Monday, 31 March 2014

Forever Fredless by Suzy Turner

What They Say:
Kate Robinson has spent the past two decades yearning to find her soul mate, the boy she found and then lost during a family holiday.

Shortly after her twenty-eighth birthday, however, she inherits a fortune from an old family friend and becomes something of an overnight celebrity. Can her new-found fame lead her to him after all this time?

What I Say:
I would like to thank Suzy for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

When we first meet Kate she is 12 years old at a kids disco on holiday, where she meets a boy.  In those few short seconds before she is pulled away by her dad to leave the holiday site, Kate falls for the boy, but never having spoken to him (Right Said Fred playing in the background).  She names him in her head as Fred.  The book makes you think, can you fall in love at first sight?  Do you ever truly forget your first love?

Years later, Kate has never met ‘Fred’ but she still thinks of him often and no man can ever compare to him….

We follow Kate as she inherits a fortune from an old family friend, we discover the difficulties that the new found fame brings and will she still be able to keep her feet on the ground, while still underneath she longs for ‘Fred’.

liked Kate as a character, not sure I would have still be longing for a boy after 16 years, but then again they say you can’t help who you fall in love with.  It also begs the question do you know instantly who your soul mate is?  I know as you get older you know instantly if you’re attracted to someone, is it in that instant look that you fall in love?  I’m not sure myself but I really hope it is true.

I loved all the characters in this book, Kate has a close knit circle of friends, even her boss Julieanne who is batty about cats. I loved Freddie and how he helped Kate accept her life.

A really fun book, I hope as in this book your dreams really can come true, you just need to believe.

5 out of 5 stars

About the Author

Suzy Turner has worked as a journalist, assistant editor, features editor and magazine editor. Early in 2010 however, she began writing full time and has since completed six books for young adults: The Raven Saga trilogy and The Morgan Sisters series.

Although Suzy is a Yorkshire lass at heart, she left her home town of Rotherham, UK, to move to Portugal with her family when she was ten. The Algarve continues to be her home, where she lives with Michael, her childhood sweetheart / husband of 15 years, their two neurotic dogs and a cat who thinks she's a princess.

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Blitz and Interview An Acute Attraction by AJ Walters

An Acute Attraction by AJ Walters
.....Working single mother Isabel Chambers. She's not a size 12 or as you've probably guessed, a virgin either. She's lived her life, maybe not to the fullest, but now feels it is her time to re-discover herself. 
.....Marc Sanders an attractive, successful Harvard Professor of Medicine visiting Cambridge. He has a secret past that has been well hidden until now. 
An Acute Attraction is a heart warming, exciting and compelling story of love and romance, full of seductive, sensual and tantalising emotions and images, sexual exploration and passion. Isabel Chambers is an ordinary, working, single mother of two, who needs some me time, so, kids sorted, she books herself into a hotel for a week of rest and relaxation. Marc Sanders is an American professor at Harvard University and is in England to present research results to Cambridge University. Two people, out for adventure and excitement, meet and begin a journey of fun, thrills, lust and desire. But, is Mark all he seems to be? What is he hiding? 
Warning: Has adult and sexual content. 18+ Advised


AJW-  Hi and thank you so much for this interview.

Can you tell us about your book?
AJW- Sure. An Acute Attraction is a contemporary romance, which I have infused with other genre's. There is a mixed bag of romance, erotica, humour and mystery.

The main characters are British single mother, Isabel Chambers and American, Marc Sanders.

Isabel is a divorced, working, single mother who is maturer in age compared to most characters. At the ripe young age of 39 and with her children growing up, she thinks it is her time to live again. Isabel isn't a size 0 model, she's a fuller figured 'real woman'.

Marc is a 37 year old Professor of Medicine from Harvard, who is visiting Cambridge to present research results to them. He's tall, dark and handsome with a past and present he'd rather no-one know about, which is revealed within the book.

When they meet, sparks fly!

How old were you when you started writing?

