#bookreview for What If Butterflies Loved Snow? By Jessie Stevens @behindthewillow and Madhawi Karaya @Mr_Tookles @BooksForBees #kidlit #TuesdayBookBlog

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One of the most magical times when raising children is getting to read to, and with, them, and What If Butterflies Loved Snow? is a wonderful book to choose to do just that. I love the many questions that come from a child’s view of the world, particularly those that make you stop and think for a moment and make you realise just how much you accept without question as an adult. This is one of those. A question raised in that lovely moment as a mother tucks her child into bed. The story is short and simple with further questions batted between mother and daughter as they think through the practicalities of snow-loving butterflies but it is a perfect bedtime read, ending as it does with the child going to sleep.

The book is also wonderfully illustrated, and uniquely so, with a beautiful little girl, and if you follow the author’s blog you will know exactly who the model was, and all sorts of nature along with many characterful butterflies. The pictures are intricately drawn and the more you look at them, the more you see, especially on the double page spread. I loved the detail and care taken to include so much and it added to the story wonderfully. I have been following the birth of this book for a long time now and am delighted I bought a copy, I’m sure anyone who does will enjoy it just as much as I did.

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#bookreview for Wonder by R J Palacio – a book for 9 – 11 year olds, apparently. I’m slightly over that but loved it anyway :-) #TuesdayBookBlog

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August is a ten-year-old boy who is anything but ordinary. The story starts off by being told from his point of view but as you progress through the book the reader does get to see things from the viewpoint of others: his sister, his friends, for example.

Up until this point August has been home schooled but it has been decided that he should start regular school. The problem is that August is very unusual looking, and we all know what kids are like. August doesn’t describe what he looks like, he says, “Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” But you do get hints through the story along with the details and number of operations August has had to undergo just to get this far.

This book covers the array of relationships that follow. From friends who are friends because they’ve been told to be friends, to those that don’t even try and actively cause problems for August. Friends that are true but when put under pressure by their peers become easily led and, thank goodness, those that are such a delight they are refreshingly honest and accepting and wonderful. As a mother I found the bullying August faced heart breaking and I could totally understand his parents questioning their decision. I would want to keep him protected at home too, but that is not what being a parent is about.

This book really makes you think about what makes a true friendship. August gradually becomes more settled and accepted for who he is. You would like to think that children reading this would examine the way they behave with other people but I would imagine that would depend on how emotionally developed they were in the first place. As always some children would get it, others would not.

Books and films are often called uplifting and I haven’t always felt it, but I did with this. A terrific story of a courageous little boy who finds his own path, the special people he meets along the way and a book that I think should be compulsory reading in all schools.

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The mysterious and romantic Grayson Trilogy for less than £3/$3?? What a bargain! Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water are discounted until 18th April ~ action #adventure #thrillers with an icing of #romance ~ fun for all!

Followers of this blog will know the first book of the Grayson Trilogy, A Single Step, was offered for free recently. Hundreds were downloaded (thank you) so here is the chance for everyone who would like too to get the second two parts for 99p/99c each (and therefore the whole trilogy for less than £2/$2!)

Before the Dawn

Only 99p/99c

‘…a no nonsense suspenseful romance with an icing of thriller…’ Mark Barry

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‘…he moved closer and slowly ran the point of his blade along my jaw line as he spoke softly, intimately, to me.

“So, you are Trent’s woman. Now that is very…appealing.” I glared back at him silently.’

There are testing times ahead for Grayson and Trent as trouble threatens Melton Manor. When an attack is made against those on the estate, Grayson gets caught in the middle finding herself and those around her in terrible danger. Terrified when she thinks tragedy has struck again she fights to protect those she now views as family and, suffering bloodshed and pain, confronts her fears – both brought by the enemy and by the one she loves.

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Thicker than Water

Only 99p/99c

‘…an exquisitely written trilogy, not just love at first sight, happy ending style romance but stories that deal with real issues…’ E L Lindley

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There are tough times ahead for Emma Grayson in the final part of these mysterious and romantic adventure stories as she struggles to move on from her old life.

‘Vaguely aware of the tremor in my hand I ran my fingers up through the thick locks of his dark hair. Fear clutched at my heart as I sensed the icy tendrils of grief reaching for me once more.’

As the overseas action steps up a gear for Trent, Emma has her own challenges to face. Loyalties are tested and vengeance sought when she attracts interest from an unwelcome source.

Because someone is coming. Someone who has Emma in their sights.

