Celebrations & Confetti at Cedarwood Lodge by Rebecca Raisin

Celebrations & Confetti at Cedarwood Lodge by Rebecca Raisin

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Author: Rebecca Raisin
Publisher: Carina
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The Blurb:

Part one in a feel-good romantic serial from bestselling author Rebecca Raisin!

Clio Winters is finally fulfilling her childhood dream of renovating the gorgeous old Cedarwood Lodge in Evergreen. Turning it into the perfect destination for big celebrations, weddings and parties has brought her back home, but Cedarwood Lodge is in need of a lot of tender loving care.

Perhaps all the work will be the perfect distraction from the real reason she had to leave her glamorous New York life behind.

Will coming home be the best decision of her life… or her biggest regret?

Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance told in three parts – following Clio Winters journey back to her hometown of Evergreen. This is Part One.

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The Review:

In October I took part in a book tour for Celebrations and Confetti. The first in Rebecca Raisin’s latest novella trilogy, and this month I will be sharing part two with you too.

Clio grew up in Evergreen, a small town in New Hampshire. Cedarwood Lodge had been her playground. Closed for as long has she could remember, the grounds were overgrown but were perfect for her to run free. At 10 years of age Clio was she was certain that if the chance ever came up she would buy the lodge.

Fastforward twenty years, and Clio is stood in front of Cedarwood Lodge. After a successful wedding planner career in New York she has made her dream come true… and bought the lodge. Granted her return to Evergreen is under a bit of a cloud, however she is determined to make it work. School friend Micah is on board to help with the immediate renovations.

Can Clio regain her magic touch and breath new life into the Lodge in time to host a wedding anniversary party? Or will events from New York spill over and threaten her new life? Only time will tell.

Rebecca has created a coming-of-age tale mixed with a redemption story. I just wanted to reach into the page and give Clio a big hug, and a bit of a slap.

Like Jane Austen’s Emma Clio has a touch of the matchmaker about her, unlike Emma she isn’t as spoilt. If anything she is misunderstood and is rocked by the lack of support her mother seems to be giving her. Instead of being overjoyed that her daughter has come back home, her Mom is if anything standoffish and put out that her daughter decided to buy the Lodge. Not that Clio knows why.

I’m not ashamed to say how much I love novellas. They fit into working life really well. The stories are short and succinct but have lots to give in a lunch break, or while you are commuting. I’m already excited to read Clio’s next chapter.

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Getting to Know You…Portia MacIntosh

Getting to Know You…Portia MacIntosh

Today I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to share with you the review of Portia MacIntosh’s latest novel. The lovely human that she is Portia has answered a few questions.

Please tell us a little about yourself…

My name is Portia MacIntosh, and I’m a romcom novelist, cocktail enthusiast and all-round drama queen.

Tell us about your new book…

It’s Not You, It’s Them is about what it’s like to meet your future in-laws for the first time – stressful enough as it is, but I decided to set it at Christmas. City girl Roxie travels to rural Yorkshire to meet her in-laws for the first time and they’re just a nightmare, which is fine for one night, but she gets snowed in with them indefinitely.

Where does your inspiration come from?

Real life, always. Usually something is happening, or something has happened. I feel like writing is my therapy, it helps me process things. Plus, I can rewrite events so they go down how I’d prefer them to… [laughs].

Where is your happy place?

No matter how hard life gets, how stressed I am, or how much there is to do, I know that if I am on the sofa with my boyfriend, everything is going to be OK. He’s my happy place, really. I can be a bit of a handful, I can get quite stressed out, and he just makes everything OK. Usually it’s on the sofa, being calmed by his chilled, happy demeanour and one of his relaxing playlists.

Do you have a favourite place to write?

I don’t, to be honest. I wrote my first books on tour, in a bunch of different places, and I’ve just gotten so used to that, I can do it anywhere. A bit like sleeping, or connecting to wifi [laughs]. It would be nice to have an office, with a pretty view and my book covers on the walls.

What is your happiest memory?

When I first met my boyfriend, on one of our first dates he took me to the park. We  strolled through the fields, talking for a while, and then we laid on the grass just chatting, kissing and watching the sun set. It was so simple but so perfect and, at the time, I remember just being so in awe of him, and blown away by how amazing he was. It’s my happiest memory because when I look back, I can pinpoint that day as the moment I fell for him.

