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Blog Tour: The Ice Cream Parlour by Isabella May

The Ice Cream Parlour CoverThe Ice Cream Parlour

Giovanna Tonioli is a successful stockbroker with a famous sports star boyfriend, but things aren’t as sweet as they seem. When life in the city of Bath goes from Vanilla to Rocky Road, she takes herself off to Italy for an ‘Eat Pray Love’ style tour of all things gelateria. What she doesn’t expect to find on her travels is one smooth, hot dollop of temptation that she just can’t shake.

How will her spiteful twin sister react when Giovanna returns to open a rival ice cream parlour? Will Natalia get her just desserts? Or will things become even stickier? All’s fair in love, war and ice cream. Isn’t it?

*Marian Keyes meets Paulo Coelho meets Nigella*

The Ice Cream Parlour is a mouthwatering tale of fate, family, love and jealousy – with a delectable drizzle of alchemy besides.

Purchase Link – mybook.to/theicecreamparlour

The Ice Cream Author PicAuthor Bio –

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic.

Cake, cocktail, gelato, and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life’s ‘rules’.

The Ice Cream Parlour is her fourth novel.

Social Media Links –

www.isabellamayauthor.com

Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

~Review~

When I started this book, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Okay, I thought it would only be a book about a woman opening her ice cream parlour but it was more than that. It took me on a full rollercoaster of the emotions and that’s why it deserved full 5 stars.

Right from the start, I “fell” for Giovanna’s character. There is something about characters like her that just get me all the time. Thankfully, it stayed this way throughout the whole book. She just kept on growing as a character and that was what pulled me in some more. She had her ups and downs throughout the book just like we all have and Isabella really described her good. One of the best female characters I’ve read about, I must admit.

This book makes you crave ice cream so badly so it would be good to stash on those before you start reading. What I was surprised about were the ice cream flavors. They weren’t all your usual chocolate, vanilla, strawberry. No, they were much more than that. It made me want to experiment with my ice cream as well next time I go to buy it. Well, if I find any ice cream place that offers so many different flavors. The best thing about ice cream wasn’t the flavor, but Giovanna’s passion for it. She grew up around it and she has always wanted to make it. Now that she was finally able to do it, she gave her all in it.

I really loved this book and it was a quick read for me. The pace is amazing and there is always something that keeps you reading the book. I would recommend you this book if you are craving some action, some character growing and also just enjoyment about powerful female. I hope to read more books by Isabella in the future.

Thanks to Rachel for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful tour.

Rating: 5* out of 5

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Spotlight: Dreaming of Rome by T.A. Williams

Title: Dreaming of Rome

Author Name: T.A. Williams

Previous Books (if applicable): Dreaming of Venice, Dreaming of Florence, Dreaming of St Tropez, Dreaing of Christmas and Dreaming of Tuscany

 Genre: Women’s Fiction

 Release Date: 6th May 2019

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Book Blurb: Rome is where the heart is… The heartwarming read of the summer

Jo has had enough of handsome men. After a painful break-up, she’s decided she doesn’t believe in love.

Then, while on a professional trip to the magical city of Rome, she meets Corrado, a scientist and her brother-in-law to be, who doesn’t believe in love either. To him, it’s just a biochemical reaction. So what’s the problem?

Well, he’s gorgeous for a start, as well as charming, generous, intelligent and attentive, and she feels herself immediately falling for him, despite her new outlook.

The majesty of the Eternal City brings them ever closer together. But is their relationship doomed, or will love conquer all?

Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, Dreaming of Rome is a joyous and uplifting read from T.A. Williams, perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Tilly Tennant and Jenny Oliver

 

Links to Book:

Amazon (UK)

Kobo (UK)

Google Books (UK)

Apple Books (UK)

Author Bio:

T.A. Williams lives in Devon with his Italian wife. He was born in England of a Scottish mother and Welsh father. After a degree in modern languages at Nottingham University, he lived and worked in Switzerland, France and Italy, before returning to run one of the best-known language schools in the UK. He’s taught Arab princes, Brazilian beauty queens and Italian billionaires. He speaks a number of languages and has travelled extensively. He has eaten snake, still-alive fish, and alligator. A Spanish dog, a Russian bug and a Korean parasite have done their best to eat him in return. His hobby is long-distance cycling, but his passion is writing.

