#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

Author Page on Facebook

Instagram @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 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

#Review What Happens In France by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @canelo_co #NetGalley

Title: What Happens in France by Carol Wyer

Publisher: Canelo

Date Published: 28th January 2019

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Description:

She stood and took her place in front of the camera… It was now or never”

Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah, for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family.

With the help of handsome teammate Lewis, it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye.

Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfil more than one heart’s wish…

This heartwarming romantic comedy of friendship, family and laugh-out-loud adventures is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes.

Review:

Bryony Masters is desperate to find her older sister Hannah, who ran away at the age of sixteen, as her dad is seriously ill and doesn’t know how long he has left.

In a last ditch attempt to find her she auditions for a mysterious new game show What happens in…

Getting on the show is just the first step, she must try and win as many challenges as she can talk about the search for her sister. Can she do it with the help of her gorgeous teammate Lewis? Will she find her sister?

So this is actually my first Carol Wyer book. She’s been on my radar for a while now, I’ve been dying to read one of her books but like with a lot of authors I just haven’t had the time until now.

What happens in France is one of those stories that can make you laugh one minute, then tear up the next.

Bryony has had a tough old time of it. Bullied for a rare condition that made her lose control of her body, then almost dying in a car accident leaving her scarred and to top that off her beloved sister ran away which she blames herself for. I felt very sorry for her but she hasn’t let those hardships hold her back and has managed to go university, then has had a successful career as an English teacher.

There’s also some fabulous secondary characters, each one unique and memorable. There’s the dashing Lewis, her level headed best friend Melinda who encourages Bryony to come out of her shell and the pompous and frankly annoying Professor Potts.

There were a couple of issues, I felt like it took a little long to actually get to the game show part, which was my favourite bit of the novel. Also some of the conversations felt a little like info dumps and seemed a bit stilted and unnatural but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall What happens in France is an uplifting and fun read that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster right until the very end.

I received an ARC copy of What happens in France via NetGalley, all opinions expressed in this review are my own.

About The Author:

Carol Wyer, who also writes as Carol E. Wyer, is an award-winning author and stand upimage1 (1) comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping thrillers.


Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

Carol moved to the ‘dark side’ in 2017 with the DI Robyn Carter series, starting with best-seller LITTLE GIRL LOST the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and was in the USA Today Top 150.

The Robyn Carter series has sold over 400,000 copies and foreign rights have been sold into 9 countries, earning her acclaim as a crime writer.

Following the success of THE BIRTHDAY and LAST LULLABY, 2019 sees the release of three more DI Natalie Ward books and two new romantic comedies, the first, the much anticipated WHAT HAPPENS IN FRANCE.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

To learn more about Carol, go to http://www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.


Carol also blogs at http://www.carolwyer.com

#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 Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow @rararesources @ChristieJBarlow @HarperImpulse

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Title: Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow

Publisher: HarperImpulse

Date Published: 11th January 2019

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Description:

Welcome to Love Heart Lane…

When Flick Simons returns to the small village of Heartcross she only expected to stay for a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.

When a winter storm sweeps in, the only bridge connecting the village to the main land is swept away! As the villagers pull together, Flick finds herself welcomed back by the friends she once left behind. And as the snow begins to melt, maybe there is a chance that Fergus’s heart will thaw too…

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Heart-Lane-Christie-Barlow-ebook/dp/B07DX1YXKM/

UShttps://www.amazon.com/Love-Heart-Lane-Christie-Barlow-ebook/dp/B07DX1YXKM/

Review:

So I’m breaking out of my comfort zone today with a bit of romance fiction! I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the tour and HarperImpulse for a copy of this lovely book.

Felicity ‘Flick’ Simons is fed up with her life in London, her boyfriend had just moved out and her job no longer brings her the joy it used to, so when the sad news of her grandmother passing reaches her she heads home to Heartcross.

She’s nervous having not been back in eight years, having she left so suddenly. There’s one person she especially she’s scared to run into her ex, who’s heart she broke all those years ago, Fergus Campbell.

She is struggling to fit back in, when a winter storm blows in the village is cut off from the outside world, the villagers must band together to save the town. But will Felicity get her happy ever after and be able to put the past behind her?

So this is very much a new to me writer and I’m glad to be starting at the beginning of a new series.

This is a sweet and heart warming story with some very emotional moments, that I won’t deny had me sniffling a little.

At it’s heart, Love Heart Lane is a love story but it also about a close knit community which I think a lot of us would love to be apart of, especially when they band together when tragedy strikes.

I have to be honest it took me a little bit of time to warm up to Felicity, just because I felt a little annoyed with the way she is constantly racked with guilt over literally everything. I just wanted to tell her not to be so hard on herself! She really grows through the book, gaining confidence and letting go of the past.

I would have like to see a bit more of the Scottish dialect in there, just because it is set in the Scottish Highlands, just to give it that bit more authenticity.

I’d recommend Love Heart Lane to anyone who loves a heart warming and emotional tale with a good helping of drama.

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About The Author:

Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year ofliterary festival Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Love Heart Lane. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia. 

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for http://www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.

