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What The World Needs Now – Trees! by Cheryl Rosebush.| #BlogTour #WhatTheWorldNeedsNowTrees #Review #lovebookstours | @lovebooksgroup

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of the blog tour for; What The World Needs Now – Trees! by Cheryl Rosebush. This is a little new for the blog, I haven’t branched out into children’s books before, but this once is just too cute and it has such an important message, I can’t wait to share it with you all. Firstly thank you to Kelly for the invite to this book blitz. Now let’s have a look at the book…

What the World Needs Now – Trees! By Cheryl Rosebush

Genre: Childrens

What the World Needs Now is an environmental children’s book series for ages 4-8 that aims to connect the world’s youngest book lovers to the importance of nature, and our place in it.

Each book in the series follows a friendly animal through its habitat, helping kids learn about one thing the world needs now, be it more trees or bees or less plastic, to maintain a healthy planet.

The series is designed to help parents and educators lay the foundation for future learning on the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. But for our littlest kids, the connection starts at a much simpler point: their first job is to fall in love with nature – because you don’t protect what you don’t love.

The books support engaging with our kids on how we can better respect and care for the only planet we have.

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Review

I will admit that I haven’t read Children’s books for a while (for about thirty years, to be perfectly honest) but this was a fabulous and cheerful escape from the norm and could be the start of more Children’s books to be featured on the blog.

I was really interested in this one because of what the book is about, the larger picture which this book is trying to share with the world. The fact that our trees are not only hugely important to our very living but the fact that trees are the life’s-blood of any creature’s very existences, a message which children need to hear and this book tells that ever-important message in a perfect way by introducing us to the adorable Jefri, a baby Orangutan.

It makes me so happy that the main character is an Orangutan I do have a real love for orangutans they are incredible creatures, intelligent and loving, the similarities with humans is astounding – if anyone has ever watched ‘The Orangutan Orphanage’ then you will know what I mean –  and yet it is human’s which are destroying their homes, their lives. So to have a children’s book telling the story of why we need to look after Tree’s and having an Orangutan tell that story is so beautifully done.

The book is pack with information and is very educational, which is all put across to the reader in a fun way, the illustrations are stunning, I would recommend you read this with your little ones using the paperback (if available) as reading from a Kindle like I did takes a little shine off just how visually appealing and special this little book is.

What the World Need Now: Trees! Is a wonderfully engaging, educational and extremely beautiful book, it’s a delightful quick read which I am sure will give children and their parent’s hours of enjoyment. They will take with them the all-important message of just how vital trees are to our world and how important it is for every person on this earth to recognise that, which will then lead more caring and treating our world with the love and respect it needs.

Note From Cheryl

This is a brand-new adventure for me – completely independent and self-published! And it feels like the culmination of everything I have ever worked on.

When was the last time you bought a book that offset its own carbon emissions and preserved critically threatened rainforests? So proud to say that when you buy “What the World Needs Now: Trees!”, you will be doing just that.

Meet Jefri! He’s the adorable main character in the first book of my series called What the World Needs Now: Trees!. He was created by my talented illustrator Zuzana Svobodova. For me, it was love at first sight!

I knew I wanted my first book in the series to be about trees, and after my World Bank mission to Sumatra in 2019, I knew I wanted my main character to be an orangutan. They literally have everything to lose by tropical forest loss. And since they share so similarities to humans, I thought an orangutan would be the perfect animal to underscore the ways in which we are all connected to trees.

Watch this amazing video to see Jefri come to life!

Awww, isn’t Jefi the cutest??

About the Author

I was born and raised in Southern Ontario, Canada in the cities of Burlington and St. Catharines. Long before the internet and mobile phones (now I’m aging myself!), my childhood was spent in forests and parks, on bike rides, and playing hide and seek until the streetlights came on. My family did comical Griswold-style road trips in wood-paneled station wagons. We spent summers swimming in friends’ backyards. These are my very fortunate roots.

I knew from an early age that my destiny would take me far from Southern Ontario. I graduated high school and moved to Montreal to study international politics at McGill University. The subject fascinated me, but as graduation approached, I realized I didn’t know what I wanted to do with a degree in international politics. I didn’t want to become a lawyer. I didn’t want to become a politician or civil servant. The media industry, on the other hand, intrigued me.

The West Coast of Canada also intrigued me. So, after graduating McGill, I packed up again, moved to Vancouver and took the first media job I could get at a local Top 40 radio station (Z.95.3) in Vancouver. Best job. Great bosses. I learned so much. But after a couple of years there, the winds of change came calling again.