AJW- I used to write poetry when I was younger, but then didn't do much when I started work, married and had my children. It is only very recently, last July, that I started to write again. I'm a working, single mother and wanted to do something for me. And so it began. I love reading and am a total book-a-holic, so to be on the other side, I want to rise to the challenge. Lol

Who are your favourite writers?

AJW- Eek!! I have quite a few, but I would have to say. Sylvain Reynard, Helen Fielding, Jason Luke, Cameron Lincoln, Katy Evans and Stella Knightley. There are so many others as well, I wish I could name them all.
What books did you read as a child?

AJW- I was more into my music and poetry in school, but later in teenage years I loved reading crime and suspense books such as Thomas Harris and Patricia Cornwell. I was also hugely into my Chiclit as well....P.S. I Love You and books by Trisha Ashley.

Your favourite book and why?

AJW- My ultimate favourite book has to be Gabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Reynard. SR is an amazing writer, his style is truly fantastic and I was already taken in with Gabriel's Inferno. I do love culture and learning more to do with it. So when SR took us on a journey through Florence, I loved the whole romance of it. I also fell in love with a lot of the characters in the book as well...Yes, especially Gabriel.

Do you have a favourite place you like to write and why?

AJW- Ooo!! Not really. It's anywhere that inspires me if I'm honest. My book is set inCambridge and so that place alone offers inspiration. I obviously couldn't do all of my writing down there, as I live further north. So I write at home or at the local pub!

What inspired you to take up writing?

AJW- It was my love for reading and wanting to tell my own story. I knew I had it in me, but I didn't think it would be good enough to put into print. It was through the support of fellow authors and friends that I went for it.

Are any of your characters based on people you know?

AJW- I have put some of myself into Isabel, mainly my personality and humour. I thought if I did that, it would make her more believable and easier for readers to relate and connect with. My muse for 'Jackie' was my best friend. We are more like sisters and the banter we bounce off one another is the best. When I wrote what I did for her, I could totally see my friend saying all of that.

Do you have a support network for your writing?

AJW- I would say my support network has been those that offered me advise in the beginning, along with my brother; John Walters, who drew the cover for the book. Without him and them I wouldn't have done what I have. Now as well though, the readers are a part of that. The feedback and encouragement they given me is overwhelming. It would be wrong not to mention my two sons, their patience and support has been the best.

What items are on your desk/where you write?

AJW- *whispers... I don't have a desk. Haha!! I sometimes write at the dinner table or in the sitting room. As long as I have a coffee or a glass of wine at hand, I'm happy.

Do you have a routine for your writing? ie time of day.

AJW- I don't have a routine as such. I work full time in a school during the day and with my other full time job being a mother, I have to work around those. As long as I can get to do some writing done every day, I'm yet again happy. It doesn't take much for me to be happy. Lol

Any tips for writers who are just starting out?

AJW- Go for it! Don't be afraid to put some of yourself into a character either. They don't have to be a main character, but it just helps to have someone 'real' in them.

Can you share a sneak peak at what you're working on at the moment?

AJW- Just for you, why not! I am currently writing the second book of The Attraction Series. An Acute Attraction being the first.

A Constant Attraction is the title I have given to the second instalment. I wanted to take a slightly different angle with this one. An Acute Attraction is seen solely through the eyes of Isabel. In order for readers to get to know other major characters better, I have written this one through the eyes of Isabel, Marc and Emelie. 

Below is a teaser for you. ;-)

 “Standing tall, at the large imposing window of her Cambridge hotel room, Dr Emiliana Acerbi presses the end call button on her phone. She is confident that she is the one in control. She is the one calling all of the shots, holding all of the cards and that she is the strongest out of the two of them, out of her and Marc Sanders. She has always been this way, since very early on in life and had to be in order to succeed, to succeed in what is mainly seen as a man's world. 

