Today I share my review for the novella Christmas Spirit by Nicola May. This is an enjoyable one that will help get you into the Christmas Spirit! There is also an international giveaway going on!
It’s two days before Christmas – and Evie Harris finds herself both manless and jobless. After a chance encounter with handsome Greg (and egged on by her toy-boy-eating friend, Bea) she agrees to work at a homeless shelter on Christmas Day.
Striking up an unlikely friendship with homeless Yves, Evie begins an unwitting journey of spiritual awakening, all set against the sparkling winter backdrop of London landmarks.
A New Year’s Eve revelation is on its way . . . but will it leave Evie with a happy heart, or will she allow the pre-Christmas past to dictate her future?
Author: Nicola May
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 31-November 1, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
This was a quick read to get you into the spirit of Christmas! Christmas can be such a crazy time and we can forget what the true meaning of Christmas is about: Helping others. This story focuses on the helping of others while helping Evie to grow herself. She starts off the story without a job and left by her boyfriend. She feels pity for herself, but the invite to volunteer at a homeless shelter was just what she needed. (And yeah, ok, Greg is nice to look at too!)
Evie meets a homeless man Yves who she helps and in return he helps her! This is a great short story that has a happy ending. This will be sure to help you get into the Christmas spirit!
About the Author:
Nicola May lives near the famous Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks – and, naturally, enjoying a flutter on the horses.
Nicola likes to write about love, life and friendship in a realistic way, describing her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick’.
She has written eight novels, with Christmas Spirit being her first novella.
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Today I am part of the blog tour for The Coco Pinchard Box Set by Robert Bryndza. I will be sharing my reviews for the two Christmas novellas in this series. These were two enjoyable novellas and I look forward to reading the rest of the series! There is also an international giveaway going on to win signed copies of all the books in the series!!!
**For the first time, all 5 books in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series are available in one! And this box set includes a new introduction by the author. They are currently on SALE:
‘Coco Pinchard has to be one of my favorite female characters. If you love the Bridget Jones series, then you need to check this out!’ Kerensa, Amazon Reader
Book 1: The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard
If you enjoyed flipping through Bridget Jones’s diary, you’ll love perusing Coco Pinchard’s emails! Coco confides in her quirky, supportive friends as she deals with her life falling apart. Read the emails that tell the heart warming and often hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel-good Romantic Comedy.
Book 2: Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding
Coco thinks she’s on the road to happily ever after with Adam, until he inexplicably breaks up with her. Will one mistake cost them their whole future? Coco sets out to discover what has really happened, and uncovers a shocking secret Adam has been hiding from her… Full of hilarious twists and turns, Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a witty, heart-warming, romantic comedy – the stand-alone sequel to no.1 bestselling, The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard.
Book 3: Coco Pinchard, the Consequences of Love and Sex
Coco Pinchard has a great life, a bestselling memoir, and a handsome second husband. Things are going exactly as planned — until her adult son runs into disaster, her ex’s mother butts back into her life, and she finds out she’s pregnant! Maybe life is more fun if you throw your plans out the window… The third book in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling Coco Pinchard series (which can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone story) is a hilarious diary with Coco’s trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time.
Book 4: A Very Coco Christmas
It’s 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco Pinchard is home for Christmas after her first term at University. She’s fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, but Coco’s mother wants her to be with Kenneth, the son of posh friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas.
As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other. A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone prequel short story to Robert Bryndza’s smash-hit Coco Pinchard series.
Book 5: Coco Pinchard’s Must-Have Toy Story
A sparkling feel-good comedy, which asks the question – how far would you go to get your child the must-have Christmas toy?
It’s December 1992, and children are going crazy for the Tracy Island toy – almost as crazy as the parents! Christmas day is fast approaching and Coco Pinchard is desperately trying to track one down for her four-year-old son Rosencrantz.
From dodgy dealings in a motorway lay-by, to extreme shopping in Hamley’s with a Sylvanian Families fanatic, to having a go at the Blue Peter make-your-own Tracy Island, Coco tries everything in the hope that four-year-old Rosencrantz will open his must-have toy on Christmas morning.
Author: Robert Bryndza
Published: June 3, 2015
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: October 25-26, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
This is a short novella that introduces us to Coco (AKA Karen). I knew Bryndza wrote crime thrillers (which I plan to read at some point!) but did not know he also wrote some chick-lit/romantic comedies! Needless to say I jumped at the chance to read it. This is my first Bryndza novel and I really enjoyed it!
A Very Coco Christmas is a great introduction to Coco or would be a great ‘look back’ at her earlier life if you already know her. I personally want to read the whole series now! I can tell Coco will be a character I will enjoy reading with the crazy adventures she is bound to go on!
This short story takes place in 1985 and she has just finished her first semester of college and goes back home for Christmas…. Christmas can be a crazy time of year for everyone and chaos ensues for Coco: She can really find herself in some ‘interesting’ situations! You will need to read this one to know what I mean! There is even a turkey in this story…. And he has a NAME!
If you are a fan of chick lit and fun yet crazy in a good way stories, give Coco a try! You will be sure to enjoy it!
Author: Robert Bryndza
Published: October 1 ,2015
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: November 2-6, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
It is 1992 in the UK and the ‘must have’ toy of the year is the Tracy Island. Coco’s son wants one: The problem is that these toys are in very high demand and there is a limited supply! The Tracy Island is so popular that there are also directions available to make a ‘homemade version’!
This is the beginning of the novella and the many situations Coco finds herself in to locate a Tracy Island. Each time Coco is in a situation to procure one, things fall apart. Each situation is more outlandish (in an entertaining way) than the previous one.
