#BlogTour Take a Moment by Nina Kaye

It’s my turn on the BlogTour Take a Moment by Nina Kaye.

About the Author

Nina Kaye is a contemporary romance author who writes warm, witty and uplifting reads with a deeper edge. She lives in Edinburgh with her husband and much adored side-kick, James. In addition to writing, Nina enjoys swimming, gin and karaoke (preferably all enjoyed together in a sunny, seaside destination). Nina has previously published The Gin Lover’s Guide to Dating and has also been a contender for the RNA Joan Hessayson Award. 

Follow @NinaKayeAuthor on Twitter, Visit ninakaye.co.uk

About the book

Life is better lived in the moment – Meet Alex. She has a wonderful fiancé, a job she thrives in, and a best friend she’s known since childhood. Life’s not perfect, but it’s pretty fantastic. Until a shock diagnosis suddenly throws everything off course.

But Alex has never been one to back down from a fight. Now single and unemployed, she packs up and moves from her Glasgow hometown to vibrant Birmingham for a fresh start. In a new job, in a new city, she’s learning all over again what’s important in life.

Friendship, fun and even romance lie just around the corner – but can Alex get out of her own way and learn to just take a moment, and live? A stunning, uplifting romance for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Jo Watson.

Review

Alex is looking forward to marrying the man she loves, her career is on the rise and life is good. Then fate deals her a difficult hand, which makes her question everything and everyone. In turn she sees sides of her family and loved ones she is completely unprepared for and she feels she has to do something drastic to take back control of her life.

I thought this was an interesting way to shine a light on our reactions to certain illnesses and/or disabilities, especially if we are the ones looking in from the outside. This is exactly how discrimination forms, builds and becomes a wave, which ultimately makes the person being discriminated against become even more isolated.

I guess the real core of the story, aside from the rebuilding and coming to terms with a debilitating illness, and finding both friends and loved ones who are there for them regardless – is how much the reactions of the world around them influences their wellbeing, mental health and health in general.

It’s a heartfelt read, one I think many will be able to connect with and perhaps even see a side of the story they were unaware of. Good intentions sometimes hide the truth of the matter.

Buy Take a Moment at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher ‏: ‎Canelo Escape pub date 9 Sept. 2021. Buy at Amazon com

#BlogTour Downfall by Will Jordan

It’s my turn on the BlogTour Downfall by Will Jordan. It’s book 8 in the popular Ryan Drake thriller series. It’s military, spy and action genre all rolled into one exciting fast-paced read.

About the Author

Will Jordan’s Ryan Drake novels draw on extensive research into weapons and tactics, as well as the experiences of men who’ve fought in some of the world’s most daunting combat zones. Other books in the series include Redemption, Sacrifice and Betrayal. He lives in Fife, Scotland, with his wife and sons.

Follow @WillJordan83 @canelo_co on Twitter, on Amazon, on Goodreads, Visit willjordanbooks.co.uk

About the book

‘My name is Ryan Drake and this is just the beginning.’

Ryan Drake and his team are in hiding, having become sworn enemies of states and agencies around the world. When a CIA operative is killed in a car bomb, Drake is shocked to see an old enemy felled. Further still when a video is released claiming responsibility for the attack… under the name of Ryan Drake.

Forced out of hiding, Drake embarks upon a mission to confront his past. When the stranger from the video reaches out, hinting at secrets just out of reach, he leads Drake on a high-octane journey through the slums of Rio to the deserts of Afghanistan.

Following in the wake of his trail of destruction, the team must pursue Drake as he stops at nothing to find the key to his past. An edge-of-your-seat action thriller from bestselling author Will Jordan, perfect for fans of James Phelan and Vince Flynn.

Review

This is the eighth book in the Ryan Drake series, that seems like a lot of books to catch up on, however this absolutely can be read as a standalone novel. You don’t need much of a back-story to enjoy this action packed thriller.

In this story Ryan and his team end up in a sort of enemy of the state kind of scenario. He also becomes the hunted when his name is brought up in connection with a brutal attack, in fact ‘he’ claims responsibility for the deed. This forces Ryan to act and to expose the person or persons behind this bizarre scheme. Perhaps that is the whole point of the devious plan.

The spy, military and renegade characters are governed by a different set of rules. It’s all about political deals, corruption and in this case Ryan revisiting his past. Trust is an empty vessel when it comes to people who are used to being furtive and pretending to be something they are not. There is no such thing as friends in a world where money and power, and sometimes revenge is the greatest currency.

It’s military, spy and action genre all rolled into one exciting fast-paced read. Definitely a must read for readers who enjoy Clancy, LeCarre and so on.

I like the fact each book in the series doesn’t necessitate the reading of the prior or later books. each one can be read as a standalone novel. Ryan does evolve and grow as the series progresses, but it’s irrelevant to a single book reader because they only experience the Ryan they meet at that particular moment in time.

Buy Downfall at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published by Canelo in eBook and paperback on 7th January 2019. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at Google Play. iBooks. Kobo.

#PublicationDayBlogBlitz Knowing You by Samantha Tonge

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Knowing You by Samantha Tonge. It’s a story about mental health, body image, self-esteem and confidence.

About the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

Follow @SamTongeWriter @canelo_co on Twitter, on Facebook, 

Visit samanthatonge.co.uk

About the book

An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…

Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.

However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.

Her long-term friends Mable and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…Review

Violet shares the love of a good story with her boyfriend. With her as a junior editor and Lenny working his way up to fully-fledged agent, they both enjoy finding the kind of book that will intrigue the masses. When she finds out Lenny is cheating she is distraught and feels as if she isn’t good enough for anyone.

