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Friday, 28 August 2015

Kat's Review of Blood Axe by Leigh Russell (Ian Peterson Series)

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 544 KB
Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: No Exit Press (10 Aug. 2015)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English

Synopsis: 'Silently dipping his oars in the water he made his escape. It was a weary journey, with few spoils to show for it. Next time he would do better. He looked back over his shoulder. The bridge had disappeared, swallowed up by the darkness. From its walkway he too had become invisible. Only the bloody body of a woman showed he had been roaming the streets that night.' DI Ian Peterson investigates a series of gruesome and brutal murders in York. As the body count mounts, the case demands all Ian's ingenuity, because these are murders seemingly committed at random, and this is a killer who leaves no clues




Thursday, 27 August 2015

Guest Reviewer Amanda on The Summer of Secrets by Sarah Jasmon


Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Black Swan (13 Aug. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0552779970
ISBN-13: 978-0552779975

Synopsis: The summer the Dovers move in next door, sixteen-year-old Helen's lonely world is at once a more thrilling place. She is infatuated with the bohemian family, especially the petulant and charming daughter Victoria. As the long, hot days stretch out in front of them, Helen and Victoria grow inseparable. But when a stranger appears, Helen begins to question whether the secretive Dover family are really what they seem.

It’s the kind of summer when anything seems possible . . .Until something goes wrong.




Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Kat's Review of Three Twisted Stories by Karin Slaughter

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1410 KB
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (10 Feb. 2015)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English
ASIN: B00SXPC4JO

Synopsis: DEEP
Growing up dirt poor, Charlie Lam worked his ass off to make something of himself, no thanks to his deadbeat father or his long-suffering mother. And now a lot of people depend on Charlie: by his last count, sixty-eight employees at his Atlanta auto dealership, eleven shiftless brothers and sisters, an ungrateful wife, a spoiled daughter, a shameless girlfriend. Who could really blame him for wanting a little extra?

Monday, 24 August 2015

Kat's Review of The House We Grew Up in by Lisa Jewell

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2497 KB
Print Length: 401 pages
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (18 July 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English

Synopsis: When a tragedy breaks a family apart, what can bring it back together?

The Birds seem to be the perfect family: mother, father, four children, a picture-book cottage in the country. But when something happens one Easter weekend, it is so unexpected, so devastating, that no one can talk about it. The family shatters, seemingly for ever. Until they are forced to return to the house they grew up in. And to confront what really took place all those years ago.
Sunday, 23 August 2015

Kat’s Review of Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (10 July 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1910751162
ISBN-13: 978-1910751169
Source: Review Copy

Synopsis: Love is an open door...except when it keeps slamming in your face Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming - he's out there somewhere, isn't he? When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover's Rest, she's not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away - a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner...Cameron Heartstone. As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can't ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they've both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after? A deliciously enchanting read that will delight fans of Rachael Lucas, Lucy Diamond and Miranda Dickinson or anyone who has ever blubbed at a Disney movie. Who says real life can't be a fairytale? 
Saturday, 22 August 2015

BLOGTOUR - Kats Review of Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

Genre: Crime/Thriller/Mystery
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: MIRA (13 Aug. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1848453965
ISBN-13: 978-1848453968

Synopsis: A chance encounter

She sees the teenage girl on the train platform, standing in the pouring rain, clutching an infant in her arms. She boards a train and is whisked away. But she can't get the girl out of her head…

An act of kindness

Heidi has always been charitable but her family are horrified when she returns home with a young woman named Willow and her baby in tow. Dishevelled and homeless, this girl could be a criminal - or worse. But despite the family's objections, Heidi offers them refuge.

A tangled web of lies

As Willow begins to get back on her feet, disturbing clues into her past starts to emerge. Now Heidi must question if her motives for helping the stranger are unselfish or rooted in her own failures.
Friday, 21 August 2015

The Publisher Bookouture and my journey with them...


Okay I know people are probably wondering what on earth I am writing about a Publisher for. Well if you want to know you need to read on.

