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GUEST POST by Laura Beege

So I asked my very good friend Laura if she would guest post for me this week and of course, she agreed. She wrote about These Things About Us, so here it is…

Hi guys!
When Zoe asked me whether I wanted to do this and tell you how These Things About Us came about, I thought there was nothing for me to tell you. I just sat down and wrote it, right? But then I realized I was lying to myself. Here’s the truth:
Originally, I didn’t want to write These Things About Us.
I only started designing Tony’s character because a friend of mine told me that I kept writing strong, kick-ass female leads and asked why I wouldn’t write a fragile character for once… And – reluctantly – I did. I scrunched my nose and came up with a girl who was vulnerable, who showed great weakness, but I refused to make her weak. I wrote about 20 useless, sucky pages told from her POV just to prove, to my friend but more than that to myself, that I could pull off a fragile character. And damn, I hated it. Because I wasn’t writing something I liked. I was working on an assignment. – Nobody likes doing homework, right?
That was back in January, right after I finished writing a NA college romance.
Long, long before that, Trace had popped into my head. But he didn’t fit into the YA Scifi project I was writing then, and he didn’t fit into that NA college novel. His entire back story, his issues, his secrets were stuck in my head and I just couldn’t give up on him. I wanted to tell his story.
So I kept writing in Tony’s POV in February, having very little (read: no) fun doing so, until one day I figured she might work nicely with Trace, and I wrote the scene of her walking into the bar and Trace hating her at first sight – and I was addicted. There was a story, there were challenges, there was chemistry. And suddenly I liked Tony. With Trace, I could put her in challenging positions. Who he was affected Tony on a level I hadn’t discovered before. And then his little brother popped up and I discovered more and more dimensions to this story.
As you might have guessed by now: I’m a pantser. I don’t plot or plan. And that’s one of the most exciting things to me. Starting a new novel, to me, is like embarking on an adventure and I have no idea what might lurk behind the next corner.
So in the end (and along the way) there’s a lot of revising and rewriting happening. Wanna know a couple of things that have changed between the very first time Tony walked into the Dirty Dungeon and the final version of the book?
Sierra isn’t some blonde Barbie reincarnation anymore. She’s more like the cool, but weird, older sister to Tony.
The title: TTAU’s very first title was “Flightless” but I didn’t like that it was only one word. It then changed to “All These Things About Us” and eventually the “All” was cut off because it simply seemed to long.
Tony is called Antonia. She used to be called Samantha/Sam. (I seriously wanted a unisex nickname.)
And there’s a lot less sexiness going on. I know, I know. I’m sorry for that, guys. I promise to make it up to you somehow, someday. (Maybe in a sequel? Who knows.)
And last but not least: Some major plot points changed and therefore a lot of scenes did, too. Some were tweaked, some added and some deleted.
You’ll be able to read one of those deleted scenes right here on Zoe’s blog tomorrow, along with her review, and there’s gonna be a giveaway! So make sure to come back tomorrow for the official These Things About Us tour stop here at The Book Lovers.
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Antonia is leaving the last shards of her life in Tucson behind to find her mother and start over. Turns out that’s easier said than done. London is a pretty big city, a hundred bucks don’t get you far and you can’t just make your past disappear.
When sweet and caring uni student Wesley gets her a job and a room in his father’s pub, Tony is unprepared for his older brother Trace who despises her at first sight. She’s unprepared for someone whose secrets might be darker than her own.
Following a path of breadcrumbs and tangling up in Trace’s past, Tony slips back into a world she thought she’d escaped the day her father went to prison.

Laura Beege
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GUEST REVIEW: The Mistress – Tiffany Reisz

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There’s punishment-and then there’s vengeance.

Nora Sutherlin is being held, bound and naked. Under different circumstances, she would enjoy the situation immensely, but her captor isn’t interested in play. Or pity.

As the reality of her impending peril unfolds, Nora becomes Scheherazade, buying each hour of her life with stories-sensual tales of Søren, Kingsley and Wesley, each of whom has tempted and tested and tortured her in his own way. This, Nora realizes, is her life: nothing so simple, so vanilla, as a mere love triangle for her. It’s a knot in a silken cord, a tangled mass of longings of the body and the heart and the mind. And it may unravel at any moment.

But in Nora’s world, no one is ever truly powerless-a cadre of her friends, protectors and lovers stands ready to do anything to save her, even when the only certainty seems to be sacrifice and heartbreak….

