#TenThings about Fiona Perrin author of The Story After Us @fionaperrin @aria_fiction #Lovebooksgrouptours

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I’m pleased to welcome Fiona Perrin today who is going to share #TenThings about herself and her writing. Her first novel for Aria, The Story After Us, is available now. I must say, I highly approve of number 8!

Fiona Perrin

Here are #tenthings about me…

Thing 1: The eleventh commandment in my house is ‘thou shalt not take the mickey out of your mother’. I am a mum and stepmum to four teenagers. It’s necessary to lay down the law like God.

Thing 2: After a fairly full-on career in industry, I now have what people call a ‘plural’ job – part Board member, part sales and marketing consultant, part author. This is heaven after writing in the evenings and weekends for as long as I can remember.

Thing 3: I’m divorced (and very unconsciously uncoupled a long while back) but The Story After Us is not my story. It is however, inspired by my very modern blended family full of step-parents and kids who are all quite good mates mostly.

Thing 4: My dog is called Soppy Wagster and she is a springer spaniel. I intend that all my books will feature a springer spaniel.

Thing 5: My cat is called Ducky von Fluffy and she mostly kills things that are bigger than her (rabbits, crows and similar) and brings them through her cat door. My books will not feature a cat like her.

Thing 6: I love reading and like to think of myself as ‘high brow/low brow’ which means that I’ve done an English degree but read a lot of books that people are snotty about for no reason.

Thing 7: I really like parties. Particularly those which involve several hours on a dance floor.

Thing 8: Travelling is a bug. I have recently made it a THING with my husband that when we come back from one trip we need to book another one straight away. I’m not sure he gets that this is a THING yet.

Thing 9: I love writing so much. Being able to sit at a desk and write the comedy and drama of a whole bunch of made-up people that start to seem real, is just great. I feel very lucky.

Thing 10: I find Instagram a very confusing place even though I think I’m down with the kids. My own children spend a lot of time laughing at me squinting at the screen and asking about filters, therefore violating the eleventh commandment (see thing 1 above).  

My thanks to Kelly at LoveBooksGroupTours for inviting me to take part in this tour. The Story of Us is available now in paperback and as an ebook. At the time of writing, the Kindle edition was only 99p (but please check before you buy). You can order that here: The Story After Us

From the back of the book

The Story After Us: A heartwarming tale of life and love for modern women everywhere by [Perrin, Fiona]

Sometimes the end is just the beginning…

If she tries very hard, Ami can remember when she used to have a dynamic and exciting career and a husband who she loved more than life itself, and who was equally smitten with her…

Now she has two children, a terrifyingly large mortgage, and no idea who she has become – or why she and her husband can’t even be in the same room anymore.

With life as she knew it in tatters around her, Ami is heartbroken, and in no way pulling off ‘consciously uncoupling’ like a celeb. But she’s starting to wonder if she just might come out the other side and be… happier?

As funny as Helen Fielding, as poignantly touching as Marian Keyes, Fiona Perrin’s dazzling debut is a story that is as much about finding out who you really are again, as it is about the exhausting balancing act of motherhood. Unmissable for women everywhere.

About the author

Fiona Perrin was a journalist and copywriter before building a career as a sales and marketing director in industry. Having always written, she completed the Curtis Brown Creative Writing course before writing The Story After Us. 

As a mother and stepmother to four teenagers while holding down a fairly full-on job, she wanted to write grown-up commercial fiction about messy, modern love and families – with all their heartbreak, humour and hope. 

Fiona grew up in Cornwall, hung out for a long time in London and then Hertfordshire, and now writes as often as possible from her study overlooking the sea at the end of The Lizard peninsula.

She is currently writing her second novel for Aria.