From a young age men had been the authoritative figures within her family and community in Italy. There the men were still very firmly set in their ways. The men were the bread winners, head of the family and everyone looked up to them. This became more apparent after her father passed away, after losing his battle to lung cancer, when she was only six years old and her mother had to turn to Emiliana's uncle, her father's elder brother for help and support. 
As it was him who they had to rely upon, to avoid being homeless and put out on to the street, he used and abused the situation. Emiliana wasn't allowed to do anything without his permission and in time, her mother turned into the ghost of a woman she once was. Valeria Martinelli had no say in what discipline or punishment was handed out, or which direction her daughter was to take, therefore just blended into everything else around them. 

However Emelie wasn't a daft or silly little girl. In fact, she was the complete opposite. Yes, she played by the rules and did what was expected of her. She kept her mouth shut and continued to do what was asked of her. The display and theatre she put on for her uncle was enough to pacify him, but not too obvious for him to question the reasoning behind her way of living. At the age of ten, Emelie made the conscious decision that she was not going to lead the rest of her sorry and turbulent life like that. So, she buckled down at school and any spare time she had in between having to do chores around the house and entertaining her uncle, she would do extra studying. As any spare time was sparse, she would often stay awake late into the night and, either using the bright moonlight or what little street lighting there was, she would cram as much as she could in. Emelie knew her uncle would never fund her college or university fees, as he wanted her to become another little woman, just like her mother, who stayed at home and did nothing else.

With this she needed to prove to herself and others, such as her teachers at school, what she was truly capable of doing. 
Striving to be the best, to be at the top of her classes, taking home extra work, Emelie hoped it would lead to her getting a scholarship or grant.

As it went, she did ace her exams and at the age of sixteen, Emelie packed the one case she could get a hold of and left for Milan, her only possessions being a few clothes, her diary and a photograph of her parents taken during happier times. Her uncle hadn't been a complete tyrant. He would give Emelie 'pocket money' as he called it, for when she worked incredibly hard for him, entertaining him and his comrades. Six years of saving and stashing the money in an old antique tin under her bed, meant she had enough to buy her ticket and pay for the first couple of months rent. It broke her heart to sell the one item that had belonged to her father, but she knew that her father would approve of her using the money from the sale of the gold pocket watch, to fulfil her dream of becoming something and someone. So, until her grant kicked in, she had to use the cash to live off.

Her living conditions may not have been great, but she was free!

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

AJW- Erm! Any free time I get is either spent with the kids/friends, dining out, supporting local charities on social media and chatting to readers/friends on there. I do enjoy singing, so will occasionally go to a local pub for a karaoke!

Do you like it quiet when you're writing or do you need background noise?(music or TV)

AJW- I do like to have quiet, although I might have the sound of a washing machine/dryer going on in the background. Lol

If one of your books was made into a film/TV series, who would you like as the leading lady/man?

AJW- Arrgghh!! lol Oh my gosh! It would be so cool if it was made into a film!
This purely my own view. I did envisage British Model, David Gandy when writing the book, but I can totally see Henry Cavill playing Marc. He is a remarkable actor and pretty darn good looking.

For Isabel, I had British Plus Size Model, Tara Lynn in my mind when writing. If it was made into a film I think Rachel Wiesz would make a great Isabel.

I am open and love hearing other suggestions.

Do you have a process for planning your books? Ie do you talk over an idea with a friend or a partner.

AJW- I have run past idea's through my best friend and have got her to proof read the books as well.

Non book questions

Favourite holiday place? America

Favourite food? Steak and salad

What kind of music do you listen to?Pop/chart/classical/jazz music...eclectic mix. lol

Favourite film? Bridget Jones

Favourite Chocolate? Anything minty

Favourite drink? Pinot Grigio (White Wine)

Phew!! Thank you for that. I really enjoyed it. x

Thank you so much for answering my questions and for a sneak peak at your next book.

