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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Blog Tour: Made In Nashville

Publication date: February 6th 2014
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Age group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
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An on-stage attack left Honor Blackwood with more scars than just the one on her face. It’s been ten years since she left her spot as Nashville’s brightest country music star. Is now the time to return? And is she brave enough to do it?

Country rebel and rock star, Jared ‘Jed’ Marshall is hot property on the Tennessee music scene in more ways than one. He’s wild, he’s sexy and everybody wants a piece of him. But when he sets his sights on Honor, is it pure attraction or just distraction on his mind?

Honor’s record label sign the ex-boyfriend that dumped her and suddenly going back to her old life is harder than she thought. Can she get a new contract? Will she get to perform at the Marlon Festival? Or will Dan Steele destroy everything?

When a secret from the past becomes public knowledge it’s no longer just about the music. Are all the people in her life lying to her to get what they want? And who is really behind the anonymous gifts she keeps getting sent?

Join the country scene to find out!


Jared had seen everything from his position at the bar. That fucking asshole had touched her. He was seething with a rage bigger than anything he’d experienced in a long time. He slipped down from the stool and adjusted the sleeves of his jacket.
‘Excuse me a minute, Byron. There’s somethin’ I’ve gotta take care of.’ He started to walk.
‘Hey, where you going?’ Byron looked across the room. ‘Hey man, come on, leave it alone.’
‘Come on, Honor, I was just…’ Dan started.
‘You were just what? Checking out whether or not it still makes you sick?’ she blasted.
She didn’t register Jared’s appearance until he grabbed two fistfuls of Dan’s shirt and pulled him off his feet.
‘What the hell?!’ Dan exclaimed regaining his footing.
‘Honor.’ He paused. ‘Did you ask him to put his hands on you?’
She saw the heat of fury in his eyes, hatred crumpling his features. She knew his next actions were dependent on whatever she said or did next. What was he doing here? Had he come here because of Mia’s invitation?
‘Honor.’ He stopped again to take a breath and make things clear. ‘Did this jerk put his hands on you?’ He grabbed a handful of Dan’s shirt, rolling it tighter in his hands.
She nodded.
Jared shook his head, tightening his lips. ‘Outside,’ he snarled.
‘Oh what the hell, Jed! Are you crazy? This is bullshit. Honor, tell him,’ Dan yelled, trying to move out of Jared’s hold.
‘You do not put your hands on a woman unless she asks you to. Outside!’ Jared ordered.
‘Man, I’m on in fifteen minutes. I don’t need the heat here. I’ve got a reputation and…’ Dan began.
Honor was losing her resolve. She just wanted Dan gone, but did she want him unconscious in the street? That was what Jared Marshall was proposing. A dust up, an ass-kicking, dueling on the strip because she’d freaked out.
‘You’ve got a reputation? Yeah, man, well so have I. I guess you don’t remember,’ Jared spat.
‘Jed, man, come on,’ Byron said, arriving at the scene.
‘Stay out of it, Byron,’ Jared warned.
Byron looked to Honor. All she had to do was tell Jared to let Dan go. Why wasn’t her mouth moving? Why was she letting this play out?
‘Call security,’ Dan said, directing the question at Byron.
‘You either get your ass outside or I’m gonna drop you right here, right now, in front of the whole fucking bar,’ Jared threatened.
‘Man, come on,’ Dan said. ‘Please.’
He looked genuinely terrified. She hadn’t ever seen him look that way before. Jared’s hand was still at his throat and Dan was sweating.
‘Let him go,’ Honor stated.
He was so pumped up he wanted to thrash the life out of the asshole right there. Dan fucking Steele. Thinking he could put his hands on a woman like that. Touching her. He wanted to rip his throat out and put it on the menu as a special. He had to be taught a lesson.
‘He isn’t worth the trouble and…it isn’t your fight. It’s mine,’ Honor spoke.
‘Hey, I wasn’t fighting with you I just…’ Dan started.
‘Shut the fuck up, man!’ Jared yelled.
‘Let him go.’ She took a breath. ‘Just let him go.’

about the author

Mandy Baggot is an award-winning romantic fiction author, writing hot heroes and emotional reads.

