Happy Romance Reading Week! As it was Valentine’s Day on Friday, it is the perfect week to celebrate romance books.
The Romantic Novelists Association is celebrating it’s 60th anniversary this year and to mark this amazing occasion, the RNA has launched a new Facebook group, the Romantic Fiction Book Club. The group is a warm and cosy place for readers of romantic fiction to engage with other readers, bloggers and authors of romantic fiction, not just those members of the RNA.
What better way to start off the launch than with a competition! Run in conjunction with the publisher 0ne More Chapter, members of the Romantic Fiction Book Club group have the chance to win a fantastic bundle of 60 romantic novels, donated by 0ne More Chapter. There are also 60 runners up prizes of one book from a selection of 60 RNA authors. That a total of 61 prizes up for grabs! That’s great odds to win a book!!
I am going to stop talking now for a couple of minutes so you can take a look at the amazing books up for grabs!
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning these wonderful books is to join the Romantic Fiction Book Club here on Facebook and then enter the One More Chapter and RNA Diamond Anniversary Book Giveaway here.
The competition is running from 14th February until 29th February. Full details of how to enter can be found on the Romantic Fiction Book Club page. Extra entries can be claimed by subscribing to RNA and 0MC social media channels. UK entries only.
Welcome to Sarah’s Vignettes stop on the blog tour for Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman.
Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part and to Aria Fiction for a digital copy of the book.
I am thrilled to be involved with this tour. I have my review to share with you and there is also a chance for you to win a paperback book by Lucy Coleman and a pamper gift set. But first, here is a taster of what Magic Under the Mistletoe is about.
~ Publisher’s Description ~
Christmas and romance are in the air…
It’s December 23rd and while everyone else is rushing home for the holidays, workaholic Leesa Oliver is dreading switching on her out-of-office for the festive season. And it seems her equally driven boss, Cary Anderson, isn’t relishing spending Christmas at his family’s country estate either.
So together, they draft an unexpected Christmas contract: They’ll spend half of the holidays with each other’s families, pretending to be a couple. Leesa knows the insufferably good-looking Cary will make her Christmas more bearable, but what happens after the last of the mince pies have been eaten…?
Leesa signed off on a sensible business agreement, but somewhere, amongst the fairy lights and carols something seems to have changed… It seems there might just be some magic under the mistletoe this Christmas!
~ My thoughts ~
When the invite to take part in this tour popped into my inbox, I didn’t even need to read the blurb to know I wanted to take part. Knowing it was a book written by one of my favourite authors was enough for me. I have previously read and loved The Secrets of Villa Rosso and A Greek Affair by Linn B. Halton so I knew that a book written under her pen name Lucy Coleman would be right for me. And it was!
Magic Under the Mistletoe is an enjoyable, romantic story to curl up with and get lost in for an afternoon. When we first meet Leesa, she is on a flight back home from Australia after completing a work project for Cary Anderson. Heavy snow fall means Leesa gets stranded and Cary comes to her rescue. Neither of them are looking forward to Christmas because of reasons that become clear as the story progresses. They both think that a business style agreement will get them through.
This is far from a fairy tale love story and it goes a lot deeper than I was expecting. It looks at second chances, fate, heartbreak and it pulled on my heart strings on several occasions. At one point, I had to hold back the tears as I was reading it on a train!
Whether she is writing as Lucy Coleman or Linn B.Halton, Lucy Coleman’s writing touches me in a way no other author’s does. I have such an emotional connection with her female protagonists and her writing. There are even phrases here and there that just get me!
As I would expect from this author, the writing flows effortlessly and the description is immersive. I was captivated from the first page until the beautiful final line. I am sure books that are easy for us readers to engage with are not easy to write. The more stories I read and review, the more I appreciate how much time, energy and life goes into those pages to give readers this kind of experience.
Magic Under the Mistletoe is a story with a big heart and I loved every bit of it. I cannot wait for another story!
~ Where to find Magic Under the Mistletoe ~
Magic Under the Mistletoe was published in the UK by Aria Fiction on 5 September 2019. It can be found in all good bookshops, on Amazon UK and on Goodreads.
~ Giveaway ~
To enter to win a signed paperback copy of Snowflakes Over Holly Cover by Lucy Coleman and a Christmas Pamper Pack, click on the button below 🙂
*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. Sarah’s Vignettes is not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.
~ About Lucy Coleman ~
From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also
writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic
Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels
and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper
Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria
When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family,
she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.
Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in
Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival
of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.
Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’,
Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. She writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.
Welcome to this week’s round-up of what’s been going on here at Sarah’s Vignettes, on social media, the books I’ve been adding to my shelves and other bookish delights. Keep scrolling to get the lowdown.
~ On the blog ~
On Monday, I shared my review for The Stationmaster’s Daughter by Kathleen McGurl, as part of the blog tour. It’s a poignant story set between 1936 and present day. I love a time slip novel!
On Wednesday, I took part in a meme run by fellow book blogger Lisa over at Bookshelf Fantasies called Shelf Control. The idea is to choose a book on your bookshelf that you haven’t read yet and talk about when you got it and why you want to read it.