September 11, 2001. In a heartbeat, Z95.3 went from playing Britney Spears to reporting up-to-the-minute information on the local, national and international fallout of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. In that moment, I knew I had found my calling. I wanted to do something that was needed on a good day, and needed even more on a bad day. I wanted to become a full-time journalist.

So, I packed my bags again (a running theme in my life), and moved to Ottawa, Ontario to do my Masters of Journalism. Another incredible two years culminated in me getting a research internship with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) in London, England. That position helped me land back in Montreal for a second chapter there as local news reporter for the CBC. While I was there, I wore just about every hat you could in CBC’s radio and TV newsrooms. Depending on the day, I was a researcher, producer, reporter, or online writer. I even filled in for the weather reports every once in a while.

Find more about Cheryl here – https://www.cherylrosebush.com/

The Last Blast of The Trumpet by Marie Macpherson| #BlogTour #TheLastBlastOfTheTrumpet #Excerpt #lovebookstours | @Scotscriever @lovebooksgroup

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of the blog tour for; The Last Blast Of The Trumpet by Marie Macpherson. I can’t wait to share this book with you all, it sounds amazing, plus I have an exclusive excerpt which I am sure you will love as much as I do. Firstly, I want to say; thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours for the invite to this tour. Now let’s have a look at this book…

The Last Blast of the Trumpet by Marie Macpherson

Conflict, Chaos and Corruption in Reformation Scotland

He wants to reform Scotland, but his enemies will stop at nothing to prevent him.

Scotland 1559: Fiery reformer John Knox returns to a Scotland on the brink of civil war. Victorious, he feels confident of his place leading the reform until the charismatic young widow, Mary Queen of Scots returns to claim her throne. She challenges his position and initiates a ferocious battle of wills as they strive to win the hearts and minds of the Scots.

But the treachery and jealousy that surrounds them both as they make critical choices in their public and private lives has dangerous consequences that neither of them can imagine.

In this final instalment of the trilogy of the fiery reformer John Knox, Macpherson tells the story of a man and a queen at one of the most critical phases of Scottish history.

Purchase Link – Amazon

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Praise

‘Macpherson has done for Knox what Hilary Mantel did for Cromwell.’ Scottish Field

‘This richly realized portrait of a complex man in extraordinary times is historical fiction at its finest.’ Linda Porter, author of Crown of Thistles; Katherine the Queen, Royal Renegades; Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court of Charles II

‘Marie Macpherson has once again given us a cavalcade of flesh and blood characters living the early days of the Scottish Reformation in a complex tale told with economy and wit.’ S.G. MacLean, author of The Seeker Series and Alexander Seaton mysteries

Excerpt

The Wrath of the People

I see the battle shall be great for Satan rageth even to the uttermost

—Letter to Mrs Locke

John Knox, 16th Century

The Parish Church of the Holy Cross of St John the Baptist, Perth, 11 May 1559

‘John Knox has come.’

The words took flight, leaping from lip to lip, echoing round the kirk, ringing to the rafters, and striking terror into his soul. The seething mass of humanity surged forward only to be shoved back by metal-clad men-at-arms. Knox stood rooted to the threshold. The kirk was crammed full: he hadn’t expected such a crowd, nor such a clamour. Panic gripped his throat and crushed his lungs.

An elbow nudged him and a voice muttered in his ear, ‘The folk have tramped from all the airts to show support for their preachers and to await your guidance, master.’

Swallowing deeply, Knox steeled himself to follow in the wake of Sir Patrick Lyndsay’s lean, lofty figure cutting a swathe through the swarm that parted like the Red Sea before Moses. The biblical comparison inspired him. In the midst of the throng, folk stood on tiptoe, craning their necks to catch sight of him; those at the front stretched out their hands. Faces rough-hewn by the unforgiving Scottish climate glowed with expectation and excitement. His ain folk, he thought: humble hinds and herdsmen in fusty sheepskin blankets, ploughmen and draymen in worsted tunics jostled cheek by jowl with masons and skinners in worn leather jerkins and aprons, in stark contrast to the docile, dutiful gentry of his Geneva brethren. More like the Berwick horde before he’d tamed them, Knox reminded himself. He should not fear this unruly flock but seek to win them over.

‘Is thon the mighty preacher everyone’s talking about?’ a voice piped up. ‘He’s gey wee.’

