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New book launch – Forgive Me – LESLEY PEARSE

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Friday 14th February 2013
sees the release of the 21st novel written by the fabulous Lesley Pearse
published by Michael Joseph

Forgive me.

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Cheltenham, 1991

When Eva Patterson returns home from work one day, a devastating scene awaits her. Her mother, Flora, lies dead in the bath. Beside her is a note saying only: ‘Forgive Me’.

Until then, Eva always believed her family’s life would be comfortable and secure – but Flora’s suicide changes everything. And when Eva discovers that in her will Flora left her an artist’s studio in London, she realises how little she knows about her mother’s past.

When Eva visits the now derelict studio, she is shocked to find out that her mother was once a successful artist back in the 1960s. A chance encounter leads her to Phil, who agrees to help her restore the studio, as well as offering her the advice and friendship Eva so badly needs.

In the studio attic she finds a collection of Flora’s paintings and old diaries, which Eva believes were purposely left for her to find. Searching for answers, Eva encounters a psychic who mysteriously warns her to beware of a ‘sleeping serpent’, which she soon discovers refers to a shocking crime in Flora’s past.

Will discovering the truth destroy Eva’s belief in everything she holds dear? And will Phil stand by Eva even when her journey leads her and those she loves into certain danger?


Like most, the last books of Lesley’s I read were Belle and then The Promise which were set in the very early 1900′s. This book is very different and takes you straight to the (almost) present day 1991.

The story follows Eva Patterson whose world changes one days when she walks into her home and finds her Mother dead. From that day on, nothing is as she thought, every ounce of innocence and youth is stripped from her.

When I started reading this book, it has all the typical Lesley Pearse impact in the first few pages but if I am honest I found it a little more gentle than I expected over the first handful of chapter. However, do NOT be fooled, you will feel kicked, battered and bruised by the time you reach the final page. The twists and turns Eva’s journey takes you on doesn’t give you time to sit back and think or reflect.

I am constantly surprised on how much tragedy and pain Lesley inflicts onto her leading lady. Just when you get over one hurdle, whack – something else happens. The centre of all her books are the family connections and this is no exception. Packed full of emotion, sorrow and you long for happiness.

There is no doubt that this is yet again a fantastic read. It will pull you in at page one and you won’t come back up again until you turn to the last page, and likely like me, to have shed a tear on the way.

Whilst very different to Belle (my favourite read of 2011), Forgive me is absolutely brilliant and I can’t recommend it enough. Another fabulous read and clearly another bestseller.

Available in ebook and Hardback via Amazon Forgive me (paperback in July 2013)



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New Book Launch – Don’t tell the Groom – ANNA BELL

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Tuesday 8th January 2013
see the release of self published Author Anna Bell’s 3rd Novel
Don’t Tell the Groom





Bride-to-be Penny discovers that she’s lost £10,000 of wedding savings playing online bingo. So that she doesn’t have to reveal her gambling secret, she convinces her fiancé Mark that they should have a Don’t Tell the Groom themed wedding. Penny then has to plan a wedding fit for a princess on a shoestring budget. But, by the time she discovers that the true meaning of marriage isn’t a Vera Wang wedding dress or Jimmy Choos, will she still have a groom to marry?

My Review

I haven’t been reading many ChickLit novel recently for a couple of reason. Firstly they are not the sort of books that I have been sent in the post for a while and secondly, I had developed a dislike for my kindle and therefore any ebook that sat on it. The paperbacks I had on the shelf always seemed more appealing to me that getting out the faceless/lifeless ebook reader. There is not logic to my sudden dislike to it and I’m so grateful to Anna for this book as I was so engrossed in the story (an ebook on my dreaded kindle) that I never even noticed I was using it!

This is the second book of Anna’s that I read and I love her quirky comical style of writing. The leading lady, Penny is so endearing and lovable despite all her errors and misjudgments, you can’t help but love her!

Anna has the ability to write an easy, breezy novel that you can pick up and get lost in as it flows so well and the story line is fresh and fun. I think I said in my review of Millie’s American Wedding (the other Anna Bell book I have read) that I could so easily see the book as a film I’d see with the girls at the cinema and Don’t Tell the Groom is exactly the same.

Don’t get me wrong,  there is emotion, great characters but it is what I would call perfect Chicklit. I highly recommended this book if this is your prefered genre. Also, love the cover, not that you get to see that as an eBook (another reason I went off eBooks before!!)

Available via Amazon UK Don’t Tell the Groom 

If you’d like to read my review of Millie and the American Wedding click here

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New Book Launch – Janice Horton’s – How do you Voodoo?

Launching today is Janice Horton’s latest novel which is a novella and because of that it is party day over on her site – better still, visit her site and you can get your copy FREE today only!

