**Blog tour** #HushHush by Mel Sherratt @writermels @AvonBooksUk #BookReview

Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Hush Hush by Mel Sherratt. Hush Hush Is the first book in a exciting  new police procedural series featuring DS Grace Allendale. Before I share my review here’s the book description…..

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A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.

To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

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I’ve long been a fan of Mel Sherratt’s writing, she is such a versatile writer, and proves it by writing books in a wide range of genres whether it be a psychological thriller, crime fiction or suspense you are always guaranteed a cracking read. When I picked up Hush Hush the first book in a new crime series featuring DS Grace Allendale I was hoping she would incorporate her trade mark “grit lit” into the story, something this author does so well. I’m thrilled to report I personally think this is the author’s best book to date and had so many aspects that made Hush Hush such a gripping read. 

DS Grace Allendale  has recently returned to her home town of Stoke-on-Trent. Grace’s early years were spent living with a violent and abusive father, which ended when Grace’ s mother left him. Now he’s been murdered and Grace newly promoted feels able to return to the town she grew up in. On her return she finds herself investigating a murder, which is complicated by the fact The Steele’s a family who are well known for their criminal activities also happen to be Grace’s half brothers and sisters. As the old proverb goes  “blood is thicker than water”, but there’s always an exception to any rule,  which is certainly the case for Grace and the Steele family, loyalty is tested and conflict arises.

Grace like many fictional detectives has baggage, she’s a loner, she’s reserved but Grace is also a strong character, the brutal and disturbing chapters that describe her abusive childhood help the reader to understand the complexities of the “grown up” Grace. Alongside the investigation and on going problems with her family, she also has difficulty fitting in with her new team, they still miss their old boss Allie Shenton (featured in previous books by the author) and they also have trust issues which is hardly surprising considering who she is, but all these issues add to the overall tension.

Hush Hush is a solid start to this new crime series, with misdirection, suspense, and a dysfunctional family at its core this is undoubtedly a not to be missed crime thriller. There’s a gritty realism within the author’s books that some crime thrillers can lack, I found the chapters that delved into Graces past very disturbing and heartbreaking to say the least, but Mel Sherratt isn’t afraid to tackle uncomfortable subjects head on and in doing so has written a crime thriller that is a worthy addition to any crime thriller lovers bookshelf. Highly recommended. 

  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (18 Oct. 2018)

Buying link:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧

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My novels take you to the heart of the crime. I write police procedurals, psychological suspense and crime dramas – fiction with a punch. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award, my inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes. 

Since 2012, I’ve sold over one million books. All eleven of my crime novels have been bestsellers, each one climbing into the Kindle UK top 10 and I’ve had several number ones. I’ve also had numerous Kindle All-star awards, for best read author and best titles.

My latest book, HUSH HUSH is the first in a new series featuring DS Grace Allendale. It’s a police procedural which finds Grace returning to her hometown of Stoke-on-Trent and coming face to face with her estranged family during her first murder investigation. It’s a story of ‘is blood thicker than water’ and being stuck between a rock and a hard place. And there’s a serial killer on the loose… 

SHE DID IT is a standalone psychological thriller, and my first novel set in London. I wanted to write about a character who was nice to everyone using one persona but out for revenge with another side to her that she tries to keep hidden away. The reader knows exactly what she is up to – but not the reason why. 

TAUNTING THE DEAD is my best selling book. It’s part police procedural/part psychological thriller. It was standalone for two years but I have now written two more books with Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton as the main character to create a trilogy. FOLLOW THE LEADER is book two and ONLY THE BRAVE is book three.

THE ESTATE SERIES is a mix of psychological suspense and family life with a sprinkling of grit and a dash of menace – where drama meets crime. There are four books, available individually or you can read the first three as a box set. 

DETECTIVE EDEN BERRISFORD works in a community intelligence team and helps to gather information and intel for investigations. THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR is the first book, followed by DON’T LOOK BEHIND YOU. 