Website www.christiebarlow.com

Twitter @ChristieJBarlow

Facebook page: Christie Barlow author


#BlogTour Q&A #BookSpotlight The Nanny Song by Misti Mount @MistyAMount @RRBookTours1 #TheNannySong

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Today I’m very excited to bring you a Q&A with author Misti Mount and a giveaway as part of the blog tour for The Nanny Song but first a bit about the book:

Title: The Nanny Song by Misti Mount

Publication Date: May 10th, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Suspense/ Romance

Publisher: Willow River Press

Description:

Mallory Riscoe is no stranger to dysfunction. Despite her tumultuous childhood, at twenty-two, she has established herself as a fully functional, self-made woman. However the safe, mundane life she has created for herself is quickly turned upside-down when she’s falsely accused of theft and promptly fired.

Meanwhile, a dismal pall hangs over the Colt residence. Since the death of his wife, Brendan Colt has struggled to care for his children; Kason and Meela. Each is lost in their own deep grief, but there is more to this family than meets the eye.

Two worlds collide when Mallory accepts the job as nanny to the Colt children. Mallory begins to feel a connection, a whisper of trust between them, that could mean there is still hope for everyone involved to heal. But when an unspeakable secret is uncovered that bond, and possibly Mallory’s life itself is now at risk. Can Mallory unlock the mystery intertwined in this chaotic family or will all hope of closure be lost forever?

You Can Buy A Copy Here:

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nanny-Song-Misty-Mount-ebook/dp/B07D1CQF66/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1540755411&sr=1-1&keywords=the+nanny+song

Amazon.com:

https://www.amazon.com/Nanny-Song-Misty-Mount-ebook/dp/B07D1CQF66/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1540215168&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=misty+mount&dpPl=1&dpID=51wBnJHfs-L&ref=plSrch

Barnes & Noble:

https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-nanny-song-misty-mount/1128876014?ean=9780999655672

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Q&A with Misti Mount:

1. Where did the inspiration for The Nanny Song come from?

I wrote this story in my very early twenties, my teenage years full of babysitting and nannying still fresh on my mind. I wanted to write something that reflected my struggles and adventures in bonding with other people’s children. The real kids I worked with will always have a place in my heart and thankfully, most of them were not as badly behaved as the duo in my book.

2. If you could describe your book in one sentence what would it be?

A modern-day Jane Eyre meets a (good) Lifetime movie.

3. What is a typical writing day like for you?

I usually wait for the house to quiet down after everyone has gone to sleep, then I bust out my laptop at the dining room table. I’m frequently guilty of staying up all night and suffering intense drowsiness the next day.

4. If you could recommend just one book to read what would it be and why?

That’s so hard! I’ll have to say The Princess Bride because it has a bit of everything: true love, high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and tons more!

5. Who are your favourite authors?

I love classic sci-fi authors like Arthur C. Clark, Philip K. Dick and Larry Niven. I also love old mystery and gothic romance authors like Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt.

6. Is writing your only job? If not, what is your other job?

In addition to being a mom and caring for my sister, I do daycare part time and work as a personal care attendant for people with special needs.

7. Tell me something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)

I have always been deeply empathetic and I often suffer from “sympathy pain” if I witness someone physically hurting or emotionally suffering.

8. What are you currently working on?

I’m nearly finished with my next novel, a sort of origin story that was inspired by my character in the first role-playing game I ever played.

Giveaway!!!

For your chance to win 1 Print Copy of The Nanny Song or 2 Digital Copies click the link below (I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.)

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/0e7c6a8f48/?

About the Author:

Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. By day she’s a Author Pic (1)caregiver, wife, and mother to a young son but during the quiet hours of night she becomes a novelist.

“I read because my grandmother showed me how to immerse myself in books for recreation, relaxation or even as a coping skill.

I write because my head is filled with daydreams and I like to choose the endings.”

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mistyamount @MistyAMount

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15569092.Misty_Mount

Check out the other amazing bloggers taking part in this blog tour:

October 29th

Reads & Reels (Review) http://www.readsandreels.com

Didi Oviatt (Promo) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com

The Bookstanista (Review) https://bookstanista.com

The Voluptuous Book Diva (Excerpt) http://www.thevoluptuousbookdiva.com/

The Reading Mermaid (Review) https://tamarathereadingmermaid.weebly.com/

Where Dragons Reside (Review) https://kernerangelina.live/

October 30th

Helen Hollick (Guest Post) https://ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.co.uk/

The Cozy Pages (Promo) http://thecozypages.wordpress.com/

Darque Dreamer Reads (Review) https://darquedreamerreads.wordpress.com

My Books, My Baby, and I (Review) https://mybabymybooksandi.wordpress.com

Life at 17 (Review) https://lifeat17.wordpress.com

October 31st

Loving Life Every Day (Interview) https://lauramorningstar.com

Valerie’s Musings (Interview) http://valeriesmusings76.wordpress.com

Bri’s Book Nook (Review) http://brisbooknook.wordpress.com

November 1st

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Review) Dashfan81.blogspot.com

Wicked Good Reads (Review) http://www.wickedgoodreads.com

Plot Monsters (Promo) http://plotmonster.wordpress.com

On the Shelf Reviews (Interview) https://ontheshelfreviews.wordpress.com

November 2nd

Cup of Toast (Interview) https://cupoftoast.co.uk

The Genre Minx (Promo) http://www.thegenreminx.com/

Jessica Rachow (Review) Jessicarachow.wordpress.com

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