Blog Tour: The Big Interview by Libby Kirsch

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The Big Interview
By author – Libby Kirsch


Stella’s Saga Continues!

The perfect book for fans of the laugh-out-loud lines in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series combined with the who-done-it page turning style of a Sue Grafton mystery.

TV reporter Stella Reynolds signs with a new station, excited to move to a bigger city for a better job. When she arrives in Bristol, Virginia, though, she finds a sexist, mean boss, unfriendly coworkers, and a town in love with a sport she’s never even watched—NASCAR! Before she can unpack her bags, Stella is drawn into an investigation when a driver is killed in a fiery wreck on the track. Experts call his death a tragedy, but Stella has insider information that the accident is anything but. With a slippery ex-fiancee, an angry father, and a nosy neighbor, you’ll be laughing on one page and gasping on the next. If all goes according to plan, the facts will be revealed during an epic live Big Interview. But when does anything ever go according to plan? The Big Interview is a standalone book in the Stella Reynolds Mystery Series. If you like a great mystery peppered with laugh out loud moments and cringe-worthy catastrophes, Libby Kirsch’s The Big Interview is for you. Buy Libby Kirsch’s book today, and see how the final big interview goes down when the cameras go live.

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My Rating: 4/5

Review:  When I read the blurb for this book I have to admit that part of the appeal was the comparison to Janet Evanovich and Sue Grafton’s books and while this was a good story I don’t feel it was quite in the same league as those.  Having said that it I did enjoy it and it definitely had some funny moments.  The fact that I hadn’t read the first book in the series didn’t have any effect on my understanding or enjoyment of this one.  We meet Stella as she is starting her first day in her new job.  It’s quite clear that this job is both different from her previous one and not quite what she expected but after a bit of a rocky start she gets the hang of it and then things really start to take off.  I knew very little about news coverage and programme production before I read this book but the descriptions and detail that we are given are very clear and informative and definitely add to the story.  The characters are well-written and Stella is especially good, I liked her attitude to things and the fact that she has doubts and concerns like everyone else.  The crime/mystery element of the story had enough twists and surprises that made it tricky to figure out who did it but not so many that it was confusing.

This is definitely a funny, easy read with enough shocks and surprises to keep you reading and guessing until the end.  The third book in the series is out later this year and looks like another good read and one I will be looking forward too.

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The Big Lead was chosen for a Publishers Weekly review which you can read here:

About the Author:

Libby Kirsch


Libby Kirsch is an Emmy award winning journalist, with over ten years experience working in TV newsrooms of all sizes. She draws on her rich history of making embarrassing mistakes on live TV, and is happy to finally indulge her creative writing side, instead of always having to stick to the facts.

Libby lives with her husband, children and soon (don’t tell the kids yet!) a puppy in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She doesn’t know what she was thinking.

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May 23rd

Steamy Book Momma – – Book Promo Post
Book Lover Worm  – – Book Review
Living Life With Joy – – Author Q&A

May 24th

Judging More Than Just The Cover – – Author Q&A
The Belgian Reviewer – – Book Review
Hello Beautiful Book Blog – – Book Excerpt

May 25th

One Book at a Time – – Book Promo Post
Book Lover in Florida – – Book Review
Hello…Chick Lit – – Book Review

May 26th

The Bookworm Lodge – – Book Promo Post
Fervently Curious – – Book Review

May 27th

Love Sex and Other Dirty Words – – Author Guest Post
vvb32 reads – – Book Review
Chick Lit Central – – Book Review

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COVER REVEAL: The Little Antique Shop under the Eiffel Tower by Rebecca Raisin


I absolutely loved The Little Bookshop on the Seine so when I saw the chance to be involved in the cover reveal for this book I couldn’t possibly ignore it, how gorgeous is this cover!! Anyway, enough from me, feast your eyes on the cover below and then pre-order the book, go on……you know you want to!


