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New cover reveal

I’m so excited to share with you the new Cover Real for Perfect Imperfections

It’s official PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS is now available to purchase!

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#TITLE : Perfect Imperfections

#Author : Taryn Leigh

#BLURB : Sarah Lewis desires nothing more than to begin again after a failed marriage and a tragedy so terrifying, it forces her to leave her life in London to stay with her best friend a world apart in South Africa. Despite immediate success in her business, she struggles to understand who she really is and where she belongs in the world. So begins a journey of discovery as Sarah re-unites with Katy in the land where she was born, where the air is lavender scented, and weekends are spent cycling on the beach.Until the day when she has to return to London to face the ghosts of her past and confront a situation that has grown more complicated in her absence.Perfect Imperfections is an intriguing tale which hints at wrongdoings and deceit without giving too much away. The author cleverly weaves a tale around fragile yet strong Sarah as she tries to reconcile her past with her future, engaging the reader to the point where we simply want the best for her and for happiness finally to come her way.

If you haven’t read it yet, then what are you waiting for? I can’t wait to connect with you to hear what you think of it.

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The highs and lows of a ginger book blogger (and the lessons she learned) – GUEST POST Meggy Roussel

The highs and lows of a ginger book blogger (and the lessons she learned)

I am one in a million. Two million? Three?! Let’s settle it by saying the community is huge and always active! Three years ago, I did not know what ‘book blogging’ was. I didn’t know it existed. What a dull life I had!

542 published posts later, I am still here. This itself is a miracle. Because there are things you should know before jumping into the world of book blogging. Good things, bad things, ‘Oh my God I had no idea!!!’ things that will forge your path in this wonderfully bookish world. Today, I have decided to share some of the highs and lows I have experienced since I gave birth to Chocolate’n’Waffles!

Pressing the ‘Publish’ button for the first time

What an exciting and scary day! I remember I was awfully nervous but determined to go through with my idea to talk all things bookish. I needed a hobby, I wanted to rekindle my love life with books, and I had a laptop. The basics were covered. Still, I had read so many fabulous reviews filled with clever words and deep analyses of novels that I dreaded I would never live up to the standards.

Don’t go look up for my first review, it is awful. I’m not being modest, I’m being realistic here! But I was, and I still am, proud to have made the jump and dared share my thoughts, my ideas, and my crazy words with others. I felt accomplished, happy, and… totally exhausted!!!

Discovering NetGalley, ARCs, and blog tours

January 2016. I was innocent, unaware of the behind-the-scenes of the book industry, having no idea what an uncorrected proof was, and totally clueless about reviews and their power! Shadowing my favourite bloggers, I remember gingerly checking publishers’ Twitter and websites, searching for book news, and fate should have it, I stumbled across NetGalley. ARCs??? Books that were not out yet… Ready for bloggers? PARADISE!

I will always remember the first publisher who approved my request. I remember the review. I remember the thrill of posting on NG about a book which hadn’t hit the shelves yet. I remember the feeling of discovering a new author.

The Sister, Louise Jensen. Bookouture. Review sent on 12 May 2016.

My eyes had been opened. I realized that apart from rambling about books I loved, I could promote upcoming releases, help authors get the word out on their novels, and create a particular relation with publishers. I believe this is the day I figured out I wanted in. I needed to be part of this big machine expanding horizons, filling the world with stories, fictional or not, exploring cultures, giving readers the chills.

My toxic relationship with NetGalley started the same day my reader’s life changed. Then came blog tours. To this day, I still have issues saying no… Which leads me to my next high…

The TBR high…

I was a ‘casual reader’ in another lifetime. I would get a book, read it, and then get the next one. But one of the many joys of a book blogger is this lesson: you can’t have too many books (especially at the same time!) I mean, when you read posts about books every single day, when you Twitter feed is flooded with beautiful covers, ebook deals, and recommendations, how can you expect a human being to resist the Power of the Books? I get high when I see my TBR high and proud! There is something so soothing about knowing you will not run out of material to read. I love checking my TBR shelves (yes, I stroke the books and talk to them too) and its promises. I am never alone! Then I panic…

…The TBR Pressure.

There’s a downside to getting lots of books to read. I swear! Bear with me, keep reading!

When you need more than one shelf to put away your unread books, you might not think anything of it, but this is the Beginning.

The more books I have, the guiltier I feel about not reading them! And not just about proofs or ARCs! Books I’ve chosen, paid for, and lovingly brought home look at me in the dark and casting spells for me to choose them next! Books are my best friends, but they don’t like dust, nor being kept waiting for too long!

My first auto-approval

I wish I had a gif of myself doing a happy dance while making waffles (with Rum in them, of course) because no word can explain how happy I was when I got approved on NetGalley (that website, AGAIN! Me, obsessed much???) by a publisher I loved to read any of their book without having to request. I felt like a proper blogger. This was a recognition of my work, of my dedication to shout as loud as possible about book. And down went my ratio!!! (if you’re a NG user, you know what I mean!)

