Competition from Linn B Halton!

FCL smlAuthor Linn B Halton is celebrating with a competition running from 5th November – 5 December, 2015!

In the UK, Falling: Angels AmongWHSmith Us The complete series (published by Harper Impulse) will be on the shelves in some of the WHSmith stores for a four-week promotion. The star of Falling, Ceri, is sprinkling a little ‘festive’ love …

Launching the Rafflecopter #FallingComp

1st prizeone lucky winner can choose a gift of their choice, valued at £100/$150* (International)

2nd prize two lucky winners will each receive one signed paperback of A Cottage in the Country – released 23 Sept 2015 (UK only; non-UK ecopy)

3rd prize six lucky winners will each receive an ebook of their choice from any of Linn’s titles (International)

*(gift to be chosen from across the Amazon stores, or full cash prize via Paypal if you prefer to shop locally)

Take part below – there are lots of different ways to join in the fun and get your chance to be a winner!

What would YOU choose?

A special something just for YOU?

Or use the CASH to pamper yourself – or even to help out with those holiday expenses!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Ceri thinks she sees angels … everywhere. She struggles to keep separate what feels like two very different sides to her life. As a manager in an advertising company she’s been working with the gorgeous Alex for two years. The have a friendship based upon the image she portrays whilst she’s at work and it helps to keep her sane. One mad, crazy night spent sharing their secrets and a lot of wine result in them ending up in bed together, and their relationship changes. When Alex explains that the reason he doesn’t date is because someone broke his heart, how can Ceri admit that she feels a deep connection to him?

Ceri knows she’s different. What she doesn’t fully appreciate, is that her task in life is to correct a series of incidents that affect some of the people’s lives with whom she comes into contact. She’s simply putting right little errors that could ripple outwards and change the course of their destiny. When she finds herself getting pulled into things that happen around her, how can she prove that she really has made a difference? Is it all in her head?

She’s alone for a reason; she’s not meant to fall in love in her earthly life. Alex is supposed to cross paths with her and help Ceri, during a phase where she begins to question the signs she’s being given. It’s meant to be a turning point for them both—but in opposite directions. They are destined to travel very different paths … but Ceri doesn’t know that and neither does Alex …

FallingComp Nov

RGB-HarperImpulse-3Linn author pic revSomeone has to win and it could be YOU!

Falling: Angels Among Us the series

is published by Harper Impulse.

Author website: http://linnbhalton.co.uk/

Linn’s books:

http://smarturl.it/LinnBHaltonbooks

 

Entrants must be over 18 years of age. A gift (or gifts) to the value of £100/$150 may be chosen by the designated winner from Amazon, OR funds to that value will be transferred into the winner’s PayPal account upon receipt of details.

Proof of entry requirements must be met before the prizes are awarded.
Winner(s) will be contacted by email within 5 workings after the giveaway ends.

 

Review of How To Stuff Up Christmas

How to Stuff Up Christmas

4 stars

How to Stuff Up Christmas is the story of Eve who has found out weeks before Christmas that her fiancé is cheating on her. Faced with the prospect of being surrounded by happy people celebrating and the fact that her fiancé proposed the Christmas before, Eve decides to take some time off and get away from it all. This leads to her spending a few weeks on a houseboat in Pangbourne while doing a pottery course. While there she meets Greg, the local vet, who teaches her to cook when he’s not disappearing or acting strange.

This is the first book by Rosie Blake that I’ve read and I have to say I really liked this book. While I didn’t find it as hilarious as the book cover suggested I would, it was still funny and the bits with the goose and Marmite the dog are brilliant. For me this is a Christmas book with a twist as very few, if any, of the ones I’ve previously read centre on a character who is newly single. This is what made it stand out in my opinion, it was definitely Christmassy, the descriptions of Pangbourne were excellent and I loved the characters (except Liam) but I especially loved the fact that Rosie Blake wrote something a bit different from the usual single person meets someone and falls in love at Christmas. I’m not saying this doesn’t happen or that I don’t like those books (I do) but to start from the point where someone’s relationship has ended and they decide to shun the usual Christmas festivities was, to me, quite brave and most refreshing.

Definitely a recommended read if you want something a little different but with a strong Christmas feel to it.

Many thanks to Corvus for sending me a copy for review.

 

Stacking the Shelves

stacking the shelves

 

Having discovered Stacking the Shelves (hosted by Tynga’s Reviews)  I’ve decided to join in with this.  It’s about sharing books you’ve receiving during the last week be they ebooks or physical ones.

As this is the first time I’ve done this and I’ve gone a little book crazy this week there are quite a few books on my list.

Books I’ve Bought This Week

The Kiss Before Midnight          Christmas in the Park

 

One Hundred Christmas Proposals (100 Proposals #2)                                                                From Paris With Love This Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Christmas Getaway The Debt & the Doormat

 

The Sentinel (The Sentinel #1)   Right Under Your Nose

ARCs or Review Books I Have Received This Week

That's What Friends Are For: A feel good novel of best friends and secrets     The Darkest Secret

 

 

Death in ShanghaiThe Jazz Files

 

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Books I Have Borrowed This Week

The Seeker (Damian Seeker, #1)

As you can see it’s been a busy book week with a distinctly Christmas theme to my book purchases.  I’m really looking forward to reading and reviewing all of these.  The review for Death in Shanghai will be posted here on 14th December as part of the blog tour hosted by Neverland Blog Tours and linked on my twitter page and that of @NeverlandBT.

