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The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett – Launch Giveaway!

I am delighted to be taking part in the launch celebrations of The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett today and have a brilliant giveaway for you! Lilly’s new book is out on the 18th August 2017 and published by HarperImpulse. What’s the book about? I hear you ask … here is the all important blurb:

A heartwarming, cosy romance from Sunday Times bestselling author Michele Gorman, now writing as Lilly Bartlett.

This is a brand new standalone novel from the author of the Carlton Square series with a whole new cast of characters to fall in love with!

Wriggle your toes in the sand and feel the warm breeze on your face when you check into the hotel that’s full of dreams…

Three years after ditching her career in New York City, Rosie never thought she’d still be managing the quaint faded Victorian hotel in her seaside hometown.

What’s worse, the hotel’s new owners are turning it into a copy of their Florida properties. Flamingos and all. Cultures are clashing and the hotel’s residents stand in the way of the developers’ plans. The hotel is both their home and their family.

That’s going to make Rory’s job difficult when he arrives to enforce the changes. And Rosie isn’t exactly on his side, even though it’s the chance to finally restart her career. Rory might be charming, but he’s still there to evict her friends.

How can she follow her dreams if it means ending everyone else’s?

To celebrate Lilly is giving away a personally inscribed edition of The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square. Here’s the details…

You’re warmly invited to the Wedding of the Century with all your favourite friends. It’s the most vintage fun you’ll have this year!

To WIN a personally inscribed paperback of this gorgeous book, simply sign up here:

Winners will be randomly selected and notified on August 18th via the email used to sign up.

Good luck everybody!

Promo – Jungle Rock by Caroline James *Extract, Review and Giveaway!*

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I’m absolutely delighted today to join Brooke Cottage Blog Tours on their promo day for Jungle Rock, the new novella by Caroline James, and bring you an extract, review AND an amazing giveaway in which you can win an ecopy of the book and a £10 Amazon gift card!!!

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The Blurb

Genre: Romcom
Release Date: 21st Nov 2016
Publisher: Ramjam Publishing
Romantic comedy author, Caroline James has written an entertaining novella with a Christmas feel Set in the Australian jungle, the book has been described as ‘entertaining and funny, a real feel-good read’ and fans of, I’m A Celebrity, Get Me out of Here are sure to enjoy it.

Handsome young chef, Zach Docherty is feeling the heat. Following an exposé in a national newspaper his fiancée Poppy Dunlop, has broken their engagement. Heartbroken at the thought of life without Poppy, Zach drowns his sorrows and when his agent suggests that Zach becomes a contestant in a reality TV show, Jungle Survival, he reluctantly agrees. Plunged deep into the jungle, with a bizarre mix of talent and trials, Zach meets glamour model, Cleo Petra, and the cameras go crazy. Will Zach survive and be crowned Jungle King? Or will his latest exploits push Poppy further away…



“He’s doing what?” Hattie said. She had a mouthful of shortbread and a mug of coffee in her hand and stopped in her tracks as she watched Jo stare at her mobile phone.
“Zach’s going into the jungle. He’s a contestant on Jungle Survival.”
“Oh my.” Hattie smiled and wiped a spray of crumbs off her chest.
“He’s at the airport with Bob; they’re about to board a plane.”
“Well I never.” Hattie put her mug on the desk and stared at her friend. “How do you feel about that?”
“It might do him good.”
“Or not.”
“Fancy a bracer?”
“Start pouring.”
Cradling mugs of coffee, laced with a good slug of brandy, Jo and Hattie sat in the conservatory and looked out at the garden beyond.
“It doesn’t seem five minutes since he was a little boy running all over this lawn with his brother,” Jo said as she stared thoughtfully across the neatly manicured grass.
“And now he’s running off to Australia.”
In the distance, a group of guests appeared from the meadow, where a clairvoyance course was being run in an old gypsy caravan. Originally horse-drawn, the caravan had been John’s pride and joy, brightly painted with little wooden steps. It was a perfect setting for an intimate group. Boomerville hosted many courses for residents to enjoy and it was Jo’s hope that a stay at the hotel would inspire middle-aged boomers and set them up with new and inspiring skills to use in their later years.
“Another successful event,” Hattie said as she watched the beatific expressions of the participants as they drifted down the garden, confident that the spirits of their dead granny and Rover, the family pet, were beside them, whispering and woofing encouraging words from beyond.
“I wish I could see into Zach’s future,” Jo replied. “I hope he’s not making a terrible mistake.”
“Well, if he is, he’s picked the right place to make it. That show’s watched by millions. Perhaps we should run something similar here?” Hattie closed her eyes and began to plan out a jungle camp, set in the meadow. “The old ‘uns would love it! Prancing about like Bear Grylls, cooking over an open fire, sleeping under the stars. It has ‘winner’ all over it.”
“It has mass suicide all over it,” Jo replied. “Hyperthermia and food poisoning.”
“Think of the low overheads. We could bring Wonder Boy in to teach them how to skin a rabbit or two, a bit of camp-fire bonhomie and all that stuff.”
“Hattie, will you please be serious. My son is currently on his way to the other side of the world, where he’ll be exposed to any amount of danger; he’s emotionally vulnerable and I’m worried about him.”
Hattie sat up and opened her eyes.
“Oh, get a grip,” she said. “Can you imagine what he’s getting paid for this stint? How can he possibly go wrong? They’ll have him stripped down to his six-pack before the opening credits have run. He won’t even need to open his mouth and the phone lines will be pulsating as fast as every female viewer’s heart. Your Zach has made his finest career move yet.” Hattie reached for Jo’s empty mug. “Get that grumpy expression off yer face and let’s send him good luck wishes for his arrival in Aus.” She stood and glanced at the group in the garden. “Perhaps we can get that lot to send him a mystical sign…”
As Jo watched Hattie walk away, she felt cross. She knew that Hattie was probably right but Jo had a niggling feeling that Zach’s trip wasn’t going to run as smoothly or as successfully as everyone expected. A mother had an instinct about her offspring, but in this case, Jo hoped that her instincts would be proved wrong.

