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Friday, 27 May 2016

Exciting COVER REVEAL for Breakfast at Poldark's by Samantha Tonge

Here is the beautiful cover of Samantha Tonge's new book 'Breakfast at Poldark's'. I love Sam's books and think her book titles are amazingly witty and topical. Available to pre-order now. See links below.

Dreaming of the perfect man?

Kate Golightly needs to move forward and what better way to do that then with a trip to the Cornish coast with best friend and boss, Izzy.
The sea wind is just what Kate needs to finally relax and begin to let go of her past. Except she’s suddenly got one big reason to panic! She RSVP’d ‘yes’ to the Queen Bee of her high school’s wedding saying she’s bringing her boyfriend (she doesn’t have one) who looks just like Ross Poldark!
With only two weeks to find the Poldark look-alike of her dreams Kate is under a lot of pressure for the Cornish coast to deliver…
A hilarious and moving romantic novel from bestselling author, Samantha Tonge. A must-read this summer!

What reviewers are saying about Samantha Tonge

‘The perfect book to kick start your summer reading… A gloriously fun read which does not disappoint.’ – Book Addict Shaun on Game of Scones
‘It's heart-warming, funny and romantic- filled with great friendships, more complex relationships and topped off with Mikey's wonderful diner that I'd quite like to visit please, as it sounds delicious!’ – Little Northern Soul on How to Get Hitched in Ten Days
I loved Game of Scones… and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a HEA steeped in friendship, tradition, location, and yummy desserts.’ – Harlequin Junkie
‘Samantha Tonge has created another witty story with romance, friendships and community spirit right at its heart’ – Shaz’s Book Boudoir on My Big Fat Christmas Wedding
'I was hooked from the start, by this impressive debut novel' – Chicklit Club on Doubting Abbey

Title:        Breakfast at Poldark's
Author:    Samantha Tonge
Published By: Carina
Date:        July 28th 2016
Link:        UK: Amazon  US: Amazon

Click here for our review of 'Game of Scones' by Samantha
Click here for our review of 'My Big Fat Christmas Wedding

Sincerely
Book Angels x

About the Author


Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it's a dog. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. A love of fiction developed as a child, when she was known for reading Enid Blyton books in the bath. A desire to write bubbled away in the background whilst she pursued other careers, including a fun stint working at Disneyland Paris. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. Writing romantic comedy novels is her passion.

Samantha has sold over 80 short stories to mainstream women's magazines. Her debut romantic comedy novel from HarperCollins (CarinaUK), bestselling "Doubting Abbey", was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Romantic Ebook award, 2014. The bestselling summer novel, Game of Scones, won the Love Stories Awards 2015 Best Romantic Ebook category. Her new novel, Breakfast at Poldark's, is out July 2016!


http://samanthatonge.co.uk/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

Thursday, 26 May 2016

The Finding of Martha Lost by Caroline Wallace


Martha is lost.

She’s been lost since she was a baby, abandoned in a suitcase on the train from Paris. Ever since, she’s waited in station lost property for someone to claim her. It’s been sixteen years, but she’s still hopeful.

In the meantime, there are mysteries to solve: secret tunnels under the station, a suitcase that may have belonged to the Beatles, the roman soldier who appears at the same time every day with his packed lunch. Not to mention the stuffed monkey that someone keeps misplacing.

But there is one mystery Martha cannot solve. And now the authorities have found out about the girl in lost property. Time is running out - if Martha can’t discover who she really is, she will lose everything…

Title:        The Finding of Martha Lost
Author:    Caroline Wallace
Published By: Transworld Digital
Date:        March 10th 2016
Link:        UK: Amazon  US: Amazon

My Review


This is the most unusual and imaginative book I think I've ever read. It's about a girl who was, as a baby, abandoned in the Lost Property office of Lime street station in Liverpool. She was brought up by a fanatical woman known as 'Mother' who was very cruel to her, violently and emotionally in that she was always very vague about how much she knew about Martha's past and had instilled fear into the young girl by telling her the devil was going to get her. She also made Martha feel totally unlovable.

Martha is so sheltered from the outside world and her innocence is very touching. It was easy to fall in love with her and totally believable that the other regulars at Lime Street would be so protective of her.

I'm from Liverpool and so loved all the references to the places that were mentioned and the accent and certain words that only scousers say.

I was fascinated by the story of Mal Evans which apparently is true that he did work for the Beatles and he was shot dead in L A, I'd never heard of him before so that was interesting.

All in all I would say that this book was a gentle quirky magical fantasy of a foundling called Martha who accepted people for who they were and just wanted to find out who she was. I thoroughly enjoyed being on her journey with her and meeting those unusual people that she became close friends with, all of whom were lost in their own way.

This reminded me a little of the film Hugo.

Sincerely
Book Angels x

About the Author

Caroline Wallace
Caroline Wallace worked as a lecturer for several years before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in Liverpool with her husband and their many children.

Blog Tour - Author Q & A with Steven Scaffardi


Today we are delighted to welcome LadLit author and blogger Steven Scaffardi onto the blog. This is a genre we hadn't heard of before so we were eager to find out more about it, see below for our Q & A.