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Wendy’s Review

There is a reason Tiffany Reisz is a best-selling author, once again I have been completely blown away with her latest offering, so how do you write a review for one of Tiffany’s books without sounding… well, just a little Vanilla.

We were left hanging in a state of utter devastation at the end of The Prince, with Nora being kidnapped, her life hanging in the balance, so I approached this book with trepidation, although I felt totally compelled to take this final journey, I wanted to take it slow, savour Tiffany’s eloquent writing and ultimately find out what in God’s name was she was going to do? Where was the master of erotic writing going to take us next? I started to highlight the lightbulb moments, the erotic & funny moments, and before I knew it I had virtually highlighted every page.

Last we saw Nora she had accepted Wes’ proposal of marriage, was she really about to embark on a Vanilla life with Wes or would we see her return to her collared & complex life with Søren ?

I am trying to keep this a spoiler free zone, but it’s so hard, I want to share every page with you, how I felt during the scenes and discuss the people within it and their experiences, and yes I say people and not characters because yes they are real people and you will not convince me otherwise.

I love Nora, I’m pretty much convinced she’s Tiffany, smart, funny and I could fill pages and pages with Nora quotes just to read them over and over again.

“I’m in agony. Typical morning after for me” Nora

“You know Søren’s not a vampire, right? You don’t turn kinky because he bites you” Nora

“Don’t mindfuck a mindfucker” Nora

“the verdict is simply this – I am willing and capable of helping you out of this mess you’ve gotten yourself into” . Søren “Can we call it a pickle? Pickle sounds less scary than mess” Nora

Yes I could ditch this review and just quote away.

Nothing I write here is going to thoroughly explain how holy freakin brilliant this book is. But if you have read the other books in this series you know it’s going to be good and any pre-conceived notions you had about the BDSM lifestyle have certainly been blown out of the water by this series. But nothing prepared me for how totally brilliant The Mistress is.

I read the first page which listed 4 statements, which I have not included so as not to spoil it for you if you haven’t read it yet:

The Story so far….

At the end of The Prince the following statements were true…..

(4 statements)

At the end of The Mistress, only one of these statements will be true

Well I have to be honest I was freaking out already, I couldn’t read fast enough.

For The Angel fans we get an all too small glimpse of Griffin.

“The eight most impressive inches in the east village” (Nora)

And Søren almost seems human rather than the stern God like figure from previous books, if you weren’t Team Søren before this book, you will I know be 100% Team Søren by the end.

“Don’t get in to a scriptural pissing contest with a Jesuit priest, Kinglsey”, Søren chided “you’ll lose every time”

“Why do you love me so much, you stupid man”? (Nora) “Because I met you” (Søren)

“I am yours” she whispered “I always was. Even when I was with someone else” “I was always yours” “I know” he said with utter arrogance

“I promised you forever” “Forever isn’t long enough”

‘He’d probably have to invent some new form of Sadism to punish her for her latest crimes’.

As for Grace, Zachary’s wife, well she was very unexpected.

It has been a long time since I openly sobbed while reading a book to the point I had to walk away, wash my puffy, snotty face and go back in only to be in the same state minutes later. It was heart wrenching, stomach churning and captivating all at the same time. When Søren’s & Kingsley’s early lives collide with the present it puts them all in danger, and Nora is taken by a ghost from their past. Who can save Nora? Kingsley? Søren? They both play their part but ultimately only one person holds Nora’s future in their hands.

This book was beyond all my expectations, but then one should never underestimate Tiffany as a masterful storyteller. Always making us question everything we believe and always leaving us wanting to know more. Personally I will never get enough of these books and what they teach us about love & life. Even if it is an unconventional love. And what an end! Or is it?

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GUEST REVIEW: It’s Raining Men by Milly Johnson

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Best friends from work May, Lara and Clare are desperate for some time away. They have each had a rough time of it lately and need some serious R & R. So they set off to a luxurious spa for ten glorious days, but when they arrive at their destination, it seems it is not the place they though it was. In fact, they appear to have come to entirely the wrong village…

Here in Ren Dullem nothing is quite what is seems; the lovely cobbled streets and picturesque cottages hide a secret the villages have been keeping hidden for years. Why is everyone so unfriendly and suspicious? Why does the landlord of their holiday rental seem so rude? And why are there so few women in the village?

Despite the strange atmosphere, the three friends are determined to make the best of it. But will this be the break they all need? Or will the odd little village with all its secrets bring them all to breaking point?

Review:

Before I give my honest opinion of Its Raining Men, I would just like to personally thank Simon & Schuster UK for sending me a review copy of the novel, and also thank you to the wonderful author Milly Johnson who is just a delight to talk to on Twitter.

