Category Archives: Darcie Boleyn

**Weekly Wrap Up**

image
Oh dear I’m afraid I haven’t got much to share regarding the books I’ve read this week, I’ve only managed to read one, yes you read that right ONE book I’m hanging my head in shame as I write 🙈. Unfortunately I just haven’t felt like reading much this week but I did manage to read…..

Chosen Child by Linda Huber

image

 

I really enjoyed Chosen Child, I’m not usually one for covers, but I love the colours of this one I will be posting my review soon

Last week on the book review cafe

Deadly Focus by R C Bridgestock review You can read my review here 

Author interview with Sanjida Kay Bone By Bone You can read the interview here

Blog tour and review Something Old Something New by Darcie Boleyn You can read my review here

Blog tour and review The Madam by Jaime Raven You can read my review here

Books I’ve bought this week

My lovely husband presented me with an Amazon gift voucher as a surprise, even after 28 years of marriage, he still likes to suprise me every now and then,  and so I’ve added these books to my ever growing TBR pile

Book Post I received this week

image

 

I recieved these books in the post this week, and I’m not sure which one to read first, as they all sound really good

Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

Consequences by RC Bridgestock

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker, I’m on the blog tour for this book in July, so my review won’t be on my blog for a while yet 

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

The Girl With A Clock For A Face by Peter Swanson, I won this over at The Book Club aka TBC, so my thanks to Tracy Fenton

image

Not much I’m afraid as obviously I haven’t read much this week, I have numerous reviews ready to go, but they are for blog tours I’m on in June

My A-Z of books tag

Chosen child by Linda Huber book review

Last To Die by Arlene Hunt  book review

My blog news 

image

I’m really chuffed to have been nominated for best newcomer in the 2nd Annual Blogger Bash Awards, I’m not expecting to come even close to winning as I’m up against some amazing bloggers, but it’s just brilliant to have been nominated. If you would like to vote for your favourite book bloggers I’ve included the link (I’ve already voted for my favourite bloggers, how about you?)

https://sachablack.co.uk/2016/05/19/vote-now-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-now-open/

 

**Blog Tour** Something Old Something New by Darcie Boleyn & Giveaway

image

Today I am the next stop on the Something Old Something New blog tour, written by the very talented Darcie Boleyn, the tour is hosted by Jenny over at Jennyinneverland anyone who follows my blog will know I mostly review crime/pyschological/thrillers, but every now and then I like to throw in a “feel good” book, and Darcie’s Something Old Something New certainly fits the bill. You can read my review further down this post. Also don’t forget to enter the Givaway to win an Ebook of Something Old Something New, Darcie is kindly giving away three Ebooks.

Book Description

A heartwarming, giggle-inducing romance from Darcie Boleyn, just in time for the wedding season!

Will you marry me…again?

When Annie Thomas agrees to give her ex away at his wedding to his boyfriend, she thinks she’ll be fine. With her three children at her side, she can handle anything. Then she finds out her gorgeous first ex-husband Evan Llewellyn is flying in from his glamorous life in New York to attend as well!
An unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship and as she stumbles through the ups and downs of life as a working single mum – helping everyone else find a happy ending along the way – Annie refuses to believe their old and incredibly hot spark can still exist.
It’s only when she and Evan are forced to face up to the past together that they’ll discover if they can have their own happily-ever-after too!

Goodreads      Amazon

About Darcie Boleyn

Author Bio: Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

image

Links:

Twitter     Facebook     Blog     Pinkinkladies blog

Giveaway

image

Click for giveaway

 

img_1807

Once in a blue moon I like to drag myself away from serial killers, murders and gory deaths,
so I was really looking forward to reading Something Old Something New by Darcie Boleyn. I knew I was in for a treat with a dose of humour thrown in when I read the title of the first chapter “Dog Poo Divorce”, and I’m glad to say I throughly enjoyed it (despite there not being any serial killers hiding in the shadows).

Annie is fast approaching forty, twice divorced and struggling to balance her work and family life, she’s unintentionally funny, witty and a good friend and confidant to those around her. I loved the character of Annie she’s was very likeable, she is one of those women who always puts others before herself, even if it means putting her own dreams on hold to care for her family. I think most women will be able to relate to her in some way or another, which makes her credible as a character.

