Month: January 2020

When Stars Will Shine: Compiled by Emma Mitchell

Today I am helping to spread the word on this special complication of short stories that deals with UK soldiers. Even better, all proceeds of this novel go to Help for Heroes, an organization in the UK. Yes, I am based out of the USA, but this should be a book everyone reads!  And I must say, the cover is just gorgeous!  It may be a “Christmas book” but it’s never too early to start thinking about that special bookworm in your life….

Book Description:

When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favorite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time. 

From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

When Stars Will Shine is the perfect Christmas gift for the bookworms in your life!

Published: November 29, 2019
344 Pages

Full list of authors and their stories:

Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman
Four Seasons by Robert Scragg
The Close Encounter by Gordon Bickerstaff
Believe by Mark Brownless
What Can Possibly Go Wrong? by Lucy Cameron
Mountain Dew by Paul T. Campbell
The Art of War and Peace by John Carson
A Gift for Christmas by Kris Egleton
Free Time by Stewart Giles
Died of Wounds by Malcolm Hollingdrake
The Christmas Killer by Louise Jensen
The Village Hotel by Alex Kane
A Present of Presence by HR Kemp
The Invitation by Billy McLaughlin
Brothers Forever by Paul Moore
Girl in a Red Shirt by Owen Mullen
Pivotal Moments by Anna Franklin Osborne
Uncle Christmas by Val Portelli
Time for a Barbeque by Carmen Radtke
Christmas Present by Lexi Rees
Inside Out by KA Richardson
Penance by Jane Risdon
New Year’s Resolution by Robert Scragg
Family Time by Graham Smith

A Special Note from the Editor Emma Mitchell:

As the blurb tells us, When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of Christmas-themed short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity.

Working closely with Kate Noble at Noble Owl Proofreading and Amanda Ni Odhrain from Let’s Get Booked, I’ve been able to pick the best of the submissions to bring you a thrilling book which is perfect for dipping into at lunchtime or snuggling up with on a cold winter’s night. I have been completely blown away by the support we’ve received from the writing and blogging community, especially the authors who submitted stories and Shell Baker from Baker’s Not So Secret Blog, who has organised the cover reveal and blog tour.

There isn’t a person in the country who hasn’t benefited from the sacrifices our troops, past and present, have made for us and they all deserve our thanks.

It has been an honour working on these stories, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.

**Purchase Links**
When Stars Will Shine is available to in digital and paperback formats and on Kindle Unlimited.

Amazon US
Amazon UK

Blog Tour: The Cure by Patricia Ann Bowen

Today I am helping spread the word out about the novel The Cure by Patricia Ann Bowen.  This is a shorter one at 161 pages and was published May 21, 2019. I have to give her a special shout out as she is from Georgia, as I am!

Book Description:

Two people harboring secrets….

A stranger from the future comes to Paige’s cabin in rural Georgia with a treatment for her early onset Alzheimer’s disease. He bargains with the skeptical patient to give her The Cure if she’ll conduct a longitudinal study for him, proving his drug’s efficacy to a future world full of clients that need it. Faced with her dire diagnosis, he might be her only hope. She grapples with the side effects of his offer and learns to suppress her own dangerous truth: trust no one.

Seldom lucky in love, Paige finds herself competing with her best friend for his attention, knowing there can be no good end for their stolen moments of passion. Can she stay under the radar of the medical and legal communities to carry out his requests? And how will their complicated pasts bring them together physically, emotionally and professionally in a successful, if unethical, partnership?

Many lives will be changed, but at what cost… and to whom?

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Patricia Bowen writes novels, novellas and short stories, mostly about women with complicated lives. She’s been a copywriter, business owner, coach, marketing manager, and held corporate jobs in international business. She pens gardening articles for her local newspaper, and grants to support her local library. Her recent writing has appeared in the Table for Two anthology, The Sun magazine, and earned honourable mention in several contests. The Cure is her first full published work of fiction.

Contact Patricia:
Twitter @WoodsgalWrites



Big Lies in a Small Town

Big Lies in a Small Town
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Published: January 14, 2020
400 Pages 

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Dates Read: January 2-16, 2020

Book Description:

North Carolina, 2018:

Morgan Christopher’s life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women’s Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.

North Carolina, 1940:

Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder.

What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies?

Jessica’s Review:

This is the second Diane Chamberlain novel I have read and it will not be my last!   Her novel The Dream Daughter was my number one read for 2019 and might just be my favorite book ever! My review for it is here.  Her novels draw you in and you don’t want to put them down!  We have two time periods with our two narrators: Morgan in 2018 and Anna in 1940.  The chapters alternate between the two time periods.  Both ladies are likeable with very different lives in two extremely distinct time periods. Though vastly distinctive women, they become connected through the mural that is at the center of our story despite the nearly 80 year time difference. 

I highly enjoyed this novel, and you can’t say too much without giving spoilers, so I say just read it! The reason I gave the novel four stars was the ending: both timelines came together and were packaged like a perfect bow, with a less than realistic and predictable twist.  The ending was not a disappointment; I just felt it could have been done differently.

The racism of the time in 1940 is shown throughout Anna’s narrative.  Chamberlain researched the real town of Edenton, North Carolina and even spent time there.  She portrays that town during 1940 very well.  **Be sure to read the author acknowledgments to see how much she researched.  Chamberlain also researched art restoration much like Morgan had to, so in some ways Chamberlain was like Morgan in her learning.

I will definitely be reading more of Chamberlain’s novels.  Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for granting me an arc copy to read and review!

Purchase Links:
Amazon US  
Amazon UK