I was thrilled to spot a copy of The Seeker in the library this week.  I’ve been excited about reading this ever since I read The Redemption of Alexander Seaton, previously reviewed by me here  The Redemption of Alexander Seaton

Review of Bella’s Christmas Bake Off

3.5 stars

I have to admit this is the first Sue Watson book I have read but being a fan of Bake Off and liking the premise of the book and the Christmas-time setting I decided to give it a go. (Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for agreeing to let me have a copy in exchange for a review).

Just before Christmas Amy Lane’s apparently happy life comes crashing down around her as she discovers her husband has been cheating on her when he announces he is leaving. Following this revelation Amy spends some time helping out her friend at the local homeless shelter and realises how lucky she is to still have a roof over her head even though her marriage is over. Around this time she also discovers that her former best friend Bella Bradley has made a recipe book from her mothers recipes and is passing it off as her own. Amy and Bella were friends until something (later revealed) happened when they were 18/19 and Bella left and never spoke to Amy again. Despite this Amy has been watching her TV show and trying to make contact for 20 years (I don’t understand why, but she has) so when she realises what Bella is doing with her mothers recipes she wins a competition to star on the show and decides to sort things out once and for all. Needless to say things are not as she expects.

Whilst I enjoyed this book and the characters in it, even the ones I didn’t like much, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting and I think that is partly why I haven’t rated it higher. The characters were well written, Amy’s husband is so loathsome and slimy that I’ve even forgotten his name, Amy is a bit of a wet blanket to start with but improves through the book, Bella is icy and uncaring or is she?…….. and the remaining characters all have interesting quirks or secrets that are more believable than they might seem. I didn’t find the book as funny as I expected it to be but there are definitely funny movements, including a hilarious one with a plastic ham! Despite not rating this higher than I have this has definitely not put me off this author and I would happily try another of her books.

The Reading Habits Book Tag

I came across this on my twitter feed when i saw @AggiesLibrary tweet yesterday so I decided I had to get involved so here are my answers:

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Mostly I read in my lounge on the sofa but sometimes I read in bed if I’ve had a long day and fancy snuggling under the duvet with a good book.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmark if I have one to hand, sometimes a pen or something similar.   Otherwise I fold the corner of the page over.  I know some people hate it but I only do it when I have no alternative such as when I’m at work and anything put in the book may fall out and lose my place.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

I can stop reading wherever I choose, I don’t mind stopping mid chapter if I’m extremely tired or have to stop suddenly and do something else.  I never take note of what page I start on so never try and read a certain number of pages.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Yes, usually tea, coffee or, especially at this time of year, hot chocolate.  I will also have snacks and I tend to read in the mornings while having breakfast instead of watching TV.

Multitasking: music or tv while reading?

No. No music, talking or anything else when I’m reading, I can’t concentrate otherwise.

One book at a time or several at once?

Usually one at a time, sometimes more than one but only if they are different genres.

Read at home or everywhere?

Everywhere, but mainly at home.

Can you read while on the move in a car or on the train?

Yep, I can read anywhere at all.  Although I can’t read with tv or music on general traffic noises don’t bother me so reading in a car or train is not a problem though I rarely get the chance.

Read aloud or silently in your head?

Silently, always.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

No.  I made the horrendous mistake of reading the last few pages of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when something major happens, never again!

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

Either.  If I can read the book without affecting the spine then I will but I’m not precious about my books, they are there to be read and if that means the spine gets broken then it gets broken.

Do you write in books?

Only academic books, never anything else.

Review of Holy Island by L.J. Ross

4 stars

I’ve been a crime fiction fan for as long as I can remember and have always loved locked door type mysteries so when this book came up for review I was immediately interested. What crime fan wouldn’t be interested in a murder mystery set on an island where access is determined by the tides and which means there is a limited pool of suspects. This is a début novel by L.J. Ross and it’s an excellent start. The novel is set on Holy Island, also called Lindisfarne, where a body is found in the Priory ruins in what could be a ritualistic killing and DCI Ryan is authorised to investigate, despite having been living on the island while he takes a break from his police career. Ryan drafts in his best men and women and the investigation begins, only to be hindered by the attraction between himself and Dr Anna Taylor, secretive locals (in more ways than one!) and further mysterious killings that baffle the detectives in their apparent randomness.

I genuinely enjoyed this book and for a début I thought it was really good, I’ve read books from established authors that weren’t this good. However, I did have some quibbles. I did, at times, get the characters confused as there were rather a lot of them, a map of the island would have been helpful to get a better idea of significant places as I felt this was a little lacking in the description and, some of the details were just plain wrong like the character who got her hair dyed weekly – why? My hair is dyed and there is barely any visible root growth at 2 weeks let alone 1 so this point irritated me. Having said that it is a really good read in my opinion and I will definitely be reading the second book in this series. The characters may have acted in ways in which I didn’t agree with but I liked Ryan, Anna and Philips and would love to see how their story develops. Definitely a book worth checking out.

I received a copy of this book from the author’s publicist – Booklover Catlady Publicity in exchange for a fair and honest review. I do not know the author or publicist personally.