When Stars Will Shine: An Anthology compiled by Emma Mitchell @emmamitchellfpr #WhenStarsWillShine #bookpromo #H4HAnthology

Hello lovelies, today I’m very excited to share a very special book When Stars Will Shine, an anthology of short stories compiled by Emma Mitchell and released on the 9th December. It’s just £5 or $6.47 to pre-order on Kindle and every penny goes to the charity Help For Heroes. If that doesn’t tempt you enough, then here’s the blurb:

When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.

From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

When Stars Will Shine is the perfect Christmas gift for the bookworms in your life!

Full contents:

Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman

Four Seasons by Robert Scragg

The Close Encounter by Gordon Bickerstaff

Believe by Mark Brownless

What Can Possibly Go Wrong? by Lucy Cameron

Mountain Dew by Paul T. Campbell

The Art of War and Peace by John Carson

A Gift for Christmas by Kris Egleton

Free Time by Stewart Giles

Died of Wounds by Malcolm Hollingdrake

The Christmas Killer by Louise Jensen

The Village Hotel by Alex Kane 

A Present of Presence by HR Kemp

The Invitation by Billy McLaughlin

Brothers Forever by Paul Moore

Girl in a Red Shirt by Owen Mullen

Pivotal Moments by Anna Osborne

Uncles Christmas by Val Portelli

Time for a Barbeque by Carmen Radtke

Christmas Present by Lexi Rees

Inside Out by KA Richardson

Penance by Jane Risdon

New Year’s Resolution by Robert Scragg

Family Time by Graham Smith 

I’ve pre-ordered a copy myself, if you’d like to order your copy, you can use the links below:

Amazon 🇬🇧 https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08234131P/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_JMJ7Db9GJP01N

For more information, please contact Emma Mitchell: emmamitchellfpr@gmail.com

 

#BlogTour #Review The Scott Family Short Stories by Amanda Paull @Apaullfiction @rararesources

Today I’m bring you not one but three reviews of the Scott family short stories by Amanda Paull. A big thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and providing a copy of these books.

Title: Let’s Dance (Scott Family Short Stories, Book 1)

letsdance (2)Description:

She’s helping out a friend. His dad’s hip’s gone. Could a farcical mix-up lead to love?

Ballroom dancing is the last thing Laura wants to try. But her best friend is desperate to meet a hip-swinging Adonis, so before she knows it, Laura is cha cha cha-ing in the back of the Dog and Duck with nerdy Ben. At least no one else need ever find out. No such luck. Her mother is armed with a social media page and dangerous. The shenanigans begin. What a pity Ben’s now looking rather dapper. Will he scarper? Or is Ben made of sterner stuff?
If you like innocent, laugh-out-loud family mayhem, you’ll love Let’s Dance, the first Scott Family.

Purchase Link

UK –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dance-Scott-Family-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B079ML1K2P

US – https://www.amazon.com/Dance-Scott-Family-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B079ML1K2

Review:

Laura is dragged by her friend Shona to her latest fad to keep fit and find a man; Ballroom dancing. Unimpressed by the doggy pub where it’s being held and even less by the selection of men, Laura is sure that she won’t be back for a second lesson until she meets nerdy Ben who for some reason won’t give up on her. Even when he meets her bonkers family.

What a fun and refreshing read this was! It’s fairly quick read, it took me about an hour or so which is perfect if you’ve got a long boring journey or wait ahead of you.

At first I found Laura a little stuck up but I found myself warming to her, especially when you meet her sullen teenage daughter and mother who seems intent on marrying her off!

Now I have to be honest it did feel like two separate short stories made into one, the ballroom dancing part, then meeting Laura’s bonkers family and the two aspects of the story could have been combined a little better.

Overall Let’s Dance is a fun short story perfect for a little escape from reality.

Title: A Christmas Day Kerfuffle (Scott Family Short Stories, Book 2)

Description:

christmaskerfuffle - copyA blooming romance. A trapped poodle. Can their relationship survive the madness?

After a shaky start, Laura and Ben are now getting along great. So much so that Laura dares to invite him for a Christmas Day brunch with her family. As the good tidings commence, a horrifying discovery is made. Freddie, the family poodle, is trapped. Will the ensuing biblical scale mayhem sound the death knell for Laura and Ben’s budding romance? Or is he just a glutton for punishment?


If you enjoyed Let’s Dance, you’ll love A Christmas Day Kerfuffle, the second Scott Family Short Story, by Amanda Paull. Download it today to discover whether love prevails, and Freddie cooks.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N05F9KU

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N05F9KU/

Other Retailers UBL: https://www.books2read.com/u/boZqd1

Review:

This is the second in the Scott family short story series and can be easily read as a standalone but I would highly recommend reading the first, Let’s Dance.

Laura has invited her parents round for a Christmas brunch with her new boyfriend Ben. Many high jinks ensue after Laura’s dad misplaces the front door key, leaving the poor dog locked in. Will all the mayhem lead to Laura and Ben breaking up?

What a fun festive story this was! It made me very thankful for my own slightly bonkers family!

My only complaint was I would have liked to have been a little longer but that’s just me being picky.

Another super short read if you’re looking for a fun Christmassy caper.