Author Photos:

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Twitter: @TAWilliamsBooks

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Blog tour: Passport to happiness by Carrie Stone

Passport to Happ CoverPassport to Happiness

An inspiring and escapist read – Eat, Pray, Love meets Bridget Jones!

Will the trip of her dreams…

Everly Carter is bored.

With her job, with her single status and with the never ending line of rubbish men on Tinder.  Tired of going through the motions of seeming happy, Everly wants to be happy!

So, in a spontaneous moment of bravery (perhaps spurred on by a few cocktails) Everly books a holiday.  Time away, alone, to find out what she really wants from life.

Become the journey of her lifetime?

Everly’s search for happiness takes her to picturesque Swiss villages and the sunsets of glamourous Bermuda.  But with every new stamp in her passport, Everly still feels as though something is missing…

Could it be that true happiness is hard to find, until she finds herself?

 

Purchase Links:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Passport-Happiness-Carrie-Stone-ebook/dp/B01J0VL67U

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https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/passport-to-happiness/id1174826663?mt=11

Passport to Happiness Carrie Stone photoAuthor Bio –

Carrie was born and raised in London, but her love for travel and adventure has seen her spend the last fourteen years living and working internationally. She is currently based in Spain alongside her husband, young daughter and adopted Indonesian dog, Bali.

Carrie is a traditionally published author with Harper Impulse, as well as an independently published author. When not writing, she works as a Psychic Medium & Spiritual Coach (www.carriebattley.com). To find out more about her, connect on Facebook (Carrie Stone) or Twitter @CarrieStoneUK

 ~Review~

If Passport to Happiness doesn’t wake up your wish to travel, I don’t know what will. I know that by the middle of the book, I wished that I could pick up my suitcases and just start travelling around.

We all know how it is to be fed up with your current life and just wanting to pack up your bags and leave. But let’s be honest, how many of us are actually brave enough to do it? Most of us are just not doing it. We rather stay in the comfort of the current situation even if it is painful for us. We are afraid of change. Everly isn’t or, at least, it doesn’t seem like she is. She knew that her life has become stagnant and after deciding that she’s had enough, she just applies for that position overseas. And I respect her for that so much. I wish I was able to do that, to be that brave to just make a change. The only thing about Everly that was really disturbing me was her thinking that she knows the best and just mixing in things that she shouldn’t even though, we all know how is it to keep our mouth shut. But all in all, I liked Everly as a character a lot!

Nevertheless, the story pulled me right in and it was hard to put it down when I had to. It is fun to read about the trips and see the places through the eyes of Everly. Maybe live a little through her there as well. But not only that the scenery is nice, it is nice to see the inner changes on Everly as well. The way she grew as a person makes it all better, for real.

If you need a pick me up or to run away from the rainy weather, this book is a real pick me up. It will take you away to the beach and you will feel warmer in an instant.

Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me take part in this tour!

Rating: 4,5 out of 5*

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Excerpt: Raven by Amara Lynn

Raven CoverRaven Blurb:

Avari Terran wants nothing more than to live as normal of a college life as possible with his boyfriend, Chayton, despite having wings and superpowers, being an ex-supervillain, and dating his former superhero rival.

His plans of flying under the radar are jeopardized when a fan of Raven threatens to reveal his identity, unless he agrees to a forced friendship, of all things. Kaiden is over-the-top, hyper, and capricious, and Avari is fed up with him and his blackmail threats from the moment they meet.

When strange monsters start appearing in the area that only him and Kaiden can see, blackmail becomes the least of Avari’s problems. These monsters seem to have their sights set on him, leaving Avari no choice but to take up his persona as Raven yet again and fight back, along with Kaiden’s help. Will his secret identity, and his relationship with Chayton survive through all this?

Author Bio:

Amara Lynn has always been a quiet daydreamer. Coming up with characters and worlds since childhood, Amara eventually found an outlet in writing. Amara loves anything to do with pirates, villains and superheroes, angels and demons.

