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What’s on your bookshelf? With #BookBlogger Stuart at Always Trust In Books @AlwTrustInBooks

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Today I’m thrilled to welcome book blogger Stuart to share his bookshelves with us. Stuart blogs over at http://www.alwaystrustinbooks.wordpress.com/ if you haven’t visited his blog yet, you really should take a look.

How many bookcases do you have?

I currently have three. A huge one in my living room with about 350+ books on it and two large ones with all my hardbacks on. My wife is so considerate when it comes to having my books all over the house. I constantly ask myself if I need this many books but somehow the thought doesn’t really go anywhere 😏.

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Approximately how many books are on your book case?

I would say I have about between 700 and 800 books in total. This amount has gone up and down over the years quite a bit. It got out of hand when I was looking at this massive bookcase from Ikea that covered an entire wall of the house. I thought about it for ages but then reconsidered. I still want it…

What genre do your bookcase mainly comprise of?

I don’t really limit myself to just a few genres. My bookcases are filled with all sorts from classics and poetry to crime, horror or non-fiction. If I had to narrow down a few main genres then I would say fantasy, mythology and psychological thrillers. I just re-organised my books and found all my Michael J. Malone books so I have put them to one side for re-reading.

 

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Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

I just started reading it. It’s called Sanctuary by V.V. James and its a small town crime-mystery surrounding witches. It is so cool and I am loving every moment watching this elaborate and mysterious case unravelling. It’s a must read.

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Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest and you haven’t yet got around to reading?

Oh that has to be Strange Weather by Joe Hill. I have read all of JH’s books repeatedly over the years but I still haven’t gotten round to this one. That and Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman which I have been putting off for some unknown reason. Hopefully I will get to both of these this year. Fingers crossed.

Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

I haven’t actually given this much thought because I am so busy with the books I have that are staring at me from the shelves. I listened to The Rosie Project on audiobook, it was amazing, and I am incredibly eager to get my hands on the Rosie Effect and the Rosie Result this year. I am excited for The Song Of The Sycamore by Edward Cox as it sounds like an awesome concept for a fantasy novel. Jay Kristoff’s Darkdawn is required as well. I need Little Serbia by Antti Tuomainen as I adored Palm Beach, Finland and The Man Who Died. Oh so many books!

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If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

I do consider this question quite often and I keep coming back to Kings Of The Wyld by Nicholas Eames. I still don’t fully understand my overwhelming reaction to this book but it blew me away. It’s the first book in as long as I can remember that, as soon as I finished the last page, I wanted to start it all over again right away. It is fantasy at its best. I could easily see myself on a desert island with this book, not a care in the world.

Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

This is a tough one but I would say Matt Haig. His books are something else. I met him last year and I would really like to chat with him again. I have so many questions for that man. I would like to meet Johana Gustawsson and Simon Morden too as they both seem like really cool people. I need to get out and meet more authors!

About Stuart

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My name is Stuart (29) and I attempt to manage the book blog that is Always Trust In Books. I started the blog to talk books with people and found an awesome community that gladly gave me a place within it for which I am grateful. I review Fantasy, Science Fiction, Crime, Non Fiction, Mystery and Psychological Thrillers. I am lucky to have an amazing and patient wife, two impatient yet equally epic sons, a rescue cat called Mrs and a hamster called Eight (that is the only word my two year old can say at the moment).
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and my Twitter handle is @AlwTrustInBooks
and my Instagram handle is @alwaystrustinbooks.

My thanks to Stuart for answering my question and for the use of his personal photographs.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com or leave a comment below. Many thanks 

What’s on your bookshelf? With #BookBlogger Noelle at Crimebookjunkie @nholten40

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Whoop whoop today not only is it #HumpDay but it’s time for another What’s On Your BookShelf? Post, and I’m so excited to look around the one and only Noelle Holten’s (aka crimebookjunkie) bookshelves.

Noelle was one of the first book bloggers I followed when I started blogging, not only is she one of my favourite bloggers, but she’s also now one of my favourite authors. If you haven’t read her debut novel Dead Inside it’s a Must! Noelle blogs over at https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk/

Now over to Noelle……..