Book Information

Title: The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower
Author: Rebecca Raisin
Series: The Little Paris Collection, Book 2
Standalone?: Yes
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Don’t miss the exciting new title The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower by Rebecca Raisin available on July 1, 2016 – pre-order your copy today!

Watch for more in The Little Paris Collection

  1. The Little Bookshop on the Seine (available now)
  2. The Little Antique Shop under the Eiffel Tower
  3. The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées

What reviewers are saying about The Little Bookshop on the Seine

‘ This novel is a love letter to Paris, and even more so a love letter to books; it is absolutely a must-read book for book lovers.’ – Rather Too Fond of Books

‘easy to read and devoured quickly, I literally could not get enough and I was so sad to finish it. It was a truly captivating, spellbinding tale of taking chances and living life to the full that I am sure will ring true with many readers.’ – Compelling Reads

‘I love love love this author, and this book cements the fact that this series is a winner!’ – Fiona (Goodreads)

‘I loved every second of The Little Bookshop on the Seine, easy to read, with words oozing charm and good feeling, that just made me feel warm and cosy.’ – Rachel’s Random Reads

‘a beautifully written novel’ – Hilda (Goodreads)

‘A delightful story that’s perfect for reading in your favorite cozy chair. … Such a good book to lose yourself in.’ – Janet Robel (Goodreads)

‘It really brought Paris to life … extremely romantic, love is most definitely on the menu’ – Elaine (Goodreads)

‘a great escape to Paris and I’m looking forward to the other books in the Little Paris Collection.’ – French Village Diaries

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rebecca-raisinAbout Rebecca Raisin

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.

Come and say hello to Rebecca on her Facebook page or Twitter.

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BLOG TOUR: Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock by Nino Gugunishvili

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Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock
By author – Nino Gugunishvili


Tasha is a dreamer in search of a new dream.

She’s bored with Pilates. She’s never tried yoga. She doesn’t even have a driver’s license. She lives a pretty ordinary life as a freelance writer who battles the occasional flow of melancholy with the regular flow of martinis. Nestled into her couch, her television remote in one hand and a cold adult beverage in the other, she’s found a favorite way to pass the hours on a Friday evening. It’s comfortable and familiar, but it’s not exactly an exciting way to live. With two of her closest friends, a bossy mother, an eighty-two-year-old grandmother, and Griffin, her fat yellow Labrador at her side, she knows that there has to be something better out there.

But where?

When she gets an unexpected offer to relocate to France to write a magazine column, she thinks her circumstances are improving. But life in a new country isn’t all pêches et la crème. Now far away from her comfort zone, Tasha must find the inner strength to start a new career and navigate the bizarre and unknown world of professional jealousy, intrigue, and conflicting personalities in a very foreign land.

It’s enough to make a girl yearn for those quiet nights on the couch.

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About the Author:

Author – Nino Gugunishvili


Nino Gugunishvili holds MA in arts and has worked in the film and television industries.
“Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock” is her debut novel. She lives in Tbilisi, Georgia

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May 9th

Book Lover in Florida – – Promo Post
Red’s Midnight Readers – – Promo Post
Steamy Book Momma – – Book Excerpt
Grass Monster – Amazon, Goodreads and Twitter – Book Review

May 10th

Ever Growing Book Obsession – – Promo Post
Judging More Than Just The Cover – – Author Q&A
vvb32 reads – – Book Review
Booked Up and Bossy – – Book Review

May 11th

ItaPixie’s Book Corner – – Book Review
T&L Book Reviews – – Author Guest Post
Around the World in Books – – Promo Post
Hello…Chick Lit – – Book Excerpt

May 12th

The Bookworm Lodge – – Promo Post
The Belgian Reviewer – – Author Q&A
Ali – The Dragon Slayer – – Book Review

May 13th

One Book At a Time – – Promo Post
Book Groupies – – Book Excerpt
Book Lover Worm- – Book Review

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Blog Tour: City of Shadows by MJ Lee

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Blurb: A family of four is found murdered in the heart of one of the new Art Deco estates in the city. It’s a brutal crime, committed without mercy.