As Annie’s ex husband Evan comes back into her life, things take an unexpected turn and Annie will have to face up to her past before she can look to the future. Besides Annie there are multiple characters in Something Old Something New who all added to the enjoyment of this uplifting tale, and Annabelle Annie’s daughter was adorable and very mischievous, which added humour to the story.

There are real no surprises in Something Old Something New, but sometimes its just nice to read a book that you don’t have to think about to much, and this in no way distracted from my enjoyment of this heart warming tale of regrets, the power of love and friendship. Darcie Boleyn has written a uplifting tale that I’m sure fans of chick lit will really enjoy. It will make a perfect holiday read, so I suggest you Pour yourself a glass of wine, pull out a sun lounger, slather yourself in sun tan lotion and immerse yourself in this feel good book.

Publisher: Carina (16 May 2016)

Amazon UK

If you want to follow the blog tour, here is the tour banner and a list of the fabulous bloggers taking part
image

**Weekly Wrap Up**

image

Well this week I have only read 3 Books, and I’m half way through the fourth, my weeks holiday is over and now I’m back to work full time, so I don’t get to read as much as I would like, but I managed to read the following books

Deadly focus by RC Bridgestock

imageI’m on the blog tour next month for RC Bridgestock’s latest book When The Killing Starts, so I wanted to get a feel for the series and I have to say I really enjoyed Deadly Focus.

When He Fell by Kate Hewitt

image

Again this is a blog tour book I found this book to be really emotive and compelling, you can see my review on Sunday 12th June

The Madam by Jamie Raven

image

This week in case you haven’t noticed it’s all blog tour books and you can see my review for The Madam on Sunday 22nd May

The Safe Word by Karen Long

image

Another blog tour read I’m about half way through The Safe Word and so far so good, but you can catch my review on Thursday 2nd June

Book post I received this week

image

I received the following books in the post this week

How To Find Your (First) Husband by Rosie Blake 

Chosen Child by Linda Huber

Solomon Creed by Simon Toyne

Stalker by Lars Kepler

Watching Edie by Camilla Way 

Next week on the book review cafe

Dead Focus by RC Bridgestock review

Interview with Sanjida Kay author of Bone By Bone 

Last To Die by Arlene Hunt review

Something Old Something New by Darcie Boleyn blog tour Friday 20th May

image

**Weekly Wrap Up**

image

I thought I would have a change and do a weekly wrap up post rather than a Stacking the shelves post, so here it is…..

I’m on a weeks holiday at the moment and not been well, so on the downside I haven’t been up to much, but every cloud has a silver lining and all that jazz, and I have have managed to read 6 books

In to Deep by Samantha Haynes

image

you can read my review here……. In too Deep Review

Something Old Something New by Darcie Boleyn

image

I am taking part in the blog tour so check back on Friday the 20th May for my review, I did really enjoy this “feel good read”

The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza

image

My review will be up shortly for The Night Stalker, but I will say I absolutely loved this book

Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton

img_1966

Again I will be posting my review soon, and Sharon Bolton is on form with Daisy In Chains

Blanket Of Blood by Eileen Wharton

image

You can read my review here ……Blanket Of Blood Book Review

My Girl by Jack Jordan

image

This is another book I’m reading and reviewing for the My Girl blog tour, you will be able to read my review on Thursday 16th June, if you love a dark and twisted crime thriller I would highly recommend you get a copy of My Girl

I bought three books this week, I use to read loads of real crime books, and so after seeing these posted on a thread on Facebook I decided to treat myself (well it is my birthday this weekend)
image

Coming next week on the book review cafe

image

Author interview with Mary-Jane Riley

Review for Daisy In Chains by Sharon Bolton 

Guest review by Virginia King for In Her Wake by Amanda Jenning 

Review for Play Dead by Angela Marsons

 

**Stacking The Shelves**

image

Here’s my round up of stacking the Shelves hosted by http://tyngasreviews.com/ Stacking the Shelves highlight books which have been received In a week. Paper books, e-books, ARC’s received, books bought or borrowed, are all included.