Within the first three chapters, we are introduced to May, Lara and Clare – three women who all work for the same company, but never have the chance to have a proper girls day. Milly (that’s the author) is very clever with hinting as to what will happen later on in the narrative which allows the readers to be drawn in – and I certainly was! The three females are highly relatable, as they have troubles with men. Don’t we all? Yet, that doesn’t stop them from having an absolute blast on holiday. These three women are independent, successful and friendly – can I be friends with them?

As the readers are brought into the mysterious village of Ren Dullem, we learn about the history as and when the characters learn. This allows the narrative to have a calming pace to it, and I did in fact, at several points, think I was on holiday! There are a million questions swirling around Lara, May and Clare’s heads but will they receive the answers they deserve?

Milly has added another storyline to the plot which I was confused about at first, I couldn’t figure out how the character of Joan had anything to do with the village – but then it clicked! What a bitch! She’s evil. Readers, watch your back with that one! As the narrative reaches the climax, the two storylines gel as one and it is an emotional yet spectacular ending that the novel deserves.

I really enjoyed reading It’s Raining Men, and on the 1st August, it can be yours to own!

You can find the author on Twitter: millyjohnson

Review by Emma Louise
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmmaIsWriting
Website: emmaiswriting.wordpress.com

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GUEST REVIEW by Anna Bloom

Before I post Anna’s review, you all seriously need to add The Uni Files to your TBR list.

Anna has become a good friend and I’ve had sneaky views of this book and it really looks amazing to read! It’s my next book to read after my tour book ;). But yesss, Anna has kindly written about The Uni Files for ya’ll to know what it is about 😀

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When Lilah McCannon realises at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action.

Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enrol at university, get a degree, prove she is a grown-up and blow a big fat raspberry at all those who doubt her, especially her dad.

As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a local band and finds herself unexpectedly falling in love, she realises her rules are not going to be the only things hard to keep.

With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges: will she ever make it up the Library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? And most importantly, can she become the grown-up that she desperately wants to be and learn the hardest lesson that her first year of university has to teach her: The Art of Letting Go?

The Uni File: Year One – The Art of Letting Go is the humorous diary of a young woman in the throes of a mid-twenties breakdown. It will leave you asking the question: can you ever stop history from repeating itself and if you could, what would you do to stop it?

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Anna’s guest post

Did you know that there were two versions of The Uni File – Year One before I finally finished one I was happy with? Of course you don’t. None of you know about The Uni File yet because we are still two months away from publication and you haven’t had a glimpse into the world of Ben and Lilah yet. It is a world to me, a world that I live and breathe and spend every waking moment thinking about.

So why did I end up with the version that I did? What did it have that the others didn’t? What made it set my imagination on fire to such an extent that it would become something that I would put my real life on hold for?

Well the truth is I don’t really know. It just evolved and my characters and the storyline changed along with it, every version took the characters one step further until I finally knew who I wanted them to be. For instance in my first draft Lilah was not called Lilah she was called Jessie and the Uni File was not a diary but a blog. Jessie used to have a diary but her brother Tristan who was also her best friend got drunk one night and read it out to the whole pub. Jessie left the diary at home and decided to have a blog instead on her first day at Uni.

I don’t know when Jessie became Lilah but I guess at some point she did and I am glad of that fact. The Uni File would just not be the same with a Jessie at the helm instead of a Delilah. Just the name Delilah speaks crazy for me and opens up so many different avenues to explore. For example Lilah hates it when people call her Delilah, but Ben does, normally when he is taking the piss out of her. All of her good friends call her Lil which I would never have thought works but it kind of does all the same.

Tristan did not remain in his cuddly best friend Brother role. He is Tristan the Arse in this version, but you will have to read it to find out why.

Now Ben. Ben was initially called Ben Chase and he did not play guitar. Yes that is right and I will repeat it just to make it clear, BEN DID NOT PLAY GUITAR! I know… I thought of a premise for a story where my Ben did not play guitar? I just can’t believe it, but the evidence is there so it must be true. Ben Chase was a member of the football team who seemed like an enigma to Jessie. Always warm and friendly but legged it at every available opportunity. I cannot even tell you how far this is from my Benjamin Chambers who is strong and solid, caring and thoughtful as well as super talented and outrageously hot (of course).

In my second draft I went the other way, Lilah was Lilah by that point but she was stuck in a dramatic storyline involving blackmail and family feuds. Ben was Ben Chambers but his band Sound Box were uber famous and it was Ben that was running away to University to escape the limelight and not Lilah who was changing her life in a bid to save herself.