Represented by Kate Nash of the Kate Nash Literary Agency she is also a contributor to writing blogs, magazines and short story anthologies and regularly takes part in fiction festivals and literary events.

Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, Corfu, shoes and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.

Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Blog Tour: Charming + Giveaway!

By Krystal Wade
Publication date: October 6th 2014
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Pages: 228
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Retellings, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Rating: ★★★½


They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that's great . . . as long as you don't die. 

Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.

Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.

Little do they know someone's determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.


Charming is a retelling of Cinderella with a dark twist. It deals with dark topics such as abuse and murder. We follow sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine who has been abused by her father since her mother passed away in an accident. Since that day, life for Haley hasn't been the smoothest.

The storyline for the book was very well written. It took me quite some time to get into the story and appreciate the plot and characters. For one, Haley was a complex character. I understood her reasons for wanting to keep the abuse and her problems to herself as well as to protect her sister. But it's not right to not tell an adult or seek help. Especially with what she went through.

Of course, there is romance in this novel. The relationship between Haley Tremaine and Chris Charming felt a little unrealistic in the beginning. The romance felt rushed and fake. It was hard for me to get into it. I couldn't comprehend how Chris wanted Haley's attention all of a sudden. However, once I was able to get pass that and as their relationship progresses, it was more likeable.

All in all, this book wasn't perfect. It has its faults. Nevertheless, it was a very entertaining read.

about the author

Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there.

The horrid commute gives Krystal plenty of time to zone out and think about her characters in full, brilliant details (she’s a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give her a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to her on the fifty mile trek into town (she picks up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out if you don’t believe us).

Krystal has been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of her oh-so-large life. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).


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Friday, 3 October 2014

Blog Tour: Unrequited + Giveaway!

Publication date: May 26th 2014
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 233
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Review copy
Source: Author
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Rating: ★★★


Seventeen-year-old Kat Hartland loathes Unrequited, the world's biggest boy band. Is she the only girl in Sydney who can't be bothered with perfect-looking Angus Marsden? 

Give her 5 Seconds of Summer. Now. 

Or maybe the seriously-hot med student who rescued her on a train—and who could be Douglas Booth's twin! Perfect formal partner, much? 

But when Kat comes face to face with Angus Marsden himself, things start to get complicated. Very. Throw in a deranged female popstar, final exams, a part in the musical and a mum who just doesn't get it—and where is her best friend? 

When did life get so crazy? Kat's just an ordinary schoolgirl. 

Isn't she?


Unrequited is hard for me to summarise into a few sentences so I'm going to skip that. I'll just jump right into my thoughts. It's a young adult novel that follows Kat Hartland but being told by multiple perspectives which is refreshing. There's one word to sum up the whole book. Fun. It was really exciting and interesting. The situations that the main character got herself into were enjoyable. I smiled and laughed quite often throughout the book. 

However, the storyline seemed terribly unrealistic for me. I know it's fiction, but there's a limit to how much can happen to prevent the story from becoming foolish and absurd. This book crossed it. The events that happened in the book were unbelievable. Other than that, the characters don't sound and act their age. All of them seem to have similar expressions but different actions. There wasn't enough things to draw out each character and make them distinct from each other. Hence, I could barely spot any character development. Really, the reason I'm not giving a high rating is because of how irrational the story was. 

All in all, it was a very exciting book. I wasn't able to appreciate the entire book but it was good while it lasted. I do still think that it would be a great book for someone who was younger, specifically girls. 

about the author

Emma Grey has two teenage girls, a three-year-old boy, a couple of businesses and another teen novel in the pipeline. Her first book, 'Wits' End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum' was published in 2005.

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