Sophie King Week | Guest Post

I’m delighted to be sharing a fab guest post and a range of new covers from Sophie King today. You’re in for a treat! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

sophie-headshotSophie King is the author of six novels and a short story collection about families, friends and lovers. Her first novel, The School Run, was a bestseller when first published in 2005, and it was a bestseller for the second time when republished by Corazon Books in 2012.

Sophie’s latest release is Your Place or Mine? a new digital edition of her novel The Supper Club.

In between novels, Sophie writes short stories and has had hundreds published in magazines such as Woman’s Weekly and My Weekly. She also gives regular talks/workshops at bookshops and literary festivals including Winchester and Guildford.

Sophie is delighted to support new romance writing through her annual writing competition The Sophie King Prize.

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GUEST POST

I SIMPLY DON’T BELIEVE IT …

OK. I confess it. Last month, I did something terrible. I actually put another author’s book in the bin. I didn’t even give it to the charity shop round the corner which is the recipient of all our rubbish including things that shouldn’t have been in the bag in the first place (such as a mobile phone and a vibrator that didn’t even belong to me).

Forget I said that. I need to tell you about the book. Why did I bin it? Because I simply didn’t believe in the plot. I loved the beginning which set up a series of problems that really got me turning the page. How on earth, I asked myself, was the heroine going to get out of this one?

It turned out that the author might have been wondering the same thing. The final solution was … no, I can’t tell you or it might identify the book. Let’s just say that you had to believe in a very big coincidence if the plot was going to work.

Coincidences are funny things. They happen enough in real life. But when you slip them in a book, they look as though you’ve made them up. In one of my earlier novels, I wanted to include a scene based on the real story about a man who met two sisters at a party. He particularly liked one of them but he got their names muddled. So when he rang up, he asked for the wrong sister. Of course he realised his mistake on the first date but, like the gentleman he was, he said nothing.

Reader, he ended up by marrying her.

This happened to a friend of mine. Honestly. But it didn’t get into print because my then-editor thought it was too much of a coincidence. And although it hurt, I could see her point.

Recently, some new people moved in next door so of course we asked them round for a cuppa. Turned out that they used to live near where I grew up as a child. Miles away. But if you wrote about a woman whose new neighbours ‘happened’ to live where she had gone to school (and also knew about her family secret), a reader might well be sceptical. I should add here that I don’t have a family secret. I have several.

The same goes for twins. We have family friends who are like peas in a pod. They have gone out with each other’s boyfriends; taken job interviews for each other; and even tricked their parents. But twins are generally seen as a ‘cop out’ for a story. Readers, agents and editors demand a more unusual solution to mistaken identity.

As for dreams, don’t even get me started! I’ve learned to pay heed to mine. The other month I had a dream that someone in my family was about to have a really lucky break. The person in question got the job he’d been after, the very next day. But if you put it in a book, it would be a cop out …

It’s here I need to make a second confession. Yesterday, I happened to bump into a friend who knows the author of the book I binned. ‘Of course,’ she said, ‘some people thought the ending was a bit of a coincidence. But you know what? It really happened to her.’

Too late to go through the bin. But I think I ought to buy another copy to make up for my behaviour. As for the vibrator that ended up in the charity shop, I have to be honest. There are a few coincidences involved in that story too. But in the interest of those involved, I’m keeping mum …

NEW COVERS

Your Place or Mine 2016 cover imageDo You Take This Man by Sophie King 2016 coverFalling in Love Again 2016 cover Love is a Secret cover 2016 imageSecond Time Lucky 2016 coverThe School Run 2016 cover The Wedding Party by Sophie King 2016

Gorgeous aren’t they!

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Heartblaze by Shay Roberts

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Publisher: Snowfire Press

Publication Date: 30 November 2015

In your past life you were a legendary figure in a passionate relationship with a vampire. Now your enemies from that past have found you, determined to make you pay a terrible price for a life you lived more than 200 years ago!

