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A Sarah’s Vignettes Book Review: Magic Under the Mistletoe by Lucy Coleman (@LucyColemanauth) ~ @Aria_Fiction ~ @rararesources #BlogTour #Giveaway

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 journey!’

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 Literary Agency.

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 romantic.

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.

W: https://linnbhalton.co.uk/ ~ T: @LucyColemanAuth ~ T: @LinnBHalton ~ F: @LucyColemanAuthor

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Blog Tours · Books · Giveaway · Sylvia Day

Sarah’s Vignettes: Giveaway ~ Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day (@SylDay) ~ @midaspr #BlogTour

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 ~

Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day

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

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 TimeVarietyPeople, The Wall Street JournalCosmopolitan, Associated PressUSA Today, and Entertainment Weekly.

W: https://www.sylviaday.com/ ~ F: @AuthorSylviaDay ~ T: @SylDay ~ I: @sylvia_day

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Blog Tours · Books · Crime · Review Copy · Reviews

Blog Tour, Review, Giveaway: None So Blind by Alis Hawkins (@Alis_Hawkins) @DomePress

I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for None So Blind by Alis Hawkins. Thank you to Emily Glenister and The Dome Press for asking me to be involved and for sending me a copy of the book in return for an honest review. 

In this tour, I have my review to share with you and a giveaway where you can win a copy of the book. Scroll down to find out what I thought of the book and to enter the giveaway. 

~ Publisher’s Description ~

West Wales, 1850.
When an old tree root is dug up, the remains of a young woman are found. Harry Probert-Lloyd, a young barrister forced home from London by encroaching blindness, has been dreading this discovery.

He knows exactly whose bones they are.

Working with his clerk, John Davies, Harry is determined to expose the guilty, but the investigation turns up more questions than answers.

The search for the truth will prove costly. Will Harry and John be the ones to pay the highest price?

~ My thoughts ~

None So Blind is the first book in The Teifi Valley Coroner series by Alis Hawkins. Set in Wales in 1850, seven years after the Rebecca Riots, it is a story full of secrets, deceit, disguise, lies, love, revolt and so much more. I loved it!

Cleverly plotted with absorbing characters, None So Blind is told in six parts, from Discovery through to Afterwards, each section alternating between the points of view of Harry Probert-Lloyd and John Davies. Harry is an extremely interesting and well-crafted main character. Rapidly losing his sight, he is forced back home to the Teifi Valley from his work as a barrister in London. When human remains are found under an uprooted tree, he knows who they belong to and, with the assistance of his clerk, John Davies, is determined to find out how they got there. Harry and John make a great detective duo and I am excited to follow their stories through the series.

I enjoy reading both crime fiction and historical fiction but I think that this might be the first time I have read an historical crime fiction novel, and it has started something! Enter into a world without DNA to support crime solving, where horses or walking are the only modes of transport to visit suspects and witnesses, letter writing is the only way to contact people and share news. Ooh, it was fun living in this Victorian world and I didn’t want it to end. It was so easy to pick up None So Blind  and think I would just read a couple of chapters but then it was impossible to put down. It was so captivating! Alis Hawkins has a subtle way of slowly drawing in the reader to this dark world and it was a page turner from the beginning. 

I am really looking forward to finding out what Alis Hawkins conjures up for the next book in the series.

~ Where to find None So Blind ~

None So Bind  was published in November 2018 by The Dome Press and can be found at the following links:

Goodreads            Amazon UK          Amazon US

~ Giveaway ~

For your chance to win a paperback copy of None So Blind , click on the button below. The giveaway is open until 12am on 29 November 2018. A winner will be announced shortly afterwards. UK and Ireland 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 Alis Hawkins ~
Alis Hawkins
Alis Hawkins

Alis Hawkins grew up on a dairy farm in Cardiganshire. She left to read English at Oxford and has done various things with her life, including bringing up two amazing sons, selling burgers, working with homeless people and helping families to understand their autistic children. And writing, always.

Radio plays (unloved by anybody but her), nonfiction (autism related), plays (commissioned by heritage projects) and of course, novels.

Her current historical crime series featuring blind investigator Harry Probert-Lloyd and his chippy assistant John Davies, is set in her childhood home, the Teifi Valley. As a side effect, instead of making research trips to sunny climes, like some of her writer friends, she just drives up the M4 to see her folks.

Alis speaks Welsh, collects rucksacks and can’t resist an interesting fact.

Find out more at www.alishawkins.co.uk and follow Alis on Twitter at @Alis_Hawkins.

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Blog Tours · Books · Linn B. Halton · Reviews

Review & Giveaway: The Secrets of Villa Rosso by Linn B. Halton (@LinnBHalton) @HarperImpulse @rararesources

I am delighted to share with you my review of The Secrets of Villa Rosso by Linn B. Halton.

Thank you to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be part of the tour and for arranging an e-copy of the book from Harper Impulse in return for an honest review.

Before I share my thoughts with you, here is what The Secrets of Villa Rosso is about.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

Some places stay with you forever…

When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she’s reminded why she loves her job – set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn’t prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate’s director Max Jackson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso.

It’s not long before Ellie finds herself entangled in the history of the place, trying to understand the undeniable effect Max is having on her. As their relationship grows, what will Ellie discover about this idyllic villa and those who have walked through its doors?

What started as a simple work trip will change Ellie’s life forever.

~ My thoughts ~

Have you ever been to a place where you feel so comfortable with the surroundings and the people but yet it’s the first time you’ve ever been there? This is what happens to Ellie Maddison when she visits Villa Rosso and feels a deep, familiar connection with Max. Ellie has found her soul mate in her husband Josh and so we follow Ellie on her journey as she tries to deal with the lasting effects from her trip.

