Girls’ Night Out by Glynis Astie #RomCom @GlynisAstie #ChickLit #FridayReads

Author: Glynis Astie

Published: November 2018 by Tikinou Publishing

Category: Chick Lit, Romance, Humour, Romantic Comedy, Book Review

Jayne, Amanda and Holly have been through everything together. From triumph and heartache to panic and pure bliss, these girls have lived, learned and always had each other’s backs. With the arrival of adulthood, their daily gossip gatherings have dwindled to monthly margarita mixers, making girls’ night out absolutely integral to their survival. Problems with work, men and anything else under the sun now have to be broken down in a few inebriated hours.

Holly, Jayne and Amanda, have been tight friends forever but since life and careers have taken them in different directions they have to settle for a get together every month.

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A Village Affair by Julie Houston ~ Contemporary #Romantic #Fiction reviewed for #RBRT @JulieHouston2 #FridayReads

Author: Julie Houston

Published: November 2018 by Aria

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Romance, Book Review

Cassie Beresford has recently landed her dream job as deputy head at her local, idyllic village primary school, Little Acorns. So, the last thing she needs is her husband of twenty years being ‘outed’ at a village charity auction – he has been having an affair with one of her closest friends.

Cassie Beresford’s life was pretty perfect—a handsome, loving husband, two great kids, a beautiful home and she was about to realise her professional dream of the deputy head position at Little Acorns primary school.

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Blog Tour #GuestPost from @HMLynnauthor together with an #Extract & #Giveaway “A coming of age story for the mid-life crisis generation.”

I’m delighted to welcome Hannah Lynn with a guest post and extract from her latest release, Peas, Carrots & an Aston Martin. First of all, here’s the book info…

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Blog Tour #Spotlight & #Extract ~ Dear Mr Pop Star by Derek and Dave Philpott #NewRelease @DerekPhilpott #Humour

**Happy Release Day**

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for the unique Dear Mr Pop Star, which features humorous letters to pop stars about their songs with genuine witty replies.

About the Book

For nearly 10 years, ‘Team Philpott’, as their followers fondly refer to them, have been on a quite bonkers crusade, writing good old-fashioned letters to pop and rock stars (sometimes even sent to their home addresses with prior consent!), either picking up on genuine ambiguities within their lyrics or often deliberately misunderstanding them for comedic effect.

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The Haunting of Hattie Hastings (Parts 1, 2 & 3) by @audbyname Mini #BookReviews #GhostStory

I was in the mood for something different and this fit the bill perfectly. A serialised novel, it tells the story of Hattie who is happily married to Gary. They have a teenage son Johnny who sometimes tries Hattie’s patience, as teenagers tend to do. Cat, Hattie’s best friend since primary school, has thankfully ditched her controlling husband and is much happier. Her brother Jack is in a strong relationship with his partner, Ben. Hattie’s mother Rachel is an elegant lady with a few gentlemen friends who is about to face a frightening battle. 

All the novellas are now published so I was really pleased to be able to read them consecutively.

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The Getaway Girls by Dee MacDonald ~ FeelGood #Fiction @DMacDonaldAuth #Humour @bookouture

Author: Dee MacDonald

Published: July 2018 by Bookouture

Category: Humour, Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Book Review

Connie McColl is finally free to make her own decisions for the first time in decades. And when she meets glamorous Gill and downtrodden Maggie, at a rather dull flower arranging class, it seems that she’s not the only one dreaming of adventure. The three very different women all agree it’s about time they had a holiday to remember.

After reading The Runaway Wife, I was looking forward to Connie McColl’s next adventure very much. And I wasn’t disappointed.

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The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman ~ Contemporary Women’s Fiction @amplecat #Humour #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Abbi Waxman

Published: May 2017 by Sphere

Category: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Humour, Book Review

Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three years – ever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she’s just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she’s becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed. 

I’m very late with this review as the book decided to hide in the many shelves and stacks around the house. Glad I found it though! Thoroughly enjoyable.

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The Little Tea Shop of Horrors by @janelovering Dark Edged #Romance with Flashes of Humour @ChocLit #FridayReads

Author: Jane Lovering

Published: March 2017 by Choc Lit

Category: Romance, Humour, Book Review

Secrets, lies, carrot cake – and an owl called Skrillex! 

Amy Knowles has always been the plain sidekick to her pretty best friend Jules. And whilst the tea room they both work in on the Monkpark Hall estate in Yorkshire is not exactly awash with eligible bachelors, it’s obvious where the male attention is concentrated – and it’s not just on the cakes! 

The story focuses on Josh and Amy, with alternating chapters from each of their perspectives, two people with completely different backgrounds and experiences of life.