WATCHING OVER YOU is another standalone psychological thriller. It’s dark in places, light in places, disturbing in places too – where obsession and friendship turn into murder.

I also write women’s fiction under the pen name of Marcie Steele. Stirred with Love, The Little Market Stall of Hope and Heartbreak and The Second Chance Shoe Shop are out now. 

I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and make liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books. You can find out more at my website http://www.melsherratt.co.uk or I’m on Twitter at @writermels 

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The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain #BookReview @D_Chamberlain

Today I’m sharing my review for the latest novel by Diane Chamberlain, The Dream Daughter. As a huge crime thriller reader, there are just a handful of authors outside this genre that I turn to when I need a “non crime fiction fix” and this author is one of them.

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When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that perhaps there is. Hunter appeared in their lives just a few years before—and his appearance was as mysterious as his past. With no family, no friends, and a background shrouded in secrets, Hunter embraced the Sears family and never looked back. 

Now, Hunter is telling her that something can be done about her baby’s heart. Something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Caroline has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew existed. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on Caroline’s part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother’s quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget. 

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I have long been a fan of Diane Chamberlain I just adore her books, now if I’m honest I had reservations about reading The Dream Daughter as I read on line that the author’s latest book is part science fiction, don’t get me wrong I’m not adverse to reading this genre I just couldn’t work out how a authors whose novels normally focus on very human story’s  could possibly incorporate science fiction into one of her story’s. After finishing this novel I have to admit the author has done a fabulous job, and the mix of genres exactly made The Dream Daughter a unique read which captured my imagination.

The Dream Daughter is a novel about one mother’s quest to save her child. Carly finds out that her unborn baby has a heart defect. There’s no treatment available in 1970, and the baby will likely not survive after birth. Her enigmatic brother in law Hunter has knowledge of treatment that could help Caroline’s unborn baby, but first he needs to convince her to take a mind-bending leap of faith. This description may seem vague but I’m desperate not to give away the heart of this novel and spoil the read for others. The way Diane Chamberlain has crafted a story of a mother’s love, risking everything she knows and believes, all for the love for her daughter was incredibly moving at times. If I’m giving you the impression The Dream Daughter makes for a depressing read I apologise, this novel also has uplifting and heartwarming moments that warm the heart.  

Diane Chamberlain has a knack of creating characters that are not only multi dimensional but she also draws on the raw emotions the characters are feeling. You feel Carly’s despair, you understand her need to do everything in her power to save her daughter, you empathise when Carly has to make heart breaking choices, you feel like your alongside Carly on her journey. I’m really pleased the author decided not to give The Dream Daughter the ending  I envisaged, personally I found the authors conclusion to be a more satisfactory one (that’s why I’m not an author) it was definitely more fitting to the overall story.  Diane Chamberlain has written a multi-layered, genre crossing, complex novel that is both emotive and compelling, and a novel that I found a joy to read. 

  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market edition (18 Oct. 2018)

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧    Amazon US 🇺🇸

 

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger #Author Bernadette Maycock @BRMaycock.

Today I’m thrilled to welcome Bernadette Maycock to the book review café and answer those pesky #TopFiveThursday questions. Not only is Bernadette a first class blogger over at https://brmaycock.wordpress.com but she’s also the author of It Started With A SnubAnd her latest book Snow dayIs published now and sounds the perfect read for this time of year . If you haven’t checked out Bernadette’s blog it’s definitely worth checking it out.

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Top five books you’ve read so far this year?

Mine by Suzi Fox

Anything You do Say by Gillian McCallister

Exquisite by Sarah Stovell

My Sisters and Me by Lisa Dickensen

No Safe Place by Patricia Gibney

Top five authors you think everyone should read? 

Patricia Gibney

Kathryn Croft

Andrea Mara

Fiona Gibson

Hannah Ellis

Top five books you want to read before the year is out?

Loads up Kindle for fun hour of figuring what I want to read in the next two months … 

Okay, I’m back!