This is the first book by Linn B Halton I have read and it certainly won’t be my last. Through writing which flows effortlessly, I was transported from the very first word, into Ellie’s world and the descriptions of Italy and the interior design world are devine!

I thought the structure of the story worked really well. It begins with a party for Ellie and Josh’s nineteenth wedding anniversary, where Ellie sees something unsettling. It then goes back in time and Ellie takes us on her journey from the trip to Italy, the mystery which surrounds Villa Rosso, meeting Max and to her life when she returns to England.

The Secrets of Villa Rosso is Ellie’s story so is told solely from her point of view. I connected with her in a way I have never connected with a character before. Every thought. Every feeling. I was living Ellie’s experiences with her. When I had to put the book down because real life had to happen, I was left wondering how she was. Hats off to Linn B. Halton for writing which touched me in this way. Ellie also deeply feels things and this is mirrored in the strength and depth of the writing. It oozes off of every page.

Beautifully written and with a clever storyline, The Secrets of Villa Rosso is a story which I know will stay with me for a very long time. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to escape in a page-turner this Summer.

~ Where to find The Secrets of Villa Rosso ~

Goodreads            Amazon UK          Amazon US

~ Giveaway ~

Win a signed copy of The Secrets of Villa Rosso (Open Internationally)

To be in with the chance of winning this great prize, click here.

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide 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 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 I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

Please note that Sarah’s Vignettes is not responsible for this giveaway. 

~ About Linn B Halton ~

From interior designer to author, Linn – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

The Secrets of Villa Rosso - LinnLinn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Harper Impulse (Harper Collins) and Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

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 romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Find out more and read chapter one from each of Linn & Lucy’s novels at http://linnbhalton.co.uk/, follow Linn on Twitter @LinnBHalton and @LucyColemanAuth , visit her Facebook page @LinnBHaltonAuthor and her Amazon author pages: Linn B. Halton and Lucy Coleman

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Books · Liz Fenwick · Q&A · Recommended Reads

One Cornish Summer Publication Day Interview & Giveaway with Liz Fenwick (@liz_fenwick) @orionbooks

I am thrilled to welcome back Liz Fenwick and her sixth book One Cornish Summer to Sarah’s Vignettes today. I have another great interview with Liz to share with you and there are details of a fun giveaway Liz is running over on her social media pages.

I read One Cornish Summer back in March and found it beautiful and poignant (read my review here). I really hope it does well because it deserves to.

~ Publisher’s Description ~

Against the beauty of Cornwall, a story of two women struggling with their past: one cannot remember hers, the other cannot forget…

When Hebe receives a life-changing diagnosis at only 53, she struggles to make sense of what it will mean for her, her job and the man she loves. With memories slipping away by the day, she flees to the one place she has always felt safe and peaceful – Cornwall, and the house her family spent so many summers in.

Lucy is having her own crisis, and seizes the chance to follow her aunt to Cornwall. Curious about what has driven Hebe there after so many years, she also has to battle with the secret she has kept since her family’s last summer there more than ten years ago.

Both women will learn that memories live in our hearts and that sharing secrets can set you free… But can they find their way back to the things that are truly important to them?

~ Interview with Liz Fenwick ~

Welcome back to Sarah’s Vignettes, Liz!! I’m delighted to have you answering more questions about One Cornish Summer, your writing, and Cornwall. Continue reading “One Cornish Summer Publication Day Interview & Giveaway with Liz Fenwick (@liz_fenwick) @orionbooks”

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Half A World Away by Sue Haasler (@pauseliveaction) @DomePress

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Half A World Away by Sue Haasler. I have my review to share with you as well as a chance for you to win a paperback copy of the book.

Thank you to Emily Glenister at The Dome Press for asking me to be part in the tour and for sending me a proof copy of this book to read and review.

~ Publisher’s description ~

Being different can be dangerous…

East Berlin, 1987. Charming and talented Alex dreams of becoming a professional saxophonist while working long hours in the family bakery. Detlef, lonely, repressed, and a small-time Stasi informer, develops an obsessive love for him. But Alex has eyes only for Nicky, an English woman visiting East Berlin as an au pair.

With no natural outlet for his feelings, Detlef’s passion becomes destructive, his need for approval enmeshed with the latent homophobia of the regime. As Alex takes up with more successful musicians, he moves closer to influences considered subversive by a state that has eyes and ears everywhere, and Detlef’s passions threaten to endanger them all.

~ My Thoughts ~

Half A World Away is a love story set in East Berlin in 1987, two years before the Berlin Wall came down. Alex works in his family’s bakery by day and plays saxophone by night. When he meets Nicky, a young English au pair, the two begin a relationship and will do whatever it takes to be together. However,  when Detlef, a loner and Stasi informant, upon seeing Alex for the first time, falls in love with him. Under a regime where homosexuality is not allowed, a destructive love triangle ensues.

When I first picked up Half A World Away, I only set out to read a few pages. 50 pages later, I looked up at the clock – I didn’t want to put it down! The writing is comfortable and flows really well. The chapters are short too, which I really liked, and feel lends itself well to the gripping and captivating nature of the story.

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#Review: The American Girl by Rachael English (@EnglishRachael) @HachetteIre

This is the first book by Rachael English which I have read and what a wonderful introduction it has been to her writing. As soon as I read the book blurb, I knew it had the makings of a great story and it did not disappoint. Continue reading “#Review: The American Girl by Rachael English (@EnglishRachael) @HachetteIre”