About the new book, The Flood

One bet, four girls, eight weeks, multiple dates. What could possibly go wrong?

Following his traumatic eight month dry spell, Dan Hilles is back in the driving seat and ready to put his dating disasters behind him.

But if only it were that simple.

After a drunken afternoon in the pub, fuelled by the confidence of alcohol, Dan makes a bet with his three best pals that will complicate his love-life more than ever when he brazenly declares that he could juggle multiple women all at the same time.

With just eight weeks to prove his point, Dan is about to find out how hard it is to date a flood of women without them all finding out about each other, especially when they come in the shape of an ex-girlfriend, a stalker, the office ice queen and the one that got away.

The Flood is the hilarious follow-up to The Drought by lad lit author Steven Scaffardi, chronicling the adventures of unlucky-in-love Dan Hilles

Title:         The Flood
Author:    Steven Scaffardi
Published By: Lad Lit Press
Date:        Ebook: April 30th Paperback: May 19th 2016
Link:        UK: Amazon  US: Amazon

Author Q & A with Steven Scaffardi


Hi Steven, welcome to Sincerely Book Angels blog.
Thank you for having me, it’s great to be here!

First of all can you tell us what exactly LadLit is?
Lad lit is best known as the male equivalent of chick-lit, primarily written by men exploring relationships, emotions and day-to-day life experiences from the perspective of a male protagonist. Often told with humour, charm and wit, lad lit leaves many readers laughing out loud at the scenarios men get into. 

What was the inspiration behind this novel?
I think I fell in the love with the characters I’d created in the first book (The Drought) so much that I didn’t want to leave them. It was like some sort of bizarre literary separation anxiety! Part of me wanted to know what would happen next, so I decided to write The Flood to find out. I didn’t set out to write a series, but I can see Sex, Love and Dating Disasters running for another two or three books after this one, which is quite exciting.

Did you always want to be a writer?
I always enjoyed writing stories, but I don’t think I ever really considered it until I was about 23, but even then it took me nearly a decade to actually write a book! Better late than never I guess.

What other jobs have you had?
When I was younger I worked on a building site, I was a barman, and a white van man. Then I studied journalism at university and I was sports reporter for a couple of years. After that I moved into sales for a publishing house before moving on to events in the media and marketing sector, which I am still doing to this very day. I get to work with some cool clients like Facebook and Twitter, and I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world because of my work, so lots of my writing now gets done on planes and in hotel rooms.

How did it feel when your first novel was published?
I love how eBooks have transformed the way people read, but nothing quite beats seeing your book in print. I guess the best way to sum up how I felt was proud. You put so much time and effort into writing a book that it’s a great feeling to finally have all that hard work come to life in that paperback.

Have you ever had writer's block? If so how did you overcome it?
Oh yeah, it happens quite a lot. The way I deal with it is to walk away from the laptop and try not to think about it too much. One technique I use is to create a music playlist for the book I’m working on – like a movie soundtrack. I normally go out jogging to clear my head and listen to the songs and that helps me come up with new ideas. The problem is, the older I get, the less I’m able to run so the ideas need to come pretty fast!

What motivates you to keep writing?
It sounds a bit corny, but just the love of it really. I enjoy making people laugh, and so far the first two books I’ve written seem to be doing just that. About four years ago I did a bit of stand-up comedy for a year, and it was such a buzz being able to make a room full of people laugh at the stories I would tell them. I still get that same feeling when I get a good review or a reader contacts me on social media to tell me something crazy like they laughed so much that they spat tea out on the train! It makes it all worth it.

Do your characters moods ever affect your mood and vice versa?
No, not really, although some of the characters and themes are based on my own experiences or stories I have been told by friends, so I feel very close to these characters. Because I write comedy I guess I have to be in the right mood to write it. There is no point trying to write something that you hope will make people laugh if you’re feeling a bit down or angry about something. The jokes probably wouldn’t be that funny!

What three pieces of advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
1. Write character bios for all of your characters – whether they appear in one chapter or all of the chapters – because that way you will always know how they will react in different situations.
2. Carry some form of notepad, whether it’s paper or an app on your phone. The best ideas will always come at the most random of times, so you should always be prepared to take notes.
3. Create a music playlist for your book, as I mentioned earlier. Listening to your book soundtrack will help unlock those ideas floating around in your head trying to get out.

Which authors inspire you?
Any author who can continuously come up with new and brilliant stories over a sustained period of time inspires me. Whether it’s Stephen King drawing us into an intense horror, or JK Rowling creating an amazing new world, or John Grisham expertly guiding us around a courtroom drama; I am in awe of anyone who can use their imagination to create something that captivates so many on something as simple as written word on a piece of paper.

What are you reading at the moment?
I’ve just finished reading an autobiography called Milk-Blood by Adrian Simon. Adrian’s father was sentenced to 12 years in a Thai prison when he was only a young boy for drug trafficking in what was a huge media story in Australia when it happened. Adrian tells his story about how he coped with that burden growing up, but what really made this such a good read was that Adrian and his mother have led such incredible lives. Next on my reading list is This Thirtysomething Life by Jon Rance.