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Life Begins When The Kids Leave Home and the dog dies by Barb Taub #Humour @barbtaub #Memoir #Relationships

Author: Barb Taub

Published: 1st February by Amazon

Category: Humour, Memoir, Essays, Parents, Kids, Relationships

ONCE UPON A TIME…

Chapter 1. A California girl named Barb met her prince of a guy. He was tall, dark, and handsome. (Actually, he was a Republican. But he was definitely tall.) They fell in love, and got married.

Chapter 2. He brought her to his castle in England and they lived happily ever after.  THE END**

**Luckily, 35+ years of living happened between Chapters 1 and 2, giving Barb plenty of material for this collection (in no particular chronological order) from her newspaper columns, articles, blog posts, and that time she killed Mom.

And that’s before Chapter 3 even starts.

“I have learned to put down the coffee and place breakable objects at a safe distance when a post from Barb Taub comes up. It is very hard to drink coffee and laugh at the same time without redecorating the desk…”—author Sue Vincent

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Do Not Wash Hands In Plates ~ by @barbtaub #Travel #Memoir #Humour

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

I knew I would enjoy this, having read the hilarious posts on Barb’s blog during her travels. I wasn’t wrong. It’s a quick, but very funny, read at less than 100 pages and was published in January 2016. Continue reading

#Interview & #Extract ~ Miles of Files by Michael J Sahno @MikeSahno #FridayReads #Humour #Thriller

Welcome, Mike. First of all, please introduce yourself and tell us what you like to do when not writing.

I began writing at a very early age, and eventually went on to study English and American literature in the university setting. I got a Master of Arts in English from Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY at the age of 24, and went on to become a full-time professional writer in 2001. When I’m not writing, I love to get into the other areas of the arts: concerts, visual arts, and so on. To to stay healthy, I run and work out. 

What was your inspiration for Miles of Files?

In Miles of Files, a young man find out that his boss is stealing from the company retirement plan, but not in a traditional embezzlement: he’s actually created these fake employee files, to make it look like he’s paying out benefits to former employees. The germ of the story is based loosely on an experience of my own: I once worked for a company that “froze” the company retirement plan for a year, so no one could take funds out or even put funds in. That was an unnerving experience. Continue reading

Guest Post by Robert Germaux @RGermaux #Author of Grammar Sex and Other Stuff #Giveaway @ebookreviewgal

Welcome to this blog tour stop for Grammar Sex (and other stuff) We have a guest post from the author, Robert Germaux and a chance to win a copy of the book.

“Davy Crockett, Jesus and The Beatles”

By Robert Germaux

I’ve always loved to sing, and when I was younger, my voice was good enough that I sang in both my church and school choirs. The main memories I have of my church singing are of two very different situations. For two or three years when I was around ten or eleven, I soloed in front of the congregation on Easter Sunday, singing There is a Green Hill Far Away. I didn’t particularly enjoy those performances, mostly because I didn’t like the heavy robe everyone in the choir had to wear. However, my other church-singing experience involved an entirely different ensemble, one that I definitely enjoyed wearing. When I was nine years old, our church held a father and son banquet, and I got up and sang The Ballad of Davy Crockett. I went full frontiersman on that occasion, including, of course, the coonskin cap. A couple of my siblings claim to be in possession of photographic evidence of that event, which explains why I’ve played the role of victim in a number of family blackmail schemes over the years. Continue reading

Guest Post from #author Pasha Adam @ThePashaAdam #Humour #MondayBlogs

I’m delighted to welcome Pasha Adam with his guest post….

A 12 Step Guide for Turning a Bad Day into a Bouncing Baby Book (or Screenplay)

By Pasha Adam

For reasons I don’t fully understand but have always explained away with a God complex, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Since I was fifteen, I’ve attended screenwriting expos, read writing books, listened to writers’ commentaries and podcasts. But I was never really happy with the stuff I was writing. 

And then, two years ago, that all changed. I started approaching writing in a way specific to me. The ideas started to flow and I began churning things out. Since then, I’ve completed two novels, a handful of screenplays, and am in the process of redrafting another two manuscripts.  Continue reading

Madam Tulip (Madam Tulip Mysteries #1) by David Ahern reviewed for #RBRT Actress turned fortune teller

  • 29769343Author: David Ahern
  • Published: April 2016 by Malin Press
  • Category: Crime, Mystery, Humour
  • four-half-stars

Out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell is young, talented, a teeny bit psychic … and broke. Spurred on by an ultimatum from her awesomely high-achieving mother, and with a little help from her theatrical friends, Derry embarks on a part-time career as Madame Tulip, fortune-teller to the rich and famous.