Jo xx

About the Author 

AJ Walters is a new contemporary romance author who has just made her first appearance on to the indie circuit. Having interests in history, romance and elements of erotica, she has brought all of these together in her debut publication; An Acute Attraction.
Wanting to break the trend of size 12 virgins in books, A J Walters has introduced a new real woman in Isabel Chambers. She's a size 18-20, working single mother who now feels is it her time to start living her life again. At the ripe young age of 39, A J Walters also wanted to show that you can experience everything that a twenty-something would.
"I saw that a 39 year old isn't quite at retirement age for fun, sex and finding love again. There are so many women out there that can be represented in books as well as the slim, innocent and beautiful types. Don't get me wrong I love reading books with them in, but there is so many of them around now I felt it is time for something different. I'd like to think I brought my sense of humour across in it as well. I am ditsy, I suffer from 'foot in mouth' syndrome, but I can also be serious and sentimental. From the feedback I've had, apparently it makes for a great writing voice."
A J Walters currently live in Staffordshire, England with her two children.

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Cover Reveal For Discovered and Cover up by Kim Black

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Emily Roberts was done with men! She believed she was content with just focusing on her career. After Adam, her ex, cheated on her with not one but two of her co-workers, Emily fled from her former workplace, forgoing her internship and decided to start anew. Though her decision to write off love had held up for over a year, her chastity belt would soon be put to the test when Julien Belmont, a French billionaire, takes an interest in her. In one night, she questions everything she believes and though she is determined that he is no different from the rest, she finds herself in a world wind of affairs, lies and a tug of war between old and new men...
Can she learn to love again or will she flee from Julien,
who she admits is the best lover she has ever had?
Julien Belmont is a gorgeous, commanding, and passionate Frenchman who enjoys his freedom. His ever growing sexual hunger makes it so his appetite is never quite quenched. At least not until he meets Emily. One night with her changes everything he has ever believed in.
Will his past destroy his potential future with Emily?
Or will the fire between them burn eternal!
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Emily Roberts is a confused woman. While her heart feels entangled with Julien’s, her mind fights for the man who had always been true to her, Adam. Feeling that she can never trust Julien again, she tries to move on... But the heart is not one that can be ignored. Even after Julien’s lies, she yearns still for his touch.
The heart is not one that can be ignored and
even after all Julien has done, she yearns still for his touch...
Julien Belmont never meant to hurt Emily. One night, one mistake, one lie costs him the love of his life and he is left with no choice but to watch her leave. When Julien’s action causes Emily to have an accident, the guilt that he feels is unbearable. Determined to get her back, he tries to ends his ties to the only thing standing in the way of his happiness, his wife!
But all is fair in love and war.
Cutting ties with a woman scorned is never easy.
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My encounter with Julien Belmont wasn't pleasant. Suzie didn't want to piss off the already distraught Julien, so she thought it was a better idea to wait him out, figuring that eventually he would have to go home and rest. Welp, that didn't quite go as planned since the chump looked as though he was planning on moving right in with Emily in the hospital. Freaking kiss-ass! When Suzie came downstairs and told me that I had five minutes before Julien got back from the restroom, I groaned in annoyance. This was so freaking wrong. I had been with Emily for years. This lame guy just got here, and I was now being forced to sneak around and tip toe around him as if he was some freaking God. Just get to Emily! When we got upstairs, Emily laid seemingly asleep. Her frail, small body was bandaged up in various places. The centerpiece, her head, had suffered the most damage. My heart broke at the sight. Thoughts of her laughing and enjoying life flooded my mind as I watched the contrasting void expression on her face. “They put her in an induced coma to allow her body time to heal. Something about swelling in her head,” Suzie said while fighting a fresh wave of tears. I stared at my girl, my heart aching, knowing that there wasn't much I could do to help her other than let her know that I was here with her. “Baby girl, what did I tell you about talking on the phone and driving, huh? I swear you’re trying to kill me. Don’t you know I love you? I’ll always love you, sweet girl.” “Just what in the hell do you think you’re doing?” I heard from behind me before someone grabbed hold of my uniform work shirt. Needless to say, Mr. Tall-dark-and-handsome was a pain in my ass! French! Emily was dating a freaking Frenchman. How the hell was I going to compete with that shit! about btn kimblack icon
Kim was born and raised in the great state of New York. She is a newly self-published author.
She has always believed that one day she would become an author. She enjoyed reading and writing all of her life and had always felt that it was somewhat of a calling for her. At age 28, she had no idea that she would become an Erotic Romance Author, mostly because she had just gotten into reading Romances last year and instantly fell in love with the genre.
Kim enjoys the passions of love and believes that there is no greater feeling than the initial jilt we get when we first meet that right person. Wanting to provide romance readers with stories that they can feel and get lost in, Kim decided in September 2013 to become a published author. Her first novella is "DISCOVERED" which will be a part of "The Cover Series," debuted on December 28th 2013.
When she is not writing, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family and reading. Her favorite books are always romance based with a healthy dose of erotica. ♥
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Cover Reveal Holding Paradise by Fran Clark