How many bookcases do you have?

I have six bookcases but need another one or two (or four 🙈) to house the books I have in piles around my home. I actually donated twelve bags (those #bagsforlife strong bags) to charity a few months back – I had read those books and thought someone else might enjoy them. 

Approximately how many books are on your book case? 

About 800 … there could be a lot more though 😂😂 and if we include my kindle shelves, well there are about 1000 books there…(some have been read though, I just haven’t organised my kindle to remove them and some are writing reference books) The actual bookshelves I have are filled with books I collect (ie: my Jack The Ripper books), proofs, books I have purchased, signed copies of books purchased and crime theory/practice books. I couldn’t squeeze all the books I have in pictures so sent a few. 

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What genre do your bookcase mainly comprise of?

Crime fiction (various sub genres); crime theory; true crime; psychological thrillers; philosophy; and a lot of research material or manuals on writing, types of crimes, offender profiling and the like. Basically crime 😂

Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

Again, ALL OF THEM! There is just not enough time in the day and I keep buying more books, even though I get sent ARC’s – sometimes I buy the physical version as well as the kindle as I can struggle to hold a physical book but I love them, so buy the kindle version to read. I definitely want to get back to reading the Lennox series by Craig Russell, so I’m going to say that – final answer! 

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Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest and you haven’t yet got around to reading? 

I couldn’t even tell you which has been there the longest. There are quite a few I have had for years – and I couldn’t even guess. So I won’t! 😂

Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

There are far too many to mention and as I have deadlines now to write/ edit my own series (shameless plug) I’m being really strict! However, I’m looking forward to Martina Cole’s next book out in October and a new, non-Rebus book from Ian Rankin out in November I think! 

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If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why? 

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor dostoevski – I read this in highschool and it always stayed with me. Or Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I’ve read both of these numerous times and enjoy them more each time. 

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Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why? 

You’re killing me here! I’d want to invite them all! I just can’t choose one as I am a fan of so many, I’d welcome each and every one of them into my home! And if they end up locked in my basement..well… 🤷‍♀️

About Noelle

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  • I blog at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. I am one of the PR & Social Media Managers for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and was a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. I worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse but left in 2017. I have three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. My hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the booklove via my blog.
    Dead Inside is my debut novel with One More Chapter/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.
    Connect with Noelle on Social Media here:
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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noelleholtenauthor/
    Blog FB page: https://www.facebook.com/crimebookjunkie/
    Instagram: @crimebookjunkie

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My thanks to Noelle for answering my question and for the use of her personal photographs.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier. I’m hoping to make it a long running feature and looking for more bloggers to take part in 2020. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com or leave a comment below. Many thanks 

What’s on your bookshelf? with #BookBlogger Juliet at Bookliterati @Bookliterat

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Woohoo  it’s Wednesday so not only is it #HappyHumpDay  but it’s also time to have a peek around another book bloggers  bookshelves. Today I’m thrilled to welcome one Juliet who blogs over at www.bookliterati.com
If you haven’t checked out Juliet’s  blog yet it’s a MUST,  Now over to Juliet……….

How many bookcases do you have?

I have 9 Bookcases, soon to be 10; 2, soon to be three in the sitting room, 2 in the snug, and 5 in my bedroom. I also have some of my signed paperbacks on the windowsill in my reading room / conservatory.
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Approximately how many books are on your book case?

There are over 500 books on my shelves to read, which is frightening.

What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

I read most genres but the genre I have the most of is historical fiction, my favourite genre.
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Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

The one book I am desperate to read is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, I just haven’t found the time to fit it in with my review books.

Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

Over the next couple of months I am looking forward to adding Tidelands by Philippa Gregory,  The Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier and Akin by Emma Donoghue.

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If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

It is hard to keep just one book but I think it would be my limited edition first edition signed copy of Possession by A.S Byatt.  This is one of my favourite books of all time and there are only 70 of these special editions in circulation.

Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

An author to my house is a difficult one. I wish the Bronte Sisters were alive so I could meet them but now I think I would like Lucinda Riley to come around. I love her books and she always seems great fun, and  could quiz her about the final book in her Seven Sisters series.
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About Juliet

I am Juliet, I am married to David with one daughter, Briony, who is 26 and still lives at home, and four wonderful Cocker Spaniel. I. was an only child with a teacher for a mum who encouraged me to read from an early age. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a book on the go, and I still always have a book with me.  After  was diagnosed with Spondylosis and couldn’t work any more reading books became a place to escape the pain and depression and still is today. I started blogging two years ago as something to focus my attention on during the days and I love sharing my thoughts on the books I have read.  My reading companions are my four Cocker Spaniels, Bramble, Bailey, Bronte and Blaise who also ocassionally  help with my blog accidentally.

Facebook: Bookliterati Book Reviews

Twitter: @Bookliterat

Instagram:  Bookliterati_Juliet_Butler

My thanks to Juliet for answering my question and for the use of her personal photographs.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com or leave a comment below. Many thanks 

What’s on your bookshelf ? With #BookBlogger Yvonne at Vonnibee

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It’s time to have a nose around another book bloggers bookshelves, and I’m thrilled to welcome Yvonne who blogs over at https://vonnibee.com/ to What’s on your bookshelf? If you haven’t checked out Yvonne’s blog, it’s a must. Read on to learn more about Yvonne and her books..

How many bookcases do you have?

I have ermm… 12 bookcases and I am very lucky to have a spare room where they are fully stacked, as is the floor just in front of them, and on top of them and beside them and… yes still need more bookcases 😂😂

Approximately how many books are on your book case?

It ranges from 60 to 100 ish as some of the cases are deeper and so the books are double stacked. I hate this because it means I can’t see them all 😣

What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

I am a bit of a genre butterfly so I flit from genre to genre. But I do have more Classic books and Crime/thrillers than other genres.

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Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

Oh! this is a toughie, there are several that I have had for a while but there is one that I have not yet had the heart to read. It is the final book in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett just before he died in 2015, I just cannot still bring myself to read his last book for the very first time and I am also desperate to read it!

Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest and you haven’t yet got around to reading?

There are quite a few that have been on my bookcases for a few years The Girl with a Pearl Earring another is Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. But I know there are probably some that have been sat there longer.

Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro, Cornelia Funke (Hardcover). The Chain by Adrian McKinty. All the Ray Celestin books. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. I know these are already published books, but I dare not even look at those that have yet to be released!

If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose?

And why? I have a copy of The Wombles by Elizabeth Beresford. It is a book that was a Christmas present from my Nanna and Grandad in 1979.

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Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

OMG, what a question!!!!!

So the author would be Agatha Christie and I would lend her the book that was my top read of last year, The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton. I would love to know what she thinks of today’s crime books.

About Yvonne

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I am Yvonne and I run Me And My Books, I started this in 2017 when I discovered a thing called Book Blogging. I never knew there was such a thing. Since then my reading rate has increased so much, I always thought of myself as being a good reader but now my reading rate has quadrupled. I love to be able to share my thoughts on books and also discover new authors.

You can find me on

Twitter –  https://twitter.com/yvonnembee

Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/meandmybooks24

Blog Site –  https://vonnibee.com

I am also on Instagram, but I am so hit and miss on there! https://www.instagram.com/meandmybooks24/

My thanks to Yvonne for taking part and answering my questions it’s much appreciated.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com Thank you 

What’s On Your BookShelf ? With #BookBlogger @jocatrobertson at Mychestnutreadingtree

65AD1F9D-60BE-4092-8B5D-B6D0AE224CC2Today I’m thrilled to reveal my brand new feature What’s On Your Bookshelf ? I do love a nose around other people’s book shelves, and even more so when they belong to book bloggers. So I thought why not combine the two and came up with this feature. I do hope you enjoy reading these posts, as much as I have.