I've been book Blogging and reviewing for nearly 6 years now, and around 3-4 years ago certain publishers would contact me asking me if I would like to read and review their titles to get in touch. Now people who are relatively new to Blogging are probably going through exactly the same now. To an avid reader, especially one that has a Blog, this can seem like all your dreams come true. However, what many people don't realise is that Publishing and the people that have to constantly promote can be fickle.

Many times I have been on Publishers lists and constantly bombarded with offers of Book Blog Tours and review copies, however one book and one tour does NOT guarantee that they remember you or even keep you updated. Me...I work full time AND run a business so am constantly catching up on emails, meaning some would slip through the net. Over time some publishers didn't bother emailing me back when I would inquire about authors or releases, and others just fobbed me off. With one exception....yep Bookouture.

Back in 2013 I received an email from a guy named Oliver Rhodes, who happens to be the MD and founder of Bookouture. He asked me if I wanted to read and review a book by an author called Nancy Barone, which I did. Since then it seems like love blossomed...between me and Bookoture, not me and Oliver I hasten to add:-) I read and reviewed that book and then shortly after I got chatting to Kim Nash, better known to me at the time as Kim The Bookworm.

What I didn't realise at the time was that she was also a Freelance Publicity Manager who was working in conjunction with Bookouture. Since then, I have read a good 80% of the authors who are published by them. I even gained a new online BFF in the form of the wonderful Sue Watson.

Today I started a book by one of their authors Holly Martin and literally just finished it....MAGNIFICENT! It got me thinking about Bookoture and how far they have come as a Publisher and they are always my first 'go to' on Net Galley and the like. Kim has been absolutely wonderful in helping us Bloggers by giving us auto approvals for books and not pressuring any of us. She has been an absolute Gem of a woman who works tirelessly it seems for ALL the authors, including what seems to be an ever growing list of them. Even though she ALWAYS forgets to share my Facebook posts I forgive her because I think she may be a Fairy Godmother in disguise!

Not only that, but Bookoture are seriously good at this. This year alone they have got some AWESOME authors and I think these bigger Publishing Houses need to watch their back, and also take a note out of their book. This little blog post was just my way of promoting them for a change. They seem to do all the work and never get anything back in return, so this is my way of saying a MASSIVE thank you to Bookouture, especially Kim for doing what they do best.

If you are interested in their authors you can find links to their website at the bottom, but to make life easy I will list their authors here and their relevant pages. Do yourself a favour and look them up as they have some serious talent going on over there.

Kat x

I have taken the liberty of putting some of my most recent Reviews in here too.

A Sister's Promise by Renita D'Silva
Synopsis: Two sisters. Bound by blood. Torn apart by love. My sister - the glue that held our family together and the gatekeeper to the memories of our shared childhood. The girl I made a pact with - to protect each other for life. The woman who destroyed my family, my future. And the only one who can save my daughter. Set against the dramatic backdrop of India, A Sister's Promise is a powerful, emotional tale of family secrets, love and the ties that bind sisters together. 'Renita D'Silva is a genius at evoking the sounds, sights and aromas of India. See my review here




The French For Christmas by Fiona Valpy
Evie used to LOVE Christmas, but this year she can’t wait for the tinsel and presents to be a distant memory. When her best friends offer the use of their cottage in the beautiful French countryside, Evie jumps at the chance. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband, celebrity chef Will Brooke, plastered over the news with his latest ‘love interest’, leaving the country seems like the perfect plan. Armed with her French grandmother’s tattered notebook of recipes, Evie is determined to ignore Christmas altogether and bake herself back to happiness. And when Evie meets her next-door neighbour – the très gorgeous doctor Didier she finds a very willing taste-tester. But is it possible that he could be interested in more than just her Tarte Tatin? With snow falling, a special Réveillon dinner and a little Christmas magic in the air, could Didier even be the one to thaw Evie’s heart? See my review here