Someone who will turn her life upside down… forever.

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These offers run up to and including the 18th April 2018. If you didn’t take advantage of the freebie offer of A Single Step don’t worry copies are still available at the princely sum of 99p/99c and the trilogy will still only set you back £3/$3! 😀

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Giveaway! Win a Kindle Paperwhite or up to 20+ Women’s Fiction eBooks AND gain access to the AXP Book Fair featuring FREE and 99c Books!

As you will see from the graphic below I’ve entered Parallel Lies into this promotion.

You can click on this graphic and enter to win, plus there’s the opportunity to go to the book fair that’s full of free or 99p/99c reads!

 

Win up to 20+ Women’s Fiction eBooks!

(2) Grand Prize “Gift Baskets” of ALL eBooks!
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My #romantic #crime #thriller Parallel Lies has been discounted to 99p/99c until the 16th April #womensfiction #discount #ebook

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My name is Madeleine, Madeleine Ross. It is a name chosen with thought and because it is classy, and that is what is needed here…

Madeleine Ross has life exactly as she planned it.

Cosy cottage, friendly village, satisfying job.

Company… when she wants it.

It’s an enviable existence for an independent young woman, and one she’s keen to protect.

Enter Daniel – strong, dependable and a danger to everything she’s built. He’s not something she was looking for, but hearts can’t be controlled and maybe, just maybe he might be worth letting into hers.

But, all is not what it seems. Because Madeleine is hiding a lifetime of secrets. Deep secrets.

And they never stay buried for ever.

Her darkest secret returns, like the proverbial bad penny. He is her first love, shadowy, dangerous, the baddest of bad boys. No matter how far she runs, or how well she hides, she can never escape him.

Or her past.

Here he is, on her doorstep, with a proposition she is powerless to resist but which could devastate the future she hoped to have.

Can Madeleine satisfy the old love while keeping the new?

You can’t always get what you want but, desperate to preserve the life she has worked so hard for, Madeleine is willing to risk everything to prove that she can.

*****

With 20 reviews already find out what readers have made of it so far and, if you fancy taking a closer look, download while it’s on discount right here:

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#bookreview for the romantic That Summer at the Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan @adrienneauthor #romance #suspense #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

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The Summer at the Seahorse Hotel

The romance in this novel is not only in the plotline or between the characters but for me it was in the fabulous setting. A crumbling estate on the dramatic coast of Ireland, what’s not to love.

Mia is a dresser on film sets (I thoroughly enjoyed the attention given to the detail of her work) and is the favourite of an aging film star, Archie Fitz, who has been great friends with Mia’s mother, Fenella, another film star, for many years. Sadly, Archie is dying and as friends and family gather around him at Galty House, once known as The Seahorse Hotel, the dynamics in the relationships come to light along with the truth as secrets from the past are at long last revealed.

Adrienne Vaughan’s characterisations are very good. Mia was terrific and I particularly liked Archie, I’d loved to have known him he was such fun. I was curiously drawn to the green-eyed cat that arrived towards the end of the book too but shall say no more on that.

There was a lot that happened in the storyline, which I won’t go over, and Mia faced betrayal along with her grief at losing Archie. I was pleased the estate went where it should have done and with the plans eventually made for it. As for the romance, well that was nicely done. Realistic and not slushy, just the way I like it!

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A Single Step is #FREE to download until 6th April #romance #suspense #womensfiction #freebies #freeebook

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100+ reviews across Amazon (mostly) praise A Single Step, my first novel and I’d love for you to download a copy.

Romantic and suspenseful, it is the start of a trilogy but with no cliffhanger ending (I promise!) it can be read as a standalone.

You can get it here…

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If you do, I hope you enjoy it.

Georgia x

PS. And I’m reliably informed it’s romance even men enjoy 😉

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The Proverbial Fairy Tale #BloggersBash #FlashFiction Competition – Theme #Royalty

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I hold a place that a million would kill for but no one knows the reality, no one can fully comprehend the sacrifice it has taken, the time, the effort, the work.

And the speculation, the endless speculation, I have endured.

Every aspect of my life, and those of my family, dissected. Our bloodline examined, ancestral weaknesses revealed – each detail pored over by the papers and their readership. Assumptions leapt to. Judgements made.

We did alright though, my family and I, we scrubbed up well, as they say. Nothing embarrassing found in our background, none of those pesky skeletons in the closet.