Under questioning, a suspect confesses, but Danilov is not convinced of his guilt. When the accused is murdered on the steps of the police station, he investigates to clear the man’s name, diving deep into the dark heart of Shanghai, uncovering the greed and jealousy, triads and police corruption that lurks in the City of Shadows.

This is the second book in the Danilov series. The first, Death in Shanghai, is also available from Carina.


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My Rating: 4.5/5

Review:  Having already read and reviewed Death in Shanghai (review here) as part of the blog tour for that book I jumped at the chance to be involved in the tour for this one because I knew it would be as good as the first.  This book starts off a little while after the last one ended as there has been a change to Danilov’s life and we see that reflected throughout the book as it and other thoughts associated with it prey on his mind.  That said, it doesn’t distract him from his real purpose which is solving the murder of a family of four in their home.  Although the murder is committed in an area which Danilov is responsible for another detective takes over the case and arrests someone within hours.  This suspect is then locked in the police station until Danilov convinces his superior that he needs medical attention and while the suspect is being moved from the station to an ambulance he is killed and the detective in charge of the case flees.  This then becomes a story of two mysteries, both separate and connected, where has the detective gone and why, and who really murdered the family.

As with the previous book this one takes us all over Shanghai with excellent descriptions of the sights, sounds and smells.  The relationship between Danilov and Strachan is developing nicely and although they are quite different people the fact they respect and listen to each other makes this relationship work.  This book is brilliantly crafted and while not a fast read it goes at a steady pace. There are points where you can makes guesses as to what happens next but only if you’ve been paying attention because there is so much detail and information that even skipping one page could cause confusion. While you are reading the first few chapters wondering where this story is going to go, it is slowly drawing you in to the point where you are walking and running side by side with the characters, getting anxious because they do and feeling what they feel whether good or bad.  This is one of those books that leaves you wanting more and hating that you have to wait for the next book to find out what happens. As well as wanting to know what happens next for both Danilov and Strachan after the events of this book there is also the ending that had me shouting at the author (sorry!) from my sofa because of the way he ended the book.  I never saw that coming at all and now I have to wait months to find out how it turns out.  This is one of those endings that makes you hate the fact that the writing and publishing process takes months instead of days. I am bereft, sad and worried about these characters and yet all I can do is wait……………………


About the author:   Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, tv commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflake packets and hotel websites.
He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.
Whilst working in Shanghai, he loved walking through the old quarter of that amazing city, developing the idea behind a series of crime novels featuring Inspector Pyotr Danilov, set in 1920s and 30s.
When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, practicing downhill ironing, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.







Review: The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard

The Little French Guesthouse

Blurb: Sun, croissants and fine wine. Nothing can spoil the perfect holiday. Or can it?
When Emmy Jamieson arrives at La Cour des Roses, a beautiful guesthouse in the French countryside, she can’t wait to spend two weeks relaxing with boyfriend Nathan. Their relationship needs a little TLC and Emmy is certain this holiday will do the trick. But they’ve barely unpacked before he scarpers with Gloria, the guesthouse owner’s cougar wife.

Rupert, the ailing guesthouse owner, is shell-shocked. Feeling somewhat responsible, and rather generous after a bottle (or so) of wine, heartbroken Emmy offers to help. Changing sheets in the gîtes will help keep her mind off her misery.

Thrust into the heart of the local community, Emmy suddenly finds herself surrounded by new friends. And with sizzling hot gardener Ryan and the infuriating (if gorgeous) accountant Alain providing welcome distractions, Nathan is fast becoming a distant memory.

Fresh coffee and croissants for breakfast, feeding the hens in the warm evening light; Emmy starts to feel quite at home. But it would be madness to walk away from her friends, family, and everything she’s ever worked for, to take a chance on a place she fell for on holiday – wouldn’t it?

