#BlogTour #Review Stilettos and Stardust by D.L Pitchford @dlpitchford #RandomThingsTours #StilettosAndStardust

Title: Stilettos and Stardust by D.L. Pitchford

Publisher: Straight on till Morningside Prints

Date Published: 19th May 2019

Genre: YA Romance

Description:

A modern day Cinderella with a twist…

When high school seniors Noah Barton and Eden Prince’s academic rivalry ruins a thermodynamics demo, their physics teacher decides to help them get along. By forcing them to be lab partners.

As graduation approaches, Noah and Eden are too busy figuring out college to deal with each other. Noah’s football-loving dad sabotages his chance to win a big scholarship. Eden’s traditional mother cares more about finding her a serious boyfriend than encouraging her dreams.

Winning big at the regional science fair is their last hope.

Will Noah follow in his astronaut mother’s footsteps? Can Eden show her parents the environment is more important than any relationship? Will Noah and Eden finally learn to work together?

Follow Noah and Eden’s budding romance in this emotionally charged, gender-swapped retelling of Cinderella.

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Review:

I jumped at the chance to read Stardust and Stilettos as Cinderella is one of my favourite Disney movies and just reminds me of my childhood. There’s also the added bonus of being a gender swap retelling too which I’m always a fan of.

Poor Noah, his mum, a famous scientist and astronaut, dies after a mission gone wrong. He gets an acceptance letter for the same university as his mum went to but his father refuses to pay for it, determined to go he goes about trying to win the money.

His only problem standing between him and his goal is his high school competitor and nemesis Eden. He thinks she arrogant, selfish and basically insane.

They are forced to be lab partners but as they find themselves growing closer, is there more to their relationship than they first thought?

Now I went into this thinking it was going to be a light fluffy read but there’s actually a lot more emotional depth in this story.

It’s told from both Eden and Noah’s perspectives so you really get to know the characters a lot better and get both sides of the story.

Yes it does have the trope of a dead/seriously ill parent but I think the author makes this her own, really communicating her characters pain and the different ways people grieve.

I have to be honest it wasn’t until after I’d read it and really thought about it I got a few of Cinderella references but I wouldn’t have said this was an obvious retelling.

Stilettos and Stardust is a really emotional and compelling story and a must for fans of YA romance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

YA and NA author D. L. Pitchford is best known for her brutally honest stories and realistic characters.DL Pitchford Author Pic

Throughout her childhood, art and literature were encouraged in every form. Pitchford fell in love with The Lord of the Rings, The Dark Is Rising, and Harry Potter. By age ten, she wrote her first fantasy book. Her love of writing grew exponentially.

In 2013, Pitchford received her BA in English, Writing, and Fine Arts from Drury University. During her studies, she focused on the human condition and penned the first scenes of her debut novel. IF WE HAD NO WINTER released April 2017 and has been commended for its gritty tone and character growth.

Pitchford lives with her husband and two sons in Springfield, Missouri, where she continues writing young and new adult novels.

Website: http://www.dlpitchford.com/

Twitter @dlpitchford

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#Review Crazy In Love At The Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling

Title: Crazy In Love At The Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling

Publication Date: 14th February 2018

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Romance

Description:

You can go crazy searching for the one…

Nina is addicted to bad boys, the wilder, the better. Despite her friends’ misgivings, she firmly believes that true love only takes one form: wild, full of passion and fire and punctuated by tempestuous arguments. She won’t settle for anything less.

But years of swiping right has uncovered nothing but losers and flings, and Nina is no closer to finding her One True Love than she ever was. And when a man from her past walks into the shop Nina knows she has nothing to fear: the geekiest boy in her school has become a boring suit with no chance of making her heart go pitter patter.

Which just shows how little Nina knows about her heart…

Review:

So I read the second in this series of books True love at the lonely hearts bookshop a couple of years back (it was actually one the first blog tours I was ever on you can read the review here), so I when I saw this one I thought I’d give it a go.

It took me a while to get round to reading Crazy in love at the lonely hearts bookshop, over a year in fact, just because the inspiration behind it is Wuthering Heights which I’m genuinely not a fan of (I read half way through and gave up) so I had my reservations about this book.

I shouldn’t have been so worried, Crazy in love at the lonely hearts bookshop turned out to be a really heart warming romance.

I loved Nina. She wears vintage fifties clothes with a hair do to match (most the novel her hair was styled like Marilyn Monroe and was pink) and she is covered in tattoos. She thinks love equals passion and will settle for nothing less. It leads her to date a string of unsuitable men and plenty of dodgy dates.

