which pours filth into the sky over the Mersey to this day. They married young and James was their first child. He has two younger brothers and a still-expanding family in the area. As an Everton fan he suffered years of Liverpool success throughout the seventies and was thrilled when his father took a job in Singapore and the family moved lock, stock and two smoking barrels to Asia.

He spent five fine years growing up in the city state before returning to the rain, storms, comprehensive schools and desolate beauty of the Scottish east coast. Later years took he and his family to baking hot Muscat, in Oman, and a Syria that has since been bombed off the surface of the planet.

James studied journalism in London and later travelled through Ireland, France, Germany and India generally having a good time, before finally settling in Madrid, Spain, where he now lives with his wife and two children.

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke @karenclarke123 #BlogTour @bookouture #Review

Thank you for stopping by I'm delighted to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for The Cafe at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Welcome to the Café at Seashell Cove, where you’ll find irresistible home-baked cakes, smiling friendly faces – and maybe even a second chance at love…

When Cassie Maitland needs a holiday from her glamorous but stressful job in event management, she escapes home to gorgeous Seashell Cove, where her family’s cosy café sits perched on the cliffs above sparkling waves and golden sand.

But a lot has changed while Cassie’s been away: her parents have transformed their tired café into a welcoming haven, her friends Meg and Tilly have whole new lives, and old flame Danny’s twinkling eyes and winning smile make Cassie feel even more flustered than they used to.

Keen to throw herself back into local life, Cassie starts to run themed events – including a not entirely successful cat-café day, complete with dozens of felines. Luckily Danny is always around to lend a helping hand, and Cassie soon begins to wonder if her life in London was really all she made it out to be…

Could a new start in Seashell Cove be exactly what Cassie needs?

A heart-warming and hilarious read about friendship, belonging and seaside living. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Jenny Oliver.

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This story is light hearted and perfect for relaxing with as we experience Cassie's return and all the feelings that come with her visit to her family. There are some wonderful characters who will make you smile and laugh.

I have to admit that it took me a while to come to love Cassie's character as I felt like she sometimes had tunnel vision and couldn't see anything else but her ideas. However she was hoping to help her family and had their best interests at heart she just sometimes went about it in the wrong way. In a way I guess this made me appreciate her character even more because of her flaws and how she was so determined to succeed. I loved Cassie's family dynamic especially the playful sibling relationship she has with her brother. Along with Cassie reconnecting with old friends who I would love to hear more from! 

 There is a lovely warmth to the story that made The Café at Seashell Cove such a pleasure to read. Karen Clarke's writing is witty and easily pulled me into the characters lives in Seashell Cove. The café is definitely somewhere I would love to visit, have coffee and a slice of cake or two!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Noelle at Bookouture for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Karen Clarke writes romantic comedy novels. Her BEACHSIDE series is set in the fictional seaside town of Shipley and features recurring characters, but each book can be read as a standalone. She is currently working on a new, three-book series set in Devon- the first, The Café at Seashell Cove is out March 15th 2018. 

Karen has also written three romcoms with a paranormal twist, all available to download

When she's not working on her novels, Karen writes short stories for women's magazines and has had over three hundred published globally. Some of them can be read in her short story collection 'BEHIND CLOSED DOORS...and other Tales with a Twist' 

Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James @CarolineJames12 #BlogTour @rararesources #Review

I'm delighted to be sharing my review as part of the blog tour for The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Let the shenanigans begin at the Boomerville hotel …

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than it’s fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel! Book me in for Sharing with the Shaman and Clairvoyance in mid-life – this book is fabulous!’
Nikki Ashton, Amazon best-selling author

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I loved catching up with Jo and Hattie it really felt like I was meeting up with old friends. There is also a wonderful range of quirky and interesting characters that are staying at the hotel and they were just brilliant to get to know. I have to give a special mention to Hattie as she is wonderfully over the top but with a heart of gold!

The story moved at a lovely pace and I think the premise for The Boomerville Hotel is fabulous after all it's never too late to reach for your dreams and find some happiness. There are a few surprises along the way that made for some entertaining moments. Along with some light hearted parts that left me smiling away. You will also find some deeper moments as the book shows the worries and loneliness that people can experience. Caroline James struck the right balance with her writing giving the reader some really fun escapades along with a lovely bit of emotion all coming together to provide an uplifting story with a dash of romance. 