ARC

The Humming Bird’s Cage by Tamara Dietrich

image

 


Book Description

Joanna has spent ten years married to a monster.

Everyone thinks she has the perfect life, but behind closed doors she lives in constant fear of her husband.

Escape seems impossible – and then a stranger offers her a chance to flee.

On the run with her young daughter, Joanna finds herself in the mysterious town of Morro. With no memory of how she got there. And no idea of what the town truly is.

Joanna faces a rare and terrible choice – stay safe, or return to face the fight of her life, to save herself and her little girl.

A Secret To The Grave by Jane Blythe 

image

Book Description 

A suicide.

A secret.

To the grave.

That was the promise that ten girls made many years ago, and now the time has come when they will be forced to make a choice. Keep the secret and lose their lives, or reveal it and risk the lives of others.

Detective Parker Bell has just returned to work after shooting dead a killer, when he and his partner land the case of a young woman abducted by a man who has left a list of clues pointing to nine other women he plans to kill.

Throughout the course of the investigation Parker meets Tessa Micah, a potential victim and the most interesting, striking, infuriating woman he has ever met, she awakens something inside of him that he thought was long dead.

When Tessa refuses to shed any light on why she is in the sights of a serial killer its up to Parker to find the madman before he can bring his plan to fruition, leaving ten dead women in his wake.

Something Old Something New by Darcie Boleyn

image

Book Description

A heartwarming, giggle-inducing romance from Darcie Boleyn, just in time for the wedding season! Will you marry me…again?

When Annie Thomas agrees to give her ex away at his wedding to his boyfriend, she thinks she’ll be fine. With her three children at her side, she can handle anything. Then she finds out her gorgeous first ex-husband Evan Llewellyn is flying in from his glamorous life in New York to attend as well!

An unexpected pregnancy ended their relationship and as she stumbles through the ups and downs of life as a working single mum – helping everyone else find a happy ending along the way – Annie refuses to believe their old and incredibly hot spark can still exist.

It’s only when she and Evan are forced to face up to the past together that they’ll discover if they can have their own happily-ever-after too!

Forgive Me by Daniel Palmer

image

Book Description

a heart-pounding thriller from one of the most innovative voices in contemporary suspense, a woman unravels the shocking truth about her parents, her past, and a life built upon an unthinkable lie.

At DeRose & Associates Private Investigators in Virginia, Angie DeRose strives to find and rescue endangered runaways–work that stands in stark contrast to her own safe, idyllic childhood. But in the wake of her mother’s sudden death, Angie makes a life-altering discovery. Hidden among the mementos in her parents’ attic is a photograph of a little girl, with a code and a hand-written message on the back: “May God forgive me.”

Angie has no idea what it means or how to explain other questionable items among her mother’s possessions. Her father claims to know nothing. Could Angie have a sister or other relative she was never told about? Bryce Taggart, the US Marshal working with her agency, agrees to help Angie learn the fate of the girl in the photograph. But the lies she and Bryce unearth will bring her past and present together with terrifying force. And everything she cherishes will be threatened by the repercussions of one long-ago choice–and an enemy who will kill to keep a secret hidden forever.

Last To Die by Arlene Hunt

image

Book Description

He watches. He waits. He kills …

When Jessie Conway survives a horrific mass high school shooting, in the aftermath she finds herself thrust into the media spotlight, drawing all kinds of attention. But some of it is the wrong kind.

Caleb Switch, a sadistic serial killer has been watching her every move. A skilled hunter, he likes his victims to be a challenge to him. Jessie is strong, fearless, a survivor, and now…she is his ultimate prey.

As Caleb picks off his current victims one by one, chasing, killing and butchering them with his crossbow, he’s closing in on Jessie… But will Jessie defy the odds and escape with her life? Or will she be Caleb’s final sacrifice …

The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza

image

Book Description

the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.

A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.

The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?

As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.

Blanket Of Blood by Eileen Wharton

image

Book Description 

The gripping first novel in an explosive new crime series.

The body of a baby is found in the woods. But all is not as it seems…

A twisted serial killer is targeting young, pregnant girls.