If your book was made into a film what song would you choose for the opening credits?
Great question! You know how I love my soundtracks. I think Take Her Back by The Pigeon Detectives would be a really good shout. It’s fun, up-tempo, and it’s about a guy hooking up with a girl (or a series of different girls) so the theme works. Other than that, The Flood by Take That would be a good choice for two reasons: 1) The book is called The Flood and 2) I’m just a massive Take That fan!

Who would you choose to play your favourite character in the film of your book?
This is getting freaky now! Two years ago I blogged about what actors would play the lead roles if The Drought was made into a film. For Dan Hilles (the lead character in both books) I opted for an actor called Alex Carter who played a character called Lee Hunter in TV soap Hollyoaks. Both Dan and Lee Hunter have a lot of similarities so I thought it was a good match. You can read all of the blog posts here.

What is your next book about?
It will be the third book in the Sex, Love and Dating Disasters series and this time the boys all head off to Latvia in search for a girl who dated Dan’s best friend Rob. The story itself is a little bit different to the first two books, and in a way it is a bit of a tribute to The Book With No Name from the Bourbon Kid series of books, which is one of my favourite books at the moment. There are some very weird and whacky characters planned for this book including a Russian mafia don, two karaoke loving corrupt cops who worship Wham, a pimp who is stuck in the 70s, a couple of drag queens, a sleazy hotel boss and his strange wife, and a local henchman called Ray the Local. I’m excited about this one.

And now think about the books you've read and just give the first one that comes into your head for our quickfire 'Which book round.'

Which book has made you:

Laugh out loud?
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby.

Cry your heart out?
I’ve never read a book that made me cry; then again my wife doesn’t think I have any tear ducts because I rarely cry at anything!

Want to read it again?
The Godfather by Mario Puzo.

Think more?
Milk-Blood by Adrian Simon.

Wish it would be made into a film?
The Book With No Name (anonymous author).

Shocked?
In The Shadow of Papillon by Frank Kane.

Scared?
IT by Stephen King

Thanks for joining us today Steven and good luck with the book.

Sincerely
Book Angels x 


About the Author

Steven Scaffardi
Steven Scaffardi is the author of the Sex, Love and Dating Disaster series. His first novel, The Drought, is the laugh-out-loud tale of one man's quest to overcome the throes of a sexual drought. After the stormy break-up with his girlfriend of three years, Dan Hilles is faced with the daunting task of throwing himself back into the life of a single man. With the help of his three best pals, Dan is desperate and determined to get his leg-over with hilarious consequences!

The second book in the series is The Flood. This time Dan complicates his love life by making a drunken bet with his friends that he can date four different girls all at the same time. Of course, anything that can go wrong does go wrong! But it’s hardly surprising when the four girls Dan dates include his crazy ex-girlfriend, a stalker, the office ice queen, and the one that got away.

Both books are available at Amazon and can be downloaded on the Kindle for 99p or you can buy the paperback for £8.99.

Follow all of the fun on his blog tour by following him on Twitter @SteveScaffardi or by using the hashtag #LadLitBlogTour. More information about Steven and his books can be found on his blog.

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Second Love of my Life by Victoria Walters

Victoria Walters' debut novel is a powerful tale of love, grief and survival, perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern, Lucy Dillon and Miranda Dickinson. 'Brilliant and superior women's fiction' Heat

In the Cornish town of Talting, everyone is famous for something.
Until recently Rose was known for many things: her infectious positivity; her unique artistic talent; and her devotion to childhood sweetheart Lucas.
But two years ago that changed in one unthinkable moment. Now, Rose is known for being the young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four.
Though Rose knows that life must go on, the thought of carving out a new future for herself is one she can barely entertain. Until a newcomer, Robert, arrives in Talting for the summer...

Can Rose allow herself the chance to love again?
Get lost in Victoria Walters' immensely touching debut novel, and discover a world that will capture your imagination and heart.

Title:        The Second Love of my Life
Author:    Victoria Walters
Published By: Review
Date:        April 7th 2016
Link:        UK: Amazon  US: Amazon


My Review

First of all the title of this book gave me goosebumps as it was so emotive and suggested that something had happened to the first love of their life but also gave a suggestion that love could be found again.

This is a beautifully tender story of a girl called Rose who has been devastated by the tragic death of her husband Lucas. Since losing her husband, Rose has been looked after and protected by the small and very close knit community in the small seaside town of Talting where she lives.

Her relationship with Lucas was perfect and we are shown this through various memories she shares. Rose is quite an accomplished artist but is so broken hearted by the loss of her husband that she finds she can't paint any more and has decided to sell all of her paintings as they are a constant reminder of what she has lost.

When she meets Robert, a lawyer from out of town she can't quite believe how much he likes her artwork mainly because she doesn't believe in herself any more. Robert can see Rose's full potential and tries to encourage her but she pushes him away. Then something totally unexpected happens which I found to be a really shocking moment and this sends Rose completely back into herself and causes her to question why she ever let her guard down in the first place.

I loved the characters in the book and especially enjoyed the relationship between Rose and her best friend's Emma and John, they were so important in her life as they knew Lucas almost as well as she did, so they had lots of happy memories of them as a foursome and they felt his loss almost as much as she did. The same was true for Lucas's parents who treated Rose like their daughter.