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Web: www.fionaperrin.com

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A Christmas Gift by @SueMoorcroft #review @AvonBooksUK

A Christmas Gift: The #1 Christmas bestseller returns with the most feel good romance of 2018 by [Moorcroft, Sue]

It’s always a pleasure to read one of Sue Moorcroft’s books and I was so pleased to receive a beautiful hardback copy of her latest book, A Christmas Gift. Like many Christmas books, although set around the festive season, it could easily be enjoyed at any time of the year. For me, this was a welcome return to the village of Middledip, the setting for many of Sue Moorcroft’s other books. I was delighted to spot a few familiar faces in the passing, particularly Ratty (yes, he is still my favourite Sue Moorcroft hero!).

This is the story of Joe and Georgine and how their lives come together one Christmas. Joe was a neglected child, living with an alcoholic mother and abusive step father. My heart went out to the poor child he used to be. Many years ago now I was a primary teacher and taught several children like him. It can be heartbreaking to see potential which may not be fulfilled and also the way they can be treated by other children. Fortunately for Joe, he had an ally in Georgine who always stood by him.

Georgine had a privileged childhood which came crashing down because of something she did. She feels tremendous guilt for how this affected her entire family but she was just a young woman, not even out her teens, and she couldn’t have known what would happen. Because of her experience, she has a terror of being in debt and has recently split with her partner, a decision which hasn’t stopped the debt collectors arriving at her door. Money is a constant struggle but despite this, she takes in her sister when she in need. Her compassion shows too in her relationship with her father who has had several strokes.

The two meet when Georgine is producing a Christmas play at the college where she works. Joe, is introduced as a friend of the principal of the college and is helping out with tech support. The whole background of putting on the show, encouraging the students and letting everyone have their chance to shine, was a great way of the characters working together and really getting to know each other. In Georgine and Joe’s relationship there is a bit of role reversal from their earlier days and a sense of both overcoming adversity.

Joe is such a fascinating character. He seems to have several different persona but they are all different aspects of the same man and all go to make him what he truly is. Amongst other things he is a benefactor, but this is quietly and humbly done. I was outraged on his behalf when a journalist revealed the so called truth about him in the tabloid the Daily Snoop. These kind of exposés infuriate me. Whether they contain a grain or truth or not, they immediately blacken someone’s reputation and it’s hard for a public figure to put things right without it seeming to cover up. I do acknowledge that sometimes there is truth in the stories but do wish some journalists would have more integrity and less sensationalism.

I always finish a Sue Moorcroft book with a warm feeling, a happy glow inside and this book was no different. I really enjoyed the story of Georgine and Joe overcoming all kinds of obstacles in their lives and I look forward to visiting Middledip again. I do wish it was a real place as I feel I’d know my way around and be meeting up with old friends!

My thanks to Sabah at Avon Books for my copy of the book. A Christmas Gift is available in hardback and as an ebook. The hardback should be available from your usual book retailer including many supermarkets or you can order a Kindle copy here: A Christmas Gift

From the back of the book

One Christmas can change everything…

Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.

To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?

Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?

About the author

Sue Moorcroft

Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author, an international bestselling author and has held the #1 spot in the UK Kindle chart. She writes contemporary fiction with sometimes unexpected themes.

Sue has won a Best Romantic Read Award, received two nominations at the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards and is a Katie Fforde Bursary winner. Her short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and writing ‘how to’ have sold around the world.

An army child, Sue was born in Germany then lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK. She’s worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a digital prepress. She’s pleased to have now wriggled out of all ‘proper jobs’.

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Watch for Me at Christmas by Kirsty Ferry #review @kirsty_ferry @ChocLitUK

Watch for Me at Christmas (Choc Lit): A heartwarming, feel good Christmas romance to fall in love with (Hartsford Mysteries) by [Ferry, Kirsty]

It’s been a tough time for my family recently and I found that books were, as usual, a good way to escape from reality for a while. I really needed a dose of feel-good, heart-warming fiction and this latest in the Hartsford Mysteries by Kirsty Ferry really delivered. It is also, officially, my first Christmas book of the year!