Lyndsay grabbed the offender by the throat. ‘Short in stature he may be, but his voice makes the heart dirl like thunder. Afore I rip out your blasphemous tongue, shift your fat arse and let him pass.’

Cowed, the man slunk away while the rest of the crowd fell silent. Patrick, Master of Lyndsay, a blunt and fierce soldier, was not a man to be crossed.

‘Never fash, Preacher Knox, my men-at-arms will guard the kirk doors lest the priors of Perth dare to thwart your sermon. And I’ll no shrink from turning them loose on the rabble if trouble breaks out.’

About the Author

Scottish writer Marie Macpherson grew up in Musselburgh on the site of the Battle of Pinkie and within sight of Fa’side Castle where tales and legends haunted her imagination. She left the Honest Toun to study Russian at Strathclyde University and spent a year in the former Soviet Union to research her PhD thesis on the 19th century Russian writer Mikhail Lermontov, said to be descended from the Scottish poet and seer, Thomas the Rhymer. Though travelled widely, teaching languages and literature from Madrid to Moscow, she has never lost her enthusiasm for the rich history and culture of her native Scotland.

Writing historical fiction combines her academic’s love of research with a passion for storytelling. Exploring the personal relationships and often hidden motivations of historical characters drives her curiosity.

The Knox Trilogy is a fictional biography of the fiery reformer, John Knox, set during the 16th century Scottish Reformation. Prizes and awards include the Martha Hamilton Prize for Creative Writing from Edinburgh University and Writer of the Year 2011 awarded by Tyne & Esk Writers. She is a member of the Historical Writers’ Association (HWA), the Historical Novel Society (HNS) and the Society of Authors (SoA).

Twitter: Dr Marie Macpherson @Scotscriever

Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/TheKnoxTrilogy

Instagram: @scotscriever

Website: https://mariemacpherson.wordpress.com/

Publisher page: Penmore Press: https://www.penmorepress.com/project/marie-macpherson/

Keep Walking Rhona Beech by Kate Tough | #BookBlast #KeepWalkingRhonaBeech #lovebookstours | @lovebooksgroup

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of today’s book blast for; Keep Walking Rhona Beech by Kate Tough. This book sounds fascinating, I can’t wait to share it with you all. Firstly, I want to say thank you to Kelly and Meggy at Love Books Tours for the invite to this tour. Now, lets have a look at this book.

Keep Walking Rhona Beech by Kate Tough

Genre: Fiction – Self Help – Humour – Contemporary

Pages: 320

Publication Date: April 2019

When Rhona’s story comes to an end you will miss her. Her candid, raw, messy journey will make you laugh, cry and remember. Not a typical break-up book, it’s much more profound. Nothing has turned out quite how Rhona imagined: she’s been casually swapping one job for another while getting comfy in a long relationship which ends abruptly, and her efforts to adjust to that change are thrown by some unwelcome news…

Flawed, relatable Rhona Beech narrates this beautifully written, pacey satire about female friendship, heartbreak, career change, conceiving and illness, which will appeal to fans of Fleabag. Join her on a laugh (and cry) out loud search for meaning amongst the bars, offices and clinics of Glasgow.

Will her friendships survive the changes and challenges? Will SHE survive? At once funny and tender, Keep Walking, Rhona Beech is a clear-sighted look at a generation of women that was told they could have it all.

Buy Link: https://amzn.to/2I8oJ4Q

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Praise for Kate Tough

“Tough has a brilliant way with everyday realism.” Mary Paulson-Ellis, author of ‘The Other Mrs Walker’.

“Tough is a unique writer and not easily pigeonholed. Her work has a distinct, curious tone which elevates the stuff of everyday life (love, relationships, sex) and makes it very interesting.” Laura Waddell, writer, reviewer & publisher.

About the Author

In her fiction, Kate creates situations and people so recognisable that you’ll wonder whether she’s writing about you and your friends.

She takes readers into the interior world of her character so fully, they’ll forget where the character ends and the reader begins. Kate cares about dialogue and prose; she makes sure to provoke laughter and emotion from readers who spend time reading her work.

For occasional updates on new work, writing tips and audio clips subscribe via: www.katetough.com

*Picture credits: Writer and poet Kate Tough pictured in Maxwell park, Pollokshields. Kate’s new work, a poetry pamphlet called tilt-shift has just been published.

