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Blog Tour: An Impossible Thing Called Love

Today I will be sharing an extract for my spot on the blog tour for the novel An Impossible Thing Called Love by Belinda Missen. This one is available now.  There is also an international giveaway going on!

Book Description:

Don’t miss the new delightfully uplifting book from the author of A Recipe for Disaster!

A second chance at love…

When globe-trotting Emmy first fell for first-aider William on a freezing New Year’s Eve, she really believed that their love would go the distance.

But when she returns to Australia, her letters start to go unanswered and her emails bounce back unread, Emmy decides it’s time to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and start afresh in London.

So she’s shocked when William walks in on her very first day at her new job! Even worse, he’s hotter than ever. But why did he disappear for so long? What has he been hiding? And could this really be their second chance at falling in love…?

Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.

Purchase Links:
Paperback: http://bit.ly/2wCYmKS
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2MHzAEj
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2otrlxi
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2Pk2jvQ
Book Depository: http://bit.ly/2wCYmKS
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2BXdvv3
iTunes: https://apple.co/2Ptnsnu


Hi Everyone – so this piece here is the lead up to William and Emmy meeting for the first time. Emmy is taking part in the torch parade of Hogmanay, and William is lucky enough to be working first aide for the night. This scene has changed dramatically over the life of the book and, in the end, this seemed like a fitting, if not painful meet-cute for them. I feel like it tells us a bit about each of them as people, without having to put it into words:

Grabbing Josh, I muttered something about men and women still being able to be friends in this day and age without having to get naked with each other. I think I might have been louder than expected because, before I could so much as clutch at Josh’s jacket, they were jostling again. A rustle of fabric, a flash of dancing footsteps, and I felt a blunt sting across my face. All at once, everything was dark and far too bright, like a child was flickering a light switch. My sinuses were connected to a trip switch in my heart, and each beat offered a sulphuric burn. I was disoriented and, as my eyes watered, I took a wobbly seat on the ground. It may have been cold and wet, but it was better than swaying about.

I knew how these moments played out, I’d seen it a million times before when volunteering with the ambulance. Music concerts were especially healthy for face to fist experiences. Heather was screaming at someone, probably Josh, who was apologising profusely. Her voice was soon joined by the polyester swish of a hi-vis bomber jacket. I blinked away tears, hoping to get a proper look at the face that swam in my vision.

Touching my nose only made my face burn and eyes water all over again. Through damp eyes, he looked like a watercolour painting. Street lights shimmered in one corner, and his hair a wispy flame-red cloud with sideburns that reached down and hugged his face. His blurred lopsided smile was the most beautiful thing I’d seen all night. As he came into focus, so did Josh over his shoulder.

‘Oh, Em, I am … fuck … so sorry. Are you okay?’

Heather slapped at him again. ‘What do you think, idiot?’

She barely touched five-feet-tall in a line-up. Despite that, she was full of energy and, right now, looked like a mother about to grab at naughty earlobes. Josh inched away from her and, in all this, it occurred to me just how many people were happy to watch what was happening, to whisper among themselves instead of help. I lolled about, steadying myself with a palm on the cold wet asphalt. Dropping on his haunches, the first-aider snapped his fingers in front of me.

‘You okay?’ he asked. ‘Is there any blood?’

I frowned, confused. ‘Huh?’

‘Are you bleeding?’ He flashed a torchlight across my eyes and offered a fistful of tissues.

Squinting away from the brightness, I dabbed at my eyes. Anything near my nose made me want to vomit, but there was a small trickle of blood. ‘Thank you.’

‘At least it’s not broken,’ we said in unison.

His mouth twitched, a smile that threatened to widen as he offered me a cold pack. Under the light, his eyes were, in one moment, bottle-green. The next, they were ocean blue. ‘What makes you say that?’

‘It’s not all bent up and I can still breathe.’ Through squinting eyes, I waggled a finger at his jacket, complete with reflective patches and a blank space for a name badge. ‘It looks just as good on you as it does on me.’  


About the Author:

Belinda Missen is an award-winning and best-selling author, screenwriter, and freelance writer from Geelong, Australia. She lives with her car-obsessed, but wonderful husband, two loopy cats, and more books than she cares to count.

In late 2017, Belinda signed a six-book contract with HQDigitalUK (HarperCollins). A Recipe for Disaster was released in August 2018. An Impossible Thing Called Love appeared by magic in November 2018.

Contact Belinda:
Website
Twitter @belinda_missen
Instagram @belinda_missen

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Book Birthday Blitz: The Ghostly Father

Today I am part of the Book Birthday Blitz for The Ghostly Father  by Sue Barnard. Today is this book’s birthday and I absolutely loved this one! There is a bonus for those of you in the UK that I am quite envious of as I am in the US: There is a giveaway going on to win a signed copy!

Book Description:

Was this what really happened to Romeo & Juliet?

Think you know the world’s most famous love story?  Think again.  What if the story of Romeo & Juliet really happened – but not quite in the way we’ve all been told?