Summer at the old boathouse by Hannah Ellis

Patricia Gibney-Tell Nobody

Coco Pinchard box set by Robert Bryndza (some are re-reads so that’ll tell you how good they are!)

The Cornish Village School-Second Chances by Kitty Wilson

Jenny Morton Potts-Hiding

Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

Try and have at least part of  a small number of blog posts prepared at a time, there is nothing worse than a blank page when you’re under pressure

List, lists, lists- if you always write down what you have to do you will never end up flustered! 

If you have a bit of time free go looking for some fun memes for your blog, there’s some great ones out there!

Don’t get too worried about what other people are doing, just put your head down, work hard and enjoy!

Remember that you’re blogging for fun!

Top five blogs you follow? 

This is so hard … (note from Berni: at the end of this post I have written and rewritten this list probably 5 times as there are way too many blogs to choose from!)

Rather Too Fond Of Books

The Writing Garnet

By The Letter Book Reviews

Linda’s book bag

Art and Soul 

About Bernadette

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Bernadette Maycock (writing as B. R. Maycock) participates in a closed Facebook group called Image, Write, Inspire (IWI), led by the award-winning author Carmel Harrington (Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, The Life You Left) Bernadette has just started a book review blog (https://brmaycock.wordpress.com/) that is in complete infancy, reviewing books that are ‘the lighter side of heavy TBR lists,’ in particular chick lit (her first love!) and women’s fiction.

She lives in Co. Westmeath, Ireland with her brilliantly out there husband, Keith, and four amazing children- Paul, Conor, Aidan and Brian. She can be found on twitter most days as @brmaycock.

Here’’s the book description of Bernadette’s latest book Snowday and I just love the cover.

Book description

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Sometimes hot cocoa just isn’t enough to keep you warm in the snow…

Eloise is too busy juggling the chaos of three kids, an ever present ex-husband and a demanding boss to even remember the last time dating crossed her mind.

But as soft snow falls silently all around, romance twinkles with the flakes.

After being single for so long, Eloise suddenly has a lot of choices. Too many choices. Will anyone be worthy of melting the guard around her heart to let love in?

A fun-filled, festive read for fans of Christie Barlow, Fiona Gibson and Colleen Coleman

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧       Amazon US 🇺🇸

My thanks to Bernadette for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer my #TopFiveThursday questions, it’s much appreciated.

#AndSoItBegins by Rachel Abbott #BlogTour @RachelAbbott @annecater

Today I’m over the moon  to be opening the blog tour for Rachel Abbott and her latest book And So It Begins. If you love a twisted psychological thriller then you need to buy this one immediately. Before I share my review here’s the book description……..

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Cleo knows she should be happy for her brother Mark. He’s managed to find someone new after the sudden death of his first wife – but something about Evie just doesn’t feel right…

When Evie starts having accidents at home, her friends grow concerned. Could Mark be causing her injuries? Called out to their cliff-top house one night, Sergeant Stephanie King finds two bodies entangled on blood-drenched sheets.

Where does murder begin? When the knife is raised to strike, or before, at the first thought of violence? As the accused stands trial, the jury is forced to consider – is there ever a proper defence for murder?

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There’s nothing more thrilling than reading a psychological thriller that is deliciously twisted, one that literally leaves your head in a spin, and a plot that’s big on the unpredictable And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott fits the bill perfectly. Evie Clarke meets Mark, a reclusive widower, and they soon become a couple. Mark starts to feel he has a future after the accidental death of his first wife. There’s only one fly in the ointment, and comes in the shape of Cleo, Mark’s overprotective sister, who is is mistrustful of Evie from the start. What first appears to be a fairly straightforward story of a marriage gone wrong soon ascends into something darker and far more disturbing. 