Title: Fenella’s Fabulous Fountain Fondue (Scott Family Short Stories, Book 3)

Description:

It’s the day of the party. Laura and Ben are in love. But could a posh marshmallow put thefenellasfabulousfondue2 (3) kibosh on their relationship?

They’ve survived Scott Family mayhem twice so far, and now Laura and Ben’s relationship is rock solid. They are having a wonderful time at the Grand Hotel, relaxing in the spa and putting the final touches to Ben’s mother’s 85th birthday party preparations. It’s all going to plan.

Fenella loves her party. The two families get along fabulously. It’s a marvellous do. What could possibly go wrong?

Download the third Scott Family Short Story today to discover whether the Scotts have a cheeky little surprise of their own for long-suffering Ben and Laura.

Purchase Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/Fenellas-Fabulous-Fountain-Fondue-Stories-ebook/dp/B07MHFPJ2L

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fenellas-Fabulous-Fountain-Fondue-Stories-ebook/dp/B07MHFPJ2L

Review:

I’m back for the third instalment of the Scott family short stories which can be read as standalone but again I would recommend if you want a fuller picture of this crazy family, to start at the beginning with Let’s Dance.

It’s Ben’s mother’s 85th birthday and he’s invited Laura and her family along. Laura is nervous, will her parents embarrass her like they always do?

This has to be my favourite of the three stories, not just because of the fabulously tongue twisting title, but I had a bit of a giggle while reading it.

I would however have like to met Fenella properly, which I don’t think we do and see how see interacted with Laura’s family but of course that’s just my opinion.

Fenella’s Fabulous Fondue is a quick fun filled read perfect if you’ve got a few minutes to spare.

scott family full toru banner

About The Author:

Amanda Paull is a writer of humorous romantic fiction. She lives in the North East of Englandwp_20160723_13_24_54_pro - copy (2) with her husband and works in the public sector. The inspiration for her stories comes from real life, which she tries to show the funnier side of by embellishing to the hilt.

Amanda’s Website: http://www.amandapaull.co.uk

Social Media Links – Twitter: http://twitter.com/Apaullfiction

Facebook: http://facebook.com/Apaullfiction

#BlogTour #Review Phobia by Stewart Giles #ShortStoryCollection @stewartgiles @Books_n_all

Title: Phobia by Stewart Giles

Publisher: Self Published

Date Published: 25th November 2015

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

AN ESSENTIAL INTRODUCTION TO THE DS SMITH THRILLER SERIES.

Phobia is a series of five DS Jason Smith cases he worked on before we met him in the first book ‘Smith’. We get insights into what moulded him into the Detective Sergeant we first get a glimpse of in ‘Smith’. Smith quickly realizes that police work isn’t always cut and dry. Justice is not always black and white; there are many shades of grey in between.

BLOG TOUR banner - Phobia

Review:

So I’ve previously read a book of Stewart Giles published through Joffe Books and enjoyed it, so when Jill Burkinshaw offered the chance to read Stewart’s self published stories I jumped at the chance.

The book contains five stories:

Cause and Effect

This has Smith’s very first case as a PC and shows how he goes from studying law to the police. After a nasty bout of flu he’s drafted up to CID to help on a spat of armed robberies of Post Offices.

The Girl In The River

Now a detective constable, Smith is given his first murder case. A young woman is found dead in the river. Suspicion quickly falls on her dodgy boyfriend. Smith’s superiors think it’s an open and shut case but far from happy he digs further.

Lost boys

A teacher from the local school is found bludgeoned to death in her own home. Bizarrely the murder weapon, an ornamental rock has been wiped clean and placed on her stomach. Yet when a known felons fingerprints are found at the crime scene, the other members of Smith’s team think they’ve found their man but he is so sure.

Two Brothers

A man phones the police when his neighbour’s dog won’t stop barking. Smith and his colleague DC Bridge are sent to investigate further. They find a gruesome scene of a young man bludgeoned to death and another in a bathtub, seemingly having taken his own life. Is it a case of murder/suicide or is it just plain murder?

Phobia

Smith passed his sergeants exams and is now DS and heading up his first case, the suspicious deaths of two students from York University found laid out on the beach of a small town called Saltburn. Due to an incident when he was sixteen Smith is now terrified of the sea, will he be able to get over his fear and investigate?

Having not read any of his Jason Smith books before (even though I do own a couple, they are sadly languishing on my lengthy tbr pile), these short stories are a perfect introduction to the detective if like me you have yet to dive into this series.

It’s not very often that we get to follow a detective from when they joined to police force. Smith is definitely a character! He moved to England from Australia as a teenager, he lives in the lovely city of York, a place I have visited a couple of times, so I have a little soft spot for it. So much tragedy in his past too, from his father’s suicide to his sister that has gone missing and the death of his beloved grandmother. He has this knack of rubbing people up the wrong way but not letting go until he feels justice is served.

Each story is split into short sharp chapters making it a quick and pacey read. I don’t often say this with a collection, I could not pick a favourite, they were all fantastic! Each story was well plotted, action packed and entertaining.

I’m now really looking forward to reading the first full length novel Smith (watch out for my spot on the blog tour next month!).

Rating: 3.5/5

Stewart Giles – Author Bio:

After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none Stewart Giles Author Photoof them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later.

Links:

Website: www.stewartgiles.com

Twitter: @stewartgiles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33