Then she meets Noah with his sensible suits and ties and ginger hair. He likes puzzles and probabilities and doesn’t believe in silly things like fate and destiny. He couldn’t possibly her Heathcliff could he?

Of all the romantic heroes to pick, Nina choose Heathcliff, which as she says in the book is pure toxic masculinity, personally I prefer just calling him a selfish arse. I enjoyed her journey, discovering that you can have passion but it isn’t the be all and end all.

I did feel with all the build up between the characters, the story did drag a little, then the ending was a little rushed but of course that’s just my opinion.

I’d recommend Crazy in Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop to anyone who loves great characters, heart warming romance with a subtle nod to classic novels.

About the Author:

Annie Darling lives in London in a tiny flat, which is bursting at the seams with teetering piles of books.

Her two greatest passions in life are romance novels and Mr Mackenzie, her British Shorthair cat.

 

#BlogTour #Review Bonnie & Stan by Anna Stuart @annastuartbooks @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Title: Bonnie & Stan by Anna Stuart

Publisher: Trapeze

Date Published: 21st February 2019

Genre: Contemporary Love Story

Description:

Bonnie and Stan are soulmates. They met during the Swinging Sixties, to the soundtrack of The Beatles and the Merseybeat scene. They’ve grown up and grown old together, had children and grandchildren. They are finally settling into retirement and building their dream home when disaster strikes.

Stan cannot bear the thought of leaving Bonnie. All his life he’s devoted himself to looking after her and now, when it really counts, he will have to leave her alone. Or will he…? Alongside his teenage granddaughter Greya, he forms a plan to find Bonnie a new love of her life. And she must never find out…

Bonnie & Stan is a poignant, surprising love story set during the Swinging Sixties and the present day which will make your heart sing.

Review:

I want to thank Tracy at Compulsive Reader’s for inviting me on this blog tour and Trapeze for the copy of Bonnie and Stan via NetGalley.

I have to be honest I’m not usually one for contemporary fiction but this book had two things that really appealed to me, first older main characters (Bonnie and Stan are in their seventies) and it’s partly set in Liverpool back in the Swinging Sixties, a decade which I love to read about.

Poor Stan, just on the verge of retirement and building his dream home, he finds out he has incurable cancer. He can’t stand to think of Bonnie on her own so he sets about trying to find her a new husband.

Bonnie and Stan is one of those ‘I’m not crying honest, there’s just something in my eye’ reads. I always find it a little harder to read a book with a protagonist who’s dying, especially from cancer which took my mother ten years ago, but this topic is handled with sensitivity by the author.

The characters are so well written, I felt like I almost knew them. Stan is the more pragmatic, accepting what is happening to him whereas Bonnie is looking for a miracle cure. I think we all have a little bit of Bonnie in us, especially when someone is ill.

My favourite aspects of the novel is when we travelled back to the sixties. The Beatles had just found fame and the buzz of the Liverpool music scene was at it’s height. As I’m from Liverpool myself I have a bit of a fascination with that era, my parents were both teenagers at the time and it just seemed like an exciting place to be. I also liked the attention to detail, like the description of the old Cavern club, which was just how my parents described it, damp and a little bit dingy but still one of the places in Liverpool to be seen.

I have to be honest this is quite a slow and steady novel and frankly I liked the sixties parts better than I did the ones set in the present but of course that’s just my opinion.

Bonnie and Stan is a must read story if you like poignant, character driven stories all about love, life and family.

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About The Author:

Anna Stuart has wanted to be a writer ever since she sat up in her cot with a book. For years she wrote short stories and serials for the women’s magazines before being published by Pan Macmillan as a historical novelist under the pseudonym Joanna Courtney. Her Queens of the Conquest series, set in the pre-1066 years, has been published to acclaim in all formats including audiobook and been translated for European markets but she is delighted to return to the contemporary world for Bonnie & Stan.

#BlogTour #Review Island In The Sun by Janice Horton @rararesources @JaniceHorton

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Title: Island in the sun by Janice Horton

Publisher: Thornhill Print

Date Published: 4th January 2019

Genre: Romance

Description:

When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez.

Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten-years before. She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate.

She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?

You can buy your copy here- http://smarturl.it/IslandInTheSun

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Review:

I want to thank Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of the book.

Isla inherits Pearl island after her Aunt Kate’s death but having not set foot in the place for over ten years, after she was unceremoniously sent away. She just wants it sold and to get on with her own jewellery design business. But Aunt Kate has other plans for her.

