New Release + Book Review ~ ‘Little Teashop of Horrors’ by Jane Lovering.

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Little Teashop of Horrors by Jane Lovering
(Yorkshire Romances #7)
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: 28th March 2017.
Publisher: Choc Lit




Secrets, lies, carrot cake – and an owl called Skrillex!

Amy Knowles has always been the plain sidekick to her pretty best friend Jules. And whilst the tearoom they both work in on the Monkpark Hall estate in Yorkshire is not exactly awash with eligible bachelors, it’s obvious where the male attention is concentrated – and it’s not just on the cakes!

There is one man who notices Amy. Joshua Wilson also works at Monkpark, where he flies his birds of prey for visitor entertainment. He lives a lonely existence but he has reasons for choosing isolation – and, in Amy, he may have found somebody who understands.
Then a management change brings slick and well-spoken Edmund Evershott to Monkpark. He’s interested in Amy too, but for what reason? Josh suspects the new manager is up to no good – but will Amy? Because Edmund could leave her with much worse than a broken heart …

Another wonderful quirky, fun novel from this award-winning author. Sit back, grab the chocolate, you’re in for a real treat!



Book Review ~ ‘Little Teashop of Horrors’ by Jane Lovering ~ 5 Stars!

Jane Lovering’s novels are always guaranteed to bring you joy, and Little Teashop of Horrors is no exception! With a heroine you’ll love because she’s just so genuinely, well, nice, and a hero who’ll creep up on you and steal your heart without you noticing, this is a tale that will have you laughing one minute, then sniffling into a tissue the next.

Amy was a joy as our heroine. We all know someone like Amy, who is too nice for their own good (and often wish we were like her when our tempers get the better of us), and one of the many joys of this book was seeing the transformation that Amy made from the beginning to a strong, young woman who stood up for herself, and realised her worth. It beautifully mirrored Josh’s own transformation whose story will have you near to tears. Lovering beautifully creates a tentative friendship between the two that you will root for from the beginning.

Filled to the brim with a quirky humour that Jane Lovering never fails to bring to her novels, you will laugh out loud throughout; Sam and his artichokes, Gran and her spoons – all are so relatable that you feel as though you too are a part of the Monkpark family. There were many moments that I wished I was sitting in the Monkpark cafe, sipping tea and eating cakes and plotting ways to get rid of the snotty manager Edmund.

A delight from start to finish, Little Teashop of Horrors is the perfect book to dive into this spring! 5 Stars!

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Book Blitz ~ ‘Caught in Us’ by Layla Hagen.

Caught in Us by Layla Hagen
(Lost #3)
Publication date: August 3rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Dani Cohen knows Damon is trouble the second he walks in during senior year. He has bad boy written all over him. . .from his arrogant smirk to his perfectly toned abs. He is arrogant, intense, rebellious.

Dani has her future all planned out. She’s not the type to fall for a bad boy, no matter how panty-melting his grin is or how shamelessly he flirts. But something about Damon draws her in, awakening a desire she’s never felt. Slowly, she uncovers the secrets Damon hides: underneath his arrogance lies a tortured soul, his flirting smile masks despair.

Damon arrives in Dani’s life against his will. Carrying the scars of a dark past and facing an uncertain future, he knows he should stay away from her, but can’t. Her innocence consumes him, as does the desire to indulge in the passion igniting deep inside her.
An all-consuming bond blooms into a reckless love. But when mistakes from the past threaten their already fragile future, can their love survive?

A steamy and emotional full-length, standalone love story from the USA Today Bestselling author of Withering Hope.



As usual, I get too engrossed in my reading and am almost late for class. Sitting next to Hazel, I take out my books when Damon appears in front of our desk.

“You dropped your phone in the hallway,” he says politely.

“No, I didn’t.” I look in bewilderement as he drops my smartphone in my hand. Damon smiles mischievously, walking over to his desk as Ms. Evans enters the class. Wouldn’t I have noticed if my phone had fallen on the corridor during our altercation? Not really…I was too preoccupied with him to notice anything else. My skin heats up at the memory of his closeness. I swivel to ask Hazel something and find her staring at me with curious eyes.

“Do you have anything to share about your morning?”

“I read a book,” I mumble.

Ms. Evan starts talking about the Bronte novel we had to read when I receive a text.

You should take better care of your things. 