I loved the respect that Rose showed them when making heartfelt decisions later on in the book as it was such an emotive time for them all.

This book dealt with grief and the heartbreak of losing someone very sensitively and also gently explored the idea of eventually finding someone else and another unique love which would never take away the importance of the first love. I loved the fact that she never has to lessen the love she felt for Lucas and how she was able to keep his rings close to her heart.

Thanks to Netgalley and Headline books for the Arc in exchange for an honest review.

Sincerely
Book Angel x

About the Author

Victoria Walters
Victoria Walters has always loved creating stories. Her first book was handwritten when she was sixteen years old, and was closely modelled on the Sweet Valley High series. Victoria studied sociology at Warwick University and has since worked for a business publisher and as a Waterstones bookseller. She lives in Surrey with her cat Harry (named after Harry Potter, not Harry Styles).

Her debut novel THE SECOND LOVE OF MY LIFE will be published by Headline in 2016.

DANCING IN THE FIRE, her New Adult romance, was the winner of a short story competition run by Simon and Schuster and is available as an eBook exclusive now.

You can discover more about Victoria - and find pictures of Harry the cat - by following her on Twitter at @Vicky_Walters or by visiting her blog at: http://victoria-writes.com/.                


Me Before you by Jojo Moyes The Film and The Book


THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER 1 BESTSELLING NOVEL THAT IS LOVED AROUND THE WORLD, SOON TO BE RELEASED AS A FILM STARRING EMILIA CLARKE AND SAM CLAFLIN
Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.
*THE SEQUEL TO ME BEFORE YOU, AFTER YOU, IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO BUY NOW*

The book with the Movie cover is available to buy now..

Links; UK: Amazon US: Amazon

My Review

I was quite late to the party in reading this book and my husband bought me it and the sequel After You, for Christmas, I had heard how sad it was so knew I needed some special time in which to read it.

It was heartbreaking and so when I was invited to a preview of the film I was slightly apprehensive as to whether it would capture the essence of the book. I really needn't have worried.

Seeing the book unfold on the big screen was indeed magical. The casting was perfect with Emilia Clarke playing the quirky, fun loving Louisa Clark and Sam Claflin playing Will Traynor who was paralyzed from the neck down following a motorcycle accident two years previously.
Will was very depressed and irritable and had lost the will to live but cheerful and caring Louisa became a ray of sunshine in his life and wanted to show him what adventures he could still have.

The book is totally respectful to a person's right to choose how they want to live and also shows the effects that can have on the other people involved. The characters were all exactly as I had imagined them and the scenery was breathtaking.

There were such beautiful tender moments which were filmed perfectly and they included the tenderness of the shaving scene and the enjoyment at the wedding. I think it would be easy to underestimate how much it took for Will to attend the wedding of his ex so that just shows how brave he was.

It was lovely to see Joanna Lumley cast as the bride's Godmother as she is a British treasure and Matthew Lewis aka Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter was well cast as Lou's superfit boyfriend Pat.

This film is a classic and one of the best and most heartbreaking that I've ever seen. It is as true to the book as it possibly could be. I loved it so much and cried throughout, my daughter hadn't read the book and she was in bits by the end of it especially as she loves Sam Claflin and he plays Will so well.

You must go and see this film and take plenty of tissues.
I really hope that After You is also made into a film.

Sincerely
Book Angel x

About the Author

To find out more about Jojo please visit her website http://www.jojomoyes.com/about-jojo/


The Broken Road by Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn

What do you do when the past returns to haunt you?
When no one around you tells the truth?

Ollie’s life is in crisis. Estranged from his father when he refuses to take over the family hotel, his artistic career is floundering, and his marriage is under strain. His wife, Jess, blames him, but is she as innocent as she appears?
Louise, Ollie’s sister, takes on the hotel in his absence, testing her emotional fragility to the limit. She knows her father considers her to be second best, and her husband is hostile to her new role.
As the action moves between London, Plymouth and Venice, the family implodes under the weight of past betrayals, leading to a nail-biting, fast-paced climax.
In another emotionally compelling novel from the award-winning Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn, the complex ties that both bind us to family and drive us apart are laid bare. Can Ollie heal the fault-lines before it’s too late? Above all, can he salvage his relationship with his young daughter, Flo, before tragedy strikes?

Title:        The Broken Road
Author:    Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
Published By: Ravelling Books
Date:        December 6th 2015
Link:        UK: Amazon  US: Amazon

My Review

I found this story interesting, the prose was quite poetic and it flowed at a steady pace but it wasn't one that I could read in one sitting as it was quite heavy and very serious throughout.

The story stems around the breakdown of Ollie's life, he is a not very successful artist who is really down on his luck and one thing after another sends him spiralling down. The last straw comes when his beautiful wife Jess leaves him and takes his precious daughter Flo with her. I really disagreed with the way Jess handled this as she wouldn't let him see her for ages, she was really unfair and towards the end of the book she made a decision which I totally didn't get and which made me quite angry with her. I really disliked her.