Janice’s Spellbindingly Fun Blog Party! Here’s your personal invitation!

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 The more who see this simple spell, the greater the power to be held – my spell would be for A Promise of a better tomorrow!

Come and join the fun …

Also .. come back to my site tomorrow and read my review.



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Before Bond, meet Regan…Nathan Regan

The new Bond film, Skyfall launches tomorrow – but why wait until then for a military intelligence hottie? Let me introduce you to the lead male in Mandy Baggot’s new romantic thriller, Security and reveal the eye-catching 007-style book cover!

Lies hurt, but the truth can get you killed

Autumn Raine is a pop vocalist at the very top of her game. She’s a style icon, the paparazzi’s darling and everyone wants to be her friend. But when her safety is threatened, her whole life starts to unravel.

Enter Nathan Regan, an ex-elite soldier who is assigned to protect her. He’s a good man doing bad things but what drives him? Passion? Madness? Or grief? Demons from his past are threatening to consume him. Can he win the fight alone or will he have to admit he needs help?

As the threat deepens, Autumn starts to find out who she really needs in her life. Is there still room for personal assistant Janey or rapper boyfriend Rockweiler? When everyone around her is feeding her lies, how does she work out the truth? Does her record producer know more than he’s letting on? What is her mother, the British Foreign Secretary’s involvement in the situation? And can Autumn put her faith in a forty-something Jamaican woman who handles an automatic weapon as expertly as she cooks?

Eluding kidnap and trying to stay alive, can Autumn find the strength to be the person she longs to be? And can two people, poles apart, forge something strong enough to survive anything?

Security is coming from Sapphire Star Publishing on 4 April 2013! If you can’t wait until then to find out more here is the link to the teasing trailer!    

Find out more about Mandy’s books at or check out her author page with Sapphire Star Publishing

Collect the Bond film titles and WIN a signed paperback copy of Strings Attached!
FIVE paperback copies of Mandy’s novel Strings Attached are up for grabs! All you have to do is collect the Bond films. On each of the websites featuring the Security cover reveal there will be Bond film mentioned (NOT Skyfall). Once you have all the titles, drop Mandy an email and you will go into the draw for one of the books! Easy! Closing date is Thursday 1 November. Here are the website links you need! 

Mandy Baggot
Kim Nash
Stephanie Keyes
Melanie Robertson-King
Nicky Wells
Sharon Goodwin (Jera’s Jamboree)
Rachel Lyndhurst
Carol (Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog) 
Sheryl Browne
Bonnie Trachtenberg
Richard Holmes
Kate (Me, My Books and I)
Sue Fortin (Love Reading, Love Books)
Lindsay Gentles (TTP Book Reviews)
Eve Chong (Eve’s Chicklit Reviews)
Pauline Barclay
A L Jackson
Graham – Quantum of Solace


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New Book Launch – The Diary of a Submissive – SOPHIE MORGAN



The Diary of a Submissive (A true story) by Sophie Morgan and published by Penguin Books

Sophie Morgan is an independent woman in her thirties with a successful journalism career. Intelligent, witty and sarcastic, she could be the girl next door. Except that Sophie is a submissive; in the bedroom she likes to relinquish her power and personal freedom to a dominant man for their mutual pleasure.

In the wake of Fifty Shades of Grey, here is a memoir that offers the real story of what it means to be a submissive. From the endorphin rush of her first spanking right through to punishments the likes of which she couldn’t begin to imagine, she explains in frank and explicit fashion the road she travels. But it isn’t until she meets James that her boundaries are really pushed. As her relationship with him travels into darker and darker places the question becomes: where will it end? Can she reconcile her sexuality with the rest of her life and is it possible for the perfect man to also be perfectly cruel?

So, lots of us have read the Fifty Shades Trilogy and started the Crossfire trilogy so when I received The Diary of a Submissive I though that this would be the same thing just with different people in different locations. What I didn’t totally realise  was that this book whilst written in a story format, is actually one lady’s true accounts of being a submissive.

This book is NOT for the faint hearted. It is extremely graphic and erotic in places, but also knowing that it really happened, kind of makes elements of it a little hard to read.

Well written and gripping. The subject matter is as detailed as you’d expect and leaves nothing to the imagination. What I struggled with most was how it made me feel. I couldn’t understand how degraded and worthless these submissive’s feel and are treated, it isn’t that it was always because of being in love with that person. Whilst you get an element of this with the ‘novels’ that are on the shelves, they are more love stories. This book is about control and the need to please in the BD/sm roles.

It’s a fascinating read, well written and a real insight into this world.

If you haven’t had enough of erotic fiction and you’d like to read more about this world, why not buy a copy or e-book via Amazon UK!

The Diary of a Submissive: A True Story


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