Who would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?

Oooh! That’s a very good question. I think Lena Dunham would be great conversation. Barack Obama, because he’s just so smart and effortlessly cool. Henry Cavill, because he’s Henry Cavill.

Afternoon tea or coffee and cake?

It really depends on how I’m feeling, because I love both. If I had to pick one, afternoon tea. You cannot beat a cup of tea.

Share with us a little known factoid about you.

I’ve littered my books with references that link them all together, anchoring them in the same universe. And I always make my leading ladies blonde, even if it’s only for part of the book.

What simple thing makes you the happiest?

I’ve done so much crazy stuff and met so many fascinating people…and all it has done is made me appreciate staying still, with my boyfriend, my family and my dogs around me. That or chocolate.

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Blog Tour: It’s Not You, It’s Me by Portia MacIntosh

Blog Tour: It’s Not You, It’s Me by Portia MacIntosh

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Author: Portia MacIntosh
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: 4th November 2016

The Blurb: 

An irresistible, feel-good romance, perfect for fans of Rosie Blake, Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk.

First comes love. Then comes family…

After a lifetime of kissing frogs, Roxie Pratt has given up on finding her own fairytale romance. That is, until she meets her very own Prince Charming, Mark Wright, and he sweeps Roxie off her feet!

So when Mark finally gets down on one knee and pops the question, there’s only one thing left to do: meet the family! And when everything has been picture-perfect so far, what could possibly go wrong…?

 

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The Review:

Online lifestyle journalist Roxie has met her match in life. The Joker to her Harley Quinn, and is overjoyed when after a year of dating children’s charity PR guru Mark asks her to be his wife.

And while she lives life one relationship top ten to another she soon realises that the time has come for her to meet his parents.

Is the urban legend of the mother in law from hell actually true? As Matt takes Roxie up to Yorkshire to meet his parents for the first time it looks like she is about to find out! But if that’s not enough to handle for one weekend Roxie’s editor is looking for a juicy serial about the journey from proposal to taking him up the aisle!

Portia has created a character that felt like my best friend. Roxie’s voice in my head is so strong. I felt a connection with her almost immediately. The pensive way she holds herself as she is ripped away from where she feels safe and in control and being sprung upon her inlaws to be in the depths of Yorkshire.

I’m also a sucker for a story based around Christmas. The high anxiety and emotions that roll around family gatherings are perfect for floating this fish-out-of-water tale.

One of my favourite scenes in the book is at the end of chapter 6. Mainly this weekend I drove from Yorkshire to Wales and back again stopping at a service station or two. One in particular had a flash mob! This just made me titter.

I’m not going to tell you if Roxie will be accepted into the Wright family’s open arms, because if I do you won’t get to join her on a rollercoaster of emotions – in a book that is over far too fast.

This is a book worthy of being added to your Christmas list.

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About the Author:
Portia MacIntosh has been ‘making stuff up’ for as long as she can remember – or so she says. Whether it was blaming her siblings for that broken vase when she was growing up, blagging her way backstage during her rock chick phase or, most recently, whatever justification she can fabricate to explain away those lunchtime cocktails, Portia just loves telling tales. After years working as a music journalist, Portia decided it was time to use her powers for good and started writing novels. Taking inspiration from her experiences on tour with bands, the real struggle of dating in your twenties and just trying to survive as an adult human female generally, Portia writes about what it’s really like for women who don’t find this life stuff as easy as it seems.
Blog Tour: Celebrations & Confetti by Rebecca Raisin

Blog Tour: Celebrations & Confetti by Rebecca Raisin

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Author: Rebecca Raisin
Publisher: Carina
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The Blurb:

Part one in a feel-good romantic serial from bestselling author Rebecca Raisin!

Clio Winters is finally fulfilling her childhood dream of renovating the gorgeous old Cedarwood Lodge in Evergreen. Turning it into the perfect destination for big celebrations, weddings and parties has brought her back home, but Cedarwood Lodge is in need of a lot of tender loving care.

Perhaps all the work will be the perfect distraction from the real reason she had to leave her glamorous New York life behind.

Will coming home be the best decision of her life… or her biggest regret?

Cedarwood Lodge is a delectable romance told in three parts – following Clio Winters journey back to her hometown of Evergreen. This is Part One.