This part-prequel, part-sequel to the original tale, told from the point of view of the Friar, tells how an ancient Italian manuscript reveals secrets and lies which have remained hidden for hundreds of years, and casts new doubts on the official story of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers.

If you love the Romeo & Juliet story but are disappointed with the way it ended, this is the book for you.

Author: Sue Barnard
256 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 24-29, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Ever since we had to read Romeo & Juliet in ninth grade, I have been a fan of the story.  I don’t know why it resonated with me so much. We watched the 1968 film version in school which I also loved.  And while I was in high school, the 1996 version with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes came out and I loved everything about it, including the director’s new take on the ending! I have not watched either movie in years, but reading The Ghostly Father had me wanting to watch these films again!

The Ghostly Father is a very unique retelling of Romeo & Juliet: What if the story we all know was actually real and was very different in reality?  The Ghostly Father takes place in present day with Juliet Roberts translating a very old Italian manuscript for her grandfather.  Once she realizes this is the real story of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ she is transported into the past and has no idea how this ‘story’ will end.

I highly enjoyed that the manuscript takes place with a different character perspective: ‘Friar Lawrence’ (Brother Lorenzo) is our narrator!  I always liked him, but why was he so interested in these young people’s lives?  I enjoyed that we got to know him as a person. Barnard gives us her take on the story and it does not disappoint!  She is faithful to Shakespeare and the original characters and makes it her own including many twists; you really don’t know what will happen next or what Barnard will change from Shakespeare’s story. Will different people live and die? How will this version end?

If you are a fan of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, give The Ghostly Father a read. You will not be disappointed.

The Ghostly Father is very highly recommended!

About the Author:

Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet.  She was born in North Wales some time during the last millennium, but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester.  After graduating from Durham University she had a variety of office jobs before becoming a full-time parent.  If she had her way, the phrase “Non-Working Mother” would be banned from the English language.

Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.

Sue speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad.  She is also very interested in family history.  Her own background is far stranger than any work of fiction; she would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.

Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.

Buy The Ghostly Father here.

Contact Sue:

Blog   G+   Twitter   Instagram   Amazon  Goodreads  RNA

 

**UK ONLY GIVEAWAY**

Win a signed copy of The Ghostly Father!

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Blog Tour: Did I Mention Series

Today I help end the blog tour for the Did I Mention series by Julie Butterfield by sharing extracts of both novels.  There is also an international giveaway going on to win paperback copies of both books!

The Books in the Series:
Did I Mention I Won the Lottery?

Did I Mention I Was Getting Married?

Book Descriptions:

Did I Mention I Won the Lottery?

Rebecca Miles has won the lottery and is now living a millionaire lifestyle. The only problem is – she hasn’t told her husband. So at weekends she’s a dutiful wife in Darlington, working at the local deli and making shepherd’s pie for dinner, but during the week she’s living in her new mansion in Leeds spending her days shopping whilst her husband thinks she’s looking after her sick mother. Will she get the courage to tell him before he finds out for himself? And can several million pounds in your bank account save a failing marriage?

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Did I Mention I Was Getting Married?

Two years ago Rebecca Miles won the lottery and ended her marriage to her overbearing and unpleasant husband Daniel. She had every intention of putting the past behind her and starting again, but it turned out to be so much more difficult than she had imagined. Then Daniel announces he is getting married again and as Rebecca broods over how he has found it so easy to move on her daughter phones with good news – she’s getting married too! Determined not to be left behind Rebecca throws caution to the wind and finally meets someone who can give her the new start she so desperately wants. Now her ex-husband is back in her life, the future Mrs Miles wants to be her best friend, she has her daughter’s wedding to plan and a ramshackle old wedding venue to renovate to its former perfection in just a few months, if only she can find a builder who will take on the job. There are challenges, surprises, love and heartbreak ahead but at the end of a long, hot summer, will there be any weddings?

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK


Whilst most of us wouldn’t be able to wait to share the news of a lottery win with our partners, the story behind Did I Mention I won the Lottery was that Rebecca won millions but didn’t tell her husband. It was never a deliberate decision, Daniel was an unpleasant, domineering man who mocked Rebecca and her perceived faults regularly, so her initial feeling was that she would make absolutely sure she had won before breaking the news. Then she felt she just needed a little time to come to terms with her win before she told him. The trouble was, the longer she left it the harder it became:

 
It had been Friday night when Rebecca had checked her numbers against the scrap of paper she had brought home. She hadn’t looked at the numbers since. She hadn’t checked to see how much she had won. And she hadn’t mentioned the winning ticket to Daniel.

There hadn’t seemed much point when she didn’t know what to tell him. All she knew was that she had a winning ticket. She had no idea what her prize was but the daydreams had returned full force. Now they were real and strong. Now it wasn’t an if but a when. Rebecca didn’t know how much she had won but surely it was enough to change her life. It wouldn’t take much after all.