Lured back to the island, she encounters her childhood sweetheart Leo who ended up in prison after being caught smuggling. What happened that night ten years ago and what secrets was Aunt Kate hiding?

The setting really makes this novel. The island was so vividly imagined, I could almost imagine myself scuba diving off the coast looking pearls and lost treasure.

I also really enjoyed the hurricane scenes, showing how beautiful yet scary they can be and added that extra bit peril and tension to the ending of the story.

The story is told through three perspectives, Isla, Leo and Aunt Kate’s diaries from when she was a young woman.

I didn’t particularly warm to Aunt Kate but she was a very compelling and complex character. The tales from her younger years showed her to selfish, concerned only for her happiness. It’s only when she is told that she has to look after young Isla after her parents died, she has to face her fear of flying, I began to understand her a bit more.

I have to be honest, the parts of the story told through Kate’s diary entries were not my favourite. I think I would have preferred to be taken back to the 1970’s rather than just be told about it through Kate but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall Island in the sun is a drama packed romance, full of secrets and lies and second chances in the sunshine. A must for romance fans!

About The Author:

Janice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children hadJanice Horton Caribbean grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves. Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

Social Media Links – Website: https://thebackpackinghousewife.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaniceHorton

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janicehortonwriter/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaniceHortonAuthor

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/janice-horton

#CoverReveal A Little Hotel In Cornwall by Laura Briggs @rararesources @PaperDollWrites

Today I’m very excited to be sharing with you the cover of A Little Hotel In Cornwall by Laura Briggs. I’ll also be reviewing this around publication day so keep your eyes peeled for my review. First a little about the book:

Title: A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs

Publication Date: 30th April 2019

Genre: Romance/Chicklit

Description:

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance. 

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too. 

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

Pre-order Link: http://smarturl.it/alittlehotelbook1

And without further ado here’s the cover:

Cover Reveal-A Little Hotel in Cornwall

 

About The Author:

Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100Briggs Author Pic Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

#BlogTour #Review Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald @SophieRanald @bookouture

Title: Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 13th February 2018

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Description:

A fabulously feel-good novel that will make you laugh till you cry and leave you living life to the full, margarita in hand!

Is this all there is? I scraped the last dregs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream out of the bottom of the tub with my finger and licked it. It left a sticky smear on my phone’s screen when I typed into Google, “How to find love, sex and happiness.”

Charlotte has always been a good girl. But being good is getting boring…

She’s not just stuck in a rut – she’s buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of fairy tales. So when she stumbles across a popular podcast, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, which challenges women to embrace their inner bad girl, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Old Charlotte would never ask for a stranger’s number, go on a blind date or buy lacy lingerie… But New Charlotte is waving goodbye to her comfort zone (with a side order of margaritas). And it turns out that good things happen to bad girls…

If you’re a fan of romantic comedies by Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk or Matt Dunn, and love TV shows like Girls, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin, you won’t be able to put down this hilarious read!

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

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Review:

I want to thank Noelle Holten for inviting me on this tour and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of the book via NetGalley.

Charlotte is feeling lost. Her best friend Maddy is moving out, getting married leaving her to cope with new flat mates and the fact she’s been single for a long time. One night she discovers a podcast Sorry Not Sorry which claims if you follow her tips and release your inner bad girl, you just might meet the man of your dreams…

Sorry Not Sorry is about when you’re stuck in a rut, take your life back and living it to the fullest, you never know what might happen!

It’s quite a quick and easy read with well rounded yet flawed characters and a good dose of drama.

I felt very sorry for Charlotte throughout the book. Trying to keep on top of her demanding job, help organise her friend’s wedding with constant put downs from Maddy’s sister in law to be, and biggest bitch in the world, Bianca and find the man of her dreams. Phew, it’s a bit of a whirlwind for her!

I have to be honest I didn’t quite laugh out loud at this, don’t get me wrong there were a few amusing scenes but I felt it was a little more serious than I would have liked. Also it took me a while to really connect with Charlotte because she is just so different from me but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall Sorry Not Sorry is a fun, flirty read with plenty of mayhem, drama and some steamy moments too!

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Author Bio:

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in SouthSophie Ranald 1 Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and The Truth About Gemma Grey was released in summer 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat.

