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Thursday, 28 April 2022

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Master of Death by M.H.B.

Master of Death
(Kisses of Sorrow, #2)
Author: M.H.B.
Publication Date: April 28th, 2022
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
One night.   
Two futures. 
Almost three years of repair. 
Four beating hearts healing from pain.  
Five lives forever tied.

Falling for my boss, Damon Dreygon, was never part of the plan.

I was meant to seek from him what my boyfriend, Harvey Stark, refused to give me–someone to kiss me, someone to touch me, and maybe even someone to heal my wounds.

Instead in Damon, I found a mentor. I found a dark prince minus the charming part. Most importantly, in Damon, I found my voice coupled with my own strength.

This was never supposed to hurt Harvey.
Damon and I were never meant to be together.

With each choice, an entirely different future greets me, yet a few things remain the same: we’ve all known pain, we’re all in need of healing, and we’ve all hurt each other in very different ways.

All I wanted was for this melancholy to disappear so that I could find peace.

But peace is hard to reach when you’re too busy chasing secrets.

Secrets I wish would’ve stayed buried.
Secrets that meddle with my dreams.
Secrets I’ll be taking to the grave . . .

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Monday, 25 April 2022

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Bridges by Linda Griffin

Bridges
Author: Linda Griffin
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: April 25th, 2022
Genre: Adult Historical Romance

Book Description:
In 1963, Neil Vincent, a middle-aged World War II veteran and “Christian atheist” is working at Westfield Court as a chauffeur. He spends most of his spare time reading. Mary Claire DeWinter is a young, blind, Catholic college student and reluctant heiress. To secure her inheritance, she has to marry within a year, and her aunt is pressuring her to marry a rich man who teased and bullied her when she was a child. Neil and Mary Claire shouldn’t even be friends, but the gulf between them is bridged by a shared love of books. Can they cross the bridge to more?

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Thursday, 21 April 2022

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Last Beekeeper by Rebecca L. Fearnley

The Last Beekeeper
Author: Rebecca L. Fearnley
Publication Date: April 20th, 2022
Genre: Adult / YA / Dystopian / Fantasy

Book Description:
Solma is a fighter. Trained by her village Steward to protect their community from the predators of their harsh world, she is fierce and loyal. But how can she protect her friends and family from crop failure and starvation? With flying insects extinct for over a century, nowhere on the forsaken continent of Alphor is safe and Solma is terrified her little brother, Warren, will be one of the next to die. The villagers cling to life, waiting for the Earth Whisperers—mysterious nomads with a strange magic that helps plants grow—to arrive.

But then Warren finds something. Something impossible. When the first bee in a hundred years crawls out of the earth, Warren forms a strange bond with the creature and Solma fears he might have a new power. One that leaders of Alphor would kill for. As she and Warren fight to keep the bee secret and safe, word of this miracle sweeps the continent. Allies and enemies alike descend on the village. Some demand the bees for themselves, others want to destroy the colony to level the odds. When words become threats and then violence, Solma and Warren are caught in the conflict, and now it isn’t just the bees in danger.

When whoever controls the bees controls the world, how will Solma and Warren know who to trust?

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Monday, 18 April 2022

Blog Tour Spotlight - Sand Dollar Lane (Moonlight Harbor Series Book 6) by Sheila Roberts

USA TODAY  bestselling author Sheila Roberts will have readers laughing and swooning in turn as two rival business owners compete for the homes and hearts of Moonlight Harbor…




By Sheila Roberts




Book Information
Release Date: April 26, 2022
Publisher:  Harlequin/MIra
Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-0778386353; 368 pages; $9.99; E-Book, $7.99

Book Description:
Brody Green is finding it hard to recover after being dumped by his fiancĂ©e, Jenna Jones, then watching her walk down the aisle with someone else. Jenna is determined to make up for her love defection and find him the perfect woman, but Brody is done with love. First a divorce, then a broken engagement. From now on he’s keeping things light, no commitments. Luckily Brody’s business is booming. Beach Dreams Realty is the best real estate company in town. And the only one. Until…

Lucy Holmes needs a new start. In business, in love, in…everything. If ever there was a clichĂ©, it was her life back in Seattle. She was a real estate broker working with her husband until she caught him trying out the walk-in shower in a luxury condo—with another agent. She’s always been the more successful of the two, and with him gone, she’s determined to build a business even bigger than what she had. Moonlight Harbor is a charming town and it has only one real estate agency. Surely there’s room for a little competition.

Or not. Looks like it’s going to be a hot market in Moonlight Harbor. And maybe these two competitors will make some heat of their own.

Lighthearted and full of colorful, quirky characters and surf-side warmth… Roberts’s picturesque coastal world is sheer delight and will appeal to romance and women’s fiction fans alike.” Library Journal

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Sunday, 17 April 2022

BOOK REVIEW: Bibi Blundermuss and the Tree Across the Cosmos by Andrew Durkin

Bibi Blunderbuss and the Tree Across the Cosmos
Author: Andrew Durkin
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy / Adventure
Publication Date: 11th March 2022

Book Description:
Twelve-year-old Bibi Blundermuss is terrified of trees. Being around them makes her dizzy and sick to her stomach—even comatose. So, when her only to chance to find her missing parents means climbing a magic tree in the forest near her home, she almost doesn’t take it. 