Ollie was a likeable character but just too wet in that he ran away instead of staying to fight for his daughter. He also ran away from his family when Flo had been looking forward to visiting them.
Ollie's sister Louise was the feistiest of all the characters, their father had wanted to pass his hotel on to Ollie as was tradition in the past generations of their family but Ollie refused to take it whereas It was all Louise had ever wanted, so she was constantly trying to prove herself.

There were a lot of nasty characters in the book and a family secret and tragedy which had caused a rift between Jess and Louise which gradually unfolds. I really liked Ollie's new partner Angel and Flo was lovely.

I think throughout the course of the book Ollie manages to finally grow up and take responsibility but only after further tragedy ensues.
I loved the references to Venice as having been there I could relate to the place names etc and I feel I learnt a lot about writing from this book as I really admired the writing style, especially the first paragraph which I thought was brilliant.

Thanks to Lyndsay for the proof copy in exchange for an honest review.

Sincerely
Book Angels x

About the Author

Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
After a career teaching English in further and higher education, Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn, now works as a writer and creative writing tutor. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. Her first novel, UNRAVELLING, published in 2010, won Chapter One Promotions Book Award and The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Award for adult fiction and came second in the Rubery Book Award 2011. The judges said it is 'an enjoyable and captivating read', 'well written and intricate', and has 'a compelling narrative and strong dialogue'. Readers say 'I couldn't put it down.'
Lindsay's second novel, THE PIANO PLAYER'S SON, was published by Cinnamon Press in 2013 after winning their Novel Writing Award. A frequent comment from readers: 'I felt bereft when it finished.' Her third novel will be out later in 2015.
Lindsay lives in Worcestershire, where she enjoys walking, singing a cappella and staring into space!


Wednesday, 18 May 2016

The One We Fell in Love With by Paige Toon


Phoebe is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married, or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion?

Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was… And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes.

Rose is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother…

But these very different girls have one thing in common. Angus. The one they fell in love with…

Title:        The One We Fell in Love With
Author:    Paige Toon
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Date:        May 19th 2016
Link:        UK: Amazon  US: Amazon

My Review


I heard about this book at the Books and the City Spring Blogger event where I was lucky enough to hear Paige read a chapter from it and it sounded fantastic so I pushed it to the top of my ever growing TBR pile and devoured it in just a few hours. I love Paige's refreshing style of writing and actually was inspired to take up photography from one of her previous books called thirteen weddings which you can find here.

The one we fell in love with is the story of three identical triplets who all manage to fall in love with Angus, the young man who moves in next door. Although the three girls are identical their personalities couldn't be any more different. Phoebe is the one who holds them all together as Eliza and Rose are both in awe of her but don't really get on that well with each other. Phoebe has first dibbs on Angus because she says she saw him first, much to the chagrin of the other two girls. Angus loves Phoebe and convinces himself that he alone can tell the difference between the girls however whilst in the middle of a snog at a party he discovers he may not be so clever after all. 
Soon wedding plans are being made and Phoebe goes away on a hen weekend with her best friend. She decides to go to the place in the French Alps where she worked in a ski lodge when she was younger but soon finds that her ex is also there and temptation soon rears it's ugly head.

I liked the way the other girls had to accept that Angus couldn't be theirs and both tried to find new interests and new directions in their lives. This lovely story starts with innocent teenage angst and follows these characters as they grow into young women who manage to discover what is important in life and Angus manages to play a part in all of their journeys. It's heartbreaking watching the characters try to cope with a whole tangle of emotions including guilt which sometimes seems to be the biggest shadow hanging over them all.
This is actually one of the hardest reviews I've had to write because I really don't want to give anything away but ultimately this book shows that nothing can come between the bond that these sisters share, not even Angus.
This is a really touching and heartbreaking story about sisterly love which will make you laugh and cry, the last line just broke me as it was so beautiful. (Don't peek though or you will ruin the whole experience.)
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for the copy that was in my goody bag.

Sincerely
Book Angels x

About the Author


Paige Toon was born in 1975 and grew up between England, Australia and America, following her racing driver father around the globe. A philosophy graduate, she worked at teen, film and women's magazines, before ending up at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor. Paige is married, has two small children and lives in Cambridge.
The Sun in Her Eyes, out 21 May 2015, is her tenth book.

Visit Paige's website at paigetoon.com to sign up to her free book club, 'The Hidden Paige', and say hi to her on Twitter @PaigeToonAuthor and Facebook.com/PaigeToonAuthor

Friday, 13 May 2016

Author Q&A with Ann Troup

What if everything you knew was a lie…

This house has a past that won’t stay hidden, and it is time for the dead to speak.
Returning to Number 17, Coronation Square, Edie is shocked to find the place she remembers from childhood reeks of mould and decay. After her aunt Dolly’s death Edie must clear out the home on a street known for five vicious murders many years ago, but under the dirt and grime of years of neglect lurk dangerous truths.
For in this dark house there is misery, sin and dark secrets that can no longer stay hidden. The truth must come out.
Finding herself dragged back into the horrific murders of the past, Edie must find out what really happened all those years ago. But as Edie uncovers the history of the family she had all but forgotten, she begins to wonder if sometimes it isn’t best to leave them buried.
From the bestselling author of The Lost Child don’t miss The Silent Girls
An unforgettable and addictive story, perfect for fans of Lesley Thomson, Diane Chamberlain and Tracy Buchanan.