I read Watch for Me by Candlelight earlier this year (you can read my review here) and loved the setting of Hartsford Hall. It was lovely to meet up with some familiar characters from the previous book and find out how they were getting on. As with the previous book I read, this story takes place in the past and the present. In Christmas Present, Tom comes to stay with his sister Kate who runs the local history museum. Emmy is a last minute stand-in providing the mulled wine stall at the village Frost Fayre. There is an immediate attraction between them which seems to be more of a case of recognising each other but how, when they have never met? In Christmas Past, the romance is between Charles and Millie and again, we meet up with characters from the previous books in the series.

The Frost Fayre being organised for the village of Hartsford sounded magical, a lovely way to bring a village together. And when the snow started to fall and it became clear that the village was being cut off, well I couldn’t think of a more perfect sounding place to be stuck for a few days.

I really enjoyed both strands of the story and love the way Kirsty Ferry blurs the past into the present and vice versa. Characters from one time-frame get a tantalising glimpse of the other and then the reader moves smoothly into that time frame. It was such a romantic story, with the idea that soul mates find each other time and again and that we are drawn back to significant places and people. This novella intertwines past and present with snowy weather, a festive atmosphere and romance – a perfect short read as we head towards ‘the most wonderful time of the year’!

My thanks to Liz at ChocLit for my copy of this book. It is available now as an e-book and is currently only 99p for the Kindle version. You can order a copy online here: Watch for Me at Christmas

From the back of the book

When midwinter magic brings you home for Christmas …

When Emmy Berry arrives at Hartsford Hall to work at the Frost Fayre she immediately feels at home. Which is odd because she’s never set foot in the place in her life. Then a freak blizzard leaves her stranded and things get even weirder when she bumps into Tom Howard. Tom and Emmy have never met before but neither can ignore the sense that they know each other.

With Christmas fast approaching and the weather showing no sign of improving it soon becomes apparent that Hartsford Hall has a little bit of midwinter magic in store for them both …

About the author

Kirsty Ferry

Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 with the ghostly tale ‘Enchantment’.

Her timeslip novel, ‘Some Veil Did Fall’, a paranormal romance set in Whitby, was published by Choc Lit in Autumn 2014. This was followed by another Choc Lit timeslip, ‘The Girl in the Painting’ in February 2016. ‘The Girl in the Photograph’, published in March 2017, completes the Rossetti Mysteries series. The experience of signing ‘Some Veil Did Fall’ in a quirky bookshop in the midst of Goth Weekend in Whitby, dressed as a recently undead person was one of the highlights of her writing career so far!

Kirsty’s first timeslip novel ‘The Memory of Snow’, commended in the Northern Writers’ Awards, is set on Hadrian’s Wall, with the vampire tale ‘Refuge’ set on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. She has also put together a collection of short stories, a non-fiction collection of articles and writes Gothic Fiction under the pen name Cathryn Ramsay.

Kirsty has had articles and short stories published in Your Cat, Peoples Friend, Ghost Voices, The Weekly News and It’s Fate, and her short stories appear in several anthologies. She was a judge in the Paws ‘n’ Claws ‘Wild and Free’ Children’s Story competition in 2011, 2013 and 2014, and graduated from Northumbria University in December 2016, having achieved a Masters with Distinction in Creative Writing.

You can find out more about Kirsty and her work at http://www.rosethornpress.co.uk, catch her on her Facebook AuthorPage, follow her on Twitter @kirsty_ferry or pop by her blog at http://www.rosethornramblings.wordpress.com.

#TenThings about Julia Ibbotson author of Finding Jess @JuliaIbbotson @Endeavour_Media #lovebooksgrouptours

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Welcome to another #TenThings feature. Today we are going to be finding out #TenThings about Julia Ibbotson, author of Finding Jess.