EMMA RUE is an eager college freshman. For reasons she cannot understand, she attacks her professor in front of her stunned classmates. Desperate for answers, Emma goes to a psychiatrist who uses hypnotic regression to explore her troubled childhood. But when the regression goes too far, back into her past life, a remarkable revelation emerges that shatters Emma’s world. Suddenly on the run from powerful forces, Emma seeks out a shadowy figure from her past life…

JULIAN ST. FLEUR, the 18th-century vampire who transformed Emma’s soul. The beautiful and enigmatic Julian holds the key to Emma’s past, but will he help her? Two hundred years of loneliness have twisted him into a wicked creature and his reunion with Emma is unlike anything she had ever imagined. As Julian draws Emma into his heinous world, her only salvation may be…

STEFAN HILDEBRAND, a werewolf with legendary combat skills who is posing as a fellow student. Stefan’s feelings for Emma are real, but his powerful masters have ordered him to kill her! As the mystery of Emma’s past unravels, Stefan must make a choice, sacrifice Emma or listen to his heart.

Who do you trust, Julian or Stefan? Or do you go your own way?

How will you survive in a paranormal world unlike anything you have ever imagined?”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. I’m a big fan of vampire-type books so as soon as I read the description of this, I just had to know more!

The pace was quick right from the start but for some reason I struggled to fall into the storyline. Some of the early scenes were difficult to make sense of but as I continued reading I began to understand. Perhaps if I re-read from the beginning I’d now be able to connect more easily.

Heartblaze was like a paranormal cocktail with vampires, werewolves, werebears, ghosts and witches all milling around, doing their thing. They weren’t the fluffy kind of paranormal either, they were rather scary and dangerous – definitely not someone you’d like to meet in a dark alley.

The whole storyline had an eerie feel to it which, I think, was enhanced by the combination of time zones – reading about Emma’s previous life made the situation in her newest life seem even more deadly!

By the time I got to the end I had all sorts of questions swirling around in my mind and I found myself coming up with my own theories as to what will happen next.

This was a dark and busy read that gave a paranormal spin on the idea of ‘soulmates’.

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The Birthday That Changed Everything by Debbie Johnson

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Publisher: Harper

Publication Date: 28 January 2016

She wanted a birthday surprise, just not the one she got…

The last thing Sally Summers expected from her husband on her special day was that he’d leave her for a Latvian lap dancer half her age. So with her world in tatters, Sally jets off to Turkey for some sun, sea and sanctuary.

The Blue Bay resort brings new friends and the perfect balm for Sally’s broken heart in gorgeous Dubliner James. He’s just the birthday present she needs. And when the chemistry between them continues to spark as the holiday ends, Sally wonders if this is more than just a summer fling.

But James has scars of his own and Sally isn’t quite ready to turn her back on her marriage. This birthday might have changed everything, but what will the next one bring?”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. The first thing to catch my eye was the beautiful cover and then when I read the description I just couldn’t resist.

What a fab opening paragraph! A book that can put a smile on my face just a few words into the storyline is definitely going places.

Sally’s life had pretty much crashed down around her. She still had her kids, Lucy and Ollie but they weren’t easy to handle at all, especially Lucy whose words could have brought a grown man to tears. At the beginning I felt so sorry for Sally having such difficult children but do you know what, they totally grew on me and by the end I loved them both as much as the rest of the characters!

Somehow Sally and her kids ended up in Turkey and that’s when the fun really began.

The author’s style of writing and humour made this such an easy book to enjoy, a few of my favourite laugh-out-loud moments included: a baggage mix-up, a pub brawl and a pink spray attack! I found myself looking forward to picking up my Kindle to read more because I knew I’d soon be having a giggle.

There was an entertaining collection of crazy characters and each one of them added their own special zing to the comedy. Thrown into the mix was an exciting touch of romance which lingered beautifully, teasing me in a ‘will they, won’t they’ kind of way.