To find out about Sophie’s forthcoming releases and get access to free books and special offers, sign up to her newsletter at sophieranald.com

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#BlogTour #Excerpt #Review Follow The Snowflakes by Angelina Kerner @shanannigans81 @KernerAngelina

Author Name:Angelina Kerner

Book Title:Follow the Snowflakes: A Christmas Novella

Date Published: December 15, 2017

Genre:Chick-lit, contemporary romance

Publisher:KDP Select

Synopsis:

At 28, it’s bad to be single. After four years of relationship struggles, Cat is ready to try anything.

That’s when her friend tells her about her class’ Dear Santa letters. One little boy asked for a new mommy, and she suggests Cat meets the kid’s dad, just to see where things go. Cat figures it can’t hurt…until she meets a stranger in the midst of a car accident. The man is handsome with a sad look in his eyes. He still wears a wedding band and she’s not sure his heart’s available, even if he makes her heart race. But, maybe he’s a widower? Cat wonders if she should resign herself to being an old maid, or whether she could possibly be the answer to a little boy’s Christmas wish, unless there’s a third option – a future with the stranger.
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Excerpt:

Sunday

December 17th, 2017

Dear Diary,

When I eventually return to read my entries in my old age, I’ll always remember just how miserable I was in December of 2017. I should have had a diary when I was a teen; then it would have been funny to re-read what I went through back then. When I was in high school, I didn’t have many friends. In fact, my mother introduced me to a girl on the day of orientation. Here’s the story:

Mom parked her car, and we got out. She began looking for all the gathered students outside of the gymnasium. I knew no one at the high school and Mom knew that too. It was mainly because I finished middle school in a different district and at that moment, I was not happy about the move. I gazed at the students and my Mom. She had that glint in her eyes that said a plan was forming and I could do nothing to stop it. After a minute, she motioned me to follow her and I did, just like the good girl that I was. We walked up to two girls. One had long brown hair and was wearing a loose shirt and long skirt, while the other had short blonde hair, glasses and wore a tiger t-shirt with jeans. Mom told them how it would be nice for them to take little old me into their friendship. They said ‘sure,’ and she just left me there.

You see Diary? Nowthose are memories. Memories of dating an engaged guy at 28, is not as good as that one, huh?

If you’re wondering, I couldn’t really make friends with the long skirt. She and I were too different. She was very opinionated, and I couldn’t hold a conversation without being confused. The glasses girl and I stayed friends until the first year of college. We grew apart after she moved away. I did hear from her once. She congratulated me on my degree. It was random. She sounded happy, and she met her life partner. I was happy for her, but that conversation didn’t rekindle the friendship that lasted for five years.  

Now, I am off to work. Yes, I’m working today, although it’s a Sunday. There are branches open on Sundays; I am talking about the ones inside the grocery stores. My friend, Jessica, who’s a manager at one, called me to cover for her today because she has a cold. I couldn’t say no, so I need to go. Oh, and she told me to buy her crew breakfast! At least, we’re only open until 2 pm today.
Cat

PS: Buy those groceries TONIGHT, or you’ll be eating Chinese noodles, and not the take-out ones.

Review:

So the story opens with Cat finding out her perfect man turns out to be married to another woman. She doesn’t want to go to her parents alone so her best friend shows her a letter from a boy in her class who wants a new mum for Christmas and suggests she meets the dad and see how it goes. Cat is reluctant especially when she meets a handsome stranger after witnessing his car crash.

This is a short feel good Christmas story. The main character Cat is a very sweet and I really wanted her to find the man of her dreams.

Cat also has a few interesting traditions, like celebrating Yule or the winter solstice as it’s otherwise known, which is a Pagan holiday. I know I’m not a regular reader of Christmas stories but this is probably a little unusual but I found it quite fun.

I have to be honest, it could have done with a bit more editing (there’s a few typos in there). I found the diary excepts a little redundant as it was just pretty much repeating what had just happened in the chapter. Also there was a lot of telling the reader what was happening instead of describing the scene which made it feel a little rushed in places.

Overall a light and fluffy read perfect for getting you into the Christmas spirit.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:

ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and light-hearted romance. She’sAngelina Kerner the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

Author Links:

https://www.facebook.com/AngelinaKernerFiction(Facebook)

https://twitter.com/kernerangelina(Twitter)

https://kernerangelina.live/(Blog)

https://www.pinterest.ca/angelinakerner/(Pinterest)

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14651070.Angelina_Kerner(Goodreads)

Pre-order Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07733X13J?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/follow-the-snowflakes

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While you read, you can enjoy chocolate!

Angelina XO”

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