Photograph by Colin Mearns 6 April 2017 For Herald News

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The Running Wolf by Helen Steadman | #BlogTour #TheRunningWolf #Review #lovebookstours | @hsteadman1650 @ImpressBooks1 @lovebooksgroup

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of the incredible blog tour for this seriously amazing book; The Running Wolf by Helen Steadman. I am super excited to be sharing my review with you all, firstly I want to say thank you to Kelly and Meggy at Love Books Tours for the invite to this tour. Now, let’s have a look at this book.

The Running Wolf by Helen Steadman.

When a Prussian smuggler is imprisoned in Morpeth Gaol in the winter of 1703, why does Queen Anne’s powerful right-hand man, The Earl of Nottingham, take such a keen interest?

At the end of the turbulent 17th century, the ties that bind men are fraying, turning neighbour against neighbour, friend against friend and brother against brother. Beneath a seething layer of religious intolerance, community suspicion and political intrigue, The Running Wolf takes us deep into the heart of rebel country in the run-up to the 1715 Jacobite uprising.

Hermann Mohll is a master sword maker from Solingen in Prussia who risks his life by breaking his guild oaths and settling in England. While trying to save his family and neighbours from poverty, he is caught smuggling swords and finds himself in Morpeth Gaol facing charges of High Treason.

Determined to hold his tongue and his nerve, Mohll finds himself at the mercy of the corrupt keeper, Robert Tipstaff. The keeper fancies he can persuade the truth out of Mohll and make him face the ultimate justice: hanging, drawing and quartering. But in this tangled web of secrets and lies, just who is telling the truth?

Review

The Running Wolf is a complex, exciting, drama-filled historical full of intrigue and danger. I was gripped from the start. I loved the eeriness of the story, from page one there is something lurking in the background, in the story, it’s described as the ‘Wolf’,  there is danger threading within the story and hovers over the characters like a heavy mist waiting to settle.

The opening has you hooked, we first meet Hermann Mohll, a master sword maker in Germany (Prussia) who is having to relocate his family due to the work drying up, his village is on its knees he has no choice but to make a new life for himself and his little family in England. As well as his skills with the blade and his knowledge in how to create the perfect sword, he also has secrets buried deep, secrets that he has to protect for dear life. Once on English soil Hermann soon realises that there are dangers that even he may not be able to save his family from, there are snakes in the grass that are ready to strike at any moment, and soon he finds himself facing that very serpent.

I really like Hermann, he is just an ordinary man who is trying to do his best for his family and unfortunately for him he finds himself stuck bang in the middle of the political storm, a country that has been torn apart and he has to answer a question he doesn’t know the answers to.

There is a lot going on, and to quote the back blurb; ‘Tangled web of secrets and lies’ and that is this book, in a nutshell, you don’t know who to believe, the plot twists and turns until the very end which keeps you utterly gripped. I was completely enthralled with this intricately woven,  remarkable and compelling tale which had me perched at the edge of my chair far too often.

The writing is excellent, Helen Steadman masterfully transports the reader from their comfy armchair to the brutal and intricate 17th century where secrets and lies are powerful enemies and allies. I cannot recommend this enough, definitely a must-read for anyone who loves a darker, grittier historical the keeps the little grey cells turning.

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About the Author

Helen Steadman lives in the foothills of the North Pennines, and she particularly enjoys researching and writing about the history of the north east of England. Following her MA in creative writing at Manchester Met, Helen is now completing a PhD in English at the University of Aberdeen to determine whether a writer can use psycho-physical techniques to create authentic fictional characters.

Website: helensteadman.com / Twitter: @hsteadman1650

The Village by Philip Duke | #BlogTour #TheVillage #Review #lovebookstours | @freshly_press @lovebooksgroup

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of; The Village by Philip Duke. This review was supposed to be posted alongside my stop on the blog tour, but alas I’m late. But better late than never, right? So apologise to both Kelly and Meggie at Love Books Tours for the delay and to Philip. So let me finally let you read my thoughts.

The Village by Philip Duke

Genre: War Fiction

Publisher: Top Hat Books

Format: ebook, paperback

A Cretan village confronts the Nazi juggernaut sweeping across Europe.

A village matriarch tries to hold her family together…

Her grieving son finds a new life in the Cretan Resistance…

A naive English soldier unwillingly finds the warrior in himself…

And a fanatical German paratrooper is forced to question everything he thought he believed in. The lives of four ordinary people are irrevocably entwined and their destinies changed forever as each of them confronts the horrors of war and its echoes down the decades.