The Best Boomerville Hotel is feel good, witty and a truly fun escape with a great range of lively characters!

With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications.

Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair.  The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.

So, You Think You're A Celebrity...Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light-hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon best-seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.

In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

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Friday, 16 March 2018

The Belch Park Field Trip by Andrew Mackay @Andrew_CVB #BlogTour @rararesources Q&A

Thank you for joining me today for my stop on the blog tour for The Belch Park Field Trip by Andrew Mackay. I have a Q&A to share with you all but first of all let’s take a look at the description for the book...


Henry Williams has never been a leader.
Or stood up to the bullies.

Or kissed the girl of his dreams.

In fact, he’s never stood out from the school crowd.

Mind you, he’s only twelve years-old.
And a foot shorter than his classmates.

All that will change today, though.

The school inspectors are visiting Chrome Junction Academy.
The principal needs to get rid of the cream of the cr@p!

He would have preferred to send them to another galaxy far, far away...

Instead, the obnoxious, high-on-energy-drinks brats are off to...


Roller coasters! Mega-drop towers! Ghost trains! Ferris wheels! Bumper cars!

No end of opportunities for fun, thrills and spills!
The perfect place to run rampant and enjoy themselves...

But wait!

South London's notorious Our Lady of Sacrifice Roman Catholic school is also there.
They're Chrome Junction Academy's natural enemy.

Oh bugger...


Limbs will break...
Dares will result in irreparable damage...

The innocent will be caught in the crossfire...
Even the park may not survive

Henry’s destiny awaits...

Chrome Junction Academy's underdog must step up... and grow a pair.

He'll have to ensure the safety of his friends.
Fend off the bigger, badder kids.

...and get them out of Belch Park in one piece!

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Thank you for taking part in the Q&A, let's get started…

1 – What three words best describe your personality?

Psychotic, Zany, Impatient

2 - Is there a book you wish you could have written?

Not really. There are books I admire, but those belong to other author’s imagination. Everyone’s different. I can’t imagine any author worth their salt wanting to have written someone else’s book. I’ve written fifteen, now, and I wish I had written them all – and I did. And there’s more coming. Loads more…

3 – What was the last book you read?

Mastering Amazon Ads by Brian Meeks. A non-fiction book, probably not for consumption for anyone who doesn’t care much about advertising on Amazon. Sorry the answer is a bit flat, but it’s the truth lol

4 – If you were stranded on a desert island what three books would you want with you?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. George Orwell’s 1984. Watchmen, the graphic novel, by Alan Moore.

5 - Do you have any strange writing habits?

I don’t think so. They’re not strange to me, whatever those habits are. When I write, I write fast – anything up to 15k words per session. I write first drafts of my books in about five days. Is that strange?

6 – Is there a specific place where you write?

Yes. At my desk in my apartment, using a big screen.

7 – Do you share any personality traits with the characters you have created?

I think almost every characters I’ve written has a bit of me in them. Whether it’s Jonnie, the murderous twelve-year-old, from Let’s Kill Mr Pond or Vicky, the mischievous, psychotic liar, from Vicky & Lizzie’s First Period. Yeah, there’s a bit of me in all my characters. Or maybe it’s the other way around?

8 - Can you choose three words to describe your new book The Belch Park Field Trip?

Screwball, chaotic, fun.

9 – Are you working on anything now?

Yes. A sci-fi satire series which I think everyone in the family will enjoy.

Quick fire questions - Which do you prefer?

Paperback or eBook?

Classic novel or Contemporary?

Cinema or Theatre?

Crisps or Chocolate?

Tea or Coffee?

Night out or Day out?
Day out

Thanks again for taking the time to answer the Q&A!

Some authors are afraid to cross the line.

Me? Oh, I'm glad you asked! I make "the line" my starting point...

My brand is satire.

I hop between genres like madman on crack because my razor-sharp literary knife is hungry for political and social commentary. One genre just can't cut it (if you'll forgive the pun.) I'm obsessed, I tell you!