Julia Ibbotson

Ten Things About Me

  1. I live in the heart of the English countryside, would have loved to be an interior designer, and have renovated a Victorian rectory (not entirely on my own!)
  2. I’ve published 6 books so far, in about 7 years, but I wasn’t sure which genre I wanted to write in so I’ve written memoir/history of food/recipe book (The Old Rectory: escape to a Country Kitchen) http://myBook.to/TheOldRectory, a children’s medieval fantasy (C.A.R.S) http://myBook.to/SCARSchildrensbook , a women’s fiction trilogy (Drumbeats, Walking in the Rain, Finding Jess) and an early medieval time-slip mystery (A Shape on the Air) http://myBook.to/ASOTA . I’m most proud of the lovely reader reviews I’ve had for all my books, especially the last one for A Shape on the Air which said it was “in the best Barbara Erskine tradition” – and I love Barbara Erskine’s historical time-slips!
  3. I’ve now decided I like writing medieval time-slip or multi-period mystery best, so this is my new direction – I’ve found my genre at last! But I need to add that I loved writing every one of my books, and there was an inspirational story behind each one.
  4. Although I’ve always written, and wrote my first full length novel at age 10, I only began writing for publication (my publisher is Endeavour) about 7 years ago.
  5. The career which paid the mortgage (I was a single parent for 10 years) has been as a school teacher (Head of English and Drama) and a university lecturer/researcher.
  6. Now that I write fulltime, I swim 25 lengths of the pool most mornings before I get down to writing, and have about 30 minutes in the gym. I love walking in the beautiful countryside around my home. I’m an outdoor person so at the first glimpse of sunshine I’m in the garden or on a walk round the village.
  7. The book I’m currently promoting is Finding Jess, the last of the Drumbeats The story completes Jess’s journey, and was published this summer. It sees single mother, Jess, struggling to get her life back on track after the betrayal of her beloved husband and of her best friend. On the brink of losing everything, including her family, and still haunted by her past and the Ghanaian drumbeats that pervade her life, she feels that she can no longer trust anyone. Then she is mysteriously sent a newspaper clipping of a temporary job back in Ghana. Could this be her lifeline? Can Jess turn back time and find herself again? And what, exactly, will she find? Finding Jess is a passionate study of love and betrayal – and of one woman’s bid to reclaim her self-belief and trust after suffering great misfortune. It is a feel-good story of a woman’s strength and spirit rising above adversity http://mybook.to/FindingJess .
  8. The first of the Drumbeats trilogy (Drumbeats) http://myBook.to/Drumbeatstrilogy is set in 1965 in Ghana, West Africa, and is something I have wanted to write for many years, since I lived and worked there. It’s about Jess as an 18 year old on her gap year, so it’s a ‘coming of age’ story, a romance, but set against the dangers of civil war and a mystery … Jess’s story then continues with Walking in the Rain

http://myBook.to/WalkingintheRainDrumbeatstrilogy

9. My work-in-progress is a medieval multi-period mystery, working title Azulejo, set in Madeira where we have an apartment, and reflects the early history of the island. It moves between the present day, the 14th century and the 16th Again, like Drumbeats, it’s a story I’ve wanted to write for years.

10. Not many people know that I have a PhD in linguistics, I studied medieval history, language and literature for my first degree and learned to speak in Anglo-Saxon, I’ve trained as a yoga teacher and I’ve sung in several choirs, including a church choir (currently) and a rock choir.

My thanks to Kelly at Love Books Group Tours for inviting me to take part. Finding Jess is available now in paperback and as an ebook. You can order a copy online here: Finding Jess

Finding Jess: A passionate story of love and betrayal (Drumbeats Trilogy Book 3) by [Ibbotson, Julia]

From the back of the book

Single mum Jess has had her world turned upside down. Now it’s about to be turned inside out.

Jess has got a tough life back on track after love-of-her-life husband Simon walked out on her and their beautiful young daughters Katy and Abi. But she has long-time friend and confidante Polly to turn to…until Polly and Simon start having an affair together.