On Friday, it was Sarah’s Vignettes stop on the blog tour for Butterfly in Frost, the latest novel by Sylvia Day. I didn’t have time to read this one for a review so I hosted a giveaway to win a copy of the book.
~ On social media ~
Last weekend, author Rowan Coleman asked readers who had reviewed her latest novel The Girl at the Window if they would be brave enough to film a few words to be included in a promotion video for social media. I and a few others summoned up the courage and did it. Here’s the final version:
For #ThrowbackThursday, I shared the link to my review for The Secrets of Villa Rosso by Linn B. Halton. This is a great story and Linn has a way of writing characters that I connect deeply with.
~ On my bookshelf ~
I added 3 books to my shelf this week.
In October, I am taking part in the blog tour for Cathy Kelly’s 20th novel, The Family Gift . On Tuesday, I received a little gift from Orion: a proof copy of the book and a some chocolate.
The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly
Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family, a fantastic career, and a new house.
But that’s on the outside.
On the inside, she’s got Mildred – the name she’s given to that nagging inner critic who tells us all we’re not good enough.
And now Freya’s beloved blended family is under threat. Dan’s first wife Elisa, the glamorous, manipulative woman who happily abandoned her daughter to Freya and Dan’s care and left the country, has elbowed her way back into their lives.
But Freya knows that when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back.
Can Freya put her family – and herself – back together? Find out in Cathy Kelly’s warmest, wisest and funniest book yet…
I may have been lured into my local Waterstones yesterday – it doesn’t take much at all!! I bought a gorgeous hardback copy of The Familiars by Stacey Halls and another of Penguins Modern Classics to add to my growing collection : Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada.
The Familiars by Stacey Halls
In a time of suspicion and accusation, to be a woman is the greatest risk of all . . .
Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn’t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.
Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.
As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the north-west, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye?
Soon the two women’s lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood’s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake.
Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.
Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada
Inspired by a true story, Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlin is the gripping tale of an ordinary man’s determination to defy the tyranny of Nazi rule. This Penguin Classics edition contains an afterword by Geoff Wilkes, as well as facsimiles of the original Gestapo file which inspired the novel.
Berlin, 1940, and the city is filled with fear. At the house on 55 Jablonski Strasse, its various occupants try to live under Nazi rule in their different ways: the bullying Hitler loyalists the Persickes, the retired judge Fromm and the unassuming couple Otto and Anna Quangel. Then the Quangels receive the news that their beloved son has been killed fighting in France. Shocked out of their quiet existence, they begin a silent campaign of defiance, and a deadly game of cat and mouse develops between the Quangels and the ambitious Gestapo inspector Escherich. When petty criminals Kluge and Borkhausen also become involved, deception, betrayal and murder ensue, tightening the noose around the Quangels’ necks …
~ On my bedside table ~
In last week’s round-up, I mentioned that I had just started reading The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. I finished it in 3 days! It’s a great read and I’ll be sharing my review on here soon.
I sometimes take a bit of a break when I’m in between books so I have been dipping in and out of the latest issues of FRANCE magazine, NB, and Writing magazine.
What have you been reading and buying this week? Let me know by leaving a reply in the box below.
Until next week, happy reading!
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Welcome to Sarah’s Vignettes stop on the blog tour for Butterfly in Frost, written by No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Sylvia Day and your chance to win a copy of the book.
My thanks to Charlotte Cooper at Midas PR for inviting me to take part in the tour.
Scroll down to find out what Butterfly in Frost is about and for details about how to enter the giveaway.
~ Publisher’s Description ~
Teagan Ransom has finally settled in a place she can call home, spending time with new friends she adores, focusing on a fulfilling job, whilst reconciling the past and laying the groundwork for the future.
That is until Garrett Frost moves in next door. He’s obstinate and too bold, a raging and disruptive force of nature. Teagan recognizes the ghosts that haunt him, the torment driving him. Garrett would be risky in any form, but wounded, he’s far more dangerous. Tegan fears he could pull apart everything she has worked so hard to build, but Garret’s too determined…and too tempting.
Emotional and heartrending, Butterfly in Frost marks a brilliant return by global sensation Sylvia Day, the No.1 international multimillion bestselling author of the Crossfire saga.
~ Where to find Butterfly in Frost ~
Butterfly in Frost was published in Paperback by Montlake Romance on 27th August 2019. You can buy it on Amazon UK and Amazon US. It is also on goodreads.
~ Giveaway ~
For your chance to win a paperback copy of Butterfly in Frost, leave a comment in the comments/leave a reply box at the bottom of this post (scroll down past my bio), letting me know why you would like to win a copy of the book. I will then choose a winner at random from all of the entries.
The giveaway is open until 9am on 1st September. A winner will be announced shortly afterwards. Good luck!! Full terms and conditions are below.
*Terms and Conditions –UK and International entries accepted. Please enter by commenting in the Comments box at the end of this post. The winner will be selected at random from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to Midas PR, the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Sarah’s Vignettes will delete the data. Sarah’s Vignettes is not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.