I was halfway into this version when I woke up at five in the morning and had an epiphany. I knew exactly the kind of book I wanted to write. I stripped it all back to just Lilah and Ben and then I started to create a world around them, I gave them friends who all have their own stories, I gave them an environment where anything could be possible and I gave them the chance to create something that could be perfect. I wanted it to be laugh out loud funny, I wanted it to be beautiful and romantic. I wanted it to be a love story but a real one at the same time, one that people would read and fall in love with the characters but also understand and accept the decisions that they had to make. More than all of that I wanted to write a novel that people would believe, a love so right that it would feel it had actually happened, a world so convincing it would all feel real.

Have I succeeded? I hope so, but I guess I will be waiting for you guys to let me know when you finally get to enter the world of Lilah and Ben and The Uni Files.

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GUEST REVIEW: Facade (#2) – Nyrae Dawn by Ella Fox

My guest reviewer this time around is Ella Fox, the lovely author whose books include The Hart Family and the Renegade Saints series.

Here is her review of Facade by Nyrae Dawn 🙂

 

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From bestselling author, Nyrae Dawn, comes Book 2 in her New Adult, “Games” Series!

Can love save them?

After her father commits a crime that shatters her family, eighteen-year-old Delaney Cross is tired of pretending everything is alright. Packing up her car, she sets out to find the people her father hurt. Her search leads her to places she’s never been–and into the arms of Adrian Westfall.

To the outside world, Adrian is a sexy, charming ladies man. But his playboy persona is just an act. Secretly his soul is tortured by a memory too painful to share. Only Delaney seems to see through his façade to the real man underneath. And for the first time in his life, Adrian feels he can begin to open up about his past.

Together, Adrian and Delaney share a passionate, carefree love they never expected to find. Yet both still harbor their own secrets. When the dark truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together, or tear them apart forever?

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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Ella’s Review

I absolutely adored book 1 in the “Games” series, “Charade.” As the story came to it’s conclusion, I was hoping that Adrian would be getting a book of his own. When I found out that he was; I was thrilled! Nyrae can weave a tale like nobodies business. Her stories make their way into your heart and set up camp, permanently.

My advice before beginning a “Games” book is to have some tissues ready. Going into this book I thought that there was no way that I would have as emotional of a reaction/connection to Façade as I did with Charade. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Both stories are dynamic and beautiful, each a journey that won’t soon be forgotten.

Façade is, at its base, a story about growth, forgiveness and redemption. Delaney is a girl that feels things very deeply. Her father is in jail and her mother is an abusive suicidal terror. Although Delaney is done with her father, she continues to try to save her mother. The heartbreaking thing is that her mother treats her like garbage

and makes the situation that much worse. The one family member who cares about Delaney is her brother, Maddox. He’s there for her but is fighting his own demons, things that she doesn’t know about.

With things as bad as they are, Delaney hopes that if she can find the people that had their lives ruined by her fathers actions, the suffering within her own family will end.

Delaney is easily able to find the ‘mother’ of the boy that was killed. Meeting Angel is cathartic for them both and they really open up to each other. During the course of their meeting Angel tells Delaney that Delaney’s father didn’t just killed Ashton that day- he took away her whole family because Angel’s brother wasn’t able to deal with it and he disappeared. Angel had an investigator find him and it turned out that Adrian was living four hours away, but Angel is unable to go to him because she knows that Adrian would run.

Getting into Adrian’s POV was gut wrenching. From the beginning it’s very clear that he holds himself totally accountable to Ash’s death. At the cemetery on the fourth anniversary of Ash’s death, Adrian sits in his car and watches his sister cry over his grave… but doesn’t go to her because he thinks that she must hold him responsible.

Pain grabs a hold of me, threatens to pull me under, and for the millionth time I wonder why I don’t let it. It would be so much easier than walking around in the masks I do now.

Delaney makes a radical choice and decides to move to where Adrian is. Destiny plays a little trick the day that she moves in when she meets Adrian, but doesn’t know who he is.

Later that night, she meets him again when he shows up at the diner she’s working in. There’s an attraction there on both sides from the get-go. When he tells her his name, she’s stunned.

Their relationship develops from there. Adrian is hiding behind pot and parties because he doesn’t want to feel anything, while Delaney is keeping one key piece of information about herself from him.

