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17 September 2014

Competition: 'City Hospital' series by Keith Miles

Enter the free "City Hospital" competition to be in with a chance to have a character in a book named after you!

The "City Hospital" novels are written by Keith Miles, who has written loads of scripts and books for primetime TV and soaps. "City Hospital" is perfect for fans of shows like "Casualty" and "Holby City". It follows the lives of five medical students - Suzie, Mark, Karlene, Gordy and Bella - who share a house, and the ups and downs of working in a busy teaching hospital. Each novel mixes their own personal dramas with patients' stories. The series was a huge hit in print, and is now being reissued as e-books for the first time.

To be in with a chance to have a character in the next "City Hospital" book named after you, simply e-mail competition@greatstorieswithheart.com, with your name and the answer to the question - who writes the City Hospital series of novels? The deadline for entries is midnight on Monday 6th October. A winner will be picked at random and announced on Wednesday 8th October. 

Good luck!

Click here to check out the first two 'City Hospital' books on Amazon!

And I'm really excited to share this exclusive excerpt with all of you today!
 
City Hospital Book 2: Flames by Keith Miles

Join five young trainee medics as they learn about life and love on the wards of City Hospital. Suzie, Mark, Karlene, Gordy and Bella share a house, and the ups and downs of being a medical student in a busy teaching hospital. 

In City Hospital Book 2: Flames... 

Gordy meets an old flame who won't take no for an answer. 

A young man makes a drastic, and violent, decision, and Bella struggles to understand why. 

The City Hospital series is perfect for fans of medical dramas like Casualty, Holby City and Doctors.

In this excerpt ... A terrible fire destroys lives, but was it an accident? Karlene is determined to get to the truth.
 
Bella came back to the house just before midnight. She found Karlene in the kitchen, nibbling at the remains of the tuna salad. Karlene looked exhausted.

‘How did you get on?’ she said, wearily.

Bella pulled a face. ‘It was OK, I suppose.’

‘Is that all?’

‘Afraid so. Neil was a bit of a let-down.’

‘I thought you liked him.’

‘I did,’ said Bella. ‘He’s the best-looking guy in my year ‒ really good for a laugh. I’ve always fancied him.’

‘So what went wrong?’

‘On our own, he was completely different, Karlene. He clammed up on me. I could hardly get a word out of him. I think I’ll go back to the gorgeous Dr Damian Holt. At least he knew how to chat me up properly.’

‘Damian was a hunk,’ agreed Karlene. ‘Neil may’ve been nervous on a first date. He’ll be much better next time.’

‘There won’t be a next time.’

‘Have you given him the push already?’

‘More or less.’

Karlene grinned. ‘You’re so ruthless, Bella.’

‘I expect more action,’ she said, airily. ‘Neil failed the litmus test ‒ so out he goes.’

‘Another boyfriend bites the dust!’

‘Forget him,’ said Bella. ‘He’s history. What’s the news from the hospital? Did you see Janie?’

‘Yes,’ said Karlene with a sigh. ‘I’ve only just got back.’

‘How is she?’

‘Completely shell-shocked.’

‘I know the feeling.’

‘Janie’s lost her father and her home; her mother was injured in the fire and her brother was so badly burned that he may have to stay in hospital for months.’ 

Karlene shook her head. ‘It’s a hell of a lot to cope with, Bella.’

‘It would crush anybody.’

‘On top of all that, there’s this friction with her aunt and uncle. Janie can’t stand living with them.’

‘Why not?’

‘I still haven’t got to the bottom of it,’ said Karlene. ‘But I know they criticise her a lot. And Mrs Naylor ‒ that’s the aunt ‒ has been badgering Janie about the fire. Even claiming that it was Janie’s fault.’

‘That’s rubbish!’

‘I told her that.’

‘Janie was nowhere near the house when the fire started,’ Bella insisted.

‘It doesn’t stop her blaming herself. She feels she should have been there, Bella. That’s why her aunt’s gibes hurt so much. Janie says there’s a lot of truth in them but she won’t explain why.’

Bella looked thoughtful. ‘Where was Janie last night?’ she asked.

‘At the Caribbean Club.’

‘Are you sure, Karlene?’

‘That’s what she told me.’

‘But do you think she could’ve been lying?’

‘Why should she?’

‘I was just remembering what you told me about her father. That when the fire started, he was out looking for Janie.’

‘That’s right.’

‘Then surely the first place he’d go to would be the club. It’s not all that far from the house. If Janie was there, why didn’t Mr Palmer find her?’

‘Good question.’

‘Try putting it to Janie.’

‘No, Bella,’ decided Karlene. ‘I’m her friend. I don’t want to lose her trust. And I’d certainly do that if I start to put any pressure on her. Janie will tell me what she wants to in her own time. On the other hand ...’

‘Yes?’

‘There’s nothing to stop you making a few discreet enquiries.’

‘Count me in, if you need help.’

‘Thanks, Bella. I may do that.’ She smiled. ‘In fact, you can start helping me right this minute ‒ get me out of this chair and carry me upstairs. I haven’t got the strength to move.’


16 September 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

'Top Ten Tuesday' is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. I love making lists, so this feature fits me perfectly! If you also take part in this feature or have any additions to my lists, please get in touch; I'd love to hear from you!
 
 
Top Ten Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

Another week, another Tuesday, another top 10 of books! Since I started my own book blog in the Spring of 2013 I've been lucky enough to have been introduced to numerous new authors. This week's top 10 focuses on authors I've only read one book from but I'm definitely curious to check out more of their work. Whose authors can't you wait to check out again? I'd love to hear from you! :) 



1. Jessica Brockmole



I was lucky enough to be part of the blog tour for Jessica Brockmole's wonderful novel 'Letters from Skye' in July this year (click here to read my review). I really loved the book and I can't wait to read more of her work in the future.