Stats: The Blogger’s worst enemy

When I started blogging, I kept in mind I was writing for myself first. I wanted to practice English and have fun. I was ecstatic whenever WordPress informed me I had a new follower or I’d reached a peak in views. So, I kept an eye on my stats, watching them grow, stabilize, go down, rise from the ashes… It’s an evil circle. For some people, being a successful blogger means having big numbers. Well, I disagree. Being a successful blogger means being happy with what I post.

Yet… I am guilty of checking numbers every week. I have to stop myself from doing it every day. Yes, it’s fantastic to see a review or a discussion post get amazing views, but it can be crushing to see your favourite post, something you’ve worked hard on, not get the attention you think it deserves. It can lead to blogging for the wrong reasons…

My advice: A weekly checkup is more than enough. Focus on the books!

Finding my tribe

Remember when you were young and people would spot you with a book? ‘Oh, you should go up and play with the others. You must be lonely!’ What? I’ve never felt lonely! I have more friends than popular people on Facebooks thanks to all the characters I have met through the years!

The cliché of people choosing to read because they are alone, not because they choose it, is still here, and I want to kick its bottom.

Actually, the book community is doing a great job at proving that books and a social life are not incompatible! I have met the most amazing people online thanks to our shared love for books. Take my friend Abbie. Oh my. We have so much in common. She makes me laugh, she supports me, she is the reason why I added many books to my wish list.

The numbers of book bloggers on social media is another perfect example of how many of us are around, and how we want to create something, interact, share, and just enjoy our hobby. I began blogging when I was in a bad place in my life, and I found people just like me, ready to discuss plots for hours, happy to chat about bookish pet peeves, always around to have a laugh or drool over a cover. My biggest reward is that I never feel alone in the book blogging sphere. Bloggers, authors, publishers, all our voices can be heard, and we matter!

Books and me, the first break-up

A low many of us have been through. July 2017. My first reading slump. After months of reading and reviewing every week, giving it my best, staying on top of date releases, new and old names publishing books to feed my brain, and having the best time devouring words as if they were Haribo sweets, it came to an abrupt stop. I would look at a book and frown. No, I don’t want to read you. I’d rather watch telly instead. I felt I was cheating on my baby books, but there was no more joy in my heart at the sight of a title, no star in my eye when I thought about a new adventure to have.

I went with the flow. I waited. I kept busy. And you know what? I came back. One day, I woke up, I stumbled on a book (literally, as I had piles around my bed) and I felt the urge to open it. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. The right book at the right time.

If you find yourself in a reading slump. Take some me-time. It’s okay. You’ll get back when you are ready. If you force it, you’ll lose it forever.

My first Book Festival

Or how it dawned on me that authors were real people, as were social media friends I’d been talking to, and the best way to check book people are the best! I think my book blogging journey’s highest high will forever be Bloody Scotland 2018. Food, book talks, selfies, laughs. I learned how to smuggle more books than I was allowed back to my country (very handy). No, you don’t need to attend every event to be a book blogger. But if you feel like it, you can experience something extraordinary just dancing with Katerina Diamond and Angela Clark (I will never stop mentioning this moment!!!) or waiting in line to meet Chris Brookmyre. I even walked up to Mark Billingham to say ‘hi!’. Me! Adrenaline ran in my veins for three days and I hope every blogger can live this at least once. There’s nothing more special than a fangirling moment in the hall of a hotel because you’ve just met Helen Fields or Will Dean and his fabulous hair. When life meet books…

What is time and why is it disappearing?

My biggest issue with book blogging… As Coldplay would sing, nobody said it would be easy, nobody said it would be so hard… AND TIME-CONSUMING! I had a terrible time dealing with the hours needed to write blog posts, schedule social media posts, blog-hop, keep track of book news, and keep breathing. With tme (haha!) I found a rhythm, but I still get anxious once in a while when a month is over-filled with book commitments. Take it easy, they say… But book bloggers go big, they don’t go home!

Those are only a few of the things that make my journey on the book blogging back amazing and crazy. Can you relate?

Thank you to Meggy for this AMAZING blog. Meggy is the owner and founder of Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles a phenomenal book blogging site that will give you insight into all the books you just must have on your shelf.

She reads and reviews all genres except Romance, Erotica and Horror.

She is French and oh so hilarious, and has become my Twitter friend ever since we had our very first Twitter pity party session.

You can find out more about Meggy and her blog here :

Twitter: @choconwaffles

Website: https://chocolatenwaffles.com/

Email: chocolatenwaffles@gmail.com

Instagram: chocolatenwaffles

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/chocolatenwaffles

Go on and check it out!

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Book Review : The Greek Escape by Karen Swan

I have just finished reading The Greek Escape by Karen Swan and let me tell you… It was phenomenal!

But before I get into my review, here is …

The Blurb

Before every new beginning, there must be an ending.

Running from heartbreak, Chloe Marston leaves her old life in London for a fresh start in New York. Working at a luxury concierge company, she makes other people’s lives run perfectly, even if her own has ground to a halt. But a terrible accident forces her to step into a new role, up close and personal with the company’s most esteemed and powerful clients. Charismatic Joe Lincoln is one of them and his every wish is her command, so when he asks her to find him a secluded holiday home in the Greek Islands, she sets about sourcing the perfect retreat.

