#MiniBlitz #Extract ~ Sun, Sea and Summer Vibes by Zoe Allison #Romance @zoeallisonauth1 @rararesources

Hope you enjoy this extract from Sun, Sea and Summer Vibes on the final day of the mini blitz organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Sun Sea and Summer Vibes

After attending Cameron’s residency, Isla has gone off with a cocky pop singer named Zac. Nina was about to walk home to her hotel alone, when Cameron finds her and insists on walking her back—much to her surprise when they don’t seem to get on.

He cleared his throat. “Isla’s gone out then?”

“Yeah,” she said. She was about to mention Zac when she remembered his history with Cam’s girlfriend and thought it better not to. “I thought it best to leave her to it after I overindulged yesterday.” She waited for him to say something disparaging but he didn’t.

He glanced at her. “I thought you might’ve been in Zac’s company this evening.”

She frowned. “What do you mean?”

“I saw you with him yesterday and tonight. Usually he’s pretty good at getting what he wants.”

She hesitated, listening to the sea breeze. She didn’t want to drop Isla in it by telling Cam it was her who wanted to keep Zac’s company, but she also didn’t see why she should have to justify her own actions. She was single after all and the man didn’t even know her. She decided to keep quiet.

He glanced away and they walked in silence for a few seconds. “Sorry,” he said. “I know that’s none of my business. He’s just not my favourite person.”

The steps to the hotel loomed and Cam took her hand to help her onto the first concrete slab. Her fingers tingled at his touch. Then he let go to follow her up the narrow stairs. They emerged into the gardens at the rear of the hotel and he took out his phone, tapping in the details to order a cab.

Nina led them into the hotel and through the lobby to the front door. “Thanks for walking me back.”

“No problem,” he said. “Feel free to head to bed. My cab won’t be long.”

“Okay,” she said, caught in his gaze again. “I’ll see you tomorrow?”

He nodded. “We’re meeting at a beach near the villa. Tell Isla to message me once you guys are ready.” He turned to look back at her as the automatic doors whooshed open. “Night.”

“Night,” she said, and watched him leave.

She headed toward the bank of elevators. Well, that was weird.

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Sun Sea CoverSometimes first impressions are far from the truth…

Nina Darwish is a scientist who likes to proceed with caution and careful deliberation. When she arrives at the party destination of Ibiza to play PA for her best friend and international pop sensation Isla Starr, she has trouble adapting to the carefree and easy-going vibe on the island. The situation isn’t aided by Isla’s seemingly surly yet irritatingly attractive music producer, the world-renowned dance DJ Logan Wild, known by his real name—Cameron—to his friends. Plus, Nina’s run-ins with, and repeated rebuttal of, an extremely entitled and very annoying male singer named Zac don’t help to aid her mood.

Unbeknownst to Nina, Cameron remembers her from the past, when he was a geeky student who admired her from afar. Unfortunately, it’s clear that Nina considers him ill-natured, no doubt due to his natural awkwardness, which he masks using a stage persona. However, even if that weren’t the situation, he’s involved in a dead-end relationship with his celebrity girlfriend Ash. Plus, Nina’s eye appears to have been drawn onto Ash’s no good ex-boyfriend, Zac, therefore there’s no point in believing anything could ever happen between them.

But despite all of that being the case, for some reason, he just cannot stop thinking about her.

Purchase links ~ First for Romance (Totally Bound’s bookstore)/ Amazon UK / Amazon US

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Sun Sea AuthorGrowing up, Zoe Allison loved stories about falling in love. But rather than being rescued by a knight in shining armour, she imagined herself fighting dragons alongside him, battling supervillains as heroic allies, or teaming up to dive into perilous waters in order to save a loved one from drowning. Once Zoe did grow up, she became a doctor. But as time went on, she craved a creative outlet to counter the soul sapping burnout that her career inflicted upon her, and also to achieve those happy endings that were so often lacking in the real world. She wanted heroes who truly love and value women, who find their true love inspiring, are fascinated by her, want to connect with her as a soulmate and fully open themselves to her on an emotional level. And so, Zoe began to write her romances.

A Zoe Allison novel promises a heroine who is not only her hero’s equal in ability and intellect, but whose hero equals her in emotional intelligence. Her characters overcome conflict infused with spine tingling sexual tension to forge a deep connection as soul mates as well as lovers, and ultimately, they both rescue each other emotionally. Even if they might begin their journey as enemies…

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The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday by @KileyDunbar #ContemporaryFiction #Romance

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Published: May 2021 by Hera

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Rom Com, Book Review

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The Borrow-a-Bookshop Bookshop Café invites literature lovers to run their very own bookshop … for a fortnight.

Spend your days talking books with customers in your own charming bookshop and serving up delicious cream teas in the cosy café.

Bookworms, what are you waiting for? Your holiday is going to be LIT(erary).

Apply to: The Borrow-a-Bookshop Bookshop Café, Down-a-long, Clove Lore, Devon.

What a wonderful premise for a story. To run a bookshop and cafe and live in a beautiful little village for two weeks….if only! I realised immediately Clove Lore was based on Clovelly, a beautiful place on the Devon coast with it’s steep cobbled main street, lovely cottages and harbour, just as it’s described in the book.