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Book Links: Amazon | Amazon UK | B&N | Google Play | Goodreads

I’ve been looking forward to the release of this first book on the Cedarwood trilogy. II’m equally excited to be sharing a guest post here today from the author herself. Stay tuned for a review in coming days.

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So here I hand over to Rebecca Raisin:

Welcome to the Cedarwood Lodge, situated in the town of Evergreen. All you have to do here is relax, and let Clio and her staff cater to your every whim!

Here are a list of our winter recreation activities that are available for our guests, just ring the bell and we’ll arrange it for you.

  • Hiking, choose a trail and let Georges pack you a gourmet picnic
  • Cooking classes: choose from sweet or savoury, simple or gourmet, if you can dream of it, Georges can do it!
  • Dance lessons: salsa, tango, ballroom, Latin, our dance instructor is a phone call away
  • Art room: capture the view in water color, sketch, or oils, or if craft is your thing, head to the studio and check out the supplies
  • Games room: Billiards, board games, table tennis, to name but a few things we have on offer. You’ll find the games room opposite the ballroom
  • Ice skate on the lake, join in on snowman building competitions, snowball fights, or sledding.
  • Spa room: call ahead and Clio can arrange any number of beauty treatments from massage to facials, and mud wraps
  • Join us by the campfire to sing songs and toast marshmallows
  • Want to keep the kids busy? Sign them up to the end of season show, there’s a part for everyone!
  • For our bibliophiles, check out the library upstairs, peruse the huge display of books catering for every genre
  • Movie room: flick through our extensive movie library and pull up a beanbag and watch it on the big screen
  • Go for a run around the jogging track
  • Take a virtual yoga/Pilates class

We hope you enjoy your stay!

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Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She’s been published in various short story anthologies and in in fiction magazines, and is now focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly believe in true love.

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Catch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star

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Author: Geralyn Corcillo
Publisher: Geralyn Corcillo
Release Date: August 26, 2016
Genre: Romantic Comedy

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Summary

When TV star Wendy Hunter is about to have her most closely guarded secret viciously exposed by the paparazzi, she desperately tosses out a juicy bone to distract them: she announces her engagement to southern high school football coach Colin Scott. One problem. She’s not really engaged to him. In fact, she barely knows him. Um … barely. But will one unforgettable night last year be enough to get him to go along with her charade?

Wendy goes to Louisiana to see him and discovers that Colin is not sothrilled to be suddenly “engaged” to her. He’s got some secrets of his own that his famous “fiancée” is putting in serious jeopardy. Still, he agrees to her fake engagement… as long as she agrees to play by his rules: Wendy has to stay in town for three weeks to play the part of Colin’s one true love, all without wrecking his life.

Let the games begin. But when their time together is up, will either of them be able to– or want to – go back to the way things were?

**This novel reads as a stand alone story within the In Love in the Limelight universe, where the stars and paths of different characters might cross, and where the paparazzi is always ready to sink in its glittery talons.

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Awful by Comparison

Awful by Comparison

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Author: Patricia Caliskan
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Published: 4 Aug. 2016

The Blurb: We’re all searching for love…

Jennifer Taylor is home for the holidays, but she’s in no mood to celebrate.

It’s a month before Christmas, and she has been made redundant from her job as a bookseller. And to make matters worse, she’s lost her apartment and broken up with her boyfriend. With no income and no savings, her only option is to move home with her parents. Things could be better, but Jennifer is used to living in the shadows.
That’s what happens when your sister is the beautiful New York-based model, Lara Taylor.
As fate would have it, Lara is also home for Christmas with the whirlwind news that she is getting married. But it turns out that Lara’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems.

At 32 she is washed up – her agent won’t return her calls, her second ex-husband bankrupted her, and now she’s marrying Silvano who is nothing more than a good friend.
And it turns out Silvano is keeping a pretty big secret of his own.  After a huge family argument, Jennifer is the only member of the Taylor clan to travel to New York for the nuptials. But just when all hope is gone, the fairy-tale magic of Manhattan weaves its spell. Perhaps it’s not too late for Jennifer’s happily ever after after all?

Set against the magical backdrop of New York – the city of dreams – Awful by Comparison is a charming romance novel that will have you laughing and crying in equal measures.