When Polly decides to apply for a job at Jess’s school, in the English department, Jess feels threatened. So why has Polly set her sights on the department head’s role? And why is the school now offering Jess a sideways ‘promotion’?

Jess can no longer trust anyone – including herself. Then out of the blue she is mysteriously sent a clipping for a temporary post in the Ministry of Education in Ghana, where she did a gap year as a teenager, and where she was happy. She is on the brink of losing everything at home but could this be a lifeline?

Julia Ibbotson’s Finding Jess is a passionate study of love and betrayal – and of one woman’s bid to reclaim her self-belief and trust after suffering great misfortune. It is a feel-good story of a woman’s strength and spirit rising above adversity.

Find out more about Julia Ibbotson and her writing
All her books are available on Amazon, in ebook and paperback editions:

http://Author.to/JuliaIbbotsonauthor
And do check out her other sites:
Author website: https://juliaibbotsonauthor.com/
Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaIbbotsonauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JuliaIbbotson
Pinterest page: includes boards with pics and images that inspired each book

http://pinterest.com/juliai1/
Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/juliaibbotson

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Darkness #JustBeforeDawn #blogtour CS Duffy @csduffywriter

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Earlier this year I raced through the Dark of Night trilogy by CS Duffy. They are brilliantly fast paced thrillers and when it comes to cliffhangers at the end of chapters, you won’t find many better! In Just Before Dawn, the author continues the story in the beginning of a new series. I’m pleased to be taking part in this blogtour which is one with a bit of a difference. Each day, you can read an extract from a serialised version of a prequel to Dark of Night by visiting several blogs over a week or two. If you haven’t already been following it, check the blogtour poster and begin at Chapter in My Life. Hopefully you are up to date and have read the extract which was on Seven Days a Week yesterday so here goes with my part:

As she walked home from Ruari’s, Lorna felt a tiny spark of hope that things would get back to normal with him. At least she’d have her friend, even if she had made an arse of herself playing at hotshot investigative journalist, she thought, cringing again as she remembered Kathleen Connolly’s scornful expression. One out of two wasn’t bad.

After the disaster of the afternoon, Lorna had made up her mind that she missed Ruari too much to be mucking about with all this broken hearted shite. So he didn’t fancy her. That was rubbish. Losing him as a pal wasn’t going to make it any less rubbish, so she’d picked up a takeaway from his favourite Chinese restaurant and banged on his door.

Her heart was thudding nineteen to the dozen and she had a horrible feeling her efforts to appear calm and collected made her seem like a slightly manic broken puppet. If I get through this without puking chicken in black bean sauce all over him I’ll consider it a success, she thought grimly, kneeling to unpack the containers on his wonky coffee table as Ruari brought through plates and forks and beers from his tiny kitchen.

When he sat down, a horrible silence hung in the air for just a second too long, then Lorna noticed the towering pile of PostIt pads on the coffee table and burst out laughing. Of course Ruari had a collection of PostIts. ‘I didn’t even know they made these any more, you total antique!’ she roared around a mouthful of prawn crackers.

‘Forgot napkins,’ Ruari muttered, dashing abruptly to the kitchen, and Lorna’s tummy twisted. Shit. Maybe he didn’t like being teased? But this was Ruari. They did nothing but make fun of each other. At least, they did before she ruined things by going and bloody falling in love with him.

‘We can just use the PostIts,’ she called after him, grabbing one of the pads and scribbling fanny on it, which made her feel a tiny bit better.

While Ruari was in the kitchen, Lorna had deleted Crowded Room, and Kathleen Connolly and Adam Flanagan’s numbers from her phone. Enough of this playing at Lois Lane, she told herself firmly. She wasn’t qualified to poke about something as sensitive as murder. She’d find something else to write about for her journalism class, something that was more in her league. Something about a lost cat or a scandal involving potatoes or something.