As the reader you are privy to details of the couples personal struggles, at times this made for a disquieting read, but you can’t help but read on in fascinated horror as Rachel Abbot reveals more details about the couple and Cleo’s past. Now normally I have to feel some connection to the characters to invest in their story, both Evie and Cleo had qualities that made them impossible to like, but if anything it actually made the story far more interesting as I only took them at face value. I do love an unreliable narrator and in this book you don’t get one but two! and so I  found myself constantly questioning their involvement and motives. There is an undercurrent of lies and deception throughout the book and it is not clear until the very end where the deceit lies.

I was surprised when I realised this novel was Part court room drama, but if anything this was the part of the book I enjoyed the most, as the author deftly reveals more details about the damaged characters within the book.  And So It Begins Is a book that is guaranteed to keep you guessing it’s not about the “who” as that’s revealed early on in the book it’s the complexities of the “why” that make this book such an exciting read. With themes of jealousy, violence, toxic family relationships, and damaged characters, it’s one of those books that holds surprises at every deviously twisted turn. I must mention I love the fact that author Rachel Abbott manages to maintain the element of surprise right up to the last page, making this novel a thrill a minute read. Highly recommended 

  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wildfire (11 Oct. 2018)

Buying links:  Amazon UK 🇬🇧       Amazon US 🇺🇸

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Rachel Abbott’s debut thriller, Only the Innocent, was an international bestseller, reaching the number one position in the Amazon charts both in the UK and US. This was followed by the number one bestselling novels The Back Road, Sleep Tight, Stranger Child, Nowhere Child (a short novel based on the characters from Stranger Child), Kill Me Again and The Sixth Window. Her most recent novel, Come a Little Closer, is available from February 2018.

Rachel’s novels have now been translated into over 20 languages and her books have sold over 3 million copies in the English language. 

In 2015 Amazon celebrated the first five years of the Kindle in the UK, and announced that Rachel was the #1 bestselling independent author over the five-year period. She was also placed #14 in the chart of all authors. Stranger Child was the most borrowed novel for the Kindle in the first half of 2015.

Rachel splits her time between Alderney – a beautiful island off the coast of France – and the Le Marche region of Italy, where she is able to devote all her time to writing fiction. For more information, see Rachel’s website, or follow her on Twitter.

Rachel’s website can be found at 

Website : http://www.rachel-abbott.com 

Blog : http://rachelabbottwriter.com/

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/RachelAbbott1Writer

Twitter: @RachelAbbott

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**Blog Tour** #TheHunted by Kerry Barnes #BookReview @KerryBarnes1 @HQDigitalUK

Today I’m  really excited to be taking part in The Hunted by Kerry Barnes blog tour. The Hunted is the first book in a brand new explosive crime series and it’s a cracker. Before I share my review here’s the book description……

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Having spent her life watching her father run his East London firm, Zara Ezra has learnt a thing or two about being a gangster, and she’s ready to take over when the time comes.

Mike Regan, a blast from Zara’s past, is the head of his own firm, but when his son is kidnapped in the middle of a gangland feud, Mike has no choice but to accept help from the Ezras to get his little boy back alive.

With a rival firm playing increasingly dirty, murder moves to the top of the agenda and Zara has some big choices to make. It seems that the only way to come out on top is to play them at their own game…

But will she become The Hunter or The Hunted?

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If you enjoy a gangland thriller where violence is common place, revenge is brutal and where loyalties are tested at every turn, then I would highly recommend you buy a copy of The Hunted by Kerry Barnes, it’s a fast paced tale with more than a hint of gritty realism. This is the first book in a new series and OMG what an introduction, with an array of bad ass characters including some very unlikeable ones, and a fast paced plot that takes the reader into the inner circles of a gangland feud, this is definitely a book I would highly recommend to fans of Martina Cole, Jessie Keane and Kimberley Chambers.

Mike Regan is the bad boy in The Hunted but luckily he also has some redeeming features, he’s loyal and adores his son Ricky. When Ricky is kidnapped seemingly by a rival gang, all hell let’s loose and Mike has to call upon Zara the head of an East London firm to help get his son back. It’s great that the author has created a Zara a strong female character, as most gangland thrillers tend to be male dominated, she’s uncompromising and intimidating with balls of steel,  but on the flip side she’s vulnerable and very much has to make her mark in a male dominated world. 