It wasn’t all about the laughter though, the author had a wonderful way of making me care about the characters so that when things went wrong I felt the same emotions they were feeling.

This book contained lots of fun combined with lots of emotion. I’ll definitely be reading more from this author!

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The Lost And Found Life of Rosy Bennett by Jan Birley

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Publisher: Acorn Independent Press

Publication Date: 4 November 2015

“Rosy loved her London life – her job in a designer shop, her gorgeous West London family house and of course her gorgeous family (although young sons are enough to test anyone at times). All that disappears when, one unremarkable morning, after one unremarkable school run, her husband collapses on a crowded tube carriage and dies.

As she struggles her way through the grief, she discovers her husband’s secret life: secrets accounts, secret deals that their solicitor knew nothing of, secret debts and what looks like a secret “very close friend” at least.

Totally unprepared and suddenly in debt, Rosy is forced to leave London to start a new life with her incredibly reluctant boys in the countryside. Can angsty urban teenagers cope with farm life, let alone enjoy it? More to the point, can their mother? It’s certainly not going to be easy but when you are at rock bottom the only way is up.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for sending me this eBook to read and share my honest opinion. The description really appealed to me because I have a tiny bit (okay maybe more than a tiny bit) of farm life in my history and I always enjoy reading about characters who swap city life for country living.

I liked the quick pace of the storyline, right from the very start there was plenty going on to hold my interest. Rosy’s life had been completely tipped on its head and she was struggling to come to terms with it all.

The mystery purchase baffled me as much as it did Rosy, there was an incessant ‘why?’ floating around in my head and I couldn’t wait to find out the answer.

As Rosy’s new life came together I couldn’t help but feel proud and I had mixed feelings when she made an unpleasant discovery. She may not have thought so, but she was such a strong character, she dealt with everything life threw at her and, for me, that’s what made her so likeable.

Having briefly worked with alpacas myself many years ago, I really enjoyed this side of the storyline. I challenge anyone to read this book and not develop some kind of interest in these beautiful creatures.

The author’s style of writing was lovely and very comfortable to read. This enabled me to connect with the storyline beautifully. There were so many parts of Rosy’s life that was familiar to me, I regularly found myself smiling and nodding because I had recognised a moment or feeling.

This was a drama-filled book combined with waves of touching moments. It was a joy to read!

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Quick Book Review | The Teashop on The Corner by Milly Johnson

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 19 June 2014

“Life is full of second chances…if only you keep your heart open for them.

Spring Hill Square is a pretty sanctuary away from the bustle of everyday life. And at its centre is Leni Merryman’s Teashop on the Corner, specialising in cake, bookish stationery and compassion. And for three people, all in need of a little TLC, it is somewhere to find a friend to lean on.

Carla Pride has just discovered that her late husband Martin was not who she thought he was. And now she must learn to put her marriage behind her and move forward.

Molly Jones’s ex-husband Harvey has reappeared in her life after many years, wanting to put right the wrongs of the past before it is too late.

And Will Linton’s business has gone bust and his wife has left him to pick up the pieces. Now he needs to gather the strength to start again.

Can all three find the comfort they are looking for in The Teashop on the Corner? And as their hearts are slowly mended by Leni, can they return the favour when she needs it most…?”

My Thoughts: This was a friendly, cosy read. A fabulous bunch of characters who caused some unexpected tears but left me feeling uplifted.

I give The Teashop on The Corner 4 stars.

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Enamor by Veronica Larsen

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Publisher: Self Published

Publication Date: 19 November 2015

“The first step in solving a problem is recognizing there’s one to begin with. Here’s mine. My new roommate is a conceited, womanizing jerk. He pushes my buttons and drives me so crazy I want to strangle him daily.

There’s a million reasons why I should stay far away from him, the most obvious of which being that I hate him with the fire of a thousand suns.
Except that I don’t hate him.