But when Tom, her ex, unexpectedly shows up in Manhattan and the stability of her new life is thrown off-balance again, she jumps at the chance to help Joe inspect the holiday house; escaping to Greece will give her the time and space to decide where her future truly lies. Tom is the man she has loved for so long but he has hurt her before – can she give him another chance? And as she draws closer to Joe, does she even want to? As magnetic as he is mysterious, there’s an undeniable chemistry between them that she can’t resist.

But whatever her heart is telling her, she’s in over her head – another client’s wife has mysteriously disappeared and seriously allegations about Joe threaten more than just her happiness. Who can she trust? And will Chloe uncover the truth in time?

My Review

As you all know I am a huge fan of Karen Swans work, and have read every single book she wrote.

My Top 3 favorites after reading this book are now:

  1. Christmas at Tiffany’s
  2. The Perfect Present
  3. The Greek Escape

Let me tell you why The Greek Escape has made it into my Top 3 ….

The plot: It’s just phenomenal. I found myself trying to figure out where her brain was going with the characters, and just when I thought I had figured it out, she threw me another curve ball. I would have thought that by now, after reading all of her books, that I would be able to get inside of her head, but oh no! She has me hooked every time!

The characters: Are so rich, and so well-rounded. In this book I felt I got more of an opportunity to get to know each character so much better. I’ve found in some of her more recent books, there are one or two characters that I knew were there, but didn’t know. If that makes sense? Whereas here, I felt I knew every single one of them!

The way it made me feel: This book made me want to PAUSE! Normally I read a book and when it gets to the cliff hanger bits I just want to rush through them, turn the page and find out what happened. However with this book, I found myself closing the book and trying to figure out the mystery myself. I savoured the moment, soaked up the characters and mellowed in the memory. It was blissful!

So this is a FIVE STAR review from me, and a definite recommendation to anyone who is looking for the perfect read!

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About the Author

Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it all up to raise her three children and a puppy, and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her books include Christmas at Tiffany’s, Summer at Tiffany’s, The Perfect Present, Christmas in the Snow, Christmas on Primrose Hill and The Paris Secret.

 

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Book Review : The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain 

I recently read The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain and was completely blown away.

This was my first book by this amazing Author and she had me hooked on every page.

The Blurb

One mistake, one fateful night, and Tess DeMello’s life is changed forever.

It is 1944. Pregnant, alone, and riddled with guilt, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly gives up her budding career as a nurse and ends her engagement to the love of her life, unable to live a lie. Instead, she turns to the baby’s father for help and agrees to marry him, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows her no affection. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry but see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain. When one of the town’s golden girls dies in a terrible accident, everyone holds Tess responsible. But Henry keeps his secrets even closer now, though it seems that everyone knows something about him that Tess does not.

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes Hickory, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess knows she is needed and defies Henry’s wishes to begin working at there. Through this work, she begins to find purpose and meaning. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle the truth behind her husband’s mysterious behavior and find the love―and the life―she was meant to have?

My Review

Completely gripping, this story definitely deserves 5 stars! The Characters are so well rounded, you get to know them, feel for them and want to smack them over the head at times.

The Author takes you on a whirlwind adventure with many twists and turns. She had me guessing a million ways the plot could go. Absolutely intriguing!

The story deals with many issues from racism, polio epidemics to the effects of war on families, but most importantly it deals with how our choices can alter the course of our lives.

The book leaves you examining your own decisions and reminds you how critical making the correct ones are.

An amazing read! Definitely one I would recommend!

About the Author

DIANE CHAMBERLAIN is the international bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including The Broken String and The Silent Sister. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole.

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Book Review : The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan 

Synopsis 
They say that behind every great man, there’s a great woman, and behind London’s most powerful leaders, there stands only one—Alex Hyde, business coach par excellence. She’s the woman they turn to for advice and strategy when the pressure gets too much. So when Alex gets a call offering an unbelievable sum to discreetly manage a family member on the board of an esteemed Scottish whisky company, it’s business as usual. She can do this in her sleep. Only, she’s never met anyone like Lochlan Farqhuar before. CEO of Kentallen Distilleries, he’s also the son and heir of the company’s founder, and a man for whom there is no “no.” He’s a maverick, and Alex needs to get inside his head before he brings the company to its knees. But as she tasks herself with finding a way in, she finds that for once, she’s not the one in control. And when she stumbles across a chance discovery that changes everything, she’s suddenly not so sure she should be.


My Review 

I must say that this for me goes into Karen Swans Top 5 books ever written. It was that amazing! The research she did on the Whiskey industry and Islay where the book was set, was clearly evident. 

It was filled with well developed characters that progressed as the book went on. Lochlan being one of them. And I loved all the twists and turns and new suprises that kept popping up just when we thought she had revealed it all. 

Her books always have such depth and her characters so complex. Alex for me was the perfect lead character with her strong yet vulnerable personality. I was holding my breath on more than one occasion hoping things would turn out well for her, and just when it looked like it was, I was slapped with another twist. Sheer brilliance. 

For me this was a phenomenal read and one that I would highly recommend. It was definitely one of my best reads in a long time! 

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