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26 July 2014

Blog Tour: 'Last Bus to Coffeeville' by J. Paul Henderson

Today I'm really excited to be part of the blog tour for J. Paul Henderson's novel 'Last Bus to Coffeeville', which was released on the 23rd of April 2014. I'm delighted to have some information about the book for you and a guest post by J. Paul Henderson on the 'On the Road' section of the Coffeeville website, be sure to check it out!

Nancy Skidmore has Alzheimer’s and her oldest friend Eugene Chaney III once more a purpose in life – to end hers

When the moment for Gene to take Nancy to her desired death in Coffeeville arrives, she is unexpectedly admitted to the secure unit of a nursing home and he has to call upon his two remaining friends to help break her out: one his godson, a disgraced weatherman in the throes of a midlife crisis, and the other an ex-army marksman officially dead for forty years.

On a tour bus once stolen from Paul McCartney, and joined by a young orphan boy searching for lost family, the band of misfits career towards Mississippi through a landscape of war, euthanasia, communism, religion and racism, and along the way discover the true meaning of love, family and – most important of all – friendship.

Charming, uplifting and profoundly moving, 'Last Bus to Coffeeville' is a chronicle of lives that have jumped the tracks; a tale of endings and new beginnings; a funny story about sad things.

Click here to read an exclusive excerpt of the novel!

J. Paul Henderson

J Paul Henderson was born and grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire, gained a Master's degree in American Studies and travelled to Afghanistan. He worked in a foundry, as a bus conductor, trained as an accountant and then, when the opportunity to return to academia arose, left for Mississippi, returning four years later with a doctorate in 20thC US History and more knowledge of Darlington Hoopes than was arguably necessary. (Hoopes was a Pennsylvanian socialist and the last presidential candidate of the American Socialist Party). American History departments were either closing or contracting, so he opted for a career in publishing, most of which was spent selling textbooks, in one position or other, for John Wiley & Sons. He lives in a house in England, drives a car and owns a television set. And that's about it.



On the Road with J. Paul Henderson!

Last Bus to Coffeeville by J Paul Henderson sees Nancy, Gene, Bob, Jack and Eric embark on an unforgettable road trip towards Mississippi through towns rich in American history. Having done the road trip himself, Henderson amusingly captures the richly varied places that the characters stop at on their journey through the South. Historical towns include Staunton, the birth place of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th the popular Walton’s museum and Pulaski, the home of the Klu Klux Clan. From the civil rights movement, to the manufacture of chocolate that doesn’t melt, Last Bus to Coffeeville charmingly captures significant, sometimes unusual, aspects of American history as it tells its funny story about sad things... 

The group arrive in Coffeeville, Mississippi, where years ago Eugene promised Nancy that, should she suffer from Alzheimer’s in the same way as her mother and grandmother had, he would peacefully bring her life to an end. As the gang reach the final stop of their road trip, Gene knows it’s sadly time to make good on his promise. But hasn’t it been a swell ride! 

As the #Coffeeville blog tour continues, you can check out the interactive map of the Last Bus to Coffeeville Road Trip via the image above. The ‘On the Road’ tab on the website offers links that you can follow to discover more about the characters and the history of each of the stops on this uplifting road trip adventure! 

Last Bus to Coffeeville Blog Tour

Monday 21st July - Franny & Perks 

 Tuesday 22nd July - Laura's Little Book Blog 

 Wednesday 23rd July - A Cup of Coffee and a Book 

 Saturday 26th July - A Spoonful of Happy Endings 

 Wednesday 30th July - Books, Biscuits & Tea 

 Friday 1st August - Writer's Little Helper 

 Monday 4th August - Page to Stage Reviews 

 Tuesday 5th August - On My Bookshelf 

 Monday 11th August - A Book and a Tea 

 Wednesday 13th August - She Loves to Read 

 Friday 15th August - Laura's Little Book Blog 

 Thursday 21st August - Writer's Little Helper 

 Tuesday 26th August - The Reading Thing

Be sure to check out all the other stops on the blog tour! 

Thanks to the publisher for letting me be a part of the tour! :)

25 July 2014

Weekly Feature: Once Upon a Story...

 'Once Upon a Story' is a weekly feature in which we go back in time and focus  on a specific novel that was released in the same month we're in right now (in this case May), but a few years back! It can be a women's fiction classic from the 1990's or perhaps a great chick lit read from 2011. I thought it would be nice to not just focus on recent releases, but also take the chance to jump back in time once a week and look back at wonderful reads that have been released over the years!

This week, we're travelling not so far back to July 2012 to look back at...

Divorcee Jennifer Irwin has it all – a successful interior design business and two loving children. But as her 45th birthday approaches and her children prepare to start their own lives, Jennifer is left feeling lonely in her empty nest.

That’s when she meets Ben Crawford – a man 16 years her junior – as their attraction heightens, Jennifer realises what she’s been missing. But mindful that the small-town Ballyfergus residents would never approve, they conduct their affair in secret.

But a secret is never a secret for long…

As the affair surfaces, Jennifer encounters opposition from friends and family, especially her daughter Lucy. Enraged by her mother’s relationship, Lucy seeks comfort in the arms of charismatic but troubled, Oren. Jennifer knows that Oren is not the man he seems, but can she convince her daughter of that?

And with everything going against them, can Jennifer and Ben’s love survive? Or will she risk losing her daughter to be with the man she loves? 

I read my first Erin Kaye novel last year for a Twitter Book Club I was a part of, and this novel was 'Second Time Around', which was published in July 2012. I had heard of Erin Kaye before, around that time lots of bloggers were enthusiastic about her latest release 'Always You', which is still lying on my to-read pile. 'Second Time Around' is a great novel and I thoroughly enjoyed Erin's writing style. The story was captivating, the characters were wonderful, and the book had me fascinated from beginning to end. If you're still looking for a good read, definitely consider picking up this one!  

Be sure to visit the blog next week for another blast from chick lit past with 'Once Upon a Story...'!

24 July 2014

Cover Reveal: 'Dangled Carat' by Hilary Grossman

Earlier this year I got the chance to read and review Hilary Grossman's novel 'Dangled Carat' (click here to read my review). BookTrope will re-release 'Dangled Carat' this summer and today I'm really excited to be part of the cover reveal for the book!

For every girl who wondered if she should love him or dump him.....

For every girl who listened to her heart instead of her friends advice....

For every girl who l wondered if she was wasting her time dating that guy....

meet Hilary....

She had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship--why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn't ready--and their friends' meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year's Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point.
For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace, Hilary's humorous and honest story will hit home.
I love the new cover of 'Dangled Carat', it's gorgeous, right?! Be sure to pick up your own copy of the book now!