My Rating: 5/5

Review: I loved the cover of this book when it was revealed and was hoping the inside would be as good as the outside and I was not disappointed.  This was an excellently told story that kept me engrossed from beginning to end as I had to see what happened to Emmy and Rupert and everyone else.   Both Emmy and Rupert and all the other characters are well-written and realistic, I could easily imagine all of them – voices, faces, etc – which doesn’t always happen.  The descriptions were so good that I was craving an ice cold drink simply because the characters were having one at that point and it sounded so nice!  The author did such a good job describing the locations themselves which meant that, for me, France was bright, sunny and had a yellow/orange glow around it whereas when Emmy was back home it was all dull, drab and slate blue/grey.  There was such a marked contrast in how they appeared in my mind that I felt as uncomfortable and out of place as Emmy did.  The biggest disappointment with this book is that the guesthouse isn’t real! I would love to be able to spend some time there relaxing in the garden and visiting the town and the market, it sounds so idyllic and relaxing.

If you want an escape from life, however temporarily, then this is the book for you.  On the cover it says this is the perfect feel good summer read and I completely agree, it transported me  away from what was a cold April evening to a warm, sunny summers day.  So, pick up the book, get yourself a glass of something chilled and prepare to travel without leaving your seat.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for letting me have a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.





BLOG TOUR: The Trouble with Seduction by Victoria Hanlen

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Today it’s my turn on the tour for The Trouble with Seduction and I have a guest post from Victoria Hanlen herself  in which she talks about where her inspiration comes from. There is also a giveaway at the bottom of the post if you fancy your chance at a £15 Amazon giftcard.

Rebellious, Scandalous and Irredeemable

Sarah, Lady Strathford is ready for a little harmless frivolity with a man of her own age and her own appetites…surely that’s not too much to ask! After the death of her beloved husband years before Sarah is ready for an adventure… Enter the dashing, roguish – and baffling – Mr. Cornelius Ravenhill.

Ravenhill, however, is not the gentleman he seems, and soon Sarah finds herself battling against the corrupt and harsh world around her as it threatens to destroy all she holds dear. The question is, will her seduction at the hands of Mr. Ravenhill prove to be her saviour or her downfall?


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Ideas for my stories come anywhere, anytime. I never know quite when the muse will strike. Relaxing and thinking about something totally unrelated to writing, taking a shower, upon waking in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning seems to be when ideas spring into my head.

I’ve found that one good idea is not enough for a novel. It takes many that complement one another, even if they don’t immediately appear to jell.

Historical stories require research, and the past is populated with a treasure trove of interesting people. Their lives can be studied and dissected to discover unusual personalities and occupations. Many times they have unconventional talents and/or the path of their life takes a bizarre twist or turn.

I also like to combine the strengths and foibles of several characters and layer them into one. Then I place them in a situation where their talents and weaknesses war with one another. That stirs up all kinds of interesting internal and external conflict.

History books frequently include little nuggets of information that inspire ideas, as do historical homes. Their owner’s idiosyncrasies often reveal themselves in their design and possessions. One historical home I visited wasn’t particularly ostentatious, but it contained priceless artifacts. The occupants surrounded themselves with mementos of their travels—some quite ancient and exquisite. Their home and collection said much about their life, interests and personality.

Another place I get ideas is by touring unusual museums. I find that seeing an actual historical artifact is far more illuminating than reading a description of it or seeing its picture in a book or on the internet.

Since my stories take place from 1850 to 1865, I’ve been through a number of train and ship museums. I’ve explored museums with nineteenth century tools, furniture, clothes, jewelry, wagons, carriages, telegraphs, clocks, photographic equipment, guns and cannon, and entertainment flyers. I’ve even toured a recreation of a nineteenth century village with all the many different kinds of stores and have been to an American Civil War reenactment.

The main thing I’ve realized is that, like the mind and body, the creative well needs nourishment. I make sure I take excursions to see and experience something totally new and interesting in order to keep it full and percolating.