Publishing 14th April 2014

On a grey and miserable morning in 2008, London businesswoman, Angelica Ford boards a plane and flies off to the blues and greens of her mother’s island in the Caribbean. Angelica is desperate. She is looking for a way to save her marriage and win back her daughter. A web of lies has torn a hole into her seemingly perfect world and she is convinced that only her mother, Josephine Dennis, can help her turn her life around.

Josephine Dennis arrived in England by ship on a cold winter’s morning as a young mother joining her husband. She weathers a lifetime of secrets and betrayal, as she raises her family in 1960s London. A matriarch with strong family values, she told her children colourful stories to guide them through life. It is the wisdom of one of these stories that Angelica seeks. Josephine has one last story to tell – the story that could change both of their lives.

About the Author

Fran Clark was born and currently lives in West London. Her first novel, Holding Paradise, is published in 2014 by Indigo Dreams Publishing. Fran is studying for a Creative Writing MA at Brunel University. A professional-singer songwriter and vocal coach, she recently released her second album of original songs. She is now working towards the completion of her second novel.
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What was your favourite story growing up and how did it change your life?
For UK entrants the giveaway is a paperback copy and International entrants, an ecopy.  Don’t forget to leave your Twitter name and whether you are entering for UK or International.  The author will choose the overall winner after the closing date of 11th April 2014.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

If Only You Knew by Zanna Mackenzie

Crooked Cat Publishing
Published on:  February 7th 2014

What They Say:

Faith owns The Coffee Pot in the outdoor adventure sports mecca of Derbyshire’s Peak District. She hasn’t had a man in her life for a while, as she’s been too busy serving cakes to weary rock climbers and mountain bikers to find time for the complications of a relationship with the male of the species.

At least, that’s what she tells herself. The truth is that since she got her heart broken she’s had problems trusting men. 

When she meets Zane, one of the new owners at the Carrdale Extreme Sports Centre, Faith finds herself enjoying his company even though part of her can’t help wondering why he’s so reluctant to talk about himself.

Then the past comes back to haunt her in the shape of Zane’s business partner Matt, who just happens to be the guy who broke Faith’s heart all those years ago. 

With Matt out to cause trouble and Zane keeping secrets Faith’s life is about to get very complicated indeed…

What I Say:

I would like to thank Shaz (Fictionaddiction Book Tours @shazjera) and Zanna Mackenzie for send me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

As the blurb says Faith owns her own business in the small town in the Peak District not allowing herself to have a love life since having her heart broken by her ex Aaron.  Until Zane walks in and she feels the flutter as they get to know each other.

Both Faith and Zane are easily likeable characters, despite them both having histories, Faith having put hers behind her.  Zane hasn't put his past behind him, especially when it turns out Matt is his business partner is Faith's ex Aaron (now using his middle name).

The book explores all the things that go with someone's history and not being able to trust someone, even when you desperately want to and not let it destroy your relationship.

The book is really well written, exploring the characters range of feelings and showing that you really do have to put your past behind you before you move on to your future. Truth and honesty really are the key to happiness.

Matt as it turns out really is a good mate to Zane, even if his efforts to show this are a little screwed.