Title:        The Silent Girls
Author:    Ann Troup
Published By: Carina
Date:        Feb 18th 2016
Link:        UK: Amazon 

Author Q&A with Ann Troup

Hi Ann and welcome to Sincerely Book Angels blog.
Thank you so much for having me, I always enjoy a visit to your blog especially as it’s been nearly a year since we ‘met’ over my first book, The Lost Child. I’ve been busy since and my second novel, The Silent Girls was published in February. Hard to believe I’ve produced three books in just over a year! (Just finished writing Book 3, title to be revealed soon…) 

What was the inspiration behind this novel?
The Silent Girls sprang from a ‘what if?’ idea as most of my books do. The story centres around a house, lived in by a lonely, strange woman who was a carer for her brother and mother. When she dies a niece is tasked with the job of clearing the house of its effects and disposing of them. There’s nothing to inherit, there are debts and the house is squalid and neglected. Of course deep dark secrets are revealed as the story unfolds. When I was growing up there was a similar family who lived locally, I was always very nosy about their set up – why would a young woman never leave home and choose to care for her odd brother and abrasive mother? So the story stemmed from that - my nosiness and overactive imagination! I’m fairly sure that the story I’ve written is not the real story of that family but who knows..? 

Did you always want to be a writer?
I’m not sure always wanted to be would be an accurate description, I always have written and harboured vague thoughts of being published for years. I wrote my first play when I was nine and my first novel at fifteen – both were dreadful, but they amused me at the time. It took me a long time to pluck up the courage to put my writing out into the world, but there’s little point in not sharing things with others, so the world is now stuck with me, and my writing! 

What other jobs have you had?
How long have you got? Ha ha. I’m not exactly young so have had quite a few incarnations – I’ve been a waitress, a barmaid, a qualified nurse, an artist, owned my own businesses, been a cleaner, worked as a seamstress, I even had a job making sausages for a short time and one putting washing liquid into laundry balls (remember those?) I’m a bit mercurial and like a challenge. I’ve also worked for the RAF, Women’s Aid, Charities and been a baker. As you can imagine my CV is longer than my novels! 

How did it feel when your first novel was published?
A bit surreal if I’m honest, even with two books out it still hasn’t quite sunk in properly. I still struggle when I meet people and they ask about, or have read the books – I have a tendency to blush a lot, choke up and change the subject. I’m not a limelight lover, I just write stories and now I get paid for it, which is pretty damned cool. 

Have you ever had writer's block? If so how did you overcome it?
Funny you should ask that…I’m currently juggling ideas for Book 4, I wouldn’t call it writers block as such, just too many ideas milling around and no one story shouting to be told. I may have writer’s exhaustion – is that a thing? I do have a habit of writing myself into corners sometimes, as in throwing so many rocks at my characters that it takes some time to work out how I’m going to extract them from tricky situations. On those occasions walking the dog, sitting on the beach near my house and letting the breeze blow away the cobwebs helps. 

What motivates you to keep writing?
Honest answer? Readers. It’s not the money. I’m not famous or rich and probably never will be. It’s the kindness of people who read the books and either leave a review or contact me and say how much they enjoyed the story. Writing is hard work, and when you publish a book you are putting your head above a parapet with the concern that you might be shot down at any minute. So, it’s definitely appreciative readers who keep me going. 

Do your characters moods ever affect your mood and vice versa?
I don’t think so, or not that I’ve noticed. By the time they reach the page my characters are pretty well formed with their own moods and motivations. I always write in third person POV, so that allows me to write about them from a safe distance I think. My family would say I’m moody enough so maybe it’s a good thing. 

What three pieces of advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
It’s a lonely business, so don’t let it take over.

Don’t read too much writing advice, grab the basics, get a handle on the language and develop your own voice and style. There’s no such thing as an original story, it’s just the way you tell ‘em.

Being published isn’t remotely as glamorous as you might think, it can stressful, demanding and sometimes demoralizing (those bad reviews…) be prepared and remember why you started doing it in the first place.         

Which authors inspire you?
All of them! Sounds daft I know, and a year ago I might have listed my favourite authors for you. Anyone who publishes a book, puts the time and effort into it and puts it out into the world is an inspiration. It takes hard work, a good many knocks and a lot of gumption to get a book out there. So, all authors inspire me even though I may never have read their books. 

What are you reading at the moment?
I’m having a bit of light relief and reading A Year of Being Single by Fiona Collins. Very refreshing, very funny, thought provoking and a nice break from serial killers, dead bodies and dark secrets, though I suspect they will creep back in soon.  

What is your next book about?
Book 3 (I wish I could tell you the title!) is about the things people will do for the love of themselves and what they do to other people in the process. It’s a down and dirty story of greed, shame and manipulation. But it does have a rather lovely ending, even if I say so myself. 

And now think about the books you've read and just give the first one that comes into your head for our quickfire 'Which book round.'

Which book has made you: Laugh out loud? A Year Of Being Single.