Amara is addicted to music and gets the most inspiration from moving songs and lyrics. When not writing, Amara usually reads, listens to podcasts, watches anime, plays a video game here and there (but mostly collects them), and takes way too many cat pictures.

 

Excerpt:

Kaiden didn’t shut up the whole way to his room. He commented on basically everything he saw or heard. I zoned him out after about five seconds because it was mostly nonsense.

We arrived at his room and he let us in. His roommate was nowhere to be found.

One side of the room was tidy, with a neatly made bed and perfectly stacked books on the desk. The right side was a mess of strewn-about clothes, books, and junk food wrappers. On the messy desk lay several sketch pads, pencils, and a variety of art supplies. Covering the wall were several large art prints and newspaper clippings.

I didn’t need three guesses to figure out the side that looked like a hurricane had come through was Kaiden’s. He was all over the place in conversation so it seemed natural his things would be the same.

“This side is mine!” He pointed, sure enough, to the cluttered right side.

Warily, I inched to the untidy side, grimacing when I stepped on a bag of chips and it crunched. I wouldn’t call myself neat. I could be cluttered at times, yet I still managed to have some form of organization. Kaiden’s mess didn’t seem organized at all. Perhaps there was a method to his madness. I had serious doubts about that though.

As I got closer to his bed and glanced over his wall of pictures, I realized that it wasn’t just something like movie posters or models or athletes, like what might be expected on the wall of a typical college student’s dorm.

My eyes scanned over the clippings lining his walls.

Arsonist Burns Bay Area Billboard, Raven the Arsonist Escapes Falcon Again, Will Raven Return? Those were just a few of them.

“I’ve been collecting your articles!”

In a short period, I’d apparently accumulated a large amount of newspaper articles and pictures. He even had a few on Falcon. Images of him had been crossed out or written on with marker, giving Falcon things like devil horns and a mustache. I couldn’t help sniggering a bit at that.

“Do you like what I did to that Falcon’s pictures?” Kaiden snickered. “He should know better than to mess with you!”

The pictures of me were written on too, with red and orange marker. There were some hearts drawn around my face, and on another flames were drawn all around the picture, with the word “HOTTT”.

He really was obsessed and, from the looks of it, also had a crush on Raven. Aka me.

I glanced at him. He was staring at me with an ear to ear grin on his face, eyes as bright as a child on Christmas morning. This was his freaking fantasy, wasn’t it?

He’d better not try to make a move on me. I really wasn’t interested.

“You’re SO great!” Kaiden exclaimed, leaning closer and once again invading my sacred space. Getting such praise would have stroked my ego, if I had one. I could be kind of snarky and sarcastic, and I’d been especially over the top with that kind of behavior when I’d been taunting Falcon, but I wasn’t egotistical.

“So what have you been up to? You’ve been lying low, haven’t you? Is it because of winter break? When are you going to get back to it?”

“Um…” He was so damn enthusiastic, I almost felt bad breaking the news to him that Raven was no more. Almost. “I’m not.”

Kaiden gasped more dramatically than someone in an over exaggerated theater production, a look of absolute shock on his face. “What do you mean?”

“I’m done. I’m not Raven anymore.”

He got way too close my face now, almost nose to nose with me. His hands planted on my shoulders and he gave me a shake. “But why? You can’t stop! You were just getting started!”

“It doesn’t matter. I’m done. That’s it.” I stepped out of his grip.

“No! You can’t be! Why?”

“Because… I found something more important.”

“It’s that guy, isn’t it? The one you were kissing outside your dorm building, and went to the New Year’s party with?”

Review

Blog tour: Because of You by Hélene Fermont

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How desperate are you to get the one you love?

When Hannah and Ben meet at a friend’s party, he knows she’s The One. But Hannah’s in an intense relationship with Mark and planning to return to her native Sweden to embark on a teaching career.

Desperate to make Ben fall in love with her, rich spoilt heiress Vanessa sets in motion a devious string of events that ultimately changes the course of four people’s lives indefinitely.

Hannah is the love of Ben’s life, yet Vanessa will stop at nothing to claim the man she is convinced is her destiny.

Because of You is a dark, morally complex and cross-generational story of enduring love, fate and destiny.  