The sender appears only by number, not name, but I know who it is. Sure enough, one glance in Damon’s direction confirms my suspicion. He’s not looking at me or his phone, but lifts the corner of his lips. It dawns on me that I might not have dropped my phone at all. He must have taken it from my pocket.

And you shouldn’t steal other people’s things, I reply.

Hey, you were eavesdropping, so don’t go all saint on me. You were the first offender. 

I smile, overcome by a strange giddiness. I can’t believe he stole my phone, or that he got my number, or that he’s texting me right now. I’m grinning like an idiot. It’s the first time a guy has written to me and not asked for my notes or something similar. Given our less than friendly interactions yesterday and this morning, this is a surprise. Sometimes it takes a healthy fight and a familiar pain to gain a friend.

“After the battle of stares yesterday follows the battle of messages?” Hazel murmurs, smiling. “Bad boy is showing quite an interest in you.”

“No, he’s not.” Something light settles in my stomach.

“I heard that a junior tried very hard yesterday to make him ask for her number and failed. He must be very interested in yours if he got it on his own.”

“This doesn’t mean anything.” The lightness grows, the giddy feeling bubbling up inside me.

“Maybe not.” She leans in conspiratorially. “Maybe it does.”

When Ms. Evan announces she’ll question us about Wuthering Heights, I have the feeling Damon might take this opportunity to display the same unpleasantness as yesterday.

Be nice if Ms. Evans asks you something, I type quickly. Please.

He doesn’t type back, and as Ms. Evan begins to ask questions, I brace myself. She deliberately avoids asking him anything though. Then she asks Beckett what his opinion is about the motives behind Heathcliff’s behavior. He stares at her with a blank face, clueless.

It’s Damon who answers. “Heathcliff felt out of place. He didn’t belong to their class, and everyone else never let him forget it.”

Ms. Evans’ eyes widen, but all she says is “Do you think that justifies him?”

“No. That’s no justification for being a dick to everyone,” Damon says nonchalantly.

Ms. Evans flinches. “That language doesn’t belong in the classroom, Damon.” Her tone is firm. I’m proud of her. “I’ll let you out of the questioning round because you’re new, and I gave this assignment a week ago.”

Damon’s lip twitches, and I can tell he’s about so say something obscene back. I sit up straighter, staring at him intently. He catches my eye and winks at me. I instantly flush, dropping my gaze to my hands.

“I had to read the book in my junior year,” Damon replies. Ms. Evans nods, and then continues questioning Anna. I think about something the principal mentioned today… Damon scored mostly A’s at his old school. My assessment was spot on yesterday. Under the mask of carelessness hides a perfectionist. Someone who is clearly smart. As Ms. Evans instructs us to look up a certain passage in the book, I shift in my chair, holding my copy in my hands and pretending to flip through its pages. In reality, I am sneaking glances at Damon. Who was he before he came here and whom did he lose?

Thank you for not being rude, I text him under the desk. I receive an answer almost immediately.

Ouch. That sound like something you’d tell a dog. I’m not a poodle; don’t try to train me.

I write back quickly. You’re definitely not a poodle. More like a pitbull. I hear those are hard to train. Whatever they do, it’s because they want to.

There is a pause in which I wait breathlessly, and then my smartphone vibrates. They also tend to attack their owners. 

My fingers almost snap as I hurry to reply. I don’t believe that. They just have a bad reputation. Don’t believe everything you hear. It’s all appearances.

Another short vibration. Ms. Evans looks at me, so I just chance a quick glance at my phone. So what should I make of your Linkin Park t-shirt?

Frowning, I text back as best as I can while pretending to pay attention to Ms. Evans. What’s the harm in liking Kinky Fuck?

Damon’s next message confuses me. Is that an invitation? I read what I wrote before, and shame washes over me.

Abandoning all pretense of paying attention to the teacher, I write It was autocorrect. I meant Linkin Park. OMG, I’m so sorry.

He doesn’t write anything back, and when I look at him, he appears on the verge of bursting out laughing.



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My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
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Book Review ~ ‘The Consequence of Loving Colton’ by Rachel Van Dyken.


The Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken.
(Consequence #1)
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance,
Release Date: April 21st 2015.




My name is Milo Caro and I have a confession to make.

I’ve been in love with Colton Mathews since I was five. He should have known that sharing a cookie with a sugar obsessed little monster would do the trick–it sealed his fate. So really, the fact that he’s sporting a black eye, a limp, almost got ran over by a car, and was nearly responsible for another person’s death? Right. HIs fault. Not mine.