Adrian has never told anyone about Ash and Delaney tells no one about her father. Although they begin by keeping these secrets from each other, their relationship is real. He sees that she’s in pain and nicknames her ‘little ghost’. They let down their walls with each other- sometimes against their own will- and become something bigger.

There is so much to this story that I can’t share because it would be spoiler-ish and that’s not okay. Suffice it to say, these characters stole, then broke, then healed my heart.

I was so proud of Delaney for showing Adrian that he was a good man, and I was also proud of her for finally standing up to her mother and walking away.

As far as Adrian goes… I fell in love. Some of the deepest scars are internal and he survived something that a lot of people wouldn’t have been able to. Although he was drowning for four years, the core of him was still amazing. He just needed to learn to fight, to LIVE, and Delaney was able to push him in that direction. I cried my eyes out for him- from the shirt under his pillow to the handprint on his heart, Adrian had me- and I cried happy tears when he started to become the man that Ashton would have wanted him to be. When he lets it all out for Delaney, my heart skipped beats.

You helped me stop bleeding. You made my heart beat when I thought it was gone.

Seriously, how could you NOT fall in love with Adrian Westfall?

Next up in the “Games” series is Delaney’s brother Maddox’s story and I can’t wait. I spent a fair amount of time during this book wondering about what had happened to him and I’m anxious to get that book in my hands so that I can know.

I can’t recommend this series enough.

About Ella Fox

It seems I’ve had one story or another in my head since the day I was born. I’ve always had characters taking up space my brain, waiting to be “delivered.” Recently I decided to take the plunge, and what a journey it’s been!

I’m a romance girl. Always have been, always will be. My pet peeve is reading a romance novel that centers around a weak and spineless heroine. It’s insulting that as a society we fall for stereotypical female characters who bat their eyelashes, aren’t familiar or comfortable with their sexuality and who allow themselves to be railroaded by the men in the story.

I enjoy a heroine that sounds REAL. Women like you, like me, like my friends. Women who don’t take crap, who don’t accept emotional or mental abuse and who don’t automatically do whatever it is the man wants.

A GOOD relationship- even a relationship that includes BDSM- always involves two equals. It is true in life and it’s true in my books.

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Laura’s Review: Scandal In Seattle (Great Exploitations #2) – Nicole Williams

Revenge isn’t what the Eves are about. Justice is.

But when Sienna Stevens leaves Miami for her Errand in Seattle as Ally Andrews, revenge is the only thing on her mind. A woman scorned is one thing, but Ally is something else altogether. She will not rest until the man who upended her world is brought to his personal and financial knees. She won’t settle for just upending his world in return. She’s going for full-blown annihilation.

Ally’s barely in Seattle a day before complications arise. She begins making slips. She’s one error away from being pulled from the biggest Errand of her career when she comes face to face with Henry Callahan. Former lover. Current Target.

Things just went from complicated to catastrophic.

Buy SCANDAL IN SEATTLE: Amazon UK/Amazon US/B&N

There is just something about this series that is crazy addictive and smart that I can never get enough!

Just like the first one, this book was incredibly well written, with an amazing ability to completely suck you in to the story making it feel longer than it actually was. I could feel the story and main character opening up so much more in this book than in the first one, really getting in to the coming story.

In this book we finally learn that the main character’s real name is in fact Eve (a little ironic considering her job description). Picking up where MISCHIEF IN MIAMI left off, she is on her way to catch the big fish, the 10 that will make her enough money to finally stop being an Eve. However, things don’t go exactly as planned as Eve finds out that the 10 is in fact her cheating ex-fiance Henry and she’s not the only one hired to catch him.

Life is change. Or is it, change is life?

For me it’s the latter. Change is the essence of my life. It is the origin of my present and the promise of my immediate future.

One day, that’s going to change.

As Eve starts to work on getting revenge on Henry through her work, we begin to see a different side to her. Never letting anything get to her before, working with him proves harder than she first thought as although the hatred and pain over what he did pushes her, past memories keep popping up, which made me question how this part of the story will progress and if the pair will end up back together… which would just lead to even more questions!

Henry is completely charming in this book and with that, and through flashbacks you can totally see why Eve was with him in the first place. I can’t help but think that because of this she is going to get sucked back in. She is so far off the spectrum that she can’t see that she won’t be able to pull it off, and even if she did, he knows who she is and could hold her responsible IF things actually do go as planned.

He’d always been good with words. However, that wasn’t my first rodeo with Henry Callahan, and I knew all of his tricks. Neither his words nor the way he said them would make my breath catch ever again.