IMG_1373Author Bio:
 
Hélene Fermont writes character-driven psychological crime fiction with a Scandi Noir flavour. Known for her explosive, pacy narrative and storylines, she has published three novels – Because of YouWe Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret – and two short story collections – The Love of Her Life and Who’s Sorry Now? Her fourth novel is due for release in the summer of 2019. After 20 years in London, Hélene recently returned to her native Sweden where she finds the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity a therapeutic boost for creativity. Enjoying a successful career as a Psychologist, when she’s not working her ‘day job’, Hélene spends her time writing, with friends and family, or playing with her beloved cat, Teddy. All three novels can be purchased via her website helenefermont.com/books/

SM links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helenefermontauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/helenefermont

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helenefermont/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/helenefermontwriter/

~Review~

<Because of you> is a book that I didn’t read in a while. It was a suspense story and something new for me to read. But to say it right at the beginning, I liked this book a lot. This book is set up over decades and you can feel the characters growing up in the book. You notice the change in them and how some things change them more than the others.

I have fallen in love with Hannah, our main character. In my opinion,

she is one strong woman and she often gave me a feeling of wanting to protect

her. Not because she couldn’t do it herself but because of what other people

have done to her or something has happened to her. But when you look at her

life and what she’s gone through, at the end of the book, it is clear that she

is so strong. In the end, I’ve noticed that I’m in a way a lot similar to

Hannah than I thought I am. Not that I’ve went through a lot but we always put

others before ourselves and it is what hurts us in the end. Instead of thinking

about us and our own happiness, we always do our best to make others happy. I

think each reader can resonate with her.

Not only do we have a character like Hannah, but Helene has made it easy for us to feel like we are part of the books. Her descriptions of the family and friend gatherings are amazing that it makes you feel like you are with them. How often have I felt like I’m with Hannah, Sanna and Rosie, sitting around and drinking milkshakes?! Or that I’m sitting with Ella and Hannah in the small house, just listening to them talk. It is really amazing how can Helene capture this and make you feel a part of this whole story.

Not only is Hannah amazing character, but there is a big variety of different characters. Some of them you might like, some of them you might like a lot less and with some of them you might have a change of the heart while reading a book. The thing is; we all encounter people like this in our day to day life and they are not made way too fictional.

If you are in for a rollercoaster ride while reading the book, I would highly suggest you reading this book. But I have to mention few trigger warnings; rape, abuse and death. If you are not dealing with those stuff well, I’m not sure that this book is for you. If you can deal with those trigger warnings, please pick this book up and enjoy it.

Rating: 4* out of 5

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Blog tour: How (Not) To Date a Prince by Zoe May

How Not to date a Prince_coverHow (Not) To Date A Prince

Surely fairy tales don’t happen in real life?

After being jilted at the altar, high-flying journalist Sam doesn’t believe in love any more – and she certainly doesn’t believe in fairy tales! So, when she’s asked to cover the Royal Wedding, it’s the last thing she wants to do.

And when she crashes into a ridiculously handsome stranger, Anders, things go from bad to worse. But as the big day draws closer, Sam finds herself being swept up in the excitement – as well as swept off her feet by Anders!

But there’s something that Anders is hiding from her – and when he finally reveals his secret, might Sam just have the happy-ever-after she never thought she wanted…?

Purchase Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Not-Date-Prince-romantic-ebook/dp/B078YH9K19/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/How-Not-Date-Prince-romantic-ebook/dp/B078YH9K19/

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How Not To Date A Prince Author PhotoAuthor Bio –

Zoe May lives in Oxford and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She spent her twenties living in London, where she worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading.

Social Media Links –

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/zoe_writes/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zoe_writes/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/

~Review~

I loved, loved this book. This was my second book that I’ve read by Zoe and when I’ve gotten an e-mail with the question do I want to review it, I agreed right away. I love Zoe’s writing and the story line seemed interesting. I’m really happy that I accepted the blog tour spot.

This book is about UK journalist getting together with the Prince of Norway (second in the throne). Funnily enough, I just came back from my holidays in Norway few weeks ago and I loved it there so reading this book was just amazing. It added a bit of something extra to the book.