At the last second, she scribbled Adam Flanagan’s number on the back of the fanny note before deleting it, supposing that it was the grown up thing to hold on to a journalist contact, but as she turned into her road, she remembered shoving that note into Ruari’s freezer, and rolled her eyes. She’d thought it would be funny for Ruari to open his freezer and find an insult from her. Of course now she thought about it, Ruari’s freezer probably was the best place for her journalism career.

Lorna sighed. Just a couple of weeks ago, everything had been coming together. She had been so certain she could get her new career off to a flying start with the Dancing Girls Killer, had been equally sure that she and Ruari were on the same page, and now all of a sudden she had nothing. She’d failed miserably on both counts and as she unlocked her front door, she realised she was blinking back hot tears.

She’d kicked off her boots before the sight registered. As a cold dread slithered through her, Lorna turned around slowly, her heart thudding painfully. Her flat had been ransacked. Books had been yanked from shelves, her wee Ikea couch was upturned. The chest of drawers she’d found at a car boot sale lay on its side, clothes and knickknacks and ancient bank statements strewn all around it.

Her TV was in its usual place, the opal necklace her granny had left her was still on the bedside table. Ruari had warned her about bams off their heads breaking in and not even knowing why. That’s all this was, Lorna told herself fiercely as she sat suddenly on the floor, her legs trembling. Just random bad luck. Nothing was taken, there was no point in even phoning the police. But as she double locked the door from the inside, Lorna couldn’t quite shake the feeling that it was a warning.

 

Ohh – tense or what?! Make sure you visit Christina’s Bookshelf tomorrow to find out what happens next! 

The Darkness Prequel Tour...

Buying links

UK Store

Dark of Night: Episode One:  http://amzn.eu/d/62DeGhx

Dark of Night: Episode Two: http://amzn.eu/d/9ftE9Wp

Dark of Night: Episode Three: http://amzn.eu/d/5AFct03

 

Just Before Dawn: Episode One: http://amzn.eu/d/5jJwPju

Just Before Dawn: Episode Two (presale):

 

US Store

Dark of Night: Episode One: http://a.co/d/3eh05dK

Dark of Night: Episode Two: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Night-Episode-CS-Duffy/dp/197351995X/

Dark of Night: Episode Three

https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Night-Episode-CS-Duffy/dp/1982959916/

 

Just Before Dawn: Episode One: https://www.amazon.com/Just-Before-Dawn-Episode-Darkness/dp/1720146950

Just Before Dawn: Episode Two (presale):

 

About the author

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C.S. Duffy writes psychological suspense thrillers with a healthy dose of black humour. Her background is in film and TV. She has several projects in development in Sweden and the UK and her other writing has appeared in Elle Canada and The Guardian. She is the author of Life is Swede, a thriller that was originally written as a blog – leading several readers to contact Swedish news agencies asking them why they hadn’t reported the murder that features in the blog. She is the author of Dark of Night and Just Before Dawn, a thriller series set in Glasgow which was selected for a Spotlight slot at this year’s Bloody Scotland.

Find her at:

http://csduffy.com/

https://twitter.com/csduffywriter

https://www.instagram.com/csduffywriter/

https://www.instagram.com/writer.on.the.go/

 

The Coco Pinchard series boxset by @RobertBryndza @BOTBSPublicity @cocopinchard #review #giveaway