I made a pact with myself–this weekend would be different. I’d come home for my brothers wedding, smile, and Colton would naturally melt into my arms, we’d get married have five kids, live in a house by the river, and get a dog named scratch (clearly I’ve thought this through).

What really happened? I punched my brother in the face, Colton kissed me and apologized, I lied about having a boyfriend, oh and everyone wants to meet the mystery man.

They say laughter always comes before insanity–ha, ha. All I wanted was my brother’s best friend…instead I’m sitting in prison.

Let this be a lesson to you all…life rarely happens the way you want it to.

Damn cookie.



Book Review ~ ‘The Consequence of Loving Colton’ by Rachel Van Dyken ~ 4 Stars!

If you are looking for a book that will have you doubled over with laughter, and then within the space of a paragraph, doubled over with laughter again for a completely different reason, then this is definitely one for you. The perfect feel-good romp with a sexy hero, hilarious secondary characters, and a mind boggling heroine who you just can’t help but root for.

Milo’s infatuation with Colton is one that has lasted for as long as she can remember. Alongside her brother, Colton is the one that has always been there, for every embarrassing incident, every pretend game, and every kiss. But, after feeling rejected one too many times by Colton, for being merely his best friend’s little sister, she tries to move on going to uni and meeting her best friend Max. When she returns home for her brother’s wedding, shenanigans ensue, and between Milo’s clumsiness, Max’s flair for amateur dramatics and a whole lot of misunderstandings, it becomes a test to see who will live to see the dawning of a new week.

Colton was such a great hero. Hopelessly in love with Milo, his every attempt at showing it seems to result in him apologising, which being the hopeless guy he is, doesn’t realise is not the best thing to say to a girl after you kiss them. With the help of Max, and his best friend, he makes it his mission to win Milo over.

There were some great characters, and a really fun family atmosphere throughout this story that made it so much fun to read. However, my one issue with parts of the story is the way that Max and his brother discuss being taken advantage of by women. When reading it, I knew that it was not in any way the author’s intention to make rape or sexual assault any less of a serious issue than it is, but that in an attempt to add humour the seriousness of male rape/assault wasn’t as sensitively dealt with as I would have liked.

Nevertheless, this was a great read and my stomach muscles definitely got a work out with all the laughing I was doing.

4 stars.

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New Release ~ ‘Boy Toy Chronicles: Volume 1’ by Jay McLean.


Boy Toy Chronicles by Jay McLean
Volume #1
Release Date: 5th March 2015.





Warning: This book contains mildly inappropriate everything.

So…I came up with a plan.

I sat the brothers down and gave them my speech; we’d become male escorts. The house was split.

The single dudes thought it was great. The guys with the steady girlfriends told the single dudes they were insane.

I promised them all we could make it work without hurting anybody. But we had to be smart about it. We had to keep it off campus. We had to keep it a secret. And in order to do so, we had to target those who wanted it kept a secret as much as we did.

Our target: Filthy rich, unsatisfied, horny housewives.

Keep it high class, so to speak.

And thus began BTC, or Boy Toy Corporation.

Crazy, right?

Crazy genius.

-Tyler West.




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Book Review ~ ‘Tangled’ by Emma Chase.


Tangled by Emma Chase
(Tangled #1)
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary.





When rich, handsome, and arrogant meets beautiful, brilliant, and ambitious, things are bound to get tangled

Drew Evans makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu, but we all know that’s not really true.

When Katherine Brooks is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

How can one woman turn a smooth-talking player into a broken, desperate man? By making the one thing he never wanted in life the only thing he can’t live without.




Book Review ~ ‘Tangled’ by Emma Chase – 5 Stars!

I cannot remember the last time that I have laughed so much at a book! I’m a soft touch when it comes to romance, and before I read ‘Tangled’ I had found myself leaning towards more emotional stories, but Emma Chase just drew me in to this story (pun intended) and showed me that contemporary romance can still be emotional even when you’re laughing your head off!

‘Tangled’ is the perfect ‘laugh-out-loud’ book and I knew as soon as I read the first chapter from Drew’s point of view that I was in for a treat. Emma Chase nailed Drew’s character, and I loved his internal monologues, and how perfectly ‘guy-like’ they were. When Kate entered the scene, a fiery, determined, career-driven woman, I howled at their sarcastic banter and the serious competition they gave each other to prove their worth and land the coveted client. Kate was the best heroine ever, and seeing how she completely wiped the floor with Drew, from drew’s point of view no less, was priceless!