Clutching the coffee mug with one hand, Rebecca soon found the lottery web page that gave all the detail she needed. Every draw, every week, every winning ticket and how much each ticket had won. She scrolled to her week. There had been only one winner that week. Was it Rebecca? She supposed so, she had matched every number. Didn’t that mean she got the jackpot? She scrolled down a little more – and how much had she won?

The cup fell out of her hand as though in slow motion. Rebecca watched as it flew gracefully towards the floor, landed and then bounced upwards throwing its contents across the tiles and her feet before landing again to smash into one large piece and a dozen smaller pieces. She watched for a moment as the pale brown pool of coffee trickled between her toes and round the chair leg then hearing Daniel’s feet thumping down the stairs she reached forward and snapped closed the computer.

‘What have you done? Don’t just sit and look at it, it’s spreading everywhere!’ and with a grunt Daniel grabbed the paper towel from the kitchen and threw it in Rebecca’s direction.

Catching it on reflex, Rebecca tore off a sheet and looked downwards at the spreading pool.

15.7 million pounds. The numbers jumped around in front of her eyes as she stared at the coffee. 15.7 million pounds. Rebecca had won 15.7 million pounds.

Following their divorce, Rebecca found it difficult to believe that Daniel, her unpleasant, overbearing ex husband had found someone new to share his life with when she had been unable to find the courage to move on. She didn’t begrudge Daniel’s happiness although it had made her question where her own life was heading. She was happy to meet his new wife to be but was horrified at the thought that she and Annabelle should become best friends and that Daniel should become part of her life again, It had taken Rebecca several years to get rid of him and she had no intention of inviting him back!

‘Rebecca,’ Annabelle relinquished Daniel’s arm and leant forward slightly. ‘I realise this is difficult for you.’

‘Difficult?’

‘Yes. I mean you’re the ex Mrs Miles and I’m the new Mrs Miles …’

Rebecca couldn’t help herself. ‘Mrs Miles to be.’

‘Mrs Miles very soon to be,’ came back Annabelle.

‘Regardless,’ Rebecca continued smoothly. ‘It’s not at all hard Annabelle. Daniel and I split up two years ago and I’m happy for him – happy that he’s met you and wants to get married.’

Annabelle raised her eyebrows in disbelief. ‘That’s very kind of you to say so Rebecca. But it must be hard,’ she insisted firmly, ‘knowing that Daniel has found true love and seeing him move on must be difficult when you’re still – alone.’

Rebecca opened her mouth to tell Annabelle that life alone was infinitely preferable to life with Daniel.

‘But that’s part of the reason we’ve come to visit. We want there to be no tension in our family,’ continued Annabelle. ‘We want everyone to be included and know they all have a place.’

Rebecca wanted to point out that the family Annabelle was referring to belonged to Rebecca and the only source of tension right now was Annabelle herself, but she swallowed her words and smiled stiffly instead.

‘That’s why I feel it’s important that we get to know each other, become friends and share each other’s lives,’ continued Annabelle dreamily as Rebecca winced at the thought. ‘Won’t it be wonderful – us popping up for a long weekend, the children joining us for barbeques and Sunday lunch. All part of the family.’

Rebecca thought it sounded horrific. She had managed quite well without Daniel in her life for the last two years and if the children ever felt the need to visit their father they could travel down to Devon and do exactly that. She had felt no inclination to invite Daniel to join them for Sunday lunch, in fact if Rebecca had told either of her children their father was arriving, they would probably have cancelled their visit.

‘Of course it would be lovely to be able to reciprocate,’ Annabelle was continuing with a sad look on her face. ‘But I’m afraid Daniel’s circumstances are quite different.’ There it was, that note of censure again. Rebecca didn’t care what Helen said, this wasn’t a nervous Annabelle saying the wrong thing, she definitely had a bee in her bonnet about something.

‘I’m afraid our little house just isn’t up to that kind of entertaining. Goodness me, we wouldn’t be able to find bedrooms for you all,’ she laughed, the little tinkly laugh that was starting to grate on Rebecca’s nerves. ‘No, this is the house.’ She waved her arm around the spacious living room with its huge wood burner and elegant cream furniture. ‘This is where we’ll need to have our little get togethers. We need to get to know each other Rebecca my dear, we’ll be spending a lot of time together from now on,’ and smiling happily Annabelle sat back again, leaning against Daniel’s arm and squeezing him fondly as she looked around the room with a contented expression.


About the Author:

Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of ‘always wanted to write’ authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper – or rather fingers to keyboard and wrote Did I Mention I Won the Lottery? It should be pointed out this is a complete work of fiction and she did not in fact receive millions in her bank account and forget to mention it her husband – even though he still asks her every day if she has anything to tell him! 

Her second book was Google Your Husband Back and the latest addition is Did I Mention I Was Getting Married? – which revisits Rebecca a few years after the lottery win which changed her life.

Contact Julie:
Website
Twitter @juliebeewriter

**International Giveaway**

Win paperback copies of Did I Mention I Won The Lottery? & Did I Mention I Was Getting Married?

 

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box above.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

 

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