I find the whole concept of this series amazing and only wish the books were longer so I didn’t have to keep waiting for the rest of the story. Nicole Williams’ writing style completely sinks you in so that before you know it, you’ve finished the book and your desperate for the next one. I cannot recommend these books enough, they are short, light reads, with a killer story that stays with you!

5 stars!

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GUEST POST by Emma Louise

So today, Emma is guest reviewing again on The Book Lovers.

She will be taking about her book, The Mistake and answering a few questions.

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41vysW3rtrL._AA160_The Mistake is about a love triangle between Daniel, Nina and Thomas. The narrative is shown on the present day of a wedding and then it continues onto the party. Every now and then, there are flashbacks to help the readers figure out what will happen next. The idea came about when I was in my second year at University during a Fiction class and we were given a five minute warm up to get our brains thinking. My lecturer says “write about flowers.” Instantly, I thought of a wedding and a beautiful bouquet of flowers but the person holding the bouquet has a dark secret. I decided to self-publish because I came impatient; I wanted people to know about my novel this year rather than hanging around waiting for an agent to agree to my terms and to find a book deal. I wouldn’t say that self publishing is difficult, but I wouldn’t say it’s easy either. Self-publishing gives you complete control and that’s what I want. The difficult part is the promoting because you ask for help, and some people are more than happy to help and others only care about themselves and their own novel. In my opinion, the best thing about writing is definitely the characters. I love creating the characters and getting to know them. It’s fantastic to be in complete control of the people who you’re writing about.

Q. Who is your favourite author?

A. I have three – is that cheating? So, the main one is JK Rowling. I was heavily bullied whilst at High School and it seemed that the one way I could keep myself happy was to read one of the Harry Potter novels. I fell in love with Daniel Radcliffe when he hit the big screen and I’ve been a diehard fan ever since. My other two favourite authors are Nicholas Sparks and Paige Toon. Nicholas Sparks is my favourite American author of all time – nobody will ever beat him to the top spot. He has a way of writing descriptively that is so beautiful and captivating. Each time I read one of his novels, I learn something new. He knows how to take a simple love story and make it beautiful and new. Paige Toon is my favourite romance author here in the UK. I’ve met Paige at a book signing and honestly, that woman is one of my idols. I have so much respect for her. Her books are beyond incredible. She’s a real inspiration to me and I felt a connection with her when I first picked up one of her books.

Q. Can you tell us a little bit about your blog?

A. Of course. My blog can be found at http://www.emmaiswriting.wordpress.com and it’s where I do interviews with authors, post book reviews which tend to be posted straight after I’ve read them and then there are updates of my writing. I also have Twitter @EmmaIsWriting if anyone has any questions

Q. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

A. In ten years, I’ll be 32. Wow. That’s old! I see myself working as an editor in a publication house. Hopefully in Manchester as it’s a beautiful city. I’m not worried about marriage or children, because for me, my books are my life and right now, I’m focusing on my career.

Q. Do you have a writing degree?

A. Yes, I have two. I have a Bachelor Honours in Creative Writing and Film Studies, and I also have a Masters in Creative Writing. Degrees will allow you to be taken serious in the publishing industry.

You can find Emma’s debut novel, The Mistake, on Amazon. Follow the link below: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mistake-What-happens-terribly-wrong/dp/1490412840/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374502388&sr=1-1&keywords=the+mistake+emma+louise+dagnall

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GUEST REVIEW: Secrets of the Tides – Hannah Richell

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Every family has its secrets. Some are small, like telling a white lie or snooping through a private drawer. Others are more serious like infidelity and betrayal. And some secrets are so terrible they must be hidden away in a deep, dark place, for if they ever came to light, they would surely tear a family apart.

The Tides are a family full of secrets. Returning to Clifftops, the rambling family house high up on the Dorset coastline, youngest daughter Dora hopes for a fresh start, for herself and the new life she carries. But can long-held secrets ever really be forgiven? And even if you can forgive, can you ever really learn to love again?

Secrets of the Tides is a compelling family drama with a dark thread of suspense at its heart

 

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Laura’s review

Every family has secrets, some are small like telling a white lie or snooping where your not supposed to. Others are more serious like an affair or betrayal. Then there are secrets that are so terrible that no one must ever ever find out for fear that it will tear a family apart.

The Tide is such a family full of secrets. When Dora finds out that she is pregnant, it forces her to confront her past. Returning to Clifftops in Dorset she goes to unlock the secrets of her troubled sister Cassie that she swore she would take to the grave. But can a secret so terrible really be forgiven and will the Tides ever learn to love one another again?