The Coco Pinchard Boxset: 5 bestselling romantic comedies in one! by [Bryndza, Robert]
Today I want to tell you about the most amazing offer on Robert Bryndza’s Coco Pinchard books. The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard is one of the first books I ever read on Kindle and I absolutely loved it. So much so that I snapped up each of the other books when they came out. And now the three novels and two novellas are available for the first time as a boxset for the amazing price of just 99p – yes, that’s right – all five books for 99p! (Or Amazon USA $1.99, Amazon AU $0.99, Amazon EU stores €0.99).
Why do I love Coco Pinchard so much? Well she’s just so down to earth, so feisty, so caring and she makes me laugh. A lot! Some of the situations she lets herself get into are just hilarious while others make you almost want to read from behind your hands. Robert Bryndza has also created many other memorable characters such as Ethel, Coco’s mother-in-law who is awful and wonderful in equal measure. There are serious issues covered in the books as well such as relationships breaking down, coping with the problems of being one of the ‘sandwich generation’ dealing with grown up children and elderly relatives, and facing parenthood for a second time after a very long break.
I can honestly say that I have enjoyed each and every one of these books but have a soft spot for the very first. I think this is because you really get to know and love Coco in it but also because the emails give a great introduction to her and her mad friends and family through the emails.
At only 99p for all these fantastic books, seriously what are you waiting for? Don’t miss this amazing chance to get to meet Coco and be prepared to laugh till you cry. Trust me, it will be the best 99p you’ve ever spent and you won’t regret it!
One lucky reader has the chance to win signed copies of all the books in the series. I’m sure you will agree it is a fabulous prize. Just click the link below for details of how to enter.

Click here for your chance to win

My thanks to Sarah Hardy at Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me to take part in this blogtour. The Coco Pinchard boxset is on special offer of 99p for the duration of the blogtour. You can buy your copy on Amazon UK here: Coco Pinchard boxset
About the books
For the first time, all 5 books in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series are available in one! And this box set includes a new introduction by the author.
Book 1: The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard
If you enjoyed flipping through Bridget Jones’s diary, you’ll love perusing Coco Pinchard’s emails! Coco confides in her quirky, supportive friends as she deals with her life falling apart. Read the emails that tell the heart warming and often hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel-good Romantic Comedy.
Book 2: Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding
Coco thinks she’s on the road to happily ever after with Adam, until he inexplicably breaks up with her. Will one mistake cost them their whole future? Coco sets out to discover what has really happened, and uncovers a shocking secret Adam has been hiding from her… Full of hilarious twists and turns, Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a witty, heart-warming, romantic comedy – the stand-alone sequel to no.1 bestselling, The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard.

Book 3: Coco Pinchard, the Consequences of Love and Sex

Coco Pinchard has a great life, a bestselling memoir, and a handsome second husband. Things are going exactly as planned — until her adult son runs into disaster, her ex’s mother butts back into her life, and she finds out she’s pregnant! Maybe life is more fun if you throw your plans out the window… The third book in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard series (which can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone story) is a hilarious diary with Coco’s trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time.
Book 4: A Very Coco Christmas
It’s 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco Pinchard is home for Christmas after her first term at University. She’s fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, but Coco’s mother wants her to be with Kenneth, the son of posh friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas.
As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other. A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone prequel short story to Robert Bryndza’s smash-hit Coco Pinchard series.
Book 5: Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story
A sparkling feel-good comedy, which asks the question – how far would you go to get your child the must-have Christmas toy?
It’s December 1992, and children are going crazy for the Tracy Island toy – almost as crazy as the parents! Christmas day is fast approaching and Coco Pinchard is desperately trying to track one down for her four-year-old son Rosencrantz.
From dodgy dealings in a motorway lay-by, to extreme shopping in Hamley’s with a Sylvanian Families fanatic, to having a go at the Blue Peter make-your-own Tracy Island, Coco tries everything in the hope that four-year-old Rosencrantz will open his must-have toy on Christmas morning.
About the author
Robert Bryndza

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. It has sold over one million copies.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets, has just been published.

Robert’s books have sold over 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

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Another Day in Winter by @ShariLow 5* #review @aria_fiction

Another Day in Winter: NEW from the No1 Bestselling Author. A perfect winter treat! (A Winter Day Book Book 2) by [Low, Shari]

I absolutely loved Shari Low’s book One Day In December last year (read my review here) and I was delighted to hear there was to be another in her Winter Day trilogy. I should say straight away that it can totally be read as a standalone novel, with a welcome glimpse of some of the characters from last year’s novel.

