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In the Heart of Windy Pines
by Holly Tierney-Bedord
@HollyTierney @rararesources

#BlogTour #PromoPost #Giveaway In the Heart of Windy Pines by Holly Tierney-Bedord @HollyTierney @rararesources

#BlogTour #PromoPost #Giveaway In the Heart of Windy Pines by Holly Tierney-Bedord @HollyTierney @rararesourcesTitle: In the Heart of Windy Pines

Author: Holly Tierney-Bedord

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

From the author of Kindle Unlimited All-Star winner Sweet Hollow Women comes a new novella featuring characters from Murder at Mistletoe Manor, Carnage at the Christmas Party, and The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club!

Klarinda Snow is the innkeeper of Mistletoe Manor in beautiful, remote, Windy Pines, Idaho, where she brings her unique brand of hospitality to the tiny mountain town.

When she finds her inn unexpectedly fully booked on a snowy Tuesday night in November, it brings back memories of a tragedy years before. Before she knows what hit her, she and her trusty team of employees (Myrtle, Pierre, and her new night manager, Josephine), have found themselves back at the task of solving another mystery at Mistletoe Manor!

While this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novella, if you plan to read the books in the Windy Pines Mystery series or The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club, it’s highly recommended you read those first, as this book contains spoilers that could affect your ability to enjoy them.

 

This book is available now.  

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following link.

 

About Holly Tierney-Bedord

Holly Tierney-Bedord lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She’s the author of over twenty books including The Woman America Loves a Latte, The Port Elspeth Jewelry Making Club, and Kindle Unlimited All-Star winner Sweet Hollow Women.

 

Thank you to Holly Tierney-Bedord for being featured on my blog today!

 

Giveaway# 1:

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Giveaway# 2:

Win a complete collection of Holly Tierney-Bedord audiobooks (Open UK / US Only)

Only open to those who have a UK or US Amazon Audible Account.

Prize includes these audiobooks – BOOKS

 

 

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High Heels & Beetle Crushers
by Jackie Skingley @skingleyj @rararesources

#BlogTour #PromoPost #Giveaway High Heels & Beetle Crushers by Jackie Skingley @skingleyj @rararesources

#BlogTour #PromoPost #Giveaway High Heels & Beetle Crushers by Jackie Skingley @skingleyj @rararesourcesTitle: High Heels & Beetle Crushers

Author: Jackie Skingley

Genres: Non Fiction

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A compelling memoir of post-war Britain. Jackie Skingley grew up with limited career choices but joining the Women’s Royal Army Corps offered her a different life, living and working in a military world, against the backdrop of the Cold War. Packed full of stories reflecting the changing sexual attitudes prior to the arrival of the pill and the sexual revolution of the mid 60s, Skingley’s memoir denotes a shift in the political and social fabric of the era. Follow her relationships with the men in her life from finding her first true love, which through a cruel act of fate was denied her, to embarking on a path of recovery.

 

This book is available now.  

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About Jackie Skingley

r Jackie Skingley, adventure has been her quest since childhood. Life with the British army allowed Jackie to live all over the world and gain huge appreciation for different cultures and customs. Since 1999, Jackie and her husband have lived in the Charente region of South West France where Reiki, jewellery making, painting and mosaics, as well as writing keep her fully occupied. Member of the Charente Creative Writing Group, mother and grandmother.

 

Thank you to Jackie Skingley for being featured on my blog today!

 

Giveaway:

Win 2 x Paperback copies of High Heels & Beetle Crushers (Open UK / US Only)

 

 

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A Christmas Hamster by Stephanie Dagg
@llamamum @penandfinch @rararesources

#BlogTour #PromoPost #Giveaway A Christmas Hamster by Stephanie Dagg @llamamum @penandfinch @rararesources

#BlogTour #PromoPost #Giveaway A Christmas Hamster by Stephanie Dagg @llamamum @penandfinch @rararesourcesTitle: A Christmas Hamster

Author: Stephanie Dagg

Genres: Contemporary Romance

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Cam’s career and romantic prospects take a nose dive once she becomes guardian to her young nephew. She leaves a bustling Dutch city to move to a small, dull country town in England, and where once she restored magnificent old paintings to their former glory, now she operates the paint-mixing machine at a soulless hardware store. As much as she adores little Rowan, life has lost some of its sparkle.

However, a handsome and charming customer causes her heart to flutter once more. Fate, alas, seems determined to hamper any possibility of them getting together. So what chance does a tiny, naughty hamster have of bringing happiness this Christmas?