4 out of 5 stars

This couldn’t be happening. 
Zane had said his business partner was called Matt. She was sure of it. Yes, he’d definitely just introduced him as Matt. But the man standing before her wasn’t Matt.

It was Aaron. 

Faith wiped her hands on a tea–towel. She wanted to speak, but couldn’t get her brain into gear enough to make her mouth form the words. 
She’d thought Aaron was gone from her life. 
It looked as though she was wrong.
She took a step back, wrapping her arms around herself. Suddenly she felt cold and shaky. Aaron was back? This was impossible.
Yet here he was, standing in her kitchen. She felt dizzy and light-headed.
How should she react? Should she admit they knew each other? Why had Aaron changed his name to Matt anyway? Would he prefer it if the fact they knew each other was kept quiet? 
But she knew she couldn’t keep something like that from Zane.
As she debated what to say and do next, the room remained awkwardly silent. Zane was looking at her questioningly.
What should she say? 
Come on, think, woman. Think. 
Too late. Aaron spoke first.
“Faith, it’s amazing to see you again after all these years.”
OK. So he didn’t want to keep it a secret that they already knew each other.
“Aaron,” she managed to say. “This is a bit of a shock.”
“That’s an understatement,” Matt said, stepping forward to pull her into a hug.
“Hang on a second,” Zane said, pushing into the room. “Aaron? That’s your proper name isn’t it?” He raised enquiring eyebrows at Matt. “What’s going on? You two already know each other?”

Fun, Flirty Facts With The Guys

Do you prefer your book heroes to be mean and moody or sensitive and vulnerable? Zanna Mackenzie’s new book, If You Only Knew, has both, with bad boy Matt and emotionally wounded Zane…. 

Facts for Zane:

*Celebrity you've been told you look like:  Apparently the actor Kieren Hutchison, though I think I’m probably taller.
 *Naughty food you like to indulge in: Triple choc muffins. Especially the ones from Faith’s coffee shop in the village. She makes the best muffins going.
 *What you wear to bed: It varies, sometimes a t-shirt, sometimes nothing.
 *How many people you've said "I love you" to: Only one.  Until I arrived in Carleton I honestly thought I’d never say those words again. Now I’ve met Faith and our relationship is taking me way outside my emotional comfort zone and I’m started to wonder…
*Relationship deal-breaker:  A woman who is unfaithful. When I’m involved with someone I am one hundred per cent committed to that relationship; I need the woman I’m involved with to feel the same way.
 *Your first kiss - How old were you? Did you instigate it? I think I was about thirteen or fourteen. It was on one of those joint Boy Scouts and Girl Guides camping trips. Her name was Anna, we went  off into the woods. I was planning how to make a move when she pushed me up against a tree and kissed me. She was quite a forthright girl! 

Facts for Matt:

*Celebrity you've been told you look like: Ryan Gosling but I’m better looking.
*Naughty food you like to indulge in: Cakes, pizza and a fried breakfast of eggs, bacon and sausages. I’m an active guy; I run an outdoor extreme sports centre so I burn off all those calories anyway.
 *What you wear to bed: Nothing!
*How many people you've said "I love you" to:   Do you mean said it to, or said it to and actually meant it? If it’s the latter, then the answer is two.
 *Relationship deal-breaker: A woman who cheats on me.
 *Your first kiss - How old were you? Did you instigate it? I was thirteen. Yes, of course, I instigated it. Her name was Kathy and it was at the school disco. We had a fun time. 

About the Author

Zanna Mackenzie lives on the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border with her husband, 4 dogs, a vegetable patch that’s home to far too many weeds and an ever expanding library of books waiting to be read. 
Being a freelance writer and editor of business publications is her ‘day job’ but, at every opportunity, she can be found scribbling down notes on scenes for whatever novel she’s working on. She loves it when the characters in her novels take on minds of their own and start deviating from the original plot!
If You Only Knew is Zanna’s third novel; her previous books The Love Programme, and How Do You Spell Love? were both published in 2013.

Find out more about Zanna on her blog, on Twitter via @ZannaMacKenzie or on Facebook at
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