Review: The cake shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

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The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews
Publisher:
Little Brown Book Group UK
Publication Date: 8th January 2015
Author links: Facebook, Twitter, Website
Buy Links: Amazon UK, Amazon US

Synopsis

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.

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My thoughts

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Little Brown Book Group UK via Netgalley.

What a fabulous and awesome read! I started this last night and finished it later today. I couldn’t let this go and it was a complete page turner for me.
The characters are very well written and I absolutely loved Fay, Danny, Stan and Lija. Especially Lija, with her foul mouth but the one solid presence in Fay’s life and always there for her no matter what. The non likeable characters such as Miranda, Anthony and Edie are good written, so much so that I really disliked them haha! Feeding off Fay as the good girl Fay is, Miranda I really detested till the very last page of the book, I can’t believe someone would do that to someone!

In the other sense, this book has made me think about a lot of stuff and contains a lot of good quotes and life lessons I will certainly take on board. Now more than ever I believe that books walk into your life on the right times on the right moments.
Take control of your life and your happiness, only you can bring happiness to your life, not someone else. Someone else may enrich your life but happiness should come from yourself, from within.

Promo post & Giveaway: Trading VIncent Crow by D.C.J. Wardle

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TRADING VINCENT CROW 

BY DCJ WARDLE

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

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

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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

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

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2 COPIES OF THE BOOK – UK winners receive a paperback and international winners an e-copy

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Crashing into Love by Melissa Foster

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Only one woman could hurt ultra-alpha bad boy Jake Braden.

Only one woman can heal him.

Fiona Steele has arrived…

Fiona Steele has a great career, strong friendships, and a loving family. To an outsider, her life appears happy and fulfilling. But the one thing that’s missing is true love, and the only man Fiona wants is the one she can’t have, sinfully handsome and seductively intense Jake Braden—the man whose heart she broke, which she has regretted ever since.

As an LA stuntman, Jake Braden’s at the top of his game. He’s hired for all the best movies, hooks up with the hottest women, and lives an unencumbered lifestyle where his needs come first—and where he doesn’t have to examine his life too closely. Except when he visits his family in his close-knit hometown of Trusty, Colorado, where he spends his time avoiding Fiona—the only woman who knows who he really is.

When Fiona’s best friend is hired to act in Jake’s movie, Fiona jumps at the chance to try to win him back. There’s no denying the white-hot attraction burning between them. With every encounter, Fiona hopes Jake can’t resist falling back into the love they once shared. But her well-orchestrated rendezvous doesn’t go over well with the brooding heartthrob. Living in the fast lane is perfect for a guy who’s buried his emotions so damn deep he’s not sure he can remember how to feel—and he’s not sure he ever wants to.

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My thoughts:

I absolutely love any book Melissa Foster writes! The ‘broken’ relationship between Fiona and Jake is beautifully written, how painful it was to read especially in the beginning. I understood were Jake came from and I admired Fiona’s stubborness to make it better. She really put herself out there and that was a brave thing to do.

I really fell in love with the characters, Melissa writes really good characters I really feel their emotions dripping off the pages. So real! Love sometimes does conquer all I guess ^_^ True love is never lost, no matter how much distance or time you put between it!

I can’t say more without spoiling it, so I would just suggest to grab the book and sit back and enjoy this loveable story!

About the author

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Promo Post & Giveaway: Hearts of Stone by Inka Loreen Minden

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Hearts of Stone

by Inka Loreen Minden

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Vincent is half gargoyle, half man. Shunned by his clan and forced to live in the shadows, he guards over a beautiful witch named Noir LeMar, the one light in his life. He longs to touch her, but he carries a curse – anything he touches will turn to stone.

Orphaned at fifteen, Noir has spent her life searching for the demon that killed her parents, and for her little brother, who she hopes is still alive. She has no idea that she has a secret protector, until she is caught in an ambush in Paris and Vince is forced to reveal himself. Noir is immediately attracted to the handsome and lonely Vince, but has sworn never to fall in love. Can she overcome her demons, and the curse that keeps them apart?

Kara is an angel, sent to prevent Noir and Vincent from falling into a trap set by Ash, the fallen angel who killed Noir’s parents. When she meets Ash however, she is immediately seduced by him, sensing that deep down he is still good. But as an angel, she is forbidden from feeling desire, or she too will fall…Can they ever be together? And can she protect Ash from Noir’s revenge?

A gripping and suspenseful paranormal romance, Hearts of Stone is the first book in Inka Loreen Minden’s Guardian Wings series.

About the author:

Inka Loreen Minden_© Guido KarpInka Loreen Minden is a German author of erotic and paranormal romances and young adult books. She has so many pseudonyms that she has been called ‘the multi-named woman’. She has written more than twenty-six books—historical, contemporary, and paranormal—and her titles appear regularly on the German online bestseller charts. Inka started her career as a Young Adult author, saying: “Whenever my protagonists clicked, I realized the tension between them was getting too strong to just stick to kissing. I enjoyed building up these stories and that is how I started writing erotica.”

Inka lives in Munich with her husband and son

Author Links

@InkaLoreen
http://www.inka-loreen-minden.de/

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Promo Post & Giveaway: A Matter of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance

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A Matter of Temperance

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In 1869, the Earth experiences the close pass of a new comet. In its wake, thousands of Terra’s inhabitants find themselves strangely changed. Among humanity, many find that any talent they may naturally possess has been elevated to an astounding degree. Likewise, a number of animals become self-aware and intelligent. A young “comet prodigy” from humble beginnings, Ichabod Temperance, has become one of the world’s foremost inventors in this age of prolific genius. Traveling to England to deliver his latest brilliant device to a famous explorer, the young tinker is unexpectedly struck by the fearsome hand of fate. Meanwhile, a lovely young aristocrat, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, survives an experimental accident only to find herself imbued with a power she can neither understand nor control, while dark forces and malevolent creatures pursue her, leaving a gruesome wake of death.
Yet, worse is to come. The naïve young inventor and the lovely intellectual find themselves fighting not only to save their own lives, while concurrently coming to terms with their own budding romance, but to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth in this humorously told and poignant steampunk adventure!

This is the first book in the series, ‘The Adventures of Ichabod Temperance’. There are six books. Though in a series, each book is a stand-alone adventure.

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About the author

ickyandkitkaIchabod Temperance is a silly little fellow living in picturesque Irondale Alabama, USA, with his lovely, gracious and kind muse, Miss Persephone Plumtartt and their furry pack family.

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