Cry your heart out? A Man Called Ove.

Want to read it again? A God in Ruins.

Think more? Between You and Me.

Wish it would be made into a film? Mine! Haha.

Shocked? Born Survivors.

Scared? Beloved. 

Thank you so much for joining us on our blog today and good luck with the book.
To read our review of The Lost Child by Ann please click here.

Sincerely
Book Angels x


About the Author

Ann lives in Devon in a small house just a pebble's throw from the beach. She shares her home with her husband and a small white dog, both occasionally allow her to be inattentive to them so that she can write. Her many skills include an unparalleled ability to consume coffee, and the gift of being able to kill houseplants by merely admiring them. In addition to that she is a great proponent of the Miss Havisham method of housekeeping, which includes regarding cobwebs and dust as nature's ornaments. Her first novel The Lost Child was published by Carina UK/Harper Collins on 19/5/2015 her second, The Silent Girls, was published in February 2016.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

See How They Run by Tom Bale


How far would you go to save your family?

In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.

This is no burglary gone wrong.
The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw.
And they are prepared to kill to get to him.

When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?

One thing is clear – they already know too much.

As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time for breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only a choice:

STAY ALIVE. OR DON’T.

Title:        See How They Run
Author:    Tom Bale
Published By: Bookouture
Date:        May 6th 2016
Link:        UK: Amazon  US: Amazon

My Review


Heart poundingly  brilliant, the tension was palpable. I could almost hear the adrenaline coursing through my veins
The action was non stop as it raced along, I could hardly catch my breath.
The story follows Harry, his wife Alice and their baby daughter Evie. They are just a normal couple trying to cope with all the associated stress of a new born, when one night they are rudely awoken by armed intruders.
The thugs are looking for someone but Harry and Alice swear they don't know him, they eventually leave  but not before threatening to kill the baby if they go to the police. This opening sequence is a tough dilemma for debate as our automatic reaction would be to go to the police but imagine the sheer fear and panic you would feel if this happened and you believed your baby would be killed if you made one wrong move.
The story races along with Harry and Alice becoming more and more embroiled into this awful situation. They soon begin to realise that there is no one they can trust and when they are both eventually separated they need to keep their wits about them to try and find each other again.
I really felt for the characters and the traumas they were finding themselves in. I might have expected Alice to cry more as she was terrified but if you were fearing for your baby's life then you would have to try and be as strong as possible and your survival instincts would kick in. A great example of this was when Alice had to jump from the attic and she had to think that it was just a dream in order to be brave enough to do it. I think she had to hold on to that feeling in order to be strong for her baby even when there seemed to be no hope.
The baddies in this book were horrible characters who performed a sickening attack on Alice at the beginning and showed no mercy throughout.
My heart was pounding throughout this traumatic series of events where an innocent couple became roped into a murky world with merciless killers.
A gripping storyline that wasn't afraid to take us to the dark places.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who likes an exciting and shocking storyline. I would say it was a similar style to the film 'Taken'
Thanks to Bookouture for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sincerely
Book Angels x

About the Author

Tom Bale
Tom Bale has had a variety of jobs including retail assistant, claims negotiator and project manager, but none was as exhausting as the several years he spent as a househusband with two pre-school children. Tom has been writing since the age of seven, and completed his first novel at fifteen. After twenty years and hundreds of rejection slips, his first novel SINS OF THE FATHER was published under his real name, David Harrison. With his next book, SKIN AND BONES, he acquired an agent, a pseudonym and a book deal that enabled him to write full time. He lives in Brighton with his family. Visit his website at www.tombale.net, follow him on Facebook, or on Twitter: @t0mbale (zero instead of "o").


Friday, 6 May 2016

Dear Dad by Giselle Green



Handsome, 28-year old, Nate Hardman is a frontline reporter with a big problem. Suffering from shell-shock and unable to leave his house, he’s already lost his social life and his girlfriend. Now his career prospects are sinking fast.

9 year-old Adam Boxley who lives alone with his ageing nan, also has big problems. Neglected at home and bullied at school, he’s desperate to reach out to his dad – and that’s when he sends his first letter to Nate. Only Nate’s not who he thinks he is. Will he help? More importantly – can he?

Across town meanwhile, caring but impulsive teacher Jenna Tierney really wants to help Adam - except the feisty redhead has already had enough of teaching. Recently hurt by yet another cheating boyfriend, Jenna’s now set her sights on pursuing a dream career abroad ... only she’s about to meet Nate - her dream man who’ll make her re-think everything.

The big question is; can three people desperate to find love, ever find happiness when they’re only connected by one big lie?