Jungle Rock is available as an ebook and paperback.  You can purchase a copy HERE.


My Thoughts

Jungle Rock is a welcome return to Westmarland and the lives of Hattie and Jo, their family and friends. Although part of the Coffee, Tea… series, Jungle Rock can be read as a standalone.

Caroline has packed a lot into this novella and it makes for a fun quick read with just a touch of Christmas to get you in the festive spirit. Zach the celebrity chef is taking part in the reality show Jungle Survival while coming to terms with the recent break up with his fiancée. Fans of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here will enjoy this book but it also works well for those who don’t watch it (like me). We also get the first glimpse into how Jo and Hattie’s new venture ’Boomerville’ is going.

Well written with Caroline’s trade mark humour, Jungle Rock is the perfect read if you are in need of a good giggle. Hattie is hilarious and you can’t help but love this larger-than-life, outgoing character. The friendship between Jo and Hattie is portrayed wonderfully and comes across with a real warmth.

There is the right mix of ’will-they-won’t-they’ romance as the story follows Zach and his ex Poppy with added comedy from Jo and Hattie at Boomerville making this a great light read. Caroline’s writing is great with her creating a real sense of place and ensuring the story moves a long at a quick pace keeping you reading to find out what will happen next.

Fast paced, light-hearted, funny and not overly festive, Jungle Rock is a book to read curled up with a cuppa to escape from all the stress of the Christmas period.

Thank you to Caroline James for the copy of Jungle Rock.


About Caroline James

Caroline’s debut novel, Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun newspaper. Her second novel, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity… Chef? has been described as wickedly funny: ‘AbFab meets MasterChef in a Soap…’ Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me, an Amazon best-seller, was a Top Ten Finalist at The Write Stuff, London Book Fair 2015 and the judge’s comments included: Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.” Her next novel, Boomerville will be published spring 2017.

Caroline has owned and run many catering related businesses and cookery is a passion alongside her writing, combining the two with her love of the hospitality industry and romantic fiction. As a media agent, Caroline represented many well-known celebrity chefs and her TV script, So, You Think You’re A Celebrity Chef? was runner up at the Winchester Writers Festival 2016.

She has published short stories and is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association. Caroline writes articles on food and celebrity based interviews and is Feature Editor for an online lifestyle magazine. She is a founder member of The Cheshirati and is available for inspiring and entertaining talks on anything related to the hospitality and publishing industry.

Twitter: @CarolineJames12


To win an ecopy of Jungle Rock AND a £10 Amazon gift card click HERE.

Author Spotlight and Giveaway – Stacy McWilliams

luminosity_and_ignition_horizontal_banner-Stacy_McWilliams-authorpa McWilliams is the mum of two boys, a wife and a writer. She loves reading a variety of genres and enjoy a diverse range

She writes paranormal
romance and loves to meet new people.

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Jasmine Johnstone’s life was
relatively normal until she was forced to live with the Stevenson
family. As she stayed she found she had no choice but to battle
mythical creatures. Strengths she never knew she possessed began to
surface, surprising those around her. Her only chance of surviving the
rising tide of evil was Nathan Stevenson. Could she really trust him
as he fought against his love for her? With the world against them and
time running out, would their love be enough to defeat demons? (204




Life has never been easy for Jasmine
Johnstone, but failing for Nathan Stevenson brings a whole new level
of difficulty. Since she arrived at his home he’s blown hot and cold
with her, turned against her and revealed a deadly threat. He is sworn
to kill her, and fights against his love for her more than ever, but
he knows he can’t live without her.

As they run from monsters, and each
other, can their love survive?

Time begins to run out and with new
friends and enemies in the strangest places, will they learn who to
trust in time?

With their love stronger than ever,
but forces pulling them apart, is love enough to keep them together or
will Nathan’s parents succeed in pulling them apart? (214 pages)

***This novella is the prequel

Life was full of nothing but darkness
for Nathan Stevenson until Jasmine appeared in his life. She brought
his innermost desires to the surface. She burned her way through to
his heart to become embedded in his soul. He knew she was dangerous
but would she break down his wall as he dreamed of her touch and
fought against the impulse to protect her? Would their love be enough
to defeat his demons? Was he strong enough to resist her or would her
light burn irrevocably? (95 pages)

Candlelight Excerpt

School passed in a blur and that night, I spent my time catching up on all
the work I had missed. The following day, an opportunity presented
itself to me and I couldn’t resist getting my message across to that

James walked a little ahead of me during class time. It looked as if he
headed to the library. He didn’t notice me as I looped around the
corridor and caught him before he entered, pushing him into a disused
office. I slammed him full force up against the wall and put my arm
over his throat. I allowed my hands to morph into claws, holding them
at a vein in his throat as fury pulsed through me.

I froze him with my powers. I could feel his powers trying to find a way
around mine. I brushed them aside, as though they were no more than a
fly in my face. Demon power raced through me and I stood tall before
spitting out, “I know what you did and I know what you are trying to
do. You won’t succeed. For every single time you try, I will ruin
something you care about. You are not getting away with this; I will
make sure of it…”

I broke off and turned my hand back to normal before I punched him full force
in the nose. I relished the sound of the bone breaking. He would heal
it in seconds, though he wouldn’t be able to get rid of the blood from
Demon sight. Strolling towards the door, I called over my
“Mop yourself up, you disgusting piece of filth.”

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