March was a fantastic month for me. Not only did I review lots of books but I also launched my ‘Meet the Author‘ series.  An idea I came up with one night to help authors to promote themselves and their book….. I didn’t think it would be very popular but it’s now booked up until the end of 2019! A MASSIVE thank you to everyone that has wanted to get involved!

My blog is so busy now, so I’ve also decided to start doing a monthly round up of the books I’ve read and authors we’ve spoken to.  Everything will be in one post and will hopefully help me reflect on what I’ve done and what I’ve achieved.  So without further ado…..on to March!

Meet the author

Meet the Author started towards the end of the month and we’ve already heard from some wonderful authors……

Grahame Peace ~ Dave McCluskey ~ Malia Zaidi ~ Val Portelli ~ Carol Thomas

Blog Tours & Reviews

Nowhere Girls by Teuta Metra ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Friends Alba and Sara could not be more different. While Alba is forcing her way into the upper echelons of Albanian’s richest and most powerful, Sara is working more than one job as a struggling journalist. Both desperate to escape their corrupt country, they’re quickly dragged into a sordid world of politics and lies. 

When tragedy strikes their friend Ina, the two women must come together to save her little boy. Can they put away their troubles and secure a better future for the child? Or will their past catch up with them?

NOWHERE GIRLS is a thrilling tale of love, lies and the lengths a woman will go to for freedom.

Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources

The Truth about Love and Dogs by Lilly Bartlett ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Four little words, uttered by her husband….                                                                                      ‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder.                                                                                        ‘Shannon!’                                                                                                                                    There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon.

Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase.  Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working.  Which makes it very hard to start the family they want.

At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t.  She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur.  Scarlett is the fairy dog mother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit.  Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists.  Thanks goodness the women have each other.

If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track.  But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her.  He is, though, sharing with her best friend.  Her best friend, Shannon.

Thicker than Water by Rachel McLean  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Six years after floods made her family homeless, Jess Dyer has found safety on the wild North Yorkshire coast. Her sister-in-law Ruth is forging a role as doctor to their community of refugees and the rock around which the family revolves.

But the family is haunted by memories of the journey north and the loss of their mother Sonia. And their community is under attack from the local population.

When Jess answers a distress call at sea, she brings strangers to their village and puts Ruth in jeopardy. Jess must calm the community, mount a rescue mission and keep her brother Ben from tipping into insanity.

Will she succeed? And will she find Ruth before it’s too late?

‘Thicker Than Water’ is a gripping thriller about family, belonging and revenge.

Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Strays and Relations by Dizzy Greenfield ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Strays and Relations follows the story of Dizzy, whose search for her birth parents is sad, humorous, and in parts bizarre. Dizzy learns that she began life as a surviving twin, then was fostered until a permanent home was found.

Dizzy begins her search for her original identity. Why was she given up for adoption in the 1960s? Following a tenuous lead, she travels to Ireland with her best friend Sugar, but the trail takes a misleading turn. It ends in what they mistakenly believe is Dizzy’s mother’s grave.

Dizzy falls in love with Will, a blacksmith. But something is missing. Dizzy’s life changes when her birth father Tommy makes contact using a private detective. He reveals that her birth mother is alive and married to a man called Vernon. Now the bigger, trickier task lies ahead: working out how to fit the disparate bits of her life together. This is a book which will both amuse and touch readers’ hearts.

Strays and Relations manages sensitive subject matter with engaging wit and sharply-observed dialogue, and includes vivid descriptions of some rather unusual animals and people. It will appeal to readers who have encountered a recycled animal or family.

Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Magnolia House by Angela Barton ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Rowan Forrester has it all – the happy marriage, the adorable dog, the good friends, the promising business and even the dream home after she and her husband Tom win a stunning but slightly dilapidated Georgian townhouse in London at auction.

But in the blink of an eye, Rowan’s picture-perfect life comes crashing down around her and she is faced with the prospect of having to start again.

To make ends meet she begins a search for housemates, and in doing so opens the door to new friends and new beginnings. But could she be opening the door to new heartbreak too?

Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Clarissa’s Warning is a haunted-house gothic mystery set on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

She buys an ancient stone ruin on the island of her dreams. Her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger, but Claire pays no heed.

Soon after moving to the idyllic island, Claire is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals. Someone or something doesn’t want her there.

But is it really a curse, or is there something else behind the events?

Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources

A Fool’s Circle by Suzanne Seddon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kate Sanders has suffered many years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her abusive husband Alan, and convinces herself that she is only holding the family together for the sake of her eight-year-old daughter. If it wasn’t for her best friend Jill Reynolds, she would have taken the suicide option a long time ago.

As she desperately seeks a way to escape, she is contacted by a solicitor. Kate’s old aunt has died and she has been left a small fortune.

For the first time, she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She dreams of a fresh start, a new home, a new life. What Kate doesn’t know is that Jill and Alan have their own secrets, and are both desperate to get their hands on her money.

Kate soon finds herself falling for the charms of Jonathon Jacobs in what she believes to be fate finally intervening and offering her a second chance, unaware that each move he makes has been directed, orchestrated and well-rehearsed as he begs her to leave her husband Alan.

