Category: Blog Tour

Blog Tour: The Dinner in the Sky

Today I share my review as a part of the blog tour for The Dinner in the Sky by Anne John-Ligali. This is the third in the Friendships Online series. I recently reviewed the first two in the series here.

Book Description:

After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back together and is on a mission to finally move on.

The thought of having her friends near is comforting as they take time out of their busy online lives and meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie premiere.

As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but they become more obnoxious.

By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However as Constance soon learns, the troll wants to destroy far more than that!

Breathtaking views of London. 

Posh frocks and Paparazzi

But there’s definitely trouble in the air…

Author: Anne John-Ligali
Published: May 31, 2019
363 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 25- June 1, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

The Dinner in the Sky is the third in the Friendships Online series. The first started as a short story, then the second graduated to a novella, and now we have a full length third novel to this series!  Each in the series builds on the previous so you really need to read the previous two to know exactly what is going on.

This is a series I have enjoyed and I l really like Constance.  I was rooting for her the whole time, especially when the novel went in an unexpected direction and became like a romantic comedy movie.  I really did enjoy the last 25% of the novel with the rushed urgency (Go Constance, GO!!!!).

Will Constance be able to pull her life together after the ending of The Weekend Spa Break and who will she choose: Maxwell or Julio? And who is this troll that is determined to ruin Constance’s life? We do get a conclusion to all of these questions and this is a complete story. 

The Friendships Online series is an enjoyable and quick read. You should read them concurrently to get the full effect. This series is recommended.

A Spotify Playlist for the series is here.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and found of Books and Authors UK, a website that features author interviews, cover reveals, blog posts, features and reviews. She loves all things books, going to book events and meeting other book worms. She has written her first series and is currently writing her first novel. 

When Anne is not writing she is likely to be playing with her kids, going for walks in the park, watching Netflix or thinking up more stories.  Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London she studies graphic design at the University of Arts and held a number of IT jobs in the city. Anne continues to write romantic comedies, women’s fiction, and has the desire to write a non-fiction book and a few children’s books. 

Contact Anne:
Website
Twitter @AnneJohnLigali
Instagram

 

Anne’s Book Blog Links: Books and Authors UK
Website
Twitter @BooksNAuthorsUK

 

Blog Blitz: The Lynmouth Stories by L.V. Hay

Today I am helping in the Blog Blitz for The Lynmouth Stories by L.V. Hay.  I share my review for this three story collection of short stories that all have one thing in common: Lynmouth!

Book Description:

Beautiful places hide dark secrets … 

Devon’s very own crime writer L.V Hay (The Other Twin, Do No Harm) brings forth three new short stories from her dark mind and poison pen:

– For kidnapped Meg and her young son Danny, In Plain Sight, the remote headland above Lynmouth is not a haven, but hell.

– A summer of fun for Catherine in Killing Me Softly becomes a winter of discontent … and death.

– In Hell And High Water, a last minute holiday for Naomi and baby Tommy  becomes a survival situation … But that’s before the village floods.

All taking place out of season when the majority of tourists have gone home, L.V Hay uses her local knowledge to bring forth dark and claustrophic noir she has come to be known for.

Did You Know …?

Known as England’s ‘Little Switzerland’, the Devon village of Lynmouth is famous for its Victorian cliff railway, fish n’ chips and of course, RD Blackmore’s Lorna Doone.

Located on the doorstep of the dramatic Valley of The Rocks and the South West Cliff Path, the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth have inspired many writers, including 19th Century romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who honeymooned there in 1812.

The Lynmouth Stories
Author: L.V. Hay
Published: December 3, 2018
33 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: June 7, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

The Lynmouth Stories is free on Amazon and I had gotten myself a copy then had the opportunity to join the one day blog blitz for it, so I jumped on it!  I have been on a few tours for LV Hay, but this is the first of hers that I have read and it will not be the last!  These short stories show the talent she possesses as a writer and her knowledge of the real town of Lynmouth.

The Lynmouth Stories  is comprised of three short stories that can be read within an hour.  They are ‘dark’ stories that have suspense and all take place after tourist season is over for the town of Lynmouth.  Even though tourist season is over, things still happen in this town and they may not be pleasant…..

I had not heard of Lynmouth before (possibly because I am an American), so I looked it up once I was finished reading. I was shocked to learn that there had been a flood in 1952, which made the final story feel even more real.  This final story Hell and High Water was my favorite of the three: It was a complete story and had a satisfying ending.

After reading The Lynmouth Stories which served as an ‘introduction’ for me to Hay’s writings, I WILL be reading more from her!

Buy The Lynmouth Stories here!  It’s currently FREE!

About the Author:

Lucy V Hay is a script editor for film and an author of fiction and non-fiction. Publishing as LV Hay, Lucy’s debut crime novel, The Other Twin, is out now and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspaper, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Her second crime novel, Do No Harm, is an ebook bestseller. Her next title is Never Have I Ever for Hodder Books. 

Contact L.V. Hay:
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@LucyVHayAuthor
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Blog Tour: The Story a Day May Collection

Today I am part of the blog tour for The Story a Day May Collection  which is a collection of short stories by Morgen Bailey. I will be sharing my review.

Book Description:

This collection was written from a variety of prompts supplied by storyaday.org and originally published on Morgen’s blog (morgenbailey.wordpress.com – where you can still read the list of prompts), during May 2011, 2012, and 2013.

In this book there are stories of revenge, overcoming obstacles, newfound and lost love, shopping, chocolate, legends of history, and the occasional alien or two.

We have crimes afoot, writer’s block, characters with and without friends, homages, humans and non-humans, scratches, squeaks and barks.

From Chelsea buns to casseroles, we share the highs and lows, but the stories all go to show what can be done with a prompt, a few hours, and a colourful imagination.

The Story a Day May Collection
Author: Morgen Bailey

Published: July 5, 2016
259 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 2- 6, 2019

Jessica’s Review:

The Story a Day May Collection was written by Morgen Bailey. It was a challenge that Bailey took to write one short story a day for the whole month of May not just for one year, but three years!  Each day was given a ‘prompt’ to write for the short story of the day.  These are a variety of stories and some are standalone while others are continuations of each other.  The stories can be very brief to several pages. 

The prompts for the story to be written were given each morning with no warning ahead of time as to what the story should be about.  The story was left to the interpretation of the author and their imagination with what to write.

What results is a wide variety of short stories and you will be sure to find some you enjoy and be touched by.  I give Bailey kudos for doing this challenge for three years in a row and challenging herself and her abilities! 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Morgen Bailey (Morgen with an E) is an author (of novels, short stories, writing and editing guides), freelance editor (for publishers and indie authors), writing tutor (in person and online), Writers’ Forum magazine ‘Competitive Edge’ columnist, blogger, speaker, and co-founder of Northants Authors. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates Short Story Competition, RONE, as well as the BBC Radio 2, BeaconLit, and Althorp Literary Festival children’s short story competitions. She also runs her own monthly 100-word competition. 2018 events include talks and workshops at Troubador’s Self Publishing Conference speakers, workshops and panels at Delapre Book Festival, interviewing and workshops at BeaconLit, and NAWG Fest with her ‘Editing your Fiction’ weekend residential course. Morgen can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and many others. Her blog is http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, and email address morgen@morgenbailey.com.

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