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#GuestPost from Gail Aldwin #Author of ‘This Much Huxley Knows’ ~ A Story of Innocence, Misunderstandings, and Acceptance @gailaldwin

I’m delighted to welcome Gail Aldwin with her post about ‘Five settings that had to feature in This Much Huxley Knows’ 

Over to you, Gail…

For my second contemporary novel, This Much Huxley Knows, I explored some important places from my personal history and from my children’s early years to inform the settings in the book. As the novel uses a seven-year-old narrator, home, school and church are obvious choices. (For some UK families, school and church are inextricably linked due to the requirement for evidence of church attendance to gain priority enrolment to some state-funded church schools.) Rather than focus on these settings, I’ve chosen five other places which are significant to my young narrator.

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Everyday Magic by Charlie Laidlaw #ContemporaryFiction #Literary @claidlawauthor @RingwoodPublish

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Published: May 2021 by Ringwood Publishing

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Literary, Book Review

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Carole Gunn leads an unfulfilled life and knows it. She’s married to someone who may, or may not, be in New York on business and, to make things worse, the family’s deaf cat has been run over by an electric car.

But something has been changing in Carole’s mind. She’s decided to revisit places that hold special significance for her. She wants to better understand herself, and whether the person she is now is simply an older version of the person she once was.

Carole Gunn feels in a rut and it’s taken her by surprise. She loves her daughter and supposes she feels the same about her husband. But everything seems to fall into the same old routine…familiar conversations, mannerisms, the TV programmes they watch. Carole feels redundant and somehow that she’s missing out. Her daughter is all but independent and doesn’t appreciate her mother. Her husband has his career, traveling abroad on occasion, and Carole wonders if he really was in New York as he claimed. Beyond the mutinae of household tasks that map out her life, there’s nothing. Would anyone actually notice if she wasn’t there?

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Being Netta Wilde by Hazel Ward @hazelward #BlogTour #GuestPost #ContemporaryFiction @rararesources

It’s launch day on the blog tour for Being Netta Wilde, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources. 

Being Netta Wilde

I have a guest post to share by Hazel Ward, the author…

I choose music with my words.

Popular music has always played a part in my life. There are songs that have been lodged in my memory for a long time. Not necessarily ones I’d choose to listen to, but that doesn’t make them any less special. Que Sera Sera, an old Doris Day hit, immediately transports me back to my mother singing it when ironing. My dad’s favoured singalong was a traditional one called The German Clockmaker. Quite racy for its time, I believe. He had a habit of singing it when drunk. I’m smiling now at the thought of my younger self rolling my eyes as he belted it out in the middle of a crowded pub. 

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The Porter: Retribution in Lockdown (The Lockdown series) by Rachel K Parsonage #ContemporaryFiction #TuesdayBookBlog

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Kindle Edition published February 2021

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Medical, Child Abuse, Book Review

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On the 23rd March 2020, the UK went into lockdown due to the pandemic threat of COVID-19. After experiencing back problems, Dave Williams has exchanged working as a builder for a job as a porter in a local hospital. Dave is enjoying his job. He has lived a happy life for the past thirty years with his wife and family. His childhood, however, was not so happy. Dave suddenly finds himself confronted with the demons of his past – he and his brother Ken were in care in the eighties, subject to a system unfit for purpose. When faced with the main perpetrator of the harm caused to them, Dave, unrecognisable in his protective equipment, finds revenge easy to execute.

We first meet Dave as he goes about his job as a hospital porter just as the world begins to face the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Initially he seems an unlikeable character, but then we’re transported back to 1977 when Dave and his brother Ken lived with their abusive mother. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Year That Changed Everything by Cathy Kelly ~ Love, Friendship and Family Ties #WomensFiction

The Year That Changed Everything was published in February 2018. It had been quite a while since I read a Cathy Kelly novel so when I saw this on Audible it was the perfect time to rectify that oversight.

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Sam, Callie and Ginger, three women who don’t know each other and live in different places, but have one thing in common. Or two if you count the fact that they will each experience life changing events on their milestone birthdays. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Living in the Past by Jane Lovering #Contemporary / #TimeSlip set in Yorkshire

Living in the Past was published on February 14th by Choc Lit, and is a contemporary story with a time slip/travel twist.

Grace Nicholls lost her beloved husband two years ago and is still struggling to cope and come to terms with her loss. Her best friend, Tabitha, has been a huge support, even cajoling her to go on an archaeological dig in Yorkshire, believing it will do her good, where Grace is allocated the unenviable and very mucky task of wet sieving. 

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This Is How We Are Human by @LouiseWriter ~ Contemporary #LiteraryFiction @OrendaBooks #Autism #TuesdayBookBlog

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Published: April 2021 by Orenda Books

Genre: Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Book Review

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When the mother of an autistic young man hires a call girl to make him happy, three lives collide in unexpected and moving ways … changing everything. A devastatingly beautiful, rich and thought-provoking novel that will warm your heart.

Louise Beech never fails to impress with her thought provoking, character driven and emotional writing. This Is How We Are Human is no exception and tells the story of Sebastian, his mother, Veronica and student nurse, Isabelle. Veronica is fiercely protective of Sebastian, who is autistic, and just wants him to be happy. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ That Summer at… The Seahorse Hotel by Adrienne Vaughan #ContemporaryFiction

With a cast of wonderfully realised characters, this story transported me to Ireland and Galty House, set in the beautifully described coastal location of Rosshaven.

Archie Fitzgerald, legendary actor, is dying, but determined to depart on his own terms. He wants Mia, the daughter of his close friend and fellow actor, Fenella Flanagan, to come home to Galty House for what will be their last summer together. 

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