2. Kerry Fisher



I got the chance to read and review 'The School Gate Survival Guide' earlier this year (click here to read my review) and I absolutely loved it. I think Kerry Fisher has a lot in store for us and I look forward to picking up her other books! 




3. Diane Chamberlain



Last year I was introduced to author Diane Chamberlain and I fell in love with her amazing novel 'Necessary Lies' (click here to read my review). Luckily for me, Diane has released numerous books over the years and I can't wait to get lost in another one of her stories.




4. Joanne Phillips



Author Joanne Phillips contacted me herself about possibly reviewing her novel 'Cupid's Way' and I ended up really enjoying it (click here to read my review). Joanne Phillips is a wonderful author with a writing style I thoroughly enjoyed, and I hope to enjoy more of her work soon!




5. Sophie Ranald



Another fabulous novel I got to review this year is Sophie Ranald's 'A Groom With a View' (click here to read my review). It's a brilliant chick lit read and I'm 100% positive Sophie's future novels will not disappoint either!




6. Lucy Diamond



One of my very first review books was Lucy Diamond's lovely novel 'Me and Mr. Jones' (click here to read my review). I have Lucy's latest book 'One Night in Italy' lying on my to-read pile and I really look forward to picking it up! 




7. Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice



Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice's debut novel 'The Best Thing That Never Happened to Me' is one of my favourite novels of 2014 so far (click here to read my review) and I have my fingers crossed Laura and Jimmy will release another book very soon!




8. Fiona Valpy



Fiona Valpy's novel 'The French for Always' is a fantastic read that will immediately make you long for those lovely summer days in the sun (click here to read my review). I've heard Fiona is releasing a Christmas novel at the end of this year and I look forward to picking it up!




9. Rosie Blake



Rosie Blake's debut novel 'How to Get a (Love) Life' is a must-read for any chick lit fan (click here to read my review). I hope a second novel will be coming our way soon, because I can't wait to read some more of her work.




10. Amy Silver



Amy Silver's 'The Reunion' is one of the most gripping novels I've ever read (click here to read my review) and I want to check out more of her work as soon as I can.

14 September 2014

Blog Tour: 'Maximum Exposure' by Jenny Harper


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Jenny Harper and Accent Press are thrilled to announce the publication of Maximum Exposure, the newest addition to the Heartlands Series. They are celebrating its launch with a blog tour!

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For the duration of the event, Jenny and her contemporary romance novel will be welcomed onto a selection of top book blogs for reviews and the odd guest post + enter the giveaway to bag yourself either an e-copy of Maximum Exposure, a chic daisy photo frame or a cute Daisy teddy.

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'She’s a professional photographer – but is she ready to expose her heart? 

Adorable but scatterbrained newspaper photographer Daisy Irvine becomes the key to the survival of The Hailesbank Herald when her boss drops dead right in front of her. And while big egos and petty jealousies hinder the struggle to save the paper, Daisy starts another campaign – to win back her ex, Jack Hedderwick. 

Ben Gillies, returning after a long absence, sees childhood friend Daisy in a whole new light. He’d like to win her love, but discovers that she’s a whole lot better at taking photographs than making decisions, particularly when she’s blinded by the past. When tragedy strikes Daisy’s family, loyalty drives her home. But it’s time to grow up and Daisy must choose between independence and love.'  

I’m really excited to be part of the Candlelit Author Services blog tour for Jenny Harper’s latest release ‘Maximum Exposure’ today! I wasn’t familiar with Jenny Harper’s work and looked forward to checking out a new author. ‘Maximum Exposure’ tells the story of Daisy Irvine who works as a photographer for a newspaper, the Hailesbank Herald. The paper is in danger of being shut down and Daisy wants to do whatever she can to save it, while at the same time she is trying to get her ex-boyfriend Jack back. Daisy’s childhood friend Ben is back in town and realises he might be having feelings for Daisy, but is not sure what to do about them. Daisy has quite a lot going on in her life and we get to join her on her journey to deciding what she wants and what she needs to walk away from.

It took me a bit of time before I really got into the story, even though I instantly warmed to the main protagonist of the novel, Daisy. She’s a warm and lovely person and many female readers will be able to relate to her in one way or another. Whether it’s the ex-boyfriend she’s trying to win back or trying to save her job, I felt myself rooting for Daisy from the start and was curious to find out what would eventually happen to her. Next to Daisy, the story includes some wonderful secondary characters as well, specifically Ben Gillies, Daisy’s childhood friend who returns back to town. He’s quite a dreamy guy and I loved reading about him trying to deal with his feelings for Daisy. 

The plotline of the novel is quite interesting; I really enjoyed reading about the newspaper business, and there were even a couple of twists and turns I personally did not see coming. Jenny Harper’s writing is fast-paced and entertaining, and after reading this book I’m looking forward to her future work. Overall, ‘Maximum Exposure’ is a thoroughly enjoyable and warm read, perfect for a lazy afternoon on the couch!

Rating:8/10


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Author Bio:
Jenny Harper lives in Edinburgh. She is the author of four books about Scotland and Scottish culture, a history of childbirth, and The Sleeping Train for young readers. When she isn't writing, she enjoys walking in the Scottish countryside or anywhere warm, and travelling to Europe, America and India.  

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Enter the tour giveaway to win:

1st Prize: An e-copy of Maximum Exposure by Jenny Harper
2nd Prize: A daisy photo frame
3rd Prize: A Daisy Teddy

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Giveaway is UK only. Jenny Harper and CandleLit Author Services reserve the right to cancel or amend giveaway details at anytime and without prior notification.