She decides she has to change her image and become more like other women to catch the eye of someone worth the change she puts herself through.

It’s interesting how Violet is aware of the external change she has undergone, and yet appears to be completely unaware of her own physical body image. Her body dysmorphia is kept so well hidden that even she seems to be confused by the changes.

As the world around her starts to acknowledge the changes she has made, Violet confuses concern for criticism and becomes defensive when her colleagues try to step in and tell her that old Violet was enough.

What starts out as a story about betrayal and jealousy slowly melds into one about a young woman who still hides a frightened and traumatised little girl inside her. A young girl who finds the wrong kind of friends to support her, as a child and now again as an adult. The yay sayers, who condone her more manipulative actions and coerce her into being more pushy, are driving their own agenda. Young troublemaker Flint when she was a child and now the subtle and determined Bella.

It’s a story about mental health, body image, self-esteem and confidence. I liked the way the author begins on a completely different note and then uses one storyline to almost hide the second one, which is exactly what happens in real life. The furtiveness, the denial and need to hide her emotions and insecurities become almost like a second person living right inside her.

Buy Knowing You at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Canelo; pub date 14 Mar. 2019  Buy Knowing You at Amazon comBuy at ItunesGoogle PlayKobo,

Read my review Forgive Me Not by Samantha Tonge.

#CoverReveal Knowing You by Samantha Tonge

Yes, I know it’s absolutely stunning!. It’s vibrant, sexy and a wee bit sinister too. I am just loving the colour combo! The #CoverReveal was well worth the wait. It is available to purchase on the 14th March 2019, but you can pre-order it right now. Pre-order/Buy Knowing You.

About the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines. 

In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

Follow @SamTongeWriter @canelo_co on Twitter, on Facebook Visit samanthatonge.co.ukBuy Knowing You

About  – Knowing You 

An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…

Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.

However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.

Her long-term friends Mable and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…

Knowing You is about friendship and knowing who to trust with your deepest secrets; it’s about taking control of your life and not being afraid to stand out. Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Gail Honeyman and Amanda Prowse.

Pre-order/Buy Knowing You at Amazon Uk

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Publisher: Canelo; pub date 14 Mar. 2019

#BlogBlitz Publication Day! Forgive Me Not by Samantha Tonge

Happy Publication Day to Forgive Me Not by Samantha Tonge. It’s a story about addiction and the fight towards recovery. It’s brutally honest at times and doesn’t pretend the world is a romcom or an episode of  Friends.

About the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

Follow @SamTongeWriter or @canelo_co on Twitter

Or on Facebook

Visit samanthatonge.co.uk

Buy Forgive Me Not

About the book

Forgiveness can be hard to come by… An unputdownable new novel from bestseller Samantha Tonge

How far would you go to make amends?

When Emma fled her home at Foxglove Farm, she’d let down and hurt those who cared for her most. But now, two years later, she’s ready to face up to her past; she’s ready to go back.

But Emma’s unannounced return causes more problems than she could have foreseen. The people she knew and loved aren’t ready to forget, let alone forgive. And the one person she wants to reconnect with the most, her mother, can’t remember who she is.

Just as Emma starts to rebuild trust, an uncovered family secret and a shocking past crime threaten her newly forged future…

Sometimes simply saying sorry isn’t enough.

Perfect for readers of Ruth Hogan or Amanda Prowse, this is an extraordinary and unforgettable novel about running away from yourself – and finding a way back.

Review

How far would you go to make amends? It’s a good question, but for me the more important question is whether every act should be forgiven, just so the guilty party can feel better about themselves?

Emma is an alcoholic. Her drinking has cost her friendships, jobs, her family and her reputation. She rationalises every bad decision she makes and likes to blame everyone but the person feeding the habit. A common story, and it’s fair to say this story doesn’t focus on the victims as much as on the the addict and her attempt to make amends.

Emma makes her way home and attempts to fix her broken friendships and family ties. They have no real concept of the way she has spent the last few years and are reluctant to give her another chance. She also brings her second life home with her, which causes a lot of friction in the community.

Tonge reproduces the uncomfortable reactions of the general population really well in relation to the homeless. Questions of guilt, powerlessness, doubt and fear are mixed with general misconceptions about these people, who are caught in a cycle of addiction, lack of support and strict bureaucracy.

Kudos to Tonge for shedding a light on the way society treats the homeless and the difficulties they have on the street, especially whilst trying to get back into the flow of a ‘normal’ life. It’s important to add that not all homeless people have substance abuse problems, it is true however that the majority do. It’s another story and statistic whether the substance abuse came before or after becoming homeless.

Addiction is a cruel foe, it doesn’t care about emotions or relationships, it is greedy and just wants to be fed. The author shows the destruction of addiction and how much damage the loss of trust can cause in relationships and in a family dynamic.

Emma is selfish, self-absorbed and sees everything through her own frame of reference, which is tainted by her need to numb and forget all of her presumed grievances. Even when she seems to understand the damage she has caused she always brings it back to how she feels, as opposed to how everyone else might be feeling.

It’s an uncomfortable read at times, because it walks the thin boundaries between reality and fiction really well. The author doesn’t present a sympathetic main character, instead she gives the readers the stark realism of the addict and their thought process.

I think it is a read that will make readers sway one way or the other. At the very least it gives an intimate insight into the complexity of a downwards spiral and the never-ending road to recovery. A road which can sometimes be smooth, but also forces the addict to deal with the occasional sinkhole and crossroads. It’s an honest and heartfelt read.

Buy Forgive Me Not at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Buy at Kobo Google or itunes

Publisher: Canelo