Buy Link – Amazon

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Review

I have to be honest and say that before reading this I didn’t realise just how much Crete was impacted by the war, obviously, I knew of Greece being invaded, thanks in part to watching Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (which is highly recommended if you like a simple war love story). But as for Crete, well that is partly my ignorance and the fact that my Geography is awful and I barely know where places are especially smaller Islands, but after reading The Village I will definitely be reading more about it.

 The story follows four completely different people as they face the battle of Crete; a young ever so slightly naive  British soldier,  who was inadvertently shoved into the midst of the action without knowing what to do, thanks to being conscripted. Then we have the view from the villagers, a matriarch trying to keep her family together and safe and a young partisan doing all he can with the other resisters to defend his people. And finally, we have a German paratrooper who only joined because of the love of his country, he doesn’t like what he is being made to do. It’s interesting to see the same war depicted thought all the different fractions, and that is the part of the overall story I liked best seeing how the war affected all people.

The depictions of Crete and the battle which happened there are so vivid, it’s clear that the author has done extensive research which breathes life into the characters and what they must face, yet the story is a very simple one of courage, suffering and revenge all brought together in a passionately written book which grasped hold of the reader and refuses to let them go.

I did think that the start was a little slow for my liking, and there were parts which I did think dragged on a little too much,  but once I got a few chapters in everything seemed to fall into place and the story found it’s true pacing which was a lot faster and held my attention far better than the start. But, that was just my personal opinion that is only because I prefer faster-paced stories, especially historical fiction.

I have always liked it when a true life event is used in a fictional story, even if I didn’t realise at first that it was based on true events I love that I can finish the book and become intrigued enough to start reading more on the subject which is what happened here. I didn’t know much – and by much I mean nothing, of the battle of Crete but after reading The Village I want to know more, which to me shouts out at just what a fine author Philip Duke is.

Overall a very enjoyable, gritty novel which will keep you hooked.

About the Author 

Philip Duke is a retired professor of anthropology. He and his wife lived on the island of Crete, Greece for five years before returning to the United States in 2015. His first novel, A Terrible Unrest, is currently being turned into a screenplay. Philip now lives in Durango, Colorado, USA.

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Plant Magic by Dr. Greg J Kenicer | #BlogTour #PlantMagic #Review #lovebookstours | @thebotanics @lovebooksgroup

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the blog tour for the wonderful; Plant Magic by Dr. Greg J Kenicer. I can’t wait to share my review with you all, Firstly thank you to Kelly for the invite to this blog tour. Now let’s have a look at the book…

Plant Magic by Dr. Greg J Kenicer

An informative and entertaining look at why plants have been used in magic and what that tells us about people and plants in a post-magic world.

With chapters on subjects as diverse as Witchcraft, Curses and Blessings, Divination, the Plants of Faery, Hallucinogens, Divine Plants in the Christian and Pagan traditions and a Plant Bestiary, Greg Kenicer’s book is an erudite and informative look at how and why various plants have had a role in Europe’s supernatural and magical traditions.

Individual entries look at particular plants combining botanical analysis with historical examples and anecdote to explain exactly why each plant came to be used in this way. Considerations of dangers and actual efficacy cast light on how modern science is now re-examining the uses of many of the plants and how the evolution of the plants themselves has been influenced by our use of them.

Whether Foxglove or Mandrake, Hawthorn or Aspen, Rowan or Oak, St. John’s Wort or Bird Cherry, Plant Magic shines a bright and fascinating new light on dozens of familiar plants.

Buy Link: rbgeshop.org

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Review

I absolutely loved Plant Magic, I have always been fascinated with the uses of plants, their history and even their meanings in various legends and myths, so I was intrigued by this book as soon as laying eyes on it, the cover alone grabs the attention (more of that later) and I am so pleased that this book delves into all of the above. There is a history of the ways plants were used, their meanings, their value in legends and mythology and even what people in certain times and countries thought of them.

Plant Magic is a remarkable and highly insightful book and I can guarantee if you’re like me and are interested in Botanical world then this is the book you need on the shelf. This isn’t the kind of book you sit down and read in one go, it’s a reference book, one you dip in and out of, but be warned that as soon as you start reading you will keep flicking through the pages for hours, it’s actually very addictive especially if you’re like me and have a garden full of plants, herbs and trees in the garden, I spent many happy hours learning all about the plants and trees I have growing.