There are some scenes that the faint hearted amongst you might find a bit much, but personally I feel if you are going to read a fictional book about gangland feuds then you should expect violence and plenty of swearing, personally I think these are the things which make The Hunted much more authentic and gritty in its telling.  This isn’t just a story about a boy being kidnapped, it’s one full of treachery, revenge, life long grudges and retribution. I was surprised to find I actually found one point in this book very emotional to read, and that’s a testament to Kerry Barnes writing, as I found myself completely immersed in Mike and Zara’s story.  

The Hunted is a book that you will rush through, it’s one of those that you just have to read “one more chapter” as the author weaves her tale of the murky world of gangland feuds incorporating  lashings of grit.  There were larger than life characters that despite doing terrible things manage to get under your skin, so you invest in their story.  I really enjoyed this book and Kerry Barnes ends The Hunted with a humdinger of a teaser that already has me eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Would I recommend this book? It’s a definite “hell yes”. 

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQ (21 Mar. 2019)

Buying link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hunted-gripping-crime-thriller-hooked-ebook/dp/B07D535TWB/🇬🇧

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Kerry Barnes born in 1964, grew up on a council estate in South East London. Pushed by her parents to become a doctor, she entered the world of science and became a microbiologist. After studying law and pharmaceuticals, her career turned to medicine.

Having dyslexia didn’t deter her from her passion for writing. She began writing when her daughter was born thirty years ago. Once her children had grown up she moved to the Kent coast and now writes full time.

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#TopFive Thursday with #BookBlogger Nikola at Breathing Through Pages @brthroughpages

Today I’m thrilled to welcome fellow book blogger Nikola who blogs over at Breathingthroughpages  to the book review café, and I think he deserves a big round of applause as he’s only the second male to take part in this feature 👏🏻👏🏻. If you haven’t checked out Nikola’s blog yet, you really should, he reviews a wide range of books so you will find plenty to tempt you. So without further ado here’s Nikola’s #TopFiveThursday

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First of all I would like to thank you Lorraine for including me and allowing me the opportunity to be featured on your wonderful book blog!

Top five books you’ve read so far this year?

The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

“THOIB is such a fantastic book about transgender kids as well as the ball scene in the ‘80s. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get educated/familiar with the LGBTQ+ scene but also people who love books about friendship and life.”

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

“I think that this book needs no introduction nor explanation. We’ve all heard about The Heart’s Invisible Furies and it’s such a fantastic book filled with joy, loss and heart.”

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

“The Immortalists is a story about four siblings who go to a fortune-teller to find out the date of their deaths.. if that doesn’t suck you right in I don’t know what will! Benjamin writes so well and makes you care for the characters in a way you won’t imagine.”

The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir by Maude Julien

“Maude Julien’s The Only Girl in the World memoir is so mesmerising, amazing, brilliant. I can’t recommend it enough. You will get lost in this memoir and be shocked by it. Seriously, read it!”

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

“Educated by Tara Westover is a memoir you will LOVE, it’s filled with struggles of a girl born in a place where she is constrained from her dreams but finds a way to achieve them and eventually rise to her fullest self.”

 

Top five authors you think everyone should read?

Donna Tartt  – Whenever someone asks me for recommendations I always say Tartt. Her writing is amazing and beautiful. Her stories mysterious, fascinating and interesting. If you’re new to her I suggest you start The Secret History.

Hanya Yanagihara  – I’ve read Yanagihara’s A Little Life a few years ago and it has stayed with me still. I bought myself a copy of her first book The People in the Trees which I intend to read soon. I think that ALL is an excellent exploration of one’s psychology. If you like following stories that span decades, this is the one for you.