Derry O’Donnell, sometime actress, latterly of Trinity College, Dublin, from where she graduated summa cum laude in Theatre Arts, has been broke and, more often than not, unemployed for the last five years. A job offer from her mother, as a PR for her art gallery, and an ultimatum regarding her rent, prompts Derry to seriously consider her best friend, Bella’s idea of using her fortune-telling talents, she’s the only daughter of the seventh son of a seventh son, to top up her non-existent bank balance. And so Madam Tulip is born.  Continue reading

Gamer Girl by @GlynisAstie ~ #Romance and #Fantasy combined with #humour #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Gamer Girl OfficialAuthor: Glynis Astie
  • Published: May 2016 by Tikinou Publishing
  • Category: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Humour
  • four-half-stars

Struck by tragedy at an early age, Meri Palmer escaped into the only world she understood. Within the virtual realm of online gaming, she lived a life filled with mythical creatures and thrilling adventures, where she was strong, powerful, clever, and beautiful—everything she believed she wasn’t in real life. As the years went by, her desire to cling to her cherished fantasyland only grew stronger.

Meri Palmer loves her job developing video games, having inherited a love of Disney and role-playing games from her parents. She escapes whenever she can into her fantasy life in a virtual world as Pix, the fairy warrior, much preferring that to dealing with reality and real people. It’s her way of hiding from the insecurity and sorrow resulting from the tragedy of her parents’ deaths when she was just a child. Pix is everything Meri believes she is not – brave, strong and a fighter. Continue reading

Murphy’s Other Laws

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Usually, we blame Murphy’s Law on any thing that goes wrong when it shouldn’t have. Here are a few more of his law’s that are less known.

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MURPHY’S OTHER 15 LAWS

1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

2. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

3. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

4. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.

5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

6. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.

7. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

8. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

9. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world…

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Do Not Wash Hands In Plates ~ by @barbtaub #Travel #Memoir #Humour #SundayBlogShare

  • PlatesAuthor: Barb Taub
  • Photography: Jayalakshmi Ayyer/Janine Smith
  • Category: Travel, Memoir, Humour
  • five-stars

Once upon the Land Before Time (or at least before mobile phones), my two best friends and I decided to leave the US from separate locations and meet up in Europe. To everyone’s shock, Janine, Jaya and I pulled it off—mostly because we went to Luxembourg, a country so small the odds in favor of chance street encounters were almost 100%, but also because Jaya was carrying the BS, a blue suitcase so enormous it took up approximately a third of the country’s square footage and was visible on satellite images. We couldn’t possibly miss.

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Barb, Janine and Jaya decided to arrange another get together and chose to meet in India. Barb was travelling from Scotland, Janine from Washington DC and Jaya, who lives in India, would meet them at the airport. A recipe for disaster? But no, they hooked up without too many problems. There follows a hilarious account of an Indian trip of a lifetime, which includes delicious food, wonderful attractions, food, temples, more food, Dehli belly, Indian medicines, lots of food and death-defying driving, to spotlight just a few features. You’ll notice food is the most predominant. As Barb explains ‘I was in India, and it could only mean one thing. Soon it would be time to eat again.’ Continue reading

New Release! Do Not Wash Hands in Plates #Travel #humor #India

This will be a hoot – just downloaded my copy.

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Do Not Wash Hands In Plates: Elephant frenzy, parathas, temples, palaces, monkeys…and the kindness of Indian strangers

–Text by Barb Taub, Photographs by Jayalakshmi Ayyer and Janine Smith

DO NOT WASH HANDS IN PLATES

This is the story of three women eating our way across India in search of adventure, elephants, temples, palaces, western toilets, monkeys, the perfect paratha… and the kindness of Indian strangers.

Once upon the Land Before Time (or at least before mobile phones), my two best friends and I decided to leave the US from separate locations and meet up in Europe. To everyone’s shock, Janine, Jaya and I pulled it off—mostly because we went to Luxembourg, a country so small the odds in favor of chance street encounters were almost 100%, but also because Jaya was carrying the BS, a blue suitcase so enormous it took up approximately a third of the country’s square footage and was visible on satellite images…

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Lost And Found ~ A Daisy Dunlop Mystery #2

  • Lost&FoundAuthor: J.L. Simpson
  • Published: April 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Crime, Mystery, Suspense
  • four-half-stars

Hot on the success of her first case, Daisy Dunlop can count the offers of work on one finger. An empty bank account and the need to prove to her business partner, PI Solomon Liffey, that she is an asset not a liability, calls for drastic measures. Terror has to be overcome as she answers a plea to find the one thing that gives her night sweats and flashbacks. A dog. A missing stud poodle to be exact.

After having tried numerous career options Daisy Dunlop is working with her husband’s best friend, Irish PI Solomon Liffey with strict instructions from Paul to keep Daisy safe. Which is much easier said than done, as Solomon finds out to his cost. Daisy can be somewhat of a liability. Strong willed and impulsive, but extremely likeable, she forges ahead regardless and Solomon has his work cut out to keep his promise to Paul.