The very first book blogger to share their bookcases and favourite books is the awesome Joanne Robertson who blogs over at https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/  just in case you haven’t come across her blog yet it’s definitely one you should check out. And now for first ever What’s On Your Book Shelf? Over to Jo…….

How many bookcases do you have?

Only 4 but will get more once my husband gets his backside into gear and removes his broken treadmill from my study 😂

Approximately how many books are on your book case?

Approx 500

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What genre does your bookcase mainly comprise of?

Mainly crime/psychological thrillers

Which book on your bookcase are you desperate to read?

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Violet by SJI Holliday

Who Did You Tell by Lesley Kara

(Couldn’t narrow it down sorry!)

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Which book has been sat on your bookcase the longest and you haven’t yet got around to reading?

I tend to clear out books every 6 months or so and anything I’ve not read or am unlikely to read I pass on to friends. So the longest has only been there a year or so and is probably The Lost by Mari Hannah

Which books are you desperate to add to your bookcase over the next few months?

The new Cara Hunter “All The Rage” and the new Peter Swanson “Eight Perfect Murders”

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If you could only keep one book from your bookcase, which one would you choose? And why?

My copy of Riders by Jilly Cooper which I have had for so many years I hate to actually count!

Last question if you could have one author come to your house to borrow a book who would it be and why?

I am well known for lending books to friends who come round to look at Joanne’s Lending Library! But I’d love to have Amanda Prowse around! We could swap book tips and hair tips before having tea and cake.

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About Jo

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I’m a 54 year old grandmother and teaching assistant who just loves reading! I started My Chestnut Reading Tree 3 years ago to keep all my reviews in one place and it’s the best thing I ever did! I read mainly psychological thrillers (if there are twins in there even better!) I live in Cheshire UK with my Grumpy Scotsman and Darcy the Cavapoo.
Twitter: @jocatrobertson

My thanks to Jo for taking part it’s much appreciated.

If you are a book blogger and would like to take part in this feature, the more the merrier as I’m hoping to make it a long running feature. Please email me at thebookreviewcafe.mail.com Thank you 

**Coming soon** new feature on the book review café #BookBloggers wanted What’s on your Book Shelf?

 

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I know I haven’t done much blogging lately, but I will definitely be making more of an effort in September after I return from my holiday. When I come back I will be running a brand new weekly Wednesday feature What’s on your book shelf? Not particularly original I know 😂

Anyway I have had a tremendous response to my plea for bloggers to take part, and I would love it if more book bloggers signed up so I can make it a long running feature. It doesn’t matter what genre you read as long as you have a book blog and books of course 😂 you’re welcome to take part.

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One of my book shelves

Basically I will be asking you questions about your book shelves, favourite books etc there are only eight questions so hopefully this won’t put you off. It would be great if you could include photos of your book shelves, books etc and a bio of yourself and links to your blog.

If your interested contact me @ thebookreviewcafe.mail.com and I will send the questions across to you. Please note this is a weekly feature so it may take me a while to get to you.  Also I will be running this feature in the order bloggers send their answers back, please let me know in your email if there’s a particularl day/month you don’t want your feature to appear.

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Some of my own signed books ♥️

#BehindTheBooks an interview with Sarah Hardy from Book On The Bright Side @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTourOrganiser

Today I’m thrilled to welcome the awesome Sarah Hardy to the book review café. Sarah is one of the most successful book bloggers I know, and if you haven’t checked out her blog it’s a MUST Bytheletterbookreviews

Sarah is the first to feature in a series of articles I’m hoping to run called Behind The Books. Sarah has started up her own business Book On The Bright Side  running blog tours for authors and publishers. I wanted to learn more so here’s my interview with Sarah, hope you enjoy it.

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Hi Sarah I’m thrilled to have you visit the book review café, first things first, tea or coffee?

I’m into my green teas at the moment so would love one of those thanks 🙂

Congratulations on your new business venture Book On The Bright Side, why did you decide to set up your own blog tour business?

Thanks Lorraine. Blog tours are something I’ve always been enthusiastic about. For one I love blogging and I also love to shout about books and authors and blog tours are a great way to promote both. I love taking part in them as well as organising them. It’s something I’m very passionate about and doing it for myself seemed the next step.