Sylvia Plath – Yes, I know that she’s a poet but she also wrote The Bell Jar which is a semi-autobiographical novel which follows a troubled woman named Esther who slowly loses her mind. Plath as such a fascinating person and her poems as well as The Bell Jar are something I come back to often. I think that everyone should read Plath at least once and even if you don’t get her, you will get an understanding of people who get melancholic from time to time because her words resonate with many.

Jennie Melamed – A recent addition to my favourite authors has to be Melamed because ever since I read her debut Gather the Daughters I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s such an amazing dystopian book set on an island where nothing is what it seems. Her writing is gorgeous and she delves into the darkest things which I adore reading.

Celeste Ng – Ng is a miracle of our time. Both Everything You Never Told Me and Little Fires Everywhere are filled with such gorgeous writing from Ng as well as wonderful stories which are relevent these days. If you haven’t read Ng I recommend you start with her debut.

Five books you want to read before the year is out?

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker – This book was published last year and I got a digital copy of it which I cannot wait to read and will make sure to read it by the end of the year because it’s such a brilliant sounding one.

Enigma Variations by André Aciman – Aciman is one of my favourites ever since I read Call Me by your Name which is a book I adored. I am definitely putting this one VERY high on my TBR. The paperback is out in October.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai – I am absolutely making sure that TBG is going to be read by the end of this year. I love the sound of this book and that it deals with HIV as well as it being set in Chicago. This book is already out and has been getting great praise.

 A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley – I have received a proof of this book by the publisher and seeing all the excitement around it makes me want to read it. This book sounds very important and I love reading books that will teach me new things and introduce a new perspective. 

 The Syndicate by Guy Bolton – If you read the synopsis of it you’ll know why I want to read it. 1940’s, Las Vegas, Mystery – I mean! It sounds completely brilliant like everything Oneworld Publications bring into the world

There are so many more but I had to choose five. I would definitely add 20 more books if I could!.

 

Top five tips you would give to new bloggers?

Mental health – One of the most important things is: IT’S YOUR BLOG. If you don’t feel like posting or haven’t had time to read/post IT’S OKAY. No one is making you or pressuring you to publish a post every single day. It’s okay to take a break once in a while and figure yourself out or take mental health days to relax and do something that you really really enjoy.

ARCs – I know, I know it’s so hard resisting them but you don’t want to end up with 40+ books on your TBR and chaos in your mind. I always choose my books wisely and that’s what you should do. Pick books that you think you’ll enjoy and don’t go on sprees where you request every book on NetGalley, Edelweiss or emailing publicists.

Do your own thing – There are no rules to book blogging: you can post about your trip to Italy for example or your pets. It’s your blog as I’ve mentioned which means you control what you post. 

Don’t stress over views/statistics – It’s never good to stare at your Stats page on WordPress (or other platform) because it will bring you down. A post didn’t get the recognition you wanted , so what! What’s important is that even if it had 5 comments or 20 views it still got the attention of people who are interested in it.

Socialize with other bloggers – It’s always good to make a Twitter or an Instagram account where you can share photos of your books or book love. You can also comment on other bloggers posts! We don’t bite and we love online-meeting new book bloggers and reading their reviews/seeing what books they like. There are many book bloggers who are so great and who will help you out, so don’t shy away from reaching out to them.

Top five blogs you follow? 

There are so many book blogs that I love visiting and get excited when they post something. I do apologize but I will name more than five:

Inge – The Belgian Reviewer

Abby – Crime by the Book

Danielle – Books, Vertigo & Tea

Lashaan and Trang – Bookidote

Amy – Novelgossip

Annie – TheMisstery

Renee – ItsBookTalk

Misti – Mistimoobookreviews

Chelsea – The Suspense is Thrilling Me

Stuart – Always Trust in Books

Diana – A Haven for Book Lovers

Ann – Lit.Wit.Wine & Dine.