This is a festive, light-hearted and uplifting romcom novella.

 

This book is available now.  

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following link.

 

About Stephanie Dagg

I'm an English expat living in France, having moved here with my family in 2006 after fourteen years as an expat in Ireland. Taking on seventy-five acres with three lakes, two hovels and one cathedral-sized barn, not to mention an ever increasing menagerie, makes for exciting times. The current array of animals ranges from alpacas to zebra finches, with most letters of the alphabet represented. And of course there are hamsters!
I'm a traditionally-published author of many children's books, and have been self-publishing fiction and non-fiction for adults for the last seven years. I combine freelance work as an editor with running carp fishing lakes with husband Chris. When time allows I enjoy cycling, geocaching, knitting and gardening.

 

Thank you to Stephanie Dagg for being featured on my blog today!

 

Giveaway:

Win a Hamster Christmas Decoration.  (Open INT)

 

 

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*Terms and Conditions – Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box above.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Die Every Day by Gordon Bickerstaff
@GFBickerstaff @LoveBooksGroup #LoveBooksGroupTours

#BlogTour #GuestPost Die Every Day by Gordon Bickerstaff @GFBickerstaff @LoveBooksGroup #LoveBooksGroupToursTitle: Die Every Day

Author: Gordon Bickerstaff

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 396

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A woman is murdered in a Glasgow city hotel room. Police have everything they need to charge a suspect. Caught at the scene, he confessed, and he’s filled with guilt and remorse. With undeniable evidence; the police expect him to plead guilty.

Rumours suggest the man will plead not guilty and tell his story. If he faces trial, the truth will cause international outrage and the government will fall. Faceless mandarins in corridors of power are determined he will remain silent.

Lambeth Group agent, Zoe Tampsin, is ordered to make him plead guilty. What she discovers will crush her soul and place her next in line to be murdered.
Who is pulling the strings? What secrets are they hiding?  

 

This novel is available now.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following link!

 

And now Gordon Bickerstaff with:

 

Unusual Characters

Unusual characters can add a quirky dimension to a book and one character with a life-saving role that I incorporated into my first book, Deadly Secrets, was the humble pineapple. It proved interesting and a number of readers contacted me to ask if the background information on the properties of the pineapple was true or fiction.

More than 500 years ago, Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ the pineapple, which he received in exchange for trinkets from natives on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Columbus tasted the fruit and instantly appreciated its commercial potential as a delicious fruit. He was also intensely intrigued by the medicinal uses claimed by the natives.

Columbus discovered they drank pineapple juice as an aid to digestion and a cure for bellyache, particularly when feasting on meat and women used it as a cleansing agent to improve the texture of their skin. Injuries, he discovered, were treated with pineapple flesh to promote healing.

Columbus was more interested in the claim by warriors that pineapple flesh promoted rapid healing when applied to wounds sustained in battle. It is now understood that the pineapple flesh can remove damaged skin tissue and kill bacteria to stop infection and provide a clean, smooth, wound. To Columbus, it was a miracle made for the military but it was a short-lived one. The pineapple had to be fresh and once cut, it soon rots. It wouldn’t travel.

In more recent times, biochemists have established an explanation for these varied uses; the pineapple plant is a rich source of bromelain, an enzyme that can degrade protein. It aids digestion by chopping food protein down to its building blocks, peptides and amino acids.

The natives of Guadeloupe used pineapple juice as an active ingredient for skin care lotions as the bromelain degrades dead or damaged outer layers of skin to expose the softer inner layers. They also used concentrated lotions to remove body hair because bromelain degrades keratin (hair protein).

In more modern times, doctors treating skin burns must first remove dead, charred and damaged skin to provide a clear foundation for a graft and frequently use a combination of surgical techniques and enzymes such as bromelain, which as the additional advantage of reducing accumulation of fluid and lowering inflammation.

Other studies have show that bromelain may be valuable in destroying protein blood clots, which cause heart attack and stroke as well as important anti-inflammatory properties for management of trauma.

With such great potential, why has it not been realized? Only large pharmaceutical companies have the money to undertake the detailed research that would reveal the benefits that can be found in pineapple, and there is no money to be made in showing that pineapple might have health benefits. For the time being, pineapple bromelain must remain an unusual character.

 

About Gordon Bickerstaff

Love reading, writing and reviewing thrillers, mystery, suspense.

I was born and raised in Glasgow but spent my student years in Edinburgh. On summer vacations, I learned plumbing, garden maintenance, and I cut the grass in the Meadows.

I live with my wife in the west of Scotland where corrupt academics, mystery, murder and intrigue exist mostly in my mind.

I have written six stand-alone crime thrillers (Lambeth Group Thriller Series): Deadly Secrets, Everything To Lose, The Black Fox, Toxic Minds, Tabula Rasa (clean slate) and Tears of Fire.

I enjoy walking, 60s & 70s music, reading and travel.

 

Thank you to Gordon Bickerstaff for being featured on my blog today!

 

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Instacrush (Rookie Rebels #2)
by Kate Meader @KittyMeader

#BookReview Instacrush (Rookie Rebels #2) by Kate Meader @KittyMeaderTitle: Instacrush

Author: Kate Meader

Series: Rookie Rebels #2

Published by: Kate Meader LLC on December 10, 2019

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 319

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Kate Meader

Book Rating: 10/10

 

Synopsis:

Theo Kershaw is the luckiest guy alive.

Roaring back from a life-threatening injury, he has the world at his skates as defenseman for his new team, the Chicago Rebels. Everyone adores his big personality, his on-ice talent, and his killer smile. Everyone but his prickly neighbor – or so he thinks. One chilly Christmas Eve, Theo will learn that maybe the girl next door isn’t such a hater after all …

Elle Butler is the most embarrassing person on the planet.

How else can the ex-military-now-bartender explain her crush on the hot jock who lives across the hall? True, he has gorgeous green eyes and perfect cheekbones, but the filter between his brain and too-sexy mouth is permanently malfunctioning. Yet she can’t stop checking out his Instagram antics or sneaking looks at him when he’s in her bar. So. Mortifying. Running from a past filled with damning secrets, Elle’s determined that this guilty pleasure remains buried in her deepest fantasies.

Because she couldn’t possibly indulge with the Theo Kershaw or make a mistake that draws attention to her under-the-radar life. And she especially couldn’t be a mom to a pro-athlete’s baby … could she?


Review:

Spicy, romantic, and downright addictive!

Instacrush is a lighthearted, passionate rom-com featuring the private, feisty Elle who may or may not be secretly crushing on the heartthrob with the killer buns who lives next door, and the sexy, charismatic Theo who may be more of a thoughtful, sweet, standup guy than anyone gave him credit for.

The writing is witty and playful. The characters are charming, gregarious, and endearing. And the plot is the perfect combination of family, friendship, temptation, desire, palpable chemistry, sizzling attraction, tender moments, sexy times, light drama, and hockey.

Overall, Instacrush is a steamy, fun, swoony edition to the Rookie Rebels series by Meader that will not only please fans of her previous Chicago Rebels novels, but will have you laughing out loud, dreaming of a delicious, worthy book boyfriend, and will without a doubt leave you craving more.

This book is available now.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

                                  

 

 

Thank you Kate Meader for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Kate Meader

Originally from Ireland, Kate Meader cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Harlequins thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron, a fire hose, or a hockey stick, and she's there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines (and heroes) who can match their men quip for quip.

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The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
@iona_grey @StMartinsPress #TheGlitteringHour

#BlogTour #BookReview The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey @iona_grey @StMartinsPress #TheGlitteringHourTitle: The Glittering Hour

Author: Iona Grey

Published by: Thomas Dunne Books on December 10, 2019

Genres: Historical Fiction

Pages: 480

Format: Paperback, ARC

Source: St. Martin's Press

Book Rating: 10/10

 

 

Synopsis:

An unforgettable historical about true love found and lost and the secrets we keep from one another from an award-winning author

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying on just the right side of scandal, all while running from the life her parents would choose for her.

Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina’s orbit one night and can never let her go even while knowing someone of her stature could never end up with someone of his. Except Selina falls hard for Lawrence, envisioning a life of true happiness. But when tragedy strikes, Selina finds herself choosing what’s safe over what’s right.

Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, Iona Grey’s The Glittering Hour is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.


Review:

Mesmerizing, enthralling, and incredibly moving!

The Glittering Hour is set in London and the English countryside during 1925, as well as 1936, and is told from two different perspectives. Selina, a young woman in her prime who often finds herself and her friends gracing the pages of the gossip rags for their outrageous behaviour and antics, and Alice Carew, Selina’s nine-year-old daughter who after being relegated to her grandparents country home while her parents are abroad embarks on a treasure hunt to discover all her mother’s secrets.

The prose is eloquent and vivid. The characters are creative, intelligent, and rebellious. And the plot, including all the subplots, unravel and intertwine into a sweeping saga of life, loss, family, expectations, sacrifice, self-discovery, friendship, heartbreak, romance, forbidden love, and the special bonds shared between a mother and daughter.

Overall, The Glittering Hour is a bittersweet, beautifully expressive, exceptionally affecting story by Grey that illuminates the enduring passion and power of unconditional love and reminds us that life should always be lived to the fullest. It’s immersive, vibrant, and utterly heartwrenching in spots, and is without a doubt one of my favourite reads of the year. 

This novel is available now.

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Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Iona Grey

Iona Grey has a degree in English Literature and Language from Manchester University, an obsession with history and an enduring fascination with the lives of women in the twentieth century. She lives in the rural North West of England with her husband and three daughters. She is the award-winning author of Letters to the Lost, and her new book The Glittering Hour is on sale October 17 2019 (UK) and December 10, 2019 (US).

It’s Monday (December 9, 2019)!
What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR
#Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: Virgin River (Virgin River #1)

Authors: Robyn Carr

Immediate Thoughts: Dramatic, romantic, and emotional!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: October 22, 2019

 

 

Title: Consumed (Firefighters #1)

Authors: J. R. Ward

Immediate Thoughts: Consuming, passionate, and suspenseful!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

 

 

Title: Husband Material

Authors: Emily Belden

Immediate Thoughts: Sweet, Witty, and Charming!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: December 30, 2019

 

 

Title: No Mercy

Authors: Martina Cole

Immediate Thoughts: Dark, pacey, and gritty!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: December 24, 2019

 

 

Title: Arctic Heat (Frozen Hearts #3)

Authors: Annabeth Albert

Immediate Thoughts: Compelling, slow-burning, and sweet!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: September 23, 2019

 

 

Title: Forever Friends (Cranberry Cove #1)

Authors: Sarah Mackenzie

Immediate Thoughts: Heartwarming, charming, and uplifting!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: December 10, 2019

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

Goode girls don’t lie…

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.

J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

Acclaimed author Colleen Oakley delivers a heart-wrenching and unforgettable love story about a woman who must choose between the man she loves and the man fate has chosen for her in a novel that reminds us that the best life is one led by the heart.

Mia Graydon’s life looks picket-fence perfect; she has the house, her loving husband, and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too — unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn’t think much of them, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own—he’s been dreaming of her too.

Determined to understand, Mia and this not-so-stranger search for answers. But when diving into their pasts begins to unravel her life in the present, Mia emerges with a single question—what if?

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

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Forever Friends by Sarah Mackenzie
@readforeverpub @GrandCentralPub #foreverfriends

#BookReview Forever Friends by Sarah Mackenzie @readforeverpub @GrandCentralPub #foreverfriendsTitle: Forever Friends

Author: Sarah Mackenzie

Series: Cranberry Cove #1

Published by: Forever on December 10, 2019

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 320

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Forever, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

 

Synopsis:

Perfect for fans of Susan Mallery and Jill Shalvis, two mothers — one pregnant, one sending her child to college — form an unlikely friendship, finding love, hope, and a new start at life in this charming, laugh-out-loud read.

Single mom Renee Rhodes seems like a woman who has it all together — perfect house, perfect kid, perfect yard. But now that her daughter is away at college, she doesn’t know what to do next. Without weekly PTA meetings and after-school chauffeur duty, Renee isn’t sure who she is anymore. What she is sure of is that she probably shouldn’t be crushing on her new boss, who couldn’t possibly be interested in a middle-aged mom….
Sadie Landry is drowning in the stay-at-home mom life. With a toddler running wild, a husband who is growing more distant by the day, and a mother-in-law who has a comment on every-little-thing, Sadie is one mommy-and-me class away from losing it. When she learns that she is pregnant again, Sadie knows that something has to change for the sake of her family — and her sanity.
After a birthday party bake-a-thon nearly turns into a three-alarm fire, Renee comes to her neighbor Sadie’s rescue with comfort, competence, and a killer pie recipe. With their unlikely friendship and a newly hatched plan to open a bakery, can Sadie and Renee finally have the lives they’ve always dreamed of?


Review:

Heartwarming, charming, and uplifting!

Forever Friends is a lighthearted, engaging tale that takes you on a journey to the idyllic Cranberry Cove and into the lives of the middle-aged, single Renee and the frazzled, young mother Sadie as they discover together the importance of taking chances, finding contentment, discovering one’s true self, and embracing the future.

The prose is fluid and smooth. The characters are kind, supportive, authentic, and endearing. And the plot is a sweet, compelling tale about life, love, family, friendship, communication, self-discovery, happiness, and romance.

Overall, I would have to say that Forever Friends is an emotive, thoughtful, cosy read by Mackenzie that does a beautiful job of reminding us just how important, powerful, and meaningful female friendships can truly be.

 

This novel is available December 10th.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

                                        

 

 

 

Thank you to Forever and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah Mackenzie lives and writes in New England.

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Eve’s Christmas by Julie Butterfield
@juliebeewriter @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Eve's Christmas by Julie Butterfield @juliebeewriter @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Eve’s Christmas by Julie Butterfield @juliebeewriter @rararesourcesTitle: Eve's Christmas

Author: Julie Butterfield

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 257

Format: eBook

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 7.5/10

 

 

Synopsis:

Working for a department store where Christmas arrives in August, Eve prefers her own festivities to be low key with nothing more complicated than an oven-ready turkey and frozen peas while she spends the day in her pyjamas. Unfortunately, this year her husband has invited his best friend to visit, the glamorous and sophisticated Abby, and Eve reluctantly decides that she needs to inject a little sparkle into their laid back and slightly shabby Christmas. So the celebrations are upgraded to include champagne and canapes along with homemade gravy and organic turkey and plans are made for a Christmas that looks as though it has emerged from the pages of a glossy magazine.

But even the best-laid plans can go wrong and as Eve struggles with her mini Yorkshire puddings and an interfering cat, she is suddenly faced with an unexpected guest and an explosive secret that threatens to put her vision of a perfect Christmas in jeopardy.


Review:

Sweet, dramatic, and festive!

Eve’s Christmas is a charming, angsty tale that takes you into the life of the hardworking, creative Eve who after striving to impress her husband’s best friend and create the perfect Christmas quickly discovers there’s no such thing as perfect when all her well thought out plans are upended when jealousy rears its ugly head, long-hidden secrets are unearthed, and an uninvited guest turns up.

The writing is warm and light. The characters are kind, determined, and genuine. And the plot is an entertaining mix of family, friendship, life, love, manipulation, miscommunication, excessiveness, and the unfortunate environmental consequences of the holidays.

Overall, Eve’s Christmas is a cosy, heartfelt, witty story by Butterfield that reminds us that we often lose perspective of the true meaning of Christmas and that being surrounded by family, friends, and those we love is more important than any beautifully wrapped gift we may find under the tree.

 

This book is available now.  

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following link.

 

 

About Julie Butterfield

Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of 'always wanted to write' authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper - or rather fingers to keyboard.
She wrote her first book purely for pleasure and was very surprised to discover that so many people enjoyed the story and wanted more, so she decided to carry on writing.
It has to be pointed out that her first novel, 'Did I Mention I Won The Lottery' is a complete work of fiction and she did not, in fact, receive millions in her bank account and forget to mention it to her husband - even though he still asks her every day if she has anything to tell him!

 

Thank you to Julie Butterfield and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

 

Giveaway:

Win a paperback copy of Eve’s Christmas. (UK only)

 

 

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Book Outlet
12 Book Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2019
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Today I wanted to write a special post to talk about the Book Outlet and to thank them for naming me as

1 of “12 Book Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2019”!

 

Book Outlet, along with its parent company Book Depot have been in business for over 30 years and are the largest supplier of a wide selection of bargain books and new books at a great price worldwide.

The retail division, Book Outlet, is a 35,000 sq.ft. store located in St. Catherines, Ontario that stocks about 250,000 items (books, puzzles, calendars, games, etc.) for sale every day and is open to to the public six days a week.

 

                      Coutesy of Bookoutlet.ca

 

Book Depot and the Book Outlet online sales division is a 500,000 sq.ft. distribution warehouse located in Thorold, Ontario where automated order fulfilment equipment and 200 employees will package, ship, and sell close to 30 million books this year.

 

                    

 

I have had the pleasure of visiting the store in the past and I can honestly say it is a book lover’s dream.

If you have a chance to visit the Book Outlet store I highly recommend it, but if that’s a little too far to travel (like it typically is for me) be sure to check out their websites either BookOutlet or BookDepot the next time you’re in need of a book. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 

 

 

And of course, if you’re looking for a great blog to follow (other than this one) be sure to visit their “12 Book Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2019” post (which did I mention I’m also listed on 😜) which has some great sites from Canada, the UK, the United States, and Australia and which can be accessed through the following link:

 

 

And last but not least, I send out a huge thank you to the BookOutlet blog. It is a true privilege and honour to have been recognized by you!

 

 

*Please note the photographs of the facilities and logo are owned by Book Outlet and have been borrowed courtesy of their website.

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