Can you explain what a book tour is?

A book tour is a promotional tool to help authors/publishers promote themselves as well as their books. It is a virtual tour where by bloggers will either read and review the authors book or host an extract/Q&A/guest post and share on a designated date alongside more info about the author and book. It’s a great way of making it visible on social media.

Would you mind sharing with us a typical day in the life of a book blog tour organiser?

I’m lucky that at the moment I am able to work from home. After dropping my son off at school, I get straight onto my laptop. If there is a blog tour running, then the first thing I will do is go look for stops that are on that day so I can share and re tweet. Then the majority of my day is spent sending or replying to emails. Time will also be spent, organising and finalising new blog tours that are coming in as well as creating blog tour banners and getting the media pack together which compromises of the images and all the info that the bloggers will need. It’s certainly not a 9-5 job but there is a lot of flexibility to it.

What’s the best thing about organising blog tours?

The best bit has to be getting to know and working with some great bloggers as well as discovering new authors and books to me. The book community is a great one to be part of.

Which brings me to my next question, what’s the worse thing about organising a blog tour?

The down side is probably that there is no fixed working times. I can find myself working late at night as well as weekends, of which I try to keep to a minimum.

Is there a book/genre/theme that you would refuse to arrange a blog tour for?

I can’t think of any as such that I would refuse. There maybe some I would turn down as I don’t think it would be a popular reading choice with the bloggers I have signed up. Will let you know if I ever come across one lol.

If I was an author or a publisher why should I have a blog tour for my book?

Blog tours are a great way to create a buzz about a book as well as raise awareness across social media. Lots of the bloggers have a wide reach on various platforms and I think for the authors it’s something they can really get involved in and enjoy.

What is the best timing for a blog tour?

Definitely around the time the book is due to come out. I usually recommend starting them on the publishing day itself. Of course a lot of authors have titles which have been out for a while, of which they want to give it an extra push so may want to coincide the blog tour with a price drop. I would always recommend authors who are thinking of doing one for a new novel, to approach an organiser no less than 2 months before the publishing date.

How do you measure the success of a blog tour?

For me, it’s the great reviews from the bloggers and getting great feedback from the author and the publisher. It’s especially lovely when a blogger will email you thanking you for inviting them to be part of the tour as they loved the book so much. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Have you got any blog tours coming up that you are really excited about?

I get excited about them all but am especially excited about Noelle Holten’s debut novel, Dead Inside. This will be my biggest blog tour to date. I met Noelle through blogging and she has become a very close friend. I couldn’t be more prouder of everything she has achieved and was over the moon when she asked me to organise it. I think I was grinning for a fair few days after her asking me.

And finally if you could choose one author who you would want to run a blog tour for who would it be? and why?

Apart from Noelle aka  Crime Book Junkie  of course, I’m lucky that I have actually already organised a blog tour for the author who I would choose. I am a huge fan of Robert Bryndza’s books and he was actually my very first client when I set up my free lance business. Apart from being a huge fan of his books, he always takes the time out to thank or acknowledge his readers comments and posts and is just a genuinely lovely guy. He was an absolute pleasure to work with, as are all the authors I have been lucky enough to work with so far. He is an author I have always championed since discovering his novels though sometimes I do feel a bit of an author stalker but he hasn’t put a restraining order on me yet lol.

My thanks to Sarah for taking timeout of her busy schedule to answer my questions.

About Sarah

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I am an avid reader and blogger and have two years experience working with a digital publisher as their publicity and social media person. I made the decision in 2018 to go freelance and now organise blog tours directly with authors as well as publishers for crime and women’s fiction novels.

For more information and prices, please email Sarah at:
sarah.botbspublicity@gmail.com 

Or contact her via Twitter BOTBSPublicity

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Book bloggers who organise blog tours….

Anne at Random Things Through My Letterbox

Emma at Damppebbles

Shell at Bakers not so secret blog

Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources

Tracy at Compulsive readers

Kelly at Love books group