I was particularly fascinated with the section on tree’s, I have a real love of trees (odd, I know) most people want to cut them down to have nice clean looking gardens and so they can bask in the sunshine on their immaculate lawns, not me, I have huge sycamores and silver birch in the back garden and I love walking through a heavy bowed wood, and even though I couldn’t find anything the book about my Sycamore trees, I was fascinated with eh part on Birches. And the Holly, Gorse, Bramble, Honeysuckle and  Blackberries sections were others which caught my attention, again because I have all of these in my garden.

The book is very easy to read, it’s set out in sections so you can easily find a specific plant or tree your looking for, and each one has been extensively detailed and researched, a whole host of fact, history, stories, their value in the art of magic, folklore and at times healing (which is another aspect that I found highly fascinating) and in many cases their meanings in mythology and legend, and peoples views of the plants as evil, bad/good luck.

Plant Magic is a beautiful book and I don’t only mean by the words within it, but’s is so visual and easy on the eye, I love the overall look of it the cover is striking, it has a real magical feel to it with it’s beautifully depicted cover art on that dusky blue background and it fringed in gold, it’s stunning to look at and when you open it there are the most beautiful drawings interwoven throughout.

About the Author

Dr. Greg J Kenicer is the author of Plant Magic. He is also a botanist and a lecturer at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. He is an expert in the evolution and diversity of peas and beans but the fantastical relationship between plants and people is where his heart really lies.

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Veil of Secrets by G.A. Charnock | #BlogTour #WeilOfSecrets #Excerpt #lovebookstours | @gacharnock @lovebooksgroup

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this brilliant blog tour; Veil of Secret’s by G.A. Charnock. This book looks and sounds amazing, I can’t wait to share it with you all, plus I have an exclusive excerpt, which I’m sure you will love. Firstly thank you to Kelly for the invite to this blog tour Now let’s have a look at the book…

Veil of Secrets by G.A. Charnock

Everybody has a past. Some just don’t know what it is yet…

Alice has long been intrigued by the couple she serves in Amo Mangiare every Friday.

There’s an unsettling tension between multi-millionaire businessman, Victor Davies, and his glamorous companion that she can’t put her finger on. So when she receives a hand-written cry for help from the mysterious Eva, Alice knows she can’t ignore it.

As events and coincidences conspire to lure her deeper into Victor’s territory – a strangely bewitching world full of luxury, intrigue and unanswered questions – Alice is never sure who she can trust.

But it’s only when Alice’s past comes calling and a long-buried secret is finally unearthed, that she must confront the ultimate truth.

You can never escape your destiny…


Exclusive Excerpt

Lost in thought, Alice looked out at the dark, threatening clouds heavy with snow – and shivered.

Most of the third-floor workers were long gone and only a fraction of the open-plan office was still lit up. She glanced down at the note in her hands, now slightly dog-eared after countless readings.

Footsteps approached her desk from behind – heavy, un-gainly, impatient.

“How’s the housing article coming along, Webbie?”

Alice jerked herself upright in her squeaky black recliner; grimacing at his pet name for her.

“Nearly done, Alan – a few tweaks, then it’ll be straight on your desk.” She reached for the neckline of her blouse, checking the top button was fastened. Ever since the leg-brushing incident in his office, Alice was painfully aware of her boss’ penchant for directing conversations towards her chest.

She flinched, then stiffened as he leaned in closer – thankfully she’d closed Eva’s note.

“You know, sometimes I think you work too hard, Alice.”

He was close enough for her to feel the warmth of his stale cigarette breath on the nape of her neck.

“Well, not really—” Her faltering reply was interrupted by a familiar, and much appreciated, voice.

Pete’s cheery greeting from above the partition was cut short the moment he clocked Alan behind her. The familiar disdain on his face was all too evident.

Alan bristled and stepped back from her desk. “Just make sure it’s with me by nine tomorrow.”

“Will do.” Alice caught Pete’s eye as her editor sloped away.

“Thanks,” she mouthed. “Great timing. You just back from a shoot?”

He dropped a bulging beige canvas satchel crammed with cameras and lenses at his feet. “Yeah, the new rehab centre that opened in the West End – eventually got the money shot of the mayor cutting the ribbon. Edge-of-the-seat paparazzi shit, eh?” His hazel eyes twinkled mischievously beneath a sweeping chestnut fringe.

One of her closest friends since their university days, Pete never failed to put a smile on her face.

“It’s great to see you so enthused about your job after all these years, though.”

He folded his arms across his chest. “And you’re not Editor-in-Chief already because…”

“…of sexist eejits like him.” Alice thumbed behind her.