But is it all too late, as she finds herself in the frame for murder

Tour hosted by Random Things Through My Letterbox.

New Starts and Cherry Tarts at The Cosy Kettle by Liz Eeles ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fans of Cathy Bramley, Debbie Johnson and Jenny Colgan will fall in love with the Cosy Kettle café, where slices of lemon meringue pie are served in the sun-dappled garden – and where Callie’s new beginning collides with an old flame…

After yet another failed romance, twenty-six-year-old Callie Fulbright is giving up on love. She’s determined to throw all her efforts into her very own, brand-new café: The Cosy Kettle. Serving hot tea, cherry tarts and a welcoming smile to the friendly locals proves to be the perfect distraction, and Callie feels a flush of pride at the fledging business she’s built.

But her new-found confidence is soon put to the test when her gorgeous ex reappears in the quaint little village. She’ll never forget the heartache Noah caused her years ago, but when they bump into each other on the cobbled streets of Honeyford she can’t help but feel a flutter in her chest…

As Callie and Noah share laughter and memories, she starts to wonder if this could be her second chance at happiness. But when Callie discovers that someone is mysteriously trying to ruin the café’s reputation… she has an awful suspicion that Noah knows who’s involved.

Was she wrong to ever trust him again? And can she find out who’s behind the lies and rumours, before it’s too late for the Cosy Kettle?

Tour organised by Bookouture.

Sea of Lies by Rachel McLean  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

He abducted her. He fell in love with her. He helped her escape. Can she trust him?

Sarah Evans has returned home after being abducted and held in a dilapidated farmhouse by a group of men.

With her is Martin, who turned against the other men to help her escape. He says he’s not like them, and claims to be in love with her.

Can Sarah trust Martin? Does she share his feelings? Or should she listen to her father, himself deceitful and abusive, and turn her back on the relationship?

Sea of Lies is a chilling psychological thriller about secrets, trust, and a family falling apart.

A standalone sequel to Thicker Than Water.

Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Life and Other Dreams by Richard Dee ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Rick lives here on Earth now, with Cath. His life is boring, writing adverts for cat food and exotic holidays. When he’s asleep, he dreams vividly.

In his dreams, he lives as Dan, spending his time with his wife Vanessa. They live six-hundred years in the future, half a galaxy away. They’re explorers, searching for valuable minerals on Ecias, an alien paradise.

Dan has no dreams about Rick’s life, he lives on Ecias, loves his life and Vanessa.
When the two worlds overlap, Rick starts to question what is real. Events in his waking and sleeping lives are mirrored, similar people inhabit both and coincidences mount up. Then disaster strikes in each world at the same time. In his dreams, Dan is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, after one coincidence too many, Cath thinks that Rick’s dreams are hiding an affair and leaves him.

Is Rick going crazy, or can he be living in two places, in two times, at once? If not, then which one of them is the reality? Will one life carry on when the other is on hold?

Richard Dee’s fast-paced, edgy science fiction -cum- psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources.

The Witch Board by David J Cooper ⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️

How far would you go to contact loved ones on the other side?

After the tragic death of a friend, a group of teens try to communicate with her by using a Ouija board. They soon discover that they are not in contact with her. As the Ouija board moves on its own, they accidentally release an evil spirit, a spirit that wants all of them dead. To keep themselves alive, they must find a way to send this spirit back to where it came from. One by one they start experiencing paranormal activity so they go and talk to Penny Lane, a local clairvoyant, for help.

Penny tells them that some things aren’t meant to be played with, especially the ‘other side.’
Can she do something to prevent this entity from taking their lives?

This is the first novel in the spooky Penny Lane, Paranormal Investigator series.
If you are into the paranormal and like the unknown, take a journey with Penny Lane and join in her adventures where good fights evil.

Buy The Witch Board today and watch an ordinary young woman battle with the powers of evil.

The Woman at 46 Heath Street by Lesley Sanderson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The letter is addressed to me. No stamp, swirly handwriting in black ink. I pull out a piece of paper, stiffening when I read the message. Hands trembling, the note slides to the floor: Your husband is having an affair.

Six words written in neat block letters. Six words slipped through her letterbox, destroying her marriage, exposing Ella’s perfect life as perfect lies.

But Ella has a plan: Alice is the answer to her problems. A lodger, to help keep her afloat, a friend, to keep the loneliness at bay.

Only Alice has her own reasons for wanting to live at 46 Heath Street

If you loved The Wife Between Us, The Girl on The Train and The Secret Mother, you will be totally hooked by this twisty and gripping read about family secrets, marriage betrayal and the dark side of love.

Tour organised by Bookouture.

cover reveals

The Greenmen by Linden Forster

final comments

Wow….what a month! I honestly didn’t realise that I’d written so many reviews…and read some amazing books!  Looking forward to seeing what April’s round up will bring!

Thanks to everyone that has taken part in Meet the Author, all the wonderful authors and publishers who have sent me copies of their books and to the wonderful tour hosts for inviting me to take part!

And thanks to you all for reading!

Much love guys

Chelle x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *