Friday, May 31, 2019

Smoke in her Eyes by Anna Belfrage {Book Blog Tour with Review}

Smoke In Her Eyes by Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: March 15, 2019
Timelight Press
eBook & Paperback; 352 Pages
Series: The Wanderer, Book Two
Genre: Romance/Erotica/Paranormal
Six months ago, Helle Madsen would have described herself as normal. Now she no longer knows if that terms applies, not after her entire life has been turned upside down by the reappearance of not one, but two, men from her very, very distant past. Helle Madsen never believed in mumbo-jumbo stuff like reincarnation—until she came face to face with Jason Morris, a man who purportedly had spent fifty lives looking for her. Coping with being reunited with the lover from her ancient past was one thing. Having Sam Woolf, her vindictive nemesis from that same ancient past join the party was a bit too much. Suddenly, Helle finds herself the reluctant heroine of a far-flung, time-transcending epic story, one in which pain and loss seem to play a very big part. This time round, Jason and Helle are determined to make it to the happily ever after. Unfortunately, Sam Woolf will stop at nothing to crush them. That ride into the golden sunset seems awfully far away at times…

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This novel is just another example of why I am completely in love with Anna Belfrage's writing. She knows how to grip her readers from the very first lines she writes. Her characters are well developed and the story-line is original and so suspenseful. 

Helle Madsen met Jason Morris six months ago and immediately felt drawn to him. They fell in love fast but this isn't the first time they've been in love, and Helle has had the ride of her life. Remembering little snip its from the past over the last six months have made Helle realize her and Jason are soulmates who have been in love for centuries. Coping with this along with the evil Sam Woolf who can't let Helle and Jason be happy is enough to drive her mad. However, her turmoil isn't quite over yet. Juliet a woman from Jason's past won't let him forget how much she loves him and when she is in a brutal accident she does her best to break Helle and Jason's bond. 

“Mostly I remember all the quiet moments—you know, when you’re just together but you don’t need to talk, you don’t even need to touch, because you’re so aware of each other that you don’t know where your hand ends and his takes over.”
A love saga that spans centuries, this second installment of The Wanderer books is intense, passionate and beyond riveting. You will surely fall in love with Helle and Jason, just as I did.

About the Author

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with three absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England. (Medieval knight was also high on Anna’s list of potential professions. Yet another disappointment…) With Jason and Helle, Anna has stepped out of her historical comfort zone and has loved doing so. Find out more about Anna by visiting her website,, You can also connect with Anna on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, April 30 Feature at Broken Teepee Wednesday, May 1 Feature at What Is That Book About Monday, May 6 Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads Wednesday, May 8 Interview at The Book Connection Thursday, May 9 Review at Pursuing Stacie Monday, May 13 Review at Bri's Book Nook Tuesday, May 14 Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots Friday, May 17 Review at A Chick Who Reads Saturday, May 18 Feature at The Lit Bitch Monday, May 20 Review at Bookish Thursday, May 23 Feature at Just One More Chapter Monday, May 27 Review at So Many Books, So Little Time Tuesday, May 28 Review & Interview at Passages to the Past Friday, May 31 Feature at Coffee and Ink Review at CelticLady's Reviews


During the Blog Tour, we will be giving away two copies of Smoke In Her Eyes by Anna Belfrage! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on May 31st. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen. Smoke in Her Eyes

Friday, April 19, 2019

Blog Tour: Button & Bundle by Gretchen McLellan and Gillian Flint

Welcome to our stop of Button & Bundle blog tour!

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published: February 19th 2019 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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A tender story about two best friends who must move away from each other. With a sprinkle of imagination and a lot of love, Button and Bundle will learn the true meaning of friendship. 

Button and Bundle are best friends. So are their dolls.

But when Button has to move away, she's sad and lonely without Bundle.

Until one day, Button finds a single yellow balloon and an idea. With a little luck, maybe she can reunite Bundle with their dolls again!

Knowing that her faraway friend would be happy is the happiest idea of all.

This sweet and charming friendship story addresses how to cherish old friendships while making new ones. With fun, imaginative play, Button and Bundle create a world they'll share no matter how far apart they are.

     Button & Bundle is a heart-warming and thoughtful picture book about first friendships and healing after having to move away from your beloved best friend. It celebrates friendship in a really beautiful, resonating way, but also shows that even if we have to part with our friends, we can learn to deal with the loss and find new friends along the way, all along remembering our special first friendships. 

      The soft pastel illustrations by Gillian Flint really bring this story to life and add extra meaning to the text. They depict the friendship between Button and Bundle so perfectly! 

     Button and Bundle are two little girl who grew up together and are best friend. They even have little dollies that are also best friends! And they play together, decorate the doll house together and have outdoor adventures together! Until one day, the girls learn that one of them is moving away and so they need to say goodbye. They throw a little good-bye tea party, but there's nothing fun about it. The girls are just too sad to enjoy any of it.