When Bibi grits her teeth and scales the trunk, the tree grows—so violently that she and her cat Eek are catapulted into another world. Here, she befriends a herd of elk, on the run from a pack of vicious white lions. And she discovers, to her amazement, that her mother is a witch who has been protecting the elk with a poison flower spell, which keeps the lions away.

Yet the longer Bibi stays in the world of the elk and lions, the less sure she is that her mother is truly on the elks’ side—or even on Bibi’s side. In the end, a dangerous journey into the lions’ lair and a reunion with both parents uncovers a secret that changes Bibi’s life forever. Drawn into an epic snowbound battle against an army of zombie trees, she must face her greatest fear to discover her greatest power..

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MY REVIEW

Bibi Blunderbuss never quite understood why her parents uprooted her from Portland to their new woodland house, and she won't be getting any answers from them anytime soon as they vanished six months ago, which was around the same time her nightmares started. Bibi has hylophobia, a fear of trees or forests. Since all her friends stopped calling her after her hylophobia started, she seeks comfort from Grandma Ivy and her cat, Ekaterina (Eek). On one eventful morning, however, Bibi's medication management routine doesn't go quite as planned after she witnesses Eek being chased into the forest by a swarm of bees. With Eek in danger, Bibi makes the decision not to take her medication as it makes it hard for her to think straight, and Eek needed her fully focused.

What Bibi discovers as she enters the forest to find Eek is beyond her wildest imagination. Not only does she happen upon an unusual tree, she also hears the voice of her mother calling to her, telling her she needs her help and that she needs to climb the tree. With her fear of trees and her anxiety kicking into overdrive, Bibi isn't sure what to do. Of course she wants nothing more than to find her parents. But can she trust the voice calling out to her? Is it really her mother's voice? With Eek taking the first step by jumping onto a tree branch and the tree suddenly starting to grow, taking Eek into oblivion, Bibi is left with no choice but to follow suit. The tree takes Bibi and Eek into outer space and deposits them on another planet before disappearing again, leaving them stranded.

With Bibi having lost track of Eek in a forest full of dead trees, she quickly discovers that hylophobia is the least of her worries as she has stumbled upon a war between a herd of elk and a pride of lions, the latter of which are trying to eliminate the former. Bibi gets caught up in a battle of survival while trying to keep herself and Eek safe and also trying to locate her parents. After being rescued by an Elk named Corineus, Bibi discovers that her mother isn't who she thought she was, and her mother just might be the only person who can stop the war and put an end to the lions. However, many of the Elk think Bibi's mother betrayed them and sided with the lions, though Bibi refuses to accept this. To prove everyone wrong, she decides to find her mother and find out just what she has got herself caught up in.

Having been away from her mother for months and having only just discovered there are things about her mother she knew nothing of, will Bibi truly be able to push aside her doubts and trust the person she has known her whole life?

WHAT I LIKED

There is never a dull moment in this book. It's action and adventure from start to finish. The story is straightforward, and the characters likeable. I liked the inclusion of Bibi's Zulu heritage. It wasn't an extensive exploration, but the little mention here and there was a nice addition. 

Great imagery. The world building was fabulous. Very vivid descriptions made the setting materialise as you read along. The magic tree gave me a real Jack and the Beanstalk vibe. You could see Bibi and Cornelius fleeing from the Trolliclawians. It was very visual, and that's just how I like it.

WHAT I DISLIKED

I loved the inclusion of the other planet, but the introduction was very sudden. We transitioned from Bibi's reality to this other reality so quickly that it seemed a little implausible. If you exclude Eek, there were no indications to a supernatural existence that when it did happen it just seemed as though you jumped into another story completely. Some indication or clues to something unusual or otherworldly would have been nice so that the transition didn't seem so out of place.

I wasn't quite sure what to make of the world of talking animals and no explanation as to the reason why these animals were talking. I did wonder if it was because of Bibi's background, in which case perhaps it wasn't a world of talking animals and the animals could only talk to Bibi and her family. This wasn't explored as the interaction between the animals in the book did not extend beyond Bibi and her family.

I also found it strange that Bibi was surprised about her mother's revelation as to her heritage and supernatural gifts, yet she didn't question the talking cat living with her, as though it was normal to have a talking cat. Again, it made me wonder if everyone would be able to talk to Eek.

It became a little repetitive when Bibi arrived on this new planet. Sometimes, it seemed as though we were going around in circles as Bibi was trying to find her mother and understand just what was going on in this new world of hers. The story dragged on a little and these prolonged intervals killed some of the suspense, especially with characters just revealing surprises as opposed to having Bibi discover these life changing moments or incidents on her own.

VERDICT

This was an enjoyable read. At times, it defied logic, mostly due to lack of explanation, but it has an ensemble of likeable characters and wonderful magical moments full of action and adventure.