“There’s no danger a pair of breasts will ever break the glass ceiling in editorial, Pete – sad but true.”

She picked up Eva’s note and waved it in front of him.

“Anyway, I’ve more important things to deal with just now.”

She studied his face as he slowly absorbed the words.

“So, that’ll be Victor Davies’ glamorous young companion.

Always knew there was some weird shit going on there.”

He looked up. “Ever the Samaritan, eh? You want company?”

About the Author

I’m a debut author who’s just released the first book in her ‘Secrets of the Veil’ series. I currently juggle running the family business with raising 3 kids – and trying to snatch the time to write, of course! From the age of 8 tennis was my life, resulting in various caps for representing Scotland and Britain, however, I gave it all up to get married and become a journalist! I am currently writing the sequel to’ Veil of Secrets’.


Unspoken by T.A. Belshaw| #BookBlitz #Unspoken #lovebookstours| @tabelshaw @lovebooksgroup

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of this fabulous book blitz for this wonderful book; Unspoken by T.A. Belshaw. I read this a few weeks ago and I absolutely loved it, so I am super excited to have the chance to share it with you all again. As always thank you to Kelly and Meggy for the invite to this book blast, now let’s have a look at this book.

Unspoken by T.A. Belshaw

Genre: Historical Fiction, Timeslip, Family Saga.

A heart-warming, dramatic family saga. Unspoken is a tale of secrets, love, betrayal and revenge.

Unspoken means something that cannot be uttered aloud. Unspoken is the dark secret a woman must keep, for life.

Alice is fast approaching her one hundredth birthday and she is dying. Her strange, graphic dreams of ghostly figures trying to pull her into a tunnel of blinding light are becoming more and more vivid and terrifying. Alice knows she only has a short time left and is desperate to unburden herself of a dark secret, one she has lived with for eighty years.

Jessica, a journalist, is her great granddaughter and a mirror image of a young Alice. They share dreadful luck in the types of men that come into their lives.

Alice decides to share her terrible secret with Jessica and sends her to the attic to retrieve a set of handwritten notebooks detailing her young life during the late 1930s. Following the death of her invalid mother and her father’s decline into depression and alcoholism, she is forced, at 18 to take control of the farm. On her birthday, she meets Frank, a man with a drink problem and a violent temper.

When Frank’s abusive behaviour steps up a level. Alice seeks solace in the arms of her smooth, ‘gangster lawyer’ Godfrey, and when Frank discovers the couple together, he vows to get his revenge.

Unspoken. A tale that spans two eras and binds two women, born eighty years apart.


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About the Author

T A Belshaw is from Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Trevor writes for both children and adults. He is the author of Tracy’s Hot Mail, Tracy’s Celebrity Hot Mail and the noir, suspense novella, Out Of Control. His new novel, the family saga, Unspoken, was released in July, 2020

His short stories have been published in various anthologies including 100 Stories for Haiti, 50 Stories for Pakistan, Another Haircut, Shambelurkling and Other Stories, Deck The Halls, 100 Stories for Queensland and The Cafe Lit anthology 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also has two pieces in Shambelurklers Return. 2014

Trevor is also the author of 15 children’s books written under the name of Trevor Forest. The latest. Magic Molly The Curse of Cranberry Cottage was released in August 2015

His children’s poem, Clicking Gran, was long listed for the Plough prize (children’s section) in 2009 and his short poem, My Mistake, was rated Highly Commended and published in an anthology of the best entries in the Farringdon Poetry Competition.

Trevor’s articles have been published in magazines as diverse as Ireland’s Own, The Best of British and First Edition.

Trevor is currently working on the sequel to Unspoken and the third book in the Tracy series; Tracy’s Euro Hot Mail.

Website: http://www.trevorbelshaw.com


The Village by Philip Duke | #BlogTour #TheVillage #BookFeature #lovebookstours | @freshly_press @lovebooksgroup

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; The Village by Phillip Duke. Full disclosure, I was scheduled to post a review, but being a very bad book blogger who has no concept of actually posting on time, I totally forgot to write my review….Ooops, apologies!! So, I’m sharing a quick book feature and will share my review tomorrow, I can’t wait to share it with you all. Firstly, thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours for inviting me to this blog tour, and do come back tomorrow to read my review. 

The Village by Phillip Duke

Genre: War Fiction / Publisher: Top Hat Books / Format: ebook, paperback

A Cretan village confronts the Nazi juggernaut sweeping across Europe.