     Time passes, but Button misses Bundle still. Every day she thinks about her friend and wonders what she's doing and if she, too, misses her. And then a yellow balloon flies straight into her hands and Button gets an awesome idea! She ties a little basket to the balloon and puts her dollie in it, she then sends it off into the sky, hoping it'll reach her friend! All the time, she imagines her friend's surprise and happiness upon receiving the basket with the dollie. She thinks about how much fun Bundle will have, how happy she'll be to play with both of her dolls. That brings Button closure and peace of heart.

     And then she meets a new friend and they begin making new memories together!

     We love the message in this book. My daughter had a best friend just like that back when we lived in Santa Fe. Her friend's name was Ava and they did a ton of things together, from playing together at the playground, to watching Peppa Pig and playing with dolls and having birthday parties together. After we moved away from Santa Fe, Tori was very sad and heartbroken, she missed her friend dearly. I wish we had this book back then, as I'm sure it would've helped Tori understand and cope with the parting from her friend.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Her Best Friends Secret by Anna Mansell {Book Blog Tour with Review}

Publication Date:January 4th 2019
Published By:  Amazon Digital Services

Goodreads: Her Best Friend's Secret on Goodreads
My Review Copy:Thanks to Bookouture for my review copy

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Your best friend deserves the truth. But it will ruin her life. What would you do?

In summer, the small Cornish village of Gorran Haven fills with tourists, but in the colder months its pretty narrow streets are blissfully quiet, the bell on the village shop door rings only for locals, the beach is unspoilt, empty and safe.

It’s been over twenty years since four very different teenage girls sat on that beach, and swore to be best friends forever. Their lives went different ways after Emily left. But each remembered that promise. And none truly found friendship like it again.

Now, Emily’s back, with a secret she can’t face. She tries to hide away, take time to heal and make some difficult choices, but she runs into one of her old friends, and soon the four are reunited. Lolly, warm as ever, is a successful physiotherapist, married with kids. Yet smart, strong Amanda, who cherishes her teenage daughter, is alone and seemingly stuck in a dead-end job. And creative Jess is so much quieter than Emily remembers.

The bond is still there, and Emily realizes their friendship might keep her together, but there are reasons why the women fell out of touch. Secrets that have lain dormant for decades start to surface, and then one of the women discovers a betrayal so big, it could turn each of their lives upside down.

It’s always those we’re closest to who have the power to tear us apart. Can friendship give Emily and her friends the strength to survive a devastating shock, or are some things unforgivable?

Full of truths about friendship, marriage, and the relationships that define us, Her Best Friend’s Secret is a powerful, relatable and emotionally gripping novel for fans of Jojo Moyes, Diane Chamberlain, and The Silent Wife.

I’m often drawn to a book that focuses on female friendships and this one did not disappoint. Her Best Friend’s Secret gives us four friends that reunite after 20 years, written alternating between each of their points of view. Emily, Jess, Lolly and Amanda are four fiercely independent, likable and relatable characters. 

When four once inseparable school friends arrange to reunite after over twenty years of absence, they all nervously prepare themselves for their reunion. They had once been the very best of friends, but how would they react to each other after so long was the question that concerned them most.

Emily is newly back home living in the childhood seaside village of Gorran Haven in Cornwall after living in the States for what seemed a lifetime of living the celebrity lifestyle. She has decided it is a false life for her and her agent/partner, and wants to live a completely new life surrounded by peace and tranquility instead of hustle and bustle of a large, loud city. But she arrives alone and is stunned about the latest turn of events in her once busy life.

Lolly leads a busy life as a hospital physiotherapist, working wife and mother of two young boys. Her life is almost complete except for the fact that she desperately wants another baby. She yearns for the mother/daughter relationship she missed out on when her mother died prematurely, but which her older sister remembers fondly. The trouble is her husband is not that keen and has only reluctantly agreed to a third child in the family.

Amanda is a single working parent after her husband left her and their young daughter never to be seen again…….until recently. She is estranged from her daughter who has left her to live with her father, leaving Amanda wondering if she will ever be able to build bridges with her cherished daughter and get back to being a solid loving twosome, a relationship she once enjoyed in abundance.

All of the girls remembered the fourth member of the group Jess as friendly and outgoing but she had changed so much and had become quiet and lacking in self-confidence for no apparent reason.

I really enjoyed reading about all these women and couldn't wait to see everything tied up at the end. I thought the author did a great job seamlessly putting all the stories together and giving the reader a well deserved ending. I would highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoy women fiction and the complex relationship between woman. 

About the Author

Anna had a brush with 'fame' as a magician's assistant back in 1977. She later decided that being sawed in half by her magical performing father, at barely 6 months old, was too submissive a role. She vowed to channel the trauma in to something much more pro-actively creative. Having failed at acting, singing and professional murder mystery parties (she was Always the one to die!), she fell to something much more solitary: writing. She has written three novels, published by Bookouture, her fourth - HER BEST FRIEND'S SECRET - comes out on April 1st, 2019. Anna lives on a dairy farm in Cornwall with her two children, her husband, and her ex-racing greyhound, Olive Dog.

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