I really liked the set-up of this novel, especially how it jumps from the present to the past and then catches up again. Seeing just how hopeless Drew is when it comes to women, and understanding their feelings was both hilarious and endearing. Just seeing him lay around moping, after we’re shown why he is hidden away with man-flu, and how it is his sister that has to beat some sense into him is something that will have women everywhere despairing.

I laughed and cried when Drew began his attempts to win Kate back, and despite the humour that was a crucial ingredient to Drew and Kate’s journey, I never once felt that the emotion and love behind their relationship wasn’t implicated enough. Emma Chase did a wonderful job at combining the witty banter and humour with an emotional undertone that showed just how much Kate and Drew love each other.

A fun, heartwarming read, Tangled is easily a 5 Star read, and I can’t wait to read more of these two characters.

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Tour Stop ~ ‘Part-time Princess’ by Pamela DuMond.



Part-time Princess by Pamela DuMond
(Ladies in Waiting #1)
Publication date: Spring 2014
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance





Two Princes are in love with her. Too bad she’s an imposter…

Hold tight to your tiara, grab your scepter and be prepared for the New Adult hilarious, modern-day romantic-comedy ride of your life!

Rated PG-13 and mildly R for:

Sexual innuendo.
Hot Guys.
Hot Guys who are Princes.
The occasional naughty word.
The occasional naughty royal fantasy.
The occasional naughty deed.
A puppy.
A Royal Wedding!
More Romance.
And—a Happily-Ever-After Ending (Just not the way you expected it!)

Lucy Trabbicio’s a down-on-her-luck, young, American, former biker-bar cocktail waitress desperate to find a job. Lady Elizabeth Billingsley hires Lucy to travel to Fredonia, the tiny jewel of a country in the Alps, for ten days ‘tops’ to impersonate her.

Say what? How the heck is that going to happen?

In the mother of all makeovers, Elizabeth’s people teach Lucy how to dress, walk, talk, eat, be coiffed and even get naked like a European Lady.

The goal?

To keep Crown Prince Cristoph Timmel interested in Elizabeth until she finishes her unexpected, pressing personal business in the States.

But fate intervenes… Lucy meets and is wildly attracted to sexy, bad-boy Nick on the oh-so-long flights to Fredonia. Unfortunately for Lucy—Nick and Elizabeth have a hot sexual history, which Nick wants to immediately resume.

Prince Cristoph proposes marriage. What’s an imposter girl to do? Elizabeth insists that she’ll make it back home in time for the wedding. Lucy accepts Cristoph’s proposal and is on the fast track to becoming a Princess but continues to fall for the wrong Prince of Fredonia—Nick. When another tiny glitch arises—someone’s trying to kill her.

The only folks helping Lucy are her wild, party hard, take-no-prisoners Ladies-in-Waiting.

When the real Lady Elizabeth decides she’s not marrying Cristoph and never returning to Fredonia, Lucy’s faced with an uncomfortable decision—continue her deception, marry the prince she’s not in love with and live a dream life albeit without Nick, her dream guy? Or tell the truth and return to poverty and oblivion?

A modern day sexy fairy tale with romance, twists and turns, LOL moments, a few tears and an empowering ending.




Book Review ~ ‘Part-Time Princess’ by Pamela DuMond ~ 5 Stars!

‘Part-time Princess’ is the perfect feel-good book! There was just something about it that ticked all the boxes for the perfect fun, exciting and intriguing New Adult book, and I honestly felt so light after finishing it, that it was like I was walking on air for a week after, as I kept thinking about the book and smiling from the memories of the great story and the loveable characters.

Lucy was the best heroine for this book. I loved how we were introduced to her life before she was taken on her unforgettable journey, because it really made me sympathise with her and really root for her to get the best she could out of life. When she is offered the job by Elizabeth to impersonate her, I could feel myself groaning even as I was laughing and rolling my eyes, as I just knew this had to be the most ludicrous plan Elizabeth could have come up with, which made the story all that more fun and exciting as Lucy begins her training and eventual move to Elizabeth’s homeland.