It’s a reckless game we’re playing, treading the edge of an attraction so intense it might as well be a grenade.”

MY REVIEW

Firstly I’d like to thank the author for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook. The description caught my attention because I love storylines where the characters don’t seem to like each other but have crazy sexual tension.

Right from the start there were hints of trouble in Julia’s past and it inevitably got my imagination working overtime as I tried to figure out what could have happened. Her first meeting with Giles was entertaining to say the least. The sexual tension that I mentioned above was definitely present even through Julia’s irritation.

The storyline switched perspectives throughout, from Julia to Giles. I loved this because it gave me the opportunity to build up a clearer image of events. Giles liked to play games and seemed to revel in Julia’s feistiness – I have to admit that I found this totally amusing, it was like a game of cat and mouse!

When it became apparent that Giles also had something troubling on his mind I realised that this was more than just a book about lust, love and sexual tension – it had all those things in spades but there were hidden depths too. Family turmoil, body image and a betrayal of the worst kind which turned out to be something so relevant for today’s digital lifestyle.

A bathroom invasion, a prank war, truths in a grown-up fort and an eventful visit back home were just some of my favourite parts of Enamor.

This was a tantalising New Adult read with characters I could easily take to heart as I watched them grow. Fantastic!

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Blog Tour Review And Giveaway | Sunkissed by Carys Jones

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Sunkissed by Carys Jones.

Thank you to Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for sending me the eBook to read and share my thoughts.

Publisher: Self-Published

Publication Date: 15 January 2016

“Dawn Summers is dying. It’s 1853 and as the seventeen year old continues to fade away she has visions of the father she never knew, urging her to fight for her life.

In the small village of Fandova the only medical care is in the form of the mysterious Dr. Moralus who has a known penchant for bloodletting. Thomas, Dawn’s fiancé, is warned against inviting his intervention, but feels he has no choice, he pleads with the doctor to save Dawn’s life…whatever it takes.

MY REVIEW

How far would you go to save the one you love? This was the question that entered my mind not long after I started Sunkissed. I also couldn’t help but notice the mysterious atmosphere, it felt dark without me being able to establish exactly why it felt that way.

Dawn and Thomas were a curious couple who became caught up in something sinister. I was particularly interested to see where it would lead them as they both seemed to have a very different view on the situation. I didn’t have to wait long to get my answer.

I loved it when the storyline jumped to the present day, I couldn’t wait to see how the characters had grown and changed over the years. What followed was my favourite part of the book, I guess because I could relate to the modern-day aspect more easily. During this time the author created a strong feeling of suspense with her words, I just knew something was about to happen. And happen it did!

It had quite a fast pace and as the story unfolded I found myself flying through the pages – I couldn’t put it down.

This was a mysterious, quick read that held my attention throughout. I’m looking forward to the next instalment.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

When she’s not writing, Carys likes to indulge her inner geek by watching science-fiction films or playing video games.

She lists John Green, Jodi Picoult and Virginia Andrews as her favorite authors and draws inspiration for her own work from anything and everything.

To Carys, there is no greater feeling then when you lose yourself in a great story and it is that feeling of ultimate escapism which she tries to bring to her books.

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GIVEAWAY

For your chance to win a £10 Amazon giftcard in the tour giveaway click the following link:

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(Please note, Me, My Books and I will not be responsible for providing the prize)

BLOG TOUR

Fri 15th: Lynsey James | Lil Novelist
Sat 16th: Ali – The Dragon Slayer | Book Review Café
Sun 17th: Book Lover Worm Blog | Lilac Diaries
Mon 18th: Me, My Books and I | This Chick Reads
Tues 19th: Bookabie, Gina Dickerson
Wed 20th: Shaz’s Book Boudoir | Aggies Books
Thurs 21st: Sky’s Book Corner
Fri 22nd: Amanda Oughton

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