Yvo – It’s All About Books

+ many more.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

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My name is Nikola and I am a twenty-one year old guy from Central Europe. I enjoy reading books and mostly read them in English even though you’ll ocassionally find me reading a book in my language. I love books and own a big collection of them. I love reading adult fiction, mental health books, memoirs, non-fiction, dystopian and crime and thriller books. I study Social work at University and juggle both school work and reading.

Social media links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/brthroughpages

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/breathingthroughpages/

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Breathing Through Pages is a book blog created by two people – Nikola and Elizabeth – nowadays Nikola is mostly active on it and posts reviews of books he enjoys reading. BTP was created with the idea of sharing book love and advancing writing skills of the creators, as well as meeting book bloggers with similar interests.

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The Coco Pinchard Boxset by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @CocoPinchard – Coco Pinchard’s Must Have Toy Story #BlogTour #bookreview #TeamBryndza #giveaway @BOTBSPublicity

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Today I’m thrilled to be one of the stops on Robert Bryndza’s blog tour, as anyone who follows my blog will know I’m a huge fan of the authors, well his Erika Foster crime series anyway, and I don’t read RomCom normally, but I stepped way out my comfort zone of serial killers, blood and gore to review CoCo Pinchard’s Must-Have To Story one of five books in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series.

You can buy the whole series, yes that’s FIVE books for Amazon 🇬🇧 99p  Amazon 🇺🇸 $1.99    Amazon 🇦🇺 $0.99    Amazon 🇪🇺 €0.99

The best news of all this blog tour includes a fabulous giveaway, one lucky reader will win signed copies of all the books in the series.  I’m Sure you will agree it is a fab prize. You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

Before I share my review here’s the books descriptions…….

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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.

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Now normally when I pick up a book by Crime author Robert Bryndza I’m bouncing off the ceiling with excitement and can’t wait to get stuck in, but I’m the first to admit I’m not a fan of Rom Com, I much prefer the grit, blood and gore you find in crime thrillers, rather than hearts, flowers and laughs you often find in Rom Com. “So why read something you don’t like”? I can hear you mutter, but as the saying goes “the proof is in the pudding” if you don’t try it how can you not like it? As I’m such a fan of Robert Bryndza’s I was interested to see if he writes comedy as well as he does crime thrillers.  

Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story struck a chord it left me feeling old and very nostalgic I can actually remember my husband and myself traipsing around  every damn toy shop in the UK (or that’s what it felt like at the time) trying to find the elusive Tracy Island for our son, and yes we even attempted the Blue Peter make your own model.  I’m sure every parent up and down the country can relate to Coco Pinchard’s dilemma to track down that must-have toy of the year. What follows is a frantic search that involves some very hilarious scenes, every time Coco is within reach of getting her hands on Tracy Island, it’s snatched away from her, and it’s these scenes that had me crying with laughter. 

The characters are all mad as a box of frogs, but how I loved them from Ethel, Coco’s mother-in-law, (who provides a wealth of comic moments) to Coco herself, the dialogue between her and Ethel alone makes for a hilarious read.  There is much to love about this novella, the characters, the dialogue and the comedy of errors make Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story a brilliant and very funny festive read, one that makes for that “feel good” feeling. I must mention what a versatile and talented author Robert Bryndza is, his crime thrillers are one of my favourite series ever, but do you want to know something? I’m definitely going to buy the box set of Coco Pinchard, as although crime thrillers will always be my first go to reads, I truly enjoyed every minute of my foray into Rom Com and the wacky world of Coco Pinchard. 

P.S.  I loved the fact that all though this novella is considered to be a Rom Com there wasn’t any heart and flowers or sickly sweet moments, it’s more Com than Rom which suited me just fine.  

  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Team Bryndza Books (26 Jun. 2018)

Buying link:    Amazon UK 🇬🇧

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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

Sign up to Robert Bryndza‘s New Release Mailing List here: http://eepurl.com/UITxz

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one lucky reader will win signed copies of all the books in the CoCo Pinchard series.  All you need to do is click on the following link. Enter giveaway here

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