Like the previous novel, Another Day in Winter is told from the points of view of several characters and takes place over 24 hours, a day which will change all their lives and bring them together in ways they could never have predicted. Knowing this restricted time scale made it quite a fast paced novel, particularly as the hours ticked by. Shauna and her friend Lulu are in Glasgow for one day only, to enjoy a day’s shopping along with a few cocktails but also to try to find the brother and sister of Shauna’s Granny Annie. She had died a few years previously but Shauna had only recently come across some letters revealing that her Granny had a brother and sister Shauna hadn’t been aware of and hinting at some major family rift.

From the beginning I really connected with Shauna and Lulu and felt their excitement at being in Glasgow for a day’s shopping. It’s just along the road for me but I would experience similar excitement with a day in York or Bath or London. The fact that there was a family mystery to be solved and secrets to be uncovered had me completely hooked! I must make a special mention for their taxi driver John who, although a relatively minor character, added something a little special to the story for me.

Tom is spending as much time as he can with his Grandad George who is the palliative are ward in hospital. His grandfather had cared more for Tom that his own father, who was a rather selfish and self-centred man.

I found the scenes told from the points of view of George and Tom particularly moving having very recently lost my dad. It was comforting to think that George, although not able to respond, was aware of what was happening and who was around him. It was also very touching to know that George, like my dad, was surrounded by love at the end of his life as he had been throughout his life.

Chrissie is a young single mum who lost touch with her son Ben’s dad through a mixture of well-intentioned and not so well-meaning interference. She has been persuaded to go on a date for the first time since Ben was born but her date is not going to turn out at all as she has planned and the day has a lot of surprises in store for her. I did so love her friends Josie and Val who made me laugh a lot. Her dedication to and love for her son was so evident and I somehow felt proud of how she had coped with what life had thrown at her. I was really keen to see her get the happy ending that she deserved.

Shari Low has written another completely absorbing book. I loved all the characters and the way the story moved smoothly from one point of view to another. I was completely caught up in their lives for this one day. Shari Low has a gift for writing about thoughts, feelings and emotions so that you are right there with her characters living each moment with them. She has woven together another enchanting story which is a really uplifting and heart-warming read for any time of year, not just winter.

Another Day in Winter is a book about missed opportunities, secrets, lies and second chances but above all a novel about love. I loved every page and raced through it. Do I really have to wait another year for the last in the trilogy?

My thanks to the publishers Aria for my review copy via Netgalley. Another Day in Winter was published on 2nd October. The kindle edition is an amazing 99p at the time of writing (but please do check before you buy). You can order your copy here: Another Day in Winter

From the back of the book

One day, four lives, and a wintery web of secrets and lies.

On a chilly morning in December forever friends Shauna and Lulu touch down at Glasgow Airport on a quest to find answers from the past.

George knows his time is nearing the end, but is it too late to come to terms with his two greatest regrets?

His grandson Tom uncovers a betrayal that rocks his world as he finally tracks down the one that got away.

And single mum Chrissie is ready to force her love-life out of hibernation, but can anyone compare to the man who broke her heart?

After the success of the No1 best seller ONE DAY IN DECEMBER, comes the second unmissable read in Shari Low’s Winter Day trilogy.

About the author

Shari

Shari Low is the No1 best-selling author of over 20 novels, including One Day In December, A Life Without You, The Story Of Our Life, With Or Without You and her latest release, Another Day In Winter. And because she likes to over-share toe-curling moments and hapless disasters, she is also the shameless mother behind a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So.

Once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband, a labradoodle, and two teenagers who think she’s fairly embarrassing except when they need a lift.

For all the latest news, visit her on Facebook, twitter, or at www.sharilow.com