~ About Sylvia Day ~
Sylvia Day is the No.1 New York Times, No.1 USA Today & No.1 international bestselling author of over twenty award-winning novels translated into 41 languages. With tens of millions of copies of her books in print, she is a No.1 bestseller in 28 countries. Sylvia served as the 22nd President of Romance Writers of America and presently serves on the Authors Guild’s Board of Directors. Sylvia’s work has been covered in Time, Variety, People, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Associated Press, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly.
I am delighted to be welcoming author Rachael Featherstoneto Sarah’s Vignettes today. Rachael’s debut novel Puzzle Girl is out in paperback this month and she has written a beautiful piece to share with you about the inspiration behind the story. It’s straight from the heart and I am honoured to be featuring it. There is also a chance for you to win a copy of the book.
Thank you to Emily Glenister at The Dome Press for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book to be reviewed on Sarah’s Vignettes soon.
~ Publisher’s Description ~
Love is a riddle waiting to be solved… Clued-up career girl Cassy Brookes has life under control until one disastrous morning changes everything. When she finds herself stuck in a doctor s surgery, a cryptic message left in a crossword magazine sends her on a search to find the mysterious puzzle-man behind it. Cassy is soon torn between tracking down her elusive dream guy, and outwitting her nightmare workmate, the devious Martin. Facing a puzzling love-life, will she ever be able to fit the pieces together and discover the truth behind this enigmatic man?
~ Guest Post from Rachael Featherstone ~
I’m often asked what inspired me
to write Puzzle Girl. In a nutshell:
my mum. But that doesn’t do her justice. It’s hard to put into words just how
much of an inspiration my mum was for this book. She wasn’t just the base of a
character or a cheerleader for my writing process. Without her, Puzzle Girl would never have existed,
the idea or the physical book.
I was 23 when I found out my mum
(aged 45) had terminal ovarian cancer. The news was devastating but my mum didn’t
let it stop her from living every minute of her life to the fullest. She
travelled, she fundraised, she did chemo and alternative treatments, she
embraced a raw food diet and positive thinking. She surpassed the doctors’
expectations. She had always been an inspiration to me, bringing me up by
herself, going to university as a mature student to become a primary school
teacher when I was young. But during her illness she showed me just how strong
she really was.
I tried to hold it together, but
I needed an outlet for the emotions I was feeling. When I was a self-conscious
teenager, the first book that offered me true escapism and made me laugh-out-loud
was Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie
Kinsella. So it just seemed to make sense – at a time when I really needed to
find reasons to laugh – to try writing a romantic comedy.
The idea for Puzzle Girl began to take shape while I was sat in a hospital
waiting room with my mum. There was a stack of magazines. I began wondering
what would happen if someone had left a message in one of them and the story
grew from there. While none of the book is based on true events or people, my
mum was the catalyst for writing the book and I wanted her reflected in the
story in some way.
At one point in the novel, Cassy
(for reasons I will leave you to discover!) finds herself reluctantly in a yoga
class. My mum only trained to be a yoga teacher when I was older so it’s not
often how I remember her but many people do. She touched so many people’s
lives. She was the sunshine on a rainy day. That’s why I created Letitia
My mum died before I finished my
book but she never doubted I would get it published one day. When she was in
the hospice, I read her the Letitia Sunshine passage and it is so special to
me. Puzzle Girl has gone through HUGE
structural changes since then, but the short scene with Letitia Sunshine is
almost unchanged from the original. Knowing my mum heard that part is so
incredibly important to me.
Writing Puzzle Girl was in many ways a coping mechanism for what was going
on in my life at the time. Puzzle Girl
is more than just my debut novel, it contains a memory, a part of my history
and a link to my mum, that I will always cherish. I hope reading Puzzle Girl offers you some escapism and
makes you laugh whether on a rainy day or in the sunshine!
~ Where to find Puzzle Girl ~
Puzzle Girl was published by The Dome Press in ebook in August 2018 and in paperback in January 2019. It can be found at Amazon UK and on Goodreads.
~ Giveaway ~
For your chance to win a paperback copy of Puzzle Girl, click on the button below. The giveaway is open until 12am on 20 January 2019. A winner will be announced shortly afterwards. UK entries only please. Good luck!! Full terms and conditions are below the entry button.
*Terms and Conditions –UK and Ireland entries only. Please enter using the button above. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Sarah’s Vignettes will delete the data. Sarah’s Vignettes is not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.
~ About Rachael Featherstone ~
Rachael Featherstone was born and raised in Woodford.
Her path to writing was a little unorthodox. After reading Mathematics at
Oxford University, New College, Rachael went to work in research.
When Rachael’s mother was diagnosed with terminal
cancer in 2012, Rachael decided to take a chance, quit her job, and fulfill a
lifetime ambition to write a novel. She went back to university and completed a
Masters in English Literature and had several short stories published.
Rachael now lives in Hampshire with her husband and daughter.