I don’t have children, but I know parents will identify with this Christmas novella’s situation: How do you make your child happy when they want the most anticipated toy out there that is nearly impossible to get your hands on???? What extremes will a parent to go to get their child this particular toy?
This is an enjoyable novella that shows the chaos of Christmas and finding that certain gift. **What I did not realize until I started working on this review is that the Tracy Island was a real toy in 1992! I cannot help my ignorance in this: I am an American and have never heard of Tracy Island before this novella! I have no idea if this show even aired in the US! I wish I had known while I was reading the novella that it was a real toy!
These novellas are very enjoyable, and I plan on reading the rest of the series. Buy these books and get to know Coco; you won’t regret it. I look forward to reading more from Bryndza!
About the Author:
Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. It has sold over one million copies.
The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets, has just been published.
Robert’s books have sold over 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.
In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.
You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza
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Enter to win signed copies of all the books in the series- You will read one and want to read them all: I do! And since the box set is currently on sale, I bought my copy!!
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Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for Fierce Grace by Jess B. Moore. I will be sharing an extract from the novel.
Annabelle Dare is in a good place. She landed a sweet job, teaching at the quaint Fox River Elementary School. She has everything she needs: teaching music and sharing an apartment with her best friend. A simple life, she’s convinced, is all she needs.
Asher Grace knows who he is and what he has to offer. Nothing. A poor boy from the wrong side of town, steel worker, with too much weight on his shoulders as he is trying to hold his family together. Best choice is avoiding too-sweet-for-her-own-good Annabelle at all costs.
Annabelle falls in love with the way she comes to life with Asher. He awakens a hunger for life and love in her that she didn’t know she possessed.
Asher must learn his worth beyond his upbringing and his past. Annabelle must learn to stoke the fire of life as it burns within her and learn how close she can get before the flames lick her.
Buy Fierce Grace here.
**Note from Jess B. Moore: I’ve pulled this extract from an intimate scene early in the book. The first time Annabelle and Asher have been alone together, talking and opening up with one another.
I like this scene – and chose to share it with you – because it tells us so much about each of them. We have their desire, but also their need to get to know one another first. Asher is protective of his family, and swamped about worries where Annabelle is concerned. You also have your first peek into Annabelle’s past – one she isn’t quite ready to share yet.
My body responded to his nearness, to his words, until it took all my effort not to lean into him. I couldn’t move away. Not while he looked at me with desire painted on his handsome face. My feet wanted to lift onto my toes and push me upward for a kiss. I stared boldly at his lips.
Asher moved first, not breaking the spell, but weaving it. He brought his hands to my arms, moved them slowly up and down. My heart raced and my fingers tingled and all I wanted was to fall into his warm chest and clutch hold of him. Then he took my hands and directed us to the living room.
He sat on my sofa, like it wasn’t totally strange he was there with me. I sat down too, leaving an entire empty cushion between us. I was reading too much into little things, and tried in vain to stop the crazy pounding of thoughts in my skull.
“How many brothers do you have?”
It was the first normal thing to pop into my head as a topic of conversation. I knew he had brothers, plural, from mentions here and there. The Grace brothers were a source of whispered gossip in Fox River, and I had generally ignored anything I heard about them. Asher was the only one I’d met, which seemed strange in such a small town. He’d mentioned an older and physically bigger brother the night before.
But after asking, it seemed like the wrong thing. Jumping into the personal without looking first. His face was carefully guarded when he answered.
“Two. One older. One younger.” Asher paused, clearing his throat, and had to make himself continue. “Hudson is turning thirty this year. Which is unbelievable. I can’t figure out how we got so old.”
“Speak for yourself.” I swatted at him and he let out a laugh. He watched my movements, and it helped him relax, to sink into the couch.
“Brandt is twenty-four. He’s … well, he’s got a lot of growing up to do yet.”
He sounded both protective and pissed when he talked about Brandt. I had oh so many more questions. But I thought better of it, and let it drop.
He nodded, his face serious. Of course with his secretly paying attention, and having asked Nate and Kendra about me, he would know my age.
“I’m trying to convince myself I’m not too old for you.”It sounded like an excuse. Not a very good one either.
“It’s four years. That’s nothing.” I rolled my eyes at him.
Age is a funny thing. When you’re young, every year matters. If we talked about me being fifteen and him being nineteen, then yeah, he would be too old for me. Even when we met, I was twenty-one and he was twenty-five, and he seemed a lot older. I had still been in college, living without a lot of responsibility, very little insight on the Real World. He’d had a legit job that required hard work, and had been supporting himself for who knows how long. The age gap was big at some point. But over the course of a couple of years, it had dwindled. Now we were both simply in our twenties. No big deal.
“Do you have siblings?”
“No.” I shook my head, “Only child.”
I’d always wished for a sibling, a little sister to follow me around and keep me company. I romanticized the whole notion, imagining a sweet and spunky little girl who would adore me. We would have been best friends. But I outgrew those childish fantasies about the time my dad succumbed to alcohol and became a monster. I wouldn’t want my precious imaginary sister to grow up in my house after all.
Another note from Jess B. Moore:
I hope you’ve enjoyed this exclusive sneak peek from Fierce Grace and it leaves you wanting more!
Fierce Grace is available through Amazon, in digital and paperback:
My debut novel, The Guilt of a Sparrow is also available (with ties to Fierce Grace) here.
I hope you enjoyed reading a small piece of my book, and that you want to get to know Annabelle and Asher even more now!!
With mirth & moxie,
Jess B. Moore
About the Author:
Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.
Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.
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