In everything I’ve read by Pamela DuMond she always does a wonderful job of so beautifully entwining the fun and humour in the book with the emotional and heart-aching aspects. I really felt this way when I saw how Lucy was struggling, and how she was determined to keep strong even after she was treated badly in her last job.

What really made this book the gem that it was, was the addition of the amazing side characters like the ladies-in-waiting, who always cracked me up and had me dying to be part of their group, and Mr Phillip Phillips, whose proper ways and sudden disk surgery on his back always added a little humour, even in serious circumstances. I loved the protectiveness he had for Lucy, even though he didn’t show it in the most traditional of ways.

And no book is complete without two princes vying for the heroine’s affections! And oh boy was this fun to read! We first meet Nick when Lucy is travelling under the guise of Elizabeth, and immediately I loved his cocky ways and bad boy persona, and couldn’t wait to get to know him better, and to see how Lucy was going to fend him off. Prince Cristoph just had me rolling my eyes at how immature he could really be. I was rooting for Nick immediately, but I couldn’t help but laugh at all of Cristoph’s scenes with Lucy because he was just so bad at seducing her and obviously didn’t comprehend that there was anything wrong with him seeing other girls.

This was the most amazing, fun and exhilarating book that I have read for a long time, and I can’t wait to see where the Ladies-in-Waiting series will take me next (but hopefully it will show me a little bit more of Nick!)

If you are looking for a rom-com with a little something extra, then look no further!

5 Stars!




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Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.

Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)

When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.



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Challenge Carol! ~ Upcoming Release of ‘Three Little Birds’.


Challenge Carol!

Humorous author, Carol E. Wyer has just taken launching a new book to a new level. To coincide with the forthcoming release of her seventh book, Carol will be taking on some unusual challenges including belly dancing, a ‘Bush Tucker’ trial, zorbing and zip lining while playing a kazoo and indoor skydiving.

Carol says, “After completing the book I suddenly had an urge to have a go at some of the challenges that the characters face. So, I thought, why not? The inner child in me went crazy with delight and encouraged me to commit to a few mad challenges before I remembered how old I really am. It’s too late to back out now so, we’ll have to see how they work out.”

The first challenge is in London at GoApe where she will attempt to zipline while playing a kazoo and try not to land on her publisher who is accompanying her. You can see the results at her blog or YouTube.

Her latest release, Three Little Birds due out August 15th is a tale of friendship, self-discovery, romance and topped with lashings of the by now familiar humour we have come to expect from this author.



Three Little Birds by Carol E. Wyer.

Three Littel Birds


If your friend challenged you, would you dare?

Charlie Blundell cannot get over the tragic death of her only daughter. She drifts between her job at the Art cafe and her hospital radio show, the only things which give her life purpose.

Her best friend, the madcap Mercedes, cajoles Charlie into writing a ‘carpe diem’ list, but then swaps Charlie’s list with her own. Now, each must complete the other’s challenges, and the outcomes will astound both of them. The challenges begin as a series of relatively harmless, fun activities. Soon, though, the stakes increase when Charlie has to complete her challenges to save the hospital radio station.

As the tasks become more demanding, a handsome stranger takes an interest in her, but he is not what he seems. One challenge causes a secret buried deep within her to surface, which may prove to be her undoing.

Three Little Birds is a story of love, friendship and discovery, laced with hilarity and topped by a wickedly funny parrot called Bert.

Three Little Birds is published by Safkhet Publishing and released August 15th

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Carol E. Wyer

Carol E Wyer is an ex-teacher and linguist who lives in rural Staffordshire. Having written a series of educational yet amusing books for children, she turned her attention to the adult market in 2010 when her son flew from the nest.

Her best-selling novels have won several awards for humour and much attention from the media. Since then, she has appeared on over thirty BBC radio stations, several international radio stations, NBC television and BBC Breakfast television discussing age-related subjects such as ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’. Her writing style has been described frequently by the media as ‘witty’ or ‘humorous’ and has even been compared to the acerbic wit of Jeremy Clarkson and the humour of Robin Williams.

Carol has written articles for and featured in several national women’s magazines including Take A Break, Choice, Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Own who also wrote about her journey to becoming a best-selling author.

Last year, she took a crash course in stand-up comedy and has performed her comedy talk Smile While You Still Have Teeth to sell-out audiences in Lichfield, The Black Country and will be on main stage the Isle of Wight Literary Festival in October along with big name celebrities, Alan Titchmarsh, Katie Price, Sheila Hancock and novelist Katie Fford



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