A village matriarch tries to hold her family together…

Her grieving son finds a new life in the Cretan Resistance…

A naive English soldier unwillingly finds the warrior in himself…

And a fanatical German paratrooper is forced to question everything he thought he believed in. The lives of four ordinary people are irrevocably entwined and their destinies changed forever as each of them confronts the horrors of war and its echoes down the decades.

Buy Link – Amazon

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About the Author 

Philip Duke is a retired professor of anthropology. He and his wife lived on the island of Crete, Greece for five years before returning to the United States in 2015. His first novel, A Terrible Unrest, is currently being turned into a screenplay. Philip now lives in Durango, Colorado, USA.

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What The World Needs Now – Trees! by Cheryl Rosebush.| #BookBlast #WhatTheWorldNeedsNowTrees #lovebookstours | @lovebooksgroup

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Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be apart of today’s book blitz for; What The World Needs Now – Trees! by Cheryl Rosebush. This is a little new for the blog, I haven’t branched out into children’s books a lot, but this book looks fascinating and it has such an important message I can’t wait to share it with you all. Firstly thank you to Kelly for the invite to this book blitz. Now let’s have a look at the book…

What the World Needs Now – Trees! By Cheryl Rosebush

Genre: Childrens

What the World Needs Now is an environmental children’s book series for ages 4-8 that aims to connect the world’s youngest book lovers to the importance of nature, and our place in it.

Each book in the series follows a friendly animal through its habitat, helping kids learn about one thing the world needs now, be it more trees or bees or less plastic, to maintain a healthy planet.

The series is designed to help parents and educators lay the foundation for future learning on the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. But for our littlest kids, the connection starts at a much simpler point: their first job is to fall in love with nature – because you don’t protect what you don’t love.

The books support engaging with our kids on how we can better respect and care for the only planet we have.


Note From Cheryl

This is a brand-new adventure for me – completely independent and self-published! And it feels like the culmination of everything I have ever worked on.

When was the last time you bought a book that offset its own carbon emissions and preserved critically threatened rainforests? So proud to say that when you buy “What the World Needs Now: Trees!”, you will be doing just that.

Meet Jefri! He’s the adorable main character in the first book of my series called What the World Needs Now: Trees!. He was created by my talented illustrator Zuzana Svobodova. For me, it was love at first sight!

I knew I wanted my first book in the series to be about trees, and after my World Bank mission to Sumatra in 2019, I knew I wanted my main character to be an orangutan. They literally have everything to lose by tropical forest loss. And since they share so similarities to humans, I thought an orangutan would be the perfect animal to underscore the ways in which we are all connected to trees.

Watch this amazing video to see Jefri come to life!


Awww, isn’t Jefi the cutest??


About the Author

I was born and raised in Southern Ontario, Canada in the cities of Burlington and St. Catharines. Long before the internet and mobile phones (now I’m aging myself!), my childhood was spent in forests and parks, on bike rides, and playing hide and seek until the streetlights came on. My family did comical Griswold-style road trips in wood-paneled station wagons. We spent summers swimming in friends’ backyards. These are my very fortunate roots.

I knew from an early age that my destiny would take me far from Southern Ontario. I graduated high school and moved to Montreal to study international politics at McGill University. The subject fascinated me, but as graduation approached, I realized I didn’t know what I wanted to do with a degree in international politics. I didn’t want to become a lawyer. I didn’t want to become a politician or civil servant. The media industry, on the other hand, intrigued me.

The West Coast of Canada also intrigued me. So, after graduating McGill, I packed up again, moved to Vancouver and took the first media job I could get at a local Top 40 radio station (Z.95.3) in Vancouver. Best job. Great bosses. I learned so much. But after a couple of years there, the winds of change came calling again.

September 11, 2001. In a heartbeat, Z95.3 went from playing Britney Spears to reporting up-to-the-minute information on the local, national and international fallout of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. In that moment, I knew I had found my calling. I wanted to do something that was needed on a good day, and needed even more on a bad day. I wanted to become a full-time journalist.

So, I packed my bags again (a running theme in my life), and moved to Ottawa, Ontario to do my Masters of Journalism. Another incredible two years culminated in me getting a research internship with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) in London, England. That position helped me land back in Montreal for a second chapter there as local news reporter for the CBC. While I was there, I wore just about every hat you could in CBC’s radio and TV newsrooms. Depending on the day, I was a researcher, producer, reporter, or online writer. I even filled in for the weather reports every once in a while.

Find more about Cheryl here – https://www.cherylrosebush.com/