Summer Flings and Dancing Dreams by Sue Watson
Laura Watkin’s heart isn’t broken, she’s just forgotten how to use it. After years on her own, the highlight of single mum Laura’s week is watching Strictly Come Dancing with a glass of Pinot Grigio and a large helping of imagination. With her daughter Sophie going travelling, Laura knows the time is right to do something for herself for a change. One disastrous Zumba class later and Laura ends up at the feet (literally) of gorgeous dance instructor Tony Hernandez. A natural dancer and inspiring teacher, Tony rekindles in Laura a passion she inherited from her ballroom dancer father – and with it comes a dream… to make him proud. But when Tony enters them to perform at the National Dance Festival, can Laura’s new-found confidence survive the test? And with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn Flamenco in Spain, could Laura truly learn to dance like nobody’s watching… and love like she’ll never get hurt?  See my review here


Summer By The Sea by Jenny Hale
For Faith the one summer she can’t forget is when she fell in love as a teenager – only for her sister, Casey, to steal her man. Now, at the request of her beloved ninety-year-old Grandmother, Faith has agreed to a family holiday – at their childhood beach house, where it all began. Faith hasn’t seen her sister in years but is finally ready to forgive and forget, enjoy the sunshine and relive happy memories. What she’s not ready for is meeting Jake Buchanan – the owner of the beach house – or the long-forgotten feelings he ignites in her. Can Faith overcome the hurt of the past, rekindle the close bond she had with Casey and make this summer THE ONE to remember? See my review here.



The Girls Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart
When new mum and events planner Julia Crawford is given the opportunity to plan three weddings, she jumps at the chance. What could possibly go wrong? Forget bridezilla, Aimee’s future mother-in-law is the stuff of nightmares – hell bent on taking over the wedding entirely. Worse still, her fiancé, Jon, seems oblivious. Aimee’s starting to wonder if she and her groom-to-be are right for each other after all. Body shy Debbie is on a mission. She’s determined to shed a lot of pounds before the big day. As the wedding inches closer, will the new Debbie lose sight of what’s really important? Gill loves Mike and their blended family of five kids to bits, but with a house full of teenage hormones and her eldest, Kelly, struggling with so much change, Gill is feeling the pressure. As the women bond over cake and a cuppa, can they each resolve their wedding woes before the big day? See my Review here.


Evil Games by Angie Marsons
When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work. With the investigation quickly gathering momentum, Kim finds herself exposed to great danger and in the sights of a lethal individual undertaking their own twisted experiment. Up against a sociopath who seems to know her every weakness, for Detective Stone, each move she makes could be deadly. As the body count starts to mount, Kim will have to dig deeper than ever before to stop the killing. And this time - it’s personal. Read my review here.



Bookouture Authors
Debbie Rix - Historical Fiction
Nigel May - Glam Fiction
Holly Martin - Chick Lit 
Teresa Driscoll - Women's Fiction
Laura Elliot - Psychological Suspense
Iain King - Thriller
Lindsay J Pryor - Paranormal/Romance
Renita D'Silva - Women's Fiction
Kelly Rimmer - Women's Fiction
Fiona Valpy - Women's Fiction
C J Daugherty - Young Adult 
Mandy Baggott - Romance
Kristen Zimmer - New Adult Contemporary Romance
Victoria Fox - Bonkbuster
Sue Watson - Women's Fiction
Jenny Hale - Contemporary Romance
Rebecca Stonehill - Historical Women's Fiction
Louise Douglas -Women's Fiction
Anna-Lou Weatherly -Women's Ficition
Sharon Maas - Women's Fiction
Stella Newman - Women's Fiction
Sophie Hart - Women's Fiction
Angela Marsons - Crime/Thriller
Caroline Mitchell - Thriller
Nancy Barone - Women's Fiction
Ceri A Lowe - Dystopian Young Adult
Mary De Laszlo - Women's Fiction
Emma Garcia - Chick Lit
Marcie Steel - Women's Fiction


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