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Thursday, 14 April 2022

Cover Reveal - Master of Death by M.H.B.


Master of Death
(Kisses of Sorrow, #2)
Author: M.H.B.
Publication Date: April 28th, 2022
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
One night.
Two futures.
Almost three years of repair.
Four beating hearts healing from pain.
Five lives forever tied.

Falling for my boss, Damon Dreygon, was never part of the plan.

I was meant to seek from him what my boyfriend, Harvey Stark, refused to give me–someone to kiss me, someone to touch me, and maybe even someone to heal my wounds.

Instead in Damon, I found a mentor. I found a dark prince minus the charming part. Most importantly, in Damon, I found my voice coupled with my own strength.

This was never supposed to hurt Harvey.

Damon and I were never meant to be together.

With each choice, an entirely different future greets me, yet a few things remain the same: we’ve all known pain, we’re all in need of healing, and we’ve all hurt each other in very different ways.

All I wanted was for this melancholy to disappear so that I could find peace.

But peace is hard to reach when you’re too busy chasing secrets.

Secrets I wish would’ve stayed buried.
Secrets that meddle with my dreams.
Secrets I’ll be taking to the grave . . .


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About the Author
M . H . B . graduated law from a Canadian University. She loves spending time with her partner and her German Shepherd Dog. She has a passion for animals and enjoys the simple things in life: books, music, chocolate, sunny days, and overall wellness. When she is not writing, her mind is in another world, with a book in hand.

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Monday, 11 April 2022

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Even Better Than the Real Thing by Melanie Summers

Even Better Than the Real Thing
Author: Melanie Summers
Publication Date: April 7th, 2022
Genre: Adult Comedy / Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
A swoon-worthy, buttery, uber-fun romance about a fake marriage between two people who couldn’t be more wrong for each other…

You know what’s great about applying for an art history PhD program at one of the world’s most prestigious universities? I get to study what I love and land my dream job at the end of it. You know what’s not so great? Being told I’ll only get accepted to the program if I gain access to my aloof, uppity, super grumpy boss’s private art collection.

As it turns out, said boss—a one Lord Hayden Stuart—needs to get married to inherit his late father’s estate and earldom. And if there’s one thing Hayden Stuart is never going to want for real—it’s a wife.

So, we strike up a deal: I marry him and go live at his castle, where I’ll have unlimited access to his collection, he gets his earldom, and when the estate is settled, we part ways forever.

Win-win, right?

Wrong.

I may have fooled myself into believing I wasn’t risking my heart, but there’s one huge problem: I’m definitely falling for him. He’s not just another man. He’s THE man—an irresistibly good-looking, in-control, expensive-suit-wearing man who makes all the other men look like little boys. And the more time I spend with him pretending to be his wife, the more desperate I become to believe the lie.

But he’s never going to fall for some lowly PhD student. So what if at the wedding he looked at me as if I’m the only woman in the world, and kissed me like he’s shipping off to war in the morning? It doesn’t mean anything.

Or does it?

Because the more we’re together, the more I realize that, even though we’re from totally different worlds, we have a lot more in common than I ever could have imagined.

Now all I have to do is convince him he really does want a wife…

*** Even Better Than the Real Thing is a standalone romance with a little extra spice than a regular Melanie Summers book. ***

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Friday, 8 April 2022

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Savage City by L. Penelope

Savage City
(The Bliss Wars, #1)
Author: L. Penelope
Publication Date: March 31st, 2022
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
For Talia, death is only the beginning of survival…

When a tragic accident cuts my lonely life short, instead of heaven or hell, I’m stolen away to a terrifying city of warring shifter clans—the Nimali and the Fai. The Nimali mistake me for their missing princess. Her father, the dragon king, is identical to my own. But in this world, he dotes on me with the love and affection I always craved. And in a land with no tolerance for outsiders, feigning amnesia and impersonating shifter royalty may be the only way to survive.

For Ryin, falling in love is the worst kind of betrayal…

As a Fai warrior in captivity, I’m forced to serve my enemy even as I plot their destruction. The lost princess returned much changed, now the heat between us crackles irresistibly. While helping her heal using my magical talents, I begin to question what I thought I knew about the Nimali. She remains as forbidden as ever, but she also might be the key to freedom for me and my people.

Caught between two enemy factions balancing on the knife-blade of annihilation, our lies are the only thing keeping us alive, but they just might be our undoing.

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Friday, 1 April 2022

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Book Blitz & Giveaway - Death Wish by K. Webster

Death Wish
(Deception Duet, #2)
Author: K. Webster
Published by: Dangerous Press
Publication Date: March 29th, 2022
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance / Reverse Harem

Book Description:
All I wanted is for my little sister Della to be safe and happy. And maybe, in brief stolen moments, I dreamed of a happy ending for myself with a brown-eyed man. That hope has turned into sharp, bright fear. There’s only survival now.

I’m the daughter of a controlling and cruel billionaire, so I understand about power. But I find myself fighting anyway. I find myself testing them.

I have claws and I bite. I’m not going down without a fight.

It’s like I have a death wish.

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