I write straight-up humor and farce, horror, crime, romance... all under the banner of satire.

My novels often contain a ruthless commentary on society, delving into the darker machinations of modern life. They can be uproarious, funny, outrageous and shocking. Make no mistake, though. They are this way for a reason, and always come equipped with a sense of humanity and wit.

My influences include John Cleese, Tom Sharpe, Kurt Vonnegut, James Patterson, Hunter S Thompson, Douglas Adams, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Michael Frayn, Chris Morris, Jerry Sadowitz, Christopher Hitchins, Bill Maher, George Carlin, Jordan Peterson, Pat Condell, and writer/director Larry Cohen.

My obsessions include (and are essentially limited to) obscene amounts of: smoking, drugs, alcohol, caffeine, sex, debating, daydreaming and writing about himself in the third person.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Rafferty Lincoln Loves... by Emily Williams @EmilyRMWilliams #BlogTour #Review

I'm delighted to be sharing my review for Rafferty Lincoln Loves... by Emily Williams as part of the blog tour today. After reading and loving Letters to Eloise I couldn't wait to read Emily's next book. What is lovely about this story is that the proceeds are being donated to The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre. 

Let's take a look at the description for the book...

Rafferty Lincoln doesn't like horses. Not one bit. But when the popular high school girl of his dreams, Liberty Ashburn, pulls him into a world of lead ropes and horse brushes, who is he to say no?

Except this isn't any old horse. This is the missing racehorse, Profit's Red Ridge. The horse Rafferty and three of his friends are hiding from the world. And Liberty Ashburn isn’t just any ordinary high school girl. How far will Rafferty go to win her over?

An intense, witty and powerful coming of age story with startling consequences.

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The proceeds from the novel ‘Rafferty Lincoln Loves…’ will be donated to The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre.

BTRC is dedicated to improving and promoting the welfare of retired race horses through education, retraining and suitable rehoming in order to ensure that our Thoroughbreds have a rewarding and valuable life after their racing careers have ended.

Each year thousands of horses leave racing, some because they reach the natural end of their career and others through injury or lack of ability. Established in 1991, The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre was the UK’s first charity dedicated to ex-racehorse welfare, retraining, rehoming and protection for life.

I am thrilled to have written this novel for the BTRC and to be donating the proceeds to such an important and dedicated charity for the welfare of retired racehorses.’ Emily Williams


I have to make a little admission before I start my review, the thing is I like horses but I'm slightly afraid of them! The idea of horse riding sounds lovely but I just think I would be too scared to try. Although maybe I should be brave like Rafferty and give it a try. Now even though this book centres around a horse there is so much more to it than that. It has a depth that caught me out and within a few chapters I became completely wrapped up in the lives of Rafferty and his friends.

Rafferty Lincoln Loves... is a YA story but I also believe it would appeal to an older reader too, after all I'm 33 years old! If anything it made me remember my teenage years both the good and the bad. With swearing and some adult themes it could be more suited to an older teenager and up though. There is a more serious underlying storyline that captured my attention although I won't be giving away any spoilers. It's safe to say that it definitely pulled at my heart strings!

Emily Williams has created some wonderful characters and even though they had their flaws I still became attached to them. I have to give a special mention to Dexter as he was such a surprising character and with me having a little boy with the same name I guess I may have gravitated more to him but his story is special. Rafferty along with other characters made mistakes but this gave them all a more realistic edge and shows how our actions have consequences. After all day in day out we make decisions that can either work out or end in a bad way.

There are quite a few themes in this book such as bullying and teenage emotions that will resonate with quite a few people. Emily Williams has created such a wonderful heartfelt and engaging story that was a pleasure to read. 

 Rafferty Lincoln Loves... has a lovely combination of friendship, love and youthful adventure! 

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Emily Williams for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Emily Williams lives by the seaside in West Sussex with her family and a menagerie of small pets. After graduating from SussexUniversity with a BA in Psychology, Emily trained as a primary school teacher and teaches in a local school.

Rafferty Lincoln Loves... is her first YA novel after the success of her debut adult novel, Letters to Eloise, released in 2017.

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