Daisy’s heir hunting job offers are sadly lacking so she has to content herself with helping Solomon out with a case, which unfortunately necessitates sessions at the gym. In lycra. Daisy is far from overjoyed and is thankful to receive a letter from a Candy Mars asking her to investigate the disappearance of her prize-winning poodle. There’s only one problem; Daisy is terrified of dogs. She enlists the help of Cliff Richards, a homeless man who has a way with animals, and who helped her out during her previous case.

Solomon held out his hand to Cliff. “Nice to meet you, Cliff. And good luck. You’ll be needing to keep your wits about you, if you’re working with Daisy.”

Cliff shook his hand, and frowned. “Is looking for a missing dog dangerous?”

“No idea mate, but working with Daisy is always challenging.”

Solomon’s troubles are only just beginning though, as he gets a call telling him his ex, Lisa, is in police custody for drug dealing and his three-year old daughter, Molly, is at the police station. When a dead body found at Lisa’s flat points to a connection with Daisy’s missing dog, Solomon and Daisy join forces in solving another fast paced case filled with action, danger, suspense and a lot of laughs.

Another character driven and fun escapade with Daisy, our unconventional heroine, and the ever mysterious and sexy Solomon as he strives to keep Daisy out of trouble and Molly safe, while trying to find the connections linking their respective cases. Does the answer lie in Solomon’s still secretive past? The narrative moves along at a cracking pace and the crime and suspense aspect is balanced out by the humour, wit and great banter between the main characters.

My thanks to J.L. Simpson for sending me a copy in return for an honest review.

Book links ~ Amazon UK Amazon US

About the author

JLSimpsonDiminutive English rose, JL Simpson, was stolen away by a giant nomad and replanted in a southern land filled with gum trees and kangaroos. She quickly adapted to her new life, learning the meaning of G’day and mate whilst steadfastly refusing all attempts to convert her to Vegemite.
A hunger for exploration awoken by her new surroundings, she traversed the land seeking knowledge and adventure. Despite the trials and tribulations along the way she stood fearless in the face of calamity and embarrassment. With a joyous laugh, and a boundless supply of scones with cream and jam, she stood tall, all fifty-eight inches of her, and shrugged off the humiliation of falling in a freezer and reversing into her own mailbox.
Always ready to accept a challenge she embraced the double headed beast of accounting and taxation and wrestled the monster into submission, placating it with spreadsheets and double entry bookkeeping.
Her desire to experience the world led her to embrace a life of crime. Seeking the higher knowledge shared by the great minds of the detective world, she took to worshipping at the altars of the Crime and Investigation channel and Sherlock.
A dive into family history and heir hunting soon followed, where she discovered not every family has roots back to English nobility but they all have their fair share of ne’er-do-wells.
She loves sharing tales about the land of her birth along with the unexpected twists of fate that can befall all of us. Holding on to a steadfast belief every obstacle can be overcome, and that you can be more than you ever expected, she spends her moments of solitude creating adventures where mystery and mayhem collide.

Author links ~ Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads

Trading Vincent Crow ~ Giveaway

51xfPkGeVULVince Crow had been party to a revelation the day before that was going to change his life forever. He was no longer one of the small town crowd that delighted in tales of vomiting into plant pots. Vince Crow was about to start living life differently.

Vince Crow had heard somewhere that you could trade a piece of useless junk on the internet and, within a year of swapping it for better and better things, get cool stuff. Crow decided that he himself was going to start off as that piece of tat, jump from one job to the next; indeed, he would trade one lifestyle for a new one, until he was finally a success. Every three months he would have to trade-up for an entirely new life – a new job, a new girl, new wheels, a new pad, new threads – until he reached the top.

The plan of comparing himself to a used item traded over the internet was of course marginally flawed, as there is a human factor to all of this which he’d overlooked. Besides, success isn’t just about work. It’s about the car, the clothes, the house, and getting the girl, so changing all of that with every new trade upwards is a lot more difficult than swapping an old stereo in the classifieds. Crow quickly learns what the price of success really is. An education he would never have got if he had gone to college…

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About the author

4603204577_148x209D.C.J. WARDLE is the author of humorous novels ‘Trading Vincent Crow’ and ‘Vincent Crow: Export’. In January 2013 he was author of the month on http://www.lovewriting.co.uk.

Holding post-graduate qualifications in development management as well as community water supply engineering, over the past fifteen years, he has worked in developing countries in Africa and Asia, managing emergency and development programmes.

Links for D.C.J. Wardle ~ http://www.dcjwardle.co.ukhttps://www.facebook.com/DCJWardleTWITTER

Two copies of the book are up for grabs so if you’d like to enter please click here. UK winners will receive a paperback, international winners an e-copy.