I worked hard. The right clothes, the right words, the right gestures. Every moment planned, every photo opportunity examined for potential pitfalls. Told what I had to wear, how I had to behave, what I had to say.

Worldwide coverage of the big day, of course – so many horses, so many guards, doing that thing the British do so well and carrying it off magnificently. The crowds lining the streets, the party atmosphere, a day never to be forgotten.

Our married life began. Privileged, if you don’t value your freedom, but that’s what you’ve signed up for and fabulous opportunities await that others can only dream of.

And now I stand in front of the doors through which we are about to leave and I take a deep breath, knowing outside the world is waiting, knowing that what has been before was nothing to what will follow now. I glance across at my prince, receive a reassuring smile and we walk out onto a sunny street, the crowd erupting as a million camera shutters blink and I look down into those beautiful blue eyes, as proud and delighted as any new parent, a future king in my arms.

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Cover Reveal for #YA #scifi #fantasy #thriller The Gemini Connection by Teri Polen @TPolen6 #TuesdayBookBlog

The Gemini Connection
by Teri Polen
Paperback Release Date: May 31, 2018
E-book Release Date: June 7, 2018
Young Adult > Sci-Fi/Fantasy > Thriller

Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions as their own and can sense where the other is.

On their dying planet of Tage, scientists work tirelessly on its survival. Like the twins’ parents, Simon is a science prodigy, recruited at a young age to work with the brilliant creator of Scientific Innovations. To the bitter disappointment of their parents, Evan shows no aptitude or interest in science. As a Mindbender, he travels into the minds of scientists to locate buried memories, connect ideas and concepts, and battle recurring nightmares.

When Simon mysteriously disappears, Evan is plunged into a world of loss and unbearable guilt. For the first time, he can’t ‘feel’ Simon—it’s like he no longer exists. Evan blames himself. No one knows that he ignored his brother’s pleas for help on the night he went missing.

A year later, Simon is still gone. Evan lost his twin, but Tage might have lost its last hope of survival when it’s discovered that Simon’s unfinished project could be its salvation. Evan is determined to find him—somewhere—and bring Simon home. Their unusual connection might be more extraordinary than they know, and the key to locating Simon.

The Gemini Connection paperback is available for preorder at the following locations:

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And for a discount at Black Rose Writing

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#bookreview for Hiding by Jenny Morton Potts @jmortonpotts #psychological #thriller #RBRT

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Hiding

I chose to read this book from those submitted to Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team and as a member I received a free copy. This does not affect my review in any way.

Oh my goodness, how I loved this read. Hiding is a terrific title as there are so many ways in which the different characters are hiding in this story but essentially this is a tale of troubled upbringings, of cold, calculated killers and of murder and vengeance.

Rebecca was brought up, along with her brother and sister, in a remote, rambling and rundown mansion in Scotland by her grandparents after her parents were killed in a car accident. Keller was brought up, without an ounce of kindness, by his Aunt Joya in America and certainly had the most miserable time of it. These two are linked but you have to read an awful lot of words before you find out how. Fortunately, they are very good words so that is no hardship.

We follow the lives of these two individuals, assisted by the use of flashbacks which worked very well, as they grow up and carve out adult lives for themselves. The pace of the book is fairly steady and doesn’t speed up until the final third, in fact I was surprised how far I was through the book before our two main characters even met. But that didn’t matter because I was drawn through this intriguing story by each development, by the compelling multi-layered characters, by the reveals of crucial information at just the right time and most of all by the excellent writing.

This is the sort of book you read and realise that you will never write as well as this.

‘That was the problem, you could tell just by looking at Keller, who he was. He knew his head sunk between his shoulders like a dejected turtle. He knew his eyes were shifty, that he scuffed along on the soles of his feet. You could see that he struggled with hope as soon as he got outside of his own bedroom walls. When the wider world and its expectations shone a light on Keller, his heart hammered and his throat dried up. It wouldn’t take an expert profiler to figure out Keller Baye’s circumstances. They were chiselled into his bones.’

 I say I loved this read and yet I’m giving it four stars (4 ½ if I had the choice!), not five. That may seem harsh and I’m really torn on this but for me it all came undone on the ending. It happened far too quickly, and, more importantly, without enough reasoning behind it. Because after everything these characters had been through, the build-up and the inevitable fallout, with each detail being worked out so meticulously and all those little clues the author so cleverly scattered falling into place I needed the ending to be as rich as the rest of it. Having said that, it might just be me so I’m still highly recommending this read.

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