Senior Investigating Officer, D.I. Gary Blood, must use all his powers of deduction to bring to justice the most sadistic murderer his force has ever seen. A killer unlike any he has hunted before. But Blood has problems of his own. Can he stop his private life interfering with the case?

To find the killer Blood needs to understand the motive. But this is a place full of secrets, where dark pasts lie buried.

Will Blood catch The Crochet Hook killer before it’s too late?

The truth is closer than you think.

Books I have bought

The Real Book Thief by Ingrid Black

image

Book Description
In October 2015, crime writer Ingrid Black discovered that her first novel The Dead, the story of a former FBI agent tracking down a serial killer in Dublin, had been plagiarised and was being sold under a different name by another author on Kindle.

The thief’s name was Joanne Clancy, a former Kindle All Star, and the book that she called Tear Drop was No 1 in the Irish crime fiction charts at the time. Not only that, but she had a second book scheduled for release in a few weeks time, and that one turned out to be a carbon copy of Ingrid Black’s second book about the same character, The Dark Eye. The Real Book Thief tells the story of how Ingrid Black discovered what had happened and how she went about trying to find out more about the mysterious woman who had stolen her work.

Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

image

Book Description

Seventeen-year-old Tessa, dubbed a ‘Black-Eyed Susan’ by the media, became famous for being the only victim to survive the vicious attack of a serial killer. Her testimony helped to put a dangerous criminal behind bars – or so she thought.

Now, decades later the black-eyed susans planted outside Tessa’s bedroom window seem to be a message from a killer who should be safely in prison.

Haunted by fragmented memories of the night she was attacked and terrified for her own teenage daughter’s safety, can Tessa uncover the truth about the killer before it’s too late?

It would be great if you could leave a comment on the books you have received this week, or have you read any of the books on my post? please feel free to let me know 

**Blog Tour** Wish Upon A Christmas Cake by Darcie Boleyn

image

 

Today is my stop on Darcie Boleyn’s blog tour for her debut book ‘Wish Upon A Christmas Cake’. I’m so excited to be part of the tour, because I absolutely loved this book, as you will see from my review further down the page,  and don’t forget to enter the generous giveaway  from Darcie at the bottom of this post. If  you’re a fan of Christmas stories, this is definitely a book you will love. Big thanks to Darcie and Jenny from Jenny in Neverland for the chance to be part of the blog tour.

About Darcie Boleyn

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

Author Darcie Boleyn

Author Darcie Boleyn

Author Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/darcieboleyn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/public/Darcie-Boleyn

Blog: https://pinkinkladies.wordpress.com/darcie-b

 

image

Book Description

The most wonderful time of the year?

Katie Warham has just one wish this year…to have the best Christmas ever!

If only she could lock herself away in a cloud of flour and sugar at her cosy little tearoom, Crumbtious Cakes, instead of spending the festive season trapped with her judgemental mother, crazy Aunt Gina and loved-up celebrity brother Carl…

But Katie never expected her ex-boyfriend, widower Sam – and his two adorable children – to turn up on her doorstep. She didn’t think that any man could tempt her under the mistletoe this year, but Sam might just prove the exception! And as the snow begins to fall and Katie puts the final touches to her famous Christmas cake, she begins to wonder, could her Christmas wish actually come true?

This holiday season, snuggle up by a roaring fire with a mulled wine and enjoy Darcie Boleyn’s festive winter warmer!

 

image

EXCERPTS FROM WISH UPON A CHRISTMAS CAKE BY DARCIE BOLEYN

EXCERPT 1

Ann appeared in the doorway with two large mugs and I grinned, anticipating what delights she had created. When she handed me my mug, I wasn’t disappointed. The surface of the drink was frothy with whipped cream and when I sniffed it, the warming aromas of ginger and cinnamon made my mouth water. I couldn’t resist sticking my finger into the cream and scooping out one of our homemade gingerbread marshmallows. I placed it on my tongue and allowed it to slowly melt there, the sugary surface soon giving way to a soft and gooey centre.
‘Good?’ Ann asked as she sat next to me and grinned at me from beneath a whipped cream moustache.
‘Heavenly.’ I raised my mug to my lips and blew on the liquid, eager to cool it down and drink it. We sat like that, in the companionable silence of good friends, as we consumed our calorific hot chocolates and I could feel the strains of the day slipping away from me until I was almost comatose.
Ann turned in her seat to look at me. ‘So do you want to talk about it?’ Trust her to wait until I was too relaxed to put up a fight. I shrugged.
How many times could we discuss the same old things