What a beautiful cover this book has! I found it extremely enticing and I just had to pick it up! And little do you know what gut wrenching story is hidden beneath this beautiful cover.

I read The Secrets of the Tides as the end of last year and thoroughly enjoyed it! This was truly one of the best debut novels I have ever read! It gripped me right from the start with a prologue set to keep you guessing.

This is a vivid, compelling family saga detailing the complex relationships they all have with one another and themselves.

I liked the way it kept moving between the past and the present as it keeps you guessing as to what happened and why things have turned out to be like they are. The past is in the view of Dora’s Mother Helen and the present day focuses on Dora. It is through this brilliant third person narrative that we are able to decipher the Tide family structure and read as their characters come alive through story.

The tension in this story is immense! Hannah Richell writes this incredibly well and I was physically tensing and praying that the events that were happening were not going to unfold badly. I thought she captured the grief and heartbreak of the characters extremely well. Richell explores the fragility of human feelings and how one mistake can tear a family apart.

I desperately wanted to know what this terrible secret was that had torn them apart and left them so racked with guilt. Each character blaming themselves for their part in the tragedy and I wanted to know who was to blame and which character was it that threw themselves off the bridge in the prologue.

This truly was an excellent debut that will draw you in and not let you go from the start. This story has stayed with me for a long time and if there weren’t thousands of other books that I want to read, I would definitely read it again. I am also thrilled that Hannah Richell has released her second novel ‘The Shadow Year’ which I will definitely be reading!

About me:

My name is Laura and as you may have guessed, I am an avid reader. As is the case with all book lovers, I have had my nose in books since I was very little. My nan has picture of me when I was two pretending that I could actually read the words of a book. I live in the south of England and I work in London as a Marketing Executive, so when I’m not working I’m either reading, on twitter, or writing my blog.

 

You can find me at my Blog, on Twitter and on Goodreads

http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk

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GUEST REVIEW: Savor You – Emily Snow

Today Holly Baker is going to be guest reviewing Savor You by Emily Snow. As I have yet to read the Devoured series, her review has definitely made me add these books to my TBR list!!

Check out her review below 🙂

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Kylie Wolfe and guitarist Wyatt McCrae have been bad for each other for the last several years, but it’s impossible for them to end their toxic push and pull. Not when their attraction is constantly fueled by lust and proximity—she’s her older brother’s Lucas’s assistant and Wyatt is his best friend and band mate.

So when Your Toxic Sequel makes a move to record a new album in Nashville, Kylie decides to make the latest break with Wyatt official by getting the hell out of town. She’ll spend a week in New Orleans. A week to immerse herself in the Mardi Gras scene. One week to not think about the last time she was in New Orleans, seven years ago with Wyatt. Seven days where she won’t have to see Wyatt every day just to fall ridiculously in love with him all over again—where, if she wants to, she can have a normal, no-strings attached fling that won’t end in heartbreak.

Too bad Wyatt ruins everything by showing up, as gorgeous and demanding and goddamn awful for her as ever.

Wyatt refuses to let Kylie give up on him. Not without reminding her why they both fell so far and hard in the first place. Not without making her savor the good memories and what could be their last chance with each other.

Note: This is a spinoff from the Devoured series.

3.5 / 5 Stars

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Holly’s review

Savor You is a spin off from Emily Snow’s Devoured series, which I absolutely loved!! I mean, what’s not to love about sexy rock star Lucas Wolfe and his band Your Toxic Sequel? So when I heard that a book about Lucas’ younger Sister and PA Kylie, and his guitarist Wyatt was to be released, my expectations were high. But that’s probably where I went wrong. Because I was left feeling kind of let down by Kylie’s story. Don’t get me wrong, I still thought it was good, but I didn’t love it and I truly hate to say that because I think Emily Snow is a fantastic writer.

Kylie and Wyatt have had a crazy on-off relationship for 7 years. It’s intense and toxic which is never a good mix but no matter how many times they get burned, they keep going back for more. Just as Kylie finally decides to kick the habit and end things with Wyatt for good, he has other ideas. He turns up at the end of her vacation and asks for a few days to try and prove to her why they should give it one last try, by taking her to places that had memories for them, so she could remember why they fell in the first place. Their relationship wasn’t exactly stable, but I loved Wyatt for doing this despite the fact that most of their past encounters were tinged with sadness, they still meant something to him.