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About Victoria: Award winning, historical romance author, VICTORIA HANLEN, has worked at a wide range of jobs, from fashion, to corporate business, to treading the boards of stage and professional opera. A lifelong writer, she once put her skills to use in PR and advertising. But her favorite form of writing is stories with happily-ever-afters.

Additionally, she likes to bake (especially pies), paint (especially barns with cows), and take photographs (especially of sunsets and critters) Victoria and her husband live in rural New England surrounded by a host of wildlife.




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WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.
The three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading:

It Started at Sunset Cottage
Kate Marshall is slowly getting her life back on track after losing her fiancé. As an author she has been able to hide herself away from the world and its expectations – but now one of her books has been optioned for a film and Hollywood suddenly comes knocking on her door!

When Kate is given the opportunity to stay at a beautiful country retreat and concentrate on the screenplay, it’s an offer she can’t refuse. Encouraged by her best friend, sharp-tongued single mum Sarah, Kate sees it’s finally time to stop letting life pass her by.

Looking for confidence and inspiration in the idyllic Cotswold countryside, the last thing Kate expects is for Timothy Calder, A-list actor and leading man in the movie adaptation of her book, to turn up on her doorstep, hoping to lie low after his latest tabloid scandal! But after a rocky start, with Tim narrowly avoiding death by watering can, they find they have a few things in common: a liking for Lady Grey tea, walnut whips and bad ‘knock knock’ jokes. Actually, the bad jokes are just Tim.

As an unlikely friendship begins to blossom, and with circumstances repeatedly throwing them together, is Sunset Cottage where both Kate and Tim’s lives will really start?

I’ve only just started reading this but it’s definitely proving interesting so far.

I recently finished reading:

Concealed in Death (In Death, #38)

The Little French Guesthouse

Snowblind (Dark Iceland)






I read all of these over the Bank holiday weekend which made for a lovely, lazy few days.  I am really enjoying reading the In Death series, they’re turning into comfort books for me so it’s just as well I still have plenty of them left to read.  I absolutely loved The Little French Guesthouse and was patiently won over by Snow Blind. Reviews for these will be up within a week or so.

I am planning on reading next:

Mathew's Tale


1818, Carluke, Lanarkshire.

Mathew Fleming returns home to Scotland following heroic service at the Battle of Waterloo. After seven years away, he is a ghostly presence to those he left behind.

But Mathew is ambitious and soon becomes a man of influence in his county and beyond. Yet through all his success, he still hides the loss of his one true love.

When a terrible act of murder occurs, Mathew must choose between the rule of blood and the rule of law. And as a man of honour with a warrior’s instincts, he embarks on a journey of vengeance that will test every sinew of his faith in mankind…

This is a book group choice which I have to admit I’m not sure about.  I do like historical crime but I’m not entirely convince this will be to my liking, however I will soon find out as this is next on my to read list.

Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock


Tasha is a dreamer in search of a new dream.

She’s bored with Pilates. She’s never tried yoga. She doesn’t even have a driver’s license. She lives a pretty ordinary life as a freelance writer who battles the occasional flow of melancholy with the regular flow of martinis. Nestled into her couch, her television remote in one hand and a cold adult beverage in the other, she’s found a favorite way to pass the hours on a Friday evening. It’s comfortable and familiar, but it’s not exactly an exciting way to live. With two of her closest friends, a bossy mother, an eighty-two-year-old grandmother, and Griffin, her fat yellow Labrador at her side, she knows that there has to be something better out there.

But where?

When she gets an unexpected offer to relocate to France to write a magazine column, she thinks her circumstances are improving. But life in a new country isn’t all pêches et la crème. Now far away from her comfort zone, Tasha must find the inner strength to start a new career and navigate the bizarre and unknown world of professional jealousy, intrigue, and conflicting personalities in a very foreign land.

It’s enough to make a girl yearn for those quiet nights on the couch.

I’m reviewing this as part of the blog tour hosted by @HelloChickLit and my review will be up on 13th May.  I loved the sound of this book when the tour was announced and am really looking forward to reading it and taking part in the tour.