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Weekend Blitz for THE DEADLINE by Jackie Kabler - Q&A and a Giveaway

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Today on the blog we're celebrating the release of Jackie Kabler's second novel The Deadline.  I loved the book and will be posting a review very shortly. In the meantime, however, have a read of our interview with the author and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the page!

Title: The Deadline (The Cora Baxter Mysteries book 2)
Author: Jackie Kabler
Publisher: Accent Press
Publication Date: 20 October 2016

Cora Baxter is back - and this time, she's facing the most important deadline of her career…

When TV reporter Cora Baxter attends the scene of a murder in a London park, she's horrified to discover the victim is someone she knows – and devastated when one of her best friends is charged with the crime. Suddenly the fun-filled life of Cora and her eccentric camera crew takes a darker turn. Cora is convinced that her friend is innocent, but with seemingly solid evidence, the police investigation team – reluctantly led by Cora's boyfriend DCI Adam Bradberry – believe the case is closed. With a trail of clues that leads all the way to New York, can Cora find out the truth before the trial begins – or is it already too late? 

Book Review: LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD by Michele Gorman

Friday, 21 October 2016

Title: Love is a Four-Legged Word
Author: Michele Gorman
Publisher: Notting Hill Press
Publication Date:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Best friends Scarlett and Shannon spend their days tripping over dog leads and covered in fur, running their dog business together. Scarlett’s intensive training course, Ruff Love, fixes owners as much as their pets, while Shannon spends her days walking spoiled pooches and working up the guts to talk to her hopeless crush.

The women share more than their business though: they also share Scarlett's husband, Rufus. He’s been Shannon's best friend since childhood and it's a cosy setup - until Scarlett and Rufus's marriage hits the rocks with Shannon stuck in the middle. All three relationships are tested but when loyalties become divided, how do you decide who's most important?


Thank you to Notting Hill Press for providing me with a ARC of Love is a Four-Legged Word. I have read a few of Michele Gorman’s previous novels and have always found them to be good fun. As such, I was happy to be offered a copy of Love is a Four-Legged Word for review.

The story revolves around an animal behaviourist, Scarlett, her husband Rufus, their mutual best friend Shannon and all of their canine customers.

The story commences on a light-hearted note, setting the scene and then quickly progressing into the story with plenty of giggles and doggy delights! As the story progresses, some deeper issues come to the forefront and, as the reader, we watch as the characters’ attempt to resolve those issues.

The characters are very likeable. I especially found myself warming the level-headed but kooky Shannon and I enjoyed reading about Scarlett’s unconventional family. I will admit that I found myself becoming slightly frustrated at Rufus and Scarlett’s inability to effectively communicate with each other. However, anyone who is/has been married or in a long term relationship can understand that it’s not always sunshine and rainbows, sometimes there are some darker moments that will test a relationship to its limits.

The plotline grabbed my attention from the offset. It deals with a variety of relatable issues including family relationships, friendship, infertility and romance. The story flows along at a steady pace and does not falter or loose momentum. Gorman has provided a well-balanced mix of drama and comedy that will keep the reader involved in the story until the last page.

Whilst the story does address some serious issues, there is a lot of light relief provided through canine antics and through Shannon’s pursuit of ‘Mr Darcy’, the focus of her unrequited crush! I particularly enjoyed reading about the dog training classes, with Margaret and Biscuit, Max and Murphy, Charlie and Barkley and Naomi and Hiccup. Their canine capers have certainly enforced my views that I would not have the patience to deal with a dog as a pet!

Love is a Four-Legged Word is ultimately a bitter-sweet tale of romance and friendship - an enjoyable and cute story with some laugh out loud moment.

About the Author

Michele writes books with heart and humour, full of best friends, girl power and, of course, love and romance. Call them beach books or summer reads, chick lit or romcom... readers and reviewers call them "feel good", "relatable" and "thought-provoking".

She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films but objects to spiders and the word "portion".

You can find out more about Michele by following her on twitter, Facebook and by reading her blog or website. Do chat with her online - she's always looking for an excuse to procrastinate!

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Title: Heath, Cliffs and Wandering Hearts
Author: Laura Barnard
Publication Date: 15 October 2016

I'm excited to be on today's blog tour for Heath, Cliffs and Wandering Hearts. This is the first Young Adult novel from author, Laura Barnard.

Q&A - Interview with Elle Fields, author of FOUND

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

I am delighted today to feature an interview with the lovely Elle Field, author of the Arielle Lockley Series and Geli Voyante's Hot or Not.

Blog Tour: DEATH AT THE SEASIDE by Frances Brody

Friday, 7 October 2016

I'm delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for DEATH AT THE SEASIDE by Frances Brody.

Title: Death at the Seaside (Kate Shackleton Mysteries 8)
Author: Frances Brody
Publisher: Little Brown Books
Publication Date: 6 October 2016

Twitter: @francesbrody


Nothing ever happens in August, and tenacious sleuth Kate Shackleton feels like she deserves a break. Heading off for a long-overdue holiday to Whitby, she visits her school friend Alma who works as a fortune teller there. 

Kate had been looking forward to a relaxing seaside sojourn, but upon arrival discovers that Alma’s daughter Felicity has disappeared, leaving her mother a note and the pawn ticket for their only asset: a watch-guard. What makes this more intriguing is the jeweller who advanced Felicity the thirty shillings is Jack Phillips, Alma’s current gentleman friend. 

Blog Tour: CUT-THROAT DEFENCE by Olly Jarvis

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Today is my turn on the blog tour for the fantastic Cut-Throat Defence by Olly Jarvis.

Author: Olly Jarvis
Title: Cut-Throat Defence
Publication Date: 3 October 2016
Publisher: Canelo

Twitter: @ollyjarviso


There is no man richer than a man without a price

Jack Kowalski is a young and newly qualified barrister, who finds himself working on the biggest drugs importation trial ever played out on English soil. With the assistance of his equally inexperienced instructing solicitor, Lara Panassai, Jack argues a savage ‘cut-throat’ defence – a risky tactic where the defendants blame each other – and quickly embroils some of the most eminent QCs in the land.

As the son of Polish immigrants, the sensitive Kowalski has always found it hard to fit in, with a sense of inferiority and constant nervousness in Court. Now he must face his demons and fight not only for his clients, but for his very future at the Bar.

But when the defendant then unexpectedly absconds, Jack and Lara must fight on regardless, following a tip that leads them out of the courtroom and into Manchester’s seedy underworld – crime bosses, strip clubs, corrupt lawyers and all manner of hidden sins.