Author:          Giselle Green
Title:               Dear Dad
Published by: Yule Press
Date:               31st March 2016
Links; Uk:  Amazon US:  Amazon

My Review


This book will break your heart and then put it back together piece by piece, beautifully uplifting.
An emotional and very unique story about a young man called Nate who is suffering a lonely existence due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, caused by events that happened during his time as a war journalist.
One day he receives a letter addressed to 'Dear Dad' from a young boy called Adam who is being bullied at school, in order to contact the boy he knows he must leave the house which is something he finds almost impossible.
Adam has a new supply teacher called Jenna who has also become aware of the bullying and she discusses it with Nate but also becomes aware of his problems so tries to help them both.
She feels guilty because she has accepted her dream job which involves a lot of travel, this means that she can't get too close to Nate or Adam but she doesn't want a relationship anyway because she knows she always gets hurt. Her last fiancé had cheated on her so she has major trust issues which were exacerbated when she found out that Nate has lied to her.
The way the relationship between Nate and Adam builds is absolutely beautiful and heart wrenching. Nate can't walk away from this little guy because he knows that he has absolutely no one else to look out for him but he is suffering too and doesn't know how much he can do to be of any use to him. Also Adam reminds him of someone else he used to try to protect when he was younger which brings back upsetting memories.
The experience of bullying that Adam went through at the school was very realistic as my son went through a similar experience where the school didn't  want to believe that bullying existed there and some teachers have funny attitudes to the ones being bullied so that part of the story strongly resonated with me.
This story was based on a really unique concept and I loved how the main characters were like pieces of a jigsaw that fit together perfectly to fill the void in each other's lives. Also it raises the issue of what the definition of a Dad is, Adam has a clear idea of what being a Dad is for him.
This story completely drew me in after just a few pages and I read it in almost one sitting. Adam's story was absolutely heartbreaking and his desperation and sense of sheer hopelessness was almost tangible. I also loved how Nate refers to Adam towards the end of the book as it shows the depth of feeling he has for the boy and eventually needed him almost as much as he needed Nate. If you liked 'About a Boy' then you will love this book.
Huge thank you to Giselle Green for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.


To read our Q&A with Giselle please click here.

Sincerely
Book Angels x

About the Author

Born in Chiswick, Giselle Green was brought up in Gibraltar where she has extensive family. She returned to the UK to study Biology at King's College London, followed by an MSc in Information Science at the City University. She is also a qualified Astrologer, with a particular interest in medieval astrology.

Her debut novel Pandora's Box won the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writer's Award in 2008. Her third novel, A Sister's Gift achieved best-selling number one slot on Amazon kindle in 2012.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Woolworths Girls by Elaine Everest


It's 1938 and as the threat of war hangs over the country, Sarah Caselton is preparing for her new job at Woolworths. Before long, she forms a tight bond with two of her colleagues: the glamorous Maisie and shy Freda. The trio couldn't be more different, but they immediately form a close-knit friendship, sharing their hopes and dreams for the future.
Sarah soon falls into the rhythm of her new position, enjoying the social events hosted by Woolies and her blossoming romance with young assistant manager, Alan. But with the threat of war clouding the horizon, the young men and women of Woolworths realize that there are bigger battles ahead. It's a dangerous time for the nation, and an even more perilous time to fall in love . . .

Title:        The Woolworth Girls
Author:    Elaine Everest
Published By: Pan Macmillan
Date:        May 5th 2016
Link:        UK: Amazon  US: Amazon

My Review

As soon as I saw the title of this book I knew I had to read it. Woolies has always had a special place in my heart and as the book arrived with a bag of pic'n'mix the nostalgia kicked in straight away as that was one of my favourite things as a child.
The book starts with three young girls who meet at an interview for Woolworth's in Erith; Sarah had moved from Devon to live with her nan Ruby, Freda had left her home in search of her brother who was in trouble and Maisie was married and wanted a job to keep herself busy.
Sarah is courted by young assistant manager Alan but rather than taking things slowly their relationship is rushed along due to the impending and eventual breakout of war.
This is a very good insight into what it must have been like to live through the war and the devastating effect it had on people's lives. I didn't know what an Anderson shelter was but I do now and I could vividly picture them all huddled together in there listening for the bombs landing, how scary that must have been.
I liked all the characters apart from nosy neighbour Vera but my favourite character was Ruby, Sarah's nan, as she was the stalwart of the family and was so welcoming to Sarah's friends, she always had a bed, a hot meal and a cuppa to offer and she was pretty fearless.
Sarah's relationship was hard and I really felt for her throughout the book especially when everything seemed to be going wrong.
Maisie had such an awful time and an especially awful mother in law.
Freda was young but strong and knew what she wanted and how to get it.
I loved how the girls started off nervously waiting for their interviews and then over a year later Sarah has to take some nervous new girls under her wing so she had gone full circle.
I don't normally go for historical novels but the fact that this story was built around such an iconic and well loved shop meant that I really enjoyed it. I could see this working as a TV drama and feel it could fill a Mr Selfridge shaped void in my life.
A beautiful story of friendship, loyalty, love and heartbreak set during the Second World War.

Thank you to Pan Macmillan for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

To find out more about Elaine and The Woolworths Girls please click here to read our Q & A.

Sincerely
Book Angel x

About the Author

Elaine Everest
Hello, welcome to my author page. I was born and brought up in the North West of Kent and love to write stories set around Erith and Slade Green - places I know so well. It is heartwarming to know that many people look back with fondness to the town, the people and a life long gone.

Twenty years ago I moved a few miles away from Erith and now live in Swanley with my husband, Michael, and Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, where I write nostalgic stories set in and around the county.

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