The Review: This is a real redemption story, looking in from two sides of a family dynamic. Jennifer is the homebody, the every-man of the piece – whereas Lara is a model who on the surface has it all.

Jenn works as an assistant for a chain of bookshops, and Christmas is approaching. This, you would think, would be the busiest time of the year. The staff don’t think that there is anything to worry about when they are shuffled into a meeting room and each handed a large envelope. They were wrong, instead of setting up the displays Jenn is put on garden leave. Now the race is on to find a new job and start her life again. Now if she was only more like her big sister, the perfect model.

On the other side of the Atlantic Lara’s world is coming crashing down. As far as her family are aware, mainly because she doesn’t really keep in touch, Lara’s career is going from strength to strength. In fact she’s so close to bankruptcy that she can’t see a way out, that is apart from marrying a rich hotelier. Now she just has to tell her family that she’s getting married again, for the third time.

This brings the Taylor girls both back home for a family Christmas…

Patricia straddles the two world’s really well, it would have been easy to get confused between the separate voices. I quickly fell for Jennifer, she is that person that everyone knows, lovely, sweet, kind and a bit of a clutz. The job interview chapter had me laughing out loud, and reminded me of my driving test that I failed miserably as I turned up medicated to the eyeballs and sick as a dog, shivering and full of cold.

Seeing each sister slowly realise that they both felt the same way about each other. The revelation that each believed that the other was loved more by their parents, and had life easier than the other. I suppose this is really how families are. A batch of unsaid feelings that bubble just beneath the surface. So capitalising on this and sensationalising it makes perfect sense.

If you are heading to the beach anytime soon, or even if you have a spare couple of hours pick this book up and put it in your bag. You’ll get so stuck into the story that you’ll have a tan in no time!

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Flying by the Seat of My Knickers

Flying by the Seat of My Knickers

cover90589-mediumAuthor: Eliza Watson
Publisher: Elizabeth Watson
Published: 20 February 2016

The Blurb:  Why run from your troubles when you can fly instead?

When Caity Shaw is fired from her first job that doesn’t require an elf uniform, her older sister, Rachel, an event planner, hires her to work a meeting in Dublin. Caity jumps at the opportunity to travel abroad and escape her pathetic life. However, even four thousand miles from home, there’s no avoiding debt collectors, an overbearing mother, and haunting memories of a controlling ex.

While in Dublin, Caity suffers a series of humiliating mishaps, causing her to lose even more faith in herself. Caity struggles to earn Rachel’s respect – and to keep Declan, her hot Irish coworker, at arm’s length. Declan repeatedly saves Caity’s butt and helps boost her self-confidence, making it difficult to keep her distance from the charming womanizer. When Declan helps her research her Irish grandmother, Caity discovers the mysterious past of the courageous woman she barely knew might hold the answers to her future.

The Review: The cover of this novelette is just gorgeous, if I hadn’t been captured by the title this image would have pulled me in. Not necessarily linked to the bulk of the story, but I don’t think a conference room with a girl dressed as a bratwurst in a bun would have had quite the same effect!

My first impression of Caity is that she is a clutz. A true bafflement. She is intelligent, but has no real aim or reason for being. Caity is currently in Dublin, helping her sister Rachel with a promotion event. She’s not there through choice, and it wasn’t her sister’s idea either. Nope, this is down to her mother. Caity has recently had a bad breakup, and with one thing and another she managed to lose her job. Emotionally and financially low, and her only other work experience being that of Santa’s little helper in a mall the decision was made on her behalf to help her event-planning queen of a sister out on this occasion.

I think it is fair to say that Rachel is somewhat apprehensive about having her sister on the team. Unaware of the reasons for her losing her last job, she and her right-hand woman Gretchen sees her as a disadvantage and hindrance. Thankfully Caity finds an ally in Declan, an easy on the eye local with a silver tongue, obviously the by product of kissing the Blarney Stone when he was a nipper.As is par for the course these days Caity is off the market, past experiences have put her off men and rocked her trust and confidence for the foreseeable future. Declan, somehow, is able to see over her thorny wall and sees her potential. Slowly we see the true Caity reveal herself to those around her.

Flying by the Seat of my Knickers is a story of discovery. About finding yourself when your back is against the wall, about where you come from, also the importance of family – even when you are 4,000 miles away from home.

This was a lovely book, light but full of heart.

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