There were quite a few aspects of the story that I enjoyed. We find out the meaning behind Kylie’s many tattoos which really made me feel for her and I found myself hoping she didn’t get any more for this reason. The name “Brenna” popped up quite a few times and I really wanted to find out who this girl was and how she came between Kylie and Wyatt at some point in their past, and when her identity is revealed I was seriously surprised and I loved it!! We get to Lucas again and I still loved him just as much as in Devoured and what made me love him even more is that at the end of Savor You, we get to see Lucas’ POV from the end of Devoured and it is awesome!

Two characters that really stood out for me in this book were Kylie’s BFF Heidi, and YTS band mate Cal. I loved these two so much! They really bounced off each other and left me wanting more, so I was really happy when Emily told me that depending on what the fans wanted, she has plans to do books in this series for Cal and Heidi, and Sinjin and a mystery lady. So if you read this book, make sure you tell her how much you loved the secondary characters, and fingers crossed, we will get more.

Overall I found myself wishing for more energy to Savor You, but to be honest, I don’t think Kylie and Wyatt’s story could be told any other way. It wasn’t all happy, hearts and flowers. It was tough. It was intense. It was broken. But it was theirs. Unfortunately it just wasn’t for me. I still love the Author’s writing and I will continue to buy future books from her including this series. I am still very much a fan of Emily Snow and I look forward to reading what she brings out next.

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How to get in contact with Holly

You can follow Holly on Twitter @HollyBaker89And her GoodReads page is HERE for more reviews.

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Links to the Devoured series so far:
Devoured (1)
All Over You (0.5)
Savor You (Spin-off #1)
Consumed (2) – To be released in September but you can Pre-Order

 

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GUEST POST: No Attachments – Tiffany King

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Ashton Garrison walked away from a privileged life in order to hide from the one thing she’s not willing to face. She knows she left behind a trail of pain, but in the long run, her betrayal will hurt less than the truth. She now has one goal: Live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. She has high hopes that a move to new surroundings will provide the escape she desires, but what Ashton doesn’t count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan. Sometimes, when love comes knocking, the pull is too strong not to answer. Suddenly, what she thought she wanted to escape from is what Ashton now wants more than anything.

Nathan Lockton has one mission: find his target and complete the task he was hired to do—no attachments and no emotion necessary. He’s done it over and over again. What he thought was a typical lost-and-found job has turned into a life examining moment as Nathan is forced to deal with something he has always ignored–his feelings. Now faced with a decision, Nathan must choose to either follow his heart or complete the job.

Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: If the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?

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Isabel’s Review

Title: No Attachments
Author: Tiffany King
Rating: 5 STARS GENRE: Adult Contemporary

FIRST, WHEN YOU READ THIS BOOK, YOU BETTER HAVE KLEENEX ON YOUR SIDE.
I let my tears roll down on my cheeks while reading this. it’s good that nobody sees me at that moment, because they will not understand why I’m crying over a book. /can’t stop sobbing/ Before reading this book, I didn’t read the synopsis of this story or any reviews.
This is my first book from Tifanny King, so I’m really excited to review this.
In this story you will meet one of the strongest woman I have met in the world of fiction, Ashton Garrison, and one of the hottest guy *eeeeekers* Nathan Lockton.

The story is very light at first, you will feel curious to what Ashton ran from her house and why Nathan is looking for Ashton.
Thanks to Ms. Tiffany for writing this book. *bear hugs* Ashton and Nathan meet at the bar when Ashton’s friends pursue her to get laid that night….. well it’s on her bucket list too.
So she agreed! Well That’s where she meets Nathan.
The attraction between them you cannot deny.
But she didn’t know that Nathan has a mission that he need to finish.
He needs to find his target and that should be no attachments or no emotion involved. that’s his job! Ashton and Nathan agreed to the arrangement.
Convinced their selves that their relationship is no attachment relationship. But the arrangement of them didn’t go according to their plan.
They fell in love. Unbeknownst to Ashton, Nathan is hired by someone to track her down when she disappeared. Nathan wants to know why she ran away, he wants to know her secrets.
I never expect that part where Ashton told Nathan the reason why she ran away. and I tell you guys, it nearly break my heart.
It’s very touching, sweet, and heartfelt story. oh did i mention hot?.. Yes, there was that too! 🙂 The bike riding… I can’t stop laughing at that scene. Oh Nathan! *blush*

This book is all about Heartbreak , Love, Loss of family, Forgiveness, & Acceptance.

“life is short and you need to seize the opportunity to live”
“It’s like learning to ride a bike. Sure, we’re going to fall over a couple times, but the important thing is that we keep getting back on”
“This time, I want to be nothing but attached. “A

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