image

EXCERPT 2

Ann reached out and wiped a rogue tear from my cheek. I took a few deep breaths, determined not to crumble.
‘What would your granny want you to do, Katie?’
‘To spend Christmas with my family.’
‘And why?’
‘Because her family was everything to her.’
‘Well there you go.’
I met Ann’s eyes and tried to smile. She gave me a sympathetic one in return and patted my hand, then something seemed to occur to her. Ann stood up and headed to the kitchen.
‘Where are you going?’
‘Be right back,’ she called over her shoulder. ‘I have an idea…’
I lay my head back against the sofa and thought about Granny. She had been such a character. A tiny, intelligent and witty lady, she’d been an eternal optimist, capable of seeing the silver lining in every cloud. On top of that, she’d been a layer of protection, soaking up some of the damage my mother could do by unfalteringly defending me and making me giggle whenever Esther became a bit overbearing. But now Granny was gone.
I had tried so hard over the years to let my mother’s negative comments wash over me but sometimes, even though I was thirty-two, she still managed to hurt me. But then a mother is meant to be a woman’s ultimate role model, her port in the storm, her protector. With Esther, it had never really seemed that way because she was always so bloody critical. Granny had been all the good things for me; basically another mother. It was like being in an American TV show growing up, with the good cop and the bad cop.
‘Here we go,’ Ann sang as she sashayed back into the shop. She placed a plate with a piece of our famous Christmas cake on it and a fork in front of me.
‘What’s this for?’ I asked. I was already riding the sugar high from her delicious hot chocolate.
“Wish upon a Christmas cake!’ Ann exclaimed.
‘Huh?’ I raised a quizzical eyebrow at her.
‘Well I won’t have a wishbone till Christmas Day and it’s too cloudy for shooting stars tonight so I say we wish upon a Christmas cake that this be the best Warham family Christmas ever.’ She smiled encouragingly, but I still eyed her dubiously. ‘Oh come on, what have you got to lose? It could work; Esther might be nice for Christmas and you could get a tall, dark and handsome hunk in your stocking!’ She winked at me.

 

image

My Review for Wish Upon a Christmas Cake 

Wish upon a Christmas Cake is the delightful debut novel from Darcie Boleyn. Sentimental and incredibly sweet this book makes a perfect Christmas read. Dealing with the issue of loved ones lost,it made me think of my own grandparents, and the Christmas traditions we carry on because of them. At times I found myself holding back the tears as Wish Upon a Christmas Cake stirred up happy memories of Christmas past. For an author able to do this shows a wonderful understanding of family love and values. Ok it maybe sickly sweet and sentimental, but isn’t that what Christmas books are all about?

I loved the characters, and the dialogue between Katie and Sam, they fit together perfectly and you just want them to find their perfect ending. Don’t get me wrong not everything in Katie’s life is perfect, she has a difficult relationship with her mother which is apparent throughout wish upon a Christmas Cake, also Katie’s grief at loosing her grandmother all help to make the story more credible, and not just a fluffy fairytale, and I think that’s why I loved it so much.

This is the sort of book you want to read on a cold winters night, put in your fluffy pyjamas, grab a hot chocolate and for a couple of hours and immerse yourself in the delights of Wish upon a Christmas Cake. Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

5☕️☕️☕️☕️☕️out of 5 from me

 

For a chance to win a £20 Amazon Giftcard, enter here
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/bf63305746
/

This Competition will be running throughout Darcie Boleyn’s blog tour

image

 

Book Blog Tour For Wish Upon A Christmas Cake by Darcie Boleyn

image

I am am so excited to be part of the book blog tour for Wish Upon A Christmas Cake by Darcie Boleyn. I loved this book so I’m really pleased to be hosting Darcie on my blog on the 25th November 2015. My post will include a review, exclusive excerpts of Wish Upon A Christmas Cake and giveaways, so don’t forget to pop by.