Aside from my Norway trip, I enjoyed the story a lot. Not only that the story was good but the characters were on point as well. Main character is someone I really enjoyed learning more about. Zoe has made her really great and I just love how passionate she is about her job and how she knows what she wants. But what I found great about her, was her not giving up on love. Even if she had something happen to her in the past that could easily made her give up on it, she still changed. In the beginning, I thought this will be just one more character that will just keep on moaning and whining how there is no one perfect for them but Sam wasn’t like that and I applaud Zoe for making her this way.

Sooo, let me say something that might be funny (or not!). Until the moment we found out that Anders is the 2nd prince, I was 100% sure that he was Isaac. The whole time, I was just waiting for that moment when he will end up being Isaac. And then, baaam! Nope, he is his brother. Well done, Zoe, well done!

If you want a pick me up, have a laugh and enjoy some nice rom-com, this book will be for you. It is just a perfect read for the beach. I can imagine myself sitting with my e-reader and just reading. Maybe it is this rainy weather in Germany that makes me wish for the sun even more. Please, pick this book up if you are ready to get be swept away by a prince.

Thank you Rachel for giving me this opportunity to read and review this book.

Rating: 5* out of 5

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Blog Tour: Coming home to Wishington Bay by Maxine Morrey

Coming Home to Wishington Bay_FINALComing Home To Wishington Bay

Home is where the heart is…

Holly doesn’t have time for a holiday this year. But when her job threatens to send her over the brink, her boss insists she take a sabbatical. So she packs her bags and escapes to her beloved grandmother Gigi’s house on Wishington Bay, which has sat empty since Gigi passed away.

But Holly’s dreams of a coastal escape take an unexpected turn. Holly didn’t expect to spend time with any man this summer – let alone an Aussie Adonis…but when she meets her next door neighbour Gabe and his little dog Bryan, it’s clear her quiet summer of strolling along the sand and wandering through the seaside village’s tiny streets on her own will come with a hefty dose of distraction.

With a summer to fill and Gigi’s wonderful and surprising house to sort through, Holly knew it would be a summer packed with old memories. She just didn’t expect to make so many new ones…

Coming Home to Wishington Bay is the new gorgeous uplifting rom-com from Maxine Morrey, perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan and Tilly Tennant!

Purchase Links:

UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Coming-Home-Wishington-Maxine-Morrey-ebook/dp/B07JH9MW41

US – https://www.amazon.com/Coming-Home-Wishington-Maxine-Morrey-ebook/dp/B07JH9MW41

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Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.

As time went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her first romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

Follow Maxine Morrey

Website           www.scribblermaxi.co.uk

Twitter                 @Scribbler_Maxi

Instagram           @scribbler_maxi

Facebook            www.Facebook.com/MaxineMorreyAuthor

Pinterest             ScribblerMaxi

~Review~

Maxine did it again! This is my second book that I’m reviewing from her and I’m not disappointed, yet again. Sadly, Wishington bay is only imaginary place because I would love to visit it.

By now, you probably all know that I’m a sucker for small villages, specially on the coast so this book was right up my alley. Waking up with the sound of waves, living next to the beach, a village full of small shops, tight community. Sign me up for that and I will be the happiest woman alive. And when you add a handsome neighbor with the cute dog, the win is even more. But, not everything is amazing. Sometimes, we have to lose something in order to win something and that’s exactly what happened to Holly.

This book was a great reminder not to overwork myself and what overworking can do to a person actually. I simply love it when authors take problems like this and put them into the books. It makes it much more easier for me to understand the character and fall for them.

There has been a quote that caught my eye and it is something that I’m trying to tell myself for such a long time.
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This right here is something I’m struggling with a lot. I’m always thinking about what will others say about the way I dress. I always feel like everyone would stare and that it doesn’t suit me, when the reality could be and probably is much more different.

The romance was perfect in this book. I enjoyed it a lot and I really liked the way it started and how oblivious one can be to the love. Sometimes we are so blind while having our eyes wide open. I would say; a perfect book for spring or summer holidays. You will enjoy your visit to the Wishington Bay and following Holly as she discovers herself all over again. Pick up this book and let yourself be carried away by the summer breeze and waves.

Rating: 4* out of 5

 

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